Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez, is training at the WWE Performance Center.
IMPACT Wrestling announced they sold out Slammiversary.
Slammiversary THIS SUNDAY is officially SOLD OUT!
We absolutely cannot wait for a jam packed crowd in The Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto LIVE on PPV and @FiteTV!
This is good news for IMPACT Wrestling.
Suits returned to television last night. Season 8 will be the first season without Patrick J. Adams or Meghan Markle on the cast.
The show opens with a recap of season 7’s ending and then it’s back to where last season ended: The wedding to end all wedding. Well, the party. But still.
We see Harvey Specter and Robert Zane sitting at a table trying to figure out what name they are going to call their newly merged firm. Will it be Specter, Zane, Litt, or Zane, Specter, Litt. Either way, Litt goes last, according to the two of them.
We then cut to seeing Alex William played by Dule Hill running to his home where Specter is waiting for him. Specter drops the news that Zane is joining the firm. Williams is upset about the idea of Zane becoming a name partner before him.
Specter promises that William’s name goes up next.
We are in Louis Litt’s office with Katrina Bennett and they are discussing the merger between the two firms. Katrina is the only associate who has worked for both firms.
We then see Zane and Donna looking into Rachel Zane’s office. The two have a sentimental moment over Rachel’s departure. Zane then tells Donna that he plans on being a managing partner, setting up what I believe will be the story arch for the season.
We cut to the opening credits and the show debuts their new opening signature. It’s really cool and fresh. This is the first time in 8 seasons that the show updated their opening credits.
We are back from commercial break and we see the three powers at be in a conference room. Litt is leading the meeting and says that they need to decide who they are going to drop from their client list to avoid conflict of interest. Litt makes a suggestion to get their clients to drop the conflicted departments.
Donna then talks to Harvey about not sabotaging the mission. Harvey says that he won’t sabotage it. He then goes to Williams and asks him to go and try to get him to get Zane’s client to drop their manufacturing division.
Zane goes into a gym and talks to his right-hand woman to get Harvey’s client to drop their division instead.
We go to commercial and return with Katrina and Louis in his office. Katrina is asking for the opportunity to fire the least efficient associates.
We return from commercial and we see Katrina and Brian (an associate) having lunch. Brian catches on to the idea of him being fired and ends up making the situation worst. Katrina ends up firing him and then leaving the bill with him. Ouch!
Williams and Litt are in Litt’s office and the two have a good moment where they made amends. Brian is seen walking to Litt’s office to confront him on the firing situation. Litt and Brian have a moment and Brian walks away from the conversation with his head up.
Litt then confronts Katrina about the firing. She’s claiming she tried to save Brians job. A very heated conversation. Harvey is then given a proposed contract from his client proposing to sell his clients division.
Harvey then talks to Robert Zane and demands that they stand down. The fight for managing partner is in full force with Zane up a battle.
Commentary: This was a good show for their reset season. Feels like they are going to be setting up an all-out war for control of the firm and for the first time in the show history, Louis isn’t the one who is looking for control.
I also feel like they are setting up Dule Hill’s character as the new Mike Ross. It will be interesting to see how the characters work out.
Elias is a WWE Superstar that has slowly grown on a lot of the WWE Universe. Currently, he has a pretty basic heel gimmick: a musician that signs a customized song to the local crowd to get cheap heat on himself.
Over the last year or sow, Elias has gone from a low card act to a high mid-card act. He has a very popular catchphrase (everyone together now), “Walk with Elias”. Whenever he comes out and says that line, the crowd goes nuts for him.
One thing that has caught my eye with Elias is how much of a future big star he might be able to become. I don’t think that Elias will reach the levels of Steve Austin or the Rock, but he could be a good top level guy that helps hold the company.
I really started to look at him as someone who might be able to do really well in the top tier when he took on Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Money in the Bank (Although, he did have a great program with John Cena leading into WrestleMania this year)in June. Elias looked really good in the ring and he really brought it to the champ, Rollins.
He brought it so much that I was quite disappointed when Rollins retained his championship. I had actually gone from not really caring for the guy to wanting him to walk out with the title.
So here’s what I would do with him.
Step-one: Move him off of RAW. I think Elias will have a lot more breathing room on Smackdown Live! And could eventually become the perfect challenger to AJ Style’s WWE Championship.
Elias needs to be on a show where work-rate counts. He also needs to be away from Roman Reigns. I don’t see anyone getting a real shot at being a main event player while Reigns is on the same show. It’s one reason why I don’t think Rollins will ever have a serious chance at being a top guy (but I am not here to talk about Rollins).
Step-two: Give him the US Title and let him run with it. Elias should be given a good 9-12 month reign as US Champion. Not only that, but he should be paired with real top rate workers who could help him raise his profile with the company. And on top of that, he should be given chances to close Smackdown and have the chance to be a marquee name on Network Specials.
Step Three: Turn him babyface in during his US Title run. He needs to be a face for this work on any level. As he is having the run of his life as US Champion, Elias turns face (probably by saving AJ Styles from a beat down of sorts), and the fans will (should) embrace him.
Step-Four: He wins the Royal Rumble or Money in the bank. My case would be him winning the Money in the Bank contract and challenging the WWE Champion for a title show at SummerSlam. He doesn’t do a sneak attack or challenge the champion after a grueling match. He comes out the following week on Smackdown and looks at the champion and say “I am challenging you to a match at SummerSlam”.
The longer plan would eventually have him head back to RAW and take on Roman Reigns and dethrone him in the process.
I would be surprised if in 10 years we are looking back and we don’t have Elias on the top 5 post-Cena era top guys.
Skyscraper is a movie starring Dwayne Johnson and a skyscraper. Slightly kidding.
Johnson stars a Wil Sawyer who is a former FBI agent that made a critical mistake during a hostage situation. The movie opens with the scene that changed Johnson’s character’s life forever. The scene is Sawyer and his team responding to a hostage situation and failing to save the life of the family being held hostage.
The result of the opening scene is the suspected blowing up the home he’s in and Sawyer losing his leg. We then met Sawyer’s future wife Sarah who is about to operate on him and save his life.
We flash forward 10 years later and we are introduced to the skyscraper, The Pearl. The skyscraper is the largest building in the world and what would be considered the most secure building in the world.
We are reintroduced to Sarah and Wil Sawyer, now as a married couple with two children. Sawyer is a security engineer who has been hired to access the security levels of the Pearl. Sawyer was recommended by one of his old FBI buddies.
The Pearl is then attacked by a group of men who set the building on fire with Sarah and her children inside the building. The rest of the film is dedicated to Sawyer finding a way into the building to save his family.
If you have seen any of Johnson’s action films, you know exactly how the movie goes. Johnson gets into the building, finds his family only to be separated from his family and almost die 9 times.
The film ends in typical Johnson action movie style: Johnson defeats the bads guys and is reunited with his family.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you have a MoviePass subscription, I would definitely suggest watching this movie. However, if you are paying out of pocket, Skyscraper is not in the top 5 movies to watch.
Bohemian Rhapsody is the biopic we’ve all be waiting for: a real look into the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
In Theaters November 2, 2018
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers
WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, announced a that they are bringing back the War Games match in Los Angeles. Here is the full announcement:
NXT TakeOver: WarGames returns this November when the black-and-yellow brand comes to the STAPLES Center on the eve of Survivor Series on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The NXT Universe witnessed the monumental return of the first WarGames Match in nearly 20 years last November. Initially made famous as one of the premier match types in the NWA and, later, WCW, WarGames is a battleground unlike any other, pitting teams against each other inside two rings surrounded by a steel cage.
Last year’s match, fought among Undisputed ERA, Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong and SAnitY, set a new standard for brutality and gave Undisputed ERA bragging right after they picked up the historic win.
Don’t miss out on your chance to watch the action of TakeOver: WarGames live and in person this November when NXT comes to The City of Angels. Head to nxttickets.com this Friday to secure your seat!
Commentary: It’s encouraging to see NXT have a few gimmicks that are exclusively theirs. WWE and NXT should try to create two different worlds when it comes to their in-ring product.
If you are a Doctor Who fan, you will love the teaser for series 11.
I don’t care if you’re just an everyday citizen or the head of state for your country; if you win the World Cup, you’re going to lose yourself in the moment. That’s exactly what happened when France won the World Cup.
French President Emmanuel Macron lost himself in the moments after winning the world cup. There is a gallery below.
WWE.com has released a statement announcing that Hogan has been reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame.
STAMFORD, Conn. — After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.
Hulk Hogan has confirmed that he’s backstage at WWE’s Extreme Rules. So a return could be in the works.
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@WWE Superstars and on all levels the volume of love and support was overwhelming. I’ve been praying for this day and I finally feel like I made it back home. Only Love 4 the #WWEUNIVERSE brother HH