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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 Continue Reading »

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The wonderful world of wrestling tights

I 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 Continue Reading »

WWE superstar Seth Rollins. (courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment

WWE’s Rollins on a roll

Hulk 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 Continue Reading »

WWE superstar Dean Ambrose. Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment

Ambrose not just Good … he’s great

Jonathan 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 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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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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Heyman a master of his craft

When Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen. Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he Continue Reading »

Jake Roberts, before DDP Yoga, and six months into his program.

The resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts

                  Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 27, 2013 Life has never been easy for Jake Roberts. Sure, it has seen its Continue Reading »

Exclusive to CHINLOCK.COM: Jan Murphy Interviews ERIC BISCHOFF

Chinlock.com EXCLUSIVE: Interview with TNA Executive Producer ERIC BISCHOFF

If you ask Eric Bischoff about his long and oftentimes illustrious professional wrestling career, he’s quick to point out that he never pursued any of the success that he was central in Continue Reading »

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/24/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus: This is as good of a fatal-four-way match as you’re ever going to see on WWE TV.  This Continue Reading »

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny reflects on Kenny Vs. Spenny wrestling episode

It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy – The Kenny Vs Spenny Wrestling Episode It wasn’t easy convincing Kenny to do a wrestling competition on “Kenny Vs. Spenny.”  He’s more the UFC, Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hurricane left success in his wake

 Editor’s note: Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 10, 2013. All rights reserved. For the original, please go to http://www.thewhig.com/2013/01/10/the-hurricane-left-success-in-his-wake  Some people spend their entires lives in search of their dream job. Many Continue Reading »

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DVD Review: Timeline – History of WCW 2000 with VINCE RUSSO

Lets get this out of the way right now.  If you’re coming here to read another person bashing Vince Russo, and read about how he ruined WCW, or ruined the wrestling business, Continue Reading »

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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews the legendary Terry Funk

EDITOR’S NOTE: In my nearly 20-year career covering pro wrestling, I have had the privilege of interviewing dozens upon dozens of talented men and women in the business. As I interviewed Terry Continue Reading »

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DVD Review: For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley

On April 16th, 2013, World Wrestling Entertainment released For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley, a 3-disc DVD (2 disc Blu Ray) Documentary.  I had high hopes for Continue Reading »

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One-on-one with The Nature Boy Ric Flair

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on July 24, 2004. All rights reserved By Jan Murphy    He’s a 16-time world champion. He’s one of the most recognizable and respected figures to grace Continue Reading »

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Review: This is Hannibal DVD Documentary

Let me start by saying Devon ‘Hannibal’ Nicholson is the most intense person I have ever met in my entire life.  I’m not sure if he’ll be offended by me saying that 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 »

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate WarriorThe 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 resonate with the mainstream today.  Hulk Hogan, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior were, and continue to be, household...

Heyman a master of his craft

Heyman a master of his craftWhen Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen.Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he laid out his vision for upstart Extreme Championship Wrestling, Heyman has an ability to command your attention.Where...

The resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts

The resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts         Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 27, 2013Life has never been easy for Jake Roberts.Sure, it has seen its ups and downs … successes and failures. He did, after all, put together one of the most...

Chinlock.com EXCLUSIVE: Interview with TNA Executive Producer ERIC BISCHOFF

Chinlock.com EXCLUSIVE: Interview with TNA Executive Producer ERIC BISCHOFFIf you ask Eric Bischoff about his long and oftentimes illustrious professional wrestling career, he’s quick to point out that he never pursued any of the success that he was central in creating.When you consider his body of work, it’s even more impressive, leaving this reporter wondering exactly how much more successful...

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...

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...

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 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,...

Chinlock Radio ep 16: Tommy Dreamer

Chinlock Radio ep 16: Tommy DreamerThe innovator of violence, Tommy Dreamer joins Sideshow & Jan to talk about his life, career, ECW, and House Of Hardcore.http://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Chinlock-Radio-ep-16-Tommy-Dreamer.mp3 

Review: Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies

Review: Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies  Photo from moviebuzzers.com“I hate zombies. They’re assholes”Following in the footsteps of Troma classics like The Toxic Avenger, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies is an unabashedly low-budget flick that provides exactly what it promises: Pro Wrestlers fighting against a horde of zombies. It’s...

Thursday Night Pops & Flops

     After spending two extra long hours watching this week’s episode of TNA Impact, I have put it to myself to write the following critique of said showing. Instead of going through each segment that was blasted onto the screen and attempting to transcribe to all of you...

Call him Hacksaw Jim Zombie

Call him Hacksaw Jim ZombieThere are few names in professional wrestling as instantly recognizable as the man known as Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Whether it was his signature 2X4, riling the crowd up with a ‘HOOOO!’ or a ‘U.S.A.!’ chant, Jim Duggan found a way to stand out alongside a generation of legendary professional wrestlers.Conincidentally,...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014Monday Night RAW HITS:The Shield vs. The Wyatts - WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution...

Honky Tonk Man still cool, still cocky, still bad

Honky Tonk Man still cool, still cocky, still badTo say Roy Wayne Farris has left his mark on professional wrestling would be an understatement.In fact, an argument can be made that few have made a bigger mark in the short time it took Farris, better known as the Honky Tonk Man, to make his.Farris, arguably the greatest Intercontinental champion in World Wrestling...

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 HITS and MISSESExtreme Rules HITS:Evolution vs. The Shield: This was every bit of the brawl I was anticipating, and more.  For me, without question, the match of the night on a night with a number of good-to-great matches.  Each member of the Shield had their moment to shine, but for me, no one shone brighter than Seth Rollins. ...

WWE set to return to Kingston

WWE set to return to KingstonWorld Wrestling Entertainment will return to Kingston's Rogers K-Rock Centre for a live show on Sunday, July 6, the same day it also has a show at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum, Chinlock.com has learned.The following night, WWE is expected to host its flagship show — Monday Night Raw — at Montreal's Bell Centre.Details...