Living in Sinn

Nick Cvjetkovich has always had a creative imagination, something the man known in the wrestling world as Sinn Bodhi attributes to his childhood. Cvjetkovich, you see, who is more wildly known for his run as Kizarny in World Wrestling Entertainment, spent a good chunk of his younger years reading comics and watching – you guessed it – pro wrestling. Add to that the fact that both his mother and father were martial arts experts and it’s not difficult to…

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Lost continues to find success

Scott Lost is a bit of glutton for punishment. Luckily, he’s a talented one. The California-based retired pro wrestler-turned comic creator left one notoriously difficult business, full of colourful, hero-like characters, for another that is precisely the same. It should come as no surprise, however, as right from an early age, the 35-year-old was a fan of both wrestling and comics. “Around nine, I was drawing and I was watching wrestling,” Lost said over the phone, just days before…

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Satirical wrestling news isn’t fake — it’s unreal

Kayfabe: (In professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic: a masterful job of blending kayfabe and reality he’s not someone who can break kayfabe and talk about the business : I heard that AJ approached him to rehearse a kayfabe segment – Oxford Dictionary Wrestling has given the world a lot of familiar phrases and words: from Hulkamania to WrestleMania; from the squared circle to The People’s Eyebrow; but none more…

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Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks

  NOTE: Today we introduce the first of what we hope are many preview pieces featuring one of Canada’s best sports broadcasters, James Cybulski, and our own Jan Murphy. The duo will break down the SummerSlam matches and offer their picks. Enjoy. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus James: I feel like WWE missed the mark when the viral videos started surfacing with all the RKO’s in random events all over the world. I like Sheamus’ updated look but his character…

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Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling … Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it

To call John Hennigan a competitor would be a massive understatement. He is, after all, one of the most athletic and physically flawless performers in professional wrestling. He’s a multiple time champion during a lengthy run with World Wrestling Entertainment. And he’s a fearless high flyer who was a pioneer when it came to creative ways to avoid elimination at the WWE’s Royal Rumble. Outside of wrestling, he’s a budding actor and the man behind Out of Your Mind…

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Kevin Owens continues to fight

Not long after making his first appearance on Monday Night Raw and just days before he has his first pay-per-view match in World Wrestling Entertainment, Kevin Owens is in the mood to talk about firsts. Owens, born Kevin Steen in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in 1984, has, after all, experienced his share of firsts in his now 15-year career that last year brought him to World Wrestling Entertainment when he was signed to its NXT brand. To say he’s made the…

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Tatevik the Gamer is Tough Enough

Tatevik Hunanyan not only believes she’s tough enough, she knows she’s tough enough. And the well-spoken, passionate, Armenian-born wrestler is justified in her belief, as so too do wrestling fans. Hunanyan, who goes by Tatevik The Gamer, a tribute to her longtime love affair with video games, was, at the time of this interview, responsible for the top video on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Tough Enough web page under the Tough Women category. Tough Enough is the company’s reincarnated reality…

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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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Triple H talks Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens during NXT conference call

To listen to Paul (Triple H) Levesque talk about World Wrestling Entertainment’s white-hot NXT brand is akin to listening to a proud father talk about his son’s first game-winning grand slam in a Little League game. Quite simply, he gushes with pride. And rightfully so, as the wrestling legend turned WWE’s Executive Vice-President of Talent, Creative and Live Events is the driving force behind the increasingly popular brand that has churned out stars like current WWE World Heavyweight champion…

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All hail King Barrett

On the day Buckingham Palace in his native England revealed the name of the latest Royal — Charlotte Elizabeth Diana — World Wrestling Entertainment star Wade Barrett is feeling a little royal himself, but not due to the latest in line for the throne. He’s feeling royal because he is royalty, wrestling royalty, following his crowning in the WWE’s King of the Ring tournament, making Barrett the 20th King of the Ring in WWE history. It’s an honour befitting,…

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New Day hoping for ‘Big’ things

He may be a star in World Wrestling Entertainment, and one of its current tag champions, but Big E wasn’t always a WWE guy. “I was a big wrestling fan as a kid,” said the former NXT champion and Florida native, “(but) if I’m being honest, I had more of a slight lean toward WCW. Actually, more than a slight lean,” he added in a telephone interview, referring to the once major rival of his current employer “I remember…

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Arab-Canadian up and comer excited for what is NXT

In many ways, Toronto native Nhooph Al-Areebi has been training her whole life to become a professional wrestler. The Arab-Canadian, who is among the most recent wave of international talent recruited to World Wrestling Entertainment’s wildly successful NXT brand, has been a fan since as long as she can remember. “Growing up, I would watch every single SmackDown, Raw, pay-per-view,” the 20-year-old said over the phone from Florida, where she and 10 other international talents are cutting their proverbial…

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dreamer, Fight Network strike TV deal

House of Hardcore is coming to Fight Network in May. In a partnership announced today by Tommy Dreamer and Fight Network, fans will now be able to watch Dreamer’s wrestling company on TV for the first time. House of Hardcore was founded in 2012 by Dreamer, who wanted to put the emphasis back on wrestling and repay his loyal fans who supported him throughout his career. In less than three years, Dreamer’s company has hosted eight shows and this…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

House of Hardcore is coming to Canada. The U.S.-based wrestling company, founded in 2012 by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer, will make its Canadian debut on July 18 in Toronto. Dreamer has long made it no secret that his objective with his wrestling company is to listen to the fans. Fittingly, it was the fans who pointed Dreamer toward Canada, Dreamer said in an exclusive interview. “I did a poll on Twitter in which I asked fans where they…

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A trip down MemoryMania

  Words such as awesome, unbelievable, unreal and amazing have become overused and almost cliché in this day of social media dominance. So frequently are they used that they have lost their significance. As such, my search for words to convey how I feel has begun as I reflect on what I can only describe as the single greatest trip I’ve ever went on. Ever. Interestingly, it all came together in very short order, too. Just over three weeks…

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Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

For someone so at ease inside a wrestling ring or in front of a camera or so eloquent during an interview over the telephone, it’s a bit surprising when World Wrestling Entertainment megastar Daniel is at a loss for words. But on this day, the upbeat and down-to-earth man behind the “Yes!” craze is just that, when asked to go back in time one year to the night he captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship during an emotional and…

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Rob Schamberger: Wrestling’s new king of the canvas

Like a fine piece of art, Rob Schamberger wasn’t able to appreciate the art of professional wrestling until he was mature. Schamberger, who now sets the gold standard when it comes to painting all things professional wrestling, didn’t even become a fan of pro wrestling until he in his late teenage years. “I actually didn’t get into it until I was 18,” the 34-year-old Kansas City native said in a telephone interview a week or so before he’ll head…

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Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product

Tommy Dreamer is hardcore in everything he does. Whether it’s inside the ring or out, he’s honest and passionate about all things wrestling. So it should come as no surprise that Dreamer is getting hardcore with those who are illegally streaming or downloading his House of Hardcore Internet pay-per-views, which began to broadcast live at his last show in Philadelphia. Never one to mince words about how much he loves the business and his fans, Dreamer didn’t mince words…

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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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Reigns ready to (win) Rumble

Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph (Joe) Anoa’i, was, quite frankly, born to wrestle. He is the son of Sika Anoa’i of Wild Samoans fame, his brother, Matt, is the wrestler known as Rosey, his uncle Afa Anoa’i was the other half of the Wild Samoans and his extended Samoan family members include the likes of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Usos, to name some. Heady, and legendary, company indeed. As far back as he can…

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