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predatorIt has been quite some time since the very last Tuesday Night Fights and after covering last week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film, I was inspired to review one more Arnold Schwarzenegger film. To be in a Tuesday Night Fights, our hero has to be facing a villain or just another opponent and that can definitely be said about today’s fight which features Arnold taking on an alien life form in a modern day retelling of The Most Dangerous Game in the form of 1987’s Predator. Some US soldiers have gone missing int he jungles of Latin America and after Dillon (Car Weathers) convinces Arnold, they bring a new team of Commandos deep into the jungles for an excursion that may just be deadlier and stranger than they ever expected. The film also stars Jesse Ventura (WWE Legend) as Blain, Bill Duke (Commando) as Mac, Elpidia Carrillo (Seven Pounds) as Anna, Sonny Landham (Best of The Best II) as Billy, Richard Chaves (Witness) as Poncho, Shane Black (The Hunt For The Red October) as Hawkins, R.G. Armstrong (Children Of The Corn) as Gen. Phillips, Kevin Peter Hall (Harry And The Hendersons) as The Predator, and the film was directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard).

TNF The Predator 1The team is absolutely clueless for a while as to what is going on because they only see a trail of blood and they know it bleeds because they were able to get one shot on it. At one point in the film, the Predator has wiped just about everyone and Anna, Dutch (Arnold), and Hawkins are left, but Poncho is wounded bad. Anna goes to pick up Poncho weapon, but Arnold gets hit in the arm with the laser saving her from getting involved in the film. He tells her to get to the chopper and he slides down a mountain into a water fall. The Predator is behind him, but he cannot see Dutch because Dutch is wet and covered in mud which hides him from the Predator’s heat seeking abilities. After the Predator leaves, this gives Dutch time to set up camp and set up booby traps for our alien counterpart. Dutch decides that he is going to try and beat the Predator at his own game from high in the trees while distracting him with heat to lure him in. The Predator is lured and Dutch is able to avoid him, but as soon as he hits him with an arrow, it destroys his ability to be invisible, but it ticks him off completely.

TNF The Predator 2It ticks him off to the point that he just starts blasting everything in sight and Arnold (Dutch) is hurt. It didn’t matter much though because he was able to regroup and he was able to hurt the Predator a little bit with a spear that knocked him off his perch leaving a trail of blood for Dutch to follow. After failing to realize that he was following a trap, he tries to escape the attack, but lands in the water losing his mud camouflage. The Predator quickly catches up to him and slams him against a rock where he starts examining his skull and he is amazed by it. He lets go and he walks a little bit away from Arnold, but he begins to remove his weapons almost as if this is the fight he has always wanted and he’s going to make it fair. Arnold tries to hit him with a branch, but it busts over his arm and Arnold gets launched backwards by a huge backhand. As Arnold tries to backtrack, the Predator catches him and gets a punch in the face from Arnold and it has no effect. He then begins to pummel Arnold with some fists of his own leaving Arnold wondering what in the hell is he facing.

TNF The Predator 3The Predator continues his absolute assault of Arnold with some vicious blows as Arnold crawls away and by doing this he almost lures the Predator into the trap he set up. Unfortunately, the Predator sees it coming and he avoids it, but it doesn’t matter because Arnold has one trick left up his sleeve which is the giant log that hangs above the Predator. He kicks away the thing that was holding it in the air and it smashes right into the Predator. As Arnold tries to rest thinking it’s over, the log starts to move so he grabs a big rock, but when he comes over he notices that the Predator is hurt real badly. So, he drops the rock, but there is one minor problem as he wonders what in the hell the Predator is. The Predator begins to enter a sequence into a contraption on his arm which turns out to be a self destruct mode which gives Arnold little time to escape, but in the end he makes it. The overall fight lasted most of the film, but the final showdown between Arnold and Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator) lasted for about 14 total minutes with Arnold being the winner as The Predator tapped out by self destruct. I’m definitely excited for the new Predator movie that is in the works because I have always loved these films.

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war of the covers love machineI have always had the motto that if at first you don’t succeed then you try and try again which is definitely the case this week. Before we get into this week’s War Of The Covers, we are here to inform you that Vader won last week’s challenge by gaining 78% of the votes making their version of Slayer’s Silent Scream the king. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we attempt something we have never done before. This week we have an unsigned/independent band taking on a nationally signed act in this week’s War Of The Covers. For this week’s battle, we are looking at legendary LA metal act W.A.S.P. whose seminal hit from their self titled 1984 debut L.O.V.E. Machine which is the subject of our battle this week. In 2002, metal act Fozzy which features WWE wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song for their second studio album Happenstance. In 2007, legendary Unsigned/Independent act Fallen Man released their 3RD full length album Reborn which featured a cover of the track. Now only one of these versions can reign supreme and it’s totally up to you guys to decide so choose wisely and just have fun doing it.

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War Of The Covers New The Mob RulesLast week, we had one heck of a triple threat match that saw Krokus come from behind to win by two votes in who covered Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz better. Well now for this week’s War Of The Covers, we have another epic triple threat match that features some real titans of metal covering one of the greatest voices in Metal. In 2010, the world lost one of the greats in Ronnie James Dio in a battle with cancer. Ronnie left behind an epic legacy that included music with Rainbow, solo material, and his time with Black Sabbath which we are looking at today. In 1981, Black Sabbath would release their second album with Dio in The Mob Rules which featured the epic title track which is our focus today. In 2002, heavy metal band Fozzy which features members of Stuck Mojo with wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song on their album Happenstance. In 2011, Iced Earth would release their tenth album Dystopia with Stu Block on vocals that featured a cover of the track. In 2013, Adrenaline Mob, the band that featured John Moyer of Disturbed and Mike Portnoy formerly of Dream Theater would release a covers EP called Covertà that featured a cover of the track as well. Now only one cover of The Mob Rules can reign supreme and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide so choose wisely and have fun with it.

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2F0918DE-E6AA-45CE-89326818F5FFFEC5For those of you that didn’t know, I am a huge fan of professional wrestling or Sports Entertainment as it’s called. I was a fan in the 80’s when it was called the Golden Age all the way through the Attitude Era of the 90’s to what is now known as the PG era of today. So, when I found out that professional wrestler, WWE Hall Of Famer, and the first ever Royal Rumble winner Hacksaw Jim Duggan was on a tour he dubbed The 2X4 Tour, I had to see him. He came to Laugh Boston last night (February 9TH) to tell stories of of his past that you never get to hear anywhere, but from the source. It was an opportunity to see a man that was a real American hero before it was the hip thing to do in sports entertainment. A chance to hear all those amazing stories from the golden age of wrestling and so on as it was an evening with Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

133One of the great things about Jim Duggan is the interaction he has with the crowd who definitely are not afraid to yell Duggan’s catch phrase Hooooooooo. He is so personable and he starts right from the very beginning telling you about his life in Glenn Falls, NY, when he met Fritz Von Erich in Dallas while he was going to school at SMU, to when he actually got into to the wrestling business with all the ups and downs that came with it. He gives you inside scoops and stories with some of your favorite wrestlers that you may not have known including an interesting story about Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Damian. One of my favorite stories that you could tell hit a special place with the crowd was when he talked about Rowdy Roddy Piper and the time they spent together in the Legends House. That was truly a funny and heartening story to hear from him. You may be wondering how can a man’s life and journey be so funny? Well, you have to see it to believe it because the man delivers it in a way that you can’t help but laugh. He literally becomes one of those guys you see that tell all these awesome stories that you can’t stop listening to. After watching the show, I could listen to Hacksaw Jim Duggan for hours on end. Towards the end of the show, he does a special Q&A session with the fans that for the most part goes very well with a few knuckleheads asking dumb questions, but that is expected. If you stick around after that, you can get autographs and a photo with the WWE Legend. For the amount of money it cost to go, it was probably the most fun I had in a very long time.

 

monster entertainment awards 5Ever since the start of the Monster Entertainment Awards, I have always loved leaving the votes up to the people because you end up getting surprised at some of the winners. Obviously, there are those films or albums that you expect to win and they end up winning, but that is expected (also applies to the music side). One of the biggest surprises in my opinion came in the album of the year category, Rock album of the year, and remake of the year to name a few. I really expected Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take movie of the year, but again you always get surprised when the people vote. I want to send a shout out to all the fans of rock band Bobaflex for banding together and getting Anything That Moves as the Rock Album Of The Year because that is what it’s all about when we say fan participation. I also want to send a shout out to anyone that took the time to visit the blog and vote as well. As usual, I am going to review all of the winners on the music side for the album of the week category, but there will only be two (we have already reviewed two of the winners). So, without further ado, here are all the winners:

EfOet3AuFor today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I chose a film that I wanted to check out for a while when I heard that WWE wrestler Dean Ambrose was the latest to get into films. Dean is the latest to star in 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown which he plays a troubled Detective named Shaw. Dean is returning to the job for the first time in months after the death of his partner. While on the job, he discovers some corruption in the precinct involving a former partner and he decides to investigate it. Detective Burke (Roger R. Cross), the corrupt cop gets wind of what Shaw is doing and to protect his own behind, he puts the whole building into lockdown and he hunts Shaw. Shaw only has 12 rounds in his gun to help defend himself while he tries to figure out a way to get the evidence out. The film also stars Daniel Cudmore (X-Men: The Last Stand) as Gideon, Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie) as Darrow, Ty Olsson (X-Men 2) as Harris, Sarah Smyth (50/50) as Officer Taylor, Rebecca Marshall (That’s My Boy) as Captain Matthews, Kirby Morrow (RoboCop) as Saul, Toby Levins (Godzilla) as Meeks, Sharon Taylor (Stargate: Atlantis) as Carmen, Hugo Steele (Man Of Steel) as Hurst, and the film was directed by Stephen Reynolds (Vendetta). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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12-rounds-3-lockdown-trailerNow as far as the stats are concerned, Dean’s character has 11 kills/knockouts in the film. He kind of has an origin story, but the only thing you find out is that his partner was killed in duty and that Burke was also Shaw’s former partner. There is no love interest and an officer that he had just met that day was shot and killed, but I didn’t count that. The big boss is defeated and you’ll just have to wait and see for yourselves as far as how it was done.  I was excited to see Dean Ambrose starring in an action movie, but the film changed in many ways. The original concept of the films were great because it made it a game. In this film, the 12 rounds refer to the amount of bullets in his gun that he’ll have to get the job done. The fight scenes in the film are a little messy and they’re just OK in my opinion. That is not me saying that Dean didn’t do well because I thought he was great in the film and a little bit better than most in the film. The camera work is pretty good, but there’s times when some of the shots get a little annoying. One of the funniest scenes in the film was right when you first see Dean as he is waiting at a stop light and some snot nosed kid in a Porsche pulls up wanting to race. What happens next is awesome as Dean keeps his cool the whole time. This is an action film so you know exactly what you are getting with it. It’s not the best in the series, but it’s decent. I am giving he film 3 fists out of five for a final grade.

Early in 2015, the wrestling world and it’s fans lost one of it’s most beloved figures in legend Rowdy Roddy Piper who was one of the great personalities wrestling ever had. Well while I was cruising through the internet super highway, I discovered this video Caroling With Roddy Piper courtesy of Uproxx that was produced by Royal Canadian Air Farce, a comedy group from Canada. The video features Roddy Piper doing his own version of the 12 Days Of Christmas with a big fan. The beginning of the video will entice you to stay and watch as Piper is so warm in his greeting. The video is hilarious as you don’t know what to expect, but when you see it, it’s definitely classic Piper at his best. There is only one day until Christmas as today is Christmas Eve so let’s enjoy it with the Late Roddy Piper.