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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Triple H talks Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens during NXT conference call

To listen to Paul (Triple H) Levesque talk about World Wrestling Entertainment’s white-hot NXT brand is akin to listening to a proud father talk about his son’s first game-winning grand slam in a Little League game. Quite simply, he gushes with pride. And rightfully so, as the wrestling legend turned WWE’s Executive Vice-President of Talent, Creative and Live Events is the driving force behind the increasingly popular brand that has churned out stars like current WWE World Heavyweight champion…

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All hail King Barrett

On the day Buckingham Palace in his native England revealed the name of the latest Royal — Charlotte Elizabeth Diana — World Wrestling Entertainment star Wade Barrett is feeling a little royal himself, but not due to the latest in line for the throne. He’s feeling royal because he is royalty, wrestling royalty, following his crowning in the WWE’s King of the Ring tournament, making Barrett the 20th King of the Ring in WWE history. It’s an honour befitting,…

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New Day hoping for ‘Big’ things

He may be a star in World Wrestling Entertainment, and one of its current tag champions, but Big E wasn’t always a WWE guy. “I was a big wrestling fan as a kid,” said the former NXT champion and Florida native, “(but) if I’m being honest, I had more of a slight lean toward WCW. Actually, more than a slight lean,” he added in a telephone interview, referring to the once major rival of his current employer “I remember…

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Arab-Canadian up and comer excited for what is NXT

In many ways, Toronto native Nhooph Al-Areebi has been training her whole life to become a professional wrestler. The Arab-Canadian, who is among the most recent wave of international talent recruited to World Wrestling Entertainment’s wildly successful NXT brand, has been a fan since as long as she can remember. “Growing up, I would watch every single SmackDown, Raw, pay-per-view,” the 20-year-old said over the phone from Florida, where she and 10 other international talents are cutting their proverbial…

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dreamer, Fight Network strike TV deal

House of Hardcore is coming to Fight Network in May. In a partnership announced today by Tommy Dreamer and Fight Network, fans will now be able to watch Dreamer’s wrestling company on TV for the first time. House of Hardcore was founded in 2012 by Dreamer, who wanted to put the emphasis back on wrestling and repay his loyal fans who supported him throughout his career. In less than three years, Dreamer’s company has hosted eight shows and this…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

House of Hardcore is coming to Canada. The U.S.-based wrestling company, founded in 2012 by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer, will make its Canadian debut on July 18 in Toronto. Dreamer has long made it no secret that his objective with his wrestling company is to listen to the fans. Fittingly, it was the fans who pointed Dreamer toward Canada, Dreamer said in an exclusive interview. “I did a poll on Twitter in which I asked fans where they…

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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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Rollins reigns at the end of a very memorable Mania

  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — World Wrestling Entertainment perfectly blended old with new before a crowd of nearly 77,000 people in Sunny California on Sunday afternoon. On a night in which Seth Rollins captured the WWE World Heavyweight championship by cashing in his Money In the Bank contract, fans in the Silicon Valley experienced a very memorable WrestleMania. It was also a night that featured the return of The Rock, title changes, surprise appearances by the likes of D-Generation…

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Toronto’s Arda Ocal takes long road to WrestleMania

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — To World Wrestling Entertainment fans, he’s Kyle Edwards. To Canadians, he’s Arda Ocal, the Toronto native who’s finally living out his lifelong dream of working for the WWE. And this weekend, he’s living out that dream on the biggest stage of them all, WrestleMania. The journey from the GTA to the largest wrestling company on earth may have seemed like it happened abruptly, when Ocal was hired last September while still working for The Weather…

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Q&A: Bad News Barrett makes a guarantee

Bad News Barrett heads into WrestleMania 31 as the Intercontinental champion, and puts his title on the line in a seven-man ladder match. Many think it’ll be the match of the night. While Barrett won’t guarantee a win tonight to Sun Media’s Jan Murphy, he does guarantee that he’ll be the best performer in the bout. JAN MURPHY: Ready for WrestleMania? BAD NEWS BARRETT: I’m very excited. It’s been a little while coming for this WrestleMania moment. This is…

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Q&A: Mizdow’s recipe for success

  Many see WrestleMania 31 as the long-awaited opportunity for Damien Mizdow to break away from The Miz and re-establish an identity of his own. He talked with Sun Media’s Jan Murphy about his current run at Friday’s WWE Media Day. MIZDOW (joined in progress): Reality is sometimes the path is not the one you choose, and you have take twists and turns, and sometimes some steps backwards to go around stuff. When you live in the moment and…

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Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Like a well booked wrestling show, World Wrestling Entertainment’s 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony was a roller coaster of emotions on Saturday night in San Jose, Calif. The ceremony, one of the signature events of WrestleMania celebrations, featured the who’s who of the wrestling world, past, present and future, and celebrated the class of nine (10 individuals) being honoured this year. Admittedly, as the inductees were being announced in the weeks leading up to the…

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A ‘reflective and articulate’ chat with Bray Wyatt

  Just days before the most significant match in his young career, Bray Wyatt is reflective and articulate when speaking about facing WrestleMania’s greatest legend, The Undertaker. Wyatt, a third-generation star who’s father is Mike Rotundo (also known as Irwin R. Schyster), and his grandfather is Blackjack Mulligan, says that there is no bigger stage than WrestleMania and no bigger foe than the legendary ‘Taker. “If you think about it, when I look at it, back in the grand…

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Media gets its turn with WWE superstars

  SAN JOSE/SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — There’s media relations and then there’s media relations. Many companies and professional sports leagues the world over pride themselves on establishing strong relationship with the media. None are even in the same sport, let alone league, as World Wrestling Entertainment. Friday was international media day during WrestleMania 31 festivities in Silicon Valley and the WWE not only trudged out some of its marquee stars to mingle with media from literally all over the…

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Sami Zayn part of next generation of Canadians in WWE

SAN JOSE, Calif. — WrestleMania week is old hat to Canadian-born Sami Zayn. Well, sort of. Zayn, a star with World Wrestling Entertainment’s NXT brand, has spent a number of WrestleManias working for smaller, independent promotions that often hold events in and around the cities where WWE holds its annual mega event. But it’s only been since Zayn, born Rami Sebie in Hill Valley, Que., signed with the WWE in 2013 that he’s been able to be part of…

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WrestleMania 31 all set up

JAN MURPHY, in SAN JOSE, Calif. — For a wrestling fan, WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of the sport. There’s no bigger event. In fact, from the time the calendar turns over each year, fans begin to keep an eye toward that date, which is usually in late March or early April. Each episode of Monday Night Raw takes on more importance, each pay-per-view leading up to the big show helps lay the foundation for what will become the…

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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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Rob Schamberger: Wrestling’s new king of the canvas

Like a fine piece of art, Rob Schamberger wasn’t able to appreciate the art of professional wrestling until he was mature. Schamberger, who now sets the gold standard when it comes to painting all things professional wrestling, didn’t even become a fan of pro wrestling until he in his late teenage years. “I actually didn’t get into it until I was 18,” the 34-year-old Kansas City native said in a telephone interview a week or so before he’ll head…

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Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product

Tommy Dreamer is hardcore in everything he does. Whether it’s inside the ring or out, he’s honest and passionate about all things wrestling. So it should come as no surprise that Dreamer is getting hardcore with those who are illegally streaming or downloading his House of Hardcore Internet pay-per-views, which began to broadcast live at his last show in Philadelphia. Never one to mince words about how much he loves the business and his fans, Dreamer didn’t mince words…

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