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NXT’s Damian Priest inspired by dad who once beat Chuck Norris

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Damian Priest achieved his first title in WWE last month when he captured the North American Championship at TakeOver: XXX.

The win was a huge moment for Priest, who signed with WWE in 2018 after nearly three years in Ring of Honor.

Priest has often said that his goal is to have his name “live forever” and he knows all about the importance of leaving a legacy thanks to his father who has lived an extraordinary life.

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Priest explained that his father once beat martial artist, actor (and meme) Chuck Norris in an exhibition fight.

“(The story) was something that I heard from, not just him, but from other martial artists that were around in that era, in the 70s, and it was before Chuck Norris was even a name,” Priest said.

“They had an exhibition fight that wasn’t meant to have a winner, but they all said that if there was one by points, or whatever, my father landed way more strikes and kind of outperformed (Norris) so he would have won the fight in that sense.”

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Priest went on to explain that beating Chuck Norris is just one of many incredible stories about his father, whose unbelievable life has served as a huge inspiration to him.

“I think I got the idea from him of not being complacent and always wanting more, always needing more and that’s where I got the ‘live forever thing,'” he said.

“I want my name to live forever. Not me literally, I’m not a vampire. But it’s the idea of my name standing the test of time and not being willing to just stand in place because you think that that’s your place in life. I’ve always been like, ‘no I have to be more.'”

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Priest even said he once thought he would never get to WWE but that didn’t stop him from trying.

“I really wrote off WWE for a little bit,” he added. “I didn’t think I was gonna be able to make it here, but it didn’t stop me from trying so to speak or trying to improve which eventually did get me here.

“So I think it was my dad who I probably got it from he’s just one of those people just unwilling to be okay with just living, you have to live more.”

See Damian Priest in action on WWE NXT every Wednesday at 1am on BT Sport 1 HD and against Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship at NXT TakeOver 31 on the WWE Network.


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The Korean War Gave America’s Nuclear-Armed F-84 Thunderjet Its Global Debut

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In 1944, Alexander Kartveli, designer of the legendary Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter, began working on a jet-powered successor. Kartveli’s tubby-looking “Jug” proved a tough, hard-hitting ground attack plane and a fast, far-flying escort fighter in World War II. Unable to cram a turbojet in the Thunderbolt airframe, the Georgian engineer drafted a clean-sheet design dubbed the XP-84 Thunderjet with a J-35 turbojet spanning the fuselage from the intake in the nose to the tailpipe, with fuel stored in wingtip tanks.

Like the P-47, the Thunderjet was a “heavy”-feeling plane with high takeoff and landing speeds. It required longer mile-long runways and was less maneuverable than the Air Force’s earlier F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter. However, the F-84 was faster at 610 miles per hour, had a greater range of 800 miles, and was a hard-hitting and stable gun platform: in addition to its six extra-fast-firing M3 .50 caliber, it could lug thirty-two five-inch high-velocity rockets or two tons of bombs. Once the early models’ flaws were corrected, the Thunderjet also proved highly maintainable, its guts designed for easy access to mechanics.

However, Karteveli’s design used traditional straight rather than swept wings, which delay the formation of shockwaves when approaching supersonic speeds. This left the Thunderjet slower and less agile than the near-contemporary swept-wing F-86 Sabre and the Soviet MiG-15, which could attain speeds of around 680 miles per hour

Six months into the Korean War in December 1950, F-84Es of the 27th Fighter Escort Wing were dispatched to Taegu Air Base in South Korea to escort four-engine B-29 strategic bombers on raids targeting the Chinese border with North Korea. The F-84E model was lengthened fifteen inches to carry additional fuel and incorporated a radar-assisted gunsight

Thunderjets first encountered MiGs on January 21, 1952, when eight F-84s raiding Chongchan bridge were bounced by two flights of MiG-15s which shot an F-84 down. A MiG was claimed in return, but Soviet records reveal no corresponding losses. Two days later, F-84s and B-29s launched a massive raid targeting the airfield at Pyongyang. The MiGs, which excelled at high altitudes, were forced to dogfight strafing Thunderjets on the deck; three Communist jets were shot down and two more crippled.

However, thereafter the faster MiG-15s mostly engaged F-84s at high altitudes while escorting B-29s, repeatedly breaking through screens of up to fifty to 100 Thunderjets to ravage the B-29s they were escorting.

Henceforth, the UN forces in Korea switched heavy bombers to less-accurate night raids. F-86s focused on the MiG threat, while F-84s were relegated to ground attack missions, their tremendous firepower unleashed to strike frontline troops, blast rear-area depots, artillery batteries and convoys, cover helicopter search-and-rescue operations, and bombard key infrastructure targets. Over the course of the war, Thunderjets flew 86,000 missions and dropped 61,000 tons of bombs and napalm canisters—by one tally, accounting for 60 percent of ground targets destroyed by the U.S. Air Force during the war. The F-84’s robustness proved an asset, allowing it to survive punishing hits from heavy communist flak.

In June 1952, eighty-four Thunderjets obliterated 90 percent of the Sui-ho Dam complex, knocking out electricity throughout all of North Korea for two weeks. However, the raid, intended to pressure North Korean peace negotiators, backfired—inspiring anti-war opposition in the British parliament while conversely causing hawks in the U.S. to complain that the raid should have taken place sooner.

Nonetheless, in 1953, F-84s were hammering dams at Toksan and Chasan—causing huge floods that swamped bridges, railway lines and roads, and badly damaged crops. By then, the final F-84G model had arrived in theater, bringing with it an uprated J-35 engine and revolutionary new in-flight refueling capability. F-84s could connect their wingtip tanks to a probe trailed by a KB-29 tanker, allowing them to fly missions over Korea from bases in Japan.

But F-84s and MiG-15s continued to battle on other fronts of the Cold War. On March 10, 1953, a MiG-15 encountered a two-ship F-84 patrol apparently straying into Czech airspace near Merklin. Czech pilot Jaroslav Šrámek told an interviewer:

They banked sharply and flew off at full throttle. But because the MIG 15s were better the F-84s we were able to turn easily and manoeuvre into a position where I could fire a warning shot. The warning shot hit his backup tank on the right-hand side. Fuel started escaping from it. He tried to escape to the south. In view of the fact that I was higher than him I was able to catch him easily and my second round disabled him. After firing the shot I saw flames coming from his craft so I stopped and headed home.”

Pilot Warren Brown ejected, and his crashed jet was found ten miles into the German side of the border.

The Republic of China Air Force received 246 F-84Gs which clashed repeatedly with their communist counterparts over the Taiwan Strait. In a series four 4-on-4 engagements in 1955 and 1956, ROCAF Thunderjets claimed five MiG-15 for no loss, though two Thunderjets were shot down in smaller-scale dogfights, and a third was lost to flak. However, on July 29, 1958, newer, ultra-maneuverable MiG-17s bounced four F-84s and shot down two over Nan’ao island, helping trigger the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis.

F-84Gs became the first fighter operated by the Air Force’s Thunderbirds aerobatics in 1953. Thunderjets stationed in Europe, meanwhile, became the first single-engine aircraft modified to deliver a nuclear weapon—the 1,680-pound Mark 7 nuclear bomber with an adjustable yield as high as 61 kilotons. To avoid getting caught in the apocalyptic blast, the Thunderjet employed a Low Altitude Bombing System to semi-accurately “toss” their nuclear payload while climbing, then bank sharply to the side as the deadly warhead arced away.

By 1954, the superior swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreak model entered service, largely replacing the Thunderjet and also spawning the RF-84F Thunderflash photo-reconnaissance model, with intakes in the wing roots instead of the nose. Powered by a more powerful but finicky J65 turbojet, the Thunderstreak could attain speeds just shy of 700 miles per hour.

By the late 1950s, the Air Force began retiring all models of the F-84 in favor of the supersonic F-100 Super Sabre and F-105 Thunderchief, though F-84s served in Air National Guard units until 1970 and Portuguese Thunderjets saw action in a colonial war in Angola until 1974. The last Thunderflash was finally retired by the Greek Air Force in 1991—a long career for a tough jet that had seemed outdated nearly as soon as it entered service.

Sébastien Roblin holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.

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50 Cent Says He ‘Never Liked’ Donald Trump While Retracting Endorsement

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50 Cent had shown support for Donald Trump but has since retracted his endorsement.

The rapper had originally posted that he didn’t like Joe Biden’s proposed tax plan, adding in a caption, “I don’t care Trump doesn’t like Black people 62% are you out of ya f**king mind.”

He has since changed his tune after ex-Chelsea Handler appears to have inspired him.

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, shared a clip of Handler speaking to Jimmy Fallon.

“He doesn’t want to pay 62 percent of taxes because he doesn’t want to go from 50 Cent to 20 Cent,” Handler told Fallon. “I had to remind him that he was a Black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump, and that he shouldn’t be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he’s worried about his own personal pocketbook.”

50 Cent added in a caption, “Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him. for all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed but that’s history. LOL.”

Handler then responded, asking if this means “we can count on a vote” for Joe Biden.

Honey- does this tweet me we can count on a vote for you for ?I’m happy to discuss this with you privately. My phone number is still the same. Your’s isn’t. I’ve tried calling you.

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler)

“I’m happy to discuss this with you privately. My phone number is still the same. Your’s isn’t. I’ve tried calling you,” she wrote.

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The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco marks end of quarantine by tying balloons to dog Dumpy in fun photo

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Kaley Cuoco marked the end of her quarantine by playing around with her dog Dumpy.

The Big Bang Theory star celebrated by tying balloons around her beloved chihuahua for a fun Instagram photo.

The actress wore a big smile in the picture which she shared on Sunday as she attched the brightly coloured balloons around Dumpy.

She wrote in the caption: ‘I may have had more fun than he did. No Dump Trucks were harmed during this super hilarious quarantine activity. (Oh and recycle your balloons and never let them fly into the sky). Quarantine complete!’

Kaley also shared videos on her pet pooch’s Instagram page, pretending the balloons she had attached to Dumpy were sending him floating off into the air.

Dumpy joined his mum in New York with Kaley spending all of her free time between filming hanging out with him and taking him for walks.

His Instagram page has racked up over 54,000 followers so far.

Kaley has been giving fans updates on her new project The Flight Attendant with her Instagram series A Cup of Cuoco since wrapping on the HBO show, which arrives on HBO Max this Thanksgiving.

It’s a darker role for the star as party girl Cassie, whose world is turned upside down when she wakes up next to a dead body.

She jet off around the world to evade police and work out who is setting her up.

The thriller also stars Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman, White Men Can’ Jump actress Rosie Perez, Girls star Zosia Mamet, Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge and more.

The Flight Attendant will air on HBO Max on November 26 in the US, with a UK release unknown.

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