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The PG Era Rant: Raw, 11.24.14

The PG Era Rant for Raw, November 24, 2014.

This rant is dedicated to my mom and dad on their 41st wedding anniversary.

Our pre-show preview doesn't talk about that, but it does mention this:

  • The Authority give a farewell address.
  • John Cena will announce who is in charge tonight. At first, it was implied he would decide, but it was later clarified the Board of Directors had decided and Cena would merely introduce him.
  • Big Show will explain why he turned heel. (And he'll have to come up with a reason other than “he was past his due date”.)
  • Goldust and Stardust call in their rematch against The Miz and Damien Sandow.

Live from Indianapolis, IN.

Your hosts are a guy who should call matches, a guy who should retire, and a guy with no one left to cheer for. It's an exercise to the reader which is which.

We open with Sting's entrance from Survivor Series.


And we open – hopefully for the last time in ages – with a HHH promo. Are they still the Authority if they have no authority? HASHTAG! Stephanie's voice is half-cracking as she says the crowd has no respect. They don't know how to be a leader or how to accept responsibility for failure. And they should've won, but Sting changed everything. But now, they have no power. And on top of that, only John Cena can bring them back.

But Stephanie doesn't feel like a loser, because she still has responsibilities – maybe not in the ring, but backstage, and with their family. Stephanie finally falls apart as HHH asks if the crowd's loving seeing the humility. HHH: “You wanna see my wife cry?” Crowd: “YES YES YES!” HHH calls the crowd bullies. HHH tells them to get it out of their system, because they got what they wanted... but be careful about what comes next. No one else can handle absolute power.

HHH and Stephanie are in a financial, commercial world. The fans don't understand that sometimes what the fans want won't help the bottom line. Now who's going to make the decisions now? John Cena? Dolph Ziggler? Maybe Sting? Oh, yeah, about that...

HHH has no idea why Sting got involved. Was it just to get the rub from HHH? Not that it matters, because he'll never be in a WWE ring again. You think the Authority's gone, but the WWE is on life support without a leader. HHH has a greater responsibility than anyone can imagine. HHH says they have the luxury of not knowing that HHH had to make the decisions against the fans to keep the WWE alive. He goes into the full Few Good Men speech as the crowd is getting sick of it. He says no one makes it without the Authority. Not Cena, Ziggler, Ryback, OR the fans. So hey, you won – first question: what do you do when Raw dies? Just sit on the couch and cry? Good luck – hey, one more cheer for the death, please? We're leaving now.

But first, mark HHH's words: they will beg for their return.

AND THEN DANIEL BRYAN'S MUSIC HITS! And yes, he's here in street clothes. He gets six inches from HHH and leads YES right in his face. Then does the same to Stephanie, who can barely hold herself together. HHH glares at him, but there's nothing he can do so he just leaves as the YES chant continues. And Daniel Bryan follows them, jumping and YESing all the way. HHH is fuming and Stephanie is despondent.

HHH, as he seems to do, went on too long. But Daniel Bryan's appearance was just an awesome touch, since it started with him and had to end with him. And the way he kept rubbing it in was pure schadenfreude. Beautifully done.

And they and Daniel Bryan are still going YES as we come back. He says it's so good to be here, and it felt SO MUCH FUN to eject HHH and Stephanie. But what about their team? See, HE'S the man in charge tonight. But with only the small amount of power he has, he wants the Authority team to come out. Hey, losing doesn't make them bad people, so give them an arousing welcome! (Crowd: boo!) NEW HASHTAG! (Cole calls each one a loser as they come out. He's just giddy.)

Now, Daniel Bryan doesn't hold grudges, so no vacating titles or handicap matches. Instead, we'll start with Seth Rollins. He's been in handicap matches all the time, so now he'll be in another one: Seth/?/? v. Cena/Ziggler. (Bryan gives credit to Ziggler for “single-handedly ending the Authority”.) Rollins (after having some trouble with his mic) tries to interrupt. (Seth: “Are you in control of the microphones, too?” Daniel: “Uh... yes.”) Rollins is still the future of the WWE, so they can't stop that. But who's the partners? The dwarfs? JBL and Cole? But it won't be up to Bryan – it's up to the fans! Yes, it's a WWE App Match. Your choices are Henry/Harper, Henry/Kane, or Noble/Mercury.

Rollins: “Wait, they're not even real security! I mean, they're just security!” But Bryan says he has more business to do. And now, to Kane. What would Dr. Shelby say about you now, Kane? If it was up to him, he wouldn't have the job any more... wait, it IS up to him! So, he needs to ask the crowd. (Crowd: NO!) But he won't fire Kane – he'll just demote him to working concessions. (If any of those concessions were $9.99, this would become the best segment ever.)

So we move on to Rusev. So, since Rusev is the US champion, maybe he should be more US-like. So Rusev has two choices: either a battle royal for the US title with just about everyone, or he takes the Pledge of Allegiance. (Henry can barely keep a straight face.) Rusev chooses Option C: he's outta here.

Luke Harper's turn. He won the I-C title with help from Jamie and Joey (please vote for them tonight), but tonight, he's defending the title, and it's against Dean Ambrose. Harper is... um... hard to say how he is. Mark Henry's about to leave, but Bryan isn't done. Some big guy asked for a favor – that favor being to avenge a major loss. It's “the Ryback”. He wants Mark Henry tonight, and Bryan says YES. And that match is NEXT! And Ryback charges Henry as we begin with Henry eating post before the bell rings! Officials have separate them as we go to break before we begin.

Okay, here's the thing: we spent half an hour just talking. I should hate this. I really should. But the absolute novelty of the return of Daniel Bryan, and the fact that Bryan's enthusiasm is contagious, really helps. This is the best half-hour of not wrestling I've seen in a long time. Now, what's the difference? In my mind, it's that most of the time, wrestlers act like they're reading lines. The good ones – Cena, Bryan, Rock, Punk, Shawn, Heyman – act like they're talking. It's such a difference.

Ryback v. Mark Henry. Henry is groggy as the bell rings. Ryback runs him over in the corner, but Henry shoves him away and gains his bearings. Ryback with a spinebuster and it's feeding time. Meathook, goodnight at 53 seconds. Utter squash.

HHH and Stephanie are ready to leave in the back when they meet Vince. Stephanie apologizes for letting him down, but Vince isn't mad. He's disappointed, though. He gave them “insurmountable” odds because that's what you need to overcome in the corporate world, and they failed. “I don't like that feeling.” He wants to remember the feeling of failure, and he says they can fix it. But don't be sorry – Vince has never been sorry for anything, unless you count spending Thanksgiving with them. He tells to them to leave with him, and the limo takes off.

I'm getting a night-after-Mania vibe to this show. I don't mean it'll be as good; I do mean it'll be a lot of story advancement and minimal in-ring effort. We've had 1 minute of wrestling so far and I don't even feel upset.

Intercontinental Title: Luke Harper (champion) v. Dean Ambrose (challenger). We look at the crazy both Ambrose and Bray Wyatt gave us last night. HASHTAG! Crowd is loud for Ambrose. Harper puts Ambrose in the corner, but Ambrose escapes and throws rights. Harper with a double chop and he fish-hooks Ambrose. Into the corner, and another double-chop. Harper with a tackle, but Ambrose gets a drop toe-hold and some crossface blows into an armbar. Ambrose with the Del Rio armbreaker, and he switches to a chicken wing. Harper yanks the nose to break. Blind charge eats elbow, and Ambrose with a spinning back elbow to send Harper bailing. Ambrose with a pescado as we go to break.

The way things are going, I know what the most likely outcome is, but almost nothing would surprise me. I don't get that feeling very often.

Intercontinental Title, continued. Harper has done the Gator Roll (probably) and has a headlock. Someone just got kicked out by security, which distracts the crowd, so they keep the chinlock on for a little longer. Finally, everyone's ready, so Ambrose fights out. A Hammer Throw by Harper stops it, though. Harper casually kicks Ambrose and delivers uppercuts. He shoves Ambrose around with his boot and delivers palm strikes, but Ambrose comes back with a high kick only to have it caught into a faceplant for one. Gator Roll into a headlock as the crowd has a Harper section that turns into Ambrose support. Ambrose breaks, but Harper tosses him out of the ring. Ambrose tries to enter, but Harper uppercuts him back down and tosses him into the barricade. Ambrose returns with a lariat out of nowhere. Back in, it's a slugfest, won by Ambrose with forearm shivers. Corner bulldog is escaped, but Harper misses a charge and Ambrose cradles him for two. Ambrose with a crossbody for two. Harper bails to the apron and headbutts him, but Ambrose blocks a suplex, ties Harper up, and dropkicks him. This leads to a guillotine legdrop (like the WCW cruiserweights abused) as Harper facefaults and Ambrose gets two. Ambrose works Harper over in the corner, but runs into the Scrapbuster for two. Crowd cheers Ambrose as Harper tries a powerbomb, but Ambrose escapes and gets a backslide for two. Harper nails an elbow and goes up top with Ambrose, but Ambrose blocks a superplex and headbutts Harper down. Ambrose floors him with a diving elbow strike for two. Big boot by Harper gets two. Ambrose with the rope-tangle clothesline for two. Harper bails out and tries to walk, but Ambrose stops that with a tope suicida. Back in, a fight over Dirty Deeds, but Harper shoves Ambrose into the ref for a DQ at 14:32. Lame finish to a fun match. ***1/4

Author's note: I am not taking points off for the chinlock during the crowd distraction. If they're not watching, take a rest. Perfectly reasonable.

Harper boots Ambrose out of the ring, but runs into a forearm when he tries a dive. Ambrose brings a chair in and gives Harper Dirty Deeds on the chair. Crowd DEMANDS tables, and with a wry smile, Ambrose obliges... with a ladder included free of charge. But before we can continue, Bray Wyatt appears and ambushes Ambrose, delivering Sister Abigail's Kiss on the floor. Ambrose is sent flying into the announcers, then piles up any chair he can find on Ambrose. He stands on the table, dropping the last one for effect, and raises his glance on high. Massive heat for this.

I am totally looking forward to the TLC blowoff – assuming that's the blowoff. With the way they're doing the stacking of chairs and the teasing of all three weapons, this match has to end spectacularly.

Big E's New Day is coming.

And now, Santino Marella comes out with Larry the Cable Guy to pimp their movie. Um... Lar-Rey Mysterio is out, actually. He's out in the mask, sneakers, and camo shorts. And shirtless. And he wants to wrestle. He's not happy when Santino says there's no match – but he offers the eye candy for the ladies. Larry says he beat up on Savage in Florida for his training. Fred Savage, but still. Larry admits he's trying to dress like Stone Cold... Creamery.

Okay, enough offbeat shenanigans – it's time for Goldust and Stardust to scare him off.

Okay, so Larry's comedy is an acquired taste to say the least, so let's talk about New Day instead: if this leads to Reverend Slick making a cameo at some point, I will mark out.

WWE Tag Team Titles: The Miz and Damien Sandow (champions) v. Goldust and Stardust (challengers). And yes, Sandow has a pair of WWE Shop replica titles to wear so that Miz can wear both real titles. An inset promo reveals that Miz thought all the Sting headlines were about him. HASHTAG! Stardust and Miz start, and Miz cranks the arm. He can't quite tag in Sandow, so Goldust gets in and a double-team ensues. Goldust with a kneeling uppercut and inverted atomic drop... which Sandow runs in to sell. Goldust stares at him long enough for Miz to get a cradle for two, and he punches away in the corner. Through-the-ropes clothesline, but Goldust catches Miz and gets a kneelift. Stardust in, and he drops an elbowsmash and hooks the chinlock. Stardust trips the leg and tries for a leglock, but Miz escapes. Stardust cuts off the hot tag and throws Miz from the ring as we go to break.

Okay, so during the intro: Lilian introduced them as “The Miz... and Damien Sandow.” Not just to contrast the reaction, but to get a rise out of Miz.

Tag Team Titles, continued. Stardust and Miz are slugging it out, but heads collide and both men are down. Hot tag Sandow, and he gets the Million Dollar Neckbreaker and kipup. Goldust distracts, though, and Stardust gets the Macho Hotshot as Miz's face needs medical attention. Goldust in, and he slugs away in the corner, then hooks the chinlock. Sandow fights out, blocking a blind charge, but he runs into a spinebuster for two. JBL begins ranting because screw the match. Stardust in for a double-team (Goldust: “I got til five!”), and no one's there to tag out for Sandow, so Stardust gets a front suplex for two, twice. Stardust to an armbar as Miz may have a career-ending broken nose. Sandow tries to fight out with headbutts, but miscommunication means Sandow gets Stardust floored. Figure-four by Sandow (on a Rhodes, ironically), but Goldust saves. Sandow dumps Goldust, and Stardust escapes the SCF from Sandow. Miz tags himself in, so Sandow eating Beautiful Disaster means nothing. SCF from Miz ends it at 10:11. Lilian says Mizdow this time. Miz and Sandow raise their titles out of sync so the crowd can go “boo” / “yay”. And Sandow seems a little miffed. **1/4

It's not about being subtle. It's about making the crowd want to see it. The biggest pops are always the ones you build to until it happens, and a result you want to see coming from a mile away will usually get a bigger reaction than one that comes out of nowhere.

Kane is working concessions with an awful boss.

So here's Rusev now with Lana, who calls the whole thing unfair. And America's unfair. Who forces their will upon their people, anyway? (The irony doesn't go unnoticed.) Rusev rants in Bulgarian, then says he won't be brainwashed. So that's it, we're done. Except Daniel Bryan is on the Tron and tells them that the other option is the battle royal. But hey, they get a second chance to decide – and he's sending Sgt. Slaughter to “supervise” this time. (He was, as always, available.) He slobbers on Rusev and drops the flag, much to Lana's dismay. An argument breaks out amid the USA chant, and Sarge demands the pledge. And that's an order! Rusev refuses, but Lana meekly complies – until the line “of the United States of America”, at which point Rusev stops her. Rusev ends this and decides for Option IV: murder Sarge. Sarge, to his credit, is ready to go...

...and Jack Swagger remembers they had an issue a few months ago and races in. Rusev cuts him off and attacks, but jumps into the high-angle suplex and Ankle Lock! Rusev breaks and escapes, ready to walk off. Sarge joins in WE THE PEOPLE.

So I guess the kayfabe result is that Lana's very despondent attempt at the Pledge was enough to stop the battle royal. Then again, let's hope they pick this up later, with next week's booker – er, interim GM – calling him on it.

Meanwhile, Kane has to sell concessions to Santino and Larry and hilarity ensues.

Justin Gabriel v. “The New And Improved” Fandango. So, wait, who's the heel here? I watch NXT – does that just not count? So now he's doing a salsa dance with Rosa Mendes. Fandango cuts off a criss-cross with an elbow as the crowd tries to sing his old theme. Fandango punches down Gabriel in the corner, following with a Hammer Throw and boot rake. Gabriel cuts Fandango up and nails a diving fistdrop, then a diving elbow strike, but Fandango flips Gabriel with a lariat. Suplex cutter as the crowd gives up and chants for CM Punk. Diving legdrop ends it at 1:47. The New And Improved Fandango is neither new nor improved. Discuss.

We look back at Big Show saying the heck with this and leaving Team Cena. Then he bullies some techies.

As I said in the live thread: always make sure to turn your Big Show every 6 months or 6,000 chinlocks.

Members of the local NFL team in the house!

Your Main Event main event is Dean Ambrose facing Kane.

And here's a smiling, happy Big Show. He wants to get in the crowd's good graces – the online reactions are getting to him. They act like it's a horrible atrocity and he's “a bad guy”. He's not; he's human! He screwed up. Show is starting to cry as he says everyone makes mistakes. Look, he hates the Authority too! Remember? They took his job and house? They made him beat up Daniel Bryan? Yeah, he's a giant and a strong man and all... but it's a medical condition! But he's got feelings like all of you and a family to feed!

Yeah, last night, he panicked, okay? He looked at the sides, saw Dolph knocked out, John Cena barely standing, and three opponents... and he figured he was going to lose. So he acted out of self-preservation. So if you could see his point of view, you'd forgive him, right? Yeah, people want to boo and cheer, but now's not the time. (Crowd: Boo.)

BIG SHOW IS A GOOD PERSON, REALLY. Big Show wished he didn't do it, given how things turned out. Show: “You believe that, right?” Crowd: “No.” Show doesn't want to sound like a jerk, but look, he's been in this 20 years and they owe him one mis-step. Can we just forget what happened, please? (Crowd: You Sold Out.)

And that's the reaction the crowd was supposed to give, because Big Show gets angry. How dare that high and mighty crowd pass judgment on him when they have nothing on the line! This is his livelihood – not the fans'! He hears what they say, but that's not who he is. He deserves respect, dammit! You gonna boo him? Guess what: he hears the cowards in the locker room say it – so say it to his face right damn now!

And taking up the challenge: Erick Rowan. Big Show finds the idea that Rowan of all people comes out idiotic. “The upside-down Sheamus has something to say!?” He was expecting John Cena – he has a legit gripe. But ROWAN? What could Rowan say, considering he doesn't have his toys with him? Rowan just approaches as Show keeps mocking him. Crowd begins to chant for Rowan as Show tells him he's in a man's world now and Rowan has no place being in the ring.

But Rowan takes the mic. “I don't like BULLIES!” And with that, the fight is on, with Rowan flooring Show with a big boot. Show flips the stairs in anger as Rowan dares him to return. Show: “You just sealed your fate!” Rowan won't back down, so Show walks off instead. There was an Erick Rowan chant.

Seth Rollins is texting while Noble and Mercury try to give him a pep talk. Rollins, though, says they're a little small for him. Then Dolph Ziggler arrives to give THEM a pep talk. In fact, he asked his many many Twitter followers to vote for them. Seth feels like he's surrounded by idiots.

So, please update your 80s-to-modern day chart: John Cena as Hulk Hogan, Dean Ambrose as Roddy Piper, Brock Lesnar as Andre the Giant, Daniel Bryan as Randy Savage, Seth Rollins as Ted DiBiase, Rusev as Nikolai Volkoff, Jack Swagger as Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and now Erick Rowan as George Steele. Play along at home! And as I said in the live thread, the idea of one of Cena's teammates being mad at almost being fired is a better story.

Brie Bella v. AJ Lee. But first, AJ has a mic. She sarcastically calls Nikki on winning her accessory, and says: “Brie, lesbi-honest, you did the impossible: you proved you're an even bigger skank than your sister.” One guess what the crowd chants. Brie with forearms in the corner, but AJ fires back and sends her out of the ring. AJ floors Nikki, but Brie floors AJ on the outside. Back in, it gets two. Brie with a single-arm DDT and she works the arm. Brie wraps the arm around the bottom rope, then kicks the arm. Into a hammerlock, as the crowd finalls remembers her name is AJ and chants for her. Somewhat. AJ elbows out, but Brie goes back to the arm. Another single-arm try leeds to an AJ rollup for one. Thesz Press and she gets a corner clothesline. Shining Wizard gets two. Brie kicks AJ away, but Nikki drapes the arm on the ropes and La Majistral gets it at 3:24. 3/4* AJ is furious and says the two of them are not half the woman she is. (Nikki checks her chest in response.) AJ unleashes a hell of a line: “Talent is not sexually transmitted.”

Just an observation about that last comment: yes, it's a great shot at Total Divas and what the two are known for, but if AJ stood on her own two feet with the crowd, it may have more bite. As it is, it sounds like there's a ready-made comeback. Though I'm sure these lines will be all over Facebook as evidence of how awesome AJ is. Which means, again, I have no point.

Adam Rose and The Bunny v. Tyson Kidd and Natalya. So does this mean that the Bunny is female? Larry and Santino are on commentary, and the Bunny spreads some love. Rose is not amused and throws the Bunny in. Rose and Kidd start. The Bunny tries to fire up the crowd, but Rose makes him stay in the corner. And now, it'll be Bunny starting instead. He ducks and does the Flair Strut. Kidd corners Bunny, but Bunny escapes and twerks. Blind charge eats rabbit's feet, and Bunny gets a missile dropkick and bicycle stomp in the corner. He shows his moves to commentary, but Kidd rebounds with a spinkick that may well knock the Bunny out. Natalya wants in now, and Kidd obliges. So Natalya helps the Bunny up. Kidd is upset and tags back in, getting a kiss from Natalya... and running into a flapjack. What passes for a hot tag to Rose, and he gets a spinebuster for two. Rose and Bunny talk strategy, but Bunny trips Rose by mistake and Kidd gets the cradle for the pin at 3:07. I'm going to pass on rating this because I have no idea how I would.

Renee Young talks to Ryback. Ryback says it's Thanksgiving and that means it's time to feed. He's off to the concession stand.

Look, just unmask the Bunny and pull the trigger already, because this is hurting both of them.

Big E, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston are together in their New Day! And in this vignette, more character development than before: their strengths (Kofi's speed, Big E's power, and Woods's brains) mesh well enough to make them stronger united.

Ryback visits Kane and orders things not on the menu. Kane throws a hot dog at him. The end result kinda writes itself. “Hey Kane! You forgot your nuts!”

Renee Young is with Cena and Ziggler. It's been a heck of a 24 hours. Last night, after Big Show's backstabbing, Cena saw that Ziggler was on his own against three guys. People's jobs were on the line, but Dolph promised he would never stop surviving. But still, the team needed a miracle – and that's where Sting came in. And because of him – and Dolph – the Authority's done. Daniel Bryan is running Raw and the fans are in charge. It's all about the WWE App, but the show's gonna be stolen.

Cena had to get his lines in, but he still spent some time getting Dolph Ziggler over. So wait, who's Dolph in the 80s comparison? Steamboat? Is that too generous?

Your SmackDown highlight will be MizTV with the Big Show.

Daniel Bryan will announce the winners of the WWE App vote, as if we didn't know.

Dolph Ziggler and John Cena v. Seth Rollins and Noble/Mercury (93%). Noble and Mercury are excited. Rollins... isn't. Noble (with a chant) starts with Cena. Cena even offers a headlock. Mercury tags in, and we get a comedy criss-cross that ends with the two stooges colliding. Rollins stops an AA to Mercury and pulls them out to regroup as we go to break.

The funny part about this is that being a nameless security guy has made Jamie Noble more popular than he ever was a Jamie Noble. With Mercury it's debatable given how big MNM were, though.

Main event, continued. Cena is stuck in the wrong corner as Noble works him over with shoulder thrusts. He stomps away on Cena, but a blind charge eats the post. Hot tag Dolph, and Noble goes flying. Rude Awakening and giant elbowdrop follow. Sky High DDT gets two, Mercury saves. Rollins lariats Dolph to put Noble back in control. Rollins tosses Dolph to the outside, and Mercury sends him into the barricade. Rollins adds a Hotshot onto the apron. Back in, Rollins with a hairpull armbar. Noble in, and he kicks away and gets a slam and legdrop for one, brother. To the chinlock, but Dolph breaks with a jawbreaker. Stinger Splash by Dolph misses, though. Noble with a headstomp, but Dolph wakes up with a dropkick out of nowhere. Mercury stops a hot tag, but Dolph flips out of a back suplex and gets it anyway. Cena goes through the comeback sequence on Mercury, then chases Rollins off the apron before the Five-Knukle Shuffle. Rollins is surrounded, but Noble and Mercury attack only to collide on the double-whip. Stereo finishers end it at 10:02. ** Seth Rollins tries to walk away, but Daniel Bryan tosses him back for a superkick and AA. YES CHANTS FOR EVERYONE!

This was essentially a breather episode after a red-hot finish to Survivor Series. Everyone got to have a good time, Daniel Bryan being around made it entertaining and exciting, and we had decent matches. New Day even got some love. Sure the 10:00 to 10:30 time dragged a little, but overall a very entertaining...

Wait a minute – the anonymous Raw GM signal goes off. Michael Cole giggles as he gets to do his routine again. And I Quote: party's over. It's Cyber Monday next week as order and discipline return.

YOU END THE SHOW LIKE THAT!? Really? Kill all the positive vibes of a feel-good show with that? I don't get it. It won't... it won't bug me too much, but it is a head-scratcher. And don't we know that Hornswoggle is the anonymous GM?

STATS:

MATCH TIME: 43:56 over seven matches
BEST MATCH: Ambrose/Harper
WORST MATCH: Mixed species match
NIGHT MVP: Daniel Bryan

FINAL SCORE: 7.5. Hey, all I ask is entertainment, and I got it.

Matt Perri is going to be here with Main Event. Danielle will recap Total Divas at gunpoint. Tommy Hall checks out NXT and SmackDown. Scott Keith runs the mailbag. And on Thanksgiving, I'll do a special WrestleMania Retro Rant. And maybe Brian Bayless will run the e-fed.

Enjoy the turkeys. I love you, Mom and Dad. I'll see you Thursday!

Comments

  1. LET'S GET EM!!!!!

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  2. I'm glad to see the Anonymous GM back. Just announce the match, and move on. Without an actual person, they can't have endless arguments droning on about what the GM has ordered.

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  3. Happy Anniversary mom and dad! For a gift, I dedicated my RAW recap to you.


    ...wait, what?

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  4. Didn't watch but Sandow showing up with replica belts is awesome.

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  5. Oh, I did more than that, but I love my parents so I had to include it.

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  6. Watched pretty much the entire episode, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The good stuff was very good, the bad stuff was harmless. Enjoyable 3 hours.

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  7. I largely agree with this. I enjoyed much of the show, and didn't actively hate the rest. Lots of my guys were featured.


    And you're still a troll.

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  8. Your post was like the Raw episode. Perfectly nice, but just hhaaddd to end on a buzz kill. :)

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  9. When Big Show turns I know it's time to change the batteries in my smoke detectors.

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  10. I don't think many people will give a shit about RAW tonight. This shit in Ferguson is... interesting. In a bad way.

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  11. Here's what gets me about the Anonymous GM angle. When they did that reveal that Hornswoggle was the guy the whole time, everyone was groaning and everyone was making fun of what a dumb idea the whole thing was. You can't make fun of an idea like this and decide to go back to it a few months later! It's amateur hour!

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  12. As the official driver of the Swagger Wagon, the only bandwagon for Real Americans, I'm excited that they didn't lose him in the shuffle. Hopefully, this leads to a table match at TLC in which Rusev can lose the gold while retaining his aura, because Jack's taken what was a token face turn and run hard with it.

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  13. "If Cena wins we riot".


    too soon?

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  14. Have they started burning the city down because the police believed they were criminals?

    Sorry, that was uncalled for probably. But doesn't it seem like the first thing a mob loses is their sense of irony?

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  15. Rusev machka again

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  16. "Which means, again, I have no point."

    You didn't need to add anything before and after those seven words.

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  17. Unless you want US Champ John Cena, he's gotta pass it on to someone else at some point.

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  18. I actually enjoyed The Authority opening promo. I liked how Triple H started cocky and confident and seemed to get more and more pissed as the reality of the situation set it. Bryan rubbing it in was a bonus.

    Bryan coming out honestly didn't feel like as big a deal as it probably should have. The announcers sounded like Todd Grisham when Christian returned. Also, man alive I had a birthday watching Bryan's promo. That thing seemed like it went on forever. Bryan being forced to talk for 20 minutes isn't playing to his strengths.

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  19. Why can't they do Rusev vs Cena for the US Title? Make it seem like something that actual stars would wanna win.


    No way they're gonna job Rusev to a joke wrestler like Jack Swagger.

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  20. I'm betting they've hired a few new writers, and they were watching old tapes and one of the discovered the Anonymous RAW GM: "wait... you mean we can write angles with a laptop as an authority figure? Jesus that's like the easiest storyto write ever! Nothing needs to make sense, don't have to write dialogue... you gotta let us bring this back!!"

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  21. Missed it because of the 3-hour drive back home from school, but this sounds like one of the better Raws in a while.

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  22. HowmuchdoesthisguyweighNovember 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    I don't disagree, I don't like the anonymous nonsense but it ended a few years ago not a few months. Hope it isn't much more than a few week thing.

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  23. Talking's not his strength, his right arm ain't his strength, what fucking IS this guy's strength?

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  24. You tell me; you're the one with the avatar.

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  25. Oh right, Daniel Bryan was right in HHH's face and taunting the hell out of him, and HHH did absolutely nothing, took it and walked away. That is a hell of a rub for Daniel. I mean HHH the character didn't hit or even push the smaller injured guy. That shows he has a ton of respect for Daniel, kayfabe and real life, to make himself look so weak.

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  26. I guess in theory they could do Rusev/Cena, but if you have a chance to gain a primary title (which Cena does, recall), why would you immediately jump down and take a consolation prize? It wasn't until the Attitude Era or maybe beyond that a former primary champ would attempt to become secondary champ (unless he needed it to complete the set).

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  27. I don't think he's a bad talker at all but there aren't a lot of people who can cut a 20-25 minute promo and have it be compelling.

    As for his arm...that's just cold man!

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  28. Yeah it was great *makes jerking off gesture*

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  29. It reminded me of my favorite moment from the night after Mania 30. HHH says, "I'm not going to get in that ring and get near you," while standing on the apron. Daniel Bryan gets this "Really?" look on his face, walks to the apron, and starts leading the Yes chant right in his face.

    Because I'm pretty sure we'd all do the same thing.

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  30. With the main title disappearing for months, I don't know anymore. I expect Rusev loses it at some point, but not to Swagger. C'mon.

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  31. I liked that touch. Bryan even got in Stephanie's face and Triple H didn't do anything. They definitely let Bryan pull Triple H's punk card a little tonight.

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  32. You're being way to hard on this show. There wasn't much that was actively bad.


    Growing Up Bella this was not.

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  33. Well if Cena fails in the Brock match (if that ever happens), I think cent vs Rusev at mania absolutely should be for the US title. Plus the title itself works perfectly as a symbol of why you'd wanna beat Rusev--- it's not just about the win, it's about taking the US title back from the evil foreigner.

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  34. Time travel.

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  35. It has disappeared for months, but after TLC, it's due to come back, recall. So at TLC, Rusev loses the anchor. At the Rumble, he and Cena cross paths (because Cena enters after getting smoked by Brock). And there you go. It's not like Brock's going to be gone for years; Heyman's back soon after TLC IMO.

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  36. Like I said, it makes some sense, and I could see it being a logical conclusion. But honestly -- can you imagine Vince making John Cena a US champ? I see someone else getting it. The fact it's Swagger's second bite gets my hopes up.

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  37. I'm almost through the first hour and it's been rough so far. But Ambrose/Harper is starting now.

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  38. I dunno, the opening segment ran too long but Bryan, who I was totally ready to not enjoy an extended promo from, made me laugh a couple of times and that's a LOT better than most other opening interviews.


    The Harper/Ambrose match was perfectly good, and featured two of my favourite guys. The ending is a bit of a cop out, but the overall result is fine with me.


    The tag match was again, good enough for government purposes, and featured guys that I like.


    The "comedy" bits were kept pretty short, as was the women's stuff, Bunny, and Fandango.


    The main was fine, although I missed some of the middle part because I was reading the thread.


    The GM thing is probably a sign of nonsense to come. I will admit that.


    It wasn't that bad, to me anyhow. I don't know about 7.5 or whatever Andy gave it, but I would say a 6 is easily fair. We've seen WAY worse.

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  39. I unashamedly admit I marked hard for Daniel Bryan and that may have inflated the rating.

    I regret nothing.

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  40. I still got 2 hours so I'm sure there'll be some good stuff. I was really bored by Bryan's thing. He had to fit a lot of exposition into it and it just dragged. I wanna see him wrestle not talk dammit.

    Ambrose/Harper's been good.

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  41. you're used to making that gesture because you're a virgin lol

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  42. omglol i am sure what is exactly what happened!

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  43. 411Mania must be missing an idiot tonight.

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  44. My guess is Cena takes the undefeated streak in a non-title for whatever reason and Swagger wins it later. The US title is perfect for him.

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  45. Rowan - Show could be interesting.

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  46. Oh right... after Safari Kane and Scuba Kane... We go CONCESSION KANE!!

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  47. Not so bright, are we now?

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  48. But where was the good? Why can't there be a good match with a good finish? Why do people have to talk for 30 minutes straight? Why the ENDLESS not funny comedy segments? Squash matches. Guy in a bunny suit. Guy squirted with mustard. And on and on and on. Yeah, there was maybe one ok match. Some of the Divas are hot. Is that the best we as viewers can hope for? Is the best anyone can say is it was not completely terrible? Daniel Bryan returns to TV and his role is to essentially reveal the card. This was supposed to be a whole new era of RAW and it was the SAME SHOW as always. Nothing has changed. So much talent on this roster and it's being wasted. A bunny! A goddamn air-humping bunny.

    Look, I love WWE. I am an ENTHUSIASTIC Network subscriber. I just paid $20 cash for the new Macho Man DVD. I support this company--this business--with my time and money out of my pocket. But I can't just roll over for their current TV product. Not even for free. It's not worth giving them 3 hours of my time anymore. My work schedule changing has made the decision for me, but I'm not the least bit sad. I'm done with RAW.

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  49. I'm thinking the Anonymous GM return was just a way to quickly set up a hook for next week. It's obviously not going to be Hornswoggle again, and it was replied whoever was behind the message would show up next week on Raw. It was a good way to set up some intrigue for next week's Raw.

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  50. This guy don't get sarcasm so good.

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  51. The thing is, he's not undefeated. He's lost by DQ or countout before. And in fact, they've switched the announcement to "never pinned/submitted". Bear in mind, neither the T nor L in TLC requires a pin or submission. You can argue whether it's smart, but the opportunity is there.

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  52. If New Day does a nice cover of Bobby Brown's 'Every Little Step', ALL THE MERCH

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  53. You certainly don't.

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  54. Was it for being a Debbie-Downer?

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  55. That's a crazy drive. I can't stand long car rides. Longest I've ever been in a car was going from California to Texas. Took about 2 days. It was brutal.

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  56. What I find most intriguing:

    The idea that your parents read your recaps.

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  57. Probly. I's sorry, Scott. RAW was great. Can I play with the other kids again?

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  58. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieNovember 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    If this was a 75% show...then I guess I just don't like wrestling anymore. Gave RAW a chance after the hype from Survivor Series and was thoroughly bored throughout, I feel like I've wasted my morning.

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  59. "Cena had to get his lines in, but he still spent some time getting Dolph Ziggler over. So wait, who's Dolph in the 80s comparison?"
    Hulk Hogan's best buddy, forever, Paul Orndorff.

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  60. 'I TWEETED YOU, BRO AND YOU DIDN'T RT!'

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  61. If you say RAW was bad they'll stick you over here in the time out corner with me.

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  62. Oh, like my opinion carries weight around here.

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  63. To quote Veruca Salt "Volcano girls we really can't be beat. Warm us up and watch us blow."

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  64. Try a PWG show. You may enjoy it and you may not. It's very different from Raw.

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  65. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    13 paragraphs for that opening promo.

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  66. It lasted 30 minutes.

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  67. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    And I'm disappointed that we didn't get that battle royal.

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  68. Any chance this show had died with the opening 30 minute promo. The crowd completely died and spent the whole night waiting for someone (Sting, Orton, Reigns) who didn't show up.

    Also I gotta say, I'm basically done with hoping Dean Ambrose gets a push. Bryan got shit on by the bookers but he always put on matches that were good to great whenever he had the chance. Ambrose is on a pretty long string of "I know both guys are good and I know I should like this match but I don't" matches. At some point you have to realize what the common denominator is.

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  69. Special guests...anonymous GMs....shitty heel turns....its 2009 again which means I'm out.

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  70. Andy PG is slowly creeping toward Meekin Territory. Mark my words.

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  71. I'm going to be the only that feels this way probably, but I enjoyed Raw from the perspective that it was the first Raw in a long time where it actually felt kind of loose. Not having the Authority looming over helped the show breathe a little more, of course, that was until the ending.


    I thought we were done with that anonymous GM crap already. Where's Edge when you need him?

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  72. When Big Show turns I know my toast is done.

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  73. Survivor Series had me interested, but this sounds like the shit that turned me into a YouTube clip viewer. I have no clue who Larry the Cable Guy is, Triple-H still doesn't understand the meaning of "redundant" while stretching promos, and a glut of backstage Bollocks.

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  74. "I have no clue who Larry the Cable Guy is"

    Oh, please.


    www.Google.com

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  75. 1. Who's the bunny again?
    2. They should have tossed in a bit with the computer being sentient and perhaps that Cole is it's slave, via a bit where he starts spazzing out when the laptop starts beeping again and Cole starts screaming about how the computer AI is back and taking over, causing him to hate Lawler/Bryan again and to be gay for miz.......

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  76. I agree. Without the Authority, the show had a nice change of pace. The angle just road on too long, overstaying its welcome, and becoming moot after Daniel Bryan got injured. I'll play the wait and see game with the anonymous GM, but I'm not very optimistic that it'll be good.

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  77. As for anonymous gm; can you say Steve Austin?

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  78. They had to bring him back to bring the Authority storyline to a close. Anything else would have failed miserably.

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  79. Because Google helps to confirm the existence of celebrities that have little to no following outside of the U.S? I've read his Wikipedia page but he's still just some guy to me.

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  80. Virgil's Gimmick TableNovember 25, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Trust me. You don't want to become acquainted with him.

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  81. I'm from Australia and I've heard of him.

    We have wallabies here.

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  82. Just watching RAW on DVR now, laughing at HHH stealing Jack Nicholson's speech from "A Few Good Men."

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  83. Love Museum Of Broken Relationships.

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  84. About time WWE started adding their YouTube goodness to the Network.
    That took longer than it's taking Coke to put Surge back in stores.

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  85. We already know it's Hornswaggle.

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  86. These guys put their bodies through the wringer hundreds of times a year for our entertainment. Many of them develop painkiller addictions and other chemical dependencies trying to deal with the pain and lingering injuries. So if, one night after a PPV in a different city (don't forget the toll traveling takes on your body), they have a TV show with a 30-minute opening promo that goes light on the wrestling, I'm OK with that. Sometimes their bodies need a break. I mean, Daniel Bryan's mere presence on this episode should be enough to remind you that these performers are not machines.

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  87. Dean Ambrose is getting a push right now.

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  88. Everyone is just a part in the machine. If a part breaks, then just slip a new part in, throw away the broken part, and keep on running the machine.

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  89. It's something fresh, but Cena-Show at TLC would honestly be a better match and would make more sense in the story line.

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  90. Why is Brock Lesnar a lazy fuck?

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  91. How is Brock Lesnar a lazy fuck?

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  92. Wouldn't Bryan saving the day last night have made more tidy storyline sense than Sting?

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  93. Daniel Bryan has only been gone for seven months. Remember the days of Batista, Angle, Edge, RVD, and many others missing 12-16 months?

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  94. Did you not hear the crowd reaction?

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  95. ...they do it for a paycheck, fame, etc. It is not a charity.

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  96. Not that I blame them for taking a break, to be clear; they did earn it. Just hate the whole "they do it for the fans, be grateful!" thing.

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  97. Scruffy The JanitorNovember 25, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    No matter what you think of Daniel Bryan, there's no denying just how huge a crowd reaction he gets every time he comes out.

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  98. Not a bad show overall, but MAN did that crowd suck. They barely popped for anything outside of the YES chants.

    And JBL continues to ruin everything he comes near.

    And as for the anonymous GM thing, I wasn't watching the last time they had this gimmick, but already I have a bad feeling about this. As someone else said, I hope it's at least a face GM like Austin.

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  99. I think Noble has always been somewhat popular and it's like Scott always talks about whenever there is an old school Raw, bring back the more recent guys instead of the 60-70 year olds got nostalgia purposes and they'll be noticed mute and that's what's happening here.

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  100. Jesse Baker.... THE VOICE OF REASON??


    *someone please hold me... The world is ending...*

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  101. It baffles me that some people think he's not getting pushed. It's 2013 Daniel Bryan all over again.

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  102. "This is the best half-hour of not wrestling I've seen in a long time". WHAT!?

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  103. Isn't Daniel universally loved, by marks, smarks and "trolls" alike?

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  104. Fame and money is what THEY get out of it. What YOU get out of it is entertainment. So, yeah, they are doing it for your entertainment (even if that's not the only reason). And that doesn't mean fans should never be critical or anything, but fans should be able to recognize that wrestlers are human.

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  105. All I know is that Cole sounds like an entitled douche every time does the "MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE..." You could see a big smile on his face yesterday. I love heel Cole!

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  106. Slaughter was still great yesterday though.

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  107. Trolls inparticular love Bryan. The guy plays to all key demos.

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  108. I only know heel Slaughter. If he came on Raw and talked about how great ISIS was or how he missed Saddam, I might feel some nostalgia, but not this flag waving face shit.

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  109. He's just such a nice guy.

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  110. It's weird, I mostly knew him from that too. Yet he's basically had a 30 year Pro USA career, but we remember him from the 1 year he was an iraqi heel. All timing I guess.

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  111. Slaughter was good, but that segment wasn't. Forcing someone to pledge allegiance to a country that's not theirs is just jingoistic bullying, not exactly babyface behavior.

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  112. I actually felt bad for Lana for a while. Sarge was not a star!

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  113. That's the thing about being a TRAITOR. It lingers somewhat.

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  114. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:35 AM

    That's what faces are today, bullies.

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  115. Neither was Daniel Bryan, or the crowd.

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  116. Well... At the very least, Daniel was justified, as HHH/Steph treated him like garbage for a full year. So I wouldn't say he was a bully, more like he was getting some well deserved payback.

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  117. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    I'm more shocked at the line, "Danielle will recap Total Divas at gunpoint."

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  118. He DARED not blindly love the US of A!! HE DESERVES TO BURN AT THE STAKE!!! (or something. USA! USA! USA!)

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  119. You mean "the best half-hour of not wrestling I've seen in a long time"?

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  120. I'll never get over what a mean bully Sheamus has been to Damien Sandow.

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  121. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Or to Mark Henry. Letting go of the rope when Henry was trying to pull it, causing him to fall.

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  122. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    If you watched Cars, you already have.

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  123. What's up with Bo Dallas? Is he injured? Feel like I haven't seen him in a while.

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  124. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Yes, he's out with an injury.

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  125. I really thought he'd be on the IC title level by now or at least by WM31. But they just stopped his push abruptly for no apparent reason.

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  126. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Minus the super pop.

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  127. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    They been burying him as early as June.

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  128. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©November 25, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Not that I can recall, we just guess it was a Dunn thing.

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  129. So you're saying he was getting BO-Ried?

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  130. Well, there's maybe 5 wrestlers in history that have had constant Daniel Bryan level pops. So it's not really fair to make that comparison. He's still quite over, and getting pushed very well.

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  131. We're still pissed at Benedict Arnold!

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  132. Hey, he saved Duggan from a Nasty Boys beatdown. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM HIM, DARN IT?? *ahem*

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  133. Says, you, and you only!! That stuff is awesome.

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  134. I had a WWF magazine from 1991 which had pictures of him walking around US memorials going "oh right yeah, forgot about that". Wasn't good enough.

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  135. Nah, it's probably the 411Mania troll below. When my first impression of someone is that MoB (AKA Former Democratic VP Candidate) is a BETTER poster than them... they're just a hopeless cause.

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  136. Yeah, he had weekly vignettes too. Always ending with "I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!" Then he went to a school and said the pledge of allegions with a classroom of kids, then cried and said "I got... My country back"...


    As a kid, I was thinking "Says who? A classroom of kids??"

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  137. What a prick. Don't ever do the "close your eyes, fall backwards and I'll catch you" trust exercise with Sheamus, people. He'll just walk off laughing while you break your back.

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  138. So he wouldn't fit in with Adam Rose's party group?

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  139. And so did reading it. *Rimshot*

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  140. No. He wouldn't. I can't imagine a jerk like that would fit in anywhere.

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  141. Didn't Ryback squash him a couple of weeks back? Or was that Rose?

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  142. Loved it when Bryan showed up, then hated him by the end of his 20 minute promo. Just me or did he come across like a little fucking brat?

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  143. I thought someone reported that Vince didn't like the character?

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  144. His ceiling was clearly a comedy mid card guy. I have no problem with him losing, then still bo-lieving. it's a fun midcard gimmick.

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  145. Oh, I thought the whole thing was pretty silly, so I don't even care that he's gone, to be honest.

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  146. " So wait, who's Dolph in the 80s comparison? Steamboat? Is that too generous?"


    Mr. Perfect, of course.

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  147. I think Noble looked at least as good as ever in that tag match last night, kinda wish they would throw him in more matches.

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  148. Nah I didn't get that feeling.

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  149. I had to google what "jingoistic" meant.

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  150. The Anonymous GM is just one night correct?

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  151. Great wrestler, great personality, nice guy... doesn't move ratings a damn. Which sucks.

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  152. Because he's smart enough to work very very little and get paid a lot. Unlike you who probably works 200 days a year, and earn 1% of what he earns.

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  153. Matt and I actually do owe everyone still two recaps of episodes from this season so that's possible - no guns required, Matt may have to make more Texas Teas for is though.

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  154. My ex and I once drove down from Washington State to Whittoer, California. 24 hours with a 2 hour nap in the middle. I couldn't drive, and the car was filled with a fully grown Labrador and about 4 cats in carriers. That was a special trip.

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  155. I hope it's Edge since he was so against the Anonymous GM before.

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  156. Has anybody in WWE thought to round up Fatu and send him to Ferguson? I mean what he could do there is fairly obvious.

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  157. Sorry, I couldn't hear that over the sound of me humming Sting's theme for the past couple of days.

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  158. *Starts pressing Refresh every 15 seconds. *

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  159. Tell that to Jesse Baker

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  160. Pretty good house show. Got an IC and Tag title match and both were fairly decent to good.

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  161. Read the recap. This sounds like trash. Dude only gave it 7.5 because his favorite wrestler made an appearance I'm guessing. Also I watched that ziggler match on YouTube based off your recommendation, its sub 2.5 stars. You really need to consider finding another format to grade a match because your still struggling to rate matches with the 5 star system. Maybe just do a plus or minus to indicate if you liked the match or a do a letter grade thing etc. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

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  162. ...yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man...

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  163. Back that ass up?


    No wait, wrong gimmick.

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  164. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieNovember 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    But how is Stephanie exposed as a whore?

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  165. No the review is fine. You're just struggling with a way to quantify match quality. You're not the only person who can't correctly rate a match, but just take that problem off the table by using some other system to rate the matches.

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  166. I'd say that's more on the wrestling business as a whole than blaming it on one guy.

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  167. Is there really a correct way to rate a match? One person's **** match might be another's ***1/4.

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  168. ... Still pressing Refresh....



    HIGH EXPECTATIONS, DARN IT!!

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  169. from what I've read here, when someone tries another way of rating matches, people complain

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  170. That would be correct.

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  171. There definitely is. Look you can be off one or two times but Andy struggles as far as knowing what's going on in a match, who's doing what, and how its actually coming across quality wise. That's why if he did something more like a plus or minus for each match (based on whether he liked it or not) I think these reviews would be better.

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  172. Just because you don't agree with his match reviews doesn't mean he struggles to review matches

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  173. Actually it does. His star ratings are off in outer space. Nice guy, and he gets his reviews up quick but he's pulling them out of thin air. I'm not saying for him to do anything other than use a rating method he can be more comfortable with. This is just a piece of constructive criticism to help him and the blog.

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  174. Which Ziggler match was that?

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  175. I typoed. Ambrose match is what I meant. I fuck up too Andy, doesn't make either of us a bad person. I need to do better with typos, Andy needs to find a matching rating system that fits with his style. WE ALL have room to grow!

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  176. For whatever reason Ambrose and Harper just didn't click last night.

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  177. Extant1979 - Mr. Cable AccessNovember 25, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    No BOD Survivor Series, no BOD Raw and no Morning Update? This place is lacking, sirs!

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  178. Ok, can you explain the non subjective rules for rating a wrestling match?

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  179. Had a roommate who doesn't watch come in mid match and be like "Don't they usually move faster than that?"

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  180. Will tensions be as high today as they were yesterday when people furiously debated the merits of Sting? Lots of passionate takes

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  181. So another false alarm for the "AJ is sure to leave very very soon, it's inevitable" rumor? Stay tuned for next week as we get a rumor that AJ is just about done with WWE, due to her being married to CM Punk!

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  182. I could see HHH vs Sting at Royal Rumble. I really have no issue with Sting being there, as long as he's not going over the younger guys. I mean, if he comes in and beats Triple H, who the fuck cares, ya' know?

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  183. 'I was originally going to be Gorgeous Jimmy Duggan, but that asshole Garvin started wearing the bowtie and sequins before me. This mentally handicapped patriot act has done well for me, though'.

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  184. I would like to learn more about Mid-South. Might order that dvd

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  185. Exactly! In the sense that nobody cares about that match.

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  186. She's gonna leave soon. There's nothing left for her to do.

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  187. How about Cena says Triple H can have control of the WWE back... if he beats Sting at the Royal Rumble. Sting will, of course, win... and Triple H can have a blast re-enacting every Flair match.

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  188. Uhm, what about main eventing Wrestlemania??

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  189. From the autobiography of George W Bush.

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