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Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next?

I have some time this week to review a long shoot interview so I have four recent releases that I am selecting for review. Most of these guys have an association with the WWE Developmental process, with two of them working behind the scenes. The final choice is the Tracy Smothers shoot, which there is no trailer for, but is hysterical and full of crazy stories and I would rate as a top 10 shoot of all-time. Here are the four choices:


Nova, Part 2





Chris Hero, Part 2





Steve Keirn





Tracy Smothers


http://www.rfvideo.com/tracysmothersshootinterview.aspx



Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at 7pm

http://vote.pollcode.com/22945776



Comments

  1. How you gonna say you have time for a long shoot and not finally do the Flair one? Anyway, vote Hero people.

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  2. Its over ten hours. The others are less than half of that and still long.

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  3. All I'm hearing are excuses.

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  4. I voted for that filthy pig, Skinner (tm Gorilla Monsoon).

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  5. TEN HOURS?! Holy crap, that better be the best shoot ever or I'd want my day back.

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  6. It's probably entertaining but a lot of the recent interviews I hear with Flair, it's as though he shares Hulk Hogan's view of historical accuracy.

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  7. I should slowly work on it though so I can release it piece by piece when Flair passes away, which will happen before the next Olympic Games

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  8. Voted Smothers. Can't tell you exactly why.

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  9. Reigns is getting the Batista push, not only is his physically more dominant, he's also just smarter and gets to break the cliches and conventions of regular wrestling shows.

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  10. The pipe in 4-2 isn't right... and the last pipe he goes down before the water part of 8-4 isn't right either.

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  11. Let's not forget:
    Billy and Chuck
    His "The One" entrance music

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  12. One of the best matches I've ever seen in person was a 15-minute draw that Danielson and Tyler Black had on ROH TV. I was with @Mar Solo and it was a great job of telling a story in the ring as they built in intensity. It made me wonder why they don't do time-limit draws more often instead of DQs.

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  13. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieJune 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    He does sell the "chopping the tree down" offense extremely well

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  14. I think Hunter Johnson and Cornette did okay considering the talent they had.

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  15. Hah! Great minds. It was 2009 though. I DID see the Briscoes and Austin Aries main event a show against the Age of the Fall and was certain the Briscoes would be HUGE stars.

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  16. My sister who hasn't watched wrestling in years, saw that Stephanie segment and was like, "Is she trying to sound like Vince?"

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  17. I really don't think I would believe anything Flair said. Sad but true.

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  18. For me it was until 2005.

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  19. Stranger in the AlpsJune 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Man, the heat machine was in overdrive for this show. The crowd looked like they were bored. It wasn't that bad of a show. Are Pittsburgh crowds normally this way?

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  20. They weren't at the Royal Rumble.

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  21. Stranger in the AlpsJune 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    If I was at a live Rumble, I would be JACKED!

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  22. No way he survived all of that.

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  23. I remember liking Trevor Murdoch more towards the end of his run, when he busted out the Canadian Destroyer and was a goofy face. I miss him.

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  24. Huge fan of:
    Abdullah
    Gangrel
    New Jack
    Sandman
    Big Dick Dudley
    3-Minute Warning

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  25. Gotta be TAS. The reflexes are fucking perfect.

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  26. I hated Trashbag Vis but Love Machine Vis was great.

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  27. My personal best is 5:25. Not too shabby.

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  28. F'N Body Slams - Dan SelbyJune 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I bought the Flair 3-4 disc set. Honestly, it's just far too long.


    Plus, I just didn't really care for how he come across. Yes, he's a legend, but a bit of humility goes a long, long way.

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  29. F'N Body Slams - Dan SelbyJune 27, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    The Nova one is pretty decent. He's fairly candid. He does come across like a little bit of an unlikable guy, though.

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  30. I thought Kane was respected by the IWC, if not universally loved. Kane is a guy I have a soft spot for, it's amazing to see how far he's come since the days of Isaac Yankem.

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  31. I liked his debut, he was positioned as a jobber, but I remember it was a random no DQ match for some reason. I don't think too many wrestlers have ever debuted as a stealth jobber.

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  32. It's far from a great shoot. I'm just saying it would be good for all the discussion it would generate.

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  33. He is as arrogant as you can get but the shoot is good

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  34. I was about to post the same thing. That TV match was my first exposure to Tyler black and it was awesome.

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  35. I liked Big Texan Bradshaw but it's amazing how much they didn't let him talk and how much of a personality he was hiding behind that shtick.

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  36. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryJune 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    The Pens trading Neal was a more relevant event at the Igloo 2.0 this week than two hours of SD

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  37. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryJune 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    HHH's roids are finally affecting her.

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  38. I was at Final Battle 2006, Homicide/danielson. The bash 89/ WMX7 for ROH. And I was certain that Bryan was going to be a massive star. I had never been part of crowd where I felt that if Bryan won, we would have a legit full blown riot. The biggest heel in the world to that crowd.

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  39. I don't mean to sound like a total smark, but Daniel Bryan is the best professional wrestler I've ever seen in person. He has a really intrinsic sense of what the crowd will want and how to tell an amazing story in the ring.

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  40. Mister_E_SeesTheLineInTheSandJune 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    There was a Kane post a few days back and all sorts of people were saying they didn't like him at all.

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  41. I'm tempted to agree. I've never Shawn or flair live, but DB is everything Benoit was but knows how to connect to the crowd on a very visceral level that I haven't seen since Austin.

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  42. Anyone who tears into Mark Madden, is alright by me.

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  43. I feel like 6 is the right amount.

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  44. A better midcard would also solve this midcard.

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  45. Porn Peddlin' Jef VinsonJune 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    I thought Cena was the worst winner. Totally unnecessary. Sandow was set up for failure so him losing was no big deal.

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  46. For the record, I got to the 2nd Bald Bull without looking. And even then, I know I *SHOULD* have gotten him. UGH...

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  47. I call foul.
    He skipped at least five entire worlds and several levels on the worlds he did visit.
    Frankly, I'm surprised that no one else has noticed.

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  48. Although his drug issues and his many firings is convincing evidence that he really is legitimately insane.

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  49. I always liked David Young when he
    worked in TNA. He almost never won but he was so oddly sympathetic that I would look forward to his matches, thinking that maybe, just maybe he'll finally win a match.

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  50. TM CooltrainerBretJune 28, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Its not TAS, TAS world record is .38 of a second faster than this.

    Serious speedrunners are starting to get the timing down for some of the formerly impossible bullshit tricks TASes used to use in order to pare down the difference.

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  51. Well, for l8ke the last year hes been beyond useless but it's been better lately

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  52. RD EVANS IS NOT BAD.

    #THENEWSTREAK

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  53. Geez, can't they just pay some local guy to lay down for Rusev? He's squashed Sin Cara 4-5 times now.

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  54. He was the architect of Team Extreme!

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  55. But if you're a heel or turning heel via the briefcase, it makes total sense to cash in only after the champion just finished wrestling. The problem is in the prize more than anything, Of course you could have them NOT go the Edge route, but then they just look stupid.

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  56. kbwrestlingreviewsJune 28, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Nothing wrong with that.

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  57. It's the same J.O.B. Squad every time now with every new guy they want to push: Sin Cara, Kofi, Woods, Ryder, Truth, Titus ... maybe Santino, Slater or Fandango thrown in to mix it up.

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  58. PPV predictions:
    Goldust & Stardust beat Rybaxel
    Summer Rae beats Layla (reluctant slow count by Fandango)
    Paige beats Naomi (+Cameron turns on Naomi)
    Rusev beats Big E
    The Usos beat Harper & Rowan (via DQ)
    Seth Rollins wins MITB contract ladder match (with several hope spots for Ziggler)
    John Cena wins MITB championship ladder match

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  59. Edge is the best casher inner. COME ON

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  60. Not at all, Roman is as Jimmy E would say "Not a guy who can be throwing armdrags in the second match."


    Roman Reigns is main-event or bust, he's not a guy who will be floating around the mid-card being a solid hand. And I'm glad that WWE is putting in the work and actually making him that guy. They dropped the ball with the other opportunities they had for that (Ryback, for example).

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  61. There a crap top on people in this world that really, REALLY need to get a life.


    That's all that I'm saying.

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  62. It's just weird 3 months after the Royal Rumble

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  63. That's why it's not called a 100% run.

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  64. There's only today left, but for a LOT of speedrunning goodness:

    http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda

    They've been running since last Sunday, here's what you missed: http://gamesdonequick.com/schedule

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  65. Ohh I thought we were doing the Mean Gene Scott Hall bit.

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  66. And of course this lands right below the "more comments" cutoff.

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  67. And I'm responding to one of them, so good for you.

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  68. I think MITB is better off as a separate PPV just because WM is going to do the same business anyway, with or without MITB and MITB has now earned the reputation of being one of the good B-PPVs of the year.

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  69. 1) The original at Wrestlemania 21, although the 2011 one that Bryan won comes close.
    2) The Smackdown MITB in 2010. Too long, too much down time, and Kane won. Bleh.
    3) Benjamin in the original, seemed like he was a breakout star at the time.
    4) Benjamin running up the ladder at WM21.
    5) It's own show, as it has become a reliably good B-show over the years.
    6) Jack Swagger. He wasn't a favorite to win it, so it seemed random, and then he had the most cookie-cutter, half-hearted, bland "main event" run I can recall. At least Sandow got what should have been a starmaking match out of Cena.
    7) 7 is perfect.
    8) Edge in January 2006. Complete shocker of a moment.
    9) Rollins.

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  70. Still terrible. "I can't write so I'll just copy the comments section."

    Pathetic

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  71. Pretty sure every man and their dog knows the title wouldn't change hands on a house show. Might work for tv ratings though.

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  72. A bunch of people have mentioned New Jack.


    All I can say is hell yeah--his in-ring matches were garbage, but everything he did with the Gangstas (especially their early promos) drew absolutely nuclear heat, especially in SMW, the redneckiest promotion that ever rednecked.

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  73. Yeah. Even Bret Hart watched it and was like, "Whoa, take it easy there".

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  74. Till all are one.

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  75. People forget how insane that moment was. They've repeated it so many times to diminishing returns.

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  76. Why not, at least for one show, bring back MITB all stars like John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin? You don't have to bring them back full time. Just hype them up as making an appearance in the MITB.

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  77. #LOLMARIOWINS

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  78. Frankly, I'd rather the QOTD guy not try to turn cutesy clever phrases or ask us questions about dating or bodily functions.

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  79. This was on an emulator or something. It was too glitchy. Anyone see Mario after he landed on the flagpole in world 8-2? He got 100 points, but was actually standing in front of the flagpole and behind a tree while the flag was coming down. Also how did he get Mario to double jump/wall jump up to that pipe in the final castle? And I never knew you could get to the world 8 warp zone without climbing up the vine.

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  80. Nova looks remarkably like this "rapper" that lives in my home-town.


    I'd like to see that shoot to see if he's the asshole pretty much anyone who talks about him claims he is.

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  81. You can only listen to how stupid WCW was for not pushing the Horsemen until the end of time for so long.

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  82. If you thought the nWo shirt was a hit with teenagers in the 90's, can you imagine how the Arn Anderson shirt would have done? Rebellious teenagers all over the world would be walking into class with a new swagger with Arn Anderson on their chest.

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  83. I know, I know, but as I said, the "lesser" MITB match always seems to have a very unexpected winner - Kane, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow. Sure, some of them seem like obvious or expected picks in retrospect, probably because we got used to them carrying the briefcase (or, in Kane's case, the title) around, but at the time, nobody was picking these guys to win. With this year's field, I'm thinking Kofi is that person.

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  84. Skinner is my choice

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  85. Agreed. I was watching a lot of ecw hardcore tv back in the wwe 24/7 days and I always got a kick out of that.

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  86. I liked it as a one-time thing, and it definitely was a big win for Cesaro, but the match itself wasn't anything special; a lot of those guys really could have been better utilized.

    That said, I'd be all for another "Andre Battle Royal" if it were just for the big hosses on the card - grab ten big guys like Show, Kane, Henry, Khali, Ryback, Langston, Harper, Rowan, Rusev, etc. Maybe throw some other "big guys" that are more multi-dimensional like Barrett, Sheamus, and (again) Cesaro in there. To me, the point of the "Andre Battle Royal" was to find who the biggest and baddest was, and having guys like Brad Maddox and Fandango in there just undermined the point. I say do it one more time, but make it a big hoss affair.

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  87. I had the idea years ago that there should be an "Edge Clause" to the MITB now - basically, that you have to give the champion at least one week of notice beforehand.


    I thought it would work especially well for someone to do the post-match cash-in, and then have the GM come out and say "umm, you didn't read the new contract, you can't do that anymore". It would take the heel by surprise, build some heat, and lead to an actual PPV match.

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  88. Yup, at "WM26". Not a bad match at all, but definitely overcrowded.

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  89. Absolutely. The first time I saw him was at Unscripted 3 where he interrupted a Jimmy Jacobs promo for an impromptu match. The moment he entered, there was an energy in the air. It felt like I had chills the entire match. It was one of the best performances I've ever seen in any medium, and I've seen plays, honest to God, PLAYS!!!

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  90. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I'm really surprised that Tracy Smothers is killing this poll.

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  91. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    That's what I did. If it doesn't win the vote, I'll probably just buy it.

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  92. MikeyMike, King of ClevelandJune 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    You have rappers in Canada?

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  93. Not a chance. Kofi is just their as a spot guy. He's pretty much enhancement talent now.

    Sandow was the only surprise for me.

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  94. The shoot is great. Is safely say top ten. He was just about everywhere in his career.

    Surprised that the Hero shoot always gets killed in these polls.

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  95. You must have replied as I was editing. I originally noted that the Hammer Brother before the final Bowser was a pain in the ass when I was a kid. I think you're right about the randomness but I'm not sure. I haven't played the game in forever.

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  96. I think they were heading that direction with Jeff Hardy at Wrestlemania 24, but then Hardy got wellnessed.

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  97. That was the year it was originally an 8 man match, but McMahon kept forcing Teddy Long to add people so Drew McIntyre could get into the match.

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  98. I think it was WM 26, but whichever one Swagger won was the worst I've seen. I remember all the spots being so contrived, and then Swagger took like an hour to get the damn briefcase off the hook.

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  99. There are different categories for tool-assisted and done in real time by humans. This was done in real time by a human.

    The record using tools to frame by frame optimize the route is (obviously) faster, but not by much!

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  100. Lots. Great ones, too. There is almost nothing to do for half of the year in most areas, so we get quality musicians of every stripe.

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  101. TM CooltrainerBretJune 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Even if this was on an emulator, the glitches still exist on the actual cart. That flag one is a glitch done to save a bit of time because its slightly faster than lowering the flag.

    Again, this was likely done with loads of practise and retries. Whoever did this prolly has a blooper video of them accidentally dying at the hammer bros/due to risky jumps/etc.

    I get people's cynicism over these runs, but these guys are serious, hardcore speedrunners, and they've taken tricks that can only be done with slowdown, savestates, and extensive game knowledge and honed their skills until they can do them in real life.

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  102. TM CooltrainerBretJune 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    The one with Super Punch Out is even better cause the guy CALLS THE KNOCKDOWN TIMES OF THE FIRST FEW FIGHTS. He can't see the clock, but he knows those scrubs so well he can predict when they go down. Not to mention he takes zero damage in the last two fights, only loses once, and bounces back from being knocked down twice in the Hoy Quarlow fight.

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  103. My hometown is a small Atlantic Canadian shit-hole and for some reason people living here seem to think we're in the hood.

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  104. I'm not doubting this guy's talent, and it's amazing whether it's on an original NES, a toploader, a Retron 5, or an emulator. I'm not a purist by any means, butparts of this run in particular just don't seem accurate to the original game, as if it's been slightly modded for an advantage.

    Either way, the guy is a helluva better SMB player than me.

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  105. I would be fine with an hour notice. Just not right after a match. that's just nonsense to me and cheapens the whole thing.

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  106. You want SCARY?

    http://www.twitch.tv/themexicanrunner/c/4004196
    http://www.twitch.tv/themexicanrunner/c/3992740



    Guy's currently 5% into a long-term project, where he beats EVERY NES game.

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  107. EVERY GAME? Wasn't Battletoads unwinnable?

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  108. Tyson's hard to beat when you CAN see. *bows down to this guy*

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  109. Check out the two links. He beats the game with warps, and without.


    Combined time: 37 minutes, and 21 seconds.

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  110. *bows down*

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  111. He didn't beat Tyson blindfolded. He beat everyone else but couldn't beat Tyson (it's freaking impossible). He did beat Tyson's ass afterwards for good measure though.

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  112. they kind of did this with RVD, didn't they?

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  113. AverageJoeEverymanJune 29, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    X-Men 3

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  114. Yeah but they let him hang around and languish in the midcard afterwards.

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