5 Essential Running Resources in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Outdoors, Sports

Whether you're an experienced marathoner or a beginning runner, here's your guide to running stores and resources in metro Phoenix.

It's roughly 90 degrees outside, so it's probably a good time to start jogging, right? Right!? Alternatively, you could follow our lead and just talk about how you should totally run a 5K for the next 10 years.

If you're ready to actually take the plunge into the world's most loved and hated sport, look no further than these five great local running resources in the Phoenix area.

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WWE's Stardust on WrestleMania, Battling Goldust, and Obtaining the "Ivory Enterprise"

Categories: Interviews, Sports

WWE's Stardust will touch down at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday.
The WWE superstar known as Stardust is what you'd call a colorful character, even by professional wrestling standards. Adorned in star-shaped face paint and his special "mevlar" bodysuit and gloves, he's eccentric, enigmatic, and a bit other-worldly whenever he makes an appearance on such WWE television shows as Raw and Smackdown. He's also quite entertaining.

A space oddity of sorts who's just to the left of Mars, Stardust is a bizarre being who's obsessed with the cosmos and fills his interviews with references to astronomy, comic books, and other unusual subject matter. Since debuting last summer, the character (portrayed by wrestler Cody Rhodes) has also sought such objects as the "Cosmic Key" or the "Ivory Enterprise."

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WWE Legend Mick Foley on Getting Disqualified from the Wing Bowl and Why He Treats Storytelling Like Wrestling

Categories: Interviews, Sports

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WWE Hall of Famer and storyteller Mick Foley.
Mick Foley lives for entertaining a crowd, and it's something he's been doing for most of his life.

For almost three decades, the now-retired pro wrestler was a star of the ring in the WWE and other notable promotions. He also has been a best-selling author, made several appearances on Comedy Central's The Daily Show (sometimes as the program's "resident ass-kicker") and even shown up in a College Humor video. These days, Foley tours the world as a storyteller, appearing in comedy clubs and other venues and sharing his oftentimes humorous and captivating tales of his wrestling career and other misadventures.

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WWE to Return to Phoenix's Talking Stick Resort Arena in March

Categories: Events, Sports

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WWE superstar Seth Rollins poses at a taping of Smackdown in Phoenix last year.
Pro wrestling fans of the Valley, better start planning your posters. The superstars of the WWE are heading back our way in the near future and are planning to rumble inside the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center) in downtown Phoenix once again.

The WWE announced earlier this week that it will stage a live, non-televised event at the arena on Saturday, March 21, featuring at least a dozen current wrestlers going toe-to-toe inside the squared circle. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 23.

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5 MMA Gyms to Check Out in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Sports, Top Lists

Courtesy of Craig Cummins
Power MMA & Fitness is one of the best mixed martial arts gyms in the Valley.

With the UFC having made its first visit to Arizona last month, mixed martial arts is even more mainstream than ever before in the Valley. As it is, metro Phoenix is home to many of the nation's top mixed martial artists and several local MMA promotions.

Thanks largely in part to the longstanding dominance of ASU's wrestling program, Phoenix has been a hotbed for MMA fighters and gyms for quite some time, even before the UFC became a household name. Here are five of our favorite MMA gyms in the Valley.

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Lucha Libre Wrestling Comes to Phoenix's Crescent Ballroom on Saturday

Categories: Sports

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Los Foxstars of the Rockstar Wrestling Alliance.

Charlie Levy has a simple philosophy when it comes to the Crescent Ballroom, his venue in downtown Phoenix.

"We always try to do things at Crescent that are fun and different all the time," he says.

That's why you'll see such diverse events as comedy shows, movie screenings, spoken word gigs, fashion shows, and the weekly LGBT night, "Life's a Drag. Party Like a Queen" at the place in addition to its usual slate of music. However, on Saturday, January 10, that list will expand to include something completely different: lucha libre wrestling.

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Super Bowl 2015: Alternative Lodging Options in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Fun, Sports

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We can't guarantee wildflowers in late January, but we're sure the White Tank Mountains will still be gorgeous.
If you happen to be football fans and procrastinators, we have some bad news: pretty much every hotel and resort in the greater Phoenix area is already booked or is about one or two rooms away from being booked for the weekend of February 1, 2015. Sorry. But what do you expect when the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Waste Management Phoenix Open are happening on the same weekend?

Anyway, go ahead and let the idea of pillow mints and tiny shampoo bottles go, and prepare yourself for something a little more adventurous. Here are our suggestions for alternative lodging for Super Bowl weekend. We're pretty sure these options will be cheaper than the more traditional hotel route and we can pretty much guarantee you'll come away with at least one story to write home about.

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10 Coolest Skaters at Arizona Derby Dames' Opening Bout

Categories: Sports

Roller derby isn't for the faint of heart. Ask any skater, and you're sure to be met with a string of stories about broken bones and hospital visits. What keeps the skaters going, in spite of the risks? Roller derby is a blast.

Arizona Derby Dames, the state's only banked track all-female roller derby league, kicked off its 10th season on Saturday, September 16, with a double header bout between the Coffin Draggers and the Schoolyard Scrappers, as well as the Bombshells and the Brutal Beauties. Both games were quite competitive and entertaining, as the Coffin Draggers and Bombshells triumphed.

After the game, we caught up with a number of skaters to discuss hip checking and camaraderie, and we captured it on video. Since AZDD doesn't have another bout for a month, we're taking a look at the league's 10 coolest skaters.

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10 Metro Phoenix Athletes to Follow on Instagram

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There's been a lot of Instagram love for the artists and photographers in the Phoenix area, but for a city with four major sports teams and a wide variety of other athletes, it's time to venture into the realm of athletes worthy of a follow on Instagram.

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6 Things We Learned During WWE Smackdown at US Airways Center in Phoenix

Categories: Sports

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Pyro goes off during the opening of WWE Smackdown at US Airways Center.
The superstars of the WWE invaded US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, August 19, and not only kicked ass and took names, but also entertained a helluva lot of local wrestling fans.

The action-packed event was actually a twofer sort of deal, as the WWE taped a pair of its television shows -- The Main Event and Smackdown -- at the arena over the course of the evening, giving the near-sellout crowd twice their money's worth and plenty of chances to see their favorite superstars up close.

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