Arcadia Pod

A book by Keith Elliot Greenberg

As a wrestling fan, 2020 started like just about any other year. I recall attending my very first All Elite Wrestling show in February, during the lead up to the AEW Revolution pay-per-view, and thinking that this was probably one of the best times to be wrestling fan in years. There was more than one BIG company out there, and largely everyone was doing well on TV. Storylines were great and even smaller feds like Impact Wrestling were at a creative upswing. I wasn’t oblivious to the outside world going into that show, there were numerous videos going around from Wuhan China that showed people dropping in the streets, people welding doors shut to trap infected people inside, and dystopian scenes of men in white smocks spraying everything down with backpack mounted sprayers, but at that time all I cared about was watching

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Lesley's Anime and Manga Corner

Crunchyroll has reported that the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero anime film has earned an estimated US$20.1 million to top its opening weekend in North America. The weekend box office alone would make it the #6 highest-grossing anime film ever at the U.S. box office.

The film earned US$4,303,671 on August 18, 2022 (its preview day), US$6,584,653 (revised numbers) on August 19, 2022, US$5,768,686 on August 20, 2022, and an estimated US$3,450,000 on August 21, 2022. It opened on over 4,000 screens in over 3,100 theaters, including those with premium IMAX, 4DX, Dolby Cinemas, MX4d, and DBox. It earned US$3.4 million on 327 IMAX screens — a record IMAX U.S. opening for anime films. 17% of the film’s weekend total came from IMAX screenings, and 40% came from all premium large format screenings (including IMAX and its competitors).

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the third anime film to top…

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Lesley's Anime and Manga Corner

Anime Expo celebrated its 31st annual convention by returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center live and in-person, bringing together fans and industry professionals for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Hosted by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the sold-out four day convention saw attendees from over 70 countries descend upon the city of Los Angeles to generate an estimated positive economic impact of over $100 million for local hotels and businesses. Anime Expo fans that were unable to attend Anime Expo 2022 also had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of AX virtually through Anime Expo Lite through Twitch and YouTube.

During the holiday weekend full of blockbuster announcements, SPJA concluded Anime Expo 2022 with one of their own: the introduction of “Anime Expo,” a smaller-scale spin-off convention that will allow fans an additional opportunity to celebrate Japanese pop culture in…

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Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

Years before Bradshaw and Ron Simmons opened up the Acolyte Protection Agency in the WWF, there was the Hardline Collection Agency or Hardliners for short in WCW. They consisted of the “Dirty Dicks” of Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater. The gimmick was very similar to the APA’s in that they went out and hurt people for a price. The only difference was, that the APA lasted a whole lot longer than the Hardliners ever did.

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Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.

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Ringside Logic

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, WWE board members are investigating a $3 million settlement that Vince McMahon agreed to pay a former employee he allegedly had an affair with.

The former employee was hired as a paralegal in 2019 and signed a separation agreement in January 2022, barring her from discussing the relationship with Vince McMahon or disparaging him.

The board’s investigation reportedly began in April. They’re now looking into other nondisclosure agreements signed by former female WWE employees who filed misconduct claims about McMahon and WWE’s head of talent relations, John Laurinaitis.

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Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

Promos are an integral part of professional wrestling. They can help sell fans on a particular match or feud. Great promos can engage fans and make them feel what the wrestler delivering a promo is feeling at that moment. Most promos are forgotten over the course of time, and then there are those ones that fans never forget. It may not be the best, but unforgettable none the less…

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Pop Culture Uncovered

When we think of Afro-Futurism we often think of Black Panther but, frankly, there’s so much more to the term and Ytasha L. Womack explores all of it. 

Womack, an author, dancer and filmmaker, explores why it’s so important to look at science fiction and fantasy through the lens of Afro-American and Pan-African eyes. Particularly as it pertains to violence and systemic racism perpetrated on people of African descent and more importantly moving past that to a world where BIPOCs and especially those of African descent can just be. 

Womack loosely defines Afro-Futurism as an artistic aesthetic that is a method of self-healing and liberation, intersecting with imagination, mysticism and technology that is firmly rooted in Black cultures from all over the world. Afro-Futurism can be expressed through art and sculpture, dance, music, film, television or literature that challenges the ingrained cultural assumptions of exactly who is allowed to exist…

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Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

She was a former model signed to a WWE contract. She only lasted eight months, but she went out like no other before her. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened to’ Amy Zidian?

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Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

Traditionally, Wrestlemania is the biggest day or days on WWE’s calendar. It isn’t just the wrestlers who make the event so big and spectacular, it is also the celebrities that the company brings in. From the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Liberace…there is no shortage of celebrity appearances that appear on the grand stage. Some not only appear on the show, they also interact with the wrestlers. Case in point, Lawrence Taylor, Bad Bunny and Floyd Mayweather Jr have all entered the squared circle to actually compete. In 2003, a young up and coming wrestler named John Cena was booked in his very first ‘Mania to appear alongside two of rap’s biggest names…it never happened.

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