I am 29 years old, soon to be 30. Born the same year as me, Wrestlemania is probably the most important thing to come to professional wrestling. As is said many times in the 30 broadcasts, football has the Super Bowl, baseball the World Series. For pro-wrestling, we have Wrestlemania. Like the championships for any competition, staged or not, we have years that are absolute runaway successes, and terrible failures. I want to run through all 30 years so far of Wrestlemania, breaking down each event match by match and grading them. I am not keeping kayfabe, I have been watching wrestling since around the age of 5, so I like to think I know what is going on. I want to pump these out somewhat quickly, hopefully maybe even catch up to Wrestlemania 31. We will see, but in any case, let’s get rolling with the first Wrestlemania. Continue Reading
In this new year, I have made some promises to myself that will help facilitate the process of making new content for this blog. One thing I decided I should do is regular features. I write reviews from time to time, put up some news pieces occasionally, but I very rarely keep up with some of the blog-ier aspects of actually having a blog. So I am trying to come up with some new ideas for regular features I can do somewhat easily, between my day job and social life. So far I have two things that I want to give a try to. One is very much video game related, and the other is not. While this may seem odd as everything I have ever written here has been game based, I expressed a while back I want to start to incorporate more of my interests into this space, if nothing else as a diversion.
Feature in the first: I have been playing World of Warcraft for…too long. In the decade WoW has existed, many other companies have tried to jump onto the MMO bandwagon, but none have been able to replicate Blizzard’s massive success. That isn’t so say they failed though. A lot of them, not being able to keep up the subscription model that WoW still has, tried different things, with varying degrees of success and profitability. So for the first time with many of these, I plan to throw myself into their worlds, and get a look at how these other games get on in an age still dominated by WoW in their very immediate space. I plan on doing videos, and write-ups of this experience, so this will also be a good chance for me to learn more about doing semi-professional video pieces. I don’t know as of yet which MMO I will be playing first, but I am eyeing Star Wars: The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons and Dragons Online.
All three of those games are free, providing no barrier to entry besides computer power. I don’t have a ton of disposable income and do not intend on really sinking money into any of these games. I may buy something here or there, but I will never feel like I have to. Some games still have up-front costs to them, like Guild Wars 2, and I am willing to consider them if I can get the base game for a good price. 50 dollars is not something I am willing to throw away, but 20 dollars is a different story under normal circumstances. However, generally speaking, I am unwilling to pay a monthly subscription fee for a game, unless I find it absolutely amazing. While Final Fantasy XIV looks amazing, it will be a hard sell to me.
Feature in the second: I am a life long fan of pro-wrestling. Ever since I was a kid, I fell in love with the matches I would see week in and week out from WWE and WCW. I knew then as I know now the outcomes are predetermined, but that never stopped me from loving it. I pay my $9.99 a month for the WWE Network, and now it is time to make that work for me a bit. Starting soon, I am going to watch and review every Wrestlemania, match by match. Being that there are 31 of those things now, this will be a large time investment. I believe each show is 4 hours, with a lot to talk about in those shows. But I do want to add something else to this blog besides video games, and I know wrestling is something I can talk about.
Both of these are going to start soon, very soon, and I hope to keep them up for quite a while. This is the start to my new 2015, and I hope anyone who reads my stuff will enjoy it.
It finally happened. What started as an idea for a whole TV channel devoted to WWE and its assorted libraries, has finally come out into the wild as an online pay by the month on demand application. Now a few days removed from buying it and going through some of the archived footage, it is safe to say that this is a very solid service that I am actually quite happy to make the commitment to. It’s obviously not perfect, and there are things that can use improvement, but for now let’s go into what I think of it in its current state.
I actually managed to snag my subscription about an hour after the service came out, which was apparently hard to do. WWE didn’t seem to adequately prepare itself for the rush of people wanting to purchase their access to the service at launch. The servers were slow, when they even worked at all, and I had to refresh and enter my information in several times. Even when I finally did manage to purchase my sub, the confirmation crashed. So I was not really sure at first if I had access. On top of all of this, my confirmation email did not come to me for several hours after the purchase did indeed go through, forcing me to worry if I was going to be charged more than once. Continue Reading