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Mat Matters: Deepak Massand will be missed

There will be one less Christmas card arriving this year at my house. Deepak Massand has died. Most will just go "Who?" and move on. But here's why you shouldn't. Deepak Massand is probably the greatest self-promoter I have met in all my years in wrestling. There was...

Paul Christy dies

Paul Christy, a long-time wrestler based out of Chicago, has died. He was 82. He was born Paul Christerson in the Chicago area on March 20, 1939. He went to Mt. Carmel Catholic High School and Harper High School, and was a competitive swimmer. While working at the...

Don Kernodle (1950-2021): Remembering ‘Kernodledoodle’

The best night of Don Kernodle’s life was one when he got beat. It happened August 12, 1983, when Jay Youngblood pinned Kernodle in the middle of the ring in the Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum to end “The Final Conflict,” one of the most memorable and engaging tag team...

Mat Matters: An XPW New Jack experience, and a Vic Grimes rant

The sudden death of New Jack on May 14 got me thinking back some wild times two decades ago, and how he'd always refer to me by, "Hey Canuck!" I had done a film titled BC Bodyslams, focused around the Vancouver, BC-based ECCW promotion. Through the process, I became...

George Tahinos’ New Jack Photo Gallery

The original incarnation of ECW had so many, well, originals. New Jack (Jerome Young), who died on May 14, 2021, was a big part of the extreme promotion, and photographer George Tahinos was there along the way shooting New Jack in The Gangstas and as a solo wrestler....

Grand Prix’s Michel Longtin led a jolly old life

From John Lennon's Bed-In in 1969 to Mad Dog Vachon's farewell tour in Québec in 1986, there was Michel Longtin. He died May 14, at age 77. In between, he was the public relations man for Grand Prix Wrestling, run by the Vachon family. Longtin was brought into the...

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June 13: NXT TakeOver: In Your House
June 20: WWE Hell In A Cell
July 17: Impact Slammiversary
July 18: WWE Money in the Bank
August 21: WWE SummerSlam
August 28: NWA In Power
August 29: NWA 73
September 5th: AEW All Out
November 6th: AEW Full Gear