Friday, November 28, 2014

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

As of right now the WWE will be promoting all of the RAW shows during WrestleMania season that Lesnar appears on around him. Here are the dates that Lesnar is confirmed for at the moment:

12/8: RAW
12/29: RAW
1/12: RAW
1/25: Royal Rumble
1/26: RAW

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Original Plan For The Authority Role on This Past RAW

The original plan was for a Vince McMahon/John Cena segment to air on RAW that would lead to a period of no authority figure on the show but decided to switch to the anonymous GM  role. There is even some talk right now of a "weekly GM of the night" that would be filled by a celebrity guest.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



WWE To Have More Major Storylines Develop on Smackdown?

To coincide with the move to the more popular Thursday night time slot, the WWE is wanting to treat Smackdown as an equal to RAW instead of a "B" show by having a lot of major storylines play out on the show.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Sheamus Update

Sheamus who was supposed to be hurt in storyline only after being put through a table by Mark Henry ended up getting legitimately injured by that move. The WWE has not confirmed the injury and said it was just a "stinger."

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter




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576 comments:

  1. It's probably just some fatty tissue, Sheamus. You're fine to keep working.

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  2. How can we write EPISODIC TELEVISION without a heel authority figure? I dunno it worked fine for 30 years before 1998.

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  3. Ryback's new Titantron:

    http://i.imgur.com/RYpknqg.gif

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  4. Where is the Episode Vii trailer dammit? I woke up earlier for it

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  5. "The original plan was for a Vince McMahon/John Cena segment to air on RAW that would lead to a period of no authority figure on the show but decided to switch to the anonymous GM role."

    That's surprising, because it really didn't feel like some last-minute tacked on load of old guff they came up with seconds earlier.

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  6. I liked the celebrity guest host era (even the bad ones, in a car crash sort of way), so I am perfectly fine with it returning.

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  7. I'd say put some ice on it, but I don't think he's earned it.

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  8. I wonder how long that 'keep Smackdown equal to Raw' thing will last, a couple of months?

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  9. I'd post Punk's new tron, but I don't have any footage of him eating popcorn at Blackhawks games and plowing AJ.

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  10. *sob* No more authoritative figure characters!

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  11. Bob Barker was really good. And Shaq staring down the Big Show was cool but that was all I remembered.

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  12. There was The Muppets! They were good for a one-week laugh.

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  13. Hey they're going with my idea of SNL-style guest hosts! I just hope they keep it to the opening segment and the *very* occasional message on behalf of WWE President Stanley Blackburn.

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  14. This is Vince we're talking about.


    I give it three weeks.

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  15. I remember the Three Stooges and taking my dog for a two-hour walk when I saw that.

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  16. Meltzer speculated they would give up on it once it didn't bring immediate results, like everything else.

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  17. As soon as any increase in Smackdown ratings comes at the same time as the slightest decrease in Raw ratings, I reckon.

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  18. 1. OK.
    2. Seriously? Is this company that lazy that they can't figure out a way to advance storylines without a freaking authority figure?
    3. This is welcome news, but their inability to book without an authority figure is matched by their inability to book an intriguing midcard, which would be great on Smackdown.

    4. Huge merch seller, so hopefully they bring him back soon.

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  19. I liked Freddie Prinze Jr also, Santino was great with him, and he took a bump against Orton.



    I even liked the Pivens and the Sharptons, just cause it was kind of surreal, like "so bad it's good".



    Plus hey, if it gets them mainstream press, that's a bonus. It's just something different.

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  20. I wouldn't mind a weekly GM, but only if it was an ex-wrestler or manager each week. You could tell pretty good stories having guys like Austin, Flair, Foley, HBK, etc being in charge for a week, for example, maybe if Kevin Nash was the guest GM, he might be influenced by HHH, and play more of a heel GM, while someone like Foley would do a fan-friendly show.

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  21. More Nash is always a good thing.

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  22. It opens itself up to so many plot holes and makes you question why, after all these years, nearly every authority figure is a heel. Can't someone in charge hire someone that isn't going to take advantage of the position?

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  23. I have a pretty cool idea. How about the guest GMs be wrestlers? Have Rick Martel host in Montreal, Kevin Von Erich in Dallas, etc. Then, THEN these greats can talk about how their classic bouts can be found on some website.

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  24. Its such a lazy crutch for the creative team.

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  25. It doesn't happen in real life either. #LulzCorruptPolitics

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  26. Hugh Jackman was damn good, too. Actually, most of the ones who WANTED to be there did okay.

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  27. I just want to point out, I doubt that authority figures are going away anytime soon. So will this be the new thing you guys bang your heads against a brick wall for, despite 0% chance of it happening (aka, Cena turning heel?) Sometimes we just need to accept things. It's not changing.

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  28. Forgot about him. He was excellent.

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  29. I would suggest that they create some sort of quality control to ensure that corrupt GMs stop getting the job, but then that would open up even more stupid authority storylines and we'd get that Vince vs. HHH-as-avatars match.

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  30. Yeah, not his best.

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  31. It's almost like the writers don't know wrestling or something.

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  32. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Teddy Long?

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  33. What's the question?

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  34. It's a legit concern I have. I see this being a daily complaint for the next 4-5 years, and I'm just sayin', we need to DEAL WITH IT. I think it's Mick Jagger who said "You can't always get what you want"

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  35. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    He was the one non-heel authority figure I can remember, but I never got around to watching much Smackdown, so I may be way off.

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  36. Ugh you're the worst VJ

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  37. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Hey now! It's an APP, too!

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  38. Your legit concern is people discussing wrestling on a wrestling website. Cool.

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  39. 0.4/10
    No one is even complaining other than thinking it is lazy. You are complaining about complaints that do not exist.

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  40. Well, we’ll continue to bang our heads on
    walls until things improve. That ain’t changing either! Accep’ dat! :)

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  41. Dammit WWE - no authority figure is what the company NEEDS! The GM Is just a lazy crutch every week to run the same damn angles over and over and over again. The guest host thing is even worse.


    And the idea that major storylines would happen on SmackDown is even dumber...they burn through angles too quickly as it is. Now they're going to speed it up??


    It's like they have zero clue why the product sucks.

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  42. He also said this:

    Sometimes I'm sexy, move like a stud

    Kicking the stall all night

    Sometimes I'm so shy, got to be worked on

    Don't have no bark or bite, alright

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  43. Oh. Yeah, him. Foley? Umm...Booker T?

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  44. Damn, your concussion will be so bad, you wouldn't even be able to pass the WWE concussion test!!! #CMPunkTextingHeadphones

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  45. I'm getting the feeling he'd be fine with Kane sacrificing a live animal on RAW, just so he could try to defend it.

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  46. One brick at a time. A lot of people don't get the website part yet.

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  47. Hey, Mr Passive-agressive is back. I'll just look away now.

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  48. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Foley was a commissioner for all of WWE, so I'm not sure it counts... Booker T was a general manager? For Smackdown?

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  49. I feel it coming. Sort of like a storm'a'brewing.



    I predict in 2 years, it will be part of the "Invasion/Montreal/Cena Heel/Rushmore email cycle. I AM CALLING MY SHOT!!!

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  50. Yeah, you're losing today already. I'd say put an ice pack on it, and rest up for later, but you're not worthy of said relief. So here, have a Z-Pak.

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  51. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    I'm still waiting for the WWE to put together a Network app through the Windows store for Microsoft tablets. I have to watch through a web browser! The horror!

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  52. hmmm.... Maybe a bucket of KFC will suffice? It did for the Cleveland Indians before that huge game...

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  53. Love how all of your posts, including the one at the top of this chain, are passive aggressive attempts at insulting and picking fights with the other posters, and THAT is your response. Good try angry troll VJ.

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  54. That was part of why I sold my Surface. It had promise, but the apps were so dated.

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  55. He didn't show favoritism to his Fab Five? (which ever ones were on the list that particular week?)

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  56. Bor-ing. Bor-ring. Bor-ing.

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  57. I just feel bad that Worst In The World is scorned for life. I see him as a lost cause. He snapped like Frank Grimes.



    And hey, the day is still early! *chugs 2nd coffee*

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  58. Not only are they not going away, I think we all need to start realizing that there is no long term planning in WWE anymore. They might have a general idea for things, stuff they "want" to do, even matches penciled in as happening at such and such a time... but the reality is they are pretty much booking their entire product week to week. So for example the idea Dolph Ziggler is now being pushed as a new top star. Guess what? Not happening. It's just that the talent roster is thin and he happens to be there. Once Orton & Reigns comes back, back down the card he goes. They don't even have the next PPV booked yet, just one or two matches planned, and they just sort of stumble their way there in the intervening weeks. That's why the Authority isn't going away, and why the show is the same every week.

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  59. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    There's enough positive on there that I would gladly keep it, but if I liked playing games more advanced than solitaire or brickbreaker, I'd probably be tired of it already. I was sold on it the moment I got Office on there.


    Some more non-shovelware games would be great, though.

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  60. Nah, I still prefer him over you. Just because Danimal was nice/mean enough to give you another bump out of complete trolldom doesn't mean you're actually popular.

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  61. Well that's a rather bleak attitude. I'm getting all depressed now. :(

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  62. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I never made it to his Fab Five, therefor the list doesn't exist.

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  63. I wonder how bad Danimal's hangover is this morning. It must not be pretty.

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  64. Christ your "ends by doing something and leaves" joke is so lame VJ. Also you're such a weird angry troll it makes me sad for you.

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  65. this news represents everything that is wrong with WWE. They are so barren creatively that they can't figure out how to write TV without an authority figure. Part of that issue is they are still stuck in 1998 when they had competition that made the opening promo and subsequent setup for the main event to be something that works. Now it doesn't work. Hasnt' worked in years. They can't figure off they are better to advertise a show, advertise the main event, instead of every single week making one during the opening segment. Not only is it a relic from the days of competition, it never made sense. We are to believe that every single week they put on a show on National TV, in front of a crowd of 10000 or so not having any main event in mind, just hoping somebody comes out with a beef to open the show and set something up? We are to believe that every single week every wrestler comes to the show, hangs out in their gear, on the off chance they get added to the card? It's asinine. It's a crutch that they can't figure out how to get rid of even though the injury healed 10 years ago. There is nothing wrong with a Jack Tunney type figure who only makes big decisions. Ultimately it is just another reason why everytime I get thinking I might dive back in to being a weekly Raw viewer (Bret Hart return, Nexus, Pipe bomb promo, now this) I end up falling away very quickly. I can possibly deal with the anonymous GM, although I hate it, but the use of celebrities again is an absolute deal breaker for me. The Raw guest GM era was the most atrocious era in this companie's history and I include 1995 and 2003 and some of the other eras people like to bitch about. But it wouldn't surprise me. Vince has obviously discovered a small revenue source (people plugging shit) and a small amount of attachment to "mainstream" celebrities (but really, grumpy cat,
    Chrisley, and Larry the Cable Guy are hardly even C list at this point). Just so sad. I should have known. I get excited about possibilities after Survivor Series and Vince and company put me right back in my place.

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  66. I was excited about some young guys getting pushes, but I just learned that it will probably end up not perfect within the next 3 to 6 months.



    *jumps off bridge*

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  67. Don't forget your water wings.

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  68. Nah, just let him jump. Water's not that hard... wait, how high is the bridge?

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  69. Sports Entertainment 101, ladies and gents. It's why I'm hoping GFW is, at a minimum, PRO WRESTLING. You know, what most of us here grew up on? What we got into when we were younger?

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  70. And gotta love another boring Simpsons reference too! You're really getting boring in your old troll age VJ.

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  71. Needed a graf break or two, but very well done.

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  72. ask and you shall receive. Love to chat more but I'm off to take the daughter to the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. Enjoy arguing with Vince Jordan

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  73. Maybe I'll do the Adam Rose plunge.

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  74. Gee, I must have been out of my mind, implying that you sound angry. You sound like a very peppy and upbeat person right now! Da heck was I thinking!! phew!

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  75. What would be the point? Whoever it is would just be announcing that week's matches. It would either slant face or heel, and the fans would just be at the mercy of whichever the company randomly picked that week. There'd be no one to get over or draw heat because they'd be one show and done. It'd be even worse if they just alternated each week because fans would know "uh-oh, this week is a bad guy GM. I don't wanna see Dean Ambrose have to scrub toilets." Next week someone makes Seth Rollins eat dog shit. Do fans really wanna see guys being "pushed" by being punished by random authority figures each week?

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  76. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    If they stick with either an anonymous Raw GM or even go back to the guest hosts making matches, at the very least it's not a heel figurehead busing people's chops every week, which is something different, anyway.


    I figured the laptop would just be used next week, since Monday is Cyber Monday, and they could easily play off that to bring ol' lappy back.


    Regardless of what happens, though, we're getting ready to kick it into high gear, as the Rumble is less than 2 months away and the shows have already shown SOME improvement (especially the 90-minute editions on Hulu). Hopefully without Triple H and Stephanie out of power, we get a change in tone for a spell.

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  77. Well. You buried that idea good and proper!

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  78. I would agree, but i'm afraid to get grilled for being a naive fool or something.

    But yeah, I don't care about 6 months from now, it does seem to be picking up right now, so it's all good.

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  79. I am excited for the Rumble though. My favorite gimmick match

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  80. Pro wrestling would be fine, but I'd really love to see some rasslin'. I've made peace with the fact AWA-style wrestling is gone (RIP), but I think there's still room for crazy, tusslin' rednecks.

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  81. Ah, optimism. I had that at one time also. Then it took a sledgehammer to the knee, and has never recovered since.


    But seriously, the only difference with a "guest GM", as Petrie pointed out below, is that the group of people getting their chops busted might be more random from week to week. The "AUTHORITY FIGURE MAKING MATCHES ON THE FLY AT EVERY SHOW" trope is as tired and used up as VJ's shots at Worst. And they have roughly the same entertainment value at this point.

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  82. There's enough moving pieces and opportunities that can be had for some new faces heading into Mania season. I think it's justified to have some optimism when they have had a couple of solid Raws and a decent Survivor Series since late October (though last week's show was bland, which is odd for a post-PPV show). I'm crazy, but I think they're going to pull the trigger on Ziggler and the winner of the Wyatt-Ambrose feud, too.

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  83. Technically, I always leave him alone now, he's the one that always pathetically attacks me, so then I put him in his place.



    But yeah, like I said, I just don't think the Authority figure thing will ever go away. It just is what it is.

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  84. have you checked out souther states? Zanatude will tell you all about it.

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  85. I wonder if the Phily crowd will hijack the show regardless, just to show up their Pittsburgh rivals from last year.

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  86. Sure you do, by replying to every post he makes.

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  87. Only when he attacks me first. (like he did today). Check the future pattern in the following weeks. IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE.

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  88. I caved and listened to the Punk podcast. As much as I like him as performer, I dislike his out of character interviews. If he talks long enough, he's going to end up saying that irks me. But, damn, it was a classy and genuine interview for the most part.

    Obviously, it's overly fanboyish of me to say, but I was so happy he brought up the 2011 HHH match that signaled the end of the Summer of Punk. It was nice to know that I wasn't just ticked off about that, but he was, too. It stopped his momentum for no reason when he clearly had been white hot and on the cusp of being a crossover star (not Rock or Austin levels, but at a Cena level). *Cue the VJ losing-to-HHH-isn't-that-bad argument*

    I wasn't digging the Ryback and WWE doctor gripes, but he had his reasons. The jab at Jericho (who has proven again and again that he's one of the good guys outside the ring who stands up for himself and others) was unwarranted, though.

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  89. That show, it is not good. TCW was alright, but that Beau James, he no good.

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  90. I really think Ambrose is destined for huge things. He's as close to an "Austin build" as anyone has been for a long long time. Doesn't win every match, but has an "I don't give a ***" attitude. He and Ziggler are my 2 favorites right now, closely followed by Cesaro.

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  91. You call this an attack:

    "Your legit concern is people discussing wrestling on a wrestling website. Cool."



    Jesus Christ, Molester of Boys isn't that thin-skinned.

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  92. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Maybe it's optimism, but it's more a detachment from the week-to-week quality of the show. If it's good, yay, if it's not then whatever, there's another show next week.


    I get what Petrie was saying, but the last year or so has been focused around the Authority, and now they're gone, so even if it's random people getting their chops busted, the overall tone and focus of the show will likely change now. Will it be good? Who knows? But at least now we probably won't have 20-minute opening interviews with Triple H.

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  93. I came this close to buying tickets for the 12/8 Raw but I'm just not up for it. If the show turns out to be kick-ass then I'll just have to be mad at myself for a while. Just going to take that money and go on vacation.

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  94. There is nothing even close to the Bryan dynamic going on now so I do not believe any hijacking will take place.

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  95. The minute John Cena or Randy Orton pulls a HHH and doesn't want to wrestle a 2nd match a week.

    More realistically, when the ratings start changing and everyone jockeys to take credit or assign blame and guys start maneuvering backstage to either get more time or avoid the show altogether, until politics render the whole thing an unbookable mess and then they wind up butting heads with USA because it'll just be a 2 hour version of RAW and start outshining the flagship. So then they'll have to put the focus back on RAW to please USA.

    The fans, meanwhile, notice no difference on either show because it's all just the Same Old Shit.

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  96. Yes it was. It's what he's been doing for the past month. Still fuming that I said he was angry last month. But anyway, as I said, i'll leave the dude alone if he leaves me alone.

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  97. Maybe Jeremy Piven can be a celebrity guest GM in a few weeks and book matches for RumbleFest

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  98. Yep, that's exactly what I mean. Will they hijack just for the sake of it, due to the Pennsylvania rivalry? Like "Hey wait a minute, *WE* are the original smark crowds, We had ECW! WE'LL SHOW THEM A HIJACKING!!"

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  99. RumbleFest is the road to the WrestleBowl you know.

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  100. Maybe. They still have several weeks of RAW to gear towards the show.

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  101. I'm just glad I hadn't watched Entourage by then, so I didn't know who he was. I would have been crushed had I seen Ari Gold screw up like that.

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  102. The bunny took your spot.

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  103. Liatenng to the Punk interview now. He really hates Ryback lol.

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  104. How in the world have you "put in his place" troll? With your awful jokes? Right.

    You come here to pick fights and critique the way other people talk about wrestling. You're an angry shit stirring troll--- it is what it is, sorry if I point it out bud.

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  105. Every single one of your posts screams "I am not angry god damnit!! YOU are the angry one! YOU YOU YOU! HOW DARE YOU SAY I AM ANGRY? YOU ARE THE ANGRY ONE!"


    So yep, I feel sorry for you, and seriously, leave me alone, and i'll leave you alone too.

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  106. I remember a year or so ago Mike Johnson reporting that Ryback was not well-liked in the locker room.

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  107. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Seriously, just stop responding to him. How is it even worth it?

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  108. That's my gimmick.

    You know I'm right, though. The whole show would be more about the writers trying to make Vince laugh than it already is.

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  109. Nobody likes a bully. The guy totally forced a stagehand to soak his gym bag in the shower. And he threw food at another guy in the cafeteria.

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  110. He comes off like an idiot.

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  111. Except by Bryan...who seems to get along with everyone.

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  112. Your initial post at the top of that thread was you complaining about the way posters on this board are posting. You fish for fights VJ, stop pretending that you don't.

    If you just discussed wrestling rather than spending most of your posts critiquing the way that others discuss wrestling, well then you'd be normal. But instead you choose to be a weirdo, awful joke-spewing angry troll.

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  113. Jericho did trash punk first by saying he refused to talk to all his friends anymore and they made him sound like a douchebag on the podcast when they said he ran their house show match to make them miss a hockey playoff game.

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  114. Maybe I should, maybe I should... but damn is he ever asking for it. But i'll try to cut back. :)

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  115. Yeah, WWE needs extra mainstream pub to hype the matches at SummerFest...

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  116. Exactly, it really feels like fan apathy has firmly set in. What do fans care enough about to really get behind?

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  117. Says the guy who only posts here to critique other posters and fish for fights. Ok VJ! But yes end your troll posts with smiley faces and Simpsons quotes to try and seem like you're not a nut. Good plan.

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  118. Psst...that was part of the show. That's why the camera was there and recording when it took place.

    When he bullied Josh Mathews, though, it was a shoot.

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  119. And when he slammed Punk through a table... well, not THROUGH the table, but fairly close enough to damage the table...


    That was a botch. A DANGEROUS botch.

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  120. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Damn it, I wasn't fast enough to make the botch/shoot joke!

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  121. I didn't consider it trashing, especially when Punk--someone he considered a friend--pulls a Hogan and doesn't pick up the phone. It's not like he can talk to him about it. I don't know; I'm a Jericho fan and appreciate the fact that he's a jam up guy, by most accounts.

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  122. Glad to set you up there.

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  123. Good point, is it a trashing if it's the truth? Punk really does come off as a jerk very often. Can't be a coincidence.

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  124. Oh no VJ, don't put me in my place! Please don't, you're so funny and not boring!

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  125. Doesn't win EVERY match?! Ambrose loses or has no-contests in literally all of his big matches.

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  126. I really don’t see the huge resemblance between Ambrose and Austin. Ambrose
    is like “yeah whatever”, and Austin was all “I don’t give a fuck”, but their
    behaviour isn’t particularly similar. Seriously, what beyond a very vaguely
    defined “attitude” and a propensity to kick and punch makes Ambrose the same as
    Stone Cold?

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  127. Yeah, but I made the Austin/Rock rise comparisons quite often, they lost most of their matches too while going up the ladder. Shawn and even Cena lost a lot too. Bottom line, Ambrose is a fighter, and I feel he's being elevated quite well.

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  128. I remember Danny Doring in his YouShoot saying that 4 out of 5 wrestlers would say they hated him but he always got along with him.

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  129. I remember when Vince was feuding with Austin it was all so fresh, bizarre and groundbreaking, but even then the fans wondered "wait... why doesn't Vince just fire him?" AMAZINGLY the WWF right about then had Vince come out on a show and say he couldn't fire Austin--that would cost him money--but he could make his life a living hell. It didn't really make sense, but we all bought it because we wanted to believe. McMahon hated Austin for nearly ruining Mike Tyson being at WrestleMania, and then it became personal. Simple motivation.

    SIXTEEN YEARS later, I don't think WWE has ever bothered to readdress the problem. If any wrestler is a problem to the Authority, why don't they suspend or fire them? Just don't book them on TV. It's never made sense beyond someone being a jerk, and since they're in power they can never be beaten; and if they are removed fom power they're immediately replaced by someone just as bad.

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  130. I can't even enjoy old wrestling on the network after hearing punks shoot. I almost feel like I should just wash my hands of the wwe wholesale since every bad suspicion I have about them was confirmed. Like who gives a shit what the authority figure ends up being? The show is going to suck either way.

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  131. If Jericho was just angling for a scoop on his podcast that doesn't seem like a great friend to me

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  132. And Vince also needed to preserve the lineage of the WWF title at all costs, which is why he couldn't/didn't just strip Austin of the belt.


    Those explanations probably didn't REALLY hold up, but a little expository lip service to the issue was all that was required. Plus, Vince in real life HAD just taken extreme, borderline nonsensical steps to preserve the lineage of the title, so that part felt pretty plausible.

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  133. Yeah WWE is just a straight up terrible place. They totally deserve all the failures they're going through right now. Good going free market!

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  134. It's either Guest GM's each week or a stupid computer being the GM. Either way it is shit.

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  135. You should go over to RF Video and get that Randy Hales shoot on sale!

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  136. One time, I would like no one to come out for an opening promo and Michael Cole honestly say "We have no matches for tonight. No one has made any in the first 20 minutes of RAW. We expected someone to come out but they didn't."

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  137. New Star Wars Teaser is up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta4LIf7ilEY


    Spoiler - The black stormtrooper dies.

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  138. A year ago, before the network was born or even announced, Wade Keller started to ask a lot of questions about the Network and what it would do to the wrestlers and their pay. It seems like he has the least amount of sources of the major wrestling journalists, but he's a damn good analyst. I think Jobber and Petuka were the only ones talking about it after the Network was announced, too, so we're not half bad ourselves.

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  139. I know I'm probably late to the party on this but Punk was gonna fail that drug test. Nobody complains about a drug test if their gonna pass.

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  140. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Well that was underwhelming.

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  141. No no, he settled my hash but good.

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  142. I doubt the validity of that assertion, so that's why I feel the jab at Jericho was unwarranted. I could be wrong, but Jericho's track record would lead me to believe otherwise.

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  143. Anyone see what the Big Guy posted on Twitter last night?

    https://twitter.com/Ryback22/status/538068948278083584

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  144. The only thing left I have to cheer for is to see the stock price drop or the network sub's tumble. That's literally where I'm at. I'd rather see a sub 500k network sub count than Bryan vs Lesnar.

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  145. Kinda odd that he chose that day to throw a fit and decide to leave the company.

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  146. Did anyone see CM Punk in the new Rob Lowe Direct TV add?


    #rybackrules #thebigguy #feedmemore #shellshocked #hungry

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  147. Yeah, it was properly mocked. "DUMB AS FUCK!"

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  148. The corporate era is even worse than we thought.

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  149. (bignasty gets a stiffy, has no clue why.)

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  150. I wish I had my own action figure. That must be pretty cool.

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  151. Haha it's true. He'll this year's rumble is probably gonna be an hour of fans booing and trolling everything, which does feel like the only reason to be a fan at this point.

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  152. Jericho was right all along! CM DRUNK!

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  153. Also, using a huge dumbbell like that cannot be safe in any manner. Especially not to the head.

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  154. I'm pretty sure I agreed with and expanded upon what you said. You said the Authority wasn't going away. I said "yes, and--".

    I know my memory is hazy, but I'd just note that when I do comment, I'm pretty much commenting on or debating the subject, not attacking you.

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  155. Also I'd bet the sub count is around 500k on dec 1. That ability to cancel anytime change is gonna kill them right now.

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  156. Wouldn't it be something if it came out that CM Punk was some big drug addict and alcoholic?

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  157. It's always the one you least suspect!

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  158. Oh, that wasn't meant to you at all. No worries!

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  159. You're probably better off on the vacation. December is usually a lull month for wrestling.

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  160. He probably needs SOMETHING to cope after that too-mah on his back!

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  161. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Holy crap, I'm going to kill my boss.

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  162. Not sure what falls under the drug policy but even if he was taking Adderal it would still be a blow to his straight edge image. And what does it matter if Hunter takes a test, he's not really a worker anymore. Grade A deflection.

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  163. You know I thought that was a possibility too. Here's my clean drug test now go fuck yourself. His whole public image and brand is ruined if pops positive for something. With the pain he's claiming he was in it is very hard to believe he took nothing.

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  164. Was he eligible for an ice pack? (yes, yes, it's getting old. But RIMSHOT anyway)

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  165. I love that it seems like WWE was going to do what everyone wanted (no authority figure) then changed at the last minute to something I'm sure no one actually wants to see. Par for the course.

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  166. That was a red flag to me too. I mean I get the outrage and all, but if you're clean then piss in the cup, and you still can make your argument *with* the added ammo of a clean test. This is wrestling after all... can you really win any of those backstage political arguments just by taking the high ground?

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  167. I'd say the fireworks alone are usually worth the price, but they've cut back on those, right? oops!

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  168. Are pain pills considered a drug in the Wellness Policy? I'd imagine prescribed pills are fine. That's why I think he was either taking recreationally or something ambiguous like Aderal, that would still be a blemish to his gimmick.

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  169. Plus why didn't Punk ask if Cena or Ryback or others took the drug test, too? He went right after HHH.

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  170. Did they book you in a handicap match with Ryback as your partner?

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  171. I remember Steiner had a similar comeback around 2003. That one, I found funny.

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  172. And is technically his boss, he doesn't have to answer to a worker.

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  173. Even if he tests positive for something and can produce a script if that goes public his image is tarnished.

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  174. Umm... That would be fine... He'd injure/cripple your opponent, then you can go for the easy pin!

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  175. Exactly. It was an argument tailored to Austin, the beer drinking redneck. You can't transfer that then to Triple H or the Rock or for the love of God JOHN CENA.

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  176. It wasn't integral to the overall story, though. I don't think he'd bring it up if he was hiding anything.

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  177. That guy, Dustin Harris, who thinks there is no proof Benoit killed himself/family just commented on something I said in the Survivor Series LIVE thread... almost a week ago. Is there anyone that ISN'T obsessed with me?

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  178. Me... *cancels flower orders*

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  179. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Whoever isn't obsessed with you is otherwise taken up by Vince.

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  180. Personally I think its the most important part of the story. If he doesn't even at least mention it, it's something that can be exploited down the line for future employment.

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  181. A beach weekend in December or a bunch of sweaty neckbeards down at the Bi-Lo Center. Tough choice!

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  182. I'm not. You're a low-rent Jobber.

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  183. Technically I've never SEEN any proof. But I'm going to accept that proof exists.

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  184. Yeah, but I'm pretty sure just on the tag in for most of us here on the BoD, Ryback would shatter every bone in our hand, wrist, forearm...

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  185. "Nobody complains about a drug test if their gonna pass."


    Yeah that's neanderthal cop logic.


    Are you the same guy I ran off a few months ago because his family is full of drug addicts? Or was that a different Vintage ECW?

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  186. Well exactly, because that's been his gimmick. A wrestler taking a pain pill is not a bad thing at all but when you've built your life around being better than everyone it's something that should be noted.

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  187. Punk is a Chicago loudmouth. You either like them or you don't. I've always gotten along with them, but wussier people who suck can be sensitive.

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  188. Remember: "If You Have Nothing To Hide, You Have Nothing To Fear".

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  189. Nah, when someone throws a piss cup at you out of spite, clean or not you'll be offended.

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  190. I think Punk was trying to show the absurdity of the situation by mentioning how adamant they were in testing someone who was straight edge that day.

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  191. Your just mad because you are black. And Canadian.

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  192. African-Canadian

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  193. They have to test everyone, even the straight edge superstars.

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  194. Actually, my family is from the West Indies.

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