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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: Ultimate Warrior dead at 54

By JOSH STEWART  josh.stewart@newsday.com

 

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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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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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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Fans will get out of their chairs for WWE’s ‘Signature Sounds’

Mike Mooneyham

 

WWE’s latest release, just weeks before the 30th edition of Wrestlemania, is a salute to some of the great sounds that have been produced by the wrestling juggernaut.

Not the sounds of broken bones and stomping feet, but the catchy theme songs that have become associated with some of WWE’s biggest stars over the years.

 

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Cauliflower Alley Club Lifetime Member Demands Greg Valentine Be Present During PWHOF Induction

Article & photos by Paul Stratoti

 

Recently, I called Greg Valentine at his home to discuss interviewing him. He had just returned from his dentist’s office and was not really feeling up to interviewing at the moment. He is still a very busy man working behind the wrestling scenes and we agreed upon a time and I spoke to him yesterday afternoon.

 

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WWE superstar John Cena makes wishes come true

  • Mike Mooneyham

 

Pro wrestling needs more heroes like John Cena.

Not heroes in the ring – where one’s on-screen character is meticulously crafted by company writers – but heroes outside the squared circle. Heroes when no one is looking.

 

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Former WWE ‘Spirit Squad’ wrestler Mike Mondo back on Long Island

By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO  alfonso.castillo@newsday.com

 

Mike Mondo began his wrestling career in a rusted garage inside a Hicksville shopping center at age 18. By the time he was 23, he was working for WWE, had won the world tag team championship, was featured in a memorable WrestleMania bout and was working with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple-H and Ric Flair.

Now, at 30, the former Spirit Squad member’s wrestling career has come full circle.

 

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Ex-wrestling star Madusa brings Monster Jam to Izod Center

By JOSH STEWART  josh.stewart@newsday.com

 

Former pro wrestler Madusa sums up her many career incarnations with the simple explanation, “I don’t do things easy.”

Her martial arts-inspired style during stints in pro wrestling’s major organizations in the 1980s and ’90s resembled what people see today in the octagon much more than the squared circle. Far from a gimmick, she cut her teeth for the wrestling ring by taking some all-too-real blows studying Muay Thai in Japan and Thailand.

 

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Jim Ross talks WWE departure, CM Punk ahead of one-man show

By JOSH STEWART

 

Jim Ross’ boyhood heroes were fellow Oklahomans Will Rogers and Mickey Mantle. The irony in idolizing a playwright and a sports icon, then earning legendary status in the profession that combines both — pro wrestling — is hard to ignore.

But there’s a different throughline that Ross observes.

 

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