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  1. SteveJRogers

    WWE Network... It's Here

    The only one of those three who’d ever be, or have a reason to be on as an active AEW employee/suit is Cody. And even there I’d doubt he, or Dustin would do anything like it until either one finally heads into the sunset as a regular performer.
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    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    I’d prefer the alternate timeline where the 75 year old is making appearances at fan fests and cons FWIW, no one has answered me about why the indifference towards essentially a promotion’s HOF, even with all the marketing over hype, drive for tickets sales, and production given to it on an annual basis gets complete shat on, yet fans of certain non-scripted sports teams get all bent out of shape over who’s number is or isn’t retired, who’s in or out of their team’s version of a Hall of Fame, if the team should even have a version of a Hall, and who should have a statue in their honor erected by the team at their stadium/arena! Case in point, something caught my interest in an Major League Baseball team’s media guide this year where in a section listing the entire roster by uniform number, the text is broken up with pictures spotlighting the six men who have their uniform numbers retired, and two other players. Rumors and speculation have been swirling since both men retired (also one has been deceased for nearly a decade now) are due to be among those announced as the next retired number honorees, but more likely it was just random luck that these two franchise legends got the pics to break up the text on those pages. Anyway, I posted about the “interesting” nature of the layout on a forum of fans of said team, and a poster who is no fan of the deceased former star lost his shit over why this guy, who admittedly has tangible reasons for not getting his number retired by the franchise (only spent 5 of his 19 MLB seasons with the team, and was his future baseball HOFer self for 2 of them, and was good to barely mediocre for the other 3), is constantly being considered! The poster has personal issues with the player’s off-field antics and such as well, but I so want to bring the prevailing attitude of the IWC towards the WWE Hall of Fame to this guy, and simply be all; Don’t care so much, selections are all arbitrary according to whomever is in charge of the franchise! Plus it’s all part of ways to sell tickets on games that they don’t think will sell well!
  3. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    Well, to be fair, a case can be made that a solid percentage of those who were brought to the product that summer of ‘96 were lapsed WWF, Rock n Wrestling connection era fans
  4. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    Pretty much what I said Also of note, three “years” in a row the Warrior Award has kind of “pivoted,” sort of, to what Warrior said in his speech about employees of the company, more so than the inspiring stories of someone in the fanb...I mean WWE Universe.
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    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    Infamously in fact, with both the Brawl For All being structured around him winning, and in WCW mocking Jim Ross! Part of me wonders if it’s just meant for deceased performers, but two people were inducted in 2019 that are still living as of today, and clearly Davey Boy Smith getting in shows they still let the deceased in the main “wing” as a solo act (as opposed to part of the Bulldogs tag, or the 1997 Harts faction). So maybe it’s more about the visibility/desire to show up, of descendants, or at least people willing to present them, as well as adding names to a HOF class?
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    Tell you to truth, the frustration with the line is directed completely at Conrad’s lack of following up in some form than Arn being bitter by how shitty he was being treated at the end. Point of this was that Jericho on Broken Skull Sessions negates the idea that the “no other promotions exist outside of what we do in kayfabe” way of doing things actually exists within AEW.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I’m not making that a big deal, it’s the dickish response to a “what did you think he’d say” line of questioning, which at the time I chalked up to “well that means he is signing with AEW soon!” Tangental to that, that does beg the overall question as to why, beyond big paydays, now is he doing all these kayfabe and 4th wall busting convention panel appearances and podcast hosting when all his time in both WCW and WWF/WCW he was Taker-esque in keeping up the gimmick and old school kayfabe. But that’s for a different forum here
  8. SteveJRogers

    WWE Network... It's Here

    Consider the series is career encompassing, would shock me if more is brought up beyond how things came to be towards the end of the conversation.
  9. SteveJRogers

    WWE Network... It's Here

    Oh, I don’t blame him for having bitter feelings and holding a grudge so soon after everything went down. And it was a bit of silly thing for that twitter user to ask at THAT point in time, but there are more diplomatic ways of saying “not interested” without sounding like you don’t care about whomever would enjoy watching him pop up on a random Network productions
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    Ditto Hogan when employment situation allows and/problematic optics have seemingly lessened, and that’s an additional 10 years on since his epic championship winning face run ended! I know in the Attitude Era they tried to shine away a little from “honoring the past,” though they still held spotlight segments in St. Louis, KC, etc, but I wonder how much Bruno would have been leaned on back then if it wasn’t for the rift between him and Vince.
  11. SteveJRogers

    WWE Network... It's Here

    Over a year ago on his podcast, Arn Anderson gave a flat “Not interested!” hand wave response, with no followup line of questioning from Conrad when it came to appearing on WWE Network docs and other projects as a talking head or something. His employment with AEW had yet to be revealed, but it did make Arn sound like a douchebag who was severely hurt by the way a relationship ended. The fact that this actually is happening with the first ever AEW Le Champión, and a guy still very much under contract and in main event level AEW storylines, kind of makes that response even more like a jilted douchebag. Granted past history with promotions not wanting a thing to do with gainfully...emplo...I mean independently contracted performers with other promotions may have affected that response. And granted this was probably signed off on due to the extraordinary nature of the project, and things may have been different if say they were doing a doc on WCW post Flair’s release/pre Hogan’s arrival and needed Jake Roberts (yeah I know THAT project is hard to do sans Sting, JR, Bischoff, Tony and to a degree Arn himself) for a quote or two. But a “not right now, but you never know what the future will bring” comment reflects better on him than the “fuck off” that a “not interested” sounds like.
  12. SteveJRogers

    WWE TV 03/22 - 03/28 Roman never tapped

    Pro cop/pro military/pro 2nd Amendment clothing company.
  13. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    BTW, Sabu isn’t wrong about selling tickets. For example, in recent decades (say since the 1990s) the New York Yankees add former employees to Monument Park that fans have recently seen perform for the team, recently enshrined into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, or iconic employees that either just retired (stadium PA announcer (their Howard Finkle) Bob Sheppard) or passed on (announcer Mel Allen, owner George Steinbrenner). So certainly regency bias, and getting a big gate is very much a key factor in who gets honored by the franchise. Lone exception being a HOF ace pitcher from the mid 1930s, who had been deceased since the mid-1980s. And that was only because his family had garnered so much support for him to get some sort of recognition after all those years in the mid-2000s. But try going on forums of Yankee fans and say their Monument Park, retired number roll call, or even a statue is pretty meaningless due to the same selection committee of pretty much one that the WWE Hall has!
  14. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    FWIW, try telling specific non-scripted sports team’s fanbases that their team’s HOF/retired number roll call/statue roll call is fake and meaningless due to ever changing criteria that at times can be at the whim of the squeaky wheels of a fanbase, especially when it comes to honoring living and/or former team employees healthy enough to enjoy the ceremonies (New York Met baseball fans still curse their former owners for announcing statue plans for an iconic ex-player after it was publicly announced he was no longer healthy enough to attend public appearances). Hell, sometimes an induction can be a petty shot at a sport wide HOF’s bow in terms of “we’re honoring this person, so you should as well!” Not arguing the point, but it’s interesting that in more subjective, and less quantifiable forms of entertainment (including music and acting), any sort of “Hall of Fame” concept gets shat upon as being meaningless more so than not.
  15. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020-21

    Wants to go in in front of the Dallas, TX crowd?
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