Five Reasons the X Division Makes Impact Worth Watching

With its new ownership, Impact Wrestling has placed a renewed emphasis on the X Division. Originally conceived as TNA’s equivalent to WCW’s show-stealing cruiserweights, but without a weight limit, the X Division has provided Impact with many highlights throughout its history, even as the promotion often let it languish. With the new regime’s increased focus, though, it’s as good a time as any to talk up one of the company’s shining spots and underline a few solid reasons why this group of risk-takers is truly worth being checked out by all fans new and old.

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Retro Replay: Gubble

I have played this game for several hours and done plenty of research, but I’m still not entirely sure what it means or why the disc exists in my hands. This is usually where I would make a joke about “the things I do for my readers,” but I honestly was less scarred after visiting the title and left more confused by it. So, this is my best take on the PS1 piece of tragically brilliant art that is, Gubble.

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Wonder Woman: The Hero WB Needed

I knew it would happen eventually. I would walk out of a DC movie without feeling the wrinkles on my face forming their own new creases as I tried to think about how it could have been salvaged. Since the travesty of Green Lantern though, this is the best thing Warner Brothers have been able to produce, and I feel like it really should not have taken this long. I was so worried that the character had been forced into Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice without care and would be dead on arrival, but she was one of the better parts there and I’m glad to say that upswing continued. Now taking the spotlight, Wonder Woman has made a lot of waves at the box office and could rise to be the company’s crown jewel of a hero for this generation.

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Mortal Kombat and Liu Kang’s Dead Brother

I keep forgetting about Liu Kang’s dead brother.

It is literally the first scene of the movie after that awesome intro; a pretty brutal scene of his death and a threat about the fate of our hero before what some would call a bit of ugly CGI.

Referring to Liu Kang as the hero of Mortal Kombat has always felt a bit wrong, because he isn’t the most classically minded champion of good, but at a closer look, he does fit into Joseph Campbell’s script of how the proposed journey should go. I love this movie, but he’s by far not one of my favorite characters and I have to understand when people say they find him a bit boring. The reason he’s in the tournament is to avenge his brother, who, from everything we hear, was much better at this whole, “being the chosen one” thing than Liu, except for that dying part.

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Retro Replay: Bible Adventures

My mother passed away recently. She didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up and video games were expensive, not to mention that as a child I couldn’t go outside as much, so I would burn through them quite fast. Her reluctance to purchase a new adventure for my Nintendo was overlooked though when a family member told her about Bible Adventures, and soon I had a fresh new game that was ordered from a catalog with the hopes I would enjoy it and maybe learn something. I honestly remember being a little excited, with the prospect of three games in one cart, and I could make experiences that mom wouldn’t mind me going on and on about for a while, but she and I asked Bible Adventures to live up to some pretty high expectations.

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Retro Replay: Enter the Matrix

I understand we are getting a Morpheus prequel, which admittedly left me with an itch to revisit the two good Matrix films—the first and the anime. I’m not a huge fan of Reloaded or Revolutions, but I admit I was excited back when they were first announced, so of course the idea of a video game that would tie in with these films intrigued me as well. So, in May of 2003, the same month as Matrix Reloaded was released, fans also got Enter the Matrix.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Far Out Trash Panda

Let me get this out of the way: it’s good, not as great as the first one, while managing to be more character driven. Now…

What a ride though. For anyone worrying that it was going to be Thor 2, Avengers 2, or the dreaded Iron-Man 2, relax, but yes, for every few good things I have to say about the film, there is a bad one to follow, all the while not killing my overall experience.

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