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

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By Mark Bousquet

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

Payback 2014

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

One Season In Cleveland: Analyzing the Browns Free Agency Moves

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I’ve been sitting on this article for a while now, but with the draft looming in the near future, now is the best time to finish the article. I want to also note that all my salary info was verified through the following sites: overthecap.com, spotrac.com and rotoworld.com. So without further ado…

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

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

WWE Extreme Rules 2014

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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Everyday People: An Effort To Understand Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley

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Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you a first-class interview with a successful podcaster, talented hip-hop artist, and editor and co-owner of Partymonstas’ sister site, Tricycle Offense. My interview with B Hyphen (Not to be spelled “B-Hyphen” – that’s just redundant) has been a long time coming, and a lot has changed for him both personally and professionally since we decided to undertake this interview a little over a year ago.

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