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“UFC World Tour” Is Official

In the UFC we have seen press tours for the event headliners in that the main event will travel to the city to drum up interest for the card. Now the organization has expanded beyond that idea. The UFC officially announced late yesterday that they will be doing a “UFC World Tour”, where they will be taking the headliners from ...

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TNA Impact Wrestling TV Draws Highest Rating Since January

Well it looks a themed pay-per-view that aired on free television could be the boost that TNA needed. Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling scored 1.16 rating with an average of 1.494 million viewers. Last week’s show scored a 0.99 rating with an average of 1.190 million viewers. The show was a Destination X theme with some solid matches especially the ...

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WWE Smackdown Rundown – July 19th, 2013

Entertaining edition of WWE Smackdown. The matches didn’t fully deliver, but the show had enough going for it to keep viewers intrigued. Let’s look closer:

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Revisiting TNA’s Destination X 2013

This is the final part in a ongoing series, looking TNA’s product from a non-fan perspective. Check out Week One and Week Two. Apologies for skipping last-week’s IMPACT WRESTLING (see, you have to bold it like that because it artificially makes the product more exciting). Some stuff happened, sure, but none of it felt terribly important. I know, I know… Rampage ...

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Video: Chris Sabin Defeats Bully Ray To Win TNA World Heavyweight Championship

In what has to be considered a big upset considering where both guys are at in their careers, Chris Sabin defeated Bully Ray to become the new TNA heavyweight champion. It was a pretty good match even though Bully Ray dominated 99 percent of the matchup by working on Sabin’s injured knee. Aces and Eights and The Main Event Mafia ...

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TNA Head of Relations No Longer With The Company

The changes continue for TNA. The company announced by press release that they were parting ways with Senior Vice President of Programming and Talent Relations Bruce Prichard. Here is the statement released a short time ago by TNA: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2013) – TNA has parted ways with Senior Vice President of Programming and Talent Relations Bruce Prichard. “TNA ...

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Video: Mark Henry Announces He Signed A New Three Year Deal With WWE

For people that thought Mark Henry would be retiring after his bout with John Cena this past Sunday, guess again. In an interview with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97, Henry reveals that he signed a new three year deal with WWE following Extreme Rules. In the one hour and ten minute interview Henry talks about some of these topics: -Who ...

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Dana White Shoots Down Nick Diaz Return To The UFC

If you were excited about Nick Diaz making his return to the UFC, you will have to wait a little longer. UFC President Dana White told MMAFighting.com that he hasn’t spoken to the former Strikeforce welterweight champion or anyone in representing him. That is contrary to an interview that Diaz trainer Cesar Gracie did with BJPenn.com stating that Diaz had ...

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TNA Releases D-Lo Brown

In another shocking move, TNA has released agent D-Lo Brown. TNA has released recently the likes of Brown, Matt Morgan, Tara, Drew Hankinson (formerly DOC in Aces and Eights) and Joey Ryan. It was reported by ProWrestling.net that TNA was asking agents to accept per night deals, which Brown did accept, but was then subsequently released. Brown took to Twitter ...

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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter. It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined ...

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CM Punk and Paul Heyman Bring Back Attitude

This past Monday night, wrestling found it’s spark again. Check out your favorite blog, or take a look at Twitter. CM Punk and Paul Heyman absolutely stole the show.

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Chris Jericho Begins Latest Hiatus from WWE

We all knew this day would come … Chris Jericho is once again gone from the WWE. So long to @WWE for now…2013 was one of my favorite in ring yrs ever! Thx for always sticking w Y2J & see u on the road soon w @FOZZYROCK! — Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) July 17, 2013 This was part of his plan ...

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Randy Orton Injured at Smackdown Taping, Orton Denies Being Hurt

At last night’s Smackdown taping in Providence, Rhode Island, Randy Orton was apparently injured during the main event match with Alberto Del Rio.  Well, at least WWE.com said he was injured in this report: At Tuesday night’s SmackDown television taping, Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton was injured during his match against World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.    According to ...

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Ric Flair

An arrest order has been issued by a judge in Meckleburg, North Carolina for WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Flair (Richard Fliehr) was held in contempt earlier this month for not paying his estranged wife more than $32,000 in spousal support. Flair was ordered to pay $4,000 a month to his latest former wife Jacqueline ...

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TNA Knockout Tara Released From Company

TNA Wrestling is continuing its latest round of cost-cutting as Knockout Tara was given her release today.  Here is the official statement from ImpactWrestling.com: IMPACT Wrestling has released Tara. We thank Tara for all her contributions and wish her the best of success in the future. While she is now 42 years old Tara (Lisa Marie Varon) was still a ...

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Video: Brock Lesnar Attacks CM Punk on Raw

In case you missed it or want to re-live the fantastic segment from this past Monday edition of Raw, WWE has posted the segment which included the interaction between CM Punk and Paul Heyman before Brock Lesnar cam out and wreaked havoc and assaulting Punk including an F5 on the announcer’s table. WWE.com is also reporting — although this is ...

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Down From Last Week

The WWE was coming off a really good Money in the Bank pay-per-view Sunday night and it was expected that the carryover from the event would translate to better rating than last week’s Raw. Unfortunately for WWE, that wasn’t the case. Last night’s Monday Night Raw averaged a 3.04 rating with an average of 4.1 million viewers. That rating is ...

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 16, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about last night’s edition of Raw including the incredible angle between Paul Heyman, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan being selected by John Cena for his SummerSlam opponent for the WWE Championship, several very good matches on the show, putting together a possible lineup for SummerSlam and more. Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you ...

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Monday Night Raw Reaction and Review – 7/15/2013

Be sure to check out the Raw Rundown for complete coverage of last night’s show! Brad Maddox kicked things off on Raw, and what an impressive way to promote his first official night as General Manager. I was worried creative was going to make him look like the weak authority figure. Instead, they put him in the ring with John ...

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WWE Raw Rundown – July 15th, 2013

Incredible edition of Monday Night Raw that delivered with surprises, entertainment, and excitement. The three-hour show was booked to the fullest. Let’s take a closer look:

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