- Seth Rollins had a very unfortunate Monday evening, to say the least. The person who looks to have gotten only positive feedback so far has been the NXT diva-in-training that supposedly kicked-off this whole chain of events: Zahra Schreiber. From the stories I’ve read (and the posts made by Rollins’ fiancée, xxxxx), Rollins had been complaining to Schreiber about the state of his relationship and how he wanted to get out. Is there any evidence of his infidelity? No…but you don’t normally have nude selfies of friends on your phone for casual viewing. Apparently, xxxxx was the one who released the initial photos on Rollins’ Instagram account (and, thus, his Facebook, Twitter, and WWE’s home page) and then did, in fact, post those pictures of Rollins naked. The whole thing is embarrassing for Rollins and Schreiber, so hopefully this blows over soon. Unfortunately, these types of pics last forever on the internet.
- I know I’m not the only one who is super happy to know that Spider-Man is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I never enjoyed the initial Sam Raimi movies and thought Tobey Maguire was NOT the right choice. I actually really enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man, though. Andrew Garfield was a great choice and I thought his portrayal of the character was much more believable. The sequel, however, ruined all of that for me. It sucked…plain and simple. Too much sizzle with too little steak. I’m looking forward to seeing who they choose to be the new high school-based Peter Parker and I think whatever Marvel decides to do with him in Captain America: Civil War will be a great introduction to a very misrepresented character. Marvel hasn’t let us down yet…let’s hope the trend continues.
- The Grammys took place last week and were, quite frankly, a joke. In fact, I’d dare say that the Grammys are to music as Vince McMahon is to wrestling. They shaped and molded how the product was supposed to be enjoyed over the years, but right now they’re extremely out of touch. No offense to Beck or anything, but if he’s considered “Rock Music” then the genre just might truly be dead, after all. And while I’m sure it’s a nice record, was it truly good enough to be deemed “Album of the Year”? The performances (with the exception of Ed Sheeran and Annie Lennox) were boring, self-serving snoozefests. The winners didn’t make sense in most categories (ummm…not only Beck but one-hit-wonder Sam Smith, anyone?). And don’t even get me started on Kanye West…the man is a joke and has an ego bigger than his talent. Give me the MTV music awards any day of the week. This was just pure drivel.
- John Cena has a small role in the new Amy Schumer movie: Trainwreck.
- Just one month after New Japan helped grab worldwide attention with its Wrestle Kingdom 9 PPV, it stormed back again this week with its follow-up: The New Beginning. The Bullet Club reigned supreme as AJ Styles became a 2-time IWGP champion by beating Horishi Tanahashi, the Young Bucks won the IWGP junior tag team titles from ReDRagon and the Time Splitters, Kenny Omega retained the IWGP junior title against Ryuske Taguchi, and Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson regained the IWGP tag team titles from Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata. Having gaijin winning the titles is a smart move from a business standpoint because (a) they’re heels in New Japan who are super over and (b) international audiences might be more inclined to watch if they recognize some of the champions from North American wrestling shows. NJPW is really on fire right now and is legitimately the #2 promotion in the world behind WWE. If they continue to put out a unique product and reach new fans, they might become more of a threat to be the international #1 company. They’ve got a long, long way to go, obviously…but they’ve made some great decisions lately and I’m sure, if you’re like me, you’re all about competition to improve the overall product.
- So The Walking Dead came back last weekend to monster ratings and a high-profile death. In fact, this was one of the most depressing episodes that they’ve ever had up to this point…and that’s saying something. Some people may want the show to move in a more “kick ass” direction but I have zero problem with acting and storyline taking preference over zombie kills. I’m intrigued to see where this all goes over the rest of the season.
- NXT continues to be the best North American wrestling program, hands down. They solidified that with an incredible PPV on Wednesday night that saw Finn Balor become the new #1 contender by defeating Adrian Neville, Sasha Banks become the new NXT women’s champion in a fantastic fatal 4-way, and Kevin Owens brutalized Sami Zayn en route to becoming the new NXT champion. It’s crazy just how good this program is. I mean, it includes some of the best wrestlers in the world but isn’t the non-stop trainwrecks that you can sometimes see on the indies. It’s just, hands down, the best wrestling program on television today.
- Song of the Week: hot off their performance at the Grammys, AC/DC‘s newest single: Rock or Bust