Now this is a nice novelty. Normally I review something from toyboxes of the past but this time I’ve got a pair of toys so hot and fresh out of the oven I have to wear gloves to hold them. I speak of course of the new kids on campus, WWE Zombie figures. Zombies … More Woeful Wrestling Figures : Undead and loving it.
Posted by Nathan Neumann Hello from ringside to both the @EyesOnTheRing and @4CRadio universes I am Nathan here to present something a bit different this week. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for either site because I’ve been so busy with everything and haven’t been able to provide any ROH reviews so I … More NXT Live 9/18/2016: Thoughts from Ringside
posted by Billy Carpenter Breezango is here to kick off the show as David Otunga & Tom Phillips banter about the pirate shirts Breeze and ‘Dango are sporting. I still have some high hopes for this tandem; they’re so over the top, I love it. Breeze gives us the origin story on the sweet … More WWE Main Event/WWE Superstars Review (9/14/-9/16/2016)
SmackDown Live makes a statement in their first PPV post brand-split. Posted by Billy Carpenter Two months after WWE’s second attempt at a brand split comes Backlash, the first brand specific PPV in this new era. The SmackDown Live crew was tasked with creating a memorable show, which honestly, had very little buzz … More WWE Backlash Review
posted by Billy Carpenter As always, thanks to Nate Stein for sending this along! Wed, Sep 7 – Ohio Valley Wrestling – 4400 Shepherdsville RD, Louisville, KY – 7 pm – ovwrestling.com Wed, Sep 7 – Rockstar Pro – Rockstar Arena, 1106 E 3rd ST, Dayton, OH – rockstarprowrestling.com Thu, Sep 8 – … More US/UK Indie Wrestling Event Calendar (9/7-9/18/2016)
What did Paul Wight do to earn the ire of the great toy gods? First it was the vibrating lump I got some time ago and now this hilarious totem of terribleness. For some context, during both men’s WCW runs, Kevin Nash and the Giant feuded over who was “wrestling’s true giant” and in one … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: Break Ya Neck.
Posted by Nathan Neumann Hello everyone and welcome to another ROH TV review from Nathan for both http://www.EyesOnTheRing.com and http://www.4CROnline.com it’s time for your weekly dose of honor as Death Before Dishonor is officially in the books and we have a new world champion in Adam Cole (bay bay). https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fringofhonor%2Fvideos%2F10154331707946328%2F&width=500&show_text=false&height=345&appId The show featured Matt … More Ring of Honor TV Review (8/27/2016)
Thu, Aug 11 – American Combat Wrestling – Tropical Island Breeze, Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 US Highway 19, New Port Richey, FL – 8 pm – facebook.com/acwpasco Thu, Aug 11 – WWA4 – WWA4 Wrestling School, 4375 Commerce DR, Atlanta, GA – 8 pm – wwa4.com Thu, Aug 11 – American Wrestling Federation – … More US/UK Independent Wrestling Event Calendar (8/11-8/21/2016)
by Nathan Neumann Hello wrestling fans and welcome to another ROH TV review from yours truly for both http://www.EyesOnTheRing.com and http://www.4CROnline.com. Nathan here to provide you with your weekly dose of honor as we edge closer to Death Before Dishonor in Las Vegas on August 19th. This show had some good progression towards that … More Ring of Honor TV Review (8/6/2016)
So after some research it turns out that there are approximately one hundred billions different versions of those knock off micro figures I reviewed some time ago. Some even take their fake factor to a whole new level and like a moth drawn to a flame, I found and purchased one more of these nefarious … More Wrestling Figures : Six Sides of Suck.
by Nathan Neumann Hello and welcome to another one of my ROH TV reviews from yours truly for both http://www.EyesOnTheRing.com and http://www.4CROnline.com. Sorry for the lack of reviews the past few weeks I’ve been extremely busy but we are back at it again this week so without further hesitation lets get right into it … More ROH TV Review (7/30/2016)
I think out of everyone in the New Blood era of WCW, Mike Awesome started the strongest and ended up the weakest. Recognised on tv as the ECW as he beat up Kevin Nash on the infamous “reboot Nitro” and helping Billy Kidman to put the one & only Hulk Hogan through a table a … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: Boresome-Bomb.
It isn’t Halloween just yet but I think if I were to review this figure on October the 31st I might bring about some kind of spectral apocalypse upon the world due to its sheer terribleness. The world and his brother will admit the class that was the Macho Man, even during his late WCW … More Woeful Wrestling Figures:The Macho Man Can-Can Dance.
Bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum, beep, beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeeeep. IT’S TAZ! Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen this time your humble purveyor of plastic grappling takes a turn for the extreme this week with a look at a very early figure of the “human suplex machine”, plucked straight from the original ECW toy line. Now let … More Woeful(?) Wrestling Figures : Choking You Out Hazard.
On balance I may have been a little harsh on some of these TNA figures but in my defence, the lows were far lower than the highs were high. Scott Steiner couldn’t stand under his own power thanks to some shoddy leg joints (of which I can sympathise, or should that be “Sympy-thise”), Brother Devon … More Total Nonstop Action Figures 4: Paint it black.
Back in 2008, a local discount store took delivery of some clearance stock of TNA action figures, the ones made by ToyBiz before Jakks Pacific nabbed the TNA toy rights and of course I bought one of each figure they had. So while I wait for the postman to deliver my suspect packages, I thought … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: Total Nonstop Action….Figures.
Up until now my toy reviews have had an air of joy about them. Nearly every one of those figures may have been terrible and sometimes strayed into the territory of being knock-offs but rarely went the whole hog and thus kept a certain amount of cheeky charm. The Prince of Fear was clearly a … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: Unscrupulous Aggression.
Dig! Dee-Lite may be a good candidate for being music’s true “cult of personality”. For a very early 90s dance act based in the US where very little house music was being produced and coming from a background in drag acts there is absolutely no way that Dee-Lite should have had a hit, let alone … More UN-Skippable: Deee-Lite, Groove is in the heart.
By Martin Dixon (@BunnySuicida) Not everything is certain in videogames but there is one universal truth that cannot be denied: the Playstation 1 had real trouble with 2D fighting games. History shows that the little grey box of tricks could do amazing 3D graphics and effects with ease but when it came to sprites, it … More Arcade Imperfect: the curious case of Marvel Vs Capcom EX.
So it looks as though I’have in fact exhausted Poundland’s supply of cheap wrestling toys for the foreseeable future but I still have a need to give you the lowdown on some polymer pugilists. Instead of some lousy fakes I’ve taken a step towards respectability in an odyssey to official merchandise and a sextet of … More Woeful Wrestling Figures:Royal Grumble.
by William Renken Just before we launched the New Blood Rising Podcast in March of 2015, I had the chance to interview Mike Mooneyham, famed wrestling columnist for the Post and Courier who to this day spins many a beautiful tale of recap and nostalgia of today and yesterday. This was a dream interview … More John Skyler’s NeXT Chapter in Wrestling
A warning from the author. This post contains spoilers for the plot themes of Bioshock Infinite, you have been warned! The concept of art as a product has fascinated me for years, especially where artistic design or creative endeavours must be compromised or even abandoned in the cause of commercial success. This is a thread … More Bioshock Infinite & The Business of Art.
My toy story continues! Those nice folks at Poundland have gotten their mitts on another clutch of plastic wrestling figures of questionable origin. In the next part I’ll have something different in a troupe of miniature figures complete with enough weapons and accessories to make New Jack jealous but before that the heavyweights are back … More WWF: Woeful Wrestling Figures 3: The Chode Warriors
AWA Superstars 13th of March, 1988. Like a blogging Scott Bakula, my quantum leaping through the ages brings me back to the AWA this time in the year 1988 to see just what the past has in store for me. This time out is a special St Patrick’s day edition of AWA’s version of … More TWx3: How Irish is Larry?
by Billy Carpenter (@4CR_Billy) Chicago is in for what could be a hell of show tonight! Most of–if not all–of the matches on Payback have been built solidly, at the very least. Intrigue surrounds the main event, we’ve got a lot of new faces on the scene post-WrestleMania and a bit of a fresh … More WWE Payback 2016 Recap
AWA All Star Wrestling 25th January 1987. Last time on TWX3 I dropped into the AWA to see the debut of the future Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and the very beginning of his teaming with Marty Jannetty in a hugely enjoyable episode. The next edition of AWA Television is almost a year later so let’s … More TWx3: I HATE YOU LAS VEGAS!
by Billy Carpenter (@4CR_Billy) Entering 1992, World Championship Wrestling found itself in a most tumultuous state. 1991 proved to be an absolutely disastrous year, as they managed to somehow trump their failures of 1990 both financially and creatively. With Dusty Rhodes back as booker after Ole Anderson’s failed stint and with Jim Herd horribly … More Tales from Hill Valley: Win One for the Kipper
by Billy Carpenter Enzo Amore & Big Cass make their way out in what is, I believe, their NXT swan song as the second set of tapings from WWE Axxess gets under way. They challenged American Alpha last week to a non-title affair and Cass proclaims that on this night, they’ll find out … More WWE NXT Recap (4/20/2016)
Written by Martin Dixon (@BunnySuicida). Wrestling figures are great aren’t they? From Remco to Hasbro and Jakks Pacific to Mattel, wrestling toys have let the young and young at heart recreate some of Sports Entertainment’s greatest moments as well as craft whole new ones completely from the imagination. Hulk Hogan versus AJ Styles? Easy, The … More WWF: Woeful Wrestling Figures.
By Martin Dixon ( @BunnySuicida ) And so a bold new era begins. I leave the cut and thrust of the Monday Night War and delve deeper into the dark recesses of the WWE network for something really old school and find myself beginning a new education in the AWA, the American Wrestling Association. I … More TWx3: The Ballad of Bun Boy Barton.
It’s safe to say that I’m a little bit in love with Lucha Underground. The whole project clicks with me on multiple levels and well, why not write about how and why they do. So lend me your eyes for a few moments and indulge me as I write a gushing love letter to the … More TWx3: Lucha Underground and me
“They see me rolling, they’re hating…” Yes indeedy doo it’s once again time to plunge elbow deep into the toy box of the past and emerge with a worrying rash and clutching a wonderful slab of pure polymer perfection, a WCW Road Raging Goldberg figure and his beefed up, tricked out personal pick up truck. … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: Mirror, Signal, WHAT A MANEUVER!
Come with me now on a trip back to the heady days of 2005, a time before the credit crunch, before selfie sticks and before Brexit with a quintet of my favourite figures I’ve encountered so far as a connoisseur of craptacular toys and serve as a perfect example of pre-housing crisis toy manufacturing decadence. … More Woeful Wrestling Figures:Changing Faces
Throughout the short time I’ve been reviewing wrestling toys I’ve often wondered about the multitude of design decisions that lead up to a figure being put into production and landing on store shelves. Most of the time I can see what someone on the design team saw in an idea, even the Maximum Sweat WWF … More Woeful Wrestling Figures: An Extra Large Shake.