I’m constantly comparing what it is that, despite everyone’s criticism, the WWE does right that TNA hasn’t gotten just yet.
Yes. It’s Valentine’s Day. Time for you to sit down with your loved one, over a candlelit dinner fresh from the Domino’s delivery car as you order TNA Against All Odds on your cable remote. (I should write ads…) As wrestling fans, you’ve all been to the major companies’ web sites, and been bombarded with the only thing VD can mean to wrestling fans…boobs…lingerie…skin. So lets see how either company handled such a deep topic in surprisingly different fashions.
TNA has a run of Valentine’s photos involving their current Knockouts champion, Tara/Victoria, and the hottest redhead that almost never makes it on TV without carrying someone’s ring gear, So Cal Val. Sorry, DJLunchbox. The sets are nice enough. Pink lingerie, soft giant teddy bears that cost as much as my Xbox, and interesting uses for chocolate allowed by non-fetish websites on the topic. But overall, the pictures and poses just feel…awkward.
WWE barrages you with the shear number of images. WWE always wins in the fact that most of their roster have been models, and the shear number of girls. Vince could completely have his own Playboy Mansion style setup with all these girls, for all we know. Aside from the variety, shapes, and sizes of the girls, there’s an artistic touch. Regardless of how you think these girls look in HD on Monday night, you will probably not notice any flaws hear.
As usual, as I find with their shows and story lines, WWE takes a simple concept that anyone should get, and just have a better execution than their competitors.
It’s that time once again for the biggest Wrestling Podcast award show in Western Pennsylvania: The Mayhemmys!!! Next week on the Wrestling Mayhem Show, we will be presenting the nominees for this year’s awards, so stop by to relive all of those moments and be sure to stop back at www.WrestlingMayhemShow.com to submit your votes!
Stay in School, Kids!
While toiling around the news during Wednesday’s snow storm, I was toiling around the sites, trying to get a head start on wMS 206, and found this gem…
A look into the future? A division of the company that would later take Bret Hart away (AOL Time Warner, eventually). hmmm…..
Wrestling Mayhem Show 205: Feathered. But Dangerous
It’s back to the Skype lines! This week, Sorg and DJLunchbox are joined by former TNA Wrestling talent, Cody Deaner on this special Valentine’s Week Edition of the Wrestling Mayhem Show! We have a long talk with Deaner this holiday of love about his work in TNA with ODB, his exit from the company, meeting Woody Woodpecker, and a surprise redneck secret.
Mad Mike joins us to talk about comedian wrestlers, RAW, TNA Impact, Knockouts, Divas, tag divisions, and much, much more..
I had to bite the bullet and get my hands on The Marine 2, starring our favorite Legacy member, Ted Dibiase, Jr. Now, first off, I have to state that I hate these non-sequels. Sequels to movies that have different actors, go straight to video, or even just have different characters with absolutely no connection to the original. So already this flick has three strikes against is.
It’s basically very run of the mill action. You’re someplace exotic. Everyone’s having fun. Something blows up. There’s a hostage situation. The local fuzz is playing it safe to save their asses. Lone wolf that knows what he’s doing, who wasn’t even supposed to be here today steps up to go rogue and save his lovely wife. You can’t fault Dibiase for any of this. But he takes it and does an admirable job in delivering what he was handed. The unfortunate part is that The Marine, while still mindless action, was actually fun. But I think I’ve broken down the where this lacked in comparison in some key factors.
Not as many opportunities to show how inflammable our Marine is as the first flick.
Our protagonist’s wife/girlfriend isn’t quite as OMG hot as the first.
The bad guy isn’t nearly as witty or likable as “Mr. T-1000” Robert Patrick.
Are we sure this wasn’t Behind Enemy Lines 8?
Um. Any fun whatsoever.
On the plus side, my videography self trained eye spotted some decent long shots during fight scenes. Particularly during the obligatory fight with a pair of karate baddies.
Rent it as a wrestling fan, folks. Watch it with your dad that thinks Steven Segal and Delta Force are great movies.
WMS 205 Preview: The Deaner
Next on the Wrestling Mayhem Show, we welcome recent TNA star, Cody Deaner. “The Deaner” has been wrestling since 2000 across the independents, challenged Kurt Angle in his old “Gold Medal Challenges”, and his recent experience in TNA with ODB, and his unrecognized Knockouts championship “reign”.
Leave your questions and comments for the show at [email protected] or 412-206-WMS0 (412-206-9670)!
Wrestling Mayhem Show 204: Bullish
The band is back together! It’s episode 204 with Sorg, Doc Remedy, Mayhem Missie, and DJ Lunchbox! This week, we are also joined in studio by Marshall “The Bull” Gambino to discuss his recent time away from wrestling after the “Loser Leaves Town” match at IWC A Call to Arms in December, some reflections on his career, and some interesting questions from the fans and other wrestlers.
We also talk about the Helms and Jericho arrests, Royal Rumble, Mayhem Missie’s encyclopedia-like indy wrestling mind, and much, much, more!
Oh, it’s been a year since I quit action games, and focus more on starslots.com for gambling games where the money is flowing and now, it was my return to gaming. My brother had an N64, and I was the good brother that got him this for some sort of gift giving holiday, I’m sure. And oh boy, did we play the heck out of this one. WCW/NWO Revenge was certainly from the height of the company’s dominance over WWF. You had the NWO, Goldberg, Raven, and a whole slew of WCW wrestlers. While all of my friends were having a great time with WWF Warzone creating characters and versions of our crew, I was playing the best damn wrestling game there was, and there was a reason for that. This game was one the the early wrestling games put out by THQ, the company that would later bring us the fantastic WWF/E Smackdown series we still enjoy today. Luckily, this version made the Playstation renditions of WCW Nitro and Thunder look like a joke.
Wow, almost looks like a new game from a certain company…
The game was not without it’s faults. Due to the unfortunate size limitations, while our friends were getting CD quality DX theme music, we were stuck with some generic digital entrances. WrestleMania for the NES at least had custom themes! Also, in what seems like an attempt to expand the roster, there were inclusions of several fake feds (at least I’ve never heard of them). This may be a hold over of the WCW vs the World/World tour games with awkwardly large, and Japanese, rosters. All of the characters were cheasy, and you’d avoid them, except the ninja, for me I would rather play with 666 Casino games.
But the rest of the game was great. You didn’t have a custom wrestler mode, but you did have the ability to arrange the wrestlers in factions as you’d like and swap wardrobe amongst the roster. I recall making great strides to divide up the NWO at the proper point, and turn Hogan back to the Red and Yellow. Also, I think I turned The Giant into Big Show when that change occured. The game had fun weapons, that came from the crowd, a good battle royal mode, and decent enough title modes. And venues for all of the major PPVs of the era! All this, and the quintessential representation of the NWO, The Flock, cruiserweights, and tag teams. I’d dare say this was the best WCW game ever done.
Of course, the Asmik Ace/AKI engine that was known for a great grappling system, was carried over when THQ took on WWF in WrestleMania 2000, and the epic No Mercy.
But while this game didn’t have all the fancy CD-quality features, it did have this sweeeeeeetttt intro…