WWE Thunderdome Tips

I managed to get into the WWE Thunderdome two times in the last week. The first time was at Hell In A Cell 2020 and the second time was the following SmackDown. If you ever want to take part in the WWE Thunderdome, make sure to check out WWE's Twitter or Facebook accounts for registration posts. I would recommend turning on notifications for WWE's Twitter profile because you'll be able to register faster, and speed is important here because "seats" get filled very quickly.

Once you've signed up for the WWE Thunderdome, you'll get a confirmation email usually a day before or the day of the show and you'll receive another email with a link to join the WWE Thunderdome. The email will also give you a call time to join.

Some useful tips:

1. If you join the link on your call time and the WWE Thunderdome is full, keep refreshing the page until there's a space to join.

2. When your in, make sure to be very enthusiastic on camera. The more enthusiastic you are, the more likely you'll be put on the camera side and even in the front row.

3. Don't swear. Even though your voice won't be pumped into the WWE Thunderdome, joining requires you to have your microphone on and WWE moderators are actively looking to make sure people are following the rules. If you swear, you could be cut from the WWE Thunderdome. 

4. Make sure to wear WWE merch on camera as you'll more likely be shown on camera.

5. Use a laptop or computer over a mobile phone and make sure the camera is stable and not moving around.


This is what it will look like once you've entered the WWE Thunderdome:


    Hell In A Cell 2020 Predictions

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    The Match Card

    Below is the full match card for WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 with my predicted winners.

    Match Predicted Winner Actual Winner
    Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso (Hell in a Cell "I Quit" Match) Roman Reigns Roman Reigns
    WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match) Drew McIntyre Randy Orton
    SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell Match) Bayley Sasha Banks
    Jeff Hardy vs. Elias Jeff Hardy Jeff Hardy
    Otis vs. The Miz – Winner gets Money in the Bank contract The Miz The Miz

    How to watch WWE Hell In A Cell?

    You can watch WWE Hell In A Cell on October 25th at 7pm ET / 12am BST on the WWE Network. New subscribers get their first month for free: Sign up here

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    Remembering Carrie Fisher

    This blog post is dedicated to the one and only Carrie Fisher, who played the iconic Princess Leia from Star Wars. Carrie would've been 64 years old today. 

    Image Credit: Lucasfim Ltd - STAR WARS

    Get into the Halloween spirit

    If you're reading this and not really feeling the Halloween spirit right now, maybe a few movies and music I've listed below can help!

    Movies I like to watch around Halloween:

    • Any Friday the 13th movie
    • Ghost Busters 1 and 2
    • Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Halloween (movie)
    • Scream
    • Trick 'R Treat

    Songs to listen to around Halloween:

    • Thriller by Michael Jackson
    • Ghostbusters Theme - Ray Parker, Jr
    • Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
    • Things Go Bump In The Night - allSTARS
    • Hello Zep (SAW Theme Song) - Charlie Clouser


    Feeling down

    Over the past few months, I can feel my mental state declining as the depression takes over. I've dealt with depression all my life. It comes and it goes but when depression decides to enter my life, it hits me like a truck. I've just had no motivation to do anything recently. Especially with Covid-19 being present, being stuck in doors most of the time is taking it's toll on me. I feel more lonely than ever and it sucks. The way I've been coping with this is by doing what I do best... eating food. And lots of it. I eat because I am bored and depressed and then get sad that I am putting weight on, so I eat more to make me feel better. It's literally a endless cycle I can't seem to get myself out of when I feel down. I've also been gaming a lot too and it does help to an extent but there's only so many video games you can play and complete until you are bored of that. And to be honest, I am kind of bored of gaming right now.

    I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling like I've been feeling for the past few months. Depression fucking sucks... I just need a break from everything right now.


    I hate skill-based matchmaking

    So the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has come out for Xbox and PC and I finally get to try it out. (Thanks Sky VIP for the code!) Just so it's easier to type, I'm going to abbreviate Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War to COD BOCW and skill-based matchmaking to SBMM. Now that's been said, I can finally rant about my experience. Before I got the chance to play the COD BOCW beta, I had been watching YouTuber's online play the game on weekend one, exclusively for PS4 console players. Every single YouTuber I watch said the exact same thing,

    "The gameplay is good but SBMM ruins the game" 

    With that being said, I had a heads up to what sh*t show that was to come. What I didn't know was how extreme the SBMM would actually be in the game and oh my... extreme is an understatement. I load up the game and the first two matches I had were really good. I was running and gunning, shredding everyone who was in my line of sight and earning all my streaks. I honestly thought while playing those two matches that all the YouTuber's I watch were being over dramatic for the video. But boy was I wrong. Really wrong. The third match loads up and I start to play. Instantly I have people drop shotting and slide shotting me. The experience turned from owning n00bs to being in MLG $1 million dollar tournaments. 

    The more matches I continued to play in the COD BOCW beta, the stricter the SBMM got. I was facing people of the same skill as me and the tier above. It wasn't any fun. SBMM should not be in public matches, only in ranked matches. I loved the old Call of Duty games like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 2 because SBMM wasn't a thing. All the matches you played, the people in those matches were random. No one was paired by skill. With the recent Call of Duty games however, you cannot relax because of the stupid SBMM. It literally ruins the game and no matter how much the community complains about it, the developers and publishers don't remove it. 

    If Treyarch or Activision is reading this (which the won't), please get rid of SBMM from Call of Duty. Or at the least, only have it in ranked play.

    Rant over.

    Royal Rumble Predictions

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    WWE kicks off their first pay-per-view of 2021 inside the WWE Thunderdome! The Royal Rumble will certainly feel different compared to last years event. There won't be massive pops from the crowd as surprised entrants are revealed. Instead, we'll have to listen to canned cheers as the audience is virtual this year.

    Below is the full match card for WWE Royal Rumble 2021 with my predicted winners.

    Men's Royal Rumble Match:

    Predicted Winner Actual Winner
    TBD TBD

    Women's Royal Rumble Match:

    Predicted Winner Actual Winner
    TBD TBD

    Singles Matches:

    Match Predicted Winner Actual Winner
    Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (Last Man Standing Match) Roman Reigns
    WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Goldberg Drew McIntyre Drew McIntyre

    *Awaiting more matches to be confirmed by WWE.


    How to watch WWE Royal Rumble?

    UK and Worldwide:

    You can watch WWE Royal Rumble on January 31st at 7pm ET / 12am GMT on the WWE Network. New subscribers get their first month for free: Sign up here

    UK viewers can also purchase WWE Royal Rumble via BT Sport Box Office. More details to follow soon.

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    F**k Covid-19

    I'm so tired of this Coronavirus pandemic. Everyday it seems more of our freedoms to do things are taken away from us and the more this pandemic is going on, the more depressed I feel and the less optimistic I am that we will ever go back to normal life. Coronavirus here in the UK is once again getting out of control to the point our most basic freedoms of human interaction is now being taken. As of typing is blog post (14th Oct 2020), the daily number of people being infected with Covid-19 is above 19,000 and the death rate is above 100. The R rate number is rising too and doesn't seem to be slowing so as a result, the infection rate will double even more as it gets higher. 


    The UK government are even considering a 2 to 3 week "circuit breaker" lock down where we are put under extreme restrictions to try and slow the spread of the virus. However, we went into a 4 month lock down at the start March and where has that gotten us? Yes the infection rate slowed down and even the death rates lowered from the peak of 900 to 1000+ deaths a day but as soon as we went back to some sort of normality, the second wave hits us. Even though these restrictions suck and I hate them so much, I understand why they need to be in place. We have to protect the elderly and the vulnerable. And believe me, I'm all for it. I just don't think lock downs work and this "circuit breaker" lock down will probably have an effect on the transmission rates for a little while and then BOOM! Here comes the third wave. It's just an endless cycle of going in and out of extreme restrictions at this point. I doubt a vaccine that's supposed to be released early next year will really do anything. This virus is most likely like the flu virus where we just have to deal with it and try to live a normal-ish life. 

    2020 f**king sucks and I hate to be "that guy" but I doubt 2021 will be any better. I guess all we can do is hope as hope seems to be the only thing Governments can't take away from us. 


    NHS COVID-19 App

    Today, the long awaited NHS COVID-19 app has released in England and Wales after months of delays and problems. The app officially went live at 12am (on the 24th September 2020) and is free to downlad on Apple's App Store and on the Google Play Store. 


    Now the first thing that comes to mind about a COVID-19 track and trace app is obviously privacy and let's be honest, a government app rings alarm bells when it comes to privacy. However, the difference with the old NHS COVID-19 app that was in testing and the current NHS COVID-19 app that's been publicly released, is that the new COVID-19 app available is open source. The fact that this NHS COVID-19 app is open source makes me feel a whole lot more at ease with having it on my phone. Security researchers and the general public can look at the app's source code on GitHub to see if the app has any code which can compromise your privacy by giving away location data, phone make and IP addresses. So far, nothing in the code that I've personally looked at has alerted me with privacy being compromised when being installed and used but it's always good for yourself to look and inspect the code and make a judgement to install or not.


    If you want to know more about how the app works while maintaining your privacy, please scroll down to the end.


    When you have installed the app either on the Google Play Store or the App Store, you will be presented with a screen asking if you are aged 16 years or older. 16 years of age is the minimum age required to use the app. Confirming your age, you then have to input the first part of your post code. This is the only information the app collects from you and doesn't identify you personally. From there the app automatically sets up and you're ready to go. 


    This is the main screen of the NHS COVID-19 app:


    On the home screen of the app it has quick options are clearly listed for the user. The NHS COVID-19 app tells you the COVID-19 alert level in the area you live in at the top of the screen. When you click on this, the app tells you to follow national guidance set by the Government depending on the level. 


    The three levels you can get on the app are:

    - Low 

    - Medium

    - High


    Security and Privacy:

    With an app like this that alerts you of people you've been in contact with, it's important that privacy is protected and security is strong. 

    Below is how the app protects your privacy:

    • Bluetooth only

    The app only uses Bluetooth and not GPS. This means that your location cannot be recorded and sent to a server for tracking and monitoring purposes. Bluetooth is used to scan for other Bluetooth frequencies that the NHS COVID-19 app sends out and once a connection is made, randomly generated codes from the app are encrypted client side and sent to the other users phone. Client side encryption is important for security and privacy because it prevents MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks from knowing the codes sent from the app. If an attacker is able in intercept the codes from the app, the attackers (black hat hackers, Government agencies) cannot read the code because they are encrypted. 

    For example: 

    Non encrypted code: AA14VCS 

    Encrypted code: 2cxlee4)arvri49/crrwj239fvfAAKnm4552)sadcr93231


    • Cannot see personal information

    The app's code has been designed to not be able to monitor or read your contacts that are stored on your phone, your text messages and images. Therefore, the app cannot identify you personally or identify phone information like model numbers, personal phone numbers or monitor other apps installed on the phone.


    • The NHS COVID-19 app uses Apple's and Google's Exposure Notification API

    Apple and Google have created a Exposure Notification API that COVID-19 apps use. The API respects the users privacy by doing the following things:

    (Image credit: Google)


    • Open source software

    The NHS COVID-19 app is open source and the code can be viewed on GitHub. Having the app open sourced is important because security researchers can inspect the code and make sure the app is safe to use for protecting your privacy and having strong security. Apps that are closed source is bad because the developers can insert malicious code into the app that can compromise your security and privacy.  


    Lastly, even though these security practises are in place, remember that nothing is bullet proof. You're security and privacy could still be compromised due to human error but don't be alarmed by this. As the app is open source, you can inspect the code for yourself and make a judgement on installing the app or not. It's very unlikely any malicious code will be inserted into the app as security researches are inspecting the code all the time. 


    NHS COVID-19 APP SOURCE CODE CAN BE VIEWED HERE: https://github.com/nhsx

    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NHS COVID-19 APP CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://covid19.nhs.uk/

    Xbox Series S/X Pre Orders

    Mark your calendars! Xbox Series S and X consoles pre orders go live at 8am BST on September 22nd. 

    Looking at how Sony handled their pre orders for the PlayStation 5 so poorly, hopefully Xbox won't mess up (like they promise). When the PlayStation 5 immediately went up for pre orders, websites crashed and stock sold out in minutes with a lot of people not being about to secure their console. I have a feeling this will be the same with Xbox when pre orders go live, so make sure you have the retailers websites loaded up just before they go live or you could miss out too. 

    Despite pre order botches from Sony and the likely hood Microsoft could do the same, this years new generation of consoles will be great for all gamers. The future of console gaming is bright.

    Saving up for the Xbox Series S or X

    So the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S releases November 10th, and being a long time Xbox user I gotta get one of these consoles. Now that all sounds simple as all I have to do is place a pre-order for the console and pay when it releases. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that. Money is a big problem for me right now. The coronavirus pandemic has hit me fairly hard financially (like most people) and I simply don't have the money to buy a console.


    Prices:

    Xbox Series S = £249 (left)

    Xbox Series X = £449 (right)


    Obviously, I would love to buy the more powerful console of the two, the Xbox Series X but it's way out of my budget. I could go for the cheaper option, the Xbox Series S but even then I'm still going to have to save up. (First world problems, am I right? [sarcasm]) I am going to try and save up enough money for the X but if I can't, I'll most likely go for the S.

    I am just hoping that my local game store does a console trade in deal to make the cost of the new console cheaper.

    Tell Me Why Game

    DONTNOD have done it again!


    At the time of this writing, DONTNOD's Tell Me Why chapter three is just about to release and I cannot wait. Playing through the first two episodes was a blast and once again reminded me why I love playing DONTNOD's games: great story telling.

    Being a massive fan of the Life is Strange games, I was very curious to what direction the team would take this time. What the team have produced is simply a masterpiece. Once again, the team over at DONTNOD have knocked it out of the park and I think Tell Me Why could well be one of their best games to date. You can always tell you're playing a DONTNOD game by the amazing soundtrack that has carefully been selected to bring out the emotions of the player, stories that feel very personal and that everyone can relate to and also the fantastic voice acting.

    I don't know how the story will conclude in chapter three but I really do hope DONTNOD make more episodes or make a prequel game like they did with Life is Strange: Before the Storm. 


    Final score verdict:

    8.5 / 10 - Impressive

    Boycott Disney's Mulan

    If you are a believer in pro-democracy, please boycott Disney's Mulan.

    Lead actor Liu Yifei (劉亦菲) who plays the character Mulan, posted the following message onto the social media site Weibo, supporting Hong Kong police (which were using police brutality) in the Hong Kong protests.

    "I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong."

    Please show support for the people of Hong Kong by not purchasing "Premier Access" to Mulan on Disney Plus and don't go to cinemas to watch the film either. If we decide to watch the film and act like nothing has been happening, then we will only allow this injustice to continue. By not watching Mulan, you say no to police brutality and suppression of pro-democracy.


    Clash of Champions Predictions 2020

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    The Match Card

    Below is the full match card for WWE Clash of Champions 2020 with my predicted winners.

    Match Predicted Winner Actual Winner
    Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso Roman Reigns Roman Reigns
    WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (Ambulance Match) Randy Orton Drew McIntyre
    Bayley vs. Nikki Cross – SmackDown Women’s Championship Match Bayley Bayley via DQ
    WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Street Profits vs. Andrade & Angel Garza Street Profits Street Profits
    United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews Bobby Lashley Bobby Lashley
    WWE RAW Women's Champion Asuka vs. Zelina Vega Asuka Asuka
    SmackDown Tag Team Champions Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs. Lucha House Party Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro
    Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn – Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match Sami Zayn Sami Zayna

    How to watch WWE Payback?

    You can watch WWE Clash of Champions on September 27th at 7pm ET / 12am BST on the WWE Network. New subscribers get their first month for free: Sign up here

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    It's time for a refresh

    Today I have decided to refresh my blog by changing the name to my real name. My blog will no longer be called moot but from here on out, it will be called Kieran's Blog.

    I don't like to keep to the same style for long so I like to keep things fresh. My content will remain the same with WWE PPV predictions, opinions and privacy topics but the blog will look a little different visually.