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Triple H: Do wins and losses matter in pro wrestling?

Do wins and losses matter in pro wrestling booking? Triple H sure doesn’t care about even keeping track.


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Podcast: ESPN takes on pro wrestling

ESPN has launched a new vertical covering pro wrestling. AFP editor Chris Graham talks about why that is good for business for all concerned.


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Podcast: Does wrestling need an offseason?

Does pro wrestling need an offseason? AFP editor Chris Graham takes on the topic in this week’s wrestling podcast.


WWE Payback: Styles, Reigns bring down the house

WWE is advertising that it is beginning a new era. The first installment of Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles was a good launching pad.


WrestleMania 32: Hits, Misses

Roman Reigns, predictably, walked out of AT&T Stadium at the end of WrestleMania 32 with the WWE championship.


Daniel Bryan WWE retirement: Work, or real thing?

Four-time WWE champ Daniel Bryan announced on Twitter on Monday that he is retiring from active competition, putting an apparent premature end to a promising career.


WWE TLC Preview: Is pro wrestling finally dead?

Wrestling, once again, is dying. You want to doubt that, then you have to explain the final segment of the go-home Raw.


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Chris Graham: Fun night of LTW Entertainment pro wrestling at the Waynesboro YMCA

What happened was, Matt Wilde used his feet on the ropes for leverage to gain an illegal pinfall over Lance Lude in the main event, and since I was on the scene of the LTW Entertainment show at the Waynesboro YMCA as a special representative of the commissioner’s office, well, I had to do something.


Pro wrestling show at the Waynesboro YMCA on Oct. 16

LTW Entertainment is bringing live professional wrestling to the Waynesboro YMCA on Friday, Oct. 16.


Night of Rollins: Seth Rollins carrying the ball for WWE at Night of Champions

It’s called Night of Champions, but the WWE Network September live event coming up on Sunday could just as easily be Night of Seth Rollins. The WWE and U.S. champ will defend both belts in separate matches: taking on Sting for the WWE title and John Cena for the U.S. title.


NXT Takeover Brooklyn Review: Ready for prime time

If you aren’t a regular viewer of NXT, you wouldn’t know from watching NXT Takeover Brooklyn that WWE considers the product to be that of a developmental nature.


Hulk Hogan, the n-word, and the limits on the business side of the wrestling business

Take my word for it, and don’t scan the wrestling news blogs for comments on the Hulk Hogan n-word controversy, though if you feel inclined, be prepared to take a shower soon after.


Live Coverage: WWE Battleground

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham anchors our live coverage of the 2015 WWE Battleground, with the main event being a WWE Title match between champion Seth Rollins and former champ Brock Lesnar.


Wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes passes away at age 69

WWE has confirmed that Virgil Runnels, known to millions of wrestling fans as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, died on Thursday, with multiple published reports saying the death was the result of complications from a fall in his home early Wednesday morning.


Podcast: Examining the breaking news involving Destination America, Ring of Honor, TNA

CGI Raw Impact Wrestling Podcast co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down the stunning news involving Destination America and Ring of Honor that will have ROH wrestling programming debuting on Destination America next week – as a lead-in to TNA Impact Wrestling. What does this news mean for both Ring of Honor and TNA and their respective futures?


Canceled, not canceled: What is the real deal with TNA, Destination America?

Executives at TNA are rattling their sabres threatening legal action regarding a recent report that its TV broadcast partner, Destination America, is canceling TNA wrestling programming in September.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward discuss the latest news in the world of pro wrestling. This installment discusses the latest news from TNA involving developments with its broadcast partner, Destination America, and how the move from Fridays to Wednesdays could impact the product. The show also goes in-depth on Global Force Wrestling, which founder Jeff Jarrett is aiming toward its own TV deal. News from WWE wraps us up.


No, no, no: Hard as it is to say, Daniel Bryan needs to retire

For the second time in a year, Daniel Bryan had to vacate a major title belt weeks after a huge WrestleMania victory due to injury.


Podcast: CGI talks TNA, Jeff Jarrett, WWE, more from the world of pro wrestling

CGI host Chris Graham and wrestling industry veteran Doug Ward talk pro wrestling. This week’s podcast begins with a look at the recent state of affairs in TNA, which has suffered a decline in TV ratings in recent weeks on its new home on Destination America. Is that another sign that Nashville is at the beginning of the end of its long run?


TNA Impact Wrestling leaving Spike for Destination America

TNA Impact Wrestling will make the move from its long-time home on Spike TV to Destination America, an offshoot of Discovery Communications that reaches roughly half the homes that Spike TV is in currently.


Jim Ross returns to wrestling: Calling Global Force Wrestling pay-per-view

Legendary WWE and WCW play-by-play announcer Jim Ross is returning to pro wrestling. Global Force Wrestling announced today that Ross will provide play-by-play for the Wrestle Kingdom 9 pay-per-view that will air live on Jan. 4, 2015.


Live pro wrestling in Inwood, W.Va., on Oct. 18

LTW Entertainment is hosting a night of pro wrestling at the Randy Smith Center in Inwood, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and bell time is 7 p.m.


Uncomfortable Bella Twins feud is perfect WWE drama

Brie Bella, the good girl, reminisces about her mother telling her about how an ultrasound showed her and her twin sister, Nikki, holding hands in the womb.


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TNA doesn’t want, or need, Top Rope Pro Wrestling’s marketing help

A friend who is a big TNA wrestling fan asked us if we’d thought of reaching out to the company to offer to help push ticket sales to its planned Sept. 5 show in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Should the Washington Redskins change their name?

It would seem obvious that the Redskins name is death to Washington NFL franchise owner Daniel Snyder, who you would think would want the focus of those providing free media about his team be on things like whether Robert Griffin III and new coach Jay Gruden can lead a return to the playoffs and other on-field activities rather than on how big of a racist millions think the team owners and management have to be to continue using a slur as a team nickname.


Fire in the Valley II: AFP editor Chris Graham to make in-ring wrestling debut?

Shenandoah Valley Championship Wrestling announced today that it is bringing in Chris Graham from Top Rope Pro Wrestling to serve as the guest host for Fire in the Valley II, an Aug. 2 live pro wrestling card at Spotswood High School.


Fire in the Valley: Pro wrestling on Aug. 2 at Spotswood High School

A pro wrestling show on Saturday, August 2, at Spotswood High School will be the latest event for the upstart Shenandoah Valley Championship Wrestling.