Monthly Archives: March 2012
Why do Lego’s make everything better? Here is the second full Dark Knight Rises trailer completely in Lego. Am I the only one that would buy entire movies redone in them?
We all know by now the uproar about Michael Bay changing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so we won’t rehash it. But I will post a video of the new theme song for his reboot. Take a look and give some suggestions as to who should sing it on the inevitable soundtrack. Nickelback? Rihanna?
God I hate you Michael Bay.
We start out the big event with M.O.D.O.K. getting his ass kicked (again), Scarlet Witch thinking she’s a horrible person, Vision telling her she’s a horrible person and Hope Summers telling Scott to f*** off.
AVX Rd. 1
Scott acts like a complete tool the entire issue and manages to kick start a fight with The Avengers. Good going dick. Oh and the Phoenix is back to take over Hope and make things fun.
The Ultimates #8
Reed may have found a new ally (as if he needed one). Tony and Thor are taken hostage while the president decides to take the offensive on The City. Pretty good stuff.
After last month’s Mera side story we get back to more serious tones with Black Manta back to cause more problems and Aquaman trying to unravel the mystery of who sunk Atlantis. This is still one of my favorite books every month.
All Star Western #7
Jonah heads to NOLA, which still looks as dirty today as in western days, to search for Moody only to get sidetracked by some good old fashioned gladiator type bum fights. Love the story but the art gets on my nerves a bit.
The Dark Knight #7
Batman and Bane go at it one more time to finish up the new venom story and we learn the secret of White Rabbit and no she doesn’t magically become a real rabbit.
New creative team begins with the introduction of Helspont who went to mid 90’s villain school. Dan Jurgens is involved so that may explain a lot. Not a big leap in quality (so far).
Star Trek #7
Good beginning to a new story directly correlating with the movie and a very good twist ending. Looking forward to see where it goes.
Also I am going through American Vampire Vol. 3 so here are the quick scores for the first two.
Vol. 1- 9.5/10
Vol. 2- 9.5/10
Moral of the story kids? Scott Snyder is one of the best things going in comics today.
A conversation with Martin where he talks about The Sopranos, his thoughts on The Avengers (thank God I’m not the only one missing Ant Man) and much more. The best part is at the 30 minute mark when he reads part of a chapter from The Winds of Winter proving that he is at least hard at work on the sixth entry of his Song of Ice and Fire series.
Hard to believe it has already been a year since I was live in Atlanta watching The Miz retain his WWE Championship. I left happy from thoughts of Rock Bottoms and Cena losses. Sadly I am not getting to attend this year (send all hate mail to @lolo828 on Twitter) but that may be for the best because I’m not sure how the main event will shake down.
Wrestlemania has had a problem the past four or five years of putting together great cards on paper and not delivering on the booking of the actual show. Kind of like the biggest budget TNA show….but not that bad. I hope this year can turn that around.
Here are my predictions for what I think will do down at the “granddaddy of them all”.
1. Beth Phoenix & Eve vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menonous
I can’t blame WWE for trying to get some kind of star power to make this match more interesting. I believe the WWE’s plan has always been Beth vs. Kharma but with Kharma’s family tragedy early in the year they had to go to a plan b to keep the Divas on the card. Matters did not get any better with Menonous reportedly breaking a rib on Dancing with the “Stars”. So we will go with Beth and Eve double teaming Kelly a lot (giggity) and Beth getting the pin after a short (hopefully) match.
Winner: Beth & Eve
2. Team Johnny (Otunga, Henry, Swagger, Ziggler, McIntyre and Miz) vs. Team Teddy (Santino, R-Truth, Kofi, Ryder, Khali, Booker T)
Aren’t you excited we get this instead of Money in the Bank?! Boy I know I am! I was way too tired of being entertained by multiple person matches at Wrestlemania so WWE decided to charge me 40 bucks during the summer for another PPV. If you can’t already tell it looks like we are in for the summer of Johnny Boy running both shows. I’m guessing they will have a big lead up to Summerslam for Teddy’s return (possibly including Vince) so I am going with a Team Johnny victory here with Miz getting the final pin.
Winner: Team Johnny (and no viewers)
3. Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Title
This is actually a very interesting match to me. You’ve got Big Show who really has, in all honesty, had an embarrassing career at Wrestlemania and you’ve got Cody Rhodes who has made me actually care about the IC Title. You may think that Show would win in a squash to turn the tide on his Wrestlemania history but I don’t think so. I don’t think you should hurt Rhodes’ run just to have Show a good match. I think we’ll get a competitive match with Rhodes retaining by DQ with Show giving a post match beat down to look good.
Winner: Big Show via DQ
4. Randy Orton vs. Kane
This feels like Wrestlemania 18 when Kane faced Kurt Angle….just because. They both needed a match so why not put them together? Only difference is that I would trust Angle to put on a better match with Kane than Orton can. Hopefully this won’t be too long and will be decent. This match could easily end in a DQ like the Rhodes/ Show match but people don’t watch Wrestlemania for non-finishes. I’ll go with Orton winning clean because if there is one thing we have learned in the last 15 years it’s that Kane can lose to anyone and not affect the character.
Winner: Randy Orton
5. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title
I guess now we are getting to the main event matches which is ironic seeing as how this match last year was a dark match before the PPV. Congrats to both guys for working hard and earning their spot and for the world title no less. I would like to think that Bryan will retain here because he is a believable heel that makes ANYONE look good in the ring. I’m pretty sure that’s what you want out of your champions but I don’t think both champs will retain (there goes my later pick) so I’m picking Sheamus here to get a overdue title run that hopefully won’t be cut short by another boring Orton reign.
6. CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Title
Let’s just go ahead and call this the show stealer. May be a a little bit of a bold statement with the Cell match but that’s how much I expect out of these guys. This is certainly Jericho’s highest profile Wrestlemania match since his match with HBK at 19 so I’m sure he will want to put on a show. Punk can deliver quality on his worst day so I expect excellence on Sunday. Punk has been champion going on six months and I don’t see any sign of needing a change.
Winner: CM Punk
7. Undertaker vs. HHH in a Hell in a Cell w/Shawn Michaels as special referee
After last years match there were a lot of groans when people started thinking about a rematch. The match at 27 was the match of the night but frankly Taker’s streak is now affecting his Wrestlemania’s in a negative way. Why throw someone big out there when you know the outcome. WWE is doing all they can with it making it a HIAC match and involving HBK this year and for the most part it has worked. I’m thinking that Shawn will interfere but not on either man’s side. A super kick to to Taker is expected to give the crowd hope but then I expect another to HHH and Shawn will either leave with another ref counting the pin or he will stay and let them go back at it. In the end even with all the bells and whistles I think we all know the finish.
Winner: Undertaker to go 20-0
8. The Rock vs. John Cena
Alright here we are. The match a year in the making. And yet somehow it doesn’t near touch the hype of ten years ago when The Rock was the one going against a legend. And I don’t blame The Rock believe me. John Cena is the WWE’s face of the company whether we like it or not but he still does not (and at this point one has to wonder if he ever will) have the same aura around him that guys like Hogan, Rock and Austin did. When you think back to the three Austin/Rock Wrestlemania matches and the match with Hogan at 18 they were epic events that I can vividly remember watching as if it were yesterday. As much as the WWE wants this match to have that feel it doesn’t. Maybe it is just me. John Cena will be a HOF’er no doubt, lock it down but he will always be thought of just below the likes of HBK, Hogan, Flair, Austin, Rock and Taker. I do expect this match to at least live up to the hype that has been placed behind it and as badly as I would love to see a Rock victory I don’t think that will be happening. Depending on if we will get a sequel to this match at Summerslam or next year’s Wrestlemania I think Cena will get a clean pin with the obligatory two face handshake at the end. I really shouldn’t complain, I should just be happy Rock has actually come back even if it is part-part time.
Winner: John Cena
And as the show closes on Sunday we already have Wrestlemania 29 to begin talking about and the rumors of a Austin/Punk match, Rock already committing to be there and a wild card looking for a payday named Brock Lesnar.
I, as a lifelong wrestling fan, have always considered the 17th version of Wrestlemania to be its greatest. I just felt the card, as a whole, came together to make the most complete show ever. I have a friend who has always disagreed this point and attests that Wrestlemania 19 was the greatest.
I always believed it to be second on my list and it may have been a complete waste of time to try and figure out if I wanted to swap my one and two picks but it was my waste of time and I had to know. So going through each match we will see if I will hold true or accept change (which for a nerd is quite difficult).
Note: Matches are rated on a five star scale. So if something gets three stars don’t get you panties in a bunch it means I thought it was a good match.
1. Chris Jericho def. William Regal (IC Title)
Regal opened two Mania’s in a row both for the IC Title and neither could be called classics.
2. Tazz & The APA def. Right to Censor
I think people forget how over APA was in the early 2000’s and the RTC had quite the ironic gimmick given how PG the WWE has become now.
3. Kane def. Big Show & Raven (Hardcore Title)
Cody Rhodes has been showing clips of this match in his feud with Show but you can’t deny the match was fun to watch.
4. Eddie Guerrero def. Test (European Title)
Here’s a fun little tidbit for you. Test, yes the late Andrew Martin, was actually a pretty darn good wrestler. This was in no way the match of the night but it was definitely the surprise of the night.
5. Chyna def. Ivory (Women’s Title)
A squash. As it should have been for the time.
6. Shane McMahon def. Vince McMahon (Street Fight)
You have to give it to the McMahon’s, for not being “professionals” they sure do give it their all. Bumps and all.
7. Edge & Christian def. The Dudleyz and The Hardy Boyz (TLC Match for Tag Titles)
First off I’m not sure why WWE had a love of the unnecessary Z in names but it’s hell on my autocorrect. In my opinion this was my favorite of all the Ladder and TLC matches these teams had. It really was a nine person match with the likes of Spike Dudley, Rhyno and Lita all getting involved.
8. Iron Shiek won the Gimmick Battle Royal
I still hold firm that this is always better to do instead of some asinine skit with Snoop Dogg or whatever backstage crap they try to buffer matches with. It was fun and was a great nod to lifetime fans.
9. Undertaker def. HHH
Their first meeting at Mania (which WWE loves to let you forget for some reason) and it is more entertaining given they were ten years younger than last year’s encounter at 27.
10. Stone Cold def. The Rock (WWE Title)
These two met three times in the span of five Wrestlemania’s and while each one was an epic match this is the one that truly showed two main eventer’s at the top of their game and showed that they would soon join the class of legends.
1. Matt Hardy def. Rey Mysterio (Cruiserweight Title)
It was Rey pre-knee problems and Hardy in the phase of Mattitude not insane on YouTube.
2. Undertaker def. Big Show & A-Train
This match hurts me to think about. Like Taker vs Giant Gonzalez or King Kong Bundy
3. Trish def. Victoria & Jazz (Women’s Title)
I have always been a Jazz fan. Always felt like she got a raw deal. She was Beth Phoenix before anyone knew. This match held its own with any of the guys on the card.
4. Team Angle def. Los Guerreros and Rhyno/Chris Benoit (Tag Titles)
Yeah I typed Benoit (gasps). He existed despite the horrible things he did. I always thought Los Guerreros should have won this match but understood the need to make Angle’s guys look strong going into the main event.
5. Shawn Michaels def. Chris Jericho
This wasn’t about Jericho sucker punching Shawn’s wife (although that was a great part of their later feud) this was about Jericho wanting to show that he had surpassed Shawn. Pure ring magic.
6. HHH def. Booker T (World Title)
Booker T was never hotter in his career than he was during this feud. We’ve all heard the stories of HHH nixing a Booker win only days before the show but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a great match.
7. Hulk Hogan def. Vince McMahon (Street Fight)
Just like two years ago Vince found himself in a street fight but this time against his greatest creation (Shane is technically his creation but I doubt his greatest. Have you see Steph’s rack?) Hogan really brought it and this match will always be remembered for the visage of a bloody Vince peering into the ring with a smile.
8. The Rock def. Stone Cold
This match is not the best of the three but it takes on much more importance now that we know about the Austin ER scare the night before and that this ended up being Stone Cold’s final match.
9. Brock Lesnar def. Kurt Angle (WWE Title)
These two definitely lived up to the main event spot despite neither being in the business too long. Sure Angle had been there longer but only a few years. The fact Brock survived his ill fated Shooting Star Press is still amazing to me to this day.
If you made it to the end of this blog then I applaud you for being a true fan and wasting your time with me. I don’t change my mind often but going back and going through these two events again I believe that because of the main event quality matches (no less than 4) that I will readily say that Wrestlemania 19 will sit atop my list of the greatest of all.
But not by much 🙂
What are your favorites? What are you most reviled (13)? Let me know!
I was one of the many Potter fans that was disappointed by the bare bones 8-film collection released last year. I knew Warner would come along with a bigger set but they went ridiculous. 31 discs and a cool 350 bucks.
That’s right. 350 American dollars. I love me some Potter but Warner can suck my remembrals if they think I’m ponying up that kind of money for films I already own.
How about you? Are you a big enough Potter fan to take the plunge?
Also bonus points for using chest of drawers in my title.
After squeezing all they could out of Italian culture, Ubisoft is thankfully changing scenes for Assassin’s Creed 3. The just released cover for the game features our new hero (for now I’ll call him Chief Muskethand) about to give the business to a dastardly Brit. I’m assuming a November release because game companies love to rape your wallet in a three month span every year.