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By Arda Ocal | March 19, 2013
Brock Lesnar and Triple H officially sealed the deal on Raw and will meet at Wrestlemania. The two stipulations are that it will be No Holds Barred (similar to their match at Summerslam 2012) and that Triple H's career will be on the line. This, of course, is met with the same questions and concerns from longtime WWE fans whenever a career is on the line. Is it really on the line? From a performer standpoint, Triple H is in terrific shape. You could absolutely see him being able to handle several big matches a year.
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By Aaron Oster | September 30, 2014
What seemed like an obvious transition in the main event picture from Night of Champions to Hell in a Cell has been thrown into disarray over the past two weeks. On Monday night, Dean Ambrose once again was the feature attraction as he tormented Seth Rollins throughout the night. He had stolen the Money in the Bank briefcase on Smackdown, and continued to walk around with it. Later in the night, he turned the briefcase over to Rollins (accompanied by Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and other “security”)
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By Adam Testa | August 13, 2012
When it comes to WWE pay-per-views, four events on a crowded calendar stand out as special each year: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. Collectively known as the "Big Four," these are usually supercards for WWE standard and turning points in the major ongoing stories in the company. This year, the event is also representing a change from recent trends, as more than just a handful of matches are being announced before the show. Recently, it hasn't been surprising to see three or even four bouts added to PPVs without advance notice.
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By Aaron Oster | September 22, 2014
A general rule in wrestling pay-per-views is that the main event should end with a decision. Whether the finish is clean or ends with interference, main events generally have a decisive winner and a loser. However, sometimes a storyline calls for a disqualification, as we saw at Night of Champions, and the WWE has to deal with the fallout from it. On Sunday night, after a hard-fought match against John Cena, Brock Lesnar retained his title after Seth Rollins attacked Cena, drawing a DQ. Rollins, who used his Money in the Bank briefcase to briefly incapacitate Cena, then turned his attention to Lesnar, who had been downed after Cena hit him with an AA for the fourth time in the match.
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By Arda Ocal | April 5, 2012
This past weekend I had a chance to soak in the WrestleMania 28 festivities from Miami - the Hall of Fame, Fan Axxess, the event itself at Sun Life Stadium and Raw the next night. Truly, for any WWEfan that came to participate in the crowd chants and invest themselves fully into the emotion of the stories being told, it would have been an absolutely draining 72 hours. Yet despite the Hell in a Cell curtain call, Sheamus pounding Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds (spawning a “YES!” chant that lasted through WrestleMania and in every segment of Raw, that will now transcend the superstar himself; also heard at the Miami Heat/Philadelphia 76ers game Tuesday)
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By Adam Testa | April 9, 2012
  WWE wasted no time in allowing John Cena and Brock Lesnar to get physical -- and the result was magic. For the past year, Cena and The Rock were kept apart, competing on the microphone rather than in the ring. WWE appears set to go a completely different direction with Cena's newest foe. After General Manager John Laurinaitis introduced Lesnar with a glowing welcome, the former UFC champion took to the mic. But before long, Cena would emerge. And in uncharacteristic fashion, Cena let his actions speak louder than his words, slapping Lesnar.
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By Arda Ocal | April 12, 2012
What a difference in the crowd from Raw in Miami on April 2 to Raw in D.C. on April 9. It was essentially the difference between a rock star show and an indy act. Yes, Miami's crowd had many WWE diehards who made an entire WrestleMania weekend of it with Raw as their final event (unless they traveled to Orlando for Smackdown). Those crowds are typically the loudest. But the crowd in Washington seemed to buy tickets and be content to sit on their hands. I don't often make comparisons to Corpus Christi, Texas (which I deem the quietest WWE audience in the world)
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By Aaron Oster | September 22, 2014
A general rule in wrestling pay-per-views is that the main event should end with a decision. Whether the finish is clean or ends with interference, main events generally have a decisive winner and a loser. However, sometimes a storyline calls for a disqualification, as we saw at Night of Champions, and the WWE has to deal with the fallout from it. On Sunday night, after a hard-fought match against John Cena, Brock Lesnar retained his title after Seth Rollins attacked Cena, drawing a DQ. Rollins, who used his Money in the Bank briefcase to briefly incapacitate Cena, then turned his attention to Lesnar, who had been downed after Cena hit him with an AA for the fourth time in the match.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2003
Don't bother asking two-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion Brock Lesnar about the biggest moment of his career. Although it occurred less than six weeks ago, he doesn't remember pinning Kurt Angle to regain the WWE title in the main event of WrestleMania XIX before 54,097 screaming fans at Seattle's Safeco Field and millions watching on pay-per-view. Lesnar recalls standing on the top rope, poised to deliver a "shooting star press," a spectacular move in which he jumps off the top rope, flips backward in midair and lands chest first across his prone opponent's chest and midsection.
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By Adam Testa | April 2, 2012
A new era began on tonight's Raw. With Team John Lauriniatis' victory at WrestleMania , Laurinaitis officially launched his reign of control in WWE. His first orders of business? Rewarding the men who helped land him his position of power. Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler were granted shots at Santino Marella's United States Championship; Mark Henry was awarded a chance to dethrone CM Punk as WWE Champion; and The Miz was placed in the main event against Zack Ryder. The members of Team Johnny found a mixed degree of success.
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By Aaron Oster | August 26, 2014
John Cena returned after a one-week absence to hype his rematch with Brock Lesnar, and it was like he never left. After losing in brutal fashion to Lesnar at Summerslam, many wondered how that would affect Cena's character. It was one of the more brutal losses in wrestling and, especially if he was going for a rematch, it seemed something would have to change for Cena to be able to compete with Lesnar once again. However, based on Monday night, it seems nothing will change in Cena's quest to recapture the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
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By Aaron Oster | August 12, 2014
On Monday night, WWE Raw ended with a perfect mix of nostalgia and build for the SummerSlam pay-per-view as the company celebrated Hulk Hogan's birthday. After advertising Hogan's birthday all night, complete with messages from the likes of Larry King and "Weird" Al Yankovic, they finally had a party for him in the final segment of the night. It started with "Mean" Gene Okerlund and Jimmy Hart out in the ring to introduce Hogan. Hogan came out, shilled the WWE Network for a bit, and then thanked the fans.
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By Aaron Oster | April 7, 2014
"What just happened?" "Did someone screw up?" "Did the ref wave it off?" Those were just a few of the things I heard in the seconds after the unthinkable happened at Wrestlemania 30: Brock Lesnar pinned Undertaker cleanly. Nobody could believe that Lesnar had won that match. I saw one tweet from a wrestler say that it was the most shocking ending to a wrestling match since 1997 (the Montreal Screwjob), and I'm not sure I can disagree. The crowd certainly reacted that way, going from a surprised pop when the pin was made, to a mild confused buzz in the time between the pin was made and the decision was read, to a cry of disbelief when they finally announced Lesnar as the winner.
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By Aaron Oster | February 25, 2014
On a night where Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE, a bigger return upstaged him: the return of The Undertaker. At the end of Raw, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out, saying they had demanded a title match at Wrestlemania.  According to the two, the Authority had denied them that title match, but instead had allowed him to pick his opponent for Wrestlemania.  They said there was nothing else they wanted but the title, and repeated over and over...
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By Aaron Oster and For The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
There are some wrestling fans who believe that a good show, particularly a pay-per-view event, has to be unpredictable. I'm not one of those fans, and this year's WWE Elimination Chamber illustrates why. The Elimination Chamber card, from top to bottom, looks very strong. Most of the matches have been built well and have some sort of backstory to them. And most of them look like they could be fairly decent matches. But very few of them leave much doubt as to who is going to win. The reason for that isn't simply a matter of, “Oh, the WWE has gotten stale and predictable.” The main reason is that the WWE is trying to tell a coherent story, and the matches need to end a certain way to continue that story.
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By Arda Ocal | July 16, 2013
Hardcore wrestling fans, rejoice. With the entire WWE locker room watching, John Cena, given the option to choose his Summerslam opponent by Raw GM Brad Maddox, ultimately decided on Daniel Bryan, who emphatically replied "Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes," and was applauded by a raucous Brooklyn audience who couldn't be happier with this decision. So now we gear up for John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title at Summerslam, which no doubt will be a classic encounter between the most popular superstar on the roster right now (Bryan)
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By KEVIN ECK | March 24, 2009
Kurt Angle participated in three world title matches overall at WrestleMania, including one against Brock Lesnar that went on last at WM 19. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ ringposts)
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By MARK CHALIFOUX | November 15, 2008
Tonight's Ultimate Fighting Championship contest between Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture is being billed by some writers and fans (and promoters) as the biggest fight in the history of mixed martial arts. I think Lesnar has a higher ceiling than most people want to admit and he will do big things in this sport, but I'm going with Couture. He's one of the smartest fighters I've seen and his experience will help him against Lesnar. Lesnar is bigger, stronger and faster, but we still don't know a ton about him. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.
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By Arda Ocal | June 25, 2013
Last week on RAW, Brock Lesnar attacked CM Punk, possibly setting up a match in the future, with some guessing SummerSlam. The story continued last night with CM Punk wanting answers and Paul Heyman assuring him that he wasn't behind the attack. Both Lesnar and Punk are big-ticket players, so a match between them will generate lots of interest. Paul Heyman being in the mix adds intrigue and drama, particularly with the "is he lying" question lingering. With CM Punk in the Money in the Bank ladder match, I look for him to get screwed out of the briefcase by Heyman's client -- because money maters more to Heyman than friendship -- setting up a match at the biggest event of the summer.
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By Arda Ocal and For The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
A "go home" Raw (the last episode before a pay-per-view event) is always watched with extra attention, mostly because critics have the same question -- did this particular show do anything to increase my interest in buying the pay-per-view on Sunday? Lately, many of these critics have answered no. Many people feel that Raw last night was no different -- that it was flat, lacked spark and didn't do very much to push the figurative "buy rate" needle. These, of course, are criticisms that always arise for this particular (mostly monthly)
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