WrestleMania Fails of the Last 30 Years

I know that we usually do fails of the week on Mondays or Tuesdays but I thought we could do something WrestleMania themed today given that the biggest wrestling show of the year that isn’t NJPW’s annual Wrestle Kingdom was on Sunday. I probably should have done this last week but better late than never.

So from the archives of Maffew’s Botchamania, it’s the biggest botches in WrestleMania history.

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2015 Hottest Canadian: Final Four

After two weeks of voting, the 2015 Hottest Canadian bracket has gone from 32 competitors to the final four. While the 2012 Hottest Canadian bracket had four actresses in the final four, this time, we have one actress, one former pro wrestler and two models. After three upsets in four matchups in the elite eight, will we have any more in the second-to-last round?

Voting will continue through to late Thursday with the Hottest Canadian grand final starting on Friday night and voting on that continuing through Monday night.

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F1 Malaysia Grand Prix: Be Careful What You Wish For

During the press conference following the Australian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg made a comment to the effect of that it would be great if Ferrari would catch up to Mercedes. After this weekend, I think Nico is regretting his words. Not only was Rosberg outqualified by a Ferrari, he was outraced by a Ferrari. In fact, Sebastian Vettel outraced the whole field as he took his first win as a driver for Scuderia Ferrari.

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Sunday Link-Off: Press Play

paige-wwe15-01It’s the big day! WrestleMania: Play Button (because numbers make WrestleMania sound old) is today in Santa Clara with the pre-show starting at 5:00 PM EDT, matches starting at a rumoured 6:00 PM EDT and the show proper starting at 7:00 PM EDT. That’s some five hours of wrestling. Holy crap, that’s way too much.

Anyway, it’s time for the links. Since WrestleMania is today, I think it’s appropriate to lead this one off (or maybe we should say start the card) with Paige.

The Harper Government tried promoting Canadian energy in the US. It cost them $24 million in advertising. (CBC News)

The state of Indiana has passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Basically, it allows people to use freedom of religion as a defense in legal matters. Yes, this includes invoking your religion to discriminate against people you don’t like. (BuzzFeed)

You’ve heard of Alcoholics Anonymous but you haven’t heard the scientific criticisms. Many doctors question the efficacy of the faith-based program. (The Atlantic)

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2015 Hottest Canadian: Elite Eight

From 32 to 16 to the Elite Eight. The 2015 edition of the Hottest Canadian showdown has reached the regional finals stages with two women left in each region. In the Sweet Sixteen, we had two #1 seeds go down including #1 overall seed Danielle Knudson and defending Hottest Canadian champion Kristin Kreuk. Of these remaining eight, one will be the new Hottest Canadian.

Who will make it to Hottest Canadian Final Four? Voting starts today and builds to the Final Four on Monday.

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Eight Videos to Get You Hyped (or Worried) About WrestleMania 31

For better or worse, that time of year is upon us. The WWE’s annual “sports entertainment” spectacular, WrestleMania, is upon us for the 31st time. This year’s edition got a last-minute boost of intrigue with the late re-signing of Brock Lesnar so for the first time in about 9 months, the outcome of the main event is up in the air.

So to get you ready for the five-hour show (that includes two pre-match shows expected to start at 3:00 PM PDT), I found some of the best “hype” videos to get you ready for The Granddaddy of Them All, The Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania Play Button.

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F1 Power Rankings: Malaysia Grand Prix

Two weeks removed from the season opener in Melbourne, Australia, and there are two things that F1 fans are hoping for: 1) More than 11 cars crossing the line at the end of the race; and 2) A race that isn’t so ungodly boring that it puts people to sleep in the middle of it. Our first trip to a Hermann Tilke designed track may help us answer the question of which of the Mercedes drivers will have the advantage this year and who is the favourite in the battle for 2nd in the Constructors’ Championship.

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