What To Expect From Wrestlemania 34

This Sunday, WWE will be hosting its premier pay-per-view event, Wrestlemania. Broadcasting live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and being aired by millions from around the globe, it is without a doubt WWE’s biggest event of the year. That being said, I am not incredibly excited for this year’s ‘Mania. Jam packed with lackluster matches and predictable storylines, I do not have high expectations for Wrestlemania 34.

Lets start by assessing the Universal Championship match between Brock Lesnar (C) and Roman Reigns. I’m certain that anybody reading this agrees that they would rather see a ham sandwich go up against Lesnar than Roman Reigns. Holy cow. WWE knows that nobody cares about Reigns yet they keep pushing him and shoving him in our faces. In my opinion, it would have been so great to see Finn Balor win the Royal Rumble and get another (more deserved) shot at the title. The only thing that would have made this an incredible match was if they made it a triple threat between Lesnar, Reigns, & The Undertaker. Imagine, Taker gets a second chance against the only two people to ever pin him at WrestleMania.

But this is not the case, of course. Undertaker is supposed to possibly maybe sort of going to face John Cena that evening. If this match was happening 10 years ago, I would be so insanely jazzed up for this, but looking at The Dead Man’s last ‘Mania performance, age has definitely caught up with him. While the match may not be as electrifying as it could be, they should still be able to put on quite a show. However, we still don’t know if Undertaker will even accept Cena’s challenge (even though he certainly will. How are you going to hype this match up and slap Taker’s face on all the promo posters and then not have him even show up).

Oh boy, who’s ready for this “dream matchup”? Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H. FREAKING GAG ME. Give Rousey a real match. And why is Kurt Angle fighting again? He looked terrible when he joined The Shield at TLC and I’m not expecting him to do any better this Sunday. Stephanie McMahon isn’t even a real wrestler. People just want to see her get knocked around a little. And please, Lord, don’t have Triple H & Stephanie do some long-winded, grandiose (extremely lame) entrance.

I hope so much that I am wrong about everything and that Wrestlemania 34 surpasses my expectations. Tell me what you expect to see from this year’s ‘Mania or what you wish you can see (like Finn Balor in a real title match).

  1. Benigno, A., Pappolla, R., Powers, K., Chik, J., & Apter, B. (2018, April 5). WWE.com Editors’ Predictions: Who will win at WrestleMania? Retrieved April 5, 2018, from http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/article/wrestlemania-34-predictions
  2. Silverstein, A. (2018, April 5). WWE WrestleMania 34 matches, card, rumors, date, 2018 location, start time. Retrieved April 5, 2018, from https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/wwe-wrestlemania-34-matches-card-rumors-date-2018-location-start-time/
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Barry (Review)

Not sure about you, but we’ve been anxiously awaiting the series premiere of HBO’s Barry starring Bill Hader. The new show in a nutshell is about a hitman named Barry (played by Bill Hader) who finds he has an unlikely passion for acting and enrolls himself in amateur classes. Watch the trailer below:

If the show’s concept wasn’t interesting enough, the thing that really got us excited was that Bill Hader created and produces the show along with Silicon Valley producer Alec Berg. As big fans of Hader and Silicon Valley, we figured this show couldn’t fail. We’ve only seen the first episode, but I think it’s safe to say we were right.

This is a new role for Hader, the renown Saturday Night Live alumn whose comedic ability landed him on major films like Inside OutSuperbad, and Tropic Thunder. While Barry might be categorized as dramatic comedy, Hader does not take on the role of the funny-man (intentionally). This is his most serious role since playing Milo in 2014’s The Skeleton Twins. And if that film did not prove that Bill Hader is more than just Stefon from Weekend Update, his new role as Barry Berkman will certainly change your mind.

Barry is a disenchanted former Marine-turned-assassin who reluctantly accepts a job in Los Angeles. Assigned with the task of taking out a Chechen drug lord’s wife’s paramour, it is just another simple hit for Barry. He follows his target into an acting class and is mesmerized by what he sees. Out of pure serendipity, Barry is thrust to the stage to be his target’s acting partner. After feeling so lost for so long, the stone-faced Barry thinks he has finally found his true calling in the performing arts.

Aside from Stephen Root and – “The Fonz” himself – Henry Winkler, the show is populated with an impressive cast of unknowns. Root plays Fuches, Barry’s no BS boss, and Winkler plays Gene Cousineau, an outlandish acting teacher. Some favorites from the pilot episode include “The Chechens” who are a seemingly intimidating Chechen mob whose socially awkward tangents ring in some major comic relief that had me cracking up.

Sarah Goldberg plays Sally Reed who, as of now, looks to be Barry’s potential love interest. Sally is an eager young actress looking for her big break. Much like her character, Goldberg herself is a struggling young actress. With Barry being her biggest role to date, I am excited to see her rise to fame. Her performance in this first episode definitely stood out the most.

While there is plenty of comedy in Barry there is also a lot of intense action sequences. Remember that Barry is a hitman and this show airs on HBO. The opening shot of episode displays a naked man with a bloody bullet hole on his forehead for goodness sakes. Though there wasn’t a large amount of action in this first installment, Hader and Berg have said that there are some fairly disturbing action/killing scenes in future episodes.

Its difficult to come across a strong pilot episode. This is the episode where most people decide whether or not they would want to invest their time into watching the rest of the series. I am personally extremely excited for the second episode of Barry. All of these characters have so much potential and the writing is already quite strong. Potentially dipping into Barry’s mysterious past is something that also intrigues me. I supposed I’ll just have to wait until next Sunday to find out. Easy 4/5 Scoops.

  1. Serota, M. (2018, March 26). HBO’s Barry Plays on the Subtler Charms of Bill Hader. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from https://www.spin.com/2018/03/hbo-barry-review/
  2. HBO (Studio). (2018, February 22). Barry (2018) | ‘It’s A Job’ Official Trailer | HBO [Video file]. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b09aJdWqVp4

You Can Start Watching Portlandia Again!

Portlandia is definitely a shared favorite amongst the Triple Scoop Team, but Season 6 had us holding our heads in shame. The lackluster season experimented by doing things differently, and in our opinions, it did not pay off.

Normally, the each episode is compiled of random skits featuring reoccurring characters. Season 6, however, had entire episodes dedicated to one set of characters. While this doesn’t seem so bad on paper (or online blog), it did not hold up through the television screen. The characters that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein create are extraordinarily funny, but are not dynamic enough to be focused on for a full 20 minute episode.

But there’s good news! There’s no need to get into any more of that because Season 7 is here and we are back to square one: random skits featuring our favorite reoccurring characters (as well as some great new ones)! Portlandia hasn’t missed a beat and this season’s episodes have been very strong.

Here is a taste of some of our favorite moments of Season 7 so far:

Season 7 of Portlandia will consist of a total of 10 episodes.

As of right now, it is rumored that Season 8 will be the show’s final season and will air in 2018.

What are your favorite moments of Season 7? Let us know in the comments!