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The Funkhouser Situation E22: The One Where Katy Perry Buys a Convent

The Funkhouser Situation E22: The One Where Katy Perry Buys a Convent

After a brief break for the SEC Tournament, The Funkhouser Situation is BACK!  For everyone who needs a little break from March Madness, Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse have you covered. Highlights…

—  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” living arrangements in St. Louis.

—  A New Netflix show recommendation, Ugly Delicious.

—  Lee brings Disney into every, single, conversation.

—  American Idol is back, does anyone care?

—  What has happened to the art of the music video?

—  Chris teaches Lee “film maudit.”

—  A pop culture question from a fantastic listener is answered.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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Welcome (Back) To Fireball Island

Welcome (Back) To Fireball Island

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

In 2018, it’s common practice for the world of pop culture to resort to reboots of old properties. Hollywood is less likely to take a chance on an unknown idea, so they look back to popular IPs that are known to have some sort of following. In the world of board gaming, one company is not only bringing back old ideas, but also ushers those former titles into the new era.

Restoration Games was created in 2016 with the mission that “Every Game Deserves Another Turn”.  Justin Jacobson and famed designer Rob Daviau have come together to breathe new life into games that make you say, “oh yeah, I remember that game.”  The company has seen success with three games that released in 2017: Downforce, Indulgence, and Stop Thief!  BUT in mid-to-late 2017, Daviau announced the development of one of the most requested games of the company, Milton Bradley’s 1986 legendary Fireball Island!

When I say legendary, the game is more epic when you think back to the IDEA of Fireball Island. You move your explorers around the island, trying to steal Vul-Kar’s jewel and make your way back to the escape boat. However, in traversing the island, the Vul-Kar idol would “release fireballs” down the various ramps and chutes, knocking over explorers and taking out bridges, until the fireball came to rest. You also had cards that allowed you to manipulate the game, roll fireballs and move spaces. In recent years, a quality copy of Fireball Island has been a hard find, and currently there is a copy on eBay for $400.

So, when it was announced that Restoration Games would be taking on Fireball Island as their next release, gamers became giddy that they could get their hands on this game, with the love that Restoration Games shows to its games. Restoration Games has, in their previous releases, added some depth to the titles of the 70s-80s. And with the first design diary that released last week, it looks like they’ve done the same with Fireball Island.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

The new game is MASSIVE. Vul-Kar looks twice as big as before, and the island is much taller (and a little wider) than its 1986 predecessor. As you can see in the 3D render, there’s a lot going on:

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

It is noted that the approach to 2018 Fireball Island was to “Give people more control over their pawns and less control over the fireballs”. With the new board, completely new pathways had to be designed, which apparently give players more places to move, but more spots for the marbles to do damage. The island was made taller to let the marbles pick up more speed as well. There are split paths, which creates more variety of direction, but also creates chaos because you never know where the marbles will go. There are also trees that have flippers, which can be switched which help you have some control over the fireballs. Vul-Kar itself no longer just spits out a fireball where you direct it, as his mouth now splits into three different ramps, where you never know exactly which way the fireball will go. This will be pure MADNESS.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

In the design diary released yesterday, the new theming behind the game has been revealed. While the game used to be about explorers trying to claim Vul-Kar’s jewel, you are now tourists who have won the chance to experience Fireball Island, which has now been turned into a resort by an adventure-tourism company. You can play as a character “Saul” from Boca Raton. You can still get jewels, but you can also get souvenirs along the island. There appears to be another design diary releasing tomorrow, which will explain more about how the game plays. Things are shaping up for an exciting stay on Fireball Island.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

Restoration Games is opening its Kickstarter for Fireball Island on April 3rd, where the game will be set at $60 ($70 MSRP). It appears that there will only be one version of the game, but it has been noted that there might be some additions available during the Kickstarter. It seems as though more information will be released as we get closer. However, this is looking like a must get for Funkhouser, and we’ll try to catch up with Restoration Games as we get closer to convention season.

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The Funkhouser Situation E21: Barbara Streisand’s Dog Clones

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse is back and it is more beautiful than ever before (thanks to Lee’s excellent wardrobe choice).  For the first time, the terrific twosome provides an indisputable answer to a listener’s question: “Is Curb Your Enthusiasm better than Seinfeld?”  Other highlights…

—  Why would Barbara Streisand clone her dog?

—  The latest on the Ryan Seacrest allegations.

—  What happened when Lee saw Olivia Newton John for the first time.

— TV recommendations.

—  Would they watch a Wedding Crashers 2?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Heritage Mortgage Consultants.

The Walking Dead Recap: Honor

The Walking Dead Recap: Honor

Welcome back! It has been a long couple of months waiting for the show to return from the annual winter break, especially knowing what we were coming back to. Ever since young Carl lifted up his shirt to reveal a rib bite from a walker there has been much debate amongst fans about the decision to kill Carl off. So on this holiday (NHL Trade Deadline, don’t judge) lets look back on the episode Honor. Before we jump into the final moments of CORAL we need to look at what else happened. The only other story line the show tackled was…


Carol and Morgan’s Rescue of the King

The other major plot point left over from the mid-season finale was the capture of King Ezekiel. The Saviors had finally come to the front gates of the Kingdom to make Ezekiel pay for the war he had joined. With overwhelming numbers the Saviors brought Ezekiel sacrificed his freedom to save his people. After the death of Shiva, Ezekiel was in a funk. However, Jerry helped the King get back up on that apocalypse horse to kick butt. Ezekiel was caught by the Saviors after leading his people away.

I’ll be honest, it felt like this was going to be the dragged out plot point of the second half of the season. Ezekiel being taken to Negan, Negan taunting him, a decent back and forth dialogue, finally ending in Ezekiel’s death or a massive rescue mission. As it turns out it just takes two baby. With the guts of Navy Seals, Carol and Morgan rush into the Kingdom to save Ezekiel. After systematically whittling down the Saviors numbers, we get a big shoot out in the great hall. Although it was mostly gun fire that took everyone out, Morgan gets my vote for most disgusting, gruesome, gnarly live kill ever on the show. I WILL NOT SPOIL IT HERE! If you don’t know what I’m talking about well, just make sure you have a strong or empty stomach when you watch this episode. The leader of this group of Saviors is Gavin, who meets his end by Henry, the young man that Ezekiel has been looking after. This gave the end of his rescue an emotional weight to it, one that I enjoyed. If it hadn’t been for this entire plot line for the episode it may have been the slowest ever (I’m looking at you Oceansiders introduction!), thankfully we get to see just enough action to make the other half of the show bearable. Speaking of that…

Carl’s Death Watch

I must confess that the death of Carl gives me hope for the future. What a weird statement to make, right? The comic is so good at killing off characters when stories get too loaded. When the forest gets too thick to survive, a purging fire is needed. In my not so humble opinion, the greatest problem the show has today is the dearth of characters. So. Many. People. I know, I know. That is a horrible thing to say. But, too many plot points and story lines lead to slow episodes and lower ratings. So I salute the show for showing that no one is ever truly safe. That means anyone. Not Negan, Michonne, Carol, even Rick. If gives that edge back which has been lacking. So bravo writers, I golf clap in your general direction.

As for the actual death watch itself I think it was done very well. It was nice to see them show when the bite actually happened, as well as Carl’s reaction to it. Instead of the freak out Carl takes it in stride. He is able to go out of this horrible world on his own terms. Carl spends time, and takes one last picture, with his sister Judith. Carl writes down what he wants to say to several people. Carl also shows how much he has changed from murderous Carl by helping Siddiq join the gang. The fact Siddiq happens to be a doctor has little bearing on Carl’s help. He has seen what he could have become, i.e. just like his Dad, yet he chooses to be a light in this dark world.

@banterjosh and I never held back in our hatred for Carl on the old podcast, but I think they did a great job with his exit. As the writers have said, we have so many characters to choose from that Carl’s comic story line can still live on, just with a different person, such as Enid or Judith. As you look back over the first eight and a half seasons, Carl has been there every step of the way. We have watched him grow up as the show went on. The last act of taking his own life instead of Rick or Michonne having to do it was very selfless. If Rick is/was going to truly crack from all the pressure, having to kill his own son would have been the last straw. So rest easy CORAL, your work here is done.

Potential Flash Forward

Something I need to briefly touch on is Carl’s vision for the future. We now have context for seeing Old Man Rick this season. The comic plot line of rebuilding after the war, WITH Negan a part of the group now. It shows what Carl’s biggest hope was. We’ll have to see in the future what way they go with, but if they slide a different direction from the comic, I’m glad they gave a tip of the cap to the rebuild. Seeing Rick leaning against a tree, blood on his hand and his leg bent an awkward direction, is a huge hint to the end of this season. Will the writers go with Negan living beyond this season? Will Rick kill Negan as he has promised from the beginning? Will Judith learn how to make spaghetti? Hopefully all these questions will be answered by the end of the season. Until Carol’s next murder spree, ta ta.

The Funkhouser Situation E20: Canada Geese are Ruining America’s Golf Courses

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse returns to talk about all of the exciting things happening in the world of pop culture, but first, Lee has to file a grievance.  The beautiful weather has put him on a golf course, face-to-face with his newest enemy, Canadian Geese.  Highlights from the rest of the show include…

—  Cruse’s controversial figure skating remarks.

—  Why is Coldplay the only music you can figure skate to?

—  A Breakdown of America’s No. 1 movie, Black Panther.

—  What’s the deal with Chris Rock’s new Netflix stand-up?

—  Tomlin celebrates Kurt Cobain’s birthday by sharing his beef with Nirvana.

—  Why aren’t Letterman’s Netflix specials funny?

—  Maysville’s star power and the time Young Lee met Nick Clooney.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Why Fortnite Battle Royale is So Popular

Why Fortnite Battle Royale is So Popular

In the fall of last year, Epic Games released the early access to the game Fortnite, a game in which you could play in a battle royale by yourself, in duos, or in a squad of three or four. The game puts you on a large map of 100 people, in which you or your squad must outlast everybody, while a storm chases you into a shrunken map and forces you into action. This early access mode would become a massive hit and turn into one of the best games I can remember. I hopped on The Fortnite battle bus about a few months ago, I talk about it and play it with my friends very often. A question that comes up frequently though, why is Fortnite so popular?

It’s free

The first and probably the biggest reason Fortnite Battle Royale is so popular is that it’s free. You see, this game mode is original and revolutionary, except Fortnite wasn’t the first game to hold such a mode. Player Unknown Battlegrounds aka PUBG was the first to come up with the game mode, but you had to pay 30 dollars for PUBG. In fact, the two games are so much like each other Epic may be facing a lawsuit from Bluehole, the creators of PUBG, for holding so much similarity. Epic saw how well PUBG was doing on one console, they decided to create that same game mode in their early access mode, in the hope it would lead others to buy the full game. Although I’m sure it has led a few people to play the full Fortnite game, people are 100% content on just playing the early access. Then the question arises, how does Epic get money from so many people just getting the free early access? From the battle pass. Epic has allowed people to buy virtual currency, so people can buy skins for their characters, I probably won’t but the virtual currency for I see it to be a waste, but some people love it. So, for your average gamer who doesn’t want to drop 60 dollars on a game to play with his friends, you can get this game mode for free and connect with them through this game.

It is more than just a shooter

The most popular franchise that has allowed people to connect through a shooter has been Call of Duty. But, what makes Fortnite unique (more than PUBG even) is this game requires lots of strategies and requires you to build structures. Unlike Call of Duty, where really the main purpose of any game mode you play you must kill on a condensed map. Whereas in Fortnite, there’s a strategy that goes into it. Of course, you must eliminate one person to win, but there are multiple ways to get to that point. You can go the stealthy route and hide in little places here and there or you could hide in a bush, you could even build your own fort if you wanted to and stay protected in there until someone knocks it down. Then, of course, you could just go in hot into a populated area and try to rack up as many eliminations and loot as possible. Now, obviously you can’t hide the whole game, so Fortnite will force you into some action as the map shrinks to a different location every time, that way it doesn’t take and an absurd amount of time to find people and eliminate them.

It’s on all platforms

The biggest flaw PUBG made was it only released on XBOX and PC, but their counterpart Fortnite released on all major platforms (PS4, XBOX, and PC). Not only does this allow more traffic to their game, but it allows more people to connect with each other. For example, I’ve never played cross-platform before, but in Fortnite I’ve not only played with people on PS4, but I’ve been able to play with PC players as well, which creates a whole new gaming experience and a way for more friends to connect to each other.

It Holds Innocence Without Gore

At the end of the day, this is a shooter game, but what makes it reach more people is there’s no gore. Consequently, this can allow parents of kids to be more apt to let their kid get the game or if you’re an adult who just doesn’t like seeing blood all over your screen this game is perfect as well. I’m not even sure this game refers to the word “kill”, their word of choice is elimination. In a time where gun control is a hot topic, along with what video games teach to children and teens, this is a nice refreshing compromise to your typical shooter. Throw in the fact you can make your character dance, turn into a bush, be a teddy bear and even have a cupid themed crossbow as a weapon, this game can easily reach to a younger crowd as well.

It’s fun

Plain and simple this game is just fun. I can honestly say, I’ve never had more fun playing one single video game in my entire life. Not to be dramatic, but this game evokes such much human emotion, the thrill of getting in the top 10 and anxiousness to see if you’ll finish number one is unmatched. The deflation of tasting victory, only to get eliminated at the last moment can only be exceeded by leaving a  receiver wide open against Florida or Luke Maye hitting a last-second shot to stop us right in our tracks. Then, of course, the feeling of accomplishment and relief after finishing number one is the best feeling I’ve ever gotten while playing a video game. That, my friends, is why Fortnite is so popular.

The Funkhouser Situation E19: Migos Detractors Would Claim Otherwise

The Funkhouser Situation E19: Migos Detractors Would Claim Otherwise

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back for another exciting edition of The Funkhouser Situation.  Today’s big topic: the top five rap songs the music industry has to offer today.  The best of the best from this week’s episode…

—  Lee teaches Chris how Animoji’s work.

—  A lesson in eloquent vocabulary.

—  Chris is pleasantly surprised by The Shape of Water.

—  Golf > SAG card

—  A review of Lee’s acting performance in Tragedy Girls.

—  JT’s halftime performance was fine, but not as good as _____.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The Most Noteworthy Commercials From Super Bowl LII

The Most Noteworthy Commercials From Super Bowl LII

The Super Bowl always has something for everybody, rather it’s the commercials, the halftime show, or of course the big game there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I have never really paid too much attention to the commercials, sure I’ll pay attention to the ones that stand out here and there, I’ve never really watched for them. since taking on this role here at KSR I decided to pay a little closer attention to the most important commercials of the year.

Danny Devito as the red M&M

M&m’s definitely got lucky that they ran this specific ad this year. With Danny Devito,  who plays Frank Reynolds in  “it’s always sunny and Philadelphia”, and the Eagles playing in the Super Bowl this year it was definitely fitting. The message of the ad was that the red m&m  found a lucky penny and made a wish to be turned into a human (Danny Devito) so people would not want to eat him. A strange approach, but funny nonetheless. I’ll give it a 5/10.

David Harbour and Tide hijack the Super Bowl

This was by far the most brilliant ad of this year’s Super Bowl. The meta ad suggested that no matter what ad was running during the Super Bowl if it had clean clothes, it had to betide ad. We saw them spoof several commercials popping up at random times throughout the night, We saw them hijack companies ads such as Old Spice, Budweiser, and Amazon, it was fantastic. 10/10.

Alexa Loses Her Voice

In what was the most cameo-filled commercial of the night Amazon advertised their new Echo, only this time Alexa has lost her voice. So, what do they do? They really on big time celebrities such as Cardi B, Gordon Ramsey, Rebel Wilson, and a strange appearance from Anothny Hopkins(Hannibal Lecter) to save them. Rather it was Cardi B cramming Bodack Yellow down people’s throat, Ramsey yelling at someone for not knowing how to make a grilled cheese, or Rebel Wilson killing a nice evening with friends, it was easy to see why this ad was a favorite for many. 7/10.

Rap Battle of the Century

Moutain Dew and Doritos collaborated for this super bowl ad to advertise Doritos new Blaze chips and Mountain Dew’s new Ice themed drink. We saw Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage receive the help from Busta Rhymes to help perfect his Look at me verse for the battle, while Morgan Freeman gets the help from Missy Elliott to perform Get Ur Freak On. as a fan of hip-hop and Morgan Freeman I loved it. 8/10.

The Strange t-mobile ad

I enjoyed the message of this ad, it’s just that it doesn’t belong to a cellular company. I could’ve seen this ad being run by coke or something of that nature, but this really didn’t fir t-mobile. I like the message, just not the advertiser because it did nothing to promote what they do. 3/10.

Odell and Eli go Dirty dancing

Had it not have been for tide hijacking the night, this would’ve easily been my favorite ad of the night, and for most people, it was their favorite. Odell Beckham Jr. who is known for his great dancing skills and celebrations teams up with his quarterback, Eli Manning, to practice a celebration since the NFL has loosened up on their celebration policies. their celebration, you ask? the famous dance routine to Dirty Dancing. What makes this ad even better is that the awkward Eli Manning takes the role that has the most dance moves dance. This ad was fantastic 10/10.

Also, Tom Brady is now 0-3 when the New York Giants make an appearance at the Super Bowl.


Not one single franchise gets their fans as hype for an advertisement like Star Wars, and with the new Han Solo movie coming from the franchise this summer, of course, they had to drop a teaser during the Super Bowl. This ad wasn’t too revealing, all we really got was look at the characters basically because Star Wars wants you to mosy on over to their website/youtube channel to watch the full trailer. This one was just a teaser, but it reels you in. 4/10.

Now, the real one.

The Hammer

Nothing else to say here. Daryll Issacs hammered it home. 100/10.

We Get up

With me loving Kentucky Football nearly more than life itself, this was the one ad I was looking forward to the most, in fact, this was the number one thing I was looking forward to because my packers didn’t make the super bowl and I didn’t really have a team to pull for. Even though someone messed up and aired the first half of it a little bit too early I was still anxious to see the full thing. With Benny Snell basically starring the commercial with him looking like a total bad ass walking in the snow up to the camera and the obvious nod to the music city bowl with the #wegetup hashtag, it looks like the whole staff is on board the Benny Snell Heisman train. It wasn’t the best ad Kentucky football has run in the past, but it got me more than ready for football time in the bluegrass. SNELL YEAH! 26/10.

The Funkhouser Situation E18: Swimming with Dudes

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse returns just in time for awards season.  Along with a ton of pop culture topics, they get a little weird.  Highlights:

—  Lee’s fear of swimming with dudes in the ocean.

—  Interactions with Alligators.

—  A review of the films nominated for Oscars.

—  Tom Hanks will be Mr. Rogers?  And why does he have to change his shoes when gets inside?

—  Restroom problems at LEX-18.

—  The best action movie sequels.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Relive One of the Best Royal Rumbles of All Time

Last night WWE held their annual Royal Rumble, while many people believe WrestleMania should be the best show of the year, many people would argue that the Royal Rumble (if done right) is the best show of the year. Needless say they got it right this year. This year’s rumble didn’t only hold one 30-man over the top rope battle royal, but two as the women made history once again, having their first ever royal rumble. Before the rumble even got underway rumors were running wild as to who could be in the rumble for the men and women. From Daniel Bryan to Stephine McMahon to Ronda Rousey and everyone in between, this was one of the most unpredictable Royal Rumbles in recent memory and arguably the best.

Handicap WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

The night got off to a hot start right away as the WWE championship kicked off the show, which is a rarity, but something rarer than that is a handicap match for the most coveted prize in sports entertainment. If you would have told someone three years ago that the phenomenal AJ Styles would fight Kevin Steen and El Generico (Owens and Zayn’s indie wrestling names at the time) in a handicap match for the WWE title they would have told you that you were nuts, but as Vince McMahon says, “expect the unexpected”. Even though Styles was at a clear disadvantage, many experts and analysts believed Styles would retain the title and retain it all the way to mania, so all we were really looking for was a good storytelling match. That’s exactly what we got. The chemistry for the life-long best friends Zayn and Owens was amazing, as they clearly had a rhythm throughout the whole match that only they could perfect. Accompanied by the fact you have a generational talent like AJ Styles in the ring at the same time, this match was beautifully done.

The match would essentially end on a false finish which played great into the storyline. Zayn hadn’t tagged in Kevin Owens, but while AJ was tossing Zayn out of the ring Kevin decides to try and perform his patent Pop-up powerbomb on the phenomenal one, in which AJ reversed into a roll-up pinfall victory to retain the WWE Championship. After the controversial finish, Owens and Zayn went to complain to Smackdown commissioner, Shane McMahon, the person who has had a few run-ins with Owens and Zayn the past few months. When Kevin asked him if he saw the controversial ending McMahon responded with a sarcastic “yep!”  in reference to the yep movement Owens and Zayn used to protest Shane and walked away. This should set up for a perfect WrestleMania match down the line.

2 Out of 3 Falls Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs Benjamin & Gable

Earlier this month one half of the Usos, Jey Uso, was arrested for a DUI. While usually, this can halt a push or maybe even result in a title loss, it just didn’t seem like it would be the case this time around. The Usos are easily the hottest team in wrestling right now, on their best run, and while Jey should be punished for the DUI, it just wouldn’t feel right if they dropped the belt. Especially to Benjamin and Gable, who WWE thought would be a team, the fans could get behind because it has the likable and almost pitiful Chad Gable teamed with the nostalgic Shelton Benjamin. It just hasn’t worked; the fans give them no reaction and they have no momentum really. So, this was basically a filler match and either way, it shook out was understandable. It took a while for the first fall to occur and after it did the next one almost came immediately as the Usos retain their tag team championship on a roll up.

The Men’s Royal Rumble

This was the first time the Men’s Royal Rumble took place in the middle of the card, as it’s usually the main event, but the women having a history-making match of course changed that. But, many people thought the Men’s would still go on last, however, that was not the case which made many people fear the worst. Roman Reigns would win the Royal Rumble to the displeasure of about 90% of wrestling fans and they didn’t want to close the show with a parade of boos, so the logic was there which had me anxious the whole match praying Roman Reigns wouldn’t win. I’ll get back to that later. The first two entrances I believe were picked well by WWE as they had Rusev slotted as entrant number one and Finn Balor at number two, both guys are over as hell with the fans, so it got the crowd hooked right away. Outside of that there were some good storytelling pieces in the first 15 entrances in the rumble as Baron Corbin threw his typical tantrum, Heath Slater just got wrecked by everyone on their way to the ring, Elias cut another great concert promo, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens beat up Tye Dillinger only to have Sami replace him, and Sheamus screwed himself by getting eliminated by Heath Slater immediately after throwing him into the match. The first 15 didn’t yield many surprises or big-name superstars other than Andrade Almas at seven Shinsuke Nakamura at 14 which was a good move by the WWE to have the big names in the latter part of the Rumble. But, some noticeable people remaining after the first 15 entrances were Finn Balor, Rusev, and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Now, the good part, the second half of the royal rumble. In the Final 15 entrants of the royal rumble we saw the likes of John Cena, Roman Reigns, the Miz, and Matt Hardy enter the Royal Rumble, but we also got a few surprises such as Hurricane at 21, Rey Mysterio who hasn’t been with company in a few years at 27, and ADAM COLE BAYBAY who had just performed an all-time classic match the night before at NXT takeover at 23. However, the 30 spot was still wide open, no one knew who it was going to be, it could’ve been Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, literally no one knew. It ended up being Dolph Ziggler making his return after a month’s long absence from WWE after forfeiting his United States Championship, rumors are he is getting a massive push very soon, so this was a fine last entrant. After his entrant he and Goldust would get eliminated to give us six remaining superstars, which gave us a cool different generation spot as it saw the 2000’s headliners such Rey Mysterio, John Cena, and Randy Orton form an alliance to face off against the new generation of headliners, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Roman Reigns.

The match would dwindle down to an epic final four, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, and Roman Reigns. This may have been the best final four of all time, it pinned New Japan veterans such as Finn and Shin against WWE bred superstars John Cena and Roman Reigns. The narrative was perfect. The four would battle it out and after a lasting an impressive 57 minutes and 38 seconds, John Cena would eliminate Finn Balor. Three remain. In Kayfabe and reality, this put Shinsuke at insurmountable odds, a new Japan guy outlasting the last two faces of WWE is unheard of. Everyone’s worst nightmare was about to become true, Roman Reigns or John Cena was going to win the Royal Rumble once again. But wait, Roman Reigns has been knocked out, John Cena and Shinsuke are battling for their WrestleMania dreams on the ropes. Cena picks up Shinsuke, He reverses, Cena is now on the apron. Cena takes a desperate lunge at Shinsuke only to have Shinsuke dodge and Kinshasa John Cena out of the ring. Two remain.

The Philadelphia crowd was on pins and needles as the tense battle between one of the most beloved guys in wrestling and one of the most hated battled for a chance to headline WrestleMania and just when we thought Roman Reigns was about to win, Shinsuke hits him with a Kinshasa in the middle of the ring. The crowd is ecstatic, but still, Shinsuke needs to get roman over the ropes. To the crowd’s jubilation, Shinsuke picks up Roman and dumps him out of the ring. Shinsuke Nakamura has won the 2018 Royal Rumble.

After the match, Shinsuke would announce he will face AJ Styles for the WWE championship in the main event of WrestleMania 34 in a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom nine in New Japan. This defines the term dream match.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs The Bar

After all that, yes, we still had three matches to go. This match though was just more of a bathroom break, catch your breath kind of match. The Bar would end up winning clean to reclaim the Raw Tag Team gold, but nothing too notable here.

Triple Threat for the Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Braun Strowman vs Kane

What’s a big four pay-per-view without a title match, right? At this point, most of the wrestling world know that Brock Lesnar is going to face Roman Reigns for the Universal championship at WrestleMania 34, it’s been set in stone since last years WrestleMania. Like I said they just had to have a championship match because it’s a big four and they wanted to make it believable to the casual viewer that Brock could lose so they put him up against two monsters. This match was basically a table breaking fest in which Brock would become triumphant, once again. Nothing too exciting.

The Inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble

The history-making match was basically booked perfect as Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch started out at one and two. This makes the most sense because Sasha has been at the forefront of every women’s history-making moment in this revolution. However, the question was what are they going to do with the other 28 entrants? You see, WWE confirmed only 17 women’s superstars and with a depleted main roster we expected a bunch of returns and NXT call-ups and we got them right from the start with Lita at number five. Some other returns included Molly Holly, Vickie Guerrero, Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Jacqueline, Torrie Wilson, and the Bella Twins. We also got few NXT superstars such as Kairi Sane and Ember Moon. The match would go on, and there were some notable spots here and there, but the best part really came when the 30th entrant came around. There were rumors running wild if Ronda Rousey was going to be in the rumble, so everyone was just waiting to explode when Ronda came running down that ramp. The clock ticked down…three…two…one… and Trish Stratus’s music hits. Not a huge let down because everyone loves Trish, but it was kind of like oh well no Ronda, it is what it is. Before I get to the final four, I would like to point out Sasha Banks used some pretty good heel tactics such as eliminating her best friend Bayley and having a few words with Trish in the middle of the ring. It’s only a matter of time at this point until she turns full heel to face Bayley at WrestleMania.

The Final four come down to Sasha, the undefeated Asuka, and the Bella Twins for a chance to go to WrestleMania. It started out as an alliance between Sasha and the Bellas to gang up on Asuka because she was the biggest threat, then Sasha started to turn into a cocky heel and that would be her downfall as the Bella twins teamed up to eliminate the Boss. Then before you know it, Nikki eliminates her sister Brie to cut it to between her and Asuka.The two would find themselves battling it out on the ring apron and then out of nowhere Asuka kicks Nikki Bella off the ring to remain undefeated and to become the first winner of the women’s royal rumble.

Alexa Bliss and Charlotte, WWE’s two women’s champions, join Asuka in the ring to share a special moment. Then… out of nowhere, Joan Jett’s bad reputation hits. Enter Ronda Rousey and Philadelphia erupts because WWE just pulled a double swerve and the whole fighting world was turned upside down. She had a stare down with the three women in the ring, shook Steph’s hand and walked back up to the ramp as the show faded to black. I’m excited for what’s in store with Ronda Rousey.

Overall, this was the best show WWE has put on since WrestleMania 31 a few years back, and this was one of the best rumbles of all time. From having two people last from one to thirty, putting New Japan over, and of course the signing of Ronda Rousey. Well done, WWE. Now we are finally on the road to WrestleMania.


Raw 25 Fell Flat

Raw 25 Fell Flat

Last night the WWE celebrated a huge milestone of 25 years of Monday Night Raw. This had the potential to be one of the best Raw’s in history, with weeks of advertisement, and rumors of legends returning going wild, everyone was so excited for Monday Night Raw. But, it sadly fell extremely flat and was a MASSIVE disappointment.

The show got off to a hot start with Vince cutting a classic heel promo, just to have Stone Cold Steve Austin come out to a massive ovation to give him a stunner just for old times sake. At this point, it looked like we were in for an epic night. After that segment, it then transitioned to the women’s tag match which was a fine every week Monday Night Raw match so no problems with that match. After that match finished they transitioned into a backstage segment where Kurt Angle, Brother Love, Teddy Long, the Brooklyn Brawler, and Jonathan Coachman all shared an odd encounter with the Boogieman. It was a fine segment, it just seemed like a weird group to have together and the only former manage I was excited to see in that segment was Coach, but I see him on every day on ESPN, so it was a fine segment, but nothing great.

Then came the biggest disappointment of the night, The Undertaker segment. This was Taker’s first appearance since he seemingly retired at this past WrestleMania, so we were all thinking, is he entering the rumble? Is he officially announcing his retirement? Is he announcing that he will face Cena at WrestleMania? Well, we got none of that. Instead, he cuts a weird promo directed at no one, and JR and Jerry Lawler acted as if he had handed out a threat of some sort, but that’s not the feel I got. That whole thing was just weird, and we honestly got left with nothing from that.

After that came the only notable thing to happen in the next two hours as the Miz battled Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship, in which he would end up winning. It was probably the right move to have the Miz win because he is now one of the most over superstars in the company, but this just means the inevitable Roman Reigns winning the rumble is going to play out and it’s just going to be so brutal. Now I did say that was the only notable thing to happen, but of course, they honored some GM’s and some former female talent, but outside of that, there was a Peep Show segment in which Christin wasn’t even the focal point as Jason Jordan just defined that he is now a modern-day heel. Then there was that backstage APA poker segment with Ted Dibiase, MVP, and some modern-day talent which resulted in a throwaway match when the Dudley Boys interfered. John Cena had a segment with Elias that will probably lead to a match at Fastlane, as well. Like I said, nothing too notable I just wanted to mention it. Oh, and Bray Wyatt beat Matt Hardy in a payoff match, which was unexpected, but that match featured two of WWE’s most underappreciated talent so who knows what’s going to happen with either of them going forward.

The Main event in the Manhattan center may have been the best part of the night. DX had another reunion moment as them and Scott hall linked up for a special Kliq moment and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, The Club, who uses the signature too sweet motion that the Kliq made famous, all embraced in the ring as a special moment. The Club would then go onto have a match with the Revival as the Revival would end up getting buried. Most people were upset about the Revival’s burial, but on the positive side Finn Balor may have just gotten really over, and could just be a sleeper to win this Sunday’s, Royal Rumble.

Raw 25 was better than your average Raw, but they could’ve done more with it. The Manhattan Center wasn’t pleased, they could’ve used more significant former talent, and set up more stuff for the Rumble and Mania, but they didn’t. It was a fine show but not as good as it could’ve been, it was kind of disorganized and it was clear it was difficult to put together. Overall, it was decent with a few nostalgia trips, but I’ll give it a 4/10 because it could’ve been so much better.

The Funkhouser Situation E17: Corporate America is the Real Freakshow

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse makes a hilarious, triumphant return to talk about the best the world of pop culture has to offer. Today they touch on a variety of topics, like…

— Lee’s review of The Greatest Showman.

— Chris’ message for all of the listeners.

— Ann Curry speaks out.

— Lee casually drops some exciting news.

— This week’s hits at the box office.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Know Your Revenge Body Trainers

Know Your Revenge Body Trainers

Cultured people have no time for TV shows featuring the Kardashians. Lucky for me, I bask in the light of a good dumpster fire.  Khloe Kardashian’s spin-off, Revenge Body, seems to have some substance. Like a 2018 version of Extreme Weight Loss, Khloe and her jacked up entourage help participants maintain a healthier lifestyle.  While there are some problematic moments, for the most part, Khloe emphasizes dealing with issues that are at the heart of eating addiction, loving the body that you have and working hard to meet healthier lifestyle goals.

The most enjoyable part of the show is sitting on your couch, munching on some snacks, and watching others be active, throw-up from too much activity and transform into better versions of themselves.  The show would be less interesting if it didn’t have the ragtag group of trainers that she uses to help motivate each participant. But, even better than eating while others workout is pondering which trainer you would prefer if you were the one crying through crunches on national TV.  Here’s a handy guide of some of the trainers on Khloe Kardashian’s Revenge Body.
Gunnar Peterson
Specialty: Deep Conversations at the squat rack

Probability He’d Make Me Cry: 70%

Probability He’d Make Me Throw Up: 35%

Gunnar is a wild card.  For one, he spells his name with an “a.”  But more importantly, he is squatting renting the space above a parking garage.   I don’t know what this has to do with fitness, but it seems important to add.  Gunnar has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan and one time, on The Real Housewives of Orange County, he made Shannon Beador take off her shirt to measure her stomach.  He didn’t need to do that and I will never forgive him.  Gunnar has A LOT of equipment in his gym.  Like A LOT.  It really seems like a tripping hazard. Gunnar emphasizes the importance of nutrition first then exercise second.  Gunnar has me and my Cheezits shook. He makes meal plans for participants to not follow, then get confronted and then follow. (It happens every time.)
Lacey Stone
Specialty: Flexing while having a deep conversation

Probability She’d Make Me Cry: 100%

Probability She’d Make Me Throw Up: 46%

Lacey’s motto is “Passion. Persistence. Patience. = Excellence.”  Which tells me she’s kind and thoughtful and bad at math.  Her goal is to befriend you and then make you work out till your arms are as jacked as hers.  She’s most known for her flywheel classes where she enjoys “turning up the torque” and referring to the room as a “stadium.” One of my life goals is to be comfortable saying those phrases out loud.
Simone De La Rue
Specialty: Being teeny tiny

Probability She’d Make Me Cry: 20%

Probability She’d Make Me Throw Up: 100%

Simone’s workout philosophy is a lot of jumping.  Jumping on trampolines.  Jumping on the ground.  Jumping with some high kicks.  Hence the assured throw-up. Simone is four feet tall. (I think, I didn’t check.) But, they always give her super tall clients.  I think this is a strategy to make the participants feel even bigger.  It’s an evil thought, but I wouldn’t put it past reality TV producers.

What’s fun is that by the end of the twelve-week revenge body schedule, Simone always has her clients in shape and creepily dressed just like her. There are worse cults to join.
Luke Milton
Specialty: Being adorable and Australian

Probability He’d Make Me Cry: 0%

Probability He’d Make Me Throw Up: 52%

Luke has one shirt and that shirt says “mate.” It’s half the name of this gym.  It’s signifies that he is 100% Australian.  It’s an indicator that he wants to be your friend.   It’s everything you need to know about him.  Luke creates adorable nicknames for his client, like “Stephie.”  and makes them workout in large group exercise classes like normal people.

It’s refreshing.
Corey Calliet
Specialty: Intensity

Probability He’d Make Me Cry: 100%

Probability He’d Make Me Throw Up: 1000%

Corey specializes in “The Calliet Way” which is basically him being handsome and yelling at people.  He’s a great motivator for his clients because he has catch phrases that rhyme and they typically have a crush on him so they are likely to show up for his sessions.  Each of his clients eventually learn to show up for themselves and not for him.  Blah Blah Blah

It’s also important to note that he only has ONE JACKET that he wears to each reveal.  It’s a version of the leather jacket that Danny Zuko wears, but four times larger.  He always accentuates it with a black baseball hat, that makes his head seem even smaller than usual.  By my couch side calculations, it’s about the size of four Cheezits.

I don’t know what this has to do with fitness, but it seems important to add.

Kendrick Lamar is Setting the World on Fire

Kendrick Lamar is Setting the World on Fire

While I was not planning on doing a music post for a while, I struggled to find some good topics to write about. But one topic popped into my mind constantly. Kendrick Lamar is the most popular music figure in America right now. Not Drake, Not Taylor Swift but Kendrick Lamar. Many of you may wonder “Brent how can you say That? Drake and T-swift are on the radio all the time”, well, yeah of course they are, they have a commercial based talent. But, Kendrick Lamar has now reached a level of commercial success I thought we’d never see from him. Not because he’s not talented enough, I believe he’s the most talented artist right now, but he keeps it real and blunt. In 2018, it’s undeniable, everyone wants to hear from Kung Fu Kenny.

It was evident to me last Monday really, when he performed at the halftime show of the college football playoff (which was amazing), got asked to play the biggest role on the soundtrack of Marvel’s upcoming movie, Black Panther, and he has his own show coming out in a Nike collaboration on January 26th. It is literally insane; this dude is everywhere. Now, of course, they could have some negative effects like Ludacris and Kevin Hart did before him by being involved with anything imaginable possible which clearly took a hit on their popularity, but right now I’m loving it for Kendrick Lamar and I actually believe he will be immune to what happened to Ludacris and Kevin Hart. Because he doesn’t go “Hollywood” necessarily like they do, he stays true to himself and kind of stays out of the public eye unless he’s doing something with his music.

The timeline of his success is something to behold as well, Kendrick first burst on the scene with good kid m.A.A.d city in 2013, as he had commercial success with sounds like Swimming Pools, Don’t Kill My Vibe, Backstreet Freestyle, and Money Trees. He took a less commercial approach in To Pimp a Butterfly and even that was a hit, but when he teased DAMN. I never thought it’d have the success it has. I thought it’d be great, definitely not an all-timer though, but sure enough, it did and it has launched him into a stratosphere unlike any other. With the album spending 25 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and earning 30 million dollars in a calendar year, it’s obvious people love him. With the shoes, the multiple appearances on television, performances, movies wanting his music, successful tour, and the album it’s clear he’s setting the world on fire in 2018. I love that he is the biggest artist right now because his talent is unmatched. Kendrick Lamar is everywhere, and I love it.