Big news from HHH yesterday on Twitter. NXT is taking a tour of the midwest next month, stopping in Des Moines, Omaha, and Minneapolis. I've been waiting for about a year now for NXT to make the trip this way but wasn't expecting it to come this quick or this close. I believe I am free that night and should be able to make the Des Moines show. I'd also like to make the 2.5 hour drive to Omaha the next night and catch the show there as well but I don't think I can convince the wife into that one. So think I'll just settle on the Friday night show in Des Moines.
The part of the show I may be most excited for is the venue. Instead of being at the Iowa Events Center like RAW and SmackDown usually are, this NXT event will be held in the Hy-Vee Hall. I've been to conventions and conferences in the Hy-Vee Hall but never any type of concert or event. I'm really looking forward to that smaller setting. The NXT crowds are normally more intimate and close to the action, and the Hy-Vee Hall should provide that same atmosphere. Could be a completely different atmosphere than the RAW or SmackDowns I've attended there. Can't wait.
The next show I had been working on binge watching this summer was Revenge. I was all-in on this show when it debuted. I watched the first 2 1/2 seasons live but then fell behind watching them. Somehow or other, episodes got deleted from our DVR and I fell too far behind to catch up. So the past couple weeks I jumped back in and finished the series.
Revenge was basically a day-time soap opera played out on prime time television. If you can get past the crazy plot twists and borderline unbelievability at times I think you'd really enjoy the show. It's a four season series, with each season having 22 or 23 episodes that are an hour long so it's a bit of a commitment if you are going to try and watch it. I thought the first and the final seasons were really good. I think the 2nd and 3rd seasons each had their moments that were good but drug on a bit at times. I think it fell into the trap many TV shows fall into of not knowing how many seasons they are going to be on the air so they have to create new storylines that extend the series.
But that first and final seasons were both really good. The first season when they had the main plot and story arch and knew where they were going and how they were going to tell that story....it came off really well. Sometimes I even think if Revenge would have been just a one or two season show it could have been phenomenal. It could have cut out all the fluff and gone straight to a condensed story. But even through 4 seasons, I enjoyed a lot more than I didn't. I'm a big professional wrestling guy so I have no problems checking my sense believeability at the door when I watch TV. If you are able to just enjoy this show for what it is, it's great.
Got a nice start in yesterday for my 80 miles ran in August. Two runs in one day. I'm on pace for over 125 miles. I can't see how any of this could go wrong. I'd be shocked if I get less than 100 miles honestly. Might just have to bump up my Des Moines Half Marathon plans into full marathon plans. #NaturalAthlete