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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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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).

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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...

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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...

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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...

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WWE suspends Rey Mysterio for second time

WWE superstar Rey Mysterio

WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio has been suspended for 60 days for a second violation of the company’s Talent Wellness Program, the company reported on its corporate website Thursday.

Mysterio was suspended for 30 days in 2009 for an initial Wellness violation, but his name had already been connected with performance-enhancing drugs. He was among the athletes linked to Dr. Phil Astin, the personal...

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LI's Papadon wins prestigious Super 8 tournament

The ?Greek God? Papadon, an independent standout from

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Over its 15 year history, the winners of the ECWA Super 8 tournament have included champions in WWE, TNA and the reigning ROH world champion. And, now, it includes a Long Islander too.

The “Greek God” Papadon, an independent standout from the LI area for more than a decade, beat Tony Nese, Bobby Fish and Bandido Jr. to win the prestigious tournament held in Newark, DE.

Past winners of...

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WSU wrestling on LI this Saturday

All-female wrestling league Women Superstars Uncensored returns to Deer Park this Saturday, March 3, for its 5th Anniversary event. The show will be held at the NYWC Sportatorium at 435-13 Brook Avenue. Bell time is at 6 p.m., but arrive early for a meet and greet with the ladies of WSU at 4 p.m. Tickets are available here. You can also watch the show via internet pay per view at GoFightLive.TV....

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TNA Impact visits NYCB Theatre in Westbury

TNA, short for Total Nonstop Action, brought its

TNA Impact Wrestling stopped over at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Jan. 6. Click above to see some sights and sounds from the event. Also, Matt Morgan and Velvet Sky share how they got their start in the business before they made it under the bright lights of TNA.

Videojournalist: Chris Ware...

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Interview with TNA Knockout Tara, Part 1

TNA's biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory, takes place this Sunday from Philadelphia. If you're on Long Island, you've got lots of options to check out the show. Personally, I intend to make the short drive to the Liacouras Center to catch the show in person, and you can too by buying tickets here.

If you want a truly unique experience, you can watch Bound for Glory on the big screen....

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