Monday, August 22, 2016

Summerslam 2016

One of the many things I didn't see coming.
Summerslam! Thirteen matches! Six hours, including the pre-show! Because this is the WWE, where pacing is for suckers. Speaking of which, one of the sponsors is Jolly Rancher, which was probably a rejected WWE gimmick in the early 90's, too. Anyone thinking I'm some kind of wrestling Nostradamus after going five for six at Takeover is in for a bumpy ride.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

@midnight Power Rankings (Aug 14-18)



It's a tournament week themed around the Olympics, which means four days of exciting hair cosplay from Chris Hardwick, a bevy of stars ostensibly from various nations, and lots of jokes about how they can't use the word "Olympics" or the rings. This is one of those rare weeks where nearly all the scores and decisions represented what I actually thought, although on points I think Flula Borg edged out Milana Vayntrub. But I don't begrudge her the gold medal in the slightest. Kudos to. Yakov Smirnoff for leaving Branson, MO and performing exactly how you'd expect.

SEGA Saturday: Burning Rangers





For those of you who are sick of wrestling, now's a good time for me to start Sega Saturdays, where we look back at Sega in the late 90's and early 2000's. Because that was a glorious time, when there was a ton of money to make music and intro videos and they were all GLORIOUS and over the top and insane.



For example, Burning Rangers. Never played it, but oh, that theme song. This isn't even the full version of the theme song. But it's out there if this makes you wanna hear it. And then there's the opening theme in English, which is so much worse it may be better.


NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

Not even a wrestler, and this guy stole the show.
Like most sequels, Brooklyn II didn't live up to the original. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad show. It was a very good show. Frequently a great show. But for only a few moments was it a special show. There was a lot of solid work by veterans, a lot of great work by established mainstays, and some surprisingly effective work by newbies. But most of this show had me saying "Heh, that was funny", when I wanted to be laughing.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Oh, The Metahumanity! (More Streaming!)

Classic Tick Gag!
OK. Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. return September 20, Flash and Arrow come back  two weeks later. Which means I've got until then to watch the last episodes of Powers. But man, oh man, do I wish I could be kept from watching more powers by a full season of The Tick.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (NXT&CWC)

Seriously, how awesome is this?
A bit of a weird Wednesday - the NXT before Takeover is full of unrelated matches and the show's only really promoted on video. Meanwhile, the second round of the Cruiserweight Classic features some weird highs and some surprising lows.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weekly Wrasslin' Wroundup (SDLive)W

WEIRD DYNAMIC
Smackdown has four matches to Raw's six going into Summerslam, so the 3:2 ration is being maintained. Smackdown's lead-in to the PPV is mostly boring and pointless, but had a couple of nifty things and one very, very offputting moment.