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Vader blazed a trail for dynamic big men in the world of pro wrestling

Big Van Vader broke the mold for what a superheavyweight could do in the world of professional wrestling, from his high-flying repertoire that included moonsaults to his ability to perform as a dynamic world champion against smaller opponents.

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Leon White, pro wrestling's Vader, dies at 63

Leon White, who spent more than 30 years in professional wrestling as Vader with one of the most iconic looks in the history of the business, has died at 63.

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Happy Rusev Day

Happy Rusev Day! Rusev becomes No. 1 contender

Rusev outlasted Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Samoa Joe and Big E to become the new No. 1 contender -- a role he's deserved for way too long.

Rusev trying to be more than the 'stereotypical foreign bad guy'

Rusev spent his first few years in the WWE playing the same foreigner heel role as plenty of others before him, but his new efforts with Rusev Day are helping him turn a corner and build a path for others to follow.


U.K. Championship Tournament

WWE U.K. Championship Tournament Night 2 recap: New tag champs, Dunne defends

On the second night of the second edition of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven defeated Undisputed Era to become NXT tag team champions, Pete Dunne closed out the show, and a 205 Live superstar returned to action.

WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament Night 1 recap

The second edition of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament crowned a winner Monday night, but the biggest news of the night came in the from of the official launch of the NXT U.K. brand.


WWE wrestlers play tug-of-war against lion


Monday Night Raw

Rousey snaps on Kurt Angle, Alexa Bliss

Ronda Rousey shows her frustrations by attacking Alexa Bliss and Kurt Angle. Rousey slams Bliss through a table before storming off.


In the opening match of Monday Night Raw, Dolph Ziggler picked up a shock win over Seth Rollins to win the WWE Intercontinental championship. This makes Ziggler a six-time IC champ — tied for third-most of all-time with Jeff Jarrett and Rob Van Dam, behind only Chris Jericho and The Miz.

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Braun and Alexa

Exclusive after MITB

Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman reflect on their Money in the Bank victories

On a big night for both Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss, the two Money in the Bank victors offer insight on what their victories mean moving forward.


Braun Strowman in being the "Monster" in the Bank and the experience of being buried under a pile of ladders at Money in the Bank.

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Alexa Bliss on winning the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, and the experience of attacking Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax to cash in the briefcase on the same night she won it.

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Money in the Bank

MITB Recap: Bliss and Braun win ladder maches, Bliss cashes in and wins

Alexa Bliss quickly cashed in her Money in the Bank victory and became the new Raw women's champion while on the men's side, Braun Strowman became even more dangerous to Brock Lesnar with his victory.

Rousey shines, but Alexa Bliss spoils match

Ronda Rousey impresses at Money in the Bank, but Alexa Bliss spoils the match and eventually cashes in her briefcase to become Raw Women's champion.


Bliss cashes in during Rousey-Jax match to win WWE Raw Women's Championship

As Ronda Rousey prepared to lock in an armbar on Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss interfered and cashed in her Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship.


AJ Styles

AJ Styles named cover superstar for WWE2K19

Reigning WWE champion AJ Styles was announced Monday as the cover superstar for WWE2K19, this year's edition of WWE's annual video game set for release in October.


WWE2K19 cover superstar AJ Styles traces his love of wrestling video games all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System, before he ever owned a console of his own.

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AJ Styles' initial thoughts on how he'll handle his role as part of the WWE2K19 Million Dollar Challenge.

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What would 8-year-old AJ Styles think if he found out he'd be on the cover of a WWE video game?

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NJPW G1 Climax

The 20 participants for the G1 Climax 28 and the layout of Block A and Block B were announced by New Japan Pro Wrestling over the last couple of days. The two most notable elements of this release were newly-crowned IWGP heavyweight champion Kenny Omega and Golden Lovers partner Kota Ibushi being in the same block, and Adam "Hangman" Page's inclusion in the field. All 19 days of shows, which will air live on NJPW World, will feature live English commentary. The shows will run from July 14 through Aug. 12.

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NXT TakeOver: Chicago II


Ricochet walks through THAT jump and going face-to-face with Velveteen Dream, from the challenges of landing on his feet to the fan reaction that still continues.

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Nikki Cross on her memories of her Last Woman Standing match against Asuka, working solo instead of as part of a collective and the state of the NXT women's division.

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Aleister Black on having to prove versatility with an opponent like Lars Sullivan at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II.

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Money in the Bank

Best of WWE's Money in the Bank

Check out the most memorable moments of WWE's Money in the Bank event over the years.


The best WWE Money In The Bank cash-in moments

The Money in the Bank cash-in attempt is one of the highlights of the WWE calendar. We look at five of the most memorable efforts since the briefcase's debut in 2005.

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Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns wants feud with Daniel Bryan, talks turning heel

Roman Reigns enjoys the gray area that his character owns, but knows there's a few potential storylines -- like one with Daniel Bryan -- that could greatly change that perspective.

Reigns reveals why he wants to face Daniel Bryan in the ring

WWE's Roman Reigns reveals his dream match would be against Daniel Bryan and why he feels he shouldn't necessarily turn heel.


Reigns: I helped make Strowman a monster

WWE superstar Roman Reigns tells ESPN why Braun Strowman was his favourite rivalry and how he finds the balance between work and personal life.


TakeOver: Chicago

How Ciampa and Gargano crafted the perfect NXT rivalry

The saga of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa began three years ago when the two hadn't even been signed to WWE. Gargano gives his perspective on how everything fell into place ahead of NXT TakeOver: Chicago II.

The titles are on the line at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, but the focus is on Ciampa and Gargano

Move over NXT championship, women's championship and tag team championship matches. This Saturday's NXT event is all about revenge and the second installment in the Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano feud.

New Day vs. The Elite at E3

Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks taking on Xavier Woods and The New Day in Street Fighter at E3.

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There's quite a crowd assembled for the Street Fighter V battle at E3 between The New Day and The Elite. There's also over 29,000 live viewers (and counting) on the WWE's UpUpDownDown YouTube channel. (Photo c/o Ryan Garfat/ESPN)

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Raw Recap

Braun and Ronda stand tall ahead of Money in the Bank

The two biggest matches on Monday Night Raw offered a glimpse of what may come at Money in the Bank and created interesting dynamics that will likely impact the futures of the biggest players in each division.

Rousey makes Nia Jax tap out

Ahead of her title match on Sunday, Ronda Rousey puts a submission hold on Raw Women's champion Nia Jax and makes her tap out.


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New Japan Pro Wrestling

Three title matches have been announced for New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Special in San Francisco show on July 7. Fresh off of winning the IWGP heavyweight championship, Kenny Omega will make his first defense against Cody. EVIL and SANADA will get a tag title rematch against the Young Bucks, and Juice Robinson will challenge Jay White for the IWGP United States championship. Also announced was a tag team match pitting Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay against Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI. (Photo co AXS TV/NJPW/TV Asahi)

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Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada 2 falls to 1 in the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Dominion show — ending the longest IWGP heavyweight championship reign (720 days) and longest string of title defenses in NJPW history. After Okada took the first fall with a deep roll-up, Omega won two straight falls; the second with a pair of One-Winged Angels and a V-trigger. All told, the match lasted over 65 minutes. After splitting their first three matches, Omega wins the decisive contest to become IWGP heavyweight champion. (Photo c/o NJPW World/TV Asahi)

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jackson defeats CM PUNK

White on CM Punk loss: He should 'call it a wrap'

UFC president Dana White said CM Punk should "call it a wrap" in MMA after the ex-WWE star was dominated by Mike Jackson and fell to 0-2 in his pro MMA career.

CM Punk gets dominated in second UFC bout

Twenty-one months after losing his Octagon debut, CM Punk loses a one-sided unanimous decision to Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in Chicago.


White: CM Punk's MMA career 'should be a wrap'

UFC president Dana White says CM Punk showed "a lot of heart" but shouldn't fight again, while heavily criticizing opponent Mike Jackson.


CM Punk

With court case behind him, CM Punk ready for UFC 225

Former WWE superstar CM Punk will look for his first MMA win on Saturday night at UFC 225. But before that, he had to hear the verdict of a court case and make an appearance at the Chicago Cubs game. He allowed ESPN to take it all in.

CM Punk: I'm going to fight again after UFC 225

CM Punk tells Brett Okamoto that he's focused on winning at UFC 225 and regardless of outcome, he'll want to fight again.



A world championship just isn't complete without one of these. WWE sending the Capitals a championship belt.

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Shawn Michaels explains how he became a part of the team at the WWE Performance Center, the parts of the job that drew him in and how he can take the lessons he's learned and teach the next generation. He also gets into the different stages of the evolution of the wrestling business. (Courtesy of Farbod Esnaashari)

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NXT comic books

BOOM! Studios has taken the on-screen world of WWE and filled in the gaps with some dynamic backstories for some of the most iconic moments in WWE history. On Monday they announced, in conjunction with WWE, an NXT comic book series starting in September that will dig into every era of the brand dating back to 2012. From the origin story with Triple H and Dusty Rhodes, all the way to modern day, this weekly series will start telling deeper NXT stories in the world of comic books. Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Jake Elphick will helm the story, with cover art from Lucas Werneck, Aaron Dana, David Nakayama and Audrey Mok. There will also be variant covers (including the one pictured below) by Marco D'Alfonso.

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The weekly NXT event comic book series will cover everything from Triple H and Dusty Rhodes launching the brand, to the starts of NXT icons like Paige, Big E, Kevin Owens, Charlotte Flair, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, through the modern era. "The Superstars of NXT are responsible for some of the greatest moments in sports entertainment history and we're thrilled to show readers the secrets behind the rise of WWE's third global brand," said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. "From Seth Rollins to Shayna Baszler, each of your favorite NXT superstars will get their moment to shine in this weekly event." (Art by Aaron Dana)

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