Long Island pro wrestler Adam 'Big O' Ohriner on TV tonight

Adam Ohriner, who wrestles as "Big O," hopes

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Adam Ohriner, a 2004 Mepham High School graduate, will make his in-ring national television debut tonight on Spike TV’s “Impact Wrestling,” starting at 9 p.m.

His appearance, which was taped last week in Peoria, Ill., is part of a “TNA Gut Check” search to find new talent for the company. The match was a tryout, and Ohriner will find out soon if he will be offered a TNA contract.

Ohriner,...

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WWE's Performance Center solidifies relationship with college

Triple H celebrates his victory against Brock Lesnar

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Want to major in headlocks instead of history?

If so, there’s now even more of a reason to attend Orlando’s Full Sail University.

Last year WWE moved its “NXT” TV series, featuring the developmental signees of WWE’s roster, to the university’s performance facility.

That relationship was even more solidified Thursday when WWE announced its new Performance Center in Orlando will...

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WrestleMania XXIX preview and predictions

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After a strong final week of hype, especially here in the NY Metro area, WrestleMania 29 is set to take the stage Sunday night at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. With three huge matches anchoring the card, and some intriguing mid-card bouts, expectations are high for the event.

Here's my preview and predictions for the big show:

Main Event: WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena

Many...

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WWE WrestleMania XXIX press conference merges storylines, real life

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WWE Champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his WrestleMania XXIX opponent, John Cena, met at a Radio City Music Hall press conference Thursday, just three days before they will face off for the title at MetLife Stadium.

Real-life overtones are all over this main event, as well as the matchup between CM Punk and the Undertaker.

Cena has been critical of The Rock in the past...

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WWE's Paul Bearer dead at 58

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William Moody, who, as the macabre Paul Bearer helped elevate The Undertaker into becoming the most successful gimmick performer in wrestling history, has died, according to WWE.

Moody, who personified pro wrestling’s over-the-top theatrics like few others, was 58 years old.

As Percy Pringle, Moody began making a name for himself as a loathsome wrestling manager during the 1980s in various...

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A Top 5 wish list for WWE's Old School Raw

Tonight, WWE turns back the clock with as it presents its second Old School Raw, loaded with retro wrestling flavor from years gone by.

The company is already promising "historic WWE theme music, graphics, entrance ramp, ring posts and colors" as well as appearances from such names from long ago as Ric Flair, theHonky Tonk Man, Sgt. Slaughter, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase,...

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Donald Trump to enter WWE Hall of Fame

Donald Trump talks to the press at Trump

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Billionaire entrepreneuer Donald Trump will enter the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame when the newest class is inducted April 6 at Madison Square Garden, the night before WrestleMania XXIX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., WWE announced Monday.

Trump helped bring WrestleManias IV and V to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. But he's best remembered for shaving WWE Chairman...

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WWE's 10 least-deserving Hall of Famers

Comedian and "The Price is Right" host Drew

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For 20 years, the WWE Hall of Fame has given wrestling fans reasons to scratch their heads.

Even among cynical fans who see the Hall of Fame as nothing more than a propaganda tool, it’s hard not to feel frustrated when deserving candidates get snubbed, and when undeserving ones get inducted.

The WWE is making some major inroads with the former problem this year, as two of the Hall’s...

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39 years ago: WWE debuts at the Nassau Coliseum

A program from WWE's first show at the

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News of Bruno Sammartino's long-awaited induction into the WWE Hall of Fame comes 39 years after he headlined the very first pro wrestling event at the Nassau Coliseum.

TheHistoryofWWE.com provided this photo of the program to that show, which took place on February 4, 1974--two years after the Coliseum opened its doors.

In the main event, Sammartino defended his World Wide Wrestling...

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Bruno Sammartino going into WWE Hall of Fame

WWE Hall of Fame 2013 inductee Bruno Sammartino

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WWE delivered the huge news today that it will be inducting Bruno Sammartino into the company’s Hall of Fame this April, apparently ending--at least for one night--a bitter rivalry that stretched over a quarter century.

There had been indications in recent weeks that WWE had made some progress in mending fences with Sammartino, who left the company in the mid-1980s after a storied run that...

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