Thursday, July 29, 2021

AEW Dynamite (July 28th, 2021): Garbage For The Sake Of Garbage

That Shaq banner perfectly sums up my reaction to this episode, which may very well be the worst episode of Dynamite that I've seen. One of the rare misfires from AEW as of late, but I think we can safely say that we have established a definite bottom to this Cracker Barrel.

Queen Of The Ring, You Say? From Saudi Arabia?

 Spoiler: Charlotte wins and is dubbed the GREATEST EVAR!

An Update On The Video Commentaries

A couple quick notes:

So earlier this month - or was it the end of last month? - I made a post in regards to a Youtube technicality that prompted me to deleted all the old video commentaries from the DTM Rambles channel. The deal was that a change in the algorithm would affect most unlisted videos and that I either had to let them be public, fill out a form to keep them unlisted, or simply re-up them again. Naturally, I have gone with the third option since the commentaries are old and I'd rather not have them be commented on by really dumb people who believe that stuff is relevant today.

So here's the deal. I'm going to attempt to upload a couple old commentaries onto the DTM Archives channel, the secondary Youtube channel I've got laying around that spent its days as an archive of Mega Man Maker videos. The original intent of the channel was for all the odds and ends that didn't fit the main channel and since video commentaries are no longer the in-thing around these parts - or at least not as much as they used to be - I suppose the whole bunch of them would now be considered oddball.

Anyway, I'm going to try on there first and if things go smoothly, it shouldn't be a problem to get those videos up and about. But if it turns out to be problematic, then it'll be off to the Dailymotion mines.

As for what version of the commentaries will be up... it depends.

For the most part, a good majority of these commentaries are being re-rendered from the original Vegas source material, with only the intro and outro bits being swapped and maybe a couple text additions for title cards and such. However, some of these will be straight re-ups of the old files since the original Vegas sources were wiped during a hard drive crash ages ago. 

We'll give this a shot and I'll let you know where things stand when I have news to offer.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Review #807 - Breakthru (Game Boy)

TNA One Night Only - Knockouts Knockdown IV (2016)

Did you folks know that to this day, I have yet to see that Evolution show that WWE put out a couple years ago? The all-female show that was headlined by Cold Ronda defending against one of the Bella twins was apparently a big success, but not enough to warrant another show... probably because they are waiting for Cold Ronda to come back so she can main event it. I never got around to seeing it and it was just a complete afterthought. People tell me it was a good show and I try to make a point to watch it, but never do... probably because I come across something on the network that intrigues me a hell of a lot more.

However, I did see TNA's fourth Knockouts Knockdown One night only PPV from 2016... a concept that makes no sense since a lot of these so-called One Night Only shows are annual traditions. The Knockouts Knockdown is the series of women-only PPV and today's show - the fourth in the series - isn't as good as Evolution is supposed to be. How do I know this? Because this is the show with Shelly and Rebel.

Yes, that match.

I guess I'll make a point to watch Evolution for next week, then.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

For Anyone Interested, WWE Blood Money With A Vengeance Comes To Saudi Arabia October 21st


Welp... you'd figure that it would only be a matter of time before WWE returned to the progressively progressive kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where they will present yet another GREATEST [insert word here] EVER! Whatever it takes to get some of that sweet Saudi blood money. Hopefully, nobody gets assassinated before the show takes place. Wouldn't that be embarrassing?!

In other news, I think after last night's RAW, Nikki ASH needs to change her name to Nikki SAG... because she's Still A Geek. So, congratulations, Kana-chan. You're off the hook!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

DTM-Cast: Episode #184

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The program is on hiatus for the month of August until Labour Day. Hence the Saturday edition of the show, which is a canned edition of a Q&A episode.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

DTM-Cast: Episode #183

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Nothing like a cup of joe to tear away the sting of NXT being treated like an afterthought. Speaking of afterthoughts, the latest bounty for the NSO's SNES library offers slim pickings, and Game Builder Garage Thoughts. Oh and some trekking.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

AEW Dynamite (July 14th, 2021): Fyter Fest Part One

(Yeah, this came out earlier than intended and was largely unfinished... but it's done, now. Sorry about that, folks.)

Fyter Fest was a gaming festival once upon a time that also held an AEW show. This is the video used to tease said event.

Since then, it's become an event edition of Dyanmite for two nights. Though I'd imagine once things start returning to sustained normalcy, it can go back to being a gaming convention paired up with a wrestling show. I guess... I don't know. Is anyone really clamoring for a rematch between Nakazawa and the CFO guy or whatever it's called?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

RAW (July 19th, 2021): Undefeated NXT Champion Becomes Another Job Guy

So here's the deal... I wasn't going to comment on this show because I don't watch RAW. However, I had to bring up a couple quick points regarding this show, which I have seen some of. I'm going to largely bounce ideas around, so don't expect anything elaborate.

WWE Money In The Bank 2021

So I saw the Money In The Bank PPV... the first WWE PPV in a good long while to have a full capacity crowd... and while the crowd made the show more exciting and tolerable to a certain extent, it didn't change the fact that at the end of the day, this was a WWE show, where you can expect some great wrestling matches to go along with some questionable booking and even more questionable production choices.

As a precautionary measure, I sampled the Smackdown show and wasn't all that impressed. Started with a strong tag match, but then slowly became another WWE show. Fortunately, Money In The Bank proved a much better show, though nowhere near the level of some of the recent AEW efforts or even some of the true exceptional WWF shows of the past, but indeed a step above the Thunderdome stuff and certainly better than those empty Performance Center shows which are just SAD to watch.

A large part of it is production; the computer graphics that they apply look cheap and horrid, the camerawork is still somewhat poor, as is the constant cutting. And the brand new set - the one that Stephanie McMahon claimed would freshen up the show - is just a giant video screen. Nothing special or elaborate about it - it's just a bigger screen and feels like every other lazily put together WWE setpiece of the past two decades.

And of course... the booking.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Review #805 - BallBlazer (Famicom)

Ballblazer on the Famicom.

For those wanting the review of the 7800 version, click here.
There's also the review for Ballblazer Champions, the PSX remake.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

DTM-Cast: Episode #182

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The first WWE PPV not called Wrestlemania with a live crowd takes place tonight and for the first time in the longest time possible, we're doing PPV PREDICTIONS and match previews! Also, some other stuff as well including thoughts on the passing of Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff.