There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Chris Van Vliet.
Borrowed that line from the movie 48 Hrs.: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, action comedy gold.
Van Vliet isn’t really a sheriff, fighting crime in Miami. Rather, he’s policing movies like 48 Hrs (newer ones) as the entertainment reporter for WSVN and Deco Drive on Ch.7, a FOX affiliate in the South Florida television market.
Van Vliet, one of South Florida’s newest reporters, is not only talking to all the major television and movie stars, but he’s also interviewing the superstars of WWE.
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A longtime WWE fan, Van Vliet grew up in Canada with aspirations of stepping into a WWE ring as a pro wrestler/sports entertainer. He gave it a shot, but college and money ended those WrestleMania main event dreams. That doesn’t stop him from being there.
On Friday morning (March 27), Van Vliet traveled (catching the red eye) to Santa Clara, Calif., meeting his friends for Sunday’s mega event, WWE’s Super Bowl, WrestleMania 31, at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Van Vliet is a fan, but he may interview some talent during WrestleMania Weekend. Once a reporter, always a reporter.
His prior reporting employment in the entertainment field resided in Cleveland, and he became friends with Cleveland’s No.4 son, WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler. Son No.1 is LeBron. Drew Carey No.2, and at No.3 The Miz. Sorry Dolph, but four is a good representative number (Lou Gehrig, Duke Snider, Fatal Fourway, Joe Dumars, Brett Favre, Final Four, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Orr, Four Horsemen).
For Deco Drive, Van Vliet recently ventured to Los Angeles, interviewing University of Miami graduate The Rock Dwayne Johnson for the Fast & Furious 7 release. Of course, they also discussed WWE.
Van Vliet posts his full interviews, including the one with The Rock and other pro wrestlers/sports entertainers, on his YouTube channel.
He enjoys talking pro wrestling/sports entertainment.
Deco Drive is 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WSVN Ch.7.
Chris Van Vliet Bio
WSVN (Ch.7) Website
Chris Van Vliet joined (South Florida) WSVN’s television news team in January 2015 as Deco Drive’s entertainment reporter. A 3-time Emmy Award winner, Chris will also serve as fill in host for Deco Drive and cover entertainment stories for 7 NEWS.
Prior to joining WSVN, Chris was the entertainment reporter at WOIO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, a radio personality on WDOK and also a writer for Cleveland Magazine. He is a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and has reported from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2011, Chris was named Cosmopolitan Magazine's Bachelor of the Year and donated the $10,000 prize money to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. He was also awarded the “Personality of the Year” honor from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Chris got his feet wet in the world of broadcasting working behind the scenes at Rogers Community Television and AM570-News in Kitchener, Ontario before landing his first on-air job as a news reporter and videographer for CHEX-TV in Peterborough just days after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with a Communication Studies degree.
Chris then made the move to Vancouver where he worked as a host and producer on the award-winning entertainment magazine show “969” which aired nationwide on Citytv and the Much Music owned station, Razer (now MTV2). Chris returned to Ontario to become a host and producer for SUN TV's entertainment show “Inside Jam” and a weekly addition to Toronto's #1 radio station, 99.9 Virgin Radio.
Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman defends the WWE World championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Other bouts include Sting battling Triple H, and Bray Wyatt taking on The Undertaker.
John Cena goes after the United States championship against Rusev with Lana. Brie and Nikki Bella are in tag team action against Paige and AJ Lee.
Superstars will compete for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. Participants are The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O'Neil, Darren Young, Big Show, Kane, Erick Rowan, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater, Mark Henry, Konnor, Viktor and NXT’s Hideo Itami.
The Intercontinental title hangs in the balance as Bad News Barrett defends against Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Stardust, Luke Harper and R-Truth in a ladder match.
Bell time is 7 p.m. EST.
For full details on WrestleMania and other events surrounding the big event,
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