Every week (just about) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Speculation
It's the big game this weekend and while the result of the game might not be in question(The New England White Hands of Saruman are gonna win it) I don't think the Half Time performance is a sure thing.
Ever since the NFL decided to stop having old dudes show up every year for the Half Time show they've been pretty good. They peaked in '04 when Bruno Mars absolute tore it up immediately cementing himself as the premiere pop male live entertainer of this era. Second place has to go to Beyonce who in 2013 again did very well, especially the Destiny's Child cameo and that 'Crazy in Love' strut. It's worth nothing that Justin Timberlake has been on this stage before though, both as part of N'Sync in 2001 and three years later in 2004 when he exposed Janet Jackson's nipple. So dude's got some history.
To me the big questions is, which Justin Timberlake will show up? I don't think Sexy Back Justin can carry a whole halftime show, especially since Timbaland hasn't been seen in public in years. Tennessee Kids JT MIGHT have a better shot, but I don't think he has the immediate sizzle necessary to get hot quick enough for a Halftime show. I DEFINITELY don't think Beanie Justin can get it done, his latest song with Chris Stapleton is more proof of that. Instead what I think and HOPE he does is kind of a combination of Sexy Back Justin and pre-Beanie-but-still-sing-with-Chris-Stapleton Justin. I guess what I'm trying to say is I hope he brings on Chris Stapleton to recreate this moment.
The most interesting thing about this game will be the Half-Time performance, of that I have no doubt and I sincerely hope Justin Timberlake has a good performance because that's the only part of the game I've been thinking about all week.
Andrade Cien Almas vs Johnny Gargano
WWE’s lesser known brand has consistently been the best part of the company for a while now and last Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Philadelphia was no exception. Each match was marvelous and with the exception of Kassius Ohno’s sloppiness the night got better as the undercard played out. The penultimate match was a brutal extreme rules match in which two of the most acclaimed talents in the company broke tables, chairs and each other in such a compelling way that I thought they would not be topped on a weekend that included one of the company’s biggest PPV events. I was disproven around 32 minutes later after witnessing the sensational match that has the wrestling world abuzz. Notable commentator Dave Meltzer rated it a 5 star match, one of the highest levels of achievement within the sport, the first in 7 years for WWE and first ever for the subdivision “developmental” roster. Divisive and arbitrary ratings aside all you need to do is watch the match and the corresponding promo leading up to it to tell that something very special happened on January 27th in the Wells Fargo Center. The build up to this match has been fraught with tension and storytelling not often reached in the WWE. This was the third and likely final match in rivalry between the two and it was the conclusion that left everyone satisfied and overwhelmed.
I wont get into the goosebumps I got watching Almas’ entrance, a tribute to his luchador past, accompanied by mariachis and adorning the colors of his homeland of Mexico or the nuances of the match here because it speaks for itself. Even if you have never watched pro wrestling or have been absent for years this match will seize your attention and captivate you throughout. There was something for everyone to enjoy and in this one match NXT set up months of storylines to follow for their top talent and were also able to include heralded new signee, Gargano’s real life wife, Candice LaRae. In ring talentwise, Professional Wrestling has never been at a higher level and in the face of doubts from many fans if they can hang WWE showed us why they’re still more than capable of being the pinnacle of the sport