High-flyer Hennigan as busy as ever

Professional wrestling has long been a friend to John Hennigan, better know as the former WWE superstar John Morrison/Johnny Nitro. As a boy, after Hennigan and his family packed up and relocated, wrestling would prove to be the icebreaker among neighbourhood kids as Hennigan searched out new friends. “In fifth grade, I moved to Southern California, and I kinda felt like I had left a lot of my friends that I had made in elementary school in one spot,”…

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Jan Murphy interviews Tommy Dreamer ahead of House of Hardcore 2!

What: Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 2. Where: National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., Philadelphia, Pa., 19154 (free parking). When: Saturday, June 22. Belltime: 7:30 p.m. Featuring: Ric Flair, Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, Lance Storm, John Morrison, Too Cold Scorpio, The Young Bucks, Brian Kendrick and Paul London, Tony Nese, Petey Williams, Alex Reynolds, The Steiner Brothers, Carlito Colon, MVP, Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett, Rosita, Crowbar and others. Tickets: $25-$45. Online: www.houseofhardcore.net The legendary Judy Garland once famously uttered…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Wails of Jericho

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD ON MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2004, all rights reserved. Some people grow up aspiring to be a rock star. Others grow up aspiring to be a professional wrestler. Winnipeg’s Chris Jericho did both. Jericho is the front man for the heavy metal band Fozzy and one of the superstars for World Wrestling Entertainment. Not too shabby. It begs the question: How does one balance the life of musician with the life of a major player with the largest…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One-on-one with The Nature Boy Ric Flair

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on July 24, 2004. All rights reserved By Jan Murphy    He’s a 16-time world champion. He’s one of the most recognizable and respected figures to grace the wrestling ring. And now, at the age of 54, the Nature BoyRic Flair is a best-selling author. Flair’s autobiography, Ric Flair: To Be The Man, debuted at No. 20 on the New York Times Bestseller List and has worked its way up to No. 5. Asked about his rise from…

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Weight dropping, spirits soaring

Fourth in a series of columns by Kingston Whig-Standard columnist Jan Murphy, who is chronicling his battle with weight loss and using DDP Yoga. Originally posted in The Kingston Whig-Standard on April 11, 2013 It has been a long time since I’ve felt as good as I do these days. I’m down nearly 13 pounds in just over a month (and 36 overall since last summer), my nagging injuries seem to finally be on the mend, my eating is…

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DDP Yoga exposes my agility problems

Third in a series of columns by Kingston Whig-Standard columnist Jan Murphy, who is chronicling his battle with weight loss and using DDP Yoga. Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 27, 2013, all rights reserved. Strong. Determined. Even deceptively fast. Those are descriptions that could possibly be used to describe me, depending on what you may have witnessed me doing. Flexible, graceful, nimble … all NOT words used to describe me. Ever. Hey, I’m just being honest….

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I’m taking the DDP Yoga challenge

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 15, 2013. All rights reserved. First in a series of columns by Kingston Whig-Standard columnist Jan Murphy, who is chronicling his battle with weight loss and using DDP Yoga. http://www.thewhig.com/2013/03/14/im-taking-the-ddp-yoga-challenge The words Jan Murphy and yoga have been uttered in the same sentence about as frequently as the words bacon double cheeseburger and healthy eating. In fact, I would wager to say the only times my name and yoga have been…

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Dolph Ziggler is Money in the Bank!

Original Link: http://www.thewhig.com/2012/08/30/ziggler-is-money-in-the-bank-for-wwe Nick Nemeth, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Dolph Ziggler, wasn’t born into wrestling. He doesn’t hail from a long line of wrestlers. None, in fact. One thing is quite evident, however: the World Wrestling Entertainment superstar was born to wrestle. These days, you can find Ziggler toting around the much-coveted Money In the Bank briefcase, starring in main-event matches and establishing himself as…

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Murphy Reviews WrestleMania 29

Now that I’ve had nearly 24 hours to digest what unfolded at WrestleMania 29, here are some random thoughts: • The show itself was solid. Not sure I’d call it a classic, but it was very wrestling-focused, the matches told good stories and the fans had to be happy with many of the outcomes. • The crowd didn’t blow my mind. Whether it was the outdoor venue, or the WWE’s audio, I just didn’t get the sense, at least…

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From the Archives: My Interview with Triple H (2004)

Originally Published: November 29, 2004 Jan Murphy – The Kingston Whig-Standard http://www.thewhig.com Think wrestling bites? Next month, it sort of does. World Wrestling Entertainment’s world champion Triple H stars in the third and final installment of the Blade films, Blade: Trinity, which opens Dec. 8. The Game, as he’s known in wrestling circles, plays a vampire by the name of Jarko Grimwood. Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, talked about his new movie and the differences between…

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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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Dallas Page continues to shine like a diamond

Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 7, 2013   To call Diamond Dallas Page an inspiration is akin to calling Michael Jordan a good basketball player or Wayne Gretzky a solid hockey player. Consider: • The man, whose wrestling career spanned more than two decades, didn’t actually break into the wrestling part of his career until he was 35, when most professional wrestlers are either retired or long past their primes. Then again, DDP isn’t “most pro…

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The resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts

                  Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 27, 2013 Life has never been easy for Jake Roberts. Sure, it has seen its ups and downs … successes and failures. He did, after all, put together one of the most successful professional wrestling careers in history, all while earning a reputation for being an innovator when it comes to the psychological side of pro wrestling. He’s also credited as the…

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House of Hardcore 2 Announced for June 22, 2013

Tommy Dreamer is fulfilling his promise and has announced a sequel to his successful House of Hardcore promotion. Dreamer will host House of Hardcore 2, in Philadelphia no less, on June 22. Details and matches will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but fans can expect Dreamer’s follow-up show to follow the mould of the successful inaugural show, which was held in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in October. That sold-out show, which featured wrestling stars such as Dreamer, Rhino, Carlito Colon…

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Chinlock.com EXCLUSIVE: Interview with TNA Executive Producer ERIC BISCHOFF

If you ask Eric Bischoff about his long and oftentimes illustrious professional wrestling career, he’s quick to point out that he never pursued any of the success that he was central in creating. When you consider his body of work, it’s even more impressive, leaving this reporter wondering exactly how much more successful Bischoff could have been had he actually been pursuing the legacy that he would ultimately carve out. Consider just the highlights: • One-time executive producer, and…

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Stratusfaction Guaranteed – Interview with 2013 WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus

Article Originally Published Saturday, March 30, 2013 Jan Murphy – Kingston Whig Standard Trish Stratus built a career out of defying the odds and breaking new ground. So it should come as little surprise that the Canadian-born WWE legend will again be breaking new ground when she is immortalized in the WWE Hall of Fame next weekend in New York City. Stratus, born Patricia Anne Stratigias in Toronto in December 1975, will become the youngest person,…

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From the Archives: Behind the Scenes with John Cena

Jan Murphy has sat down with many WWE Superstars over the years, but arguably none bigger than WWE Superstar John Cena.  Here is their conversation, in an interview originally conducted in 2004 and published in The Kingston Whig Standard! Originally Published: June 5, 2004 Original Author: Jan Murphy – Kingston Whig Standard  Inside the squared circle, he’s the brawny equivalent of Eminem. Outside, he’s like your next-door neighbour. John Cena, the WWE’s reigning United States champion, is as down-to-earth…

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From the Archives: My Interview with Chris Benoit

Exclusive to Chinlock.com, I am pleased to present “From the Archives”, a collection of interviews I have done during my career at the The Kingston Whig Standard. The first piece we’ve decided to republish is an exclusive interview with the infamous Chris Benoit.  Enjoy! Originally Published: Saturday, April 10, 2004 Author: Jan Murphy – Kingston Whig Standard Some guys might think about all the hard work they’ve put into their careers. Others might think about their wives, their children…

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