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Behind The Magician's Curtain

Dan America takes you behind the ring apron

The Real American Wrestling Critics & The Ambrose Asylum


After Shawn Michaels was rude and dismissive of my girlfriend, mocked my YouTube Project, and, to top it all off, spat at me from a moving car on September 29th 1997, I no longer felt bad about the incident with Al Snow at Denny’s. All I did that day was make a wise crack remark that was intended to express my sympathy for him being mobbed by fans while he was trying to eat.
I no longer felt like I was a burden and the desire to be acknowledged by the WWE was reignited, so my friend Bob the 86er and I started what we called: The Real American Wrestling Critics. 
On January 4th 2012 Bob and I launched our Youtube show, a weekly review show of WWE, Impact and RoH. We kept up the best that we could and our focus was primarily the WWE. We would dress up as parodies  of WWE wrestlers from the Golden Age and Attitude Era and have fun little skits run throughout the Show. We kept it running strong for about a year, the most interesting thing that came of the show was that near the end of our first year it seemed as if the WWE adopted some of our ideas, or else it is just a coincidence that Cesaro and Jack Swagger formed the tag-team known as The Real Americans a little over a year after we had been doing the show. The Real American Wrestling Critics had a fun run, we made some hilarious skits and had some awesome responses from wrestlers on Twitter, like: Roddy Piper and Mick Foley. 
My friends and family noticed how dedicated we were to producing The Real American Wresting Critics and encouraged me to go back to school for something related to the field, so I did and enrolled at The New School of Radio and Television in Albany, NY. This led me to working with and interviewing the wrestlers I have.
During the time I worked with Dalton Castle at Q103 I would have another unfortunate encounter with a WWE Superstar. 
WWE came to town for Monday Night Raw at the local arena and Dean Ambrose showed up at the station for an interview with Dalton, before the interview began I slipped into the studio where the interview was being held and introduced myself to Dean.
I shook his hand but he did not seem very happy to do so, I told Dean that I loved his finisher, which was a unique Headlock DDT at the time, and Dalton suggested that Dean perform his finisher on me. Dean laughed it off and said “I have no reason too”. 
I was wearing a Detroit Redwings shirt underneath my hoodie, knowing that Dean is from Ohio, I opened my shirt and asked if me being a Red Wings fan would be a good enough reason. We all laughed it off and I left the room before I could make a bigger ass of myself.

I thought that meeting Dean Ambrose went badly but not too badly…. Until I heard his interview with Dalton where Dean specifically uses me as an example of an annoying fan. To make things worse, later that night, he changed his finisher from the Headlock DDT to the Double Arm DDT, I'm still in a state of disbelief to this day because I want to like Dean Ambrose, but I think he hates me…..I want to like Dean Ambrose, but I think he hates me…..

 

Wizardry of the Table Top with Jody

Childish Things

 

I’ve often joked that the difference between men and boys boils down to body hair, bills, and the cost of his toys. I’m not sure that the truth is so far from that, to be honest.

 

If you’re in your mid 30’s or older, think back to your childhood and remember what your father was like. Did he play video games? He likely played the odd time in order to play with you, but the odds of you finding him up at 2 in the morning sitting in front of the TV with a joystick in hand were slim to none. Playing was the realm of children. There’s even a biblical quote, 1st Corinthians 13:11 that states: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”. While that can be interpreted a number of ways, the fact is that until Generation X, grown adults didn’t engage in play like we do now.

 

Much of this ‘play’ is simply a result of not letting go of the things we grew up with that brought us enjoyment. For some of us it’s video games. For others it’s Roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons. For others it’s tabletop games like Warhammer 40,000. The stigma of being an adult who plays games seems to be gone. I can’t fathom my father having his friends over to sit around a table and play Dungeons and Dragons, or to set up their armies on a table and pull out all of their painted miniatures to engage in battle. The thought of it is laughable, and that was the problem.

 

Life is short. Too short to avoid doing things that bring you joy, especially if the only reason for abstaining is stigma. Yes, being an adult is important. We need to pay our bills, be good parents, nurture our relationships with significant others, friends, and family, plan for retirement, etc. While doing that, though, we can pick up a controller (joysticks are so passé) and immerse ourselves in a video game, we can get together with a group of friends and explore dungeons as our favourite character, and we can set up a bunch of terrain on the dining room table and spread our painted miniatures out as we try to destroy our friend’s armies. It’s a great time to be an adult!

 

Squared Circle Magic with Rico

Surviving War Games - A Survivor Series & NXT Takeover Recap

I have a questions to ask everyone. When is a NXT Takeover not great? Ok.... I'll wait... Times up... The answer is never! The event started with a semi squash between Lars Sullivan and Kassius Ohno. Lars looked like a beast, even though Ohno got some moves off, but you could tell he didn't stand a chance. Ohno was so awesome when he was in NXT before, I don't know what happened to him, but I sure hope there's brighter days. 


Next up was a match featuring Aleister Black and the Velveteen Dream. Honestly, I didn't know what to think of this match before it started. Dream played so many mind games the past few weeks, and the fact that Black would never acknowledge him made it hard to gauge what would happen. Though let me say, I was not disappointed and neither was the crowd. These two put on an excellent show and had me standing up cheering in my living room (until my fiance kindly asked me to quiet down). It was still hard to keep quiet when the entire arena was chanting "say his name, say his name", and then there was the awesome spot where they stole each others taunts. Aleister Black did pull off the win, but before he left the ring he gave Dream and the NXT crowd exactly what they wanted by grabbing the microphone and saying the Velveteen Dream's name.


The Women's Fatal 4 way between Nikki Cross, Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce, Amber Moon  lived up to it's hype with all the women putting on an amazing effort. I didn't watch the Mae Young Classic so I didn't really know how insane Sane's elbow really was. Too bad it wasn't enough as Amber Moon hit her finisher on two opponents at once to pick up the victory and winning the vacant women's championship.

 

The NXT title match was next, and the ending was something I didn't expect. Cien Almas pushed Drew McIntyre to the limit, but still needed help from Zelina Vega to pick up the win, and become the New NXT champion.


Finally folks, for the first time in 20 years, we got War Games! A match that I grow up watching and a series that one of my good friends Shawn could probably tell you ever winner, the exact date and time it happened, etc, but I digress. Sanity vs Undisputed Era vs the Authors of Pain with Roderick Strong. 2 rings 3 teams of 3 what more could you want. Oh wait, a steal cage!! The action was heavy and intense and only got better when the final team Sanity introduced tables and chairs to the steel cage. All the competitors fought hard  and there were a few insane moments; however, my favorite War Games moment was when Roderick Strong suplexed Adam Cole from the top of the cage into every other combatant in the match. The ended was pretty sweet as well, it looked like Eric Young of Sanity tried to block a kick from Adam Cole with a chair, but took one to the face. The Undisputed Era picked up the victory, but in the end I feel like I won because War Games was so good. Wait, did I mention the 300lb guy doing the VanTerminator??
 

Now for the Second annual Raw vs Smackdown Survivor Series.
After Smackdown invaded Raw a month ago there was no telling what was next or when would Raw get a little payback. A couple of weeks went by before they invaded the Blue brand. Both brands brought together a lot of great talent to compete against one another. But am the only one that's sad that Jinder Mahal didn't get his chance to face the Beast, Brock Lesnar. 


 The PPV started with The New Day vs The Shield. This match was fun and it showed the strength of both teams. Highlight was Kofi Kingston jumping over Xavier Woods while on Big E's shoulders to splash Dean Ambrose. The Shield ended strong however, when they triple power bombed Kofi to end the match.

 

Raw 1-0


The women's Survivor Series match was next and it was decent match. Hands down Asuka stole the show as she came from behind to beat 2 other women to become Raw's woman's sole survivor.

 

Raw 2-0

 

The Miz vs Baron Corbin was the 3rd match and it was better than I thought. The Miztourage was in full force trying to distract the US champ so the Miz could pull off the win, but in the end they weren't enough as Baron Corbin nailed the Miz with the End of Days for the victory. The funniest thing was Baron saying that "his hand was up so that's why the Miz's mouth is shut" Classic!

 

Raw 2-1

 

The Uso's defeated the Bar in a very competitive match with a ton of near falls and tough tag team action. The match was fast paced and ended with a SuperKick party and a top rope Uso splash.

 

Tied 2-2

 

The Women's match between Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss has been a match I have been hoping for quite a while. The Queen vs the Goddess. Both woman gave it their all in a back and forth match. Charlotte proved to be too much though and made Bliss tap out to the figure 8.

 

Smackdown 3-2


Next up was in my opinion the match of the night... AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar. The crowd was electric and both wrestlers were ready for a battle (never mind that it should have been Jinder). Brock came out firing and for a little while it looked like it was going to be another one-sided beating at the hands of Brock. He gave AJ the business the whole first half of the match and besides maybe a few strikes I don't remember AJ doing much. Then the tables turned when it looked like Brock injured his knee. AJ was finally on the offensive and using his speed and offensive arsenal to it's fullest. For a brief moment I thought AJ was going to pull off the victory, but after Brock got up from AJ's Phenomenal Forearm, I knew it was all but over. AJ went for the Elbow one more time, but Brock caught him in the air and landed the F5 for the 1-2-3. This match was awesome!!

 

Tied 3-3


Last but certainly not least, was the Men's Survivor Series match, and let me say this much, it did not live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it had it's moments. Finn Balor vs Nakamura and Nakamura vs Triple H, but beside that it seemed like people were confused. When Braun Strowman is on your team and you don't dump him in a garbage truck...your team wins. The finish left Shane McMahon to go 1 on 3 vs Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, and Triple H. Kurt was going to beat Shane, but Triple H turned on Angle to get him eliminated and then HHH hit his finisher on Shane for the Raw victory. Honestly, the best part about the match was when Strowman turned on The Game after the match. I wonder if they'll turn him full face now??


Anyway, I enjoyed both WWE events this weekend. Could the last match have been better? Yes... But I can say the same thing about the last episode of How I Met your Mother. 
 

The Magic Moving Game Box with Matthew

The Top 10 List

There have been many great games throughout video game history, as well as many truly awful games. Today I am going to give you a list of my top ten favorite games of all time. Some you will probably agree with instantly and others you may question what I’m thinking. These games will not be limited to one genre or gaming system.
  
10. Super Mario Bros 3 NES

 
In my opinion thi​s game is probably the best game period for the NES. This game introduced the save system to the Mario games and included many new items for Mario to accessorize with. Who here did not absolutely love the Tanooki Suit. This game is also notable for introducing the Koopa Kids into the Mario games.
 
9. Wolfenstein PC
 
The games look doesn’t hold up today with its pixelated graphics but this was the first FPS game I ever played. And come on, what kid does not want to shoot themselves some Nazis.
 
8. Star Wars Rogue Squadron N64
 
This game let you live the Star Wars Universe’s space battles. Featuring battles from the movies and all new battles you were able to pilot of variety of ships including X-wings, Y- Wings, Tie Fighters, and Tie Interceptors. I remember playing this game daily for hours in high school.
 
7. Justice League Heroes PS2
 
This game is on my list simply for the fun of playing multiplayer with friends. It’s play style is very similar to Marvel Ultimate Alliance but there was just something magical to me to play as Superman and Batman and have an epic showdown with Doomsday. 
 
6. Star Wars Shadows of the Empire N64
 
In my opinion, the first truly great Star Wars game. Doesn’t hurt that the game is based on one of the greatest Star Wars novels of all time.
 
5. WWE Smackdown Here Comes the Pain PS2
 
The best roster ever in my opinion. This game boasted a fun and intuitive season mode with loads of character specific cutscenes. This was probably the last truly great WWE game.
 
4. Super Mario Bros NES
 
This was the original Mario game and established the legacy. Nuff said.
 
3. Mario Kart WII
 
This game was an addiction. I can think of many, many nights of having a houseful of friends and trash talking each other while we played this game for 8-10 hours straight.
 
2. Star Wars Battlefront 2 PS2/Xbox
 
This game just had an epic feel to it and I could spend hours playing this game and never get bored. This game had a huge selection of heroes and vilians from the movies you could select as perks.


1.  Super Mario 64 N64
 
First open world Mario game setting the stage for many games to come in the series. Interested to see if Super Mario Odyssey can live up to the high bar this game has set.
 
So that's my list. Hopefully if you haven’t experienced all these great games, this will give you something to seek out and play. Most of these games should be able to be found online for a minimal cost.

Reviews with The Quickness -Week of October 30, 2017

What We Read But Didn't Discuss this Week

Here’s what we didn’t get to this week… Read & maybe expand your mind!!!!!

 

Black Panther 166 - Its Klaw folks... We get a retelling of Klaw's origin story. He now thinks he's the God of Sound and he's the one that has put together Faustus, Stane, & Zenzi... Not much else happens. For the first time since the great Brian Stelfreeze left the pencils, I really enjoyed the artwork. Leonard Kirk does a real good job in his stead.

 

Action Comics 990 - Another cool lenticular cover for the Oz Effect arc. Jor El keeps working on bringing Jon to his side of thinking. Supes is still running around saving people & then stops Oz's followers just in the nick of time from destroying the city.. Supes arrives at the Fortress with Lois & gets warned that something ominous is on the way that even he can't stop (cough, cough... Dr Manhattan...). Supes doesn't buy it & wants to throw down, but Jon stops him.... The colouring by Mike Spicer is especially strong in this issue...

 

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