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Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Happy 15th Birthday, Tna!

Happy 15th birthday Tna! Impact Wrestling! Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Bonanza – whatever name you’re going by this week. The promotion celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday, which was founded on June 19th, 2002.

15 years! On July 2nd we celebrate with #Slamm15 on Pay Per View. Thanks to all our great fans for making this possible.

— Impact Wrestling (@Impactwrestling) June 19, 2017

For all the criticism Tna gets, they provided a vital mainstream alternative to WWE throughout the 00s, and – for better or worse – it was the promotion that gave us Aj Styles, some of the best matches of Kurt Angle’s career, Bully Ray, Beer Money, Broken Matt Hardy and more.

Their 15th anniversary present to themselves? Financial cost cutting!

PWInsider are reporting that backstage producers Al Snow, Simon
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WWE planning Broken Hardys gimmick, former WWE star passes away – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

The Hardy Boyz might be taking on Sheamus and Cesaro at Payback, but first, Matt must defeat Karl Ander Son – that is to say, the son of Karl Anderson – for the tag team titles, as the Good Brother tweeted:

My 5 year old trying to steal the tag title back from @Matthardybrand ..

"I'll get it Daddy since you couldn't reach it on the ladder"

Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) April 17, 2017

But the tag team title belt isn’t the only thing being pulled in two different directions.

Matt and Jeff Hardy’s WWE return, while super nostalgic, has been slightly awkward. After completely reinventing his career in Tna with the wildly successful Broken gimmick, Matt hasn’t been able to continue his Brilliance in WWE because of a legal dispute over who actually owns
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Total Nonstop Deletion

I have just finished watching the most insanely beautiful two hours of television I think I will ever see. From Total Nonstop Action, Impact Wrestling presents Total Nonstop Deletion!

The wrestling industry is filled with stories of organizations who, when their backs were against the wall, thought of the craziest things they could imagine in the hopes of bringing back their audience. During 1996 to 1997, the WWE was trailing their competitor WCW in the ratings, almost getting to the point where the company went bankrupt. Yet after changing the tone of the show from a family friendly enterprise to cutting edge, adult material, they were able to quickly close the gap and eventually win what was called the Monday Night War.

Fast forward to 2016. The Tna organization has had some ups and downs that would have sunk countless companies before them. With money woes that have seen the company get sued many times over,
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WWE are bringing back the Cruiserweight Division to Raw

As well as the announcement of the new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon also announced that the Cruiserweight Division would be returning to the company.

However, unlike its last run in WWE, the Cruiserweight Division will be exclusive to Raw and not Smackdown.

The announcement comes off the back of the successful debut of the Cruiserweight Classic, which is currently airing exclusively on the WWE Network. The show is presented very differently to the current WWE product and is more evocative of Mma, which could be transferred over to Raw.

This also builds on the rumours that WWE have signed several of the competitors in the tournament, including Roh’s Cedric Alexander and New Japan’s Kota Ibushii.

See Also: WWE Cruiserweight Classic – Week 1 Review

The Cruiserweight Division began life in World Championship Wrestling and was a platform for the likes of Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr.
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Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler

Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler
The professional wrestling world is in mourning today, after news broke last night that Joanie Laurer, best known as WWE Superstar Chyna, passed away at the age of 45. We showed you a number of social media posts that came in last night, from pro wrestlers past and present, paying tribute to this squared circle icon. As the news continued to spread, even more wrestlers paid their respects through social media, as you can see in the several tweets we've gathered below.

The former wrestler's manager told E! News last night that "she was found peacefully," and police couldn't find any signs of foul play. Authorities were called to Chyna's apartment in Redondo Beach, California on Wednesday afternoon, after a friend discovered she was not breathing. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Ever since debuting in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF
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Chyna Dies at 45: Fellow Wrestlers Mourn WWE Legend – 'Shattered Glass Ceilings, Kicked Down Doors, Broke Gender Barriers'

Chyna Dies at 45: Fellow Wrestlers Mourn WWE Legend – 'Shattered Glass Ceilings, Kicked Down Doors, Broke Gender Barriers'
WWE legend Chyna, real name Joanie Laurer, quite literally packed a punch – and her peers will never forget it.

The iconic WWE wrestler, who died at age 45 on Wednesday, was an original member of D-Generation X, partnering with other wrestling stars like Triple H and Sean Michaels. After her time in the ring, Laurer posed for Playboy and appeared on reality series The Surreal Life, which documented her struggle with alcohol.

Fellow female praised her as a "revolutionary" trailblazer who "shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors and broke gender barriers."

Other costars paid tribute to her humanity. "I will always
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WWE Star Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer Dead at 45

WWE Star Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer Dead at 45
Former WWE star Joanie "Chyna" Laurer has died. She was 45.

Laurer's team confirmed the news in a written statement shared on her website and Twitter on Wednesday.

#RipChynaall of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.


Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016

"It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero," the statement read. "Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away, She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.
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20 Secret Highlights Of WCW That WWE Won’t Tell You About

World Championship Wrestling has been dead and buried for nigh on fifteen years now, and its corpse has been mined repeatedly for DVD sets, retro t-shirts, and premium video game Dlc.

WWE has never been afraid to tell us about their departed rival, but their version of WCW history is skewed to say the least. We hear about Goldberg, the nWo, and maybe the cruiserweights, because that’s what WCW was doing during the period they were beating WWE, but there’s literal decades of strange, wonderful wrestling that barely rates a mention according to them.

This list goes beyond the obvious, and well as outside WCW’s most successful periods, to paint a more accurate portrait of what was once one of the greatest promotions on Earth.

20. WCW’s Musical Renaissance – 1999-2000

After 1999, it became harder and harder to find things to like in WCW.
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7 Things You Should Know About WWE Royal Rumble 2006

There were heavy hearts for WWE fans heading into the 2006 Royal Rumble because of the death of beloved former WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero, who tragically died of a heart attack two months earlier.

Even though Eddie was no longer with us, his name was uttered endlessly in the build up to the match mostly because of his good friend Rey Mysterio was a favorite in the match. Eddie had a long feud with Rey in 2005, but after Eddie’s death WWE had no problem in saying that Rey was one of his closest friends. While everybody else was also mourning Eddie’s death, Rey was wearing “Eg” armbands in tribute to his fallen friend.

This was a period in WWE where they were in a bit of a funk. There aren’t too many Royal Rumble matches where the Rumble match isn’t on last, but this is one of them.
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Interview With Michael Kingston: Creator Of Headlocked

Michael Kingston is a lifelong comic book and wrestling fan. In the past, various writers have attempted to create comics that mixed the two genres, but failed in spectacular fashion. In Headlocked: The Last Territory, though, Kingston creates a realistic hero in Mike Hartman who we follow on a journey in the unforgiving business. Filled with emotion and a clear passion from its writer, Headlocked is the most realistic portrayal of wrestling in the graphic novel form to date.

For his upcoming sequel Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 2, we follow the continuation of Hartman’s story. Kingston has taken to Kickstarter once more to raise the funds necessary to produce the book. Teaming up with him again is wrestling legend Jerry Lawler who will be providing the cover artwork. Also joining on the project in the role of guest creators are Booker T, Rob Van Dam, A.J. Styles, John Morrison,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sean O’Haire

When wrestling fans get all liquored up and talk smack to each other about the WWF/WWE’s most ridiculous wasted opportunities, there are a fair few that surface again and again. Shane HelmsDrew McIntyre… the Nexus… and, riding high at the top of so many lists, the late Sean O’Haire, who died this past Monday 8th September at the terribly young age of 43.

Born Sean Christopher Haire, the 6 foot 6 inch powerhouse debuted in WCW in 2000 after graduating from the company’s training programme at their development facility The Power Plant, and nailed the WCW tag titles with partner Mark Jindrak only three months later, a title he’d on to hold three times with both Jindrak and later Chuck Palumbo.

O’Haire was green and full of himself, but he could go. More than that, he was a contender: big, incredibly strong, with a fantastic look and,
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WWE Superstar Darren Young Reveals That He Is Gay

TMZ recently caught up with Darren Young at Lax Airport and asked if it was possible for a gay man to succeed in the WWE. Darren Young responded with, “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy”

Darren Young coming out makes him the first openly gay, contracted WWE superstar of all time. The announcement also makes him the first openly gay superstar from a major professional wrestling organisation. It was a very brave decision and a very bold one and Darren deserves a lot of credit for doing this.

Several WWE and wresting personalities commented on Darren’s big announcement.

Stephanie McMahon: “Congratulations to @DarrenYoungWWE for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar!”

John Cena: “I know Darren personally. Darren’s a great guy.

WWE Suspend Randy Orton For 60 Days After Drug Failure has announced that “The Viper” Randy Orton has been suspended for 60 days following his second violation of the WWE Talent Wellness policy. The suspension was effective as of Wednesday and he will now miss the next two months of WWE touring, which includes June’s WWE No Way Out pay-per-view and July’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

The official WWE website didn’t go into much detail and mentioned his suspension with the following;

Stamford, Conn. – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended Randy Orton for 60 days effective today for his second violation of the company’s policy.

Failing the WWE Talent Wellness policy basically means he was taking a substance he shouldn’t have been, similarly the reason why Rey Mysterio is also currently suspended. WWE superstars are suspended 30 days for their first violation, 60 days for their second and usually the third suspension means they are fired.
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R-Truth Injury Update From Last Night’s WWE Raw

During the Six-Pack Challenge main event on last night’s WWE Raw SuperShow, a spot between R-Truth and The Miz was botched, leaving R-Truth being assisted to the back and forced out of the match early. The moment occurred when R-Truth attempted an over-the-top-rope somersault plancha onto The Miz but he failed to stop his fall being broken. R-Truth landed on his back onto the matted floor, causing his head to whip and it looked like he was seriously injured.

During the commercial break, R-Truth was led backstage and when the show returned the announce team informed that the medical staff said he was unable to continue competing.

Following last night’s Raw, Joey Styles got on Twitter and said R-Truth was fine and thankfully did not suffer any injuries.

He wrote, “Breaking News! Somehow, @RonKillings is Ok and has no injuries after flipping over the top rope, missing @MikeTheMiz and hitting the floor.
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Ex-wwe Star Investigated for DUI After Bloody Crash

  • TMZ
Former WWE superstar Shane Helms -- aka "The Hurricane" -- is at the center of a drunk driving investigation after a Brutal motorcycle crash on Thursday that left him and his girlfriend broken and battered. According to the police report obtained by TMZ ... a witness told cops Helms was driving home from a restaurant in Smithfield, North Carolina around 9:15 Pm -- with his Gf on the bike -- when he blew through a stop sign,
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