NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS and MISSES

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS: #DIY vs. The Revival – Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have arrived on the big stage in a big way.  This was the match of the night, and it’s not even close (and, as you will notice a developing pattern in my HIT list, there wasn’t a bad match on the card).  I am so happy to see two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever met be given the platform to do what…

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WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

Well, it’s a new era in WWE.  Let’s see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins – While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory way to end an excellent pay-per-view.  I think its a bit of a shame that the magnitude of this match had to take somewhat of a back seat to the General Manager drama, but it was a…

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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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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS: The Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos vs. The New Day – Allow me to admit, I haven’t been as diligent at watching Monday Night RAW or Thursday Night Smackdown as I have been in previous years.  I find a three hour RAW to be a huge undertaking at this stage in my life, and with the company’s chosen creative direction, there just hasn’t been much for me to get excited about.  NXT…

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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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WWE Battleground 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2015 HITS: The Undertaker’s Return: In 2015, 30 years since I became a wrestling fan, there isn’t a lot that gets me to literally jump off the couch anymore.  Granted, the return was spoiled multiple times online (and all-but-confirmed by a WWE source I had dinner with over the weekend), however when the gong sounded on the Pay Per View, I literally jumped right off of my couch in excitement.  Brock Lesnar vs. (a healthy) Undertaker should…

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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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Our 2015 Predictions!

Editors note: Last year, Jan and I combined our predictions into one amalgamated column.  This year, we’re going to present it a little bit differently.  This year, Tyler, Jan and I have come up with our own separate predictions (five each), and we will examine them again this time next year.  So, without further ado, here’s how we, the Chinlock.com writing staff foresee the 2015 year of professional wrestling.   JAN MURPHY 1) Kevin Steen (aka NXT superstar Kevin…

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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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Calling the Shots: SummerSlam 2014

  Calling the Shots is back to cover the 2014 edition of WWE’s second-biggest show: SummerSlam. Taking place in sold-out arena in L.A., the WWE is undoubtedly looking to make a big impact this month, especially considering that it’s re-subscription time for the oft-shilled WWE Network. Hopefully the show delivers on all accounts. So, without further ado here are my predictions for SummerSlam 2014: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler A natural show opener since Ziggler gives WWE events a…

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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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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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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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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/13/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan turns on The Wyatt Family: The fact that this makes the hit list is bizarre for two reasons.  One, the entire angle (all three weeks of it) were an absolute, complete miss.  It might make this year’s 2014 all-time misses column.  Secondly, if they were going to attempt a Daniel Bryan turn, they should have at least committed to the mistake they were making.  But there were huge cracks in this right from…

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Chinlock Radio ep 6: Ron Hutchison

Ron Hutchison trained the likes of, WWE Hall Of Famers, Trish Stratus and Edge among many others to come out of Canada, and he joins Sideshow and Jan to tell his story. https://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Chinlock-Radio-ep-6-Ron-Hutchison.mp3 Sideshow

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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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