WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

Well, it’s a new era in WWE.  Let’s see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins – While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory way to end an excellent pay-per-view.  I think its a bit of a shame that the magnitude of this match had to take somewhat of a back seat to the General Manager drama, but it was a…

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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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WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – Although it feels like we’ve seen these two in the ring a lot together over the past several months, they always manage to come up with a fresh feeling match, full of plenty of action and great near-falls.  Was the Jon Stewart involvement a little bit messy?  Sure.  He should have stayed facing Seth Rollins the entire time, and turned on John Cena at the last minute, as opposed…

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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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WWE Battleground 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2015 HITS: The Undertaker’s Return: In 2015, 30 years since I became a wrestling fan, there isn’t a lot that gets me to literally jump off the couch anymore.  Granted, the return was spoiled multiple times online (and all-but-confirmed by a WWE source I had dinner with over the weekend), however when the gong sounded on the Pay Per View, I literally jumped right off of my couch in excitement.  Brock Lesnar vs. (a healthy) Undertaker should…

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WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Wow.  That is the very best way to describe this match.  Just wow.  Sometimes, in the most unlikely places, you find wrestling magic.  Kevin Owens vs. John Cena is wrestling magic.  Owens isn’t your typical Cena opponent, or for that matter, typical WWE superstar.  His path to WWE was littered with roadblocks.  But, in one short month, Kevin Owens has taken the WWE by storm, and proven…

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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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Calling the Spots: Elimination Chamber 2015

Oh man, am I ever excited that the Elimination Chamber is back. If you’ve already read my Fastlane predictions from earlier this year, you’ll remember that the Chamber is one of my favourite events. In an industry that’s had a questionable ability to innovate over the last few years, the Elimination Chamber stands as one of the biggest and best ideas to ever be conceived. The fact that WWE is literally the only company with the budget and talent…

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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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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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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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Our 2015 Predictions!

Editors note: Last year, Jan and I combined our predictions into one amalgamated column.  This year, we’re going to present it a little bit differently.  This year, Tyler, Jan and I have come up with our own separate predictions (five each), and we will examine them again this time next year.  So, without further ado, here’s how we, the Chinlock.com writing staff foresee the 2015 year of professional wrestling.   JAN MURPHY 1) Kevin Steen (aka NXT superstar Kevin…

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WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS: Sting Debuts: This year’s installment of Survivor Series was promoted as a one-match show; Team Authority vs. Team Cena.  But, last night, that one match boiled down into one moment.  That moment was the debut of “the last WCW hold-out”, Sting.  There have been a number of reasons why Sting has held out signing a WWE contract over the years, including a personal goal of elevating TNA to relevance.  However, when it was all…

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WWE SummerSlam 2014 HITS and MISSES

SummerSlam HITS: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – WOW!  What a match.  In the PG era of WWE, you will not find anything nearly this violent, or this intense.  The tone was set within the first 30 seconds of this match, as Brock Lesnar hit John Cena with an F5.  What followed was some of the best work we’ve seen from Brock Lesnar since his return.  Was it a technical Dave Meltzer 5-star masterpiece? Nope.  This was the rebirth…

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Calling the Shots: SummerSlam 2014

  Calling the Shots is back to cover the 2014 edition of WWE’s second-biggest show: SummerSlam. Taking place in sold-out arena in L.A., the WWE is undoubtedly looking to make a big impact this month, especially considering that it’s re-subscription time for the oft-shilled WWE Network. Hopefully the show delivers on all accounts. So, without further ado here are my predictions for SummerSlam 2014: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler A natural show opener since Ziggler gives WWE events a…

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WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground HITS: The Usos vs. The Wyatts: Although I feel this match suffer slightly from the 2-out-of-3 falls format, down the stretch you won’t find any better tag team wrestling anywhere on this planet.  Both teams once again brought their A-game, delivering incredible action, and believable near falls.  As I said, the format was my only question.  It was difficult to believe, given the history of these teams, that a fall would take place in the first 6-8…

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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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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank HITS: Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on the edge of their seat throughout.  The tension between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was palatable, and the storytelling between them was absolutely excellent.  There were plenty of innovative spots, and career shortening bumps (namely Rollins being…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Shield vs. The Wyatts – WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution and the Wyatts closed the show strong, and left me with a strong desire to see more from all three teams.  Well done, WWE….

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WWE set to return to Kingston

World Wrestling Entertainment will return to Kingston’s Rogers K-Rock Centre for a live show on Sunday, July 6, the same day it also has a show at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum, Chinlock.com has learned. The following night, WWE is expected to host its flagship show — Monday Night Raw — at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Details about the show’s card are expected to be unveiled when tickets go on sale, early next month. Kingston last hosted a WWE event on March…

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