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  1. Kadaveri

    2020 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame

    He's eligible to be voted in now because he's 35 years old and has been wrestling 10+ years. It's been remarked on before that Dave's criteria for eligibility is a bit outdated as wrestlers are older than they used to be.
  2. Kadaveri

    WWE TV 09/14 - 09/20 Nearly all of our biomes are burning

    It wasn't that he thought she tapped out. According to Mike Johnson it's that she was selling so realistically she fooled the ref into thinking she was genuinely injured so he stopped the match.
  3. Kadaveri

    WWE TV 09/07 - 09/13 Brazilian Independence Day!

    He's two years younger than Vince.
  4. Kadaveri

    WWE TV 08/24 - 08/30 HUGE News!

    That's not a plausible explanation. The famous Sasha vs. Bayley Takeover matches were nothing like their previous matches (none of which went more than 8 minutes), had way too much reacting to the crowd and playing off their current storylines to have just been them going through spots they'd practiced in the PC/previous matches. The idea they'd practiced stuff like poison frankensteiners off the top rope in the PC is absurd. They'd be banned from doing it. The Observer may have been right about Takeover matches generally being practiced beforehand, but Sasha wasn't even in NXT anymore when the Bayley vs. Sasha Takeover matches happened or even announced. She'd been working full-time on the main roster house shows 6 weeks before the Brooklyn match and 3 months before the Ironman match. So really the facts available is that Bayley was able to have really great matches on Takeover shows without getting to practice them. Plus her performances on the main roster don't show this being any sort of problem for her. Just watch her Raw debut against Charlotte where you can see Bayley physically dragging Charlotte around/putting her feet into the correct positions etc... that's the kind of wrestler she is. There's also the impromptu match with Ronda Rousey where Ronda was completely botching what was meant to be a long promo and Bayley was just sent out to salvage the situation by having a match and totally carries Ronda through it. Steve Austin spots stuff like this and he talked about being a ring general when she was on his podcast. There's an amusing segment where he forces her to admit that when her opponents aren't able to think on their feet fast enough she just physically takes them over even if they get roughed up in the process. Anyway, whenever this 'Takeover matches are practised beforehand' thing gets brought up it's always directed at the women's matches for some reason, when there's no evidence this applied to them any more than the men. Yet getting to practice matches didn't stop Finn Balor/Samoa Joe etc having loads of subpar matches on those shows. Maybe practicing matches beforehand doesn't necessarily create great results.
  5. Kadaveri

    WWE TV 08/24 - 08/30 HUGE News!

    I've seen this claim a thousand times on internet forums and nobody ever actually produces evidence of it. For one thing Bayley's most famous matches in NXT happened while she was on the Florida loop and Sasha Banks was working the main roster house shows, so they couldn't possibly have "endlessly practiced" them beforehand. And anyway, the issue with Bayley on the main roster has never been the quality of her matches, it was her getting booked to look like a complete loser.
  6. Kadaveri

    Microstatistics' 2019-20 Top 100 matches of all time

    Yeah nobody watch the Stardom World version of that Io vs. Mayu match. It's terrible, the camera misses like half the match. Watch this.
  7. Kadaveri

    WWE Summerslam 2020 Renee Young is the best

    Is there any reason to think that wasn't legitimately the reason why Roman was away for 5 months.
  8. Kadaveri

    The Decline of NXT - When? How? Why?

    Being based in New York isn't a result of Vince's creative genius though. A lot of this success specific to WWF was still luck.
  9. Kadaveri

    The Decline of NXT - When? How? Why?

    The whole "Daniel Bryan got over while losing" isn't even really true. His big push began by ending the undefeated streak of The Shield in trios by tapping out Seth Rollins, then tapped out Randy Orton (who was very protected at the time) in a street fight to end their feud and go into Summerslam as the #1 Contender, where he won the WWE Championship by being the first guy to defeat John Cena totally clean who debuted post-2002. Who else got a huge push like that?
  10. Kadaveri

    Greatest Match Ever Project

    Can't wait to see your ballot OJ
  11. Kadaveri

    The Decline of NXT - When? How? Why?

    There aren't really many early NXT women. Emma, Paige, Sasha, Bayley and Becky Lynch were all on the indies first and Charlotte Flair was trained in FCW. Braun Strowman Alexa Bliss The Street Profits Carmella Liv Morgan Chad Gable Pretty sure that's it, and I'm stretching a bit with the last few.
  12. Kadaveri

    The Decline of NXT - When? How? Why?

    The CFE Arena tapings in January 2016 was the end of the golden era of NXT. Taped four weeks of TV and didn't advance any storylines except having Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe end in a double pin resulting in a rematch at the next tapings (if that counts...). The rest was just random matches with little discernable purpose, the 'main event' of the whole thing being Adrian Neville returning to NXT to have a one off non-title (!?) match with Finn Balor. If you'd watched NXT in 2014-15 the most distinctive thing about it was almost everyone on TV had a storyline going and every appearance would advance it one way or another. Sometimes the storylines were bad, but they were always there. Then suddenly there's this big change in philosophy to having the show just revolve around nice matches. Since then we've seen the whole show gradually adjusting to that new philosophy. I think it's connected with WWE's big signing sprees. There were always indie names in NXT, e.g. Rollins, Sami Zayn etc... but in the first few years they were a small minority. The roster was mostly home-grown or people who'd been on the indies a little while but virtually unknown (e.g The Revival, Sasha Banks) so they might as well be WWE homegrown. This meant the main attraction of NXT was seeing a new wrestler and watching them develop into someone who could join the main roster. Seeing that development was part of the appeal, so fans would be far more forgiving of bad gimmicks or awkward matches as they knew they were watching a work in progress. But once the show started to get dominated by indie stars, that model doesn't work anymore, so instead it became the 'great matches' promotion.
  13. Kadaveri

    Greatest Match Ever Project

    Yeah I don't think the 1998 match was harmed by excess either, it's a match where they do approach that line but do a great job of never quite crossing it. It's their 1999 match where they started to go off the rails a bit, although it's still very good.
  14. Kane tombstoning Pete making little sense is what's so hilarious about it. All we know about the guy so far is that he was horrendously burned as a child and has spent most of his life in psychiatric hospitals before being released to launch fireballs at his undead wrestler brother. That he also hates Pete Rose is such a random inexplicable character development. Maybe he was a Red Sox fan as a child? And yeah it really doesn't matter that it's a heel getting a pop when there's zero chance the crowd would turn on The Undertaker.
  15. Kadaveri

    [2001-10-08-WWF-Raw] Kurt Angle vs Steve Austin

    Bruce Prichard talked about this in his podcast and says Kurt only won the title because 9/11 happened and Vince wanted a patriotic title win. Austin getting the belt back was just righting the ship. Not surprising they turned Kurt soon after, losing the title so quickly killed his babyface heat.