WWE.com presents: “The True Story of the Curtain Call”

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The footage makes you appreciate just how far technology has come since May 19, 1996. Had it happened today, a hundred iPhones would have captured the moment in high-definition from every conceivable angle. Instead, it exists as a single shaky video clip shot from a handheld camcorder somewhere in the mezzanines of Madison Square Garden.

It shows four men in a WWE ring surrounded by a blue steel cage. The quality is sketchy and the colors bleed, but the figures of Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Triple H — enemies in the ring, but 4/5ths of the backstage collective known as The Kliq (along with Sean Waltman) off-screen — are somehow unmistakable. One day later, Hall and Nash will exit WWE and head to WCW where they will start The Monday Night War as generals in The New World Order. But, tonight, they celebrate in front of an appreciative crowd as longtime friends in an act that is both a touching show of camaraderie and, in the eyes of many traditionalists, an unforgiveable insult to sports-entertainment convention.

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Online World of Wrestling is pleased to welcome Sergeant Slaughter into its Hall of Fame!

Slaughter HOFOnline World of Wrestling is pleased to welcome Sergeant Slaughter into its Hall of Fame! Slaughter had an amazing career and his inclusion into the OWW Hall of Fame is long overdue.

OWW’s editor-in-chief David Buckler wrote this tribute to Sergeant Slaughter:

From the time of his debut in 1972 until he retired in the 1992, Sergeant Slaughter was one of the real stars in professional wrestling. The American patriot had major success in the NWA, AWA, and the WWF. His feuds with Pat Patterson, Bob Backlund, Stan Hansen, Larry Zbyszko, and the Iron Sheik are legendary. Among his many championships, Sergeant Slaughter famously defeated the Ultimate Warrior in 1991 to win the WWF world title. He then headlined WrestleMania VII, losing the belt to Hulk Hogan. At his peak Sergeant Slaughter was so famous that a cartoon version of his character was incorporated into the G.I. Joe toy line, animated series, and comic books. Slaughter is currently working in the WWE’s front offices. It is our pleasure to welcome Sergeant Slaughter into the OWW Hall of Fame!

Newsday.com presents a WWE Network ‘Legends’ House’ preview by Josh Stewart

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Newsday.com presents a WWE Network ‘Legends’ House’ preview

WWE hall of famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper turned to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and with a regretful expression on his face asked, “A little stiff, huh?”

In the ’80s this line might have been muttered in the corner during some tag-team match in Altoona, Pa., the term “stiff” referring to nailing someone for real within the staged combat of pro wrestling.

But this time Piper and Duggan were conversing between bites of salad at Smith and Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan while watching a sneak preview of the new WWE Network series “Legends’ House” with media members. The series premieres Thursday at 8 p.m.

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PRESS RELEASE: ERIC YOUNG WINS TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON IMPACT WRESTLING

EricYoungTNA issued the following press release (courtesy of LordsofPain.net):

TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP CHANGES HANDS

ERIC YOUNG WINS TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON IMPACT WRESTLING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a surprising twist, professional wrestler, TNA Superstar, fantasy sports fanatic and Animal Planet star “Showtime” Eric Young (twitter: @ShowtimeEY) tonight became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, defeating reigning champion Magnus during an explosive episode of IMPACT WRESTLING. Airing weekly on Thursday at 9/8c on Spike TV and viewed by millions in more than 120 countries around the globe, IMPACT viewers were treated to an explosive episode with the return of President Dixie Carter after she lost control of wrestling operations more than a month ago and a 10-man gauntlet match for the #1 Contender’s spot resulting in Young’s win. Demanding that he face Magnus in the ring the same night, Young captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship after delivering the piledriver to the reining champ.

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Hitting the Ropes: Saying Good-bye to WrestleMania, New Orleans, the Streak,…and the Ultimate Warrior

HTR_3Hitting the Ropes: Saying Good-bye to WrestleMania, New Orleans, the Streak,…and the Ultimate Warrior

As I was flying home Monday morning from New Orleans, heading to Washington DC, I thought back on a memorable and thrilling WrestleMania weekend.  Most of my friends stayed in town to go to Monday Night Raw at the Smoothie Center.  The Raw after WrestleMania is always a great show; however I chose to skip it this year.  It was time for me to head home.  I’m 40 years old now and being away from my 2 young children is hard on the entire family.   My wife is nice enough to “let” me go to WrestleMania ever year but I need to be respectful and come home the next day.  So my yearly trip is now a few days shorter.  But honestly I’m not sure how much more excitement I could have handled.

New Orleans and WrestleMania XXX were collectively magnificent.

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ABC2news.com presents “Hardcore wrestling legend Mick Foley brings stand-up act to Baltimore” by Ron Snyder

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Mick Foley spent decades getting hit with steel chairs, tied up in barbed wire and diving 15 feet off of steel cages — all in an effort to send his fans home happy.

Foley, 48, garnered the moniker of a “hardcore legend” during his many years traveling the world as a professional wrestler. He eventually became one of the most well-known and respected wrestlers in the business and last year was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

It wasn’t until many years into his career that he learned he could entertain fans without putting his body – and possibly his life – on the line.

Through the years, Foley has evolved from professional wrestler to a multi-time, best-selling author, actor and stand-up comic/performer. His latest venture, a one-man show entitled, “Tales from Wrestling Past,” is coming to Maryland when he performs at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.

“I think I’ve shown through the years in the ring I could be funny,” Foley said. “My name gave me about a 10-minute grace period where people came because they knew who I was. It was up to me to keep them there passed that.”

Foley said while he felt natural performing in front of thousands of fans as a wrestler, it took time to hone his skills for his show.

“When I first started this about 4 ½ years ago, I used a lot of material that had nothing to do with wrestling. But I found it was like a classic rock group that tried to force new material down the fans’ throat when they really wanted to hear their greatest hits. I think I’ve struck that balance now where I weave wrestling and other subjects into my show.”

Foley, who was known to take a dozen chair shots in a match and even had part of his ear tore off in another, showed off his artistic side in 1999 when he released his autobiography, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. The book reached the topped the New York Times non-fiction best seller list for several weeks and started a trend of wrestlers releasing books.

In the years since, Foley wrote three more autobiographical books, four children’s fiction books and two fictional novels. The married father of four also went on to be very active in charitable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Former WWE and current TNA superstar MVP talks about CM Punk, the WWE, and much more

MVP 3Former WWE and current TNA superstar MVP talks about CM Punk, the WWE, and much more!

Bleacher Report and Ring Rust Radio had former WWE and current TNA superstar MVP on the show this week, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content and insight into the star’s TNA and WWE career, CM Punk’s situation, Lockdown, working in Japan and so much more!

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Slammiversary VIP Travel Packages are now available at ShopTNA.com

SlammniversarySlammiversary VIP Travel Packages are now available at ShopTNA.com!

Be part of the most fan-friendly experience in professional sports as you celebrate twelve years of TNA at Slammiversary XII, broadcast live around the globe from the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington on Sunday, June 15.

Lock in the best seats at the PPV and experience an unforgettable Slammiversary weekend hanging out with and getting to know your favorite IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars by purchasing a Travel Package, available now at ShopTNA.

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WWE.com presents: “Everything you need to know about The Streak”

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WWE.com presents: “Everything you need to know about The Streak”!

Twenty-one Superstars have tried, and all have failed to topple The Undertaker at WrestleMania. From Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka to “Mr. WrestleMania” Shawn Michaels to “The Cerebral Assassin” Triple H, The Phenom boasts the greatest record in The Show of Shows’ 30-year history. WWE Magazine explores how he towers over the competition on The Grandest Stage of Them All — beyond 21-0.

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