Sunday Night Thread (feat. EXTREME RULES 2018)

It’s almost time for the wrestling to begin tonight with Sin Cara vs. Andrade Cien Almas and SANitY vs. New Day kicking us off before the main show.  Will this be the greatest Rusev Day of all time?  Will the crowd put themselves over during another Roman Reigns match?  Which of IRS’ offspring will be tag champs?  Can 2018 Daniel Bryan carry three hosses to a good match?  Are Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler good enough to keep your interest for 30 minutes?  Is James Ellsworth skinny enough to slip through the bars of the shark cage?  Why am I rooting for Braun Strowman over Kevin Owens?

And the elephant in the room: would Vince be tone deaf enough to have Hogan appear on TV?  (He’d better not.)

Whether or not you’re watching the show, stop by and chat about whatever floats your boat.  Just remember to follow the #1 rule of wrestling fandom: Don’t Be A Dick.

Enjoy the night!

WWE & The Emmys?!


Scott

So with this failed run for an Emmy award by the WWE it had me thinking.

Say the company pays enough people off with Emmy voting stroke and this company gets nominated.

Who is actually getting nominated? This company over there year almost brags how they don’t have “credits” after it programming. They never publicly give credit to the writers, producers, etc. All I ever hear are the Vince suck holes, saying he is the be all and end all of all the product.

Would they literally nominate Vince in every single category if they could? Are you telling me they wouldn’t even find away to get Steph and her bloated husband some sort of nomination?

​I’ll tell you who WOULDN’T get nominated: Whichever lazy jerk transferred the old content onto the WWE Network. Have you SEEN how terrible it looks on a 4K TV bigger than 40"? No wonder they got shut out of the Emmys.

Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Two

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Two

15 July 2018

LIVE from the Ota Central Gymnasium, Oka-tu, Tokyo

 

You can find my preview for the entire tournament here.

You can find my Night One review here.

 

The B Block finally gets the chance to make their initial impressions as they kick off with singles action.  Meanwhile, the men of the A Block square off again in tag matches to set up Night Three.

Your commentators are once again Kevin Kelly, Don Callis and Rocky Romero.  This is apparently Don’s last night before the Block Finals, as he flies home for what’s like Impact Wrestling work. 

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Fax’s Video Preview of the G1 Climax

Hi Scott,

I definitely enjoyed Norrissey’s G1 Climax preview, but wanted to send over my thoughts on the G1 Climax that posted yesterday for the tournament’s first day.

Here is Part 1 of my video preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9fwREObJY&feature=youtu.be

Here is my written preview for anyone that wants more meat on the bone: https://medium.com/the-best-there-ever-was/the-fax-preview-of-the-2018-g1-climax-njpw-7dab20f5f76​​


Thanks for the video!

Hulk Hogan Reinstated Into The WWE Hall of Fame

Here is the official statement from the company:

STAMFORD, Conn. — After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame. 

https://www.wwe.com/article/hulk-hogan-reinstated-into-wwe-hall-of-fame

The wooooorst


"Worst wrestler" conversations suck ass, so, in your esteemed opinion, who is the worst wrestler to ever work (regularly) for a major (televised, American,) company, WITH these caveats:

1. No super giants, since they’re always signed for size rather than ability. So no Khali, Giant Gonzalez, Giant Silva, etc.

2. No non-wrestlers brought in for angles, even if they kept working afterwards. So no David Flair, David Arquette, Vince Russo, etc.

3. No one who works a gimmick style, since that’s its own category. So no Road Dogg, Godfather, Honky Tonk, etc, as well as no hardcore guys such as Sandman, New Jack, etc.

4. No pre-Women’s Revolution divas that got signed for looks. So no Kelly Kelly, Eva Marie, Kaitlyn, etc.

Basically what I’m asking is, of anyone who broke into the business on their own rather than being broke in for sake of an angle or agenda, who is the worst regular wrestler-ass wrestler? My gut says Horace Hogan.

​That’s a lot of caveats. Brodus Clay was pretty goddamned bad. Van Hammer never improved past a certain level that I’d classify as "terrible" either. ​

Hard WWF Rings


Hey Scott,

Why did WWF have Hard Rings back in the day? I get that there were bigger guys in the ’70s and ’80s but wouldn’t it still ruin you to repeatedly get slammed on a hard mat?

What was the benefit?

​It’s not that there was a benefit, it was more that promoters would just re-use whatever rings were provided for boxing matches because it was cheaper that way, and therefore they would tend to be build harder because boxers aren’t taking bumps on them. It wasn’t until WWF really exploded in the 80s that they started actually carrying around a convoy of equipment like their own rings and lighting rigs. ​

Corbin’s Hair

Hey Scott,

Why in the fuck didn’t WWE hold off on getting Corbin to shave his head and book him and Finn in a hair vs. hair match for Extreme Rules?

​Same reason they don’t do any of the other basic logical stuff that a wrestling promotion would do, I guess. I also thought it was ridiculous to waste that. They did a similar thing years ago when Test suddenly cut his hair and they just brushed it off as "Stacy Keibler giving him a makeover". ​

ECW on Sci-Fi #109 07/08/2008

We’re in Baton Rouge, LA and to correct my glaring error last week, Kofi Kingston got drafted the week before winning the IC Title from Jericho so he’s gone which is good for his career but sucks for ECW on Sci-Fi as the feud with Shelton Benjamin and partnership with Evan Bourne had been the highlight of the year for the brand so let’s see what’s going to fill the gap.

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night One

G1 Climax 28 Review Night One

14 July 2018

LIVE from the Ota Central Gymnasium, Oka-tu, Tokyo

We’re finally here, and I’m already exhausted thinking about what lies ahead.  The G1 Climax, pitting 20 of the world’s top heavyweight wrestlers against one another in Round Robin format, commences from Ota Gymnasium in Tokyo.  We are starting off with A Block singles action, along with B Block tag matches that should set us up for the following evening.

A quick disclaimer: Even by sticking to the tournament matches, this will be an ordeal to cover (a fun ordeal, but still an ordeal).  I am going to start by giving my full attention to the tag matches, but don’t be surprised or disappointed if I cut it back to simply the tournament matches later in the month.

Your commentators this evening (for the English version) are Kevin Kelly, Don Callis and Rocky Romero.

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