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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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Accentuate the Positives in Wrestling – Week of February 14, 2015

It’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity that exists online when it comes to the world of professional wrestling (or “Sports Entertainment” if you prefer). Are there things worthy of that negativity in the wrestling world? Absolutely! But too often, there are positive aspects to the current product that get overlooked. That’s what I’m aiming to correct with ...

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Who is WWE Developmental Developing?

In the wake of this week’s excellent TakeOver special on the WWE Network, I have been thinking about the role of WWE’s developmental territory, and how I believe that we as wrestling fans might be thinking about it in the wrong way. After Rival, and each of the TakeOver shows, a common refrain from fans is that guys like Sami ...

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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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WWE Finally Got It Right

On last Monday’s edition of Raw, the WWE actually did something no one expected it to do: the smart thing. A week removed from the Royal Rumble, an event that was widely panned thanks to the forced push of Roman Reigns, the WWE had some decisions to make. Do they stick with the plan, push Reigns like nothing happened and ...

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Steve Austin Show Podcast Recap

Austin: How hard is it to book when kayfabe is dead? Triple H: He says it’s rough. Triple H brings up the different component that is the internet and how fans quickly see when the company gets behind someone. Triple H brings up how some places were booing Roman Reigns out of the building because they think that’s the push ...

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Saving Roman Reigns: Overcoming His Current WWE Issues

It happened again. The winner of the Royal Rumble match, a man pushed as a top babyface, was drenched in boos from a dismayed and angry crowd. Last year it was Batista, who soon embraced the hate and became Boo-tista (and eventually Blue-tista…). This year, it’s Roman Reigns, the apparent future “face of the company.” Last year, the fans rallied ...

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Man or Spider-Man? The Return of Anderson Silva

UFC has employed some particularly strong hype videos in advance of Saturday’s UFC 183.

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Wrestlemania 31 Storylines: #1 The WWE Network

Welcome to WrestleMania 31 Storylines. Between the Ropes will be taking a look at 31 in-ring and out-of-ring storylines heading into the showcase of the immortals. From the top of the ticket to even some of the post-Mania fallout, we will try to take a look at what is becoming of interest as we put the car in drive on ...

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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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Why #CancelWWENetwork is Good for the Business

If you watched the Royal Rumble on Sunday evening you know the vitriol that came from the Philadelphia crowd after Daniel Bryan’s elimination and subsequent Roman Reigns victory. It was ugly. It only got more ugly on social media. Fans began to screenshot their cancellation pages for the WWE Network, and the hashtag #CancelWWENetwork began to trend. First slowly, but ...

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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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