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Exclusive Portrait: Chyna of World Wrestling Federation Fame Dies at 45

21 April 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Redondo Beach, Calif. – She was an actress, model, bodybuilder and even adult film star, but Chyna – Aka Joanie Laurer – will always be remembered as the “Ninth Wonder of the World” during her undefeated reign as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Woman’s Champion and gender crossover WWF Intercontinental Champion. She was found dead on April 20th, 2016, in her Redondo Beach (California) home at the age of 45.

WWF Legend Chyna in Chicagoland, November 21st, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Chyna was born in upstate New York, and graduated college in 1992 with a major in Spanish Literature. After a stint in the Peace Corps, she jumped around in a number of jobs, while competing in bodybuilding competitions. After joining a training facility, her first wrestling gig occurred in 1995, and joined the WWF in 1997.

Her schtick became wrestling against men, and she became the first woman to qualify for »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Major Gfw Controversy! New WWE Signings! – WrestleTalk News

13 April 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

In today’s WrestleTalk News, major controversy surrounding Gfw’s latest venture, Balls Mahoney passes away and WWE announces a new batch of signings…

Major Gfw Controversy

Our top story today is the major online reaction many fans and wrestling news outlets have had towards Global Force Wrestling’s controversial latest endeavour.

First, before we start, let me give you a bit of background on Global Force Wrestling, because it’s quite a confusing story.

The promotion was first founded by Jeff Jarrett back in 2014. At the time, Jarrett was still a minority investor in Tna and the idea was that Global Force would be a worldwide coalition of different promotions all coming together under one banner.

Back then, Jarrett announced “strategic partnerships” with a number of promotions from all over the world, »

- Oli Davis

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9 Things That Should Have Happened On WCW’s Final Nitro

29 March 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Verbally tearing right through men like Ted Turner, Buff Bagwell and Jeff Jarrett, Vince McMahon appeared to be having an absolute blast on the March 26, 2001 edition of Raw Is War. Complete with a wholly smug grin, the WWF’s head honcho opened up a simulcast between Raw and WCW’s Monday Nitro, declaring that he was appearing on the rival show because he had, in fact, purchased World Championship Wrestling.

Whilst news didn’t travel quite as fast back then in 2001 as it does now, many in the wrestling community were already aware that McMahon had purchased 24 talent contracts, the WCW tape library and numerous WCW trademarks for around $2.5 million by the time Nitro and Raw hit the air. Still, it was quite the shock to see Vince callously declare that the fate of WCW was now in his hands.

Later, WCW would sadly become a mere pawn »

- Jamie Kennedy

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Tna In Talks With Potential Investor

28 March 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Following news earlier this year that parent company Panda Energy International was looking to sell part of the rights to Tna Entertainment, LLC, The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer is reporting that a serious party with an interest in investing has emerged.

A sticking point between the two sides, however, is that the potential buyer wants an estimated 55% of the wrestling promotion, while Tna President Dixie Carter wants Panda to maintain majority control.

Tna was founded in 2002 by Jeff and Jerry Jarrett, who used a weekly PPV model to air company programming rather than getting a television deal. This proved to be financially unsuccessful, and when a key investor pulled out only months after the company formed, Tna looked to be doomed. In October of 2002, Carter convinced her parents, the owners of Panda Energy, to invest in Tna, and the Carters bought a 71% share in the promotion. Since then, »

- Scott Fried

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20 Worst Wrestlers In Tna History

23 March 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I was, as I’m sure many of you reading this were, once a big fan of Tna wrestling. I was first introduced to Tna during the ‘Asylum’ years, when Tna taped weekly pay-per-views at the Nashville fairgrounds. Although some of it was pure trash, I was drawn to the cutting-edge X Division action and a few familiar faces from the past, such as Jeff Jarrett and Ken Shamrock.

I then watched as Tna organically grew, moving on to getting a TV deal and taping at Universal Studios. In 2005/06, I genuinely believed that Tna had the potential to become very successful and actually (at one point) felt as though Tna had a far more exciting roster of talent.

Guys like Samoa Joe, Aj Styles, Christopher Daniels, Abyss, Lax, Monty Brown and then Christian, Rhyno and Kurt Angle and co. really made you want to watch the product from week to week. »

- Lewis Howse

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xv

23 March 2016 2:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly vs. ‘Badd Ass’ Billy Gunn (Triple Threat Hardcore Match)

WWF Tag Title Match: D’Lo Brown & Test w/Ivory vs. Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart w/Debra

Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean (Brawl For All Match)

The Big Show vs. Mankind (Win by Dq)

Ic Title Match: Road Dogg vs. Val Venis vs. Goldust vs. Ken Shamrock (Fatal 4-Way)

Triple H vs. Kane

WWF Women’s Title Match: Tori vs. Sable

European Title Match: Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac

Big Boss Man vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer (Hell in a Cell Match)

WWF Title Match: The Rock vs. ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin


The Attitude Era was the most successful period that professional wrestling has ever seen. What some tend to »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania XI

17 March 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Lex Luger & The British Bulldogs vs. The Blu Brothers w/Zebekiah

Ic Title Match: Jeff Jarrett w/The Roadie vs. Razor Ramon w/1-2-3 Kid (Win by Dq)

The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. King Kong Bundy w/Ted Dibiase

WWF Tag Title Match: Yokozuna & Owen Hart w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji vs. The Smoking Guns

Bob Backlund vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (I Quit Match)

WWF Title Match: Diesel w/Pamela Anderson vs. Shawn Michaels w/Sid & Jenny McCarthy

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor


For the second time on the annals of WrestleMania history, the WWF Title Match is wrongfully relegated from the main event. At ‘Mania VIII, promotions premier title was bumped down the card to make way for Hulk Hogan and Sid… »

- Jackson Ball

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TV News Roundup: Sarah Hyland Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ More Pilot Casting

2 March 2016 3:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s news roundup, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland is ready for some “Dirty Dancing,” while pilot season is ramping up with much more casting. 

Casting News:

Sarah Hyland has been cast in the ABC musical event “Dirty Dancing,” Variety has learned. The “Modern Family” star will play Lisa Houseman, the older sister to Abigail Breslin’s Baby. While spending summer vacation in the Catskill Mountains, Lisa falls for the womanizing waiter Robbie.

Peter Facinelli and Kim Raver have joined Fox’s unconventional medical drama pilot “Zoobiquity.” The project will draw from the book of the same name, following Dr. Kara Martins (Marsha Thomason), a cardiologist who partners with a socially challenged veterinarian to pioneer cross-species medicine. Facinelli, who is currently appearing in CBS’ “Supergirl,” will play vet Dr. Lucas Court. Raver will play the hospital’s chief of medicine, Dr. Julia Fowler. The pilot will be directed by »

- Jacob Bryant

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10 Huge Mistakes Tna Copied From WCW

26 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To go from being the biggest wrestling promotion in the world for 84 consecutive weeks, to getting bought out by your bitterest rivals, takes a lot of mistakes. But such was the story of WCW.

With all the screw ups and major blunders of its last couple of years, you’d think that any new company coming along in their wake would seem them as a cautionary tale. Doing absolutely anything to avoid repeating the same errors in judgement that led to AOL Time Warner taking them off television and throwing them on the wrestling scrapheap.

In 2002, Jerry and Jeff Jarrett unveiled their new promotion, Tna, which they hoped would attract the millions of wrestling fans who used to watch WCW, but had since slipped away from wrestling completely. Eventually, Panda Energy took control of Tna, and Dixie Carter would come in and run the company. They’re still around today, »

- Kenny McIntosh

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11 Talented Wrestlers Who Felt Forced To Quit WWE

17 February 2016 2:59 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In June, Wade Barrett will be done with WWE unless there’s drastic changes. He’s reportedly not happy with how he’s being pushed, and who could blame him? He has the look, the in-ring skills and the poise of a main event talent. Hell, the man Did main event mutliple pay-per-views in 2010. But that was six years ago, and his current incarnation as King Barrett means almost nothing to the company.

Unless there’s something big we don’t know about Barrett behind-the-scenes, then this is all on WWE. For a company starving for top stars, they’ve given him so many start-and-stop pushes that it’s maddening to watch, let alone live through. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a great talent has felt forced out of the company. Sure, they could stay employed for years, watching others leapfrog them on the roster, or »

- Andrew Soucek

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