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Old 08-17-2015, 09:37 AM
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RAW RAW RAW RAW
RAW RAW RAW RAW
RAW-itty RAW! RAW-itty-RAW!



I will be going to my first live event in perhaps 30 years tonight. Fourth Row behind the announcers. I'll be the 53 year old balding, grey bearded guy wearing a Finn Balor shirt that you don't see.

Don't have any large paper, but I'll experiment with some single printer sheet 'signs' I can fold up and put in my back pocket.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:53 AM
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If you see some idiot hold up a regular sheet of paper that says "Becky Lynch Section" behind the announcers. (Or "SDMB" or "FARK"), that'll be me.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:56 PM
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You should totally try a smdb shoutout, that'd be awesome
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:09 PM
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You should totally try a smdb shoutout, that'd be awesome
or you know, SDMB for "Straight Dope Message Board" as I listed above.

Straight message database?
Straight message dope board?
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:57 PM
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Obviously it stands for SuperMetaDudeBoard since we're all guys and don't talk in kayfabe


Yeah, let's go with that story
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:37 AM
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Forgot to look for you Chimera, but don't think the camera took in anybody past the first row anyway.

I love seeing the ex-Shield vs the Wyatts, and kept expecting a DQ or post-match brawl, but it didn't happen. Ambrose was hilarious, as always. I'm wondering if Bray will desert Harper at SS, or if a swerve is imminent with Dean turning on Roman, because Bray poisoned his well.

btw, turns out that Dalton Castle from RoH is also a radio DJ. Here's an interview he did with Luke Harper back when he was Brodie Lee, doing a truck driver gimmick and dressing the same way.

Anybody for SS predictions?

Cena vs Rollins: I'm going for a weasel finish where Seth gets DQed because Kane and J&J make a not-really-surprise return.
UT vs Brock: I'm leaning towards a UT win, and both contestants basically kill each other and have to be taken out with gurneys.
Dolph vs Rusev: I'll go with Dolph winning because otherwise he would look like a complete chump and be relegated back to the undercard if he loses.
Cesaro vs KO: Cesaro, because he's on an upswing and KO can claim the deck was stacked against him bc he had to face Finn Balor in a ladder match the night before, so the feud continues.
RKOrton vs Sheamarse: Don't really care, but Shame has to have some kind of veracity for the MITB briefcase, and he needs a win to not be regarded as a joke.
Divas: Team PCB wins, but it will lead to some kind of internal strife between the three to see who gets to take on Bree (or is it Nikki?) for the title.
Clusterfuck Tag match: Noo-hoo Day-hee wins, because whatever
Ryback vs BS vs Miz: Ryback, because it would be amazing for him to carry both Miz and BS on his shoulders for the Double Shell Shock.
ex-Shield vs the Wyatts: I'll just go with the safe assumption that Roman pins Harper for the win. Whenever I predict a bizarre twist, nothing happens, so I'll just let myself be surprised.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:47 AM
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Oh yes, Stardust & Cosmic King Barrett vs Red & Green Arrow: Neville gets off his finisher, lets Amell get the pin, and Barrett destroys being King Anything in frustration.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:09 AM
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Don't think the camera ever got me square, even though it panned over us a couple of times. I did notice myself in the corner of one shot on the big screen, way in the back, and put my hand on my head just to say "yup, that's me back there". Don't believe I was DVR'ng it, though in retrospect I should have been.

Yeah, if you want to be on camera, be on that one side opposite the hard cameras.

Was a good time. I'll definitely go back sometime, but I'd rather sit in the stands than four rows back on the floor again.

At one point had a slight row with the guy in front of me and his kid. Kid was all over the place and I understand that he was a bit small to see well. I said nothing at all as he jumped off the chair onto my foot a couple of times, but at one point dad picked him up and was holding him high directly in front of me. I said "Sir, when you hold him like that I can't see anything". Dad put him down, then got angry and said "He's just a kid!". I replied "Yes, but I get to watch the show too". After about 2 minutes they stomped off and didn't come back for about 15 minutes. No issues, no words for the rest of the show. (Security also intervened with them because the kid kept standing on his seat, and had already had one slip and fall that came close to hurting him, so they didn't want to see that again.)

Guy across the aisle from me was very loud and very funny. Then he got a 'warning' to stop or be ejected. Came down from 'the booth', so apparently Vince himself (possibly) got tired of hearing the guy and threatened to throw him out.

Curtis Axel got a good reception from the home crowd.
New Day chant was about half and half 'sucks' and 'rocks'. Me saying "rocks".
Felt sorry for Sasha in her match with Nikki. It looked to me like Nikki was calling/leading the match and it wasn't going over well. The two of them have no chemistry together.
Brock Lesnar was greeted like a conquering hero. Just a HUGE babyface reaction.
Taker's nut shot had us boo'ing him out of the building.

You know, on TV people look larger, and I obviously have some odd perceptions of them. It was very strange to me to see people in person and on the screen at the same time and notice my brain's perceptual difference between the two. Alicia Fox looked really skinny in person, even her arms were thin. Sasha is tiny. While I saw Lana as a beautiful woman on TV, she was just so much hotter in person.

Held up a "Becky Lynch Section" sign and she didn't even look in our direction.
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Who was in the dark match? Bray?
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:48 AM
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Apparently wasn't one. There was one Superstars match, then into Raw like 20 minutes before 7, which seemed really odd to me.

I left just after the Tombstone, so I could get out of the building in less time than it took to get in. Heard there was nothing more after that other than Brock getting up, saying a few words and leaving.
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Rumor central (no link, sorry):

The Vaudevillians are going to use the newly shirt-ed Blue Pants to try and stop the likes of Alexa Bliss.

Dunno how true it is, but if it is we can maybe see a Blue Pants and Alexa rivalry and leave the (probable) new champ Bayley to go against The Cleveland Steamer
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:21 AM
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Because of the upcoming Brooklyn show, all the matches on this week's NXT were 10 seconds long. None of the jobbers got introduced. Not even the announcers know their names. It's like they're not worthy of recognition.

KO got off a pretty dope heel promo at the end. He knows how to turn Internet-savvy crowds against him.

It's kind of amazing how the stars aligned for Blue Pants. All she did was wear blue pants and get goofed on by Enzo & Cass, and now she's gold. She hasn't even got on the mike yet. If she truly is the Vaudevillains' mystery partner, she's going to be more over than Elvis.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:22 AM
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Because of the upcoming Brooklyn show, all the matches on this week's NXT were 10 seconds long. None of the jobbers got introduced. Not even the announcers know their names. It's like they're not worthy of recognition.
This is actually whats bugging me the most about NXT the last..2 months?

Almost 90% of the matches are squashes with these jobbers that don't even get name checked. I understand that they want their stars to shine, but other than their main guys, they are leaving NO room for characters to develop.

I mean the last ones that have gone from jobbers to main-eventers in recent months have been JJ and Bagels (JJ more than Bagels). I think they're kind of shangheied by the fact they only have an hour show, so they try to jam all the stars in there, but c'mon guys, you aren't going to grow if you don't even try.
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It's been a whole five weeks since we've had a WWE supercard. WWE is now making up for that by giving us two big events in two nights. I'll start by offering the Takeover 6: Balor Does Broadway edition of Smapti's Absolutely Never Ever Wrong About Anything* Match Predictions;

* Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor, ladder match for the NXT world championship. (By old school reckoning, a promotion is entitled to call its top title a world championship once it has been defended outside North America, so I'm rolling with it.) Finn is the easy pick to retain here - Owens is on the main roster now and is probably there to stay, and this is the perfunctory rematch where he goes out on his back and puts over the new guy, just like Seth Rollins, Big E, Bo Dallas, and Neville have done before him. The big question is who Finn would feud with next - NXT is pretty lacking in heels right now, and the only people who are really in a position to challenge for the title booking-wise are Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn, or Hideo Itami (the latter two of whom are still on the injured list.) Perhaps Tyler Breeze finally gets his shot at the gold, or Apollo Crews comes in as a heel.

* Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the women's title. Same deal; Sasha is on her way to the main roster, and Bayley's in the same position that Sami Zayn was last year - she's been chasing the title forever and has had multiple shots at it but hasn't been able to seal the deal, and this is her last big opportunity to get the gold. I say she just narrowly wins the match and goes on to feud with Emma and/or Dana Brooke. (Speaking of which, it finally occurred to me what bothers me so much about Dana Brooke's physique - she looks like an overly muscular Billie Piper.)

* Tyler Breeze vs. Jushin Thunder Liger. The fact that this match is even happening is a major coup for WWE - Jushin is under contract with New Japan, which has a talent-sharing agreement with Ring of Honor, which is also running a PPV in New York City this Saturday. This is a pretty big sign that WWE is taking ROH seriously as a competitor, which, though it's probably not good news for ROH, is good news for WWE's booking, since they tend to get complacent and lazy when they don't have a competitor.

The easy bet would be to give the win to Liger here, but I have a feeling Tyler Breeze is going to win this one. Picking up a win over a legend like Liger would be a major boost for Breeze's credibility and make him a viable candidate for a world title shot in the future, and since this is likely the only time Liger will ever appear in a WWE ring he really wouldn't gain anything by winning.

* Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin. Either one of these guys could be a world title contender in the future. I have no idea what WWE's long-term plans for Joe are, but they definitely have big things planned for Corbin. This can and should be the longest match Corbin has worked in NXT - Joe should really be able to bring the best out of him here. Joe is massively over in NYC from his ROH days, and they've been building Corbin as a heel lately, so a win over Joe would earn him major heel credibility. This could really go either way, though, so my prediction is Joe just narrowly survives and gets the win in a way that leaves Corbin looking strong.

* The Vaudevillians vs. the Dubstep Assholes for the tag titles. I'm gonna go with the crowd consensus here - the Vaudevillians align with Blue Pants to take out Alexa Bliss, win the match, and Aiden English finally achieves his lifelong goal of becoming a Broadway star. Only in NXT could a team that calls themselves "villains" get over as babyfaces who fight with honor and would never dare insult a lady. NXT has done a great job of tapping into the demographic of older cynical wrestling fans who have grown weary of standard WWE booking and want to be able to cheer for the guys who put on the best show rather than the people they've been told to cheer for, and these two are a prime example. Again, the big question is who they feud with next - Jason Jordan and Chad Gable? Enzo & Cass? The Hype Bros?

* Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger. CREWSWINSLOL.

Six matches is more than enough to fill the two-hour timeslot they're putting on. They're filming next week's episode out of Barclay's as well, and the matches for that show are going to be put on before the live show, which means next week's episode will probably be skippable since they won't want to do any matches that will spoil the outcome of Takeover.

Summerslam predictions to follow.

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Smapti, don't leave us hangin'!
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:27 PM
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WOW!!! Goldberg hit the Giant so hard last night it knocked out the video feed!

Heh, wrong decade.

WWE can't do much more to shock people these days. Every stunt, including death, has been tried.

Of course, with SS incoming, they don't want to risk injury, and most of the show was promo anyway. Still, the 8-man match at the end was cool. I keep admiring Luke Harper's skill set more every time I see him. The finisher train at the end was a nice dance. I've a mind to sync it to a waltz.

Da da dada dumm... Brogue Kick... RKO...
Da da dada dumm... Super Punch... Abigail...
Da da dada dumm... Powerbomb... Superflex...
Da da dada dumm... Discus Throw... Dirty Deeds...
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Didn't want two posts full of my unfounded speculation in a row. Anyway, since you asked so nicely, here's the Summerfest 2015 edition of Smapti's Undisputed* Match Predictions:

* John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, title-for-title. CENAWINSLOL. John Cena is and always has been an unstoppable championship-winning machine, and Rollins has been booked as the most ineffectual world champion I can personally recall - he only wins matches by running away or with help from his goon squad, and now his goon squad is gone. Cena retains here, but his win is short-lived - Sheamus cashes in MITB on him and wins the world title, leaving Cena as US champion and setting up a feud between the two of them for the next few months.

* Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker. 'Taker is playing a heel right now for the first time in ever, and Brock is an unlikely babyface. Unfortunately, they've been booking Brock like they do most faces lately - super-gullible, unable to defend himself against a sneak attack, and constantly ending shows on his back. My prediction - Kane interferes. He's scheduled to make his return any time now (he and Dolph were both off shooting a movie which has now wrapped). I expect he'll make his return (hopefully as the Demon) and help his brother win the match, or possibly attack 'Taker after he wins on his own to set up another feud between the two of them. (If they can find some way to work Demon Kane vs. Demon Finn Balor into that storyline as well, that would just be great.)

* Triple-threat for the Intercontinental title; Ryback vs. Miz vs. Big Show. This is the same match that was scheduled for Battleground and had to be cancelled after Ryback's leg grew a conjoined twin - the fact that they neither stripped him of the title or set up an alternate program tells me they really don't want the belt off Ryback yet. I don't see Show winning it. It's possible they could do the same thing they've done with Miz like three or four times, and have him win the title only to lose it back to Ryback on Raw the next night, and personally that's what I'd prefer to see, so I'll go with that just narrowly over Ryback retaining.

* Four-way match for the tag titles - Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores, New Day, and the Lucha Dragons. Los Matadores are right out - they're the filler team WWE pops in to occupy space whenever they do one of these multi-team matches. I don't like New Day's odds either - they've gone from being babyfaces the audience hated, to being heels the audience loves, and Vince McMahon's usual response to a heel getting cheered is to bury them and take away anything they're doing that's causing people to like them (e.g. Wade Barrett not being allowed to do the "I'm afraid I've got some BAD NEWS" promos, heel Cesaro losing Paul Heyman and the giant swing, Damien Sandow losing the savior of the masses gimmick, etc.) That leaves the Lucha Dragons as the one team I could see beating the Prime Time Players here, and though I wouldn't mind seeing them as champions, I'd prefer the PTPs to retain.

* Triple threat trios elimination match; Team Bella vs. Team BAD vs. the Submission Sorority... err, PCB. This was their last chance. This was the last PPV they could have taken the Divas title off Nikki Bella before she breaks AJ's record. I called it back in April - they're going to let her break it so that they can bury AJ's legacy and never ever mention her on TV again as punishment for her husband walking out rather than agreeing to job to Triple H at 'Mania. Never ever underestimate how petty, vindictive, and small-minded Vince McMahon is.

But I digress. Since the title isn't on the line here, they can feel free to have one of the PCBs (let's say Charlotte) eliminate Nikki for a big pop. This match probably comes down to PCB vs. BAD at the end. I'm going to go ahead and guess that, since Sasha Banks is probably dropping the NXT Ladies' Championship (as William Regal always calls it) the night before, that she winds up as sole survivor here.

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro - I'll give this one to Owens on the same logic I used above - he's probably going to lose to Finn at Takeover, so a win here will help rebuild his credibility as a top heel. Owens and Cesaro have wrestled each other before many times on the indie circuit, back when they were Kevin Steen and Claudio Castagnoli (here they are going at it in a high school auditorium somewhere) so they ought to be able to put on a real barn-burner here provided that they're given enough time to do so.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus - Part 47 in the epic rivalry between these two that WWE creative is definitely certain existed at some point. I feel like I've lost track of how many times I've commented on this matchup and asked why they felt the need to keep doing it again, but that's what you get with 50/50 booking - nobody gets over, nothing is resolved, nobody looks strong. I'll give this one to Orton, since Sheamus will likely get his big moment later in the evening.

* Neville and Stephen Amell vs. Stardust and Cosmic King Barrett. This match, in my opinion, should not be happening. Actors have no business setting foot in a wrestling ring - best case scenario, they spend 95% of the time hugging the apron before working the two or three spots they've had time to learn, worst case scenario they severely injure themselves or someone else (or, worse yet, become WCW world heavyweight champion.) I know Amell does his own stunts on TV, but doing stunt work for a filmed and scripted program is a lot different than taking bumps in an environment where there are no retakes.

The babyface team will win this match, because of course they will. Stardust and Barrett have been acting like '60s Batman villains (and that I'm not complaining about, mind you) and the only reason you bring a celebrity into a match like this is to have them win. Neville hits the Red Arrow on Stardust and tags Amell in to do the pin. If they can find some way to incorporate a boxing-glove-arrow into the match without it counting as a DQ, that would also be acceptable.

* Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. Ambrose continutes to insist on being more over than Roman, so now they're a tag team again in the vain hope that his popularity will osmose onto Roman somehow. I think the Wyatts should win this one - Bray hasn't actually won a feud in forever now, since he just loses a couple times and then chooses a new random babyface to pick a fight with for no reason. They've been teasing a Dean Ambrose heel turn, and really, Ambrose could work as a substitute third Wyatt if Erik Rowan is still out of action. A second, less likely scenario is that Rowan shows up, turns this into a 3-on-2, and then the Rock - who Roman has been hinting in out-of-character interviews is going to be at Summerslam - shows up to even the odds. It would probably go over a lot better than the last time they tried to use Dwayne to put his cousin over.

* Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler. Русев выигрывает св.

This show is packed to the gills. That's a total of ten matches scheduled for a four-hour run time, which is absolutely crazy by WWE's current standards - this last WrestleMania just barely squeezed seven matches into a time slot of that size, and the last time WWE ever ran ten matches on a PPV without bumping any of them was (I checked) WrestleMania 26. They scheduled ten matches for WrestleMania 29, then did one on the preshow and put one off until Raw the next night. I predict, likewise, at least one of these matches gets bumped to the pre-show (probably the tag titles match) and one doesn't happen until Raw the next night (Rusev vs. Ziggler probably).

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The pre-show for Takeover is starting right now. Who's watching?

I'll be mainly posting on a wrestling board, but I'll keep an eye on this thread if anyone else is around.
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I didn't catch the preshow, but the opening with HHH was outstanding.

Tyler Breeze's entrance was... well, really flamboyant. NXT ain't so no-frills no more. The Egyptian motif was a neat touch, but the match was shorter than I expected. Plus, even though Liger is a *L*E*G*E*N*D*, it just seems like the matches I've seen him in lately relied a whole lot on his opponents making him look good. I mean, the dude's gotten old and doesn't have as much spring in his step any more. Still, he knew how to work the audience.
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Cool match with Vaudevillains vs Dubstep Douchebags. Alexa Bliss was outstanding being a heel princess, and Og almighty, those shots of her ass obliviated my need for Viagra.
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Corey Graves knows what I'm talkin' about! The audience was being ironic hipsters!
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Apollo Crews reminds me of... Argentina Apollo. Same acrobatic style, flipadips and so forth.

Corbin actually puts in some effort and leaves his feet every once in a while. The Road Warriors eventually stopped being squashers too.

The veterans are booked over the young upstarts tonight.
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Gotta say this show has been nothing but razzle-dazzle so far. I haven't been disappointed with any of the matches yet.

Summerslam has a tough act to follow.
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:44 PM
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Fuckin' A, Bailey vs Sasha was like watching Flair vs Steamboat! Those two worked like 20-year veterans. That match looked brutal. Dayum!

Somehow the luster fades when the NXT girls work in WWE matches. It's like they're being held back so the Bellas won't pale so much in comparison.
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They showed a quick clip of Seth Rollins sitting in the audience.

Right next to him was Zahara - the NXT prospect whose nudes got leaked in his Twitter hack earlier this year.

Let the wild speculation commence.
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To quote Rich Brennan; "Wow. Just wow."

This may be the most perfectly booked PPV/supercard I've ever seen.

No excessively long promos. No filler. No bullshit finishes. Matches with decisive, clean finishes. Excellent wrestling. Great storytelling and ring psychology.

Summerslam has twice as much time tomorrow, and I'll be impressed if they do half as well as this show has done.
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:36 PM
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Decent ladder match. Not the best I've seen, but it had enough thrills and spills. Overall an awesome show, and it made up for the tepid few weeks leading up to now. Summer Slam's going to have a tough act to follow.

My favorite part was the audience singing the Olay song and KO acting like Sami Zayn suffering crippling pain in his shoulder. The announcers incorrectly thought he was mocking Finn and sucked the life out of it, though.

IIRC, Seth's then-fiance went on from the Twitter incident to add the "No Seth Rollins" part of the amusement park sign, right? And now it looks like Seth is with the shameless hussy that broke up his impending marriage. WWE's been known to maneuver personal scandals into angles before, so is this going to lead up to Seth being Zahara's equivalent of the manager/husband? Lita was on the pre-show tonight, and she's been the rl shameless hussy herself with Edge and Matt Hardy. Maybe she's giving Zahara some pointers.

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Bugger. Was so out of it from back pain and pain meds that I completely spaced off the show. Even rented two movies from Redbox and only got through half of one.

Guess I'll watch it right now.
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My prediction - Kane interferes. He's scheduled to make his return any time now (he and Dolph were both off shooting a movie which has now wrapped). I expect he'll make his return (hopefully as the Demon) and help his brother win the match, or possibly attack 'Taker after he wins on his own to set up another feud between the two of them. (If they can find some way to work Demon Kane vs. Demon Finn Balor into that storyline as well, that would just be great.)
I keep waiting for Kane and Taker to be in the same storyline again. Kane has earned it. Even if he helps Taker tonight I want to see those two fight again.
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Ok, I just finished watching the Sasha Banks/Bayley match. I cannot say enough good things about those two, it was an awesome match worthy of main-eventing -ANY- WWE PPV event.

If they're considering PPV bonuses for NXT wrestlers, they need to give those two one right now. Cut them a check today.
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I watch very little NXT and haven't seen much of Finn Balor. I did catch Owens/Balor last night and I have one question...is Balor's finisher really the Garvin Stomp? I mean, the Garvin Stomp? Out of all the finishers he could pick he went with the Garvin Stomp? Someone, please tell me that my eyesight failed me last night.
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I watch very little NXT and haven't seen much of Finn Balor. I did catch Owens/Balor last night and I have one question...is Balor's finisher really the Garvin Stomp? I mean, the Garvin Stomp? Out of all the finishers he could pick he went with the Garvin Stomp? Someone, please tell me that my eyesight failed me last night.
Top rope double footstomp, yes. He calls it the Coup de Grace.

In Japan, he also used a top rope DDT, a Fujiwara armbar, and a fireman's carry GTS-variant as finishers.
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Rolling Stone has an interview with Blue Pants!
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I watch very little NXT and haven't seen much of Finn Balor. I did catch Owens/Balor last night and I have one question...is Balor's finisher really the Garvin Stomp? I mean, the Garvin Stomp? Out of all the finishers he could pick he went with the Garvin Stomp? Someone, please tell me that my eyesight failed me last night.
This is my number one issue with Finn (number 2 is that WWE only gives him one paint job...but that's another rant). I hate his finisher, just HATE it. It's such a letdown!


As for Takeover, it had arguably the best moment in wrestling that I've ever seen. When Sasha broke kayfabe and hugged Bayley, and those four girls just showed that they're friends, they're leading this charge, and that this is the last moment we will see them all in this scenario. It's right up there with DB being on top of the cage with an entire arena joining him in the YES chant.

Overall I think it was a great PPV for the reasons given (no stupid finishes, good wrestling etc.). Props to Baron Corbin for holding a good match, I think he's been a victim of his circumstance and needs an actual rivalry and no squashes. Let's hope this continues
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Summerslam pre-show is starting.

Let's see if the main roster can put on a show as good as Takeover was.

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They won't.
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IIRC, the Garvin Stomp was Ron Garvin stomping the perimeter of his opponent's prone body. I remember Kevin Sullivan did the double stomp, but his was the standing version, and it looked just as stupid.

The thing about Finn's double stomp: when they show the slo-mo replay, you can see the opponent rise from the mat slightly and Finn bends his knees before contact, then Finn's weight pushes the opponent back down, and the opponent kicks out his legs. They speed up the replay just before that last part, to try to make it look genuine, but really, it doesn't help.

Finn really isn't all that amazing, but he just looks so cool.
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Guess I'll comment here during SS and pad this thread out some more, at least until one of us sets up a chat room.
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Hee hee the crowd is doing NXT chants during the opening match

HOW YOU DOIN'

OLAY OLAYOLAYOLAY
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Hee hee the crowd is doing NXT chants during the opening match

HOW YOU DOIN'

OLAY OLAYOLAYOLAY
I'm holding out for some Fandangoing.
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Lawler and Cole were just a little too excited during an opening match where latecomers are still finding their seats. The Hawk wins.

Ohh, Step'n'Fetchit's on...
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Well, that was a fun 8-man. Lotsa laugh moments. Kallisto almost stole the match all by himself.
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Dolph kicked Rusev so hard, he knocked over the announcers' Diet Mountain Dew props. Good thing the caps were still, on so the product they're indirectly hawking doesn't spill out.

Lame finish, but apparently it's going to lead to a mixed tag match at the next PPV.

I am impressed with Rusev's agility. Must have been taking Cannonball lessons from KO.

Time for Stephen Arquette.
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Mad props to Steven Amell!

Could he work on his selling ability? Oh yeah. But did he take some bumps and do some good moves on his own? Hell yeah he did!

Good job Amell!
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Meh.

He took a lot more bumps than I was expecting, but it was pretty obvious that Barrett and Stardust were working really slow when he was in the ring.
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Props to Amell for working a good long part of the match. Could have been a lot worse. Neville was the star of the match anyway.
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Meh.

He took a lot more bumps than I was expecting, but it was pretty obvious that Barrett and Stardust were working really slow when he was in the ring.
Pshhh you just hatin'

He did more than his fair share of the workload and looked good doing it
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I normally hate Triple Threat matches, but that one had some humorous moments. Lame ending. Wonder if Ryback was still hurting? He gave BS more of a Samoan Drop than a Shellshock, and seemed to be sucking wind a little.
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Bray has horns now. Apparently he's leveled up from Redneck to Viking.
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OK, fingers crossed we get a Roman Reigns Heel Turn here
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OK, fingers crossed we get a Roman Reigns Heel Turn here
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