Hillbilly Jim says his WWE Hall of Fame nod is for everybody

Jim Morris was going to take a pass on appearing at the coming edition of WrestleMania and all its associated hoopla and festivities. Better know to legions of wrestling fans worldwide as the affable, scufflin’, larger-than-life Hillbilly Jim, Morris is invited every year to attend the biggest event in sports entertainment to participate in a host of activities as befits his status as a beloved legend of WWF/WWE lore. But he was going to decline the invitation this year…

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For wrestling legend Hall, it’s once again good to be the Bad Guy

Scott Hall was practically groomed to become a globe-trotting sports entertainer. He was, after all, a self-proclaimed ‘army brat,’ who had seen more of the United States by the age of 15 than most kids would in a lifetime. “We moved every year for the first 15 years (of my life),” Hall said over the telephone in a rare media interview. “I can’t even name the bases in order of where we lived. It got to the point where…

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Diamond Dallas Page joins WWE’s immortals

World Wrestling Entertainment’s latest hall of fame inductee, Diamond Dallas Page, will be enshrined into wrestling immortality at WrestleMania 33 just as many have been before him, acknowledging his contributions to the business and for giving back to the business that gave him opportunity. But when the man known simply as DDP takes his place at the podium, a word he will utter countless times — and the one going through the collective minds of the thousands upon thousands…

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Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

  “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable wrestlers of their generation and beyond. Together, Ax and Smash dominated the tag team wrestling scene in the 1980s and early ‘90s as the leather-wearing, face-painted behemouths known as Demolition, an alliance that continues, albeit more sparingly, to this day. But before there was Ax or Smash,…

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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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Improving professional wrestling

Amazingly, nobody in a position of executive authority at World Wrestling Entertainment has contacted me about my thoughts on improving its product.  I understand the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what about improving it?  Things can always be improved … even professional wrestling. As a lifelong wrestling fan, my suggestions are practical and need to be executed immediately.  Without them, I worry that wrestling won’t be taken as seriously as it should. It’s high time that professional wrestling…

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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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SPENNY: An open letter to Vince McMahon

Dear Mr. McMahon, Far be it for a jabroni like me to tell the king of a billion-dollar sports entertainment industry what to do with his product, but I’ve decided I will sleep better if I let my feelings be known.  And I know I’m not alone with this inclination. Vince, I think WWE needs monsters.  Real monsters.  I’m sorry, but size alone does not a monster make.  Andre, Luke Harper, John Studd, Braun Strowman, Mark Henry, Big Show,…

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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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Satirical wrestling news isn’t fake — it’s unreal

Kayfabe: (In professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic: a masterful job of blending kayfabe and reality he’s not someone who can break kayfabe and talk about the business : I heard that AJ approached him to rehearse a kayfabe segment – Oxford Dictionary Wrestling has given the world a lot of familiar phrases and words: from Hulkamania to WrestleMania; from the squared circle to The People’s Eyebrow; but none more…

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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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“The Old Boys” Documentary review

Throughout my independent wrestling career, I’ve had the privilege and honour of sharing the ring and locker room with a number of wrestling legends.  There aren’t a lot of people out there that can say they’ve shared the same working space as ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, The Honky Tonk Man, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Koko B. Ware, ‘The Ugandan Giant’ Kamala, Road Warrior Animal, Ax and Smash of the Demolition, and countless others. …

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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 Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS: Sting Debuts: This year’s installment of Survivor Series was promoted as a one-match show; Team Authority vs. Team Cena.  But, last night, that one match boiled down into one moment.  That moment was the debut of “the last WCW hold-out”, Sting.  There have been a number of reasons why Sting has held out signing a WWE contract over the years, including a personal goal of elevating TNA to relevance.  However, when it was all…

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Jim Myers: The man behind the Animal

Had it not been for a knee injury, professional wrestling fans would never have been blessed to come to know Jim Myers, better known by his legendary alter ego, George (The Animal) Steele. Myers, now 77, had only one passion as a youngster, and it was not wrestling. “I was a football guy all the way,” Myers said in a telephone interview ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Hamilton Comic Con. As a youngster, Myers was a…

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Foley wrestling’s gift to Mankind

As a hall of fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley carved out a legacy as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, referred to as the faces of Foley. His understanding of the psychology of wrestling, his gifts with a microphone, and his willingness to put his body on the line made him a legend among fans. As an author, Foley ushered in a new era in autobiographies that was the first great wrestling book of its time, and it remains…

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WWE SummerSlam 2014 HITS and MISSES

SummerSlam HITS: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – WOW!  What a match.  In the PG era of WWE, you will not find anything nearly this violent, or this intense.  The tone was set within the first 30 seconds of this match, as Brock Lesnar hit John Cena with an F5.  What followed was some of the best work we’ve seen from Brock Lesnar since his return.  Was it a technical Dave Meltzer 5-star masterpiece? Nope.  This was the rebirth…

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In defence of professional wrestling

Is there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if there’s rent control.  Let’s face reality, wrestling fans: as popular as wrestling is, it has never been truly respected as a form of entertainment.  Wrestling ranks lower than movies and television —even though it excels at both (Hercules notwithstanding) — and slightly higher than circuses and snuff…

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Heyman needs no introduction

  In the world of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman is a man who needs no introduction. He’s the creative genius who took a little-known wrestling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling and built it into a cult-like promotion that is now a legendary and unrivaled part of wrestling history. When he finished that, he joined the big dog of pro wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, where he showed the mainstream wrestling world who Paul Heyman was, with his cutting-edge, raw promos,…

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DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used to sneak down to the basement in our family’s modest home where we had a VCR, and an old RCA box television.  There, I would put in the most recent episode of ECW Hardcore TV that I had acquired from whatever Apter magazine I had borrowed from…

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