09th Sep2019

Opinionated: 6 Ideas WWE Should Utilise From WCW!

by Chris Cummings

It’s been eighteen years since World Championship Wrestling closed its doors when it’s number one competitor, WWE, bought it after its decline in the early 00s. Before that all happened, however, and before WCW became a messy, awkward, strange shadow of what it used to be, it was a successful and entertaining product that was […]

02nd Sep2019

Opinionated: Who Are The Ten Best Talkers in Wrestling History?

by Chris Cummings

Now, I’ve been opinionated here lately, but I haven’t compiled any sort of list, and we all like a list, don’t we? So, I figured I’d create a list that is purely my opinion but, from knowing how many people in and out of wrestling feel, it will be a series of opinions shared by […]

27th Aug2019

Opinionated: What Are The Best Matches In King of the Ring History?

by Chris Cummings

Okay, okay, okay… so I’ve already rambled on about King of the Ring in a previous “Opinionated” article, here on Nerdly, but I thought it might be fun to also talk about this too. What are the very best matches from King of the Ring? I’m talking about the King of the Ring Pay-Per View […]

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21st Aug2019

Opinionated: Which is the Best Kevin Smith Film?

by Chris Cummings

Kevin Smith spoke to me in my late-teens, making films that echoed my sentiments while also delivering characters and plots that were relatable, hanging out with slackers, losers, down-and-outs, degenerates or nerds in places that ranged from convenience stores to video stores to shopping malls to comic book shops. My memories of his films are […]

19th Aug2019

Opinionated: Should WWE Bring King of the Ring Back as a Pay-Per View?

by Chris Cummings

Okay, so fans of current-day wrestling will know that WWE just recently announced the return of the King of the Ring tournament to television. An old concept, the King of the Ring dates all the way back to the likes of “Macho King” Randy Savage, King Haku and King Harley Race, but the first televised […]

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14th Aug2019

Opinionated: The Rise and Rise of NXT

by Chris Cummings

Fans of pro-wrestling, of which I am obviously one, will know all about the rising force within WWE known as NXT. WWE’s own version of independent wrestling, NXT provides a more realistic sports-based product with an old-school tone and a roster of guys who, much of the time, have made waves across the indie circuit […]

09th Jul2019

Opinionated: Why I Don’t Want a Return of the Attitude Era

by Chris Cummings

So, I grew up watching wrestling. It’s been part of my life for most of my days. I started watching during the Hogan era, with guys like The Hulkster, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior on top of the WWF. I saw the New Generation arrive, with guys like Bret Hart, Diesel and Shawn Michaels […]

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01st Jul2019

Opinionated: Heyman & Bischoff – What Could They Bring to WWE in 2019

by Chris Cummings

So, fans of WWE (and wrestling in general) will likely have heard the latest news that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff, two mainstays of pro-wrestling for decades, have been given brand-new roles in WWE as Executive Directors of Raw and Smackdown Live respectively. These, as far as news has told us, aren’t on-screen roles, but […]

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26th Jun2019

Opinionated: The RAW and SmackDown Slump

by Chris Cummings

It’s indisputable that WWE put out an incredibly vast amount of content. Just in a week, and not mentioning their social media content or original WWE Network programming, we see RAW, SmackDown, NXT, NXT UK, 205 Live and more. We get at least one, sometimes more than one, PPV or Special each month too. That’s […]

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24th Jun2019

Opinionated: Picking A Wrestling Side?

by Chris Cummings

I’ve been a fan of pro-wrestling for over 27 years and in that time I’ve been a fan of so many promotions within the landscapes of wrestling. In the early 90s when I started watching wrestling the big two companies were WWE(F) and WCW. I remember buying VHS tapes for both companies, leaning much heavier […]

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20th Jun2019

Opinionated: Tag Team Wrestling Isn’t Dead… Yet.

by Chris Cummings

You know… I don’t think many of today’s wrestling fans, the casual viewers anyway, realise just how f@cking good tag team wrestling can be. It isn’t hard to find a good tag team match nowadays. I mean, all you have to do is watch an NXT TakeOver Special and it’s likely you’ll see a blinding […]

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17th Jan2019

Opinionated: The depressing state of UK toy retail

by Phil Wheat

Toys… as a kid I was told that once I grew up I’d leave them behind. But that was before the explosion in pop culture and the rise of the geek. Every other blockbuster these days is a comic book movie, fantasy adventure and sci-fi epic and with those films come merchandise, including action figures […]

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03rd Oct2018

Opinionated: Z is for Liar (WWE)

by Nathan Favel

I should make it clear that I’m writing this while watching Orson Welles’s “F Is For fake”, which has spurned my desire to write some-thing similar…mostly because I’m out of ideas… but also because I already said I was going to write a column about Vince McMahon’s hypocrisy in Saudi Arabia. As if to set […]

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10th Aug2018

Opinionated: Filip-in Hell – Why the Miucin Debacle Makes IGN Necessary

by Rupert Harvey

Filip Miucin had an inauspicious start at IGN ten months ago. Plucked from relative obscurity, he was thrust into arguably the world’s foremost Nintendo podcast, Nintendo Voice Chat. Its hugely popular former presenter, Jose Otero, just finished his tenure by nailing a job at Nintendo itself. Miucin was visibly and verbally nervous for several weeks […]

02nd Aug2018

Opinionated: Leslie Jones Has Got One Hell Of A View

by Nathan Favel

The following is an open letter to any-one and every-one: Dear People (…that includes all y’all, too) A veteran comedian and a current cast member of Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones has always been in the peripheral of her profession, which often happens to any-one who is not a white man. Jones has been one […]

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31st Jul2018

Opinionated: Octopath – Travelers’ Tales

by Rupert Harvey

Since its release a fortnight ago, one of the most consistent criticisms of Square Enix’s JRPG Octopath Traveler has been that its eight stories are almost entirely separate and don’t converge in any “meaningful” way. Having played around 40 hours of the game, I began to wonder why so many might feel this particular frustration. […]

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30th Jul2018

Opinionated: Lethal Injection

by Nathan Favel

Sex crimes of any kind have existed in wrestling over the years, just as in any walk of life. From Roddy Piper’s story about a male wrestler who wanted him to grab his penis in public to Mel Philips orally raping an eleven year old at a WWE event, we’ve had these accusations before. What […]

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26th Jul2018

Opinionated: Guardians of the Guy Who Hired Vin Diesel to Play a Talking Tree

by Nathan Favel

A few days ago, James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was fired from directing the third film in the series when a man named Mike Cernovich found old tweets of Gunn’s from around the 2008-2011 range that made risqué jokes about rape and pedophilia. One such joke was, to paraphrase, […]

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23rd Jul2018

Opinionated: Show-Shaming… Netflix’s ‘Insatiable’

by Nathan Favel

There is a new television show coming to Netflix called Insatiable, which stars Debby Ryan of Disney Channel fame. The show is about an obese teenager who loses her excess weight after suffering an accident that forces her mouth to be wired shut for several months, which prevents her from eating excessively. When the teenager […]

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19th Jul2018

Opinionated: WWE… Conflict of Interest?

by Nathan Favel

The following is an open letter to the WWE and it’s owner, Vince McMahon: Dear Vince McMahon, A thought occurred to me while reading some-thing Eric Bischoff said about the brand split. In the wake of the Fox/WWE deal, which sees Smackdown coming to the FOX Network, Bischoff claimed that there might be a feud […]

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13th Jul2018

Opinionated: Run, Daniel Bryan, Run!

by Nathan Favel

The following is an open letter to Bryan Danielson, currently working for the WWE as Daniel Bryan: Dear Bryan, Get the hell out of there! Are you nuts?! The WWE run worked for a while, but it seems that it has just about run its course. You’ve had some great matches and made some great […]

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11th Jul2018

Opinionated: Before The Super-Kick Party Starts…

by Nathan Favel

The following is an open letter to Nick and Matt Jackson, collectively known as The Young Bucks: Dear Nick and Matt, I know you guys are very methodical about your careers and despite all of the money you are making outside of the WWE, you’ve got an awful lot of people who are telling you […]

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