ith his passionate, fiery promos, has elevated Ziggler and | Forum

Topic location: Forum home » General » General Chat
123 Dec 12 '19
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns annual scrimmage at Ohio Stadium on Saturday turned into a happy homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback turned Browns receiver. Air Max 90 False .Returning to the stadium where he starred in college from 2008-10, Pryor caught six passes in the teams Orange and Brown scrimmage, including a touchdown pass each from quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown.He got a huge cheer each time from the Columbus crowd, and after the last reception -- a 75-yard touchdown streak down the right sideline -- he turned to the stands to lead the 42,310 fans in an O-H-I-O cheer.Just like the old days -- at least the days before he departed amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal that led to the ouster of coach Jim Tressel and Pryor being banned from campus for five years.Playing here is electric, you know? he said afterward.Football is football, no matter where its at, he said. It all feels the same. I know this is the most amazing crowd here, and Browns fans are pretty awesome as well, but football is football. When (Im) between the lines, I dont hear anything. Im focused on the guy who is trying to stop me, and Im coming for him. Thats it.Browns coach Hue Jackson said hes pleased with how hard Pryor has worked to learn his new position. His progress toward that conversion was interrupted by a nagging hamstring injury last year. Hes now trying to lock down one of the roster spots.Hes done a tremendous job, Jackson said. Theres a lot of guys I can say that about, but hes taken this opportunity and is trying to make the most of it. Hes worked extremely hard.Griffin also raved about Pryor.Hes a big guy, physical, Griffin said. Hes got an elite trait that you cant coach, and thats size. Hes been able to utilize that while hes been in camp and in the spring. We love the progress that hes made.Pryor said it felt good to be welcomed back to the Ohio State campus now the ban has been lifted. It was still in effect last year, but he was given permission to participate in the Browns scrimmage at the stadium.All Ive heard is positive vibes, he said. Guys make mistakes and whatever. I can go into that blah-blah story again, but it is what it is. Its life, and theres still the next chapter.STILL NO STARTER NAMEDJackson said hes close to selecting a starter for Fridays exhibition opener against Green Bay. Its expected to be Griffin, who was 12 for 19 with two touchdowns in Saturdays no-tackle scrimmage, but Jackson has yet to say so for sure. Griffin is competing with McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler for the spot.Well know here pretty soon exactly what were doing, Jackson said. I think everybody is seeing him get better and better every day. Im not surprised. Were trying to create the right environment for him to be all that he can be, and I think hes working hard.Griffin, who was sharp in practice all week, is saying all the right things.Its just about coming out every day and proving it, he said. We want to make sure everybody earns their spot, earns their keep and thats everybodys goal every time they step out on the field.McCown, who played in eight games and threw for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns for the Browns in 2015, has been the subject of trade talk involving the Dallas Cowboys, who are interested in him as a backup to Tony Romo.GETTING READY TO GOThe Browns had a full-contact scrimmage on Friday night before traveling to Columbus for the Saturday workout, which was more of a show for the Columbus fans than a nuts-and-bolts practice. Jackson said the travel was a dry run for the trip to Green Bay to play the first exhibition game.I thought it was important for our team to really get ready for next Friday, he said. I thought we had a hard night last night and we came back today, and I wanted to prepare them for what we were going to face next week as far as being on the road, understanding how we go through our process preparing for a game, and I thought they handled that part of it well.---Follow Mitch Stacy at Vans Outlet Italia . JOHNS, N. Saucony Outlet Italia . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. http:///...r-max-97-online.html . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. There have been a number of historic moments in the WWEs womens division over the past few years, from tremendous matches like Bayley versus Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver, the womens triple-threat for the rebranded WWE womens championship at WrestleMania, to subtler milestones like development of viable womens divisions on both Raw and SmackDown Live and the placement of womens matches on weekly shows and pay-per-views.Things reached an entirely different level at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, though, as Banks and Charlotte Flair not only had the first womens match inside of a cell, in a match for the Raw womens championship, but they did it in the final match of the night -- the traditional main event spot on the show.WWE fans have recognized just how much Banks and Flair have done as trailblazers, proving they merit everything theyve gotten, and the six-member panel that determines the ESPN WWE Power Rankings is on the same page. Those writers -- Arash Markazi, Brian Campbell, Peter Rosenberg, Tim Fiorvanti, Nic Atkin and Sean Coyle -- have consistently voted both Flair and Banks higher and higher by the week, and this edition of the Power Rankings is no exception. What is different, however, is that Flair reached two milestones this time around: the third overall spot and her first first-place vote.Heres how the list shook out.Each of the top 10 is shown by rank (with first place votes received), along with how much theyve moved up or down from the most recent previous edition of the ESPN WWE Power Rankings.Week after week, Styles keeps plugging along as the current top worker in the company by turning in one strong match after another in defense of his WWE world championship. And while his current role as heel isnt my favorite for his character (without the presence of?Luke Gallows?and?Karl Anderson?by his side), its still working. Incredibly,?the?addition of an unlikely foil in?James Ellsworth?is helping Styles really flex his bad guy muscles. (Campbell)Over the past fortnight, Owens has finally started to showcase the monster heel side of his character that made him so effective in NXT (and in his pre-WWE career). He got things rolling with a pop-up powerbomb to Seth Rollins on the ring apron -- the move he famously used to take out his storyline best friend?Sami Zayn?in a memorable heel turn on his?NXT debut. Then came a bruising performance coupled with excellent psychology inside Hell in a Cell, as he and Rollins stole the show in one of the more memorable Cell bouts of the last 15 years. (Atkin)With apologies to the late, great Owen Hart, Im going to steal his catchphrase: Enough is enough. Why should Flair be lower than number one? She regained the title in yet another brilliant pay-per-view performance inside Hell in a Cell and now stands as the three-time WWE Raw womens champion. While Flair and Sasha Banks seem destined to feud for a long, long time, lets hope that itll soon be time for a something new -- a chance to see if Flair can make?Bayley?look big time. (Rosenberg)If this seems like an unfair fall for the former No. 1 in the power rankings, it probably is. After a hot-and-cold rivalry over the last couple of months, Rollins and Owens had a tremendous match inside Hell in a Cell. Rollins showed just how strong he is by lifting Owens for an incredible toss through two tables, and he proved just how effective he can be against almost any kind of opponent -- and especially against a top-notch competitor like Owens. His move towards pairing up with Reigns could hopefully move Rollins towards his much more natural (and effective) heelish tendencies as we move closer and closer to the road to Wrestlemania. (Fiorvanti)As The List of Jericho grows, so does Jerichos role in the main event pictture on RAW. Vapormax Outlet Italia. It seems outrageous to say this about such a decorated superstar, but in Jerichos 17 years with the WWE, his value might be higher now than it has ever been -- and hes already a superstar who has held six world championships, a record nine Intercontinental championships and headlined a WrestleMania. Even when Jericho is not officially part of a match, as was the case at Hell in a Cell, he still makes an impact. Jericho is an entertainer in every sense of the word, and the future Hall of Famer is one of the primary reasons to tune in on Monday nights. (Coyle)Im a little bit torn here. On the one hand, I absolutely loathed that he escaped everything that?Rusev?had to throw at him at Hell in a Cell, including a brutal-looking, chain-enhanced Accolade. The way hes been booked as an almost?John Cena-level superman is doing him no favors either. Those points aside, its not Reigns fault -- he doesnt write the?stories, he just goes out there and executes them to the best of his abilities. In that respect, what hes doing is still great. (Rosenberg)Ambrose undeniably slid after losing the WWE world championship, but the tail end of the multiway rivalry between himself, Styles and Cena and everything that followed has breathed new life into Ambroses career. We likely have at least a few more weeks of Ambrose dealing with Styles and the monster he created in Ellsworth, which should carry him through Survivor Series and his scheduled title match at TLC. Ambrose has likely benefited just as much as Styles has from an unlikely foil in Ellsworth, as its allowed him to show both his comedic side and his crazy edge in a realistic way. (Fiorvanti)This is the best stretch of Mizs career, from his look, to his commanding presence on the microphone. While its something we wouldnt have said (or believed) even one year ago, The Miz has worked himself into a position where an invitation back into the main event title picture would be well-received and well-earned. Hes the best heel talker that SmackDown Live currently has on its roster, and arguably the best one overall in the company at this moment. (Campbell)It is not entirely her fault, but there must be a reason WWE is reluctant to keep the Raw womens title on Banks. She has failed to convince as a babyface, and despite some stellar efforts in the ring, like her incredible showing in a historic Hell in a Cell match, both of her title runs have been brief. Banks has failed to defend the title on both occasions she defended it on pay-per-view, and with Flair back in the saddle as champion it might be a little while before we see a third reign for her. In honesty, her character works much better as a heel, as evidenced by her stellar NXT run when she really was The Boss -- and its high time to give her the freedom to express herself. A heel turn on Bayley could set the womens division alight on Raw. (Atkin)It wasnt too long ago that hope seemed lost for Ziggler, despite his immense talent. He was stuck in a feud with?Baron Corbin?for much of the summer, and began to resurface after the?brand split, but never really caught fire. Its amazing what one effective feud can do to take a superstar to that next level. His chemistry with The Miz, along with his passionate, fiery promos, has elevated Ziggler and increased his value to the SmackDown Live brand. Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but Ziggler is in a better place right now than he has been in at any point since he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase the night after WrestleMania 29 in 2013. (Coyle)Dropped from rankings:?NoneHonorable mention:?Rusev,?Ellsworth ' ' '