Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Raw Report (7/19/10)

I apologize for not updating the wrestling section of Vintage Blogs as much as I used to. However, that's about to change, because of my friend, JD, from Wackbag. He has graciously allowed me to post his reviews (from Wackbag's wrestling section) on here. If you are familiar with the name that's because JD also helped me compile the matches for the Shawn Michaels induced trips Into the Wresting Vault.

JD's reviews are always entertaining, insightful and provide more laughs than any of mine ever did. I would like to thank JD for allowing me to post his reviews, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

We will start with the review from this week's Raw.
  • Thank you Justin "I get strangled with my own tie" for actually including the province from Canada in both Edge & Jericho's introductions. It was always a pet peeve of mine when Lillian would just say "Toronto, Canada" or some shit like that
  • Good triple threat to start off the show, it normally bodes well for a show when it doesn't start w/ a 15-20 minute promo. Liked when Edge pushed Randy off of him and into the Code Breaker.
  • "This is a submission maneuver!" No shit Cole. We've only see Jericho use the Walls for over a decade...sure no one's tapped out to it since it turned into a Boston Crab, but we still know that it's a submission move. Asshole. I liked the triple clothesline spot, having Orton pin Edge instead of Jericho makes a little more sense given their feud. I'm fine w/ Orton in the title match at SummerSlam, he's been a great anti-hero as of late
  • Seeing those consecutive RKO's makes me want to see the spot I heard about from MiTB where he hit an RKO on someone and right as he landed, Bourne hit Air Bourne on Randy
  • I wonder if they edited out all the blood from the Elimination Chamber DVD or if they just cut to black and white whenever there's blood on screen. Hate that nonsense.
  • Edge-Jericho at SummerSlam would be fantastic. I really wish that Edge didn't blow his Achilles, because that feud for the title would have been stellar.
  • The beatdowns by Nexus have gotten better as the angle goes on. Barrett is a very effective spokesman for the group. I wish it wasn't WW-PG though...all of these beatdowns would be much more effective if they could leave the veterans bloodied.
  • It's annoying when they continually call people the greatest in the history of WWE. Nexus has been good and stuff lately, but they're definitely not more powerful than DX, the Ministry, the Corporate Ministry...hell they're only better than The Union
  • Looks like Cena got busted open the hard way last night. I wonder if they stopped the match while that got tended to
  • Maryse-Eve. I kinda like the whole gold-digger angle with her. Liked the snatch-shot on her when she stretched for the bottom rope
  • Morrison-DiBiase will be a good feud, I bet it eventually is for the Million Dollar title. Speaking of titles, who the fuck is the US Champ right now? R-Truth?
  • Sorry Sheamus...you're not going to be the longest reigning WWE champion of all time, no one is ever going to even sniff Sammartino's 9 year reign. Oh, Miz is the US Champ. I love that he won MiTB, moving him up to the Main Event level is a fantastic idea. I hope he holds onto the briefcase for a while and actually cashes it in for a legit match a la RVD
  • elevating Bourne as well right now? I like this...a Raw that focuses on the future of WWE instead of more of the same. I wonder what's going to happen when HHH eventually comes back; obviously he'll be involved in the main/major angles but at who's expense?
  • With everyone winning the title after cashing in MiTB, I fear for Miz actually making it 8 for 8. Decent match overall. I'm not so sure about Sheamus using the big Test kick for his finisher instead of his Razor's Edge.
  • I liked Miz attacking w/ the briefcase, especially hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on it. Having him wave off the match when R-Truth showed up was smart, I'm glad it didn't count. I wonder if that means they're going to continue the Miz/R-Truth feud over the US Title or combine it into him putting MiTB on the line
  • I remember the buildup for that Taker-Austin match at SummerSlam. Loved Highway to Hell
  • The Bellas are still employed? They're hardly even being used as arm candy for the Guest Hosts anymore. If that gimmick goes by the wayside, they're useless. Oh wait, they're women's wrestlers in an era where none of them pose for Playboy. They're already useless
  • Santino/Kozlov vs. Ryder/Regal. Not bad, not great. I would like them to establish legitimate tag teams to challenge the Hart Dynasty. Santino's comedy on mic is funny...his comedic ineptitude in the ring is fucking boring and annoying
  • Holy shit, I can't believe that Wade Barrett managed to spike Henry. I think he legitimately messed his back up doing it, I don't think he was just selling the difficulty of the move.
  • Oh hey, Darren Young got rid of his retarded Kid n' Play hair. If Cena were to join Nexus, it'd be a possible way to have him turn heel, although he'd completely overshadow them and they wouldn't get as over as they are by beating on him IMO.
  • A team to take down Nexus @ SummerSlam, huh? This would be best if it were Survivor Series instead. Cena, Edge, Morrison, R-Truth, Khali, Jericho, and Bret Hart?? At least with Khali in there, you know Bret's not going to be the least mobile one. I'm guessing there will be a schmozz of a 7-on-7 tag match. But it'd be better if they had a 3 tag matches and a Barrett vs. Cena match or two 6-man tags and the Barrett vs. Cena to end it.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Money in the Bank Preview

Welcome to the Money in the Bank Preview and as of right now it looks like, I will be doing this one solo, since I haven't talked to Johnny C in a while. If he sends me his half of the preview, I will update and put it in here.

This PPV is kind of a mixed bag for me since the Money in the Bank is one of my favorite matches of the year, and having two of them in the same night (possibly overkill and just asking for an injury aside) is almost enough for me to buy this PPV. Then I glace at the PPV card and see that there are two Divas matches, and I can't justify taking two shit breaks during something I paid $40-$50 for. Barring the promise of numerous wardrobe malfunctions or hardcore lesbian sex between Layla and Kelly Kelly, I'm not about to pay for Money in the Bank and if you are thinking about it, I would advise that neither should you.


Instead, you should spend that money on something worthwhile like Inception. I watched that movie and it was fucking awesome. It's absolutely the best movie of this summer, and I have trouble thinking that any are going to be better throughout the year. Nolan puts his own stamp on their heist movie genre, adds a little bit of a radical idea, and mixes them together to create a a very original and creative movie.You could watch Inception, it will be at a fraction of the cost of ordering a PPV, and you will enjoy yourself far more.



But I'm getting off topic, so let's go back to the Money in the Bank preview. The title matches aren't really that interesting since they have both been overshadowed by either the Nexus Invasion or Kane's fruitless endeavor to fight Taker's attacker (especially since the Investigation Team at Vintage Blog has already solved it) so the only matches that will be worth it are the two Money in the bank matches, which makes sense since that's what the PPV's selling point is.



Layla (Champion) vs. Kelly Kelly
Singles Match for the Women's Championship

Aizaz - Hahahahahahahaha! Two of the worst workers (barring Rosa Mendes) in the "wrestlers" with a vagina division face off for a title that is worth absolute shit. Yawn.

Predicted Winner - I don't care who wins, but the loser in this situation are the brain cells I used for this.

Alicia Fox (Champion) vs. Eve Torres
Singles match for the Butterfly
Aizaz -You know what's great about having two Divas matches on the PPV? I have to do less work when it comes to writing theses PPV previews. I'm about 98% sure creative has a very similar state of mind when they decided to put two Divas matches on a PPV.

Predicted Winner - Alicia Fox, it certainly won't be the unfortunate souls who actually buy the PPV.


The Hart Dynasty (Champion) vs. The Usos
Tag Team Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship
Aizaz - I know exactly why this match was allowed to take place on this PPV, and it's because everyone else who usually performs on the card is in the Money in the Bank matches, so they have to fill some time by having these guys wrestle each other. It's not a bad plan at all, except the fact that the build up to this has been lackluster. The Usos come out every week and attack The Hart Dynasty. Rinse and Repeat. It's creatively lazy and is a large part as to why no one cares about The Usos and very few care about the THD. Back when the Hardys, Dudleyz, and Edge/Christian (Golden Age of Tag team wrestling) were feuding over the belts they actually got time on the mic to develop their characters and that made people hate or like them. The Usos actually aren't bad on the mic so they should have allotted some more time on the mic. Instead that time is given God awful comedy skits with some irrelevant guests hosts and Santino. I'm saddened by the fact that I care about this stuff more than the people whose job it it to do so. Anyway, I see The Hart Dynasty taking this since the Usos have had the upperhand for most of the "feud".

Predicted Winner - The Hart Dynasty


Christian vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show vs. Matt Hardy vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre
Money in the Bank Match
Aizaz - The Smackdown MiTB has a heavy favorite and it's none other than the Jizzbucket known as Drew McIntyre. Back when Teddy Long announced that Drew's visa had expired, I really wanted it to stand for "Drew, you fucking suck and you are being sent back to FCW". Instead, the prodigal waste of sperm returns and beats Kofi and Christian in consecutive weeks. If the WWE has Drew win the MiTB or Lord forbid win the WWE Or WHC Champion, I just want to publicly state that brand will be dead to me. Now, let's look at the rest of the contestants.

Big Show - He won't win though I'm curious as to what kind of spot they have planned for him. Here is hoping Show does take a plunge off the ladder.

Kane - The Big Red Machine will play a large in this match whether it's actually winning it or coming oh so close to grasping the briefcase. Let me elaborate, we will probably see Kane being oh so close to grabbing onto the briefcase when suddenly the lights will go out, and you will hear the famous GONG! The Deadman will cost Kane a shot at the title and from there they will either meet in a Casket Match at Summerslam, or at the Hell in a Cell PPV.

If Kane wins the Money in the Bank then I see him cashing it on Mysterio later on in the night (they already have the injured ankle excuse) and the title gets defended at Summerlsam when Taker makes his return. I would put my money on Kane coming close though.

"Dashing" Cody Rhodes - I like his new gimmick though I would suggest he get a new valet to justify the "Dashing" moniker. His gimmick is still in its infancy stage so a victory here will be entirely too soon.

Matt Hardy - He hasn't been bad on the mic in the build up to this match, but I don't see Hardy's guarantee to win the MiTB coming to fruition tonight. Why? Have you look at him recently? the man needs a shirt to hide his gut, I highly doubt Vince will reward him with a title for that.

Dolph Ziggler - He can be considered the dark horse of this match. His pairing with Vickie Guerrero has managed to get him some heat from the fans, but I don't think it's quite enough to get him a World Title run.

Kofi Kingston - Kofi has been heavily featured in the promotion for this PPV. Moreover, he is the most "ready" midcarder to take the leap into the World Title picture. He is good in the ring (even if he does tend to have lot of botches) ,over with fans, and can cut a serviceable promo. If McIntyre wasn't such a favorite, I would go with Kofi.

Christian - Oh Captain Charisma what has happened to you? When he got drafted over to Smackdown, I had such high hopes for the Pontiff of the Peepulation but they have all been mercilessly crushed. Now, he is getting compared to Matt fucking Hardy. Fuck you to whatever asshole wrote that. Not only is Christian leaps and bounds better than Hardy in the ring, he is excellent on the mic unlike Hardy who can barely cut a promo, Christian possesses tons of charisma where as Matt is still riding his junkie brother's coattails. Oh and let's not forget Christian is a former World Champion as much as the WWE wants to pretend otherwise.

Here is video proof, I even have it favorite'd on my Youtube account.




As much as I love Christian, I can't pick him to win since Vince seems intent on not giving him a World title (My random internet theory that has absolutely no basis: Christian fucked both Stephanie and Linda while making Vince and Triple H watch). I'm pretty sure it will be McIntyre who wins, but I can't bring myself up to write so I will pick

Predicted Winner - Kofi Kingston


Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. John Morrison vs. Mark Henry vs. Evan Bourne vs. Ted DiBiase vs. The Miz
Money in the Bank Match

Aizaz - This should be a contender for Match of the Night since it has the likes of Bourne, Morrison, Edge and Jericho. I have absolutely no doubt that these guys will pull out all the stops to put on a fantastic match. Hopefully, no one gets injured............alright maybe Orton but that's just because I think he is a despicable human being. Also, the Raw creative team has a nice job of building this match, it reminds me of the build before the very first MiTB, and I like it.

Mark Henry - The World's "Strongest" Man should just be happy that he is still employed. No way, he is going to win this unless the other 7 competitors are somehow crippled.

John Morrison - Post draft, I predicted that Morrison would be a casualty of the Monday Night Raw Midcard Curse. Right now, he is serving as fodder for NXT and cutting horrible promos against ted DiBiase. If anyone needs this Money in the Bank, it's John Morrison. This could raise his worth and provide him with some relevancy in the eyes of the fans. He needs the victory, and I wouldn't be shocked to see him win. However, I don't think that there is a good chance of it happening.

Randy Orton - He looks like the biggest favorite to win the Money in the Bank, but Orton doesn't need a briefcase to get a title shot. In fact, it would hurt him. From a character stand point, Orton would have to cash in the Money in the Bank at the most opportune moment. The WWE has conditioned their fans to think that slimy heels would so something like that thus it would make Orton look weak, so it's bad idea to have him win.

The Miz - He looks really strong heading into this contest, and it would be a good decision to give the briefcase. The Miz could brag about it for the upcoming months, while he gets built up for main event status. When the time is right, they can have him win the title, and create a legitimate new superstar. I have no confidence in the WWE which is why I believe they wont do so or will find a way to fuck themselves.

Ted DiBiase - The dark horse candidate of this MiTB. If he could somehow pay someone off and buy the briefcase it would cement his "Fortunate Son" gimmick. I don't think Vince and his cronies would for it though.

Chris Jericho - Jericho is being punished for hosting his own game show, which is retarded and beyond hypocritical. The WWE craves even lusts after mainstream appeal. It's so bad that they actually waste valuable time on their show to have "celebrities" humiliate their own stars. Jericho gets to host a television show on ABC, and he gets punished for it. How the fuck does that make sense? Chris' contract runs out this fall, I hope he leaves this retarded company and has success with a Hollywood career.

Edge - He doesn't need a MiTB to get a title shot but he will still put on a good effort in the match. The Rated PG superstar might even be the one that costs Jericho or Orton the opportunity to get the briefcase, but he won't win.

Evan Bourne - He has been recipient of a great push and the logical culmination of that push would be for Evan Bourne to win the Money in the Bank and bid his time until he can get in the Main Event picture. He will take some great bumps, and I hope he gets rewarded for them. I think we will see Evan Bourne somehow overcome/or gets past Orton to win the MiTB.

Predicted Winner- Evan Bourne

Rey Mysterio (Champion) vs. Jack Swagger
Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Aizaz - Mysterio will only be transitional champion, the whole ankle injury just makes me sure of it. The only question that remains is whether he will drop the strap to Kane or Swagger tonight.

Predicted Winner - Not Rey Mysterio

Sheamus (Champion) vs. John Cena
Singles Match for the WWE Championship

Aizaz - I have a confession to make, I'm starting to like Sheamus just a bit. Until his recent title reign, I just of though of him as a pale idiot who got to win the belt based on his friendship with Triple H. While that might be true, he has done a nice job of taking advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by Hunter. It all started the night after he won the title at F4W. Sheamus came out to interrupt Vince McMahon, he sounded remorseful even offering to give the title back because he didn't like the way he won it. Then he burst out laughing and said he was only kidding fella. As soon as he started showing that he had a personality other than being a pale idiot, I started liking the guy. A week or so later, I saw him live at the Wachovia Center and he was arguably the biggest heel of the night because of his antics. He still needs to work on getting better in the ring and even improving his mic skills, but I could learn to like The Irish Fella. Unless Cena is revealed to be mastermind behind Nexus, Sheamus retains.

Predicted Winner - Sheamus


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Game of Thrones Full Cast revealed

Earlier on today The Hollywood Reporter's blog, The Live Feed, and Martin's blog revealed the full cast (well almost), log line, directors, producers and locations for the series. Shooting is set to begin on July 26th, so get ready.
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GAME OF THRONES

HBO Entertainment
Season one will total 10 episodes
Production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is will begin principal photography on July 26, 2010.

“Game of Thrones” has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen and will shoot in the Paint Hall studio, Belfast, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland. A second location for production will be Malta with assistance from the Malta Film Commission.

LOG LINE:

“Game of Thrones” is a new original HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels. In a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Westeros crown comes with a price. Betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdom, from the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noble men vie for power in the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne.

SERIES CREDITS:

David Benioff Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady Co-Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis Co-Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin Co-Executive Producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Frank Doelger Producer
Marco Pontecorvo Director of Photography
Alik Sakharov Director of Photography
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Michele Clapton Costume Designer

The pilot was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writers of the series are: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (seven episodes), Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson and George R.R. Martin (one episode each). “Game of Thrones” is based on the series of books “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin.

The pilot director was Tom McCarthy. Series directors include: Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor. Other directors will be announced as they are confirmed.

SERIES REGULARS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Eddard “Ned” Stark
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jamie Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Rob Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (Hound)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

FEATURED CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin

GUEST CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Josef Altin as Pyp
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
Ciaran Bermingham as Mord
Esme Bianco as Ros
Susan Brown as Septa Mordane
Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn
Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle
Emun Elliott as Marillion
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn
Jefferson Hall as Ser Hugh of the Vale
Derek Halligan as Alliser Thorne
Rhodri Hosking as Mycah
Margaret John as Old Nan
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
Dermot Keaney as Gared
Francis Magee as Yoren
Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egan
Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
Luke McEwan as Rast
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Rob Ostlere as Ser Waymar Royce
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
John Standing as Jon Arryn
Conan Stevens as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon Targaryen
Miltos Yeromelou as Syrio Forel
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If you want to see pictures of the various new actors, you should head over to Winter is Coming where they are compiling all the head shots for the various actors and actresses.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Game of Thrones casting: Conleth Hill to play Varys

The Chicago Tribune's journalist, and avid A Song of Ice and Fire fan (I might add), Mo Ryan is reporting that Conleth Hill is set to play Lord Varys aka "The Spider" or as I like call him: Westeros' answer to the Gestapo.

A Wiki of Ice and Fire describes him as
Lord Varys, called "the Spider", is the enigmatic member of the small council and Master of Whisperers, or spymaster, for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. A bald, fat eunuch of stylish dress, he usually affects a fawning, effeminate personality to hide his true feelings and motives. In keeping with this act, he often refers to spies as his "little birds". Many nobles he associates with find him distasteful and untrustworthy. He is a master of disguise, and knows many secret passages within the Red Keep.
That's right, Varys is a fat, dickless bastard, but don't the description fool you, he is a master at what he does, which is knowing what each and every person is up to in King's Landing. There isn't a lot that happens in KL that Varys is not aware of. His information gathering prowess has made him one of the most powerful men in King's Landing and even Westeros. Though he helps the King's Hand, Eddard Stark, it is unclear as to where Varys' loyalties lie and motivates him which makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the series.

Playing him will be an actor from the United Kingdom by the name of Conleth Hill.

Pictures

Videos of his Work







Hill seems to primarily a stage actor (which seems to be a theme for all the actors being cast) though he does have a slew of television credits in the UK though this will be his first appearance for an American audience. Here is hoping, he does does justice to one of the most fascinating characters in A Song of Ice and Fire . From watching some videos of his work, it appears as if Conleth is quite a versatile actor, and that should help him out while playing Varys. Maybe, this could be a talented actor's breakthrough role.

Oh George has confirmed the casting and also given his thoughts on Conleth.
Born in Northern Ireland, in County Antrim, Hill has done his share of televison and film, but is probably best known for his work in the theatre, which ranges from serious drama to musical comedy, and everything in between, including roles in THE PRODUCERS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, WAITING FOR GODOT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. He's appeared on stages in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Toronto, and on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor. Hill has also twice been awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, once for best actor, once for best supporting actor.

He has his own website at http://www.conlethhill.com/ where you can find out a lot more about him, and even see some amazing video clips. Hill, like Varys, is quite a chameleon, an actor who truly disappears inside the characters he portrays, more than capable not only of bringing the slimy, simpering eunuch to life, but also of showing us all the other faces of King's Landing's master of whisperers.

With Varys, Littlefinger, Grand Maester Pycelle, and Ser Barristan all cast, King Robert's small council lacks only Lord Renly... and he'll be joining them soon. (Sorry, you will need to wait for season two for Stannis, off brooding on Dragonstone). It is going to be amazing to see all these actors sitting down together at the council table...
He is completely right, now that all the pieces are coming together and shooting is set to begin it's setting in that we will get to see the books performed on screen. It feels amazing for me as a fan, I can only imagine what George feels like.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aidan Gillen is Littlefinger

News has finally leaked out about about who will be playing the "second most devious man in Westeros" It's none other than the man I dubbed as the most logical choice to play Littlefinger: Aidan Gillen.

Back when I did a post on who I thought should play Littlefinger, I thought the artist formerly known as Tommy Carcetti would be a good choice. Here is why I thought he had a chance and why he will be a good fit for Lord Petyr Baelish.

Gillen is one of the most logical choices to play Littlefinger. He has the prior relationship with HBO, and his agent even admitted to contacting the team behind Thrones to get Gillen some work in the series. The shooting will take place in Northern Ireland, which happens to be Gillen's home. All of these factors suggest some sort of involvement for the artist formerly known as Councilman Carcetti in Game of Thrones. What makes him a wonderful fit for Littlefinger is the ruthless ambition he displayed as Tommy Carcetti. Not only that, while watching the show, I actually believed that Tommy would actually fix Baltimore's problems even being familiar with the man's ambitious nature. A lot of that credit goes to Gillen's acting as he made the audience believe that he was the man for Baltimore. That kind of talent is going to come in quite handy if he gets cast to play Westeros' second most devious man. If you look at the picture above, you could totally see that smirk on Littlfinger's face as he sits in another one of the Small Council's meetings.

The Verdict - You don't break the bank on him, but he provides with you with a solid performance. Not only is Gillen a very talented actor, he is not well known, and that makes him perfect (From HBO's standpoint) for a supporting role like Littlefinger.
I think HBO picked the right guy to play one of the most important roles in the series. Hell, looking at the pictures, I can even see some resemblance.




















Here is a clip of his work though beware there are a lot of spoilers for The Wire.


With Pycelle, Littlefinger, and some other minor characters cast, it now remains to be seen as to who will play the sellsword Bronn and the Patriach of the Lannisters: lord Tywin Lannister. I'm pretty sure we will get the news on them soon.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Game of Thrones Casting Round Up: Barristan "The Bold" Selmy, Gregor Clegane, Jory Cassel, Samwell Tarly, and Syrio Forel found

By now, I really thought, we would have gotten the news as to who has been cast as Lord Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger. After all on June 23rd, George hinted that we were due to get an announcement from, HBO, Winter is Coming, The Hollywood Reporter, or Maureen Ryan , about the casting very soon. Of course, George is the same guy who claimed that A Dance with Dragons would come out soon after A Feast for Crows and that was 5 years ago, so perhaps I should have learned to take George's predictions with a grain of salt. Before all you George defenders get all crazy just know that I kid.

Anyway, just because the casting for Littlefinger hasn't been announced doesn't mean that some of the smaller parts haven't been filling out quite. In the past 2 weeks, we have slowly gotten to see the ensemble cast come together as characters like Gregor Clegane, Syrio Forel and Barristan Selmy have seen actors attached to them. Instead of doing a post about each of these minor (compared to Bronn, Tywin, or Littlefinger) characters, I figured I would just do a casting round up, since it's easier for the readers to see it all in one place, instead of sifting through several posts.

Let's start!
Ser Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane

Gregor Clegane is the older brother of Sandor Clegane, he also happens to be the most feared knight in Westeros. Gregor's massive physique is only matched by his thirst for destruction and his his penchant for cruelty. It is often said that A Song of Ice and Fire is the grittiest and most realistic fantasy series out there, and Gregor plays a large part in carving that reputation. Instead of the knight in shining armor, Gregor is the monster out of your dreams. He is ill tempered and even quicker to lose the aforementioned temper. Just ask his victims.......Oh wait...they are all fucking dead. Gregor doesn't appear that much in the first season (unless they show just how Lord Tywin Lannister utilizes him) but when he does appear... Rest assured, his appearances will be memorable.

The actor playing him will be
The older Clegane's nickname is "The Mountain That Rides" and the 7ft, 330 lbs behemoth known as Conan Steven justifies that. If you have followed the casting for Game of Thrones very closely then you probably recognize that Stevens is the guy who wrote an an open letter asking to be cast as Gregor Clegane even before the casting for the pilot was finished. When the news leaked that Stevens had been cast, he wrote a post thanking the fans for their support and shed some light on how he came to be casted in the role. If you read the entry then you can see the enthusiasm the guy has for this role, and that more than anything else makes me think that Stevens is a good choice (his physique and experience with medieval roles are also good) to play Gregor.

Here is the post.

Ser Gregor Clegane I Am

(*** I have not yet signed the contract so nothing is 100% certain until then but we have a good relationship with the Casting and Production houses I am happy to be working with professionals on a professional Western shoot again. Production has been rather accomodating and flexible which has been an added bonus and makes me happy to be working with them ***)

Ser Gregor Clegane, "The Mountain That Rides" - the character for the upcoming HBO TV series that I originally wrote about waayyyy back in March 2007 has now been cast.

And it's me! I am to play Ser Gregor Clegane, "the baddest knight in a realm full of bad asses".

This is BIG news for my career, and next time some 2 bit Australian agent or casting agency looks at me with disdain and says that my CV contains "only" Asian movie credits and apparently not worth as much as a no pay, no budget Australian period piece that might show on regional TV networks to a huge Australia audience of 19 million potential (compared to the "only" 2.5 Billion people in the Asian market)

Anyway I digress. This credit as will validate my acting career in a major US TV series as Gregor Clegane is a major character. No walk on big angry bad guy role here. Thank God... and my preparations... and the fans.

The credit of working as Gregor Clegane with a big reputable company like HBO on a TV series that has such a promising production crew line up that it is as guaranteed as it is possible to get in becoming a hit TV show.....

Now I could go on about how great I am to land the role of Gregor Clegane, and I am pleased I must say.

BUT it would be inappropriate for me to say it was entirely my shining abilities that got me the role, when in fact if it wasn't for the fans of George R.R. Martins book series then I would not have even known about the role at all - which would make it pretty hard to audition for.

I think the best way to go about this is to give a little background on the books and the show, the character, then talk about the timeline of events that took me from the original 'heads up' email through to the current day.

Actually here is a link to a FAQ on the major fan site that explains what the book and TV series is about, here is a short excerpt:

What is Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones is HBO’s drama series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R. R. Martin.

What is A Song of Ice and Fire?

A Song of Ice and Fire (ASoIaF) is a medieval fantasy book series by author George R. R. Martin. The story is scheduled to span 7 books (4 of which are currently published).

What is it about?

Without getting into too many details, it is basically about a realm called the Seven Kingdoms which is going through a period of upheaval as different families and factions all attempt to gain control of the throne. The tone is dark, gritty and realistic with characters that are neither inherently good or evil. Although it is classified as a fantasy series, it is almost more historical in nature with the fantastical elements few and far between (although they seem to be growing with each book).

Well that was a lot easier than I thought, so onto the character next with another lift, this time from an email:

THE PRODUCTION TEAM: This project is produced by Carolyn Strauss, the HBO veteran behind HBO hits "The Sopranos", "Sex and the City" and "Rome" and is written and produced by David Benioff ("Troy"; "The Kite Runner") and D B Weiss ("Kashmir";"Untitled I Am Legend Sequel").

- Some big hitters there, looks like a home run is in the works for this series.

SER GREGOR CLEGANE: Caucasian. Aged 40s. A monstrous knight in the service of the cruel House Lannister. He is often dispatched to cary out their most ruthless and depraved missions. Over seven feet tall, brutish and enormously strong, Ser Gregor's prowess on the battlefield is matched only by his cruelty. An incredible physical specimen.

Not an easy pair of shoes to fill there. Lets see. 7 feet tall , strong , melee weapon fighting experience, an incredible physical specimen. They could have some trouble finding someone suitable for that role, add in a knight has to be able to ride a horse, and probably have a lot of experience fighting and of course doing their own stunts because at that height you are not going to get a stand in stuntman.

Thinking about this I thought I might take a shot and see if I could gether any information, so here is the timeline as it happened with explainations along the way on how I came to know about Ser Gregor Clegane right through to how I secured a "pre-audition" for the role and was eventually cast as Gregor Clegane.

  • 17 Feb 2007 - Fan Charles Wise contacts me via email to let me know that HBO have planned an upcoming TV series - I research the role a little, and find it of interest, though not sure how to go about getting into it if/when it goes into production, I add the name to the list of articles to write on my site
  • 07 March 2007 - I write the original article on wanting to be Gregor Clegane I list 10 reasons I would make a good Gregor Clegane at this stage I don't know who to contact and to be honest I think my experience and acting credits to date are not good enough, physically I am capable and I believe I can do it, but taking a risk on an unknown is a big chance for a production company, esp for TV where you may have to work with the person for years.
  • 01 June 2007 - Neil Fingleton, novice actor and Englands tallest man at 7'7" contacts me because of the article, we have remained pen friends since, He sent me congratulations on getting the role.
  • 12 Nov 2008 - Elio Garcia, the admin of www.westeros.org fansite contacted me because of the Gregor Clegane article I wrote and put me up as a possible cast member in the discussion boards on his site. He also tells me that HBO have green lit the production of a pilot episode.
  • I start receiving emails from the fan base of the Song of Ice and Fire book series, as usual I respond to each email. One thing I did mention to one fan in particular is that the emails from the ASOIF fans seem to be longer, better written and with better comprehension than the general public emails I get.
  • 21 July 2009 - Fan John Nixon emails me telling that HBO is casting for the Game Of Thrones pilot now, I get go to GRRM's website and find out they are casting some characters in Australia. I see my chance, I have contacts in Australia, I get an agent (the same one I told to look out for this production as I wanted in, as usual the agent did nothing until I emailed and told her the casting was on now) to chase down the Casting Agency, I get the script for the pilot and the sides to read for hte character Drogo, one of the few characters they are casting in Australia, and the only one suitable
  • 15 August 2009 - Alex Harman contacts me about the original article and gives me a few pointers to correcting it, as well as providing news about the filming locations and accents to be used - a plus for me as an English accent is much easier than a US accent for an Australian.
  • 04 September 2009 - After finding out they seem to be having trouble filling the role I am able to secure an audition in Australia for the role of Drogo . Now the role is not suitable for me and I could only see myself getting this role as an extreme last resort by the producers. My main aim is to get in front of the casting director (via film) and hopefully be remembered come time to cast for Ser Gregor Clegane, in effect I am trying to set myself up for a "Pre-audition" for Gregor's role, thus helping my chances of getting a shot and jumping the gun on the competition.
  • 08 September 2009 - www.winter-is-coming.net picks up the story that I may have auditioned and speculation runs riot. The response from the fan base surprises me and is flattering that most feel that I would be the ideal candidate to play Ser Gregor Clegane. Well to put the speculation to rest it was Drogo I was auditioning for.
  • Supportive and information loaded emails start to come in daily from varoius fans. Special thanks go to Jan Guilfoyle.
  • 10 March 2010 - Game Of Thrones HBO pilot gets approval so the TV series will be going ahead. Only now after 3 years do I finally have a chance at getting the role, as before this the role of Ser Gregor Clegane did not exist. Now I need to find a way to get into a casting for Gregor, I ask my new agent to chase this and a spot on Mad Max 4 up.
  • 27 May 2010 - Nina Gold casting emailed me directly saying that I had auditioned for them previously (!) and was I interested in playing the part of Ser Gregor Clegane? My heart jumped into my mouth at this news, what a heart starter for the day - I skipped my morning pre-workout coffee as I was already jumping out of my skin.
  • 07 July 2010 - www.westeros.org and www.winter-is-coming.net run articles that HBO has confirmed that I am to play Ser Gregor Clegane, as I am not sure if it'll be professional of me to write when the contract is still not yet signed I email my agent asking him if it'd be ok.
  • 09 July 2010 - having seen the story even running on French langauge wesites I guess it is OK to post my own article so I write this.

So there it is the entire timeline is over 3 years, rather a considerable amount of time. Good for me though I guess as I have worked in some notable movies in that time, including a Warner Brothers Hindi movie and with Yuen Woo Ping , the legendary Hong Kong action choreographer (Matrix, Kill Bill, Lethal Weapon, etc, etc, etc), as well as many other movies being released including Bangkok Adrenaline that I co-starred in and wrote the script for.

So it seems "the plan" worked, not much of a plan, rather taking opportunities as they arose and trying to make the best of them while trying to improve my chances for future outcomes.

As you can see from the timeline the fans and the fansites had a lot to do with me getting this role, but it did take me actioning things along the way, and most of it stems from writing that first initial article that one fan described as "cute" - not a word that fits well with me, but looking at it now it was rather amateurish in comparision to my writings these days.

Regardless it got the job done. Not only did I get a look in for the part of Ser Gregor Clegane, I secured an early "pre-audition" and surprising succeeded without knowing until the email came from Nina Gold casting.

This makes everything different. Time to stop my long 'vacation' (it sounds better than unemployed) and get myself back into gear. First off the gym, back at it 100% and eating too. People are already shocked at the changes in the last 2 weeks as my body responds to the increased workload, the muscle memory kicks in and I eat enough to fuel the regrowth.

Now I have the scripts to read for the episodes that I am in, I have secured copies of the books and am reading them for more background information on Gregor Clegane and what makes him tick.

There is a reason for Ser Gregor Clegane being cruel and blunt, a man of few words - and a dumb brute is not like that. Obviously there are past occurances in his life that made him this way. So far from what I have read that might provide clues are recurring migrain headaches and possible paternicide (killing his father). Though efficiancy and a disdain for lesser intellects would be what I am more inclined towards with a definite sense of superiority over most of his fellow men, with and added dash of internal rage that pours out at the slightest provocation.

I still have a lot to read, and I know Ser Gregor Clegane does not have many lines but that doesn't mean he sits around like a simpleton. The acting will have to be more portrayed through his face and most importantly his eyes as well as the way he moves.

As my good friend Big Mike in Hong Kong says "There are no small roles, only small actors"

This credit has the ability to launch my US and therefore International career. It will be a major turning point in my life, many, many changes are coming.

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Ser Barristan "The Bold" Belmy

Ser Barristan the Bold is one of the most famous and revered knight is Westeros. Not only have his valiant deeds earned him the nickname "The Bold", he is also the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. One of my favorite subplots of the entire series is the progression of the Kingsguard throughout the series. Obviously, Ser Barristan plays a huge part in that, so I'm excited on how they handle Belmy in the series.

Playing him will be

Ian McElhinney

http://www.riversidetheatre.org.uk/pictures/news/esizeian-mcelhinney.jpg
The news of McElhinney being cast as Ser Baristan was revealed this morning via the twitter account of Oliver Powell. McElhinney is an Irish actor who has been working for the past 30 years. He has acted in stage shows, tv, and movies though I'm only familiar with his work as Pope Clement VII in Showtime's The Tudors. He only appeared in one episode but I immediately recognized him, so he had to be doing something right. Honestly, I expected a bigger name for Ser Barristan, especially considering his increased role, later on, but I won't complain about a solid actor.
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Jory Cassel
Cassel is the loyal captain of Eddard Stark's guard, it seems as if he is going to play a larger part in the 1st seasons than he did in the book, which is a good thing as I like the character. I would elaborate on Cassel but I'm trying to avoid spoilers.

Playing him will be

Jamie Sives

http://www.oeff.jp/Documents/jpg/Jamie-Sives.jpg

The guy is an up and coming actor, he has appeared in the hit British series, Doctor Who, and he even secured a role in the remake of Clash of the Titans.

Here are some clips of his work





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Syrio Forel
The former First Sword of Bravoos is one of the most popular characters amongst the fans, and I have to agree. Syrio Forel is a badass and not be fucked with. Again, I would go into more detail, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the books.

Playing him will be
Miltos Yerolemou
I have no clue who this guy is, but foremost he needs to get a hair cut to play Syrio. Second, he better be damned good if he is going to play Syrio. Miltos has reportedly done a lot of good stage work and I'm hoping that translates into his portrayal of the former First Sword.
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Samwell Tarly
If you are a Sam fan, then you oughta probably skip my description of him as I'm not the biggest fan of Samwell Tarly. Martin might as well have a template for Samwell chapters. I suck at life, because I'm a craven, I'm fat and useless, I should be dead, Angst over his dad and his family, and I suck at life some more. If I just elaborate on those ideas a bit, I would have my own Sam chapter. Sam is such a whiny bitch but he is till going to be an important character on the Night's Watch.

Playing him will be

John Bradley West

http://winter-is-coming.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/john-bradley-west.jpg

Bradley-West is very much an unknown since he just graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University. Good for the kid getting a role, in an HBO production no less right after college. I'm rooting for him, but he has a long way in ever getting em to like the character.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Deadspin's Dead Wrestler of the Week: Road Warrior Hawk

Most people who follow blogs closely have probably heard of Gawker media. They are the pinnacle of blog popularity. One of the websites under them is Deadspin, which claims to deliver sports "without access, favor or discretion." They absolutely come through on that claim as their targets have ranged from the likes of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez to Sean Salisbury and Steve Phillips. Anyway, I visit Deadspin for the sheer lulz and their often humorous take on sports. Plus, they have some excellent writers like Drew Margarey and Will Leitch. Anyway, a few weeks ago they started a weekly tribute to dead wrestlers or defunct companies. These columns have been absolutely great as they combine passion for wrestling, emotional attachment to the wrestlers along with some excellent writing. Lat week, the Masked Man returned with a column which examined the life and wrestling of Hawk, one half of the Legion of Doom/Road Warriors. He reveals why they were so successful and just what led to their eventual demise.

Here is Deadspin's own description of it:

Every week, the Masked Man, Deadspin's pro wrestling correspondent, honors the sport's fallen and examines their legacies — famous and obscure alike. Today: Michael Hegstrand, aka Road Warrior Hawk, who died in 2003 of a heart attack. He was 46.
I will just do a teaser of sorts on here, if you want to read the rest of it, you should click right here:

There's something to be said for the dramatic properties of elevation, particularly when there are monsters involved. King Kong scaled the Empire State Building and found himself on top of the world — and thus a target for military attack. At that great height, he was at once expressing dominance and exposing himself to harm. It's the former part that makes him a monster, and the latter part that makes us care.

Elevation carries its own special thrill in professional wrestling, lending to the proceedings both a superhero aspect (Look! Up in the sky!) and an element of unfakeable danger. Wrestling has certainly seen its fair share of high-wire acts: Snuka leaping from the top of the cage; Shawn Michaels's WrestleMania XII zipline entrance; ECW's various balcony spots; Mick Foley's masochistic Hell in a Cell tumbles; and of course the late Owen Hart's tragically ill-fated entrance as the Blue Blazer.

At Starcade in November 1986, something superheroic was certainly in the air. They called it Night of the Skywalkers, and though Joseph Campbell certainly would have appreciated the Star Wars reference, the scene was more like something out of a comic book. The Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal, were facing their archrivals, the Midnight Express, in a scaffold match, which meant that the teams were to brawl two stories above the ground — a shockingly real sort of brawl, where life and limb were indisputably on the line. It must be said that scaffold matches were, in retrospect, real almost to the point of boredom. The wrestlers were so consumed with safety — both their own and that of their opponents — that most of the combat took place in prone positions, and the punches and kicks were decidedly low-impact. But 20 or 25 years ago, through the still-credulous eyes of the pre-modern wrestling fan, those matches were stunning. To win the match, you had to knock your opponents — allow me to italicize — off into the ring below. You can see the kids and adults in the audience standing in awe, necks craned. The act was one part monster and one part Marvel Comics, and plainly very, very dangerous: No suspension of disbelief was necessary.

I watched Night of the Skywalkers belatedly, on a homemade VHS compilation tape a buddy of mine had put together. The rolling lines of static only served to up the ante: I felt like I was watching a bootlegged copy of Faces of Death, despite the Sports Entertainment imprimatur. It might not have been much of a match, but it took place 30 feet in the air, and it ended with the nefarious Midnight Express duo falling from the scaffold into the ring (each was hanging from the underside of the platform, monkey-bars-style, to minimize the distance of the freefall, as was the norm in these matches). They were followed in their plummet by their insufferable manager, Jim Cornette, who had climbed the scaffold after the match to escape the Warriors' manager, "Precious" Paul Ellering. Only years later did I learn that Cornette — nowhere near the experienced stuntman that his Midnighters were — blew out both knees when he landed in the ring.



Oh, and Hawk wrestled the match with a broken leg and never let on. But that's less surprising. The Road Warriors were forces of nature in the ring and two of the sport's true tough guys outside of it, muscled to their ears and notorious for working "stiff" in matches — wrestling parlance for not easing up on their various punches, chops, and stretches. Needless to say, they weren't the most popular team to go up against, but you can't tell a monster to take it easy — and you don't mess with that kind of popularity.

Michael Hegstrand — who would come to be known the world over as Road Warrior Hawk — was a big kid from Minneapolis who fell into the tutelage of pro wrestling trainer Eddie Sharkey, who trained a metaphorical murderers' row of wrestlers: Hegstrand, Curt Hennig, Rick Rude, Barry Darsow (aka Krusher Khrushchev, Smash of Demolition, and the Repo Man), and, of course, Joe Laurinaitis, who would become his tag-team partner.

This was quite an interesting an illuminating read for me. I have mentioned in the past that I didn't really get into wrestling till the mid 90's so a lot of the information presented by the Masked Man, in this column, is new to me. Reading Jim Ross' blogs and hearing some accounts, I knew Hawk's demons were bad, but I didn't think they were to extent that MM mentions. Furthermore, I wasn't even aware of the creative differences between Vince and Legion of Doom/Road Warriors. If you don't know much about The Road Warriors or are just interested in reading an excellently crafted yet informing article about a wrestler then I would suggest giving the Masked Man's columns a shot.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: The Rock vs Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship/Summerslam 2002)

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that I have turned myself into a fancy man (with my own blog) I figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join me as I delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive my favorite videos.

Unless you have been living under a rock (absolutely no pun intended) you know by now that Brock Lesnar beat Shane Carwin to become the undefeated UFC Heavyweight Champion. Apart from the fact that it was one of the best heavyweight fights in a while, there was another note of interest to a wrestling fan like myself. In fact, I even mentioned in the my previous post. Before and after the bout, the fact that Brock Lesnar has a pro wrestling background was highlighted as we saw some of the biggest names in wrestling lore come out to support the artist formerly known as "The Next Big Thing". Before the match up, Stone Cold and The Rock were shown and introduced and the announcers even said that they came out to support Brock.



Once the match and in ring interview were over, Brock went into the crowd and celebrated/was congratulated by Jim Ross, Bill Goldberg, The Rock, Stone Cold, and Paul Heyman. Like I said in the last post, nearly all of those guys are part of wrestling royalty. Furthermore, Goldberg, Rock and Austin have each been the #1 guy in their company at a time. You would think there would be some memorable matches between these guys since they were under the WWE roof together. However, that's not the case. Lesnar and Goldberg were involved in one of the most hyped Wrestlemania matches of all time, and they absolutely stank up the joint. It was so bad that the MSG crowd booed both of them out of the building. Lesnar and Austin never had a match, and the story behind that is quite popular on the internet by now. If you don't know. Back in 2002, neither Vince nor Austin were happy with the creative direction of the company, so to shake things up the creative team came up with the idea of having Austin lose to Brock, on Monday Night Raw, without any sort or story or prelude. Upon hearing it, Austin didn't want to go through with losing to Lesnar without a proper feud. Consequently, the match never took place and Austin vs Lesnar is relegated to fantasy matchups that we wish had actually taken place. The only good match that took place between all of the Superstars I mentioned above was The Rock vs Brock Lesnar. The Summerslam match between these two was almost a passing of the torch. Though The Rock was Undisputed Champion, it was clear that he was Hollywood bound. Meanwhile, Lesnar was labeled as "The Next Big Thing" and was the recipient of massive push. Just seeing all those guy together made me think of this and I thought it would make for an interesting blogpost.


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Brock Lesnar Defeats Shane Carwin at UFC 116

First of, I want to wish a Happy Independence Day to all of you. Enjoy the freedom given to us by the Founding Fathers of this great nation. There are a lot countries around the world that don't have liberties such as Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression, Right to Bear Arms, Being Innocent until proven Guilty and a shit load of others. Just be happy that we live in the United States of America. Patriotic Message out of the way, let's get down to some UFC results.

I don't write much about UFC or MMA, because I'm strictly a casual fan which means I will follow guys like Lidell, GSP, Evans, Rampage, Griffin, Machida, Fedor, and most of all Lesnar. I'm not an expert nor do I consider myself particularly informed about the sport which is why I barely blog about it. However, last night's fight between Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar was one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history for me, and from what I gather for a lot of other people as well.

Everyone knows the story by now, Lesnar suffered from an illness called Diverticulitis that threatened to end his life. Here is a description of what Brock suffered through, and trust me it's not one that you ever want to hear the doctor say that you have.
Lesnar underwent surgery to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses, and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.
After going through months of treatment, and getting help from the best doctors possible, he was cured of his illness, and what's the first thing the SOB wants to do? He wants to get in the best possible shape, so he can defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship. That's how you know that this guy is a freak of nature. Shit, after recovering from a flu most of us want to curl up and go to sleep. This monster wanted to train for an event where he would, in all likelihood, be beaten on by a man that wears 5XL sized gloves. That's fucking dedication......

Everything went well for Lesnar, and he began training with one of the best training staffs assembled (one which included Randy Couture) in the hopes of regaining the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Prior to the fight, there was lot of speculation (rightfully so) as to how Lesnar would hold up after having a hole is his stomach. Furthermore, people questioned Brock's chin and whether he would be able to endure one of Carwin's huge tight hands. What they should have been focusing on is whether Shane Carwin would be blown out after the first round.

If you watched last night then you saw Brock Lesnar answer all of the questions, but it didn't come easy. When Carwin aentered the arena, amidst loud cheers, to "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor" you could tell he was focused on removing the "interim" before his Heavyweight Championship. As soon as the fight began, Carwin landed a huge right hand that hand Leanar reeling and backing up. Chants of "Carwin" resounded throughout the arena as the MMA purists believed that they had finally found someone who could topple Brock Lesnar.

For the remainder of the first round, their belief was rewarded by Carwin, who had his opponent on the ground and repeatedly pummeled Lesnar with heavy fists. Nevertheless, the resilient former champion refused to give up and continued to mount a defense as he kicked, punched, and kneed from the ground making it an easy decision for the referee to continue the fight, By the time, the first round was near it's end, it was clear that Carwin was out of breath. Seeing that he had an opportunity, Brock made it on to his feet and succeeded in a takedown despite his heavily swollen face. The questions that surrounded Lesnar had already been answered. Everyone wanted to know if Brock could withstand Carwin's punch. Well, the tough SOB didn't just take one, he took em all and still got back up.

As the fighters headed to their corners Lesnar assured his people that he was feeling good, and it proved to be true. Just like he dug down to find the energy to train after a horrific illness, Brock found the energy within himself to fight a great round. Though Carwin got the advantage in the beginning of the first round, he wasn't able to repeat that feat as Lesnar took him down to the ground and after a bit of grappling put him in a choke. Carwin had no choice but to tap out. After all he had been though, Brock Lesnar climbed on top of the cage and celebrated the regaining of position of top of the MMA world.



In the post fight interview, it was a much different Lesnar than last time as instead of sticking middle fingers to the crowd and insulting sponsors (which I found to be great btw) he thanked God, his family & doctors and dedicated the win to them. Though I found his earlier antics to be honest and refreshing, it shows that Lesnar has matured and has become even more focused. A healthier and more focused Brock Lesnar oughta be a scary thought for other fighters in UFC and certifiable gold mine for Dana White.

After he left the octagon, Lesnar celebrated with wrestling royalty with names such as Jim Ross, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bill Goldberg, and one of Lesnar's closest friends: Paul Heyman. To all the MMA purists, who booed Brock upon his entrance (The man almost died and they booed him) it just had to be rubbing salt into their wounds as once again the former professional wrestler was able to beat one of the UFC's mightiest heavyweights.

Here are some more reactions and interviews from Brock himself.





Also, The Fanhouse scored an interview with Heyman, Austin, Ross, and Goldberg. I think it's a good one as you get to see what kind of relatioship Heyman and Lesnar have. Also, we get to see and hear from JR, he looks pretty good.



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