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WWE: 7 Innovations Jim Cornette Did That Changed Wrestling

3 hours ago

WWE.com

Jim Cornette’s history in the wrestling business is pretty incredible when you consider that he’s worked for every major professional wrestling company in America and did so under a variety of roles.

Cornette was a force in the wrestling business in his early 20s as a manger most notably for the Midnight Express tag team. He also worked for WCW and WWE while running his Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion in the early 1990s as well. He’s also roles in both Tna Wrestling and Ring of Honor as part of the creative process as well as an on screen figurehead.

There are few people in the business smarter than Jim Cornette. He’s most known for his work as an on screen manager, but it’s his creative mind that kept opening doors for him. Even though he wasn’t a wrestler, he even took part »

- John Canton

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WWE: Could We See War Games Match At Battleground PPV?

5 hours ago

WWE.com

When The Shield faced off with the Wyatt Family and now with Evolution, WWE fans got excited because those groups are all very good at what they do. All of them are booked strong on a consistent basis. Fans were chanting “this is awesome” as these teams were standing on the opposite sides of the ring. A lot of that excitement led to those same fans thinking that WWE might bring back an old Nwa/WCW staple called War Games. It hasn’t happened yet and there’s still uncertainty about whether it will happen.

A new report suggests that while there are no concrete plans for a War Games match right now, the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa that is hosting WWE Battleground on July 20 is big enough for a War Games setup. A name like Battleground is certainly fitting for match like War Games isn’t it? »

- John Canton

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10 Reasons Why 1997 Was WWE’s Most Important Year Ever

6 hours ago

WWE.com

“It has been said that anything can happen here in the World Wrestling Federation, but now more than ever, truer words have never been spoken.”

Those are the words that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon used on the December 15, 1997 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. It’s a promo that fans consider to be the introduction to what would be known as WWE’s Attitude Era. That was at the end of 1997, though. When we look back at that year, it’s clear that a promo like that would have been more appropriate one year earlier.

There were signs of WWE’s change much earlier in 1997 thanks to the growth of characters like Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, Triple H and Kane as they mixed in with the more established names such as Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and The Undertaker. Even McMahon himself grew a lot as a performer »

- John Canton

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20 Movie Taglines That Make No Sense At All

7 hours ago

Paramount

The marketing blitz has become an increasingly important part of the Hollywood machine. In order to put butts in seats and generate the maximum amount of revenue, people need to be aware of the project that they’re being sold. With advances in technology making promotional content more widespread than ever, there is an argument that the movie poster is becoming less significant. For major releases at least, they all seem to follow the same pattern of ‘hero facing the opposite way’ or ‘floating heads on blue/orange background’.

One of the most underrated aspects of movie marketing is the tagline; one sentence on the poster to entice people to go and see the finished product. Think of Alien, Jaws and Superman, hugely successful releases that just happened to have three of the most famous taglines in cinema history that any casual film fan can quote off the top of their heads. »

- Scott Campbell

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10 Outrageously Over-Acted Moments In The Amazing Spider-Man 2

7 hours ago

Sony Pictures

The long-awaited Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened last week in the United Kingdom, and although the majority of reviews for the Spidey sequel have been mixed, on the whole they’ve leaned slightly more towards the positive; the action sequences were fantastic, after all, the CGI was mostly good, Andrew Garfield made the titular role his own again and the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy has received widespread praise. Still, the movie certainly had its faults.

Too many villains, the rushed Green Goblin transformation storyline, a weak motive for Electro, a ridiculously long running time and a very frustrating ending were a few of the aspects of the movie that have been criticised since release day. However, there was also a severe over-acting epidemic evident on the movie’s set for reasons unknown. Now, we’re not necessarily saying that this is a bad thing – a comic »

- Kev Stewart

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What’s A Scene You Really Hate From A Movie You Really Love?

7 hours ago

Summit Entertainment

There’s probably no such thing as the “perfect” movie – even those flicks constantly referred to by film buffs and film critics at large are flawed in one way or another. The Godfather and Citizen Kane are often cited as the greatest motion pictures in the history of the medium… but even the folk who adore said films could probably recall one moment off of the top of their heads that they consider to be a weak point. These moments might be tiny or insignificant, but it’s probably true to say that no matter how much we like something, there’s always going to be a part we dislike.

Which got us thinking about scenes in our favourite movies that, despite loving the movies that they’re a part of, we just can’t stand. You know the types, of course. For the most part, a favourite »

- WhatCulture

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WWE: 10 Paige Moments From Before Her Debut You Need To See

9 hours ago

WWE.com

The night after WrestleMania 30 was a monumental one for World Wrestling Entertainment. The winds of change blew through the wrestling landscape as Daniel Bryan assumed his spot atop the WWE mountain, The Shield took a stand against injustice in the form of the Authority and new talent made a major impact throughout the show. One of those newcomers was an “enchanting, raven-haired lady,” as described by William Regal, named Paige. She came to the ring during Aj Lee’s egotistical promo, found herself involved in a Divas Championship match. As most know by now, she stunned her opponent and captured the title.

It was a shocking debut and a phenomenal way to introduce to the second-generation British competitor to a worldwide audience who may have only seen a match or two of hers prior to her championship victory. Immediately, they understood that the 21 year-old woman was a major »

- Erik Beaston

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Spurs Transfer News: Lilywhites Trial Young Belgian Left-Back

9 hours ago

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have offered a trial to young Belgian left-back Axel Frix.

The 16 year old starlet is currently on the books of Oh Leuven in his home country and is said to be attracting the attention of several big clubs in Belgium, including current domestic champions Anderlecht.

The left-back position is one that has proven to be something of a weak area for the White Hart Lane club this season, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto being loaned out to Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers, Danny Rose not convincing in his absence and the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton being forced to play out of their favoured positions in Rose’s injury spells. That said, Frix would not be an immediate solution to this problem at such a tender age.

Spurs’ Belgian contingent is already very prominent, with Nacer Chadli, Mousa »

- Kev Stewart

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Who’s The Boss? Thanks To giffgaff… We All Are!

10 hours ago

community.giffgaff.com

Let’s change the meaning of the word “boss”.

A boss is no longer one person, one leader, ruling an entire organisation. Giffgaff’s new campaign – “We’re All The Boss” – means just that. No customers, only members: everyone is the boss in the giffgaff community.

Things are always better when people work together, which sums up how giffgaff works in a nutshell. The new campaign shows real people in their day-to-day life, turning ideas into reality and being the boss.

People like Marcus; who set up his own clothing label from his bedroom in Cardiff. People like John, a proud Coasteerer who makes jumping off Welsh cliffs look a breeze. Not to mention Pole 2 Fitness instructor Lee (see video below) doing things his own way and totally rocking at the boss business.

You too, can have things your way. Find a better way to do mobile here. »

- Nina Cresswell

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10 WWE Divas That Were Underutilized

11 hours ago

WWE.com

In World Wrestling Entertainment, the women have always been held up to a different standard than the men. Former Divas and company workers have divulged that the women are told not to do specific moves or spots, out of fear of “overshadowing the boys.” It’s even common knowledge that WWE does not look favorably on its female performers hitting punches on one another, preferring them to use slaps or open-hand strikes.

Matches involving the women often have their times reduced or are scrapped from events completely (such as WrestleMania Xxviv) if prior matches or segments run over on time. On a three-hour edition of Raw, you’ll be lucky to see more than one match involving the plethora of women on the active main roster … and it’s rarer than a unicorn farting Skittles to see the match go beyond five minutes and not end in the »

- Tommy Bobby Watanabe

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WWE: 10 Most Paused Wrestling Moments

12 hours ago

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The advent of Blu-Ray WWE productions and HD WWE Network content has led to more hitting of the ‘pause’ button than ever before. Finally we can see clearer those insane split second moments in which a superstar botched a spot or a diva slipped a boob out. Let’s face it, move botches and wardrobe malfunctions Always set the internet wrestling community into a frenzy, with instantaneous ‘screen captures’ immediately popping up on Twitter after televised incidents.

So what have the greatest ‘must pause’ moments been over the last few decades? This latest feature will detail some of the incidents, providing the intriguing visuals along the way. Everything from blood and boobs will feature, small moments that we weren’t meant to see, made infamous through the immortality of video and strategic use of your remote’s pause button.

Now that the WWE Network is here, fans have more »

- Grahame Herbert

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Game Of Thrones: 7 Best Moments From Breaker Of Chains

13 hours ago

HBO

The agonizing year long wait is finally over, and Game of Thrones is back for its fourth season. Based on The Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, what began as a modest success in its premiere season has now become event television. It has captured the imagination of millions of viewers with its compelling characters and twisting narrative. Now, with the Red Wedding thoroughly ingrained into the public consciousness, enthusiasm for Game of Thrones has reached a fever pitch.

We are now 3 episodes into the fourth season, and this last episode was all about picking up the dramatic pieces of the massive fallout from Joffrey’s death. It also wasted no time pushing the narrative forward for many of the other characters, including Stannis, Sam, Jon Snow, and Arya. The episode also stood out because it featured a lot of great character interactions, which the show always excels at. »

- Brandon Jacobs

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12 Actors Who Must Play Marvel Villains Before 2028

13 hours ago

Earlier this month, Kevin Feige hinted that he had a master plan for every Marvel movie we would see before 2028 – an astonishing claim that brought accusations of empty brinksmanship with a newly determined DC Entertainment who were outlining their own plans – and the world was immediately intrigued. How could any studio have the confidence to plan 14 years in advance when the path of sequels would invariably rely on financial returns? And who were the thousands of characters Feige had suggested could make their way into the McU?

We put together our own take on the McU Master Plan, and with 28 movies plotted it, attention must now turn to the actors who will take on the key villainous roles.

Strictly speaking, the Phalanx and the Kree who should appear in future Marvel movies (as well as the Skrull race, probably) wouldn’t necessarily require notable actors, or leading figures who would »

- Simon Gallagher

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20 Pics To Give You Ocd Nightmares

14 hours ago

CBS

The term ‘Ocd’ is thrown around quite a bit these days, with seemingly every neat freak on the planet claiming to suffer from the condition. Obviously this isn’t true, but the new definition for Ocd basically means “he/she who really likes things to be organised and in order”, and we guarantee at least 80% of you lovely reader types would describe yourselves in such a way.

So in celebration of the neurotic masses/messes everywhere, we’ve put together a gallery of images set to test your “Ocd” senses. And by “in celebration of”, we most definitely mean “to screw with the heads of”, so brace yourselves for an uncomfortable few minutes as we take a look at the things Which Should Not Be!

 

20. The Nerd That Got Away

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Look at those tasty, tasty Nerds, all nice an neatly organised in a gigantic tub of sugar-coma-inducing goodness. »

- Stephen Kennedy

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10 Characters From Famous TV Shows Who Were Swept Under The Carpet

14 hours ago

Fox/Columbia Pictures Television

In the world of popular culture, a dreaded disease exists called the Chuck Cunningham syndrome, named after the oldest son on Happy Days who tragically disappeared from the series without explanation. This disease often ravages innocent characters whose only crime was not being useful enough to the progression of a plot. On television, some characters suffering from Chuck Cunningham syndrome are major characters whose absence we notice and puzzle over (for example, Judy Winslow in Family Matters). More often than not, they are characters who, for one reason or another, just did not work when production of a series began.

Of course, Chuck Cunningham syndrome is actually the result of lazy writers who hope we will not remember these minor characters and will focus, instead, on the more well known and loved characters of a series. But some of us do remember, and we puzzle over »

- Christopher A. Rothbauer

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5 Greatest Managers In WWE History

14 hours ago

WWE.com

Brock Lesnar ending the Undertaker’s winning streak at Wrestlemania 30 and Cesaro’s climb to even greater renown in WWE both share one man in common – Paul Heyman. Moreso than any other member of the active roster, Heyman’s unique ability to garner heat for performers in the role of manager is possibly one of the least discussed – yet most important roles that any on-screen character has in the company. Key to Heyman’s presentation of late is his proclamation that he is the greatest manager in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment.

As a heel, his audacious claim is meant to be the pomposity that leads to a cascade of boos. However, if studying the art of pro wrestling, is there truth to Heyman’s bold statement? In the annals of WWE’s history of ringside seconds, managers and generally conniving men and women patrolling ringside, is »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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20 Lies We All Tell Technical Support Agents

15 hours ago

Fremantle Media

“Good afternoon you’re through to tech support, how can I help you today?”

That line is repeated in various forms thousands of times every single day up and down the land. At some point in your life you will find something you own or pay for isn’t working and you will have to make the call and speak to a helpful techie.

Tech Support is the pinnacle of the call centre world. All roads will eventually land you at a technical advisor if you complain long enough. Sales agents, managers, customer service and complaints all use tech support for advice on dealing with their customer’s issues. Sometimes if the techie is nice he/she may even offer to take over the call and sort the customer out, just because they can. Tech support are the online detectives, with the knowledge and experience that will allow »

- Michael Downie

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WWE: 7 Recent Tag Team Breakups That Didn’t Help Anyone

15 hours ago

WWE.com

Breakups are never easy. That applies to life and to the wrestling business as well. When you think about all the tag teams over the years, how many of them have had breakups where both guys went on to become huge stars?

If you’re looking at some of the best teams ever, the one that jumps out as most successful on their own are Edge & Christian although Edge became the bigger star of the two. The Hardy Boys saw Jeff rise to the top while Matt was a midcarder. We know teams like the Rockers and Hart Foundation had one legendary wrestler on their teams while the other guy struggled. When the Dudleys broke up in WWE neither really broke out although Bubba Ray became a main eventer in Tna as Bully Ray. A lot of the time it’s hard to know what will happen to the team after the split. »

- John Canton

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10 Awesome Movies Set Over The Course Of A Day

15 hours ago

Warner Bros.

One of the greatest benefits of cinema as an art-form is that there are virtually no limits to what can be realized. Recent advances in computer technology mean that almost anything imaginable can be put on the big screen. Photo-realistic monsters? No problem. Futuristic city-scapes? Sure. Cataclysmic natural disasters? Okay. Past, present or future, CGI can now create just about anything.

Another huge benefit of cinema is the lack of narrative constraints. If you want to write a three hour long song, chances are people aren’t going to want to listen to it. If you want to paint on a canvas the size of a small town, nobody’s going to let you. If you write an opera, ballet or play that goes on for six hours you may struggle to put butts in seats. However, if you want to set a movie over years, decades, centuries or even millennia? »

- Scott Campbell

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Mick Foley Snubs WWE Legends Deal Due To Level Of Pay

15 hours ago

Wikipedia

Mick Foley has turned down a WWE legends deal due to his perception that it doesn’t pay enough. The former star went into great detail on his Facebook account, sounding off on the reasons he no longer has a working relationship with WWE. The crux of his issue is that he felt payoffs over the last two years of his WWE relationship were disproportionate to the work he put in.

“It would be fair to say that, despite strong sales, I have found the payoffs for the past two video games to be extremely weak – in the 25% range of what most talent was expecting.” Foley declares.

“Last year, the explanation had something to do with the video game company going bankrupt- a real shame for me, since I was heavily featured as three characters from the “Attitude” era, complete with voice work. I haven’t heard this year’s explanation yet, »

- Grahame Herbert

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