Wednesday Link-Off: Panama

leanna-decker-01Remember how excited I was for WrestleMania 32 on Sunday? How naive does that look right now? I might write up some brief thoughts on the state of the WWE after its biggest show and its biggest weekly TV episode of the year. For now, let’s talk about anything but.

So with that shorter than usual preamble out of the way, I think that it’s time that we do the links. Let’s kick things off with American model Leanna Decker.

The Trump campaign might look comfortably out front of the Republican Primary but they’re working the back rooms to pick up unbound delegates for the convention. (MSNBC)

The push toward basic income creates a stronger social safety net for people than a minimum wage. (Bloomberg)

The Panama Papers revealing the use of Panama as a tax haven for the wealthy might just help Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the White House since he is the one candidate not owned by the wealthy. (The Independent)

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The Best WrestleMania Hype Videos

wrestlemania-32-logoThis weekend, the WWE will present the 32nd edition of WrestleMania in Dallas, Texas, in front of what they will likely claim is a crowd of over 100,000 people. While the focus will be on the action in the ring, injuries have forced change after change to the card and we’re left with a card and build that makes me kind of glad I couldn’t make it to Dallas for the show of shows. At the very least, we know the WWE will do their usual superb job of last minute salesmanship with epic promo videos to hype the matches.

So to celebrate WrestleMania, we have a collection of some of the best WrestleMania promo hype videos that the WWE has produced.

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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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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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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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Wednesday Link-Off: The Wroad to WrestleMania.

natalie-dormer-self15-02I’m pretty sure that I warned you guys on Sunday that there were wrestling links coming. Wrestling Christmas comes but once a year. But since I didn’t watch New Japan until WrestleKingdom 9 in January, I guess we have to settle for being excited about WrestleMania 31. But there are plenty of links to read that are about more than just Vince McMahon’s ego.

Anyway, it’s Wednesday which means that it’s time for us to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Natalie Dormer. Good time to reminds you that Game of Thrones is back next month. I’m looking forward to it.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the new national security bill should be fast tracked because everyone supported it. He might want to pump his brakes because the reality is the exact opposite. (Metro)

Talk about irony. The Republicans might get embroiled in their own birther controversy over prospective Presidential nominee Ted Cruz. (Washington Post)

Loblaw’s has a new plan to cut down on waste. They’re taking less aesthetically pleasing produce and selling it for a discount rather than tossing it in the garbage. (Think Progress)

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Sunday Link-Off: Click

cobie-smulders-esquire14-02Wham! Bam! Body slam! Okay, this week’s set of Sunday links isn’t just about wrestling but there are a lot of WrestleMania stories after the jump. Before it, we have stories about writing. There’s something for everyone in the links. You just have to find it.

First, since the How I Met Your Mother finale is tomorrow, let’s kick things off with Cobie Smulders. Is Joss Whedon still hiring for Agents of Shield?

Flordia isn’t getting rid of their Stand Your Ground loophole any time soon. In fact, they’re planning to strengthen it. (The Guardian)

The term “clickbait” carries a very negative connotation but some writers use baity headlines to get people to read articles that they actually should read rather than just trolling for ad views. (The Concourse)

Speaking of clickbaity headlines, Deadspin had an article about the Washington Redskins launching a charity to get them some good PR over their name. Stephen Colbert made a satirical joke and moronic activists didn’t get it which allowed Daniel Snyder to got off scot-free. (Deadspin)

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WWE Wrestlemania 28 Review

Every sport has it’s one signature event. Golf has The Masters. Hockey has the Stanley Cup Final. Football has the Super Bowl. For professional wrestling, it begins and ends with Wrestlemania. This year’s Wrestlemania featured such themes as the End Of An Era as the Undertaker and Triple H would wrestle one last time. The other big theme was Once In A Lifetime as The Rock and John Cena would go one-on-one in a match that has been building up for the last year. Continue reading

WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Review

Between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 28, there is one very critical stop on the Road To WrestleMania. The annual Elimination Chamber pay-per-view determines the two world title holders heading into WrestleMania and helps sets the stage for the greatest spectacle in wrestling. After a lacklustre event in January at the Royal Rumble, could the WWE liven things up en route to the biggest show of the year? Continue reading

WrestleMania: 25 Years, 25 Greatest Matches (Part 3)

We’re just a couple of days from WrestleMania 26 from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Despite what the WWE told you last year, this year’s event will be 25 years after the first WrestleMania that took place at Madison Square Garden. To celebrate the real silver anniversary of the biggest wrestling show on the planet, we are counting down the 25 best matches to grace the squared circle at the granddaddy of them all.

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