Inside Pulse Wrestling » video http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:44:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » video http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com The View From Down Here – What’s the Hubbub, Bub? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/04/the-view-from-down-here-whats-the-hubbub-bub/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/04/the-view-from-down-here-whats-the-hubbub-bub/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:24:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165187 I said I might be back, but it’s not in any way, shape or form a regular thing.

What have I done this year? Some wrestling parodies that got me a heap of emails with people sending me their own, ranging from the very good (‘Zeb the Faux Grand Dragon’ by Jay Hillard – bravo, sir) to the downright crap (two people who sent me parodies entitled ‘WWE Bites The Dust’… guys, it doesn’t even scan!), and a heap of vitriol for wasting the time and space on the site (thanks, oh confident and wise internet user ‘Sheet’ who hides behind an anonymous name like any… meh, why bother; it’s like talking to goats, it really is). I’ve updated some news on JJ’s new wrestling promotion, and I wrote a column about 5 PPVs you should track down on the new network. Oh, I also comment here and there.

But I shouldn’t.

You see, I have put my money where my mouth is.

Yeah... something like that... sure (from TVrage.com)

Yeah… something like that… sure
(from TVrage.com)

I am not happy with the direction of the WWE in storyline or main eventers (although I like that Daniel Bryan is in the main event, albeit as everyone’s whipping boy at the moment; and, yes he is in the main event. How many more shows does he have to be in the end of for him to be considered main event by everyone?) and the recycling of yet another authority figure angle.

 

This is supposed to apply to consumables... not overused storylines. (from umass.edu)

This is supposed to apply to consumables… not overused storylines.
(from umass.edu)

I was also not happy with some of the production. The Michael Bay-ing of their camera shots, zooming in with kicks, shaky-cam stuff. This is wrestling, not Hollywood. And speaking for some-one who has seen too many of the WWE’s filmic attempts, it’s definitely not Hollywood. Nothing WWE does is Hollywood.

And I was really unhappy with the women’s wrestling. Again, as some-one who has watched Shine and Shimmer, I knew that the USA had some great female talents. I also knew there were some talents on the WWE payroll. But what we got was more AJ, who outstayed her welcome after, oh I don’t know, a month, and others who people claim have improved, but, then again, some people claim that the Twilight books improved as well… but being less shit than before is still being shit.

In the midst of all this, I grew so put off by TNA - as did my son – that getting rid of that bit of watching was not a strain. Especially after AJ Styles left. But that show was giving me a headache, watching so much talent go to waste and watching people like The Bromans, Anderson and EC3 being pushed at the expense of people with ability.

This is why we can't have TNA in the house anymore. (from news.open2view.com)

This is why we can’t have TNA in the house anymore.
(from news.open2view.com)

I watched the Rumble… Was underwhelmed. No, it wasn’t terrible or bad, just… meh. But I always watch the Rumble. And then there was this Rumble from Japan:

 It’s an hour and a half long, so if you’ve got time…

This actually brings me to my point, but I won’t go there just yet. More whingeing first.

You see, I also live in a country that won’t get the WWE Network for at least a year, probably longer. The regulations here – and an incoming Internet filter – are just ridiculous. When it comes to old stuff, I think I have copies through old tape trading days and friends in the US of nearly every PPV from WWF/E, WCW and ECW (and most of TNA as well, though that doesn’t count) up to 2010. Old Raws, etc don’t interest me (though I do have a copy of Raw is Owen), so actually the Network only has one thing to keep me enthralled – NXT.

Guess what, I can’t get NXT here any longer either. I saw Arrival (thanks Travis! – who sent me a copy on USB) and thought it was the best WWE PPV (they called it a PPV… but is it a PPV when you don’t Pay to View?) show I’ve seen in ages. That was the first time I’d seen a full NXT show, and what I’ve missed out on is clearly my own stupid fault.

Yes, I fail this bad.

Yes, I fail this bad.

 Okay, my point. So many commentators out there are saying that the WWE isn’t giving the people what they want. They say they aren’t happy, they say they want to be entertained their way and yet the WWE is giving them Randy ‘Boring as Batshit’ Orton and Dave ‘In It For The Movie Roles’ Ba(u)tista as their Wrestlemania main event. They say that there’s too much HHH and that nothing makes sense.

And they still watch.

Why?

Just so they can complain? Really?

That's about the size of it. (from kayfabenews.com)

That’s about the size of it.
(from kayfabenews.com)

 But, they invariably say, we like wrestling. What else is there to watch?

Well, I can’t feel good about myself if I recommend TNA (and I’m not just saying that because they rejected my job application, but it has led to some other interesting prospects in the USA… not bad for a guy from the arse-end of the universe*), so I won’t.

Nyah nyah nyah. (from coachella.com)

Nyah nyah nyah.
(from coachella.com)

 But I’ve got into ROH and DragonGate. I’ve discovered a bit of Puroresu. I’m actually looking forward to Jarrett’s new promotion. (No, really.) The local scene here has been off my radar for a while, partly due to the politics of some of the people involved, and partly because if I can’t do it, then I am having trouble watching people not as good as I was (and I was shit).

I don’t need WWE. I still like wrestling. ROH’s latest PPV I got on some sort of internet video on demand thing that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg and, apart from one or 2 matches, kept me thoroughly entertained. My son watches the old DVDs and VCR video tapes, and there’s enough there for him. He’s recently discovered In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede and the main event. I have no issue with that at all.

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

So why do we still have people wanting to “riot”, “hijack”, “take-over”, “demand” or whatever the WWE’s shows? Stop watching! It will hit their bottom line, their hip-pocket, and that’s the only thing they’ll listen to. But, you see, at the moment they don’t care that you hate the product because

YOU

ARE

STILL

WATCHING

THE

PRODUCT!

Oh well. I’m NOT watching their product. I’m not missing their product. ROH and my video collection will do us just fine. They want me back, and my family, and the friends that family could turn onto this (as my son’s friends love the wrestling video collection here… most of them just love the concept of a video as half have never seen one of them before either… modern technology – you suck), then they need to give us wrestling (not just one good match per Raw), storylines that make sense and less guys hired because they were relevent half a decade or more ago.

Oh well. That’s where I stand.

 

 

 

 

*If any other wrestling bodies need a writer, drop me a line. I reckon I can easily juggle another one – or 2 – in there. Here’s my writing blog. [/shameless_plug]
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Double-J Releases First Post-TNA Announcement http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/13/double-j-releases-first-post-tna-announcement/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/13/double-j-releases-first-post-tna-announcement/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:01 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164503 The following video is a short (2 minutes) long and comes across as a teaser trailer, essentially, but it is notable for being the first statement Jeff Jarrett has made since leaving TNA.

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My 2 cents: He puts over the WWE Network and AAA and Indian wrestling, he says he’s going to search the world for the best talent, and basically says to stay tuned. It is an appealing little video package. Good on him.

For what it’s worth… I really liked the photo on the dresser behind him. Nice touch and shows that, even all these years later, what he said at that RAW after the incident, he meant it.

I wasn’t the biggest JJ fan in the early TNA years but… I really hope this new venture works out for him. It could prove to be something positive for all wrestling fans around the world.

 
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The View From Down Here –Youtubing It! [aka The Half-Arsed Column] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/11/the-view-from-down-here-youtubing-it-aka-the-half-arsed-column/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/11/the-view-from-down-here-youtubing-it-aka-the-half-arsed-column/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:00:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157143 I struggled with a column idea for this week. After Riot City Wrestling on Saturday night, it was something of a chore to get this out. I had an idea for another interactive column, designed to stimulate discussion… but after last week’s column garnered virtually nothing, I decided not to waste my time (or, apparently, yours).

 

I had an idea for a fantasy booking column TNA vs WWE, but the way I planned it out just didn’t feel right. And every man and his dog have written ad nauseam about Curtis Axel and Daniel Bryan.

 

So what I’ve decided to do is share some YouTube clips with everyone.

 

First up is the match that hooked me on wrestling. Sure, like many Australian kids I had grown up with the old World Champion Wrestling repeats on TV through the 70s and 80s. Black and white goodness. But the first match I saw that had me hooked on this thing we all do was shown on Channel 9’s Wide World of Sports. They showed a lot of wrestling and eventually we even saw the first Wrestlemania on the channel. But this was before then. I believe the match took place in 1983, but probably didn’t reach us until 1984. So I was 12 or 13 years old.

 

It is not a work rate match, and I’m not even sure why it hooked me, but I think it was the look of the guys and the screwy finish and everything else. This match had me.

 

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

 

Now I’m going to have a look at one of the most underrated wrestlers in Australia. Elliott Sexton is someone I’ve had the privilege of watching since he virtually started in the game. Not only are his skills clean and his moves fluid, but his look is awesome. He can also talk with the best of them. At the moment he is in the United States training with Booker T and I hope that he goes that next step.

 

Here is a match between him and Fuzion (when Fuzion was a babyface – he is a much better angry heel, and when a heel he is also an incredibly underrated wrestler) from a few years ago. It’s not the greatest match (but not bad, not at all), but Australian wrestling is renowned for not putting their wrestling online because they think it will kill DVD sales, so his really good matches just aren’t out there:

 

And here is Sexton reflecting on a tumultuous 2012:

 

(Of course, I could well be biased as Sexton was one of the very few to give me encouragement and good feedback during my ill-advised comeback to the sport. Not the only, but one of the few. One of the good guys.)

 

 

While we’re on Australians, quite a few Australian women have made it in America. Shine and Shimmer both have many Australians, and they keep appearing in other promotions. However, the 3 best Australian females are not over there, and they should be.

 

Savannah Summers is the best female wrestler in the country. I’ve watched a lot of DVDs and private clips, and my opinion has not changed. Again, not enough exists on YouTube but here is a great one (despite the fan-cam) between Savannah and Jessie McKay (who has wrestled in Shine, I believe).

 

And another fine one with KC Cassidy back when Summers was a heel:

 

The other two women in that triumvirate – Eliza Sway and Miami – are about on a par with one another. However, nothing really great exists of their in-ring work for you online. Still, all three should go to the States and I am sure they would slide right into TNA and make a strengthening division even stronger. (Seriously – and TNA people out there, I mean it.) Still, sorry about the lack of footage, but Australian wrestling’s like that.

 

 

Now, I said above that everyone’s been talking Curtis Axel. But back when we had our big fantasy booking tournament here at InsidePulse, I put Joe Hennig into my promotion. I have been a fan since I first saw him on YouTube. So let’s look at a young Joe, before he was a McGillicutty or an Axel.

 

 

So there you have it – some YouTube clips to keep you entertained for a little while.

 

And that’s the view.

 

 
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[Video] WWE.com’s Top 10 Fantasy Match-ups http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/08/09/video-fantasy-match-ups/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/08/09/video-fantasy-match-ups/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=146187 WWE.com has put up the top 10 fantasy matches that never happened.

Damn, if there’s one thing they do well, it’s viedo packages.

I would pay money to see ALL of these at the times each were at their peak.

My favourite – Bret Hart v Kurt Angle “I Quit” match.

 

Triple threat, stip match, 1-on-1, tag teams, factions… this has the lot. Very cool, as they say, indeed.
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WWE Superstars for 12.1.11 [Full Show Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/12/02/wwe-superstars-for-12-1-11-full-show-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/12/02/wwe-superstars-for-12-1-11-full-show-video/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:00:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=132118
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WWE NXT 9.6.11 [Video Full Show] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/08/wwe-nxt-9-6-11-video-full-show/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/08/wwe-nxt-9-6-11-video-full-show/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:00:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=128277 Here it is:


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Hurricane Update: Former WWE Superstar Shane Helms Interview http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/26/hurricane-update-former-wwe-superstar-shane-helms-interview/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/26/hurricane-update-former-wwe-superstar-shane-helms-interview/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:00:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=127516 Helms took some time to chat with the ever-popular Between The Ropes, giving a candid look at his accident, leaving the WWE, the Hardy brothers, and if/when he’ll return to the ring.

Listen to it here. Definitely worth a moment.
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Melina Posts Tributes, Thanks Fans [VIDEO] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/09/melina-posts-tributes-thanks-fans-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/09/melina-posts-tributes-thanks-fans-video/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:00:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=126573 Melina’s official YouTube page has posted a video of two tributes made by the fans. The first is a compilation of where she started out in the business, highlighting some fairly old footage. The second follows her WWE career a little more extensively. In the description, she said:

“These were two Tributes I saw. I just wanted to share the video of the beginnings of my wrestling career and a video of where it took me. I have done so much. i have no regrets. I am so happy and so grateful for everything. This is not the end. Not by a long shot! Thank you all. You make it all worth it.”

If you’re a Melina fan, you’ll love it.
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WWE Superstars: August 4, 2011 (VIDEO) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/06/wwe-superstars-august-4-2011-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/06/wwe-superstars-august-4-2011-video/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2011 18:41:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=126478 Jack Swagger takes on Chris Masters in the main event!


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World’s Greatest Tag Team Set To Defend Titles At First ROH TV Taping http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/27/worlds-greatest-tag-team-set-to-defend-titles-at-first-roh-tv-taping/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/27/worlds-greatest-tag-team-set-to-defend-titles-at-first-roh-tv-taping/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:00:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=126086 The World’s Greatest Tag Team, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin of ROH Tag Team gold, have posted a video promoting the first tv taping for ROH. The event will be held on August 13th, and they will face the men they took the titles from…The Kings Of Wrestling. It will take place in Chicago Ridge, IL, and all three ROH titles will be defended.

Source: ROH

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Daniel Bryan Starts YouTube Series http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/26/daniel-bryan-starts-youtube-series/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/26/daniel-bryan-starts-youtube-series/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:30:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=126039 Looking for a new drinking game? Take a sip of beer every time he says “bury”.

“I’m gonna bury EVERYbody on this thing.”

Not much is actually said, but it promises a lot for future posts. Or, nothing at all. Either one.
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CM Punk Insults Fan With Homophobic Slur http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/04/cm-punk-insults-fan-with-homophobic-slur/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/07/04/cm-punk-insults-fan-with-homophobic-slur/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2011 21:21:55 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=125097 More mischief from Punk, it seems. While in Adelaide, a video has surfaced of Punk as he calls out a fan.

“I only pick on women, that’s why I’m picking on you two jerks right now. YOU HAVE A VAGINA, YOU HAVE A VAGINA. Nice faux-hawk, you homo.”

It gets pretty heated after that. The video has also apparently been picked up by TMZ.

Source: PWInsider

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The View From Down Here – For Your Viewing Pleasure http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/06/20/the-view-from-down-here-%e2%80%93-for-your-viewing-pleasure/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/06/20/the-view-from-down-here-%e2%80%93-for-your-viewing-pleasure/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:00:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=124543 Something about me: I have a strange fascination with bad films. I can sit there and watch films that are truly awful and be entertained most of the time. I especially love the awful films from the 1940s through 60s, the horror and sci-fi films that I used to watch on a Sunday afternoon when I was a kid. And now in this day of instant media and DVD I have been able to indulge this fascination to the hilt.

In the mid-1980s an old friend who shared this strange delusion bought me a book cancelled by his local library called The Fifty Worst Movies Of All Time (1978) by Harry Medved. I read it through in two days. To date I have seen 40 of them, even forcing myself to sit through the dullness that is New Moon all the way through to its bitter end. Worse than that, I own 10 of them on DVD or VHS. And then there are the films that are considered even worse that did not make the book. Plan 9 From Outer Space (voted the worst movie of all time in their follow up book… and I own them, book and DVD), any of the Rocky Johnson space series (I own 2 titles)… you get the picture.

Now, you may also have guessed that I may possibly admit to at times tolerating and even viewing a few minutes here and there of professional wrestling. (As a 40 year old scientist and teacher, that’s as much as I am allowed to publicly admit, apparently.) And so the theme of today’s column is for me to look back in very brief terms at some movies that feature wrestlers. These are based only on those I actually own. And this list also includes the film I consider the worst movie ever made (although lately I have been almost inclined to add the phrase “that doesn’t include sparkling vampires” as a rider… no, even then, it is the worst).

We’ll get to that piece of celluloid waste. Oh, yes, we’ll get to it.

Now, I think 10 should just about do it for a column like this because it’s a nice round number and seems standard for lists. These are in order of what I consider the better to the least of these cinematic treats. And while I’d love to include The Princess Bride (1987) with Andre the Giant, he’s only a bit player so I can’t really do it… So some rules. No wrestling films (like Grunt: The Wrestling Movie which I also own, or No Holds Barred which I refuse to own), but films in which wrestlers attempt to be actors. And The Wrestler (2008), one of my favourite movies, cannot be counted either. Also the wrestler has to be dominant in the film… so Jesse Ventura’s many roles where he is a supporting actor are likewise not included.

Anyway, let’s get watching!

They Live (1988)
            Wrestler: Rowdy Roddy Piper
            What can I say? A very good piece of science fiction from the 1980s, a decade where original (and non-sequel) sci-fi became cute (E.T.), or seriously deranged (Xtro), or combined more with horror (The Terminator). John Carpenter directs and brings his usual touch of brilliance to the film. To summarise: George (Piper) finds some sunglasses that enable him to see the true forms of the aliens in our midst, and through his efforts, their attempts to conquer the world are thwarted. And don’t let anyone tell you differently – this is a Roddy Piper film. He carries it on his back and does a remarkable job. After watching this I would say Piper is an actor. Not some one acting, but an actor. So not only a good film featuring a wrestler, They Live is a good film, period. Well worth your time, especially if you enjoy science fiction.

The Condemned (2007)
            Wrestler: Steve Austin (also featuring Nathan Jones)
            This was a vehicle designed to turn Steve Austin into the latest incarnation of the über-hero as portrayed by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Essentially, Austin the actor just played Austin the wrestler on the big screen. He was clearly upstaged by Vinnie Jones… but then again, so was everybody else. However, Austin does not do a bad job in what is a standard thriller/sci-fi formula: the old ‘deadly game’ scenario with a few modern twists. I liked this film. It’s not too bad, but it certainly doesn’t make you think too hard. Not a bad way to waste a Saturday night with a six-pack, a few mates and a large bowl of corn chips.

Welcome To The Jungle (2003)
            Wrestler: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
            This film was designed to show that The Rock was more than just a meathead actor (see Schwarzenegger, Arnold) and it worked. While it did lead to crap like The Tooth Fairy and other assorted rubbish, this film had a sense of humour, and The Rock did not take himself deadly seriously. The standard buddy film formula, with an ending that I did not see coming the first time I saw it. I like this one as well. Again, not a bad beer film.

The Scorpion King (2002)
            Wrestler: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
            Rock’s attempt to be Arnold v2.0, with a sand and sandals epic following on from a CGI-dominated bit-part in The Mummy Returns (2001). All up, it’s not a bad film, but it certainly has been done better. The first Conan film is a case in point. But for what it was, the special effects were great, The Rock is certainly an impressive specimen when wandering around in the swords-and-sorcery setting of some pseudo-historical Egypt, and its plot was the tried and true revenge motif. Harmless fun, really.

Santa’s Slay (2005)
            Wrestler: Bill Goldberg
            This film has been condemned in many quarters as a poor horror film. But when I first watched it I had the very distinct impression that it was designed as a spoof on horror films. It was meant to be funny. Although many of the jokes fall flat, I still find it a mildly entertaining diversion. And, surprisingly, Goldberg plays the bad guy, and does it well. He is upstaged in the scenes he shares with Robert Culp, but apart from that holds his own remarkably well. In the film Goldberg plays Santa, a demon who has been tricked into being the giver of toys, but his time is up and he wants revenge. Oh, and the climactic scene involves curling (the sport). How can people say this was meant to be taken seriously? So sue me, I didn’t mind this one.

Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)
            Wrestler: Rowdy Roddy Piper
            Unfortunately Piper followed up his triumph in They Live with this. The special effects are second rate (though, to be fair, I have certainly seen worse, but having a safety mat appear in one falling scene was a little much) and the story is a cliché. Piper is Sam Hell, one of the few fertile men left, who must go and find some fertile women held prisoners by the humanoid frogs. Oh, and he has a bomb attached to his private parts. And to be fair to Piper, his acting is certainly fine. He does not just go out there and play versions of his wrestling persona on film. This film is let down more by clunky direction and editing and a story that a drunken sixth-grader could have knocked up in an hour. And let us not forget the frog-men. However, it is still a watchable effort. No, really, it is.

Suburban Commando (1991)
            Wrestler: Hulk Hogan (also featuring The Undertaker)
            Now we get to that part of the list where the films become a little tougher to sit through. Now, any film with Christopher Lloyd cannot be considered a complete loss, and there are some amusing scenes here (Hogan telling the crickets to be quiet and they listen to him amused me for some reason), and the plot is certainly no sillier than many other sci-fi films over the years. It’s just that Hogan’s acting range is twofold – grunting and groaning. The special effects certainly weren’t that special, which does little to help proceedings. Harmless, but I really would not be going out of my way to catch this one.

The Marine (2006)
            Wrestler: John Cena
            Okay, I admit it – I really didn’t like this film. I found it dull and clichéd and I was second-guessing it all the way through. Cena was not a convincing actor in his role, and, let’s face it, the role was not that demanding. Explosions and noise and attempts at emotion were par for the course in this one. I’d skip it, personally. Having said that, of course, certain of my female relatives actually quite like this one, but I think that has more to do with adoration of Cena than any cinematic qualities said film may (or may not) possess.

Mr Nanny (1993)
            Wrestler: Hulk Hogan (also featuring Ed Leslie and Afa Anoai)
            What can I say? Hulk Hogan in a tutu. A screaming man with a plate in his head. Rockets. Non-acting children. Kidnapping. The humour of a fifth grade stand-up comedian. Did I mention a screaming man with a plate in his head? This film was dire. It is the sort of movie that makes you squirm with its unfunniness. There’s not much more than can really be said here, except that the moral of the story seems to be if you verbally abuse children they will love you all the more. And yet… and yet. This ain’t the worst of the bunch.

So now we come to the film I consider the worst ever made. And, yes, I bought it on DVD. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it. It stuns with its awfulness. It’s train-wreck bad, you can’t stand it, but you can’t look away. And it once more features that greatest of all wrestlers-turned-actors, the man, the hero, the legend…

Santa With Muscles (1996)
            Wrestler: Hulk Hogan (also featuring Ed Leslie)
            Where to begin? Hogan plays Blake, a millionaire who is decidedly not a good guy. However, he gets amnesia and believes he is Santa Claus. But he is only recognised by a garbageman. It turns out some bad guys want an orphanage, the same one where Blake was brought up, as well as the head bad guy. The non-acting children find a cave beneath it with exploding crystals, lots of things happen, Blake and the bad guy have a sword fight with the exploding crystals that then don’t explode, however, then everything does blow up and they all live happily every after in Blake’s mansion. That’s the story and I’ll give them this much – it was unique. No rip-offs here. Only because it is retarded, but no rip-offs. The acting here makes No Holds Barred look like a watchable movie. It is simply excrementous. There is not a single redeeming feature about this movie. And yet… and yet… I own it, I watch it.

All right, there you have it. Ten films featuring wrestlers.

So, let’s start some sort of comment thread here – what are your favourite films featuring wrestlers? What are the worst you’ve seen? Has Hulk Hogan been snubbed by the Academy Awards? Or is his snubbing by the Razzies more of a shock?

And that’s another view.
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Video: Daniel Bryan Danielson Talks About First WrestleMania http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/04/03/video-daniel-bryan-danielson-talks-about-first-wrestlemania/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/04/03/video-daniel-bryan-danielson-talks-about-first-wrestlemania/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2011 20:25:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=121152 Internet darling Bryan Danielson (aka Daniel Bryan) talked with WWE.com about how great it feels to be part of his first WrestleMania match. Check it out here…

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WWE All Stars Video Game Released Tomorrow: Final Roster and Preview Video http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/03/28/wwe-all-stars-video-game-released-tomorrow-final-roster-and-preview-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/03/28/wwe-all-stars-video-game-released-tomorrow-final-roster-and-preview-video/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:58:17 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=120742 The game will feature:

Non-Playable Talent:
Howard Finkel
Paul Bearer

Legends:
Jimmy Snuka
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Shawn Michaels
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin
The Rock
Ultimate Warrior
Mr Perfect
Andre the Giant
Bret Hart
Eddie Guerrero
Hulk Hogan
Jake The Snake Roberts
Macho Man
Roddy Piper
Sgt. Slaughter

Modern Day Superstars:
Big Show
CM Punk
Drew McIntyre
John Cena
John Morrison
Sheamus
The Miz
The Undertaker
Edge
Jack Swagger
Kane
Kofi Kingston
Randy Orton
Rey Mysterio
Triple H

Announcers:
Jim Ross
Jerry Lawler

Downloadable Talent:
Big Bossman
Chris Jericho
Jerry “The King” Lawler
Michael Hayes
Mark Henry
R-Truth
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase
Ted DiBiase
Dusty Rhodes
Cody Rhodes
Hawk
Animal

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Video: WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2/25/11 Full Show (Vickie Guerrero, Edge, Alberto Del Rio, Wrestlemania 27 Build) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/02/28/video-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-22511-full-show-vickie-guerrero-edge-alberto-del-rio-wrestlemania-27-build/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/02/28/video-wwe-friday-night-smackdown-22511-full-show-vickie-guerrero-edge-alberto-del-rio-wrestlemania-27-build/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:00:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=119101 Here it is:


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Video: WWE True Story of Wrestlemania DVD Trailer http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/02/03/video-wwe-true-story-of-wrestlemania-dvd-trailer/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/02/03/video-wwe-true-story-of-wrestlemania-dvd-trailer/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:00:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=117421 Here it is:

Details are sketchy about what will be the contents of WWE’s True Story of WrestleMania. Amazon.com still has it listed as The Wrestle Mania Story, but still confirms the release date for the DVD, which arrives day-and-date with the Blu-ray version, as being March 15th.

Considering that most new WWE DVD releases have their trailers appear a week prior or the week of its release, this could lead one to suspect that World Wrestling Entertainment has something special planned for what will be a multiple-disc release on both formats. If the documentary portion is anywhere near as good as the documentary found on The Rise and Fall of ECW, which is considered by many the best produced WWE doc in terms of overall content, then we are in for a treat.


DVD


Blu-ray

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Official TNA Thursday Impact Preview Main Event Tag featuring Jeff Hardy, Desmond Wolfe http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/06/09/official-tna-thursday-impact-preview-main-event-preview-featuring-jeff-hardy-desmond-wolfe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/06/09/official-tna-thursday-impact-preview-main-event-preview-featuring-jeff-hardy-desmond-wolfe/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 02:00:45 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=105263 TNA’s go-home edition of TNA Thursday Impact airs on Spike TV with the final build toward Slammiversary, with of course RVD vs. Sting in the main event.

To get everyone pumped up for the show, TNA has produced a video preview! Check it out here:

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Video: Edge Guest Editor of New WWE Magazine http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/12/video-edge-guest-editor-of-new-wwe-magazine/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/12/video-edge-guest-editor-of-new-wwe-magazine/#comments Thu, 13 May 2010 04:25:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=103243 The Rated R Superstar, Edge, guest edited the new issue of WWE Magazine.

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TNA Web Bonus Match – Watch Generation Me vs. Homicide & Okada [Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/14/tna-web-bonus-match-watch-generation-me-vs-homicide-okada-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/04/14/tna-web-bonus-match-watch-generation-me-vs-homicide-okada-video/#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2010 05:01:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=101697 In a cool web exclusive match, you can now watch Generation Me vs. Homicide & Okada

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TNAWrestling.com Official TNA Impact Preview: Jeff Hardy, RVD, Band [Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/29/tnawrestling-com-official-tna-impact-preview-jeff-hardy-rvd-band-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/29/tnawrestling-com-official-tna-impact-preview-jeff-hardy-rvd-band-video/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:14:58 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=100926 TNAWrestling.com posted the official video and preview for Impact tonight, which I will be doing LIVE COVERAGE of here at Inside Pulse. Joy.

On Monday, TNA Wrestling returns to SpikeTV at 9/8c for two hours of Total Nonstop Action!

- In a huge steel cage match and a preview of the upcoming “Lockdown” Pay-Per-View spectacular on Sunday, April 18, this Monday’s main event will feature The Band (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman) vs. Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young!

- Also, we’ll hear from “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, the number-one contender who will challenge AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at the Lockdown Pay-Per-View!

- Plus, in a First Blood Match, it will be TNA Knockout Champion Tara vs. Daffney

- Will Team Hogan and Team Flair reveal more competitors for the annual “Lethal Lockdown” cage battle at Lockdown? Tune in and find out!

- In addition, all of your favorite TNA Superstars will be there, including TNA World Champion AJ Styles, Abyss, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Mr. Anderson, Beer Money, the high-flying X Division daredevils and many more!

- Plus, more news on the April 18 “Lockdown” Pay-Per-View coming to St. Louis

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WWE Wrestlemania 26 News: John Cena Appears On NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Show [Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/25/wwe-wrestlemania-26-news-john-cena-appears-on-nbcs-jimmy-fallon-show-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/25/wwe-wrestlemania-26-news-john-cena-appears-on-nbcs-jimmy-fallon-show-video/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:09:50 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=100666 Check out John Cena’s appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show last night to promote Wrestelmania 26:


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Bret Hart News: Complete Survival of the Hitman Documentary [Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/23/bret-hart-news-complete-survival-of-the-hitman-documentary-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/03/23/bret-hart-news-complete-survival-of-the-hitman-documentary-video/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:24:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=100556 Here is the full four part video embeds for the upcoming documentary – Survival of the Hitman

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Matt Hardy News: NXT Thoughts, NXT Rookies Travelling with Raw, Smackdown http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/21/matt-hardy-news-nxt-thoughts-nxt-rookies-travelling-with-raw-smackdown/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/21/matt-hardy-news-nxt-thoughts-nxt-rookies-travelling-with-raw-smackdown/#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:32:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=98602 on Twitter Matt Hardy noted that the NXT wrestlers were travelling with the WWE roster of their pros:

“Myself & Truth flew into St. Louis via Charlotte & ran into the NXT rookies in the airport… They all seemed cool-this should be interesting.

Matt Hardy has posted a new video blog where he talks about NXT, his rookie Justin Gabriel and other Matt Facts. Check it out right here:

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Batista, RVD Movie News: “Wrong Side Of Town” Preview [Video] http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/21/batista-rvd-movie-news-wrong-side-of-town-preview-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/02/21/batista-rvd-movie-news-wrong-side-of-town-preview-video/#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:14:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=98578 Dave Batista and Rob Van Dam are both part of a new movie “Wrong Side of Town” and there is a preview clip of the movie up now.

Batista appears in the clip, but RVD does not:

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