LESNAR/HHH Reax from NJ guy

Lesnar is HUGE in this area. I will be there live with 11 other guys. Most of them are MMA guys and want to see Lesnar more than anything. Also, besides GSP, Lesnar seemed to be the guy to fill bars during UFC PPVs in the area ( I rotate between 4 bars for PPV's, and Lesnar and GSP were the biggest draws).

Not to mention Brock beating Rock at Summerslam 2002 on Long Island was basically a babyface reaction for Brock the whole way.  

Rumble Reax

Hi Scott, hope you are well. The reactions to this year’s Rumble match have been as wide-ranging and almost polarized as any that I can remember, both on the blog and elsewhere. Two questions. 1) Can you remember any past Rumbles with such a wide variety of strong reactions? 2) Do you think the shift to a more “comedy-based” Rumble is something that will continue, or is simply a one-year aberration? Like you, I loved this year’s version, even though I tend to like my wrestling more serious and drama-based than comedic (one of the big reasons I don’t watch a whole lot of it anymore). I don’t think I would want to see it done like this every year, but as a slice of something different, by Rumble standards, I thought it was very well done and enjoyable. Thoughts?

This was definitely a different Rumble for good or bad.  The reactions remind me of the HHH-Undertaker match or John Cena (“Let’s go Rumble / Rumble sucks!”).  I would like to once again remind everyone of the context I saw it, an insanely fun theatre atmosphere with a crowd reacting exactly like those booking the match intended.  Watching it alone at home after the rest of the crappy undercard would have likely yielded a different reaction.  Wrestling is a very “in the moment” thing and while I was watching it, it was incredibly entertaining.  I seem to recall the 95 Rumble being pretty divisive to say the least.  The 60 second intervals bugged a lot of people and made Shawn’s win seem less important to them.  I have to say, 90 seconds is pretty much the perfect time for these.  I think the comedy basis was done by necessity because of the total lack of star power this year, although I don’t know what the excuse was in 99 because they damn sure had the star power at that point. 

Rumble Reax

Hi Scott, hope you are well. The reactions to this year’s Rumble match have been as wide-ranging and almost polarized as any that I can remember, both on the blog and elsewhere. Two questions. 1) Can you remember any past Rumbles with such a wide variety of strong reactions? 2) Do you think the shift to a more “comedy-based” Rumble is something that will continue, or is simply a one-year aberration? Like you, I loved this year’s version, even though I tend to like my wrestling more serious and drama-based than comedic (one of the big reasons I don’t watch a whole lot of it anymore). I don’t think I would want to see it done like this every year, but as a slice of something different, by Rumble standards, I thought it was very well done and enjoyable. Thoughts?

This was definitely a different Rumble for good or bad.  The reactions remind me of the HHH-Undertaker match or John Cena (“Let’s go Rumble / Rumble sucks!”).  I would like to once again remind everyone of the context I saw it, an insanely fun theatre atmosphere with a crowd reacting exactly like those booking the match intended.  Watching it alone at home after the rest of the crappy undercard would have likely yielded a different reaction.  Wrestling is a very “in the moment” thing and while I was watching it, it was incredibly entertaining.  I seem to recall the 95 Rumble being pretty divisive to say the least.  The 60 second intervals bugged a lot of people and made Shawn’s win seem less important to them.  I have to say, 90 seconds is pretty much the perfect time for these.  I think the comedy basis was done by necessity because of the total lack of star power this year, although I don’t know what the excuse was in 99 because they damn sure had the star power at that point. 

Rumble Reax

Hi Scott, hope you are well. The reactions to this year’s Rumble match have been as wide-ranging and almost polarized as any that I can remember, both on the blog and elsewhere. Two questions. 1) Can you remember any past Rumbles with such a wide variety of strong reactions? 2) Do you think the shift to a more “comedy-based” Rumble is something that will continue, or is simply a one-year aberration? Like you, I loved this year’s version, even though I tend to like my wrestling more serious and drama-based than comedic (one of the big reasons I don’t watch a whole lot of it anymore). I don’t think I would want to see it done like this every year, but as a slice of something different, by Rumble standards, I thought it was very well done and enjoyable. Thoughts?

This was definitely a different Rumble for good or bad.  The reactions remind me of the HHH-Undertaker match or John Cena (“Let’s go Rumble / Rumble sucks!”).  I would like to once again remind everyone of the context I saw it, an insanely fun theatre atmosphere with a crowd reacting exactly like those booking the match intended.  Watching it alone at home after the rest of the crappy undercard would have likely yielded a different reaction.  Wrestling is a very “in the moment” thing and while I was watching it, it was incredibly entertaining.  I seem to recall the 95 Rumble being pretty divisive to say the least.  The 60 second intervals bugged a lot of people and made Shawn’s win seem less important to them.  I have to say, 90 seconds is pretty much the perfect time for these.  I think the comedy basis was done by necessity because of the total lack of star power this year, although I don’t know what the excuse was in 99 because they damn sure had the star power at that point. 

Rumble Reax

Hi Scott, hope you are well. The reactions to this year’s Rumble match have been as wide-ranging and almost polarized as any that I can remember, both on the blog and elsewhere. Two questions. 1) Can you remember any past Rumbles with such a wide variety of strong reactions? 2) Do you think the shift to a more “comedy-based” Rumble is something that will continue, or is simply a one-year aberration? Like you, I loved this year’s version, even though I tend to like my wrestling more serious and drama-based than comedic (one of the big reasons I don’t watch a whole lot of it anymore). I don’t think I would want to see it done like this every year, but as a slice of something different, by Rumble standards, I thought it was very well done and enjoyable. Thoughts?

This was definitely a different Rumble for good or bad.  The reactions remind me of the HHH-Undertaker match or John Cena (“Let’s go Rumble / Rumble sucks!”).  I would like to once again remind everyone of the context I saw it, an insanely fun theatre atmosphere with a crowd reacting exactly like those booking the match intended.  Watching it alone at home after the rest of the crappy undercard would have likely yielded a different reaction.  Wrestling is a very “in the moment” thing and while I was watching it, it was incredibly entertaining.  I seem to recall the 95 Rumble being pretty divisive to say the least.  The 60 second intervals bugged a lot of people and made Shawn’s win seem less important to them.  I have to say, 90 seconds is pretty much the perfect time for these.  I think the comedy basis was done by necessity because of the total lack of star power this year, although I don’t know what the excuse was in 99 because they damn sure had the star power at that point. 

Rumble Reax

Hi Scott, hope you are well. The reactions to this year’s Rumble match have been as wide-ranging and almost polarized as any that I can remember, both on the blog and elsewhere. Two questions. 1) Can you remember any past Rumbles with such a wide variety of strong reactions? 2) Do you think the shift to a more “comedy-based” Rumble is something that will continue, or is simply a one-year aberration? Like you, I loved this year’s version, even though I tend to like my wrestling more serious and drama-based than comedic (one of the big reasons I don’t watch a whole lot of it anymore). I don’t think I would want to see it done like this every year, but as a slice of something different, by Rumble standards, I thought it was very well done and enjoyable. Thoughts?

This was definitely a different Rumble for good or bad.  The reactions remind me of the HHH-Undertaker match or John Cena (“Let’s go Rumble / Rumble sucks!”).  I would like to once again remind everyone of the context I saw it, an insanely fun theatre atmosphere with a crowd reacting exactly like those booking the match intended.  Watching it alone at home after the rest of the crappy undercard would have likely yielded a different reaction.  Wrestling is a very “in the moment” thing and while I was watching it, it was incredibly entertaining.  I seem to recall the 95 Rumble being pretty divisive to say the least.  The 60 second intervals bugged a lot of people and made Shawn’s win seem less important to them.  I have to say, 90 seconds is pretty much the perfect time for these.  I think the comedy basis was done by necessity because of the total lack of star power this year, although I don’t know what the excuse was in 99 because they damn sure had the star power at that point.