Atomic Drops: SUMMERSLAM (2014): The One in 21 and 1

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SummerSlam (2014) – Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA) – August 17, 2014 – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Ric Flair.

I never thought I’d see a night like SUMMERSLAM 2014.

I am not surprised that Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion due to the simple fact that I could not see the WWE devaluing Lesnar’s victory over the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. What I am surprised about is how it happened, which was a near total and absolute beat down.

The WWE turned the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match into a squash match.

And it was terrible.

And it was incredible.

And it helped make their match into one of the most memorable Championship…

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Promos By Hyphen: How The Brock Lesnar Plan Worked

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I spend a lot of time in these columns groveling at the Creative team’s feet when something I’ve hated for months (years?) makes me a do a 180. But yet again, they’ve managed to do it.

They’ve made me care about Brock Lesnar.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Ain’t No Thing Like Me Except Me

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Directed by James Gunn – Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Alex Denisof, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, Gregg Henry, Laura Haddock, SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER, and SPOILER.

Please note that I am not here to protect your fragile spoiler-fearing mind. Those SPOILERs right above here is it – everything else is fair game, though I will hold off spoiling the final post-credits scene for a few days because everyone deserves to see that one fresh.

“He called me vermin! And she called me a rodent!” Rocket yells, his voice equal parts shaking in anger and quivering in pain, as his finger points to Drax and Gamora. We’re in the middle of the movie and the early stages of Peter…

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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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