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

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…

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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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Atomic Drops: MONEY IN THE BANK (2014): Fandango Loves Triangles

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Money in the Bank (2014) – TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match (vacated title): John Cena, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus, Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian.

MONEY IN THE BANK 2014 barely qualifies as a decent episode of RAW. The first true PPV clunker of 2014, MONEY IN THE BANK featured way too much filler and two Ladder Matches that were far too crowded and far too predictable. Jerry “the King” Lawler couldn’t remember if the WWE Network cost $9.95 or $9.99 a month, but it doesn’t matter because if MONEY IN THE BANK is the only thing the Network had to offer, I’d have felt like I overspent.

Luckily, MITB 2014 isn’t the only thing the Network has and at…

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Promos By Hyphen: Is This The End?

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Sorry I haven’t written. I started my annual WWE Year End Awards column but it’s sat unfinished for a month or so. I hope to have it done before next month’s Battleground PPV. But what I’m really here for is to not complain about a man I once praised, but the product in general.

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PAYBACK (2014): He Knew What a Sugar Stick Was

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By Mark Bousquet

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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Payback 2014 (June 1, 2014) – Allstate Arena (Rosemont, Illinois) – Main Event: The Shield vs. Evolution (No Holds Barred Six Man Elimination Match) – Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “the King” Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield; Pre-Show: Josh Matthews, Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and Alex Riley.

The 2014 edition of Payback had one major drawback entering the program, and that was the absence of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, due to a neck injury. You have to feel for Bryan; even if it’s just kayfabe that the company doesn’t believe in you, you have to still want to be the guy standing on the top of the mountain, holding the belts. Bryan hit the top at WrestleMania XXX, but since then, Bryan’s starred in a monster movie feud with the newly monster-ized Kane terrorizing him and his wife, Brie Bella, and undergone neck surgery, putting him on the sideline.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn are back after a long lay-up, as Tom gives his views on the Veronica Mars movie, and he and Derrick discuss the impact of its surprise success. Plus, Derrick pervs on Tom’s college girlfriend and throws him a challenge, and a discussion of why actors are compelled to take on less-than-appealing projects. We used to podcast a long time ago, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

EXTREME RULES (2014): He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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Extreme Rules 2014 (May 4, 2014) – Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) – Main Event: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kane (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) – Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “the King” Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton, and Renee Young.

The WWE is on a roll.

Coming off of a fantastic WrestleMania XXX, the company put on another really solid PPV with their EXTREME RULES event from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. You had the sense that it was going to be a good night when Hornswoggle and El Torito put on a “WeeLC” match that actually turned out to be rather entertaining.

Like WrestleMania XXX, EXTREME RULES was largely about pushing new talent over established talent, but unlike the “Showcase of the Immortals,” the follow-up PPV had a harder edge to it, often recalling the Attitude Era: Stephanie McMahon dropped a, “You’re gonna be Kane’s…

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