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’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 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Shield vs. The Wyatts – WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution and the Wyatts closed the show strong, and left me with a strong desire to see more from all three teams.  Well done, WWE….

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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 RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a “Road to WrestleMania” episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable episode of RAW. Build towards HHH/Bryan: This is a double-edged sword for me.  Triple H spent the majority of his opening promo…

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Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14

HITS Opening segment: The first public acknowledgement of CM Punk by the WWE, save for Vince McMahon in addressing investors in a conference call, couldn’t have been any better or more powerful. It paid homage to the man as the Chicago crowd, Punk’s hometown, went absolutely bananas when his music hit. Where WWE could have buried him, washed their collective hands of him (remember, his contract is set to expire in a few months’ time) and moved on, instead…

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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 #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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Raw HITS AND MISSES, Dec. 2, 2013

HITS Randy Orton and John Cena: Partially on the strength of some clever footage of the long history between the two, partially on the strength of a great promo by Triple H, partially on the strength of the decision to unify the WWE and World championships and partially on the strength of a great final segment, I’m suddenly very interested in this rivalry. In fact, not only am I interested, I’m very much into this. Unifying the titles is…

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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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Monday Night RAW 11/11/13 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night RAW HITS: Rhodes Bros. vs. Randy Orton: Is there a better story in the second half of 2013 than the return of Goldust to WWE rings?  The Twitter campaign that the elder Rhodes made to wrestle his younger brother at WrestleMania is well known, but it actually looks like that might be a possibility.  Goldust’s performances have been the highlight of every single show he has been on for months now, and last night’s RAW was no…

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Cousineau’s WWE Hell in the Cell 2013 HITS and MISSES

With WWE’s most recent (and seemingly rapid-fire) Pay Per View offering in the books, I’m here to offer you my hits and misses. Hell in the Cell HITS: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: In my opinion, aside from suffering from being overbooked (more on that later), this was the match of the night.  It was a hard-hitting affair, and certainly both the better of the two Hell in a Cell matches, and better of the two World Championship matches. …

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Monday Night RAW 06/17/2013 HITS and MISSES

In what will be a weekly column going forward, I will be writing about each week’s Monday Night RAW; both “hits” (the stuff you need to see), and “misses” (the stuff you can do without).  I’d love to hear your feedback on the columns, as well.  You can reach me at [email protected] WWE RAW HITS Brock Lesnar Returns: It’s not much of a secret in the Cousineau household that I’m a pretty big Brock Lesnar fan, and his return…

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