Michael Cavacini

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Xbox Acquires Activision Blizzard

I recently bought an Xbox Series X because of how amazing it is and how incredible Xbox Game Pass is as a revolutionary gaming service. Well, I made a wise investment because today Xbox announced that it’s acquiring Activision Blizzard, bringing countless legendary franchises to the Xbox ecosystem and platform. Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot, and Spyro are just a few of the iconic series that are part of this acquisition. For Xbox gamers, this is spectacular news! Read on for the full announcement from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.

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Book Update: Rohit Raju

Rohit Raju is one of the most charismatic and talented wrestlers to ever spend time in IMPACT Wrestling, so it was a pleasure interviewing him for my book.

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Audiobook Review: The Sparks by Kyle Prue

The Sparks by Kyle Prue is a fascinating first entry in a trilogy that shows a great deal of promise. Read on for my thoughts on this novel, and whether or not you should dive into this world of feuding and fantasy.

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Book Update: Chris Bey & Rob Feinstein

This week I interviewed former X Division Champion Chris Bey and Ring of Honor founder Rob Feinstein for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Both were excellent discussions that covered a wide range of topics.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Leyla Hirsch

Leyla Hirsch was born in Russia and moved to the United States with her twin sister after they were adopted at 8 years old. In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Leyla talks about coming to a new country, learning to speak English, what she misses most about Russia, and how she discovered pro wrestling. She speaks to all the things that hooked her into wrestling, convincing her mom to let her try, and giving up her college scholarship to pursue professional wrestling. Leyla remembers her first day training, her first match, wrestling in Germany and Japan, and how all of that led to signing with AEW! Plus, you’ll hear her thoughts on her matches with Hikaru Shida and Serena Deeb, why Eddie Kingston and Bryan Danielson are two of her favorite wrestlers today, and how her amateur career has influenced her in-ring style. Check out the full interview below.

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Unboxing & Review: Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller & Headset

I haven’t owned an Xbox console since the Xbox 360, but tomorrow I pick up the Xbox Series X! Today, I received the 20th Anniversary Xbox controller and headset. Below are unboxing and review videos for both.

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Book Update: Dan Severn

When NWA-TNA was formed in 2002, Dan “The Beast” Severn was the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion. He was stripped of his title, which was then won by Ken Shamrock, whom I also interviewed, at the first ever NWA-TNA pay-per-view. What are Dan’s thoughts on this and why wasn’t he part of NWA-TNA? You’ll find out in my book because I had the pleasure of speaking with Dan about this. He shared with me his candid thoughts on the situation, Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, and more.

Power On: The Story of Xbox

Last night, I finished watching Power On: The Story of Xbox, a six-part documentary on the 20-year history of one of the most popular and influential brands in gaming. Is this docuseries worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Alex Abrahantes

Alex Abrahantes is part of the AEW Spanish broadcast team and the manager of the former AEW World Tag Team Champs, Lucha Brothers! On the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Alex speaks to his AEW journey, his evolution as manager of the Lucha Brothers, the charisma of Rey Fenix and Penta, and the importance of creating excitement before their matches. He also shares the origins of “Penta Says,” Penta’s match against Cody Rhodes which resulted in Penta’s first-ever promo for AEW DYNAMITE, and Alex’s superhero-style pose in their entrance. Alex tells stories about his introduction to wrestling, training in Calgary with the Harts, his first-ever match, and his transition to broadcasting. Plus, Alex reveals the book that changed his life, what inspired him to start his YouTube show, “All Elite Soup,” and how he started toy hunting with All Ego Ethan Page. Check out the full episode below.

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Review: Pretty Woman The Musical

Credit: Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

Now through January 16, Pretty Woman: The Musical is playing at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Last night I attended the show, after having recently watched the movie for the first time ever and loving it! Did the musical also blow me away? Read on for my thoughts.

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