NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS and MISSES

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS: #DIY vs. The Revival – Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have arrived on the big stage in a big way.  This was the match of the night, and it’s not even close (and, as you will notice a developing pattern in my HIT list, there wasn’t a bad match on the card).  I am so happy to see two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever met be given the platform to do what…

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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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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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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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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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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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Is it time to go to moderated social media?

In the digital age we live in, there hasn’t be any shortage of controversy on any form of social media, including most recently the “leak” of private photographs from the Seth Rollins collection.  However, it hasn’t just been the leak of private (often explicit) images that have become a problem for both professional wrestlers and celebrities alike.  More often than not, intoxicated or emotionally fueled messages make their way public, creating a media firestorm that is often damaging and…

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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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