Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

If history has taught us anything, it’s that we like the underdog. The world of wrestling is certainly no exception. With the abrupt retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Daniel Bryan this week, due to injuries, the wrestling world, along with its fans, took pause to reflect on the legacy left by a guy who was more or less told he could never make it to the top in a world of muscular giants whose personalities often were as large…

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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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6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

Six months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour “over-the-top” streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given WWE’s access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to bring every live Pay Per View event to their live streaming service.  Analysts and fans alike were abuzz at the possibilities of the network, and its potential in the marketplace.  Needless…

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WWE set to return to Kingston

World Wrestling Entertainment will return to Kingston’s Rogers K-Rock Centre for a live show on Sunday, July 6, the same day it also has a show at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum, Chinlock.com has learned. The following night, WWE is expected to host its flagship show — Monday Night Raw — at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Details about the show’s card are expected to be unveiled when tickets go on sale, early next month. Kingston last hosted a WWE event on March…

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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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WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Opening Segment: Well, I’m not exactly sure how to react to this.  The segment itself was a home run.  This is the attitude and aggression we have all been begging to see from Daniel Bryan for months.  Both Stephanie and Triple H played their parts well (and Stephanie pretending the YES! chants were for her was laugh-out-loud funny).  The appearances by The Shield, and then later Sheamus and John Cena were well timed, and well…

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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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Jan’s Royal Rumble picks

Pre-show match: Goldust & Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship The teenager in me REALLY wants to see the Outlaws as tag champs once again, but then the 37-year-old me realizes that this is not the Attitude Era any longer and the Outlaws can’t truly be the Outlaws in this era. Three of the four participants in this match made their marks in the Attitude Era, interestingly enough. I do see…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: The only hit of last night’s Monday Night RAW came from a likely source.  The Usos are turning in career performances every night they’re in the ring, and much like Cody Rhodes and Goldust, very, very rarely have an off night.  Last night was no exception.  It also benefited by the carry-over heat brought on by the anticipation of Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan’s paths crossing.  The…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 10th column

I was one of the last people to hop on board the social media train, but I am glad I did. I admit, I had my reservations, even when the Internet was developed. I had several people claim to be me, posing as me and speaking to fans in chat rooms. One of these people was even arrested for trying to lure an underage girl to a hotel room. Luckily for me, I was told this by a friend…

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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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14 predictions for 2014

The new year is upon us, which means we wipe the proverbial wrestling slate clean and start a fresh year. Here are 14 predictions for the year that lies ahead, in no particular order. 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. 2) Bray Wyatt will emerge as a major player in WWE. 3) AJ Styles will re-sign with…

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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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My Wife’s Picks: TLC

Each month I like to ask my wife for her picks for the upcoming PPV. She doesn’t watch WWE with me but she usually has pretty surprising accuracy.   To hear Jan Murphy and I give our picks and discuss the 2013 Slammy Awards, check out episode 3 of Chinlock Radio HERE   This month I changed things up. Instead of asking her who would win each match based on who was competing I asked based on their ring…

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2013 Year in Review: Jan’s interview with Christopher Daniels

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 6, 2013. All rights reserved. Daniel Covell, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Total Nonstop Action’s superstar Christopher Daniels, practically grew up in the heart of wrestling country. As a boy in the 1970s, he called North Carolina — specifically Fayetteville — home. In those days, that area was a synonymous with pro wrestling as Wisconsin is with cheese. In those parts back then, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling ruled. “As a…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with CM Punk

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Nov. 12, 2012, all rights reserved. HEADLINE: Best in the world? Hard to argue   In wrestling circles, he’s as marketable as they come right now. He’s the WWE champion, and has been for a year now. He has penned the foreword for Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men hardcover, which is due out next month. He is the subject of the WWE’s latest — and arguably its best — DVD documentary. He is…

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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 11/11/13 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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