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. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:42:50 +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 Rousey vs Holm Fight Moved to Nov. 14th Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:42:50 +0000 As previously reported UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronday Rousey was scheduled to face Holly Holm at UCF 195 in January. That fight has now been moved to main event UFC 193 on November 14th in Australia. This happened after the scheduled main event of Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit was removed from the card after Lawler suffered a thumb injury.

The event will take place in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium which can hold a capacity close to 55,000.



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The Classy Ring Attire Podcast #185 – Five Straight Days of Wrestling Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:28:02 +0000 We have tons to cover here! NXT Takeover. Summerslam! Raw. Tough Enough Final Episode. Then NXT again. How can we possibly do all of that in just one little ole podcast.

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]]> 0 We have tons to cover here! NXT Takeover. Summerslam! Raw. Tough Enough Final Episode. Then NXT again. How can we possibly do all of that in just one little ole podcast. - Want more Classy Ring Attire? Go like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We have tons to cover here! NXT Takeover. Summerslam! Raw. Tough Enough Final Episode. Then NXT again. How can we possibly do all of that in just one little ole podcast. Want more Classy Ring Attire? Go like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Inside Pulse no 1:14:57
Complete Recap of “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz” Plus Pics, Video and More Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:14:51 +0000  




TEMECULA, Calif. (August 28, 2015) – In what is undoubtedly the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career, Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz (13-4) defeated Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-15-2) at “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz” via split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-27).


The beautiful Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., housed the Spike-televised event, that will surely be remembered for multiple back-and-forth battles that culminated in Girtz out-pointing and out-slamming Guillard, a veteran on over 50 documented professional bouts.

Complete Recap of “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz”

It was the wrestling pedigree of the Minnesota native that made the difference, as Guillard was unable to get off his back for a good portion of the first and second frames. After being told in his corner that he was clearly down two rounds, Guillard began to open up, but his effort proved to be too little, too late.


“Pitbull” Ends Feud With Awad, Taking Unanimous Decision


Lightweight champion Will Brooks beware – there is a dangerous “Pitbull” that is barking for your belt.


Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (14-6) dominated Saad Awad (18-7) for a hard fought unanimous decision victory, with scores of (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).


The bad blood generated by a Twitter war and viral video between the two co-main eventers set the stage for an action packed 155-pound battle. An evenly fought first round saw both competitors trading various leg kicks which culminated in an action packed second stanza that saw “Pitbull” take down Awad to score valuable points with the judges.


Despite a partisan crowd for the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native, “Pitbull” landed powerful body blows to dominate the third round and secure the shutout win. Following the bout, the Brazilian made it clear he wants a title shot at Brooks.


After 5-Year Hiatus, Wren Outpoints Burns


Justin Wren (11-2) returned to the sport of mixed martial arts following a five-year absence, defeating six-fight Bellator MMA veteran Josh “The Hammer” Burns (8-9) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).


“The Big Pygmy” didn’t seem to miss a beat despite his time spent in the Congo, landing solid knees to the head of Burns that would have finished many heavyweights. Wren made it clear that he is here in Bellator MMA to stay and he has more to fight for than he ever has in his nine-year career.


For more on Wren’s humanitarian efforts, refer to CNN’s piece on the “The Big Pygmy here.


Coenen Armbars Blencowe


After a last minute knee injury to Lorenzo Hood forced the cancellation of his bout against Raphael Butler, the women’s featherweight match between Marloes “Rumina” Coenen (23-6) and Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe (6-5) was promoted to the televised portion of the card.


A large portion of the opening round was spent on the mat, with both women jockeying for a dominant position. Following a minute intermission, Coenen did what she has now done 17 times in her career, finished her foe via submission. The ending came at 3:23 of round two, with Coenen ending the bout with a deep armbar.


Coenen has now won two-straight fights since dropping a contest to “Cyborg” Justino in 2013.


Preliminary Card:

In the final post-lim of August 28’s festivities, Johnny Cisneros (9-4) defeated Gabriel Miglioli (9-8) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Luc Bondole (5-1-2) handed Ray Sloan (8-1) the first loss of his career, earning the unanimous decision with (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) scorecards from the California State Athletic Commission appointed judges.

Adrienna Jenkins (19-6) stopped Lissette Neri (6-3) with a technical knockout after Neri failed to intelligently defend herself at 2:38 of round one.

“Curtious” Curtis Millender (8-2) brought a two-fight losing streak to a halt with a (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) unanimous win over Steven Ciaccio (4-4).


The most explosive finish of “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz” on Friday came via A.J. Mckee,(2-0) who stopped James Barnes (4-1) via vicious knockout at 1:42 of the opening frame.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (2-0) impressed in her Bellator MMA debut, edging out Maria Rios (2-3) via split decision (29-28) (28-29) (29-28). The Hawaiian showcased her ability to take the fight to her opponent on the feet, as well as fending off multiple submission attempts from Rios on the mat.


After 15 tightly contested minutes, Brent Primus (6-0) remained undefeated, squeaking out a split decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) win over Derek “The Barbaric” Anderson (12-2).


In the opening bout of “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz,” A.J. “The Mercenary” Matthews (8-3) defeated Emiliano Sordi (13-5) after the Argentinian failed to answer the bell following round one.


Bellator 141 Main Card Video Highlights:

Guillard vs. Girtz

Guillard goes down early in Round 1

Girtz gets the split decision

Girtz says he was an “idiot” to turn around during Guillard comeback

“Pitbull” vs. Awad

Slo-motion recap of the best moments

“Pitbull” gets the win

Wren vs. Burns

Replay and review of Wren’s flurish — plus a point

Wren gets the victory decision

Coenen vs. Blencowe

Coenen finishes the fight with the submission move

Slo-motion replay

Coenen happy in post-fight interview

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Bellator MMA Announces Semi-Final Pairings for Light Heavyweight Tournament at ‘Dynamite 1′ Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:12:59 +0000 image002




“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” – Saturday, September 19 – SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.


Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Tito Ortiz (18-11) vs. © Liam McGeary (10-0)

Glory Vacant Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Saulo Cavalari (31-2) vs. Zack Mwekassa (13-2)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Phil Davis (13-3) vs. Emanuel Newton (25-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Linton Vassell (15-4-1) vs. Muhammed Lawal (15-4, 1 NC)

Glory Welterweight Feature Fight:Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA/20-3 Kickboxing) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (24-13/1-2 Kickboxing)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight:  Josh Thomson (20-8) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (18-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout: Francis Carmont (23-10) vs. Philipe Lins (9-1)


*Fight card subject to change

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.07.96 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:53:18 +0000 The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.07.96

Holy shitballs, it’s gonna work tonight!  IT’S NOT BUFFERING!  This is actually my eighth attempt at doing this particular show over the past month, each one aborted like a prom night dumpster baby less than one paragraph in due to unwatchable buffering.  And even better, it’s a NITRO DUMP this week as well, as they finally start throwing every episode they can into the archives.

Taped from Hershey, PA

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

Marc Mero v. “Diesel”

Big Daddy Dentist pounds away with elbows in the corner, as I’m reminded once again of Jim Cornette’s story about training Jacobs to play Kevin Nash, as they watched hours of video and only needed to perfect four moves, including the hair flip.  Mero quickly dumps him and follows with a dive, but walks into a half-assed press slam back in the ring.  Diesel takes over with offense even more boring than Kane and we cut to a promo from “Razor” that sounds like Scott Hall doing an impression of himself while stoned on pills.  We take a break and return with the crowd more quiet than a Divas Revolution match while Diesel retains control, but Mero makes the comeback and clotheslines Diesel to the floor, then hits Razor with a dive instead.  And then inevitably Razor comes in for, as JR dubs it, the “insider” beatdown and DQ.  This was just a total embarrassment from start to finish, although Jacobs wasn’t a particularly bad worker, just really really miscast in this role.  *  Also, how dumb was the WWF at this point to come up with their own version of the nWo invasion angle and then have the invaders LOSE all their matches right away?  And they weren’t even real WCW wrestlers!  They were literally two guys under contract to the WWF who had never even been in WCW!

Meanwhile, we get a promo video for the return of Mr. Perfect in two weeks.  Which of course doesn’t happen.

The Smoking Gunns v. The New and Improved Rockers

So now the storyline is that Sunny has dumped the Gunns until they can retain the tag titles, as Billy wants her back and Bart doesn’t.  Billy slugs it out with Leif Cassidy, who is miraculously getting more bulked up somehow, likely with good eating and lots of weight training, or possibly some sort of magic potion, and looking more like the Al Snow we know and love.  Bart comes in with a slam on Marty, but it’s reversed to a cradle for two and a backslide for two.  Bart chases them outside the ring and Leif gets a clothesline on the floor, making Bart a face (?) in peril.  I’m really kind of lost as to what the deal with the Gunns is exactly supposed to be at this point.  And the crowd appears to be equally confused as well.  Leif with a uranage and Marty drops a fist for two as I believe Dave Scherer is in the front row with a “Read the Lariat” sign.  That’s gonna be a “no” from me.  So now the Gunns suddenly decide to cheat and take over on Marty with some double-teaming as you’d think this match couldn’t get any more boring, but here we are.  Leif gets the hot (?) tag, but walks into the Sidewinder at 8:50.  *1/2

Meanwhile, we meet the REAL DOUBLE J, Jesse Jammes, and another real Double J, Jim Johnston.  So who’s the REAL, real Double J then?  So for those keeping track, the storyline here is that the Roadie assisted Jeff Jarrett in falsifying his music career and actually sang Jeff Jarrett’s song that everyone hated, and this is somehow supposed to make him a babyface.  Next week:  Jesse Jammes tells us all what a coward that Jarrett really is.  You know, just before he debuts in WCW and all.

Meanwhile, in a promo for Livewire, we see Vince Russo hanging around in the background while Vince answers softball questions.  “When is Bret Hart coming back?”  Oh, HOT TAKE!

Vader and Jim Cornette join us, and Cornette raises a good point:  Vader beat him clean last week, so why does he have to go through Sid to get a title shot?

The Sultan v. Aldo Montoya

Yes, it’s the legendary showdown of the guys with athletic supporters on their faces. Aldo gets some dropkicks, but Sultan overpowers him with a belly to belly suplex while Backlund freaks out on commentary.  Backlund ranting about being forced to wear sunglasses to prevent him from convincing the plebians not to do drugs is far more entertaining than anything in this bullshit match.  The camel clutch finishes at 3:30 while Jim Ross takes credit for bringing in guys like Vader, inferring that he’s a WCW mole or something.

Meanwhile, the Playstation Slam of the Week is Mr. Perfect doing a bunch of Perfectplexes six years previous.

Sid v. Goldust

Goldust gets some ineffective offense as Sid shrugs most of it off, but Goldust goes to a neck vice, and we take a break.  Back with Sid making the comeback with a chokeslam before finishing with the powerbomb at 5:18.  That was a whole lot of nothing.  DUD  And then speaking of terrible, Vader comes in for the attack, at which point Sid completely no-sells the Vader bomb and chokeslams him to end the show.  And then they wondered why no one bought the Buried Alive show.

The Pulse

I struggled for a month to watch THIS piece of crap show?  Next week, however:  Steve Austin v. Shawn Michaels!

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Shovel Knight Set to be the First 3rd Party Amiibo Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:00:34 +0000 It was announced yesterday that the character of Shovel Knight (from the game with the same name) will join the ranks of video game characters who are made into Amiibos. While most Amiibos are of Nintendo created characters, a select handful (Sonic, Pac-man, and others) are of characters that have come from other companies. However all of those actual Amiibos were made by Nintendo. Shovel Knight will be the first instance where Nintendo will not be manufacturing the product, simply licensing it.

Yacht Club Games will both produce and sell it, making this the first third-party Amiibo. For all those Amiibo collectors out there, does this news have any effect on whether or not you will be adding Shovel Knight to your collection when it’s released?

Here’s the reveal trailer below:

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Matt Damon Reveals Part of Fifth Bourne Movie Plot Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:50 +0000 Over a decade since the franchise started, The fifth Bourne movie is set to start shooting next week. After sitting out of the fourth movie in the series, The Bourne Legacy, Matt Damon will be returning to the title character in this movie that we don’t know much about aside from this quote from Damon himself.

“Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”

It seems pretty logical for the Bourne series to go down this plot path and will hopefully add interest back into the franchise as The Borne Legacy was kind of given a “meh” response with Jeremy Renner as the lead character.

Bourne 5 is scheduled to be released on July 29th 2016.

You can read Damon’s full interview here

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Why You Should Be Reading… Dark Horse Comics’ Fight Club 2 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:15:08 +0000 Hey all back again for another Friday of WHY YOU SHOULD BE READING…


As always I hope everyone has had a good week, and are getting some good comic reading. This week we are taking it back to the mature side of things. It is probably clear I fancy the weird and borderline psychotic stuff, well in this case the blatant psychotic stuff. I also tend to gravitate towards cult classics, and things that have stood the test of time, there is something about some stories that won’t die. Its crazy how those certain stories and characters can be immortalized effecting many generations, how some movies and pop culture can transcend into the category of timeless. Fight club was able to do this, I remember being younger and having everyone talking about this movie and how it needed to be seen. Coming on the tail end of the 90’s I remember a lot of my friends saying they saw this due to older siblings and cool parents, the funny thing is, for me this movie saw its resurgence later in the 2000’s probably due to us younglings growing old enough to finally catch on ourselves. Even now well into my 20’s the original fight club movie is referenced some how every so often, and with the star actors like Pitt and Norton making names for themselves its not hard to see why. Also add the fact it originated as a novel written by the same writer as the movie, and comic, its clear to see this might have been destined to be something special from day one.

Alright enough with the past movie, and novel talk, it’s time to get into some comics, and discuss WHY YOU SHOULD BE READING…


The comic thrusts us 10 years into future, Sebastian seems to again, be living a comfortable life. Instead of living the mundane single man’s life, he has now acquired a wife and a good kid of a son keeping his responsibilities high, and taking up his time. Sebastian once traded his boring uneventful life to embark on a journey that was fight club. Him, along with his partner in crime, or subconscious partner in crime for that matter Tyler Durden, bus flipped their lives by starting an underground fighting club, allowing men to escape all they hate about their normal lives. After the success of this club Sebastian then change his life again and eventually ended up in the state he is now. Is his position better? He is again working a unfulfilling job, but now add a marriage without passion, and a un wavering love for a child to the mix, now adding a whole new dynamic of issues plaguing our protagonists life. Even with the prescription pills, and a family, it is clear Sebastian is again struggle with his current state, and his current life.

fight2Through out reading the first 4 issues I found what I like most about Fight club 2, is it seems to be finally putting Sebastian into the main character role. Interestingly enough if you look at the original movie synoptious our main character is unknown and is hailed as the narrater, focusing the story on Tyler Durden. This is mostly the case with the book from what Ive researched and even with the promotion of this very comic, it more so hints to the return of Tyler. However Tyler must go through Sebastian first, and as a father and husband I don’t think he will go without a “fight”. Even with his wife falling for his subconscious counter part, and a son who is confused and gone missing, Sebastian finally steps into the forefront but trying to keep is life and family intact, even if Tyler is hell bent on his own return.

As Tyler is set to return, he comes with a new plan, a new vision he is ready to unleash upon the masses. His incredible charisma, and natural ability to get those to follow him, even in Sebastian’s wake, proves to be an interesting twist during this story. Time will only tell how Tyler plans to awaken and change the world, it is up to you to stick around and find out WHY YOU SHOULD BE READING…


– Grainbelt Jones

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Alternate Bout for the Light Heavyweight Tournament at Bellator MMA: Dynamte 1 Announced as Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:33:30 +0000 3DECCE37-40C3-4C9D-A7BC-086606170964

A light heavyweight bout pitting Francis Carmont (23-10) against Philipe Lins (9-1) will determine an alternate for the 205-pound tournament at“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” on September 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.


The bout will take place during the preliminary portion of a card that will see both a Bellator cage and a Glory kickboxing ring on one arena floor at the same time – something that has yet to be seen in the combat sports landscape. In the evening’s main event, Tito Ortiz (18-11) will challenge the undefeated Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion, Liam McGeary (10-0) for the title.


Additionally, the previously announced fight card features two Glory kickboxing title fights featuring Zack Mwekassa (13-2, 12 KO) and Saulo Cavalari (31-2, 19 KO) for the vacant Glory Light Heavyweight Championship as well as Gabriel Varga (26-2, 8 KO) defending his featherweight title against challenger Serhiy Adamchuck (29-5, 14 KO). Bellator MMA competitors Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) and Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez (24-13) will also be competing in Glory action, when they trade-in the MMA gloves for kickboxing gloves.


On the mixed martial arts side, Bellator MMA will also conduct a four-man, one-night light heavyweight tournament to determine the No. 1 contender in the division that includes the promotional debut of Phil Davis (13-3), as well as Emanuel Newton (25-8-1), Linton Vassell (15-4-1) and the return of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC). The winner of Carmont and Lins will stand-by in the instance that one of the four original competitors is unable to go in the tournament championship.


Be sure to watch “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz” tonight at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST on Spike to see which light heavyweights will square-off in the opening round of the light heavyweight tournament on September 19, as the bracket will be announced during the telecast.


“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” airs live and free on Spike at 9/8c. Tickets for the historic event start at just $30 and are on sale now at the SAP Center box office and are also available for purchase at and


Since signing with Bellator MMA in late 2014, Carmont has fought once for the Scott Coker-led promotion, defeating Guilherme Viana via unanimous decision at “Bellator 135: Warren vs. Galvao.” The Frenchman has finished 16 of his 23 wins as a professional and is a stalwart at the world-renown Tristar Gym in Montreal.


At 30-years-old, Lins has only lost once as a pro. The Nova Uniao-product has submitted both of his opponents in victory under the Bellator MMA banner and has truly earned the nickname of “Monstro.” Having fully recovered from a knee injury, Lins will be competing for the first time in more than a year, and will look to improve to 3-0 with the promotion.


“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” – Saturday, September 19 – SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.


Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Tito Ortiz (18-11) vs. © Liam McGeary (10-0)

Glory Vacant Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Saulo Cavalari (31-2) vs. Zack Mwekassa (13-2)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Competitors (first round pairings TBD): Phil Davis (13-3),

Emanuel Newton (25-8-1), Linton Vassell (15-4-1), Muhammed Lawal (15-4, 1 NC)

Glory Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA/20-3 Kickboxing) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (24-13/1-2 Kickboxing)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight:  Josh Thomson (20-8) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (18-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout: Francis Carmont (23-10) vs. Philipe Lins (9-1)


*Fight card subject to change


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Break The Walls Down: Marking Out (The Dudley Boyz, Sting and more) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:23:46 +0000 keepcalmbreakwallsMarking Out

This week’s episode of Raw, and indeed the whole weekend of wrestling in general with Takeover and Summerslam in Brooklyn, hit me hard. In the good way. Feasting on 10 hours of glorious grappling has filled me to the brim, but this unremitting and never-ending buffet of wonders will continue to roll on, presumably, if Vince has his way, for eternity. Granted, not all of it was perfect. 10 hours is a considerable amount of air time in which to achieve perfection, and what constitutes perfection is subjective anyway. However, something happened on Raw that made me tingle with unrepentant glee. When the Dudley Boyz made their emphatic return I marked out so hard I fittingly nearly broke all furniture within a six foot radius. It was a spontaneous explosion of delight, like a sneeze, or the thing that happens when a pretty lady visits…

It got me thinking about the very idea of what it means to “mark out”. Is there any other form of entertainment where fans are as so heavily invested as with wrestling? What other industry can illicit such a colossal reaction by simply having a gong ring? Or some glass breaking? Or a dude yelling “If ya smell…….”? To garner this sort of response requires a complex combination of factors, from years of quality booking to performers drenched in talent, and most probably a healthy sprig of luck and timing. When it comes down to it though, at its basest level, to successfully achieve the state of marking out seemingly boils down to three key factors.

The Unexpected
The smarks of the wrestling world, which will undoubtedly include every single person reading this unless you’re a personal friend wondering what the hell I’m up to or a stalker I don’t yet know about, often crave the knowledge of backstage gossip, the truth behind kayfabe and general rumours that abound the often mysterious world of pro wrestling. The longing for this secret information is one of the things that makes wrestling so appealing in the first place. What is real and what isn’t? Which elements conform to the sceptics’ definition of “fake” and which don’t? Sometimes however, as a fan, isn’t it just far more satisfying to sit back, ignore or intentionally avoid speculation and embrace ignorance? If you read this site, or pay attention to any dirtsheet or other website that caters to the IWC, then I guarantee that in the past you’ve known about the return or debut of a superstar before it’s happened. Even results and storyline developments can slip out from the grapevine and slither into public consciousness before they happen, such is the nature of scripted fare and this modern age of immediate access to virtually anything. This past Monday however, I had zero intelligence on the return of the brothers from Dudleyville. And it was refreshingly exhilarating. Ronda Rousey put it simply and expertly in her recent twitter AMA. When asked if she would consider a WWE return she stated, “Definitely… I just have no clue when. And any real wrestling fan would want it to be a surprise anyway.” While there will be always be unavoidable speculation regarding certain stars, I can’t help but agree with her, and it was this unanticipated nature surrounding Bubba Ray and D-Von’s appearance that elevated my appreciation beyond measure.

The History
One of the most wonderful things about WWE is its history. It is impossible to fully mark out without knowledge of the rich heritage of the business. That can mean harking back to Bruno Sammartino or Buddy Rogers, to Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, to the Attitude Era and more recent stars like Shawn Michaels and the Rock. Whenever you embarked upon wrestling fandom, there is a history that precedes you and a history that will continue to develop. I was never particularly a big WCW fan, but when Sting hit WWE screens for the first time, thanks to this historic knowledge I knew exactly what it meant and it produced a rush, both because of its significance to the business but also due to how monumental it was to a whole plethora of fans. The Vigilante is well into his fifties and long past his prime, but it doesn’t matter. It’s everything his presence brings with him – a storied antiquity added to his total absence from WWE programming in a glittering career. When something happens in this business, indeed in any form of entertainment or sports, that you thought in your right mind could never happen in reality – AND THEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS – that’s super god damn cool.

The Cool Factor
Marking out is essentially rooted in how cool something is. The Dudley Boyz were cool. Talented in ring performers, great story tellers and with catchphrases, gimmicks and moves adored by fans. Seeing them on screen together on WWE television for the first time in a decade to obliterate New Day and hit a 3-D through a table… That’s just flat out cool. The nWo and DX popping up at Wrestlemania – cool. Yes, subjectivity will always have its part to play. Everyone has their own favourites for their own reasons, and coolness in itself is entirely subjective. It’s the combination of the unexpected and rich history that equate to a moment being cool, thus leading to a fan marking out.

As the WWE juggernaut surges forward, it is important as a fan to remember what it’s like to mark out. That feeling of exhilaration. The goosebumps. The childlike excitement that reduces you to a giddy mess. In this day and age, where the smarks infest the internet and habitually poison our beloved industry with negativity and criticism, I urge you to hold on to everything that has ever captivated you about sports entertainment. As counterproductive as it may be to suggest, avoid the dirtsheets for a week, or a month, and rejuvenate the pure, unadulterated passion that should be the driving force behind your inevitable and wholly justified addiction to wrestling. The future is bright for the company, so relax, let go of the animosity and give WWE the opportunity to let you mark out. It will happen. I promise you. It might be a returning hero. A debut.  A phenomenal match. An individual move. A promo. Not everything they do will be to your satisfaction, but I guarantee that the feeling of marking out will far outweigh any pessimism you may harbour. And if it doesn’t, it’s time for you to get a new hobby…

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