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Behind The Magician's Curtain - Dan America takes you behind the ring apron

I Know Dalton Castle... yes, that Dalton Castle....
While I was attending The New School of Radio and Television in Albany, NY. I learned about Dalton Castle because he was a local DJ. Dalton was appearing in a lot local indie shows at the time and I was volunteering to be apart of NSRT’s live talk show that broadcasted to the city of Albany, so we had Dalton as a guest on the show. 
Dalton is a great guy, who’s funny switch is constantly on, like his gimmick is not his gimmick at all but who he actually is, which made him an awesome guest on the show.
Unfortunately, fate would have it that I completely embarrassed myself on live TV, thankfully only the people of Albany could see it and our audience was not that big. During the interview I asked Dalton if Zang He from Dynasty Warriors was an influence on his character because of his Peacock persona and he had no idea what I was talking about. 
I started doing Stand Up Comedy toward the end the Radio course at NSRT and found out that Dalto…

Squared Circle Magic with Rico : Surviving War Games - A Survivor Series & NXT Takeover Recap

I have a questions to ask everyone. When is a NXT Takeover not great? Ok.... I'll wait... Times up... The answer is never! The event started with a semi squash between Lars Sullivan and Kassius Ohno. Lars looked like a beast, even though Ohno got some moves off, but you could tell he didn't stand a chance. Ohno was so awesome when he was in NXT before, I don't know what happened to him, but I sure hope there's brighter days. 
Next up was a match featuring Aleister Black and the Velveteen Dream. Honestly, I didn't know what to think of this match before it started. Dream played so many mind games the past few weeks, and the fact that Black would never acknowledge him made it hard to gauge what would happen. Though let me say, I was not disappointed and neither was the crowd. These two put on an excellent show and had me standing up cheering in my living room (until my fiance kindly asked me to quiet down). It was still hard to keep quiet when the entire arena was cha…

The Magic Moving Game Box - The Top 10 List by Matthew

There have been many great games throughout video game history, as well as many truly awful games. Today I am going to give you a list of my top ten favorite games of all time. Some you will probably agree with instantly and others you may question what I’m thinking. These games will not be limited to one genre or gaming system. 10. Super Mario Bros 3 NES This game in my opinion is probably the best game period for the NES. This game introduced the save system to the Mario games and included many new items for Mario to accessorize with. Who here did not absolutely love the Tanooki Suit. This game is also notable for introducing the Koopa Kids into the Mario games. 9. Wolfenstein PC The games look doesn’t hold up today with its pixelated graphics but this was the first FPS game I ever played. And come on, what kid does not want to shoot themselves some Nazis. 8. Star Wars Rogue Squadron N64 This game let you live the Star Wars Universe’s space battles. Featuring battles from the movies and a…

Behind The Magician's Curtain - Dan America takes you behind the ring apron

I have had the privilege of meeting a handful of WWE Superstars, not at “Meet & Greets” but through chance meetings or it’s work related but for some reason I always have bad luck.  Here's a few more of my run ins...
A Dirty Look from Al Snow at Denny’s.
On December 28th 1998 Raw is War was once again held at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY. I was not able to attend the show but I watched it on TV at a friends house and was quite jealous of all the people I knew that went to the show, to make me feel better my friend Mike decided to treat me to Denny’s. We had been there for a while when something strange happened, two of the younger customers began wiping off the table across from me, they had big smiles on their faces and were acting quite giddy to be working for free. Then I looked toward the waiting area to see none other then Al Snow and the Blue Meanie walking toward the booth, they were being mobbed by fans before they could sit down.

After signing a few dozen autographs Al …

Squared Circle Magic - Big Matches & Big Surprises

Ok... So, where do I start? That's all I could think about when trying to write this blog. It's my first time writing one, so I didn't want this to end up like many of the firsts in my life. When the opportunity presented itself I thought  "this is going to be easy, I've been watching wrestling almost my whole life, I got this", then it hit me, I might have the topic, but how do I write about wrestling? What do I say? How long should this be a couple of paragraphs or a few pages? And where do I start? So I decided to talk about a few of the big things that have happened from the Smackdown exclusive Hell in the Cell PPV.
The Uso's vs The New Day's Hell in a Cell match was one of the best tag team matches I've seen this year. I'm normally not a big fan of the Big E and Xavier Woods combo, but this time it worked out. I know that these teams have faced off against each other a few times over the past couple of months, but the good thing about thei…

Behind The Magician's Curtain - Dan America takes you behind the ring apron

I have had the privilege of meeting a handful of WWE Superstars, not at “Meet & Greets” but through chance meetings or it’s work related but for some reason I always have bad luck. The two times that I thought that the meeting went well, something bad happened.
Spoiler, Accidentally on Purpose.
I have been a Pro Wrestling fan for as long as I can remember, I am not sure why but lately I have convinced myself that it’s because I was a fat kid. I can’t explain why chubby kids love Pro Wrestling, I think it’s because it helps their self esteem, especially during the Golden Era of the WWE when overweight men were glorified.
In 1992, when I was 11 years old the WWE Royal Rumble was held at the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, NY which is a twenty minute drive from my home town. My mother could not afford tickets to the event for me but that did not stop her from making sure I caught a glimpse of my heroes, so she drove me down to the Arena so I could look through the glass doors and windows…

The Magic Moving Game Box - Battlechasers Nightwar & WWE2K18

So for our first blog I'm going to review two very different games this time. One is a turn based role playing game based on a long forgotten comic property and the other is the newest yearly  installment of men in tights fighting over belts.
First up is Battlechasers Nightwar. This game is based on the comic from Joe Madureira. This is an all new story so you do not to have to have read the comic to enjoy this game. The combat is turn based and offers each a wide variety of moves and abilities for all of the five characters that you can play as. The one downside to the game is the grind of having to level up your characters with battling repeative enemies before starting the next dungeon. Overall I give the game a seven out of ten.
Next up is WWE2K18. The game boasts the largest roster ever of any Wwe game. In fact the roster is so large it is almost overwhelming. The roster is a nice mix of current WWE and NXT superstars and WWE legends. The game has had a nice upgrade to the grap…