Plenty on the line at SummerSlam in Brooklyn

      BROOKLYN, N.Y. – World Wrestling Entertainment hosts its 29th installment of SummerSlam, its second-biggest event of the year, once again in Brooklyn on Sunday. The main event, a fatal four-way, features marquee talents Brock Lesnar, the Universal champion, defending his title against challengers Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. The other main event, for the WWE championship, features Indo-Canadian Jinder Mahal of Calgary defending his title against challenger Shinsuke Nakamura, a Japanese megastar. A closer…

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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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2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS: The Royal Rumble Match –  One of the most entertaining Royal Rumble matches in recent memory.  The entire match was used to tell a number of different stories, over-and-above the main 1-against-all Roman Reigns/Authority storyline.  The main roster got their first taste of Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens, we had the long overdue WWE debut of AJ Styles (more on that below), the ongoing (and hilarious) R-Truth joke, not to mention the fact that it was…

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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS: The Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos vs. The New Day – Allow me to admit, I haven’t been as diligent at watching Monday Night RAW or Thursday Night Smackdown as I have been in previous years.  I find a three hour RAW to be a huge undertaking at this stage in my life, and with the company’s chosen creative direction, there just hasn’t been much for me to get excited about.  NXT…

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Fourth time’s a charm for Sheamus

Irish eyes were smiling, indeed, on Sunday night when World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Sheamus cashed in his Money In the Bank contract in the final moments of an entertaining Survivor Series to snatch away the World title from Roman Reigns. The WWE’s so-called Celtic Warrior, ever the opportunist, delivered two huge Brogue Kicks to unseat the newly-minted Reigns, making his first reign as WWE World Heavyweight champion one of the shortest. Sheamus, the Irish-born behemoth known for his brute…

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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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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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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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2014: Our Predictions Reviewed

In this column, we take a look back at a column Jan and I published on January 2, 2014, looking at the 2014 year to come.  We made some bold predictions, and now its time to see how they held up through-out the calender year! 1) Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore will continue to grow and establish itself as a major player in the wrestling landscape. Expect a number of shows this year. Verdict: Nailed it. I think it…

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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’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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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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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 #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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14 predictions for 2014

The new year is upon us, which means we wipe the proverbial wrestling slate clean and start a fresh year. Here are 14 predictions for the year that lies ahead, in no particular order. 1) Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore will continue to grow and establish itself as a major player in the wrestling landscape. Expect a number of shows this year. 2) Bray Wyatt will emerge as a major player in WWE. 3) AJ Styles will re-sign with…

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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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