The Steel Cage
Newsday tag team champs Alfonso Castillo and Josh Stewart slam you with pro wrestling news and insights.
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
CM Punk’s historic year-plus reign as WWE champion could be headed for an unfortunate and untimely ending, as WWE.com 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....Read more »
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 wwnlive.com
"We...Read more »
WWE star Jerry 'The King' Lawler has heart attack during Monday Night Raw, in stable condition, agent says
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »