Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

  Fearless and fabulous. Those words perfectly describe Mickie Laree James-Aldis, better known in the professional wrestling world as Mickie James. Fearlessness has been one of her greatest qualities from a very early age, when equestrian sports were her passion. And fabulous describes her now nearly 20-year run in the professional wrestling world, where she has helped raised the profile of women and built a case to be called the greatest female wrestler of all time. At 36 years…

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Call him Eric the Great

Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s where Jeremy Fritz, better known to wrestling world as Eric Young, fell in love with the pomp and pageantry of pro wrestling. “I grew up in really, really, rural Ontario … southwestern Ontario,” Young said over the phone from his home in Nashville ahead of his first…

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic of the day emanates out of his home country of Canada, not far from where he grew up in Peterborough. That topic is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just coming off a tremendously successful season and an electrifying playoff run that saw the club fall two…

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Living in Sinn

Nick Cvjetkovich has always had a creative imagination, something the man known in the wrestling world as Sinn Bodhi attributes to his childhood. Cvjetkovich, you see, who is more wildly known for his run as Kizarny in World Wrestling Entertainment, spent a good chunk of his younger years reading comics and watching – you guessed it – pro wrestling. Add to that the fact that both his mother and father were martial arts experts and it’s not difficult to…

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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with John Hennigan

John Hennigan’s career is hotter than ever. The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar not only still wrestles a nearly full-time schedule, but he also finds time for his growing acting career and to maintain one of the best physiques in the business. Fittingly, over the phone during a workout, Hennigan, who is perhaps best known for his wrestling alter-ego John Morrison, is eager to talk about his hectic life and career. Besides starring as Hercules in Hercules Reborn, and…

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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with The Addiction – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian

  Inside the ring, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are partners. As The Addiction, they are as good a tag team as you’ll find in professional wrestling. The duo is the current Ring of Honor tag-team champions and are two-time tag champs during a long run with Total Nonstop Action. Outside of the ring, Daniels and Kazarian are practically family. Each calls the other their best friend and each credits the other with helping him find success in a…

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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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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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Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

Tommy Dreamer built a career around being hardcore. A legendary one career at that. So it’s both fitting and not surprising that he’s building a second career as a promoter and owner around the aptly named House of Hardcore, his wrestling company that later this month will mark its seventh show since Dreamer kicked it off with his own blood, sweat tears, and money, on Oct. 6, 2012, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Even Dreamer himself admits he never imagined his…

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TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS and MISSES

TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS: Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi: On a show with very little positive, this match truly stood out.  Quite frankly, I had forgotten how good Kaz Hayashi was from his WCW run nearly 14 years ago.  Combined with the lengthy history between Samoa Joe and Low-Ki, and Mike Tenay’s excellent colour commentary (although he was supposed to be the play-by-play guy), this match was the star of the show for me. …

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Ring of Honor’s Daniels busier than ever

Christopher Daniels should be winding down what has been an illustrious, two decade-plus professional wrestling career that has taken him around the world and even to parts unknown. He is, after all, 44 years old, which in wrestling years, is certainly up there. But don’t tell that Daniels, whose real name is Daniel Covell. He’s much too busy and motivated to listen. Daniels is back home with Ring of Honor following a lengthy and very successful run with Total…

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AJ Styles savouring life after TNA

It’s hard to imagine that professional wrestling was not AJ Styles’s calling. Styles is, after all, the most decorated performer in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling history. Consider his TNA achievements: • a three-time NWA World Heavyweight champion; • a two-time TNA World Heavyweight champ; • the inaugural, and six-time, TNA X Division champ; • a two-time Television champ; • a six-time tag-team champ; • TNA’s first TNA Triple Crown winner, a feat he would accomplish six times in his…

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Chinlock Radio ep 14: Jessy Sorensen

Former TNA X Division star Jessy Sorensen joins Sideshow and Jan to talk about his career and the injury that almost ended it. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Chinlock-Radio-ep-14-Jessy-Sorensen.mp3 follow Jessey on twitter @jessysorensen Sideshow

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Chinlock Radio Ep 13: Tyson Dux

Tyson Dux has spent time in WWE, TNA, and Ring Of Honor. He joins Sideshow and Jan to talk about his career and taking a bump from the Undertaker! https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Chinlock-Radio-ep-13-Tyson-Dux.mp3 Sideshow

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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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From the archives: Jan’s interview with Kurt Angle from May 3, 2003

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard, all rights reserved. ‘The difference from before the surgery and after is nothing but a miracle.” These words come from a man who won an Olympic gold medal with a broken neck. Let’s just say that Kurt Angle, the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar, has nothing on Kurt Angle, the man. Angle, who chatted with yours truly last week, is spending some rare time away from the squared circle recovering from neck surgery. But don’t expect this workhorse…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 7th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 7, 2012. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: In this business, you take the road more travelled  As a professional wrestler, you spend most of your days travelling to different cities to entertain the fans. When I was with World Wrestling Entertainment, a typical work week would start on Friday, which included flying from your home to wherever the first show was. This flight is usually the first one available that day, in…

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2013 Year in Review: Jan’s interview with Christopher Daniels

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 6, 2013. All rights reserved. Daniel Covell, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Total Nonstop Action’s superstar Christopher Daniels, practically grew up in the heart of wrestling country. As a boy in the 1970s, he called North Carolina — specifically Fayetteville — home. In those days, that area was a synonymous with pro wrestling as Wisconsin is with cheese. In those parts back then, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling ruled. “As a…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tommy Dreamer’s first column for the Kingston Whig-Standard

Chinlock.com Note: Each week, on Mondays, we will be re-publishing columns written by former WWE, ECW and TNA Superstar Tommy Dreamer, originally penned for and printed by The Kingston Whig-Standard.  You can purchase a copy of every article written by Tommy Dreamer, in eBook form, by following this link: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Living-the-Dream-Vol-1/book-o7FsWX-gBEejSDlQMa9tuw/page1.html —————————————————— Originally Published: 11/12/11 Kingston Whig Standard Whig-Standard editor’s note: Today, the Whig- Standard introduces a column by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer’s illustrious career has seen him…

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Thea Trinidad: Triumph and tragedy

Before she even reached her 11th birthday, Thea Trinidad had experienced more heartache and strife than many people do in their entire lives. On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorists orchestrated a series of attacks in the United States, killing 2,977 innocent people, altering countless lives in the process, including that of 10-year-old Thea. The morning of what is now simply known as 9/11 was not unlike countless others for Trinidad. But a phone call to her mother would quickly…

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