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Hope everyone’s having a wonderful day and had a wonderful weekend. It’s another beautiful day here in Florida but it’s getting hotter.

Anyhoo, good PPV on last night. There was a great match with Zayn-Owens and three very good matches with the Main Event, Ambrose-Jericho and Miz-Cesaro. Really can’t complain too much with that sort of quality action but I know people will. I thought the Main event was fine. Yeah it was overbooked but there was some charm in the overbooking. A.J. and Roman put together nice spots, nice false finishes and told a good story. Both guys worked hard. I know it’s unpopular to say anything positive about Roman Reigns but I liked the match and thought it was a good effort for his first one-on-one title defense. The fact that they can squeeze a return match out of it says a lot about how the people are responding to Styles and what he’s done.

Anyway talk freely. Watch your TV spots but keep it clean!

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Hope everyone had a great weekend and is having as good a Monday as the law allows.

I finally sucked it up and watched Starrcade 1989. Truth be told I really enjoyed it. Sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. And for those who want star ratings on that sort of thing.

Steiners/Doom — **3/4. First in a line of solid matches between the two teams.

Luger/Sting — ** seemed rushed, don’t know why these two never had one really good match.

Warriors/Doom — * didn’t work as a power match like I thought it would because the Road Warriors aren’t the best at selling.

Flair/Muta — *1/2 It lasted like 90 seconds but they did a lot and I would have been sold on seeing a longer match between the two.

Steiners/Warriors — ***1/4 Damn good power match. Crowd sucked but the guys were beating the shit out of each other. Not sure why the Warriors couldn’t do that with Doom.

Sting/Muta — *** Not as good as they could do. Muta tried fairly hard for being treated like shit on this card.

Samoans/Doom — *** This was like Jim Ross’ wet dream. Four hosses just hossing the piss out of each other. The headbutt duel between Rikishi and Reed was great.

Luger/Flair — **** Heck of a match after the feeling out process. These two worked their formula well even with Luger playing the heel.

Samoans/Steiners — **1/2 I didn’t always like the SST/Steiners matches but both guys worked hard.

Luger/Muta — **1/2 Luger was selling an injury. They did the speed vs. power dynamic well.

Warriors/Samoans — DUD Both teams seemed pretty exhausted by now.

Sting/Flair — ****1/4 Possibly the second best match these two ever had behind Clash 1.

That’s all I got. Enjoy RAW or Gotham or Supergirl or whatever. Just keep it clean!

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I hope everyone had a tremendous weekend and enjoyed something besides rebooking Starrcade 1989. One note on that….if you are using Tully Blanchard in your rebooks, stop it. He wasn’t there. You can rebook the card but you can’t bring in add-ons and ignore drug suspensions. We have to have rules people! Otherwise we can just make the main event Flair vs. Savage vs. Hogan triple threat exploding tables match!

BTW was there ever a Flair-Savage-Hogan triangle match? And if not WHY not?

Anyway RAW is on tonight and something will happen, maybe…we hope.

More importantly there’s a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that I’m looking forward to watching with my son.

Otherwise there’s other stuff on line some MLB baseball and new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and Supergirl and Gotham, etc. etc.

Enjoy and keep it clean!

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Well Wrestlemania 32 was….underwhelming? Given my current situation I only caught most of the first match and the end of the last match. I think we all, as bad as the card seemed, had some hopes that these guys would pull out all the stops to surpass expectations and they didn’t.

Maybe that’s on us for expecting too much out of this completely depleted roster. Not everything was bad I suppose (and I’m going off of reading reviews). For Zack Ryder last night was probably the best night he’s ever had in the business. It probably made all these recent years of trolling around on Main Event and Superstars worth it. And giving Baron Corbin an opportunity to start his main roster time with a win at Wrestlemania is a big deal. This is the thing, as disappointing as the event may have been to fans it still holds that magical aura to the workers. A lot of us were pissed when Rusev lost to Cena last year but he made his entrance in a fucking TANK! That was crazy. Even if the promotion forgets about it it’s something he’ll probably never forget. So I always try to look at Wrestlemania from my perspective as a demanding fan but also from the perspective of the guys there, many of whom grew up as fans and dreamed of just having a spot on the card be it main event or otherwise. That way even when I look at the bad Wrestlemanias (and this one will probably be up there with some of the most disappointing) there is some good that comes from them.

Anyway it’s the Raw after Wrestlemania so even if nothing happens the crowd is going to be ridiculous.




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.

Keep it clean!

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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.

Keep it clean!