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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 ...

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 ...

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