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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Wrestling, comics collide

Life is good for Mike Kingston these days. The lifelong comic nut and professional wrestling fanatic has found a way to blend his two passions with his love for writing, and he’s found a formula for success so far. Kingston is less than $2,000 from once again raising the funds to produce the latest in his series of Headlocked comics, a  coming-of-age story chronicling a college theatre major’s quest to become a professional wrestler. Kingston’s Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180977151/headlocked-the-last-territory-vol-2) sits…

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It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

There are a number of things that make Tatevik Hunanyan stand out. She’s beautiful. She’s tough. She wrestles under the moniker Tatevik The Gamer, due to her love of video games. She’s the very first Amenian-born, lady professional wrestler in history. The list goes on and on. But nothing stands out more during a conversation with this star than her incredible outlook on life and her sheer determination to make her mark in this world. Like so many families…

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The Poffo legacy lives on

Had they had it their way, the Poffo brothers would not have become known the world over for poetry, flying elbows and heavyweight championships, but rather for diving catches, home runs and World Series titles. Luckily for wrestling fans, things didn’t turn out as planned for the late Randy Poffo and his brother Lanny, better known by their ring names, Macho Man and The Genius. The impact the brothers had on the world of professional wrestling, along with their…

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Jim Myers: The man behind the Animal

Had it not been for a knee injury, professional wrestling fans would never have been blessed to come to know Jim Myers, better known by his legendary alter ego, George (The Animal) Steele. Myers, now 77, had only one passion as a youngster, and it was not wrestling. “I was a football guy all the way,” Myers said in a telephone interview ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Hamilton Comic Con. As a youngster, Myers was a…

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Legend’s Stratusfying career continues

Retirement is often synonymous with slowing down. Someone forgot to tell that to World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Stratus, a wrestling legend and one of Canada’s most famous grapplers of all time, could actually be busier today than she was during her illustrious career spanning the globe for WWE. Since retiring from full-time active wrestling in 2006, Stratus has launched a popular yoga series, starred in the reality TV series Armed & Famous, hosted The Second…

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Foley wrestling’s gift to Mankind

As a hall of fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley carved out a legacy as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, referred to as the faces of Foley. His understanding of the psychology of wrestling, his gifts with a microphone, and his willingness to put his body on the line made him a legend among fans. As an author, Foley ushered in a new era in autobiographies that was the first great wrestling book of its time, and it remains…

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Ring of Honor’s Daniels busier than ever

Christopher Daniels should be winding down what has been an illustrious, two decade-plus professional wrestling career that has taken him around the world and even to parts unknown. He is, after all, 44 years old, which in wrestling years, is certainly up there. But don’t tell that Daniels, whose real name is Daniel Covell. He’s much too busy and motivated to listen. Daniels is back home with Ring of Honor following a lengthy and very successful run with Total…

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AJ Styles savouring life after TNA

It’s hard to imagine that professional wrestling was not AJ Styles’s calling. Styles is, after all, the most decorated performer in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling history. Consider his TNA achievements: • a three-time NWA World Heavyweight champion; • a two-time TNA World Heavyweight champ; • the inaugural, and six-time, TNA X Division champ; • a two-time Television champ; • a six-time tag-team champ; • TNA’s first TNA Triple Crown winner, a feat he would accomplish six times in his…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Jeff Hardy

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON NOV. 3, 2000 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. Without a doubt, fans have put the World Wrestling Federation where it is today  — on top of the world. Just ask Jeff Hardy. Jeff, one half of the high-flying tag-team champions, The Hardy Boyz, spoke one-on-one with The Whig-Standard last weekend in Toronto. Jeff, along with his real-life brother Matt, certainly know how important the fans are to the business. After all, the Hardys have…

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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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Opportunity of a lifetime

A former Kingstonian recently fulfilled her longtime dream when she was invited to try-out for and participate in a World Wrestling Entertainment event; World Wrestling Entertainment being the largest professional wrestling company in the world. Julia Nulis, who wrestles as the Queen of Mean Persephone Vice, was one of a small group of Canadian wrestlers to get a look from WWE during its recent Canadian tour, which also included a stop at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on July 6,…

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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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Ambrose not just Good … he’s great

Jonathan Good may be living a charmed life in professional wrestling nowadays, but life wasn’t always easy for the man better known as Dean Ambrose. Good, who grew up in the area known as the East End in Cincinnati, is evasive when asked if he had a rough upbringing. “Who doesn’t have their own story?” he asked. “I grew up in Cincinnati, the east side of Cincinnati. I don’t really have any kind of heartbreaking sob story, just a…

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Call him Hacksaw Jim Zombie

There are few names in professional wrestling as instantly recognizable as the man known as Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Whether it was his signature 2X4, riling the crowd up with a ‘HOOOO!’ or a ‘U.S.A.!’ chant, Jim Duggan found a way to stand out alongside a generation of legendary professional wrestlers. Conincidentally, he almost never even made it to the squared circle. “No. Not at all. Football was my main sport,” Duggan said when asked whether or not he watched…

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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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Chinlock Radio ep 15: Kingpin Angel

The Kingpin Angel returns to Chinlock Radio, just days after the Hardcore Roadtrip controversy. The promoter skipped town with everyone’s money, and in true Angel fashion, he tells it like it is. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Chinlock-Radio-ep-15-Angel.mp3   Sideshow

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Chinlock Radio ep 14: Jessy Sorensen

Former TNA X Division star Jessy Sorensen joins Sideshow and Jan to talk about his career and the injury that almost ended it. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Chinlock-Radio-ep-14-Jessy-Sorensen.mp3 follow Jessey on twitter @jessysorensen Sideshow

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