Remembering My Mother-In-Law, Mary Kay Newman

For Mary Kay… One of my low-key favorite things about visiting the Newman house is the little kitchen marquee – the tiny chalkboard sign above the cabinets with a welcome message.  “What’s it going to say,” has become a part of my routine thoughts when I first walk in the door.  This week, it read,Continue reading “Remembering My Mother-In-Law, Mary Kay Newman”

The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast: AJ Styles, and Where New Japan and Impact Fit in the WrestleMania Era Rankings (featuring Rich Latta)

Listen to the podcast here. Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen.  This week, it’s time to really get going with the first in-depth conversation of the season.  The subject is AJ Styles, whose WWE success these past 4 1/2 years opened the door to potentially changing part of the context of The WrestleMania Era premise.  I remember, yearsContinue reading “The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast: AJ Styles, and Where New Japan and Impact Fit in the WrestleMania Era Rankings (featuring Rich Latta)”

The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast

Listen to the podcast here. Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’ve been well as we all continue to navigate the upside-down world in which we live.  This year has been beyond strange.  Accordingly, I have been leaning heavily into the pro wrestling world for an escape.  Out of the chaos (and with other inspiration) came anContinue reading “The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast”

My Top 10 (Late to the Party) Game of Thrones Moments

At the beginning of June, my wife and I came back with the kids from visiting my parents and decided to go with the beach vibe’s flow, and in our continuing quest to maintain our sanity, we decided to FINALLY watch HBO’s Game of Thrones. We were consumed by it from the first days ofContinue reading “My Top 10 (Late to the Party) Game of Thrones Moments”

The War of the Three (NJPW, AEW, and NXT)

A week or so following my viewing of NXT Takeover: In Your House, a show that sprinkled WWF nostalgia on the black and gold WWE brand’s usual great night of signature-styled, smooth-as-silk in-ring performing, I was reminded of my quarterly, post-NXT special event conclusion that they have offered the most consistently positive contributions to myContinue reading “The War of the Three (NJPW, AEW, and NXT)”

The Rewindables: Casino Royale

The podcast that has helped me get through the last few months, replacing the sports-related shows that would usually be earning my listens, has been The Rewatchables on the Ringer network. It has given me a much-needed escape on a near-daily basis. The premise is awesome for movie lovers like me: take a classic, breakContinue reading “The Rewindables: Casino Royale”

AEW’s Top 20 Wrestlers Through Year 1

All Elite Wrestling has helped reinvigorate my fandom in the past year. As an extension of the column I wrote on WrestlingHeadlines.com, here is the other half of the Top 20. #20 Sammy Guevara – Since Dynamite on TNT started, the self-proclaimed Spanish God has been one of the anchors of the AEW product asContinue reading “AEW’s Top 20 Wrestlers Through Year 1”

The Top 10 NBA Teams of My Basketball Fandom: A Fantasy Tournament

As a kid, I played an extraordinary amount of basketball in my driveway. I had a good imagination, so games involving me pretending to be various heroes of the hardwood from Pettit to Chamberlain to Oscar to Cousy to Bird to Magic to Jordan to Hakeem at an earlier age became a full blown leagueContinue reading “The Top 10 NBA Teams of My Basketball Fandom: A Fantasy Tournament”

The 5 Roles That Define My Favorite Actor

When I met my wife in 2008, she told me after a few months that “Tom Cruise is your man crush” because so many movies I enjoyed rewatching (as evidenced by my DVD collection at the time) featured Cruise as the lead. Undoubtedly, through the first half of my life, replays of Top Gun (myContinue reading “The 5 Roles That Define My Favorite Actor”

In Gladiator and Beyond, the Heel Makes the Movie

A point I’ve often made in movie conversations over the years, particularly about superhero films, is that they are usually only as good as their villains. Extending that point across other genres, I think it holds water. What’s the difference between a highly rewatchable movie and a solid film that’s worth the original watch orContinue reading “In Gladiator and Beyond, the Heel Makes the Movie”