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WWE RAW Rundown 5-18-15

May 18, 2015

From Richmond, VA

Your hosts are Booker T, JBL, and Michael Cole





The show starts with Eden Stiles introducing HHH and Stephanie McMahon, making her return to TV after a several week absence. They were both gloating as they put over Seth Rollins for beating three men last night as he retained the WWE World Title. HHH said they are both very good at their jobs then proclaimed that they would have a celebration for Rollins tonight and that Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose would have to go to the "back of the line" as HHH tells us they could not cut it last night. The Authority then switches focus to the vacant Intercontinental Title as the crowd starts a decent "Yes" chant. Stephanie then gloats over the fact that Bryan admitted she was right as HHH says a new IC Champion will be crowned inside of the Elimination Chamber as we are then shown a brief video of the Chamber itself as the announcers put over the danger of the structure. As Stephanie begins to talk about the Network, Sheamus interrupts. He comes out and is met with the "you look stupid" chant before kissing up to the Authority. He then brags about ending Daniel Bryan's career, as we see a replay of him attacking Bryan on Smackdown last month, then believes he should be rewarded with the title for ending his career. Ryback now interrupts, with his ribs taped up and the announcers putting over his match against Bray Wyatt last night at Payback. The crowd met him with a loud "feed me more" chant. Ryback then tells Sheamus he looks stupid before putting over Bryan's heart and determination as another "yes" chant breaks out. After a minute, Ryback then challenges Sheamus to a match, as he does not like bullies. Stephanie then tells them both they will be in the Elimination Chamber match for the vacant IC title as HHH tells us he will leave with Steph while Ryback and Sheamus face off against each other. Fine segment that focused more on the IC Title and Rollins rather than mindless ramblings from the Authority.



Sheamus d. Ryback with the Brogue Kick (9:59) **1/2

The match started immediately after the return from commercial. The match started off with each guy going back and forth for the first few minutes, with Sheamus targeting the ribs of Ryback whenever possible. Sheamus then took control with a backbreaker and went after the ribs some more until they went to break. Back from break, Ryback powered out of a resthold and caught Sheamus with a powerbomb in a nice spot. The crowd got behind Ryback as he attempted a comeback. He hit a few nearfalls and even press-slammed Sheamus onto the announcers table. Sheamus kept trying to outsmart Ryback but it didnt work as Ryback inflicted more pain. Sheamus then pretended that he had something in his eye and was able to catch Ryback with the Brogue Kick as he was being pushed back by the referee. Solid match that told a good story of Sheamus, the bully, being afraid of someone his own size and using cheap tactics in order to win. Ryback did a good job at playing to the crowd and knew how to get them into the match during his comeback. He even did a fine ob at selling. You can also start a feud between these two now, even after the Elimination Chamber show.



HHH and Steph are with Kane but Seth Rollins interrupts, flanked by J & J Security, and has champagne for everyone. He even pours Kane a glass, even complimenting him, but it turned out to be a backhanded compliment as Rollins puts himself over for saving Kane, giving him a reason to celebrate. Ambrose then comes in and tells Rollins he retained by the help of four guys last night and since he beat Rollins clean the last time they met, he would offer him a rematch but only if the title is on the line. Rollins tells Ambrose that he does not understand what the back of the line means as Kane says it is his job to decide who gets the next title shot. Everyone then leaves except for Kane and Ambrose, who tells Kane that he used to be a monster but is now Seth's "lap dog" and that he is even a disgrace to his family. Kane yells at Ambrose for talking about his family as Ambrose, who took it all in stride, takes Kane's champagne flute and sips from it, reminding Kane he should not drink on the job. Kane then tells Ambrose he will be facing Bray Wyatt tonight. Ambrose leaves as Kane is standing there all pissed off. Decent segment. The idea was fine although some of the scripted lines were terrible. It look



Renee Young brings Neville to the ring. She asks him about being a new superstar as he talks about how after competing all over the world, nothing compares to the WWE. He says that while not the biggest, he loves to prove doubters long. His accent was kinda thick here. Bo Dallas then interrupts and says he would be lying if he said Neville's career is looking up. Neville then reminds us all that he beat Dallas for the NXT Title. Dallas goes after Neville's left knee, which Cole tells us was "tweaked" last night in his match against King Barrett at Payback last night. Barrett then comes out as we are getting a rematch of last night.



King Barrett d. Neville with the Bullhammer (7:06) *1/2. 

Dallas is on commentary for this match. He called Booker "Mr. T" repeatedly and it was funny but I found most of his appearance grating. Barrett started the match by targeting the knee and that lasted through the commercial break. Neville made a brief comeback after Barrett missed a kick in the corner but his knee kept on buckling then he fell victim to the Bullhammer. After the match, Dallas came in and attacked the knee as he was left standing tall while the crowd booed. I thought this was fine. Neville got sympathy here as he lost partly due to an attack before the match and while a feud with Dallas isnt the most exciting in the world, it does make sense due to their history and it gives Neville something to do for the moment. Worst case scenario Neville does have an injury or even worse than that, a Wellness Violation.



Rusev heads out to the ring, looking enraged. He tells us Lana is not here and needs to learn her place. Rusev also said Lana does not speak for him as the crowd chants for her. Rusev flips out over the chants, screaming at the crowd to shut up as he then tells us he never said that he quit. In fact, he made Cena pass out because of the punishment he inflicted but Lana quit, because she is weak. Rusev then wanted to restart the match from last night but Lana walked out. Rusev yells at her for defying his orders but she wants to explain herself. She said that Rusev is misunderstood and that she believes in him, even believed that he could finally make Cena quit. Lana then tells him she was just trying to protect him but he said she is weak. Lana talks about not wanting to see him in pain and revealed that he was saying he quit in Bulgarian as the crowd ragged on Rusev, who then flipped out and called Lana a liar and that she needs to leave and go back where she came from. He continues to scream in Bulgarian as Lana walks away. Good segment with great heel work by Rusev, who is out of his mind right now. Lana also did a fine job as she is also easily the best actress among the females on the roster. When she finally becomes a face the crowd is going to explode. I really hope Rusev doesnt get lost in the shuffle after this feud ends because he has stepped up his game in a major way.



A plug for the Jerry "The King" Lawler DVD airs.



Bray Wyatt d. Dean Ambrose with the Sister Abigail (13:27) ***

Both guys went back and forth for a bit to start. Wyatt took advantage with an eye rake then applied a chinlock. Ambrose fought back with a clothesline but got drilled after attempting a tope then got suplexed to the floor just before the break. Wyatt remained in control as they came back but shortly after that they both clotheslined each other on the floor, just beating the ten count. They slug it out inside until Ambrose hit a crossbody. Ambrose got a few nearfalls then finally hit Wyatt with a tope, which the announcers tried to sell as hurting Ambrose just as much. After escaping from each other's finishers, Wyatt hits a clothesline for two. Ambrose eventually fought back and tries for a superplex but got shoved off. He rolled away from the senton then climbs up top but Noble hopped up on the apron then Mercury shoved off Ambrose, who got caught with the Sister Abigail as Wyatt got the pin. Good match and in defeat it established Ambrose as a threat to the title because J&J Security had to take him out due to him having the upper hand on Rollins, since Ambrose beat him a few weeks ago. It also kept Wyatt strong with the win so overall, a fine segment.



Tyson Kidd & Cesaro fought New Day (Big E & Kofi) to a No-Contest at (5:51) *1/4. 

This match was for the Tag Team Titles. Xavier Woods has been barred from ringside due to last night. The crowd was really into chanting "New Day Sucks" but it also reminded you how much better it is when Xavier Woods does the talking. The challengers took control early, with Cesaro hitting an impressive delayed vertical suplex on Big E. Back from break, Big E has Cesaro in an abdominal stretch as we are shown the replay of the finish to last night's tag match. Cole breaks the news that Sheamus, Ryback, Rusev, R-Truth, and King Barrett will be in the Elimination Chamber match for the IC Title, with one more competitor to be named. Kidd puts Kofi into the Sharpshooter but Big E breaks it up then they stomp on Kidd until the ref signals for the bell. Xavier Woods runs out and they fight until Lucha Dragons, Los Matadores, Ascension, and the Prime Time Players all run out. The crowd was into the Lucha Dragons, who have new matching gear. It ended with the PTP's standing tall after a clunky sequence in which they roughed up Woods. A fun segment to hype up the teams in the Elimination Chamber Tag Match.



John Cena comes out for the U.S. Title Open Challenge. He first talks about his match last night then leads the crowd into a "USA" chant as he expresses his love for the country and how at the end of the day, despite differences, they are all proud Americans. He points out the soldiers in the crowd too. He puts over how he has given shots to everyone and that the U.S. Title is "our" Championship and then it is answered by Kevin Owens, making his WWE TV debut, who has the NXT Title in his hand. Owens first says hello to Cena, even congratulating him on his win. He said he would introduce himself but he (Cena) already knows who he is and for those who do not know, they are not worth his time to begin with. Owens then tells Cena not to worry about hurting Zayn because he was not hurt in that match but rather hurt after he beat him. Cena tells Owens that some might not know him but no matter what, they are not a waste of time because without the fans, they are all nothing. Cena then attempts to give Owens some "veteran advice" to which Owens stops him and says he has been wrestling for 15 years and does not need to hear any of it as Cena then switches gears and tries to fire up Owens by saying he is scared. Owens then declines Cena's challenge as he tells him they will fight one day, on his terms, then cheap shots Cena with a kick to the gut then hits Cena with his pop-up powerbomb, which Cole put over huge. Owens then grabbed both belts and placed the U.S. Title on the ground next to Cena and stepped on it as he raised the NXT Title in the air. Incredible debut for Owens. He got over huge as a heel with the crowd. Cena was awesome here too as these two could probably go toe-to-toe on the mic all day. This segment put over NXT huge as well.



Dolph Ziggler d. Stardust with the Zig Zag (1:26) 1/4*

Cody started the match off using basic heel offense as the announcers put over the debut of Owens. Shortly after that Ziggler got the win with a Zig Zag. A nothing match as the crowd started a faint "Cody" chant at the beginning.



After the match, Cole came into the ring as Ziggler attempted to do some comedy regarding his scar. My god was that awful. Cole then revealed Ziggler as the final participant in the Elimination Chamber as he said he would go through anyone to face Sheamus again. All of a sudden, a smiling Lana comes out, fawning all over Ziggler. She kissed him then smiled some more as the crowd chanted "one more time." They kissed again then Rusev came out and ended up destroying Ziggler. He turned to Lana and yelled at her as the crowd started a "USA" chant but ended up getting slapped. The crowd popped big for that. Rusev stared down Lana until Ziggler got up and hit him with the Zig Zag. Lana and Ziggler then walked away while his theme played as Rusev furiously looked at them. I dont know about Ziggler and Lana together but I also do not think that this is the end game for the Lana/Rusev split. If it is, then the ending was underwhelming to say the least.  



Erick Rowan & Luke Harper d. Fandango & Zack Ryder when Rowan pinned Ryder with the Full Nelson Slam (3:27) 

Fandango played the face-in-peril role until he hit Harper with a tornado DDT. Ryder tagged in and hit Harper with a missile dropkick but ran into a clothesline then shortly after that Rowan pinned Ryder with a full nelson after Harper connected with a super kick. Short match to re-establish Harper & Wyatt in the Tag Team division. Too bad they are not in the Chamber match though.



Stephanie McMahon confronts the Bella Twins. She tells Brie that due to her husband's condition, she has scheduled counseling sessions and should not accompany Nikki to the ring tonight. Nikki acted like she didnt need Brie tonight. Not much of a segment and Brie makes speaking seem difficult.



Nikki Bella d. Naomi when Tamina interfered (6:20) *

Before the match, Naomi was shown in an insert promo laughing about how the WWE will finally get the champion they deserve as Tamina tells us the division belongs to them now. This match also got the boxing-style ring introductions. Lots of stalling from Naomi to start as the crowd basically booed both girls. Nikki finally went on offense and clotheslined Naomi to the floor then took out her out, along with Tamina, after a tope. Back from break, Naomi was in control until they both collided. Nikki fought back and went for the Rack Attack but Tamina hit her with the super kick for the DQ. They beat down Nikki until Paige ran in and chased off Tamina and Naomi, who attacked Paige a few weeks ago. Paige then smiled at Nikki and motioned for her to pick up the belt but instead hit her with a DDT. They have re-established Paige as a contender but the division gets even more confusing with regards to the heels and faces.



Backstage, we see Owens and HHH speaking. Renee Young comes over to ask Owens what he was talking about as he said that he will fight Cena on his own terms and the Authority agreed so at the Elimination Chamber, they will fight one-on-one. Owens then tells Cena to pay attention to what he does against Zayn at NXT: Takeover as he will do the same to Cena. Owens closes by saying the champ is not there (Cena) but rather here as he points to himself. They are really serious about Owens, who gets to face Cena on his first ever PPV show. They did an great job establishing him tonight as well.



Plug for the cast of Entourage hosting RAW next week.



The Authority are in the ring as they honor Seth Rollins. He comes out as HHH puts him over while Stephanie goes over-the-top with her reactions. She was pretty funny. HHH then says he sees himself in Rollins and was impressed by watching him hit Orton with a pedigree. HHH says everyone is here for him as Kane gets a chant to speak,but not before the "Justin Bieber" chants die down. Kane jokes about not seeing eye-to-eye because he is a foot taller than him but says he is glad that Rollins is champ because it is best for business. However, Rollins is appalled that was all Kane had to say as Kane then thanks Rollins for his job as he shows us a video he put together for Rollins. They show us a highlight package of Rollins' WWE career, which was well done. Noble tells us that in his more cultured home state of West Virginia they have a saying about cream rising to the top as he puts over Rollins then hands the mic over to Mercury, who is too choked up to speak at first, then gets cut off by Ambrose's music. The Authority do not appreciate the interruption but Ambrose said he was late due to looking for the perfect Bieber outfit for Seth, leading to another Bieber chant. Ambrose then gave Rollins another opportunity for a re-match, as long as he puts his title on the line. Stephanie takes offense to Ambrose for making demands. However, she says that Seth is a fighting champion who will not be intimidated and orders him to go after Ambrose. He tries to sneak attack Ambrose but that fails. J&J Security come in but Ambrose clotheslines Rollins to the floor and they slug it out until he backdrops Rollins onto the table. He then puts Rollins head on the concrete blocks,stepping on it with his foot, and theatens to hit him with a chair. The Authority beg him to stop and will give him the title match. J&J Security and Kane try to stop him but fail. He goes after Rollins but he escapes and Ambrose finally falls victim to the numbers game as Seth sneak attacks him after he was about to give Kane the Dirty Deeds then hits him with the Pedigree. The show ends with Stephanie & HHH clapping as Rollins stands tall. The segment was fine but you'd expect the crowd to chant more for Ambrose than they did during the brawl.



Final Thoughts: Another really good show. The company finally has direction in its booking too, which is getting people over. They did a fine job debuting Owens. In fact, it went as well as anyone could have hoped for, IMO. Rusev is also doing some truly masterful heel work too. They are giving the Tag Division some time to shine and added intrigue in the IC Title picture as well. With Elimination Chamber just two weeks away, they are putting together a solid card. My only complaints are that the Diva's Division is still a mess and that if Lana is actually paired with Ziggler, it will be a bad move, IMO. But the story doesnt appear to be over between Lana/Rusev just yet.


Comments

  1. It's hard to believe how good a program they have had for a month or so

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  2. Benoit could wrestle but couldn't talk. At all. And 2004 Raw was heavy on talking. Benoit wasn't even a Bryan, who at least sounds likeable on the mic. Benoit always came across as fucking creepy (I'm going to make you squeal) whether he was a face or heel.

    Eddie didn't want the gold. If he'd been able to deal with the pressure, he'd have been champ to - at least - Summerslam. He asked for them to take the belt off him, and they (I guess) rushed the JBL plan to accommodate.

    Punk held the title for a year and didn't snap. I give him props for that. But he didn't draw better than anyone else in this era.

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  3. Hey, remember when fans use to hail Vince as a genius?

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  4. "painted up like chicks to piss people off and shock them"

    ...so, the New York Dolls then?

    "Some of you older kids may remember this but about fifteen years ago, I was in a band called the New York Dolls. Now, look at some of these outfits. We used to wear some outrageous clothes. You know these heavy metal bands in L.A. don't have the market cornered on wearing their mother's clothes."--David "Buster Poindexter" Johansen in the introduction to the "Hot Hot Hot" video from 1987

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  5. I can't believe Owens is wrestling Cena in two weeks. I'm signing up for the network again. Fucking awesome.

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  6. I've been really happy with the direction of WWE lately. Not every segment is knocking it out of the park, but the angle & character developments are all good and it feels like they know where they want everyone to go.

    Payback was good and the Chamber is shaping up to be as well. With Takeover this Wed., May 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best montha for WWE in recent memory

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  7. Lana got in a fight with her boyfriend and made out with someone else an hour later causing a big fight? They know how to write realistic women at least.

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  8. Overall really great show but the Lana stuff just makes me think she is staying with Rusev. It just seems too weird/forced otherwise. But then again this is WWE 2015

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  9. Buffalo HopscotchMay 19, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Comes across as just her trying to make Rusev jealous to take her back, which doesn't paint her as a good person at all.

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  10. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Booooooooo

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  11. Benoit's first major feud was fucking already stale by now Kane.

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  12. "Chicks, man..."--WWE Creative's answer whenever someone questions anything about what's been written for any diva in any nonsensical diva situation.

    Also comes with a shrug!

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  13. It was always really clear that the WWF wanted to push Bradshaw for YEARS- he was protected from doing jobs even early-on, and he almost NEVER dropped the fall in tag matches (and often scored the win with the Clothesline from Hell). The weirdest thing about his Main Event push was that he just came out of nowhere and was champion shortly after a gimmick change. No build-up or anything.

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  14. Yeah, but then HHH squashed Bubba for no reason other than that he was kinda over.

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  15. Thats what I'm saying it seems obvious its a setup...which totally forgoes this whole "make Lana female face of WWE" bullshit we been reading. Does nobody any favors.

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  16. I wouldn't say they protected Bradshaw early on. Dude was doing jobs to Savio on a regular basis. I do think had Bradshaw won the Brawl For All that they would have tried to make a main eventer out of the guy, though.

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  17. BANG BANG

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  18. For the love of God, PLEEEEEEEEASE don't play Cena/Owens like the typical John Cena match! PLEEEEEEASE!!!

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  19. FFS, there is no such thing as "Hair Metal". NOBODY at the time called it that. The name is first used in the mid-90's in a disparaging sense by some head-up-their-own-ass "expert" who doesn't understand the first thing about the genre. It was then circulated among the kind of people who read Rolling Stone or SPIN, and only came into broader usage lately.


    The real joke though is that the kind of music these people like are U2, Soundgarden, pearl Jam etc. Because these self-appointed "experts" say that in the 80's the only thing that the so-called "Hair Metal" guys had was hair.Yet look at what their beloved bands looked like, not just in the 80's, but well into the 90's! Anyone who says "Hair Metal" is insulting the bands, the fans and most of all the music that these bands made


    Now, when it comes to this genre(Glam Metal is preferable, though still not 100% accurate), Metal Health is #1. Not just the best album, but it also was first, and without it, there would be no GNR, Poison, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Skid Row etc. And Motley Crue would still have been a Punk Rock band, Whitesnake would still have been a Soul/Blues band etc.


    2-5 would be Dr Feelgood, Whitesnake 1987, Blow My Fuse(underrated gem) and Out of the Cellar.


    And anyone who calls it "Hair Metal" should take the buttplug out of their ass.

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  20. Neither is anything else.

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  21. Which 3 tracks?

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  22. But Metal Health singlehandedly created Glam Metal.


    "Hair Metal" is a name used by retards who weren't actually there, and want to feel superior to "trailer park inbreeds" while they listen to whatever the latest trend is.

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  23. He had to leave....to prepare himself for burying black wrestlers.

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  24. I'd keep it but you'd be at the mercy of the goofballs who are chomping at the bit.

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  25. I liked JBL. What I liked the most is you could tell how proud he was to be given the belt.

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  26. Rey was far worse.

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  27. If they want to do it right Kevin Owens pins John Cena and then the decision is reversed when Owens continues to powerbomb Cena after his win. You can give Cena an excuse injury, pre match attack etc that softens him up, but Owens should win the title then lose it due to giving no fucks.

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  28. Oh it was different before, this is the new one lol

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  29. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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  30. I think the problem for most was that he was given the big belt right away. In the olden days it would have been IC title first, heavyweight title second.

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  31. Seriously...that's how quickly I get bored, CA was one of the best but...3 days tops before I'm meh about it haha

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  32. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    You promised me a week. You'd better have a damned good one sitting in your pocket.

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  33. That's sad.

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  34. Lol, well this Sandiego one is more for my trip tomorrow


    Honestly I was really super excited about the first one you saw...that shit's money lmao

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  35. Much like what Cena's doing now, fans didn't appreciate what JBL was doing at the time.

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  36. And when it came to putting Cena over he did it in spades. JBL always knew he was keeping that belt warm for the next big star and not once did he have any problem with that I feel.

    I don't remember hearing any stories of him bitching, whining, or crying once he was put back down to the mid card.

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  37. I think win or lose that entire year and a half run of his he put over all the big guys huge. Taker, Batista, Cena he bled like a stuck pig for them all, got his ass beat all over the arena, and made them all seem like the big deals that they were. So yeah I agree with you 1000 percent.

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  38. He does a lot of good work for kids.

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  39. Who is Benoit?

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  40. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  41. Hm, I don't recall that. I only remember a few losses, like to Jake in the KOTR (the year Austin won), and he was cycled into the New Blackjacks before he say, lost any feuds. Of course I probably missed a ton of stuff.

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  42. So people aren't allowed to like non smark favorites?

    At least JBL never brutally murdered his wife and child.

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  43. "Uh...um...glow...shoes...?"
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  44. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Oh I laughed my ass off but my bitterness overtakes the hilarity. And another change!? You just blew through two money 'tars in 5 minutes!

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  45. He was there to keep the title warm for Cena.

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  46. When did their ratings go to shit? Point to me when their ratings went to shit because its just not there. .03 average rating was 3.3. 04 the average rating was 3.18. Even the next year the ratings stayed around the same until they move to Friday nights.

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  47. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    How long is your trip for and what's your trip for and where are you going?

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  48. Right? Baltimore fell through so I'm going to San Diego tomorrow. I have some suspicions about all of this because "apparently" my brother is heading out of town tomorrow as well...which has nothing to do with my plans.


    Allegedly. I am VERY fucking suspicious lol

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  49. The match was never meant to be a 30 minute classic of near falls. It was meant to put Cena over as a killer.

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  50. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    No offense to Baltimore but SD is a major trade up. So what you think theyre planning something for you?

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  51. I don't know if they always protected Bradshaw in tag matches as I wasn't paying enough attention to see on who ate the pin, but Bradshaw had always been treated as a JTTS guy between 98-98 and Bradshaw got his first serious push in 99 as part of the APA as they were booked as the most dominant team in the company, but by 2000, the APA act had gotten stale and he was back to his his JTTS role again.


    Though, there were moments after that, which seemed like WWE wanted to give him a serious singles push like in 2002 and again in 2003 where he dyed his hair blonde and won that bar room fight thingy at the Smackdown PPV.

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  52. You actually believe that?

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  53. I very much suspect the Baltimore idea was never the plan and this was all so I got these days off for some other nefarious purpose. I got an email this afternoon from our printer confirming my designer's phone number...which he would never need unless people are planning to send Friday's circular without me.


    It's all very weird. Fucking people try to outsneak me?! ME? Bitch please.

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  54. Oh I'm with you on the announcer thing.

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  55. Disagree. Owens is all about 'providing for his family' and thus having the US title would only bring him more money. No way would he let the title slip away by getting DQ'ed after a win.

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  56. Ok so Vengeance 03 Nash/HHH does 125,000 more buys than Benoit/HHH a year later. The only different there is Benoit but yet its not Benoit's fault he didn't draw. Then in 2005 its HHH/Batista and it draws 180,000 more buys than Benoit/HHH. So people were sick of HHH in 04 but not in 03 and 05?


    Benoit vs. Randy Orton main evented Summerslam 2004. He wasn't wrestling Kane, he wasn't in the mid card. That show did 50,000 less buys than the year before it. In fact it was the lowest bought Summerslam since 1997 and every Summerslam since it did better numbers until 2009.

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  57. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    It's like trying to throw a surprise party for Sherlock Holmes over here and unfortunately it sounds like your brother is more Watson than Mycroft.

    Whew. Literally every Sherlock Holmes reference I could muster unless I pulled out Moriarty but I'm saving that for a special occasion.

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  58. I feel the character was ready early/mid 2004, but the wrestler wasn't if that makes sense. I think he was already in their thoughts pretty early and that he was going to be the guy come mania.

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  59. Will it make me a huge dick if they go to all this work and I'm like..."But I've been to PetCo...I wanted to go to Camden damnit"?


    I think it probably does.

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  60. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    I think PetCo would warrant a dick response. I hope this is all an elaborate ruse somehow set up by Jobber. It would make no sense and thus be completely amazing if he somehow set up this trip to bring you to SD. No idea as to his motivation or why Jobber is suddenly a creep luring people to his haunted castle in SD but it's amusing.

    My psychotic thoughts aside I say screw it. Stoop down to their level and play along.

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  61. Oh I'm sure it will be good regardless, I'm just annoyed if this is all a trick because I really wanted to go to fucking Camden that park looks amazing and I need to rate it lol


    That said, should an opportunity arise to meet Jobber at the game or something I'm all over that but I doubt he's giving much of a fuck about the Padres with the Warriors thing going on

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  62. I liked JBL obviously. But in a fantasy world one in which Benoit goes to smackdown for a longer reign and maybe turns heel to build toward losing the belt to Cena at mania could have been nice. was Paul E around to be a mouth piece?

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  63. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    It makes total sense that you'd be pissed about having to go to the sunny San Diego because dammit I had a ball park to rank in Baltimore.

    Not even being snide, it makes complete sense.

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  64. Lol. Ok fine you have a point.


    I'd do just about anything to not be me hahaha, I'm sure Feyonce agrees.

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  65. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    That explains the revolving door of avatars. The tacky puns for names....Marv you hate Marv. You wanna be anybody BUT Marv! You'd rather play dress up with a strange old man than face the truth.

    Speaking of Feyonce Edna....you really need to somehow incorporate the Cresto Crustacean(working title for old man) into your wedding somehow. In the most insignificant way possible.

    Marv Crestacean!

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  66. I should just invite the guy. We know who he is now. Wiffle found his Facebook. I sent him all the avatars because he's an "artist" so I figured he'd like them but he never did respond. He's probably completely fucking horrified lol

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  67. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    Ah what! I had no idea. I'm actually a little sad he didn't respond. Not even a courtesy "you're fuckin nuts" or anything. Someone sends you a folder full of customized photoshopped images of YOU you do something with it.

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  68. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Guess I'll throw out my prediction for Cena/Owens. Owens jumps Zayn before their NXT Title match and then destroys him to retain. Zayn interrupts the U.S. title match between Cena and Owens looking for blood to set up the final showdown between Zayn and Owens. Put a stip on it. Maybe No Referee Stoppages since Owens has beat Zayn(in my booking) twice via stoppage. Submission or I Quit possibly.

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  69. He's really old dude hahah, it was probably creepy but I explained how I got the photo and tried to make sure he understood it wasn't actually insulting to him or anything


    Ah well. I tried.

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  70. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    You might have put him underground. Literally. You may have given him a heart attack.

    And really, you tried I'm sure you did, but there's little to NOO explanation where he isn't thunderstruck by it lol. Gotta say though, personally, I love that you didn't just send the pictures but actually tried to explain the reasoning behind them. So someone appreciates the effort at least haha.

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  71. I didn't want him to be completely weirded out but I'm sure he was anyway.


    Fred Jinkins, the Happy Old Artist, look him up on FB, dude actually seems like the happiest fucking guy ever I'm kind of jealous

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  72. I thought I was insane half the proofs for the paper I've sent out have actually gotten responses this late at night....wtf

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  73. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    I was a little put off by how aggressively they kept mentioning his happiness. "The Happy Old Artist Makes Happy Art For Happy Boys! Happy Boys!!" We get it he enjoys his life more than we do dammit.

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  74. Yeah if it was a slightly younger guy there would be some soul crushing pervert vibes coming off him for sure.

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  75. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    What kind of freaks(present company excluded as always) are up at 1 AM!?

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  76. Apparently used car dealers lol

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  77. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 2:04 AM

    I buy it. I'll go on the record saying used car dealers are exclusively soulless vampires. And just overall seem like shady people.

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  78. Lol, ok I'm walking home I've had enough of this place see you tomorrow man

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  79. Art Macklin, Man Without FearMay 19, 2015 at 2:10 AM

    Lol alright be safe.

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  80. The Brightest spot was his Halo neck brace after Taker put him through that obviously paper car roof.

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  81. If it keeps Lana with Rusev, then it does them both a huge favor. I could see both floundering without the other.

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  82. Anybody else notice Lana sporadically dropping the Russian accent in her promo tonight? Either she was off her game tonight, or they're gradually trying to "Americanize" her for a babyface turn.

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  83. Speaking as a person who was watching during Punk's run.


    The SES were basically the Wyatt Family with less credibility (better workers though). They lost every feud and basically got their ass kicked up and down the block. However, they each had a purpose/point and Punk used them quite well.


    However, they were still thoroughly mid-card. So comparing them to the lameness that was "The Cabinet" is not at all fair. Plus, Luke Gallows has gone on to have a pretty good run in Japan and we all know how good Joey Mercury is.

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  84. Sometimes I thought: Is this really the WWF(e) of Vince McMahon what we are seeing? What would he say about this crap? ;-)

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  85. So was Hornswoggle...

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  86. At least Benoit was a very good wrestler and JBL was nothing.

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  87. JBL as champion showed why the roster split was a stupid idea. It forced them to give the biggest title to a guy who in a unified roster would have never ever gotten the title. When you have only one roster with one champion you think a lot more about who will get the title. If you have two of both it always leads to experiments which can suck. JBL, Rey, KHALI, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Swagger...

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  88. It looks like they are doing a modern day Randy Savage and Elizabeth storyline with Rusev and Lana. I hope they don't rush into the endgame with this one. Let them actually split for awhile until something brings them back together again.


    It's amazing how after years where the WWE treated Randy Savage like he never existed, all of a sudden you have one wrestler doing a parody of him and a storyline that's basically a rehash of the Randy Savage-Elizabeth relationship.

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  89. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!May 19, 2015 at 4:37 AM

    Kevin Owens.

    That baby made me miss Kevin Owens.

    That's it --- no college for her.

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  90. For the record, not sure if this was said, but Angle was hurt post WM and was Smackdown GM until July and then feuds with Eddie and Big Show

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  91. I caught that too. Her accent definitely wasn't as thick as it normally is.

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  92. You need to get out more.

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  93. If it does this website is full of musicians.

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  94. You need to get your head out your ass more.

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  95. That's fair. I'm 26 with the maturity level of like 21 and even I think it's a little obnoxious. The music is good and fun though. Never been a big fan of Fozzy either. Like you said, reminds me too much of a Jericho ripoff.

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  96. Not at all. Your the one going on a borderline psychotic rant continually over a style of music that died off 20+ years ago. Let it go man.

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  97. You're(not 'ypur' moron) the one who probably only knows about it through what you see on youtube and blogs.


    But for anyone who was there and enjoyed it(and still fucking loves it), having some fucktard who knows jackshit calling it "Hair Metal" and acting all too cool for school is very irritating.


    'Borderline psychotic rant'? No, just annoyed and pissed off with ignorant twinks promoting a bullshit revisionist idea of what actually happened.

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  98. Lol. Someone's touchy and really a bit crazy. Attacking me for a typo done in thirty seconds on a phone on a bus on my way to work? Edgy. Now please continue angrily shaking your fist at clouds because people do not appreciate the music you do.

    Ps: I grew up in the eighties and there's a reason most of those bands never made it out the other side. Just saying.

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  99. Yeah, the final victory of the soulless corporation over the musician.

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  100. Guns and Roses were a real band not a hair metal band.

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  101. No it didnt.

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  103. So, with that much money, you could afford both Pyromania and Hysteria. But if you made less and could only afford one, which one would you buy?

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  104. Which part are you replying to?

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  105. Metal Health created hair metal.

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  106. First, I never said "hair metal". Second, what did then, if not Quiet Riot?

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  107. We used to have decent conversation about non wrestling topic all the time here.

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  108. THEFELINE Randy OrtonMay 19, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    You are 100% right

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  109. THEFELINE Randy OrtonMay 19, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Don't mind Edwards, he is just a troll, that kept trashing my reviews for weeks, that dude opinions are irrelevants

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  110. Gotta disagree on your assessment of #4. Poison were far better as a party band, and Flesh & Blood felt like the moment Bret Michaels decided they needed to be taken seriously instead. That was the first domino in their downfall.

    Also, seriously, no Extreme II: Pornograffitti? For shame, Scott!

    My top 5:

    1.) The aforementioned Extreme album.
    2.) Def Leppard, Pyromania (sorry, Scott, but Def Leppard sounded better with real drums).
    3.) Ratt, Out Of The Cellar (Mike was right - this was the best half)
    4.) Whitesnake, Whitesnake/1987/Serpens Albus (I mean, it killed the bluesy Deep Purple vibe they had going, but they never made an album this good since.)

    5.) Motley Crue, Dr. Feelgood (their magnum opus)


    OK, back to lurking.

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  111. Still waiting for a reply, ANY reply, of what was the true beginning of the genre....

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  112. Metal Health, Cum on Feel the Noize, Love's a Bitch

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