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LaBar: WrestleMania 31 one of the best ever

By Justin LaBar
The annual big show was littered with questions, controversy and concern about the lack of exciting buildup to certain key matches. The execution negated all of ...

LaBar: WWE’s Hall of Fame show drags — and knows it

By Justin LaBar
Saturday in San Jose started with quick energy and ended with a long-winded celebration. Just a day away from WrestleMania 31, I experienced thousands of fans at WWE Axxess where they got the chance to meet WWE Superstars and see rare ...

LaBar: WWE wins with Lesnar signing new deal

By Justin LaBar
Brock Lesnar and WWE just pulled a LeBron James media move. It was “The Decision” with Brock Lesnar when he appeared live on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday night. The hook was he had a major announcement. The announcement was Lesnar is ...

LaBar: Pro wrestler dies during match In Mexico

By Justin LaBar
On Friday night, tragedy struck in Mexico during a professional wrestling match that led to the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. The cause of death is being reported as a stroke caused by cervical spinal damage. Aguayo was in a tag team ...

LaBar: Less is more with WWE title

By Justin LaBar
Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins— all names who in one scenario or another could walk out of WrestleMania as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar will defend the title against Reigns in the main event. Rollins is still carrying the ...

LaBar: My professional wrestling pet peeves

By Justin LaBar
My career is great in that I get to watch professional wrestling for a living. I love it. But as with anything you love, it’s impossible not to have pet peeves and annoyances with something you’re around so much. This is Volume ...

Show goes on at East Brady wrestling school

By Brad Pedersen
The future of Five Star Wrestling Academy in East Brady is no longer on the ropes. The operator of the professional wrestling training school has been raising money to replace a wrestling ring that was stolen this year. When he was ...

LaBar: The good, lucky and ugly in pro wrestling

By Justin LaBar
This week in professional wrestling, we have Tessa Blanchard, Lucha Underground and Chyna. The good, the lucky and the ugly. The Good Tessa Blanchard, 19, is on the fast track to being a big star. A daughter of ...

WWE continues to remember Pittsburgh fan with Children’s Hospital visit

By Justin LaBar
WWE stars spent Monday morning visiting UPMC’s Children’s Hospital for Connor’s Cure. The foundation was named after Connor Michalek, who died at age 8 from medulloblastoma, ...

LaBar: WWE trainer steps down after controversy

By Justin LaBar
You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth. The famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men” applies to wrestling fans trying to understand the recent actions and accusations surrounding Bill DeMott. DeMott was the head trainer for WWE’s developmental ...

LaBar: Going 1-on-1 with WWE Diva Paige

By Justin LaBar
You can’t teach someone how to be a star in professional wrestling. There are qualities that a wrestler either has or doesn’t have. WWE Diva Paige has the natural charisma, but certainly got her fair share of the qualities that can ...

LaBar: Is Brock Lesnar leaving WWE again?

By Justin LaBar
If Brock Lesnar leaves WWE for UFC, that says something. WWE will survive without Lesnar. That’s not the point. A lucrative deal with a reasonable amount of days to put his body in a pre-determined fight only to go back to ...

LaBar: Rey Mysterio done with WWE

By Justin LaBar
Rey Mysterio is officially done with WWE. It’s about time. Let me be clear — I think Mysterio was one of the greatest performers in the past 20 years. The last 20 years, though, doesn’t justify the past three. Mysterio spent the better ...

LaBar: WWE doing the right thing for WrestleMania 31

By Justin LaBar
WWE stuck to the original plan. Roman Reigns got a credible and clean victory. If you haven’t gotten it by now, then you just won’t, or you don’t want to. Reigns had a great match with Daniel Bryan. Reigns is the ...

LaBar: Samoa Joe shouldn’t go to WWE

By Justin LaBar
Samoa Joe is the latest TNA veteran to depart from the company. He probably is better off. This situation is no different than AJ Styles a year ago. The company didn’t want to pay Styles accordingly, so they parted ways. Again, Styles ...

LaBar: RAW and Saturday Night Live similar brands

By Justin LaBar
Live from the USA Network, it’s Monday night. It’s not as catchy as the famous line screamed for 40 years on Saturday night, but the two institutions in American pop culture are very similar. I began thinking of the parallels during Sunday’s ...

LaBar: WWE manufacturing its own competition

By Justin LaBar
I keep waiting for an NXT live special to not live up to the hype. The wait continues. The most recent live special on Wednesday, branded “NXT Takeover: Rival,” once again reaffirmed the positives of NXT and raised the bar. Kevin Owens ...

LaBar: WWE fans seeing the future is here

By Justin LaBar
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are continuing a trend that stretches many eras in professional wrestling, specifically with WWE. WWE fans can be divided and labeled in many ways. There are fans who consume the characters and stories at face value. They ...

LaBar: A look at WWE’s surprise success story

By Justin LaBar
Kayfabe might be dead, but the slow burn is alive in professional wrestling. There’s a lot of talk about Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, controversy and WWE Network hashtags. These, plus the lead off topic of Kayfabe being dead in the business, ...

LaBar: Curious case of some Daniel Bryan fans

By Justin LaBar
I’m a big fan of Daniel Bryan. I’m a bigger fan of logic for the long term. The Bryan fans insist he’s this ultimate underdog, yet he beat Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista in one night at WrestleMania to become ...

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