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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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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“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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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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House of Hardcore here to stay

PHILADELPHIA — On a night that promised to be nothing if not nostalgic, Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore delivered that and much more before a packed house at the former ECW Arena, where Dreamer and many others laid the foundation for one of the most improbable success stories in professional wrestling history. And while Dreamer delivered plenty of nostalgia, painting a beautiful picture of the glory days, he also masterfully dug in his heels and served notice that House…

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Beulah prepares to write final chapter

Trisa Laughlin, the longtime star of Extreme Championship Wrestling, wife of Tommy Dreamer, published author and mom, actually got her first taste of professional wrestling north of the border in Canada. “I have a sister who’s three years older than I am, and we would take trips,” Trisa said recalling her teenage years. “We would just take state maps — we would pick what state we wanted to go to — and we just closed our eyes and we’d…

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Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

Tommy Dreamer built a career around being hardcore. A legendary one career at that. So it’s both fitting and not surprising that he’s building a second career as a promoter and owner around the aptly named House of Hardcore, his wrestling company that later this month will mark its seventh show since Dreamer kicked it off with his own blood, sweat tears, and money, on Oct. 6, 2012, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Even Dreamer himself admits he never imagined his…

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The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

The day has finally arrived where the WWE Network debuts worldwide including, arguably, it’s second biggest market, and neighbour to the north, Canada.  While the WWE Network has been available through alternate means, in Canada and worldwide, since it launched in February 2014, today is the first day it has become available for Canadians to subscribe to the Network, in an official manner. Well, sort of. As it would turn out, the WWE Network is only “kind of” available…

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Heyman needs no introduction

  In the world of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman is a man who needs no introduction. He’s the creative genius who took a little-known wrestling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling and built it into a cult-like promotion that is now a legendary and unrivaled part of wrestling history. When he finished that, he joined the big dog of pro wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, where he showed the mainstream wrestling world who Paul Heyman was, with his cutting-edge, raw promos,…

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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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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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Heyman a master of his craft

When Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen. Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he laid out his vision for upstart Extreme Championship Wrestling, Heyman has an ability to command your attention. Where some might use an in-your-face style approach to command attention, Heyman uses meticulous, well-crafted and thoughtful words. So well spoken and delivered are they that more often than not,…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Trisa Laughlin, a.k.a. Beulah McGillicutty, talks about penning her children’s book, Gertrude the Great

   Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Armed with that philosophy — and a whole lot of determination — Trisa Laughlin set out to put to paper a little bit of her life. The result is her recently published children’s book, Gertrude The Great, aptly titled too, if you ask this writer/dad. Simply…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 17th column

  NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 24, 2012. All rights reserved. When I arrived home last Sunday, after two days of wrestling, I really just wanted to relax and spend a nice day with my family. Instead, I received a text message that changed the rest of my day. It read “Hey Jimmy is at my house. He would love to see you.” The text came from a man who lives close to me, Jon…

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Chinlock Radio ep 12: Stephen DeAngelis

Long time ECW ring announcer, and current Hardcore Roadtrip ring announcer, Stephen DeAngelis joins Sideshow and Jan to talk about his career, ECW, Paul Heyman, and of course Hardcore Roadtrip. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chinlock-Radio-ep-12-Stephen-DeAngelis.mp3 Get more details on Hardcore Roadtrip at hardcoreroadtrip.ca Sideshow

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 15th column

Well, I’ve had a very productive and busy week. As I write this, it is 1 a.m. on Thursday and I have to be up at 5 a.m. to head to airport for an intense work schedule. As such, this column will be more like the ramblings of an extreme man. * I signed a licence agreement with a merchandising company that has specifically handled bands until now, but has wanted to branch out into the wrestling genre. I…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 13th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 25, 2012. All rights reserved. As a professional wrestler, I have literally travelled the world. I have wrestled on six continents, in 52 countries, every Canadian province, 49 U.S. States (Alaska being the only one in which I have not competed) and I currently have two passports, though I have had a total of 10 — all with extended pages. I have established friendships along the way in Canada, the U.K. and…

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Chinlock Radio ep 9: Kingpin Angel

ECW original, The Kingpin Angel, joins Sideshow and Jan to talk ECW, Paul Heyman, Hardcore Roadtrip, and even a little trash. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chinlock-Radio-ep-9-Kingpin-Angel.mp3   Sideshow

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 12th column

NOTE: ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON FEB. 18, 2012 IN THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD. All rights reserved.   I recently attended a three-day convention entitled WrestleReunion in L.A. For a wrestling fan, it is a great event featuring three days of wrestling shows, Q&As, photo ops, meet & greets, autograph signings, vendors, a Sunday brunch and anything and everything wrestling. Organizers are bringing the event to Toronto for the first time, from April 13 to 15, and yes, yours truly will be there. The…

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