Pixels is Pixelated

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In the third act of Sony’s video game comedy, Pixels, Josh Gad’s Ludlow professes his love to his 8-bit crush, the deadly assassin Lady Lisa, while she has him pinned down by a pair of swords. I was hoping she would run him through with the blade instead of falling for his romantic gestures because Gad’s annoying and uninspired performance represents the overall tone of the film.

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The Raw Deal Podcast: Hulk Hogan controversy, Undertaker vs. Lesnar, and More

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The Raw Deal podcast is back at gerweck.net as myself, Frank Dee and special guest host Tishaun Jason of Wrestletalk media discuss the Hulk Hogan controversy which led to his termination from WWE.

We also examine Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker, the Diva’s Revolution, and if WWE has anything that can put 100,000 fans inside of AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 32. Click here to check it out.

My Thoughts on Hulk Hogan’s Racist Comments

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On April 1, 1990, I cried profusely as my hero, Hulk Hogan, lost the WWF title to the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania 6. Now that the cold hard sting of reality has reared its ugly head again, I realize that I was the victim of a 25 year April fool’s joke.

I would give anything to hop into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and travel back in time to that now tainted evening.

I’d sit next to my eight-year-old self on the couch, look him right in his watery eyes and give him a big hug while trying to convince him that the red and yellow man on the TV screen isn’t worth our tears.

Late last week, Hulk Hogan was fired from WWE after The National Enquirer and Radar Online released a transcript of racist comments made by Hogan on the sex tape that he is currently suing Gawker Media over. Hogan repeatedly used the N-Word, called to racial stereotypes as fact, and admitted that he is a racist. Continue reading

Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger will appear at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

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Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger captured my imagination from the moment he emerged from the curtain at WCW Superbrawl II. Liger lost the Light Heavyweight championship to Brian Pillman on that February evening in 1992, but it didn’t matter. The mixture of revolutionary high-flying moves and technical wrestling coupled with his anime inspired ring gear had me at hello.

Liger has wrestled all over the world. You name the promotion, and he has been there. That is, except for WWE. That will finally end as it was announced that Liger will appear at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on 8/22/15. The event will air live on the WWE Network and spoiler alert, he will square off against Tyler Breeze. Continue reading

Ant-Man Crawls to Prominence

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Would you be surprised if I told you that Ant-Man is a comic book character created in 1962 by industry legends Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee? Would it also surprise you to know that Ant-Man is also a founding member of the Avengers?

You probably didn’t know that based on what has transpired on the silver screen with Marvel thus far. It’s ok though, really. The prospect of a superhero that plays with ants doesn’t sound like a financially viable project for movie executives to invest in.

However, we got a talking Raccoon in a film, and it made millions.

Ant-Man is a character that really never did it for me. That all changed as Director Peyton Reed’s theatrical interpretation lit up movie screens in the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading

Channeling My Inner Jim Ross

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I had the pleasure of providing play-by-play commentary, this past Friday, for Northeast Championship Wrestling’s ‘Red, White, & Bruised’ event in Norwood, Massachusetts. I’ve done commentary before in post-production for a few different promotions. This was the first time I would do it live as the show was happening. I was nervous and excited for the opportunity. Continue reading

Cesaro is Mid-Card 4-Life

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I’m back after taking a long and overdue vacation where my wife and I put our phones on airplane mode and were unplugged from the real world. Now that I’ve caught up on all of the wrestling news, it seems that Cesaro is getting a lot of praise for his stellar matches with John Cena on Monday Night Raw.

Cesaro is truly one of the most talented wrestlers on the planet today.

He can have a good match with anyone and often has a great match with most. Due to Cesaro’s performance over the last three weeks, die-hard fans are waiting with bated breath and both fingers crossed, hoping this will be the time that WWE finally pushes the ‘Swiss Superman’ as the main event player he deserves to be.

Unfortunately, this shall not come to pass.

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The Impact of Global Force Wrestling

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Hell froze over last Wednesday when Jeff Jarrett entered the ring on Impact Wrestling while wearing a t-shirt of his own start-up promotion, Global Force Wrestling. The TNA founder announced his participation in the King of the Mountain match to be held at the Slammiversary, which he ended up winning.

This is all very intriguing considering Jeff Jarrett left the company on poor terms.

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Shamrock vs. Kimbo: A Work of Fiction

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Last Friday, in the main event of Bellator 138, Kimbo Slice knocked out Ken Shamrock. The former bare knuckle brawler seemingly came back from the jaws of defeat as he escaped from a rear naked choke and landed a right hand that sent Shamrock crumbling to the canvas.

The thing is, there are a lot of people who are questioning the integrity of the bout. Some scoff at the very idea that there was anything fishy with the bout, while others believe without question that the fix was in.

When examining these matters the two big questions you have to ask yourself is why the event would unfold this way and what does Bellator have to gain from Kimbo getting a big win on national television? Continue reading

Rexdous is 64 Million Years of Fun in the Making

Rexodus TPB | Writer: James Farr | Artist: Jon Sommariva | Colorists: Camila Fortuna,
Dustin Evans, John Rauch | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Release Date: June 24, 2015

 

“Daddy needs you to step away from the apex predator,” Dr. Dixon nervously says to his 12 year old daughter, Amber, as she accidentally awakens a living and breathing dinosaur from a 64 million year cryosleep, and brilliantly and humorously sets the tone for this fast paced intergalactic tale of survival.

If you look at the cover, you see a little girl with an orange T-Rex who is wearing body armor and ready to attack the enemy.

“Maybe this is a comedy, a parody that is only meant to deliver a good laugh,” I thought as I judged this cover. Not that there is nothing wrong with a parody. James Farr and Jon Sommariva take what we know about these historical beasts and flip it upside down.

You can check out my entire review of Rexdous here at Forces of Geek.com