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Infinity War Review and Analysis (SPOILER ALERT)

Avengers Infinity War.

Brad Morris and John Reecer both watched Infinity War on Thursday night. Here is their analysis and conversation over what will possibly be the biggest movie ever made. SPOILERS ARE AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET!!! 

1. What is your immediate takeaway from the film? 

Brad: They somehow took everything from 18 different movies, stuffed it into two hours and 30 minutes, and it still has little to no flaws at all. Marvel actually pulled it off. This was an amazing achievement.

John:  The fact that a film like this could be so hysterical while also being so incredibly depressing is just insane. In theory, this movie should not have worked at all. However, there are so few flaws. This is truly a cinematic accomplishment. This was one of the most memorable times at the movies I’ve ever had.

2. Let’s talk about that ending. What did you think of it? 

Brad: It was absolutely perfect. That was the only way the movie would have made sense in the end. There was no way that Thanos should’ve lost in the movie. It is a genius way to lead into Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. It was so sad to see so many heroes perish, but this is all part of Doctor Strange’s big plan.

John: I never thought that Disney/Marvel would have the courage to do so, but they actually killed half the Avengers. However, it is SO unfortunate that Marvel has already revealed their next set of movies like Black Panther 2 and a Spider-Man sequel. Everyone and their mother knows that the Guardians, Spider-Man, Black Panther and everyone else that died is not going to stay dead. It does weaken the stakes and the emotional punch in the end isn’t as great as it should be. It’s one of the movies very, very few flaws.

3. How does Thanos stack up as a villain? Does he live up to the hype, or is he another disappointing Marvel villain?

Brad: This is Josh Brolin’s movie. He absolutely killed it as Thanos. He is without a doubt the best villain in the MCU. They actually pulled it off. The fact that he wins and kills half the universe makes him an all-time great villain in the history of cinema just by that alone.

John: I think he is the best villain since Ledger’s Joker. I’m dead serious. How Marvel actually made me sympathize with someone who wants to kill trillions of people…..is both disturbing and amazing. His story is just so compelling. It’s the best aspect of this movie. When he is sitting in peace at the end, I’m actually kind of happy for him.

4. From the Avengers side of things, who is your MVP of Infinity War?

Brad: Thanos may have won this battle, but Doctor Strange is winning this Infinity War. Like he said, they are now in the endgame by his design. It made total sense why he gave up the time stone for Tony Stark. Even though Strange is currently dead, everything is happening as he had planned. It’s a huge risk, and I have no idea what’s going to happen next, but Strange is one step ahead.

John: Strange is the easy choice so I’m going in a different direction and say that Thor is the MVP of Infinity War. Literally everyone he has ever loved or cared about died even before Thanos snapped his fingers (RIP Loki). However, he used his anger and vengeance in a positive way and stuck to the plan. To overcome what he lost is significant character development. Peter Quill should take some notes.

5. What were your favorite moments in the film? 

Brad: For me, it was the more subtle moments. For example, Spider-Man’s Aliens reference/moment on the spaceship was just awesome. Him defeating Squidward (lol) was one of the cooler moments of the movie. Then I come back to the introduction of M’Baku in Wakanda. Him recognizing T’Challa as his brother is a very touching moment. I loved Black Panther just as much as you did and that moment just really got to me.

John: Spider-Man’s moment on the spaceship was incredible. However, the best moment of the movie was without a doubt Thor, Rocket, and Groot finally arriving on the battlefield in Wakanda. That’s one of the coolest moments in MCU history. Then my personal favorite moment was seeing Captain America and Black Panther run out ahead of their entire army just to get into the fight first. Cap and T’Challa are 100% about that action and they work really well together.

6. What were the best jokes in the movie? 

Brad: Star-Lord changing his voice to sound like Thor was hysterical. Basically that entire scene had the audience laughing the entire time. Seeing Thor completely just blowout Quill’s confidence like that was awesome. Drax’s  “I’m being completely still” joke had me in tears as well. Bautista’s comedic delivery is really impressive.

John: Iron Man’s Squidward joke had the most laughter from the audience both times that I saw the movie. Combining the most iconic MCU superhero with the most iconic cartoon of all time was a match made in heaven. On a personal level, I liked Captain America’s “I am Steve Rogers” line when he was introduced to Groot. It was just so wholesome to see a joke between two of the purest characters in the MCU. Also, I am almost forgot but Drax screaming “WHY IS GAMORA” was just hysterical. Bautista is a national treasure.

7. What was the best team-up of Avengers? 

Brad: Thor and “Sweet Rabbit.” They are just perfect together. Rocket’s and Thor’s personalities and history work perfect as a duo. Every time they were on screen together were some of my favorite moments of the movie. Also, I thought that the Dr. Strange/Spider-Man/Iron Man team-up was really great as well.

John: Please give me a Thor/Rocket Raccoon buddy-cop movie right this instant. I could watch those two together all day, every day.

8. What were the biggest flaws in the movie? 

Brad: For me it was the Ant-Man/Hawkeye throw-away line. It’s bad enough they are not even in the movie, but the length of the explanation for why is just so pathetic. At least devote a couple more lines of dialogue to why they are not there.

John: While it did make sense for why they were not there, I agree. Some of the people I watched the movie with completely missed it altogether. One line from Black Widow really was not enough. Also, besides my small quibble with the ending, I also did not enjoy Mark Ruffalo’s jokes in this movie. They were fine, but he was just a little over-the-top in this film. It’s a nitpick, but it was distracting for me.

9. Where does Infinity War rank in the MCU? 

Brad: For me, Winter Soldier will always be the best MCU movie. But WOW did this come close. I would have it either at No. 2 or No. 3 behind the original Avengers.

John: Your feelings for Winter Soldier are my feelings for Black Panther. However, I think Infinity War is a close second for me. I really do think its better than every other MCU movie. It’s that good.

10. What is your final rating?

Brad: 9.75. It really was almost perfect. I just wished they would’ve handled Ant-Man and Hawkeye better. Next summer needs to get here NOW.

John: 9.5. I only have a handful of nitpicks when it comes to this movie. This was Marvel’s masterpiece of a cinematic experience. They really did it. I cannot wait for the conclusion of this story in Avengers 4.


The Funkhouser Situation E26: Royal Baby Fever

Lee Cruse is excited, and it’s not just because he has a new job.  One half of The Funkhouser Situation has caught royal baby fever, and the only prescription is more podcast.  Highlights:

— Off the morning show, go inside Lee’s new life and work routine.

—  Chris shares a bizarre tale from Scotland.

—  Why is Lee so excited about the Royal family?

—  The debut of the second season of Westworld.

—  Does the Tom Hardy Venom movie look good?

—  SNL: A quiz on the longest-running cast-members and who is their Dream Team?

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Avengers Infinity War.

Infinity War Week: All 18 Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

Avengers Infinity War opens next weekend. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

After 10 years of movies from the MCU, the culmination of an entire studio happens this week with Infinity War. Here is the definitive ranking of all 18 movies from the universe before the biggest event in movie history happens on Thursday.

18. The Incredible Hulk

The only actual bad movie in this universe. This was such a failure that Edward Norton did not even come back to play the Hulk (Thank god because Mark Ruffalo is infinitely better at the part).

Rating: 4/10

17. Iron Man 2

Blahhhhh. Boring and uninspired. Next.

Rating: 5/10

16. Thor

Meh. It has the same “turn the good-looking douchebag into a likeable superhero” plot that Iron Man had only it’s not done as well.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman and she freaking rocks.

Rating: 6/10

15. Thor: The Dark World

This was as forgettable as the advanced math class I had back in high school.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman AND it features Chris Evans in a cameo! (But for real, it really is better than the first Thor movie)

Rating: 6.5/10

14. Iron Man 3

Better than whatever Iron Man 2 was trying to accomplish, however it featured some terrible villains. It also had a weird ending that tried to get us to believe that Tony Stark was going to give up being Iron Man….and he obviously did not stop.

Rating: 6.75/10

13. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

GOTG 2 is the first “good” movie on this list, but it was still a bit of a letdown from its amazing predecessor. However, this picture is incredibly funny, heartfelt, and it’s just a great movie to enjoy watching.

(Also, this could be heavily debated, but this movie has a better soundtrack than the first “Guardians” movie has. “Brandy” is a perfect song. Do not argue with me on this)

Rating 7/10

12. Doctor Strange

Ahhh yes. Marvel gets back to the “good looking douchebag turns into likeable superhero” plotline that Iron Man and Thor had. How original.

BUT at least in this movie Benedict Cumberbatch does some trippy stuff with his hands, and I totally believe he works as a wizard part-time from being an actor.

Rating: 7.25/10

11. Ant-Man

Ant-Man is miraculously a good movie considering that it 1. turned Paul Rudd of all people into a likeable superhero and 2. perfectly balances between being a superhero origin/heist/drama/comedy movie all at the same time.

This should not have been half as entertaining or emotionally resonant as it turned out to be. Marvel really is awesome.

Rating: 7.5/10

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

This gets a bit of a bad reputation because it was the sequel to the biggest “event” movie of all time. That’s a tough act to follow, and honestly, it’s a pretty good movie.

Also, it features a scene where the Avengers are drunkenly trying to lift Thor’s hammer. Everyone here is exactly how I envision each Avenger acting at a party.

Rating: 7.5/10

9. Captain America: The First Avenger

Easily the most underrated Marvel movie mainly because its sequels are some of the best superhero movies ever made and it gets overshadowed.

Chris Evans is the definitive Captain America and is the heart of this entire universe. Also, this is one of my personal favorite scenes in any movie ever. I love this.

Rating: 7.75/10

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming

This is where the list changes over from “good” superhero movies into “great” ones. This was literally the sixth Spider-Man movie in 15 years and it feels fresh somehow.

It may not be as good as some of Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man movies, but man Tom Holland is the definitive webslinger. I can’t wait to watch as his career develops over time.

Rating: 8/10

7. Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel became such a powerhouse over time that its universe actually produced a great Thor movie. Who would’ve thought?

This movie is easily the funniest of all the MCU movies and it is SO much fun to watch. The only reason why it’s not ranked higher is that the comedic tone interferes with some incredibly serious moments.

Next time Marvel, don’t make a joke out of an entire civilization being blown up. Asgard deserved better.

Rating: 8.25/10

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

This is the biggest surprise in the history of any superhero movies. Literally NO ONE had ever heard of these heroes and EVERYONE thought this was going to be trash.

The only reason this isn’t higher on this list is because everyone was a bit too surprised that GOTG was so good. It’s a great movie, but people treat it a bit too kindly. Remember, the climax is a literal dance-off.

(GOTG had the most iconic opening scene of any MCU movie which was highlighted by its best song “Come and Get Your Love.”)

Rating 8.5/10

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

They successfully turned a superhero movie into a relevant political espionage thriller while also turning Robert Redford into an awesome villain. Wowza.

I have no idea how they were able to pull something like this off, but me thinks it has a little to do with the Russo Brothers being amazing filmmakers.

And here is where I provide you with this iconic scene that solidified Chris Evans as one of the best action stars working today:

Rating: 8.5/10

4. The Avengers

This conversation begins and ends with this scene. This was the moment that Marvel literally and figuratively flexed its muscles as one of the most unbelievable achievements in film. They really made a movie universe work.

“I’m always angry” will always be one of the most badass lines ever.

Rating: 8.75/10

3. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one of the best in the history of Hollywood. No one else will ever be able to pull off being “Iron Man” like him. Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. I’m convinced they are the same person.

The success of Iron Man started this universe. Without this great movie the past 10 years of awesome entertainment does not happen. Here is to you Mr. Downey.

(I hope Marvel actually goes for it and kills Iron Man in Infinity War. It would be the prefect sendoff)

Rating: 9/10

2. Captain America: Civil War

No other Marvel movie (besides the best one) has a plot as good as Civil War’s. The last half of this movie is perfect, and that’s not just because of that amazing airport scene.

The plot twist that Bucky killed Iron Man’s parents and Captain America ACTUALLY KNEW ABOUT IT and never told Tony is amazing.

Hats off to you Marvel for giving us the most stressful climax of any Marvel movie. I never thought I would care for fictional characters like this. Man, Infinity War is going to be tough to watch when they kill everyone.

Rating: 9/10

1. Black Panther

Where do I begin?

This movie fixes all of Marvel’s biggest flaws. Unmemorable soundtracks? Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar fixes that here. Bad Villains? Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is the best villain in this entire universe. Lack of strong female characters? This movie has the strongest female characters in the MCU.

Black Panther engages with intense themes such as isolationism, colonialism, the legacy of slavery, immigration, and OH MY GOD HOW DID MARVEL SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THIS MOVIE ENTERTAINING??

It’s been two months since I’ve seen Black Panther and I still can’t stop thinking about it and the tragic life of Erik Killmonger.

The best movies give something back to its audiences while also being incredibly entertaining. Black Panther does that easily while transcending its own genre. You will actually think about your place in the world after watching this movie.

This isn’t just the pinnacle of MCU movies, it might just be the peak of all superhero movies.

Rating: 9.5/10


Drake Sets Release Date for His New Album

In the closing lines to Drake’s last project More Life, the self-proclaimed six god said,

“My life is centered ’round competition and currency

Takin’ summer off, ’cause they tell me I need recovery

Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me, I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.”

Well, It looks like it is finally time for the summary from Drake.

Drake posted these two pictures on Instagram to signify that his album that seems to be titled Scorpion is coming June 2018.

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Personally, I believe this will be Drake’s best album to date due to his recent success. Drake has been trying to come back since the heavily promoted and overhyped album Views flopped. While he’s struggled to do so with some questionable verses and the hit or miss “playlist” More Life, Drake is about to bust out of his slump.

Since More Life, we haven’t heard much from Drake outside of the single “Signs” and a few guest verses here and there. But, as promised in 2018, he delivered with hit after hit. From Scary Hours which featured God’s Plan that was number one on the charts for 11 straight, only to be dethroned by Drake’s newest song that sampled Lauryn Hill, Nice for What. Then he’s knocked some guest verses out of the park with the “Lemon Remix” featuring NERD and Rihanna, Blocboy JB’s “Look Alive”, and Trouble’s “Bring it Back”.

It seems like he’s broken out of his cheesy pop song stage too, songs that include “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance”, and “Fake Love”. While they’ve had great success man of his fans knew that wasn’t close to his best and after hearing the verses he’s laid out in “Diplomatic Immunity”, “Look Alive”, and “Lemon”, Drake actually may be back for good.

Drake’s been on a hot streak lately, and he’s yet to have that true classic album to compete with his peers, such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, but I believe this will be the one.

Drake is about to rule the summer, once again.


Dwyane Johnson stars in Rampage. (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

KSR Movie Reviews: Rampage

Dwyane Johnson stars in Rampage. (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

Let’s get this out of the way now: Rampage is a difficult movie to review.

On one hand you know this is simply mindless fodder that shouldn’t be taken seriously, but on the other hand this movie cost millions of dollars to make and not criticizing it is neither fair nor responsible.

This movie is made simply to entertain audiences and divert the average movie goer away from their stressful lives. Rampage is obviously not going to win any awards, but to be fair it is not trying to do so anyways.

In case you needed to be filled in, the plot of this movie is giant, mutated animals attack Chicago with only Dwayne Johnson and his friend George (a giant ape) standing in their way.

I will try to analyze this movie for what it is trying to accomplish. Is Rampage an effective, entertaining blockbuster that you should pay to see?

First, let’s look at the positives.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson absolutely brings it in this movie. He is easily the most likeable and hardest-working actor working today and he carries the movie on his back. Johnson routinely gets pummeled and battered down in Rampage, but he is noticeably having a great time.

His relationship with the ape George is the backbone of the movie and is what keeps Rampage from becoming utter trash. The fact that Johnson manages to develop a believable relationship with a CGI monster speaks for itself.

The CGI on George works very well as he is easily the comedic relief of the movie thanks to his humorous facial reactions. I found myself surprisingly invested in the CGI ape which is a testament to the movie.

Also, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Neegan from the Walking Dead) is in this movie and he eats up every scene he is in like it’s a gourmet buffet. He is having the time of his life despite being handed some terrible dialogue. He somehow makes it work.

Now it’s time for the negatives.

Rampage has quite possibly the worst villains I have ever seen in quite some time. They develop an unbelievably stupid plan which not even a first-grader would attempt. To make matters worse, they are given terrible dialogue and are as compelling as watching paint dry.

I would honestly would have preferred to watch paint dry then watch the sequences of the villain’s moronic subplot.

Another huge weakness is that every human character in this movie except for Johnson is just a shallow shadow of different stereotypes. The nerd? Check. The hot girl who asks the Rock out for some “submission time?” Check. The idiot army general who makes every bad decision possible? Check. The cowboy who talks with a huge country accent? You better believe it.

Like I said before, this movie is not well-written at all, and no one is trying THAT hard besides Johnson and Dean-Morgan who are in on this joke of a plot.

Rampage should be one of the worst movies of the year. It’s essentially the equivalent of a child playing with action figures and smashing them into each other as they make noises.

But what keeps this film from being like another one of those terrible Transformers sequels is that Rampage actually has heart.

There is an admirable anti-poaching and pro-wildlife theme in the movie which gets played out nicely. Also, Johnson manages to make me care about what’s going on because it really seems like he cares for his friend George.

Out of good taste, I simply can’t say Rampage is a good film. However, I had a decent time at the movies watching some well-intentioned nonsense powered by the best action actor working today. There are simply worse ways to waste your time.

I’m no longer surprised by “The Rock.” The man can carry any piece of garbage to respectability which is what he accomplishes in this outing.

 

Overall Rating: 5/10


Tyler Childers Sings On NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Tyler Childers Sings On NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Over the past year or so, Kentuckian Tyler Childers has been gaining steam in the world of music. His latest album Purgatory debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, along with being #4 & #17 on the Folk/Americana and Country charts, respectively.  If you’ve listened to KSR over the past year, you no doubt have heard Matt talk about seeing Childers on numerous occasions and singing his praise. Childers’ most recently popped up on NPR of all places, where he took part in their Tiny Desk Concert series.

The NPR Tiny Desk Series has been around since 2008, and has amassed a total over over 500 different concerts. One of the more notable concerts involves an acoustic set with T-Pain, which has over 12 million views on YouTube.  Childers performs three songs during his set: Nose on the Grindstone, 22nd Winter, and Lady May. He will be returning in concert to Kentucky on Friday, May 11, when he plays at the Beaver Dam Amphitheater with John Prine.Check out his Tiny Desk Concert set below:

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The Funkhouser Situation E25: The Importance of Meeting Cheryl Ladd

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?  Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse ask and answer that question on the latest edition of The Funkhouser Situation.  That was just one of the many awesome topics that came up on today’s show, like…

—  The best way to watch The Masters is with Imagine Dragons.

—  Did Chris meet Harambe?

—  When U2 and Kentucky basketball collided.

—  Who are the coolest people in pop culture?

—  Bono vs. Bruce Springsteen

—  The Mt. Rushmore of Cool

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Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)

Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)

The official trailer for the new movie American Animals just released today, depicting the dramatization of the infamous Transylvania Book Heist that took place 14 years ago.  Four students stole, and attempted to sell, John James Audubon’s Birds Of America, worth nearly $12 million dollars.

I was a freshman at Transylvania when this heist took place. I was in the middle of a sociology final on December 17, 2004, when I looked up and realized that fellow classmate, Spencer Reinhard, was not taking the exam. It seemed strange at the time, but obviously as things have come to light over the last 14 years, I now know he was lookout in the Clive M. Beck Center for this heist. Reinhard will be played by Barry Keoghan, most notably from the 2017 hit movie, Dunkirk. Also in the film will be Evan Peters (X-Men Apocalypse) as Warren Lipka, Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some) as Chas Allen, and Jared Abrahamson (Fear The Walking Dead) as Eric Borsuk.

You have to turn off your brain for a bit, much like when watching Justified, that the campus appears nothing like Transy, but it still looks like a pretty solid movie.  Check out the trailer below, American Animals opens in select theaters June 1st.


KSR Movie Reviews: A Quiet Place

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in A Quiet Place. (Photo: JONNY COURNOYER)

Remember Jim Halpert from the popular TV show The Office? You know, the character who kept looking directly at the camera and had the best relationship ever with office worker Pam Beasley?

Well the actor who played him is John Krasinski, and he just directed one of the smartest and meaningful horror movies of this century.

Krasinski both stars and directs in A Quiet Place which features a simple, yet genius concept: A family must survive in the woods without making any noise or terrifying monsters will come and kill them.

The result is a mostly silent movie. There is maybe a paragraph or so of overall spoken dialogue as the family often communicates to each other using sign language.

This provided me with one of the most unique film experiences I’ve ever had. The audience around me was completely silent (until the scary stuff happened). I could feel the entire room tensing up through the silent parts as they tried not to make any noise as if the monsters would come get them as well.

I even turned to my friend once during the movie and asked him to stop moving around his popcorn without even realizing what I had said.

Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt stars as his wife in the film while child actors Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward star as their children, and that’s basically the entire cast.

And that happens to be one of the film’s strongest attributes: A Quiet Place doesn’t waste time with useless characters or dumb plotlines. This movie is about just one family struggling to survive, and with a run time of just 90 minutes the movie thankfully doesn’t overstay its welcome.

The real star here is Emily Blunt. She completely dominates the movie with her acting ability solely by her facial expressions which is quite astonishing. She should honestly be up for award consideration by the end of the year.

However, the rest of the family gives amazing performances as well. Krasinski is an incredibly likable actor, and the child actors are remarkably talented for their ages. There wasn’t one second during this movie where I didn’t believe this was a real family.

And that’s what makes this movie so impactful. Because I cared for this family, I found myself stressing out over their well-being for 90 minutes. The opening 5 minutes of this film are unforgettable and horrific in the best way. From that moment on, this film will have you in the palm of its hand.

Honestly, A Quiet Place isn’t that scary overall. This isn’t like the Conjuring where the movie is just trying to scare you as much as possible. Instead, this film is one of the most suspenseful movies I have ever seen and that’s by design.

But what truly separates Krasinski’s modern masterpiece from other solid horror/suspense films that are powered by interesting premises is the film’s beating heart.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America Krasinski said that this film was essentially a love letter to his kids, and wow is it an incredibly touching letter.

The film deals with the toughest kind of family issues such as overcoming tragedy, acceptance, and forgiveness. Every parent should go see A Quiet Place just for the moral given in the film’s poignant climax alone. It never once felt preachy, but this movie has something very important to say.

Of course, this isn’t a perfect flick. There are a few fake-out jump scares spread throughout the runtime which was frustrating and unnecessary. Also, the very last shot of the film was just a bit too cheesy for my taste.

Other than those few nitpicks, that’s seriously all the issues I had.

Only time will tell if this film will be deemed as a horror classic, but I won’t be forgetting A Quiet Place anytime soon.

When I walked out of the theater I found myself thinking about the relationships in my own life while I was admittedly still not trying to make any noise out of fear. It turns out that the old saying is very true – nothing is louder, or more effective, than the sound of silence.

Overall rating: 9/10


Funkhouser Predicts Wrestlemania 34

Funkhouser Predicts Wrestlemania 34

I feel like I say this every year, but we are in such a Golden (lovers) Age of Wrestling. Over the past four days alone, there have been some of the best events emanating from New Orleans during Wrestlemania Weekend, including NXT: Takeover N.O., Evolve 102, ROH Supercard of Honor XII, Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport, and Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2 (which was BONKERS). NXT Takeover might have been the best Takeover yet, and I feel like we’re saying that after each one. The quality of wrestling and story telling has become top notch, specifically Bullet Club (is fine)’s current implosion with Cody, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Kota Ibushi, With all that said, we have three of the BIGGEST days of pro wrestling remaining, starting with Wrestlemania Snickers. Sorry, Wrestlemania 34.

As always, we thought at Funkhouser that we would predict the outcomes of the matches happening at Wrestlemania 34, and Josh Juckett and I try our hands at figuring out what the hell is going on.  Who will make more correct guesses on a pre-determined sporting event? Only time will tell.


Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal

Richmond: The Fabulous Moolah Women’s Battle Royal is a nice addition to the sting of groundbreaking events for the WWE Women’s Division. I could see Becky Lynch winning this one, as she’s kind of on her own at this point. Absolution & The Riott Squad don’t really need it, as trophies like that usually split up factions. Maybe Natty could get it to be a bigger heel.


Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Richmond: You would think that this would be on the main Wrestlemania card with the Andre HBO documentary airing this Tuesday. However, it’s not. I think we get a repeat from two years ago, and a call-up from NXT takes this one home, specifically Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Heels benefit more from the trophy, and it’d be a nice start for him on the main card.


Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali – Cruiserweight Title Match

 Josh:  Alexander.  I still haven’t gotten back into the cruiserweight picture so this is a blind guess.

Richhmond: Josh, START WATCHING 205 LIVE. Since Drake Maverick (Rockstar Spud) has taken over as the General Manager, 205 Live has been FIRE. The Cruiserweight Tournament that has led up to this match between Cedrick Alexander & Mustafa Ali was nearly perfect, and made bigger stars out of wrestlers who aren’t in the finals. I want Ali to win, but I feel like Cedric is the choice here, as he was next in line before Enzo went AWOL. Either way, it’s a shame this match is on the pre-show, as this might be secret match of the night.


Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Richmond: The Yes Movement vs the Yep Movement. It’s an interesting one to pick, as if Owens/Zayn win, they are re-hired to Smackdown, but Daniel Bryan is in his first match back. I’m going to say Owens/Zayn, but only as Shane or Bryan turn on one another so that Shane can continue to be unnecessarily in the middle of the ‘A’ storyline on Smackdown.

Josh: KO/Zayn. Yes! Yes! Yes! will be awesome to see, but they’ll lose when one of those two turn on the other.


The Miz (c) vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins – Intercontinental Title Match

Josh: I’m ruling The Miz out because his wife just had a baby so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take time off.  In a perfect world, Balor would get the belt, a rumored Smackdown star comes to Raw, and the Bullet (I’m sorry, Balor) Club starts a takeover.

Richmond: Bullet Club is Fine.  I would love to see The Miz retain, as he was on fire during the lead up to this match, but I think WWE needs to pull the trigger on Finn and the OGBC soon. Otherwise, Finn’s just really hanging around Raw being happy to be with the b-b-b-b-b-boys, brothering softly. So Balor for me too.


Bobby Roode vs Randy Orton (c) vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev
U.S. Title Match

Richmond: This is my yearly “I Don’t Care” match, mainly because Orton is involved. I’d be really happy to see Rusev win this one, as he’s really the odd man out in this foursome. He has some of the highest merchandise sales (which might have gotten him added to the match) and the Rusev Day chants will be deafening. But, I think Orton retains.

Josh: This ties into another match later, but if a certain Smackdown star went to Raw after Wrestlemania then that would open a spot in the championship picture.  The least likely person I’d imagine being in that spot is Rusev, so he gets my nod here.  Also, Happy Rusev Day.


The Bar (c) vs Braun Strowman & ? – Raw Tag Team Titles

Richmond: This is a tough one. Braun is on a mega roll right now. There are many thoughts of who his partner could be: Elias, Curt Hawkins, Lars Sullivan, Brain Strowman, etc. I think The Bar retains, as Braun’s partner blows the match, then Braun eats a human being in the middle of the ring.

Josh: The Bar. Strowman is a singles masterpiece and I’d love to see him back in the title picture.  I’m hoping this mystery partner angle is a means to get to another singles push.


Alexa Bliss (c) vs Nia Jax – Raw Women’s Championship

Richmond: Nia Jax picks up the win in this one. Once you kind of hit the “body shaming” angle, you need the bully to lose, and in this case, Little Miss Bliss has been the biggest bully. Nia wins this one.

Josh: Bliss is such a great heel champion that it’s hard to see her lose the belt at Wrestlemania.  I’m rooting for Jax because that would be a cool moment, but my money is on Bliss.


Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs Stephanie McMahon & HHH

Josh: Angle and Rousey. There’s no way Rousey loses her debut unless she turns on Kurt and goes heel right off the bat.  I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Richmond: Yeah, Angle & Rousey on this one. My concern in the pick, is that I could see HHH & Steph winning to set up something for Ronda to do for the next couple of PPVs. But I’ll stick with Angle & Rousey


Bludgeon Brothers vs The Usos (c) vs The New Day – Smackdown Tag Titles

Richmond: I’ll take Luke Harper in any match, all day. He’s deserved more than he’s gotten in his WWE run. Is Bludgeon Bros. the right thing, especially with War Machine in the wings? I don’t know. However, this is going to be a STRONG match, with the already awesome New Day and Usos. While I think it will be one of those two, let’s say Bludgeon Brothers, because if they lose, I fear they won’t get much momentum after Wrestlemania

Josh: I love the Bludgeon Bros, they’re definitely my favorite team in this match, but they just don’t have that champion feel.  I expect the New Day to regain the belts and hopefully the Bludgeon Bros can stay in the picture.


Charlotte (c) vs Auska – Smackdown Women’s Championship

Richmond: Asuka. Next. (Look, this match will be awesome, but there’s no question here)

Josh: The Queen vs The Empress is one of the top 3 matches I’m looking forward to.  I’m giving Asuka the nod because I don’t think her first Mania is when she gets that first L.  Asuka gets the win and we get a super hyped rematch next year.


AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Title Match

Josh: Nakamura. Styles is rumored to be heading to Raw after wrestlemania, which leads me to my pick.  I’m expecting this to be the match of the night.

Richmond: This has been a long awaited match, which I agree will be in the top three matches (This, Asuka/Charlotte, Ali/Alexander). Nakamura for the win here. There’s a lot needed with some new match-ups on Smackdown, and with Nakamura in the picture, (as Josh noted) AJ can go over to the Monday night show.


Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship

Josh: Lesnar’s eventual return to UFC is the worst kept secret in the business.  Unless this has been one of the most elaborate works ever, I expect Reigns to win.  Hopefully there will be some sort of special run in (Samoa Joe, Styles, anyone) to spice it up.

Richmond: Even Conor McGregor’s nonsense can’t distract us from the other UFC news, in which Lesnar is gone after Sunday. The ultimate swerve would be for Lesnar to win tonight, but Reigns has this one.


Josh: Taker. WWE Hall of Fame inductee Kid Rock will perform American Bad Ass, Taker will ride his bike down, get a huge pop, and beat Cena.  Cena will leave to make movies then come back later. If this match happens I hope for the sake of Taker’s legacy that it’s a good one.

Richmond: I’m going to take the angle that we get some sort of encounter but not a full match. Undertaker comes out to tell Cena no, then Cena snaps in a Shawn Michaels way and beats down Taker. It sets up some sort of storyline that runs to Summerslam. (I really think what Josh said will happen though)


What do you think will happen? Let us know @FunkhouserKSR on Twitter.


The Funkhouser Situation E24: Playing the Bonnie Hunt Card

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse return to The Funkhouser Situation to complete the controversial Disney-Pixar bracket.  The great debate required two podcasts to complete, however, it isn’t the only thing they talked about…

—  Will Ready Player One become one of Spielberg’s Greatest Hits?

—  Desert Island Directors: is Spielberg the GOAT?

—  How the committee tried to sabotage the bracket.

—  Lee’s soul is ripped apart as he is forced to choose between Tangled and Frozen.

—  A Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long.

—  Coin flips help crown the champion.

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