Hillbilly Jim says his WWE Hall of Fame nod is for everybody

Jim Morris was going to take a pass on appearing at the coming edition of WrestleMania and all its associated hoopla and festivities. Better know to legions of wrestling fans worldwide as the affable, scufflin’, larger-than-life Hillbilly Jim, Morris is invited every year to attend the biggest event in sports entertainment to participate in a host of activities as befits his status as a beloved legend of WWF/WWE lore. But he was going to decline the invitation this year…

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For wrestling legend Hall, it’s once again good to be the Bad Guy

Scott Hall was practically groomed to become a globe-trotting sports entertainer. He was, after all, a self-proclaimed ‘army brat,’ who had seen more of the United States by the age of 15 than most kids would in a lifetime. “We moved every year for the first 15 years (of my life),” Hall said over the telephone in a rare media interview. “I can’t even name the bases in order of where we lived. It got to the point where…

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‘It keeps him alive in your heart’

A reflective Rowdy Roddy Piper, the late wrestling mega-legend, spoke openly and eloquently in a 2014 interview about his changed ways, his family, and his outlook on life and his career. His words ring both prophetic and ominous — and incredibly powerful — following his sudden death at age 61 in July 2015. “I have four of the most beautiful children in the world, so when I call my shots, I call them the way that I always dreamed…

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Shoot interviews forever

The shoot interview has become a wrestling phenomenon. It would be easy to dismiss these interviews as whiny bitch sessions, where wrestlers, out of character, take cheap shots and tattle on each other.  All of this is of course true, but we are talking about wrestling, not golf. Let’s leave the gentlemanly stuff in the clubhouse, and let the bitching run wild, like Hulkamania. Thankfully, the amount of general wrestling content on the Internet is staggering.  So too, are…

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Beefcake still cuttin’ and struttin’

Little did Ed Leslie know when he was a young boy watching wrestling with his older sister at Tampa’s National Guard Armory that he would some day carve out his own legacy in that very business. Quite literally, actually, as the man known the world over as Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake. But in those days, Leslie said during a telephone interview from his Florida home, wrestling for a living was the furthest thing from his mind. “I never really…

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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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Roode returns to House of Hardcore

For generations, Canada has produced its fair share of legendary professional wrestlers. In the early days it was the likes of Whipper Billy Watson and Killer Kowalski. Later it would be greats like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dino Bravo and Jacques Rougeau. More recently, the likes of Edge (Adam Copeland), Bret (The Hitman) Hart, Chris Jericho, Lance Storm and Trish Stratus have gained living legends status. Today is no different, as Canada continues to turn out fantastic wrestlers, none more…

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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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The wonderful world of wrestling tights

I thought I’d pontificate on wrestling tights … and no, it’s not a sexual thing!  Initially I was going to write about the corporatization of society and how so many of us have become consuming idiots, but I have my priorities. Where do I begin? First, I must differentiate tights from full costumes, makeup, accoutrements and robes.  I’m talking trunks, various body suits (also known as long tights), baggy shorts and baggy pants.  I don’t claim to be an…

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WWE’s Rollins on a roll

Hulk Hogan. A more recognizable name in professional wrestling you will not find. Nor will you find a more influential figure in the history of the business. The man known as the Hulkster almost single-handedly made wrestling mainstream, capturing the imaginations of countless future performers in the process. Count World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Seth Rollins among them. “Hulk Hogan,” Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, answered when asked about his earliest wrestling memories. “I grew in the late…

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Honky Tonk Man still cool, still cocky, still bad

To say Roy Wayne Farris has left his mark on professional wrestling would be an understatement. In fact, an argument can be made that few have made a bigger mark in the short time it took Farris, better known as the Honky Tonk Man, to make his. Farris, arguably the greatest Intercontinental champion in World Wrestling Entertainment history, is a lifelong wrestling fan. “Oh gosh I was just a young fellow, maybe 10, 12 years old,” Farris, 61, said…

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Business still pickin’ up for Good Ol’ JR

It’s difficult to know whether professional wrestling had more influence on Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross than the man himself had on the industry. Good ol’ JR, as he’s know the world over, has literally done everything in the business en route to becoming one of the most respected and universally loved people on this planet. The southern boy from a small town of hundreds came by his love of sports entertainment honestly, and through hard work. “I…

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The ‘Ultimate’ legacy: Fans remember legendary performer

The world of professional lost a legend when The Ultimate Warrior died suddenly on April 8, just a day after making an impassioned and moving, and final, promo on Monday Night Raw. We asked our friends and readers to share their memories of the Ultimate one. Following are some of those memories, including my own: Jan Murphy: As a boy growing up in a rural setting, many of my public school friends were also WWF fans at the time….

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior.  Such is a name that rings through the very fibres of pop culture.  In the mid- to late ’80s professional wrestling created a number of iconic characters that still resonate with the mainstream today.  Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior were, and continue to be, household names akin to the likes of Mr. T, ALF, or The Ghostbusters.  Unfortunately, two of those names are no longer with us, and perhaps none more…

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Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies blends Piper’s passions

One look at the life and career of the man known the world over as Rowdy Roddy Piper and one word comes to mind: trailblazer. In professional wrestling, he was one of the first beloved heels in the business. He is acknowledged as being one of the very best on a microphone not only of his generation, but of all time. And no one has ever worn a kilt more successfully than the so-called Rowdy one. Piper, who is…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn’t believe. With Burliuk’s, and the Whig’s blessing, here is that star-studded interview, originally published on April 1, 1989. All rights reserved.   GREG BURLIUK/THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD Once upon a time. . . . (Believe me, there’s no other way to start this. This is a story about the making of a cinematic fairy tale. And, like the…

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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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The New 5-Stars

Maybe it’s me, internet wrestling websites.  Maybe there’s something I’m not understanding about what constitutes a 5-star match.  Maybe my unsophisticated brain will never truly grasp the majesty of a 15-second sequence that seamlessly flows from a Lou Thesz press-into-a-fireman’s carry-into-a-kimura lock….OR MAYBE THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, DUDE! What follows are selections from my personal list of 5-star matches.  My criteria? Whatever produced a moment that I’ll tell my kid about. My qualifications?  I’m a guy that got completely hooked…

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