The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada….sort of…

The day has finally arrived where the WWE Network debuts worldwide including, arguably, it’s second biggest market, and neighbour to the north, Canada.  While the WWE Network has been available through alternate means, in Canada and worldwide, since it launched in February 2014, today is the first day it has become available for Canadians to subscribe to the Network, in an official manner. Well, sort of. As it would turn out, the WWE Network is only “kind of” available…

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DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used to sneak down to the basement in our family’s modest home where we had a VCR, and an old RCA box television.  There, I would put in the most recent episode of ECW Hardcore TV that I had acquired from whatever Apter magazine I had borrowed from…

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WWE Battleground 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground HITS: The Usos vs. The Wyatts: Although I feel this match suffer slightly from the 2-out-of-3 falls format, down the stretch you won’t find any better tag team wrestling anywhere on this planet.  Both teams once again brought their A-game, delivering incredible action, and believable near falls.  As I said, the format was my only question.  It was difficult to believe, given the history of these teams, that a fall would take place in the first 6-8…

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6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

Six months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour “over-the-top” streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given WWE’s access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to bring every live Pay Per View event to their live streaming service.  Analysts and fans alike were abuzz at the possibilities of the network, and its potential in the marketplace.  Needless…

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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank HITS: Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on the edge of their seat throughout.  The tension between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was palatable, and the storytelling between them was absolutely excellent.  There were plenty of innovative spots, and career shortening bumps (namely Rollins being…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: The Shield vs. The Wyatts – WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving all teams, including Evolution, looking very strong.  The beatdown of The Shield by Evolution and the Wyatts closed the show strong, and left me with a strong desire to see more from all three teams.  Well done, WWE….

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WWE Extreme Rules 2014 HITS and MISSES

Extreme Rules HITS: Evolution vs. The Shield: This was every bit of the brawl I was anticipating, and more.  For me, without question, the match of the night on a night with a number of good-to-great matches.  Each member of the Shield had their moment to shine, but for me, no one shone brighter than Seth Rollins.  Rollins balcony dive literally had me almost jump out of my seat, and that was just one incredible moment of many he…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan: In the hours leading up to Monday Night RAW, Bryan Danielson, better known to the WWE Universe at Daniel Bryan, found out that his father had suddenly passed away.  Instead of doing what any sane human being would do, and grabbing the first flight back home to be with his family, Bryan insisted on performing on RAW so to not let his fans down.  How tough is this man?  Such a gutsy performance,…

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WWE Legends House Review S01E01 – The Boys Are Back

The long awaited debut of WWE Legends House, filmed nearly 2 years ago in Palm Springs, California, took place last night on the WWE Network and it was….well…strange.  The much hyped, much anticipated premiere episode served as an introduction of what was yet to come, including legends “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Hillbilly Jim, Pat Patterson, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, “The Fink” Howard Finkel, and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Let me preface…

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How can a superhero die? Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior.  Such is a name that rings through the very fibres of pop culture.  In the mid- to late ’80s professional wrestling created a number of iconic characters that still resonate with the mainstream today.  Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior were, and continue to be, household names akin to the likes of Mr. T, ALF, or The Ghostbusters.  Unfortunately, two of those names are no longer with us, and perhaps none more…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading to WrestleMania.  There’s plenty to cover in this hitlist, so I might as well just get started. The Crowd: They…

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WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES

Editors Note: This column will likely be one of my most discussed to date.  It is incredibly difficult for me to write, as both a fan and an author.  Rarely do I allow my emotions to get the better of me, but twice this weekend it happened.  First with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Hall of Fame induction I was overcome with happiness, and then again the next night with The Undertaker’s streak ending, overcome with shock.  Typically I wait…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS: Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE’s originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn’t get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm), it was fun while it lasted.  As much heat as Batista gets for his mostly uninspired comeback, he’s much better as a heel than he is as a babyface.  His prior run as the self-absorbed “superstar” heel was some of my favourite work in WWE history. …

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/24/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus: This is as good of a fatal-four-way match as you’re ever going to see on WWE TV.  This brought the goods, and the crowd was solidly vocal through-out.  It’s amazing how over Dolph Ziggler remains with the die-hard WWE fans (and Brooklyn, NY is definitely a die-hard market) when he hasn’t been relevant in nearly a year (which is a crime in itself).  Regardless, this…

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WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a “Road to WrestleMania” episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable episode of RAW. Build towards HHH/Bryan: This is a double-edged sword for me.  Triple H spent the majority of his opening promo…

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HITS and MISSES: Elimination Chamber

Elimination Chamber HITS:   The Wyatt family vs. The Shield: Absolutely the best showing either of these two teams have had against any opponents ever.  And that covers a lot of ground, and a lot of good, great and fantastic matches.  This was magic right in front of our eyes, and we had the pleasure to watch six masters of their craft weave a beautiful piece of art.  The match was given the right amount of time, and the crowd…

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WWE 4th Quarter and Overall 2013 Earnings and Analysis

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s 4th Quarter Earnings report was released earlier this afternoon, telling an interesting albeit somewhat predictable story of revenue increase with overall profitability down.  WWE is staring record spending in the face, both with the launch of the WWE Network coming down the barrel, and with overall talent and production costs going up considerably. For me, the biggest stories are in the hard numbers, though, taking away from the mitigating factors of the economy being soft,…

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014

Editors Note:  Well, you guys didn’t let me down.  I asked for feedback, and I got a ton of it.  You’ve given me a lot of great ideas, which I will now shamelessly rip off, and call my own.  Go ahead, sue me.  For those who skipped those first four sentences, and would like to send me feedback, suggestions, winning lottery numbers, insider stock tips, or NSFW pictures of your wives, please feel free to do so at [email protected] …

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Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/10/2014

Editors note: I apologize for the delay in having my HITS and MISSES online today.  My 8-year old son is down and out with the flu, my desktop computer’s RAM decided it wasn’t happy with my creative direction, and walked out, and my laptop is currently in having surgery and is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks.  Regardless, I did finish up watching RAW this afternoon, as my DVR has returned after a prolonged absence to a great hometown…

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