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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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: 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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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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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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Calling the Shots: SummerSlam 2014

  Calling the Shots is back to cover the 2014 edition of WWE’s second-biggest show: SummerSlam. Taking place in sold-out arena in L.A., the WWE is undoubtedly looking to make a big impact this month, especially considering that it’s re-subscription time for the oft-shilled WWE Network. Hopefully the show delivers on all accounts. So, without further ado here are my predictions for SummerSlam 2014: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler A natural show opener since Ziggler gives WWE events a…

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WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground HITS: The Usos vs. The Wyatts: Although I feel this match suffer slightly from the 2-out-of-3 falls format, down the stretch you won’t find any better tag team wrestling anywhere on this planet.  Both teams once again brought their A-game, delivering incredible action, and believable near falls.  As I said, the format was my only question.  It was difficult to believe, given the history of these teams, that a fall would take place in the first 6-8…

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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank HITS: Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on the edge of their seat throughout.  The tension between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was palatable, and the storytelling between them was absolutely excellent.  There were plenty of innovative spots, and career shortening bumps (namely Rollins being…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Shield vs. The Wyatts – WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution and the Wyatts closed the show strong, and left me with a strong desire to see more from all three teams.  Well done, WWE….

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan: In the hours leading up to Monday Night RAW, Bryan Danielson, better known to the WWE Universe at Daniel Bryan, found out that his father had suddenly passed away.  Instead of doing what any sane human being would do, and grabbing the first flight back home to be with his family, Bryan insisted on performing on RAW so to not let his fans down.  How tough is this man?  Such a gutsy performance,…

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WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES

Editors Note: This column will likely be one of my most discussed to date.  It is incredibly difficult for me to write, as both a fan and an author.  Rarely do I allow my emotions to get the better of me, but twice this weekend it happened.  First with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Hall of Fame induction I was overcome with happiness, and then again the next night with The Undertaker’s streak ending, overcome with shock.  Typically I wait…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS: Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE’s originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn’t get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm), it was fun while it lasted.  As much heat as Batista gets for his mostly uninspired comeback, he’s much better as a heel than he is as a babyface.  His prior run as the self-absorbed “superstar” heel was some of my favourite work in WWE history. …

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WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a “Road to WrestleMania” episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable episode of RAW. Build towards HHH/Bryan: This is a double-edged sword for me.  Triple H spent the majority of his opening promo…

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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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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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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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