Lucha Underground is the Popular New Kid in School

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– Lucha Underground: Don’t Call it a Wrestling Promotion

When people talk about their favorite television shows, for example The Walking Dead, they’re discussed with a favorable disposition that all culminates with one question. What is going to happen next? Conversation regarding WWE, however, consists of “Who booked this crap?” or “Why is that guy getting a push?”

Lucha Underground is changing the way people talk about wrestling due its fresh presentation highlighted by engaging storylines, unique matches, interesting characters, and great wrestlers. Last week’s season 2 premiere stirred up quite the conversation. Some feel that it’s a joke, while others believe it’s the best thing going today.

Here is why the latter appears to be the prevailing sentiment.

Click here for the full column at Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling Since 1997

Thoughts on Film: The Big Short

My wife and I recently saw the Oscar nominated film, The Big Short. It’s the true story of some financial analysts who discovered and capitalized on the eventual collapse of the housing market. It was interesting to watch a movie about a subject that affected my family just like it did millions of families across the country.  Continue reading

The One Mistake WWE Can’t Make with Shinsuke Nakamura

Frank Dee and I discuss Shinsuke Nakamura, his scheduled NXT debut, and the one mistake WWE can’t afford to make with the former New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar. 

If you like this clip, check out the entire episode of The Raw Deal at Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling Since 1997

AJ Styles makes his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble

If you’re a wrestling fan who’s only experience with the genre is what occurs on WWE television, the name AJ Styles might be foreign to you. The Gainesville, Georgia native, at 38 years old, is arguably the best wrestler on the planet today.

The 18 year veteran has been tearing it up in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling for the past two years. Styles has been involved in a plethora of match of the year candidates over his career. His most recent was on January 4th against the Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 10.

Much to WWE’s credit, they didn’t change a thing about his character. They went out of their way to promote him as a big deal based on his illustrious past, and even made reference to the internet rumors of his pending arrival. This is something WWE rarely does today.

Click here to check out my review of last night’s Royal Rumble at Forces of Geek.com

 

My Column on Tough Enough Winner Josh’s Backstage Heat in WWE.

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Professional wrestling maybe the strangest business in existence. That doesn’t mean the word “respect” is lost on the genre. In fact, it’s one of the first things listed on the syllabus of Wrestling 101. Whether you are humble or arrogant, no one is immune to taking part in this lesson.

Those who learn to appreciate the privilege of being in the business will, in time, start to earn respect from those who’ve come before you. The ones who are stubborn and hard headed will either learn the hard way or be shown the exit.

Tough Enough winner, Josh Bredl, made headlines this week for a disparaging remark he made on Twitter about the Social Outcasts being “Social Jobbers.” This reportedly drew the ire of several WWE superstars, with Stardust and Kevin Owens publicly firing shots at the Division I athlete.

Click here to check out the column in its entirety at Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling Since 1997

The Debut of my Batman v. Superman Column

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There is no other event in sports or entertainment that is produced and promoted with more grandeur, pomp, and circumstance than the big fight. While many of them have come and gone over the years, unfortunately, there are some titanic clashes that never materialized for a variety of reasons.

Boxing’s managerial shenanigans prevented Riddick Bowe vs. Lenox Lewis from occurring while Mixed Martial Arts’ promotional exclusivity prohibited UFC’s Randy Couture vs. PRIDE’s Fedor Emelianenko. Even Vince McMahon was unable to conjure up an encounter between Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin because neither man would to lose to the other.
 
On Friday, March 25, 2016, Warner Bros will release the highly anticipated film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Finally we get to see the most highly debated dream match-up of all time as the Man of Steel squares off against the Dark Knight.
 
Click here to read the rest of the column at Forces of Geek.com

Star Wars: The Force Awakens In-Depth Review

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Welcome to my belated review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As much as I wanted to write up a review as soon as the end credits rolled, I decided to wait. I wanted to avoid being “Phantom Menaced” and watch the film a few more times while the nostalgia subsided. Six trips to the theater, and a much lighter wallet, gave me some clarity on the matter.

While this is not a perfect movie, the pros heavily outweigh the cons, and its execution in giving audiences that Star Wars magic is flawless. Perhaps the film’s biggest accomplishment is the introduction of the new characters Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren.

Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker are names that transcend pop culture and therefore need no introduction. Casting and character development was the key ingredient in making this a reality for the newcomers and they were delightful in every sense of the word.  Continue reading

The Raw Deal: Cena’s injury, Bullet Club coming to WWE, James Storm, Year End Awards and More

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It’s 2016 and The Raw Deal Podcast is back! Join Frank Dee and Atlee Greene as they discuss the 2015 Gerweck.net year end awards, the New Japan four headed to WWE and how this might impact the upcoming Royal Rumble.  

Other topics discussed include John Cena’s injury and how it affects his WrestleMania status, rumors about the Bullet Club, TNA’s debut on POP TV, the return of James Storm plus much more.

Check out this episode of The Raw Deal by clicking here

Happy New Year from The Greene Screen

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With a new year comes change and I believe it’s time for me to make some changes with my writing. Don’t worry, The Green Screen isn’t going anywhere, but there will be a shift in focus in the coming months. I don’t want to put my cards on the table just yet, but I think it will streamline things.

I haven’t forgot about my Star Wars: The Force Awakens review. It will be published this Friday at Forces of Geek.com. I put off the review because I didn’t want to write it while I was consumed by the wonder and nostalgia of it all. I want to write an in-depth review after seeing the film a few more times.

I truly appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read anything I’ve written on my blog, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!