10 items from 2014
Molly Glynn Dies
Glynn died when storm winds caused a tree to uproot and fall on her during a bike ride with her husband Joe Foust. Following the incident, Foust called 911. Despite the doctor’s efforts, Glynn did not survive the trauma.
Foust was chronicling the devastating chain of events on Facebook. “Friends, this is the darkest day of my life,” he wrote Friday. "Things will never be the same.… Prognosis is grim.” Saturday morning, Foust confirmed his wife’s death, writing, I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save her. She’s gone.”
Since his wife’s passing, Foust has thanked those who’ve reached out upon learning of her death. He also shared a picture of himself wearing both his and Glynn’s wedding rings. »
“The Simpsons” has helped put Fxx on the TV map for many Americans, as a marathon of the long-running animated comedy lifted the nascent network to ratings heights.
Last week, Fxx was the top-rated primetime cable network in adults 18-34 (616,000 viewers), according to Nielsen — and not too far behind overall leaders NBC (660,000) and Univision (650,000). This is especially impressive because Fxx, which launched just one year ago, is available in only 74 million homes.
It also ranked second among cable networks in adults 18-49 (932,000), behind only Espn, and eighth in total viewers (1.43 million).
Over the course of its 12-night run, the 552-episode “Simpsons” marathon has often drawn five and six times what Fxx had averaged in the timeslot this summer. The network had hovered around the No. 50 mark in primetime 18-49 rankings in the weeks leading up to the arrival.
Overall for the week of August 25-31, it was NBC — boosted by »
- Rick Kissell
Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.
For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »
- Teresa Jue
In the wake of the theatrics of pro-wrestling; the People’s Elbows, Knuckle Shuffles, Hulking Up and Leg Drops, it’s a good thing the industry has always had the hard-hitting, smash-mouth balance in place to add some credibility to the cartoonist nature of some of the wrestling repertoire. Super-kicks, spears, punt kicks, knee smashes and, perhaps the oldest and stiffest of the lot, the clothesline and its brother in arm, the Lariat. For the record, the difference between a clothesline and a Lariat is in the positioning of the arm. A clothesline keeps the arm extended out towards the attackers side, where as the Lariat utilises the movement of the arm as an attacking weapon, often off of the ropes.
Whilst no more than a regular move for most, some wrestlers have made the clothesline (and Lariat) their own over the years. This list looks at 5 of »
- Liam Johnson
World Wrestling Entertainment applied the tagline “Sexy, Smart and Powerful” to its Divas years ago and, for the most part, that has most certainly been the case. The women of WWE have proven to be able to mix it up between the ropes while entertaining audiences away from the squared circle. The company’s Total Divas reality show, airing on both E! and the WWE Network, is entering its third season and has been a big hit for all involved. While the show has done an excellent job of giving fans some insight into the dramatic lives of some of their favorite female performers, it has also given them an indication of just how tough and physically grueling the wrestling business can be. Both Nikki Bella and Naomi have had major injuries documented on the show and have fought back from them to continue their in-ring careers.
- Erik Beaston
The women of World Wrestling Entertainment have been known to carry their weight (and the weight of their opponents) in the ring since the day that “The Fabulous” Moolah sold all rights for her Women’s Championship to Vince McMahon. Since that day, we have seen the Divas perform dazzling acts of athleticism that include Top-Rope Frankensteiners and Diving Moonsaults and have watched as they displayed their technical prowess in the ring, sometimes rivaling (if not overshadowing) their male counterparts.
However, there is one style of fighting that the Divas always do better than the Superstars, no matter if they are talented ring tacticians like Molly Holly or green-as-fertilizer like Eva Marie. That style of fighting is known simply as “catfighting.”
While Superstars are generally limited to punches and kicks when partaking in fisitcuffs, and generally avoid dirty tactics such as scratching or hair-pulling, the Divas have been »
- Tommy Bobby Watanabe
This past Sunday night at Extreme Rules, newcomer Paige defended her Divas Championship against Tamina. The match was a hard-fought one that told a story and showcased the former Nxt standouts abilities before pay-per-view and WWE Network audiences. As good as the match may have been, however, the fans failed to react to it and the overall enjoyment of bout suffered as a result.
It is not the fault of the women involved. They did an admirable job of delivering a very good match regardless of the lack of response from the fans inside the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In this case, fault lies with the WWE creative team, which did a terrible job of building on the hype and excitement surrounding Paige’s debut and title win.
Rather than playing up the AntiDiva character Paige perfected during her days in Florida Championship Wrestling and Nxt, »
- Erik Beaston
A lot of people have been talking about Benjamin Morris’ 538 piece, “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?”
Like Morris, I am neither an actuarial scientist nor a demographer. So, our interpretations of the data should be taken with a grain of salt. My results were somewhat different from Morris’ due to a difference data set and changes in how we calculated actuarial predictions.
Differences in methodology from Morris
I also used Social Security Actuarial Life Tables, but my “expected mortality rates” for the age groups were not the same as Morris’. For each wrestler, I calculated what their age would have been as of today. Then, based on gender, I looked up the number of lives (out of 100,000) that were expected to still be alive and converted that to a percentage. His analysis looked at wrestlers who were on 20+ WWF PPVs through 2002. I went with a »
- Chris Harrington
Over the last two decades, the WWE Divas have made up one of the finest collections of attractive, athletic, and down-right sexy women in the history of sports, entertainment, and sports entertainment. From Sunny to Sable to Trish and Lita- and even including some of the earlier ladies like Velvet McEntyre and Sensational Sherri- these Divas have looked good while competing with their counterparts to create their own “WrestleMania Moments.” And from Cyndi Lauper accompanying Wendy Richter to ringside at WrestleMania I; to Miss Elizabeth emotionally reuniting with The Macho Man at WrestleMania 7; to Victoria shaving Molly Holly’s head bald at WrestleMania 20; the Divas have had some truly legendary WrestleMania Moments.
This list is not about those moments.
This list is about the other ‘assets’ the Divas bring to the show of shows. This list is about those titillating outfits, those fantastic figures, and- in some cases- »
- The 'House
On Monday, February 10th, World Wrestling Entertainment announced the third inductee into the 2014 Hall of Fame Class. To the delight of the WWE Universe and women’s wrestling enthusiasts everywhere, it was revealed that Amy Dumas (aka Lita) would be taking her rightful place in the Hall of Fame alongside other legendary performers The Ultimate Warrior and Jake “the Snake” Roberts.
Unfortunately, there have been detractors in regards to Lita’s career, even post-retirement. Some feel she was overrated and not nearly as fine-tuned in the ring compared to the likes of Molly Holly or Victoria.
Then there are people who feel it is too early for her to be inducted and that other Divas (such as Miss Elizabeth, Luna Vachon, Sable, and Chyna) deserve induction first. While I don’t disagree with this opinion, WWE has opted not to induct those ladies yet. It still doesn’t change the »
- Tommy Bobby Watanabe
10 items from 2014
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