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WWE WrestleMania: Drew McIntyre talks Happy Corbin and how he’s gunning for Roman v Brock winner – Sport360 News

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With WrestleMania just around the corner, Sport360 caught up with Drew McIntyre and spoke about his thoughts ahead of the show of shows, and his aspirations for the future.

Here’s what he had to say….

Q: What is the vibe like when everyone under the WWE umbrella manages to get together, in this case Dallas. How does it feel to have everyone back together?

Drew: It’s awesome! It feels like the biggest reunion of all time, having everyone in the company back together again. Having all the fans traveling from across the world again to the same location and enjoying the thing we all love most is incredible too. Two years ago, we had an epic WrestleMania with nobody there, limited capacity and nobody traveling. But this year, we get back to normal with people from around the world, and potentially 100 thousand people going to be there each night over the weekend. I’m really looking forward to it.

Q: You have been away from the title fight since losing to Lashley, so after WrestleMania, is that something that would be the goal again, to set the sights on a title?

Drew: Absolutely. That’s the number one goal at all times! It’s been so long since I’ve competed for the Heavyweight Championship, so that’s definitely in my sights. When I was drafted to SmackDown, my eyes were on the Universal Championship right away. But I understood and was perfectly fine with doing whatever it took to get that opportunity. It’s not like Roman was going to jump up and offer it to me when he knows what I’m capable of these days – we all saw what happened at Survivor Series in 2020.

When the whole family got involved, I got low-blowed and choked out. He’s (Roman) definitely aware of what Drew McIntyre is capable of these days compared to our battles in the past. And as I said, I’ll start from the bottom, fight everybody and I’ll work my way up.

At this stage of my career I understand that I don’t need it all. Now, I am a 52 weeks-a-year product, I’m 36 years old. I’ve got plenty of years left in my career and I’ve just been biding my time, building my victories, waiting for my moment. We’ve got this huge match with Roman versus Brock in the title vs title match at WrestleMania and I can assure you, I’ve got my eyes on who’s going to win that match because I’m coming for them.

Q: This is now going to be your seventh WrestleMania, and your resume at the show of shows is pretty damn cool. You’ve been the main eventer with Brock Lesnar, you were the first WWE superstar to perform in front of fans during the pandemic era when you took on Bobby Lashley. Even a Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania 26, so you’ve pretty much ticked off every major thing you can do at WrestleMania. Do you still get that excitement, that nervousness and those goosebumps during WrestleMania season?

Drew: Yeah, for sure. I get the excitement and goosebumps for all weekend shows, even the ones that aren’t televised. So certainly, for WrestleMania, I mentioned already that now we’re getting back to the way WrestleMania is supposed to be. I know how many people are going to be there, I know our most passionate fans travel from all across the world to get together and bring that energy. I know how loud it’s going to be, so I’m absolutely buzzing to hear the excitement on the streets and feel the excitement in the arena. I don’t know, since I returned to WWE match wise, it might seem interesting, I wrestled Roman at my first WrestleMania and I’ve wrestled with Lesnar, Lashley and Corbin.

A lot of people might say “well, one of these is not like the other”, but at the same time, as the rest of the matches were more about the glory and the championships. The contest with the big Roman, a top superstar, and maybe more so than the title matches.

But with Corbin, it’s different, as he tried to take me out at the start of the year.

This one’s personal and I’m very much planning to either, take them out quickly and embarrass them or drag the beating for such a long time and truly embarrass him. I’ve been studying is past matches including Brett Hart versus Stone Cold or The Undertaker vs. Sean Michaels. I’ve been studying Vince McMahon versus Brett Hart from WrestleMania 26 where it was just a really long, uncomfortable 40 minutes. Those are inspirations for sure.

Q: It’s just recently past the second anniversary of the first lockdown across a large part of the world. For a lot of people, you’ll be a symbol of that period really thanks to your fantastic title victory. I know emotionally and in terms of the individual moment, it might not have been the circumstances at the title when you’d have imagined or you grew up dreaming about that moment. But it’s quite the legacy when you think about the mark that you’re leaving, isn’t it?

Drew:I’ve talked about this a lot and it’s not what I dreamed about when I was a kid, because who on Earth would dream about winning the title and the main event in WrestleMania in front of nobody. Nobody could have predicted the times when we were going to be in, especially that specific moment, that specific time, that specific weekend when it was the height of the pandemic and everyone around the world was genuinely scared. We didn’t know what was going on. Every other sport entertainment company had shut down, but WWE pushed ahead. And I was the main event, you know, I was a part of the feel good story and could take people’s minds off of what was going on. And seeing the feedback meant the world to me.

We really did make a lot of people happy and I know this because I saw the numbers going up 60% on social media from the prior year. I’ve talked to people countless times now, through virtual in person and I’ve had them tell me just how difficult things got for them and how the escape that WWE gives can literally save people’s lives.

There were people in tears telling me that’s the stuff that makes me realize just how important what we did during that period was, and I’ll never take it back. I was very proud of it. In the end when WrestleMania comes and goes, people remember those moments from WrestleMania and if you’re lucky, people will continue to remember it for a few months. But the product keeps going, the machine keeps pushing ahead. Those moments may end up in a video package or on the network or on Shahid even, but the reality is nobody will forget the WrestleMania when the world stood still and that’s when Drew McIntyre won the title.

Q: Aside from your own match, which match of the current confirmed WrestleMania card excites you the most?

Drew: Well, there’s definitely a few. I’ve got my eyes on Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns. Obviously, I want to see who is going to win that because then I’ll be gunning for them.

We’ve got Charlotte Flair in the event too, and I know it will be amazing to watch because she always puts in some big-time performances on the biggest stage. She’s such an incredible athlete. Then she’s up against Ronda Rousey who is an unbelievable athlete, and she’s also thrived in those big time matches so that’s going to be fun to watch.

For Becky vs. Bianca, Becky just did one of my favorite promos she’s ever this past Monday, on RAW, along with Bianca who’s come into her own and is such a superstar.

She’s such a phenomenal athlete and so together those two will produce magic.

Q: Regarding that title unification between Brock Lesnar & Roman Reigns from WrestleMania Sunday, who do you think we’ll come out with both championships? And would you like to face the winner for both titles?

Drew: Yeah, whoever wins. I definitely want to face them but I can’t really predict who’s going to win. I have got history with both as I defeated Brock for my first WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36, although Roman has always been my Kryptonite and I have never been able to defeat him. I came close during Survivor Series 2020 champion versus champion, but the whistles got involved when the low blow happened.

But Roman’s aware of what I’m capable of these days.

I’m excited to see the winner and Brock’s not the same Brock he was – his cowboy Brock right now, is somehow more terrifying when he comes out and he smiles, and he has a good time. He just destroys everybody and runs into them and that’s even more terrifying than angry Brock. I’m curious to see who’s going to come away with a victory, and I’m going to watch it like everyone else as a fan. At the same time, after that match finishes, whoever is standing there with those two titles, I’m going to be gunning for them.

Q: The main event for this year, Reigns Vs. Lesnar. It’s arguably the biggest match of all time and it seems as though all the other cards have been in its shadow. Do you believe you can get to that level and how do you plan on reaching that status?

Drew: Yeah, I do believe I can get there. 100%. I could lie and say, “it’ll be this year”, but it wouldn’t be that because the level of superstars involved, the build-up to the match and just the years and years and years of equity that both Roman and Brock have. Honestly, nobody across any of the brands can touch that right now. It is genuinely the biggest match we might have ever seen. Right now, both titles are on the line. This build-up makes it the biggest match of all time and rightfully so. And when we look at all the attributes of both superstars, you can have a debate if there’s a match in the past that was bigger, but it would be a silly branding thing to see like the second biggest match all time.

And it can be debate as the biggest match time because of the superstars involved because of the titles on the line. Obviously, I’m watching with everybody else, just not only, like I said earlier, to figure out who the winner is and who I’m going for, but also to figure out what I need to do to get to the level they’re both at.

The progress I’ve made the past couple of years, I’m going to keep getting those reps and watch both those superstars’ study both of those superstars and figure out how they got to where they’re at right now.

Q: What does WrestleMania mean to you and what are your expectations for this great event?

Drew: WrestleMania means everything. It’s the biggest show of the year. It’s what we all work towards from the day after WrestleMania all the way through the year, hoping to stay healthy, hoping to be lucky enough to get a match on WrestleMania.

It’s the dream for superstars like myself who always wanted to be in the WWE as a kid.

Always dreamed of being part of WrestleMania in any capacity. Everybody including me is absolutely buzzing for this year’s WrestleMania.

My expectations for the match are high. I obviously have been running my mouth about Corbin and all the horrible things I’m going to do to him, “I’m going to hurt him, and I’m going to embarrass him” but at the same time I could take a second to say some slight positives about him.

Realistically, he is 6 ft 7’ tall and almost 300 pounds heavy. As a former football player, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. He’s got the experience now that he’s been around for a few years and the biggest thing of all is those physical attributes. Aside from the fact that he’s a terrible human being, as this confidence right now as “Happy Corbin” since he’s undefeated. There is a difference in his confidence because he is on a roll.

His confidence is matching his physical ability, although he seems like he is afraid of Drew McIntyre, and there is always a danger as I am going in with a game plan. I am going to embarrass him, and I’ve got high expectations for after the match as well.

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Real Madrid vs Real Betis Prediction and Betting Tips – 22nd May 2022

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Real Madrid and Real Betis will draw the curtain on their 2021-22 La Liga campaign when they square off at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Los Verdiblancos head into the game on a two-match winning streak and will aim to make it three victories on the trot for the first time since February.

Real Madrid had to settle for a share of the spoils last Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cadiz at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.

The La Liga champions will now return to home turf, where they are currently on a three-game winning streak, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one in that time.

With a highly-anticipated Champions League final against Liverpool on the horizon, victory on Sunday could set the tone for that encounter as they look to claim a record-extending 14th title.

Meanwhile, Real Betis maintained their fine run of results as they claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Granada on home turf.

This followed a 3-0 victory at Valencia on May 10 which saw their four-game winless run in La Liga come to an end.

Real Betis are now eyeing a third consecutive win in a bid to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, as they sit three points off fourth-placed Sevilla in the league standings.


Real Madrid vs Real Betis Head-To-Head and Key Numbers

  • With 24 wins from the last 42 meetings between the sides, Real Madrid boast a superior record in the history of this fixture.
  • Real Betis have picked up seven wins in that time, while the honors have been shared on 11 different occasions.
  • Real Betis are unbeaten in each of their last four visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, picking up two wins and two draws since a 2-1 defeat back in 2017.
  • Real Betis head into the weekend unbeaten in each of their last six games on the road, picking up two wins and four draws in that time.
  • Real Madrid have won each of their last three home games, stretching back to a 3-2 loss against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals back in April

Real Madrid vs Real Betis Prediction

With the league already wrapped up, Carlo Ancelotti could rest a few key players ahead of their Champions League final against Liverpool. While Real Betis have their sights on a top-four finish, we predict the Galacticos will do just enough to force a share of the spoils.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Real Betis


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Real Madrid vs Real Betis Betting Tips

Tip 1: Result – Draw

Tip 2: Both sides to score – Yes (Real Madrid and Real Betis have been impressive in attack this season, scoring 80 and 62 goals respectively)

Tip 3: Game to have over 4.5 cards – Yes (There have been five or more bookings in six of the last eight meetings between the sides)


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Rivals.com – Rivals100 DE Vic Burley talks top schools ahead of summer visits

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Vic Burley has a busy summer ahead.

The recruiting process is winding down for one of the most coveted defensive ends in the 2023 class. The Rivals100 prospect has official visits set to Tennessee (end of May), Michigan State (June 3-5), Georgia (June 10-12), and Ohio State (June 24-26). Burley will also take an official visit to Clemson for a game this fall.

On Georgia: “We really want you, that’s been their main message. They’re always contacting me saying hey, we care about you, we want you. They just ask about what’s going on in a normal day, stuff like that. I probably talk to them every day”.

On Tennessee: “I talk to them probably four times a week. (Their message is) we want you here. You’ll be a special part of this team that we can really build around you.”

On Clemson: “Their message is really, D-line U. If you want to be developed, you come here. Now they’re kind of comparing me to Myles Murphy a little bit. A little bit more versatile, down the line.”

On Ohio State: “Just that legacy they have of producing really good defensive linemen. Nick Bosa, Joey Bosa, Chase Young to name a few. It just really stands out.”

On when he wants to commit: “Probably pretty early in the season.”

Georgia, Tennessee, and Clemson have long appeared to be the frontrunners in Burley’s recruitment. That still seems to be the case. A program to watch, however, is Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ tradition of sending top pass rushers to the NFL appeals to Burley, and he feels he could fit well in Ohio State’s defense as a 4-3 defensive end.

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Melbourne Victory vs Western United prediction, preview, team news and more | A-League 2021-22

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The A-League returns to the fold with its second leg of semi-final matches this weekend as Western United take on Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Melbourne Victory managed a narrow victory in the first leg and will want to finish the job this week.

Western United managed a third-placed finish in the A-League standings and have stepped up to the plate this season. The away side has suffered a slump in recent weeks and will need to bounce back this weekend.

Melbourne Victory, on the other hand, are in second place in the league table and have improved after a recent poor run. The hosts have endured a few defensive issues in recent weeks and will need to present a robust front in this fixture.

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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Head-to-Head

Western United and Melbourne Victory are on an even footing as far as the head-to-head record is concerned and have won four games apiece out of a total of 10 matches played between the two sides.

The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the first leg and ended in a 1-0 victory for Melbourne Victory. Western United were wasteful on the day and will need to be more clinical this weekend.

Melbourne Victory form guide in the A-League: W-W-W-D-W

Western United form guide in the A-League: L-L-D-L-W


Melbourne Victory vs Western United Team News

Melbourne Victory have a few injury concerns
Melbourne Victory have a few injury concerns

Melbourne Victory

Robbie Kruse is injured at the moment and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Matt Action and Matt Spiranovic have completed their recoveries and will be included in the squad.

Injured: Robbie Kruse

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Western United have a point to prove
Western United have a point to prove

Western United

Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Alessandro Diamanti are injured and will not be included in the squad for this week’s match. Josh Risdon has recovered from his injury and will be available for selection.

Injured: Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Alessandro Diamanti

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Melbourne Victory vs Western United Predicted XI

Melbourne Victory Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ivan Kelava; Jason Davidson, Brendan Hamill, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Geria; Joshua Brilliante, Jay Barnett; Ben Folami, Jake Brimmer, Marco Rojas; Nicholas D’Agostino

Western United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Jamie Young; Ben Garuccio, Leo Lacroix, Josh Risdon, Tomoki Imai; Steven Lustica, Rene Krhin; Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Adisu Bayew, Lachlan Wales; Aleksandar Prijovic


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Melbourne Victory vs Western United Prediction

Melbourne Victory have been in impressive form since the turn of the year and are unbeaten in their last seven league games. The hosts have a marginal deficit on aggregate and will need to be on guard against an upset.

Western United have struggled this month and have a few issues to solve ahead of this match. Melbourne Victory are in better form, however, and should be able to win this game.

Prediction: Melbourne Victory 2-1 Western United


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