Inside Pulse » Mark Henry 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. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:09:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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 » Mark Henry http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Line-Ups of WWE Basic SuperStars Series 7 & Battle 2-Packs Series 4 http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/03/line-ups-of-wwe-basic-superstars-series-7-battle-2-packs-series-4/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/03/line-ups-of-wwe-basic-superstars-series-7-battle-2-packs-series-4/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:13:50 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=295129 Here are some of the new line-ups coming from Mattel’s WWE line!

Basic SuperStars Series 7
-Evan Bourne
-Hornswoggle
-Jinder Mahal
-Justin Gabriel
-Kofi Kingston
-Randy Orton

Battle 2-Packs Series 4
-Mark Henry & Trent Barreta
-John Cena & CM Punk
-Rey Mysterio & The Miz

Both sets are scheduled to release this summer.

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Basic SuperStars Wave 5 (#25-30)
-Alex Riley
-The Miz
-Rey Mysterio
-Zack Ryder
-Dolph Ziggler
-Mark Henry

Battle Packs Wave 3
-The Rock & John Cena
-Nikki & Brie Bella
-Sin Cara & Daniel Bryan
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WWE" Survivor Series 2008 – DVD Review http://insidepulse.com/2009/01/13/wwe-%e2%80%93-survivor-series-2008-dvd-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/01/13/wwe-%e2%80%93-survivor-series-2008-dvd-review/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 21:31:21 +0000 http://thedvdlounge.com/?p=81030 Survivor Series followed along with the theme of the entire show and was simply about surviving. One may argue that it's still all about surviving no matter what type of match the wrestlers are in because they want to come out as the winner; the survivor. Nope, sorry, don't agree with that at all. If that is the point you're arguing then the WWE might as well call every single Pay Per View (PPV) the Survivor Series because that's what you're implying. Sorry people but I like the old school elimination matches that end up with members of a team or an entire team standing tall, lasting strong...surviving.]]> survivorseries

I long for the days of old when the Survivor Series followed along with the theme of the entire show and was simply about surviving. One may argue that it’s still all about surviving no matter what type of match the wrestlers are in because they want to come out as the winner – and survive. Nope, sorry, don’t agree with that at all. If that is the point you’re arguing then the WWE might as well call every single Pay Per View (PPV) the Survivor Series because that’s what you’re implying. Sorry people but I like the old school elimination matches that end up with members of a team or an entire team standing tall, lasting strong…surviving.

On November 22, 2008, the superstars of RAW, SmackDown, and ECW got together at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for the twenty-second annual Survivor Series. It was due to be a night of big-time matches and one of the most anticipated returns in a long time. At least it was the most anticipated returns by the Boston crowd because it would be their hometown boy John Cena coming back from injury. The cynical and evil Chris Jericho had recently won the World Heavyweight Title back from Batista in a grueling steel cage match and would now go up against the returning hero in what could be looked at as a serious road game for the champion.

The rest of the night would see a host of other matches showcasing grudges and witness another big time return that would shake up the WWE Title scene on SmackDown. What did make me happy about this year’s event is that half the card was made up of the old style elimination tag matches that made the Survivor Series famous. I do wish that we could see the cool brand vs. brand vs. brand match like a few years ago, but I’ll settle for what we were given. Even if one of the elimination matches was a divas match that lasted all of ten minutes. Oh, and I’d also like to see team names again like The Million Dollar Team or The Natural Disasters instead of Team Orton or Team HBK. Ok, I’m complaining way too much when the event really wasn’t all that bad.

~ Team HBK (Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, The Great Khali, & Cryme Tyme) Vs. Team JBL (JBL, Kane, MVP, The Miz, & John Morrison) – Poor MVP, I hate the losing streak the guy is on after such an awesome run he had going over most of the last year. At least he got one elimination in before being embarrassed by Khali. Speaking of Khali, the dude just dwarfs Kane for an insane visual and he is also getting mad pops since becoming a babyface. This is a really fun opening match that got the crowd into it big time and provided some fun history for me. Seeing one team get the early advantage only to get caught in the emotion of it all and end up in a serious lopsided disadvantage makes me think back to old times of the ten man teams. Great stuff.

~ Eve Interviews Triple H

~ Team RAW (Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Candice Michelle, & Jillian) Vs. Team SmackDown (Michelle McCool, Maria, Maryse, Natalya, & Victoria) – Well if this wasn’t just dull as all hell and sucked the life out of the crowd quickly after that hot opener. Even with Victoria and Natalya on their side, it is obvious that the SmackDown divas can’t hold a candle to those from RAW. And Heaven forbid we get one team with an advantage because if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that one diva gets eliminated from one team, then one from the other, then one from the first, then one from the other, rinse and repeat.

~ Todd Grisham Interviews Matt Hardy

~ Casket Match: Undertaker Vs. Big Show – That is a huge casket. Not Yokozuna huge, but still big. See, now even this I wouldn’t mind being on the PPV every year along with the elimination tag matches because it’s like a tradition that this is Taker’s show. A casket match or buried alive match would be well in place every year if thrown in because it just makes traditional sense. Now the problem is that those matches will have to be a lot better then this one. Both men manhandle one another throughout the match, but it’s very plodding and slow moving.

~ Carlito, Primo, Brie & Nikki Bella Meet the Gobbeldy Gooker

~ Randy Orton Confronts His Team Before Their Match

~ Team Batista (Batista, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, & Matt Hardy) Vs. Team Orton (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, William Regal, Shelton Benjamin, & Mark Henry) – Not a bad elimination tag match but nowhere near as good as the opening bout. Eliminations here went way too quickly and it seemed as if one was happening every minute after the first half of the match went by. It is cool seeing some of the match-ups here you wouldn’t normally see such as Punk and Kingston versus Benjamin. I’d like to see a bit more of that. Batista being shown as a beast again didn’t please me any, but the result of the match made me happy as Orton and Rhodes survived.

~ Eve Interviews Vladimir Kozlov

~ Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship: Triple H (c) Vs. Vladimir Kozlov Vs. Edge – Jeff Hardy was due to be in this match but had some sort of “accident” in his hotel earlier in the day knocking him out of contention for the title. Kozlov and Trips end up going at it one-on-one for a while and put on a pretty decent, albeit slow, wrestling match. Good moves by both men which impresses me a lot because you don’t usually see a lot of that from Triple H in the past four or ten years. After what then is known to be pointless wrestling, Vickie Guerrero comes out and announces that Edge is taking Hardy’s place in the match to keep it a triple threat. Hardy still makes an appearance making the finish even more contrived and annoying.

I am happy to see Edge back though even if he does have a crazy Haystacks Calhoun beard.

~ World Heavyweight Championship Match: Chris Jericho (c) Vs. John Cena – The pop for Cena is insane in Boston and I think the first and only time I’ve ever heard his reception not be met with half cheers and half boos. That is one damn impressive scar on Cena’s throat from his surgery too. I liked this match as a closer to the show because it brought a lot of energy from both men and they put on a good showing keeping it back and forth and leaving us guessing. I honestly had no idea who would walk out with the title since Jericho had just won it back and Cena was having his first match in months. He certainly showed very little ring rust and let the crowd go home happy.

The event is shown in 1.33:1 Full Screen format and I see no problems with anything, but that has become the norm for all WWE releases in the past two or so years.

The event is heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the same holds true as everything comes through fine.

Great Khali (w/ Ranjin) talk with Shawn Michaels about their Survivor Series Win – This is about just as worthless as you’d expect it to be.

SmackDown, November 14, 2008: Extreme Rules Match: Undertaker Vs. Jeff Hardy – This is not a bad special feature to have because it was a hell of a match to get on free TV and it’s good having it to watch any time now. Both Hardy and Taker deliver some serious shots and each take some damn good bumps in what is now a “rare” appearance of the extreme rules match.

TrailersBehind Enemy Lines: Colombia, Edge: A Decade Of Decadence, and The History Of The Intercontinental Championship


Well then, that could have been a hell of a lot better. The opening match was fantastic and a good way to get the crowd going, but then the event kind of fades a lot after that until the main event. Ok, the Team Batista/Team Orton match picked things up again, but the rest was very “miss it by accident and you did yourself a favor” type of thing. All you have to do is listen to the crowd when a “traditional Survivor Series match” is announced and it’s obvious that they should return this PPV back to that format. With a PPV every single month, what would it hurt to make just the one into all elimination tag matches? Nothing, that’s what. And it would have helped make this particular event better because things drag a lot in the middle making for a dull and boring time until oddly enough, John Cena saves the show with his match against Jericho. Don’t bother with picking this one up even though you get the rare match in the special features as opposed to the short interview segments we usually get.

Oh, and the WWE has been doing a great job of producing their DVDs. The video and audio quality has been top notch and also included a lot of great video packages. The DVD cover art is usually pretty good to fit in with the theme of the PPV and also keep some fans, who haven’t yet seen the event, guessing as to the results just in case they hadn’t heard anything. Well here we have a DVD with cover art that automatically lets you know Cena won the World Heavyweight Title and that Edge made his return to take Hardy’s spot in the WWE Title match. What the hell man? How generic can you be?

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WWE Home Video presents Survivor Series 2008. Featuring: John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, Big Show, Undertaker, Triple H, Vladimir Kozlov, and more. Running time: 180 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on DVD: December 23, 2008. Available at Amazon.com

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In a year when the WWE is delivering good PPVs after good PPVs, wondering whether they can keep that kind of performance going really kicks into gear when The Great American Bash is on the horizon. Let’s face it, this is usually the weakest PPV every year for the WWE and it is proven that it will generally only give one or two decent matches. It just has not really delivered ever since the WWE reinstated the name back in 2004, but that’s not to say it can’t be a fairly decent show if just given the right matches and effort. With the recent draft in the books perhaps a shake-up is just what was needed for The Great American Bash to keep the trend of good PPVs this year going.

On July 20, 2008 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the superstars from Raw, SmackDown, and ECW came together to fight at the middle of the summer spectacular. The red, white, and blue were ready to fly and the action inside the ring got red hot as all three major championships were on the line. New SmackDown superstar Triple H brought his WWE title with him and Edge was determined to replace the void around his waist after CM Punk cashed in his “Money in the Bank” opportunity for the World Heavyweight title. Speaking of Punk, he would face his biggest challenge yet in former champion Batista for said title. And Tommy Dreamer would try to show that the originals still had what it takes to be champions and vowed to take the ECW title from Mark Henry.

The night was filled with other matches including a WWE Tag Team title match, a United States title match, and one that would see the crowing of the first ever Divas Champion. One of the better matches of the night, though, would belong to Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. These two are some of the better wrestlers that history has ever seen, and they were out to prove who the better man was. Little did they know at the time that it would lead to a red hot feud that would last long throughout the summer. The Great American Bash looked really good on paper heading into this year’s event, but still failed to be consistently good all the way through. Yet, a number of big matches would try to keep the PPV afloat and continue with the number of good shows the WWE has presented this year.

**Warning: There are SPOILERS in this review!**

~ Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: John Morrison & The Miz (c) Vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle Vs. Jesse & Festus Vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder – The Miz and Morrison have quickly become one of my most favorite teams in a long time. Hawkins and Ryder (The Edgeheads) are a close second and may take over the top spot if only they were given more time on the mic. This four-way match is the normal “two guys in the ring at a time and you can tag anyone” rule. Although I’m sure the “Outlaws Rule” is in affect here and no one can pin their own partner.

Not a bad match as there is a lot of action all around with some big moves hit left and right by almost everyone involved, but nothing was exceedingly exciting. It picks up a bit near the finish with some really hot and fast action, but a really lackluster ending leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

~ United States Championship Match: Matt Hardy (c) Vs. Shelton Benjamin – Could you ask for much better then this? Matt “freakin'” Hardy and Shelton Benjamin fighting it out on a PPV over a title belt? Awesome. And while not a showstopper, it is still a damn good match. Both guys work well together and have very good chemistry in the ring. While Hardy has bulked up in recent years and can do more power moves, his agility is still there. Benjamin on the other hand is an innovator of moves and displays a lot of versatility in his move set. Some nice counters and good pinfall sequences make this a very enjoyable match.

~ Todd Grisham Interviews CM Punk

~ Triple H Interrupts Edge & Vickie Guerrero’s Wedding Ceremony

~ ECW Championship Match: Mark Henry (c) Vs. Tommy Dreamer – Here you have your basic old school versus new school. Dreamer is everything that the original ECW stands for, and Mark Henry has really come about and finally become a very watchable in-ring performer. I know, I’m shocked too. In what could have been a very good match between the power guy and the underdog, a crappy finish just took away any credibility it had. They spent all this time building up Colin Delaney and having Dreamer tutor him, only to have him turn on his own teacher? Not only that, Delaney only got about three more weeks before he was shown the door completely. Horrible booking here.

~ Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Jericho – Wanting some payback from Jericho slamming his face into the Jeritron 5000, among other things done, HBK came out on fire. A lot of slugging back and forth starts out the match before things slow down a little bit and it becomes a bit more of the technical match these two can put on so well. Jericho is simply golden as a heel and appears legitimately evil. His portrayal as a bad guy is matched evenly by how good Michaels is as a face; a face with a purpose in mind. Lots of back and forth action throughout with each man taking advantage at different times which keeps you guessing throughout. The brutality that Jericho shows towards the end of the match cements his heel status and makes this a very good match even though the finish could have been better.

~ Edge Responds To Triple H Ruining His Wedding

~ Divas Championship Match: Michelle McCool Vs. Natalya – The debut of yet another title belt in WWE, and quite possibly a belt that looks worse then those damn spinner versions. It is incredibly awful looking and as my good friend Paul Marshall said, “looks like a tramp stamp.” Man, that is just horrible. The match itself wasn’t awful, but would have benefited from a little more time. McCool has really come about in the past year as one of the better wrestlers in the women’s division, and Natalya just plain knows how to wrestle. I’d pay good money for Natalya to head over to Raw and face off against Beth Phoenix and Mickie James. None the less, this match was alright, but nothing special.

Jim Ross saying “Natalya by name, naughty by nature,” almost ruined the whole DVD for me though.

~ World Heavyweight Championship Match: CM Punk (c) Vs. Batista – Even though Batista is about three times the size of Punk, this match isn’t half bad. Punk uses his agility and quickness well to score some good hits on the big man before working him over after he’s down. Batista constantly comes back with power moves that get him out of jams until he messes up a move or two. Even though he didn’t get the chance to hit it here, one thing has to be noted about CM Punk. His finishing maneuver, the GTS, needs to be changed. Or at least they have to give him another finishing move for when he’s fighting a big guy like Batista. When Punk attempted to hit it, it didn’t even seem believable that he could get Batista up to try it. Not a bad match, but another crappy finish that served no real purpose except for Punk to win without actually being able to pin big DAVE!

~ New York City Parking Lot Brawl: John Cena Vs. JBL – I love how whenever there is a “parking lot brawl,” there is a big circle of cars for them to fight in so they still have a “ring.” Obviously pretaped and barely any crowd reaction either. What makes this even worse is that the announcers totally shut up too. Cena pulls out the old battery cables to the nuts spot that Kane did to Shane McMahon about five years ago. Kind of a worthless match that is not even good for a hardcore brawl. Lots of throwing each other into cars and nailing their heads on steering wheels and hoods before we are brought back out live to the arena. Some back and forth brawling and finally the match ends. This is just bad.

~ Eve Torres Interviews Triple H

~ WWE Championship Match: Triple H Vs. Edge – There is really not much here that stands out, but the match itself is pretty good. Not a lot of big spots or anything that would make you remember it, but it’s worth checking out because Triple H is good as always and Edge just continues to get better with every appearance. A totally clean finish to the match is preferred, but at least it didn’t do too much to overtake the entire match and undermine what they had already done.

The event is shown in 1.33:1 Full Screen format and looks great. No pixilation during the pyro at all, and none whatsoever throughout the entire event.

The event is heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and it also comes through perfectly. Great sound around the room for crowd noise and entrance themes, and the announcers come through the center speaker loud and clear.

Edge Is Gonna Pay – This thirty-six second clip is a WWE exclusive that happened backstage immediately after the final match of the PPV. La Familia helps Vickie into her wheelchair and she simply tells them that Edge will pay for what he did.

Kane Needs To Know – Another WWE exclusive shows Kane in a boiler room somewhere and he keeps talking about whether “he’s alive or dead.” Another short clip that runs just over a minute.

TrailersBehind Enemy Lines: Columbia, The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment, and Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection


So the WWE rebounded with two solid PPVs in a row after the awfulness that was One Night Stand. Don’t think everything works here because some truly crappy endings and otherwise short, pointless matches do litter the card a bit. But a couple strong title matches along with a hot opening match and that gem of a United States title match make up for it. Hardy/Benjamin is the high point and are closely followed by Michaels/Jericho and Edge/Trips. Just think about this though, Michaels and Jericho didn’t even have their best match here yet it was still pretty awesome. The PPV as a whole is a little better then the middle of the road, and if you can check it out then I recommend doing so. Just don’t go out of your way to get a copy of the DVD because once again we are given the short end of the stick in way of special features. I mean come on…a minute and a half of backstage skits? No vignettes or video packages or interviews or extra matches or nothing? Cheap…really damn cheap. Go for a rental here to see half the matches, but don’t buy it unless you’re a WWE DVD junkie.

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WWE Home Video presents The Great American Bash 2008. Featuring: CM Punk, Triple H, Edge, Batista, John Cena, JBL, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, and many more. Running time: 180 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on DVD: August 19, 2008. Available at Amazon.com

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