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Mat Matters: Old man ranting
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Forgive me if you have heard some of these complaints before, but I need to get some of them off my chest after attending the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs ... and Stairs pay-per-view in Cleveland.
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Mat Matters: Scorecards are in favor of Punk and UFC
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Saturday night marked a major announcement in the world of mixed martial arts. Phil "CM Punk" Brooks officially announced his transition to the UFC after a more than one decade long run in professional wrestling.
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UFC, internet abuzz after CM Punk’s decision
CM Punk finds new cage to call home in UFC

Mat Matters: How to fix the WWE
By JOHN POWELL - SLAM! Wrestling
Even the most die-hard fan of the WWE knows full well the federation has been on a downswing for quite some time. There’s no sense of positive momentum. The ratings are lacklustre. The mediocre product has only shown glimpses of greatness over the last year. The WWE is floundering when it comes to the quality of their television and pay-per-view offerings.
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Who we picked for the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2015
By STEVE JOHNSON and GREG OLIVER - SLAM! Wrestling
Each year, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote in the new members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Many of the scribes take a moment to write a column about who they selected and why. Selection to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, NY, are set up similarly, with noted wrestlers and historians voting on the choices for that year. So here are our thoughts on who we voted for -- and why, along with a note about who was actually elected.
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Why Ox Baker was at my wedding and other memories
By CHRISTINE COONS - SLAM! Wrestling
It all started with an action figure. In 1999, my husband Mike and I met Ox Baker at an appearance at a local car dealership. Mike had customized an action figure in the likeness of Ox to give to him and needed Ox to sign his George Napolitano books. The figure and autographs weren't the only things exchanged that day. Phone numbers and ideas were shared and a close friendship began.
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Reflections on the Cowboy
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Cowboy Bob Kelly might just be the absolute nicest person I've ever met in almost three decades writing about professional wrestling. Naturally, there's a tendency to eulogize when someone like Kelly passes, but I know I would have said the same thing if you'd asked me a week ago when he was still with us.
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A 'lovely' trip with 'Rotten' Reggie and 'King Kong' Mosca
By CALEB SMITH - SLAM! Wrestling
For the recent Titans in Toronto dinner, this long-time fan was tasked with driving Angelo Mosca and Reggie Love to and from the event. Talk about an adventure!
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Arda Ocal, er, Kyle Edwards, most deserving of WWE announcing gig
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
"Who the hell is Arda Ocal?" That's a question I asked many times during my stint as the colour commentator for the now-defunct Ontario promotion BSE / MaxPro Wrestling. As Ocal was the ring announcer and public face of BSE/MaxPro, mockingly dismissing him through that question was an easy way to position myself as the heel behind the mic and get a cheap laugh. And though our on-screen dynamic was portrayed as adversarial and antagonistic, behind the scenes, Ocal was -- and is -- a good friend of mine. So it was with a lot of joy that I learned that he has landed his dream job as an announcer for WWE.
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Clawmaster Zordani was a key part of the historian community
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
The name Jim Zordani won't mean anything to most wrestling fans; even his online handle of Clawmaster won't ring many bells. But to wrestling historians, Zordani's death on Friday at the age of 50 is a kick to the gut.
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Why I run Titans in Toronto
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Breathe deep, Greg. Less than a month to go. The sixth Titans in Toronto event is almost here, and I'm at once excited, worried, stressed, impatient, and wistful. There are times that I wonder why I am doing this. Again.
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