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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 Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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. Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards

Welcome to the first annual Chinlock.com Year End Awards.  Here we examine some of the most important, game-changing moments and members of the WWE Universe, and give them Chinlock Awards.  They’re like Continue Reading »

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Lesnar ‘happy’ to re-sign with WWE

Back at WrestleMania XX, it was widely believed, though not confirmed, that Brock Lesnar was planning on walking away from WWE. He did, trying football until finding his grove in mixed-martial arts. Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

Six months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour “over-the-top” streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given Continue Reading »

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It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

There are a number of things that make Tatevik Hunanyan stand out. She’s beautiful. She’s tough. She wrestles under the moniker Tatevik The Gamer, due to her love of video games. She’s Continue Reading »

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Ring of Honor’s Daniels busier than ever

Christopher Daniels should be winding down what has been an illustrious, two decade-plus professional wrestling career that has taken him around the world and even to parts unknown. He is, after all, Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Renee Paquette

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 14, 2012, as a three-part series on the hosts of Aftermath on The Score. All rights reserved. To wrestling fans, she’s one-third of Continue Reading »

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HBK answers call of the wild

For a quarter century as a professional wrestler, Shawn Michaels built his Hall of Fame career by being every one of the things he many times boasted to be: the show stopper, Continue Reading »

Rollins reigns at the end of a very memorable Mania

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...

Toronto’s Arda Ocal takes long road to WrestleMania

Toronto's Arda Ocal takes long road to WrestleManiaSANTA 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...

Q&A: Bad News Barrett makes a guarantee

Q&A: Bad News Barrett makes a guaranteeBad 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...

Q&A: Mizdow’s recipe for success

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...

Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremonySAN 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...

A ‘reflective and articulate’ chat with Bray Wyatt

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...

Media gets its turn with WWE superstars

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...

Sami Zayn part of next generation of Canadians in WWE

Sami Zayn part of next generation of Canadians in WWESAN 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...

WrestleMania 31 all set up

WrestleMania 31 all set upJAN 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...

The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards

The 1st-Annual Chinlock AwardsWelcome to the first annual Chinlock.com Year End Awards.  Here we examine some of the most important, game-changing moments and members of the WWE Universe, and give them Chinlock Awards.  They're like Slammy's, but crappier. Most improved wrestler of the year: Tyler: RUSEVI’ll admit, I was hard on Rusev...

Lesnar ‘happy’ to re-sign with WWE

Lesnar 'happy' to re-sign with WWEBack at WrestleMania XX, it was widely believed, though not confirmed, that Brock Lesnar was planning on walking away from WWE. He did, trying football until finding his grove in mixed-martial arts. Today, it was announced that Lesnar is staying with WWE for a couple more years, putting to rest the idea that he is going...

Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

Bryan grateful for fans, return to healthFor 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,...

Rob Schamberger: Wrestling’s new king of the canvas

Rob Schamberger: Wrestling's new king of the canvasLike 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...

Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp4IYjTOh4I[/youtube] 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...

6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and ReviewSix months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour "over-the-top" streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given WWE's access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to...

A trip down MemoryMania

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...

Calling the Shots: Wrestlemania 2015

Calling the Shots: Wrestlemania 2015It’s still Wrestlemania 31 to me, dammit!So here we are at the granddaddy of them all. The big show. The event. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started watching wrestling again (Wrestlemania 30 was what brought me back into the fold), and it’s crazy to see how much has changed in a year, and...

Bill Demott & the Accusations in NXT

The tactics, events and consequential demise of Bill DeMott in NXT prompted my immediate response as follows. I may not be involved in the current modern day training systems, but between my brothers, my father and myself, I feel we have a solid history in terms of training wrestlers. I believe we have totaled 12 WWE Hall...

Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product

Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his productTommy 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...

Roode returns to House of Hardcore

Roode returns to House of HardcoreFor generations, Canada has produced its fair share of legendary professional wrestlers.In the early days it was the likes of Whipper Billy Watson and Killer Kowalski.Later it would be greats like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dino Bravo and Jacques Rougeau.More recently, the likes of Edge (Adam Copeland), Bret (The Hitman)...

Calling the Shots: Fastlane 2015

Calling the Shots: Fastlane 2015Alright first of all: Fastlane? Really? That’s the creative-name equivalent of a fart noise.Moving on: I already miss the Elimination Chamber on novelty value alone. We all know who is going to win in the last PPV before Wrestlemania, since there’s no way we are going to get a new champ once all of those promotional...