Improving professional wrestling

Amazingly, nobody in a position of executive authority at World Wrestling Entertainment has contacted me about my thoughts on improving its product.  I understand the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what about improving it?  Things can always be improved … even professional wrestling. As a lifelong wrestling fan, my suggestions are practical and need to be executed immediately.  Without them, I worry that wrestling won’t be taken as seriously as it should. It’s high time that professional wrestling…

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Academy of Wrestling Managers

Wrestling Managers. I miss them. And I know a lot of you do too. Wrestling managers were arguably the most entertaining part of pro wrestling. Heenan, Creatchman, Roth, Blassie, Bearer, Dangerously, Fuji, Slick, Cornette, Hart, Dillon, — a rogues gallery of glorious sleaze-bags that make greasy politicians look like pious clergy. My next Chinlock article will be about my lifelong fantasy come true as I became a wrestling manager for a charity wrestling event organized by Chinlock’s Jan Murphy…

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Spenny vs. Rhino: my appearance at House of Hardcore 9

I’ve been to many wrestling shows.  I’ve spent a disproportionate portion of my life watching wrestling on television. I’ve spent endless hours mining Youtube for old school wrestling videos.  I even simulated a wrestling match on Kenny Vs. Spenny.   But, until now, I was never a part of an official professional wrestling show.  Thanks to my buddy Jan Murphy, I appeared at House of Hardcore 9, and it was, for me, the thrill of a lifetime. Originally, Jan…

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Shoot interviews forever

The shoot interview has become a wrestling phenomenon. It would be easy to dismiss these interviews as whiny bitch sessions, where wrestlers, out of character, take cheap shots and tattle on each other.  All of this is of course true, but we are talking about wrestling, not golf. Let’s leave the gentlemanly stuff in the clubhouse, and let the bitching run wild, like Hulkamania. Thankfully, the amount of general wrestling content on the Internet is staggering.  So too, are…

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In defence of professional wrestling

Is there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if there’s rent control.  Let’s face reality, wrestling fans: as popular as wrestling is, it has never been truly respected as a form of entertainment.  Wrestling ranks lower than movies and television —even though it excels at both (Hercules notwithstanding) — and slightly higher than circuses and snuff…

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Rasslin’ Jews

(To my Gentile readers: Both Hebrew, Yiddish and Jewish references are used in this article. As such, I have supplied endnotes to help the reader know what the heck this mishuga mensch1 is babbling about. I would hope everyone knows what a bar mitzvah and oy vey means. Good luck.) I’m not a good Jew. I say I’m not good because I don’t go to synagogue. I also don’t speak or read Hebrew. I don’t identify as a conservative,…

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The wonderful world of wrestling tights

I thought I’d pontificate on wrestling tights … and no, it’s not a sexual thing!  Initially I was going to write about the corporatization of society and how so many of us have become consuming idiots, but I have my priorities. Where do I begin? First, I must differentiate tights from full costumes, makeup, accoutrements and robes.  I’m talking trunks, various body suits (also known as long tights), baggy shorts and baggy pants.  I don’t claim to be an…

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Adam Rose has the smell of success

Let me state out the outset, that though I’ve been a lifelong wrestling fan, I don’t rise to the level of a true wrestling nerd. You know, the kind of person who shells out $150 for a replica belt, and talks about the angles like they should be talking about their families, and careers, if either exist. I believe in setting expectations at the start. Okay, now let’s talk Adam Rose. I saw him Sunday night at a house show in…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny reflects on Kenny Vs. Spenny wrestling episode

It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy – The Kenny Vs Spenny Wrestling Episode It wasn’t easy convincing Kenny to do a wrestling competition on “Kenny Vs. Spenny.”  He’s more the UFC, Faces of Death, Kung Fu movie, video gamer kind of guy.  Having said that, I will admit that while living in Los Angeles, he did watch Mexican wrestling, and told me about a match where 10 full-sized wrestlers went up against one midget. (Sorry little people, but political…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny remembers the heel of all heels, Ed Farhat

My buddy/wrestling guru Jan Murphy sent me an article today marking the 11th anniversary of the passing of wrestling great Ed Farhat. Who is Ed Farhat? Really? Ed Farhat is THE Sheik!!! Who is the Sheik? Nothing less than the greatest villain in pro wrestling history, and the father of what came to be known as hardcore. Sorry, Sheiky Baby. Don’t get me wrong. I love The Iron Sheik. Not only is he a world champion, he also tried…

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SPENCER SPENNY RICE’S CHINLOCK DEBUT: Why I love professional wrestling

When I was a little kid my cousin Jonathan used to take me to see professional wresting at Maple Leaf Gardens and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. At the time I was young enough to believe that everything was completely real. Certain wrestlers scared the living shit out of me. Two of them, The Sheik (Ed Farhat, not the Iron Sheik) and Abdullah the Butcher, were madmen foreigners that invented what is now known as hardcore or extreme wrestling. Their matches…

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