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Andre The Giant’s remarkable life headed to the big screen


– Mike Mooneyham

 

One of the most famous attractions to ever step inside a professional wrestling ring will be the subject of a new biopic.

 

Production is scheduled to begin soon in Hollywood on a film based on the life story of the late Andre “The Giant” Rousimoff.

 

 

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Inspirational story of WWE’s Adam Rose takes sad turn with arrest


– Mike Mooneyham

Exactly one year ago I wrote a column on the inspirational story of Ray Leppan, whose remarkable journey took him from homelessness to a spot on sports entertainment’s biggest stage.

Leppan, better known to millions of wrestling fans as Adam Rose, overcame numerous obstacles to reach the bright lights of WWE.

 

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WWE performers take to social media in airing grievances


– Mike Mooneyham

It was a week of WWE performers taking to social media to air their grievances with the company.

 

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Ring of Honor’s Adam Page no ordinary weekend warrior


– Mike Mooneyham

During the week, Stevie Woltz is a high school teacher in Virgilina, Va., a blue-collar spec on the map located on the Virginia-North Carolina border. But on weekends, the soft-spoken educator seamlessly morphs into his alter ego of Adam Page, one of the top young performers on the Ring of Honor roster.

Only 24 years old, Page already has eight years experience and has emerged as one of the brightest prospects on the pro wrestling scene. But he’s no ordinary weekend warrior.

 

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Pro wrestling’s weekend warriors chasing dreams

– Mike Mooneyham

 

Professional wrestling has been called a soap opera for men, and described as a synthesis of morality plays and burlesque.

The French cultural theorist Roland Barthes, in his famous 1957 essay “The World of Wrestling,” expressed an even deeper meaning for the pseudo-sport. Wrestling, he contended, was a spectacle of excess; a mode of theatric performance, a physical allegory for modern life.

 

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Pro wrestling superstar Chyna was a force of nature


– Mike Mooneyham

 

When will Chyna be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

It has been an oft-asked question among wrestling fans over the past decade. And with good reason.

 

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NXT is the new wave of pro wrestling


- Mike Mooneyham

 

“If NXT is the future of WWE, then WWE’s future is extremely bright.”

I wrote that line about NXT more than a year ago. Nothing since has made me feel differently. If anything, I feel stronger than ever about NXT’s potential impact on the future of the biggest wrestling company in the world.

 

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Pro wrestling’s Blackjack Mulligan created a character for the ages


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s never easy saying goodbye to an old friend. But that’s what the professional wrestling community had to do last week when Bob Windham, better known to millions of fans around the world as Blackjack Mulligan, passed away Thursday at the age of 73.

 

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From King to Prince to Warrior, NXT champion Finn Balor could be the next big thing in WWE

 

- Mike Mooneyham

 

It might seem as though Finn Balor has spent an extraordinarily long time making his way to WWE.

A 16-year veteran who is regarded as one of the most exciting performers in the business today, Balor worked the majority of his first six years as a pro in England and his native Ireland, and the next eight years in Japan.

 

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Respected professional wrestling journeyman Charlie Fulton spent career making others look good

– Mike Mooneyham

“When Charlie Fulton talks, people listen.” — Jim Raschke aka Baron Von Raschke

Charlie Fulton was never a serious contender for the world heavyweight championship. Nor was he ever considered a top-of-the-card performer during a two-decade career that took him around the world.

 

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