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  1. SteveJRogers

    WWE Stomping Grounds - NO BUYS~

    Could just have been not wanting to follow the John Cena/Nikki Bella route, but last night’s post match celebration felt more like two blood relatives or good friends more so than two people romantically involved. Like “characters shouldn’t be serious unless they are IRL seriously serious!”
  2. I’ll give you this year’s where his involvement was not promoted, but last year they gave huge amounts of programming time to Cena trying in vain to get in either of the two big title pictures, then finally “Fuck it, let’s dance, Deadman!” And when ‘Taker didn’t answer the storyline had him appear as a fan. They probably could have done more, especially Cena attending Access and maybe “crashing” non-WWE events (i.e. on social media he’d film himself coming and going from a promotion’s event and conventions, not mentioning names, etc) but they did just enough for a one-sided grudge feud.
  3. SteveJRogers

    Jon Moxley on Talk is Jericho

    I’m getting a bit schadenfreude for anti-Roman smarks who took to the idea that Chris Hero/Kassius Ohno was to be with Moxley and Tyler Black (I’m being intentionally pretentious for the point of how ridiculous this sounds) in CM Punk’s original vision of the Shield as his backup, and therefore got replaced by this meathead football washout Joe Ano’i. And therefore used it as a reason to be anti-Reigns. I seriously wonder if any of those noobs believed that Ambrose’s and Rollins’ IRL friendship with Reigns was kayfabed (at least when one or both were with him in babyface rolls, still kind of rare (UUDD, the end of MitB ‘16 (though released after Rollins’ face turn) for faces and heels to “fraternize”) in order for fans of the two IWC/Indie Darlings to warm up to Reigns in a “SEE! Your guys really do like that one guy you hate! WHY DON’T YOU LOVE HIM TOO?” *rolls eyes*
  4. SteveJRogers

    Jon Moxley on Talk is Jericho

    I love this reverse of the usual pretentious hipster smark way of “referring to WWE performers by their pre-WWE persona names.” Confused me for a second when you didn’t write “Ambrose.”
  5. SteveJRogers

    Jon Moxley on Talk is Jericho

    Pretty much. He fulfilled everything left to fulfill, was given a full “we really mean it this time” (literally like the third or fourth time they promoted the final SHIELD reunion appearance) sendoff, and not some Fedex or phone call future endeavored nonsense. Making it feel like no one wanted to burn the bridge.
  6. SteveJRogers

    WWE Network... It's Here

    What nearly to a little over a decade old footage of Chris Benoit was already shown on CNN/Headline News at that point? Him getting the better or getting punked out during a post match Hogan/Savage/nWo segment?
  7. The one thing though is, even with the all-time great promo guys, did anyone really talk like actual people, not on some influence or trying to redirect the listener (see Casey Stengel for a non-wrestler example), would? A podcast covering a Raw episode after SummerSlam 1997 was discussing a segment where Austin was doing a very proto version of his WHAT!? style of comedic promo during a Jim Ross sit-down. One of the hosts said he hated it because no one would act the way Austin was IRL. And this was STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN he was talking about, doing one of the things that made the character so iconic. Especially considering he was trying to be entertaining while having to be on the injury shelf for a while.
  8. I know they’ve been one of the hottest acts in a while, but geez! Maybe its a product of “we run our own means of production and transmission of the content” age since The Network started, but has any group had anything like the various sendoffs The Shield has had? I mean its understandable from a kayfabe and sentimental standpoint, but like the various Terry Funk Retirement Shows/Matches, it will seem silly when they’re eventually reunited for a run, and not a one off appearance or a HOF induction like setting.
  9. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    No wonder DX was going over the top with it as a gag.
  10. SteveJRogers

    Post-Mania TV 2019

    So she’ll have two PPV matches going forward?
  11. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    Or Trish literally throwing a scroll of paper over the stand, almost as if it was Jericho’s 1,001 Holds list!
  12. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    People do need to remember, this is a promotion's own Hall of Fame, and can add anyone they want to it. Sports franchises have their own halls, or like concepts (Monument Park, Ring/Wall of Honor, etc) that are filled with choices that would never get into the sport’s Hall without a ticket, but fit whatever HOF criteria at the moment that the franchise seems fit. Hell, I’ve seen some inductions/Number Retirements that have been shots across the bow of the specific sport’s HOF electorate as part of an “hey, get this guy in already” campaign (see Phil Rizzuto or Ron Santo for successful ones, and Billy Martin for not so successful ones). While I bristle more at the over hype and over-inflated sense of importance that the WON Hall gets from the IWC, while the physical Hall in Texas (formerly in NY) gets little attention, I think this one at least gets it proper due, and doesn’t that much of an over-inflated sense of importance in terms of wrestling honors.
  13. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    Pretty sure Parv, who isn't the most keen on many of the inductees anyway, was talking more about the group of inductees themselves, rather than the show itself.
  14. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    They each get a small narrated video. At his age, unless he’s a NYC area resident, I don’t see Shinma showing up, but it would be interesting if Cohen is there to accept the honor live.
  15. SteveJRogers

    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    Also Cohen is second inductee without a Wiki page (one of last years who was from the 19th Century). Can’t wait for “snarky” videos or whatnot mocking him, when its possible he was instrumental in getting the house shows televised on the network or something like that! Weird that Shinma got in before Jack Tunney. I mean I can see he had more IRL impact on the product, but due to the explosion of TV in the Rock ‘n Wrestling era, I’d thought Tunney would be the first kayfabe figurehead (yeah Gorilla, Sarge, Stooges, Shawn, and Trips (yet anyway, that’s part of his own eventual solo package) are not in based on any sort of kayfabe figurehead for TV and live event purposes positions) to be inshrined.