Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
Titus on TNT
April 13, 2014
It's been too long. There's plenty I can't talk about, and I have a mammoth Las Vegas/Seattle column still in the works, but for now some assorted thoughts:
The lease is up at my apartment next month and I don't plan to renew. I had a deal agreed to via text with the now-former owner saying I would be allowed to go month-to-month for June and July, only for the new owners to refuse to honor that deal and instead offer me a chance to renew through December -- for $50 more a month. That's not going to happen.
I won't bury the new ownership now, but once I'm moved out and my deposit is returned I'll have some choice things to share. Living where I do has had its pros and cons and deserves a stand-alone column, but patience is a virtue.
I really enjoyed WrestleMania 30 last Sunday. This was the big test for the WWE Network and the stream held up. I would never have paid the $60 (or however much) for the HD pay-per-view on cable, but as part of the $10/month price for the online network it was great. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H was a fantastic match, Brock Lesnar ending "the streak" of The Undertaker was completely shocking in a way the pro wrestling business hasn't been in years, and the company finally did right by its fans by having Bryan win the WWE World Heavyweight Title in the main event.
Unfortunately for WWE its stock took a major hit this past week when its network subscription numbers failed to reach anticipated levels, but the stock was at a super-inflated price in my estimation and there was a reason it had been short-sold in such a large volume. Note: for the record, I've never owned any WWF/WWE stock.
The death of the Ultimate Warrior this past Tuesday was another sad story of a former pro wrestler dying before his time, but the timing was crazy. He did the WWE Hall of Fame induction the night before WrestleMania, appeared at the big show with them playing his music, and then cut a promo on Monday Night Raw with several death references that was very eerie to hear after the fact.
Because of what I do with Draft King, I've had a few people ask me if I've seen the movie Draft Day. The short answer is: no. I'll probably rent it from Redbox when it hits DVD, but based on reviews and how many other movies I want to see that are ahead of it in the pecking order, it's just not going to happen.
I recently bought The Matrix on Blu-ray. I owned it at one time on DVD and I either lost it in the 2012 split/move or sold it, but I found the Blu-ray of it for less than $10 online and sprung for it. The film came out 15 years ago but the special effects still hold up really well. I've never seen the two sequels and, based of everything I've heard, I don't plan to ever do so.
My most recent movie rental was American Hustle, which I really enjoyed. Solid film. There are a few more that came out recently which I intend to rent, but it's not as if I'm hurting for entertainment options with my limited free time.
And, just like that on this Sunday night, it's time for me to get ready for the start of a new work week. Happy birthday tomorrow to my bro Matt. And, speaking of Matt, if you missed his bulldog Titus on the episode of Private Lives of Nashville Wives on TNT which debuted this past Monday night, he's in episode 7 of season one which is online here. It was shot on July 28, 2013 at the annual Glitter and Glam fundraiser event for Agape Animal Rescue, though I only found out about it after the show aired. But it was really fun to hear them put over how cool Titus is.
Titus made his national TV debut on April 7, 2014 on TNT's Private Lives of Nashville Wives.