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Five Things You Didn’t Know Abut Corey Graves

It looks like we’re getting more Graves on WWE now that John Layfield’s stepped down. That’s exciting news for Graves and for a lot of Kinshasa fans because now we’ll be seeing the talented commentator and announcer on Smackdown Live as well. He’ll be giving up his post on 205 Live and Main Event, but we feel that this is a good move for both parties. We’ve compiled a few things you might not know about the wrestler-turned-commentator, and we think you’ll be surprised by most of them. 1. Graves was only 14 when he started professional training. That’s right.

Five Things You Didn’t Know Abut Corey Graves
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Mauro Ranallo Out As WWE Smackdown Live Announcer

Newsweek is reporting that Mauro Ranallo, announcer for WWE Smackdown Live as well as boxing and Mma organizations, has left the company. Last seen on WWE television on March 7th, speculation has run high as to the reason why Mauro had been off the air. Some speculated it was due to his bi-polar disorder, which Mauro has been open about. Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, one of the preeminent wrestling news organizations in the country, has been adamant since the story broke that the reason for Mauro leaving was due to bullying from Jbl. Citing the March 13 episode of Bring It To The Table, starring Peter Rosenberg, he cites that Jbl's verbal jabs at Mauro for winning the Best Announcer Award from the Wrestling Observer were cause for Mauro to leave. Mauro had this to say to Newsweek about his departure.

WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways.
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WWE announcer leaving Smackdown? Shocking backstage bullying stories in WWE… | WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in this twice-daily WrestleTalk column…

Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw will see the beginning of the Superstar Shake-Up, a mini draft where several wrestlers will be traded between the two brands. Reading the headline ‘WWE announcer leaving Smackdown?’ might make you think – oh great. I can’t wait to hear David Otunga on Raw. Unfortunately, this isn’t a worked story.

Mauro Ranallo hasn’t been on WWE TV since the 14th March episode of Smackdown. Initially, WWE blamed his absence on travel issues. When Mauro missed the following week’s Smackdown, WWE said he was ill. It’s since come out that Mauro has been off television because of depression, which both the Wrestling Observer and Ranallo’s close friend Bas Rutten have blamed on the reported bullying attitude of Jbl.

Ranallo has now updated his Twitter bio
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Shocking backstage WWE Aj Lee story, WWE star upset over Wrestlemania match

You might have noticed that despite running well over 19 hours, the Wrestlemania 33 broadcast never referred to the venue by its actual name – The Camping World Stadium. Which, admittedly, is a stupid name.

The most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting the funniest ‘Vince-ism’ of Wrestlemania weekend, where McMahon decided the Camping World Stadium name couldn’t be used, so everyone referred to the site by its old name, The Citrus Bowl. For once, I’m actually on Vince’s side there.

Also according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, a six-man Cruiserweight match was scheduled for Wrestlemania, with the competitors even being present backstage, but they were told just hours before the event that they weren’t going to be used. It could be worse. They could’ve been put in the 87 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal instead, and jobbed out in seconds.

According to Sean Waltman on his X-Pac 12360 show,
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WWE Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Passes Away at 79

WWE Wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele Passes Away at 79
The world of sports entertainment is in mourning today, as it was confirmed this morning that legendary WWE Superstar George 'The Animal' Steele, a.k.a. William James Myers, has passed away at the age of 79. The pro wrestler's death was confirmed by his wife Patricia, who revealed that he passed from kidney failure last night in Florida. The wrestling legend had been in and out of hospice care since April.

TMZ broke the news of George 'The Animal' Steele's passing last night, although wrestling promoter Eric Simms of Ess Promotions had previously shared that the late wrestler had entered hospice care, asking fans to pray for him, before he ultimately passed. This morning, a number of WWE Superstars took to Twitter to pay tribute to this wrestling legend, and the WWE released a statement, confirming George 'The Animal' Steele's death. Here's the full statement below, which reveals how he
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Roman Reigns teased for Smackdown move, WWE show cancelled?

We might not have gotten Samoa Joe, Finn Balor or Kurt Angle as the surprise number 30 entrant in last month’s Royal Rumble, but WWE did give us a piece of fan service 20 contestants before: Tye Dillinger at number 10.

It was a great moment, where half the crowd chanted Dillinger’s perfect 10 gimmick, while everyone else with no idea who he was thought, ‘wow, diehard fans really like counting.’

Off the back of his thunderous reception at the Royal Rumble, you’d think WWE would capitalise on making Dillinger a full-time member of the main roster. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, however, that was never the plan, and Tye is expected to remain in Nxt.

But going by last night’s Nxt live event in Philadelphia, the actual reason could be because Tye has Major Heat Backstage!

Heat in the literal sense of the word: warmth. It
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Review: WWE The Attitude Era Volume 3: Unreleased (Blu-ray)

In a move as inevitable as The Rock dropping a People’s Elbow on somebody at WrestleMania, WWE have released the third in their Attitude Era series, focusing this time on previously unreleased content. This gives this volume a slightly different feel to the previous two, but is a little hit and miss because of it.

What does work about this volume is drafting Corey Graves in to provide context and comment between each of the fifteen matches in the main feature. Graves brings an enthusiasm and knowledge to this role that others sometimes lack, namely John Bradshaw Layfield on the recent Us Championship release, and his comments are interesting and enlightening.

The choice of matches, too, is inspired with WWE digging deep to present several previously unreleased matches that are historically significant in the company’s history. The jewel in the crown of these has to be the first
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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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Did The Undertaker Symbolically Retire From WrestleMania Last Night?

There were many backstage at WrestleMania 32 who believed The Undertaker had retired from ‘Mania following the conclusion of last night’s victory over Shane McMahon, according to PWInsider.

As has been noted, an interesting moment occurred after the match when The Undertaker took off his gloves and left them in the middle of the squared circle, which led many to believe it was a symbolic meaning over the Deadman’s future.

Although we probably shouldn’t look too much into it given ‘Mania took place in The Undertaker’s home state of Dallas, Taker noticeably had many of his friends and family in attendance for the show, which only fueled the fire of his apparent symbolic gesture.

Interestingly, John Bradshaw Layfield on commentary noted that we should expect The Undertaker back competing again at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando next year. In addition, The Undertaker is already scheduled to compete at the
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WWE Hall Of Fame 2016: 13 Awesome Moments

The annual WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony never fails to entertain. With kayfabe being thrown out the window, you never know what you’re going to see.

The event offers an opportunity for professional wrestlers of both yesteryear and present to get together and celebrate the business we all know and love. Just seeing so many legends in one place is worth the price of admission on its own.

While the red carpet offers the glitz and glamour, it’s the speeches that most fans tune in to hear and see. Whether it’s touching tributes, hilarious stories or can’t-miss moments, the ceremony has become a WrestleMania weekend viewing staple.

This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony was no different. Comprised of diverse inductees, the Class of 2016’s speeches touched our hearts and made us cry with laughter.

These are just 13 of the incredible moments from
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Former WWE Manager Will Induct Big Boss Man To Hall Of Fame

WWE have revealed that former wrestling manager Slick will be the man to induct The Big Boss Man into the WWE Hall Of Fame.

A memorable character from the 80s, Slick managed the Boss Man for his first couple of years in WWF. Nicknamed “The Doctor Of Style”, the storyline went that Slick brought the former corrections officer from Cobb County, Georgia to deliver hard times to the World Wrestling Federation.

After a successful run as a singles competitor, Slick would then pair Boss Man with Akeem to form the gigantic tag team, The Twin Towers. Their partnership would come to an end in 1990, when Slick attempted to sell the Boss Man’s services to The Million Dollar Man.

Also set to be inducted to the WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016 this weekend are;

Sting – to be inducted By Ric Flair

The Godfather – to be inducted by
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Vader To Induct Stan Hansen Into WWE Hall Of Fame

WWE have revealed that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Vader will be the man to induct Stan Hansen into the WWE Hall Of Fame in Dallas next month.

The connection between the two grapplers is clear. Way back in February 1990, Vader fought Hansen at an Ajpw versus Njpw supercard show where Hansen inadvertently poked Vader’s eye out of its socket with his right thumb, after getting carried away during an exchange of stiff exchanges.

Incredibly, Vader would continue the contest after removing his own mask to push the eyeball back into its socket and holding it in place with his eyelid. The match would continue and eventually end in a no-contest, with Vader eating needing a metal place to be surgically placed under his eye.

Those old enough to remember it can remind themselves of the brutal match below…

For his achievements in wrestling all over the world,
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8 Ways To Avoid Being Blocked By Wrestlers


There’s an epidemic sweeping the world, and Titan Tower is afflicted as much as anywhere else. Over the last few months, it’s as if various wrestling personalities and affiliated staff have discovered for the first time a) what online trolling is, and b) how to block it.

Like enthusiastic evangelists, fervent anti-bullying campaigners like John Layfield and Taz are spreading the word about these toxic creatures called ‘trolls’ and the amazing invention of the ‘block’ button. No longer does Joey Styles have to sit and suffer the slings and arrows of sarcastic wrestling fans telling him that WWE online polls are worked, when he can simply fire off a sarcastic tweet and shout Blocked! into the aether. Mauro Ranallo, the new Smackdown announcer, has taken to using the hashtag #BLOCKParty, which is actually quite funny.

Of course, some of us are just innocent victims of the anti-troll crusades.
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WWE Hall Of Fame 2016 Inductees Exclusive: More Names Revealed has learned that a source high-up inside WWE recently let slip the names of five candidates who have been discussed for this year’s Hall of Fame.

While these can only be treated as rumour until confirmed by WWE – and with anything in wrestling able to change at any time – our understanding is that all of the names below are virtually a lock for a spot to join the already announced Sting in this year’s class.

A couple are a surprise, while others were expected and long overdue. Some are relevant to the state of Texas – the host state of WrestleMania – be it for their history competing in the area or having been raised there.

But it is our understanding the following names will be inducted this year…

The Fabulous Freebirds are considered one of the most important tag teams of their generation for good reason,
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WWE Stars Make Surprise Visit To American Troops In Afghanistan

According to some posts that surfaced on social media, several WWE talents made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Thursday to visit with United States military personnel during the holiday season.

A post by Mike Gilbert, a Bee with the U.S. Air Force according to his Twitter page, shows a few of America’s finest alongside Vince McMahon, The Big Show, Alicia Fox, and R-Truth.

Check me out with @VinceMcMahon and the #WWE wrestlers in Afghan last night @JoeyStyles @TripleH @StephMcMahon

Mike Gilbert (@GetUpMike) December 19, 2015

The visit was completely unannounced, though likely taped by a production crew for inclusion in next week’s Tribute To The Troops show, which airs on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Not to be outdone, Vince McMahon himself also showed off his trip to Afghanistan with a post on his official Twitter page.

Thumbs up for our troops :) pic.
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11 Legit Toughest WWE Wrestlers Of The Attitude Era

The legit tough guys in WWE have always been able to command respect, and were traditionally the most powerful people in any wrestling locker room. It goes back to the early twentieth century, when top-tier wrestlers needed to “shoot” in addition to “working” matches.

That need for shoot ability in the early days of pro wrestling was down to the real dangers of the sport. Fans thought pro wrestling was real, and tensions often boiled over. A heel needed to be prepared to fight back any attack that could come from the crowd. The wrestlers also needed to be legit tough in case their opponent tried to screw or shoot with them.

By the late twentieth century, legit toughness was on the way out. Guys like Hulk Hogan had turned wrestling into a circus show, and fans knew it was all pre-determined entertainment.

But internally, the respect for legit tough guys remained.
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WWE 2K16: New Gameplay Video Shows Kevin Owens’ Package Piledriver


Kevin Owens’ Package Piledriver Is In WWE 2K16!

A new video released by 2K Dev shows a triple threat match between Neville, Kevin Owens and Sheamus at WrestleMania Xxxi.

The clip is pretty revealing and shows a number of new details 2K have been working on in action. For example, how cool is it to see that Sheamus clothesline at 35 seconds send Kevin Owens over the top rope rather than not recognising the ropes are even there?

The other main details are that Owens’ package piledriver, seen being hit on The Celtic Warrior at 44 seconds, is included in the game and the rather confusing absence of John Bradshaw Layfield from commentary.

The piledriver, which Owens used as his finisher before he arrived in WWE, is a move that is banned by the powers that be because it is considered to be too dangerous, although the virtual versions of our
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WWE Changes Raw & Smackdown Commentary Teams

WWE has made more changes to their commentary teams on both Raw and Smackdown following the end of Tough Enough. The new permanent team on Raw will be Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield and Byron Saxton. The Smackdown team will be Rich Brennan, Jerry Lawler and Booker T.

One of the notable moves is Saxton replacing Booker full time on Raw. It’s an interesting choice because Booker was in the seat for most of the year and then he was a coach on Tough Enough for a few months. It was expected that Booker would get his spot back, but WWE decided to keep Saxton there full time. Saxton was on Smackdown before that, so Booker switched with him.

The announce team for pay-per-view events will likely remain Cole, Lawler and Jbl.

Brennan replaces Tom Phillips as the main play by play guy on Smackdown.
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12 Wrestlers With The Most WWE SummerSlam Matches


SummerSlam is WWE’s mini-WrestleMania, traditionally being the second biggest wrestling show of the year. The company are looking to reaffirm that status in 2015, making this year’s event a four hour show with a whole weekend of activities around it. It will be “WrestleMania in August” according to WWE CFO George Barrios in the recent company conference call.

But who would SummerSlam’s equivalent of a Mr WrestleMania be?

In the twenty-seven year history of the August spectacle, there have been some performers who came to define the show more than others. Some of these men are so legendary that they are still active and working this year’s event!

The following are the twelve wrestlers who worked the most SummerSlam matches.

13. Hulk Hogan – 6 Matches

There is a wide range of wrestlers who managed to rack up six matches at SummerSlam, but Hulk Hogan gets
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Wrestling Legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper Is Dead At 61

The wrestling world is dealing with another sad death this year as WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (real name Roderick Toombs) has died of a cardiac arrest, aged 61.

TMZ broke the news saying that he died in his sleep on Thursday night and was discovered on Friday.

Piper had cancer in 2006, but he noted in November that he was cancer free and a family member told TMZ that he was all clear at the time of his death.

A family member issued this statement: “Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper.”

Piper will be remembered by wrestling fans as one of the best talkers in the history of the business as well as one of the best heels. His villainous role at WrestleMania 1 was huge, acting as a perfect anthesis
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