“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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The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

The day has finally arrived where the WWE Network debuts worldwide including, arguably, it’s second biggest market, and neighbour to the north, Canada.  While the WWE Network has been available through alternate means, in Canada and worldwide, since it launched in February 2014, today is the first day it has become available for Canadians to subscribe to the Network, in an official manner. Well, sort of. As it would turn out, the WWE Network is only “kind of” available…

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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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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Trisa Laughlin, a.k.a. Beulah McGillicutty, talks about penning her children’s book, Gertrude the Great

   Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Armed with that philosophy — and a whole lot of determination — Trisa Laughlin set out to put to paper a little bit of her life. The result is her recently published children’s book, Gertrude The Great, aptly titled too, if you ask this writer/dad. Simply…

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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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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Interview with Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart

Chinlock.com Editor’s Note:  Here is another incredible piece, originally written by Jan Murphy, and published in the Kingston Whig Standard   on 05/22/2010.  Chinlock.com is proud to present an interview with WWE Hall of Famer, and multi-time World Heavyweight Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart! —————————— He is the self-proclaimed Excellence of Execution. He comes from a long line of professional wrestlers groomed for life inside the squared circle in a wrestling school in his parents’ home, known as the Dungeon….

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DVD REVIEW: Thy Kingdom Come – 3-Disc Triple H DVD Set

On September 24th, 2013, WWE finally released a complete documentary set on one of the most influential, and certainly most powerful figures in the history of professional wrestling, the “son-in-law”, Triple H. It’s hard not to respect Triple H.  Forget about the fact that he is a political powerhouse in World Wrestling Entertainment, just for a moment, and consider the career the man has had.  Beginning as not much more than an enhancement talent in World Championship Wrestling, to…

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DVD Review: Timeline – History of WCW 2000 with VINCE RUSSO

Lets get this out of the way right now.  If you’re coming here to read another person bashing Vince Russo, and read about how he ruined WCW, or ruined the wrestling business, you’ve come to the wrong place.  Not only do I understand Vince Russo’s philosophy on professional wrestling, in many cases I agree with it, and embrace it.  I know, especially coming from those who write about the wrestling business, that I’m in a very small minority.  But,…

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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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DVD Review: For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley

On April 16th, 2013, World Wrestling Entertainment released For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley, a 3-disc DVD (2 disc Blu Ray) Documentary.  I had high hopes for this DVD, as WWE has released some incredible pieces as of late (The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk have all had excellent pieces done), and my hopes and expectations were far exceeded by this release. NEW For All Mankind – The Life & Career…

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Attitude Is Everything: The Forgotten DX Founder

By the second Raw after Summerslam 97 business really started to pick up. We saw Shawn Michaels turn on the fans, Rocky Maivia join the nation of domination, and a solid two months of Paul Bearer screeching “Kane is Alive!”   The biggest development we saw at this time was the formation of a group that changed the “attitude” of the WWF. They would later be dubbed “D-Generation X” but for now they were just Shawn Michaels, Hunter Hearst Helmsley,…

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Dallas Page continues to shine like a diamond

Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 7, 2013   To call Diamond Dallas Page an inspiration is akin to calling Michael Jordan a good basketball player or Wayne Gretzky a solid hockey player. Consider: • The man, whose wrestling career spanned more than two decades, didn’t actually break into the wrestling part of his career until he was 35, when most professional wrestlers are either retired or long past their primes. Then again, DDP isn’t “most pro…

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Chinlock.com EXCLUSIVE: Interview with TNA Executive Producer ERIC BISCHOFF

If you ask Eric Bischoff about his long and oftentimes illustrious professional wrestling career, he’s quick to point out that he never pursued any of the success that he was central in creating. When you consider his body of work, it’s even more impressive, leaving this reporter wondering exactly how much more successful Bischoff could have been had he actually been pursuing the legacy that he would ultimately carve out. Consider just the highlights: • One-time executive producer, and…

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