The Steel Cage

Four men who could win the Royal Rumble and why

The WWE Raw Supershow starring John Cena, Chris

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The Royal Rumble is just six days away. And as much as I’m looking forward to The Rock getting his first world title shot in a decade when he takes on CM Punk, I’m equally looking forward to the 30-man Royal Rumble match. With the stipulation that the Rumble winner gets a world title shot at WrestleMania, for years it was nearly a given who would come out victorious. But now with two world title—and...

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Mick Foley going into WWE Hall of Fame

Setauket native and WWE Superstar Mick Foley performs

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Long Island native and three-time WWE champion Mick Foley was the first inductee announced for the 2013 class of the WWE Hall of Fame during the 20th anniversary edition of Monday Night Raw. Foley, 47, was long rumored to get the Hall of Fame nod, considering that WrestleMania will be held closeby at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on April 7. Foley's upcoming induction was confirmed Friday...

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Happy 20th birthday, Monday Night Raw

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I was in my mid-teens back when I first heard about this new television show WWE was producing. Having grown up watching most of my wrestling on weekends while the sun was still out, the idea of a weekly show on Monday night was novel to say the least. And on January 11, 1993, the first episode of Monday Night Raw aired. Twenty years later, Raw has achieved the distinction of the most-watched and...

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TNA realizes less can be more

The ring.

TNA Wrestling yesterday delivered the news that it was reducing the number of its live Sunday night pay per views from 12 to just four a year. And while likely driven by financial realities, TNA nevertheless deserves credit for embracing a lost art in the pro wrestling business: leaving fans wanting more. Sadly, generations of wrestling have come up in an environment where four-plus hours of original...

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Four reasons why The Rock was awesome last night

Wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson spoke

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It never ceases to amaze me how The Rock can return to WWE television after months, or even years away, and deliver a promo that puts most of his locker room to shame. Even well before his return as a semi-regular performer in WWE in 2011, The Rock proved this with his via-satellite appearance at 2009’s Smackdown 10th anniversary special. And “The Great One” did it once again last night with his...

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Cm Punk undergoes knee surgery, future in question

WWE Champion CM Punk shows his championship belt

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CM Punk’s historic year-plus reign as WWE champion could be headed for an unfortunate and untimely ending, as is reporting that Punk has undergone emergency knee surgery that could put him on the shelf for a while. According to WWE, after being put through a table at the conclusion of last night’s Raw, Punk flew out to Florida to visit with renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews. After...

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Dragon Gate USA Wrestling on Long Island Sunday

Dragon Gate USA held a 2012 card at

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 After a week of sitting around waiting for the light to come on, what better way to spend a Sunday than watching live professional wrestling?  Dragon Gate USA returns to Deer Park this Sunday for its second Long Island show ever. Freedom Fight 2012 is taking place at the NYWC Sportatorium at 8 p.m., and will also be streamed live on Internet pay per view at


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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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