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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!

  “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable Continue Reading »

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

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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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Paint, Schamberger, paint

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic Continue Reading »

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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

There are a number of things that make Tatevik Hunanyan stand out. She’s beautiful. She’s tough. She wrestles under the moniker Tatevik The Gamer, due to her love of video games. She’s Continue Reading »

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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…

The day has finally arrived where the WWE Network debuts worldwide including, arguably, it’s second biggest market, and neighbour to the north, Canada.  While the WWE Network has been available through alternate Continue Reading »

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior.  Such is a name that rings through the very fibres of pop culture.  In the mid- to late ’80s professional wrestling created a number of iconic characters that still Continue Reading »

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

NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn’t believe. With Burliuk’s, and the Whig’s blessing, here is that Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Renee Paquette

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 14, 2012, as a three-part series on the hosts of Aftermath on The Score. All rights reserved. To wrestling fans, she’s one-third of Continue Reading »

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HBK answers call of the wild

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Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre

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Academy of Wrestling Managers

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NXT goes global with Takeover in England

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Calling the Spots: TLC 2015

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Fourth time’s a charm for Sheamus

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SPENNY: An open letter to Vince McMahon

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Paint, Schamberger, paint

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Calling the Spots: Survivor Series 2015

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Long way to the top for EC3

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

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Reflective Rhino talks career, politics, near-death experience

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