Wrestlemania XXXI

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It’s that time of year again for Wrestlemania and as a wrestling fan I will be watching. Despite what people think of it, it’s quite entertaining for me. I wanted to share my review of last year plus what I think of the matches lined up for this year. I won’t be doing a full review of the show so this will due. Be sure to click the links below:

For those that don’t have the network and unless you have a nifty way of watching for free, you’d be paying nearly $60 for the pay per view. I’ve been a subscriber of the network from the beginning and the best perk is definitely the 12 pay per views a year. As for this years Wrestlemania there are quite a few matches I’m looking forward to. Of course there is the pre-show which has the tag-team championship bout which is just like last year. Again the tag team division gets no love. I think all titles should be defended at Wrestlemania in the MAIN EVENT. Also in the pre show is the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Cesaro won that last year, so it’ll be interesting who wins this year.

As for the main show there’s the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match. There’s a lot of competition in that one, but out of everyone I don’t expect R-Truth to win. Undertaker returns to face Bray Wyatt which I find to be quite interesting. Undertaker just turned 50 and it’s about time for him to retire, for good, although he is the epitome of Wrestlemania. Maybe next year he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame in his home state of Texas. It’ll be a great match for Wyatt as he is the new face of fear. Although every time he speaks I hear him yelling, “We Are Sparta.”

The match that I’m really looking most forward to is Triple H versus Sting. Sting has never wrestled in a WWE ring and is Mr. WCW. This match is not Sting versus Triple H, this is WCW vs. WWE. As much as people don’t care for the authority, this match goes deeper than that. Being that Triple H is the “Authority” he’ll probably lose.

Another match I’m looking forward to is Orton versus Rollins. Babyface Orton has been waiting to demolish the arrogant Seth Rollins. Looks like their career paths parallel as far as “push” and attitude. Orton is as cocky and arrogant as they come and Rollins is a match. In ring skills will be great as Randy is still on his game and Rollins is one of the best in the ring right now. It’ll be a great one for sure. Rollins wins either way as I can see him cashing in his briefcase.

Oh yeah The Bella Twins versus AJ Lee & Paige. Too bad the Divas don’t get the respect and credit they deserve. A lot of them have talent, but it’s like WWE doesn’t know how to utilize them. So why not take the “best” 4 and make a tag team match.  Wooptie Doo. It’s really just a filler.

Cena verus Rusev should be interesting. John Cena needs to turn heel or something. He’s back to where he stared in his career, a match for the United States Championship. The FACE of the WWE is in a match at Wrestlemania for the United States Championship. Is it a downgrade if he wins? Could the Rusev streak be beaten. Who knows.

The match that I could care less about is Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns. Realistically, Brock will demolish Roman. If Roman does win, Seth can come out and cash in his Money in the Bank. That would be quite interesting because then it’d be another triple threat for the title because both Reigns and Lesnar would be entitled to rematches.

Obsessions of 2014

I’ve been blogging more than music this year so this post is dedicated to my obsessions of 2014. My This Year In Music post, where I highlight my favorite albums, video, singles, and all that jazz will be up NYE! Check out my non-music obsessions tomorrow.

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  1. WWE Network: As a wrestling fan this was a great creation and as the network launched February 24th, I along with other millions of fans took part int he $9.99/month, 6-month commitment. Check out my review HERE of the network. I have been obsessed not so much for the 12 pay-per-views included with the network, but for the documentaries. My favorite specials included: ‘Monday Night War’, ‘WWE Countdown’, and most recently ‘Rivalries’. Now that there is no commitment I can opt out at anytime. For the time being I’m satisfied with my service and as long as they keep the original content coming, I’ll stick around.
  2. YouTube: I’ve been addicted to YouTube for years. I have so many YouTubers that I’m subscribed to and in picking my obsessions of the year it was semi-difficult as I love all the content from those I’m subscribed to. This year though I’ve been obsessed with blogs and ASMR. Here are my favs: GabeBabeTV, AkaydollX2, AprilJustinTV, and LaVitaDiMeg. For those that don’t know what ASMR is, I just discovered it this year. Click HERE and HERE to check out those types of videos.
  3. Netflix: Who DOESN’T love Netflix. I cancelled for a month and tried out Hulu and I didn’t like it so I went back to my Netflix subscription. As soon as I signed back up BOOM the entire series of Criminal Minds was added and I became OBSESSED. There were full episodes here & there on YouTube, but I hadn’t watched the series from the beginning on TV so this was a great way to catch up. Other shows on Netflix I binge watched this year were United States of Tara and Law & Order. Unfortunately Law & Order has been removed :(.
  4. SHONDA RHIMES THURSDAY: Last but not least Shonda Rhimes is the BOSS of ABC on Thursdays. She started with Gray’s Anatomy then added the phenomenon Scandal, and now the thriller and mystery How to Get Away with Murder. Earlier in the year I was interested in Scandal as most people were, but this fall premiere was a bit lack luster. How to Get Away With Murder was amazing from BEGINNING to END and I can’t WAIT to see what else is in store. Cheers to more Shonda Rhimes content. #TGIT #ThankGodItsThursday #HTGAWM

Welp there’s what I’ve been obsessed with this year and I can’t wait to see what’s in store from 2015 from my favs.

Wrestlemania XXX [Review]

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I write about a lot of things on this blog, primarily music, but no matter what I write about I do like to incorporate my personality and share my interests. One of my interests is being a wrestling fan. I’ve been watching wrestling since I was 7 and I came in right in the midst, more so close to the end, of the attitude era. At 22 I’m still a fan and can’t help but to be in awe at some of the events. Lately I haven’t been quite impressed with the pay-per-views and honestly wasn’t paying attention, BUT I did want to talk about one of the best PPVs I’ve seen in a long time, Wrestlemania XXX. Click throughout the next few pages to see my thoughts on the show, match by match.

WWE & Hip-Hop

wwe_defaultWorld Wrestling Entertainment, better known as WWE, has been no stranger to embracing Hip-Hop and having artists headline different shows/pay-per-views. With Wrestlemania XXX airing tonight (April 6) via WWE Network, I thought it’d be great to look at how much of a FACE Hip-Hop has had within the WWE for the past 20 years. Yes, I said 20 years.  This is in no exact chronological order, but I tried to keep it as chronological as possible. I just wanted to highlight the presence of Hip-Hop in wrestling.

Although it might seem as if it began in the Attitude Era it actually began at Wrestlemania V with pioneer Hip-Hop group, Run-DMC. Five years later there was a Wrestlemania rap for Wrestlemania X. This all happened in the late 80s early 90s when Hip-Hop was really making a name for itself and becoming mainstream.

Wrestlmania2000 was the first headlining event for the Attitude Era of Hip-Hop, but the wrestling group, The Oddities, started the Hip-Hop theme music trend in the late 90s. The Oddities consisted of: The Jackyl, Golga (Earthquake), Eric Cartman, Kurrgan, and Giant Silva. Their theme music, ‘The Greatest Show,’ was performed by Detroit Hip-Hop duo, Insane Clown Pose (ICP).

During the same time of The Oddities, Mike Tyson, was another celeb added to WWE appearances and his theme music was Big Daddy Kane’s, ‘Put Your Weight On It.’ He wasn’t the first boxer to enter a WWE ring as Muhammad Ali was there for Wrestlemania I. Then in 2008, roughly a decade after Tyson had made his ‘debut’ to the WWE, Floyd Mayweather took to the ring with his money making theme music to square off against The Big Show.

As far as Superstars, The Oddities weren’t the only ones to have Hip-Hop themed music, there have been countless others, including: John Cena, R-Truth, Mark Henry, Shane McMahon, Cryme Tyme, Big E, M.V.P., D-Generation X, Rikishi & Too Cool, Eddie Guerrero, Stephanie McMahon, The Usos, and X-Pac. Of course in the future there will be more. I will say that the music now is not what it was then and it’s a bit watered down. Watered down as in the beats could be better and filled with more bass and lyrically could be better as well. A lot of the entrances were put together by WWEs producer, Jim Johnston, who has been with the company since ’85, but there have been big mainstream rappers to make theme songs as well. That list includes, but not limited to: Three 6 Mafia, Naughty-by-Nature, Silkk the Shocker, Run-DMC, and Jacki-O. Check out the playlist below:

If that wasn’t enough, Hip-Hop artists has headlined other pay-per-views and the regular programming themes. Wrestlemania 2000 featured a remix of the California anthem, ‘California Love’ titled ‘California.’ It would be the beginning of Hip-Hop songs headlining Wrestlmania’s. Again, the ‘Attitude Era.’ The music was raw. It was no holds barred. It was rough, tough, and full of bass. Then comes the ‘new’ era, the WWE Universe era, where the sound of music has changed, WWE has changed and there’s a more positive message to the theme songs which was a 360 from the previous era. wrestlemania-30

For the past four years, Hip-Hop has made its way into a theme song for Wrestlemania; five if you count Kevin Rudolf’s WM26 theme, ‘I Made It.’ Tinie Tempah’s ‘Written In The Stars’ was the theme for WM27, MGK & Flo Rida headlined the battle between John Cena & The Rock with their respective tracks, ‘Invincible’ and ‘Wild Ones’ for WM28. Diddy headlined WM29 with ‘Coming Home’ and this year Eminem’s ‘Legacy’ from The Marshal Mathers LP2 headlines the John Cena/Bray Wyatt match.

A lot of the music during the Attitude Era fused rap over rock beats which was a great merge of both genres. As for the themes now, they could be a better representation of Hip-Hop than what is currently being offered. Songs within the millennium have a fairly positive message/vibe, which isn’t a bad thing, but of course I miss the hard hitting music from the era that I grew up watching. With the turn of events in wrestling at this current time there are great wrestlers and although the story lines are always repetitive, the talent is impressive. Impressive as in giving me something to actually be interested in aside from the usual faces that have been on the screen over the past decade or so.

A lot of the music now is very pop down to the ‘rapper’ songs chosen. I chose rapper instead of Hip Hop because the essence of Hip-Hop has drastically changed. I’m not just talking music for the pay-per-views, I’m talking entrances as well. Personally, I would love for The Usos to get a new theme. As energized as they are they need music to match that energy. Their current entrance does not. Big E.’s can stay for now. When it comes to pay-per-viewes, take Flo Rida. His track ‘How I Feel’ was the theme for the 2013 Survivor Series. He’s a rapper by what he does, but it seems to be more of auto-tune rap these days. So I guess although he’s a rapper, his music isn’t really Hip-Hop. The song chosen for the 2014 Royal Rumble was a better choice to call a Hip-Hop song. The show was spearheaded by 2 Chainz/Wiz Khalifa’s ‘We Own It’.

Hip-Hop as a culture has been embraced within the WWE showing just how versed it is as a multicultural company. Lately I have looked past the music because nothing has really stood out to me. I’m still the same fan I was at 7 years old and becoming a fan during a definitive era. I’ll remain one and can only sit back and wonder exactly where this company is going.