Monthly Archives: December 2013

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES 12/30/2013

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES 12/30/2013 WWE RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1258" align="aligncenter" width="642"] CM Punk locks Seth Rollins in a head lock. Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption]   Overall show:  With half of the RAW crew missing in action (who thought it was a good idea to schedule a live event in Toronto on the same day as a Monday...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 7th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 7th column Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 7, 2012. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: In this business, you take the road more travelled  As a professional wrestler, you spend most of your days travelling to different cities to entertain the fans. When I was with World Wrestling Entertainment, a typical...

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Thea Trinidad tells her powerful story

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Thea Trinidad tells her powerful story Before she even reached her 11th birthday, Thea Trinidad had experienced more heartache and strife than many people do in their entire lives. On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorists orchestrated a series of attacks in the United States, killing 2,977 innocent people, altering countless lives in the process, including...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 6th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 6th column Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 17, 2011. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: Tommy Dreamer: born in ECW Arena in south Philadelphia Major news hit the wrestling world recently with the announcement that the former ECW Arena in south Philadelphia is closing. Apparently new ownership is...

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Dolph Ziggler

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Dolph Ziggler Editor's note: As we round out the year, we look back at some of the best interviews of 2013. In August, Jan interviewed WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, who was fresh off a run as World champion following his cash-in of the Money In The Bank briefcase he won earlier in the year. Dolph is one of the most honest, tell-it-like-it-is...

Cody Rhodes carving out own legacy

Cody Rhodes carving out own legacy Born into what can only be described as pro wrestling royalty, one would assume Cody Rhodes — son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes and half-brother of Dustin (Goldust) Runnels — knew a lot about the business at a very young age. Yes and no, the eloquent World Wrestling Entertainment superstar said over the phone recently. “I...

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Daniel Bryan

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: Jan interviews Daniel Bryan Originally published on Jan. 24, 2013 in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. WWE Inc. superstar Daniel Bryan remembers the exact moment that pro wrestling came into his life. It wasn’t catching a glimpse of it on TV as a boy. Nor was it attending a live event. “I had this friend named Abraham...

Chinlock Radio ep 4: Matt Striker

Chinlock Radio ep 4: Matt Striker Sideshow and Jan chat with former WWE superstar/commentator Matt Striker about his passion for professional wrestling, his time with WWE, his departure from the company, and even a little hockey. http://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Chinlock-Radio-ep-4-Matt-Striker-Dec-20.mp3

2013 Year in review: One on one with Brodus Clay

2013 Year in review: One on one with Brodus Clay Originally published on Feb. 23, 2013 in The Kingston Whig-Standard Long before he was cutting the proverbial rug inside a WWE ring as the lovable Brodus Clay — and even before he was the bodyguard for legendary rapper Snoop Dogg — George Murdoch was emulating his favourite superstars as a boy. Yeah, he was...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 5th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 5th column Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 10, 2011. All rights reserved.    People often ask me what the hardest part about being a professional wrestler is or who my toughest opponent is or was? The answer is simple: the travel is both the hardest and toughest part of the wrestling business. This...

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013 HITS and MISSES

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013 HITS and MISSES [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Randy Orton crowned the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] TLC HITS: Randy Orton vs. John Cena: Absolutely the most satisfying WWE main event since SummerSlam, and an excellent way to cap off WWE's 2013 PPV season.  Both...

My Wife’s Picks: TLC

My Wife's Picks: TLC Each month I like to ask my wife for her picks for the upcoming PPV. She doesn't watch WWE with me but she usually has pretty surprising accuracy.   To hear Jan Murphy and I give our picks and discuss the 2013 Slammy Awards, check out episode 3 of Chinlock Radio HERE   This month I changed things...

2013 Year in Review: Jan’s interview with Christopher Daniels

2013 Year in Review: Jan's interview with Christopher Daniels Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 6, 2013. All rights reserved. Daniel Covell, better known to wrestling fans worldwide as Total Nonstop Action’s superstar Christopher Daniels, practically grew up in the heart of wrestling country. As a boy in the 1970s, he called North Carolina — specifically...

Chinlock Radio Ep 3: Slammys & TLC

Chinlock Radio Ep 3: Slammys & TLC Sideshow and Jan discuss the Slammy Awards and give their pick for TLC 2013. http://www.chinlock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Chinlock-Radio-ep-3-Dec-12-.mp3

Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES

Monday Night Raw, 12/9/2013 HITS and MISSES HITS • To call the final segment of Raw this week a hit wouldn't be fair. It was more like a home run. A game-winning one. Maybe even a walkoff game-winning homer. It was as close to a perfect segment as we've seen in a long, long time. Not only did it make me actually laugh and react, it made me extremely interested...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 4th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer's 4th column Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 3, 2011. All rights reserved.  HEADLINE: What WWE does behind the scenes cannot be overlooked I was inspired to write this week's column after watching WWE Monday Night Raw, during which John Cena was a guest in Rowdy Roddy Piper's Piper's Pit. Cena sported...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s interview with CM Punk

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 now. He’s the WWE champion, and has been for a year now. He has penned the foreword for Marvel’s...

SPENCER SPENNY RICE’S CHINLOCK DEBUT: Why I love professional wrestling

SPENCER SPENNY RICE'S CHINLOCK DEBUT: Why I love professional wrestling When I was a little kid my cousin Jonathan used to take me to see professional wresting at Maple Leaf Gardens and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. At the time I was young enough to believe that everything was completely real. Certain wrestlers scared the living shit out of me. Two of them, The Sheik (Ed Farhat, not the...

Raw HITS AND MISSES, Dec. 2, 2013

HITS Randy Orton and John Cena: Partially on the strength of some clever footage of the long history between the two, partially on the strength of a great promo by Triple H, partially on the strength of the decision to unify the WWE and World championships and partially on the strength of a great final segment, I'm suddenly...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tommy Dreamer’s 3rd column

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tommy Dreamer's 3rd column Originally published on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. Headline: Bob Backlund: From hero to heel to hero again If you didn't read last week's column, to summarize, I was snubbed by my hero Bob Backlund for an autograph, leaving me heartbroken. I got into my dad's car...