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Faves of 2017: Carol Borden, The Cultural Gutter

Carol Borden writes about comics and (many other things) at The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art.
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Faves of 2017: Sachin Hingoo, Writer

Sachin Hingoo is a freelance writer when he is not working at an office job that is purpose-built for paying the bills while he works as a freelance writer. His writing has appeared on Popshifter, Mcsweeneys.net, the CBC Street Level Blog, Ohmpage.ca, The Little Red Umbrella, and The Midnight Madness Blog for the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also been featured at Toronto lecture series Trampoline Hal and his mutant power is “feigning interest.”

In a year that was defined for many as full of dismay, disappointment, and outrage, picking faves was actually easier for me than I thought it would be. They were moments, big and small, across several mediums, that allowed me forget about the smoldering tire fire outside my window and on the other side of my screen, or maybe even gave me some hope that someone might, perhaps, throw a little water on that tire fire. Anyways, that’s 2017 for you.
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Battle of the Brands: WWE Survivor Series

Having the WWE network is what it would be like having a pizza place in my basement: I don’t always want pizza, but I’d eat it at any time and enjoy it. This is what the network does so well; it offers me something I like all the time while also being there with a nice big Sunday meal when a monthly event rolls around.
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Too Big to Fail: The WWE No Mercy Double Main Event

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I keep thinking that one day I will grow out of my pop culture pursuits; comics, movies with aliens and explosions, action figures, and the one that gets the most side eye from other serious adult people: Professional Wrestling.

I know its “fake,” I know its lowbrow, I know that watching two grown men in tight stretchy pants getting sweaty and pinning each other to a mat is kind of suspect, but the thing is… I just don’t care.

If you had tickets to a Maple Leaf Stanley Cup final game in one hand and tickets to NXT TakeOver in the other, let’s just say that you would still have Leaf tickets while I was running out of the room trying to catch people with a classic “too sweet” high sign.

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Affable Chokeslam Taps Out in Quest For Rom-Com Wrestlemania

The world doesn’t need another milquetoast Canadian indie comedy. But it’s a national specialty, so they keep coming around, safe, inoffensive, government-funded and mildly amusing. Unfortunately for Chokeslam, safe and inoffensive aren’t the words you want to hear about a wrestling comedy, even if it aspires to the romantic variety. Director Robert Cuffley’s attempts to fuse the world of wrestling with the genre clichés of rom-com make for a cute, unassuming yarn that never quite gets off the mat.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: WWE 2K17 and the WWE Encyclopedia of Sports Entertainment

If you’re holiday shopping for wrestling fans out there, there are two certifiable A+ products that are absolutely worth picking up to guarantee you won’t be going through a table when it’s time for said fans to open their gifts.

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I’m writing this entry in our Holiday Gift Guide the day after WWE 2K17’s cover star Brock Lesnar was decimated in less than two minutes by the game’s original pre-order character, Bill Goldberg. The duo locked up for the first time 12 years, which also happened to be the last time that Goldberg had actually wrestled a match. Fans were talking about how the fantasy warfare that WWE 2K17 had provided was suddenly coming to life. And for a brief moment in Toronto, Canada at the 2016 Survivor Series, it did.

There’s a lot more to WWE 2K17 than fantasy warfare to make it a solid present for sports entertainment video game fans. The game has an incredibly deep roster, ranging from wrestlers of yesteryear from WCW and WWE to the newest crop of talent making their names in NXT. The renderings of wrestlers range from just ok (Bret Hart) to absolutely stunning (Samoa Joe might be their greatest video game wrestler I’ve ever looked at). After last year’s grievous oversite, The Four Horsewomen have made their way to a WWE video game as well, including Bayley, the NXT favourite who recently made her way to their main roster along with Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.  Read the rest of this entry

The GAR! Podcast: Hell in a Cell

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about binge watching and binge reading, and a whole lotta wrestling, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Official Popshifter Podcast Episode 05, plus David Bowie and… Wrestling?

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The Official Popshifter Podcast, featuring Popshifter Managing Editor Less Lee Moore and Featured Contributor Jeffery X Martin.

In their fifth episode, X interviews horror writer Thomas S. Flowers III on the date of the release of his second novel, Dwelling. They discuss the nature of evil, the curious decisions of book marketing, and why no one needs sweaters in Houston, Texas. You can check it out here.

Check out Episode #05 of The Official Popshifter Podcast right here.

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But wait, there’s more! David Bowie fans can enjoy Popshifter’s Special Podcast, Bowie Covers (And Super Creeps).

Less Lee Moore and Jeffery X Martin examine the wide variety of cover versions of the songs of David Bowie, focusing on Cleopatra Records’ release A Salute to the Thin White Duke, the female-fronted Spiders from Venus album, and others. The show concludes with a discussion of Bowie’s single/video release, “Blackstar.”

You can check it out here.

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Still not enough podcasts for you? Wrestling fans, take note. Jeffery X Martin throws another contender into the ring with The Intercontinental Title Podcast on Popshifter, which covers the WWE, both presently and historically. In Episode #01, Jeffery X Martin and Paul Casey also take a look at the larger questions involved with the business, such as how it impacts popular culture.

You can check out Episode #01 here.

In Episode #02, Paul and X give their predictions for TLC 2015 and discuss the shining glory that is Jesse Ventura.

Check it out here.

Popshifter is shifting the tone of pop culture criticism and can be found on Twitter and Facebook, as well as their own website.

The GAR! Podcast: Bad Wrestling

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about the differences between good wrestling and bad wrestling, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Ronda Rousey and Rowdy Roddy Piper

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about Rowdy Roddy Piper and Ronda Rousey, and why Ray thinks writing memoria of wrestlers is dangerous business, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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