Kieran's Blog

I blog about all things WWE, Gaming, Privacy and whatever else is on my mind.

WWE's recent talent releases (RANT)

WWE have done it again. The infamous "Black Wednesday" returns exactly one year after the first with even more WWE superstars being released, despite WWE recording record earnings. It just shows you that anyone and everyone within WWE are disposable for the sake of saving or making more money. Out of all of the people who unfortunately lost their jobs on April 15, the one that shocked me the most was Samoa Joe. Seriously... how the hell can WWE come to a decision to terminate Samoa Joe's contract? Samoa Joe is one of the most talent wrestlers they have on their roster. Anything that WWE throws at him, Joe takes the situation and makes a success of it. Take his recent commentary position as an example. He was one of the best commentators despite only being one temporarily while he was out with an injury. Samoa Joe literally stood in the pouring rain at WrestleMania 37 for this company an he's repayed by being fired. Samoa Joe is literally WWE Hall of Fame material! What an absolute terrible decision to let him go. I hope AEW can give Joe a contract and let him shine and be the dominant force he was supposed to be in WWE.

Another pair of wrestlers I was surprised to see on the chopping block was Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. These two were a perfect tag team in the women's division. Literally everyone loved the IIconics in WWE and then WWE had to ruin their successful run as tag team partners by breaking them up and making them single competitors. The bad thing about this is, WWE literally had no plan for the both of them after. Why break up a successful tag team if you don't have anything for them after. It doesn't make sense! Billie Kay somehow managed to find a comedic gimmick that was actually rallying fans behind her, to then have WWE terminate her contract because Kevin Dunn "didn't get Billie Kay". I sometimes wonder if management in WWE are just plain stupid because they seem to always make stupid decisions.

I really hope that everyone who unfortunately lost their jobs on April 15 find another wrestling company that respects their talent and I hope they become very successful. Everyone on this chopping block literally could have been top stars in WWE. There was literally no reason to fire them. No one is buying budget cuts as an excuse when you've had record profits.

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WrestleMania Blacklash Predictions

Check back soon for WrestleMania Blacklash predictions. This page will be updated as WWE confirm matches for the event.

Redecorating my bedroom

Over the past couple of days, I've been busy redecorating my room by painting the walls a different colours and adding new furniture. I decided to have a "feature wall" which would be navy blue with the rest of walls being white. I also cleaned out a lot of old things that I no longer needed. It was hard work because the walls needed 2 to 3 coats of paint as the previous colour was showing through still, but it was all worth it in the end. My bedroom was way overdue to be redecorated and I am glad it's finally done.


My bucket list!

There are many things I would love to do and experience in my lifetime, this is my bucket list!

  • Go to WrestleMania
  • Go to space
  • Travel around the world
  • Sky dive out of a plane
  • Go inside a submarine and go underwater
  • Be in the book of Guinness world records
  • Go to the Grand Canyon
  • Stay in an ice hotel
  • Travel to North Korea for a tour
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Fly first class
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Make a time capsule

WrestleMania 37

WrestleMania is back in business!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, WWE have had no audience at any of thier events and WrestleMania 37 will the first WWE event to have a live crowd in over a year. Raymond James Stadium is set to have around 36% capacity of fans attending with the rest of the seats filled with cardboard cut outs (like the Super Bowl) to give the illusion of a packed crowd. WrestleMania 36 last year was originally set to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay but WWE was forced to move the event to the WWE Performance Center due to strict restrictions around Covid-19.

WrestleMania 37 will also be the first pay-per-view event to air exclusively live on PeacockTV following the closure and merging of WWE Network in the United States. WrestleMania 37 will continue to air on WWE Network for other countries and on traditional pay-per-view.


How to watch WWE WrestleMania 37?

United States: WWE WrestleMania 37 will be available to stream exclusively on Peacock.

United Kingdom: WWE WrestleMania 37 will be available to stream on WWE Network and on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95.

Elsewhere: WWE WrestleMania 37 will be available to stream on WWE Network.


NIGHT 1 Predictions and Winners (APRIL 10th)

MAIN EVENT: SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Bianca Belair Bianca Belair

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Bobby Lashley Bobby Lashley

Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Cesaro Cesaro

RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. AJ Styles & Omos

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
AJ Styles & Omos AJ Styles & Omos

Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Braun Strowman Braun Strowman

Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. The Riott Squad vs. Natalya & Tamina – Tag Team Turmoil

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Naomi & Lana Natalya & Tamina

NIGHT 2 Match Card & Predictions (APRIL 11th)

MAIN EVENT: Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan (Triple Threat Match)

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Edge Roman Reigns

The Fiend vs. Randy Orton

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
The Fiend Randy Orton

RAW Women's Champion Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Rhea Ripley Rhea Ripley

United States Champion Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Sheamus Sheamus

Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Apollo Crews

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Apollo Crews Apollo Crews

WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Natalya & Tamina

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Natalya & Tamina Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn

Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Kevin Owens Kevin Owens
WWE is a trademark of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

I came across a cool website...

I was surfing the web as I usually do and I came across a cool website that checks the carbon footprint of a page on a website. If you go to https://websitecarbon.com and input a page URL, it will calculate the amount of CO2 it produces per user visit and also if the website is cleaner or dirtier than other webpages tested on websitecarbon.com.

Pretty cool stuff!


I tested the following pages and these were the results:

standatdnotes.org home page - cleaner than 90% of web pages tested on websitecarbon, with only 0.11g of CO2 produced every time someone visits the web page.

discord.com home page - dirtier than 70% of web pages tested on the websitecarbon, with 1.62g of CO2 produced every time someone visits the web page.

Octopath Traveller is now on Xbox Game Pass

If you love RPG games, you'll want to check out Octopath Traveller. As of yesterday, it has been released on Xbox Game Pass. If you've got a Game Pass subscription, download it and try out the game. It's a fantastic game with great story telling and challenging combat. I doubt you'd be disappointed.

Bitwarden Send: A safe way to send sensitive information

Bitwarden has released a new feature called Bitwarden Send, which is included for free inside the Bitwarden password manager. Bitwarden Send allows a Bitwarden user to send text and files securely using end-to-end encryption to anyone they choose with a shareable link.

In order to use Bitwarden send, you must have a Bitwarden account and this is completely free to make. Once you've made an account with Bitwarden, go to your vault on the web and click on send in the navigation bar.

From there, you'll see a button saying "create new send". Click on that button and you'll be presented with this screen below where you can input your text and upload a file.
Note: Attaching files is only for Bitwarden Premium members.

Once you've chosen what options you want for your text or file, click save and send the link to your friend or colleage. When they open the link, they will be presented with this screen below, where they can copy the tex or download the file you've sent them.

Fastlane 2021 Predictions

Image Credit: WWE

It's the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 37!

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

Match Card:

Match Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan Roman Reigns Roman Reigns
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Apollo Crews Big E Big E
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus Sheamus Drew McIntyre
Randy Orton vs. Alexa Bliss Alexa Bliss Alexa Bliss
United States Champion Matt Riddle vs. Mustafa Ali Mustafa Ali Matt Riddle
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins Seth Rollins Seth Rollins

Match added in the PPV:

Braun Strowman vs. Elias (originally Shane McMahon)
Winner: Braun Strowman


How to watch WWE Fastlane?

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

US: You can watch WWE Fastlane on the WWE Network or on the WWE section on Peacock. WWE Fastlane will be the last pay-per-view to stream LIVE on WWENetwork.com before the full transfer to Peacock is complete. (US only)

WWE is a trademark of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Cryptee - A secure alternative to Evernote & Google Photos

If you are looking for a secure alternative to Evernote & Google Photos, Cryptee offers users peace of mind with zero-knowledge encryption for all of the personal files. Zero-knowledge encryption is great for user privacy because all files are encrypted on the users device before they are uploaded onto the Cryptee servers. As these files are encrypted on the deivce, the team at Cryptee & hackers cannot spy on your files. If a government three letter agency seized Cryptee's servers, they cannot read the contents of your files, meaning you are the only one with access.

What is Crypt.ee?

Desription from the website: Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

It works on all your devices and provides a zero-knowledge place to keep all your sensitive digital belongings. cryptee has all the features you'd expect from a modern document editor, like live sync with unlimited devices, rich document editing, to-dos, markdown, hotkeys, code highlighting, latex math, embeds, attachments, support for tables, ability to attach pdf files, read epub ebooks, listen to audio-memos, as well as open and link other various file formats.

Cryptee was founded in Estonia by John Ozbay


Cryptee docs

With Cryptee docs, you can create and edit existing documents right within the web application. Cryptee also supports .docx files and a cool feature that was noted on the Cryptee website is that the application provides an added benefit of security by not allowing macros to run when the document is opened.

Cryptee docs also has all of the features you'd expect from Evernote like tables, checklists, highlighters, superscript and more!


This is a screenshot of a document open in Cryptee with light and dark theme enabled.

Features of Cryptee docs
Markdown
Open and save .docx files
Use offline
Checkboxes and tables
Import notes from Evernote iCloud, Bear Notes & more

Cryptee photos

Cryptee photos allows you to store and create a backup your private and personal photos. Cryptee photos has a great interface that's easy to use and view all of your photos. Services like Google Photos can view all of your personal and private photos and use this information to sell you ads. As Crpytee has zero-knowledge encryption, you are the only one who can see your photos, and that's the way it should be.

Features of Cryptee photos
Hide your photos for deniability
Create albums
Built in slideshow
Favourite important photos

Cryptee prices

Cryptee has a monthly and yearly subscription for more storage but you can create a free account and try the service with 100MB for free.

Below is the amount of storage you can upgrade to:
Prices are in euro

10GB

Monthly
€3

400GB

Monthly
€11

2000GB (2TB)

Monthly
€30

Pricing information can be found here. If you decide to upgrade your storage and pay yearly, you can save up to 37%.

CHECK OUT CRYPTEE HERE

So many games, so little money.

Lately there's been so many games that I want to get. Especially, on the Nintendo Switch but I literally don't have the money to get them all. These are some games I want to get at some point in the future:


- Super Mario 3D All Stars

- Green Hell

- Paper Mario: The Origami King

- Lugi's Mansion 3

- Mario Golf: Super Rush

- Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (for Switch)

- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Elimination Chamber 2021 Predictions


Image Credit: WWE

It's the road to WrestleMania and six WWE superstars will enter the Elimination Chamber. But who will be the last man standing and leave WWE Champion?

Below is the full match card for WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 with my predicted winners.

The Match Card

MatchPredicted WinnerActual Winner
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (Elimination Chamber Match)
Drew McIntyreDrew McIntyre
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Daniel BryanRoman ReignsRoman Reigns
Owens vs. Bryan. vs. Cesaro vs. Uso vs. Zayn vs. Corbin (Elimination Chamber Match to earn a Universal Title Match on the same night)CesaroDaniel Bryan
United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle (Triple Threat Match)
Bobby LashleyMatt Riddle
WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Sasha Banks & Bianca BelairSasha Banks & Bianca BelairNia Jax & Shayna Baszler

After winning the Elimination Chamber, Drew McIntyre was attacked by Bobby Lashley and The Miz cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase to become WWE Champion.


How to watch WWE Elimination Chamber 2021?

You can watch WWE Elimination Chamber 2021 on Sunday 21st February 2021 at 12am GMT / 7pm EST on the WWE Network. New subscribers get their first month free: Sign up here

WWE is a trademark of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

My most recommended VPN

Website: TorGuard.net

Disclaimer: I am apart of TorGuard VPN's affiliate program, meaning I earn a small commission if you sign up for the service using my affiliate links and discount codes.

If you're thinking about signing up for a VPN service for bypassing geo-restricted content or you simply want to increases your anonymity and security on the internet, I highly recommend you check out TorGuard VPN. Out of any VPN service on the market, TorGuard VPN is my most recommended VPN service for anyone looking for a fast and reliable VPN. TorGuard VPN has some of the fastest speeds compared to its competitors on the market and their customer support is top-notch. TorGuard also has solid pricing and is actually very generous for the features they provide when you sign up for the service. A lot of people also do not know that TorGuard VPN has very generous 50% off codes for all of their VPN bundles (which are recurring), making it one of the cheapest VPNs too.

TorGuard Feaures

8 simultaneous connections (12 on Pro bundle)
Unlimited Bandwidth
Supports WireGuard protocol
App killswitch
Streaming IPs
Stealth VPN
Supports Linux and other major OS
No logs
24/7 support

How TorGuard VPN discount codes work:

When you first go onto the TorGuard VPN website and try to sign up to one of the bundles they provide, you'll be greeted with their regular pricing which is outlined below.

Note: The pricing listed below are the one month pricing. My affiliate codes will give you 50% off the quarterly, semi-annually, annually, bieannually and triennially plans too! (Pricing is in $USD)

Anonymous VPNStreaming Bundle
$9.99 per month$21.98 per month


When you've selected a bundle on their checkout page, use any of my affiliate discount codes to get a recurring 50% off the prices above. 

Anonymous VPNStreaming Bundle
Code: m00tCode: m00tflix
Now: $4.99 per monthNow:  $10.99 per month


Accessing geo-restricted content

TorGuard VPN is one of the only VPNs that I've tried that can actually bypass streaming VPN and proxy blocks to access geo-restricted content because of the unique streaming IPs that are provided to you, if you sign up to their streaming bundle plan. You can choose two different locations to which you are then given a unique IP for the locations you've chosen. The locations that are available for a streaming IP are;

  • USA
  • UK
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Japan

When you've signed up for the streaming bundle, you have to contact TorGuard support to choose what streaming IPs you want. TorGuard support will then apply the streaming IPs to your account. Once you've got your two unique streaming IPs, you can access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services from that location. As the IPs are unique to you, they are extremely unlikely to get blocked because the streaming service will think they are residential IPs and not shared IPs like most VPN services use.

If you are from the UK, I recommend you get a streaming IP based in the USA and Japan. If you are from the USA, I recommend you get a streaming IP based in the UK and Japan. However, the choice is up to you.

Lastly, TorGuard VPN has a great reputation. Founded in 2012, TorGuard has been around in the VPN market for a while and they are definitely not going away anytime soon. TorGuard keeps zero activity and connection logs and hasn't had any history of activity leaks of their users.

Sign Up For TorGuard VPN

Cpt. Sir Tom Moore has passed away


This blog post is dedicated to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who passed away earlier today at the age of 100. Cpt. Sir Tom Moore was a national treasure to many, who served in the British Army during WW2 and managed to raise over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

I send my condolences to Cpt. Sir Tom Moore's family and friends.

My favourite apps for 2021

Below is a list of my favourite applications/services I use on a day to day basis.*

*Please note that not all of these products are privacy focused and I have not been paid or sponsored by any company to list these products.

In no particular order...

Bitwarden

Bitwarden is my favourite password manager to date. I've been using Bitwarden for around 2 years now and I don't think I'll use any other password manager. The reason I love Bitwarden so much is that it's open-source and trustworthy. Unlike other popular password managers, Bitwarden also has an extremely cheap premium plan for $10 a year.


TorGuard VPN

TorGuard is an underdog in the VPN space. Founded in 2012, TorGuard VPN has built a trustworthy reputation in the VPN market. I like TorGuard VPN because it has great speeds and packed with features. Unlike most other VPN services out there, TorGuard VPN allow users to have dedicated streaming IPs to bypass geo-restricted content. TorGuard VPN also have really fast servers and supports the WireGuard protocol for added speed and security. When using a dedicated streaming IP from TorGuard VPN, I've found the IPs to be consistent in bypassing Netflix geo-blocks and other streaming service restrictions because these services recognise the dedicated IP as a residential IP. TorGuard VPN also doesn't force customers into long term commitments with fake countdown timers (notably NordVPN) with shady and confusing pricing to make it look like you're getting a really good deal. TorGuard VPN has clear pricing (and very generous discount codes) and is on of the cheapest VPN services out there.


Authy

Authy is a really good two factor authenticator alternative to Google Authenticator. If you don't fully trust Google with your 2FA codes, then Authy is for you. I also find the application better looking than some of the others that are out there.


Standard Notes

I'm so glad that I found Standard Notes. Standard Notes is the only place I feel safe to write my thoughts and feelings safely as the application is open-source and all notes are encrypted client side by default. When I first downloaded Standard Notes, I never thought I would use it. A year later, I am using it everyday to note down reminders, ideas, write blog posts (like this one) and keeping a personal journal. Ever since I started writing down things in Standard Notes, I feel I have gotten more productive in the things I am doing. The Standard Notes team are great too. They're really friendly and knowledgeable and care about the community they've built.


Wikipedia

This is probably a something people who personally know me would not of expected to be on this list. I cannot deny the fact that I love Wikipedia. In fact, I've been donating to Wikipedia for the past 3 years because I believe in the vision that knowledge should be free for all, and Wikipedia stands for that. I am always wanting to find more information and gain more knowledge about anything that sparks my interest and Wikipedia is one of go to places for it. I know that people say that Wikipedia can be unreliable but I believe that opinion is no longer relevant for most topics. Information on the website has gotten more accurate in recent years and therefore I have more trust in Wikipedia.


NewPipe

NewPipe is an open-source YouTube alternative for Android. I like NewPipe because it doesn't use any of Google's framework libraries or the YouTube API itself. It also makes YouTube Premium irrelevant because NewPipe has all of the features from YouTube Premium that's locked behind a paywall for free. I can listed to videos in background mode and download those videos through the app and not have to pay £11.99 per month to do so.


WWE Network

Many people who know me, know I love wrestling. For years I've watched WWE and I've even attended a couple of their live events including Monday Night RAW. For the price, WWE Network is really good value (especially for UK fans) because the subscription includes live pay-per-views for £9.99 per month, instead of paying the inflated box office prices. WWE Network also includes a massive catalogue of archived content and original progamming.


Spotify

Out of any product on this list, I definitely use Spotify more than the rest. I've been using this music service for years as I just love listening to music. I've tried other music services like Deezer and Tidal but they didn't quite meet my expectations like Spotify does. I honestly think Spotify knows more about my music tastes than I know myself. (Take that as a good thing or a bad thing)


Vgy.me

Vgy.me is a free image hosting website. It's super simple to use and it even supports ShareX.



This list is being updated. Please check back later for updates.

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WrestleMania heads back to Tampa Bay


Image Credit: WWE

WWE announced last night that WrestleMania 37 will move from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay in Florida this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. WrestleMania 36 last year was originally set to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay but WWE was forced to move the event to the WWE Performance Center due to restrictions around Covid-19.  WrestleMania 37 has also been moved from the original date of March 28th, 2021 to April 10th and 11th 2020 and will be a 2 night event. This year, WWE are hoping to to make a comeback by making another pirate themed WrestleMania, one we should've seen last year with lots of pyro and an actual pirate set. According to various sources, WWE are also planning to allow a limited number of fans into the stadium, which would make it the first WWE event to have a live crowd in over a year. 

Although WWE is set to have a limited number of people in the crowd at WrestleMania this year, plans could change due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. With the new variants that spread quicker and some that avoid the effects of vaccines (early research suggests), WWE could be forced to scrap that idea and have an empty arena or even bring in the LED screens from the ThunderDome.