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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Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks

  NOTE: Today we introduce the first of what we hope are many preview pieces featuring one of Canada’s best sports broadcasters, James Cybulski, and our own Jan Murphy. The duo will break down the SummerSlam matches and offer their picks. Enjoy. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus James: I feel like WWE missed the mark when the viral videos started surfacing with all the RKO’s in random events all over the world. I like Sheamus’ updated look but his character…

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The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards

Welcome to the first annual Chinlock.com Year End Awards.  Here we examine some of the most important, game-changing moments and members of the WWE Universe, and give them Chinlock Awards.  They’re like Slammy’s, but crappier. Most improved wrestler of the year: Tyler: RUSEV I’ll admit, I was hard on Rusev throughout the year, especially early on. But once I learned how little time he’d actually been actively wrestling (only about 2 years), I started to better understand his position…

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Streak may be over, but memory will live forever

In life, there are moments — some tragic, some life altering, others historical — that will stay with you forever. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve heard people describe what they were doing — often in painstaking detail — when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, or when Elvis died. In my own life, I have some of those moments, some I’ll cherish, others I wish I didn’t have. For instance, I’ll never forget the…

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WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES

Editors Note: This column will likely be one of my most discussed to date.  It is incredibly difficult for me to write, as both a fan and an author.  Rarely do I allow my emotions to get the better of me, but twice this weekend it happened.  First with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Hall of Fame induction I was overcome with happiness, and then again the next night with The Undertaker’s streak ending, overcome with shock.  Typically I wait…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS: Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE’s originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn’t get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm), it was fun while it lasted.  As much heat as Batista gets for his mostly uninspired comeback, he’s much better as a heel than he is as a babyface.  His prior run as the self-absorbed “superstar” heel was some of my favourite work in WWE history. …

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Heyman a master of his craft

When Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen. Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he laid out his vision for upstart Extreme Championship Wrestling, Heyman has an ability to command your attention. Where some might use an in-your-face style approach to command attention, Heyman uses meticulous, well-crafted and thoughtful words. So well spoken and delivered are they that more often than not,…

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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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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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Chinlock Radio Ep 11: Jimmy Korderas

Former WWE Referee of over 20 years, Jimmy Korderas, joins Sideshow and Jan to talk about his career with the WWE, Aftermath, and his book “The Three Count: My Life In Stripes As A WWE Referee”   https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chinlock-Radio-ep-11-Jimmy-Korderas.mp3   Buy Jimmy’s book “The Three Count: My Life In Stripes As A WWE Referee” HERE   Sideshow

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews Jimmy Korderas

NOTE: Originally published on Jan. 21, 2012 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. When it comes to spinning yarns, longtime World Wrestling Entertainment referee Jimmy Korderas has what you might call a photographic memory. Ironically, it was a brief stint taking photographs that would lead him to the career that would see him travel the world, working with the biggest names in the most famous wrestling promotion on Earth. Yes, before the Canadian-born Korderas was raising the arms…

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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 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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The New 5-Stars

Maybe it’s me, internet wrestling websites.  Maybe there’s something I’m not understanding about what constitutes a 5-star match.  Maybe my unsophisticated brain will never truly grasp the majesty of a 15-second sequence that seamlessly flows from a Lou Thesz press-into-a-fireman’s carry-into-a-kimura lock….OR MAYBE THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, DUDE! What follows are selections from my personal list of 5-star matches.  My criteria? Whatever produced a moment that I’ll tell my kid about. My qualifications?  I’m a guy that got completely hooked…

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