The One Time WWE Used Product Placement The Right Way Worked and Here’s Why

Over the years, WWE has had product placement on television whether if it is Raw, Smackdown, NXT, or even the pay per views. Not only does whatever product that is being shown on television is being seen by millions of viewers worldwide, it will also increase the awareness and interest of the brand that is being showcased on television. There are hits and misses when WWE does this at times. But last weekend at NXT Takeover: In Your House, one of the best uses of product placement on WWE programing happened.

This happened during the backlot brawl match for the NXT Championship between Adam Cole and Velveteen Dream. While they were both brawling by the cars, one car pulls up and the driver asked “did somebody call an Uber?” This moment was so sudden and random and it not only worked, it also fit to the entire scenery of the match. It was also not forced and in your face as many other times WWE has done product placement on their shows.

Don’t get me wrong, The few times that I thought WWE used product placement right were good. The first one I can think of, is at last year’s TLC when KFC had their own table. That also fit the theme of the show as that table that was full of KFC food and products, was destroyed during a match. But the difference between this one, and the Uber product placement, is that it was quick and it was not in your face like the KFC spot.

I think that WWE can do more of this type of product placement without overstaying it’s welcome like this. Do you remember nearly almost a decade ago when there was Mountain Dew on the commentary tables for the whole night and not one of the commentators even cared that it was there? I understand that brands paid for the spot, but if it will not have no use other than just being there, what would be the point then? This one product placement that happened on NXT was far better than the various times WWE used product placement on their main shows for the last decade.

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Velveteen Dream Became Negan With His Ring Gear at NXT Takeover: In Your House

Last sunday, NXT Takeover: In Your House took place at Full Sail University as one of the promoted matches of the show was Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole for the NXT Championship in a Backlot Brawl match. What got everyone talking besides the match, was Velveteen Dream’s ring gear which payed homage to The Walking Dead’s most popular villain, Negan.

Just like Negan himself, Velveteen Dream had his jacket, scarf, boots, jeans, and even his own version of Lucille without the barbed wire wrapped around it. It is quite fitting since there were cars surrounded around the ring just like there were cars surrounding Rick and his group when they first encountered Negan with his large number of Saviors.

Although Dream did not win the match, his ring gear and entrance got the entire Walking Dead fandom to react to his ring gear. Velveteen Dream has had inspired gear before such as Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Notorious B.I.G, Toronto Raptors, and even NFL inspired gear at last year’s NXT Halftime Heat special during the Super Bowl.

Personal note, I love this since I am a fan of Negan and The Walking Dead.

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I’ve Watched The First Five Episodes of Season 2 of NOS4A2 and Here is my Non Spoiler Preview

Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, Jonathan Langdon as Lou Carmody, Jason David as Wayne McQueen – NOS4A2 _ Season 2 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC

NOS4A2 returns for a second season on June 21st as the second season takes place 8 years after the death of Charlie Manx. But what will come to Vic and her family and friends after his death is another story within itself. I do not want to give all of my thoughts on the first few episodes on this introduction as I shall begin giving you my thoughts on the first few episodes right now!

The first episode titled “Bad Mother” showcases how Vic, Maggie, Lou and the rest in her circle are coping with the aftermath of the death of Charlie Manx. They were really convinced that he was dead, but Vic is the only one that does not think that he is dead after she killed him on the season one finale. Vic and Lou are now in a relationship and they have a son named Bruce Wayne. Wayne also likes basketball too and I think basketball fans will get a good laugh on what Lou bought Wayne when he returned home. Maggie is now in a relationship with Tabitha, and Bing has moved on from the previous season, but is still on Charlie’s side. Over at Christmasland, Millie is waiting for her father to return. But at that time, she is with the rest of the other children. In fact, you will see her at the opening of the episode. There is also a few Star Wars references that are brought up by one of the couples as this person wanted to compare themselves too. There are also nice moments involving Vic and Wayne not only on this episode, but on episode 3 and 4 as well. The only other thing I can say about episode 1, is that it is a solid opener and it will keep you engaged to watch the second episode.

Now about Charlie, his scenes on the second episode are gory for most of the episode. I cannot give too much away, but it goes back and forth on the younger version of Charlie, and the current Charlie. You will learn more about Charlie in these flashbacks than you did in the first season as it will give context and answers that everyone has had about him. You will like this episode, I promise you that.

I will place episodes three and four here together because I believe that they needed to be watched back to back as one episode. There are a few minor changes from the book on these episodes that might split the fanbase. But my favorite parts of this episode is everything with Millie and Charlie. Vic also had a good conversation with her mom on one of these episodes about parenting and everything that comes with it. I will also not say which episode that this happens, but Vic and Charlie will encounter eachother for the first time in years. Also to note, Charlie is also trying to capture Wayne and the way he is trying to do it, is quite clever. Also on episode four, there is a good fight scene that happens in the basement, and another that happens on episode three. Wayne is also fed up with Vic’s obsession of Charlie too and that moment will be worth paying attention too. Another good moment between Lou, Vic, and Wayne is the three of them swimming after Lou and Vic’s dad teach Wayne how to fish.

The first second of episode five might want you turn away for a split second if you are not into gore. But this episode is centered around Wayne and it felt more like a mission when I watched this. This episode also has a lot of action as I was on the edge of my seat during those sequences. I also will not say who, but someone gets a half joker smile as a wound during a fight! I think I can say that episodes two and five are my favorites so far of the season and the cast is pretty great in this season too. That is all I can say about episode five as that episode is too spoiler heavy.

I also would like to say that the pacing here is better structured on this season than the last season even though there are a few changes from the novel. There are also a lot of easter eggs from the novel that you will enjoy too and there are a lot of moments that will make you laugh and feel a bit emotional towards the characters.

The second season of NOS4A2 premieres on AMC Network on June 21st, 2020.

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Could These Protest and Riot Scenes From The Walking Dead Comic Book Series be Adapted on Screen in the Future?

When the COVID19 pandemic began to shut down cities across the world, millions and millions of americans from the start to now were uncertain with the future as if how normalcy will return. What also rised, is the brutal treatment of civilians by the police force in select locations of the United States. Speaking particularly of the death of George Floyd by the four policemen, it sparked an outrage online and in social gatherings to the level that we have not seen in quite some time. These reactions have lead to protests around the world in support of George Floyd, and of the #blacklivesmatter movement. During these protests, We have seen looting, and the police overstepped their boundaries towards protestors. The four policemen have been fired from their positions, and is currently in jail awaiting trial. Now why would I bring this up? Because in the universe of The Walking Dead, something similar to that happened in the comic book series.

On issue #183 of The Walking Dead titled “And Michonne Without Her Sword,” Michonne and Elodie were called for help because an officer was being attacked. When they reached back to the city part of The Commonwealth, what was seen is that there were officers assaulting the individual named Anthony Keith. Also to note, Michonne knew one of the officers that was part of the attack. The police attack was stopped, but a protest formed outside of Michonne’s house because she is the lawyer inside The Commonwealth. We find out hours later that Anthony passed away and the protest turned into a full scale riot.

Because Michonne is seen as a higher class member of The Commonwealth due to her status as a lawyer, the residends were not sure if she was on their side as they wanted justice for Anthony’s death by the policemen of The Commonwealth. So the protests turned into a riot and Michonne even got injured during the riot as well. The riot stopped for good after Rick Grimes and his group showed up and Pamela asked Mercer to help stop it in issue #184. A trial was then started which is something we have not seen in the comic series or the television series of The Walking Dead up to this point.

Due to the current situation of the pandemic, filming for season 11 has not begun yet. But when it does, I am pretty sure that The Commonwealth arc will begin as the comic book material started with this on issue #175 (New World Order 1 of 6). When and if they reach the material for issue #183 on season 11 or season 12, my question is, will this riot be adapted on screen.

If it is adapted on screen, it might have to be toned down due to how similar it is to the real life police incidents involving police brutality towards civilians. I also thought of this because the newest season of 13 Reasons Why also featured a protest that lead towards a riot as well. To give Netflix and Paramount credit, they filmed that episode last fall and the world was much different than it is now. But it is not to excuse that police brutality was still happening at the time because it was. It might be too close to home to see this adapted on screen especially since The Walking Dead has a extremely diverse cast. A riot on The Walking Dead television show that was caused by police brutality would draw reactions to all the viewers worldwide to the level of when Glenn and Abraham was killed a few seasons ago. When I seen the cover of this issue back in 2018, I was really looking forward to see what would cause that riot since that has never been seen before at the time. Now with the current situation worldwide, I am very optimistic if this will ever be adapted.

Do you think these moments will be adapted on screen?

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