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By Aaron Oster | January 27, 2014
"Stamford, you have a problem. " That, along with just utter shock at exactly what I was seeing, was all I could think of as Batista was standing tall at the end of Sunday's Royal Rumble match.  Batista winning wasn't the shocking part.  The shocking part of the scene was the mostly united crowd raining boos down on him -- after spending the better part of two hours booing whoever was in the ring and chanting for Daniel Bryan. We've seen and heard fans voice their displeasure before, especially in traditional wrestling cities like New York, Chicago and Toronto.  But I can't remember a time when fans, both the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community)
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Almost from the day The Shield debuted in WWE, people have been waiting for Roman Reigns to break out for a single push. On Monday's Raw, that push may have begun. Roman Reigns has always been what the WWE looks for in a potential star. He's billed at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, ripped and has a real athletic background and the ability to be a true powerhouse. He has future WWE champion written all over him. The most surprising thing about the entire Shield run might be that they kept them together and didn't stop to push Reigns sooner than they did. While he picked up many of the pins in tag matches, he had very few singles accomplishments under his belt.
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By Aaron Oster | January 26, 2014
To many wrestling fans, the Royal Rumble is their favorite pay-per-view of the year.  This year, we have 4 matches already made, plus the Rumble match itself.  Here's a rundown of the show, with my predictions on the winner. The Rhodes Brothers vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Titles This match will be on the online preshow. I'm not the biggest fan of this match.  You have the Outlaws wrestle for the first time  in their return 2 weeks ago, and they suddenly get a title shot?
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By Aaron Oster and For The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
The WWE made official on Friday what was long-rumored: Hulk Hogan is returning to the company The WWE Hall of Famer is going to return on RAW on Monday, according to the WWE, and will take part in Wrestlemania 30 as a host, similar to what The Rock did for Wrestlemania in 2011. Hogan, 60, was last in the WWE in 2006, when he faced Randy Orton at Summerslam.  That was part of a short run that started in 2005 when he teamed with, and later had a memorable (perhaps for the wrong reasons)
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By Arda Ocal | January 24, 2013
The Royal Rumble is the match I look forward to most in WWE, not just because it begins the "Road To WrestleMania" and shapes a lot of those cards and rivalries, but because it feeds your ADD cravings as a pro wrestling fan. Every two minutes, about the time you secretly want something new or exciting to happen in a match, a new person joins in and makes the match interesting again. This happens 28 times. By the time No. 30 hits the ring, your "fan ADD" has been fed enough that you can calmly sit through the remaining minutes (usually 6-to-10)
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By Arda Ocal | January 28, 2013
After the Royal Rumble concluded I received a direct message on Twitter from a good friend who used to work in the wrestling industry. To me, he summed up the 2013 Royal Rumble best with this quote: "A fun show that is 100% predictable is still a fun show. " As soon as John Cena eliminated Ryback to win the Royal Rumble match, it seemed as though the main event of WrestleMania ("Twice in a Lifetime") was already set, even though the WWE title had yet to be defended. Hardcore fans and "armchair bookers" everywhere were collectively clanking on their keyboards, lamenting this “predictable” outcome and complaining about the lack of surprise.
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By Aaron Oster | January 21, 2014
"The Animal" Batista returned with a bang Monday night, taking out Alberto Del Rio and declaring his intentions to go after the WWE world heavyweight championship on the final WWE Raw before the Royal Rumble. Batista last appeared in the WWE in May 2010, ending an eight-year run with the company. He was part of the oft-talked about Class of 2002 from Ohio Valley Wrestling -- the WWE's feeder organization before they moved it to Florida -- along with John Cena, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar.
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By Arda Ocal | January 22, 2013
As Sheamus walked down the RAW ramp to follow John Cena, he called Cena's promo "bizarre. " That it was. It did seem like Cena was at his most loose and comfortable, being goofy and interacting with the fans, talking about people's Sunday mornings and afternoons. What confused me was that this was among the very last images we saw six days before the Royal Rumble -- though the segment was saved by a locker room brawl in the ring, setting up the Royal Rumble match. I can't help but think of John Cena the campy, goofy joker vs. John Cena, the serious Superstar with a point to make.
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By Arda Ocal | January 25, 2013
Traditionally,  WWE  holds Fan  Axxess  festivities on the days leading up to  WrestleMania  and  Summerslam  events. This weekend, the Royal Rumble in Phoenix will get the " Axxess " treatment, with a twist. For the first time,  WWE  will host a series of "Straight Shooting" live round table featuring several  WWE  superstars and legends. The three topics are  DX , The Montreal  Screwjob , and  WCW . The latter will include  WCW  mainstays Kevin Nash, The Big Show and Booker T. The key word to describe these discussions is in the title - "shoot".
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By Adam Testa | January 30, 2012
The Royal Rumble has long been recognized as one of the premier American wrestling events of the year, coming in second to only WrestleMania. This year's event featured a number of surprises, both in the 30-man Rumble match itself and on the rest of the card. Both the WWE and World Heavyweight champions retained their titles, two unannounced matches were showcased and a number of WWE veterans and superstars returned to the ring. I had a bird's eye seat for the spectacle, as I sat two rows removed from the floor-seat section of the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
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By Aaron Oster | January 29, 2014
On Monday, there was a notable omission from RAW. Despite being in a fairly prominent storyline with Kane and the Authority, CM Punk was not on the show at all. Wednesday morning, we might have found out why. If reports are to be believed -- and these reports are still coming out -- CM Punk told Vince McMahon on Monday afternoon that he was going home, and that he wasn't coming back. RAW, which had been going through some changes, had to quickly be rewritten, and was still being put together an hour before the show was set to start.
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By Aaron Oster | January 28, 2014
In the constantly moving world of wrestling, there's never much time to sit and reflect on pay-per-views. So it's not too surprising that instead of dwelling on the Royal Rumble on WWE Raw, the attention turned to setting the stage for the next pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber. On Raw, The Authority announced that Randy Orton would have to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber. Not surprisingly, Daniel Bryan was the first to respond to the announcement. WWE continued to blur the line between reality and storyline as Bryan ranted about how he wanted to be in the Royal Rumble, but The Authority wouldn't let him, and that The Authority should tell the fans what they want.
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By Aaron Oster | January 27, 2014
"Stamford, you have a problem. " That, along with just utter shock at exactly what I was seeing, was all I could think of as Batista was standing tall at the end of Sunday's Royal Rumble match.  Batista winning wasn't the shocking part.  The shocking part of the scene was the mostly united crowd raining boos down on him -- after spending the better part of two hours booing whoever was in the ring and chanting for Daniel Bryan. We've seen and heard fans voice their displeasure before, especially in traditional wrestling cities like New York, Chicago and Toronto.  But I can't remember a time when fans, both the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community)
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By Aaron Oster | January 26, 2014
To many wrestling fans, the Royal Rumble is their favorite pay-per-view of the year.  This year, we have 4 matches already made, plus the Rumble match itself.  Here's a rundown of the show, with my predictions on the winner. The Rhodes Brothers vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Titles This match will be on the online preshow. I'm not the biggest fan of this match.  You have the Outlaws wrestle for the first time  in their return 2 weeks ago, and they suddenly get a title shot?
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By Aaron Oster | January 21, 2014
"The Animal" Batista returned with a bang Monday night, taking out Alberto Del Rio and declaring his intentions to go after the WWE world heavyweight championship on the final WWE Raw before the Royal Rumble. Batista last appeared in the WWE in May 2010, ending an eight-year run with the company. He was part of the oft-talked about Class of 2002 from Ohio Valley Wrestling -- the WWE's feeder organization before they moved it to Florida -- along with John Cena, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar.
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By Aaron Oster | December 31, 2013
In 2013, WWE really revolved around the rise of Daniel Bryan. From his feud with The Shield at the beginning of the year to his break from Kane and rise to the title picture to winning the title (briefly) and his feud with Randy Orton, he captivated the WWE audience all year long. He even was voted as Superstar of the Year by the WWE fans. So it was only natural that the final shot of the final WWE Raw in 2013 had Daniel Bryan in it. I'm not sure if anyone expected exactly what that shot was though.
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By Arda Ocal | July 13, 2012
The Money in the Bank pay-per-view has quickly become an event on WWE's events calendar that fans greatly look forward to. What started as a match at WrestleManiabecame a match that could be counted on to consistently provide excitement, if not steal the show on the grandest stage of them all, so much so that it became its own event in 2010. Much like the Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank is a speciality match with something important at stake and happens only once a year. Unlike the Royal Rumble, the winners of the Money in the Bank ladder match aren't typically elevated in status by the win in the long term.
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By Arda Ocal | December 17, 2013
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan put on a terrific match to end WWE Raw on Monday night, and it ended in a disqualification. John Cena, who earlier insisted that Bryan get the nod as challenger to Orton's title, came to make the save, but the show ended with Orton standing tall, holding both championships. This creates an interesting bottleneck for the WWE championship -- Cena seemingly will get another match at some point, and Bryan is back in the hunt. With the Royal Rumble looming, and only one main championship for winner to seek, you have to wonder how the scenario will play out. Another thing to consider -- if Bryan or Cena doesn't win the Royal Rumble and battle for the WWE title, a perfect candidate to face a villain unified champion is Chris Jericho, who himself unified the titles in 2001.
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By Arda Ocal | December 17, 2013
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan put on a terrific match to end WWE Raw on Monday night, and it ended in a disqualification. John Cena, who earlier insisted that Bryan get the nod as challenger to Orton's title, came to make the save, but the show ended with Orton standing tall, holding both championships. This creates an interesting bottleneck for the WWE championship -- Cena seemingly will get another match at some point, and Bryan is back in the hunt. With the Royal Rumble looming, and only one main championship for winner to seek, you have to wonder how the scenario will play out. Another thing to consider -- if Bryan or Cena doesn't win the Royal Rumble and battle for the WWE title, a perfect candidate to face a villain unified champion is Chris Jericho, who himself unified the titles in 2001.
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By Arda Ocal | December 5, 2013
After decades of terrorizing enemies in the ring (and a famous stint becoming one himself), Robert Remus, better known to fans as Sgt. Slaughter, is a public ambassador for WWE. He can be seen on many nights representing the company at charity events and at local independent wrestling events. "Part of my job is to send new talent [to WWE]", Slaughter, 65, said in a phone interview on Tuesday promoting WWE's latest DVD releases ("RAW 20th Anniversary Collection" and "The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment")
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