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10 Things You Don’t Know About WWE In 1994

3 hours ago

WWE.com

As we have seen from the backstage happenings in 1993, sometimes the biggest stories in WWF/E happen off screen rather than on screen. We learned about how Shawn Michaels quit the WWF, how Vince McMahon’s first stint as a heel was in the Uswa, who the second Doink was, and that Hulk Hogan called the WWF Championship a toy.

Moving on to the next installment of this series, we take a look at 1994. On screen, this was the year that Bret Hart reclaimed his spot at the top of the company, and Owen Hart was brought to the forefront as one of the biggest heels in the company. Macho Man, Bobby Heenan, and Mean Gene Okerlund left the WWF and joined Hulk Hogan in WCW. And at the end of the year, Diesel scored one of the more shocking and unexpected WWF Championship victories in history.

All of this we know. »

- Seagull

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Jamie Foxx: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

4 hours ago

Paramount Pictures

Jamie Foxx is a talented man. Comedian, musician and actor, he’s tried his hand at many pursuits and gone down a storm in each. After all, it’s a rare man who can actually turn out a decent album while conquering Hollywood (no, that doesn’t include Bruce Willis), and even rarer a man who’s snaffled up an Academy Award and a Us Billboard charts number one to match his Grammy. In fact, there’s only four people who’ve done it, a number so small you couldn’t even make a quiz team out of it.

So basically, he deserves all the praise you can throw at him, and then some. But just because the man born Eric Marlon Bishop – you really didn’t think Foxx was his birth-name, did you? – is obviously successful, it doesn’t mean everything he touches turns to gold. No, »

- Edward Owen

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WWE Analysis: Is Daniel Bryan A Weaker Live Event Draw Than John Cena?

4 hours ago

WWE.com

With Daniel Bryan as your world champion, John Cena still as your number one merchandise seller and Cm Punk sitting out, I thought it would be interesting to look at the latest 2014 stats regarding house show draws.

Interested readers may want to look at my previous work on this subject:

House Show Draws (WM2010 to WM2014) - published March 2014 John Cena vs Daniel Bryan (House Show Draw) - published Feb 2014 Analysis:

- I’m looking at the reported attendance for WWE House Show as recorded by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

- We are not looking at WWE Live Events that were TV Tapings

- We are comparing the attendance to the 2008-2013 non-tv Taping attendance baseline

There were 88 WWE events in the Wrestling Observer archives.  This included four Nxt events and thirty WWE TV Tapings. Of the remaining 54 WWE Live events, attendance was available for 90% of them. Attendance »

- Chris Harrington

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9 Confusing Films Where Absolutely Nobody Knew What Was Going On

4 hours ago

Universal Pictures

Hollywood so often caters to the lowest common denominator that it’s not often we’ll emerge from the cinema and be rather unsure of quite what we’ve just been witness to. Is this exclusively a bad thing? Does a confusing movie automatically mean that a director has failed?

Absolutely not: there are plenty of challenging, even nonsensical movies which are superbly acted, gorgeous to look at and fascinating to dissect, even if there’s no clear answer to the puzzle and audiences are left to make their own minds up. One can often imagine the directors of such films rubbing their hands with delight at how much they can dismay audiences.

Such will apply to many of the movies on this list, whereas others may simply prove to be too impenetrable for some audiences. It’s highly subjective, as more casual viewers may have found something like Inception confusing, »

- Jack Pooley

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Cm Punk’s Face Covered Up In The Ultimate Warrior Documentary

5 hours ago

This week on WWE Network, WWE has promoting that it would be “Warrior Week” with several shows dedicated to the late Ultimate Warrior. Thursday night on WWE Network, they aired a documentary called “Ultimate Legend.” The documentary featured comments from several key WWE personnel:

- Sting discussed his history with Warrior and how Warrior was. Sting was in a tag team with Warrior when both of them were starting out. They were known as the Blade Runners. They also teamed together in a tag match in WCW during Warrior’s brief run in 1998 there. Sting also spoke about Warrior’s death saying that what he said on Raw the night before was prophetic. It’s believed Sting has signed a WWE deal, so this was one of his first interviews as part of the company.

- Triple H mentioned getting the news from his assistant and knowing it would be »

- John Canton

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Stone Cold Steve Austin

5 hours ago

WWE.com

When WWE fans hear the name “Stone ColdSteve Austin they think of all the great things he did in his career as they should. From main eventing several WrestleManias to winning titles and becoming the biggest box office draw in the business, Austin is a guy that has done it all. His return to the company at WrestleMania for a show opening promo with Hulk Hogan and The Rock was celebrated because it was a moment where three of the biggest icons in WWE history were standing in the ring together reminiscing about the glory days.

He’s also somebody that, thanks to a book he wrote and a popular podcast that he’s had for the last year, isn’t shy about talking about any subject regarding his career or anything else in the world. Austin is a man’s man that has taken some missteps along the way, »

- John Canton

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5 Ways Community Was Way Better This Season

8 hours ago

NBC

So it looks like we weren’t living in the darkest timeline after all. Community, the sitcom about a group of misfits finding friendship in a down-on-its-luck community college (but really about a whole lot more than that), has been dangling off the precipice of cancellation almost from the start. It was shunted around the schedules, had episode orders slashed and – perhaps worst of all – had its creator and guiding light, Dan Harmon, kicked out of the captain’s seat following a third go-around that was substantially more successful critically than commercially.

“The gas leak year” of season four was easily the show at its lowest ebb, a bad cover version of what made the first few seasons so unique. Everything felt weird, awkward, with an knock-off feel to the characterisation and a misunderstanding of the “weirdness” that fuelled the show and it’s pop cultural lexicon. Not that »

- Tom Baker

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10 Most Disappointing Comic Book Movies Of All-Time

8 hours ago

Warner Bros.

Given their potential to literally make billions of dollars at the box office – perhaps even more than any other type of movie in this modern cinematic age – it’s no wonder that the studios have turned their attention to comic book adaptations. Yes, the movie-going public have become obsessed with the likes of the comic book movie over the course of the last decade. What started with experimental films like X-Men and Spider-Man has changed the face of cinema forever: now we have cinematic universes, spin-offs, and films about iconic superheroes fighting one another…

What’s remarkable about the state of comic book movies is that, on the whole, truly bad ones are a rarity. That’s not to say that all comic book flicks have been successful on every level, but the most common “negative” reaction that fans seem to face when approaching a new comic adaptation is that of disappointment. »

- WhatCulture

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10 Midfielders That Will Be In Roy Hodgson’s Provisional England Squad (And 1 That Won’t)

8 hours ago

Media Image Ltd

In the second of our mini series, we take a look at ten midfielders who have done enough to secure their spot in Roy Hodgson’s provisional England squad and one that is set to miss out.

With England’s ‘Golden Generation’ drawing to the end of their careers, the Three Lions’ midfield for this year’s tournament will be an interesting mixture of youth and experience. In a summer where English expectations are lower than they have been for decades, it is surely the perfect opportunity to hand valuable tournament game time to England’s future stars. Roy has boldly said that he will pick players based on form rather than reputation, but there’s no doubt that he is still a cautious manager and there will be a number of midfielders the wrong side of their 30′s in this squad.

The changing nature of European »

- Andrew Temperley

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24: 10 Most Heartbreaking Deaths

8 hours ago

20th Century Fox Television

After a four year hiatus 24 is finally back on our screens in a matter of weeks. Despite season 8 being supposedly the final outing, fans knew the show was never truly dead and it was only a matter of time before it returned, this time with Jack Bauer surfacing in jolly old England.

Fans feared any future 24 projects were destined to remain in development hell with Fox’s preference lying with Kiefer Sutherland’s new show, Touch. Although receiving good reviews, Touch lost its audience during the second season and was cancelled. Once Kiefer Sutherland finished other film projects, he was free again to give 24 the send off it deserves. Although not a film as originally touted, 24: Live Another Day has the opportunity to give Bauer-lovers some closure.

One thing 24 never shied away from was the death of a character. Much like with Game of Thrones, »

- Thomas Blakey

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Assassin’s Creed Comet: 5 Most Believable Rumours We Want To Be True

8 hours ago

Ubisoft

Following the revelation by Ubisoft of the setting and the teaser trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the internet rumour mill has once again started up in earnest; this time for any information that might be released to the second Assassin’s Creed release of the year – currently titled Assassin’s Creed: Comet.

The idea of two AC games in 2014 has long been rumoured and Ubisoft look set to capitalise on a unique marketplace currently split across two generations of gaming consoles. While we know that Unity will be next-gen only, it is expected that Comet will be available to play on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Ubisoft have maintained that they wish to continue supporting those consoles while they still have a decent share of the market.

But with the graphics for Unity looking very impressive and the positive reaction to the French Revolution setting, it could well be that »

- Brian Chapman

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Which Bad Movies Have Absolutely Brilliant Soundtracks?

8 hours ago

Walt Disney Pictures

We tend to take sound for granted when it comes to the movies; unless it’s done badly, you rarely notice it or appreciate all the effort that has gone into making sure everything matches up. But whereas that might be the case for the sound effects and sound mixing department, it can’t really be said for soundtracks, which – if done correctly – are usually one of the major aspects that stick in your memory long after a flick is over. Walking out of a movie theatre – and given the soundtrack was awesome – you almost always end up leaving humming the title theme.

Soundtracks are an essential part of the cinematic experience, of course: try and imagine classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without their iconic musical cues – it’s probably not inaccurate to say that none of »

- WhatCulture

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Game Of Thrones: 7 Things We Learned From “The Lion And The Rose”

12 hours ago

HBO

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you know that each year something incredible happens in that season’s ninth episode. These episodes feature the greatest action of its season, and whatever occurs, these surprising moments always result in people dying.

Season 1’s featured Ned Stark’s execution, season 2 showed us the battle for King’s Landing and season 3 gave us the Red Wedding. Well, we witnessed a ‘ninth episode moment’ in “The Lion and the Rose,” and it’s only the second episode of season 4!

If you managed to stay in the dark about the momentous occasion in this episode, prepare to be spoiled.

This is way too big to keep bottled up any longer. King Joffrey Baratheon is dead! That’s right, the insane boy ruler who many viewers had on their fictional character hit-list no longer walks among the living. During his wedding ceremony (dubbed »

- Adam Holmes

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7 Things WWE Must Do To Improve Network Subscription Numbers

12 hours ago

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For wrestling fans, the concept and presentation of the WWE Network were almost too good to be true. At $9.99 per month, the inclusion of all future monthly pay-per-views, all past ones, and more programming than even the biggest fan can possibly get through, the package of the network was thought to be the golden ticket to millions of subscribers.

Unfortunately, WWE fell short of its own lofty goal of 1 Million subscribers by Wrestlemania. They landed at just over 667k, which was seen as a disappointment internally. In a vacuum, that should be looked at as a success. For a brand new digital service, that is the first of its kind, people were bound to move at a slower pace than WWE expected. This could be a case of WWE being a few years ahead of its time.

When looking at the situation closely, there at least 7 unexplored options to help improve subscriber numbers. »

- Rich Latta II

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7 Ironic Problems That Plagued Famous Movies

12 hours ago

Universal Studios

Irony is a strange concept, and often misunderstood. Described in the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects,’ it’s usually mistaken for coincidence or straight-up misfortune, even if it can involve both. Chief among the offenders is Alanis Morisette, who as all lexicologists will gladly tell you – when they’re not at one of their wild parties, naturally – couldn’t have missed the definition any harder if she tried. 

In film productions, these deliberately contrary events usually occur as art imitating life in a tragic or amusing manner, providing an unexpected juxtaposition and drawing wry observations about how these events were ‘ironic.’ However, because of film’s very nature, it’s rare that this happens – movies are often about escapism, and therefore all sorts of heightened scenarios play out in front of the audience which »

- WhatCulture

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10 Songs Forever Ruined By TV Shows

12 hours ago

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TV’s Music Editors – much like a teenage boy making a desperate mix tape – often spend hours scouring music catalogs to find that perfect song to pull together a scene on a television show. Whether it’s a series finale or that famous bassline from Seinfeld, the audience has been programmed to listen to the background noise and music can be the added touch that makes or destroys a sequence on a television show. 

Like a song on the radio during your first kiss, music has the ability to carry through emotions and images, even several years into our futures. Dinner can be entirely ruined when the person at the table next to you has a teenage daughter that can’t stop singing Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. Music sets the mood and fleshes out emotions for an otherwise flat image.

Scouring some of the more recent television programs, »

- Victoria Irwin

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4 Key Philosophers That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

13 hours ago

Warner Bros

Of the many ongoing and unanswered questions in philosophy – one of the most enduring and famous – is the debate on mind versus matter. What are they? Are they separate or the same? How do they relate? While many opinions and arguments have arisen over the years, they can be boiled down to a pair of perspectives: Rationalist and Empiricist.

Rationalists give primary concern to the Mind and work primarily in the field of epistemology; the study of knowledge. Empiricists by contrast give primacy to Matter (the physical world), and are more concerned with the ontology (the study of being) of what exists.

These two types of questions, ‘what are we?’ and ‘what can we know?’ have guided much of the development of human society and while there may never be definitive answers of either, the asking of them has historically occupied an important place socially and culturally.

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- David Wagner

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10 Artists Who Never Managed To Top Their First Album

14 hours ago

Wikipedia

When it comes to music, like anything else in life making a positive first impression is extremely important. The history of the recording industry is filled with artists who debuted behind much hype but failed to follow with anything substantial to justify their buzz.

But occasionally an artist will strike gold (or platinum) with their debut offering, achieving both critical and commercial success. A wave of momentum follows and they can either ride it to further acclaim or capsize beneath the pressure of trying to reach the bar they’ve already raised.

Take Bush for instance. A perfect example of a band who debuted with a highly touted record; Sixteen Stone was a cohesive assemblage of hits and quality album cuts. Behind the success of singles like Come Down, Machinehead and Glycerine, Gavin Rossdale and his mates were on top of the world in 1995. But apparently being Gwen Stefani »

- Brad Hamilton

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Credits Scene Won’t Lead To X-Men CrossOver

14 hours ago

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When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became a legitimate movie-going experience this week in the UK, fans who stuck around for the end credits found themselves staring at something they never quite expected. During the final credits scene, then, movie-goers were treated to a (spoiler warning, people) clip from the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, which featured Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique breaking into a military base in the 1970s. This, of course, got everyone thinking things like: “Omg! Is Spider-Man gonna team up with the X-Men or something?”

Well, no, unfortunately not. Despite the fact that the producers opted to include a little teaser for Days for Future Past at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, no such superhero team-up is going to happen. Firstly, these movies aren’t even set in the same world, let alone the same year (Spider-Man is set in the present, »

- WhatCulture

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WWE: 5 Rarely Seen Gimmick Matches That Should Return In 2014

16 hours ago

WWE.com

When it comes to matches, the WWE has a list of go to stipulations they like top trot out to spice things up. Ladder matches, Table matches, Lumberjack matches, Cage matches and No Dq matches are all tried and true options for the WWE, with an outside shot at throwing an Ambulance/Stretcher match, an I Quit match, or the occasional Last Man Standing match the WWE Universe’s way.

Unfortunately over time these stipulations have gotten a little stale themselves. No Dq matches don’t register at all these days with fans, Lumberjack matches are only fun because you get to see guys you didn’t know still worked for the company, and all the rest while sometimes fun, have lost the fresh feeling they once had. Meanwhile, there is a whole list of seldom-used match types that the WWE hasn’t used in years.

Let’s »

- Matthew J. Douglas

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