Mike Murphy

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WWE.com — Who is ‘Mr. SummerSlam’?

“In the pantheon of WWE pay-per-views, only one event — The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania — outstrips SummerSlam in terms of prestige. Since SummerSlam first appeared on the WWE pay-per-view calendar in 1988, comparisons between it and big brother WrestleMania have only been natural. As such, shouldn’t there be a “Mr. SummerSlam” by now?

Shawn Michaels has the moniker “Mr. WrestleMania” all locked up, of course, but who’s HBK’s equivalent on the biggest stage of the summer? Armed with a loose set of criteria — match quality, milestones and endurance — WWE.com editors have made their case for why certain Superstars should be called Mr. SummerSlam.  Read the arguments and then decide for yourself by voting in our Mr. SummerSlam poll.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam/who-is-mr-summerslam-26041866

Note: My entry is on the final page.

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WWE.com — The Top 10 Matches of 2014 … So Far

“2014 is only seven months old, and there’s already been enough great wrestling in WWE to fill up three calendar years and 15 year-end recaps.

Ordinarily, we at WWE.com wait until the end of the year to unveil our definitive best-of lists, but there’s been too much good stuff already not to pause and acknowledge the work of the Superstars and Divas up to this point. So, WWE.com presents our somewhat hasty but thoroughly argued-over list of the top 10 bouts of 2014 so far.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/top-10-matches-of-2014-so-far

WWE.com — Editors’ Choice: 10 hidden gems on WWE Network

“With more than 2,000 hours of content — including original programming and every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view ever — the WWE Network video-on-demand library can feel, dare we say, a bit overwhelming at times.

We feel your pain. We, too, have found ourselves scheduling (and rescheduling) dinner parties to accommodate group viewings of SummerSlam 2002. For the first time, we’re asking questions like, ‘How many Diesel matches can be crammed into a single day?’

But so much of what WWE Network has to offer falls just beneath the surface. Beyond the obvious go-to choices like WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and ‘Legends’ House,’ there resides a huge catalog of classic Raw and SmackDown replays, as well as an extensive ‘Vault’ section dedicated to trailblazing series from bygone wrestling territories and organizations. Expand your horizons and check out these 10 shows featuring universes of unique characters and conflicts … “

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-hidden-gems-on-wwe-network

Peter Parker Done Right — Breaking Down Amazing Spider-Man 2

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It’s been a good long while since I’ve delved into my blog here to post my own musings, so I’ve decided to keep my writing skills sharp this weekend by providing another entry. Whereas most of my discussions and articles talk about wrestling and games, here I’m going to delve into a subject that falls into the “many things” category of the headline on the top of this blog’s page.

Just four hours ago, I emerged from a movie theater having watched Amazing Spider-Man 2. Going in, I was full of worry and doubt despite my appreciation and satisfaction with the first installment of this rebooted wall crawler film saga. Critics were trashing it for issues such as villain clutter and the dichotomy between Spider-Man and Peter Parker. What I should have realized then, and do now having watched the film firsthand, is that these complaints were mostly either unfounded or the critics just don’t seem to fully grasp the history and essence of Spider-Man.

Quite contrary to these critics, I found the film to be a perfect representation of both Peter Parker himself and the world in which he lives and has lived in throughout his long comic book run. I’ll break down exactly what I enjoyed about it and why below. But be warned, you are entering spoiler territory from here on out.

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WWE.com — The 50 Best Talkers in Wrestling History

“Think talk is cheap? Try telling that to the 50 Superstars on this list. From an arrogant former reality TV star with an attitude problem to a wildly charismatic plumber’s son, these men have packed arenas and glued millions of fans to their television screens with their unique ability to inspire passion, fear, anger and laughter through their captivating interviews. Nearly every Superstar who ever set foot in the ring has spoken on the microphone, but these 49 men — and one woman — did it best.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/the-50-best-talkers-in-wrestling-history

Note: My entries are JBL and Edge.

 

WWE.com — Hulk Hogan opens up about Randy Savage, The Mega Powers and why WrestleMania V means so much to him

“In the late 1980s, Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage formed one of the most powerful partnerships in sports-entertainment history. With the lovely Miss Elizabeth by their side, The Powers battled WWE’s baddies over the course of an entire year. But when the jealous Savage became overly protective of Elizabeth, it drove a wedge between the two competitors that resulted in The Mega Powers “exploding” in an emotional main event at WrestleMania V.

Twenty-five years have passed since that legendary battle. And to honor the occasion, WWE.com spoke with “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, who let his guard down to reveal behind-the-scenes details about The Mega Powers, how the two biggest stars of the wrestling’s boom period reconciled decades later and why he still misses his old friend.”

Article: http://www.wwe.com/classics/hulk-hogan-on-randy-savage
Photo Gallery: http://www.wwe.com/classics/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-mega-powers-photos
Video Playlist: http://www.wwe.com/videos/playlists/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-mega-powers

NOTE: This feature was done in collaboration with Zach Linder and was the first feature I’ve pitched in-house that has been picked up for publication by WWE.com.

WWE.com — Why is it called the Garvin Stomp? 8 maneuvers named for the men who perfected them

“You know that thing Randy Orton does where he methodically walks around a fallen opponent and deliberately drives the heel of his foot into select joints and muscles, targeting vulnerable areas with the sadistic focus of a Spanish inquisitor?

It’s called the Garvin Stomp, which almost sounds underwhelming when considering the damage the maneuver can impact upon a body, but the name is more of a nod than a stylistic choice. Where does the handle come from? Click ahead to learn the origin stories behind the Garvin Stomp and seven other eponymous maneuvers.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/eight-moves-named-for-their-creators

Note: My entries are the Asai Moonsault and Gory Special.

WWE.com — The 50 Coolest Maneuvers of All Time

“Pro wrestlers have been dishing out cool moves since the early 1900s when Frank Gotch was suplexing dudes. The game has evolved like X-Men since then (ever take a few years off watching wrestling and come back to find guys doing things you never thought possible?), but the most impressive maneuvers have stood the test of time.

Today, every Superstar has awesome moves. Hell, Chris Jericho has 1004 of them. But which are the coolest? We ranked the 50 holds, strikes and dives that would’ve made Mr. McMahon shout, ‘What a maneuver!’ if he was still sitting at the commentary booth.

And what exactly do we mean by coolest? If you were cool you wouldn’t be asking that question.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/the-50-coolest-maneuvers-of-all-time

Note: My entries are #40 and #13

GamerNode — The 2013 Nodie Awards

“For 2013, we’ve scaled back the extravagance of last year’s record-breaking 44 awards categories, and have moved away from the awards-show style presentation, where we list nominees and then reveal a winner. This year, we’re highlighting our top choices in each of 24 categories, many of which combine previous award categories into larger, more encompassing ones, with a focus on the big picture for each of the games considered.”

Link: http://www.gamernode.com/the-2013-nodie-awards/

VGXs Making Postive Strides for Awards Show

I’m not going to lie when it comes to my historical feelings towards the VGAs. Like many on the Internet, I’ve felt that the show has slowly degraded itself into a preview-fest littered with celebrity guests that have nothing to do with the medium aside from playing games on their couches. I even used GamerNode as an outlet back in 2010 to vent my frustrations on the event’s constant failure to meet its potential.

This year it seems that Spike, Geoff Keighley, and the rest of the gang behind the VGAs are starting to get the message. In a radical change of course, the awards show has now been relabeled VGX (For what reasons the X needed to replace the A, I’m befuddled over.) and went from a large, Oscars-like stage event to a no-audience set presentation. Though of course gamers on the Web and throughout the Twittershpere have still lobbed complaints at the way the show was run – some of it valid, some of it not – I’ll say that this was actually a stride in the right direction for the show. Far from perfect, but on the right track.

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