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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Wrestling with the right words to say thanks

How do you thank an entire city? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself a lot since Dec. 2, the night our annual Chinlock Wrestling charity show packed the Kingston Gospel Temple, culminating in a night I’ll not soon forgot. All told, the show generated $25,715 for local charity, an absolutely stunning number for those of us who worked behind the scenes for months on end putting this show together. To give this context, allow me to travel back…

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WWE champ Mahal making most of his opportunity

BROOKLYN, NY — Just four short summers ago, Yuvraj Singh Dhesi was back at home in Calgary, mulling his future, having just weeks earlier been released from his dream job as a professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment. On Friday, Dhesi, who is better known to wrestling fans as Jinder Mahal, was sitting in a packed room in a hotel in Brooklyn, filled with journalists from 15 different countries. He was there with his WWE championship belt in hand,…

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Plenty on the line at SummerSlam in Brooklyn

      BROOKLYN, N.Y. – World Wrestling Entertainment hosts its 29th installment of SummerSlam, its second-biggest event of the year, once again in Brooklyn on Sunday. The main event, a fatal four-way, features marquee talents Brock Lesnar, the Universal champion, defending his title against challengers Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. The other main event, for the WWE championship, features Indo-Canadian Jinder Mahal of Calgary defending his title against challenger Shinsuke Nakamura, a Japanese megastar. A closer…

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How wrestling made me … me again

It’s a tale as old as time. Good versus evil. Superhero versus villain. Babyfaces and heels. And yet somewhere along the way, the idea of scripted wrestling matches has been dubbed as silly or juvenile and probably a lot worse. Even though we live in a world where apparently even our news is fake. But, once you get past the fact that yes, the outcomes are predetermined, the feats of strength and athleticism displayed by these men and women…

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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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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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‘It keeps him alive in your heart’

A reflective Rowdy Roddy Piper, the late wrestling mega-legend, spoke openly and eloquently in a 2014 interview about his changed ways, his family, and his outlook on life and his career. His words ring both prophetic and ominous — and incredibly powerful — following his sudden death at age 61 in July 2015. “I have four of the most beautiful children in the world, so when I call my shots, I call them the way that I always dreamed…

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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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WWE champ Jinder Mahal vows best is yet to come

Calgary, a city steeped in pro wrestling history, has produced its share of huge stars of the industry, but none, perhaps, as physically imposing as Jinder Mahal, the Calgarian and current World Wrestling Entertainment champion. The big Albertan, who checks in at six-foot-five, 220 pounds, is in the best shape of his life. According to him, it’s been a life that has been entirely spent as a fan of pro wrestling and sports entertainment. “I was born in Calgary,…

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You can ‘Bet’ on laughter with raunchy film starring wrestlers

By Aaron Jankowski/Chinlock staff When you have been going non-stop for a few weeks, and the only thing you have watched in that time is the Olympics, a nice quick and silly comedy is exactly what the doctor ordered. And, when you are an adult who grew up on World Wrestling Entertainment, a comedy that features a few legends such as  Diamond Dallas Page, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Tommy Dreamer and the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper, it makes the…

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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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Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic

By Paul Soucy For years, World Wrestling Entertainment has been the land of the giants. From Hulk Hogan all the way to John Cena, and many in between, those at the forefront of the company’s Squared Circle have traditionally been larger than life. But over time, WWE has been lured away from that criteria, seduced by the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor. It seems the company is sacrificing size for a…

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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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Zayn looks to take career ‘full circle’ at Money in the Bank

  Money In the Bank: a match in which competitors vie to climb a ladder and unclasp a metal briefcase that hangs suspended above the middle of a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, with the hopes and dreams of those competitors literally hanging in the balance. Its winner is all but guaranteed a date with destiny. Inside that briefcase is a WWE contract enabling the possessor of that briefcase a shot at the biggest prize in WWE, a WWE World…

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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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Call him Eric the Great

Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s where Jeremy Fritz, better known to wrestling world as Eric Young, fell in love with the pomp and pageantry of pro wrestling. “I grew up in really, really, rural Ontario … southwestern Ontario,” Young said over the phone from his home in Nashville ahead of his first…

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Stratus continues to rewrite history

Trailblazer: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular – Merriam-Webster dictionary She’s arguably the most popular women’s wrestler in the history of professional wrestling, but there is no arguing that Toronto’s Trish Stratus is the most decorated woman in the sport’s storied history. Stratus, born in Toronto in 1975, is the only wrestler to become World Wrestling Entertainment women’s champion seven times, she is the youngest to be inducted into the…

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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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