“GLOW is unlike any show we’ve ever seen” reads the Entertainment Weekly headline for a review of an upcoming series from Netflix that’s a comedic but fictionalized take on the late-1980s real-world wrestling promotion.
It stars Alison Brie as “Ruth Wilder,” a struggling Los Angeles actress who opts to try out the world of pro wrestling in the series, which is based on a short-lived women’s wrestling promotion called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that ran for four syndicated seasons in real life. (Really.) The series arrives on June 23.
The real-world wrestling show was pure cheese — even to a 10-year-old wrestling-inclined Buzz — in an era where Hulkamania yellow was everywhere, but apparently the new series is packing punch with critics. The EW reviewer gave it an A while breaking down all of the reasons the 1980s-based new series works. “GLOW, which takes everything over-the-top about professional wrestling,” it reads, “pushes it to higher levels of absurdity and melodrama, and finds something deeply personal, explicitly political, and wonderfully brute-force awesome.”
Now, how about those collecting ties? Well, they’re more like pieces of trivia that could interest those who enjoy the show, but here we go …
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We’re a week away from former WWE star CM Punk‘s MMA debut at UFC 203 in Cleveland. It’s been a long time coming — so much so it’s coming well after his UFC cardboard debut — and that got Buzz wondering what collectors think of the crossover.
Here are four simple questions about Punk and collecting.
An aspiring UFC fighter appearing on an MMA card for the first time might get some of the attention in packs of 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class, but there are plenty of other big names to be found in Topps‘ latest release.
All you have to do is look at a checklist — or on eBay.
When Upper Deck first teased its High Profile Fans cards of celebrities in its forthcoming 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours set, there was one notable hockey fan who got the attention, Chicago Blackhawks fan CM Punk.
Now, with the release of a final checklist, there are a few more.
What: 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions trading cards Arrives: July 6 (and also later via e-Pack) Box basics: three hits per 20-pack box, 16 boxes per case (two eight-box inner cases)
What’s buzz-worthy: Upper Deck’s eclectic mix of everything goes in heavy on MMA stars this year with the first certified autographs of Holly Holm along with other notables such as Miesha Tate, CM Punk and Paige VanZant, while also including an impressive array of the unusual and the historic.
What: 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours hockey cards Arrives: March 2016 Box basics: One autograph or memorabilia card per pack — four packs per box and 16 boxes per case (two inners)
What’s buzz-worthy: The hard-hitting world of hockey meshes with MMA/wrestling as aspiring UFC fighter and former wrestler CM Punk is in play — for his prowess as a hockey fan — as a surprise inclusion in a new hit-per-pack brand.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
What happens when a WWE Superstar turned UFC hopeful writes a comic book series featuring a character made famous on the big screen by a former WWE Superstar turned Bond villain?
Clobberin’ time, maybe?
With apologies to Ben Grimm (aka The Thing), we’re about to find out this week as Drax #1 arrives from Marvel Comics with a story penned by Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) focusing on Drax The Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy. Drax, of course, was played in the 2014 movie by Dave Bautista (aka Batista in WWE) who is Hinx in Spectre, the newest Bond movie, which opens in theaters on Friday.
Get all that? Now it’s time to get the details on the books.