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LaBar: WWE quiet about network launch in UK

By Justin LaBar
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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

LaBar: WWE needs to pick its starter wisely

By Justin LaBar
NFL hot topic RGIII, aka Robert Griffin III, left the Washington Redskins game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday with an injured ankle. It was time for his backup Kirk Cousins to replace him. In WWE, Roman Reigns is viewed as …

LaBar: WWE’s resident babysitters

By Justin LaBar
It feels like Tyson Kidd and Natalya are turning into the resident advisors in the WWE dorms. The married couple has been in WWE since 2007 and in the wrestling business their whole lives. They come from the large family …

LaBar: The next possible challenger for Brock Lesnar

By Justin LaBar
F4Wonline.com is reporting Big Show is expected to be the next challenger for Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yeah, it’s about that time. We’re due for a random push of Big Show in the main event about …

LaBar: WWE RAW filled with gaps of logic

By Justin LaBar
RAW on Labor Day Monday was the best example of “phoning it in.” I understand fewer people are expected to watch on a holiday, but the people who are going to watch are the hardcore fans who will make the …

LaBar: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts reportedly hospitalized

By Justin LaBar
If there were ever a professional wrestler who had nine lives, it was Jake “The Snake” Roberts. His wrestling fame and name recognition is equal to the stories of his unfortunate battle with demons. Documentaries and stories have told the …

LaBar: WWE SmackDown must go live

By Justin LaBar
WWE SmackDown is moving to Thursday night — why? The only change SmackDown should be making is if it were to get Syfy to allow it to go live on Tuesday. When the show is live, it adds a whole …

LaBar: Hulk Hogan wants to fight Brock Lesnar?

By Justin LaBar
Hulk, you win, I’ll give you the attention you want because this is all too funny to resist. Hulk Hogan has been on WWE programming lately in his ambassador role. Two weeks ago on Monday Night RAW, a birthday celebration …

LaBar: Brock Lesnar as WWE Champion is great

By Justin LaBar
The first two hours and thirty minutes of WWE SummerSlam was par for the course. A little good, a little bad, but overall it kept pace. It kept pace to keep interest, but it left something big to be desired …

Hughes: “Old School” Burt LeGrande has new school approach

By Bill Hughes
This week, we look at one of the most important figures in the Pittsburgh wrestling scene as he plays a major role with two different Independent promotions. “Old School” Burt LeGrande has worked for the Championship Wrestling Federation since 2002, …

LaBar: Fans, wrestlers and promoters hurting wrestling

By Justin LaBar
The statement of professional wrestling being a dying art is more true than some realize. Professional wrestling used to represent a glorious blend of sport, showmanship and a special fraternity. To be involved with it was something a step above …

LaBar: WWE wrestler fired due to unprofessional conduct

By Justin LaBar
In a time of budget cuts, Alberto Del Rio just made it easy for WWE to make another one. Del Rio was fired from the company after an official statement was posted Thursday night on WWE.com. It said he was …

LaBar: Daniel Bryan getting cut from NBC special was smart

By Justin LaBar
Daniel Bryan just made history, but not the good kind. NBC showed a one-hour condensed replay of WrestleMania 30 on Sunday night and not one minute was shown of Bryan. In the six years NBC has done this special, Bryan …

Inside the Ropes: Indy wrestling Q&A

By Bill Hughes
With all of the feedback I have been getting, I figured it was time for a long overdue version of my wrestling questions and answers column. All of the questions I will answer this week are geared towards Independent wrestling. …

LaBar: Big week for future of WWE & TNA

By Justin LaBar
It’s been a week to remember in the wrestling world with the future of WWE and TNA penning critical chapters. The week started with TMZ, WrestleZone.com and other outlets reporting Spike TV is done with TNA Impact Wrestling once the …

LaBar: Cesaro is WWE’s next Cinderella story

By Justin LaBar
Cesaro has become a great story of a substitute evolving into a superstar. The company never intended for him to get as far as he has. He was signed to a development deal during a time when WWE needed a …

LaBar: John Cena leaving WWE for Hollywood?

By Justin LaBar
I think John Cena’s days as a full-time WWE performer could be numbered. Hollywood is already calling and drives a hard bargain to turn down. Cena will always be a WWE guy. He will be active or associated with the …

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