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Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

  “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable Continue Reading »

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Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

  Fearless and fabulous. Those words perfectly describe Mickie Laree James-Aldis, better known in the professional wrestling world as Mickie James. Fearlessness has been one of her greatest qualities from a very Continue Reading »

Eric Young in 2016. (Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling)

Call him Eric the Great

Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s Continue Reading »

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Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

If history has taught us anything, it’s that we like the underdog. The world of wrestling is certainly no exception. With the abrupt retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Daniel Bryan this week, Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

Bobby Roode during House of Hardcore action at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto. (Sam Hudson photo)

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 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 »

Tatevik The Gamer (Photo by Leslie Gamero)

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 »

Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!   “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable wrestlers of their generation and beyond. Together, Ax and Smash dominated the tag team wrestling scene in the...

Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

Hey Mickie, you're so fine! James' legacy grows   [caption id="attachment_3754" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Mickie James. Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] Fearless and fabulous. Those words perfectly describe Mickie Laree James-Aldis, better known in the professional wrestling world as Mickie James. Fearlessness has been one of her...

Call him Eric the Great

Call him Eric the Great [caption id="attachment_3740" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Eric Young in 2016. (Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption] Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s...

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="2000"] Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE[/caption] If history has taught us anything, it's that we like the underdog. The world of wrestling is certainly no exception. With the abrupt retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment's...

SPENNY: An open letter to Vince McMahon

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. ...

Paint, Schamberger, paint

Paint, Schamberger, paint   [caption id="attachment_3528" align="aligncenter" width="752"] The final in a series of Undertaker paintings by Rob Schamberger.[/caption] 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...

Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore [caption id="attachment_3495" align="alignleft" width="720"] Bobby Roode during House of Hardcore action at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto. (Sam Hudson photo)[/caption] 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...

6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

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 WWE's access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to...

Stratus continues to rewrite history

Stratus continues to rewrite history [caption id="attachment_3727" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Photo by Matt Roberts.[/caption] Trailblazer: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular – Merriam-Webster dictionary She’s arguably the most popular women’s wrestler in the history of professional...

Calling the Spots: Wrestlemania 2016

Calling the Spots: Wrestlemania 2016   [caption id="attachment_3718" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photos courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Once more, Wrestlemania is upon us! The showcase of the immortals! The granddaddy of them all! The super bowl of wrestling! And it looks kind of, well, ok. The truth is, due to the overwhelming number of high-profile...

Improving professional wrestling

Improving professional wrestling Amazingly, nobody in a position of executive authority at World Wrestling Entertainment has contacted me about my thoughts on improving its product.  I understand the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what about improving it?  Things can always be improved … even professional wrestling. As...

Owens prepares for his WrestleMania moment

Owens prepares for his WrestleMania moment In less than a month, a lifetime of dreams become a reality for another Canadian-born professional wrestler. Quebec native Kevin Owens will walk into Dallas, Texas, for World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 32. Born Kevin Steen in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Suzanne and Terry Steen, Owens fell in love...

Chinlock’s 2016 Predictions

Chinlock's 2016 Predictions Justin's 2016 Predictions: 1) NXT will split into two distinct brands; one using established independent wrestlers (such as Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Hideo Itami, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor) along with "graduated" developmental talent (such as Baron Corbin, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, etc), and the second for the beginners...

Calling the Spots: Fastlane 2016

Calling the Spots: Fastlane 2016 [caption id="attachment_3679" align="aligncenter" width="609"] All Photos Courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Whatever illusions WWE creative had about making Fastlane an A-level PPV event, the end result is clearly left wanting. In the past, I’ve remarked how it must be hard for the May PPV (usually Extreme Rules) since...

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen In a world of scripted finishes and even a little kayfabe, Daniel Bryan was as real and genuine as they come. Breaking news of his retirement today is not only a blow to the business and its fans, who have been robbed of countless years of his brilliant in-ring work, but it puts an end to a realness that is rare...

Rumble experience akin to royalty

Rumble experience akin to royalty [caption id="attachment_3657" align="alignleft" width="2048"] Jan Murphy makes his WWE 'debut' through a makeshift entrance ramp at World Wrestling Entertainment's Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment)[/caption] Are you ready to rumble? Famous words, to say the least. And...

2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

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Triple H back on top

[caption id="attachment_3631" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] 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...

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

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Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre

Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre [caption id="attachment_3646" align="aligncenter" width="3264"] Matt Bloom, head coach at the WWE's Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., left, Canadian-born Sarah Stock, a trainer at the centre, and WWE NXT Women's champion Bayley talk to international media at the centre in Orlando. (Jan Murphy)[/caption] ORLANDO -...

Calling the Spots: Royal Rumble 2016

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Academy of Wrestling Managers

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NXT goes global with Takeover in England

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WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES

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