Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O' Doomers!

Obviously it's been a very melancholy sort of week since the last Open Mic with the death of Dusty Rhodes. For me my wrestling fandom came from my dad when I was a little kid growing up in the panhandle of Florida. Usually the Graham's Florida territory didn't make their way up to where I lived back then since Pensacola-through, they tended to stick between Tampa and Orlando and would usually do a Jacksonville show or two during their summer tour each year and maybe once every year they would get to Tallahassee also. But my dad would drive me and my mom to Jacksonville in like the late 70s and early 80s to see my aunt and uncle and he and my uncle would "go to the fights" and he always would bring me back a program. But he loved Dusty Rhodes, Wahoo McDaniel and Harley Race and Blackjack Mulligan and the Funk Brothers and all those guys that would work Florida. So when we'd watch Crockett Promotions or Championship Wrestling from Florida it was always about those guys. I used to love his hair -- that old redneck sort of perm he sported -- and my dad was so into the promos of him and all the guys. He was such a mark....

Anyway as I got older, married and moved to the Tampa Bay area...Once in a while we'd go to the FCW tapings on Dale Mabry in Tampa and after the card Dusty would stick around and meet the fans. I always enjoyed the way he interacted with the younger fans. He'd ask them who their favorite stars were and sign autographs and take pictures. And he had this cowboy he would always put on these kids before the picture so this oversized hat fell over their faces and then he would flash that smile. It was the cutest thing and he just seemed to really be drawn to fans and people in general. As a mom I'm always interested to see how people treat kids and he was just so kind and funny and personable with them.

It was big news in this area when he died. Big in the papers, big on the sports radio and you would hear these stories about him working the armories in Tampa or New Port Richey or Plant City or the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg (for the really big arena shows) and afterwards he'd see some fans and ask where the party was or where the barbecue was (in those days the big arena show was usually held in the early afternoon on weekends so they could work another house that night or vice versa) and as the stories go he would actually stop by the parties and the barbecues to meet the fans and have a drink or eat a burger or try to find him a nice woman for the evening. The more you hear the stories...the more you realized that Dusty really was a unique figure and a larger-than-life guy here in Florida during that period. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do for him tonight and on the network.

On TV tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to save the world from the evil known as the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

College World Series...I think Virginia vs. Florida is the game tonight.

Ray Liotta is narrating "The Making of the Mob" on AMC, it's like 7 or 8 parts.

Apparently there's a new Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight on the Food Network.

Bachelorette and other reality crap

and RAW

Enjoy. Keep it clean.

2,029 comments:

  1. So what is Brock going to do to leverage his way back into the company?

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  2. Rip one of Michael Cole's legs off

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  3. we will see what they do but I think he should have come in and grabbed the brief case so that he legally has a match they couldn't keep him out of and then if he gets the belt back they have to lift the suspension.

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  4. So Ronald Reagan used to carry a gun with him during his Presidency. He said to one of his agents, "I carry it in case you guys can't do your jobs."


    Yeah, Reagan was a fucking clown.

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  5. Can he F5 JBL on top of Cole and Booker T?

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  6. This is my first time checking out the Preshow. And you thought the Raw announcers ignored the match in the ring!

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  7. Dude with a half-functioning brain with a loaded weapon. I love this country.

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  8. And he still got shot... and failed to shoot the asshole in the process.

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  9. A half-functioning brain would be an improvement for most of the "we love our guns!" population.

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  10. Maybe he should have carried two guns.

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  11. Which makes it more ironic since Reagan was the one to sign a lot of gun control laws in the first place, especially after he got shot.

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  12. Best president in any of our lifetimes.

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  13. My lifetime:


    Reagan (Born 1982)

    GHW Bush
    Clinton
    GW Bush
    Obama


    Tallest midget, indeed.

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  14. Well dude did get paralyzed so I see why he signed the stuff. Guess he just didn't believe it for himself.

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  15. Listened to a lot of Hole today for some reason, I still dig that first album but as time goes on it only becomes more clear that Kurt and Billy wrote it just based on the chord progressions and key changes, so much classic Pumpkins and Nirvana in there.

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  16. Won the Cold War.
    Took down crippling inflation.
    Made America proud of itself again.

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  17. Anyone ever hear Patrice O'Neal talk about the two days he worked for Vince? Found it on the tubes this morning. Funny stuff.

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  18. Yea she probably shouldn't have killed Kurt and she could have had a bigger career

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  19. So my beach weekend was a success. I'm still in beach mode, so zero fucks are going to be given for the next couple of days. I may have sex with a coworker or two just because.

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  20. Corey Graves trying to babble about Bray Wyatt while the crowd around him is going apeshit for Cesaro's finish: "It's rocking in here right now I'm sorry"

    Yet he won't be on the show tonight. again. because Vince.

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  21. You weren't missing much with Carter, Ford, and Nixon.

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  22. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Bryce Dallas Howard can get it.

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  23. Gave the Taliban weapons, compared them to the Founding Fathers.
    Let AIDS run rampant in the country.
    Destroyed the middle and lower class with trickle down nonsense.

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  24. My seats are actually pretty fucking awesome lol

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  25. Iran Contra - Rick Ross

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  26. Have a good time man. We'll be watching for your run-in.

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  27. "Let AIDS run rampant?" Did he execute all the doctors and scientists or something?

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  28. Ascension about To be in a Superstars match and they're entrance looks so dumb live.

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  29. He said he would have stuck it out longer but he was going to get fired anyway so why bother.

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  30. You try coming in again for Day Two!

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  31. Did they give you a pillow for the pre-show matches?

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  32. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Considering his agents let a crazy gunman get off six shots, and accidentally pushed Reagan into the line of fire and got him shot, he had a reason to carry the gun.


    And I'd take Reagan over any of the asshats we've had since any day.

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  33. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    We were talking about this at work the other day, but how amazeballs would it have been if, the day Reagan got shot, instead he pushed aside Secret Service and shot his attacker? They'd rename the country after him.

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  34. He didn't think it was a big deal because it was mostly homosexuals at the time dying of it. He thought riding horses was more important.


    Mind you, modern day conservatives crucified Obama for three people getting infected with Ebola.

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  35. I spotted him in the crowd marking out on an ECW show from like 2000.

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  36. At the same time?

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  37. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    It was the Secret Service pushing him into the car that caused Reagan to get hit. Had he stood where he was he would've been fine. It was his agent pushing him into the car that got him struck when a bullet ricocheted off the open car door.

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  38. He was a big wrestling fan which is partly why he took the job. He said the place was like a cult and he had to go.

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  39. I didn't know that presidents had the power to obliterate diseases.

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  40. From watching the preshow, no Cesaro, Bo Dallas or Harper/Rowan on Raw tonight. /sad

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  41. Then again, the stupid has only festered and worsened in those three decades.

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  42. Clippers are on the verge of acquiring Lance Stephenson.

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  43. they can have him

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  44. I'm barely paying attention. Rowan and Harper are in the match too but I can see them on Raw too?

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  45. Flamingo vs. Pillman Beach Bash 92 is pretty good despite some Raven greenness

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  46. Ebola would have killed everyone here with Reagan in charge today.

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  47. Hornets would be trading Hawes and Barnes.

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  48. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Yes, I know that. That's what I'm saying.

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  49. Now you're being ludicrious.

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  50. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    I'm not going to bother arguing with a Moonbat.

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  51. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Considering Reagan's been dead for a few years, we'd have a lot more to worry about than Ebola.

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  52. They announced on the local news that the Cavs parade would be on Monday if they somehow win the title.

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  53. Zombie Reagan > Obama

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  54. One of these days MJ is going to hire someone competent and not his flunkeys. I hope, anyway.
    Matt Barnes? Why?

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  55. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 15, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Now YOU'RE being ridiculous.

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  56. Thaddeus MountainJune 15, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Whatever the fuck he wants, whenever the fuck he wants to.

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  57. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Well that's not a fair fight; Zombie Reagan would scare the fuck out of even the North Koreans, and that's where the evil monkeys in The Wizard of Oz come from.

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  58. I don't even understand the point of TV if it doesn't feature at least one of a diner, a drive in, or a dive.

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  59. When will they have the parade if they don't win?

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  60. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Those are called "riots".

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  61. Barnes is in the last year of his deal. Hawes is a beast though.

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  62. No, but president usually address a crisis when it happens, not ignore it completely.

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  63. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Brilliant strategy; that never backfires.

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  64. The Hornets problem has always been putting pieces together that don't fit. Like Stephenson has talent but he didn't fit the team. I don't see how these dudes do either. Where is the outside shooting?

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  65. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Damn Red Sox have hit into a double play in each of the first three innings tonight.

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  66. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Hornets preparing for Tankapalooza 2016 it seems.

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  67. Baseball is still going?

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  68. They should make the NBA and NHL Finals Best of 77, so we have interesting sports all the way up to MLB playoff time.

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  69. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    4 more months to go!

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  70. Someone should tell the Mariners.

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  71. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    This season cannot end fast enough. I don't think I've seen then lead in a single inning that I've been able to watch this year.

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  72. Brock vs Owens tonight for the NXT title.

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  73. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Are you trying to get me out of my pants?

    Because it's working.

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  74. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I keep hoping that today is the day they turn it around.

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  75. I'd just use chloroform on you if that were the case.

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  76. Robinson Cano has killed all his branding value by going there. Hard to remember he still exists.

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  77. More likely: Brock does absolutely nothing of note except appear

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  78. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Then hit him over the head with a hammer, right?

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  79. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    But then I couldn't consent. I'm not that cheap and easy.

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  80. He doesn't care, this is about his last contract anyway he just wanted money. I was shocked he ever wanted to come here anyway since it automatically meant halving his HR stats

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  81. Thaddeus MountainJune 15, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    That's really all I need. If he happens to kill everything in sight, even better.

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  82. What is this "consent" thing you speak of?

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  83. Cherington and Farrell are doing a bang-up job.

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  84. Thaddeus MountainJune 15, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    We have plenty of interesting sports. We have baseball.

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  85. I thought his whole point of signing with Roc Nation was to be this big star, but nothing wrong with chasing the money, I guess.

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  86. I would gladly settle for him knocking off Michael Cole's other shoe.

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  87. *tosses bottle*

    Alright let's shoot this fucker...

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  88. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I appreciate you holding the same sentiment.

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  89. News headline.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHk40gVWcAIk0zc.jpg

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  90. They'd be stupid to not re-package Cody tonight.

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  91. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Burton's best film.

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  92. The death of Cole via F5 is greatly anticipated.

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  93. His dad asked him to stop acting like a moron 4 months ago and he ignored. Why would he change now?

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  94. In beach mode, everything is up in the air.

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  95. HOLY SHIT BRAD MADDOX

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  96. Stranger In The AlpsJune 15, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Cole needs to sell he fear of Lesnar tonight.

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  97. Always get the money up front.

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  98. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    I hear death has an effect on people.

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  99. I'm generally really patient when it comes to these things, but this team is fundamentally flawed. If they trade Bogaerts/Betts/Swihart for Hamels, etc. I'm taking a few years off.

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  100. You mean other than his dad you know, dying?

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  101. No tears, they just look bored this time lol

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  102. If Brock looks at him, I expect Cole to skitter away like a scared little mouse.

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  103. Vince really got into clapping along with Dusty's theme. Sadly, they didn't show it here.

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  104. Is he even there? He might be taking a few days off.

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  105. It was a clip from last night, dork.


    Also, fuck you.


    Jerk.

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  106. Chavo Guerrero stopped being a white guy after Eddie died.

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  107. I await your tossing of my salad.

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  108. 5 more seconds and I'm convinced he would have started dancing.

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  109. Neither him or Dustin were out there last night.

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  110. Was it? LOL

    That's even more hilarious

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  111. NIKKI AND CENA ARE TOOLS FOR BRINGING THEIR TITLES TO THE 10 BELL SALUTE

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  112. The scene of Dusty winning the title in Florida and the fans filling the ring will always be awesome.

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  113. I tried being latino when my Dad died, but it didn't take.

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  114. "I have been supporting [AIDS funding] for more than four years now. It's been one of the top priorities with us, and over the last four years, and including what we have in the budget for 86, it will amount to over a half billion dollars that we've provided for research on AIDS in addition to what I'm sure other medical groups are doing." - Ronald Reagan, September 17, 1985 press conference

    Of course, no amount of facts will change your deep rooted beliefs, so by all means carry on hating.

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  115. that didn't make sense either. I think you guys overestimate how much death really affects people. People mourn for a few days then they are back to their regular a$$holishness.

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  116. I can't come up with anything better than VKM singing and dancing "Stand Back."

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  117. I misread this to say Nikki and Cena are tools for bringing their titties to the 10 bell salute.

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  118. Just replay this video for the next 3 hours and they have their best show of the year.

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  119. Life goes on. It's for the best too.

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  120. I think Dusty would have appreciated some dancing on that stage.

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  121. Whenever he tries to do something genuine, it always comes off as phony as fuck.

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  122. Jerk chicken? I like jerk chicken.

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  123. Not at all. We're celebrating a champion.

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  124. Depends on who dies and who is left behind, and the relationship between the two. If my wife died, you wouldn't hear from me for....shit. Dunno. I'm convinced I'd cease to function for at least two months.

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  125. Where is that shot of Dusty walking in the street with the cops from?

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  126. Damn pollen...

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  127. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Okay, so maybe not everyone goes through life-altering personality changes in the wake of a loved one's death. But it only needs to be true for one person in order for it to be believable for Cody, and I'm certain death has had a catalyzing effect on people before.

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  128. I was hoping for a special MGK version of this song.

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  129. Great package...then the shitty entrance video! Way to ruin the moment.

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  130. I was looking at recipes for onion ice cream yesterday. You've really motivated me into this ice cream thing.

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  131. Not starting with Brock? BOOOOOOOO!

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  132. IT'S THE ASCENSION!


    Oh wait it's Seth Rollins.

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  133. Sell it like Heidenreich has returned....

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  134. That belt looks like one giant HOF ring around his waist, man that design is terrible

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  135. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 15, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Cena was a tool long before that.

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  136. Oops, JBL said 'belt'

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  137. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 15, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    All the WWE titles look awful.

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  138. I don't have any hard data or facts about this. I'm just doing it empirically. In most cases, people get back to normal as the days pass. There are some cases where people have a hard time adjusting but that's usually the loss of child or spouse.

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  139. Damn, he's said belt twice in two minutes. He's got to be getting an earful right now.

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  140. Tribute, open, entrance, commercial.


    Ugh.

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  141. A camera.....

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  142. They make spinach ice cream, it's delicious.

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  143. You know what? Never mind. Fuck it. Onions. Garlic. Asparagus. Fucking rutabaga. Whatever yanks your crank for ice cream. Embrace it.


    Freak.

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  144. So we're stuck with Byron as the third wheel for the next 2 months or however long it takes to do Tough Enough because we apparently just have to have a 3 man booth.

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  145. this is that time when the thread is about to get crazy so I'll show myself out.

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  146. I would not try garlic, that's messed up.

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  147. LOL Garlic is your line? Noted.

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  148. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Onion ice cream? That sounds like the worst thing ever.

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  149. I hope teenagers understand these not-smoking commercials because I sure as fuck don't.

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  150. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    People get back to normal eventually, but if they were close with the loved one, the pain of their loss is always a twinge in the background. There's no reason this couldn't change Cody, the same way there's no reason the loss of a friend, a teacher/mentor, or a boyfriend/girlfriend couldn't change someone. It doesn't have to be family.

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  151. How long before the Raw announce desk looks like the announcing booth from The Naked Gun?

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  152. Okay...that anti-smoking commercial just convinced me. I'm never quitting.

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  153. But you'll miss my uncle's memories when she first saw Sapphire! Okay he was surprised she was still alive in 1990.

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  154. If anyone wants it, here's a recipe for Bacon & Egg ice cream.
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-cook-like-heston/articles/all/bacon-and-egg-ice-cream-recipe

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  155. Most of them are made by groups funded by cigarette companies per the big lawsuit some years back. They're supposed to be bad.

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  156. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwGybS6TWEM

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  157. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    I still think to this day that William Regal and Corey Graves would make an excellent commentary team. I really wish Regal would get a chance on the main roster shows because he's fantastic.

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  158. Feyonce makes these christmas cookies out of crushed bacon and potato chips, drizzled with maple syrup, they're orgasmic

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  159. Oh that's good. Manziel with a Miz t-shirt!

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  160. That makes a shitload of sense now actually.

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  161. Johnny Manziel getting booed by his home crowd.

    That is fucking awesome.

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  162. Brick from 'The Middle" is there! Oh, that's Johnny Manziel.

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  163. Huge WWE Return tonight, Brock Lesnar Vs. Drew Carey?

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  164. Monday Night Rollins

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  165. If someone goes Lawler to Jake on Johnny Football, I will mark out like a little boy.

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  166. My wife's family is partying today. I guess that Uruguay beat Paraguay in something.

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  167. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Now kiss.

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  168. This would be the perfect time for Brock Lesnar to come out and forge a path of destruction on his way to the ring. And F5 Michael Cole again.

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  169. anytime is a perfect time for that.

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  170. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 15, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Truth.com is owned by the company that makes Newports I think.

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  171. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    http://i.imgur.com/Uf76v.gif

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  172. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    I would piss myself with laughter if Cole ate a second F5.

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  173. If anyone hasn't seen it, they should go and check out Ambrose's after match promo from last night. It's on WWE's youtube channel and it's very good..

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  174. Corned Biff HashJune 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    He channeled his inner-Dusty and shat promo gold.

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  175. cabspaintedyellowJune 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    It's becoming a running theme where a lot of really good goddamn promos get thrown up on YouTube where no one is going to see them.

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  176. I'm totally zoning out this interview. Something needs to happen.

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  177. His list should just say Seth Rollins.

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  178. Odd disconnect between his speech and the stills that keep whooshing in.

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  179. There ya go...

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  180. And Seth Rollins.

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  181. This is exactly what I was hoping for.

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  182. HEY! THAT SHEET OF PAPER IS BLANK!

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