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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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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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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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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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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In defence of professional wrestling

Is there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if there’s rent control.  Let’s face reality, wrestling fans: as popular as wrestling is, it has never been truly respected as a form of entertainment.  Wrestling ranks lower than movies and television —even though it excels at both (Hercules notwithstanding) — and slightly higher than circuses and snuff…

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The wonderful world of wrestling tights

I thought I’d pontificate on wrestling tights … and no, it’s not a sexual thing!  Initially I was going to write about the corporatization of society and how so many of us have become consuming idiots, but I have my priorities. Where do I begin? First, I must differentiate tights from full costumes, makeup, accoutrements and robes.  I’m talking trunks, various body suits (also known as long tights), baggy shorts and baggy pants.  I don’t claim to be an…

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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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Business still pickin’ up for Good Ol’ JR

It’s difficult to know whether professional wrestling had more influence on Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross than the man himself had on the industry. Good ol’ JR, as he’s know the world over, has literally done everything in the business en route to becoming one of the most respected and universally loved people on this planet. The southern boy from a small town of hundreds came by his love of sports entertainment honestly, and through hard work. “I…

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DDP thrilled to see Roberts take place among the immortals

When World Wrestling Entertainment inducts its latest star-studded crop of influential figures into its hall of fame next month, one name you won’t see among them is Diamond Dallas Page. Not yet, at least. But a piece of the former wrestling great will be enshrined among the immortals when his friend Jake (The Snake) Roberts takes his rightful place among the legends. With Page’s help, Roberts has escaped what can only be described as the claws of death to…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 18th column

I am sure you are all feeling a little over-saturated with the professional wrestling media blitz that has taken over this week ahead of WrestleMania 28. That said, I promise to make as few wrestling plugs as I can in this week’s column. So without mentioning that WrestleMania is Sunday, live on pay-per-view, I should be able to have a regular conversation with my readers about … umm … before it gets weird … umm … social awkwardness ……

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 14th column — an idiot’s guide to becoming a pro wrestler

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday, March 3, 2012. All rights reserved.    I often get asked similar questions by fans. The two most prevalent questions are: what was my favourite match, which I can’t answer because I have so many; and how do I become a professional wrestler? This question is easy for me to answer, but I propose some guidelines for the response. 1. Realistic goals: The first thing I usually say is continue your…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny reflects on Kenny Vs. Spenny wrestling episode

It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy – The Kenny Vs Spenny Wrestling Episode It wasn’t easy convincing Kenny to do a wrestling competition on “Kenny Vs. Spenny.”  He’s more the UFC, Faces of Death, Kung Fu movie, video gamer kind of guy.  Having said that, I will admit that while living in Los Angeles, he did watch Mexican wrestling, and told me about a match where 10 full-sized wrestlers went up against one midget. (Sorry little people, but political…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn’t believe. With Burliuk’s, and the Whig’s blessing, here is that star-studded interview, originally published on April 1, 1989. All rights reserved.   GREG BURLIUK/THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD Once upon a time. . . . (Believe me, there’s no other way to start this. This is a story about the making of a cinematic fairy tale. And, like the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Jan interviews former WWE Canada president Carl Demarco

For nearly 15 years, Carl Demarco carved out a reputation as a savvy executive, helping build World Wrestling Entertainment into the global juggernaut that exists today. As president of WWE Canada, Demarco was influential in raising the WWE’s profile, first in Canada, and later abroad. He also served as president of Latin America and Chinese Operations and was president of the company’s global business development. Many of his innovations and ideas are still evident in the company today. And…

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