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By KEVIN ECK | November 17, 2008
Once touted as "The Next Big Thing" in pro wrestling, Brock Lesnar is now the big thing in mixed martial arts. I just finished watching the highlights of Lesnar's convincing victory over Randy Couture in Saturday night's UFC pay-per-view. Admittedly, I don't know a lot about MMA, but I know enough to be impressed by Lesnar pummeling a UFC legend to win the heavyweight title in just his fourth fight. With the victory, Lesnar, to my knowledge, became the only man to be both a world champion in a major wrestling organization and a UFC champion.
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By Duncan Hill | June 17, 2014
Like many fans and casual observers around the world, my life has been inundated with soccer (or fĂștbol) over the past few days. This is not a complaint; I really love watching the World Cup. Generally speaking, I have never been able to get excited about watching soccer, especially American Major League Soccer, because the matches usually consist of about 800 completed passes and 0 goals. However, the World Cup is different; it's that special time every four years that we get to see some of the best athletes from around the globe compete for a gold trophy that they get to borrow until the next cup (and yes, I believe soccer players are some of the best, if not the best, athletes)
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2003
An evening of professional wrestling will be presented at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie tonight, but there won't be any father vs. daughter matches on the card. Nor will there be comedy skits, scantily clad women or outlandish story lines. It certainly doesn't sound like a World Wrestling Entertainment event - and that's the point. Ring of Honor, a small independent wrestling company based in Philadelphia and making its Maryland debut tonight, was formed nearly two years ago to provide an underground alternative to WWE's slick brand of sports entertainment.
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By Arda Ocal | September 11, 2013
I want to start this by saying that this isn't going to be a career retrospect for Jim Ross, who just announced his retirement from WWE after 20 years . If you are reading this, you probably already are familiar with his work and why he has his place in history. If you don't, a good place to start would be WWE's Legends of Mid South DVD... then Legend's Round Table... then a plethora of WWE Pay Per View events in the 90s and 2000s, and WCW/NWA before that. There isn't a shortage of JR footage out there for you to study.
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By Duncan Hill | June 17, 2014
Like many fans and casual observers around the world, my life has been inundated with soccer (or fĂștbol) over the past few days. This is not a complaint; I really love watching the World Cup. Generally speaking, I have never been able to get excited about watching soccer, especially American Major League Soccer, because the matches usually consist of about 800 completed passes and 0 goals. However, the World Cup is different; it's that special time every four years that we get to see some of the best athletes from around the globe compete for a gold trophy that they get to borrow until the next cup (and yes, I believe soccer players are some of the best, if not the best, athletes)
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By Kevin Eck | March 29, 2005
WE'RE JUST FIVE days away from the annual extravaganza that lives up to the hype more often than the Super Bowl, World Series or any other major sporting event. Of course, I'm talking about WrestleMania, the premier spectacle in professional wrestling. Before a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and an international pay-per-view audience of millions on Sunday, bitter rivals will settle scores and champions will defend their titles in the 21st installment of the World Wrestling Entertainment production.
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By CHILDS WALKER | November 16, 2005
I know most people don't think of professional wrestlers as athletes, but they might feel differently if they had watched Eddie Guerrero as much as I did. You see, Guerrero could wiggle around the mat, finding a million clever ways to apply and counter amateur grappling holds. He could lift a man 100 pounds heavier than him and slam him to the canvas with an emphatic slap. Or, he could launch himself high above the ring like an acrobat, catch his opponent's head between his calves and twirl the man down with a graceful flip.
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By KEVIN ECK and KEVIN ECK,SUN REPORTER | April 17, 2006
Wrestling fan bumps up his experience Lying on my back in a professional wrestling ring, I shut my eyes and tightened my stomach muscles in anticipation of the impact that was only seconds away. A 230-pound wrestler named Crowbar was preparing to catapult himself from the apron of the ring, over the top rope and onto me, as a rabid crowd of 1,200 fans at a flea market-turned-wrestling arena in Dundalk egged him on. The obvious question is: How in the world did an editor from The Sun find himself in such a predicament?
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2005
With a gold medal draped around his neck, Kurt Angle couldn't hold back the tears as he stood proudly on the podium, his right hand across his heart, as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played. It was the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Angle had just won the 220-pound freestyle wrestling competition. The fact that he even qualified for the Olympics was amazing, because he did it with a broken neck, which he had suffered while winning the nationals. Coming from a blue-collar background, the clean-cut, baby-faced Angle was quickly embraced as America's newest sports hero.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Reporter | June 28, 2007
World Wrestling Entertainment had planned for a solemn, three-hour memorial service Monday. Although one was still held, a real-life tragedy had radically changed the game plan of one of television's most tightly scripted live shows. The mock service intended for head honcho Vince McMahon (in the story line, he was last seen inside an exploding limo) quickly became a real one after top wrestler Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in Atlanta. McMahon broke character in an empty arena to announce the news to viewers.
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By Arda Ocal | June 26, 2013
The father of WWE's biggest star is also active in pro wrestling. In fact, he is a staple in the New England scene. Known as "Johnny Fabulous," John Cena Sr. is as charismatic as you would expect the father of WWE's face to be. I caught up with him this past weekend at the New England Fan Fest, where we talked about his character, what he thinks his son's best match and rivalry was, where the WWE champ got his strong work ethic and when Cena Jr. will...
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The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
TNA Impact Wrestling is bringing a "BaseBrawl" show to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on July 20. Expected to appear fromTNA Impact Wrestling, as seen on Spike TV: Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle; Rob Van Dam, "The Whole Show"; Jeff Hardy "The Charismatic Enigma"; Mr. Anderson; and Bobby Roode, among others. There's no word on whetherCal Ripken Jr.and Billy Ripken will suit up as a tag team. The show begins at 7:30 and the loudest fans will be invited backstage. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 410-297-9292.
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By Kevin Eck and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 31, 2010
Stephanie Bell decided to skip her senior season of volleyball at Marymount (Va.) last year to pursue a different athletic endeavor. It still involves bumps and hits, only now she is working without a net. And instead of delivering overhand serves, she's dishing out forearm smashes. Bell gave up the sport she had played at James Madison High School (Vienna, Va.) and in college to go after her dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Known as Mia Yim on the independent wrestling circuit, Bell wrestles at small venues in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia while keeping an eye on one day working for a major wrestling company such as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
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June 1, 2009
JOHN TOLOS, 78 Professional Wrestler John Tolos, a professional wrestler whose dastardly antics in bouts with archrival Freddie Blassie attracted throngs to the Olympic Auditorium and one record-setting match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1971, has died. He was 78. Nicknamed the Golden Greek, Tolos died of kidney failure Thursday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles' Woodland Hills neighborhood, his son Chris said. Tolos, who spent more than 30 years in the ring, gained fame as Los Angeles' top villain in the early 1970s, according to Dave Meltzer, a pro wrestling historian and editor of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
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By KEVIN ECK | March 15, 2009
In a scene that has become far too familiar in pro wrestling, Andrew "Test" Martin was found dead in his Tampa, Fla., home by police officers Friday. He was a few days shy of his 34th birthday. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ ringposts)
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By KEVIN ECK | November 17, 2008
Once touted as "The Next Big Thing" in pro wrestling, Brock Lesnar is now the big thing in mixed martial arts. I just finished watching the highlights of Lesnar's convincing victory over Randy Couture in Saturday night's UFC pay-per-view. Admittedly, I don't know a lot about MMA, but I know enough to be impressed by Lesnar pummeling a UFC legend to win the heavyweight title in just his fourth fight. With the victory, Lesnar, to my knowledge, became the only man to be both a world champion in a major wrestling organization and a UFC champion.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
A lot of the bad guys of pro wrestling aren't really bad guys at all. They just play them on TV. World Wrestling Entertainment champion Randy Orton, however, says the arrogant jerk that he portrays on WWE television shows has never been that much of a stretch for him. "I'd say there's a lot of me in that character," says Orton, one of the top stars in the scripted genre known as sports entertainment. "I've always kind of been to myself. I wouldn't say I'm a complete [jerk] in real life, but on the show I just turn the volume up."
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 29, 1997
The strains of the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" pierce the arena darkness. Fans rise to their feet as a figure steps into the spotlight.As the music swells, a man with perfectly coiffured golden locks and a sparkling robe basks in the adulation of the crowd before stepping into the ring."
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By DAN RODRICKS | June 8, 2008
Back at the dawn of Baltimore television, when the Sunpapers owned the first station here, a 25-year-old Evening Sun reporter named Jim McManus agreed to work in front of the camera for $65 a week. It was 1947. The station, WMAR-TV, had to fill hours upon hours with original programming. So its crews did remote telecasts, running from the races at Pimlico to supermarket openings to professional wrestling matches at the old Baltimore Coliseum. McManus, a reporter and announcer, didn't care for the pro wrestling assignment.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
A lot of the bad guys of pro wrestling aren't really bad guys at all. They just play them on TV. World Wrestling Entertainment champion Randy Orton, however, says the arrogant jerk that he portrays on WWE television shows has never been that much of a stretch for him. "I'd say there's a lot of me in that character," says Orton, one of the top stars in the scripted genre known as sports entertainment. "I've always kind of been to myself. I wouldn't say I'm a complete [jerk] in real life, but on the show I just turn the volume up."
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