Category Archives: Columns

You can ‘Bet’ on laughter with raunchy film starring wrestlers

You can 'Bet' on laughter with raunchy film starring wrestlers [caption id="attachment_3809" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Diamond Dallas Page stars in The Bet.[/caption] By Aaron Jankowski/Chinlock staff When you have been going non-stop for a few weeks, and the only thing you have watched in that time is the Olympics, a nice quick and silly comedy is exactly what the doctor...

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS and MISSES

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS and MISSES NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3802" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] #DIY vs. The Revival - Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have arrived on the big stage in a big way.  This was the match of the night, and it's not even close (and, as you will notice a developing...

Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic

Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic By Paul Soucy For years, World Wrestling Entertainment has been the land of the giants. From Hulk Hogan all the way to John Cena, and many in between, those at the forefront of the company’s Squared Circle have traditionally been larger than life. But over time, WWE has been lured away from that criteria, seduced...

WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES Well, it's a new era in WWE.  Let's see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3786" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory...

Zayn looks to take career ‘full circle’ at Money in the Bank

Zayn looks to take career 'full circle' at Money in the Bank [caption id="attachment_3776" align="alignleft" width="3552"] Montreal native Sami Zayn. (Courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment)[/caption]   Money In the Bank: a match in which competitors vie to climb a ladder and unclasp a metal briefcase that hangs suspended above the middle of a World Wrestling Entertainment...

Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!

Here comes the Ax! And here comes the Smasher!   “Here comes the Ax, here comes the Smasher … The Demolition, a walking disaster.”   It’s among the most iconic wrestling entrance music in history, befitting two of the most memorable wrestlers of their generation and beyond. Together, Ax and Smash dominated the tag team wrestling scene in the...

Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! James’ legacy grows

Hey Mickie, you're so fine! James' legacy grows   [caption id="attachment_3754" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Mickie James. Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling[/caption] Fearless and fabulous. Those words perfectly describe Mickie Laree James-Aldis, better known in the professional wrestling world as Mickie James. Fearlessness has been one of her...

Call him Eric the Great

Call him Eric the Great [caption id="attachment_3740" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Eric Young in 2016. (Photo by George Tahinos/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption] Today, he’s one of the most well-rounded and respected pro wrestlers in the business. And he came by it honestly, starting in a smoke-filled bar in small-town Ontario as a boy. That’s...

Stratus continues to rewrite history

Stratus continues to rewrite history [caption id="attachment_3727" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Photo by Matt Roberts.[/caption] Trailblazer: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular – Merriam-Webster dictionary She’s arguably the most popular women’s wrestler in the history of professional...

Calling the Spots: Wrestlemania 2016

Calling the Spots: Wrestlemania 2016   [caption id="attachment_3718" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photos courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Once more, Wrestlemania is upon us! The showcase of the immortals! The granddaddy of them all! The super bowl of wrestling! And it looks kind of, well, ok. The truth is, due to the overwhelming number of high-profile...

Owens prepares for his WrestleMania moment

Owens prepares for his WrestleMania moment In less than a month, a lifetime of dreams become a reality for another Canadian-born professional wrestler. Quebec native Kevin Owens will walk into Dallas, Texas, for World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 32. Born Kevin Steen in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to Suzanne and Terry Steen, Owens fell in love...

Chinlock’s 2016 Predictions

Chinlock's 2016 Predictions Justin's 2016 Predictions: 1) NXT will split into two distinct brands; one using established independent wrestlers (such as Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Hideo Itami, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor) along with "graduated" developmental talent (such as Baron Corbin, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, etc), and the second for the beginners...

Calling the Spots: Fastlane 2016

Calling the Spots: Fastlane 2016 [caption id="attachment_3679" align="aligncenter" width="609"] All Photos Courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] Whatever illusions WWE creative had about making Fastlane an A-level PPV event, the end result is clearly left wanting. In the past, I’ve remarked how it must be hard for the May PPV (usually Extreme Rules) since...

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="2000"] Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE[/caption] If history has taught us anything, it's that we like the underdog. The world of wrestling is certainly no exception. With the abrupt retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment's...

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen In a world of scripted finishes and even a little kayfabe, Daniel Bryan was as real and genuine as they come. Breaking news of his retirement today is not only a blow to the business and its fans, who have been robbed of countless years of his brilliant in-ring work, but it puts an end to a realness that is rare...

Rumble experience akin to royalty

Rumble experience akin to royalty [caption id="attachment_3657" align="alignleft" width="2048"] Jan Murphy makes his WWE 'debut' through a makeshift entrance ramp at World Wrestling Entertainment's Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment)[/caption] Are you ready to rumble? Famous words, to say the least. And...

2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES

2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS and MISSES 2016 WWE Royal Rumble HITS: [caption id="attachment_3628" align="aligncenter" width="642"] The Royal Rumble Match. Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] The Royal Rumble Match -  One of the most entertaining Royal Rumble matches in recent memory.  The entire match was used to tell a number of different stories, over-and-above...

Triple H back on top

[caption id="attachment_3631" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] ORLANDO, Fla. – Triple H reigns supreme once again. The legendary wrestler-turned-executive did the unthinkable last night in Orlando, winning the Royal Rumble and with it his 14th WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The...

Back-in-Action Sami Zayn not quite at 100%

Back-in-Action Sami Zayn not quite at 100% ORLANDO - Montreal native Sami Zayn is once again back inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, some seven-plus months after what should have been a dream debut quickly became a nightmare. Last May, in his hometown, surrounded by friends and family, Zayn made his WWE Monday Night Raw debut. Rami Sebei, a 31-year-old...

Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre

Bloom, Bailey talk NXT Performance Centre [caption id="attachment_3646" align="aligncenter" width="3264"] Matt Bloom, head coach at the WWE's Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., left, Canadian-born Sarah Stock, a trainer at the centre, and WWE NXT Women's champion Bayley talk to international media at the centre in Orlando. (Jan Murphy)[/caption] ORLANDO -...