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Michael A. Wiseman

Michael A. Wiseman
Michael is a pro wrestling enthusiast, MMA fan, and all-around geek. When not blogging, he likes to catch up on TV shows or dig in to the latest tech news. You can follow him on Twitter @therealwiseman.

Prominent Journalist Criticizes ESPN Coverage of WWE

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It’s no secret that WWE has been in good graces with ESPN for quite a while now. From prominent cross-promotion with sports broadcaster Michelle Beadle, to live SportsCenter coverage of WrestleMania 31 immediately following the show, WWE has benefited from an increased presence on America’s sports juggernaut. But some journalists aren’t very happy about it.

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Wrestling-Themed Album ‘Beat the Champ’ Released by The Mountain Goats

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Sure, you love professional wrestling and it’s illustrious, rich history. But do you love it enough to make an entire album about it? Do you love it enough to work up a song about Chavo Guerrero, Sr., or Apache Bull Ramos, or chronicling the tragic death of Bruiser Brody? Well, Durham, NC-based indie folk band The Mountain Goats sure do.

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WWE Monday Night RAW Rating Tops the Night

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There for a while WWE Monday Night RAW ratings were a fun game of “how low will they go?” Thank goodness WrestleMania season cures all woes.

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WWE Tough Enough Premiere Date Announced

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Fans have been clamoring for it, and after many rumors, it looks like Tough Enough is finally set to return. WWE announced the premiere date for its reality competition show earlier today.

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Scott Steiner Threatened to Kill Hulk Hogan WrestleMania Weekend

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File this one under “only in professional wrestling” and “TMZ-ready”: Scott Steiner reportedly threatened to kill Hulk Hogan during WrestleMania weekend.

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WWE RAW Hangover: On a Private Island Somewhere

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You pretty much get one show now – the night immediately following WrestleMania – where all the part-timers have a chance of showing up and doing some stuff. Seven days later? Back to business as usual. But at least we got to see Ryback wrestle… Twice!

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‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Comments on WWE Rumors

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Last night, the WWE Network aired a LIVE post-RAW podcast show without ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Rumors have been circulating since WrestleMania week that there was heat between Vince McMahon and Austin, and that the reason WWE decided to go with Jericho was because McMahon didn’t like the questions Austin asked. But Austin put those rumors to rest yesterday.

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Famous Overseas Wrestling Legend Steve Rickard Dies

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You’ve probably never heard of him, but the man has been dubbed the “Vince McMahon of New Zealand Wrestling.” He’s battled all-time greats like Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, Killer Kowalski, and more. He’s a multi-time Heavyweight champion. The Pro Wrestling Torch named him “one of New Zealand’s greatest wrestlers,” and is credited with turning professional wrestling into home entertainment.

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Where Does #GiveDivasAChance Go Without AJ Lee?

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WWE’s most popular Diva just took her Chucks and went home. At least, that’s what it looks like. It’s not that AJ Lee left the company under any bad terms, but she was essentially the face of the #GiveDivasAChance movement that’s overtaken pro wrestling social media for the last few months.

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AJ Lee Makes First Public Statement Since WWE Retirement

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AJ Lee shocked the world this past Friday night when she announced her retirement. Only days after WWE’s biggest show of the year, WWE.com told viewers in a short and to the point news brief that Lee was no longer with the company, and wished her the best (but, notably, not in her future endeavors). Guess she felt like two days ...

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Chris Jericho Answers Questions About Podcast Being Kayfabe

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When WWE announced its new slate of programming for the WWE Network last week, one major surprise was the Chris Jericho Podcast. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin had already done two podcast on the network – one with Vince McMahon himself, and the other with COO Triple H – and in both cases, the Texas rattlesnake pulled no punches. He asked ...

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WWE Responds to Justin Roberts, Calls Allegations “Offensive”

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WWE isn’t one to take an attack sitting down. After Justin Roberts wrote up a scathing blog post accusing WWE of leveraging the Connor Michalek story (and subsequent “Warrior Award”) for it’s own persona PR agenda, the company has fired back with a statement.

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