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Interceptions thrown by Eagles QBs this season, most in NFL

Nick Foles threw two interceptions and the first-team offense sputtered during a 34-28 loss to the Bears in the Eagles’ preseason opener. But backup QB Mark Sanchez looked good and rookie Josh Huff returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown.

The Greek god of wrestling ranks his all-time favorite wrestling announcers. Achilles Heel also dissects the most recent episode of Impact Wrestling, praises CHIKARA’s promotion of King of Trios and has a suggestion to make the rest of the Phillies’ season much more interesting.

Jeremy Maclin catches eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, performing better than returning former teammate DeSean Jackson, but the Eagles literally have to fight to the finish to hold off the visiting Redskins, 37-34, to improve to 3-0.

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Heel Turns: Hell looking much better

Posted by Achilles Heel On October - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Achilles HeelHell in a Cell (Sunday, 8 p.m.) is looking a lot better than it did a few weeks ago. And it’s mostly due to changes revolving around the main events.

Let’s go back a few weeks. The original Hell in a Cell announcement had John Cena and Dean Ambrose competing against one another to see who would face Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match. Then it was added that the Cena-Ambrose loser would face Randy Orton. That’s not a great way to make fans care about the match with Orton. The Greek god of wrestling also thought having a wrestler perform twice in one night, with the second match being a Hell in a Cell match, wasn’t a good idea.

A positive turn came when Cena and Ambrose battled in a contract-on-a-pole match on RAW, with the winner facing Rollins at Hell in a Cell. Ambrose won, leaving Cena to battle Orton for the 300th time.

This past week, however, elevated the intrigue and excitement level surrounding the Cena-Orton match. The winner of the match gets a title shot at WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

Cena, after being demolished by Lesnar at SummerSlam (and losing the title), feels as if Rollins cost him a victory in his rematch with Lesnar at Night of Champions. Orton has never received a rematch after losing the WWE World Championship to Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 in a triple threat match in which Orton wasn’t pinned.

Additional intrigue has been created by the rivalry between Orton and Rollins, both of whom are affiliated with The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon). Orton resented having to put out Rollins’ fires. Rollins and Orton then engaged in a battle of one-upmanship, with each trying to outdo the other. Finally, Rollins curb-stomped Orton this past Monday on RAW after Rollins, Orton and Kane defeated Cena and Ambrose in a street fight.

Will Rollins try to get involved in the Cena-Orton Hell in a Cell match? If so, which one would he attack?

Another piece of intrigue surrounds which Hell in a Cell match will close the show. The storyline progression is obviously different depending on the order of the show.

These Hell in a Cell matches could go either way. Achilles Heel sees Orton and Ambrose earning victories, although he wouldn’t be shocked if Orton and Rollins both win. In a future Orton-Lesnar match, Rollins will either try to cash in On Orton immediately after he wins the title or, if Lesnar retains the title, pin Lesnar after a post-match Orton RKO.

The undercard is also pretty good. If given enough time, the 2-out-of-3-falls Intercontinental Championship match between Dolph Ziggler and challenger Cesaro could be tremendous. Sheamus defends the United States Championship against The Miz, Goldust and Stardust defend the tag team titles against the Usos; A.J. Lee defends the Divas Championship against Paige; Big Show battles Rusev; and Nikki Bella battles twin sister Brie Bella, with the loser becoming the winner’s personal assistant . Don’t be surprised if either the U.S. or Intercontinental championship changes hands.

Now that the top two matches appear much more attractive, Hell in a Cell should be a terrific show.

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HOUSE OF HARDCORE GETS BETTER: Tommy Dreamer’s House of Harcore VII, which is going head-to-head with a loaded card in Rahway, N.J., on Nov. 15, just got even better. Drew Galloway, known as Drew McIntyre in WWE, has accepted Austin Aries’ open challenge.

The rest of the card, which will take place at the 2300 Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) includes The Hardys (Jeff and Matt) vs. The Young Bucks, the Wolves’ (TNA tag team champions Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) vs. Harry Smith and Lance Archer, and Tommy Dreamer vs. Ethan Carter III in an Old School Extreme Rules. CHIKARA fans should be thrilled to see Eddie Kingston battle Jigsaw.

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DARK MATTER: Achilles Heel couldn’t help but notice how dark the arena looked during Impact Wrestling on Wresting. Perhaps the turnout in Bethlehem wasn’t quite what was expected, so they made the background dark so people wouldn’t see numerous empty seats.

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JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS: The NBA season starts next week. In unrelated news, so does the Sixers season.

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RUMBLE IN PHILLY: Don’t forget that tickets for the Royal Rumble, which takes place at Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 25, go on sale to the public on Sat., Nov. 1.

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FAREWELL TO OX: Ox Baker, one of the best villains during the territory days, died recently after a long illness. Achilles Heel wishes Baker’s family and friends peace in this time of mourning.

Heel Turns: Orton top star of the week

Posted by Achilles Heel On October - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Achilles HeelThe Greek god of wrestling is going to open this column with a heavy dose of Randy Orton.

This often underappreciated superstar was the star of RAW and the Internet this past week.

On an episode of RAW filled with terrific matches, Orton and Dolph Ziggler put together an incredible match that was head-and-shoulders above everything else on RAW.

After a long back-and-forth match, Orton prevailed with one of his most creative RKOs. Orton caught Ziggler trying to deliver a “fameasser” leg drop. Holding Ziggler up at shoulder level while facing him, Orton threw Ziggler up in the air and then caught him with an RKO on the way down. It was an awesome move to end an awesome match.

Orton, who also delivered a picture-perfect superplex off the top rope during that match, was also involved in the best angle on RAW. While the feud between Dean Ambrose and John Cena over which one should get a piece of Seth Rollins first has taken center stage, the best storyline is the slowly budding rivalry between Orton and Rollins.

Orton has grumbled to The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon) about having to put out fires Rollins has started during the past month. On RAW this past week, Orton and Rollins engaged in a “Can you top this?” contest. Or, using a song from “Fiddler on the Roof” – and that reference is a first her at Heel Turns – a contest of “Anything you can do, I can do better.”

After Orton defeated Ziggler, Rollins, who was watching from the entrance ramp, came to the ring and delivered a curb-stomp to Ziggler. Not to be outdone, after Rollins beat Jack Swagger, Orton delivered an RKO to the Real American.

This rivalry clearly is just picking up steam. Achilles Heel wouldn’t be shocked if both Orton and Rollins won their Hell in a Cell matches on Oct. 26. They would then argue over who had the more impressive victory. Or, if one wins and one loses, expect the winner to remind the loser of the outcome, further building the rivalry until the two Authority members attack one another.

The best match. The best move. The best angle.

Randy Orton is on a roll. Like a fine wine, he keeps getting better with age.

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ORTON RULES THE INTERNET: If you haven’t seen any of the Randy Orton RKO vines on the Internet, do yourself a favor and click this link to check out a compilation of some of the best RKO vines. And if you’ve seen some of them, watch them again and enjoy a hearty laugh.

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WRESTLING MATTERS: One reason this past week’s RAW was so good was the quality of the wrestling. The triple-threat tag team match involving the Usos, Goldust and Stardust and the team of John Cena and Dean Ambrose started the string of outstanding in-ring action. Big Show and Rusev produced a crowd-pleasing match and, of course, Orton and Ziggler combined for a classic. The Seth Rollins-Jack Swagger and Cena-Ambrose matches, which normally would have been highlights, took a backseat to the other matches in terms of in-ring quality.

Angles and storylines matter. But professional wrestling is at its best when the wrestling is excellent. To paraphrase an infamous TNA slogan, “Wrestling matters.”

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FALL OF CHAMPIONS: The Greek god of wrestling doesn’t like when Intercontinental, U.S. and tag team champions are used for fodder for wrestlers in the world championship picture. These losses diminish the respective championships.

Having said that, Dolph Ziggler was elevated by his valiant effort in the RAW loss to Randy Orton. What didn’t help Ziggler was having him lose to Rusev the previous week and Seth Rollins on Smackdown this past Friday.

If Cesaro wrests the Intercontinental Championship from Ziggler, his win will be less meaningful because the tree consecutive televised losses have pushed Ziggler lower down the WWE pecking order. Similarly, Goldust and Stardust have barely won a match since capturing the tag team titles form the Usos.

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WEB GEMS: Biff Busick defends the Combat Zone Wrestling World Championship against Chris Dickinson tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. during Tangled Web 7 at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. In the co-main event, Matt Tremont battles Devon Moore in a tangled web match.

The tag team titles will be up for grabs as 014K defends against Team Tremendous. Shane Strickland defends the CZW Wired Championship against Mike Bailey.

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MAIN EVENT SAVES SHOW: For the second straight week, a sub-par edition of TNA’s Impact Wrestling was saved by the main event. The four-way No. 1 contenders elimination match between Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Eric Young and Jeff Hardy. Roode pinned Aries at the end to earn another title shot at Bobby Lashley.

TNA is advertising a tag team tournament, which will begin Wednesday, to determine the No. 1 contenders for The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) for the TNA tag team championship.

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GLORY DAYS: As the Greek god of wrestling wrote last week, why should I spend time discussing Bound for Glory when TNA could barely promote its own event. TNA World champion Bobby Lashley and tag team champions The Wolves were not on the card. The Great Muta and Tajiri defeated James Storm and Great Sanada in the main event. Team 3-D (Bully Ray and Devon) defeated Tommy Dreamer and Abyss in an eminently forgettable event.

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BEST NEVER TO WIN WORLD TITLE: Wwe.com posted a list of 20 legends who never won the world championship WWE’s list, of course, is inferior to the list compiled by yours truly.

WWE included Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, Paul Orndorff, Magnum T.A., Jake Roberts and Arn Anderson, but where were Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, Gorilla Monsson, Rick Rude, Owen Hart and Don Leo Jonathan? Their spots on the list were taken by, among others, Tatanka, Marty Janetty and Goldust.

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HIGHWAY TO HELL: The co-main events for Hell in a Cell next Sunday will be a pair of Hell in a Cell matches. Former Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battle in one cage. Randy Orton and John Cena square off in the other Hell in a Cell match.

Other matches include Big Show vs. Rusev, Sheamus defending the United States Championship against The Miz, and Nikki and Brie Bella fighting, with the loser having to work as the winner’s personal assistant or be fired.

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