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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.

Japanes Star Kenta Makes NXT Debut, Changes Name

Well, we all knew it was coming… we just didn’t know quite what to expect. Triple H told us earlier in the week that we’d see some familiar faces at tonight’s NXT TakeOver “Fatal Four Way” event, and even implied there might be some name changes. And boy was he right.

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Happy Birthday, Paul Heyman!

Today is the day, folks. The former owner of ECW, manager, promoter, WWE/F creative staff member, commentator, and overall wrestling demigod turns another year older.

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Report: Sean O’Haire Committed Suicide

Headshot of Sean O'Haire

TMZ.com claims to have talked to local police, who told the crash “news” site (term used loosely) that Sean O’Haire committed suicide. They reported that O’Haire was found sitting next to his bed, with a rope tied around his neck and the bedpost. He was discovered by his father.

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Twitter Reactions to the Death of Sean O’Haire

Tragedy struck the professional wrestling community again yesterday when it was reported that Sean O’Haire, a former champion in WCW and WWF/WWE, had passed.

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Vince Russo Can’t Stop Complaining About Spike TV

Words were exchanged recently between ex-TNA, WWF, and WCW writer Vince Russo, and Impact Wrestling network Spike TV.

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Breaking News: Former WCW Star Sean O’Haire Passes Away

News broke late Tuesday evening that former WCW and WWE star Sean O’Haire had passed away.

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WWE RAW Rating Somewhat Surprising

Reactions to last night’s WWE RAW have been somewhat mixed. Overall, though, most people thought it was a stinker. There was a bunch of hype behind the show, with Jerry Lawler as the advertised guest to mediate issues between the Bella Twins. It was also billed as the “season premiere.” The show was headlined by a Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt rematch ...

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Vince Russo Shoots on Spike TV, and Spike Fires Back

Vince Russo has had his shares of ups-and-downs recently. He claimed he wasn’t working with Impact Wrestling… which, turns out, he was lying about… and which might possibly have cost TNA their TV contract with Spike TV.

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WWE Raw Review 9/8/2014: Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

(image courtesy WWE.com) Hey, did you know last night was the Season Premiere of WWE Raw? Because, you know, a sport that runs 12 months a year, or an entertainment property that puts up new television every single week, needs to kick off a “new season.” With Jerry Springer. Groan.

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Jerry Springer “Injured” on RAW

(image courtesy WWE) The WWE hype machine was in full-force last night. To compete with the return of Monday Night Football, WWE billed RAW as the “season premiere,” and advertised Jerry Springer as its special guest. He was to host a Bella Twins intervention.

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Ugh, That New Stardust Finisher…

If you were watching RAW tonight, and managed to make it past the ‘wash, rinse, repeat’ John Cena promo, or the ill-timed but mostly harmless Jerry Springer segment, you saw a newly heel Gold/Stardust team (seriously, can’t we call them something now? Space Dust? Dusty Weird? Dust Warriors 2000?) defeat those other guys.

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Inviting Michael Sam To Raw Is Shameful, WWE

You know what makes me angry? When a wrestling company puts something else above the industry. I get that there are stockholders to answer to, and WWE Network subscription numbers to explain away. I’m well aware that WWE Raw is getting ready to face it biggest competition in the coming weeks with Monday Night Football But no excuse justifies WWE ...

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WWE Raw Review 9/1/2014: WCW Monday Nitro!

Despite heavy criticism, I gave WWE major props yesterday for what looked like a renewed creative spirit. I thought things were clicking. Apparently, McMahon & Co felt the opposite, and decided to publicly prove me wrong on last night’s WWE Raw. Segments I kind of hate these talky interview/talk-show segements like ‘The Highlight Reel’ and ‘MizTV.’ They’re relics of a ...

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North Korea Gets in the Wrestling Business

Kim Jong-un

Forget ‘Hulkamania’ and being a real american – professional wrestling just got a little more communist. Over the weekend in Pyongang, North Korea, various indie wrestlers and (strangely enough) Bob Sapp took to the red state and introduced one of America’s past-times to Kim Jong-un. It’s being billed as the latest effort to thaw overseas tension. Former Japanese wrestling stalwart ...

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The WWE is Thriving Creatively. Deal With It.

John Cena Red Shirt

Wrestling fans hate wrestling. No, really. Don’t believe me? Google any combination of “John Cena/Brock Lesnar/Night of Champions” and mark all the negative adjectives wrestling fans use. Or read reactions of the John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar title match from SummerSlam. Yes, some people didn’t like it. They hated the one-thousand-and-one german suplexes, or the fact that it wasn’t an ...

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Health Update on Jake Roberts, Including Brain Abnormality

Jake “The Snake” Roberts was admitted to a hospital earlier in the week and rumored to have been induced into a coma. At the time, it sounded like Jake Roberts might have been suffering from double pneumonia and possibly the flu. Today, his attorney, manager, and close friend Kyle P. Magee released an update: Thank you for helping me out ...

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TNA Releases Statement on Negotiations with Spike TV

While Impact Wrestling continues to (arguably) improve creatively, the current state of TNA is grim. Spike TV has yet to renew their contract beyond 2014. Furthermore, the company has recently lost top talent, and had other major wrestling names flat-out refuse new deals. But amid the controversy, Impact Wrestling is moving to a new night. TNA issued the following statement: ...

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WWE Raw Review 7/28/2014: Bo and None

As the build towards SummerSlam continued, last night’s WWE RAW proved that hot shows don’t always have to be wrestling-heavy. But did well-placed promos and creative build make this a noteworthy show? Read on…

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John Cena Isn’t the Champion We Deserve, but He’s the Champion We Need

John Cena holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

It’s a dangerous thing to support John Cena these days. Just look at Vince McMahon. People threaten his business, his family, even his life, simply because he sticks a gold strap on a faux-marine’s shoulder for a little extra cash.

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WWE Raw Review 7/7: Can Seth Rollins Beat John Cena?

Last night on WWE Raw, we crossed the border, yet managed to stay on this side of the pond. Still, things were a little off. The Authority was absent, Seth Rollins took center stage, and John Cena still managed his infamous “mixed reaction.” But was the show any good? Read on to find out…

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