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Will Michael Shannon Join ‘Deadpool 2’ as Cable?

I really, really hope so.

It isn’t official yet so take this news with a grain of salt, but according to Variety, Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Midnight Special) is Fox’s top choice to play the character Cable in Deadpool 2. Previously Pierce Brosnan had been rumored to be in the mix, but according to the report, Shannon is the studio’s “top choice.”

For those who don’t know, Cable is Nathan Summers, the future child of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, and Jean Grey, a.k.a. Marvel Girl? Phoenix? She’s got a lot of secret identities. In the comics, he comes from the future to lead the New Mutants/X-Force, and he’s an all-around badass: cybernetic arm, cybernetic eye, a penchant for cigars, big shiny guns, and a hatred of guff, in that he doesn’t take any. Attitude-wise, he’s like a cross between Wolverine and Sgt. Slaughter:
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania VIII

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Shawn Michaels w/Sensational Sherri vs. ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. Undertaker w/Paul Bearer

Ic Title Match: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart

‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Virgil & Big Bossman vs. The Mountie, Repo Man & Nasty Boys w/Jimmy Hart

WWF Title Match: Ric Flair w/Mr. Perfect vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage w/Miss Elizabeth

Rick Martel vs. Tatanka

WWF Tag Title Match: Natural Disasters vs. Money Inc. w/Jimmy Hart (Win by Count-Out)

Skinner vs. Owen Hart

Hulk Hogan vs. Sycho Sid w/Harvey Wippleman

The Lows

An early disappointment at WrestleMania VIII was the match between Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and The Undertaker. While this may have been the birth of The Streak (yes he beat Snuka the year before,
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania VII

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

The Rockers vs. Haku & The Barbarian w/Bobby Heenan

Dino Bravo vs. The Texas Tornado

The British Bulldog vs. Warlord w/Slick

WWF Tag Title: The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys w/Jimmy Hart

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. Rick Martel (Blindfold Match)

Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. Jimmy Snuka

Randy ‘Macho King’ Savage w/Queen Sherri vs. The Ultimate Warrior (Retirement Match)

Demoliton vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao

Ic Title Match: Big Bossman vs. Mr Perfect w/Bobby Heenan (Win by Dq)

Earthquake vs. Greg Valentine

Power & Glory w/Slick vs. Legion of Doom

Virgil w/’Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Ted Dibiase (Win by Count-Out)

Tito Santana vs. The Mountie w/Jimmy Hart

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/General Adnan

The Lows:
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16 WWE 80s Stars That Should Be Hall Of Famers

WWE

It seems as though the WWE Hall of Fame is more and more regimented, in that the induction class has to follow a specific pattern: one headliner, one woman, one tag team, one celebrity, and three or four other inductees that include no more than one deceased performer (so as to not upset people, it seems).

Looking back at the 2004 and 2005 classes, you had quite the haul of 1980s greats going in, from Hulk Hogan to Rowdy Roddy Piper to Jesse Ventura to Sgt. Slaughter, and a host of others. Few WWE eras were as cool as the 1980’s Rock ‘n Wrestling era, and the first five or so years of Saturday Night’s Main Event. Goofy and over-the-top as the era could be, it still holds up today.

One issue with the rote formula for choosing the recent Hall classes has been the logjam created among the eighties stars that should be recognized.
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10 Greatest WWE World Title Storylines In WrestleMania History

WWE.com

The chances of Roman Reigns winning the triple threat match at Fast Lane are so great, Vegas shouldn’t even lay odds for it. It’s Reigns vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 32 in At&T Stadium, and there’s virtually no chance that WWE gives us anything different. Commence two months of, “Geez, how predictable,” and, “I’ll bet Daniel Bryan gets cleared on Monday, April 4.”

Looking back at three decades of WrestleMania history, there have been far greater WWE Championship storyline builds than, “Vince’s son-in-law tries to shoot Vince’s pet project into the stratosphere before a potentially record-setting crowd.” Of course, such transparent vanity is still better than Sgt. Slaughter pledging allegiance to Saddam Hussein, providing a catalyst for Hulk Hogan to defend Old Glory in a championship showdown that fell embarrassingly short of selling out the Los Angeles Coliseum. Actually, that may be hard
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WWE Hall Of Fame 2016 Inductees Exclusive: More Names Revealed

WhatCulture.com has learned that a source high-up inside WWE recently let slip the names of five candidates who have been discussed for this year’s Hall of Fame.

While these can only be treated as rumour until confirmed by WWE – and with anything in wrestling able to change at any time – our understanding is that all of the names below are virtually a lock for a spot to join the already announced Sting in this year’s class.

A couple are a surprise, while others were expected and long overdue. Some are relevant to the state of Texas – the host state of WrestleMania – be it for their history competing in the area or having been raised there.

But it is our understanding the following names will be inducted this year…

WWE.com

The Fabulous Freebirds are considered one of the most important tag teams of their generation for good reason,
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Vince McMahon’s 20 Biggest Real-Life Feuds

WWE.com

In his rise to global dominance in the world of sports-entertainment, Vince McMahon encountered many challengers and many opponents. Opponents that wanted nothing more than to knock the promoter off his self-made mountain.

Whether McMahon’s enemies grew as a result of a business relationship gone sour or as the target of a competitor, the narrative goes that Vince McMahon has conquered all. While there are some exceptions to that story, there’s almost nobody who has taken on Vinnie Mac without regretting it.

We’ll not even stop to consider the figurative squash matches he’s had; it takes two to have a rivalry and former foes like Lex Luger, Jeff Jarrett and Nailz just didn’t have the leverage or resources to keep a feud up with Vince. Others took McMahon to court like Rena Mero (aka Sable), her husband Brock Lesnar (though on separate, unrelated cases), and Superstar Billy Graham,
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10 Absolute Best Uses Of Music In Wrestling History

WWE.com

Many have taken credit for marrying the worlds of music and professional wrestling. It’s generally accepted that Michael Hayes and Sgt. Slaughter were the first ones to really ensure that every performer had their own entrance music. Hayes was ahead of his time in that regard, as this article explains. As for Slaughter, he claims that he was the one to put the idea into the head of Vince McMahon.

Whomever deserves credit, it can’t be denied that music has become a vitally important part of the grappling industry. It’s unthinkable to imagine watching any modern wrestling show which doesn’t include music. Even on the independent scene, music is commonly used and everyone has their own tune to come through the curtain to.

The use of music in wrestling hasn’t only been for the purpose of wrestlers walking down the aisle. Over the years,
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10 Most Decorated WWE Survivor Series Teams Ever

WWE.com

Throughout its 27-year history, there has been an impressive range of Survivor Series teams. We have had teams made up of the biggest stars in the history of the business, teams made up of relative nobodies, teams made up of midget kings and teams made up of tag teams dressed as clowns. There have been teams that made sense and teams that still don’t make sense to this day.

On paper, certain teams from the history of the event stand out as being some of the best. In 1993 Lex Luger, The Undertaker and The Steiner Brothers combined to make a fearsome unit against Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Crush and Quebecer Jacques. Wrestling legends Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter and Ron Simmons vanquished the dastardly Spirit Squad in 2006. The ‘Winner Controls Raw’ main event from 2004 was also stacked, with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven taking on Triple H,
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Television’s 10 Best “Wrestling Episodes”

Fox

It’s an inescapable law of television that, if a series survives long enough, it will do a pro wrestling episode. It’s right up there with beach episodes, weddings, and the addition of marketable new characters when ratings start to sag. It’s a grand tradition, going back to the early days of the medium. The earliest example I’ve come across is from the early 60’s, but it’s a safe bet that Philo T. Farnsworth ran out of ideas like 30 seconds after inventing television and ran off to find a wrestling match to broadcast. It’s ubiquitous, man.

That’s not to say there’s not variety. In this article you’ll find plots revolving around attending wrestling shows, instances of writers getting utterly confused about the differences between pro and amateur graps, and cameos from authentic superstars of the ring. There are shows that treat wrestling as a legitimate contest,
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Full Content Listing For Upcoming Owen Hart DVD And Blu-ray

WWE.com

The full content listing for the upcoming WWE DVD and Blu-ray set on the life and death of Owen Hart has been revealed, courtesy of the Wrestling DVD Network. The list includes all chapter titles for the documentary feature on disc one, as well as all extras, including the full list of matches selected for the package.

Bret Hart recently commented on the documentary portion of the set, sounding very pessimistic about the chances that the documentary will do a good job telling the full story of his brother’s life. Bret believes that WWE is having to walk on egg shells to cater to Owen’s widow, Martha, who is not supporting the DVD release.

Bret told the Fight Network:

“I’m looking forward to it but I’m not really optimistic that it’s going to be a great job. Martha handcuffed them so much. I
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WWE 2K16 Final Roster Reveal – Who’s Made The Cut?

Ing, 2K

What has been billed as the final batch of Superstars for WWE 2K16 has been confirmed this afternoon.

Here are the names in full: Bray Wyatt, Mikey Whipwreck, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E), Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, Rusev, American Bad Ass Undertaker, Baron Corbin, Brian Pillman, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Konnor, Viktor, Mark Henry, Ministry Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Savio Vega, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Sting ’99, Sting Blonde and finally the two Terminator renders.

The new names show how in-depth the Stone Cold mode will be. It looks like we’re going to be travelling right through his days as a Hollywood Blonde with Brian Pillman and that feud with Ricky Steamboat, stopping off for a cup of coffee in Ecw to feud with Mikey Whipwreck (and maybe Sandman?), and then going through his main run in WWE, including the 2001 Royal Rumble.
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‘Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE’ Review

Music has been integral in WWE history, especially anthems for all the greatest WWE Superstars. Since Sgt. Slaughter first made his entrance to the Marine Corp hymn in the early 80s, music themes have become synonymous with the WWE Superstars – who doesn’t remember Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme? Or the Ultimate Warrior’s high-energy entrance music? Even years after the stars retire, the songs live on.

Just hearing the first few notes brings the crowd to their feet. They are the songs that let the WWE Universe know that business truly is about to pick up. Now, this new DVD gets fans behind the music to learn the inside story behind the timeless anthems of WWE and its Superstars.

Featuring interviews with the man behind the music, Jim Johnston, who composes all WWE music - Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE counts down the 25 most memorable tracks from the WWE’s history.
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WWE 2K16: Attitude Era Superstars Revealed

IGN, 2K

In their weekly roster reveal, IGN have announced further superstars that will appear in WWE 2K16 when it is released on October 27.

All of the men are from the Attitude Era and will undoubtedly play a huge role in the marque Stone Cold Steve Austin mode, this year’s main feature.

Screenshots of: Farooq, D’Lo Brown, Kama Mustafa (Nation of Domination), Dude Love, Cactus Jack, Rikishi, Vader, X-Pac, Jim Neidhart and Bret Hart have been released; while roster artwork of Billy Gunn, The British Bulldog, Christian, Damien Sandow, Haku, The Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ken Shamrock, Mankind, Paul Wight (The Big Show V1), Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, and Vince McMahon have also seen the light of day for the first time today.

You can see all the photos Here.

2K, IGN

The Dudester’s entrance has also been revealed online and represents a huge
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21 Fighters Added to the WWE 2K16 Roster

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WWE 2K16 is rapidly approaching. And now we have new additions to the rosters, plus some screen shots. And most importantly, a look at the entrance for the one and only conquerer. The Beast Incarnate. The one, in 22-1. Brock! Lesnar!

October 27th is approaching quickly which has the professional wrestling and gaming community very excited. What is the significance of this date? It is the release date for WWE 2K16. The 3 installment in the WWE 2K series. A series that has quietly been becoming one of the top fighting games in the genre. WWE 2K16 will feature not only “Stone ColdSteve Austin, but fans that have preordered the game will also be given the chance to play as Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator! Now 2K Games have released some more details, including new members to the roster.

In what is being called the “largest roster in the game’s
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‘Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE’ – Exclusive Clip

Music has been integral in WWE history, especially anthems for all the greatest WWE Superstars. Since Sgt. Slaughter first made his entrance to the Marine Corp hymn in the early 80s, music themes have become synonymous with the WWE Superstars.

Just hearing the first few notes brings the crowd to their feet. They are the songs that let the WWE Universe know that business truly is about to pick up. Now, get behind the music and learn the inside story behind the timeless anthems of WWE and its Superstars with the DVD release of Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE.

To celebrate todays release of Signature Sounds we have an exclusive clip to share featuring the music of WWE clique, The Brood – check it out below:

Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE is available to buy now from WWE DVD
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WWE 2K16 Adds 22 More Names Plus Brock Lesnar’s Entrance

2K Games/IGN

In the latest weekly WWE 2K16 update from IGN.com, 22 more names have been announced as part of the game, set to be released this October:

Aiden English, Andre the Giant, Batista, Chris Jericho, Curtis Axel, Dean Ambrose, Edge, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Jbl, Luke Harper, Randy Savage, Natalya, Rick Rude, R-Truth, Ryback, Santino Marella, Sgt. Slaughter, Simon Gotch, Stephanie McMahon, The Rock and The Undertaker.

It’s an interesting mix of talent with English & Gotch recently winning the Nxt Tag Team Titles. There are also Hall of Famers in this group like Edge, Randy Savage and Sgt. Slaughter. The late Rick Rude isn’t in the WWE Hall of Fame yet, but he certainly should be considered in the future.

WWE diva Natalya commented on Twitter on how she was blown away by the details of her ring attire.

Meow Time in #WWE2K16!
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WWE Sign Japanese Women’s Wrestler Kanna

WWE.com

World Wrestling Entertainment has signed Japanese women’s wrestler Kanna to a contract, which is why she appeared on camera at Nxt Takeover Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Kanna was shown at ringside following Samoa Joe’s win. She was conveniently placed beside WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter. She simply stared into the camera while the crowd cheered at the sight of two legends enjoying the show.

Her name used to be spelled Kana with one “n” but WWE likes to trademark names of their talent, so they added the second n to it, reminiscent of when Taz became Tazz once he signed with WWE 15 years ago.

Wikipedia

According to Japanese wresting reporter Enuhito, WWE signed Kanna few weeks ago: “I am told that Kanna signed with WWE a few weeks ago. (I can’t say who he told me.) But I am not told
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WWE Nxt Takeover Brooklyn Results

WWE.com

WWE held the Nxt Takeover Brooklyn event in the Barclays Center in front of a raucous New York crowd that was energetic all night long. The event started shortly after 7:30pmET with matches taped for next week’s Nxt show and then at 9pmET the live broadcast started on WWE Network.

The show was originally scheduled to run for two hours, but it ran late. The main event started at about 10:58pmET and the broadcast went off the air at 11:22pmET, but that’s the advantage of airing on WWE Network – they can end it when they want. Here are the results from the show.

Triple H did a promo in ring with the lights off and said “We Are Nxt” as the lights came on with the crowd going wild.

Jushin “Thunder” Liger defeated Tyler Breeze in the opening match. Breeze had an elaborate
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A Moment for the G.I. Joe Rawhides, Hasbro Class of 1987

Back in 1987 fans of G.I. Joe got an animated film that has gone on to become a pretty divisive movie during a time which was probably the height of the popularity for the G.I. Joe brand. Much like the Transformers animated film from the previous year it can quite plainly be seen as a feature length commercial for a new wave, maybe even a generation of characters. I was overseas as a kid when it was released and when one of my friends got this on VHS it was Huge news in my circle, a part of a close knit U.S. military community in Italy. Back then it was just awesome and when you click it on now you realize that the intro remains one of the best in cartoon history. Yes, there was a time when you watched this and afterwards you wanted and waited for a Pythona figure,
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