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Impact Wrestling - February 20, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: February 20, 2015
Location: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Taz

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's another UK show this week with a double main event. This week we're seeing Al Snow face British Boot Camp cast off Grado, as well as a twenty man gauntlet match for the #1 contendership to the World Title. As expected, it looked like the Beat Down Clan will be working together to take over the match. Let's get to it.


The opening sets up the gauntlet and shows us the top 5, which will determine the order of the last five entrants. Angle is #1, despite Roode being #1 last week and winning while Angle lost. Roode isn't even in the top 5, meaning this whole thing lasted two weeks before it stopped making sense.

Angle comes out and says he's back to win the World Title.

Lashley wants to talk to Angle.

Matt Hardy/Eddie Edwards/Davey Richards vs. Revolution

It's Storm/Abyss/Manik here and the brawl starts in the aisle. Manik gets triple teamed in the corner to start and we even get something like Poetry in Motion. Khoya pulls Matt to the floor and Storm sends him into the steps to take over. It's off to Abyss for a running corner splash, which is as athletic as I've seen him in years. Storm comes in with a Hardy pose on the middle rope but Matt grabs a Side Effect on Manik. They're going with the fast forward version of the standard formula here and it's not bad so far.

Storm can't break up a tag to both Wolves at the same time and it's time for the kicks. Everything breaks down and Richards backflips into an attempt at Shock Treatment but Edwards makes a save and sends Storm into a DDT from Abyss. I still hate that spot. The Wolves hit stereo dives to take out most of the Revolution. Manik is left alone for a top rope double stomp from Edwards for the pin at 6:30.

Rating: C. This is becoming TNA's standard operating procedure in recent weeks: basic, well done matches that don't go too far and just get the job done that they're supposed to accomplish. That's a VERY nice change of pace over what we usually get in TNA and even though I don't believe they can keep it up, it's a nice start.

The winners get destroyed post match and Abyss Black Hole Slams Manik. Storm orders Abyss to carry Manik out.

Here are Ethan Carter III and Tyrus to rant about Mr. Anderson stop the hair cut party last week. Ethan even jumps up and down in anger for a funny moment. Cue Anderson to ask a very sweaty Carter why he's obsessed with cutting hair. Maybe Carter should get his head shaved and Anderson has his own clippers. Anderson comes to the ring but Tyrus gets right in his face. The distraction allows Spud and Mandrews to sneak up on Carter and the beating is on. Tyrus saves his boss from a haircut but Anderson plants him with a Mic Check and tape him to the ropes, allowing Spud to shave Tyrus' hair. Spud says Carter is next.

MVP and the Beat Down Clan are going to be standing tall at the end of the night.

Mickie James comes into the arena and is here for some important business involving Magnus. I'm glad Josh mentioned that Mickie and Magnus are married, as it was coming off like something TNA just expected us to know. That's not something you should ever do as you don't want any potentially new fans to be confused.

Al Snow vs. Grado

We get a few more details on Grado, who missed a meeting on British Boot Camp and was eliminated, only to come back and get eliminated again. It would be nice if TNA actually SHOWED us this stuff instead of just telling us but at least it's something. Snow destroys him to start and hits the Snow Plow for two, followed by a moonsault for the same. Grado is really over with the fans here and you can see that cult following showing through. Grado avoids a second moonsault and hits a boot to face, followed by a Cannonball in the corner and another big boot for the pin at 4:33. It's as abrupt as it sounds.

Rating: D. The match was nothing but it gave the fans a feel good moment. I still have no reason to care about Grado due to living in America and not being able to watch British Boot Camp, but this was much more for the fans than nothing else. I'm not sure how much Grado can get over outside of Scotland but that natural charisma will get him a long way. Granted I would have said the same thing about Joey Ryan the first time they did this story.

Snow shakes Grado's hand as he promised to do if he lost but the BDC runs in for the attack. Drew Galloway (McIntyre) runs in with a pipe for the save and shows about 100x more energy and fire than he has in the last three years plus. He's a good hire if he's around for more than just this tour.

Angelina Love and the BroMans are their usual selves but Kong is shown watching with her usual scowl.

Knockouts Title: Angelina Love vs. Taryn Terrell

Love is challenging and jumps Taryn to start, knocking her out to the floor. A fall away slam gets two but Angelina takes too much time going up and gets slammed down. Taryn gets two of her own off a middle rope clothesline but walks into the Botox Injection. Love takes too much time going after her though and eats a Taryn Cutter for the pin at 2:37.

Kong comes out and Implant Busts Taryn but Gail Kim comes out for the staredown.

We get Royal Rumble style interviews on who is going to win the gauntlet.

Robbie is ready to win the Grand Slam.

Ethan Carter can beat twenty men in his sleep.

MVP has been fighting all his life (but is he trouble trouble trouble trouble trouble?) so this is nothing.

Low Ki says the BDC runs this place.

Samoa Joe says 20 men will enter and a Clan will leave victorious.

Here's Tommy Dreamer for a chat. Dreamer says he's here to fight because Young dropped him on his head last week. No Young though, so Dreamer goes to the back and gets jumped. They fight back into the arena and Tommy wants a referee out here for an old school fight.

Eric Young vs. Tommy Dreamer

Dreamer spits a fan's beer into Young's face but gets crotched on the barricade. Young apparently may be insane and violent but he's not a thief. He also bites Dreamer's forehead and draws some VERY solid blood before Tommy gets out a table and we get the opening bell. They head inside but Tommy is able to backdrop out of a piledriver attempt.

The DDT onto the chair is countered with a leg sweep but Eric takes too long setting up a table. Dreamer superplexes himself through the table with Young barely grazing it. A chair is wedged into the corner but Dreamer pops back up. Eric low blows him to take over, sends him into the chair and plants him with a good looking piledriver for the pin at 4:22.

Rating: D. Two of my least favorite wrestlers in the world right now in a needless gimmick match which didn't even get five minutes. That bite was SICK though and the piledriver looked really good too so I can give it a pass, but my goodness I never want to see these two on TV ever again. Well maybe Young if he drops way down the card but Dreamer is as welcome as something very unwelcome at a place you wouldn't want that something to be at.

We recap Magnus vs. Bram, which is due to Magnus taking a Feast or Fired briefcase from Bram.

Here's Mickie James to talk about her fiance's feud with Bram. She's had a great year, including having a beautiful son and getting engaged (fans: “BOO!” Also Josh was wrong when he said they were married. Don't get into Tenay territory Matthews), but she's here to call Bram nothing but a coward. Cue Bram with a cueball but Mickie immediately rips into him for all the things Magnus has done for him over the years. Magnus was beaten up so badly that he can't even hold his own son.

Bram starts talking but it's so quiet that I can't understand him over the WE WANT MAGNUS chants. The chants aren't even that loud but the microphone is so quiet. Bram says Magnus could have any girl in the world but he's stuck with her. Mickie is a needy redneck who ruined his life. That's why Bram battered him, but Mickie says it's because he knows he's only half the man Magnus is. Bram gets all ticked off so Mickie slaps him in the face. Referees come out to hold Bram back and he leaves peacefully. This is already about a million times better than any Magnus story.

Lashley and Angle are in the back (with HARDCORE COUNTRY playing) and Lashley reminds him that he's the champ. Angle says Lashley is next, so Lashley will be watching tonight.

Gauntlet Match

Basically a twenty man Royal Rumble for a title shot next week. Kenny King is in at #1 and Austin Aries is in at #2 with King sending Austin to the apron, only to have Aries run back in and hit the Pendulum Elbow. King hammers him back down though and Craazy Steve is in at #3. Steve and Aries team up but the clock gets a lot faster and it's Jesse Godderz in at #4. Jesse goes right after Steve but has to skin the cat to avoid an elimination.

Bram is in at #5 and people start pairing off for fights in the corners. The clock gets even faster as Khoya is already in at #6. Steve rakes Khoya in the eyes but is easily backdropped to the floor for an elimination. Chris Melendez (where has he been?) is in at #7 and goes after Bram until Mr. Anderson is in at #8. Anderson is back in trunks and hammers away until we take a break.

Back with Tyrus entering at an unlisted number. During the break, Samuel Shaw, DJZ and Great Sanada all entered, putting Tyrus as #12. Also during the break, Melendez was the only man eliminated. Everyone's attempts to get at Tyrus result in Godderz, DJZ and Shaw being eliminated. Spud is in at #13 and goes after Tyrus, only to get sent to the apron and spiked out to the floor. Robbie E. is in at #14 as Tyrus puts out Khoya.

Sanada mists Tyrus from the apron but Anderson knocks Sanada to the floor and sends Tyrus to apron as well. Tyrus hangs on and tries to skin the cat but Anderson bites his hand for the elimination. Gunner is in at #15 and goes right after Bram. We have Gunner, Bram, Anderson, Robbie E., King and Aries in there at the moment. Ethan Carter III is in at #16 as Robbie is dumped out.

There go Bram and EC3 as Samoa Joe is in at #17. That goes nowhere so here's Low Ki at #18. It's already announced that MVP and Angle are the final two, meaning Roode isn't in it due to the attack by Young last week. We're running out of time so MVP is quickly in at #19. Joe throws out Anderson and it's all four members of the BDC, Aries and Gunner at the moment. The BDC dumps Gunner and it's Angle in at #20 for a final grouping of Aries, MVP, Low Ki, Joe, King and Angle as we take a break.

Back with Aries being eliminated to get us down to five. Lashley comes out to watch as the Clan takes their time beating Angle down. Kurt gets in something like a hot shot on Low Ki but Joe Rock Bottoms him out of the corner to stop Kurt cold. Kurt low bridges Joe to the floor and the odds are a bit better.

Low Ki gets backdropped to the floor and it's down to three. King gets the same treatment, leaving us with Angle vs. MVP. Kurt is still in trouble though as he gets caught with the Ballin Elbow but MVP can't get him out. A baseball slide misses though and the Black Out does the same, only to have King trips Angle, allowing MVP to kick him out for the win at 32:25.

Rating: C. Keeping this fast was a good idea as it became a pretty boring battle royal once the BDC was in full control. MVP winning makes the most sense as you have to give him a title shot at some point. Angle can have his shot later but the BDC is the big thing right now and giving its leader the win was the right call.

Overall Rating: B-. The wrestling here wasn't the best but that's not the point of this show. Tonight was a good example of logically moving stories forward and not doing anything incredibly stupid (save for putting Tommy Dreamer on TV in 2015 but that's a different story entirely). This is a MAJOR step forward for TNA as their product is getting better, even though their business is pretty horrid at the moment. At the end of the day though, getting some positive word of mouth is the best thing they can have right now and shows like this will get them a long way in doing so.

Results
Matt Hardy/Wolves b. Revolution – Top rope double stomp to Manik
Grado b. Al Snow – Al Snow – Big boot
Taryn Terrell b. Angelina Love – Taryn Cutter
Eric Young b. Tommy Dreamer – Piledriver
MVP won a gauntlet match last eliminating Kurt Angle


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Comments

  1. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©February 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    The moment I saw Dreamer, my first thought was, "Oh great, is he gonna give a passionate speech and cry again?". Other than that, I agree, it was a solid show with nothing great, but nothing bad either.

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  2. Haven't watched TNA in quite awhile but I know these foreign shows are usually better with hot crowds. I must say it was hard to watch. Its what keeps fans closet fans. Aries is always money & Bram seemed pretty money too, but damn. B-movie bush league written all over it.
    Loki got fuuuuucked up tho damn that was a sick gash. Thanks Drew on your first fucking appearance ever asshole.

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  3. It was weird watching the crowd seeming to sing along to Grado's entrance and victory music, which on the broadcast is entirely instrumental.

    I looked it up--he's actually using Madonna's "Like a Prayer", which obviously TNA can't afford to actually broadcast.

    And did Galloway bust Low-Ki open hardway with that pipe? That was a lot of color and Low-Ki seemed to be legit pissed about it.

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  4. Grado was trending on Facebook and Twitter, and even had a BBC News article written about him because of that entrance music.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31530061

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  5. lol the Scottish parliement even discussed the matters, Grado is that over in Scotland

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBtGFaa0idY



    The ultimate Grado entrance.

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  7. - The crowd was really into everything it's a nice change.
    - Tyrus look so depressed each times he is on screen, like he really don't want to be here.
    - Mandrew & Spud looked like a bunch of kids next to Tyrus, Anderson and EC3.
    - Just hope EC3 goes over Anderson in the end.
    - Did the X-Division just vanished ? Rather than standing there Sanada could go after Low-Ki, and we could have some good matches.
    - Abyss is entering Kane/Big Show territory as a guy I use to like but need to stay away (at least he is not in main event)


    - It's funny to see them hype Samoa Joe knowing that he is gone to (hopefully) greener pasture.


    - Lol at Al Snow being even more jacked up than when he was a regular competitor.
    - Grado is SUPER OVER in scotland, so kudos to TNA to include him, but they should have run a vignette to introduce him to the US audience (like the ones Lucha Underground does for each of their wrestler)


    - Hope they keep Galloway around he could be TNA 'next gen' with EC3 and Bram. (as in the guys we wait to make it big while they push older irrelevant ex-WWE guys)


    -Not a bad show in the end, but the roster is really meh at this point, no real direction and everyone is more or less going trought the motion : like the heel stable attack the faces because that what they are supposed to do. Also everyone i like is gone (Bad Influence, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles)

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  8. Also, the crowd seems to die a litlle during the battle royale, maybe put Grado in it and have him interact with the TNA roster could have kept them invested. Have him come early and stay most of a match and teasing him eliminating some big names to pop the crowd, and have a heel eliminate him for some heat.

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  9. Well... actually... IMO this is the sense and purpose of the PPV between Rumble and Wrestlemania.

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  10. I sure hope we will get a 5* talk beetween Triple H and Sting with a lot of big words

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  11. But you can do that and still put on a show that people want to watch like No Way Out 2000 or most of the Elimination Chambers.

    Even a show which paid off completely seperate stories to Wrestlemania like No Way Out 2001 can be amazing without diminishing the main storylines.

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  12. Yeah, it really does help. I haven't watched raw in three weeks so I'm actually looking forward to Sunday also.

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  13. Actually...
    1. I don't think Fast Lane is a bad name for a PPV which is kind of "fast lane" of the road to Wrestlemania. :-)
    2. The card could have been worse with Big Show or Kane in the main event. Ok, it's not Hell in a Cell HHH vs Cactus Jack... but that's because they have this stupid HIAC PPV. Bryan vs Reigns could have been in the cage, so that no one can interfere - or so.

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  14. It's sad the the biggest thing I'm looking forward to on a PPV is an interview/promo segment.

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  15. We usually watch the Oscars every year, but any important moment from the awards show will get replayed on tv ad naseum for weeks so I'm not worried about missing anything.

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  16. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    God Macho and Gorilla are complete dicks at KOTR 94. I get Art Donovan sucks but they practically ignore him the entire time, no sell everything he says and Gorilla in particular just blatantly talks over him while Macho sits with his back turned to Donovan the whole show. I actually feel bad for the guy. I doubt he went out there with the intent of being so shitty. They really should have called an audible after the first match and just had Donovan say goodbye and only be on for that match instead of having Monsoon and Macho piss in his mouth for 3 hours.

    All this despite the fact that Macho & Monsoon are pretty shitty themselves on this show.

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  17. I think the post-WWE treatment becomes a big factor because going on what Punk said in the podcasts he was under constant treatment/supervision from the WWE medical staff in his last few months there. He had concusions, broken ribs, he was sent to Dr Andrews for knee surgery, and he appeared on WWE progamming with his arm in a sling after his elbow injury.

    So if the post-WWE medical records confirm that this staph infection was as bad Punk said and that he had it as long as he said then it's not only surprising that Punk would never bring it up during one of his many conversations with the WWE medical staff when he seems to have no problem telling them about all his other health problems - which is what Amman is saying - but also that nobody on the medical staff would notice it while treating one of Punk's many other injuries which I presume are all well documented.

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  18. Obey, consume, conform.

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  19. http://cookcountyrecord.com/issues/310-defamation/270487-defamation-lawsuit-pits-wwe-doctor-against-two-wrestlers

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  20. That was mean. You should apologise.

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  21. They tried for the first half but after it became obvious how bad he was, they tried to salvage it by talking between themselves.

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  22. I would think Ryback has a case for defamation as well, if he wanted to go that rout.e

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  23. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    It didn't even last the first half. It was pretty much halfway through the first match.

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  24. I'm fit as a fiddle.

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  25. I see at least 20 things on this blog everyday more sexist than what you just said. People are fickle.

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  26. More Tommy Dreamer?

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  27. Hm... In all honesty, I wonder what his potential for crossover appeal will be. He's a good looking guy, young. I'd bet he gets some TV offers, at least. However, I imagine the legit sports part of his life is past him. So, he may not be successful in "anything". Heh.

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  28. I already miss the Eliminaton Chamber match.

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  29. And Randy Orton will still go to the papers if he has to!

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  30. in the BOWLS of the overworld, there is a deep dark eternal pit. Into that pit I have cast the succotash of a thousand Hulkamaniacs, and into their eternal spiritual torment! When your succotash has suffered through the infinity of the Warrior's pain, only then, HOAK HOGAN, do you understand what it means to be a true Warrior. To run through the winds of time! To...truly...suffer...your succotash.

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  31. Hey Ripner, have you been following this Chikara team thing they've been running?

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  32. How many wrestlers have called out other wrestlers for sucking and being unsafe? A thousand? More?


    Ryback would probably lose a ton a respect in the locker room if he went that route.

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  33. Dougie, don't talk about yourself like that.

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  34. it doesn't whether he's using WWF lawyers or not. I just can't imagine these lawyers were not recommended to him by Vinces department.

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  35. I'm pretty far behind in Chikara, still int he middle of the 2014 KIng of Trios, schools been real busy this semester.

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  36. "Mean" Dean AndrewsFebruary 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I don't find Carmella hot at all. Enzo and Cass are like the New Age Outlaws minus the workrate or originality of gimmick. Why all the love for any of them?

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  37. Oh shit, the I'm rubber and you're glue defense!

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  38. I don't like the current attitude of using matches to setup rematches. Cena/Rusev is wasted on this show. You could have used angles, over time, to build up the match.

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  39. I just wish WWE would stop sending me fucking emails about Fast Lane. Yes.. I know it's free and I give zero fucks about it.

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  40. Hopefully with lots of insider lingo and references to events that happened 16 years ago that were greenlit by people who haven't worked for the WWE or WWE-owned properties for 12 years!

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  41. It's so this won't happen: http://thumbs.mugshots.com/gallery/images/2/ba/37/Leati-Joseph-Anoai_mugshot.400x800.jpg

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  42. It's funny because if Art was still living - Id rather hear him talk for three hours straight than watch anything the WWE puts on today.

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  43. Is Diesel a football player?

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  44. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©February 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Yes, and the Oscars are gonna be more interesting.

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  45. I'd rather talk about Montreal again than this.

    Good click-bait though.

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  46. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©February 21, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Well, he seems like a nice guy, but yeah, I'd wouldn't go to a show of his or anything.

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  47. I'm not obsessed at all. He's not the only wrestling writer or fan who makes fun of wwe's buy rates. He's also not the only one who uses the same jokes over and over. hell yall told the same dean Ambrose joke like ten plus times a thread for like a week straight before dialing it back a bit. Sorry you disagree.

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  48. You are the thing you hate the most.

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  49. I said this same thing down below.

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  50. Did you ever hook-up with that hot roommate you mentioned a while back?

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  51. You seem fairly obsessed about this too.

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  52. LOL@Patton Oswalt...awesome.

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  53. The Golden Globes are a sham of an awards show

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  54. Pretty dumb of WWE to post that video, considering Punk had to lower his pants to show the scar and all that.

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  55. The only thing you're making clear is that you are neither a doctor nor a lawyer.

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  56. And are experts in medical malpractice law!

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  57. No, but it's good to have you here making up complaints.

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  58. I think he has a ton of natural charisma that's being woefully misused and he has the makings of a worker who can be carried to great matches. He needs more time, of course, that he unfortunately won't be getting.

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  59. I just think it's hilarious that to someone who isn't really following this or doesn't care, if they come across the video titled "Royal Rumble 2014: Royal Rumble Match," they're gonna wonder why the WWE is obsessed with CM Punk's ass.

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  60. Who's to say Amann even made records of Punk's complaint (if he did make one). I guess we'll see what comes out.

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  61. NXT would be the perfect venue for a return of the WCW "Running of the Gauntlet" concept.

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  62. Man, I made it through all of five minutes of that Ironside show and almost went blind rolling my eyes.


    When he said "Sometimes you need a different perspective," and then sort of grabbed the evidence from under the couch cushions. I just...why wouldn't trained detectives also look under the couch cushions?

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  63. I think the defamation would have more to do with the steroid accusations.

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  64. Triple H and Stephanie would just regain the shares in a handicap ladder match against Punk when Joey Mercury raises the briefcase.

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  65. Too bad there isn't a Rollins - Jon Stewart confrontation. That would be much more interesting.

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  66. Or they could have had him win the Rumble with Bryan in it and still had him look strong. Have Bryan come out first. Have him eliminate Kane at 15 or so. Have Reigns come out at 20? If you REALLY want Show around, have him in the final four...I guess. But have Roman and Bryan fight him and eliminate him sort of togehter.


    "I eliminated him!" "Well I'm the one who wore him down." etc


    Have Reigns come out late and have Bryan and Reigns be the last two guys. Bryan gets eliminated BY Reigns after a ten minute match. Bryan lost because he lasted the whole Rumble and was beat down so it's not like he looks weak.

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  67. Scott, you should do this instead weekly instead of a full-blown review.

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  68. Which its not. Defamation? You're down to what can be proven. If Punk has a medical bill which says "removed large staff infection" and it's dated a week after he left...I mean. That's the main piece of evidence that WWE seems to think is missing with that picture, right?

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  69. did I catch it right that Blue Pants is "from the discount rack?" LOL

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  70. If Owens came out on Raw on Monday and starred down Brock Lesnar, I'd buy that's how good he is right now.

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  71. If Ryback sues for that successfully then I'm going to sue the next person who says I wear glasses while I'm wearing my glasses.

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  72. did no one post this already?

    here's the evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGbkurdziFg

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  73. long overdue. we have been waiting for this since 2011.


    WE WANT ICE CREAM!

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  74. I'm sure the doctor who performed the procedure could tell roughly how long the infection had been developing, this will end up with loads of finger pointing and end in a stalemate.

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  75. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieFebruary 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Flawless Charlie Reneke logic, can't comment on a topic if you've never done it.

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  76. Plus Sniper is Canadian, and was billed as South African.

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  77. Well, at least you ended up being right about something.

    Broken clock, twice a day. That kind of thing.

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  78. Only the fat ones with neck beards got the law degrees?

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  79. You should check out the thread on their message board about the Challenge of the Immortals. There was a draft, and trade deadline, all done over twitter. Looks like things will be interesting this year.

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  80. This is the guy that said, ten hours before this cunt post:

    "So hoping that punk loses cabana a shitload of money because he can't stop running his mouth."

    How would he lose money, right honorable cunt?

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  81. I think the WWECW is regarded as worse than it actually was. the problem seemed to be it being dead in the water after that horrible "December to Dismember" ppv.


    but they show still had its fair share of good moments with guys like CM Punk, Christian and Swagger being showcased.

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  82. If WWE has a doctor that says one thing and Punk has a doctor that says another I can't see this going anywhere for either party, if anything WWE are making are throwing fuel on something they should have let die.

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  83. Are you kidding? Outing your lame ass is GREAT FUN.

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  84. Why u so mad bro?

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  85. Is this the thread we're taking over? Because I'm getting ready to go through my NXT watchlist....

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  86. Um, I know that he was named in a lawsuit. Did you not know that?

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  87. I really don't understand why this is a thing now, Bret did this almost his entire career.

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  88. Swagger was booked like he didn't belong which I guess is the opposite of what Kenola was suggesting. if they want to go through with his push to be the top star, at least book him accordingly.

    (and if the crowd turns on him, they can still turn him heel. but at least he would be a strong heel in kayfabe)

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  89. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    We're takin over!

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  90. exactly. and if the crowd turns on him, they can still turn him heel. but at least he would be a strong heel (in kayfabe) instead of what they are doing now - not being able to beat Kane decisively etc.

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  91. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    I'm confused. You put lol but I did not detect the cadence of a joke in Marv's post. Did I miss something?

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  92. Did anyone else notice Blue Pants totally had a Vault 13 Fallout look to her?

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  93. Good ol' Lonely is following me around today I think.

    Finally, a fan.

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  94. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    You've been chosen. Lucky!

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  95. Just reading down the thread...at what point does a beard constitute a neck beard? Like, sometimes I see beards grown around the chin, and then there's unshaven, not quite beard length hair visible on the neck. Does that constitute a neck beard? Or are we labeling people neckbeards only if they have full bushy beard hair from their upper lip, to their chest?

    Dougie, you seem to be the authority.

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  96. I'm going to call in to Job #2 and start burning through NXT, I'm all the way back in April of last year

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  97. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    So you're just gonna start from where they are on the network? Not bad policy.

    Me? I'm still chugging along watching Summerslam 94. Been a good show so far. Had a HELL of a women's match too.

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  98. What womens match? I have no recollection of those years.

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  99. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Alundra(which my phone attempted to correct to laundry) Blayze vs. Bull Nakano. It was legitimately really good.

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  100. Seems pretty easy to prove he didn't go - they just have to check with the doctors punk claimed he relied on. The bigger issue here, based on my research as a soon to be law student, is that punk assumed the risk when he suited up and went into the ring. There are some NFL cases from the 80s or 90s (not the concussion ones) touching on the same issue

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  101. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    The crowd was really hot for it too which threw me because women weren't exactly a steady presence as wrestlers at this point and one of them was a Japanese import. But that goes to prove hard work can get the crowd invested.

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  102. I don't think I ever saw an Alundra match.

    In a nice bit of irony the only thing I remember her for is taking out the trash.

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  103. I just can't imagine a multimillion dollar company being so brazen. If the WWF is the wrong then this was incredible dumb. Can't imagine them being wrong.

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  104. What do you mean "almost impossible?" Seems entirely plausible they can back their case up with facts once they get into discovery. It really depends on the law firm they decide to use. No way a firm like Skadden let's Punk win, that is, if they are smart enough to retain them

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  105. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    That is ironic! I've not seen a whole lot of her but when she's in there with someone solid she could churn out a good match.

    A nice thing was that the women's division was barren so they'd just throw Japanese women wrestlers at her and those girls could work.

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  106. Yeah, talk about a dead division for like...at least two decades.

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  107. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    I think Moolah was technically champion for something like 30 years because they forgot about the division while she was champ lol.

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  108. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©February 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Not gonna lie, I thought he looked like Patton Oswalt as well. I also thought he looked like the love child of Santino Marella and Bob Backlund.

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  109. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Hey Marv Vince just made mention of the MLB Strike of 1994. I have nothing besides that. I just know you like baseball so a strike canceling a whole season must've really sucked. That's crazy. There would be a riot if the Super Bowl were canceled one year.

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  110. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Ah Bret the original CM Punk. Doesn't main event King of the Ring 94, doesn't main event Summerslam 94, doesn't main event Survivor Series 94 where he loses the title.

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  111. Well, unless Dougie actually has a neck beard or experience of having a neck beard he really shouldn't comment

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  112. They came within about an inch of killing off the game. They lost like 1,000 games that year. If I remember right (which I probably don't because I was an idiot teenager) it mostly revolved around the installation of salary caps.

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  113. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    It's bullshit man that was the Mariners' year.

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  114. Dougie, what are you loling about in the above post? I'm confused

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  115. I like that he goes with that insult, because for as much as he moans about this place (while still coming every single day) he doesn't have an original thought in his head.

    *insert decade old meme response*

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  116. Eh...we weren't going to the Series I think

    9/11....that was bullshit.

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  117. I feel as though, perhaps, Dougie is the one whom is mad, bro.

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  118. I suspect, like most valueless trolls, the depression turned into anger so subtly he's not even aware of it.

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  119. He has no idea, it's his Pavlovian response to people having fun.

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  120. Jesus, is this tomorrow? We're at the end of the build for it? Oh my.

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  121. I imagine you saying this with bated breath. Like a kid, "It's already Christmas?!?! But it was just Halloween!"

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  122. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-Y2VH0IMAAwzM8.jpg:large



    The plot thickens...

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  123. Surely, 'ROFL', as it is an acronym.

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  124. You wanted MORE build?!

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  125. Golf ball size! Witness credibility called into question! Gavel bang. Let's go to lunch.

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  126. It's a terrible name. If it's a Fast Lane, then why does it have a stop (the PPV itself)? The Fast Lane would be Rumble -> Wrestlemania.

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  127. Reading the last few weeks of recaps, damned if I'm not tempted to give TNA another try...

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  128. Expos would like a word with you.

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  129. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    What's the word?

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  130. All I know is I can't wait for his bevy of future interesting comments. Classics such as "lol", and " oy very", and "lol" and "you mad bro?" and "lol". It's pretty inspired.

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  131. Why didn't WWE release video of Amann telling Punk to exit the match?

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  132. He'll be jobbing pretty quick to Sonny Corinthos

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  133. Can't wait for your own blog! Sure to be filled with one word critiques of love affair and world politics.

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  134. I went have a problem with Reigns vs Brock IF he had been built up the right way from day one.

    See what NXT is doing with Baron Corbin? That's EXACTLY what the E should have been doing with Reigns.

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  135. So, after finding that updated list of everything on the Network in chronological order, I'm going to see if I can watch everything in the right order. These 70s shows are tough to get through.

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  136. The Fez/Kelso Punjabi Death Match wasn't bad, shame there wasn't a decisive winner though

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  137. Shame both of them didn't die

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  138. You sir win the internet...

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  139. Haha, yeah, only match in history I was hoping for a draw.

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  140. I found the staph infection! http://www.spectrecollie.com/wp-content/uploads/kuato.jpg

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  141. God damnit. I knew that was coming!

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  142. So hbk is doing booksignings of his new book at a walmart.
    First thing I thought of was: walmart is doing book signings?
    Second: hbk is approaching undertaker levels of aging superfast

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  143. Yeah.. But you're SUPPOSED to look old when you're 50. It's normal. They are old guys.

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  144. Chuck Norris won't be midcard for anyone.

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  145. Nothing is made up, several Punk fans believed his version of events. As the video clearly showed Punk didn't have the claimed growth, either they have accepted that Punk either lied or exaggerated, or they would claim the video was faked.

    It was a simple question to see how the Punk fans reacted.

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  146. Because they are pr retards. Honestly with the Seth Penis, Darren Youngs Twitter rant, Reigns botched push WWE are bringing on the shit this Mania season.

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  147. Watching Countdown: Smackdowns best moments.
    they refer to it as WWEs second flagship show, surely there can only be one flagship,

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  148. WWWF was painful. AWA and major territories were much better. Fewer fat Samoans.

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  149. I'd watch that over a Jay Strongbow match.

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  150. Honestly I doubt pink can prove he went to the wwe doctor about this problem. If they keep meticulous records (lol) the lack of record of punk going to wwe's Drs about it can be proven.

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  151. "Ah loves rasslin but Hannity says books is evil. Ah hope it's got pittures!" - average Walmart shopper.

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  152. Well, at least now we all know there's absolutely zero chance of him ever coming back.

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  153. I rather doubt he had much to lose in the first place.

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  154. WWE are hinting at the next HOF announcement either for Raw or Fastlane. PWInsider are claiming it's the Bushwackers (god I hope not) but read the tease for yourself.

    “The mystery pair of legends will join “Macho Man” Randy Savage, celebrity inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rikishi in the elite class. Who will enter the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 31? Could it be a team famous for their camouflage gear? Could it be an ultra-popular pair of brothers or family members? How many tag team championships have they held? Is it possible that we will see a current Hall of Famer earn a second nod and join Ric Flair as a two-time inductee?”

    Ignoring the reference to an existing Hall Of Famer, which I'm assuming is a red herring, because the only options would be E&C, Rockers or Outsiders. The rest seems to refer not to Bushwackers, but THE DUDLEY BOYZ

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  155. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/173/576/Wat8.jpg?1315930535

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  156. If I was gonna compare this year's Royal Rumble to any annual calendar event, it would be Lent. Starvation and penance under the vague hope that it leads to some kind of reward.

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  157. Looks like it until we get a real daily thread

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  158. They already proved they're dumb by bringing it up in the first place. The Punk stuff was finally dying down at WWE shows. The whole thing was going away and Punk was happily training for a year, for what will no doubt be a very short career. I...I don't know.

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  159. Because Punk said in the podcast that he was told to leave, but refused because he wanted to gut it out like a macho moron or words to that effect. So WWE would be releasing something that confirms the story CM Punk is telling on the podcast.

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  160. Adam "Colorado" CurryFebruary 21, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Afternoon thread is up.

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  161. "Mr. Reeves, would you in fact characterize yourself as being dumb as fuck?"

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  162. it'll be a very interesting test with Bryan/Reigns. I'm rooting for the guy and Bryan doesn't seem the type to sandbag someone he doesn't like. That said, if Bryan can't carry him to at least ***, I don't know if anyone can. And not to say Reigns can't get better but...

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  163. Bringing it back up means to me that they're gonna win. It's kinda the Pats going on the offensive for Defalte Gate.

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  164. I thought Crowe looked like a Nu Metal version of The Blue Meanie

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  165. As witnesses, to testify. As they have experience with both Punk and Dr. Amann.

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  166. Everybody knows there's only one awards show that matters and that's the Razzies.

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  167. The Razzies stopped being funny a long time ago

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  168. That's a dirty lie and you know it.

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  169. Well, they did do some good by finally getting Friedberg and Seltzer's movies blackballed from theaters and relegated to straight to DVD hell so they at least reward the terrible movies that deserve to be rewarded while the Oscars are guaranteed to royally snub at least one really good movie per year (Foxcatcher is the movie that's getting royally screwed over this year).

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  170. Foxcatcher just getting the nominations it did was a miracle, especially given how it failed to live up to its pre-release hype.


    I'm pretty sure declining audience interest got those movies killed, not the Razzies.

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  171. Mean they think they're going to win.

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  172. That is one very annoying trait about the Oscars: the tendency to reward certain movies even though they were only popular amongst critics in the moment (for example, who even remembers Slumdog Millionaire now? The Dark Knight should have won that year and everybody knows it.).

    Will Boyhood even still be remembered five years from now? Signs point to no.

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  173. An antibiotic should sort that out

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  174. No its anybody with sophisticated taste. ( I.e. not you)

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  175. The Expos basically needed a strong season that year to survive to survive.

    Most in the organization feel they had the Roster to do it.

    As you know, the expos are no longer in Montreal.

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  176. Art "AllAmericanBoy" VandelayFebruary 21, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I did not know that! I literally know nothing about baseball except that I am to root for the SF Giants every other year.

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  177. In fairness, KOTR required him to go on early because the Neidhart turn had to come after the match. Then at Survivor Series you need a babyface winning the last match.

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  178. The entire AL West was under .500 when the strike hit on 8/12. The M's were theoretically in the race, but it was a race among bad teams *and* they were without a home, with the Kingdom having ceiling tiles dropping and being unusable. There was the possibility that they'd have to spend the entire last month and a half on the road.

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  179. ARRRRGH THE BARBARIANFebruary 21, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Will they release the video of him shitting himself next?

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  180. For all of the jokes in this thread about Pat Patterson, does the thought that Kevin Dunn has trained a camera directly (and, seemingly, solely) on Punk's ass deserve some ridicule?

    "I've noticed you never cut to Camera 18, sir."
    "No," admits the Bucktoothed Wonder as he stares dreamily at the monitors. "Camera 18 is just for me."

    Later...

    "Sir, a Ms. Fox is here to see you..."
    "Not now," says Captain Overbite, as he takes a DVD titled 'The Best of Camera 18' with him into a private editing booth. "I've got to get some things Dunn."

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  181. Or maybe the judge sentences Vince to be Punks butler?

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  182. You must be new here...

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  183. Punk clearly exaggerated the size in colloquial fashion, but some people have already found a golf ball sized lump, and punk himself insisted it was hidden by his tights

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  184. I know Dougie signs out and gives himself upvotes as "guest." All the lulz for you. Well done.

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  185. No, I'm just familiar with public relations.

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  186. Are you still hoping to have sex or have you given up?

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  187. Not suddenly for me. I got mine in 2003. No neckbeard either...

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