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:
I had been complaining about not owning the classic 1989 comedy Troop Beverly Hills for years now because I just wanted that piece of my childhood back. It was on sale once for $7.00 and for some reason I didn’t just buy it then and instead of shelling out the extra $10.00 which it eventually increased to I resorted to TV Guide to find out when I could catch it on the MoviePlex channel. Has anyone else heard of this? It is truly an enigma of a channel that airs movies ranging from Wyatt Erp’s Revenge to Teaching Mrs. Tingle and A Night at the Roxbury. It brings me to a somewhat uncomfortable place of nostalgia because a lot of those movies were released at an age that I thought I felt closer to than what I actually am. I guess it just means I’m young at heart. A lot of time has been spent watching that and other movies from my adolescence.
I also started to watch a lot of over-the-air channels specifically this one called IZ Vids which airs music videos and live performances from the 60’s-80’s. I love a good Time Life infomercial so with IZ Vids I can actually watch the whole version of Heart of Glass sans scrolling text and before it gets cut off by Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy. Aside from watching cheesy music videos and 70’s sitcoms on some of these sub-channels, new ones have popped up recently that have nearly satisfied my nostalgia cravings. Thanks to the LAFF channel I can watch The Drew Carey Show, Roseanne and Grace Under Fire every night. I’m not ashamed to admit they still hold up and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way especially since Roseanne is coming back to prime time.
Okada vs Ospreay
I wrote about Will Ospreay for TWI a couple of weeks back without the knowledge that he would be fighting his mentor and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. Okada is possibly the greatest champion the the promotion has ever seen. His most recent championship reign has lasted over 600 days and his next defense will tie the most of all time at 11.
The two otherworldly athletes have only met one other time in October of 2015. Okada, the victor, was so impressed with the Aerial Assassin that he recommended him to NJPW officials and invited him into his stable Chaos. For two years Ospreay has been under the tutelage of the “Rainmaker,” who considers the 24 year old a younger brother and the “most talented wrestler in the world.” Now he was being challenge to become his own man and step out of Okada’s shadow
Around 4:30 am P.S.T on March 6th we had a bout of master vs budding apprentice and it was one for the ages. They displayed a variety of mat work that Okada dominated most of it. To match his opponents ariel attacks he displayed a nimbleness that a 6’3” 236 lb man should not be capable of while making it look effortless. It seemed as if he were teaching a lesson rather than fighting. Intermittently Ospreay would create enough separation to launch his trademark fast paced, high flying maneuvers but would ultimately run into a brick wall of a larger and more savvy fighter. As the match wore on Ospreay’s abilities seemed to catch Okada off guard despite his reverence for his opponent. When Ospreay’s near falls started to become too close for comfort Okada seemed to decide enough was enough and closed out the match with his usual spinning tombstone piledriver and Rainmaker combo. It was a fantastic display of storytelling. It was if we were actually able to watch the fight at the end of Rocky 3. They played out their parts as if they were the only two in the room and not in front of a crowd of five thousand. It was a fairly simple match between two warriors with tremendous respect each other but it might be one of the most impactful that I have ever seen.