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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

 

Sportscaster Dick Enberg dies at 82

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SAN DIEGO — Dick Enberg, the longtime sportscaster who got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games, died Thursday. He was 82.

Engberg’s daughter, Nicole, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” wife Barbara told the Union-Tribune. “We think it was a heart attack.”

Enberg retired in October 2016 after a 60-year career – and countless calls of “Oh my!” in describing a play that nearly defied description. He also was well-known for his baseball catchphrase of “Touch `em all” for home runs.

Raised in Armada, Michigan, Enberg’s first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games.

During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.

He said the most historically important event he covered was “The Game of the Century,” Houston’s victory over UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.

“That was the platform from which college basketball’s popularity was sent into the stratosphere,” Enberg said. “The `79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. … UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.”

Enberg’s many former broadcast partners included Merlin Olsen, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, Don Drysdale and Tony Gwynn. He even worked a few games with Wooden, whom he called “The greatest man I’ve ever known other than my own father.” Enberg called Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015.

John Ireland, the radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeted that “If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he couldn’t have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman.”

Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its Media Center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.

“Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career,” broadcaster Keith Olbermann said of Enberg on Twitter. “What a terrible loss.”

Sports world goes all-in on 2017 solar eclipse

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Nick Saban may not have had any interest in checking out today’s much-hyped solar eclipse, but he seems to be the only one in the sports world.

At least according to these epic #SolarEclipse2017 sports Twitter moments.

The NASCAR community was on point with their eclipse celebrations, seriously you’re missing out if you’re not following any of these teams/drivers on Twitter.

But they weren’t the only ones.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Billy Horschel weren’t the only golfers taking in the views (with proper glasses), Tiger Woods bought into the hype too.

The Rome Braves had their break, but Bartolo Colon watching the eclipse will be your moment of zen.

And remember, if you were truly amazed by #SolarEclipse2017 goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has some more mind-blowing universal knowledge for you.