When Trish Stratus and Lita were beginning to make a name for women in WWE, another inspirational female performer was working her way up with blood, sweat and tears. Mercedes Martinez, a now 38-year-old ring veteran from Waterbury, Connecticut, has been a mainstay of Chicago's Shimmer Women Athletes and Florida's World Xtreme Wrestling. Trained by ECW’s former TV Champion Jason Knight, 'The Latina Sensation' is one of only a handful of stars to appear in WWE's inaugural all-women’s tournament, the Mae Young Classic, and the second tournament too. Her semi-final bout in 2017’s contest with current NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler won plaudits, while and her battle with Japanese legend Meiko Satomura in 2018 secured her place in fan's hearts and minds across the world. And now, all these years after she first began her journey, the 5ft 7in, 147lb powerhouse is still determined to leave a lasting mark in WWE. Martinez, in London with celebrated UK all-women's … [Read more...] about Mercedes Martinez: ‘I want to be part of WWE’s first women’s show’
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Roman Reigns is known to millions of fans as the larger than life superhero of WWE who slays opponents with a mighty Superman Punch and spears foes for the three-count. The 33-year-old, from Pensacola, Florida, is a four-time world champion, one third of one of professional wrestling's most well-loved teams in The Shield, and the face of the company. Reigns, 6ft 3in and 265lb, is known as the 'workhorse' of WWE - the man that defeated The Undertaker and has headlined WrestleMania for the last four years in a row. With all this in mind, it was easy to understand the shock and anguish felt by many back in October, when his fans were suddenly forced to face a bit of harsh reality. It was announced without warning, live on television, that Roman, real name Leati Joseph Anoa, was battling his biggest challenge of all… cancer. Reigns’ bravery in addressing his audience directly on Monday Night Raw gave viewers a true glimpse behind the musclebound frame and body armour of the … [Read more...] about How WWE’s real life superhero Roman Reigns beat leukaemia
The belligerent Dillian Whyte gets smarter with every contest and the heavyweight capped a brilliant year with a third victory and a second triumph over compatriot and rival Dereck Chisora here in a pulsating event at the O2 Arena. This contest was just a tad shorter, but no less brutal than their first war over 12-rounds in December 2018. No less entertaining either. Astute and aware from first to last, Whyte finished this second war with a hellacious left hook, which left Chisora on his back from the minute it landed. Whyte immediately called out Anthony Joshua afterwards for a brawl at Wembley Stadium in April, but there was no clear answer either from Joshua, ringside, or both fighters' promoter Eddie Hearn. The fight was so, so close. When Chisora was knocked out, the Finchley man was ahead on two of the judges' cards. But in that 11th round, just a minute before the chilling left hook denouement, referee Marcus McDonnell had punished Chisora with a point … [Read more...] about Dillian Whyte knocks out Dereck Chisora in 11th round after exhausting battle at O2 Arena
The Kasai river slides far across the plain. When the rains come, the sandbars in the middle – where fishermen have built temporary encampments consisting of straw huts – will disappear, making the river wider still. Local people will tell you it’s just a rivière; in this country, they reserve the word fleuve, a big river, for the mighty Congo alone. Mushie is built on one bank of the Kasai river, in the way that towns in other countries spawn from main roads. The town is two hours in a fast boat from Bandundu, and seven hours along the river in the other direction from the provincial capital, Inongo. There is no road. It’s only when you travel these inland waters, passing the standing fishermen paddling their pirogues – passing the dugout canoes and the big, flat cargo boats, laden perilously low in the water with families sitting on top of their goods – that you get a true sense of the scale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country … [Read more...] about The big sleep: how the world’s most chaotic country is beating a deadly disease
Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?