WrestleMania Week: WRESTLEMANIA IX: Finkus Maximus

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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WrestleMania IX (April 4, 1993) – Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV) – Main Event: Yokozuna vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Todd Pettengill – Host: Gorilla Monsoon.

Welcome to the WrestleMania we wish we could forget.

In an event that has now lasted thirty years, there’s going to be a few clunkers in the mix, and this is one of the worst. Replicating the nine-match, 2.5 hour format of the previous year’s mostly excellent WrestleMania VIII, WrestleMania IX feels more like a regional wrestling exhibition at the county fair than it does the biggest event of the year.

Let’s start with the decision to hold WrestleMania outdoors at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas is a great place to hold almost any event because it’s a place people love to visit, but holding a wrestling event during…

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WrestleMania Week: The Importance of NXT ARRIVAL to the WWE Network: Are You Ready?

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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NXT arRIVAL (February 27, 2014) – Full Sail University (Winter Park, Florida) – Main Event: Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville (NXT Championship) – Announcers: Tom Phillips, William Regal, and Byron Saxton.

I signed up for the WWE Network the first day it was available and I’ve been gorging on the network since Monday night. I’ve watched the RAW Backstage Pass post-game show (and wondered if the existence of this show will kill the post-TV RAW dark match), an ECW match between Terry Funk and Jimmy Snuka, WrestleMania VI (and suffered through some playback issues that have already been corrected), this week’s Main Event, WrestleMania Rewind, Countdown (Top 10 Catchphrases), and Legends of Wrestling, with “Mean” Gene, Piper, Michael Hayes, DDP, and Jim Ross.

Everyone that I’ve talked to loves the WWE Network, and almost everyone has a playlist similar to mine – some of the new stuff and a big…

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WrestleMania Week: The Big Push: The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar Doesn’t Seem Right

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It is time folks.  It is time for The Undertaker to put his legendary streak on the line.  The streak is currently at 21-0.  This is unheard of for any wrestler, as even the biggest names haven’t been able to get more than handful of wins in a row at WrestleMania.  The Undertaker has done it 21 times.  The Streak has become its own thing at Mania, and has constantly been a big draw.  It has been really big in the last few years, when the matches could have arguably stolen the show.  This year, Undertaker is facing the Beast, Brock Lesnar.  Something about this…just seems off. Continue reading

WrestleMania Week: The Big Push: Have The Tag Team Titles Been Buried Again?

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Is it going to happen again?  Just ask that question about the WWE Tag Team Championship.  It is funny because it seemed that WWE had made a turn and were bringing back the Tag Team Division.  There is some talent; there was a bringing back of some old favorites for nostalgia, there seemed to be a push for the fan favorites, the Usos.  Is it just a joke for those fans that love the tag team division? Continue reading

EGreen Goes Face2Face in New Album

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As a musician, you rarely get to witness the progression of another musician’s project from start to finish. Hashing out the concept for the album, the track selection, and recording the tracks are all processes that usually occur behind the scenes. If you work with the artist directly you may be able to piece together what’s going on, but most of the time the journey will be traveled by the artist alone. I’m very fortunate as a part-time writer/part-time musician because I get to see the best of both worlds; I’m able to see the journey other artists go through so I can gain a greater appreciation of their art and struggle. Continue reading