Welcome to your (surprisingly hangover-free) Week in Geek round-up.
One of the WWE’s banner matches has returned to its own PPV – and tonight it will air exclusively on the WWE Network.
The Elimination Chamber sees two competitors begin in the foreboding steel structure, to be joined by four more at timed intervals, eliminating each other through pins and submissions until only one remains.
Since the match debuted in 2002 it’s typically been placed between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania on the calendar to either award a World title or determine a challenger for a World title match at Wrestlemania.
However, at tonight’s Network-exclusive event two other titles will be contested.
Intercontinental Title – Sheamus vs. Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. King Barrett vs. Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
At the moment Rusev is doubtful for the match, so whoever replaces him will have a good opportunity to win the vacant Intercontinental Championship following Daniel Bryan’s second successive surrender of a major title. Sad as I am for Bryan, it was the beginning of legitimising the belt, and there’ll finally hopefully be good things in store for the winner.
I’m a Wade Barrett guy.
There’s also a three-team, six man Chamber match for the Tag Team Titles, which should create a lot of drama if wrestlers are released in a certain order.
Oh, and then there’s the small matter of US Champion John Cena vs NXT Champion Kevin Owens…
FIFA 16 to feature women’s national teams
A feature that should’ve been included long, long ago, the new instalment of EA’s annual glorified roster update will include 12 women’s national teams.
It’s a shame that it’s just national teams for now, considering how long overdue it is and the ever-increasing popularity of club leagues, but it’s nonetheless a great way to boost the great game in a new and exciting way.
Considering the ramifications of what’s happened to plunge FIFA into crisis over the past few days, a PR boost like this is pretty exciting, no matter how positive a relative drop in the ocean of negativity it may seem.
Grumpy Cat – The Comic
The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey was announced by Dynamite Entertainment this week. I really don’t know why.
“One of the most important responsibilities for today’s comic publishers is creating content that will attract fresh new audiences to experience the wonders of the medium, and Grumpy Cat is the perfect combination of unbearable cuteness, instant fan appeal, and established multimedia presence to make just such a thing happen,” said a Dynamite rep in a statement.
Not content with a line of merch, guest-hosting Monday Night Raw and even starring in a Christmas TV movie, there’ll now be a comic about a cat that’s internet-famous for making a grumpy face. I thought Garfield had this market cornered but apparently not.