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#ThemeSongTuesday: REEEMIX!

Howdy ho! It's your boy Stan back from the latest legs of the #StanSyWorldTour. I haven't really had time over the last two weeks to crank these columns out, but I do assure you that I'm back and that I won't be leaving for my next leg until after this year is over. I'd love to wax poetic about my adventures in Seoul and Taipei, but that's what my Instagram is for. Right now, we have to talk about these remixes.

First on our list is the updated theme song of one Seth Rollins.

The only thing that really changed here is the "BURN IT DOOOWN!" hook that plays right before the drop. 
Honestly, I'm quite surprised that this was all we got, especially after an updated version of Rollins' theme with vocals done by Downstait leaked sometime earlier this year. Unlike most of CFO$' compositions, "Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim" is actually a complete song. Yes, it even has a bridge.
As for the version of "The Second Coming" that Roll…
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We may have an update on the former Wyatt Family members returning to TV:

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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (1943-2017)

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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Has Passed Away

WWE Hall of Famer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has passed away at the age of 73. The news was broken by Jim Ross on Twitter and later confirmed by the WWE on its website. No cause of death was revealed.

The news of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's passing today gutted me.

I loved our time together.

No one ever did it better than the Wease. — Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 17, 2017
Heenan was one of the best managers in the industry, leading Nick Bockwinkel early on in his career to multiple reigns as AWA Champion, while also guiding him to several reigns as tag team champion in the promotion.

But it was in the WWE—then known as the the WWF—that Heenan found the greatest notoriety. His "Heenan Family" consisted of some of the best talents of the 1980s and 1990s, including the likes of Big John Studd, Andre The Giant, King Kong Bundy, Harley Race, Arn Anderson, and Lex Luger through the years.

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Live from the Makati Square Arena along Chino Roces Avenue, Makati, it's the Manila Wrestling Federation's third outing, Road to Fate.

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Here's how the card played out, mga ka-smarkada!

Opening Segment: Gus Queens and Gigz Stryker face off
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Security eventually broke up the fight, preventing the hostilities from escalating.

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