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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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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...

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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...

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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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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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TNA, Spike extend TV deal

Jets linebacker Bart Scott makes an appearance on

Spike TV and TNA have agreed upon a multi-year extension to extend their TV partnership, which was set to expire this fall.

The deal was announced today jointly by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President and TNA president Dixie Carter.

“Dixie Carter and her team at TNA have done a phenomenal job in developing stars for an exciting, high-action brand that resonates with Spike’s audience,” said...

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Mets pitcher Tim Byrdak dresses as Hulk Hogan at spring training

Mets reliever pitcher Tim Byrdak runs around the

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Hulkamania is running wild on the Mets in spring training.

Yesterday, Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak crashed practice at spring training dressed as wrestling icon Hulk Hogan circa 1980s. The lefty was dressed in yellow boots and red underwear topped off with the trademark feather boa and Hogan's signature red bandanna. Byrdak even bleached his mustache earlier this week in preparation for...

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Giants' Brandon Jacobs to appear on TNA Impact Thursday

Brandon Jacobs screams as he warms up prior

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Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is trading in his shoulder pads for wrestling boots.

Jacobs will appear on "TNA Impact Wrestling" this Thursday on Spike TV at 9 p.m. (EST). The appearance was originally filmed this past Monday in Orlando. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was first offered the role but pulled out.

Earlier today former TNA Champion and Olympic gold medalist...

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