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John Morrison Returning to WWE

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John Hennigan (aka John Morrison), who has made a name for himself on the indy scene since departing WWE back in 2011, is heading back to WWE on a brand new deal, according to PW Insider.

Morrison won WWE’s Tough Enough competition back in 2002, headed to their development, and then made a successful first run in the company highlighted by multiple tag team titles, a WWE Intercontinental Championship reign, and winning the ECW Championship.

Morrison found success following his departure in 2011 with promotions such as Lucha Underground, AAA and Impact Wrestling, which he left in July after being one of their top stars and holding the Impact World Championship.

With WWE locking up superstars with lucrative long-term deals, their move to FOX, and NXT’s move to USA Network, it is likely that Morrison inked a long-term deal with the company.

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NFLPA Partners with Twitch and Epic Games for Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl Series

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Twitch, Epic Games, and the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) have teamed up for a the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl, which is a three-part series with both NFL players and twitch streamers who are paired with one another in Fortnite competitions for charity, according to the Esports Observer.

The series will take place live from Miami, Florida during Super Bowl LIV week, and will see streamers draft a partner from a pool of NFL players, and once they all have partners, the will play a Fortnite duos tournament for $500K of charity prize pool money.

Additionally, all active NFL players are to be invited to participate in the NFLPA Open, where players can play Fortnite for a chance to be named the “Best Fortnite Player in the League.”

When the NFLPA Open wraps up on January 15th, four participants will be selected to participate in the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl.

It’s another partnership in a growing relationship between Twitch and the NFL, which has brought Thursday Night Football to the platform. Additionally, Twitch was announced as the official streaming partner for the Raiders upon their move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Streaming has elevated to astronomical heights in the past year alone, in popularity and financially. Some of the best twitch streamers can make some serious money by becoming a popular streamer, but Twitch is not alone. Mixer has poached a number of high profile streamers from Twitch and positioned them as the best Mixer streamers on the platform, bringing a boost in visibility and popularity as well.

Streaming has also boosted awareness for esports teams as well, and have given gamers a source of entertainment that is directly in their wheelhouse. Streaming has also gone beyond just gaming, as it has introduced a platform for ASMR and cosplay as well as live sports and entertainment.

 

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Steelers’ Juju Smith-Schuster Received $100K to Watch NFL on Twitch

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster is no stranger to twitch streams and being one of the best twitch channels from professional athletes on the platform, and he spends a big part of his free time playing video games, but he is also raking in some serious coin for being active on Amazon’s platform.

According to CBS Sports’ Chris Bengel, Smith-Schuster appeared on popular streamer THump’s channel during the Week 14 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, playing Fortnite, and admitted that he had received $100,000 for participating in the Thursday Night Football stream.

“I did a stream yesterday, with TimTheTatMan, or like two days ago, we watched the Cowboys game and I got paid $100K for that,” Smith-Schuster said.

“Oh, I don’t know if you’re supposed to say that but it’s all good, it’s all good,” THump said.

Smith-Schuster has missed the past 3 games as he has been dealing with a knee injury, and it will be interesting to see if any punishment and/or penalties will come down on him due to receiving money from Twitch.

 

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Jets’ Le’Veon Bell Discusses Bowling Trip Distraction

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New York Jets’ running back Le’Veon Bell has been under heavy criticism for going bowling on Saturday night despite having the flu, which caused him to miss Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins because he was too sick.

The bowling trip has been a topic of discussion, and Jets’ head coach Adam Gase said that the incident was a bad optic for Bell and the organization.

For his part, Bell has no regrets, joking that he bowled a career-high 251 “coming off the flu.”

“I don’t feel bad about what I did,” Bell said, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “I didn’t break any rules. I wasn’t a distraction until now.”

But Bell didn’t just discuss the bowling trip, he also aired out his frustrations with the Jets offense, saying that he feels underutilized and saying this wasn’t the first time he had voiced his feelings on the offense. Bell was then asked if he felt he had been given the opportunity to thrive.

“Honestly, no. I think that’s just being in a new system, with new guys up front, a new coaching staff. I’m with a new organization. Everything kind of takes time. I understand that. That’s why I’ve always been patient.

“But to be honest with you, no. I feel like when I do, I’ll be back to what people are used to seeing.”

“I don’t like to keep harping on the same thing,” Bell said. “I said what I said. We had the conversation. That was that. I’m not about to have the same conversations over and over. We both understand each other. As time goes on, things will get better.”

Bell and Gase discussed the incident, with Gase opting not to punish Bell for bowling.

“They weren’t sure about my energy and hydration, so they held me out of the game,” Bell said. “But they advised me to get out of the house and move a little bit. I had a lot of family and friends there because they were expecting me to play. Everybody was at my house, just kind of looking at me. I felt better, I felt a lot better, so we went out bowling and had fun.”

Bell may be one-and-done with the Jets after signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract in March to join the team in free agency.

 

 

 

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