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Edge, WWE Champ, Retires Due to Neck Injury (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 12th 2011 9:40AM
Edge Retires on 'Monday Night Raw'The WWE's Edge (Adam Copeland) had a big announcement to make on 'Monday Night Raw' (Mon., 9PM ET on USA). "Eight years ago, I broke my neck," he told the crowd. Recently he'd been suffering through a lot of pain and losing feeling in his arms.

He was told to get some tests done, and "thankfully I did, because the MRIs showed that, uh, I have to retire," he announced sadly. "The doctors have told me that I got no choice. And thankfully they found out, because I'm not gonna end up in a wheelchair now."

He began tearing up as the crowd chanted in unison: "Thank you, Edge! Thank you, Edge!" Backstage he received a big round of applause and lots of handshakes, hugs and fist pumps.

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Watch Snooki Kick Butt on 'Wrestlemania' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 4th 2011 12:45PM
Snooki WreslemaniaWe've seen Snooki throw down with Angelina on 'Jersey Shore,' and it was entertaining (for all the wrong reasons). But that pales in comparison to this little gem Vulture has pointed us to.

You see, Snooki took the WWE and 'Wrestlemania' by storm. She backflipped her way into the hearts of millions of wrestling fans. Literally.

This wasn't Snooki's first foray into the big bad world of professional wrestling. The reality star got into the thick of it on an episode of 'Monday Night Raw' last month.

Check out the video of Snooks roughing up some opponents and busting out all sorts of moves in the right. Who knew she could move that quickly?

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The Rock Knows His Role, Declares He'd Win 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Sandra Deane, posted Apr 2nd 2011 11:00AM
The Rock promoting WrestleMania 27, which airs Sun., 7PM ET on PPV.Finally, The Rock has come back to 'Wrestlemania'! Despite his box office success, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has never forgotten where he got his start - as a third generation pro wrestler. This Sunday he'll be hosting 'WrestleMania XXVII' (7PM ET, PPV), and he promised fans and press this week that he'd "layeth the smacketh down" at the event.

In a brief chat with The Rock this week at an NYC 'WrestleMania' press event, the wrestler-turned-actor shared his thoughts about his former colleague Chris Jericho doing 'Dancing With the Stars,' why athletes perform so well on that show and what would happen if The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment took the 'DWTS' stage. And we're pretty sure he admits to locking lips with Jericho at some point. Um, what?

Watch the video after the jump!

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'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Stuns JBL and Michael Cole With His WWE Return on 'Monday Night Raw' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 8th 2011 6:56AM
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, 'WWE Monday Night Raw'If you haven't booked your tickets for Wrestlemania XXVII yet, you might want to. In advance of his new hosting gig for 'WWE Tough Enough' next month, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin made a surprise appearance on 'Monday Night Raw' (Monday, 9PM ET on USA). In doing so, he secured himself a spot at Wrestlemania.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Will Host 'Tough Enough,' HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 28th 2011 7:00PM
Stone Cold Steve AustinStone Cold Steve Austin will host the newly revived version of the WWE reality show 'Tough Enough,' Entertainment Weekly reports.

Austin will mentor wannabe wrestlers as they try out for a spot on the WWE roster. The show was previously on MTV, but will now air on USA beginning April 4 after Monday Night Raw.

The wrestler guest starred on 'Chuck' last year.

In other TV news ...

HBO picked up Aaron Sorkin's new pilot. The series takes place behind the scenes at a cable news show. Keith Olbermann will reportedly contribute on-air rants for the show. [Entertainment Weekly]

Greg Grunberg is set to star in the pilot 'Big Mike' for A&E. The actor will play a skilled plus-sized San Diego police detective. [Deadline]

People watch more TV when they're snowed in. Duh. [THR]

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Margaret Cho Says Sarah Palin 'Forced' Bristol on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Royal Wedding Could be 3D and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 1st 2010 2:30PM
Margaret ChoApparently, Bristol Palin might not have been all that interested in competing on 'Dancing With the Stars' this season -- but her mother made her do it.

E! Online is reporting that comedian Margaret Cho, one of Bristol's 'DWTS' competitors, thinks Sarah Palin "forced" Bristol to take part in the reality show to make amends for her pregnancy during the 2008 election.

"Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she 'owed' it to her to do 'DWTS' so that 'America would fall in love with her again' and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way," Cho wrote on her blog.

In other TV news ...

'Entertainment Tonight' and 'Star Search' creator Al Masini, 80, died overnight in his adopted hometown of Honolulu. The legendary TV producer suffered a long battle with cancer. [CBS Los Angeles]

The April 29 Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton could be broadcast in 3D. Rupert Murdoch is investigating the possibility of adding another dimension to the TV event, which could have the largest audience in history. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Oprah will announce her newest book club selection on Monday. Jonathan Franzen, author of the current pick, 'Freedom,' will also appear on the show. [TV Guide]

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WWE Superstar The Big Show Talks About Comedy And Kissing Guys

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 1st 2010 4:30PM
WWE fans know the 7-foot, 400-plus pound Paul Wight as The Big Show -- one of the most dominant wrestling superstars of the last 15 years.

But through the years, Wight has shown he's not just a looming ogre. He is also a gentle giant with a knack for comedy, appearing regularly on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' and stealing scenes with cameos in movies and TV shows.

The Big Show has his first starring role in the upcoming film 'Knucklehead,' the first comedy produced by WWE Studios. To promote the film as well as 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown's' move to the SyFy network, The Big Show talked to TV Squad about getting laughs, his favorite Conan O'Brien moment and kissing dudes.

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The Suggs Family Gets a Re-Do on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:15AM
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Suggs FamilyThe Suggs family were the lucky recipients of this week's re-do on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). It was well deserved, as Amanda and her husband had taken in her six brothers and sisters instead of letting them go into foster care.

The design team got some help from racing pro Jeff Gordon and a few wrestlers from the WWE. We love this house!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Watching WWE: A Beginner's Guide

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 26th 2010 5:00PM
There are two types of TV watchers in the world: those who love WWE and those who do not. For those who don't watch, it seems difficult to comprehend why people become so excited about watching staged wrestling. How much fun can it be when the winner is predetermined?

'WWE Monday Night RAW's' 5 million weekly viewers is proof that viewers find it extremely fun. There must be something more than the non-fans see. I went undercover as a wrestling fanatic to a live 'WWE Monday Night RAW' event in Columbus, Ohio. Before long, I no longer needed to feign excitement and began truly enjoying himself.

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WWE Will Have Its Own Network Soon

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 13th 2010 9:00AM
WWEWorld Wrestling Entertainment will soon have their own cable network. That's what you do when you own one of the hottest properties on cable television. Ask Oprah. Of course, Vince McMahon has been wanting this since last year. Given their dominance of pay-per-view, it's surprising that they don't have their own PPV network as well. Or maybe they do and my information is outdated.

This makes sense. WWE owns millions of hours of wrestling footage from the last six or so decades from the various properties it's acquired. They could have all kinds of wrestling shows on their network, including either 'Raw', 'Smackdown', WCW, ECW ... the list goes on. They could even have retro 80's shows for old fogies like myself. For reality television, they could show reruns of 'WWE Tough Enough', or have new seasons of the show. Eventually Channel Drift will kick in and they'll have shows like Doctor Phil but with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

Whatever happens, I can rest in the comfort that my cable company will never have this network. It's too good for them.

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Dulé Hill Talks Wrestling With John Cena and New 'Psych' Episodes

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 27th 2010 11:30AM
Dulé Hill is sitting backstage at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio a few hours before he'll host 'WWE Monday Night RAW' in front of thousands of screaming Midwesterners and millions of live TV viewers.

New episodes of 'Psych's fourth season resume tonight at 10PM ET on USA. WWE superstar John Cena will guest as Ewan O'Hara, a special ops soldier and brother to Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson). It's a perfect bit of cross-promotion between two USA shows and before Hill got ready to rumble, he spoke to AOL TV about wrestling, romance for his character Gus and improvising with Roday.

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Breaking News: WWE To Develop Its First Sitcom Around Santino Marella

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 26th 2010 8:19AM
"They call me the next one to cross over, the next Hollywood star," smirked 'WWE Monday Night RAW' superstar Santino Marella while disclosing for the first time plans for the 'Santino Morella Sitcom' at last night's 'Monday Night RAW' event in Columbus, Ohio.

The Canadian-born, Italian-American has already turned himself into the comedic foil of professional wrestling with his over-the-top accent, fake unibrow and proclivity to dress in drag in order to wrestle as Santina Marella, the "sister" of Santino. (The National Italian American Foundation should look into being offended by him after they recover from this season of 'Jersey Shore'.)

Now, apparently, he's getting his own sitcom. In it, Morello said that WWE stars Beth Phoenix and Vladimir Kozlov will portray his girlfriend and best friend, respectively.

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President Obama to appear on the WWE

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 16th 2009 11:46AM
President ObamaPresident Obama will be appearing on the NBC special WWE Tribute to the Troops on December 19th. Granted, it will be a pre-taped message for the soldiers, but that still counts, right?

It won't even be Obama's first WWE appearance. There were pre-taped messages on one of the WWE broadcasts during the last presidential election by John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (this was before Clinton ceded to Obama). The upcoming event is, to the best of my knowledge, the first WWE taping he has done as President of the United States.

Of course, in my imagination President Obama appears live at the event and steps into the ring. He then calls out WWE Champion Sheamus to a title match. He almost gets the pin until Captain Lou Albano comes back from the dead, runs into the ring with a steel chair and causes a disqualification on the whole match. This sort of thing is probably why my therapy bills are so high.

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Wrestling icon Captain Lou Albano passes away

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 14th 2009 6:07PM
Captain Lou AlbanoFor the most part, TV Squad doesn't cover professional wrestling, despite pro-wrestling and television being synonymous since the 1950's. It could be because wrestling is a world unto itself and there are certainly enough blogs out there that cover the subject. In this instance, an exception has been made since wrestling and TV icon Captain Lou Albano has passed away. He was 76.

He was known mostly for his work with the WWF (now the WWE) in the '8's and his participation in the first WrestleMania as well as several thereafter. Hell, he was instrumental in creating that event by participating in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video which led to "The War to Settle the Score" on MTV which led to ... well, you know.

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Ken Jeong relives his WWE stint with The Miz

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 24th 2009 11:27AM
Ken Jeong on Community TCA panelOn tonight's hilarious second episode of Community, we see the first appearance of Ken Jeong, who's joining the cast as Spanish professor Señor Chang. Chang has a bit of a chip on his shoulder because he always has to fight against Asian stereotypes.

He's a welcome addition to the cast, and he's been having a hell of a summer. Besides his memorable turn in the massive summer hit The Hangover, he was also in All About Steve and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. To promote the latter movie, Jeong and co-star Jeremy Piven bounced around the ring on WWE Raw in August. Imagine a tiny guy like the 40-year-old Jeong trading blows with huge wrestlers and you can see the comic potential.

When I talked to Jeong at NBC's party at the TCA press tour, we were interrupted by WWE's The Miz, and the exchange between them was just too funny for me to keep on my hard drive. Audio is after the jump.

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