NHL Drops the Gloves with Unvaccinated Players

The NHL unveiled their 2021-22 health and safety protocols and they’re not very friendly towards unvaccinated players.

Unvaccinated players will be able to do…looks at list…nothing. Unvaccinated NHL players are going to be able to do just about nothing.

Here’s the breakdown of rules as obtained by ESPN:

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Report: WWE Selects Date for SummerSlam

PW Insider is reporting that WWE has selected Sunday, August 22 for SummerSlam. While the date is penciled in the venue is still up in the air. The speculation is that WWE will look for a larger venue on the West Coast for the annual summer spectacular. SummerSlam was slated for Boston in 2020 and moved to the WWE ThunderDome due to the pandemic.

Boston gets the shaft this year too which is interesting considering that major Northeast cities are moving towards full re-openings. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have announced that there will no longer be “caps” on outdoor attendance. Sucks for Beantown.

It was previously reported that WWE was targeting SummerSlam for the company’s return to the road. There was some speculation that the date could be pushed forward, both for the event and the return to touring, with rumors that AEW was looking to hit the road in July. AEW confirmed their return to the road beginning July 7 in Miami. It will be interesting to see if the WWE holds steady or they jump back on the road before SummerSlam.

COVID-19 Ripping Through NJPW’s Roster

New Japan Pro Wrestling is currently fighting a COVID-19 outbreak within its ranks. Last week’s NJPW Wrestling Dontaku event saw changes after two unnamed wrestlers, at the time the wrestlers were presumed to be Kazuchika Okada and Minoru Suzuki, were removed from the card. NJPW chairman Naoki Sugabayashi apologized for the alteration to the card and the Fukuoka event went on with some changes.

Since the event seven more NJPW talent have been afflicted with the virus. NJPW released the following statement:

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City Council Member Tito Ortiz Files for Unemployment

At first this was going to be another “look at what Tito is doing now” type commentary but Tito Ortiz has every right to do what he’s doing. As reported by the Orange County Register, Ortiz filed for unemployment benefits on February 22, 2021.

Ortiz has been getting disparaged for making his move but his business have been devastated by COVID-19 regulations in California. Particularly hard hit was his performance training center and retail store.

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Joe Rogan Clarifies Comments About COVID-19 Vaccine

Joe Rogan received a multi-million dollar exclusive podcast contract with Spotify for this exact reason. Controversy equals cash, more listens, more downloads, more views and more of whatever metric is associated with “The Joe Rogan Experience.” In case you missed it, last week on “JRE”, Rogan suggested that young healthy people do not and should not get vaccinated.

Chaos ensued.

Rogan suggested his family was a case study, his children who are young and healthy contracted COVID-19 and only presented cold-like symptoms. The comments resulted in an immediate backlash from the White House. Including this funny “shot” from White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.

“I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”

Kate Bedingfield on CNN’s “New Day,” via The Hill

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci responded as well but his comments were not as tongue-in-cheek.

Rogan would address the controversy on Thursday’s edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience:”

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MLW Brings Fans Back, ECW Arena Card Announced

Major League Wrestling (MLW) has announced that they will be taping shows with fans in attendance beginning July 10 in Philadelphia.

The event will take place at 2300 Arena, better known as the ECW Arena, in South Philadelphia and will feature limited fans with increased COVID-19 protocols.

This is more good news for MLW, the company recently announced a new TV deal which will bring programming to Vice TV.

Tickets are available at MLW2300.com

Dana White: Mask Use Not Mandatory at UFC 261

The UFC will not mandate that fans wear a mask while attending UFC 261 this Saturday in Jacksonville. Dana White spoke with Yahoo Sports and confirmed that mask usage will be up to the individual.

The move is par for the political course with Dana White.

The UFC will provide fans with a complimentary mask if they want to wear one. They will also require each fan complete a digital COVID-19 questionnaire before entering the arena. A paper questionnaire will be made available for fans who can not or chose not to complete the digital screening.

UFC Offering Masks for Fans Attending Events, Donating Respirators to the Red Cross

Many people questioned the UFC’s judgement on holding full capacity events during the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC 261 and UFC 262 respectively . Frankly, the questions were warranted considering Dana White’s politically based stance on the pandemic.

But give credit where credit is due, the UFC is at least going to provide free face coverings to all fans attending the two events.

Through a partnership with O2 Industries, the UFC will provide 32,000 fans with the face mask that are emblazoned with both companies logos. Additionally, the companies will donate 5,000 respirators to the American Red Cross for use in emergency situations.

Nice gesture. Whether or not fans will be mandated to wear the masks is unknown. Texas recently lifted their mask mandate and Florida never had a mask mandate.

Just speculation but you’d have to imagine the Jacksonville crowd would have to wear the masks while in the arena when not eating or drinking. WWE recently held to nights of WrestleMania in the state and this was the scenario fans encountered.

Nope, UFC will not mandate masks.

UFC also announced fans attending UFC 261 in Jacksonville will have to fill out a COVID-19 health questionnaire in order to gain entry to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The UFC was at the forefront of running shows in the early part of the pandemic. The UFC could be instrumental in the return to full capacity fans if these shows go off relatively safely from a health standpoint.