Category Archives: Columns

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 -...

Calling the Spots: Royal Rumble 2016

Calling the Spots: Royal Rumble 2016 [caption id="attachment_3619" align="aligncenter" width="730"] All photos courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] And once more we embark upon Wrestlemania season. The Rumble marks the beginning of what I like to think of as WWE’s playoff season. After a full year of carefully controlled storylines and character work, the stuff...

Academy of Wrestling Managers

Academy of Wrestling Managers Wrestling Managers. I miss them. And I know a lot of you do too. Wrestling managers were arguably the most entertaining part of pro wrestling. Heenan, Creatchman, Roth, Blassie, Bearer, Dangerously, Fuji, Slick, Cornette, Hart, Dillon, — a rogues gallery of glorious sleaze-bags that make greasy politicians look...

NXT goes global with Takeover in England

NXT goes global with Takeover in England [caption id="attachment_3566" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Paul (Triple H) Levesque. (WWE.com)[/caption] Just days ahead of its debut outside of the United States, the man behind World Wrestling Entertainment’s increasingly popular NXT brand speaks passionately about opportunity. Professional wrestling is nothing...

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS and MISSES WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2015 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3556" align="aligncenter" width="642"] WWE Tag Team Championship Match - The New Day vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] The Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos vs. The New Day - Allow me to admit, I haven't been as diligent...

Calling the Spots: TLC 2015

Calling the Spots: TLC 2015 As we come to the end of 2015, I think we can all agree that this hasn’t been the best year of WWE programming. Between a number of unfortunate injuries across the board and the undeniable mishandling of the Divas Revolution, 2015 certainly will not be remembered fondly by wrestling fans. I open with this because...

Fourth time’s a charm for Sheamus

Fourth time's a charm for Sheamus [caption id="attachment_3536" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Sheamus celebrates his World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. (WWE.com photo)[/caption] Irish eyes were smiling, indeed, on Sunday night when World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Sheamus cashed in his Money In...

Paint, Schamberger, paint

Paint, Schamberger, paint   [caption id="attachment_3528" align="aligncenter" width="752"] The final in a series of Undertaker paintings by Rob Schamberger.[/caption] They say good things happen to good people. And in a world in which headlines are dominated by terror attacks, threats and world strife, when good things do happen to...

Calling the Spots: Survivor Series 2015

Calling the Spots: Survivor Series 2015 [caption id="attachment_3519" align="aligncenter" width="700"] All photos courtesy of WWE.com[/caption] To begin, a word of condolences to Seth Rollins. Cut down mid-run by a freak injury, Rollins was well on his way to being one of the best heel champions of the modern era. Everything was set up for Rollins to finally...

Long way to the top for EC3

Long way to the top for EC3 At 32 years of age and some 13 years into his career, Michael Hutter is on top of the professional wrestling world. But the road to the top for the man better known as Ethan Carter III has been a long one, one that has shaped the young man into the person he’s become, humbled him beyond his years and tested him...

Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore [caption id="attachment_3495" align="alignleft" width="720"] Bobby Roode during House of Hardcore action at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto. (Sam Hudson photo)[/caption] He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his...