The Original Game Boy is 30 Years Old Today

Easter falls on April 21st in 2019, which means that the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is going to overshadow the 30th anniversary of the birth of the savior of Nintendo – the Game Boy.

Nintendo’s first major success as a video game company was with their line of Game & Watch consoles, but they could only play whatever games were tied to the system. The same team that worked on the Game & Watch systems would go on to make the Game Boy, which was a portable system that could switch games and could connect to other Game Boys using a link cable for multiplayer action. The Game Boy would go on to be a huge hit for Nintendo and it’s still the third best-selling video game console of all time, with over 115 million units sold. The only Nintendo system to sell more units than the Game Boy is the Nintendo DS.

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The Nintendo Game Boy was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, which makes today the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the system. The Game Boy helped to inspire the creation of Nintendo’s line-up of portable systems and its legacy in the video game industry cannot be understated. The portable gaming market owes a great deal to the risks that Nintendo took with the Game Boy and how it became a success despite the fact that it had inferior hardware than its competitors.

The most important games to the Game Boy’s legacy are Tetris and Pokémon Red & Blue. Tetris was bundled with a lot of Game Boys and it was considered to be the killer app of the system for many years, which helped Tetris to become the best-selling video game of all time. The Pokémon franchise was born on the Game Boy and it used the system’s portability and link cable functionality to amazing effect, which helped Pokémon to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. Pokémon is dear to the hearts of many people and it would never have found its audience without the Game Boy.

The Game Boy helped to inspire Nintendo’s portable systems going forward (including the Nintendo Switch), but the legacy of the system might not be over just yet. Nintendo had a lot of success with their line of retro consoles and the Game Boy seems like a natural fit for a portable mini system. A Game Boy Classic system featuring the likes of Pokémon Red & Blue, Super Mario Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has a lot of potential for success and could help to cement the legacy of the system in the minds of a new generation of gamers, as well as allowing those who grew up with the Game Boy to see the world in shades of green and yellow once more.

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2019-04-21 09:04:46

Scott Baird

Mean Girls: 10 Pop Culture References That Are Still Around Today

The 2004 teen comedy movie directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls is one of the quintessential teen movies that absolutely everyone needs to see. The film was well received by the critics, who praised Fey for the funny and smart script and the cast for outstanding performances.

Mean Girls defined an entire generation and it’s still relevant, relatable, and popular. It has created countless, timeless pop culture references, and, with a heavy heart, we picked out the top ten. Let’s jump right into the list.

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This line comes from the woman responsible for Mean Girls’ hilarious, smart, and memorable script, Tina Fey. After having gathered the mischievous ladies in the gymnasium, Principal Duvall realizes that Ms. Norbury – whom he describes as a successful, intelligent, caring, and graceful woman – would be more suited to help the girls sort out their problems.

When Regina interrupts Ms. Norbury’s exercises claiming she has no need to be there because she’s just a victim, Ms. Norbury responds with, “raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George”, to which literally everyone – including faculty members, and probably some of us watching – raises their hand. This line stuck around because you can replace Regina George with basically anything and have yourself a pretty funny meme, which has been done countless times.


The item that caused chaos and mayhem at North Shore High, the so-called Burn Book was written by Regina George and the Plastics and contained rumors about all the girls (and some guys) from North Shore High. Out of vengeance, Regina framed Cady, Gretchen, and Karen for the Burn Book and released its toxic contents to the students, causing a jungle-like riot to break out.

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The Burn Book is one of the first things that come to mind when talking about Mean Girls because it’s a widely recognized symbol of the movie. Naturally, due to its popularity, the Burn Book has appeared in tons of memes.


After the dust had settled from the whole Burn Book Incident, Cady started making amends to the people who have been hurt by the vicious book. She patched things up with Ms. Norbury and ended up participating in the mathlete championship. Cady was selected for the sudden-death round, answered correctly, and North Shore High won.

The answer to the winning question, “the limit does not exist” became one of the film’s most popular quotes due to its overwhelming applicability. For example, how many times can we quote Mean Girls? The limit does not exist.


When Cady first introduced herself to the Plastics, the trio was fascinated that she has spent most of her life in Africa and has never attended public school. While the others moved on from the Africa reveal, Karen was perplexed that Cady had white skin and bluntly asked, “if you’re from Africa, why are you white?”

Sparing poor Cady of having to explain the obvious to the oblivious Karen, Gretchen said: “oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white”. Their brief exchange is one of Mean Girls’ most memorable scenes and has been used to create tons of funny memes.


The Plastics have a dress code that all members of their group must obey. The rules are as follows: 1) Wednesdays are for pink; 2) you can’t wear a tank top two days in a row; 3) you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week; and 4) you can only wear sweatpants or jeans on Fridays.

When Regina started putting on weight from the Kälteen Bars Cady supplied her with, she came to school on a Monday wearing sweatpants because nothing else fit her. Since Cady had been working on turning the girls against the Queen Bee, Karen and Gretchen confronted Regina about the sweatpants, prompting the latter to let out a shrieking “you can’t sit with us” – a line that became one of the most iconic Mean Girls references.


Mean Girls is a film packed to the brim with quotable lines and “get in loser, we’re going shopping” is one of them. When Cady first joined the Plastics, Regina pulled up in a convertible sports car, yelling out the now-iconic line. Fans of the film loved it and the line became one of the most well-known references to the movie, eventually becoming a meme.

From Doctor Who standing by the TARDIS captioned “get in loser, we’re going time traveling” to Penguin pulling up to Nygma captioned “get in friend, we’re going murdering”, this Regina George line has given us lots of hilarious memes.


When Regina heroically rescues Cady from unwanted sexual advances made by a skeezy student, she invites the new girl to sit with the Plastics. Regina finds Cady interesting so the Plastics decide to invite her to have lunch with them every day for the rest of the week. Karen then shares one of the Plastics’ most important rules, “on Wednesdays, we wear pink”.

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The line stuck with the fans and became one of the most popular Mean Girls quotes. When the film celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 30, 2014, which happened to be a Wednesday, fans around the world wore pink to show their undying love for this iconic film.


Damian delivered quite a few zingers – from the pink shirt to Glen Coco, and Danny DeVito. And, of course, the one we’re talking about here: “she doesn’t even go here”.

After the school turned into a battlefield, Principal Duvall summoned all the female junior students to the gymnasium. Ms. Norbury had the girls write apologies to the people they’ve hurt and one girl took the opportunity to pour out the many feelings she had. She teared up talking about elementary school, cakes, and rainbows until Damian pointed out that “she doesn’t even go here”. This iconic line, made even funnier by Damian’s incognito appearance, has been immortalized on T-shirts, memes, gifs, and stands as one of the most well-known references to the film.


Why exactly this line became a thing, it’s impossible to tell. For whatever reason – be it Daniel Franzese’s hilarious delivery or Tina Fey’s uncanny ability for crafting one-liners – this seemingly throwaway line surprisingly turned into one of the movie’s most memorable quotes.

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Glen Coco is a minor character who we know nothing about – except that he’s either very popular or just really likes himself – yet this hilarious one-liner delivered by Damian made Glen Coco a fan-favorite. Fifteen years since the movie’s release, and “Four for you, Glen Coco! You go, Glen Coco!” is just as quotable and hilarious as it was back in the day.


While this awesome movie has given us tons of memorable phrases and quotes, the most memorable term has to be “fetch”. Derived probably from the word “fetching”, meaning attractive, “fetch” is a new expression for “cool” Gretchen Wieners kept trying to make the new it-word. However, the Queen Bee was having none of it, firmly declaring that it’s not going to happen.

Well, the joke’s on her, because it’s been fifteen years since Mean Girls came out and “fetch” is still a well-known pop culture reference thanks to generations of fans who, indeed, made it happen.

NEXT: 10 Pop Culture References Created On South Park

2019-04-21 03:04:46

Irina Curovic

10 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today

The action movie genre has gone through significant changes over cinema history. Going back to the early days of motion pictures, audiences have always been interested in the fun and excitement of action sequences. As cinema progressed, the genre evolved, with more complex stunts, intense violence, and amazing stunts. For many fans, the genre reached its peak in the ’90s with the release of some of the genre’s greatest films.

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While action films have largely become special-effects-driven superhero films, there was a time when they were anchored by practical effects and more grounded heroes. They were loud and fun and packed with gunfire and explosion. While we don’t see many of these types of action movies these days, we always have those classics of the ’90s to look back on. Here are the very best ’90s action movies.

10 Ronin

Perhaps the least popular film on this list, Ronin is an underrated gem that every action fan should seek out. The film follows a group of mercenaries who are brought together to acquire a mysterious package being sought by multiple parties.

The film was a return to form for director John Frankenheimer who expertly crafted this old-school actioner that is messy in all the right ways. The film is also bolstered by a stunning cast which includes Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, Jean Reno, and Stellan Skarsgard. But the real spectacle is the insane car chases which are among the best ever put to film.

9 Point Break

Point Break has a bit of a reputation as a cheesy actioner thanks to the surfer-centric plot and its homage in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz. While there are some aspects of the film that are hard to take seriously, people tend to forget it really delivers as purely fun action movie.

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Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover cop looking to bust a group of surfers, led by Patrick Swayze, suspected of multiple bank robberies. Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow directs the hell out of the high-octane set pieces, including a genuinely thrilling foot chase. So much more than just a “surfer bro” movie.

8 The Fugitive

Though a highly regarded film, The Fugitive is often forgotten among the lists of best action movies. It’s true that the movie doesn’t have the shootouts and car chases seen throughout this list, the action is absolutely non-stop.

Harrison Ford stars as a doctor falsely convicted of killing his wife. He escapes custody and goes on the run to find the real killer while being pursued by the U.S. Marshals. The film is a white-knuckle thrill ride with so many iconic action moments. It is the perfect example of how you can have a great action movie without any gunplay.

7 True Lies

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the greatest action stars in film history. James Cameron is one of the greatest action directors in film history. Any movie in which they team up to cause mayhem is bound to be worthwhile.

True Lies is an action-spy film about a secret agent whose wife is accidentally brought into his very dangerous work life. Surprisingly, the film is a solid comedy with Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis giving genuinely funny performances. Unsurprisingly, the action is a blast with the kind of massive set pieces you would only expect from Cameron.

6 The Rock

Michael Bay is a director who seems to divide audiences. However, before he was occupied with the world of Transformers, he was a very solid action director with The Rock being his best all-out action film.

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When a group of ex-special-forces take hostages on Alcatraz and threaten to unleash a deadly toxin on the mainland, it’s up to a chemical biologist and a former inmate of the famous prison to save the day. Bay’s standard high-energy action sequences are put to great use, but the film is boosted into that next level of awesome thanks to an unhinged Nicholas Cage and a surprisingly still badass Sean Connery.

5 Hard Boiled

Part of the reason action movies found a new life in the ’90s was due to the genre boom from Hong Kong. American filmmakers were being influenced by the frenetic, highly choreographed action films from Chinese auteurs like John Woo.

Even as Woo was influencing the genre, he created one of its best entries. Chow Yun-Fat stars as a violent cop obsessed with taking down a deadly gangster. The film features some of the best-extended action scenes and shootouts that are so engrossing you almost forget to breathe while watching.

4 The Matrix

There is no denying the Wachowskis changed the action movie genre with this visionary film. As the 20th century came to a close, they delivered a totally unique film that still feels revolutionary to this day.

It stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, an aimless desk worker who is pulled out of his reality and into another where he is told he is the one who will save mankind. The film employed new technology, such as the “bullet time” shots, which were used ad nauseam by copycat films. It feels like a video game mixed with several different genres of action films creating a cinematic experience like no other.

3 Die Hard: With A Vengeance

Most people think of the Die Hard franchise as one of those series that should have stopped after the first film. While there are some stinkers in the bunch, let’s not forget that the third entry, Die Hard with a Vengeance comes close to the original in terms of being a flat-out fun action pic.

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A notable change that works extremely well is that John McClane is not solo this time around, teaming up with Samuel L. Jackson’s Zeus. Add to that a solid villain turn from Jeremy Irons and an appropriately hungover Bruce Willis and you have a worthy successor to the original.

2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Another Schwarzenegger/Cameron team-up so it’s no surprise it ranks so high on this list. It’s easy to forget how bold of a sequel Terminator 2 was. The original was an almost horror film about a killer cyborg. The follow-up turned the film into a big-budget action movie romp and made that killer cyborg the good guy.

Cameron was taking a big risk and it paid off beautifully. Schwarzenegger fits the hero role perfectly, Linda Hamilton is a badass and the special effects are ground-breaking. It set the standard that no subsequent Terminator film managed to live up to.

1 Speed

While the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone are considered the action movie icons, it’s time we acknowledge that Keanu Reeves was the unequivocal king of the genre in the ’90s. Reeves’ third appearance on the list is one of the most brilliant (if a bit outlandish) high-concept action films and one of the most enjoyable movies ever made.

Reeves plays a Los Angeles cop who finds himself on a bus filled with hostages that will explode if its speed drops below 50 mph. Sometimes dismissed as “Die Hard on a bus”, Speed deserves its own legacy for being able to make that concept a thrilling and fun action movie that still holds up to this day.

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2019-04-20 05:04:18

Colin McCormick

Where These 20 Recently Released WWE Superstars Are Wrestling Today

Wrestlers have started to realize they can make a great living outside of WWE. Many years have featured wrestlers believing WWE is the only game in town and the place they must work to find happiness. WWE is still the only promotion at its level as a global juggernaut, but other promotions also offer positive things for the free agents. All Elite Wrestling has launched with a huge backer and big goals for the future starting in May of 2019. New Japan and Ring of Honor are running a sold out Madison Square Garden venue during WrestleMania weekend as both companies grow. Even Impact Wrestling has its own place in the industry with a fun product.

The independent scene is booming as many other promotions run during the weekend to deliver great cards. Wrestlers benefit most from this as they don’t have to continue wrestling in WWE if they don’t want to. Rumors have indicated that The Revival, Mike Kanellis, and Maria Kanellis have requested their release in recent weeks. Part of this is due to the success achieved by other wrestlers that have left WWE. We will look at the wrestlers thriving, struggling, and everything in-between in the life after WWE. Find out just what these former superstars are up to right now. These are twenty recently released WWE superstars and an update on where they are wrestling today.

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20 Big Cass: Independent circuit

Things changed so quickly for Big Cass within a few months. The return from an injury showcased Cass in the biggest angle of his career against Daniel Bryan. WWE used Bryan’s first singles feud storyline after getting cleared to come out of retirement to face off with Cass.

Backstage issues caused WWE to give up on Cass and surprisingly release him. Cass made a few appearances on independent promotions with his biggest match coming against MVP at Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore. Currently, he is recovering from a health issue but was recently brought in for “a work” at an ROH G1Supercard event. Perhaps Big Cass will be back in the limelight sooner than we think.

19 Rich Swann: Impact Wrestling

Former Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann was a major part of the 205 Live Show and cruiserweight division in the early stages. Swann, however, lost favor with WWE when he was in the news for negative things. WWE took a wait and see approach with Swann, but he wanted the release if they didn’t plan to use him any time soon.

A connection with Impact Wrestling would see Swann become a full-time roster member and an important fixture on the show. Swann would win the X-Division Championship and is the face of that division. Impact even discussed Swann as one of the opponents for Chris Jericho if he agreed to show up, but a deal was not reached. This still shows how much Impact believes in Swann.

18 Rosa Mendes: Recently returned on independent circuit

Rosa Mendes is not a name most wrestling fans associate with having great matches in WWE. The prior hires of former models landed Mendes a spot on the main roster despite not having the best in-ring skills. WWE eventually transitioned her into a manager and broadcaster.

The departure from WWE would see Rosa take a few years off from the ring before getting the itch to come back in 2018. Mendes wrestled two matches on the independent circuit last year for the MCW promotion. Rosa even attended a Ring of Honor show hoping to build connections for an opportunity there. Time will tell if she can get her foot in the door of a bigger promotion again.

17 Ryback: Taking time off from independent circuit

Ryback leaving WWE was a big story since WWE always had some level of faith in him. The huge push of Ryback to start his run with that character put him on the upper tier of wrestlers in the company. An inability to get over to the next level led to Ryback falling lower in the mid-card picture.

WWE still valued Ryback for the depth, but he requested to leave once his contract ended. Ryback has wrestled on the independent circuit for smaller promotions since leaving. However, he is taking some time off now to focus on other projects. The last few appearances for Ryback took place in NEW Wrestling back in the summer of 2018.

16 Sawyer Fulton: Independent circuit

Sawyer Fulton is the forgotten former member of the Sanity faction. The removal of Fulton left the core of Eric Young, Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe and Nikki Cross. Fulton was in the NXT system for quite some time trying to find a way to break out. It just never happened for him, and he would eventually get releases from his contract.

Fulton has continued wrestling on the independent scene trying to impress one of the bigger promotions to give him a shot. Independent companies like Chikara, TRUE Wrestling, Rockstar Pro Wrestling, and many others have brought him in. Fulton has even wrestled legends like Raven and Tommy Dreamer on the indie scene, but his hope is to land a contract with ROH or AEW.

15 Enzo Amore: Not wrestling

One big name to get fired from WWE and have zero interest in wrestling is Enzo Amore. The always controversial Enzo found success in NXT thanks to his wild personality. Enzo even did well enough on the main roster to sell merchandise well, but the problem was his attitude. WWE released him despite many believing in his potential.

Unlike most others to get released from WWE, Enzo is not trying to continue his wrestling career. The hope for him is to become a successful rapper after releasing a few seasons. Enzo did make wrestling headlines by sitting in the ringside area for Survivor Series and causing a disruption. That’s likely the last time we’ll see him on a WWE show. That said, Enzo was spotted with Big Cass at a recent ROH G1Supercard event when the duo rushed the match.

14 Simon Gotch: MLW

The tag team of Aiden English and Simon Gotch had strong potential in WWE thanks to the NXT run as Tag Team Champions. It never worked out on the main roster. Gotch would get released with WWE management not viewing him as having the same upside of English.

The post-WWE career of Gotch has seen him wrestling for many independent promotions. Gotch tried his luck in a few Ring of honor appearances before finding his primary place in MLW. A small television deal has MLW trying to grow and Gotch appears to be one of the names that will be a big part of their future. He still wrestles for smaller indie shows as well.

13 Ho Ho Lun: Wrestling in China

WWE hyped the signing of Ho Ho Lun to show their approach to scouting the international scene. Lun showed great potential as a young prospect making the move from Hong Kong. Appearances in the Cruiserweight Classic and on NXT showed that WWE wanted to do something with him.

Unfortunately, Lun would have to leave to help take care of his ailing mother. The request for a release was granted. Lun is still wrestling internationally for the Chinese promotion King of Pro Wrestling among other smaller international companies. His goal is to eventually return to WWE when life is stable, and he is an even better wrestler.

12 James Ellsworth: Independent circuit

James Ellsworth returning to WWE in 2018 was a big surprise when he helped Carmella defeat Asuka in multiple matches. This was the only purpose for Ellsworth in his second run as WWE would release him shortly after for the second time in as many years.

Ellsworth has continued wrestling on the independent circuit. He even made his own title called the Intergender Championship that he brings to various shows. Ellsworth has even appeared for relevant promotions like Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor (on Chris Jericho’s Cruise) and NWA. None has signed him to a contract which makes Ellsworth a free agent on the indie scene.

11 CJ Parker: New Japan and Ring of Honor

Former NXT talent CJ Parker made a bold move when asking for his release from WWE. Parker realized he was never going to move up the card until he improved and made a name for himself outside of WWE. He wanted to travel the path of friends like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Finn Balor.

The new name of Juice Robinson would be his identity in New Japan. Following a run in the NJPW Dojo, Robinson became a fixture for the promotion. Various departures have Juice slotted as one of the top American names there and he is the current U.S. Champion. Ring of Honor also has Robinson as a top star for 2019 as he leads the new stable known as Lifeblood.

10 Summer Rae: Appears at shows in non-wrestling capacity

Summer Rae showed great potential during her time in NXT as a heel personality. Dusty Rhodes viewed her as a future star, but WWE did not showcase it at full potential. Following a few years of ups and downs, Summer would get released with a few others that weren’t doing much.

The post-WWE life for Summer has her mostly modeling and growing that aspect of her career under her real name of Danielle Moinet. Summer has not wrestled a match outside of WWE, but she has shown up at a few indie promotions to sign meet fans with autograph signings. The role of Summer has her still doing things in wrestling and many fans hope she will return to the ring at some point soon.

9 Adam Rose: Independent circuit

Adam Rose was one of the biggest busts to get called up from NXT and do nothing on the main roster. There was hope for Rose when his Exotic Express gimmick showcased the charming party animal with a group of friends in wild costumes dancing to the ring.

Rose could not make the gimmick work on the main roster as comedy characters typically don’t thrive. A few incidents would lead to WWE cutting ties with Rose and releasing him to free agency. Rose claimed to retire for a short time, but he has continued wrestling over the past for smaller promotions. MCW, ARW, and other lesser-known companies use Rose these days.

8 Tajiri: Wrestling in Japan

The legendary career of Tajiri in Japan has made him a top veteran there. North American fans also have a strong love for Tajiri due to his entertaining runs in both WWE and WCW. WWE brought Tajiri back for the cruiserweight division on 205 Live. Injury issues prevented Tajiri from getting an angle and WWE eventually decided to let him go.

Tajiri continues to wrestle at 48 years old in Japan today. All Japan Pro Wrestling is currently his main home along with appearances in other companies like Wrestle-1 and Big Japan. Tajiri will likely have a role in the Japanese wrestling circuit until he makes the decision to retire at some point.

7 Darren Young: Independent circuit

Darren Young had a solid run in WWE with his greatest success coming in the Prime Time Players tag team with Titus O’Neil. Both wrestlers worked well together and had a couple of WWE Tag Team Championship reigns during their time as a unit. WWE eventually split them up and Young could never find success as a singles wrestler.

WWE made the call to release Young just one day after he represented them at a WWE appreciation night for a Los Angeles Clippers game. Young has been involved in a few projects since leaving WWE and is still wrestling on the independent circuit. Promotions like Chikara, WrestleCade and Big Time Wrestling showcased him in 2018. Young is hoping to wrestle more and make bigger moves this year.

6 Santino Marella: Independent circuit

Santino Marella wrestled his final match for WWE in 2014 after gaining some injuries. The legacy of Santino is one of the greatest comedy wrestlers in WWE history. Santino’s style is simple enough for him to wrestle without taking too many risks or worrying about receiving injuries as easily as the average competitor.

Most fans missed Santino coming out of retirement a few years ago for limited appearances on the independent circuit. Santino has wrestled internationally for companies like BCW, UCW, and WrestleZone. Impact Wrestling also employs him for broadcasting work on the Twitch channel. A tag team dream team of Santino and Colt Cabana will see them unite for a WrestlePro soon as 2019 will see more bookings for Santino.

5 Wade Barrett: Lucha Underground and World of Sport

Wade Barrett has been very selective with his schedule since leaving WWE. The decision to walk away from the company was mostly inspired by the desire to chase an acting career. Barrett has filmed a few movies and enjoys that new field, but he has started taking steps to return to wrestling.

World of Sport has employed Barrett as an authority figure booking the matches and taking part in storylines without wrestling. Lucha Underground also brought him as a huge reveal at the end of last season which means he’d be a top star if another season is filmed. Barrett has not wrestled a match after WWE, but it seems like a matter of time before he does.

4 Austin Aries: Independent circuit

Austin Aries left WWE in 2017 after spending his main roster run in the cruiserweight division. There were a few cool moments like his NXT debut and competing at WrestleMania against Neville, but the fit was a bad one otherwise. Aries was released and seemed content to return to his old stomping grounds.

Impact Wrestling was the main home of Aries in 2018 before his contract expired and he left in controversial fashion. Aries is now a free agent wrestling for smaller promotions. WSW, Warrior Wrestling, and the Hawaiian promotion Unify Championship Wrestling have been the main promotions of Aries since leaving Impact.

3 Jack Swagger: Lucha Underground

The departure of Jack Swagger from WWE featured a rare former World Champion hitting the free agent market. Swagger only had one world title reign and it was a huge flop, but this showed that WWE once believed he could mature into a top star for them.

Life after WWE has seen Swagger wrestling for various independent promotions. Lucha Underground became his main home while still wrestling for smaller companies as well. Swagger ended the past season as the Lucha Underground Champion. A passion for MMA will also see him make his debut for Bellator in 2019. Swagger has a full schedule outside of WWE.

2 Emma: Ring of Honor

WWE did nothing of note with Emma and seemed to give up on her once it became apparent that she could not deliver on the Emmalina gimmick they wanted. Emma would get released despite being one of the best in-ring performers on the roster during her time in NXT.

The independent circuit has been kind to Emma as she has wrestled under her real name of Tenile Dashwood. Ring of Honor is the main home for Dashwood these days as she is still appearing while recovering from a serious injury. Dashwood is part of the Lifeblood faction and will be the face of the women’s division there once she’s cleared to compete.

1 Neville: All Elite Wrestling and Dragon Gate

Neville became one of the hottest free agents on the market in 2018 when WWE released him. The unhappy nature of being stuck in the cruiserweight division with no chance to move up led to Neville requesting his release. WWE kept him home for months before letting him walk as his contract expired.

Neville has mostly wrestled for the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate for personal happiness and loyalty since they booked him before he was a star. A few smaller UK promotions have had him on the card as well. Neville, however, made the biggest decision for his future when becoming one of the first major signings for All Elite Wrestling. He is expected to be one of the faces of the new company moving forward.

2019-04-16 04:04:17

Joey Haverford

LEGO DC Super-Villains: SHAZAM! DLC Out Today

Warning! MILD SPOILERS ahead for Shazam!.

Zachary Levi is suiting up once again to promote the arrival of Shazam to LEGO DC Super-Villains. With David F. Sanberg’s Shazam! ruling it over the box office, now is the perfect time to add Billy Baston and few other familiar faces to the colorful video game.

As the long-awaited sequel to LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Warner Bros. Interactive once again heads back to the LEGO Batman universe, but has put a twist on the classic formula by having players control DC villains like Lex Luthor and Darkseid. Being able to play as everyone from Brainiac to Bizarro, General Zod to Gorilla Grodd, there was already plenty of villainous action to be had. Now, the game is cashing in on the hype surrounding Shazam!.

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The “SHAZAM! Movie Level Pack 1” launched on April 5 and puts that fun-filled LEGO spin on Sanberg’s movie. As Levi says in the trailer, “What’s cooler than saving the world as Shazam? Saving the world as LEGO Shazam.” Warner Bros. Interactive promises that “players will jump into the action and begin their journey as Billy Batson and Freddy Freeman to fight against the evil Dr. Sivana.” The first pack will see Baston transform into the heroic Shazam and use his abilities of flight and strength to hurl projectiles and electric beams at Sivana.

As Levi shows off some new gameplay footage in the trailer, the first level pack will recreate iconic Shazam! scenes like Shazam and Sivana’s mall fight and their final showdown at the carnival.  The Shazam! packs will join an Aquaman-themed DLC to celebrate James Wan’s undersea adventure and two more based on 1993 classic Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the animated Young Justice series. Billy’s best friend, Freddy Freeman, is also joining the fight and can take on the powers of Shazam. Elsewhere, players will be able to unlock four characters embodying the sins of Gluttony, Wrath, Pride, and Envy. These six new characters will expand LEGO DC Super-Villains‘ already impressive roster of 150 famous DC Comics’ faces.

If that wasn’t enough, the “SHAZAM! Movie Level Pack 2” is being released on April 23, promising a whole new level, more characters, and a few more surprises. The LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition adds six levels and four character packs and can be bought separately for $14.99. Anyone who just wants the Shazam! DLC will be able to download it on April 23 for $5.99.

Shazam is a great addition for LEGO DC Super-Villains, fitting in perfectly with the series’ humor and friendly-family vibe. Plus, along with other available DLCs, it shows that Warner Bros. is looking beyond their film slate when it comes to exposing fans to even their lesser known characters. Of course, after the positive reception Shazam! is receiving from audiences and critics, he won’t be a lesser-known DC hero for long.

More: LEGO DC Super-Villains Review: A Good Time Being Bad

2019-04-06 09:04:39

Tom Chapman

Minecraft Releases On Xbox Game Pass Today

After announcing it several weeks ago, Microsoft is finally adding Minecraft to its Xbox Game Pass service. As a juggernaut in gaming, Minecraft has more than proven itself within the industry, as it is currently sitting as the second best-selling video game ever released. It’s certainly a phenomenon that’s been able to capture the attention of gamers from all walks of life, and that momentum has yet to come to an end as updates are constantly rolled out for Minecraft.

One such update actually removed mentions of Minecraft‘s original creator, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, from the game. While that’s a weird situation for a number of reasons, one of the better updates on Minecraft has arrived via Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed when players can jump into Minecraft as part of the company’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. As it turns out, gamers will be given access pretty soon.

Related: Xbox Games With Gold For April 2019 Announced

How soon? Well, right now. In a cheeky video, Xbox pulled back the curtain on Minecraft‘s addition to Xbox Games Pass by having characters in the game flip a literal switch. The game will also feature cross-play with PC, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch players, allowing those that choose to download the title to play with their friends on other consoles. Of course, PlayStation is excluded from this list of cross-play compatible games, but Microsoft appears keen to change that in the future – or at least attempt to.

Xbox is building its services into a very fleshed out platform, with rumors circulating that Xbox Games Pass may even come to Nintendo Switch at some point in 2019. This seems to be backed by the imminent arrival of Cuphead on Nintendo Switch, which will receive an update to add an Xbox Live login option at a later date. Further rumors regarding this newfound partnership even point to Minecraft‘s Steve being a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

These are all just vague reports that have yet to bear any fruit, but it’s fun speculation to get caught up in. At the end of the day, Minecraft joining Xbox Games Pass is a great move towards making the title more accessible, which then only drives consumer engagement and builds the community surrounding the game. With a new Minecraft spin-off—titled Minecraft: Dungeonson the way, it’s never been a better time to build excitement for the series.

More: Minecraft Film Moving Forward With Writer-Director Peter Sollett

Source: Xbox

2019-04-04 09:04:24

Riley Little

What Time Does The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Release Today?

UPDATE: A trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was shown at CCXP, but is not expected to release online today. However, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse releasing next week, Sony will likely release a trailer online within the next few days.

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The first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer comes out tomorrow, but what time will it release online? Easily one of the most popular comic book characters in history is Spider-Man, whose presence in pop culture and on the big screen hasn’t waned, despite being around for many, many years. And all that only got bigger when Spider-Man eventually joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, with Tom Holland portraying Peter Parker in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War.

Even though Holland made his debut just two years ago, he’s going to be appearing in his fifth MCU movie in 2019 (five movies in four years) – in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, after first appearing in Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. But the Homecoming sequel is perhaps his most important appearance, seeing as it’s the first MCU film to release after the concluding Avengers chapter – and the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer will shine some light on what to expect.

Related: Every Confirmed & Rumored Movie Trailer Coming This Month

Sony Pictures is showing off the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer during their CCXP panel on Saturday, which is also expected to release online around the same time. Sony Pictures’ CCXP panel starts at 5 pm Brazil time and lasts for two hours, people should expect to see the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer release online sometime between 11 am PST/2 pm EST/7 pm GMT and 1 pm PST/4 pm EST/9 pm GMT. While the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer may release earlier in the day, it seems unlikely that Sony will show off the trailer before their panel begins.

Two hours is a big gap, especially since Sony could debut the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer either at the beginning or the end of their CCXP panel, which is something many studios have done at other comic conventions. And while the trailer is only coming one day after Marvel released their first Avengers: Endgame trailer, there’s still quite a bit of interest in Spider-Man: Far From Home from general audiences. It’s not only the first movie in Marvel’s Phase 4, but is also a follow-up to one of 2017’s highest-grossing superhero movies, Homecoming.

In addition to bringing back Holland as Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home sees the return of Watts as director, with several of Peter Parker’s friends also making the cut. Furthermore, the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer should reveal the first real look at Jake Gyllenhaal as the villain Mysterio, who finally confirmed his involvement in the movie only a few days ago.

More: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Every Update You Need To Know

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2018-12-08 06:12:00

25 Sitcom Storylines That Wouldn’t Fly Today

News Flash – the world is always changing. People’s devotion to colors change, their tastes in popular music and movies change. Certainly, taste in what is acceptable on television changes with just about every new season and new show. With the growth of social media, all of these changes seem to happen far more frequently. It probably hasn’t, we’re just more knowledgeable of these changes from day to day. There have been plenty of TV shows through the ages that once seemed tame, but the concept today would envelope pushing to downright deplorable. The Honeymooners is still heralded by plenty of fans, and that show threatened spousal abuse every episode.

But sometimes what’s acceptable changes in the blink of an episode. TV often tries to push boundaries. More often than not to great success. When fans and critics alike praise a radical episode, the landscape of what can work on TV shifts. These episodes and storylines often move the cultural zeitgeist further for its time. Sometimes though, an episode of a TV show is a little too rough around the edges for the masses to accept, that can happen too.

Even still, what’s acceptable for pop culture across the world can change and then time takes hold and changes, it effectively retroactively makes the episode no longer influential, but cringeworthy. The shows on this list all have had at least one episode or more that might have been controversial for its time but is way too outlandish to air nowadays.

Here are 25 Sitcom Storylines That Wouldn’t Fly Today.

25 Married…With Children – S02E13: “You Better Watch Out”

Already a season in and Married…With Children had established itself as a far cry from the sitcoms of the time. So when the raunchiest sitcom on TV puts a disclaimer before their first ever Christmas episode, you better heed the warning. As the Bundys get ready to celebrate the holidays, Al is lamenting the bigger better mall that opened up near his mall.

To ring in the holidays, the new mall had Santa parachute in to give out presents. Thanks to a mishap, Jolly St. Nick crashed and died in the Bundys yard, forcing Al to save Christmas as only he could.

24 Seinfeld – S04E11: “The Contest”

For a show that was supposedly about nothing, Seinfeld broke all kinds of new ground. This was a show that had laughs about shrinkage, male girdles, and the soup lines in New York. Nothing was off topic or off the table.

There’s no chance you could pull off an episode like “The Contest” today. We’ve grown increasingly more and more PC. So even with all of the different euphemisms that the group used for being the Master Of Their Domains, it wouldn’t be enough and initial premise would’ve never gotten out of the writer’s room.

23 Family Guy – S03E22: “When You Wish Upon A Weinstein”

Right out of the pipeline, Family Guy was not going to be Fox’s replacement for The Simpsons. Creator Seth MacFarlane’s crass comedy about the Griffins made Matt Groening look like Shakespeare.

The show was unceremoniously canceled several times during its early days, thanks to how far they were willing to push boundaries. One such episode was (at the time) only released as part of a DVD set. Peter basically takes a Jewish Man to try and help Chris with his math. All before thinking if Chris becomes Jewish, he’ll be smart.

22 The Simpsons – S13E15: “Blame It On Lisa”

Every so often when The Simpsons happen to offend someone, it was usually in an “oh no, you didn’t” sort of way. However, thirteen years into the show’s run, they found a way to upset the entire nation of Brazil.

In “Blame It On Lisa,” the family and Lisa head to the country to try and find her pen pal, they find all kinds of stereotypes that offended the Brazilian travel board enough to want to sue Fox, log before the army of rats showed up during the episode.

21 South Park – S05E04: “Scott Tenorman Must Die”

This episode is seldom mentioned on lists like this. Probably because of how much more outlandish the show got through the years. However, there’s a whole lot in this episode that you could never get away with today (unless you’re South Park).

Fifth-grader Scott Tenorman pulls a prank on Cartman that has him eat a part of his nether regions. Clearly, the punk had no idea who he was messing with and was met with Hannibal Lecter-like repercussions for his crimes.

20 How I Met Your Mother – S09E14: “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slapmarra”

Besides the entire last season of How I Met Your Mother being a complete letdown, they also decided to offend several groups throughout the remaining episodes. The elderly might not have been too offended by being parodied as zombies, but an entire episode involving the final slap is the big offense here.

It was only a few years ago that this episode aired, and it incited some to create the Hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism. The ep was supposed to be in the vein of old Kung-Fu movies, and it was. However, someone forgot to tell the writers that it’s kind of wrong to put American actors in Asian roles.

19 Saved By The Bell – S03E13: “Running Zack”

When child sociopath Zack Morris was met with the task of having to make a presentation about his ancestors, he did what any irresponsible teenager would do. He shirked off his homework until the last possible second and then crafted an awful story about he hailed from a great tribe of Native Americans.

Zack pulled stuff like this all of time, but this bigotry towards what wound up being his own culture was a new low for him. Like the Funny Or Die series says, Zack Morris Is Trash.

18 Two And A Half Men – S12E15 & 16: “Of Course, He’s Dead”

Obviously, some of the shows on this list are always offensive and have always been known for being offensive. So, when they cross a line, that line is generally barbed wire. The entire concept of Two And A Half Men was offensive – putting a really young kid (at the time) in a house with complete hedonist that would make Caligula jealous.

In the show’s finale, it is finally revealed that the crazy stalker Rose had not only faked her quarry, Charlie’s passing, but she’s actually had him locked up for four years. That might sound like a Law And Order episode, but it was always par for the course for this series.

17 Family Matters – S08E07: “Stevil”

As if creating a suave version of himself to get with Laura wasn’t bad enough! Family Matters Halloween show one year had the neighbor boy try his hand at ventriloquism. Then the dummy got hit by lightning and Stevil was born.

The dummy doesn’t just eliminate every one of the Winslows, he does so in a fashion that would make some horror movies look like sitcoms. While it was just a Halloween show, nowadays unless its Treehouse Of Horror, Halloween episodes are more treats than tricks.

16 Diff’rent Strokes – S05E16 & 17: “The Bicycle Man, Parts 1 & 2”

During the eighties, a lot of sitcoms would have “A Very Special Episode.” These episodes would go right for the jugular and try to address a real-world problem. Sometimes with the show’s sense of humor intact, other times the veneer was completely dropped in favor of the story.

One of the most famous instances of this was on Diff’rent Strokes. Mr. Horton, the owner of a bike shop lures Arnold and his friend Dudley in more and more with ice cream and girlie-mags. He asks Arnold to keep these meetings a secret. It’s all downright creepy because it should be, and it never should have been fair for a 22-minute happy go lucky sitcom. No matter how serious an issue the show wanted to tackle.

15 The Mindy Project – S03E04: “I Slipped”

Relationships have long been fodder for sitcom fuel. But The Mindy Project’s third season episode, “I Slipped” broke new ground (no pun intended). Trying new things has always been a topic of conversation for couples. So, when Danny decided to be adventurous and go for the gusto, so to speak, Mindy doesn’t buy his excuse “I slipped” and decides to investigate.

For over fifty years, sitcom relationships have never really delved into depictions of what positions the deed can be done in. Thanks to this episode and the current climate, it might be another fifty years before it happens again.

14 Tiny Toon Adventures – S02E03: “Elephant Issues, One Beer”

Out of all of the shows on this list, Tiny Toon Adventures is probably the most innocent. It’s just younger versions of our favorite Looney Tunes characters on their own madcap antics. For some reason, the writers decided to try and teach little kids about the dangers of driving under the influence.

In “One Beer,” Buster, Hampton, and Plucky get lit, drive off a cliff, and pass away. You read that right. The ep was banned in the US, because cartoons passing away due to this was a little too harsh for afternoon cartoons.

13 Ren And Stimpy – “Man’s Best Friend”

As one of the original Nicktoons, The Ren And Stimpy Show was inspired lunacy for adults, while disguised as a kids show. But it was so popular that Nick let well enough alone and let creator,  John Kricfalusi have his fun.

Until an unaired episode from the second season forced Nickelodeon to not only reign in the show, but its creator as well. “Man’s Best Friend” would have had Ren beat the heck out of George Liquor with an oar. It led to John K. being fired and was not aired until the show returned on Spike in 2002, but it’s still pretty disturbing even for a cartoon.

12 The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer – S01E05: “Pilot”

Similar to the knuckleheads who tried to put Heil Hitler, I’m Home on the air in the UK, several morons thought it would be a good idea to try and make another dark chapter of history into a light-hearted insensitive sitcom.

The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer actually lasted four episodes before the plug was pulled in favor of good taste. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, the writers realized they could make a show like this, they never debated if they should.

11 You Can’t Do That On Television – S08E02: “Adoption”

“Kids can be cruel” is an old saying. Because they learn everything from their elders and have no filter as to what is completely wrong to say. But the writers behind kid’s sketch show, You Can’t Do That On Television should have known better when they wrote an episode about Adoption.

The thought of making fun of kids for being adopted is completely deplorable. Toss in jokes about abuse and neglect make this another bad mark for a Nickelodeon series. With all of the pain and anguish families go through just to be able to adopt a child, there is no way this episode would air today. The friggin’ thing actually aired twice before being pulled.

10 Too Close For Comfort – S05E10: “For Every Man, There’s Two Women”

There is an episode of Law And Order: SVU where a man claims that he was taken advantage of by two women. Somehow, it was a sitcom’s “Very Special Episode” that beat them to the topic nearly 20 years earlier. On the eighties series, Too Close For Comfort’s episode, “For Every Man, There’s Two Women,” Monroe states not only was he taken, but he was taken by two women. They demanded that he cooperate, and he had to cooperate all night.

The entire frightening ordeal is played up for laughs by the other characters, and even Monroe from time to time. But to watch this episode today would be a rough 22 minutes to get through and laugh about it.

9 Married…With Children – S03E10: “I’ll See You In Court”

Banned episodes are all over the TV landscape. An episode can be banned for a variety of reasons, but when there’s an episode banned of a series that just about every episode is worthy of banning, then you know you’re in for some insidious and nefarious subject matter. Submitted for your approval, “I’ll See You In Court,” the banned episode of Married…With Children.

In what seems like the makings of a police procedural, Al and Peg head to a hotel for some husband and wife relations. They decide to watch a movie to get them in the mood, and are shocked when they realize it’s the neighbors, Steve and Marcy. Once all four realize the hotel is taping them, they decide to sue.

8 All In The Family – S08E03: “Edith’s 50th Birthday”

You could never even have a show like All In The Family today. Archie Bunker is a relic from another time – the lovable bigot with a heart of gold. Most episodes involved all kinds of crass comments from Archie that are challenged by his “Meathead” son-in-law. But perhaps a family’s worst nightmare happened when the Bunkers celebrated Edith’s 50th Birthday.

While the family is prepping for her surprise birthday, she is taken and hurt. The second half of the episode has Edith and the entire family going through all of the motions that you might find a family go through on SVU.

7 Beavis And Butt-head – S03E01: “Comedians”

As if smashing frogs with a bat for fun wasn’t bad enough Beavis And Butt-head pushed moronic mayhem to new heights in the first episode of the third season. The idiots decided to try their hand at stand-up comedy. They inadvertently burn the place down. Literally one month later, a 5-year-old kid burned down the family trailer, eliminating his little sister in the process.

Gallows humor is great and all, but when it supposedly inspires real-life incidents, perhaps it’s time to quit while you’re ahead.

6 Curb Your Enthusiasm – S08E03: “Palestinian Chicken”

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm whole point was to see how offensive the character of Larry David could be while the entire audience was in on the joke. Fans all knew the show was in good-nature, if not occasionally mean-spirited fun (much like David’s previous Seinfeld). The episode in question that ventures a little too far, even by HBO standards is “Palestinian Chicken.”

Larry begins the ep by not believing his friend, Marty when he decided to rededicate himself to Judaism. Things get a little more racially charged when Larry muses how it’d be easy for a Jewish man to be unfaithful to his wife in a Palestinian restaurant, which is what exactly what he does. He gets down with a Palestinian woman while the two hurl racial epithets at each other.

5 That 70’s Show – S06E05: “I’m Free”

In today’s current political climate, you would never see a character like That 70’s Show’s Fez, much less the show’s patriarch, Red. The end of the show’s fifth season had Fez (which is short for Foreign Exchange Student) marry Red’s baby girl, Lori in order to stay in the country. Red had a heart attack at the news.

What would now be a very controversial topic continued a few shows into the next season. An INS agent comes to town to check on the validity of their marriage. All the while Red keeps taunting Fez the whole time that he’s going to spill the beans.

4 Friends – S07E04: “The One With Rachel’s Assistant”

A man picking his jaw up off the floor at the sight of a beautiful woman or a woman sheepishly fawning over a man. Both situations have long been rife for quick laughs on sitcoms, but when it’s a person in a position of power leering at their subordinate, that could be misconstrued several ways from Sunday.

Rachel Greene was certainly not above falling head over heels for men on Friends. However, in “The One With Rachel’s Assistant,” she hires a dude to be her assistant, just because he’s cute. Then she gets annoyed when he takes a shine to Phoebe instead.

3 Married…With Children – S03E06: “Her Cups Runneth Over”

Women all over the world probably can understand Peg Bundy’s plight when her favorite brand of bras is discontinued. Steve explains to Al that there is a specialty shop that might have her support system and off the duo go on Married’s raunchiest (and one of its funniest) episodes ever.

Some of the jokes might not play so well these days, but two men trying to find the perfect bra for one of their wives, it’s not at all PC anymore (and it wasn’t then; a protest started because of this ep). Like some of the other entries on this list, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t pretty funny.

2 Seinfeld – S04E19: “The Implant”

“You double-dipped the chip,” sure as the driven snow wasn’t the only memorable line in this episode of Seinfeld. Guest-starring the vivacious Teri Hatcher as Jerry’s girlfriend, Sidra, “The Implant” dove into territory never before seen on TV. Like the old commercial says “is it real, or Memorex?”

There would be about 973 protests about this episode and its depiction of women. Much less the scenes where Elaine and Sidra are in a schvitz together. Take the main storyline, George’s attempt to get discount airline tickets for a funeral, and Kramer swearing he saw controversial author Salmon Rushdie; and you have the makings of a huge hashtag #CancelSeinfeld campaign should this ep be released today.

1 South Park – S14E05 & 06: “200/201”

Comedy Central censored images of the prophet during the South Park episode, “Cartoon Wars.” Several years later, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were at it again, this time celebrating their 200 and 201st episodes.

The ep featured everyone the show has ever ripped into come back for revenge. As for the subject matter of the show, these two were fairly tame. However, because of the imagery of Mohammed and the threats of radical groups, they stand as the only two eps to never be repeated on Comedy Central.

Do you know of any other sitcom storylines that wouldn’t fly today? Let us know in the comments!

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