Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake with his trademark shears. (Mike Mastrandreas/SLAM! Wrestling)

Beefcake still cuttin’ and struttin’

Little did Ed Leslie know when he was a young boy watching wrestling with his older sister at Tampa’s National Guard Armory that he would some day carve out his own legacy Continue Reading »

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Triple H talks Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens during NXT conference call

To listen to Paul (Triple H) Levesque talk about World Wrestling Entertainment’s white-hot NXT brand is akin to listening to a proud father talk about his son’s first game-winning grand slam in Continue Reading »

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WWE Payback 2015 HITS and MISSES

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dreamer, Fight Network strike TV deal

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

House of Hardcore is coming to Canada. The U.S.-based wrestling company, founded in 2012 by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer, will make its Canadian debut on July 18 in Toronto. Dreamer has Continue Reading »

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A trip down MemoryMania

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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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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

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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

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Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

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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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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 12th column

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It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

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Ring of Honor’s Daniels busier than ever

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

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with Renee Paquette

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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 »

Beefcake still cuttin’ and struttin’

Beefcake still cuttin' and struttin'[caption id="attachment_3169" align="aligncenter" width="681"] Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake with his trademark shears. (Mike Mastrandreas/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption]Little did Ed Leslie know when he was a young boy watching wrestling with his older sister at Tampa’s National Guard Armory that he would some day carve...

Triple H talks Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens during NXT conference call

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WWE Payback 2015 HITS and MISSES

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dreamer, Fight Network strike TV deal

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

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A trip down MemoryMania

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Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

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WrestleMania 31 all set up

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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: RUSEV[caption id="attachment_2875" align="aligncenter"...

Lesnar ‘happy’ to re-sign with WWE

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Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

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Rob Schamberger: Wrestling’s new king of the canvas

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Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

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6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 12th column

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Tatevik the Gamer is Tough Enough

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Calling the Spots: Elimination Chamber 2015

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Calling the Spots: Payback 2015

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New Day hoping for ‘Big’ things

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Arab-Canadian up and comer excited for what is NXT

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Calling the Shots: Extreme Rules 2015

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Media gets its turn with WWE superstars

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