GOTHAM: PILOT: Shiny Shoes, Mother of God!

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Gotham – “Pilot” – Season 1, Episode 1, Story 1 (September 22, 2014) – Written by Bruno Heller; Directed by Danny Cannon – Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, John Doman, Richard Kind, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I admit I’ve had a bit of fun at GOTHAM’s expense over the past few months, calling it things like NO BATMAN and KID BATMAN and GOTHAMVILLE and THE INEVITABLE FAILINGS OF JIM GORDON, but it’s all been with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The truth is that I have been very much looking forward to GOTHAM and agree with the decision to de-Batman the show, as long as it also keeps little Bruce Wayne at the periphery and does not turn into a darker SMALLVILLE, where we watch Bruce endlessly learn lessons and endure experiences…

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: SHADOWS: Go Dark

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Shadows” – Season 2, Episode 1, Story 23 (September 23, 2014) – Written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen; Directed by Vincent Misiano – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Adrian Pasdar, Brian Patrick Wade, Patton Oswalt, Nick Blood, Neal McDonough, Kenneth Choi, and Hayley Atwell.

The first season of Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD resisted embracing the superheroness of its universe, wanting instead to focus on a particular slice of Marvel’s brand of espionage. The show clearly did not want to be what so many fans wanted it to be: a chance to see as many Marvel Universe characters brought in as possible to be given the live action treatment. (Of which, some would inevitably bitch about how the show had gotten a character wrong, as if what was really important was…

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Atomic Drops: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS (2014): There’s More To Being Champion Than Destroying People

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Night of Champions (2014) – Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN) – September 21, 2014 – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Interviews: Byron Saxton; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Big Show.

One month previous, Brock Lesnar and John Cena put on one of the most unbelievable title matches in pro wrestling history. Lesnar dominated Cena in a way that title matches simply do not unfold. It was, as I said in my review of SUMMERSLAM, a terrible match and an amazing story as Lesnar and Cena turned their WWE Heavyweight Championship match into a squash match.

Over the past month, Cena arrived like no beat down had been given, back to his typical old cartoon self. (I’m pretty sure if Cena gets his hand flattened by a…

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Promos By Hyphen: The WWE Network, The Present & The Future

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When Stardust and Goldust became heels a few weeks ago, my opinions on hating that Cody Rhodes had become Stardust did a 180 and I was onboard immediately. I made a mental note to dedicate my next column to THE BALLAD OF CODY RHODES.

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Life During Wartime: Raw vs Nitro 1996 (Week 4)

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This article, and the one immediately after it, exist in a weird little bit of continuity. Since the Royal Rumble in 1996 occurred on January 21st (the day before the Week 4 Raw) and the Clash of Champions occurred on January 23rd (the day after the Week 4 Nitro), we’re stuck in the middle of what could be described as a pre/post climax situation, or a active/reactive situation for those who like their terms less sexually-charged. When we get down to the whole description and analysis thing, I will be mentioning events that could be construed as ‘spoilers’ of the Royal Rumble PPV, as it is known in other pop culture circles. If you’re someone who tries to avoid spoilers, you can either watch the event yourself (on the WWE Network for only NINE NINETY NINE) or wait for the follow up bonus article, which will be the Royal Rumble/Clash of Champions comparison. I don’t imagine many people read these things for it to really matter, but I just wanted to give a heads up before we begin.

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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