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  1. So how does this impact the Rumble? Cena will be in the title match. Punk looks preoccupied with the Shield (and with it Roman Reigns). Either Bryan wins it with the help of the Wyatts, or the Authority raise the stakes and bring in Batista to win the Rumble/stop Bryan from winning it. Batista vs. Bryan at EC with the title shot at the Rumble on the line?
  2. Whilst on this tangent, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the first Russo era of WCW is one of the more underrated periods of wrestling going around. Rewatching it today, it shits all over anything in today's product. You could even stretch it to about when Bret first returns after Owen's death. Match quality wasn't great, but the storylines made sense, the right guys got given the right amonut of TV time, guys had direction/characters, and they did the best with what they had. Meng was the most over guy on the roster at the time, and they ran with it. Duggan was hilarious in his role. Even Luger was a great heel. Could have done without every promo containing "I've got your _____, right here!", and the Bret heel turn was a little too telegraphed. Otherwise, it's been enjoyable re-watching it. From about post Spring Stampede to Road Wild though makes for some horrible viewing though.
  3. Watching Starrcade 89 and Sons of Anarchy simultaneously. Season should have ended with Teddy Long and the Skyscrapers showing up. Sid fistbumping Jax before powerbombing him.
  4. I'm assuming Cena-Batista-Orton at Mania, which then leads to an Orton face turn and you end up having six mans against a tension filled Shield in the undercard that keeps the house show business decent whilst Bryan and Punk tag against DX?
  5. I'd like to see Smackdown return as a WCW Saturday Night tribute. They'll love the whole retro/throwback/buzzword setting/production values. Have Dusty on commentary screaming about the MUTHASHIP every few minutes. One hour show, interviews, squash matches, hijinx, Kofi Kingston gets his face rubbed into the concrete every few weeks or so.
  6. The Armstrong's WCW theme was so awesome. Sounds like a late 80s/early 90s Jake and the Fatman-esque theme. WCW dropped the ball not giving the Armstrongs their own series, solving mysteries, blowing up boats and the like.
  7. I'm thinking that Bret/Warrior vs. Kamala/Shango match was on a Coliseum Video at some point. I remember there was a really odd Bret/Bushwhackers vs. Mountie/Heel tag one which had Bret doing the Bushwhacker march, which was just awkward for all concerned really. Love going thru Cagematch and finding odd pairings like that. Shawn and Luger as a tag team getting tag title shots around the house show circuit in 95 is another one, especially as it was not long after Shawn would bury Luger on commentary every week on RAW.
  8. That WWF magazine article about Ahmed Johnsons' childhood. Such memories. Note to self: Don't steal hot dogs.
  9. Pros: Punk has nothing else to do at Mania if Bryan is already occupied elsewhere If Shawn can't work a full match it probably helps If they actually want to put Bryan over still, gives them the opportunity for him to go over both HHH and Shawn Cons: More boring shooty stuff Devalues Shawn coming out of retirement for something that seems a bit meaningless
  10. Do we get Bryan (w/ Bret) vs. HHH (w/ Shawn) now?
  11. Did any of the Legion of Demolition tag matches (Animal and Crush) ever get televised, or were they just European house shows when Hawk went AWOL?
  12. Fuck it - this is now a Punk/Austin fantasy booking thread. Following up the original idea, you have the next week on RAW go over Austin being outsmarted "for the first time ever", is he past it, does he still have it. End of the night, he ends up being assaulted in the ring by the Wyatts. Punk's music plays but he takes forever to appear. The distraction is enough for Austin to take over and take out the Wyatts by himself with a chair and stunners. Beer bash to end RAW, Punk looks on from the ramp in shock. You go the whole Rocky Balboa path, how the Sports Centre guys talked about who would win the fantasy fight between Rocky and Dixon. Did the real Austin turn up and still has it? Or did Austin get the upper hand only because of Punk's distraction? First match at Survivor Series, which essentially becomes a mirror of Bret/Austin from SS 96. Punk attempts an OwenDriver, but his conscience gets the better of him, and hesitates long enough to be rolled up for the pin after dominating the match. Austin then goes away for a while. The feud is then carried by HHH instead, who after Punk's series of high profile losses to Brock, Rock, himself and now Austin, doesn't want Punk to have the rematch with Austin. That Austin match at Wrestlemania is good for business and better off with someone else. Punk then spends the two months between the Rumble proving himself against guys HHH wants to have the Austin match instead. Clusterfuck ending at the Rumble. Punk, whoever else all get eliminated, Austin runs in with chair, stunners the other guys, eliminates them, and Punk gets the win ala RR 97. Punk refuses the shot at the title, and wants Austin instead. HHH agrees, as his guy gets the shot at the title instead. At this point, not too sure if you go with a redux of "I have to beat you, Rock" as it foreshadows everything too much. But think you end up with Punk aligning himself with Vince or HHH, and beats Austin to a bloody pulp. Last gasp Lou Thesz Press attempt gets turned into the Anaconda Vice, and Punk attempts to do what Bret couldn't at Mania, make Austin give up. Think that ending ties things up. Punk makes peace with the establishment and gets his big win. Austin went out the way essentially he came to the fore in the WWE.
  13. Needs to form a soccer hooligan tag team. A double team move of one guy being whipped in from the corner and then being "headed in"/speared could look pretty cool.
  14. Bryan Adams in any incarnation is probably the worst promo guy in the business. Yeah 1993 wasn't good for him at all - every program he had, he never really got his heat back - Doink, Shawn, Yoko, then Savage.....that beatdown of Savage and the lacerated tongue was pretty brutal for its time.
  15. Was thinking about this the other day. Has anyone ever blocked the kick-wham-aspect to the Stunner? Seemingly everyone is unaware that this is what will happen despite him doing it every week for about 10 years. Even during his last heel run, I don't think anyone ever really out smarted him with that. Have Austin run down and save Punk from an attack from the Shield or the Wyatts or something (that pop would be insane), then after the match, have Punk decline to partake in the Stone Cold beer bash, sees the kick to the gut coming. GTS. End of RAW. It's consistent with Punk being this wily smarter than your average wrestler type, and then you work the story around no-one ever having done that to Austin, has he finally met his match, is he past it? etc..
  16. To the best of my recollection, the plan was for HBK to return the job to Bret. Both their shoot interviews talked about how they planned this prosthetic boot for Shawn to wear, and Bret would "break" Shawn's ankle with the ankle lock and put him out. No idea what Austin does if that ended up happening
  17. That picture of Tyson Kidd on WWE.com atm is creepy. Looks a lot like Benoit.
  18. I think in the Meltzer thread it was supposed to be Hogan, The Road Warriors and.....Hennig? Bringing Pillman in 18 months earlier than they did probably would have made sense, and probably helps exacerbate the heel turn beyond "well....Hogan's here now." On a similar note, if Hogan is coming back to the WWE in any capacity, I'd love to see him brought in as part of the Authority, if only as a device to wind up the storyline. Who knows better what's best for business, brother, than the guy who made the business? if HHH is supposed to be this caricature of what the internet perceive him to be, I'd love to see a similar role for what Hogan has been perceived to be during the late 90s. Have them backstage discussing Intercontinental title contenders or something, and Hogan dismisses say, Maddox's proposals for The Miz/Kofi/whoever else is in midcard limbo, and brings up Brian Knobbs as a viable contender. You can either rely on the crowd to give him a nostalgia pop and a "You've still got it!" chant for no apparent reason that Hogan can then point to as being best for business, or they'll completely shit on him, and they can play him as the deluded self-serving prick. Eventually you build up to the idea that HHH is outgunned in terms of playing politics with the likes of Hogan, you may even get a worked shooty promo with Shawn in there as well. Eventually Hogan's hip is shattered to a million pieces and you do the ending to The Wrestler meets the ending to Poochy.
  19. How many of the Villanos are still active? If any..
  20. They need to have Daniel Bryan emerge from the ocean ala Mark Lewin. Only then..
  21. I went to a WWE press conference in 2002. I opened a door for Vince McMahon and got a hearty "Thanks, pal!" from him. Stacy Keibler and Mark Henry weren't so accommodating. Have never left my air bill unpaid since that day.
  22. Pfft. It was Rick Steiner. Took him twenty years to get revenge on "Robin Green". That text message about the dogs being near the pool? The same dogs he used on Sting. The Daniel Benoit autopsy showing that he was probably crossfaced? Same botched top rope bulldog that he used on Bagwell.
  23. If the WWE Network ever gets approved, what do you all think about them cancelling Raw and Smackdown, and going with new programming? They're both tired and cliched formats, and think it would present a good opportunity to rehash the presentation, maybe even slow the pace down? I see the point in keeping the RAW name - longest running show, blah blah blah, but think that there may be benefits to it..
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