Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WCW Saturday Night: February 15, 1997

With all systems operating within normal designed parameters, and Cyborgs being pumped out at a furious rate, we board the mothaship with our good friends TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES. Dusty vows to talk about Roddy Piper. Good, I was worried.

BUNKHOUSE BUCK and MIKE ENOS (no data in 1997) vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS (4-0-1)

Buck and Enos are trying this again, huh? The LAST time they tried working together, they wound up getting into a kerfuffle which I HAVE to assume is related to their mutual love-triangle with one very confused Dick Slater. The Base of the Isosceles would be a fine name for this pair. It would be especially glorious given that Buck has no idea what an isosceles triangle is, let alone how to pronounce it. Buck rides Scotty like a hog, but don’t mistake the leather fetish for a submissive horndog, because he’d rather kill you than squeal. He stands up out of the clutch to hoist Buck into an electric chair position, and the bulldog finishes this as quickly as it started at 1:55. 1/2*

LEE MARSHALL’S MOUSTACHE is very intrigued by CHRIS BENOIT and WOMAN. Apparently Sullivan’s signed Benoit and himself to a Death Match. Benoit giggles at the idea, and asks if Sullivan’s looking to have his mind, career, or life ended. He vows to abuse Sullivan before finishing him for good. I swear to god, I could take the last 6 months worth of Saturday Night episodes and release them as a special documentary called “The Premeditation of Chris Benoit” and I’d immediately be hired to replace Keith Morrison on Dateline NBC.

MAXX (2-0-0) vs. CHAVO GUERRERO JR. (2-4-0)

It’s good to see Maxx making regular appearances on TV again, after serving his 6 month punishment in his room for trying to clean the Dungeon fountain with water that’s Not Cold. He knows better. Chavo takes down Maxx and goes for an early pin, but that just gets him thrown about 48 feet in the air. A forward electric chair drop sets up an elbow, and before you know it he’s swinging Chavo around in the Masterlock and that’s that at 1:42. Dusty asks if Maxx has ever actually visited the Pay Windah, which of course is no because he’s still on probation and has to go straight home as soon as his match is over. DUD

SLEDGE HAMMER (no data under this name) vs. ROADBLOCK (1-1-0)

Holy crap, is this really happening? This is already amongst the two or three greatest moments of my life, and they haven’t even started fighting yet. I don’t think my keyboard’s going to be able to take the asterisk pounding I’m about to put on it. My hands are trembling in anticipation for this, I can’t take it. I don’t even care that Sledge Hammer is a renamed Tombstone.




And we’re off! Sledge Hammer throws a mighty right hand, and hits a Stinger Splash! The big man is down! This is your chance, Sledge! Roadblock gets back to his feet, but Hammer rakes the eyes. Since it worked so well the first time, Sledge tries another Stinger Splash – but Roadblock moves!!! He MUST be fast, because otherwise there’s simply no excuse to miss a target that large! Roadblock picks up Sledge Hammer because he’s 500 pounds of rock solid steel, and the Dead End Drop finishes this at 1:07! I’m sure you were able to pick up on it from my in depth play-by-play, and I have little doubt in my mind that everybody reading this has seen this classic at one time or another, but in the event you suffer from a bad case of the wnyxmcneal (and you should NEVER go full wnyxmcneal), this is the single most important event that took place for humankind since The Big Bang. 4.54 billion stars, in honor of the age of our planet.

MR. JL (0-6-0) vs. SUPER CALO (0-5-0)

I KNEW meticulous record keeping would pay off, but I didn’t know I’d reap the dividends so quickly! 11 straight losses to start the year for this pair, which is awful considering even Jerry Lynn won a match on WCW Pro once. Calo dropkicks JL to the floor, and shows off the flash with a somersault plancha WITHOUT losing his toque. Calo goes to finish up top, but JL blocks with a dropkick. A kick to the face fails to knock Calo’s glasses off, so either JL needs to work on his kicks, or those things have been laced with Kra-Z Gloo. Calo takes a powder, but JL flies off the top with a plancha. Calo recovers and whips JL into the guardrail, using the extra recovery time to pose for his legions of Caloticons. JL tries to get back in the ring, but a swinging dropkick knocks his ass backwards, and another somersault plancha follows because Calo is a man of routine and style. Calo heads up, but he’s caught again, and this time JL DDT’s him off the top. Calo smartly puts his foot on the ropes at 2. JL goes up, but a dropkick stops that, and Calo hits a super headscissors. A senton finishes at 3:50! Dusty: “That’s a big win for Calo!” You don’t even know, Dusty. **

A beltless DEAN MALENKO is all up in LEE MARSHALL’s area. Syxx has somehow earned his second PPV title shot in a row because he stole Deano’s gold. Malenko tells us a story about a 16 year old kid who begged and pleaded to be trained in order to become a part of this industry. (Spoiler: It’s not Mass Transit) And his dad took this kid under his wing, teaching him both in-ring skills, but also respect. And that person ... was Syxx. I love a surprise ending. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of Boris Malenko’s training, because he has no respect, and he never wrestles. Dean vows to beat some respect into him. And if that doesn’t work, he’ll have an unshowered Hugh Morrus sit naked on him while screaming offensive names until he gives the belt back.

DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE (4-1-0) vs. DEVON STORM (0-1-0)

Don’t think that Storm wasn’t watching the Sledge Hammer match and got ideas for future gimmicks. It wasn’t until he named himself after a heavy blunt object and embraced his inner Ugly that he got over. Young wrestlers around the country could learn something from this, and I look forward to seeing Tire Iron make his debut in NXT soon. Storm shoves Page into the corner, which draws some big yuks. I think that’s code for “you’re a dead man”. A pumphandle backbreaker sets up the Cutter, but Storm pokes the eyes! Dusty buries him anyway. “Devon Storm hasn’t shown me that WCW is the place that he should be.” A tornado DDT plants Page, and Dusty’s forced to eat his words, which is fine because Dusty’s never turned down a free meal. Page hits a back elbow, and bounces off the bottom rope with a Diamond Cutter at 2:58. Page continues to roll. *1/2

BILLY PEARL (0-2-0) vs. CHRIS BENOIT (2-3-0) (with Woman)

Given that Kevin Sullivan gets to pad his win/loss record by fighting the finest group of losers ever assembled in one building, it’s only fair Benoit gets to do the same. And Pearl should be easy pickins, seeing as how he’s abandoned his wrestling career for that of an ice ballerina.


Benoit immediately goes for the Dragon suplex, but Pearl skates his way loose with a pirouette. Tony has some concerning news: The Steiner Brothers have been involved in a car accident. The extent of the crash is unknown, and they’re hoping for an update on WCW Pro. Wait – that’s not fair! I don’t have a copy of WCW Pro (because you KNOW I’d be recapping it). Now I’ll never know what happened to them, because they certainly won’t want to repeat themselves on multiple shows. Hrmph. I don’t even care anymore that Benoit’s beating Pearl into a mountain of hamburger, or that he drags Billy by the hair and makes him kneel before Woman to Show Her Respect. She claws at his eyes, and because he fails to answer with “GIVE ME MORE MISTRESS”, it’s back to Benoit and that’s not a good thing. Pearl tries to put Benoit in an inside cradle, and he’s immediately hit with a release Dragon suplex for his insolence. Benoit applies the Crossface, which is the debut of that move, and Pearl taps quickly at 4:10. *1/2

HIGH VOLTAGE (1-3-0) vs. HARLEM HEAT (6-1-2) (with Sista Sherri)

Dusty’s delighted to see High Voltage, who are “on a roll lately”. THE PUBLIC ENEMY look on from the crowd, and I’ll give them credit for dedication to their craft, seeing as how they fly out to and buy tickets to every single show they’re not booked on. Stevie hits Rage with a bicycle kick, and all of 4 seconds into this match he’s run through his entire moveset. Booker comes in and takes a powerslam. Stevie re-enters, and he lifts Kaos in the air as Booker flies over top of his brother with a Harlem Sidekick for the win at 3:26. Dusty calls Harlem Heat “The Faces of Fear” which is offensive to African Americans, Samoans, and me. 1/2*

VILLANO 4 (1-0-0) vs. JEFF JARRETT (7-0-0)

Dusty thinks that Jarrett’s “infectuated” with Debra McMichael. I hope he doesn’t try to start an “afar” with her. Rhodes also gives Jarrett his stamp of approval for the Horsemen, and considering Dusty *hates* the Horsemen, that should give you all the reasons you need NOT to put him in the group. I considered briefly that he anticipated that they’d ignore his advice, and that he’s using reverse psychology, but assuming Dusty’s thoughts extend beyond whatever’s flowing out of his mouth is giving him far too much credit. Villano almost scores an upset with a powerslam. A swandive misses, and Jarrett POINTS TO HIS HEAD! If intelligence was measured by log rolls and Fargo struts, Jeff Jarrett would be spending his nights debunking Stephen Hawking, and using John Nash’s research as toilet paper. A DDT gets 2. A standing vertical suplex has Jarrett self-fellating, but his cockiness gets him rolled up for 2. That’s all Villano’s getting I’m afraid, because a single leg atomic drop sets up the Figure Four, and Jarrett wins again at 4:34. *

Jarrett heads into LEE MARSHALL’s personal locker room, and wants to talk Superbrawl. He says that ever since Flair knighted him 6 months ago, a group of jealous Horsemen have tried to knock him down. At Starrcade, he bested Benoit. A few weeks ago on Nitro, he knocked off Anderson. That leaves Mongo, and when he does, he expects to become a part of the most elite group in wrestling history.

PRINCE IAUKEA (no data in 1997) vs. HUGH MORRUS (5-2-0) (with Jimmy Hart)

Tony calls Iaukea a man who’s made quite a name for himself in WCW. That name, of course, is Jobber, because he’s never won a match, and the only TV time he gets anymore is under the hood as Cheetah Kid (0-3-0). He’s also awful, and *nobody* is clamouring for a Prince push, so let’s just squash him and release him immediately. He has NO reason to be on Nitro this week. NONE! I do NOT want to see him booked on Nitro under any circumstances. Are we all clear on this? Morrus starts running him over with clotheslines – and one of them winds up hitting the camera lens and leaving a fairly impressive fist print. Morrus misses an avalanche, and Prince comes off the top with a Superfly Splash ... for 2. Prince tries a forward roll, but Morrus just faceplants him. A long beating ensues, and fight as Prince may, he can’t get anything going. A spinning heel kick rocks the tiny man, and No Laughing Matter connects. Morrus refuses to pin his prey, rolling Prince on top of himself and getting his own foot on the ropes at the 2 before laughing his ass off. Finally he rolls over and gets the pin at 3:54. You know who Prince looks NOTHING like? Rocky Maivia. It’s best we not waste time trying to compare them. In fact, let’s just stop talking about Prince Iaukea before WCW gets any crazy ideas. *

KONAN (6-1-1) (with Jimmy Hart) vs. EDDIE GUERRERO (5-3-2) (for the WCW United States heavyweight title)

Speaking of crazy ideas, let’s not get Konan back in the US title mix. Konan, always a scumbag, attacks before the bell and screams about Mexico. Eddie fires back with a rana, but Konan rolls to the floor and catches him as he tries to follow. Eddie’s whipped into the guardrail, and slammed face first in the ringsteps. “DUNGEON OF DOOM LOCOS!” Oh. Back in, the tumbleweed gets 2, and Konan goes to his trademark: the chinlock. After about an hour, Eddie gets out, but Konnan catches him with Splash Mountain ... for 2! Konan’s not mad though, he still has Mexico to scream about, which is his equivalent of hulking up. An avalanche misses, and Eddie pounds away at the kidneys. A spinning heel kick gets 2, and even though he gets up first, Konan dropkicks Eddie quickly. A full nelson has Eddie flailing helplessly, and he accidently clips the referee. Jimmy jumps on the apron, and swings the megaphone ... but he pops Konan by mistake! Eddie hits the Frog Splash, and Jimmy runs in for the DQ at 4:56. These guys are a total bore together. 1/2*

With a quick reminder to watch The Pro tomorrow for updates on the Steiner Brothers, Tony signs us off for another week.

474 comments:

  1. The FRAGILISTIC SUPER CALO~! Had the best mask ever! I am a CALOHOLIC~!

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  2. AverageJoeEverymanMarch 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I had no idea Buck was still in WCW in 1997. He seems so much more WCW 1994.

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  3. Almost positive 911 also used the name Big Al at some point. Anybody know for a fact? I'm working on his Ancestry tree right now.

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  4. Yeah he did, however he wasn't the Big Al who Tank Abbott tried to knife on PPV.

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  5. LOL, Athletes don't feel the same tho. No doubt the majority of professional athletes cheat in some kind of way.

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  6. Book it! He has always said how much he preferred being in WWE than WCW.

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  7. AverageJoeEverymanMarch 24, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    EXCUSE ME SIR! He was trying to shave his beard I'll have you know!

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  8. So, has anyone already (or are you planning to) picked up the DVDs that Cornette is selling on his site that are Mid Atlantic house show matches from the mid to late 70s?

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  9. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    It's just a line from Always Sunny, I'm a lazy drunk

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  10. I remember laughing when Scott called him HHHH and then laughing more when someone emailed him asking why he added the extra H.

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  11. Didn't know about them but I will have to check it out.

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  12. Planning on picking it up for my uncle, who was an on old school fan. Is it any good?

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  13. "Dusty calls Harlem Heat “The Faces of Fear” which is offensive to African Americans, Samoans, and me."

    What about Tongans?

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  14. HHH was really an awful face. This is a horrible promo. Guy should have just always been a heel.

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  15. Holy crap you guys, Jeremy Piven started a music festival:
    http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/03/summerfest-reveals-mammoth-2015-lineup/

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  16. http://jimcornette.com//store/mid-atlantic-wrestling-films-lost-classics

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  17. Scott Steiner's take:
    "I told (WWE) to have Triple H
    pick me up in a limo, then we could go test together," he says with a
    laugh. "They never asked again. I've never failed a drug test in my
    life."
    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2010/04/29/13759801.html

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  18. This is really making me wish they would upload random years of smackdown.

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  19. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    I was hoping they'd start slapping each other like a Three Stooges skit.

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  20. The WWF Burn of the Night. Brought to you by Fat Stacker 2.

    Didn't that shit end up killing people lol?

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  21. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    "The WWF Burn of the Night. Brought to you by Amy Dumas.

    Didn't that chick end up killing people lol?"



    FTFY

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  22. Nah, it just made people slam into some Chef Boyardee faster.

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  23. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    No that was um....whatever Anna Nicole was slinging

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  24. X-Files is back!!!


    All other talk is irrelevant!!!!

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  25. That's sorta like saying "the monkey that lives next door only flung one handful of poo at me instead of the usual two or three."

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  26. Molly Holly vs Hurricane, so lame but then out comes Heyman and Lesnar and Brock beats the shit out of BOTH of them!!!

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  27. Like a re-make? Or new episodes?

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  28. DAMN

    $125 bucks, though. Not the kind of thing you can really pick individual sets of, though I would trust Cornette to make a decent 2 or 3 disc version

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  29. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    No..no there was no NEW Midnight express.

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  30. Jobber, on the Raw that you're watching, was the theme "Across the Nation" yet or were they still using "Thorn In Your Eye/"All Together Now"?

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  31. I was iffy on another movie, but getting a solid 8-10 episodes out of it should be good. Hopefully...

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  32. MaffewOfBotchamaniaMarch 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    ''Dusty thinks that Jarrett’s “infectuated” with Debra McMichael. I hope he doesn’t try to start an “afar” with her.''


    I spat tea at this.

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  33. He licensed the footage to Kayfabe Commentaries for his territory releases there. I saw some on the last one, I find the matches boring myself, but for being from the 70's the stuff is pretty good quality video wise, so if he's an old school fan than it might be worth it if you have the $.

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  34. Don't they have to put Billy Gunn in the WWE Hall of fame?

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  35. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Well Wacko IS that little dude from the Animaniacs cartoon?

    So if Tobacco is Wacko and Wacko is on a cartoon for kids, then Tobacco was made for kids.


    Wow. I feel like a politician.

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  36. But aliens only existed in the 1990s :/

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  37. Then he could change his move to the Hall of Fame-asser.

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  38. He's on JR's podcast and talks about it for a minute. He said he considered making a bunch of shorter ones, but they weren't copied originally in any particular order or something. But yeah, 18 discs and 36 hours...

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  39. It's the smackdown, and they are using Marilyn Manson. I wish this raw was the on the network, I'd love to get to hear that Canadian crowd again.

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  40. Ok that is really awesome.

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  41. Ah bummer, okay.

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  42. They kept Beautiful People on there and didn't dub it out?

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  43. Beautiful People, sweet. Raw was so damn cool back then. Anyone watching Nitro was a nerd.

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  44. He and Road Dogg will go in as a team at some point.

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  45. Yeah they left it in on the network.

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  46. Hey, just cause I watched Nitro at Weenie Hut Jr. does not make me a nerd!

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  47. But even hotter Dana Scully exists now!

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  48. She was a feisty bitchy milf in the drama The Fall last year

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  49. I should tweet Manson to let him know and he'll sue for millions

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  50. Also, when I said "I trust Cornette," I didn't mean "I expect him to" but rather "I'd trust his judgment as to what he would include."

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  51. I haven't bothered watching that yet, I'm just going by her on Hannibal. Is the Fall any good?

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  52. Rock vs Nash in 2002 was still kind of a dream match (based on star power). I'd think in 1999 or 2000 this would have a mega deal. It's funny that we finally saw Sting do a match there in 2015.

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  53. Yeah, it's pretty good. Pretty gripping and dark.

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  54. What happened? DQ finish?

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  55. I know little of Mid-Atlantic, but I might end up getting it.

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  56. Oh yes it does Hopscotch!

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  57. Sounds good, I'll have to add it to my Netflix "to be watched" queue.

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  58. I like how this emailer didn't even mention the IC ladder match as an important match. I understand that it's a thrown together garbage match. But it's actually dominated large portions of the last few shows. Plus there is a rumor that HHH wants to elevate the mid-card titles. Oh and the most over guy in the company is in the match.


    So I assume Bryan is winning, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they do something stupid like have Barrett win to swerve the fans.

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  59. They're doing a 3rd season this year I think

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  60. For 28, I'd say 18 seconds. Not that the result surprised, but "shock value" moment taking place of what would have been a great match.

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  61. Cool. And I see it's the classic British 6 episodes a season deal. I'll be able to buzz through both seasons in a week!

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  62. If last night wasn't the go home and there was another two weeks before WM, I think they'd have a decent shot at getting people hype for the show.

    Also, the last showdown between the two guys fighting for the title wouldn't be a tug of war between two little kids who both want to play champion.

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  63. "because they need to run that match before it's actually too late, right?"


    Tell me more about this time travel you have access to.

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  64. Aye, they're all about 50 minutes long and I *think* both season finales were about 80

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  65. I was gonna say. As a singles guy, no, but the Outlaws are a lock someday.

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  66. Heaven help me, I was into it too and want Sting to whup his ass!

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  67. Yeah, my passion for wrestling dropped considerably between 2001 and 2002. It ended with the Triple H reign of terror and I didn't come back until a small stint in 2005 and then again in 2011.

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  68. Biggest star to never compete at a WrestleMania?
    Great Muta
    Larry Zbyskzo
    Midnight Express
    Brusier Brody
    Nikita Koloff
    Jushin Thunder Liger
    Brian Pillman

    Who's your pick?

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  69. It'd be hilarious for them to do that, possibly destroying Cena's merch sales, to get over Reigns and then fail.

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  70. Basically, if Koko, the Bushwackers and Rikishi are HOFers, everyone on the roster today will be up for inclusion in the HOF at some point!

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  71. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Hilarious protest happening in Seattle right now with management from various chain restaurants asking for demotions so they can make more money with the new minimum wage law, hahaha


    Oh what a clusterfuck

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  72. For sure. Cena is exceptionally stale, but he can work a match and there is at least monetary evidence that supports his main-event status.

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  73. Yup hall ran in to break up a pin fall by the rock. Then Hall tried to razors edge the rock, but rock reverses into a back body drop out of the ring and Hall takes a wild bump.

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  74. The upside to Cena beating Rusev would be if Brock does stick around, Cena and Bryan elevating the secondary belts to a level of importance that can carry the house show circuit and main event secondary PPVs.

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  75. He's just changing the nearest digit place to which he rounds. Now he's rounding to the nearest thousand ... next he'll round up to the nearest hundred thousand (100,000) ... it will take some creativity to bump it up from there.

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  76. I don't see how Cena could potentially lose. He lost the last match to Rusev and he was on the receiving end of a beatdown on Raw. Plus history tells us that Cena is the most protected guy in the company in terms of wins and losses.


    My predictions are that Reigns, Cena, Taker, Orton, Bryan, and Sting go over. But I think Rollins and Barrett have decent shots at winning, and I wouldn't completely count out the possibility that Triple H beats Sting.

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  77. How did the WWE not run Hogan and Rock vs nWo and Jericho and Stephanie vs HHH at Backlash 02. That would have been so much better.

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  78. Like the tag titles, we've heard so much about the middle titles being elevated (remember when Cody brought back the white strap?) and it never happens that I'm simply tuning it out until it happens.

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  79. Yeah that Big Al nearly got knifed to death by Tank after their legendary battle. Still a top 5 WCW moment for me.

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  80. Yeah, sooner or later $15 in Seattle will be just as good as the $8 or whatever people made before.

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  81. What year? I thought he was a really good face in '08-09. And obviously a great midcard face with DX in '98.

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  82. Rock and Jericho didn't even wrestle on Backlash. I think Rock went to film the Scorpion King at that point?

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  83. HHH/Austin Three Stages of Hell will never get old to me.

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  84. That's implying that they raise rates on things, which they won't.

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  85. They are addressing our complaints that the titles mean nothing. "SURE THEY DO, LOOK AT 'EM GRAB!"

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  86. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    I love this idea that they're going to make $15 and none of the prices of anything else is going to change, don't worry Barista you will still be at the bottom, milk is now just $6 a gallon, good work

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  87. Yeah, pretty sure Rock was done the night after WM18, right? 2002 was a fucking mess. Bork was the only good thing to come out of it I can think of.

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  88. Any good place to get mid south wrestling comps on the web?

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  89. Even if Brock resigns Reigns won’t lose. The whole point of breaking Taker’s streak was to build the ultimate monster for Reigns to slay. If that doesn’t happen, the streak was killed needlessly.

    I think Sting wins but it wouldn’t shock me if HHH got his win at WM, with Sting getting revenge later. Stinger's gotta pay his dues! Or something.

    Taker’s not losing two years in a row.

    And I assumed Rusev beats Cena by DQ, that way he keeps his title that Cena doesn’t need while the hero gets the ‘victory.’ Cena can get the hollow moral celebration like Luger at SS 93.

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  90. I understand people need to live, but a living wage for low end jobs just devalues everything

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  91. Biff Kensington Has a PosseMarch 24, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    That match is criminally underrated in the grand scheme of things. If it had taken place on a major show like WrestleMania or Summerslam, it would be remembered as an all-time great.

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  92. The Sting comes out to make the save as another pathetic attempt to give Reigns the rub from a former star.

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  93. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    A restaurant owner can't see a 20% increase in payroll and not make that up somewhere else

    So either people are getting fired or prices are raising

    For my part, if the raise even affects us which I'm not sure it does, I'd let my office staff go completely and just go fully digital with the phones and messaging. I'm not going to pay a desk girl the same a starting reporter makes, I'm just not.

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  94. Would make for some nice continuity.

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  95. In Australia a McDonald's worker makes $15 an hour and their Big Macs are cheaper than America's Big Macs.

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  96. I have to believe that the original plan for WM28 (when it was originally being put together prior to WM27) was for Cena to win. Not sure when that may have changed, could have any time during the year+ of building towards it, but I'd say Rock winning was definitely unexpected.

    Of course, that's pure speculation, but I seriously doubt that in, say, late 2010 or early 2011, the plan was laid out for the next two years; I find it more likely that Rock originally agreed to 28 and then later decided to work 29 (meaning that it would seem more likely to have Cena win if Rock was only working once, and then changing the plan as Rock changed his mind), as opposed to him deciding to work both shows (meaning that they knew Rock would be able to return the job after the initial win) all the way back to pre-27.

    Either way, I think most people weren't expecting it.

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  97. That, too.

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  98. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Then it's made up in rent, or in lower staffs, or something. You don't get to hand out money for free and not expect inflation.

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  99. Starting up WM28

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  100. Oh, it was Curtis Axel who won the title in the triple threat at Mania 20! It all makes sense now!

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  101. So two people named Kid Ink and Skylar Grey are performing at Mania. Along with Travis Barker on drums, which is always awesome.


    The Facebook comments are that post are just trashing this.

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  102. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Will one of them look vaguely female like that rapper from last year I wonder?

    There are like three levels of fame

    The people I know about
    The people I don't know about but probably should
    The people they get at Mania

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  103. I would book Rusev to win again at Mania, there will be face victories in more important matches, you don't want Cena with the US title, and whoever does beat Rusev will get a rub by doing what John Cena couldn't.

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  104. Skylar Grey looks like a suburban kid dressing up as a meth addict for Halloween.

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  105. Wait, servers will be making $15/hr in Seattle restaurants? I assume they can kiss their tips goodbye since they're no longer reliant on tips as their primary pay.

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  106. Something has to give because at $15 an hour you are starting to creep toward the hourly pay of people who are skilled laborers (e.g. teachers or other occupations). Those occupations will probably demand at some point to be compensated more relative to what an unskilled fast food worker or whatever is making, thereby producing some degree of inflation somewhere in the economy.

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  107. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I guess all those people with journalism degrees that don't have jobs made the right choice going to Starbucks lol

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  108. "Three hours of buildup to two guys having a tug-o-war...glad I watched the 'Teen Mom' premiere." Russo brings the LAFFS.

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  109. That's the point actually.


    There are bars in Philly doing this already, and the people making that new amount seem much happier.

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  110. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    While all the people that went to school and have some amount of skill are much angrier. But hey, the barista can afford a new car, so....bonus lol

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  111. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    That's the idea, I don't expect it to actually take hold but our city council is full of people that actually ran on a Socialist ticket so who the hell knows.

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  112. Having to rely on tips is a crime, especially with how cheap some people are these days.

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  113. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Well, they won't have to worry about me tipping them anymore. At $15 an hour they can go fuck themselves.

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  114. Lesnar and Reigns should have gone at each other's throats to end Raw. Not leggo my eggo.

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  115. So are there any rumors or news on if Brock re-signed last night?

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  116. I'd argue that this is a disincentive for an employee to give stellar service since they'll get paid the same for mediocre service. But as a former server, I know full well that there were plenty of terrible servers out there even when they were reliant on tips.

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  117. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Makes for a good avatar joke though

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  118. You don't, that's what they're basically doing. Eliminating tips.

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  119. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    At $15 an hour my server will now have to basically blow me while I eat country fried steak to see even a dime in tips lol

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  120. Koko I will grant you, but Rikishi was memorable and iconic in his own way (even if he was never my cup of tea) and The Bushwhackers were multi-time tag team champions all over the world. Not their fault Vince looked at them and saw money in "possibly retarded men who lick people."

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  121. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Which I'm not a fan of really. The job is menial, it's meant to be menial, if you're good at it you get a bonus.

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  122. Did anyone else find the closing credits music of Cheers absolutely depressing? I feel like curling up and crying while holding my dog every time I listen to it.


    Also, Ted Danson's hair is different in every episode, whether it be color, style, position. There's always a subtle difference.

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  123. He was probably upset none of the Teen Moms gave birth to a hand.

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  124. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    YT'ing it right now....honestly I can't help but smile because this show and music is tied to a ton of good childhood memories. This was on the TV seemingly my entire upbringing.

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  125. It amazes me that one of the most ridiculous things to ever air on WWE television wasn't even a Vince Russo thing.

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  126. I genuinely have never heard of the first two.

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  127. I've only seen a few episodes here and there growing up, and then saw a good portion of Frasier. Now that I've basically marathoned Frasier twice, I figure I watch Cheers now.

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  128. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    It's really good stuff, very very laid back compared to most sit-coms now

    I rewatched last year and had completely forgotten about Harry Anderson owning the whole first season lol

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  129. WWE sending emails, giving me the hard sell to renew for the PPV. It's WrestleMania after all..

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  130. I, for one, will not be paying the new Network price of...12.99.

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  131. Aaand now here's the match where WWE created the Yes Monster.

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  132. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    I like that both times I've seen DBry talk about it he mentions it really starting to first get loud in Tacoma.

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  133. "Ask Diane, the tab's covered!"


    "It's covered Sam!" (thinking he's talking about the pool table)


    I honestly can't wait for Frasier to show up.

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  134. And with that kick, Sheamus stomped out any chance he ever had at connecting as a babyface again.

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  135. A crime? Really? As a former server in my late teens and early 20s who worked hard, I made decent tips and never felt oppressed. If I didn't want to live on tips, no one was putting a gun to my head and forcing me to stay. I could have certainly found a job with an hourly wage.


    The argument against doing away with tips completely in favor of a living wage has some merit, since the end result to the consumer is likely the same after the increase in prices. But let's not act like this is some sort of national scandal.

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  136. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Yeah it's no wonder the network was immediately like "That guy needs an entire show just for him" he's so goddamn funny

    I feel like Frasier doesn't show up until Coach "leaves" but I may have that twisted, the show is pretty muddled in my head to be honest

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  137. Hey now, that wasn't Russo's doing surprisingly.

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  138. Zack Ryder is probably working for tips at this point.

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  139. I remember reading that apparently Frasier was the least popular character on the show according to some fan poll they took.

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  140. Bumping for tips might work out for that guy. He's never going to make it as a mechanic.

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  141. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    When I was in college I barbacked at a place so shitty they paid me my hourly wage under the table every night, like $8 cash per hour every night, that's basically a $15 hour job after taxes anyway...I fucking looooooved it, 22 in college with at least $40-50 cash in my pocket every night? I was fucking RIIIICH

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  142. Pre-boob job, don't know if that's Brie or Nikki lol

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  143. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    That's hilarious, and how long was his show? Wasn't it another 11 just like Cheers?

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  144. Frasier comes in at the beginning of Season 3, and Coach passed away in the latter half of that season. So, there's some overlap

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  145. Yep, and won even more Emmys than Cheers did.

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  146. Is the referendum going towards all small businesses (sorry if you're more of a medium sized business!) or is it just for the restaurant industry?

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  147. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Seriously I think I watch TV wrong or something. We'll be here bullshitting and I'll mention a random moment in Sunny and (Art is especially good at this) someone will say something like "Oh, season 4 episode 3 I liked that one! Not as as good as 6 or 9 in that season though!"

    I have no knowledge of seasons or episodes or anything. You could tell me Coach died in Season 9 of Cheers and I'd be like...wow that seems late but if you say so.

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  148. Skylar Grey has actually performed at a previous Wrestlemania.

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  149. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Everything in the city proper, which thankfully we are not but we're close enough it's coming my way sooner or later

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  150. Least popular probably because he was the closest thing they had to normal. Everyone else stood because of their idiosyncrasies. I thought Frasier was badass, though, second only to Sam. I do wonder what the spinoff would have looked like if Frasier was more of the blunt man-of-the-people character he was in the last few seasons of Cheers. I was mad for a while that they changed him back to a more tactful and even wussier Frasier when the spinoff started.

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  151. "Big singles matches."

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  152. Damn, this match is getting drowned out by Daniel Bryan chants. That WHC match was such a misfire. I missed the first few minutes of WM28 for some reason so it was interesting to see this blog and IGN blow up after the squash. I couldn't believe it just reading it lol.

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  153. What I love seeing is how these characters evolved into what they became on Frasier. Sam jokes that Frasier was almost exactly like Niles when he first shows up. Carla REALLY hates Cliff for some reason, and Sam is even disgusted to find out his current fiancee had once slept with Cliff, which even upsets Frasier.



    Right now, Cliff just seems like a regular guy at the bar.


    Also, I REALLY thought it was funny how much Frasier's dad seemed to hate Diane in that episode where she showed up.

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  154. Brie is actually decent. Nikki had been the 2nd, the one that would come in via Twin Magic until the boob job.

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  155. I guess it depends on the kind of person you are. I mean, I like facts and numbers to back up what I'm saying in just about every single debate or bullshitting session I've been in (my friends say I don't "play fair" because of this). So, I remember numerical data almost to a meaningless fault.



    What about for baseball--can you remember Griffey's best years in terms of the exact amount of homers, RBIs, avg, etc.?

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  156. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Not even a little bit hahaha, I always joke I am seriously the least informed baseball fan in history. Which really makes people mad when I show them the patches from all the stadiums I've been to lol

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  157. Very disappointing to look at the TV schedule and see that the 4 games on thursday and friday are basically going to be played two at a time. Why not run a quadruple header?

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  158. And now she's in the midst of a Reign of Terror. Funny.

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  159. Yeah, I know you're right but I can't help wanting to be optimistic that this time they really mean it.

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  160. Duh. Clearly I don't reads good. I completely ignored the "singles" part and just focused on the "big matches" part.

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  161. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    So what are the chances of the IC title match going on first so they can get DBry out of the building?

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  162. That's why I'm "Roman. Confused" at this entire thing. Maybe the E just decided to push Nikki after Brie got her run in 2014.

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  163. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    I don't think they're too worried to be honest, and really the shouldn't be. Everyone knows whats happening going in, and at prices like that do people really want to shit on a Mania?

    Fuck that, it'll be a huge show, they'll have a ton of fun even if it's worst booking ever.

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  164. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonMarch 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    The match order is going to play a big part in this how much Wrestlemania sucks though.

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  165. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Ah ok I get what you're saying. I'm more curious to see how many neck bumps for DBry they can squeeze into a 10 minute match to be honest.

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  166. This seems kinda random: http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/100-tna/41764-tnas-borash-lands-gig-with-howard-stern

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  167. I expect the tag mayhem thing to start. There's no Nitro style lucha stuff to get the crowd hot, so why not a bit of chaos.


    I think Rollins vs. Orton is happening 2nd.


    6-way IC


    Battle Royale


    Triple H vs. Sting


    Divas


    Undertaker vs. Wyatt


    Lesnar vs. Reigns to close.

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  168. ღαґ√ ḉґεṧтøMarch 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Getting Rollins out of the way early definitely adds some drama to the main event, I like that idea

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  169. Oh yeah, they were jobbing Orton out for a while, weren't they?

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  170. Tag Team is the pre show I believe. Second straight year the Tag Champs don't get a legit mania slot lol.

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  171. Has anyone WWE wanted to make a babyface superstar worked out lately? Sheamus, Ryback, now Roman...they're so clueless.

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  172. Sting selling the segment "you've got a sledgehammer, I've got a bat, make your move". And then, jumping up and down in the ring yelling "step up! Step up!"

    I've said before, Sting's not a legendary promo, but he has gotten better over the years, and he's always got by on fire and enthusiasm.

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  173. I think that Ryback can eventually work.

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  174. Gotta save up time for HoF, dancing mamas, musical acts, and some celebrity appearances.

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  175. If lifer Borash has found another gig, you've got to assume the end is near.

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  176. I disagree. He doesn't have the in-ring ability to captivate a crowd. He's gone as far as he can.

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  177. Fans seem to like him. I like Rock's (the poster) IWC of the BoD embracing him as our new Sid.

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  178. The thing that gets me about the Brock/Roman build is that they didn't play to Roman's strength at all: brawling. Dude knows how to brawl, personally speaking, I didn't give a shit about the Fast Lane match vs Bryan until they had the brawl the week before. It's like Vince got confused and built up Rusev/Cena the way Brock/Roman should of been built.

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  179. Sid was infinitely more entertaining.

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  180. Fat, Ugly Inner-City SweathogMarch 24, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Your logic is that Taker didnt come back just to job. Yet you also say Sting, who has never worked a match in WWE, signed just to job to the COO?

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  181. The Usos mostly.

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  182. Ugh.

    Taking my personal dislike of Ryback out of the equation, I can't see how he can be elevated more than he is. He's not young and can't wrestle a ten minute match. I think he's more the new Mark Henry. He'll be slotted into mid-card and upper mid-card programs, turn face and heel a bunch of times and may catch fire for a bit. But the company won't be able to rely on him for long.

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  183. Man Brock in AJPW in the 90s would have made some dough and so many 5 star matches.

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  184. He's one of the guys I hope does well post-TNA, I've never felt any reason to wish him ill.

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  185. It'll be acceptable in person (hopefully), although the audience watching from anywhere else probably won't be as entertained.

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  186. Hell with tradition, they should just put it on last, it'll be the best thing on there with the happiest ending (hopefully)

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  187. I'm getting older. I used to be like that. Now all seasons of all things are a blur.

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  188. WrestleMania 28 was looking to be even worse than 27 until the three big matches.

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  189. Is your avatar a tugboat (not the wrestler) with some huge cannons on it?

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  190. I loved the sleazy English guy whos name I can't remember

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  191. http://www.universalwrestling.com/product/MSWV001-102DVD.html



    The whole set is... pricey. But you can get individual DVDs IIRC. Scott talked about it years ago... this would be one of those "win the lottery/inheritance" buys.

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  192. He didn't graduate college until 2000, so that would've been a little tough

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  193. I loved X Files but I don't know if I'm excited for new episodes because the show should have ended after Season 5 Episode 2 (Marv wassup), and the "mythology" has already gone to all hell.

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