Triple H back on top

ORLANDO, Fla. – Triple H reigns supreme once again. The legendary wrestler-turned-executive did the unthinkable last night in Orlando, winning the Royal Rumble and with it his 14th WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The man known as The Game entered as the 30th and final entrant to the over-the-top battle and outlasted the remaining foes, eliminating the former champ, former Canadian Football League player Roman Reigns as well. Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, secured the win when…

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Back-in-Action Sami Zayn not quite at 100%

ORLANDO – Montreal native Sami Zayn is once again back inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, some seven-plus months after what should have been a dream debut quickly became a nightmare. Last May, in his hometown, surrounded by friends and family, Zayn made his WWE Monday Night Raw debut. Rami Sebei, a 31-year-old redhead of Syrian descent, spent more than a decade in the business, wrestling around the world under a mask as El Generico. After dominating in the…

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Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre

ORLANDO – Legendary Canadian wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart said it best when describing his Hitman wrestling character as “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” Hart could have also been describing World Wrestling Entertainment’s NXT Performance Center with those now famous words. Quite frankly, it is. As part of its Royal Rumble weekend, WWE invited international media to tour the world-class, state-of-the-art training facility, where it now trains all of…

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NXT goes global with Takeover in England

Just days ahead of its debut outside of the United States, the man behind World Wrestling Entertainment’s increasingly popular NXT brand speaks passionately about opportunity. Professional wrestling is nothing if not about opportunity. During his now nearly 25-year active wrestling career, the man known the world over as Triple H certainly made the most of his opportunities, capturing more than 20 championships, at one point carrying the company on his broad shoulders as its marquee name and ushering in…

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Fourth time’s a charm for Sheamus

Irish eyes were smiling, indeed, on Sunday night when World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Sheamus cashed in his Money In the Bank contract in the final moments of an entertaining Survivor Series to snatch away the World title from Roman Reigns. The WWE’s so-called Celtic Warrior, ever the opportunist, delivered two huge Brogue Kicks to unseat the newly-minted Reigns, making his first reign as WWE World Heavyweight champion one of the shortest. Sheamus, the Irish-born behemoth known for his brute…

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SPENNY: An open letter to Vince McMahon

Dear Mr. McMahon, Far be it for a jabroni like me to tell the king of a billion-dollar sports entertainment industry what to do with his product, but I’ve decided I will sleep better if I let my feelings be known.  And I know I’m not alone with this inclination. Vince, I think WWE needs monsters.  Real monsters.  I’m sorry, but size alone does not a monster make.  Andre, Luke Harper, John Studd, Braun Strowman, Mark Henry, Big Show,…

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Paint, Schamberger, paint

  They say good things happen to good people. And in a world in which headlines are dominated by terror attacks, threats and world strife, when good things do happen to good people, it’s worth noting. One such noteworthy person is the incredibly talented Rob Schamberger. Schamberger, a Kansas City-based artist, has taken the professional wrestling world by storm with his beautiful and awe-inspiring paintings that have, in many ways, become as iconic as the men and women he…

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Long way to the top for EC3

At 32 years of age and some 13 years into his career, Michael Hutter is on top of the professional wrestling world. But the road to the top for the man better known as Ethan Carter III has been a long one, one that has shaped the young man into the person he’s become, humbled him beyond his years and tested him every step of the way. In many ways, his still relatively new-found success has been a lifetime…

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic of the day emanates out of his home country of Canada, not far from where he grew up in Peterborough. That topic is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just coming off a tremendously successful season and an electrifying playoff run that saw the club fall two…

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Reflective Rhino talks career, politics, near-death experience

Jan Murphy/Chinlock.com Writer A lot of words can be used to describe the man known simply as Rhino in the wrestling world. Intense. Talented. Fearless. Fierce. Proud. Tireless. To name some. There are also a lot of words that can be used to describe the man behind that legendary wrestling force, Terry Gerin. Articulate. Passionate. Intelligent. Honest. Engaging. Patriotic. Rhino can talk about his toughest foe, listen to Ric Flair tell stories or explain what the business has meant…

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House of Hardcore’s dynamic duo

Imagine, if you will, hearing some of the greatest calls in wrestling history being called by someone other than those who called those shots. For instance, imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship victory over Shawn Michaels or Mick Foley’s unforgettable Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker being called by someone other than Jim Ross. Or imagine Vince McMahon’s famous “boyhood dream” Shawn Michaels moment coming from the mouth of someone other than…

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Living in Sinn

Nick Cvjetkovich has always had a creative imagination, something the man known in the wrestling world as Sinn Bodhi attributes to his childhood. Cvjetkovich, you see, who is more wildly known for his run as Kizarny in World Wrestling Entertainment, spent a good chunk of his younger years reading comics and watching – you guessed it – pro wrestling. Add to that the fact that both his mother and father were martial arts experts and it’s not difficult to…

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Lost continues to find success

Scott Lost is a bit of glutton for punishment. Luckily, he’s a talented one. The California-based retired pro wrestler-turned comic creator left one notoriously difficult business, full of colourful, hero-like characters, for another that is precisely the same. It should come as no surprise, however, as right from an early age, the 35-year-old was a fan of both wrestling and comics. “Around nine, I was drawing and I was watching wrestling,” Lost said over the phone, just days before…

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Satirical wrestling news isn’t fake — it’s unreal

Kayfabe: (In professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic: a masterful job of blending kayfabe and reality he’s not someone who can break kayfabe and talk about the business : I heard that AJ approached him to rehearse a kayfabe segment – Oxford Dictionary Wrestling has given the world a lot of familiar phrases and words: from Hulkamania to WrestleMania; from the squared circle to The People’s Eyebrow; but none more…

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Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks

  NOTE: Today we introduce the first of what we hope are many preview pieces featuring one of Canada’s best sports broadcasters, James Cybulski, and our own Jan Murphy. The duo will break down the SummerSlam matches and offer their picks. Enjoy. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus James: I feel like WWE missed the mark when the viral videos started surfacing with all the RKO’s in random events all over the world. I like Sheamus’ updated look but his character…

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Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling … Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it

To call John Hennigan a competitor would be a massive understatement. He is, after all, one of the most athletic and physically flawless performers in professional wrestling. He’s a multiple time champion during a lengthy run with World Wrestling Entertainment. And he’s a fearless high flyer who was a pioneer when it came to creative ways to avoid elimination at the WWE’s Royal Rumble. Outside of wrestling, he’s a budding actor and the man behind Out of Your Mind…

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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with John Hennigan

John Hennigan’s career is hotter than ever. The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar not only still wrestles a nearly full-time schedule, but he also finds time for his growing acting career and to maintain one of the best physiques in the business. Fittingly, over the phone during a workout, Hennigan, who is perhaps best known for his wrestling alter-ego John Morrison, is eager to talk about his hectic life and career. Besides starring as Hercules in Hercules Reborn, and…

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House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with The Addiction – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian

  Inside the ring, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are partners. As The Addiction, they are as good a tag team as you’ll find in professional wrestling. The duo is the current Ring of Honor tag-team champions and are two-time tag champs during a long run with Total Nonstop Action. Outside of the ring, Daniels and Kazarian are practically family. Each calls the other their best friend and each credits the other with helping him find success in a…

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Kevin Owens continues to fight

Not long after making his first appearance on Monday Night Raw and just days before he has his first pay-per-view match in World Wrestling Entertainment, Kevin Owens is in the mood to talk about firsts. Owens, born Kevin Steen in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in 1984, has, after all, experienced his share of firsts in his now 15-year career that last year brought him to World Wrestling Entertainment when he was signed to its NXT brand. To say he’s made the…

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Tatevik the Gamer is Tough Enough

Tatevik Hunanyan not only believes she’s tough enough, she knows she’s tough enough. And the well-spoken, passionate, Armenian-born wrestler is justified in her belief, as so too do wrestling fans. Hunanyan, who goes by Tatevik The Gamer, a tribute to her longtime love affair with video games, was, at the time of this interview, responsible for the top video on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Tough Enough web page under the Tough Women category. Tough Enough is the company’s reincarnated reality…

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