#TotalDivas – She Said (He Edited) 8/11 Edition

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So we are running behind since we went on a fabulous vacation to the Caribbean. Honestly, I didn’t miss watching the show from 8/11 and now that we’ve sat here and watched it, I know why. Though, the editing is getting better and we did chuckle through some bits, it was still a little yawn worthy.

The episode mainly travels around Trinity and Jon and their 2 year engagement. She is upset because Jon keeps asking her when they are going to get more involved with plans to get married and she is utterly frustrated that he keeps bringing it up. Not to mention he gets pissed because she isn’t wearing her ring. Though I understand why with the WWE asking her to play a ‘single’ role, it makes sense for her not to wear it and with him in the WWE you would think he would further understand, but alas, it boils down to Caveman status and is upset that she isn’t wearing her engagement ring. (Kevin’s Edit: You ladies remember everything. You’re telling me a woman can’t remember to put her ring back on? Please.)  After a big fight and a WWE Raw in KS where they end in the ring together, it comes to head and she realizes she is being hard on Jon for her past failing relationships. He in turns says, ‘why get a hamburger when you can get a steak every night’. Classy!

Brie and Daniel are moving to Phoenix so she can be closer to her dog. Huh? So much traveling, she leaves the dog in Phoenix with her mom and now instead of moving to Washington to live in Daniel’s home from when he was growing up, they pack for Phoenix. Absolutely ridiculous when they Skype with the dog. Good gravy! (KE: I feel the need to make a Whale’s Vagina reference since they live in San Diego.)

Brie has to tell Nikki who ends up being not happy about the move and brings over “A” box to help them move. Who seriously brings just 1 box, it’s like Jennifer Gray saying to Patrick Swayze “I carried a watermelon”. After bashing them for moving for a dog ‘to each his own’ Brie kicks her out. Nikki does blame Daniel for the move, though not sure why. (KE: It was complete coincidence that we both made Patrick Swayze references.)

Nikki ends up having a conversation with John about the move and after discussing her ‘skin malfunction’ aka ‘planet’ aka a zit for us common people, we hear John’s sensitive side and how Nikki is a bitch and she needs to understand her sister’s move and to let bygones be bygones. Looks like John has been reading the Tao of Pooh! Man, he was deep. We actually enjoyed him in his scene and he gave kudos to Daniel Bryan for being a hard worker. I may actually like him at this point, but I’m sure that will change quickly. (KE: Cena is killing me in this series. The nipple rubbing cracked me up.)

Eva Marie thankfully isn’t really in the episode and it’s JoJo that has a visitor this time. The love of her life Brandon appears. I laughed when she said he is the love of her life and has known him since they were 5. Um, hello, you’re 19. Brandon doesn’t understand the work she is doing and wants her to go home. JoJo does end up getting a slight concussion on this episode, but Nattie tells her that it’s Brandon or the WWE. JoJo ends up choosing the WWE and Brandon get’s his walking papers. (KE: Stupid high school kids. Glad she made the right decision.)

45 minutes later, the episode wasn’t to bad, no Fandango kissing his own hand, no MTV Cribs, just more inside the life, yet scripted Total Diva episode. They still have my attention and am interested enough to see Ariana get fake boobs, so stay tuned to see how the fake boobs float! – M (& Kevin)

The Architecture of Wrestling: GCU Arena for @ImpactWrestling’s Bound For Glory

TNA and Impact Wrestling are holding their annual extravaganza known as Bound For Glory is being held in Phoenix, Arizona at Grand Canyon University Arena. I was going to review another building in Phoenix but after taking a look at the building, I realized GCU Arena was worth reviewing. The only problem that is presented that much like last review of an arena I did (if I find the link, I’ll update the article) for TNA, they’ve found a new arena on a small campus so there aren’t any pictures of it. I’ve found several renderings of it from 360 Architecture who designed it. The firm is based out of Kansas City.MO, just like Populous who also does a lot of stadium work. 360 has designed a number of arenas including Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, the Sprint Center in Kansas City (which almost became the home of the KC Penguins) and Huntington Park here in Columbus, which gives me an excuse to review it now. The firm Architekton helped which is no surprise since they are based in Tempe, AZ. They likely did the supervision work and helped to navigate the code book in Arizona. Codes usually come from one main source but municipalities adopt a certain version and usually modify them so conforming to them can get tricky.

The GCU Arena seats about 5,000 so it will be a good venue for TNA.  They have done a great job of identifying these types of venues. The WWE is having a hard time packing in enough people to the NHL/NBA approved arenas so there’s no chance in hell TNA is going to fill one even for their version of Wrestlemania. I always enjoy the shows on the road for TNA so that’s a large positive for this big show.

Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier

As for the building itself, a coworker pointed out that it resembles Villa Savoye which was designed by Le Corbusier. The main form could be viewed as such but the proportions, color and function are much different. The form is strongly horizontal with the dark blue structure framing an all glass entry and concourse. Considering that the university’s colors are purple, black and white, I’m not sure why the trim wasn’t one of these colors. White would have reflected the sun more and hearkened back to Savoye even more. 360 continued the similarity by using reinforced concrete columns to hold up the dark blue structure and create a walk way a portico (or porch) that mimics the drive way, garage and entry area for Savoye. Both buildings are only two stories but there is obviously a change in scale because of their functions as an arena and family home respectively. The arena does have only 42 steps to get to the upper concourse so it isn’t a hike like many of the larger arenas.

Though I haven’t seen a set of plans, I would think that the beige structure at the top of the building is a roof screen that hides all of the exhaust piping for the kitchen equipment and restrooms along with hiding the HVAC units that cool the building. Without the additional information, it is hard to put more analysis into this arena. It’s a nice looking arena though. -Kevin

Kevin Nash Meet & Greet for PWO Wrestlelution 4: Overdrive – Dan’s Perspective

Nothing is working for me tonight. I took an hour & a half to get this terrible picture.

 Wow, not a good start to trying to make this article about the information Dan and I got from the Kevin Nash. I tried to take pictures with my phone but they continually came out dark. So I switched to my camera. The first picture was dark so I took a second picture. Just as I plugged my camera into my computer, the camera battery died so it’s being recharged as I type. I ended up getting a decent picture with too much glare. Deal with it.

I want to let everyone know that I have relinquished full creative control of this report to Kevin.  I don’t know whether he will submit this as two seperate reports or as one combined report and I confident about his ability to edit this how he sees fit.  I get long winded so Kevin should feel free to cut anything unnecessary on here. (Editor’s Note: I saw a couple of spelling mistakes but will leave this note for changes. I decided to go with two articles because this was really good and I have a bunch of other stuff. I will limit the overlap of information.)

I am submitting this report from the Delta Sky Club in the Memphis Airport which cost me $50 to join (I may try to write this off on my taxes as a professional expense!) but I made $400 in vouchers changing my flight back to Kansas City this morning.  No sacrifice is too great for the Stunt Granny Universe.

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