You can ‘Bet’ on laughter with raunchy film starring wrestlers

By Aaron Jankowski/Chinlock staff When you have been going non-stop for a few weeks, and the only thing you have watched in that time is the Olympics, a nice quick and silly comedy is exactly what the doctor ordered. And, when you are an adult who grew up on World Wrestling Entertainment, a comedy that features a few legends such as  Diamond Dallas Page, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Tommy Dreamer and the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper, it makes the…

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Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic

By Paul Soucy For years, World Wrestling Entertainment has been the land of the giants. From Hulk Hogan all the way to John Cena, and many in between, those at the forefront of the company’s Squared Circle have traditionally been larger than life. But over time, WWE has been lured away from that criteria, seduced by the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor. It seems the company is sacrificing size for a…

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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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DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used to sneak down to the basement in our family’s modest home where we had a VCR, and an old RCA box television.  There, I would put in the most recent episode of ECW Hardcore TV that I had acquired from whatever Apter magazine I had borrowed from…

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Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14

HITS Opening segment: The first public acknowledgement of CM Punk by the WWE, save for Vince McMahon in addressing investors in a conference call, couldn’t have been any better or more powerful. It paid homage to the man as the Chicago crowd, Punk’s hometown, went absolutely bananas when his music hit. Where WWE could have buried him, washed their collective hands of him (remember, his contract is set to expire in a few months’ time) and moved on, instead…

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HITS and MISSES: Elimination Chamber

Elimination Chamber HITS:   The Wyatt family vs. The Shield: Absolutely the best showing either of these two teams have had against any opponents ever.  And that covers a lot of ground, and a lot of good, great and fantastic matches.  This was magic right in front of our eyes, and we had the pleasure to watch six masters of their craft weave a beautiful piece of art.  The match was given the right amount of time, and the crowd…

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2013 Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

Royal Rumble HITS Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt: Let me first start by saying that the right person won this match.  And while the later follow-up on Daniel Bryan would be disastrously off-the-mark, this match didn’t suffer from knowing that going in.  Instead we got what I consider to be a 5-star match that absolutely stole the show.  Bray Wyatt is real.  He’s legitimate, and very clearly going to be a star for a long, long time.  This was his…

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Royal Rumble review: Jan’s thoughts on the show

The dust has settled on the latest instalment of the WWE’s Royal Rumble,  one that opened with an upset for the ages and one of the best matched I’ve ever witnessed, but that closed amid controversy. I won’t pretend I have any insider information because I don’t. Nor will I pretend to like the fact that Daniel Bryan was left out of the signature event, all but killing his chance to headline WrestleMania in less than 70 days. I…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan turns on The Wyatt Family: The fact that this makes the hit list is bizarre for two reasons.  One, the entire angle (all three weeks of it) were an absolute, complete miss.  It might make this year’s 2014 all-time misses column.  Secondly, if they were going to attempt a Daniel Bryan turn, they should have at least committed to the mistake they were making.  But there were huge cracks in this right from…

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Monday Night RAW #OldSchool HITS AND MISSES 01/06/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: The first Raw of the new year was an absolute blast for this viewer, at home, to watch.  Sure, having a themed episode of Raw might not have been the best idea to begin the new year (especially when it was a throwback to “old school”), but more than enough happened on this episode to keep me interested in nearly every segment.  WWE went all out, as usual, with both the sets, and…

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WWE RAW HITS and MISSES 12/30/2013

WWE RAW HITS:   Overall show:  With half of the RAW crew missing in action (who thought it was a good idea to schedule a live event in Toronto on the same day as a Monday Night RAW taping in Richmond, Virginia?), the last RAW of the year ended up being one of the best RAW’s of the year.  Everything felt like it had a purpose, and although there was a limited crew available for the taping, not much…

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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013 HITS and MISSES

TLC HITS: Randy Orton vs. John Cena: Absolutely the most satisfying WWE main event since SummerSlam, and an excellent way to cap off WWE’s 2013 PPV season.  Both guys worked extremely hard in this match, and left this viewer glued to the screen throughout the entire contest.  Although I had boldly predicted that Triple H would be the one who walked away with the championship(s) by the end of TLC, I had always firmly believed that if that didn’t…

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Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES

HITS • To call the final segment of Raw this week a hit wouldn’t be fair. It was more like a home run. A game-winning one. Maybe even a walkoff game-winning homer. It was as close to a perfect segment as we’ve seen in a long, long time. Not only did it make me actually laugh and react, it made me extremely interested in the coming Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. Think about it, it had everything. The ring…

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Raw HITS AND MISSES, Dec. 2, 2013

HITS Randy Orton and John Cena: Partially on the strength of some clever footage of the long history between the two, partially on the strength of a great promo by Triple H, partially on the strength of the decision to unify the WWE and World championships and partially on the strength of a great final segment, I’m suddenly very interested in this rivalry. In fact, not only am I interested, I’m very much into this. Unifying the titles is…

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WWE Survivor Series 2013 HITS and MISSES

Editor’s Note:  Sorry for the delay in getting this on the website, but as I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve been hard at work adding several new features to the site.  In addition, both Jan and I have spent the past 24 hours working on a book project that will carry us into 2014.  It’s an incredibly exciting time for us, at Chinlock.com, and we’re thankful you’ve chosen to support us along the way! WWE Survivor Series HITS Zeb Coulter…

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Monday Night RAW 11/19/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel: I felt, as soon as this match was announced, that it was a foregone conclusion that Big E. Langston would gain the Intercontinental Championship.  That said, this was the best match Axel has had with anyone else not named CM Punk since being given the “Paul Heyman Guy” push.  It’s a real shame, too.  Axel has the bloodline to be something really special, but unfortunately has fallen completely flat…

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Monday Night RAW 11/11/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Rhodes Bros. vs. Randy Orton: Is there a better story in the second half of 2013 than the return of Goldust to WWE rings?  The Twitter campaign that the elder Rhodes made to wrestle his younger brother at WrestleMania is well known, but it actually looks like that might be a possibility.  Goldust’s performances have been the highlight of every single show he has been on for months now, and last night’s RAW was no…

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DVD REVIEW: Thy Kingdom Come – 3-Disc Triple H DVD Set

On September 24th, 2013, WWE finally released a complete documentary set on one of the most influential, and certainly most powerful figures in the history of professional wrestling, the “son-in-law”, Triple H. It’s hard not to respect Triple H.  Forget about the fact that he is a political powerhouse in World Wrestling Entertainment, just for a moment, and consider the career the man has had.  Beginning as not much more than an enhancement talent in World Championship Wrestling, to…

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G’s Official Recap & Review of TNA Impact (6-20-2013)

After some self-reflection, I come to realise that the articles that I have been writing have not been reviews but more so they have been recaps of the shows they were written about. With all that said, what I now intend on putting forward is actual reviews of the shows themselves rather than recapping the shows. You get to tell me which one you like more. You get to tell me what you like and dislike of each kind…

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House of Hardcore 2 Results and Review

It’s no secret that we’re big Tommy Dreamer fans here at Chinlock.com.  You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who will argue against the fact that Tommy Dreamer is one of the best human beings on Earth, and his passion for professional wrestling is unparallelled.  It was with great disappointed that I missed the first House of Hardcore event back in October, although Chinlock.com columnist and co-owner Jan Murphy attended the event, and raved about it’s success.  So it…

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