by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” 2012 can be characterized as a unique year of circumstances. It wasn’t necessarily a year defined of great athletic team achievement in Sumner County, although there was plenty of it.But it was more about uniqueness – stories that probably won’t be repeated. Here we are counting down the top five Sumner County sports stories in 2012. This story presents the top sports stories from No. 5 to No. 2. We will present the sports story of the year on Dec. 31.We will be counting the top 10 news stories starting on Jan. 1. We will countdown 10 to 6 on New Years Day evening. No. 2-5 will be on the morning of Jan. 2 and the No. 1 Sumner Newscow story of the year will be featured on the evening of Jan. 2.Â 2. WHS girls basketball team goes to state.Â Basketball in Wellington has not exactly stirred the fear of opponents over the years. The school had not had a state basketball tournament berth since the boys did it in 1957. That was during the Eisenhower Administration.But that changed in 2012 when the Wellington High School girls basketball team broke the streak and qualified for the Class 4A state tournament in Salina.It was a fun year. The Crusaders spent most of the season in the top 10. They accumulated a 16-game winning streak, and became only the second WHS basketball team to have a 20-win season.And during the first week of March in front of a sea of red at Clearwater gymnasium, Wellington would beat Mulvane 43-30 to capture the crown. It hadn’t been a great sub-state week for the Crusaders. Wellington would beat Rose Hill 51-38 in the semifinals in a grinder of a game when the Dukes were down by eight points at the half and trailed by one as late as 3:53 to play. Wellington would rattle off the final 14 points to win.After a hard-fought win against Mulvane, Wellington would go to state to play Ottawa in the first round, losing 71-56, in front of a huge Wellington contingency. WHS senior Dani Anderson scored 33 points in the game.Perhaps, the season wasn’t unexpected. Three of the seniors had been starting since their freshman year. Anderson, Ashlyn Whaley and Erianne Adams were an integral part of Kevin Hackerott’s offense since he started coaching at the high school level in 2008. The Crusader program had four good season, each one better than the previous one. 2012 was a culmination of a successful four-year stint. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down phil · 397 weeks ago Conway Springs tennis had great success in 2013…just pray that Collegiate stays in 4A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WHSalum · 397 weeks ago Phil- 3A can feel free to take WCS back at any time! Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 397 weeks ago Traci Get your facts straight. Dani was the only one that really started every game since she was a freshman. Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down What’s your point? · 397 weeks ago “Perhaps, the season wasn’t unexpected. Three of the seniors had been starting since their freshman year.” Duke Fan…just to clarify, his statment said that they had all three started since their freshman year. It doesn’t say every game. What difference does it make anyway? Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down What’s your point? · 397 weeks ago It just goes to prove that there a lot of people in this town that just can’t be happy for others. It’s an article on top sporting stories of 2012 and it has to be criticized? I am happy to have raised my children here, but I get such a sour taste in my mouth from people like this that have to nit pick things apart and cannot ever be happy for other people’s successes or accomplishments. . Thanks Tracy for sharing all of these fun achievements with your readers. It’s just a game… Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Wilmoth becomes a replacement NFL referee.Â Mike Wilmoth on TV.If everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, Mike Wilmoth of Wellington definitely used his allocated portion in 2012.Wilmoth became an NFL replacement referee during a labor dispute in August and September. And for seven weeks â€”four preseason and three regular season weeks â€” Wilmoth became part of “the” national sports story. Sports media pundits and fans everywhere had a collective cow over the state of officiating in the NFL (as if any of them could really tell).Wilmoth took it in stride, one time telling his son Brandon that “it’s football,” when asked how things were going. Wilmoth, who has been officiating football for over three decades in high school, small college and arena football â€” never acted like the NFL was much differentâ€¦ except for the pay and the big-time events. Wilmoth was an official for Peyton Manning’s regular season debut in Denver, and he officiated a game in front of the zealous cheesehead fans in Green Bay on a Thursday night.Wilmoth was part of a “prime time” officiating team.But his NFL officiating gig came to a quick halt, when a last second controversy in Seattle which he wasn’t apart of, became so epidemic that the officiating labor dispute ended two days later.But his time in the spotlight was not. He became a media darling thereafter. Wilmoth was interviewed by nearly every TV and newspaper outlet in the area. He even had a lengthy interview with NPR Radio that ran nationally for nearly an hour.Now Wilmoth is back to a normal routine of teaching high school history at USD 353, and officiating various levels of local football. For Wilmoth, the mad mother at a junior varsity South Haven football game is probably just the same as that drunken irate NFL Cheesehead. 5. Conway Springs clinches two state championships in tennis.When you are in the position as Sumner Newscow is of covering a plethora of sports teams throughout the county, sometimes it becomes a blur of accomplishments.Conway Springs girls, along with the boys, win state crown.But perhaps one of the most overlooked achievements across the state of Kansas might have occurred right under our noses.Conway Springs, long known for its football prowess, had a stunning year in high school tennis. Conway Springs head coach Chris Baller would coach both of his boys and girls teams to Class 3-2-1A state titles in 2012.Last spring, the Conway Springs boys won state with 34 points, knocking out Sterling, which had 30.5. Doubles partners Anthony Trifiletti and Grant Bellar finished fourth in doubles for the Cardinals.Not to be outdone, in the fall the Conway Springs girls brought home a state trophy as well in Hutchinson. The Lady Cards would score 38 team points outdistancing the next competitor by 11 team points. Chelsea Ebenkamp and Stacy Sones were doubles team winners with a 7-5, 6-2 state victory over a dual team from Claflin. 3. WHS football program goes through another coaching turnover.Â The WHS football program didn’t really go through a transitional period in 2012. It was more like a tornado. WHS went 17 years with tremendous stability with Linn Hibbs at the helm and a group of assistants. Then Hibbs resigned in late 2011. Wellington cast its eyes to an up-and-coming assistant at rival Andale and hired Dylan Schmidt as his replacement.Schmidt appeared to be a good replacement. He, with the help of the Crusader Club, rebuilt the weight room, and was instrumental in getting a new press box and improved aluminum seat backing at Sellers Park.But Schmidt abruptly resigned in late May and returned as an assistant to his alma mater in Andale. As a result, Wellington was once again scrambling for a football coach.Wellington eventually landed Tyler Ryan, a head coach from Wichita Trinity. He implemented a new flex bone offense.The results haven’t been great in Ryan’s first year. The team struggled to a 2-7 record. This marked the first time in the 93 year history of Wellington football that the Crusaders has suffered three losing seasons in a row. Wellington, which currently holds the longest consecutive playoff qualifying streak, has now missed the playoffs two years in a row.But to be fair, the current group of seniors have had three head coaches in their three years of high school. Also, there are just three assistant coaches left from the Hibbs regime.It’s hard to believe, Wellington is just 11 years removed from being two-time state champions. Top Sumner County sports stories, No. 5 to 2 are as followsâ€¦
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, August 1, 2013:â€¢7:45 a.m. Connie J. Gould, 23, Caldwell was issued a notice to appear charged withÂ illegal registration/expired tag and defective brake lights.â€¢11:45 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 2200 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Betty J. Bates, 86, Wellington and juvenile female, 16, Wellington.â€¢11:55 a.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 300 block E. 17th, Wellington.â€¢1:05 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.â€¢1:15 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Daniel E. Williams, 22, Stillwater, Okla. and a fixed object/overhead canopy owned by Wheat Country Laundry, Wellington.â€¢3:21 p.m. Cody L. Nail, 19, Haysville, was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed Stop Sign.â€¢On July 31, 2013 at 4 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢On July 31, 2013 at 4 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢6:45 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicide threat of a known suspect in the 800 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢8:04 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Thaddeus Popplewell, 33, Caldwell, Ks and Sierra B. Wyckoff, 18, Wellington.â€¢9:08 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. Short, Wellington.
5. Shout out of the weekâ€¦I’m giving it to that North Dakota State team which came down and beat K-State in its own yard, much to my chagrin.Craig BohlThat’s a gutsy, well-oiled machine. If I’m a BCS school looking for a coach, I’d take a hard look at Craig Bohl, the NDSU head coach. He is proof that bald people are the smartest people on this planet. 4. Facebook pageâ€¦The last thing I want to do is encourage people to log onto that godforsaken time-zapping, self-esteem reducing, ignorance-promoting social network website called Facebook – which I tend to be on quite frequently.But Sumner Newscow has a Facebook business page, and I encourage you to “like” it.Why? Because if this website is down for whatever reason, you can get an explanation on our Facebook page. Also, it’s a good way to get alerts of the newest stories on our site.Just log onto https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sumner-Newscow/269583703053013 and give us a like. Stay away from the other stuff though. 2. My articleâ€¦I knew this week’s Mulvane story would generate interest and reopen some wounds.But the story was relevant in that it completed a story that has been in play for more than a decade.Â Today is payday. The Kansas Star is now in full operation and both the Mulvane and Wellington municipalities are adjusting their budgets accordingly. The 2014 budget was made this month and it will be the first year to reflect the full financial ramification of the casino. That fight for the casino resulted in $3 million to the city of Mulvane coffers, provided the casino continues generating its current state of revenue.The whole gambling culture perplexes me. I don’t understand why people throw good hard-earned dollars into slots and poker chips unless its for the entertainment purposes only. I’d rather watch a football game on TV. But each to their own.Still, I don’t bemoan Sumner County’s fight to bring a casino to the area in hopes of providing a little more development, providing a few jobs, and helping with our tax base. Perhaps, it was best the casino ended up in Mulvane. Wellington might have been a different town with the casino in our front yard â€” a town I would not have wanted to raise my children.It’s time to focus our attention on attracting other kinds of industry. If we aren’t growing, we’re dying. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Five Cueball thoughts for Aug. 31, 2013â€¦1. Casino afterthoughtsâ€¦I didn’t cover the Sumner County casino issue as a news reporter so many of the specific details involving the decision of where to place the casino is a bit hazy.But I do know the county commissioners of the late 2000s and the Wellington city leadership are getting a bum rap on this site’s comment section (see story here). How’s that saying goâ€¦ hindsight is always 20/20?Â It would have been political suicide for the commissioners at the time to endorse any other location than the one at Exit 19 during the first round of lottery votes.Remember, the commissioners made that recommendation based on a public resolution passed by Sumner County voters a few years earlier. To do anything differently would be in conflict of the wishes of their constituents.Also, at that point in time, Wellington was very much in the mix of landing the casino and was putting its best foot forward with a promotional package to the state. Had the commissioners made an endorsement including the Mulvane site, holy cow, they would have had hell to pay from the locals.When the commissioners made their vote, there was also no indication at the time the state lottery commission was going to turn its back on the Wellington contingency.It was apparent the lottery commission never intended to place the casino at Exit 19. Had the commissioners voted for a Mulvane site as well as Wellington’s, they would forever be blamed. A recall election would have been imminent.As far as the Wellington leadership is concerned, let’s get this straight: Had they not taken the initiative to bring a casino here, Wellington nor Sumner County would have ever been in the mix in the first place. And had Sedgwick County voters turned down a proposal to build a casino there, that thing would be sitting in downtown Wichita today â€” and we wouldn’t be having this discussion here in Sumner.How the casino came to be at Exit 33 is a fascinating tale. So many players were involved, so many different scenarios played out, so many twists and turns. Anything could have happened.Someone should write a book. 3. Collegiateâ€¦I read the Wichita Collegiate football preview in the bird paper, and immediately took my remote control nearby and chucked it against the wall.How is Wichita Collegiate allowed to do what it does? The Spartans got a couple of transfers from Rose Hill, and an all-leaguer from Circle. Heck, they even stole from another private school. This year’s Spartan quarterback used to play for Kapaun Mount Carmel.Collegiate bullied its way into the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, and I’ve heard the school has been actively recruiting a couple of athletes in Wellington.Collegiate also doesn’t have to worry about transfer rules. If an athlete transfers from say Winfield to Wellington, he has to sit out for a semester because of district boundaries. But you don’t have to at Collegiate because the school has no boundaries. The world is its boundary. So thus, there is no penalty moving from one school district to Collegiate.I have heard Wichita Trinity, another independent school, is getting pretty aggressive with their recruiting as well.So who is to blame? Is it the private schools for their aggressive recruiting or the public schools who are such wimps that they let it happen? Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (23) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down no bwf · 362 weeks ago Your not bald cueball.you are hair challenged. Nice try though. Report Reply 8 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 362 weeks ago “I’ve heard”…”I have heard” If you have evidence you need to take it to the KSHSAA. These are very serious allegations and there are rules against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SmackDaddy · 362 weeks ago Tracy I am going to be the first to run in and pop some popcorn and staying tuned in to the news cow for laughs. I dont believe I have ever seen you post one of your thoughts more on spot than this one about Collegiate. The State of Kansas has got to put an end to private schools being in the same classes as public schools because they do play by different rules. PRIVATE SCHOOLS can and do buy state championships. Its nothing uncommon for them to offer $10,000.00 scholarships to very good athletes. Put them in their own classification and leave our public schools to their own. Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Property Taxpayer · 362 weeks ago Cue: You need to understand the intent of Senate Bill 66. It was never intended to allow a County commission to choose the site. The intention was for the County Commission to examine all applications, make sure the minimum standards were met and forward ALL applications that met the minimum to the gaming commission to choose the site. Gracy, Marten, Newell decided to take the job of the gaming commission into their own hands. The end result was, for this past year, a loss to Sumner County of 3 million dollars. Had they done what the Senate Bill ask we could have no property tax in Sumner County today. But then again the School Boards and City Commissions would just reach into our pockets and take that away too! Report Reply 1 reply · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down oldlady · 362 weeks ago According to that bird paper, those guys from Rose Hill, ( both starters) who transferred to Collegiate, transferred because their parents moved. Makes one wonder how many blocks west they had to go? Who do they think they are kidding? Sompin needs to be done ’bout this situation! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 362 weeks ago Why is Wellington afraid of Collegiate? Reading some of these post you would think they was unstaoppable…Didn’t they play Conway all those years when Conway was State Champs? Report Reply 2 replies · active 362 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago I am told that many states have private schools play their own leagues, regionals, state championships, etc. If KSHSAA won’t do that, why can’t they at least make the private schools play by the same rules that apply to public schools? Make it an even playing field. If players have to sit out a semester at private schools, the same should apply to private. It is plain and simple. Look how Collegiate got into the AVCTL. They bullied and bought their way in. Many schools out west have and had the same problem for many years and yet the KSHSAA turned their backs on them. COME ON KSHSAA, LET’S MAKE IT FAIR FOR ALL!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 362 weeks ago how bout no students have to sit out a semester when transferring. This is highschool I would propose that no high school athlete in Kansas shall be provided montetary incentives be it scholarship or personal funds for the sole purpose of participation of athletics in any school public or private. I see no problem moving to a school you feel like you will be successful at as long as your parents are within the district. This isn’t pee wee football a lot of these kids get better expose to college recruiting by going to different schools who could blame them for chasing their dreams? Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 362 weeks ago What a lot of people are missing out on about Collegiates ability to recruit from anywhere puts them into the same category as a 6A team and that is the division they should be playing in if they want to play in a public playoff system. Smaller schools have to do with kids from a smaller base of players to draw from. When a small private school can selectively choose who they want to play for them when they can recruit from say 100,000 students you damn straight they are going to be able to field great teams. When a school like Wellington can only field a team from 150 boys you have to get damn lucky to have a remote chance to make the playoffs. I want to see the likes of Collegiate if they want to play for public state championships to be made to play in 6A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 362 weeks ago Not necessarily in football but when it comes to other sports watch out. They are trying their best now to buy a football championship having picked up an all league player from Circle and recruited the 2 brothers from Rose hill (receiver and QB) along with another great QB from Kapuan Mt. Carmel. I know a lot about Collegiate from being a moderator on another news papers site that talked lots on high school sports. Tracy the likes of Collegiate have no boundaries they have to follow like public schools. The majority of their student/athletes have full ride scholarships waiting for them when they graduate to continue in their choice sport when their high school careers are done. Its a shame the KSHSAA bowed down to their request to join the ARK VALLEY LEAGUE. It has a lot to do with members of the KSHSAA having their own students in private schools. Remember they take care of their own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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Good thing Patriots owner Robert Kraft in 2017 invested in a couple Boeing 767 jets to serve as the team’s private planes. When he did so, New England became the first NFL franchise to invest in one plane, let alone two, to fly to games.Per ESPN, the planes the Patriots purchased and retrofitted with first-class seating, “depending on miles flown and condition, generally cost between $5 million and $65 million. A source said the planes the Patriots bought are extended range, which allows the planes to fly nonstop for about 12 hours. A brand-new plane could cost $200 million.”The Patriots opened as four-point road favorites against the Texans for their “Sunday Night Football” game, but that line has dropped to -3 in the days leading up to the game. The illness that spread throughout the Patriots’ locker room over the last week is evidently no joke.According to ESPN, when the team left New England for Houston ahead of Sunday night’s Week 13 game, it took two planes, “one to accommodate those who were sick and keep others away from them.” Presumably, the players who traveled on the “sick” plane were the nine who were listed as questionable with an illness on the Patriots’ injury report for the Texans game: Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Joejuan Williams, linebackers Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy, offensive tackles Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon, safety Patrick Chung and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.Tight end Ryan Izzo was the only player the Patriots ruled out with the illness.MORE: How the Patriots can clinch a playoff spot in Week 13
LAS VEGAS — The baddest woman on the planet found herself in a fight Saturday. She showed that she’s far more than a devastating striker.Two-division champion Amanda Nunes deployed a proficient wrestling game to ground Germaine de Randamie over the course of five rounds and retained her UFC women’s bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNunes — who has spent the past three fights mauling her opponents with devastating striking — wasn’t able to overpower the Dutch kickboxer. Instead, Nunes mixed in takedowns that left de Randamie helpless.Things nearly came to an abrupt halt in the first round when Nunes took down de Randamie, pummeled her with heavy strikes and almost ended the fight twice with submission attempts. De Randamie managed to survive and even turned the fight around in the second frame when she stunned the champion with a wicked knee. Nunes appeared to expend a great deal of energy looking for an early finish and de Randamie took full advantage in the second. She landed crisp counterstrikes and had the champion in trouble, albeit briefly. Recognizing that de Randamie wasn’t going to allow her to land the thudding right hand, Nunes opted to utilize her wrestling to ground her opponent. From there, it was a simple rinse and repeat as de Randamie’s back and the canvas got familiar during the final three rounds. The champ changing levels! ⬇️🏆 @Amanda_Leoa #UFC245 pic.twitter.com/RsS7zILJ8K— UFC (@ufc) December 15, 2019Try as she might, de Randamie had no answers for Nunes’ wrestling and repeatedly found herself looking up at the lights as Nunes pounded on her during the third and fourth rounds. With the fight seemingly in the bag, Nunes took all of nine seconds to ground de Randamie again in the fifth and never gave her the opportunity to get to her feet. Aside from the second round, it was total domination from the “champ champ” as Nunes earned scores of 49-44, 49-46 and 49-45 from the judges.
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Lestle HollingsworthLestle Hollingsworth was born Dec. 4, 1935 in Tulsa, Okla. to Velma Conklin and Joyce Randall Hollingsworth. He was the second of their four sons.His family also lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a year before returning to their family farm in Belle Plaine where Lestle spent most of his school years. In 1953 he was a second generation graduate of Belle Plaine High School. He then attended Wichita State University, majoring in music education and voice. He was proud of his years as a drum major both in high school and college.He traveled the world extensively working as a church missionary. His Campaigns for Christ included trips to Bogota, Columbia, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, South Africa, Adelaide, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Lestle and Mary Hollingsworth, his wife of 13 years, later returned to New Zealand for six months. Even well into his seventies, Lestle continued his mission work in Mexico and Guyana. He also worked for Church of Christ congregations in an educational role for churches in La Cross, WI, Pittsburgh, PA and Monroe, LA.Belle Plaine, KS was always the common thread throughout his life’s journeys. He found occupation as a hair stylist and with the Department of Corrections in Winfield, KS. Upon his retirement in 2002 from The Kansas State Correctional Facility he moved to Panama City, Fla. to be near his immediate family. He very soon embraced and was embraced by the church family of the Jenks Avenue Church of Christ.Lestle leaves behind three brothers to joyfully remember his life; Kermit and wife Beverly, Loren and wife Penny, Harvey and wife JoAnn. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews, numerous first cousins and two additional generations of family that span the globe, working and living for Christ.His kind, gentle and joyful nature will be dearly missed.A memorial service will be held at the Wellington, Kansas Church of Christ on Saturday,Â August 20th, 2016 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m.Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Jenks Avenue Church of Christ youth activity, Lads 2 Leaders, 3332 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, Fla. 32405.
Sumner Newscow report â€” The Wellington girls volleyball team won two of their five games this weekend in the season opening Winfield tournament. Great start to the year and hope to get better each day,” said Hannah Shuck, Wellington girls volleyball coach. “We are not satisfied with only winning 2 and plan to keep working hard to improve each week. WHS vs Trinity- Loss.Game 1- 20-25 loss.Game 2- 19-25 loss.WHS vs Conway Springs- WIN.Game 1 – 25-14 WinGame 2 – 19-25 lossGame 3 – 25-20 WinWHS vs Buhler- WIN.Game 1- 25-23 winGame 2- 25-22 winWHS vs El Dorado-Loss.Game 1- 13-25 LossGame 2- 20-25 LossWHS vs Winfield- Loss.Game 1- 14-25 LossGame 2- 23-25 LossWellington’s next game is Tuesday, Aug.30 at Circle with Winfield. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Earlier in the night, there were plenty of fresh faces from the NXT brand in the women’s Royal Rumble. That included former NXT women’s champion Shayna Baszler who entered the match at #30 who lasted until the end until Flair was able to eliminate her and score the victory.Also on the show, Becky Lynch scored a hard fought win against Asuka in a very good match while “The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt retained the Universal championship against Daniel Bryan in a rough strap match that left both men with some nasty marks.Check out Sporting News’ complete coverage of WWE Royal Rumble below.(All times Eastern.)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWWE Royal Rumble 2020 live updatesDrew McIntyre wins the Men’s Royal Rumble11:11 p.m.: And we’re down to Reigns, McIntyre and Edge. Orton delivers a Superman punch to Edge and the crowd hits him with boos. He goes for a spear but Edge leapfrogs him and hits a spear of his own. He tosses Reigns to the apron and now they are both on the apron exchanging shots. Reigns with an elbow and so long Edge. EDGE IS ELIMINATED and we’re down to Reigns and McIntyre. McIntyre with a Claymore Kick and so long Reigns. ROMAN REIGNS IS ELIMINATED and DREW MCINTYRE WINS THE ROYAL RUMBLE. Excellent match and the right person won. 11:08 p.m.: Orton with an RKO to McIntyre and then Edge with a spear to the Scottish Psychopath. Edge and RKO then pick up McIntyre and give him a double RKO. Orton is behind Edge who turns around and Orton stops. But Randy makes a mistake and turns his back and Edge dumps him out. RANDY ORTON IS ELIMINATED. 11:06 p.m.: Rollins pleads with his former Shield teammate Reigns to work with him but he won’t do it and then McIntyre takes him out. SETH ROLLINS IS ELIMINATED. We’re down to Orton, Reigns, McIntyre and Edge. 11:04 p.m.: Black tries to jump off the ropes but Murphy trips him up and Rollins takes him out of the match. ALEISTER BLACK IS ELIMINATED. Owens tossed out Rollins but the AOP catch him and he’s still in this. Then Rollins catches KO and KEVIN OWENS IS ELIMINATED. He’s not done either and Rollins gets to Joe. SAMOA JOE IS ELIMINATED. At ringside, Black, Owens, and Joe brawl with AOP and Murphy and they fight to the back. 11:01 p.m.: So much for alliances as Owens and Joe exchange shots. The last entrant at #30 is Seth Rollins and the “Monday Night Messiah” has Buddy Murphy and the AOP coming down to the ring with him. Joe and Owens slide out of the ring and begin to brawl with them. Edge gets dragged out of the ring and tossed into the barricade. 10:59 p.m.: At #29 it’s Samoa Joe and we’ve got seven people in the ring between him, Black, Edge, McIntyre, Owens, Orton, and Reigns. It’s getting down to the nitty gritty. 10:57 p.m.: Owens with a Stunner on Reigns and then another to Orton. The ring is filling up and we’ve got Aleister Black in at #28. He and Owens go right at and Black connects with a big knee to the chin and then he gives one to Edge and drops McIntyre with the Fade to Black. Bang.10:56 p.m.: Just like that, DOLPH ZIGGLER IS ELIMINATED by Roman Reigns. He then fights with McIntyre and then Kevin Owens comes out at #27. 10:55 p.m.: #25 is Randy Orton and he and his former tag team partner Edge team up to eliminate the OC. KARL ANDERSON AND LUKE ANDERSON ARE ELIMINATED. Then at #26 is the Big Dog!10:54 p.m.: Next up at #24 is Luke Gallows and McIntyre pitches Corbin out. KING CORBIN IS ELIMINATED. 10:52 p.m.: Riddle with big kicks to the chest of McIntyre and a rip cord knee to Edge before Corbin comes up behind him and tosses him out. MATT RIDDLE IS ELIMINATED. The internet is going to trash that decision. 10:50 p.m.: We’ve got six people in the ring which is the most so far in the match. And there goes Styles at the hands of Edge. AJ STYLES IS ELIMINATED. And now it’s NXT superstar Matt Riddle at #23. Bro…. Too bad he’s not in there with Lesnar who he has talked about wanting to face for years. 10:48 p.m.: Edge drops Anderson with a spear, Then one to Ziggler and another to McIntyre. Styles hits him with a Pele kick but Edge spears him. There had been rumors of Edge returning after retiring nine years ago following a serious neck injury. And here is #22 – King Corbin.10:46 p.m.: It’s 3-on-1 and Ziggler hits McIntyre with a superkick. They try to eliminate him but can’t and Styles then goes after Ziggler. And here comes Edge at #20. IT’S THE HALL OF FAMER EDGE!!! HE’S BACK!!! Sbsjsjsisjsisjsodjdodjdisjsiwwbwisjdjshjsj pic.twitter.com/sPEx1oCzHN— WrestlinGifs (@WrestlinGifs) January 27, 202010:44 p.m.: Ziggler and McIntyre goes face-to-face and Styles hits the big man in the knee from behind. McIntrye comes back with a big suplex to Ziggler. Next up at #19 is Karl Anderson. Styles is almost eliminated but Anderson saves him.10:42 p.m.: In at #17 is AJ Styles. He gets in a kick and puts on the Calf Crusher before McIntyre fights out of it. Dolph Ziggler comes down at #18. 10:39 p.m.: The Miz comes down at #16 but Lesnar is still at ringside staring at McIntyre. Claymore Kick and so long Miz. THE MIZ IS ELIMINATED. McIntyre stares at Lesnar who is starting to leave and the crowd is singing “hey hey hey, goodbye” to the champion.10:37 p.m.: Here comes Ricochet at #15 who springboards into the ring only to be caught by Lesnar and given a suplex. Lesnar takes a breather and now it’s Drew McIntyre at #16. He’s one of the betting favorites going into the show so this should be interesting. He yells at Brock to “bring it” and Ricochet hits him with a low blow. McIntyre with a Claymore Kick and BROCK LESNAR IS ELIMINATED. Ricochet goes at McIntyre but that wasn’t smart and he gets tossed out. RICOCHET IS ELIMINATED. OUT GOES THE BEAST!@DMcIntyreWWE has eliminated @BrockLesnar from the #MensRumble! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Con5zKqS8m— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 202010:33 p.m.: Strowman is cleaning house and Lee falls out of the ring under the ropes. Strowman goes out and hits him with a running shoulder and then goes back in the ring where Lesnar drops him with a German suplex and does the same to Lee. Strowman and Lee go at it and Lesnar picks them up simultaneously and pitches them over the ropes to the floor. KEITH LEE AND BRAUN STROWMAN ARE ELIMINATED. 10:31 p.m.: Here we go – it’s Keith Lee at #13. Get ready for a battle of the super big boys. Even Lesnar is impressed with his size as he’s bigger than him. Lesnar with some knees and Lee comes back with a shoulder tackle that drops him. Lee with a big left hand and they both land running clotheslines and go down. And now it’s Braun Strowman at #14 so they’ll be three giants in there.10:28 p.m.: First surprise as its MVP in at #12 and Lesnar is dancing to his music. MVP gets in a few shots before he’s flattened with an F5. And his return is over. MVP IS ELIMINATED.10:26 p.m.: In at #11 is the current IC champion Shinsuke Nakamura. His personal cheerleader Sami Zayn takes the title and heads straight to the back. Smart move. Nakamura connects with a kick that drops Lesnar for a second before he simply picks up Nakamura and drops him out of the ring. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA IS ELIMINATED.10:24 p.m.: Shelton Benjamin is #10. He and Lesnar are legit good friends and trained together in college at the University of Minnesota. Benjamin hugs Heyman before he enters the ring. Lesnar then gives him a hug and acts like he’s going to let him survive. Nope. SHELTON BENJAMIN IS ELIMINATED.10:23 p.m.: Cesaro comes in at #9. Good try but he lasts about 30 seconds. CESARO IS ELIMINATED. 10:22 p.m.: It’s 3-on-1 and Kingston hits the Trouble in Paradise. Big E with the Big Ending and Mysterio hits the 619. “The Beast” is staggered but then he chucks Mysterio out of the ring and then clotheslines Big E out. REY MYSTERIO AND BIG E ARE ELIMINATED. And just like that KOFI KINGSTON IS ELIMINATED.10:20 p.m.: Mysterio is using his speed but Lesnar has brute power to combat that. He clotheslines both Kingston and Mysterio at the same time and smirks. Huge German suplex to Mysterio and he turns his attention back to Kingston who also gets a suplex. And we’re getting another person – it’s Big E at #8. This could be interesting.10:18 p.m.: It’s Kofi Kingston at #6. Let’s see if he can last longer than when Lesnar beat him for the WWE championship. He comes out firing but Lesnar cuts him off and rag dolls him around the ring and connects with a suplex. He’s mocking the former champ and drives him into the corner. We’re getting another person with Rey Mysterio coming in at unlucky #7.10:16 p.m.: John Morrison is up next at #5 as he returns to the Rumble for the first time in eight years. He lasts nine seconds before getting suplexed over the top rope to the floor. JOHN MORRISON IS ELIMINATED.WELCOME BACK JOHN MORRISON!!! @BrockLesnar #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/YyWtL7wsyc— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 202010:14 p.m.: #4 is Robert Roode and he’s a dead man walking. He’s putting on a strong face but knows what he’s up against and takes his time getting to the ring. He slides in and connects with a few punches before getting leveled by a clothesline and then eats an F5. ROBERT ROODE IS ELIMINATED.10:12 p.m.: And Erick Rowan is up at #3 as he carries out his cage with whatever in it. He should use it as a weapon but instead puts it down and goes after “The Beast” That lasted about four seconds as ERICK ROWAN IS ELIMINATED. He officially lasted eight seconds.10:10 p.m.: Brock Lesnar is out at #1 as we knew but at #2 it’s Elias. He sings a song to the ring which includes the lyric that he’s a sacrificial lamb. At least he knows. Lesnar is ticked and runs out of the ring after him. He throws Elias into the ring and pummels him, hits a German suplex, and smashes the guitar over his back before eliminating him. ELIAS IS ELIMINATED.Becky Lynch defeats Asuka to retain the “RAW” women’s championship9:58 p.m. FINISH: Asuka tries to push Lynch into the referee but the champ stops just short and fires back with a kick to the face and green mist goes flying from Asuka’s mouth. Lynch slaps on the Disarmer and Asuka taps out. A very good match and maybe the best of the night.9:55 p.m.: Asuka goes for an armbar but can’t totally get it. She then puts on the Asuka Lock but Lynch gets to the ropes. German suplex by the challenger and kicks to the head and Lynch drops. The referee checks on her and tries to call for the bell but Lynch stops him. Asuka with another big kick and she makes the cover but Lynch survives.9:51 p.m.: In the ring, Asuka with a knee to the face and then a barrage of quick strikes before dropping Lynch on her tailbone. They got out to the apron and Asuka connects with a hip attack that sends Lynch into the post. She tries to suplex Lynch back into the ring but Lynch blocks it and hits a Rock Bottom off the middle rope. That’s some new offense.9:48 p.m.: Lynch goes for the Becksploder on the apron but Asuka blocks it. She then tries for a German suplex but Lynch turns it around and drops her face-first on the floor. OH MY GOD!!!! @BeckyLynchWWE #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/14YKUt8BwN— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 20209:44 p.m.: Lynch is focused in on her left arm early but Asuka flattens her with a neck breaker between the ropes. Lynch comes back but gets dropped again with a flying dropkick off the middle turnbuckle.9:37 p.m.: Asuka is coming out the ring with her tag team partner and other half of the women’s tag team champions Kairi Sane. One more thing for Lynch to deal with in this one but she gets a big ovation from the crowd.One last debt. And @BeckyLynchWWE is here to collect!➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/pZFENKbxpb— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) January 27, 2020“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt defeats Daniel Bryan in a Strap match to retain the Universal championship9:28 p.m. FINISH: Bryan hits a running knee and “The Fiend” barely kicks out. Bryan is fired up but Wyatt is back up. Bryan hits him with the strap but Wyatt doesn’t budge. He puts on the Mandible Claw and hits a chokeslam to score the victory. Bryan got the crowd going and made them believe he had a chance. After the match, the lights go out and when they come back on, “The Fiend” is gone and the medical staff attends to Bryan. He has some nasty welts across his back from that encounter.9:24 p.m.: Bryan whips and kicks “The Fiend” in the ring and keeps asking for more. Bryan gives him what he wants and stomps his face. He starts a “YES” chant and the crowd finally comes alive but then Bryan runs into a Sister Abagail but somehow kicks out of the pin attempt. “The Fiend” hits him with the strap and they exchange slaps. Bryan goes to the top rope where Wyatt puts him in a Mandible Claw. They’re in the middle of the ring and Bryan puts him in the LeBell lock using the strap across his face. He can’t hold it and Wyatt punches him in the face several times. Quite the exchange there.9:20 p.m.: Bryan with a big dive off the top rope to the floor. He hits a knee off the apron but then “The Fiend” comes back with a huge clothesline. He puts Bryan on the German announce table but gets kicked low a few times. Bryan then with a DDT on the table and he doubles up the strap and whips Wyatt over and over. 9:15 p.m.: Bryan is upside down in the corner and Wyatt whips him with the strap. His back and chest are already red with welts. A chokeslam from the champion and another shot with the strap. He growls at the crowd and goes for Sister Abagail but misses. Bryan with a kick to the head and a running knee. He makes the cover but “The Fiend” kicks out.9:11 p.m.: Wyatt uses the strap as a weapon first and cracks Bryan in the back with it. Bryan sends him to the floor and goes for a dive but gets sent into the barricade. The crowd is rather quiet and seems to be waiting for the men’s Rumble.9:08 p.m.: The straps are tied onto their wrists and the bell rings. Note: no red light so that’s a positive.9:05 p.m.: Some people thought Ronda Rousey was returning at the women’s Rumble match. That obviously didn’t happen and she has a response for everyone.pic.twitter.com/r8GXBpTlS3— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) January 27, 20209:04 p.m.: Good luck sleeping tonight after you see this.The stuff that nightmare are made of…#RoyalRumble #TheFiend @WWEBrayWyatt pic.twitter.com/4KHgiMnFm8— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20209:02 p.m.: Just in case you didn’t know, the only way to win this match is pinfall or submission so it’s not a “drag your opponent around and touch all four corners” to win.Bayley defeats Lacey Evans to retain the “SmackDown” women’s championship 8:57 p.m. FINISH: Evans goes for a top tope moonsault but Bayley gets her feet up. She rolls up Evans and holds her tights to get the win. Sloppy but hard-hitting match. 8:53 p.m.: Bayley goes face-first into the middle turnbuckle but then comes back with a back elbow to the face. She goes to the middle turnbuckle and flies off with a crossbody bus misses. Evans with some offense and including a running knee to the midsection.8:48 p.m.: Just a couple minutes into the match and Bayley is trying to take the top turnbuckle off one of the corners. The ref stops her before it comes all the way off.Charlotte Flair wins the Women’s Royal Rumble match8:36 p.m.: So much for friendships as NATALYA IS ELIMINATED by Beth Phoenix. Then BETH PHOENIX IS ELIMINATED by Baszler. It’s down to Flair and Baszler. Flair is hanging onto the top rope and sends Baszler over the top using her legs – SHAYNA BASZLER IS ELIMINATED and CHARLOTTE FLAIR WINS. It looks like it could be Flair versus Lynch at WrestleMania 36. Afterward, she is interviewed in the ring and is asked who she will challenge at Mania. She grabs the mic and chastises the crowd and reminds everyone that this is her division. No official reveal on who she will challenge at WrestleMania.8:31 p.m.: Santina Marella pulls out the cobra and it eliminates her. SANTINA MARELLA IS ELIMINATED. And in last at #30 is Shayna Baszler. She goes right to work and XIA LI, ZELINA VAGA TEGAN NOX, SHOTZI BLACKHEART, CARMELLA, AND TONI STORM ARE ELIMINATED. She’s not done either and NAOMI IS ELIMINATED.8:26 p.m.: Flair gets pushed into the corner and goes through the ropes to the floor. She’s not out because she didn’t go over the top rope and here comes NXT’s Tegan Nox at #28. Phoenix is still bleeding badly and her hair looks like a red mop. Next up at #29 is Santino Marella in drag. Yes, you read that right.#29 is… SANTINA?! #WomensRumble #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/NPZVnTWu25— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20208:24 p.m.: Everyone in the ring is ganging up on Flair but can’t eliminate her. Time for #26 – Shotzi Blackheart. Phoenix and Natalya get Naomi on the apron and she runs down the stairs and onto the ringside barricade showing off some Spiderman-like skills. Here comes Carmella at #27 while Naomi has made her way to the announcer tables.8:21 p.m.: Natalya is coming down at #23 and then Xia Li is in at #24. We’ve got six women in the ring right now with those two, Phoenix, Flair, Storm and Naomi. Make that seven at Zelina Vega checking in at #25.8:17 p.m.: Sarah Logan is in at #22 and she goes right after Flair. Just like that, SARAH LOGAN IS ELIMINATED. And then another – KELLY KELLY IS ELIMINATED by Flair. BTW, Phoenix’s hair is very red in the back of her head so it looks like she was busted open and Flair’s nose looks to be bloody too.8:15 p.m.: Belair is on the top rope and Flair kicks her off. BIANCA BELAIR IS ELIMINATED. And here comes #21 – it’s Kelly Kelly. Jerry Lawler might pass out on commentary. Elsewhere, Phoenix knocks Flair over the top to the apron and is trying to knock her off but can’t.8:14 p.m.: It’s Phoenix, Flair, Belair, and Naomi in the ring and they’re joined by former NXT UK champion Toni Storm who comes in at #20.8:12 p.m.: #19 is Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix. She goes right after Charlotte Flair. 8:10 p.m.: The returning Naomi is in at #18. She’s been out of action for several months. And she’s sporting some awesome hair.THE GLOW IS BACK.@NaomiWWE is #18 in the #WomensRumble! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/BXzpZqGDok— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20208:08 p.m.: Belair is alone in the ring but no rest at Charlotte Flair is coming in at #17. HERE COMES THE QUEEN.@MsCharlotteWWE enters the #WomensRumble at #17! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/mGHmjvdKcE— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20208:07 p.m.: Chelsea Green of NXT is in at #16. Several eliminations there – CHELSEA GREEN, DANA BROOKE AND DAKOTA KAI ARE ELIMINATED. Only Bliss and Belair are left. They fight on the apron and Bliss has her long hair but Belair uses that to whip Bliss into the ring post and ALEXA BLISS IS ELIMINATED.8:05 p.m.: NXT represents again – it’s Dakota Kai at #15. Meanwhile, MIA YIM IS ELIMINATED by Bliss. 8:04 p.m.: Time for #14 – it’s Tamina Snuka. That didn’t last long as she runs at Belair and gets backdropped out of the ring. TAMINA IS ELIMINATED. 8:03 p.m.: Belair with a show of strength as she press slams LaRae and chucks her over the top rope to the floor. CANDICE LARAE IS ELIMINATED. Then Sane goes toppling over the top by Bliss – KAIRI SANE IS ELIMINATED.8:02 p.m.: Dana Brooke is in at #13. 8:00 p.m.: Nikki Cross is on the apron and Belair picks up Bliss and swings here into Cross and down she goes. NIKKI CROSS IS ELIMINATED. Mandy Rose falls out of the ring again and Otis catches her. Then Deville goes off the top and into them and Otis falls so both MANDY ROSE AND SONYA DEVILLE ARE ELIMINATED.7:59 p.m.: #12 is coming down and it’s Mia Yim from NXT. We’ve got nine women in the ring right now.7:57 p.m.: Rose and Deville team up and MERCEDES MARTINEZ IS ELIMINATED. Here comes Kairi Sane at #11.7:55 p.m.: Next is Sonya Deville at #10. BTW, I’ll try to keep up with every elimination as they happen. 7:53 p.m.: More from NXT as Candice LaRae comes in at #9. And then Belair takes out Molly Holly. MOLLY HOLLY IS ELIMINATED. It looks like Mandy Rose is out but she falls on her man-crush Otis and never touches the floor. That’s original.OTIS!!!!! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/tX4Ngm2ylT— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 20207:52 p.m.: #8 is Mandy Rose and Corey Graves is freaking out as always. 7:50 p.m.: Everyone is still in this and here comes Liv Morgan at #7. She’s got her eyes locked on Lana and immediately eliminates her. LANA IS ELIMINATED. Morgan climbs to the top rope and Lana pulls her off and to the floor. LIV MORGAN IS ELIMINATED. 7:48 p.m.: More NXT talent as Mercedes Martinez is in at #6. She recently signed with the NXT brand.7:46 p.m.: No one has been eliminated yet and the #5 entrant is Lana. She has a mic and she tells Houston that she is the “greatest superstar in the world” and says she’ll win the Rumble for her hot husband Bobby Lashley. Good luck with that.7:44 p.m.: At #4 it’s Alexa’s BFF Nikki Cross. She sprints to the ring and goes on the attack.7:42 p.m.: In at #3 is former champion Molly Holly. She was also in the first women’s Rumble match in 2018.7:40 p.m.: And here we go with the first Rumble match. Coming in at #1 is Alexa Bliss and the #2 entrant is NXT’s Bianca Belair.7:38 p.m.: WWE paid homage to the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash earlier today.#MambaForever pic.twitter.com/rooM0alWnx— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 2020Roman Reigns defeats King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere match7:32 p.m. FINISH: Corbin smashed Reigns over the back with a chair and then Reigns gets up and finally spears him on top of one of the dugouts in Minute Maid Park to score the victory. Solid match and hopefully this feud is over. 7:30 p.m.: For some reason, there are port-o-potties there and Reigns put Corbin in one and tips it over. That has Vince McMahon written all over it. Luckily, Corbin is not covered in a dark substance as he emerges from it. 7:27 p.m.: Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler have come to help their buddy and attack Reigns. And here come The Usos to make the save. We’ve got chaos (or at least that’s what Michael Cole said). Roode and Ziggler are double-teaming Jay Uso but then Jimmy flies out of nowhere to take them out. Corbin when chokeslams Jimmy only to eat a pair of Superman punches from Roman. My goodness! @WWEUsos #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/msenIwGqnA— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 20207:22 p.m.: And here comes the Big Dog! Make that two of these. (I know how much everyone loves Roman.)TURNING POINT for @WWERomanReigns?! #RoyalRumble #FallsCountAnywhere pic.twitter.com/c9xF4R91xv— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20207:17 p.m.: Corbin with the Deep Six early in the middle of the ring but Reigns survives. Now they’re going back outside the ring. I mean, it is a Falls Count Anywhere match. Corbin with a chokeslam through one of the announce tables but Reigns kicks out.KINGLY Chokeslam.#RoyalRumble @BaronCorbinWWE pic.twitter.com/ELoxEt8Wuy— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20207:12 p.m.: Corbin was taking his sweet time getting carried to the ring so Reigns decided to do something about it and went on the attack. And Corbin’s guards got smacked around too.7:08 p.m.: These guys are doing double duty tonight as they’ll both also be in the Royal Rumble match. 6:47 p.m.: Some quick predictions: I’ll take Shayna Baszler to win the women’s Rumble and Roman Reigns for the men’s Rumble match. Some people would be upset about Reigns winning but it’s logical with him winning and then facing Bray Wyatt at Mania. As for the rest of the show, Wyatt beats Daniel Bryan, Bayley retains against Lacey Evans, Reigns beats Corbin in their Falls Count Anywhere match and Becky Lynch keeps the “RAW” championship with a win over Asuka.6:37 p.m.: Just 30 minutes until the main card and only seven women are officially announced for the women’s Royal Rumble match. It’s rather weird but it leaves open plenty of intrigue. Expect lots of NXT stars in the match including Shayna Baszler who remains the odds-on favorite and also my pick. I could see it coming down to her and Charlotte Flair. A Becky Lynch – Shayna Baszler match at WrestleMania 36 makes sense.Andrade defeats Humberto Carrillo to retain the United States championship6:25 p.m. FINISH: Top rope hurricanrana by Carrillo and he has an opening. Well, that was until Andrade with a reversal into a roll through and he gets the three count. Take that, youngster. 6:20 p.m.: Andrade with double knees in the corner but Carrillo somehow kicks out of the pin attempt. He comes back with a small package but Andrade escapes just in time. They exchange hard chops before Carrillo connects with a superkick. These guys are working really hard but the crowd at Minute Maid Park isn’t totally into it yet.6:17 p.m.: Every time Carrillo puts together a little offense, Andrade puts a stop to it. But then Carrillo with a nice moonsault that connects outside the ring. .@humberto_wwe with the Quebrada. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/YsbVqlEFYX— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 26, 20206:14 p.m.: Andrade is focused on Carrillo’s left arm. The challenger tries to fight back but gets leveled with an elbow. Some good Lucha libre moves early on between these two as you would expect.6:09 p.m.: Back and forth early when Carrillo goes to the top rope but Andrade pushes him off and he goes flying into the barricade.6:05 p.m.: Championship match time on the pre-show. Sheamus defeats Shorty G5:58 p.m. FINISH: Shorty G fought hard and almost him with an Ankle lock and a few pin attempts but then he ate a Brogue Kick and it was over. Short and just a simple match.Welcome back, @WWESheamus. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/20LrkYKdoZ— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 26, 20205:54 p.m.: Shorty G is trying to fight back but gets cut off every time including the ten forearms to the chest. He then mocks him but Shorty fires off some chops and a kick to the face followed by a dropkick to the knee. He’s trying. At one of the most celebrated annual events on the WWE calendar — WWE Royal Rumble — it was Drew McIntyre and Charlotte who came away as the big winners as both won their respective Royal Rumble matches and will now get marquee championship matches at WrestleMania 36.The men’s Royal Rumble match saw several surprised entrants including the return of Hall of Fame Edge who retired nine years ago due to a serious neck injury. But it looked to be McIntyre’s night after he eliminated “The Beast” Brock Lesnar midway through the match. in the end, he connected with his trademark Claymore Kick to take out Roman Reigns and earn the win. 5:50 p.m.: It’s all Sheamus early on as he’s bullying Shorty G around and going after his left arm including a shoulder breaker and stomping on his left hand.5:44 p.m.: It’s been a long time since this guy was last on pay-per-view.The return of @WWESheamus. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/xkH7uMQvbv— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 26, 20205:30 p.m.: And the pre-show is underway. So far, it’s been the broadcast teams discussing the show and who they think will win the various matches. It looks like the Sheamus – Shorty G match has been moved to the pre-show. Sheamus is cursed with that.WWE Royal Rumble 2020 matchesMen’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Elias, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Otis, Tucker, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Kifo Kingston, Big E, R-Truth, John Morrison, The Miz)Women’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Sarah Logan, Natalya, Carmella, Dana Brooke)“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan in a Strap match for the Universal championshipBecky Lynch vs. Asuka for the “RAW” women’s championshipBayley vs. Lacey Evans for the “SmackDown” women’s championship Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere matchAndrade vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States championshipSheamus vs. Shorty G