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How wrestling made me … me again

How wrestling made me ... me again [caption id="attachment_3853" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Paul Soucy and his daughter, Charlotte.[/caption] It’s a tale as old as time. Good versus evil. Superhero versus villain. Babyfaces and heels. And yet somewhere along the way, the idea of scripted wrestling matches has been dubbed as silly or juvenile and...

Schamberger teams with Mattel to show off his “Elite” artwork!

Schamberger teams with Mattel to show off his "Elite" artwork! He's showcased his work both outside of and as part of World Wrestling Entertainment Fan Axxess at the past four WrestleManias. He’s painted larger-than-life works of larger-than-life wrestling legends literally on the spot, as part of WrestleMania weekend. He’s seen his work donned by the likes of the late Ultimate...

For wrestling legend Hall, it’s once again good to be the Bad Guy

For wrestling legend Hall, it's once again good to be the Bad Guy [caption id="attachment_3836" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Diamond Dallas Page, Scott Hall and Jake (The Snake) Roberts. (Getty Images)[/caption] Scott Hall was practically groomed to become a globe-trotting sports entertainer. He was, after all, a self-proclaimed ‘army brat,’ who had seen more of the United...

‘It keeps him alive in your heart’

'It keeps him alive in your heart' [caption id="attachment_3831" align="aligncenter" width="346"] Colt and Ariel Toombs, the son and daughter of the late wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper, with his memoirs, which the duo finished following their father's death in 2015. (Greg Oliver/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption] A reflective Rowdy Roddy Piper, the late wrestling...

Diamond Dallas Page joins WWE’s immortals

Diamond Dallas Page joins WWE's immortals [caption id="attachment_3828" align="alignleft" width="347"] Diamond Dallas Page.[/caption] World Wrestling Entertainment’s latest hall of fame inductee, Diamond Dallas Page, will be enshrined into wrestling immortality at WrestleMania 33 just as many have been before him, acknowledging his contributions...

WWE champ Jinder Mahal vows best is yet to come

WWE champ Jinder Mahal vows best is yet to come [caption id="attachment_3823" align="aligncenter" width="600"] New World Wrestling Entertainment champion Jinder Mahal celebrates after defeating Randy Orton at Backlash in May to capture his first career title. (Ricky Havlik/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption] Calgary, a city steeped in pro wrestling history, has produced its...

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...

Improving professional wrestling

Improving professional wrestling Amazingly, nobody in a position of executive authority at World Wrestling Entertainment has contacted me about my thoughts on improving its product.  I understand the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what about improving it?  Things can always be improved … even professional wrestling. As...

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...

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...