For anyone who has harbored skepticism about the earnestness of AJ Lee’s love for video games (a medium that the Diva has repeatedly raved about), the October 31, 2011 edition of Monday Night Raw busted the hell out of that myth. During a Halloween-themed Divas battle royal, Lee hit the ring as the spitting image of Kitana from Mortal Kombat. Witnessing someone dressed up as the Princess of Edenia of all characters on WWE programming was surreal in itself, but the true coup de grâce to the skeptics was when Lee broke out a Fan Lift at the beginning of the match. Disappointingly, “Kitana wins” would not be uttered that night (Eve, who went as Robin, won), but it still was the most loving shout-out to the gaming faithful on Raw since John Cena did that Punch-Out!!-themed promo in 2010.
The New Jersey native born April Jeanette Mendez originally got into gaming as a child via her brother. The first game she played was either Super Mario Bros. or Excitebike, but as she seriously fell for the hobby later on, she became loyal to the PlayStation. “I was so obsessed with it. Now, I have an Xbox and I love that, so I can’t pick one or the other. They’re both really, really cool,” she says. “Growing up, I was like, ‘Ah, screw Xbox,’ which is terrible because I’m obsessed with it now.”
As of now, Lee’s plans for WrestleMania 29 on Sunday, April 7 involve scheming alongside Dolph Ziggler and newly crowned Twitter demigod Big E Langston when they face against Team Hell No for the tag titles, but hey, a Divas Championship match could always fall out of the sky. Way before the big show, we had a chance to speak with the ex-General Manager of Raw about her 10 most beloved vidja games. Not only was Lee up for the challenge, but she compiled the whole list before the call and put them in order. That’s dedication. (Also, check this space again shortly for another similarly gaming-informed WWE talent dropping knowledge about his favorites.)
As I mentioned last week, the Air Sex National Championships went down in Austin, TX, on Friday night. If you’ve never seen Air Sex, it’s a (for lack of a better term) head-to-head competition where performers execute no-holds-barred imaginary f**k-sessions on stage for the enjoyment of an audience of folks trying not to throw up. Brooklyn Decker was there in the crowd, apparently. I was on stage as a judge, because (1) I’ve been lucky enough to judge a few of these during its most recent touring schedule, and (2) I am not even ABOUT to pretend-hump something in front of Brooklyn Decker.
I put together a gallery of the show’s best and most iconic images (with the help of my good buddy Lex Lybrand of Wear The Cheese), and here’s a quick guide to what you’ll see as you flip through it:
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- Big thank you once again to Chris Trew for filling in on last week’s report. Go read that. I don’t care if you’ve already read it, go read it again!
- If you missed out on National Pro Wrestling Day, don’t worry, we had all the fun in the world without you. If you’d still like to hang out with me at a wrestling show sometime, your next chance is at Elimination Chamber in New Orleans on Sunday. I’ll be there live, somewhere up in the nosebleeds, and would appreciate your hugs when Rock wins and I have to Charlie Brown walk out of the New Orleans Arena.
For now, please click through to enjoy the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for February 11, 2013.
And I say HEY! What a wonderful time of day! Where you can learn to work and play, and read the first Sports On TV of 2013: the 20 greatest sports moments from PBS Kids’ ‘Arthur.’
‘Arthur’ is about the mostly-educational adventures of Arthur Read, an 8-year old aardvark who … well, learns to work and play and get along with the people in his hometown of Elwood City. Arthur started as a series of children’s books by author and illustrator Marc Brown, and eventually became a cartoon so popular it has over 1.1 million likes on Facebook and is the longest-running children’s animated series in the U.S., second behind only ‘The Simpsons’ as the longest-running animated series in the U.S. period. It’s also full of sports, and sometimes I like to write things on my comedy sports blog that my girlfriend will enjoy.
If you don’t already love ‘Arthur’ and have no interest in flipping through this list, listen to the opening theme, included below. If you can listen to the entire thing and not sing it for the rest of the day, I’ll let you off the hook.
Hot Tag: Once (Probably Twice) In A Lifetime - To get you excited for Wrestlemania weekend, listen to this podcast wherein I drink some Nyquil and end up bitching about Professor Oak from Pokémon’s credentials. [Wear The Cheese]
Win $1000 With Free Fantasy Baseball Through Us - It’s free to sign up and you’d be ridiculous not to. You’re gonna at least win five bucks. TAKE ME ON. [FanDuel]
Hall Of Fame Differences: Magic Johnson Buys Dodgers, Dennis Rodman Hits Rock Bottom - One of them suddenly has two billion dollars to blow and the other’s showing up at a wrestling convention this weekend. The road less traveled, as they say. [Smoking Section]
Shut Up, Jim Irsay - Jim Irsay has officially turned into a bridge troll. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]
The 25 Most Awkward Photos In MMA History - You could probably stretch this out to 50 with 25 pics of Brock Lesnar’s penis-chestsword. [Cage Potato]
Go Greendale Hard: Levar Allen Raps About His ‘Community’ Angst - I wish he didn’t mention NBC so much so they could find a way to work this song onto the show. Annie’s Boobs photo only loosely related. [Warming Glow]
Gary Busey Gets Into A Fight Over The Design Of Heaven - But he never once had a problem with dying and being brought back in the body of a small dog. [Film Drunk]
Funny, Sexy And Awesome Cosplay Of The Week - I want you inside of me, Darkwing Duck lady. [Gamma Squad]
75 Hoodie Wearers Who Are Up To No Good - I keep wanting this case to not be so horrible, and end up revealing that the guy shot him because he really hates Arizona tea. [UPROXX]
50 Graphical Breakdowns Of Our Favorite Rap Songs - Ludacris “claiming” to have hoes in various area codes made me laugh out loud. This is solid and incredibly, incredibly uncool. [UPROXX]
Status Updates on 5 Film Sequels We Actually Want to See -District 9 has one of my favorite endings ever, and while sequels don’t ruin the original film … yeah, sometimes they do. [Pajiba]