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Mat Matters: WWE in Toronto leads to a host of questions
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
TORONTO - In its arrogance, WWE leaves way too many questions unanswered, especially for, say, an eight-year-old son of a long-time wrestling reporter who has seen it all by now. WWE was in Toronto Saturday night for a rollicking sold-out show at the Ricoh Coliseum, a mid-range venue with probably 8,000 fans shoehorned into the arena.
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God bless Tito Carreon
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Tito Carreon might just be the nicest guy I've ever met in pro wrestling, and learning of his passing Sunday night makes me sad -- just as it made him sad sometimes to put pen to paper, and draw caricatures of some of his friends from the past.
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Mat Matters: Bring those damn Dudleys back, dammit!
By JOHN POWELL - SLAM! Wrestling
D-Von, get the bookers some common sense! What I remember best about The Dudley Boyz isn't them cutting one of those sly R-rated promos in ECW. It isn't them putting some poor slob through a table. It isn't their feuds with Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz, The Gangstas, The Steiner Brothers or your pick of any of the best tag teams past or present. The thing I remember the most is how Bubba Ray Dudley saved the day.
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Holiday house show helps make a new WWE fan
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling
Imagine for a second that you’re eight years old again. You’re curious about pro wrestling, but you’ve never seen it except for the occasional glimpses you’ve seen on TV, almost always in passing. Your younger brother already shows signs of becoming a fan, and your dad has written about wrestling for years. You claim that you’re not that interested, but your family knows you’re always a little more attentive to it than you let on. What could help cement your interest in sports entertainment? Would second row tickets to a WWE house show help?
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Mat Matters: Big year for big stories
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
The year 2014 is in the books and with the rollover of December 31 to January 1 came the inevitable reflection on the years biggest stories; and this year more than any other in recent memory had big ones. Really big ones.
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Memories of Frank Parker, Maritimes referee extraordinaire
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
With the passing of Frank Parker on Saturday, after a long battle with cancer, it's worth praising both the man and the often-overlooked importance of the referee in the success in a wrestling match -- and behind the scenes.
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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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RECENT HEADLINES
Oct 22 ... Why Ox Baker was at my wedding and other memories

Oct 13 ... Reflections on the Cowboy

Oct 8 ... A 'lovely' trip with 'Rotten' Reggie and 'King Kong' Mosca

Sep 26 ... Arda Ocal, er, Kyle Edwards, most deserving of WWE announcing gig

Sep 15 ... Clawmaster Zordani was a key part of the historian community

Aug 28 ... Why I run Titans in Toronto

Aug 22 ... Mat Matters: How often should Brock Lesnar defend his title?

Aug 13 ... Poll turns SummerSlam thoughts upside down

Aug 12 ... The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

Jul 28 ... Mat Matters: Does Spike cutting TNA mean the end of the line?


Brock Lesnar has re-signed with WWE for another couple of years. This makes you ...
  Thrilled! Brock rules!
  Disappointed. I wanted him back in UFC.
  Ambivalent.


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Johnny Gargano: 'This is my moment'

The Kimber Lee/Chris Dickinson video and Why are you wrestling?

Mat Matters: WWE in Toronto leads to a host of questions


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