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The Intercontinental Tournament First Round: Groups A-H

This is a HELL of a group of matches.  Except for that first one, which would be dogshit. 

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  1. Plus: I like having backstory available
    Minus: I think you should note the winners. I know I can go somewhere else to find the winners, but I don't think a writer for this blog should leave out info that would cause the readers to go to another website.

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  2. I protest the first poll.


    If you call Pedro legendary, you should at least point out that Jacques was handsome, strong, and brave.

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  3. Really surprised at the lack of respect for Greg Valentine right now. Dissapointing stuff.

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  4. That Jacques guy (of the Amazing French Canadians) has a clean win over Hulk Hogan on his resume. I'll pick him over that Puerto Rican jobber any day!

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  5. Oh how I've missed the tilde. We need more tilde.

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  6. Me too. He was a great IC champ.

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  7. Who the fuck voted for the Godfather over Mr Perfect? This should have been a perfect voting round for him.

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  8. Whoever is voting for Morales, fuck you.


    VIVE LE MOUNTIE!!!

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  9. Based on the popularity Jacques has right now on the blog, he may run the table.

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  10. Somebody who likes the Hos?

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  11. Yeah, but he spent months proclaiming himself to be the Mountie, and then his theme song directly contradicted that statement in the first line a little later! I just can't support that kind of shenanigans. What else is this supposed law enforcement official hiding from us? Is he even French? Or Canadian?

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  12. I knew letting people see the percentages would stir up shit.

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  13. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©January 8, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Just wait till he faces the Warrior.

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  14. Or maybe he doesn't always get his man?

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  15. "I knew letting people see the percentages would get people posting more thus driving ad revenues"
    Fixed that for you :)

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  16. Another idea for a Tournament, greatest nWo member.

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  17. BLAST FROM THE PAST!

    I don't even need to read this. Forever in debt for his Christmas Comp back in 2002.

    Hire and promote this man. Give him the $10,000 if he tells more stories about work.

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  18. January's a shit month. Man's gotta eat.

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  19. I'm just afraid it will lead to refresh voting to skew it in one direction or the other.

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  20. Everyone like Hoss but what does that have to do with it.

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  21. Vincent. Tournament over.

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  22. Someone's asking for the prod.

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  23. The B-Team should have its own tournament. Like the NIT.

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  24. Did he ever get the big boss MAN?

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  25. Lol yeah could you imagine a match between Mountie and Pedro...20 minute time limit draw

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  26. I'm commenting whole holding a "Mountie Wins or We Riot" sign. Very difficult to do that and type with one hand.

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  27. Big Bossman put him in jail where he belongs.

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  28. "J" "E" "Double F"
    "J" "A" "Double R" "E" "Double T"

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  29. Greg Valentine has to beat Piper. Piper is Piper but Valentine is a legendary IC champ.

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  30. Every tournament needs a dangerous man.

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  31. Right! People are confusing "name" with quality of reign.

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  32. I love flair but I just can't really think of him as an IC champ. I voted for the chosen one.

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  33. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    If you count nWo Japan and all the non-wrestlers you might be able to make that a 64 person tournament.

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  34. consider the time period. I started watching just before WM 4 (after valentine's reign)

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  35. Flair's reign was middle of the road. Held it during the Triple H feud but it was an afterthought.

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  36. Theberzerker Von HUSSingtonJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I like the HUSS.

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  37. Mountie over Morales? Seriously?

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  38. WorldGoneWild PhotosJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    What are the top 3 matches of Valentine's reign?

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  39. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    People who are either racist against white people or were drunk and accidentally clicked on the wrong guy.

    Those are the only explanations I can come up with.

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  40. Same. Drew was a decent IC champ, Flair's reign was very forgettable.

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  41. Man HBK was a really awesome IC champ. He was probably a better IC champ than world champ. I really haven't even thought about him in this.

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  42. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Who was in the WWE version that wasn't in any of the others? Just HBK, right?

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  43. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I totally forgot he was IC champ, honestly.

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  44. And damn, Nitro vs Regal and Bret vs Ricky were such hard calls. I went Bret and Nitro.

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  45. I prefer Punk to Shawn, but HBK did way more with the belt and it did way more for him.

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  46. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_World_Order_members



    All the members of the NWO including TNA, Japan, NWO girls, race car drivers

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  47. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I don't.remember if the seeding will allow it, but to me him and Razor should be the final 2.

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  48. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Really?

    I can't stand him, to be honest.

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  49. godfather went from 1% to 20% in like 15 minutes

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  50. Two excellent champs. Man that's gonna be tough call. Some of these first ones are too.

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  51. I think that's a solid criteria to vote with.

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  52. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Kyle Petty for the w... No, fuck that, he could barely win a race. In something like 800 races I think he won twice.

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  53. And shit what about perfect?

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  54. Mountie is a memorable good from our childhoods.

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  55. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Just like the last tournament, I'm simply voting for which guy I like more, or in some cases which guy I've actually seen wrestle.

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  56. Yeah, this is a name I never thought I'd see again. Bring this man aboard!

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  57. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    One of those 2 would knock him off in the semis.

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  58. I have to disagree. I like having a review and rating that does not give away major spoilers. I don't have a lot of time to watch wrestling anymore so I tend to just read reviews and then seek out the highly-rated matches. They're more enjoyable when I don't already know who wins.

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  59. Who would Jeff hardy have to go against for you to vote for him?

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  60. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Either the Miz or Ryder. Those are the only 2 possibilities, and I still might go with Ryder. Jay Briscoe too, but that's obviously not going to come up.

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  61. I edited my comment. You're responding to me saying I've never seen Moralas wrestle but I changed that. Figured I'd say that so your comment has context.

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  62. Picking between Ricky Steamboat and Bret Hart is making my head hurt. Can we get a time limit draw?

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  63. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Even though I despise him I voted for Bret because Steamboat is way before my time and I can count all his matches I've seen on one hand.

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  64. All 3 would be vs Tito but he had a cool feud with jyd too

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  65. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I hope you're all happy. I have the answer to an unasked question.


    "How long does it take the Blog of Doom to turn a man AGAINST someone he once admired?"


    The answer: A lot faster than you would think.


    I voted for Pedro, you goofy bastards.

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  66. I picked Bret because now that I'm older I see Steamboat doing the EXACT same match over and over again. i know wrestling is repetitive, but his moveset annoys me now. But growing up.. he was my favorite.. so that made me torn.

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  67. Way to hold down the People's Choice, Vince Scott.

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  68. I wouldn't be surprised if Punk bitches about how we held him down during this tournament

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  69. What's there to despise about Bret Hart? He was awesome. I understand he's been bitter and douchy in retirement. But who cares about that? Besides, if you were ousted from the Fed in a favor of a boy toy and then they murdered your brother, you'd be pissed too.

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  70. The match where he won it off Tito and cheap shotted him after is great and the cage match blow off a year later is great. They had a few 4 star matches. The only other big feud he had was with junk yard and it was good but the matches...still it was a great year long reign

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  71. Seriously--how does Godfather have such a high percentage?

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  72. http://i.imgur.com/BGkFQTt.jpg

    VOTE FOR PEDRO

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  73. I didn't notice it before, but damn.. Pedro has a ton of public hair coming out of his shorts. Now I think that I should have picked another photo of him

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  74. Wait, THE GODFATHER is leading Mr. Perfect?!?!

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  75. the vote percentages says 53% to 47% for Godfather.

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  76. Perfect had 79 percent when I voted 10 minutes ago. That's why we shouldn't be able to see the percentages till voting is closed.

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  77. Wow that is the stupidest thing ever. If perfect loses to the godfather I'd say that is really dumb

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  78. That's what I said

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  79. I'm predicting that Jacques Rougeau will get disqualified for all those extra votes.

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  80. A true heel until the end.

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  81. It swung pretty damn fast in favor of the biggest joke option... other than the Mountie over LEGENDARY Pedro Morales.

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  82. when I first voted, it was 98-2

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  83. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    The Godfather must have really made an impression on you millenials. No wonder Gen X hates you.

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  84. No, this poll is being held under Quebec Province Rules.

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  85. Or for outside interference from Jimmy Hart

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  86. He's getting love because Pimpin' Ain't Easy.

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  87. Best line of the night

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  88. I love that gimmick match. WWE needs to bring it back.

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  89. That was a once in lifetime match. And my idea by the way.....

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  90. Bret had a better with more memorable matches, so it was objectively easy to pick him.

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  91. They are doing it to be ironic.

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  92. This has nothing to do with rolling a fatty for this pimp daddy.



    Besides, we got (drool) Lisa Marie from the Godfather's stable.

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  93. Godfather should have 0 votes. The integrity of this tournament has already been diminished.

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  94. Stranger in the AlpsJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Well, dammit, how many times do I have to click Mr. Perfect to turn this thing around?


    Fuck it, it's past my bed time.

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  95. Integrity in wrestling? Does not compute.

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  96. The PPV matches against Perfect, Piper, and Bulldog are tough to beat. Especially all in the span of a year.

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  97. It's Baisden...bring him on board already. Great review from someone who knows his puro.

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  98. May your dreams be filled with rides on the Ho Train.

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  99. I see what you did there!

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  100. Not everybody.

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  101. I can finally confirm what I speculated... Vince Russo is a member of the Blog, and is running up the votes for his favorite IC Champion.

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  102. WatercoolersandAirportsJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    In a REAL LIFE booking situation Mr.Perfect goes over Godfather EVERY TIME.

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  103. Steamboat's IC Title reign was shit except for the win. He lost it pretty quick in an era of year-long reigns.

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  104. PIMPIN' AIN'T EASY!


    Seriously, if Godfather beats Perfect in this round OR if Randy Orton beats Ken Shamrock this tournament should be closed IMMEDIATELY.

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  105. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©January 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Just pretend it's a upset victory, and then hope they get crushed next round.

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  106. Ric Flair dominating Drew McIntyre in the polls i get. Godfather leading Mr Perfect i don't get

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  107. In all honesty, yes, I am voting Mountie over Pedro because Pedro is a guy who never existed to me, and Mountie is actually a fairly memorable thing to me.

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  108. Good stuff. Didn't you write for 411 about ten years ago?

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  109. I don't think so. I can see joke Godfather making it all the way just for shits and giggles.

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  110. Godfather is now up 60-40. Come on, even lazy, broken down, coked out of his mind Curt Hennig from 2002 deserves better than jobbing to the Godfather.

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  111. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    I found him bitter and douchey from day one. Didn't like him when he was active, found him to be a boring whiny little twat, and thought he deserved to get fucked over in Montreal for thinking he was above the business.

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  112. WatercoolersandAirportsJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    RKO OUTTA NOWHERE ON SHAMROCK!!!!

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  113. I always found Bret to be the working man's Champion. He wasn't Mr. Personality, but he was damn good in the ring, even to me as a young mark. His self-entitled opinion is nothing new. If you're that good in the ring, you're allowed to brag.

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  114. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    I bet most people didn't even remember he was IC champ until now. I sure didn't.

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  115. IIRC, he was supposed to face Owen the night owen died for the IC belt

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  116. Yuppers. I only remember Godfather's reign because it's the friggin' Godfather. I would've loved to vote for a Blue Blazer run as Champ. (sad face)

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  117. WorldGoneWild PhotosJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Good call, I'll go check them out.

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  118. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I never had a problem with him bragging, like The Best There is... thing. I just found him really whiny even as a face, like when he was complaining about how Diesel held the belt at his side, and Bret is all like "It should be up here on the shoulder, with pride!" First off, it's a belt, it's supposed to go around your waist, and second, just shut the fuck up and stop hitching, Bret. No wonder even your brother hates you.

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  119. Daniel O'ReillyJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Given that I watched the show with little knowledge of who anyone was and without the context of their respective feuds (and still quite enjoyed it, by the way), this was both helpful and informative. We need more of these.

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  120. The belt over the shoulder thing is awesome. Back when they meant something... and were allowed to be called belts.

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  121. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    I always liked how Bubba Ray wore it around his neck.

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  122. Welcome back, Justin! Hope you can stick around.

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  123. Daniel O'ReillyJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    One of the things I hate about the WWE Network archives is how the timeline spoils the ending of each match. You learn to skip over the spoilers just as you would a lot of recaps, but it'd be nice to not have to worry about it.

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  124. Agreed. It was unique and kind of cool at the same time.

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  125. I actually like that he's not giving away the winners here. I'm not planning to check out every New Japan show--but these reviews will tell me which matches I should watch without spoiling the results.

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  126. Scott you're such a dick. Although it did get a chuckle out of me.

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  127. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    It was definitely unique, I don't think anyone else did it before or since.

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  128. Great review! I'm pretty close to agreeing with all of your ratings.

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  129. Adam "Colorado" CurryJanuary 8, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Yeah, I believe Owen was supposed to win, too.

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  130. Sexy Flexy Biff KensingtonJanuary 9, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    We remember! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap!

    Good to see you back.

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  131. Ads are populated by what you search for on google, bing, yahoo, etc. Sooooo yea.

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  132. I don't know if it was so bad. Back then the titles were so strong that they made the guy. And he was a heel. And he cheated. And he had a great entrance music. And he had Jimmy Hart as his manager. I never saw him as a jobber or so. For me he was actually a legit threat to anyone.

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  133. Hogan wasn't at Mania 3? That's news to the world

    Hogan sold out the 80000 Mania 3 = Fact

    Bret Hart sold out the 80000 SummerSlam 92 = Only a fact in Bret's mind

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  134. It's just a matter of preference. I tend to avoid just about every sports and/or wrestling related web site if I can't catch a show live. There's an element of "who will win" that takes away from the match otherwise. I re-watch the matches afterwards to get a non mark out perspective for the rating but I like the thrill of the first time watch. I just wanted to instill that on the readers.

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  135. Haha it's been a long time since I have collected tapes. I actually threw away my collection of 2000+ tapes a few years ago. Everything has gone digital. Glad you enjoyed the compilation and thanks for the vote of confidence.

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  136. 411's wrestling section was an evolution of The Smarks back in... 2002? I was at the tail end of my wrestling reviewing at that point. My old stuff is still archived there, though most of the writing is cringe worth in retrospect.

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  137. Thank you. I hope Scott affords me the opportunity to provide them.

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  138. I'd be curious to get your snowflake insights.

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  139. Justin Baisden = YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU'RE HIRED!

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  140. How do you feel about the current ROH product? I watch it diligently but struggle enjoying it. The workers seem to have settled into a very contrived means of executing spots. That bouncy ring also drives me nuts. There's some extraordinary talent in there though. Big fan of ACH.

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  141. BAISDEN~! I'm glad you are back reviewing Puro! I loved your site Rolling Germans from back in the day it was great!


    rspwfaq.net crowd is chanting WELCOME BACK~!

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  142. Hopefully we can get him to do more then just puro.

    By all means, more Justin Baisden. Rolling Germans was one of my favorite review sites when I was younger.

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  143. Justin Baisden = the rich man's Dock Muraco


    or


    Justin Baisden = makes me want to watch Puro and not punch him in the face, two things not said about Dock Muraco.

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  144. He makes it a lot easier to watch shows I normally wouldn't be able to watch otherwise because he does such a concise job explaining the backstories and such.

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  145. AverageJoeEverymanJanuary 9, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    "I never did teach him how to tap out, that is why we went with the pass-out finish."

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  146. Pedro Morales is from a pre-Hogan era. From 1984 on you won't find a more horrible, boring ring grappler than The Mountie.

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  147. I think the losing in Canada thing was specifically with reference to Shawn Michaels. I don't support Bret's preference, but I equally I don't think it was as comprehensive as I WILL NOT JOB IN MY HOME COUNTRY.

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  148. I immediately started cringing when Bret launched into that, but he does eventually say that Bulldog was way more over than him at SS 92.

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  149. It reminds me of when the WWF magazine came out previewing Survivor Series the top matches were:
    Warrior/Savage vs. Flair/Razor
    Bulldog vs. Mountie - IC Title
    Shawn vs. Bret in a regular match.

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  150. It's disrespectful to Bret that he could possibly lose at full strength. He was the best wrestler and everybody in that lockerroom knew it!

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  151. Ditka has talked about it since, and said that it did bother Walter, and it's his (Ditka's) biggest regret in sports.

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  152. Jordan would have been dead meat in the Twitter era. Partying all the time, punching his teammates in practice when they weren't working hard enough, all the gambling, etc.

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  153. Jacques Rougeau is one of my favorite workers of the 80s. The Mountie gimmick, meh, but I'm happy that guy got to put IC champ on his resume.

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  154. Hipster mounties do.

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  155. The Hulkster had a 170-degree fever the day before WrestleMania 3 and he cracked every rib in his body while sneezing, but still managed to recover in time to slam the 1000 pound big nasty giant.

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  156. Total Divas could use Mountie and Repo Man to liven things up a bit. Repo could steal things and make it look like the other Divas did it. Mountie could come in and straighten everyone out.

    Actually, you really don't even need the Divas. Just have Mountie and Repo on the show.

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  157. Yeah, if it was just a brief transitional champion kind of deal....I'm a Rick Martel guy myself.

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  158. I feel you may be in the minority on this topic, sir.

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  159. They already have Emma RIGHT THERE for the Repo Man gimmick too.

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  160. Foley's up there. Not like Bret. But up there.

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  161. Distraction finish!

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  162. Foley has rapidly moved up the list from "down to earth wrestler who is proud of his work" to "guy who will not shut up about his impact on the business"

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  163. I stopped watching ROH in 2009 (started since debut show) as the changes taking place at the time to the product just wern't to my taste and I felt I had overdosed on the style. I haven't watched any show out of sheer curiosity since Final Battle 2010.

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  164. But are we chanting "YOU still GOT it!"?

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  165. Oh I love it in the way that it's amazing to me that they thought it was such a great idea to make the entire midcard basically come off like "weekend warrior" indy wrestlers

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  166. Hell yes we are.


    YOU STILL GO IT~! CLAP~! CLAP~! CLAP~! CLAP~! CLAPCLAP~!

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  167. Great review. Your no winner policy works overall. But I think on this show, there is one match where its only purpose is the winner and the crowd reaction would be worth noting. That said I would stick with your policy.
    As a fan of history myself I truly appreciated the double main event history lessons. For that alone I will check out all of your future reviews.
    I also like how you take a more academic style,

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  168. Yeah, I'm with you. It was pretty funny that they had mid-carders who were garbagemen, tax men, and racecar drivers then wondered why they didn't get over

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  169. So glad you are back Justin. I loved your old reviews. Did you do reviews in a site called Rolling Germans? If so, is it still possible to access that stuff. Oh, and great review of WK9 by the way. Keep up the good work.

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  170. Rolling Germans used to be my personal site before migrating to The Smarks. Unfortunately, the site is no longer around and the archive has been lost.


    Thanks for the kind words sir.

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  171. The first five King of the Ring shows, plus SummerSlam 1995-1997 on the Network are the Coliseum Video versions.
    SummerSlam 1993 on the Network is actually the Encore Plus version replayed on PPV as it ends with bonus footage of Ludvig Borga confronting Lex Luger in the locker room after the main event.
    As for the rest, some are the PPV versions, and others are the same as the Anthology sets but with a lot of the "WWF" references now restored.

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  172. Thank you kindly. It's great to see there are still readers from back in the day.


    Looking forward to getting re-acquainted with everyone.

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  173. I think Scott's got just about everything else covered here. If there's room to cover Ring Of Honour (I'm very sorry if I missed ROH reviews on the blog) I'd be happy to cover their PPV's as well.

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  174. There's a good chance I'll put together a "must see on NJPW World" list for new subscribers. There's a lot of material sadly missing from their archive (mainly Junior related matches) but plenty of worthwhile material to sift through.

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  175. Sad day. That sucks about the archives. Loved all that stuff. Your reviews along with Mike Campbell's reviews got me interested in watching puro. Glad I did. It was around 2002 or so when I started tracking down 1990s AJPW stuff and New Japan stuff, along with some classics as well. So thanks a ton. Keep up the good work, as the other commenters said, you still got it, and welcome back.

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  176. Nice to see I'm not the only one who's noticed this. And while I'm a huge fan of his, his primary"impact" was influencing moronic teenagers to jump of their roofs and hit each other with steel chairs.

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  177. Thanks for your work and making Puro fun to read about!


    YOU STILL GOT IT~!

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