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By Arda Ocal | October 31, 2013
During WWE's third quarter earnings conference call on Thursday, chairman Vince McMahon called WWE's recent SummerSlam pay-per-view a "swing and a miss. " The event, which is traditionally WWE's second-largest of the year, took place on Aug. 18. McMahon noted that pay-pay-views are attraction driven and that Summerslam didn't feature the right attraction. The advertised co-main events at Summerslam were John Cena defending the WWE title against Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar.
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By Aaron Oster | September 21, 2014
Night of Champions has had a lackluster build, but the pay-per-view could end up directing the flow of the WWE for the next few months. The WWE seems to always get in a bit of a rut after SummerSlam. They had so much geared up toward the big event, that they have a bit of a hangover in September or October. This year has been no different, as they have limped to this weekend's pay-per-view, Night of Champions. Once you throw Roman Reigns' injury into the equation, which takes out one of the marquee matches in Reigns against Seth Rollins, and there has to be a lot of questions swirling around this show.
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By Arda Ocal | July 30, 2012
theScore's Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) had the chance to sit down with former WWE champion Mick Foley 24 hours after his appearance at Raw 1,000. 
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By Aaron Oster | August 26, 2014
John Cena returned after a one-week absence to hype his rematch with Brock Lesnar, and it was like he never left. After losing in brutal fashion to Lesnar at Summerslam, many wondered how that would affect Cena's character. It was one of the more brutal losses in wrestling and, especially if he was going for a rematch, it seemed something would have to change for Cena to be able to compete with Lesnar once again. However, based on Monday night, it seems nothing will change in Cena's quest to recapture the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
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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 | July 30, 2013
WWE Raw ended Monday night virtually the same way it ended two weeks ago -- John Cena raising the WWE title in the air (this time after beating Ryback in a tables match), and Daniel Bryan yelling "Yes" in his face, along with pretty much every fan in the arena. Slowly but surely, there are cracks beginning to show in the armor of respect in this match -- though it will still be an underlying theme in this rivalry, there will be more intensity seen in the weeks to come. What we aren't seeing a lot of (rather who)
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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 Aaron Oster | August 16, 2014
In 2013, Summerslam might have been the best pay per view of the year, with two Match of the Year candidates. While it might not reach that level, the card this year certainly has the potential to be memorable. Last year, both the Brock Lesnar/CM Punk match (which was my pick for match of the year) and the John Cena/Daniel Bryan match were showered with praise both from fans and critics. They were the top of a great pay-per-view, which also included an overlooked match featuring Alberto Del Rio and Christian.
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April 24, 2012
Ring Posts blogger and theScore TV personality Arda Ocal catches up with Rick Martel to talk about how much pro wrestling is involved in his life today, how he started using the Boston Crab, why his match vs, Shawn Michaels at Wembley Stadium at Summerslam 1992 isn't a career highlight and more.
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By Arda Ocal | August 23, 2013
In an interview conducted Saturday night in Los Angeles, Rey Mysterio said he had hoped to return from a left knee injury at SummerSlam, but he is now aiming for September.   The full interview, including thoughts on his rehab, if his style in the ring will change and other luchador talent in WWE, can be viewed below.
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By Aaron Oster | August 16, 2014
In 2013, Summerslam might have been the best pay per view of the year, with two Match of the Year candidates. While it might not reach that level, the card this year certainly has the potential to be memorable. Last year, both the Brock Lesnar/CM Punk match (which was my pick for match of the year) and the John Cena/Daniel Bryan match were showered with praise both from fans and critics. They were the top of a great pay-per-view, which also included an overlooked match featuring Alberto Del Rio and Christian.
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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 Aaron Oster | August 5, 2014
For the past few months, the WWE's top priority has been to raise subscriptions for the WWE Network. That was kicked into overdrive on Monday, as RAW was turned into an infomercial for the Network. From the very beginning of the show, Triple H was repeating over and over again that for $9.99 you can get the Network, on which could you watch the upcoming SummerSlam. For one segment, it was kind of funny. However, the broadcasters ran with it so much that it seemed like every segment and match featured at least one mention of subscribing to the WWE Network.
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
With SummerSlam looming, WWE quietly has put together one of the stronger cards for a small pay-per-view event in recent memory with Sunday's Battleground. While it seems like many of these feuds and matches were built to set up SummerSlam, there's no reason why they couldn't shine Sunday and also build for August. There are four matches -  Usos vs. Harper and Rowan, Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, and AJ vs. Paige -   that have the potential to be show-stealers.
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Late last week, reports started coming out that Daniel Bryan's rehab wasn't going as well as hoped. This afternoon, reports came out that doctors had officially told him that he won't be cleared to wrestle at Money in the Bank. Assuming these reports are true, that means we will see the Money in the Bank match turned into a match for the WWE World Heavyweight title, as Stephanie McMahon announced on RAW last week. We may also see a second match for the MITB briefcase. We should know more about that later tonight on RAW. Now that we know he won't be defending the title though, the question becomes who will become champion, and what happens to some of the long-term plans for the title and Daniel Bryan.
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
The question of what to do with the world heavyweight title has been hanging over the WWE since Daniel Bryan announced two weeks ago that he needed surgery. While it seemed like there might be a resolution on Raw, the decision on the belt was postponed, and the lack of a title feud had a ripple effect over the entire show. The previous week, Stephanie McMahon said that Bryan needed to surrender the title on Raw this week. And yes, he did show up. He said that his injury was worse than expected (which I believe is a work, and was just used to get a reaction from the crowd)
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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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By Arda Ocal | August 30, 2012
In his first interview since retiring from pro wrestling, former WWE Superstar Tyler Reks (@GbeTuft) talks to Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) and Jimmy Korderas (@JimmyKorderas) about making this tough decision, how his mind wasn't fully made up until the drive from SummerSlam 2012 to Raw, how the day unfolded to when he had "the conversation," Curt Hawkins' reaction after finally being given a new gimmick, life after wrestling, his new company Local Marketing 2.0 ( www.localm2.com ), whether or not he will cut his distinct hair, career highlight at Raw 1,000 and much more.
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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 Aaron Oster | January 18, 2014
On Monday night, something that was once unthinkable happened: The WWE announced the induction of The Ultimate Warrior into its Hall of Fame. Not much is needed to be said about the in-ring career of Ultimate Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig), or at least the peak of it. After being signed by the WWF, his combination of size and his energy made him one of the most popular wrestlers of that era. His matches, and especially his bizarre promos, are still talked about to this day. His title-vs-title match against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI is still considered one of the most memorable matches of all time.
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