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  1. SorceressKnight

    Raw is NXT - 2/18/2019

    Even beyond the random, pointless NXT debuts, it seems likely this was a Halftime Heat related thing: for some reason, I could absolutely see this being "Halftime Heat was a big success; I want them on the main roster RIGHT NOW"...likely with the related corollary by Triple H "Adam Cole needs to come up with the Undisputed Era", if not the likely related "I either need to keep Gargano and Ciampa, or I need to keep Velveteen Dream- one or the other."
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    Raw is NXT - 2/18/2019

    Honestly, that's the problem. I hate to say it because it's a hot take- but WWE needs Vince Russo right now. WWE's in a rebuilding period right now, and Russo's great with a rebuilding promotion with his style (Give the roster an enema and realize "Even if they may go to AEW or NJPW, it's worth it just to not HAVE THEM anymore". Give everyone something to do, good, bad, or otherwise. That way, if someone catches fire, you're prepared to run them into the endzone. While it happens, build around the IWC, they're the only people obsessed enough to stick around.")
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    Wrestling What Ifs

    Honestly, that could also have some other question marks there. Austin wasn't truly ready in 1997, but needed a year to succeed in 1998. In 1998 with Shawn, he was about to retire and still needed to be convinced to do the job as it was. Shawn in 1998, with Bret Hart, who'd fit as a Corporate Champion for Vince, is under a 20 year contract- and Bret has reason to not want to work with Austin after the Owen thing- would be a change alone as it is. Then, you add the fact that Bret took The Rock under his wing and was very good friends with him (a big reason Rock refused the Shawn match for so long), and you also have the real chance Austin is bypassed and Bret passes the torch to The Rock earlier than before instead, which changes a lot (Rock wouldn't be truly ready himself until 1999).
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    Raw is NXT - 2/18/2019

    Everyone says there was problems tonight, but I don't see it. I mean, we had no problems with the US Open or Westminster Dog Show, we can deal with it when USA Network preempts Raw with a three-hour ASMR video, right?
  5. 1. Vince McMahon. Inoki had built up New Japan and nearly sank it, but that is what it is. For better or worse, McMahon changed how wrestling is worldwide forever. Maybe that's a positive, maybe a negative, and maybe it's honestly both- but it's what it is. 2. Upon thinking, changing my vote: Eric Bischoff. Vince Russo gets a bad rap for the end of WCW. Yes, WCW 2000 was very, very bad. And Russo has had some problems as a writer...but honestly, Russo has some benefits to a rebuilding promotion with the Russo style. Also, what needs to be mentioned- WCW was dead when he got there. 1999 WCW was just as bad, and you can make a strong case WCW officially died on 1/4/99. Russo didn't HELP matters, but the actions of Bischoff- always going back to the NWO well, never quite getting people over the hump to keep Nitro feeling fresh- had left WCW hobbling. 3. Onita. Misawa created what has been the form of the modern indies, but it's seemed to be played out of in favor of a safer style. Onita created hardcore/deathmatch stuff, which still has a role today and always will. 4. Kevin Nash. Shawn Michaels didn't help matters, but was just...kind of a headcase who could wrestle. Nothing inherently positive or negative there. Triple H was a negative in the ring, but his run as head of NXT has made him a HUGE positive effect on the business. Even Hogan was an ego and a headcase, but his run as one of the first big stars pretty much inspired the majority of wrestlers to go into the business. Nash, on the other hand- had a lot of problems, and wasn't even that big a star. 5. Paul Heyman. Jerry Lawler was influential on what modern wrestling became, so he'd be out. And then ultimately the problem: Ian Rotten and John Zandig were net negatives on the business...but the big difference: Without Heyman's success, Zandig and Rotten wouldn't exist.
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    Who's more important for wrestling history in a positive way?

    1) John Cena vs Mitsuharu Misawa: Cena. Misawa had good matches, but his style directly led to a lot of problems (and his own life, as said.) Cena, on the other hand, brought WWF out of the attitude era and successfully brought families back- which, even if some fans don't like it, is far, far more positive for wrestling. 2) Goldberg vs Kenta Kobashi Kobashi. I'd want to vote against for the same reasons on the first one- but even with those, it ignores the simple fact that Goldberg was the single greatest flash in the pan in all of wrestling history. There's nothing separating Goldberg from any other super-intense hoss who is kind of limited in the ring...nothing that you can build long-term around, but who can absolutely give you one or two good years before they get exposed (think Warrior, Ahmed Johnson, Ryback for other examples)...except Goldberg's year at the top was the biggest in wrestling history. 3) Jushin Liger vs Rey Mysterio Liger. Rey Mysterio is one of the greatest high fliers of all time. America would have never accepted Rey Mysterio without Jushin Liger breaking out first. 4) Chris Jericho vs Toshiaki Kawada Jericho. Same problem as Misawa before, but Jericho has so many extras. The flirtations with mainstream success alone make him a positive for wrestling history, but the fact that Jericho is one of the few TOP NAMES who knows when he needs to reinvent himself before everyone else does and is willing to make the change six months too early instead of six months too late helps him. 5) AJ Styles vs Batista Batista. AJ Styles is a very good wrestler, and was a good wrestler for a far longer time. Batista brought pro wrestling back to Hollywood and proved once and for all "Dwayne Johnson wasn't a blip in the universe- top pro wrestlers might be pretty good at this acting thing." 6) Daniel Bryan vs Edge I voted Daniel Bryan with my gut, but thinking about it more- I actually might want to change my vote to Edge. Daniel Bryan was a very good indy star, but most of his stuff wouldn't have worked without standing on the shoulders of giants. Without CM Punk's success, WWE doesn't realize Danielson could get stardom on the main stage...and that ultimately culminates in the YES! Movement, when the IWC finally took hold enough to prove their stars could be LEGIT stars in wrestling and get everything else on board...which paved the way for the NXT movement and making it clear "ANY top indy star has a fighting chance to make it national now." But even that was standing on the shoulders of giants. Without the Pipebomb, there's no YES! Movement...but the Pipebomb couldn't exist without the fans making it clear they wanted a more social media-friendly TV show where what people know on their social media accounts plays into their character. The Pipebomb begat the YES! Movement...but secretly, Z! True Long Island Story begat the Pipebomb. This is where Edge becomes more important than Bryan...because Edge was the first guy to harness the power of the IWC and turn IWC reactions into something you could use in kayfabe. Edge was a flailing heel in 2004- kind of rising to be a heel, but fans still kind of liked him and weren't in on him as a bad guy. Then, the Lita/Matt/Edge thing happened, and Edge was able to harness this new IWC hatred and use it to galvanize his heel turn- and suddenly Edge became one of the best heels of the 2000s. Daniel Bryan and the YES! Movement was big- but the seeds for everything that happened with the 2010s style of wrestling started with that one moment, and it only worked because Edge was smart enough to take this real life hatred a lot of fans had for him and use it to make his heel turn STICK.
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    Raw Is JUSTICE FOR THE REVIVAL - 2/11/2019

    I agree that Charlotte should be in the match (she compliments Ronda and Becky's biggest weaknesses very well and fits in the story perfectly), but using "you have to put Charlotte in because women may never headline WM again" is kind of a weak argument. If that's the argument, then going further by the same logic, WWE should make the triple threat match a lumberjill match so that every woman on Raw, Smackdown, and NXT/NXT-UK can be involved in the match- solely because "well, women may not headline Wrestlemania again, so EVERY WOMAN in the WWE deserves to be involved with the match so that they can all headline Wrestlemania". That, of course, would be bullshit: It sounds beautiful on paper, but in practice is the same "throw them all into one segment" bullshit that ruined the "Lost Era" of women's wrestling.
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    MLB 2019 - SPRING TRAINING~!

    If you're using those, you forget the other part of the Patriots' success: As QB's go, Tom Brady is woefully underpaid for the position, and he's always been perfectly fine with that. A big part of that success was that Brady has always been fine with saying "Instead of being insanely rich and having no one around me, I'd rather be very, very rich, have a bunch of other players who can be very, very rich surrounding me, and we'll also get to contend for Super Bowls." Which does tie into the problem for MLB as well: For years, "salary cap" was the fighting word to the MLBPA that would guarantee strikes or lockouts- but we've seen from literally every other sport that "maybe a salary cap would be a GOOD THING".
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    MLB 2019 - SPRING TRAINING~!

    The NFL's biggest problem would be the contract rules are broken- everyone: Players, teams, and fans inherently know big contracts aren't worth the paper they're printed on and the big FA signing this year will inevitably be cut next year. Seriously, things like that and The MLB problem leads to the question if the next lockout should look to the Charlie Finley model for free agency instead (in short, would have been: Everyone's a free agent, every year. You work on a one year deal, and next year you're back on the market looking for a team to sign you.)
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    Raw Is JUSTICE FOR THE REVIVAL - 2/11/2019

    The nature of this where Becky got doublecrossed by Vince makes sense, but even then in retrospect...this just doesn't work. Ultimately, the worst part of this storyline is that even people who are unhappy Charlotte was in the match inherently know: Unlike with, say, Bryan in 2014, they know they're going to get exactly what they want. Everyone's pretty much aware: It's going to be a triple threat. Becky's going to get back in the match...and moreover, it is currently more likely than not that Becky Lynch will win. The fans are going to get what they want, they KNOW they're going to get what they want...and yet the second a little bit of adversity comes Becky's way, the fans throw a shitfit about it happening. This outrage about the change might take the cake as the single most "spoiled, entitled baby" moment in pro wrestling fandom's history.
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    FEBRUARY 2019 WRESTLING DISCUSSION.

    That's still weird, though- because it seems like WWE is getting the most out of the Ascension, because The Ascension was a falling stock even in 2014 NXT. You had the promos from 2011 FCW which made the Ascension look like this incredibly cool stable, and slowly but surely they chipped away most of the stars until you were left with Konnor and Bram...then Bram was insane and got fired from NXT, and they replaced him with Viktor (a weakness, because the guy just doesn't have the build for "badass power wrestler")....and then it was a slight uptick by virtue of being the only tag team in NXT for a year or so...and then suddenly NXT was getting actual tag teams and the Ascension got exposed, until finally they were what they were. Now, I can't even say the Ascension are worthy of a big push, because they're not even the best "badass power tag team" that needs better treatment with AOP in place. If it's just about giving them an opportunity to be more, The Ascension are in the case where it might be kindest to just cut the guys, let their NXT cred get them indy bookings, and see if they can prove people wrong on the indie scene.
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    MLB OFFSEASON - P&C report 2/13/19

    Honestly, it is unlikely- but if it was a case to do that, a DeMarcus Cousins-style "okay, I'll sign with a Japanese team for one year just to make a statement and see if the owners are different next year" move could be viable there- in a "you won't pay me market rate, I'll work in Japan for LESS THAN market rate and the MLB will lose a big star while NPB gets one" (which in the process could likely stem the tide of NPB players choosing America if top American players will go there- and in the process REALLY strike a blow to the team building style that's leading to this collusion.) Even if it's just "this is being done to make a statement and fuck over MLB teams"...luckily Scott Boras is just the type of person who'd probably hold up teams with a "either give my client a serious offer or I'm opening negotiations with Asian teams."
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    MLB OFFSEASON - P&C report 2/13/19

    With all the claims of 'COLLUSION!' Strike in 2022!"...I'm just surprised none of these players have decided to call the MLB's bluff just yet. With the same problem in the NBA, players would say "You won't meet my price? Fine, I'll open up negotiations with a team in Europe or China to get it." I think if someone like Harper or Machado said "You're not meeting my price, let's see if a team in Japan will", then that might loosen things up a bit more.
  14. SorceressKnight

    FEBRUARY 2019 WRESTLING DISCUSSION.

    But how are you going to get idiotic news updates like last week's "We have a picture of Mickie James hugging the Young Bucks- she's totally jumping to AEW, you guys!"
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    Raw Is JUSTICE FOR THE REVIVAL - 2/11/2019

    The interesting thing here between "the Charlotte choice to take over Becky Lynch" and "the Revival winning the titles" is how secretly related they are. Charlotte may be a bad decision, but ultimately: The same reason that people are excited about The Revival, ostensibly a heel tag team, finally getting their face honor of getting to the top of the mountain to win the big one, is the same reason that Charlotte is suddenly thrown in the match because reasons.
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