AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 8th column

 Most of the professionals wrestlers I have met during my 20-plus-year career have all shared a common dream. We got hooked on wrestling by a certain wrestler and we wanted to follow in that person’s footsteps. We would all emulate our favourite superstar with our friends growing up. Most of those friends would grow up and pursue other things, but some eir path to making it in the wrestling world. The road each individual takes to achieving that dream…

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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: Thea Trinidad tells her powerful story

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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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 6th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 17, 2011. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: Tommy Dreamer: born in ECW Arena in south Philadelphia Major news hit the wrestling world recently with the announcement that the former ECW Arena in south Philadelphia is closing. Apparently new ownership is coming in and its brass wants to make the arena a venue for larger events, such as concerts and the like. On top of that, they apparently don’t want to host professional wrestling or…

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2013 Year in review: One on one with Brodus Clay

Originally published on Feb. 23, 2013 in The Kingston Whig-Standard Long before he was cutting the proverbial rug inside a WWE ring as the lovable Brodus Clay — and even before he was the bodyguard for legendary rapper Snoop Dogg — George Murdoch was emulating his favourite superstars as a boy. Yeah, he was a wrestling fan. A big one. “Probably a lot more than I should have been,” Murdoch said in a telephone interview this week. “Me and…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 4th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 3, 2011. All rights reserved.  HEADLINE: What WWE does behind the scenes cannot be overlooked I was inspired to write this week’s column after watching WWE Monday Night Raw, during which John Cena was a guest in Rowdy Roddy Piper’s Piper’s Pit. Cena sported a shirt bearing his latest slogan, Rise Above Hate — an anti-bullying initiative being undertaken by WWE. In the society that we live in today, many media outlets…

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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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Matt Striker: Wrestling with destiny

Matt Striker believes in fate. It was fate, he says, that led to his introduction to pro wrestling as a young boy. “My parents got divorced when I was young, so I spent my weekends with my father and during the week I spent with my mother,” Striker recalled during a telephone interview to promote his coming appearance at Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 3. “They lived around the corner from each other so it was essentially very easy.”…

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House of Hardcore 2 Results and Review

It’s no secret that we’re big Tommy Dreamer fans here at Chinlock.com.  You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who will argue against the fact that Tommy Dreamer is one of the best human beings on Earth, and his passion for professional wrestling is unparallelled.  It was with great disappointed that I missed the first House of Hardcore event back in October, although Chinlock.com columnist and co-owner Jan Murphy attended the event, and raved about it’s success.  So it…

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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews the legendary Terry Funk

EDITOR’S NOTE: In my nearly 20-year career covering pro wrestling, I have had the privilege of interviewing dozens upon dozens of talented men and women in the business. As I interviewed Terry Funk, I felt as if I was conducting an interview with a historical figure, while that person was still alive, not unlike what it would have been like interviewing an Elvis Presley or a John Lennon. For me, this was the most special interview I have ever…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Storm left success in his wake

Many a professional wrestler will tell you about the first time they saw wrestling, that unforgettable childhood memory that drew them to the passion that would eventually become their life. Jan Murphywww.facebook.com/Murphdawgg

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Jan Murphy interviews Tommy Dreamer ahead of House of Hardcore 2!

What: Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 2. Where: National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., Philadelphia, Pa., 19154 (free parking). When: Saturday, June 22. Belltime: 7:30 p.m. Featuring: Ric Flair, Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, Lance Storm, John Morrison, Too Cold Scorpio, The Young Bucks, Brian Kendrick and Paul London, Tony Nese, Petey Williams, Alex Reynolds, The Steiner Brothers, Carlito Colon, MVP, Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett, Rosita, Crowbar and others. Tickets: $25-$45. Online: www.houseofhardcore.net The legendary Judy Garland once famously uttered…

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