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The argument that

"wrestling isn't real"

is so obtuse, so dull to the point at hand, so willfully ignorant of the concept of reality.

What's so real about any game?
What is real in any way about putting men in bizarre clothes, giving them an oblong ball, and asking them to run it across a line for 60 minutes?

Worse yet, what's real about paying them millions of dollars to do it?

-Read On-

» The Wolf Of Ball Street via Sugar Dunkerton

itssugardunkerton:

I NEED you to watch THIS.

It’s a scene from the very popular and explicit film “The Wolf Of Wall Street”. Take the two minutes to watch it then come back to this. Makes the context of this blog resonate more.

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Cool. Did you see the fever and passion in that room? That…

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Something I wrote in a message to a friend on Facebook

I DO completely agree that Triple H has been absolutely incredible, and I think for me the best thing about it is that the Heel is remaining the Heel. For me, this isn’t some ‘WWE kinda sucks all the time and the bad guys are more-often-than-not more relatable characters than the good guys.’ It’s a situation where I think the lines are clearly drawn for who should be the good guy, and the are both doing pretty well in their roles. Or, Triple H SHOULD be doing a ‘better job,’ and that makes the whole thing even more of a David and Goliath story in the REAL LIFE THIS BUSINESS of WWE.”

Posted at 11:27 PM (2 weeks ago) | Permalink

04/05/2014





No need to add any over-21 mixtures to this refreshing beverage. Instead, a splash of ginger ale, coupled by Cherries, Mango, an orange slice, pineapple and scoop of sherbet turns ordinary punch anywhere into a Second City Party Savior! In fact, it may even be “The Best in the World”!

(Have a WrestleMania recipe of your own? Let the rest of the WWE Universe in on your Grandest-Stage grub of choice and share your recipe using the hashtag #MyMania.)

CM PUNCH
Can we just talk about how amazing these 10 Party Approved Wrestlemania Snacks are!?

No need to add any over-21 mixtures to this refreshing beverage. Instead, a splash of ginger ale, coupled by Cherries, Mango, an orange slice, pineapple and scoop of sherbet turns ordinary punch anywhere into a Second City Party Savior! In fact, it may even be “The Best in the World”!

(Have a WrestleMania recipe of your own? Let the rest of the WWE Universe in on your Grandest-Stage grub of choice and share your recipe using the hashtag #MyMania.)

CM PUNCH

Can we just talk about how amazing these 10 Party Approved Wrestlemania Snacks are!?

Posted at 4:55 PM (2 weeks ago) | Permalink

My friend booked a show for Against Me! just outside of Chicago and CM Punk was guestlisted to get in.  
Another friend said, “guess that means he wont be at WMXXX…”

My friend booked a show for Against Me! just outside of Chicago and CM Punk was guestlisted to get in.  

Another friend said, “guess that means he wont be at WMXXX…”

Posted at 9:45 AM (2 weeks ago) | Permalink

netflixia:

No Holds Barred
(1989) PG-13 - 1hr 33m
When pro wrestler Rip Thomas turns down an offer from a new network, its executives launch a free-for-all called “Battle of the Tough Guys”.
If you need a reason to watch this, check out the How Did This Get Made? live No Holds Barred epsiode. 
View Trailer || Add/Watch on Netflix

As a film produced by Vince McMahon, No Holds Barred is actually an incredible film that successfully predicts the beginnings of the attitude era, complete with the on screen characters of Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon and the Monday Night Wars, Vince loving Hulk so much and tragically believing that Hulk would never leave him for “more money,” McMahon’s interest and cooperation with ECW, among other things.  The genius/clairvoyance of the film is that McMahon and Bischoff are both portrayed through one single character, which may be a little accurate in and of itself.
This movie is not only hilariously bad but also an interesting time capsule of professional wrestling history.  
Seriously.

netflixia:

No Holds Barred

(1989) PG-13 - 1hr 33m

When pro wrestler Rip Thomas turns down an offer from a new network, its executives launch a free-for-all called “Battle of the Tough Guys”.

If you need a reason to watch this, check out the How Did This Get Made? live No Holds Barred epsiode. 

View Trailer || Add/Watch on Netflix

As a film produced by Vince McMahon, No Holds Barred is actually an incredible film that successfully predicts the beginnings of the attitude era, complete with the on screen characters of Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon and the Monday Night Wars, Vince loving Hulk so much and tragically believing that Hulk would never leave him for “more money,” McMahon’s interest and cooperation with ECW, among other things.  
The genius/clairvoyance of the film is that McMahon and Bischoff are both portrayed through one single character, which may be a little accurate in and of itself.

This movie is not only hilariously bad but also an interesting time capsule of professional wrestling history.  

Seriously.

(via droptoehold)

Posted at 12:05 AM (2 weeks ago) | Permalink

03/13/2014

» http://shitloadsofwrestling.tumblr.com/post/79411495750/lita-chyna-debra-sable-a-j-kaitlyn-natalya

shitloadsofwrestling:

Lita, Chyna, Debra, Sable, A.J., Kaitlyn, Natalya, Tori, Brittany, Victoria, Tara, Cherry, Sharmell, Serena, Maryse, Brittany, Tiffany, Kharma, Daffney, Bobcat, Sunny, Marlena, Madusa, Francine, MsChif, Melina, Charlotte, Paige, Emma, Ashley, Krystal, Nidia, Ivory, Jazz, Jacqueline….

…what is it…

It just sorta minimizes them in a way that makes them less threatening and more playful/sexy, I imagine.  Like, if the men are cartoon characters, the women are play dolls… you know, like Barbie.

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» #MakeRawFun

sugarazor:

So apparently there’s been this thing brewing around tonight’s Raw in Chicago. We all know a Chicago crowd is going to be raucous no matter what, but adding in the recent friction between WWE and WWE fans, coupled with CM Punk’s departure the night after the Rumble is probably going to result in the boiling point of all this… whatever it is you want to call what’s been happening to WWE lately. My personal word of choice is “frustration.”

So some elements of the internet, I hesitate to say Chicago crowd because I think a lot of folks on the bandwagon don’t even live in Illinois or the surrounding area, have taken it upon themselves to start the #HijackRAW movement. Here is their mission statement of sorts (I hate the phrase ‘mission statement,’ by the way):

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Now, I’ve spent the better part of the five years I’ve been writing about wrestling slamming this kind of self-entitled, put-ourselves-over nonsense, but quite frankly, I’m tired. Instead of talking about why this is wrong and stupid, let’s make it better. Let’s #MakeRawFun.

In all honesty, most of this stuff is pretty harmless if done right, so let’s go down the list of Dos and Don’ts:

DO: Turn your back to Batista/Orton/HHH/Stephanie McMahon segments
Definitely do this for Triple H, that would be awesome. If you could get a sizable portion of the TV audience to literally turn around when HHH is on-screen, it would be the greatest crowd reaction since Miz Girl. Hell, they’d put that in his TitanTron.

You can turn your back for Randy Orton too, but when you turn around, keep walking up the stairs and buy some nachos.

DON’T: Chant “same old shit” if any of those people wrestle.
Unacceptable. Don’t mess with a TV broadcast by chanting stuff that’s going to cause them to pull the audio or mess with the delay. Besides, making noise is all that matters to WWE, if you’re chanting, they’re doing their job. If you genuinely don’t want to see Orton, Batista or HHH wrestle, go to the concession stand. Did you listen to John Cena on Steve Austin’s podcast? They were talking about the Rumble and the crowd revolt against the match, Cena’s reaction? He loved it. Saying the only time a wrestler needs to worry is when the crowd goes to get a t-shirt. Want to send a message? Leave the crowd during Orton’s match and go buy Daniel Bryan’s t-shirt.

DO: Chant “NO NO NO” at HHH/Bryan, chant “YES YES YES” for Bryan
Perfectly acceptable. Have fun, blow the roof off the place for Bryan, cheer whenever the prospect of Bryan as WWE Champion comes up. Nothing wrong with booing when a match with HHH comes up either, just like the crowd let JJ Dillon know that Sting wanted Hogan when he could only communicate via sign, like Wile E. Coyote.

DON’T: Chant “CM Punk” relentlessly
Is Punk coming back tonight? I don’t know. If he’s on-screen, chant “CM Punk!” if he’s not, don’t. If Punk’s coming back tonight, you’ll get to chant your little hearts out. If he’s not, there’s clearly nothing that can be done to bring these two parties back together right now, so just let it go. WWE knows you want to see CM Punk, say what you will about their creative direction of the last year, they want you to see CM Punk too. But maybe Punk doesn’t want to be seen? In that case, respect his decision to walk away and cheer for the people that are there.

DO: Chant “We Want Ziggler.”
But, buyer beware, you also chanted “We Want Ryder” and we know how that turned out. 

DON’T: Cheer “Let’s Go Wyatts”
They’re bad guys. Bad guys with a cool mystique. Respect the mystique and respond to them appropriately, boo them. I know this one’s a bit of a stretch, even WWE encourages you to cheer for who you want, but the Wyatts don’t need a pep squad, they need to be feared. Booing a heel who’s doing their job is the ultimate sign of respect, I loved Edge, but booing him at his peak was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a wrestling show.


And I’m going to add some that aren’t on the list:

DO: Be a part of the show
A lot of people are bashing this movement as a bunch of delusional nerds, but let’s not automatically dismiss the entire thing. Isn’t it nice that there are people who care enough about wrestling who are willing to make some noise and have fun out there? A hot crowd can make a bad show good and a dead crowd can make a good show bad, so let’s celebrate the fact that we’re almost guaranteed an exciting show. I’d much rather have a loud, if perhaps slightly unruly, crowd than one sitting on their hands.

DON’T: Be the show
But don’t take that as an excuse to be an asshole. “JERRY LAWLER!” “JBL!” “HUSKY HARRIS!” and “YOU FUCKED UP!” chants have got to go. Permanently. Remember, you are the third man in the ring, you are not the man in the ring, a very important distinction that “smart” crowds often don’t get. This is not ECW, ECW’s been gone for a long, long time, this is WWE. It’s not the theater, you don’t have to applaud politely, it’s not stand-up comedy where your job is only to laugh, but there is a line that we as fans often cross. 

At the end of the day, you paid your money, you get to do whatever you want, provided you don’t ruin someone else’s experience or jeopardize the show by getting the audio pulled, throwing something in the ring, or hopping the rail (though I do love when wrestlers beat the shit out of rail hoppers). Basically… have fun. I know it’s been a frustrating time to be a wrestling fan, I’m so annoyed as of late with the mind-boggling storytelling they have going on, but being an asshole isn’t going to do anything except widen the gap between the industry and its fans. 

#MakeRawFun

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so well put.  respect the art, and while part of that respect means, “go fucking nuts,” know the limits of the medium.

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02/17/2014

wrestling-is-fake:

tiredtimmy:

Jeff Hardy is a near-forty year old man pretending to be a 15 year old goth girl.

I can’t decide if this is proof Vince Russo is back in TNA (cf. Dude Love, GI Bro, Black Reign) or that Jeff Hardy has just completely lost his mind.

one of the worst qualities of anything Bischoff is involved in that is going head to head with WWE is when he obviously tries to rip off an idea the E has, but does it in a much less believable way.  This is pretty obviously trying to capture some of the aesthetic Bray Wyatt worked to cultivate; however, while Wyatt is a character that dresses like a human and is usually believably insane, this thing is basically just a bad sub-Burton-esque 18 year old/first year community college student film.  

Ugh

(Source: youtube.com)

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02/10/2014

bunnyfood:

(via petapeta:via)

Posted at 9:21 PM (2 months ago) | Permalink

02/09/2014

(Source: hbshizzle, via thifyouwill)

Video posted at 2:35 AM (2 months ago) | Permalink

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