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A Holiday Inn In Panama City, Florida Plays ‘The Circle Of Life’ Every Morning at 11am To Wake Up The Spring Breakers

LKEvery March the Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City Beach is booked full with spring breakers and one of the reasons it’s a spring break hot spot is the unique way they wake their guests up in the morning.

It’s not your typical wake up call. Every morning at 11, the Holiday Inn Resort blasts “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King.

“I think it’s awesome I cried the first day because I was so happy I thought it was so cool,” said spring breaker, Mary Waller.

When the music starts, spring breakers gather on their balconies singing and cheering.

“It was a song that worked real well as a wake up call because of the loud beat in it and it also works real well because of the message of the song. It fits with the kids and the mood and what they’re going through right now,” said Holiday Inn Marketing Director, Philip Corvin.

This is one of the most ingenious ideas I’ve ever seen. Every other spring break story I’ve read involves fights, missing people or angry residents yelling at kids like they didn’t do the same thing when they were in college. It’s refreshing to see some place embrace the madness. The Holiday Inn is making a shit ton of money off these kids, and while I’m sure they get out of hand from time to time, it’s spring break. If you want to be around a bunch of well behaved, quiet kids then you probably shouldn’t to go Panama Beach in mid March. It’s just not going to work out. As for song choice, this is perfect. Everybody can relate to the Lion King, and hearing ‘The Circle of Life’ doesn’t get you fired up and make you want to drink 25 beers then I don’t know what will.

– Ryan

Trailer Alert: The First Teaser Trailer For The Walking Dead Spinoff ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

The teaser is only 16 seconds long, so it doesn’t give us much, but it does give us a different vantage point. It looks like the spinoff series is going to focus on the beginning of the outbreak, and we do know it is being set in Los Angeles. The radio voice over mentions that the sickness could be the flu, but we know it’s the god damn ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE. My TV schedule is already overflowing, but if this spin off is anything like The Walking Dead, I’ll have to at least give it a shot. Fear The Walking Dead premiers this summer.

– Ryan

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Examining John Cena’s Legacy After WrestleMania 31 #WWE

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John Cena is now the United States Champion after defeating the previously ‘undefeated’ Rusev at last night’s WrestleMania. Rusev came out on a tank, and was ready and willing to destroy John Cena and retain his title, but John Cena had the spirit of America behind him, and it looks like HHH’s long planned revitalization of the mid card titles is finally happening. Cena’s journey has been a long one, and he’s had one of the most unique careers in WWE history.

While John Cena debuted in 2002, he really arrived on the scene as a main event talent in 2005 at WrestleMania 21, where he beat John Bradshaw Layfield. That date is important, because last night’s WrestleMania marked the 10 year anniversary of that title win. Cena is the most polarizing figure in WWE history. There have been more popular superstars before him, guys like Hogan, Austin and The Rock, but none elicited a response from the crowd quite like John Cena. He’s booed, he’s cheered, he’s hated, he’s loved; one thing that has always been a constant when it comes to John Cena is that everyone has an opinion on him. 10 years in the main event scene in any era is a tremendous feat, and it’s something few, if any, have done before. What makes Cena so special is that he’s done all of this during the rise of the Internet era, where promos, matches, storylines and even personal lives are overanalyzed one hundred times over. Cena can’t wrestle, Cena sucks, Cena gets too many t-shirts; if somebody dislikes John Cena, they won’t have to look too far to find something to support that opinion. I decided to look back and find out just how impressive this current run is for Cena, and we don’t have to look any further than the three biggest stars in WWE history to see how Cena stacks up to all the greats (while Cena isn’t in the main event or title picture at the moment, he did begin the year with a title match in the main event at the Rumble, and we all know he’ll be back there eventually).

Hulk Hogan: Hogan is Cena’s closest peer. Hogan won his first WWF Championship and headlined an incredible eight of the first nine WrestleMania’s. While Hogan’s popularity and crossover appeal is unmatched in wrestling history, putting a wrestler in eight of nine WrestleMania main events in this era is impossible. Wrestling in the 80s was primarily a spectacle, and the main event scene was dominated by Hogan, which meant the match quality suffered. Hogan had his bright spots, but for the most part relied on his charisma to keep the fans interested in the matches. While he continued to main event into the late 90’s, and re established himself as a popular heel, I think Hogan benefitted from the era he worked in, as someone with his skill set would get eaten alive by today’s audiences. His longevity and impact on the wrestling business should never be questioned, but Hulk Hogan trying to get his baby face persona over in 2015 would be an ugly scene.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: While Austin is unquestionably one of coolest and most popular guys in wrestling history, his career was cut far too short thanks to various injuries. Austin was just below the main event, yet had the best match at WrestleMania 13 with Bret Hart in 1997, and one year later he defeated Shawn Michaels to become the WWF champion. His main event reign would end at WrestleMania 19 in 2003, meaning Austin only main evented in the WWE for 5 years. Unlike Hogan, Stone Cold is a character that could have thrived in any era, especially this one, but his five year reign is only half as long as Cena’s, and I think John still has a lot left in the tank.

The Rock: The Rock and Stone Cold’s careers mirrored each others in both their arrivals and departures from the main event scene. Both rose to prominence in 1997, and while Austin left in 2003, The Rock departed in 2004. Rock was both an effective heel and baby face, and he did return for a two year main event run in 2012 and 2013, but it wasn’t the same. If The Rock chooses to return for WrestleMania 32, he will no doubt be put into a main event match, but it shouldn’t be judged the same as a guy like Cena who is there for 52 weeks out of the year. Similar to Austin, The Rock’s character would have fit in any era, but Cena outlasts him as well when it comes consecutive years in the main event scene.

Cena is a 15 time champion, only trailing Ric Flair, and at the 10 year anniversary of his first WWE Championship win, he started the long journey of solidifying a mid card championship and bringing prestige back to the United States title. He has literally done everything in the WWE, and I think last night the WWE officially signaled a changing of the guard. There is no doubt Cena will be back on the mountaintop before his career is over, but for now he is going to solidify the mid card while future stars like Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns battle it out in the main event. We’ll probably never see another John Cena, but it won’t be for lack of trying. I’m just not sure there will ever be another guy like him.

– Ryan

WrestleMania 31 Is Now The Highest Grossing Live Event In WWE History

WOOOWWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 31 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the attendance record for Levi’s Stadium. WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.6 million, as 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries converged on the home of the San Francisco 49ers.

The previous attendance record for Levi’s Stadium was 70,799, and WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in 2013 held WWE’s prior record for gross revenue at $12.3 million.

“On behalf of the cities of Santa Clara and San Jose, we would like to thank all the fans that came from around the world to be part of WrestleMania 31,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. “We congratulate both WWE and Levi’s Stadium on their historic achievement.”

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania 31 has set the standard for all future events held at Levi’s Stadium. None of this success would have been possible without the support of Mayor Matthews, Mayor Liccardo and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as our public and private sector partners that worked tirelessly to support all of our regional WrestleMania Week activities,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We now turn our attention to the Dallas/Arlington region for what will surely be a historic WrestleMania 32.”

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What a week for Vince and the WWE. They end last Monday’s Raw horribly with little hype for the main event of their biggest show of the year, then less than 24 hours later Brock Lesnar is on Sportscenter announcing he’s re-signed and everyone got jacked up because now the main event had a little more mystique to it. Then last night happened. As Vince Russo, one of WWE’s toughest critics, put it on Twitter: the WWE entertained you last night. You might not have agreed with the outcomes of all the matches, but if you weren’t entertained by WrestleMania 31 then you probably shouldn’t be watching wrestling. A four hour show is bound to lag here and there, but I can’t remember a time last night where I was watching the show and didn’t think it was the coolest thing in the world. I would have rather had Mizdow win the Battle Royal and Wyatt beat The Undertaker, but you can’t win them all. The entrances, the production, the match quality and the effort put into that show were amazing. This record will probably be broken in Dallas next year since they can fit another 30,000 people into Cowboys Stadium, but Vince and the WWE deserve a ton of credit for the show they put on last night. It’s a great day to be a wrestling fan.

– Ryan

 

‘WWE Promo Shoot’, My Favorite Sketch From The Rock’s SNL

The Rock was fantastic as the host of SNL on Saturday, and there were numerous sketches that made me laugh out loud, but since it was WrestleMania weekend, I had to go with ‘WWE Promo Shoot’ for my favorite one. The premise is simple and something The Rock has done a thousand times: two wrestlers are gearing up to face each other in the ring, but they have to cut promos on each first to get the crowd ready for the match. Bobby Moynihan goes the more traditional route while The Rock’s character decides to get a little too personal. I loved this as both a fan of wrestling and SNL, and The Rock needs to get back there ASAP because his energy was off the charts. – Ryan

May I Introduce To You The New Host Of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah

I knew when they announced who would be replacing Jon Stewart, no matter who they picked, I would never fully be onboard. How could Comedy Central even begin to replace Stewart? Having said that, I think Comedy Central went the right route here. Picking a up-and-comer with a sweet accent. All kidding aside, I wish Trevor the best of luck.

-Matt

The Luckiest Woman In The World Got Engaged At WrestleMania 31

The saying ‘have yourself a day’ was created for this couple. Not only were they at WrestleMania 31, the best WrestleMania of the modern era, but they also got engaged! Talk about a double whammy. I know it’s traditional for men to propose to women, but if I ever go to another Mania, I would like to get proposed to. It’s 2015, I think it’s time we throw tradition out the window and have women start proposing to men, ideally at WrestleMania. Congrats to these two, as they definitely had one of the best days of their lives at Levi’s Stadium yesterday.

– Ryan

Ronda Rousey & The Rock Made Surprise Appearances At WrestleMania To Confront The Authority #WrestleMania

WrestleMania 31 was a fantastic show filled with unbelievable entrances, excellent in ring bouts and a few surprises. Two of those surprises were The Rock and UFC mega star Ronda Rousey, who came out to confront The Authority on behalf of the WWE Universe. The Rock had a hell of a weekend, as he killed it on SNL (there will be a post on that later today) and was on top of his smack talk game here with HHH and Steph. When The Rock challenged HHH to duke it out,  Stephanie stepped up instead and told The Rock to leave her ring, adding in the fact that Dwayne would never hit a girl. He wouldn’t, but he just so happened to know someone sitting in the front row who gets paid a lot of money to hit girls. That someone was Ronda Rousey, and a few punches and an arm bar takeover later, Steph and HHH were retreating and The Rock and Ronda were standing tall. This was a really cool moment, and setup two possible WrestleMania 32 matches. The possibilities are endless for these four, and I’m glad Ronda got her first WrestleMania moment. In case you were wondering what Ronda’s boss thought of all of this…

– Ryan

The Undertaker & Bray Wyatt Will Steal The Show At WrestleMania by @adam_barnardino

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This Sunday, live from Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, CA, the show of shows returns, Wrestlemania.  Wrestlemania 31 that is, and much like the return of the event itself, so returns one of sports entertainments most iconic figures, The Undertaker.

The Undertaker has been left off television since his loss to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30, leaving a bit of mystery as to where he’s been.  Thankfully our imaginations as to where he has been have been filled with a series of television melting promos from The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt.

While any match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is a constant marquee event, this year’s has been left to the side a bit.  Due to other high profile feuds and the fact that the Deadman hasn’t been on WWE television since last year’s Wrestlemania, it feels as though this match hasn’t gotten the air time it deserves.  I’m here to tell you, that not only is it deserving of all the hype, but it has all the potential in the world to steal the show at Wrestlemania 31.

The Undertaker: Although he  will be 50 years old by the time the show goes live this Sunday, I have no doubt in my mind that he has been training like a maniac for this match.  At this point in his career, every match could be his last, so I highly doubt he’ll want to go out there and lay an egg in front of 70,000 people for the last time.  He has proven time and time again he can still go at his age.  Last year’s match with Brock Lesnar wasn’t a classic like his performances against Shawn Michaels, but it was a match that will be remembered forever because of its outcome, a loss and his first loss at WrestleMania (to the perfect opponent might I add. But that’s a story for another time).  A lot of people are forgetting that The Undertaker received a severe concussion from the Beast early on in the match, obviously affecting his performance until he was pinned.  In other words, the physicality and pace of the match this year will surpass that of last year due to his time off and his opponent.

Bray Wyatt:  The New Face of Fear, and rightfully so because at 26 years old I still find his in ring antics and promos mildly disturbing.  It goes without saying that Wyatt has carried this feud alone with his superior microphone work, but how will his in ring performance be?  At times in his young career his matches have been called into question, but do you remember these matches: Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan, Wyatt vs. Jericho on Raw, Wyatt’s vs. Shield, his series of matches of Dean Ambrose, hell even his two losses to John Cena last year were A+ performances.  I have no doubt Wyatt will bring it this Sunday simply due to the fact that his character refuses to fail.  Bray Wyatt, in his mind and at his core will not lose a match even if he is pinned.  He looked great in defeat to Cena last year and even if he should lose to Undertaker this Wrestlemania, he will not go quietly.  However, I believe he is exactly the type of character WWE needs right now, a superstar with an edge like no other, and this superstar will shine in defeat or ascend to the top in victory.

The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt:  This match is going to surprise a lot of people, and like I said, has the potential to steal the show.  Unlike Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker will be able to unload all of his moves on Wyatt simply due to his size.  Not to say Bray Wyatt is a small guy, because his strength, agility and a move set that complements them will be as punishing to the Undertaker as they have been to his other opponents.  It won’t be the physicality in the ring that people remember this match for.  It will be the story they tell.  Wyatt is one of the most vocal in ring superstars today, and he will undoubtedly showcase that on Sunday.  No one makes facial and body expressions during matches better than these two.   A moment I’m personally looking forward to is when the Undertaker sees Wyatt’s spider walk for the first time; as well as when the Undertaker suddenly sits up after suffering a devastating move.  People think this match could fail because they are “similar characters”.  How so?  They’re both creepy? What makes The Undertaker great is his presence and what makes Bray Wyatt great is his vocal leader persona.  Two very different attributes that I believe have been overlooked and will ultimately be the driving force behind this match.

It is because of these reasons above that I believe The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt will steal the show at Wrestlemania 31.  The defeat of Triple H at Wrestlemania 29 in Hell in a Cell may have been the end of an era, but I believe that Bray Wyatt will begin a new era after a clean win over the Undertaker that will catapult him to the top of WWE for years to come.

– Adam

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