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LaBar: Gauging the reality of the Hogan controversy

By Justin LaBar
“When it comes crashing down and it hurts inside.” The opening lyrics of Hulk Hogan’s entrance song, “Real American” — how relevant those words seem now. I stand by WWE’s decision to distance itself from Hulk Hogan. On Friday, transcripts …

WWE severs ties with wrestling legend Hulk Hogan

By The Associated Press
STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling ...

LaBar: The next WWE star people love to hate

By Justin LaBar
There’s no middle ground with Eva Marie — you either love her or hate her. It’s the easiest way to sum her up. It’s also a great recipe for a professional wrestler. She gets a reaction, has a marketable look with ...

LaBar: Why is The Undertaker back now?

By Justin LaBar
The Undertaker returned Sunday night at WWE Battleground and assaulted Brock Lesnar. The appearance was well received by the crowd who had otherwise been sitting on their hands for much of the night. It made an impact. It cost Lesnar winning ...

LaBar: WWE predictions and The Undertaker rumors

By Justin LaBar
The WWE Battleground pay-per-view on Sunday is waiting with an amount of excitement I wouldn’t have predicted a few months ago. On paper, the card has a lot of potential. In the rumor mill, the show could be leading to something ...

LaBar: Non-televised WWE events are worth attending

By Justin LaBar
If you’ve never been to a non-televised WWE show, or “live event” as the company bills them, I highly suggest you try one. To some, a WWE event not on television doesn’t interest them. I’ve encountered some fans who haven’t been ...

LaBar: Explaining common pro wrestling complaints

By Justin LaBar
Some wrestling fans set themselves up for unhappiness. John Cena had a match against Cesaro last Monday on RAW that lasted over 35 minutes and was one of the best matches I’ve ever seen. Yes, ever seen. I would say a majority of ...

WWE Live slams way into Pittsburgh again

By Rex Rutkoski
As if summer isn’t hot enough, that feisty soap opera of sweat, WWE Live, sets up its ring again July 11 at Consol Energy Center. It won’t be televised, so you have to be there to see the storylines of these ...

LaBar: Live WWE show in Japan opens opportunities

By Justin LaBar
WWE’s special from Tokyo on Saturday was a great showing of its efficiency and marketing. By all accounts, the special was a success. It was a solid, entertaining two-hour show that had 15 wrestlers make an appearance. A few wrestlers …

LaBar: What’s killing professional wrestling

By Justin LaBar
Too much space these days in professional wrestling is becoming a no-sell zone. Selling is appropriately reacting in the ring when something happens to you. Selling is the most important aspect of professional wrestling. Period. End of conversation. It should be ...

LaBar: WWE needs to stop wasting Luke Harper

By Justin LaBar 9:00 p.m.
Time is a precious commodity. WWE needs to stop wasting time with not utilizing Luke Harper. Prior to Harper’s main roster debut, I had to explain all of the versatility the big man had at 6-foot-7, which includes his ability of ...

LaBar: Jeff Jarrett symbolizes wrestling survival

By Justin LaBar
Relevance and longevity are king in professional wrestling. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence Jeff Jarrett can be proclaimed King of the Mountain via the match of that title he created. Jarrett isn’t The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan. ...

LaBar: Unique wrestling memories for Father’s Day

By Justin LaBar
In the spirit of Father’s Day, I’m going to share some professional wrestling-related experiences I’ve had over the years with my father and grandfather. My dad Jeff always has been supportive of my passion of wrestling and respected the performers as ...

LaBar: A great wrestling ring announcer and his jokes

By Justin LaBar
The ring announcer at a professional wrestling event never gets enough credit. Probably because most aren’t aware of how instrumental and valuable a good ring announcer can be to a show. In WWE, it can be the soundtrack to a great entrance ...

LaBar: It might be time with Roman Reigns

By Justin LaBar
The trip was well worth it to see WWE Money in the Bank. Truth be told, I’ve had good luck with this event in delivering. That is, delivering a reasonable show. The show in Columbus was an affirmation of the direction ...

LaBar: WWE NXT’s show delivers for Pittsburgh

By Justin LaBar
You can hear about a majestic sight, but it’s never quite appreciated until experienced. That was my night with NXT, the developmental system for WWE. NXT appears to be the minor league “down there.” I prefer to think they’re becoming the ...

LaBar: Pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes passes away

By Justin LaBar
On Wednesday, the wrestling world was shocked to hear Dusty Rhodes had passed away at age 69. Rhodes was known as “The American Dream” because he symbolized the pride and hard work that phrase represents. In the past 30 years, the ...

Former professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes dead at 69

By The Associated Press
WWE says Virgil Runnels, a former professional wrestler known by his fans as Dusty Rhodes, has died. He was 69. The company said Runnels died …

LaBar: Why Kevin Owens is so good in WWE

By Justin LaBar
What is so great about Kevin Owens? He’s the most talked about talent on the WWE roster right now, and rightfully so. He’s holding the NXT title while making an immediate impact by beating John Cena clean on the main roster. ...

LaBar: Honest shoot on some WWE fans

By Justin LaBar
Shoot is known in professional wrestling as no gimmick or storyline motivated in the statement. Just the truth and reality of the situation. In honor of my favorite band, AC/DC, that I intend to see in New York days after SummerSlam, ...

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