World Wrestling Entertainment champion Jinder Mahal of Calgary poses with his title belt during international media interviews in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday. Mahal faces Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura for the title at SummerSlam on Sunday. (George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling)

WWE champ Mahal making most of his opportunity

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World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Braun Strowman prepares to choke slam Roman Reigns, left, and Samoa Joe during a recent episode of Raw. All three face Brock Lesnar for his WWE Universal Championship on in a Fatal Fourway match Sunday at SummerSlam in Brooklyn, N.Y. (World Wrestling Entertainment photo)

Plenty on the line at SummerSlam in Brooklyn

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Colt and Ariel Toombs, the son and daughter of the late wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, with his memoirs, which the duo finished following their father's death in 2015. (Greg Oliver/SLAM! Wrestling)

‘It keeps him alive in your heart’

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Diamond Dallas Page joins WWE’s immortals

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New World Wrestling Entertainment champion Jinder Mahal celebrates after defeating Randy Orton at Backlash in May to capture his first career title. (Ricky Havlik/SLAM! Wrestling)

WWE champ Jinder Mahal vows best is yet to come

Calgary, a city steeped in pro wrestling history, has produced its share of huge stars of the industry, but none, perhaps, as physically imposing as Jinder Mahal, the Calgarian and current World Continue Reading »

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WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

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Zayn looks to take career ‘full circle’ at Money in the Bank

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Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

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Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

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Eric Young in 2016. (Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling)

Call him Eric the Great

Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s Continue Reading »

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Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

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SPENNY: An open letter to Vince McMahon

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The final in a series of Undertaker paintings by Rob Schamberger.

Paint, Schamberger, paint

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Bobby Roode during House of Hardcore action at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto. (Sam Hudson photo)

Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

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6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

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It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

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Ring of Honor’s Daniels busier than ever

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The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Renee Paquette

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HBK answers call of the wild

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WWE champ Mahal making most of his opportunity

WWE champ Mahal making most of his opportunity [caption id="attachment_3861" align="alignleft" width="5184"] World Wrestling Entertainment champion Jinder Mahal of Calgary poses with his title belt during international media interviews in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday. Mahal faces Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura for the title at SummerSlam on Sunday. (George...

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‘It keeps him alive in your heart’

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Diamond Dallas Page joins WWE’s immortals

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Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

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Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

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