Thursday, November 21, 2019

AEW Dynamite (Nov. 20th, 2019): Coughing Shifts... Or Something

Another week, another AEW show... and this one promises an ANNOUNCEMENT from Le Champion du AEW! How exciting.

By the way, for the few folks enjoying these write-ups for some reason, don't get to used to them because they'll be a thing of the past soon enough. Fact of the matter is while I like getting my thoughts on good shows up, I also like to just enjoy the shows without worrying about how to convey those thoughts afterwards. I'll keep up with these for the moment, but from then on, it's every so often.

But that is then, this is now...

Oh Jimmy...


Yeah, so remember when the biggest argument in fandom was who would win a fight between two dream opponents or why one promotion is better than the other without involving sales figures and rating numbers? Those were the days.

So, for those who missed out, a recent episode of NWA Powerrrr was featured Jim Cornette on commentary dropping a line that would be considered... racially insensitive is probably the best way to put it. The NWA responded by removing the offending line from a newer upload and then Jim Cornette resigned from the NWA. How this affects whatever remaining taped shows they have left in the can is another story, but we'll see, I guess.

Full disclosure: I have not seen the episode in question and so have no real comment or feelings on the actual line itself or the context it was used in. I probably should've included this bit before hitting the post button, but there you go. With that in mind, a couple brief thoughts...

First off, I have to question how a line like this got aired in the first place since these NWA shows were taped months ago. I realize television production is a time consuming process and sometimes the finer details could've been missed, but even with that said, they had plenty of time to notice the line and edit it out of the program LONG before it would've hit air and become a big deal.

Secondly... Jim Cornette is a fellow with strong opinions that rub people the wrong way. There used to be a time when such strong opinions were tolerated and even a source of comedy. I, myself, enjoyed Jim's rants on various things that "disagreed" with him, even if I didn't completely support those viewpoints. But eventually, you get to the point where something stops being funny and starts being sad. And right now, Cornette has reached that point.

A few hours ago, I made the difficult decision to block TheJimCornette from my rarely used Twitter handle. It was a difficult decision because, well, first, I had to go on Twitter, which is always a difficult endeavor for me and never fun, but fortunately, an account with no follows and no followers means less bullshit to deal with. I'd like to keep that way, frankly, so if you stumble across this hidden Twitter, place a bookmark on your browser if you want to keep up, do not follow. Thanks.

But secondly, it was a difficult decision because I had to find the block button and this was hard to find. Once that was done, I pushed it and Jim is blocked. I can't see his twits, he can't see mine, and so if I say something that folks would find offensive and opt to tag Jim, I can just reply; "Don't bother. I blocked him ages ago."

So now Jim Cornette is on the same blocked boat as Vince Russo, Seth Rollins, John Bradshaw Layfield, Melissa Joan Hart, and some guy named Steve X. What a pedigree.

Jim Cornette once alluded to a Vince McMahon statement, "Chocolate Vanilla." He mentioned that he hated chocolate, keep that fucking chocolate away from him, but if you like the chocolate, then you can have the chocolate as long as he has his vanilla. That's a good lesson to keep in mind and a good lesson that I think everyone in the wrestling bubble should take to heart, including Jim Cornette.

All that said, I wish Jim nothing but the best in all his future endeavors. I'll cherish all the good stuff he has churned out over the years and especially that restraining order, but it's time to bid him "Thank you Fuck You Bye."

Instead, I'll stick with "Fuckity Bye."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

About That Blue Toy Belt

Haven't watched the show - that moratorium is still somewhat in effect - but apparently, I need to bring reason to this "controversy" over the new toy belt currently held by Husky Bray Fiend.

So they changed the red toy belt to the blue toy belt... and this upsets people... why, exactly?

I mock the red belt constantly... but it made sense to change the red belt into an equally mockable blue belt since it's now a Smackdown title. Did anyone really think they were going to change it to something else?

It's a different colored strap. It still looks stupid. It still looks like a toy. What's the big deal, really?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

AEW Dynamite (Nov. 13th, 2019): Aucune "Bubbly" Pour Le Champion Du AEW

It's the follow-up to FULL GEAR... a couple days later than anticipated, but better late than never, I suppose. Look, I posted an Impact musings on a Ryan Shamrock match a week after it happened, so this ain't too bad, folks.

Anyway, we have a tag title bout on this here show to go along with a really awesome MJF promo and the debut of... some guy. Here we go.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

DTM-Cast: Episode #105

Click on the image above to download the MP3.

A month's hiatus and you'd think it'd be a meaty episode...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

AEW Full Gear 2019

So "Full Gear" was a running gag on the Being The Elite show where Hangman Page always shows up in these videos in his gear and people comment on his physique. This led to the "Full Gear Challenge" that prompted Page to trim up or something... and then somebody remembered Full Gear and decided it'd be a perfect name for a PPV.

Sure, why not? WWE has had stupid PPV names like Stomping Grounds and Great Balls Of Fire. Impact Wrestling has an upcoming PPV named after a Steven Seagal film.

But yes, this is All Elite Wrestling's third PPV event following Double Or Nothing and All Out. I missed out on the live airing, but did catch the replay. So let's get into it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

IMPACT (Nov. 5th, 2019): Ryan Shamrock

You know... I forgot that Impact was a thing that was being recorded on my DVR thing... so might as well look at last week's episode because that's all I got. I'm not going to do a full recap or anything like that because honestly, I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention, sadly... but I've seen enough of a show to gather five talking points.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Slideshow Movie Review #39 - Joker (2019)

Less production and polish, more raw feeling... suits a movie of this ilk, I think.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mega Man Maker: Wily Challenge 2019-11-10

First level is short... so have a boss rush to make up for it. Joy.

This Week's Wares

So we got hit with a massive snowstorm and I'm still coughing and gagging over here without an end in sight. Hence the lack of noteworthy items this past week, which I truly regret. With that said, here are some wares for the week:

- Two video reviews (held off for something else)

- A new Slideshow Movie Review on JOKER (yes, I did see.)

- A PPV Musings on last night's AEW show (Bought the replay. Will watch tonight.)

- The usual weekly Dynamite write-up.

- More goofy shit.

And maybe I'll manage a challenge run tonight.

That's it... later.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Asuka Eating Rice Has More Viewers Than WWE Backstage

So WWE Backstage debuted and nobody watched it. Meanwhile, this adorable video of KANA cooking rice has more views (and potentially more viewers) than Backstage.

And to think that Backstage was the show they wanted to counter AEW with...

But enough about that. Please enjoy this KAWAI video of KANA cooking rice.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

AEW Dynamite (Nov. 6th, 2019): Shifting Gears For Full Gear

So, this has gotten up a little late and I do humbly apologize for that. It seems like it's going to be harder to try and keep up these weekly write-ups... but honestly, I don't mind doing them because it's nice to write and post about something that I'm actually enjoying for once... and there hasn't been much in the way of negative material as far as the output is concerned.

So I'll try and keep doing these for as long as I can, but even if these stop, that doesn't mean I won't be watching the show because as I've said countless times, it's the easiest two hours of wrestling I've watched each week.

So we got a PPV this weekend. Let's see how they build to it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New Terminator Bombs... Can We Please Stop Making These Movies?


Every time there's a new Terminator movie, the first question I ask is... "Why?"

Quite frankly, I've been asking "Why?" for every subsequent release since Terminator 3 back in 2003. Is there really a clamoring for new Terminator movies that fans really want? Is there really a need to see what happens after Judgment Day has been prevented in the second movie? Hell, some could even argue the need for a second film if they wanted to, since the original Terminator was perfectly fine as a standalone movie... but the sequel was nice to have, too.

And if that were it, then that's fine. There's no need to make more of these things. We don't need to know what happens after... I'm fine with nothing happening after Skynet is gone for good and life goes on. Why do we need to keep retreading that beat or change it around to give each new movie a reason to exit? Judgment Day's been delayed, it's been postponed, it's inevitable, Skynet is gone, but not really... and now the future leader of humanity is now that bad and dead and Skynet is gone, but now there's the Legion of Doom and the leader is now a Latina and then we'll have another movie where Twitter evolves into the new Skynet and everyone accepts their fate... can we just let this franchise die and be done with it?

For what it's worth, I don't hate the ones that came afterwards. T3 was kind of a waste of time where they basically said that Judgment Day is happening no matter what you do - rendering everything in the first two films entirely pointless - but I actually didn't mind Salvation. Not a great film, but at least it was trying something different (depicting the future war) and if that was the direction the franchise was going to go, then I would've been perfectly content with that... in my own disinterested way, that is.

But then they made another one; one which is supposed to be a "reboot" of the franchise. All I know is that they made the Eleventh Doctor and some guy claiming to be John Connor into Terminators and they had some folks from Game of Thrones play these characters from the first film. The whole thing came across as ridiculous and when I did eventually get around to watching this one, my brain was about to explode at all the stupid thrown together all at once.

Thing is those movies made money... people want to say they were failures but they made money. Probably not the kind of money the studios would've liked, but it was still fucking money. Even the short-lived TV show made some waves before it was cancelled, so it's hard to knock the studios on wanting to make another entry in the franchise, even if the reception to recent offerings had been cold.

And so here we are... they made yet another one of these fucking Terminator movies and once again, it disregards everything that came before in favor of its own storyline or whatever while still feeling very derivative and unoriginal. Oh, look. Another Terminator sent back in time to kill the leader of humanity. Another resistance fighter sent back in time to protect said leader from the Terminator... and just for shits and giggles, let's bring back Linda Hamilton and ARNOLD to reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and the old Terminator. Hey, James Cameron has a hand in this. And just for kickers, let's start the film by killing off John Connor, rendering everything that happened in the first two films entirely pointless.

And then the movie goes up... it makes very little money despite some favorable reviews... and so it is a bomb in the box office.

For the record, I have yet to see the movie. No real interest in it. Maybe if it pops up on Netflix and I've got nothing better to do, I might give it a whirl. So other than the barebones descriptor above, I've not going to dig too deeply into this one since there's no point. But even with my lack of interest in this latest rehashing of a rehash, I figured this thing would make a bit of a bank from the get-go or perhaps even be the best-selling movie of the franchise, considering what it had going for it... but nope.

There's a bunch of reasons people could come up with as to why Dark Fate suffered a dark fate at the box office. You could argue the killing of John Connor, the rehashing of old ideas, the diversity checklist, the forced gender politics, or whatever else the case may be... but for me, there is a very simple and straightforward explanation that makes the most sense.

People are just done with these Terminator movies.

Terminator is slowly becoming the sci-fi equivalent of Highlander; where the first movie is the only good one and the rest of it is trash best forgotten. In fairness, Terminator has two good movies to its credit that people like the most, but since then, it's been a run of less than stellar showings on the critical front. Also, the Terminator movies (up until Dark Fate, of course) made money. But it's getting to the point where these movies come off as so derivative of each other that you figure "Why bother watching this new movie that reminds me of an older movie that I could be watching right now?"

So the presumed "bestest movie since T2" - not a high bar, I should mention - is poised to lose big in the box office and that might put the kibosh on further Terminator sequels. And if that's the case, then good. This franchise deserves a long, permanent respite from another movie iteration and all these pretentious ideas for trilogies that will never happen. You want to make money off this thing? Sell some merch, comic books, books, and maybe fund another TV show... presumably one that doesn't make the two movies people actually liked in this franchise to be a complete and utter waste of time.

Maybe a decade or so down the line, we can reboot these franchise and give it something resembling a fresh start. And by that, I mean, something that isn't just action schlock with subpar special effects and a mediocre script that tries to shoehorn a message or ideology. How about we go back to what made The Terminator a great film? A sci-fi horror film with bits of action where the main antagonist came off like an actual killer and not just another pretty boy with shiny morph effects tacked on for good measure.

Either that or give me Robocop Versus The Terminator as a feature film circa 1994. I'd go for that.

Now that I'd think about it, I'd really ought to give The Terminator another shot. It's been a while...