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WWE Universal Champions

Name the wrestlers who have won the WWE Universal Championship.
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2019
Seth Rollins
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2018
Brock Lesnar
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2018
Roman Reigns
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2017
Goldberg
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2016
Kevin Owens
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2016
Finn Balor
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level 43
Dec 22, 2018
Okay so now that we got all the other things out of the way. Why the hell is the internet all of a sudden abuzz with rumors of Asuka vs. Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble? I don't like it. They keep saying that this match is "unofficial". So is this now the new official methodology of announcing and promoting a match.? I thought that Becky Lynch was going to challenge Ronda Rousey for her title. I now feel like Asuka is being used as an interim champion. Not fair to Asuka. I hope I'm wrong. Men's wrestling: I think wheels have been put into motion for setting up the Lesnar vs. Rollins match for the Universal title at Wrestlemania. Rollins just recently (at TLC) dropped the I.C. title to Ambrose. Now Seth Rollins is free to pursue the Universal Title. In the meantime Ambrose is once again given a championship run.
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level 68
Dec 23, 2018
Even if they go with Asuka vs. Becky at the Rumble, things can still turn out okay. Imagine the following scenario: Becky provokes Ronda somehow, so Rousey interferes in the match and causes Becky to lose her rematch. Becky then enters the Rumble and wins, then challenges Rousey at Wrestlemania while Asuka goes on to feud with someone else (probably Charlotte, though I would prefer someone else). Not saying this is how it will go, but it's one way they could make it work.
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level 43
Dec 23, 2018
Yeah but having Asuka win a 2nd time with help from Rousey ? I don't know how that would fare for Asuka's credibility as champion. Then it pretty much would necessitate Asuka getting into the face of Rousey and telling her to step off!! Otherwise Asuka will look weak and like her push is just b.s. illegitimate booking on the part of the WWE. So even though she's the champ, she ends up looking like a chimp. Whie Becky Lynch comes out looking strong but as a victim of injustice and Rousey as a power player in the WWE. Great for Lynch and Rousey. Sucks for Asuka. You know what? I wouldn't put it past the WWE to do this.
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level 68
Dec 24, 2018
That's a good point. I definitely don't want anyone undermining Asuka's credibility by making it look like she needs help to win. On the other hand, having Becky lose clean in a rematch to Asuka is no good either because then if she wins the Rumble it looks like she's running to Raw because she can't handle the competition on Smackdown. Plus I feel like she needs a little more nudge to focus on Ronda instead of on reclaiming the title she recently lost. That's why I'm thinking of a dirty finish, maybe even a no contest. I don't see a perfect solution here, but that seems like the way to change Becky's focus without damaging anyone's credibility too much.
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level 43
Dec 24, 2018
I don't know what to say anymore. I mean WWE Creative and Vince McMahon have destroyed the bulk of the talent roster for years now. Asuka is dangling in the wind (even though she's champion), Cena is m.i.a. , one of the two world titles (and it's holder) is a sick joke, Samoa Joe is toast, Bray Wyatt is long gone, D-Bryan feels to me like he's in a parallel universe, Ceasaro and Sheamus as well as Dash and Dawson are wasted in the tag team division, they just keep trying to push Ric Flair's daughter and Snoop Dogg / Brandy Norwoods little cousin while ignoring a plethora of deserving talent in the women's division, Bobby Rood (he held more singles and tag world titles than Samoa Joe or AJ Styles in TNA) he's just getting jacked around, where the hell is Randy Orton? Roman Reigns!!! 4 years? They jerked him and the fans around for 4 years!!, Alexa Bliss and Baron Corbin in the t.v. viewers face week in and week out.........
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level 43
Dec 24, 2018
The list of WWE / Vince McMahon mis-managements can go on and on. They (WWE) have ruined everything and turned the WWE into the Stinky, Steaming S_!t Show that it is currently. Asuka is just a very recent example of this. I'm sorry to say that, Asuka as champ -too little too late, The Bar as Tag Champs -Too little too late, Becky Lynch's current run -Too Little too late, Roman Reigns finally beating Lesnar for the title -Too little too late, Ronda Rousey brought into the WWE -Too little too late, getting rid of Brock Lesnar from the WWE for good...tomorrow -Good But still too little too late, etc etc. The damage has been already done. The WWE's recent hotshotting efforts as far as surprise / shocking storylines and bookings aren't nearly at all adequate much less the right, all encompassing, comprehensive solution to the WWE's vast array of problems. Simply put Vince McMahon is a day late and a dollar short. Even if he, Stephanie, Shane and HHH are coming back to t.v. fulltime.
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level 43
Dec 24, 2018
I really don't believe if Vince somehow can magically bring back the Great Dusty Rhodes from the dead (for booking) and somehow gets Ric Flair to come and book (both flair and Rhodes kept the NWA fighting back in the day as bookers) and then somehow gets Aaron Sorkin and Francis Ford Coppola to help with storylines and promo writing, still I don't think these legends and icons of their trades even if they marshalled all of their vast talents and skills could undue the damages inflicted upon the talent and the reputation of the WWE thanks to Vince, Stephanie, Vince Russo, Kevin Dunn and the rest of the WWE (non-wrestling) personnel. HHH is culpable in small part as well. Sigh.....Perhaps this will be my jetpunk.com "Year End" review of the WWE and commentary on the WWE 's folleys during the course of 2018 and the last decade.
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level 68
Dec 25, 2018
The jury's still out on what happens to Asuka now. Having the belt is good, but as we've discussed it's possible to still misuse someone even when they're the champ. Cena has become part-time which I see as a good thing because he was too omnipresent for a long time. Samoa Joe has been booked with no follow-through, which is a problem. Wyatt had similar issues for a long time, and even though he did finally get a title reign it was a short one and didn't really change things for him in the long run. Sheamus had his chance to be a top guy and the fans rejected him (even if I don't think it was totally his fault), so I think he's in a good place. Cesaro deserves a shot at some point though. I barely know who Dash and Dawson are so have no comment on them. I have no problem with Charlotte or Sasha but I think they both can use a vacation from the title scene. I don't know what the hell they're doing with Bobby Roode, but he hasn't accomplished much in WWE so far.
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level 68
Dec 25, 2018
Reigns of course is still out with leukemia, but the problem with him was they tried to cram him down people's throats even when fans didn't want him. They should have responded to that by turning him heel and revamping his character, similar to when Rocky Maivia failed back in the day. Instead they just pushed harder. I like Alexa Bliss as a heel but an active roster member should never be an authority figure. And I have no idea what they see in Baron Corbin - to me he has always been a waste of space that I have absolutely zero interest in. He doesn't look badass, his mic work is weak, his matches aren't particularly entertaining. The only time I have ever cared about him at all is when he is actively ruining somebody else's good thing.
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level 68
Dec 25, 2018
With regard to everything you labeled too little too late, I agree. That's why I haven't watched a WWE broadcast of any kind since Wrestlemania 33. They are just not willing to pay attention to fan feedback and don't care when people are tuning out. I don't blame any of the talent (except Brock Lesnar - screw that guy), but I DO blame the entire McMahon family and also the other executives running the show. They don't care because they're making money hand-over-fist from their TV deals, but they WILL care when the TV networks decide they're tired of paying more money for lower ratings and stop being willing to throw cash down the drain on WWE. And putting Vince and co. back on TV is not the answer. If anything, there's already too much of them. What they simply need to do is give wrestlers more creative freedom, be more reactive to what fans are telling them, stop letting part-timers be champion, and get the McMahons (all of them, but Steph most of all) the hell off TV.
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level 68
Dec 25, 2018
As crap as Vince Russo is, it's unfair to blame him for the WWE's current problems, because he hasn't worked for them since 2002. I blame Vince for being out-of-touch and deciding not to listen to fans; Stephanie for being unbearable on-screen and never getting comeuppance as a heel authority figure, and for being terrible when she was in charge of creative; Triple H for always having to face the next big upcoming star and defeat them; Shane for allowing himself to be booked as the "best in the world" over everyone on the roster, Kevin Dunn for allowing the production to decline over the years (bland ring sets, no more pyro, cookie cutter TV segments, etc.), and Brock Lesnar for not putting in any effort and just taking the paycheck without trying to put on a good show.
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level 43
Dec 26, 2018
I pretty much agree with everything you said. The exception being letting Russo off the hook. Vince MCmahon has a perverse sense of humor. He always had an affinity for the immature, sophomoric and tasteless. I believe that Vince Russo and his garbage, jerry springer, 3 ring circus crap show brand of creativity only further enabled, fostered and encouraged this perversion in Vince McMahon. I am not saying that he is 100 percent responsible for the downward spiral of the WWF/E over the past 20 years. But his years in creative helped provide McMahon with inspiration for the lousy angles, storylines and bookings that we have all grown accustomed to expect of the WWE.
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level 43
Dec 26, 2018
I just hope that the proverbial jury deciding upon Asuka will be fair to her. She deserves a strong, legitimate world title run. I will be pissed if they make her look like a chump. Also will be sorely disappointed if it turns out they are using her only as a transitional champion.
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level 68
Dec 27, 2018
I agree that Vince Russo destroys everything he touches when it comes to wrestling. He was kept on a leash in WWF but he definitely had some terrible ideas there. His booking contributed to the downfall of WCW (like making himself champion. I can't believe they let him do that), he did a number on TNA when he worked there as well. I just don't see how you can blame him for stuff that happened in WWE after he stopped working there. He hasn't been on the creative team in WWE since 2002.
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level 68
Dec 27, 2018
You and I are in agreement on Asuka. I had no faith left in WWE to use her correctly, but they put the title on her which is more than I expected. I now hope that she has a strong run, and that when she finally does lose it, that it's to a credible opponent and she remains a legit top contender in the Smackdown women's division for the foreseeable future.
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level 43
Dec 27, 2018
I already did explain why I hold still Mr. Russo responsible for the crap show that the WWE is today. Because he provided Vince McMahon with inspiration and encouragement to go ahead with a series of immature, tasteless, horrible reality TV s_#t show style storylines and bookings. Vince McMahon loves toilet humor among his weird likings. This has left in part an influence in his (McMahons) future business decision making. Those who dared to oppose McMahon on ideas usually ended up jobless, while the objections of those well meaning and unfortunate souls basically went over Vince Mcmahon's head. Russo was a yes man without any good ideas or talent. But make no mistake his crap ideas mostly made it into the ring and on television at the time and the influence is still felt today. Because Russo wanted wrestling to be a soap opera not a display of athleticism, talent and violence. Notice how little wrestling goes on today on a WWE show?.....
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level 43
Dec 27, 2018
While in the meantime there is an awful lot of dramatic, personal (non wrestling) storylines and segments? Yeah...well you can thank the likes of Vince Russo for that. Yeah btw not only was Russo as WCW Champion ridiculous but David Arquette was also totally asinine as the champion. Vince McMahon when he made himself WWF champion was a d-bag but genius move to bring even more heat on his tyrannical heel character. But he was credible. After all he is huge physically and he owns the whole thing. Worst case with that was people went " Wtf, oh well....he owns the damn thing right?" But yeah Russo and Arquette as Champs looked more like chumps.
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level 43
Dec 27, 2018
By the way. About Shane McMahon. He is probably the only relatable (to the public) McMahon. He was never booked as being the best in the world. He was booked as a ballsy, crazy, tough and somewhat capable part time wrestler who happens to be the owners son. He has been vulnerable, been handed beat downs and losses in his history as a performer. Just like Vince has. Both of them won some and lost some. Shane has nothing to do with the creative aspect of the WWE. He is just an actor (as far as being SD g.m.), a minor real life executive at the WWE and at this point may own a little WWE stock. HHH and Stephanie are the power players besides Vince McMahon.
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level 43
Dec 27, 2018
Hopefully Asuka gets treated right. I also hope that other deserving talent will get a shot at being the top women in the division. I also hope they keep Charlotte, Sasha and Alexa Bliss away from the belts for at least till sometime next year (maybe royal rumble or later....lol).
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level 68
Dec 28, 2018
Shane just won the WWE's "World Cup" tournament a month or so that they said would determine the best wrestler in the world, so they literally did proclaim him the best in the world. It's true that he's not a former WWF Champion and former ECW Champion like Vince, or a multi-time world champion like Triple H. Even Stephanie is a former Women's Champion. But on the other hand, Shane has gone head-to-head against people like Kurt Angle, the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and other top guys and been booked as a credible contender. He may not hold an actual executive position in the company anymore (though that's mostly because he walked away from that in favor of striking out on his own), but he's still a non-wrestler authority figure being booked to be as good as the top guys on the roster.
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level 68
Dec 28, 2018
I agree that Russo was a bad influence who messed up every promotion he ever worked for, but he's been gone from WWE for 16 years. Vince McMahon is an adult, and not only that he was Russo's boss. He's responsible for his own behavior and attitude.
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level 43
Dec 28, 2018
Really? Wtf? You mean that Shane won that big battle royal in Saudi Arabia? (Grunt). I just assumed you were exaggerating for effect (oh he's being portrayed as best in the world) because you don't like him. Well (like you said) atleast he didn't have a strap put around him unlike pops and sis McMahon did. Ahhh yes...sweet young not too innocent Stephanie as women's champion. I was a big fan of that Stephanie. Big Fan. Big Fan. However I do not have such fan fare for her current character. The evil, corrupt, eviscerating, emasculating, castrating villain she protrays now. I gladly will join you in expressing criticism towards contemporary Stephanie Mcmahon. One of my main criticisms is how her character never gets her comeuppance. I guess it is a metaphor for life. If you are wealthy and connected enough, Murphys law nor the laws legislated by mankind apply to you. None the less, Shane McMahon has come across to me as a brave, talented and hard working performer in the ring.
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level 68
Dec 29, 2018
Yeah, they had Shane win. The storyline going in was that Shane said whichever Smackdown competitor made it to the finals of the tournament had better win or he would fire them, because he didn't want a Raw superstar winning. Miz made it to the finals and then refused to compete, so Shane took his place and won (defeating Dolph Ziggler). So according to WWE, that must mean Shane is the best in the world. I actually DO like Shane more than the other McMahons, I just don't think he should be booked to be this strong because it's silly. You hit the nail right on the head with regard to Stephanie and why her character is awful now: because she never gets comeuppance. Back in the day when it was Vince, Eric Bischoff, and so on, they would sometimes get their ass kicked by Stone Cold or whoever. But with Steph as an authority figure, the guys can't lay a hand on her like that. So that makes her free to emasculate and screw over the superstars with impunity which is bad television.
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level 68
Dec 23, 2018
I think Rollins is one guy that could believably unseat Lesnar as champion. After all, he's the one who ended Brock's last WWE title run a few years ago. I think he's slowed down on the acrobatic stuff he used to do a few years ago, but Rollins used to land on his feet from a lot of stuff that should have taken him out. I'd love to see him counter an F5 by landing on his feet, then kicking Brock in the gut to double him over and curb stomping him onto a chair or something.
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level 43
Dec 24, 2018
This too. Too little too late. Plus the curb stomper is no longer allowed to be used. Rollins was injuring too many wrestlers with it. That's why all of a sudden during his heel run he started using the pedigree instead as his finisher. So Rollins can't be hurting Lesnar (even if it might be entertaining for some).
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level 68
Dec 25, 2018
That was true for awhile, but the curb stomp was eventually unbanned and he started using it again... unless it's been banned a second time?
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level 43
Dec 26, 2018
I wasn't aware that Rollins eventually got back his finisher. Not surprised that the WWE places more importance over flashy or shocking maneuvers over employee safety.
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level 68
Dec 26, 2018
They go back and forth on banning moves all the time. For many years a lot of top rope moves like the Shooting Star Press and 450 Splash and such were banned, because people kept getting hurt. I think Evan Bourne was the first one to get the SSP unbanned. Nowadays it seems like everyone is doing that stuff. As far as I know Samoa Joe's Muscle Buster is still banned, and piledrivers are banned unless you're the Undertaker (and maybe Kane? Not sure if he ever does the Tombstone anymore).
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level 43
Dec 26, 2018
Another thing I wasn't aware of...the pile driver being banned. That is so 1980's . Remember, seeing those old matches where a heel would dare be a bastard and goes ahead and performs a piledriver on his opponent only to get disqualified ?. Of course all the while the announcers and the fans are going nuts over what happened. I haven't heard the name Evan Bourne for a while. He was the partner of Kofi Kingston, right? I remember thinking he was another legacy talent. I thought at the time he was related to Matt Bourne (the very first Doink The Clown), turns out I was wrong. I did see him in TNA later on as Matt Sidal.
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level 68
Dec 27, 2018
Matt Sydal is the name he used before and after WWE (might be his real name as well, I'm not sure). Evan Bourne was just a name he used while in WWE. He was in a tag team with Kofi Kingston for awhile, though that's not all he did while there. He does an absolutely beautiful Shooting Star Press, one of the best I've ever seen. As for the piledriver, I'm not surprised WWE doesn't want guys doing it. Remember that Stone Cold got his neck broken by a botched piledriver. Also, they're extremely careful about head trauma ever since concussions became such a problem. That's why they don't do chair shots to the head anymore either. They still let Taker do the Tombstone, but other than him and maybe Kane nobody does them much. CM Punk did one on John Cena some years ago and I believe they were both fined for it.
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level 43
Dec 27, 2018
I guess we need to turn to Impact, ROH, NJPW and the other independent's if we want to see someone get pile driven or hit over the head with a chair. OK. But as much as I dislike Lesnar, I still don't wish for him to sustain permanent neck and back injury at the hands of Seth Rollins and his wreckless curb stomper.
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level 68
Dec 28, 2018
Lesnar botched a Shooting Star Press and landed on his head. He was fine. I don't think he's in any danger of being injured by Rollins.
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level 43
Dec 28, 2018
Well then how do you figure that Seth Rollins is the man to finally beat and dethrone Lesnar? I think we may need to bring in Cain Vazquez to chase Lesnar out of the WWE for good. After all, Vazquez was the only man on record to knock Lesnar on his ass and gave Lesnar color (much to Brocks' chagrin)
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level 68
Dec 29, 2018
It doesn't have to be Rollins that beats him. I don't care who does it as long as Lesnar loses the title and then hopefully leaves WWE, this time for good. I absolutely do NOT want them bringing in any more MMA fighters. It's bad enough that they have this idea that Lesnar needs to be booked stronger than anyone else because he was UFC champion. Making everyone else look like less than him because he was UFC champ is basically saying that UFC is better than WWE. Note that I feel the same way about Ronda Rousey - I understand why they pushed her so fast and I don't mind it quite as much because she at least seems like she legitimately wants to be in WWE and isn't just doing it for the paycheck - but I don't think she should have been pushed quite so fast and definitely shouldn't be booked far above everyone else.
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level 43
Dec 31, 2018
Rousey looks like she is into the whole wrestling and being a wrestler experience. So she is already a much better performer and co-worker in the locker room than Lesnar ever will be. I hope that Lesnar does not stay Universal Champion for long. As I cannot imagine Raw having their belt held hostage again for over a year will be at all good for business. As for Vazquez. I only suggested him since you had mentioned that Lesnar is so invincible, so I figured why not bring in someone who handed Lesnar a legit real life defeat. I think Vazquez would make for a good addition. I'm sure his attitude would be worlds apart from that of Lesnars. Though I think the WWF / E missed the mark with utilizing/pushing ex UFC major stars with their lousy use and booking of Ken Shammrock and Dan Severn. Shamrock was a pro-wrestler then UFC / MMA star and then came back to wrestling in the late 1990's when he came to the WWE.
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level 43
Dec 31, 2018
Dan Severn came a little later. So both eventually were in the WWF/E at the same time. Yet Vince Mcmahon did not even think to have a dream match up between the two? Go figure. Plus neither one of them got a world title push. Severn had to go to an NWA affiliate to become a champion. So the fact that now Vince Mcmahon decided to over push Lesnar and Rousey still does not make up for the wasting / misuse of Shamrock and Severn. By the way Shamrock or Severn probably now and in their heydays could have whopped Lesnars ass. At least Rousey did dish out some semblance of a comeuppance to Stephanie Mcmahon by putting her in arm bar a couple of times (once before and then during the Wreslemania 34 match). Though the WWE is quick to sweep that juicy fact under the proverbial rug. Anyway figured I'd throw in my additional 2 pennies on ex-UFC stars in the WWF/E. Hopefully somebody wins the Universal Title from Lesnar soon. Also hoping that Asuka stays champion at least till Wrestlemania
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level 68
Jan 2, 2019
I was into Ken Shamrock back in the day. It helped that he had a great theme song, and also that UFC was something relatively new and hadn't really become what it is today yet. I missed Dan Severn's WWF tenure, though I saw some other short-lived wrestling promotion from around the turn of the millennium (I think it was called WXO or something like that) that brought in Dan Severn and he just didn't grab me there.
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level 68
Jan 2, 2019
I did enjoy Rousey putting the hurt on Stephanie, but it wasn't enough. I think I would be more amenable to having more MMA people make the jump to WWE if they would stop booking them as better than all the WWE superstars. Treating them as tougher/stronger/more badass just because they're "more legit" is a bad look for pro wrestling because it's trashing not only the wrestlers who are now portrayed as "less than" the MMA stars, but it's trashing wrestling itself as well. Back in the Attitude era they weren't doing that. As you said, they were under-utilizing guys back then (though I think Shamrock had a higher ceiling in pro wrestling than Severn did because he could play a character better).
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level 43
Jan 2, 2019
I was excited for Shamrock when they brought him back into wrestling and of all places the WWF. But still they never did give him the world title. Only the IC belt I believe. Severn was even less utilized. Unfortunately for both of them and for wrestling.
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level 43
Jan 2, 2019
I too liked seeing Rousey somewhat put Stephanie into her place. I agree it wasn't enough of a whooping for Stephanie McMahon though. Maybe Becky Lynch will kick some McMahon Lass in the future. Given her current star power, would make for a sensible storyline somewhere down the line for the two to collide. Perhaps after the Charlotte-Ronda-Becky triangle runs it's course.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2019
Maybe I'd care more about Dan Severn if I'd seen him in WWE, but I must have missed him. I started watching almost exactly when Shamrock left, but I still knew who he was through the video games which I had been playing first. I think if he had stuck around, Shamrock would likely have reached the top at least once. Then again, he isn't the last guy I thought was a future world champion that never made it there. I also figured MVP, Mr. Kennedy, and Bobby Lashley would get to hold the big title, and that hasn't happened.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2019
Given all the people that compare Becky to Stone Cold, I do think they will try a feud between her and Stephanie at some point in the future. I don't know how well it will go, but I think it could work. I'd love to have Becky get Steph backed into facing her in a cage match or something, then slap the Disarm-her on long enough that Steph has to wear a sling on TV for a couple weeks.
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level 43
Jan 3, 2019
Just to note. I was mistaken. Dan Severn was actually already the NWA World Heavyweight Champion when he entered the WWF. His WWF run was in 1998 and until 1999. Both Severn and Shamrock were the real deal. Both were far more skilled and talented in both MMA and Pro-Wrestling than Lesnar has been or ever will be. Plus both were far more dedicated and thus have invested far more time with their involvements in both MMA and Wrestling then again Lesnar ever has or ever will. Let's be honest. Lesnar was always a selfish, detached part time participant in both wrestling and MMA. Truly sad that Vince did not get with the program and push either Shamrock or Severn. Instead he waited over a decade to finally give an ex MMA star (I use that term loosely) a top tier push....a hack and second rate MMA Star to boot. Severn had about 130 MMA matches and won over 100 of them. Shamrock I think was not too far behind. Lesnar never will achieve the stats of Shamrock and Severn in MMA.
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level 43
Jan 3, 2019
We'll never know how far Severn would have truly gone in the WWF as he asked for his release when McMahon wanted to push Severn into a demonic beast angle / character that would have been a member of The Ministry of Darkness. Complete with a 6-6-6 tattoo on the forehead. Shamrock I don't think was ever asked to do such things. Bobby Lashley is misused and abused. While Mr. Kennedy supposedly royally pissed off Vince McMahon in real life.Which is why those two didn't get a World title run. MVP ? I don't know. I remember he was over with fans. Perhaps Vinny Mac didn't see World Champion in him. But truth be told, I would have never seen MVP as a viable WWF/E World Champion either.
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level 43
Jan 3, 2019
Perhaps Becky Lynch should hit Stephanie McMahon with a stone cold stunner. Lol, just for starters. Then have that cage match where she can dish out some bad medicine and a measure of revenge against Stephanie for her various misdeeds / sins. This way both Rousy and Lynch are super over, look bad ass and can say they got the best of Stephanie McMahon.
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level 68
Jan 4, 2019
Lesnar is physically gifted in a way that only comes along once in a generation. I can't deny that. He was also dominant in NCAA amateur wrestling before coming to WWE. He had the ability to put on some good matches back in 2002-04, but it was always with the best of the best, guys like Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, etc. He could not carry others to exciting matches. But even back then he was handed things without having to earn them, which is how we ended up with the entitled selfish jerk who doesn't give a crap about the wrestling business. The same thing happened in UFC - how does a guy with a 1-1 record get a shot at the UFC Championship? That was ridiculous. He's always had the advantage of being bigger than everyone in his weight class, which definitely contributed to his success.
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level 43
Jan 6, 2019
The WWE will not hire just any schmuck that dreams of being a wrestler. They all need to be the best of the best physically and usually with skill. Hell they even take already established champion talent from other promotions and make them do the NXT probationary run. Therefore anyone that wishes to wrestle for the WWE must be a cut above the rest. Lesnar is no different or no more special in my opinion. Physically gifted? A big bad ass looking mother? OKAY. Talk to Rusev, Great Khali, Big Show, Luke Harper, Eric Rowan, Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman etc. They are all gifted physically with power, size and agility. The Great Khali being the exception. So the only thing special about Lesnar in my opinion is Vince McMahon and Dana Whites obsession with pushing him too!!!! Down our throats. I understand the whole strong, farm boy with an NCAA wrestling title thing. I also sympathize with his ailing from diverticulitis.... that is nothing to screw around with..........
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level 43
Jan 6, 2019
Regardless of his physical ailments and his perceived abilities he still is no professional wrestling and certainly no MMA legend. Lesnar had 9 MMA matches in his whole career so far. Lost 3 cleanly and one due to a reversal of decision because he was basically oozing foreign and illicit substances from his body. He still owes $250k in fines to the N.S.A.C. from 2017 for that violation. Allstair Overeem, Shane Carwin and Cain V. Handed him major losses in MMA. He needs to prove himself in my eyes in both sports before I see him as a real warrior. Right now I see him as the product of Vinny Mac and Dana Whites obsession as well as the exhaustive efforts of some talented P.R. people and spinsters. Mostly Hype and a little flash and very little substance.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
Could Rusev or Luke Harper quit wrestling, decide a few months later that they want to try out for the NFL, and very nearly make the team despite never previously playing football at a level higher than high school? Yes, all the guys you listed have power, size, and a certain amount of agility (with the exception of the Great Khali, who was clearly only ever hired because he's very tall). But you're underselling Lesnar's physical gifts. Believe me, I hate being in the position of defending him, but to have a guy with the body and strength of a bodybuilder,the quickness of a linebacker, and the acrobatic ability (at least he used to have it) of someone 80 pounds lighter than him is no common thing.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
Brock was NCAA heavyweight champion in amateur wrestling in college. He was a multi-time WWE champion in his first run with them, where he was not only able to work a power style, but he could do top rope moves like a cruiserweight (he even used a Shooting Star Press as his finisher in OVW. Then a month after quitting WWE in 2004 he was hit by a minivan, which gave him a broken hand, broken jaw, bruised pelvis, & pulled groin. He STILL did well enough in his NFL tryout that he got signed by the Vikings 3 months later & played in several preseason games before being cut. If he hadn't been rehabbing those injuries he might have actually succeeded there. And then as you know he went to UFC and won their championship too. I do think he was given special treatment, but undeniably he was able to face the UFC champion 1 on 1 and win. I hate him as much as you, but credit where credit is due. The man is a bigger genetic freak than Scott Steiner, and seems able to succeed at almost any sport.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
The hype machine is absolutely working overtime with Brock Lesnar, and he was allowed to skip the line in both WWE and WCW without having to really pay his dues. He was DEFINITELY given too much too fast by WWE. Having him go over Hulk Hogan, the Rock, AND Undertaker within like 6 months (and he would've gone over Austin too if Austin hadn't refused) is WAY too much for any rookie. And if I were any fighter in UFC I would have been absolutely furious at a guy with a 1-1 record being given a title shot before me. But unless MMA fights are actually fixed (which would be news to me), he made the most of that opportunity and he won. His overall record isn't great and he looked like a chump against certain people. I don't know (or care) whether UFC even has a Hall of Fame or who goes in it, but I guarantee you Brock Lesnar will be in the WWE Hall of Fame unless he pulls a CM Punk and flips of Vince on the way out the door, or pulls a Chris Benoit and murders someone.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2019
I will definitely agree that Lesnar is quite a physical specimen. However any one of the wrestlers (with the exception of the Great Khali) could do amazing physical feats in the ring and put on a great technical wrestling match. Plus some of them have had football backgrounds (not talking about pee-wee or High School). The pro football thing was peoples perception becoming a temporary reality. The vikings and the NFL thought Lesnar "Looked" like a great football player. But wasn't enough so to stick around. However, in the WWE that is not what Vince Mcmahon demands of them. He wants big powerful goofballs and oafs that just lays out and squashes an opponent without much technique or finesse -so be it. I point to Hulk Hogan as an example. In Japan when he wrestled he actually spent his time in the ring -surprise surprise actually wrestling in a match and even selling for his opponent as opposed to the one way "feel good" squash match slash pose downs he had here in the United States.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2019
So my point is, that given enough talent and the right booking and story line anybody could look like a professional wrestling god. Lesnar was booked as this invincible, agile, technically proficient wrestler slash beast. I have no doubt given the right booking and storylines, and therefore opportunity to showcase their full scope of talent and abilities the other wrestlers i mentioned could look just as great and successful as Lesnar has. But based on his looks when he first walked into a wrestling ring or into the Octagon, they were already bending over backwards for him. As far as i am concerned Lesnar could go pound salt. I don't give a flip about his physical gifts and talents. Because he does not put them to use, now does he ? Except for jacking around on his farm in Minnesota and maybe once or twice a year he'll walk into a WWE ring -do a menacing pose then like 5 german suplexes and then an F5 and then leaves the ring and gets back on his private jet to Minnesota. Wow!!!!
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level 43
Dec 31, 2018
Here's to hoping that 2019 will be the year when the Universal title will finally gain a bit of legitimacy. Here's also to hoping that Roman Reigns will kick the ass of Leukemia and get his back into the ring asap so that he can cut Lesnar in half with a powerful spear and take back "His" WWE Universal Title.
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level 68
Jan 2, 2019
I hope that by the time Reigns is back, Lesnar will already have lost the Universal Title. But either way, I wish him a speedy recovery and a triumphant return. Imagine if they could manage it without spoiling it ahead of time. The return pop would be HUGE.
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level 43
Jan 2, 2019
It would be nice if Lesnar drops the belt soon. But if not, then I guess I would be amenable to waiting it out for a super triumphant Roman Reigns return and title win against Lesnar. Yes a super disciplined and well timed return would get a massive fan pop and maybe even a ppv buy on my end.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2019
I hope though that when he does make it back, they're smart enough to try doing something different with Roman. I do believe he will get a big pop for coming back after beating leukemia again, but that won't last if he just goes back to the same character he's been.
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level 43
Jan 3, 2019
You are right. They need to give Roman Reigns a better storyline when he returns. Maintaining the status quo is not even an option in my opinion. Things won't be the same. Maybe not significantly changed. However, there has to be and there will be a difference.
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level 68
Jan 4, 2019
The obvious route is a heel turn, but I don't think that's their only option. I think something as simple as changing his theme music and having him stop using the Shield ring gear look would be an improvement. I wouldn't book him straight back into the title scene, either. Or if they do, get it over with quickly and then move on to another storyline because one of his biggest problems is that fans see him as being pushed down their throats even when it's not actually happening. It could be as simple as coming back to save Rollins from a beatdown and then forming a tag team for a few months, or starting a feud with a random upper carder who's not currently in the title hunt. Just something to differentiate him from what he's been doing the last few years.
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level 43
Jan 6, 2019
At this point I would be very skiddish about giving Roman Reigns a heel gimmick. I think its wrong. I agree he needs to shed the Shield garb as well as that entrance song. He definitely needs to try another look. If we are talking not a face gimmick. Then at this point I can see him sort of doing a frustrated, Eddie Guerrero like "Tweener" gimmick. Where he was a likeable character with a bad attitude who sometimes (always) bent (broke) the rules for the fans (himself) and for the win (yeah). Maybe even sometimes Roman can put someone through a table if need be. However a full blown heel turn and run would not work at this point. Too much has changed. The proverbial Genie has been let out of the lamp. We are too familiar with him now. We all know about his real life struggle. We know who his family is, etc. How would he look right now if he came back and became a total A-Hole, D-Bag heel character?
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level 43
Jan 6, 2019
Reigns would look pitiful. That is how. He would seem to be bitter and angry at the world over his personal struggles. That is a gimmick I would never get behind. Even if he (Reigns) personally came up with the idea (if I were McMahon)I would veto such a character turn. There are just some things you don't do (even in the WWE). Roman Reigns as a full blown heel is a not good.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
I think you're right that he shouldn't be a heel right away, but I don't think being a babyface forever will work. I expect that when he returns he will get a hero's welcome, but that within a couple of months, the general crowd reaction will go back to what it was before he announced his leukemia. If I'm wrong, great! Maybe overcoming that disease will make him sympathetic and likable in people's eyes, and a little change to his attire and theme song will be good enough. But if I'm right, and fans start to turn on him again, then that's when I would pull the trigger on a heel turn. Kinda like how they did it with Triple H after he returned from his quad injury in 2002. He got a MASSIVE crowd pop when he returned because people respected his toughness in overcoming that gruesome injury, but within 3 or 4 months he was heel again.
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level 43
Jan 8, 2019
That is why I suggested a Tweener run for Roman Reigns. Neither a full blown Baby Face nor a full blown heel. The best of both worlds. This way everybody wins. But so far, I only have seen Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Stone Cold and Taker pull it off successfully. The Rock doesn't really count because of "Die Rocky...Die" and when he became the Rock, he was never again really truly viewed as a heel -not by a long shot. So if the WWE can work out a great tweener storyline for Roman and he can work well with it, then he will do very well in the WWE for years to come.
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level 68
Jan 9, 2019
Well, Rock had that 2003-ish run when he came back from the movies where he was pretty heelish, but that was much later down the line. But since you brought him up, The Rock is my example of how WWE handled a similar situation correctly. He wasn't getting over as Rocky Maivia, so they changed him up, had him join the Nation of Domination as a heel, and then he got over properly and became one of the biggest stars they've ever had. That doesn't mean the answer to everyone's problem is a heel turn, but I just think that option needs to stay on the table when pushing them as a babyface doesn't work.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2019
But when the Rock was with The Nation, wasn't he still Rocky Maivia? I am talking about when he became full blown "The Rock", the "Gabronie beating, pie eating, ass kicking, can you smell what I'm cooking" Rock. The one who ended up in Hollywood. I don't recall official "The Rock" being booed ever, even when was doing some truly heelish d-bag things. I mean he could come out as The Rock and "peoples elbow" an innocent fan and the rest of the fans would more than likely cheer him on.
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
I think he became The Rock sometime during his time in the Nation, but I don't remember exactly when because I started watching in the later Attitude Era. My point is though, he didn't keep doing the same thing over and over despite it not working, and that's been WWE's style for most of the 2000's and 2010's now. Do you remember when the NWO returned to WWE in 2002, and we got the dream match Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock? NWO were supposed to be heels, but during the match the crowd cheered Hogan over Rock. That resulted in Hogan's babyface turn and leaving the NWO first, and then it wasn't that long before Rock disappeared again to make a movie. When he came back, he turned on the fans and played a Hollywood heel type character. He did get some cheers still because people saw him as a "cool heel," but that was probably the strongest heel reaction he's had since before the Nation of Domination.
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level 43
Jan 6, 2019
Word on the street continues to suggest Seth Rollins as the Heir Apparent to the Universal Championship throne. More than likely by Wrestlemania 35. AJ styles is rumored to be pegged to win back the World title from D-Bryan by Mania also. By the way. I don't think diverting Roman Reigns from the title scene upon his return is such a hot idea either. That is akin to how Finn Balor was treated. No offense to Finn, like him or not Reigns is still far more special to the WWE (and even to the fans) than Finn Balor is. That being said, I still maintain that the treatment from the WWE towards Finn Balor was rather messed up. I imagine there wasn't any long term title run plans for him by the WWE. None the less, I am sure that the intended run was longer than 20 or so hours. My point is he too deserves another run (even if it is only a few weeks maybe a month). Roman Reigns is a no brainer choice to carry the Raw brand and title definitely for a little while.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
On a personal level, I'm not a huge fan of Finn Balor. It sucks how he was injured, and it sucks even more how WWE has forgotten about him since his return. But other than his music and his body painting thing, I don't find him all that interesting. and I'm not sorry he's out of the main event. Maybe if I'd seen more of his NJPW or even NXT work I might feel differently, but his work on Raw doesn't scream "world champion" to me. The difference between him and Roman though is, Finn was embraced by the fans whereas Roman was rejected, hard. Nothing they do with him is going to go over well with fans if they keep pushing him at the level they have for the last couple years. He NEEDS time away from the top of the card to get over with fans and come back up.
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level 43
Jan 8, 2019
Perhaps you are right about Roman Reigns. As far as Finn Balor. I'm not necessarily a big fan either. I would not even say that I am a casual fan. I am just curious as to what the WWE's intention was when they made him the inaugural Universal Champion. If he was as over as you say, then why not giver him another chance with a run and see what he does? Can't be any worse than Lesnar. But I am not suggesting he be given the belt right now. No way. Let him get over with the fans again with a good storyline. Then if he does well with what they give him then let's see what he can do with a title run. Rollins or Strowman at this point would make for a better Universal Champion or Kenny Omega (if he doesn't sign with All Elite Wrestling).
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
Yeah, I agree it's dumb that WWE lost all interest in pushing Balor. The guy's not to my taste but he was clearly popular. I'd take him over Brock as champion any day (though I'd take James friggin' Ellsworth over Brock as champion so that's not saying much). I think he definitely could be a bigger star than they're letting him be now, maybe even a world champion again. Although I do wish his offense didn't mostly consist of dropkicks, and I really hate his finisher.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
Wouldn't it be nice to have a top babyface that wasn't booed by more than half the crowd, for the first time since 2005? This whole situation is because of how they handled things with John Cena starting around then. By continuing to push him down fans' throats despite him getting booed, WWE have cultivated a fan base that instantly treats anyone getting a babyface mega-push with suspicion and dislike, unless it feels "organic" (meaning the mega-push started after fans got behind them, like Daniel Bryan or CM Punk). It mostly isn't Roman's fault that he's in this position, but if they're gonna go forward with him long term then they need to ease back on the throttle and give fans a chance to actually embrace him before they resume that push.
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level 43
Jan 8, 2019
I understand and accept your premise. However I was never one who booed John Cena during his run at the top. I don't know, I just didn't dislike him. I mean I was a fan. Just not enough so, that I would spend money on merchandise or order a pay per view because he was on the card. Indeed there certainly would be a nice sense of normalcy once again in the WWE if a top Baby-Face wasn't being blistered and booed by fans. Who ever the fans have the "love" for is who should be pushed. Not whoever gives Vince Mcmahon goose bumps and tingles. D-Bryan and Punk are indeed rare examples of stars who managed to cultivate organically developed Fan Fare which resulted in the WWE being backed into a corner and having no other alternative than to make them champion. I think given time, Damien Sandow would have enjoyed similar success. However the WWE stepped in and put a stop to that -didn't they? Thank goodness the WWE saved us fans from another star who could have legitimately entertained us.
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level 68
Jan 9, 2019
Yeah, WWE has developed quite a reputation for cutting the legs out from underneath the fan favorites. I don't know if Sandow would have been world champion material, but he definitely deserved better than what he got. I would also point to Zack Ryder as evidence of this problem. He wasn't even appearing on TV, but managed to get himself over huge with fans via his YouTube show, to the point where people were chanting "We want Ryder!" during one of The Rock's promos. I don't think Zack was ever going to reach the level of world champion, but he managed to get himself put back on TV, even won the US Championship which he made seem like the greatest achievement... and then WWE buried him hard.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2019
Given a serious bad ass baby-face turn for Sandow, he could have portrayed a believable World Champion (even if the run was for was like a month). He certainly could have been a legitimate Intercontinental or United States Champion without turning into a bad ass with a serious (instead of comical) demeanor. I think Sandow needs an opportunity to have a great run with either Ring of Honor or NJPW or the new All Elite Wrestling to exorcise those pesky demons of doubt from the minds of fans and to see him for the talent that he is and can be. Perhaps even a run with a promotions top title will do wonders for how the fans perceive Sandow.
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
In retrospect, I wonder if maybe he spent too long in the WWE system, missing out on the chance to refine his skills elsewhere. He started wrestling right around the time they put WCW out of business and was in WWE's developmental territory from 2002-06, when he came to the main roster as Idol Stevens, half of a tag team managed by Michelle McCool. That didn't get him over, so he was released in 2007. He returned in 2010 to WWE developmental which is when he took on the Damien Sandow character. As "The Intellectual Savior of the Masses" he was pretty good, but that type of intellectual snob character has never gotten anyone to main event level that I'm aware of. It reminds me of Lanny Poffo, Randy Savage's brother, and to a lesser extent the whole "Connecticut blueblood" thing Triple H had going on early in his WWF career, and which he had to leave behind to really get over.
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
Losing his MITB cash-in was probably the moment that Sandow's WWE career took a downward turn. Someone had to be the first person to lose the cash-in match (Cena technically was the first to fail a cash-in but he won by DQ). But Sandow cashed in on an injured Cena and still lost, and that made him look REALLY bad. He managed to get over again with the whole Miz's stunt double schtick, which very few people could have made work. I think when he broke away from Miz, he should have gotten a strong babyface push. That was the biggest opportunity WWE missed with Sandow. I don't think it would have launched him into the main event, but he could have gotten at least to the level of upper midcard, and maybe continued to grow from there.
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level 68
Jan 8, 2019
As for Rollins, I think he's a great choice to dethrone Brock Lesnar. He's done it once already. He's not great on the mic but he's passable. He's more than capable of putting on great matches. He's not the total package but he's A top guy even if he's not THE top guy, and I think he's the right man for the job. AJ winning the title back from Daniel Bryan makes sense, even if it's not what I personally would choose. At the very least, if he does win it back, I hope he holds it for a shorter length this time. Long reigns are okay but they shouldn't be TOO common.
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level 43
Jan 8, 2019
Seth Rollins will more than likely be the guy for now. Then when Roman Reigns comes back, probably the WWE will do a Shield brothers title match. Hell, maybe they'll make a three way match with Ambrose included. I think AJ styles winning the belt back this soon is not good. But then again something about D-Bryans title run at this time feels off. Really anyone other than Samoa Joe winning that belt, I really don't care about at this point.
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level 68
Jan 9, 2019
The downside to having a really stacked roster is that you end up with more guys deserving of runs with the top title than you have titles to give them. This is why we need a serious competitor to WWE, and also why I am all in favor of having separate brands... at least, if WWE actually managed their Raw world title correctly. I agree that they've messed up with Samoa Joe, but I'm not so attached to that idea of him as champion that I won't accept anyone else.
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level 43
Jan 9, 2019
Since Vince Mcmahon has won the wrestling world domination war, he had his pick of the litter. Plus as we all know he loves to acquire anyone and everyone who could so much as cause a ripple in the pool of the wrestling world. There definitely is already heavy congestion on the rosters of all of WWE's programs. Just because there are so many good to great stars in the WWE is no excuse for how they jacked Samoa Joe around. He is not Zack Ryder or Finn Balor. Plus he is far superior in talent and Fan Fare to Roman Reigns. So it is another tragic example of the B.S. that the WWE has pulled with deserving talent. I am going to double down on my stand on Samoa Joe deserving either the World Heavyweight Championship or the Universal Championship. If they won't do it for him, then he needs to look into Ring of Honor or All Elite Wrestling.
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
Not gonna disagree with a single word of that. If WWE won't push him to the top, then the only reason I could see Samoa Joe wanting to stay with them is for money reasons. He's pushing 40, I wouldn't blame him for wanting to take the biggest paycheck he can get.
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level 43
Jan 10, 2019
Well. Thank you. But kind of a hollow victory. As I am bummed that this is the case for Samoa Joe. Of all the TNA / Impact boys the only one now in the WWE that is treated with the respect he deserves, given a great booking and is paid what he's worth is AJ Styles. That's it. Samoa Joe, Bobby Rood and Eric Young being forced to enter the NXT program was a joke to begin with. Bobby Rood got a short run with the U.S. Title and some goofy tag line. Eric Young is lost. Ethan Carter is in the weeds. He needs to be reintroduced to the WWE on national t.v. if he hasn't been already. As far as Joe. He earns what probably Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins pays each year in income tax. No joke. Still I'm sure its more than what TNA paid. If I were Vince McMahon, I would up Samoa Joe's salary by at least half (if not even double it). Lock him down with a 2 or 3 year extension. Plus give him a token World Title run. Otherwise, Samoa Joe will be helping All Elite Wrestling grow as a promotion.
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level 68
Jan 12, 2019
I've never been that impressed by Eric Young. Maybe it's because the only part of his Impact career I saw is when they tried to turn him into a Daniel Bryan clone. But I just never saw what the big deal was with him and I was very surprised when WWE signed him. I agree that Bobby Roode is going to waste, and EC3 is clearly capable of better than what they're doing with him. Then again, so are many of the guys that came to WWE via New Japan, a lot of the former ROH alumni, and many of WWE's own homegrown talent.
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level 43
Jan 12, 2019
I agree that there is a plethora of talent that is deserving of better storylines and title runs (whether they are transplants from other promotions as well as those who came up the ranks through the WWE developmental system). You are right that Eric Young's push in TNA was more than likely their response to the D-Bryan / Yes Movement phenomena. But he did do a good job running with it. Maybe Vince Mcmahon will somewhat make good on his promise to listen more to the fans and truly shake things up. Only time will tell. Not holding my breath though.
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level 68
Jan 12, 2019
Wrestling promotions always steal ideas from each other, but several times in the last decade TNA was blatant in their copying. Eric Young being D-Bry was one. Austin Aries being given a CM Punk-like push a couple years before was another. Of course, WWE literally brought in the Broken Matt Hardy character (which I know was super popular but I thought was terrible and cringy) and has borrowed other ideas fron TNA in the past as well as other promotions. I too am skeptical that we will see meaningful change from WWE in the near future. Cutting out automatic rematches is a good idea, but what I really want from them is to stop scripting promos so heavily and let performers put more of themselves into characters, have better and more consistent storytelling, reduce their use and reliance on part-timers, and try harder to make the best use of talent they have instead of signing everyone they can just to take them away from other companies, and then not doing anything with them.
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level 43
Jan 13, 2019
Certainly every promotion out there has been guilty of borrowing certain gimmicks, ideas and types of storylines that have been seen and used by their competitors and then trying to make it their own. Matt Hardy's "Broken" gimmick is a strange one indeed. Matt Hardy and TNA were entangled in litigation over Hardy's ownership of characters (including the broken gimmick) which is why when he and Jeff initially returned to the WWE they were just the Hardy Boys. Later Matt Hardy (after winning legal control of his past characters) debuted the Broken Matt Hardy character in the WWE. I whole heartedly agree that some creative freedom must be granted to the wrestlers so that they can hone and develop their craft and characters. I am not sure of and am curious as to what your aversion specifically is to automatic rematches. Are you referring to championship matches or just to a rivalry in general ?
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level 43
Jan 13, 2019
I for one think that if a champion loses the belt, they should be granted at least one rematch. Then if they lose that match, they can kindly go to the back of the line. As for some of the ridiculous, stilted and unnecessarily dragged out storylines such as Sasha Vs. Charlotte, Joe vs. A.J., Roman Reigns' 4 year saga / journey to the title, citing these examples I am therefore in accord with your argument against arbitrary booking of rematches.
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level 68
Jan 14, 2019
The thing about automatic rematches is that they make sense in storyline, and if this were real athletic competition then it would be absolutely fair. They're also an easy way to keep a feud going, which is the real reason why they're a thing in pro wrestling. But the problem is that it results in having the same match multiple times in a row, to the point where Backlash is basically just Wrestlemania: the Sequel because half the card is rematches. I do not think removing the rematch clause is going to solve much in WWE by itself, but it will allow them a little bit more creative freedom when it comes to keeping things fresh from one month to the next. This being WWE though, I fully expect that they'll just have the former champion win a #1 contender match the next week on Raw or Smackdown and end up with the same result anyway, because that's exactly the kind of missing the point WWE is good at.
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level 43
Jan 13, 2019
On a more positive note. The Young Bucks reportedly were once again approached by the WWE and offered A.J. Styles level of money to join the WWE along with the promise of a major storyline and run. Of course they politely told HHH to go pound salt. Instead they ultimately chose to sign (along with Cody Rhodes) with All Elite Wrestling. Kenny Omega still is a free agent and no one knows (except for Kenny Omega himself) what he will be doing. Also heard that Bill Goldberg may be contemplating signing with All Elite. That would be big. All Elite may just be the WWE alternative that the doctor ordered.
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level 68
Jan 14, 2019
Chris Jericho has also signed with AEW. Maybe if Goldberg signs too, they can have the proper rivalry they never had in WCW! Seriously though, I will be astonished if Goldberg signs. He's 52 years old and I can't imagine AEW would want to push him like it's 1998 again. I'm not at all surprised the Young Bucks declined WWE - I'm pretty sure they get off on that at this point, and that money has almost nothing to do with it. Omega of course would be a huge signing for either company, but I think going to AEW is the most likely result. The rumor I'm hearing is that he wants a degree of creative control in his contract and that will likely keep him out of WWE.
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level 43
Jan 14, 2019
Yes I heard that Jericho has signed with AEW. I also heard that Vince Mcmahon is being rather amicable about it. The Young Bucks actually had done a skit on their cell phone recorded video show about refusing HHH's offer. Word is HHH took the jabbing in stride and with good humor. I too am surprised to hear that Goldberg would have interest in joining an upstart promotion (at this point in his life and career). The rumor mill keeps on turning with Kenny Omega. But, yes the one constant in all stories involving discussions between Kenny Omega and the WWE is that he does pretty much value his creative control over all else. So I agree that more than likely this will keep him out of the WWE.
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
It looks like WWE are indeed going to push Finn Balor in hopes of keeping him from jumping to AEW. They've taken away Strowman's title shot at the Royal Rumble and had Finn win it, so now the match is Balor vs. Lesnar. On paper there is no way in hell that Balor could possibly beat Brock Lesnar, but I could see them doing a repeat of 2004. Maybe Strowman interferes and costs Lesnar the title, setting up a match between them at Wrestlemania, while Finn goes on to hopefully have a proper title run this time. Maybe he'll get a chance to develop his Demon King into something more than just the body paint he uses for PPV matches, which is all it really has been in WWE so far.
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level 43
Jan 15, 2019
I heard that Braun Strowman's title match got yanked from under him by Vince Mcmahon as part of an angle. Did not know that Finn Balor is now going to face Lesnar. Lol!! It definitely is going to take a miracle for him pull off a convincing victory. That is if they don't some angle like the one you suggested, where someone like Strowman intervenes on Finn Balor's behalf to help him get the win. Then we can see Strowman vs Lesnar in a monster vs monster non title grudge match. Oooohhh Yeahhhh!!!!!
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level 43
Jan 15, 2019
Also heard that Bobby Lashley won a three way match vs Ambrose and Rollins. So now he is the Intercontinental Champion. I wonder where the WWE plans on going with that storyline? Who knows, maybe Lashley may have a world title run in his future after all.
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
I really do think having Strowman cost Lesnar the belt and then face him at Wrestlemania is the best plan, and not just because I want Lesnar to drop the title at the earliest opportunity (although I do). Though I'm not a big Balor fan, he's pretty popular and I think WWE has dropped the ball with him so far. He may be the size of one of Lesnar's legs (which is why a clean win is probably out of the question), but I do think he should not be booked in a squash. The main thing is, if WWE's goal is to convince him NOT to jump to AEW, I can't see how having him be destroyed by Lesnar would further that. So I figure they're either going to put him over, or they're going to try and lower his value before he jumps ship and leaves the company by booking him to lose as much as they can.
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
Lashley did indeed win the Intercontinental title. I still don't care about him one way or the other though. He was pushed hard back in the day when pretty much everyone agreed he was a future world champion, but I always thought he had a bland look (bald, no tattoos, unremarkable wrestling attire), and one of the least badass or intimidating voices I've ever heard from a wrestler. Sure he's built like a tank and he's got legit athleticism and skill, but I found him severely lacking on the showmanship side of being a wrestler. I've heard he got better after leaving WWE but I haven't seen anything from him yet to change my mind.
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level 43
Jan 15, 2019
I agree that Strowman helping Balor out is invariably the most viable option for this storyline to go. This eliminates the whole absurdity of a David defeating Goliath scenario. Plus Lesnar won't have a reason to cry about fully having to take one for the team. Plus Strowman gets a measure of revenge in storyline against Vince Mcmahon. Plus Balor gets his long deserved title run. Balor was a big deal in NJPW. He was the founder of the Bullet Club. The faction most responsible for the fame that the Bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam Page enjoy. Not to mention further helping cement the legacy of A.J. Styles before his jumping ship to the WWE. If Balor does leave WWE, he will do well and be well utilized at another promotion...be it ROH or AEW or even if he returns to NJPW. So let the WWE jerk him around. Balor will not be crying, he'll be getting pushed and laughing all the way to the bank elsewhere.
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level 43
Jan 15, 2019
Personally I think the WWE just misused Bobby Lashley and pulled a "business as usual" with him as well. In my opinion a clean cut more plain, strong, talented baby face or heel character would be a welcome change to the sea of juiced up, tattooed goons that are populating the wrestling scene today. As for his voice and promos, I point to Mike Tyson. He did not exactly have an intimidating voice nor did he have the most eloquent of promos, now did he ? But boy could Iron Mike knock someone on their ass (and out cold) if he wanted to. Let me also point out, that Brock as champion has greatly lowered the proverbial bar for the all around quality of Champion caliber talent. If Brock was good enough to hold the title, Lashley would only be better.
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level 68
Jan 16, 2019
Balor wouldn't be the smallest guy to win a world title in WWE - pretty sure he's still taller and heavier than Rey Mysterio. But yeah, I don't think anyone would blame Balor if he leaves WWE once his contract is up (whenever that is). This is definitely their chance to make proper use of him. Most fans seem very sure that Lesnar will win and will hold the belt til Wrestlemania... but then that's what they thought last year too. So I guess we'll see what happens. Or in my case, read about it afterward, because I won't watch WWE programming until Lesnar is gone.
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level 68
Jan 16, 2019
Mike Tyson was a boxer, not a pro wrestler though. His job was to knock people out with punches. He didn't have to cut promos or do any of the theatrical stuff that goes in to being a pro wrestler. And Bobby Lashley has legit athletic ability, he's proven that both before and after his time in WWE. Do I think he's a top star or a guy that WWE needs to make a champion? No. Would he be better than Brock Lesnar? Yes. But then, so would pretty much anyone else, so that's not a terribly strong recommendation. I would cheer for him against Lesnar, and then probably be bored of him in a week afterward.
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level 43
Jan 16, 2019
I never ever in a million years envisioned Balor winning the title while it was around the waist of Lesnar. No way. Anytime I suggested such a thing, I imagined that someone other than Lesnar (or Strowman) would be the champion. Perhaps Rollins or if Kenny Omega made the jump to the WWE and became champion. Honestly as much as I think he deserves atleast one good run with that belt, I am not okay with him doing so against Lesnar. Here is why: it would be painfully obvious that the "Fix" is in...even in today's broken kayfabe era. It would be absurd. If the Giant Among Men couldn't beat the Beast Incarnate, then why would it be a plausible storyline that David could beat Goliath...again ? Just because Lesnar sucks as a champion does not mean that bad bookings are the solution. He needs to lose to a more evenly matched opponent. Since Strowman is out, Rollins is the only one left. All this match will do is give Balor a main event match before he signs with All Elite Wrestling.
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level 43
Jan 16, 2019
I know Mike Tyson was a pugilist. I only mentioned him to draw a comparison. Both men were rough, tough, talented and at the top of their respective career endeavors. Tyson was Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Lashley has been TNA World Heavyweight Champion. You mentioned that Lashley does not sound very intimidating, well based on his speech Mike Tyson was the butt of many jokes. The humor went out the window once someone was at the "business end" of Tyson. Both Athletic endeavors requires fitness, talent and a certain level of charisma. A strong, tough, talented boxer who can perform in a hard hitting way and deliver a thunderous knockout to win their match while being able to exude personality and charisma in the ring and during a press event will certainly draw far more fan fare then just the strong, rough, tough talented boxer that can knock opponents out. Both endeavors require (especially if you're champion) to draw butts in the seats and pay per view buys.
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level 43
Jan 16, 2019
Obviously Lashley is not quite a pro wrestling icon as Tyson is a boxing icon and a pop culture mainstay (allbeit for reasons mostly negative). However, Lashley was a strong and dominant Champion in TNA. He may not have sounded particularly threatening in a promo, but boy did he dominate in the ring. He even took it to Kurt Angle. Once again, I think your opinion is biased against Lashley as well as you did not have the benefit of seeing him being given a good storyline and a proper push, like he got in TNA. All you have seen was a man with potential being jacked around in the WWE. In TNA he was just as good and able to bring it against the likes of AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Rood, Sting and Kurt Angle. Plus he had victories over all of the above I believe. Just give the man a chance. Let's see what he does with the Intercontinental Title run.
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level 68
Jan 17, 2019
I didn't see Lashley jacked around in WWE at all. I saw him beat Umaga, who was at the time pushed very strong, in a high profile Wrestlemania match. I saw him win the ECW title despite not really being a hardcore wrestler and not the ECW style at all. I saw him booked so strong that it took a 3 on 1 handicap match for him to lose that title, AND I saw him defeat those 3 people in a rematch of that same handicap match. There was no question in my mind at that time that he was a future WWE champion, even though I found him boring. When he left WWE, I heard that he asked for his release because they released his girlfriend Kristal Marshall, and as far as I know that's the only reason he didn't fulfill that future champion prediction. I'm actually surprised he hasn't been booked stronger since returning. I fully acknowledge that he may have stepped up his game while outside WWE, but I haven't seen much sign of it since he came back. I'd be happy to be wrong, but not seeing it yet.
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level 68
Jan 17, 2019
Oh, and I also saw him become the first and only person to beat the Masterlock Challenge, back when Chris Masters was roided up and still being pushed by WWE as a big deal. I found that whole thing dumb because the Masterlock was just a full nelson and those are not hard to escape, but it was clearly part of a huge push. I don't deny Lashley's athletic prowess, but I just don't see that he has much charisma. I find him boring for the same reason I find Lance Storm and Dean Malenko boring, even though both are highly respected wrestlers. But then I guess that's why Lashley has Lio Rush as a manager now. Either way, I'd cheer for him over Lesnar. At least Lashley isn't obnoxious and apparently wants to be there.
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level 43
Jan 17, 2019
I know Lashley did receive somewhat of a decent run. But I don't think he asked for his release only because his girlfriend was let go of. There is more than meets the eye with that I'm sure. Probably Vince Mcmahon had some stupid goofy or offensive storyline in mind for him that Lashley felt was not the right fit for him. Who knows. It is all idle speculation, especially at this point. But the point is, despite his decent push he wasn't made the champion. Perhaps Vince soured on the idea, like he has with so many others in the past. I remember Chris Masters. I don't however remember that Lashley won the Master Lock challenge (or what ever it was that gimmick was called). But why not. Lashley is a big strong dude. So it's plausible in a storyline that he could do that. I still hold the opinion that if somebody is pushed as much as you say he was and yet did not have the strap put around his waist....then he was jacked around. But that's just my humble opinion.
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level 43
Jan 17, 2019
Like I said. Let's see what Lashley does with his opportunity as the Intercontinental champion. Maybe he'll surprise us all. At the very least, it looks like the WWE is trying to spread the championship wealth. Just hope that spread includes Lesnar dropping the title soon.
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level 43
Jan 17, 2019
I agree that Lashley is a more straight laced (and therefore bland) star, definitely along the lines of Lance Storm and Dean Malenko. However those two were far better technical wrestlers than Lashley is. Although Lashley is pretty good. Storm and Malenko are right up there with Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.
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level 68
Jan 18, 2019
Here's Lashley breaking the Masterlock if you're curious. Despite the fact I could never take the Masterlock seriously as a finishing move, this segment was pretty well done. Though with as broad as Lashley's shoulders are, I have to give Masters props for even managing to lock the move in on him - it's not easy. I still don't see Lashley as jacked around because I firmly believe it was only a matter of time til he got a WWE or World Heavyweight Championship reign, if he hadn't left. I haven't watched much since his return, so maybe he's improved in terms of being less of a charisma vacuum. If nothing else, at least he's got a manager now. They seem to be pushing Lashley more slowly than a lot of people expected, but now he's at least going somewhere. This is one circumstance where I'd be happy to be proven wrong.">
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level 68
Jan 18, 2019
I acknowledge that Malenko and Storm are up there among the all time greats when it comes to skill as technical wrestlers... and yet I still got bored by their performance. The two of them perfectly illustrate my point that there's more to being a pro wrestler than ring skill. Benoit wasn't a great talker either, but he had that intensity where it looked like he was really trying to yank someone's face off with that crossface, or split them open like a log with his chops. Kurt Angle could project smug arrogance as well as anyone, or intensity like Benoit, or be a cheesy goofball comedy character. Let's throw Bret Hart in there too, another technical wizard whose mic skills weren't the greatest, but he still brought genuine emotion to his character and made you feel what he wanted you to feel while watching the match. Guys like Malenko, Storm, and Lashley (who is definitely more of a power guy than a technical wrestler) never could do that for me.
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level 68
Jan 18, 2019
I just now realized that Lashley has finally won the very same title that he helped Santino Marella win in his debut 12 years ago. As part of his feud with Umaga, Lashley came out and interfered when Vince booked a title defense against a random fan from the crowd (which was Santino's debut gimmick), causing that "fan" to become the new Intercontinental Champion. And now Lashley himself has finally won that same title for the first time. Neat.
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level 43
Jan 18, 2019
Kurt Angle is certainly a one of a kind character and a one of a kind performer who was and is still great all around (in ring and usually out of the ring as well).
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level 43
Jan 18, 2019
I remember when Santino debuted. It was during the WWE's Italian leg of their European tour. I saw the footage the first time they played it on Raw and in replays as well. Lashley definitely made an impact that night by costing Umaga the I.C. belt. But too bad for Santino though, he was never booked as a strong legitimate competitor. He was the proverbial "comic relief" of the WWE who can also wrestle and usually there was a lot of "funny business" surrounding his victories (especially the big ones like title matches).
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level 68
Jan 20, 2019
I never got the impression Santino was unhappy with that though. As painfully unfunny as some of his worst segments were, he was featured prominently and was usually pretty popular with the crowds.
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level 43
Jan 20, 2019
Yeah. I know he didn't totally mind his gimmick. I'm sure he made much more being Santino Marella in the WWE then he did wrestling in Canada or Europe. He did entertain the crowd, sort of the same way as Doink the clown did.The crowd eventually enjoyed Doink. Both Santino and the wrestlers who portrayed Doink were talented and technically proficient wrestlers who could have gone perhaps in a more serious direction and higher up on the card if they were booked differently.
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level 68
Jan 21, 2019
Could be, but I'm not sure how high up the card he would have gone booked as a serious character. I can't conceive of him as a main eventer. Perhaps he could have had more IC or US title reigns, but I don't know that that would really have been much of an improvement. He definitely had the fans behind him more often than not. I was just rewatching the end of the Royal Rumble where he was the last one eliminated (2010 I think? Whichever one that Alberto Del Rio won). The crowd was solidly behind him to win that.
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level 43
Jan 24, 2019
You are probably right. Perhaps I jumped the gun on this. Although, Santino could have been made European champion. Afterall he is Italian. Canadian Italian, but still. I mean if he was positioned as a a serious wrestler / talent and yet was super over with the fans, I could have envisioned I suppose a brief fluke WWE championship run (like a week). Perhaps he could have one the belt by cheating and therefore be poised to take on a heel run. I may just be over reaching on this one. Plus as the saying goes "Hindsight is 20 / 20".
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level 43
Jan 24, 2019
As far as the Doink wrestlers. Matt Bourne and Ray Apollo were both a couple of tough, strong dudes who also could wrestle. So if they were given another gimmick, they could have each held the Intercontinental title. Even as Doink they could have. I mean, why not? Again...Hindsight.
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level 68
Jan 24, 2019
I think Santino would certainly have won the European Championship if they still had it. I think one of the WWE video games had a storyline where some foreign heel wrestler won the US Championship and retired it in favor of bringing back the European Championship, which is certainly something they could have done. As it is, Santino was a 2-time Intercontinental Champion, a tag team champion, and a US champion. All in all, he didn't do too bad for himself.
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level 43
Jan 26, 2019
You are certainly right. Despite being mostly positioned as a mid carder and sometimes a side show comic relief, Santino Marella was certainly rewarded with a nice array of Title runs. So all in all he is a memorable and decorated WWE star with an almost certain nod in the future for hall of fame induction. Which i think he does deserve.
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level 68
Jan 28, 2019
I think Santino will get that Hall of Fame induction within the next few years, most likely.
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level 68
Jan 28, 2019
And clearly WWE still doesn't care about the Universal Championship, since they're letting Lesnar abduct it again til at least Wrestlemania.
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level 43
Jan 28, 2019
Finn Balor lost huh? Wow what a surprise. I'm so shocked...... Oh well i guess next stop AEW for Finn. But at least Seth Rollins won the Rumble main event match. So he'll be facing and hopefully beating Lesnar at Wrestlemania for the title.
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level 68
Jan 29, 2019
On some level I knew it was wishful thinking. I guess I just thought it was so obvious that it needed to happen. That's the downside to the Royal Rumble - title changes are pretty rare since everyone is already looking ahead to Wrestlemania.
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level 43
Jan 29, 2019
Well, I guess I may (or may not) be wrong about Finn Balor. Apparently, the WWE is setting him up to feud with Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental Title. Yikes! Bad idea for two reasons. 1. This too would look contrived and like some last ditch effort to sabotage recruiting for the AEW (and not like a deserving talent getting their dues) and 2. Bobby Lashley will look like an A-Hole professionally if he drops the belt to Balor. Lashley won the title like what two weeks ago? He shouldn't be dropping anything except a strong in ring performance and good promo during shows and events for the time being.
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level 68
Jan 29, 2019
From what I heard online (since I refuse to watch the match), Finn actually gave Lesnar a more competitive match than you would expect, and he wasn't even using his Demon character. So I guess they want him to be taken somewhat seriously. Still, I don't see how they can pit him and Lashley against each other and try to elevate them both at the same time.
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level 43
Jan 29, 2019
Yeah i guess Finn did somewhat take it to Lesnar. Which is probably why he ended up getting pissed at Balor and decided to submit him instead of just destroy him and then pin him. I can not really see a good way to "kill two birds with one stone" with this Balor vs Lashley angle. I mean how can they both be put over in this scenario? How can they both get the push that they deserve? I'm sure the boys and girls of WWE creative will figure a way to do so. I just hope they spend more than 30 seconds on planning it.
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level 68
Jan 29, 2019
First time Lesnar has done the Kimura lock in several years, as far as I know. Good to know he does still remember how to do something other than German suplexes and the F5.
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level 68
Jan 29, 2019
I suppose if Lashley hangs with Balor and manages to beat him, that would be a good springboard toward taking on Brock Lesnar himself at some point. People seem to want that because of Lashley's own MMA background and the comparisons he drew to Goldberg and Brock early in his WWE career. As much as I'm not a huge fan, I'd get behind Lashley in a feud against Brock without a second thought, and he's a credible enough guy that WWE might even sign off on him winning.
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level 43
Jan 29, 2019
Lol. Yes indeed.
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level 43
Jan 29, 2019
I"m in agreement. I have no problem with Both Lashley and Rollins sharing in the WWE Universal Title wealth. Just get the beast incarnate the 'eff out of the WWE already.
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level 68
Jan 29, 2019
Too bad we don't make the decision.
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level 43
Jan 29, 2019
Might be quite an interesting endeavor for us. Lol. I'd be game if you are. But on a more serious note. Hold on to your hat. Just heard on CBS Sports that after Wrestlemania (when supposedly his existing contract expires) Dean Ambrose will be leaving the WWE amid dissatisfaction with his career direction. This is despite a recent offer from the WWE to re-sign for a 5 year extension with 7 figure yearly pay. I think it will be a big loss for the WWE and the fans.
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level 68
Jan 30, 2019
I was just coming to post the same thing. According to WhatCulture, he was offered $5 million for a 5-year extension and turned it down. To be honest, I can't blame him. His character is stale and I know from his pre-WWE work he's capable of much better. I think Ambrose is hurt more than most by the limitations of PG, and the brawling style he uses with this current character.
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level 43
Feb 2, 2019
I had a chance to watch a highlight video on YouTube of Balor vs Lesnar. Balor actually during the match may have injured (most likely in storyline only) Lesnar in the abdomen. Finn Balor actually took it to Lesnar. The Kimura Lock was executed swiftly and flawlessly as a transitional maneuver for lesnar when he was down (after Balor jumped off the top rope and landed both feet first on Lesnar's abdomen)for the pinfall attempt. It looked like he was doing it out of desperation to win. Just the way a move like that was intended to be used. Lesnar showed a bit of vulnerability, yet also came across as cunning and skillfull. At the same time, Balor showed a valiant effort. Just after Lesnar won the match, he showed what a bastard he was. He went on a vindictive tantrum and German suplexed the s_#t out of an already beaten Balor. Then I watched Lesnar Vs. Goldberg 1 and 2. Those were fun matches and had some feel good moments...especially the end.
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level 68
Feb 3, 2019
I'm so over Lesnar that I just don't care when someone takes it to him and still comes up short. I watched the highlights of his match with Daniel Bryan from late 2018 that everyone said was so great, and I was just bored from start to finish. I do not care about anything Brock Lesnar does until he loses. And I don't think I am the only one. It's past time for WWE to bring him back down to the level of a normal main eventer.
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level 43
Feb 2, 2019
I am curious where the WWE is looking to take this Balor vs Lashley feud. I get that Ambrose had to lose the I.c. title since he is supposedly leaving. Word on the street is Lashley is set to be pushed big time, maybe even against Lesnar to face off for the Universal Title. So it would seem that losing against Balor is not a viable option. Then again, Balor losing at yet another attempt at a WWE title would only serve to bury him as well as galvanize his resolve to exit the WWE. In my opinion Finn Balor is not a super over Baby Face star. Also it isn't the 1980's/90's and early 2000's. This is a whole new generation of fans. A fickle and cynical bunch indeed. Eventually his fanfare will fizzle out if he keeps failing. So color me somewhat confused as to where the WWE's head is at on this one.
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level 68
Feb 3, 2019
Now is not the time to push Finn Balor over the top to become the next megastar. No, now is the time to salvage Balor's wasted potential from circling the drain. WWE was SO behind him before his unlucky injury, and ever since he came back they haven't even tried to push him hard. It's time for WWE to crap or get off the pot - either push him or let him go to another promotion that will actually do something with him.
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level 43
Feb 3, 2019
Basically the situation between the WWE and Balor (as well as other stars) reminds of a romantic relationship that is about to break up due to neglect from one side. So the otherwise neglectful partner (WWE) starts putting in some effort to appease the other partner in a panicked response to the bleak situation at hand. This sudden attempt to shine the main event spotlight upon Balor is such a vain effort. Only the WWE has stopped short of getting on one knee, taking out a ring and popping the question, Translation: put the strap on Balor.
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level 68
Feb 4, 2019
I really let myself think they might actually do it. And of course they didn't. If Balor doesn't decide to leave for AEW or at least go back to NJPW at the earliest opportunity then I really have no idea what he's thinking.
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level 43
Feb 3, 2019
I think if they don't do right with Balor he will leave. Unless of course the WWE decides to double or triple his pay. Then it might be more tempting to stay for Balor and just grin and bare it.
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level 43
Feb 3, 2019
I think the best thing at the moment for the WWE to do is some how set up Lashley vs. Lesnar at Mania (maybe make it a triple threat match so that Rollins is still in it). Have Lesnar not win that match and have Lashley win the match and therefore Universal belt. After that match let Lesnar go. Then Lashley vacates the Intercontinental belt. Which then goes up for grabs in either a tournament over a specific time frame or perhaps just devote an entire raw episode to having a multi match tournament. Finn Balor comes out the Victor in the end. After his Wrestlemania loss, Have Rollins start becoming the selfish entitled crybaby that he used to be and engage in a feud with Lashley over the Universal Belt. This way both Lashley and Balor are half way to a WWE title Grand Slam (and hopefully happy). Then when Rollins wins the Universal belt from Lashley, he achieves the Grand Slam of Titles. Top talent booking taken care of for Raw for a time.
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level 43
Feb 2, 2019
Just heard that AJ Styles re-signed. So no AEW or NJPW for Styles. This leads me to speculate that D-Bryan may be dropping the WWE championship back to Styles soon. I'm not averse to Styles having another World Title run. Just not yet. I mean there certainly are other stars out there who deserve to share in the titular wealth also. Perhaps Finn Balor. D-Bryan was booked in such a manner that despite being destroyed and pinned by Lesnar he still remains WWE Champion. Why then couldn't Balor lose to both Lesnar and Lashley and then run to Smack Down where almost immediately he challenges for the title and eventually defeats D-Bryan ? Then again, Samoa Joe!!!! might appreciate a WWE title run. But, I still suspect that the WWE will be giving Styles a re-signing bonus in the from of another top title run...sooner not later.
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level 68
Feb 3, 2019
I never bought into the rumor that Styles might leave. WWE has been very good to him. He's one of the very few people with no cause to be unhappy with how he's used. I'm sure he will be WWE Champion again, though I hope it won't be right away.
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level 43
Feb 3, 2019
Yes definitely the WWE conducted a straight up Clinic on how to properly use a top tier star with how they have dealt with AJ Styles. They pay him well and book him fantastically. I think he does deserve it. So definitely I was surprised when I heard that AJ Styles may become a free agent. I hope he does get another run with the top belt, just not for a good while. There needs to be others that get a chance. Therefore, I think that even D-Bryan needs to drop the belt soon and have another star get some title time.
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level 68
Feb 4, 2019
I suppose if AJ does decide to leave, it wouldn't be the first time that a top guy decided to leave despite being pushed hard by the company. For that matter, it wouldn't be the second or even the third time. But unless there's some major problems we're not aware of, it seems to me like AJ has every reason to stay.
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level 43
Feb 6, 2019
AJ Styles has a great thing going for him at the WWE -craft wise and financially. It would be ridiculous of him to leave the WWE right now. Unless of course things go south eventually for him. Which I doubt. He's the phenomenal one, so he'll do just fine. As far as stars in the past who have left right when they reached the pinnacle, I can't recall anybody who did that. The only examples I could scrape up that one might argue are: Hulk Hogan, The Warrior, Psycho Did, Bret Hart, Lesnar and Goldberg. But Hulkster was injured, sour and was not champion anymore when he left both times, The Warrior (he was nuts), Psycho Sid was being pushed , well paid but was just lazy, sour on wrestling and also wasn't champion at the time he left. Lesnar or Goldberg weren't champions when they first left.
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level 43
Feb 6, 2019
So basically this leaves Bret Hart. As we all know, Bret Hart had a 20 year contract which towards the end of his time in the WWE was paying him $1.5 million a year. Vince McMahon due to dubious and financial reasons had to break this 20 year contract. Of course with WCW snooping around looking to snipe talent they offered to double the first digit in his WWE salary, Vince McMahon even told Bret to go ahead and take the offer as he can't even pay him the their agreed upon deal. Otherwise I suspect Bret Hart would have retired from the WWE. So again, I don't know of anyone who was pushed to the heavens, making insane money and was champion in the WWE only to suddenly have a change of heart and decided to bolt.
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level 68
Feb 7, 2019
I would argue that Brock Lesnar fits that description exactly. He was not champion on the day his contract expired, but he had the title right up to the PPV before Wrestlemania 20, and for all we know he was only booked to lose the title because he was leaving. Prior to that, he was pushed to the moon and beyond,
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level 43
Feb 7, 2019
It's official apparently. Kenny Omega is no longer a free agent. He has just signed with All Elite Wrestling.
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level 68
Feb 8, 2019
Shocking. I absolutely totally did not predict that. (I really hope my sarcasm here is obvious). For real though, I think he made the right decision.
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level 43
Feb 7, 2019
Also it looks like that about half of the talent that appeared on the recent All In event also have signed with All Elite Wrestling. I just hope that they don't sign Joey Ryan. In case you don't know who he is, let's just say he is just as bad (if not even worse) for wrestling as Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon is.
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level 68
Feb 8, 2019
I know who Joey Ryan is. I enjoyed him in Lucha Underground before the whole penis thing started with him. I think he plays a good sleazeball heel. The penis gimmick is some stupid CZW-level nonsense, though.
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level 43
Feb 7, 2019
I'm going to put on my psychic hat and make a prediction. The Viper Randy Orton will leave the WWE and sign with AEW.
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level 68
Feb 8, 2019
Part of me doubts this will happen because Randy has a pretty cozy position in WWE and they would happily keep him employed til he's old and gray if he wants, but another part of me thinks he should do it because it would be the most new and exciting thing he's done in years.
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level 43
Feb 11, 2019
So officially Dean Ambrose is leaving WWE in April when his contract is up. Yet they fed him EC3 on RAW. Just don't get it. Although EC3 was once the face of TNA and two time World Champion, he still needs some putting over in the WWE. Yet they job him out to Ambrose. If Ambrose is leaving and he has already accomplished so much in the WWE, wouldn't a hard earned / fought victory for EC3 been more valuable ? What does another victory against an up and comer do for Ambrose at this point?
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level 68
Feb 12, 2019
They fed Ambrose to EC3 last week, so this is just more typical WWE 50/50 booking. There are still plenty of people who believe Ambrose leaving is a work since it was announced so far ahead of time (I'm not one of them, but it's certainly possible).
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level 43
Feb 12, 2019
I guess it could be a work. So some people assume that Ambrose is some sort of a decoy in this emerging battle for wrestling promotion supremacy ? An effort on Vince McMahon's part to feed some disinformation to both the fans as well as to rival promotions ? Kind of far fetched I admit, but then again anything is possible.
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level 68
Feb 12, 2019
I don't know about to rival promotions. That could be, but as far as I know those who think it's a work just think that Ambrose isn't really leaving and that it's part of some kind of storyline. There really isn't any evidence for this belief, other than WWE doesn't usually announce someone's departure this far ahead of time.
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level 43
Feb 14, 2019
I don't know if you listen to any of the wrestling podcasts. Jim Cornette today released his weekly installment of his Thursday show "The Jim Cornette Experience" in this episode he spends the bulk of this show discussing and in essence reviewing the recent (2/11/19) episode of RAW. Much like us, Jim hasn't watched an epsode of RAW in ages and hasn't been a fan of it for sometime. The RAW review starts about 36 minutes into the episode. He gives a good technical review of the show in regards to storylines, production etc. He also does not holdback about how RAW for the most part has become a cluster eff and what a crap show the production layout and how storylines and bookings are carried out. I agree with his assessment probably 99%. I think you would too. I think you would enjoy how Cornette blisters RAW. You should check it out. Again it's "The Jim Cornette Experience" : Episode 271. Warning as is the case with most of his shows, his language is quite salty.
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level 68
Feb 15, 2019
I don't generally have the patience for full podcast episodes. Eventually most of them end up as shorter YouTube videos with parts of the discussion broken up by subject, and I find those much easier to digest.
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level 43
Feb 15, 2019
Yeah the whole podcast was about an hour and a half. but if you skip to the 36 minute mark (I believe) that is when he goes into his review and editorial of the recent RAW and WWE in general. When they do butcher the podcast into various segements, it still will be over 50 minutes. But it will be 50 minutes of him expressing pretty much the opinion of us and many other fans. Plus he talks about Balor, Becky Lynch, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in some detail during this part of the podcast.
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level 68
Feb 19, 2019
I don't always agree with Cornette and I can see why he rubs some people the wrong way, but I think this is one time he and I would be in agreement. I am curious what he has to say about those particular superstars, especially since as far as I know he hasn't worked with any of them personally.
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level 43
Feb 19, 2019
Actually according to legend when Cornette was producer of Ring of Honor he worked with Seth Rollins who at the time wrestled under the name of Tyler Black, Legend goes on to say that Cornette was instrumental in helping Rollins out with landing his job at the WWE instead of going to TNA from ROH.
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level 68
Feb 20, 2019
Ah, okay. Then he knows Rollins at least, but probably not the others you mentioned since they all came from other promotions.
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level 43
Feb 21, 2019
Well Jim Cornette once again dedicated a large portion of his podcast to an indepth review of another episode of Raw. Over one hour devoted to it. About 37 minutes in. I also learned that Finn Balor recently won the Intercontinental belt from Lashley. Okay. So I guess the IC belt is Balors consolation prize to keep him from jumping ship to AEW ? So does this mean that somehow Lashley will eventually challenge for the Universal belt? Who knows. But Cornette did provide some good and funny insights on Raw. Episode 272 (I think it was) of The Jim Cornette Experience. Additionally he discussed Braun Strowman , Paul Heyman, Baron Corbin and this new guy called Riccochet. At least somebody is casting a light on what the WWE is doing wrong nowadays. All other podcasters seem to either avoid criticizing the WWE or are gushing over the WWE (e.g. Ring Rust Radio).
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level 68
Feb 23, 2019
I think they have pretty high hopes for Ricochet. They always talk about him like he's a big star. And he's done great work in other promotions, including New Japan, PWG, Dragon Gate, and Lucha Underground (where he was a 2-time champion under the name Prince Puma).
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level 43
Feb 23, 2019
well him and Finn Balor apparently got put over big time on the recent Raw in a spontaneous tag match between them and Lilo Rush and Bobby Lashley,
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level 68
Feb 23, 2019
That must be the one where Lashley and Rush were inexplicably working together again, even though Lashley beat the ever-loving crap out of Lio at the PPV last weekend. Didn't see it myself, but it sounds like WWE don't know what they're doing with that storyline.
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level 43
Feb 23, 2019
Yep. Plus Jim Cornette too had a mouthful to say about the absurdity of that particular match.
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level 68
Feb 25, 2019
Even WhatCulture just did a video this weekend about why Vince needs to retire. It seems to me like WWE is floundering right now and doesn't know exactly what they want to do with some people, but doesn't want to let them go either. They're trying to hold on to too many wrestlers just to make sure nobody else can use them, and it's causing them to drop the ball in a bunch of different places.
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level 43
Feb 25, 2019
Yes the WWE is indeed floundering. I mean the RAW show is now indeed is a s8it show. The whole show just seems hastily put together, a mess. Segments and match ups do not make sense from what i heard. Also Just found out that Arn Anderson (after many years of faithful service) was let go as backstage producer / manager. He was supposedly responsible for the big push for Cena back in the day. Rumors have it that Roman Reigns may be returning sooner than we think also. i'll be glad to hear that he was able to treat the leukemia back into remission.
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level 43
Feb 25, 2019
Well the Big Dog has indeed made his triumphant return and got a heroes welcome (rightfully so). Was definitely the highlight of this Raw and of the year for the WWE so far.
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level 68
Feb 26, 2019
I'm glad that Roman has apparently beaten leukemia again (and disgusted at some "fans" on Facebook claiming that he never had it to begin with). I hope WWE is smart enough to take the opportunity they've been given to reinvent his character when he comes back, and don't just pick up where they left off on his mega-push.
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level 68
Feb 26, 2019
I heard about Arn Anderson being released. I also heard that shortly beforehand they hired a bunch of people (Shane Helms being the one that stuck out in my brain, but there were a few others as well), so maybe they're trying to shake up the producers backstage and bring in fresh ideas. None of which is going to matter, of course, as long as the entire product is written to Vince's personal tastes anyway.
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level 43
Feb 26, 2019
I think Roman Reigns' star will shine brightly. At the moment he is "The" (defacto) baby face of professional wrestling. The fans are ripe and ready for something big and something special. Let's see if the McMahons fritter this opportunity away. Of course since he never lost the Universal title, I expect to see him competing for it again eventually.Perhaps Roman vs the winner of the Wrestlemania 35 title match. Hopefully Seth Rollins vs Reigns eventually . That should make for a good match.
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level 43
Feb 26, 2019
Arn Anderson was very much a vocal critic both back stage and sometimes to Vinny Macs face (rumors have it) over his storylines and booking decisions.Perhaps this is why nothing changes, nobody dares to speak up against the Chairman. They hired among many others Bruce Pritchard back to handle some of Double A's duties. Bruce Pritchard from what I heard was always much more amenable to going along with the "program", the status quo.
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level 68
Feb 27, 2019
Well, even though Roman's cancer is in remission, that doesn't necessarily mean he's been cleared by doctors to wrestle yet. So he might not even be back in the ring by Wrestlemania. If he is though, I hope they don't just add him to the title match and make it a triple threat. First of all they're already doing that with Becky's match, and second it will make him less sympathetic. I think the best choice would be for him to challenge at the next PPV. If Ambrose weren't leaving after Wrestlemania I'd say put him in a program with Reigns for a bit first, but it looks like that won't be an option.
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level 68
Feb 27, 2019
I know Bruce Pritchard's name, but never really paid much attention to what was said about him as a backstage presence. I also don't have the attachment to AA that many wrestling fans do since I didn't watch WCW back in the Horsemen days. However, if what you say is true then it's not a good thing that he's being replaced by a yes man.
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level 43
Feb 27, 2019
I hope that they don't throw Roman Reigns in right away either. Like I said, i hope Rollins wins at Mania and then afterwards maybe work up to having Roman Reigns get a shot at the champion eventually (and win). Rollins needs to have a run with the Universal strap if he is to cement his own legacy. But Reigns certainly needs to shine as well. He is like I said "The" babyface of professional wrestling right now. I hope they ( TheWWE) know that and won't waste their chance with doing something big. Because right now the WWE needs all the help they can get, despite the fact that they are especially solvent financially at the moment.
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level 43
Feb 27, 2019
Bruce Prichard was Brother Love. Plus a heel manager in various promotions. He was a part of the creative team along with Jim Cornette and Vinny Mac during the 1990's. Later he worked in talent. The fact that Bruce Prichard is a stone cold "Yes man" not only came from Cornette but also from past wrestlers as well. I was never a big fan of Arn Anderson, but i have and still do respect his work. He was a true elite heel wrestler that never was world champion. But has held every other singles and tag championships in the NWA and WCW. He was usually a consummate upper carder and main eventer despite hanging around Ric Flair. Him and Tully Blanchard were the Brainbusters in the WWF. They even held the world tag team belts for a while, won them from Demolition i believe.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2019
Yeah, people are glad to see Reigns back now, but that doesn't mean the fans will be interested in a return to "business as usual" for him. They can certainly capitalize on the babyface reactions, but if they go right back to pushing him as John Cena 2.0, he will be getting booed again within a month. He's also proven by now that he can connect better with a crowd when he's allowed to speak truthfully, instead of reciting a script. I mean, that's probably true for most of the talent, but Roman has had opportunity to prove that it's the case for him. I think if handled right, they could actually portray Roman as a bit of an underdog, and slowly build him back up into a title contender. Assuming he returns to active competition by Wrestlemania, I think Summerslam would be a good target goal for when he should get back into the title picture.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2019
I haven't seen a whole lot of Brother Love, but what I have seen is enough for me to be glad I haven't seen more. Not a fan of the character at all.
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level 43
Feb 28, 2019
I was never a fan of Brother Love or when Bruce Prichard played himself in other promotions. He seems to me a rather forgettable figure in wrestling, unlike Arn Anderson or Jim Cornette whose respective bodies of work I totally appreciate and respect even if i wasn't fans of theirs at the time.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2019
I can't say he made a strong enough impression on me in any way other than as Brother Love to even remember. Either way, this doesn't inspire me as an upgrade, but I guess time will tell.
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level 43
Mar 2, 2019
So Kevin Steen (aka Kevin Owens) is getting a big time push now that he's returned. He's set to face D-Bryan for the WWE Championship. It was originally supposed to be Kofi Kingston then all of a sudden Vince McMahon struts out as the two are about to sign their "prop" contracts and replaces Kofi with K.O. Okay. I guess this is how they want to shake things up. Also found out that R-Truth is back apparently and is the U.S. Champion. Well at least (for now) Rollins is still set to face Lesnar for the Universal toy belt.
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
I have no idea what the heck they're doing with Kevin Owens, especially since I've heard he's a face now. I'm okay with him taking a shot at the title, though it seems kinda weird to bait-and-switch like they've done with Kofi. I can't imagine WWE actually putting the world title on Kofi, so until and unless it actually happens I remain skeptical of that idea. I've been wrong before (I didn't think Eddie Guerrero had a chance against Brock Lesnar, for example), but since I have a hard time believing Kofi would actually be allowed to win I'm not as disappointed about him apparently losing the shot.
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level 43
Mar 4, 2019
I would have no problem with K.O. getting another title run...eventually. Not immediately upon his return after he was out of action for a few months and out of contention for the top title for like what now 2 years ?. Meanwhile Samoa Joe just jobbed at a recent event. Does this all make sense? Yep. It's the WWE. Doesn't have to make sense. Then again as far as I know, Kofi Kingston all of a sudden qualifying for a World Title match was news and a shock to me as well.
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
Kofi was a last-minute replacement in the match for Mustafa Ali, who was hurt. Then they had Kofi do really well in the gauntlet match leading up to the PPV, presumably to make him look like a legit contender instead of a midcarder filling space in a multi-man match, and the crowd was really behind him because they like Kofi. That's why I doubt that there is any plan for Kofi to actually win the title. For all that WWE likes to claim they listen to the fans, they rarely actually do so about things like this.
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level 68
Mar 4, 2019
As for Owens, I've always liked the guy so I have no problem with him being in title contention, although this seems abrupt and more than a little random. As for Samoa Joe, as much as I think WWE is missing their chance at bumping him to the next level, I am starting to think they have no intention of ever doing so. From what I've read, supposedly when he was hired it was with the intention of keeping him in NXT to work with upcoming younger talent. Bringing him to the main roster in the first place means they've already moved him further up than they intended. If that is truly their mindset, no matter how wrong-headed it is, then hoping for him to actually get a title push is probably fruitless.
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level 43
Mar 4, 2019
I wasn't aware that the WWE's intent was originally to bring in Samoa Joe simply to be a mainstay on NXT and a mentor. I can understand that if he had a full history of injuries and / or was past his prime. He certainly didn't appear that way during his brief feud with Lesnar. It's sad that the WWE is underutlizing (and therefore devaluing) a star such as Samoa Joe.
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level 68
Mar 5, 2019
I always take such reports with a grain of salt - even if they're true, plans change all the time in WWE. They have seen that he's a guy who can work at the top of the card and do it well, and hopefully will not relegate him to just someone for up-and-comers to work with. I don't want him to get stuck in the rut Dolph Ziggler has been in for the last few years (for that matter, I don't want to see Ziggler stuck there anymore either).
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level 43
Mar 5, 2019
Yes, but al least Dolph Ziggler managed to get a couple of Intercontinental Title runs and a World Championship run. Samoa Joe (who I think is a far higher caliber wrestler than Ziggler) has been pretty much booked to just challenge for the belt and never win. Don't get me wrong, I think Ziggler is a very good talent. He certainly deserves credit for working his butt off to exorcise the demons and stink of his time as a member of The Spirit Squad. Samoa Joe nonetheless is an established and world renowned talent. He was so even when he arrived to the WWE and it's developmental system. He shouldn't have had to work his way up to the main roster and neither should he be jobbing for anyone really. That is my issue with the WWE's treatment of Samoa Joe.
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level 68
Mar 6, 2019
Dolph Ziggler has also been in WWE for 15 years at this point (and he's been Ziggler for at least 10 of them). He's actually a 2-time World Heavyweight Champion, though I certainly can't blame anyone who forgets that fact since both reigns were very lackluster. Admittedly someone has to serve in that "jobber to the stars" role, but I don't think it should be Ziggler and I definitely don't think it should be Samoa Joe either.
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level 68
Mar 7, 2019
Well, Samoa Joe is the United States Champion now. So at least he has an accolade to his name on the main roster, even if it's one that doesn't quite mean what it used to.
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level 68
Mar 11, 2019
Apparently the crowd at Fastlane crapped all over the WWE title match because Kofi wasn't in it. Mustafa Ali returned from injury and was put into the match along with Bryan and Owens, which makes sense since he was going to be in the Elimination Chamber til he had to miss it and was replaced by Kofi. But now that Kofi has had his almost-chance, the crowd is really dying to see him actually get a title push. And I can't say I blame them.
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level 43
Mar 13, 2019
Lol. I didn't notice your recent post about Samoa Joe becoming U.S Champion. I only just found out and posted (farther down the page) my shock and how kind of let down I felt.
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level 43
Mar 13, 2019
I don't know who Mustafa Ali is. Never seen a promo of his nor have I ever seen him wrestle. Actually may not have even seen a picture of him either. Again, I'm not against Kevin Owens getting a top title shot. But only eventually. Not almost immediately upon his return from injury and when he has not been relevant to the top title scene in over 2 years. Samoa Joe is a former multi time World Champion and a top caliber talent. Being handed a consolation prize title kind of makes no sense. I understand why Cena was crowned U.S. champion. At the time he was still relevant and his star power was still red hot and could shine some major light upon a nostalgic, prestigious yet neglected wrestling title.
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level 68
Mar 13, 2019
I only know about Mustafa Ali because WhatCulture loves talking about him. He was on 205 Live until December when he moved to Smackdown. Supposedly Daniel Bryan argued that all the top babyfaces on Smackdown were pushing 40 and that they needed some fresh young talent in the main event, so Vince agreed and brought Ali in. He was all set for a decent push but they pulled him out of the Elimination Chamber at the last second because of injury. And now because the crowd had a taste of Kofi Kingston finally getting a big push, they want that instead. I think if WWE is smart, they will give Kofi a 3-4 month main event push like they did with Mark Henry back in 2011, and just slowly ease him back down to where they want him after that.
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level 43
Mar 4, 2019
Apparently a new competitor for fans attention is emerging in the currently tumultuous world of Sports Entertainment Wrestling. MLW. Major League Wrestling. Started by a former WWE writer 17 years ago. They just signed Jim Cornette to be a backstage producer as well as a commentator on camera. I guess they are trying to get some star power in their stables. Cornette's podcasts have drawn at least a million downloads so far. So now we might have a serious fringe competitor, while AEW and ROH/NJPW fight for the number two spot. At least it's another alternative to the WWE. Pentagon Jr and Sammie Zhane are currently signed to this promotion.
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level 68
Mar 5, 2019
Can't say I'm familiar with them, but they do have a Wikipedia article. Looks like they've had a pretty decent roster of indy talent work for them, including people like Low Ki, Teddy Hart, DH Smith, even Tommy Dreamer, among others. I don't think those names are going to catapult them up to AEW levels of hype, but should at least provide one more respectable place that people can work and perhaps get the attention of other promotions.
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level 43
Mar 5, 2019
I agree they probably won't elevate to an AEW / ROH level of success and exposure so as to be nipping at the backs of the WWE. But they certainly can scoop up the business in the fringes. With Low KI, Pentagon Jr, Sammie Zhane and even Jim Cornette on the camera, I think they will certainly offer a refreshing "other" choice to those fed up with the WWE's brand of B.S. I think there will be people who will be fans of this MLW promotion as well as AEW AND ROH. I may be one of them. Who knows? I used to be a fan of both WWF / WCW (and even the other smaller televised promotions) back in the day. There probably are many more like minded persons out there.
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level 68
Mar 6, 2019
Yeah, there's certainly nothing that says people can't be fans of as many promotions as they want. Though I for one don't know how people find time to keep up with so many promotions. Just keeping up with what's happening in WWE (not even watching it) takes up so much time I'm not sure how I could follow more promotions and still have time to do other things in life.
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level 43
Mar 6, 2019
I guess as a fan you just gotta put in the good work. Lol Even if the WWE doesn't.
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level 43
Mar 13, 2019
Well, apparently Samoa Joe is now WWE U.S. Champion. Talk about too little and about a year and half too late. Plus the WWE is doing some kind of baby face push for Kofi Kingston. Making him go through a gauntlet to qualify for a world title shot again at Wrestlemania. WWE booking at it's illogical best. Actually, while we're at it why not book 'ole Brock to drop the Universal strap to Hornswoggle! I know...I know. This makes about as much sense as Joe being U.S. champion and Kofi getting a serious push to challenge for the World Title.
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level 68
Mar 13, 2019
Kofi was added to the Elimination Chamber last minute as a replacement when Mustafa Ali got injured. Then to make it look like he actually belonged there and wasn't just filling space, he had a GREAT showing in a gauntlet match on Smackdown between the six participants. Seriously, look for that match on YouTube if you can. The crowd got majorly behind Kofi, so when WWE tried to put him back in his normal spot people were not having it, and crapped all over the WWE title match at Fastlane. As for Joe being US Champion, I think it's less than he deserves but it's better than nothing. If they actually book it well then it could be a good thing. However, WWE is chronically incapable of booking their midcard titles well for more than a few weeks at a time, so this is unlikely. And you joke about Hornswoggle, but I would literally take him as champion over Brock if I had the choice. I hate Hornswoggle as a character, but I hate Brock more.
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level 43
Mar 13, 2019
From what I heard Kingston is making a good showing nowadays in his matches. Believe it or not, Mark Henry's big pushes were a result of being rewarded for great work ethic. They sent him (and Big Show) back down to developmental (OVW) just before their pushes to retrain, regroup and get back into shape.They both put in the good work and also made a positive impact upon the roster at OVW. So both Show and Mark Henry were given a good push and made champions not only because they could at most times either draw heat or cheers from the fans but also for their work. Where as today, somebody just doesn't get a boo from the crowd and / or is deemed as a risk that they may jump ship and all of sudden they emerge out of no where as a main eventer. Seems to me like nowadays Vince McMahon is booking out of fear / panic and not because he has trust and faith in his wrestlers..oops I mean Sports Entertainers.
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level 68
Mar 13, 2019
To be honest, while I find Mark Henry a likable guy I have never been a fan of his ring work, not even during his main event push. I'm not going to say that he shouldn't have been given a championship run, but I didn't particularly enjoy it and wouldn't have felt like he was unfairly overlooked if he didn't get it.
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level 68
Mar 13, 2019
With regard to booking, it does often seem like WWE makes a lot of poorly thought-out, knee-jerk decisions. Like signing people they have no plans for, just to get them off the market so other promotions can't have them. That's wasteful and stupid. Or like you said, giving someone a quick push just because they might be about to leave, only to then do nothing with them once they're committed to a longer-term deal. Most of all though, their problem is their inability to create new stars. For year after year starting in the mid-2000s, every time someone started to get popular they would job them to Cena and cut off their momentum at the knees. And then they wonder why they had to keep relying on part-timers like Triple H and Undertaker to sell tickets. Now those part-timers appear so seldom that they can no longer save the weekly ratings, and they STILL cut off rising stars' momentum more often than they just go with it to see what happens.
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level 43
Mar 17, 2019
Lots of new interesting information I have come across about this years Wrestlemania such as the venue where it is being held. It is maybe an hour and half drive from where I reside. Also saw that Roman Reigns is set to square off against Drew McIntyre (don't see the point), Batista is having one last match against HHH (stupid plus why does Batista want to return after a 5+ year hiatus just to job for HHH?) And Kurt Angle is set to have his retirement match either supposedly against Cena or Samoa Joe. I like Cena, but if you haven't seen too much of TNA / Impact, then Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe matches I can only describe as "epic". Fans at the Met Life stadium will be cheering and chanting " THIS IS AWESOME " during most points of the match. Unless of course they " WWE-Ize" the match and then it would be a flop much like Styles vs Joe was.
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level 68
Mar 18, 2019
I think Reigns vs. McIntyre is just to get Roman on the card. They probably didn't plan anything for him in advance because they weren't sure if he'd be back in time for Wrestlemania, so I'm inclined to cut them some slack there. Plus I'm glad they haven't just shoehorned him into the Rollins/Lesnar match. As for Batista, I've heard that he was really disappointed with his return in 2014 (and who can blame him?). Supposedly he wanted to come back as a heel but they made him be a face because of Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, and of course he got booed and forced to turn heel anyway because of the Daniel Bryan situation. I think him vs. HHH is fine because it means HHH isn't derailing any current stars this time around.
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level 43
Mar 18, 2019
I agree that Reigns being thrown into the Universal title match would be silly and premature. Then again i think he's wasting time playing around with Drew McIntyre. He would have been better off just making an impactful appearance at Wrestlemania. Perhaps a story line where he gets involved some how in the Universal Title match. Maybe if Rollins wins, he comes out to congratulate him and somehow he ends up bumping heads with Lesnar. Perhaps another scenario could be that Rollins is not as gracious in accepting Reigns' congratulatory gesture and some friction develops there. He does not need to jump in to the ring right away just to ensure that he takes part in Wrestlemania 35.
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level 43
Mar 18, 2019
Are you certain that HHH will be generous with Batista? I smell a seven figure pay day for Batista to some how lose to 'Ole Trips. I hope I'm wrong.
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level 68
Mar 18, 2019
Yeah, a match with McIntyre really sounds like something being thrown together last minute. I hear people talk about Drew supposedly being in for a big push, but I haven't seen enough of WWE programming to decide whether I believe that, or whether I think it's just wishful thinking on their part. At the very least he's a credible threat now and not a comedy jobber (although honestly, I loved 3MB quite a lot). I do wonder why they didn't save Roman's return for Wrestlemania or the night after, but I'm at least glad that he was able to come back in time for a Shield sendoff before Ambrose leaves (assuming that whole thing is not a work).
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level 68
Mar 18, 2019
As for HHH/Batista, I have no idea who will win that. I do think it's a weird choice for HHH to act like the babyface in this feud, though if it's true Batista wanted to be heel then I guess that would explain it. However, even if HHH wins in dominant fashion, better that it be against Batista instead of him going over some current star. Wouldn't want to see HHH go over Kevin Owens or something like that.
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level 68
Mar 18, 2019
I'm fine with Angle going out vs. either Joe or Cena. While he might have a better match with Joe, he'd also have a very good one with Cena. And if he fights Cena then I can root for Angle without being conflicted (not that I hate Cena but I like Angle MUCH more), whereas if he faces Joe then I still want Angle to win but Joe doesn't need the loss. Either way is acceptable to me, though.
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level 43
Mar 18, 2019
I'm on the opposite side on this one. If it is Angle vs Joe, I'm rooting for Joe to win as i did when they went at it back in their TNA / Impact days. Angle was a stone cold heel for most of his time there. Joe was usually at best a tweener. But when Angle went over to TNA / impact I already had enough of him. However i always did and still do respect his amazing skill and work.
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level 68
Mar 18, 2019
Angle is one of my top five wrestlers of all time (I'd say probably third behind Eddie Guerrero and Undertaker), so I'm going to root for him against pretty much anyone. I have heard speculation that he could face Taker for his retirement match, but I really doubt that will happen and I also do not want to see it because Taker's matches make me sad nowadays.
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
There's no disputing that Kurt Angle is one of the greatest wrestlers. I too would not want to see taker take him on. I wouldn't want to see either lose in that match. Then again despite my bias in favor of Samoa Joe I wouldn't want Angles' last match to be a loss for him. I also don't want to see Joe lose anymore matches. Same for Cena vs Angle, don't want either to retire with one last loss. So these are times of conflict for me.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
I doubt Cena will retire any time soon. He will probably not be a full-time performer ever again, but I expect him to pop up here and there as a part-timer for a long time. That's why I wouldn't mind him facing Angle and losing (or maybe winning, if it's done similar to the HBK/Flair match, I suppose).
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
I just got myself to watch an episode of Raw. It was the recent March 18th episode. It was posted on YouTube by a an overseas user, the video standard difference must have accounted for the lackluster audio. The play speed was a little fast which explains why anytime someone spoke they sounded either like they were from the kingdom of Lilliput or as if they just took a big ole puff of helium. Therefore I fast forwarded through a good portion of the under 1hour 56minute video. Well that and because some of the content really sucked. Here's my take: Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman opened the show and Heyman jibber Jabbering about How the reason Brock is on tonight is because of Seth Rollins' apparent trash talking last week. Then Heyman reminds everyone how Lesnar beat Styles, D-Bryan and Balor and Rollins himself. At that point Drew MacIntyre interrupts things comes out (Not very impressed with this dude ).......
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Mar 19, 2019
He then does a promo bragging about how he whopped Roman Reigns last week and Dean Ambrose and how he also "brutalized" Rollins and tonight he'll do it again. Then he talks to Lesnar and tells him "Brock I hate to inform you that after tonight you'll need to look for a new opponent to face you at Wrestlemania" after which Rollins comes out and attacks McIntyre from behind with a chair knocking him down and repeatedly beats on him with the chair. Rollins next goes into the ring and ends up chasing Lesnar and Heyman out. Some back and forth trash talk. Then Lesnar goes away. Next I see Balor doing a promo lementing how he apparently lost the I.C. belt back to Lashley (oh well AEW here we come).They replay video from the match which shows this skinny little bald dude emerge from the spectators and prematurely rings the match bell distracting Balor, who goes out to the floor when he realizes who this guy is. Dilo Rush. Should be more like Skee-Lo Rush.......
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
It's Lio Rush. He's pretty much Lashley's manager at this point, although I think he used to be a 205 Live guy? Not really sure. I recognize names of people that have come up in the last couple years, but don't pay much attention to what they're actually doing because WWE has too many products now and most of it doesn't appeal to me.
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
Because Dilo looks and is built just like Skee-Lo (the rapper from the 1990's).So then Lashley and DiLo come out and confront Balor and challenges him to what they think is a handicap tag match only to have Balor refute them. He then announces he has a partner....Braun Strowman, so now we have an impromptu proper tag match. I fast forwarded. Then Alexa Bliss is still not wrestling and is doing a talk show angle called "A moment of Bliss" talking about how she is going to be the host of Wrestlemania. Fast forwarded again. Now I see Bayley and Sasha in the ring attempting to do a promo. They're still tag champs. They get interrupted by Natalya and someone who I can only assume looks like Beth Phoenix, blah blah they announce their intentions to enter some competition to win the tag belts so they can stick it to Nia Jax and her partner. Also forgot to mention that earlier it was announced that Dana Brooks will be Facing Ronda Rousey for the Women's Title that night.....
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
Yep, that is Beth Phoenix. They're setting up some giant multi-team clusterfuck for Wrestlemania for the women's tag championships, and for some reason Beth Phoenix is coming back to team with Natalya for that (I doubt they'll win though since then Beth would have to stick around to defend it).
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
Fast forwarded again, I finally also saw Ricchochet. Wow, not impressed. He looks like a bald albeit a bit more muscular Finn Balor. He wrestles someone I don't even know. A series of acrobatic moves, flips, high flying, high kicks boom he wins. Next is the Raw Women's title match. Lol...Lol. Both stars come to the ring. Rousey immediately gets in Brooks' face and gestures with the belt. Bell rings they square off. Rousey attempts to kick Brooks who does a nice catch of that leg and then slaps Rousey in the face. Rousey then jumps up (as if she were attempting a hybrid drop kick) and catches Brooks' neck with the one leg, takes Brooks down and instantly transitions into an arm bar. Brooks screams and taps out in like 3 seconds. Rousey obviously perturbed does not let go for at least another 15 seconds. She then relents leaving Brooks screaming and crying in agony. Then immediately Rousey exits the ring........
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
Ricochet is quite talented in the ring, though I haven't seen his WWE work. If you're able to track down any Lucha Underground, he wrestled there under the name Prince Puma and was really good. Though I guess things went pretty sour there because Lucha Underground has pretty restrictive contracts and they go long periods of time between seasons.
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
She goes up to her hubby who is right there in the front row as a spectator. They kiss. Then security approaches her, she clocks one of them and proceeds to pound the crap out of him. Then gets up and continues on with her hubby. Then security personnel surround Rousey, she starts getting defensive then her hubby reaches over the security barrier grabs her from behind scoops her up and into the crowd and starts pulling her away. They end up defiantly returning to the backstage. This whole post match side show lasted much longer than the actual "squash" match did. This entertained me a bit. Next they cut backstage to Alexa Bliss and Strowman. He's pissed, I assume either at Balor or Lashley or Dilo. He wants to hurt one or all of them. Bliss again reminds everyone that she is the host of Mania 35 and that its her job to ensure it goes all down without a hitch. She offers to Broker a peace between the two of them...Strowman states he was disrespected......
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
They're working hard to get Ronda some heel heat. As for the Alexa Bliss thing, I think they're playing off her past history with Strowman in the mixed match challenge, which is a nice little throwback. I know she was injured awhile back but thought she was cleared by now. No one seems to like these interview segments of hers though, so I don't know why they are keeping her out of the ring for this.
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
So after some pleading from Bliss he agrees to give her a week to broker this peace. Otherwise he promises to beat the heck out of whoever he's pissed at. End segment. Then fast forward to final match. Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins. Good match. Lasted about 15 minutes. They beat the heck out of out each other, one high risk move after another, including several moves off the top rope including Suplex's. Both kick out every time the other covers. Finally it's Rollins with the upper hand. After McIntyre kicks out for the umpteenth time, Rollins is frustrated and rabid. He then slingshots off the rope to attempt another maneuver only to suddenly have Lesnars song play, he emerges from back stage and of course distracts Rollins. Suddenly McIntyre out of no where when Rollins turns around hits him with a running japanese drop kick. McIntyre gets the win. He has defeated every Shield member. Lesnar and Heyman look pleased and the Show ends with a defeated Seth Rollins.
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level 43
Mar 19, 2019
It was a not a great show. IMHO the highlights of the night were Ronda Rousey and the final match. Batista did do a promo interview supposedly from his home and he badmouthed HHH, most of which is probably true but I won't go into what went on there. I would give what I was able to watch a generous 2.5 stars out of 4. Lesson learned is that Raw still sucks. Don't watch videos on a device and that "there's no such thing as a free lunch". A free full episode video of Raw will have suckey video and audio quality and the program won't be displayed in full screen. Vince McMahon's flagship show is indeed floundering. So are the careers of Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Sasha Banks and Bayley. I want a refund.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
Well, you can't expect great quality from a pirated source. The audio being sped up is likely an attempt to dodge a copyright takedown of the video. As for the bad storylines... well, WWE writing has been crap for a long time now. That's one of the main reasons I don't watch (the other being Lesnar).
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level 43
Mar 21, 2019
I didn't enter into it with great expectations. So it was real crap that it disappointed as much. Bad story lines have become the norm in the WWE and once in a blue moon a great promo, story line and match is something newsworthy. Almost feels like an aberration. I just don't watch because with out having cable or satellite it isn't really the same. That and the crap content nowadays. As much as i don't care for Lesnar, his presence in the WWE would not be enough to dissuade me from being a viewer. No single performer would do that.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
Truth be told, I have not watched WWE on a weekly basis since about 2007. I came back briefly when Bret Hart returned to Raw in 2010, again in 2011 when CM Punk dropped his infamous "pipebomb" promo, and have pretty much followed only sporadically ever since. I got so sick of Brock Lesnar though, that I have not watched a WWE broadcast since Wrestlemania 33, except for the occasional YouTube clip, and one time a friend put on an NXT show in the background when I was visiting him. Lesnar being gone would not fix the terrible writing in WWE, but I will not contribute ratings or money to the company while he is still there.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
The story now about why Arn Anderson was fired is that he let an obviously drunk Alicia Fox wrestle a match instead of removing her, and the company blamed him for allowing something so risky to happen. Kinda reminds me of the time Ric Flair was drunk at a press conference and embarrassed himself... so they fired Jim Ross for not keeping him under control.
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level 43
Mar 21, 2019
Okay, Well, Ole Double A is from the Old School. Therefore, an inebriated performer is not news to him. Back in the day they used to be drunk and high all the time and still managed to put on a good show most of the time. As a matter of fact, one infamous example is Ric Flair wrestling and defending the NWA World Title against an obviously high Kerry Von Erich when he was touring in Texas. After the match reportedly Ric Flair was so pissed that he pulled a Brock Lesnar and threw the NWA World strap at i believe either the NWA president or the booker backstage. Of course no one got fired for that. They actually fabricated a story line to excuse Kerry's lackluster performance that night. A bad case of Flu and a high fever, yet he heroically soldiered through the match so as to not disappoint his legions of fans.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2019
That kind of thing just doesn't fly anymore, thanks to all the wrestlers that have died young (I actually made a quiz of them, there are so many), and thanks to Jeff Hardy's infamous performance at TNA's Victory Road in I think 2011 where he was far too wasted to wrestle, and Sting was forced to abort the match by literally knocking Jeff down and holding him down for a fast 3-count. Nowadays they have to take these problems seriously. No word yet on what consequences Alicia Fox herself might have suffered for this incident, but I guess WWE felt that as the agent Arn Anderson should not have allowed the match to go on.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2019
Here is my Pro wrestlers who died young quiz. I didn't even include every single one, just the ones that I had heard of or sounded like they were big enough stars that people might have heard of them. And I had to cut it off at age 50, so guys like Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior aren't even on there.
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level 43
Mar 21, 2019
Alicia Fox was not really a big time star. So even if they release her from the WWE most people won't notice. I don't think i have even seen her in like 4 years or so. I was looking around for the quiz you mentioned and am having trouble finding it. I just ran across a quiz from a user named NOTBALLET. "Every Professional Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Ever". or something similar to that. Now that sounds like a challenging quiz even to truly devoted fans of wrestling, professional wrestling, rasslin' or sports entertainment.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2019
I like Alicia Fox, but at this point I think she's a relic of the divas era when WWE treated women's wrestling as a joke. She's been left behind by the women's revolution or whatever they're calling it now, but her character work has been decent enough that they've never had a reason to get rid of her. Now though, it'll be interesting to see what happens to her.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2019
I actually have a whole lot of wrestling quizzes that I've made. Here's the full list: https://www.jetpunk.com/series/121311/pro-wrestling-trivia. Whenever I think of another idea that hasn't been done already, I add another one. The most recent one I did was a trivia quiz on Kane.
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level 43
Mar 23, 2019
I mean Alicia Fox was definitely a pretty lady. Her work if i remember was average. She got lost in the shuffle. They just didn't really give her any good storylines and bookings to run with. Like you said, she was a victim of the stigma that plagued the women's division at the time.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2019
Yeah, you summed it up pretty well. I think she's very beautiful, and she displays more personality than some of the other wrestlers. Her ring work doesn't particularly stand out as good OR bad to me, but that's okay. And while the axe kick she was using as a finisher for awhile (no idea if she still uses it) LOOKS dangerous as hell, I've never heard of her actually injuring somebody with it.
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level 43
Mar 23, 2019
Thanks for the link. I tried a couple of the quizzes on your list including the John Cena quiz. They' re real good. It both taught me new trivia and also jarred my memory about somethings.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2019
Thanks! I am trying to raise my quiz maker ranking (I'm number 523 on the site right now), so whenever I come up with what I think is a cool idea for a quiz, I like to make one or two. Wrestling is a pretty niche topic but it's one that I enjoy and am fairly knowledgeable about, so I have a lot of quizzes on it. I'm always interested in constructive criticism or suggestions for new ones if you think of any!
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level 43
Apr 6, 2019
Well looks like Wrestlemania 35 is going to be a dud. However, Apparently ole Vince McMahon and his p.r. machine have been going to great lengths to promote this years Mania. This became apparent to me especially when yesterday i happened to be listening to some talk radio show that originates from the NewYork City market which usually is rather serious and conservative. Mind you they refer to this program as the npr of the conservatives. From beginning to the end of this program their transitional music for this particular episode consisted of WWE stars entrance songs. The show opened with Brock Lesnars song, then during another segment i heard John Cenas, then HHH, then upon completion of a segment discussing China they played the Hart foundations song and the last segment of the show involved discussion about some tragic figure in american biographic literature which they then ended with UnderTakers For Whom The Bell Tolls. Rather a non sequitur.
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level 68
Apr 7, 2019
I actually find this pretty hilarious. I've definitely noticed YouTube ads plugging Wrestlemania and I may have even seen a couple here on Jetpunk (though maybe I'm mixing it up with some other ad campaign featuring John Cena - he does get around a bit these days).
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level 43
Apr 7, 2019
You're thinking of the Hefty ad campaign in which John Cena was prominently featured. I too saw an ad pop up for it on jetpunk also. I say, Why not? Better he cashes a check for it than Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar or Batista. The Rock would have nothing to do with such a thing. Stone Cold on the other hand doesn't strike me as the kind of guy to concern himself about the brand of garbage disposal products he uses. Cena on the other hand would
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level 43
Apr 6, 2019
Just goes to show what the WWE will do and nowadays can do to promote their brand of swill, to wrap up a segment on a discussion on anti semitism with John Cenas entrance song. The whole thing was absurd and a completely transparent attempt at a heavy last minute promotion of Mania on a nationally syndicated show. That Fox tv deal created a monster.
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level 43
Apr 7, 2019
Heard today that Bret Hart got tackled by an audience member during last nights H.O.F. ceremony. Crazy. I just hope that Either Becky Lynch or Ronda Rousey wins the main event. Not Charlotte Flair. Carmella won the opening womens battle royal, so who knows what they got planned for poor Asuka. I heard rumors that the WWE is planning to keep Brock Lesnar around beyond Wrestlemania and with the toy prop around his waist. I hope that rumor is wrong. On a more positive note. Some good news for you. Bray Wyatt should be returning soon and possibly with a retooled image and gimmick. Might be good for him.
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level 68
Apr 8, 2019
Yeah, there's footage of the asshole tackling Bret Hart at the HOF ceremony if you look for it. Just goes to show that it should probably be a private, televised event rather than open to the public. The dude got the crap beaten out of him for it, but still. I didn't watch Wrestlemania but apparently the three matches I cared about most all had the right winners (Rollins, Kofi, Becky). People are complaining about the ending to the main event though, even though Becky won. I'm not sure what that's about - it sounds like Ronda's shoulders might not have been down fully, and it was just a rollup pin or something?
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level 43
Apr 8, 2019
It seems like the show had a whole lotta "feel good" results. I'm glad about two out of the three outcomes (The Irish Lass Kicker winning and The Architect taking the Universal title off of Lesnar). However, Kofi Kingston as World Champion? I don't know. Do you like it? I mean Samoa Joe submitting Rey Mysterio to keep the U.S. title just didn't prove satisfactory. Joe should have been winning the World Title and let Kofi be U.S. Champion. That's just my two cents. Also where does this leave D-Bryan? The womens unification title match ending i think was some kind of a work to ensure that the door is open for Ronda Rousey by perhaps giving her a legitimate beef with the ending. Perhaps the WWE wants to set up a match between Ronda and Becky for the undisputed Womens Championship. Just keep Charlotte the eff away from it this time.
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level 68
Apr 9, 2019
Kofi has been US champ 3 times and Intercontinental champ 4 times, so him winning another midcard belt would be no big deal. I like seeing him make it to the top of the mountain for what will likely be his one and only time. It reminds me a lot of Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit in 2004, or Christian finally winning the big one in 2011 (before they screwed that up by having him lose it 2 days later). And the story they told between Kofi and Bryan was excellent, from what I've seen on YouTube. I actually like Kofi winning quite a lot, though I have yet to see the actual match. I don't expect him to hold the title more than a few months at most, so I'm all about enjoying this while it lasts. As for Joe, he squashed a legend like Rey Mysterio in like a minute and a half, didn't he? What's not to like there? I've heard speculation that Rey wasn't in condition for a longer match and that's why they did a fast squash, but even if that's true it helps make Joe look dangerous again.
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level 68
Apr 9, 2019
As for the women's match, I have heard conflicting stories - one that it was done to protect Rousey, and the other that it was a simple botch. Not having seen the actual match myself, I don't have an opinion on which is more likely. I do think however that since it happened, another match between them (without Charlotte) would be something worth seeing. I also keep seeing people say that they expect Ronda to leave, but I've heard no actual evidence or reasoning for this assumption. It could be that others have access to info that I don't, but it seems to me like she wants to be there so I don't get why people think she wants out.
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level 68
Apr 8, 2019
Yeah... I don't think they have a plan for Asuka at all. I think they don't have any idea what to do with anyone outside the singles and tag feuds in the women's division, and everyone else (Asuka included) is just going to be left by the wayside. I'm nervous at the idea of Wyatt getting repackaged. I think he's done as well as could be expected, given that WWE never booked him well during that whole time. But with this character taken away, will he be able to get over again? Time will tell. I didn't care about him when he was Husky Harris.
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level 43
Apr 8, 2019
Well maybe Ted Dibiase Jr. needs to return. Do you see where i'm going with this? Get the sons of Ted Dibiase Sr and Micheal Rotundo together and we got "The New.....Money Inc." Let's see if they can fill their respective fathers shoes. Randy Orton took the family legacy to a whole other level. If by no other feat than winning the World Title over a dozen times. Randy really never portrayed any kind of compelling or original character. He basically was the same old self serving, brutal, hired gun, heelish prick character that his father was. With the only real difference being that he won just about every title available in the WWE in both singles and tag team competition. Being an extension or a product of a family legacy has it's rewards. Just ask Charlotte and just about every Samoan superstar (with the exception of Joe). It may work for Bray. The whole Wyatt family thing was Vince's attempt to make money off the popularity of True Blood and The Walking Dead
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level 68
Apr 9, 2019
As far as I know, Ted DiBiase Jr. is out of the wrestling business entirely. I didn't hate the guy (I actually thought he was slightly better than Cody back in the Legacy days), but I never cared that much about him either. I don't think forming a new Money, Inc. would work out very well. Windham Rotunda (aka Bray Wyatt) has already surpassed his father's legacy in my opinion. Even if WWE mishandled his push, he still led a cool faction and is a former WWE champion. Irwin R. Schyster was what, a 5-time tag team champion who is best remembered for a tax collector gimmick? Plus I just can't picture him and Ted Jr. together. I think the other Rotunda son (Bo Dallas) could pull it off better, if anything.
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level 68
Apr 9, 2019
Randy Orton is a weird case. Here's a guy with boatloads of wrestling ability, who isn't among the all-time greats on the mic but can get the job done, who has a ton of accolades to his name but still often feels like he's just kinda there. He's done memorable stuff like his Legend Killer gimmick, his feud with HHH back when he was punting everyone, great matches with Christian in 2011 (even if I hated how one-sided that feud was), but then he's also had long stretches where it seems like he's unmotivated, and he seems to deliberately wrestle boring matches when he's a heel. I do think he's long surpassed his father as well. I admit to not watching much back in the 80s, but I don't think Cowboy Bob Orton is exactly up there among names like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper, or Macho Man Randy Savage, you know?
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level 43
Apr 13, 2019
Yes. Randy Orton's performances have been mostly underwhelming. On the other hand his career and record has been nothing shy of legendary. Over a dozen reigns as World Champion..not to mention winning all other titles. He is a hall of famer...much to my shagrin. How many other stars can claim equal or greater success? Ric Flair and John Cena and HHH. That's it.
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level 43
Apr 13, 2019
As far as Ole Husky Harris. His father IRS was a big deal in the NWA / early WCW. He held there the NWA world tag title, World Television Belt and I do believe he may have even held the U.S. belt. That is not to detract to from Bray Wyatts world title runs in singles and tag team competition. But he still has some csthcing up to do to his dad and uncle. His uncle Barry was offered the opportunity to be the Man in the NWA but just wasn't motivated and interested...the stories go. Barry Windham may have been NWA world champion on at least two occassions. Hopefully the WWE will come up with a fresh concept for Windham Rotundo...one that will be successfull for him.
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level 68
Apr 15, 2019
Last week on Raw there was some little vignette involving what I swear looks like a hand puppet of a buzzard. Speculation is that it's to do with Bray Wyatt returning. It's like he's turning into a real-life Scooby Doo villain. It's probably a good thing there's not a new Scooby film debuting, or they'd likely invite the cast to Raw as their characters and have Bray Wyatt chase them around in a bedsheet ghost costume.
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level 43
Apr 13, 2019
Well some interesting post Wrestlemania rumors. Ole Crock Lesnar arrived late for the show, demanded to be the last match. Told no. Then threw a fit and demanded to be first match. To this request Vince Mcmahon obviously relented. Then after the match he almost immediately left in a Helicopter. Sad thing is Vince Mcmahon continues to tolerate it and will continue doing so. Also heard that Sasha Banks and Bayley losing the tag titles was a sandbag last minute decision. So now both Sasha and Bayley are pissed and who knows may be talking to AEW.
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level 68
Apr 15, 2019
I've heard similar about the women's tag titles. Supposedly Sasha and Bayley were supposed to hold the tag titles for a long time, and after being told last minute that they were dropping the belts, Sasha asked for her release. Instead she's been given a few weeks of leave to cool off and think about it. I hadn't heard that about Lesnar, other than Heyman saying something to that effect when he came out on Wrestlemania. I'm inclined to think it's just kayfabe-blurring rumors, maybe even started by Heyman himself. Surely no one getting paid so much for so little work could be THAT immature.
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level 43
Apr 16, 2019
Well, at least Sasha Banks now has time to rest, relax and have "discussions" with AEW. Lol. i believe the story about Crock Lesnar. His actions both publicly (and reportedly) in private in the past and present all to point to him being a total selfish, d-bag, a-hole diva.
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level 68
Apr 17, 2019
I'd think he would want to go on first anyway so he could get his match done and get out. If he was to main event, he'd have to stay until the end which is an absurdly long time at Wrestlemania. If these stories about his backstage attitude ARE true, I wonder how much longer Vince will put up with it before he decides Brock isn't worth the exorbitant amount of money he's being paid.
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level 43
Apr 21, 2019
The majority of the fans have already tired of Crock Lesnar at least a good a year if not even 2 years ago. Which has translated into declining pay per view sales , live event sales and Raw viewership when Ole Crock is featured. He's pissing off and driving fans and revenue away from the WWE. Also he has in the past and still is taking a giant figurative Dump all over Vince Mcmahon and the WWE. The word on the street is that Vinny Mac has finally had enough (at least for now...lol)
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level 68
Apr 23, 2019
I really hope that's true. WWE is better off without Brock, and it's about time they realize it. People insist he's a draw but I really don't believe it. I know he is an anti-draw to me, in that I have not spent a time on anything WWE-related in years and won't watch their product while he's there.
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level 68
Apr 15, 2019
On an unrelated note, I just cracked the top 500 for quizmakers on this site! I'm rank 499, and my quizzes have been taken nearly 11,500 times! I'm hoping that if my rank continues to rise, a few more of my quizzes will be featured for points.
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level 43
Apr 16, 2019
Cheers!!!!!!!!!
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level 68
Apr 17, 2019
I just wish I could figure out a subject to make quizzes on that's not geography (because there are a million of those) but still mainstream enough that Quizmaster would feature it. I think I've got more WWE and wrestling quizzes than any other user on Jetpunk, but I think the main WWE Champions quiz is probably the only one that will ever be for points. I do a lot of quizzes on books, video games, and I'm starting to do some on movies and TV as well, but I'm finding it hard to find a niche in movies and TV that isn't already covered by someone else.
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level 43
Apr 21, 2019
I have observed that the "Bread and Butter" catagories for quizzes on this site are Geography, History, General Knowledge along with Pop Culture and Trivia related quizzes (by which i primarily mean music/tv and movies).I agree that these subject matters recieve all the "love" from QM, as these subjects are what interests the most people. I see your dilemma in trying to create a fresh quiz that also can compete for peoples attention for one of those prominently featured catagories that are already oversaturated with quiz content. Best thing i recommend is to determine what void needs to be filled as far as quiz content on this site. Next determine if this void is something you are able to fill and fill it better than the next "schnook" can. Also decide if you really want to undertake this task...if it is something you truly enjoy and are passionate about. If all "boxes" end up getting checked off during this personal pre-quiz development survey, then FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!
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level 68
Apr 23, 2019
Well, I'm probably going to have to slow down. I created a fair number of these quizzes during downtime at work, in between working on other projects. Unfortunately, last week I got caught and now I can't go on Jetpunk from work. Obviously I'm still goin to be on this site, but it'll be less frequent and that will eat into my quiz-making ability. Oh well, I'll keep looking for whatever my niche could be. Maybe if I find it, I can continue to rise up the ranks.
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level 43
Apr 17, 2019
I just found out that AJ Styles has now been drafted to RAW. I opine that certainly Smack Down live will lose some of its excitement without Styles. On the other hand, this move will serve to direct Raw back on the path to becoming the great program it once was. Don't get me wrong. I am not proclaiming at all that AJ Styles alone would be part and parcel to rebuilding the Red Brand. However, he would be a vital cog in the mechanism of transformation for RAW. I would find it exciting if Mcmahon would put the newly legitimized WWE Universal Title one of these days around the waist of Styles. It'd be history making as Styles was former NWA and TNA World Champion on multiple occassions in addition to his run as WWE World HeavyWeight Champion. For now i am content with Rollins as the Universal Champion. This too is part of the "Great Transformation" of RAW. A step in the right direction to ridding the stench of Brock's Crock from RAW and The WWE. I hope Vinny Mac follows through with this.
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level 68
Apr 17, 2019
I think the best part of moving Styles to Raw is that it will give him an opportunity for fresh rivalries. I think he and Rollins could put on amazing matches together, and I'm sure Styles will win the Universal title at some point. I rather hope that he doesn't dive straight into it though, simply because I want Rollins to have a good reign but I also want Styles to win the title without having to challenge for it like 4 times in a row. What I'd do is have Styles come out and announce his intention to go for the belt, only to get interrupted by someone and sidetracked into a feud with them for a few months before earning a championship opportunity.
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level 43
Apr 21, 2019
Certainly it does open up a few opportunities to craft some crowd pleasing storyline rivalries / feuds on Raw by Styles' arrival on the roster. Seth Rollins is a definite "no-brainer" future opponent for him whether he is Universal Champion or not at the time. Plus Roman Reigns, Drew Mcintyre, his old TNA mate Bobby Rood and even Kurt Angle (if decides that his retirement was just b.s.). WWE already smells better without Crock Lesnar. I will give Vince Mcmahon credit....during the last 30 days i have been distracted by the WWE's antics and have not really thought about AEW. On the other hand, his treatment of Sasha Banks and Bayley as of late has probably squarely and prominently placed AEW into their respective minds. My next three picks for Universal Champion after Rollins has a good solid run with it are 1. Bobby Lashley, 2. Roman Reigns and 3. AJ Styles.
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level 68
Apr 23, 2019
I believe Roman Reigns went to Smackdown in the superstar shake up, so he's not going to fit into the Universal title scene for awhile. Instead, he's likely to either take the WWE Championship off of Kofi or off of whoever beats Kofi. I'm sure Styles will get the Universal title eventually, but I can't help but wonder if Miz has another title reign somewhere in his future, and if they're ever going to pull the trigger on Drew McIntyre someday.
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level 43
Apr 24, 2019
I'm a bit concerned that the WWE is frittering away Roman Reigns' star power. His return was rather uneventful. Who knows. Vince MacMahon may be attempting to protect Reigns for the time being. Drew Mcintyre is rumored to be considered as a contender for the Universal title soon. Unfortunately Crock Lesnar ia rumored to be figured in for some future appearences. Possibly in a storyline against Bobby Lashley. That may be good news for Lashley as it would further elevate his starpower and appeal especially if he wins against Lesnar. Again the bad news is the WWE is not going to be a Crock Free zone for long as i had hoped it would be. I'd guess that The Miz does have some kind of a significant push in his future. No wrestler tangles with a Mcmahon unless the Mcmahons have decided that particular star is to be elevated. Just look at Stone Cold, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Mic Foley, DX and The Shield.
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level 68
Apr 29, 2019
WWE is all about squandering talent and star power anymore. That's why so many people are asking for their release. Roman could use a break from the main event anyway - I bet they aren't willing to declare the Reigns experiment over yet by any means. Lashley/Lesnar makes sense in a way, but if they want that to work they need to really work on building Bobby Lasley's star power first.
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level 43
May 3, 2019
That"s true. I think Vince Mcmahon will find out the hard way that he can't just throw money at all his problems and expect to solve it. The rumors about Reigns are that Vince Mcmahon wants to protect Roman from any further heat from the fans. He doesn't want a potential red hot baby face from being booed again by the fan, which is why he is being kept at arms length from the World / Universal Title scene. I guess in that respect (if it is true)...the WWE has the right idea. On another interesting note, did you see the new gimmick they have worked out for Bray Wyatt? A Creepy modern day Mister Rogers sort of character. Who knows if it will work. I know that it makes absolutely no sense to me...that character. But i wish all the best for Ole Bray Wyatt. If things don't work out, there's always AEW. Seems like Crock Lesnar vs Bobby Lashley will happen. So if Lashley shows well against Lesnar, his star will only be on the rise then.
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level 68
May 5, 2019
What gets me is that WWE is clearly just trying to throw money at every wrestler that makes a name for themselves somewhere just to keep them away from competition. They're throwing away a lot of money at people who they have no intention of doing anything with. I mean, I'm glad they're keeping so many people employed instead of just padding Vince's bank account, but they could be using who they already have SO much better. I do hope that they keep Roman out of the title scene for a bit and let him have a chance to get over organically. I still think they'd be better off with a group of 3-4 top guys instead of trying to have one top star that they put above everyone else, but we'll see if they do that. Wyatt's new character is... weird. He has the chops to pull it off in those little skits, but I am very skeptical of how they are going to translate this back to the wrestling ring. If anyone can make it work he can, but I see a lot of ways this gimmick could fail.
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level 43
May 10, 2019
Well right now Vince Mcmahon apparently plans to pit AJ Styles against Seth Rollins right off the bat. So Roman is definitely out of the Universal Title scene. Plus wasn't he drafted to Smack Down? I agree that Vince Mcmahon is obsessed with keeping any and every wrestler that he can away from the other promotions...even if he has no major plans for them. Yes it is a huge waste of money, especially when you do the math. I mean he could use a portion of the funds (he'd use towards signing and keeping wrestlers under his thumb) towards maybe a pension plan for his committed stars who have served him well over the years (including some of the jobbers) and / or purchase health insurance for every wrestler during their contract tenure.
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level 68
May 20, 2019
And now Brock ****ing Lesnar walks into the middle of the Money in the Bank match and wins the briefcase despite not even being in the match. That's it. That's the last straw. I am completely done with WWE until Brock's contract is over. I cannot stand any more of this BS.
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level 43
May 20, 2019
Booooo!!!!!!! Boooooo!!!!! (Vicious Hiss....Vicious Hiss) and eff Brock....eff Brock...is all i have to say and would have said if i was in the audience at last nights MITB or tonights Raw.
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level 43
May 22, 2019
Well @kenpo17.....a Merry Christmas to you courtesy of AEW. At their next major event called "Double or Nothing" they will be crowning an inaugural AEW World Heavywieght Champion. Probably the most exciting event to occur in the wrestling world since the Attitude era and the Monday Night Wars. The wrestling world will have their first "face" of this movement. Also when they talk about Ohh Seth Rollins is the best wrestler in the world or AJ Styles is the best or Brock Lesnar dominates sports entertainment wrestling. There will be a prominent "800LB Gorilla" in the room that would need to be addressed and the name of this thorn in the side of the WWE will be either Kenny Omega or Chris Jericho !!!! The eyes of the wrestling world as a whole will be on these two men. Omega is probably the most amazing star in wrestling right now and Jericho is a leviathan of professional wrestling, a legend. He looks sharper nowadays than he did 20 years ago. Vince Mcmahon has good reasons to be nervous
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level 68
May 27, 2019
I'm reading the results now. I won't discuss spoilers in case you haven't seen it yet, but it sounds like things went pretty well. I am optimistic that AEW will be a viable alternative to WWE. Since I am done with WWE for the moment, I hope this continues to go well.
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level 43
Jun 8, 2019
AEW is slowly working on becoming the viable WWE alternative and will end up taking from the WWE a big chunk of talent and fans/viewers. John Moxley signing with them was a coup.
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level 43
Jun 8, 2019
Well one of the Stars on the list was recently involved in the main event match of Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia. The third Universal Champion in its history...Goldberg. He faced The Dead Man. If you haven't seen it...all i can say is please don't. Neither men performed even admirably much less fantastically (or Phenomenally). The entrances contained the usual pomp and hype that a big WWE show would have and the first 1 to 2 minutes of the actual match looked good for both men, Goldberg even resorted to using a little actual wrestling on the Taker. But after some botches on the part of Goldberg or Taker or maybe from both, the match was going over like a lead balloon. Goldberg unintentionally got color and may have sustained an actual concussion. Then also factor in the middle eastern heat and both mens age (this was an outdoor venue) they basically put on a dangerous and sloppy show............
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level 43
Jun 8, 2019
This s_8t show of a match culminated with Taker performing one of the weakest Choke Slam finishers that i ever had seen and pinned a bleeding and obviously fatigued Goldberg. Nobody needed this match. Much less the two of them. Both men nearly injured one another due to botched manuevers. Interestingly, The Undertaker was visibly annoyed post match. Rumors have it that both immediately post match back stage were involved in shouting match regarding what transpired. If you must see it, youtube has a full video in hd of the match. I'm sorry to say (despite my fanfare for both stars) that it looks like it is time for both to hang up their trunks and boots for good.
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