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LaBar: WWE not backing down from controversy

By Justin LaBar
The No. 1 thing I took away from this highly anticipated live Thursday night SmackDown was the amount of acknowledgment WWE gave to controversy. There isn’t any controversy in the storyline. The controversy is reality-based and behind the curtain. Reigns didn’t ...

LaBar: Like it or not, Reigns is rising with Royal Rumble win

By Justin LaBar
Thirty men in the Royal Rumble. A surprise wrestler or two appearing on WWE programming. The famous Royal Rumble by the numbers video package. Kofi Kingston doing some cool spot to keep from being eliminated. Every year, we are guaranteed …

LaBar: What was the best Royal Rumble ever?

By Justin LaBar
The Royal Rumble is perhaps the WWE's second most anticipated show behind WrestleMania. I say perhaps because that's where I rank it, but others would ...

2 former pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of “selling violence” and ignoring concussions they say left them with serious brain injuries. The men have filed a potential class-action lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia. That’s where a judge is ...

LaBar: New WWE tag team must face a team of legends

By Justin LaBar
In 1989, the booking of The Ascension would be par for the course. In 2015, the booking makes everyone frantic demanding an answer. The anticipation and rumors of when the tag team would make its main roster debut from NXT rivaled ...

Stolen wrestling ring won’t stop East Brady event

By Brad Pedersen
A stolen wrestling ring won’t keep grapplers from hitting the mats next weekend in East Brady. Five Star Wrestling promoter Joe Rodgers plans to hold matches Jan. 25 in the East Brady Community Center, 502 Ferry St. He said he’ll ...

LaBar: Not all WWE guys need the title

By Justin LaBar
Not everybody can be on top of the card at once. Not everybody can be champion at once. Everybody can be booked with quality, but somebody has to be in the middle and bottom of the card. This is an …

LaBar: WWE changes broadcast announce teams

By Justin LaBar
It was announced WWE is making a change to its announce teams for Monday Night RAW and SmackDown, which is moving back to Thursday’s beginning this week. Jerry “The King” Lawler has been removed from the RAW team after a long ...

LaBar: Exclusive interview with WWE’s Stardust

By Justin LaBar
Professional wrestling is built on characters and personality. Current WWE superstar Stardust makes a case to be the most unique and interesting of them all right now. Teaming with Goldust, who was always referred to as the most bizarre character in ...

TNA Wrestling set for new beginning with Destination America

By The Associated Press
Kurt Angle has had plenty of time to shine his Olympic gold medal or rewatch his greatest matches in TNA Wrestling. On the shelf for ...

LaBar: Memo to Roman Reigns’ haters

By Justin LaBar
I feel bad for Roman Reigns. There is a vocal portion of the audience who doesn’t think he’s good in the ring. They think this because Reigns doesn’t do as many eye-catching moves as the underdogs. He’s one of the guys WWE ...

LaBar: Bryan shouldn’t be WWE champion

By Justin LaBar
Daniel Bryan is returning to the ring, and that’s a good thing. A lot of fans are hoping he challenges Brock Lesnar for the title, and that’s a bad thing. Putting Bryan in the title match against Lesnar would be wasting ...

LaBar: Seth Rollins should make WWE history

By Justin LaBar
I was wrong about Seth Rollins as a heel. When he surprised us all last spring and first defected from The Shield, I had my doubts. We knew one of the members would turn, but Ambrose was the popular choice. Rollins was ...

LaBar: Reigns could be WWE’s next big gamble

By Justin LaBar
For 2015, Roman Reigns could be the big gamble for WWE. Recently returned from injury, Reigns seems to be on the path as the next big thing. Ironically, it seems that he could be in line to face the man once ...

LaBar: Comparing NXT to WWE

By Justin LaBar
I don’t want to rain on the NXT parade, but I do want to drizzle some reality on it. NXT is great. There is no denying that. It can be argued that it’s the most solid entertainment start to finish from ...

LaBar: The Undertaker lines up match at Wrestlemania 31

By Justin LaBar
Fans of The Undertaker hoping to see him at WrestleMania 31 abruptly sat up — just like the performer has famously done in the ring for 25 years. After the shocking ending to his undefeated WrestleMania streak last April, there …

LaBar: CM Punk, former WWE star, signs with UFC

By Justin LaBar
Ironically, I had a rare night away from professional wrestling Saturday when I was working a regional MMA show doing the post-fight interviews, and I got the text that former WWE star CM Punk has signed a multi-fight deal with ...

LaBar: Ziggler is WWE’s reliable rising star

By Justin LaBar
Everyone is constantly singing Dolph Ziggler’s praises. I tend to shy away from it in fear of redundancy. But I just can’t resist anymore. I must join the choir. Ziggler is a consistent performer, and he fits a golden rule of ...

LaBar: CM Punk speaks on why he left WWE

By Justin LaBar
CM Punk again has gotten the wrestling world talking by breaking his silence — on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast — about his controversial departure from WWE last January. The two-hour recording is entertaining. It’s genuine in its presentation. The ...

Area show to feature wrestling legends Honky Tonk Man, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan

By Bill Hughes
Next Saturday, the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance’s annual FanFest show in Lawrenceville will be headlined by two former WWE legends. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for the event at the Teamster Temple at 4701 Butler St. WWE Hall of Famer ...

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