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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.

Where Does #GiveDivasAChance Go Without AJ Lee?

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

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

Chris Jericho back on Raw

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”

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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Justin Roberts Accuses WWE of Distorting Hall Of Fame Story

Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts opened up today in a tell-all blog post over on Medium, discussing his take on the recent Hall of Fame induction of Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, and how WWE often spins real life into positive PR stories.

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Triple H is a Piece of Garbage Who Refuses to Put Over Other Talent

Do I have your attention now? Good. That’s not a headline that would make it past most copy edit desks. You’d never see it in a newspaper, or catch on major sporting websites. You know why?

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WrestleMania 31 Hangover

Well, internet wrestling fans: it turns out you can have your cake and eat it, too. For what was debatably one of the worst-built, under-hyped, and oddly booked WrestleManias in recent memory, WWE managed to take all of that negativity – every tweet, post, “like”, and jeer – and use it to fuel one of the best Pay-Per-Views in years.

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Video Coverage from WWE WrestleMania31 AXXESS

Brian Fritz and Michael A. Wiseman are LIVE on location in San Jose for WWE WrestleMania 31 AXXESS. The duo talks about all the events they’ve been to this week (including an awesome NXT live show), share thoughts on the Hall of Fame and Randy Savage, and give a little bit of perspective on how incredible the whole WrestleMania weekend ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Drew Galloway First Promo in Impact Wrestling (Video)

Breaking news last week with Drew Galloway making his surprise Impact Wrestling debut while it touring in Glasgow, Scotland. With tapings continuing over the weekend, we got our first taste of Galloway (formerly Drew McIntrye in WWE) in Dixie’s company.

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Match of the Year (2014)

This is what it’s all about – the “wrestling” part of professional wrestling. Guys squaring off to fight it out, settle their differences, and entertain thousands (millions?) of fans. But only ONE match can be called “Match of the Year.” Which one earned top honors? Read on to find out…

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Wrestler of the Year (2014)

What does it take to be wrestler of the year? Is main-eventing Wrestlemania enough, or does it take other intangibles? Can a breakout star earn top honors in the same year? Read on to see who we think was the best of 2014…

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Best Show of the Year (2014)

From top-to-bottom, any wrestling match is only as good as the card it’s on, and when it comes to quality lineups, 2014 was full of them. Could Ring of Honor pull the upset with fantastic PPV outings? Did Impact Wrestling have an ace in the hole? Was NXT ready to strike it big? What was the best overall show of ...

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Biggest News Story of the Year (2014)

Headlines, headlines, headlines… The wrestling industry knows how to both make news and break news, and 2014 was no different. TNA lost (and found) a home. ROH emerged on Pay-Per-View. Still, bigger names and bigger networks emerged. What were they? Read on to find out…

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Best Creative Surprise of the Year (2014)

While the in-ring product sells tickets, and the long-term stories sell merchandise, surprises what keep fans coming back for more; unpredictability is the cornerstone of the modern wrestling product. But in year chocked-full of big moments, with historic names like Hulk Hogan, Sting, and The Rock hanging around, which one reigned supreme? Read on for our picks for “Best Creative ...

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Creative Misfire of the Year (2014)

Just because it’s deemed “creative” doesn’t always mean it’s going to be good – just ask Vince Russo. And for every great feud, or well-executed story line, the major wrestling promotions also make mistakes. Some aren’t so bad; a few others require major direction shifts. Read on to find out our picks for “Creative Misfire of the Year.”

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Feud of the Year (2014)

What makes wrestling tick? There’s the actual in-ring product, the athletic competition between two (or more) giants who turn hammer-locks and chain-grappling into a dance. There’s the driving story behind the match. Why are these titans fighting? Why should we care? That’s where rivalries come in… they gives us, as fans, that emotional investment. Here are our picks for ‘Feud ...

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Tag-Team of the Year (2014)

While the modern wrestling show puts tag-team contests behind singles competition, those teams who make a living going 2-on-2 full-time still impress. The great series between Team 3D, the Hardys, and the Wolves felt like an Attitude-era throwback. And the Dust brothers united to create one of the most… eccentric… teams in recent memory. But which team was the best? ...

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Heel of the Year (2014)

Best “bad guy” of the year is such a tricky category – on the one hand, you want to hate them, but on the other, sometimes the most hated guys are fan favorites. Then there’s the divide between supporting characters (authority figures or managers) and the actual wrestling talents themselves. Does Paul Heyman earn this award by default? How many guys ...

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Breakout Star of the Year (2014)

So many guys (and gals) in 2014 had their “moment.” They grabbed that brass ring. While the youth movement moniker has been tossed around over the last decade, no other year has been filled with as many young guys fighting for a spot as 2014 was. Did Bray Wyatt solidify his spot against John Cena at Wrestlemania? Did The Shield ...

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The Best of 2014: Professional Wrestling

2014 saw major changes sweep across the professional wrestling landscape. WWE launched a brand new digital network, while TNA Impact Wrestling was forced to find itself a new network entirely. New promotions, such as Global Force Wrestling and Lucha Underground, were started, and Ring of Honor fought for its right to be considered one of the “major players.” Hulk Hogan came ...

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