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Movie Review: Relentless

Nearly two years ago I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page, the founder of DDP Yoga (DDPY) and a legend in the professional wrestling industry. It was an amazing discussion that resulted in a series of events: we became friends, I stayed at Dallas’ house for a week a few months later, he taught me DDPY at the largest workshop ever, and I became Philadelphia’s first-ever certified DDPY instructor, among other wonderful opportunities. If you want to get to know Diamond Dallas Page better and learn all about DPPY and why it’s so special, I implore you to watch his newly released documentary, Relentless, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Book Review: Under The Black Hat by Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of professional wrestling — inarguably the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of “this great sport,” as Tony Schiavone would say. He southern drawl and impassioned delivery defined the Attitude Era, and behind the scenes Jim signed some of the top talent to WWE, including Brock Lesnar, Christian, Chris Jericho, and Becky Lynch. His first book, Slobberknocker, was good but it focused on the earlier years in his life and career in wrestling. His newest memoir, Under The Black Hat, is the one everyone has been waiting for as it provides JR’s thoughts on his time in WWE and beyond.

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Sting Signs Multi-Year Deal With AEW & Debuts on Dynamite

Wow! Talk about a massive surprise. The Icon Sting just debuted tonight on AEW Dynamite, and I received the press release below from AEW’s PR team with the full details about Sting becoming All Elite, including a multi-year deal with the company. Read on for the full details.

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: The Rascalz Final Match, Knockouts Tag Team Title Tournament, Wrestler’s Court, & More

Tonight is IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV! So, let’s catch up on what happened last week and what’s going down tonight.

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WWE: Survivor Series Sunday

Right before I wrote this sentence a voice came through my computer and yelled, “Welcome to WWE ThunderDome!” I’ve been in the WWE ThunderDome before, and I’m very excited that I can be in the crowd for tonight’s Survivor Series because it’s The Undertaker’s Final Farewell, capping off a 30-year career in WWE.

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Undertaker Cameo Available For $1,000

Hot on the heels of requiring its talent to deactivate their personal Cameo, Twitch, and OnlyFans accounts, WWE announced that fans can get one of 30 available Cameo videos from The Undertaker for a cool $1,000 a piece. Meanwhile, IMPACT Wrestling is supporting its wrestlers’ use of Cameo and promoting their channels, where you can get personalized videos for far less than what WWE and The Deadman are charging.

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IMPACT Wrestling Supports Talent On Cameo

While WWE is busy firing and threatening talent for trying to earn an honest living using various entrepreneurial platforms, such as OnlyFans and Twitch, and simultaneously promoting $1,000 Cameo videos from The Undertaker, IMPACT Wrestling is supporting its wrestler’s efforts to leverage Cameo as a way to increase their income by providing fans with personalized videos. Yet another reason why I’m such a big fan of IMPACT Wrestling! Below is the full announcement.

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Book Review: We Promised You a Great Main Event

If it hasn’t become abundantly clear by now, I’m a big pro wrestling fan. As with all wrestling fans, I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Revisiting and celebrating the wrestlers, matches, and memories of my youth — through streaming services, DVDs, magazines, and books — is a complete joy. Most recently I read We Promised You a Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History by Bill Hanstock.

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Pro Wrestling Demystified: Fans

This is the third and final piece in my “Pro Wrestling Demystified” series. In my first article I focused on people calling wrestling fake, while in the second one I discussed the suspension of disbelief. If you haven’t already done so, read both. Today, I’m going to focus on the most important aspect of professional wrestling: fans.

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Book Review: Women Love Wrestling

Women’s wrestling is more popular than ever. The renaissance of women’s wrestling started in TNA Wrestling — now known as IMPACT Wrestling — at Bound For Glory in 2007 when Gail Kim became the first Knockouts Champion. Prior to this event taking place, female competitors were seen as less than, not equal to, their male counterparts. They were celebrated only for their looks, not their ability. It was a sad state of affairs that was rectified, at least in TNA, in 2007. Today, women’s wrestling is hot in every promotion on the planet, including IMPACT Wrestling, WWE, and AEW. For fans that can’t get enough of the women’s revolution in wrestling, you’ll want to read Women Love Wrestling.

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