Hi this is Roman Reigns and you're listening to the Powerbombcast. Believe that.
Take two: This is the New Undertaker and you're listening to the Powerbombcast. Reeest in peace.
Alright so I finally plowed through the anime for Bakuman. I don't know that I'd recommend it to just anybody but I liked it. The constant shifts in tone sort of bugged me at first until I began to realize that they're subtly lampooning the various genres and manga tropes that they're writing within the main plot. I think my favorite part was seeing all the weird fake manga that they come up with even though you barely see where the plots go for any of them. I found all the faux-insidery stuff involving Shuueisha's creative process positively fascinating. A lot of it is extremely meta.
My main problem is that my feelings don't go beyond merely liking it. Like there are not really big pay off moments for these characters where I pump my fist and say, "Alright! Way to go Dallas!" It's more just me nodding my head as I watch and saying "That's interesting..." I didn't much care for the characters as they fluctuated between sort of grounded in reality, very shounen-esque, and needlessly eccentric. Also I thought the whole unrequited love angle was kind of corny but that kind of stuff in general doesn't exactly float my boat.
I kind of knew what the series was going in and it more or less satisfied my expectations. I'm a tad disappointed that it didn't go beyond those expectations but I thought it was okay overall. They keep up the Jump trends of hard work, friendship, and victory in a very unlikely subject matter and it's given me a deeper appreciation for some of my favorite manga and anime series.
I'm not sure what to make of a face turn for Randy Orton. On one hand history has shown Randy is one of the most boring faces ever. On the other hand this seems like they're embracing all those stupid vines people are posting and making him the good guy, anti-authority, badass that Jeff always said he could be. I still think they should try to bring in Bubba Ray into WWE just to be the Mr. Miyagi of putting people through tables so that he could train Randy on how to use them properly.
Am I on dust or was the commentary unusually ABYSMAL last night? Now don't get me wrong, they're the worst guys this side of Rob Bartett, but at least they're usually "mediocre/passable."
Last night they could not have sounded LESS interested in the matches they were calling. From the divas match to the main event, they sounded totally like they were going through the motions and had NO internal consistency. They'd say one thing and then completely contradict themselves seconds later.
There was sooo much dead air on both Raw and HiaC which on 3 hour shows is a bigger problem than just outright bad commentary. To me it's bad enough that so few wrestling moves that aren't signatures and finishers actually get called but it's even worse when the color commentary isn't on point enough to make up for it. You have a fucking ghost end the god damn show and they had literally nothing to say about it. I'm another person who appreciates what JBL does as a heel though I admit he's still not great. He's not bad enough to the point that you need to replace him with the greatness of Byron Saxton just yet.
In the words of Vinny Caravella, "Fuck that big tank."
That was the level that made me quit the game. I'd always meant to go back, but unfortunately my PS3 save data was deleted, so I'd have to start all over again. Fun game, though.
Yeah I was enjoying the game up to that point but again, fuck that big tank.
The more I think about it the more I realize how awful the Zig Zag looks as a finish. Recently they've been altering certain wrestlers' finishers that don't look so good such as Ambrose changing Dirty Deeds to a double arm hook DDT and I think Stardust altered Dark Matter the last time I saw him use it as well. They do that but they don't change whatever the hell this silly looking jumping reverse head driver thing that Dolph does. I'm already not a big fan of Ziggler due to his mediocre promo work and the Zig Zag makes me actively not want to cheer for him.
Well Hell in a Half is exactly what I thought it would be. One half of a decent show which is better than I expected quite honestly. Shows like this make me realize that I'm ultimately no longer a WWE fan and am just a fan of a few excellent dudes in the roster, i.e. Ambrose, Cesaro, Miz, etc. Their booking could not be any weaker than it has been for the past few months so I'll take what I can get in terms of story and character development.
IC title match was solid as expected. I don't like that Cesaro is being used like this but he is damn good as an enhancement talent. He's definitely one of the absolute best in the business at making other wrestlers look good. It almost feels like he's transcended the King of Swing and slowly but surely turned into the King of Superplexes. The like 2 minute long dead lift from Dolph's mounted sleeper hold into a suplerplex was absolutely glorious. Like I said, Cesaro did great and Dolph looks even better as IC champ.
I'm going to pretend this whole Bella thing isn't still happening and move on.
Tag Titles match was meh. I love the Dusts but I'm sick of this match up already. I don't see how anything WWE has can save their Tag Team division as it is.
Orton vs Cena was better than expected mostly thanks to Orton carrying it. He's another case of just a top tier enhancement guy being wasted for the sake of really boring Kayfabe. I still can't stand Randy's promo work but I have to give it to the man. He still has talent in the ring. I would've been far more interested in an Orton vs Lesnar main event.
US Title match was pretty fun if a bit predictable. I've gotta say both Miz and Mizdow are like two of my favorite characters at the moment. I'm going to be real sad when these two break up because they're so entertaining to watch perform.
Rusev's match felt like kind of a big nothing. I mean it was meant to make Rusev look even stronger and I guess technically it works. I'm just so done with that whole angle even though I think both Lana and Rusev are kind of amazing.
Divas titles match was decent I guess. Who cares anymore? I will say I find myself inexplicably aroused by Paige's continued feats of strength. I think @undeadpool once called her the "Cesaro of the Divas Division" and that's pretty much truth after seeing her do a giantess swing on AJ into the barricade. Also my goodness, seeing her skip while holding AJ is something else.
And the main event with Rollins vs Ambrose was good and probably the best match of the night. The problem is that I don't think it was their best match. Some of the spots felt sort of artificial and not as creative as I would expect out of these two guys. I think it's more that the build up and pay off wasn't nearly as well executed as the Lumberjack Match at Summerslam. The ending was a head scratcher. I don't know that this was the right time to bring Bray Wyatt back into the picture but I can't comment on whether I think it's good or bad until Raw I suppose.
Alright I think I'm ready to get Uso Krazy™. For the record I don't like the Uso's, and I'm an actual islander. I'm shooting for the title this time!
!. The Dusts win their match after Stardust blows star dust glitter into the eyes of an Uso.
2. Damien Sandow will appear with his beard shaved and his hair styled like Miz.
3. Ambrose uses something sharp to cut off that dyed portion of Seth's hair.
I'm probably looking forward to maybe half of Hell in a Cell. They should call it Hell in a Half. Ziggler v Cesaro will probably be great. Miz v Sheamus could be fun. Seth v Dean will hopefully be amazing. And as played out as the Orton v Cena match has become, these are two dudes who have so much experience and history with each other that it might be good in the context of a Cell match. Sorry guys I still think LoC is silly.
Impact this week was... oh my god you guys. It was so bad. If you like terrible promos check out Bram try to believably call out Devon Dudley. And just when you think the Samuel Shaw angle can't get any dumber, it gets dumber. Holy shit TNA. Most of the show was a tournament for the no. 1 contenders for the tag titles with some random teams slapped together out of necessity. I doubt anyone in this tournament could be believable tag champs over the boring ass Wolves so it seems like a waste of time but I guess I wouldn't mind if MVP and Kenny King take it in the end. I think in this particular episode I've come around on MVP when he eluded to Lashley maybe being built by Cyberdyne Systems. Good stuff but I still don't appreciate how he goes for the cheapest hometown heat in like 99% of his promos. There was also a Knockouts match....yup. I think Havok is sexy but god damn it is she boring to watch wrestle.
I took some sick days this week so I decided to go through Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. I have to admit I chuckled more than a few times even though I'm totally not into the genre being satirized. I thought a lot about it was rather adorable, which is not a turn of phrase I often use to describe things I like. I was rooting for the main character by the end though she deserves better. Art wise I couldn't help but feel like I was being tricked by the animators. I mean look at those bows in her hair! They're almost hypnotic. Not sure that I'd recommend this series to super casual people but I enjoyed it as someone who has seen my fair share of comics and cartoons.
That led me into checking out the start of Bakuman. I'm finding it somewhat interesting though the tone is kind of all over the place. One minute it's a slice of life sort of deal, then it's a romance thing, then sometimes it throws in some slapstick. I like the referential stuff involving Shueisha and the creative process, it's just that the characters and pacing have yet to grab me.
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