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By Arda Ocal | February 5, 2013
Finally. No, this has nothing to do with The Rock. But it's still just as relevant to say. Finally. FINALLY. The news of WWE's latest Hall of Fame inductee broke Monday afternoon. When I read the name, I got goosebumps. A smile on my face. It was one of those moments as a pro wrestling fan where you can't believe what you are reading. As if hell just froze over. While watching Raw, everything seemed to take a backseat, for this night only. CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a terrific match.
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By Arda Ocal and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
This year marks 50 years since the World Wide Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE) was formed. To celebrate, WWE has created a DVD/BluRay entitled "The History of WWE: 50 years of sports entertainment," a biographical history of the company. The offering hit shelves on Tuesday. What I liked about the feature was how much time was spent on WWE's history -- naturally the title lends itself to this, but you learn tidbits of information about each McMahon family member, going back to "Jess" McMahon, who promoted boxing several decades ago. It includes interviews with many familiar faces, includind some rare to be found in past WWE documentaries, such as George "The Animal" Steele and Jimmy Valiant.
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By Arda Ocal | April 7, 2013
Fans inside Madison Square Garden witnessed something many thought would never come. There he was, the last to be inducted. With years of bitter feelings brushed aside, the crown jewel of the WWE Hall of Fame was introduced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Living legend, the man who held the WWWF title for over 4,000 days, Bruno Sammartino. He delivered his speech in his trademark even-keel and steady speech, passionate about his words and the stories he told. The speech felt very much like an abridged documentary about his life -- or perhaps an upcoming WWE DVD documentary.
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By Arda Ocal | October 8, 2013
I know the drill. When I'm watching WWE, sometimes (often) I have to suspend my disbelief. Check some logic at the door and just enjoy the moments that are unfolding in front of me. Last night on WWE Raw, The Big Show finally KOed Triple H. The fans loved it. Daniel Bryan stood atop Triple H, fixed his tie, and led the entire crowd in a "Yes!" chant. This is a moment that has been building for weeks. Of course, this happened after Stephanie McMahon fired The Big Show to start the night, after calling him out for ruining the WWE championship main event between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan at the WWE Battleground pay-per-view.
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By Arda Ocal and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
This year marks 50 years since the World Wide Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE) was formed. To celebrate, WWE has created a DVD/BluRay entitled "The History of WWE: 50 years of sports entertainment," a biographical history of the company. The offering hit shelves on Tuesday. What I liked about the feature was how much time was spent on WWE's history -- naturally the title lends itself to this, but you learn tidbits of information about each McMahon family member, going back to "Jess" McMahon, who promoted boxing several decades ago. It includes interviews with many familiar faces, includind some rare to be found in past WWE documentaries, such as George "The Animal" Steele and Jimmy Valiant.
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By Arda Ocal | October 8, 2013
I know the drill. When I'm watching WWE, sometimes (often) I have to suspend my disbelief. Check some logic at the door and just enjoy the moments that are unfolding in front of me. Last night on WWE Raw, The Big Show finally KOed Triple H. The fans loved it. Daniel Bryan stood atop Triple H, fixed his tie, and led the entire crowd in a "Yes!" chant. This is a moment that has been building for weeks. Of course, this happened after Stephanie McMahon fired The Big Show to start the night, after calling him out for ruining the WWE championship main event between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan at the WWE Battleground pay-per-view.
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By Arda Ocal | March 8, 2012
In the past 30 years we have seen such an incredible change in the WWE. If you were alive to witness it, or if you went through the archives, you'll notice how unique and diverse each era has been, especially those eras of prosperity. With recent claims that WrestleMania 28 will become the most financially successful WrestleMania of all time, it seems that we are firmly entrenched in another upswing in WWE. The two previous eras of major upswing in WWE were the “Rock N' Wrestling” Era (roughly 1984-1991)
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By KEVIN ECK | October 22, 2008
After we wrapped up my interview with Bruno Sammartino on Sunday, he wanted to demonstrate the front facelock on me so I could understand how effective it was. So I leaned over and the world's strongest 73-year-old locked me in the hold and squeezed, turning my head in an awkward position that was quite uncomfortable. Fortunately for me, Bruno knows his own strength. After releasing me, he said that if he were to yank upward when applying the hold, it "would break any man's neck." I wasn't going to argue with him. (For more, go to baltimoresun.
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By Arda Ocal | February 16, 2012
Every year around this time, WWE slowly releases the list of superstars that will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. As this happens, there are various debates that inevitably ignite. Some of these debates -- often the topics most talked about on Twitter -- make no sense to me. This column won't completely eradicate arguments pertaining to the WWE Hall of Fame, but consider these thoughts before you engage in your next debate: You cannot compare the proper WWE Hall of Fame to the “Celebrity Wing” of the WWE Hall of Fame.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
Dec. 21 , 2006: Top-ranked Maryland doubles the score on Loyola, defeating the Greyhounds, 110-55, in women's basketball at a sold-out Reitz Arena. It's the 13th victory for the undefeated Terps, who shoot 61 percent from the field and get 21 points from sophomore forward Marissa Coleman. Dec. 21, 2003: In a 35-0 shutout of Cleveland, the Ravens' Jamal Lewis rushes for 205 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Baltimore (9-6) inches toward a playoff berth. Lewis, who gained 295 yards against the Browns earlier in the season, becomes the first NFL player to rush for at least 200 yards against a team twice in one season since O.J. Simpson in 1973.
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By Arda Ocal | April 7, 2013
Fans inside Madison Square Garden witnessed something many thought would never come. There he was, the last to be inducted. With years of bitter feelings brushed aside, the crown jewel of the WWE Hall of Fame was introduced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Living legend, the man who held the WWWF title for over 4,000 days, Bruno Sammartino. He delivered his speech in his trademark even-keel and steady speech, passionate about his words and the stories he told. The speech felt very much like an abridged documentary about his life -- or perhaps an upcoming WWE DVD documentary.
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By Arda Ocal | February 5, 2013
Finally. No, this has nothing to do with The Rock. But it's still just as relevant to say. Finally. FINALLY. The news of WWE's latest Hall of Fame inductee broke Monday afternoon. When I read the name, I got goosebumps. A smile on my face. It was one of those moments as a pro wrestling fan where you can't believe what you are reading. As if hell just froze over. While watching Raw, everything seemed to take a backseat, for this night only. CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a terrific match.
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By Arda Ocal | March 8, 2012
In the past 30 years we have seen such an incredible change in the WWE. If you were alive to witness it, or if you went through the archives, you'll notice how unique and diverse each era has been, especially those eras of prosperity. With recent claims that WrestleMania 28 will become the most financially successful WrestleMania of all time, it seems that we are firmly entrenched in another upswing in WWE. The two previous eras of major upswing in WWE were the “Rock N' Wrestling” Era (roughly 1984-1991)
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By DAN RODRICKS | January 26, 2006
I finally met Nikolai Volkoff, the bad-guy pro wrestler from the days of Bruno Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon - and I don't know how we hated this man so much. Volkoff is lovable, gentle, charming and modest. He doesn't snarl anymore. The man doesn't even eat red meat. Last Thursday, Volkoff walked into the basement dining room of The Barn, on Harford Road in Carney, wearing large, old-guy glasses, a bright red jacket and Russian soldier's cap, and he sang the Soviet anthem. And no one threw any food at him. Amazing.
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By THOM LOVERRO | August 11, 1991
Professional wrestling has lost its credibility.That premise may sound ludicrous, but it was the conclusion I -- along with several patrons of a local bar -- came to after talking about the glory days of wrestling.We talked about Cowboy Bill Watts, and I told them how I once saw him fight Bruno Sammartino for the world championship in the old Madison Square Garden, sharing a truly nostalgic memory that only another wrestling fan could appreciate.We spent some time reminiscing about others wrestlers who found a place in the hearts and mind of our youth -- Killer Kowalski, who once tore the ear off Yukon Eric in match; Dick the Bruiser, who fought Alex Karras in a bar the night before they were to meet in the ring; the Sheik, the mysterious Arab who shot fire out of his fingers; and Wild Red Berry, the cane-wielding manager who wore a jacket with the words on the back "I Am Right!"
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