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Sgt. Slaughter Figure Review – WWE Flashback Series

On this episode of The Wrestling Figure Historian, we continue our look at Wal-Mart’s WWE Flashback basic series by spotlighting Sgt. Slaughter. This was a unique time for Slaughter as a heel and led to a big feud with both The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, and garnered him this very unique figure from Mattel.

What storyline does this figure fit into, and whatever happened to the Atomic Noogie? Watch the video to find out.

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“Cowboy” Bob Orton Figure Review – WWE Flashback Series

Welcome to the debut episode of the newest series from Nerd News Today, and meet The Wrestling Figure Historian.

In our premiere, we look at the Wal-Mart exclusive WWE Flashback series basic figures, starting with a legend in the form of Randy Orton’s father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton.

What’s the history behind this figure, and the storyline centered around this outfit? Watch the video to find out.

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Showtime to debut “Bipolar Rock ‘n” Roller” doc, about Mauro Ranallo’s battle with mental illness

Prolific combat sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo and his lifelong battle with mental illness are the subject of a new documentary film from SHOWTIME Sports®. BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER – named for the moniker Ranallo gave himself as a broadcast personality and DJ in the early 90’s – will premiere on SHOWTIME during Mental Health Awareness Month on Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Ranallo has Bipolar Affective Disorder, a condition afflicting nearly five percent of the U.S. population according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org). As a national sportscaster for preeminent boxing, mixed martial arts and WWE events, Ranallo has long been an advocate for ending the stigma of mental illness. Now, for the first time, he exposes the true extent of his daily struggle. Through extensive behind-the-scenes video footage, candid personal interviews and detailed accounts from his loved ones and doctors, BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER takes an unflinching look at mental illness and its effects.

The film explores Ranallo’s career, including his work on the two biggest pay-per-view events in television history, and his relentless pursuit of a childhood dream despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Through this deeply personal portrait, Ranallo hopes that the film might inspire others to persevere in pursuing their dreams despite the challenges of a mental health condition.

“I have always tried to do my part to bring awareness to mental health issues,” said Ranallo. “Over the last several years, I allowed my best friend, Haris (Usanovic), to film me at my lowest points as well as at my highest. The idea is simply to show others who suffer that they are not alone and that, even when the outlook is bleak, you can overcome and achieve success. Mental illness is a life sentence—there is no cure—but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.”

“Through BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER, Mauro Ranallo has chosen to share not only his life’s dreams, but his nightmares as well,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Having reached the pinnacle of his profession, Mauro bravely turns his keen observational skills inward to examine his own life-long battle. The result is a raw, poignant and ultimately inspirational film that personifies Mauro’s courage and selflessness.”

Ranallo is a popular fixture on today’s combat sports scenes. In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has called everything from “All-Star Wrestling,” a Canadian professional wrestling outfit, to historic MMA events for PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS out of Japan, to WWE SmackDown Live on USA Network, to many of the biggest boxing events in the world for SHOWTIME Sports. Ranallo was the first broadcaster to call play-by-play on boxing, kickboxing, MMA and professional wrestling events on national television.

Today, Ranallo is the voice of three prominent nationally televised series: SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, WWE’s weekly show NXT on WWE Network, and BELLATOR MMA on Paramount Network. Perhaps best known for his dramatic, excitable style, Ranallo is a student of the English language. He has already made a lasting mark on the industry having called the two biggest pay-per-view events in television history: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (May 2015, international telecast); and Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor (Aug. 2017, SHOWTIME PPV®).

BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER is produced by Brian Dailey, the network’s Vice President, Sports Digital Content and Strategy, and MALKA MEDIA GROUP. Directed by first-time filmmaker Haris Usanovic, the film is executive produced by Stephen Espinoza and SHOWTIME Sports.

WATCH: Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls story about “Andre the Giant” for new HBO documentary

Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls an eventful dinner with Andre. Arnold picked up the check, so Andre picked up Arnold…literally.

Andre the Giant premieres April 10. The film, presented by HBO Sports and WWE, is produced by JMH Films in association with Ringer Films. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming services.

In 1973, Andre joined the organization, where McMahon Sr. famously billed him as Andre the Giant. Andre’s unique voice and athletic prowess, coupled with his more than 500-pound, seven-foot, four-inch frame, made him an unforgettable attraction.

HBO Sports and WWE are partnering for the first time ever on the feature-length presentation, which combines never-before-seen footage and revealing interviews for a comprehensive and intimate portrait of one of this largely unknown figure. The wide-ranging documentary explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and forays in the entertainment world, and includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members and more.

WWE Kane Retro Figure – Review

Matthew and Vinny the Wrestling Figure Historian take a look at the WWE Kane Retro action figure from Mattel. Done in the style of the WWF Hasbro figures, this line has really took off since its inception. Kane was from wave two, which include many other Attitude Era alumni. Is this Kane worth picking up, or should you chokeslam it into the garbage? Watch the review to find out!

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NY Toy Fair 2018 Review

Matthew from NerdNewsToday.com and Andrea from InsertGeekHere.com survived NY Toy Fair 2018, and are back with a “quick” rundown of many of the sights at this annual industry event.

Matthew and Andrea look back at some of the highs and lows, the best and worst, the most exciting surprises & reveals and the biggest letdowns of NY Toy Fair 2019. This includes discussion on products from NECA, Playmates, Mezco, Lego, Diamond Select, Factory Entertainment, Entertainment Earth, Quantum Mechanix, Seven 20, Titan Merchandise, Kidrobot, Playmobil, Basic Fun, Hasbro, Mattel, and many more.

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NY Toy Fair 2018 – “The Loyal Subjects” vinyl mystery figures

At NY Toy Fair 2018, The Loyal Subjects showcased a bunch of new lines in their mystery blind box figures, including a horror line with characters from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, It, and The Exorcist, new Aliens and Predators figures, Ghostbusters mini-figures, Attack on Titan, and the very awesome looking WWE line.

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WWE Toys for 2018 by Mattel – NY Toy Fair 2018

Check out this tour of Mattel’s WWE booth from NY Toy Fair 2018 and see the new Smackdown Elite Scale ring with exclusive Jinder Mahal figures, a new WWE Tough Talkers ring, roleplay items including costumes of Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, a talking championship belt and a microphone, and more dolls and plushies from the female WWE superstars.

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Mattel reveals Retro Packaging for Exclusive Macho Man Randy Savage Figure

Oooooh yeeaaaahh! Wrestling figure fans will be elated to hear the news on a new figure that may be hard to find, but worth the hunt.

Earlier today, Mattel unveiled their special new packaging for their exclusive Macho Man Randy Savage. The box harkens back to the old WWF arcade cabinets, albeit with a new name. It makes a figure that was previously just a new deco for an existing figure into a must-have collectable.

The Macho Man figure is coming soon to a Gamestop near you, and will retail for around $30. It’s quite the price jump from previous Gamestop exclusives like their Samoa Joe and “List of Jericho” Chris Jericho, but the deluxe packaging is likely the reason for this leap in cost. Also joining Randy Savage is a new Shawn Michaels in his Rockers era outfit. No news at this time on whether or not this is the start of a new series for Gamestop or just a one-off, and if HBK will share this box art.

Will you be adding this figure into your wrestling collection?