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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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Mat Matters: How often should Brock Lesnar defend his title?
By MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling
Now that Brock Lesnar completely destroyed John Cena at SummerSlam to become a four-time WWE Champion, the question of how often will Lesnar defend his title comes into play. Even before the PPV took place, Brock’s advocate, Paul Heyman, said he believed this title needed to be defended much less often. As much as I hate to say it, I do believe fewer WWE championship matches would be best for business.
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Poll turns SummerSlam thoughts upside down
By MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling
With SummerSlam rapidly approaching, it's too late for the WWE to change course for this month's PPV. But when talking about the interest of the current WWE storylines, is the WWE promoting the right ones? We asked SLAM! Wrestling readers to give their opinion about which ones they are most enjoying at the moment and the answers may surprise you. I know I was surprised.
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The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…
By JUSTIN COUSINEAU - Chinlock.com
The day has finally arrived where the WWE Network debuts worldwide including, arguably, it’s second biggest market, and neighbour to the north, Canada. While the WWE Network has been available through alternate means, in Canada and worldwide, since it launched in February 2014, today is the first day it has become available for Canadians to subscribe to the Network, in an official manner. Well, sort of.
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Mat Matters: Does Spike cutting TNA mean the end of the line?
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Earlier today, TMZ reported that SpikeTV has let TNA Wrestling know that it is cutting Impact from its broadcast schedule, effective this coming October. Now this would not necessarily be a concern for a company in good standing whose product could easily be sold to another network, but this is not healthy times for TNA.
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RECENT HEADLINES
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Jun 20 ... Mat Matters: Is it time for a new WWE CEO?

Jun 14 ... Mat Matters: Reflections on one year writing about wrestling

May 22 ... Mat Matters: Temporarily shelving the YES! Movement IS what's best for business

May 11 ... Seeing old friends story of ROH Global Wars

Apr 26 ... 'Can you do timeouts?' A WWE show through virgin eyes

Apr 13 ... The Canadiens are the Daniel Bryan of the NHL Playoffs

Apr 7 ... Mat Matters: The Streak was about Mark Calaway's legacy

Mar 26 ... Rise of younger talent an indication that WrestleMania should have less part-timers

Feb 9 ... Mat Matters: Why the WWE Network is a gamble


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Why Ox Baker was at my wedding and other memories

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