Jan Murphy is a lifelong wrestling fan and longtime wrestling reporter/columnist who has called The Kingston Whig-Standard home for the last 15 years.
As a boy, Jan was drawn to pro wrestling from the time he laid eyes on it. Whether it was “play” wrestling in his parents’ basement with his friends, or his late brother Kale, or wrestling in the school yard at Newburgh Public School (north of Kingston, Ontario Canada), it was easy to see Jan was a fan.
As he aged and matured, so too did wrestling, so by the time he was in high school, and later college, the WWE’s so-called Attitude Era was in full flight, making Jan a super fan by this point. While studying photojournalism as Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, Jan set out to become a pro wrestling photographer, applying for an internship with WWE Magazine in Stamford, Conn. He was actually accepted to the position, but upon discovering it was unpaid, and without a place to stay, he took a pass, instead putting his focus on shooting and covering WWE events for his portfolio.
Jan would eventually score an internship at the Whig, and would be hired on full time shortly thereafter. Jan debuted No Holds Barred in February of 2000. The wrestling column evolved from biweekly to weekly as its popularity grew. The column also spurred the return of live wrestling action to Kingston, as WWE began holding house shows in Kingston for the first time in a decade.
For five years, No Holds Barred was a regular feature in the Whig, evolving from a point-of-view and opinion feature to interviews with wrestling stars and personalities. Jan went to shows all around Ontario to cover events, even covering WrestleMania X8 in Toronto.
Even after the column’s run came to an end, Jan remained a fan, even still conducting interviews from time to time for the Whig.
Then, in 2010, Jan again turned his focus to resurrecting pro wrestling coverage in the Whig, conducting more and more interviews for his columns.
By late 2011, Jan had enlisted legendary wrestler Tommy Dreamer to write a weekly column that ran for more than a year in the Whig.
Meanwhile, Jan continued to interview wrestlers, ranging from CM Punk during his WWE Championship run to Dolph Ziggler, legendary trainer Ron Hutchison, Jake The Snake Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page, Dreamer, Rhino and others.
To this day, Jan continues to maintain a voice for the wrestling community in the pages of the Whig-Standard and, now, on Chinlock.com
Sideshow is a radio announcer by day and wrestling enthusiast by night. (His mom is so proud)
Like any child in the early 90’s, Sideshow had a dream of one day becoming Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior… Or Batman… Batman would be cool too. (His mom was so proud)
In the late 90’s the World Wrestling Federation introduced the Attitude Era, and posters of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, and The Rock began covering Sideshow’s walls. (His mom was so proud)
Now you can find him in the Afternoon on K-Rock 105.7 in Kingston Ontario, and watching old Raw tapes in his free time.
Unlike Sideshow, Justin Cousineau didn’t have any dreams of becoming Batman. Ultimate Warrior, yes. Hulk Hogan, yes. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, yes. Batman? No. That’s just crazy.
Born to a father who loved professional wrestling, it has consumed Justin’s life essentially from birth. There was no escaping (he’s tried). Now, in his early thirties, Justin has been wrestling on the independent wrestling circuit since 2001. His day job consists of management duties (haha…I said dooty) at Moores Clothing for Men, one of the largest retail mens clothing stores in Canada.
As a child, his favourite wrestlers were Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, and Demolition. As he grew older (although, most argue not necessarily wiser) he grew to enjoy watching Mr. Perfect, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. And now, in his adult years (and he’ll be the first to tell you, it’s just an extended childhood), his favourite wrestlers include CM Punk, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles, and Christopher Daniels.
Justin is also known to enjoy a peanut butter and jam sandwich, Kraft Dinner just a little bit milky, a cold beer, and the company of his wife (who puts up with his endless crap) and his son (who helps him cause crap).