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The Most Valuable NFL Teams

The pandemic threatened to force the NFL to take a step back for a while in terms of finances. Nonetheless, 2021 showed it was only so that the league could take a running jump to one of their most successful years in a while, with the most valuable NFL teams showing commensurate growth.

In March of 2021, the NFL signed a media rights deal worth a staggering $111.8 billion, which was an 82% increase from then-deals. This means that from now until 2032 when the deal ends, pay-out for each of the 32 NFL teams is going to increase from around $220 billion to around $377 billion.

In the next decade, it’ll be interesting to see how team valuations change around this period. As of 2022, this is how things stand in the league amongst the top 10 and bottom 10 teams.

1.) Dallas Cowboys: $7.64 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 10%
  • Owner: Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys, also known as America’s Team, have been in the NFL since 1960. Current owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989 from H.R. Bright for $140 million, equivalent to about $300 million today. They are one of the winningest franchises in all of football with five Super Bowls. 

2.) Los Angeles Rams: $5.91 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 26%
  • Owner: Stan Korenke

The Los Angeles Rams moved up one spot from 3rd to second this year, and a large chunk of their valuation comes from their stadium. SoFi Stadium opened in September of 2020 and the stadium cost a whopping $4.9 billion. 

3.) New England Patriots: $5.88 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 10%
  • Owner: Robert Kraft

Tied for the most Super Bowls all-time, the New England Patriots are one of the most elite football franchises the NFL has to offer. Current owner Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994 for $172 million dollars. There was once a time where Robert Kraft thought about moving the team to Connecticut, but with a near $6 billion evaluation i’m sure he’s content with staying in Foxborough. 

4.) New York Giants: $5.37 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 24%
  • Owner: John Mara / Steve Tisch

The New York Giants are one of the oldest NFL franchises, with their inaugural season coming in 1925. They’ve enjoyed four Super Bowls, including two shocking victories over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Giants currently play at MetLife Stadium and have since 2010. 

5.) San Francisco 49ers: $5.18 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 21%
  • Owner: 49ers Enterprises

Although the 49ers may have only been in the NFL since 1950, they remain one of the most historic franchises. They have won five Super Bowls and dished out a number of hall of fame players such as Joe Montanna, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Terrell Owens just to name a few. 

6.) Chicago Bears: $5 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 25%
  • Owner: Virginia Halas McCaskey

The Chicago Bears just eclipsed the century mark as a franchise, with their first season coming in 1920. The Bears are one of the most popular NFL franchises despite only claiming one Super Bowl across 100+ seasons. 

7.) New York Jets: $4.8 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Woody and Christopher Johnson

Although the New York Jets only joined the NFL in 1970, they own the rights as Super Bowl III champions. Current owner Woody Johnson purchased the team in 2000 for a hefty $635 million. Although the Jets have seen minimal success over the years, they have one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports.  

8.) Washington Commanders: $4.78 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 12%
  • Owner: Daniel Snyder

The Washington Commanders were originally founded in 1932 and enjoyed a wave of success throughout the 80’s and early 90’s. They would win Super Bowls in 1982, 1987, and 1991. Dan Snyder purchased the team in 1999 and they have never been able to get back to that prior success. 

9.) Philadelphia Eagles: $4.7 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 21%
  • Owner: Jeffrey Lurie

There are few fan bases as passionate as Eagles fans. The team was established in 1933 and saw relative success pre-NFL merger, winning three NFL Championship games. The Eagles have been to three Super Bowls, most recently winning in 2017. 

10.) Denver Broncos: $4.65 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 22%
  • Owner: Rob Walton

The Denver Broncos saw a 22% increase in their valuation, and that number comes from the recent purchase from the Walton-Penner family. The Broncos were sold to the Walton-Penner family in 2022 for $4.65 billion, the most for a North American sport franchise ever. 

11.) Houston Texans: $4.63 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 21%
  • Owner: Janice McNair

There is no franchise younger than the Houston Texans, who have been an NFL franchise since 2002 (I’m older than the Texans!) They were founded in 1999 and were owned by Bob McNair who tragically passed away in 2018. Despite being one of four teams to never make a Super Bowl, the Texans are doing just fine with a valuation north of $4.5 billion. 

12.) Seattle Seahawks: $4.39 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 22%
  • Owner: The Paul Allen Trust

The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976 and have been a relatively good team in recent memory. They enjoyed two trips to the Super Bowl, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Despite trading franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are gearing up for the playoffs this postseason.

13.) Pittsburgh Steelers: $4.26 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 19%
  • Owner: Rooney Family

The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the Patriots for the winningest NFL franchise, with six total Super Bowls. The Rooney family has been the sole owners of the franchise since Art Rooney founded the team in 1933. It cost Rooney only $2,500 to purchase the franchise fee to create the team.

14.) Green Bay Packers: $4.19 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 19%
  • Owner: Green Bay Packers Inc.

The Packers are one of the original NFL teams and have one of the strangest ownership structures in professional sports. Fans can buy shares of the Packers when made available every couple of years. Owning a share gives you voting rights and an invitation to their annual corporate meeting.

15.) Las Vegas Raiders: $4.08 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 26%
  • Owner: Mark and Carol Davis

Although the Raiders jumped ship from Oakland to Las Vegas, they still have one of the most active fandoms in all of sports. The Davis family has owned the Raiders since purchasing it in 1966 for $180,000. Recently, the Raiders built Allegiant Stadium in Vegas which cost a reported $1.9 billion.

16.) Miami Dolphins: $4.06 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 15%
  • Owner: Stephen M. Ross

The Miami Dolphins have been an NFL franchise since 1966 and are home to one of the most famous football stadiums, Hard Rock Stadium. The team enjoyed a wave of success in the 70’s, winning back-to-back Super Bowls. Their 1972 campaign is the only undefeated season by a team to also win a Super Bowl. 

17.) Atlanta Falcons: $3.88 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Arthur Blank

The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL franchise since 1966, reaching two Super Bowls in that time. They remain one of twelve NFL teams to never win a Super Bowl. Most recently, they suffered a heart-wrenching defeat to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. 

18.) Minnesota Vikings: $3.72 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Zygi, Leonard, and Mark Wilf

The Minnesota Vikings have been an NFL team since 1961 and are currently owned by the Wilf family. Despite the Vikings three Super Bowl appearances throughout the 70’s, they have no Super Bowl to their name. With a new young core at the helm, the Vikings could hoist their first Lombardi trophy in the near future.  

19.) Los Angeles Chargers: $3.62 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 21%
  • Owner: Dean Spanos

The Los Angeles Chargers, formerly the San Diego Chargers, joined the NFL during the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Chargers made their move to Los Angeles around the same time the Rams jumped ship from St.Louis. Since joining the NFL, the Chargers have a single Super Bowl appearance in 1994, which they lost. 

20.) Kansas City Chiefs: $3.54 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 15%
  • Owner: Hunt Family

It’s no understatement to say that the Kansas City Chiefs are currently in their golden era. After winning the Super Bowl in 1969, the Chiefs would go 50 years before winning again in 2019. With a core of Patrick Mahome and Travis Kelce, I have a feeling there are more Super Bowls in the Chiefs future. 

21.) Baltimore Ravens: $3.44 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 11%
  • Owner: Steve Bisciotti

Despite only joining the NFL in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens are one of the most successful NFL franchises. They have compiled a record of 233-183-1 and have won two Super Bowls. Steve Bisciotti bought the team from Art Modell in 2003. 

22.) Carolina Panthers: $3.36 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 13%
  • Owner: David Tepper

Although the Carolina Panthers joined the NFL a year prior to the Baltimore Ravens, they have not seen an equal amount of success. The Panthers have never won a Super Bowl despite appearing in two. They are currently going through a rebuilding process and a Super Bowl does not look to be in the Panthers’ near future. 

23.) Tennessee Titans: $3.29 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 23%
  • Owner: Amy Adams Strunk

The Tennessee Titans officially joined the NFL in 1970 apart of the NFL-AFL merger, but have been a franchise since 1960. They have reached the Super Bowl once, losing to the St.Louis Rams in 1999. They are owned by Amy Adams Strunk, the daughter of Houston Oilers founder Bud Adams. 

24.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $3.28 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Glazer Family

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have joined the NFL in 1976, but have enjoyed more success than most teams. The Buc’s are 2-0 in the Super Bowl, winning in 2002 and 2020. They are currently captained by legendary quarterback Tom Brady, a large part of their 2020 Super Bowl campaign. 

25.) New Orleans Saints: $3.26 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 16%
  • Owner: Gayle Benson

The Saints have had a rollercoaster of a ride as a franchise in the NFL. They initially struggled, not winning a playoff game until their 34th season in 2000. They did claim Super Bowl XLIV behind the sensational play of Drew Brees. Since Brees and head coach Sean Payton retired the franchise has had trouble finding direction. 

26.) Indianapolis Colts: $3.25 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 15%
  • Owner: Jim Irsay

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the oldest franchises in the NFL, being founded in 1953. They have enjoyed success pre and post Super Bowl era’s, with over five championships. They won Super Bowls in 1970 as well as 2006. They are currently coached by former Colts lineman Jeff Saturday. 

27.) Cleveland Browns: $3.18 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 17%
  • Owner: Jimmy and Dee Haslam

The Cleveland Browns began as a AAFC team and were dominant, boasting a 47-4-3 record across four seasons. When the league folded they joined the NFL and have not found the same success. They are one of four teams to never reach a Super Bowl and were the second team to compile a 0-16 record after their 2017 campaign. 

28.) Arizona Cardinals: $3.17 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Michael Bidwill

There is no football franchise older than the Cardinals, first established in 1898. They would join the NFL in 1920, making them one of only two remaining original franchises. They have never won a Super Bowl despite reaching the championship game in 2008. 

29.) Buffalo Bills: $2.99 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 20%
  • Owner: Terry and Kim Pegula

Despite a levy of success throughout the 90’s, the Buffalo Bills are one of twelve NFL teams to never win a Super Bowl. Most notably, they reached the championship game four consecutive times from 1990-1993, but came short in all four games. They are currently led by all-pro quarterback Josh Allen and remain one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. 

30.) Jacksonville Jaguars: $2.94 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 11%
  • Owner: Shahid Khan

Despite being one of the youngest franchises in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars have enjoyed a good-bit of success in their short time. Since joining the NFL in 1996, the team has reached the playoffs seven times and even reached two AFC Championship games. 

31.) Detroit Lions: $2.86 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 17%
  • Owner: Sheila Ford Hamp

The Detroit Lions are one of the most historic NFL teams, having joined the league in 1930. Despite being an early player in the NFL, the Lions have seen relatively no success since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Lions have only won a single playoff game since 1957 and have the longest postseason win drought in NFL history. 

32.) Cincinnati Bengals: $2.84 billion
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  • 1-Year Change: 18%
  • Owner: Mike Brown

The Cincinnati Bengals went through a rough patch in the 90’s and 2000’s, but have built an exciting young core today. The Bengals have reached three Super Bowls despite never winning the game. They are currently led by a young core of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase who helped carry the Bengals to an appearance in the 2021 Super Bowl. 

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12 F2 Drivers to Know – REDIRECT

Formula-1 and motorsports in general got shot into the stratosphere of relevancy, in large part due to Netflix’s Drive to Survive. The show chronicles the storylines and rivalries between each team, which just added to the excitement of the race. In F1, racers are allowed to tweak their car to their liking. All racers use a difference model and manufacture, as well as their own technology. In Formula-2, however, all drivers use a car with the same specs designed by Williams F1. Here are 12 F2 drivers to know.

RELATED: Breaking Down How Much F2 Drivers Make

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1.) Felipe Drugovich
  • Current Team: MP Motorsport
  • Country: Brazil

There was no better driver in Formula 2 last season than Brazilian Felipe Drugovich. Drugovich won the F2 championship last season after finishing with 265 points, over 100 more points than second place. He has been competing in F2 since 2020, and his 1st place victory last season was his highest finish in the competition. Drugovich is only 22 years old, showing that he has a promising future in the sport of racing. He will most likely make the jump to Formula 1 in the near future. 

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2.) Theo Pourchaire
  • Current Team: ART Grand Prix 
  • Country: France

The 19 year old French racing phenom Theo Pourchaire enjoyed a very successful Formula 2 season in 2022, despite being one of the youngest racers in the competition. He finished second amongst all racers, accumulating 164 points throughout the season. He has been racing in F2 since 2020, and claimed podium finishes in ten races. Pourchaire was a test driver in F1, but there is a real possibility that we see the Frenchmen becoming a full-time F1 driver soon. 

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3.) Logan Sargeant
  • Current Team: Williams Racing
  • Country: United States

There is no young American driver that compares to Logan Sargeant, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sergeant was the only driver in Formula 2 last season to come from the United States, and enjoyed a fourth place finish overall. This was his second year in Formula 2, and the highest finish of his career. Sergeant will be racing in Formula 1 next season under Williams Racing. 

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4.) Enzo Fittipaldi
  • Current Team: Charouz Racing System
  •  Country: Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a great run last season in Formula 2, finishing eight overall with 126 total points. He is the grandson of former Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Enzo recently became a member of the Red Bull Junior Team but is still racing in Formula 2. Fittipaldi has been featured in Formula 2 for three seasons, with last season being his highest finish. 

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5.) Jehan Daruvala
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: India

After being discovered for winning ‘One in a Billion hunt’, a competition put together by Force India racing team, Jehan Daruvala began his ascent into racing. He has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020, and had his best finish last season taking home seventh place. At 24 years old, that puts Daruvala in an older class than most of his competitors, but he remains one of the best racers to come from India maybe ever. 

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6.) Frederik Vesti
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Denmark

Frederik Vesti remains one of the youngest drivers in Formula 2, as he was only 20 years old in his debut season last year. He had quite the introduction, taking home ninth place and claiming five podium finishes. Although Vesti raced with ART Grand Prix last season, he will be racing under Prema Racing for the next F2 season. It will be hard to top the year he had last season, but with a top five finish we may see Vesti fast-tracked to Formula 1.

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7.) Ayumu Iwasa
  • Current Team: DAMS
  • Country: Japan

Ayumu Iwasa was electric in Formula 2 last season, winning two feature races and finishing 5th overall in the standings. In his debut season last year, Iwasa claimed 5 podium finishes across his 26 starts. Notably, Iwasa won the French F4 championship in 2020 and finished top 10 in the F3 Asian Championship a year prior. At only 21 years old Iwasa has shown immense potential as a driver and has a real chance at racing in Formula 1 very soon.

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8.) Liam Lawson
  • Current Team: Carlin
  • Country: New Zealand

Although he may only be 20 years old, Liam Lawson has one of the most extensive racing resumes of any young driver in the world. Last season was his second year in Formula 2, and he enjoyed a third place finish after accumulating 149 points across the season. He has been racing since 2015 and has enjoyed 1st place finishes at the NZ F1600 Championship Series in 2017 as well as the Toyota Racing Series in 2020.

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9.) Jack Doohan
  • Current Team: Virtuosi Racing
  • Country: Australia

Jack Doohan shocked the Formula 2 world last season after finishing 6th overall at only 19 years old. He is the son of former five-time 500cc world champion motorcyclist Mick Doohan. Jack has been racing since 2018 and just finished his second season in F2. No matter what competition Doohan races in, he almost always finishes in the top 10, and looks like he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. There is a very real possibility that Jack Doohan will be racing in Formula 1 very very soon.

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10.) Jüri Vips
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: Estonia 

Jüri has an extensive racing career, as he’s been featured in different series since 2017. He has enjoyed three seasons in Formula 2, where he has also been a test driver for Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 team. His best finish in F2 came at the end of the 2021 season, where he finished 6th overall. Vips was excruciatingly close to finishing in the top 10, but was a single point shy and finished 11th overall. Vips has a lot of experience in F2 and as an F1 test driver, so there is a real chance he makes the leap to a full time F1 driver in the near future.

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11.) Marcus Armstrong
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: New Zealand

The 21-year-old driver from New Zealand has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020. He has boasted a total of three wins, with seven podium finishes. Armstrong has finished in 13th overall the last three F2 seasons, his highest finish in the series.

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12.) Dennis Hauger
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Norway

Few racers on this list have the same hype and expectations that Dennis Hauger have. The 19-year-old racer was electric in Formula 3, finishing first among all racers. In his first season as an F2 driver Hauger has claimed a first place finish in a sprint race, as well as picking up points during almost every race weekend. He finished last season 10th amongst all racers.

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12 F2 Drivers to Know

Formula-1 and motorsports in general got shot into the stratosphere of relevancy, in large part due to Netflix’s Drive to Survive. The show chronicles the storylines and rivalries between each team, which just added to the excitement of the race. In F1, racers are allowed to tweak their car to their liking. All racers use a difference model and manufacture, as well as their own technology. In Formula-2, however, all drivers use a car with the same specs designed by Williams F1. Here are 12 F2 drivers to know.

RELATED: Breaking Down How Much F2 Drivers Make

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1.) Felipe Drugovich
  • Current Team: MP Motorsport
  • Country: Brazil

There was no better driver in Formula 2 last season than Brazilian Felipe Drugovich. Drugovich won the F2 championship last season after finishing with 265 points, over 100 more points than second place. He has been competing in F2 since 2020, and his 1st place victory last season was his highest finish in the competition. Drugovich is only 22 years old, showing that he has a promising future in the sport of racing. He will most likely make the jump to Formula 1 in the near future. 

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2.) Theo Pourchaire
  • Current Team: ART Grand Prix 
  • Country: France

The 19 year old French racing phenom Theo Pourchaire enjoyed a very successful Formula 2 season in 2022, despite being one of the youngest racers in the competition. He finished second amongst all racers, accumulating 164 points throughout the season. He has been racing in F2 since 2020, and claimed podium finishes in ten races. Pourchaire was a test driver in F1, but there is a real possibility that we see the Frenchmen becoming a full-time F1 driver soon. 

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3.) Logan Sargeant
  • Current Team: Williams Racing
  • Country: United States

There is no young American driver that compares to Logan Sargeant, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sergeant was the only driver in Formula 2 last season to come from the United States, and enjoyed a fourth place finish overall. This was his second year in Formula 2, and the highest finish of his career. Sergeant will be racing in Formula 1 next season under Williams Racing. 

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4.) Enzo Fittipaldi
  • Current Team: Charouz Racing System
  •  Country: Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a great run last season in Formula 2, finishing eight overall with 126 total points. He is the grandson of former Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Enzo recently became a member of the Red Bull Junior Team but is still racing in Formula 2. Fittipaldi has been featured in Formula 2 for three seasons, with last season being his highest finish. 

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5.) Jehan Daruvala
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: India

After being discovered for winning ‘One in a Billion hunt’, a competition put together by Force India racing team, Jehan Daruvala began his ascent into racing. He has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020, and had his best finish last season taking home seventh place. At 24 years old, that puts Daruvala in an older class than most of his competitors, but he remains one of the best racers to come from India maybe ever. 

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6.) Frederik Vesti
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Denmark

Frederik Vesti remains one of the youngest drivers in Formula 2, as he was only 20 years old in his debut season last year. He had quite the introduction, taking home ninth place and claiming five podium finishes. Although Vesti raced with ART Grand Prix last season, he will be racing under Prema Racing for the next F2 season. It will be hard to top the year he had last season, but with a top five finish we may see Vesti fast-tracked to Formula 1.

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7.) Ayumu Iwasa
  • Current Team: DAMS
  • Country: Japan

Ayumu Iwasa was electric in Formula 2 last season, winning two feature races and finishing 5th overall in the standings. In his debut season last year, Iwasa claimed 5 podium finishes across his 26 starts. Notably, Iwasa won the French F4 championship in 2020 and finished top 10 in the F3 Asian Championship a year prior. At only 21 years old Iwasa has shown immense potential as a driver and has a real chance at racing in Formula 1 very soon.

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8.) Liam Lawson
  • Current Team: Carlin
  • Country: New Zealand

Although he may only be 20 years old, Liam Lawson has one of the most extensive racing resumes of any young driver in the world. Last season was his second year in Formula 2, and he enjoyed a third place finish after accumulating 149 points across the season. He has been racing since 2015 and has enjoyed 1st place finishes at the NZ F1600 Championship Series in 2017 as well as the Toyota Racing Series in 2020.

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9.) Jack Doohan
  • Current Team: Virtuosi Racing
  • Country: Australia

Jack Doohan shocked the Formula 2 world last season after finishing 6th overall at only 19 years old. He is the son of former five-time 500cc world champion motorcyclist Mick Doohan. Jack has been racing since 2018 and just finished his second season in F2. No matter what competition Doohan races in, he almost always finishes in the top 10, and looks like he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. There is a very real possibility that Jack Doohan will be racing in Formula 1 very very soon.

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10.) Jüri Vips
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: Estonia 

Jüri has an extensive racing career, as he’s been featured in different series since 2017. He has enjoyed three seasons in Formula 2, where he has also been a test driver for Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 team. His best finish in F2 came at the end of the 2021 season, where he finished 6th overall. Vips was excruciatingly close to finishing in the top 10, but was a single point shy and finished 11th overall. Vips has a lot of experience in F2 and as an F1 test driver, so there is a real chance he makes the leap to a full time F1 driver in the near future.

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11.) Marcus Armstrong
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: New Zealand

The 21-year-old driver from New Zealand has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020. He has boasted a total of three wins, with seven podium finishes. Armstrong has finished in 13th overall the last three F2 seasons, his highest finish in the series.

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12.) Dennis Hauger
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Norway

Few racers on this list have the same hype and expectations that Dennis Hauger have. The 19-year-old racer was electric in Formula 3, finishing first among all racers. In his first season as an F2 driver Hauger has claimed a first place finish in a sprint race, as well as picking up points during almost every race weekend. He finished last season 10th amongst all racers.

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JuJu Watkins Is Ready For Her Next Chapter

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially JuJu Watkins season. The number one basketball recruit is gearing up to begin her year season at Sierra Canyon, and generating tons of buzz while at it. The young phenom has just made her long-awaited decision on which university she will grace her presence at next, confirming last week her commitment to USC, and plans on making her senior year at Sierra Canyon a memorable one.

These recent months have been quite noteworthy for Watkins: an NIL deal with Klutch Sports, a deal with Nike, a major commercial alongside LeBron James and her friend/schoolmate Bronny James, and yet, she is as humble as they come.

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Watkins will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t take any part of this magical journey she’s on for granted, recognizing how all of her experiences have been ones to prepare her for this path she’s on right now. Peace & Love is the vibe she operates on, and “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” is her defining motto.

Watkins’ latest accomplishment is a new Lids campaign where she’s one of five KLUTCH NIL clients launching custom embroidery designs. Ahead of her November 23rd release, we caught up with JuJu to learn more about her journey, this latest campaign, and her upcoming season.

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ONE37pm: Hi JuJu! So nice to be talking with you today! You are prepping for your senior year at Sierra Canyon which is very exciting! How did you spend your off-season? 

Watkins: Well, I spent some time with Team USA, and that kind of took up a bit of my summer. Other than that, this off-season I was mainly just hanging out and enjoying my last summer before I head off to college. I spent time with my best friend and family, and I also got in the gym everyday.

ONE37pm: Awesome! Well, congratulations on your partnership with Lids! Your campaign comes out on November 23rd, so could you just talk a little bit more about what it was like putting that together?

Watkins: Thank You! When Klutch set it up for me to create this hat, it was amazing because this is one of my first projects where I’ve had the creative ability to show my talents. There weren’t any restrictions, so that was great for me to be super creative and have no boundaries with designing this hat.

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ONE37pm: Let’s go a little deeper into the artwork. I’m seeing the peace & love signs, a bumblebee, plants, your number, etc. How did you come up with the concept?

Watkins: I love youthful art, and my cousin actually helped me design it because we’re both fans of that creative style. She came to me with some ideas, and I just love the type of art where you color outside of the lines and don’t box yourself in when it comes to creating. That was the idea behind the design. There were a lot of colors because I love colors, and the finished product was definitely something I was happy with.

ONE37pm:  People who love the peace & love signs tend to be real chill free spirits. Is that how you would describe your personality? Are you somebody who likes the 60s and 70s?

Watkins: Yeah I would definitely agree with that! And yes I am somebody who likes the 60s and 70s a lot!

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ONE37pm: How about the message you have in the middle which is “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” Tell us more about that if you are comfortable.

Watkins: That’s one of my favorite quotes from Tupac, and I feel like I am a living testament to that. I come from the inner city of Watts, and I have been able to blossom from that. I have been able to rise above the violence within the community, the adversity, and preconceived notions where people judge you because of where you’re from. I’ve been able to still be who I am and show where I come from.

I like to put myself in the position of the “rose” coming from a place where people don’t expect for you to blossom or become successful, and where you have to work twice as hard as everyone else. 

ONE37pm: Would you call yourself an underdog?

Watkins: Oh for sure. I’m an underdog. I feel like I’m always the underdog. So just being one and coming from the inner city to rise above it all and create colors and beauty in a setting that’s not really like that. 

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ONE37pm: What are you most looking forward to this season?

Watkins: Of course I want to win! That’s the number one goal, but I really just want to enjoy this last year with my teammates and family, and take it all in. 

ONE37pm: Favorite show and hobby outside of sports?

Watkins: My favorite show is Euphoria because I’m a big fan of Zendaya, and I love shopping and fashion! Making this hat with Lids made me want to wear hats more often. Being able to create this design with Lids and Klutch was a dream come true, and I’m more excited for things like this to be able to happen in the future!

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ONE37pm: Anything else you want the world to know about JuJu Watkins?

Watkins: Well I’m not much to comment on myself, but I would say I am a very chill person. I come from Watts, and I love and rep my city. Tying it back to the hat, I would also like to think I am creative as well. I’m youthful and never in a rush to grow up, but also mature. Oh, and once again I would like to thank Lids and Klutch for this opportunity!

You can continue to keep up with JuJu via Instagram.  

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The 22 Best UFC Fighters Of All Time

The UFC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, and across their history, thousands of different fighters have fought for the organization. Currently, over 600 fighters are a part of the roster, many of them considered to be the best MMA fighters of all time.

The GOAT debate is fun no matter which sport you’re talking about, so for the sake of it, we decided to put together a list of the 17 best UFC fighters of all time, with a bunch of reasons why we believe so. Below you can check out a list of the best fighters in alphabetical order, and further below that; you’ll find the evidence.

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4-0)
  2. Anderson Silva (34-10-0)
  3. B.J. Penn (16-14-2)
  4. Chuck Liddell (21-8-0)
  5. Conor McGregor (22-4-0)
  6. Dan Henderson (32-15-0)
  7. Daniel Cormier (22-2-0)
  8. Demetrious Johnson (27-3-1)
  9. Dominick Cruz (22-3-0)
  10. Georges St-Pierre (26-2-0)
  11. Henry Cejudo (16-2-0)
  12. Jon Jones (26-1-0)
  13. José Aldo (28-7-0)
  14. Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0)
  15. Matt Hughes (45-9-0)
  16. Randy Couture (19-11-0)
  17. Stipe Miocic (19-3-0)
  18. Max Holloway (22-6)
  19. Michael Bisping (30-9)
  20. Valentina Shevchenko (20-3)
  21. Ronda Rousey (12-2)
  22. Rashad Evans (19-8)
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1. Amanda Nunes (21-4-0)

Women didn’t start fighting in the UFC until 2013, 20 years after the league began, and even then, it was after years of President Dana White swearing it would never happen. For that reason, women’s MMA is a little bit behind men’s MMA in the grand scheme of things, but you would never know it watching Amanda Nunes. Currently the reigning bantamweight and featherweight champion, Nunes has beaten every other bantamweight champ, every other featherweight champ, and the current flyweight champ, finishing many of them. Her being the GOAT in women’s MMA is genuinely undebatable.

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2. Anderson Silva (34-11-0)

Anderson Silva still holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history at a whopping 2,457 days, which is more than 6 years. In that time, he officially defended the middleweight title 10 times and it would have been 11 had Travis Lutter not missed weight. In most of those defenses, he stopped his opponent, including the classic front kick KO against Vitor Belfort and the last minute triangle armbar versus Chael Sonnen. Silva also boasts wins at light heavyweight. The Spider often made his wins look easy, often to a fault like when he toyed with Demian Maia instead of finishing him.

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3. B.J. Penn (16-14-2)

Looking at B.J. Penn’s record on paper or his recent losing streak, someone who didn’t watch his prime might think he was some sort of journeyman or gatekeeper, but that couldn’t be more wrong. It’s unfortunate that he kept fighting past his time but way back when he was the man. Most importantly, he boasts wins over other great fighters like Sean Sherk, Matt Serra, and Matt Hughes, the latter of which also appears on this list. When asked who he thought the best fighter of all time in the midst of his own reign, Anderson Silva answered that it was Penn. That’s respect.

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4. Chuck Liddell (21-8-0)

Just like Penn, Chuck Liddell’s most recent showing against Tito Ortiz in their 2018 trilogy completion fight is nothing to judge him on. He hadn’t had a win since 2007 when he took Wanderlei Silva to a decision in the Fight Of The Year, but his UFC title reign was incredibly impressive. He beat Randy Couture to win it and then defended the title multiple times, each time knocking out his opponent. The Iceman was also one of the first stars in the sport to transcend it, appearing in movies and known to those who didn’t even follow MMA.

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5. Conor McGregor (22-4-0)

Due to just how popular he’s become, there are two extremes you often hear about Conor McGregor. His biggest supporters will imply he’s the best of a generation, and his biggest detractors suggest he’s way overrated. As it often is, the truth is somewhere in the middle. The two greatest featherweights of all time are José Aldo and Max Holloway, and Conor has beaten them both. He also absolutely demolished Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title and proved he could make adjustments as an elite fighter should against Nate Diaz the second go around. He also gave Khabib his hardest fight. Whether you like it or not, Conor McGregor is a great fighter.

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6. Dan Henderson (32-15-0)

Becoming a champion in multiple weight classes has become the trend in the last few years and there’s obviously incredible value in it because all of those that have done it in the UFC appear on this list: Couture, Penn, McGregor, St-Pierre, Cormier, Nunes, and Cejudo. Though he never won a title in the UFC, Dan Henderson proved that he could go with the best of them at heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight and he’s easily one of the best UFC fighters to never have gold wrapped around his waist. He was also the first to ever finish Fedor with strikes.

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7. Daniel Cormier (22-3-0)

A former Olympic wrestler, when he was 13-0, he moved down to light heavyweight to let his friend and teammate Cain Velasquez reign at heavyweight. His only loss there is to Jon Jones, who he had great moments against, and when Jon vacated the title, he won it and beat contender after contender. Then he moved back up to heavyweight and finished Stipe in the first round to cement his all-time status. He announced his retirement after losing the trilogy to Stipe in a five round decision. 

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8. Demetrious Johnson (30-3-1)

As previously mentioned, there is great value in winning a world title in two different weight divisions, especially if you defend the title in both divisions. But there is something to be said for staying at the top of one division for years and years, and there might be no better example of that than Demetrious Johnson. He was better than a couple of generations of flyweights everywhere, despite them watching and studying him for years and years. DJ is undoubtedly the best flyweight of all time and one of the best and most skilled fighters ever.

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9. Dominick Cruz (22-3-0)

The greatest men’s 135lb fighter ever, Dominick Cruz’s 10 year reign would have been enough to land him a spot on this list but context is key. What makes it all the more incredible is the fact that he came back from multiple career-changing injuries to continue winning. His win over Demetrious Johnson at bantamweight is one of the best-aging in the sport and coming back to beat T.J. Dillashaw after having just 60 seconds of fighting under his belt in 3 years speaks for itself. At one point, Cruz was the UFC’s #2 P4P fighter with DJ, who he has a win over, being #1.

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10. Georges St-Pierre (26-2-0)

Ask a bunch of fighters and fight fans who the greatest fighter of all time is, and the answer you’ll get most commonly is probably Georges St-Pierre. GSP officially defended the UFC’s welterweight championship nine times, but more than numbers, he beat the best of his generation, including B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes, who both appear on this list. GSP lost twice in his career, once to Hughes and once to Matt Serra, but he later avenged both losses dominantly, proving to be the best 170lb fighter of all time. After four years out of the sport, he came back at 185lbs to choke out Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship, too, looking good as ever.

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11. Henry Cejudo (16-2-0)

The newly retired Henry Cejudo could have been any other flyweight that succumbed to Demetrious Johnson. Still, instead, after consecutive losses to DJ and Joseph Benavidez, he re-evaluated his game and came back with a new style that proved fruitful. With wins over Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis, he had another shot at DJ and won a close fight, dethroning him. Then-bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw came down a weight class to fight him and got finished in 32 seconds, then Cejudo went up to challenge for the bantamweight title and defended it against Cruz before he retired. Wins over the 135lb GOAT and the 125lb GOAT, whenever they happened, put him in excellent standing in MMA.

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12. Jon Jones (26-1-0)

To this day, Jon Jones still holds the record for being the youngest champion in UFC history, winning the title at 23. That has always been a crazy stat, but after turning 23 myself, I fully realize just how insane it is. In his early twenties, he went on to dismantle everyone in his path, many of the legends, with ease, in what many still maintain is the best run in UFC history. The only loss on Jones’ record comes from a harsh disqualification in a fight he was winning, and he is considered to be an unbeaten fighter. On his streak now against the third generation of light heavyweights, Jones going up and having success at heavyweight would be all he needs to be considered the GOAT over GSP or Anderson Silva. He relinquished his light-heavyweight title, hoping to take his talents to the heavyweight division. 

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13. José Aldo (28-7-0)

The featherweight king, unfortunately, José Aldo doesn’t get the same respect as many of his peers do. Aldo first appeared in the WEC a few months before his 22nd birthday and looked like a killer immediately. From May of 2006 to December of 2015, he went 18-0, beating greats like Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar, Mike Brown, Chad Mendes, and more. His 13 seconds loss to Conor McGregor and subsequent consecutive losses to Max Holloway seemed to do some irreversible damage to him, and he has lost 6 of his last nine fights. Still, he has looked great in many of those fights and is far from taking away from his legacy. Put some respect on his name.

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14. Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0)

There is a question in MMA about whether there is more value in being good at every aspect of MMA or being a specialist in one area. Current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov makes an excellent case for the latter. There is something to be said for the fact that fighters go into bouts with him knowing what his gameplan is and can still do nothing to stop his wrestling. With wins over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, RDA, and Justin Gaethje, he continues to be the best lightweight right now and is well on his path to being the best lightweight of all time, doing so seemingly effortlessly. He is also the only fighter here without a loss on his record. Will he return for a 30th fight or will he stay retired, following his finish over Gaethje. 

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15. Matt Hughes (45-9-0)

Some great fighters never won UFC gold due to the dominance of another great fighter; names like Joseph Benavidez and Alexander Gustaffson come to mind. That quite easily could have been Matt Hughes, who had to go up against B.J. Penn and Georges St-Pierre, but that was not the case. He traded wins and losses with both of them, knocking both out early. His run was impressive, and managing to shine next to the bright lights of greats is a remarkable feat.

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16. Randy Couture (19-11-0)

Randy Couture first won the UFC heavyweight title in December of 1997, but he later vacated in. Then in November of 2000, he beat the late Kevin Randleman to win it back before losing it to Josh Barnett. Already achieving more success than most MMA fighters do, he moved down to 205lbs and captured gold there, becoming the first fighter ever to win UFC titles in more than one weight division. Just for this, Randy Couture is a legend in the sport and one of the best of all time.

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17. Stipe Miocic (20-3-0)

Being the most badass man on the planet was a title reserved for the heavyweight champion in boxing. Still, over the years, even Max Kellerman has admitted this title honestly should go to the UFC’s heavyweight champion. With his win over Francis Ngannou, Stipe broke the record for most consecutive heavyweight title fight wins. After quickly losing to DC, he made an incredible adjustment in their 2019 rematch to bring the gold back to Cleveland. Stipe is a look at the future of heavyweights in MMA and, with a win over DC in August, quickly becomes the best heavyweight in the organization, if not MMA history. 

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18. Max Holloway (23-7)

There are few fighters with as tough a chin as the great Max Holloway. Boasting a 23-7 MMA record, that includes a stint as UFC Featherweight Champion. He would defend his Featherweight title successfully three times before losing to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245. Holloway is currently the #12 ranked pound-for-pound fighter and remains a contender for the Featherweight title.

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19. Michael Bisping (30-9)

There are few Englishmen who’s resumé in the UFC competes with the likes of Michael Bisping. Bisping was the first British fighter to win a UFC championship when he defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Bisping would retire from fighting in 2018, and would shortly be introduced into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019. Today, Bisping enjoys an acting career and was recently announced in 2020 that he would be the lead in the movie The Journeyman.

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20. Valentina Shevchenko (23-3)

There are few people on this earth who have stepped in the octagon with Valentina Shevchenko and come out victorious, as she boasts an MMA record of 23-3. She is the current Flyweight Champion and has defended that title successfully five times. She currently sits as the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and it doesn’t look like she will be giving up that belt anytime soon.

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21. Ronda Rousey (12-2)

No fighter has done more to grow the fight game for women than Ronda Rousey. She was an Olympic gold-medalist competing in Judo before entering the UFC. In 2012, she became the first female fighter in the UFC and was giving the inaugural Women’s Bantamweight Championship. She would eventually lose the title after an epic seven-fight defense run, and would never get back to the mountain top. She was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018.

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22. Rashad Evans (19-8)

Rashad Evans made his name in the UFC by winning The Ultimate Fighter in early 2000. Despite being the shortest and nearly lightest of all competitors in his weight class, he still dominated and secured a spot in the UFC. His most remembered moment came at UFC 88 where he knocked out legend Chuck Lidell. Evans enjoyed a short stint as Light Heavyweight Champion before retiring in 2018. He was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Most FIFA World Cup Wins of All-Time

The best football nations on the planet will begin their journey in Qatar soon, so we’re looking at the countries with the most FIFA World Cup wins.

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The 2022 edition of the World Cup kicks off this week from Qatar, who will be competing in and hosting their first tournament. Traditional powerhouses like Argentina, Brazil, France and Germany will be in the running when the competition begins. However, Italy won’t be in attendance for the second consecutive World Cup. They managed to win Euro 2020, but fell short during World Cup qualifying.

The biggest stars will be hoping to earn World Cup glory, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Men’s National Team returns to the World Cup for the first time in eight years as the young group aims to break through.

Only European and South American nations have managed to win the World Cup in its 92-plus year history. Overall, eight countries have captured FIFA World Cup wins, so ONE37pm takes a closer look at those with the most success.

Which Nations Have the most FIFA World Cup wins?
1. Brazil – 5 Wins (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
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The South American nation leads the way with five World Cup titles, but it’s been nearly 20 years since Brazil’s last triumph.

Neymar and Co. will be the favorites heading into this year’s World Cup with a loaded attacking front. The group includes Antony, Raphinha, Vinicius Jr. and Gabriel Jesus.

Over the years, Brazil has had a long list of world-class talents, including Pele, Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho, Garrincha and more.

(Tie) 2. Germany – 4 Wins (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
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The Germans have played in more World Cup finals than any other country. They’ve split those appearances, winning four and losing four.

Their most recent victory came in 2014 after a fierce extra time battle against Argentina.

(Tie) 2. Italy – 4 Wins (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
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The Azzurri have one of the most decorated World Cup pasts in the history of the sport, but they’ve missed two straight tournaments.

Alessandro del Piero, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are just some of the incredible players Italy has managed to field over the years.

(Tie) 4. Argentina – 2 Wins (1978, 1986)
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Argentina’s World Cup drought has gone 30-plus years and Lionel Messi is looking to win this tournament for the first time.

Diego Maradona and his infamous ‘Hand of God’ sequence helped guide Argentina to their last World Cup title back in 1986.

(Tie) 4. France – 2 (1998, 2018)
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Les Bleus have a rich football history with many top stars like Just Fontaine, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.

Their current group is led by 2018 World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema. France can become the third nation to ever win back-to-back World Cups if they can secure a win in Qatar.

(Tie) 4. Uruguay – 2 (1930, 1950)
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It’s been a long time since Uruguay found World Cup glory, but they’re one of only six nations with multiple wins on the world’s top stage. The South American side won two of the first four World Cups and they’ll be looking to remind everyone of their history in Qatar.

The Uruguayans feature a strong group led by veterans like Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

(Tie) 7. England – 1 (1966)
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England is considered one of the birthplaces of football, however, they don’t hold the most FIFA World Cup wins. The Three Lions have been getting closer to winning under Gareth Southgate after finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup.

The English also finished runners’ up at Euro 2020 after falling to Italy.

(Tie) 7. Spain – 1 (2010)
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Spain boasted one of the greatest World Cup squads in the history of the tournament in 2010. The group was led by Fernando Torres, David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, who beat the Netherlands in the final.

Top FIFA World Cup Goal Scorers

The World Cup has had many elite players grace the pitch over the years and these are the players with the most goals.

Miroslav Klose – Germany (16)

Klose holds the record for World Cup goals after appearing in four separate competitions for Germany. The striker capped off his legacy with a 2014 World Cup title but his best performance came on home soil in 2006. He also led that World Cup with five goals despite Germany not taking home the trophy.

Ronaldo – Brazil (15)

Ronaldo Nazario is recognized as one of the top strikers in football history and his World Cup track record backs that up. He helped guide his nation to glory at the 2002 World Cup after scoring eight goals.

Gerd Muller – West Germany (14)

Muller completed a decorated career with West Germany scoring 14 goals in 13 World Cup matches. He won the competition in 1974 after losing just one match in the competition to then-East Germany.

Just Fontaine – France (13)

Fontaine had the single-best World Cup by an individual player when he scored 13 goals back in 1958. The Frenchman only played in one World Cup but he left a lasting legacy with his nation.

Pele – Brazil (12)

The Brazilian star is the only player to ever win the World Cup on three separate occasions. Pele was a teenager when he won his first tournament and managed to play in four World Cups overall. He’s regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and is Brazil’s leading goal scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

Every FIFA World Cup Winner

1930 – Uruguay 4-2 Argentina

1934 – Italy 4-2 Czechoslovakia

1938 – Italy 2-1 Hungary

1942 – Cancelled due to World War II

1946 – Cancelled due to World War II

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1950 – Uruguay 2-1 Brazil

1954 – West Germany 3-2 Hungary

1958 – Brazil 5-2 Sweden

1962 – Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia

1966 – England 4-2 ET West Germany

1970 – Brazil 4-1 Italy

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1974 – West Germany 2-1 Netherlands

1978 – Argentina 3-1 ET Netherlands

1982 – Italy 3-1 West Germany

1986 – Argentina 3-2 West Germany

1990 – West Germany 1-0 Argentina

1994 – Brazil 0-0 (3-2 on PKs) Italy

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1998 – France 3-0 Brazil

2002 – Brazil 2-0 Germany

2006 – Italy 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) France

2010 – Spain 1-0 ET Netherlands

2014 – Germany 1-0 ET Argentina

2018 – France 4-2 Croatia

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Greatest NBA Rivalries of All-Time

Which are the greatest NBA rivalries of all-time?

The game of basketball is a beautiful game. It’s fluid, fast-paced, and jam packed with high-flying highlights. Something that makes the NBA even more fun, is how unnecessarily drama filled the league can be. The storylines off the court unfold like the midseason climax of a Telenovela, and we eat it up.

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As drama and storylines have intertwined over the NBA’s 75 years, a number of high profile rivalries have made the league that much more fun to watch. From the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, these are the greatest NBA rivalries to ever exist.

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1.) Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain

The NBA would not be what it is today without the legends who laid the groundwork. The NBA was just a decade old when the Boston Celtics would select Bill Russell second overall in the 1956 draft. Three years later, the Philadelphia Warriors would select a demigod from the Harlem Globetrotters, Wilt Chamberlain, and the first NBA rivalry would ensue.

Chamberlain undoubtedly wins the edge in this rivalry if you’re looking at statistical accomplishments. Wilt the Stilt basically wrote the NBA record book, holding 72 all-time records, including most points in a single game after becoming the first player to score 100 points in a game. Russell clears Chamberlain by a mile if we’re looking at winning on the court. Russell helped lead the Celtics to 11 championships, solidifying them as the first great NBA dynasty. Chamberlain may have finished with more than double the career points, but Russell has nearly six times as many championships.

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2.) Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The 2010’s NBA will surely be remembered as the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors era. With an aging team in Miami and no guarantee of another championship, LeBron James left the Heat to form another big three in his hometown of Cleveland. Simultaneously, the Warriors development of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green was coming to fruition.

The two teams would meet in the NBA finals for the first time in 2015, and Steph Curry was able to round out his first MVP year with a championship. The Warriors would use that momentum to rifle off a NBA record 73 wins the next season and make a return to the finals to play, you guessed it, the Cleveland Cavaliers. After going down 3-1, LeBron James went full Thanos mode and willed the Cavs back to force a game seven, a game they would end up winning.

The Warriors would recruit Kevin Durant the next summer, forming the greatest five-man lineup the NBA has ever seen. They may not have surpassed their regular season wins record, but the Warriors would handily beat the Cavaliers in the next two finals. This would mark the first time in NBA history that the same two teams played in four straight NBA finals. Although LeBron James is not with the Cavs anymore, they have one of the hottest young rosters in the NBA. Is it possible we see the fifth installment of a Warriors vs Cavaliers NBA finals this year (I hope not).

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3.) Shaquille O’Neal vs David Robinson

When Shaquille O’Neal entered the NBA in 1992, the league knew it was in trouble. A quick moving giant who could dominate anyone in the paint, O’Neal was built to take over a basketball court. Off the court, he was known for his childish but hilarious attitude. On the other side of the spectrum was the Admiral, David Robinson. Robinson is just as skilled as O’Neal, but is quiet and reserved.

After a litany of off-the-court comments between the two players, a beef was ensuing that no one could stop talking about. The difference in personalities was the most glaring, but what Robinson would do in 1994 took the beef to a whole new level. In just his second year O’Neal looked to be the NBA scoring leader with 2,345 points headed into the last game of the season, while Robinson was sitting with 2,312 points. The Admiral would put up a career high 71 points in the last game of the season, taking the scoring title from O’Neal.

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4.) Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons

The praise that Michael Jordan gets for being the GOAT of basketball did not come easy. Although Jordan was dominating the league throughout the 80’s with top scoring performances and flying highlights, the Bulls were never able to win anything significant. That’s because the Detroit Pistons stood in their way. Dubbed the ‘Bad Boys’, the Pistons of the late 80’s and early 90’s claimed two titles.

The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons would meet in the playoffs four years in a row from 1988 to 1991. The Pistons would win the first three meetings playing a physical brand of basketball known as the “Jordan Rules” which saw heavy defensive pressure and attention to Michael Jordan. MJ would get his revenge in 1991, sweeping the Pistons while averaging nearly 30 points and 7 assists across the series.

The younger generations may not be aware, but the Bulls and Pistons are definitely one of the greatest NBA rivalries ever.

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5.) Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

There is no rivalry between individual players in any sport that can compete with the likes of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Two basketball legends destined by the cosmos to be intertwined, this rivalry was more than fate. Bird and Magic would first face-off in the 1979 NCAA finals. Bird led the cinderella story Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated season and a trip to the NCAA finals. They would be outplayed by a much better Michigan State squad, led by Magic Johnson.

Both players would enter the NBA the next year, with Bird winning rookie of the year, and Magic winning a championship and finals MVP. The Lakers and Celtics would meet in the Finals three times, with the Lakers winning two of those meetings. The 80’s will be remembered as the era of Bird and Magic, and for good reason. The two would end the rivalry on a high-note by winning gold as teammates and co-captains for 1992 USA Olympic ‘Dream Team’. It is no understatement to say that Magic and Bird are the reason the NBA is as popular as it is today.

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6.) Lakers vs Celtics

There are few rivalries in all of sports that can contend with the history of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Two of the NBA’s oldest teams, the Celtics and Lakers have been going at since the NBA was created. The two teams have met in the NBA finals a record twelve times. What’s most notable about those meetings is how spread out they are. They would meet in the finals six times throughout the 1960’s, three times throughout the 1980’s, and twice since 2000. The series would go to seven games in five of those twelve series.

Not only was the rivalry heated on the court, but opposing owners and GM’s regularly beefed. Red Auerbach was the longtime coach and GM of the Celtics and was known for his swaggering attitude. He would prematurely light up cigars on the bench during the fourth quarter of games in anticipation of his team winning and would regularly taunt the Lakers. Although the Lakers are in a lull right now, we will surely see these two franchises meet again one day in the finals.

Did I miss any of the greatest NBA rivalries? Shoot me a tweet @justincohen24 and let me know which one you think deserves to be on this list!

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Brea Beal: The Superstar Athlete With Big Plans For the Future

Brea Beal. Walking Bucket. South Carolina Gamecocks superstar. And now, a commissioned artist. Beal’s rise to being one of the top players in the nation has been well documented over the course of these past several years, dating back to her high school days at Rock Island High where her some of her major accomplishments were winning Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and Illinois Miss Basketball twice, a first-team All-American recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, and finishing her career there as the all-time leading scorer in the Western Big 6 Conference. 

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Her collegiate career has been just as noticeable with stellar freshman and sophomore seasons, and a national championship her junior year. Now on the cusp of her senior season, the newly signed Klutch Athlete is locked, loaded, and ready to go in what is already shaping up to be an exciting season both on and off the court. As part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Lids and Klutch Sports, Beal is one of five student-athletes featured in the campaign, where she was given the opportunity to design her own custom embroidery.

With her campaign launching tomorrow, November 16th, we caught up with Beal to talk hoops, the campaign, who she is off the court and more.

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ONE37pm: So nice to be chatting with you Brea! Congratulations on your senior year which is already gearing up to be super exciting. What have you been up to this off-season?

Beal: I was really just taking in the championship! I’ve also been working for this upcoming season and I would say that’s been about it!

ONE37pm: Okay, so one of the things that you have been working on is this collaboration with Lids. Your campaign drops on the 16th. Could you tell us more about that?

Beal: I was able to work hand-in-hand with Lids by going to the actual store to design a hat that really describes me. The Lids team really listened to my thoughts and how I felt about my personality on and off the court. They were really able to put it onto the hat which I thought was pretty cool!

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ONE37pm:  Now let’s talk about your design. I’m somebody who likes to try to figure out the deeper meanings in artwork. From first glance, it looks like this is showing you and the different elements to your personality, and we see you have two different hairstyles. You tend to wear two buns while on the court, so is this an interpretation of you in real life versus you on the court? 

Beal: Yes! Especially incorporating the pink colors, the nails, and things like that because I feel that is what describes me. Lids did a good job capturing that, and I think if the people that know me see it, they’ll also agree that it fits the description of who I am. 

ONE37pm: What made you specifically choose this design concept and how long did it take you to complete?

Beal: I would say it took me about a week or so. Thanks to Klutch allowing the collaboration, they were able to help me as well in terms of making it easier to figure out my designs and what makes me who I am. That sped up the process as well. It made me sit down a little while and think.

ONE37pm: Is art something you have always enjoyed?

Beal: I used to draw a lot in the past, but I would say with basketball these past few years I haven’t really had the time. When I do have the time, I like to draw, sketch, and even write. It takes the stress off you, so I do enjoy art.

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ONE37pm: Well let’s talk about this upcoming season! What are you most excited about?

Beal: Really just getting the ball rolling! We’re finally back at it! We just had our first game, and being around the team and feeling the atmosphere was amazing. Doing once-in-a-lifetime things like this hat design with Lids is also stuff that is very cool as well.

ONE37pm: Anything else you want the world to know about Bria Beal?

Beal: She may be very quiet on the court, but she is also very outgoing. I always tell people that I try to be a comedian whether you think I’m funny or not. I just like to have laughs around people that are fun and like to enjoy the time outside of their work or sport that they play.

It’s only the beginning for Brea Beal. You can keep up with all of her latest updates via Instagram

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Pickleball Under One Roof: Major League Pickleball and VIBE Merger Announced 

In the early days of basketball and football in the United States, there was tight competition between leagues of the same sports. It wasn’t until the NFL and NBA rose to such prominence that the AFL and ABA would merge. Instead of going back and forth for years about who is the premier league, Major League Pickleball and VIBE have agreed upon a merger that will satisfy both leagues. Here is everything you need to know about the most significant moment in professional pickleball to date. 

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MLP and VIBE

The Professional Pickleball Association, known as PPA, created VIBE in order to establish a league with team competitions. The PPA currently has some of the best pickleball players in the world including Ben Johns and Tyson McGuffin among others. The league was slated to start this year with a draft in December, but now the league will be merged with the already established Major League Pickleball. MLP will continue to live under the “Major League Pickleball” brand name and format.

Major League Pickleball, or MLP, has been at the forefront of professional team pickleball competitions. Last season the MLP put together three tournaments throughout the year, with a $100,000 prize for each winning team. MLP only showcases team competitions, with the occasional overtime ‘Dreambreaker’ that pits singles against each other in a four point rally.

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What Does This Mean?

The agreed upon merger will give MLP the exclusive rights to team competitions, and PPA will have the exclusive rights to singles play. This is more than great news for both leagues, as now we get to see the best pickleball players in the world all play in the same competitions. This also allows for two leagues to be successful in the pickleball world, which will hopefully lead to even more interest in the sport. So far MLP has made all the right moves, only time will tell how big the league might get. 

MLP will now officially be expanding to 24 teams for the 2023 season, with more owners to be announced in the near future. The MLP will host a draft similar to what they did last year, which means every team should have a new roster next season. There will be six tournaments across the season that will see MLP and its pro’s travel the United States, bringing pickleball from sea to shining sea.

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33 Sweet Gifts For Wrestling Fans

Season’s beatings are upon us, and wrestling fans are clamoring for hot merchandise! In the age of on-demand content and ultra-niche hobbies, a preponderance of exciting items is available to cater to every specific need, and pro wrestling is no exception. The tricky part about gift-giving, especially for wrestling fans, is parsing out what’s actually cool versus what’s tragically nerdy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick shopping list for your holiday needs, ranging from custom items to outrageous fashions. testing version 2

1. MOX Book
Amazon

In his transition from WWE to AEW, Jon Moxley has not only remained the star that he is but thrived in his new setting. His new book, MOX, is a candid look into his life and sees him telling stories about his early wrestling career, his tumultuous time with the WWE, and his new home. It’s a must-read for any Jon Moxley fans and fans of the business in general.

Buy Now, $17.83
https://www.amazon.com/MOX-Jon-Moxley/dp/163758038X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mox+book&qid=1636576956&qsid=141-3383629-9811510&sr=8-1&sres=163758038X%2CB0841BLPK2%2C1606998420%2CB0839MJ2XZ%2CB09L4SSH8Y%2CB0120M6DYC%2C1603429875%2C0988872552%2C1304600653%2C1954220006%2C1983844527%2CB09KN6575P%2CB087LJ2Q3Q%2C1032240032%2C057841452X%2CB096XH3ZPK&srpt=ABIS_BOOK
2. Young Bucks: Killing The Business From Backyards To The Big Leagues Book
Amazon

As the name suggests, this book takes readers through the Young Bucks’ journey from Southern California to the worldwide stage. The book rotates between the brothers’ perspectives and features their signature wit and charm that fans love them for.

Buy Now, $15.99
3. CM Punk shirt
AEW

CM Punk’s return to the ring felt like the biggest news story in pro wrestling in a decade. It captured and reinterested old fans and even impressed those that had been following diligently the entire time. Your giftee would probably love one of the Chicago wrestler’s new t-shirts to commemorate this era.

Buy Now, $24.99
https://www.shopaew.com/roster/cmpunk/cm-punk-best-in-the-world-t-shirt.html
4. Big E Art Print
WWE

Big E’s story is the type that dreams are made of and this beautiful art print by Rob Schamberger is an incredible piece that every fan around the world deserves. It’s called The Power and you can even watch a video of it being painted here.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHgKxZvnYQQ
5. Bret Hart Funko Pop!
Amazon

Funko Pops continue to be an incredibly popular choice for gifts and this one of the legendary Bret “The Hitman” Hart is one of the better options from the Funko line of pro wrestling figures. It shows him with his classic black jacket and pink shades and it’s perfect for any old-school wrestling fan.

Buy Now, $34
https://www.amazon.com/Funko-POP-Bret-Hart-Jacket/dp/B07P6XMBG3/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=bret+hart+funko+pop&qid=1636577291&qsid=141-3383629-9811510&sr=8-1&sres=B07P6XMBG3%2CB0781VGB3Y%2CB087MS9DTV%2CB0764G47JY%2CB07W3Q1Y4K%2CB08KGHDVLF%2CB06XGTRF6M%2CB08F2RF53C%2CB07P96L7TV%2CB07TZMZK6J%2CB0763XC18Y%2CB08FMWTNB5%2CB07ZZP4HHG%2CB07P96JYS4%2CB084R4QMQK%2CB08CB74MSZ%2CB07P82MVJF%2CB07ZZNTSQ8%2CB07TXLJYT6%2CB07N5TVK3P&srpt=FIGURINE
6. DND, I’m Watching Wrestling Socks
Amazon

If you know that your giftee is into pro wrestling but not much more than that in terms of specific brands or wrestlers, perhaps it’s best to keep it light-hearted and vague. These funny socks could be the perfect choice in that scenario. The person you’re gifting them to can watch PPVs throughout winter while keeping their feet warm.

Buy Now, $6.99
https://www.amazon.com/Wrestling-Please-Disturb-Watching-Sports/dp/B08V19NQRJ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=do+not+disturb+wrestling+socks&qid=1636577359&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyT1ZQN0RLUkc3TEkmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzMTY1MjUxQVhRRzJJNkpQS1JWJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4NzgzNjQzQ1BFUlFBR1BLSUw3JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
7. WWE Matching Game
Amazon

This game can be entertaining enough for adults and it’s easy enough for kids to learn. Cards are set face down with each player taking turns to turn a pair of cards face up, all the while trying to remember where the WWE superstars are and whoever matches the most wins. The game comes with 72 tiles.

Buy Now, $9.99
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8. Randy Orton Christmas Throw Pillow
WWE

Randy Orton has maintained his position at the top for nearly two decades now, with his twenty-year WWE anniversary fast approaching. He’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame and as a result, any professional wrestling fan would appreciate this Orton Christmas-themed throw pillow. It makes reference to his “outta nowhere” finisher with a festive spin.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://shop.wwe.com/products/randy-orton-outta-snowhere-holiday-throw-pillow
9. Darby Allin High Tops
AEW

AEW wrestler Darby Allin has made a big name for himself in his short career, enough to make himself the target of CM Punk’s return match at AEW All Out earlier this year. If your giftee is a fan, get them these Allin high tops that are a great and unique gift. 

Buy Now, $99.99
https://www.shopaew.com/darby-allin-coffin-superkickstm-high-tops-3-4-weeks-to-ship.html
10. Mick Foley Christmas Sweater
PWT

Every Christmas needs a good sweater and for pro wrestling fans, it’s hard to get much better than this Mick Foley-themed one. It reads “have a nice holiday,” a play on his popular catchphrase. A simple but great gift.

Buy Now, $34.99
https://www.prowrestlingtees.com/catalog/product/view/id/50806/s/mick-foley-have-a-nice-holiday-sweatshirt/category/7350/
11. WWE Championship Commemorative Belt
WWE

As a child who had the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, I can confirm that there were few things more fun than pretending I was in a title fight, hitting moves, and taking bumps with an imaginary opponent on my grandparents’ bed and raising the belt at the end. You can give someone that experience this Christmas with the WWE Championship Commemorative Belt. It has the same prestigious feel as the belts you see on TV, despite being made from zinc alloy.

Buy Now, $329.99
https://shop.wwe.com/products/wwe-championship-replica-title-belt-2014?variant=32754493194367
12. Roman Reigns ‘Head Of The Table’ T-Shirt
WWE

The Big Dog has had a story with a bunch of peaks and valleys in his time with the WWE. For a while, many found it hard to cheer for him, seeing him as a representation of a larger problem with WWE’s creative team, but that’s in the past now. He’s arguably the face of the company and to celebrate that, you can get the Head Of The Table shirt for a Roman Reigns fan this Christmas.

Buy Now, $22.39
https://shop.wwe.com/products/roman-reigns-head-of-the-table-t-shirt
13. Sasha Banks ‘Boss Time’ Studded Ring Set
WWE

Sasha Banks is red hot right now and is well on her way to becoming a Hall of Famer. The current SmackDown Women’s Champion, a Women’s Grand Slam champion, and a Triple Crown Champion, any kind of Sasha Banks merchandise right now is a lock to put a smile on the face of a wrestling fan this Christmas. We picked out the Boss Time studded ring set but there are also slippers, water bottles, dog leashes, and more for sale.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://shop.wwe.com/products/sasha-banks-boss-time-studded-ring-set
14. The Undertaker ’30 Years’ Poster
WWE

November 19th of this year marked 30 years since The Undertaker debuted in the WWE at Survivor Series. He’s had a long, illustrious career among many eras and has remained relevant in each one, a household name and one of the greatest to ever do it. To celebrate 30 years and mark ‘Taker’s retirement, WWE released a big line of merchandise that would be perfect for any pro wrestling fan. The Snoop Dogg collaboration t-shirts got some stick on social media, but they might be your thing if you’re into vintage tees. Along with those and the poster we like the most, there’s a pillow, a mug, a commemorative urn, a pin, a keychain, a belt, a costume, and much, much more.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://shop.wwe.com/products/undertaker-30-years-18×24-art-print
15. NITRO: The Incredible Rise & Inevitable Collapse Of Ted Turner’s WCW
Good Reads

The WCW era in pro wrestling was a short but sweet one and telling its story here is Guy Evans. Whether you were a fan through the late 1990s and early 2000s when it was functioning or not, his account will make you feel like you were right there in the heat of it. Eric Bischoff, former President of WCW, calls it “the most definitive, well written and thoroughly researched book on the rise and fall off WCW” and going further, Conrad Thompson, the host of Something To Wrestle and 83 Weeks, says it’s “without question the very best book ever written on professional wrestling.” If that’s not enough to convince you, nothing will be. It’s available as an audiobook too.

Buy Now, $29.95
https://wcwnitrobook.com/item/nitro-the-incredible-rise-and-inevitable-collapse-of-ted-turners-wcw-paperback
16. AEW DVD
Shop AEW

Considering how new AEW is, there’s a good chance that a hardcore pro wrestling fan has either seen every show that they’ve put on or hasn’t quite been convinced yet. Very few people will fall down the middle. Regardless of what side they stand on, an AEW DVD could be the right thing to put in their stocking this Christmas. They might want to relive some of their favorite shows, have some of the early shows documented with a physical copy forever, or maybe they want to give it a start in their own time.

Buy Now, $24.99
https://www.shopaew.com/more-items/dvds/aew-all-out-september-5-2021-dvd-2-disc-set.html
17. AEW Action Figures
Shop AEW

In just under two years, All Elite Wrestling has made a huge impact on the pro-wrestling world, as many expected them to. When I was a kid, playing with WWE action figures like Edge, Randy Orton and John Cena gave me hours of fun and had me running wild with my imagination. Now, AEW has released its own set of action figures. Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes are all on offer and sure to satisfy both kids who want to play with them and adults who see them as collectible pieces to display, either still in the box or out of it.

Buy Now, $24.99
https://www.shopaew.com/figures
18. Bray Wyatt ‘The Fiend’ Replica Mask
WWE

I don’t know about you, but I’ll never forget the first time I saw The Fiend on my screen. It was eery and reminded me of when The Undertaker debuted 30 long years ago. It felt like he was about to make an impact and a large part of the reason was the mask. I’m not afraid to admit it made me feel more uneasy than I should have as someone in my early twenties. If you’re looking to give someone the same feeling, then you can get them The Fiend’s mask this Christmas. You can either buy a standard replica for about $40 or buy the deluxe replica, with more details, for $200.

Buy Now, $24.95
https://shop.wwe.com/bray-wyatt-the-fiend-replica-mask/16046752AE.html?dwvar_16046752AE_color=No%20Color
19. WWE Network Gift Card
WWE

The WWE Network is a forward-thinking system that it’s safe to say we’ll see other huge names in sports adopt sooner or later. For just $9.99 a month, fans can watch thousands and thousands of hours of WWE programming on demand, including the month’s PPV with no additional costs. Whether you want to keep up with the weekly shows or reminisce and watch episodes of RAW or SmackDown from when you were a child, the Network is the place to be, which is actually why paying for someone’s subscription with a gift card is a perfect gift this Christmas. Since the WWE Network is no more in the US, this gift card is better off in the hands of your international brethren.

Buy Now, $29.97
https://www.walmart.com/ip/WWE-3-month-Gift-Card-email-delivery/673684101
20. WWE 2K Battlegrounds
2K

The 2K website describes this new game as having “all-new, over-the-top, in-your-face action” and that’s really better than I could ever describe it. This is a left turn from the usual annual releases from 2K after the developers saw the series start to dwindle slightly in recent years. The pandemic didn’t help either. Instead of pressing on with the same game, they bring us this bundle of fun with plans to return to the standard simulator next year. This is to the WWE 2K series what NBA Playgrounds is to the NBA 2K series. A game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and benefits from it.

Buy Now, $21.50
https://www.amazon.com/WWE-2K-Battlegrounds-PS4-playstation-4/dp/B08J19215H/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1IXI89PQVGRKY&keywords=2k+battleground&qid=1636568966&qsid=141-3383629-9811510&sprefix=2k+battlegrounds%2Caps%2C-1&sr=8-3&sres=B08CLHCP7Q%2CB08C63DS4Q%2CB08J19215H%2CB08N65C6LP%2CB08JHKCFSB%2CB08JZKJPY1%2CB08MZ7ZH3W%2CB08JPGGGK8%2CB08JZMCQXN%2CB091BNKQ33%2CB08JHD13Z3%2CB08CWGP2JL%2CB08JHDRK7C%2CB07FMBHTXV%2CB07HM6FRC3%2CB01GD48T9U
21. Green Ant Lucha Masks
Ant Hill

CHIKARA’s resilient rookie is known for high-flying antics and acts of selfless bravery, but did you know he’s also a budding designer? This diligent bug sells replica masks and custom designs at fair prices, and you get the bonus satisfaction of knowing each one was 100 percent handmade. 

Buy Now, $35
https://greenant.bigcartel.com/product/ant-hill-replica-masks
22. Bullet Club Snapback
NJPW

The Bullet Club will live on forever, no matter where past members of the faction appear. The group has legendary status in Japan and for $29.99, you can rock an official BC snapback from NJPW’s merch site.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://shop.njpw1972.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/bullet-club-snapback-hat
23. WWE Masters of the WWE Universe Grayskull Mania Bundle
Walmart

It’s always been easy to imagine pro wrestlers as superheroes—and now Mattel has made this relationship quite literal. The rocky toy ring even has an absurd backstory to go with the redesigned high-fantasy grapplers: Can denim-clad John Cena save WWEternia (no, really, that’s what it’s called) from Terror Claws Triple H?! Only you can decide!

Buy Now, $69.88
https://www.walmart.com/ip/WWE-Masters-of-the-WWE-Universe-Grayskull-Mania-Bundle-with-Terror-Claws-Triple-H-and-John-Cena-Figures/527415630
24. Book It! Board Game
Foam Hammer Games

Book It! is the board game where you and a few friends become professional wrestling promoters. You’ll have to consider venues, signings, booking, ticket sales, and more as you try to win the most points.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://foamhammergames.com/product/book-it-the-pro-wrestling-promoter-card-game/
25. Sami vs Generico Dream Match Tee
Eric Shorey

Around the time El Generico retired from wrestling to run an orphanage in Tijuana, a lovable red-bearded fighter began appearing on NXT. Fans noting similarities between the two have dreamed of the day these legendary grapplers would one day fight, but no one seems to be able to track down the heroic luchador. Now, Sami’s raising money for victims of the current war in Syria with this collectible tee.

Buy Now, $22.99
https://unicornshirts.net/product/the-dream-match-generico-vs-sami-shirt/
26. Stone Cold IPA
Eric Shorey

WWE has distanced itself from the boozy Attitude Era but Stone Cold’s still going strong with his own brand of IPA, featuring “Citra, Cascade, and Chinook hops.” Give Santa a “Hell Yeah!” and throw that ol’ boy a brew from America’s favorite badass. 

Buy Now, $5.99
https://craftshack.com/products/el-segundo-steve-austins-broken-skull-ipa
27. An Encyclopedia of Women’s Wrestling
Eric Shorey

LaToya Ferguson’s excellent and detailed profiles of the biggest names in women’s wrestling is a perfect gift for the brainy fan. The book is perfect for display on a coffee table but also functions as an informative primer for the stories of trailblazing athletes who don’t get nearly enough recognition for shaping the sport we know and love.

Buy Now, $14.93
https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Womens-Wrestling-Profiles-Strongest/dp/1454931205
28. Ric Flair Chalk Line Jacket
Eric Shorey

You may never possess the unique and cocaine-riddled charisma of Ric Flair, but you can at least cop his signature look with Chalk Line’s eccentric interpretations of classic pro-wrestling gear.

Buy Now, $74.99
https://chalk-line.com/collections/ric-flair/products/ric-flair-purple-sequin-jacket
29. Odd Sox Men’s The Outsiders Socks
Odd Sox

“HEY YO!” Rest in peace to the great Scott Hall. And it’s also worth showing the utmost respect to “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash. Any 90s wrestling fanatic you still know to this day will be forever grateful to you if you hook them up with this pair of NWO-branded socks. With these on your feet, you just gotta do the slow walk down the hallway just like Hall used to do back in the day.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://oddsoxofficial.com/collections/wwe/products/the-outsiders
30. Too Sweet: Inside the Indie Wrestling Revolution
Goodreads

The independent wrestling boom was amazing to witness during the rise of Ring of Honor & various feds up until the current-day landscape. New York Times bestselling author Keith Elliot Greenberg does an amazing job chronicling the biggest indie wrestling feds, the major personalities that brought more eyes to each company, and the monumental moments that led to even bigger developments across the wrestling landscape. This book provides a deep inside look at how indie wrestling successfully progressed to where it is now.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://www.amazon.com/Too-Sweet-Inside-Wrestling-Revolution-ebook/dp/B089VBHCL8
31. WWE Ultimate Edition “Macho Man” Randy Savage Action Figure
Amazon

The “Macho Man” will forever be a pop culture icon and one of the greatest to ever do it within the legendary squared circle. If you’re in the market for one of the best-looking Randy Savage action figures out there, then this one should appeal to you or any other fans of the “Madness” out there. WWE’s line of Mattel-branded action figures is truly the best of the best due to just how amazingly accurate they all look in comparison to their real-life inspirations. This figure would surely look great on the mantle of any wrestling fan who’s big on Golden Era wrestling legends.

Buy Now, $45.95
https://www.amazon.com/WWE-Ultimate-15-24-cm-Interchangeable-Swappable/dp/B08J4HG1DN/ref=pd_bxgy_sccl_1/144-6255022-4332146?pd_rd_w=O1CC2&content-id=amzn1.sym.7757a8b5-874e-4a67-9d85-54ed32f01737&pf_rd_p=7757a8b5-874e-4a67-9d85-54ed32f01737&pf_rd_r=XPYBF9AXSPV2A7RJDD04&pd_rd_wg=pbpn7&pd_rd_r=50afca33-c619-479f-a547-149357d1a0b1&pd_rd_i=B08J4HG1DN&psc=1
32. Framed and Signed WrestleMania VI Poster
Amazon

HWC Trading is a UK-based print and design studio that’s quite adept when it comes to offering signed memorabilia for avid movie, sports, TV, and music fans. Speaking of sports, this signed WrestleMania VI promotional poster should be right up the alley of anyone who still remembers where they were when Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior locked horns.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WVZMYWR?pd_rd_i=B09WVZMYWR&pf_rd_p=ed4c580a-3454-4806-8700-a86b48fa2fd1&pf_rd_r=FE8JEZNWYNPKZREW8F09&pd_rd_wg=sUFQ8&pd_rd_w=tF7gh&pd_rd_r=c8355b1a-dcd3-4b9b-a07c-9e96af4f99f8
33. Vintage WrestleMania Metal Tin Sign
Amazon

Imagine spotting this gorgeous piece of work on somebody’s wall! You’ll immediately strike up an hours-long conversation about the good old days of wrestling with whoever decided to add this to their home decor. If you know someone that watches the main event of the very first WrestleMania every year just for tradition’s sake, this metal wall sign is tailor-made for them.

Buy Now, $12.98
https://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Wrestle-20x30cm-Nostalgic-Decoration/dp/B0928PSZTN/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=weRQA&content-id=amzn1.sym.628b38b6-dbee-442c-9e9c-e8813ea9e367&pf_rd_p=628b38b6-dbee-442c-9e9c-e8813ea9e367&pf_rd_r=V8FC3B3JYRJH0WMWVNB9&pd_rd_wg=3PoFO&pd_rd_r=e37b7408-8f2b-4465-9a5c-088c7a97e782&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_d

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