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By Arda Ocal | June 18, 2012
By the end of Sunday's WWEpay-per-view event, there was certainly a way out for John Laurinaitis. The now-former on-screen employee of WWE was fired by Vince McMahon and then sent through the Spanish announce table by a victorious John Cena in his cage match against Big Show. Brodus Clay, who earlier defeated David Otunga by countout, was on hand to make sure "Big Johnny" didn't interfere. The match itself was a typically entertaining match -- what else would you expect from Cena? -- that included an AA on the massive Show, who dazzled the New Jersey crowd with a rare top rope elbow drop.
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By Arda Ocal | March 1, 2013
Debuting on August 25, 2012, WWE Saturday Morning Slam has been a staple on the Vortexx on the CW. For many longtime WWE fans, watching the product on Saturday mornings was a tradition, the most coveted time of the week to catch your favorite stars. This includes lifelong fan and current WWE superstar Zack Ryder. "There's a whole new generation of fans who are, maybe watching wrestling for the first time or watching it in addition to Raw and Smackdown," Ryder said in a phone interview Thursday.
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By Adam Testa | May 7, 2012
WWE has a long track record of revising its own history. Former enemies all of a sudden are best friends, a certain former world champion has been erased completely from history, and the list continues. But Monday night on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis took it upon himself to not only rewrite WWE history, but also that of All Japan Pro Wrestling, where Laurinaitis competed as Johnny Ace from 1990 to 2000. Laurinaitis claimed to be the greatest star in the history of Japan, comparing his impact on the industry to the careers of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock rolled into one. In all honesty, I think Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa is even a bigger star in Japan than Laurinaitis was during his heyday.John Laurinaitis rewrites wrestling history to build feud with John Cena on WWE's Monday Night Raw Believing his own hype, Laurinaitis said it's those skills that will enable him to beat John Cena at Over the Limit later this month.
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By Adam Testa | October 8, 2012
Vince McMahon may have unwittingly provided the answer to America's unemployment campaign. Apparently, you can show up to the job you were removed from months ago, pretend nothing has changed and go about your business. And as long as you suck up to the customers, they'll ignore the facts of the recent past. The corporate management of WWE has become a clustered mess of chaos that only seems to be brought up when it's convenient for the sake of storytelling. Is McMahon still the chairman of the board?
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July 17, 2012
theScore TV's Arda Ocal goes 1-on-1 with Road Warrior Animal.
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By Adam Testa | January 31, 2012
Conflict and tension between authority figures and superstars are by no means new concepts in the world of professional wrestling. The most obvious example comes in the form of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's crusade against WWE CEO Vince McMahon. That duo battled on the microphone, in the boardroom and in the ring. Many have debated whether the ongoing CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis issues can reach the fever pitch of McMahon-Austin. But really, these overly analytical fans need to let the past be the past and let this feud blossom into its own. Not helping matters any is the clustered nature of the feud to begin with.
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By Arda Ocal | March 1, 2013
Debuting on August 25, 2012, WWE Saturday Morning Slam has been a staple on the Vortexx on the CW. For many longtime WWE fans, watching the product on Saturday mornings was a tradition, the most coveted time of the week to catch your favorite stars. This includes lifelong fan and current WWE superstar Zack Ryder. "There's a whole new generation of fans who are, maybe watching wrestling for the first time or watching it in addition to Raw and Smackdown," Ryder said in a phone interview Thursday.
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By Adam Testa | June 18, 2012
For several weeks, WWE has been focused on heavily promoting the milestone 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23. On a personal note, I'm more than OK with this, as I've had my tickets for that show purchased since January and would love to see a stacked show. But as the build of that show has continued, WWE has been bringing back legends. Vader appeared last week, and a number of guests made special appearances on tonight's Raw, as well. In the wake of John Laurinaitis' ousting as general manager and executive vice president of talent relations, though, it seems a few more faces from the past may be making appearances.
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By Adam Testa | June 4, 2012
Be a star. Those three words radiate from the television every week during WWE programming, generally in reference to the company's anti-bullying campaign. The problem is that while WWE promotes all these positive messages, its top heroes aren't exactly living the lifestyle they're pushing. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus has been known to bully his opponents, WWE Champion CM Punk isn't always the most respectful man on the microphone and, tonight, WWE's poster child John Cena -- with the ability to pick his opponent for the evening -- chose an announcer.
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By Adam Testa | April 16, 2012
Fan criticism has apparently become the kryptonite to WWE's "Super Cena. " For the past several years, fans have been critical of the creative team's treatment of John Cena. Some fans have misdirected their gripes toward Cena himself, but he wasn't the one making booking decisions. No matter who the decision makers were, the facts were clear: Cena was not losing often, and when he did, it was rarely in clean fashion. But since WrestleMania, something has changed. WWE now seems to be taking Cena's character the opposite direction, pushing him into the corner and not giving him any breaks.
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July 17, 2012
theScore TV's Arda Ocal goes 1-on-1 with Road Warrior Animal.
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By Arda Ocal | June 18, 2012
By the end of Sunday's WWEpay-per-view event, there was certainly a way out for John Laurinaitis. The now-former on-screen employee of WWE was fired by Vince McMahon and then sent through the Spanish announce table by a victorious John Cena in his cage match against Big Show. Brodus Clay, who earlier defeated David Otunga by countout, was on hand to make sure "Big Johnny" didn't interfere. The match itself was a typically entertaining match -- what else would you expect from Cena? -- that included an AA on the massive Show, who dazzled the New Jersey crowd with a rare top rope elbow drop.
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By Adam Testa | June 18, 2012
For several weeks, WWE has been focused on heavily promoting the milestone 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23. On a personal note, I'm more than OK with this, as I've had my tickets for that show purchased since January and would love to see a stacked show. But as the build of that show has continued, WWE has been bringing back legends. Vader appeared last week, and a number of guests made special appearances on tonight's Raw, as well. In the wake of John Laurinaitis' ousting as general manager and executive vice president of talent relations, though, it seems a few more faces from the past may be making appearances.
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By Adam Testa | June 4, 2012
Be a star. Those three words radiate from the television every week during WWE programming, generally in reference to the company's anti-bullying campaign. The problem is that while WWE promotes all these positive messages, its top heroes aren't exactly living the lifestyle they're pushing. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus has been known to bully his opponents, WWE Champion CM Punk isn't always the most respectful man on the microphone and, tonight, WWE's poster child John Cena -- with the ability to pick his opponent for the evening -- chose an announcer.
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By Adam Testa | May 21, 2012
Sometimes the small things make all the difference in professional wrestling. Too often, critics -- especially those on the Internet -- nitpick every decision WWE makes and find the logical or creative flaws. Many times, this creates an unnecessary sense or allegation of failure. But on tonight's Raw, WWE (or, more specifically, general manager John Laurinaitis) made a mistake that is almost unforgivable. While I personally wasn't offended by Sunday's match between John Cena and Laurinaitis at Over the Limit , many people have lashed out against the match.
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By Adam Testa | May 7, 2012
WWE has a long track record of revising its own history. Former enemies all of a sudden are best friends, a certain former world champion has been erased completely from history, and the list continues. But Monday night on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis took it upon himself to not only rewrite WWE history, but also that of All Japan Pro Wrestling, where Laurinaitis competed as Johnny Ace from 1990 to 2000. Laurinaitis claimed to be the greatest star in the history of Japan, comparing his impact on the industry to the careers of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock rolled into one. In all honesty, I think Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa is even a bigger star in Japan than Laurinaitis was during his heyday.John Laurinaitis rewrites wrestling history to build feud with John Cena on WWE's Monday Night Raw Believing his own hype, Laurinaitis said it's those skills that will enable him to beat John Cena at Over the Limit later this month.
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By Adam Testa | October 8, 2012
Vince McMahon may have unwittingly provided the answer to America's unemployment campaign. Apparently, you can show up to the job you were removed from months ago, pretend nothing has changed and go about your business. And as long as you suck up to the customers, they'll ignore the facts of the recent past. The corporate management of WWE has become a clustered mess of chaos that only seems to be brought up when it's convenient for the sake of storytelling. Is McMahon still the chairman of the board?
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By Adam Testa | May 21, 2012
Sometimes the small things make all the difference in professional wrestling. Too often, critics -- especially those on the Internet -- nitpick every decision WWE makes and find the logical or creative flaws. Many times, this creates an unnecessary sense or allegation of failure. But on tonight's Raw, WWE (or, more specifically, general manager John Laurinaitis) made a mistake that is almost unforgivable. While I personally wasn't offended by Sunday's match between John Cena and Laurinaitis at Over the Limit , many people have lashed out against the match.
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By Adam Testa | April 16, 2012
Fan criticism has apparently become the kryptonite to WWE's "Super Cena. " For the past several years, fans have been critical of the creative team's treatment of John Cena. Some fans have misdirected their gripes toward Cena himself, but he wasn't the one making booking decisions. No matter who the decision makers were, the facts were clear: Cena was not losing often, and when he did, it was rarely in clean fashion. But since WrestleMania, something has changed. WWE now seems to be taking Cena's character the opposite direction, pushing him into the corner and not giving him any breaks.
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By Adam Testa | January 31, 2012
Conflict and tension between authority figures and superstars are by no means new concepts in the world of professional wrestling. The most obvious example comes in the form of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's crusade against WWE CEO Vince McMahon. That duo battled on the microphone, in the boardroom and in the ring. Many have debated whether the ongoing CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis issues can reach the fever pitch of McMahon-Austin. But really, these overly analytical fans need to let the past be the past and let this feud blossom into its own. Not helping matters any is the clustered nature of the feud to begin with.
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