Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lets Play WWE 2K16 - Balor The Belt

 It's WrestleMania weekend, and boy, some people over on YouTube can't understand that not every wrestling fan is gonna have the same opinions as them...anyway, it's time for the weekly adventures of Frankie 'Big Ham' Franco via the 'My Career' mode feature

We open with apparently a showdown on NXT between myself and Baron Corbin (who really should not have lost the way he did last night)... but no, on my way to the ring I am jumped by Finn Balor... and this is why I called this entry 'Balor The Belt'.. as in below the belt. Manage to fight off the former NXT Champion (because in the game, Kalisto is the champ) and then get interviewed by Renee Young where I declare I want a match now. Yeah I'm basically going the baby face route with the Big Ham.

However, the night isn't done yet, Finn has a match against Bo Dallas... and I happened to get involved with... I figured I'd try and get Bo DQ'ed by attacking Finn... which just got me ejected... but the match continued to play out. And I had no interest in watching it so I broke out my copy of Wonder Woman: Gods and Monsters to start reading it (and noticed a spelling error that caught me off guard...) and Balor ended up winning the match.

So on 'Thursday' on Superstars, my request for a match against Balor is granted, and it's a 3-Star match. I've gotten in better in trying to use the reversal to my advantage, just need to do more different moves to get a higher match ratings. Plus it's another win for the Big Ham, with a post-match interview with Renee... where I basically vow to stop the Authority. I swear I did that interview bit last week or the week before.

Back on NXT... The Big Ham is up against The One Man Band Heath Slater (baby!)  and it's another 3-star affair, basically steam rolling the former Nexus member. However Finn has a match that night against Baron Corbin... and this time I'm allowed to quit out of the match...There is a post match showdown... and I figure the reason for this feud is because it involve a sandwich.

It's better than saying it's feud over spilled coffee...

I was going to do one more match, but with being a six-man tag (which taxes my computer something fierce) I called an audible and closed it here. For record the Six-Man tag took about 20 minutes, with my team winning.

The game play video for this Lets Play is below if you want to check it out.

The Wall of Lies - Tales From The TARDIS

We're up to part four of Marco Polo with The Wall Of Lies... where Tegana has even more schemes that I'm sure won't go wrong. Also follow up on Bruce Campbell's epic prank and thoughts on Peter Capaldi's comments about the next companion


 Hello and Welcome to the Basement and this week's Tale From The TARDIS

First off, so it was indeed an epic prank that Bruce Campbell pulled yesterday with that very convincing looking promotional image... but hey, it got people excited.

Peter Capaldi had this to say about what the next companion for the Doctor : "I think the companion has to be someone who’s not so impressed by the Doctor – she’s not an assistant, she’s not a servant, she can’t be that – she has to be someone who really says ‘are you sure that’s the right thing to do? What are you doing?’ and also doesn’t take him seriously,"

So in other words: she's going to start out pretty much like every single companion, and since we've been going over classic Doctor Who, I can tell you that Barbara and Ian started out that very same way.

Anyway, let's get to this week's episode The Wall of Lies, which is part 4 of the Marco Polo story.
We open with Marco, Ian and Tegana arriving at the cave after being tipped off by the manager of the way station, and Barbara is rescued (Yay), but this isn't going to stop Tegana, oh no... he has another card up his sleeve.

After returning to the caravan, Tegana tries to influence Marco, implying that Susan is a bad influence on Ping-Cho and the Doctor has a second key to the TARDIS. I was going to say If he did this would've been a much short story and we wouldn't still be here, but as we'll see that would've been dumb of me to say.. Anyway, Barbara points out the reason why she was in danger was because she followed Tegana to the cave, who denies everything. Well he's the bad guy, of course he's going to deny it.

Marco, having had enough, puts his foot down, separating Ping-Cho and Susan, but this throws even more suspicion onto Tegana. And things go from bad to worse, when he and Marco see The Doctor leaving the TARDIS. Marco tries to go in, but the Doctor warns him that TARDIS will be destroyed if an unauthorized person enters it. Marco buys it and has the Doctor put under guard. Actually, everyone is put under guard because Marco is really ticked off

Let's pause for a second and go over the Doctor's bluff here... now it's possible that after Barbara and Ian forced there way into the TARDIS way back in an Unearthly Child, that he installed some sort of protective measure against intruders... but I don't recall the Doctor ever saying that again to anyone wanting to enter the TARDIS.

Let's get back to the story, the caravan reaches the Great Wall of Cathay, aka the Great Wall of China... and I tried to see if it was ever called the Great Wall of Cathay, but found no reference to it. They continue along the banks of Yellow River and reach the town of Sinju, which I don't know if it it was the real name of a town or not.

Once here, Tegana meets with Acomat and tells him to attack the caravan in two nights when they travel through the bamboo forest, with orders to kill everyone. I'm sure nothing will go wrong with Tegana's latest scheme.

The episode comes to its end with Ian planning and executing his escape by cutting a hole through the tent then knocking out the guard on duty. However the guard is already dead! Cliff hanger ending!

So yeah... another episode, another one where Tegana's plans for wrong only for him to come up with a NEW PLAN to try and get what he wants... Marco being used as his pawn here was a bit creative, but since history is dictating how this story will goes, we know that Tegana doesn't succeed. Again it's more of a problem with the historical events being used as a plot for the story, and why later one, we'll see Doctor Who go back to time periods but not have much interaction with famous folks.

Anyway, next week will be part five of our journey... with the Rider from Shang-Tu.

See ya then!

NXT TakeOver Dallas Reaction

My opinions are not Spoony Approved


Hello and Welcome to the Basement...

NXT Takeover Revival finished airing about an hour ago, and like everyone else on the net, I'm going to give my thoughts and opinions on tonight's show. And let me remind you that these are my opinions. My point of view on certain things will obviously be different than others.Also I am trying to remember everything I said in the video above.

First a reminder of my predictions

I picked Samoa Joe to defeated Finn Balor, Asuka to defeat Bayley via ref stoppage, The Revival to defeat American Alpha, Shinsuke Nakamura to defeat the Quebecer (Sami Zayn), Baron Corbin to defeat Austin Aries and Elias Sampson to defeat Apollo Crews.

First match of the night was The Revival defending the NXT Tag Titles against American Alpha... and Gable and Jordan got the win, some I'm 0-1 right off the bat with my predictions. It was a hot 'opener' as it was constant motion with very little slow down, which wasn't the best way to show case the Revivial, as Dash and Dawson work a lot like the tag team of Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyzko (The Enforcers in WCW),  but this match was pretty much all Jodan and Gable. It wasn't a total cake-walk, but it certainly was apparent from the introductions that the titles were going to be changing hands.

Second match of the night was Baron Corbin facing off against Austin Aries... and it was as expected Baron Corbin dominating the match... and then a 'win out of no where' with a cheap roll up from the tiny Austin Aries. This was simply idiotic, in a match like that with a guy as big as Baron Corbin, you don't beat him with a freaking roll up.  It reeks of the cheap new NX-Toy in the chest, a win over someone major in a way that doesn't work. That said, I knew I was going to get this match wrong, I still picked Baron so I'm 0-2.

Third match of the night was Shinsuke Nakamura vs the Ginger Quebecer ... and I have to say that Nakamura's theme sounds just like the Ginger Guy's one, and for other people this is a dream match, for me it's just a guy from Japan against someone I have no interest in. With that in mind, it's pretty standard paint by the numbers, counters, false finishes, no selling s and all the tropes you'd see at most independent show, so fine for what it was if you like that approach. Nakamura got the win, so

I'm now 1 and 2. Also I apparently pissed off the Spoony One with my view on this match when he called it 'Match of the Year'  and he has the nerve to call me a smark.

And let me comment on the 'hand shake' and 'hug' bit post match bit has also gotten really tired, and is over used. If you lost a fight, the last thing you'd want to do is shake the guys hand and hug him. To me this just undersells the match that took place.

So let's get to the main event match of the night, NXT Womens' Champion Bayley vs Asuka. The Cherry Blossom petals being dropped for Asuka's entrance was a nice touch, and thought Bayley's ring jacket was incredibly cool... and we got the 'Hey Bayley I want to know if you'll be my girl' chant. I'm personally waiting for this chant 'Oh Bayley you... you got what I need... will you please just be my friend' to riff on Biz Markie's 'Just A Friend' song... Also we had dueling Asuka is gonna kill / Bayley is gonna hug you chants which was a nice touch. This match was wrestling, solid back and forth wrestling, the big moves only brought out when things made sense. Ain't it amazing that women in the WWE for the most part wrestle like men while the guys wrestle like video game characters. Anyway, this was the match of the night. Asuka won via refs decision, and I'm 2-2 with my predictions. Also I said this match would end via ref stoppage, which it did when Bayley passed out... but what was really cool, was that post match Asuska didn't shake Bayley's hand, which allowed the former champion to sell the disappointment of losing. That is how WRESTLING IS DONE. The girls get it right... and the guys get it wrong.

Apparently Sampson and Crews got bumped for time but oh look Bobby Roode is in attendance... how long until he pulls a James Storm and is back in TNA?

The final match of the night is Finn Balor, who had a chainsaw with his demon entrance. That was cool.... and Samoa Joe got busted open around the eye. Where was the athletic commission to stop the match? I am in favor of the WWE's policy of stopping the bleeding before the match continues, and I love how it pissed off the smarks. The stoppages actually helped this match as it gave reason for Joe to be intense and he took advantage as he just beat the holy hell out of Balor. Needless to say... I did pick Joe to win this... and I'm surprised that Balor won... and it was using the finish from Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8. So my prediction result was 2 and 3.

Easily the best match of the night was Bayley vs Asuka as it was a wrestling match.

So that wrap up everything... those are my opinions, I'd like to see yours, leave 'em in the comments section below. 

11/15/2019 Realm Royale

For the first time in over six months I did a stream of Realm Royale and with did a lot of duos, teaming with the awesome PandaSweet. We had...