hoh9

House of Hardcore 9 Results and Review

Wow.  That’s all I can say, just wow. House of Hardcore 9 was as close to a perfect wrestling show as anybody could ever dream of.  From bell to bell, the action Continue Reading »

Photo Credit: WWE.com

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – Although it feels like we’ve seen these two in the ring a lot together over the past several months, they always manage Continue Reading »

Animal-2

Legendary Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal prepares for Great North Wrestling in Brockville, Ontario

During the lead-up to WWE Raw’s 1000th episode back in 2012, Heath Slater was taking on a series of legendary former WWE stars in (with the exception of Doink) a series of Continue Reading »

roddy-piper-642x330

It’s fun to love the bad guy, and Roddy Piper was as “bad” as they came

Make no mistake about it.  This will not be the first, or the last, memorial written in remembrance of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.  Others will commemorate him more elegantly, and others will have Continue Reading »

Spenny and Rhino

Spenny vs. Rhino: my appearance at House of Hardcore 9

I’ve been to many wrestling shows.  I’ve spent a disproportionate portion of my life watching wrestling on television. I’ve spent endless hours mining Youtube for old school wrestling videos.  I even simulated Continue Reading »

John Hennigan at House of Hardcore 9 in Toronto in July 2015. (Mike Mastrandrea)

Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling … Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it

To call John Hennigan a competitor would be a massive understatement. He is, after all, one of the most athletic and physically flawless performers in professional wrestling. He’s a multiple time champion Continue Reading »

WWE NXT champion and Quebec native Kevin Owens. (Courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.)

Kevin Owens continues to fight

Not long after making his first appearance on Monday Night Raw and just days before he has his first pay-per-view match in World Wrestling Entertainment, Kevin Owens is in the mood to Continue Reading »

The crowd begins to file into San Jose University in March for the inaugural NXT live show during WrestleMania week. (Mike Mastrandreas/SLAM! Wrestling)

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 »

RAW_03022015jg_1085

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 »

WWE-Network-Logo

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 »

Daniels-4

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 »

wwe-network

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 »

Ultimate-warrior-Hulk-hogan

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 »

158

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 »

renee-young

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 »

Stephanie McMahon - Photo Credit: WWE.com

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 »

House of Hardcore 9 Results and Review

House of Hardcore 9 Results and Review Wow.  That's all I can say, just wow. House of Hardcore 9 was as close to a perfect wrestling show as anybody could ever dream of.  From bell to bell, the action was intense, hard-hitting, athletic, and absolutely as good as it gets.  As House Of Hardcore continues to grow, each event is better than the last.  And,...

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS and MISSES WWE SummerSlam 2015 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3361" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] John Cena vs. Seth Rollins - Although it feels like we've seen these two in the ring a lot together over the past several months, they always manage to come up with a fresh feeling match, full of...

Legendary Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal prepares for Great North Wrestling in Brockville, Ontario

Legendary Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal prepares for Great North Wrestling in Brockville, Ontario During the lead-up to WWE Raw’s 1000th episode back in 2012, Heath Slater was taking on a series of legendary former WWE stars in (with the exception of Doink) a series of squash matches. After the likes of Vader, Rikishi, Bob Backlund and DDP pounded some respect into the upstart, the final surprise star came out...

It’s fun to love the bad guy, and Roddy Piper was as “bad” as they came

It's fun to love the bad guy, and Roddy Piper was as "bad" as they came Make no mistake about it.  This will not be the first, or the last, memorial written in remembrance of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.  Others will commemorate him more elegantly, and others will have had a more personal interaction with him, but one thing is for sure; Roddy Piper was a hero of mine, and his passing has created...

Spenny vs. Rhino: my appearance at House of Hardcore 9

Spenny vs. Rhino: my appearance at House of Hardcore 9 [caption id="attachment_3299" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Spenny with wrestling legend Rhino. (Photo by Mike Mastrandrea)[/caption] I’ve been to many wrestling shows.  I’ve spent a disproportionate portion of my life watching wrestling on television. I’ve spent endless hours mining Youtube for old school...

Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling … Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it

Parkour, Yahtzee, pole vaulting, FarmVille, wrestling ... Hennigan tells Rollins to bring it [caption id="attachment_3276" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] John Hennigan at House of Hardcore 9 in Toronto in July 2015. (Mike Mastrandrea)[/caption] To call John Hennigan a competitor would be a massive understatement. He is, after all, one of the most athletic and physically flawless performers in professional...

Kevin Owens continues to fight

Kevin Owens continues to fight [caption id="attachment_3197" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] WWE NXT champion and Quebec native Kevin Owens. (Courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.)[/caption] Not long after making his first appearance on Monday Night Raw and just days before he has his first pay-per-view match in World Wrestling Entertainment,...

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

Triple H talks Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens during NXT conference call [caption id="attachment_3165" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The crowd begins to file into San Jose University in March for the inaugural NXT live show during WrestleMania week. (Mike Mastrandreas/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption] To listen to Paul (Triple H) Levesque talk about World Wrestling Entertainment’s white-hot...

Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

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 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,...

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...

Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks

Cybulski, Murphy square off with SummerSlam picks   NOTE: Today we introduce the first of what we hope are many preview pieces featuring one of Canada's best sports broadcasters, James Cybulski, and our own Jan Murphy. The duo will break down the SummerSlam matches and offer their picks. Enjoy. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus James: I feel like WWE missed the...

Calling the Spots: Summerslam 2015

Calling the Spots: Summerslam 2015   Welcome back to Calling the Spots. Hard to believe it’s been five weeks since the last post. Going back to the standard one-PPV-per-month format is definitely going to take some getting used to. That being said, August is looking to be a great month what with back to back shows on back to back nights. Summerslam...

WWE Battleground 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2015 HITS and MISSES WWE Battleground 2015 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3283" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] The Undertaker's Return: In 2015, 30 years since I became a wrestling fan, there isn't a lot that gets me to literally jump off the couch anymore.  Granted, the return was spoiled multiple times...

Calling the Spots: Battleground 2015

Calling the Spots: Battleground 2015 [caption id="attachment_3263" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Image courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] So Battlegrounds looks, well, just ok. Nothing really to write home about. Cena and Owens will likely be the best of the bunch, with Lesnar and Rollins being the most surprising. With Summerslam just around the corner,...

House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with John Hennigan

John Hennigan’s career is hotter than ever. The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar not only still wrestles a nearly full-time schedule, but he also finds time for his growing acting career and to maintain one of the best physiques in the business. Fittingly, over the phone during a workout, Hennigan,...

House of Hardcore Exclusive: Interview with The Addiction – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Photo Credit: Slam Wrestling[/caption] Inside the ring, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian are partners. As The Addiction, they are as good a tag team as you’ll find in professional wrestling. The duo is the current Ring of Honor tag-team champions and are...

“The Old Boys” Documentary review

"The Old Boys" Documentary review Throughout my independent wrestling career, I've had the privilege and honour of sharing the ring and locker room with a number of wrestling legends.  There aren't a lot of people out there that can say they've shared the same working space as 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted Dibiase, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, The Honky Tonk...

Shoot interviews forever

Shoot interviews forever The shoot interview has become a wrestling phenomenon. It would be easy to dismiss these interviews as whiny bitch sessions, where wrestlers, out of character, take cheap shots and tattle on each other.  All of this is of course true, but we are talking about wrestling, not golf. Let’s leave the gentlemanly...

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS and MISSES WWE Money in the Bank 2015 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3224" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Wow.  That is the very best way to describe this match.  Just wow.  Sometimes, in the most unlikely places, you find wrestling magic.  Kevin Owens vs. John...

Calling the Spots: Money in the Bank 2015

Calling the Spots: Money in the Bank 2015 [caption id="attachment_3204" align="aligncenter" width="630"] All Photos Courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Whew! What a month May was! While there was some great stuff out there, it’s hard to not feel a little fatigued with the PPV overload that we received over the course of last month. Factor in an (unfortunately) botch-filled...

Tatevik the Gamer is Tough Enough

Tatevik the Gamer is Tough Enough [caption id="attachment_2540" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Tatevik The Gamer (Photo by Leslie Gamero)[/caption] Tatevik Hunanyan not only believes she’s tough enough, she knows she’s tough enough. And the well-spoken, passionate, Armenian-born wrestler is justified in her belief, as so too do wrestling fans. Hunanyan,...

Calling the Spots: Elimination Chamber 2015

Calling the Spots: Elimination Chamber 2015 [caption id="attachment_3178" align="aligncenter" width="603"] Photo Courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Oh man, am I ever excited that the Elimination Chamber is back. If you’ve already read my Fastlane predictions from earlier this year, you’ll remember that the Chamber is one of my favourite events. In an industry that’s...

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...