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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Andre the Giant' Documentary

Overexaggeration is what makes professional wrestling the big-stage, fist-fight fantasy that it is, but for Andre the Giant – one of the niche business' greatest legends – the allure was in reality. Jason Hehir's HBO documentary Andre the Giant, which premiered on HBO on Tuesday night, explores the real-life mystique, power and pain that surrounded one of the scripted sports' most iconic star, featuring interviews with pro wrestling legends Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Vince McMahon, Hollywood actors Billy Crystal and Robin Wright, as well as his family and friends.

Andre
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WWE Raw 25th Anniversary Review: The Undertaker Returns, Royal Rumble Hype, Roman Reigns Vs The Miz

Liam Hoofe reviews WWE Raw 25th Anniversary show…

Woooo, it’s finally here. After weeks of hype, WWE Raw 25 kicks off in the Manhattan Centre with good old Jr and Jerry Lawler at ringside. The two hype the show and it’s nice to see the attention to detail the company have put in with the Manhattan Centre. They talk a little about the show and we get a video package looking back at 25 years of Raw.

Over to the Barclays Center and Shane and Stephanie are out to open the show – some things never change. The duo introduces their father, Vince McMahon, who is out to a big pop. Shane and Stephanie talk about everything that Vince has achieved and tell him that they made a gofundme page and bought him a plague. Vince takes the plague and asks if this is all the fans think he is worth.
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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - in praise of a profound and moving documentary

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

A documentary about Jim Carrey's method antics on the set of Man On The Moon turns out to be a profound and moving must-see, Ryan writes...

Why bother? It's a question occasionally worth levelling at the 'Method' - an immersive, all-consuming kind of acting created by the filmmaker and actor Konstantin Stanislavski. At its best, method acting brings us searing, self-searching performances like Robert De Niro's famous turns in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.

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On the other hand, method acting can sometimes come across as needy and attention-seeking or, perhaps worst of all, a bit of a waste of time. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto reportedly got so embroiled in his character,
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Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman

Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman
Netflix has released the first trailer for Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which will premiere globally on the streaming service Friday, November 17. While that's also the same day that Justice League hits theaters nationwide, this documentary won't exactly appeal to superhero fanboys, but for those who follow comedy lore, it's certainly shaping up to be a must-see film. This trailer comes just a month after Netflix acquired this Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere screening.

Director Chris Smith presents a fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey's transformation into Kaufman for four months, the new trailer for this Netflix documentary features interview footage with Jim Carrey in present day, who reveals that Universal Pictures,
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Lance Russell, Longtime Pro Wrestling Commentator, Dies at 91

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Lance Russell, longtime professional wrestling commentator, died on Tuesday at age 91. His passing was announced on Twitter by WWE legend Jerry Lawler, whose matches Russell called on “Championship Wrestling” in Memphis. Though he was a broadcaster, Russell became as much of a star among Memphis wrestling fans as the wrestlers themselves thanks to his interviews with stars like Lawler, Bill Dundee, and Jimmy Hart. Russell called out heels with a disgusted tone when they attempted to cheat in a match, but doing so with acidic wit rather than yelling. This led to confrontations between him and the show’s villains,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton’

Venice Film Review: ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton’
When it was announced in the late ’90s that Jim Carrey had been chosen to play Andy Kaufman in a major Hollywood biopic, my gut reaction was skepticism. Carrey, then at the height of his star power, was a brilliant comedian who had more than proved his acting chops (in “The Truman Show”), yet both temperamentally and ethnically he seemed wrong for the part: Kaufman was a doughy nerdy Jewish space cadet, Carrey a hypomanic string-bean Wasp. I knew that Carrey had the talent to “impersonate” anyone, but could he really merge with Kaufman’s antic yet morose there-but-not-quite-there quality?

When I saw the film, I became one of its greatest champions (it wound up being my movie of the year for 1999), and Carrey’s extraordinary performance vaulted over all my doubts. In “Man on the Moon,” he nailed every nuance of Andy Kaufman’s spirit, and he used his own mercurial quality as a comic to
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WWE Legend Ric Flair's Daughter Charlotte Gives Health Update: 'Our Dad is a Fighter'

WWE Legend Ric Flair's Daughter Charlotte Gives Health Update: 'Our Dad is a Fighter'
WWE legend Ric Flair’s daughter has broken her silence following reports that her father was put in a medically induced coma and would undergo surgery.

“On behalf of my family and I, we want to Thank everyone for the prayers, texts, calls and support. Our Dad is a Fighter and your continued thoughts and prayers Mean The World to us,” Charlotte Flair, who is also a professional wrestler, captioned a photo on Instagram. “We will update everyone when we have more information.”

A rep for WWE told TMZ on Monday that Flair – known in the wrestling world as Nature Boy
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Paige replaced in WWE Total Divas, Smackdown title plans leaked? – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Great Balls Of Fire…Get Used To It

The Royal Rumble! Survivor Series! Summerfest! And, of course, the granddaddy of them all, Wrestlemania! WWE’s Big Four shows of the year. Events that can sell out based on their brand names alone.

Then you’ve got the second tier of shows like Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Backlash, No Mercy.

Beneath those are Roadblock: End of the Line, WWE Fastlane. TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Quite a lot further down, you have Capitol Punishment, Over the Limit, Fatal Fourway. And then, somewhere way down at the bottom, we have the newest WWE pay-per-view brand. WWE Great Balls of Fire. Which, let me check, yeah – they’re still calling it that.

According to Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, on his Dinner with The King podcast, get used to it,
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Real reason Jinder Mahal won WWE Championship? Cm Punk rumor killer – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Smackdown Live – where people succeed on merit; where championship opportunities aren’t just handed out, they’re earned; the land of opportunity.

Whoah, Whoah, Wait – Guys. That’s too much opportunity.

At last night’s Smackdown-exclusive pay-per-view Backlash, Jinder Mahal beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship in the show’s main event, after interference from his Singh Brother goons. After being positioned as an enhancement talent and undercard player for both his WWE runs – the first from 2010 to 2014, the second from just after last year’s brand split to right now – it’s only within the last month that Smackdown has positioned him as a main eventer, becoming the WWE Championship’s No. 1 contender shortly after moving to Tuesday nights in April’s Superstar Shake-Up.

As strongly as WWE booked Jinder for those five or so weeks,
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More shocking WWE backstage bullying stories exposed, big Tna returns | WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Despite his team losing to Jeremy Borash’s last week, Josh Mathews is still commentating for Impact Wrestling, coming out to announce on last night’s Bobby Lashley vs James Storm main event.

Just when I thought I was out…

I won’t go too much into spoilers, as Tna, Impact Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Bonanza – whatever you want to call it – returns to UK television tonight. After finishing up with Challenge late last year, Impact will now be airing on Spike UK every Friday at 9pm.

To make the time continuities even more confusing, though, the latest batch of Tna tapings started last night, and will run nightly until Sunday for their TV in May. And it was during those tapings where two big Tna returns happened. The next part contains spoilers for
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Kurt Angle Royal Rumble return “not gonna happen,” Tna taping “disaster”…

Goldberg took the phrase ‘cutting a promo’ a bit too literally on this week’s Raw, where his pre-match ritual of headbutting a locker to psyche himself up busted open his forehead. Quite wisely for the 50-year-old, he’s going to stop doing that from now on:

“I’m putting the pre match headbutt on the shelf for now… kinda made me a bit loopy out there. #learnfromurmistakes #whosnext #every1isnext #royalrumble @wwe”

I guess he could always replace it with punching a car window.

Unfortunately for WWE, blood doesn’t necessarily equal ratings. The big go-home episode of Raw before the Royal Rumble only received 3.29 million viewers – just 20,000 viewers up from the previous week.

In more Botchamania fun, seemingly in reference to last week’s episode of Smackdown where Jbl tripped over one of the show’s 19 commentators when rushing to help Jerry Lawler, the 205 Live crew came up
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WWE Smackdown Live! Reaction 1/17/2017

Smackdown Live! is in the books for the week. The Blue Brand of the WWE is building up towards the Royal Rumble with their brand specific storylines. We saw the first WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Cage Match as well as a special edition of The King’s Court with Jerry The King Lawler. How did the show hold up this week?

The show opened with the announcement from Shane McMahon that at the next Smackdown specific Pay Per View event Elimination Chamber, the WWE Championship will be defended by whomever the WWE Champion is at that point. A simple announcement but something the WWE has not been doing consistently as of late, promoting their events properly. We saw Aj Styles come out and complain that he would have to defend his title in the Chamber match with Shane reminding him that he may not have the title after his
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Randy Orton incident with WWE fan, ex-wwe stars return on Smackdown!

It must be tough keeping in shape when you’re a WWE superstar. There’s the constant travel, maintaining one’s diet on the road, and getting recognised by fans in the gym.

There are various ways to deal with this. There’s the Big Show method, where you use your giant abdominal muscles to scare everyone else away from the free weights area. There’s the John Cena way, where you just start squatting anyone who comes near you. And there’s the Randy Orton approach.

And, as you’ve probably guessed going by his savage replies to people on Twitter last week, that’s the least friendly version.

Speaking to the Nea Report, WWE fan Anthony Martin encountered Orton at his local gym on Monday before the Smackdown live event in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Being the guy “with a smile on his face and friendly demeanor” that he is,
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Triple H interested in Kenny Omega, WWE stars returning to Smackdown…

It’s hard to complain about WWE’s evil plans of world domination when they put on events like the UK Championship tournament over the weekend. A perfectly fine Night 1 was followed up by an absolutely cracking Night 2, with my current WWE match of the year in the final between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne.

The real incredible thing is that Tyler Bate, the first ever United Kingdom Champion, is only 19. Michael Cole and Nigel McGuiness should’ve pointed that out more.

Both finalists were really over by the end of the night, with the excellent UK crowd cheering the face and booing the heel – quite the novelty on a WWE show these days. I’m just hoping Vince McMahon doesn’t hear Tyler’s name, and then give him a Master Bate character on the main roster. The gimmick is, he beats guys off…his championship title.

Nxt daddy
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Jerry Lawler Dropped From WWE Weekly Programming

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Jerry Lawler Dropped From WWE Weekly Programming
Jerry Lawler, known to wrestling fans as “The King,” will no longer be a part of WWE weekly broadcasts, TheWrap has learned. “Jerry Lawler has a Legends agreement with WWE, however, he will no longer regularly appear on our pre-shows,” WWE told TheWrap in a statement. “He will continue to host special events, including WWE’s annual Hall of Fame celebration at WrestleMania.” Lawler was previously part of the announcing team for “Monday Night Raw” alongside Jim “Jr” Ross before moving to “Smackdown.” He then jumped over to the weekly pre-shows, but has been absent from those for some time.
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5 Best WWE Draft 2016 Moments

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Yesterday I counted down my five worst WWE Draft moments. But it wasn’t all gloom, doom and Cesaro to Raw.

Although there were no surprise returns, the focus was still very much on the authority figures and there’s still nobody on the main roster called Shinsuke Nakamura – there were high spots.

Five, by my count…

5. The Man Raw Remembered

Way down in the 6th round, as Raw’s 16th draft pick, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley chose The Man That Gravity Forgot Until His Ankle Injury A Few Months Ago – Neville.

Why is this so important? Neville has found himself stuck in the lower mid-card since being called up from Nxt. Despite being a phenomenal high-flyer, WWE couldn’t work out the best way to use him.

Well now…they have a cruiserweight division.
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Roman Reigns Suspended by WWE

Roman Reigns may be “The Guy,” but for the next month he’ll be sitting on the sidelines. WWE has suspended Joe Anoaʻi — aka Roman Reigns — for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy. “I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy,” Reigns tweeted on Tuesday. “No excuses. I own it.” Also Read: WWE Suspends Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler After Domestic Assault Arrest Reigns — a Vince McMahon favorite who has struggled “getting over” with some fans — lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship title on Sunday.
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Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Goldberg And More For WWE Brand Split Return?! Jerry Lawler Suspended! | WrestleTalk News

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

In today’s WrestleTalk News, a load of ex-wwe stars – including Kurt Angle, Goldberg and Jeff Hardy – reportedly contacted about making their brand split returns, Jerry Lawler suspended by WWE and Ric Flair’s latest business venture…

Jerry Lawler Suspended By WWE

Our top story today is about all the huge ex-wwe stars who have been asked to return for the upcoming brand split, but first Jerry Lawler has been suspended by the WWE.

Late last week, WWE commentator Jerry Lawler and his fiancee Lauryn McBride were arrested following a domestic dispute. As for what exactly happened, there are two sides to the story.

Lawler reportedly claims that McBride had lied to him about where she’d been, then scratched his face, threw a candle at him and then kicked him in the groin.
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Wrestler Jerry ''The King'' Lawler Arrested, Facing Domestic Assault Charges After Fight With Fiancée

Wrestler Jerry ''The King'' Lawler Arrested, Facing Domestic Assault Charges After Fight With Fiancée
Wrestler Jerry Lawler, aka "The King," was arrested early Friday morning after an argument with his fiancée, Lauryn McBride. E! News can confirm both the Memphis-native WWE star and McBride were taken into custody by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and are currently facing domestic assault charges. WWE released a statement, saying, "WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest." According to a report, McBride, 27, claims Lawler, 66, struck her in the head and pushed her against a stove. Lawler, on the other hand, is saying McBride scratched him in the face,...
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Jerry Lawler Suspended by WWE After Domestic Violence Arrest

Jerry Lawler Suspended by WWE After Domestic Violence Arrest
Wrestler Jerry Lawler, known in the ring as “The King,” has been indefinitely suspended by WWE after being arrested on domestic violence charges on Thursday night in Tennessee.

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” the organization said in a statement on its site.

Lawler, 66, and his girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, 27, were both taken into custody for domestic assault, with each alleging that the other had assaulted them.

According to various outlets, an arrest affidavit says the couple told officers they got into a heated argument that turned physical. McBride said Lawler held her against the kitchen counter, hit her on the head and pushed her against the stove. She said Lawler then placed an unloaded pistol on the counter and told her “kill yourself.”

Lawler, meanwhile, claims that McBride scratched his face, threw a candle
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