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  1. The Mouth of the WWE

    The Masked Man

    Monday on Raw, the show closed not with a match but with a promo. It's not unheard of, but it's a bold move - to rely on a statement instead of actual wrestling to advance the plot and leave fans eagerly awaitin...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  2. Sting Speaks as WWE ‘Battleground’ Approaches

    The Masked Man

    WCW and TNA legend Sting has finally come to WWE. Well, kind of. He's a preorder special feature in the new WWE2K15 video game, out October 31, and in a trailer for that game, he made his first appearance for WWE on Monday's Raw....

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  3. The 'Madden' Curse Comes to WWE

    The Masked Man

    Monday night, Raw opened with nefarious execs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon welcoming John Cena to the ring to commemorate his 15th WWE championship reign. Cena had claimed the belt in his trademark inevitable fashion by shrugging off the other seve...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  4. Ask the WWE Fantasy Booker

    The Masked Man

    Here we are at Money in the Bank, the uncrowned fourth major WWE pay-per-view. Every year, Money in the Bank is exciting if for no other reason than there are lots of moving parts and no insultingly obvious outcomes. If the WWE is the fabled place wh...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  5. Who Will Be the Shield’s Marty Jannetty?

    The Masked Man

    Last week on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's podcast, the host was interviewing Leon White, a.k.a. Big Van Vader, about his early days working in Vern Gagne's American Wrestling Association. Austin asked about the...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  6. WWE ‘Payback’ Mailbag

    The Masked Man

    Hey, guys! WWE has a big show called Payback on Sunday. Why should I care about Payback, you say? I don't know. I already wrote about Daniel Bryan's uncertain future (and that was before his neck injury) and the WWE locomotive see...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  7. Keep Calm and Ignore the WWE Stock Crash

    The Masked Man

    Back in the 1980s, when Mongolian monster turned avuncular voice of the WWF Gorilla Monsoon was the company's main play-by-play man, he used to spice up his commentary not just with catchphrases ("What a maneuver!") but with gravi...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  8. The Uncertain Future for Daniel Bryan and the Yes Movement

    The Masked Man

    The story line that took Daniel Bryan from hapless NXT competitor to the winner of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was a thing of beauty. It was a relentless uphill struggle from the unlikeliest minor league existence to the top of the heap. I...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  9. The Pro Wrestling Draft Board

    The Masked Man

    On Monday night's episode of Raw, WWE showed highlights of a press conference held by Triple H (in his real-life role as a corporate executive, rather than his onscreen role as an evil corporate executive) to promote an event called Takeove...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  10. Detroit Wrestling: There Will Be Blood

    The Masked Man

    Few cities have as rich a cultural and sporting history as Detroit. From the '80s Pistons to Bob Seger, Eminem to Miguel Cabrera, the Motor City is a rich tapestry of compelling figures, unbelievable moments, and uniquely American ingenuity...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  11. History Has Been Maimed

    The Masked Man

    N ote: To read the Masked Man's story on the Ultimate Warrior's death Tuesday night, click here. *** The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar in the semi-main event of WrestleMania 30. I'm just going to leave tha...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  12. The Ultimate Warrior, 1959-2014

    The Masked Man

    The Ultimate Warrior, one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history, died Tuesday, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was 54 years old. On Saturday night I scribbled down so many of the WWE Hall of Fame induc...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  13. The Death of the Booker

    The Masked Man

    On Monday's WWE Raw, Triple H tore into pro wrestling fans with the kind of venom he normally saves for in-ring opponents. At the crux of his dissatisfaction with them was their ongoing support for Daniel Bryan, the company's beleaguered u...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  14. Wrestling's Greatest Shoots, 'WrestleMania' Editio...

    The Masked Man

    Everybody knows that wrestling is fake, but at least everybody knows it exists. The same can't be said for Richard Belzer's talk show Hot Properties, which existed briefly on Lifetime in the '80s. The program was like a faux&ndash...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  15. Wrestle Like It’s 1985

    The Masked Man

    One of the best feuds at this Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view doesn't involve John Cena or Randy Orton, or Daniel Bryan or CM Punk, or even Triple H or Brock Lesnar. It doesn't involve a title belt or a steel c...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  16. WWE got crazy on the eve of the 'TLC' pay-per-view, and it was gl...

    The Masked Man

    WWE got crazy on the eve of the TLC pay-per-view, and it was glorious.

    Story | Conversation | December 12, 2013