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By Arda Ocal | May 10, 2012
On Raw this week, somehow, some way, Paul Heyman was back in a WWE ring. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from WWE superstars, legends and employees on Twitter. Chris Jericho , CM Punk , Shawn Michaels , Lance Storm , Matt Hardy and Joey Styles all tweeted what most of us long-time hardcore wrestling fans were thinking. This is the first time Heyman has been seen in WWE since 2006, when ECW was revived as a brand under the WWE umbrella.
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By Aaron Oster | August 19, 2014
A RAW filled with great mid-card action all night long ended with a Match of the Year candidate and the temporary writing-off of a popular superstar. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins had a rematch of their Summerslam match on RAW, only with a Falls Count Anywhere stipulation attached (which fans voted for). These two put on a great show, going through the crowd and up and down the stage, and used all sorts of weapons, including chairs, tables and kendo sticks. With his CZW background, clearly Ambrose is comfortable with these types of matches, but it can't be understated how well Rollins did, and how well the two gelled.
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October 10, 2012
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network and The Baltimore Sun spoke with Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) about returning to the WWE, CM Punk, his ECW days and more.
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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 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 | November 13, 2012
These two tweets ( here and here ) pretty much summarize the opinions expressed by many people in the WWE Universe in response to part of a segment involving CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley and a returning Jerry "The King" Lawler. After what was a thunderous reception for "The King", who returned to work after suffering a heart attack during a live RAW broadcast in Montreal on Sept. 10 , CM Punk and Paul Heyman interrupted Lawler's "thank you" speech. CM Punk centered his promo largely on Lawler's heart attack, calling it a "stunt" and saying that had Lawler stayed in the ring he would have "beaten him to death.
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By Arda Ocal | November 15, 2012
During a phone interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin today promoting WWE '13 and Redneck Island on CMT, I asked “The Rattlesnake” for his thoughts on the controversial moment on Monday night's Raw involving Paul Heyman faking a heart attack (in case you missed it, detailed info can be found in my Raw recap here ). Austin, the most popular superstar from WWE's Attitude Era -- an Era that prided itself on  pushing the envelope and creating controversial situations that would have fans talking -- had an interesting response: "I believe in pushing the envelope in an aggressive fashion.
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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 Arda Ocal | December 5, 2012
After Raw on Monday, WWE champion CM Punk was rushed to Pensacola, Fla., to have emergency surgery with Dr. James Andrews. Speculation is that CM Punk has been working injured and didn't want to take time off, but he aggravated the injury during Ryback's attack on Raw.  WWE.com was the first to break the news, saying that Dr. Andrews, who has successfully performed surgeries on the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, John Cena, Randy Orton, Tom...
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By Arda Ocal | September 12, 2013
Randy Orton (champion) vs. Daniel Bryan -- WWE championship This has been a great story line to follow, particularly the way it has unfolded since SummerSlam -- Triple H and the evil "regime" have been getting the better of Daniel Bryan and the rest of the WWE roster week after week, with Bryan beaten down every episode. Then, finally, on the two television events before the pay-per-view, Bryan gets his revenge and looks like he can win. It's been excellent storyline, with The Big Show subplot sprinkled in as spice.
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By Aaron Oster | April 9, 2014
Over the past few years, the RAW after Wrestlemania has been considered to be one of the best RAWs of the year, particularly because of the crowds it draws. This year was no different. From start to finish, the crowd was loud, boisterous and made their presence felt in nearly every match. While the fans had fun, you can tell the wrestlers loved it to. Daniel Bryan not only had fun with the crowd as he opened the show, you could simply tell by the look on his face how much he loved it. Even as a heel, Bray Wyatt played to the crowd.
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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 Arda Ocal | October 26, 2013
With Sunday night's pay-per-view Hell in a Cell 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami inching closer, Ring Posts blogger Arda Ocal offers his predictions. WWE TITLE: RANDY ORTON VS. DANIEL BRYAN Certainly a big focus of this match will be Shawn Michaels as guest referee. Will he align himself with Triple H/Randy Orton, or will he call it down the middle? Unless we foresee The Heartbreak Kid being involved with WWE regularly - in which case, a Triple H reunion makes sense - I see this one being called down the middle and Daniel Bryan finally getting his hands on the title for longer than a day. WWE thrives on moments, and this scenario lends itself to Shawn Michaels celebrating with Daniel Bryan postmatch.
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By Arda Ocal | September 24, 2013
Since this only happens once in a while, it's not necessarily the most annoying thing in the world, but it definitely is an emerging trend. It's not new, either -- through signs and chants, fans have always wanted to be a part of the show. Especially with WWE -- where receiving 15 seconds of fame through being a member of the audience seems more likely than any other form of entertainment -- colorful fans have always stood out. What I have been noticing is an emerging pattern of chants among crowds who have been traditionally classified as "informed" WWE fans.
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By Arda Ocal | September 12, 2013
Randy Orton (champion) vs. Daniel Bryan -- WWE championship This has been a great story line to follow, particularly the way it has unfolded since SummerSlam -- Triple H and the evil "regime" have been getting the better of Daniel Bryan and the rest of the WWE roster week after week, with Bryan beaten down every episode. Then, finally, on the two television events before the pay-per-view, Bryan gets his revenge and looks like he can win. It's been excellent storyline, with The Big Show subplot sprinkled in as spice.
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By Arda Ocal and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
It was a familiar scene on WWE Raw for longtime wrestling fans. In the ring stood the authority figures -- in this case Triple H, Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon -- talking about what's right for WWE, their thoughts on the look of a proper champion and why their actions were all for the benefit of the fans. Daniel Bryan is the victim of their crimes. According to the "decision makers," he doesn't look like a champion. He's not an A, but a solid B+, they say. Earlier in the show, he was escorted away by security.
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By Aaron Oster | April 9, 2014
Over the past few years, the RAW after Wrestlemania has been considered to be one of the best RAWs of the year, particularly because of the crowds it draws. This year was no different. From start to finish, the crowd was loud, boisterous and made their presence felt in nearly every match. While the fans had fun, you can tell the wrestlers loved it to. Daniel Bryan not only had fun with the crowd as he opened the show, you could simply tell by the look on his face how much he loved it. Even as a heel, Bray Wyatt played to the crowd.
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By Arda Ocal | June 18, 2013
It's June. The "Wrestlemania hangover" is now far in the rear-view mirror. Some fans may have moved away from WWE for the time being. SummerSlam is in 2 months. It's in this sweet spot where something spectacular seems to happen on WWE Raw -- something that gets people talking. Last year, Vince McMahon returned to Raw for the first time in over a year. In 2011, CM Punk dropped a "pipe bomb" on television. In 2010, the Nexus formed. In 2009, Donald Trump bought Raw. In 2008, Vince McMahon vowed to give away $1 million.
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By Arda Ocal | August 13, 2013
The last Raw before SummerSlam gave the WWE audience exactly what we want heading into an upcoming pay-per-view -- something to look forward to in almost every match. John Cena and Daniel Bryan continued their compelling back and forth on the microphone, with Bryan talking about being a "wrestler" and Cena being a "phony," while Cena, passionately, said Bryan wasn't in the same league as his past opponents such as Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Triple H. Daniel Bryan called this "just another SummerSlam" for Cena but said this is the biggest match of his life (and in reality, it likely is)
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By Arda Ocal | August 6, 2013
It's the entertainer vs the wrestler. More generally, it's the WWE Universe vs. the hardcore pro wrestling fan. Daniel Bryan has played his role perfectly in the build up of his match against John Cena at SummerSlam. He is the darling of the internet wrestling community, the guy every hardcore fan is cheering for -- very similar to when Rob Van Dam, the ECW star, in the middle of a hostile ECW crowd at an ECW reunion event, defeated John Cena for the WWE title. Even in a segment loosely resembling the time Mr. McMahon tried to make Steve Austin more "corporate" during the Attitude Era, Daniel Bryan hit a home run and kept us interested.
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