Shanks Book It – Wrestlemania 33

In this first installment, our WWE writers breakdown the biggest PPV cards of the year and explain where they went wrong and how we would do it better.

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The Way They Booked It

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Thus far, the likes of Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show and Curt Hawkins have been announced as participants in this year’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. And while other competitors have yet to be announced, it’s likely we’ll see another surprise appearance from Shaq given his one-on-one match with the Big Show fell through. [Read more…]

Harrison Barnes Leads Mavs Past Wizards

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The road has not been a friendly place for Dallas this season, and the start of this road trip, a 100-78 thumping in Toronot, proved just that. But if Dallas intends to compete for that final playoff spot, they’ll have to find a way to get it done away from the AAC as 7 of their final 12 games will be on the road. Wednesday night, they found a way to beat a good team in the road unis. [Read more…]

5 Superstars We’d Love to See in NXT

Functioning as the WWE’s developmental brand, NXT is often viewed as a throwback to the days of territorial wrestling, where new talent can be groomed over time rather than thrown before millions while they are still green. As such, fans of NXT tend to be die-hards privy to the product and inner-workings of the business. This can not only produce raucous crowds but with time, bonafide stars.

In recent years this method has led to the rise of guys like Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Austin Aries and so on. But who out there on the indie scene could lead the next wave of WWE talent? Here are the five indie wrestlers we’d like to see in NXT. [Read more…]

Dirk Joins Exclusive Club, Scores 30,000th Point

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The 30K Club has a new member and his name is Dirk Nowitzki. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Tall Baller from the G needed just 20 points to become just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He wasted little time doing so. [Read more…]

Mavs Rout Thunder Behind Smothering Defense

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The return of Wes Matthews provided Dallas with an added spark Sunday night. It wasn’t that the team hadn’t been playing defense already -far from it. With their 104-89 victory tonight, Dallas strung together its seventh straight sub-100 defensive effort. Not bad for the boys in blue. The best example of this was a wild sequence in which Matthews took on Russell Westbrook at the top of the key and simply hounded him with active hands and solid positioning. Every time Russell turned, the Mavs flashed an added defender, forcing the triple-double machine back toward Matthews. Westbrook and Wes danced a bit, then Russ flipped up an awkward off-balance shot at the buzzer that missed everything. The crowd erupted and Wes pumped his fist. Matthews might have only chipped in 9 points, but his relentless effort nevertheless fueled a stellar effort. [Read more…]

Wesley Matthews Returns To Line-Up vs OKC

By Darreck Kirby
Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves

After missing the past two games with a hip injury, Wesley Matthewws is finally ready to return to the Mavericks lineup tonight vs Oklahoma City. The timing couldn’t be much better as OKC, even without explosive two-guard Victor Oladipo, still boasts the triple-double machine that is Russell Westbrook. And given Yogi Ferrell’s disadvantage in size and athleticism, don’t be surprised if Wes draws the proverbial short stick. Furthermore, with this being the second game of a five-game homestand, Dallas needs a win if it’s going to remain in the hunt for the Western Conference’s 8 seed. Wes Matthews returning, even if not immediately into the starting lineup, should help that cause. [Read more…]

Logan – Project Shanks Reviews

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Going in, Hugh Jackman had already made it clear this would be his final ride as the iconic mutant, Wolverine. Spanning seventeen years and 10 appearances, Jackman has seen each of the highs and all of the lows (X-Men Origins anybody?). As such, Jackman sought a proper, emotional send-off to the role that made him a star. [Read more…]

WWE Fastlane (2017) – Last Minute Predictions

The first of many, Project Shanks will begin covering WWE and not only predicting its pay per view results, but grading and analysing them as well. First up, Fastlane. Let’s dig in!

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Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar

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To say the cruiserweight division has been lacking thus far would be an understatement. The division, despite generating interest and working to build new stars for months via the wildly popular Cruiserweight Classic last year, has really struggled to find its place on Raw. To help with this, WWE has gone as far as to give the cruiserweights their own show on the WWE Network following Smackdown every Tuesday night, 205 Live. [Read more…]

How the Mavs Finally Got Their Men

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Mavs Man

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

After the Dallas Mavericks won their lone championship in 2011, the organization saw a philosophical shift. Gone were the key members of a title-winning core mere months after reaching the pinnacle of the basketball world. Tyson Chandler had gone to the New York Knicks in a sign and trade deal that saw him earn a four years and $55 million. Following were the likes of JJ Barea, Caron Butler, Corey Brewer, and other key pieces. A year later, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry would follow, effectively ending an era in Big D. [Read more…]

Report: Rondo “Extremely Unlikely” to Re-sign with Dallas This Summer

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

In an early December trade, the Dallas Mavericks sent three players, two draft picks and a trade exception to the Boston Celtics in return for the point guard they believed would fortify and legitimize the position in their backcourt for years to come. Flash forward just three months and the once promising blockbuster trade appears to have soured considerably. The Celtic beat writers warned Dallas media the honeymoon wouldn’t last long, and it appears they may have been right.

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Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavs have had inconsistent results throughout the Rondo experiment to date. Yes, their defense has certainly improved, rising to become the best in the league in the month of February, but what they’ve improved in defense, they’ve lost in offense – and then some. Prior to the trade, Dallas’ offense was on a historic pace; since the trade they’ve been good, though far from the greatness they’d initially projected. [Read more…]

Mavs Rally Behind Dirk to Upend Thunder at Home

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

On Sunday night, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle found himself in a pickle. His starting center Tyson Chandler was going to miss the game due to lower back spasms. Further complicating the issue was the recent departure, via the Rajon Rondo trade, of Tyson Chandler-lite, Brandan Wright. What he was left with was Greg Smith, an unproven, somewhat undersized big man. But, rather than lean on Smith from the gate, a whimsical dream – a nightmare really – prompted Carlisle to craft the most Don Nelson lineup imaginable. The Dallas starting lineup for Sunday night was as follows: [Read more…]

Costly Turnovers Doom Mavs Against Hawks

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Monday night in Dallas marked just the second game for Rajon Rondo in a Mavericks uniform. His prior outing had seen a fairly stagnant offense for the most part until Monta Ellis flew in to save the day with a heroic fourth quarter charge. Unfortunately, that same calvary would not make an appearance against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

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Photo Credit: dallasnews.com

Atlanta came into the game riding a hot streak, winning 12 of their previous 13 contests after a 7-6 start. Make no mistake about it, this is not the same Hawks team from last season. In fact, in his pre-game press conference, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stated “they could very well be the team that comes out of the East this year. That’s how good they are.” On Monday night, their play validated Carlisle’s claim. [Read more…]