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#TNAvsGFW – is it really a “Supershow”?

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The August 12th (or August 15th if you’re in the UK) episode of Impact Wrestling was billed as a TNA vs GFW “Supershow”. It featured interpromotional matches and TNA Hall of Famer and Global Force Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett as the man in charge. But can you call it a “Supershow” when one of the two brands represented doesn’t even have a TV deal yet?

But don’t get me wrong, Impact Wrestling is, in my opinion, the best wrestling show on TV each week. TNA has the best bell-to-bell action and some of the most talented wrestlers in the business. This week’s Impact Wrestling was a great show with some amazing action. It was nice to see some fresh blood interacting with the somewhat limited TNA roster and the main event could have easily headlined a pay-per-view. Plus, any time you get to see PJ Black (fka Justin Gabriel in WWE) flying around in a ladder match, it’s a good day to be a wrestling fan!


Just as an FYI, from here on out I wrote this as I was watching so I did take some guesses and what might be to come. Some were right, some were not and some have still yet to materialize.


The night started out with Jeff Jarrett and his GFW talent arriving at the Impact Zone earlier in the day. Jeff, accompanied by his wife Karen, came to the ring and started talking about Bully Ray being attacked backstage last week and how he graciously offered to run Impact for one night because he is so appreciative of getting the hall of fame induction and being able to end his career on his terms with the King of the Mountain match. As a wrestling fan for almost 30 years, I do have to say that I think it’s going to end up being Jeff Jarrett and the GFW guys that laid out Bully Ray.

Jarrett then vacated the title and said a new champ will be crowned tonight, which brought out Eric Young. EY insulted Double J, talked about injuring Kurt Angle and taking the prosthetic leg of Chris Melendez before challenging Jarrett to a match. Jeff said he isn’t a TNA employee so he can kick EY’s butt if he wanted to, but instead put EY in the TNA vs GFW King of the Mountain match for the KOTM title. This led to the GFW guys coming out and attacking EY, which led to TNA guys coming out to attack the invading GFW.

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After a commercial break, Jeff Jarrett and the GFW wrestlers are shown in the back. Jeff tell them that they are not “invading” TNA and are only here to show what they can do. Again I think Jeff is laying the “nice guy” routine on pretty think, which will lead to a GFW heel turn at some point.

MATCH 1: LEI’D TAPA VS AWESOME KONG (GFW VS TNA)

Lei’D Tapa was once a member of the Impact roster and I hope she has learned how to wrestle since her last TNA televised match because she used to be very, very green…. she hasn’t. Luckily Kong is excellent in the ring and was able to carry her into a match that wasn’t a total disaster.

WINNER: DOUBLE COUNT OUT

If this DQ junk-ending is a sign of things to come then this is going to be a really long show. I know that both TNA and GFW are going to want their brands to look strong in this invasion but you still have to have winners and losers in the actual matches.

On each end of the commercial break we get backstage interviews with PJ Black and Drew Galloway. Both men have been added to the KOTM title match and I have to admit that I am starting to get pretty excited to see it.

Next we have Bobby Roode in the ring. He’s upset that he isn’t included in the KOTM match but he is more upset that Rockstar Spud ended Austin Aries’ TNA career last week on Impact Wrestling. Am I the only one that noticed that Spud is rocking a Booby Roode beard? Maybe I am…

Either way, Spud calls Roode a “prick”, mentions that the kids in the audience want him to be there (but their parents probably didn’t want to hear him say “prick”) and then cuts a promo on Roode before slapping him in the face. Roode in turn chokes Spud, Roodebombs him, throws him into the steel steps and then puts him in the crossface on the floor. I guess Bobby really doesn’t like people copying his facial hair!

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In the back Jarrett yells at Roode for taking it to far with Spud. I still say Jarrett is evil in disguise!

MATCH 2: JESSIE “THE MAN” GODDERZ VS LASHLEY (Winner advances to KOTM match)

So am I really supposed to think Godderz has even a remote chance of winning this match and going on to the KOTM match?? I could have thought that Godderz could win by DQ or by countout but now I think it’s pretty obvious who will win this one. Putting Godderz in this match would be like putting GFW’s Chris Masters in a KOTM match.

WINNER: LASHLEY

Next up we get a nice video package from the excellent Matt Hardy vs EC3 Full Metal Mayhem match from last week. Say what you will about TNA’s mismanagement of some talent but they really have turned EC3 into a main event caliber star! That guy is fantastic in the ring and even better on the mic. He deserves to be champ and I hope he keeps the belt for a long, long time!

After which we learn that Drew Galloway has been taken out backstage in a similar fashion to Bully Ray. Jeff Jarrett is both outraged and upset. He says will get to the bottom of this while Dixie goes to the hospital with Galloway. He even says to Dixie “Trust me”! That’s like wrestling code for “Don’t trust me! I’m super evil! I’m the evil mastermind!”

EC3 comes out with Tyrus and cuts a great promo. He said “I was born and bred to carry this company on my shoulders into the future!” and I couldn’t agree with him more. After insulting the audience he is interrupted by a limping Matt Hardy. Matt tells EC3 how great he is and then tries to get himself another title match. He even says #MattForChamp. EC3 pretends to compliment Hardy and call him a worthy contender for the title. He says that the fans should decided if Hardy gets another title match. Once the fans cheer for a re-match EC3 says no and has Tyrus beat up Hardy. EC3 then raises the belt over his head and smiles. Great segment!

 

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After the break we get The Dollhouse. Taryn setts up a handicap cage match between Jade and Marti Bell vs Gail Kim for next week at TNA Turning Point. On a side note, I like the pay-per-view themed episodes of Impact. It really gives the episodes a special feel.

The commentators announce that GFW’s Chris Mordetzky (fka “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters in WWE) will be tasking the spot of Drew Galloway. I’ll be honest here, I haven’t seen Masters since his WWE days so I don’t know if he has improved any but I am now a lot less excited for the main event…

MATCH 3: THE WOLVES VS BRIAN MYERS & TREVOR LEE (TNA VS GFW)

It’s nice to see Brian Myers (fka Curt Hawkings in WWE) back on TV. I dont know if these guys are normally a team at GFW shows but they look like two randomly thrown together wrestlers. Nothing about them says “tag-team”. Myers is still carrying a walking stick and wearing the same gear he was in the tail end of his WWE career and Trevor was wearing black boots and black trunks. I will just assume that they are just “Team GFW” for this match.

I’m not sure why WWE didn’t hire The Wolves after their NXT tryout match but WWE’s loss is TNA’s gain! The Wolves are, in my opinion, the best team in the world today.

This one was a fast moving and fun-to-watch match. I could see Myers and Lee making a really good team together going forward.

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WINNERS: THE WOLVES

Lashley says he can beat anyone, in any match, in any sport. Also he says that TNA rules and that he will be King of the Mountain tonight.

MATCH 4: TIGRE UNO VS SONJAY DUTT (TNA VS GFW)

Some great high-flying moves in this very athletic, X-Division style match between current X Champ Tigre Uno and one of the men that helped build the X-Division, Sonjay Dutt. Sonjay acted very “heelish” in this match, trying to unmask Tigre and showboating to the crowd, but when either of these guys is in the ring, you know it’s going to be good.

WINNER: TIGRE UNO

Jeff Jarrett tell EC3 in the back how proud he is of all EC3 has done. EC3 tells Jarret that he isn’t fooled and that ghe is on to Double J. Jarrett then says that next week, EC3 will have to face whoever wins the KOTM title tonight. EC3 is pissed!

Mr. Anderson challenges Bram to an “Open Mic challenge” match next week at Turning Point. First one to the mic can legally use it on his opponent.

MATCH 5: ROBBIE E VS PJ BLACK VS “THE ADONIS” CHRIS MORDETZKY VS ERIC YOUNG VS LASHLEY

Robbie E?? They replaced Drew Galloway with Robbie E? Was Shark Boy not in the Impact Zone?This even more than before tells me that Jeff Jarrett is a secret evil-doer! Putting Robbie E in there gives the GFW guys a much better chance of winning. But I think Robbie might surprise in this one!

Lashley and PJ Black both get quick pin falls and before eligible to win the match. Shortly after Robbie E becomes eligible. So Robbie is now someone that can win but EY and Chris Masters still cannot.

Lashley pins Robbie E to become eligible again and is now standing around in the ring while everyone else on the outside fighting. I’m not totally sure he knows how this match works. But it’s time for a commercial so maybe they will inform him during the break.

Masters and EY team up and clear out the ring. Masters sneaks up behind EY and pins him to becomes eligible. Action once again spills to the outside and Robbie E jumps off the penalty box onto Lashley and Masters. It was pretty impressive! Robbie then throws PJ Black into the penalty box and then goes after Eric Young. I have to agree with The Pope’s comment that Robbie is really taking advantage of this opportunity!

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EY piledrives Robbie on the steps and pins him to become eligible to win… maybe I spoke too soon. The action continues as everyone tries to hang the title belt and most get thrown off the ladder. Even Lashley tries to win the match, so that means someone finally explained to him how this whole thing works. Lashley even spears EY off the ladder from the top rope before receiving a 450 splash from PJ Black, who then grabbed the belt and climbed the ladder.

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WINNER: PJ BLACK (NEW KOTM CHAMPION AND NUMBER ONE CONTENDER TO THE TNA WORLD TITLE)

All in all this was a really good episode of Impact Wrestling that is hopefully planting the seeds of a full-blown invasion from Global Force Wrestling in the weeks to come. Was it a “Supershow”? I dont know about that but I do hope that it will all build up to some interesting Champion vs Champion and company vs company matches at this years Bound For Glory pay-per-view in October. But I guess the real question is, can Jarrett can keep paying his wrestlers without a TV show or will GFW end up having to just merge with TNA into a “Supercompany”?

 

FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJr
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MAY 2015

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MAY 2015

TNA Slammiversary 2015 Review

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TNA (or is it just Impact Wrestling now?) held their first live pay-per-view of 2015 on Sunday night. Don’t get me wrong, TNA has been doing PPVs all year long with their “One Night Only” series of non-storyline relevant, pre-taped theme shows but this was their first “real” PPV of the year and it was also the 13th anniversary of TNA Wrestling as a company.

I could go into all the things that have happened to TNA this year. The move to Destination America and the departure of onscreen and behind-the-scenes talent. Don’t forget the rumors of cancellation, the sudden move to a new night, or the network adding another wrestling promotion to the lineup. There is also the maddening fact that TNA taped the next couple of months worth of TV BEFORE this live PPV. But this is a review of a show that is meant to be a celebration of TNA and their 13 successful years, so I’m going to try to keep this upbeat… unless of course this show ends up being a total mess.

I really hope this show isn’t a total mess….

The PPV opens with a look at the main event competitors (including Global Force Wrestling owner and non-TNA talent Jeff Jarrett) arriving at the Impact Zone earlier in the day. Even now just hours from the King of the Mountain main event match I still can’t totally get my head around the fact that the owner of a competing wrestling company is in the main event of TNA’s first live PPV of 2015.

After that we are treated to a video package showcasing the 13 years of TNA. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how many big names have called TNA home at one point or another. Josh Mathews, Mike Tenay and “The Pope” are at ringside for commentary. It’s great to hear Tenay back in the booth and I just hope this move will be a permanent one.

Match 1: Tigre Uno (c) vs. Manik vs. DJ Z – X Division Title Elimination Match:

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The show starts with an unadvertised X Division title match. Luckily for me I don’t read Impact spoilers so I didn’t know who was going to win ahead of time because of the previously mentioned TV tapings that happened the couple of days before this PPV.

All three men came out looking to impress and they did. It seems like the wrestlers in the X Division (especially these three) have been treated like second-class citizens for a long time and the fact that the title match wasn’t even promoted doesnt help matters.

DJ Z was eliminated first at around the 10 minute mark followed by Manik a couple minutes later.

I really like Tigre Uno but it seems like the last couple weeks have been the first time I have actually seen him win. TNA has a long way to go in building him as a credible champion. Luckily for him this was a great start.

WINNER: Tigre Uno

Next up is a less than stellar promo from Robbie E calling Jessie Godderz “his bitch” followed by a god awful in-ring promo from Jessie. This leads us to…

Match 2: Robbie E vs “The Man” Jessie Godderz:

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Jessie Godderz is now using the exact gimmick that Chris Master was using in WWE. Oddly enough Chris Master is a Global Force Wrestling star. Is there a possible feud in the works between these two if GFW does in fact invades TNA?? After this match… let’s hope not.

Jessie controls most of the match and does a lot of poses for the camera. The fans sat on their hands for most of the match and Robbie E pulls off the win with a reverse DDT.

WINNER: Robbie E

Jeremy Borash is backstage with Matt Hardy. Matt wants to win tonight to prove that he is more than a tag-team wrestler.

Next, Bram and Matt Morgan make their entrances. Morgan says he missed the fans and wants to give them what they want – so this match is now a street fight. On a side note weren’t all of Bram’s challenges to former TNA stars street fights? In fact how did Bram get disqualified when he fought Vader last week if it was a street fight? Also how… nevermind.

Match 3: Bram vs. Matt Morgan (Street Fight):

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Morgan gets the early advantage and uses his size and strength advantages to overpower Bram. After using some garbage cans, steel chairs and a dustpan – Bram grabs the same metal turnbuckle piece he has been using over the last few weeks and hit Morgan in the throat. He then spent an oddly long amount of time looking under the ring for something. I’m pretty sure he checked under all six sides before throwing a little fit, yelling at the referee about it and then grabbing another steel chair. Morgan hits a chokeslam but Bram kicked out, hit him with a low blow and then hit his finisher on a chair. Not a great match, but it was nice to see Matt Morgan again.

WINNER: Bram

After the match the camera cuts back to JB in the back. He interviews EC3 and Tyrus about the tag match they have coming up with Lashley and Mr. Anderson. EC3 says that this Wednesday on Impact he will beat Kurt Angle and become World Champion (in a match that was taped BEFORE this PPV!). Tyrus tells him not to worry about tonight because he will take care of the tag match. Also Tyrus pulled on JB’s hair to which JB said, “It’s real.” I don’t think I believe you JB…

Match 4: Austin Aries vs. Davey Richards (Winner picks the stipulation for match five in the best of five series for the TNA Tag Titles)

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I hate to keep beating a dead horse but the winner gets to pick the stipulation to a match that already happened but hasn’t aired on TV yet? Does TNA assume that the internet doesn’t exist? And if so why do they use Twitter to announce so many matches and talent signings instead of doing it on TV? Luckily I am more than confident that these guys will have such a good match that none of that will even matter.

Aries used his “Dirty Heels” tactics to get the advantage more than once and Richards had no issues doing moves that seemed to put both life and limb at risk. The end came with a failed run-in by Bobby Roode that gave Aries the opportunity to grab a win. So I guess it wasnt a failed run-in after all.

As I knew they would, Aries and Richards had no problem doing what few in the world do better. Great match with a less than great finish.

WINNER: Austin Aries (Tag Match will be an Iron Man match… and NOT a Bra and Panties Match on Impact)

JB has Eric Young in the back. EY says that he has held every title in TNA and after tonight he will also be King of the Mountain Champion (but again with the logic defying things this PPV has done the KOTM title is just a renamed TV/Global/Legends title so in fact he HAS already held it). EY ends his time by telling Jeff Jarrett to be afraid.

Match 5: The Dollhouse vs. Awesome Kong & Brooke (3 on 2 match):

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The Dollhouse comes out first and reminds us that they are “the sexiest”. Brooke then comes out and shakes her butt around. Kong comes up looking like she wants to beat the crap out of someone.

The TNA Knockout have always been light years ahead of WWE and their Divas and this match is no exception. Until WWE stops pushing the stars of “Total Divas” and moves the ladies of NXT to the main roster this isn’t going to change. Taryn has done a great job as the leader of The Dollhouse and her over-the-top act of sitting on the turnbuckle barking out orders throughout the match was perfect.

Kong dominated every time she was in the ring, Brooke was the underdog and the girls of The Dollhouse used underhanded tricks and double-teams to keep the advantage through most of the match.

In the end Kong and Brooke pick up the win but Taryn leaves smiling because her title wasn’t on the line. The announcers made sure to build this match up as the precursor to the KO title match on Impact. A match that is on free TV and was already taped…

WINNERS: Kong and Brooke

Next, we have Magnus in the back cutting a very passionate promo that made it sound like this was his last match with TNA. He even called TNA “The little company with big big dreams” (After the PPV I read online that in fact he has left TNA for GFW). This promo was followed by a pretty good video package hyping the next match.

Match 6: Magnus vs. James Storm (Unsanctioned Match):

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Storm and Magnus brawl inside the ring, then they brawl outside the ring. I noticed that a referee is present, which is weird for an unsanctioned match. A lot of weapons were used but not too much to make it lose it’s luster. From AMW teammate Chris Harris to Beer Money teammate Bobby Roode, James Storm has always been able to have some of the most memorable No-DQ matches in TNA and this was no different.

The finish came after both men knocked each other out with beer bottles and Storm fell on top of Magnus. Not the finish I would have hoped for but a good way to keep this feud going throughout the already taped episodes of Impact.

WINNER: James Storm

Match 7: EC3 & Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson & Lashley:

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The heels take advantage early on as Lashley Pope makes sure to call him Mr. Kennedy during the match – much to the chagrin of Josh Mathews and Mike Tenay.

This match was the usual bad guys vs good guys tag match with the heels taking turns beating on Lashley as they built for the hot tag to Anderson. Anderson gets the tag and cleans house for a while until the heels once again take over. EC3 gets a sneak attack finsher for the win.

Aftyer the match EC3 has someone at ringside give him the TNA world title which Josh Mathews claims is a fake to psych out Kurt Angle before their big match… I have a feeling that the main event of Impact on Wednesday was just spoiled for me.

WINNER: Team EC3

Match 8: Jeff Jarrett vs. Matt Hardy vs Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode (King of the Mountain Title Match):

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Everyone keeps saying how the rules for this match don’t make any sense but I totally get it. Let me help out those that were having issues.

You have to pin or submit an opponent to become eligible to win. If you are pinned you have to spend two minutes in the penalty box, unable to win or keep someone else from winning. Once you are eligible its a lot like a ladder match except that you hang the belt instead of ripping it down. That really isn’t an convoluted as people make it out to be!

We all know what to expect in a ladder match and this match had all the usual spots. All the guys in the match worked really hard and match turned out to be very good.

Jeff Jarrett picked up the win and the new KOTM title belt. Now I am curious to see what that means for TNA and GFW going forward or if this was just TNA giving Jeff the proper goodbye he deserved from the company he founded 13 years ago. Either way it was a good end to a pretty enjoyable PPV.

WINNER: Jeff Jarrett

Say what you want about TNA Wrestling but their talent gave it everything they had at Slammiversary 2015 without worrying about how many (or how few) people were watching in attendance or on PPV. Plus it may have been the last time we see Austin Aries, Magnus or James Storm on a live TNA show.

What I thought was going to be just a 3 hour advertisement for next weeks Impact was actually a good PPV that any fan of wrestling could enjoy. If you have the Flipps App or PPV with your TV provider you should check out Slammiversary.

 

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– Keith White Jr.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJr
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Tough-Tested “Jobsite” Headphones review

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I have never seen as impressive of a box for headphones as the one that the Tough-Tested “Jobsite” headphones come in. Before I review these I had to get that out there. The case is locked shut with two zip ties and a latch that keeps the box securely closed. Once opened I immediately noticed how durable the cords felt. Also the pieces of the earbuds that actually go into your ear are made of the same material as earplugs so they actually conform to the inside of your ear and keep other noises out. They call it “FlexFoam” but I call it very cool!

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The box states that these headphones are both dust proof and water resistant. I didn’t get them wet to test that out but with the amazing build quality of these I would doubt it in the slightest. The headset is also cell phone compatible and features iPhone controls for volume. Having a Windows Phone I wasn’t able to test the volume buttons but the answer button worked as it should.

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I tugged on the cord a little to see if the wire would come loose or if there would be any odd tearing sounds but I’m happy to say that there were none which is good because the heavy duty wires running to the earbuds are touted as being made of Kevlar with a braided nylon around them. The end of the cord that runs into the phone is coiled so that it doesn’t get tangled and it also comes with an extender adapter for those that may need it (which includes me because of my heavy duty phone case).

Now to the main feature of these or any other headphone, the sound quality. I ran these things through the ringer to try really get a good idea of what they can do. I played Angry Birds, watched Daredevil on Netflix and WWE RAW on HuluPlus, Listened to music on Pandora and even made a business call to New York city. Not only did I not hear distortion of any kind in the audio but I also heard no crackles or pops from the louder sounds. Plus the call went very well and I may soon have a new project or two coming up. Afterward I called another member of the SDL staff and he told me he couldn’t even tell I was on a headset as apposed to the regular “phone to ear” method of calling.

You will also get a couple extra ear hooks and extra earbud tips in the box so if you accidentally rip one like I did you’re covered.

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All in all these are great headphones that are well worth the money if you need job site protection and durability but still need to listen to the one of the great podcasts we feature here on SDL. If you would like to know more check out the Tough-Tested website here.

 

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– Keith White Jr.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJr
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New “Dudeumentaries” to Focus on the Lives of Dudes

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New “Dudeumentaries” to Focus on the Lives of Dudes

Documentary film series to begin production this summer in and around the New York area

June 10, 2015 – New York – The online men’s interest magazine StuffDudesLike.com announced today that they will begin filming their first two documentaries this summer.

The new film series, titled “Dudeumentaries” will focus on extraordinary dudes and the lives they lead. Each film in the series will spotlight a dude that the audience of SDL will already be familiar with. When completed, each film will be released first for consideration in film festivals and then be released for theatrical and eventual home media distribution.

The first film will focus on children’s book author Keith White Jr. and the “Color-With-Me” Adventure books he writes for children with ADHD and other neurological problems.

The second will follow pro-wrestling superstar Salvatore Morocco as he roadtrips to independent wrestling events around the country.

“We feel that there are certain dudes in the world that deserve recognition but just aren’t getting it.” Said SDL founder Mike O’Brien. “This will be a great way to both showcase them and show the world that Stuff Dudes Like is more than just an online magazine!”

Both films are scheduled for release in late 2015.

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SUPERGIRL TV PILOT REVIEW

There are two kinds of Superhero shows on TV. There are the serious, gritty real world(ish) shows like Arrow and Daredevil and then there are the more comic book(ish) shows the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Flash. The new Supergirl pilot from CBS falls firmly into the comic book(ish) world of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Flash and that is absolutely where it should be!

Be warned that this review DOES contain spoilers (and lots of them!) so read on at your own risk…

Supergirl’s TV adventure begins with both the origin of Supergirl and her cousin Superman. Thanks to a voice-over and an extremely cute baby with a curl in the front of his hair, we learn that Kara was sent to Earth from Krypton at the same time as her cousin Kal-El. As the older of the cousins (she was 13 and he was just a baby) she was given the task of watching over and protecting him. Unfortunately her ship veered off-course and landed in the Phantom Zone, where she remained for 12 years.

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When her ship dislodged, it pulled with it a giant Kryptonian prison that is full of “villain-of-the-week” bad guys for Kara to stop without the show having to live in the shadow of “him”, a term used in this pilot a little too often to refer to Superman. In this show he has been Superman for quite some time and everyone on Earth knows the name so why do they have to keep referring to him as “him”? It is really the only gripe I had after watching the episode.

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To be honest after seeing the trailer a few months ago I was little surprised that CBS would have a website called “Stuff Dudes Like” cover Supergirl. The original trailer made the show look like it was going to be very heavy on the romantic comedy and less abut the punching people in the face and explosions that we usually cover on this site. Happily that trailer was a bit misleading because Supergirl really packs a punch!

One of my favorite moments of the pilot happened near the beginning. As Superman takes Kara to her new adoptive home, we meet her adoptive parents. While they don’t have any speaking lines in this episode (I just really hope they will be making regular appearances) Dean Cain and Helen Slater play Kara’s adoptive parents the Danvers. Yes that’s right, her parents and Superman (from “Lois and Clark”) and Supergirl (from the 1980’s “Supergirl” movie)!!

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The first episode doesn’t take long for Supergirl to save a plane full of people (in a really cool special effect filled scene), find a smart sidekick (think Felicity Smoak or Cisco Ramon), put on the trademark outfit, learn to fly and start fighting her villain-of the-week prison escapees. The pilot’s prisoner is named Vartox and is played by a bald, bearded Owain Yeoman (who some of you may remember as Agent Rigsby on The Mentalist). This fight leads to the face punches and giant explosions that I worried wouldn’t be a part of the new Supergirl show. Luckily the fight scenes and special effects are very similar to the ones seen on The Flash and Arrow and they don’t disappoint.

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Overall Supergirl hits in all the right places and very rarely misses (stop calling Superman “him” or just stop mentioning him at all. This show doesn’t need to keep reminding us of Superman to be a success). If you like Arrow, The Flash or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you will probably also really like Supergirl. If those shows are not your thing then you may not…

 

– Keith White Jr.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJr
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APRIL 2015

4-APRIL

MARCH 2015

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FEBRUARY 2015

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JANUARY 2015

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