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.
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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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?
When you hear the glass crash, you better… well, Youtube has ruined our monetization enough without us cursing in the descriptions. We continue to look at the WWE Mattel Retro action figures by looking at “Stone Cold” Steve Austin from series 2. Stunners for everyone! Bah gawd!
Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, steps into the ring with new S.H. Figuarts WWE action figures from Tamashii Nations featuring iconic professional wrestlers The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H.
Tamashii Nations’ new 6-inch wresting figures are their first products developed for the WWE Universe. The figures are fully poseable with over 30 points of articulation and each figure makes use of Tamashii’s proprietary Digital Color Technology on the head sculpts, resulting in portraits with an uncanny lifelike resemblance to the WWE superstars.
All S.H. Figuarts WWE figures are packed with signature accessories, optional expression parts, and interchangeable hands.
The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin figures are available now at Toys R Us stores and hobby and specialty shops nationwide, including RingsideCollectibles.com. Triple H debuts this week, first at RingsideCollectibles.com, followed by retail and specialty shops. Then in July “The Brothers of Destruction” Undertaker and Kane—available for pre-order now—join the line.
S.H. Figuarts WWE The Rock
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!
Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure for America’s top WWE wrestler: The Rock. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. The Rock includes three heads with different expressions, one pair of posable hands, three pairs of fixed-pose hands, and a microphone.
S.H. Figuarts WWE Stone Cold Steve Austin
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!
Here’s the bottom line, ’cause Stone Cold says so! S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure of one of America’s top WWE wrestlers: Stone Cold Steve Austin. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. Stone Cold’s figure includes three heads with different expressions, two pairs of posable hands, a vest, two cans, and two “splash effect” parts.
S.H. Figuarts WWE Triple H
Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $51.99 · Available Now!
The king of kings, Triple H, joins the S.H.Figurarts series as he appeared in the late 1990s. Full action gimmicks and posing let you replicate all his trademark moves! The 160mm figure includes two optional expression parts, optional left and right hands, left and right hands with posable fingers, sledgehammer, and water bottle.
S.H. Figuarts WWE Undertaker
Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July
From out of the shadows comes the latest addition to the S.H.Figuarts WWE line, the ominous Undertaker! Undertaker is meticulously realized in 6-inch scale with strategically placed joints for ultimate articulation. Set includes his iconic hat, interchangeable right hand, jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), and interchangeable heads (x3).
S.H. Figuarts WWE Kane
Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July
The incredibly articulated and realistic S.H. Figuarts WWE line continues with “The Big Red Machine,” Kane! This spectacular 6-inch rendition of Kane comes with a variety of accessories including and interchangeable head piece designed with his iconic mask. Set includes interchangeable hands (left and right), jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), towel, and 2 interchangeable heads.
Bluefin is the exclusive North American master distributor for a comprehensive array of Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts products for numerous hit pop culture properties including Dragon Ball, Kamen Rider, Naruto, Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Suicide Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bruce Lee, Freddie Mercury and more.
WWE announced today that Sting will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week.
Sting is one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the sports entertainment industry and a multi-time WCW and United States Champion. For more than 10 years, he was the face of WCW, competing in memorable rivalries against Ric Flair, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Vader, The Four Horsemen™ and NWO. In November of 2014, Sting made his long-awaited debut in WWE, and went on to have his first-ever WrestleMania match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Tickets for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
WrestleMania 32 takes place Sunday, April 3 live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas live on WWE Network.
Wrestling fans might remember “Beyond the Mat”, a documentary produced during the Attitude era of WWF that featured Mick Foley showing the barbaric side of wrestling and putting your body on the line, and legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts working independent shows loaded with drugs and booze, hoping to die. Viewers were left seeing a very dark side of life after wrestling, with Roberts wallowing in the misery of a vicious cycle that refused to let him go, one where the audience wondered if death was the only thing that could truly save Roberts from suffering any longer. Thank goodness that they were all wrong.
Directed by Steve Yu, “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” follows another famous wrestler, former WCW world heavyweight champ Diamond Dallas Page, as he goes in search of Jake to help him not only save his legacy, but his life. Starting in August 2012, DDP and Steve roll up to Texas to find Roberts an absolute mess. Overweight, injured, and unable to stay clean, DDP invites him back to his home, “the accountability crib”, to put him on the straight and narrow. Through hard work, sobriety programs, and a healthy dose of DDP’s brand of Yoga, the film chronicles the victories and nearfalls of Roberts as he struggles to attain a clean lifestyle.
Roberts falls off the wagon a few times, but it was truly inspiring to not only see him get back on his feet, but keep fighting. His mistakes are ugly to watch, both as a fan of him as a performer and as a bystander seeing a human suffer, but when he succeeds and turns his life around, it’s hard not to smile. For me, the turning point of this was when Roberts and DDP call up Scott Hall, another wrestling legend who fell into hard times with substance abuse, and Roberts uses the same tactics that DDP had used on him to convince Hall to join them in the house and get clean.
There is a docu-reality feel to this that makes it easily accessible to viewers that might not care to watch a documentary under normal circumstances. The story is easy to get immersed into because it’s so real, and rightfully so. This is no-holds-barred guerrilla filmmaking, no pretty set-up shots to glamorize anything – just a rugged documentary that gets in the face of this challenge that Roberts, DDP, and Hall are contending with, and is there for every second of the ride. For around 90 minutes, you get snippets of what it was like over the course of 18 months or so for DDP to coach Jake and confront him in ways that clearly no one else had dared to do before. If you have heard all of the success stories on the internet about what DDP has done for Jake (and others) already, seeing it in person will make you understand why.
The feels are strong in this movie, and it is hard not to have your heart strings tugged on at any point because of how charismatic Jake Roberts is. Whether he is angry at himself for not working hard enough during a Yoga session, or yelling at his friends while having a bad day where he falls off the wagon, Jake is so persuasive that you want to believe and support everything he says and does, even when it hurts him. Seeing the rollercoaster that was his life for a few years as he worked on himself to finally earn his place into the WWE Hall of Fame is nothing short of miraculous and amazing, and I will always be rooting for him to stay this way. In a business where living past 60 was abnormal for other men of his era, Jake has proved that it is never too late to turn things around, put life in a rear chin-lock to say, “Not today,” and live on for another day.
While it is not a sequel to “Beyond the Mat”, it is a direct continuation of the story presented of Jake in that film, and this is the happy ending that Roberts deserves to have. “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake” is a must-watch documentary for every wrestling fan, whether you watch the current product or grew up watching it as a kid, as well as for anyone that wants to be inspired by a feel-good tale of what happens when you quiet the demons that have controlled your life for far too long. Jake may have never won a single championship belt in WWF, but he has earned a clean pinfall against his greatest enemy and that is the sweetest title to hold and be proud of.
The film is currently touring around the US and is not available for sale just yet. There are plans for VOD & DVD releases later this year, so this post will be updated once they become available, but in the meantime you can join the mailing list on their official website to find out when you can grab this for yourself.
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