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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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MTV Clutch celebrates its glorious second birthday this week. Last year at this time, our website was just a baby that slept erratically and had just learned to walk. Now in its terrible twos, MTV Clutch is talking, vomiting everywhere and throwing tantrums. By the way, we have no idea if that's an accurate depiction of child development--this is not a parenting website.
Anyhow, MTV Clutch has grown up over the past year and we'd like to present 22 of our most popular posts and some of our favorites from the past 366 days (leap year in the house!).
When the Lingerie Football League began in 2009, a universal scoff rose from the critics. They thought it was sure to fold, like so many alternative pro leagues before it. Sure, it would draw some eyes at first merely for the T&A curiosity, but it wasn't tenable. Well here we are three years later, and the LFL is now playing its first overseas games, as the Eastern and Western conference All-Stars will face off in Brisbane and Sydney in the coming days.
Meanwhile, pro football league the USFL is making a comeback. From 1983-87, this league proved to be a true alternative to the NFL. Future stars like Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Reggie White and Doug Flutie all got their pro starts here. It was a huge success on the field, but headstrong owners like Donald Trump bullied the league into directly competing with the NFL. This was a huge mistake. They even took the NFL to court. This was an even huger mistake, and led to the USFL's downfall-- gone before its time, but not forgotten. But now it's getting a second lease on life.
Those success stories aside, we're here to talk about those other black sheep leagues that didn't get a second chance. Or did, and squandered that one, as well. Below are eight forgotten sports leagues, both ridiculous and promising, that just never caught on.
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.
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'Tis the season for "Wrestlemania." Some wrestlers get an amazing match for their gift while others get a big fat lump of coal. Over the past week, some wrestlers found out that all the good matches were taken and got stuck with lousy matchups. Oh well, it happens. Meanwhile, we saw the return of Dr. Thugonomics and some wrestling gear gone totally wrong as we recap the past week in the wonderful world of professional wrestling.
Clutch Cuts is our morning edition of the best of the web, a diversion from work or something to get you through those hazy minutes between waking up and actually doing something productive. You'll find viral videos, sports, music, ladies, weirdness and miscellaneous nonsense.
Mountain biker Nikki Gudex and the 66 sexiest female athletes in the world. The Sports Guy's B.S. Report recorded the first-ever podcast with a sitting U.S. President. Terrible photo tattoos. Sir Charles is just brutally honest; says MJ is basically surrounded by yes men and and clueless as an owner. Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali. Old WWE wrestlers in a Zumba class might be the strangest thing you see today.