Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA XI: All Your Dreams Have Now Become Your Tonightmares

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WrestleMania XI (April 2, 1995) – Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT) – Main Event: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Jim Ross, and Todd Pettengill.

WRESTLEMANIA XI might very well be the easiest WrestleMania to hate, and not just for the preponderance of mullets. It represents not only the height of Vince McMahon’s starfucking, but sees the company in a decided downturn. Instead of being an assured, confident production, WRESTLEMANIA XI feels much closer to an amateur night at your local high school than it does the “greatest spectacle in sports entertainment” as Jerry “the King” Lawler decrees before he starts rambling incoherently about Hollywood and Broadway.

It should be remembered, though, that if you’re watching WrestleMania as a fan of wrestling, you’re only part of the intended audience. Much like the NFL knows the Super Bowl attracts more people than the…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

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It’s time once again for the most anticipated show of the BITD calendar year: The Obscure Movie Episode! Join Tom and Derrick as they discuss Roy Orbison’s first and only movie, demonic cars, generational sagas in cartoon form, and Shatner speaking Esperanto! All this plus permanently puckered hands, why adults are scared of teenagers, and secret agent midgets! You know you don’t want to rely on a three-fingered special effects man, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA X: He Who Made Kittens, Put Snakes in the Grass

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WrestleMania X (March 20, 1994) – Madison Square Garden (New York NY) – Main Event: Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Todd Pettengill.

For better and for worse, WRESTLEMANIA X sets the fallback blueprint for how the WWF/WWE runs WrestleMania. There is a mix of phenomenal matches and ridiculous cartoons and “celebrities” and an attempt to get newer wrestlers over with the crowd. At ten years of age, WRESTLEMANIA X is less an event that has come into its own as it is an example of wrestlers who are finally outpacing the company. Vince-esque favorites are still here: the Quebecers, Man on a Mission, Crush, Doink the Clown, and Yokozuna are all here to fulfill Vince’s need for cultural stereotypes and physical oddities, but not even Vince and Jerry “the King” Lawler’s cartoonish, end of the world announcing can…

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Slater’s Signature Finisher: Sting makes first official WWE appearance

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For nearly 20 years, Sting had been unofficially known as the biggest wrestling superstar to never sign a WWE contract. Earlier this year, rumors started making the rounds that Sting and WWE were finally in negotiations. At 55-years-old, I guess Sting realized that the time is now or never to make any kind of serious impact in a WWE ring.

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Talking Out The Dead: “A”

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Kelen Conley: So the gang’s all back together at Terminus but is it really the sanctuary that all those signs claimed it to be? Is Daryl running from his friends in the picture above or is he running with them? Who got told to look at the flowers in this Season 4 finale?

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Atomic Drops: BATTLEGROUND (2014): His Cleanest Dirty Shirt

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Battleground (2014) – Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa Bay, FL) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four-Way: John Cena (c), Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian.

After a disappointing MONEY IN THE BANK, the WWE recovered nicely with a very solid (if not entirely satisfying) BATTLEGROUND PPV.

The event is somewhat less than it should be due to a rash of obvious results and stalled storylines, and I continue to think that the deeper we get into the WWE Network era, the less PPVs will matter. With PPVs essentially costing $10 now (the price of one month of the Network) instead of $50 or $60, the WWE doesn’t have to do as much to make the audience happy. And I don’t just mean letting the favorites win…

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The Promos By Hyphen 2014 WWE Year End Awards

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Last year, I introduced the concept of the WWE season, running from the Raw after WrestleMania until the curtain closes on the next year’s WrestleMania. These awards reflect upon the events that took place during the 2013-14 WWE season.

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Talking Out The Dead: “Us”

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Thomas Crawford:   I honestly wasn’t sure I liked this episode in the beginning.  After watching it once through, I was thinking, it was okay.  However, “The Grove” still has some lingering side effects.  In comparison, this episode seemed lackluster.  However…

SPOILERS.

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Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #5: Josh Reynolds

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In this episode, Tom takes on a dangerous mission to the moon, a mission that no sane man would take, to confront one Josh Reynolds! These two titans will battle it out for the sake of mankind’s fate, and one will die! There might be some book talk in there somewhere too.

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #5: Josh Reynolds

Promos By Hyphen: Is This The End? (Fallout)

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I decided after Money In The Bank that it was time that I stopped supporting the current WWE product. Last Monday, I was in a state of, not anger, but definitely apathy. I deleted the WWE App from my phone. I made sure my WWE Network subscription wouldn’t auto-renew come September. I started unfollowing WWE-ran accounts on my Twitter and unliked some pages on Facebook. I even unfollowed a wrestling site that I’ve relied on for news since 2008.

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