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Rehabilitated Rick

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  1. Been to one Mania (33) and honestly it's more hassle than its worth. The stadium was seemingly right in the middle of a ghetto and the wait for cabs after the show was beyond chaotic. Further enhanced by everyone being stunned that Taker had seemingly just retired it was a very dejecting atmosphere. I'm a socially insular person most of the time and being in large crowds triggers my anxiety no end, couple this with being in what I can only describe as a map from GTA San Andreas at midnight with the crowd dispersing at a rabid rate I'm surprised I didn't have an anxiety attack. I ended up flagging down a cab and paying way above what I would consider a normal tariff fee to get back to the hotel but I didn't get shot or robbed so every cloud. Enjoyed the accompanying indie shows I went to a lot more. Casually walking to a bar at the wrestlecon supershow and being greeted by a topless Ricochet doing that weird superman pose and ZSJ in his speedos flogging t-shirts in the lobby was kinda surreal. It seemed like anywhere you turned someone of name value was hanging out. Also shared a Newport with Matt Riddle outside the venue at Progress and he was the most attentive and welcoming guy in the world, magnificent hair too. AEW and WWE combing through the indies signing just about everyone may seem detrimental to the Mania crop of independent shows in the short term but it also gives new guys the opportunity to work in front of an international audience. With that exposure plus the spike in Fite.tv shows I don't envision the indie market collapsing any time soon, if anything it's only going to get bigger given the demand every year. Mania is certainly one to tick off the bucket list especially if you're a lifetime fan like most of us are, but it's definitely a one-and-done thing for me. Only a Vegas Mania show could possibly tempt me out of retirement but until then I'm content watching the shows on my big capitalist television at home.
  2. Maybe Charlotte is handed everything because she's better than everyone else? She's arguably had every top echelon woman's best main roster match (I'm not counting NXT but she was great there too). Where others have failed to hit the heights of their NXT run Charlotte has elevated her own performances and everyone else she wrestles.
  3. to be fair Rey/Joe is a pretty good alternative figure the Andre will be on the main show given the exposure of the SNL guys
  4. Watching Wrestlemania 17 right now and I know there's like 37 matches on this show but I'd quite happily watch another gimmick battle royal. Joey Janela's Clusterfuck is the closest thing I've seen to it in recent years.
  5. https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/rob-gronkowski-makes-appearance-wwe-charity-event so it begins
  6. If Asuka's going to go all in on the character she needs to adopt the barefoot look again to really capture the essence of the crazy. Like Rusev and Umaga. There's something insincere about a nutty character wearing a pair of Nike sneakers under kick pads. yeah yeah I know settle down Ricknetico
  7. Shower thought but let's say the match is for both titles, they wouldn't do a double tap-out finish would they? Becky has the disarmer and Charlotte has the figure-eight locked in on Ronda, Ronda taps out. Match ends. Everyone is confused. Ronda is a picture of burning anger as she leaves the ramp. Charlotte and Becky raise both belts. Sasha and Bayley follow. The nXt four raise all the gold. The internet explodes. Y'know, if I pitched that idea to Vince I bet he'd go for it. It protects his biggest female star and creates two champions in the process. In all seriousness if Becky isn't raising the titles as the so called 'champ champ' to end the show the internet will melt.
  8. Becky, Charlotte and Ronda are the main event of WrestleMania, they are effectively your Rock, Austin, Brock & Roman class this year. The Riot Squad should be making them look as strong as possible. I think the problem is the women do have a limited amount of time on each show, and the stories are exclusively based around the two womens titles and rarely anything else unless it's some weird shit like Mandy seducing an Uso or some other attitudinal garbage. The tag titles haven't really taken off yet due to the champions floating over to three different brands which has really stagnated the division in gaining any kind of steam. God forbid WWE has too many titles as it is, but having an IC womens title could be the perfect remedy for the likes of Ruby/Naomi/Sonya/Mandy etc to feud over rather than being sacrificial lambs for whoever is holding the brands main title or sitting in catering tweeting out their grievances.
  9. I don't think it's Asuka who would necessarily be the sole motivation behind a fan revolt but WWE's insistence in stacking the gimmicks onto the Womens triple threat at the expense of just about everyone not in the Womens tag title match (which is already as thrown together as you can imagine). After meditating on it I don't think it will happen, but it's a risky move, and the social media backlash from the womens roster isn't going to help defuse it.
  10. also LOL @ that Angle/AJ match. I'm glad someone backstage recognized Angle is one bad fall away from a wheelchair.
  11. It's almost like the women got the memo to act as disgruntled as possible. Not gonna lie the idea of the NXT four finishing Mania with all the gold would be an iconic moment that will be shown in video packages for years and years which of course is a shame that's it come at the expense of others but that's wrestling. Now will there be some backlash? It's already started. If they're trying to insulate all the heat in Charlotte then they're doing a pretty good job of that, but there's always the possibility of fans ruining the fun by hijacking the match in favor of Asuka and the other girls. There was a women's revolution, and Bayley, Sasha, Charlotte and Becky were always the chosen ones.
  12. I don't think Roman beating Drew is a foregone conclusion. Heating up Drew for Seth's first title defense would make a lot of sense, for some reason I don't see Roman sticking around.
  13. I'm sure Joe didn't mind taking the fall, but Angle was losing clean to Corbin not so long ago. Angle's story is kinda underwhelming that it's being built as this farewell tour and no matter what Angle does from today until Wrestlemania he's always going to be leaving and it isn't being built to some retirement match or whatever. I figure he didn't want the Flair/Michaels retirement angle as he hasn't come to terms with being *done* yet despite looking like he's in pain all the time and can't even rotate his neck and plans to carry on working limited dates elsewhere. I figure Angle was done a long time ago, ten years even, by his own admission he was self-medicating with pills just to get through matches years before he was doing insane stage dives and all that other shit in TNA. As for Raw I'm not sure what that Triple H promo was but I dug the hell out of it, it's like he went out there with an envelope and just winged it.
  14. my favorite is CP Munk btw ''Ali'' or ''ALI'' is a GREAT name, like I'm dumbfounded by some name switches but Ali isn't one of them
  15. Certainly the best damage control they could do on the heels of the negative reaction to the Corbin match. Joe/Styles this week then @L_W_P's great idea would be just about the perfect run in. Then Corbin gets squashed to close the chapter to that feud. If this was the plan all a long it's actually smart.
  16. Riddle needs to learn how to cut a promo before we think about handing him any titles.
  17. in other words: the blow took him to the cleaners
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