Thunderlists: 5 Stables WWE Hasn’t Whored Out Yet (And How They Could Work)

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If there’s ever been a more poorly executed concept in wrestling history, it’s pretty much anything associated with Vince Russo. Otherwise though, it’s the stable. Ever since the time of the original Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard and Arn & Ole Arnderson) way back in the territory days every fed has wanted their own version of the wrasslin’ Justice League or, more commonly, Legion of Doom. It’s hard not to see why, given how much of the wrestling business is based around merchandising; if you strike gold with a good concept, that’s more T-shirts, action figures, DVD’s and (most importantly) tickets you can sell. With a stable it’s even better, because ideally you’re selling the stable as well as the individual members of that group, meaning even more money on top of that. WWE, WCW, TNA, ECW, even promotions in Japan have gotten in on it over the years, with varying levels of success.

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Atomic Drops: THE WRESTLING CLASSIC: That Ain’t No Good Draw

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The Wrestling Classic (WWF) – November 7, 1985 – Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL) – Main Event: Hulk Hogan (c) vs Rowdy Roddy Piper (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Vince McMahon, Lord Alfred Hayes, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

I really don’t like one-event wrestling tournaments like KING OF THE RING, and THE WRESTLING CLASSIC is almost entirely taken up by a large tournament featuring 16 wrestlers. The problem with these tournaments is that either the matches are long, and the wrestlers get burnt out, or they’re short and the fans might not be properly entertained. The more matches you have, the more downtime there is between matches.

That said, THE WRESTLING CLASSIC is surprisingly enjoyable. Things move fast and there’s a wide variety of matches (short, technical, brawls), and the sheer old schoolness of much of the event (the Rosemont Horizon looks, feels, and sounds like…

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The Slobberknocker Chronicles – Issue #4: No Time For Entrances

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In episode 4, Thomas and I review WrestleMania 29. Or is it NY/NJ? Also, I profess my love of Ryback, Thomas gives the Big Show all the props he never gets, we preview Extreme Rules, Thomas makes a case for The Undertaker to headline WrestleMania for the rest of his career, discuss The Rock’s injury, Paul Bearer’s passing, our mutual hate of the WWE app, Thomas vents his frustration with the tag team division, and I explain how Road Dogg is a black man trapped in a white man’s body. Ring the bell or feed us more!

The Slobberknocker Chronicles – Issue #4: No Time For Entrances

Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA XII: The Giants Are Squaring Off

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WrestleMania XII (March 31, 1996) – Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, CA) – Main Event: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (Iron Man Match for WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Mr. Perfect, Todd Pettengill, and Dok Hendrix (aka Michael Hayes).

After the celebrity indulgence of WRESTLEMANIA XI, WRESTLEMANIA XII puts the big spotlight back on the wrestlers, featuring a 60-minute Iron Man Match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship. It’s a smart move – if you really want people to keep coming back for the product, you have to hook them on the product instead of the accoutrements, and there’s no better way to figure out if someone is a wrestling fan than sitting them down and having them watch the Heartbreak Kid and the Hitman wrestle in their prime.

I kinda love WRESTLEMANIA XII – it’s far from the best WrestleMania of all…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

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Tom and Derrick’s look at Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man becomes a freewheeling discussion of what Marvel is doing right, what DC is doing wrong, and whatever the hell Fox and Sony think they’re doing. Along the way, The Boys Outta Brooklyn review Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, curse Frank Miller, bless Mark Waid, and struggle to fill the plot holes in The Nolanverse! You know you wanna know why Derrick loves Brett Ratner, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

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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Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn finally make good on a promise they made back in their first year to profile the studio that was The Master of the Portmanteau Film: Amicus Studios! Join Tom, Derrick, and special guest host Jim “Hypnogoria” Moon as they explore this legendary British studio, from its inception right up to the bizarre new wave horror mash-up The Monster Club. Plus crawling hand fetishes, Peter Cushing as Doctor Who, and the creepiness that is Angela Pleasance! You know you don’t want to be killed by a funky robot, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

In Defense of Michael Bay Movies

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Before heading to the theaters to see TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, I wanted to watch the first three Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS movies to see if I still felt the way I did upon watching them the first time: I loved the first one, hated the second one, and thought the third was okay.

I watched TRANSFORMERS last night and I still love it, even with all of its Shia LeBeouf-ness, and it got me thinking about the kinds of movies Michael Bay makes. The internet is awash with Bay bashing because the internet loves nothing more than an easy target (and Bay is certainly a self-created easy target), but for all of the talk of how EXTINCTION will surely suck, it’s still going to fly by $100 million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend.

That’s a whole lotta people going to see a movie the internet would…

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