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McKeesport wrestling promoters hope for smashing success with anniversary show

By Michael Divittorio
A McKeesport-based professional wrestling promotion is celebrating 20 years in the business. Pro Wrestling eXpress presents its 20th anniversary show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wrestleplex at 2125 Beacon St. The anniversary is the biggest show of the year, second only ...

LaBar: Timing perfect for Sting’s debut at WWE’s Survivor Series

By Justin LaBar
The Undertaker, The Rock and The Shield all debuted for WWE at Survivor Series. Now we can add Sting to that list. A middle-of-the-road two-hour show was capped off with an Attitude Era-like booked finish for the main event between Team ...

LaBar: TNA Wrestling has new TV home

By Justin LaBar
TNA wrestling has announced as of 2015 they will be airing on Destination America. What’s Destination America? After looking it up on Google, I discovered it’s part of Discovery Communications, which also owns Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and the Oprah Winfrey ...

LaBar: The secret to a good pro wrestling match

By Justin LaBar
Less is more. This past weekend I embarked on another adventure as a manager in professional wrestling. When I say manager, I don’t mean just the on-screen activity a normal wrestling fan is used to seeing. I’m talking about managing in ...

LaBar: Is Russo really as bad as people think?

By Justin LaBar
For those who like to commit to an opinion only because it fits your agenda, you can stop reading because the following will be pointless for you. Long before Dixie Carter became the favorite punchline of wrestling fans, there was a ...

LaBar: WWE is in need of a change

By Justin LaBar
WWE recently issued a survey to fans to gauge their reaction to cruiserweights being showcased. The cruiserweight division saw great success in the 1990s with the Mexican and Japanese performers bringing their styles to the ring and providing a fast …

LaBar: Thumbs up for debut of Lucha Underground

By Justin LaBar
This weekend, I finally saw the debut episode of Lucha Underground from last Wednesday. I got a feeling watching it that I haven’t gotten in a long time. It’s that feeling when you first discover something new in entertainment. A new ...

LaBar: Updated WWE Network numbers, its future

By Justin LaBar
WWE once battled Ted Turner and WCW. Now it is battling shareholders and subscribers. WWE hosted its quarterly earnings report conference call Thursday to reveal updated financial numbers and plans. As with most everything about WWE nowadays, the meeting revolved almost ...

LaBar: WWE delivered with a dose of old school

By Justin LaBar
WWE hit us with quality tonight. Quality content and for the most part it seems a quality feed for its controversial WWE Network stream. Heard of some problems, but many noted they were few and minimal interruptions. Mine was perfect for ...

LaBar: A memo to WWE critics

By Justin LaBar
This column isn’t for the dedicated wrestling fan as most of my writing normally is. This is for the dedicated wrestling fan to pass on to someone they know who could use some education in professional wrestling. Another case of professional ...

LaBar: What the WrestleMania title match should be

By Justin LaBar
In an effort to write a column for the people, I like to take questions on Twitter every so often. I can offer my opinions or knowledge and gauge what wrestling fans are thinking. I solicited questions via social media, and ...

LaBar: A new national wrestling promotion

By Justin LaBar
A new option for American wrestling fans has arrived. WWE is fighting the battles of a publicly traded company in the entertainment business with a wrestling ring as their main stage. TNA has become a punchline with its spending of millions ...

LaBar: Keys to being a professional wrestler

By Justin LaBar
If you want to have a chance to be a successful professional wrestler, don’t just be “a dude.” Don’t be another guy who bought a cheap pair of boots and elbow pads after he hit the trampoline for a few hours. I ...

LaBar: Going one-on-one with Dean Ambrose

By Justin LaBar
Dean Ambrose is the most entertaining and consistent part of WWE programming each week. He’s unique and stands out. Nobody can talk or react in a situation like him. If you’re at a WWE event, the level of interest and surprise ...

LaBar: Is Stone Cold returning for one more match?

By Justin LaBar
It’s that time for the annual WrestleMania speculation regarding a comeback match from Stone Cold Steve Austin. This time there is more reason to talk. Austin will be 50 by the time WrestleMania 31 arrives. Time on the physical side and relevant ...

LaBar: The next star and breakup in WWE

By Justin LaBar
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Luke Harper is going to be a star. I knew this before he was in WWE. I didn’t realize it would be packaged like this, but I like it. On the independents he was ...

LaBar: WWE quiet about network launch in UK

By Justin LaBar 10:48 p.m.
The WWE Network launches in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Wait, you weren’t aware of that? Honestly, neither was anyone else. I tweeted on Sunday about the launch date and lack of hype. The response I got was overwhelming with those who ...

LaBar: WWE RAW must return to 2 hours

By Justin LaBar
WWE RAW needs to be two hours. This has become more obvious since it moved its start time from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m. in July 2012. I see a lot of people on social media agree. Their reasoning is pretty ...

LaBar: Lackluster ending to WWE title match

By Justin LaBar
The ending to WWE Night of Champions was illogical. The rematch between Brock Lesnar and John Cena saw more Cena hope. He delivered his finisher several times. He got Lesnar on the ropes figuratively speaking. Just before he could pin Lesnar ...

LaBar: The beauty of Paul Heyman in WWE

By Justin LaBar
Paul Heyman is the the most consistently entertaining performer WWE has. Paul Heyman is forever aligned, on screen and behind the scenes, with one of the most polarizing and talented performers ever in Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman is in the conversation as ...

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