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    Quote Originally Posted by Cult Icon View Post
    Psh; you think this is spamming/hijacking a thread? Back in the glory days of this place, when Powder was just a young lad dreaming of WWE pulling of the wrestling equivalent of the Superman: Red Son comic, T.O., myself and the late PEN15 used to do gif threads when the shows sucked. Then Pen died and went to civilization, T.O. went off to roam the world in the Steinerbot and thus here we are.
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    He was a great hero. Who knows where he went or if he will ever return. All we can do is just hope.
    I do feel more civilized. (Thanks Right Guard/Charles Barkley)
    I doubt I'll be GIFing anytime though. One lesson I've learned since I was last here is to stay off boards and wrestling news sites while watching the shows. I'll enjoy them much more without being distracted or surrounded by the online negativity.

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    I feel that the main roster shows had some minor changes this week. Things moved faster overall. The opening Raw segment was the best example of it. Instead of the standard 20 minute promo, lots of people were involved, and it moved at a quick paced into the first match. I really enjoyed that. The show didn't keep that pace or quality, unfortunately, but it woke me up as a viewer to pay more attention right from the credits. Miz had the good promo about Shane on SD also that reflected many online complaints.

    I wouldn't say either show was good, but they no longer below average. Some highlights, some downfalls, but it averaged out to a standard show. That's oddly an improvement in 2019.

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    So.......anyone else find this segment from smackdown kind of odd?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81O8s16iMpU&t=0s

    Not sure what the purpose was to ask Benjamin who is walking away with the WWE title at Extreme rules. Seeing as how he was billed as Lesner's buddy (and I believe he is irl as well), does this foreshadow a Lesner cash in at Extreme rules?

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    I hope there's a goal to these small appearances we are seeing from the roster we don't see often. I liked Cedric's work in the main event on Monday, but it'll mean nothing if he doesn't have a match next week. Shelton has never been known for his acting or charisma, so I am not sure what to think of this example. Bray Wyatt seemed to be on track for something, but not sure where it's going now.

    Using these stars and getting fans to care is always a good thing. But hopefully they know what to do with them after these random appearances.

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    Just got done with Extreme Rules.

    Sigh.

    (Everything was good, it was one of the better main roster PPVs of the year to date. Just the very ending illicits that response from me.)

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    Not even tacos can cure that harsh buzz.

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    Seth as champion with current roster = meh
    Brock as champion with current roster = ok, now I'm excited

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    That's an interesting one, Pen - I'd agree if last night had been Brock cashing in on Kofi and brand switching, as I think there's a lot of interesting bouts for him in the main event there. But on Raw I feel like we've kind of seen everything he has against his main challengers, whether it be Rollins, Braun, or...well, who else have you got?

    Be interested to see a list of who you'd be interested in seeing square off against Brock that's a realistic option.

    You know, if there was one match that really popped for me last night, it was Black Vs Cesaro. Smart limb work, snug striking, and both guys looked impressive.

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    Battle Royal announced for Raw tonight to determine Brock's challenger

    Rollins, Reigns, Corbin, Cesaro, Braun, Lashley, Mysterio, Cesaro, Bryan, Orton and Big E

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    I look at that list and if it's not Seth, I'm fearing it may be Rey.

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    Tweet was then deleted.

    TBH, if that's still the match, I'd be cool with Cesaro, Lashley, Bryan or Big E

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    Orton. That would get me to sign back up.

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    You lie

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    Only one way to find out...

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    Wyatt finally appears. Crowd dug it.

    The Fiend vs. The Demon


    EDIT: “This is awful” chant during this women’s elimination match, especially when the focus was on Nattie. She sucks the fun out of everything. Who does Natalya have pictures of to keep getting pushes?
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    I don't blame the booing of that women's 4 way. Alexa is the only character deserving of a spot, but doesn't actually deserve another title shot. The other 3 haven't had proper focus to take them seriously for the women's main event of the 2nd biggest show of the year.

    That said, judging by the rest of the announced card, and rumored feuds, I don't think the goal is to blow up SummerSlam into the second biggest show of the year, but just a solid show. SummerSlam has often been WWE's "workrate" event of the year, focusing more on top quality matches, and Becky vs Natalya was the best option out of all involved for that. Now, if they would have had Sasha return, it would be a different story. But the womens division on Raw needs secondary feuds. Alexa and Nikki seems to be going somewhere, but no one other than Lacey and Becky are really over. SD has done a better job overall, even if it isn't consistent with the tag titles, and then Sonia/Mandy vs Ember Moon. Plus Charlotte can be moved into any program at any point, and add credibility to it. Raw is the brand suffering the most for Women.

    The other stuff, Rollins vs Lesnar isn't very exciting as a draw. But I love Brock's style, and like most underdog stories, Rollins as the challenger is much more exciting than Seth as champion. So I'm sure come bell time in Toronto, I'll be excited. I just don't think I'll care much until then.

    I really liked how WWE setup this week's Raw overall. The Main Event was well promoted all night long, and was a match that can draw viewers to stick around. They maximized a lot of segments and TV time to get a lot done. I was most impressed by the 6 man tag with the 2 out of 3 falls stip in the first hour. No one looked bad losing or taking a fall, they pushed several feuds (AJ vs Ricochet, and Revival vs Usos), used Robert Roode in a smart way without hurting him despite him not being involved in any actual story, and gave us arguably the match of the night.

    Balor vs Wyatt works for me. If Finn is taking some time off, Wyatt getting the win to send him off is as good as it gets. And Bray looked to be in fantastic shape.

    I loved the follow up for Cedric Alexander. He won't win this feud with Drew, but he'll gain some experience and footing with the audience before Drew wins decisively in the end. Not sure what the plan is for them come SummerSlam. I was guessing Drew vs Undertaker, but apparently that's not the case. Cedric will likely be in a preshow match if he makes the card, but that's still a good position for him so new and so small compared to the majority of the roster. Cedric vs Mike Kanellis for example.

    Tag teams have been getting a decent focus. Viking Raiders got the squash, The Club could focus on the titles and be credible thanks to being AJ's heavies, and then Revival vs Usos is going well as discussed. I liked how the commentary has made a story of Revival living outside their means now that they wear gold. it's an interesting twist to some guys who had the chops to do character work, but not characters to work with. This is a nice layer to their standard heel characters.

    And outside the main event, there wasn't a lot of cross branded storytelling. Finn vs Wyatt might be a feud crossing both brands, but if Bray ends up on SD tomorrow and the feud stays there, then there wouldn't be any feud crossing brands at this point.

    Really good Raw.

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    Obviously it’s a feel-good moment for the crowd the way it happened but it’s funny everyone is allowed to beat Mysterio in minutes except for Sami.

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    It's sad how Sami is being booked, tbh.

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    Montreal born and bred. There is no more overrated talent than Sami Zayn. He looks like a wimp, he doesn't have a threatening in ring style, and plays a terrible babyface because he's not likable. As a heel, I can't take him seriously.

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    That's interesting. I've always liked Sami as a babyface, and really enjoyed his work in that role when on NXT.

    In ring, I'm not sure on him - find him a great storyteller, but not sure he has a real snap to his movements. He sells well, though, always has done. Probably all that time under the mask.

    Off that topic, but is this not one of the saddest and yet most on the nose images when thinking about the recent state of WWE? Might just be me, though.

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    I'm really glad they revisited their previous feud because I know that's been a sore spot for Kofi fans (and fans who wanted new stars made). It's a great story they are telling.

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    You know, I wouldn't be opposed to Orton beating Kofi at SummerSlam to have Kofi chase again. KofiMania has taken a dip, but if they could reignite that with Orton I'd be in.

    Orton can go on about how he was right the entire time, Kofi wasn't on his level and blah, blah, blah. Kofi can go home for a month or so to hang out with his kids and send them back to school, and then they can bring him back after a month of "training" to win a match at the October PPV and go against Orton at Survivor Series. If you want, you could drag it out with a Team New Day vs Team Orton at SS and end the year with Kofi winning the title back at TLC.

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    I still take an eerie sense of pride in being g in the building for that STUPID STUPID STUPID spot.

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    What was I doing again that was STUPID STUPID STUPID?!


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    Talking with me on the twitter, probably.

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