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MJF’s Promo on CM Punk Was Mid

I’m disappointed in MJF. Honestly, I feel that way about half the time that I’m watching any MJF promo. It’s clear to see that there’s a spark of talent there that could be great. He has a baseline ability to deliver his lines in a way that’s clear, expressive, and…

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‘House of Gucci’ Review: Needs Letting Out

Ridley Scott seems to have discovered the secret to making Jared Leto palatable: render him unrecognizable, make sure everything he says is incomprehensible, and limit his time on-screen to no more than ten minutes before reassuring the audience that he’s dead during the closing titles. There’s a very here-it-is-there-it-goes sensibility…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 2 Review: “Anomaly”

Three years ago, the mark against Discovery was that it “wasn’t really Star Trek.” Granted, every new series since The Next Generation was met with a similar fan response at first, but Discovery did start a bit farther afield than any of its predecessors. While watching this week’s new episode,…

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Billy Gunn’s Tattoo Choker: A Review

Billy Gunn’s tattoo choker is like a cherry on top of a sundae. In Gunn himself, you’ve got all of the elements of a good time: ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and the time and solitude required to assemble those elements as opposed to horking down a pint…

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Captain Blows Up Ship: Sasha Banks and Shotzi assist Bianca in a Survivor Series Win

WWE somehow handed out even more releases last week, directly before one of their biggest shows of the year, again citing budget cuts. I’m beyond trying to figure out how this company rationalizes things. I have faith the talent will land on their feet in other promotions; John Morrison made…

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Big Champs Slapping Meat: Big E vs. Roman Reigns

Another Survivor Series is in the books, and as a whole, everyone was pretty bummed about it. There wasn’t much to write home about here, unless you’re a big fan of talking about but never seeing the Rock, and hearing Pat McAfee yell a lot. If you’re into constant yelling…

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Child’s Play, Chucky, and the Case for Horror Movie Sequels

Picture this: you are a teen, and your local library has just gotten rid of the charge to borrow movies, which adds up to a considerable combined number of DVDs and VHS tapes in weathered red cases. Also, your parents have more or less given up policing your media viewing…

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Bryan Danielson vs. Miro Was a Classic Mismatch, But Was That Enough?

Even before they made their entrances, Bryan Danielson vs. Miro seemed like an odd fit. Danielson’s half of the pre-match promo vignette was warm, personable, naturalistic: “I saw AEW as the place where real professional wrestling lives,” he said, the scene cutting from clips of his recent matches to a…

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Jungle Boy Became Jungle Man at AEW Full Gear

Not long after AEW Dynamite launched on TNT in October 2019, it was clear the company considered Jungle Boy to be one of its brightest young stars, and for good reason: His technical wrestling and high-flying abilities outpaced most others in his age range, and he had a unique look,…

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Four Wrestlers in Search of an Angle: Cody, Pac, Malakai, and Andrade

A clown, a hobo, a ballet dancer, a bagpiper, and an army major wake up inside an empty cylindrical room. They don’t know who they are, where they are, or why they are here. “A collection of question marks,” Rod Serling calls them as he does the intro for the…

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WWE Deserves to Fail

Yesterday, per Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, WWE released John Morrison, Top Dolla, Ashante Adonis, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Tegan Nox, Drake Maverick, Shane Thorne, and Jaxson Ryker. Regardless of what you think of the talent listed on an individual basis, those are eight more names in an absolute bloodbath of…

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What Makes a Luchador?: On FTR vs. Lucha Bros

This past Saturday night at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out PPV, the Lucha Brothers clashed with their once-unlikely new multi-promotional rivals FTR, setting a blazing pace for the massive show while also attempting to answer the question of “who is the greatest tag team in lucha libre?” If you haven’t…

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Review: This Does Not Make Me Feel Good

It’s hard for any viewer to walk into a movie theater without some degree of prejudice about what they’re about to see. That’s part of what movie marketing is for, after all, to create a set of expectations. As a film critic, I try to mitigate that prejudice as best…

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 Episode 1 Review: “Kobayashi Maru”

When Star Trek: Discovery debuted in 2017, it was a dark, violent prequel series with a serious case of Game of Thrones envy. The show has been reshaped and retooled over three seasons, shedding its original tone and setting in favor of a far-flung, optimistic future centuries beyond the rest…

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Tomohiro Ishii Entering to “Where Is My Mind?” on AEW Dynamite: A Review

It’s been a good week for NJPW‘s Tomohiro Ishii. Since arriving in the U.S. with Okada, the Stone Pitbull has gotten In-N-Out, won the NEVER Openweight Championship, and debuted on AEW Dynamite as the tag partner of his new stablemate, Orange Cassidy. Ishii and Orange vs. The Butcher and The…

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On Eddie Kingston, CM Punk, and Whether People Can Really Change

“You think you’re going to begin your life over and do it right, but what if you never get past the beginning again?” — Pete Campbell, Mad Men (“New Business,” 2015) If you’re the type of person who believes people are incapable of change, you knew it was only a…

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MJF Constantly Adjusting His Jock at Full Gear: A Review

Depending on the kind of wrestling you enjoy, AEW Full Gear 2021’s opening contest, Darby Allin vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman, was somewhere between “pretty good” and “fantastic.” I was somewhere towards the middle of the spectrum on the “pretty good” side of things—the action was good, but I found myself…

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Something New, Something Bruised: Pete Dunne and Carmelo Hayes Fulfill NXT’s Good Match Quota

NXT 2.0 is rocking and rolling with a host of new talent and also Tommaso Ciampa, still, for some reason. Alongside Toxic Attraction running the women’s division, the neon lights seem to have pegged some new stars to brighten the path. Carmelo Hayes is one of those very shiny stars;…

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‘Mad God’ Review: Holy Shit

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a movie with more onscreen defecation than Phil Tippett’s Mad God. This should in no way be construed as a criticism. Captive giants, hooded and wired up to machines which electrocute them repeatedly, shit freely into funnels which empty into the mouth of…

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BARON VON RASCHKE AND THE CLAW!!! (And the Minneapolis Street Fight)

Prior to watching the Minneapolis Street Fight, my longtime friend (and fellow lifelong wrestling fan) and I had not spoken in about a week. I wasn’t even sure if he was watching AEW’s Full Gear live. We both watched the event unfold without making any comments to one another, until…

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