There has been a resurgence in the popularity of tabletop roleplaying game juggernaut Dungeons and Dragons and shows like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone have captivated gamers and fans alike. Gaming channel UpUpDownDown jumped on board with its own D&D show Rollout. The show features WWE’s Xavier Woods – a.k.a. Austin Creed – Ember Moon, Tyler Breeze and Brennan Williams playing a group of characters as they journey in the world of Faerun.
— Austin Creed aka #1 Windjammer (@XavierWoodsPhD) May 30, 2018
UpUpDownDown and Creed teased the show on social media earlier in the year. Rollout is a different show usually seen on UpUpDownDown in that it is a tabletop game as opposed to a video game. However, the show keeps in spirit with the channel that Creed has built in the last few years.
The party members are listed by race and class.
- Xavier Woods/Austin Creed – Sasha the tabaxi, which is a cat-person who has an affinity for taking the teeth of her fallen foes.
- Ember Moon – Kaliopi the eladrin rogue. Eldarin are extraplanar outsiders akin to elves.
- Brennan Williams – Sirias the dragonborn mercenary veteran. As the name suggests, dragonborn appear as dragon humanoids.
- Tyler Breeze – Turok the half-orc wizard who has no qualms of taking money from his foes – or anyone.
The other star of the show is Dungeon Master Arthur Wright, who has been playing D&D since he was 11.
This motley crew of buddies had been adventuring together for three character levels prior to the first episode and the chemistry between the four players show, especially in comedic moments.
Rollout’s first episode is only an hour long and it follows a similar format to D&D shows. As the DM, Wright leads the characters on the adventure while the players decide which actions to take. It is also similar visually as the screen shows each player’s face as well as Wright’s. However, folks also get to see the map the players are traveling and the foes they face.
The adventure begins with the group in the city of Neverwinter as they receive a task to bring supplies to the village of Phandalin. During their trek, they run into a group of goblins, which leads into the show’s first combat.
Rollout has a couple of unique additions, such as the “Big Dice Cam.” When a player receives an advantage on a roll – meaning they roll two twice and selects the higher number – they go to an area in the back and roll two big d20 dice and select the better role.
Another feature is the Critical Hit deck of cards. When a player rolls a critical hit, they pull a card and read the result. Examples include breaking a foe’s nose and applying triple damage, or slicing a goblin’s tendon which slows their movement.
There hasn’t been an announcement of the number of episodes for Rollout or if there will be any guest players on the show. If the show picks up steam it could be one of the most popular programs on UpUpDownDown and open an avenue of more tabletop content on the channel.
Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE
Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.
Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.
Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.
It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.
“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.
According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.
“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”
“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”
“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”
Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.
“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”
And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.
“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”
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