9 items from 2015
A quick casting change happened over the past couple of days for The Chair, a project we’ve been covering for a while, as Timothy Muskatell (Deadgirl, Chop) has taken over the lead role of Richard Sullivan, which was originally slated… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
We’re full tilt in the Mma/Pro wrestling crossover. Never before have the two ventures been as closely linked as they are now. Forget that Ken Shamrock once made his way over to the WWE; now more than ever, the baddest men on the planet are looking to find work in the WWE, and the WWE superstars are considering crossing over to legitimate mixed martial arts to test their mettle.
Why? For one, Mma was not really a profitable venture twenty years ago. The likes of The Undertaker, The Rock, and Kurt Angle have all stated that if it had been, they’d likely have gone that route. Now, Mma can pay – at least top stars – and it doesn’t require a grueling travel schedule.
On the flip side, many Mma stars have grown up as fans of the WWE. Look no further than women’s champ Ronda Rousey, »
- Jay Anderson
Rumours are swirling about this year’s Wrestlemania and its connection to Mma – and the latest name to be added to the hat is women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, following word about a possible Chael Sonnen/Wanderlei Silva connection to the WWE. Several Mma and wrestling news outlets have begun to report on the possibility of Rousey showing up at Wrestlemania 31, possibly with her “Four Horsewomen” stable in tow.
The news likely stems from comments made by Jim Ross. Good Ol’ J.R. suggested on his blog recently that Rousey and her girls would be a great spectacle for the WWE, and an easy invite. After all, they have appeared, on camera, at a WWE event in the past, and garnered a lot of press for the promotion.
There’s a number of reasons an appearance by Rousey, with or without her group, would make sense. For starters, »
- Jay Anderson
There have been some excellent wrestling shirts over the years. Roddy Piper’s Hot Rod, Hogan’s red and yellow Hulkamnia, the original nWo and Austin 3:16 were all instant classics. Fans still wear those shirts today and WWE still sells replicas of them on their website and at live events.
But for every decent, respectable or even cool t-shirt there is always a poor, lazy or downright embarrassing one right around the corner that, should you wear it, makes you ashamed to be a wrestling fan. It can be hard enough proclaiming your love for sports entertainment in public at times and WWE’s often unfortunate apparel usually hinders rather than helps the cause.
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- Lewis Howse
Professional wrestling, just like any other physical sport or activity, is punishing on the body. An obvious statement, sure, but wrestling goes above and beyond the punishment athletes in other sports suffer – ironically, for something many outside of the industry deem “fake”, wrestling is anything but, and has an unbelievable toll on the human body.
Of course, fans of the business know this, and are in fact often thankful for the sacrifices those men and women who work in a squared circle make, all in the name of entertainment. As shown by other athletes, such as footballer Paul Gascoigne, a reaction from an audience and thrill of competition can be an almighty drug, one which is nigh-on impossible for some people to give up.
The same can be said of pro wrestling. Many well-known names in the industry have likened working a match, and hearing the response of the fans, »
- Jamie Kennedy
Professional wrestling has a colorful history of dastardly villains doing things a normal person wouldn’t dare. To elicit a genuinely heated reaction from the crowd took a level of finesse that only a few have ever truly mastered. A role pioneered by the legendary Gorgeous George – whose persona was later emulated by the likes of Muhammad Ali – a true “heel” lives to be hated.
We have seen our fair share of great examples over the years. The recently-departed Ox Baker caused riots in the 70’s with his signature heart punch. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair made a career out of being “The Dirtiest Player in the Game.” Mr. McMahon was the tyrannous corporate boss who made employees join his “Kiss My Ass” Club. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would cross lines every chance he was given.
But if you ask me, one guy leaves them all in the dust. »
- Eric Delgado
In 1968, commercials director George A. Romero released his groundbreaking first feature film, Night of the Living Dead. Five Dead movies and over four decades later, it’s undeniable that Romero’s body of work has left an indelible mark on the horror genre. At the very least, you’ve undoubtedly watched something influenced by Romero and you can meet the legend himself at Indianapolis’ Culture Shock con next month.
Taking place at Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, from February 27th – March 1st, Culture Shock will feature a rare convention appearance from George A. Romero. In addition to the Godfather of Zombies, horror hounds can also look forward to seeing Malcolm McDowell, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and a reunion of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead cast members David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger and Gaylen Ross.
Tickets are $30 apiece for Friday, $35 for Saturday, and $30 for Sunday, with a $70 all-weekend pass also available. »
- Derek Anderson
The 1992 Royal Rumble was the most unique Rumble PPV of all time because it’s the only time the WWE Title was up for grabs in the Royal Rumble match. Due to that reason, it was arguably the most important Rumble match ever.
It’s actually surprising that WWE hasn’t duplicated that aspect of the show because it put such a huge importance on the winner of the match. Perhaps it is something that Vince McMahon only wanted to do one time and never again, which makes a lot of sense.
The WWE Title was up for grabs because of controversial finishes in matches between Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker. This was only a year after Undertaker’s debut and he was a heel. Due to the controversy, WWE President Jack Tunney vacated the title and announced that the winner of the match would be the new WWE Champion. »
- John Canton
As a drama, "Banshee" is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is. And that is why I've come to love it. "Banshee" is a show that should have no business working at all, let alone returning for an incredibly strong third season Friday night at 10 on Cinemax(*). At first glance, the premise — ex-con assumes the identity of a small-town Pennsylvania sheriff — feels extremely limited, like something better-suited to a straight-to-Netflix movie than an ongoing cable drama, even on HBO's pulpier sister channel. The amount of mayhem visited on this small burg in the middle of Amish country, and the colorful nature of the people perpetrating said mayhem, makes the place often seem a closer approximation of Gotham »
- Alan Sepinwall
9 items from 2015
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