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WWE star Jerry 'The King' Lawler has heart attack during Monday Night Raw, in stable condition, agent says

Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler gesturing to fans before

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WWE Hall of Famer and Monday Night Raw announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler collapsed while broadcasting the program Monday, and according to play-by-play announcer Michael Cole was given CPR in the back of the arena. A clearly shaken Cole made it clear that the incident was "not part of the entertainment." Early Tuesday morning, Lawler's agent, Don Murry Grubbs, tweeted, "It's...

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Johnny Valiant coming to LI, looks back on his WWE career

"Luscious" Johnny Valiant

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He’s managed WWE champions, worn WWE gold himself, and been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. But “Luscious” Johnny Valiant’s most interesting connection to wrestling dates back to well before he ever stepped into a  ring. In the early 1960s, Valiant, whose real name is Tom Sullivan, attended Fishburne Military School in Williamsburg, Va. There, he befriended a fellow cadet known on campus...

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Looking back on a mediocre SummerSlam

Brock Lesnar reacts to his first round TKO

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 It’s hard to be disappointed when you don’t have very high expectations. And so, I can’t say I was let down by last night’s SummerSlam—a show that was entirely unremarkable, but not surprisingly so.  The hype for SummerSlam made it clear that this was as much a one-match show as any in history. WWE was counting on Brock Lesnar vs. Triple-H to pretty much single-handedly carry what is...

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Raw preview: Punk speaks, AJ general manages. Who watches?

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 It may not have received nearly as much hype as last week’s show, but the 1001st episode of Raw tonight is, in some ways, even more important. That’s in large part because it marks the true beginning of the 3-hour era, and will not have the Rock, the Undertaker or a reunited D-Generation X to prop it up in the ratings.  As it will on most Monday nights going forward, WWE will have to...

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Zack Ryder & other WWE Superstars in Brooklyn today for anti-bullying event

  Long Island's own Zack Ryder and several other WWE Superstars will gather at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 27, to help promote the Be a STAR initiative. Ryder will be joined by Natalya, Mark Henry, Lilian Garcia and WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon at the ballpark, located at 1904 Surf Avenue in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The event starts at 6:30...

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Thoughts on McMahon being KO'ed, 3-hour Raw, TNA and more

In this Dec. 11, 2011 photo released by

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. First, I want to mention that I’ll be a guest on the Pro Wrestling Torch Livecast Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Pat McNeill. The Livecast is consistently one of the most listened-to podcast in all of sports, and Pat is an extremely knowledgeable and funny guy. I’m really looking forward to it. . If last night was any indication of what we’re in for, I’m really dreading Raw going to three hours....

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Long Island wrestling school trains hopefuls

New York Wrestling Connection teaches fundamentals and offers

(Credit: Anthony Castellano) made a stop at New York Wrestling Connection in Deer Park last month to check out a training session and shoot some video, which you can see above. NYWC is both a pro wrestling promotion and a wrestling school. Some of the guys who have trained there will be competing in tonight's Fusion card (belltime 8 p.m.) at the NYWC Sportatorium (435-13 Brook Ave. in Deer Park). The card is full...

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RAW going to 3 hours, Impact Wrestling going live

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  Both WWE and TNA today made blockbuster announcements regarding the future of their flagship television programs. WWE dropped the bombshell that Monday Night Raw will expand to three hours beginning with its forthcoming 1,000th episode in July. And TNA revealed plans to air Impact Wrestling live on Thursday nights this summer. It’s a mixed bag as far as what the changes mean to fans. You’d...

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WWE: Vince McMahon should feature Invicta Fights women's MMA on new network


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Why does Vince McMahon fail at every business endeavor he attempts other than pro wrestling? Because unlike the squared circle, every other time the WWE chairman tries something he forgets the business model that made him a (at least short-term) billionaire: buy low, sell high. In his dad's Northeast regional promotion, the WWWF, McMahon saw the potential to create a global wrestling brand, something...

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Cena vs. Lesnar: Really fun, and really bad for business

Brock Lesnar, the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA,

In wrestling, doing what fans want to see and doing what’s good for business are sometimes not one and the same. To that end, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Extreme Rules pay per view, and thought the main event between John Cena and Brock Lesnar was one of the most entertaining spectacles I’ve seen in ages. That said, at the end of the night, I think WWE may have really screwed things...

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