Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic of the day emanates out of his home country of Canada, not far from where he grew up in Peterborough. That topic is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just coming off a tremendously successful season and an electrifying playoff run that saw the club fall two…

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Reflective Rhino talks career, politics, near-death experience

Jan Murphy/Chinlock.com Writer A lot of words can be used to describe the man known simply as Rhino in the wrestling world. Intense. Talented. Fearless. Fierce. Proud. Tireless. To name some. There are also a lot of words that can be used to describe the man behind that legendary wrestling force, Terry Gerin. Articulate. Passionate. Intelligent. Honest. Engaging. Patriotic. Rhino can talk about his toughest foe, listen to Ric Flair tell stories or explain what the business has meant…

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House of Hardcore’s dynamic duo

Imagine, if you will, hearing some of the greatest calls in wrestling history being called by someone other than those who called those shots. For instance, imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship victory over Shawn Michaels or Mick Foley’s unforgettable Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker being called by someone other than Jim Ross. Or imagine Vince McMahon’s famous “boyhood dream” Shawn Michaels moment coming from the mouth of someone other than…

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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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Living in Sinn

Nick Cvjetkovich has always had a creative imagination, something the man known in the wrestling world as Sinn Bodhi attributes to his childhood. Cvjetkovich, you see, who is more wildly known for his run as Kizarny in World Wrestling Entertainment, spent a good chunk of his younger years reading comics and watching – you guessed it – pro wrestling. Add to that the fact that both his mother and father were martial arts experts and it’s not difficult to…

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Lost continues to find success

Scott Lost is a bit of glutton for punishment. Luckily, he’s a talented one. The California-based retired pro wrestler-turned comic creator left one notoriously difficult business, full of colourful, hero-like characters, for another that is precisely the same. It should come as no surprise, however, as right from an early age, the 35-year-old was a fan of both wrestling and comics. “Around nine, I was drawing and I was watching wrestling,” Lost said over the phone, just days before…

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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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Satirical wrestling news isn’t fake — it’s unreal

Kayfabe: (In professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic: a masterful job of blending kayfabe and reality he’s not someone who can break kayfabe and talk about the business : I heard that AJ approached him to rehearse a kayfabe segment – Oxford Dictionary Wrestling has given the world a lot of familiar phrases and words: from Hulkamania to WrestleMania; from the squared circle to The People’s Eyebrow; but none more…

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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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Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks

  NOTE: Today we introduce the first of what we hope are many preview pieces featuring one of Canada’s best sports broadcasters, James Cybulski, and our own Jan Murphy. The duo will break down the SummerSlam matches and offer their picks. Enjoy. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus James: I feel like WWE missed the mark when the viral videos started surfacing with all the RKO’s in random events all over the world. I like Sheamus’ updated look but his character…

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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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Legendary Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal prepares for Great North Wrestling in Brockville, Ontario

During the lead-up to WWE Raw’s 1000th episode back in 2012, Heath Slater was taking on a series of legendary former WWE stars in (with the exception of Doink) a series of squash matches. After the likes of Vader, Rikishi, Bob Backlund and DDP pounded some respect into the upstart, the final surprise star came out on an episode of Smackdown just before the anniversary show. As soon as the familiar growl of ‘AAAAA What Ruuuush’ blasted through the…

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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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Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling … Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it

To call John Hennigan a competitor would be a massive understatement. He is, after all, one of the most athletic and physically flawless performers in professional wrestling. He’s a multiple time champion during a lengthy run with World Wrestling Entertainment. And he’s a fearless high flyer who was a pioneer when it came to creative ways to avoid elimination at the WWE’s Royal Rumble. Outside of wrestling, he’s a budding actor and the man behind Out of Your Mind…

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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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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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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with John Hennigan

John Hennigan’s career is hotter than ever. The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar not only still wrestles a nearly full-time schedule, but he also finds time for his growing acting career and to maintain one of the best physiques in the business. Fittingly, over the phone during a workout, Hennigan, who is perhaps best known for his wrestling alter-ego John Morrison, is eager to talk about his hectic life and career. Besides starring as Hercules in Hercules Reborn, and…

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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with The Addiction – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian

  Inside the ring, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are partners. As The Addiction, they are as good a tag team as you’ll find in professional wrestling. The duo is the current Ring of Honor tag-team champions and are two-time tag champs during a long run with Total Nonstop Action. Outside of the ring, Daniels and Kazarian are practically family. Each calls the other their best friend and each credits the other with helping him find success in a…

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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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