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    Snyder seems like the kind of guy that actually loves what he does, even if he doesn't understand the original subtext of everything. His stuff is never bad, but it's never really great either. Still can't wait to see this, though, especially since I really liked the Dawn of the Dead remake, and didn't mind 300 as much as I thought I would.
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    Heel Characters That You Agreed With?

    Ah yes, I remember when Killings actually fucking meant something. Solid matches against Lynn and LowKi solidified him as actually deserving of the belt, and then voila...loses it to Jarrett, and then loses the rematch a week later, in a pair of damned solid brawls because of Russo (well, Mr. Wrestling III). He did cut a little bit of a face promo after convincing Steamboat to give him the title shot, though, saying that it was all about being given an opportunity, and that what you do with it is up to you. ...man, I miss Ron Killings as an awesome heel.
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    The Concert Thread

    I'm finally getting around to writing about the show my band played on Thursday, 2/26. EXCYDE: We opened the show, primarily due to being the least known band on the bill. Apparently, we blew a lot of people away, even if we fudged the first song of the set a tiny bit (our drummer did a roll that happens during a faster part of the song one measure early, but continued it one measure longer, so it all worked out in some lame mathcore way), and ended up making a few fans. Awesome set, best one we've ever played, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed that the only 2 originals we didn't play were the ones I wrote (which, as it turn out, are the two heaviest and have the more complex riffs of our material). Whatever. One song we didn't play because we butchered it the last time we played it at a non-house party show, and the other because it could have offended some of the people in the audience. Not my call on either front, but I'm going to do my best to get everybody else on board to playing at least one of them the next time we get screwed out of a 35-minute set into a 25-minute one. GODDESS OF MY RELIGION: Decent enough band, and the singer (this chick Noelle) is pretty solid and on the sexy side to boot. Didn't fit the rest of the show at all, though. A heavier, more complex version of Flyleaf, but too pop-ish for the show. Killed the momentum we started by opening. WRATH OF MAN: Amazing. Think of Skinless meets Leprosy-era Death, and you get WoM. Singer (their third) has a brutal growl, and both guitarists are more intense than they let on when just talking to them. Easily a band I'm looking forward to playing with again, especially since they told us they'd try to get us booked on the next few shows they have if there's room. THY WILL BE DONE: Formerly Kobalt, and based out of Providence. A more technical version of Chimaira, really. Solid set, but the guys seemed less interested in talking to the other band than they did just having a few beers and loading/unloading their gear when not playing. Solid set. Their manager looks like Nikki Sixx, which is hilarious because I'm almost positive he works as a manager for Hot Topic. ACARO: Headliners, and well-deserving. It was Chris Harrell's (singer) and Allen Benatar's (drummer) birthday, which is how the show got put together. We got on because we practice down the hall from them, and our singer (Rob) is the one who introduced Chris to the band when they were looking for a singer. Tight melodeath/metalcore, with excellent guitar work from both axemen (Felipe and Chris), and tight basslines from Met Al (who cracks me and Tony, the other guitarist of Excyde, up by being the only black man we've ever seen wearing a Burzum shirt). Allen's fills were tight as hell, too, and his double-kick is pretty brutal. Overall, a great night.
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    Heel Characters That You Agreed With?

    "Anti-Hardcore" Mick Foley comes to mind, at least initially. The character, spurned by the "Cane Dewey" sign, wanted the wrestlers with bright futures to stop destroying their bodies (and thus their opportunities to advance their careers) like he did, focusing on Dreamer.
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    Shark Boy

    Dude, SharkJack (since it's better than NewBoy, but not as cool as Street Sharkz) was the best thing about TNA (besides Styles, Lynn, and XXX) when they were together.
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    The Youtube Thread

    After seeing that and the match that had a minute or two in slow-motion...CHIKARA may just be my new favorite company. And I don't even care for Lucha.
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    Heavy Metal and subgenre description

    I'd put Municipal Waste's Hazardous Mutation in there for pretty much starting the thrash revival that's going on today.
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    Miss March

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1151922/ Starring Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger of the Whitest Kids U'Know. Considering they're the head writers of the show, this should either be completely 100% fucking hilarious, or just downright dull with a few decent giggles (which sums up the show pretty nicely, IMO).
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    Heavy Metal and subgenre description

    I just love Brockie's answers to everything. Nonsensical and hilarious.
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    Heavy Metal and subgenre description

    Pantera is probably the best gateway metal band I've ever heard of. Dime was, no matter how cliche it is to say this now, an amazing guitarist, and Phil's voice is pretty much one of a kind. But listening to the full albums of both Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel is such a chore, since both have a few good songs (which also happened to be singles) but mostly kinda filler. <3 GWAR
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    House Season 5

    I think Foreteen has killed my interest in this show. Rather than watch House I've been watching NCIS re-run's on USA, or Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother. They just don't seem to actually have any chemistry together, so it's just forced. And 13 is dull, despite possibly having the best reason to be an interesting character.
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    Title Lineage Trivia

    107. Remembered everybody going back to 1996. How I forgot is beyond me.
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    Heavy Metal and subgenre description

    Wait...WHAT?! WHAT THE MOTHERFUCKING FLYING FUCK?!?!?!?!?!!? I could understand "oh, I've never really checked out Slayer." I could even get "eh, I haven't heard a ton of Iron Maiden/Judas Priest/any other late 70's or early 80's metal band." ...but "I HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH PANTERA"?!?!?!?!?!?!!? Seriously, where the fuck have you been for the last 18 years?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-p8kvoyP4Y ("Cowboys From Hell") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wd7ndVFP0s ("Mouth For War") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmlfqH3Sq4 ("Cemetery Gates") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj2xSwOY0xs ("Walk") ("5 Minutes Alone") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTF1Zu3AjmA ("I'm Broken") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5VzHhazX-c ("This Love") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ61YqPm_Fg ("Drag The Waters") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEHeC0FkTqc ("Revolution Is My Name") Check those out, ASAP, and then go out and buy Vulgar Display of Power. And I don't mean download, I mean get your ass to the nearest FYE, RecordTown, Newbury Comics, or wherever it is you go for CDs, and get yourself Vulgar Display of Power.
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    Miss March

    I try not to base anything off of trailers, especially if I like the cast/crew of a movie, because I've been pleasantly surprised before (most notably with Grandma's Boy).
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    TNA PPV's getting only 14,000 buys

    It doesn't surprise me. The FSN days had the Samoa Joe/AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels feud, as well as Sabin/Williams and leading up to Raven back to the main event. Now? It's been the Kurt Angle show for the last 2 years. That isn't to say Angle can't be the top guy or in the main event, but he shouldn't be the only part of the show. And before anybody says "but he hasn't been for the last few months," he's the fucking leader of the top stable, so YES - it is still the Kurt Angle show.
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    Kayfabe Era- What be your thoughts on it?

    That shit should never be allowed, period. Stretching kayfabe on-air is one thing, but breaking it is something entirely different. If an angle completely breaks kayfabe then it's a bad angle (see: most of Russo's stuff). But if an angle takes real-life events and turns them into kayfabe (see: nWo, DX's attack on WCW and admittance to the "curtain call," and Shane Douglas calling out Ric Flair in ECW) then it's effective. Jericho calling out Rourke was good in theory, but poor in execution simply due to the very nature of the film Rourke's in (ie. one that exposes the business). It would be akin to Dr. Gregory House challenging George Clooney a fake doctor during the next episode of House.
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    TNA releases Hoyt, Williams

    ...and you stopped watching because of the loss of Rave?
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    Kayfabe Era- What be your thoughts on it?

    Eh, yes and no. I'd say that the ECW fans became self-serving after ECW started actually gaining national exposure, somewhere in '97-'99. Before that, such as when they boo'd Foley for not wanting to wrestle hardcore, or when they cheered Tommy Dreamer for actually getting one over on Raven, or when they witnessed their poster-boy Mikey Whipwreck finally get a win? Those were times of pure emotion, occurring when the big 2 had nothing emotonally attaching. How many times do you remember seeing fans at a WWF/WCW show in the 90's legitimately happy because a wrestler won? The emotion that came with Dreamer sending Brian Lee off of the scaffolding can't be described, nor can the fans chanting "please don't go" to Shane Douglas and Tommy Dreamer during their respective "retirement" speeches (Shane in January '99, Dreamer at Heat Wave '99). Cheering the company name during other times isn't just to show "hey, we're so smart we're cheering for the COMPANY rather than the WRESTLERS," it's more to show "hey, this COMPANY gives us this QUALITY WRESTLING time and time again, so let's give them some respect." As for the original question at hand, I think that there are just as many people emotionally attached to the wrestlers of today as of yesteryear. The fans assaulting Jericho (assuming this is not a work) are proof. Those breaking down during Flair's retirement are. Each and every person that cheers for Shawn Michaels when he's facing down a heel is, in their own way, attached emotionally. I would say that it's harder to get the fans to give a fuck nowadays, but that's not necessarily due to the product itself being presented in a different way, but rather the way society is as a whole. Give a reason for people to give a shit, and they will. A big reason why people didn't care for too many workers following the end of the kayfabe-era? No reason to give a shit beyond "hey, this guy does a moonsault" or "this one has a funny catchphrase." Characters, not gimmicks, get people over beyond initial knee-jerk pops, which is why those who have been around just a bit longer than others, or who have developed interesting characters, are the ones people look to today with reverence. As a whole, those who wish to be entertained no longer want overblown caricatures or one-dimensional figures, but full 3D characters with depth and growth.
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    Heavy Metal and subgenre description

    Anal Cunt. "Three's Company Theme."
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    X-MEN Cartoon on DVD, finally

    Maybe this signals a release of Exo-Squad, too. That show is easily my favorite of the era. And the X-Men theme is amazing.
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    Your guilty pleasure of the moment

    A band I would definitely like if the vocals weren't so damned whiney.
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    Finish Him!

    Regarding the focus of the Ace Crusher/Cutter, I've heard conflicting statements. I think the RKO/original Ace Crusher versions are facebusters through and through. Orton flies forward and you can see the the receiver land face-first on the mat. Ditto Johnny Ace. However, Austin's Stone Cold Stunner/Whipwreck's Whippersnapper are definitely focusing on the jaw/throat, and I'd say DDP's Diamond Cutter/Bubba Ray Dudley's Bubba Cutter/most Ace Crusher variations are all about the throat, specifically the larynx. The Stunner and the Cutter all end with the receiver's throat on either the shoulder or bicep of the attacker, their face not touching the mat. The moves are usually sold as such, with the neck being the primary focal point of the attack. Thus, I would definitely say that the RKO hits the face, whereas the Stunner and the Cutter nail the throat. Sound like a good reasoning?
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    House Season 5

    13 was too happy last night. It seemed really, really unsettling, like something 100% horrible is going to happen to the character by the end of the season (see: Amber).
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    Finish Him!

    It was cool the first time it was done on national television by Elix Skipper on some random Nitro (this might have been the one time he was "Skip Over," IIRC), but after that got exposed realllll quick for how incredibly fucking lame it was. It's a decent enough transition move - a swinging neckbreaker where you use your leg around their head rather than your arm - but not a good finish at all. You know what was always taken as a legit finish, but in hindsight was lame? Goldberg's Jackhammer. It really, REALLY depended on who he was giving it to, because most people just sorta treated it as a scoop slam in their way of taking it, but others made sure to go wherever Goldberg wanted them to go.
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    Finish Him!

    Really? Seems like the guy taking it only has to flip back on his head. Petey needs to hold him, and jump all the way. It's easier to flip forward and onto your ass than to backflip onto the top of your head. Just saying. You know what promotion has guys that have tight finishers, and actually do them fairly well? CZW. Zandig's got the Mother F'N Bomb (Gorilla Press Michinoku Driver II), Nate Hatred has a beautiful Fire Thunder Driver, and of course there's Nick Gage's Chokebreaker (chokeslam -> backbreaker). Pretty damn cool moves, and you don't see them used very often elsewhere.