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    On one hand it's nice that we have a recent precedent for how bad you have to be for Vince to give up on you. Unfortunately, Roman Reigns clears "Big Cass level bad" by a lot and even Jinder is slightly above that threshold as well, so no hope on those fronts.
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    NXT TAKEOVER: CHICAGO II - 6/16/2018

    Another really good show overall. I feel like I got what I wanted out of every match. The opening tag was exactly the fun workrate match I was looking for. The crowd being way into UE was surprising, but props to Lorcan and Burch for keeping the pace up and not letting that get too out of hand. Even though UE retaining was pretty obvious, they had a lot of good nearfalls (or near "the finish is about to start" spots where the faces still made a good comeback after). That was a neat way to break up the double submission too. Dream/Ricochet was a fun back and forth match too. Dream definitely held his own, though it was more like Ricochet let Dream keep up with him, rather than Dream keeping up with full-speed Ricochet. Outside of the long distance SSP, Ricochet wasn't using his top-shelf stuff, but it's a testament to both guys that he can dial it down and still have a very compelling match. Dream definitely needs to start winning matches soon, though. The women's match was exactly what I said it should be right down to the finish, so I appreciate that. The announcers could've done better with the story that Shayna was a much better wrestler, but Nikki was double tough and crazy enough to keep coming right at her. Both women told that story perfectly in the ring. Black/Lars was solid for having a weak build. I was impressed by Lars working that pace and match length, even if Black is a guy who's gonna make most people look good in that setting. The first whiff on Black Mass was really bad, but at least they had the sense to not sell it for too long and get back to a proper finish. For another match with an obvious winner, I thought both guys came out looking good. The main event was nuts, right on par with their first match. Ciampa dragging Johnny up the ramp could've been really corny and dragged the match down, but his trash talk and the ring spot made it the dramatic tone it was going for. I was very worried we were gonna see EC3 interference when it became obvious the match was going into clusterfuck territory, but thankfully that didn't happen. I admired Johnny's arm tremor sell of the DDT, but it still felt a little underwhelming given some of the other spots in the match. Don't know how I feel about a 3rd match, since how much more can they realistically do? They really need a loser leaves stip, because NXT really isn't big enough for both of them at this point.
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    (NXT) June 13, 2018 TV Show

    That was a nice little match with Dunne/O'Reilly. Dunne is easily the MVP so far this year, and I never understood why anyone hated O'Reilly. His facial expressions are goofy, but that works to his advantage selling (like that headbutt in this match) and he can absolutely go on the mat or in quick strike exchanges. Pretty much every NXT match he's been is has been good. Loved that even early on it felt like both guys were trying to win. Great finish too with O'Reilly unable to get the KO, so he yanks out the mouth guard as a great visual cue to mean "one more shot and he's out," but it gave Dunne enough time to counter with the injured arm they built up throughout the match. Hopefully after Shayna's through with Nikki, she can bully a few of the less intimidating looking women on the roster before Bianca puts her in her place. Bianca looked like she had it all together tonight.
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    The opening vignette felt like vintage LU and I was pumped for the new season. Then the rest of the show happened. The new arena sucks. Feels like an indy that a lot of ex-LU guys ended up in because it was nearby. The camerawork and editing was even worse than before. It felt like that time-skip episode of Futurama. The retcon stuff like Antonio and Dante Fox disappearing was bad. The action was rushed and pretty much everyone outside of Pentagon felt like a jobber or a second-tier star. Didn't feel like Seasons 1-3 at all (even at their worst).
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    Technico Support did a great write-up already of why this deal is the result of the dying tv business model than any real creative genius on WWE's part, and I have to say it's pretty depressing news as a whole. You can bank on the product we've been slogging through for the last 4 years to continue unabated as long as Vince is with the company. Remember WM 32-34? Get ready for a lot more of those. The positive spin is that HHH pretty much has a fool-proof empire in place when Vince finally goes and will likely produce big-time wrestling shows that more closely align with my tastes as a fan when he gets the keys. Until then I'll just keep giving them $10 a month for NXT and the ability to watch some old shows whenever I want, which seems like a fair deal.
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    NXT TAKEOVER: CHICAGO II - 6/16/2018

    Shayna and Nikki should do the Benoit/Raven finish where Nikki just passes out smiling in a submission. Shayna's too good to not keep on top, and there's nowhere for Nikki to go with the belt, but that finish keeps both of them strong. They probably need to officially turn Dream face with a respect handshake after his match with Ricochet. The crowds are dying to cheer him, and forcing the hardline face/heel roles in this feud has only hurt Ricochet. As cliche as it is, I wouldn't mind seeing them team up after watching their handicap match with Lars. I like Lars getting a title shot in principle, but I don't like Alesteir being an afterthought champ that hasn't had a main event match yet. Gargano/Ciampa should've been HIAC or I Quit with a loser leaves town stip added, but I'm sure the match will be good no matter what. Ciampa really needs to leave NXT afterwards, though. Gargano is ready to start his redemption push towards an NXT title win at the Mania show next year, and Ciampa (while good) doesn't seem to have any purpose in NXT other than to antagonize Johnny. Tomasso could use a fresh start on SD.
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    [NXT] June 6, 2018 TV Show

    I agree with this. I think it was a combination of Shayna acting out of her range (probably the first time she's ever been told to act scared) in a live setting and Nikki's Shane-esque punches being really glaring against a good striker. Nikki doing an overly corny belly laugh after the flinch instead of just continuing to stare her down with crazy eyes was a probably a mistake too. The framework for a good feud is there with the arrogant dominant champ against someone too crazy to be intimidated, but the execution has been lacking so far. It can all be forgiven if they do a Benoit/Raven style finish where Nikki laughs until she passes out in a submission, though.
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    [NXT] May 30, 2018 TV Show

    Been behind on NXT, but the Ricochet flip was so awesome I had to revive the thread. He was in danger of losing the crowd up to that point too. They should probably start looking at ways to turn Dream face anyway, though. He's winning the crowds over big time. I wouldn't be opposed to Dream and Ricochet forming a respect team after their blowoff match. Win the tag titles at Brooklyn, build towards a huge showdown with the War Raiders in Houston. I think there were a few people that did call Elias being a lot better on the main roster. I wasn't one of them, but I have to admit they were right. AOP should've been Dolph's muscle while Drew did his own thing.
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    [NXT] May 16, 2018 TV Show

    I think you just have to file this under "it's wrestling." Moves do way less damage to the human anatomy than they would do in real life. Guys get punched in the face with no cuts or bruises, joints hit steel beams with minor setbacks, attempted vehicular homicide keeps guys out for a week, etc. The fingers aren't supposed to be broken (I don't think announcers have tried to sell that at any point with Pete Dunne's offense), it's just minor hand pain that the larger than life action heroes can endure. I loved that six man, and I hope this feud continues for some time. Pete Dunne as a no-nonsense ass-kicking face rules and his offense stands out and pops the crowd accordingly. Oney Lorcan is a great hot tag. The UE is the perfect balance of douchey heels that can work. The missing link was Burch being treated as a jobber to this point, but they made him look like he belonged here. Great showing from the face team here.
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    Raw Is... Ugh, Okay... Over The Moon - 5/7/2018

    Modern WWE booking style is way too micro-managed and corporate compared to mid 90s WCW to have any weird midcard aberrations that are booked like the toughest guys ever yet are inexplicably never in any title picture, let alone the big one (Norton, Meng, Benoit to a lesser extent). Braun is probably the closest thing they have to a guy like that, but even he is starting to rack up accolades and is poised to win the big one soon enough. WWE for better or worse is usually dead set on making a monster dominant or feeding them to a champ who is. WCW... just kinda let anyone who wasn't deemed worthy of being in Hogan's orbit do their own thing.
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    Backlash XIV - 5/6/2018

    I really don't get the "Rollins was carried" argument, since that match was like exactly the same as every other Rollins babyface match. No one's giving him credit for leaning into Miz's strikes (which are normally pretty light) or making the SCF look good which hardly anyone can do either. Saying Rollins was carried is perhaps even more idiotic than the non-existent people saying Miz was carried. Both guys brought it and it clicked for one of the better main roster matches of the year. That was about the only thing worth a damn on this show too. Both women's matches were bad for the first time in a while on WWE ppv. The Nia babyface experiment isn't going well several weeks in, and Carmella hasn't improved in the ring since NXT. Alexa being hurt might be a blessing in disguise since it seems like the only way to get her away from the title for a while and potentially allows her to come back with a long overdue face turn. I don't think anyone is surprised at WWE misusing Roode, but did anyone have him pegged as a smiling dancing babyface? The low blow escalation in the AJ/Nak feud is so ridiculous I'm expecting them to recreate the torture scene from Casino Royale to escalate to their (hopefully) blowoff match. I'm gonna take it that Raw's two best heels, top face, and a freshly-returned big name all being in a throwaway tag match isn't a good sign for the future of the show. Roman/Joe would've been great without the 15 minutes of restholds despite no one caring about Roman. They can believably refer to the ref not calling him out in the choke as a make-up call from TGRR.
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    Raw - 4/23/2018 - The KO/SZ Podcast

    Sasha probably shouldn't jump on that. That's ripe for Bayley to respond with that airport stalker pic that Big E put onto a pair of socks. Sami/KO as the new Edge and Christian rules. Hopefully they get a long tag team title run. Their match with Braun and Lashley was one of the most fun non-NXT matches of the year. Also, lol at Drew talking about how he hates guys with no passion just out there collecting a paycheck while teaming with Dolph Ziggler. Drew should be the Samoa Joe replacement, not trying to make Dolph relevant in 2018.
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    WWE Superstar Shake-Up (RAW/SDL 4/16-4/17/18)

    When you factor in that Kevin and Sami were actually signed by Steph after Kurt explicitly rejected them, his performance here was worse than Shane/DB's inaugural draft. The only guy he got with a high ceiling was Drew, and he's strapped to Dolph for some reason. Raw's roster is still loaded from previous years and helped greatly by Braun breaking out, but it's gonna be pretty hard to paint a HHH/Steph firing of Kurt Angle as unjustified after that showing. Meanwhile, Paige has found her true calling as an executive and scout. I would've rather seen Rollins go with the IC belt than Jeff right back with the US, but otherwise SD knocked this one out of the park. Making Asuka official, getting Joe, Almas, Dain, and The Bar, while keeping all their good pieces was incredible. Feels like SD actually has depth for the first time since the 2nd split. Overall, this was the best handled draft in ages. It's funny to mock kayfabe Kurt's terrible GM-ing, but the reality is both shows got better as far as talent distribution goes. Obviously the writing is still going to be an issue on Raw if they keep going with the "Feed everyone to Roman so we can feed Roman to Brock" approach, but in theory, the top talent rotation of Roman, Seth, Finn, KO, Sami, Lashley, and Braun isn't much worse off than SD's god-tier lineup.
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    Smackdown is IIconic - 4/10/2018

    I guess Paige as the new GM opens the door back up for KO and Sami, it's just a matter of if she turns on Shane in the process.
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    2018 Matches of the Year.

    Off topic, but the comparisons between WM 31 and 34 just show how embarrassingly little the main roster has progressed in that time frame. Brock/Roman main, HHH/Steph working with Rousey, injured Taker working a short match, Cena slumming it in the midcard, Rusev fighting for the US title, Usos, New Day, and Cesaro all fighting for tag titles... On topic, Gargano/Ciampa now leads the way for top match. Dunne/Strong moving down is a bit sad, but you can't argue with the storyline, heat, and finish of Gargano/Ciampa. I don't know if I would go so far as to call it "old school," unless we're all old enough that mid 2000s indy blood feuds like Jacobs/Whitmer now fall under that umbrella, but that's what it reminded me of (and that's a good thing).