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Once upon a time, Dolph Ziggler was known as Nicky in an all-male cheerleader faction called The Spirit Squad. It wasn't the coolest wrestling gimmick, but Ziggler found a way to stand out while duking it out with WWE legends Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Three years later, Nicky became Dolph Ziggler and began to slowly emerge as a top heel with his brash persona and his remarkable ability to look good in the ring while making whomever he's wrestling look better. With WWE "RAW"'s 1000th episode airing tonight and Ziggler perhaps at the top of his game, we sat down with the self-proclaimed show-off to talk about his feud with Chris Jericho, what he and Sterling Archer have in common and his code on farting.
Ya know that jerk who lives with you, eats your food and uses up all the hot water in the morning? Yeah, that guy. He's your roommate and he can be a huge dick. We've all found ourselves in s***y roommate situations. Some of us move on, some of us tough it out. However, most of us can't stand the idea of that guy having his way with the place. You pay rent, too, but you're a gentleman. There is no need for confrontation--or is there?
Luckily, we found the perfect spokesman to straighten your roommate out. It's none other than Hall of Fame WWE superstar "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. He's mean, he's crazy and he knows how to set the record straight. The next time your roommate is out of line, don't take any guff. Hit him with one of these "Rowdy" Roddy Roommate memes and he'll be sure to get the message.
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Coming soon to a theater near you: "Paul Blart: MMA Fighter." Believe it, kids. In "Here Comes the Boom," Kevin James plays a biology teacher moonlighting as a fighter and judging by the trailer, it takes itself more seriously than a lot of people will. Like most, we expected "Boom" to be raunchy and funny given its director's resume includes Adam Sandler classics like "The Waterboy" and "The Wedding Singer." Surprisingly though, it looks like a heartfelt family flick with an "anything is possible" message: even the nerdiest white guy can knock out Mayhem Miller when he's trying to save the school's music program!
Hold up a sec, we thought this was supposed to be legit MMA?! Apparently not. At least there are cameos by legend fighters like Krzysztof Soszynski, Bas Rutten, Brian Stann and Joe Rogan. Hopefully, they'll give "Boom" the street cred it needs to make MMA fans like it. If not, at least we'll get to stare at Salma Hayek for a couple hours.
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Professional Wrestling has long been the male soap opera. With its sensationalized characters and over-the-top storylines sprinkled with violent in-ring antics, wrestling won our hearts as we matured from boys to men. Over the years, legends were made inside of the squared circle. You know the names: The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair and a plethora of others. But while those guys are household names, there are a bunch of underground legends who have never received the accolades they deserved for their part in wrestling history. That's where we come in. Every so often, we'll bring you stories on some of pro wrestling's greatest stars who aren't household names.
This week is all about the legend of Mike Awesome.
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In the latest edition of "What's Good," Peter Rosenberg gives us the lowdown on the pop culture news that really matters. First up, Nas has cofounded a new website called 12Society which gives subscribers $120 worth of swag, handpicked by celebs such as Nick Cannon and Blake Griffin, for $40 a month. Sounds like a bargain, unless Cannon tries to shamelessly promote his wife by throwing in autographed copies of Butterfly. Second, Rob Dyrdek has entered the burrito biz, launching Loud Mouth Burritos, the munchies of choice for stoners everywhere (each burrito has 420 calories. Har-har.) Last but not least, the road to the WWE SummerSlam is underway, but not without some drama. Vince McMahon ousted John Laurinaitis this week, and AJ heated up the love square (quad?) between she and Kane, CM Punk and her ex Daniel Bryan. But then, that's just AJ being her usual psycho self.
Guys, beware: if you try to mess with Snooki, you may just find yourself in a brawl with WWE superstar John Cena (and it doesn't matter how much you've been bench pressing; we all know that wouldn't turn out well). Snooki posted a picture on Facebook today of her and Cena hanging out backstage at "Good Morning America," and the two look oddly chummy with each other. Snooki, looking pregnant-appropriate in a short red dress, gives the camera an approving thumbs-up as Cena, looking monstrous next to our favorite little meatball, places a protective hand over her baby bump.
We think it's a good thing that Snooki has Cena on her side, because poor Snooki Jr. might need a strong line of defense against any "Jersey Shore" haters who try to start trouble.
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For every Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk, there are 10 horrible wrestling gimmicks like Papa Shango, The Mountie and The Goon. Sometimes you just have to wonder exactly what Vince McMahon and the rest of the professional wrestling world is thinking when they come up with these bizarre characters that they want you to buy into.
Lord Tensai is the latest experiment gone terribly wrong. First of all, they want us to forget that Prince Albert/A-Train ever existed in the WWE. Secondly, are we really supposed to believe that this fat guy is a samurai? No, he just looks like a fat guy trying to be a samurai for Halloween. Sadly, the WWE really tried to push Lord Tensai and even gave him a win over John Cena before realizing that the schtick sucked and nobody connected with it. It's time for a burial of yet another lame wrestling gimmick. But it's not the worst we've ever seen. Here are 10 wrestling gimmicks gone wrong that the wrestling world would like their fans to forget even existed.
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"Wrestlemania XXVIII" has come and gone and this edition of Wrestling Rehash grades the best and worst moments that the biggest wrestling event of the year had to offer. Rather than our usual Wrestling Rehash that points out the good, bad and ugly from the previous week, we take a look at the entire Wrestlemania card and grade each and every match. As always, some were great, one was friggin' stupendous and others were just...well...whatever.
As fans prepare for "WrestleMania" this Sunday, the final week of wrestling is supposed to put that nice little bow on all of the matchups heading into the WWE's biggest event of the year. Well, the writers kinda screwed up and whipped together a program right before 'Mania that was a perfect substitute for Nyquil. This past week of "RAW" pretty much did nothing to further the biggest matches of the year. The big three (John Cena vs. The Rock, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho and Triple H vs. Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee) saw their story lines fizzle with redundancy (Chris Jericho ribbing on CM Punk's family oozes of snoredom). Also, a crapshoot of matches seemed put together just to make sure some of these guys had something to do (Kane vs. Orton = zzzzz). We're still going to watch "WrestleMania," we just wish that the build for some of these high-profile matches would have been better...a lot better. Oh well, at least we'll probably see a Spinaroonie.
We're less than two weeks away from "Wrestlemania" and the only thing we're wondering is why is Kane still allowed to speak. Sure, there are some other pretty important things going on in the WWE, but that damn Kane needs to shut his trap! Meanwhile, we wonder aloud what happened to the The Miz' career and applaud the drama between Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker.
The Good: The Undertaker, Triple H & Shawn Michaels Love Hate Triangle
Even though the main event for "Wrestlemania" is clearly The Rock vs. John Cena, the rematch between Undertaker and Triple H with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee in a Hell in a Cell match has been stealing the show as of late. Although most believe that there is no way that Undertaker's streak will end at the hands of HHH, the insertion of Shawn Michaels as the referee has brought an added element of drama to the match. Their recent exchange on "Raw" where Undertaker told HHH that Shawn Michaels was better than him was gold and we're starting to become more enthused about their match rather than the main event. Go figure.