4,000 fans, reportedly. Wow.
Why in the blue hell was this not available to watch on their streaming service for hardcore fans?!?!This is EXACTLY what the fucking service is supposed to be designed for.
Why the fuck are you complaining when you can get all the Total Divas you can watch.
Punk's GTS is better.
Last night was fucking insane, unbelievable. Hot crowd, great in ring action. I knew we were in for a real treat when Itami hit the GTS. Sasha and Charlotte tore the house down. Owens and Zayn had a fantastic "WWE style" promo (since both are injured). Those guys can cut promos, man! And we got DEMON BALOR for the main event vs. Neville. Well worth the $22, would've gladly paid way more than that.
Check and mate!
Just imagine how big the crowd could've been if the BIG SHOW was there!
So many people rolling up to the arena gates just so they can appreciate him in person!
I'm still waiting for Vince to get jealous of NXT and send Kane and Big Show down there to wreck things.
If NXT house shows start outdrawing main roster house shows, I will LOL forever. So much LOLing.
Smackdown often struggles to get 6000. UH OH
I haven't been to a show since WM19, if NXT came anywhere within 500 miles or so of me, I'd be there without a doubt.
I wish I could have watched it, but I understand the argument to why it wasn't filmed.
It'll happen eventually. Zayn, Itami, Balor, Owens and whoever will be in the ring, rocking the house in a display of wrestling athleticism rarely seen on RAW and Smackdown only to be interrupted by...WELLLLLLL....IT'S THE BIG SHOW...And the crowd boos as Big Show lumbers to the ring, chokeslams all the young wrestlers and growls to the main camera.
What was the reasoning? I must have missing something.
I think the 4000 could be an anomaly because its the WM crowd looking for stuff to do before Sunday. Still, NXT is kicking ass regardless.
They are trying to get NXT over as a touring brand. If they're gonna film every show, why bother?
Fair enough, I get that for the normal shows. For a tournament leading into Mania being held basically at Mania...that seems a little silly.This wasn't a real touring show, this was basically part of Axxess no?
This was a separate ticket. Those tournament matches were basically free.
Ahh ok, well I guess I get it. But goddamnit I still want to see them. I'm never ever going to get NXT anywhere near me so them touring off TV does nothing for me sadly
I'm sure the fact that there are 60,000 wrestling fans in town helped that number. Smackdown usually doesn't have that advantage. But still, it's awesome for NXT to see that many people that into the product.
I'm sure. Still, I'm just saying.
They were just in Columbus, they're going to Philly after Mania. Who knows how big NXT will get?
I feel pretty confident saying they will never, ever come near Seattle. The company kind of hates this area.
Then stop producing wrestlers that Vince doesn't want to push.
I really wanna see an Itami/Neville match.
Haha, well yeah there's that. And there's the fact that at the last PPV they gave us (in 2011) something like only 7,000 people showed up lol
I'm happy that it looks like they are going to let him use the GTS.
Don't forget rubbing his fingers together when the crowd mercilessly starts booing him outta the building.>The finger thing means the taxes
I will MARK THE F*** OUT IF HE HITS THE GTS TOMORROW. That would really set things off right, imo!
GTS that launches someone out of the ring to win it.
That would be insane...
Do you want CM Punk chants?because that's how you get CM Punk chants
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EIWd7HRPpsCool Heyman Hustle video. He is definitely planting some double turn seeds.
AJ is already on the card so might as well go for broke.
What % chance out of a total of 100 do you give Lesnar, Reigns, and Rollins of walking out of Mania as champ?For me it's: Lesnar 50%Reigns 40%Rollins 10%
Not sure if it would, or not. It would definitely be a ballsy thing to do, which would get people's attention on the preshow. I say do it, especially if he can do it in a way that, for want of a better expression, "looks better" than Punk's GTS.
Yeah exactly. If they're gonna do it anyway, why not give Itami/KENTA the spotlight for a couple seconds, especially if he steps his game up, which I have no reason to think he won't.
Lesnar 60% Reigns 10%Rollins 30% Reigns as champion is destined for failure though.
Scott said HHH Thinks Hideo doesn't know how to work.
Can't wait for his appearance in the Battle Royal! He could get eliminated by Big Show OR Kane! Or maybe both! So much excitement.
Edna: Come on!Crowd: She makes a good point.
lololololol at the tweet JR just sent out. I'm guessing it was supposed to be a DM.
I tried to tell my geometry teacher about the fabled "goog angle," but no, he wouldn't listen
That video proves otherwise. Just sayin.
Damn it, I've TOLD him how to send me those messages Jim Ross @JRsBBQ · 2m 2 minutes ago Damn straight Bro. You're my black son. Proud to say that. Hope we can stay in touch. Big show for me today. Game Time!!
What did he say?
Your dad sucks at using his phone.
Haha holy shit I was trying to figure out what that was, probably best explanation
Yeah, well how do you learn you use a phone off a 20 foot ladder?Yayhoo
Telling someone they are his black son.
He was talking to me
What's sad is he almost has to be talking to one of the New Day, I'm guessing Kofi.
We'll never tell
Potential finishes to Brock/Reigns in order of preference:1. Brock retains clean.2. Reigns wins the title, Rollins cashes in and wins.3. Reigns wins the title in a double turn.4. Reigns wins the title, Rollins cashes in and fails.5. Reigns wins the title clean.
More likely an Oklahoma football player.
It's be even funnier if that was a DM for Michael Hayes.
Huh. Didn't know JR and Kofi Kingston were that close.
Well, he is a bigger...
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Ban hammer time.
As much as fans love Punk and his work, he wasn't very athletic and came off as clumsy an awful lot (GTS, the big elbow).
That's what I loved about him. Felt more real. I love the sloppiness of the MITB match.
Christ, Punk's elbow drop sucked. Doing it once as a tribute to Savage was alright, but he kept the move despite being awful at doing it.
Holy shit Marv you're not going to believe this but... I WAS AT WRESTLEMANIA 19 ALSO!!! HOW HAVE WE NEVER DISCUSSED THIS BEFORE?!??!?!?!?!
Except like the sixteen times we've discussed it before!!! lol
Is this the thread we're talking over for the day? If so, here's this. I think our old buddy finally came out of the closet:"Another reason I like this Indiana thing, and feel you guys should too, is because I want these bigots branded. I want to know what companies don't want to serve "the gays", so I know exactly who not to give my money to. You guys have to understand, you're not being neglected, these idiots are personally carving a Swastika into their own forehead, so everyone knows what a bigot they are, and while they may bee ostracizing you from their business, they're ostracizing themselves from the rest of the world, the parts of the world with a brain, with understand, and compassion. I don't want these people mingling around us, putting up a front. I want everyone to know exactly what they are. No, this Indiana thing is a good thing. Because when these businesses start to fail, it'll be fun to see them remove the ban, and begin begging us for our money."
I seriously can't even tell anymore hahaha
Damnit, I wanted to ask you something last night and I forgot it... wait, I remember.From your delightful The Great War video series, two things.1: Seeing someone misspell the same word two different ways in one question is fun.2: And my favorite question of the whole series: "Why didn't Germany invade France through the Netherlands instead of through Belgium?"
Another - even better - angle here :)https://instagram.com/p/0woTK4lGYL/
Wait...the Netherlands? lolI don't know why didn't he go through Spain, fuck it. hahaha
... I hope Indy was joking when he said he had strong opinions on the question...... unless said opinion is "YOU ARE A MORON."
Anyone that has fantasy booked themselves into thinking there will be any outcome other than Reigns winning clean is going to be disappointed.
Yeah I think that's probably where he was going. I'd love to know the back story on this, Indy's done some limited acting so I wonder if he was hired for this or if this is a passion project for him. Either way it's already a stunning resource for information on that war and it's not even close to 1/4 of the way to finished. I love it.
You forgot "Cena Wins LOL"
Baaaaah, I don't want to see that yet
I don't want to see anything from the show until the show. I've had to avoid set pics for days.
But the Spanish are bad, remember?
"Big Show's hands are even bigger in Japan, Maggle!!!!"
According to the report from Meltzer, Vince was backstage watching this show last night. Uh oh...
Not having a dig or anything, but would you not be better avoiding wrestling news/feature sites until after the show in that case?
Yeah, there's photos of him, HHH, and others watching the show from a corner.
Of course he was. It's Wrestlemania weekend.
I like it better when Vince is generally oblivious of NXT's existence...
I do, I only come here
#4 would be just as bad as #5 to me, but I agree otherwise.
#4 would be worse, because not only would Reigns win, but it makes Rollins look weak as well.
Reigns 70%Lesnar 15%Rollins 15%
Sadly, I already know dumbass fans in the crowd will chant CM Punk at him if he does it on the main roster...even though Itami CREATED the damn move!
So, we really don't need to worry about Vince watching NXT.Since Vince obviously had no clue what he was seeing, HHH simply told him that this was a prominent California-based promotion that Ted Turner was thinking about investing in. That coupled with Vince being impressed resulted in him telling HHH to "buy the whole damn bunch, pal!" and to just take it from there.
That got a legit gut laugh our of me.
Eh, not fair to call them dumbass fans in this case. Some simply don't know b/c all they watch is WWE
Probably the same fans who chanted Husky Harris at Bray Wyatt.
Only the smart fans, because you know they're....smart apparently.
No worries, see above
I love reading the Fox Sports facebook comments saying they aren't 5 so they dont watch WWE and that they hope Punk realizes that UFC is real.
No wonder casual fans hate smarks so much.
Kind of like the music industry, where artists are having to rely on touring to make money now. Building a wrestling company where the TV sells the live shows is pretty neat.
Never defend WWE title: Makes title importantUS/IC titles defended a lot: Makes title importantI love that this company basically in every instance uses doublethink to make decisions.
They're not totally wrong when you think about the level of detail that goes into these morality plays. Actually I bet a five-year-old wouldn't think this writing was good either...
I think they'll have to do for him on the main roster what they did in NXT - let the fans get used to him and like him before letting him hit the move. NXT fans are smart enough to know it was his move, but the main roster fans may need to be told that for a while.
BTW, did some more viewing last night.The microchip... has been compromised
I really like to imagine that Chris Traeger is Sam Seaborn after some kind of witness relocation problem, the two characters are just too awesome
Anne Perkins and April (whatshername)LITERALLY 2 of my most favorite people on the planet
Rob Lowe is really underrated, fucking guy brings so much energy to that show
It should read "Itami hits first GTS in WWE history."Because Punk's never connected, you see. /trolling
I can't find anything wrong him.I thought he farted once!Turns out it was me
That would have been a good one.
Yeah, I actually remember it right after I hit Enter, then I edited itSo you were working with outdated information, hah
Punk sort of lazily flopped his opponent down to the vague vicinity of his knee. Itami drives the knee up. So much better.
Barkley's trolling Indiana now, saying the Final Four should be moved out of the state after they passed that bill It is truly a bizarre country when the Round Mound of Rebound is one of the few people on TV giving his honest opinion on stuff
Because, they say casuals are stupid.
There's a ton of people saying that...
Send me good vibes, BoDers. Tomorrow I meet with my wife to determine whether or not we continue, and try to save our marriage, or whether it's over and I'm on my own. Nervous as hell.
I know that feeling, dude. I know that feeling. Thoughts and prayers your way man.
Story of my life!Hey - maybe I can get a gig with one of the news sites!
Plenty of people saying this sure, because this is safe, no one ever got fired for supporting a liberal cause on TV lolBut Charles says plenty of other stuff that pisses both sides off
Prayers to ya brother. Hope all goes well.
Good luck... I don't know the situation but remember it is a mutual decision, not just hers. Make the decision together, don't let her dictate a bunch of terms and things you have to change in order to keep her... that will end up making you miserable and won't work in the long run anyway.
Man, the crowd just lost their minds there.
That's good advice, actually. I'm quite a naturally conciliatory person, so I tend to bend over backwards to make sure other people are ok and get what they want/need, etc.
Did you see the other video I linked to a little bit back in the comments? Much closer view, from within the crowd, and you really do feel the electricity in the air :)
You're getting number 5 and YOU WILL LIKE IT, PAL!
No, I'm gonna look for it now, thanks.
You let me have my dreams, damn you. That's WWE's job to crush them, not yours.
Yeah. I (despite what people here might think) am the same way and it WILL backfire in the end as women sense that and take advantage. No matter how much you change she will always want more and eventually she will get tired of the fact that she can't get you exactly the way she wants and it will end up disintegrating. Not saying don't compromise but make it clear that this is who you are and she either wants "you" not the fantasy version of you that she wishes you were and that you will work with her but ultimately she has to accept you. (This applies the opposite direction as well of course)
Also don't miss Wrestlemania for her.
"Hey I'm just being real. I'm brutally honest and if you can't handle that it's on you it's not on me" - Every Dating Profile Ever
You're a wise man, brother. What have you done with the real parallax? :p
Cesaro is the man ! http://gfycat.com/FirmThirstyDugong
Poor Full Sail needs to be consoled. They've been waiting for that moment for months, and now Itami shares it with another crowd. They're going to be so crushed.
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THAT WAS MEAN!:-(
Compare this crowd to Raw/Smackdown in LA when everyone there was comatose. Vince has to acknowledge this right? I mean he was there in the crowd.
T'was all in love, man. ;)I won't be missing WM, btw - have Monday off work and don't live with her at the moment. It's more a case of will I enjoy it, or will I be watching it through floods of tears? (And that's BEFORE #reignswinslol!)
I'd assume Vince thinks people like this because it's out of the ordinary and for that very reason could never succeed as a regular product. "It's only good because it's different than what everyone always watches. That's why people like midget matches too pal, they're different!"
I really hate Friends. These people are annoying as fuck. Why isnt Wings on?
I wonder if there was one guy there trying to get a "cm punk" chant going.
This is just eerily similar to me as I had one of my relationships reach its make/break point on a Wrestlemania (17 because I am an old fuck) Sunday.
Cesaro. Daniel Bryan. Seth Rollins. Cody Rhodes. Tyson Kidd. Dean Ambrose. Dolph Ziggler. Adrian Neville. Hideo Itami. Finn Bálor. Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn. Charlotte. Sasha Banks. Paige. Bayley. Now add a (hopefully) motivated Samoa Joe to the mix.The amount of pure talent on the roster right now is amazeballs.
Probably right but I really wish someone would ask him about this. I really want to know his true thoughts on NXT, the main show, and wrestling in general
I hope Vince thinks like that, because it means NXT will stay the same. It's easier to keep a good thing going in NXT than it is to overcome Vince and Kevin Dunn on Raw.
I guess it's true what they say - there's only so many unique stories to go around.At least you got one of the best, if not THE best, WMs to take your mind off it a bit?
According to backstage reports a few months ago, Vince didn't like NXT all that much and thought that it was vastly overrated.
At some point, Vince is going to find a midget that's the same size as Big Show's hand, and he will combust in a cloud of jizz and pomade, leaving nothing behind but his shoes and one of his quads.
I believe they call that a "double bluff" cult. Tune into wrestlemania to find out!
I saw Samoa Joe's matches in RoH against Elgin and ACH and he is really motivated and in a lot better shape than in TNA. In a recent interview Kevin Owens also said that he was open to fight Samoa Joe anytime so ...
Well yeah. I decided not to go talk with her for the 1,000,001 time about it because she purposely chose during Wrestlemania to want to do it, I told her no because I had been looking forward to it for so long and that was the end of it (probably not a part of the story you want to hear right now) and then Wrestlemania was amazing so I always felt like that was a sign I did the right thing.
My body... is ready
Nah, I think he'd prefer a white midget. I'm not sure what he'd make of a black one...
A three-way feud between Zayn, Owens and Joe would be THE TITS.
Could they BE any more pretentious?
TBH buddy, I'm fairly resigned to the fact it's not going to go the way I want to. I feel like a dog in the car who is slowly dawning that the promised park is *that way* and we've just taken the turn-off towards the vet...
Who was there in the crowd?
The New Day needs a mascot!
So WrestleMania Today at 5EST and the HOF starts 7ESTShould be a fun night to get smashed and nerd out pre-Mania
He can live inside Big E's singlet, papoose-style, and be called "Sweatrag!"Then, a month later, the Primetime Players debut their own black midget, called "Washcloth" and it's a battle for the ages, Maggle.
Well that sucks... and don't let it influence your motivation... but it is also healthy that your expectations aren't high or unrealistic.
Solomonster brought out a great point on his last podcast: NXT is the tits, and most people on here know it. But it's kind of interesting to look at the long-term purpose for Triple H: you could almost make the case that he's trying to use NXT to sap the independents of their top talent in order to destroy them. It's interesting food for thought.On another train of thought, Jim Ross was at the NXT show last night. Dude loves wrestling; can't imagine why he isn't still working with the WWE...
There was a "better than Wrestlemania" chant during the main event, so I can only imagine Vince reaction when hearing that
Ah I thought you meant Punk. That's less interesting.
I like to think that every morning, Gunter pissed into their coffee pot in anticipation of their arrival to take up the only decent seating in the entire place and block out all other customers for hours.
What is Wrestlemania Today?
I said a few days ago, if they're going to sap all the guys they should just straight up buy the promotion and change the NXT name....nothing will ever be fucking cooler than the name "Ring of Honor"
I think Lana was confirmed to be appearing tomorrow, too. USA bikini, baby!
I'd be amazed if she didn't. Movie or not, this is Wrestlemania, ffs.
Kind of a look at Axxess, yesterday Flair was kind of shitty on it talking about how Sting sort of wants to do his match and get in the hall and be done lolThey threw to a few taped matches and stuff too I think
But of course they had to have him be obsessed with Rachel like everyone else.
kinda reminds me of KotR 95 when the crowd starts chanting E-C-W.
LOL that is shitty but its probably true.
He kept alluding to Sting being in TNA too lol
Yeah, but that was only because he knew someone in the German black market who would pay big bucks for her liver and all he needed was to get her alone... just once...
Alas, poor NXT, we hardly knew
I don't think WWE has any interest in destroying the independents. Them bringing in Kevin Steen and company isn't any different than them bringing in Daniel Bryan a few years ago.
Yeah it was a decent little show for Mania weekend
Say what you like about JR, he was a master at making the most boring of main events sound like an epic that folk would be talking about for years.His reaction to Foley going through the table from the cell makes the moment almost as much as Foley's actual impact does, imo. Can you imagine that moment being called by Cole and JBL? They'd probably be too busy arguing over where Carmen Sandiago was last seen to even talk about it.
I can't imagine Cole and JR but I can imagine Joe Buck calling it...".....and a fall from Fol-ey"
In my fanboy heart, I wish they'd buy Ring of Honor and turn it into a second developmental league, so that you could cycle out some guys in NXT who don't have a place on the main roster yet to keep from having them do nothing, and bring some main roster guys down who have no direction on the main shows. Because at the end of the day, a Survivor Series-style show in November pitting NXT v. ROH teams would make me giddy.
You know what that makes me want? Christopher Walken. Guest commentator."Roman... Reigns has hitBrockLesnarwith... all... he's... gotandit..s...not... enough..."
I don't see why they couldn't run a Florida and California promotion like that. Fuck it, go college sports style and you have a western and eastern division fighting each other for those top spots "in the pro's"
What about Mike and Mike? "Mick Foley has just been thrown off the Subway fresh take cage. When you're hungry get a 6" sub at Subway."
Chalk that up to something else John Cena will ruin.
I advocated for that a few months back in a slightly different guise. The expenses be damned, create developmental leagues in Memphis and another traditional wrestling hotbed (Chicago, Boston, maybe even Toronto) and cycle people through all three, getting a chance to work for different crowds and recreate the old territorial days. It isn't without precedence, because in the early 2000s the WWE used to contract out to a couple of different developmental promotions (Ohio Valley, Heartland, FCW, etc.)
Francesca: "So Foley went off the cage hmmk, hmmmk so we went off the cage....alright. I don't see why you go off a cage hmmk but what do I know, what do I know right? I don't get the big bucks hmmmk."
You can't ruin Lana. You just can't.
They could expand and split NXT into 'territories' - maybe a bit wider in area than the old ones. So you have NXT Pacific, NXT Atlantic, NXT Canada and maybe even NXT Europe.Make it like the brand extension - they're all separate, and focus on drawing in new talent from their respective areas, then every four months, there's a big Takeover PPV which features cross-promotional fights for the titles, which can only be held in one division between PPVs...
Hawk Harrelson: "Undertaker throws him off the top! He gone!"
I'm fairly sure Rusev tries his best to do so on a nightly basis. I certainly would!
Please, Triple H, read the Blog of Doom todayyyyy!