Sunday, January 25, 2015

Who's Gonna Win?

In the first post of 2015, I predicted that Daniel Bryan would win this year's WWE Royal Rumble.

It was a tough choice between he and Roman Reigns, but I settled for Bryan.

Right now, I'm thinking I made the wrong pick.

I could make a strong case for both guys. Let's just state this - it will not be anybody else.

I have to stick with my guess, but if I had to redo the January 1st post, I'll probably would have edited it out and ran with Roman Reigns.

We'll find out in a few hours.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ready To Rumble

Not long to go until the Royal Rumble.

I have been looking forward to seeing how the feed of the event holds up in the UK. As noted in previous posts throughout the past year, I used to subscribe to the Network using a DNS service and - as I didn't want to mess around with too many of my devices - I chose to watch on a Playstation 3.

The Playstation approach wasn't great. I did experience a lot of stalling and I would often end up watching the events the old fashioned way.

I reasoned that it had something to do with the DNS service or Playstation.

Now I have the choice of many ways to watch WWE, so there's no excuse if it fails.

I'll be watching on Apple TV and will have back-up in the form of Powerline adapters to secure a perfect Internet connection.

Expect an update some time next week.

Friday, January 23, 2015

2 DVDs Idea

I ordered two DVDs the other day.

Not going to tell you what they are. All I'm going to state is they are from an old television series and I'm considering going through each episode and doing a special on this blog where I write about the show from its very first ep all the way to its finale.

I can't even give you an ETA on when this will be finished. All I'm going to state is this: it's going to happen and I'll refer back to this post when all is complete. Hopefully things will make sense then.

Am I a tease, or what?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WrestleMania Does Dallas

Next year's WrestleMania will take place in Dallas at the AT&T Stadium which is the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

It's such a huge stadium that the company will surely boast that an attendance record will be broken on the evening.

I think this is a safe bet considering they were already drawing comparisons to the claimed 93,173 that were at Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome in 1987 for WrestleMania III.

Seeing as it's in Texas, I expect a number of questions will start being asked over the next year and a bit.

For example: will Shawn Michaels wrestle on the show? Is Undertaker going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?

And then there's the big one.

Will 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin come back for one last match?

All three stars live in Texas (Shawn is the only one not Texan by birth).

There's little point me even speculating anything other than to suggest that these questions will be raised countless times before April 3rd 2016.

As for the venue itself - great choice.

I love huge stadiums for WrestleManias. Jerry's World is ideal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Anne Kirkbride

It was quite a weird weekend into the week in regards to Anne Kirkbride, who passed away on Monday.

I had read an article on Saturday or Sunday where the story claimed that Kirkbride was retiring from her role as playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street.

The next morning, I thought I would write a short piece sometime this week about her character being one of the most iconic in the history of the show. I also wanted to explain a reason why I was going to miss the character, so went back to the article. When I clicked on it, the story had changed to something along the lines of 'Show execs deny Anne Kirkbride is retiring', so left it there seeing as there was little point writing about Deirdre if she wasn't going anywhere.

Then, on Monday evening, the news was announced that Kirkbride had passed away earlier that morning.

You've got to imagine what television was like back in the 1970s and 80s when there was at least three television channels. She was part of some huge storylines back then. With all that said, the one that was the most topical - in my eyes - was the time in 1998 when Deirdre was imprisoned for fraud.

I recall walking around Manchester city centre and seeing 'Free Deirdre' t-shirts being sold by street traders. Chuckling to myself, I thought 'Who in their right mind would wear one of those?' In that short walk from my hotel to the Manchester Evening News Arena, I did see one person wearing one!

The Deirdre character - and most importantly Anne Kirkbride's career - shouldn't be defined by that one story, but it sure as hell did capture the attention of a nation. Even right now as I sit here typing this I am still amazed that people did care about the character that much to wear a t-shirt in support.

I was sort of looking forward to Deirdre growing old and becoming like her mother.

In 2009, Maggie Jones - who played Blanche - passed away. Back then, I wrote that she was going to be missed by yours truly because she brought a lot of humour to the show. I had read the scriptwriters were planning for Deirdre to make a subtle transition and become just like her mother with the cutting retorts. It's a shame we won't get that now.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Programme Decision

There won't a fancy Super Bowl programme coming to my house this year.

However, there will be a Super Bowl programme arriving.

For the past few years, I have been collecting the game programmes and always make my order either on the day of the Conference Championships or the following morning.

There are two editions published - a regular and a collectors' issue with a hologram/glittery cover. The content is the same.

I had been purchasing the more expensive jazzy cover but decided I wouldn't this year.

I'm taking the regular issue this year. New England and Seattle are not worth an extra tenner. Had Indianapolis made it, I would have upgraded.

Yes - biased to the very end.

I'll share pics of the programme when it gets here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Worst Super Bowl Scenario Ever? (Not So Fast!)

At the risk of appearing repetitive, I'm going to state something that I did on Saturday.

Seattle versus New England is like the tagline of Alien .vs. Predator

Whoever wins... We lose.

And we will. We will hear a lot about whichever teams wins all the way through the off-season and up to around this time next year.

Even though I don't like the fixture - and it was the match I didn't want to happen in the Super Bowl Scenarios post I published this past Saturday - it does have a compelling narrative.

With Seattle having won the Super Bowl last season, they're now in position to win back-to-back championships. The last time this was achieved was in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The team that did it: New England.

So, we have the remnants of the most recent dynasty in position to prevent another one from being created on February 1st.

That's a superb Super Bowl angle.