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10 Things WWE Did Wrong At The Royal Rumble

22 minutes ago

WWE.com

In the span of one night, WWE managed to go from an entertainment company into a fascinating study of business-consumer relations. The Royal Rumble – what is usually one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year – turned into a debacle of grandiose proportions. The company angered and alienated their fan base so intensely that #CancelWWENetwork became the number one worldwide trend on Twitter.

How a company that relies entirely on pleasing the very same people they seem to be actively working to upset can be so tone deaf to the wants and needs of their audience is truly baffling, to the point that it’s actually deserving of some kind of scientific study. These people aren’t idiots; they won the Monday Night War for a reason. Yet the last vestiges of all that once made them fresh and exciting seem to have largely gone by the wayside. »

- Brad Hamilton

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sami Zayn

23 minutes ago

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Just over a month ago, Sami Zayn’s Road to Redemption came to its epic culmination. After a fantastic battle with Adrian Neville at Nxt Takeover: R Evolution, everyone’s favourite flat-cap-clad superstar finally won the “big one” and was crowned Nxt Champion.

But despite this, Zayn isn’t yet the household name that he realistically deserves to be. As such, there’s still a fair bit that we don’t know about him.

Herein lies the problem with Nxt. Of course, I’m being exceptionally picky here—we all know that there’s nothing inherently wrong with Nxt per se. In fact it’s pretty close to perfect (never change, ­­­Nxt, never change). But the fact remains that without a spot on network television, the Floridian developmental territory simply doesn’t get the same kind of publicity as the Raws and SmackDowns of this world.

Consequently, guys »

- Elliott Binks

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12 Key Moments From 2015 WWE Royal Rumble Match

29 minutes ago

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This past Sunday we had the 28th edition of the WWE Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were a few highlights, and some very noticeable low lights. For the second year in a row, it appears that the WWE has dropped the ball with making an entertaining Royal Rumble match, and has really gone against the wishes of the WWE Universe. It has led to quite the revolt on social media. The upcoming list will mention one of the most major things to occur on social media in quite some time in regards to the WWE.

The highlight of the night was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match; which was defended in a triple threat match with Brock Lensar, Seth Rollins, and John Cena. These guys came out of the gate on fire and never let up on the gas pedal for the whole 23 minute match. There were »

- Jeremy Bennett

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Fox Confirm X-Men Live-Action TV Series

34 minutes ago

It has been confirmed today that Fox are moving ahead with a live-action X-Men TV series. There were rumours (with the P.I. X-Factor team mentioned as likely candidates for their own show), but this is the first time its development has been made official.

24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as showrunners, while original Star Trek 3 writers Patrick McKay and Jd Payne are set to pen the pilot episode. All four of them will ultimately be given a “Created By” credit when and if it launches.

If? Well, while 20th Century Fox own the film rights to the X-Men, they will need permission from the Disney owned Marvel to move ahead with a small screen adaptation featuring the characters! However, it seems unlikely that they will give it when Marvel appear to be doing all they can to distance themselves from the properties they don’t hold the rights to. »

- Josh Wilding

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Triple H Calls Out Sting For WWE Fast Lane PPV

36 minutes ago

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It was announced via Twitter during Monday’s Raw broadcast that WWE’s on screen COO Triple H has challenged Sting for a face to face encounter at the WWE Fast Lane PPV in Memphis on February 22.

Here’s what was in the tweet: “Per The Authority: @WWE COO @TripleH has challenged @Sting to meet face to face at #WWEFastLane Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 on the @WWENetwork”

The key point in that is that they are advertising it as a “face to face” confrontation. It’s not a match. When the babyface is challenged they usually accept. That’s why they are the good guy. They’re going to use this segment to build to the rumored WrestleMania 31 match. Don’t forget that WWE usually refers to him as “The Vigilante” Sting although it looks like they had no room in that tweet.

This will be the fist time that »

- John Canton

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WWE Announces John Cena Vs. Rusev For Fast Lane PPV

39 minutes ago

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This Monday’s Raw was mostly a taped show with some interviews mixed in, but they also announced some things for the Fast Lane PPV in Memphis on February 22 on WWE Network. One of the announcements involved John Cena.

There were two tweets sent out by a new @WWE Twitter account @WWEsAuthority. It’s an official account that @WWE retweeted. Here’s the first tweet they sent out: “Per the Office of The Authority and COO @TripleH: @JohnCena will face @RusevBUL at the #WWEFastLane on the @WWENetwork. @WWE

The Cena/Rusev feud has been rumored for several months now. The idea is that Rusev hasn’t been pinned or submitted (he has lost by countout and disqualification) since he’s been on the main roster after WrestleMania 30 last year. He’s beaten everybody put in front of him. Who can stop him? Maybe the ultimate babyface that the kids love, »

- John Canton

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7 Things That Are Clearly Wrong With WWE Following Royal Rumble 2015

10 hours ago

WWE.com

Over the past decade, when World Wrestling Entertainment has been hot, the company’s been tremendous, entertainers up and down the card working in synergy to deliver a great product. However, when WWE’s been off the mark, they’ve been fairly terrible, a hodge-podge of a program delivered by the “Land of Misfit Toys” of pro wrestling.

Royal Rumble 2015 was more the latter than the former, a show where The Rock’s cousin (yes, we know his name is Roman Reigns, but the message was clear that Roman Reigns Is Related To The Most Charismatic Man In Sports Entertainment History) won the Rumble and Daniel Bryan or Dolph Ziggler didn’t.

It’s a tough time for WWE right now, attempting to switch their business mindset from classic to progressive, their content delivery methods from traditional to digital, and attempting to integrate some of the most athletic »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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David Tennant Is Purple Man In A.K.A. Jessica Jones

10 hours ago

Despite the fact that they’ve chosen Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter to play Jessica Jones, it’s still a little difficult to get excited about her upcoming Netflix series. After all, the character – who is admittedly a fan-favourite – doesn’t really hold the appeal that the likes of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist do!

Perhaps that’s why Cage will appear in the series? Regardless, there’s one more reason to start looking forward to A.K.A. Jessica Jones this evening as Broadchurch and former Doctor Who star David Tennant has been cast as the villainous Killgrave.

In the comics, “Killgrave” is of course better known as The Purple Man. The villain left Jessica traumatised after using his persuasive powers to humiliate and degrade her, and no one can resist doing what he says after opening his mouth. According to the official description for this version, Tennant will play Killgrave, »

- Josh Wilding

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10 Big Questions Coming From WWE Royal Rumble 2015

13 hours ago

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The Royal Rumble is always one of WWE’s most talked about shows of the year and the 2015 instalment was no different. It was breathtakingly brilliant at times and furiously frustrating in other parts.

The brilliance came in the form of the Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins vs John Cena title match. We are just a few weeks into the year, but that very well could finish as the best match of the entire 2015. In fact, it is right up there as a contender for the best match of this decade. Rollins is a supreme talent and Lesnar is captivating in everything he does. Cena meanwhile remains the greatest big match player in the company.

The frustration once again lay in the Royal Rumble matchup. Fan favourite Daniel Bryan was eliminated early and the crowd never really got over it. Supposed babyface Roman Reigns won the match, but he »

- Grahame Herbert

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Emma Watson To Star In Disney’s Live-Action Beauty And The Beast

13 hours ago

Despite still being best known for starring in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson has delivered a number of impressive performances since that franchise ended. In fact, it’s fair to say that out of the three young stars who led the J.K. Rowling adaptations, it’s Watson who has most successfully distanced herself from the character she played.

Regardless, the British actress has now lined up her next high profile role, confirming via her Facebook page that she will star in Disney’s live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

“I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’ My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. »

- Josh Wilding

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11 Reasons To Celebrate Having Big Boobs

13 hours ago

The simple truth is that a lot of the time big boobs can be an absolute nightmare: they come with the particular responsibility of always carrying pain relief for your aching backs and the spade that you need for when you go on holiday to dig the holes in the sand so you can lie on your front.

There are problems, and there’s really no getting around but the fact, but when they’re good, boobs are amazing. They are wondrous things, powerful and awe-inspiring and they can provide endless hours of entertainment.

Not only that, but they can win arguments with partners, draw judgemental eyes away from that potbelly that you’re trying to hide and prop up books you’re reading in the bath without the dangers of ruinous water damage.

And not to mention, your two mountains can make you feel feminine and girly and sexy »

- Sara Weir

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WWE Raw Cancelled – What Should WWE Air Tonight? (Poll)

14 hours ago

WWE.com

There’s a very good chance that WWE Monday Night Raw will be cancelled tonight due to the blizzard that is affecting the Hartford, Connecticut area. With the governor of the state announcing a travel ban effective this evening, it’s unlikely that WWE will be allowed to have a show that risks the lives of their employees and fans. For once in his life, Vince McMahon may have to tap out to Mother Nature.

With that in mind, WWE does have three hours of programming to fill. What could they do? Here are some choices.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

1. WrestleMania 30 Documentary – It was advertised during the Royal Rumble that WWE is going to air a documentary about WrestleMania 30 after Raw tonight on WWE Network. Perhaps WWE will show it in the Raw timeslot instead. »

- John Canton

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20 Actors Who Have Appeared In Both Classic And New Doctor Who

14 hours ago

BBC

As the joke goes, Britain is a very small island, so it is no wonder its TV shows have a stable of actors who have appeared multiple times on long-running shows. At 51 years old, Doctor Who has had its fair share of recurring characters appearing in both classic and post-2005 versions of the show (along with its spin offs), and even more actors who have returned to play a whole new part. The show seems to delight in these callbacks for eagle-eyed fans to spot, and they add a whole new layer of real life trivia that pairs with the program’s overall mythology.

Besides Sarah Jane Smith and K-9’s presence in School Reunion, and her subsequent show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, there are a couple of other companions who have turned up to say hello, not to mention past incarnations of the Time Lord himself.

Whether delighting in villainy, »

- Sara Habein

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Arnold Schwarzenegger In WWE Hall Of Fame 2015

14 hours ago

WWE.com

It was announced on Monday that WWE will induct actor and the former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger for their Hall of Fame on Saturday March 24 at the Sap Center in San Jose, California. The previous name announced for the Hall of Fame is “Macho ManRandy Savage. It was first reported by TMZ and shortly after confirmed by WWE.com as well.

Does he really deserve it? He’s only been on WWE TV  a few times, so he really doesn’t deserve it based on that. However, WWE has inducted multiple celebrities in the past that have barely appeared on their shows. In the last five years the celebrity Hall of Famers have been Bob Uecker, Drew Carey, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump and Mr. T’s memorable speech last year thanking his mother endlessly.

Schwarzenegger, who is 67 years old, appeared at the 2013 Hall of Fame when »

- John Canton

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10 Overlooked Positives Of Divisive Upcoming Movies

14 hours ago

Lionsgate

In the current world of year-long marketing campaigns and publicist journalism it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the extent of coverage upcoming movies get, particularly when all the touting of new castings and slight tidbits of information from interviews often misses some of the bigger points.

Look at the recent hoo-ha around Suicide Squad. Last week Tom Hardy left the project, then Jake Gyllenhaal was linked for a while before turning down the opportunity, leaving the role of Rick Flag open for the taking. It’s an exciting back-and-forth for sure, but so much of the coverage was obsessed over the states of the actors involved that it missed the bigger element of the story – Hardy had left over scripting issues. Flag, the presumed leader of the Squad, has had his role cut down, while there is now a question mark over the quality of David Ayer’s script. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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9 Classic Stephen King Movie Villains Who Chill You To The Bone

14 hours ago

Eugene Kaik

Stephen King has more film adaptations of his work than any other writer and this is a testament to his prowess of writing interesting and engaging fiction which is always entertaining and very easy to read. He writes across a number of genres, but is most famed for his body of horror prose which includes such popular fiction as Salem’s Lot, It, Carrie, The Shining and Misery. Even though he wrote The Shawshank Redemption, which was adapted into one of the most universally acclaimed films in cinema history, King will always be known primarily for his horror novels.

Cinema and TV adaptions of his work range from the sublime to the ridiculous. There is the Oscar winning Misery and there is the stinking heap of dung that is The Mangler. Central to the interpretation of King’s horror work is to have a good strong villain. Therefore »

- Clare Simpson

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10 TV Sidekicks Who Were Way Better Than Their Stars

15 hours ago

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It’s a strange fact of life that a lot of times when you watch a television show, you’ll find yourself drawn to the main character’s best friend rather than the lead themselves. Maybe they’re funnier, more interesting, more tortured, or more charming, they’re just more something. And the simple reason for that is because they don’t have to carry the entire story.

You can have a character with a huge amount of personality on a show as long as they’re in the background and parceled out in small doses, but if they were the linchpin of every story line, they would probably become overwhelming and even a little irritating. (Following this thought to its logical conclusion, the sidekick must be ever vigilant of becoming a caricature of themselves, like Urkel, Flanders, and Sheldon Cooper have done before them.)

In genre shows, the »

- Audrey Fox

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Your WWE Network Subscription

15 hours ago

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The 2015 Royal Rumble will be remembered for all of the wrong reasons. A nothing undercard and a very unpopular Rumble Winner, not to mention a pretty dull Rumble match, left the fans in Philadelphia with a sour taste in their mouths.

Was the show one of the worst ever? Many seem to agree that, yes, it was. Not even an instant-classic WWE Championship between Seth Rollins, John Cena and Brock Lesnar and a surprise appearances from Bubba Ray Dudley could save it. Fans made their voices heard at the end of the show by booing Reigns and his cousin The Rock out of the building.

When The Rock can’t even save a show and then fluffs his lines during a post-show promo, you know things are bad. WWE fans took to social media to further voice their disgust at the product and it wasn’t long before #CancelWWENetwork »

- Lewis Howse

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10 Stupidest Things People Have Been Killed With In Action Movies

15 hours ago

Warner Bros.

There is a tendency in action movies to do things bigger, better and louder than previous movies – more car chases, more complicated shoot-outs and more explosions tends to be the order of the day in a whirlwind of pyrotechical one-upmanship that sees filmmakers constantly attempting to outdo one another.

There’s certainly something to be said for an elaborately staged action sequence and when done well it’s about as visceral a cinematic experience as you can get. From the early gangster movies of the 1930s through to the gloriously choreographed shoot outs of John Woo’s Hong Kong action movies (arguably the pinnacle of the genre), action – and more specifically violent gunplay – has enthralled audiences around the world.

Still, as much fun as it is watching scenes of gunplay in action movies, sometimes it’s entertaining to see an action hero using something a little more imaginative than a gun. »

- Andrew Dilks

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Joss Whedon Says It’s Unlikely He Will Direct Avengers: Infinity War

15 hours ago

In 2012, The Avengers grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, and Avengers: Age of Ultron is on track to once again dominate the box office this year (a new batch of stills can be seen by clicking here).

The question on everyone’s mind however is whether or not he will return to helm the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. There have been rumours about James Gunn possibly taking over, and later more concrete reports that Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are being lined up to take over directing duties from Whedon.

Talking to Empire Magazine recently, the filmmaker revealed that he may indeed choose not to return for Avengers: Infinity War. “I couldn’t imagine doing this again,” he told the publication. “It’s enormously hard, and it will be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very »

- Josh Wilding

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