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NXT - December 25, 2014

NXT
Date: December 25, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Jason Albert, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley
Hosts: Renee Young, Corey Graves

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Back in the 1980s, Fritz Von Erich had a great insight about Christmas: Once you open the presents, what else is there to do? Well apparently we can watch NXT, which is on a roll as of late. The main story coming out of last week was Kevin Owens destroying Adrian Neville just like he did to Sami Zayn the week before. Let's get to it.


Opening sequence.

And we have an empty arena with only Renee Young and Corey Graves in the ring, meaning we have a Best Of show. There will however be a new match with Charlotte defending the Women's Title against Sasha Banks in an R-Evolution rematch.

We start by looking at some of the stars who came from NXT up to the main roster, including Paige, Bo Dallas, Lana and Rusev. There's nothing to say here as they're just saying the names and showing maybe a ten second clip.

Video on NXT: Arrival. That feels so long ago even though it was only February.

This leads to a package of Adrian Neville going home to Newcastle, England. Wearing glasses, which is an odd look on a wrestler for some reason, he goes to see his mom and talks about soccer for awhile. His original plans were to play soccer for Newcastle United but then he saw something called WWF and things changed. We get some clips of his training and developing the high spots, which we then see in NXT. He even got to wear a Newcastle jersey to his match in the Newcastle arena for a very cool moment.

Tyler Breeze is still off modeling but wants to tell all the Wannabreeze that he'll be adding gold to his ensemble in 2015.

We see the last six or so minutes of Zayn vs. Neville, plus the entire post match celebration and Owens' heel turn to end the show.

Curtis Axel comes in to see Regal and thinks he needs to recharge his career. He wants in on this NXT thing but Regal tells him to make an appointment.

Lucha Dragons video. Sin Cara still hates to do the pre-match pose.

Vaudevillains video, of course in black and white.

We get about four minutes of the Lucha Dragons vs. Vaudevillians match from R-Evolution. There will be a rematch due to Kalisto pinning the wrong man.

Next week we'll have Finn Balor/Hideo Itami vs. Ascension II.

Itami and Balor promise to destroy the Ascension. Itami's English is improving by leaps and bounds.

We look at some NXT debuts this year, including Baron Corbin, Bull Dempsey, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor and of course Kevin Owens.

Owens says he's sent the former champion and the new champion to the hospital in the span of seven days. If he's done that to people he considers friends, what is he going to do to people he doesn't care about? He'll fight anyone and everyone until he's the only one standing. “Why don't you put that on a t-shirt?”

Time to look at NXT people making splashes on the main roster: Paige, Bo Dallas, Emma, Summer Rae, Adam Rose, Rusev and Lana.

Earlier this week, Bayley was watching the HHH DVD to see how he came back from his knee injury. It motivates her to come back bigger, better and stronger, just like HHH. So she's gaining 40lbs of unnecessary muscle, slowing down and stopping everything that made her awesome in the first place?

Women's Title: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

Sasha is challenging and this is a rematch from R-Evolution. She has Becky Lynch with her, so Charlotte comes out with her dad, Ric Flair. Ric looks sober tonight so this should be good. He says that he has two Hall of Fame rings (only wearing one here) but his daughter took the torch from him. Two weeks ago Sasha and Charlotte had one of the best matches ever (to Sasha: “Yeah I'm talking about you. You were great.”) and tonight they're going to do it again.

They slug it out to start with Sasha diving at the champ, only to get caught in something like a spinebuster. Charlotte goes after the knee by wrapping it around the post, only to get pulled face first into the steel. We take a break and come back with Sasha in control and slapping Charlotte on the back. That's not exactly the best offense. The announcers actually mention the “internet wrestling community” sending HHH a fruit basket as a thank you for R-Evolution. That's such a cool story.

Banks drives two knees into Charlotte's ribs and puts on Bankrupt, only to have Charlotte fight to her feet and escape with something like a jawbreaker. She's really good at using her athleticism to get out of things like that, which really isn't something most of the other women can do. Charlotte fires off some chops and a neckbreaker but gets caught in a double arm neckbreaker (Regal Cutter) for two more.

The Banks Statement goes on but it's right next to the ropes. Another thing I like about NXT: heels feel like they could win a big match by submission. That's what always annoyed me about heel Del Rio: he wasn't going to make anyone big tap and the armbreaker felt like a waste of time. They fight up top with Banks nailing a nice superplex (Riley: “She's straight gangsta!”), only to get caught in the Figure Four with the bridge to retain Charlotte's title at 10:45.

Rating: C+. While it was nowhere near as good as the R-Evolution match, it was still another solid effort from the NXT girls. Banks is impressing me in the ring for the first time as she's very feisty in there. She has the attitude down and the matches are getting better every week. I still think Lynch is the star of the team, but Banks is nailing it in NXT.

Overall Rating: C+. These are always hard to grade so I'll just go with the same rating I gave the match. I really liked the Neville video as it's the kind of personalized profile that you just do not get in WWE anymore. I would have liked to see more Sami here as he only won the title at the end of the year but he was still a huge part of NXT all year. The attention to detail in this promotion blows away everything else and it's my favorite wrestling show to watch every week. If next year is as good as this one was, everything will be fine.

Results
Charlotte b. Sasha Banks – Figure Four


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Comments

  1. Adding the bridge to the Figure Four looks great.

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  2. CruelConnectionNumber2December 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Disagree with Becky Lynch as the star of the team. She had a 3 minute match with Bayley that contained two wrestling moves and at least one botch. What else has she done? She's all strikes and overacting.

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  3. It's her attitude. She has that star power feeling to her, which Sasha has too, though not as much.

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  4. Oh yeah. It's one of the reasons I never cared for Miz doing it: he doesn't add anything to it and the hold is just the same move that has been used for years. That and he already used the Skull Crushing Finale to get all the way to the main event of Wrestlemania but then feels the need to change? That never held up to me.

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  5. Just getting caught up on NXT since R Evolution tonight and I just had to point out. I loved when the Vaudevillains came and asked for a rematch from Regal because the non legal man was pinned and they asked for it...tonight. And Regal says, "Absolutely not. We're all booked up tonight, but I'll make this right."


    Because of course they booked a full show for the evening in both Kayfabe and IRL.

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  6. Small quibble with all that is right with NXT, but I sooooo don't get what they see in Bailey. Not cute, not charismatic, not great on the mic.

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  7. Sasha Banks >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

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  8. We need to organize an awards thing on this blog. I've volunteered to do it in the afternoon (quasi evening) thread.

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  9. (Transferred from the afternoon thread): Are people still interested in doing an awards thing for the blog this year? The idea has been toyed with, but never leads anywhere. I figure we could get various categories and I could collect votes via e-mail if nothing else. No idea what we'd call these awards or anything, but I have a few more weeks off and have some time to kill.

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  10. Awards for the blog as in us voting on wrestling from this year or voting on blog posters?

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  11. He posted a thread yesterday called AndyPG Christmas or something. And it turned into an ugly affair.

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  12. Dr Facts HallenbeckDecember 27, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Calling my voodoo priest to try and put a hex on Roman Reigns where he goes bald and shrinks down to 5'6.

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  13. All hyperbole is always completely infuriating.


    NXT seems pretty fucking good right now.

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  14. Personally speaking - inevitably, I just think "Eh, I'll go chat about wrestling somewhere else". Not in a "I'm taking my football home, you big meanies!" way, but just because it gets pretty damn tiring. Then again, people's opinions always tend to skew wildly to extremes, so to expect differently of wrestling is I suppose just naive of me.

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  15. The odds are that instead of shrinking he gets really fat like every other Samoan in wrestling.


    unless the Rock counts

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  16. Here? At the BoD? Art it was pretty inconsiderate of you not to warn me to be seated before revealing that, I have now fallen straight down and damaged my coccyx!

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  17. Not sure this Reigns push is gonna work, best play it safe and put Cena over Brock at the Rumble before also going over Reigns at Mania.

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  18. Tomorrow is the last day of my vacation. It just went by so fucking fast man.

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  19. Same here, on both counts. Though I only have to put in 2 days next week. #HardKnockLife

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  20. I don't think it makes Sheamus gay if he agrees to Mark Henry pissing in his mouth as just the stakes in a competitive match, it means he expects to win and to get to humiliate Mark afterwards - not that he wants to suck Mark's dick.


    Or did he?


    Can a mod make this tomorrow's QOTD thanks.

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  21. Four for me. And another holiday falling on a gottdamn Thursday.

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  22. Rollins is being an absolute AAA heel and has been killing it for months now.

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  23. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    OK, so that's how we can tell that Stranger's presence is required:


    I leave the house for 3 hours, and no one gets an evening thread.

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  24. I need to sell myself out as a professional uh... person who talks to companies for people. I have gotten so much done and so much free stuff over the last year by being pushy and persistent with companies it is disgusting. Of course if everyone did shit right in the first place I wouldn't have to be that way.

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  25. You are a B+ mod.

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  26. He's killing it. He's doing tons of little things. He's not getting enough credit right now, no. Any segment with him in it has been a pure fucking joy now for at least a month or two. Hidden highlights galore.

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  27. I'd be down to vote on wrestling awards. Just so long as AndyPG doesn't organize it! That SOB is just trying to get over!

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  28. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    The B+ stands for "Better than Bayless".

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  29. Thats pretty generous.

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  30. That was a depressing case of everyone's worst instincts at the same time. The fanfic being brought up was fuel on the fire. A sad day in blog history.

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  31. Batista would win due to having the wrong kind of heat. Icy hot.

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  32. We could combine the two. Wrestling awards and then maybe some awards for writers/posters on the blog. It's all in good fun. We'd just need to get the categories together.

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  33. That's actually a pretty sweet skill to have. Corporate America these days has the backbone of a chocolate eclaire.

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  34. Where the fuck is Marv Cresto? He was supposed to be back by Friday... if I need to go kill this broad for him I need to start making travel plans.

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  35. I totally get people not liking any of the product, I just think it's annoying when people start saying WWE is going to screw something up before it even happens. I just think that creates a mindset where nothing will ever be good enough.

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  36. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    You could probably have gotten The Interview in theatres on schedule.

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  37. Perhaps he met a clan of hill folk while in the woods?

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  38. Attitude? Sasha is THE BOSS.

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  39. So what categories would people want for a year end awards thing? Best/worst wrestler, best/worst match, poster of the year, column of the year, best/worst commentator, best/worst moment in 2014 wrestling...?

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  40. Yeah it is kind of scary what they will do if you bitch long enough and in the correct manner... I'd much rather not have it be that way, but I am tired of getting pushed around... this is like my version of Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

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  41. Best BOD Meltdown. Best Troll Account.

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  42. Legit laughed my ass off at this. Seriously, I no longer have glutes.

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  43. I move a lot so I never do this, but I have friends who have kept their cable bill the same by calling Time Warner every year and threatening to cancel their service, thereby avoiding a rate increase.

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  44. Those sound good. We should have top three results.

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  45. They deemed his mouth to be "purdy"?

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  46. It's TIME for the TBP Awards.


    Wrestler of the year: Tomohiro Ishii (Sami Zayn 2nd place)
    Match of the year: Bryan/HHH
    Feud of the year: Bryan/HHH
    Tag Team of the year: Young Bucks ( 2nd place: ReDRagon, 3rd: Dangan Yankees)
    Best Technical Wrestler: Kyle O'reilly
    Comeback of the year: AJ Styles (2nd place: Naomichi Marufuji)
    Most Improved: Charlotte
    Powerhouse of the year: Brian Cage (2nd place: Uhaa Nation)
    Worst Wrestler: Demon Kane.
    Best Gimmick:Dean Ambrose
    Worst Gimmick: Kane
    Best in interviews: Paul Heyman
    Best Commentator: Excalibur(PWG)
    Worst feud of the year: Cena/Wyatt.
    Most Underrated: Cesaro/Tomoaki Homna(tied)
    Female wrestler of the year: Charlotte (Candace LeRay in 2nd)
    Most charismatic: Shinsuke Nakamura
    Best show of the year: WM XXX/G1 climax night 8 (tied)
    Worst show of the year: TLCS
    Best High Flyer: Ricochet
    Best Babyface: Sami Zayn
    Best Heel: Adam Cole
    Best Brawler: Tomohiro Ishii
    Best move: Meltzer driver/ Rainmaker (tied)
    Entrance of the year: HHH's Shao Kahn entrance.


    These awards mean nothing, but whatever. Just my opinion about this year.

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  47. Wrestler of the Year, Match of the Year, Feud of the Year, Event of the Year, Promotion of the Year, Weekly TV Show of the Year, Most Improved Wrestler of the Year, Women's Wrestler of the Year, Tag Team of the Yeat, Biggest News Story of the Year, Worst Wrestler of the Year, Worst Segment of the Year.

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  48. Well, should we just have people randomly vote or have a first round of voting where people have a week to send in their votes and then I put the top 3 into a second round of voting? Basically, the first round gets us a set of nominees and then we get the second vote to determine them.

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  49. Remember Tatanka returning in 2006? Dark times for SmackDown indeed...

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  50. We need a "Best mean thing Mr. Satan said to Brazilian Kid" Award.

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  51. Yup. Shit like that always works. I wouldn't do it just to be a cheap skate like that, but when I am pissed I want to get something for my time and aggravation.

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  52. Seems like a good list.

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  53. Not enough Fale or RATM songs.

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  54. I wanna know if Edna said yes dammit! Include me in these travel plans.

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  55. Ha, I remember that. I remember he returned at Mohegan Sun or whatever as part of the Kurt Angle Invitational. Had no idea he was going to get a full-time gig out of it.

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  56. I like option one.

    Or we could do a nine week multi tiered poll where we get through round 1 in mid March. I think that would go over well.

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  57. I thought it was funny when he called him a rapist.

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  58. Kevin Sullivan had a pretty good career.

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  59. Yeah, I don't want anything to be really long so the first option might be best.

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  60. Mitch, The GodfatherDecember 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a3iKyFFmWQ

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  61. His discussion about "Edna" with Hoss showed how unbelievably stupid that guy (Hoss) is.

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  62. Remember when he turned heel in 2006? It can always get darker.

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  63. Bryan eventually did ok

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  64. Guy who wishes to be back in college and able to watch this much rasslin': Biscuit. jk I'd have gotten even drunker.

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  65. Mitch, The GodfatherDecember 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Can't forget this gem from Smackdown in 2006.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THy52ahwy5Y

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  66. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Biggest Gap in Smarkness Between Posters: Stranger in the Alps and The Brazilian Kid/Psycho.

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  67. I missed it all due to having better things to do because it's been Christmas. I was pleased to see his post because it's nice to have some new content to read when having a break from family stuff. I was much less pleased to see the reactions. Andy was just offering to help things not be too quiet and boring around here over the holidays. He gave it a fun name, he was as Art said not trying to get himself "over".


    And then we got another case of stalking, as I understand it, in the form of someone digging around for any dirt on the guy? Which amounted to no more than some cutely crappy-sounding fanfic? For which he was practically made to APOLOGISE? To a bunch of people to whom he offered his free services as entertainer, many of whose actual 'attacks' on the guy were just desperately tedious and unwitty.


    I mean, if you're going to attack someone trying to provide free entertainment, then at least individually be funnier / more interesting than the guy.

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  68. I can't sleep, that gets me a lot of time.

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  69. Not getting?

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  70. I've never even heard of like half these guys.

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  71. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Your level of Smark is MUCH GREATER than my level of Smark. I don't know half those names on your list.

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  72. MITB has really become an albatross for booking. I remember when ADR cashed in on Punk. It hurt Punk's momentum and did nothing for ADR since he lost it back to Punk not long after, so it was meaningless. I know Sandow and (kind of) Cena were unsuccessful in cashing in, but they still have it set up that if they guy does fail, he looks like a huge loser. They really need to be able to get back to long term planning, or retire MITB for awhile

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  73. Oh I'll accept this as a compliment.

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  74. To me not liking any of the product is the same as expecting them to screw up. It's focusing on negatives and potential negatives, instead of enjoying what there is.

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  75. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    You're OK, Kid/Psycho.

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  76. Can his finisher be called the 'Reign Dance' and be him doing the Garvin Stomp on people why rain plays over the loudspeakers and JBL goes "AH MAGGLE HE'S MAKING IT RAIN!"

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  77. Thank you.

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  78. Meltdown for sure... I can think of 3 off the top of my head.

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  79. Fitta
    Meekin
    WWF1987.

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  80. Caliber was 2014 also

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  81. I think we are getting a cash in after Cena gets his win back from Brock at Royal Rumble. Rollins vs Reigns, Cena moves on to Rusev, HHH vs Sting

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  82. He gets lots of positive votes and comments, does Satan, so I'd say he's likely quite a personable guy and well liked for his sense of humour. But that's just my opinion, not hard evidence.

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  83. Farva's body? (assuming he was cremated)

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  84. He can cash in during a match I'd figure.

    Any* time you want a title matech.

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  85. that whole exchange was just strange. I also saw you finally got a response from him too lol.

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  86. Who cares? Let's ask the real questions here that everyone wants to know:


    Is Reigns going to get surgery on his tits like Rock or is he going to proudly display his norks like Rikishi and so many of his Samoan brethren choose to do?


    Is he still always wearing that 'chest protector' to cover up post-surgery breast scars?


    Did he even really have a genuine hernia or was it breast surgery that caused Reigns to Roam on to the operating table?

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  87. Replace WWF and put Caliber.

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  88. That's pretty much my take on it.

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  89. "This is what I've been saying for weeks."


    Only weeks? I've been saying it for months now. Years, even.

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  90. With his shirt on!

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  91. Just give all the good awards to Bayless and the shitty awards to Meekin and Caliber.

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  92. I'm watching Sherlock on Netflix. On the second episode. This show is insanely interesting.

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  93. MikeyMike, JuggernautDecember 27, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Under 100 posts at 10 PM? What the heck?

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  94. Welcome.

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  95. I did start getting categories together a few weeks ago, but I would suggest a more popular poster doing it.

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  96. Or... just have 4...

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  97. Just got posted under an hour ago. This thread was pretty late.

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  98. I still can't decide if zanatude is due one for his SSW recaps or if the SSW recaps ARE the meltdown. Either way, I'm just enjoying the ride.

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  99. Most blatant misuse of the words 'Everyone' and 'Always' in a post.

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  100. Tatanka can do no wrong here in Robeson County, NC. Home of the Lumbee tribe. Tatanka is a local hero.

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  101. Oh, those Lumpy Indians need a hero.


    WILL YOU STOP?!!!

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  102. We'll put it this way: I'm sure general consensus here would tell you that Mega Powers exploding was one of the greatest angles of all time. Drop that exact angle into 2014 BoD and the discussion would be 99.9% about Savage being "buried"

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  103. Wait, Tatanka isn't from BUFFALO or Cleveland? My mind is blown.

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  104. The rock is only part-Samoan. He's also part Canadian. Whereas all the others tend to be Samoan-American. By being Canadian-African-American-Samoan he won't get really fat, but he is significantly at risk of type II diabetes.

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  105. Silent protest against Fitta's return.

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  106. Give your opinion on the TBP awards!

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  107. Did Fitta have a meltdown? I missed this.

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  108. MikeyMike, JuggernautDecember 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Hello!

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  109. Because @Stranger in the Alps is useless it didn't get up in time.

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  110. Fitta came back? Again?

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  111. A couple of weeks ago. He recently returned under the "Kyle Rusconi" name thinking no one would know it was him. He immediately got into an argument with wnycmcneal in the daily thread.

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  112. MikeyMike, JuggernautDecember 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Kyle Risconi

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  113. Should I put up my picks or comment on yours?

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  114. Not enough Fale or RATM songs.

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  115. Is Risconi German for pussy?

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  116. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7zkTQNZJgi0/TqHOcd2y0rI/AAAAAAAAAzY/8lTy9V6_pVc/s1600/dolls1.jpg



    Island of the Nopes.

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  117. Jesus. Who returns back to a forum under a different name (unless to prove some kind of point that "Ahhh, you didn't know it was me", I guess)? If you're not welcome somewhere, you leave. Unless nobody had the balls to tell him so?

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  118. Italian would be my guess.

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  119. He even outright denied being Fitta until he finally admitted it a couple days ago.

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  120. I just want to be on record as saying the BoD Awards thing is probably going to end poorly.

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  121. Okay, so around Thursday of next week I'll post the categories for the Blog Awards. Each person will then e-mail me their top three for each category, numbered 1-3, with points awarded for 1st-3rd. The winner will be the match/person/wrestler/thing that gets the most points. That way we streamline this into just a weekly activity, get quick results, and don't have to go through 5 million rounds to determine a winner.

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  122. The Beautiful People have awards? Why would I care about Velvet Sky and Angelina Love?


    (thinks about Velvet Sky naked)


    Like I said, why would I care about Angelina Love?

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  123. Yea, he claimed it wasn't him and that he had never heard of "Kyle Fitta." Scott was nice enough to out him and he had to cop to it

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  124. It should be a forum exclusive.

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  125. That's just sad. I don't even know why he left in the first place, but the circumstances of his return make him sound ... unfortunate.


    Like, "is a close personal friend of Meekin" unfortunate.

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  126. Do whatever you want.

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  127. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Because why post an evening thread if you don't think @parallax1978 is going to show.


    See? I took the diplomatic route.

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  128. He also posted a column on the early days of ROH that was littered with mistakes and got pissy at me for bringing it up

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  129. Looks like somebody still doesn't know how IP addresses work.

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  130. MikeyMike, JuggernautDecember 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    You mean people on the BoD are going to get upset?!

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  131. You didn't want to come at the king!

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  132. He left because we were arguing a bunch and then he had a meltdown and tried to blame the Abeyance pic scandal on Parallax. Then he flipped out on Parallax and left. I tried to get him to stay, but to no avail. He then came back claiming he was a born again Christian.

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  133. Well, I don't think we should have any awards for like "Worst Writer" or "Worst Poster" or anything like that pertaining to the Blog. That will only fuel problems.

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  134. Yea, Andy has it wrapped up

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  135. This is a pretty unwarranted comment.

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  136. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Legit reason: Bayless and Stranger were both unavailable, a thread didn't get posted until like 9 PM.

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  137. Born Again? That's a joke right?

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  138. I thought so, but text doesn't always convey this that well.

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  139. The Abeyance pi scandal?

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  140. The only remains of the meltdown are a ton of "..."

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  141. I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you! Especially those of you in the jury!

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  142. "I have opinions different than yours! You have to die!!!!!"

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  143. He posted a picture of Abeyance under the name "John Edward" or something of that nature. He then got called out by Bayless but he wouldn't admit to doing it so Bayless banned him. Fitta then somehow convinced Scott to unban him, probably because Scott didn't want to read or deal with Fitta's excuses.

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  144. Well, Meltzer might hijack the voting and then we end up with lots of Japanese winners.

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  145. You should then do a Survivor esque exit promo "Sure I didn't win but I never lied in this game and played with honor!"


    That always bugged the shit out of me... who cares if you played "honorably" you know what is honorable in Survivor? Winning.

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  146. We keep Mr. Satan around to prevent things like that from happening here.

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  147. Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat - J. Ventura

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  148. ...and never get caught!

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  149. If you don't do it officially, though, inevitably it will just happen unofficially anyway via comments and comment voting.

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  150. Also Abeyance on account of his immense hatred of all Asians.

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  151. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieDecember 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Aren't all these threads constructive criticism? All of us spitballing ideas on how to improve the product?

    If someone emails Scott "WWE is great, I'm very positive about it." What the hell are we gunna talk about?

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  152. I'm looking forward to how off the rails it can get.

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  153. <<< Started that gimmick. You're Welcome BoD.

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  154. Well, I figured we'd cast ballots via e-mail, so it has a secret ballot part of it.

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  155. Ah. Hm. I can remember when Farva died and immediately there was lots of people digging up info on him, posting real name, photos etc. I thought at the time, "This is creepy stalking". One of the people doing it - as I recall - was Abeyance. So, whether for good intentions or not, stalking is stalking...


    Also, interesting. John Edwards is the most tedious poster here.

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  156. Yeah, I figure we can do it once and if it's a total disaster we can all shrug and never do it again.

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  157. God help the poor soul that votes an all-Shield ballot for wrestler if the year and has Roman at #3.

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  158. Okay, but then there will be a thread about it and people will discuss it...


    It could go either way. I do think that asking a board full of smarks to not get smarky about the board, only smarky about wrestling, when they comment on that smarky board about results to the smarky poll... is a bit ambitious. But I admire your faith!

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  159. NHL 2K series was better too but I think 2KSports decided to put all the eggs in the NBA basket.

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  160. Oh, I'm sure something will go off the rails. I just think it's a fun thing to do at the end of each year. An old board I was part of did it and it was fun to see what people thought.

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  161. In years to come, people are going to refer to it as the BoD's own Brawl For All.


    Can I be Brakkus please?

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  162. I used to lurk at Online Onslaught there's always seemed to do okay.

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  163. I don't disagree at all, just so long as you're prepared, then its all good.

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  164. Ha, that reference caused the Brawl for All theme to pop into my head.

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  165. or we could just save a bit of time and switch to the second part

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  166. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Evening Thread of the Year:


    The June 18 edition.

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  167. To be fair, she did lose her match. She needs to improve on the microphone, but come on. Not cute? Not hot, I'll give you, but I think she's cute.

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  168. Drinking tea imported from England in a mug with the South Carolina state emblem on it. I am one cool Illinoisan.

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  169. No harm no foul really. Should be interesting.

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  170. It will be fun to watch though.

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  171. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Did you know that Canadians call it Illi-NOISE?

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  172. I would rather have someones dick in my asshole than be seen as one. If we can agree that you come off as a lonely, contentious, arse, then I'll concede that I come across as gay. Considering that an insult though is more on your shoulders than mine though

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  173. My grandparents moved here in the 60s and it took my Nana a bit to stop calling it that. She also never quite got the word "taco" down.

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  174. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Tack-o?

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  175. Got it in one. Back before customs sucked my Great Aunt back in Saint John sent dulse every Christmas. Man that stuff is great.

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  176. I'd just started rewatching Raw for the first time since 1993, and the first thing my buddy and I saw of it was a promo for Brakkus. This would have been mid-1997 though at the time.


    Of all the obscure wrestlers in WWE ("What? There was a FOURTH member of the Truth Commission?" "Who the hell is Battle Kat?"), Brakkus will always be MY obscure wrestler.

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  177. I wish there was a way to buy PWG shows digitally.

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  178. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I always thought of it as jerky for vegans.

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  179. So here's a topic a buddy of mine posed to me, that I figured you all would like more!

    A buddy of mine is trying to catch up oh the mid-to-late 2000s of WWE, and wants to know which of the PPVs he should hunt down:

    Cyber
    Sunday 2006, New Year's Revolution 2007, No Way Out 2007, Backlash
    2007, One Night Stand 2007, Vengeance 2007, Great American Bash 2007,
    SummerSlam 2007, Unforgiven 2007, No Mercy 2007, Cyber Sunday 2007, No
    Way Out 2008, One Night Stand 2008, Great American Bash 2008, Cyber
    Sunday 2008, Survivor Series 2008, Armageddon 2008, Royal Rumble 2009

    He's trying to complete his collection / is curious what the best shows are!

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  180. Dr Facts HallenbeckDecember 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I wanna order UFC 116

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  181. Best Place To Be Nation Update: the one with Kevin Kelly.

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  182. They hyped him with vignettes for like a month in 1997 or so and then he randomly appeared in the Brawl for All, wrestled one match in chain mail, and was never really seen again (at least on RAW)

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  183. I was unaware that it isn't pronounced like that. Is it just illi-noi?

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  184. Isn't that really old?

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  185. Not until you clean your room!

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  186. There's gotta be blog feud of the year on there right?

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