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RAW Ratings

RAW viewership increased to 3.96 million viewers this past Monday night. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 3.95 million viewers
9pm: 4.11 million viewers
10pm: 3.86 million viewers

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe-news/42850-raw-ratings-back-up



Details of Samoa Joe's New Contract

Although Joe has yet to officially sign the contract, both sides have reached a deal. The new deal will not see him immediately start on the main roster as he will be the focal point of NXT for a few months. Joe will still be fulfilling his current Independent dates and work at the July 20th Ring of Honor TV tapings. RoH was looking to use Joe for more dates.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0602/595910/will-samoa-joe-new-wwe-contract-bring-him-right-to-the-main/



Former TNA Champion Declines Invitation to the Hall of Fame

AJ was reportedly offered AJ Styles a spot in the Hall of Fame and a match for Slammiversary but AJ declined the offer, stating that his priorities were in Japan and for Ring of Honor

http://wrestlechat.net/report-former-tna-world-champion-turns-down-hall-of-fame-induction-and-slammiversary-match/



Also, tonight is the debut of Ring of Honor on Destination America at 8pm EST, which will be followed by TNA Impact at 9pm EST.

Comments

  1. Good for AJ. Good for Joe.

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzrDKFwUhlg



    Posting this again, if people didn't see it. The is the kind of savvy, modern-day kayfabe approach I'd love to see used on all their programmes. But hey, it's great and I get to see it anyway.


    And you've gotta love the shot at Cornette.

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  3. This is the type of shit that should be replacing how they do backstage promos.

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  4. Buffalo HopscotchJune 3, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    That Styles news is kinda funny, but good on AJ for not needing to accept that type of offer. It was supposedly a "big" money offer too, although I dunno what passes for big money in TNA compared to what he makes in NJPW and ROH.

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  5. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieJune 3, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Fallout 4 :)

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  6. Those game are really not good

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  7. I'd like to think that he has too much pride to appear in something as ridiculous as the "TNA Hall of Fame".

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  8. great article about Owens and Cena by Mr. Tito on LOP

    http://www.lordsofpain.net/columns/mrtito/MR_TITO_STRIKES_BACK_-_NXT_s_Kevin_Owens_Defeating_John_Cena_Too_Risky_for_the_WWE.html

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  9. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Damn, beat me to it!

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  10. Buffalo HopscotchJune 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Whoops, completely forgot that was happening. Thanks for the reminder!

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  11. I don't understand what people on this blog see in Kevin Owens, he just scream indy geek to me, pretty average in the ring and not a good promo at all

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  12. Some fans met "Kevin Owens" at a house show.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGlDhvnUYAAzomA.jpg:large

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  13. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Go Joe!


    Great, now put him in military fatigues so that can be a catchphrase or something.


    Vince Russo has entered my consciousness.


    Swerve, no he didn't.


    Swerve? Obviously, he did.

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  14. How much does your company suck when a guy who was there for over a decade helped build it and still wants nothing to do with you even after being offered a HOF spot?

    Honestly I don't blame AJ either. He deserved better when he was there.

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  15. His look leaves much to be desired, but that match was top notch and Cena did an amazing job of giving him the proper rub.

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  16. "I sweat just putting the clothes on!"


    HE'S FAT!!!


    This looks a lot like the promo stuff that the UFC does on their shows building up to the PPVs.

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  17. Stranger In The AlpsJune 3, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    It's possible it was him. I mean, being in front of the concessions and all.

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  18. All white people look alike.

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  19. You could have said the same thing about Bret Hart and WWE.

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  20. It presents the product as a sport.

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  21. That's what I've been saying!!!

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  22. Yeah, weird idea, huh?

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  23. He won the NXT title pretty much right away and just beat John Cena so obviously WWE sees something in him, too.

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  24. I think your problem with him is purely aesthetic dude. Saying he's an average wrestler and bad promo is ridiculous...

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  25. Its a fake Triple S account

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  26. Everyone please ignore Triple S. TripleS is the actual poster.

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  27. lmaoooooooooooooooo and no one could tell the difference.

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  28. Oh shit really? Was properly trolling me yesterday

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  29. Isn't that a picture of some fan meeting New Day?

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  30. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Can't tell the difference.

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  31. The only difference with that is Hart was legitimately screwed on his way out. TNA simply insulted a man with a chickenfeed contract after years of loyalty and amazingly hadn't put him in their HOF yet. Hart at least had good money and respect.

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  32. The real one is going full speed on the seth rollings thread, maybe 2/3 of the comments are his

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  33. Owens looks like hte size of John Tenta in that pic..

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  34. He is a real winner

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  35. God, it's fucking dismal. I didn't consider him that bad at first, but now he's just being ignorant as shit and taking pride in it.

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  36. TNA has told Brodus Clay he can't work GFW events, even if they're untelevised.

    Karen Jarrett's response:
    https://twitter.com/karenjarrett/status/605845599737356290

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  37. Thats right. He's FAT.

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  38. most athletic fat wreslter ive ever seen though...

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  39. Meltdown waiting to happen.

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  40. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    We could just do a two-fer and get rid of them both. You know, scorched earth policy.

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  41. I hope he's just trolling, because the alternative is worse.


    Brian, can we ban the original and keep the copycat?

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  42. I would love to know what Cornette thinks about Kevin's WWE run

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  43. Jim Ross said that he was on the podcast next week. Should be fun.

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  44. Why do grown men take the time to create fake accounts here? It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

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  45. The JR/Bret podcast was fine, but he really put over Bryan and Punk as workers.

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  46. I'm totally about to meltdown!

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  47. Someone posted a podcast he did about him. He basically says he is doing the things that he told him to do in ROH.

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  48. Man, Bret Hart and CM Punk in their respective primes. That has to make one of my top dream matches.

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  49. The clue is when people start posting furious, paragraphs-long replies to every single comment they vaguely disagree with.

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  50. I've had to leave that thread. What a blow for that thread!

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  51. I read the AJ Styles/Hall of Fame news last night. I legit laughed for a good minute.

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  52. Same here.

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  53. Oh, and Bret and JR talked about Owen. Made me sad. Poor guy.

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  54. He really should do a WWE run at this point. There has never been a better time for it with the current culture.

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  55. Dixie must be livid to see Joe landing a full time WWE contract and Styles doing so well in Japan

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  56. If it spreads to the rest of the blog I'm checking out for a few days. That'd be awful for the rest of you.

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  57. He was great on Jericho's podcast.

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  58. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I can't believe you lasted that long. I stopped posting in there 15 minutes ago.

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  59. I don't think it's even sinking in.

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  60. He seems like a genuine good person

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  61. Don't worry, Sonny Siaki will come in for that TNA HoF Nomination

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  62. Best part of that pic is the dudes to the right trying to stifle their guffaws at the poor kids.

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  63. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 3, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Yeah, he basically is contrarian to everyone about everything.

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  64. See that's not enough time to actually *think*. I sometimes put hours of thought into these comments before they go live.

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  65. That gave me an aneurysm.

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  66. The best part about Owens becoming a big deal is that he becomes the go-to dude to cosplay as if you're a wrestling fan of that dorky a variety. 95% of them can grow a really shitty beard and rock a sleeveless shirt.

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  67. I wonder what the Slammiversary match that was pitched to Styles was.

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  68. We really should have gotten a Punk vs. Bryan WM match.

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  69. So many guys he could have fun matches with, including Cena, who somehow become awesome in the "stalwart vs. 2000s Indy legends" role.

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  70. They are also retaining viewers at a much better pace over the past month. That can be attributed to a better product.

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  71. I knew this guy was an idiot as soon as he said he wouldn't mind seeing triple h vs lesnar again

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  72. In large part I think this was the legacy of having a heel like Flair be world champion during the territory days. Flair would come to a territory, defend against the top local babyface in a screwy way, and then move on. The local hero is still strong because he almost beat the world champ. And because relatively speaking very few people were hooked into things the Observer or even PWI, the local fans wouldn't necessarily know that Flair was doing the same thing elsewhere.

    It worked perfectly in the territories, especially because Flair was so great at generating heat, but was damaging over the long term once Flair's defenses started being televised nationally.

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  73. I was always confounded with the idea of making Seth the turncoat heel of the Shield. When they went babyface, he turned up the cruiserweight aspects of his offense, and was getting huge pops with it.

    Turning him heel made him tone down the good stuff. Turning Ambrose or Reigns wouldn't have required much change in anything. But, like a pro, he's pretty much made chicken salad out of chicken shit.

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  74. You spoke too soon. I'm here now.

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  75. One of JCP's problems was that they tried expanding into northern cities to compete in markets that were already owned by the WWF - and they didn't really have the network of syndicated shows and and promotions to support it.


    So was the failure to sell out UIC due to Flair? Nobody buying Garvin as world champ? JCP's over-expansion? Some combination of the above?





    It's a hypothetical question that can't be answered - but would Flair/Garvin have sold out? if they had booked it somewhere like Atlanta, Virginia, the Carolinas, etc? I would guess so, but maybe not because putting the title on Garvin was a huge mistake.

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  76. Shit Shower Shave?

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  77. Which is strange because isn't that almost exactly why Honky Tonk Man got over as a heel champion? Because of Jimmy Hart and to a lesser extent Peggy Sue? It was their constant interference - along with Honky just up and walking out or getting himself disqualified - that made him such an effective heel.

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  78. Going past Philly was the mistake. Crockett did good business in Baltimore and Philly, but anything past that was troublesome. Crockett didn't draw well out west either.

    Garvin as champion was a HUGE problem. When he won the title, ratings fell by a full point, but JCP was really low on main event faces.

    Starrcade '85 and '86 did 30,000 fans (combined). Starrcade '87 had 8000. Moving the event to Chicago was an incredibly stupid decision.

    Why didn't it sell-out? Dusty's booking was terrible. Crockett wasn't selling out anywhere

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  79. This is his thing. He posts a contrarian opinion, and soon as you respond with a fact that disproves his view, his next reply is always some form of "Prove it to me."

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  80. I know. I like to think of him as a middle child starving for attention

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  81. Austin specifically said in the podcast it would have to be a Texax Death Match so you might be onto something here.

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  82. Even WCW at it's worst still had better ratings and attendance than TNA during their best periods, but WCW became pretty unwatchable too.


    I think the only thing TNA had WCW beat on was that they generally had a more talented roster from the top of the card to the bottom of the card around this period.

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  83. It's for dem extra cold summers, bruh.

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  84. I think part of what convinced other people was the WWE highlighting this on Twitter and the official Wrestlemania account saying "RT if you want to see this at Wrestlemania". While this is by no means set in stone, the whole WWE machine was never really behind the idea of Austin/pUnk.

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  85. Personally I find Seth's title reign refreshing. It's old-school, and he's playing a real heel, one who cheats and connives and sells his frustration.

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  86. I hope Austin doesn't wrestle ever again but listening to him in 'stone cold' mode where it seemed like he could jump up at any moment and hit the KICK WHAM STUNNER on Heyman was cool.

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  87. You can easily read through old observers if you wanted to prove your opinion tbf.

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  88. Tbf he probably doesn't pay for the observer so he's not going to pay to fact check a random person on a message board silly.

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  89. You're right, Seth winning the title was an audible but he was never a long-term fix. I do think that ideally they want a babyface Roman Reigns to end Seth Rollins's reign at some point (okay maybe not immediately after WM) but that's not happening so we have what we have now.

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  90. Would they, or is this conjecture on your part?

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  91. I'll go with that too

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  92. No keith says the product sucks and viewing Is at an all time low!!! This should be the blog of doom and gloom. The way people carry on here, you'd think wwe has 600 fans at a baseball stadium

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  93. Worst_in_the_WorldJune 3, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Sure but HTM's angle wasn't the #1 selling point of the company. He was a fun midcard angle, not the top draw.

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  94. If Reigns wins the briefcase, he could at least play the Ultimate Warrior to Seth's HTM, killing Seth with his two moves inside of 5 seconds before he can get the cheap interference. Worked out pretty well for the Warrior.

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  95. Could, but going into my attic, going through boxes looking for an old Observer is not high on my list of things to do

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  96. This email may set a new record for douchechills per square inch.

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  97. I wouldn't call Seth the #1 selling point of the company. Much as I hate to admit it, that's still Cena.

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  98. Online subscription. I'm sure they have some back issues posted that prove your point. Not being a jerk, I just get not wanting to pay money to find out if some dork on a message board is correct or not.

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  99. In 2015, Reigns has been having better PPV matches than Rollins.
    Rumble: Rollins vs. Brock vs. Cena > Reigns in the Rumble
    Fastlane: Reigns vs. Bryan > Authority vs. Ryback/Rowan/Ziggler
    WrestleMania: Reigns vs. Brock > Rollins vs. Orton
    Extreme Rules: Reigns vs. Big Show > Rollins vs. Orton
    Payback: N/A (both involved in Fatal Four-Way)
    Elimination Chamber: N/A (Reigns not on the card)

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  100. Oldest back issue is from 1991. I have a ton of old Observers in the attic. Need to find them one of these days.

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  101. And really, thank God for all of that. Now they might actually be forced to move forward.

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  102. kbwrestlingreviewsJune 3, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Just over half were paid.

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  103. Well, I wouldn't put it past the WWE to try to use social media as a way to pressure Austin into signing up for Wrestlemania. But that doesn't mean it's a done deal or that Austin will go along.

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  104. Is not using punctuation the cool thing to do around here now I see everyone doing it and it looks awful why is everyone doing this

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  105. My email questions have a poor track record :(

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  106. Fascinating.

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  107. Fat, Ugly Inner-City SweathogJune 3, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Totally agree. At the time, I would have had Seth as the solid #3 in terms of heel potential. Ambrose and Reigns seemed way more natural as heels

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  108. Fat, Ugly Inner-City SweathogJune 3, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    That's my guess

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  109. Fat, Ugly Inner-City SweathogJune 3, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Lesnar vs Austin at Mania 19 would have been worthwhile. Now? Doesnt interest me

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  110. The point I think that was being made was that WWE wasn't trying to use social media to pressure Austin to sign up back the other several years; when someone said "this isn't any different than those other years", it was simply that WWE was quite a bit more behind this one. That's all.

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  111. I don't really mind if it's Brock v Austin or Brock v Rock, because they can push new guys all they want, the real story is furthering the Brock machine to the highest he can go so when eventually they find the perfect guy to go over him (one that fans and vince) can both agree on, one that can really carry the torch, it will mean so so much.

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  112. No worries, they still have saviour-of-the-attitude-era HHH to have his annual major Wrestlemania singles match! Problem solved!

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  113. selling 100,000 tickets is going to need something more long-term and hotter than an appearance on a WWE Network special. What that is, I dunno. ​
    How about making the tickets somewhat affordable for losers like me?

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  114. Considering Hunter is 4 years younger than Undertaker and 10 years younger than Sting, there is at least 4-10 years of annual Hunter WrestleMania matches to go

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  115. Clark O'BrienJune 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Problem being once they are established we will have seen then feud with eachother hundreds of times. The old guys should be putting them over now so they will be biigger when they become the main event themselves.

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  116. Your the idiot who can't comprehend english. Emailer said he wants brock against someone else AND Austin with someone like hhh.

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  117. Brock vs owens with Austin as referee or austin/hbk vs brock/heymen

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  118. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 3, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I was at this show.


    I just said fuck it and left once George Steele showed up.

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  119. It's still real to me, damnit!

    WHAT?! SOMEONE had to say it.

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  120. Brock vs. Rock is your money match for WM32.

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  121. People are not going to let Austin go since his last match wasn't very good and his retirement had no fanfare and was some boring speech about neck problems on Raw where we all thought he'd be back in a few months.

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  122. Rock/Austin WrestleMania XIX wasn't very good? Wut?

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  123. That match had no flow and was just them doing finishers to each other. Even Scott only gave it ***1/2 and I thought he way overrated the Austin vs. Rock matches in general. WM17 is pretty good and all but the finish alone should shave a half star. I'd call their best stuff ****1/4 to ****1/2ish and that match was a pale shadow of their best stuff.

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  124. Scott bumped it up to **** a few years ago. Most people hold it in high regard

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