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Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #21

The SmarK Retro Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event #21 - May 1989

- Taped from Des Moines, IA

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura.

- Intercontinental title: Rick Rude v. Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

So it's the fallout from Wrestlemania show, as Rude is now the IC champion and Duggan is the King, although the second one didn't come from WM. Sadly, Duggan proved to be a mere transitional monarch. (Well he held the crown for, what, four months?  That’s a pretty healthy monarchy.)  Of course, the inherent irony of a "King" waving the American flag probably would have struck him dead soon after anyway, so it's probably for the best. (Oh yeah?  What about Rodney King?  Or Martin Luther King?  Or Larry King?  ALL AMERICANS.)  Long lockup to start and Rude pounds him, but Duggan blocks a sunset flip. Rude hits the floor and Duggan suplexes him back in for two. Duggan adds a series of clotheslines and a kneedrop for two. Bad camera angle on the kneedrop, as you can see the six inches of space between the knee and Rude's chest. Duggan charges and hits knee in the corner, and Rude goes up with a fistdrop. To much gyrating allows Duggan to come back with an atomic drop, however, complete with comedy sell from Rude. Piledriver gets two. Haku, meanwhile, tries to steal the crown back, and we take a break. Back with Rude on the attack again, as he dropkicks Duggan and gets a series of elbows, for two. We hit the chinlock and Duggan fights out, but runs into a knee. Rude goes up for another fistdrop. Funny moment as he slides through to the camera at ringside and makes kissy faces, and Vince gets all worked up with disgust. So mark your calendars, we've found something that actually offends him. However, the antics allow Duggan to come back again and hit the three-point stance clothesline, and Rude elegantly bumps out of the ring and doesn't rush getting back in. (Duggan d. Rude, COR, 7:14, **) Weird finish, but Rude was feeling it tonight and got something pretty fun out of Duggan.(1989 was a pretty great year for Rude in the ring.)

- Jim Neidhart v. Randy Savage.

According to the pre-match promos, if Savage wants a title shot at Hogan, he'll have to go through Neidhart! I know I'd be losing sleep over that one. These many SNMEs in a row have given me renewed appreciation of Savage's body of work in the 80s. Sherri immediately interferes during the lockup, but Neidhart blocks a sunset flip for two. Bearhug follows, but Savage escapes quickly and knees and him into the corner. Choking follows, from both Savage and his manager. Savage goes up with a double axehandle for two, but can't slam him. Anvil fights back with a slingshot shoulderblock and gets another three of them for a two count. A standing dropkick (0.5 Watts) puts Savage on the floor, and Anvil follows him out and dropkicks him again. What a sadist. Back in, powerslam gets two, and Savage gets tied in the ropes. Neidhart, being a moron, charges and misses, and Savage puts him out of his misery with the flying axehandle and big elbow. (Savage d. Neidhart, flying elbow -- pin, 5:56, *1/2) Randy was, shall we say, more generous with the offense given then you'd expect.

- WWF title, cage match: Hulk Hogan v. Big Bossman.

(So this one is pretty famous.)  Before the match, we are introduced to Tony "Zeus" Lister at ringside, who we are supposed to buy as a legitimate wrestler just because he plays one in a Hulk Hogan movie. By that logic, David Arquette should be a former World champion. Uh, bad example. Anyway, to say that 1989 was a misguided year at the top of the promotion would be a gross understatement, so we'll leave it at that. So Hogan gets laid out by the cross-eyed freak before the match, giving Bossman the initial advantage. Bossman chokes him out to start and headbutts him down, but Hogan comes back with a clothesline. Big boot out of the corner and Hulk starts climbing, but Bossman slugs him down again. Big splash follows and he goes back to the door, but Hulk grabs his ankle and fights back. Bossman spinebuster and he climbs, getting over and out of the cage...but Hulk reaches through the cage and grabs him by the throat to stop him from dropping the two feet required to win the title. And then, in the spot that elevated this match to a weirdly legendary status, Hogan pulls him up to the top of the cage and superplexes him back in. I think that the crowd was grasping for a "Holy Shit!" type chant, but just weren't brave enough to go for it. Both guys are, understandably, dead, and the ref comes in to check their arms. I have to stop and wonder if the world would be a better or worse place if paramedics checked on the condition of patients like that. Does it take medical training to know that if the arm drops three times, the guy is out?  (You would not BELIEVE the looks you get when you run into an ER and try that on random accident victims.  People can be so rude.) Anyway, Hogan recovers first and crawls for the door, but Bossman grabs him. Bossman clotheslines him and Slick sends a chain in for some choking by Bossman. You'd have to think that the handcuffs would have made for a better strategic move. Both guys ram each other into the cage, which I'm sure violates SOME law of physics, and Hogan gets the chain to make his comeback. Sportsmanship, n., def: Conduct and attitude considered as befitting participants in sports, especially fair play, courtesy, striving spirit, and grace in losing. Just saying. Bossman eats cage, then the legdrop, and Hogan actually proves to be the smarter one, as he steals the handcuffs from Slick, cuffs Bossman to the top rope, and walks out. (Hogan d. Bossman, escape from cage, 10:00, ***) Not a classic or anything, but quite good for a Hogan cage match.

- WWF tag titles: Demolition v. The Brainbusters.

Smash starts with Tully and intimidates him out of the ring, then catches a bearhug on the way back in. The Busters try double-teaming, but Smash holds them off alone and Ax comes in. He pounds on Arn and they work him over in the corner. Cheapshot from Tully puts Smash into the heel corner, but he no-sells a suplex from Arn and slams him. It's BONZO GONZO and the Busters regroup. Tully pounds Ax to no effect, but catches him with a knee, which Ax no-sells. Tully takes more punishment in the champs' corner, as he bails and gets pressed back into the ring by Smash. Ax promptly dumps him again, and the Busters regroup as we take a break. Back with Ax hammering on Tully and going to a neck vice. Smash chokes him out, but turns his back on AA and that's never a good idea. To quote Champ Kind, WHAMMY, and Smash is your face in peril. (Well, I didn’t really pick the Anchorman quote that stood the test of time there, but at least I’m more on the pulse than Vince.)  Tully comes in with a kneedrop to the knee and AA follows with the spinebuster for two. Tully taunts Ax for a bit and they double-team Smash on the ropes, and Arn drops the knee for two. More frustration for Ax as the Busters work Smash over on the floor, and back in for a slugfest with Arn. Smash wins that, but Tully brilliantly fucks with Ax and yanks him off the apron before he can get the tag. Finally the Demos have had ENOUGH, and Ax charges in illegally and bowls over the ref, and that's a DQ. (Brainbusters d. Demolition, DQ, 9:14, ***) This was really good before the non-finish, but it did effectively set up a 2/3 falls rematch at the next SNME.

- Jimmy Snuka v. Boris Zhukov.

Yeah, whatever. (Snuka d. Zhukov, superfly splash -- pin, 1:09, DUD)

The Pulse:

Holy cow, this was a really good show, with an unheard-of pair of *** matches and a pretty decent Rude-Duggan match.  (Clearly one of the top tier SNMEs.)

Comments

  1. I remember this show for sure.

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  2. The Vaudevillians is the most recent popculture thing Vince remembers

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  3. Another thing, which Dave mentioned on the show yesterday, is that they spend all these weeks building up Tyson Kidd's heel run as a main eventer on NXT, and then just throw him out there as a babyface jobber on Main Event. Well, brain surgeons, both shows air on the Network exclusively, so clearly if someone is watching Main EVent they're probably also watching NXT and feeling pretty insulted that one show is considered so meaningless. That's why I wish they'd actually stop using main roster guys on NXT.

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  4. While a good show, I would think Spring of 89 signaled the end of WWF's significance in pop culture for the next decade. While they weren't going to go out and create a new influx of fans, could they have extended the "boom period" a little longer or was it pretty much over after Hogan-Andre ran its course?

    I thought WM 5 drew a monster buyrate for its time as they ended the pitch perfect Megapowers angle. But putting Hogan back on top (with might have been one of the first times they had the full formulaic Hulk up routine on a big show) at that time might have been a mistake. Even though the high rollers in Atlantic City would've met it with disgust or apathy, would a surprise Savage win at WM 5 with a big money rematch at Summerslam prolonged their boom period?

    Maybe Scott's already talked about this a dozen times, but I can't remember. I'm interested in his or anyone else's thoughts on avoiding the decline of the WWF during this period.

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  5. As long as that crowd chants 'USB! USB!' for the Sami Callahan hacker gimmick (if it survives), all is well.

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  6. Do they really not have enough confidence in Breeze getting a solo shot? Because I thought he kinda earned one after that phenomenal match with Zayn.

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  7. I personally thought it started declining in relevance after Warrior got the title in 1990. His unremarkable title reign and Hogan's silly feud with Sgt Slaughter pretty much spelled the end.

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  9. They're over and that's what counts. I'll agree on Enzo who I am assuming has a gimmick of a coke head. Cass for sure is the shit and with a little improvement I feel he could be a huge star. Definitely has the size that's for sure.

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  10. Didnt everyone and their mother hate bad news backstage. I know in Brets book he devotes about 40 pgs to his hatred of this man.

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  11. Agree with vintage. It started with putting the title on Warrior. Then the Slaughter angle. They went back to Hogan at WM7 but the boom was over and they couldn't get it back. The standing in pop culture declined until the steroid thing killed it dead.

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  12. 4-way match could be fun (I thought people generally enjoyed those?) and it appears there's still much of the card left to book

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  13. I don't know that the overlap of Main Event and NXT viewers is all that large. It's still dumb to make a guy work both sides of the heel/face divide at once for plenty of reasons, but I wouldn't assume that everyone who watches one show watches the other.

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  14. Not sure why we aren't getting Charlotte v. Summer here. Also, they should just get the title on Breeze and let him Flair that shit for a year.

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  15. I think they do, actually. At least to some degree.

    Bray Wyatt was his own idea, I can't see Enzo Amore not being his own idea, etc.

    That's the thing about NXT. Most of the guys and girls down there actually seem engaged in their material and that they were responsible for creating it seems to be a big part of the reason why.

    If you're playing a character you had the total or partial responsibility for creating, you're gonna care more than if someone tells you "OK, you're going to be a wrestling garbageman because REASONS."

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  16. TheOriginalDonaldAugust 1, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Wiat a second, are you just lawst? are you areyou just totally lawst?-Mike Franceser

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  17. Because Summer can't wrestle maybe?

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  18. Whenever Konner his a move he says Yah, started out as fans ribbing him and somehow caught on.

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  19. They'll probably save Kenta for whenever the network starts in Japan, sometime in October I think they said.

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  20. Other matches after seeing the tv tapings that look to be set are: Enzo & Cass vs The Legionares and Mojo vs Bull, nothing to special there. The roster is a little green right now until the new crew of Devitt, Kenta and Steen debut. Callahan had yet another dark match, no idea why they won't add him to the tv mix yet.

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  21. They've had better, but still fun. I actually preferred Shibata/Nagata from Day Six.

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  22. Hunico is great in the ring and can soak English, they really need to give him a faster paced more upbeat entrance song and they could get over as a solid babyface tag team

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  23. They can be but never as good as one on one matches, and nit having Zayn be in a 4*+ singles match is a little disappointing.

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  24. Day Seven is happening right now... It really is hard to keep up.

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  25. Why did SNME end in squashes? Were they trying like SNL to have their best stuff earlier in case people went to sleep?

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  26. I'm glad styles is getting some props. He's been consistently a great performer and deserves it.

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  27. What was the telling factor? I assume he marched down to the ring smiling ear to ear bigger then Sheamus or Big Show could ever imagine

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  28. Fair point. I guess my thought was along with the storyline. Bayley is obviously a better wrestler than Summer though. Even a Sasha/Charlotte match would be better than Summer.

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  29. The thing about Bayley as a challenge is that she either needs to win or turn heel. If neither happens then NXT is spinning its wheels. Considering the storylines, Charlotte vs. Sasha makes sense considering the long teased breakup of the BFFs. Other than Bayley and Sasha none of the other NXT Divas are ready or over enough to be a viable NXT Women's Champion or challenger.

    As for the tag titles, those belts need to come off of the Ascension. The current title scene in NXT just shows how stagnant NXT has become in the last few months.

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  30. Could we limit this guy's posting privileges to 1 a week? enough Japan stuff. I know I don't have to click on it (and I usually don't), but it just litters the front page.

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  31. MikeyMike, WitnessAugust 1, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Ishii is awesome. Not a huge NJPW fan but what I've seen from this guy is awesome?

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  32. That is precisely the reason.

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  33. Movers & Shakers in Clothing
    Under Armour Igniter Sport Sunglasses.
    http://j.mp/1zCmeZN

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  34. I was a full year into being a WWF fan at the time, but I never even thought of looking for those SNME shows. I thought it was just like the Detroit house shows that they kept hyping, and just naturally assumed they were not on TV. So I missed like 9 SNME's in 1988 and 1989. :(

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  35. "that will inevitably pay off the Ascension story" What story? Crushing jobbers every week? To be honest, they're pretty boring. I can see the RAW crowd sitting on their hands for them (kind of like DOA non-heat).

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  36. Finished Day 1 yesterday, and it was phenomenal. With that said, I can't agree with the other stuff you said. The Japan stuff is great, but the language barrier is tough.

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  37. They should have the Vaudevillians get a title shot, and win the titles with schoolyard tactics. Konnor gets tripped from behind, hand full of tights, hold the ropes.....something old school cheater'ish....it would go with the characters.

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  38. You're completely entitled to your opinion, but how is the Network 90 percent sizzle, 10 percent steak? What were you expecting — or are expecting — from this?

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  39. We all know every American of Italian ancestry is annoying, but we have to be understanding of that.

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  40. Maybe that's how they will win the title from Lunchadores. I don't see them as nothing more as transition champions to a more long-term heel team.

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  41. Let's admit it, if anyone else did the superplex from the top of the cage it wouldn't have been such a big deal but because it was Hogan, who rarely did moves like that in the United States, it was a big deal and made the match.

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  42. It's funny how both Savage and Bret had the same general formula for when they just weren't "Feeling It" or whatever- instead of the usual back & forth stuff they just opted for a five-minute shitkicking, before making a sudden comeback and getting the win.

    I was SO excited to see Savage (vs) Lyger, but NOPE- Savage just ate ten minutes of offense and then did the Choke on the Ropes/Elbowdrop thing. To be fair, that was a much older Savage, but still.

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  43. Yeah, it seems odd to our eyes today, because we're accustomed to the Main Event being the FINAL MATCH, but for late-night TV, it was pretty common. It's why on Late Night Talk Shows, the biggest guest is always first.

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  44. I have no idea what people expect. I'd pay 9.99 a month just to enjoy the PPV catalog. Unless you're unemployed or an indentured servant it isn't an arm and a leg. Yeah, I don't care about Total Divas or any possible reality show; but the wrestling content is fine. Everything is on demand so if you don't like Total Divas on the stream you don't even have to START the stream. I like the novelty and the shittyness of American wrestling. Sue me.

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  45. I think it was inevitable that things would get tired with Hogan on top- I knew plenty of people that got sick of it after a few years. Wrestling's time as a "Fad" was ending as well- the business really IS a bit cyclical, though not as much as some apologists (or top guys during down-periods) will claim.

    The whole Hogan/Savage thing was HUGE, but Hogan/Zeus wasn't as big, and the building-up of Beefcake really didn't end up anywhere. Most of Hogan's big enemies had long since been dumped into the midcard (Savage, DiBiase, Andre, The Twin Towers), and there were few guys left- keeping the top star strong is good business, but he'd essentially killed all of his opposition.

    I think the business was comparatively stronger in the post-2000 bust partially because there were at least SOME stars that were kept strong outside of Austin himself- though he protected his spot carefully, the company also built up The Rock, HHH and Foley, and later built up Angle, Edge, Eddie & Benoit. In the late '80s, it was All Hogan, All The Time, similar to how now it's almost always Cena, which is why fans got turned off again.

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  46. If they let them have this kind of run on the main roster, they'll get over. If they get jobbed out with fluke roll-ups right off the bat, they're done.


    Since no one really cares about the tag titles anyway, I say call them up and run the same storyline - let them dominate and carry the titles until you find someone to dethrone them. Also, since there's very few tag teams anymore, bring back the Attitude-era format of main eventers forming a team to take the titles. Ambrose reuniting with Reigns to stop The Ascension would be a perfect example.

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  47. Savage needed tons of help from Sherri to beat guys like Neidhart, Hercules and Duggan. And that is precisely why I thought Savage had no chance in hell in rematches against Hogan, and in title matches vs Warrior, and WM 7's career match.

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  48. To be fair, the Cena era is also the only Publicly Traded era. They fire people when they lose money more often to satisfy investors. They never had to do that in previous eras.

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  49. Missed quite a few of the matches from today, will have to catch up later, but Styles/Suzuki was great and Nakamura/Ishii was as brilliant as you'd expect. To my surprise, Styles has been perhaps the most consistent performer so far this G1. He's winning over the crowd.

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  50. He also sounds like a hipster: "If you don't like this extremely acquired taste, you have no taste!" I'm sorry, I like to understand commentators, and listen to a crowd pop whenever they want. This is like listening to Bon Iver and slitting my wrists.

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  51. See, this good wrestling that I actually have an interest in watching, whereas I would gladly not see anything TNA-related or reviews of twenty year old WWF show.

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  52. Savage cut his teeth in Memphis. That's chickenshit heel wrestling at its finest.

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  53. Here's how to get the Vaudevillains over forever:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZdA_Ifov68

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  54. Surely TNA would make you feel more like that?

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  55. See it made sense to me ... Elizabeth was what made him great and without her he struggled so he needed someone new to "replace" her. That is how I read it at least. Sherrie was a fraud just using him so naturally Savage would never get back to where he was.

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  56. I don't know about Bayley as a heel. It's hard to find good faces and she's popular. If anything I'd keep her out of the way until the whole BFFs thing is over.

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  57. Nuclear heat for sure, just absolutely not a title threat. So when they made a big deal about him challenging Hogan or Warrior, I was just like "Yeah right, good luck with that".

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  58. I think the Uso's/Wyatt feud produced enough great stuff to raise to value of the tag titles even if more teams are needed.

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  59. Why couldn't they have done Neville vs Breeze in a singles for the title and Zayn vs. Kidd in a singles? Why the fourway? Also, why not build up the debuts of KENTA and Devitt for this show.

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  60. When the "promo class" videos leaked a few months ago, one of the best ones was by Bayley. She wasn't a heel but she displayed an intensity that we haven't seen in the Bayley character thus far. After seeing that promo I was looking forward to seeing Bayley snap and turn heel because underneath that happy go lucky character there's an anger waiting to come out. I do think a heel turn is inevitable with that character but the timing of that turn does matter. The only problem is, like Biscuit mentioned, finding a good face is hard. The NXT Diva division needs freshening up but outside of the featured Divas, the rest are not ready for television yet.

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  61. They are like a C-level Road Warriors.

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  62. If they wanted to have one of them debut on the show they'd add hype vids in post.

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  63. So that's why he was wearing dentures by the time he joined WCW!

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  64. No, TNA is like listening to Nickelback and slitting my wrists. It's not hipster, it's just shit.

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  65. I agree they've been excellent matches and it has helped get the Usos over, but how many times can they face one another before the crowd stops caring. It's like the Kofi vs. Del Rio of tag teams.

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  66. When Breeze gets called up, I want to see Ziggler vs. Breeze: The Battle Over the Peroxide.

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  67. Well I think they're done with the feud for now. We'll see at Summerslam I guess.

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  68. I'm fine so far with the line up? Sure it's not blow away but not every one of their live events needs to be, it leads to impossible to follow expectations. The 4 way title match should be great if nothing else.

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  69. On the upside, for only $11.99 you can watch this special in Canada.

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  70. Man I'm so far behind. I'm part way through Night 3. But, Shibata/Davey Jr. was good. Man, I think Davey might get the unexpected awesome award, or something. He's having a good tourney in his first two matches.

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  71. It's hysterical that you paid 160 for this.

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  72. Nickleback = Coors Light, NJPW = Small batch, hard to get craft beer, PWG = PBR. NJPW is definitely more hipster. But, is argue there's promotions that are more hipster.

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  73. You get'em Dougie! Your still the best, man. There's other guys on here trying to do what you do, but you're still the best!

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  74. Well, the word "Whammy" is always useful, as it inspires memories of...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyjLNt3EMTE

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  75. Dock Muraco (not his real name) would probably get a lot more traction if he just promoted this as an alternative instead of trying to act all high and mighty. Saying that what 90% of the people on this site sucks and you must be an idiot to watch it instead of this niche of a niche of a niche product turns more people off than it entices.

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  76. I just watched the first ROH title match in the four way with Williams, Daniels, Low Ki and Spanky, and I loved the point system and tags. The 'E' should adopt that.

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  77. Even if its one single viewer, it still doesn't make sense.

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  78. CruelConnectionNumber2August 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Ishii is the new Daniel Bryan.

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  79. CruelConnectionNumber2August 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    WWE = Budweiser (same old shit), delivers when it has to. TNA = Keystone Light (sucks but it's something, I guess). New Japan = Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (amazing but don't overdo it). ROH = Red's Apple Ale (you like it but you hate it).

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  80. Yes! Loved that match. Also really liked Davey vs Shelton on night 4.

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  81. Rude was so awesome in this era ... but man his legs were just so tiny LOL

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  82. AverageJoeEverymanAugust 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    also because Bossman was yuuuuuuge at this point before losing like 60-80 pounds and turning face.

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  83. AverageJoeEverymanAugust 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    nowhammys! nowhammys! nowhammys! nowhammys! STOP!! wah wah wahhhhhhhh

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  84. Tanahashi vs Bad Luck Fale deserves some attention also, got really dramatic in the final minutes.

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  85. I don't see anything in the Ascension. All the unique aspects were taken away early on: the entrance, the stable, Raquel Diaz, and Kenneth Cameron. All they have left are the squash matches and it's only so long before people become bored of those. On the main roster I don't see them rising above Rybaxel. Neither member of the Ascension has the working ability of Ryback or the charisma of Curtis Axel (and yes I mean to express it that way).

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  86. Man, I don't get the complaints about this card. Yeah, I'd have preferred Breeze to get his one-on-one shot, but you've got the four best workers on the brand in the main event. The Ascension is taking on Kalisto and Sin Cara in what should be a WAY better match than the one that had Ricardo Rodriguez's horrible wrestling in it last time. And what direction did you think the women's division was going? Charlotte is clearly the top dog for a while (and not ready for a call-up) and there are literally no other contenders. Bayley is at least better than Sasha Banks.

    Looks like a good card to me, with a main event that could/should be phenomenal. I do admit I don't understand not doing Breeze-Neville as a singles match.

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  87. Behold the best in the world: Tomohiro Ishii.

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  88. Uncrusimatic_Buck_NastyAugust 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    has nothing to do with him being italian and everything to do with him being a new yawker

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  89. Uncrusimatic_Buck_NastyAugust 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    BAYLEY~

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  90. Uncrusimatic_Buck_NastyAugust 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    a few month of the network to whoever can tell them apart in the heat of the moment

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  91. Uncrusimatic_Buck_NastyAugust 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    can't wait to get STEENINATED

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  92. Man, I don't get the complaints about this card. Yeah, I'd have
    preferred Breeze to get his one-on-one shot, but you've got the four
    best workers on the brand in the main event. The Ascension is taking on
    Kalisto and Sin Cara in what should be a WAY better match than the one
    that had Ricardo Rodriguez's horrible wrestling in it last time. And
    what direction did you think the women's division was going? Charlotte
    is clearly the top dog for a while (and not ready for a call-up) and
    there are literally no other contenders. Bayley is at least better than
    Sasha Banks.

    Looks like a good card to me, with a main event that
    could/should be phenomenal. I do admit I don't understand not doing
    Breeze-Neville as a singles match.

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  93. Styles/Suzuki was 5 star material even with the interferences. He even had those japanese guys chanting "Let's go AJ" lol

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  94. I.... Can't argue with this.

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  95. Impact was actually pretty damn good last night.

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  96. Really? ALL THE OLD PPVS only account for 10% "steak"?


    Jesus.

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  97. Oh~! Man~! I~! Wish~! He'd~! Knock~! It~! Off~! With~! The~! Tildes~!

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  98. Mine was a sweeping statement, just like his.

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  99. Ah, a Fatal Four Way for the title. The laziest booking crutch in wrestling.

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  100. Demolition are so criminally underrated. They were more than just pure Road Warrior rip-offs, good in the ring, able to hang with most any teams and always had crowd heat. Just consider how they have the longest tag title reign in history at a time when WWF was packed with so many teams, there was serious talk among fans over creating a secondary tag title. Wish they just got more attention as a damn good team in their own right.

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  101. I always saw the pairing as natural as Sherri was, basically, a female Savage and so they clicked together as a pair of nutcases.

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  102. I could not agree more, Dougie.

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  103. i loved it!!!

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  104. This. Despite the fact, mid-school me soon thought they were cool too. Also, Derringer theme > even Iron Man!

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  105. YES! Their package was high-level stuff.

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  106. Good post. Another thing to mention is the amount of international exposure TNA gets and how this is great for the wrestlers when they work on the indies.

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