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LaBar: Sting making history fighting for WWE title

By Justin LaBar
Sting, 56, is about to challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career. Yes, history is being made, but let’s not make too much history, especially if not logical. The WCW legend in a WWE ...

LaBar: The upgrade of The Wyatt Family in WWE

By Justin LaBar
The rebuilding of life and interest in The Wyatt Family continues. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan debuted on the main roster as The Wyatt Family in the summer of 2013. The first year of the trio was exciting and ...

LaBar: Confusing ending takes away from eventful SummerSlam

By Justin LaBar
NEW YORK — SummerSlam kept building with energy as the four hours went on. And just like that, the air and energy was sucked out of the crowd like popping a balloon. Brock Lesnar versus The Undertaker had one of the ...

LaBar: Historic WWE match coming Sunday at SummerSlam

By Justin LaBar
WWE’s attempting to make this SummerSlam its biggest ever. So far, so good. The company has expanded the length to four hours, has celebrity involvement, is in the media capital of the world, ESPN is setting up camp outside the arena ...

LaBar: Time for WWE to take Dean Ambrose seriously

By Justin LaBar
The time has come with Dean Ambrose. It’s time for WWE to start taking him seriously. To take him seriously, you have to make him serious. Often in WWE, performers forget it’s pro wrestling and entertainment. They can be too tight ...

LaBar: Next big WWE debut and more headlines

By Justin LaBar
The reality as I see it with some topics in professional wrestling: No match is too big for WrestleMania SummerSlam is being headlined by the rematch of Brock Lesnar against The Undertaker, the first match these two have had ...

LaBar: Why WWE & wrestling aren’t the same anymore

By Justin LaBar
If you ask some, professional wrestling isn’t what it used to be. Why do they do so much talking and hokey stuff? When will it go back to how it was? These are common talking points, and credit goes to ...

LaBar: WWE reality show isn’t tough enough

By Justin LaBar
The concept of WWE Tough Enough is a great one. The execution is a different story. Reality show competitions for all walks of life have proven their value. A show where guys and girls try to become professional wrestlers is as ...

LaBar: Piper’s influence can’t be understated

By Justin LaBar
“I was rowdy before rowdy was cool.” It made for a good sound bite in a promo 30 years ago, and today it might sum up “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who passed away at age 61 after suffering cardiac arrest in his ...

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

By The Associated Press
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the kilt wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday. He was 61. The WWE confirmed the ...

LaBar: Cena injured during his greatest performance

By Justin LaBar
“Man, those guys really know how to bleed.” I don’t doubt somebody was thinking that during John Cena’s match on “Monday Night RAW,” given the cynical nature of some viewers toward professional wrestling or Cena. That couldn’t be further from accurate, ...

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 …

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