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WWE Toronto house show fun for kids of all ages

WWE Toronto house show fun for kids of all ages

TORONTO - As someone who writes about wrestling on the internet, it can be really easy at times to be negative. Whether it’s knocking the creative direction of a storyline, nitpicking every little mistake in a match, or questioning who is or isn’t getting a push,...

Mat Matters: NXT live now checked off my bucket list

Mat Matters: NXT live now checked off my bucket list

Winter here in Detroit, Michigan is one cold and depressing affair, which customarily causes us Michiganders to migrate south to Florida during the holiday season. Now, any sane person chooses Disney World or Universal Studios as their Orlando, Florida destination...

WWE postpones Toronto show

WWE postpones Toronto show

WWE's Holiday Live house show that was to take place this Wednesday, December 29th, has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 27th, 2022. The announcement was made on the Coca-Cola Coliseum's website earlier today. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus was scheduled to host the...

Live SummerSlam an ‘abject failure’

Live SummerSlam an ‘abject failure’

LAS VEGAS — Traveling for professional wrestling shows is somewhat of a hobby for me. This marks nine straight WWE stadium shows I’ve attended, dating back to WrestleMania 32. Even through all those marathon Manias, through the good, the bad and the ugly, none have...

Live, Raw shake-up leaves plenty in wonder

Live, Raw shake-up leaves plenty in wonder

MONTREAL - The night started like any other Monday Night Raw, the crowd going wild in preparation for a night of the unknown. Everyone knew there was going to be some changes made to the roster, and they were ready. Signs reading "We want Kofi" or "AJ Styles come to...

WWE puts on a sweet show in Hershey, PA

WWE puts on a sweet show in Hershey, PA

Hershey, Pennsylvania bills itself as "The Sweetest Place on Earth" and it is, unless you are WWE superstar Elias. Hershey may have left a bitter taste in his mouth Sunday night, as WWE stopped in Chocolatetown, USA for a house show. Elias was interrupted several...

WWE Buffalo: The Man and Kofi’s pancake mayhem

WWE Buffalo: The Man and Kofi’s pancake mayhem

BUFFALO, NY - Kofi Kingston appeared on the entrance ramp and the crowd went ballistic. The ultra-popular Kingston held a tray of pancakes aloft. If there is anything I have learned from watching the New Day at live events is that someone always gets hurt when they...

Top 5 Moments at WWE Smackdown in Detroit

Top 5 Moments at WWE Smackdown in Detroit

Just 24 hours before WWE Fastlane, WWE Live made a pit stop on the Road to Wrestlemania in Detroit, Michigan. Headlined by a blockbuster main event - AJ Styles vs Randy Orton - the Motown crowd was treated to an exciting Smackdown Live house show event. They ran wild...

Top 5 Moments at NXT Detroit

Top 5 Moments at NXT Detroit

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- On Sunday afternoon, the NXT Universe packed the sold out Royal Oak Music Theatre, in suburban Detroit, for NXT Live. The audience witnessed what is probably the final NXT appearance of future main roster stars Ricochet and Aleister Black, along...

Live, Phoenix fans all about Lynch at Raw

Live, Phoenix fans all about Lynch at Raw

PHOENIX -- Just like Sunday's Royal Rumble, Monday Night Raw turned into the Becky Lynch Show. Lynch's surprise appearance on Raw set the stage for what should be a big run as she officially challenged Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey for the title at WrestleMania...

WWE Buffalo house show filled with young, excited fans

WWE Buffalo house show filled with young, excited fans

BUFFALO, NY - The WWE rolled into Buffalo on Sunday night and it put on a great show. Over the last five years, I have found that Buffalo is a great barometer of how WWE is connecting with the fans and, from what I can tell, they are attracting the young fans. The Key...

Five things I learned from NXT in Detroit

Five things I learned from NXT in Detroit

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - NXT Live concluded its road trip through New York state, Ohio and Michigan, with NXT Detroit. The Royal Oak Music Theatre was packed once again for another sold out show, with the brand's third event in this venue. The raucous crowd was treated with...

Five things I learned at Smackdown in Detroit

Five things I learned at Smackdown in Detroit

DETROIT - Smackdown Live returned to Detroit on Tuesday night. This episode showcased the heated Miz and Daniel Bryan feud throughout the night, building up to their mixed tag team match at Hell In A Cell. Although the size of Smackdown's crowd in Detroit was...

Photos from WWE Smackdown Live in Brooklyn

Photos from WWE Smackdown Live in Brooklyn

Here are some select shots taken by our ace photographer George Tahinos at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from WWE Smackdown Live on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Enjoy the gallery! The Miz and Mayrse The Miz and Maryse Daniel Bryan Brie Bella Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan...

Photos from WWE Monday Night Raw in Brooklyn

Photos from WWE Monday Night Raw in Brooklyn

Here are some select shots taken by our ace photographer George Tahinos at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from WWE Monday Night Raw on August 20, 2018. Enjoy the gallery!   Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Roman Reigns and Finn Balor Roman Reigns and Finn Balor Bayley...

Kitchener WWE house show prompts new respect

Kitchener WWE house show prompts new respect

KITCHENER, ON -- Attending a WWE show in the front row for the first time gave me a new appreciation for the WWE live experience that I was unable to get when I sat further back at other WWE events. I have been a big WWE fan since childhood and would attend WWE live...

Five things I learned live at Raw

Five things I learned live at Raw

WWE returned to Detroit, at the recently-opened Little Caesars Arena, as the buildup to WrestleMania 34 continues. From my seat on the floor, with my dad popping up to take photos, I made some notes and came up with five things that I learned.   5 - Brock Lesnar...

Father-son bond strengthened through NXT in St. Catharines

Father-son bond strengthened through NXT in St. Catharines

ST. CATHARINES, ON - Wrestling has a way of bringing generations together. I have witnessed grandparents and grandchildren enjoying wrestling. Parents and their children enjoying wrestling together have been seen many times in front of my eyes. Friday night, I...

NXT in Mississauga pretty standard fare

NXT in Mississauga pretty standard fare

MISSISSAUGA, ON - My, what a difference a year makes. Back in late 2016, an NXT show was a must-see event, featuring some of the brightest and best talents in the company, names like Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Asuka, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Stars that could be called up...

Philly fans embrace Gargano & underdogs

Philly fans embrace Gargano & underdogs

PHILADELPHIA -- Say what you will about Philadelphia fans, but they love to embrace the underdog. Whether it be fictional Rocky Balboa or this year's Super Bowl bound Eagles led by back-up quarterback, Nick Foles. Tonight, in the Wells Fargo Center, you can add NXT's...

Raw fans at Manhattan Centre rewarded for their patience

Raw fans at Manhattan Centre rewarded for their patience

NEW YORK, NY - The 25th episode of Monday Night RAW promised to be one of the most star-studded, action-packed, and must-attend shows of all time. For those fans who attended the event at the Manhattan Centre -- the site of the debut episode -- and not Brooklyn's...

WWE blood policy ends Toronto main event early

WWE blood policy ends Toronto main event early

It was deja vu for Samoa Joe. As it did during his match against Finn Balor at NXT TakeOver Dallas in 2016, an accidental cut has caused controversy and frustrated Samoan Submission Machine. Just minutes into his main event, Intercontinental Title match against...

WWE brings holiday joy to Detroit’s new arena

WWE brings holiday joy to Detroit’s new arena

DETROIT - WWE Holiday Live Tour arrived Detroit on Wednesday night with the Smackdown crew offering a little post-Christmas joy at the recently-opened Little Caesar's Arena. The new venue, home to the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, hosted its second...

A dog, a cat, a bird, ROH Buffalo, oh my!

A dog, a cat, a bird, ROH Buffalo, oh my!

BUFFALO, NY - A bird of prey, a bulldog and a cat dominate my memories of Ring of Honor's Global Wars tour stop in Buffalo, New York. This show featured many of the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the mix of Canadian, American, European and Japanese athletes made...

Hometown stars shine at NXT Live Toronto

Hometown stars shine at NXT Live Toronto

Canucks stole the show at NXT Live's stopover in Toronto. At the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto, hometown stars Eric Young, Aliyah, Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger were given a grand hometown reception. For Bobby Roode, it was bittersweet homecoming. With...

NXT in St. Catharines all about the hometown boy Dillinger

NXT in St. Catharines all about the hometown boy Dillinger

ST. CATHARINES, ON - The number 10 was shouted over and over again by the vocal crowd at St. Catharines Meridian Centre on Friday night as NXT came to town. It was the perfect evening for the "Perfect 10" and hometown hero Ty Dillinger. All night long the NXT action...

Raw live: A love fest for Strowman

Raw live: A love fest for Strowman

TORONTO - If preshow is any indication, Roman Reigns is going to have problems tonight. Little kids starting a "let's go Cena" chant and getting crushed by the "Cena sucks" crowd. Merch lines were ridiculously long at 6:45pm. Fairly full crowd. Main Event tapings:...

Luke Harper’s big night in Rochester

Luke Harper’s big night in Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY - It was a special night on Tuesday for WWE superstar Luke Harper at Blue Cross Arena at Community War Memorial in his hometown -- he actually won. Harper, who is from the western New York city, where he was known as Jon Huber, has wrestled in town...

Toronto makes Jericho’s list on Raw house show

Toronto makes Jericho’s list on Raw house show

WWE brought its Road to WrestleMania tour into Toronto on Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum with its Raw roster, bolstered by the presence of Triple H in the main event. Here's what happened. A video of Mick Foley aired, welcoming the crowd to the event. Byron Saxton...

Buffalo crowd hot and into the heroes

Buffalo crowd hot and into the heroes

BUFFALO, NY - Monday Night Raw in Buffalo was an event that has taken a few years to create. Having attended quite a few WWE cards, including another Raw, in the Queen City, I had not seen the arena packed to capacity. Tonight it was full. What was the change? Could...

Lessons to consider from a 7-year-old fan at Smackdown

Lessons to consider from a 7-year-old fan at Smackdown

BUFFALO - The Smackdown show in Buffalo on Tuesday evening was a fun affair that was helped by a raucous crowd. One fan in particular was enjoying his first taste of live WWE action, seven-year-old Phynn. I talked with the youngster throughout the show and his...

Late-arriving Toronto crowd savours Cesaro-Styles classic

Late-arriving Toronto crowd savours Cesaro-Styles classic

TORONTO - There are times when WWE is very aware of the world around it, as in its Tribute to the Troops or campaigns against breast cancer. Then there are nights like Saturday in Toronto, when it was oblivious to the chaos outside the doors of the Ricoh Coliseum....

WWE in Buffalo a traditional kind of night

WWE in Buffalo a traditional kind of night

BUFFALO, NY - The WWE continued its Road to Wrestlemania tour with a stop in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center last night. To put it mildly, the crowd was hot for all things WWE. The event was what wrestling should be like. Families were able to enjoy the sport,...

Owens and Zayn main attraction in Montreal

Owens and Zayn main attraction in Montreal

MONTREAL – Forget Brock Lesnar's return to Montreal Friday night. The people in attendance only wanted to see one match: Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn versus Dean Ambrose. It wasn't Owens' first show in Montreal for the WWE. He debuted here last September. It wasn't...

Cleveland crowd loud and raucous at Fastlane

Cleveland crowd loud and raucous at Fastlane

CLEVELAND - This writer owes the city of Cleveland an apology. For years, I have been less than complimentary to the city -- in fact, I've used the terms "cesspool" and "hell-hole" more than once, thinking that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the only good thing...

NXT in Detroit ‘amazing’ & ‘awesome’

NXT in Detroit ‘amazing’ & ‘awesome’

DETROIT, Mich. - Before I start, please believe this is me writing, and not my Dad. I love NXT, and last night was probably my favorite wrestling show I've ever been to. NXT is so much better then WWE because of the amazing matches and awesome crowds. This was a...

Crowd watching at WWE in Toronto

Crowd watching at WWE in Toronto

TORONTO - When you have been to as many wrestling shows as I have through the years, it can be a little onerous to sit through another house show. Even with my nine-year-old son, Quinn, beside me, popping at the right moments, and sarcastically commenting at other...

WWE brings holiday fun to Detroit

WWE brings holiday fun to Detroit

DETROIT - The WWE appeared at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for its their annual holiday stop. What follows is the results and commentary from Matthew McFarlin, the 11-year-old son of photographer John Brad McFarlin. Dolph Ziggler beat Tyler Breeze. (Matt: Wow, Dolph is...

Comparing a weekend of ROH vs WWE

Comparing a weekend of ROH vs WWE

This past week I had the pleasure of attending a Ring of Honor TV taping and WWE Monday Night RAW. There is no comparison to witnessing the WWE live. They are slick, exciting and are number one for a reason. On the other hand, something is lost when you watch a...

Young families love WWE action in Buffalo

Young families love WWE action in Buffalo

BUFFALO - The WWE rolled into Buffalo for Monday Night RAW and the show was appreciated by the vocal crowd. The large number of children in the audience echoed the direction of the current WWE product as they cheered for the good guys and booed the bad guys. Large...

Kevin Owens a hero to Montreal crowd

Kevin Owens a hero to Montreal crowd

MONTREAL - It was Kevin Owens' homecoming last night in Montreal and the crowd reacted to him like the Superstar he has become in recent months. After the Rougeaus, Dino Bravo and Pierre-Carl Ouellet, wrestling fans in Montreal have a new hero. Although usually a heel...

NXT alumni own the spotlight at WWE Fairfax

NXT alumni own the spotlight at WWE Fairfax

FAIRFAX, VA - WWE house shows bring a unique experience. While there is a sameness and "seen one, seen 'em all" quality one can identify after attending a handful of these shows, there is an intimate atmosphere when the biggest show in town detours into the suburbs....

Surprises dominate WWE house show in Toronto

Surprises dominate WWE house show in Toronto

TORONTO - Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Just like infamous rivalry between Edge and John Cena which offered up some incredible, unforgettable bouts but wore out its welcome no matter how the WWE repackaged it, Cena versus Seth Rollins has hit...

Loud crowd enjoys WWE in Hamilton

Loud crowd enjoys WWE in Hamilton

HAMILTON -- The WWE brought its show to Hamilton, Ontario, and the crowd was not disappointed. The cavernous First Ontario Centre was only half filled, but the reactions from the fans would have made you think that the arena had patrons hanging from the rafters. Two...

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