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Ric Flair Almost Appeared on WWE TV During Monday Night Wars

The Monday Night Wars provided some classic moments in pro wrestling history. While we saw many surprises during that time period, Ric Flair and Jim Cornette recently revealed one planned surprise that would have delivered one of the most memorable of the war. Ric Flair recently had Jim Cornette on his podcast and they dropped a bombshell. In between Flair’s anti-marriage rants...
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Why Seth Rollins is Living in WWE’s Version of Purgatory

By default, John Cena is the logical opponent for Seth Rollins and the WWE World Title at SummerSlam in less than a month. By hook or by crook, the WWE was going to get John Cena in a main event match whether the fans liked it or not. Through nothing of his own doing, the momentum Seth Rollins has lived on has come a screeching halt. It’s not fair for the current company champion...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

WWE Icon Rowdy Roddy Piper Passes Away at 61

Pro wrestling has lost another legend, arguably the greatest heel of all-time. WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away in his sleep due to cardiac arrest at the age of 61 leaving behind a wife, four children, one grandchild and one hell of a legacy. Piper was one of my all-time favorites and probably the first heel I ever cheered for as a kid watching WWF shows...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Bryan Talks WWE Journey, WrestleMania 30, ROH, and More

Daniel Bryan is making the rounds promoting his brand new autobiography. One recent appearance featured Bryan providing more detail to book topics in addition to offering insight into his fascinating WWE career. Bryan was a recent guest on the Sam Roberts Podcast and as always, Bryan is forthcoming, honest, fun, and insightful when asked questions about the book and his career. I’d...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE: John Cena Deserves Better

John Cena has been the social media whipping boy among pro wrestling fans for the last five years. The Cena-hate is finally starting to dissipate and for those remaining holdouts, it is time to give Cena the respect and appreciation he deserves. This isn’t a drastic reaction coming off of his broken nose or his series of matches against Kevin Owens. This is a reaction to a...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why a Four Hour WWE SummerSlam is a Bad Idea

Somewhere between the latest gossip from the Hulk Hogan racism scandal, the buzz of Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and the simmering debate over whether WWE have already mishandled Kevin Owens, there’s been one piece of news that hasn’t been discussed half as much as it possibly should. That news? This year’s WWE Summerslam is all set to be a four-hour show. Let’s just think...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Wrestling Fixed? (I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!) Bill Apter Book Review

If you came to know wrestling at any time over the past 50 years, you know of Bill Apter. If you don’t, don’t Google his name, read up on him on Wikipedia or ask someone else … buy this book. If you don’t understand the influence of the magazines, especially before the 1990’s, but also during that transitional decade, the significance of Bill Apter may be overlooked ...
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WWE SmackDown Results and July 30 Recap

Seth Rollins is opening the show this week, and he’s smiling. We go to clips from his match with John Cena on RAW, which resulted in Cena suffering a broken knows as a result of a high knee. Back to the arena, Rollins doesn’t care about the “You tapped out” chant. He single-handedly forced Cena to put the Authority back into power, and everyone said “So what?” He became...
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Roddy Piper Tells Hulk Hogan Critics To Get Over It (Video)

Arguably, Hulk Hogan’s greatest WWE rival was “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. So naturally Piper would have a lot to say regarding Hogan’s recent fall from grace and TMZ Sports was lucky enough to get it all on video. Piper has been fairly outspoken on Hogan’s mess ever since the first transcript of Hogan using racial slurs was released earlier in the week. Piper has never been...
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The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan isn’t making it easy. Transcripts released throughout the week featured the WWE icon using slurs and homophobic language. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point that even his biggest fans are struggling to root for their childhood hero.   I have never been one to demonize a public figure over language. Yet I am still looking for a path of clarity and forgiveness...
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A Final Word on NFL Deflategate

I have some great news for you NFL fans. NFL training camps are starting to get underway. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings have already gotten started, as they’re playing against each other in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game on August 9, 2015. Many other teams are starting to open up camps in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 season. I’m very excited about...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gordon Solie: Remembering the Man Behind the Story of Pro Wrestling

Fifteen years ago Monday, professional wrestling lost its story teller. Gordon Solie passed away, leaving behind a legacy that has been unmatched and a hole in the business of reporting professional wrestling. With all fairness to Jim Ross, no one can touch the subtle tones of Solie’s match calling and his interview skills from the desk at Championship Wrestling from Florida. ...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Summertime Sadness: Examining the Post-Wrestlemania Problem

It’s that time of the year again folks, the dark period of sports that is an endless ESPN news cycle of football suspensions, NBA title victory tours, coaching hires, free agency, and off-season shenanigans. That’s right everyone, it’s baseball season or better known to wrestling fans as the “Post-WrestleMania” period. Growing up during the Attitude and Invasion Eras, I...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE 2K16 Terminator Parody Video Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger

One WWE Hall of Famer may be out of WWE 2K16, but a recent Hall of Famer is coming in. A new video showcases a new member of the roster making his WWE video game debut. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making his WWE video game debut as the Terminator. Yes, the Terminator will be a WWE pre-order special character for 2K16. If they decide to go with a WCW classic mode, maybe you’ll...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Major League Soccer Has Come so Far, but Has a Far It Still Has to Go

For fans of North America’s top-tier soccer league, 2015 has been a memorable year for a lot of reasons. We’re seeing incredible growth in the 20-year-old league, but there are still things to fix. Here are three things that show how far MLS has come – and three reasons to stay reasonable about its prospects. Three Reasons to Celebrate Progress: The 2015 league expansion ...
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Terry Bollea's self-destruction: Hulkamania as social construct

Mel Gibson has never had his name legally changed to Martin Riggs nor has he been known to stagger about Hollywood neighborhoods brandishing a prop LAPD badge shouting, “hey, where’s the bad guys?” Thus, socially just and conscientious action film fans can still watch Lethal Weapon and feel somewhat okay about it. On the night of November 17, 2006, Michael Richards was not...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hulk Hogan Should Remain in the WWE Hall of Fame

Hours prior to comments Hulk Hogan made about being a racist hit the Internet, the WWE swiftly distanced itself from the icon. Rumors swirl that more of the cord may be cut, including the WWE Hall of Fame. The WWE wasted no time reacting to a leaked conversation featuring its most recognizable legend in company history. While word of this alleged tape of Hogan using racial slurs...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE: Vince McMahon or Triple H: You Make the Call

Someone said to me the other day that he preferred the current role of Triple H to that of his father-in-law, none other than Vince McMahon, or the “Mr. McMahon” character he created at the height of the Attitude Era. What? Excuse me? Are you serious? Honestly, I was floored by the comment, especially since this person is quite knowledgeable about wrestling and has been a...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rikishi Kayfabe Commentaries YouShoot Review

Since I’m usually overly hyped about Kayfabe Commentaries, I avoided a couple of interesting ones (Raven on ECW, Jim Cornette, Booking with Gabe and Kevin) and went to one that I had mixed feelings about. Rikishi brings up images of the worst aspects of the “Attitude” era: a more comedic wrestler, a fat guy sticking his butt in other wrestlers faces, and all that “Kiss my...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hulk Hogan: This is NOT the News the WWE Needs Right Now

The WWE moved swiftly to distance itself from Hulk Hogan after news of his use of a highly sensitive racial slur became the hot topic on the Internet and with media outlets worldwide. The former face of the WWF/E for lack of a better word, has been obliterated from anything having to do with the company that made him a household name in the 1980s and 1990s. The move, which was...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE SmackDown Results and July 23 Recap

WWE Thursday Night SmackDown kicks off with Dean Ambrose coming down to the ring. Looks like we’re going to go into our first match. MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. SHEAMUS Before the match, Sheamus says Ambrose may have the WWE Universe fooled, but not him. Everyone believes Ambrose is some crazy lunatic, but Sheamus knows he’s simply reckless. Last week, Ambrose and Big Show went...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Bryan’s Potential WWE Return, Final Match for Kurt Angle

The WWE and its fans got a shot in the arm so to speak this week when it was announced that Daniel Bryan is eyeing a return to the ring at the Royal Rumble in 2016. After speculation about the former WWE World Champion’s future and the possibility that he may never wrestle again, this is certainly great news for all parties concerned. The biggest question about Bryan’s return...
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WWE Distances Itself From Hulk Hogan in Light of Racist Allegations

In a dramatic turn of events, the WWE appears to have cut all ties with its biggest superstar in history. Hulk Hogan merchandise and references have been removed from the website, in addition, Hogan has been removed as a judge on Tough Enough. The move comes at a time when Hogan appeared to have the most solid relationship he has had in years with Vince McMahon and the company...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE: It’s Over for Kevin Owens

As the wrestling world gets consumed with the excitement of one hot WWE angle, another is struggling to simmer. The invasion of Kevin Owens, red hot only a few weeks ago has been marginalized to the point where it is time to seriously worry about his WWE future. Kevin Owens did not have a good 24 hours from Sunday to Monday. In a matter of 24 hours, the brazen star of the future...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

John Cena and Seth Rollins: WWE SummerSlam’s Logical Co-Main Event

I might have been wrong when I prematurely said John Cena would lose his United States Championship at Battleground last weekend. And I might have been wrong when I said John Cena would dip farther into the mod-card once he dropped the match at the pay-per-view to Kevin Owens. Evidently, “The Champ” may get another crack at the WWE World Title. All this proves, over and over...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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