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Raw kicked off with what I assume was the end of the R Truth vs Hornswaggle rivalry for the 24/7 title. With first a promo hailing the prestige of the title and then having a mixed gender mosh pit tag match, ending with R Truth winning but then losing the title the next sucker Mike Kanellis, who has his own questionable story line going on right now. It feels like WWE is chasing lightning in a bottle by pursuing another gauntlet match story that propelled Kofi into championship air, all for AJ's United States Championship. The buildup to the Becky Lynch and Natasha Hart match takes a weird detour with Alexa Bliss fighting Becky Lynch, it's odd considering Alexa is a contender in her own right for a title, so why have these rivalries bleed over each other like this? The Triple Threat tag team match between The Revival, The Usos and what they are now calling The OC was highly entertaining but where the belts were going to end wasn't up for much doubt the Usos have again had recent legal troubles and The Revival aren't exactly crushing it as champs, enter Gallows and Anderson, again.

Kevin Owens kicked off Smackdown by having an amazing match against Drew Mcintyre, continuing his transformation into a fan favorite heel. Fighting against Shane has made Kevin very loveable to the fans which is what makes Shane such a great villain, helping these guys get over with the WWE Universe. Alexa Bliss continued her confusing run through the current WWE with a tag match against Bayley and Ember Moon to help sell their upcoming match at Summer Slam, it feels like a waste of Alexa's skillset but hopefully she'll fit into something soon. Speaking of wasting talent, Finn Balor fighting Dolph Ziggler felt like a confusing waste considering each of their separate storylines until Bray Wyatt showed up and distracted Finn, allowing Dolph to get the win. One interesting caveat that came out of this match was that the announcers mentioned how Dolph uses several members of DX's moves, it's something that has long driven me crazy but actually fits in with his current run as the "anti-legend" guy.

The stunt between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at the end of Raw where Brock F5'ed Seth onto a steel chair multiple times and then dragged him out of an ambulance and roughed him up some more, was over the top. I never like when WWE takes things from "guys fighting" to "guys trying to kill each other." The truth is WWE fans never forget this is fake, it's always in the back of their minds, so when WWE kicks it to this high gear, there's a level of violence that they're suggesting that honestly WWE fans can't accept. Just like in Smackdown where someone or something pushed scaffolding onto Roman Reigns. It's too fake. We can accept they want to fight for a shiny belt, we don't believe they want to murder each other.

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British composer Howard Goodall will reveal the magic of The Beatles in an exclusive engagement. Photo courtesy of Apple Corps. Ltd/The Beatles Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

If you're a Beatles fan, a splendid time is guaranteed for all when British composer, music historian, and Paul McCartney's good buddy Howard Goodall brings his "Magic of the Beatles Explained" presentation to Houston on Monday, December 16.

Goodall will dig deep into the Beatles' legacy and reveal how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr wrote and recorded some of the greatest songs in popular music history. It's a lecture that's got a good beat — and you can dance to it.

His presentation, making its U.S. debut, is sponsored by Gow Media (CultureMap's parent company) and St. Luke's Methodist Church Friends of Music. It will take place at The George Theater, home of Houston's A.D. Players repertory company (5420 Westheimer Rd.). Doors open at 6:30 pm, with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased here.

After Goodall's presentation, I will host a Q&A session with the British composer. Since I'm listed as "perhaps Houston's biggest Beatles fan," I will pose fun questions for Goodall from a fan's perspective. If you've got a question that's always bugged you about a Beatles song, feel free to "Help!" me.

For example, I've wondered why the early Beatles spoke in thick, heavy Liverpudlian accents, but sang with Middle American newscaster accents, and what did their fans back at the Cavern Club think about that? It would have been weird if the Beach Boys recorded "I Get Around" sounding like Prince Charles. Putting my airfare where my mouth is, the day after Goodall's show, I am taking my son to Liverpool as a graduation gift. He's a Beatles' fan, too, and never been to the Fab Four's birthplace.

In addition to his Beatles work, Goodall is a celebrated composer and songwriter in his own right. He has written shows for London's West End, television, and movies. He was named Composer of the Year by the Classic Brit Awards (England's version of the Grammys), in 2009. He also won a U.S. Emmy Award for the HBO film, Into the Storm.

Much of Goodall's presentation will center on The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, named the greatest rock 'n' roll album of all time by Rolling Stone. Goodall will examine several songs from Pepper, including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "She's Leaving Home," "Being For the Benefit of Mister Kite," and "Lovely Rita" — plus two songs originally intended for the album, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," which instead were released as a double A-sided single.

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"Magic of the Beatles Explained" takes place at The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased at here. Special VIP tickets are $100 and include premium seating, a meet-and-greet and photo op with Goodall, early admission at 6 p.m., plus light snacks and drinks before and after the show.


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