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Daily Network Thread - 3/28/14

The live stream schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 8/2/93 - Randy Savage vs. Doink
10:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 8/9/93 - Tatanka vs. Mr. Hughes; Lex Luger/Yokozuna contract signing
11:00 AM ET - WCCW - 12/2/82 - Kerry Von Erich/Brian Adias vs. Magic Dragon/Checkmate; Al Madril vs. Great Kabuki
12:00 PM ET - WCCW - 3/18/83 - Kerry & Kevin Von Erich vs. Freebirds (Texas Tornado Match); Jose Lothario vs. Jimmy Garvin
1:00 PM ET - WWE NXT - 3/27/14 - Adrian Neville vs. Bo Dallas - NXT Championship
2:00 PM ET - Night of Champions 2012 - 9/16/12 - CM Punk vs. John Cena - WWE Championship
5:00 PM ET - Beyond the Ring - For All Mankind (Mick Foley doc)
7:30 PM ET - Smackdown Pre-Show
8:00 PM ET - Legends of Wrestling - 3/1/08 - Wrestlemania
9:00 PM ET - Old School - 3/17/75 - MSG - Bruno Sammartino vs. Spiros Arion - WWF Championship
10:00 PM ET - Smackdown Backstage Pass
10:30 PM ET - ECW Hardcore TV - 3/8/94 - Road Warrior Hawk vs. The Pitbull; Kevin Sullivan/The Tazmaniac vs. The Public Enemy
11:00 PM ET - Legends of Wrestling - 3/1/08 - Wrestlemania

Recommended viewing: How about Backlash '99? A decent hardcore match between Al Snow and Hardcore Holly, The New Age Outlaws vs. Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart was pretty good, X-Pac vs. newly-turned corporate heel Triple H was a great match, and Steve Austin vs. The Rock NEVER disappoints. Of course, Ken Shamrock vs. The Undertaker is on there as well, and if you ask me, you either hate that match, or you think it was not given a fair shake the first time.

Comments

  1. You know, I thought those Countdown shows would just be fluff pieces that would have had stuff we've seen 1,000 times over, but they are really, really done well and it presents some of those times in a fresh fashion. Kudos, double-double-E.

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  2. Ah yes, I talked about that Taker/Shamrock match a while ago. if it happened 5 years later, it would have gotten lots of love. But the Attitude Era fans were conditioned to expect "Entrance, Catch phrase, another catch phrase, 1 minute match, run in, next match, entrance, catch phrase, etc etc". So they totally turned on the match for actually having some psychology.

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  3. I always thought Rock vs Austin at Backlash 99 was better than Wrestlemania XV. I think I am going to watch Backlash 99 now.

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  4. Episode 6 of Raw is up for all the completionists out there who have been itching about it.

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  5. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

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  6. It was. The first person shot of Rock getting the double bird followed by the Stunner was worth the price of admission alone. God, those two had crazy good chemistry...

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  7. Stranger in the AlpsMarch 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I like that you said you were going to watch something I recommended. That's awesome.

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  8. What ever happened to that Ming fellow WCW was pushing?

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  9. Do you see what happens, Larry?

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  10. Did Luger just say U.F.A instead of U.S.A.? God he sucked on the mic.

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  11. The camera spot adds a whole star to it

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  12. I was watching the Wrestlemania Rewind for Austin-MIchaels at Wrestlemania XIV, and in the background part of the show that were discussing Shawn's physical and emotional problems in the runnup to the show, and someone brought up Shawn battling his "demons." Perhaps this is just a pet peeve, but can't they just say he was hooked on drugs and that was affecting his mentality at the time? I hate the way they try to tapdance around things like that. It's not like he hasn't acknowledged his past drug use.

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  13. re: Ken Shamrock vs. The Undertaker from Backlash '99


    I haven't watched the match in probably 10 years, since I dubbed my VHS over to DVD but remember two things about that match. At one point they are both so incredibly gassed, they start running the ropes in slow motion... but to the credit of the Undertaker, he used the coolest counter to a leg submission that I've ever seen. Looked like half a spin-a-rooni.

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  14. Eh, I don't think it's necessary... plus you'd need another hour just to describe what Shawn was going through mentally at the time. Guy was a wreck, considering everything he had done his entire life was about to end.

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  15. He showed up in the 2001 Royal Rumble, had a few matches in the wwf and now he's a used car salesman.

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  16. I would fucking love to buy an '07 Dodge Nitro from Meng.

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  17. I wonder if the Tongan Death Grip is part of the negociating process.

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  18. He made it to a Rumble? Huh, need to watch that now. Was he treated a the token evil foreign stereotype?

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  19. No it was like... Haku?!... to very little crowd response.


    It was just like WWE was fucking with WCW by taking guys without much value just because they could.... and Haku was actually the WCW Hardcore Champion at the time.

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  20. Fair enough. Probably more of a general pet peeve of mine.

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  21. He really was one of the most under-utilized wrestlers ever, both in the WWF and WCW. He must have gotten 10 start-stop pushes, they never really gave him a legit opportunity. (for example, he was turned into King Haku... and jobs to Hercules in the opening match at WM 5, then loses the crown clean to Duggan).

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  22. Well I do have good taste and I haven't watched that ppv in awhile anyway.

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  23. I'm pretty sure he was the last real defection to the WWF. He was a lucky SOB to get out while the ship was going down.

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  24. Anybody know when they are going to add some real NWA/WCW programming? I need to see some Georgia and Crockett matches (non ppv).

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  25. It is doubly interesting when you consider that if you ask ANYONE from the era who the one motherfucker you legit don't want to fuck with his they will almost always say Haku... you would think he could have intimidated his way into something.

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  26. Yep, he must have been the ultimate pro.

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  27. Rvd vs Lance Storm at GAC 99 is actually really good. You never know with ECW matches but this one is a good example of rvd/ECW craziness at its best.

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  28. I love the van damninator became its looks cooler than a normal chair shot while being safer than a normal chair shot. I'm surprised the wwe hasn't brought it back occasionally.

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  29. Justin Credible vs Tommy Dreamer is 100% the lamest "epic" feud ever

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  30. I've never seen all of Backlash 99. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Wish they would put up the clash shows or SNMEs. But glad they put up more of the Legends round tables. I watched the episode about hardcore wrestling last night. ECW is kind of ragged on in the episode actually.

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  31. I wonder what the reason is for putting up wccw and ECW TV out of order?

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  32. Who is/was more stubborn? Jerry Jones towards Tony Romo? Or Paul Heyman towards Justin Credible?

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  33. At least romo shows the occasional flash and keeps it close until he fucks up the last play. Credible could use those stupid bamboo sticks and do a sneer with his hand raised and I think that's it.

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  34. Maybe music editing? I know World Class used a lot of popular songs that I'm sure Vince doesn't have the license to use.

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  35. Still they could have started at the beginning

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  36. Watching Raw Ep 6: Can we agree Crush's head crush..one of the worst finishers ever?

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  37. I would seriously call it one of the most logical ever. If one of the strongest guys in the world would head vice your head and squeeze as much as he can... Wouldn't you submit in 0.1 seconds? Plus it seems nearly impossible to escape. What more could you want from a finisher?

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  38. It looked painful as hell

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  39. Finally watching Elimination Chamber and happy to see both the Usos and Reigns no selling headbutts. Embrace the great Samoan gimmick young men!

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  40. Yep, plus it can be applied on anyone, at any time. Seriously, shouldn't it be debated as one of the BEST finishers?

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  41. But did it work on Black people and Samoans?

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  42. Backlash '99, one of the rare good shows of that year. It was the show WrestleMania should have been. I'd argue it was the 2nd best match Austin and Rock ever had.

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  43. Damn you... Now you have me wishing for that exact psychology in a 1993 match...

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  44. I remember I watched 2001 RR live on PPV and marked out when Meng entered. I don't know why, but I did.

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  45. I wasn't a headbutt or a strike to the head so it should have been effective. Remember the psychology comes from a direct strike to the head with your head, not with an object and not with squeezing the head.

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  46. But if their craniums are so thick and inpenetrable... Then perhaps, not even the awesome power of Kona Crush can cause damage??

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  47. He did make it out of Hawaii, so it had to work on Polynesian people.

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  48. I renew my call for a heel to bring back the unbreakable full nelson finisher. I'm looking at you, Alexsander Rusev.

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  49. Aw, so they put up 6 instead of 31? Le Sigh. I guess no watching Lex choke at SS this weekend.

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  50. One rumor is that the tape quality of some of the old episodes isn't up to WWE's quality standards.

    Also the rumor about why they started at Episode 26 of ECW instead of the beginning is because that's when Heyman took over booking from Gilbert.

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  51. Douglas vs Tax, solid *** match, overall GAC 1999 was pretty good I'd say

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  52. I didn't know IRS was in ECW. *rimshot*

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  53. Fine ...maybe it was the neon outfit much like the head crush..I'll submit to your opinions.

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  54. I wonder why something like the March To Wrestlemania is not up with the RAWs.

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  55. He's putting a Tongan Death Grip on high used car prices.

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  56. I've watched the first hour of Bash at the Beach 1997 today. There's a surprisingly good Glacier/Ernest Miller vs. Mortis/Wrath match to open the show. There's also a terrible Steiners vs. Muta/Chono match that has a pretty sweet finish where Scott DDTs Muta off of Rick's shoulders. I remember trying to order this show when it aired but I didn't have the right cable box to order PPVs.

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  57. I always really liked that match and felt it was severely underrated. I dug Shamrock trying to break just about every bone in Takers leg and Taker deciding to fight Shamrock at his own game with submissions of his own was really cool.

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  58. Backlash 1999 was one of the first ppvs I watched when I got the network, the show holds up pretty well given it was a throwaway ppv from 15 years ago.

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  59. One of the coolest wrestling spots in wrestling history.

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  60. I don't know about you guys, but I don't think Bruno will drop the strap tonight to Spiros.

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  61. Bruno taught him everything he knows.

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  62. This show started so strong with two fun matches and then just comes to a halt.

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