Archive for December, 2010

How lame is my life that I’m home watching Smackdown on New Year’s Eve? Pretty lame. But at least I’m not dating Vickie Guererro. Here she is with Dolph. Vickie is complaining Cena got physical with her when they were in a match. Vickie complains of vertigo. It’s up to Kofi Kingston to try to save us. He points out Vickie had no trouble climbing a ladder at TLC. That draws Jack Swagger to complain as well. Both men want a rematch and when Dolph begs off it turns violent. Kofi clears the ring but Teddy Long is out to book the threeway for tonight. At least after he invites everyone to his New Year’s party.

Our upcoming main event pairs Kane and Alberto Del Rio to face Edge and Rey Mysterio.

It’s Big Show. Let’s see if he’s doing any more than comedic antics to plug a DVD. Well, he’s in a match. That’s something. He appears to be in a full blown feud with Cody Rhodes now. Cody barely gets in any offense during the brief match before he simply walks away. Our first look at Teddy’s party features Drew McIntyre resolving to turn over a new leaf and a “drunken” Chavo who turns out to be drinking non-alcoholic beverages after all. McIntyre is out to wrestle next. Will this be a real match? He’s facing Trent Barretta, who is lucky to still be employed. It’s not much of a match and, just when Barretta is getting in a little offense, McIntrye dodges a suicide dive and Barretta knocks himself out. We get to see Chavo and the Soaring Eagle hug just to confuse things. The four divas we care about get in an argument and Teddy books them in another tag match tonight.

Wait, the tag main event is coming now? What is going to end the show? The Triple Threat? This is a fine little match but there’s really nothing new to note. Del Rio eats a 619 and Spear to give the babyfaces a win at year’s end. But Long is quick to announce Del Rio and Mysterio will tangle next week two out of three falls. While Kane gets a shot at title in a Last Man Standing Match.

The women’s tag match is another example of fine wrestling that isn’t anything special. It’s another case where the faces pick up a win. All four of these women can play to their strengths and Beth’s Glam Slam on McCool looks great too. We get a fun food fight to end Teddy’s party.

At 20 minutes before the end of the show we launch the Triple Threat. It’s another good match that fails to be truly exciting. Vickie keeps Kofi from winning but placing Swagger’s foot on the ropes when Kofi has him pinned. That lets Ziggler sneak in and retain his title yet again. But just how long can they keep the belt on Ziggler and is it really helping him at this point?

On paper this was a great show. There was a lot of solid wrestling action but, in the end, it felt like treading water. It was full of rematches and rehashes of TLC matches and did nothing to push things forward heading for the Royal Rumble. It may just be a problem of there being too much time between two Pay Per Views and that has left us spinning our wheels for now. We should move forward in the new year although the threat of a John Cena injury may shake things up.

As I write this it’s just past 11:30 p.m. on December 31. This has not been the best year for me. So I hope for a better year ahead, not just for wrestling fans, but for all of us.

Posted on December 31st, 2010 by Lucian | Comments Off on Wrestling Recap: WWE Smackdown Week Ending 1/1/11
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Ever wish that you could look like a movie star? Are you been looking through Wedding Dresses and you can’t decide what to get? Well then, why not take out your favorite films and find inspiration for your very own perfect dress?

Light in the Box is a website that sells every different style of dress that you can think of, from A-line, Empire, Princess, Mermaid, Plus Size, Royal Train, and even ones made for the Beach.We’re going to take a look at a few different offers from the site.

The one pictured to the left of this article is a trumpet/mermaid style strapless court train taffeta that is being sold for just $249.99! This particular dress is Ivory and it is well suited for a few different body types, including apple, hourglass, and pear. I can’t believe how affordable the dress is, it normally costs $549.00, but Light in the Box is having a huge sale to end the year and to start 2011 off with a bang!

Next I moved tot he celebrity section and the first thing I see is a mimic of the famed Bride Wars gown that Kate Hudson wore. The style is a sweetheart chapel train satin tulle, and is marked down from $500 to shy $175. My wife was a huge fan of the movie and when we got married, she decided to use this exact one when designing her dress. With this site she could have gotten the actual dress if she wanted to at a very nice price. Another one I checked out very vintage and inspired by Audrey Hepburn. The lovely style is on sale for $249.99 from $599.00, which seems well worth it if you are a Hepburn fan. Others in the celebrity section have been inspired by Julia Roberts, Renee Zelleweger, Victoria Beckman, Jessica Simpson, Milla Jovovich, and Katherine Heigl.

Other categories on the site include Bridesmaid Dresses, Wedding Veils, Wedding Jewelry, Flower Girl Dresses, and even Groom Wear. Well, why are you still here? Check out the link above!


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Posted on December 31st, 2010 by admin | Comments Off on Need a Stylish Wedding Dress?
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I’m neither wild nor young anymore yet I still watch NXT. R-Truth is back to asking “wassap?” and people aren’t Crunk anymore. Dolph is perfect. And Dolph is going to face Johnny Curtis. It’s an okay match but that has more to do with Ziggler’s improving ability to carry a match than it has to do with Cutis’s skill. Curtis does hit one big, but an unspectacular aerial move, which misses to set up Ziggler’s win. Derrick Bateman faces Conor O’Brien. Kofi Kingston fills in for Daniel Bryan. The rat man comes up with the win after an unimpressive match.

The first challenge is the Power of the Punch with 2 points to the winner and a chance to earn 3 if they can beat Alex Reilly’s record. Derrick Bateman starts but Johnny Curtis immediately beats him. Byron Saxton doesn’t beat Bateman let alone Curtis. Connor O’Brien makes a cheese joke before failing miserably. Novak gets the coaching to take off his blazer. A mediocre punch. Brodus Clay is last and yet gets a poor score. This punch machine sucks. So Curtis gets 2 points and Reilly’s record is safe.

Byron Saxton gets a shot at Ted Dibiase and with Dibiase in a “hitting rock bottom” storyline Saxton could pick up the win here. After a short match where Dibiase is in control Brodus hits Saxton outside the ring. The problem is it’s right in front of the referee so Saxton gets the win by DQ. Dibiase has Maryse slap Brodus a few times as punishment. Is rookie/pro dissention even novel on this show any more?

This brings us to the NXT Talent show. Derrick Bateman is reading a Haiku. It’s a cheap New York plug and the crowd still doesn’t get behind him. Johnny Curtis flag dances. He actually knows what he is doing and he gets some love from the crowd. Byron Saxton reads a fairy tale. It’s awful and goes on forever. The crowd totally turns on him and the buzzer hits to. Connor O’ Brien tells jokes. Terrible, terrible jokes. Jacob Novak models. Josh has taken over Michael Cole’s place of running down the show when it is stupid. Brodus claims he can make anyone look cool so they send out Michael Cole. He’s as annoying as ever and does Clay no favors by pretending to be his friend. Johnny Curtis is the only one who didn’t look idiotic and incompetent so he manages to win. Only one more immunity point but he is well in the lead. Brodus breaks his ribbon and it turns into a brawl. Brodus totally dominates so he can have some hope of getting votes.

The competitions were stupid this week. We had Josh Matthews channeling Michael Cole then, to make matters worse, we had Michael Cole. The wrestling was not great so this show sank back to the poor level we’ve come to expect. Johnny Curtis looks like the golden boy of this season but we’ll get a better picture after we get some rankings, assuming we get them at all.

It occurs to me that I’d much rather see NXT dropped and WWE produce an adult wrestling show and to keep it completely separate. No cross-promotion. Don’t even brand it WWE. Do 2-hour specials instead of PPVs. Air later in the evening and don’t be afraid to be TV-14. Use new guys and a few vets and try to do what ECW should have been. It couldn’t be worse than this.

Posted on December 30th, 2010 by Lucian | Leave a Comment (1)
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What is going on in the world of entertainment? Follow me into The Pit…

  • Next month’s Fantastic Four #587 will see the end of the first family of superheroes, the series, and will take at least one of the team’s lives. Which member will take their last breath, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, or the Thing? My money is on the Human Torch. Place your bets below, then come back next month as we take a closer look at which hero bites the dust.
  • ?It is great to hear Kevin Smith talk about his upcoming (and unconventional) horror film Red State. The passion he is putting into the project is really shining through. And I’m glad that he is back to making something he cares about after the dreadfully boring Cop Out and the letdown that was Zack and Miri. I just wish the trailer for Red State was better. It doesn’t give me a lot of hope for the overall piece.
  • It was announced that the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will be marrying Crystal Harris, a 24 year old Playmate. Apparently he popped the question over the Holidays. I have to ask… why? I mean, seriously, why? Does the 84 year old feel the need to settle down? Did the twins he was dating earlier in the year tire him out that much?
  • We still have another three weeks until Chuck‘s return. In the meanwhile I’ll continue watching all of my favorite 80s action movies. Up next… Die Hard.
  • The movie making simulation Hollywood the Game is gearing up for a new year of movies and session 10 of its popular television simulation. Check out the site and sign up if you are interesting in playing. Head on over to HollywoodtheGame.com
  • True Grit is the best movie of the year. Yeah, I said it. Now go see it if you don’t believe me.
  • Own a car? Than you really should have automobile insurnace. Yeah, I know this has nothing to do with entertainment and it contains a spelling error. Oh well. Can’t win them all.

You find out something new every day. Browsing Marvel Comic’s official website, I found out about Free Mondays in their digital comics section. Every Monday they post five issues online for everyone to view free of change. Lets take a look at what we have this week.

Wolverine: Mr. X #1
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Brandon Peterson & Francesco Mattina.
The Story: Mr. X is back for a rematch and revenge on the only man who’s ever beaten him: Wolverine! Find out everything you never knew about one of the most dangerous psychopaths in the Marvel Universe. The first time these two met, Wolverine barely escaped with his life, and this time…well, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never see the end coming but you’ll love how you got there!

X-23 #1
Written by Marjorie Liu. Art by Alina Urusov, Nuno Plati, & Filipe Andrade.
The Story:X-23 has spent her short life being used by those in power, from the military to the X-Men. But when she is forced to confront a being who can control her life with nothing but a thought, will X-23 finally learn how to fight — not for others, but herself? Guest-starring NYX!

Mighty Avengers #35
The Story: SIEGE BLOCKBUSTER TIE-IN!! SALVATION Pt. 1 of 2 “Heir Apparent” THE AVENGERS’ GREATEST THREAT RETURNS! AND HE’S NOT ALONE… A rag-tag team of Mighty Avengers are thrust onto the front lines of SIEGE…with no one to lead them! And where’s HANK PYM? Trapped in Pym-Space with his greatest enemy, his sinister cybernetic “son”, ULTRON! A war on two fronts, a team divided, and when it’s over…not everyone will be coming back! Big threats, big changes, and the biggest Avengers surprise of them all revealed!

X-Factor Forever #1
Written by Louise Simonson. Art by Dan Panosian.
The Story: THEY’RE BACK! Once they were Xavier’s young charges: mutant teens who bore the responsibility of protecting a world that hated them. But time has hardened these five X-Men, forcing them to reimagine their mission and purpose. And now, the original dream-team returns to fight the one threat that’s haunted them since the day they took on the X-Factor name. Join legendary X-scribe Louise Simonson as she reunites with the title and characters she made famous for an epic in the FOREVER tradition!

You have until next week to check out these issues, while next week will bring us five new issues, including Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #61, X-Men: Second Coming #1, Spider-Man: Fever #1, SIF #1, Marvel Zombies 5 #1.

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Read Online: Wolverine, X-23, Mighty Avengers, & X-Factor Forever!
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CM Punk has regained a lot of credibility very fast. The Straight Edge Society is now an obvious failure yet here Punk is, in a feud with John Cena going into the Royal Rumble.

Santino Marella is not served by fluke wins in uber short matches.

I like how John Morrison is able to manipulate the Miz into putting the stipulation and time of his title shot as the prize if he can beat Alex Reilly. If he loses he forfeits the contendership so you know that’s not going to happen. When Morrison does win he chooses to challenge for the title next week in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.

Tyson Kidd is not off to a great start to his new singles career when he has to lose to Mark Henry.

The crowds have been hotter lately. Miz gets the “What?” treatment and handles it like a pro. He also faces Jerry “The King” Lawler. What’s fun is that Morrison ambushes Miz when the ref isn’t looking and Lawler gets a countout victory!

When did Melina turn heel? Just from one slap last week? What a weak turn.

Look it’s Zach Ryder! But we don’t get to hear his theme song. Boo! He faces Daniel Bryan and loses, of course, so no theme there either. The anonymous RAW General Manager pipes up via mouthpiece Michael Cole. But Miz attacks Lawler and beats him senseless before Cole can finish. I have heard they might actually have Lawler face The Miz at the Royal Rumble.

The final RAW of 2010 ends with a great main event between Orton and King Sheamus. Orton once again proves he can hit the RKO at any time, using it to counter a Slingshot Shoulder Block. Orton was my vote for Superstar of the Year and he rules the roost in the last match of the year. But that’s not the end of the show.

Instead of letting Punk call him out, Cena comes out first and once again calls Punk out. But instead of Punk we get a Barrett-less Nexus. Otunga says Nexus are under new management and offers Cena a truce. Cena really dresses down Otunga well. So we end the year treading water with Nexus beating down John Cena. Though Slater actually hit a wrestling move. Nexus leave Cena laid out and drop an armband behind. Does this do anything to rebuild Nexus? Not really.

Especially since the show is not over and here comes CM Punk. A weak looking GTS on Cena impresses no one and Nexus has their thunder completely stolen. Punk grabs a chair but stops mid-swing. Oh wait, he’s putting on the Nexus armband! CM Punk has taken over Nexus!

Well, that was a swerve, I’ll give them that. But Punk just failed as a stable leader. Why try it again? I can see splitting Barrett off from Nexus but at this point they just became Right to Censor 2.0 (it’s an old reference, look it up) and I can’t see that going well. It would have been much smarter for the Barrett-less Nexus to move to Smackdown where they would learn more and be relatively over compared to that roster.

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by Lucian | Comments Off on Wrestling Recap: WWE Raw Week Ending 1/1/11
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Marvel Comics have released a teaser image for a 2011 X-men crossover, “X-Men First to Last”. Little is known about the upcoming event, but this image gives me a lot of hope (much more hope than the recent X-Men vs Vampires event).

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on X-Men First to Last Teaser
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