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Daniel Bryan Sets the Stage for Wrestlemania, and Other Ponderings From WWE Raw

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

A couple of things to discuss before we get into Raw

So we’ve finally got a mini-development in the saga of CM Punk. He’ll apparently be appearing live this Sunday on an episode of AMC’s Talking Dead. Reportedly, he’ll be using his real name, Phil Brooks. Go figure, Punk is finally going to break his silence, and not only is he not going to be talking about WWE or wrestling, but the guy who gets the interview is Chris friggin’ Hardwick. Ugh…

In other news, Zack Ryder has a new YouTube show entitled “Zack Ryder’s Last Rezort.” The show looks like it’ll be more serious in nature, as opposed to “Z: True Long Island Story.” As he was with his old show, the real-life Matthew Cardona Jr. is in a position where he really has nothing to lose. He’s never been what I would call a great hand in the ring, but he did manage to entertain wrestling fans via YouTube, and as such he earned their respect. It’s still unbelievable  to me that the fans were chanting for him at Survivor Series 2011 in Madison Square Garden, when The Rock was standing in the middle of the ring after his first match in years. That’s how powerful the so-called “Ryder Revolution” was at that time. But through a combination of bad booking decisions, and Ryder perhaps not having enough of an edge, his push fizzled out.

Is this Ryder’s chance to regain some of that lost momentum, and perhaps jumpstart his WWE career? Eh, maybe. I think the fans still like Zack. But at this point, it may be too little, too late. And if that’s the case, he’s got nothing to be ashamed of. Most wrestlers are lucky to get a fraction of the support he got from the WWE fans at the height of his popularity. Hell, in terms of fan support, one might even say Zack Ryder was the Daniel Bryan of 2011. So my hat’s off to him, and I hope his “Last Rezort” ends up working out.

Speaking of Daniel Bryan…

Thoughts From Raw:

- The whole “Occupy Raw” thing was pretty damn cool. That sea of gray t-shirts made for a great visual, and hopefully a Raw moment that fans will remember for years to come.

But more importantly, the stage has finally been set for Wrestlemania XXX, and it’s what many of us have suspected for a few weeks now: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, with the stipulation being that if Bryan wins, he gets added to the main event. Was this the plan from the get-go? Probably not. But at this point, who cares? In the end, WWE did right by the fans. That’s what’s important. Now both Batista and Orton can be the heels, and Bryan can be the ultimate underdog.

What’s cool about this set-up is that in a way, it mimics both Wrestlemania X and Wrestlemania XXX. At X, both Bret Hart and Yokozuna pulled double duty. And at XX, we obviously had a triple threat main event. So to an extent this feels like a progression.

- I’d like to think the situation between CM Punk and WWE hasn’t adversely affected AJ Lee’s career. But considering she was recently beaten by Natalya, was pinned by one of the Bella Twins on Raw, and now has a title match coming up against Natalya on the newly live WWE Main Event…well, you get the idea. The women’s division may be about to turn into a Total Divas commercial. If that turns out to be the case, it truly sucks for AJ, considering how talented and unique she is, and how she’s ultimately been carrying the entire division on her back since she won the title. But if she has to drop the belt to someone, I’m glad it’s Natalya.

- Christian and Sheamus had a really good fight this week, and that Brogue Kick through the drum was a hell of a finish. Assuming they go with a match between these two at Wrestlemania, that match made for a hell of an appetizer. I wouldn’t be surprised if this culminated in a pay per view match where Christian’s career is on the line, and ultimately ends. He’d definitely be going out at the top of his game, as this match proved.

- The “Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal,” huh? Well sure, why not? They tend to have a pre-show battle royal before Wrestlemania, right? So why not put it on the show and use it to get somebody over? And I like the use of it as a tribute to Andre. However, I’m disappointed to read that Big E. in in the match. I was hoping, as always, to see the Intercontinental Championship defended at Wrestlemania.

- Not much to say about the Hulk Hogan/John Cena/Wyatt Family stuff. We knew Cena and Bray Wyatt would end up facing one another at Wrestlemania. And of course, it was only natural that Hogan and Cena end up in the ring together at some point. The only question now is whether Hogan continues to have a foot in the Cena/Wyatt feud. My guess is he will.

- On the subject of Bray Wyatt, I maintain that he needs to do a little less shouting during his promos, and be a bit more spooky and methodical. The scariest part of that pre-taped promo they did this week was Erick Rowan looking into the camera, and through the mask saying “Run.” It’s that creep factor that makes this group so interesting to watch, especially against a superhero character like John Cena.

- When the internet started to buzz that The Undertaker had an “announcement” to make this week, I was actually wondering if he was going to announce his retirement after Wrestlemania XXX. Amid all the questionable decisions WWE has made lately, tossing ‘Taker’s retirement match on top of everything would have been the kicker to end all kickers. I feel like we dodged a bullet there…

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Blatant Insubordination: Thoughts From the Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY LAY AHEAD. BUT LET’S FACE IT, IF YOU’RE READING THIS, CHANCES ARE YOU’VE FINISHED THAT GAME ALREADY. AND IF YOU HAVEN’T, RUN, DO NOT WALK, TO ACQUIRE AND PLAY THAT GAME.***

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Batman: Arkham City was one of those rare things in life that actually lived up to the hype. It turned out to be as good, if not better, than what most of us envisioned. And the ending, by God the ending…

The death of the Joker, inside the very theater young Bruce Wayne attended with his parents on the night of their murder. The Joker stabs Batman, causing him to drop the very antidote The Joker needs to survive his Titan poisoning. It was masterfully written in a way that almost invokes The Killing Joke

Batman: “Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you’ve done, I would have saved you.”
Joker: “(laughs, then begins to cough) “Actually, that is…(coughs, and begins to choke)…pretty funny.”

The scene, which is masterfully performed by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamillends with The Joker passing away with a smile on his face. Batman then carries his body out of the theater in front of various onlookers, and refuses to answer Commissioner Gordon’s simple question of: “What happened?”

As if that weren’t enough of an ending, various Easter eggs indicated Harley Quinn was, in fact, pregnant with a child that is presumably The Joker’s. Throw in some cryptic comments from Azrael (“From the ashes of Arkham, fires will rage and Gotham will burn.”), and you’ve got a gaming experience that left fans wanting a hell of a lot more.

And now, more is finally here…

So…am I a total troll if I say I’m kind of disappointed?

From a visual standpoint, the trailer certainly looks fantastic, though we’re obviously not seeing gameplay footage. It’s definitely cool to see the Arkham incarnations of the Penguin, Two-Face, and a most certainly not pregnant Harley Quinn. Though the game supposedly takes place a year after City, so I suppose she could have had the baby and gotten on one of those celebrity weight-loss programs. That’s obviously the Scarecrow’s voice at the beginning, what with all the “darkest fears” talk. Also, Thomas Wayne’s line about how “I will not see you grow into the good man you will become,” suggests he knew his life was about to come to an end when he wrote his will.

This is all interesting stuff. And if this were, say, the first chapter in the Arkham saga, this would be an awesome trailer. But here’s the thing…they ignored the most important stuff that happened at the end of Arkham City! Fans have been speculating for over two years about whether the Joker is actually dead, and the trailer doesn’t even reference it! No cuts to a Joker card stained with blood, no hints at the uncertainty about where the body ended up (see Harley Quinn’s Revenge), no word about any Joker demon spawn, nothing!

By the time the trailer wrapped, my response, in essence, was that I’d just seen a bunch of cool Batman stuff. But unlike the trailers for Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, it didn’t leave me salivating for the adventure to come. I think that’s what fans have come to expect from the Arkham series. So at the end of the day, what I’ve seen so far has left me feeling pretty flat, and not nearly as interested as I could/should be.

Now, needless to say, all is not lost. We don’t even know when the game is hitting shelves yet (Though presumably it’ll be in the fall, right?). Reportedly, Kevin Conroy is indeed back as Batman. And this united group of supervillains waging war on city could indeed result in the “fires will rise and Gotham will burn” scenario that Azrael mentioned in Arkham City.

I’m certainly not naive enough to think The Joker won’t be around in Arkham Knight. For cryin’ out loud, the entire Arkham series is based on the rivalry between the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince. He’s got to be there. I’m just disappointed they didn’t give us that great hook to pull us into what is supposedly the final chapter in the Arkham series…

The final chapter, huh? So what does that really mean? At the very least, I expect that this’ll be Rocksteady’s last trip to Gotham City. As great as their Batman games have been, I’ve got no problem with that. That company has nothing left to prove in this arena. They’ve created the definitive model upon which most future Batman games will likely be based. So let’s let somebody else take the wheel and see what happens.

I just hope this isn’t the last we see of the Arkham continuity. Between the various continuity questions and confusions raised by the New 52, and Christopher Nolan putting a definitive end to his Batman film series, the Arkham universe is probably my favorite canon at this point. It’s got enough pieces of the “Diniverse” (i.e. Paul Dini stuff) to make it feel like an extension of Batman: The Animated Series. But at the same time, it’s not afraid to do it’s own thing, and set itself apart. Perhaps I’m asking too much, but I say let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water when it comes time for the next Batman game. At the very least, it’ll ensure Kevin Conroy continues to provide the voice for Batman every couple of years.

Ah yes…voice actors. Let’s discuss The Joker for a moment, shall we?

Troy Baker did a fine job in Arkham Origins. The guy was in an extremely tough position having to follow Mark Hamill. He essentially had to impersonate Hamill’s Joker, as opposed to putting his own spin on the character. But to his credit, he did about as well as anyone could have hoped. And if it’s him that voices The Joker in Arkham Knight, I’ll be fine with that.

But what if…what if

Mark Hamill said he was done playing The Joker after Arkham City, and The Joker died in Arkham City, so it all worked out. But if The Joker ends up getting resurrected  in Arkham Knight

PLEASE, Mark? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE????? Just one more time, and I’ll never bug you about it again! I promise! No, really! It’s for real this time! I’ll stop tweeting you! I’ll stop emailing you! I’ll stop calling your house! I’ll stop ringing your doorbell at four in the morning…

Pretty please?

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Michael B. Jordan Comments on Fantastic Four Controversy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While some fans have been highly critical of the casting decisions made 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, Michael B. Jordan, who was cast as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, says such criticism was expected.

Jordan proved to be the focal point of much of the criticism, as Johnny Storm is traditionally a caucasian, blonde character.

“You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything,” Jordan told Rome’s Cinefilos.it. ”People don’t like change too much…You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up…Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything.”

Jordan added the Johnny Storm character will give him a chance to show a different side of himself.

“It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality,” Jordan said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer Hits the Web

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

A trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction made its online debut this week, giving fans their first look at the fourth installment in the Transformers film franchise, and the cinematic debut of the Dinobots.

Directed by Michael Bay, the film is set for a June 27 release. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Sophia Myles.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Announced, Trailer Debuts

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

News broke his week that Batman: Arkham Knight, the next, and reportedly final game in the Arkham series, will be released later this year. The trailer is embedded below.

The game is set for release on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and was developed  by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It’s official description follows…

“In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.”

Source: Newsarama

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Still Pining For Punk, and Other Ponderings From WWE Raw

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Thoughts From Raw:

- So there it is, then. No CM Punk. Not this week, and not at Wrestlemania XXX. I’ll give WWE credit for two things: They acknowledged the elephant in the room right away, and they picked the perfect guy to do it with. Paul Heyman’s promo was beautifully done. He sucked us in, and then he heeled on the fans and turned the whole thing into a segment about Brock and The Undertaker. So my hat’s off to him for that…

Still, this sucks. That’s really all I have to say about it at this point. I’m not particularly mad at Punk or WWE. It just really sucks that a man who has contributed so much to mainstream wrestling in recent years, who ultimately did break through the company’s glass ceiling, and who the fans in Chicago were screaming for, is apparently gone. And he’s going to miss out on a landmark Wrestlemania. It sucks. It really, really sucks.

Also, AJ Lee, Punk’s real-life girlfriend, was conspicuous by her absence this week. No doubt her match would have been showered with chants for him.

*sigh* But moving on…

- While the fans seem to have lost the battle for CM Punk, we seem to have won the Daniel Bryan fight. Batista’s heel turn, combined with all this drama about Bryan not being Wrestlemania-worthy seems to be an indicator that Bryan will help close out the big night. My only questions at this point regard the specifics of how he’ll get there.

- HA! The return of the “Asshole!” chant! I missed that!

- I was surprised that Batista’s big heel promo took place on Smackdown, which obviously has a significantly smaller audience than Raw does. Still, he’s saying all the things the fans seem to be wanting him to say: Bryan’s not a star, he’s what a champion is supposed to look like, etc. Batista is so much more natural as a heel, and you can tell he’s having more fun that way. So kudos to WWE for bringing back “Heeltista,” the Batista I wanted to see back from the very start.

- So the Usos win the WWE Tag Team Titles not at Wrestlemania, but on Raw a month beforehand? Is this so we can pull back the curtain on the live episode of Main Event and see the Authority ultimately wants the Outlaws as champions? Why didn’t they just take the straps at Elimination Chamber, then? Did they do it to counter the crowd’s negativity over CM Punk? Why are we getting belt changes on TV shows instead of pay per views? Still, the Usos deserve the belts. You can’t deny that. They’ve earned the right to call themselves the tag team champions.

- Jeez, Mark Henry just can’t catch a break, can he? The man who was once a monster heel is now fodder for Brock Lesnar. No disrespect to Lesnar, but Henry deserves better. In a perfect world, these guys would get a pay per view match. They don’t even have to give Henry the win, but at least he’d be able to get more than one offensive move in.

- William Moody, a.k.a. Paul Bearer, is definitely a worthy addition to the WWE Hall of Fame. Oddly enough, when I think of that character, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t his work as The Undertaker’s manager. My most vivid Paul Bearer memory is what I’ll refer to as the promo about “The Undertaker’s secret,” which of course, turned out to be the seed that grew into the debut of the Kane character. I’ve embedded the promo below. As you’ll see, Moody was a hell of a performer, and a bona fide Hall of Fame talent.

- Dolph Ziggler got a great rub from Aaron Paul tonight. And likewise, sending Paul out there with Ziggler made sure the guy didn’t get eaten alive by the crowd, or at least drowned in “CM Punk” chants.

- Fantastic six-man tag tonight between The Wyatt Family and The Shield. I was happy to see Seth Rollins at the center of the dissention we saw in the Shield. It certainly can’t all be about Roman Reigns, can it? That sequence of aerial maneuvers was just amazing. He became his own human highlight reel.

- During the Sheamus/Christian match, the announcers took shots at Jim Ross, and have Christian some snark about his body. We know you’re there, Vince. We can hear you…

All images from WWE.com.

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First Look: Grant Gustin as The Flash

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

This week, The CW released an image (shown right) via press release which gives fans a slight glimpse at what Grant Gustin will look like in-costume when The Flash makes its television debut.

The release also indicated the pilot will begin filming next week.

The suit was designed by Colleen Atwood, an Academy Award winner who has also worked on Arrow.

In addition to Gustin, The Flash will star Jessie L. Martin as Detective West, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne/Reverse Flash, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, and Candice Patton as Iris West.

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A Review of The Walking Dead, Vol. 20 – The Art of War

TITLE: The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War – Part One
AUTHOR: Robert Kirkman
PENCILLER: Charlie Adlard
COLLECTS: The Walking Dead #115-120
FORMAT: Softcover
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2014

***WARNING: The following review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead, Vol. 20 – All Out War, Part One***

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

More than any collection we’ve seen so far, The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War – Part One illustrates that the true threat to humanity’s existence is humanity itself. As zombies freely roam the Earth, and threaten to literally eat them alive, our survivors continue to kill one another off. There’s a raw, naked truth to that, which is ultimately one of the keys to this series’ longevity and success.

Fifteen issues after Negan smashed Glenn’s skull in with a baseball bat covered in barb wire (“Lucille,” as he affectionately calls it), the F-bomb dropping leader of the Saviors finally finds himself at war with Rick Grimes and his group of survivors. And to say the least, there will be casualties…

One of the characters readers will close this book thinking about is Holly, who essentially sacrifices her life to save Rick’s. Personally, I can’t say I’ll miss her much. Her main contribution to the book consisted of a love triangle, which also involved Abraham and Rosita. None of that did anything for me, but Kirkman and Adlard do give her a very strong exit. She’s defiant when confronted by Negan, and in the end proved tougher than fans may have given her credit for.

Holly’s predicament also allows Negan to have what is undeniably a character moment at the end of issue #17.  When one of his henchmen is about to rape a bound Holly, Negan bursts in and says, among other colorful statements, that after the Saviors win the war they have to be able to work with the people they’re fighting against to rebuild society. He also recites what is apparently one of the cardinal rules of the saviors: “We don’t rape.” The scene ends with Negan assuring Holly that “We aren’t monsters.” Granted, what happens to Holly later in the book would suggest otherwise. While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Negan demonstrate something resembling compassion, it IS the first time we’ve heard him talk about a plan for the grander scheme of things. We see that he’s not just a big, sadistic, foul-mouthed bully, but a man who, in his own way, wants to rebuild society. Thus, a comparison can be drawn between Negan and Rick.

Interestingly enough, a comparison could have also been drawn between the Governor and Rick. Like the Governor, Rick has a child in his life. But the Governor’s young daughter ultimately became a zombie, whom he nonetheless cared for as if she were alive and well. Considering how we’ve seen Carl’s life endangered in this series, and how Rick’s sanity has at times been put to the test, it’s not far fetched to imagine Rick becoming twisted and sadistic like the Governor if something were to happen to his son. Similarly, were Rick not the compassionate leader that he is, he could have easily become a bizarre brute like Negan. It’s a similar dynamic to the one comic book writers discuss in relation to Batman’s rogues gallery. To an extent, many of them are a reflection of what Bruce Wayne could have been, had he taken a different path.

Sadly, Holly isn’t the book’s only casualty. Shiva, Ezekiel’s loyal tiger companion, goes out defending him from a zombie attack. As one might expect, it’s a touching moment, which strikes Ezekiel at his core. As such, his relationship with Michonne takes a turn, resulting in a pretty powerful exchange where she attempts to give him a wake up call. It’ll be interesting to see where his character goes now that his “gimmick” is gone. As for Shiva herself, readers should likely be thankful she didn’t hang around too long. When you do something outrageous, like give a character a pet tiger, the last thing you want is for the novelty to wear off. And the way Shiva went out, combined with what we learned about her shared backstory with Ezekiel in the previous book, made it a really impactful exit. Charlie Adlard deserves extra praise for his renderings of the tiger. It’s not like we’ve seen an abundance of animals in The Walking Dead, so it’s cool to see him flex some different muscles in that respect.

As ever, I’m curious to see what happens to Negan as the series progresses, and whether he’ll meet the same fate as the Governor once All Out War comes to an end. But for now, The Walking Dead is at a fever pitch thanks to Kirman’s use of that character to shake things up. And in all likelihood, as far as character deaths in All Out War are concerned, Holly and Shiva are just the tip of the iceberg.

RATING: 9/10

Want more of The Walking Dead? Check out Vol. 14: No Way OutVol. 15: We Find OurselvesVol. 16: A Larger WorldVol. 17: Something to Fear, Vol. 18: What Comes AfterVol. 19: March to War

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Godzilla Trailer Debuts Online

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The trailer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, featuring the iconic Japanese movie monster, made its online debut this week. The trailer can be seen below.

The movie reportedly “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

Directed by Gareth Edwards, the movie stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olson, and Bryan Cranston. It hits theaters May 16.

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The Dead Man Rises, Hulkamania Lives, and Other Ponderings From WWE Raw

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Thoughts From Raw

 - All in all, I don’t think this week’s Raw was quite as epic as a lot of fans hoped it would be. I think a lot of us were expecting tonight to be the night that Daniel Bryan was somehow inserted into the main event of Wrestlemania. That, of course, didn’t happen. But we did close on a very high note with the return of The Undertaker, and indeed, what some of us have been expecting for quite some time was made official: The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX. Paul Heyman was almost too on-the-nose with his promo about Lesnar needing history to conquer at the big dance. But when the gong hit, it was worth it. Considering his limited acting ability, Lesnar actually did a pretty good job of looking intimidated by the Dead Man. And seeing ‘Taker “stab” Brock in the hand with the pen was a great little moment, with the chokeslam serving as a great final exclamation point. This match should be a hell of a draw. I don’t think anybody needs to be convinced that Brock Lesnar can beat up just about anybody. Even the Lord of Darkness…

- This week, WWE finally acknowledged the elephant in the room: The fans booing Batista. Thankfully, they’re also acknowledging the fans’ outrage over what’s been happening with Daniel Bryan. Jerry Lawler even brought up the fact that Batista returned right in the middle of Daniel Bryan’s hot streak. But it appears that for now WWE is sticking to its guns with Batista and Randy Orton at Wrestlemania XXX, and possibly giving us a grudge match between Bryan and Triple H as one of the semi-main events. The only way I see Bryan getting into the main event at this point is if they put a stipulation on the match with Triple H, i.e. if Bryan beats the Game, he gets into the Batista/Orton match. This could provide a nice segway into a Bryan/Batista rematch at Extreme Rules, in which Batista could finally heel on the fans. We’ve still got more than a month to go until Wrestlemania. Things can still happen.

Of course, Hulk Hogan’s return got an epic pop. But after that, it was pretty much your standard Hulkster shtick. But hey, better that than a match. And I think the “host” role suits Hogan just fine. Let him jack his jaw and do his whole nostalgia routine. And if he has to get physical once, so be it. But I don’t need to see Hogan in a match at Wrestlemania XXX. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve really wanted to see a Hulk Hogan match in over 10 years.

Great outing between Big E. and Cesaro. The latter’s strength never ceases to amaze me. And whattaya know? Big E. really is named Ettorre. Ettore Ewen, to be exact. I guess the name Big E. suits him pretty well then, doesn’t it?

- The segment with John Cena and the Wyatt Family was pretty solid. My biggest criticism of Bray Wyatt tends to be that his promos are sometimes too out there to be effective. But these past few weeks, he’s kept his feet on the ground, and done some pretty good mic work. I don’t think you’ll find a duo who personifies that old school hero/villain dynamic than John Cena and Bray Wyatt.

- It looks like Christian might be heeling on us, which is fine with me. Christian has proven he can do very well in either role. Personally, I’m just happy they’re doing something with him. Knowing WWE, they could have easily let him fade into the background and be just another guy. Hopefully, he’ll get a Wrestlemania match out of this.

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