Michael Cavacini

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Revisiting Saw

I bought a ticket to see the movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw on opening night this Thursday. I’m a longtime fan of the Saw series, which is one of the highest grossing horror movie franchises of all time, bringing in more than a half-a-billion dollars across eight films, starting with the original 2004 classic. The new movie, Spiral, is not a direct sequel to the previous eight movies. Rather, it’s a spinoff — a standalone movie that lives in the Saw universe that blazes a new trail all its own. Of course, if it’s successful, Spiral could launch its own series of films, extending the Saw legend even further. On Twitter, the official Saw account is doing a movie marathon and live tweeting about it over the next few days. I’m doing a marathon of my own, re-watching all of the Saw movies. Today, I watched the original Saw. Let’s dive in and take a look at what made this movie so special.

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IMPACT Wrestling Tonight!

It’s IMPACT Wrestling night! You can tune in at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV, Fight Network (Canada), and Twitch. It’s a massive evening of hard-hitting action, including the debut of New Japan’s El Phantasmo. Of course, without the people behind the scenes putting in all their hard work, we wouldn’t have the IMPACT shows, PPVs, and specials that we love. With this in mind, I interviewed IMPACT Wrestling Floor Director Ingrid Isley for my books about the history of IMPACT Wrestling, and, among other topics, she shared her thoughts about why she loves working for the company.

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Audible Review: Yes by Daniel Bryan

This week it was announced that Daniel Bryan — real name, Bryan Danielson — is a free agent who is no longer with WWE, after letting his contract with the company expire. I was in attendance at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, which is inarguably the pinnacle of his amazing career. Now that Bryan is no longer with WWE, I figured now was as good a time as any to review the audiobook version of his autobiography, Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania.

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Audible Review: Super Mario

I grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so I have a soft spot for Nintendo. I’m still a big-time gamer and play my Nintendo Switch on a regular basis. I even run Nintendo Philly Meetup, a local group of gamers in Philadelphia who meet up (right now, virtually) to play Nintendo Switch together. So, I was interested in checking out the audiobook Super Mario by Jeff Ryan.

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Book Update: Kevin Nash!

On December 13, 2019 I reached out to Kevin Nash for the first time about interviewing him for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Yesterday, just a few hours after watching Nash’s “WWE Untold: Two Dudes With Attitudes” documentary on Peacock, he called me. We wound up speaking for five hours! It was easily one of the best conversations I’ve had during this entire process.

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A&E Airing KISS Documentary

For many years there’s been talk about the definitive KISS documentary coming to fruition but nothing has manifested. Today, that dream turned into a reality when KISS announced that its official two-part, four-hour documentary, KISStory, is coming to A&E this June. Below are all of the details.

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MLW On VICE TV Premieres This Saturday

Today, MLW announced that it’s premiering on Vice TV this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Below is the full press release from MLW with all of the details. I look forward to checking out MLW on Vice TV, in addition to attending the promotion’s upcoming event in Philadelphia!

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Rebellion Review

Last night was Rebellion! We got the historic main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a Title vs. Title Match against IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann, as well as a slew of additional bouts that resulted in a fast-paced and, ultimately, satisfying show that I rank among some of the greatest wrestling PPVs I’ve ever seen.

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Book Update: Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast Interview

Last night I joined the guys at the Talking Nonsense About IMPACT Wrestling Podcast to provide an update on my books about the history of IMPACT Wrestling. In addition to talking about my project and answering questions from the guys and listeners, we chatted about the hottest news in the world of IMPACT Wrestling. Make sure to watch the full episode below!

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MLW Welcomes Fans Back In Philly

Major League Wrestling (MLW) recently announced that it’s hosting its first show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic where it’s welcoming back fans. This show is taking place on July 10 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, and I will be among those in attendance for this historic event.

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