Inside Pulse A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse Blu-ray Review: Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock And Roll Mystery Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:30:59 +0000 Over the years the Scooby gang have teamed up with a lot of people from the Harlem Globetrotters to Batman and Robin, so it really only makes sense that sooner or later they would team up with the rock band KISS. With their theatrical make up and personal mythology, frankly it’s a surprise this didn’t happen sooner. A classic Scooby-Doo episode featuring KISS would have been fantastic. So how is the new movie?

It turns out Daphne (Grey griffin) is a huge KISS fan and has a massive crush on The Starchild (Paul Stanley). So she tells the gang that there is a mystery to solve at the Kiss World, the Kiss theme park. However, when they get there she admits it was just a ruse to convince them all to go, but as luck would have it, it turns out there really is a mystery to solve!

The film opens with a the Crimson Witch accosting to park workers (voiced by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes). The Crimson Witch is looking for a crystal more famously known as the Detroit Rock. The Scooby Gang are on the case, but their services aren’t really wanted, as it turns out KISS likes solving mysteries too. KISS would have everyone believe that they are actually aliens from another planet and the Detroit Rock is a magical crystal that keeps the evil being The Destroyer (Darius Rucker) held captive. If The Crimson Witch gets her hands on it, she will unleash The Destroyer and it will destroy earth. Velma (Mindy Cohn), of course, believes there is a rational explanation for all this and is determined to uncover the truth. But maybe this time, the gang are in way over their heads as the power of rock may be their only salvation.

Rounding out the cast is, of course, the rest of KISS as themselves, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and, as always, Frank Welker as Fred, he also voices Scooby-Doo here. (One reoccurring joke throughout the film is that KISS keeps referring to Fred as Frank as they never learn his name.) Doc McGhee, KISS’s real life tour manager, plays that roll here and Garry and Penny Marshall make small appearances as well.

All-in-all, Rock and Roll Mystery was a pretty fun movie. It’s certainly not as great as the original series, but it does manage to maintain much the style and humor. Thankfully the laugh track is gone. The opening credits pay homage to the original animation style, which is basically just a tease and how cool this movie could have been had they done the whole thing in that style, but the more modern animation style employed here is fine.

One might argue that this movie is just and another chance for KISS to throw they’re name on something and make a quick buck. The writers of the film were aware of that, and thusly make tons of KISS shoddy merchandising jokes throughout the entire film. I say, as mentioned above, that Scooby-Doo has always teamed up with others, so teaming up with KISS doesn’t seem like that far of a stretch. Also, Scooby has always used fun rock music to score their montage scenes, here they, obviously, use KISS songs.

Is this the best Scooby-Doo movie? By all means, no. That said, it was pretty fun for what it was and as an old school Scooby-Doo and KISS fan, I was not disappointed, which I thought I would be going in.

The film is presented in 1.78:1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. The animation in this film is solid, the colors really pop. The sound it great too.

Extra include: Are you a Scooby or a Shaggy? (2 min.) wherein KISS, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, and another cast member answer the question. KISS Cut-Ups (1 min.) KISS stand around in full make-up and try to say classic Scooby-Doo lines and fail. There are also two episodes of The Scooby-Doo Show: “To Switch a Witch” and “The Diabolical Disc Demon” in which the demon in question was obviously inspired by KISS’s unique costume and make up style, which is pretty fun to see.

As a modern Scooby-Doo movie I had very little expectations going in, however, the film proved to be a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids into KISS, this might be the gateway you’ve been looking for.

Warner Bros. presents Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Written by: Kevin Shinick. Story by: Jim Krieg and Kevin Shinik. Directed by: Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. Starring: Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Running time: 79 min. Rating: Not Rated. Released on DVD: July 21, 2015.

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The Classy Ring Attire Podcast #181: “Hulk Hogan Said a Thing” Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:53:18 +0000 Great. Now we have to talk about this.

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G1 Climax 2015 Day 9 (A.J. Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Katsuyori Shibata, Tetsuya Naito, Togi Makabe) Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:50:18 +0000 g1-climax-25

We’re already half-way for A Block and their fifth day of competition saw the following results:

Kota Ibushi defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 11:14 via pinfall. Very enjoyable match with an excellent Ibushi and a Tenzan who looked a lot better than in previous outings. Ibushi is always a joy to watch when allowed to go in full-on offense mode, while Tenzan’s timing was spot-on. Phoenix Splash from Ibushi to end this one. Great stuff.

Katsuyori SHibata defeated Bad Luck Fale in 7:51 via pinfall. Any match were Fale is supposed to dominate is better kept short. This was the case here, with the spectacle being in the finish. PK from Shibta to slay the monster and end an average match on a high note.

A. J. Styles defeated Doc Gallows in 10:14 via pinfall. The big guy-small guy formula is known, but when the small guy just happens to be A. J. Styles you’re in for a treat. Good story-telling here with Styles gradually wearing Gallows down. He also effortlessly carried him to a good match while he was at it. Good stuff.

Togi Makabe defeated Tetsuya Naito in 15:45 via pinfall. Excellent match-up between those two. Heel Naito continues to shine and entertain with his new-found arrogance, and Makabe  had fun trying to stomp it out of him. Naito got busted open in the end, after Makabe introduced his head to the ring-post. The result might seem surprising, but don’t forget Makabe is still NEVER Open champion. They can’t have him lose to everybody. Watch this one, you won’t regret it.

Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Toru Yano in 14:59 via pinfall. Repeat of their feud but in reverse as, this time, it was Tanahashi who had Yano’s number. Yano opened his usual (and always entertaining) bag of tricks, but Tanahashi was having none of it and kept foiling Yano’s plan’s. High Fly flow to end this. Its seems the cut Yano suffered during his match with Tenzan got reopened during this match.


Katsuyori Shibata  – 8
Tetsuya Naito – 6
Bad Luck Fale  – 6
A. J. Styles – 6
Kota Ibushi  -6
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 6
Togi Makabe – 6
Toru Yano – 2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 2
Doc Gallows – 2

Analysis: Pretty good day, with most matches being good to excellent and even the Shibata/Fale outing providing some spectacle. It’s still pretty much everyone’s ballgame with  six wrestlers tied up for second place. Shibata is not a favorite to win this block, but he looks stronger and stronger, so they might surprise us. For the rest, everyone had their working boots on and did all they could to entertain us. What more can one want? Naito vs Ibushi is next, don’t miss that one!

In other results:

Satoshi Kojima, KUSHIDA and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Tomoaki Honma, Mascara Dorada and David Finlay Jr. (KUSHIDA makes Finlay submit)

Yujiro Takahashi and Cody Hall defeated Michael Elgin and Jay White. (Takahashi pinned White)

Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI defeated Hirooki Goto, Yuji Nagata and Captain New Japan. (YOSHI HASHI pinned Captain New japan)

Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga defeated Kazuchika Okada and Gedo. (Tonga pinned Gedo)


Next day is on Tuesday 08/04 and it will be the fifth day of competition for B Block with the following matches:

Michael Elgin vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Satoshi Kojima vs.Tomoaki Honma
Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto

Ishii has been looking stroong so far so I expect him to win against Nagata. Elgin has also impressed so Takahashi should be no problem for him. Can’t wait for Kojima vs Honma because you just know that one will be a riot. Can Honma win? I don’t even dare to make a prediction anymore, but if he does the Miyagi Sun Plaza hall will explode. Okada vs Anderson will no doubt be excellent, but the real question is: can Anderson score an even bigger upset than the ones against Nakamura and Goto? Your guess is as good as mine. Nakamura vs Goto will be about Nakamura wanting a measure of revenge against the man who took is IC belt. But it will also be about Nakamura’s elbow injury. Is it getting better or worse? Let’s all hope for the former.

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Murtz On The Scene: Exclusive Interview With The Amazing Race Canada‘s Hamilton Elliot & Michaelia Drever Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:00:32 +0000

On Wednesday, in a heartbreaking turn of events, dating couple Hamilton Elliott and Michaelia Drever were eliminated on The Amazing Race Canada after Hamilton lost his passport at the airport. The elimination was particularly disheartening considering the dating couple were just starting to find their stride in the Race and even won the Express pass earlier in the season. In addition to their incredible journey on the program, Hamilton and Michaelia’s story is particularly fascinating as Hamilton is the first transgendered person to appear on any North American iteration of The Amazing Race. The couple initially started dating in high school as Elliott began his transition. I caught up with the pair to discuss their relationship and their time on the show.

Murtz Jaffer: Hamilton, for a long time it seemed like you and Michaelia were the team to beat in the competition. What went wrong?

Hamilton Elliott: We were the team to beat! But I forgot my passport. If I didn’t forget my passport, we could have won this whole race.

MJ: Michaelia, it seemed like there were two moments that you will be remembered for on the show. The first is when you guys won the express pass and used it almost immediately. That was something that I have almost never seen in all the years that I have been covering reality television. Is that something that you regret?

Michaelia Drever: Absolutely not! There’s not one second that I regret using the express pass. Hamilton felt uncomfortable with the challenge, so we decided to use it then. In the end, we ended up winning a trip to India, and couldn’t be more pleased.

MJ: Hamilton, the other moment was obviously you losing your passport at the airport. What do you think happened to it and how much time did it cost you?

HE: It ended up in the pocket in the seat in front of me. And we were so happy to be back at home in Halifax, that I forgot to grab it and put it in my bag. In the end, it cost us the race.

MJ: Can you tell me about your decision to give your second express pass to Brent and Sean?

MD: I wanted to give it to Kristen and Neil – we had such a strong connection with Kristen she’s so sweet. Hamilton was leaning more towards Brent and Sean and after we had that connection in the airport, the reaction itself was enough for us to give it to them. They were the best people.

MJ: Michaelia, I have to tell you that I find the story of your relationship with Hamilton absolutely fascinating. You guys initially met as fellow military cadets right?

MD: Correct.

MJ: And can you tell me about when you knew that you would be more than just friends?

MD: I don’t think we ever really had a time in our relationship where we were like “yes we’re going to be more than friends today.” It was on a friendly basis and it just grew and grew into something it wasn’t before,

MJ: Hamilton, I always felt like you and Michaelia shared one of the strongest bonds on the show this season. Where does that stem from?

HE: We’ve been through everything together. Through my entire surgery and she was always there to make me soup and (was always) helping me.

MD: I’m his doctor, and his nurse as well as his fiancé!

MJ: Michaelia, if Hamilton didn’t lose the passport… do you think you could have won?

MD: Absolutely – without a doubt we would have won. We have such a good connection, great communication, I know we could have pulled through and won.

MJ: Hamilton, what’s next for you?

HE: Still in that stage where I want to figure out what I want to do with my life, I’m only 20 years old there’s lot of time.

MJ: Thanks guys.

The Amazing Race Canada airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CTV.

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Cool Modern Day Pic of AJ Lee/Brooks with Seth Green Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:00:39 +0000 sethgreenajlee

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G1 Climax 2015 Day 8 (Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto) Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:38:00 +0000 g1-climax-25

NJPW confirmed the return of Shinsuke Nakmura a few hours before the show. This is the fourth day of competition for B Block.

Yujiro Takahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima in 13:01 via pinfall. Typical Takahashi performance until Kojima took over and woke up the crowd, some interference from Cody Hal and a low blow gave Takahashi the win. Not bad thanks to Kojima’s spirited performance.

Karl Anderson defeated Yuji Nagata in 11:15 via pinfall. Rather good but, again, thanks mostly to one man. Karl Anderson is on fire during this tournament and should receive another singles push in the near future. While I have nothing but respect for them, I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t the G1 too many for legends like Nagata and Tenzan.

Michael Elgin defeated Tomoaki Honma in 9:55 via pinfall. Very good match here, with a red-hot crowd that was 200% behind Honma. Elgin Impresses during his first tour in Japan. As I stated earlier, his style is tailor-made for Japanese puroresu and he confirms this match after match. A prolonged stay in Japan is definitely possible now. Honma is going all out to have the best match possible against everybody he faces, and the crowds adore him. We want Honma to win one this year, NJPW!

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Tomohiro Ishii in 14:47 via pinfall. Nothing special until the latter stages. To be fair, we all know both can do much better. It was obvious Nakamura’s elbow was an issue here, with, especially,  Ishii avoiding unnecessary risks. Good, heated finish to end it on an high note. Nakamura’s elbow still looked swollen under the bandages.

Hirooki Goto defeated Kazuchika Okada in 16:45 via pinfall. Very good outing between both champions. Goto outmaneuvered Okada in the end, dodging a rainmaker and countering with head-butts and the Shouten Kai for the win. Great stuff. NJPW is going out of its way to not make Goto’s IC title reign appear as a fluke.


Tomohiro Ishii – 6
Kazuchika Okada – 6
Karl Anderson – 6
Hirooki Goto – 6
Shinsuke Nakamura – 4
Michael Elgin – 4
Yujiro Takahashi – 4
Satoshi Kojima – 2
Yuji Nagata – 2
Tomoaki Honma – 0

Analysis: In a way, the tournament seems to hold its breath a bit, waiting for definitive news about the Nakamura injury. While he seemed ok during his match against Ishii, this story can still go both ways. Takahashi is picking up some wins here and there, while this might seem strange, it might simply be that NJPW wants to build him up somewhat so that Honma can beat him later in the tournament. Elgin is doing much better than some expected, good for him. I hope he sticks around after the G1, there are some interesting matches and feuds waiting for him. Goto winning against Okada is big. Okada seemed untouchable until now, so the IC champ looks that much stronger. Okada vs Goto for the heavyweight title?  Well with his win Goto now has a good reason to issue a challenge. Next day in B Block will feature Anderson vs Okada and Nakamura vs Goto. This should be good.

In other results:

Cody Hall and Doc Gallows defeated Jay White and David Finlay. (Gallows pinned White)

Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi and Mascara Dorada defeated Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yohei Komatsu. (Dorada pinned Komatsu)

A.J. Styles, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga defeated Katsuyori Shibata, Tiger Mask, Captain New Japan. (Tonga pinned Captain New Japan)

Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi and Gedo. (KUSHIDA made Gedo submit)


Next day is for tomorrow (Sunday 08/02) and we go back to A Block for the following matches:

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kota Ibushi
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Bad Luck Fale
AJ Styles vs. Doc Gallows
Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano

Most favorites avoid each-other, but there is still Shibata vs Fale (who are currently in the lead alongside A. J. Styles) and Tanahsahi vs Yano for a repeat of their feud. Can Yano bag another win against Tanahashi? I would say no, but I’ve said no befor and Yano still won so… I don’t expect big surprises in the other matches, Naito, Ibushi and Styles should win.


See you all tomorrow for more G1!

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Roddy Piper makes his entrance at WrestleMania I

Roddy Piper soaks in the Madison Square Garden crowd at WrestleMania I.

A look at WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper

Look at the incomparable career of WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Mr. T vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper: WrestleMania 2 – Boxing Match

Mr. T puts Roddy Piper on the ropes at Nassau Coliseum on April 7, 1986 until Piper slams his way out of trouble to escape from Mr. T hurling any more haymakers.

Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis: WrestleMania 3

Adrian Adonis can’t believe his own eyes after “Rowdy” Roddy Piper gives him a shocking makeover with the help of Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake at WrestleMania 3 on March 29, 1987.

Roddy Piper gets in Mr. T’s face

Mr. T and Roddy Piper get face to face during the main event of WrestleMania I.

Piper’s Pit with Andre the Giant

Roddy Piper finds out what happens when you upset a giant.

Roddy Piper vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton: Saturday Night’s Main Event, November 29, 1986

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper backs “Cowboy” Bob Orton into a corner and shows no mercy with a flurry of punches during their battle on November 29, 1986.

Roddy Piper vs. The Mountie: Royal Rumble 1992 – Intercontinental Championship Match

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper gives The Mountie a shock following their Intercontinental Championship Match at Royal Rumble on Jan. 19, 1992.

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Bret Hart Posts Emotional Tribute to Roddy Piper Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:55:49 +0000 brethartroddypiper

On his Facebook page, Bret Hart posted an emotional tribute to Roddy Piper:

I can’t find the words to describe the sorrow in my heart upon learning the news of my dear friend, Roddy Piper, passing away. He was my closest friend in the business, a man that schooled me and guided me throughout my career. In fact, if it wasn’t for Roddy Piper reaching out to help me, I’m sure I would’ve been a mere footnote in wrestling. He was always there for me. He was family to me, a brother who loved me and was there for me through my darkest days. He was the only wrestler to come visit me when I suffered a stroke in 2002. He totally made me at Wrestlemania 8 in our classic match. Passing a torch that many from that era couldn’t conceive of doing. We always called each other “cuz” because we were so close. I loved you Roddy, and I’ll miss you and your laugh for the rest of my days. I’m stunned and the hole in my heart will widen as it sinks in that I lost a brother of such great worth. What a tragic loss to all that knew him.

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James Storm Comments On Leaving TNA Impact Wrestling Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:52:30 +0000 jamesstormtna2015

James Storm’s TNA contract ended earlier this year but he worked the recent string of July tapings. Now it appears he is truly done with the promotion

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More Wrestling Industry Reacts to Roddy Piper’s Death: CM Punk, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:09:02 +0000 CLSCEOIVEAAt0D4

Wrestling Industry Reacts to Roddy Piper’s Death: Vince McMahon, John Cena, AJ Lee, Tons More

CM Punk

Steve Austin

Jim Ross

Dana White


Adam Rose

Shawn Michaels

Velvet Sky


Zeb Coulter/Dutch Mantell

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