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6 Reasons Daniel Bryan’s Retirement Will Hurt WWE In The Long Run

2 hours ago

WWE.com

Retirements in wrestling always cut deep down. From Austin to Michaels, Flair to Edge, nobody wants to see their favourite guy admit that he’s mortal in a land of immortals.

The Monday February 8th Raw was potentially one of the most emotional in years; after three hours of building it up throughout the show, and three hours of “is it actually happening? Is it a work?”, Daniel Bryan closed the show and, like Edge before him, tearfully announced to the world that due to repeated and multiple head injuries sustained throughout his sixteen-year career, he would be retiring from active competition with immediate effect, breaking the hearts of his millions of fans.

Though he was allowed to go out on his own terms, thankfully before anything serious happened, there is now a gaping space left at the top of the card in the company, and in parallel, »

- Arron Fellows

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10 Reasons Re-watching WrestleMania XXX Is A Recipe For Depression

2 hours ago

WWE.com

Well, well, it’s already 2016; time sure flies when you’re watching pro wrestling at its absolute finest. What with the innovative stories and the many, many opportunities flying around among a host of different names, it’s been a distracting roller-coaster ride fraught with dizzying highs and new frontiers…

Okay, enough of that. Obviously, neither the company nor its fans are in a very positive place right now, all largely due to a perfect storm of poor internal decisions and some even worse luck.

In light of recent events that probably need not be specified verbally, many WWE Network subscribers may find themselves nostalgically gravitating to a certain major event in the archives. Like so many of those lost souls, I gave into the urge to re-watch WrestleMania XXX on DVD recently, and by the time it was over I needed a stiffener. And I don’t even drink. »

- Luke Lafontaine

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17 Sex Scenes That Supposedly Weren’t Simulated

3 hours ago

Wild Bunch

Attitudes to sex in cinema are all wrong. You can show a head getting blown off but you can’t show another kind actually being blown. You can fill a screen with gallons of blood but one speck of ejaculate causes controversy. You can show all manner of stabbings and insertions but anything even close to actual penetration is a no-go, an act likely to send sexless censors everywhere into a seizure.

Somehow, sex, in the cinema at least, has become worse than violence. That’s sex, something that most of us love; a healthy, natural, necessary act; the reason we’re all here; sex, all but banished from the movies unless its a sanitised, representative-in-no-way-whatsoever-of-any-sex-any-one-has-ever-actually-had Fifty Shades of Grey style of sex.

Step outside the mainstream, however – generally towards the edges of art-house and foreign cinema – and you will find numerous examples of actual on-screen sex, sex »

- Taylor Burns

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10 Infamous Glitches That Break Classic Games

3 hours ago

Blizzard Entertainment

Glitches are a fairly common occurrence in video games, often forcing games to crash unexpectedly, and sometimes rendering them entirely unplayable for long periods of time. In fact, glitches have been so prevalent at this point that they’re almost expected, tolerated by players as an unavoidable nuisance intrinsically tied to the medium of video games.

And that’s why we get broken game releases.

Some companies, such as Bethesda Softworks have been getting away with releasing buggy, broken games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim for years, cultivating quite the reputation in the process for their slapdash, unrefined approach to game development. Yet, they get somewhat of a free pass – providing they distribute a patch or two and repair the damage.

With that said, though people are quite accepting of glitches, there have been some notable exceptions throughout the years that have been too detrimental for anyone to ignore. »

- Richard John Dorricott

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10 World Champions WWE Never Believed In

4 hours ago

WWE.com

In the span of a few months, Roman Reigns has already become a two-time WWE World Heavyweight champion, and likely by WrestleMania 32, he will have won the prestigious prize a total of three times. But just about anyone can see that WWE is high on Reigns and his potential be to be a franchise player for the organization for years to come.

The fact of the matter is, he has been heavily protected since his arrival on the scene in late 2012 and will continued to be groomed to be “the next guy” for as long as Vince McMahon is behind him, despite what fans might think of him.

Unfortunately, not every Superstar has that kind of luxury, and if they do, officials aren’t high on them for very long. It has long been a fact of WWE that it is a land of the giants, dating back »

- Graham GSM Matthews

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Ranking All 20 WWE February PPVs – Worst To Best

7 hours ago

WWE.com

For the past two decades, WWE’s February pay-per-view has served the same function that “The Main Event”, the Friday night NBC specials from 1988-91, served: to reinforce the big WrestleMania stories on a grander stage. While it’s not exactly easy to match the historic value of an evil Hebner twin ending Hulk Hogan’s four-year WWF Championship reign, or the Mega Powers disbanding during a heated backstage quarrel, the February pay-per-views have offered their own share of memorable moments.

Sometimes, the events in question feature a startling twist that throws the WrestleMania card into unexpected disarray. Other years, they’re as predictably benign as can be, flying on autopilot into the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’. In either case, they’ve been a haven for a number of classic matches that are rewatchable unto themselves, connection to WrestleMania aside.

Ranking all twenty events isn’t an exact science, »

- Justin Henry

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Game Of Thrones: 10 Most Memorable Dying Words

7 hours ago

HBO

This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Seasons 1-5.

There’s a lot of death in Game of Thrones. That might be the biggest understatement of all time but, in a show featuring so many characters, it’s important to thin the herd. Happily for us, that makes for a lot of memorable death scenes in the show’s five-year run.

Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Joffrey Baratheon, all major characters who were shockingly killed off to our horror and delight. But even central characters such as they are, none were given particularly memorable final words. That is an honor saved only for a precious few.

It’s not easy to let loose a worthwhile quote before meeting your gruesome end, and those characters that make memorable exits do so through varied methods. Some are epic displays of spitting in the face of death, some are heartbreaking goodbyes from beloved characters, »

- Colin McCormick

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10 Movie Characters More Self-Aware Than Deadpool

7 hours ago

20th Century Fox

Deadpool has finally hit cinemas, towing a trailer load of action, anticipation and arsing around in its wake. What started as a Twitter campaign by star Ryan Reynolds soon mushroomed into a multi-milion dollar movie, buoyed by an offbeat marketing campaign. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a chunk of change guaranteed in the bank for the studio? The multi-platform giant is certainly hoping for a “yes” to that last one.

From posing seductively on a fireside rug to getting cheeky on the side of a bus with a kids’ backpack, Reynolds has delighted in presenting this anti-hero as game for a giggle. Marry that to the extreme violence in the film and you have a strange brew indeed. The main selling point though seems to be the idea that Deadpool is a self-aware character, that he comments sarcastically on everything that happens around him. »

- Steve Palace

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Mass Effect 4 Andromeda: Predicting 10 New Gameplay Features

7 hours ago

Bioware

Now that the Commander Shepard era of Mass Effect has come to a close, we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the introduction to a new cast of characters, a new ship, and even a new galaxy within this much-beloved universe.

News on Mass Effect Andromeda, story or gameplay related, has been scarce, with the only information given being short, CG trailers (although the E3 one may be in-game engine footage) and a couple leaks here and there that may not even be real. You know information is few and far between when a Bioware producer tweets out that he’s played the first hour, states that he “shot things in the face”, and people were making immediate reactions and forming opinions based only on that.

To put it simply, there’s very little information out there regarding gameplay and story, with only the trailers to really work with for now, »

- Kevin McCasland

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WWE Poll: Who Should Face The Undertaker At WrestleMania 32?

7 hours ago

WWE.com

Plans always change in WWE, but the construction of this year’s WrestleMania has thus far been a cavalcade of aborted and rearranged ideas – and that’s no more evident than in the path The Undertaker’s scheduled bout has taken. News broke last year that Wyatt Family giant Braun Strowman was being groomed for the position, but WWE higher-ups thought better of it and decided to go with a John Cena-Undertaker dream match. Once Cena suffered a shoulder injury, Strowman was again a potential opponent for the Phenom, but that idea has reportedly been shelved again.

Even though John Cena is known for his quick recoveries, he doesn’t seem likely to make this year’s WrestleMania – meaning that there’s nobody on the docket for Undertaker to face. WWE is currently suffering the consequences of not having built up talent over the past twelve months, »

- Scott Fried

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WWE And Tna: 7 Worst Moments Of The Week (Feb 14)

8 hours ago

WWE.com

Roman Reigns continues to not get over at a top level. The Authority keeps boring audiences across the world. Brock Lesnar no longer feels like a huge star. WrestleMania looks likely to be a bit of a trainwreck. Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler just won’t end. And yet, through it all, WWE’s Network subscriptions and profits continue to grow. How in the hell does Vince McMahon keep pulling this off? What kind of dark magic is he practicing?

Well, elsewhere in the wrestling world, Matt Hardy’s baby has proven to be a more effective heel than 90% of WWE’s roster, Bray Wyatt told us that the apocalypse has begun, which makes that approximately the 37th time he’s threatened the end of the world, only to lose his next feud, and oh my God, SmackDown did not end with a Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose match! »

- Andrew Soucek

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20 Most Insane Wrestling Spots Of The Week (Feb 14)

8 hours ago

wwe.Com

The most memorable moment of the past seven days was the retirement of Daniel Bryan and there’s no argument about that fact. But as humbly as is possible, here is an offering of many other moments also worth remembering from this past week. These highlights might not be able to generate anything close to the emotions from the end of Raw, but they’re still pretty darn cool.

The following spots that have been selected include table breaks by two bitter Dudley brothers, moves from a Tna match that caused a certain Olympic gold medalist to bleed from his mouth, and a fall off of a ladder from a Last Luchador Standing Match that has to be seen to be believed.

There are 20 moments of in-ring action so lets get to it, beginning with a couple of rising talents from Ring of Honor…

 

20. Spanish Fly In The Top Prospect Tournament ROHWrestling. »

- Mitch Nickelson

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Kevin Von Erich To Induct Fabulous Freebirds In WWE Hall Of Fame

8 hours ago

WWE.com

It’s looking more and more likely that the Fabulous Freebirds, a team that changed tag team wrestling forever, may finally be receiving their well deserved induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year in Dallas.

The Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts) starred all over the country during the 1980s, but many most fondly remember their run as part of World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas. With the biggest show of the year taking place in the Von Erich family’s former territory that the Fabulous once ruled, a Hall of Fame induction is a no-brainer.

Clueing everyone in on the fact that this may indeed be happening was Kevin Von Erich on Twitter. He posted a message noting that WWE had given him a call to participate in WrestleMania weekend and that he indeed would be there.

I got a phone call yesterday, »

- Ryan Droste

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WWE Interested In Third-Generation Lucha Libre Star

8 hours ago

Superluchas

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that WWE are interested in signing Aaa star Humberto Garza III, who has competed for the organization under the names Garza Jr. and El Hijo del Ninja.

At only 23 years of age, Garza is already a veteran, having been working as a pro since November of 2008.

Garza recently made it to the semifinals of the annual Rey de Reyes tournament, and he’s also vied for Aaa’s World Trios Title. He’s already worked with alumni from WWE, having competed in tag matches with Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Alberto del Rio.

Garza’s father and grandfather have worked for Mexico’s most prestigious promotions, but his most successful relative was his uncle, Aaa Hall of Famer Hector. Hector Garza was one of the founding members of ultra-popular Cmll stable Los Perros del Mal, remaining with the group until his death in »

- Scott Fried

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Stardust And Stephen Amell Start WWE Angle At Comic Con

9 hours ago

Matt Fowler

As noted here in recent weeks, actor Stephen Amell (star of the TV show Arrow) is expected to make a return to WWE and continue his storyline feud with Stardust.

Following a successful match between the two last Summer where Amell impressed many with his in-ring abilities and willingness to perform, both parties have showed interest in working together again.

It appears that the time is near for another Amell appearance in WWE. At a Comic Con event in Dallas on Saturday, Amell and Stardust filmed a confrontation. Stardust appeared as a surprise during a panel that Amell was taking part in. With the interaction happening in Dallas, home to this year’s WrestleMania, a singles match between the two at the year’s biggest PPV seems quite likely.

Stardust wasn’t alone at Comic Con. His wife, WWE ring announcer Eden, was also involved. Eden threw water on Amell at one point. »

- Ryan Droste

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Rosa Mendes Gives Birth To Baby Girl

9 hours ago

twitter

WWE Diva and E! “Total Divas” star Rosa Mendes has announced the birth of her first child, daughter Jordan Elizabeth Schubenski.

Jordan is reportedly 19 inches long and weighs 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Both mother and child are doing well and resting with Mendes’s fiancé, Bobby Schubenski.

In a statement released to E!, Mendes said:

Please welcome Jordan Schubenski to the world. The love we have for her is indescribable. We want to thank our family and friends, and I especially want to thank my WWE family for supporting me from day one. I can’t wait for all of you to meet her in person. She’s so special.

Mendes, who was working as a Smackdown! correspondent prior to taking her leave last fall, has been in WWE since competing in the 2006 Diva Search. She won the Ovw Women’s Championship in 2007, then in 2012, managed Primo and Epico to the WWE Tag Team Titles. »

- Scott Fried

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10 Best Netflix & Chill Films For Valentine’s Day

20 hours ago

Paramount Pictures

If you don’t know what “Netflix & Chill” means by now, you’ve probably been spending too much time in your bedroom watching Netflix. Basically, it’s a thinly-veiled invitation to come over to someone’s house, start watching a movie and then transition into something a bit more physical.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to begin planning the appropriate flick. If you want watching a film to become “watching a film” then you’re going to have to make sure you select the right thing.

Lucky for you, this list encompasses a wide variety of possibilities, accommodating for everyone from romance fans to comedy fans to people who genuinely love great cinema. But the most important thing is that they’ve all got a sexy twist.

Here are the ten most effective Netflix & Chill films for this coming Valentine’s Day. »

- Brian Wilson

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8 Innocent Songs With Incredibly Disturbing Histories

20 hours ago

Walt Disney Productions

There are certain songs out there that are so popular, and have seemingly been around for so long, that most people don’t even question what they mean anymore. Passed down innocently from generation to generation; as children we all sang them as unknowingly as our parents and grandparents before us.

Yet the world was a vastly different place not that long ago – you’ve only to travel back a few decades to see just how contrasting society’s politics were. Travel back further still and you’ll begin to edge closer to when some of these songs were first written. A *vastly* different place.

Over time context is lost or obscured, leaving nothing but a catchy tune and innocuous lyrics. But reattach that context and things become infinitely darker, dealing with everything from racism to burying children alive.

From famous nursery rhymes to classic Disney tunes, »

- Brian Wilson

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8 Shocking Differences Between Leaked Deadpool Screenplay And Movie

20 hours ago

20th Century Fox/Marvel Comics

Right about now, the studio execs at 20th Century Fox who spent years refusing to make Deadpool must be feeling mighty stupid. With overwhelmingly positive reviews and box office analysts predicting a North American debut of over $90 million, Deadpool is officially a hit, and a sequel is already in development. However, to get that initial green light a couple of years ago, test footage from the movie had to be leaked online.

What didn’t exactly help the movie’s cause is the screenplay which surfaced back in 2010. Written by Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it made for an enjoyable enough read, but it was also easy to see why those unfamiliar with the character would initially be reluctant to spend tens of millions of dollars on making it a reality. However, the potential was there for something great, but some major changes were needed. »

- Josh Wilding

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10 Things Only Hardcore Nintendo Fans Will Understand

20 hours ago

Stephen Brashear/AP

Nintendo fans aged 30-plus are a strange breed. Perhaps spurned on by the death of Sega hardware in 2001, fears of Nintendo quitting the gaming industry are present in many a forum post and comment thread related to Nintendo news, even as they gear up to release the latest iteration of the always million-selling Pokemon, or finally venture into mobile gaming with Pokemon Go.

Naysayers are always predicting the fall of Nintendo and fans are always out to defend the company they’ve (probably) loved since childhood.  With the Wii U flagging in what might be its final year on shop shelves and the 3Ds reinventing itself into the new Nintendo 3Ds, Nintendo are again approaching a fork in the corporate road.  With the tragic passing of Saturo Iwata, relatively recently appointed new president Tatsumi Kimishima must make bold moves to ensure the continued success of the company. »

- Bryan Langley

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