Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Elimination Chamber 2018


Raw is done with PPV events between now and Wrestlemania, and they ended up with a pretty decent show. Only one real clunker on the main card, a couple of outstanding matches, but the utter predictability of the main event and some questionable booking choices knocked it down a few notches.

Friday, February 23, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Elimination Chamber (2018)

One of these days, the WWE is going to build a forgiving structure.
I don’t have high hopes for this year’s Elimination Chamber, since most of what’s at stake seems to be set in stone. Fsatlane is going to have a similar problem soon, but at least it makes some things easy to predict.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (Last Two Weeks)

Still the best thing to happen either week.
I skipped a week, because the only three things that happened last week were Braun Strowman wielding an upright bass like a guitar (awesome), Mark Andrews and Drew Gulak advance in the Cruiserweight Tournament (fine) and Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin move into the championship mosh at Fastlane (boo). As we head toward Elimination Chamber, you’d think there’d be more Events Of Significance, but...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther (No Spoilers)

Nothing But wakanda
Black Panther is a good movie, in every sense of the word.

Black Lightning: “Some More Bullshit About The Devil”

Still not buying it.
Black Lighting gets its own overly long title about the devil that I’m not going to fucking type out or try to remember, but at least it’s a better episode than Arrow’s was.

Runaways: “Rewind” / “Destiny”

Hijinks With Mom’s Jarvis
There’s something very compelling about Runaways that I can’t quite place, given some of the weaknesses in execution (some clunky writing and acting in the early going).

Friday, February 9, 2018

Arrow: “Some Bullshit About The Devil”

Enjoy this for the rest of the season, I guess.
Small man in suit murdered and replaced by large man in suit. Alert the media!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weekly Wrassin’ Wroundup (2/5

Another OK week on WWEk, with a lot of good matches making up for the boring stuff and weird booking. Plus, Heavy Machinery were on NZXT this week, defeating and possibly breaking up Sabatelli and Moss, which is like the best twofer in the business and thus goes above even the EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.


Post-Raw 25, both shows have established some new production ideas, and they’re all very distracting. Raw is now going with a bold, red and white color scheme full of boxes and sans serif and an almost sort of comic booky feel to it. Also, no theme song/intro? I can’t imagine this is permanent but it’s been two weeks in a row. Aparently the new Raw theme is by Papa Roach so mabye it’s divine intervention. Smackdown, meanwhile is putting big words all over their promos like they’re shitty YouTube videos and it’s super obnoxious.


I’m disappointed. Rusev is super over, so I was really hoping this title match would mean a program, but it doesn’t look like it. Also, they seem to be doubling down on Rusev and English being heels English even insulted the hometown crowd in his song, which is a thing they already have just fine on Raw. But you’re not going to turn crowds against Rusev at this point, so fucking roll with it for a change, WWE.


Almas goaded Gargano into a rematch - if Almas wins, Gargano leaves NZXT forever. This could mean a Gargano callup, but I hope it means Gargano triumphing over Almas, Vega, and Ciampa to win the belt, at least for a little while. Otherwise they’re just doing Tye Dillinger’s final run in NXT all over again.


This week it was against Bayley, and led to some more Bayley-Sasha rivalry hints.


I forgot to mention last week that in addition to being named Drake Maverick, Drake Maverick set up a sixteen man tournament leading up to a finale at Wrestlemania to determine the new champ. Last week, Cedric Alexander defeated Gran Metalik and TJP defeated Tyler Bate. This week, Kalisto defeated Lince Dorado and, in a shocker, NXT’s Roderick Strong defeated Hideo Itami. ALl the matches have been high quality stuff, and the tournament element means they matter more than these matches usually do on 205.


He RKO’d Roode, English and Rusev after the Roode-Rusev match. I hate Randy Orton and I hate this Randy Orton most of all.

Black Lightning: “Black Jesus”

Dispensing street justice in a hoodie? Nobody will buy that.
OK, the weak link in Black Lightning continues to be the whitest guy on the show, who is, funnily enough, not the albino.

I am, of course, referring to James Remar as Peter Gambi, who started out as a weird tailor sidekick and in the past couple of episodes is now more of an unconvincing badass sidekick who’s keeping a bunch of secrets from Jefferson. In this case, the existence of a new vigilante who is also Jefferson’s daughter. Whether Gambi knows Thunder’s identity or not is as yet unrevealed.

Anyway, Gambi constantly seems like a character from a different, worse show. The rest of the show was good, with Anissa figuring out that vigilanting ain’t easy, Black Lightning sort of discovering the organization that Tobias is a part of, and a really disturbing scene where Tobias’ mysterious boss, Lady Eve, vacuums(?) the insides out of a living dude on a slab and/or a zombie? Anyway, it was fucked up.

Eve suggests a psychological attack, so Whale is going to try to turn Jennifer’s now-paralyzed boyfriend against Black Lightning to turn the public against him. Since we’re four episodes in, I suspect the plan will work around epiisode 6 and stop working around episode 10. But I look forward to seeing Jefferson handle the approbation of the community, since it’s something completely new to him.

The Flash: “True Colors”

Not everything about Mary Poppins is cool.
All I really ask of any given episode of The Flash is that it not be egregiously stupid. Give me that and I will forgive almost anything else. And so it is with “True Colors”.

Runaways: “Reunion”

So, in the increasingly competitive (sort of) world of cellular service providers, various companies have been bundling streaming services with their plans. The bad news for Sprint is that by the time they got around to it, all that was left was Hulu. The good news for me is, I’m on Sprint and free is the only way I’d every be into Hulu. So now I can watch Runaways!

The premiere is pretty good, for what it is. And what it is is the setup. It has to introduce six different characters, their relationship, the mysterious death that drove them apart, two different emerging superpowers, and of course, the revelation of the show’s premise - that all 12 of their parents are part of a secret, evil cult.

That’s a lot for an hour, and Runaways handles it deftly, for the most part. Yes, all six characters fall mostly into Breakfast Clubby tropes, updated for 2018. A nerd, a jock, a goth, a pretty girl, an activist, and a dancer. But the pretty girl is also part of a Scientologesque religion, the jock used to be a nerd, and everyone else gets some bits that show that they’re at least a bit more than their trope would have you believe.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this, and have my fingers crossed that I can get through the whole thing in the next few weeks, since they just announced that Jessica Jones II drops on March 8.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Jan 29-31)

What’s your name again?
As post Royal Rumble weeks go, this was a pretty slow week, but there were still a couple Events Of Significance.

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Another Catch-Up Post)

Right. A bunch of TV to catch up on because I didn’t have time to write/post over hte week.

Royal Rumble 2018

So much right, and yet, so much wrong.
Oh, hey, this has been sitting in Chrome waiting for me to hit POST for like five days. Neat.

On what was, overall, a pretty successful show, the WWE earned a lot of credit by making history, then spent that credit by how they made it.