Wrestling with the right words to say thanks

How do you thank an entire city? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself a lot since Dec. 2, the night our annual Chinlock Wrestling charity show packed the Kingston Gospel Temple, culminating in a night I’ll not soon forgot. All told, the show generated $25,715 for local charity, an absolutely stunning number for those of us who worked behind the scenes for months on end putting this show together. To give this context, allow me to travel back…

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WWE champ Mahal making most of his opportunity

BROOKLYN, NY — Just four short summers ago, Yuvraj Singh Dhesi was back at home in Calgary, mulling his future, having just weeks earlier been released from his dream job as a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment. On Friday, Dhesi, who is better known to wrestling fans as Jinder Mahal, was sitting in a packed room in a hotel in Brooklyn, filled with journalists from 15 different countries. He was there with his WWE championship belt in hand,…

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Plenty on the line at SummerSlam in Brooklyn

      BROOKLYN, N.Y. – World Wrestling Entertainment hosts its 29th installment of SummerSlam, its second-biggest event of the year, once again in Brooklyn on Sunday. The main event, a fatal four-way, features marquee talents Brock Lesnar, the Universal champion, defending his title against challengers Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. The other main event, for the WWE championship, features Indo-Canadian Jinder Mahal of Calgary defending his title against challenger Shinsuke Nakamura, a Japanese megastar. A closer…

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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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Zayn looks to take career ‘full circle’ at Money in the Bank

  Money In the Bank: a match in which competitors vie to climb a ladder and unclasp a metal briefcase that hangs suspended above the middle of a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, with the hopes and dreams of those competitors literally hanging in the balance. Its winner is all but guaranteed a date with destiny. Inside that briefcase is a WWE contract enabling the possessor of that briefcase a shot at the biggest prize in WWE, a WWE World…

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Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

  “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable wrestlers of their generation and beyond. Together, Ax and Smash dominated the tag team wrestling scene in the 1980s and early ‘90s as the leather-wearing, face-painted behemouths known as Demolition, an alliance that continues, albeit more sparingly, to this day. But before there was Ax or Smash,…

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Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

  Fearless and fabulous. Those words perfectly describe Mickie Laree James-Aldis, better known in the professional wrestling world as Mickie James. Fearlessness has been one of her greatest qualities from a very early age, when equestrian sports were her passion. And fabulous describes her now nearly 20-year run in the professional wrestling world, where she has helped raised the profile of women and built a case to be called the greatest female wrestler of all time. At 36 years…

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Call him Eric the Great

Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s where Jeremy Fritz, better known to wrestling world as Eric Young, fell in love with the pomp and pageantry of pro wrestling. “I grew up in really, really, rural Ontario … southwestern Ontario,” Young said over the phone from his home in Nashville ahead of his first…

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Stratus continues to rewrite history

Trailblazer: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular – Merriam-Webster dictionary She’s arguably the most popular women’s wrestler in the history of professional wrestling, but there is no arguing that Toronto’s Trish Stratus is the most decorated woman in the sport’s storied history. Stratus, born in Toronto in 1975, is the only wrestler to become World Wrestling Entertainment women’s champion seven times, she is the youngest to be inducted into the…

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Owens prepares for his WrestleMania moment

In less than a month, a lifetime of dreams become a reality for another Canadian-born professional wrestler. Quebec native Kevin Owens will walk into Dallas, Texas, for World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 32. Born Kevin Steen in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Suzanne and Terry Steen, Owens fell in love with the pomp and pageantry of pro wrestling as a youngster when he and his father watched a VHS tape of WrestleMania 11. “That’s what made me decide that I wanted to be…

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Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen

In a world of scripted finishes and even a little kayfabe, Daniel Bryan was as real and genuine as they come. Breaking news of his retirement today is not only a blow to the business and its fans, who have been robbed of countless years of his brilliant in-ring work, but it puts an end to a realness that is rare in professional wrestling. Not the realness that is what those talented men and women do near daily when…

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Rumble experience akin to royalty

Are you ready to rumble? Famous words, to say the least. And words that were proposed to me as I boarded a plane recently bound for Orlando, Fla., where World Wrestling Entertainment was hosting its annual Royal Rumble, one of its marquee events and the one that officially kicks off WrestleMania season. Yes, yes, I thought, I am ready to rumble. I was, after all, part of a small contingent of international media afforded the opportunity to experience the…

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Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre

ORLANDO – Legendary Canadian wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart said it best when describing his Hitman wrestling character as “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” Hart could have also been describing World Wrestling Entertainment’s NXT Performance Center with those now famous words. Quite frankly, it is. As part of its Royal Rumble weekend, WWE invited international media to tour the world-class, state-of-the-art training facility, where it now trains all of…

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NXT goes global with Takeover in England

Just days ahead of its debut outside of the United States, the man behind World Wrestling Entertainment’s increasingly popular NXT brand speaks passionately about opportunity. Professional wrestling is nothing if not about opportunity. During his now nearly 25-year active wrestling career, the man known the world over as Triple H certainly made the most of his opportunities, capturing more than 20 championships, at one point carrying the company on his broad shoulders as its marquee name and ushering in…

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Fourth time’s a charm for Sheamus

Irish eyes were smiling, indeed, on Sunday night when World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Sheamus cashed in his Money In the Bank contract in the final moments of an entertaining Survivor Series to snatch away the World title from Roman Reigns. The WWE’s so-called Celtic Warrior, ever the opportunist, delivered two huge Brogue Kicks to unseat the newly-minted Reigns, making his first reign as WWE World Heavyweight champion one of the shortest. Sheamus, the Irish-born behemoth known for his brute…

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Long way to the top for EC3

At 32 years of age and some 13 years into his career, Michael Hutter is on top of the professional wrestling world. But the road to the top for the man better known as Ethan Carter III has been a long one, one that has shaped the young man into the person he’s become, humbled him beyond his years and tested him every step of the way. In many ways, his still relatively new-found success has been a lifetime…

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic of the day emanates out of his home country of Canada, not far from where he grew up in Peterborough. That topic is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just coming off a tremendously successful season and an electrifying playoff run that saw the club fall two…

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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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House of Hardcore’s dynamic duo

Imagine, if you will, hearing some of the greatest calls in wrestling history being called by someone other than those who called those shots. For instance, imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship victory over Shawn Michaels or Mick Foley’s unforgettable Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker being called by someone other than Jim Ross. Or imagine Vince McMahon’s famous “boyhood dream” Shawn Michaels moment coming from the mouth of someone other than…

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