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Tonight on the WWE Network is a showing of The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling doc at 8/7c.

NFL PLAYOFFS begin tonight! The AFC Wild Card game between Baltimore and Pittsburgh is on NBC at 8:15/7:15c. The NFC Wild Card game between Arizona and Carolina took place on ESPN earlier, still going as of this posting.

Also, UFC 182 is happening on PPV, with Jon Jones defending the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Cormier. That's at 10/9c.

NBA schedule is highlighted by Atlanta @ Portland and Washington @ San Antonio.

NHL schedule is highlighted by Montreal @ Pittsburgh and Detroit @ Vancouver.

Also, check out my DailyMotion Channel at http://www.dailymotion.com/strangerinthealps. Four videos posted (three shows) and more posts to come in the next day or two. Bookmark it.

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  1. Sexy Flexy Biff KensingtonJanuary 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Thanks, Arizona!

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  2. Debating if I want to stay up to watch Wrestle Kingdom live. I wouldn't be able to go to bed until like 6 AM then I'd have to be up at 10 AM. I might just wait for the 7 PM replay tomorrow or watch it via other means.

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  3. CruelConnectionNumber2January 3, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Someone tell idiot announcer that Carolina CAN host another playoff game. There was a #5 seed vs #6 seed not too many years ago.

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  4. I actually think Packers might be a worse matchup for the Panthers than the Seahawks. Either way, they're going to be murdered.

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  5. Lions would have to win out for it to happen.

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  6. CruelConnectionNumber2January 3, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    They're beating Dallas. It isn't impossible.

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  7. Less than 1 percent chance that game happens.

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  8. CruelConnectionNumber2January 3, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Not the point.

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  9. I agree. Seattle doesn't have a dominating offense so that means the Panthers should be able to hang around and maybe steal the game. You have to score at least 3 td's to beat Green Bay

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  10. This is a great rivalry, but with everything under the microscope this year I find it difficult to support either the team with the alleged rapist or the team that may have aided in a cover-up to protect a wifebeater.

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  11. The Ravens were just being the Ravens. Don't forget about Ray Lewis and the murder.

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  12. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I was reading some promo translations of NJPW, looks like Okada is threatening of showing a new move against Tanahashi.

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  13. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Adam West Batman quotes.


    Alfred: I'll get you some milk and cookies, Master Dick.

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  14. Who else is rooting for a Carolina/Detroit NFC Championship Game?

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  15. Can't happen. It's literally impossible!!

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  16. That game was atrocious. Every time Lindley went down for a sack or got picked off, all I could think was, "Stop! Stop! He's already dead!"

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  17. Oooh. I could not be more excited for this match.

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  18. THAT MAN HAS A FAMILY!

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  19. This word, I don't believe it means what you think it means.

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  20. Dungy: "In one word: Antonio Brown"

    That's two words coach.

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  21. Have to give up for the panthers defense: allowing roughly 77 total yards to any team is rare in today's game

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  22. I have it on good authority that game won't happen.

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  23. And he's still probably the best former coach analyst working a table on the networks.

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  24. It's not unprecedented for the Lions getting to an NFC Championship Game. They just get crushed when they get there.

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  25. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    What would that be, they did a terrific job making The Rainmaker a FirePro critical.

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  26. If Vince is running the NFL, what teams would make the super bowl and what team has no shot ever because they are only a B+ team?

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  27. 4 vs. 6, Arizona vs Philly, IIRC


    And Indy hosted the conference title game as a 3 against 4th seed NE, too.

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  28. Why would they protect a sleeveless shirt?

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  29. Ray Lewis is atrocious on tv but man does every NFL player love and respect him or what? Putting him on live tv is just the wrong vehicle for him

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  30. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    The Browns and Jaguars would have been future endeavored by now.

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  31. I'm shocked he never went to jail

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  32. First of all, we can eliminate any team with a black quarterback. Sorry, Seattle.

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  33. Ray Liota's movie choices post-Goodfellas are awful.

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  34. Any team with a coach that has the stones to argue with him about anything is out. So, there goes New England.

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  35. I'm not. The judicial system is all about taking plea deals and testifying on someone. It doesn't even matter if you actually witnessed the crime.

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  36. Any team with Marcus Mariotta on it would make the super bowl because he is samoan

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  37. The Oakland Raiders would be shoehorned into a game with Green Bay and Denver.

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  38. I like this new NFL.

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  39. All the southern teams are jobbers, like those WCW guys.


    Liberal west coast areas like Seattle, Cali teams are the lazy bums in the middle.


    New York, New England always at the top. Like baseball. Vince really isn't that different from other rich jerks.

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  40. I think Cleveland would have a shot at getting there, because Vince would ram Johnny Football down our throats no matter how terrible he is.

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  41. He's a polarizing superstar.

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  42. would any team with Payton and Brady be good just because they have been on top for 15 years?

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  43. If Vince was running the NFL...it would have a far more solid moral foundation. That's pretty horrifying.

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  44. cleveland teams have no shot at the big one: see Ziggler and Miz

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  45. I wish Pittsburgh would go back to the block numbers.

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  46. Just wanted to chime in and say that Carolina/Arizona may have been the worst playoff game I've ever seen. It's three and a half hours of my life that I'll never get back.

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  47. Outta nowhere, Vince decides to give the CFL's Calgary Stampeders the championship in a Superbowl in Saskatoon.

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  48. Steelers should win by double digits.

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  49. Blow the fuckin whistle!

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  50. Evenin', gents. Let's watch some goddamn playoff football!

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  51. Sparano makes Fox forfeit the game via Yes Lock.

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  52. Michaels & Collinsworth would be in the booth like this.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6dSMg_CcAEtTpv.jpg

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  53. After going up 27-14, Carolina should have just done 3 kneel downs and then punt every time

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  54. #COWBOYSWINLOL

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  55. I liked Wild Hogs and Blow. Plus, he was Tommy Vercetti (not a movie, but close enough).

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  56. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    No Escape was all right.

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  57. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Tommy Vercetti was his best role after Goodfellas.

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  58. You damn skippy hippy.

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  59. Carolina dies next week, no matter where they travel.

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  60. Stampeders line up for a game winning 112 yard field goal. Ref gets distracted mid kick. 30 seconds later, he sees the ball lying beyond the uprights, and calls the kick good.

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  61. MikeyMike, JuggernautJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    I don't think I'll be watching football or UFC tonight.

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  62. This is seriously what old thinking NFL coaches should do since they're so obsessed with turnovers.

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  63. what you got going on?

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  64. That's all of football, 13 minutes of actual play time buried in literally 3 HOURS of commercials, terrible waste.

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  65. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Not being much of a fan of UFC, I forgot about the PPV tonight. So I updated the thread intro.

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  66. Punk is on Fox Sports One. Dana better fucking hope Punk doesn't get rocked in his first fight.

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  67. Al Michaels > Everyone at ESPN combined

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  68. Its popularity is sputtering. Much like NASCAR, it got to a certain point and it's clear it's not getting any farther.

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  69. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    I honestly tried a few years ago. For some reason, I prefer the fake stuff.

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  70. Sexy Flexy Biff KensingtonJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    At this point, I just want a good game to de-stress and unwind.

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  71. Fight? Hahaha, that guy's not making it through camp.

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  72. Except for Dallas. They would get a three or our year Stone Cold run taking on the evil authority/comissioner and winning a Superbowl.

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  73. I did too. I ordered 100 where Lesnar cut a wrestling promo which - oddly enough - reminded me why I prefer wrestling.

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  74. I'm actually kind of surprised at how many people care about the fight tonight for this exact reason.

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  75. I think Dana has to put him out there at least once to save face.

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  76. Oh I'm sure Dana has very high hopes, I'm just saying, I bet he doesn't even make it to his first match before deciding getting hit for real isn't fun.

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  77. It's one of the biggest fights they can do at this point... this is what we get.


    I wanted Jones/Gustofson 2 though. I still think Gustofson is the uncrowned champion.

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  78. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    I know everyone agrees with this, but Angle/Benoit is work of art, it's a perfect match. The submission game is phenomenal, Angle goes for the ankle lock, but Benoit keeps countering, so he does the heel hook as a final chance to make him submit.

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  79. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Which match, BP?

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  80. Are they ever planning on doing that rematch? I'm not much of a fight fan but Jones/Gustafson was like the greatest fight I've ever watched live.

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  81. He's going to have to bank HEAVILY on his BJJ skills. Punk doesn't look like he'll ever develop knockout power in his hands, and I'm sure he knows that.

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  82. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    The royal rumble one, forgive me.

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  83. I can't see Romo not getting the Cena push.

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  84. I think their Unforgiven match is best.

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  85. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Good choice.

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  86. MikeyMike, JuggernautJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Buffy!

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  87. I cannot remember a better fight that that one... it was amazing. Gustofson should get Jones next no matter what.

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  88. Same goes for Bret/Owen at WrestleMania X

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  89. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    I just think anytime they hook up is gold. The 2 out of 3 falls match, with the ladder match as the final match, is their weakest, which is still a **** match.

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  90. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Rodrigo Damm- UFC midcarder.

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  91. Oddly, Cena's more like an Eli, only ever good in the big moments. Whereas Romo is the opposite of that.

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  92. Shucky ducky quack quack!

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  93. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Ultimate Submission match, don't forget that one.

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  94. Yeah, I loved the takedown and then Gustafson just kind of lets him up like, "Haha, I can take you down fucker, but let's keep beating the shit out of each other, that's cooler."

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  95. Yeah, but the Cowboys have the America's Team team thing going on and we know how much Vince loves the America stuff.

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  96. So far this Ishii/Ibushi match has basically been Ibushi getting murdered.

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  97. There are more people in the ring beating up Taker to get him in the casket than there are in any point during the actual Rumble.

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  98. NASCAR sanitized things too much and people quit giving a damn about it.

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  99. Cowboys vs Patriots in the SuperBowl...


    ...Indy seems like a B+ team...

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  100. You know you've got a great series when **** is the worst match.

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  101. That fight was insane. Much like Silva/Sonnen it was amazing experiencing the moment of "HES HUMAN!"

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  102. Holy fucking god this beatdown on Taker goes fooooooooooooooooooooorever, like serioulsy 7 or 8 minutes of people beating him, Taker getting up, people beating him up, Taker getting up, urn works, urn stops working, urn works again...

    Obviously this was a big angle but holy god get to the Rumble already

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  103. Yeah, I don't think Punk lasts long either.

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  104. I like BJJ and all that, it's interesting but nothing beats two guys just standing in the middle of the cage going punch for punch like they did. Big KO's will always be a draw, I miss the old Liddell/Rampage days.

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  105. Yeah...they're still beating him up....fucking hell

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  106. How is Ross' commentary so far? Any good?

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  107. The Royal Rumble one gets ***** from me because you thought you saw everything before, and then they go out and get the crowd to give Benoit an impromtu standing ovation in a loss... just a half hour after sitting through that Triple H/Steiner stinker.

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  108. My least favorite match of theirs is Backlash 2001 the Ultimate Submission match.

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  109. There's one thing to protect a guy, but this is a case of going over the top in that protection.

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  110. What wrestler had the best NFL career (don't say mongo or LT or greene; I mean a real wrestler)?

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  111. I'm watching their match from 25 May. I'll be watching Wrestle Kingdom at 4:00 PST tomorrow.

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  112. Most people shit on that. And any version of Petuka past 21 years old would have hated it. But... I have a soft spot for it. To a young me, it was high drama with Taker becoming more and more desperate as his chances got slimmer and his opponents multiplied.

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  113. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Fuck Sonnen. In the rematch he got what he deserved.

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  114. Probably Wahoo.

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  115. Bronko Nagurski. No contest.

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  116. Fucking hell, Ishii hits SO HARD. I can't believe Ibushi is still standing, let alone trying to mount a comeback.

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  117. Bronco Nagurski, too.

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  118. Didn't this lead to Underfaker? Or was that next year?

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  119. You're right.

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  120. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Backstage says Ishii is a legit tough guy.

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  121. Never actually knew that he wrestled.

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  122. Yeah... too many falls in that one.

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  123. I decided to watch the US version of Wrestle Kingdom 9. I am going to watch it tomorrow afternoon. Gonna be really weird hearing JR call NJPW matches.

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  124. I believe that. He has that Haku build and "I'll rip the eyes out of everything" look to him.

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  125. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Yeah, but he is also know to be a legit nice guy.

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  126. Yep. He dies, rises to heaven, Dibiase claims he knows Taker's whereabouts and has bought him off, Underfaker debuts, Leslie Nielsen gets involved, and then Taker-Taker happens at SSlam 94

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  127. This is still happening....

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  128. And the become too beholden to the stip and end up working holds that aren't over and it drags.

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  129. I'm hoping we get the real Jim Ross for this show. He won't stand for Jarrett yelling buzzwords in his earpiece.

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  130. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Modified german suplex


    *Ross and Striker* OMG!

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  131. If a team misses a field goal so badly that the ball doesn't even make it to the goal line, where does the ball get spotted for the other team?

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  132. Maybe not valid due to technicality... but how about Ernie Ladd?

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  133. it would have been really funny if the underfaker was marty janetty

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  134. Oh GOD hahahaha, I forgot all about Neilsen coming in as Frank Drebin, holy jesus

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  135. because he played in the afl?

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  136. I'm curious how much Striker and Ross know about the New Japan guys. I have a feeling they only know names, signature moves, and a tiny bit of back story.

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  137. in college, they can catch it and run it back. see auburn-alabama from last season

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  138. Where the field goal was kicked, like all of them that miss.

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  139. That just makes me wonder why he wouldn't just do that EVERY FUCKING TIME HE APPLIES THE HOLD.

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  140. Bill Watts,Hacksaw Jim Duggan,Dick The Bruiser,Big Van Vader,Bill Goldberg,Brian Pillman,Paul Orndorff,Ernie Ladd,Lex Luger.


    Not sure how many played an NFL game or were simply just drafted.

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  141. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©January 3, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Knowing Striker, he'll explain who everyone is in the form of a novel.

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  142. I bet JR doesn't know nearly that much about their product, this is the same guy that could remember the names of guys in WWE that he personally hired.

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  143. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    More tomato can fights in the prelims.

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  144. I think JR is positioning himself to be GFW's first commentator. He may look at this as a tryout of sorts.

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  145. Yeah... still 4 AFL Championships.

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  146. Mitch, The GodfatherJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Hey, Bones,


    About your field goal prediction...

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  147. Doesn't Suggs' face look like he's an Orc from Lord Of The Rings?

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  148. "I'M MARKING OUT BRO!!!!!!!!!"

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  149. Wonder why Undertaker choose to miss Mania X.


    I know the streak was a non factor at this point but Mania is still Mania. Seems like a bad time to go on vacation.

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  150. I'm also fearing that we'll get the tired-from-travel-and-new-accommodations JR who mixed up Matt and Jeff Hardy constantly instead of someone who is focused on calling an epic.

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  151. They can do that in NFL too. See Antonio Cromartie.

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  152. He was hurt and his wife was pregnant and due about that time.

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  153. He was dead. Yokozuna and a bunch of heels killed him at RR '94.

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  154. He had been on the grueling road schedule for....two years by then, he deserved a six month break.

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  155. Actually she had the kid the year before. But it was a factor.

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  156. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    I think that if no one from the D picks it up it gets spotted where it normally would.

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  157. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©January 3, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Just be happy Balor isn't in NJPW with his Joker paint anymore, otherwise we may have gotten another alive and well quote.

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  158. How many broads has he married?


    Has his kid/kids? ever show any interest in entering the biz?

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  159. I wonder about Ron Simmons, too. I could swear he played for several years

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  160. Vern was drafted by the Bears. Don't know if he played or not.

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  161. Suggs looks like the dumbest man that ever lived.

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  162. They are actually in Japan? I assumed they would call it from the States.

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  163. McCool is his third wife. I've not heard anything about his kids, but the first one is the only one older than about 12 and the others are all girls so there'd be less chances for them anyway.

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  164. I'm sure Striker has done an insane amount of homework on this. JR, much less.

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  165. They are ringside in Japan.

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  166. That used to be a typical hit in games between these teams.

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  167. This shit has become faker than wrestling.

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  168. JR told Jarrett on his podcast that he wants to be drinking some alcohol at ringside to loosen up for the broadcast.

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  169. The Steiners are such dumb shits that they couldn't even keep the two on one going for more than one elimination...amazing.



    And Owen just entered fresh off the kick to the leg from out of the leg.

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  170. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Fight, tomato cans, fight!

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  171. The weather changed...I thought it was still going to be raining

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  172. Arizona/Carolina had more action than this game... but no-one's complaining.


    Fuck yo big market team bias!

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  173. A big payday?

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  174. Do you guys see there ever being a time in the WWE where the tag division gets a PPV main event?

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  175. Meanwhile, in hockey, Sidney Crosby whines about getting a penalty for tripping defensive juggernaut Tom Gilbert. What a schmuck (except for two weeks in February every four years.)

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  176. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    A beatdown.

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  177. Mark Briscoe respectfully disagrees.

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  178. I'ts weird because in 1994 all the banners in the arena say Royal Rumble on them, almost like this...is the Royal Rumble or something.

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  179. few years ago with DX v legacy and DX v jerishow

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  180. Not the tag division per se... but a huge tag match to main event a PPV... especially with them all being Network Specials now... yes.

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  181. I enjoyed that game. Watching Keuchly and Davis was a thrill.

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  182. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Overall Owen did pretty shitty in Rumbles.

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  183. The loser gets to fight CM Punk.

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  184. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    2000 could've been headline be E&C/Hardyz/Dudleyz in a TLC match.

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  185. no wrestlemania sign pointing?

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  186. All it takes is one team to change things. Just like making the IC/US belt takes just one feud to reestablish importance. JeriShow became big enough to main event one with DX

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  187. CruelConnectionNumber2January 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    You recall incorrectly. It was #5 Arizona hosting #6 Philly.

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  188. if they had a tlc ppv, I could totally see that

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  189. Yeah he's already out, instant victim to the '94 Diesel super push

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  190. Steiners were still there at Rumble 94? Only adds to my beef that it should have been Steiners/Harts.

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  191. Sure if you have a wacky tag-team partners who hate each other made up of 2 Main Eventers.


    Otherwise, absolutely zero chance.

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  192. ThebrazilianpsychoJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    The only thing that saves the 98' rumble is how much storylines they crammed in the match.

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