SmackDown Live Preview: AJ Styles to battle Dean Ambrose in a WWE World Title showdown

With No Mercy’s Triple Threat Match fast-approaching, “The Champ that runs the Camp” must put the WWE World Championship on the line one-on-one against The Lunatic Fringe.

By order of SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles must fight the proverbial battle before the war when he defends the WWE World Championship in a highly-anticipated rematch against former titleholder Dean Ambrose tonight.

Styles won SmackDown LIVE’s greatest prize in controversial fashion at WWE Backlash, hitting The Lunatic Fringe with a low blow when the referee was indisposed. However, after Ambrose pinned John Cena on SmackDown LIVE last week, Bryan decided it was time to award him his promised one-on-one rematch.

No Mercy’s Triple Threat WWE World Title Match between Styles, Ambrose and Cena is less than two weeks away, but who will be the champion when they get there? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE, with SmackDown LIVE Pre-Show beginning at 7:30/6:30 C across all digital platforms.

It’s strange that the media read by non-1D fans (ex. People, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone) are so Larry-oriented lately while the “sleazy” media sources (the mirror, the sun) that the fans usually follow continue to push babygate and a het narrative.

Very Important Message to ARMY

Your life is not a fan fiction. BTS isn’t going to fall in love with you when you show up at the airport. I understand you all want to tell them you love them but remember actions speak louder than words. Show them you love them by respecting their privacy and personal space.

Let’s say that you’re lucky enough to get to the second stage of your career, that as a result of your perseverance, your connections, and/or your wonderful auditions, you have joined a band or landed a small role on a television show. Now you need to take it one stage further. So what do you do? Easy: Date a celebrity.

Pardon me for being cynical, but I believe that many celebrity couples are complete PR illusions. Sometimes relationships between stars are genuine, but just as often they are skillful ways of getting a relative unknown into the spotlight. When you’re an aspiring celebrity and you pair off with another aspiring celebrity, you don’t just double or triple your exposure. Rather, you multiply it by a factor of ten or twenty.

People in the media are fascinated, and always have been, by the idea that famous or even semifamous people are shagging each other.
You may think I’m joking, but I’m completely serious. Entertainment careers are all about momentum and coverage, and relationships are an important part of that. And remember, celebrity relationships don’t even have to be normal. Take Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley…

—  Simon Cowell, I don’t mean to be rude, but… (2003)

Please fire me. We recently hired a new general manager, who tends to over-explain very simple things. Today, regrettably, I asked him to double check a tax exemption profile I filled out, as it was federal and I’m more accustomed to state. The thirty minute seminar ended with him explaining how to use a stapler remover.


Yui’s speech at Takamina’s graduation concert (2016.03.27)

■ ラストソング後、高橋みなみが旅立って行った後
■ After the last song, after Takahashi Minami left

It was really beautiful.

I just felt that the first chapter of AKB48 is over now.

Takamina-san said that she entrusts the future of AKB48 to the current members…

I don’t know how long will it takes for us to be like the seniors, but, I would like for us to work hard together so that all of the members can achieve their dreams and have many dreams even as AKB48.

Everyone, please continue to support AKB48 in the future.

■ 最後にステージに1人残りコメント
■ Comment as she’s the last one remaining on the stage

Even though we’re getting a really lot of help from all of people from now, I want us to join our efforts and work hard for the second chapter of AKB48. Please continue to support the 48 Group as well in the future. Thank you very much for today.

[Jiji] AKB48 Yokoyama Yui’s Interview (Part 2)

Part 1

※ Meaningful solo song

This is the last part of AKB48 Group’s General Manager Yokoyama Yui-san’s interview. We would hear her talking about serving as the captain, AKB48 Team A’s new performance “M.T. ni Sasagu”, the group’s challenge and her activities individually.

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AKB48 Team A’s new stage performance “M.T. ni Sasagu” started on February 10th. At the opening, I was surprised to see the “KEEP OUT” tape was spread around the microphone.

  When the curtain opened, I was like, “What’s going on!?”, y’know (lol). I feel agitated too.

 When we’re going to do the “Revival performance (replay of an existing performance)”, we had roles models to watch while “M.T. ni Sasagu”, it was written especially for (our) team. I felt unprecedented anxiety, thinking “Will it make the audience satisfy?”, and even though we cried everyday before the (first day of the) performance, we stayed united and greeted the first day.

  I’ve created new things with the members and staffs such as a new stage performance that has different directing/performance from the conventional theater performance. Takamina-san told me, “It looks rather like a show than a theater performance. It’s new!”.

The ballad “Tsuki to Mizukagami” is a solo song that you’ve been longing for, right?

  This is very meaningful to me to have had a solo song at this current period (became the general manager). It makes me happy when I think that I'l walk together with this song in the future.

  I and all of the fans too were very glad because I could be given this solo song. At the handshake event, the fans told me, “I’ll vote for this song in next year’s Request Hour”. My bond with the fans also deepened and my feeling of gratitude became stronger than before. 

  By the way, I received the lyrics of this song from Akimoto-san on December 8th last year. It’s mine and AKB48’s birthday on that day. Feeling like it’s some kind of fate, I got goosebumps.

※ I want to repaint AKB48 newly

As the general manager, how do you take the current situation of AKB48 group?

  First of all, the challenge is “The members’ recognition”. Sashihara (Rino)-san, (Watanabe) mayu-san and Yukiri (Kashiwagi Yuki)-san have been well known, but, there maybe only few well-known members.

 一 If each person’s popularity rises up, then it should be able to be a contribute to the group. The young member’s individual activity has been increasing recently like appearing in the stage play. I think it should be able to widen (their popularity) little by little.

  I, as the general manager of the second generation, feel troubled when I’m being compared to the predecessor, because I deeply feel it. The members may also sometimes say, “AKB48 at the time when the seniors were still here was great”.

  Nevertheless, if we repaint AKB48 to a new color, then the repainting would become the common one (that people accustomed to), right? The current members are the people who can together aim at the “new AKB48” with such a feeling.

The consciousness to represent the lots of distinctive members seems to grow.

  From now on, I think we have to acquire more skills to do well in the concerts and performances. With the members’ high motivations, I can feel that we’re moving (forward) to the idea of “We have to change”. 

※ Interest in acting

What kind of activity do you want to do personally in future?

  In drama “Majisuka Gakuen 5″, I acted with people like actor Yoshihiko Hakamada-san, Kyosuke Yabe-san and Lily Franky-san. When we’re asked to act together (in the same scene), they were able to show expressions and voices that I’ve never seen or heard before! Therefore, I’m very interested in acting now. I want to act with the actors who are outside (of the group) more.

You originally aspire to be a singer, right?

  That’s right. One day, I went to CHEMISTRY’s concert in Osaka-jo Hall with my family and I was so impressed by them, “I’m impressed by these people’s voices, I want to be like them”, that’s how I want to be a singer. In the future, I want to be “someone who can sing”, but, I originally like to express (myself), so, I’m also interested in acting with that extension.

  During the lesson for the solo song in the new performance, I received an advice, “This is like acting, bring out the feeling and make some expressions”, I wondered, are they (singing and acting) connected?

  In AKB48, I get to experience a lot of things such as song, stage, TV drama and skit. I want to do all the things that I can do without any limitation in the future. I have to work hard now so that this circumstance will continue even in the future AKB48.

  The members are kind at heart

By the way, what do you do on your day off?

  If the day is confirmed in a matter of minutes, I may do nothing but sleep.

  Also, I will go out to eat with the members. We AKB48 members basically invite other members even in private. Because we’re close to each other, I wonder will it (the group) continue for a long time?

― All of you have a good friendship even on a daily basis, right?

  We naturally support each other, it’s our strength (as a group).

  We can tell “That kid is having a hard time now” just by looking at the members and when I think of that, there will be members who will approach her. Everyone in AKB48 is kind at heart.

  I’m often inspired by the members everyday, all of the people who I met in AKB48 are really irreplaceable treasures.