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2015 is shaping up to be Amy Schumer's year. She recently did a stellar job hosting the otherwise insufferable MTV Movie Awards, sharply skewering most of the modern music industry and Hollywood with her particular brand of provocative satire and absurdism. Later this year, she's toplining Trainwreck, Judd Apatow's hugely anticipated first female-led film which was also written by Schumer. The film focuses on Schumer's commitment-phobic character, appropriately named Amy, getting romanced by a friendly sports doctor, played by Bill Hader. Apatow's film helped wrangle Schumer an EW cover and will feature supporting and cameo roles from John Cena, Brie Larson, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, and Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. Perhaps, then, it doesn't come as such a surprise that Comedy Central announced today that the network will be renewing the Peabody Award-winning Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season, likely to debut later this year or next year. »
- Chris Cabin
We are a couple of weeks removed, now, from WrestleMania, and we are heading towards WWE’s next PPV, Extreme Rules. The WWE product hasn’t really changed a great deal since a month ago, except for Brock Lesnar no longer being WWE Champion and taking time-off, and different feuds being underway. Mostly though, on television, it’s the same players in many of the same set-ups. Let’s see how tonight plays out, shall we?
Dean Ambrose & Luke Harper fought to a no-contest The New Day defeated The Lucha Dragons Fandango beat Curtis Axel Naomi downed Brie Bella Sheamus squashed Zack Ryder John Cena defeated Kane The Miz pinned Damien Mizdow Ryback crushed Adam Rose Seth Rollins pinned Dolph Ziggler
Raw opened with a segment involving Randy Orton who comes out, to a decent pop, and talks about Seth Rollins and how he is going to beat »
- Chris Cummings
What would wrestling be without its overachievers? While some are clearly destined for greatness and are hand-picked for storyline success, others have to battle against the odds to get noticed and make an impact in the world of pro-wrestling. These are guys that accomplished way more than most people ever thought they would.
There can be a lot of things standing in the way of a wrestling making it to the top. If WWE had ten John Cena’s, muscled company men who are dedicated to the cause and shift merchandise, it would be ecstatic. Unfortunately for them, that clearly isn’t the case, and stars are found in places (and people) they would never think to look.
WWE talent are pre-judged based on a number of things. Where did they come from? Is their ‘look’ any good? Did they shake that veteran’s hand? How tall are they? »
- Lewis Howse
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
A lot of the talk coming out of this week’s show was the health of Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan. We found out after Smackdown that WWE sent him home on Wednesday due to concern over his neck injury. Even though he was still scheduled for a few more shows as part of the European tour, WWE felt like he should go home. It turns out that he had a concussion rather than a neck injury although his long term status is unknown at this point.
Here are the »
- John Canton
WWE’s UK tour was once again a rip-roaring financial success for the company. Domestic business may not be setting any attendance records, but the WWE brand is strong across the United Kingdom – interestingly, it doesn’t seem to really matter who is announced for which shows, fans come out in their droves anyway, knowing they’re going to have a fun night regardless of who is performing.
Obviously, John Cena is still the major draw for young children when attending WWE live events, but it’s fascinating to attend shows on which Cena isn’t performing, yet still seeing a plethora of kids decked out in the man’s merchandise. Fittingly, John Cena takes to the spotlight in this article, all because he has apparently upset a WWE legend.
Elsewhere, there are big departures from one of the bigger companies around, and some interesting words from ex-WWE Divas. »
- Jamie Kennedy
Schumer portrays the brash and quirky Amy, who often finds herself unlucky in love.
Trainwreck opens on July 17 in the Us and August 28 in the UK.
Digital Spy previews the year's top blockbusters below: »
Earlier in the week, reports remerged that concerns over Bryan’s health had led to WWE pulling back expectations on his ring-time, reducing the amount of singles matches the Ic would be involved in; replaced by tag matches, where he would be required to take less bumps.
This has now escalated to the point where WWE have pulled Bryan altogether from the live events in Europe. The decision was made following last night’s SmackDown tapings in London where Bryan teamed with Us Champion John Cena against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.
WWE’s statement read;
“Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the remainder of the UK tour as a precautionary measure.”
Bryan of course, missed the second half of 2014 due to issues stemming from the neck injuries that »
- Matt Holmes
He had worked the first week of the tour, but didn’t wrestle on Monday Night Raw from London. He then did work in the main event of Smackdown from London, however it was John Cena who carried most of the action as he teamed with Bryan against Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.
Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio this week said Bryan had been working hurt. The current Intercontinental champion has mostly been working in six man matches and hasn’t even wrestled on Raw since WrestleMania 31.
There had also been reports earlier this month that WWE management were concerned with Bryan’s ring style. He hasn’t slowed his pace or intensity down at all, despite spending most of last year »
- Grahame Herbert
His WWE story started as part of The Shield, invading the ring at Survivor Series 2012 to help Cm Punk retain the WWE Title over John Cena and Ryback. A month later, The Shield put everyone on notice when they took match of the night honours at TLC. It was arguably a match of the year contender, with The Shield going over Kane, Ryback and Daniel Bryan in a TLC thriller.
The one man who really stood out that night was Rollins. The bumps he was taking and moves he was executing were tremendous. But still, the other Shield guys looked more likely to be WWE’s picks as the breakout singles stars. »
- Grahame Herbert
On April 26th, 2015 John Cena will face off against Rusev for the way more coveted as of late U.S. Championship. The pair have both traded wins at the two previous Pay-Per-Views. This third and probably final match in their series will be settled in a Russian Chain Match. If Rusev wants to walk away from the event as U.S. Champion then it might serve him well to study Cena’s efforts in previous Extreme Rules matches.
John Cena has an impressive history at the Extreme Rules event, both in regards to his win-loss record and to his body of work. With 6 years in existence and Cena wrestling a match each year, he has racked up 4 wins, 1 loss, and 1 no contest decision. That lone loss was due to a cage escape decision, one of the most protected ways to lose in the wrestling industry.
The workrate of »
- Mitch Nickelson
Brock Lesnar was one of the WWE’s biggest ever projects. Ultimately, he has ended up still being a huge part of the company, but it remains a fact that his peak years were spent outside of the WWE. He missed out on some really exciting matches by leaving WWE in 2004, just two years after his Raw debut.
From 2004 until his return in 2012, he was pursuing other ventures. He hated the travelling involved in pro wrestling, so he decided to try out for the NFL. When that didn’t work, he returned to wrestling in Japan, before pursuing a career in Mma.
The rest is history. He ended up becoming a Ufc Champion and to this day is their biggest box office draw in Ufc history. The WWE took notice of his pay per view numbers and forgave his past sins, bringing him back to pro wrestling with »
- Grahame Herbert
The WWE was in a bit of a slump in the aftermath of the highly successful Attitude Era. Several huge stars, including The Rock, Triple H and Steve Austin were either hit with injuries or left the company completely. There was a definite dearth of star power and business went down as a result.
Vince and company did create some major stars to fill the gaps, such as Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista. These guys carried the company as the legends were either going off to Hollywood or winding down their in-ring careers. Guys like Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Kurt Angle were not working full schedules due to their well-documented injury woes.
So WWE needed to create talent to fill the cards and, hopefully, strike a chord with the masses and become a future superstar. It didn’t always pan out that way, however, »
- Lewis Howse
John Cena is the WWE. He’s everything that Vince McMahon ever wanted in a pro wrestler. That’s partly why he splits opinion so strongly, as some fans really get his act and other fans see him as Vince’s spoiled buddy.
The truth is that Cena’s legacy in the business is already glorious. Whether fans cheered or booed him, he has been the man at the forefront of the franchise for a decade now. He was the man who headlined the highest grossing pay per view in wrestling history, when he put The Rock over at WrestleMania 28. You can’t argue with hard facts like that, Cena has been hugely important to the history of the business.
There’s a range of other mind blowing facts that fans may not have known about the 15 time Champion. But the Cena haters should be acknowledged for some valid points. »
- Grahame Herbert
At the top of the show, John Cena defended his United States Championship against homeboy Bad News Barrett before an attack by old foe Rusev with a chain left Cena down and out. As such, their third and final bout for the belt at Extreme Rules has been dubbed a “Russian Chain” Match, which one supposes will resemble regular chain matches of the past.
One entirely new match for the card will be for the Divas Title after Paige won a 4-minute battle royal last night to become the #1 Contender. She will face Nikki Bella at Extreme Rules, as of this writing. However, speculation as to her exact schedule remains unclear as she’s due »
- Liam Johnson
With a script from lead star Amy Schumer, Trainwreck will hopefully see director Judd Apatow get over the one major problem all his movies share, mainly that he thinks the average comedy should be over two hours long. Anyway, this new clip from the movie, inspired by Shumer's real-life dating experiences (she at one point dated a professional wrestler, which is why John Cena makes an appearance), does promises a lot of humour, and an entertaining leading pair in Shumer and Bill Hader. Released: 17th July (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
At One Night Stand 2006, Rob Van Dam cashed in his Money In The Bank contract to defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship. It, and its 2005 predecessor, sparked a reinvigorated interest in Extreme Championship Wrestling, something Vince McMahon was clearly keen to cash-in on.
Following on from the huge success of the event, the WWE decided to bring back the still-beloved Ecw name as a third brand alongside Raw and Smackdown’s weekly shows. It was billed as a hard-hitting, extreme alternative to the company’s usual sports entertainment style, bringing back some old faces from Paul Heyman’s game-changing Philadelphia promotion alongside hot new stars.
It was a good idea in theory. In practice, however, the whole thing is commonly regarded as an abject failure. It was a far cry from the original Ecw, featuring watered-down “violence”, disastrous booking decisions, and some of the worst in-ring action in WWE history. »
- Jack G King
The writing team and management flew from the Us on Sunday. They’ll meet up on Monday with the wrestlers and other crew who have been touring the UK and Ireland since last Wednesday.
This has resulted in a lot of speculation, with some fans even guessing that Mr McMahon could make a special appearance on the show. This is following McMahon tweeting “This Monday #Raw emanates from @TheO2 in London. #ILoveTheUK”
However, just because he loves the UK, doesn’t mean he’ll be showing up on screen. »
- Grahame Herbert
Randy Orton has responded to a fan who pointed out that WWE are only selling kids T shirts with John Cena branding on at WWE Live events. Reportedly, only Cena gear is available for kids at the shows on WWE’s current European tour.
This is obviously unfair to the other babyface talent who also have a loyal legion of younger fans. When it comes to merchandise royalties, no wonder Cena is outperforming everyone else.
“#WWEBirmingham @WWE top nite. Only issue.. y no kid size t.shirts other than @JohnCena lil man wants @RandyOrton?” @kev_jellis tweeted to Orton.
The WWE Superstar then responded, “Million dollar question. Thanks for asking. #givethekidsachoice #youthsmallmedlg.”
The fact Orton responded is indicative of how unhappy he must be with this situation. His choice of words is also very deliberate, with “million dollar question” hinting at the fact that Cena is getting to »
- Grahame Herbert
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