This week we’re taking a look at some crazy Asian movies. First we head to Japan and try to make sense out of Ichi The Killer. Then we hop over to South Korea and get kidnapped for 15 years as we experience Oldboy. After that we chat about US, Shazam, and talk about this season of the Walking Dead.
WrestleMania 35 is in the books and my last tweet said it all for me, “This years Mania was a whole lot better than last year.” Some matches didn’t last like I wanted them to, Joe-Mysterio I was looking forward to but it became a squash match and Joe won in minutes. The match was probably cut for time.
The main event was everything I was looking for between Lynch-Flair-Rousey. Sure the crucifix pin is questionable, guess I’ll have to wait until RAW or SmackDown to see what happens. Charlotte Flair told a great story during the match being the Queen and telling herself this is her WrestleMania. Rousey took some brutal bumps but she keep going doing her five moves of doom.
The Doctor of Thuganomics made his long awaited return and that to me stole the show up to that point. I knew someone was going to interrupt Elias but wasn’t expecting Cena.
So… Ryder and Hawkins defeated the Revival… Woo! Woo! Woo! So happy for those two. Also, Tony Nese defeated Buddy Murphy to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
AJ Styles and Randy Orton was my match of the night. I said this before and will say it again, AJ Styles hasn’t had a bad match since coming to the E. And he pulled a good match out of Orton.
Shane McMahon and The Miz was an insane match. Triple H and Batista had one hell of a fight. I enjoyed it. Oh! and the whole Fury Road entrance was the worst ever by Triple H. That CGI video package was bad.
Yes, the Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix & Natalya) didn’t win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. I was really hoping they would because I’m a huge Beth Phoenix mark. But The IIconics won and I’m happy for them, they have been doing great work on the mic.
Seth Rollins defeated Lesnar with three curb stomps and a low blow. The match was quick in and out. Seth got the job done.
Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan had one hell of a match. There was a few times I thought Bryan was going to win but Kofi did it and it was awesome!
Kurt Angle lost to Baron Corbin. I knew Angle was going to do the right thing and let Corbin get the win. The match was just right for Angle.
Carmella, and Braun Strowman won their battle royal matches. The Usos won and kept their SD Tag Team Championships… Drew McIntyre lost to Roman Reigns, McIntyre should’ve won. And Finn Bálor defeated Bobby Lashley to become the new IC Champ. This match was one side and the Demon looked great.
Bret Hart (JAKKS Classic Superstars series one) For a while I stopped collecting figures, I still had my Bone Crunchers and a few Titan Tron figures but when I saw Bret Hart at Target I had to buy it. Because the Hitman is my favorite wrestler.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake (Hasbro series one blue card) This figure is so colorful and captures everything I think of when I picture Beefcake. Pink and black tights and having his right hand in a scissors pose. I don’t even mind his jumping action feature.
Greg Valentine (LJN Wrestling Superstars series two) LJN figures gets lot of love and hate because the poses the wrestlers were in. I had so much fun with Valentine between a punch to a close line, even a Japanese arm drag.
Kevin Nash (WCW Smash ‘N Slam ToyBiz) Probably the best looking Nash figure to that point. Black and red outfit, comes with a referee that’s wearing a watch, and Nash does the power bomb action motion.
Test (JAKKS Summer Slam ‘99 Fully Loaded 2) I’ve always been a Test fan and finding him out in the wild was awesome. He came with a push broom but it’s the little details that mattered to me like his shoulder tattoo, I’m glad it was added to the figure.
There you have it the class of 2019. It was hard picking some of the figures specially during the JAKKS BCA era, there was so many figures around that time… If you like what you just read visit Doiner.com for action figure reviews!
The build to WrestleMania has been interesting. Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey will be in a triple threat for the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championship. I hope Becky wins it all because Rousey has been running her mouth far too long. As for Charlotte I feel like she’s a third wheel.
Seth Rollins is going face to face with Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. I believe it’s time for Lesnar to drop the championship. He’s been doing nothing with it, a match every three PPV’s. It’s time for Rollins to hold gold and try not to reunite with the Shield every other month.
Triple H and Batista came out of nowhere. I didn’t even know Batista was coming back until I saw him attack Ric Flair, and why would he face Hunter? He already beat him at WrestleMania 21. This match is a toss up and… Batista wins.
Kurt Angle will have his last WWE match at WrestleMania and he announced on RAW that his last opponent will be Baron Corbin. A lot of disappointed IWC fans when Angle said who his opponent was. A bit underwhelming. I think Angle will do the job for Corbin.
Shane McMahon turned on Miz at Fastlane. This is another toss up match I can see both men winning but I’ll pick the Miz. Him winning would make a nice Mania moment with him and Papa Miz in the ring together.
Since his return Rey Mysterio hasn’t had a bad match. His series with Andrade might rival anything the SmackDown Six has done in the past. But he’s facing Samoa Joe for his US Championship. I see Joe dominating and since he just won the championship he’s going to leave Mania with it.
Randy Orton-AJ Styles should be good. I haven’t been high on Orton in a while. As for AJ, he keeps getting better and better with each match. AJ will walk away with the W.
I don’t watch much 205 Live but Buddy Murphy has been stepping up as of late and what I’ve seen he’s not losing that Cruiserweight Championship anytime soon, sorry Tony Nese maybe next year.
As for the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal… Top pick is Braun Strowman, I guess he’s going to win. But if I had to fantasy book the winner, Zack Ryder or Curt Hawkins.
Is it time for Kofi Kingston to become WWE Champion? I think so! Over his eleven year career he’s comes close, just coming short being a top guy. As for Daniel Bryan, I like his heel character. Hopefully this feud continues after Mania.
I’ve never been high on Bobby Lashley, his TNA Impact run was probably the highlight of his wrestling career. Keep Lio Rush out of the match and Bálor will become IC Champion again.
I want McIntyre to win because I’m over Roman Reigns as a singles wrestler. But he’s the Big Dog and Vince’s boy. He’s going over.
Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection vs. Divas of Doom vs. The IIconics vs. Samoan Slaughterhouse… I’m just glad Beth Phoenix is back in the ring and from what I’ve seen with the build to this match Phoenix hasn’t lost a step. We getting new Women’s Tag Team Champs with the Divas of Doom.
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal… I know Asuka got screwed out of her championship to make the triple threat match have higher stakes. As for the winner, I want to see Nikki Cross win. Her work has been great since coming to the main roster.
The Usos will put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line in a fatal four-way match against Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. The Bar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev… This may be a fast paced match to make time for other matches, but I hope Ricochet and Black get time to make a Wrestlemania moment out of this match. But I’m going with Nakamura and Rusev to win gold.
As of publishing my predictions John Cena, Undertaker, Dean Ambrose, and the Revival hasn’t been booked. Maybe one of them will interrupt Elias or a rematch will happen between Cena-Taker from WM34.
It’s hunting season as we check out two movies that explore the deadliest beast on earth. Man. First off we’re kidnapped in our daisy dukes and forced to kill mercenaries in Deadly Prey. Then Gary Busey and Rutger Hauer take us to a cabin in the mountains to see if we can be Surviving The Game. After that we talk about Critters: The New Binge, Planet Of The Apes, and at the end of the show give a spoilerific review of Captain Marvel.
As of writing this Avengers: EndGame hasn’t come out yet but I do have a few theories, if you will… Copy and Paste writers have said, someone will die in EndGame some say Stark and others say Captain America. If Stark didn’t die in Infinity War he’s not going anywhere. As for Capt. I do like the theory of him going back to his own timeline. Maybe then we can see a sequel to The First Avenger, but! I still want that Bucky-Capt team up movie. I’m guessing Thanos will be facing off against Captain Marvel, should be a good fight but I hope the prelude has the Avengers we know and love take on Thanos one more time before Captain Marvel jumps in to save the day.
I know that time travel will be a big part of EndGame but I don’t know what for. Are they going back to stop Thanos before getting any Infinity Stones or going back to get their fallen friends to help defeat Thanos and army? So many questions… Also I hope Deadpool isn’t in this film, Deadpool fans are like CM Punk fans, take that as you will. Hugh Jackman has said he’s done with Wolverine but I don’t think he is maybe just maybe he finds a way into EndGame.
Also, if Marvel wants to reboot the MCU Civil War II would be the perfect story. Make Carol Danvers heel. Hawkeye kills the Hulk, Captain America could be working for Hydra and Stark trying to keep everyone together… And Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is worth watching, sure the first couple seasons are rough but season three is where it gets good.
There you have it 10 Years of the MCU through my eyes. Now I’ll leave you with my Top Five MCU films.
When I’m ask what is my favorite MCU movie I always say, Captain America: Civil War. The Civil War storyline I hold in high regards because when I got back into reading comics I was thrown into the Civil War story and loved everything about it. Captain America vs Iron Man on the big screen was like WrestleMania. And out of every MCU film Civil War feels like a comic book come to life.
I was surprised how much I liked Doctor Strange the character was portrayed very well and kept to the comic material… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a disappointment and didn’t hold up to the first film. The film had Kurt Russell in it and it was still bad. I don’t have high hopes for Volume 3.
Send the hate mail to Wolford because I hated Spider-Man: Homecoming… I think Tom Holland is a bit to young to play the Web Slinger. Sure not rehashing the Uncle Ben story was a nice change but I’m a Andrew Garfield guy. His appearance in Civil War was good, like Ant-Man put him with a team of heroes and I’m fine with it.
Thor: Ragnarok has grown on me over time, my first thought was it’s cartoonish but I grew to like it after each viewing. Comedy Thor is a good change, if you will.
I skipped Black Panther completely. I was told how good it was and I needed to see it but it was just another filler movie for me. But I did finally buy the Blu and it’s a solid film, lots of action and fight scenes. Some say it’s the live action Lion King but I digress.
Avengers: Infinity War… The only film I’ve seen sitting in the front row of a theater because every other seat was nWo Sold Out! Being that close I’ve missed a lot of stuff, after a while your neck starts to hurt looking up so much. But after buying the Blu it was an okay Avengers film, I could’ve done without all the Gamora backstory but Red Skull came back, that was Massive!
Ant-Man and the Wasp, no thanks. And now that leads me to Captain Marvel or as I said when buying the tickets, one for Ms. Marvel please. This film was set in the nineties it was kinda overkill. Don’t get me wrong hearing Nirvana on the screen got my pumped, but that NIN shirt kinda cringey. Captain Marvel was okay, would I see it again? Not for a very long time. It had decent action and humor. But I didn’t take anything away from seeing it. And having the Skrull army being a babyface killed any chance of a Secret Invasion movie. From what I can remember both Kree and Skrull are heels.
So… If you made it this far I’m not done yet.
Iron Man 3 my favorite of the sequels. Mainly because the Mandarin, sure he didn’t turn out to be the villain I wanted towards the end but first half of the film was really good and we got a Pepper Potts in a iron suit, can you say Rescue? Thor: The Dark World was a fantastic follow up, finally Thor vs creature monsters and evil elf’s. When I think of a Thor movie this is what I want from a Thor movie.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is probably on everyone’s top five MCU movie list but not mine… Don’t get me wrong it’s a great movie but not a great comic book movie. It’s a spy thriller simple as that… Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun movie, but Batista was in it. See, I have this thing about wrestlers in movies where they’re not portraying a wrestler. I still think The Rock isn’t all that good at acting. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was good but you know he was the star in DOOM right? And those Fast movies are all out of wack.
Now we get to the least fan favorite MCU film and one of my top fives, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The opening scene is fantastic! That splash page shot when everyone is in the air posing how can you not get hyped for what’s about to come. It’s been said Joss Whedon had his reins pulled in and didn’t make the movie he wanted. I don’t see it, every time I watch AOU it’s solid. I wouldn’t change a thing but if I had to nitpick, make Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch mutants and have that Children of the Atom story playing in the background.
As I stated in my Phase One review Ant-Man was just a filler movie, I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I like Scott Lang but in a group setting, by himself he has no one to feed off of.
This isn’t a breakdown of every MCU film in a traditional way but how I saw each film and what I think about them…
In 2008 I was sitting in a theater watching Iron Man thinking this is like every other comic book movie I’ve seen like Spider-Man or X-Men. Iron Man wasn’t bad but it’s been years since I’ve rewatched it. That same year The Incredible Hulk was released before hand I read the novelization and I loved it but the scenes I read and loved wasn’t in the film but I gave it a pass because Louis Leterrier did the character right and is probably the only best Hulk film I will ever get. HULK (2003) is a dumpster fire.
Iron Man 2 is my least favorite MCU movie that’s not named Ant-Man, or Ant-Man and the Wasp because those are just filler. But I like Paul Rudd but in a group setting.
Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger I waited for the Blu-Ray to drop. Thor is an odd film, it’s very slow to me. It didn’t get good until the fight with the the Destroyer. It’s like the film is playing in reverse. With The First Avenger I was really really hesitant because I know Chris Evans from Fantastic Four, he was the Human Torch. You can’t play two superheroes! But was I wrong. The First Avenger is where I started to think if Marvel keeps this up nothing can stop them. Evans is and always will be Steve Rogers / Captain America to me.
Avengers… or as some people call it Marvel’s Avengers. Seeing all these characters together on a big screen was a event and didn’t disappoint. I saw it in theaters twice. I thought the story was good having Loki being the villain and I’m down having Hawkeye being brainwashed… My only problem with Avengers came from the marketing because I probably seen the trailer play after every other commercial. Marvel wanted to make sure you knew this film was coming out.
The 2019 death toll is racking up pretty quickly, yesterday I found out director John Carl Buechler passed away. He directed my all time Friday the 13th film, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Earlier this year Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Gene Okerlund also passed…
We all have our favorites maybe they came from film, music, sports, or a public figure. Maybe you have been watching them for years or even decades and to this day you still miss these people you only know from their roles or TV exposer. With that said, and putting family aside I sure do miss Rowdy Roddy Piper and Dusty Rhodes two great talkers and storytellers and I miss seeing them on WWE television or being interviewed in general. I would love to hear what Dusty has to say about his son Cody and all the independent work he’s been doing from ALL IN, AEW, and Double or Nothing. Having a Piper’s Pit with someone like Broken Matt Hardy or Ronda Rousey their interactions with him would be priceless.
Linkin Park was a band I was listening to in high school. Songs like My December, Crawling, In the End are classics to me and not having Chester Bennington around to make more is a damn shame.
Heath Ledger is another person. He was white hot after The Dark Knight and could have any role he wanted. His Joker is iconic and just think how DC would be today if Ledger made a couple more movies as the Joker. DC might not be in the slump it’s in today.
Kurt Cobain… Nirvana… Greatest band to ever played! If the rockstar fame wasn’t there maybe Cobain would still be here today. I would love to hear what he would’ve come up with in the post grunge era. Closest we ever got to anything new came from their best of album Nirvana (2002) with the single You Know You’re Right. And I can’t forget their 2004 box set With The Lights Out had some awesome demos and early recordings.
If Nirvana was still around maybe we wouldn’t have gotten the Foo Fighters or Eyes Adrift. But I do think Cobain would’ve left Courtney, but that’s just fantasy booking…
This week we take a look at two films that take horror tropes and turn them on their head in a meta way. First up two vactioning hillbillies are just trying to spruce up their new summer home when a bunch of teenagers start offing themselves all over their property in Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. After that we take a trip to The Cabin In The Woods to watch some college kids get watched by an evil corporation set to use them as a sacrifice to keep the world from ending. Also we chat Captain Marvel, the merits of having VuDu instead of universal healthcare, and monsters running amok.
This week we get to celebrate Doug’s homeland as we talk hockey. First up Paul Newman leads a rag tag group of hockey misfits in Slap Shot. Then Stifler gets drafted to fight Sabertooth in Goon. After that we take some listener feedback, Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, and The Equalizer 2.
This week we open our toy box and see what our figures have been up to. First up is a trip to the Bodega Bay Inn as we use our psychic powers to find Toulon’s puppets in Puppet Master. After that we go undercover and find demons trying to escape a warehouse via some toys in Demonic Toys. We also talk about the direction of the DCEU, The Haunting Of Hill House, and Cold Skin.
They weren’t lying about that double elimination, but before we get that, we get the normal Challenge and see a rivalry come to a head. Sorta. Kinda. Before security breaks it up, I mean. Cara is betrayed by someone she was close to, a Challenge legend gets called out by a newbie, and more in this action-packed episode of The Challenge. Support the show on Patreon, ya know, if you feel like it.
This week we celebrate the pulp heros of yesteryear . . . and one newish one. First up is the Sam Raimi directed, Liam Neeson Starring, and Bruce Campbell cameoing Darkman! After that we get cartoony with the Warren Beatty led Dick Tracy. After that we talk about Abducted In Plain Sight, The Umbrella Academy, and Wind Chill.
This week join Scott, Wes, and Noah? That’s right. We have a special guest joining us this week to discuss one of his childhood favorites for the SEGA Master System, Kenseiden.
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The much hyped episode has dropped! We see old rivalries die and new potential ones form. We’re still adjusting to actually seeing the standard Challenge format of challenge, nominations, elimination with a little drama thrown in. Wes shows himself to be a master of Challenge politics with his new alliances and the benefits they give him. And as we all know, a Challenge legend is sent home!
This week we’re taking a look at the work of Noah’s first love . . . Reb Brown. First up is his Rambo II inspired rip off Strike Commando. After that he plays a chilled out Steve Rogers who dons the red, white, and blue in Captain America. We also talk about Liam Neeson’s current state of mind, Shakma, and the importance of Mr. Rogers.
Rumors are running rampant online with every major and copy and paste wrestling news site putting their input on all theses AEW “signings” or “in talks” rumors, I’m just getting tired of it.
Best part about all this is the memes coming from Facebook groups. Like, AEW is just a T-shirt company or my favorite, Hope AEW signs Triple H. As of wrestling this a picture of Chris Jerchio and Batista was posted online and those sites says Batista in talks with AEW… Got all that by a picture…
When’s Double or Nothing is said and done and none of these big names sign with AEW… and I told you so! Oh! and to who Cody will be facing at Double or Nothing, it’s CM Punk and you can bank on that.
We recap our visit to Challenge Mania and went over our stories of meeting Challenge “celebrities”, but more importantly meeting other Challenge fans and listeners of Challenged. We rehash this episode including goodies like what a jerk Zach is, an old rivalry that comes to a head, and night full of drama. We’re all excited to finally get back to the standard format of challenge, drama, nominations and eliminations.