5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Oct 23 – 30)

Another WWE pay-per-view in Las Vegas? Kyle Busch taking on a new venture and Las Vegas Raiders backup QB being targeted for a trade? These are the 5 biggest Las Vegas sports stories this week

#5 Las Vegas to host WWE Money in the Bank in 2022

WWE already came to Sin City for this year’s edition of SummerSlam, and it looks like they enjoyed the welcome they received. A recent schedule release shows WWE intends to return to Allegiant Stadium for the 2022 Money in the Bank pay-per-view. The event will happen Saturday, July 2nd, 2022, and will feature the company’s annual men/women’s Money in the Bank contract matches.

Big E Langston and Nikki Cross were the last two superstars to win the lucrative briefcase, which guarantees you a title shot at a time and place of your choosing. Both superstars captured their respective division championships earlier this year, and while Cross’s didn’t last very long, Big E. is still on top.

#4 Marcus Mariota comes up in trade talks

Las Vegas Raiders’ backup quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t seen significant playing time since his 31-28 loss to the Los Angels Chargers last season in Week 15. Although Mariota kept the Raiders competitive during that game, even rushing in for a touchdown, it just wasn’t enough to make him the starter. Fast forward to 2021, though, and it seems like another NFL team is inquiring about the former Heisman winner’s services.

“Will Baker Mayfield be able to play through both a torn labrum and a bone fracture?” Patrik Walker of CBS Sports asked in an article about best trade scenarios before the deadline, “that’s asking a lot… Mariota gives them a better chance at staving off dark days. All they have to do is convince the Raiders of Derek Carr’s durability and Mariota, who has a no-trade clause, that it’s better to start in Cleveland than to sit in Las Vegas.”

#3 Kyle Busch to compete in Rallycross event

Kyle Busch might not be eligible to compete for a championship in the NASCAR Cup Series this season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be having fun during the final four weekends in Phoenix, Arizona. Interestingly enough, the two-time Cup Series champion announced last week that he would be competing in the Nitro Rallycross Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on November  13 and 14. This will be the Las Vegas native’s first time competing in a Rallycross event and will be a chance for I’m to try his hand at a new discipline of racing.

“Anybody that knows me knows that I’m a true racer, and I’ve always prided myself on the ability to get behind the wheel of any type of vehicle at any track and be competitive,” Busch said when asked about his plans to run the Nitro Rallycross series event in Phoenix Arizona. “So I’m pumped for the opportunity to go wheel-to-wheel with some of the best rallycross drivers from around the world in Nitro Rallycross at Wild Horse Pass.”

#2 Las Vegss Raiders owner Mark Davis reaches settlement with Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this year after emails came to light that showed him using homophobic, misogynistic, and racist terms to describe several players. Gruden’s resignation came after a 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears and the promise of more emails being released if he didn’t step down. However, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the Raiders organization has reached a 40 million dollar settlement with the former head coach.

Gruden already earned an estimated $40 million from his ten-year, $100 million deal, meaning the organization only managed to shave 20 million off the final price. While Gruden will come away with a pretty big payday and go down as the latest victim of cancel culture to some, Mark Davis claims that what has transpired hurt Gruden. He even mentioned the idea of redemption for Gruden at some point, which could be interesting to see play out.

“He’s hurt, he’s hurt, and I understand that,” Davis said. “But he understands the ramifications of what he said. I love Jon, and I love his family. We all have demons in our lives, and you have to understand that, and you also have to look at redemption as well.” 

#1 Las Vegas Golden Knights eyeing trade for Jack Eichel

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have lost Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone for an unknown amount of time and are struggling to find their footing in a division they used to dominate. They dropped four straight games after their victory against the Seattle Kracken but have somewhat recovered since then.

With that being said, the Stone injury reportedly has the Golden Knights interested in a trade for Jack Eichel, who is currently unhappy with his current situation in Buffalo.  The thought is that if Stone will be out for the long term, it makes sense for the organization to try to fill that hole somehow, and Eichel would be a good fit for several reasons. However, the only question is whether the Knights are willing to pay up for a prospect they would essentially be replacing their team captain with.

According to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff show, “the Golden Knights are the team to watch right now involving a potential Eichel trade. Unfortunately, however, the status of that trade could depend on Mark Stone’s injury. Seravalli mentioned the strange wording from the team when the injury first occurred, saying it was somewhere between day-to-day and week-to-week and indicated that he believes Stone may be out long-term.”

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