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Attempted WWE fan attack evokes memories of bygone era


- Mike Mooneyham

Seth Rollins was just doing his job Monday night. The WWE star was cutting a heel promo in the middle ring of the ring to help set up his Summer Slam match with Finn Balor.

But then suddenly, as if out of nowhere, an unexpected guest crashed the party. It wouldn’t be for long.

 

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Work or shoot? UFC star Conor McGregor sparks WWE furor


Mike Mooneyham

Don’t expect Conor McGregor to be invited to a WWE dressing room anytime in the near future.

The brash-talking UFC bantamweight champion drew the ire of the entire WWE Universe when he recently called the company’s talent some profanity-laced names unworthy of print in a reputable family newspaper.

And that just was the opening salvo.

 

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Pat Patterson memoir shines light on acceptance


- Mike Mooneyham

 

OK. Let’s get this out of the way. Pat Patterson is gay. Until recently it was probably the worst-kept secret in professional wrestling.

But now Patterson has written a book about his career, and it’s aptly titled “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.”

 

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Pat Patterson’s autobiography Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE

 

Montreal based Author Bertrand Hebert joined Tony Stabile on The Rowdy Wrestling Podcast to discuss co-writing Pat Patterson’s autobiography Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE. They discussed how Bertrand landed the co-author gig, working with Patterson and WWE.

 

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WWE kicks off ‘New Era’ with a bang


_ Mike Mooneyham

We’ve all heard the hype before. WWE promises a new show, a new network. a new beginning, a new era.

The company even instituted its second brand extension and moved Smackdown to a live slot on Tuesday nights.

In most cases, all the hoopla and ballyhoo have been just that.

But then there was last week.

 

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‘Gateway Boys’ help keep Mid-Atlantic wrestling memories alive


– Mike Mooneyham

For nearly 16 years Dick Bourne and David Chappell have formed one of the top teams in professional wrestling.

And that’s without having ever stepped inside a wrestling ring.

 

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Pro wrestling star Ilio DiPaolo’s legacy continues to live on


– Mike Mooneyham

 

Ilio DiPaolo was one of pro wrestling’s most popular and revered performers during the ’50s and ’60s, particularly in his home area of Buffalo, N.Y., where he established a family Italian eatery after retiring from the business in 1965.

The charismatic DiPaolo would later gain even more acclaim as a restaurateur and civic leader, giving more back to his community than perhaps any other in the long history of sports in Buffalo. As respected as DiPaolo was as a wrestler, the gentle giant would ultimately be defined more by his generosity and the size of his heart.

 

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Tony Nese wrestles with big-time plans in Cruiserweight Classic


– Alfonso Castillo

 

In pro wrestling vernacular, it’s known as a “babyface turn” — that moment when a bad guy, or “heel,” sees the light, turns over a new leaf and is embraced by the fans.

After losing a June 10 match in Florida for an independent wrestling outfit known as Evolve, a frustrated Tony Nese grabbed the house microphone and made his intentions clear. His days as a rule-breaking villain were “done with.”

 

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‘Local Legend’ Burrhead Jones fighting toughest battle yet


– Mike Mooneyham

He’s affectionately known as “The Local Legend.” Anyone who ever met him will never forget him.

And, like he’s said in countless interviews over the years, “There’ll never be a cotton-pickin’ other.”

 

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Former WWE heavyweight champ C.M. Punk taking on new challenge, critics in UFC


– Mike Mooneyham

 

It’s been a while since C.M. Punk made any significant noise in the pro wrestling world, but the former WWE champion is finally poised to test his skills in an MMA ring.

 

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