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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“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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Beefcake still cuttin’ and struttin’

Little did Ed Leslie know when he was a young boy watching wrestling with his older sister at Tampa’s National Guard Armory that he would some day carve out his own legacy in that very business. Quite literally, actually, as the man known the world over as Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake. But in those days, Leslie said during a telephone interview from his Florida home, wrestling for a living was the furthest thing from his mind. “I never really…

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Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

When you say the name “Iron Sheik” to a wrestling fan, regardless of generation, a number of vivid memories come to mind.  If you’re a fan from the 1970s, you remember his bloody battles in the NWA and Mid-South territories.  In the 1980s, you remember his “Boot Camp” match with Sgt. Slaughter, his tag team with Nikolai  Volkoff and arguably launching the Hulkamania era of the WWF.  A ’90s fan remembers his allegiance with American turncoat Iraqi sympathizer Sgt….

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Jim Myers: The man behind the Animal

Had it not been for a knee injury, professional wrestling fans would never have been blessed to come to know Jim Myers, better known by his legendary alter ego, George (The Animal) Steele. Myers, now 77, had only one passion as a youngster, and it was not wrestling. “I was a football guy all the way,” Myers said in a telephone interview ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Hamilton Comic Con. As a youngster, Myers was a…

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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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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn’t believe. With Burliuk’s, and the Whig’s blessing, here is that star-studded interview, originally published on April 1, 1989. All rights reserved.   GREG BURLIUK/THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD Once upon a time. . . . (Believe me, there’s no other way to start this. This is a story about the making of a cinematic fairy tale. And, like the…

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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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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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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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Attitude Is Everything: Double J vs Musical Talent

The late 90’s was a cool time to watch wrestling. With the competition so hot, both WWF and WCW had to bring their “A” games. Ask any fan, what separated the WWF’s product from WCW’s during the Monday Night Wars… Attitude. Sure, WCW had the NWO and pushed the limits well, but, man it got hokey! Eric Bischoff’s product was old school, with old stars, while Vince McMahon’s product was evolving at a rapid pace. But it wasn’t all…

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Attitude Is Everything: The Fall Of Mr. McMahon

  Throughout the attitude era there were many great heels. A story and a match is just so much more enjoyable when you despise one of the people involved. During this time, no man was more despised than Mr. McMahon. Man, he was good… Or bad, I guess. He was everything people wanted to rebel against. Imagine what Stone Cold Steve Austin would have been without Mr. McMahon. But what happened?… I’m having a really hard time watching Mr….

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The New 5-Stars

Maybe it’s me, internet wrestling websites.  Maybe there’s something I’m not understanding about what constitutes a 5-star match.  Maybe my unsophisticated brain will never truly grasp the majesty of a 15-second sequence that seamlessly flows from a Lou Thesz press-into-a-fireman’s carry-into-a-kimura lock….OR MAYBE THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, DUDE! What follows are selections from my personal list of 5-star matches.  My criteria? Whatever produced a moment that I’ll tell my kid about. My qualifications?  I’m a guy that got completely hooked…

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Attitude Is Everything: Before They Had Attitude

While looking back at the Attitude Era, I remember all of the things that made this point in time great. The language, the innuendo, the half naked (and sometimes actually naked) women, the danger… But what made the attitude era shine was the talent.   Each week we saw pimps, rednecks, demons, degenerates, psychopaths, and more. I know that sound like most family reunions but, not even my family was this dysfunctional.   One advantage the Attitude era had…

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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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Talented Trainer Continues to Give Back

This article was originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Wednesday, December 12, 2013. One thing becomes crystal clear when speaking with legendary pro wrestling trainer Ron Hutchison: the man was born to teach. In his nearly 30-year career in and around professional wrestling, Hutchison has helped usher in some of the most successful and decorated wrestling superstars in history. Stars such as Adam Copeland, a.k.a. Edge, Trish Stratus, Jason Reso (Christian), Gail Kim, Traci Brooks, Tiger Ali Singh,…

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