Hostile Territory: John Cena and ECW One Night Stand 2006

Brian Damage

Say what you’d like about John Cena and his career in WWE…he was a lightning rod for fans emotions. Some loved him, others hated him and for a few they absolutely detested what he represented. On June 11, 2006…John Cena was entering a building like he never had before. The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City was filled to capacity with fans that were not just going to boo Cena politely. They were not there to buy into the WWE’s corporate machine. All were there to see Cena lose and if not…the end result might have been very ugly.

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You Didn’t See Me! The Wrestlemania Battle That Never Happened

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Traditionally, Wrestlemania is the biggest day or days on WWE’s calendar. It isn’t just the wrestlers who make the event so big and spectacular, it is also the celebrities that the company brings in. From the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Liberace…there is no shortage of celebrity appearances that appear on the grand stage. Some not only appear on the show, they also interact with the wrestlers. Case in point, Lawrence Taylor, Bad Bunny and Floyd Mayweather Jr have all entered the squared circle to actually compete. In 2003, a young up and coming wrestler named John Cena was booked in his very first ‘Mania to appear alongside two of rap’s biggest names…it never happened.

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The Long Goodbye: Mark Henry’s “Retirement” Speech

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On June 17th, 2013 on an edition of Monday Night Raw…’The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry entered the ring to give what was believed to be his retirement speech and walk away from his active WWE career. What we heard was raw (no pun intended) real emotion as Henry said his goodbyes to the WWE fans. What we saw was both Mark Henry and then WWE champion John Cena teary eyed as Henry spoke his words. What happened, was something not many expected to actually go down.

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Wrestling With A Grin The Brighter Side Of The Squared Circle Part III

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Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some stories as chronicled in part 1 and part 2. With that said, let’s look at some positives…

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Wrestling With Sin: 326

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This is the 326th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.

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