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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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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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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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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2013 Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

Royal Rumble HITS Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt: Let me first start by saying that the right person won this match.  And while the later follow-up on Daniel Bryan would be disastrously off-the-mark, this match didn’t suffer from knowing that going in.  Instead we got what I consider to be a 5-star match that absolutely stole the show.  Bray Wyatt is real.  He’s legitimate, and very clearly going to be a star for a long, long time.  This was his…

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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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My Wife’s Picks: Royal Rumble

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.   Tag Team Championship Rhodes Brothers (c) VS New Age Outlaws Sideshow: Rhodes Brothers I can’t imagine the Tag Titles changing hands during the pre-show. I am predicting a great match though. Mrs. Show: Rhodes Brothers I know that they’re good guys and they already have the belts so they’re obviously…

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Jan’s Royal Rumble picks

Pre-show match: Goldust & Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The New Age Outlaws for the WWE Tag Team Championship The teenager in me REALLY wants to see the Outlaws as tag champs once again, but then the 37-year-old me realizes that this is not the Attitude Era any longer and the Outlaws can’t truly be the Outlaws in this era. Three of the four participants in this match made their marks in the Attitude Era, interestingly enough. I do see…

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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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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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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 9th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 28, 2012. HEADLINE: From impressing a girl to my brush with the Deadman, my Royal Rumble reflections   This  Sunday, Jan. 29, marks this year’s World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble. As a lifelong wrestling fan, it is one of my favourite events. The Rumble concept was created by WWE Hall of Famer — and Canadian — Pat Patterson. The concept is simple: Two men enter the ring and try to…

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Chinlock Radio ep 5: Raw Old School & WWE Network

Sideshow and Jan discuss Raw “Old School” and WWE’s big announcement for Wednesday Jan 8th. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Chinlock-Radio-ep-5-Old-School-Raw-WWE-Network.mp3   This is the tweet Jan mentions in this week’s show: Love this. @TheDeanAmbrose smiles as his inner 12 year old marks out. #OldSchoolRaw pic.twitter.com/0GCGcBqmLZ — Troy Beck (@troybeck) January 7, 2014   Sideshow

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Cody Rhodes carving out own legacy

Born into what can only be described as pro wrestling royalty, one would assume Cody Rhodes — son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes and half-brother of Dustin (Goldust) Runnels — knew a lot about the business at a very young age. Yes and no, the eloquent World Wrestling Entertainment superstar said over the phone recently. “I knew a lot about pro wrestling at a very young age, but I didn’t know that I knew a lot about pro wrestling,…

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