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AJ Styles – Most Unlikely WWE Champion?

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Styles had accomplished virtually everything he possibly could with TNA. From a professional standpoint, it made sense for him to move on.

TNA was also battling very public financial issues. The company asked AJ, their poster boy and face of the company, to take a pay cut. Styles stated that he had always worked hard and believed he should be compensated for it – ultimately deciding to walk away from his home of nearly 12 years.

AJ decided to bet on himself.

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10 Reasons why the WWE New Generation Era didn’t suck

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Ah yes, who could forget the classic Fake Razor and Fake Diesel storyline, and that unforgettable Undertaker Vs. Undertaker match at SummerSlam.

Okay, while some of the hate is surely warranted, I still think this era gets unfairly treated as the bastard child of the WWE.

From the debut of Monday Night Raw, to a heavier PPV schedule, to some of the most iconic feuds and matches in the company’s history (seriously), here’s 8 reasons why the WWE New Generation era didn’t suck.

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Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg: Shock Value and Money

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WWE dubbed it “fantasy warfare meets reality”. In fact, WWE, as they typically do, beat us over the head with that mantra for weeks upon weeks. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar 2 at the Survivor Series.

Survivor Series, a 30 year traditional WWE PPV has been more or less viewed as a “B” level PPV for years now. Once one of the “big 4” has become the bastard child of the quartet – arguably not as exciting to current fans as Money in the Bank or possibly even Hell in a Cell depending on who you ask.

But the 2016 Survivor Series received a much-needed shot of adrenaline when the WWE decided that it wanted this show to be relevant once again…

But did it live up to expectations? Or was it a big disappointment?

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Brawl For All – When Wrestling Gets Real

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It was the summer of 1998 and the WCW and WWF were entrenched in a ratings war. Both companies were throwing anything and absolutely everything against the wall, hoping it would stick.

There are tales of scripts being changed throughout live shows. Gimmicks and storylines thrown away at the drop of a hat if their particular segment didn’t do well.

Among all of the crazy things that were pitched at that time, one that stands out (for better or worse) was the WWE’s shoot tournament, called Brawl for All.

What happens when professional wrestling doesn’t go according to a script? Injuries ran rampant and careers were ended.

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Wrestling Managers – A Lost Art?

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Wrestling managers, remember those? For whatever reason, WWE has currently devalued the presence of a manager in today’s era.

Long gone are the days of wrestling managers running stables such as “The Heenan Family”, “The Million Dollar Corporation”, or any of the factions run by “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

Are wrestling managers a lost art? Or is simply an old school thing that doesn’t have a place in today’s wrestling world?

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WWE Concussion Lawsuit – Do wrestlers stand a chance?

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The suit involves over 50 former wrestlers who are suing the WWE over CTE-related brain injuries. Former wrestlers involved in the suit include Road Warrior Animal, King Kong Bundy, Shane Douglas, Kamala, Jimmy Snuka, Demolition, Ahmed Johnson, Sabu, The Warlord, The Barbarian, and One Man Gang.

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Scott Hall – Drugs, Homicide, and Redemption

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Scott Hall was working as a bartender at ‘Thee DollHouse’ – a strip club that still stands today on Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

“I remember what he was wearing, what I was wearing, what it smelled like… it’s burnt in my brain.”

What is Scott Hall referring to? Hall is recounting the incident where he killed another man.

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Chyna Dead – The Wrestling World Reacts

Joanie Laurer aka Chyna - found dead at age 45. Her death is currently under investigation. photo: wwe.com

The death of Chyna on April 20, 2016 may not have been a shock given her past struggles with substance abuse – but it certainly left the wrestling world mourning.

On a touching episode of his podcast, close friend of Chyna, Vince Russo, states that Chyna was never truly aware of just how loved she really was.

An emotional Russo states “There was one thing Joanie wanted – and it was to be loved. If only she could be sitting behind a computer and reading what these people thought about her… she had no idea.”

Whether Joanie was aware of it or not, the below tweets from around the professional wrestling world should speak to the impact Chyna left on sports entertainment.

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Triple H on Chyna in WWE Hall of Fame: “It’s not my decision”

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One looming question on many fans minds is about Chyna’s possible induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

In wrestling circles, it’s practically considered a crime that Chyna hasn’t already been inducted. Many speculate that her previous relationship with Triple H (who is now married to “the boss’s daughter”) is the primary reason that she’s been snubbed.

Last year, Triple H mentioned on the Stone Cold Podcast that while he felt Chyna deserved the spot from a wrestling career standpoint, it was not that simple.

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