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Mark Henry Narrates Bianca Belair’s Beginning And Success At WWE

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The current linear WWE Raw and Smackdown Women's Champion is Bianca Belair. Bianca defeated Sasha Banks at Wrestlemania to enter her first reign.

WWE legend Mark Henry has opened up about the influence Lacey Evans had on Bianca Belair’s career and how the SmackDown star worked a lot with Belair.

Evans and Belair were, incidentally, signed on the same day by WWE back in 2016. Evans had pro wrestling knowledge before signing with the company, while Belair came into the company from an athletic background.

Mark Henry, on the Busted Open podcast, talked about how highly he rates Lacey Evans and narrated an anecdote from when she was in NXT. The Hall of Famer said that he told Bianca Belair to learn the ropes from Evans at the start of the RAW Women’s Champion’s WWE career.

“When she [Lacey Evans] was in NXT, the first thing I told to Bianca Belair, ‘I need you to go to Lacey Evans, whisper in her ear, ‘Mark Henry said to work with me, please.” She [Evans] called me that night and said, ‘Hey, who’s the girl?’ I was like, ‘She’s one of the ones that I know will outwork everybody there.’ And she said, ‘I’ll see.’,” Henry said.

Mark Henry then talked about how a potential storyline between Lacey Evans and Bianca Belair can be booked for the title.

“And she’s [Lacey Evans] the one that helped Bianca get to the level that she’s gotten to. And I can’t wait for her to come back, get her s**t in and be the one who says, ‘Hey, remember all the times I worked with you? Remember all the times I pushed you? That I put you through drill camp?

It’s time to give that favor back and get a shot at that title down the road. I taught you a lot, but I ain’t teach you everything.’ And those are the kind of stories that can make something more than what it already is because before Bianca Belair, Lacey Evans had that spot,” said Henry.

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The Hall of Famer said that Evans got in the ring with Belair and pushed her when the RAW Women’s Champion was a young star in the company

Following last week’s WWE RAW, former head writer Vince Russo stated on Sportskeeda’s Legion of RAW show that Belair has all the trails to an exceptional heel.

“There’s something that I genuinely like about this woman. Maybe it was the promo with the no makeup. I don’t know what it was. I love the Naomis of the world. I’ve got to say I don’t like anything about the presentation. She’s a heel. She’s playing a heel character,” said Russo.

Since being called up to the main roster in 2020, Belair has been a babyface, going on to win the RAW and SmackDown women’s titles.

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Russell Crowe Will Next Appear In The MCU As Zeus In Thor: Love and Thunder

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Fans of actor Russell Crowe can next see the actor as he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Love and Thunder. Crowe will join the pantheon of the Marvel gods, starring as Zeus alongside Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian, Thor.

“I never thought I’d see the day where Russell would appear on screen with hints at Gladiator imagery, yet with a wink-totally self-deprecating,” Hemsworth said of Crowe’s role in the Marvel movie. “He didn’t hold back. I’m such a fan. I have been since I first started acting. There’s such a weight and a seriousness to his performances and to him, as an individual, from afar. But meeting him, he has a great sense of humor and did whatever Taika asked on set, which was mind-blowing. And it was really fun to play with the mythology, going from Norse to Greek mythology – Taika pulls all these worlds together.”

Thor: Love and Thunder finds the Asgardian and former Avenger embarking on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. However, his retirement gets interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who — to his surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer. Together, they set out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

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Russell Crowe And Ray Winstone Throw Punches In Boxing Biopic Prizefighter

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Starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, and Matt Hookings, Prizefighter tells the true story of Jem Belcher

The first trailer for Prizefighter has Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, and Matt Hookings lead this tale of the birth of boxing. Released courtesy of Empire, Prizefighter is scheduled to land on Prime Video next month, and tells the tragic true story of James “Jem” Belcher, an English bare-knuckle prize-fighter. You can watch the trailer for Prizefighter below.

Directed by Daniel Graham, Prizefighter is written by Matt Hookings, who also stars as Jem Belcher. The movie will explore the life of Jem Belcher, a bare-knuckle prize-fighter who became the Champion of All England from 1800 to 1805. As well as being the youngest ever world champion, and bringing boxing more into the mainstream, Belcher was beset with all manner of tragedy during his sadly short life, and was left blind at 22 and dead by the age of 30.

Starring alongside newcomer Matt Hookings in the lead, Prizefighter features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Belcher’s grandfather, Jack Slack, with Black Widow star Ray Winstoneon board as Belcher’s trainer, Bill Warr. The rest of the supporting cast is comprised of Marton Csokas, Jodhi May, Steven Berkoff, Julian Glover, and Bill Moseley.

Both Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone are no strangers to the boxing game, with the former having starred as heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock in director Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man, while the latter boxed in real-life during his youth, winning 80 out of 88 bouts.

Prizefighter is streaming on Prime Video from 22 July, and is sure to be a powerful biopic, no doubt heightened by performances from Crowe and Winstone, and telling a lesser-known story that deserves to be told.

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Tom Cruise Explains Why He Turned Down Role Of Iron Man

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Actor Tom Cruise has long enjoyed a history of playing action heroes but never a superhero. Still, many of characters come across as indestructible to the point where they might as well be a superhero. Most recently, Cruise has revived his popular Ethan Hunt role in Mission Impossible franchise and is flying high with enormous box office success from Top Gun: Maverick. The soon-to-be 60-year-old star has revealed how he came close to playing Tony Stark’s Iron Manin the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, the part went to Robert Downey Jr. who made the character and its armored body his own.

Prior to the release of 2008’s Iron Man, Cruise was offered the opportunity to play Tony Stark but turned it down. He has opened up as to why he turned it down. As someone who has a reputation for thorough work, performing his own stunts, etc., one of the actor’s priorities appears to be wanting control over the project.

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Even Cruise admits that Downey has become so fused with Tony Stark that it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role. As for when he was first approached to star as Iron Man and why he declined the part, Cruise explained:

“[Marvel Studios] came to me at a certain time and, when I do something, I wanna do it right. If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it’s gonna be something special. And as it was lining up, it just didn’t feel to me like it was gonna work. I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, it just didn’t go down that road that way.”

In another interview, Cruise confessed he believes the role of Tony Stark was perfect for Robert Downey Jr. He said,

“Not close and I love Robert Downey Jr. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role and I think it’s perfect for him.”

When it comes to allowing fans seeing him play a superhero at some point in time, the actor does not rule it out but does say the project would have to meet his standards, stating:

“It’s what’s the story? Does it interest me?”

Whether Cruise joins the MCU or DCEU remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the actor seems to enjoy playing a hero of the mission impossible kind.

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