The 2014 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame welcomes Razor Ramon. Photo Credit: WWE.com

In defence of professional wrestling

Is there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if 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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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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DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used 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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Jeff Hardy

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON NOV. 3, 2000 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. Without a doubt, fans have put the World Wrestling Federation where it is today  — on top of the 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: 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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One-on-one with Edge

Edge’s career can be defined by any number of things. You need look no further than the Canadian-born legend’s pro wrestling resume: * An 11-time World Wrestling Entertainment World Champion; * One of Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with CM Punk

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Nov. 12, 2012, all rights reserved. HEADLINE: Best in the world? Hard to argue   In wrestling circles, he’s as marketable as they come right Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Interview with Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart

Chinlock.com Editor’s Note:  Here is another incredible piece, originally written by Jan Murphy, and published in the Kingston Whig Standard   on 05/22/2010.  Chinlock.com is proud to present an interview with WWE Continue Reading »

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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 [ Permalink ] Trish Stratus built a career out of defying the odds and breaking new ground. So it Continue Reading »

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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 Continue Reading »

In defence of professional wrestling

In defence of professional wrestlingIs there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if there’s rent control.  Let’s face reality, wrestling fans: as popular as wrestling is, it has never been truly respected as...

The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

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 means, in Canada and worldwide, since it launched in February 2014, today is the first day it has become available...

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...

DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n7WCOmAZmg[/youtube] I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used to sneak down to the basement in our family's modest home where we had a VCR, and an old RCA box television.  There,...

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...

TNA Hardcore Justice 2014 recap

TNA Hardcore Justice 2014 recap   Stairway to Janice Abyss    -vs-   Bram This night's show surpasses all introductions and gets right to the action as these two giants of the TNA ring start to tear the other apart one more time. Abyss brings the first notches of true torture as he suplexes Bram into the steel ladder that is destined to play...

WWE SummerSlam 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE SummerSlam 2014 HITS and MISSESSummerSlam HITS:Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena - WOW!  What a match.  In the PG era of WWE, you will not find anything nearly this violent, or this intense.  The tone was set within the first 30 seconds of this match, as Brock Lesnar hit John Cena with an F5.  What followed was some of the best work we've seen from...

Calling the Shots: Summerslam 2014 Aftermath

Calling the Shots: Summerslam 2014 AftermathI guess practice does make perfect! Calling the Shots comes away with a near-perfect 6-2 ratio for SummerSlam! At this rate I’ll be 100% accurate by Hell in a Cell.My first miss was Ziggler vs. The Miz, and honestly I couldn’t be happier that Ziggler got the go-ahead. Considering Lesnar’s limited appearance...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Jeff Hardy

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan's interview with Jeff HardyORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON NOV. 3, 2000 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved.Without a doubt, fans have put the World Wrestling Federation where it is today  — on top of the world. Just ask Jeff Hardy. Jeff, one half of the high-flying tag-team champions, The Hardy Boyz, spoke one-on-one with The Whig-Standard...

Calling the Shots: SummerSlam 2014

Calling the Shots: SummerSlam 2014 Calling the Shots is back to cover the 2014 edition of WWE’s second-biggest show: SummerSlam. Taking place in sold-out arena in L.A., the WWE is undoubtedly looking to make a big impact this month, especially considering that it’s re-subscription time for the oft-shilled WWE Network. Hopefully the show delivers...

Opportunity of a lifetime

Opportunity of a lifetimeA former Kingstonian recently fulfilled her longtime dream when she was invited to try-out for and participate in a World Wrestling Entertainment event; World Wrestling Entertainment being the largest professional wrestling company in the world. Julia Nulis, who wrestles as the Queen of Mean Persephone Vice, was one of...

WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSESWWE Battleground HITS:The Usos vs. The Wyatts: Although I feel this match suffer slightly from the 2-out-of-3 falls format, down the stretch you won't find any better tag team wrestling anywhere on this planet.  Both teams once again brought their A-game, delivering incredible action, and believable near falls. ...

Calling the Shots: Battleground 2014 Aftermath

Calling the Shots: Battleground 2014 AftermathSo the final tally on the inaugural Calling the Shots was a respectable 3 hits and 4 misses (although I’ll still fight to make it a 3-3-1 by the end of this article). Not too shabby for a first run if I do say so myself. So the correct calls were: Cena retains the title, The Miz takes home the Intercontinental...

Rasslin’ Jews

Rasslin’ Jews(To my Gentile readers: Both Hebrew, Yiddish and Jewish references are used in this article. As such, I have supplied endnotes to help the reader know what the heck this mishuga mensch1 is babbling about. I would hope everyone knows what a bar mitzvah and oy vey means. Good luck.)I’m not a good Jew. I say I’m not...

Calling the Shots: Battleground 2014

Calling the Shots: Battleground 2014Greetings Chinlock readers! You have just stumbled upon my new column, Calling the Shots, in which I put on my smarty pants and try to predict how the WWE's monthly pay-per-view will play out.A little background: I'd be lying if I claimed to be a lifelong wrestling fan. I took a 10 year hiatus beginning around the time...

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...

The wonderful world of wrestling tights

The wonderful world of wrestling tightsI thought I’d pontificate on wrestling tights … and no, it’s not a sexual thing!  Initially I was going to write about the corporatization of society and how so many of us have become consuming idiots, but I have my priorities.Where do I begin? First, I must differentiate tights from full costumes,...

Adam Rose has the smell of success

Adam Rose has the smell of successLet me state out the outset, that though I’ve been a lifelong wrestling fan, I don’t rise to the level of a true wrestling nerd. You know, the kind of person who shells out $150 for a replica belt, and talks about the angles like they should be talking about their families, and careers, if either exist. I believe in...

WWE’s Rollins on a roll

WWE's Rollins on a rollHulk Hogan. A more recognizable name in professional wrestling you will not find. Nor will you find a more influential figure in the history of the business. The man known as the Hulkster almost single-handedly made wrestling mainstream, capturing the imaginations of countless future performers in the process. Count World...

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSESWWE Money in the Bank HITS:Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on the edge of their seat throughout.  The tension between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was palatable,...

Ambrose not just Good … he’s great

Ambrose not just Good ... he's greatJonathan Good may be living a charmed life in professional wrestling nowadays, but life wasn’t always easy for the man better known as Dean Ambrose.Good, who grew up in the area known as the East End in Cincinnati, is evasive when asked if he had a rough upbringing.“Who doesn’t have their own story?” he...