Inside Pulse http://insidepulse.com 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. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:55:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 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 http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com JC’s Top Rope Report: The WWE Gets The Rumble Wrong Again http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/jcs-top-rope-report-the-wwe-gets-the-rumble-wrong-again/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/jcs-top-rope-report-the-wwe-gets-the-rumble-wrong-again/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:34:48 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009367 jc-top-rope-logo

Hello everyone. I had every intention to come out with this piece on Monday. Unfortunately, a stomach bug knocked me out for all of Monday and I used yesterday to catch up on things. So I know I’m a couple days late with the complaining about the Royal Rumble, but here are my thoughts.

To put it simply, the WWE got it wrong again. You want Roman Reigns to win? Fine. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. And the WWE went about the wrong way with everything. There’s a time and place for Roman Reigns. I have no doubt that he will be a big part of the future for the WWE. He has the look the WWE wants. And in time, once he develops into a more well rounded performer, he will be a main event player for the WWE.

But forcing Roman Reigns down our throats right now is what has caused the backlash. Just look at how the Royal Rumble was booked. To start off, Daniel Bryan comes in early and is eliminated quite quickly for someone at his level. Daniel Bryan was eliminated in just over 10 minutes. Looking at the results, Jack Swagger, Big E and Stardust all last longer than Bryan. How the hell would you not expect a huge backlash from the people in attendance? You bring Daniel Bryan back for the Royal Rumble, push his return as a big deal, then have him eliminated in the first half of the match? If that was the case, why not just hold off on Bryan’s return until after the Royal Rumble? Or even Wrestlemania? The WWE got the idea of a Bryan win in the audience’s head, and his booking in the match itself was awful. Even if you keep him around until the end, at least your ENTIRE Rumble isn’t crapped on. You would’ve kept the crowd interested for the majority of the match.

And how about Kane and the Big Show? In 2015, Kane and Big Show are being treated as serious threats in the Rumble. Here are two guys that some would argue shouldn’t even be wrestling anymore. And what are they doing? Eliminating top stars and fan favorites with ease. They got rid of Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt and made them look weak in the process. Not only that, but the booking of Kane and Big Show throughout the match made it a forgone conclusion that Roman Reigns was coming out on top. Kane and Big Show should be role players at this point in their careers, not people who should be in the Final Four of the Royal Rumble.

Now lets get to The Rock. The simple fact that the WWE even had to use The Rock to get Roman Reigns over should be a warning sign. The guy you want to main event Wrestlemania, the man you want to be the next star of your company, shouldn’t need ANY help to get over. If Reigns was truly ready he would be over on his own. And you could tell from the look on The Rock’s face that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. Guys get over naturally, not from getting a rub from a former past star. And I’m not talking about losing a match to a former star, I’m talking about what happened at the Rumble.

There are other things that the WWE screwed up during the Rumble match. The Rusev tease at the end was done worse than the Santino one in 2011. The Miz/Mizdow tension was teased poorly. I already talked about the handling of the eliminations of the likes of Ziggler, Ambrose and Wyatt. The best part of the Rumble shouldn’t be the surprise entrances. Those are suppose to be a nice added touch, not the highlights.

So where does this leave Wrestlemania? I think the WWE will stick with Roman Reigns/Brock Lesnar no matter what. And they don’t care about the backlash this time. Outside of a double turn, I don’t find myself that interested. And I still believe Seth Rollins is cashing in at either Mania or the RAW after. And I could easily see the WWE giving the fans the finger again and having Rollins lose. I’m intrigued in Sting/HHH because I’m a Sting mark. Undertaker/Bray Wyatt? Now that The Streak is over I just want him to retire. The only way Cena/Rusev works is if Rusev goes over, and I don’t think that will happen. Then you have Daniel Bryan/Sheamus? Seth Rollins/Randy Orton? And where does that leave Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler? So much for this Wrestlemania being about the future of the WWE. And the one guy they are putting over as the future simply isn’t ready yet.

The WWE really had me interested in this year’s Wrestlemania season. But once again, the WWE failed to deliver at the Royal Rumble. And this time it seems like they won’t let anything change their mind. So can they make Wrestlemania interesting this year? I don’t think so, but only time will tell.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Alex Riley Vents Frustration On Twitter Over Omission From 2015 WWE Royal Rumble http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/alex-riley-vents-frustration-on-twitter-over-omission-from-2015-wwe-royal-rumble/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/alex-riley-vents-frustration-on-twitter-over-omission-from-2015-wwe-royal-rumble/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:20:41 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009395 alexriley650

Scheduled to be in the 2015 Royal Rumble but pulled at the last minute, Alex Riley took to Twitter to vent to fans.

The full text, in case he pulls his tweets:
I know the super natural is something that isn’t supposed to happen but it does happen @RobZombie @wwe
Very soon you will see a man put his life on the line for what he loves #RileyWalks Don’t ever try and tell me who I am .
I fight for my life everyday, and would have it no other way #rileywalks who walks with me
Can u go thru more pain than me?,, we will soon see #RileyWalks
Thank u, all of U for switching my thoughts to gasoline #RileyWalks #FreeRiley

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Dolph Ziggler Campaigning For Match w/Daniel Bryan At WWE Wrestlemania 31 http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/dolph-ziggler-campaigning-for-match-wdaniel-bryan-at-wwe-wrestlemania-31/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/dolph-ziggler-campaigning-for-match-wdaniel-bryan-at-wwe-wrestlemania-31/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:10:08 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009394

Dolph Ziggler is campaigning on Twitter for a match against Daniel Bryan at WWE Wrestlemania 31.

First he tweeted out:

Then Daniel Bryan said “I’m in”

Then Ziggler continued posted today:

With neither in a top match yet for Wrestlemania, could this be a show-stealing match for the show?

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American Idol Spoilers: Sneak Peek At Two Auditions From Tonight’s San Francisco Auditions! [Video] http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/american-idol-spoilers-sneak-peek-at-two-auditions-from-tonights-san-francisco-auditions-video/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/american-idol-spoilers-sneak-peek-at-two-auditions-from-tonights-san-francisco-auditions-video/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:09:49 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009409

The journey continues tonight…

American Idol continues on FOX at 8 p.m.

We have a look at two of tonight’s auditions! Will the talent measure up to previous iterations? See for yourself!

Contestant Samuel Prince gets the Judges to perform a scene from a telenovela!

Contestant Rayvon Owen gives Jennifer Lopez “goosies”!

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Blacula Official Blu Ray Box Art Revealed http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/blacula-official-blu-ray-box-art-revealed/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/blacula-official-blu-ray-box-art-revealed/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:08:12 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5008602 blacula

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Douces Wild: Is The WWE Royal Rumble No Longer Important? http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/douces-wild-is-the-wwe-royal-rumble-no-longer-important/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/douces-wild-is-the-wwe-royal-rumble-no-longer-important/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:36:23 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009341 douces1600

Having watched the Royal Rumble PPV from this past Sunday, it is becoming more with each passing day that the Royal Rumble just might be losing its appeal. Now, there are multiple reasons for this occurring and I will highlighting a few of them here but to give my thoughts on the Rumble match itself……I would almost be bold and say, based off just Sunday night’s experience and until I watch both back to back to see which one I didn’t like the most, I believe that the 2015 Royal Rumble has surpassed 1999 as the worst Rumble match of all time!! I know a lot of people have zero love for some Rumbles (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 are the common ones) but the one thing I could say about those Rumble matches was that, at the very least, they were entertaining to watch. Stuff happened in them, there was a ton of fun re-watch value to be found in these Rumble matches. Whether it’s looking back at some of the stupid gimmicks from the mid-90s, Macho Man’s “so bad, it’s good” elimination from the ’93 Rumble, Mil Mascaras eliminating himself in ’97, Austin running wild in ’98, the Taker/Shawn finale in 2007, the Del Rio/Santino finale in 2011, Ryback’s rise in 2013 and CM Punk’s run/Reigns’ performance in 2014……..I found none of that in this match.

Sure, maybe I should give it time and re-watch it again but in my initial reaction, it’s one of the worst. Even 1999, one that is HORRIBLY booked and one that is COMPLETELY ridiculous, is actually pretty fun and stupid to watch to this day and at the very least, there were interesting storylines and characters in the match that SHOULD have gone somewhere. This match had nothing. If there is such a thing as a formulaic Rumble match, one full of Rumble clichés that swallow it up to the point where it’s just numbing to watch and just leaves you with no entertainment factor because you’ve seen it all before, this one was it!

But the Rumble has been in a steady decline over the past few years, though. 2009 wasn’t a great Rumble match but at least Randy Orton looked like a true star and it was nice to see a heel win the match. 2010 was easily one of the last great Rumble matches with 2012 not far behind. 2011 was bogged down with the 40-man format and overlong run time, 2013 was overly predictable and 2014 pissed people off. But the Rumble match has now reached an all-time low because, let’s face facts: for the first time in a while, we have had back to back horribly booked Rumble matches. 2014 had some redeeming qualities but I won’t call it a good match at all but this Rumble outdoes it in that regard. ’95 & ’96 were considered bad at the time but over the years, they have developed re-watch value and thankfully, the Rumbles afterwards were getting better to take the shine away from them. But these past two Rumbles have been horrible……and not just for who won and who did not win.

This past Rumble was, I’ll say it again, uncreative. No special surprises (it was nice to see Bully Ray and DDP but we knew they were going to be in the Rumble and Rock was already going to make an appearance), no amazing almost eliminations, no real story outside of Reigns…..it was just a Rumble on autopilot. People still do love the Rumble because it leads into Wrestlemania season but the past two Rumbles have been horrible and it’s getting to the point where the WWE needs to do something to fix up that formula. They have to go back to making the Rumble unpredictable, like everyone has a shot to win this thing……we knew who was winning this Rumble and there were not a lot of other options believable enough to make us think otherwise. The Rumble has to be exciting and that means that the WWE needs to realize that they need to stop booking the Rumbles they want to do it and book them in a way that they don’t lose the fans. These past two years……the WWE lost the fans during both matches and that needs to stop. More action needs to be happening, less Show and Kane dominating for 20 minutes while everybody else just lays on the mat. Treat the eliminations of the bigger stars like a big deal (I hated Bryan’s elimination, Bray Wyatt’s and Dean Ambrose’s because they were treated like nothing). And if you’re going to build towards matches at Wrestlemania……use the Rumble to your advantage. The word is that they want to run Sheamus/Bryan at Mania again (not a popular idea, I know) but they had a great chance to really get some major heat on Sheamus. Have him run out, get into a tussle with Bryan and have him eliminate Bryan……that way the heat is on Sheamus and not Reigns. Want to build Orton/Rollins at Mania? Have Orton enter the Rumble and have Rollins help in eliminating him, maybe have Kane actually eliminate Orton since Kane’s in the Authority.

How about Bray Wyatt/Taker if that match is REALLY going to happen? Have Wyatt be standing alone or on top at one point, the lights go out, GONG!!! Then Wyatt gets thrown out…..simple stuff to build to that match. The WWE is waiting too late to start building towards Wrestlemania season. They are doing a solid job with Sting/Triple H, they just started Lesnar/Reigns and Cena/Rusev……use the Rumble to build up those other matches! If the WWE is not going to put much thought in the Rumble, then why keep it? It’s the ROYAL RUMBLE!!! It has been around for 27 years!! Quit treating it like a secondary show or a secondary match. Make it the “make or break” match that it was in the past, make it IMPORTANT again. That’s the biggest problem: the Rumble is starting to not be important anymore in the eyes of the WWE. They are just focusing solely on Wrestlemania and not giving the Rumble its fair shake and that…….is the most disappointing notion of all.
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The Flash Spoilers: EP Reveals When Dr. Wells Will Out Himself As A Villain & Comments On Barry’s New Love Interest http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/the-flash-spoilers-ep-reveals-when-dr-wells-will-out-himself-as-a-villain-comments-on-barrys-new-love-interest/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/the-flash-spoilers-ep-reveals-when-dr-wells-will-out-himself-as-a-villain-comments-on-barrys-new-love-interest/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:18:19 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009365

If you have been frustrated by the slow burn of Harrison Wells outing himself as a villain, you won’t have to wait much longer.

That’s according to the show’s boss, who recently offered details about what is coming up on The Flash.

On when Harrison Wells will out himself as the villain….
“…His endgame will happen this season. Wells has a definitive plan. When you look back, you’ll see he’s had a definitive reason for doing all the things that he’s done throughout the course of the season. We think it makes sense. Hopefully, you all will, too. As secrets start to come out, how do you reconcile the Harrison Wells that we see in this episode, who’s a friend and selfless and kind, with this monster? The only debate we had amongst ourselves was how long will the audience accept knowing he’s the villain and having the rest of our characters not know, which is something we’ve been dealing with for the back half of the season. Are people going to feel like they’re dumb for not realizing this? Part of what’s keeping these next stream of episodes going is how good at hiding his villainy Wells is, and how strong Tom [Cavanagh]’s performance is.”

On Joe and Eddie’s covert mission of digging into Wells’ past…
“In an upcoming episode, Joe and Cisco – without letting Cisco know what he’s really thinking – launch a pretty spectacular investigation into what happened the night Barry’s mother died, which plays out in a really cool way.”

On Barry’s new love interest, Linda Park…
“She’s a spark plug. She’s a firecracker. She’s a lot of fun. She’s ballsy and she speaks her mind and she’s cool. Barry can’t believe that somebody like her is interested in him.” Her presence will also “cause all the other women in his life to maybe see a little green.”

To read the rest of the interview, visit TVLine.com
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Suits Spoilers: Show’s Executive Producer Drops Hints About Show’s Return Tonight & What To Expect This Season http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/suits-spoilers-shows-executive-producer-drops-hints-about-shows-return-tonight-what-to-expect-this-season/ http://insidepulse.com/2015/01/28/suits-spoilers-shows-executive-producer-drops-hints-about-shows-return-tonight-what-to-expect-this-season/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:04:22 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=5009363 Suits returns tonight, get ready to get even giddier.]]>

If you are just as giddy as I am that Suits returns tonight, get ready to get even giddier.

In a recent interview with TVLine, the show’s EP Aaron Korsh, previewed what to expect as this season continues.

On Louis’ demand to be named partner under the threat of exposing Mike’s secret…
“We are picking up very shortly, yes, after we left off. Louis dropped a huge request, and we’ve got to answer that request. We’re going to see what happens in the immediate aftermath of Louis’ bomb being dropped.”

Will Harvey and Jessica succumb to Louis’ demand in tonight’s episode or will the answer be drawn out…
“The answer to that question is a little bit complicated. You can’t just always say yes to a child’s demands or maybe to a dictator or a hungry, somewhat of an unhinged person. [Laughs] If you say yes immediately to what they want, they’re just going to want more. So that’s a little bit of a game that our characters need to play. They can’t just appease Louis because to appease Louis would be to give a power-hungry, power-crazed person exactly what they want. It would never end.”

On the other ways that Louis plans to use Mike’s secret…
“We’ve been through many, many battles for control of the firm over the years – and not that I’m not a fan of them, because I’m a big fan of battling for the throne, so to speak – but in these last six [episodes], we try to focus on more of the personal dynamics that are going to come out as a result of Episode 410 and not as a much the power dynamics of the firm. That’s not to say that we didn’t focus on the power dynamics of the firm at all. We absolutely did, but we’re really focusing a little bit more on what are the personal betrayals or the personal costs of keeping the secret, the toll that its taken on the six members of our cast.”

On Harvey’s story arc this season…
“In the beginning, Harvey is, obviously, reeling and responding to the Louis fiasco. Harvey goes through a lot through the last six. He gets a visit from his old friend Professor Henry Gerard and that brings up some interesting stuff. Harvey has a chip on his shoulder about this guy and I found that interesting. I’ve never really seen that before [with Harvey] because it’s a person that he wants their respect and he doesn’t necessarily have it. … The last two or three [episodes] really focus on Harvey in a major way in terms of his relationships with some of the key people in his life [and] culminate in the finale, which [reveals] how Harvey came to be the guy that he is.”

To read the entire interview, visit TVLine.com
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The Walking Dead returns on February 8 and AMC has released an interesting photo to promote it’s return.

TVLine has received an exclusive photo of Michonne to promote the new return of the series that can be seen HERE.

The photo suggests that the survivors might still be in trouble and it appears that the usually stone-faced Michonne is worried.
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It seems like WWE worried more about swerving than entertaining…

WWE reportedly had a number of current and former WWE wrestlers come to the 2015 Royal Rumble, suit up backstage, but then not appear on camera.

This was part of a WWE internal initiative to swerve the internet by planting false stories backstage.

Randy Orton was backstage in Philadelphia, but was never planned to be a part of the Rumble.

Another major name was Chris Jericho, who is currently working house shows for WWE but not appearing on TV. He was also backstage but was never on the booking sheets to appear in the Rumble.

Also backstage but not used were Sean Waltman, as well as Nikolai Volkoff, who was even mentioned on the air by Triple H.

None of these wrestlers were part of the final plans for the 2015 Royal Rumble.

One guy who was, however, was Alex Riley. Replaced on the WWE Network panel by Corey Graves, Riley was booked to be part of the Rumble. At the last minute, his role was cut from the Rumble, but it was too late to re-add him to the WWE Network panel, so he ended up not being used at all.

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