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Shane Strickland Talks Being MLW Champion Ahead of Its Television Network Debut

It was an emotional scene inside the GILT Nightclub in Orlando. Confetti fell as the sounds of Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) played to excited crowd. Shane Strickland was crowned the first Major League Wrestling Champion since the promotion relaunched last year. It’s a milestone marked days before MLW’s network TV debut on beIN SPORTS. “In that very moment I thought about where my career was when I first started,” Strickland said. “The first few falls I took in the ring. It took me back to the very back to the beginning and all the struggles I have overcome to […]

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The Women of WrestleMania 34: Female Talent Has Never Been More Represented

The superstars of WWE take over Bourbon Street for WrestleMania 34 Sunday, April 8 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The sports entertainment leader is going all out this year with the ladies taking center stage. New signing Ronda Rousey looks to make a big splash transitioning from the UFC octagon to the WWE squared circle. She teams with Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle to face Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. By the same token Asuka, winner of the first all-female Royal Rumble, is gearing up to put her unprecedented win streak on the line in hopes of […]

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Taya Valkyrie Looks for Her Career to Take Flight in Impact Wrestling

Since beginning her pro wrestling career, Taya Valkyrie has taken the road less traveled. After the Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground star graduated from the Lance Storm Training Academy, it didn’t take long for the Canadian to get on the WWE radar. And just when she was packing up all her belongings, the newcomer found the developmental deal fizzled out. The setback motivated Valkyrie to work that much harder. The 34-year-old traveled to Mexico where it was trial by fire, immersing herself in the lucha libre culture. The blond beauty stood out and success followed as she earned the respect […]

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Exit Interview: Chris Adonis on Working for Impact Wrestling

Chris Adonis just turned 35 and has spent nearly half his life in pro wrestling starting early on in WWE. The former Chris Masters took what he learned against the likes of John Cena and Shawn Michaels to other promotions he has worked for since then. Among them Impact Wrestling, which is where Adonis had been until recently. The performer, real name Chris Mordetzky, announced his departure from the promotion via social media. A day before the tweet, he sat down to discuss a number of topics backstage at the Impact television tapings at Universal Orlando. This included how the latest run […]

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Madison Rayne on Returning to Ring of Honor and Potentially Becoming First Women of Honor Champion

Well over a decade ago Madison Rayne was a 4.0 student in nursing school on her way to a sure thing An unwavering passion for pro wrestling led the Ohioan to trade all that in for an opportunity to live out a dream. The 31-year-old recalls Ring of Honor providing a big break early in the journey. Fast forward to today, Rayne has returned to the company and gearing up to participate in a tournament to crown the first-ever Women of Honor champion. The company gave me the chance to test myself against the best women’s wrestlers at the time,” […]

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WWE Announces Historic First-Ever Women’s Royal Rumble

The female Superstars of WWE have headlined events, seen their likeness inspire Mattel fashion dolls, had the first Hell in a Cell and Money in the Bank, stolen the show. They’ve competed in new venues, broken many boundaries, and overall, changed perceptions. No doubt there have been countless milestones and a big one comes in 2018. That’s when the company will host the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28. Just like their male counterparts the winner of the unique battle royal receives a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34 in April. Stephanie McMahon made the historic announcement this week on […]

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Matt Taven Plans to Rule the Ring of Honor Wrestling Kingdom

The knee injury that put Matt Taven on the shelf for most of 2016 led to contemplation and renewed motivation. During this period the 32-year-old wondered if how long he’d be out, as well as what he’d do when he returned. One doctor told Taven it might take two years until he made it back into the ring. Through drive the Ring of Honor performer returned by the fall of last year. “I was pretty determined to get back as soon as possible,” he said. “Ring of Honor, I was under contract, and they took care of me the whole […]

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Shane Taylor on Why He is One to Watch in Ring of Honor

Shane Taylor will never forget the day he received his Ring of Honor contract. Seeing the paperwork firsthand was a surreal experience for the pro wrestler who worked the better part of 10 years for this opportunity and platform. “I literally sat at my computer for about a half hour not doing anything but holding the contract in my hand,” Taylor said, going back to almost a year ago. “I know it sounds super cheesy, but it really was one of those moments. It was a dream come true. To do all this work and be able to say, ‘Hey, […]

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Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque on WarGames to WWE at ‘NXT TakeOver’

Paul “Triple H” Levesque has envisioned bringing back the iconic WarGames for some time. And come Saturday the vision becomes reality as the “The Match Beyond” makes its big return at NXT TakeOver live on WWE Network.  The event kicks off four events in Houston at the Toyota Center with Survivor Series following up Sunday, and Raw and SmackDown broadcasting Monday and Tuesday. “Coming off a massive hurricane, flooding, just natural disaster of epic proportions. We made the decision to stay in the market and continue forward as that was kind of all happening,” Levesque said during a media conference […]

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Josh Woods on Why He Has ‘The Goods’ to be Successful in Ring of Honor

 When Ring of Honor emerging star Josh Woods was released from WWE, he was devastated The days that followed were rough for the collegiate amateur turned pro. However, there came a point where he came to the realization that he was down but not out. Woods was determined to follow through on his career aspirations. “I grew up always wanting to be the best,” he said. “I had already put the time in there, so it didn’t make sense for me to quit after I invested so much of my own time.  I talked to Sami Callihan, who is a […]