#doilookdstrkt

#doilookdstrkt. It’s shameful when people have to protest their right to be allowed somewhere when they’ve done nothing wrong, yet lately some people have found themselves doing just that. DSTRKT London, a west end club has found itself in some shit (rightfully so) because a group of women were refused entry into the club due to the fact that they were ‘too dark’ and ‘overweight.’ I’m willing to bet that the overweight comment was made in order to take some attention away from the racism involved in the reasoning but even if it wasn’t, it doesn’t change the fact that the way that the club conducted itself was disgusting.

Getting ready for a night out with your friends, heading to the club and getting turned away on the basis of your skin colour shows that there are a lot of problems with London, especially given how multicultural it is.

A peaceful protest was staged outside the club and I have to take my hat off to those that organised it but the thing is that when someone has money to get into a club, there’s really no reason to turn them away. My understanding is that this is a common thing for west end clubs which is upsetting and it’s clear that this will continue for some time. It looks as if these clubs generally find black people unattractive (for what reason, I will never know) and may think because of that, they can’t make money off them. Whatever the case is something needs to change, I want to say that it’s 2015 now but even then it’s still obvious that a lot of the world doesn’t like black people.

With this situation, I find it crazy considering that clubs like DSTRKT London probably play hip-hop and R&B songs showing that they have no problem attracting people with music made by black people but they don’t want to let black people in.

Generally there are a lot of negative connotations surrounding black people and these connotations are defended by biased statistics, bigoted people, etc. It really makes little sense to me when there is so much evidence to show that black people are victimised and this is the latest in a long line of those events.

These are some of the things that have come out in light of the recent incident.

Life…

When I look at Eminem’s story, I can only respect him. To see someone that’s experienced multiple setbacks in his life, hit rock bottom and still be at the stage that he is today is inspirational. He’s not the only one to have been in a shit position but he comes to my mind first when I think of people that almost let life’s pressures defeat them only for them to stand up, give life the middle finger and push forward for what they truly want.

Things like that show me that life isn’t over until you let it be (or until you die but let’s not get too deep with that). Life is full of opportunities, some that we take and some that we miss (I’ve missed A LOT) but when an opportunity is missed, it doesn’t mean to say that another one won’t come calling some time down the road in the future. It seems that pure resilience will guide you along the path of life (I’ll update you in a few years if this is the truth).

Sometimes life can beat you down over the position that you’re in, two ways in which I’ve experienced this are generally feeling sad about it and having somebody tell me that I haven’t done as much with my life as I should (even though I’m the person who decides). The worst thing is getting caught up over it because that can lead to thoughts which imply that the situation won’t get better (I’ve been through this and I’m sure anyone reading this has as well). Feeling like you’re in a shit situation can have you considering whether you’ve reached rock bottom even though the likelihood is that you’re far from that position.

Before this post gets too preachy, I apologise if I fooled you into thinking that Eminem would be a focal point of this topic. I’m just saying that since life has a lot of bad shit to offer, you might as well tell life to do the dirty on your private parts and continue about your business.

Chris Benoit appreciation post

I know that WWE act like Chris Benoit never existed but you just can’t ignore that he was a great wrestler. I see a lot of similarities between him and fan favourite Daniel Bryan but that’s for another post (maybe). He was always my favourite to play as in WWE games and if I was to ever diving headbutt somebody, I would dedicate it to him.

Some memories of Chris Benoit

And one of my favourites.

SSX series appreciation post

I don’t think I’ve made it clear that I’m a huge fan of the SSX series. This is the first series that I truly got into, as a child when a lot other kids were playing FIFA I was playing SSX and I don’t regret it at all. I have fully appreciated things this month like I said I would but I won’t let this month pass by without appreciating this game.

SSX is where it all began and that’s all I need to say about that!

SSX Tricky was the first game in the series that I played fully (although I did play the SSX demo and later on ended up buying it) and this game was a huge part of why I like to play game and I like generally insane stupid shit. This game had everything, great tricks, great track, rival interactions and a brightly coloured palette to keep me interested. My words couldn’t do this game enough justice though.

SSX 3 wasn’t an improvement on Tricky (in my opinion) as it brought through a concept that I wasn’t a fan of, having every event on one mountain. I have to admit that I liked the introduction of a variety of events, and the customisation options because SSX Tricky didn’t have these but my favourite thing was definitely the soundtrack. There are too many songs that this game introduced me to like Jerk it Out and A is for Action, something I learnt to appreciate a lot later. Only SSX 3 could have you doing crazy tricks to an anti-government song but anyway this was my favourite song from the game.

SSX on Tour made me do something that I thought wasn’t possible. It made hate a SSX game, which I still can’t understand. The thing is that as much as I try to find something to appreciate, there is nothing that I can say to praise this game. I personally thought it could have destroyed the SSX series but luckily EA didn’t let this game destroy the series as they bounced back with blur which I didn’t care about.

The new SSX was a good game for sure. I liked it a lot especially because I spent a lot of the time playing it online and I was better than most people that I faced off against (I’m just that good!). This game took a different direction but gave me hope because it showed that EA learnt from SSX on Tour which is saying a lot given how gamers view EA.

This series has a cult following but it really should be acknowledged on a wider scale given how good the games are.

We need guys like Diego Costa

Probably Costa’s reaction to being banned

Diego Costa received a three match ban whilst Gabriel Paulista’s three match ban was rescinded by the FA. To be honest I’m not very happy about that (even though I don’t support Chelsea) because guys like him are interesting. I’m aware that the aim of football is to outscore your opponent and sportsmanship is a given but at the same time when everybody acts the way that they’re supposed to then things get really boring. Watching the sport is nice and all but we need these talking points to attract interest to the players and the leagues that they play in, guys like Costa who are secretly preparing for a career in the WWE are just as important as good guys like Lionel Messi who just go about their game and score goals.

If I was to imagine the Premier League without antagonistic footballers like Costa, it would definitely be a better place for defenders but it would give me less entertainment. I’d probably watch La Liga and only tune into the Premier League to watch Manchester United’s matches. Looking at Chelsea’s match with Arsenal last Saturday, what was the main talking point? It was Costa’s actions towards Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel and the 2-0 win seemed irrelevant in comparison. The ban will be good for the clubs that Chelsea face in the coming weeks I guess (since Manchester United isn’t one of them, it’s not relevant to me though).

Good footballers that are considered scumbags are just needed, look at Luis Suarez.

Generally, there’s always bad with the good and you can’t cancel that out otherwise the balance is messed up (in this case, the Premier League possibly being boring for a few weeks). Tell me that you don’t like talking about moments like this.

Watch this and tell me that you’re not entertained.

David Cameron…

So basically it turns out that David Cameron likes to dip his Prime Ministerial cherries in pig’s mouths. What a world we live in. I’m not judging Cameron, as whatever he does to be accepted by others is his business but I do find it interesting that his spokesperson decided not dignify that allegation with a response. Usually if someone doesn’t deny something then it means it’s true.

I’m going to laugh at this for a long time to come and if life is really good, somehow this will impact on his reputation enough that he won’t win the next Prime Ministerial election.

Progress…

In the last few months the word progress has started to annoy me because I’ve heard it being thrown around so much. Everybody knows that progress is a good thing and it’s a shame that some people think that they can judge the progress of others. Progress is relative to a particular person so only that person can judge their own progress. I get annoyed when I see people gauging how much progress another person has made (this has happened to me) because like criticism this can affect you negatively.

People are quick to say things like ‘you’ve progressed but it’s not enough’ but the question is how would they know that? People make judgements without seeing and then mistake their own opinion for fact. The worst thing about progress and people who feel that they’re in a position to judge is that they will only do so from their own perspective so already they’re judging your progress based on what they see and what they prioritise but they’re completely ignoring what they don’t see as if it doesn’t exist. Things like this can make you feel as if you’ve not done enough or as if you’ve done too much which is short clutters your mind and makes you think about a lot of unnecessary bullshit.

In some instances it’s understandable but that’s when a general comment like ‘they’ve come a long way’ is being said, maybe simply telling someone that you’ve seen progress is ok. Judging the amount of progress is completely impossible to do.

I’ve been told by a few people that only I can judge my progress and like I said before I’ve been told that I haven’t made enough progress. It’s so much easier to pay attention to someone who tells you that you haven’t made the level of progress you should but you shouldn’t take it seriously otherwise it will seem as if you have something to prove to that person.

At the end of day before I get into a rant, I’m saying that if you’re happy with where you are then that’s all that matters and other opinions are irrelevant until asked for.

This post in a nutshell

Thoughts/Review (kinda) on Night of Champions (2015)

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!

WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view took place yesterday and I have to admit that I was a lot more impressed than I thought I’d be. I definitely enjoyed this ppv more than I did SummerSlam and I didn’t feel disgusted with the product like I usually do whenever I tune in. For a wrestling fan that hasn’t tuned into wrestling on a regular basis for a while, yesterday’s festivities made me want to tune more regularly to the product (and find things to tweak as wrestling fans do).

General thoughts on NoC:

Usually for me NoC lacks the ppv feel that it should have, given that every title is defended on that ppv it should feel like a bigger ppv. The matches contested at that ppv that aren’t for titles should still have something on the line.

Matches

Kevin Owens vs. Ryback (Intercontinental Championship)

Winner: Kevin Owens

I haven’t watched WWE’s free programming in a while and I haven’t done the greatest job of keeping up with recent events (as I basically said) so I didn’t even know that the match was happening until about Wednesday last week (Just thought I’d say). From the start of the match it was good that Ryback looked beastly beating up on Kevin Owens; he’s definitely come a long way from bullying people that he could clearly beat up backstage and being called ‘cryback.’ When I watched Ryback last year, I spent a lot of time thinking that the only thing beastly about him was his size so I can’t believe I’m writing this but WWE did a GOOD job of changing my opinion on him. The match was well worked and looked well paced especially when the momentum shifted in Owens favour after he hit Ryback’s shoulder on the post. Kevin Owens is a funny man, I can’t make out what Ryback said about his elbow but it seemed as if he was legitimately trying to tell Owens something and Ryback got told to ‘shut up’ in response. Speaking of elbows I have to give Owens props for constantly working Ryback’s elbow (shockingly, working body parts didn’t happen often in this ppv). The match was good, in fact it was my match of the night but the finish was weak. Maybe because Kevin Owens is a heel I can let it slide but now that he’s the champion it will be interesting to see what he does with the championship because Ryback’s reign was underwhelming.

Watch or skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Ryback didn’t botch a single move! This is HUGE for him and he should be given a medal or something for that.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

This match was all about the love story of Lana, Rusev, Ziggler and Summer Rae. Too bad that story sucks, and so did the match. Dolph Ziggler’s jumping DDT was the best thing about the match and there really wasn’t anything of note outside of that. I’m not sure what Ziggler was going for with the roll up on Rusev but I’m very sure that it was botched, Rusev dropping Ziggler onto the turnbuckle was botched as well and that only served to make a bad match worse. The fact that the match was placed after Kevin Owens and Ryback didn’t help Ziggler or Rusev and the weird thing is that both people involved in the match are good workers that could have an interesting match with just about anyone, except each other. Throughout the match this was my thought when I saw a lot of the interactions.

Watch or skip: Skip

Other thoughts: This feud is a badly written drama. If Rusev and Lana are going to get back together then I hope they do it quickly so that we can all forget that this happened. I have to ask, when the hell did Rusev start being from Bulgaria again!? Another question is how did Rusev think he’d won when there was no bell? I didn’t think WWE’s commentary was allowed to reference the word heel with regards to what it means in professional wrestling but it’s nice to see that WWE hasn’t completely forgot that what it does is “wrestling.”

The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz (Tag Team Championship)

Winner: The Dudley Boyz by disqualification

If there was any match that needed to come after Ziggler and Rusev’s match then it was this! This match was all about the entertainment and it did just that. I didn’t like The New Day when they debuted but I’m a believer now. Too many moments in the match made me laugh but the best ones were definitely when Kofi Kingston slapped D-Von Dudley’s head and when Xavier Woods played his trombone in time with Kingston’s and Big E’s stamps on Bubba Ray. JBL playing up Kofi Kingston leaving the ring is also worth a shout and speaking of Xavier Woods, he was clearly the star of the show. He might not wrestle but he’s definitely doing the most to attract interest to The New Day. The match was generally fun to watch and I reckon that both parties did everything they needed to do in order to leave fans satisfied with the result.

Watch or skip: Watch

Other thoughts: It’s safe to say that Bubba Ray Dudley won’t be doing the spot where Big E splashes him on the outside of the ring ever again. WWE would have done the fans a disservice by not having somebody go through a table so once again I can say that they did a good job, I feel that there’s a problem here as I rarely congratulate WWE once on a product let alone twice. Kofi Kingston boxing Bubba Ray whilst Xavier Woods played the Rocky theme was too great and I’m looking forward to what they do next.

Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte (Divas Championship)

Winner: Charlotte

The divas revolution if that’s what it is, is truly dead. The saving grace is that Charlotte is now the WWE Divas Champion however, the match itself was paced slowly, really fucking slowly (that’s what you get when Nikki Bella controls the match). I watched the match thinking ‘what are these women doing?’ To be fair, Nikki Bella looked strong throughout the match as a champion should and she constantly worked Charlotte’s leg .The match didn’t help to give WWE’s female wrestlers any credit as (I think) Charlotte botched a landing really early from Nikki’s shoulder barge. Nikki executed a spectacularly terrible spinebuster on Charlotte and hopefully we’ll never be treated to that again. If there was any indication that there would be a few botches in this match then it’s the fact that when Eden Stiles started explaining the rules of the match Charlotte’s entrance music began playing and she had to awkwardly talk over it. Other than what I’ve noted, I’d say that this was a standard WWE match.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: I don’t understand why Charlotte speared Nikki Bella when she jumped down from the turnbuckle given that it looked awful and Charlotte could have maybe caught Nikki and slammed her. It didn’t make much sense to me to see Nikki constantly working Charlotte’s leg only for Charlotte to win with the figure-eight, shouldn’t it have strained Charlotte even a little bit? It was very touching to see Rick Flair celebrating with his daughter but the segment with him and team PCB was pure cringe. I’m not happy that Nikki Bella is the longest reigning Divas Champion but I assume that there’s no other suitable diva in the eyes of the WWE.

Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho vs. The Wyatt Family

Winner: The Wyatt Family

The match was OK. It started off very well with a lot of energy and then settled down but there wasn’t much to point out. I like the way that Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho paid attention to Braun Strowman as if he was the X factor that could have really influenced the outcome of the match. There was a particular spot in the match where Bray Wyatt picked up Ambrose to slam him but Ambrose awkwardly landed on his two feet and I’m not sure if that was intentional or a botch. The match seemed pretty standard from that point on and I’m not sure that I’m interested in this feud to be honest. Jericho took the fall but his attitude after was confusing and that could be interesting as he explains himself but I’m not expecting something great.

Watch or Skip: Doesn’t hurt to watch but you could be forgiven for skipping

Other thoughts: First things first, why the hell are WWE’s security team so terrible at their job? Once again, a fan managed to get close to the wrestlers with the culprit looking as if he was trying to square up to Reigns. I like Jericho but there could have been any partner and it was a bit disappointing that it was him, it also means that WWE has no plans to repeat a shield esque run with Reigns and Ambrose. Really it should have been obvious that Jericho was going to be the mystery partner as his return to WWE is annual. What’s going on with Erick Rowan? Has he completely disappeared from the scene or will he be back as part of The Wyatt Family? That being said, I’d take Braun Strowman in my team over Rowan any day. Lastly, when Strowman entered the ring to face Roman Reigns why did JBL mention Seth Rollins as if he was in the match?

Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (United States Championship)

Winner: John Cena

This match had a lot of momentum and it kept switching between Seth Rollins and John Cena. This match made the United States Championship matter! I’ve not seen a match in recent memory where both wrestlers are pulling out the stops for the US Championship, the FUCKING US Championship! (Don’t try and say SummerSlam because the World Heavyweight Championship was also on the line) The match was exciting and entertaining plus I didn’t hate the result which is completely unbelievable given that I hate whenever John Cena wins. Cena surprised me when he reversed Rollins’ turnbuckle powerbomb into a hurricanrana but I doubt that I’ll see him do that outside ppvs.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Rollins’ double foot stomp on Cena represented what a lot of wrestling fans want to do to him. The real question is what was the point of giving Seth Rollins the US Championship if he was going to lose it back to John Cena a month later? Are WWE trying to tell Rick Flair something?

Seth Rollins vs. Sting (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Winner: Seth Rollins

The match was OK but I preferred the US Championship match in all honesty. The most notable thing is that Sting collapsed mid-match and now that’s two old people that have collapsed in two consecutive ppvs. WWE obviously need to stop having old people main eventing their matches. That being said, this match still wasn’t amongst the worst on the ppv so credit to Rollins and Sting.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: THANK GOD that the Spanish announce table was broken! ppvs aren’t ppvs if that doesn’t happen. I have to give WWE props for having Rollins win clean because I know that his title reign hasn’t been the best and that will give it some more legitimacy. I don’t know what happened with Kane but I assume he’s no longer part of the authority, but with that being said I don’t know what to think of Kane in the mix for the World Championship. I assume that Undertaker vs. Sting isn’t happening unless WWE is happy to have them collapse all over the ring and fans cringing throughout.

Blogging (blog appreciation post… kind of)

Blogging can be long when you’re writing and you’re really hoping that your thoughts get read by a lot of people but they don’t. This happens to me sometimes and I’ll admit I look at my blog thinking for fuck sake! In fact this captures my thoughts better.

Of course, whenever my blog doesn’t get views, it’s only for a matter of days and I know that it could be worse. Skepta (a popular UK rapper) said in one of his songs that for a year he didn’t make any money off music or trapping but that didn’t stop him from continuing to go about his business and now the hard work has paid off for him.

I’ve read a lot of blog posts on how to blog successfully and one particularly stood out to me (READ THIS!!!) which made me realise that regardless of what the views are like, it’s best to keep blogging and see what happens in the long run.

Truth be told, I know that it’s not about the views and it’s more about expressing yourself but it’s always good to see when people agree with you.