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Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap: 3/9/2015

I laughed my ass off at this week's installment of BoD RAW, written, of course, by the great Brian Bayless. He wrote my character a nice, juicy Heyman-esque spot where I tell everybody why Everything Sucks™. 

That should, honestly, be the new name for the recap.

But, I digress...

Last week, I got a lot of flack for shitting on a product that, apparently, really touched the hearts of some the Blog of Doomers. Re-reading what I wrote, I guess I was pretty cruel and the show was, really, some of the best TV WWE has ever put forward.

Boy, was I wrong about things.

So, I'm totally gonna not shit on the show tonight. I'm gonna be POSITIVE! 

So, come at me, bro. Give me your WORST!

We start with a recap of PSEDUOHEELRANDYORTON and the match between Reigns and like six guys.

We are LIVE(!!!) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!!!

Harlem Heat, MIGGAL and JBL are the guys at the desk.

Orton heads out to the ring to do business with the Authority who applauds him inside the ring.

TONIGHT: a 2-on-1 Handicap Match will see Orton and Rollins facing Roman Reigns.

Kane wanted to make a public announcement to show that everyone that Randy Orton is part of The Authority. Kane and Orton shake hands. Big Show has the mic and says that he sees the most talented, sadistic and aggressive athlete he's even seen. Jamie Noble isn't convinced and nearly pisses his pants, yelling that Orton can't be trusted. Rollins is ALSO THANKFUL ORTON IS BACK. Joey Mercury also gives a thumbs up. Rollins says that, even still, there's an elephant in the room: Orton isn't part of The Authority no matter what they say. Heels are already telegraphing to ending. That's not bad at all. That's awesome. He says that him and Orton are both proud members of The Authority. The crowd chants "RKO". He says that everyone is stressed out. And nobody needs to be. He welcomes Orton home and shakes his hand. Rollins introduces Randy Orton, who gets a pop, despite the fact that he's been introduced as part of The Authority. 

Orton says that he's touched but it left him thinking something: what the hell happened to The Authority? They shouldn't be kissing somebody's ass. He says that Kane was the Devil's Favorite Demon. He's gone from kickin' ass and takin' names to kissin' ass and makin' coffee. Show laughs and Orton tells Show that all Show does is mope and feel sorry for himself. Orton gets to Noble and asks if his hostility stems from not being able to ride anything at Disneyland due to his height. He gets to Mercury -- then skips him and goes straight to Rollins. He says that he WILL strike Rollins. And he will make it count. Rollins will feel every bit of it. Everyone's looking nasty...but Orton bursts into laughter and says he was joking the entire time. Rollins laughs and settles things down. Big Show shakes hands with Orton -- but Kane is scowling in the background.

Rollins says that they're gonna derail Reigns because that's what's BEST FOR BUSINESS™.

Cole and JBL and Booker are amused! It's funny when it's fun! 

TONIGHT: Wiz Khalifa is here tonight as Cole pumps him up by declaring him "PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST WIZ KHALIFA".

ALSO: Lesnar's here.

The IC Title Ladder Match will have six people. The final spot is STILL somehow open, as if Creative is waiting for the last possible second to let the fans down by including Daniel Bryan.

Apparently, Daniel Bryan had his hands on the IC Title on Smackdown in a recap brought to you by Swiffer Wet Jet. The tiny commercial in the bottom right-hand corner is more exciting than this. That's leading to our first match.

Also, R-Truth's at ringside, so you know this match will end clean.

MATCH #1: Daniel Byran vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett (non-title)
Cole, Truth and JBL talk about potato farming, which is relevant to what's going on in the ring. Bryan has the initial advantage, but goes for the dropkick in the corner. Barrett nails him with a clothesline and kicks him out of the ring and we're going to break. When we come back, JBL is talking to Truth and adding "izzle" to every last word he says. Bryan manages to break a hold by Barrett and get a Crucifix pin for two. Running knee ends it at 7:06 as Barrett loses his 4th match in one month. But, that's cool. None of that is awful.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan via Flying Knee.
RATING: A commercial break in the middle of a 7 minute match. Maybe 1/2 a *.

Post-match, Barrett hits the Bullhammer on Bryan and leaves. He leaves the ring and here comes Dean Ambrose. He hits a forearm on Barrett and heads to the ring. At least the IC Title didn't change hands 8 times in 4 seconds.

R-Truth stays at ringside.
MATCH #2: Dean Ambrose vs. Stardust
Crowd chants for Cody (who came in with the IC Title) as Truth keeps talking about potatoes. Ambrose hits a sitting dropkick on Star against the ropes, then tosses Star outside and into the announce table. Ambrose retrieves him and the two go back into the ring. Ambrose hurts his knee and, guess what? Break time. When we come back, it's a half crab by Star. Part of me is impressed that Truth isn't mentioning how well potatoes go with crab. Ambrose breaks, then hits a Bulldog. Ambrose goes for a clothesline and it's a series of counters that ends in the Rebound Clothesline. Dirty Deeds by Ambrose finishes this at 7:28.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose via Dirty Deeds
RATING: DUD. It's the same match with interchangeable guys.

Post-match, Ambrose grabs the IC title. And here come all the guys vying for the title. With all them beating one another up, Truth steals the IC Title as JBL whines about it, ad nauseum. Everyone hits a finisher which ends up with Barrett standing tall. He looks for the title and goes to Truth for it. Truth gives him the potato sack with the belt in it. Barrett retreats into the crowd and celebrates while Truth runs up the aisle. Barrett pulls out the IC Title -- but it's the toy version. Truth has the real one. Shyamalan would be proud.

Michael Cole pushes the next WWE Hall of Fame inductee under the category of the Warrior Award: Connor Michalek.

STILL TO COME: Brock Lesnar addresses his "future".

When we come back, Paul Heyman's in the ring to put over both guys in the Championship match at WrestleMania. We get a sizzle reel where Reigns talks about honing tools and "believing in opinions", which makes no sense since everyone has an opinion on something.

Heyman isn't impressed and introduces Brock Lesnar. He says he gets that the fans loved the video but it was nothing but propaganda. He says the truth is that, when Roman Reigns was nine years old, his father used to take Roman and his cousins, and they would point out the football players in a bar. They'd have to beat them all up or else they weren't allowed to come home. I'm pretty sure we won't find the arrest records on Google, so let's move on. He says that Reigns can't beat Lesnar. The crowd agrees. 

He says that nobody will screw Lesnar out of the title. Not Rollins, not the McMahons, not anyone. If they do, Lesnar will pretty much commit murder and kill anyone involved. He says that, after Lesnar wins, they'll say that Reigns took a beating like nobody else has seen. His mic cuts out just like last week. When it comes back on, he tells whoever it is cutting out his mic to come get Lesnar and take the title. 

Heyman gets weird and says that Lesnar may decide to go to Vegas to beat up Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He says that the title belongs to Lesnar -- and he's not giving it back. He says that Lesnar has done it all. He even beat up the Undertaker badly, ending The Streak to the point where Bray Wyatt has to resurrect him. 

Meanwhile, Reigns never shows up and we go to break after the Handicap Match teaser. 

Bray Time: WrestleMania is almost here. He has Undertaker's urn and wants to know where he is. He asks 'Taker to find him.

MATCH #3: Kane & Big Show vs. Erick Rowan & Ryback
The fans are so excited, they stand there, blinking. Ryback starts with Kane. Ryback runs him over and then hits shoulders in the corner. Press by Ryback followed by a Warrior Splash and Spinebuster. He goes for the Meathook but Kane kicks his head off his shoulders. Tag to Big Show who spears Ryback hard and then stomps at him. He slaps Ryback's chest a couple times and tags in Kane. Big Boot to Ryback and some stomps. Ryback finally gets away and tags Rowan. He splashes Kane in the corner as the crowd the grab a beer. Kane counters a move and chokes Rowan on the ropes. With the ref's back turned, Show accidentally decks Kane instead of Rowan. Rowan gets the pin at 3:26.
WINNERS: Ryback & Rowan

Ryback and Rowan look like deer in headlights, then leave. Show gets into the ring and apologizes. Kane says that they had the match in control. Steph interrupts. She says the represent The Authority and WWE and stuff. She says Randy Orton may have been right: Show and Kane are probably useless. She wants her monsters back. She orders them out of the ring. Steph tells them to pack up and leave the arena. The two men argue with her but Steph ain't havin' it and they walk backstage, hanging their heads. 
Because EVERYTHING MUST BE RECAPPED, we get a recap of the Miz/Niagra ad. 

Miz is backstage. He talks to Wiz Khalifa working on an album together. Wiz isn't so impressed and tells Miz that he signed "Damien Wiz-dow". So, that's the end of the Miz-dow feud, right? Miz-dow declares that he's in the Andre match. Remember when Miz-dow was the arrogant, sophisticated heel who hated crap like this? 

Sheamus is returning. Really. They swear he is.

Time to watch Wiz Khalifa rap, my television says. Nu-uh, says my DVR remote.

LAST MONDAY ON RAW: Paige was gonna win the Divas Championship, but lost for some reason. Then AJ showed up again to resurrect a dead horse of an angle that died a few months ago. 

Anyhow, they're next.
We get a clip of the Bellas in the new WWE Flintstones flick, which cuts away. No, come on. Bring that back. That's infinitely more interesting than what I'm watching.

The Bellas are gonna knock Paige and AJ "into the stone age" at WrestleMania. Ha.

MATCH #4: AJ Lee (w/ Paige) vs. Summer Rae (w/ Eva Marie)
Eva's boob must be feeling much better for her to be out here doing valet work. Summer barely walks through her move set as JBL is more concerned about "Yabba Dabba Doo" trending. AJ hits a quick DDT and gets two. Summer tries a slam and ends up hitting a roundhouse kick for two. AJ comes back and hits the Black Widow for the win at 3:07.
WINNER: AJ Lee via Black Widow

NEXT: We hear Sting TALK. Holy shit, my heart...

When we come back, Sting is wearing a voice modulator that makes him sound like Nailz doing phone sex and he talks about taking Triple H down -- something he's waited 14 years to do, which is why he spent all that time in TNA, wrestling a drunk Jeff Hardy and pretending to be the Joker.
NEXT: Somebody jobs to Rusev. 

Cena bumps into Rusev backstage. He says Rusev should be a hero. He has the "right to free speech" but Cena has the "right to shut his mouth". Huh?!

Apparently, Curtis Axel is gonna wrestle Rusev because he can imitate Hulk Hogan.

MATCH #5: Rusev vs. Curtis Axel
Beating. Superkick. Accolade. Done at 0:25.
WINNER: Rusev via Accolade

Rusev gets a mic. He says Cena lives in the past. Lana tells him that they should leave. He says if America had a soul, he'd spit on it. 

Out comes Cena and it's a brawl. Cena knocks him down and hits the STF until Rusev is knocked unconscious. WWE Security and some refs arrive and Cena goes outside to get a water bottle. He pours water on Rusev to wake him, then locks in the STF as Rusev taps over and over. Lana pleads for Cena to let him go. Cena holds the move until Lana gives him the match he wants. Cena grins in the most evil manner I've ever seen, which just spoils any heat Cena was supposed to have obtained.

Bray Time: Bray be like "I want to fight, being dead don't phase me...I've got your urn, so find me, maybe..."

Backstage, Rusev is getting checked out. Lana shows up. They loudly yell at each other in Russian.

MATCH #6: The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) (w/ Kofi Kingston) vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (w/ Natalya) (non-title)
Oh, yeah...The New Day still exists. Xavier hits a Hurricarana on Tyson. Big E tags in and tosses Xavier into Tyson in the corner. He hits multiple backbreakers and it's another tag to Woods. Two count. Tyson comes back with an elbow and the heels nail some nice double team moves, swarming Woods from all sides. Cesaro hits a huge uppercut and tags Tyson who stomps Woods and works on his knee. Tyson locks Woods' leg. Tag to Cesaro, who comes in and stomps on Woods, then locks in a half crab. Woods kicks out of it and Cesaro tags Kidd. Nattie distracts...somebody, I guess. Tyson tells her to back off. Cesaro pulls Nattie off the mat. Woods wraps up Kidd and drops Kidd's head on the mat for the win at 3:45.
WINNERS: The New Day
RATING: 1/2 a *. I don't think we're going higher than this all night, folks.

Post-match, Cesaro berates Nattie and the Usos and Naomi show up.
We go to break.

MATCH #7: Natalya (w/ Cesaro & Tyson Kidd) vs. Naomi (w/ Jimmy & Jey Uso)
What's better than a shitty tag match? A Divas match that arbitrarily stacks on top of it like fucking Jenga! Nattie drops Naomi to the mat but Naomi counters and there's a bunch of pretty cool roll up pins. Nattie finally puts Naomi to the mat and hits a dropkick to Naomi's face. Nattie goes for the Sharpshooter but Naomi counters and sends Nattie into the buckle. Outside, it's a brawl between the Usos and Cesaro. Back in the ring, Naomi hits the Rear View for the win at 1:45.
WINNER: Naomi via Rear View

Post-match, Nattie grabs Tyson's tag belt and tells Kidd that it belongs to her. Then Los Matadores just fucking show up because why the hell not?

MATCH #8: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (w/ Naomi) vs. Los Matadores (Diego & Fernando) (w/ El Torito)
Usos and Matadors shake hands. Jey starts with one of the Matadors and we're going to break. When we come back, nothing at all has changed. I'm pretty sure the same two guys are in the ring as Cole tells us "the big news tonight" is that the New Day beat Cesaro and Kidd. JBL: "THAT is the 'big news tonight'? Did you not see John Cena making Rusev tap and get his match at WrestleMania?!" Meanwhile, the Matadores fly all over the ring. Jey and a Matador fly into one another. Tag to Jimmy who hits a Crossbody for two. He goes for another move but gets DDT'ed. Two count. The Matador goes off the second buckle but gets Superkicked. Two count. Flying Uso by Jey to the outside. Jimmy hits Diego with a Samoan Drop. El Torito gets involved and distracts Jimmy and a Yet Another Distraction Roll Up Pin wins it for the Matadores at 8:04.
WINNERS: Los Matadores
RATING: **. The match of the night. Yes. It is.

Cole recaps the beginning stuff with Orton.
Rollins is backstage with his case. Noble and Mercury warn Rollins about Orton. Rollins tells them that he trusts Orton and that he wouldn't just tell everyone his plan.

NEXT: Bray Wyatt is here.

When we come back, Bray's in the ring, doing one of his goofy apocalyptic rants. The buzzards guide him. Below them is a shell of a man. It's the mighty Undertaker. He won't worship 'Taker or do anything with 'Taker except walk over his bones. He's the new face of fear. He says that WrestleMania 31 will be the Undertaker's final resting place as well as his requiem. He calls out The Undertaker. He asks if the urn brings back the dead. He opens the urn, pretends to be scared, then laughs his ass off. He says the urn is empty...then the urn smokes and we hear thunder and see lightning. Bray yells to "bring it". The bell tolls and the arena goes dark. When the lights come back, we see Bray's rocking chair in the ring. On the Jumbotron, the words "THE MAN COMES AROUND" (in reference to the Johnny Cash song cover) appear. Lightning strikes it and the chair burns. Bray thinks this is hilarious, which kills this feud dead in a matter of seconds. Crowd is dead when they realize 'Taker isn't really here.

MOMENTS AGO: Bray called out The Undertaker and The Undertaker's voice from WWE '12 answered him.

ALSO NOT REALLY MOMENTS AGO: Cena beat up Rusev and got his match.


Surprisingly, they don't show the "big news of the night", which was The New Day, knocking off Cesaro and Kidd.

MATCH #9: Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton & Seth Rollins (w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury) in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match
Rollins convinces Orton that he should go first. Orton agrees and Reigns knocks the taste out of his mouth. Rollins sends him outside. Rollins goes after him but the ref holds him back because that's what refs do. J&J go after Reigns but the refs back him off. Rollins finally goes outside but Reigns uppercuts him and we go back in the ring. Rollins takes him down for two. J&J start barking at Orton to help Rollins. Orton knocks Noble down. Rollins orders the two of them backstage. Reigns takes over and hits a clothesline. He tosses Rollins into the corner but misses the clothesline. Reigns regains control and Rollins goes to tag Orton -- who moves his hand. He tries again but Orton puts two middle fingers up. Reigns hits a Spear and wins at 4:08.
WINNER: Roman Reigns at 4:08
RATING: 1/4 of a *, if that.

Post-match, Orton just glares at Rollins, then enters the ring at the pace of drying paint. He lifts Rollins up and slaps at him, then sends Rollins outside. Orton lifts him up and hits a running clothesline. He sends Rollins into the crowd barricade, then into the steel stairs. He asks Rollins if he's stupid enough to believe that Orton would join The Authority again and hits an uppercut. Orton grabs a chair and sloooooowly stalks Rollins. He cracks Rollins across the back with the chair, then slowly continues to stalk him again, hitting chair shots every few seconds. He tells fans to "take a picture" and they whip out their cameras. They get back to the barricades where Orton hits the Vintage Orton DDT. 

Orton picks Rollins up and just tosses him across the announce table like a fucking javelin. Orton strips the table and sets up for an RKO into the table and hits it beautifully. He yells into Rollins' ear that he's not letting it go. 

Finally, we go off the air.

OVERALL: *. Boring as fuck with a pretty kick ass ending. Too little, too late.

And, of course, before we go...the best of Monday Night Open Mic:

Er...that's it.


  1. "Last
    week, I got a lot of flack for shitting on a product that, apparently,
    really touched the hearts of some the Blog of Doomers. Re-reading what I
    wrote, I guess I was pretty cruel and the show was, really, some of the
    best TV WWE has ever put forward."

    You're misinterpreting a lot of what was said, imo. For the most part, everyone pretty much agrees the show is poor at the moment, it's just that you were so unrelentingly negative that even the few very small good things were instantly dismissed as utter shit in the midst of the wider shit pile.

  2. Which is exactly what he did with THIS review, too. Was this show great? No. But trying to act like Wyatt killed the feud dead by laughing is absolutely ridiculous.

  3. I was at the show. Did they cut the part where Paul Heyman mentioned Brock going to UFC? He said it and the crowd went wild.

  4. Bray’s crazy. I’m sure he was laughing with the fire, not at it. The
    Bray character wouldn’t fear the Undertaker, he’d revel in all the mind games.

  5. Week #3 with no cable, week #3 with no Monday Night Raw.

    I'm pretty much the smartest man alive.

  6. Battle Kat LitterMarch 10, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    If you look at yesterday's BoD Daily Update, you'll see that my sarcastic "Raw Five Point Preview" was almost exactly right. That's just how utterly predictable this show is. It's like a running joke of lazy, predictable, overused and DULL booking mixed up with infuriatingly counter-productive IDIOTIC booking.

    How do any of you sit through three hours of this shite?

  7. For the life of me, I don't understand why some people are so fixated on good matches on Raw weeks before Wrestlemania. Now, if you have a bone to pick with the build (or lack thereof), by all means rant away. But, the quality of matches is so irrelevant. If Raw had a show with three four star matches on it but did nothing to hype up WM, the show would be a failure.

  8. I lost faith in Bray Wyatt after he went solo and his promos became more pretentious. However, he has done an excellent job making a match I was not exciting for interesting. Moreover, he has had to carry the feud by himself. I agree with you, too. Nothing was wrong with Wyatt laughing. In context of the story, it would make little sense for him to all of a sudden become afraid of Undertaker. He was happy Undertaker challenged him because that's what he wanted. I think Perri doesn't understand the feud that well.

  9. I lost faith in Bray Wyatt after he kept repeating the same shit over and over, feud after feud, and still has yet to accomplish any of his missions.

  10. yup, these days the only "suprises" we get is the booking even more horrible than expected (see: Royal Rumble 2015).

  11. of course you can't generalize from one live audience to the audience at every show. but this should be at least an evidence that the idea of "the WWE fans will boo Lesnar if he leaves" (that at least some emailers etc. speculated) doesn't seem to hold true in reality.

  12. I never heard of that. What went down there?

  13. Yeah, Hogan oversold like CRAZY for the heels. Basically acting like each move was absolute death, and he was being mauled by bears out there. Granted, that probably got nullified when he would fight back by no-selling the guy's finisher like it was nothing and then annihilate him, but at least he sold for a while BEFORE that.
    But nobody ever really came out of a Hogan feud looking STRONGER.

  14. You could, but you didn't, and here you are writing about it. Weird.

  15. Guys...I know it's cool to bash WWE right now but..this Reigns vs. Orton vs. Rollins main event at mania is going to be pretty sweet

  16. Matt's letter to wwe: everything you do sucks immense dick. Now take my money. I'm going to wrestlemania!

  17. Also I disagree with Matt's "Bray laughing" kills the feud dead in it's tracks. I think it is refreshing to have someone do something other than OH MY GOD NO NOT THE UNDERTAKER!?!?!? after having called him out for weeks. Now the fact that he is an old man I don't want to see wrestle, Isn't even being paid to bother to show up and they aren't giving Bray anything new to say or do ...but giving him 15 minutes to do it..Is a different story.

  18. one of the things I have a major problem with is that the WWE doesn't even allow their stories to build up to a match.

    Mid-carders aren't allowed to actually have a Wrestlemania feud that leads to a blow off match.

    Two logical singles matches are Stardust vs Goldust (maybe a stipulation) and Mizdow vs Miz in their big blowoff. Give these guys a showcase. Matches don't have to be long 8-10 minute matches.

    Instead they get put in these dumb gimmick matches. Give the mid-card a chance.

  19. Yeah that was about the only thing I disagreed on with Matt. If Bray showed fear that wouldve killed the feud dead. He comes out every week saying all this cryptic shit and then there's lightening that scares him would be awful.

  20. Actually that would have ruled if they had somebody else to face Lesnar for the title, like ... oh, I don't know, Daniel Bryan?

  21. Can't wait to see if babyface Russev his gonna overcome the odds and beat the dastardly Cena after last night

  22. Anyone who had flashbacks to the night after SummerSlam, when Vince rewrote Cena's segment to kill an upcoming heel's heat just to make Cena look good, please raise your hand.

    Yeah, me too.

  23. My big problem is the Orton beat down to close the show. We've seen this before.

    - Where are officials (refs, producers, etc.) to break this up?
    - Why isn't the bell ringing indicating the match is over?
    - Why aren't other heels getting involved to save Rollins?
    - Why aren't other faces trying to reason with Randy?
    - Why are the announcers acting like this entire poor display of sportsmanship is OK?

  24. What a shit show.

  25. Just saw Heyman's promo when he talks about LEsnar unifying the WWE title with the UFC and it was tremendous :

  26. Kane, Big Show, Triple H don't care enough to save Rollins.

  27. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I know when there's a bad episode of The Walking Dead, I just stop watching the series altogether and decide to never watch it again, even though I've been a fan from the beginning and want it to improve.

    This is why he keeps watching it. He wants it to be good because he loves pro wrestling.

    I don't understand why this is such a hard concept for "anti-smarks" to get.

  28. Why did it need TWENTY minutes of overrun on a 3 hour show when the point had been made after 5?

  29. I've been checking out some of the Nasty Boys' matches, based on these reviews. Am I the only one who thinks they're underrated? They obviously weren't great technicians, but they had big-time energy and could really sell. Put them in with a team like the Steiners and it makes for an entertaining mix of styles.

  30. Heyman is glorious. He has almost made me want to see the main event, which is saying a lot.

  31. Don't plan on watching the show but I thought it was great what they did with Konnor. How did that play out? Hopefully they will make it about him and not have it as a subtle way to show us how great they are. It's a fine line and a bit of a slippery slope.

  32. This segment should have been RKO's for everybody, pose, we're out of time good night.

  33. Just like a couple months ago.

  34. If the guy on the other hand of the feud was remotly over or interesting we could have a killer feud

  35. Why is Randy Orton allowed to talk on the show? Someone in the live thread said he sounds like a frat boy trying to talk to a girl in bed. That sounds about right, Orton may be the worst promo in the business, just completely robotic and clearly spouting memorized lines. I don't believe a word the guy says.

  36. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Just saw the induction video and almost burst into tears. At least WWE still does something well.

  37. Same reason sports fans watch bad teams year after year -

  38. To be fair it's more like he watched season 1 and liked it but now passionatly hate every new episode since season 4, maybe it's time to call it quit

  39. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    The issue isn't one bad episode of Walking Dead. It's more like Heroes post-season 1. When the show goes from something good to a steaming pile of crap (like Heroes did), why bother continuing to watch when they have proven time and again that it won't be conforming to what you think is a good show any time soon.

    WWE has been on the same course for YEARS, and instead of finding something more to their liking, people watch and complain and watch and complain and watch and complain and watch and complain and watch and complain and watch and complain and watch and complain ad nauseum.

    I don't think it's "anti-smark" to call someone out for constant bitching. I consider myself a smark yet don't see a point in complaining about the show every week. There are good points, there are bad points and I try to focus on what I like and not what frustrates me. Can't always do that and sometimes the show is bad enough that complaints are necessary. But to do it EVERY WEEK, show in and show out, without even trying to find a silver lining, is a bit much.

  40. the little hairy guy? who would have wanted that?

  41. You are picking on the only part of the show that had any energy or life to it?

  42. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    On a completely unrelated note, my Internet keeps cutting in and out, making it hard for me to do anything online, including watching a special 90-minute version of Raw on Hulu Plus. Now, I complain A LOT about Time Warner Cable, and I talk A LOT about how much it sucks and how it doesn't seem like it's going to get ANY BETTER.

    You know what? If I could quit TWC and get another internet provider, I totally would. But GOD FORBID there be another ISP available for me to sign up for.

  43. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Currently, it's not a good show at all, so for a reviewer to watch this and try to find "a silver lining" is hard to do.

    And if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: you're all on a wrestling critic's blog. If you don't want to read people criticizing wrestling, maybe this isn't the blog for you.

  44. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    I'm a Browns fan, for fuck's sake! I don't know what happiness is.

  45. See that's why i'm gonna torrent it, that way i get to see it AND hurt WWE financially at the same time !

  46. Between sticking up for Bill Demott and this post white thunder has been on a bit of a slump lately. We've all been there.

  47. I will say like everything they do it went on too long but last night turned that into the one actually competently build feuds that I could look forward to a Mania match.

  48. Fitta, are you actually defending RAW while shitting on this guy's review? If so, you are delusional. RAW has been horrible for the last few months with good matches very far and between. The WrestleMania build has been nearly unbearable. Let's take a look at what they've been spending 5+ hours of TV building up for Mania each week...

    -Authority 20 minute promos to start the show to setup a main event involving Rollins, Reigns, Kane, Big Show combo.
    -IC title being stolen by various contenders. Makes zero sense. Why would you want to carry around the IC title when it's just going to be hung above the ring in the ladder match anyways?
    -Cena vs. Rusev rematch from a FREE PPV last month. Cena makes Rusev look awful last night.
    -A battle royal between low to midcarders who are just having random tag matches during the RAWs and Smackdowns.
    -5 minute Divas matches that will lead to a 4 minute Divas tag match at Mania.
    -Orton turns face many months ago, comes back as a heel like "eh, whatever the fans forgot" then they take a month to turn him back face and have the beatdown last 20 minutes of overrun that gets the audience leaving the arena near midnight. Summary: Orton vs. Rollins' build has been nonsensical.
    -Lesnar and Heyman bashing Reigns and cutting promos to make him seem like a joke instead of a credible contender.
    -Bray Wyatt cutting 5 promos a week for 10 minutes each just rambling and rambling to build to his match with Undertaker.
    -Triple H wanting to beat Sting for WWE to beat WCW. Using a fake Sting to scare Triple H and a fake Sting voice during a promo.

    If you are seriously defending any of this, there is something wrong with you.

  49. Which is worse?

    1. Continuing to watch / pay money / comment on Scott Keith's blog about WWE?


    2. Continuing to comment on a blog in which you despise both the posters and the writer?

    For the record I only watched a small part of Raw due to the Cavs not being on, I cancelled my Network subscription months ago, and I declined to attend the last few WWE events that have come to my town. rspwfaq and lordsofpain are basically my only ties to the product at this point.

  50. Night after SummerSlam, after Cena had been murdered by Brock, he was supposed to be barely able to walk.

    Instead, he squashes Bray Wyatt in a match.

  51. Paul Heyman better get $5 for ever network subscription bought to watching Reigns/Brock because he is the only one trying to get anyone to care.

  52. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    I very rarely take part in the discussions about how much the current product sucks any more (obviously, this current thread excluded), because there's enough other stuff here that keeps my interest. So, you're right, there are certain threads that aren't for me, and I ignore them. Because there's no reason to get myself worked up about things.

    As for the lack of a silver lining, there's some fun stuff going on if you allow yourself to be a fan and not go out of your way to be a critic. The IC Title stuff is stupid, but will result in a great match at Mania. Paul Heyman giving promos usually makes the show worth it. Seth Rollins turning into a main event player is kind of awesome and he's killing it on the mic right now. Last night, Kane and Show got jobbed out and told to go home. I enjoyed that.

    Maybe my enjoyment is tempered by only watching half of the show every week and not sitting through 90 minutes. But to say there are no silver linings is just going out of your way to be critical.

  53. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    I've watched five minutes of Raw since August, but I have no problems with someone continuing to watch it to both a) like it or b) hate on it. We're all supposedly wrestling fans here, so I can see both sides of the aisle.

    The only thing I don't get are the folks that come to the blog to criticize others for criticizing the product on a wrestling critic's blog.

  54. Time Warner is the worst. I have tons of problems with them and they're not very good about fixing them.

  55. I will agree with you about one thing. Back in the day They would have put the effort in to explain where team Authority were. Some back stage segment showing them all getting a limo to go to the victory party or something.

  56. I'm in the same boat as you. I cancelled my subscription about two months ago and am not looking back. I watch RAW because I am still hoping they'll do something, but I give up. I am not watching Mania this year. I'll stick with my 1991 WWF, ROH, TNA, and PWG. There's no reason to keep making myself suffer every week through the current stuff.

  57. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    AND THEN! When they refuse to fix the problem, they find a new way to charge you a ridiculous fee to make your bill higher for providing you with less services.

    This is why I cancelled my cable account, a new fee every month, creeping my bill skyward, when the DVR randomly doesn't record a show, or the On Demand service refuses to show a program, or the cable freezes randomly all the time.

  58. At least Renee Goulet and Tony Garea would come out and pretend to break things up while the bell rang.

  59. On the WWE youtube channel they kept the UFC mention. I don't know how it was live, but Brock end up looking like a bad ass babyface after this promo.

  60. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Didn't Stephanie kick Kane and Show out of the building after they lost their tag team match?

  61. I missed that but..if so..there ya go...HHH was hiding from Sting..and Steph doesn't come out of her dressing room because he is avoiding that awkward moment with AJ...see it all adds up.

  62. You typed it like Peyton started drinking early today, but I'm on board with the sentiment.

  63. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    I think it's pretty safe to say that if Stephanie isn't scheduled for the final segment, she leaves early because three hours is just too long and she doesn't bother watching the whole show.

  64. Sting talked? and Hulu edited it out and only showed the video package? haha

  65. They used a different voice for him.

  66. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    I didn't say there are no silver linings. I said finding silver linings is a hard thing to do. There are needles in haystacks, of course. You just named 3 a 3 hour show. Like I said, it's difficult.

  67. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    So, as I continue my job search, a place where I sent a resume yesterday sent me a text message this morning: "Hi Extant, you inquired about the Editor Job. Call me at this number to talk about next steps. (txt STOP to cancel)."

    That's weird, right?

  68. Besides the rest of the show being awful, I did actually think that was a good touch and a good visual of Bray laughing maniacally in the ring.

  69. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Well, 90 minutes.

  70. Who's ready to pretend the draft will help? I wonder what dumb thing will derail a first rounder this year.

  71. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    I'm guessing the 90 minutes that you watched didn't present much in the way of quality, or it would've been shoved into the hulu show.

  72. I really don't think the IC title ladder match will be anything lengthy or memorable. It'll get 8-9 minutes and be filled with guys diving all over the place. Heyman's promos are worth sitting through 3+ hours of TV? Rollins has been losing nearly every single match in 2015, not to mention the green paint/mustard feud with Ambrose last year that he needed a hologram in order to beat Ambrose. Then his feud with Cena where he needed 5 guys' help to beat him in a cage match on a meaningless RAW.

    I think it really does have to do with you only watching the 90 minute RAW. Maybe that's what I need to do because the 3 hours of RAW each week just aren't worth watching. I see no silver lining in the current product. What I do see is a lazily booked show loaded with 20 minute promos, commercials during 7 minute matches, and Steph always emasculating the roster on a weekly basis.

  73. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!March 10, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    I stopped pretending last year for the last time. I really liked Justin Gilbert, and he was just the drizzling shits in his rookie year....and that other guy...well, we mustn't speak of him.

  74. I am on record as saying the less he talks the better but using a different voice feels like it is in the weird if it didn't happen in WWE it didn't happen territory. We know what Sting sounds are using this match to trying to get us to buy a subscription to a network that has hundreds of hours of Sting...often talking.

  75. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    I watched the Hulu Plus version, I cut my cable back in October and only watch the 90 minute version of Raw on Tuesdays. I'm finishing up the show now, as Orton beats the crap out of Rollins.

    Also, I kind of dug the Wyatt segment, as it was an old school heel challenge, countered by old school Undertaker supernatural antics.

  76. The only thing I didn't care for was them editing Warrior's speech to make it sound like he wanted everyday heroes honored. He said that he would like to see an award for the behind the scenes folks at WWE. Outside of that bit of propaganda, I thought this segment was extraordinally well done and was the highlight of the show, along with the Heyman promo.

  77. The Davey Boy line was hilarious.

  78. They'll just trade back for more 2nd and 3rd round picks.

  79. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Maybe you should switch to watching the Hulu Plus version instead. It's done wonders for my wrestling demeanor. I highly recommend it, as it's a much better version of the show.

  80. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    I'm debating whether I should call... Maybe go down to the one working payphone that I know of in Queens and call the toll free number from there...

  81. They did. Show and Kane were thrown out of the building, and J&J security were sent to the back (don't know why they didn't come back out). I also don't know if they said that HHH wasn't there, so I can't vouch for him.

  82. This show sounds bad. Really bad. WCW 2000 bad. God I finally admit it's gotten this bad.

  83. It seems like they're putting the Miz/Sandow blowoff into the battle royale itself, which hopefully means Sandow will win it and get a big face push in the coming months. I can live with that result, though you're right, it would make a lot more sense to just have Miz/Sandow in an undercard Mania match and save the battle royal-winning rub for someone else (i.e. Ziggler, Ambrose, Bryan rather than wasting them in a ladder match).

  84. I mean is this a big group that probably hires lots and lots of people?

  85. Not a bad idea. It'll at least eliminate the commercials and filler and let me watch in 90 minutes instead of 200. When do they put it up? The following day?

  86. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    It's a startup. All tech and no technique.

  87. It was 8 days later, but your point is valid.

  88. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    I started watching last night's episode around 8 a.m. this morning.

  89. Glad I missed this show. RAW is definitely must miss TV these days. I'm no longer even motivated to watch it just to joke about it on this Blog.

  90. WWE is terrible. Manchester United are staring into the abyss. This is a dark, dark time for theRani. :(

  91. That's the Maple Leafs for me. Quite the awful season to sit through post-Carlyle firing.

  92. then yea it's weird. I could see if it was some huge thing that is just hiring temps like crazy that would go to this kind of automated thing but ..this might be a situation where you go to the meet with them and enter a large empty room with just a chair facing a computer monitor and suddenly you are tasked with managing who lives and who dies on some secret island.

  93. It took four months to come up with "Orton's obviously fooling the Authority for 3 weeks"?

  94. United are having their 2nd mediocre season in the last 20 years. Find a Blackpool fan and tell them about your abyss and see how much sympathy you get.

  95. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    And I really think that switching up the way you watch can possibly change your disposition. Hell yes, I agree, three hours plus of Raw is just TOO DAMNED MUCH, it's grating and hard to sit through when you care SO LITTLE about a lot of what they're presenting.

    But you still want to be a fan, right? You still WANT to enjoy the show, right? Adjust your habits, then. Sure, it means not fully knowing what's happening when the Raw live thread is going on, but it beats being frustrated by a product that makes it hard to sit through the whole thing.

    I've found myself enjoying the show SO MUCH MORE since October, when I started watching on Hulu Plus. It's a much easier show to sit through in 90 minutes than 190.

  96. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    The eight year olds in the audience who don't even know what TNA is have no idea what he sounds like.

    And seriously, using a voice modulator for the Vigilante? Christ, will they just let Arrow star Stephen Amell guest host Raw already? If they keep stealing his trademarks, he may need to just show up and start kicking ass...

  97. Yeah, he does like to focus on the negatives to the exclusion of all else, doesn't he? :(

  98. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    That.... might be fun....

  99. If they're really trying to make Reigns a top guy, he needs to close the show and beat Lesnar clean as a sheet. I'd book it so Brock does the full mount/pummel the shit out of Reigns spot a few times, with Reigns getting up every time and asking for more. Finally he shrugs off an F5, Superman punch, spear, new champion, poses with belt as WM goes off the air. Anything else tells you that WWE has given up already.

    Of course, I also would have had him doing Magnum TA-level squashes of the midcard for weeks leading up to this.

  100. I felt sorry for Moyes - he was hamstrung from the start by a dressing room in open revolt because he wasn't a big enough name for them.

    A bit like how the Chelski dressing room cut the legs away from AVB before he even got started.

    Hmm - a locker room turning on the new guy because of an established pecking order they feel is more important? I wonder if Moyes was allowed an ice pack?

  101. Too bad they don't have Ole Anderson as an agent just for the sheer irony of having Sting sound like the Black Scorpion.

  102. He'd probably be right up Vince's alley, to be fair - have you SEEN the physique on the guy? Ridiculous!

  103. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Dude has a great physique, but I think what hurts him is he comes off as UBER-dorky.

  104. Maybe the txt Stop to cancel was just a lighthearted joke they threw in there kind of as an ice breaker or to show that they are laid back? If not, that's weird lol

  105. I'm going to watch the Hulu Plus version from now on then. Saves time AND makes me enjoy the product more? I'll take it!


  107. OOOOOH. I just rewatched the video package...that is where Sting talks. I only was half paying attention to that, heard the voice and thought HHH was blabbering on about something. That is horrible.

  108. I've only had a problem with TWC once when a modem didn't work and I had to wait a week for them to replace it (which was due to faulty installation). Aside from that, I haven't had any issues except the hassle of trying to go through their 4-5 different lines of "customer service" when I was moving.

  109. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    OK, maybe you won't enjoy the product more, but I'm willing to bet you'll hate it less. I understand it's a fine line...

  110. Stranger in the AlpsMarch 10, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    *a wall of mist suddenly descends upon the comments section of Matt Perri's RAW recap, clouding all common sense and better judgment*

    I'm coming for you Matt Perri. You can't run forever. Eventually, you'll get tired and want to stop running. But I will continue to catch up to you, because I'm eating more fruit and cutting back on fatty, greasy food.

    And then your ass is mine.

  111. Can we bring back Andy PG ? He was a weirdo but at least he liked the product. We shouldn't torture Matt by forcing him to sit and recap something he hate so much week after week

  112. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    My really big problems with TWC really only started in the last year or so, which led to me cancelling my cable account and just using their internet. And now the internet has been so spotty, I don't even want that. But I need it to do anything, and there are no other ISPs around me.

  113. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I don't think anyone here is being forced to do anything... Are they being paid? I mean, I don't want to write for the BoD, but if there's payment, I'll do it. It's been 10 days, I'm getting kind of desperate here, you know?

  114. That's true, but then so does Cena. ;)

  115. As someone who went 6 months from one editing job to the next writing job, I can tell you that sadly, a lot of advertised writing/editing jobs are scams. The biggest one I ran into was where they wanted you to pay to sign up for an online database of work-from-home jobs.

    I ended up getting my current job (the best one I've ever had) by signing up with a local temp agency. I work as a tech writer for a grant program hosted at a community college, and they exclusively use the temp agency because of how hard it is to do hiring - if they don't like their new hires, it's easier to end the temp assignment than fire someone from a public institution. I NEVER would have heard of this job if it hadn't been for the temp agency. I ended up temping for five months before they hired me on directly.

    Short version: sign up with every temp agency you can. And good luck!

  116. I liked Andy. I thought people's reactions to his reviews were appalling and, in some cases, just blatant keyboard-warrior style trolling.

    There's nothing wrong with enjoying something, even if the majority hate it. He was a good guy.

  117. " Put them in with a team like the Steiners and it makes for an entertaining mix of styles."
    That's what happened at Halloween Havoc 90

  118. Matt only focuses on the negatives, Andy focused too much on the positives. Maybe they should write the report together.

  119. Dr. Million Dollar FactsMarch 10, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    No matter how hard they try, the more they shove Reigns down the throat of fans the more I resent it.

  120. I think fans will be a lot more receptive to Brock leaving to kick more ass in UFC than they were of him leaving for an NFL pipe dream. Big difference this time around.

  121. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    I will definitely look into temp agencies today. Thanks, Mike!

  122. They could do it in a point/counterpoint style. Could actually be quite entertaining!

  123. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMarch 10, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Queuing up episode 1 of Powers on PlayStation Plus.

  124. Daniel Bryan in this midcard nonsense just pisses me off to no end. They changed their name to include the word Entertainment and they keep saying "this is fun!" But can they honestly tell themselves and anyone else that they're having more fun watching Reigns throw punches as opposed to watching Daniel Bryan kick ass and get the crowd fired up?

    Here's the story: Work hard for years, become the best in the world, adapt to WWE style. Let us call you a nerd and a farm animal on camera and beat you in 9 seconds. Let us give you the "hug it out" angle with Kane. We'll give you the only shot you could have at a main event program that consists of us telling everyone you suck, and trying to make you a Wyatt family member. You make it all work, stay positive, keep having great matches with everyone, become incredibly popular, develop a following, and finally main event our biggest show. Then, when your father dies and you get a career threatening injury and come back after all that ...

    We'll look annoyed that you're still around, ask you to put over the guy we think is better looking, and then toss you into a mid-card match with a bunch of guys like R-Truth and Stardust. Because, honestly, fuck you.

  125. Doctor FunkopolisMarch 10, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Don't you mean pull apart maul?

  126. I'm actually excited for rollins/orton and the IC title match, and they've actually done a good job in building string/hhh and wyatt/taker....and Cena and Rusev can't all be that bad, so I'm cautiously optimistic as a network subscriber who was going to watch it anyway. Heyman's promo actually did more to dissuade me from watching Lesnar/Reigns, because all it served was Lesnar getting over, it made Lesnar look like the coolest sumbitch ever and that anyone going up against him was a mere punk, and seeing as it's an absolute given that Reigns is walking out, just serves to depress me further.

  127. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    You ever try to pull something out of the mouth of a pit bull?

    That's how hard it will be to pull Lesnar off of Reigns.

  128. The RKO on the table was on TV. But I agree, the beat down just dragged on way too long.

  129. Doctor FunkopolisMarch 10, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    That's more like it.

  130. Wrestling beatdowns should follow this logic: Heels do long and slow because mean people keep beating on people long after they are winning. Faces: Should be short, quick, and to the point because the faces are suppose to be better than the heels! Why WWE forgets this, well because WWE.

  131. "Shades of gray" is what's ruining wrestling, in my opinion. Take Cena-Rusev for example. Instead of what Cena did last night, making him look like the heel and Rusev the sympathetic face... have Cena put his career on the line for another title shot, to do it for "America." Yeah, I know the "career" stipulation has no power these days anyway, but at least that makes Cena more sympathetic, willing to put his career on the line rather than beating up a heel and having his female manager give him the title shot to protect somebody who's supposed to be a "monster." IT'S ROCKY IV, FOR GOD'S SAKE... IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS CONVOLUTED.

  132. Well it's not really over until they go 1 on 1 in the ring (probably about 27 times). Come on though dude, you're complaining about the one thing that was awesome about last night's show

  133. Based on? Because while there's no heat between them, I don't think Sting would come out of semi-retirement just to job to HHH or just to work WM.

  134. Doctor FunkopolisMarch 10, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Yeah, every time I hear that song I also hear Jim Cornette screaming at me about what show they were putting on in BFE, KY.

    And of course, the legendary Danny Davis Arena.

  135. Fat, Ugly Inner-City SweathogMarch 10, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    You know what could have main evented as a safety net for Reigns vs Lesnar? John Cena vs Undertaker.

    Reigns vs Brock
    Taker vs Cena
    HHH vs Sting
    Orton vs Rollins
    Rusev vs Bryan

  136. Don't get me wrong. Pillman was known as one of the toughest guys in the locker room ever. He's kicked alot of ass. But he was all pilled up, getting caught and the company was thinking of testing some guys again (he was being tested for issues and rebelled against it) story goes that the Godwins didn't want their partying affected and issued physical warnings to a pilled up pillman in the locker room. He died a month later Though

  137. Based on HHH. Based on that HHH almost never does a feud where he doesn't look good. Based on WCW beating WWE. Based on whatever money WWE gave Sting to stare at lights. Take your pick.

  138. Definitely a dilemma: if Sting wins, it'll be a pseudo-triumph of WCW over WWEFG on the biggest show of the year; if HHH goes over it'll be the no.1 heel closing on top of WM at a time when Network retention/renewal will be most critical (which sounds more and more likely as I type, regardless of how much it'll further damage business).

    In either case, what "should" be the coronation of Reigns (in WWE Logic) gets buried.

  139. The Amazing GamecockMarch 10, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Why do they insist on starting every RAW with a 20-minute blah blah blah session? Its not effective. Show some variance!

  140. The Amazing GamecockMarch 10, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Even my girlfriend, who doesnt watch wrestling and thinks Roman is HAWT, says she doesnt buy him as a top guy.


  141. The Amazing GamecockMarch 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Hogan was such a cockface. How insecure do you have to be to demand to go over so convincingly each show. And not even realizing you are looking like a douche at the same time? Is Hulk, like, a sociopath?

  142. I guess you haven't been watching the last year or so of WWE programming regarding HHH.

    Also, again, I don't think Sting cares enough about working with HHH or at WM to come out of semiretirement to job in his only WWE match.

  143. They worked well with Harlem Heat as long as HH were the ring generals.

  144. Oh, true. Very true. They were obviously preparing HBK/Austin for WM. I think everyone saw that coming.

    But the build up still made Shamrock look like a credible threat by *gasp* winning matches.

  145. MaffewOfBotchamaniaMarch 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Sadly, he did.

    The Raw before Over The Limit 2011, Cena wrestles Swagger and pins him easily.

    Then Riley runs out and gets beat up by Cena.

    Then The Miz runs out with a pipe and gets beat up by Cena.

    The main event of the PPV was Miz vs. Cena.

  146. MaffewOfBotchamaniaMarch 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Hogan's like the kid from The Twilight Zone who can change reality.

    ''I don't wanna make The Giant look good''
    ''But, he's our biggest heel, wouldn't it make sense to-''
    ''I'M GOING TO NO-SELL HIS BIG MOVE. Also the name of the country is now Hoganland.''

  147. Pretty sure they had better booking on that South Park WWE episode. . . .

  148. Personally, I can't think of a better way to push a lame-duck WM main event than to have Paul Heyman keep cutting promos about it. I'm still not dying to see this match by any stretch, but he's at least giving me some reason to care.

  149. The last year of "The Authority Always Wins"?

    Your second point is that he doesn't care enough, which is PRECISELY why he'll job.

  150. Huh. I could have sworn Daniel Bryan won at WM and Evolution jobbed two months in a row and clean to the Shield. Weird. Huh.

    And you totally missed the point, but whatever.

  151. You know what we say when the Chokeslam is no-sold!

    It's good Hogan did that!

  152. This is late, but basically every time Flair was pushed on top from late 1993 onward, the match SOMEHOW outperformed expectations. Happened with Savage, happened with the 6-man tag at the '97 GAB, and it happened with Bret at Souled Out '98.

  153. I think he fell into being superhuman - which was cool when you worshipped Hogan like a god - like I did before I found Christ.

  154. Although months earlier she was one of the beauties with Woman and Elizabeth prior to their heel turns. But there was no relation to her being a character then.

  155. Or forces you into worshipping Hogan as a god.

  156. Closer to two weeks after Slamboree

  157. Marty Janney would Def work with that.I think sid would be good with God of Thunder by kiss.even just the instrumental.ultimate warrior guns n roses you could be mine.ric flair led zeppelin kashmir.kane metallica the thing that should not be.the headbangers anthrax caught in a mosh.cactus jack megadeth 99 ways to die


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