Monthly Archives: March 2015

A trip down MemoryMania

A trip down MemoryMania [caption id="attachment_2992" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Seth Rollins holds up his newly won WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt at WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Mastrandrea/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption]   Words such as awesome, unbelievable, unreal and amazing have become overused and almost...

Rollins reigns at the end of a very memorable Mania

Rollins reigns at the end of a very memorable Mania [caption id="attachment_2992" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Seth Rollins left WrestleMania as the WWE World champion. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption]   SANTA CLARA, Calif. — World Wrestling Entertainment perfectly blended old with new before a crowd of nearly 77,000 people in Sunny California...

Toronto’s Arda Ocal takes long road to WrestleMania

Toronto's Arda Ocal takes long road to WrestleMania [caption id="attachment_2984" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It's Arda, er, Kyle Edwards at WrestleMania. Photo by Jan Murphy[/caption] SANTA CLARA, Calif. — To World Wrestling Entertainment fans, he’s Kyle Edwards. To Canadians, he’s Arda Ocal, the Toronto native who’s finally living out his lifelong dream of...

Q&A: Bad News Barrett makes a guarantee

Q&A: Bad News Barrett makes a guarantee [caption id="attachment_2982" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bad News Barrett was all business on Friday. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] Bad News Barrett heads into WrestleMania 31 as the Intercontinental champion, and puts his title on the line in a seven-man ladder match. Many think it'll be...

Q&A: Mizdow’s recipe for success

Q&A: Mizdow's recipe for success [caption id="attachment_2979" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Damien Mizdow answers Jan Murphy's questions on Friday. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption]   Many see WrestleMania 31 as the long-awaited opportunity for Damien Mizdow to break away from The Miz and re-establish an identity of his...

Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

Emotions run high at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony [caption id="attachment_2973" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dana points to a statue of her late husband, the Ultimate Warrior, before the first Warrior Award is presented to the late Connor "The Crusher" Michalek. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] SAN JOSE, Calif. — Like a well booked wrestling...

A ‘reflective and articulate’ chat with Bray Wyatt

A 'reflective and articulate' chat with Bray Wyatt [caption id="attachment_2964" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bray Wyatt responds to a question from Jan Murphy. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption]   Just days before the most significant match in his young career, Bray Wyatt is reflective and articulate when speaking about facing WrestleMania's...

Media gets its turn with WWE superstars

Media gets its turn with WWE superstars [caption id="attachment_2957" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Eva Marie politely declines Jan Murphy's request to dance at WWE media day on Friday in San Jose. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption]   SAN JOSE/SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — There’s media relations and then there’s media relations. Many...

Sami Zayn part of next generation of Canadians in WWE

Sami Zayn part of next generation of Canadians in WWE [caption id="attachment_2954" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sami Zayn talks with his hands during his conversation with Jan Murphy Friday in San Jose, Calif. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] SAN JOSE, Calif. — WrestleMania week is old hat to Canadian-born Sami Zayn. Well, sort of. Zayn, a...

WrestleMania 31 all set up

WrestleMania 31 all set up [caption id="attachment_2948" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Will John Cena stop Rusev's reign? And what will Lana do? Photo by Bruno Silveira,[/caption] 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...

Calling the Shots: Wrestlemania 2015

Calling the Shots: Wrestlemania 2015 It’s still Wrestlemania 31 to me, dammit! So here we are at the granddaddy of them all. The big show. The event. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started watching wrestling again (Wrestlemania 30 was what brought me back into the fold), and it’s crazy to see how much has changed in a year, and...

The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards

The 1st-Annual Chinlock Awards Welcome 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

Lesnar 'happy' to re-sign with WWE [caption id="attachment_2912" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar after defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea, SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] Back at WrestleMania XX, it was widely believed, though not confirmed, that Brock Lesnar was planning on walking away from...

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,...

Rob Schamberger: Wrestling’s new king of the canvas

Rob Schamberger: Wrestling's new king of the canvas Like a fine piece of art, Rob Schamberger wasn’t able to appreciate the art of professional wrestling until he was mature. Schamberger, who now sets the gold standard when it comes to painting all things professional wrestling, didn’t even become a fan of pro wrestling until he in his late teenage years. “I...

Bill Demott & the Accusations in NXT

The tactics, events and consequential demise of Bill DeMott in NXT prompted my immediate response as follows. I may not be involved in the current modern day training systems, but between my brothers, my father and myself, I feel we have a solid history in terms of training wrestlers. I believe we have totaled 12 WWE Hall...

Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product

Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product Tommy Dreamer is hardcore in everything he does. Whether it's inside the ring or out, he's honest and passionate about all things wrestling. So it should come as no surprise that Dreamer is getting hardcore with those who are illegally streaming or downloading his House of Hardcore Internet pay-per-views, which began...

Roode returns to House of Hardcore

Roode returns to House of Hardcore [caption id="attachment_2816" align="aligncenter" width="683"] Bobby Roode. (Courtesy of TNA)[/caption] For generations, Canada has produced its fair share of legendary professional wrestlers. In the early days it was the likes of Whipper Billy Watson and Killer Kowalski. Later it would be greats like Rowdy Roddy...

Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience

Private screening of Iron Sheik documentary a humbling experience [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp4IYjTOh4I[/youtube] When you say the name "Iron Sheik" to a wrestling fan, regardless of generation, a number of vivid memories come to mind.  If you're a fan from the 1970s, you remember his bloody battles in the NWA and Mid-South territories.  In the 1980s, you remember his...