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WrestleMania 32 Recap: Shane McMahon’s epic leap, The Rock wrestles, Stone Cold Steve Austin returns, Roman Reigns triumphs

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When Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker in a “Hell in a Cell” match was announced for WrestleMania 32, every wrestling fan was giddy with anticipation that Shane was going to have an insane moment.

And boy did he deliver.

With the assistance of his custom-made Jordan 30s, Shane O’Mac jumped from the top of the 20-foot cell and CRASHED through the English announce table.

Here’s the incredible moment in GIF form:

It’s been almost 20 years since someone has taken a fall from the top of the cell (Mick Foley in 1998) and it’s the first time that someone has plunged from the top of the 20-foot version of the cell (Foley’s fall was 16-feet).

The Undertaker would later hit a Tombstone piledriver and pin Shane. McMahon was taken to the back on a stretcher after the match. He was heavily favoring his right shoulder.

While this was easily the craziest moment of the night, a ton of stuff happened during the SIX AND A HALF HOUR broadcast.

Yes, those caps were intentional.

Good Gawd, is that Shaq’s music??

This was shocking. It had been six years since Shaquille O’Neal appeared on WWE television and there was no mention of the four-time NBA champion on Raw or Smackdown leading into WrestleMania.

O’Neal entered the ring and immediately got in the face of the Big Show. The pair were eliminated from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal about five minutes after their stare down.

The Rock has a flamethrower and a surprise match

The Rock lit WrestleMania on fire (literally) as he brought out a flamethrower:

After announcing the record-setting attendance number — 101,793 — The Wyatt Family interrupted The Rock, which led to an impromptu match between Rock and Erick Rowan, which Rock won in six seconds. Afterwards, the Wyatt’s surrounded the People’s Champ and were about to attack The Rock when John Cena returned from his five month absence to help clear the ring.

Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley!

After the League of Nations beat The New Day –who had the best entrance of the night IMO — Wade Barrett issued a challenge to anyone who was willing to step up and face the LON, so the combination of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley (in Cactus Jack form), and Stone Cold Steve Austin (!) answered the challenge:

Austin got the best reaction of the night and delivered a massive Stone Cold Stunner to Xavier Woods:

Roman Reigns leaves with his daughter and the WWE title

After defeating Triple H to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a 27-minute match, Roman Reigns carried the gold and his daughter out of AT&T Stadium.

Ladders, ladders, ladders

The new Women’s Championship is unveiled

The Diva’s Championship era came to an end as the new Women’s Championship was unveiled during the TWO HOUR pre-show:

Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks proceeded to have one of the best matches of the night. Charlotte won the title thanks to the assistance of her father, the legendary Ric Flair.

Match ratings

Ryback vs. Kalisto: 3 1/4 out of 5 stars

10 Women tag match: 3 out of 5 stars

The Uso vs. The Dudleys: 3 out of 5 stars

IC title ladder match: 4 1/4 out of 5 stars

AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho: 3 out of 5 stars

League of Nations vs. The New Day: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar: 1 1/2 out of 5 stars

Women’s title triple threat: 4 out of 5 stars

Hell in a Cell match: 3 out of 5 stars

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: 3 out of 5 stars

The Rock vs. Erick Rowan: NA

WWE World Heavyweight Title: 3 3/4 out of 5 stars

 

Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore does push-ups during Winter Storm Stella

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Not even a foot of snow is going to stop the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore from getting a workout in.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Cantore was asked by Dan if he would perform push-ups on air during his next live shot and sure enough, Cantore obliged.

Not only did Cantore knock out 28 push-ups, but he continued his weather report with ease.

If only there would have been some thundersnow.

Fighting doubt and finding my voice in sports journalism

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I was once told by an internship advisor that I should give up my dream of working within the world of hockey in favor of event planning. Why? Not because I wasn’t knowledgeable in the sport, but because it was “hard.”

After a summer of treating me as his executive assistant he felt it was his place to tell me that my talents, which he only saw as keeping an Outlook calendar and making phone calls, would be better suited elsewhere.

It’s fair to say I didn’t listen to him, but part of what he said was right. Working in sports is hard.

Being a woman in a male dominated field comes with its ups and downs. I’ve been the only woman on press row and in press conferences, I’ve been subjected to season-long “towel interviews” by teams trying to get a rise out of me and as a colleague of mine wrote about, I’m constantly being tested by The Quiz.

Along the way I’ve worked with women who have viewed me as an enemy rather than an ally and men who have thought themselves more superior, but unlike some women I know, I’m lucky enough to consider those encounters rare.

As an introvert, it would have been easy to take this guy’s advice and run, but I didn’t. He motivated me to do the exact opposite of what he suggested.

I sometimes think about that summer conversation and wonder where I would be if I had in fact listened to his outdated and sexist ideals, but I can’t picture it. I remember sitting there, listening to what he said and remember how I never spoke up. I let him knock down my goals, even though I knew he didn’t do to the three male interns in the office.

I’m not proud of that, but I fought back in my own way.

I earned more internships, and now work as a sports producer. That’s the best revenge, even though he probably doesn’t remember the conversation or my name.

I think back at my 19-year-old self and am proud for ultimately not backing down, though I should have told him to shove it. It was a good lesson and one I hope less women will be forced to learn as the years go on.

Being in sports journalism isn’t easy, but it’s helped me find my voice. It’s given me the confidence that I never had before and this is only the beginning.