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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 15, 1996
Not even a steel-cage match could settle the hottest feud in professional wrestling today.Wrestling's top two organizations -- the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling -- are engaged in a quarrel that has gotten nastier than a Texas death match.This wrasslin' war is being waged in living rooms across the country. Every Monday at 9 p.m., fans must decide whether to watch the WWF's "Monday Night Raw" on the USA Network or WCW's "Monday Nitro" on TNT. This Saturday, World Championship Wrestling is coming to the Baltimore Arena, where fans can judge its lineup in person.
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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 Jim McNair and Jim McNair,Knight-Ridder News Service | November 10, 1991
MIAMI -- Professional wrestling is bizarre enough with the flying tackles, the fake blood and the fenced-in rings. But to Patrick Schaefer, wrestling in women's makeup or chasing opponents around the ring with a snake has gone too far."To a certain extent, many, many things they're doing now are insulting to the intelligence of wrestling fans," Schaefer said. "It sells, but it's not good professional wrestling."Schaefer is president of a Deerfield Beach, Fla., company that wants to begin promoting and televising wrestling in Florida and England.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Staff | March 17, 2002
These days, what were once considered fantasy match-ups between sports heroes of different ages are almost everyday occurrences. Michael Jordan (before he was injured) came out of retirement to take on young basketball stars like Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant. Golden-years golfers like Jack Nicklaus tee it up alongside Tiger Woods. But sports fans still can only imagine what it would have been like to see Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron play against each in other in a World Series, or Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain square off in the NBA Finals.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2000
Sure, Baltimore, you could watch "WWF Smackdown" on UPN Thursday night (like you do every week, admit it), but there's nothing like actually being in the arena to experience the scripted mayhem of the World Wrestling Federation. Getting into Baltimore Arena for the show's taping tonight, however, may be more difficult than escaping from Mankind's chokehold -- not to mention as expensive as a year of basic cable. Tickets for the event went on sale Nov. 13, and the 12,000-seat building was sold out before Christmas.
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By Phil Jackman | March 10, 1993
Reading Time, Two Minutes:Folks everywhere must think we're a bunch of dullards if all we can come up with as a proposed name for a hoped-for NFL expansion franchise is Cobras (Glazer), Bombers (Weinglass) and Football Team (Clancy) -- embarrassing suggestions that haven't been rescinded yet, incidentally. There's absolutely no doubt what the name of the team should be if it materializes: The Baltimore Accent. After all, a regionally unique name is what everyone seeks and what's more unique than our speech, hon?
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 14, 1996
Is this a great time to be a football fan in Baltimore or what?First, we get the Cleveland Browns and transform them into the Ravens, and now this: The Baltimore Arena will be the site as former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael and Kevin Greene of the Carolina Panthers trade in their helmets and shoulder pads for two pairs of spandex tights.McMichael and Greene will make their professional wrestling debuts here on Sunday evening as part of World Championship Wrestling's Great American Bash pay-per-view event.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Staff | March 17, 2002
These days, what were once considered fantasy match-ups between sports heroes of different ages are almost everyday occurrences. Michael Jordan (before he was injured) came out of retirement to take on young basketball stars like Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant. Golden-years golfers like Jack Nicklaus tee it up alongside Tiger Woods. But sports fans still can only imagine what it would have been like to see Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron play against each in other in a World Series, or Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain square off in the NBA Finals.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Staff | June 20, 1999
Professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page isn't a bad guy. He just plays one on TV.The former good guy of World Championship Wrestling "turned heel" recently. Outside the ring, though, Page sheds his villainous image for a charity of his own creation: Bang It Out for Books, which provides books and educational materials for kids at schools in need.Page himself (real name Page Falkinburg) has struggled with reading all his life, and discovered only as an adult that he was dyslexic. The Sun caught up with Page last week at autograph sessions to raise money for the charity in Baltimore (donations stay in the communities where they are made)
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer | March 16, 1993
Axl Rotten says professional wrestlers are a nervous lot.They book their own performances and are afraid to have their baaaad names linked to sissy things such as lawsuits.But Mr. Rotten and other tough guys -- "Bulldog Denton," Diamond Dave Casanova and "Agent Orange," to name a few -- have become unwitting pawns in a legal grudge match between professional wrestling promoters.Wrestling Independent Network Inc., (WIN), a Dundalk-based promoter, is alleging that three former employees set up a rival business, ruined the company's good name and refused to return the promotional materials and talent list of wrestlers that are "the lifeblood of the company."
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2000
Sure, Baltimore, you could watch "WWF Smackdown" on UPN Thursday night (like you do every week, admit it), but there's nothing like actually being in the arena to experience the scripted mayhem of the World Wrestling Federation. Getting into Baltimore Arena for the show's taping tonight, however, may be more difficult than escaping from Mankind's chokehold -- not to mention as expensive as a year of basic cable. Tickets for the event went on sale Nov. 13, and the 12,000-seat building was sold out before Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Sun Staff | June 20, 1999
Professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page isn't a bad guy. He just plays one on TV.The former good guy of World Championship Wrestling "turned heel" recently. Outside the ring, though, Page sheds his villainous image for a charity of his own creation: Bang It Out for Books, which provides books and educational materials for kids at schools in need.Page himself (real name Page Falkinburg) has struggled with reading all his life, and discovered only as an adult that he was dyslexic. The Sun caught up with Page last week at autograph sessions to raise money for the charity in Baltimore (donations stay in the communities where they are made)
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer | October 11, 1998
The undefeated World Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion, a tattooed mass of muscle with a shaved head and a goatee, is making his way to the ring. Emerging from a downpour of sparklers and smoke bombs that engulf his massive frame, the champ is literally blowing smoke through his nostrils as a sold-out arena of spectators chants his name.The elaborate entrance lasts nearly as long as most of his matches. It rarely takes more than two minutes for him to destroy his opponent, leading fans to pose a question that has become his catch phrase:"Who's next?"
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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."
SPORTS
By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 14, 1996
Is this a great time to be a football fan in Baltimore or what?First, we get the Cleveland Browns and transform them into the Ravens, and now this: The Baltimore Arena will be the site as former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael and Kevin Greene of the Carolina Panthers trade in their helmets and shoulder pads for two pairs of spandex tights.McMichael and Greene will make their professional wrestling debuts here on Sunday evening as part of World Championship Wrestling's Great American Bash pay-per-view event.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 15, 1996
Not even a steel-cage match could settle the hottest feud in professional wrestling today.Wrestling's top two organizations -- the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling -- are engaged in a quarrel that has gotten nastier than a Texas death match.This wrasslin' war is being waged in living rooms across the country. Every Monday at 9 p.m., fans must decide whether to watch the WWF's "Monday Night Raw" on the USA Network or WCW's "Monday Nitro" on TNT. This Saturday, World Championship Wrestling is coming to the Baltimore Arena, where fans can judge its lineup in person.
SPORTS
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.
FEATURES
By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer | October 11, 1998
The undefeated World Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion, a tattooed mass of muscle with a shaved head and a goatee, is making his way to the ring. Emerging from a downpour of sparklers and smoke bombs that engulf his massive frame, the champ is literally blowing smoke through his nostrils as a sold-out arena of spectators chants his name.The elaborate entrance lasts nearly as long as most of his matches. It rarely takes more than two minutes for him to destroy his opponent, leading fans to pose a question that has become his catch phrase:"Who's next?"
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer | March 16, 1993
Axl Rotten says professional wrestlers are a nervous lot.They book their own performances and are afraid to have their baaaad names linked to sissy things such as lawsuits.But Mr. Rotten and other tough guys -- "Bulldog Denton," Diamond Dave Casanova and "Agent Orange," to name a few -- have become unwitting pawns in a legal grudge match between professional wrestling promoters.Wrestling Independent Network Inc., (WIN), a Dundalk-based promoter, is alleging that three former employees set up a rival business, ruined the company's good name and refused to return the promotional materials and talent list of wrestlers that are "the lifeblood of the company."
SPORTS
By Phil Jackman | March 10, 1993
Reading Time, Two Minutes:Folks everywhere must think we're a bunch of dullards if all we can come up with as a proposed name for a hoped-for NFL expansion franchise is Cobras (Glazer), Bombers (Weinglass) and Football Team (Clancy) -- embarrassing suggestions that haven't been rescinded yet, incidentally. There's absolutely no doubt what the name of the team should be if it materializes: The Baltimore Accent. After all, a regionally unique name is what everyone seeks and what's more unique than our speech, hon?
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