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RF Video Shoot Interview with D-Lo Brown

This was filmed in 2010

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein

It runs for two hours and eleven minutes long





D-Lo starts by saying he was a huge wrestling fan growing up in New Jersey. He was friends with Tom Carter (Reckless Youth) and would actually wrestle in their backyards as he tells a story of how they once had a "cage match" as kids by putting four soccer nets together.



As a kid, he was a fan of guys who worked hard in the ring like Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and Ron Simmons. He said that he went to the Civic Center as a kid all the time and even saw Nikita Koloff win the United States Title from Magnum TA, which made him happy as he was a big fan of Nikita.



He graduated from the University of Maine then went on to work in an advertising firm in New York. Carter was still trying to wrestle and got him back into it as they rented the ring on weekends from Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory, who watched them, and told D-Lo that he was athletic and asked if he thought about doing it for real. He said at the time he weighed close to 400lbs. Sharpe told D-Lo that he moved around well and asked if he thought about becoming a wrestler and told him that if he sold 50 tickets he could be on his show. So, he sold four tickets and bought the rest himself and that was how he wrestled his first match.



After that he worked for Sharpe for about a month and said that the only thing he learned from him was how to throw a chop and said that it wasn't even the correct way. At that time, Balls Mahoney was working for Sharpe too and got a call from Jim Cornette to work for him in Smoky Mountain as Boo Bradley. Balls did not have his driver's license at the time so D-Lo drove Mahoney down to Tennessee for the show.



While in Tennessee, D-Lo approached Cornette and asked him for a chance and when asked what he could do, he said a moonsault so Cornette gave him an eight minute long match. After that, they went home, as it was during a TV taping, and just one month later, he was working for Smoky Mountain after just over a month in the business.



D-Lo is asked about working the Independent Scene in the Northeast as he tells a story of when he was just a few days in the business, he was at a show where Chris Benoit was backstage shaking everyone's hand. D-Lo was having a conversation with someone as that was happening and said that he saw a shadow behind him as Benoit waited for him to finish his conversation before shaking his hand and introducing himself. D-Lo says that left such an impression on him that he does that in locker rooms today, stating that there is no difference between himself and someone else just because he has wrestled more matches and does not buy into that "superstar bullshit" mentality.



He did a few squash matches for the WWF and tells a story of how he was wrestling with some other guy to face Owen Hart & Yokozuna and how Pat Patterson called him "Acie Corner," despite his name being Acie Connor. When asked why he was calling him that, Patterson that said it was "Corner" because all he was going to do in the match was stand in the corner. He then talks about wrestling as a jobber against Earthquake and was going to get sent against the ropes so Earthquake could clothesline him but was nervous and his foot hit the edge of the ring so he stumbled forward as Earthquake clotheslined him on the top of the head and he almost got legitimately knocked out. D-Lo said that the referee told him to do it again and he did by taking a great bump and after that incident, D-Lo believed that Vince McMahon would never hire him because of that.



When asked about the WWF locker room at that time (1994-1995) and if it was welcoming to him, D-Lo said that it was not and that there were a lot of cliques at that time, prefacing that there was "no pun intended" with that comment. He said that he never talked with Vince and just dressed quietly as he dealt with the agents, which were Blackjack Lanza and Tony Garea. He did say that the locker room was a lot more welcoming when he joined the company in 1997.



D-Lo speaks about Jim Cornette and puts him over for giving him his big break into wrestling and says that he was like Vince was in the WWF with the way he put together the show, calling SMW a "mini-WWF."



He talks about wrestling Tracy Smothers, who had just landed from a tour of Japan, and when Smothers got handed his paycheck, he began to punch the lockers repeatedly as he was pissed. D-Lo then approached him and said that they were wrestling tonight so Smothers told him to call the match. D-Lo was still just a few months into the business at this time so they went out and had the match and afterwards backstage, Cornette asked D-Lo if he had any camouflage pants, to which D-Lo said no but that there was an Army-Navy store nearby, so Cornette told him to run out and get some and when he came back, Cornette told him to go out with the Gangstas as he was a new member of the group. He then says how he started that show as Acie Connor and ended it as D-Lo Brown.



When asked about working with the Gangstas, D-Lo said that New Jack the character is a lot different than he is in real life and that he is a really smart guy and always knows what he is doing and can always play up his character to work for him while Mustafa was always laid back and said that he liked to smoke a lot of pot and would giggle a lot.



He does tell a story about New Jack, who hit him a few times as they were both trying to get with the same girl then the next day in the car, Jack apologized and said it was due to "Jack Daniels." He also denies New Jack's claim that he mowed Jim Cornette's lawn but said that he was part of the ring crew.



D-Lo then talks about the "Smoky Mountain Flophouse" and how he was living there at the time with Balls Mahoney, Glen Jacobs (Kane), and Chris Jericho among others. He slept on the couch as he was the newbie but told by someone that he could sleep in Jericho's bed as he was in Japan. That morning at 2am, Jericho came home and saw D-Lo in his bed. After D-Lo introduced himself, Jericho said "I'm Chris Jericho now get the fuck out of my room." D-Lo says that Jericho had recently denied this story. D-Lo said that Jericho was not even mad but just at a twenty hour flight and wanted to lay in his bed.



He then tells a story of when Cornette was managing the Rock n' Roll Express as they were facing the Gangstas. Cornette was going to get color but as he was blading, Mustafa kicked him in the back of the head as Cornette nearly scalped himself. D-Lo then said that Cornette went over to him because he thought D-Lo would be the lighter worker and told him to work on him. D-Lo talks about how at that time, the only way he learned to punch was by putting his other hand on the opponents head but when he did that, his hand slipped due to the blood and he ended up stiffing Cornette by accident, who shouted out "Jesus Christ" and backstage Cornette yelled at him for hitting him harder than anyone has ever before in the ring. D-Lo said that they have recently talked and laughed about the story.



D-Lo puts over the Rock n' Roll Express for being great workers who taught him a lot and says Ricky actually would sit down and tell him what worked and what did not and credits them, Tracy Smothers, and the Dirty White Boy for taking the time to help him out during his time in SMW.



He is asked about the party scene in SMW as D-Lo said that they were in a small town in Tennessee and there was nowhere to go there but they did know two girls who worked at the BP who would give them free beer that they would take back to their house.



When asked about if there was anyone in SMW that shocked him by not making it big in the business, D-Lo said that Brian Lee did as he thought he was witnessing greatness in the making when seeing him in SMW.



On how he wound up in the WWF, D-Lo said that he was bouncing around between SMW and other territories as Cornette was trying to get a hold of him as the WWF wanted him as a "gimmick jobber" like TL Hopper or Freddie Joe Floyd but he missed the call at home as he was in Puerto Rico at the time. D-Lo called him back as Cornette first asked him where he was but then told him that he might have something better for him as D-Lo was sent a plane ticket and told to wear a suit as he was going to appear on the debut episode of "Shotgun Saturday Night" as a member of the Nation of Domination and had Ahmed Johnson give him the Pearl River Plunge on top of a car. D-Lo then said that Vince came up to him and said that since he was putting his body on the line for his company then he was going to put himself on the line for him as he started to wrestle for the company.



His initial impression of Vince was that he has a commanding presence the second he walks into a room and how he demands 1,000% from everyone involved and will give you that same effort in return. He also talks about the first few times he was around him that he was quiet and did not bother him and one day at catering he walked by as Vince shouted his name then said "are you too good to talk to me" then after a few seconds after that he started to laugh and after that D-Lo was comfortable around Vince.



D-Lo said that he was welcomed in the locker room and credits Ron Simmons for taking him under his wing so no one ribbed him. D-Lo also said that he became Ron's driver for a while as well. He calls Ron "the father he never had" and said that Ron has been involved in every major decision in his life both in and out of wrestling.



He calls the "Nation of Domination" gimmick the most fun he has ever had in the business but thinks it happened two years too early because they were pre-Attitude Era and thinks they would have been bigger if it actually occurred during the Attitude Era. He then says that they were the only faction in which everyone else went on to bigger things.



D-Lo tells a story of how he worked against Vader. Ron Simmons told D-Lo not to let Vader take advantage of you in the ring as D-Lo said that Vader was a bully. D-Lo also said that Vader would make a habit of punching you in the corner and as you tried to time his head-bobs, he would mess them up purposely and end up stiffing you. Well, after he got stiffed, D-Lo heard Simmons tell him not to let Vader hurt you so D-Lo ended up clipping Vader in the nose with a punch. Vader then cocked his head back as D-Lo said that he backed down the bully and says that was the day he grew up in the business as he could protect himself.



When he first met HHH, D-Lo said that right away he could tell that he had a great mind for the business but as the years went on he saw HHH morph into what he is today then says how it is amazing to him that someone who should be so secure with there position and image is so self-conscious. He says that he got along with HHH, who was even a supporter of him, but is still dumbfounded as to how much HHH worries about everything.



On the Rock, D-Lo said that at first when he came in with the big poofy hair he saw nothing special in him but after he hurt his knee, D-Lo said they spent a lot of time together and said after talking with him he saw that the Rock was someone who would be willing to try stuff out and then said the night he walked out and confronted Steve Austin was when he first thought he could become a star. D-Lo said that he never expected him to be a big movie star but thought he could get big in wrestling.



When asked if the Rock became more difficult to deal with as his star power grew, D-Lo said that at times he would be like the Rock character in real-life situations then says he got his "You better recognize" line when he would tell the Rock that he was acting like that. He says that they were always cool but its hard to keep in touch with him today as he changes his phone number several times a month.



At first, D-Lo was scared of facing Ken Shamrock and would be gentle around him in the ring until Shamrock told him to stop treating him "like a little bitch." D-Lo then puts over Shamrock for being a cool guy.



On his thoughts of the "Montreal Incident," D-Lo said that he was in that dressing room the day and nothing was out of the ordinary. He then said he saw it take place backstage on the monitor and was in shock then saw Bret Hart storm in and after that Shawn Michaels and HHH came in denying that they had prior knowledge of the finish of their match. Vince came in and kicked everyone else out of the locker room so they stood at the end of the hall and about five minutes later they saw Vince stagger out as they later learned was the result of him getting hit by Bret.



When asked about whether or not he ever spoke with WCW, D-Lo said that he did have some informal talks with WCW right after Vince Russo and Jeff Jarrett joined the company as was planning on going but a month before he WWF deal was set to expire, Vince spoke with D-Lo and gave him the "Loyalty Speech" and after that D-Lo joked how he was running through a brick wall trying to get to Jim Ross so he could re-sign with the company, despite making less money than he would have in WCW.



D-Lo said that Ahmed Johnson was not the brightest bulb in the shed and how he did not have a clue, despite liking him. He then tells a story of how Ahmed was wrestling Undertaker at a PPV for the Title. Ahmed came up to Jerry Brisco in catering and said that he didnt think he was ready to carry the title yet and kept believing that he was actually winning the title when he was not as Jerry told Ahmed to speak with Vince. D-Lo then talks about how Vince did all but throw buckets of money at him and Ahmed still managed to fuck it up.



He then talks about how he got into a fight with Ahmed one night. Ahmed was facing the Rock and wanted to hit him with a Michinoku Driver less than a minute into the match and when told that was Taka's finisher, Ahmed said he didnt care as Taka was "twelve inches tall" as D-Lo tells us in his hilarious Ahmed voice. Backstage, Ahmed told Rock that he was going to "'moke his ass" then D-Lo intervened as Ahmed threatened him. Ahmed then grabbed a paint can and tried to swing it at D-Lo, who said that he let Ahmed fall near him and dipped him so he could apply a headlock. He then asked Ahmed if he was proud of himself as the Godfather broke it up. The next day, the met with Jim Ross who told them both that in the WWF they have to get along  or you will have to go along, as he looked over at Ahmed. After that meeting, Simmons told D-Lo not to worry about Ahmed because he was a "stupid motherfucker."



D-Lo said that the Godfather was cool and tells a funny story about him. While in Buffalo, they were going to drive to Toronto for a show. A few hours before they were going to leave, Godfather told him that he got some "great chronic" so D-Lo reluctantly smoked some and it knocked him on his ass. D-Lo said he took a nap and asked to get woken up before 4pm. He remembers Godfather waking him up and the next thing he knew it was 2am and he was in his hotel bed in Toronto as he did not recall who he wrestled that night, driving through customs, or the driving. Later that morning, the Godfather laughed at D-Lo when he saw him.



On the subject of racism in wrestling, D-Lo said that he has never been the victim of it himself but knows that it is there. When asked about the incident between Michael Hayes and Mark Henry (with Hayes saying he was more "nigga" than him), D-Lo said that was blown out of proportion as if you know Hayes he actually thinks he is black and says if the WWE was not a public company nothing would have happened. He also says that Hayes is not racist at all.



He is now asked about the incident when Droz got paralyzed. D-Lo says that they have talked about it several times since and they had no idea what went wrong as they did the running powerbomb spot to him a 100 times prior. He said that the doctor originally described the injury as something that could be fixed. D-Lo calls that night the worst in his entire life and the next day did a house show match and said he was mentally unable to perform and the next day he flew home and decided to quit as he called Jim Ross, who told him to take a few days off and after missing TV that week, Ross called up D-Lo and told him that there are risks everytime you perform and to not let two careers end on the same night so D-Lo came back. D-Lo said that he has not been the same wrestler since and has been unable to get that same swagger back, talking about how he was deeply depressed at that time and even separated from his fiance, although they are married today. He then said that he started to drink and screw around with different women until he sought treatment for depression. D-Lo said that he did visit Droz a few times but shortly after that he shut everyone out of his life, losing a few friends as a result.



D-Lo said that he had a really good repoire with Steve Austin and would play around backstage to find out various ways Austin could hit him with a stunner, which led to Austin selecting him to be in the 1-800 Collect commercial.



He tells an Owen Hart rib story of how they were wrestling and Owen kept telling him to look down at the referee's and his own shoes as the laces kept getting untied. They got fixed then Owen told him to look down for a second time and they were untied again, to D-Lo's amazement. D-Lo then talks about how Owen always wanted everyone to have a good time. He is then asked about the night of Owen' death and how after working in the opener, he walked by him and saw Owen in the Blue Blazer outfit with the production crew. When Owen fell, D-Lo remembered Jerry Lawler running backstage, looking white as a ghost, saying that he thinks Owen his dead as D-Lo remembers seeing Owen rolling through on a stretcher and how he looked purple and an hour later he was pronounced dead. When asked if the show should have continued, D-Lo said that it is not fair to say Owen would have wanted the show to continue or not because no one knew but that people would have found fault in Vince's decision no matter what he did.



He is asked about HHH and Stephanie's relationship and if the boys knew at the time. D-Lo said that they were at Madison Square Garden when HHH and Mick Foley had a bloody match. D-Lo was standing in the Gorilla position with Stephanie, who he said looked at HHH like his wife would look at hi then noticed Chyna staring down Stephanie from behind, looking like she was going to kill her and a week or so after that, it was announced that HHH and Stephanie were dating.



D-Lo is asked about several workers. He said that X Pac is one of his favorite wrestlers to work with, even saying that he was tailor-made to wrestle together. D-Lo said his favorite match was against Val Venis at SummerSlam 1998 as they were given a lot of time to go out and do what they wanted. He then talks about Test and said that he was saddened but not shocked at his passing and said his death could have been avoided because he had been to rehab a few times and knew the dangers of what he was doing. He then goes into addiction problems and is basically pissed off at those who fall into addiction. He calls Bob Holly a "tough son of a bitch" and how he could be an asshole at times. D-Lo tells a story of how he was trying to get hired and doing a dark match with Bob and was supposed to run into his boot but at the last second, Bob put his foot back, instead of leaving it out, then booted D-Lo in the face, busting his lip. After that, Bob told D-Lo he was supposed to turn his head.



He talks about how he hates hardcore wrestling, saying it is garbage. He also jokes that he is a "little bitch" when it comes to that style.



Now, he is asked about getting sent to Puerto Rico with Chaz Warrington (Headbanger Mosh). D-Lo said he was miserable there. Tiger Ali Singh, who D-Lo simply describes as an "idiot" their manager as part of Low Down, got hurt taking a bump and they decided to take Low Down off of TV. D-Lo said he felt miserable as he was back to where he started again and felt the demotion was a slap in the face, especially because his manager got hurt. He also felt he did nothing wrong to get sent to the minors.



D-Lo said that when Tazz came into the company, there was some problems between them as they both wore orange. After ribbing each other for a bit, they got to know each other and stopped that.



When asked about the Jackyl (Don Callis), D-Lo said that Bradshaw ribbed him constantly. He recalls a few instances when Bradshaw nailed his clothing to the wall and then raised his bag 50 feet in the air on a hook. He also recalls Bradshaw buying a bunch of padlocks and started to lock everything that he owned. D-Lo said that it reached a point where it was uncomfortable as to how much Bradshaw hated Callis.



On what happened after he tried out as an announcer for the WWF, D-Lo said that it went well and was part of the first all-black announce team in wrestling with Jonathan Coachman on "Sunday Night Heat." He considered seguing out of wrestling and becoming a full-time commentator until they replaced him with Lita.



He talks about working with Vince Russo and how they talked a lot as they came up with the chest protector gimmick. He refers to Russo as an "evil genius" and how he is unfairly represented at times as not every bad idea in the world is his fault, despite people blaming him for them. D-Lo then said that Russo once wanted to call him the "Phat Man" as D-Lo said he did not like that idea.



D-Lo was not too fond of getting squashed by Three Minute Warning as he felt he should have been bigger than just a jobber.



When Eric Bischoff came into the company, D-Lo said he was not well received at first and says that when Bischoff made his debut, they did not tell anyone and Bischoff made his first appearance when Booker T was talking live on air. Booker was not told that Bischoff was going to be brought into the company and his reaction was genuine. D-Lo did say that he got along fine with Bischoff.



On how he found out that Vince McMahon bought WCW, he said it was on TV, just like everyone else. He was next to Ron Simmons when that happened who said "we in deep shit now."



D-Lo said that the WCW locker room was not well received and only a few could survive. When asked about Buff Bagwell, he said that he never saw anyone get fired so fast in his life and how he laid an egg out there.



When Shawn Michaels returned, D-Lo said that he was a completely different person than he was before.



He calls Brock Lesnar a "freak" and how he doesn't look real due to how strong he is, calling him a close second to Mark Henry in terms of the strongest person he has ever seen.



On the "Tough Enough" concept, D-Lo was not a fan of exposing the business as he thinks it would turn people away and how everyone would get in the business as they think they could wrestle and as a result, wrestling would get watered down.



D-Lo said that the first time he was released from the WWE it was an amicable split as his contract ran out and he wanted to do something else with his career instead of being a jobber. He said that Vince sat him down in Los Angeles and was the one who told him he was getting released.



Vince Russo got him into TNA. At the time, D-Lo said it was less political and a lot of hungry, young guys trying to make the product better. He calls Jeff Jarrett a difficult boss as he had a certain vision and would not take anything else into consideration.



He thought that Monty Brown could have been a star in the business as he had a unique look that stood out and hopes he can return to wrestling after taking care of his family issues.



On how he got back into the WWE, D-Lo was working for Pro Wrestling NOAH and did three dark matches and talks of him getting brought back in happened and he signed. At first, he was told that bigger things were going to happen such as winning the IC Title but after beating Santino, he was off of TV for six weeks then came back and lost to him as he primarily did house shows then on a TV taping in Europe he lost to Mike Knox in 45 seconds and a month later was released due to "economy issues."



D-Lo said the locker room is completely different from when he started as there is no freedom to make mistakes as everything is so regimented. He said that if the Rock came along today, he would not have been as big as he was because he would not have been given the chance to learn from his mistakes on his interviews. He also talks about there is no more video games, card playing, or music as it is all about wrestling and not a fun atmosphere.



He is a big Randy Orton fan and remembers watching Orton up close as he was a lumberjack and was amazed at how good he was. He also cites Cena and Batista for being able to do great things with what they are given. He then predicts that in three years, Ted DiBiase Jr's career will be similar to Orton's.



On wrestling in Japan, D-Lo said that the more you get over there, the more they use you compared to the WWE, when it doesnt matter how over you are, citing Christian at the end of his first WWE run as how he was over yet doing opening matches.



D-Lo got his job back with TNA and how says he is just about transitioned into his role as an agent. He said he was chosen to help lead the company in a different direction and thanks Dixie Carter and Vince Russo for giving him a chance to lead TNA into the future.



When asked about the WWE Wellness Policy, D'Lo said that he was tested 19 times in six months so he knows they are testing in the company but said they will see how the company plays out over time.



On Chris Benoit, he said that the Chris he knew never would have done that but the one who did can rot and burn in hell. He does say that he chooses to remember him as the guy who helped him out in his career.



The interview wraps as he wishes he could have worked with Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels and him joking that he wouldn't write a book because no one would buy it then he tells the fans how much they appreciate him and how he hopes that they were entertained when he performed.



Final Thoughts: I thought that this was a solid interview. D'Lo came across as a good guy and did not have an agenda or anything like that at all. He also displayed a good sense of humor and seems like an intelligent guy. His Ahmed Johnson impression was a riot too.

Listening to him talk about the incident with Droz and how it impacted his life was a very interesting part of the interview. It seemed like he never did recover from that and is life was sent into a tailspin of sorts as a result.

He also gave good insight into the atmosphere of the locker room during the Attitude Era and also how different it was from when he returned for his second WWE run.

Overall, a solid interview sprinkled with insight and humor that I recommend if you are a fan of the Attitude Era. For those expecting a lot of party stories, there aren't any as he did not discuss those, but there are plenty of other stories to keep you amused throughout.


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Comments

  1. He then predicts that in three years, Ted DiBiase Jr's career will be similar to Orton's.

    Womp womp.

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  2. LOL, I was about to post something similar.

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  3. You win some, you lose some. And then you predict Ted DiBiase Jr. to follow Randy Orton's career trajectory.

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  4. The chest protector gimmick is one of my favorite things during 1998.

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  5. My dad taught D-lo in high school. His interest in watching him on TV was pretty much the only reason I would get to watch wwf before my house got a second television. So thanks D-lo.

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  6. TBF, it was the general consensus that Dibiase was going to be the bigger star coming out of Legacy. Homie just couldn't talk for shit.

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  7. Wasn't like he was the only one that felt that way. This board was quite the mark for Ted Jr. in his Legacy/Priceless days.


    Then Wrestlemania 26 happened.

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  8. That and him representing random European cities during his Euro title run was kind of funny.

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  9. Ted Jr. came around five years too late. He probably would have become a bigger star had he followed a similar path as his dad and extensively worked territories to add to his body of work. His in-ring skills were more than adequate.

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  10. He had the personality of computer paper though.

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  11. He made DH Smith seem charismatic.

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  12. I honestly believed D'Lo was going to be the next main eventer in 98 as the self made man type of main eventer that Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan got to be.

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  13. I remember D Lo most for being a human bobblehead.

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  14. Leads the league in free throws by 127 and attempts by 125 and leads the league in turnovers.



    Guy will never win a championship as the lead dog.

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  15. Loved the Patriot from back in his GWF days, watching afternoons on ESPN. Question: is he the last non luchador to hit success under a full mask?

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  16. Indians first spring training game is in 13 days!

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  17. Points are points. If you can score and get the other team to commit fouls then it's a plus.

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  18. I was thinking about Kane but his was just a face mask that didn't cover his hair, whereas the Patriot was under a classic "full wrestling mask".

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  19. Things I've learned in this thread:


    1) The concept is a lot funnier when Adam has time to explain it thoroughly
    2) Bitches all up in here trying to infringe on my shrugging face

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  20. My Client, bROCK Lesnar!February 19, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Wow the rewatch project is now infecting Scott's mailbox.

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  21. There not bad. I always thought Raylenee's were weird.

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  22. "Get your motherfucking teeth fixed!" should be on a t-shirt!

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  23. To be fair, it's a pretty awesome smiley face.

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  24. At Triple H's retirement match they need to have a callback with Patriot running out and costing him the match lol.

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  25. The chest protector gimmick was gold... that shit had some heat.


    We need a revival of that with a cast or whatnot. Heels need SOMETHING to help out.

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  26. This thread is infinitely more entertaining than the current wwe

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  27. Hey now, don't be a lemon... they just refined The DiBiase Posse idea and turned them all into Rosebuds.

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  28. At least in porn, you get a finish!!!!

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  29. Well, 5 years later Creative has nothing for either of them, so he was close.

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  30. You're forgetting the endless recaps of what happened earlier.

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  31. Cole: He's building momentum.

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  32. I was a massive mark for D-Lo in 98 and 99. His SummerSlam match with Val was awesome but gets no love because it was overshadowed by the rest of the show. He also got over by treating the title like it was the biggest deal ever.

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  33. He's trying to hit the North Shot

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  34. I watched gwf as a kid so I had no problem with the patriot showing up.

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  35. I got away with wrestling DVD's and tapes. The were just mixed in with regular movies and stuff that a girl who don't like wrestling could watch too. A shelf of only wrestling and nothing else along with posters, figures and shit would creep even a female wrestling fan out for being too obsessed.

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  36. He defended it against patriot at the September ppv

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  37. "What a manoeuvre.."

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  38. Nothing like the movie beginning with 20 minutes of talk by the Exec Producer......or a scene beginning, and 30 second into a blowjob, Michael Cole going to commercial - EVERY TIME.....or Michael Cole shilling PornHub or Youtube throughout the scenes

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  39. agreed....whos gonna actually investigate what is on the VHS tapes?

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  40. Now residing in Copenhagen, Denmark!
    That, along with the Million Dollar Man's seasonal residences, was always a nice touch.

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  41. "Back cumshot!"

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  42. Who was that small blonde chick Charlie Sheen was dating?

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  43. Lisa Sparxxx would get a major push in TNA (hey - think about it: she has a body like Samoa Joe....but she can work)

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  44. They're having fun Maggle!

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  45. Porn Message Boards and Comment sections are something to behold.

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  46. Hmm....who would the female equivalent to Ryback be? (Feed me more!)

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  47. Sorry should've scrolled down.

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  48. Bree Olsen - I just said her

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  49. Being Vince it'd be: "BAAAAACK cumshot!"

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  50. What about that ridiculous Jasmin St. Clair

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  51. "Looooooook at the chest of Roman Reigns, look at that haaaairrr."


    "Vince, you need talk about the chick, not the guy!";

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  52. WWE doing porn would probably give Lawler another heart attack.

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  53. WWE presents: Lawler and NXT girls.

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  54. She's ugly.

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  55. I girl that got ruined by breast implants: Monique Alexander.

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  56. Stone Cold hitting D'Lo with a stunner on the hood of his truck is still one of the coolest things I've seen in wrestling

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  57. Love Eric Bischoff bragging about all of the "hot new" camera angles. These camera angles were so good, they would never be used in wrestling again....until 2012.

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  58. I agree. Then he's the challenger for the WORLD fucking title and we have star after star after star on WCW tv. I felt like Patriot was a Jim Cornette idea pushed on Vince

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  59. It's because Patriot wasn't over and Hart was given a flat babyface after such a hot run he was on.

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  60. Roman Reigns isn't over, and he's going to main event Wrestlemania.

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  61. These reviews are actually worse than Tommy Hall. I didn't think that was possible.

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  62. What don't you like about them, Dougie?

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  63. It's funny that they kept promoting that it was Wilkes under the mask, because if they hadn't, they could have just slapped another guy under the mask after Wilkes tore his tricep, not unlike what happened with Tom Brandie.

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  64. D'Lo vs Val Venis at Summerslam 1998 is the best match on the show. Which is fucking ridiculous given the show also has X-Pac vs Jarrett, Austin vs Taker and Rock vs HHH in a ladder match.

    I'm convinced if the Droz thing hadn't happened, D'Lo would've risen to an upper mid-card position. He was excellent in the ring, the crowd responded to him, and in a more work-rate centric era (2000 onwards) he'd have done well.

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  65. Remember when they teased Dibiase breaking from Legacy and he was a face for one Raw match with Orton and got a good pop? Then they turned Orton face and had him face Rhodes/Dibiase in a friggin' 'handicap triangle' match at Mania?

    WWE sometimes is staggeringly shite.

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  66. I love Ahmed Johnson stories. I mean he tried hitting someone with a paint can after being told not to steal someone else's finisher for a 1 count spot 1 minute into a match. Simmons was right about how stupid Ahmed was and how he wasted a superstar push.

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  67. Patriot was OK and the match at Ground Zero was pretty good, but nothing more. Really, just an utter waste of Bret. I've never

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  68. Mostly because they are 90% attempts at insider jokes that are 90% unfunny. And they just go on and on.

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  69. I had no issue with it since it fit the pro-canada story with the Hart Foundation, plus much like in Hogan's time, I'm all for building a guy up a couple months, work a program with the champ that gives a ppv title March, wash, rinse, repeat. It's much better than 3+ consecutive ppv with the same title match with lame finish after lame finish until I hope the ring implodes and Swallows both champion and challenger up.

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  70. I always thought that 1-800-COLLECT ad was hilarious. It was the first glimpse of the Touchy-Feely Austin we would get after he turned heel. Plus my buddy and I thought it was awesome that D-Lo was in it, as we liked him but thought it would be another top star in the ad. Maybe they didn't want to make a joke out of two guys who would actually wrestle each other?

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  71. Bret probably didn't like The Patriot because, to him, booking a lifelong journeyman midcarder as his first big feud for his belt proved Vince loved Shawn better...*tear*

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  72. He didn't draw as the b headliner and was In a meaningless tag team during a dead wcw timeframe. He existed yes, but I wouldn't call him a success (I would bet except for hardcores, nobody knows or remembers him)

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  73. But in real sports the heels don't cheat!

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  74. He started the gimmick of representing different European nations on each show, right? I'll allow it.

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  75. Adam "Colorado" CurryFebruary 19, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    This show is really bad, but it's so unique that everyone has to see it once.

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  76. That show is an anomaly. It was almost always a shit undercard followed by one or two hot main event matches.

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  77. It's the best kind of bad; a total dumpster fire that doesn't have one redeeming quality. It's really a display of narcissism and just completely amazing.

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  78. I still think they missed out on a ton of money by not ending Ted Jr's search for his Virgil by making him become Alberto Del Rio's Virgil. Plus, linking Alberto to a white man-servant and having him steal Maryse from Ted Jr would've drawn some off the charts heat for him. Imagine the promos.

    "In your country, you exploit my people for cheap labor. Tonight, I do the same to one of you!"



    It might have even gotten Ted over as a face instead of the stupid mustache and DiBiase Posse shit they tried.

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  79. I've always felt they put the title on him to keep him around before they eventually screwed him. Bret wins the title in early August, and then by late September Vince tells him he wants out of the contract? I think we all know Vince well enough by now to know that he didn't just wake up one day between Summerslam '97 and that Raw at MSG and thought "I don't need Bret anymore. But wait! He's the champion! What ever am I to do?" It was totally calculated. If Bret wasn't the champ when Vince went to him and told he wanted out of the contract and that he should go back to see what he could get from Bischoff, Bret would have been like "okay, see ya". But with his beloved title around his waist, Bret's not going anywhere and Vince could get one more big match out of him...which ended up being the Survivor Series match.


    Also, so much is focused on how little Bret did after winning the title in '97. But what about before? Remember, he was injured for a while there. What did he even do to earn the title shot against Undertaker in the first place other than being an established guy who can be a lame-duck champ until it was Austin's time? Other than the Canadian Stampede tag-match and the Raw match against Patriot, I don't think Bret had any other televised matches from May up until the title win over Undertaker.

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  80. It's amazing how fast he fell after the Droz accident. He went from upper-midcard guy to tag teaming with the Godfather, turning heel on the Godfather, to getting stuck in a random tag team with Mosh, and then becoming Arab with Tiger Ali Singh.


    What the hell.

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  81. Vince: "God damn it, we need some Arabs. Does anyone in this company have dark skin or just look really tan? Oh hai, D'Lo, how u been?"

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  82. Bumped out of the Royal Rumble for Drew Carey...

    I was a bit of a mark for the pre-Singh Lo Down tag team with their Sky High Powerplex finisher

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  83. "The winner is the well fed corpse, and Bischoff starts NECKING WITH HER. TONGUE AND ALL! THIS IS WHAT YOU PAID FOR! The EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT of a TURNER COMPANY is happily spending your PPV dollars in Cedar Rapids playing tonsil hockey with the local grandmothers on television, and labelling it “entertainment” so he can get away with it. He’s completely lost it – the power has gone to his head. I’ve seen it first hand, as I work in a fairly major corporation. People get promoted to levels they never expected, and start waiving their dicks around for awhile as long as the going is good. That’s Eric Bischoff; he’s achieved a little success with WCW, and now feels he’s bullet proof, so he’s going to live out his Gold Club Wife Swapping fantasies on television."


    You know, say whatever you want about Vince McMahon, but at least he chose to have his on-air Gold Club Wife Swapping fantasies with Trish Stratus. That'll always put him a peg above Uncle Eric.

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  84. They turned Orton face because he was the one getting ridiculously huge face reactions.

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  85. Ahmed thinking Taker would be jobbing the title to him was funny too.

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  86. Yeah he worked as a short term push for the U.S. vs Canada feud. Like if he was around today they would probably push him as a rival to Rusev like Jack Swagger.

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  87. I think it was a combination of WWE mishandling Legacy and Orton being the only heel on the show that was booked to not look stupid.

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  88. Vince must not watch the NFL.

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  89. Vince is from New England. He thinks the Patriots are faces.

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  90. Touche. Also explains all of Hogan's backscratching, eyeraking, choking, etc.

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  91. It explains John Cena, period.

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  92. I'm also not a fan of play by play style and that goes for every reviewer here. It seems like him in the minority but I can't be the only one who just scrolls down to the star rating. I don't need to know every move in every match.


    I always felt Play By Play was used by people who deep down knew they had nothing to say but thought a bunch of text would make it look like they did. (100 percent guilty of this)


    I prefer reviewers who tell me why the match was good, not what moves were used.

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  93. Yes he did. D Lo did more for that title than anyone as it died off pretty much the same time his push did. A real shame.

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  94. Didn't Al Snow revive that gimmick for a while? I remember his run with the belt wasn't bad.

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  95. I always thought Vince did Bret a favor with the screwjob. . He sent him out, got the title off of him, and not a soul believed he lost the match.

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  96. Mr. Backland part 2? That could have worked.

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  97. Wrestling needs more non-lucha guys in masks. It's such an easy sell from a marketing standpoint because you have a never-ending cash flow. Re-due The Masked Superstar or make a new American-theme babyface by buying the Patriot gimmick and passing it onto someone you expect to be a star but doesn't have the right look.

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  98. I don't pay attention to Angle news - but I think he has done a lot of drugs and stalked a lot of women and I'm convinced someone in the E thought he was going to go Beniot before Beniot did it - hence they agreed to Angle retiring - but instead he went to TNA instead of private rehab and he has done crazier stuff since.

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  99. as a youngster i never quite understood how the patriot hung with bret hart

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  100. Still the most fun guy to play as in all the Attitude era video games.

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  101. Well he exists in the weird post New Generation yet pre Attitude Era universe. It's a largely forgotten time. And I would bet that except for hardcores, nobody knows or remembers like 90% of professional wrestlers who ever existed. I could have phrased my question a little more precisely, like "is he the last guy to come along with a Conquistadors/Executioner type mask who wasn't a lucha guy?" "Success" is obviously a pretty subjective term.


    This whole thought exercise makes me wonder why there are no new guys in masks. If you want to sell masks to kids and still get someone who can do promos, just throw an American guy under a hood. I bet there's a lot of NXT guys who would love to carry on that tradition.

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  102. WHY THE FUCK WOULD THEY PUT A GUY IN A MASK AND THEN USE HIS REAL NAME?!

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  103. He was awesome in Global.

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  104. Whether they called him Wilkes or not, it really didn't prevent them from replacing him. Having him speak did more damage to not being able to replacing him than calling him by his name did.

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  105. I thought you wrote that email...


    ... we getting onto Badd Blood tonight?

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  106. Here is my thought on PBP:
    As someone who reviews older shows that most have never seen or are not fresh in people's minds, then I use it, although I try hard to make it shorter and sprinkle in other things going and some facts that I heard from shoot interviews, old copies of the Observer, etc.
    The few times I reviewed RAW here, I didn't bother with it, because I assume most reading already saw it and just give the time and star rating along with what happened.

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  107. Or any other sports league, EVER.

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  108. The crowd is pretty quiet throughout the beginning of that match, because it's a GREAT WRESTLING MATCH, something they were not exactly trained to witness yet in that era of 1998 crash tv they were seeing on RAW. But once the match has really "built momentum", they had the crowd going insane by the end of it, and it's without a doubt the best match of both Venis and Brown's careers.

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  109. I would have liked this show so much better if Hogan had won cleanly. It was a NWo show.

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  110. Due to scheduling (and a lack of a DVR), I don't get to watch the first two and a half hours of Raw. I read the recap here to let me know what happened, In that, the moves should be important, if the wrestlers are being allowed to tell the story in the ring.

    That's one reason I kept defending Andy PG's Raw reports. Some people felt they were too long...but RAW is too long, he was just telling us everything that happened.

    But, I don't complain when other recappers and reviewers do things a different way. Sometimes, if a reviewer doesn't add a lot of information, I'm intrigued enough to track that event down on the network...or, I can just shrug and move on with my day.

    What I don't get (and this is mostly for Dougie & 'mcneal...and others who complained about Andy PG's Raw reports) is why you come to a website that is (for the most part) just people writing about wrestling...and then complain that people are writing too much about wrestling.

    I don't get that at all.

    I come here to read what people have written about wrestling. So, recappers and reviewers, as far as I'm concerned...go 'head...it's your birfday...

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  111. WCW managed to blow that completely however.

    "REAL" WWE champion vs WCW champion should have been RIGHT THERE

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  112. I dunno, sometimes a particularly inspired exchange is the story of the match. I don't need to know every dropkick or whatever, but if it's a match where the finish is set up by psychology that's executed throughout the match, I want to know about that stuff when I read it, even if I've never seen the match.

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  113. My Client, bROCK Lesnar!February 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    I thought it was you.

    Hells yeah we are!

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  114. Hey that girl in the contest pic is ok looking.

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  115. Horrible show. Which is why the three other "WCW produced" versions were a thousands times better.

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  116. Best shoot you've reviewed in a while. Kudos bayless, hope the next is at least as good.

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  117. That sounds like the worst fucking match ever.

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  118. Ahmed's So Dumb That... stories are universally wonderful.

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  119. Well, I can understand getting dropped after the Droz accident, given that the goofed move MADE A GUY PARAPLEGIC. To be honest, D'lo always looked a tad sloppy - he had an awesome moveset but he often fluffed things. *I* would refuse to work with him, and I don't mean any disrespect to him by that at all.

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  120. Also, that's not strictly true, in that he was primed for a mega-push before Russo left.

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  121. I think, as D'Lo notes, he himself couldn't get over what happened. Once you lose your confidence, it's hard to get it back. And to be fair, he had a decent WWF spot for years afterwards. He just never got his mojo back.

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  122. It was pretty stinky. For some reason, I have it in my mind that the match was on PPV, but I can't think of a time it would've been. Maybe I'm thinking of his scheduled match with UT at Stampede, that was changed due to (surprise surprise) injury.

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  123. Like saying someone is the best concert pianist in Liechtenstein.

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  124. I thought Regal dragged it to new levels, but then he got stuck in a stupid feud with Crash and Molly.

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  125. Yep. And weird to think fucking Venis got an upper mid-card push against fucking Foley in 1999 instead of D'Lo.

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  126. Wouldn't go as far as calling it the best match on the show, but it is very, very good. Both guys could seriously work - and both were plugged by Russo for big things.

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  127. A guy like Curtis Axel would do well with something like this. He's clearly a loser as he is, why not try something different.

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  128. Indeed, best PPV of 98 by far (but that isn't a major achievement).

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  129. To be fair, WWE spent...three years (??) alternately priming him for the top spot and burying him. Same as Rhodes.

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  130. WWE is staggeringly shite. FTFY.

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  131. This is what I want them to do with Chris Masters. The guy is at his peak both physically and as a worker but he can't get taken seriously if he ever returns because he has the stink of WWE's midcard on him.

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  132. Too bad they didn't put the belt on Sting a month early and then run with that for Starrcade, or hell, even Superbrawl.

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  133. I love the fact that it's like a celebration of what Bischoff thinks is the reason his company is doing so well, but in hindsight it just encapsulated everything that destroyed them.

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  134. This is easily my favourite shoot review in ages. D-Lo seems like a pretty down to Earth guy.

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  135. I was a pretty big D-Lo fan too, always. I always thought that he and Henry were robbed of a tag title run when they were with Ivory.

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  136. Thank you.
    And yeah, this was a good interview. Nice to see a non-lunatic give insight. Not to say I don't like interviews filled with crazy stories from crazy people but to see a guy with a solid head on his shoulders chill out and entertain for over two hours is really refreshing.

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  137. Last week after I made a snarky comment about adding AWF to the WWE Network archives, I went down the Wikipedia rabbit hole via the AWF page, and it turns out the whole "Tom Brandi bought the gimmick off of Del Wilkes" was just a story Brandi concocted for whatever reason.
    If you have a few minutes, links off of the AWF wikipedia page make up the saddest Where Are They Now? stories you could ever want to read.

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  138. And I always like Dibiase Jr too. He was as dull as dishwater, but I liked how he moved. I still think that he could have been more had he come around in a different era.

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  139. Yeah that was it. At least we got a fun match with Vader taking the spot.

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  140. Based off of this interview, if the Droz incident never happened, I think D'Lo would have become a bigger star

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  141. I imagine that sort of thing would affect a person...

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  142. d-lo was over in 98 but that droz incedent messed his career up.its sad

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  143. I can even see how when he said he changed and shut people off for a while after it happened that the company and locker room took it has him just being a dick and he got buried as a result.

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  144. I think that's the right way to go about it if you're going to do play by play. I think I'd still prefer a more critical aspect of the match rather than a rote retelling of the match.


    Too many reviews are: move, move, move, move, move, finish. **1/2 ON TO THE NEXT MATCH. Okay great, that doesn't tell me anything.


    I used to get on the UFC guy, since his reviews of the UFC shows was straight play by play. Anyone can do that.

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  145. Patriot had a lot of really great matches, tags and 6-mans vs the Hart Foundation on Raws in August/Sept 97... and I liked the Ground Zero match

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  146. I totally agree. Your more recent reviews, the people "shooting" are informative but the content is kind of lacking. I'd almost prefer a nut with a lot to say to some of these people. At least they haven't been as bad as some of the youshoots you've reviewed. Tyrus an borne were utter shit. Maybe we can get some Tracy smothers sometime?

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  147. I didn't mind Andy's reviews. I felt he had issues about criticism, whether it be criticism of his own work or on criticism of WWE. Though with his review, I watched RAW, so I would just scroll down to his thoughts.


    I enjoy people talking about wrestling. But rote play by play isn't writing about wrestling. It's just filling text to give the illusion you're writing about wrestling. It doesn't tell me anything about the quality of the match, which is what you're supposed to be doing in a review of the show.

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  148. Then reviewers should explain it. Does the psychology work? Is this a story that was built into the match? Does the wrestler usually work the back? Does it set up the finish? Are the announcers focusing on it? Is the crowd reacting? Is it just killing time...etc.

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  149. exactly... Hart Foundation carried the company while Shawn was finding smiles and as soon as Shawn decides he wants to come back he's given the UT program and Bret Hart gets not even an unknown, but a guy that teamed with Marcus Bagwell

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  150. I did his RF Shoot from last year

    Disc One

    http://www.rspwfaq.net/2014/07/rf-video-shoot-interview-with-tracy.html

    Disc two

    http://www.rspwfaq.net/2014/07/rf-video-shoot-interview-with-tracy_4.html

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  151. D-Lo comes across as one of the genuine likable guys in wrestling. Too bad it wound up the way it did. Great review, Bayless. Much much much better than last week's. Balls Mahoney and the whore were just awful.

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  152. Mid 90s WWF locker rooms sound like Game of Thrones.

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  153. This is probably my favorite shoot interview just because D-Lo comes across like a good friend you just haven't met yet (if that makes sense). Before I watched it, D-Lo was just a guy from the Attitude Era. After watching it, I'd consider myself a big fan of his.

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  154. I guess in terms of storytelling you could put Rock/HHH and Austin/Taker over it, but D'Lo/Venis had NO story. It was just a match. And they had to get over simply by wrestling. Whereas AustIn/Taker was a great story and HHH/Rock had the ladder gimmick.

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  155. Yeah, fair enough. Those kind of matches happen way too rarely now - just a really great *wrestling* match with no gimmicks or back story.

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  156. I can't think of when it would be either. He turned heel on Undertaker, was scheduled for the Stampede title match and hurt himself within two weeks. Maybe they had a one on one match on Raw before the heel turn?

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  157. Shocking that Farooq of all people got a fucking shot at KOTR that year. Taker's reign actually ended up being very strong in terms of opponents that year.

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  158. Venis had the look at the talent, he just didn't have anything without the character.

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  159. He was supposedly pegged to end the streak and be a top babyface for awhile there to. I just never saw it.

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  160. Can't believe I missed this.

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  161. Rhodes and Dibiase always seemed like lackey's for Orton. Even when they feuded with DX, they never felt like true stablemates for Orton.

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  162. Bret always had horrible feuds as champion. Even if tbethe matches were decent-good, he was always booked with fucking amateurs. Then again the roster was so flimsy at this point, everyone did.

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  163. I was always partial to Saturn in every game he was in. That legsweep was a lifesaver.

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  164. That's very interesting. I am tempted to scream conspiracy theory but I find myself agreeing. Bret getting the belt seemed very random indeed - that explanation certainly fits like a glove, though. It always bothered me that Bret was given the belt at that point, because there was no logical reason for him to have it (beyond dropping it to Austin at 14, which is contested).

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  165. D-Lo's voice threw me off. Actually, it always throws me off when a black man speaks with non-hood diction. Guess it shouldn't be that way, but it's just what I'm used to. Ron Simmons sounds like a good dude though.

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  166. I'm in the process of cataloging my reviews but if you ever want to read one of my shoot recaps just type "rspwfaq bayless" after any of the following that I have reviewed and it will pop right up:

    Bob Holly Shoot

    6/20/13 Kevin Nash Shoot

    6/27/13 Outlaws, Volume 1

    7/4/13 1996 WCW Timeline with Kevin Sullivan

    7/11/13 Honky Tonk Man, Volume 1

    7/18/13 Kurt Angle Shoot

    7/25/13 YouShoot Perry Saturn

    8/1/13 1997 WWE Timeline with Jim Cornette

    8/8/13 Demolition Shoot

    8/15/13 Bad News Allen

    8/22/13 RF Face Off Vol. 16 Flair & Funk

    8/29/13 Marty Jannetty Shoot

    9/5/13 2000 WCW Timeline with Vince Russo

    9/12/13 Tully Blanchard Shoot

    9/19/13 YouShoot with Shane Douglas

    9/26/13 Bobby Heenan Shoot

    10/3/13 Vader Shoot

    10/10/13 Rene Dupree Shoot

    10/17/13 1994 WWE Timeline with Sean Waltman

    10/24/13 Paul Orndorff Shoot

    10/31/13 Ricky Steamboat Shoot

    11/14/13 RF Faceoff Vol 1 Honky Tonk Man & Raven

    11/21/13 Too Cold Scorpio Shoot

    11/26/13 Goldust Shoot, Volume 2

    12/6/13 1995 WWE Timeline with Kevin Nash

    12/12/13 Konnan Shoot, Voulme 2 (RF Video)

    12/19/13 1989 WWE Timeline with Brutus Beefcake

    12/26/13 1999 WWE Timeline with Val Venis

    1/2/14 1987 WWE Timeline with Honky Tonk Man

    1/9/14 Paul Roma Shoot

    1/16/14 Breaking Kayfabe with Jim Cornette

    1/23/14 Jake Roberts Shoot

    1/30/14 Kendrick & London
    Shoot (Highspots)

    2/6/14 1993 WWE Timeline with Lex Luger

    2/13/14 Bill Alfonso Shoot

    2/20/14 AJ Styles Shoot (2014 Highspots)

    2/27/14 Ahmed Johnson Shoot (Highspots)

    3/6/14 Scott Hall, Volume 1

    3/13/14 Bill Watts Shoot

    3/20/14 RoH Straight Shooting with CM Punk & Samoa Joe

    3/27/14 Sherri Martel Shoot

    4/3/14 Jesse Ventura Shoot

    4/10/14 YouShoot with Sean Waltman

    4/17/14 Buddy Landel Shoot

    4/24/14 Scotty Riggs Shoot

    5/1/14 1993 WCW Timeline with Vader

    5/9/14 Don Muraco Shoot

    5/15/14 Nick Dinsmore Shoot

    5/22/14 Gary
    Hart Shoot

    5/29/14 Scott Steiner Shoot

    6/5/14 Powers of Pain Shoot

    6/12/14 Justin Credible (2014) shoot

    6/19/14 Mean Gene Okerlund shoot

    6/26/14 YouShoot with Kevin Nash

    7/3/14 Tracy
    Smothers

    7/10/14 King Kong Bundy

    7/17/14 Barry Horowitz

    7/24/14 Billy Jack Haynes

    7/31/14 Shawn Daivari

    8/7/14 1992 WWE Timeline with Bret Hart

    8/14/14 Bret Hart Shoot, Volume 1

    8/21/14 Christopher Daniels (2014)

    8/28/14 On the Road with Raven

    9/4/14 Mike Awesome Shoot

    9/11/14 Kevin Kelly Shoot

    9/18/14 Sabu Shoot, Volume 1

    9/25/14 Jim Neidhart Shoot

    10/2/14 Sid Vicious, Volume 1

    10/9/14 Ted DiBiase, Volume 1

    10/16/14 Nova, Volume 2

    11/6/14 YouShoot with Teddy Long

    11/13/14 Raven Shoot Interview, Volume 1

    11/20/14 Ricardo Shoot

    12/4/14 1988 WWE Timeline with Jim Duggan

    12/11/14 Chris Kanyon Shoot Interview

    12/18/14 Eric Bischoff Shoot

    1/8/15 Fantastics Shoot

    1/15/15 2008 WWE Blue Timeline with Brian Meyers

    1/22/15 Kimberly Page Shoot

    1/29/15 Outsiders Shoot

    2/5/15 Ernie Ladd Shoot

    2/12/15 Blue Meanie & Jasmin St. Claire Shoot

    2/19/15 D’Lo Brown Shoot (2010)

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  167. "He graduated from the University of Maine then went on to work in an
    advertising firm in New York. [...] Sharpe told D-Lo that he moved around
    well and asked if he thought about becoming a wrestler and told him that
    if he sold 50 tickets he could be on his show. So, he sold four tickets
    and bought the rest himself and that was how he wrestled his first
    match."

    If that's an indication of D-Lo's selling ability, maybe it's a good thing he go into wrestling.

    And that Cornette story was hilarious. Between this one and the "I'm shooting! I'm shooting!" one, Cornette has the best stories about serious injuries.

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  168. YOU LOOKIN' AT THE REAL DEAL NOW!

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  169. The Lions Den match is better too, but all 4 of those matches are *** 1/2 or better which is crazy for the time period.

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  170. I believe the technical term is AFVE (African American Vernacular English) and I've been off and on studying its history and such - it's incredibly fascinating stuff!

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  171. Really? I guess it's whatever to me cause it's so normal.

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  172. I would love in-depth TLDR reviews that actually tell me something about the match. If you're going to review the match, review the match.

    For example, I don't know why Eddie Guerrero v. Syxx is a *** match in Chris Fothergill-Brown's mind except for the fact that he gave it *** with some perfunctory sentences.

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  173. I'd actually argue that in many cases you could argue that a lot of Police Officers *not* familiarizing themselves with the dialect, as they would say, someone with a southern or New England accent, has exasperated tensions ten-fold.

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  174. >I remember loving this quite a bit years ago, but I don’t feel like it’s held up very well over time.



    Tell me more. Why did you love this years ago? What caused it not hold up very well over time? Was it specific sequences? Was it that ladder matches have topped it over the years? Was it seeing more of Eddie's work? Or Syxx's?

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  175. I'd account that to just not being familiar with each other period. Tensions are going to be high between two factions that are bred to treat each other in a hostile manner.

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  176. Shane was the worse because as Scott pointed out in his Wrestlemania 15 rants X-Pac never got any revenge on Shane and Shane just handed it over to freaking Mideon of all people until FINALLY it found its way back to its rightful owner.

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  177. Look at the names that held that title belt, D-Lo got himself and the belt of over by proxy he made winning and losing the belt feel like something.

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  178. ugh this show was strange i didnt like it back in the day it had a weird feel to it.i cant belive they wanted a separate show with nwo.i remember sullivan saying it wouldnt work and how many vincent run ins would be needed

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  179. Taker got Mankind, a toss-off match with Austin, Faarooq, and Vader for his PPV title matches between WM 13 and dropping the belt at Summerslam. So...yeah.

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  180. It would alleviate a lot of problems if cops would "axe" them to stop instead of "ask" them to stop.

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  181. YOU LIVIN' IN A WHEELCHAIR NOW!

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  182. he felt he was a cartoon character that never wrestled in the u.s and that the fans wouldnt care about him plus his fued with undertaker just got given to shawn and steve austin was hurt so bret got stuck with patriot

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  183. You'll have to ask someone else. Deep down, I know I have nothing to say so I was simply covering it up by posting words to say I wrote a column.

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  184. You're the one who wrote the review. So I'm asking you

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  185. Duuuuuude. Do you remember when Bret dropped that on Booker T in WCW? I thought he was going to get fired over that. Freakin hilarious.

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  186. And I'd be happy to reply to someone who hadn't spent the better part of the last year criticizing everything I've posted on the site as Wrong. QOTD format (I got it the first 47 times you told me, you didn't like it), the time period I'm talking about (done to death, gotcha), and the way I write (too much PBP, understood).


    You're either completely unaware of the fact that you're probably not going to be able to wrestle much out of someone you spend far too much time and energy regurgitating your negativity upon day after day, or you're a troll. Whether it's the former or the latter is irrelevant; you and I aren't going to sit back and have a serious conversation, and if you can't understand why I wouldn't want to engage, then you're as blind as Anne Frank.

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  187. FWIW, I'm thoroughly enjoying the project you're doing, especially since you're incorporating all of the secondary shows and bringing WWF (I still don't give a shit aboUT ECW) into the mix. It's really bringing me back to the time when I became a wrestling fan and watching all of this stuff with just about all of my friends was the most fun we'd ever had.

    Now, on the other hand, I think there is something of a point to be made that you could add a touch more critical review of the shows and matches, though I think he's *drastically* understating the degree to which you aren't doing it. Your explanation of the Eddie-Syxx match strikes me as fine.

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  188. I was super pumped to buy this show beforehand...and then spent most of the show just being....bored. The repetitive crooked referee screw job angles just sucked all of the air out of the show, and this is basically the point where Bischoff's character jumped the shark. Like, why would Turner stand for the President of WCW acting like this, denigrating their company, etc. and not fire him right after the show?

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  189. I really hope they never have the Usos turn on each other. It didn't work for E&C and The Hardys and they were way bigger stars in the eyes of the fans. Plus, you could tell those guys apart.

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  190. This is silly; "I liked this more in the moment than I do a few years removed from what was going on with the product at the time" is a perfectly fair assessment of a match. I think I've read Scott basically sum up a new rant just like that at least half a dozen times.

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  191. "He is a big Randy Orton fan and remembers watching Orton up close as he was a lumberjack and was amazed at how good he was. He also cites Cena and Batista for being able to do great things with what they are given. He then predicts that in three years, Ted DiBiase Jr's career will be similar to Orton's."



    How wrong he was

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  192. My dad used to hate Owen "Bubba" Hart for "almost killing" Austin and hate "B-Lo Clown" for crippling Droz. "If they can't protect the other guy, then they too dumb for the business." Of course when Kevin Nash dropped The Giant on his head - my dad responded something to the effect of: "Well he's 500 pounds - and I don't think he really got hurt."

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  193. "D-Lo said that it reached a point where it was uncomfortable as to how much Bradshaw hated Callis."


    Did Bradshaw legit hate Callis (and if so why) or did Bradshaw just keep it up because Callis was easy to get a reaction out of?

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