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If you thought that WWE's big SummerSlam weekend was over, think again. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the yellow brand will takeover as NXT Takeover 36 will come live from the WWE's Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando. DraftKings NationNXT Takeover live stream: TV/live stream stream and matches to watch during Sunday’s PPV

Everly Brothers’ Don Everly 1937 - 2021

Wrestling Inc. 22 August, 2021 - 10:12am

The Everly Brothers released a string of hits that included such classics as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Let It Be Me” and “Cathy’s Clown.”

By Scott Bernstein Aug 22, 2021 8:12 am PDT

Don Everly, the older sibling in the pioneering rock duo The Everly Brothers, died at his Nashville home on Saturday at age 84. The news of Everly’s passing was confirmed to the L.A. Times by a family spokesperson, who did not cite a cause of death.

“Don lived by what he felt in his heart,” a statement from the spokesperson said. “Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams … with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother.”

Isaac Donald “Don” Everly was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky on February 1, 1937. He teamed up with his younger brother Phil as The Everly Brothers and first scored a hit in 1957 with “Bye Bye Love.” The Everly Brothers would go on to achieve worldwide stardom in the years that followed thanks to the impact of such songs as “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “Wake Up Little Susie.”

Don and Phil stepped away from the fame to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961 but returned to making music in 1963. While the band’s releases never again reached the commercial heights of their late-1950s heyday, The Everly Brothers continued to put out singles and albums through 1973. The pair parted ways at that point and embarked on solo careers before reuniting for a reunion concert in 1983 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The Everly Brothers recorded and performed together occasionally after the 1983 reunion concert. The duo was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1986 and went into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. Phil Everly died of lung disease on January 3, 2014 at age 74. Don made a guest appearance with Paul Simon in 2018. Simon often cited The Everly Brothers as one of his biggest influences.

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WWE NXT TakeOver 36 predictions

Cageside Seats 22 August, 2021 - 10:00am

If you’re new or someone who only checks out NXT for the live specials, we’ve got a full preview coming up for you a little later. Right now, we’ve assembled a motley crew of NXT-following Cagesiders to give us their thoughts & predictions on all the matches.

Geno Mrosko: We’re all going to expect a Joe win here, considering Kross has been moved to the main roster and Joe is sticking around in NXT. There’s at least some room for going the other direction but I just can’t convince myself they will. Pick: Samoa Joe

Sean Rueter: Joe as champ in 2021 is gonna be weird with NXT getting back to its developmental roots. Who’s his first feud? The Breakout Tournament winner? Guess we’ll find out, because it looks like Joe is gonna be champ in 2021. Pick: Samoa Joe

Kyle Decker: With Kross a main roster guy now, there’s no reason for him to hold onto the title. They’ve already teased a couple matches for Joe against Cole (if he sticks around) and Pete Dunne. May as well make them for the title. Pick: Samoan Joseph

Stella Cheeks: Insane to bring Samoa Joe back only to have him be defeated by Karrion Kross; a man already racking up Ls on the main roster. NXT needs Samoa Joe. No one needs Karrion Kross. Pick: Samoa Joe

Marcus Benjamin: It’s tough talking about this match without thinking about NXT’s future. It’s the Vince McMahon-sized elephant in the room I have to work twice as hard to ignore, while focusing on what makes sense and the story in front of me. Karrion Kross looks solidified for redder pastures on Monday nights, while Samoa Joe, strangely, has more a future on the black and gold brand. Plus, not for nothing, Joe is a killer—the crowd tells me all the time!— and Kross’ mojo ain’t the same without Scarlett by his side. Pick: Samoa Joe

Geno Mrosko: Kai has worked plenty of dark matches on main roster shows, and may be in line for a call up soon. Can’t say the same about the current champion. Pick: Raquel González

Sean Rueter: Just gonna go with what I want to see happen here, because I’ve been steadily losing interest in NXT’s Women’s division since Stand & Deliver. Pick: Dakota Kai

Kyle Decker: I could convince myself of a title change with the argument that Raquel González will be another NXT star poached to go to the main roster. But if they want this transition from current NXT to the new vision to not be extremely bumpy, they should keep the focus on the women. It’s always been their strength anyway. Pick: Raquel González

Claire Elizabeth: I’ve only been back watching weekly TV for a couple weeks but I am thoroughly underwhelmed by this “I was going to use you and you stole the title that was supposed to be mine!” / “Ha ha, I always knew you were just going to use me!” build here and both women just kind of come off limp and lacking motivation. Love me some Dakota Kai, but let’s not do a change until we’ve got a fire burning. Pick: Raquel Gonzalez

Stella Cheeks: I’m torn here. I don’t think Raquel is anything to write home about as a champion, but it also feels like it’s too soon to dethrone her. The problem though is if Dakota loses, what are they going to do with her? Still. Dakota has a better chance of adapting after a loss than Raquel. She needs it more. Pick: Raquel Gonzalez

Marcus Benjamin: This beef is slightly undercooked. Like any undercooked meat, buyer beware because you may not like the results. Raquel González’s reign doesn’t feel like it ends here and there’s still a lot to do with her as champion. Not really sure where that leaves Dakota Kai, who does have the more compelling story of the two. And just like that, I talked myself into reversing my pick because a Dakota Kai reign interests me a lot more and Raquel chasing the belt might be dope. Pick: Dakota Kai

Geno Mrosko: The reign has to end sometime, and they had one hell of a battle last time, but I genuinely hope WALTER goes on a Bruno Sammartino level run. Pick: WALTER

Sean Rueter: Wouldn’t be surprised with either outcome here. Also wouldn’t be surprised if WALTER was making plans to head back to wXw at this point. No matter the outcome, I look forward to cringing for 20 minutes while these guys do their thing. Pick: Ilja Dragunov

Kyle Decker: I don’t follow NXT UK at all. So I don’t know what title programs could be next for both guys. But at this point, I’m going with WALTER as champion until Nick Khan folds the promotion entirely. Pick: WALTER

Claire Elizabeth: CHOPS! BLOOD! VIOLENCE! THE RING IS HOLY GROUND AND THESE MEN WILL CONSECRATE IT! God I forgot how much I loved this little Russian weirdo who puts his whole body into everything he does. Put all the titles on him goddamnit! Pick: Ilja Dragunov

Stella Cheeks: WALTER has to lose at some point, right? Maybe this is that point. Pick: Ilja Dragunov

Marcus Benjamin: For what seems like forever, WALTER looked pretty unstoppable. The past two weeks though? Homie looks, dare I say, human. This might be a stupid pick for a lot of reasons, but give me Dragunov for the win. I’m sure I’ll regret this later. Pick: Ilja Dragunov

Geno Mrosko: If WWE is a babyface territory, I suppose I should believe O’Reilly wins here, probably on the second and third falls. I just see so much more upside with Cole, size be damned. So I’m guessing he wins the first and the third to take it. Pick: Adam Cole

Sean Rueter: Love both of these guys, loved their feud in ROH, loved most of the Ciampa/Gargano feud, and would be totally happy if I didn’t see another Hunter & Shawn-produced “epic” again until TakeOver 60. As for a prediction, Cole’s going to either Raw, SmackDown, or Dynamite soon, right? I mean, that’s the word on the sheets. Pick: Kyle O’Reilly

Kyle Decker: With the contract for the Panama City Playboy up in the air, and the fact that he’s had a long title run, Kool Kyle makes the most sense. If Adam re-signed before this match, I could see him winning to have that match with Joe. But I’d still give it to Kyle to set up another guy for a possible championship run. Pick: Kyle O’Reilly

Claire Elizabeth: There’s so much history here that it’s hard to be underwhelmed and yet here I am. It’s just hard to get excited about these theatrical NXT “Ack-ting, THANK YOU!” pseudoepics, and this will most certainly be one of those. It also doesn’t help that in a world where real deathmatch wrestling has happened on cable TV I find it hard to get excited about WWE-style hardcore matches. Anyway, because of that and because of a variety of extracurricular things, I’m going big and saying we’re not even gonna see that steel cage lower before KOR gets his hands raised... Pick: Kyle O’Reilly, 2-0

Stella Cheeks: I hate to be this guy, but holy sh*t I do not care about this anymore. This is just Ciampa/Gargano part two; a never ending feud full of animosity and false finishes. I can’t do it anymore!! I want it to be over!! Someone put me out of my misery!! Pick: Kyle O’Reilly I guess

Marcus Benjamin: It’s usually so hard to say goodbye, but I’m cool with this being the official end of the Undisputed Era. Bobby Fish went fishing, Roderick Strong is helping Malcolm Bivens’ geology business, and these two cats are writing the last chapter in what will easily be the longest match of the night.

NXT can go one of two ways here: Give Cole the win and truly cement his status as NXT’s greatest of all time. Or, they can give the W to O’Reilly with Cole supposedly on his way out. Since I can’t pick, I flipped a coin and let chance do the picking for me.

Two-Face does it all the time and it always works so well for him. Pick: Adam Cole, bay-bay

Geno Mrosko: It’s one thing to make Cameron Grimes your butler but it’s another thing to try to make The Million Dollar Man your butler. That just won’t fly. Pick: Cameron Grimes

Sean Rueter: If DiBiase has to be Knight’s butler, can he hire Virgil to do it for him? NXT needs more Meat Sauce, and unlimited breadsticks. Pick: LA Knight

Kyle Decker: There’s no way they can drag this out any longer. Pick: Cameron Grimes

Claire Elizabeth: Get LA Knight out of the way and put the tag titles on Grimes and DiBiase, cowards. Pick: Cameron Grimes

Stella Cheeks: Cameron Grimes is going to kick LA Knight’s ass straight TO THE MOON. Pick: Cameron Grimes

Marcus Benjamin: This is the easiest pick of the night for me. Cameron Grimes, finally rediscovering his mojo, defeats the big bad villain in LA Knight, saves Ted DiBiase from a life as someone’s Alfred Pennyworth, and is your new Million Dollar Champion. Perhaps it’s time for Mr. Knight to move to the main roster? Pick: Cameron Grimes goes to the moon.

That's who we've got. Who are you taking, Cagesiders?

Karrion Kross wants a dream match against WWE Hall of Famer

Sportskeeda 21 August, 2021 - 12:52pm

In a recent interview with Gaelyn Mendonca from WWE India Live on Instagram, Karrion Kross pitched his idea for a dream match against Goldberg.

Karrion Kross will be in action this Sunday at NXT TakeOver 36 defending the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe. The two men have been at war ever since Samoa Joe returned to NXT as a special enforcer for William Regal.

Regal himself was caught in the crossfire after Karrion Kross attacked him. Regal finally made the match official, allowing Samoa Joe to compete inside the ring for the first time since February 2020.

Karrion Kross admitted that his dream opponent has often changed with the wrestling landscape. Given the current situation, he wants to take on Goldberg in a dream match. The current NXT Champion mentioned that coming up in his career, he had often been compared to Goldberg:

During the interview, Cross acknowledged that Samoa Joe was a potent threat to his NXT championship. He mentioned that although Joe has been out of action for over a year, he still needs one move to put an opponent to rest. Karrion Kross complemented the similar styles that both men have when it came to finishing matches with submission maneuvers.

The NXT Champion mentioned that he would avoid the Coquina Clutch at all costs. Kross admitted that he wanted to finish the match as soon as possible. This is because the longer the match goes, the more damage the two men will do to each other. That, of course, is not a good idea for Kross since he will have many more title defenses lined up in the future should he win.

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Karrion Kross wants a dream match against WWE Hall of Famer

Cultaholic 21 August, 2021 - 12:52pm

In a recent interview with Gaelyn Mendonca from WWE India Live on Instagram, Karrion Kross pitched his idea for a dream match against Goldberg.

Karrion Kross will be in action this Sunday at NXT TakeOver 36 defending the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe. The two men have been at war ever since Samoa Joe returned to NXT as a special enforcer for William Regal.

Regal himself was caught in the crossfire after Karrion Kross attacked him. Regal finally made the match official, allowing Samoa Joe to compete inside the ring for the first time since February 2020.

Karrion Kross admitted that his dream opponent has often changed with the wrestling landscape. Given the current situation, he wants to take on Goldberg in a dream match. The current NXT Champion mentioned that coming up in his career, he had often been compared to Goldberg:

During the interview, Cross acknowledged that Samoa Joe was a potent threat to his NXT championship. He mentioned that although Joe has been out of action for over a year, he still needs one move to put an opponent to rest. Karrion Kross complemented the similar styles that both men have when it came to finishing matches with submission maneuvers.

The NXT Champion mentioned that he would avoid the Coquina Clutch at all costs. Kross admitted that he wanted to finish the match as soon as possible. This is because the longer the match goes, the more damage the two men will do to each other. That, of course, is not a good idea for Kross since he will have many more title defenses lined up in the future should he win.

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Karrion Kross issues a challenge to current Champion

Sportskeeda 21 August, 2021 - 11:59am

NXT Champion Karrion Kross recently issued a challenge to WWE Champion Bobby Lashley during an interview with WWE India Live on Instagram.

Since making his debut in NXT, Karrion Kross has managed to become the most dominant force on the black and gold brand. With the imagery of Doomsday, Kross brought swift and painful domination. He took down his opponents with ferocious intensity to become a two-time NXT Champion. Karrion Kross will face Samoa Joe in the latter's first match since February 2020 at NXT TakeOver 36.

Speaking of his goals, Karrion Kross mentioned that he wanted to hold two championship titles at the same time. The NXT champion stated that after he was done with Samoa Joe, he would find a way to challenge and beat Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship thereby becoming a double champion.

When asked about his toughest outing in NXT, Kross mentioned that the fatal five-way match against Adam Cole, Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly and Johnny Gargano was by far his toughest battle on NXT.

Kross detailed the stipulation of the match made it possible for anyone to win the match without pinning Kross. The NXT champion said that although he won by submitting Kyle O'Reilly, it was always playing at the back of his mind that he did not have to be pinned to lose the championship. This made the match his most challenging till date, Kross said.

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