For our first, incredibly short - but no less disturbing - short story, we see the POV from Draconica's most sinister villain, the Man in Shadow. Will he reveal his plans for Final Ragnarok? Read on and find out.
It's time to kick off the Countdown to Final Ragnarok!
For our first, incredibly short - but no less disturbing - short story, we see the POV from Draconica's most sinister villain, the Man in Shadow. Will he reveal his plans for Final Ragnarok? Read on and find out.
Another story will be posted next week. Enjoy!
Those of you who follow the Facebook page may remember I promised a big update for the weekend. Some of you maybe wondering what it was about – well wait no longer!
I am very close to finishing the edits for the next World of Draconica novel – Fall of Draconica. Some of you may have noticed on the website that this was previously under the name of Final Ragnarok, but I renamed it Fall of Draconica to carry on with the themes I have for each story.
Fall of Draconica is set six years later after the events of Legacy of the Dragonkin – and life seems to be good for Daniar and her family. But, a monstrous plan many years in the making is about to take shape – and the heroes will soon find themselves fighting not just for the planet – but just to survive! The novel tells a dark time in the Dragonkin’s future – maybe for the whole of Draconica.
Normally when a new novel is released, many writers will share sample chapters of forthcoming work or such like – but I decided to do something a little different – so as to avoid any potential spoilers for the novel!
Each week, leading up to the release of Fall of Draconica (estimated before the end of April), I will release on the World of Draconica website a series of short stories. I’ve decided to call this series Countdown to Final Ragnarok. Each week, there will be a new short story that will act as a mini-prequel to Fall of Draconica, which will foreshadow a certain event that is about to come. Each tale will add a little more to the mystery of Final Ragnarok – and introduce key players to the game.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the webpage for more information as it becomes available. Hope you enjoy the stories that we have planned for you guys! Don’t forget that all the other World of Draconica novels are available in paperback and ebook form – check the website for the links.
That’s it from me guys! Check back with you soon. Peace out!
WARNING: Spoilers for event contained
It has to be said, Smackdown hasn’t been the best recently. Aside from the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Yep movement, and Shinsuke Nakamura winning the Royal Rumble match – which in turn could lead to the fans getting the dream match of him versus AJ Styles (please don’t f*** that up WWE!) – Smackdown has been, to be honest – really boring.
It’s a shame because I genuinely think Smackdown genuinely has some of the best talent in the WWE, but they just don’t seem to know what to do with them. And despite the name, Fastlane didn’t give it any momentum. Considering this is the last PPV before Wrestlemania, that’s pretty weak!
Anyway, Fastlane had its ups, but it had more downs. So, lets look over them shall we?
For a list of matches and results (including the Pre-show matches which will not be covered), see HERE.
We kicked things off with Rusev versus Nakamura and – to be frank – this was actually pretty good. The crowd were fired up with “Nakamura” and “Rusev Day” chants filling the arena. It actually looked like Rusev could get one over on the Artist, but a Kinshasa quickly ended that. But on the whole, this was a good start and I would say one of the best matches of the night.
Could Bobby Roode beat Randy Orton and deny him the chance to claim the one title he has never won? It looked like he would a couple of times, but as always, the RKO outta nowhere ended a… decent match, if nothing else. After the match, Jinder Mahal (thinking he’s still relevant) attacked Orton, only for Roode to save him – but then he laid out Orton. Is this the beginning of a heel turn for Roode? I hope so – considering he is way better as a heel in my opinion.
We had a women’s tag match – but that didn’t really do anything for me. It was pretty much just filler. And the ending looked sloppy, none of the girls seemed like they knew what they were doing. Next!
This next match I was excited about. The Usos and The New Day have had some of the best matches in recent years – Hell in the Cell being one of them. And they had a very intense promo two weeks ago so I was psyched! It was definitely fun, with both teams stealing each other’s moves in a battle of “one-up-manship.” It looked like they were going to have another classic battle – until the Bludgeon Brothers came down and completely destroyed them, ending it in a no-contest.
Whilst it was a cop out to end a match like this with no result, the Bludgeon Brothers were nothing short of brutal here – it had been teased for ages, but finally we got to see the chaos the brothers could do. At least they weren’t squashing jobbers again.
The next match wasn’t really so iconic itself, but for the ending. I don’t think it surprised anyone to say Charlotte won (though to be fair there were some excellent spots in the match), but what did surprise people is when the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka came down and – presumably – challenged Charlotte for her title. Guess Alexia Bliss can rest easy. For the moment.
And finally, the Six Pack Challenge – or as I called it “Don’t you DARE deny us Shinsuke versus AJ at Wrestlemania!” The match was good, but we’ve seen these matches loads of times before. There were some good moments though. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn finally broke up and attacked each other, Shane interrupted their attempts at becoming champion by pulling the referee out the ring (I’d say this is a dick move, but I really want AJ to fight Shinsuke), continuing the rivalry. And just when it looked like AJ was out the fight, he came back in to win. The Wrestlemania dream match seems cemented! But John Cena looked pissed at losing, having “exhausted” all his routes to Wrestlemania.
Here’s an idea, John – why not just find an opponent and challenge them? That’s how most people do it!
Despite a couple of highlights (Asuka challenging Charlotte most definitely being up there), Fastlane was a weak event that felt anything but, well fast. It wasn’t really anything you couldn’t already get on Smackdown. For an event that is supposed to lead us to Wrestlemania, it really didn’t give us that much. But at least AJ and Shinsuke seem set for Wrestlemania – for the moment.
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Major spoilers for this film and all other Saw films
Sometimes, I don’t always get to see a film when it’s released. Whilst I always try to review films when they are out, things don’t always go my way. But sometimes, I do like to catch up on the films I missed, whether on DVD or TV, so that’s why I’ve started this little subheading of movie reviews that I like to call DVD Reviews or TV Reviews. And for my first one, I look at the latest in a long-running horror movie franchise.
In my opinion, the Saw franchise should have ended after film three. Some might make the argument that it should have just ended after film one. The first Saw film I genuinely loved – it was dark, disturbing, and actually had some great twists; especially the ending. Saw 2 and Saw 3 were also pretty good, but after that the story became increasingly jumbled, and it became more about the traps and gore. After getting the supposed “Final Chapter” in 2010, the Saw franchise pulled a Friday 13th on us and brought back ANOTHER Saw film, this one called (rather appropriately) Jigsaw.
Now don’t get me wrong, Saw at it’s time was a very influential film that sparked a cultural fandom. And I think Jigsaw, played by the brilliant Tobin Bell, is one of the best film villains of all time. But did we really need any more Saw films? Spoiler alert – no. No we didn’t.
Still, I guess we can check this one out.
Ten years after the Jigsaw killer is supposedly dead, it seems that another game is afoot! Five people are trapped in one of Jigsaw’s nefarious games and the police have to try and save them. But is this really Jigsaw, or a copycat killer?
WHAT I LIKED
Saw has always had a focus on the traps that people are put through – and to the creators credit, the traps have always been inventive, if not overly bloody. There is a disturbing beauty to their quality and, from a set design’s point, they’ve always delivered. Here, the traps are a bit more simplistic and, for the most part, not as gory. In fact, this one feels a bit more “restrained” than other outings, which is great. A lot of the traps could probably be solved by using common sense (one example is a door that said “No Exit” and yet some silly bugger STILL tries to go through it!) but hey ho – when did films ever use common sense?
Like previous Saw instalments, the use of heavy twists is used to great effect here. Given that this film has been out a while, and that I did give a spoiler warning, I’ll assume most people have seen it already, so I think I can spoil a few things.
Firstly, the “game” that runs through Jigsaw seems like it’s running real time with the main plot, but it turns out to actually be in the past, making it a non-linear narrative. This was used similarly in Saw 2 and it worked well, and it worked ok well here I guess. Of course, if you REALLY watch the film, there are tons of clues that hint towards this. Or you can just go on YouTube. That’s what I did. There are also some clever turns to the way they play out. One example being the last game where the Jigsaw killer reveals to the surviving characters that their “key” is a shotgun shell, only to reveal that the actual key was INSIDE the shell all along. People think Jigsaw is crazy, but he does at least give his victims a chance.
And it was great to see Tobin Bell return as Jigsaw – in the past bits that is. In essence, Jigsaw is a kind of prequel to see how Jigsaw performed his first game. This at least answered my “How the hell is he still alive?” question when we all saw him get his throat cut in Saw 3.
I did also like the music in this film, in particular the “Metal” track that was played during the blender trap. It made it more energetic than scary, but I liked it.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The problem with the Saw films is that, once you’ve seen a few, you EXPECT a twist to happen. And twists aren’t nearly as powerful if you know one is coming. And whilst the ending of the first Saw was a really good one, the previous ones have never really captured that same feeling. And most of the time, they’ve just made the story that much more convoluted. Here is no exception.
There are many bait and switches and red herrings as to who the Jigsaw killer is in this film, but the reveal is – kinda annoying. As mentioned, the game played in the film is actually a flashback to a previous game – in which the supposed hero of the film, Logan (a surgeon and former solider) was a player. Basically, he accidentally got Jigsaw’s MRI results mixed up so that his cancer wasn’t detected early enough. He became an apprentice of his because Jigsaw didn’t want to punish him for a mistake. He then helped Jigsaw create a lot of the traps for him and helped him as his first apprentice. Then later on, he decided to recreate this first game, using criminals that had been set free by a corrupt cop Halloran so that he could get Halloran to confess as the guy that murdered Logan’s wife was ALSO his informant – and the first one he used in this game. All so that he could frame Halloran for being the new Jigsaw and he can avenge his wife’s death.
Confused? I sure as hell was!
For one thing, if Jigsaw forgave Logan for the mistake, why did he put him in the trap in the first place? What if he had died? What would he have done then? And if this guy is really responsible for helping Jigsaw in the previous films, where the hell was he all this time? And how was he able to remain undetected for so long when other of his apprentices got caught out eventually? One of which was even a policeman and even he couldn’t keep his tracks covered forever.
This is the problem I have with the Saw films – they try to add in all these twists by having certain characters appear as his apprentices, but it just ends up making the story that more confusing. If you have to make another film just to explain why said person did this, that’s just lazy. This is why it should have just ended after Saw 3. Oh, and the characters were nothing really – not one of them really stood out enough to care about. In fact, most of them just ended up being downright horrible. For example, there was one woman who apparently blamed her husband for rolling over and crushing her baby, when in fact it was HER that smothered her child and then framed her husband – not cool. I was actually glad when she got killed.
Over all, this wasn’t anything we haven’t seen in any previous Saw movies. Pretty much just a copy and paste of previous instalments.
This is a franchise that, whilst I kinda like it, it’s gone way longer than it should have. Jigsaw sadly just doesn’t add anything new to it, but instead just complicates it further. Admittedly, it held back on the blood a little, which is good – but otherwise it’s just a jumbled mess for anyone that hasn’t already seen the previous films.
If you’re a fan of Saw then you might like Jigsaw. It has it’s ups, but for me it has more downs. And considering there might be another Jigsaw film in the future, I don’t really hold much hope for it.
FINAL SCORE: 2/5
WARNING: Spoilers contained throughout for both the film and the manga/anime
You guys may or may not know this, but Fullmetal Alchemist is my favourite manga of all time. And Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is my favourite anime of all time (I am also watching the original Fullmetal Alchemist as well). So naturally, I was excited when I heard there were doing a live action version of the film, I was pumped! But also slightly nervous. Historically, live action adaptations of mangas/animes have not been – great, for lack of a better term (I’m looking at you Fist of the North Star), but this one was made in Japan, so I had higher hopes for it.
Technically, this film came out in 2017, so this review is a little late. However, with it coming to Neflix, it means that us westerners have a chance to watch it. I recently had to cancel my Netflix subscription so I didn’t get a chance to watch this right away – but I watched it last night and… well, let’s just get into the review.
So draw your transmutation circle and get ready to learn about equivalent exchange – this is my review of Fullmetal Alchemist!
When brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric try to use Alchemy to bring their dead mother back to life, Al’s body is lost and Ed loses a leg. To save him, Ed bonds Al’s soul to a suit of armour, offering his arm as a cost. Now, as the Fullmetal Alchemist, due to his metal arm and leg, the brothers work as State Alchemists in an effort to return their bodies and limbs. But the Homunculi (Lust, Envy and Greed) stand in their way and plan to use Ed in a sacrifice. What does this all mean?
WHAT I LIKED
Before we start, I just want to apologise as I don’t know any of the actors names. I know I could google them, but… well I’m just lazy! So I do apologise if I don’t mention any of the actors by name here, but I just want to say that the actors here are all perfectly cast. For the most part!
My first thing I want to applaud is the costume design. All the characters look pretty much like they do in the manga. Al’s armour is pitch perfect, as is Ed’s costume. Roy Mustang is perfect, Mae Hughes is spot on, Riza Hawkeye looks badass – and the Homunculi… I didn’t think it would be possible to capture them so perfectly, but I was wrong. Lust in particular was just brilliant! She was every bit as sinister and alluring as in the manga – a very strong villainess if ever I saw one. The guys that played Al and Ed were equally as amazing and took to the part very well. They brought the heroes to life from off the page and really shined in this.
Maes Hughes was also perfectly captured – and was every bit as loveable as he is in the story. For some reason, his wife was only pregnant in this story (whereas his daughter was born in the manga), but it still made it no less sad when he was killed.
The scenery was also spectacular and most of it looked like it was lifted off the page of the manga. So visually it was stunning! No complaints there.
Now being that it was a adapted from a manga that has 50 plus chapters, it was natural that a lot of stuff was going to be cut out. I knew that. Here, the story felt sort of like a “cut and paste” of the best bits of the original story, put together to find a coherent plot. Luckily though, the film kept pretty close to the original story as much as humanly possible whilst also streamlining certain things.
They did add one thing in though, which I thought was pretty interesting. They made Shou Tucker (my most hated character from the story) have more of a central role to the plot, in essence making him kinda of the main antagonist. This was a good twist, but it meant that I had to sit through one of the most distressing scenes ever put to manga and anime. I won’t speak of it, but FMA fans know what I’m talking about, right? I’m actually not sure if his extended role was a new thing or whether that is a playback to the Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 anime, which I haven’t seen fully yet, but it worked, so no complaints there.
So yeah, that was the positives. Great acting, great visuals and plot that following the manga as much as it could. However, there were more than a few issues.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
First of all, whilst I was mostly impressed with the acting, I HATED the characterisation of Winry in this film. In the manga, Winry is a strong, sister-like figure to the Elrics, who is always there to pick them up when they are down. She is the heart and soul of the Elrics; and yes, she is very emotional, but she’s also not afraid to smack the brothers round the head when they act like idiots. Here though, for whatever reason, they made her into a whinny, annoying, little brat. No disrespect to the actress, but she was just terrible. Also, on a side note, she seemed to follow the brothers on their journey a lot more, which means that the brother put her in danger more than once! In the manga, the brothers were very protective of her, and would never knowingly put her in danger – but here, they didn’t seem to care!
Another thing that I was disappointed in was the amount of stuff that got cut out from the main plot in an effort to streamline it. For one thing, the Ishvalan Civil War, which is a major plot point in the manga, is just an afterthought in this film. As such, we don’t get to see Scar appear – and that really upset me as he’s one of my favourite characters in the manga. But he’s not the only fan favourite that is removed entirely. Izumi Curtis – the one who trained the Elric’s – is not even mentioned once in this film. And Alexander Armstrong was cut out as well! Come on! He’s one of the most awesome characters. I guess they just couldn’t find an actor to play him. Quirkily enough, Furher Bradley isn’t even present in the film. They briefly mention him, but he never appears once. These things I can kinda forgive as they had to remove for time, but still.
Also, whilst the story follows mostly well, it seems to omit certain details that could confuse the casual watcher. For example, the film mentions that Ed can create Alchemy without a transmutation circle, but it isn’t really explained in great detail why a transmutation circle is important. And they only give the briefest of explanations of Equivalent Exchange. The movie seems to assume you know about the manga and it’s themes – but seeing as it takes several chapters to truly explain what Alchemy may or not be, and it’s rules, the movie seems to skip most of that. If I hadn’t read the manga, I would probably be confused!
Finally, it has to be said that the special effects and some acting is – questionable. In particular, the opening scene with the child actors playing Al and Ed. They just seemed confused and had no emotion to what they were doing. And the special effects at the beginning just looked cheaply done. I can forgive the child actors, but the special effects should have been better.
Also, a minor nitpick – in the final battle with Lust, Roy Mustang is able to remove her Philosophers Stone and kill her. When in the manga it’s revealed that even if you remove the stone, they can still survive as long as the stone isn’t destroyed.
I really wanted to say that I enjoyed this film immensely, but I felt disappointed by the final result. They did a decent job with the source material, but the plot feels more like an extended trailer, containing the best bits of the manga, just condensed. Acting wise and visually it was stunning, but the lack of certain characters and the poor portrayal of others let it down.
It’s by no means a terrible adaptation, but it’s not an amazing one. However, if it can convince more people to go read the original manga, then maybe that’s a good thing.
My overall feeling is that if you haven’t read the original manga, you might enjoy this if you can follow the slightly confusing plot. If you are a fan of the manga, you might be disappointed, or you might love it. I’m kinda in the middle myself. For me, this film came up a little… short for me! (Another FMA reference for you!)
FINAL SCORE: 3/5
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SPOILERS FOR MATCHES CONTAINED
Last year, I only focused on the “big four” WWE events, but this year, I’m making a conscious effort to review the other PPV’s as well. Starting with Elimination Chamber.
I wasn’t really sure what I’d make about Elimination Chamber, seeing as it’s the second to last event before Wrestlemania (before Fastlane), considering I could pretty much guess all the results beforehand. But on the whole, it wasn’t terrible. It had some decent build up – and even gave us the first women’s Elimination Chamber match, which was nice. It also boasted the first official signing of Ronda Rousey!
Anyway, let’s get into the review.
For a list of matches and results (including the Pre-show matches which will not be covered), see HERE.
We started off with the first ever women’s Elimination Chamber, seeing if the girls could make history like with the Royal Rumble. The girls gave it their all in this match – and whilst not as fast paced the Royal Rumble match, it was great to see the girls given a chance to shine in the more “extreme” matches. Absolution (who were booked terribly in this match in my opinion, due to the fact that, despite the two on one advantage they had at the beginning, they still got their asses kicked!) were eliminated first, and then Mickie James was eliminated after giving a diving attack from the top of one of the pods. Seems strange to eliminate so early, considering they were building up an alliance between her and Alexis Bliss.
When it was Bliss’s turn to arrive, Sasha and Bayley looked to team up on her – until finally, Sasha turned on Bayley and they fought it out. After so long of teasing, it looks like WWE finally decided to let these two fight it out. In the end though, Alexia was able to beat the odds and defeat them both. An enjoyable start to the event – but I did worry at the beginning when Alexia showed signs of a face turn during her interview – before going back to the bad b**** we know and love! Never turn face, Alexia.
Yes, this might have been nice to be the main event like in Royal Rumble, but it was a very strong opener to the night.
After that we had Titus and Apollo (who is no longer called Apollo Crews for some reason) against The Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro. With a few wins on their belts over the Bar, could Titus Worldwide get the gold? Well, not really. It wasn’t a bad match I guess, just more of a filler.
We followed that up with Nia Jax versus Asuka and – surprise, surprise – Asuka won. However, Nia Jax was completely dominant in this fight, and at the end she smashed Asuka through the barricade. It was actually kinda fun to see Asuka (who has been shown as pretty unstoppable) being curb stomped in this way. If WWE are smart, they’ll follow up Nia Jax’s path of destruction and have her steamroll over the women’s division. Oh, who am I kidding, this is WWE we’re talking about – and they seem to hate Nia for some reason! (Don’t believe me, look at that awful angle she had with Enzo Amore).
After that, the “Woken” Matt Hardy battled Bray Wyatt. Not much to say about this match – the highlight for me was when Matt Hardy started chanting “Obsolete!” in reference to Jeff Hardy’s “Brother Nero” gimmick. Could we be seeing that sometime in the future? I certainly hope so!
Before the main event, we had HHH, Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle in the ring for the “official” signing of Ronda Rousey – which ended up in chaos as Kurt Angle let slip that the McMahon’s only did it so that they could get revenge on her for what she did at Wrestlemania a few years back. This ended with Rousey slamming HHH through a table and then Stephanie slapped Ronda. She quickly realised her mistake, and the fans let her know through chants of “You f***ed up!” Guess we know what Ronda’s first match will be!
Now onto the main Elimination Chamber event. You could argue that Rollins was the favourite to win here, as he broke a Raw record by lasting an hour and five minutes in a gauntlet match – apparently the longest anyone has ever lasted in a single match on Raw. But if you were expecting him to go all the way here, then you’d be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this match, it was everything I’d expect from an Elimination Chamber battle – with Braun Strowman once again asserting himself as the dominant force. He eliminated all but one of the competitors (can you guess which one? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t John Cena!), but they all hit Braun with everything he had. At one point, four of them tried pinning him at once – that failed! Even a splash by Seth Rollins from the top cage couldn’t put him away. But in the end, the writing was on the wall when Roman Reigns toppled the big man to win the right to face Brock Lesnar. But afterwards, Braun (similar to what Nia did to Asuka earlier) smashed Roman through the glass of the pods, leaving the winner in a heap whilst he walked away.
Looks like Braun Strowman isn’t finished with him yet!
Elimination Chamber was… an ok event I guess. The matches were good, but there wasn’t really much in the way of surprises. We all knew Roman Reigns was going to win this match the minute he was added in. Yes, there were better competitors to challenge Brock Lesnar (Strowman and Rollins for instance), but when did WWE ever give the fan favourites a chance? The problem is that when you can guess the results of matches before they happen, and WWE makes no attempt to deviate from that, it makes it hard to get fully invested behind it.
The Women’s Elimination Chamber had some interesting turns in it, not least of all the Bayley/Sasha rivalry. Let’s hope WWE doesn’t cop out of it again like they have been and goes all the way through it now. So, I would say this was a success. I also really liked seeing Asuka get destroyed by Nia Jax. It’s not that I don’t like Asuka, I just think WWE are building her up too much too quickly, it’s nice to see her taken down a peg once and a while.
Overall, Elimination Chamber was predictable, but fun, so I’ll give this one a pass.
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SPOILERS CONTAINED THROUGHOUT
For the record I have NO idea what woke means! I’m not even sure if I’m supposed to even say it!
So anyway, Black Panther was set to break all superhero related box office films before it was even released! It outsold Dawn of Justice for presales and seems to have even outsold previous fan favourite Guardians of the Galaxy. Not bad at all! And considering this is (to my knowledge anyway) the first superhero flick with a mostly black cast, that’s a huge achievement.
Now, full disclosure – I know next to nothing about Black Panther from the comics. All I know about him is that he’s King of Wakanda, he is an on and off member of Fantastic Four and Avengers, and he was married to Storm from the X-Men. That’s pretty much it. However, I did enjoy his role in Civil War and thought he was one of the most interesting characters in that film. So naturally I was gonna take a look at this film.
So, let us “paws” no longer (god, that joke was terrible even for me!) and get down to our review of Black Panther. All right, Marvel, let’s see if you can hit another home run!
After the events of Civil War, T’Challa (Black Panther) is now promoted to King of Wakanda, Africa. The prologue states that Wakanda, whilst appearing as a Third World Country, is actually home to an advanced scientific community, due to the use of Vibranium. Vibranium was discovered many centuries ago and it eventually led to the tribes fighting over it, before being united (with the exception of one tribe) and then deciding to hide away from the world rather than share their technology.
Problems quickly arise when Ulysses Klaue (returning from his cameo in Age of Ultron and now sporting his sonic weapon arm) shows up and T’Challa is determined to capture him. However, the real enemy lies with Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, who has a personal grudge to settle.
WHAT I LIKED
Much like Spider-Man: Homecoming, the fact that Black Panther already appeared in Civil War meant that we could skip the “origin” story and just go straight in. In fact, this film is more a continuation of T’Challa’s story, allowing the character to progress. As the new King, T’Challa finds that he has a lot more responsibility on his shoulders than in Civil War, but due to the lessons he learned in that film, he feels he can take them on and be a wise ruler.
Chadwick Boseman is quite honestly one of the most charismatic actors to take on a superhero role. He oozes with confidence, playing him as a wise royal, and yet vulnerable enough to make him relatable. This is further emphasised when he learns that the creation of Killmonger (who I’ll get to later) was his father’s doing – all to protect his home. It’s a big thing that shows him what sacrifices are needed to protect their city, but whether he should keep to these “old ways” or find a way to break from them. Either way, Boseman gives a strong performance here.
I also think that this film has one of the strongest (if not the strongest) female casts I’ve seen in an MCU film. There wasn’t a single “Damsel in Distress” among them; which I loved. Shuri (Letitia Wright – no relation, that I know of!) is T’Challa’s sister and resident techno-geek, akin to Q from James Bond. She provides a lot of the humour and heart of the show. Lupita Nyong’O is Nakia, T’Challa’s former lover, and she is equally as badass. But my personal favourite (played by The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira) was Okoye. She was the leader of an all-female bodyguard and she just kicked so much ass that I honestly think she could give any of the other MCU heroes and villains a run for their money. And then there was T’Challa’s mother Romonda, played by legendary actress Angela Bassett. All in all a very powerful female cast that brought a lot to this picture.
Martin Freeman returned as CIA Agent Everett K. Ross, and he kinda just milled around in the background for a bit, mostly helping at the end, but I like Martin Freeman so I’ll let this one slide. Even Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, who gets to ride into battle on top of a freaking rhino – what’s not to like about that? And who can forget the ever wonderful Forrest Whittaker, bringing out a similar technique he used in Last King of Scotland, albeit a lot nicer than the character he played in that film.
Onto the villain of the piece – or at least I THOUGHT was the villain – Klaue! Andy Serkis once again gave a brilliant performance that was both psychotic and funny at the same time. However, in a surprise twist, he turns out to NOT be the main antagonist when he is killed halfway through by the true villain Killmonger, played by The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan. Of all the villains in the MCU so far, I think Killmonger has to be the one that has the most legit gripe with Black Panther, seeing as it was his father that killed his dad. Admittedly, his father was a traitor to Wakanda (as he was sneaking out Vibranium in the hope to use it to “help” his people), but even so, it gave him a lot of gravitas as a character. In some ways, he and T’Challa were alike (well they are related), but he believed that Wakanda’s technology could help liberate their people from their “oppressors” by exterminating them all.
I really enjoyed Jordan’s portrayal of this character (who again I know nothing about), he had real nuance and, dare I say it, sadness behind him that makes him a true standout character in the MCU.
But in the end, I guess he had the biggest effect on T’Challa, as he did decide to go out and use their technology to help people in the world – so in that respect, Killmonger did get his wish. And his death scene, I thought, was pretty poignant. I won’t spoil too much, suffice to say there is some manner of redemption in there.
I loved the set of Wakanda – mixing in tribal settings with futuristic tech. It created an environment that felt alive and beautiful to watch. There was tons of colour that made it vibrant and a joy to the eyes. Also, the story moved pretty quickly and, before I knew it, I was halfway through, meaning that there wasn’t much in the way of downtime. Tone wise, the story was a bit more serious than other MCU films, but they still managed to pack in some humour so that was great.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The fact that there was hardly any white actors in there offended me greatly! How dare Marvel forget about us! Call that diversity?!?
No, no I’m joking! Put your pitchforks and lanterns away! The casting was perfect, so don’t worry about that!
There actually wasn’t too much I disliked about it, although I was kinda disappointed that Klaue got killed off too quickly. I would have preferred to have him stay on longer, but at least we had a great villain in Killmonger so that’s something.
Also, at the beginning, there was this fight that was pretty much completely in the dark, which made it hard to see what was going on. Thankfully that was the only one, so that’s not a problem.
One thing that was a headscratcher was why Captain America wasn’t around to help? We know he was in Wakanda after Civil War, why didn’t he help T’Challa? I guess Infinity War (which looks awesome by the way!) will explain that.
AND, OF COURSE… THE AFTER CREDITS SCENE!
If you don’t want the surprise to be ruined, skip ahead to the end!
We all know that the after credits has become a huge thing for Marvel fans – in fact I know some people that go to a film purely for the after credits! These ones didn’t tease too much, but we did get to see Winter Solider return at the end, talking to Shuri. It seems that the mind control he was under is wearing off and he’s getting back to his old self again – but Shuri says he has much more to learn. Only time will tell if he can escape the programming.
Whilst I’d be lying if I said this was my favourite MCU film, I highly enjoyed and thought it was extremely well done. It’s great to see many talented black actors have a chance to shine in the comic world – and boy did they all shine here! People often complain that Marvel is too diverse in their comics, but I don’t see anything wrong with giving other cultures a chance. So in that respect, Black Panther does break a lot of new grounds. It adds depth to the growing MCU film and expands the horizons to greater heights – with dazzling performances and a story that is socially aware, but not preachy.
Black Panther is worth a watch – and with Infinity War on the way, you’d better catch up with the story as soon as you can!
However I STILL don’t know what woke means!
FINAL SCORE: 5/5
Plot holes are a source of contention for a lot of people – especially when it comes to famous films/comics/video games/whatever. Whether it’s the eagles in Lord of the Rings or the time travelling device in Harry Potter (to name a few), people are always quick to point out any flaws in a story – be they irrelevant to the main plot, or a major focus of the story.
Disney movies are no exception to this – there are a ton of supposed plot holes in the various different films, ranging to why a character didn’t do this to a narrative hole that doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, like many plot holes, there is often an explanation for them. Usually, you can find an answer to these by scrolling through the comment section on any blog/video/social media post – but who really has time to look through all the comments?
Today, I decided to look at six (yep, one extra today!) famous plot holes and give my own explanation on them. But being that it’s Disney, I asked my very good friend Morgan S. Comnick to join me today in giving her opinion as well! So I hope you’ll join both of us in todays blog, Top Six Disney Plot Holes Explained – I choose to do six as one was going to be an honourable mention, but I decided to add it in as the explanations were so good.
Just a quick warning, SPOILERS ahead for various Disney films!
Right, off we go!
Beauty and the Beast (Animated)
Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beloved Disney films; and not without good reason. However, some fans were a little confused by the time frame of it.
As you probably know, in the original animated film, an Enchantress (luckily not the one from Suicide Squad) cursed a Prince for being a douchebag. He was turned into a beast and the whole of his castle was also cursed. The curse would last until he learned to love and be loved, but if he did not do this until his 21st year, where the last petal of the enchanted flower fell, he would remain a beast forever. Considering the events of Beauty and the Beast take part ten years later, and if you take the description as read, this would suggest the boy was around ten or eleven when he was cursed. This begs the following questions; why did the Enchantress curse a child? That’s kind of a dick move, even if the Prince was also being a little ****. But if so, why were there pictures of the beast as a young man in the castle? And if he was a child, where were his parents? And most of all, why doesn’t anyone remember anything?
The live action Beauty and the Beast actually answers all of these questions. In this film, the Prince is shown to be a young adult (his parents having died), who was very hedonistic. When he was cursed, he stayed at this very age – as did his servants. The enchantress also put a spell over the rest of the village so that they can’t remember him. Finally, it did not specify a time period, only that it would last until the last petal fell.
For this reason, one can presumably apply the same logic to the animated film. As far as the 21st thing goes – well, I think Morgan has an answer for that. Morgan?
Oh! This one bothered me so much as a kid! I am glad the live - action cleared this up.
My thoughts, growing up, was that maybe since the castle is in this little almost snowglobe of a realm, with its own weather (the live-action kept this as well), maybe time sped up when compared to the rest of the world. The prince looks to be about 18 in the painting (if that is recent, of course) and Belle has been confirmed to be 17, so at least the ages match up. Maybe a year in the castle equals around 3 months in the village, that leading up to his 21st birthday (Adam AKA The Beast). And since, excuse my terms here, animals like the ‘Beast’ and objects do not have a concept of ‘time,” (Strange enough for Clocksworth), they may not have noticed. And the Enchantress is very powerful and mysterious on her agenda, us learning that more and more in the live-action.
I am not sure if this is cruel or merciful!
Maybe the Enchantress is just a massive b*tch?
The Little Mermaid
I know a LOT of people were wound up by this one! In fact I remember talking to author Michelle Franklin about it and how much it made her mad.
In The Little Mermaid, Ariel has to sacrifice her voice to Ursula as part of a deal to get human legs, so that she can meet Prince Eric (we’ve all been there, am I right?). But, as is always the thing in these Disney films, it turns out to just be a plan from Ursula to get control of Triton’s trident.
The question on everyone’s mind is, if Ariel couldn’t talk, why didn’t she just write a letter to Eric? She is clearly seen signing the scroll, so couldn’t she have written him a letter?
Morgan, would you like to go first this time?
Certainly, sir! My thought on this is a language barrier. You see, almost everyone is at least taught to write their name, even if they cannot really read or write in the mer-kingdoms. Since she is a princess, being able to sign legal documents in an array of ways is a need. And Ursula really didn’t give Ariel time to look over the contact before thrusting the magical, distracting glowing pen of evil intent. So, we are not sure if she really can read or how good at reading she is. And when he finally asks her her name, she is in a rag on the beach or on a boat, with no way to write it. And with the time limit, who has time to freak out about finding a pen just to write “Ariel?” The staff would not have the time to really help her with that as well.
OR! It could have been a part of the contract, that she was forbidden to tell Eric on her own her name due to a bonding experience. Him guessing makes it null. As the audience, we didn’t get to see the details of the document as well and they already had to translate a German story into English for us! Too much work, even for Disney!
Here’s a “thinking outside the box” idea. What if the pen Ariel used was being controlled by Ursula? After all, Ursula’s plan kinda hinged on Ariel signing the scroll and giving her voice away, she couldn’t have left anything to chance.
Notice how Ariel hesitates in signing the scroll – and when she does, she looks distressed. Maybe she realised that the pen wasn’t under her control, but by then it was too late? After all, in the song Poor Unfortunate Souls Ursula does tell Flotsam and Jesom “…now I’ve got her, boys!” At this point, Ursula could have taken control of the pen and forced her to sign it, just in case Ariel backed out of the deal.
And, to be honest, let’s not forget that Ariel doesn’t exactly know how things work on land, considering the Seagull (I forget his name, sorry) told her wrong information about the items he brought her. But Morgan’s idea makes perfect sense. Let’s be honest, how often have you forgotten to do something simple at the time? Stress often makes idiots of us all – as Shakespeare used to say. Maybe? I dunno, let’s move on!
Maleficent curses Aurora so that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her fingers on a spinning wheel and die. All because she didn’t get an invite to her christening. And that’s why you ALWAYS invite everyone to a party – no matter if they are an evil fairy! Luckily, the fairy’s change it so that she doesn’t die, just fall asleep. Sixteen years later, Maleficent has been sending out her cronies to find Aurora, but they’ve been unable to do so – mostly because they had been looking for babies all this time. Frustrated, Maleficent sends out Diablo (her raven) to Find Aurora – and he finds her in seconds.
So… why did she not just send out Diablo in the first place? Hopefully me and Morgan have the answer!
Mine is a magical barrier. When the fairies vowed to protect her and find a place where no would could find her, my thought is there was a magical barrier placed on the location they called home since. However, be it he found her on her birthday, perhaps the barrier disappeared, and in their haste to use magic to get the party ready, they didn’t notice. Diablo also seems more intelligent than the other minions and his name means ‘devil,’ so he may also have a stronger magical sensing connection.
If Diablo was also able to turn into a human in the animated film like his live-action counterpart, she may have been worried that the King would send a group to try to track and attack (as stupid as that would be). Maleficent and Diablo would be the best line of defense other than her magic.”
Personally, I don’t think this is as much a plot hole as it is an oversight on Maleficent’s part. Maleficent didn’t know her minions were looking for a baby all this time – and when she found out she was quick to kick their asses! And given that the time frame was getting ever closer, she sent Diablo out of desperation. Yeah, she probably could have sent him out sooner – but I refer you back to my earlier point, sometimes it’s easy to let simple things fall through.
Just like when I forgot my girlfriend's birthday. That's easily done right? Right?
I'm in SO much trouble!
Toy Story is a film that set a whole new standard for Disney – and made it cool to like toys again (even though it was already cool). It’s a beautiful story about friendship and recapturing childhood and gave us great comedic partners in Woody and Buzz Lightyear! Adding a twist to this story is that Buzz doesn’t know he’s a toy, which is his major character arc!
The plot hole that people have pointed out is that when a human walks in, the toys go limp to avoid detection. However, it’s also shown that they don’t have to do this, as they come to life when they attack Sid. So… why does Buzz do this if he doesn’t know he’s a toy?
Buzz is trying to learn more about this new ‘planet’ he landed on in order to report to Star Command. He may not have understood ‘why’ they did that, but he saw how ALL the toys did it and figured it was needed or at least a custom, so he followed suit, again, for the purpose of getting information. It could be in his nature deep down as well, by being a toy, even if he doesn’t to understand it. Plus, Andy is REALLY big compared to Buzz; I’d hide or keep myself safe too!”
As much as I hate using a “what she said” answer, Morgan pretty much sums up what I was gonna say. Nothing more to add here, so moving on.
The Lion King
This one I am sure Morgan loved answering! Being a big Lion King fan as she is!
Anyone who has seen this film surely remembers the utterly heart-breaking moment when Mufasa is flung to his death by Scar during a wildebeest stampede – and the devastating moment when Simba realises his father is gone. I’m tearing up just writing about it - **** you, Scar! What makes this scene even more monstrous is that Scar tries to blame Simba for it, making him run away – before he sends the Hyenas after him to finish the job. During this, he usurps Simba’s position and basically becomes a tyrant.
However, considering Scar needed Simba dead to become the real ruler, and seeing as he was willing to kill Mufasa, one has to wonder why he didn’t just kill Simba himself? Why did he leave it to a group of hyenas that even Scar thinks are idiots? Is Scar just plain stupid?
Well… no. And here’s why!
Let’s not forget that lions have a greater sense of smell than humans – and are able to sense blood quite easily. Whilst Scar was willing to kill his brother, he could cover that up as being crushed to death by wildebeests. Simba, on the other, was a different matter. If he did kill Simba there and then, the other lions of the Pride would have most likely sensed it and turned on Scar – and I’m sure Sarabi would have lost her **** at losing both her husband and son!
Admittedly, he could have hired better troops than the hyenas, but he was trying to keep his hands (or paws) clean. And to be fair, who would have really expected a cub to survive on his own anyway? Thank god for Pumbaa and Timon!
I feel like this was a way for Disney to humanize Scar, as ironic (or Jeremy Irons) as that is. You never want a villain that is pure evil or at least does not have their own agenda, especially when they are related to the main character. This makes him more twisted and dark in my opinion.
He didn’t think that Simba would grow up and come back, showing his coxy side too. He may have been concerned of Zazu coming back any second too and reporting it. I personally think it was more about character development, giving him this glimmer of showing mercy makes his actions scarier and feel more real, making him truly the king of the Pride Rock and Disney Villains.
He's still a giant ***** though! I'm glad he got killed in Hercules! Yeah it's true, look it up!
This one is quite easily explained if you use common sense. In fact you can use common sense on most if not all the ones on this list, but this one especially.
At the climax of Tangled, Flynn Rider (best Disney hero ever!) rushes to save Rapunzel, but is wounded by Mother Gothel. Rapunzel pleads to Gothel to heal him (using her magic hair), then she will go with her and be her captive. However, Flynn refuses to let Rapunzel be a slave to her and cuts her hair off, meaning that Gothel ages rapidly and then dies.
However, some have questioned why Flynn couldn’t have waited until after Rapunzel healed him to cut her hair off, as it seems stupid he didn’t think of that before. Well, being a fan of Tangled – and believing Flynn and Rapunzel to be the best Disney couple ever – here’s why I think this “plot hole” isn’t that at all! But first I’d love to hear Morgan’s thoughts.
Why, thank you, kind sir! I think Mr. Smolder was trying to tell Rapunzel through this action that she would no longer be used to use her powers for others or against her will, an act of true devotion and respect to her. As long as she felt loved and safe and he knew he helped her get her freedom, that was all he needed to find fulfilment in his life. Even when he was bleeding out, he crawled to reach her, his focus solely on her in danger and nothing else. I see this as a true sacrifice and testament. She had never had to heal a fatal wound before, so Eugene may have worried what it would do to her. Would it drain her or worse, all that magical energy used? That is a good question.
Plus, when you lost that much blood, I can’t imagine you think clearly. The fact he had the strength to chop her hair weak, with a piece of glass, and one hand is super impressive, but Dan and I have discussed that theory before! ;)”
Ah yes, I had forgotten about that one! For those of you who didn’t read that, me and Morgan came up with a theory that Rapunzel might have given Flynn super strength. Because earlier in the film, when Flynn cuts his (left) hand, Rapunzel heals it. He then jokes about whether he’ll get super strength. If you look carefully, he uses the same hand to cut her hair in one solid motion – therefore suggesting that Rapunzel did, indeed, give him super strength. In fact, now I think about it, Rapunzel is pretty strong herself, being able to lift people up with her hair – so maybe her magic also gives them strength.
Anyway, onto my answer.
Earlier in the film, Rapunzel told Flynn that she “always keeps her promises”, so remembering this, Flynn was worried that Rapunzel would have actually gone through with being Gothel’s captive. AND there was nothing to say that Gothel wouldn’t have pulled her away the second she healed him. Flynn couldn’t take that chance.
This moment is supposed to be Flynn’s character defining moment. Throughout the film he has been shown as a selfish braggard that only cares about money. But in Rapunzel he found something else worth fighting for. That’s why he told her “you were my new dream.”
But in the end, it worked out all right for the both of them, as Rapunzel was still able to heal him. And hey, she got her hair back in the TV series, so it all worked out all right!
So there we are! Next time you hear someone bring up these plot holes, you can tell them “actually, I think you’ll find…” and you can use these! Assuming you agree with us (and if not then that’s cool too) that is! Either way, thanks for reading and thanks to Morgan for her input today!
Any other plot holes you'd like us to look at? Let us know! Peace out guys, have a good week!
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SPOILERS FOR BOTH EVENTS AHEAD
So… yesterday was an energizing day for me! I saw not one but two WWE Pay-Per-Views yesterday! One NXT Takeover: Philadelphia (which I saw on the Network) and the other, of course, the Royal Rumble (which I actually stayed up to see on Pay-Per-View). There was a LOT to be excited about in these shows, the Royal Rumble especially. As you may or may not have known, this year was the first (but hopefully not the last) all females Royal Rumble match. Female competitors have on occassion entered the men’s Rumble match (Chyna and Beth Phoenix being prime examples), but this was the first time we had an all-female Rumble. So there was a lot riding on this being successful.
But NXT: Takeover had a lot riding on it as well, with Johnny Gargano (the biggest underdog in NXT at the mo) going up against Andrade “Cien” Almas. He’s had quite the hype train as of late in NXT.
This year, I decided to try and cover more NXT shows (where possible), as I gave them little to no mentions last year. So when I do a review for a big WWE Pay-Per-View event, I’ll try and do an NXT show as well. This will be done a little bit differently to my film reviews, as I’m mostly just gonna be doing an overview of what I liked and didn’t like rather than a full breakdown of each match.
Anyhoo – lets get into what I thought of each event!
For a full breakdown of matches and results, see HERE.
NXT shows have a habit of being able to do more in two hours than WWE can do in four hours with their Pay-Per-Views, and this one was no exception. Sure, it might not be as good as previous Takeover’s, but each match was enjoyable to watch – and the last two were just amazing!
Conspicuous by his absence was Nigel McGuinness – who sadly was suffering from the flu – so we weren’t treated to his excellent commentary this time round. But even without him, the show was pretty cool. Starting off with Authors of Pain versus The Undisputed Era, it looked like it would be a squash until The Era managed to steal one, due to a knee injury on Akam. Velveteen Dream (who was riding high after his rivalry on Aleister Black) also managed to score a significant victory on Kassius Ohno. Ember Moon battled Shayna Baszler in a pretty brutal match that saw her injure her left arm. It ended with her fighting against an arm bar and just about getting a lucky pin, but Baszler got her own back afterwards. I quite like Baszler – she has an intense attitude that could do down well if she gets pushed right.
Now earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to see the much-hyped Chris Jericho versus Kenny Omega match. And whilst I didn’t do a review of that (and I have NO idea why), I do remember thinking that there was no point watching WWE after that – as there was no way WWE could match anything close to that. Well, turns out I was wrong – as NXT Takeover provided us with not one but TWO contenders for match of the year!
The first one was Aleister Black versus Adam Cole in an Extreme Rules match. This is the type of brutality I’ve not seen since the Attitude Era. It had everything – chairs, tables, ladders, blood, and some savage spots; one such example is when Black did a Death Valley Driver to Cole onto chairs. And I’m not talking about the seats – I’m talking the back rests! I actually grabbed my own back after seeing it as it seemed so painful! Then there was the double foot stomp through the announcer table near the end. By the time it was over, both competitors were bloodied and bruised. It was a damn fine match!
And then we had the main event of Gargano and Almas. As you might know, Gargano had a string of bad luck with some big losses – but got lucky when he got a number one contenders spot against current champion Almas. NXT have done a great job of building him up as an underdog, as it meant there was some real drama going into this match. With both of them hitting each other with everything they had and STILL kicking out even after it looked like game over, it had real intensity the stakes were so high. And the crowd were pumped! Admittedly, I would have preferred Johnny to win, but Almas proved how awesome a competitor he was and (mostly) won it clean. It also teased another rematch between Ciampa and Gargano when (trying to recreate the infamous DIY spilt) Ciampa returned and clocked a dazed Johnny from behind. All in all these two matches were some of the best I’ve ever seen and it’s gonna be hard to top them.
Or is it?
For a full breakdown of matches and results, see HERE.
We kicked off with AJ Styles versus Kevin Owens and Zami Zayn in a handicap match for the championship, with “Kami” (as AJ called them) having a chance to be the first co-winners of the title. It ended in somewhat controversial fashion when Zami failed to tag in Kevin Owens, but AJ pinned him anyway to keep the title. Screwy ending aside, these three were always entertaining and it was a great way to get started. The tag team match between the Usos against Gable and Benjamin was also pretty decent, with it being two out of three falls. I did kind feel that the match ended a little prematurely, with the Usos getting their falls back to back, but it wasn’t a bad match at all.
In what is the first (and maybe only) time in Royal Rumble history, the men’s Royal Rumble match went first. Last years Royal Rumble match was kinda lacklustre in my opinion – but this one was anything but! There wasn’t a dull moment from start to finish; and with surprise entrances from The Hurricane (from the Invasion era) and Rey Mysterio (which made EVERYONE lose their collective ****) it was a real treat – especially when Mysterio did a double 619.
Funniest moment of the night was when Heath Slater got knocked out on his way to the ring by Baron Corbin, and kept getting beaten up when he tried to get in the ring. In a surprise twist though, when he DID get in, he eliminated Sheamus! Then he got eliminated himself! Still it was highly entertaining – this is why we keep him around!
It is a shame that the WWE went the obvious route and had Roman Reigns win – you think they would have learned their lessons from last time.
That’s what I WOULD have said if Reigns had ACTUALLY won! But no, in a surprise twist that made everyone happy, especially my brother, Shinsuke Nakamura beat Reigns to become the winner of Royal Rumble! But what REALLY made people excited is when he was asked which championship he would go for. He answered – “A. J. Styles.”
I think I just creamed myself! :D
There isn’t really much point mentioning the next two matches as they both sucked. The tag match no one really cared for (if you’re interested, The Bar won due to Jason Jordan being an idiot) and the triple treat match between Lesnar, Strowman and Kane was just dull as hell. I guess there isn’t any point getting mad over the result as I knew Lesnar is gonna keep the title till Wrestlemania, but still… at least Strowman didn’t get pinned, so that’s something.
Right onto the main event, the Women’s Royal Rumble. I was so happy they made this the main event as you don’t often get women headlining Pay-Per-Views. I won’t deny I was a little bit worried going into this, considering the last time they did a battle royal type match with women wrestlers, a man in drag won it. Luckily, it does look like WWE learned from their mistakes – as this match amazing and all the girls brought their A-Game. With a relatively small number of female wrestlers, it meant that they could have more stars from the past return. With names like Lita, Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix to name a few, the fans were treated to real nostalgia. It’s a shame that Paige and Alicia Fox couldn’t have competed due to injury, they were both greatly missed. Hopefully, they can recover and the WWE will attempt this again next year.
Admittedly, this didn’t have quite the same intensity as the men’s Rumble match, and it got confusing as people kept sliding out to the floor, making it hard to keep up with who had been eliminated. And I must admit, Asuka winning was a bit predicable. But, WWE then threw in a final big twist. Whilst Asuka decided who she should fight at Wrestlemania, who should come down but – Ronda Rousey! And if the fans had any **** left to lose, it was all lost here! Ronda looked at Asuka, pointed to the Wrestlemania sign, and then left. Nothing was said between competitors, but we all knew what they were asking.
Both events were just incredible! Takeover had two of the best matches I’ve ever seen and Royal Rumble had the best result it ever had. Even if two of the matches sucked, the event as a whole was outstanding. The women’s Royal Rumble match was a raging success and I honestly hope that WWE consider this again in the future. And as for Ronda Rousey appearing – well, what can I say? She might just be the only women ready for Asuka!
In short, WWE have outdone themselves with these events and we can only hope they run with this momentum and don’t **** it up! This is a great start to the year, one can only hope it continues. Both NXT Takeover and Royal Rumble were both absolute classics. I give both these events my highest possible recommendations!
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