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WWE Raw Garners Lowest Rating Since May

17 September 2014 12:41 AM, PDT

WWE.com

WWE and its flagship program, Monday Night Raw, have been suffering as of late. The global wrestling entity can’t seem to hit its stride or find an engaging storyline to hook viewers. The past few weeks especially have featured some lackluster Raw broadcasts, drawing harsh criticism from viewers and the wrestling community. However, this past Monday’s broadcast has brought about a new low point.

Much was said about WWE’s seemingly haphazard booking of the September 15th edition of Raw. The John Cena/Brock Lesnar segment was featured not during the main event slot but midway through the show’s second hour. Reportedly, this was an attempt to capture some of the NFL’s Monday Night Football audience — as the featured game was in halftime during the Lesnar/Cena brawl. As such, Mark Henry and Rusev closed out another awkward edition of Raw.

It seems that »

- Douglas Scarpa

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20 Most Epic Wrestling Matches That Weren’t Supposed To Be Epic

16 September 2014 2:56 PM, PDT

WWE.com

If you were to compare pro wrestling history to the film industry, then it would be safe to state that the majority of fans best remember the matches that are comparable to the epic big-screen classics. The Godfather, The Dark Knight, and Titanic are three examples of celebrated movies that all have in common a length befitting of a thorough and complete story.

Since the 1980s birthed “The WrestleMania Era,” it has been similarly lengthy dramas in sports entertainment that have drawn the most critical acclaim and fan adulation. Yet, what of those matches that were never intended to be epic? Are not their achievements of remaining memorable amidst a sea of lengthier counterparts just as if not more impressive?

Today, we look back at twenty bouts that may not have been given the time to be “matches for the ages,” but wound up being epic all the same. »

- "The Doc" Chad Matthews

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10 Fan Edits That Totally Transform Famous Films

16 September 2014 2:17 PM, PDT

20th Century Fox

One of our pet peeves is when creative types dismiss all criticism of their art by people who aren’t artists themselves. You know the sort: the self-righteous musicians, writers or filmmakers who shrug off bad reviews with the zinger “well how many books have you written/how many number ones have you had/how many successful movies have you made?” or simply “think you can do better? Then why don’t you?” It’s silly. And not just because we take it personally; believing that the opinions of your audience don’t matter is a sure-fire way to end up making crappy products. Which people often do, especially in films.

Funnily enough, when they do, there are fans who prove that they can do better. Beginning in the early days of the internet, before download speeds increased and editing software became cheap-as-free and it grew into its own cottage industry, »

- Tom Baker

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Why Cena And Lesnar Didn’t Main Event WWE Raw

16 September 2014 2:07 PM, PDT

WWE.com

If you watched Monday’s edition of Raw then you probably noticed the order of the show was a bit different from what we were used to seeing. It started out with John Cena threatening Paul Heyman and telling him he had until “halftime” to produce Brock Lesnar or else Cena would beat up Heyman. Maybe some fans thought halftime meant halfway through Raw, which would have been about 9:30pmET. Instead what Cena meant was halftime of the Monday night NFL game between Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

As soon as halftime of the NFL game hit around 10pmET, Cena was on screen with Heyman doing their angle that brought out Lesnar. It led to a brief brawl with Cena getting the upperhand on Lesnar before security came down to the ring to break it up. What was bizarre about it is that it was an angle done to »

- John Canton

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8 Talented Young Wrestlers Who Were Screwed By WCW’s Demise

16 September 2014 1:57 PM, PDT

WWE.com

The recent death of Sean O’Haire has led to a lot of fans reflecting on his career. He was always seen as somebody with a great look that just didn’t make it to the top. Whether it was because he didn’t have the drive for it or some other reason, he will be remembered as a guy that had so much potential. What’s interesting about that is that if WWE never bought WCW then he could have been a really big deal in WCW.

A lot of the guys that really suffered from WWE buying WCW were a part of the Natural Born Thrillers stable that was formed in the summer of 2000 in WCW. They were a group of wrestlers mostly in their 20s or early 30s that were young stars that had bright futures. The idea was that they would work together to »

- John Canton

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8 Best WWE Steel Cage Matches Since 2000

16 September 2014 1:29 PM, PDT

WWE.com

There was a time when steel cages were used as prisons in which the hottest and most intense rivalries in all of professional wrestling would go to be resolved. Don Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart are just some of the bouts held in the confines of the steel structure that settled major rivalries and intensified others. They minimized outside interference and served as the battleground for some of industry’s giants. In recent years, however, Vince McMahon’s WWE has attempted to diminish the importance of the cage match, especially with Hell in a Cell and Elimination Chamber playing such a major role in their annual pay-per-view schedule.

Since the dawn of the new Millennium some 14 years ago, several top Superstars have done all they can to ensure that the cage match does not become extinct. Industry giants such as Edge, »

- Erik Beaston

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Everton Announce New Stadium Plans

16 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT

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Everton have confirmed that they are looking at plans for the club to move to a new stadium in Walton Hall Park.

The club will work alongside Liverpool City Council and housing association Liverpool Mutual Homes, among other partners, to try to bring the proposal to fruition, and hope it would form part of the regeneration of North Liverpool.

The council are keen to see a comprehensive regeneration of the area and believe more than 1,000 jobs could be created in the process. Although details are vague at present, it is believed the club would have to fund the stadium on their own and would receive no financial support from the council.

The Liverpool Echo estimates the stadium would cost around £200 million and would be part funded by a naming rights deal and the sale of current home Goodison Park. However, there are no current details on how the club »

- Sean Lunt

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10 Ridiculous Finishes To WWE And WCW World Title Matches

16 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT

WWE.com

For all the matches that make it to a pay-per-view card, the main event is the primary attraction and is almost always a world title match, the match that’s supposed to excite people, put asses in seats and make them cough up their hard earned cash. The problem is, the match is rarely as good as we think it’ll be and we’re not always buying what we think we’re buying. A bad, dull or boring match is one thing, but controversial, silly and ridiculous match finishes have been known to completely change the complexion of decent matches and ruin any good memories of impressions we had of otherwise decent pay-per-views.

Rarely do these finishes happen to lower card matches because the stakes are considered too small for any intricate complication. As wrestling became more complicated and edgy in the late 90’s, a main event »

- Sam Thorne

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10 Tennis Players Who Could Take Over The Sport

16 September 2014 11:52 AM, PDT

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Last Monday, Marin Cilic became just the third tennis player outside what has become known as the sport’s ‘Big Four’ – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – to win a grand slam event since 2005.

A year ago, Cilic was handed a nine-month, back-dated ban for “incautious use of glucose” having failed a urine test in Munich a few months earlier. The suspension was due to conclude in February 2014, but Cilic, who blamed the test result on glucose tablets purchased from a pharmacy by one of his team, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Cas believed his punishment was overly severe, reducing the length of the ban to four months and allowing the player to fully participate in the 2014 season.

Cilic grabbed the opportunity with both hands, spending his enforced absence honing his formidable serve and employing former Wimbledon champion »

- Jonathan Cordiner

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10 Movie Franchises That Got Better With Each Film

16 September 2014 11:24 AM, PDT

Warner Bros.

One largely unbroken rule of filmmaking is that the longer a movie series drags on, the worse it’s going to get: just look at pretty much any horror franchise to see that law of diminishing returns kicking in after no more than two or three movies. Though studios simply won’t care as long as their opening weekend is lucrative to fans of what came before, it can be pretty heartbreaking.

But every so often, a franchise will come along that just seems to go from strength to strength, improving with each new installment. Granted, the majority of these exceptions to the rule are trilogies, because once a series gets to the fourth or fifth movie, it’s pretty difficult to sustain let alone improve upon the quality of what came before (unless, as in a few cases here, it was never particularly great to begin with »

- Jack Pooley

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20 Problems Only Whovians Will Understand

16 September 2014 10:22 AM, PDT

BBC

Since Doctor Who returned to screens large and small in 2005 it has stepped out of the subculture and truly become a global phenomenon. Now, nearly a decade of Nu-Who on, fans of the show are truly living in a golden age. This is an age where wearing your Doctor Who T-shirt to school actually makes you cool. An age where Target Novelizations are valuable collectibles and not items that must be hidden at all cost lest they get you beaten up after gym class. An age where you might actually wear your Doctor Who T-shirts out in public and get something other than confused stares.

Time has rolled on and proved that we were right all along, Doctor Who Is the coolest show ever. Now everyone knows it.

So why aren’t we happier?

It may well be that while paradise is nice and all, it doesn’t mean »

- Mikey Heinrich

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10 Players Spurs Should Go In For In January

16 September 2014 9:51 AM, PDT

Nick Potts/Empics Sport

Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive start to this Premier League campaign has come to an abrupt halt.

Two wins out of two – over West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground and over Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane – in addition to two wins in the Europa League play-off round saw Mauricio Pochettino get off to a flyer in his reign as coach of the Lilywhites.

However, a home thrashing against Liverpool was followed by a draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in a match during which Spurs completely dominated proceedings and it is clear, even this early in the season, that the club are still lacking quality (at least in terms of depth) in certain areas.

The club missed out on a number of potential targets in the summer and, although several players were brought in – Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, DeAndre Yedlin, »

- K.J. Stewart

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GTA V New-Gen Release Date And 16 Hyper-Detailed Screenshots

16 September 2014 9:43 AM, PDT

Rockstar

Cheer up, Trevor! You’ve never looked better! Just look at those pillow-soft folds in the sleeve of your hoody, those razor sharp flecks of light and self-cast shadows silhouetting your scowl, and that uncanny, oily glow of human skin. But forget you and your nuanced lighting! That rusty grit, chipped and caked on the handrail beside you, is also crystal clear. That proverbial sea of headlights behind you? They are all connected to physical cars with people inside them and separate physics to govern their explosive chain reaction, should you “accidentally” drop a grenade off the overpass. Why so serious, Trevor? Did you think we’d forgotten about you?

It’s true, Rockstar usually likes to give us a healthier lead-up to a games release. So, recently, with hardly a word regarding the new-gen version of GTA V that was promised for this Fall, we’d started to »

- James McGrath

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Agents Of Shield: 15 Things You Need To Know Before Season 2 Starts

16 September 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

ABC

If you missed out on the first season of Agents of Shield you aren’t alone, if ratings figures are anything to go by. Things got off to a rocky start for the first Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in show thanks partly to fan expectations that the series would replicate the excitement and big budget thrills of its silver screen forebears and the show’s creators struggling to find their feet in the first half of the season.

In all honesty there were some pretty naff episodes in 2013, but faithful viewers also got glimmers of what the show would become in the future, and those who stuck with AoS were treated to an improvement in quality and drama so vast that you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d started watching a different show entirely.

If the series had ended then it would have been on a high note, but »

- Mark Allen

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10 British Wrestlers Who Had Profound Impact In America

16 September 2014 9:24 AM, PDT

WWE.com

For decades, Britain has been known across the world for producing some truly great wrestlers. Although just a small island nation with a population of 60 million, the worldwide impact of British stars has been profound. I have previously stated, when appearing on the Bwc British Wrestling Roundup show on Challenge TV here in the UK, that I genuinely believe that British wrestlers are the best in the world. When you consider our nation’s small size and the number of Brits who have made a global impression on the wrestling world, compared to the size of other wrestling countries, it is an excellent rate ‘per capita’. The British style, technical and mat based, has become slightly diluted as the American influence has crossed the Atlantic over the past two decades, but it has enjoyed a renaissance to a degree through the popularity of some of the wrestlers listed in this article. »

- Dean Ayass

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10 Reasons Cm Punk Will Never Be Able To Move On From WWE

16 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT

WWE.com

Cm Punk walked away from WWE back on January 27th of this year. The Second City Saint was reportedly burned out from a nearly three year run that saw him hold the WWE Championship for 434 days and work main event matches all over the world. The man that so many fans believed in and supported from day one was apparently ready to just leave without even saying goodbye.

Since that time, there has been a plethora of theories about why he left and whether or not he will ever come back. Fans just seem unable to let it go and despite how much time passes, Punk is still being talked about. The WWE faithful know who they love and they know who they want; Punk has typically always fit that criteria and that has not changed now.

However, Punk the man claims his WWE career is over, that he will never return. »

- Tom Clark

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21 Very Real Makeup Problems Every Female Can Relate To

16 September 2014 8:43 AM, PDT

Fox

Life is an endless labour of challenges and failures… but eventually, you’ll get your makeup right. Still, the most adept cosmetic lovers among us can muck things up once in a while. All it takes is that one sneeze in the midst of intense mascara application; the oily skin that never fails to break through your prison of finely-applied foundation, and the sheer tension of perfecting cat eyes when you’re strapped for time… you don’t just ask someone with winged eyeliner why they’re late for something.

And let’s not forget the face-furniture that frames it all – the eyebrows. Our hearts go out to those women who over-plucked their brows in the ‘90s: never again will you be able to flaunt a beautiful well-groomed arch; well, unless you really did put those tweezers down forever. It takes years to get your eyebrows looking healthy again, »

- Nina Cresswell

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17 Problems Only Hotel Workers Will Understand

16 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT

Long hours, late nights, early breakfast shifts, shouting guests, angry reviews…

Okay, so it’s not all bad. Just as any other job there will always be good days and bad days; it just feels sometimes like you’re staring in a new fly-on-the-wall documentary called Hotels From Hell. We know hotels are made to be seen as extension of your home; ‘a home away from home’ some of the marketing brochures will have you believe but we find it hard to believe every guest is this high-maintenance in their own life. Yes, we know you want a nice time and the nice luxury of not having to clean up after yourself but is it really necessary to put hotel staff through this much torture?

Next time you’re checking-in for a weekend away or a week-long holiday break think about the hard-working staff trying to keep everything running smoothly 24-hours a day. »

- Cheish Merryweather

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Benjamin Stambouli Discusses His Spurs Debut

16 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT

Benjamin Stambouli has been reflecting on his Tottenham Hotspur debut in a discussion with the club’s official website.

The new French midfielder, who signed from Montpellier on transfer deadline day, came off the bench for his Spurs debut on the 70 minute mark at the Stadium of Light.

“Benji”, as he is affectionately known, dived in to the game, making five successful challenges during his appearance – more than any other player in the Spurs team did all game – but the match ended in disappointment thanks to Harry Kane’s unfortunate late own goal giving Sunderland an unlikely point.

About his debut, Stambouli had this to say:

It was a powerful game with a good rhythm and not the easiest for my first appearance. We are all disappointed but Sunderland showed real spirit to come back. I think we should have won this game but hopefully next time, we will do it. »

- K.J. Stewart

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10 Rules That Make Every Movie The Same

16 September 2014 6:58 AM, PDT

Paramount Pictures

Going to the cinema these days can inspire a special sort of deja vu. We’re not talking about the constant churn of sequels or remakes, or attending a special screening of either Groundhog Day or that one scene of the cat from The Matrix (we’re not sure why any cinema would partake in the latter), by the way; we’re talking about the fact that every film seems to be exactly the same. You can take films as diverse as, say, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Great Gatsby and Gravity, and still come away feeling like that was something familiar about each of them. They had something in common, besides taking place in space.

Unless you’re a screenwriting geek, then you probably haven’t been able to put your finger on what exactly those similarities are. What exactly do adventures of Peter Quill, Nick Carraway »

- Tom Baker

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