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WWE And Topps Launch Mobile Trading Card App

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July 14, 2016
TOPPS AND WWE®? LAUNCH? “WWE SLAM” DIGITAL TRADING CARD APP

New York and Stamford, Conn.? – The Topps Company, Inc. and WWE? (NYSE: WWE)? today announced the launch of? Topps® WWE SLAMSM, WWE’s first digital trading card app.Topps® WWE SLAMSM? will bring WWE Superstars to life with exclusive digital cards that can be collected and traded with fans worldwide.? The app, which debuted today, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android devices through the Apple App Store? and Google Play.

“WWE has been an incredible partner with Topps for many years, and we are thrilled to be able to offer WWE fans worldwide a new way to collect their favorite WWE Superstars from today and the past,” said Jeremy Strauser, Vice President and General Manager of Topps Digital. “WWE has been at the forefront of pop culture and entertainment for many years and we are excited to add? WWE SLAM? to the Topps apps portfolio.”

? “We are pleased to once again partner with Topps and offer our fans a new way to connect with their favorite WWE Superstars digitally,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “Topps WWE SLAM? provides us with another opportunity to innovate and engage a global fan base that continuously consumes content across all platforms.”

Topps® WWE SLAMSM? will feature thousands of digital trading cards of some of the world’s favorite past and present WWE Superstars including John Cena, The Rock, Undertaker, Ric Flair, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks and Charlotte.? New digital cards will be released daily in? Topps® WWE SLAMSM? with highlights from the extensive Topps cards library and all-new designs and collections exclusive to the app.? Additionally, collectors will have a chance to collect a variety of unique cards featuring WWE Superstar memorabilia and autographs.? To celebrate the launch of the app, fans who sign up to try WWE Slam will receive 10 free packs of digital cards to help build their collection. To learn more, visithttp://www.topps.com/topps-apps/.

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About Topps

Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles, and distinctive confectionery products. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and other trading cards, sticker album collections and collectibles. Topps’ app portfolio, including Topps BUNT®, Topps NFL HUDDLE®, TOPPS KICK®? and Topps®? Star WarsSM: Card Trader,? has been a hit with millions of fans around the world.? Topps’ confectionery brands include Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop®? Pop, Crunchkins™? and Bazooka®? bubble gum.? Topps was acquired by? Michael Eisner’s? Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007.? For additional information, visit? Topps.com? and? Candymania.com.?

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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Paige and Alberto Del Rio Are A Real-Life Couple…If You Were In Any Doubt

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WWE Superstar Paige took to her Instagram recently to comment on Alberto Del Rio doing a WWE promotional tour in India recently. She pretty much confirmed she and Del Rio are a real life couple. She posted thisSo proud of everything hes doing over in India. Over 24hrs on a flight and has been non stop ever since. Literally going on hardly any sleep and he doesnt stop smiling and doesnt stop working hard. Its inspiring to see. Inspires me to be better. He pulls on my heart strings like no other person ever could. I love you Papi. Cant

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John Cena: "I Have Not "Earned" A Slower Schedule"

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A report surfaced earlier today which noted that John Cena is scheduled to work less WWE Live Events this summer.Cena has taken to his Twitter account to respond to those reportsI have not earned a slower schedule, I have earned an opportunity to challenge the limits of work capacity. NeverGiveUp HUSTLE John Cena JohnCena July 9, 2016

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Brook-GGG deal in 'two days'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 2:09pm

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn't hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook didn’t hesitate to agree terms with Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook needed just two days of negotiations to overtake Chris Eubank Jr in the race to fight Gennady Golovkin, the Kazakh’s promoter has said.

British champion Eubank Jr was expected to meet Golovkin but weeks of contract talks didn’t result in an agreement, allowing Brook to jump the queue.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s representative, has revealed that Brook didn’t think twice about accepting the identical deal that had been offered to Eubank Jr weeks prior.

Loeffler exclusively told Sky Sports: “We thought the Eubank Jr fight was going to happen but, last Wednesday, [Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn] called me and said there’s problems.

“That’s when he suggested he would call Brook, to see if he would be interested in the fight.

“Brook agreed to the fight verbally, and we had the deal done within two days with the same deal that [Hearn] offered to Eubank Jr.

We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight.

Tom Loeffler

“We got the deal done in two days with Brook for the same arena, the same date, same Sky Sports Box Office. Brook wanted to fight – he knows it’s the biggest fight of his career.”

Asked whether he believed Eubank Jr was intentionally pricing himself out of an agreement, Loeffler said: “That’s really a question for Eddie, who was involved in the internal discussions with Eubank.

“But it’s a lot easier when both fighters want to make a fight.

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here's the best bits from Kell Brook's rise

Here’s the best bits from Kell Brook’s rise

“It’s one thing being vocal, and talking about fighting someone.? If you really want to fight, you do what you can to make the fight.”

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, has never boxed for a title above 147lbs but will jump two weight divisions to challenge for Golovkin’s WBA Super, WBC and IBF middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin's best knockouts...

Gennady Golovkin’s best knockouts…

But Loeffler has insisted that the assumption Golovkin will have a size advantage is not true.

“It’s not as big a physical difference as people think – Brook is a huge welterweight and Gennady is a small middleweight,” he said.

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook's speed, says Tom Loeffler

Golovkin (left) must deal with Kell Brook’s speed, says Tom Loeffler

“If you see them standing next to each other, Brook is 5ft 9in and Gennady is 5ft 10in. It’s Brook’s speed and experience against Gennady’s power.

“Give Brook a lot of credit for stepping up. It’s a huge opportunity for him – and a huge opportunity for Gennady too.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

Kell Brook will challenge for Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight titles on September 10 at London’s 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Campbell: I'm no choir boy

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:18pm

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won't lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell won’t lack for confidence against Argenis Mendez

Luke Campbell is keen to continue belying his boyish looks by showing true grit in the ring when he meets former world champion Argenis Mendez.

The Hull lightweight (13-1-KO11) takes on Mendez (23-4-1-KO12) on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30 and says spirit as much as technical skill will help propel him to world level.

‘Cool Hand’ told Sky Sports: “A hell of a lot of people will underestimate me because I look like a little boy but I’ve got a big heart. Not only that, but I’m really dedicated to this sport. I’m in it for one reason; to be the best.

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

Campbell stopped Gary Sykes in two rounds

“There’s no way I’m going to go in there and back down for anybody. I don’t train for that. I would live in regret for the rest of my life if I ever thought I’d backed down or given up against anybody. It’s not in my nature. I believe I’ve got a bigger heart than anyone.”

Campbell, who won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games as a bantamweight, was beaten for the first time as a professional in December 2015 when Yvan Mendy knocked him down on the way to a points upset.

However, far from that defeat damaging confidence, Campbell insists he learned a great deal on that disappointing night at The O2 and plans to leave it behind as his sole career loss.

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

Campbell was bent on revenge after beating Sykes

“You don’t achieve what I’ve achieved and won what I’ve won without mental toughness and heart. It was a defeat I shouldn’t have faced because I shouldn’t have been in there that night but everything happens for a reason.

“I can still sit here with a smile on my face, taking the positives from that fight. There have been a lot of changes made since then, too.”

Watch Campbell v Mendez as part of Warrington v Hyland live on Sky Sports on July 30.

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'Eubanks made deal impossible'

Last Updated: 09/07/16 1:02pm

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Chris Eubank Jr missed out on fighting Gennady Golovkin because they took too long to negotiate a deal

Eddie Hearn has blamed “impossible” demands made by Chris Eubank Jr and Sr for the collapse of a deal to fight Gennady Golovkin.

Negotiations for Eubank Jr to challenge Golovkin for his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles were abandoned when the former failed to sign the fight contract before a deadline specified by Golovkin’s camp.

Kazakh superstar Golovkin will instead defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell's finest

Kell Brook will take on the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on middleweight King Gennady Golovkin. Have a look back at some of Kell’s finest

Speaking about the dramatic turn of events on Sky Sports News HQ, Hearn said: “I worked for three weeks on that fight (Eubank Jr versus Golovkin), negotiating with Chris Eubank Sr. It felt like three years.

“We got into a position where everybody was ready to sign. He (Eubank Jr) was offered the same pay-per-view deal as Anthony Joshua, Carl Froch and the one that Kell Brook accepted.

“Unfortunately they (the Eubanks) made the deal impossible. The things they wanted were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will move up two divisions to take on feared knockout artist Golovkin, who has 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Gennady Golovkin will take on Kell Brook on the 10th September in the O2 Arena in London. Have a look back at some of his knockouts

Brook had been in talks to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie? Vargas in a unification bout but jumped at the chance to face Golovkin when Hearn informed him about Eubank Jr missing the deadline to take the fight.

Explaining how the fight came about, Hearn said: “Well, it was madness to be honest with you.

“We were in talks for two separate fights between Chris Eubank Jr. and Gennady Golovkin and also for Kell Brook in a unification clash with Jessie Vargas.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on September 10

“The Eubanks were given a deadline for the fight and chose not to accept it.

“Then all of a sudden I was on the phone to Kell Brook and I said ‘it’s a shame you aren’t a middleweight, you could fight Golovkin’ and he said ‘I’ll fight Golovkin’. I asked if he was serious and he said ‘absolutely, sign me up’.

“Twenty-four hours later he signed the deal and he is fighting the most dangerous man on the planet, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr's career has been carefully crafted by his father

Chris Eubank Jr’s career has been carefully crafted by his father

One man who was less than pleased to see Brook fighting Golovkin was Eubank Jr and he took to Twitter to deny ever being offered a contract to face Golovkin.

Eubank Jr tweeted: “I haven’t been shown one contract since my fight with GGG was announced. I’m still ready & waiting to sign. Fighting Brook is a joke. #2Small”

Despite the difficulties with negotiations, Hearn feels this is a temporary setback for Eubank Jr.

Hearn said: “There is a huge future for Chris Eubank Jr. He can fight the winner later on in the year. He has got a big future ahead of him. He misses out this time but I am sure he will get his shot in due course.”

The Eubanks declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports.

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Khan backs Brook's GGG choice

Last Updated: 08/07/16 7:35pm

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has sent a message of support to Kell Brook

Amir Khan has backed Kell Brook’s audacious decision to challenge middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.

The Sheffield fighter is stepping up two divisions to face the fearsome Golovkin, just a few months after Khan courageously jumped up in weight to battle Saul Alvarez in May.

Khan’s brave bid to claim the WBC middleweight title was ended by a sixth-round stoppage defeat to the Mexican and Brook is attempting an equally daunting task by battling the big-punching Kazakh on September 10 at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Golovkin to fight Brook

Gennady Golovkin to fight Kell Brook on Sky Sports Box Office

But the Bolton man has set aside his bitter rivalry with Brook and expressed his support for a fellow British fighter.

He tweeted: “Great work Eddie, preferred to have seen @ChrisEubankJr fight @GGGBoxing with his style but fair play.

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

Kell Brook is bidding to become a middleweight world champion

“Behind you 100% @SpecialKBrook glad you took a leaf out of my book, tough ask but anything can happen, just don’t pull out.

“British fighters running the sport of boxing right now, so many fighters willing to fight the best and taking chances.”

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WWE Fan Council Teasing New Show Ideas Including "The Roast of John Cena"

WWE Fan Council has issued a new survey to see if fans would be interested in a series of new shows for the WWE Network. Below are the shows under consideration:

Ask Me Anything Live – Live, interactive Q&A with WWE talents.

Everyone Has A Price – Reality series scouring the country for the most memorable WWE memorabilia, the origin of the items and determining their price.

Extreme Eats – Tommy Dreamer and Bubba Ray Dudley tour the United States to show off their favorite food locations, sample odd and strange food combinations and take part in eating challenges.

50 States, 50 Dates – a “WWE bachelor” goes on 50 dates to find romance. This would be a reality show about finding true love while also living your life on the road as a WWE talent.

Goldberg’s Garage – Reality show about Goldberg, his wife and their mechanics restoring American muscle cars at their North Carolina garage.

History of WWE – 10 Part documentary series taking fans from the beginning of WWE through the launch of the Network.

Legends House: Attitude – A sequel to the initial WWE Network series, placing 1990s legends together under one roof.

Miz & Mrs. – A reality series following Miz and Maryse.

Talking Summerslam – A Post-PPV Talk Show (think “Talking Dead”)

Tapout Fitness – WWE stars share their training tips.

The Third Wheel – Two WWE Fans go on a blind date without knowing they are going to be joined by a WWE star.

Totally NXT – A reality/competition series as six women try to make their way through the developmental system for a chance at a main roster slot and a Total Divas cast membership.

The Wives of Flair – Documentary series on the love life of Ric Flair and his four ex-wives.

WWE All Access – Reality series following main eventers as they prepare for Wrestlemania/Summerslam level major matches.

WWE Game Night – WWE stars face celebrities in games outside the ring (listed were dodge ball, obstacle courses, Pictionary)

WWE Investigates – Each segment would be a 3-5 episode mini-series going deep into a real subject in the history of pro wrestling. The life & legacy of Eddie Guerrero was suggested as a sample mini-series.

WWE Goes Viral – Best WWE viral videos including ones submitted by fans.

WWE Kids! – Kids interview WWE stars, compete against them in games and call the action for in-ring action.

WWE Promo Battle – WWE Talents go head to head in “improv wars” in a tournament style setting where the audience and social media as well as a panel of judges determine who moves forward until they crown a promo battle champion.

WWE Roast- John Cena would be roasted in a no holds barred tribute.

WWE Superstars Search- Hosted by Lita & Trish Stratus, a competition reality series with 10 women competing for a WWE contract.

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WWE NXT Star Bayley Imitates Seth Rollins Move Set

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Bayley paid a little tribute to her friend Seth Rollins on the most recent edition of WWE NXTA little tribute to my friend WWERollins https//t.co/kIkBYeqJRE Bayley itsBayleyWWE July 7, 2016Seth RespondedWell I know what my move set is gonna look like this weekend https//t.co/o5aBPpJz4N Seth Rollins WWERollins July 7, 2016

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Golovkin to fight Brook

Last Updated: 09/07/16 7:19am

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Kell Brook faces the biggest challenge of his career against Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin will defend his world middleweight titles against Kell Brook on September 10 at London’s O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Brook, the IBF’s current welterweight king, will jump two divisions to take on the WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion in a bold move which echoes and even surpasses Amir Khan’s decision to tackle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May.

Golovkin’s pedigree as a savage knockout specialist can be traced more clearly even than Alvarez’s thanks to 32 stoppages in 35 unbeaten fights to date.

Why is Brook fighting GGG?

Analysing Brook’s decision to face the feared middleweight

Brook boasts one win more than GGG and is also yet to lose, but the Sheffield man has not fought for a title above 147lbs in his career.

And the Kazakh represents a huge leap in class for Brook after three routine defences of his welterweight belt in the past 16 months, two mandatory and the other against Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin.

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin's best knockouts

Have a look back at some of Golovkin’s best knockouts

‘Eubanks made deal impossible’

‘Impossible’ demands cost Chris Eubank Jr bout with Gennady Golovkin, says Eddie Hearn

“This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook, who will retain his status as the IBF’s 147lb champ.

“We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the No 1 fighter in the world is coming to the UK.?

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

Golovkin knocked down Dominic Wade on the way to his most recent win

“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights.

“This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a ‘Special’ fighter and I will show the world on September 10.”

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF's welterweight champion

Brook will retain his status as the IBF’s welterweight champion

Promoter Eddie Hearn said:? “I cannot tell you how excited I am for this mega fight. I couldn’t be happier for Kell.

“We have pushed for that big name for a long time with many reluctant to step into the ring with him and now this is the ultimate challenge, the biggest fight of 2016.”

Khan backs Brook

Khan says he is 100% behind British rival

Golovkin said:? “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook.”

Information on ticket on-sale dates and prices will be released early next week.

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