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WWE Network ‘Legends’ House’ preview: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper ‘uncomfortable’ with premiere

– Josh Stewart


WWE hall of famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper turned to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and with a regretful expression on his face asked, “A little stiff, huh?”

In the 1980s, this line might have been muttered in the corner during some tag-team match in Altoona, Pa., the term “stiff” referring to nailing someone for real within the staged combat of pro wrestling.

But this time, Piper and Duggan were conversing between bites of salad at Smith and Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan while watching a sneak preview of the new WWE Network series “Legends’ House” with media members. The series premieres Thursday at 8 p.m.


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WWE, Wrestling World Mourn the Passing of a Warrior

– Mike Mooneyham


Days after the sudden and tragic passing of one of the profession’s most colorful figures, the wrestling community is still coming to grips with the loss of The Ultimate Warrior.

It’s a loss made even more painful due to the events preceding his death at age 54.

His final week was a script right out of a Shakespearean play. It had been a glorious week – the returning hero being hailed by an adoring audience that never stopped loving him.


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WWE: Ultimate Warrior dead at 54



For Brian Myers, the Ultimate Warrior was “literally my first memory of wrestling.”

Myers, a Glen Cove native, says as a 5-year-old everything was captivating about the Warrior, from his over-the-top banter on television to his picture on the cover of a VHS tape Myers’ brother would bring home from the rental store.

Myers now wrestles as Curt Hawkins in WWE and just opened the Create a Pro Wrestling Academy in Hicksville.


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A tribute to the Ultimate Warrior



So-called “smart” wrestling fans aren’t supposed to like the Ultimate Warrior. His reputation precedes him. He was sloppy inside the ring. He was hard to get along with outside of it.

But anybody who doesn’t get what made the Ultimate Warrior one of the most memorable, important and inspirational wrestling figures in the last 30 years just doesn’t understand the business.


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Power of the people to propel Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania

Mike Mooneyham


Today’s the day that many wrestling fans have been waiting for all year.

It’s the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, and it’s marking its 30th anniversary when Wrestlemania takes center stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.


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Absolute Intense Wrestling 3/29 Results & Photo Gallery: Girls Night Out 11 & 12

– Article & photos by Paul Stratoti


AIW presented GIRLS NIGHT OUT 11 & 12 on Saturday March 29th, 2014, at the legendary Turners Hall in Cleveland, OH.


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Talking WrestleMania and Nassau Coliseum with ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

Alfonso Castillo


Among wrestling fans, the Nassau Coliseum may be considered “The House that Piper Built.”

From seconding Bob Orton in the main event of the first “Saturday Night’s Main Event” NBC primetime special in 1985, to headlining the New York portion of WrestleMania 2 in a boxing match against Mr. T in 1986, to winning a 1990 Bunkhouse Battle Royal with the help of a chain saw, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has been front and center in some of the most epic wrestling cards the Uniondale arena has ever seen.


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WrestleMania 30 news conference: WWE Network takes center stage

– Josh Stewart


The most important action of Tuesday’s WrestleMania 30 news conference at Hard Rock Café in Times Square didn’t take place on the podium.


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Photos by Dr. Mike Lano

WWE 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon, Mr. T, and Razor Ramon.


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Painter puts world wrestling champions on canvas

Mike Mooneyham


Rob Schamberger didn’t know much about pro wrestling when he caught his first televised mat show nearly 16 years ago.

He was 18 years old, doing laundry at his parents’ house, and his stepfather was flipping through channels.

When he stumbled upon a station where “Nature Boy” Ric Flair was cutting a promo, Schamberger immediately ceased what he was doing.


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