6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

Six months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour “over-the-top” streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given WWE’s access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to bring every live Pay Per View event to their live streaming service.  Analysts and fans alike were abuzz at the possibilities of the network, and its potential in the marketplace.  Needless…

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Adam Rose has the smell of success

Let me state out the outset, that though I’ve been a lifelong wrestling fan, I don’t rise to the level of a true wrestling nerd. You know, the kind of person who shells out $150 for a replica belt, and talks about the angles like they should be talking about their families, and careers, if either exist. I believe in setting expectations at the start. Okay, now let’s talk Adam Rose. I saw him Sunday night at a house show in…

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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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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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Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies blends Piper’s passions

One look at the life and career of the man known the world over as Rowdy Roddy Piper and one word comes to mind: trailblazer. In professional wrestling, he was one of the first beloved heels in the business. He is acknowledged as being one of the very best on a microphone not only of his generation, but of all time. And no one has ever worn a kilt more successfully than the so-called Rowdy one. Piper, who is…

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DDP thrilled to see Roberts take place among the immortals

When World Wrestling Entertainment inducts its latest star-studded crop of influential figures into its hall of fame next month, one name you won’t see among them is Diamond Dallas Page. Not yet, at least. But a piece of the former wrestling great will be enshrined among the immortals when his friend Jake (The Snake) Roberts takes his rightful place among the legends. With Page’s help, Roberts has escaped what can only be described as the claws of death to…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 16th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 17, 2012. All rights reserved. The Super Bowl of wrestling is just two weeks away. On April 1, WrestleMania 28 will be held in Miami in front of a sold-out crowd. As a young Dreamer, I was at the inaugural WrestleMania and I have attended many since. This WrestleMania, in particular, really has a big-game feel to it. Some ‘Manias have fallen short of the hype, but then again, haven’t…

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WWE 4th Quarter and Overall 2013 Earnings and Analysis

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s 4th Quarter Earnings report was released earlier this afternoon, telling an interesting albeit somewhat predictable story of revenue increase with overall profitability down.  WWE is staring record spending in the face, both with the launch of the WWE Network coming down the barrel, and with overall talent and production costs going up considerably. For me, the biggest stories are in the hard numbers, though, taking away from the mitigating factors of the economy being soft,…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s first interview with Dolph Ziggler

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Sept. 1, 2012. All rights reserved. Nick Nemeth, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Dolph Ziggler, wasn’t born into wrestling. He doesn’t hail from a long line of wrestlers. None, in fact. One thing is quite evident, however: the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar was born to wrestle. These days, you can find Ziggler toting around the much-coveted Money In the Bank briefcase, starring in main-event matches and establishing himself as a…

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EXCLUSIVE: Jan interviews former WWE Canada president Carl Demarco

For nearly 15 years, Carl Demarco carved out a reputation as a savvy executive, helping build World Wrestling Entertainment into the global juggernaut that exists today. As president of WWE Canada, Demarco was influential in raising the WWE’s profile, first in Canada, and later abroad. He also served as president of Latin America and Chinese Operations and was president of the company’s global business development. Many of his innovations and ideas are still evident in the company today. And…

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Jan’s very first wrestling column, 14 years ago today

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the very first professional wrestling column by Jan Murphy, published 14 years ago today in The Kingston Whig-Standard. Jan’s regular column, first biweekly, then weekly, ran for more than five years in the pages of the Whig, before going on hiatus, and later returning as a sporadic feature in the Whig. Jan’s work continues to be published in the Whig, and here. Please enjoy Jan’s debut work. Also, Jan would like to publicly thank former…

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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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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny remembers the heel of all heels, Ed Farhat

My buddy/wrestling guru Jan Murphy sent me an article today marking the 11th anniversary of the passing of wrestling great Ed Farhat. Who is Ed Farhat? Really? Ed Farhat is THE Sheik!!! Who is the Sheik? Nothing less than the greatest villain in pro wrestling history, and the father of what came to be known as hardcore. Sorry, Sheiky Baby. Don’t get me wrong. I love The Iron Sheik. Not only is he a world champion, he also tried…

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From the archives: Jan’s first interview with John Cena, May 24, 2003

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved.    Some people attend a school of business. Others are enrolled in the school of hard knocks. For John Cena, one of the bright young stars in World Wrestling Entertainment, it’s all about the school of thuganomics. The WWE’s wrestling spinoff of rapper Eminem has taken talking trash to previously uncharted territory. And he did it by chance. “The way that came up with the idea was kind…

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WWE continues to change the landscape

To call World Wrestling Entertainment’s unveiling of its WWE Network earlier this week a game changer is a gross understatement. In fact, even attempting to wrap one’s mind around what the company has just done is nearly impossible. Personally, my expectations were blown out of the water. First consider just the price. The $9.99 price tag is exactly the range I figured it would come in at. Comparatively, Netflix is around $8 a month, Sirius-XM satellite radio, which boasts…

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Ted DiBiase still flashing that Million Dollar smile

For nearly a decade with the then World Wrestling Federation, Ted DiBiase virtually rewrote the book on being a heel as the reviled Million Dollar Man. He was brash. He was cocky. He was smarmy and vain. If you didn’t like him, he didn’t care. He flaunted his millions, humiliated fans, paid off his opponents and hired protection at will. And if that weren’t enough, when push came to shove, he backed it all up inside the squared circle…

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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Daniel Bryan

Originally published on Jan. 24, 2013 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. WWE Inc. superstar Daniel Bryan remembers the exact moment that pro wrestling came into his life. It wasn’t catching a glimpse of it on TV as a boy. Nor was it attending a live event. “I had this friend named Abraham Godfrey,” explained Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, in a telephone interview this week. “My family didn’t watch wrestling at all; my dad liked…

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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Good ol’ JR (06/28/2003)

Note from Chinlock.com: In another article from the archives, Jan Murphy had the opportunity to speak with one of the most important people in the history of professional wrestling, Good ol’ JR, Jim Ross.  Ross’ influence is still felt on the business today, and this interview gives an in-depth look how important he was, and continues to be to the history of professional wrestling. This article was originally published in The Kingston Whig Standard on 06/28/2003. —————————————————————————– He’s Vince…

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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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