Thursday, May 23, 2019

4234 - Twenty Years To The Day...

Twenty years.

Two decades.

It seems like an eternity ago.

And yet I remember it like it was yesterday.

I remember the day when the news broke. I watched it on TV.

The moment that wrestling broke from its bubble and became deadly real.

The moment when everything came to a stop and froze.

I remember the day Owen Hart died.

I can never forget that day.

Much as I try, it could never happen.

I could never go back to that day.

It just feels... wrong.

My time with Owen was short.

But it was memorable.

Even if it was distances apart.

And when I go back and watch Owen in better days...

It reminds me of how much I missed out...

And also of how much the world misses out today...

Perhaps nothing I offer will provide ample tribute.

But sometimes a simple "Thank You" will suffice.

You're missed by many, Owen.

And we all thank you.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

4233 - WWE Money In The Bank 2019

Good news, everybody! I watched last weekend's Money In The Bank pay-per-view... and it was better than last year's absolutely atrocious Backlash PPV! Glory be to... never mind. This was a 3 1/2 hour PPV and yet for the most part, went by so quickly that I was able to watch the show in one sitting, which is amazing. Don't get too excited, because the show isn't something I would call "one for the history books."

Unless, of course, you work for WWE... or are just a fan of WWE who watches nothing but WWE... in which case... well, never mind.

4232 - TNA Hardcore Justice 2010

So we started May with a lookback at One Night Stand from 2005, the ECW reunion show that WWE held. Then we did the following year's iteration that kickstarted the much-maligned WWECW brand. And then we looked at Bret Hart vs. Tom Magee... but we all knew that it was only a matter of time before I got around to writing a musing on TNA's own reunion dubbed Hardcore Justice. And so here we are... again.

Back in the day, I did write about the event and only managed to see bits and pieces of the show... but beyond that, I've never seen the full show in question. Everyone thought it was a bad idea - well, the TNA fans who will cheer anything thought it was a great idea because they're sheep - and when the show came and went, it was either the greatest thing ever made or it was the worst. Even without seeing the whole show - it's possible I might've, but just forgot about it - I thought it was a bad idea and the few clips I've seen (along with a video montage featuring running commentary from a Bryan & Vinny audio show) convinced me that my missing this shoe was a fantastic idea.

And so, here we are in 2019. I'm about to watch this Hardcore Justice show in its entirety and after having seen the previous two shows from WWE, we'll see if this show gave the ECW brand the final chapter that it deserved.

Spoiler alert: it didn't.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

4231 - About the 24/7 Title Thing...

So on last night's RAW, WWE Hall Of Famer, Hardcore Legend, and legalized pervert Mick Foley unveiled a new championship: the 24/7 Championship. The idea is reminiscent of the old Hardcore championship from the Attitude days, where the title can change hands at any time or any place so long as there was a designated WWE official to administer the three-count.

Now, first off, the belt itself looks cheap. It's another one of those "penny belts" like the main tag titles with a very basic, very simple center plate and almost no details on the side-plates. The only positive is that it's not a broken-down, beat-up belt, so the prize is a little more worthwhile.

As for the revival of the 24/7 concept... I like the theory behind it. The Hardcore segments with Crash Holly trying to elude getting pinned in all sorts of wacky places were short, but provided a nice break from the "arena" bits. They were brief, they were harmless, they provided some genuinely fun moments, and gave the guys on the lower rungs of the card something to do.

If done well, I could see these being a fun thing to fill the three hours and maybe even provide some bits for the website if they're so inclined. However, these things are best in short bursts - maybe one or two times a show - and like anything really, runs the risk of getting run into the ground before people start getting sick of it. Not only that, but these are only short burst things - they're not going to fix the problems that have plagued WWE programming for years - namely the long runtimes and atrocious storytelling.

Yes, these'll be fun bits for the folks watching it and might even bring in some strays for the short term, but it's just a pothole to a road full of craters that need a reconstruction. Something new is needed...

4230 - The Long Weekend Has Killed Today's Review

So there was a long Victoria Day weekend and other than the Sunday rain, I spent most of it outside with family. Nothing fancy or anything like that, just a nice simple get together with a nice roasted chicken dinner. Unfortunately, all this family time has put the kibosh on tomorrow's review because some of the food didn't sit too well. That means no review tomorrow and thus you'll have to wait until Friday for that piece of business to come along.

The good news, however, is that while video might've hit a snag, there's going to be a bunch of written material coming out this week. A classic musings for this Wednesday, a modern musings for this Thursday, and a couple other bits along the way too.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

4228 - DTM-Cast: Episode 93

Click on the image above to download the MP3.

A word on Classicvania And The Evil Art Of Emulation... and that one show from the one country we're not supposed to talk about.

4227 - See No Kane II

Kane vs. Kane. Nerd vs. Bores. And some minor commentary bits.

Haven't done one of these in a while. Clearly out of practice.

It's not a house show; it's an old-school video special. More of a remake than a proper "sequel" to anything in particular. There might be something extra at the end of the narrative bit, but that's about it, really.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

4226 - DTM House Show: Classicvania And The Evil Art Of Emulation

There's no Mega Man Maker run today... instead, we're sampling the wonderfully barebones Castlevania Anniversary Collection which includes an art book and a translated Kid Dracula. Recorded late night in a vain attempt to fall asleep. Maybe I should've played something more boring.

A shorter review of sorts will be posted on Friday.

4225 - This Weekend's Programming Schedule

So, a quick look at this weekend's load:

Tonight might possibly see a DTM House Show on the upload, as I fumble my way through Castlevania Anniversary Collection for about an hour. The rendering and uploading might take a while, which means this could only see the light of day late at night. If that ends up being the case, then I'll see if I can whip up an alternate video in the interim.

After that, Sunday will see See No Kane II, the first Dailymotion special in years, followed by an audio upload of the DTM-Cast. Neither should be treated as anything special; just some fun stuff.

Friday, May 17, 2019

4224 - Earthworm Jim 1+2 Compo Cart From... YOWIE WOWIE!


Those whacky iam8bit guys are at it again. This time, they're releasing a limited run of an Earthworm Jim multicart thing for the Super NES containing the first two games and issued in either udder pink or cow-print cart shells for the incredible low price of $134.99 USD. Yowie Wowie! That's a bargain!*

* It's not a bargain.

For those who want original carts, they're both relatively cheap loose for twenty bucks a pop in either SNES or Genesis varieties. You can also bring up other versions, but they're not relevant to today's latest braindead offer. It's one thing to issue repros of really rare or obscure stuff that's hard to get, but Jim is the farthest thing from "hard to get."

If this is what modern physical media has come down to, then it needs to die a death and never come back. When people want to buy physical media for the sake of PLAYING THEM and not having to DOWNLOAD anything EXTRA, then I'll start giving a shit again.

4223 - Review #676 - Star Trek: Encounters (PS2)

No news.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

4221 - Ey Eee Dubya on Tee Enn Tee


So that's it. TNT is back in the wrestling business, AEW has a TV deal of sorts, and Jamie Kellner is nowhere to be found. No real details on when the show will begin, what it will entail, and anything concrete, but give them credit. Four months in existence, they got a pretty sweet gig.

Now I don't know what happens next, but hopefully, they will do well.

4220 - Holy Grail: The Search for WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match (Bret Hart vs Tom Magee 1986)

Today was supposed to be a write-up on TNA's own version of an ECW reunion from 2010, but this is much more important since it's the long lost Bret Hart/Tom Magee match that is supposed to be this wondrous lost match that has been talked about and yet never seen.

This year's Starrcast will have Bret Hart and Tom Magee get together on stage and talk about this match, but WWE, being the petty promotion that they are, decided to beat them to the punch and produce this thing. In this case, I'm not going to complain, but I've been interesting in seeing this match ever since it became more of a thing in recent years... and having it on the Network is the best way to do it.