Another year in professional wrestling has come and gone. As we look forward to the squared circle magic we will see in the New Year, 2017 had a lot of stellar matches.
New Japan Pro Wrestling delivered the goods in spades while WWE churned out some fun moments. ROH and the Independent scene are on fire like never before as a new era of wrestling is coming around.
All lists of this nature are subjective. My rankings don’t mean any more or less than anyone else’s rankings. These are my picks for the top wrestling matches of 2017
Another year in professional wrestling has come and gone. As we look forward to the squared circle magic in 2018, 2017 had several stellar events.
New Japan Pro Wrestling delivered the goods in spades while WWE churned out some fun moments. ROH and the independent scene are on fire like never before as a new era of wrestling is coming around.
All lists of this nature are subjective. My rankings don’t mean any more or less than anyone else’s rankings. These are my picks for the top five wrestling events of 2017.
A distressed Luke Skywalker’s words of warning to an unwavering Rey: “This is not going to go the way you think” impeccably sets the tone for the Rian Johnson-helmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Stunning visuals, a fantastic story augmented by old, returning, and new characters along with a plethora of impactful moments hurl the audience on a journey that they will never forget, regardless of how they feel about the film.
While DC Comics is having difficulty getting their act together on the silver screen, their television properties are coming up all aces. The CW Network’s yearly crossover event premiered last week as Crisis on Earth-X saw the heroes from all four “Arrowverse” televisions shows, do battle with Nazis from Earth-X.
A little history lesson. There are 52 versions of Earth in the multiverse. The heroes from Arrow, Flash, and Legends reside on Earth 1 while the crew from Supergirl live on Earth 38. Interdimensional travel called breaches allow the heroes to travel in between parallel Earths where they sometimes meet different versions of themselves aka doppelgangers.
Divisive is the name of the game when it comes to DC Comics’ films. Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad all received mixed reviews. Wonder Woman was a bonafide hit with everyone, but now it’s back to the status quo with the latest film in the series, Justice League.
Digital mustache removal, crappy CGI, inept story, and a botched Superman resurrection all led to a massive critical lambasting of the film. Bad reviews don’t scare me out of seeing a movie because I need to see it for myself before casting judgment.
Is Justice League another step down for the DCEU? Is Justice League worth your time and hard-earned money? I’m here to report that despite any minor problems, Justice League is freaking amazing and these issues do not distract from an extremely fun movie. Continue reading
Newly signed NXT star Lio Rush made headlines yesterday for all the wrong reasons. WWE announced that Emma has been released and is officially no longer with the company. Rush proceeded to make light of the situation on Twitter, which didn’t endear him to fans or his fellow colleagues.
The crew from the Broken But Glorious Podcast from England recently invited me on as a guest. We reviewed WWE Hell in a Cell, Sami Zayn’s heel turn, Charlotte’s potential match with Ronda Rousey and they even interview me a bit about my experience as an independent wrestler.
The show is regularly hosted by Chris Lappin and Nick Davie and we were also joined by author of “A Fan’s Perspective: 2016 – What A Year To Be A Fan Of WWE & One Man’s Exploration of British Wrestling,” Oliver Newman.
Click here to check out the episode
The official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on Monday night, along with the official movie poster. There are some beats borrowed from The Empire Strikes Back, however, it seems that they will be molded into something different.
Yes, there will a Jedi master reluctant to train the newbie with the refusal based on fear as opposed to doubt. Sleight of hand plot points round out the highly anticipated two minute and thirty-five-second preview of the Rian Johnson directed film.
My fondest memory of Bobby Heenan occurred on an episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling on Christmas Day of 1989. Heenan had lost a bet to Rowdy Roddy Piper weeks earlier, forcing him to commentate the entire show while wearing a Santa Claus suit.
I remember sitting on the floor in front of the Christmas tree as I enjoyed every ounce of “The Brain’s” humiliation. My joy turned to utter shock when Heenan reached his boiling point. He took off the red hat, white beard and revealed to every kid watching at home that Santa Claus is not real.
It’s safe to say that the chrome plated Captain Phasma was highly underutilized in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Looking back on all of the hype going into the film, absolutely nothing was promised as to the importance of Phasma. Still, the plethora of merchandise in her likeness along with the fact that Brieann of Tarth herself, Gwendolyn Christie was playing the towering stormtrooper all but guaranteed this amazing new character that we never got.
Force Friday II saw the initial launch for Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise. There were action figures, vehicles, clothing, puzzles, nerf guns, Funko Pops, and books as far as the eye could see. One of those items was one of the new canon novels written by Delilah Dawson appropriately titled, Phasma.
Captain Phasma’s origin story is told in the form of an interrogation session where Resistance spy Vi Moradi has been captured by First Order captain, Cardinal. Cardinal dons crimson colored stormtrooper armor with a left captain’s cape just like Phasma. Cardinal is convinced that his highly respected and feared colleague cannot be trusted and believes Vi has the proof he needs to bring her down. Continue reading