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Everything posted by RolandTHTG

  1. Curious whether the split of contract owner was simply a matter of sign off authority required on amounts over a certain dollar value, or whether it was a date issue based on the takeover (all contracts signed after X date are with this entity instead). My issue wasn't with who they signed, it was that they signed them all at once, largely at an unnecessarily inflated rate, given lack of competition, and then felt obliged to use them straight away.
  2. I don't get why they took on the 30 odd contracts that they did upon purchasing WCW. Those 30 odd contracts would have continued to get paid by AOLTW until it expired or they accepted a lump sum buyout. Weren't too many who took that to go work for NWA:TNA a year later. Would have made sense to take maybe 4-5 guys they saw as developmental types and prepared to be a mark and take cents on the dollar, then pick off guy by guy as their contract expired, having them doing HWA shots and talking head appearances on dvds talking shit about WCW. 2001 post Mania was terrible prior to the Invasion. May as well maintain a form of goodwill by keeping people hanging on waiting for the eventual Invasion angle to occur. Hindsight being wonderful as it was, they had all the guys they wanted from WCW within 18 months of the buyout anyway. The 01 main event scene without DDP and Booker isn't that much impacted. Rhyno and RVD just become more important than they were, and the McMahon feud still goes as it were without promotion wars or 30 guys doing nothing but standing in the ring for an opening show promo. If anything you could easily fast track the Lesnar debut a few months too. A decent what if is that they cooled their jets and didn't rush things if HHH and Benoit don't get hurt within weeks of each other. Does Shawn's planned return that got nixed due to his drug issues end up going ahead? I'd have loved to have seen a return of the smaller 2hr IYH PPVs where it was just months on end of debuting WCW guy announced as making his debut at PPV facing WWE established guy with something big at stake. Stuff happens. Go from there. Heel/face alignment based on brand was terrible (except XPac. That was hilarious)
  3. Can't say I agree. I can't see AOL getting rid of WCW if it's still pulling 1998 numbers (peaking at a 6-5 in the ratings, and made a $30 million profit. Yes, the AOL merger tightened the screws, and lost key supporters of the product as a result, but let's not underplay the fact it lost $63 million that year.
  4. Could also make the argument that WCW lost far more than the WWF won at the time. Whether its a valid one or not, I'm not entirely sure - the product does not age well at all.
  5. So we've spent years building to the big secret of Jon's parentage and rightful claim to the throne...and its totally irrelevant. Even Varys' letters to this effect from the last episode was forgotten.
  6. Should have had a Winterfell Vote of Confidence that Dany lost before taking on Mouth of the South Qyburn as her new hand.
  7. Surely we can retrospectively upgrade him to Gold King, in memoriam?
  8. They're totally bringing back the Slammys not just as a quick ratings shot in the arm but to also find a way to make a joke at this writers' expense by awarding her Best Bowtie
  9. I'm predicting Jaime kills Euron, but gets killed by the Mountain before he can kill Cersei.
  10. I assumed Bran was stalling for time to allow for Arya to get there.
  11. They're really setting up Samwell to do something stupid that everyone's going to hate. Way too many shots of him stinking it up and being useless while other characters had to risk their own lives to save him.
  12. Didn't mind the Savage one outside of the Linda Hogan appearances. The Montreal one was terrible. Brody one was sad AF. How many of those carney fucks ended up going back there to work PR after Brody's murder anyway? I remember Foley wrote about feeling shameful about shaking Invader's hand not long after, but I don't buy it. Carney wrestling-Michael Moore.
  13. Shazam was perfectly OK - not sure about Home Alone or Big so much as Spy Kids. But why on earth they chose to bring it out in between the 2 big Marvel films was just insane.
  14. Orton beating Bray and Brock over Goldberg at Mania 32. Buddy Murphy over Cedric at Super Showdown. Rhyno beating Jarrett for the WWA title. Think that's about it. Rest of that mania weekend is a bit of a blur.
  15. Find me something with a greater scope. LOTR maybe had some scenes in terms of size comparable, but contextually not even close to relevant.
  16. First two hours. Not that good. Last hour is the greatest accomplishment in the history of cinematic theatre. So much shit going on at once. Fucking incredible.
  17. Just found better things to do over time. Discovered tape trading in 2001. Was a better use of my time than sitting through a RAW aired super late that I'd already read the results of at school earlier that day. Started full time work around about the same time people stopped buying tapes and downloading instead a few years later. Watched where I could. Smackdown 2005 is still the worst hangover cure known to man. Still watch but have better priorities. If I'm home sick on a Tuesday, I'll watch it. If not, so be it. It's no bigger a part of my life than any other TV show I watch, and their respective ebbs and flows of creative merit.
  18. HBK/Razor 2 probably on the medal dais also.
  19. Bobby Roode looks like the sort of guy that spends hours carefully curating dick pics
  20. Wasnt that last week's episode of Billions?
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