Life During Wartime Bonus (pt.1): Royal Rumble 1996

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For many years now, the pay-per-view event has been a staple of professional wrestling. It’s a ultimate test, in a romantic sense, proving to yourself and others that people like your wrestlers, your booking, your promotion enough that they’re willing to pay actual money to see what the payoff (unless they’re filthy, worthless pirates of course). ECW, one of the most important indie wrestling promotions in wrestling history, existed for five years before they could sell ppvs, and now those events are probably the only thing people know most about the company. Yes, they are a boon and a curse sometimes, a combination of validation and criticism of any and all the decisions leading up to that point. For a smaller company a poorly received ppv can be a make-or-break situation, for a larger one certainly a black eye. Serious fucking business.

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: HEAVY IS THE HEAD: Life Can Be a Mean Drunk

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Heavy is the Head” – Season 2, Episode 2, Story 24 (September 30, 2014) – Written by Paul Zbyszewski; Directed by Jesse Bochco – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Ruth Negga, Adrian Pasdar, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Two episodes into the second season of AGENTS OF SHIELD (oh, how I hate typing S.H.I.E.L.D. – almost as much as I hate looking at it) and we’ve got a confident, strong, engaging show on our hands. It’s striking just how different the show is from last season not only in terms of its tone, but in the characters it focuses on.

Take Brett Dalton’s Agent Ward. He went from being a rock sinking the show to not a disastrous teammate to an interesting traitor to being sidelined. He doesn’t even appear in “Heavy is…

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Trike House Party Blood Feud: This is Excitement!

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Nothing to see here folks. After Week 4, The Buzz-Saw and The Hyphen are still deadlocked, this time at 30 correct picks. Neither man was brave enough to gamble, as neither man wants to lose ground to the other man in this…this…BLOOD FEUD. Check back next week.

B Hyphen: 30 correct picks
Buzz-Saw: 30 correct picks

GOTHAM: PILOT: Shiny Shoes, Mother of God!

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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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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