56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania XX’s Best Matches

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#PrimeWrestling – #PressureRising Interviews II

barometerPrime Wrestling decided to do review shows from their iPPV on regular TV. I won’t review the matches since I already did that here. They didn’t show the matches in their entirety but they showed the ends to all of the matches. I’m not a fan especially since they were still shilling the iPPV. DJ Korey was our host.

Benjamin Boone was mad about not having an opponent. He invited anyone from past or present to fight him. Analysis: What else can you do when you have no opponent and no direction in character? Not his best work.

Melissa introduced Aiden Veil & Logan Schulo. They talked about their band and didn’t act all that excited. Analysis: She was more peppy than them. I don’t care for the band thing because they sound more serious about it than 3MB. You need to tie the theme into the promos more if you’re going to be serious. I’m thinking something like Fandango. You could cheese it up and say “We’re going to drum our opponents out of the ring.” It needs a bit of a spark but these guys are a first show team. I’ll give them some leeway.

Louis Lynden did his promo in black & white while wearing an old Chinese straw hat. Lyndon talked about how big the match with Michael Facade was for him. He said he wanted to shine and prove himself in Prime Wrestling. The crane will fly in new directions. Analysis: Lyndon brings something fresh. I dig his metaphors even though I’d beat most people up about it.

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Justin LaBar gives his good bye speech. I enjoy the crowd chanting “You got fired” again. I fast forwarded through the rest of the segment with Nicki Valentino. Time saving all over this episode since this was covered in my iPPV review.

Krimson got a video. “A good man would prefer to be defeated rather than defeat injustice by evil means” was his theme against Johnny Gargano. He said he’s going to put Gargano to the test at Pressure Rising. He said he will be resurrected like the morning star. Johnny Gargano said that Krimson makes a living getting in people’s heads but he can’t do that to him. Gargano said he is in Krimson’s head. He told Krimson it will be his darkest day and that he’ll shine like a bright star. Gargano concluded by saying he’d still be champion after Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Krimson is still adding to his catalog of good or great promos. I wonder if he’s the one searching for the philosophy quotes week in and out. Gargano continues to round out his body of work on the mic. Good work for the main event.

This episode was stranger than the first one because the only back and forth promos were about the main event between Krimson and Gargano. Gory & Kirst didn’t get to counter Veil & Shulo. The TV Champion Michael “The Bomber” Facade didn’t have a response to Lynden. The episode would have been better with those promos added. Prime Wrestling had a taping March 16th so I’ll hope the new episodes start soon. -Kevin

56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania XIX’s Best Matches: Results

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Steve Austin’s last match against the Rock and since this epic Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho match (especially since they brilliantly revisited that feud five years later, which was five freaking years ago). Bask!

Stunt Granny Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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G.I.Joe: Retaliation, directed by Jon M. Chu, is a fun, brain dead movie. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily but for everything it does right it does a lot wrong. The movie both suffers and excels from having to alleviate the failings of its predecessor. The first quarter of the movie sets the new tone for the franchise and quickly dispels the ridiculous battle suits and sci-fi elements that made the first movie reprehensible. They still use high-tech weapons but this in a grounded approach. These are soldiers this time around instead of cardboard cutouts with Robocop suits. Immediately the tone is set as a combat movie with over the top circumstances and it works for forty-five minutes. After this initial establishing of tone and house cleaning, the flaws of the film start to show through as the plot progresses.

Chu, whose last feature effort was “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”, yeah that one, steers the movie with a loose hand. He pushes the plot at such a rapid pace that nothing really seems to matter. When a character dies it isn’t dwelled upon at all but we are supposed to believe it carries great weight. Nothing resonates so there is no emotional attachment. The larger actions scenes are chaotic and confusing and it works. The ambush of The Joes in particular is all over the place and it helps tie in to the characters confusion. On the other hand the close combat hand to hand fight scenes are shot too close. Sure the fists and feet are flying but none of the blows carry weight. The use of the bullet time slow-motion technology has really run its course and was used as a crutch to prop up the schizophrenic battle between Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes.

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