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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 included...

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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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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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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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WrestleMania's 10 Biggest Matches

Actor and fromer WWE supestar Dwayne "The Rock"

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WWE is going out of its way to bill this year’s WrestleMania main event as the biggest match in wrestling history. Considering the legacies of the Rock and John Cena—and the fact that the Rock has not competed in a singles match in nine years, calling the bout “epic” is not an understatement. But Cena-Rock has some stiff competition for the title of “biggest” WrestleMania match ever. Here’s my...

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It's official: WWE Wrestlemania 29 coming to MetLife Stadium

New York Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson,

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Start spreading the news, New York, New Jersey and MetLife Stadium will host Wrestlemania 29 on April 7, 2013. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, along with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made the announcement at MetLife Stadium today. “We are excited to be hosting WrestleMania XXIX in the great state of New Jersey,” said Christie. “Having WWE’s preeminent international event here will strengthen both...

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WWE Wrestlemania heading to MetLife Stadium?

The New Meadowlands Stadium hosts its first football

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Rumors have been running rampant about the locations for Wrestlemania 29 and 30. Triple H was at Giants practice on Thursday as they prepare for their divisional playoff game with the Packers. Why else would Triple H attend a Giants practice? Maybe to take a photo with Tyler Sash and Prince Amukamara? Well, he did that and you can click here to see the evidence on the "Giants 101" Facebook...

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Triple H takes over WWE and why Punk will be back

Wrestling superstar Triple H, left, and Shane McMahon,

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Now that was a swerve. Vince McMahon promised that if John Cena did not defeat CM Punk at Money in the Bank he would fire him. Just as McMahon was about to do that last night on Raw, his son-in-law Triple H “relieved him of his duties” due to ““extremely questionable decisions” made by the chairman. It was a nice swerve following the events at Money in the Bank and...

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CM Punk leaves the WWE as champion

The unthinkable happened last night at the Money in the Bank pay per view. CM defeated John Cena in the main event to capture the WWE Title. Punk’s contract was legitimately set to expire midnight and this was supposed to be his last match with the company. What does that mean for the title? Who knows. Whether or not Punk signed a deal with the WWE prior to the event has not been reported...

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CM Punk's shoot shows the WWE can still 'bring it'

New York, New York: Edge wrestles CM Punk

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CM Punk’s “shoot promo” this past Monday night on Raw was easily the best segment produced by the WWE since The Rock made his return prior to Wrestlemania earlier this year. He blasted the WWE, calling Stephanie McMahon “idiotic” and her husband, Triple H, a “doofus son-in-law.” Punk labeled himself as a “Paul Heyman” guy, which might as well...

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