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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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A last goodbye and thanks to Shuhei Aoki
By PATRIC LAPRADE - SLAM! Wrestling
The deaths that you less expect are usually the ones that will shock you the most. That is certainly the case when I learned about the passing of a super fan, Shuhei Aoki.
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Shuhei Aoki was a super fan -- and a super friend

Mat Matters: Is it time for a new WWE CEO?
By MATTHEW BYER - SLAM! Wrestling
With this past week’s announcement of World Wrestling Entertainment releasing 11 people from its roster added to the already horrendous drop in the WWE's stock price by almost 50%; reports that Vince McMahon personally lost over $750 million dollars over the last few months; the market’s disappointment in WWE’s new U.S. television deal; and the number of WWE Network subscribers being stuck at 667,287 which is quite far off the reported 1.5 million subscribers needed for it to break even; questions are being asked about the company’s direction.
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Mat Matters: Reflections on one year writing about wrestling
By CALEB SMITH - SLAM! Wrestling
My first year as a wrestling journalist has been exciting for this long-time fan of professional wrestling. When you get to meet your childhood heroes, wrestling legends, and the up-and-comers in the sport, it certainly is a rush.
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Mat Matters: Temporarily shelving the YES! Movement IS what's best for business
By MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling
The good news for wrestling fans is that current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan underwent successful neck surgery on May 15. The bad news is that we have no idea how long he'll be out of action. And as much as I hate to say this, but I agree with Stephanie McMahon that Bryan surrendering the title next week would be best for business.
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Seeing old friends story of ROH Global Wars
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
TORONTO - Ring of Honor rolled into Toronto on Saturday night, for the killer co-iPPV with New Japan Pro Wrestling entitled Global Wars. As great as the show was -- and exhausting -- what I like about the ROH shows is the camaraderie.
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'Can you do timeouts?' A WWE show through virgin eyes
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
TORONTO - If I had to guess, I'd estimate that I've been to more than 150 WWE events over the years, so it was refreshing to bring a couple of neophytes to the live event Friday night at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum and experience the spectacle through their eyes.
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The Canadiens are the Daniel Bryan of the NHL Playoffs
By MATTHEW BYER - SLAM! Wrestling
With the elimination of the Maple Leafs, Senators, and Canucks, NHL fans are left for the first time since 1973 with only one Canadian NHL team in the National Hockey League playoffs: the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were also the last Canadian team to bring home the Stanley Cup, in 1993. Are there parallels between Montreal and the WWE? A hearty Yes!
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Mat Matters: The Streak was about Mark Calaway's legacy
By JOHN POWELL - SLAM! Wrestling
In three seconds, a 21-year legacy was gone. Besides perhaps the infamous Montreal Screw Job or Hulk Hogan joining the now at Bash at the Beach in 1996, last night's conclusion to the Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania 30 will go down in history as perhaps the most surprising finish ever to a wrestling bout, ever.
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Rise of younger talent an indication that WrestleMania should have less part-timers
By MATTHEW BYER - SLAM! Wrestling
For the last couple of years WWE’s WrestleMania pay-per-view event has had many of the more prominent spots on the card dominated by wrestlers who only perform part-time. While there’s little doubt that Triple H, The Rock, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho and others remain popular with fans the amount of time devoted to them on the biggest card of the year may be detrimental to WWE in the long term.
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RECENT HEADLINES
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Jan 30 ... Bryan's rise, Punk's departure put WWE at crossroads

Jan 27 ... Mat Matters: Has WWE management lost all touch with reality?!?

Jan 22 ... Royal Rumble bout always brings excitement and surprises

Jan 18 ... Young vs old Doctor Who debate can learn from pro wrestling

Jan 10 ... Mat Matters: WWE continues to change the landscape

Jan 1 ... Will Batista’s WWE return be a boon or a bust?

Dec 23 ... Mat Matters: In praise of the wrestling wives

Dec 8 ... Remembering Gary Howard, one of our own

Nov 21 ... Me and Mad Dog Vachon


Do you think Spike TV cancelling TNA Impact Wrestling will be the end of the promotion?
  Absolutely
  Not sure
  TNA will carry on


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

The rib that shrunk Johnny Canuck

A last goodbye and thanks to Shuhei Aoki


SLAM! Wrestling Editorial Cartoon