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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 physician...

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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 the East...

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Chief Jay Strongbow dead at 83, JR reports

The exterior of the WWE offices in Stamford,

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WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow died today, according to Jim Ross. Ross announced on Twitter that he was sad to hear about the passing of Strongbow, whose real name is Joe Scarpa, on Tuesday morning. He called Strongbow a “beloved member of the WWE family… RIP Chief.” Strongbow was 83. Strongbow was a top attraction in the WWE in the 1970s and early 80s, when the company was known as the...

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WrestleMania's 10 greatest opening matches

The Florida Citrus Bowl was filled to near

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Less than two weeks away from WrestleMania, fans are starting to discuss the ever-important match order. As simple as it may seem, making sure each match is correctly slotted on the show can make all the difference. Put a match that gets the crowd going wild in the middle of the show, and risk burning out the audience by the time the last match comes on (See WrestleMania X-8.) Put a world title...

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Report: WWE Network hits major snag

Professional wrestler Randy Orton gives his opponent, Kane,

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The WWE’s plans to launch their own network hit a major snag this week as they still have not signed a deal with a cable or satellite TV provider to carry the channel, according to The New York Post. The report also claims that the company has not been able to hire “experienced cable executives” to launch the channel. The WWE is expected to hire 200 employees to run the network including a general...

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WrestleMania's 10 Most Disappointing Main Events

Hulk Hogan

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Last week I wrote about the 10 biggest matches in WrestleMania history. I noted then that while a few of them may have felt epic, they weren’t executed very well. In fact, in its over the last 28 years, several WrestleMania main events have failed to deliver. In some cases, expectations were low to begin with because of the competitors involved (See: Sid Eudy.) In other cases, expectations were...

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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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The logistics of WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium

Gov. Chris Christie stands with WWE chairman and

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Long time no see everyone. Now that we're on the "Road to WrestleMania," I expect to be stop by the Cage more often. Many thanks to Anthony for holding down the fort. The announcement today that WrestleMania 29 will be on held next year at Met-Life Stadium is great news for wrestling fans here in the New York Metropolitan Area, but it raises some logistical issues--the obvious having...

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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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Mick Foley's comedy routine finding work/life balance

Setauket native and WWE wrestler Mick Foley is

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I've now seen Mick Foley's stand-up comedy routine three times on Long Island in less than four months. The journey has not been unlike watching the Long Island pro wrestling legend's transformation from Dude Love to Cactus Jack to Mankind. Getting an act just right isn't easy, whether you're between the ropes or under the lights. His biggest challenge has been entertaining the wrestling aficionados...

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