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Night of Champions Review: The payoff is Seth Rollins vs. Kane?

Even Seth Rollins isn’t allowed to beat John Cena two straight times. That was among the things we learned at Sunday’s WWE Night of Champions, which ended predictably with Cena topping Rollins for the U.S. title, and Rollins then pinning Sting to defend the WWE title.


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.


WWE SummerSlam Review: Did that just happen?

Jon Stewart interfered in the Seth Rollins-John Cena WWE title match at SummerSlam, which is news itself. Then consider that the former Daily Show host made his presence felt in WWE by hitting Cena in the abdomen with a steel chair, thus aiding Rollins, his TV rival since before WrestleMania 31.


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.


Will SummerSlam live up to the hype?

Nice salesmanship on the Brock Lesnar-Undertaker match headlining this weekend’s SummerSlam: “Too big for WrestleMania.”


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.


Can Hulk Hogan apologize his way out of n-word controversy?

WWE has cut ties with its most recognized name, Hulk Hogan, after a National Enquirer report detailing that the Hulkster had made extensive disparaging, racist remarks on a video that is the focus of an ongoing lawsuit initiated by the retired wrestler against the news and gossip website Gawker.


WWE Battleground: Match Ratings

Chris Graham rates the matches on the card for WWE Battleground. How did the surprise return of The Undertaker play out in the final accounting?


WWE Battleground Review: Plot twists, and the plot thickens

If you thought you knew going in what was going to happen at WWE Battleground, yeah, you were off, way off. Which is good for WWE fans, who had clearly been getting bored with the product of late.


WWE Battleground: Does Brock Lesnar leave with the gold?

Brock Lesnar is back in the mix, and it couldn’t have come a moment sooner. Ratings for WWE Monday Night Raw have been tanking in the tank with Seth Rollins at the top of the food chain as WWE champ, not so much an indictment of Rollins as the lack of marketable challengers.


What’s next for Dolph Ziggler?

You know him now as WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler. Not the best name for a top star, and he may go back to being Nick Nemeth soon, and that name isn’t any better. Whatever name he goes by, he’s at a crossroads.


Money in the Bank Preview: Who walks out with the briefcase?

Two things at WWE Money in the Bank we can predict with certainty: Seth Rollins is going to leave as world champ, and John Cena is going to even his summer series with Kevin Owens. Who wins the match that is the title of the show is very much a question.


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: WWE Money in the Bank preview, Brock Lesnar returns, Samoa Joe in NXT, more

CGI Raw Impact Wrestling host Chris Graham previews the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Also on this week’s podcast, Chris talks about the return of Brock Lesnar, the latest on Ring of Honor and TNA, and offers thoughts on the next steps for Samoa Joe in NXT.


WWE Elimination Chamber Review: Surprises, mixed with formula

Ryback is the new WWE Intercontinental champ. Kevin Owens won the champ vs. champ match with John Cena with a clean fall. (A clean fall!)


WWE Elimination Chamber: Does Kevin Owens break out, become next top heel?

WWE hastily scheduled the 2015 Elimination Chamber, adding the pay-per-view to the schedule just earlier this month, not giving creative much, if any, time to build up storylines with Payback having taken place just two weeks ago.


Podcast: Big news with TNA, Destination America, Global Force Wrestling, WWE

Why doesn’t either Destination America or TNA just come out and say that the network isn’t planning on discontinuing all TNA-related programming come September? CGI Raw Impact Wrestling podcast co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward examine the ongoing controversy from all angles.


Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch about to go the porn route?

CGI presents the Raw Impact Wrestling podcast with co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward, and the focus is on news reports that WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known to wrestling fans from her run as Sunny, is considering a turn in the porn industry.


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.


Podcast: WWE Monday Night Raw review

CGI co-hosts Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down the May 18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw live from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. This week’s Raw had a lot on the table, with the fallout from Recap and less than two weeks until Elimination Chamber. Did WWE do what it needed to do to bridge the two May pay-per-view events? Does WWE champ Seth Rollins have his next challenger? Why were Roman Reigns and Randy Orton noticeably absent from the show? That and more …


WWE Payback Review: Predictable, but entertaining

WWE champ Seth Rollins, as expected, retained, and U.S. champ John Cena, as expected, won his I Quit match with Rusev, who as expected didn’t quit, but was quit for by his manager, Lana. So WWE Payback was predictable. It was also still very entertaining.


Podcast: WWE Payback Preview

Chris Graham and Doug Ward break down Sunday’s WWE Payback pay-per-view. Who will walk home with the WWE title when champ Seth Rollins defends against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton? Who quits: U.S. champ John Cena or Rusev? That and a look at recent news involving TNA and Destination America.


WWE Payback Preview: Who leaves the four-way as WWE champ?

Seth Rollins is readying himself for his second pay-per-view title defense at Sunday’s WWE Payback. The new champ will face one of the tougher challenges a strap-holder can have: in the form of a fatal four-way involving Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton.


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?


Podcast: Mayweather-Pacquiao recap, Ronda Rousey, TNA, more

CGI host Chris Graham talks combat sports with regular guest Doug Ward. The show this week takes an in-depth look at the big Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. With fans expressing near-universal displeasure over the megadud, was this boxing’s last stand? Graham and Ward discuss that, and lay out ideas how Mayweather can set himself up as a legitimate promoter using his last fight later this year as leverage.


WWE Extreme Rules Review: Not again!

So we’re past Extreme Rules, or are we? Because WWE is bound and determined to relive it. John Cena and Rusev have now met on three straight pay-per-views, dating back to Fast Lane, the one before WrestleMania 31, and we’re going to get part four at Payback.


WWE Extreme Rules Preview: Nothing to see here?

After the best WrestleMania of all-time, or at least the best ending to a WrestleMania of all-time, we have an Extreme Rules pay-per-view to look forward to, or rather, to not look forward to, based on the card.


WrestleMania 31 Review: Seth Rollins emerges as WWE champ

Seth Rollins lost a clean fall to Randy Orton in a suspiciously early match on the WrestleMania 31 card, so suspiciously early that you knew that Rollins’ night wasn’t done.


WrestleMania 31 Primer: Match List, Predictions, Blog, More

Everything you needed to know about WrestleMania 31, Sunday night, March 29, from Levi’s Stadium in San Jose, Calif.


WrestleMania 31 Preview: Can Vince McMahon resist the urge to bury Sting, WCW, and set up dream match with Undertaker?

Sting debuted at Survivor Series to a hair-raising pop from fans, which was made all that more amazing to consider when you think back to what he did to earn that pop, essentially walking out onto the entrance ramp and pointing a baseball bat.


WrestleMania 31 Preview: How does the night end for Seth Rollins?

Let’s make this clear right here and right now: Seth Rollins is the future of WWE. The question: is he also the present?


WrestleMania 31 preview: Is Bray Wyatt the next Undertaker for WWE?

Bray Wyatt has been the hottest wrestler in WWE for more than a year, and yet he’s been suspiciously been left on the outside looking in as far as the various title chases have been concerned.


Brock Lesnar re-signs with WWE: You had to see this coming

Give WWE credit for having a flair for the dramatic. WWE champ Brock Lesnar went on ESPN SportsCenter, as Brock Lesnar, real life guy, awkward as hell, stumbling over his words, not Brock Lesnar, The Beast Incarnate, to announce, well, something.


Jon Stewart in WWE: The silly season begins

I’m a fan of Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show” and WWE, for that matter, a big fan of Seth Rollins. For the life of me, I don’t see the recent angle bringing them all together making any sense.


Fast Lane: WWE interstitial between Royal Rumble, WrestleMania

The WWE calendar revolves around three big events a year. The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania are interconnected, and just a couple of months apart.


Daniel Bryan in WrestleMania main event: Big mistake if it happens?

The rumor mill has WWE head honcho Vince McMahon considering adding former WWE champ Daniel Bryan to the main event for WrestleMania 31.


Beast Mode: Marshawn Lynch, heel, laughing all the way to the bank

Marshawn Lynch, Beast Mode, has a career as a wrestling heel awaiting once he hangs up the spikes. Dude can fake outrage and move the needle on T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats with the best that Vince McMahon can put together, that’s obvious.


WWE Royal Rumble Review: Fans in Philly not impressed with Roman Reigns

For the second year in a row, the winner of the WWE Royal Rumble, this year’s winner being Roman Reigns, was showered with boos upon his coronation as the WrestleMania co-main-eventer.


WWE Royal Rumble Preview: The Road to WrestleMania 31 Begins

A triple threat world title match, then the Rumble itself: this weekend’s WWE Royal Rumble is setting the stage for The Road to WrestleMania 31.


Kevin Nash to appear on WWE Raw Reunion

WWE legend Kevin Nash will appear on the Raw Reunion show scheduled for Monday night.


Memo to WWE: It’s wrestling, sure, but it’s still gotta be somewhat believable

The Survivor Series in November was a crowning moment for WWE: marking the on-screen WWE debut of Sting, and the storyline demise of The Authority, the faction led by real-life WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Triple H whose act was, yes, getting a bit stale more than a year into its run.


CM Punk Rules: How UFC will make money with The Best in the World

CM Punk and Dana White aren’t doing business with any plans for their UFC experiment to fail, and there’s a way to make sure that it doesn’t fail.


WWE TLC Review: Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper steal the show

No Brock Lesnar, no Randy Orton, no Sting, no Triple H, John Cena on at 9 p.m. Eastern. WWE’s TLC pay-per-view was dominated by the next generation of WWE Superstars.


Live Blog: WWE TLC pay-per-view

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham will lead a live blog during tonight’s WWE TLC pay-per-view. Follow along on AFP, Twitter and Facebook for match results, analysis and commentary.


TLC Preview: Can WWE build on success of Survivor Series?

WWE looks forward to its TLC pay-per-view this weekend as a chance to build on one of its more successful events in recent years at Survivor Series in November.


Line up the tomato cans: How will CM Punk fare in UFC?

Brock Lesnar was an NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion before leaving WWE to star in UFC. The best CM Punk can claim is that he has trained in MMA off and on for a few years.


CM Punk to UFC: Didn’t see this one coming

CM Punk announced Saturday night on the live UFC 181 pay-per-view that he has signed a multi-fight deal with UFC and will debut in 2015.


CM Punk a quitter? Admire him for getting out on his terms

CM Punk finally spoke out on his departure nearly a year ago from WWE, and it was worse than a lot of us would have thought.


WWE Survivor Series Review: Sting returns, Dolph Ziggler big push, more

Sting finally made his WWE debut at Survivor Series Sunday night, and it wasn’t a one-off interview or nonsense backstage vignette.


Survivor Series Preview: The end for The Authority?

WWE is trying to make chicken salad out of chicken … feathers. The roster depleted by injury, we get the millionth iteration of the company versus the talent, the bourgeoisie squaring off with the proletariat.


Reports: Sting to make WWE debut at Survivor Series

The legendary Sting is reportedly set to make his WWE debut at Survivor Series on Sunday night.


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.


WWE gets something right? Good moves with booking on Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler

WWE hasn’t been getting much right lately. For all the hype the company is trying to give to its free month of WWE Network, for example, you’re not giving away the product for free if people were buying it.


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Hell in a Cell Review: Did Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose live up to hype?

Eh, what a letdown. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in the main event at WWE Hell in a Cell had a lot of promise, but the writers ruined what could have been one of the better main events in the past few years.