The Best and Worst of WrestleMania 31

Jamie C. Baker:

Last night’s WrestleMania definitely had its ups and downs. Check out the best and worst the show had to offer, via FaceToHeel.com.

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I skipped watching the season finale of The Walking Dead last night, because German Suplexes trump zombies nearly every time. We tuned into the network around 3pm to refresh on the Royal Rumble and watch a bit of last year’s WrestleMania. The preshow began at 5pm, with WM kicking off at 7. A total of nine matches were scheduled for this six hour event, with two taking place in the second hour of the preshow. Let’s take a look at the best and the worst that Wrestle Mania XXXI had to offer.

WORST:

1. Kid Ink and Skyler Gray – There isn’t much to say about this musical performance, which is the problem. Last year, we saw two bands play Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton’s entrance themes. It was a fantastic way to incorporate musical performances into the event. This year’s performance felt awkward. Skyler has a great voice, so…

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Sheamus Set For Return From Injury

Jamie C. Baker:

Happy WrestleMania weekend! FaceToHeel.com will be flooding the internet with WM coverage leading up to the main event. Please check out my latest article discussing the return of Sheamus and his possible WM involvement.

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Over the past few weeks, WWE has been airing video packages to get the fans hyped up for the return of Sheamus. No date has been given for when the Celtic Warrior will be back in the ring, but both logic and rumors have him coming back at WrestleMania. Sheamus has been out of action since November of last year. Fans may have expected his return to occur during the Royal Rumble, but that was the exact same thing WWE chose to do the year before, as he was a surprise Royal Rumble entrant in 2013 after recovering from injury. With this being his second major injury in two years, there is a chance he could run into the same issue that faces Dolph Ziggler and now be kept away from the title picture, used occasionally only as a tease.

Sheamus was once one of my favorites. He beat Daniel…

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law this morning in a private ceremony, and I for one could not be happier!  For far too long, wonderful upstanding citizens have been forced to endure countless hours of agony thanks to the gay community.  Business owners have had to sit back while the evil gays make purchases in their stores, then be wished a nice day before those awful gays return to their life of sin.  Now, thanks to the savvy minds in Indiana, this is no longer a worry!

Business owners are free to kick out horrible lesbian couples, refusing to give them service because of who they choose to love.  Yes, CHOOSE, because being gay is 110% a choice and definitely not a way someone is born.  No longer will I have to go to my friendly neighborhood bakery and watch as two men DARE to hold hands as they leave after purchasing their muffins and donuts.  Gay, pink sprinkled donuts, no doubt.  Mike Pence has made all our dreams come true, and I’m so glad we are ushering in 2015 with this type of forward thinking!

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And no, before you say it, this is definitely not a cheap way of allowing people to hide behind religion in order to discriminate blindly against people they don’t understand, lifestyles they wouldn’t want for themselves, or other things that don’t affect them personally.  I’m not religious myself, but boy if I was, I would definitely use whatever interpretation of the bible I could in order to keep certain people at arm’s length.  It’s not hiding behind God, it’s doing His work!  Because if there was one thing we can all learn from Jesus, it’s that we are NOT all God’s children and definitely do NOT deserve equal treatment.

If Governor Pence didn’t take this amazing initiative, just think of what the great state of Indiana would devolve into?  Gays would run rampant through the streets, frequenting businesses in their community like the rest of us and enjoying life’s little pleasures.  They would likely demand that all local businesses cover everything with rainbows and glitter so they feel more welcome.  Our children would be corrupted by the sight of a loving same sex couple who has the NERVE to go out on a day trip to do some shopping.

Some local businesses are protesting the RFRA by putting stickers in their windows saying “This Business Serves Everyone.”  Clearly, these people need to find God.  Equal treatment for all is not what this country is all about!  In this day and age, we should be striving to move backward through time and return to the days where people were afraid of anyone who was different from they are, be it race or religion or sexual orientation.  They don’t call them the good ol’ days for nothing, am I right?!?

Open-for-Service-stickerSure, Indiana may be losing Gen Con, as the popular money making convention wants nothing to do with such a close-minded state, but we don’t need those costumed weirdos anyway!  The nice thing about RFRA is that not only can businesses discriminate against same sex couples, but they can also discriminate against other races, religions, tall people, guys with ponytails, you name it!  Even if you think someone LOOKS gay, out the door they go!  It’s brilliant!

Pence stated “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it.  For more than 20 years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana.”  See?!?  This is not about kicking a gay couple out of your store to discriminate against them!  It’s about kicking a gay couple out because God says they are wrong for being who they are!  It’s totally different!  It doesn’t legalize discrimination, it just says that it’s totally okay to discriminate if you own a business and don’t like the personal lives of the people who choose to come around you.

It’s a proud day for Indiana.  Heck, it’s a proud day for the country!  Hopefully someone comes along to address my marriage next, because God knows I was totally wrong for marrying outside of my race.  And I also hope someone quickly holds an intervention for me so I can rid myself of every friend and acquaintance that isn’t 100% straight and proud of it.  This return to the dark ages is something we should applaud.  Thank you, Mike Pence, for signing this bill and making me realize how wrong I was all these years thinking that each and every human on Earth deserved equal treatment.  Thank you for teaching my child and children around the world that being different is something that should be punished.  Thank you for showing us that “separate but equal” is an idea worth returning to.  Thank you for opening my eyes to the fact that someone’s personal and private lives involving love and companionship is something we should blindly hate and publicly shun.  Thank you for showing me that I was wrong all these years I ignorantly assumed that I was doing the right thing by treating everyone fairly and openly.  Thank you, Mike Pence.  I applaud you.

Roasting Bieber

On March 30th, Comedy Central will air the roast of Justin Bieber, which occurred last weekend.  Kevin Hart served as roast master with a dais including Ludacris, Jeff Ross, Martha Stewart, Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Natasha Leggero, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, and more.  The bright spot of the whole night will likely be Jeff Ross, who is already taking heat over a joke about the late Paul Walker.  Bieber said he didn’t like the joke, so I plan on finding it the funniest thing in the world.  Or at least I would, if I was watching.

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This will be the first roast I’ve skipped since finding out they existed.  It was always my understanding that a roast should be an honor to the individual on the receiving end of the sharp jokes and insult comedy.  The jokes usually end with honest praise and thanks for their work, friendship, and so on.  Comedy Central has roasted some fantastic people in the past, people who have contributed much to their fields and who are beloved by their fans.  How Bieber fits into this is a mystery to me.

Bieber has smashed into everything under the sun with his car, egged homes, pissed in public, and acted like a total asshole.  He’s been charges with reckless driving, vandalism, DUI and assault.  He had drugs found on his tour bus.  A timeline can be found here.  He’s behaved like a punk child, literally pissing away his former cute singing kid next door image.  I don’t care what excuses he or anyone can come up with, there’s no reason for anyone to have as much legal issues at his age.  There’s no reason to behave like an animal.  The guy is an idiot.

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I fail to see how Justin Bieber is someone worth roasting.  Yes, I know people complained about Larry The Cable Guy, but he and the rest of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour were on fire at the time, and still are for a lot of people.  James Franco was called “just a stoner,” but he’s not only acted in, but had a hand in creating some amazing movies.  Bieber invites all sorts of criticism with his piss poor behavior.  But does that make him worthy of a roast?  It feels like a waste of time and effort.  Out of all the people who were in attendance at the event, how many of them do you think actually give a damn about this kid?  Chris D’Elia said it best:  “Why are you here?  This is a terrible idea.”

This entire thing feels like a carefully crafted way to get people to like Justin again.  At the end of the roast, he apologized for his godawful behavior.  Sitting through the roast was the perfect way to show people that he is capable of laughing at himself and is a well-rounded, humorous individual.  Allowing us to make fun of him right to his face was a way to show character and personal growth.  I don’t know if anyone will fall for it or not, but he was almost immediately invited to be a guest on Ellen afterwards to discuss the roast and make people uncomfortable by flirting with Madonna.

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While on Ellen, he said “I’m sorry for the stuff that I’ve done.  I’m not searching for people’s approval but I just want people to know that that’s not me and I was doing stuff that wasn’t me. A lot of times we pretend so that we can fit in and then we end up looking like a … and that was kind of me.  I really just didn’t know how to handle it. It went to my head and I had to let people pull me down for me to see the truth and to see how much of a jerk I was being. Now I just want people to know that this is me. I’m just a genuine person who has fun. I just wasn’t trying to be a jerk.”

It has already begun.  I feel as if this roast was simply a marketing ploy, a PR event held in an unconventional way.  It took the roast, one of my favorite comedic mediums, and cheapened it into something I want no part of.  It wasted the time of some great comedians and it will waste even more time once it airs on television.  Hell, I’ve wasted more time on it than I should have writing this over the last ten minutes.  Hopefully this was a one off occurrence and we quickly return to roasting those who are actually worth a damn.

Give Divas A Chance Or Just Business As Usual?

Jamie C. Baker:

My latest FaceToHeel article looks closer at the #GIveDivasAChance movement. I recently learned that the Bella twins are claiming responsibility for the 30 match on Raw, trying to make a point by cutting it short and enraging fans. They claim they were given approximately 3 minutes for the entire segment, so all four athletes decided that a short match would tell a better story than trying to cram in a good match in such a short time. Regardless of who planned what, it may have had a lasting effect.

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If you were hoping for a Bella vs Bella match at WrestleMania, you may be disappointed.  The possibility of Brie ditching her sister and returning to being the loving wife to Daniel Bryan was a pipedream, as the Fastlane PPV came and went without Brie turning on her sister and making the Divas title match somewhat interesting.  Paige is once again back in the title picture, which is great for her but ultimately confusing, seeing as how we have Natalya, Naomi, and Alicia Fox waiting in the sidelines for a shot of their own.  Overall, there does seem to be a bit of extra effort being put into the Divas, a response to the #GiveDivasAChance movement online and former Divas champ AJ Lee calling out Stephanie McMahon on her hypocrisy regarding the unequal treatment of the female talent.

Speaking of AJ, our resident geek goddess has returned after finally recovering…

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Religious Freedom?

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed through the state Senate yesterday by a vote of 40 to 10, thanks to the heavy Republican support.  The act will allow individuals and businesses to refuse services on the grounds of their personal beliefs.  It basically legalizes discrimination against LGBT individuals.  Supporters of the bill state that the bill is actually just strengthening the 1st Amendment rights of freedom of religion.  The bill is currently at the House of Representatives for debate and vote, where I hope it dies.

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I am 100% in favor of freedom of religion.  I do not enjoy being told what I should or should not believe, and I imagine the rest of the world feels the same way, regardless of their religion or lack thereof.  What boggles my mind here is that my state wants to give the green light to businesses to boldly discriminate against LGBT individuals and couples while hiding behind a religion they may not even be that serious about.  This opens a door for hateful people to simply be hateful, denying services to others for the simple reason that they don’t agree with who they love, sleep next to, and spend their life with.

This bill is not protecting anyone’s freedom of religion.  This bill is destroying equality for every individual who chooses to live outside the norm of “man marries woman.”  This bill is hurting people who simply want to be free to be who they are.  This bill teaches children that being gay is not okay.  It sends a message that the LGBT community is less than the rest of us.  It sends a message to all that the popular belief is homosexuality is wrong, is a sin, and all who identify as such will be going to hell.

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I don’t want to live in a world where I can go get a coffee, have my haircut, and get a massage while someone else who happens to be gay can be refused those services over what they do behind closed doors.  In a world where we worry about the rights of recently released prisoners, who have raped and murdered and done unspeakable things, why are we so preoccupied with sexual orientation?  How does anyone else’s sex life affect us personally?  I don’t agree with polygamy, but I sure as hell don’t oppose it.  It’s not a choice I would make, but I’m also not affected whatsoever by any polygamous couple anywhere.  Their daily life has no impact on mine.

We need to come together and accept that being gay, transgendered, or bisexual is a fact of life.  I was born straight.  Others are born gay.  Some are born in the wrong body.  Some are gender blind.  We can’t help the way we are born.  A gay person cannot help being gay any more than I can help being a woman with brown eyes of average height.  Hate, on the other hand, is something we learn.  We are taught that certain things are wrong.  We learn to detest characteristics and choices people make.  We build a hatred towards things we don’t understand.  THAT is what we need to work on changing.

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This issue is as important as the issue of racial equality, if not more so, as sexual preference doesn’t stick to certain races or nationalities.  People would be outraged if a business refused service to every Hispanic person that came through their doors, yet we are going to be okay with the same business refusing service to a lesbian couple?  These are foolish and stupid things to judge people on and it needs to stop.  My husband pointed out that it wouldn’t be okay for a business run by a gay person or people to refuse service to straight couples, and if a bill was passed allowing this to be done, people would be enraged.  No matter what the discrimination is, be it skin color or religion or orientation, we should be doing all we can to fight against it, not be passing bills in support of it.

Some may argue that this is needed because children shouldn’t be “exposed” to certain things.  I grew up knowing what cross dressing was, understanding that different people have different skin colors, knowing what being gay meant, and accepting different religions and social/economic differences.  I am a better person for being exposed to so-called harmful things.  Drag queens aren’t going to go away, so what’s the harm in your child seeing one and asking a question?  If you want to argue that it’s inappropriate, then you better start shielding your child from Kim Kardashian, every 20-something during the summer, Facebook, Instagram, TV in general, The Walking Dead, professional wrestling, public places, college, popular music… you get the idea.  When it comes to harmful influences, the label of GAY doesn’t automatically qualify as harmful.

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We need to stop acting as if being gay makes someone a bad person or an affront to any god.  We need to stop calling it a perversion, as we all know that straight people can be more perverted than can be imagined; being into unusual things isn’t based on whether you are gay, straight, or bisexual.  We need to stop thinking that pedophilia is something exclusively affecting the gay community and sticking that perverted label to them.  We need to stop being such assholes, plain and simple, denying basic human rights to people based on things that are none of our damn business to begin with.

I currently have and have had gay friends (and family members), straight friends, bisexual friends, confused friends, slutty friends, repressed friends, and every type in between.  The only time the love/sex lives of any of them affected me is when a friend of mine decided to bang my boyfriend at the time.  Otherwise, they do them and I do me and everyone is happy as pie.  Unless someone is being a nuisance about something, I’m not bothered.  Who they sleep with, pray to, or what country they would travel to if they wanted to visit ancestors is of no concern so long as they are a decent and honest person.

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My mother once told me that if I ever brought home a black man, she would disown me.  One parent among many who will turn away from their children based on who they love.  One person among many who think its acceptable to deny rights, goods and services, or even kindness to another based on characteristics that don’t define character.  My son will likely grow up unable to say that he lives in a world where an LGBT individual receives the same rights and privileges as a straight individual.  In a country that loves to proclaim it’s the land of the free and of opportunities, how utterly pathetic is that?

 

 

Woman In Professional Wrestling

Jamie C. Baker:

There is a major imbalance when it comes to male and female wrestlers. Check out my latest post on facetoheel.com

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On February 23rd, Stephanie McMahon tweeted the following:  “Thank you @PattyArquette for having the courage to fight for #WomensRights on such a grand platform. #UseYourVoice.”  This was accompanied by a photo of Arquette with text reading “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States Of America.”  In response the next day, AJ Lee tweeted to Stephanie “Your female wrestlers have record selling merchandise & have starred in the highest rated segment of the show several times, and yet they receive a fraction of the wages & screen time of the majority of the male roster. #UseYourVoice.”  Stephanie replied with “Thank you @WWEAJLee, I appreciate your opinion. #UseYourVoice.”

This exchange came at a time where #GiveDivasAChance was…

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Baby Got Back

I’m a little annoyed right now.  I found out from a friend on Twitter that Iggy Azalea recently quit Twitter, giving control of her account to her management team, due to online bullying.  Apparently, people went crazy over a photo of her in Hawaii wearing a bikini that displayed her large assets and her cellulite.

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Quite honestly, I am disgusted.  I’m ashamed to live in a world where the photo above is so revolting and so horrific, that people can’t help but reach out to the subject of the photograph and let them know they should wear multiple layers of clothing to hide their gross body from the world.  Are you kidding me?!?

Let’s look back at Kim Kardashian’s “break the internet” photo of her giant, oiled up ass.  No cellulite to be seen, right?  Of course, when you use photography tricks, perfect lighting, and countless other ways to alter the photo into something artistic and flawless.  No body is perfect.  Photoshop can turn even the most horrendous looking person into someone aesthetically pleasing.  But that simply isn’t reality.

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Do we really have nothing better to do with our time than hurl insults at someone for the tiniest of flaws?  Especially flaws we all have ourselves?  Are we that insure with our own bodies that the only way to feel better is to degrade famous people for not being free of flaws?  How pathetic are we?

I’m not some die-hard Iggy fan who is angry that her favorite celebrity got her feelings hurt.  I personally don’t care for her music at all and have zero interest in her personal life.  My focus here is on our sad society.  It’s one thing to have an opinion.  We all don’t have to agree on who is beautiful.  We are allowed to think certain people are hideous.  What isn’t okay is to purposely target the person and make them feel lower than a piece of shit.  Famous or not, that isn’t okay to do to anyone.

We are all flawed in some way, but flaws are what make us beautiful.  There are some things that one person considers a negative and another sees it as a fantastic positive.  No two people look at one thing the same way.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to beauty.  So the next time you feel like calling out someone directly for wearing the wrong thing or looking the wrong way, take a second to think about why you’re acting like such a hateful twat and maybe keep your opinions to yourself this time.

Seth Rollins Exposed

Jamie C. Baker:

Dick pics never work out the way the sender hopes, do they? Please check out my latest article on FaceToHeel.com regarding WWE Superstar Seth Rollins and his unfortunate mishap.

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Monday Night Raw was filled with matches set up to lead into the Fast Lane Pay Per View, which included the worst Sting imposter I’ve ever had the displeasure of laying my eyes on.  But the real show was unwittingly put on by Mr. Money In The Bank, Seth Rollins.  At midnight following Raw, Rollins tweeted “I would like to apologize to all the WWE fans and my family and friends for private photographs that were distributed without my consent.”  This apology follows an apparent hack of his Twitter and Instagram accounts.  A nude photo of recently signed NXT talent Zahra Schreiber was posted, followed by nude photos of Rollins himself.  His fiancée, Leighla Schultz, later took full responsibility for posting the photos via Twitter before going on to post negative comments about Rollins on Facebook.  To make matters worse, the photos posted to WWE’s website, as they automatically pick up…

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Unpopular Opinion: I Don’t Like Katy Perry

I watched the Super Bowl last night as I lay dying on the couch with my husband.  Both he and I came down with something, and our poor boy was upstairs throwing up everywhere, as the kid has no aim to speak of.  So unfortunately, no Super Bowl beers were had, no amazingly fatty snacks were served, and paying full attention to the game was not happening.  The halftime show featured Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz (for about 20 seconds), and surprise performer Missy Elliott.  It was nice to see a halftime show with people who are still relevant and young, but I was not over the moon about it like everyone else seems to be.  I simply lost my taste for Katy.

As I quickly learned via Twitter, saying anything except “OMG KATY WAS AMAZING” means that you are a hateful, soulless being who doesn’t appreciate art, music, and is simply jealous of the brilliant talent that Katy Perry is.  It wasn’t as if I was saying she sucks or can’t sing.  I own one of her CDs that I specifically went to Best Buy to purchase.  I enjoy a couple songs.  I’ve just moved on from her.  That’s not to say she’s a bad musician, only to say that she isn’t for me anymore.  Sorry.

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As far as the performance itself, it was oddly entertaining, emphasis on the odd.  I appreciate a good show but I’m not a fan of this new trend of being as weird as possible.  I don’t get the dancing sharks and funny face beach balls and acting like a cartoon character.  I feel the same when Miley Cyrus goes overboard.  Good on her for daring to be different, but as an adult, I don’t long to feel as if I’m on Sesame Street when I see a musical performance.  Was it a good show?  Yes.  Did I enjoy it?  Not until Missy Elliott appeared.

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This is my opinion, it’s not going to change, and no one sharing my opinion should be crucified for having it.  It would be a very boring place to live if we all rallied around the same musical acts, watched the same movies, and read the same books.  Differing opinions are what makes the world interesting.  My husband opened me up to some amazing musical artists that I would not have listened to on my own, as well as suggested books I would never think to touch that turned out to be amazing.  I have friends that have suggested places to go I’ve never heard of, things to do I wouldn’t have considered on my own, and I’m grateful for it.  I have no desire to hang around clones of myself, so I appreciate the differences between myself and the people around me.

I don’t enjoy Katy Perry and that is perfectly fine.  When it comes to musical preference, there is never a right or a wrong way to feel.  Music can become something very intimate and personal; it’s very common to hear someone say a song or album changed or saved their life.  Katy may be your entire world, but to me she’s just another artist.  I’m not wrong.  Neither are you.  Let’s all just take a deep breath, embrace our different opinions, and move on to more important things, shall we?

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