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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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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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 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading to WrestleMania.  There’s plenty to cover in this hitlist, so I might as well just get started. The Crowd: They…

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WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES

Editors Note: This column will likely be one of my most discussed to date.  It is incredibly difficult for me to write, as both a fan and an author.  Rarely do I allow my emotions to get the better of me, but twice this weekend it happened.  First with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Hall of Fame induction I was overcome with happiness, and then again the next night with The Undertaker’s streak ending, overcome with shock.  Typically I wait…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS: Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE’s originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn’t get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm), it was fun while it lasted.  As much heat as Batista gets for his mostly uninspired comeback, he’s much better as a heel than he is as a babyface.  His prior run as the self-absorbed “superstar” heel was some of my favourite work in WWE history. …

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014

Editors Note:  Well, you guys didn’t let me down.  I asked for feedback, and I got a ton of it.  You’ve given me a lot of great ideas, which I will now shamelessly rip off, and call my own.  Go ahead, sue me.  For those who skipped those first four sentences, and would like to send me feedback, suggestions, winning lottery numbers, insider stock tips, or NSFW pictures of your wives, please feel free to do so at [email protected] …

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS   Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Given nearly 30 minutes of television time, and a large part of it uninterrupted, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan delivered arguably what might be the best match in the series of matches they’ve had in the past six months.  This was smash-mouth, high-contact wrestling at its best, and the match told a magnificent story throughout.  Negative points go to WWE’s production team, as I couldn’t have been the only…

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WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Opening Segment: Well, I’m not exactly sure how to react to this.  The segment itself was a home run.  This is the attitude and aggression we have all been begging to see from Daniel Bryan for months.  Both Stephanie and Triple H played their parts well (and Stephanie pretending the YES! chants were for her was laugh-out-loud funny).  The appearances by The Shield, and then later Sheamus and John Cena were well timed, and well…

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Royal Rumble review: Jan’s thoughts on the show

The dust has settled on the latest instalment of the WWE’s Royal Rumble,  one that opened with an upset for the ages and one of the best matched I’ve ever witnessed, but that closed amid controversy. I won’t pretend I have any insider information because I don’t. Nor will I pretend to like the fact that Daniel Bryan was left out of the signature event, all but killing his chance to headline WrestleMania in less than 70 days. I…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: The only hit of last night’s Monday Night RAW came from a likely source.  The Usos are turning in career performances every night they’re in the ring, and much like Cody Rhodes and Goldust, very, very rarely have an off night.  Last night was no exception.  It also benefited by the carry-over heat brought on by the anticipation of Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan’s paths crossing.  The…

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From the archives: Jan’s first interview with John Cena, May 24, 2003

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved.    Some people attend a school of business. Others are enrolled in the school of hard knocks. For John Cena, one of the bright young stars in World Wrestling Entertainment, it’s all about the school of thuganomics. The WWE’s wrestling spinoff of rapper Eminem has taken talking trash to previously uncharted territory. And he did it by chance. “The way that came up with the idea was kind…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan turns on The Wyatt Family: The fact that this makes the hit list is bizarre for two reasons.  One, the entire angle (all three weeks of it) were an absolute, complete miss.  It might make this year’s 2014 all-time misses column.  Secondly, if they were going to attempt a Daniel Bryan turn, they should have at least committed to the mistake they were making.  But there were huge cracks in this right from…

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Monday Night RAW #OldSchool HITS AND MISSES 01/06/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: The first Raw of the new year was an absolute blast for this viewer, at home, to watch.  Sure, having a themed episode of Raw might not have been the best idea to begin the new year (especially when it was a throwback to “old school”), but more than enough happened on this episode to keep me interested in nearly every segment.  WWE went all out, as usual, with both the sets, and…

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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013 HITS and MISSES

TLC HITS: Randy Orton vs. John Cena: Absolutely the most satisfying WWE main event since SummerSlam, and an excellent way to cap off WWE’s 2013 PPV season.  Both guys worked extremely hard in this match, and left this viewer glued to the screen throughout the entire contest.  Although I had boldly predicted that Triple H would be the one who walked away with the championship(s) by the end of TLC, I had always firmly believed that if that didn’t…

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My Wife’s Picks: TLC

Each month I like to ask my wife for her picks for the upcoming PPV. She doesn’t watch WWE with me but she usually has pretty surprising accuracy.   To hear Jan Murphy and I give our picks and discuss the 2013 Slammy Awards, check out episode 3 of Chinlock Radio HERE   This month I changed things up. Instead of asking her who would win each match based on who was competing I asked based on their ring…

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Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES

HITS • To call the final segment of Raw this week a hit wouldn’t be fair. It was more like a home run. A game-winning one. Maybe even a walkoff game-winning homer. It was as close to a perfect segment as we’ve seen in a long, long time. Not only did it make me actually laugh and react, it made me extremely interested in the coming Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view. Think about it, it had everything. The ring…

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WWE Survivor Series 2013 HITS and MISSES

Editor’s Note:  Sorry for the delay in getting this on the website, but as I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve been hard at work adding several new features to the site.  In addition, both Jan and I have spent the past 24 hours working on a book project that will carry us into 2014.  It’s an incredibly exciting time for us, at Chinlock.com, and we’re thankful you’ve chosen to support us along the way! WWE Survivor Series HITS Zeb Coulter…

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Monday Night RAW 11/19/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel: I felt, as soon as this match was announced, that it was a foregone conclusion that Big E. Langston would gain the Intercontinental Championship.  That said, this was the best match Axel has had with anyone else not named CM Punk since being given the “Paul Heyman Guy” push.  It’s a real shame, too.  Axel has the bloodline to be something really special, but unfortunately has fallen completely flat…

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