NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS and MISSES

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS: #DIY vs. The Revival – Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have arrived on the big stage in a big way.  This was the match of the night, and it’s not even close (and, as you will notice a developing pattern in my HIT list, there wasn’t a bad match on the card).  I am so happy to see two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever met be given the platform to do what…

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WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

Well, it’s a new era in WWE.  Let’s see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins – While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory way to end an excellent pay-per-view.  I think its a bit of a shame that the magnitude of this match had to take somewhat of a back seat to the General Manager drama, but it was a…

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2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS: The Royal Rumble Match –  One of the most entertaining Royal Rumble matches in recent memory.  The entire match was used to tell a number of different stories, over-and-above the main 1-against-all Roman Reigns/Authority storyline.  The main roster got their first taste of Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens, we had the long overdue WWE debut of AJ Styles (more on that below), the ongoing (and hilarious) R-Truth joke, not to mention the fact that it was…

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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS: The Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos vs. The New Day – Allow me to admit, I haven’t been as diligent at watching Monday Night RAW or Thursday Night Smackdown as I have been in previous years.  I find a three hour RAW to be a huge undertaking at this stage in my life, and with the company’s chosen creative direction, there just hasn’t been much for me to get excited about.  NXT…

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House of Hardcore 9 Results and Review

Wow.  That’s all I can say, just wow. House of Hardcore 9 was as close to a perfect wrestling show as anybody could ever dream of.  From bell to bell, the action was intense, hard-hitting, athletic, and absolutely as good as it gets.  As House Of Hardcore continues to grow, each event is better than the last.  And, lets face it.  A lot of big things have happened for the company between House of Hardcore 8 and House of…

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – Although it feels like we’ve seen these two in the ring a lot together over the past several months, they always manage to come up with a fresh feeling match, full of plenty of action and great near-falls.  Was the Jon Stewart involvement a little bit messy?  Sure.  He should have stayed facing Seth Rollins the entire time, and turned on John Cena at the last minute, as opposed…

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It’s fun to love the bad guy, and Roddy Piper was as “bad” as they came

Make no mistake about it.  This will not be the first, or the last, memorial written in remembrance of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.  Others will commemorate him more elegantly, and others will have had a more personal interaction with him, but one thing is for sure; Roddy Piper was a hero of mine, and his passing has created an incredible amount of sadness in my life.  Another childhood hero has passed on to the other side, and I wasn’t ready…

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WWE Battleground 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2015 HITS: The Undertaker’s Return: In 2015, 30 years since I became a wrestling fan, there isn’t a lot that gets me to literally jump off the couch anymore.  Granted, the return was spoiled multiple times online (and all-but-confirmed by a WWE source I had dinner with over the weekend), however when the gong sounded on the Pay Per View, I literally jumped right off of my couch in excitement.  Brock Lesnar vs. (a healthy) Undertaker should…

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“The Old Boys” Documentary review

Throughout my independent wrestling career, I’ve had the privilege and honour of sharing the ring and locker room with a number of wrestling legends.  There aren’t a lot of people out there that can say they’ve shared the same working space as ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, The Honky Tonk Man, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Koko B. Ware, ‘The Ugandan Giant’ Kamala, Road Warrior Animal, Ax and Smash of the Demolition, and countless others. …

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WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Wow.  That is the very best way to describe this match.  Just wow.  Sometimes, in the most unlikely places, you find wrestling magic.  Kevin Owens vs. John Cena is wrestling magic.  Owens isn’t your typical Cena opponent, or for that matter, typical WWE superstar.  His path to WWE was littered with roadblocks.  But, in one short month, Kevin Owens has taken the WWE by storm, and proven…

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WWE Payback 2015 HITS and MISSES

*Author’s note: Oh yeah, I used to write a monthly column.  Whoops.  Ahem, uhh….welcome back?* WWE Payback 2015 HITS: The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro – Although this match suffered from the same things all 2/3 Falls matches suffer from (the first fall happening too quickly, and the second fall going to the heels after an injured babyface valiantly fights against the odds), this was a masterfully worked match.  If for nothing else, go out of your…

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Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

When you say the name “Iron Sheik” to a wrestling fan, regardless of generation, a number of vivid memories come to mind.  If you’re a fan from the 1970s, you remember his bloody battles in the NWA and Mid-South territories.  In the 1980s, you remember his “Boot Camp” match with Sgt. Slaughter, his tag team with Nikolai  Volkoff and arguably launching the Hulkamania era of the WWF.  A ’90s fan remembers his allegiance with American turncoat Iraqi sympathizer Sgt….

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Is it time to go to moderated social media?

In the digital age we live in, there hasn’t be any shortage of controversy on any form of social media, including most recently the “leak” of private photographs from the Seth Rollins collection.  However, it hasn’t just been the leak of private (often explicit) images that have become a problem for both professional wrestlers and celebrities alike.  More often than not, intoxicated or emotionally fueled messages make their way public, creating a media firestorm that is often damaging and…

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2015 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

2015 Royal Rumble HITS: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins: I defy you to find a better multi-person World Heavyweight Championship match.  This was, by far, Brock Lesnar’s best match since winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and it definitely in the top 5 matches of his entire career.  Each competitor brought an incredible dynamic to this match, and there were a number of believable near-falls through-out.  This was a star-solidifying performance for Rollins, as well.  Rollins…

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Our 2015 Predictions!

Editors note: Last year, Jan and I combined our predictions into one amalgamated column.  This year, we’re going to present it a little bit differently.  This year, Tyler, Jan and I have come up with our own separate predictions (five each), and we will examine them again this time next year.  So, without further ado, here’s how we, the Chinlock.com writing staff foresee the 2015 year of professional wrestling.   JAN MURPHY 1) Kevin Steen (aka NXT superstar Kevin…

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2014: Our Predictions Reviewed

In this column, we take a look back at a column Jan and I published on January 2, 2014, looking at the 2014 year to come.  We made some bold predictions, and now its time to see how they held up through-out the calender year! 1) Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore will continue to grow and establish itself as a major player in the wrestling landscape. Expect a number of shows this year. Verdict: Nailed it. I think it…

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WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS: Sting Debuts: This year’s installment of Survivor Series was promoted as a one-match show; Team Authority vs. Team Cena.  But, last night, that one match boiled down into one moment.  That moment was the debut of “the last WCW hold-out”, Sting.  There have been a number of reasons why Sting has held out signing a WWE contract over the years, including a personal goal of elevating TNA to relevance.  However, when it was all…

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TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS and MISSES

TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS: Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi: On a show with very little positive, this match truly stood out.  Quite frankly, I had forgotten how good Kaz Hayashi was from his WCW run nearly 14 years ago.  Combined with the lengthy history between Samoa Joe and Low-Ki, and Mike Tenay’s excellent colour commentary (although he was supposed to be the play-by-play guy), this match was the star of the show for me. …

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Guest Column: Mat D’Angelo looks at The Destruction of the Shield

Editors Note:  We at Chinlock.com are honoured to feature this piece written by Mat D’Angelo. Mat is a great friend of mine, and a passionate fan of professional wrestling on both the independent and international scale. His passion for wrestling rings through in this article, and we are happy to share it with you. Enjoy!                          The Four Horsemen, The Nation Of Domination, The Dangerous Alliance, D-Generation X, New World Order and more to most recently The Wyatt Family. Over…

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WWE SummerSlam 2014 HITS and MISSES

SummerSlam HITS: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – WOW!  What a match.  In the PG era of WWE, you will not find anything nearly this violent, or this intense.  The tone was set within the first 30 seconds of this match, as Brock Lesnar hit John Cena with an F5.  What followed was some of the best work we’ve seen from Brock Lesnar since his return.  Was it a technical Dave Meltzer 5-star masterpiece? Nope.  This was the rebirth…

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