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  1. Very entertaining show overall...

     

    -As much as I would have liked to have seen Bisping win, Henderson's knockout combo was a thing of beauty.

     

    -GSP is a fighter on another realm. Seriously... the man is a machine.

     

    -I absolutely LOVED watching Lesnar destroy Mir. It would have been nice to get a knockout or even a submission, but seeing Lesnar destroy him with the ground and pound was fitting. The subsequent heel tactics at the end were great as well, and thankfully, the UFC has a dominant champion that people will pay good money to see in the hopes that he will lose. Lesnar knows this and he plays the role perfectly. It makes me wonder if they eventually do Lesnar/Mir III or start building Shane Carwin as a potential challenger.


  2. (Back from an extended hiatus here...)

     

    A friend of mine in Birmingham actually got to be on the crew to video Edge's surgery. Here is what he wrote in his facebook status about it:

     

    "just got back from St. Vincent's. I just watched a pro wrestler's achilles tendon get yanked out, stuck back together, and stuffed back in...neat."


  3. Yeah Nikita vs. Flair was a strange main event for Starrcade but it was due to necessity. Not only is it a curious match but it's a Catch 22, since Koloff had just turned and was US Champ, so they weren't putting the belt on him, yet he just turned and couldn't afford a high profile loss to Flair. And that's why DQ finishes were born. But then they booked a DQ in the main event of the biggest show of the year....

     

    Slightly off-topic, but after watching this episode last night I was reminded how much I loved those US and TV title belts.

     

    This is going to sound nuts, but am I the only one who actually enjoys the Valiant/Jones angle? I've mentioned in the past on here that Jones was a mediocre manager, but this angle was nowhere near as awful was reputed. But then Valiant has always been more popular in my area (Memphis/USWA) than he was anywhere else. Still, it's harmless midcard antics with a goofy face up against an army, friends betray him and take money, etc.

     

    I wasn't a big fan of Valiant when I was a kid, but enjoy him now if only for the fact that he reminds me of my 50-something-year-old REO-Speedwagon-listening in-laws.

     

    I have to admit, I've gotten used to it. Jones is a buffoon manager but it's kind of funny. At least it's a well-done, drawn out feud. I enjoyed the show a few weeks ago where it was the focus of attention. Like I said then, the inclusion of Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez into the Army improved it immensely.

     

    I can't wait till the NWA shows start getting longer.

     

    At what point do they move from one to two hours? I assume '87 as this is when I really started watching and remember it being two hours.

     

    They were always two hours with commercials... the short shows came if they were being pre-empted for some reason (Braves baseball or some other sport commitment TBS used to have, such as college football).


  4. The Sportscenter bit was great. For all the awful things that Vince does, he still is amazingly entertaining at times. I suspect Vince doesn't want this resolved immediately as this is probably the best publicity he's gotten in the last few years that doesn't involve steroids or the death of a wrestler.

     

    Here's the direct link to the Sportscenter interview:

     

    http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/...categoryid=null

     

    Agreed. The worst thing the Nuggets owner did was let this go public and into the media. McMahon is having a field day with it, and the Lakers jersey was an awesome touch.


  5. Flair is forgetting his history...

     

    No World Title in the WWE has ever changed hands in a steel cage. I kind of wish someone would play up that stat a little bit more.

     

    Yes it has. Jericho vs. Batista.

     

    My mistake... forgot about that and remembered the stat going into that match.


  6. Two pretty interesting news bits today worth posting....

     

    *Also lots of problems with next Monday's Raw. The event was scheduled for the Pepsi Center in Denver, but the Denver Nuggets, the arena's prime tenant, were scheduled for a home playoff game that night with the Los Angeles Lakers. Raw is going to have to be moved. The secondary Denver Coliseum is a problem because it is believed the advance is more tickets than the Coliseum would hold for a taping. Plus, the whole conversion of tickets is a disaster. As of the last word, no decision has been made and no refunds are being offered. Ticketmaster acknowledged the situation noting the arena and WWE are working together to come up with a solution but the Nuggets are playing Monday night at the arena.

     

    *WWE sent out a survey as they are planning a PPV where all the main event matches on the show will be submission matches. The four ideas for titles they are polling are WWE Submission Sunday, WWE Submit & Quit, WWE Breaking Point and WWE Total Submission.

     

    ---One would think that WWE will just move Raw to another location close to Denver (such as Colorado Springs, etc) but that's quite a strange situation there.

     

    ---Not sure how well recieved a submissions only ppv would fly. They should try it on a weekly show for one week instead, preferably Smackdown.

     

    As for the Raw issue, I wonder if they'd cancel the Raw house show that Sunday and tape Raw that night instead?

     

    As for the submission PPV, the only name that sounds remotely decent is Breaking Point (But that sounds too much like a TNA PPV name).


  7. oh what the fuck?!

     

    WWE has reportedly re-named the Great American Bash pay-per-view. It is now simply being called The Bash.

     

    A reader sent word that Comcast employees were notified on Friday via e-mail to update their marketing material for the pay-per-view.

     

    The Bash takes place on June 28th at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.

     

     

     

    The Bash sounds ridiculous

     

    Agreed... although I was shocked they kept a WCW branded PPV name around for as long as they did.

     

    With the WWE going for a global market, as bad as it sounds, the name "The Great American Bash" would be counterproductive.

    Even Vince has said it himself in the past... 'The Great American Bash' was just a fantastic sounding name for a PPV that happened right around the 4th of July. Dusty Rhodes sure could come up with some catchy names for events...

     

    I honestly wished they would have adopted the Starrcade and Fall Brawl names alongside GAB

     

    Yeah... a while back ago, I remember there was a rumor they were going to use Halloween Havoc, but nothing ever came of it.

     


  8. oh what the fuck?!

     

    WWE has reportedly re-named the Great American Bash pay-per-view. It is now simply being called The Bash.

     

    A reader sent word that Comcast employees were notified on Friday via e-mail to update their marketing material for the pay-per-view.

     

    The Bash takes place on June 28th at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.

     

     

     

    The Bash sounds ridiculous

     

    Agreed... although I was shocked they kept a WCW branded PPV name around for as long as they did.

     

    With the WWE going for a global market, as bad as it sounds, the name "The Great American Bash" would be counterproductive.


  9. Count me in the apparent minority that thinks Punk cashing in the MITB briefcase tonight wouldn't be wise.

     

    Why waste a title change like that when you know it won't guarantee any further buys? If they are going to do Edge vs. Punk or any other match, they should promote the hell out of it... not just throw it out there.

     

    With that in mind, I see Umaga winning this one but the feud continuing... possibly to the point where Punk has to put up the MITB as collateral for a rematch.


  10. If I absolutely have to fill the arena, I want Jake Roberts cutting the promo. Paul Heyman's pretty damn good on the stick and I loved Kurt Angle's mic work during the Austin feud.

     

    What was so great about Jake Roberts is that he never (or very rarely) ever raised his voice in a promo. He got it over without screaming, unlike a lot of other people.


  11. 2/3 falls for me, which is what i think they should have done for Edge/Hardy. Have Hardy win the 1st fall really quick, then have Edge win the 2nd fall, then for the 3rd, have Edge get DQ'd or counted out so they can keep the feud going and have the blowoff at SS in a TLC match, assuming Jeff resigns by then.

     

     

    I was just thinking of the 2/3 falls match between Flair and Bobby Eaton. It was on either WCW Saturday Night or one of the clashes. Bobby Eaton was a pretty good worker and Flair made him look evee better that night. I was a 10 year old mark who honestly thought that Eaton had the chance to win the title. That kind of match could really elevate someone while maintining the heat of the winner/champ.

     

    Yeah... the traditional approach in a 2/3 falls match was, if the challenger won the 1st or 2nd fall... he was technically but not officially the champion at that point since he had pinned the title-holder. It allowed them to save face in the instance where the heel champion would be winning it all in the end.

     

    An even better, cliff-hanger style (Even though it'd probably tick off some fans in the process) would be the heel champ to win the first fall, the babyface wins the second, and then either a draw or DQ for the third. I know it's a cheap ending, but it allows for a mega-blow-off match because the face can go around saying he technically scored the last fall of the match, and the heel can deny as much as possible.

     

    The same principle applied for the matches that were designed to go to 60 minute draws (And it can be applied in a 2/3 context as well): The champion doesn't have to be pinned and can coast his way through the match, but like the Bockwinkel/Hennig match, for instance, it turns into an example of the champion not being able to beat his opponent... thus the face leaves with major heat, even though he didn't get a win. He can brag that he took the best wrestler in the world to the limit, and the best still couldn't pin his shoulders to the mat. Simple, but effective.


  12. War Games the top match on my list.

     

    Loser-Leaves town matches worked well in the territory days because a guy could go to another territory and work there for a while, while the guy that won the match would get the beneficial heat. Then, when the loser would return for "revenge", there would be an instant money feud. It'd be kind of hard to pull that off today, unfortunately.


  13. Okay, completely stupid question I'm about to ask: where the heck are you guys watching the weekly NWA programs?

     

    Yes, insult me and call me a moron, but please don't forget to tell me how/where I can watch these.

     

    Gracias.

     

    The WWE 24/7 Classics On-Demand channel.

     

    They show the old WCW episodes in sequence. They are up to November 1986 right now.


  14. Often in wrestling there's a gimmick that is really over and then someone else decides it will be a good idea to rip off said gimmick. Let's list some wrestlers whose gimmicks were aped. I'll start it off with an obvious one:

     

    Road Warriors.....Demolition

     

    -Throw the Powers of Pain in there as well... they were even closer to the Road Warriors than Demolition was.

     

    -Buddy Rogers, Nick Bockwinkel, and Ric Flair were all pretty much the same character. Then you had Buddy Landel, thus making three wrestlers that used "The Nature Boy" as a nickname.

     

    -The Rock and Roll Express were a junior version of The Fabulous Ones, as were The Fantastics

     

    -The Midnight Rockers (Later just The Rockers) were a knock-off of The Midnight Express and Rock 'N Roll Express

     

    -Prince Iaukea was a knock off of Rocky Maivia

     

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