Tag Archives: professional wrestling

Reflective Rhino talks career, politics, near-death experience

Reflective Rhino talks career, politics, near-death experience Jan Murphy/Chinlock.com Writer A lot of words can be used to describe the man known simply as Rhino in the wrestling world. Intense. Talented. Fearless. Fierce. Proud. Tireless. To name some. There are also a lot of words that can be used to describe the man behind that legendary wrestling force, Terry Gerin. Articulate....

House of Hardcore’s dynamic duo

House of Hardcore's dynamic duo Imagine, if you will, hearing some of the greatest calls in wrestling history being called by someone other than those who called those shots. For instance, imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship victory over Shawn Michaels or Mick Foley’s unforgettable Hell...

Lost continues to find success

Lost continues to find success Scott Lost is a bit of glutton for punishment. Luckily, he’s a talented one. The California-based retired pro wrestler-turned comic creator left one notoriously difficult business, full of colourful, hero-like characters, for another that is precisely the same. It should come as no surprise, however, as right...

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July House of Hardcore is coming to Canada. The U.S.-based wrestling company, founded in 2012 by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer, will make its Canadian debut on July 18 in Toronto. Dreamer has long made it no secret that his objective with his wrestling company is to listen to the fans. Fittingly, it was the fans...

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...

Reigns ready to (win) Rumble

Reigns ready to (win) Rumble [caption id="attachment_2755" align="aligncenter" width="683"] WWE superstar Roman Reigns (Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment)[/caption] Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph (Joe) Anoa’i, was, quite frankly, born to wrestle. He is the son of Sika Anoa’i of Wild Samoans fame, his brother, Matt, is the wrestler...

Wrestling, comics collide

Wrestling, comics collide Life is good for Mike Kingston these days. The lifelong comic nut and professional wrestling fanatic has found a way to blend his two passions with his love for writing, and he’s found a formula for success so far. Kingston is less than $2,000 from once again raising the funds to produce the latest in his series of...

It’s game on for Tatevik the Gamer

It's game on for Tatevik the Gamer [caption id="attachment_2538" align="aligncenter" width="753"] Tatevik The Gamer (Photo by Leslie Gamero)[/caption] There are a number of things that make Tatevik Hunanyan stand out. She’s beautiful. She’s tough. She wrestles under the moniker Tatevik The Gamer, due to her love of video games. She’s the very...

In defence of professional wrestling

In defence of professional wrestling [caption id="attachment_2224" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Is there a single wrestling fan amongst us who at one point hasn’t been derogatorily asked,  “You like wrestling?”  If so, I’d like to know what planet you live on, and if there’s rent control.  Let’s face...

The wonderful world of wrestling tights

The wonderful world of wrestling tights [caption id="attachment_2141" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Andy Kaufman and Jerry (The King) Lawler[/caption] I thought I’d pontificate on wrestling tights … and no, it’s not a sexual thing!  Initially I was going to write about the corporatization of society and how so many of us have become consuming...

WWE’s Rollins on a roll

WWE's Rollins on a roll [caption id="attachment_2088" align="aligncenter" width="708"] WWE superstar Seth Rollins. (courtesy World Wrestling Entertainment)[/caption] Hulk Hogan. A more recognizable name in professional wrestling you will not find. Nor will you find a more influential figure in the history of the business. The man known as...

Ambrose not just Good … he’s great

Ambrose not just Good ... he's great [caption id="attachment_2075" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] WWE superstar Dean Ambrose. Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment[/caption] Jonathan Good may be living a charmed life in professional wrestling nowadays, but life wasn’t always easy for the man better known as Dean Ambrose. Good, who grew up in...

Business still pickin’ up for Good Ol’ JR

Business still pickin' up for Good Ol' JR It’s difficult to know whether professional wrestling had more influence on Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross than the man himself had on the industry. Good ol’ JR, as he’s know the world over, has literally done everything in the business en route to becoming one of the most respected and universally loved people...

DDP thrilled to see Roberts take place among the immortals

DDP thrilled to see Roberts take place among the immortals [caption id="attachment_1798" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Credit: wwe.com[/caption] When World Wrestling Entertainment inducts its latest star-studded crop of influential figures into its hall of fame next month, one name you won’t see among them is Diamond Dallas Page. Not yet, at least. But a piece of the...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 18th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 18th column I am sure you are all feeling a little over-saturated with the professional wrestling media blitz that has taken over this week ahead of WrestleMania 28. That said, I promise to make as few wrestling plugs as I can in this week's column. So without mentioning that WrestleMania is Sunday, live on pay-per-view, I should...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 14th column — an idiot’s guide to becoming a pro wrestler

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 14th column — an idiot's guide to becoming a pro wrestler Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday, March 3, 2012. All rights reserved.    I often get asked similar questions by fans. The two most prevalent questions are: what was my favourite match, which I can't answer because I have so many; and how do I become a professional wrestler? This question...

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny reflects on Kenny Vs. Spenny wrestling episode

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: Spenny reflects on Kenny Vs. Spenny wrestling episode It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy – The Kenny Vs Spenny Wrestling Episode It wasn’t easy convincing Kenny to do a wrestling competition on “Kenny Vs. Spenny.”  He’s more the UFC, Faces of Death, Kung Fu movie, video gamer kind of guy.  Having said that, I will admit that while living in Los Angeles,...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Andre the Giant talks Princess Bride, Hulk Hogan NOTE: Retired Whig-Standard entertainment reporter Greg Burliuk told Jan about the time he interviewed the late great Andre The Giant. Jan didn't believe. With Burliuk's, and the Whig's blessing, here is that star-studded interview, originally published on April 1, 1989. All rights reserved.   GREG BURLIUK/THE...

EXCLUSIVE: Jan interviews former WWE Canada president Carl Demarco

EXCLUSIVE: Jan interviews former WWE Canada president Carl Demarco For nearly 15 years, Carl Demarco carved out a reputation as a savvy executive, helping build World Wrestling Entertainment into the global juggernaut that exists today. As president of WWE Canada, Demarco was influential in raising the WWE’s profile, first in Canada, and later abroad. He also served as president...