How I (Not So Much) Defended the Honor of Pro Wrestling

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Growing up, I absolutely hated it when people said that wrestling is fake. Now, I knew damn well that what happened in the ring wasn’t actual combat. However, the word “fake” belittles the talent and dismisses the hard work that it takes for wrestlers to perform in the ring. So, I categorically denied wrestling’s predetermined nature. I didn’t know how else to defend the business as a kid but eventually came up with a ridiculous way do to so… Street Fighter.  Continue reading

La La Land: Review

I like to watch all of the films that are nominated for best picture before the Academy Awards ceremony, so I went into La La Land with a critical eye. I exited the theater, however, with a sudden urge to dance in the stars while humming some inspired musical numbers.

La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) tells the story of a struggling actress named Mia (Emma Stone) and a struggling jazz pianist named Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who meet while pursuing their dreams in modern day Los Angeles.  Continue reading

2017 WWE Elimination Chamber Preview & Predictions

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Atlee Greene and Adam Kohn give their preview and predictions for 2017 WWE Elimination Chamber, which emanates from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Pheonix, AZ.

The main event features a chamber match where John Cena will defend his WWE Championship against AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, and The Miz.

American Alpha will also defend the SmackDown Tag Team Champion against five different teams in a tag team turmoil match and Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton will take on Luke Harper.

WWE only had two weeks to promote and build this SmackDown Live branded pay-per-view. With WrestleMania on the horizon, will that be enough time to deliver a stellar event?

Justice League Dark: Review

With Doctor Strange bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the realm of sorcery and magic, Warner Bros. Animation does the same with their latest direct to home video offering through DC Comics, Justice League Dark.

DC animated films have been able to hit a lot of notes that their live action counterparts have missed. Of course, the bigger the budget, the larger the amount of creative red tape that will wrap itself around a project such as David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

Justice League Dark makes great use of its sixty minute run time in setting up the story, introducing the characters and establishing their motivations to get the viewer invested in when the team finally comes together in the climatic showdown.

It’s a formulaic approach to storytelling with the key elements executed to their desired result as the film opens with random acts of murder that end up being not so random. The mystical element to these atrocities calls for a different solution outside of Superman and company.

This Was The XFL: Review

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Oh boy, it’s a great time to be a New England Patriots fan. They just won their 5th Super Bowl, Tom Brady is now the undisputed G.O.A.T. and the victory parade in Boston was glorious. As happy as things are right now for this pigskin fan…. Well, let me explain.

On Feb 3, 2001, I was that guy proudly wearing a NY/NJ Hitmen hat as the XFL was just hours away from their inaugural football game on NBC. I even bought an entire box of XFL trading cards thinking that I had made a smart investment that would pay off down the line.

Sadly, I’m not joking.

Do you want to know what’s really sad? Taking a story about the unmitigated disaster of Vince McMahon’s “smash mouth” football league and turning it into the ultimate puff piece where the positives are accentuated to fit a narrative that puts minimal lights on the overwhelming negatives.  Continue reading

Kevin Owens Needs to Win at WWE Fastlane

It’s official, Goldberg will not only be facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 on April 2, but he will also square off with Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship at Fastlane on March 5.

Both matches were made on Raw last night after Goldberg interrupted Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in the ring. Goldberg accepted Lesnar’s challenge and then challenged Owens, which Chris Jericho accepted on behalf of his “best friend.”

If Goldberg beats Kevin Owens for the title, that means Brock Lesnar was essentially gifted a title match because he had the unprecedented luck in making the right challenge at the right time.

Under normal circumstances, if this was a shoot, Lesnar has no business getting a title shot after losing his last match to Goldberg in under two minutes. WWE creative, however, might ignore this aspect of the story and make it a title match anyways. Continue reading

Lucha Underground Invades Netflix

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It turns out that the rumors of Lucha Underground leaving the El Rey Network have been greatly exaggerated. Wrestling promoter, writer and producer Court Bauer took to Twitter and revealed that LU seasons one and two will debut on Netflix on Wednesday, February 15.

Meanwhile, according to LU’s Facebook page, season three of the serial wrestling drama is scheduled to return from hiatus on Friday, May 31. While this is good news in the short term, the hiatus might not speak to LU’s long term future on El Rey.  Continue reading

Thought’s on Rumored WrestleMania Plans

Now that the Royal Rumble is in the rear view mirror, everyone wants to know what’s going to happen on April 2 when WrestleMania 33 WrestleMania emanates from the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.

The rumored card, and I stress rumored, card has made its way online with several web sites and various sources confirming what WWE creative (i.e. Vince McMahon) has planned for this year’s showcase of the immortals.

As of right now, only one half of a match is officially confirmed. Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton will face the WWE Champion. John Cena is the current title holder, but another wrestler is heavily rumored to hold the gold by the time WrestleMania rolls around.

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