Desert Island Pop Culture Tournament: Day One

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The premise is easy. You are stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life and are permitted to bring just one entertainment choice along with you. Chad Campbell & Justin Rozzero, along with an assist from the PTB Nation staff, have chosen 64 essential items across eight different categories. After a random draw, these 64 items have been matched up tournament-style. You will vote to determine the one item you could never live without! Here are the categories!

Games & ActivitiesAll materials needed to play the game or activity are included

Yearly Events: You get to watch these special televised events each year they are televised

Complete Television Series Collection: You receive a DVD set of the entire series

Complete Movie Series Collection: You receive a DVD set of the entire collection of movies, where applicable

Wrestling Pay Per View DVD: You receive a DVD copy of the full unedited wrestling DVD

Magazine Collection: You receive an ongoing subscription to the magazine

Complete Video Game Series Collection: You receive a copy of the entire series of a game title, where applicable

Music Albums: You receive a digitally mastered CD of the album

Come back each and every day to vote and share your opinions at the Place to Be Nation Facebook page!


Region El Gigante

The Dark Knight Trilogy vs. WrestleMania x7


The Gigante region opens with a match-up between juggernauts as the greatest wrestling mega-show of all time squares off against the greatest superhero movie trilogy of all time.

Emanating from the sold out Houston Astrodome at the peak of the Attitude Era boom, WM17 delivered plenty of high quality wrestling action, excitement, storyline payoffs and memorable moments. The show was main evented by a legendary brawl between icons Steve Austin and The Rock and has immense rewatchability. Plus Repo-Man is involved.

Anticipation was sky high in the summer of 2005 as Christopher Nolan’s relaunch of the Batman series, starting with Batman Begins, was finally arriving in theaters. With a loaded cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman and a darker, grittier tone, it looked like the product would live up to the immense hype. It did. In spades. The movie was fantastic, leading to two sequels. The first sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), which included a star-making performance by the late Heath Ledger, is widely considered to be the best of the three. The trilogy wrapped up last year with the box office mega-hit, The Dark Knight Rises.

Which of these two pop culture titans will reign supreme and move on in the tournament? You can decide right now!

Desert Island Tournament Day One

  • WrestleMania x7 (51%, 38 Votes)
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (49%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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Region VKM

Beer Pong (Beirut) vs. Call of Duty


This match-up is a battle between two games that are surely the cause for many poor college test performances across the world. The question is, which would you rather kill time with when trapped on an island for the rest of your life?

Beer Pong, also known as Beirut, is a simple game. You line up cups, fill them with beer and toss ping pong balls into the cup. If you hit a cup, your opponent drinks. First one to hit every cup wins. At first, it was contained to college and house parties, but has now exploded into a mainstream phenomenon, featured in bars and tailgates. Many retail stores even sell dedicated beer pong kits today as well.

Originally released in 2003 as a PC game, Call of Duty was an immediate hit amongst gamers. Initially set in World War II, this first person shooter game has evolved into an iconic franchise spread across a multitude of platforms and backdrops. Subsequent versions saw stories based in modern times, ghost worlds and post apocalyptic zombie jamborees. With another release on the way in 2014, the CoD franchise is showing no signs of slowing down.

Which fantastic time killing game will move on? You decide below!

Desert Island Tournament Day One

  • Beer Pong (51%, 36 Votes)
  • Call of Duty (49%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

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Region Dennis Stamp

Entertainment Weekly vs. The Wire


In our first true cross-genre battle, the nation’s favorite mainstream entertainment industry magazine squares off against a cult hit that most consider to be the greatest modern drama in TV history.

Entertainment Weekly burst onto the scene in February 1990 as a consumer’s guide to the best and hottest in pop culture. Since then, the publication has evolved into your standard magazine, with sections for feedback, opinions, features and reviews. The weekly publication has a circulation of almost two billion and a popular website to go along with it. It is also a must read for pop culture junkies and the go-to grab for anyone waiting for a haircut.

Quietly slinking onto the HBO scene in 2002, The Wire was a gritty and realistic drama that examined the city of Baltimore, MD with an honest lens. Lasting five seasons, each entry focused on a new aspect of the city: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. Directed by David Simon, the show was an underground favorite that has gained steam and popularity through its ardent supporters and overwhelmingly positive word of mouth. As is the case with a lot of shows over the last decade, ratings sagged despite superior quality. Regardless, HBO kept the show around long enough to deliver 60 fantastic episodes for its catalog.

So, as you spend eternity on your island, the choice is yours: keeping in tune with the world of entertainment and pop culture or relive the dramatic tale of a grim city as told through the eyes of a highly regarded TV series. You decide below!

Desert Island Tournament Day One

  • The Wire (57%, 39 Votes)
  • Entertainment Weekly (43%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

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Region Hacksaw

The Godfather Trilogy vs. WWE Big Four Pay-Per-Views


In the final match-up of the day, a legendary epic movie trilogy battles professional wrestling’s biggest PPV yearly events.

Originally based on the novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather was released as a feature film in 1972. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring a loaded cast that included Al Pacino, James Caan, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and more, this mafia based movie was an immediate blockbuster hit and picked up three Academy Awards along the way. That success led to a sequel in 1974, featuring an expanded cast that included the great Robert De Niro. Godfather II is considered one of the greatest films ever made and easily the best film sequel in history. Godfather III followed in 1990, and while not as widely heralded, it still did well at the box office and earned seven Academy Award nominations.

Starting in 1989, the WWE officially began offering four major pay-per-view events each year: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series. As the PPV calender has filled up over the years, one thing remains the same: the Big Four will always have the most hype and deliver the biggest and brightest moments in pro wrestling. While Survivor Series and SummerSlam ebb year to year, you know that the WWE hype and creative machine will always be working overtime to ensure Royal Rumble and WrestleMania deliver the goods. And no matter how depleted the roster is or how tepid the storylines are, you know that each January the Royal Rumble match itself will be entertaining from bell to bell. Plus, it officially starts the company down the road to the biggest weekend of the year.

Would you rather ability to relive one of the greatest stories ever told at a whim or roll the dice on WWE providing high quality quarterly PPV events? The call is yours to make below!

Desert Island Tournament Day One

  • WWE Big Four PPVs (85%, 61 Votes)
  • Godfather Trilogy (15%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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