WWE announced via their website yesterday that Roman Reigns has been suspended 30 days following a violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Reigns, real name Joe Anoa’i, has been the focal point of WWE programming for the past four years with the company strapping the rocket to his back in an effort to build a new star. He dropped the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ending his third reign, over the weekend at the Money in the Bank PPV and was recently announced as a participant in the main event of WWE’s next event Battleground against former Shield buddies Seth Rollins and new champion Dean Ambrose. The event does take place after Reigns returns from suspension but it’s up in the air on if they’ll stay the course on this match or change directions. Reigns himself responded to the suspension via Twitter, refreshingly admitting he made a mistake instead of trying to come up with excuses.
Reigns’ ascension to the upper echelon in WWE has been bumpy to say the least. He gained the bulk of his popularity as one-third of The Shield but once WWE decided to make him the guy the fans immediately began to revolt. He’s main-evented WrestleMania two years in a row and has held the top strap multiple times but it doesn’t seem like WWE’s plan to make him a John Cena-level superstar have really materialized (which is unfair because he’s a talented worker, he’s just the victim of WWE repeatedly trying to jam him down fans’ throats). It’ll be interesting to see if Reigns maintains his top spot upon return or if he’ll have to spend some time at the bottom of the card as punishment.
Variety reports that HBO has decided to cancel Vinyl, the record industry drama that debuted back in February. The network had initially ordered a second season off the back of the pilot (which was directed by co-creator Martin Scorsese) but after a tumultuous season it was decided that the show should be outright canceled. Vinyl starred Bobby Cannavale as a 1970s record executive trying to navigate the music industry. This isn’t the first time HBO has canceled a show after already renewing it; the relationship drama Tell Me You Love Me was canceled nearly a year after it was renewed after the creator Cynthia Mort and the network couldn’t figure out what direction to take.
I never watched Vinyl but honestly I never heard much of anything about the show past the premiere so it didn’t seem like it had picked up any steam following the pilot. Canceling a show after already renewing it seems ridiculous though and considering it’s something HBO has done before maybe it’s time for the network to actually wait to see how something turns out before jumping the gun.
Sad news to report as Anton Yelchin has passed away at the young age of 27. TMZ reports that the actor was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox at his home around 1am earlier today after failing to show for a rehearsal hours before. No foul play is suspected.
Yelchin is perhaps best known for his role as Chekov in the new Star Trek films which began in 2009 but the actor had been working steadily since the age of 9, appearing most recently in the thriller Green Room earlier this year. His other credits include 2009’s Terminator: Salvation and 2011’s indie hit Like Crazy which took top honors at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. He completed roles in five movies before his death, including next month’s Star Trek Beyond.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Yelchin’s family and friends.
The first-ever Knockouts Champion and pioneer of the women’s division in TNA is being inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during an in-ring segment on Impact Wrestling by TNA’s president Dixie Carter and included a video package but they haven’t put it on YouTube yet so you can’t watch it below. Bummer.
Kim joined TNA in 2005 and helped launch the Knockouts Division two years later, becoming its first-ever champion and participating in a legendary feud with Awesome Kong that helped put the Knockouts on the map. Kim’s fifth reign as champion ended earlier this year at the hands of Jade, better known as Mia Yim on the independent circuit.
Whether you think TNA having a Hall of Fame is dumb or not aside, Gail Kim is definitely a worthy inductee. Although she had success in WWE, it’s inarguable that her career is more synomonous with the Nashville outfit and she’s done a lot for them over the years. Many congratulations are in order.
Curmudgeons unite! Deadline reports that Curb Your Enthusiasm, the long-running comedy from Larry David, will be returning for a 9th season on HBO following a five-year absence. The show, which stars David as a fictionalized version of himself dealing with life, premiered back in 2000 with two year breaks between many of the seasons. The announcement was made at the Banff World Media Festival by HBO’s head of programming Casey Bloys. David has kept busy in-between the seasons, co-writing and starring in the HBO comedy film Clear History and portraying Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live.
I’m all for another season as Curb is one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. I see a lot of myself in David, which is either a positive thing or means I’m going to die alone. Either or. No word on when the season will shoot or if the other cast members will return (I don’t see why they wouldn’t) but it’s coming and that’s all that matters.
It may not be the role he (half-jokingly) campaigned for six years ago on Twitter but it looks like Donald Glover is headed to the big screen in a Spider-Man movie. Variety reports that the actor/comedian/hip hop artist has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming in a classified (for now) role. Spider-Man made his debut in the MCU earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War with youngster Tom Holland in the role. Holland will be joined in his standalone film by Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), and production is expected to commence this summer. No word on the plot details as of yet.
Glover famously campaigned for the then-vacant role of Spider-Man back in 2010 when Sony was launching a reboot with Marc Webb at the helm. Andrew Garfield was eventually cast in the role, leading to two movies that…weren’t well-received to say the least. Glover wasn’t entirely serious but his “#Donald4Spiderman” hashtag took off and led to a incredibly dumb debate over the idea of a non-white Spider-Man, with people stupidly against this idea. Marvel eventually ran with this concept with its Ultimate Spider-Man comic with the character of Miles Morales…whom Glover voiced for awhile in an animated television show based on the series.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theaters July 7, 2017.
Hey Arnold_L_R Helga, Arnold and Gerald. Photo:Nickelodeon. © 2015 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Hey Arnold! is one of the seminal shows of my youth and undoubtedly one of the greatest shows to ever air on Nickelodeon. But it’s been twenty years since it first debuted and us brats who watched it after school every day are now old enough to spend money and influence decisions so Nickelodeon is bringing the iconic show back for a one-off (for now) TV movie. Titled Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, the movie will finally solve the mystery as to what happened to Arnold’s parents. A lot of the adult voice cast will be returning but the voices of the kids themselves have been replaced for obvious reasons, except Danny Cooksey who will once again don the iconic role of Stoop Kid (STOOP KID’S AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS STOOP!). The original voices of Arnold and the gang will be showing up though in other roles which is a nice touch.
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will try to successfully mine 90s nostalgia when it premieres sometime next year.