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WWE and Rogers solidify relationship until 2024 -- and bring Network to Canada
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
On a day that it was releasing its second quarter results for 2014, World Wrestling Entertainment also announced a 10-year deal with Rogers Communications in Canada that would keep WWE programming on Rogers property Sportsnet 360 (formerly The Score) and distribute WWE Network in Canada -- eventually.

Mick Foley rocks one-man show and a fanny pack
By JIM SLOTEK - Toronto Sun
Yes, hes playing comedy clubs. And hes one of the funniest people to ever step into a ring. But wrestling legend Mick Foley balks at being billed as a comedian.

Main Event: Ambrose goes toe-to-toe with Del Rio
Dean Ambrose is a man with a full plate as of late. Embroiled in a rivalry with "Mr. Money in the Bank" Seth Rollins, Ambrose has been taking on all comers despite constant attacks from his rival and his partners in The Authority. Tonight on WWE Main Event, Ambrose takes on Alberto Del Rio. Plus, WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos are in action! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

Batista cried upon landing Guardians of the Galaxy role
By STEVE TILLEY - Toronto Sun
It takes a big man to admit that its OK to cry. Fortunately, Dave Bautista is a very, very big man. The hulking WWE superstar and mixed martial artist has wanted few things in his career as badly as he yearned for the role of Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel space opera Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theatres Aug. 1.

Nakanoue learning his character in Atlantic Grand Prix
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
WRESTLE-1's Yasufumi Nakanoue is currently on his first North American tour, working for Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling in Canada's Maritime provinces, and is enjoying it so far.

Raw: A Divas storyline carries the night - really
I usually write these reports, including the opening paragraph, in the present tense. I'm going to make an exception tonight to say this: a feud between two females was the best thing about Raw from Houston, and I can't remember the last time I could say that. See what I mean by reading on - it was live from the Toyota Center on USA.

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.

Former wrestler Buff Bagwell is doing porn: Report
His finishing move during his time in World Championship Wrestling was the Buff Blockbuster. A report now indicates former WCW star Buff Bagwell might be set to produce a blockbuster of a much different brand.

The Destroyer goes over the edge for charity
By CALEB SMITH - SLAM! Wrestling
NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Destroyer Dick Beyer has done and seen many things in his 84 years on this planet including winning the world wrestling championship. On Friday, July 25th, the Destroyer donned his trade mark white mask with red ribbing and his white wrestling boots to conquer one more obstacle -- he rappelled 27 stories down the side of the Niagara Falls' Seneca Casino to raise money for the Special Olympics of New York.

Road trip for a friend: A weekend at the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame
By HERB SIMMONS - For SLAM! Wrestling
As I travelled down the highway to Waterloo, Iowa, I had many miles to reflect back on the reason I was making this trip to the National Wrestling Hall OF Fame, Dan Gable Museum -- my dearest friend Mr. Larry Matysik was being honored by the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame.
Steiners headline Tragos/Thesz induction weekend

Jul 27 ... ECW final days shoot falls slightly short of Justin Credible

Jul 25 ... SmackDown: Reigns rebounds against Del Rio

Jul 25 ... NXT: Former BFFs face off as Charlotte defends title against Summer Rae

Jul 25 ... WWE star Daniel Bryan interrupts robbery

Jul 25 ... Book by Texas ref James Beard impartially entertaining

Jul 24 ... Impact: Team Dixie grows to take out ECW vets

Jul 24 ... All-Star bringing out of the Vancouver legends

Jul 23 ... WWE Main Event: Swagger looks for revenge against Rusev

Jul 23 ... The rib that shrunk Johnny Canuck

Jul 23 ... Cuban Assassin #2 goes full circle in 25-year career

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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

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