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Beulah prepares to write final chapter

Trisa Laughlin, the longtime star of Extreme Championship Wrestling, wife of Tommy Dreamer, published author and mom, actually got her first taste of professional wrestling north of the border in Canada. “I Continue Reading »

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Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

Tommy Dreamer built a career around being hardcore. A legendary one career at that. So it’s both fitting and not surprising that he’s building a second career as a promoter and owner Continue Reading »

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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) Continue Reading »

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Foley wrestling’s gift to Mankind

As a hall of fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley carved out a legacy as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, referred to as the faces of Foley. His understanding of the psychology Continue Reading »

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Heyman needs no introduction

  In the world of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman is a man who needs no introduction. He’s the creative genius who took a little-known wrestling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling and built 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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Business still pickin’ up for Good Ol’ JR

It’s difficult to know whether professional wrestling had more influence on Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross than the man himself had on the industry. Good ol’ JR, as he’s know the 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 »

Beulah prepares to write final chapter

Beulah prepares to write final chapterTrisa Laughlin, the longtime star of Extreme Championship Wrestling, wife of Tommy Dreamer, published author and mom, actually got her first taste of professional wrestling north of the border in Canada.“I have a sister who’s three years older than I am, and we would take trips,” Trisa said recalling her teenage...

Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

Dreamer's vision continues to growTommy Dreamer built a career around being hardcore. A legendary one career at that.So it’s both fitting and not surprising that he’s building a second career as a promoter and owner around the aptly named House of Hardcore, his wrestling company that later this month will mark its seventh show since Dreamer...

Jim Myers: The man behind the Animal

Jim Myers: The man behind the AnimalHad 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...

Foley wrestling’s gift to Mankind

Foley wrestling's gift to MankindAs a hall of fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley carved out a legacy as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind, referred to as the faces of Foley. His understanding of the psychology of wrestling, his gifts with a microphone, and his willingness to put his body on the line made him a legend among fans. As an author, Foley...

Heyman needs no introduction

Heyman needs no introduction In the world of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman is a man who needs no introduction.He’s the creative genius who took a little-known wrestling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling and built it into a cult-like promotion that is now a legendary and unrivaled part of wrestling history.When...

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...

Business still pickin’ up for Good Ol’ JR

Business still pickin' up for Good Ol' JRIt’s difficult to know whether professional wrestling had more influence on Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross than the man himself had on the industry.Good ol’ JR, as he’s know the world over, has literally done everything in the business en route to becoming one of the most respected and universally loved people...

Calling the Shots: Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs 2014

Calling the Shots: Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs 2014After such a strong showing at Survivor Series, color me surprised that TLC is looking a little stale and tired. The feuds are seemingly thrown together at random, and no one looks too interested in bringing any depth to their conflicts. This is really starting to look less like a main event show and more like another...

Smackdown Recap (December 5, 2014)

Smackdown Recap (December 5, 2014)The evening starts off with introducing us to the night's General Manager. A huge crowd roars to life with approval to see Santino Marella step out to take on said role for the night. And as his first act of business, Marella gives way to the first match of the evening... ====================================================================== Match...

Calling the Shots: Survivor Series 2014 Aftermath

Calling the Shots: Survivor Series 2014 AftermathNow that's how you finish a pay per view!  Well it may have taken the prospect of losing monthly subscribers to do it, but the wwe absolutely delivered this month. The writing all week has been pretty solid (to the point where Bray vs. Ambrose was actually under appreciated) and the Survivor Series...

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS and MISSESWWE Survivor Series 2014 HITS:Sting Debuts: This year's installment of Survivor Series was promoted as a one-match show; Team Authority vs. Team Cena.  But, last night, that one match boiled down into one moment.  That moment was the debut of "the last WCW hold-out", Sting.  There have been a number of reasons...

Calling the Shots: Survivor Series 2014

Calling the Shots: Survivor Series 2014Finally, we’re back to the Big Four and one of my personal favorites: The tag-team focused Survivor Series. Reader’s who’ve looked over my previous posts will remember that I am a huge fan of tag-team matches, so Survivor Series is always a good time in my book. Factor in that creative finally hit their stride and...

House of Hardcore here to stay

House of Hardcore here to stayPHILADELPHIA -- On a night that promised to be nothing if not nostalgic, Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore delivered that and much more before a packed house at the former ECW Arena, where Dreamer and many others laid the foundation for one of the most improbable success stories in professional wrestling history.And...

Why you should be watching NXT

Why you should be watching NXT For a long time now it’s been common for viewers to discredit any wrestling program other than Monday Night Raw, and for good reason. No one brings their A-game to Main Event or WWE Superstars, and Smackdown has suffered ever since the roster-split was eliminated. The WWE thrives on competition, and Smackdown provided...

Calling the Shots: Hell in a Cell 2014 Aftermath

Calling the Shots: Hell in a Cell 2014 AftermathMight as well have called this one "Everyone Retains!"So I realize that this post is very, very late, but for the sake of posterity (and the value of having all 12 Aftermaths in the archive) we’re going to pretend that I’m right on schedule. Sounds good?So, about Hell in a Cell. A solid B-effort that...

Wrestling, comics collide

Wrestling, comics collide Life is good for Mike Kingston these days. The lifelong comic nut and professional wrestling fanatic has found a way to blend his two passions with his love for writing, and he’s found a formula for success so far. Kingston is less than $2,000 from once again raising the funds to produce the latest in his series of...

Calling the Shots: Hell in a Cell 2014

Calling the Shots: Hell in a Cell 2014The only reason that I’m looking forward to Hell in a Cell is Ambrose and Rollins. I fully believe that those two are going to tear the house down and break through the glass ceiling keeping them out of future main-event matches. However, everything leading up to their big showdown is looking pretty snoozerific. Here’s...

It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

It's game on for Tatevik the GamerThere 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 the very first Amenian-born, lady professional wrestler in history. The list goes on and on.But nothing stands out more during...

TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS and MISSES

TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS and MISSESTNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS:Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi: On a show with very little positive, this match truly stood out.  Quite frankly, I had forgotten how good Kaz Hayashi was from his WCW run nearly 14 years ago.  Combined with the lengthy history between Samoa Joe and Low-Ki, and Mike Tenay's excellent...

Hamilton Comic Con: A legendary review

Hamilton Comic Con: A legendary review If you've never been to a convention - go to one. Hamilton Comic Con packs a punch on the Con scene, even though it may not be as big as some others. The moment you walk in, you can feel the anticipation building. Seeing everyone in costumes/cosplay. The excitement of others around you resonates with you. "Am I really...

The Poffo legacy lives on

The Poffo legacy lives onHad they had it their way, the Poffo brothers would not have become known the world over for poetry, flying elbows and heavyweight championships, but rather for diving catches, home runs and World Series titles. Luckily for wrestling fans, things didn’t turn out as planned for the late Randy Poffo and his brother Lanny,...

Legend’s Stratusfying career continues

Legend's Stratusfying career continuesRetirement is often synonymous with slowing down. Someone forgot to tell that to World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.Stratus, a wrestling legend and one of Canada's most famous grapplers of all time, could actually be busier today than she was during her illustrious career spanning the globe for...

Calling the Shots: Night of Champions 2014 Aftermath

Calling the Shots: Night of Champions 2014 Aftermath Well that was kind of a bust wasn’t it? Definitely a B-level showing, but the blame falls mostly on creative. While I can only speculate about the behind-the-scenes politics of WWE story writing, the truth is that Night of Champions was really just treading water and maintaining the status quo. Anyway, here’s what I...