Wrestlemania 32 — Pre-Show Thread

Here we go!

It’s Wrestlemania Pre-show Thread time!

I’m currently sitting in JFK Airport where it’s WAY too cold for this southern girl.

Anyway, I’m not going to be one of those “Fuck Wrestlemania” types. I loved the NXT show. It’s probably the best show of the year so far. But I’ve always loved Wrestlemania and as bad as the build up for this one has been and as poor as the card looks I expect it will be better than anticipated.

Back to the NXT shows, I pretty much had my ratings similar to Scott’s if that sort of thing matters. I thought he shortchanged the women’s match a tad bit — I really enjoyed it once Asuka gave Bayley an open hand and she got pissed off. My favorite little nuance of the Bayley character is when her opponents mistake her kindness for weakness. And the choke out finish with the shocked crowd response was great.

Nakamure’s charisma is old school and I really believe that he is from the days of Gorgeous George and Buddy Rogers and those old types that could just have the crowd eating out of the palms of their hands. I hope Sami Zayn has a good run on the main roster because the guy has busted his ass getting guys like Owens, and Joe and now Nakamure over as major threats.

Otherwise, enjoy the three-hour pre show. Talk about how cute Renee Young is, etc. etc.

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It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania and of course I’m typing this on my phone because I’m at a hockey game! Shows how much I care.

Anyway, a little housekeeping for the upcoming week.

Wrestlemania 32 threads will be hourly again this year. We’ll do a pre-show around 5 EST and hourly threads from 7 p.m. onward until the 10-11 p.m. one. Basically this is done as to not overload Disqus. It worked out well last night, I think the total number of comments was well over 10,000.

Now for my unofficial Wrestlemania predictions:

I think Ambrose, Shane and Reigns win and it will somehow tie together a Shield reunion with Rollins hitting someone with a chair or doing something to help his friends win that won’t jeopardize his health. The new RAW will be Shane running it with The Shield acting as his physical backing. It’s the best way for them to solve this Reigns thing if they are going to put the title on him. The Shield doesn’t have to be heels or faces necessarily, just be whatever they need to be depending on the situation and always kick ass. This would also set up a Lesnar vs. Shield situation that could stretch out over several months as this one-man wrecking crew faces off against a this powerful alliance. Of course that’s what I would like. We’ll probably get Reigns-Strowman for the summer.

Beyond that I got: Strowman winning ARMBAR; Sasha winning the Women’s title; Ryback winning U.S. title; New Day retaining; Usos winning; Owens retaining.

I have no clue if this card is going to be good or not. I don’t think it will be forgettable like Wrestlemania 27 or 29 were. Something is going to happen that we’ll talk about. Whether we talk about it in a positive manner or a negative manner I don’t know.

Enjoy the RAW go home show. Keep it clean!

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Nothing much to say tonight other than I hope those of you that did college basketball tournament brackets still have part of them intact. Once Kentucky and Michigan State lost my bracket was only useful to line the birdcage with.

Anyway, two more RAWs before Wrestlemania. Let’s see what happens.

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Daylight savings time AND we invested in a Big Green Egg. My days of oven cooking are numbers. I will say I always thought the Big Green Egg was overhyped but I promised the man one vanity purchase this year and so far I will admit I’m impressed.

Anyway a couple of quick roadblock thoughts. Good show, not great, nothing worth going out of your way to see but a perfectly good waste of two and a half hours.

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And a posthumous honor for the Big Bossman to be sure. He really did have a nice run, at least the first time around, in the WWF and he was one of the best big man workers on this side of the world for a minute there in 1991 and 1992. Really should have gotten the I-C strap in the 1991 program vs. the Heenan family. As for his second run…let’s forget the hanging incident at Wrestlemania 15 please. The one positive that came out of Bossman’s second run was the poem he wrote for Big Show’s dead father.

Speaking of Big Show, I caught his podcast with Austin on the Network and I don’t know what the blog reaction was but I thought it was interesting. It was surprising he felt like he didn’t have a right to challenge the way he was booked because he wasn’t “smart” enough but he was aware that he generally hasn’t been booked well. And talking about his constant heel-face turns he’s right when he said his character should have had more integrity. That’s probably a big reason (beyond merch sales) why Cena doesn’t turn. He has a trust from the young fans in the audience and when you break that trust there’s no turning back. I understand that point. Many times Austin said he should have continued his face run at Wrestlemania 17 by just giving Vince the stunner and kept that bond with his fans. Even though most of us enjoyed his heel run of 2001, especially the promos, when he turned back he was still very much over but he wasn’t the same kind of over he was the first time. He couldn’t re-capture that magic.

Anyway, RAW is on tonight so we can see who Triple H will beat the crap out of? Maybe it’s the Usos or Afa and Sika or all four and toss in Rikishi for giggles.

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This family is sacked by the flu and/or some stomach virus. Been an ugly 24 hours in this household as there was very little movement across the board on Monday unless it was going to the bathroom after trying to keep some oatmeal down for breakfast. Thankfully we’ve invested in nice beds and fluffy pillows.

Despite that here’s your Monday night thread as the Road to Wrestlemania is in full effect. Last week Shane McMahon returned and he’ll face Undertaker (yes? no? maybe?) in Hell in a Cell. And Triple H beat Roman Reigns to a bloody pulp. This week Undertaker will return and Triple H will probably beat Roman to a bloody pulp again because…when in doubt Triple H will always make sure he gets over.

I’m sure there’s other stuff to watch on TV. I’m going to be focusing on some hockey and I might stop by the board every so often to make sure you guys are behaving. Have a good night.

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I see everyone reacted to the expected result of the Fastlane main event with expected venom. I can’t go there because I don’t particularly dislike Roman Reigns and the only thing I can really fault him for is not being assertive enough or not feeling like he has the cache to change some of the really bad booking he’s been saddled with. This is what happens when someone has next to no creative control over how they are pushed and its why many workers want creative control. Anyway it is what it is. Can it be recovered eventually? Sure it can.

He’s a pretty young guy in the business and even if his post-WM title run flops I wouldn’t stop trying to see if there’s something that can stick with the guy. Right now his best bet is to try to work with the negative crowd reaction instead of ignore it. When he’s not under the scripted orders of creative I see a pretty sarcastic, smart-ass sort of guy. Troll the crowd a little bit. The crowd wants him to push back against them a little so push back a little.

Anyway, there’s stuff on tonight. So watch it.

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Use this thread to talk about the Road to Wrestlemania or blame Roman Reigns for yesterday’s boring ass Super Bowl or talk about Daniel Bryan’s retirement announcement.

Sadly when I read that he was going to elaborate on RAW tonight my first thought was “angle”. In seriousness I hope he is able to train or book or do commentary or whatever if he’s retired from in-ring action. Hopefully he’s saved well and is looking ahead to do other things to fulfill his life.

Anyway keep it clean!

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This will be quick because I got sidetracked with a few things and almost forgot. First and foremost, the Bret Hart news surprised me and saddened me. Cancer is just…cancer sucks. Period. I still think we can debate things about him and have jokes without wishing ill will to the man so I hope we continue to have our thoughts regarding “The Hitman” in wrestling while wishing him the best in dealing with this disease.

Weird thing was, I was listening to a podcast while running late last week and I got to thinking…what if Bret Hart was in the “Kliq”. Like what if he and the other five were buds. How awesome could a Hart/Razor vs. Shawn/Diesel tag match have been? He pretty much worked great matches with them from a singles standpoint but if he was a Kliq member that could have been taken to the next level. We would have also had a better Summerslam 1995 main event.

That’s really all I have. I’m still trying to figure out how Alex Riley got the go ahead to play 1999 Triple H right down to the spinebuster but good for him if Trips thinks enough of him to gift him the gimmick.

Enjoy your evening and keep it clean!

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Yay Jughead! My New England Patriots nightmare is over for at least a year. And good for Carolina too. Part of me wanted to see the two old gunslingers battle it out for a title but we need some new blood in football.

Like most people I forgot the Rumble was on until I saw Scott posted a rant and I decided to load up the Network. Opener was terrific and the women’s match was good too with the right finish and the right follow as long as it’s kept in a three-way feud. I FFW’ed through the tag match, which had an obvious ending and the U.S. Title match, which wasn’t obvious but it makes no sense to keep bouncing the title between these two guys.

The Rumble itself…Hmmm…I thought it was much better than the last couple of years. A.J. Styles was just a cool thing and he really worked the match well because he kept getting reactions and they put him in a worker’s slot. Jericho is also still really good as a pace setter in these matches. The Sami Zayn stuff was good and I hope they can follow up with that because Zayn-Owens is good stuff. Brock came out at the right time. The Wyatt feud will be a disaster but whatever. Everything was fine if not predictable until the end. I hate the idea that they booked the finish like this was 2002 Triple H instead of where we are. He came in and dominated and looked great and made the other guys look like shit in his presence. Now he’s got to build someone up to be his challenger? He eliminated the last two guys cleanly and we’re supposed to hate him or spite him or what? And they’ve just fucked the Reigns thing up six ways from Sunday. It almost seems like it was intentional. Part is bad luck, I’m convinced he’d be in a much better position if Rollins didn’t get hurt and they did the title switch as planned but the aura the guy had a few years ago is just completely dead. There better be a hell of a long-term payoff for that unless they are just ready to move on.

Anyway enjoy RAW or whatever else you watch. Keep it clean!

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Hope you all had a good weekend as we start plowing through the year of 2016. How about those football games eh? Teams really need to start defending the hail mary better. And yay Carolina if only because Seattle deserved to lose for pissing away the Super Bowl last year. And despite his noodle arm and lack of mobility I still love Peyton Manning, so I’m hoping Jughead can beat Brady in another championship game, get to a fourth Super Bowl and retire.

Anyway enough of that. It’s the go-home episode of RAW for the Royal Rumble that no one going to watch because it’ll start during the second quarter of the NFC Championship game. Of course that game will probably go to overtime meaning the WWE can’t even get those 10 p.m. eyes to check out the Rumble itself. As for the little bit of booking I’ve been following it seems like they have booked themselves in a little corner here. It’s going to be Reigns or HHH or Brock right? This means my dream of a Brock-Samoa Joe slugfest at Wrestlemania isn’t going to happen :(.

In spite of the booking the Rumble is still supposed to be a fun event. Who’s going to be the surprise entrant from the attitude era? Please don’t tell me Billy Gunn or something like that. And who will represent from NXT? I’m assuming they will have a Battle Royal or something on their Jan. 22 show for that privilege.

Anyway tonight on TV

RAW
Warriors at Cavs in a NBA Finals Rematch
Rockets at Clippers in rematch of two random teams from the West
College Basketball
Supergirl
The Bachelor
NCIS Los Angeles, etc. etc.

Keep it clean!

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Over/Under on times Ric Flair cries during SCSA podcast? 3.

Sooooooo….it’s safe to say that RAW doesn’t have to worry about getting any viewers in the southeast tonight? Luckily for them it’s two southeastern teams playing in the college football national championship and not like Ohio State vs. Alabama or something that will dominate two large regions.

Another funny thing, WWE is putting its second-most important show of the year head-to-head with one of the three highest-rated sporting events of the year? They realize that the second NFL conference championship game won’t be finished until around 10 p.m. right? So they could have moved this to Saturday since it’s mostly network based and without football or a UFC PPV to counter…maybe having a Saturday PPV isn’t the worst thing that could happen given the numbers.

Last year the Green Bay-Seattle game hit close to 60 million viewers in the overtime. 60 million!

The night game (Patriots-Colts I think) was closer to 42-43 million but it was a horrible blowout.

Seriously WWE what are ya thinking man? There’s zero chance that a non-network subscriber bothers to watch the card if the second game is remotely competitive.

Despite that I’m considering seeing NXT at UCF on the 22nd. Looks like it would be a fun card. Maybe I can convince the family to stay the night and do all-access the next day…actually I will probably shop but tell them that we’ll do all-access the next day. Yeah. That’s much more likely.

Anyway, enjoy your Monday. You know this girl that grew up minutes east of the Alabama state line is going to be watching some football tonight! With no dog in the fight I say Go Clemson Tide! 😉

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I hope all of you rang in the new year with happiness and had a fun, safe time for the remainder of the weekend.

Now that the new year is here I’m going to try to get back on the WWE wagon at least through Wrestlemania. MOST of the time the period from the final build to the Royal Rumble through Extreme Rules does not suck. They’ve tried hard to make it suck over the past couple of years but it’s survived. This time is going to be a little harder but I’m hopeful it will at least be fun.

If I could get a few things in 2016 to make me a more frequent watcher I’d probably do the following:

— Break Rusev off and push him to the point of where he can be a top challenger for Reigns post-WM: I don’t see Rusev winning the Rumble but I’d like for him to at least be Reigns’ main foil post Wrestlemania and going into the summer. I love Rusev. I think he’s taken a lot of potentially bad stories and made them work on some level. He really won me over at TLC with the simplest of things: he’s beating down Ryback post-match and has him in the accolade on the floor. Lana is clapping and approving and he takes a minute to smile at her live a loving husband and give her a kiss while still applying the hold on Ryback and then he goes back to his mean mug. That’s great improv there. He’s both a mean asshole and a loving fiance’. And it’s one of those little details that give a character the charm that gets them over.

— Give New Day someone new: Whether Enzo and Cass get the call up or someone else the New Day desperately need a new challenger to keep their act fresh. They have been doing wonders with the crop of opponents they’ve been given but it’s starting to feel old.

— Brock vs. Samoa Joe at WM: I know you guys want Brock vs. Owens and I’m really cool with that but tell me Brock vs. Joe wouldn’t be even more awesome?

There is plenty of good TV on…especially a 1 vs. 2 in college basketball. So watch it!

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