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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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TNA's Daniels on Hogan, going live and Slammiversary

TNA Wrestling's Christopher Daniels

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  Their wrestling styles may be as different as they come, but Christopher Daniels belives he and Hulk Hogan are “kindred spirits.” “I think the thing that people should understand about Hulk Hogan and myself is that we both sort of played the best hand with the cards we were dealt,” Daniels said. “We took what we have as wrestlers, physically and our mindset and we made the best out of it.”...

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Long Island wrestling school trains hopefuls

New York Wrestling Connection teaches fundamentals and offers

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Newsday.com 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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Why it's too late for TNA to turn things around

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling President Dixie Carter has

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In April, 2010, I wrote the following in a blog post here in the Steel Cage: “For my money Total Nonstop Action is, indeed, totaled – as in broken beyond repair.”

I went on to write that, no matter how much TNA worked to reverse its course, it was simply too late. After years of offering up one of the worst nationally televised wrestling products fans had ever seen, the damage had been done....

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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Governor Chris

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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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WSU women's wrestling in Deer Park Saturday

Women's Superstars Uncensored returns to Long Island Saturday night at the NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park. The event will feature the WSU Women's J-Cup tournament, in which the winner will get a future title shot at the WSU champion. That title is also on the line Saturday night when champ, Jessicka Havoc, defends against Mercedes Martinez. WSU will be taping the event for a future double-DVD release....

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