Calling the Spots: Wrestlemania 2016

  Once more, Wrestlemania is upon us! The showcase of the immortals! The granddaddy of them all! The super bowl of wrestling! And it looks kind of, well, ok. The truth is, due to the overwhelming number of high-profile injuries and, in some cases, absolute tone-deafness of the writing staff, Wrestlemania 2016 doesn’t really look to carry on the tradition of the last few ‘Manias. Let’s be real, Wrestlemania XXX, while not sporting some of the best 5-star matches…

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Chinlock’s 2016 Predictions

Justin’s 2016 Predictions: 1) NXT will split into two distinct brands; one using established independent wrestlers (such as Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Hideo Itami, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor) along with “graduated” developmental talent (such as Baron Corbin, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, etc), and the second for the beginners class of talent not yet ready for a national (or international) spotlight to be shone on them. 2) The WWE Network will have its first price increase, after WrestleMania, increasing…

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Calling the Spots: Fastlane 2016

Whatever illusions WWE creative had about making Fastlane an A-level PPV event, the end result is clearly left wanting. In the past, I’ve remarked how it must be hard for the May PPV (usually Extreme Rules) since it needs to follow Wrestlemania, however I feel that my sympathy may have been misappropriated since everyone seems to be looking right past Fastlane towards Wrestlemania. The main event seems like such a foregone conclusion that watching it in motion may be…

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Calling the Spots: Royal Rumble 2016

And once more we embark upon Wrestlemania season. The Rumble marks the beginning of what I like to think of as WWE’s playoff season. After a full year of carefully controlled storylines and character work, the stuff that’s working gets showcased in an effort to make the big show the greatest night in wrestling. And it all starts here. Now, the last few Rumbles have left much to be desired, but that doesn’t mean that the trend needs to…

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Calling the Spots: TLC 2015

As we come to the end of 2015, I think we can all agree that this hasn’t been the best year of WWE programming. Between a number of unfortunate injuries across the board and the undeniable mishandling of the Divas Revolution, 2015 certainly will not be remembered fondly by wrestling fans. I open with this because TLC, likely, will be the culmination of these unfortunate circumstances. TLC has, traditionally, been a C-list PPV mostly due to the presence of…

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Calling the Spots: Survivor Series 2015

To begin, a word of condolences to Seth Rollins. Cut down mid-run by a freak injury, Rollins was well on his way to being one of the best heel champions of the modern era. Everything was set up for Rollins to finally lose in a big way and establish himself as a top-tier performer going forward. The fact that he lost the title at a house show due to injury is an absolute shame, and all we can do…

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Calling the Spots: Hell in a Cell 2015

October programming has been a little hit or miss, and HiaC looks to emulate that attitude. The main draw has been laughably under-represented (with the exception of the take home RAW), where Taker vs. Brock was announced not on a live broadcast but during a freaking commercial. No build up, no promos, just “By the way, their doing it one more time!” Speaking of which, call me crazy but I’ve been sold the “last time ever” Kool-aid a few…

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Calling the Spots: Night of Champions 2015

Well Summerslam has come and gone and we now find ourselves on the B-side of WWE’s PPV offerings. Night of Champions doesn’t have a whole lot going for it despite putting all of the belts on the line in one evening. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some real gems here, but I think we can safely say that this hasn’t been the best month of programming. Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The “smaller” PPV’s…

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Calling the Spots: Summerslam 2015

  Welcome back to Calling the Spots. Hard to believe it’s been five weeks since the last post. Going back to the standard one-PPV-per-month format is definitely going to take some getting used to. That being said, August is looking to be a great month what with back to back shows on back to back nights. Summerslam is actually looking like a really strong show this year, and the five weeks since Battlegrounds has given creative plenty of time…

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Calling the Spots: Battleground 2015

So Battlegrounds looks, well, just ok. Nothing really to write home about. Cena and Owens will likely be the best of the bunch, with Lesnar and Rollins being the most surprising. With Summerslam just around the corner, this’ll likely be a “builder” PPV. Randy Orton vs Sheamus So this is a bit of a no-brainer. Orton is a legit A-level talent and it’s a hometown crowd. Seems pretty likely that he’ll walk out on top in this one. I…

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Calling the Spots: Money in the Bank 2015

Whew! What a month May was! While there was some great stuff out there, it’s hard to not feel a little fatigued with the PPV overload that we received over the course of last month. Factor in an (unfortunately) botch-filled Elimination Chamber, and it’s starting to look like everyone is breaking down a little bit. Money in the Bank always makes for a great show, though, so maybe this’ll get everyone back on track. WWE has kept the Network…

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Calling the Spots: Elimination Chamber 2015

Oh man, am I ever excited that the Elimination Chamber is back. If you’ve already read my Fastlane predictions from earlier this year, you’ll remember that the Chamber is one of my favourite events. In an industry that’s had a questionable ability to innovate over the last few years, the Elimination Chamber stands as one of the biggest and best ideas to ever be conceived. The fact that WWE is literally the only company with the budget and talent…

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Calling the Spots: Payback 2015

Calling the Spots: Payback 2015 Well, we can’t say that the network hasn’t delivered this month. Between the returns of the King of the Ring tournament and the Elimination Chamber, Payback is actually starting to look like the C-list event. That being said, the card has some notable matches line up, if only in a we’ve-got-nothing-to-lose-so-lets-just-try-it-out kind of way. Like Extreme Rules, Payback is a bit of a placeholder PPV, which means it has an equal chance of being…

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Calling the Shots: Extreme Rules 2015

  Oh Extreme Rules, how I feel for thee. You have the unlucky task of following up Wrestlemania year after year, and 31 was an especially good show. It doesn’t help that ER’s big push, the whole “one night of EXTREME” bit is put down by the fact that a least a third of the pay-per-views feature some form of “extreme” matches (TLC, HiaC, even MitB depending on your definition). Combine that with sub-par-post-Mania booking, you’ve got a bit…

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Calling the Shots: Wrestlemania 2015

It’s still Wrestlemania 31 to me, dammit! So here we are at the granddaddy of them all. The big show. The event. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started watching wrestling again (Wrestlemania 30 was what brought me back into the fold), and it’s crazy to see how much has changed in a year, and in some ways how so much has remained the same. Looking down at the card, there’s a few head-scratchers…

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The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards

Welcome to the first annual Chinlock.com Year End Awards.  Here we examine some of the most important, game-changing moments and members of the WWE Universe, and give them Chinlock Awards.  They’re like Slammy’s, but crappier. Most improved wrestler of the year: Tyler: RUSEV I’ll admit, I was hard on Rusev throughout the year, especially early on. But once I learned how little time he’d actually been actively wrestling (only about 2 years), I started to better understand his position…

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Calling the Shots: Fastlane 2015

Alright first of all: Fastlane? Really? That’s the creative-name equivalent of a fart noise. Moving on: I already miss the Elimination Chamber on novelty value alone. We all know who is going to win in the last PPV before Wrestlemania, since there’s no way we are going to get a new champ once all of those promotional materials are printed and put up, but at least we got an interesting, once-a-year match out of the equation. There’s literally nothing…

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Calling the Shots: Royal Rumble 2015

Calling the Shots: Royal Rumble 2015 And once again we are into the road to Wrestlemania! The WWE playoff season, where the best matches and best storylines and put front and center! And the Divas are around too (I kid because I love). With most of the storylines from last year closed off to get the big-sellers all lined up, calling the shots for this PPV becomes even more important, as the Royal Rumble typically sets up the Showcase…

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Movie Review: The Axeman of Henderson County (Featuring Hacksaw Jim Duggan)

The Axeman of Henderson County is an indie slasher-film inspired by true events. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know anything about the film before it was placed in my hands for a review, so my behind-the-scenes knowledge of the film’s production is fairly sparse. Like with most indie films, the trick to reviewing Axeman is to appreciate what it is, and not spend too much time thinking about what it isn’t: A big-budget horror film….

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Calling the Shots: Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs 2014

After such a strong showing at Survivor Series, color me surprised that TLC is looking a little stale and tired. The feuds are seemingly thrown together at random, and no one looks too interested in bringing any depth to their conflicts. This is really starting to look less like a main event show and more like another day at the office. But the WWE is full of surprises so maybe the pieces will fall into place on Sunday night….

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