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Dan Ryno

Dan Ryno
Dan Ryno has been a pro wrestling fanatic for over 25 years, and an MMA fan for over a decade. He holds a BA and MA in Education from Lindenwood University in the historic wrestling town of St. Louis. He has been covering MMA, boxing, and pro wrestling since 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @danryno.

Pro Wrestling’s ‘Boom’ is a ‘Bust’

At the end of spring/beginning of summer, on the surface, professional wrestling appeared to be reaching heights not seen since the Monday Night Wars. In addition to WWE’s Monday Raw and Thursday Smackdown shows, Wednesday nights were jam-packed with a variety of wrestling programs: NXT on the WWE Network, TNA Impact on Destination America, Ring Of Honor (in a peculiar ...

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Remembering Roddy Piper

Like virtually every six-year-old in America, my Saturday mornings were monopolized by network TV cartoon shows. For most kids, there was a ‘favorite’ that you looked forward to each week: Super Friends, The Smurfs, Muppet Babies, or Alvin & The Chipmunks. I may have been in the minority, but my favorite was Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling. And to put ...

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Trevor Murdoch on Almost 20 Years in Wrestling, Training with Harley Race an His Decision to Leave WWE

Dan Ryno: Now, you’ve been in the wrestling business for close to 20 years, is that right? Trevor Murdoch: Yeah, right at the 18 mark. I’m pushing (20). I’ve got 2 more to go. DR: And how did you get started? I’m assuming you were a big fan growing up. Did you have any particular wrestlers that made you want ...

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‘You Can’t Wrestle’ Doesn’t Apply to John Cena

For years, John Cena has been the bane of the existence of legions of wrestling fans. Long accused of burying young talent, monopolizing the main event scene, entrenching the WWE in the PG-era, cutting painfully-silly promos, and hindering the overall progress of the company. Once the edgy, throwback-jersey wearing anti-hero, cheered by the majority of the WWE Universe, Cena has ...

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Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice – Seven Years in the Making

On Friday, June 19th, an MMA bout nearly seven years in the making will take place. MMA pioneer Ken Shamrock will face off with street fighting icon Kimbo Slice at Bellator’s ‘Unfinished Business’ event, in St. Louis. Once the headliner for a burgeoning company’s (Elite XC) foray into prime-time network programming, the original bout was scrapped due to a cut ...

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Seth Rollins Humble About Past, Looks Forward To Future

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has had quite the journey, to becoming the figurehead of the biggest wrestling company on the planet. While visiting St. Louis, for Wizard World’s annual Comic Con, Rollins posed for pictures, signed autographs, and had a very informative Q&A with fans. During his sit-down, many topics were broached. Rollins harkened back to his humble ...

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Filling the Daniel Bryan Void

Daniel Bryan’s relinquishment of the WWE Intercontinental Title on this past Monday’s episode of Raw was not unexpected. Since capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Title (in an epic Wrestlemania 30 moment) last year, Bryan has suffered an unfortunate string of injuries, leading to him being stripped of both titles that he coveted so highly. The loss of Bryan to the ...

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Missed ConNXTions

Despite saturating cable television with hours of weekly programming, the best wrestling show each week is usually on the WWE Network. Since debuting in its current incarnation, in 2014, NXT has been the gold standard for pure in-ring action, allowing their young superstars and divas a low-risk opportunity for prolonged matches and live promos, preparing many of them for their ...

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AJ Lee Exits WWE

Arguably the most talented Diva on the WWE roster has exited the company. WWE.com posted a shockingly brief statement earlier today: AJ Lee (April Mendez) has decided to retire from in-ring competition with WWE. We wish AJ the very best. AJ’s exit from the promotion comes just over a year after the unceremonious departure of her husband, CM Punk, with ...

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The Evolution of Ronda Rousey

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey caused quite the stir on Sunday evening, making an in-ring appearance alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at Wrestlemania 31. Rousey, a professed pro wrestling fan, has been ringside at several WWE events in the past. However, her actual involvement in an in-ring storyline caught the attention of both social media and traditional news outlets. ...

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The Curious Case of Daniel Bryan

What a difference a year makes. Less than 12 months ago, Daniel Bryan was riding high. He was the hottest wrestler on the planet, and in the midst of the most ‘over’ babyface run since ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Bryan would go on to, not only, open Wrestlemania 30 with a Match of the Year-candidate victory over Triple H, but ...

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The Wrestlemania 31 Salvage Project

The WWE’s premier event, the 31st installment of WrestleMania, is only four weeks away.  However, an uneasy feeling seems to be surrounding this year’s proceedings. The Main Event Drama For the second year in a row, the company’s Royal Rumble-to-‘Mania plan has fallen flat.  In 2014, it was the forced push of the returning Batista.  WWE brass saw Batista’s comeback ...

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Looking Closer At The UFC’s Anti-Doping Plan

The UFC held a press conference on Wednesday that could, potentially, be either historically significant or historically phony. The recent onslaught of performing-enhancing perpetrators in the world of MMA has been alarming for pundits and fans, but not so much for the UFC, who sits as the clear front-runner in the mixed-martial arts landscape. As long as pay-per-view numbers were ...

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UFC – NSAC Corruption and Its Effect On MMA

For quite some time, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has drawn the ire of combat sports fans. The athletic governing body has, in a way, become just as big a part of the show as the fighters, and the techniques they employ inside the cage/ring. Inept judges and referees are continually assigned high-profile fights in The Silver State, effectively ...

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The High’s and Low’s of the WWE Royal Rumble 2015

Sunday night’s Royal Rumble was a roller coaster of action, emotions, and drama. At one point, the show peaked with, literally, one of the best triple-threat matches ever witnessed. By the end, however, babyfaces were booed out of the building and a network-cancellation movement had taken over Twitter. Despite the vitriol being spewed toward the WWE the last 24 hours, ...

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Jon Jones’ On Air Interview Full Of Hot Air

UFC President Dana White promised that Monday night’s Jon Jones interview on Fox Sports 1 would “clear all that up,” in regards to Jones’ cocaine use, and subsequent 24 hour stay in a drug rehabilitation facility. Instead, we got a dose of rhetoric from the UFC light-heavyweight champion that raised more questions than gathered answers. The lack of direct answers ...

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Questions Come About from Jon Jones Fallout

“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility.” These were the words of UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, earlier this week. Ahead of his successful title defense against Daniel Cormier, Jones tested positive for traces of cocaine. Still, Jones was allowed to compete in the huge January 3rd matchup with Cormier, because the test ...

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UFC 182 Recap: Jon Jones Still Champ, Defeats Daniel Cormier

UFC 182 came to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The main card was kicked off by a welterweight battle pitting a returning Josh Burkman against former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard. Lombard, the heaviest-favored fighter on the card, was expected to steamroll Burkman in this fight, with many expecting a first-round finish. ...

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UFC 181 Results: Lawler Wins Title, Pettis Impressive in Defense

UFC 181 came to us from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.   The main card was kicked off by lightweight fight between Abel Trujillo and former Ultimate Fighter competition winner Tony Ferguson. Trujillo came out strong in round one, dropping Ferguson with an overhand right. Though he couldn’t capitalize, Trujillo was able to score a ...

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Behind Scott Coker, Bellator Taking Steps Forward to Compete with UFC

Bellator MMA is in no position to overtake the UFC for supremacy in the mixed-martial arts world anytime soon. However, recent evidence shows that the Viacom-owned promotion may have finally found the right formula for claiming a solid slice of the pie. When former Strikeforce head Scott Coker took over day-to-day operation of Bellator, in June of this year, we ...

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