If the Oscars bore you as much as they do me, there’s an alternate form of entertainment tomorrow night: The WWE Fastlane pay-per-view live at FedExForum. First match is at 6:30. If you can’t make it to the show live, you can watch it on the WWE Network. When I last blogged about this show a month ago, I was not excited about it because the main event was listed as a tag match with the aging Big Show as one of the participants. The card has since changed and it looks pretty good:
- Roman Reigns, who the WWE sees as the future of the business, won a shot at the WWE World Championship last month by winning the Royal Rumble battle royal. However, he has been ordered to put his title shot on the line against Daniel Bryan, the most popular wrestler in the WWE, who had to give up the championship last summer due to injury. Winner goes on to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.
- John Cena, the face of the company for the last 10 years, will face undefeated Bulgarian brute and Russian sympathizer Rusev, managed by the beautiful Russian, Lana. Rusev plays the evil foreign heel role to perfection, even better than Kamala and Umaga did in the past. The match is for Rusev’s U.S. Championship.
- Bad News Barrett defends the Intercontinental Championship against “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose. Ambrose is probably my favorite wrestler in WWE right now.
- It’s possible (but not confirmed) that The Undertaker may appear to set up a match with Bray Wyatt for Wrestlemania.
- Triple H will confront the vigilante, Sting. The story here is that Sting was the franchise of WCW in the 1990s, when that company almost forced WWE out of business and would have taken Triple H’s livelihood away. Sting has recently shown up in WWE and has been interfering in the matches of Triple H’s faction, The Authority.
It’s too bad Triple H doesn’t own a bar in Downtown Memphis. If he did, I bet he would do what’s best for business.
The Green Beetle is hosting a fundraiser called Pints for Pups tomorrow at noon. It’s to benefit foster and rescue dogs at ALIVE Rescue and your $6 cover includes one drink. You can purchase raffle tickets to win some really nice prizes, and if you choose you can drop off supplies or a donation to the rescue while getting a beer or something to eat.
The Silly Goose is starting what sounds like an awesome local beer night every Tuesday beginning March 10. Beginning at 7:30 on Tuesdays, the Goose will sell pints of local craft beers from Wiseacre, High Cotton, and Memphis Made for only $2. That’s not a typo, folks, TWO dollars. A live acoustic show will start at 8:30 featuring Jeremy Stanfill and Josh Cosby, and the Pat Fusco Jazz Trio.
Do you need advice on ways to improve your small business? Start Co.’s Upstart accelerator is offering free office hours at the Flying Saucer Wednesday, February 25 from 3 to 7 PM. You can sign up here for a 30-minute time slot (RSVP is required) and your first beer is on them.
Speaking of the Saucer, they will host their first of four beer dinners for 2015 Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM. The dinner will feature the beers of Schlafly and there will be five beers paired with four courses. Tickets are $30 if you’re in the bar’s UFO Club, $35 general admission. Beer dinners are one thing the Saucer does really well, and it’s a good chance to take some notes and really learn about the beers you are drinking.
Jason Wexler of the Grizzlies explained why some ticket sales information is withheld from the public. It prevents ticket scalpers from taking advantage of people on the street.
According to Weatherbug, in the time it has taken me to type this post the temperature has dropped from 52 to 42. What is up with this weather?
There’s a free trial of NBA League Pass today and tomorrow.
That’s the news. I’ll be at Panda’s bar at Bardog at 11, even if I have to walk through torrential rain to get there.