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The general musings of a thirty-something!

Well That Was Wrestlemania Eh?

 

The whole weekend is just a blur as to be honest it’s just too much of a concern when “a day” has become a “weekend”. I can see from the outside if it looks like I’ve regressed but in all honesty it’s more a familiarity thing as since I was 7 years old and as much as things change, they stay the same. This makes me so happy to write as what we have here is how I’ve found myself watching Wrestlemania but realising that I’m 32 so I can’t stay up like I used to and so I went to bed after Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles and that in itself is the concern. I ran a half marathon last year, I may just need to run another thing soon as this is just crazy. It’s all stamina or that this is a young man’s game?

I read on Twitter how Botchamania’s Maffew Gregg did the same thing, so without being too much of a stalker I better find out how old he is as it’s most definitely real, his tweet was funny though. Either way I’ve found myself watching Wrestlemania, one thing that never changes is how NXT:Takeover seems to outlast anything the “main roster” can hold as it’s amazing just watching it. I made an instagram post back in November at how the Takeover: Wargames could lose out to Survivor Series but that was a longshot as just look at the record as since the existence of Takeover and that’s what it does, it’s TAKES OVER, now even wrestlemania. Though Survivor Series wasn’t bad, it simply couldn’t beat Wargames, and so I’m watching Wrestlemania again and Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss is on and it’s simply that alternative escapism that I told you about as the story is about the friendship between the two as Alexa Bliss is everything that we remember about high school/secondary school as “the head cheerleader” is a bit of a “character” and so Nia Jax is somewhat of the alternative as the atypical “big girl that was picked on in said school”. This match happened as it was clearly all a ruse and such as Bliss used Jax as her “heavy” (pun intended). And it’s these things that makes wrestling that drama and I love it for that, a narrative story.  In real life Alexis Kaufman (Alexa Bliss) and Savelina Fanene (Nia Jax) are BFF’s (Best Friend’s Forever), much like Hollywood actor’s or TV character’s it’s their craft that warrants not just my respect but the respect of anybody that chooses to watch it. NXT simply does it shorter and better as it’s got a very “old school, 70’s/80’s vibe to it’s presentation and it’s thinking and it’s because their PPV’s are only some 2 and a half hours but Wrestlemania was 7 hours. Watching NXT makes me want more but watching Wrestlemania sent me to sleep.

I can’t stress enough, this is since I was 7 or 8 and much like football and sports in general, it’s a narrative and I love it for that, it keeps me human. Maybe in watching WWE, I know it just as well as the organisation. My reaction is shared and is very much agreed upon and to think the first match in Takeover was probably the best to open the PPV. Either way in picking up Wrestlemania again I’m at The Bar vs. Braun Strowman and his “mystery opponent” but yeah… The WWE just isn’t aimed at me I suppose.

Either way I just will always have that stigma is all, it’s ingrained into me as WWE and sports entertainment as a whole is that Star Wars, is that Twilight, is pure escapism. One of the best Wrestlemania’s in recent history that’s for sure though.

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Seriously… WWE 2K vs. NBA 2K

When you say it like this it already sounds like an unanimous win for NBA, but if people just give me a moment you’ll learn that this entry isn’t an argument but more a “prove me wrong”. I’m currently playing NBA 2K18 after a life of “towing the line” when it comes to the sport and generally seeing the loves and hates I have in my life. To actually see things a lot more differently as friends, family, people, everything is a bit “up in the air” and so I find myself relearning things as well as trying new things and this means actually buying NBA 2K18 in the most “that’s not Alex” move. The sugar on top and in a way of “you can take the haggle out of the lad but you can’t take the haggle out of the lad” I walked into Game and for nigh on three months was asking for a price check, it started at £50, then as it worked it’s way down as it was then £45, £42, £40. Now it’s £35 but in my masterstroke (£33 on Amazon) I haggled for a pre-owned copy for £22.50 and this was only last month so I’m chuffed with myself.

Starting 11Since owning NBA 2K18 it’s presentation is the best translation from TV to video game I have EVER WITNESSED! Take this statement to the bank and “fight me” if you disagree, I say “fight me” but I’m a lover not a fighter so I simply ask for you to inform me in a diplomatic fashion a better video game. To think the game has an in-game talk show’eque feature called NBA 2KTV and it’s so perfect you’d think it was a real thing on TV, at a push Netflix or Amazon Prime. I have no words as it features real people (I see you Rachel Demita talking about a video game world as if it’s real and that simply helps “blur the lines” as yes I’m in my thirties and I still game but technically better a video game than murder or hooliganism #SadButTrue.

Kyrie IrvingThe most popular criticism I hear about WWE 2K is “if the developers are 2K, why are the presentations so different”. Clearly point one NBA and nil points for WWE. But this is a true statement, but technically when have you ever watched WWE and thought it was real? What WWE is is the same level of escapism as Star Wars, or Twilight, or Power Rangers but it’s clearly “predetermined” so the stigma is beyond a joke but then you get a couple individuals that may be “sports entertainers” but look how they then transfer to “real sports”. The key example is Brock Lesnar, that man may be the distaste of the “WWE Universe” for his schedule but he freakin’ earned it as we’re meant to “suspend our disbelief” when watching WWE but then if an individual doesn’t turn up on a regular basis we scream bloody murder?

DJEither way look at how Brock Lesnar transferred his skill into UFC and won, then CM Punk tried the same thing but lost. But because we are WWE fans we’re meant to back and support CM Punk more so though he lost in 2 minutes and 30 seconds or something silly like that. Brock Lesnar went on to become a Heavyweight Champion without a “predetermined” or “scripted” match in sight. And not just UFC and mixed martial arts but look at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, in particular Joe Hendry (Local Hero?). From Scotland he performs (literally edited that from “wrestles”) in Defiant Wrestling and commentated for the now defunct 5* wrestling. Unfortunate for that promotion as the idea was a noble one but the execution was “all over the shop” and so if there was any positives from the promotion was how WWE saw Zack Gibson and just how amazing an individual he is and if the stigma with sports entertainment is real then Zack Gibson is “Oscar-award worthy”.

I see WWE and sports entertainment as another escapism such as films, sports, anything along those lines as it’s all <insert a vice here>. The madness of life and our day to day’s, it’s a portal to another world sometimes and so it means to watch it and yes The Undertaker isn’t really undead but he is a fictional character that has lasted nigh-on 20 years and so I can’t hate the guy or the idea as his tenure has garnished appreciation. If this is the case I’m watching Joe Hendry or Brock Lesnar and they are merely two individuals that have somewhat transcended the “sports entertainment bubble” and warrant even the most sceptical individual’s adoration.

26221451_149029132545415_1975628601894109184_nFor that I have no idea how when playing both games people actually use that argument “how are 2K the same company?” as even the basis of the the two mediums are completely different. You can’t tell me after watching an NBA game that it’s scripted as I went to a mate’s to watch the 2014 NBA Finals (I learned the trophy is called the Larry O’Brien Trophy… The more you know). In agreeing with my friend to stay up and watch it with him as he’s a big basketball fan and though I’m not, he’s a good guy and so it just means that I appreciate the experience as to sit with somebody that liked it enough to answer those pesky questions I surely asked.

Now to my point, if with only watching Ultimate Deletion the Raw commentator Michael Cole actually began the segment apologising for what viewers were about to watch. The same apology that seems beyond silly now as there were members of “The WWE Universe” that weren’t happy how in the “1 hr cut version” for Hulu subscribers they actually cut that segment. You can’t apologise for a segment that so many people voiced their unhappiness for it’s cutting Michael. That man sometimes.

All of this is simply my own way of stating how the WWE is most definitely its own being and its own world sometimes as though “it’s fake”, that argument is as old as The British Monarchy and I just don’t see how Star Wars, Star Trek, Twilight or any film or television programme is any more real? This means that I’m watching it and it’s most definitely that “suspend your disbelief” and for that, it’s most definitely “real to me dammit“.

So when I hear “the presentation of NBA 2K is better and is notably more polished than WWE 2K” I question fans of NBA, WWE, as well as video games as in what world are the two ever drawn in the same breath except for “they have the same developer in 2K”. This means in my short experience of NBA 2K18, it may just even beat FIFA when it comes to sports games, unfortunately football/soccer is the nations sport so yeah. But in presentation and in execution there is not another video game based on sports (or sports entertainment) that comes close.

Awaiting those suggestions by the way faithful readers.

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Under The Hood

The expression I keep using is “The car might look fine, but you need to check under the hood”, I mean it because I said it *giggles to himself* Unfortunately its everything else that life seems to throw in my face for simply looking at people and things like I used to is all so surreal for me. Each time I find myself thinking “I’m out of the woods”, then I’m pulled back in and not like I’m important or “the be all end all” of the world but yeah, I saw an amazing quote by Kevin Love of Cleveland Cavaliers fame, not as much fame as Kyrie Irving or Lebron James, but there is some remnants of fame in the man.

Kevin Love

Amen Mr Love… Amen, and with such a surname my level of appreciation and man-crush for the man has grown exponentially. Do I appreciate him as much as I do Kyrie Irving, maybe not as to play for “my” Boston Celtics is the only way to go. But besides that little discrepancy that man is epic winning in my book and will forever be a winner (omitting the Celtics or the Orlando Magic, take those teams out of the equation and he’s my favourite player). Well this entry is more musings and more thoughts as we all know I get enough of them and my head just wants to explode sometimes.

Asuka… I’m writing for the first time since August don’t ya know?

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I genuinely thought that I was “Ready for Asuka”… Turned out to be indigestion.

I look at the Raw just gone (1/1/2018) and I just can’t get my head around it, the match between Asuka and Alexa Bliss though solid, left me in a bit of a quandary. The match ended with Asuka beating Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss with an armbar but the internet rumbles were that “I could smell a title change” and some people said it was due before Wrestlemania. I’d love that but I’m not too sure if it’s feasible as the internet says Raw 25th Anniversary (22/1/2018), if the case then for Asuka to confirm that she’d be in the first ever Woman’s Royal Rumble on (28/1/2018). How can she be in the rumble if any title-change with Bliss beforehand would mean she doesn’t need to be in the rumble as that’s been the prize since the dawn of time.

Batista Rumble Winner
Win the Royal Rumble (January) and you’re guaranteed a World Title Match with the champion at Wrestlemania (March/April).

So this is a post for anybody to fill in the blanks as there is with that dynamic, sooner the better. Thanks x

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That awkward moment when within one year, neither man even “appears on WWE Television” anymore *rolls eyes*

Well this was a special deal, and it showed

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Unless you live on Mars or under a rock OR under a rock on Mars, you must know by now that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life on the 20th July 2017, found by his housekeeper in his California home as a result of hanging. Ironically on former Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog lead singer Chris Cornell’s birthday but he was another celebrity that took his life only 2 months earlier, this begs a serious question are the two linked somehow but that is neither here nor there and I just don’t know what to make of this one bit. I’m not even going to sugarcoat things as I’m so angry and so annoyed at the situation as I know humanity has been around long before I was born and will be there long after I’m dead *touch wood* but the only way I can say it is that it’s 11th August 2017 where I find myself in the Hounslow branch of Starbucks, I’ve never felt so heartbroken by a “celebrity death” and nothing has come close since maybe Princess Diana but I think I was too young in 1997. To think I was an 11 year old boy when that happened in that Parisian tunnel, but this suicide hit me as a 31 year old man as this is when I admit a thing scarcely mentioned, in fact even thought about… *deep breath* as I’m not the rock pillar you see today *sarcasm detected* but yeah… Linkin Park and Chester Bennington’s voice in particular got me through many a dark day and night as he knew just what to say. I doubt I’m special in this regard as yes not just mental health but teenage angst is oft “problematic”.

This means all the rubbish I’ve had to go through and all the drama and strife that goes through one’s mind when I was at a cricket match when an acquaintance mentioned it to me. A bit male banter, a bit “I don’t want to believe it” but I simply retorted “thanks for ruining my day”, even Middlesex winning a T20 match against Kent couldn’t soften the blow and to be honest it took another day or two before I genuinely took it in and believed it. I say a day or two but that cricket match was on 20th July 2017, to think I heard about The Garage doing a fundraiser for Mind as we’re in an age of time when these things can’t be hushed anymore but at the same time just to know that if people are willing to talk, people are willing to listen. So that night in London was well and truly out of my remit but then to be honest what a stone cold, amazing cause and it was just the tonic I needed to allure me out of my shell.

There’s something unique and rather niche about those into rock music, into alternative, indie, you name it as whatever it is in particular the style of music just breeds a certain following that means even in lining up to get in everybody was super nice and super helpful. The kind of situation that means I haven’t lost all hope in humanity but it is well and truly on life-support as I just can’t smile like I used to and it’s times I think back to Shawn Michaels when he gave up his World Championship back in February 1997. Either way this was how I saw everything I had lost somewhat and just taking some time out just to find myself and it was in Chester’s death that it was that jolt NEEDED to re-introduce myself with the “real world”, can’t feel sorry for myself all day I suppose and so yes Chester Bennington’s death is a sad one and it clearly can’t be forgotten, but maybe it’s “too soon” but I do honestly try to find the good in ANY situation and in this death I challenged myself and though I can only speak for myself I just pray that this death wasn’t in vain and it touched another human being as the night was a raging success and I read that it raised upwards of £4000 for MIND as well as has spun off plans for another night in Brighton that’ll hopefully raise even higher so dare I say it but “you’ve gotta crack some eggs, to make an omelette”.

One word: AWARENESS!

 

Wonder Woman was honestly a… Wonder. Wonder that?

Wonder WomanSurprise-Surprise you lucky people, I’m writing about this amazing and magical piece of cinematography that had a run time of 2h 21m. To think this whole “gender equality” thing is here if we like it or not and personally I live in a family with a nan, four aunts, my mum, a sister, and two awesome cousins, it means I have to embrace women if I want to or not. So to think Ghostbusters came out last year and though not a patch on the original it most definitely did a job and I didn’t overly mind it (and personally preferred it to Ghostbusters II) but in a nutshell that’s society sometimes. Try and pigeonhole films, or genres, or opinions… Just let them be for goodness sake without much scrutiny please. What made Wonder Woman a million times more unique from the female-led cast of that remake was how Wonder Woman was chaired by a female director. Just for the record that female directors name is Patty Jenkins, maybe known for directing a couple of episodes on one of my favourite programmes of the noughties Entourage, a couple more episodes on the epic Danish import turned for American audiences The Killing (she directed the pilot no less).

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How amazing was this TV Series though? It should have been on the National Curriculum on how a bunch of “boys will be boys” but to have a posse you grew up with and were still as tight as ever?

Then another favourite and cult classic one episode on Arrested Development. Last and by no means least Patty Jenkins directed Monster starring the Oscar winning Charlize Theron, so the pedigree is an amazing one and I’m genuinely happy I wrote this entry as I’d never have found out otherwise as my “ear isn’t to the ground” with pop culture information like it used to be but that doesn’t make it any less impressive all the same. Compared to Ghostbusters Paul Feig that has a slew of films to his resume such as Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids, and Nurse Jackie to name a few and though all very good it just seems like chairing Patty Jenkins gave notification of intent.

How amazing was this film with the horrid history of DC Comics movies? Their filmography is beyond a joke but this film may singlehandedly give The Avengers a run for their money. Not many of those as in the great war between Marvel & DC, as Marvel is just tripping over itself with its cinematic gems as who in a million years even thought Guardians Of The Galaxy was even a thing as I had personally never even heard of it but then out came a worldwide opening weekend of $160.7 million, not bad at all. Either way these films have that argument like “Messi or Ronaldo”, “Boston Celtics or LA Lakers”, “Boyzone or Westlife”… Or something like that. Well I find myself watching Wonder Woman and it was amazing, maybe the best DC comicbook related film since The Dark Knight, I jokingly made a meme about that and I genuinely believe that one. Either way this film just felt like a legit shot at credibility as it had a litany of acting chops as actors like Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis just to name a few. A cast list that beats many other films in the same DCMU that’s for sure.

Either way I could happily endorse Wonder Woman and if you have to rationalise things as it’s contesting a film that had to have an actor die before his time in order to even enter the conversation. I thoroughly doubt The Dark Knight would have had the same gravitas if Heath Ledger didn’t unfortunately die, I’ll say it. As good a film as The Dark Knight was, I just doubt it is all its cracked up to be as a posthumous Oscar win, really? I just know I haven’t felt so griped, moved, or as passionate about a film in the DCMU in the longest time if that ever. For that reason I’m thinking a purchase on DVD is essential and if you don’t agree I don’t think you know cinema or comic-books very well and for that my deepest condolences.

A long time comin’… What’s brought me back?

This is one of those horrible moments when you look in the mirror and realise an inconvenient truth. The world doesn’t have your heart or your beliefs, hope and trust, instead it can kind of exploit and make you feel small if you let it. Well there’s two ways of going about this as either one way is:

a) Those saying “You have my curiosity, but now you have my attention“.
b) Those saying “duh” well then go away.

In all honesty lets get to it as I made plans to meet up with a friend in Euston and it all got a bit surreal as some people are just so used to their own world and their own surroundings as it was all just a bit too much as on the way to the train station I had to get on a bus and it was a real surprise when just standing in that bay I stood next to a guy and maybe it was because I may have mumbled a sorry if standing in the way of the guy but the guy reacted by trying to push me over. I’m a lover not a fighter but I genuinely felt like the guy didn’t know about the journey I’d so I politely showed him and gave him the nice line “have a nice day”… I thank Mick Foley for that one.

When I finally got to the tube station I made myself up the stairs and with a luggage bag somebody asks if I needed a hand. Well at least the kindness of strangers was alive and well. There are certain beliefs that I have always implemented and one is do good things and good things will in essence happen to you, its tougher to live by as each day goes by but I do still believe it.

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack!

I never explored it until recently. I like having a
I never explored it until recently. I like having a “backup” country 😉

As much as I went to Nigeria to visit faaaaaaaaaamily, I simply can’t travel 3110 miles every day. I have to record videos and take pictures as there’s something about family-ties. They push you, they hold you back, there’s just always more to them than what first appear. The ultimate transformers, robots in disguise? Well I’m back as a visit was a visit, due back in Xmas. Dual Nationality is kinda sexy *bad joke*, fun all the same. I never flaunted my dual nationality until lately but I don’t know. Unless an ethnic minority, I just don’t know if people fully understand. I’m as passive as they come. Maybe a bit too passive but I refuse to ever play “the race card”, never been my thing. People that know me, know that. It’s a personal baggage people have. People just have to think positively and somewhat ignore the noise, a lot-a lot of noise. Trick is, you just have to be accessable for change. When I hear negative comments like “I’m too old” or “I’m too young”, or “I’m not the right race”. Unless told bluntly, do what I do… Ignore it and rise above it. You have to. All noise. Coming to this conclusion has taken a while.

Got a great read on a book my dad lent me called ‘The Magic Of Thinking BIG‘. It’s the kind of book that merely soothes the metaphorical edges of my life, also I may just learn an extra thing or two along the way. Any Nigerian that has been to Nigeria, dual national or not will know just how though it’s a different speed, I’m happy all the same that I’m a man of dual nationality, Got a great picture for inspiration, can’t fly 3110 miles each day I’m afraid. Well typing all the same and I’ll be honest, it’s far too good as it says thinking like that is clearly bad. I accept that, I believe that. It was a nice study room read all the same, read a book on Sports Journalism as well. I read Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as well. Loved the film. It didn’t make my list but it was epic. Either way that whole concept sat with me SO WELL and I think if people haven’t already seen it, do so. Either way I may just watch it tonight. Well now I’m thinking I seriously need to look toward certain things, it’s hard as I dwell and that sucks. Something about this house, I feel really logey. Taught a friend about that with the definition “the opposite feeling reading a book gives you”.

Well now looking forward to a creative writing course at RAAC which starts next month, otherwise fix my tablet (so many blogs on that thing), well can’t stop until I’m dead, even being a stroke survivor. A great BBC Three documentary aired recently about one brain injury survivor from a skiing trip, insightful.

2015 Anniversary Games…

Well this is a fantastic occasion, thanks to the work I do through various charities and the blogging experience I’ve picked up over the years, thanks to Richmond Aid they snagged a group of us to watch the event. The general feel good euphoria of the Paralympics all came flooding back, the able bodied games happened on the Saturday, so this is my Sunday. I genuinely can’t wait for this, those Superhumans! I saw a great Spirit Science message about my personal passion to write, well it was about any ambitions any human being has, it just sat well with me. 

Well this is the first bit of the blog, now bed then my Sunday begins.

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