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WWE 2K18: Official Trailer and Game Details Revealed!

WWE 2K18: Official Trailer and Game Details Revealed!

The full details and trailer have been unveiled for WWE 2K18! The breakdown is below:

Be like no one. These four simple words likely generate several reactions, but for WWE Superstar Seth RollinsTM, they are a master class in describing his unmatched work ethic, disruptive mindset and definitive WWE career.

Since joining WWE in 2010, Rollins has done things on his own terms. Like many claim but never accomplish, he was destined to be different, blaze his own trail and take no prisoners along the way, even if it meant disrespecting history. The first move on Rollins’ chess board: become the inaugural NXT® Champion in 2012 and put everyone on high alert. The second move: make his WWE main roster debut at Survivor Series® later that year, align with WWE Superstars Roman ReignsTM and Dean AmbroseTM to form The ShieldTM and rally against authority. As the pieces continued moving, the accolades followed: two-time WWE Champion, United States Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion and “Mr. Money in the Bank®,” to name a few. And now, “The Kingslayer” stands tall after a definitive checkmate: defeating Triple H® on WWE’s grandest stage at WrestleMania® 33.

For every calculated action and result, there is no question Rollins will prevail by any means necessary, and in doing so, embody everything it means to be like no one.

In celebration of his in-ring accomplishments and bold individuality, 2K today announced Seth Rollins as the cover Superstar for WWE® 2K18, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. In addition, Rollins will personify WWE 2K18’s worldwide marketing campaign – BE LIKE NO ONE – which invites players to explore Rollins’ identity, as well as those of several other WWE Superstars, while learning more about the game. WWE 2K18 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.

“As the WWE 2K18 cover Superstar and franchise ambassador, it is my incredible honor and mission to ensure this game will truly BE LIKE NO ONE – a calling card perfect for everything I stand for – as it sets forth on its own unique path,” said Seth Rollins. “Following in the footsteps of other WWE 2K cover Superstars – Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, John Cena®, Stone Cold Steve Austin® and Brock Lesnar® – I now carry the torch and proudly represent a new generation of WWE Superstars. I am the future, and the future can’t be stopped.”

“Each year, the WWE 2K franchise emerges with a unique identity, impeccable authenticity, an incredible roster and the freedom for players to customize and control the virtual WWE world through its extensive offerings,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “In determining who truly epitomizes BE LIKE NO ONE and represents WWE 2K18 to the fullest extent, there was one obvious answer: Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins.”

In addition, today 2K announced details surrounding WWE 2K18 premium product offerings and their scheduled release dates:

About the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition

Players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties at participating retailers, will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 13, 2017 for PS4TM system and Xbox One. The WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition includes the following items:

  • Copy of WWE 2K18 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging;
  • Access to Season Pass content (details announced this fall);
  • Access to WWE 2K18 pre-order bonus digital content (details announced this summer);
  • Additional WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition digital content (details announced this summer).

About the WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition

Players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition at participating retailers will also receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 13, 2017 for PS4TM system and Xbox One. Details of the WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition, as well as the ability to pre-order this version of the game, will be available later this summer.

Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K18 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K18 is scheduled for worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for the PS4TM system and Xbox One. For more information on WWE 2K18 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WWE2K18 and #BLN1 or subscribe on YouTube.

2K is a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is now available in almost all international markets other than the People’s Republic of China and embargoed countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network (including the risk that we are unable to attract, retain and renew subscribers); major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; privacy norms and regulations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our indebtedness; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products principally through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

About 2K
Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Hangar 13, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, BorderlandsTM, and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the innovative EvolveTM, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise*. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2k.com.

*According to 2008 – 2017 Metacritic.com and The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales through April 2017.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws and may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the Company’s future business and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our dependence on key management and product development personnel, our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles, the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games, and risks associated with international operations. Other important factors and information are contained in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the risks summarized in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the Company’s other periodic filings with the SEC, which can be accessed at www.take2games.com. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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OFF THE TOP ROPE: Our Prediction For WWE’s Money In The Bank 2016!

OFF THE TOP ROPE: Our Prediction For WWE’s Money In The Bank 2016!

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This is one of my favorite WWE PPVs each year, so I have high hopes for this one. I love the intrigue of choosing a winner for the Money in the Bank match. Will the person be an obvious choice, or a dark horse? The winner of the money in the bank match almost always wins the championship upon cashing in the contract; only John Cena and Damien Sandow have failed in this endeavor. In addition to the money in the bank match, there are a few other interesting matchups that excite me. So, here goes for another round of predictions!

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Fatal Four War for the Tag Team Championship
The New Day (c) v. The Vaudevillains v. Enzo and Cass v. Anderson and Gallows

This will be a barn burned of a match, to be sure. All four teams are pretty hot right now. Anderson and Gallows are fairly new on the scene and are in AJ Styles’ “club”, so they’d seem to be a popular choice here. Both the Vaudevillains and Enzo and Cass are strong teams, but both are still too new to the main roster and just like Anderson and Gallows, need time to develop more so that they could carry the tag belts and represent the WWE well. The New Day should take this one in a close match with a lot of near finishes. The belts will remain on them until the other teams are sufficiently developed for WWE PPV and TV.

Winners: The Rockers (Just Kidding. Anderson and Gallows)

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Money in the Bank Match
Sami Zayn v Kevin Owens v Alberto Del Rio v Cesaro v Chris Jericho v Dean Ambrose

Just look at the amazing talent pool in this one! I’d love to see Jericho win, but that’s not going to happen. What would be the point? All are talented performers who have held championships wherever they have gone. I’m wondering how many high spots will be in this match! Too many to count, as bodies will no doubt be flying all over the arena. Will Cesaro use his Cesaro swing to put Del Rio into a ladder?Will Sami Zayn hit the Blue Thunderbomb on Owens? The possibilities are endless in this contest. This one is a crapshoot and I’m picking the winner based upon not current storylines, but by being the wrestler who could be the most successful over the next few years.

Winner: Kevin Owens

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John Cena v AJ Styles

This match is going to, I hope, be the best one of the night. Both men are “big game” wrestlers, psyching themselves up for the biggest occasions. Each performer will hit his entire battery of signature moves, with possibly the Styles Clash being disallowed. This match will have far too many near falls to count. This match will also have near submissions, as both competitors have a repertoire of submission holds which they can use effectively. Cena has come back as hot as anyone has been, and the Phenomenal One, Mr. Styles, could use a bit of a boost in the win column and will be motivated. Also not sure who to pick in this one. I’ll go with Styles because I think that there is no reason to elevate Cena back to his old main event spot when Styles is wrestling superior matches and has the fans’ attention as much as he does.

Winner: AJ Styles

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WWE title match
Roman Reigns (c) v Seth Rollins

I can’t wait for this one! Even though Rollins will not get the belt back in this one, he will shine brightly, reminding fans just how good he is. This will be a brutal fight, and I’d bet that a good bit of this match will take place outside of the ring. Will the Spanish announce table break at some point? You betcha. Both mean will, during the match, experience near defeat, and there may even be some bloodshed. Not a lot of technical wrestling will be a part of this match. I also can’t see a clean ending here, as WWE should, and will, milk this feud for all its worth.

Winner: No winner. Double disqualification.

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US title match
Rusev (c) v Titus O’Neil

The king of the Moscow Mooseknuckle will retain his belt in this one. The crowd will likely be dead for this one, which is unfortunate, given the talent that both men possess. I would actually buy Big Titus as a world champion in the future; he’s got the look of a champion and is very athletic. That being said, the Rusev/Lana combination has been hot as of late, and Rusev’s nearly unbeatable submission hold, the Accolade (a variation on the Camel Clutch, Rusev will break your back and make you humble), will be too much for my boy Titus to overcome.

Winner: Rusev

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Charlotte and Dana Brooke v Natalya and Becky Lynch

Man, Becky Lynch sure gets screwed on a regular basis. She is highly talented, perhaps the most talented female performer not named Sasha Banks. However, Ms. Lynch should get a bit of much deserved spotlight in this one. Charlotte and Dana Brooke have been a formidable heel combo as of late; fans (myself included) love to hate them. Natalya and Becky Lynch are also talented, hard workers who will take the fight to their opponents. I think Dana Brooke makes a mistake and loses the match for her team.

Winners: Natalya and Becky Lynch

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Apollo Crews v Sheamus
I’m intrigued by this one. It will be hard hitting and brutal, but both men possess technical wrestling ability, and I can only hope that it will be on display this Sunday. Apollo is a highly talented, recent NXT callup to the main roster, and deserves to have the same success on the main roster as he did on NXT. However, he will have a tough time against former world champion Sheamus. Will Crews fall victim to Sheamus’ brogue kick? I don’t think so.

Winner: Apollo Crews

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Money in the Bank Kickoff Show
Dolph Ziggler v Baron Corbin
I have been entertained by this feud. While Corbin was initially ahead in this feud, I think Ziggler has gotten into Baron’s head. This is supposed to be a true “wrestling” match, but I think it will turn into a brawl in a rather quick manner. Will the youth of Corbin prevail, or will Ziggler’s experience as a former world and intercontinental champion reign supreme? One way of the other, this will be a fast paced match.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Parting Shot: This is shaping up to be a great show, and I hope I’m not disappointed as I have been by the last few PPVs. I had a tough time deciding on predictions for the matches, as none of the matches had a clear cut, easily decided winner for me. Here’s hoping that me predicting record improves after this one! – Duke Love

Don’t miss this epic showdown on WWE Money in the Bank, live on WWE Network, on Sunday, June 19, at 8 ET/5 PT.

About the Author: Duke Love is a WWE aficionado. His lifelong love of professional wrestling has landed him at countless live events and even lead him to a tangle or two inside the squared circle. His favorite WWE performer of all-time is Shawn Michaels. His style is best described as a perfect blend of The Blue Meanie, Mr. Fugi, Corbin Bernsen and Tatanka.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 183: Get Flicks and Chill

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 183: Get Flicks and Chill

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason delve deep in a slew of new films they have immersed themselves over the past week. From rock documentaries “Attack of Life: The Bango Tango Movie” to “I Am Thor” to Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno” and “Knock Knock,” they leave no stone unturned. Jeremy offers up some timely updates on Adam Rifkin’s “Director’s Cut” hitting the festival circuit, his latest WWE Live experience and a rekindled love for Cannon Films. Jason gives us the run down on the latest set of interviews for the wildly popular Icon Vs. Icon (www.iconvsicon.com) and his thoughts on the crime drama, “Sicario” starring Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 182: Ladies Night

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 182: Ladies Night

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason welcome internet sensation Dolores Price to the third mic position. That’s right, it’s ladies night and the drinks are a flowing! The trio dive right in with a look at Jeremy’s latest entities in his quest for 366 movies in 366 days. Talk soon turns to Jason breaking his own rules for 2016 with new purchases of awesome movie poster art and the shame he should feel for doing so. Dolores offers her thoughts on binge sensations “Making A Murderer” and “Serial.” They also offer up several great picks of the week to wrap the thing up in one big, sloppy package. It’s ladies night, we have all been there. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 180: Blind, Crippled, Crazy

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 180: Blind, Crippled, Crazy

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason ring in 2016 with an eclectic mix of pop culture topics. The duo start with a quick recap of their holiday adventures and what the New Year may hold for them. Jeremy gives us the scoop in his first foray into the world of live WWE events, while Jason gives us the latest and greatest on the long-rumored Guns N’ Roses reunion. They also take a trip down memory lane with a look at ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ and the magic that is Bruce Campbell. The show is rounded out with the latest on ‘Batman V. Superman’ and solid picks of the week with ‘The Visit’’ and ‘The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

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It’s time once again for a fix of pop culture goodness with the Acid Pop Cult Podcast. This week Jeremy and Jason offer up some sage advice to a younger generation. With tips ranging from spending your hard earned cash on a quality mattress or avoiding the pitfalls of a back injury by avoiding the recreation of the high flyers you know and love from the WWE, this tag team has you covered. Jeremy offers a look inside the world of WWE fandom both retro and nu-wave, while Jason gives us the rundown on beloved child actor Kurt Russell’s horror-western “Bone Tomahawk.” They also recap Jason’s recent interview with Patrick Renna (Ham of ‘The Sandlot’), Tommy Savas (The Sopranos) and director Jason Schnell for their upcoming dark comedy, ‘Bad Roomies.’ Jeremy also offers another update on ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game” as it surges past it’s Kickstarter goal. Like a fine wine, they get better with age but they are still getting too old for this sh*t. Download, listen and spread the word!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy are time traveling. Jason offers a look at his experiences on ‘Back To The Future’ Day, both positive and negative. From Deloreans to Pepsi Perfect to craft beer, this segment has it all. Taking it back even further, the duo examine Jason’s recent trip to Chiller Theatre and his meet up with legendary ‘Lost Boys’ saxophonist, Tim Capello. Jeremy continues his decent into Halloween madness with some classy pumpkin carving and a marathon viewing of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series. Other discussions include the magic of the WWE live experience, an update the the ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game’ Kickstarter campaign, putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns and what you should be checking out with their Picks of The Week. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. Download, listen and spread the word!

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Off The Top Rope: Our Wrestlemania XXX Predictions!

Off The Top Rope: Our Wrestlemania XXX Predictions!

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It’s the biggest night of the year for wrestling fans — WRESTLEMANIA! This year marks the highly anticipated 30th anniversary of the legendary event. There are several intriguing matches on this year’s card. While I still long for the days of the earlier ‘Mania cards where there were numerous meaningful matches, this card has shaped up rather nicely. Many of these matches could go either way, so it is with great care that I’ve made these predictions. Here goes:

1. Tag Team Championship: The Usos (champions) vs. The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

Prediction: The Usos retain the titles

I’d like to see the Usos trade the titles back and forth with a different team, but this isn’t the night for the “trading” to begin. Neither Los Matadores or “Rybaxel” are ready for title runs, and I think Cesaro is ready for a stroing singles run. The Usos are running hot right now to they’ll retain.

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2. Diva Championship Invitational

Prediction: AJ Lee

There are so many divas in this match that I won’t list them all here. Natalya is the only one I could see taking the title from AJ, but I have a gut feeling that this isn’t Nattie’s night. AJ, like the Usos, is running strong and will retain.

3. Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Prediction: Big Show

I know Big Show is the obvious prediction here, but he hasn’t had a lot of spotlight as of late, and this could be another jumping off point to another strong singles run. Big E would be a worthy winner, but since he holds the Intercontinental Belt, he doesn’t need to win this match.

4. The Shield vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws

Prediction: Kane and the New Age Outlaws

I LOVE the Shield, but I think the time has come for Ambrose and Rollins to split with Roman Reigns, so Kane and the Outlaws will pull out a victory here. I think The Shield will have the match in hand before Reigns gets turned on by his partners, allowing Kane and the Outlaws to win.

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5. John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Prediction: John Cena

I really want to see the talented Wyatt win this, but he hasn’t been around long enough to deserve this shot. It will be a great fight (emphasis on fight), and Cena will show his more aggressive side en route to the victory.

6. The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Prediction: The Undertaker

Easiest pick of the card. Undertaker’s streak will never be broken, although Lesnar will come very close. This will possibly be ‘Taker’s most violent Wrestlemania match yet, and his powerful aggression will shine through in his victory.

7. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

Prediction: Daniel Bryan

I think this match will either be the first or second of the night, as one of the men will have to go on twice. This will also be a fight, one that will likely go outside of the ring rather a lot. Daniel Bryan will get a clean win over his adversary, and will have to overcome a lot of interference in the process. Therefore, Daniel Bryan will get added to the title match with Randy Orton and Batista.

8. WWE Championship Match-Triple Threat

Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan (added to match via victory over Triple H earlier in the card)

Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins the title

I also think there will be plenty of outside interference in this one, with all three men getting their turn to shine over the others. There will be plenty of fighting, but also scientific wrestling. Daniel Bryan will get his well-deserved win and will get his share of the spotlight.

Bonus Predictions:

1. Wrestlemania I Main Event Showdown: I predict Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper will have a “staredown” in the ring, paying homage to the first ever Wrestlemania main event. It is also possible that their tag partners from that match, Mr. T and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff will show up, as might their corner men, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and “Cowboy” Bob Orton.

2. CM Punk returns: After Daniel Bryan wins and is rejoicing with the crown and chanting “YES! YES! YES!”, CM Punk will return to the WWE, attacking Bryan and setting up a fantastic main event feud.

About The Author: Duke Love is a WWE aficionado. His lifelong love of professional wrestling has landed him at countless live events and even lead him to a tangle or two inside the squared circle. His favorite WWE performer of all-time is Shawn Michaels. His style is best described as a perfect blend of The Blue Meanie, Mr. Fugi, Corbin Bernsen and Tatanka. 

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Start Your Day With The Iron Sheik! Wrestling Legend Launches New App!

Start Your Day With The Iron Sheik! Wrestling Legend Launches New App!

Go to bed a loser, wake up to a legend!

Go to bed a loser, wake up to a legend!

Page Magen, manager of the Iron Sheik, announces the launch of the new Iron Sheik Alarm Clock App bit.ly/ironsheik   available exclusively on ITunes.  Social media madman, pro wrestling hall of famer and former bodyguard to the Shah of Iran, The Iron Sheik brings his inimitable style to your daily wake-up call with his one of a kind messages designed to motivate and activate your inner personal LEGEND.

“WAKE THE FUCK UP YOU NO GOOD JABRONI”

The Sheik Alarm Clock App is best described as an engaging, experientially-unique social application that allows the user to tap directly into the Sheik’s extremely vast opinion. His legendary status in social media (over 1 million followers and counting) allows him to say whatever he wants. By starting your day off using the Sheik Alarm clock, the Sheik feels that your day will start off motivated to become a Hall of Fame CHAMPION OF THE WORLD like the legend. In launching this new App, the Iron Sheik says, “If you don’t have the balls to pay $0.99 for this app, you are a no-good jabroni, piece of shit, low life and YOU CAN go fuck yourself FOREVER.”

The digital component features The Sheik’s notorious social media rants producing entirely exciting content. Supporting him allows him to live online forever and gives his adoring fans a way to live like The Legend. “He is forever the greatest. The REALEST man I have ever met” said Page Magen in announcing this no holds barred alarm app, “he will give you inspiration and… a kick in the butt every day.” The app will have bonus features added over the next few months so that his fans can continuously interact with the legend himself. The Sheik expresses that you will be the “Iron Sheik class” if you have the alarm –otherwise, go fuck yourself forever!

ITunes search: Iron Sheik Alarm Clock bit.ly/ironsheik 

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CHRIS JERICHO: On The Rise of Fozzy, “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot” And More!

CHRIS JERICHO: On The Rise of Fozzy, “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot” And More!

Chris Jericho is a man who’s dedication and heart have led him to tremendous heights. Best known for his work inside the ring as one of professional wrestling’s most prolific superstars, the story of Chris Jericho proves beyond a shadow of a doubt; dreams can come become reality. 

Aside from a career inside the squared circle, another of Chris Jericho’s early dreams was to play alongside his hard rock heroes in a metal band of his own. That dream became reality when Jericho teamed with Rich Ward to form one of the most rockin’ bands in all the land — Fozzy. Together, these two larger-than-life, trailblazing personalities that have spent the past decade shaping their own brand of sonic splendor, Ward’s incendiary guitars forging a path for Jericho’s inimitable vocals atop a rhythmic foundation of earth-rattling proportions. Not that anybody should be surprised. Ward is one of metal’s pioneers – the mastermind of Stuck Mojo, he soldered metal with rhythmic rap vocals long before it became fashionable, touring the world with some of metal’s biggest bands and being hailed as one of Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell and Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne axe man Zakk Wylde’s favorite guitarists. And frontmen don’t come more dynamic than Chris Jericho, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, the embodiment of charisma, and the byproduct of a lifetime spent immersed in heavy metal.

In the past several years, Fozzy have emerged as a worldwide force on the touring circuit, conquering stages from Los Angeles to Lichtenvoorde, and everywhere in between – including a successful spot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Without question, this powerful band has become the driving force for the six-time WWE wrestling champion and is ready to leave a mark on the metal scene for years to come! Although Chris Jericho has conquered prime time in his epic career in professional wrestling and his stint on “Dancing With The Stars” – now it’s time for Fozzy to conquer the world of heavy metal.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Chris Jericho to discuss the success of the band’s latest album, “Sin and Bones,”  the creation of new music, his role in the hilarious new web series “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot” and much more! Let the madness begin… 

Chris Jericho

Prior to making Fozzy’s last record, “Sin and Bones,” you made the decision to make the band a top priority in your life. Was there a particular catalyst leading to that decision?

It was actually a few years before “Sin and Bones” and we were doing the “Chasing the Grail” record. The reason for the decision was we knew we had something special with Fozzy and we knew we could take it to the next level. Rich [Ward] and I decided, now was the time! We were either going to do it properly or we weren’t going to do it anymore. We knew we could do it properly by simply focusing and putting all of our efforts into it. Once we started doing that, the band started growing at amazing speed! We’ve really had so much traction and momentum over the last three years, it was nice to have our gut instincts pay off and have our predictions come true.

You have referred to “Sin and Bones” as your most important record to date. What are your thoughts on the album now that you have had over a year to live with it and tour on it?

It was big for us. Like I said, we had a lot of momentum from “Chasing the Grail” and we had made a lot of strides to be taken seriously as a band and having a legitimate reputation as a live band and as songwriters. That is what led us to Century Media Records. With that move, we knew we would be under the microscope now more than ever. We knew that it was a great opportunity and if we were going to take that next step, this was the way to do it; on the back of Century Media. In order to do that, we had to put out the best record we have ever done. We really focused in on making “Sin and Bones” the best thing we had ever done. We really wanted to focus in on what we do best as a band, which is very heavy riffs with very melodic choruses, a lot of vocal harmonies and the best lineup we have ever had with Paul Di Leo. There were a lot of factors of us going over the cliff and getting some real speed behind us. All those factors built up to show us that. We wanted to release a very cohesive collection of songs and take the listeners on a journey from song one to song ten. We wanted every song, although diverse, have a certain tone to play into the complete package and storyline. The diversity on “Sin and Bones” is very similar to Metallica’s “Black” album; there is a lot of diversity on the record but all of the songs have a certain feel and vibe to it. That is really what we wanted with “Sin and Bones” and we got it!

Fozzy – “Sin And Bones”

When we finished the record, we knew it was the best thing we had done but you never know how other people are going to feel about it. A year later, “Sin and Bones” is our highest charting record ever, our best selling, most critically acclaimed and most beloved to the point we play seven out of the ten songs live! All of them go over amazingly; to the point I am not sure which ones we are going to drop when we do another record! Every single one of them, people are singing along to or moving along to in different ways depending on the vibe of the song. They are all great songs to play live. They are also difficult songs to play live. We open with “Spider In My Mouth” which is a great opening track. Everybody loves “Sandpaper,” which has been a big hit for us on the radio. “Blood Happens” closes out the set because it is so fast and aggressive. Then there is the ballad, “Inside My Head,” which people love. “Shine Forever” is a super heavy tune and they get into that, as well. The list goes on and on. The title track, for instance. It is so much fun for us to play and for me to sing, so every song seems to get better than the next when you start delving into “Sin and Bones.” At some point, my overall goal is to do special shows where we can play this record in its entirety, all the way through.

Where are you in the process of creating new music for Fozzy? Is there musical ground you are anxious to cover?

We have already started writing songs for the next record. We will be focusing in even more on what we do best — the groove, the space, the heaviness and the melodies. As much as we love Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio and a lot of new bands like Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine, we also have a big appreciation for Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Queen and the Beatles; bands who used a lot of harmony. We like the days where every guy in the band sang! We really want to continue those days. I think one of the reasons we have been doing so well because Fozzy is a little bit different than the norm and that has helped us get to the next level.

Fozzy

Speaking of new music, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration as a songwriter?

I just go by songs titles. If I see an interesting phrase, something that peaks my interest, I will write it down and work my way backwards from there. Obviously, there are a lot of different places you can derive lyrics from. Personally, I like imagery lyrics. If you look at “Sandpaper” or “Spider In My Mouth,” they are more imagery driven, rather than literal, visceral meanings. I also like relationship type songs like “In My Head” or “Shine Forever” or “Feed My Addiction”. Then you have the more fantastic ones like “What Happens,” “Past Life” or “Dark Passenger,” which was loosely based on ‘Dexter,” or storm “Storm The Beaches” is about being in World War II. It is just whatever catches my eye but it typically starts off with the song title.

You will soon be hitting the road with Saxon. What are you looking forward to most with this tour?

Touring with such a legendary and influential band like Saxon is huge for us. I am really looking forward to the shows. I think it is going to be a great mix for their fans who don’t know us and our fans who don’t know them and for the fans who know both. I think it is a really cool package. There is going to be a lot of energy, great songs and also gives us the chance to learn. To go on the road with a band that has been around for thirty odd years, I am sure they have a couple tricks I can learn from. That is really the most exciting thing for me! Any time you tour with a band you grew up listening to, it is always a very cool experience and a bit surreal.

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What have you learned from all of the time you have spent touring?

We have been pretty much touring non-stop since “Sin and Bones” came out. I think we are approaching the 100 show mark. Any time you get 100 gigs on an album, you know it was a success. I believe it has been 16 countries we have toured at this point. As far as learning, we are always learning. For example, how to be a better band or how to open up crowds who might not know you. A lot of the shows in Europe, we had never played a lot of those markets and countries before. In situations like that, the people just watch you for a minute if they are not familiar with you. You have to relate to them, open up and get them to start having fun. I think, with every show, we know how to do that at this point; how to drag the fans along and get them involved with what you are doing and get them to have a good time. That is what it is all about! That takes a lot of skill to be able to do that. A lot of bands crumble under the pressure of having a non-responsive audience but I am the other way around. I would rather get them into, whether it means stage-diving, throwing water on them or looking them right in the eyes! 99% of the time, at the end of the show, they are chanting Fozzy, where they had no idea who we were at the beginning. That is kind of a testament to our band.

Last time we spoke, you had been giving some thought on doing a live DVD release to capture the live show. Any movement on that front?

Yeah, we just filmed a set at Bloodstock, which is a big festival we played in England a few weeks ago. Once we have that all organized and ready, I am sure it will be released before the new record or if nothing else, with the new record as a bonus disc.

Are there any plans to do any more videos in support of “Sin and Bones” at this point?

Probably not. We are almost done this album cycle. I know “Spider In My Mouth” is the new single hitting the radio but as far as making a video for it, I think we might do something from the live standpoint, when we get the live DVD ready. As far as a conceptual video, we are pretty much starting on the new record as it is, so we will save it for when the next record comes out.

Where are you in process of creating this new material for a new Fozzy album?

We are going to go back into the studio starting in January. We are writing now and we want to have this thing released for the summertime. It is would be perfect timing for putting out a record, where we can go tour with at all the summer festivals and tours. We are getting everything sorted out and organized right now. Like I keep saying, there is just so much momentum from “Sin and Bones,” we want to keep that rolling and the elevation continuing along!

It always amazes me how busy you keep yourself outside of music and wrestling. One cool new project you have been a part of is a new web series, “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot.” What can you tell us about the project and how you got involved?

Chris Jericho

A friend of mine is a scriptwriter in Hollywood; his name is Jon Davis, the real Jon Davis. He actually has a deal with his wife that is sex robots ever get invented, he can get one. It was such a ridiculous script and concept; he wrote a script about it! It is a show about Jon Davis getting the sex robot and the moral dilemmas that come up like “Is he betraying his wife to have sex with it?” or ‘Is it cheating on her if he has sex with it?” He was looking for someone to play the part of the lascivious best friend who has no problem having sex with the robot because when he was thinking lascivious, I was the first thing that popped into mind. [laughs] It worked out really well. My schedule has kept me so busy that I almost forgot about doing it. Once I saw it, I was happy to see that it was very funny, vulgar, rated R at times but it has a big heart behind it. It was fun for me to get involved with it and play a character like Rob. It is very, very funny and people are really digging it! It is becoming an internet sensation, which is great to see.

I have to say, you are terrific in it and deliver tons of laughs. How much of what we see on scene from improv?

It was a fairly scripted show but anytime you get someone like me involved, I throw my own little variances and nuances into it. It was so well written and funny, I didn’t need to do a lot of improv but I definitely add in an element of my own feel or vibe into it as well. It is just like being in a rock band and playing a song live, sometimes you want to change it up a bit and try different things. If it works, you keep it. If it doesn’t, you try something else. It is the same with “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot,” for sure.

You have some sweet catch phrases for this character as well.

Jizz it up, bro! [laughs] That is the way of the world. Web series now are kind of the new way of doing television. Any time you can say something as ridiculous as “Jizz it up, bro!” and people are asking where the “Jizz it up, bro!” merch is, you know you have done something right! [laughs] Hopefully, we will start creating some t-shirts with the famous slogan on it! [laughs]

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho

Are these types of projects something you are interested in doing more of in the future?

Absolutely! I love acting and I love playing a part! I have been doing it for over twenty years in wrestling. Even when you are singing live, you have to put on a little bit of a show and play a bit of a character. I definitely love that and I would love to continue it. The difference is, obviously, when you are playing live musically or wrestling, you get the instant gratification from a live audience. When you are doing a TV show, you don’t really get that gratification, until it is all said and done, after post-production, months and months after you filmed it. They both have their pros and cons but nothing beats the electricity of a live audience.

I have always been curious why you never made the jump to the big screen, perhaps pursuing a career as an action star. Is that something that interests you?

It’s not for lack of trying. Sometimes things just don’t come your way and sometimes when they do, you are busy. Obviously, I have had a very busy schedule for the last ten years of my life. It is definitely something I would be interested in moving forward. I have had opportunities before but they either didn’t work for me, didn’t work scheduling-wise or just weren’t good enough. That is why I pick and choose my projects very carefully. That is why when something like “Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot” comes up with such an interesting idea and a great written script; I wanted to go out of my way to make it work. I think that is the way I will continue to do acting projects. I don’t do everything that comes my way because it has to have a certain standard and quality to it. I was never really into making a movie just for the sake of making a movie.

Last time we spoke, you had signed a book deal for a third autobiography. You had mentioned wanting to start chipping away at it while on tour. Where do you stand in that process?

I did actually start it. A couple of weeks ago we were in Austria and I finally bit the bullet and started working on it. I am about 85 pages in. Once you kind of crack the seal and get to work on it, it becomes addictive. That is what you need to write a book because it is a huge project that takes a lot of effort. I have a couple of great book to live up to, so I have a certain level of quality to meet as well. All of those factors lead you to waiting for the right time. Once you get started, it is hard to stop. That is where I am at right now, so hopefully it will be out next year. I am not sure exactly if it is supposed to be out in the fall or winter. I know what my deadline is and I am late! Fire it up!

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho

In the process of writing these books, you get a unique opportunity to look back on your life chapter by chapter. Are you the type of person who gives thought to your legacy and is that something you feel is constantly changing?

I feel it is constantly changing because I do so many things. I do those things I believe in. Like I said, I never take a project I don’t believe in. I never take a project just to make money, be on TV or whatever. It has to be something I think I can kill at, do a tremendous job of and be a success at. That is what I really focus myself on. As far as what my legacy is, if anything, it is that I am someone who has always given 110% and always made people smile with my projects. I would like to be remembered as someone who always gave their best and was the most entertaining he could be because that is my job. I am an entertainer and that is what my job will always be.

So many people look to you as an inspiration, be it as a professional wrestler or as a musician. What is the best lesson that can be learned from the life and times of Chris Jericho?

Belief in yourself. If you believe in yourself, no one can stop you. Over the years, with the things I have done, if there have been things I have done and people didn’t like it, hated it or that I couldn’t do it, I just never listened to that. I listened to myself. If I knew that I could do it, I would do it no matter that anybody said. I think if you can live your life that way, you will always be successful. Get rid of the negative and focus on the positive.

Thank you very much for your time, Chris. I wish you continued success!

Thank you very much.

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