Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thoughts On: Samoa Joe winning the NXT Title

He's champ now... big deal
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No vlog this time out, cause well, I'm in the watching the Right Stuff (great movie), but saw the news and wanted to comment on it.

First... The obvious joke with Joe winning the NXT title is that the WWE knows no one ever has watched him win a title on television because he was in TNA for close to a decade.


But enough about that.  From what I saw down on Twitter, the previous Champion Finn Balor rolled his ankle in a bad way, and was unable to continue the match, forcing a title change to take place.
It's the worst kind of audible that can take place, when something goes wrong. But we saw something similar last month with Adrian Neville suffering an ankle injury live on RAW forcing the plans to change.

And let's keep in mind the WWE doesn't change titles off of TV too often, I think the last time was back and forth title switches with the original Women's title and the Tag Titles.

Is the injury real or not?
And I'm assuming of course that Balor's ankle injury is legit.

So the real question here is, if the injury to Balor was scripted, does this mean he's getting called up to form the the 'Bullet Club' under 'Balor Club' name with AJ Styles, Anderson and Gallows in the WWE? Most likely... hell they already have the t-shirts, and of course they won't be able to get over as heels the way they should because they are 'cool', which will of course undermine their purpose.

But if the injury is indeed real, then, the question becomes how long will Balor be out, since Neville is out for another two months since suffering his ankle injury last month.

Either way, the fall out in regards to Finn Balor is certainly more interesting than Joe winning the title. Because let's face the fall out of him getting injured for real could have a number of ripples in the WWE ocean. 

Thoughts on Prince




In Memory Of Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016
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A bit of a somber day, as you saw late last night, Chyna passed away, and earlier today, the Artist known as Prince Rogers Nelson passed away at the age of 57.

Much like David Bowie... I consider Prince to be one of those performers who always was reinventing himself, he did things musically that was of interest to him, with a natural charisma that if you want to know what the 'it' factor is...you can point to Prince as an example.

He was a multi-talented, not only musically, but also when it came to films, he was the driving force of Puple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Sign o' The Times and Graffiti Bridge, acting in all four and directing the final three... although only Purple Rain is probably worth checking out, as the other three films weren't exactly all that great in comparison.

Without question he was a media icon, as he had a persona that was perfectly crafted for the 80s but wasn't defined by the decade, this was also defined by his music. The period where he was claiming the love symbol as his name certainly had the world talking.

Speaking of his first few albums, one could say were like a mix of the funk of James Brown, the rock of Jimi Hendrix and the soul of Sly and the family soul, but then he had a period (and in my opinion  his greatest success) was when he incorporated techno-pop / electronica revolution into his sound, creating an audio experience that was like nothing before it and has often been tried to be duplicated by others.

I never saw Prince live in person, but have seen concert footage... and he put on epic shows, he could perform like Hendrix, using his guitar like a full on weapon with how he played, or push debauchery to its limits with simulated sex acts, or having basically a full on rock opera with sheiks and an Arab princess that would look perfectly on a stage in Vegas

Now if I had to pick my favorite Prince song...I think most will say When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette or Purple Rain...for me it's U Got The Look, which he performed with Sheena Easton. I really like the groove it has... and its music video was one I saw a lot on MTV. You can check it out HERE

If you have any thoughts, memories about Prince leave them in the comments section below...
In closing, condolences to his friends and family.

Thoughts on Chyna



In Memory Of Joanie 'Chyna' Lauer, 1970 - 2016
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A little while ago ago I saw that Joanie Lauer, known to pro wrestling (as well as Adult Entertainment fans) as Chyna passed away at the age of 45... according to TMZ, her death is related to an overdose of some kind... which while tragic.... sadly, does not come to a shock to those who have followed her career post WWE.

Like most fans, I first saw her when she appeared on Monday Night RAW in 1997, grabbing and flinging Terri Runnels around like a rag doll. Because of her build, being extremely muscular, fans bought her perfectly as a bodyguard for Triple H. Like with Sable, I think if she was kept in that role, she really could've expanded on it with limited in ring action but for different reasons. She was too powerful to compete with the women (as seen in her final months with the WWE in 2001 when she was placed in the Women's Division), and the selling point with her was she looked like she could kick a guys ass, so when she interfered in a match, it was believable, but when she started having matches on a regular basis with the guys... the results weren't pretty.

Still she was a trail blazer, appearing in the 1999 and 2000 Royal Rumble events, winning the Intercontinental title a few times and also having a reign as Women's Champion. It is in fact that reign that basically symbolizes the end of the 'Attitude Era'. Also she had some rather, interesting post-WWE highlights, appearing on the Surreal Life and basically giving Vivid the perfect She-Hulk.

And without question, she should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year in Orlando

Condolences to her friends and family.

If you have your thoughts on Chyna, leave them in the comments section below


Behind The Series Footage From Star Trek: The Original Series


So I was browsing YouTube this evening, and came across this video posted by Zainin999... some behind the series footage show by Billy Blackburn, who was an uncredited back ground actor during Star Trek's original series. Here we see footage of stuff behind the scenes, in particular a lot of the out door shoots. One gets a real appreciation for how large The Preserver's Obelisk from the 'Paradise Syndrome'... and also raises doubts about the supposed 'slashed' budget for Season 3, cause that could not have been cheap to build and transport. 

Really this was a great find in my opinion....

Saturday Night Highlights: Broforce, Paladins & Streets of Rage 2

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