Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NXT Before Raw?

Scott,

First time long time.  Would the WWE ever consider putting NXT from 8-9 PM before Raw airs to break up the monotony of the three hour show?  Of course they could still tape it (once in a while live would be cool though) and they could have a "shocking ending" leading into their flagship program!  Win-win as long as USA agrees right?

​Totally disagree.  That's putting way too much pressure on guys that are barely ready for TV as it is.  Ratings would be a disaster and USA would meddle.  It's much better to just have it on the Network where a limited amount of people can even have access, because it not only gives a smaller audience to work with, but actually makes people WANT to see it.  ​

1,403 comments:

  1. Also besides everything Scott said NXT is a big selling point for a lot of us in keeping the network each month.

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  2. I think if you put NXT on USA then you have even more of a chance of the NXT guys overshadowing the main roster. I am surprised that these guys aren't coming up with nuclear heat from how much better the NXT shows are and how much more time and freedom they're given.

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  3. They're better to YOU and the tiny fraction of the Raw audience that watches it.


    There are 4 million people who watch Raw. There are, what, 200,000 people that watch NXT every week? Depending on the arena, you could be sending out an NXT guy in front of 10,000 people and only 100 know who the hell he is.


    NXT is great but the geeks are waaaaaaaaay overestimating its appeal.

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  4. For many, it's the ONLY selling point.

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  5. You have in reality 6-7 wrestlers that are really good on NXT and the rest aren't ready for primetime. You're giving NXT way too much credit.

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  6. Just when I thought I couldn't care less about the IC title match...

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  7. I upvoted this post.

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  8. No Caliber in the final 40. The #FatBuff dream is over. :-(

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  9. This idea involves changing the format for RAW in some way. Therefore, it won't happen.

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  10. So, I turned on Raw long enough to see R Truth come out and do a promo about the MiTB match only to be told he wasn't in the match and leave...did that lead to anything?

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  11. Miz vs Ryback vs Big Show! How is the Network not printing money?!?!?

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  12. I was awoken at 4:45 this morning by my carbon monoxide detector. Pretty big fucking false alarm there.

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  13. Can't stand the guy or his act at all, but in watching the tv shows Ryback sure seems like one of the more over guys on the roster at the moment at least.

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  14. After Neville vs Owens opened Raw, I figured the show had peaked early on and turned it off. Anything good happen?

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  15. It was the only entertainment in a really bad segment.

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  16. Not really.

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  17. Better safe than sorry with that shit.

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  18. Good to know.

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  19. is that what you call her?

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  20. That's exactly what I said. We went outside and called 911, where I told them to just send a truck... don't send everyone.


    ... and they listened. False alarm, then they sent the gas company over afterward to give it a double check.

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  21. They listened? The fuck? Ain't this 'murica?


    Goddamn commies.

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  22. Their loss if you ask me.

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  23. They had to put off the Wyatt Reunion because it was too close to the Show Miz Reunion.

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  24. But Vince didnt want that to happen either.

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  25. Who gives a fuck what Vince wants?


    Oh.


    Right.


    Shit.

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  26. That Bullet Club shoot looks hilarious.

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  27. So the IC title feud is over two guys being.....big?

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  28. It was just carbon dioxide having a brief fight with oxygen. Glad they made up.

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  29. It's wrestling. This is not the first time.

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  30. I was very surprised. Back at the apartment, I once put in a call on a a drunk driver that slowly parked his car into a tree... I mean like 3mph, causing no damage. I just didn't want the guy on the road, there was a lot more going on outside.


    They sent EVERYONE... 3 fire trucks, 4 squad cars, and a pair of ambulances... for a street about 500ft long.

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  31. I really don't want Miz added to the match. Big Show and Ryback should be hilarious

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  32. He should've eaten more boxed bacon (because FUCK cooking it).

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  33. #HOSSEPIPHANY

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  34. I don't know if it was the dense humidity in the air or what.

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  35. HowmuchdoesthisguyweighJune 9, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Any former Indy darlings in the top 40? I think I notice tommasso (sp), I am guessing that is Ciampa (sp)?

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  36. I agree with those saying it was dumb to have Ryback hit Show with the Shell Shock on RAW before the PPV match.

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  37. DRUNK DRIVER HIT A TREE AND DISTURBED ONE PERSON??? MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!!

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  38. Sure, but I was hoping they'd have something better for Ryback.

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  39. That's....leaving money on the table!

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  40. Haven't seen any updates on this in a while. Hope progress is still being made.

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  41. Are people really going to get this show for the sole reason of Ryback doing it to Show again? Do they really think that?

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  42. It's not like he hasn't already done it before.

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  43. Or in the bank.

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  44. Pretty blah. I usually watch the whole show but I was asleep by the third hour.

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  45. That's not Ciampa. The guy who played the Big O. in the Zack Ryder YouTube vids is their but that is about all I recognize.

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  46. I think you're way underestimating the appeal of NXT. When Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Neville, etc... appeared they got a huge pop and the crowd knew exactly who all of them were.

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  47. Incase something else happened.

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  48. The WWE is biased towards those who use the squat rack at the gym

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  49. Just read last night's Raw Report. WTF was that shit? They 27 guys come up with that? Also you book Rollins vs the security guys and HE LOSES? What the hell?

    https://33.media.tumblr.com/fc286e0f898c70bddb2193748de0d4cd/tumblr_inline_nlzwpz3WYi1rw7y6v.gif

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  50. Alright, Big O gets his shot! Hope he makes it while Ryder is still around.

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  51. Andre the Giant vs Big John Studd anyone.

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  52. You're just mad you didn't make the top 40.

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  53. and...my day starts with a LLOL. Thank you Bayless. :-)

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  54. I think this is proof a secret WWE/Planet Fitness alliance.

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  55. The writing itself stunk this week. It was painfully obvious what was written word-for-word too. No one could make that shit sound good.

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  56. They already killed the bowl-lee angle.

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  57. Nobidy does it like Sara Lee!

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  58. Well you would think the bBullet Club... Shoot... you see where I am going

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  59. I really hate guys being handed scripts. I miss the days of guys giving their own promos and guys who couldn't talk were given managers.

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  60. This goes back all the way to Gold's Gym in Venice Beach.


    Brother.

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  61. "You're ugly!". That's when I tuned out.

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  62. Try not to laugh....but does anybody have an idea of where they're going with Lana and Ziggler?

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  63. Didn't Big O also get a shot on TNA Gut Check?

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  64. Vince steals Lana from Ziggler.

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  65. no Big Red Machine Kane or Big Poppa Pump?

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  66. Take Big Show out, and plug Miz in.
    Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

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  67. Nope.


    - Creative

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  68. I don't mind Big Show in this role of midcarder putting over "new" guys.

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  69. Does anyone know anybody that made the top 40? A buddy of mine applied but didn't make it.

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  70. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    I feel uncomfortable living in a world with more than one Tommasso.

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  71. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Not afraid mind you, just uncomfortable.

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  72. So, maybe the winner gets to keep the "Big" part of their name. If Ryback wins, Big Show is just "The Show" and if The Big Show wins, Ryback is no longer "The Big Guy," he's just "The Guy."

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  73. A friend of mine got this rejection letter...


    Dear Joseph,

    Thank you for your video submission for WWE Tough Enough. As you can imagine, we received thousands of entries, and the competition was fierce. Unfortunately, you were not selected as one of the finalists, but please consider once again submitting a video for future seasons of WWE Tough Enough.

    We thank you for your passion and wish you much success in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Paul "Triple H" Levesque
    WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative

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  74. I just don't think that it does anything for the IC title scene, such as it is, to have him mucking about there.
    Let him put someone else over.

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  75. Yeah, my buddy got the same one.

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  76. Ugh it's like fighting over the letter "T" in WCW.

    Speaking of which, Mark Madden's sole contribution to society comes from a comment he made about that:

    "If guys couldn't keep the letter "T", "Mr. T" would just be called "Mr.", "Ice-T" would just be called "Ice", and "The Immortal Hulk Hogan" would just be called "The Immoral Hulk Hogan"."

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  77. Do not go to Italy or any major East Coast city. Those places are full of Dagos Italians.

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  78. I'm only half way through the show but out side of Owens/Cena/Neville R Truth is the nights MVP

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  79. Big O could be a fun angle to win Tough Enough, going crazy on his buddy Ryder in a paranoid attempt to stay in the big time. Of course that would require midcard angles.

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  80. I'm guessing they took Neville's first name in order to make room for the 12 nick names they are trying to tack on.

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  81. The New Sensation... they should call him a bunch of INXS songs - the Never Tear Us Apart, etc.

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  82. If Truth is a highlight then your show is in trouble.

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  83. So....Rusev really is Emo...she hurt her ankle like he him..He wants her to hurt like he does....If rusev starts dressing Goth I will sing over all my money to Vince

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  84. Seems fitting now that Jimmy Jacobs is writing for them.

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  85. I'm so angry. I went to get my hair cut this morning and they fucked it all up. I've been growing my hair out for the Gordon gecko look and this bitch cut my shit short and gave me some normal nerdy business guy haircut. I'm so pissed I'm shaking. Fml

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  86. The WWE already tried putting a bunch of no name rookies on the air as it's own show once and it failed miserably.

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  87. It is gonna take weeks if not a month or two to get back to where I was. Dude what the fuck I'm so mad.

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  88. Rusev coming out to "Love Will Tear Us Apart" would be the GOAT.

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  89. It's just hair bro.

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  90. Also what does it say about Kane that Lana falling 6 inches sells longer than Ziggler being "Choke Slammed To Hell!"

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  91. Don't ever get settled on having a nice haircut because life will just take it away from you.

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  92. Yeah but I was looking extra good.

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  93. Ziggler has built up a tolerance to losing. He can shake it off in mere minutes.

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  94. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    ^does not have a glorious mane.

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  95. Was it your normal person that cut it bad or a new one?

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  96. Wait, that little weird dude that was like Steen's gimp in ROH or something? He's a WWE writer now?

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  97. True. I've been getting buzzcuts since I was in middle school lol

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  98. Ziggler's new gimmick will be that he is impervious to pain. He sells so hard he completely goes 360 back around to no selling

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  99. I follow a vicious haircut cycle. I get a haircut, then it takes 2-3 weeks to fill in and look like I didn't just get a haircut, then it looks great for about... 1 day.


    Then it starts to feel too long, but I wait another two weeks anyway before my next haircut.

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  100. In fairness, Truth's bit was really fucking funny.

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  101. Ah, that feeling when you think you lost a contact but it was just stuck up in your eye.

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  102. Go with the Stone Cold look.

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  103. I've always heard the difference in a good haircut and a bad haircut is about 2 weeks.

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  104. It says more about Lana understanding the con and Ziggler not.

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  105. https://youtu.be/AiCF1QdyxhM?t=15s

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  106. Fuck I don't even know what I'm gonna do...I had just been getting it lightly trimmed to assist with the growth/keep it looking clean but this lady just fucking cut it. Arggghhhhhh

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  107. That's what I heard.

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  108. That's why I cut my own hair. I'm fortunate to be able to pull off almost totally shaved.

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  109. Do you not have a normal girl for this?

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  110. Normal one and BTW I paid 50 bucks

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  111. I do and that's who did it to me!

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  112. ...damn it....in fairness I did not get much sleep last night

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  113. GET ON THIS ROCKET TO RUSSIA, COMMIE PAL!

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  114. I once lost one around to the back of my eye. It was there for two days before it fell out on a lunch date.

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  115. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    $50 for a haircut? She blow you too?

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  116. "LANA! SOME DAY! YOU WILL ACHE....LIKE RUSEV ACHE!"

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  117. Aye, I use clippers at home. I used to have long hair but it was a pain. I would have long hair again, but I hate medium length hair, and I'm unwilling to have medium length hair for months and months, so it stays forever short. I should just get a wig.

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  118. I have (had :( ) the beautiful hair of a 17 year old.

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  119. Same, I generally get mine cut every three weeks. Cut on Thursday, no cut the next two Thursdays, and cut again. I let it grow for my cousin's wedding though like four weeks. I was thinking I'd let it grow more but I get really crazy about my hair touching my ears and shit so I'll end up getting it cut this week.

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  120. Even the good ones are insane. There's never been a salon girl who wasn't a nut. There's way too many chemicals floating around there to not do some damage.

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  121. Lol I've had the same thing happen. It's so disturbing that the contact would just be floating around for a few days.

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  122. I'm basically trying to time that one perfect day for my wedding in August. After that I really don't care.

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  123. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    You tipped her $15 despite how dissatisfied you were with her performance?

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  124. He did and looked pretty bad in the ring.

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  125. That sounds horrifying.

    My hearing sucks but I'll take that tradeoff for my phenomenal vision.

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  126. Me either, so I'm extra grumpy.

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  127. Posts like this are why I still haven't switched from glasses. This just weirds me out.

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  128. Jobber, you can always just forgo the Gordon Gekko look and look like your in the Strokes. Around 2004 or so half my friends tried to grow that haircut.

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  129. Did CM Punk cut a promo on Hogan and the Lightning today or yesterday?

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  130. Big Show's The chair is not going to break is why it is a tragedy they misuse Show so bad. He is one of the guys that doesn't need the script as a crutch and in fact it probably holds him back. He has so much personality and they squish it down into the stupid character they make him play.

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  131. What tip did you give her? GO BACK TO HAIRDRESSING SCHOOL

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  132. Even if you're at the hair college she should have listened to you. It sounds like she just did whatever like she's the guy who does my hair.

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  133. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Get a hairsperation from this century. Cut it like Conor McGregor!

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  134. She is crazy, but very nice. So I didn't say anything to complain. But next time I'm gonna just say it was too short. She's responsible for the previous good cuts to. But this one was a hatchet job. Its not that it looks bad, its just short and I wanted it long. Its awful compared to what I have but maybe in two weeks it will be better? I dunno but I'm freaking out.

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  135. It's pretty clear Rusev getting hurt fucked up whatever they had planned, but I do wonder if this was another Vince obsession that he lost interest in. Like, there's no way he thinks they can make Lana the #1 woman in the company by sticking her in the middle of a feud between the freshly Cena'd Rusev and Mr. I'm Here To Show The World How Quickly I Can Job.

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  136. I've been thinking about getting LASIK for years. Too lazy to research further. And having surgery on my eye(s) a 2nd time is not appealing to me.

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  137. My hair is thick enough that keeping it short is really my only option.
    To me, the quality of a haircut increases in direct proportion to each dollar lower in cost.

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  138. I always pay the same amount.

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  139. Show is legitimately funny and good on the mic. He should have enough pull to tell the writers to fuck off and let him do his thing.

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  140. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    It disturbs me that you are more perturbed about a bad haircut than you were the Warriors losing game 2.

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  141. Yeah but I saw swinging for the fences with a fancy cut. It looked amazing. Now it just looks like another assholes haircut. I hate it.

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  142. At this point they are almost better off abruptly ending it as those two have no chemistry together.

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  143. it's just all too much at once I think

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  144. (if they have to do what they do) he should have been the Kane character of the authority. better on the mic and should be wrestling MUCH less often

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  145. Dude I'm a really good looking guy and I was rocking a gecko.

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  146. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Sometimes life comes crashing down all around you at once and you can't do nothin but drown.

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  147. I heard you have to end up getting it multiple times and it doesn't last. I don't mind contacts and I kinda like wearing glasses on days I don't wear contacts. Makes me feel classy.

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  148. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Haircuts are temporary. Championships are forever*

    Unless you're USC.

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  149. Yay! I should move to Montana or something. I'd fit right in with this vanilla loser haircut.

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  150. Hair: I saw Jacob deGrom highlights on ESPN and was fucking roaring at that D&D nerd long hair he was sporting.

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  151. 33 might be too old to do that though.

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  152. Yuck. They still think pizza is ethnic food.

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  153. Yesterday. https://twitter.com/CMPunk/status/608136997249654784

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  154. R-Truth interrupting the MitB promo was legitimately funny stuff.

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  155. The only good thing about that segment

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  156. I got an e-mail from the WWE about a contest where you can win a replica MITB briefcase with a replica signed contract from "Paul Levesque". In the sign up page, you have to click a box to acknowledge that the contract is fake and just for fun.

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  157. The same group that gave us Wouldn't It Be Nice gave us Kokomo.

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  158. I also hate getting my hair cut and fear it getting screwed up every time. My wife wants me to get a different cut but I'm like....they print off a thing that says exactly how to do it and I don't have to describe shit...

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  159. Have you guys already talked about this Kevin Nash/Kevin Owens twitter "fight"?

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  160. Oh god some mark trying to cash in would be a riot.

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  161. I guess this is to prevent situations like when they gave Kennedy the briefcase as a goof.

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  162. man this crowd must have loved paying to see Mercury and Noble main event

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  163. He has an iron clad contract. He should leverage that

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  164. Show last night wasn't very good, and it got off to such a good start with Owens/Neville.

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  165. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    I mean at this point you have to really ponder what the point of trudging on is. This haircut has shamed you and seppuku may be your only course of action.

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  166. Dude seriously. And this lady had cut my hair everytime so this morning I didn't give any kind of instructions. Just goes to show they don't remember you or give a fuck about your hair.

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  167. I just know that cunt is having a good laugh with her friends about ruining my beautiful hair.

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  168. Piss on those marks. About time some wrestlers got their shot.

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  169. Guys, we may need to get Gary Spivey and a mirror to jobber's house.

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  170. They really should keep photographic records and names

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  171. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 9, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Hair.

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  172. So...wait J and J are the faces.....or is kane the face? or is Rollins the....no...so...we are the faces because we are the crowd just like Dean?....

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  173. I'm just about due for a haircut myself.

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  174. Surprised this hasn't put you off for life

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  175. Macklin, Man Without FearJune 9, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Careful lest a thundercunt doth scheme.

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  176. It'd probably last on me. My eyes have stopped growing most likely. My understanding is that until a person's eyes mature fully, it keeps growing/changing, forcing multiple surgeries.


    On the other hand, it's a laser surgery, not physical. Having to actively leave your eye open for like 5 straight minutes is both stressful and difficult while a doctor has to use basically tweezers to remove a small rock/glass from the eye.

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  177. Rollins should technically be the face for standing on his own two feet.

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  178. Sadly..I think I'm going to suck it up and get the haircut she wants...which means I'm probably going to take a picture to show...which will make me feel like an 8 year old

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  179. ahhhhhh I just got a sports click promo email..The Blog is being monitored guys!

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  180. Why am I hearing Brutus the Barber Beefcake's theme in the back of my head.

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  181. Meltzer didn't even need to chime in. Nash looked like a jackass on his own but he was probably being a little sarcastic. I hope.

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  182. You went to a place that didn't retain your haircut records?

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  183. Bald is beautiful :)

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  184. Yeah but on an hour-long show, if you have 6-7 really good wrestlers (plus guys like Enzo and Cass who are not "really good" at the wrestling aspect but are entertaining characters) to go along with a few warm bodies to use as cannon fodder, that's pretty loaded. Still, I don't want them on broadcast.

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  185. Heading to work an hour early; trying to get home as the same time as all the Warriors fans going home was a nightmare commute on BART last week, so hopefully I can beat the Rush

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  186. The same reason I walk around with the Booty Man theme in mine - mental illness.

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