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Scrap the Intercontinental Title

Hi Scott,

With Daniel Bryan seemingly about to go on the injured list again, do you think the WWE should just decommission the I-C Title? The belt has had zero prestige since 1999 or so, and the second half of last year saw The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper and Wade Barrett ping-ponging the title back and forth.

In contrast the U.S Title has been very strongly represented by Rusev and now John Cena, raising it to that semi-main event prestige once held by the I-C title. Maybe do a unification match or have Triple-H and Stephanie declare the title retired due to Bryans status (or have Repo Man repossess the title and never be seen from again :)

Your thoughts?


​They already tried getting rid of it in 2002.  It didn't stick then and wouldn't stick now.  It'll probably just get bounced back to Wade Barrett and become the same loser title it's been for years again.​



Comments

  1. Uh, let's not start sucking the U.S. title's dick just yet. Cena's held the thing for less than a month and has so far defended it against Dean Ambrose and two jobbers (not to be redundant) and Rusev may very well win it back at ER given that it's the WWE's favorite Cena match: the one he can lose without being pinned or submitted or lose by fluky circumstance.

    Let's not act like Cena suddenly lowering himself to the U.S. title somehow fixed the years of damage done to it during various periods where I honestly couldn't have told you off the top of my head who the champion was.

    As for the IC title? I can't imagine why the WWE doesn't hold a section of fans who change their minds about what they want every 3 days in very high regard.

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  2. A unification with Cena going over and maintaining the U.S. Title as the belt he carries and defends makes logical sense. Having one true "secondary" championship where champions get booked with long, meaningful title reigns should work well.


    You mentioned that scrapping the IC Title "wouldn't stick" because they tried getting rid of it before, but why did they bring it back? The brand split? That's no longer a thing. Tradition? Fans in 2015 don't necessarily have the first-hand memories of the former prestige of the IC Title that fans did in 2002. Neither of the secondary titles mean what they used to mean, in the eyes of the modern fan, so unification ought to be able to work.

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  3. I actually think Rusev has done more for the U.S. title than Cena, at this point. He was booked like a monster and while it was a largely predictable defeat at WM, Rusev losing was made to be a big deal. I wouldn't complain if he did win it back at Extreme Rules.

    It's not the length of the title reigns that matter. It's who is feuding over them. Ambrose had the thing for a year and the belt became just a part of his outfit. It didn't mean a thing. Rusev and Cena have given the title the rub and whoever is the next guy in line other than those two will also be made to be a big deal, because he would have had to defeat one of those guys.

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  4. The Intercontinental Title is the new European Title. May as well treat it like that.

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  5. Don't forget that there were times where Ambrose didn't even bring the belt with him. Granted, it was for matches where the title wasn't on the line, but still.

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  6. Just give the title to Ziggler, who can fit in Bryan's spot as fighting champion, and let him hold it for a few months.

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  7. The second paragraph is *****.

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  8. I say give it to Roman Reigns ... seriously.

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  9. Bryan probably couldn't take Cena's ridiculous springboard stunner.

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  10. That would have been a great idea a year ago.

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  11. Why not have rusev win the ic belt?

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  12. Can only go ****3/4 because he said "brand split" when we all know it was a brand extension

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  13. Stop underrating my ratings maggle

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  14. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonApril 16, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    No.

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  15. WWE's booking style along with how they mute certain crowd responses as if somehow its insulting, doing no favours for either the belt or the mid card roster. WWE are such a weird backwards company.

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  16. ROCK-em SOCK-em Robot!!!!April 16, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Wade Barrett: Patron saint of boring, heatless IC title matches.

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  17. That'd be sorta funny, but Bryan would make it work.

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  18. No way. He'd get booed out of the building by the smarks at the HOF ceremony.

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  19. The Quebecers coming back was lame because they didn't have their Mountie outfits anymore. It took away from their presence IMO.

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  20. Savio Vega was a terrible choice, as he simply wasn't good enough or over enough for the spot but he and Los Boriquas had been helping out DX for months before hand so it made some sense instory at least.

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  21. Yeah, made sense with some of the story and at least Russo blew that off a few weeks later by DX allowing Savio into the group and then beating him down ala Jim Neidhart.


    But in kayfabe, I'm sure Austin, Foley, Owen, and the gang were quaking in their boots at the thought of facing Savio!

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  22. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    If only Bryan's injury was due to him crashing his hybrid moped into a coffee shop.

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  23. I loved the WWE's petty response to that Canada lawsuit. Changing the theme like that.

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  24. Or let the fans "choose":
    1) Quickest pinfall wins
    2) Pinfalls only match
    3)Submissions are banned

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  25. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Its odd that there are a couple posts on here that both have to do with IYH No Way Out (of texas). This one and the Quebecers comeback and match against the Godwins. Its amazing the things we can recall from 17 years ago, but forget shit from a couple years/months/weeks ago because things are so played out now.

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  26. The vignettes would be hilarious...if WWE ever cared about those anymore.

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  27. Battle Kat LitterApril 16, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    I'd be up for unification. It feels like one belt too many at the moment anyway.

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  28. This is a pretty awesome idea, really.

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  29. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    go meta and call the stable "Evil Foreigners"

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  30. Absolutely. I think the characters were a lot more distinctive as well (for better or worse), which helps. Giving at least SOME motivation for feuds and letting guys wrestle in more unique ways also contributes.

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  31. I will say that they made that a small plot point when they were teasing Shield tension with Reigns busting on him for never defending. That's more than we usually get.

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  32. I can't wait for the Nash promo where he misidentifies a a verb as an adjective.

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  33. Unite them and keep the IC title. Then they can bring back the european title for the undercard.

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  34. The Divas division really desperately needs squash matches. The women's indie scene right now is insanely packed with talent, they could easily find a decent jobber in any B-level town. When your division has six people, making them trade wins and feud with each other endlessly gets no one over.

    At least they stumbled into an interesting heel turn. If only they had a face champion so there could be a title feud in it.

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  35. (heavy sigh)

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  36. Public Enemy in WCW?

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  37. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©April 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Too late.

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  38. I think it's a good idea: Better Reigns vs Ambrose, Barrett, Ziggler than against Big Show.

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  39. Darth Dr. Facts VaderApril 16, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 on the N64 is probably my favorite wrestling game of all time. It is just so fucking amazing and completely blows WWF No Mercy out of the water when you compare the too. I've been running through the Royal Road Succession mode with Stan Hansen and Andre The Giant as my tag partner.

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  40. Bear Cavalry!

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  41. Doctor FunkopolisApril 16, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    True, but you do have to see her in person to appreciate how much she is Jimmy Snuka's daughter.

    Nailed it.

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  42. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    nah they at least had a couple fun brawls. LB and DOA never had anything like that.

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  43. WWE sees Reigns as so far above those three guys and the like. They truly believe guys like Big Show and Kane are the only believable threats to Reigns because size. Even though those guys haven't been booked like they're threats to anybody since the late 90s.

    Like I said below, I truly think once the Reigns/Rollins thing happens, Reigns will be booked to demolish him for the title

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  44. Cena would take his head clean off, Mortal Kombat style.

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  45. Rom or actual cartridge?



    Playing imports would be so much easier now with stuff like google translate. Back in the day when I imported Fire Pro Six Man Scramble, I ended up printing how every page translated and kept flipping back through it until I remembered what did what.


    Now, could just hold the phone or tablet up to the screen and it'd be done for me

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  46. Oh god he is isn't he?

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  47. Don't forget, while Double J was strumming on his guitar Bradshaw was Always Pounding Ass.

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  48. Has WWF1987 jacked your account this morning?

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  49. Layfield is a waste of air and something should be done about him. I always liked Jarrett. But nothing Jarrett did is going to compare in prestige, wrestling history wise, to being WWE world champion for a year.

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  50. Lol, finally, a heel turn.

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  51. It's a trainwreck now when you have like 6 people that have pretty much exclusively wrestled each other for years. Throw someone new into that and you'd have lady Drozs in every town

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  52. Darth Dr. Facts VaderApril 16, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    actual cartridge

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  53. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Depends on what you're going for I guess. Id always start with "With a tear in MY EYE . . " but for comedy I love the 2 + 2 = Thomas Jefferson SUCKA or Edge talking about Billy Gunning the KOTR victory. I have a soft spot for one single thing in the Rock's return was his rock concert and song about Vicki "You dress like a hooker, not the expensive kind". I know its childish and whatnot but it was delivered sooo well.

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  54. Doctor FunkopolisApril 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    I have to go with Jarrett.

    For what it's worth, he founded a company and kept it afloat and made it a legitimate player on top of having an enviable career of his own.

    He's not the the guy that set fire to TNA and plucked his violin as it burned to the ground.

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  55. I really think you need to have a good understanding of where each belt is in the pecking order. Always a fan of the WCW/NWA take on World-US-TV. Would like to unify the current mid-card belts and introduce the TV Title as a lower card title to build people up.

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  56. "Who are you to doubt El Dandy?"

    I know the joke has been made over and over but it still shocks me that BRET HART was the one to deliver this incredible promo. Bret's one of my favourite all-time wrestlers but for him to deliver one of the best comedic promos ever is still surreal.

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  57. Turn the IC title into the TV title.

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  58. I have to ask, what exactly "feels racist" about that name? Being totally honest, I wasn't watching WCW at this time and only know of "Hardwork" Bobby Walker through reading reviews of these old shows. Until I read this one, I assumed he was white.

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  59. If TNA goes bust this week, WWE could do a lot worse than bringing in the Knockouts for a Women only Invasion angle.

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  60. ROCK-em SOCK-em Robot!!!!April 16, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    JBL.

    The company didn't actually die when he was on top.

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  61. Marcus/Buff Bagwell was an up and coming star in WCW for 7-8 years they never pulled the trigger than the neck injury happened and he never looked the same in the ring again.

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  62. JBL, not even close.

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  63. The Mountie

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  64. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©April 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Honestly, if Bryan has to hang it up, I'd be ok with it. He's had a solid career, won every title in WWE, gained the respect of the fans, got married, made tons of money, and would be possibly be one of the few fan picked wreslters that would actually leave the company on good terms.

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  65. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©April 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    We could finally get the return of Karma.

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  66. TNA can't go under. A member of Camp Cleveland is TNA's biggest supporter. Gotta keep the stable's morale strong so that we can dominate this year leading up to BoD Mania III.

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  67. From a career stand point, he's done more than just about anyone would've predicted in wwe, but damn, I'd sure miss watching him wrestle.

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  68. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©April 16, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Well yeah, him leaving would be great for his well being, but bad for us.

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  69. I agree. Especially in Bryan's case, what's the point of an invasive surgery that only MIGHT work, (but also possibly mess you up worse), when even if you get back to 100%, you've already peaked as a performer because of the dicks running things? Yeah, there's more money in the comeback than agent or trainer or announcer, but he doesn't seem money obsessed.


    Unless whatever doctor he goes to is supremely confident treatment can get him back to 100% with little risk, call it a day

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  70. I don't see why he can't gut through life threatening injuries in order to entertain me!

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  71. I thought titles didnt mean anything?

    So why would people clamor for unifications and makings of NEW belts or bringing back old belts, if belts dont mean anything.

    Would sentiment be to try and establish the belts FIRST before scrapping a belt once word that top guy has an injury?

    What about using that injury to put heat on anpther guy or make a new star and give that heat and rub to the belt.

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  72. If Bryan retires, I'm gonna feel pretty guilty. My little brother has always really wanted to see Bryan wrestle live, and we were gutted he wasn't on Raw. I didn't think there'd be a dark match so I made us high-tail it after the Orton/Rollins segment finished, turns out Bryan WAS in a six man dark match after Raw went off the air. I can never tell my brother about this.

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  73. They like selling replica belts of the IC and US belts, so I don't see either going away.

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  74. "LOOK AT THE ADJECTIVE!" is a line that my brother and I have used for the last 18 years.

    And by brother I mean "someone born from the same parents", not in the Hogan sense of "brother."

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  75. I like that Scott takes note of the most overlooked aspect of the NWO angle's success-how well the announcers sell it. Over the coming months, all of the commentators do a fantastic job of selling the danger of the "invading army", and making it all sound like it mattered so, so much. It might be the best example of announcing helping an angle that I've ever seen.

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  76. How so? WCW was using a character that WWF created. If Jason Alexander showed up on Modern Family essentially playing George Costanza, you bet your ass Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld would sue.

    Watch footage of Scott Hall pre-WWF. He's completely different.

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  77. Because it's acting. Christian Bale can't show up and play Batman in a Marvel movie.

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  78. I like using the injury as an angle. What if say Bryan had a match with Ziggler, and Ziggler while "showing off" accidentally "injures" Bryan? Maybe have Ziggler start second guessing himself. It could make for interesting character development.

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  79. I find Barrett to be a very unique worker, in that he only really seems to excel when matches go past a certain amount of time - if a match is only 5-10 minutes, he's not that interesting, but let it go 15+, and he does a fantastic job of selling the drama of near-falls and losing strength/energy.

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  80. Since Smackdown is going to USA, have the US belt defended every week on RAW and the IC belt defended every week on Smackdown.

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  81. This show was in Macon, GA which also hosted the one and only nWo Nitro in December '97. Poor Maconians.

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  82. "BUT WHOSE SIDE IS HE ON?" is one of the best bits of announcing in wrestling history.

    It tied into Heenan's lifelong distrust of Hulk Hogan perfectly.

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  83. Meltzer reported that WWE DVD sales are down 70% this year so far. How's that Steph workout DVD selling?

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  84. That's what I say. Some people say that gave away Hogan's turn. That's in hindsight. Fans watching live didn't believe Hogan turned until after he dropped that leg on Savage.

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  85. Wasn't DVD sales tanking expected and budgeted for with the launch of the Network however?

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  86. It just occurred to me that Cena is doing what HHH wouldn't do. When the brand split happened, we were supposed to get the WWE title on one show and the IC title on the other. But HHH couldn't have a secondary title, so they somehow had two world titles.

    Cena isn't pulling that, so good for him.

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  87. I've long said that the titles should be unified into a true TV title, with the champion having to defend on every Raw, SD, and PPV. Very simple step to making the midcard important. And they can still call it the IC title and keep the same belt, but I feel like instituting that type of rule would be incredibly beneficial.

    As for retiring the IC belt in 2002, I feel like it was the wrong time and context - the brand split was brand new, and there was the bad taste of the title only being retired for Trips' ego. I feel like fans would be much more welcoming of it now. Or, again, keep the name/belt, and just booked it differently.

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  88. I don't have the Network, but do they run the DVDs and docs on the Network?

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  89. I'd have to imagine that that was the plan, but Bryan's injury seems to have thrown a wrench in.

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  90. They run a lot of older documentary DVDs, but they come out on DVD quite a while before being launched on the Network.

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  91. He kept doing the scarface accent and the Razor mannerism's for a while too.

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  92. Oh yeah, it was expected. I'm just shocked, shocked that Stephanie's DVD didn't prop up the DVD sales!

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  93. Hmm interesting. Has the E been releasing new DVDs?

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  94. Because if felt like what they were saying with that name was, "The only thing interesting as a character is that he's a black guy that's hard working." It's a stretch yes. But than again you heard "hard working" and thought "white guy".

    It's like calling the Samoan guy that wears shoes, "Shoes Wearing
    Fuamatu-Maʻafala"

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  95. What DVDs have they made recently that are worth buying? The only ones I ever get are the WrestleManias just to own them all.

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  96. It seems obvious that's where they are going. Everyone loves a cash-in so they figure if Reigns gets it everyone will cheer him when he cashes it in. I get a feeling if that happens there's going to be a massive backlash. Forcing Regins into positions where we must like him is not the answer.

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  97. Local supermarket was just torched and burned to the ground. Now I have to travel like 20 minutes to the closest Shop Rite. Booo.

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  98. So your local store is now running a Fire Sale?

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  99. Of course it was a split! They just refused to call it that during the time and it was obnoxious. Every time the said "extension" was grating.

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  100. Much like the store, that joke was well done.

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  101. Are you suggesting the Stephanie McMahon workout DVD is not worth buying?

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  102. Given the nonsense that clogged the blog the other day regarding Bryan, I won't speculate about his condition until we get some kind of official word. I will, however, say that doing Bryan vs. Cena without advertising it, and for free, would've been really fucking stupid.

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  103. Ahmed Johnson has 4 sets of pads on his legs alone and even JR is pointing out that he spends more time injured than in the ring.

    No wonder he only lasted a couple more weeks after this point.

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  104. Ziggler's not a bad choice to take over that role, then... transition it from Bryan to Barrett (unfortunately might have to be a short match at EXTREME RULES) to Ziggler and then he starts doing the weekly challenge on SMACKDOWN. And start stressing that (in kayfabe terms) having the belt means you're making more money (a bonus or whatever). Hammer that over and over with the crowd until they start to "get it" that the belts are important. Yeah, I know, pipe dream, but if they're going to hammer things over and over, I wish they would be things that would actually make people care about the matches on a weekly basis.

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  105. Biff Kensington Has a PosseApril 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Sorry, which side of the inane fence did you fall on via Bryan?

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  106. The workout DVDs would be done on a very small budget and have a niche audience. Have you seen how many workout DVDs are out there? I don't doubt they made money off those.

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  107. Don't have to scrap it just give it to a guy and push the shit out him and in six months people might care again.

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  108. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Gawd, I hope they didnt fire all of the employees.

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  109. Actually, Brock's schedule would be perfect to have him as MITB winner.

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  110. Biff Kensington Has a PosseApril 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    With Bryan probably about to go on the shelf again, why do I suddenly foresee Sheamus winning the Intercontinental Championship and feuding with Finn Bálor when he gets called up?

    On another note, if Bryan does miss any considerable time, I doubt he's ever winning another major championship with the WWE. There's only so many things you can do with a guy whose neck is apparently held together by silly putty.

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  111. Biff Kensington Has a PosseApril 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    They must be hot under the collar today.

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  112. Maybe if she had a body anyone would want it would have done better

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  113. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    CEO is on the hot-seat

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  114. They'd all be burning up inside.

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  115. Are you telling me you wouldn't do her, if she offered?

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  116. Just watched that yesterday. He's also sporting some pretty mean man boobs.

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  117. I'm sure he isn't, but Stephanie doesn't have the body type that most women who would buy workout DVD would want.

    Women are far more likely to buy a Trish Stratus yoga workout DVD than a Stephanie McMahon broad shoulders DVD.

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  118. I fell on the side that was keen for him to retire if he had to get another surgery. But, as was pointed out, none of us actually know his condition.

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  119. I still can't believe Hogan almost balked on joining Hall and Nash.

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  120. "Yep Mode" Abeyance Brown ©April 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Would have also been funny if this took place at a Firestone.

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  121. Not their dumb workout DVD's that's for sure.

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  122. And then they can routinely job the TV title champ to other guys which will put them in the hunt for the title.

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  123. If he retires, they're putting him in the HoF right away too.

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  124. 100% agreed on all points.

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  125. He mentioned it in WWE Unscripted and a bunch of interviews.

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  126. I'd like to see Taz as a Tough Enough trainer now that he's unemployed.

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  127. The Tough Enough graduates from his era weren't exactly the best they produced

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  128. Kayfabe! Kayfabe! ;) Even if everybody knows it's fake, I think it's better if they protect the business.

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  129. I was going to say I'd like to say I'd like to see Tazz and Cole together again because that's the only time Cole was any good. But they'd still suck with Vince's voice in their ear.

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  130. She doesn't make my top 1000 chicks list.

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  131. It's a totally different situation now with NXT and the Performance Center.

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  132. Taz as Rusev's new manager. Twin magic in every match!

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  133. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonApril 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    That is what Cena is doing to the US Title.

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  134. God they were going to blow Cena/Bryan on free tv and that quickly? They shouldn't even be in the same ring together unless they were going to do a unification match.

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  135. I don't really think he was training them though outside the show itself.

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  136. Speaking of Taz, I was watching an old ECW Hardcore TV episode and the Tazmaniac was literally "Caveman Rusev."

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  137. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Balor still needs another 6-18 months in NXT..His entrance is okay but he needs to work on everything else

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  138. Knuckleberry PinnApril 16, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Don't have an opinion on the IC Title.

    Please keep allowing Cena to have ***1/4 matches every week for the U.S. Title.

    Glad to have voted. Where are the refreshments?

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  139. Rusev is 6 feet tall. Do you mean Twins as in the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito film?

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  140. Hogan's brain told him to join the nWo and make lots of money but Hogan's heart told him to bury Hall and Nash 6 feet under. Watching Hogan bury the Outsiders would have been perversely amusing, though.

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  141. Miz, & Johnny Nitro were before the Performance centre and all that are were still far better than Maven & Matt Morgan

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  142. Rusev only looks short because of the lack of boots.

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  143. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Daniel Bryans should just call it quits...No one wants to see him injure even himself any worse...Besides, Daniel can always look back and remember the night that Roman Reigns carried him to a 5 star match....

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  144. Cena vs Orton,one more timeApril 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    She's cute but her voice seriously puts me off.

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  145. Uh, Maven and Matt Morgan weren't at the Performance Center.



    It didn't open until 2013. Maven and Morgan were long gone by then.

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  146. That's why your little bro should love Cena and Cena only because...sigh...he'll never go away.

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  147. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonApril 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    If they are going to have the US Title defended that much on RAW, DBry should be doing the same thing on Smackdown with the IC title. Unfortunately DBry is not healthy enough to do that so until he is put it on someone like Reigns or Ziggler.


    But I would keep the two belts exclusive to a particular show.

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  148. I guess it doesn't occur to me that "hard working" is strictly a white thing and would be novel for a black wrestler. Not implying that you're racist, just that you're probably inferring something that isn't really there.


    I'm upvoting you anyway, though, because that Samoan line was funny as shit. I never would've thought about that guy again, you must be from Pittsburgh. "Shoes Wearing" is the greatest nickname ever.

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  149. Charismatic eNegro Jef VinsonApril 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Here. You can finish the Gatorade I was drinking, It might have some backwash in it but you'll be OK.

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  150. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    The Miz is AWESOME but Maven was definitely better than John 'The Cuckold' Morrison

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  151. My point is that claiming that the Tough Enough graduates improved after Taz left because of the Performance centre is blatantly false. As the wrestlers that came between his leaving & the Performance centre were better than those from his era.

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  152. We both wanted SR shirts. None available. Only Cena-wear as far as the eye could see. :(

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  153. Cena vs Orton,one more timeApril 16, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I'd buy one of those too.
    You know,for research purposes.

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  154. But no Tough Enough seasons have ever happened at the Performance Center, so it's impossible to compare. It didn't open until 2013. The last TE season was 2010-11.

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  155. I don't get why there is so much Coverage of Hilary Clinton announcing she wants to be the Democrat candidate for President.
    The last time Hilary had a White House job, she outsourced it to Monica Lewinsky...

    And Monica blew it.

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  156. It's funny how "off" the early versions of ECW gimmicks were. Tommy Dreamer as a pretty boy, Sandman as a surfer, Taz as a caveman...

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  157. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    SMH....

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  158. And people complain about NXT guys after on appearance...

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  159. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    I watched this live when I was a kid and I remember being FURIOUS that WCW chose to interrupt the classic Steve Doll vs The Mauler match that I had being DYING to see with a stupid Scott Hall promo...

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  160. So if TE with Taz was worse than TE without Taz, why do you feel that having the performance centre will make Taz needed on the new TE? Will it negate Taz's suckage?

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  161. Right. People who say that simply don't understand the history of Heenan and Hogan.

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  162. When does Cena get fired for blading against Big Show and Kane and showing up on Lucha Underground in Polka-Dots.

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  164. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    There is only one man that can save the Intercontinental Title......Roman Reigns.....

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  167. Do you know what the show's format is going to be when it comes back?

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  168. Believe that...

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  169. Bad News Brown should still be around to beat up Barrett. Did Allen Coage have a son?

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  170. Fair enough. The comma was the pause.

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  171. But is there a hyperlink I can click to take advantage of this offer?

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  172. So they're going to give Reigns the slot that should go to Lesnar?

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  173. That guy sucks.

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  174. Hogan did get to destroy Nash, wearing the yellow and red, in 1999. Just imagine that happening in 1996 instead.

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  175. I'd rather get rid of the US title since it's not really a WWE belt and IC title has the WWE history.

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  176. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Roman Reigns is the future of the WWE....I can't wait for him to turn heel and tell all you ungrateful fans how he REALLY feels....

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  177. Any Y2K or AOL jokes to follow that up with?

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  178. In hindsight, I doubt the WCW tape library would have ever made it to WWE headquarters if that happened. WCW and WWF would have been out of business by 1998.

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  179. CharlesHamiltonIsBackApril 16, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    No way they get rid of the U.S. Title.....Guys like John Cena and The Miz have made it a very prestigious Title....Dean Ambrose is the worst U.S. Champion in the past 10 years...

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  180. So he can never use the gravel voice again?

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  181. Does anybody remember Scott Hall used a different accent in his debut? Then the next week, he used the Razor Ramon voice. By November, Hall was using a New York accent.

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  182. WWE needs to have Big Show teaching Daniel Bryan how to play Fizbin.

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  183. WWE needs to get Bayley on the main roster ASAP in order to fill the "fun Diva" role that AJ used to fill.

    Also because Bayley have a fantastic ass.

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  184. Yeah have D-Bry face Cena in a unification match with Cena winning to allow for Bryan to rehab or if Bryan can't go, have him drop it to Barrett since he can't defend and then do the unification with Cena winning it. Isn't it the only WWE men's title he hasn't held anyhow?

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  185. More on TNA from Wrestling Observer

    TNA’s top stars have contracts which state that they are paid a salary on the first of every month. The other talent work on per-show deals. Several of the biggest names were behind on pay, which is said to be growing into a major issue. Some of the wrestlers were over 30 days behind while others haven’t been paid for longer.

    When Matt Hardy tweeted photos showing that he received five checks from TNA at once, it’s believed that it showed he was one of the performers who were owed quite a bit of money. Even if his intent may have been to show that TNA workers are being paid, it shows that he was behind on getting his money.

    As previously reported, Taz announced that he left TNA and thanked them for his time there. He was reportedly “way behind” on pay and refused to fly to Nashville to do post-production commentary due to his issues with the company.

    TNA recently moved the payroll office from Nashville to Panda Energy’s home city of Dallas. Some people have used this as an excuse for the payment situation. However, TNA has actually been sending checks out of Dallas for a while now.

    Meanwhile, word is that “the honeymoon is pretty much over” in regards to TNA’s relationship with Destination America. Discovery signed TNA as “an experiment”, hoping to add to DA’s lineup. TNA is easily the highest-rated show for Destination America, but Discovery isn’t happy that TNA can’t generate ad revenue. They were also expecting a larger amount of TNA’s audience from Spike TV to follow it during the movie. Destination America is available in 61.7% of the homes that Spike TV is in, but the new episodes of Impact are only getting 30.2% of the audience that Impact had last year. Even with the replay, it’s still bringing in less than half the viewers it had on Spike TV at this time last year.

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  186. I honestly haven't seen a WWE DVD in stores since the Network launched

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  187. http://youtu.be/v77SF4TFUoM

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  188. Again, long story short: Destination America expected TNA to bring it's usual 900,000 viewers from Spike to DA despite being in 60% of the homes Spike is in and airing episodes that are taped so long ago 1996 WWF Raws are more recent

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  189. I've just read the report itself. It refers to DVD sales for Jan/Feb being down 70% compared to Nov/Dec.
    1) Christmas may have an impact on the difference in sales between those two periods.
    2) The Steph workout DVD you are mocking is from December. So it was in the better selling period.

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  190. Cena vs Orton,one more timeApril 16, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    "Discovery isn’t happy that TNA can’t generate ad revenue. "


    I mean really, what the fuck did they expect?

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  191. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Aand whaaaats the deal with airline peanuts?

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  192. AverageJoeEverymanApril 16, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Sandman in the body surf suit is sooooooooo wrong.

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  193. I'm actually originally from New Jersey, but I went to the University of Utah, which is where Mr. Fuamatu-Maʻafala played college ball. He was a beast in college too. Thought he'd have a better pro. There actually is another reason why I used his name. Other than it being one of the greatest names ever. There is a somewhat famous story in U of Utah football lore that when Fuamatu-Maʻafala was a freshman he asked to play with no shoes or pads. The coaches of course told him no, you can't do that. But he would wear as minimal pads as possible.


    Also, in my defense, I would not clarify myself as a racist, but than again I guess we all are a little bit. Especially the ones of us who project how not racist we are. But I also do not live in the world not realizing the stereotyping that others put on each other.


    Some white people believing that black people are lazy or not "hard working" is nothing new. I still hear white people make those jokes today, On Tosh.0, Family Guy and I'm sure there's a ton more. There were specific jokes from those shows that popped right into my head.


    But no where is that stereotype more prevalent than the south. These things go back the days of slavery. If it was a WWF character I might not have gotten the racist undertones as much. (Besides Vince has always been way more blatant with his racist characters) And who knows, maybe Mr. Walker came up with the character himself. But it being a southern based wrestling company. I definitely felt some racist undertones with that name.

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  194. Destination America is learning that if Destination America is the only channel that wants something, it's probably because it's not worth having.

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  195. Something my co-worker and I were discussing recently: what current-generation stars could be dropped into any time period or promotion in the last, say, 30-40 years and still be stars? It's a trickier question than you'd think; not everyone could go to a different era and still be the star they were. For example, Hogan or even Austin might not quite work today the way they did in their time.

    The two that I kept coming back to that I was absolutely sure about are Punk and Lesnar.

    Punk would have obviously been an amazing foil for Austin and Rock in the Attitude Era, could have easily filled the Bret/Shawn role and possibly gotten more mainstream buzz out of it (a guy that looks like Punk at the height of the grunge era? Money) than they ever could. Could have easily filled the Savage role before that, face or heel, and the Piper role as a Hogan foil before that.
    And Brock, I don't even feel really needs to be explained.

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  196. I wish they could leave us alone about the election. I wish our elections were every six years. Every four means CONSTANT media hype.

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  197. The Rock, Big Show, Piper & Cena could work in pretty much any period.

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