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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » August 18th, 2016, 6:56 pm

Good riddance. Gawker may be dead, but Hulkamania lives!

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » August 18th, 2016, 9:33 pm

Amen, brother!! I'm sad this seems unlikely to kill off the cesspool of snark which is Deadspin though.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Master Skywalker » August 22nd, 2016, 9:39 am

Hey Adam...

Finn FRAKKIN' Balor is your first-ever WWE Universal Champion! How awesome is that? WOW. WWE definitely has a lot of faith in him, to have him take the inaugural championship and go over Rollins clean. Have to give them respect for pushing such a talented "new guy" so quickly.
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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Master Skywalker » August 23rd, 2016, 10:17 am

Aaaaand, that lasted all of one day. :wall: Finn had to relinquish the title due to a torn labrum that will require surgery. WWE estimates he'll be out of action for SIX MONTHS, although I've read other reports that the recovery time for such an injury is usually around 2-3 months.

Major bummer, but it could lead to some intriguing matchups if handled right. Rollins vs. Big Cass vs. Owens vs. Reigns is set for next week to crown a new Universal (ugh) Champion, and I think it's about time Owens got his due.

Also on last night's RAW, BAYLEY OFFICIALLY DEBUTED!! :D Great to see her finally called up, and it's clear she'll be the top babyface in the Women's Division going forward.
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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » August 23rd, 2016, 11:31 am

Wait...Big Cass is getting a singles push already?? They wouldn't split up their most over tag team would th....oh of course they would.

AND YES! YAY BAYLEY! ALTHOUGH this seems to have only FINALLY happened because Sasha is hurt! Are they ever going to hire new trainers and/or medics? This injury bug is in what..it's third year now? Fourth?

Poor Finn. That just sucks. They announced Raw in Minneapolis on Oct. 24th and I was so excited to see him! But at least now I can see Bayley! (Who I was excited to see at NXT in September, but alas)

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » August 23rd, 2016, 11:32 am

Also! Did you get to see the Styles/Cena match from SummerSlam? Match of the decade contender. God damn, Styles is truly remarkable.

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Post by Master Skywalker » August 23rd, 2016, 1:53 pm

Adam54 wrote:Also! Did you get to see the Styles/Cena match from SummerSlam? Match of the decade contender. God damn, Styles is truly remarkable.
No, just read the recap, but I plan to. Everyone's been raving about it, and Styles has quickly established himself as the MVP of the WWE. He consistently gets great matches out of EVERYONE, including Reigns.

Since Styles is still a heel, they need to put him in a program with Ambrose, with him ultimately winning the strap.

I'm growing a bit concerned about Rollins performing that upright powerbomb on his opponents. He nearly ended Sting's career (although that was a buckle bomb, which is more dangerous), and now put Balor out of commission for a few months. Didn't someone else get injured in a match against him, as well? I think he needs to modify some of his moves.

Bayley is so damn charismatic and adorable. The sky's the limit with her, if they book her right.

They aren't breaking up Enzo and Cass. I think it's just a one-off to put a fresh body in a main event match.

Also, Reigns needs to turn heel at some point in the next month or so. The crowd was actually cheering for him when he went off on Rusev at Summerslam. They're tired of his Cena-like tweener shtick.
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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » August 30th, 2016, 1:57 pm

I bought the girlfriend and I Bayley shirts to wear to NXT next month. THREE DAYS LATER she FINALLY got called up.

You're welcome, America.

I'm on the verge of cancelling my Network subscription and just using less scrupulous methods to hunt down the PPVs. Or at least the AJ Styles matches. LOVE Owens as Universal Champion-about damn time he gets to main event some stuff. But HHH? Again? Really? They're just starting to go all in on this "new era" business, then he comes back? If it's to battle for authority again, I'm out. But is he a face or a heel? Is this the beginning of the Rollins face turn? If so, why did they pop just as loud for when he Pedigreed Reigns as when he did it to Rollins?

Unless I'm missing some obvious direction they can go with this, I just see way too many "Undertaker v. Shane for control of Raw-then let's give Shane control of Raw when he loses any" sized plot holes to be made here. Plus THAT automatically becomes the main story, bumping Owens back down the card by default, doesn't it?

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » August 30th, 2016, 1:58 pm

Oh! And it was John Cena's nose which got injured against Rollins, but that was a flying knee and not the powerbomb to the corner.

And yet the one move of his they've banned is the curb stomp. Weird.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Master Skywalker » August 30th, 2016, 2:03 pm

Adam54 wrote:I bought the girlfriend and I Bayley shirts to wear to NXT next month. THREE DAYS LATER she FINALLY got called up.

You're welcome, America.

I'm on the verge of cancelling my Network subscription and just using less scrupulous methods to hunt down the PPVs. Or at least the AJ Styles matches. LOVE Owens as Universal Champion-about damn time he gets to main event some stuff. But HHH? Again? Really? They're just starting to go all in on this "new era" business, then he comes back? If it's to battle for authority again, I'm out. But is he a face or a heel? Is this the beginning of the Rollins face turn? If so, why did they pop just as loud for when he Pedigreed Reigns as when he did it to Rollins?

Unless I'm missing some obvious direction they can go with this, I just see way too many "Undertaker v. Shane for control of Raw-then let's give Shane control of Raw when he loses any" sized plot holes to be made here. Plus THAT automatically becomes the main story, bumping Owens back down the card by default, doesn't it?
I'm not exactly sure where they're headed with HHH delivering the Pedigree to Rollins, but I'm all for it since we got Owens as champ! :D Really happy for the guy.

I think they were cheering when HHH attacked Rollins because it meant Owens was going to become champion, and they LOVED that. Doesn't mean they won't still pop for Rollins.

What's more interesting is that it seemed like Steph had no idea HHH was going to do what he did, so are they setting up a heel-vs-heel storyline between the two of them? Why would he go against his wife?
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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » September 1st, 2016, 8:13 am

Did you see the video of Owens' son reacting to the win? It's sweet stuff.

Upon further review, I'm more okay with this than I thought. There's a solid amount of intrigue no matter which way they spin it, but maaaaaan do I hope they're using it to turn Rollins face. I'd say Owens should be a face, but Owens should never be a face. He's too damn good at being a bad guy.

Though I'd ask...is Steph even a heel anymore? She's been playing a pretty watered down version of that character since begrudgingly teaming with Shane and then openly embracing Foley.

On the Smackdown side of things, how fucking amazing is The Miz right now? If this isn't his prime, I cannot wait to see his prime. That shoot-ish promo on Bryan was pure 80s wrestling gold. Tremendous stuff and I constantly find myself ready, willing, and eager to hate that guy. He's doing great work.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Mango » September 1st, 2016, 3:22 pm

I haven't seen too much WWE lately (I think I pissed off my buddy Murdertrain, which sounds like a bad idea) but I activly looked up this Bailey person.

I believe in a thing called love.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » September 2nd, 2016, 10:38 am

She's just the best, isn't she? I maintain that if ever there were a gateway to get Dalty into wrestling, it's Bayley.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Dalty » September 2nd, 2016, 12:43 pm

Maintain away!!

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Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » September 11th, 2016, 12:21 am

I doubt CM Punk's UFC debut is going to do much to convince Dalty that professional wrestling is anything worthwhile.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Adam54 » September 19th, 2016, 10:12 am

NXT live is fuuuuuuuuuun. Tye Dillinger is gonna be a star.

Also? I've gotten the girlfriend into pro wrestling. All it took was one live show.

Pick the time and the place and I'm there, Dalty! There are few more fun ways to spend a couple hours!

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Post by Dalty » September 19th, 2016, 11:11 am

I am still reeling that you managed to pull her!

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Post by Dalty » September 19th, 2016, 11:13 am

And I mean that with the utmost affection, you big Finnish bear, you!

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Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » September 19th, 2016, 11:28 am

How big is a big Finnish bear? 5'10"?

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Post by Dalty » September 19th, 2016, 11:45 am

And cuddly as hell!

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Post by Adam54 » September 20th, 2016, 1:12 pm

Dalty wrote:I am still reeling that you managed to pull her!
Nobody is more surprised than I am, believe me!

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Post by Adam54 » September 20th, 2016, 1:12 pm

The Swollen Goiter of God wrote:How big is a big Finnish bear? 5'10"?
Give or take half an inch.

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Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » September 20th, 2016, 1:28 pm

That's barely big! That's, like, a single inch on Tom Hardy, British Wee Man Actor Extraordinaire!

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Dalty » September 20th, 2016, 3:48 pm

Size isn't everything. As I have been telling myself since my 14th birthday.

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Re: The Pro Wrestling Thread

Post by Dalty » September 20th, 2016, 3:48 pm

And in all seriousness. Good work Skoglund. Good work.

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