Schamberger teams with Mattel to show off his “Elite” artwork!

He’s showcased his work both outside of and as part of World Wrestling Entertainment Fan Axxess at the past four WrestleManias. He’s painted larger-than-life works of larger-than-life wrestling legends literally on the spot, as part of WrestleMania weekend. He’s seen his work donned by the likes of the late Ultimate Warrior. His work has been featured on WWE programming, as part of 2K17, on the Topps Slam 17 mobile game and on World Wrestling Entertainment’s online marketplace, shop.wwe.com. His…

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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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Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen

In a world of scripted finishes and even a little kayfabe, Daniel Bryan was as real and genuine as they come. Breaking news of his retirement today is not only a blow to the business and its fans, who have been robbed of countless years of his brilliant in-ring work, but it puts an end to a realness that is rare in professional wrestling. Not the realness that is what those talented men and women do near daily when…

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A trip down MemoryMania

  Words such as awesome, unbelievable, unreal and amazing have become overused and almost cliché in this day of social media dominance. So frequently are they used that they have lost their significance. As such, my search for words to convey how I feel has begun as I reflect on what I can only describe as the single greatest trip I’ve ever went on. Ever. Interestingly, it all came together in very short order, too. Just over three weeks…

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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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Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

For someone so at ease inside a wrestling ring or in front of a camera or so eloquent during an interview over the telephone, it’s a bit surprising when World Wrestling Entertainment megastar Daniel is at a loss for words. But on this day, the upbeat and down-to-earth man behind the “Yes!” craze is just that, when asked to go back in time one year to the night he captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship during an emotional and…

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Reigns ready to (win) Rumble

Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph (Joe) Anoa’i, was, quite frankly, born to wrestle. He is the son of Sika Anoa’i of Wild Samoans fame, his brother, Matt, is the wrestler known as Rosey, his uncle Afa Anoa’i was the other half of the Wild Samoans and his extended Samoan family members include the likes of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Usos, to name some. Heady, and legendary, company indeed. As far back as he can…

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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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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior.  Such is a name that rings through the very fibres of pop culture.  In the mid- to late ’80s professional wrestling created a number of iconic characters that still resonate with the mainstream today.  Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior were, and continue to be, household names akin to the likes of Mr. T, ALF, or The Ghostbusters.  Unfortunately, two of those names are no longer with us, and perhaps none more…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading to WrestleMania.  There’s plenty to cover in this hitlist, so I might as well just get started. The Crowd: They…

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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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WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a “Road to WrestleMania” episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable episode of RAW. Build towards HHH/Bryan: This is a double-edged sword for me.  Triple H spent the majority of his opening promo…

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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews R-Truth and Little Jimmy

Interviewing WWE Inc.’s very talented and extremely funny Ron (R-Truth) Killings is, quite frankly, unlike anything a journalist can prepare for. I now know this as fact. You see, I spent the better part of three days preparing to chat with the man ahead of WWE’s appearance next week, March 2, in Cornwall as part of the Road to WrestleMania tour. Also keep in mind, I’ve been on the phone with, or in the presence of, the likes of…

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Royal Rumble review: Jan’s thoughts on the show

The dust has settled on the latest instalment of the WWE’s Royal Rumble,  one that opened with an upset for the ages and one of the best matched I’ve ever witnessed, but that closed amid controversy. I won’t pretend I have any insider information because I don’t. Nor will I pretend to like the fact that Daniel Bryan was left out of the signature event, all but killing his chance to headline WrestleMania in less than 70 days. I…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES 01/20/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: The only hit of last night’s Monday Night RAW came from a likely source.  The Usos are turning in career performances every night they’re in the ring, and much like Cody Rhodes and Goldust, very, very rarely have an off night.  Last night was no exception.  It also benefited by the carry-over heat brought on by the anticipation of Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan’s paths crossing.  The…

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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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9 Matches That Aren’t Included In WWE 2K14, But Totally Should Be

With the release of WWE 2K14, WWE fans have been chomping at the bit to re-enact their favourite Wrestlemania moments. As fans, we’re very passionate about the past of the company, and what better way to relive the past than with the Grand Daddy of them all. 30 Years Of Wrestlemania sure beats the original idea… 3 Years of Over The Limit. Last year’s Attitude Era mode proved that we didn’t want to play through WWE writers rejected storylines…

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