Monday, October 20, 2014

RIP Ox Baker

Ox Baker has passed away at age 80.  It is an uncontroversial opinion that Ox had one of the most distinctive looks of any wrestler.  Couple that with the legend of his Heart Punch "IT KILLED TOO PEOPLE!" and you have an iconic wrestling legend.

To that end, his passing made TMZ Sports in part due to him tangling with Kurt Russell in "Escape from New York."

Even better than all of that, I have heard from multiple people that Ox was a legitimately nice guy.  Basically, the opposite of his wrestling persona.

If you're not following the WWE Archivist on Twitter, you should.  Check out this awesome pre-facial hair look at the legendary Ox Baker may he rest in peace.


Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Friday! swings by the Hall of Pain!

Still one of my favorite WWE themes.  It's perfect for Mark Henry and it's a great theme for when they use him as the mystery opponent.  I always love that gimmick.  Smarmy heel wants to take on anyone, you hear this song hit and here comes The World's Strongest Man ready to induct someone into The Hall of Pain.

It's great!  Speaking of great, I hope everyone has a great weekend.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WWE 2K15 DLC and Season Pass Details Announced

Finally, we've gotten word on the Season Pass and DLC for WWE 2K15.  It was kind of odd that it has taken until two weeks before the game to drop on PS3 and Xbox 360 for us to find all of this out, but it looks like the wait may have been worth it.  In a follow-up post I'll give more thoughts about specific aspects of this once I get a chance to really look at it.

At first glance it appears to be a solid mix of talent being added to the game though.

Here's the information from IGN.

Accelerator

Players will gain instant access to all unlockable content available in the game (excluding downloadable content);
The Accelerator will be available for a suggested price of $1.99.

2K Showcase: One More Match

Story focused on the rivalry between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Christian in 2011;
Playable WWE Superstars: Christian, Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry and Sheamus;
Playable arenas from 2011: SmackDown®, Extreme Rules®, Over the Limit® and Capitol Punishment®;
2K Showcase: One More Match will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.

2K Showcase: Hall of Pain

Story focused on top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry;
Playable WWE Superstars: Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sheamus, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Ryback;
Playable arenas: SmackDown (2011), Vengeance® (2011) and WrestleMania® 29;
2K Showcase: Hall of Pain will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.

2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior

Story focused on the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior;
Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Sgt. Slaughter;
Playable WWE Legends: Honky Tonk Man, Rick Rude, Macho King and Colonel Mustafa;
Playable WWE Superstars: Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley;
Access to WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel and WWE managers Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Sherri, Sid Justice and General Adnan;
Playable arenas: WrestleMania VI, VII and XII; SummerSlam® (1988, 1990 and 1991); Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV and Madison Square Garden®;
2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior will be available for a suggested price of $9.99.

WCW Pack

Playable WCW Superstars: Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger;
The WCW Pack will be available for a suggested price of $7.99.

NXT Arrival

Playable NXT Superstars: JBL, Adam Rose and The Ascension (Konnor and Victor);
Playable NXT Diva: Emma;
NXT Arrival will be available for a suggested price of $6.99.

New Moves Pack

Moves Pack: More than 30 new moves, including an alternate version of Sister Abigail (performed from the ring corner and made popular by Bray Wyatt) and Multiple Gut Wrenches (made popular by Cesaro);
The New Moves Pack will be available for a suggested price of $3.99. 

Also of note.



Monday, October 13, 2014

WWE Network Advertising


As a WWE Network subscriber, I just received the following in my Inbox.

Dear WWE Network Subscriber,

Today WWE Network will begin to run limited video advertisements.

Here's what you can expect:

• No commercial breaks during scheduled programming
• Limited advertising between shows
• Occasional advertising before our video-on-demand content

If you have any questions regarding your subscription, please visit wwe.com/help. Thank you for being a WWE Network subscriber.

WWE Network Support
I've often said that if ads on the Network would help it a) be more successful or b) keep my monthly cost down, I have zero issue with it.  It sounds like at the very least they will be fairly unobtrusive.  It might take some getting used to like when IFC began adding commercials during their movies.  It's certainly not a deal-breaker for me as I don't think it will hamper my enjoyment of the product one bit.    

Dolph Ziggler and Harry The Hawk

Who did the Atlanta Hawks have promoting tonight's RAW from Philip's Arena in ATL?

None other than Dolph Ziggler along with Harry The Hawk.




When I saw this come across my Facebook newsfeed, I knew I had to share it right here on South Atlanta Wrestling. As always, it's good to see that the Pac is Back. The new, modified version of the Hawks' iconic "Pac-Man" logo is pretty sweet if you ask me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Vincent: Head of nWo Security


Saw a list the other of 10 Times WCW Went Way Too Far.  One of them left me a bit puzzled.  The entry was about WWE's Virgil joining the nWo as Vincent.  Now in fairness to this article I understood the underlying point.  Their point was that the addition of Vincent wasn't the issue itself so much as it pointed to the later issues they would have when the group got far too big.  That point itself I can certainly appreciate.  The article did get me to thinking about Vincent as a member of the nWo, how it worked out and how it could have worked out better.

Vincent originally debuted as the Head of nWo Security IIRC.  It made sense at the time with the former "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase having been revealed as the nWo Benefactor.  The premise of Vincent (a shot at Vince McMahon naturally) joining up wasn't that bad.  To me, it was an interesting way to bring him in.  The problem as usual was WCW's execution of it. 

Here's how I would have handled him.  I think you primarily needed to use him as Ted's bodyguard.  A familiar role of course, but in general Vincent needed to be that strong silent type that made him such a memorable part of Ted's "Million Dollar Man" gimmick in WWE.  He needed to be a second more than a wrestler and he needed to talk rarely if at all.  He would basically be a plot device that could explain some of the logistics of how the nWo was able to accomplish things and stay protected when they were outnumbered by the rest of the WCW roster in many cases.  His nWo hoodie and black pants were fine, but I think a Corporate Security Big Boss Man or The Shield attire might have been a nice touch.  Give him a nightstick, billy club, cattle prod (Hey! It ended Goldberg's streak!), baseball bat or whatever and just have him look menacing and kind of hanging around on the periphery. 

What we got instead was Vincent doing the "Too Sweet" hand motions and goofiness in the camera.  It just didn't suit him.  He also became just a guy who was tossed in tag matches or whatever.  There was nothing in particular about the role and he did just seem to be another example of nWo bloating.  Ultimately, it was a failure or at the very least a non-factor.  That's a shame because Vincent could have actually been a little sizzle to the nWo's steak as it were.

Having said all this I do feel the need to share my conversation with Vincent at the NWA Legends Fanfest in ATL a few years ago.

Me:  *Standing near his table not paying him any mind*

Vincent:  Hey, you want a picture?  Ted's here too, he'll autograph it too.  Twenty-five dollars (or whatever the price was).

Me:  I appreciate it, but I really don't have any cash for this thing.  When I was younger I had money, but now...

Vincent:  Your probably threw it all away chasing *insert a five letter feline word that some might describe a woman's anatomy with*.

Me:  *Smiles* Wanders off...

It was surreal.  IIRC, he was eating cheese puffs throughout the discussion although he may have gotten that bag later.  I don't completely recall. 

While looking for the link at the beginning of this post I found another one where he's ranked #1 on a list of the 7 Worst Members of the nWo.  That's also worth a look and I would still disagree.  For one, Stevie Ray deserves a spot on that list.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Ringside Fest 11 (2014): New WWE Figures Revealed!


Mattel had some new figures to show off at Ringside Fest 11 (2014) in NYC and some of them are pretty great.

Of note, we have images of the following:
There are several other Basic Hogan figures being released too.  One based on his current look, one based on the 80's look without bandana or t-shirt and then another current look with a different shirt.

Nice looking figs as usual from Mattel and WrestlingFigs.com is the best place on the Internet to go for coverage IMHO.

It's linked in the first sentence, but here's the direct link to the WrestlingFigs.com gallery.  All pics from above are linked there along with others. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's Friday! Roll Tide Roll!

Ole Miss has another "biggest game since..." this weekend in Oxford because the Alabama Crimson Tide is ROLLING into town.  South Atlanta Wrestling, Norko and myself, are firmly behind Alabama of course.  I may actually miss some of the game due to a birthday party that Bryant's going to.  That's fine with me because a) I'll follow along on my iPhone and b) sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your boy.

Anyhow, hope all of you have a great weekend no matter who your team is.  Ole Miss folks, I hope you're weekend's a little sad, but that's nothing personal.

RTR!



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I Like About WWE Right Now...

Not a comprehensive list of things I enjoy right now. As a matter of fact another post is already in the works. I see a lot of negativity in the IWC. We seem to enjoy killing every single thing WWE does for whatever reason. This post is meant to be the flip-side of that. Instead of griping about the things I dislike, I have chosen to discuss what I do like. Here goes...
  • Dean Ambrose--As great as The Shield was the gimmick was holding Dean Ambrose back.  His character didn't work nearly as well in the confines of The Shield as it does with him out on his own.  WWE deserves a ton of credit too because they seem to know what buttons to press with Dean.  During his absence instead of getting some tired, "Let's check on Dean Ambrose's medical status" we got a, "He refused treatment and his whereabouts are currently unknown."  That's exactly what Dean Ambrose would do.  He's a shady character that you like whether you should or not.  He's got a certain mystique to him and I hope WWE can keep it going strong.
  • The Miz and his stunt double, Damien Sandow--If you dislike comedy then this won't appeal to you at all, but I think these two are great.  I accept the fact that The Miz is never going to be the top guy we hoped he'd be when he became WWE Champion and headlined WrestleMania 27, but he's a valuable asset.  Sandow is much the same way in that I had higher hopes for him, but his current role is a lot of fun.  These two keeping things interesting in the Intercontinental Champion tier of the roster is a good thing.
  • The Authority--Heel authority figures are beyond tired.  The thing with them is that the heeling isn't quite as over-the-top.  Beyond that they hit the right notes with their performance.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, but Stephanie is tons better than her Dad ever was.
  • Paul Heyman and his client, Brock Lesnar--I've often said that Heyman, to some degree, is overrated.  His pairing with Brock Lesnar is absolutely not though.  That's a deal where they are individually compelling, but together it goes to a whole 'nother level.
Like I said, not a comprehensive list of things I enjoy about the current product. It's a start though and more is on the way shortly.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pain & Gain (2013) Spoiler-Free Review

The wife and I watched Pain & Gain over the weekend.  It was released in 2013 and stars Mark Wahlberg, The Rock, and Anthony Mackie (Falcon from Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier).  It's directed by Michael Bay.  The film was a heck of a lot of fun although uncomfortable to watch at times.  Here's the synopsis from IMDB:
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
When I first saw trailers for this I thought to myself, "That looks like Point Break with bodybuilders.  That's not really the case, but you could certainly give a 10 second description in that manner and it wouldn't be wrong exactly.  First, this is based on a true story which is kind of disturbing as you go through it.  Second, it's a good bit darker.  That being said it does have quite a bit of levity in it.  The Rock kills it as a conflicted Christian ex-con for example.  Wahlberg plays this kind of hammy, wide-eyed, over-the-top character with enough believability that you can totally buy that this guy exists.  Mackie is a kind of strange yet likable scumbag in the film too.  Really that's about the best way to describe the whole crew.  You kind of like the guys, you don't really root for them, but you don't hate them like you should. 

In general, the film kind of reminds me of Bully from 2001Bully, also based on a true, story had you pleading with the characters to stop the madness throughout.  It's like a runaway train that you just want to put the brakes on, but can't. Throughout this film there are so many times you just want this crew to stop what they're doing and go about their business in a different way.  It never happens, but you continually hope it will. 

This is one of those films that I'd like to highly recommend IF you are comfortable with a certain level of inappropriateness in a film.  It's not one that you're necessarily going to discuss at Sunday School.  Pain & Gain is a fun ride.

Pain & Gain is Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use by the MPAA.