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Burgundy LaRue

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  1. Alexa has her strengths. The word on her when she went to Smackdown in 2016 was if they give her a mic, she'd get herself over. She did that. Promo skills and Becky being out sick for a few weeks allowed Alexa to rise to the top. Plus, she has a look they find attractive in their women. Though that's problematic these days, to say the least. She's improved in the ring. She'll never be great, but she's had enough good matches to where calling her bad seems shortsighted. Surprising it may be to some, but her I think some of her best in-ring work was with Naomi. They clicked really well. Con
  2. THE GOOD: Randy Orton--He continues to put effort into what is fast becoming a self-lampooning story. AJ vs Ricochet--The slingshot Styles Clash will rightfully be played on loop for the rest of the year. Hurt Business--I hope they're not going with a quick break up with them. There's a ton of mileage with Shelton being annoyed with Cedric, while MVP is the coach/manager who tolerates him as long as Cedric keeps winning. Gillberg--It was good seeing him, especially after his heart attack. Nice for him to get a payday. THE BAD: Charlotte and Lacey--What i
  3. I'm hoping Nakamura takes Pearce to task for that. Yeah, KO got screwed on both matches, but that's not Nak's problem. He got screwed too, and should want a shot at Roman. That's if Roman doesn't send Pearce to an early grave first. Apollo getting counsel from Roman was a great touch and makes Talking Smack canon. All the matches were good tonight. Liv Morgan has improved a lot. Ding Dong, Hello! was hilarious. Bayley was a combo of Sally Jessy Raphael and Ricki Lake, and I love it. The obstacle course with Bianca is going to be awesome. Billie continues to be fantastic.
  4. I remember seeing an estimate of a 4-day road trip, with hotel and car rental/gas, being roughly $600/week. So 50 weeks on the road = $30,000 per year. Not sure if that's dependent on splitting costs with another wrestler. It didn't account for food and incidentals. As mentioned, it's not an one-size-fits-all deal. But gotta figure that many are saving $45-50,000 per year with no house shows. Seeing that Ricochet's contract goes through 2024, I wonder if Aleister Black has a similar deal, since they both went to RAW at the same time.
  5. There's Kayden Carter, who's also in NXT. You'd think they used an online fantasy name generator. Whatever weird monikers they'd get would be more interesting than what they come up with on their own.
  6. Cole-Britt Alexander-Swole Morrison-Taya Janela-Story (fka Brandi Lauren) Spears-Peyton Miro-Lana
  7. Per his own IG, Ricochet threw a NYE party that had Rich Swan, Su Yung and Marty Scrull there. Ricochet is dating Kacy Catanzaro, so that's NXT in thick of it. So much wrong is going on there, good grief.
  8. WWE on Twitter: "Drew McIntyre has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed in quarantine. https://t.co/xgubbWEupk" / Twitter
  9. What they're doing with Roman continues to be great. He wants to beat Pearce, but Heyman wisely tells him to do so within the rules. So pull strings to get Pearce into the gauntlet match, beat down whoever is left so Pearce wins and now Roman has a free pass to send Pearce to the maker of his choice in a legal match. We'll see if Pearce tries to give someone else his spot. Nakamura deserves it and KO will be back. But the ongoing descent of Roman into madness is fantastic. I like what they're doing with Sonya, too. She can't return to the ring just yet in story and probably wants som
  10. I didn't say that to make anyone feel bad. Rather, just pointing out how this is an open forum for all fans. I don't think Dynamite is nearly as good as many here. I've enjoyed some of what they've done, and thought some stuff was pretty awful. I may call what I see on my TV stupid. But I wouldn't say that of anyone over a wrestling show. And that's the point. There's room to agree and disagree, to have a dialogue. But if we have to validate our opinion by invalidating someone else, it's a problem. Wrestling isn't real life, where being on a certain side shows legitimately bad inten
  11. Because many of us who talked about WWE regularly were called sheeple who stay on our knees for Vince. And constantly questioned if we know any other wrestling exists. At some point, someone like me had to take a break from the berating. It's improved based on what I've seen lately, and that's great. But some around here were all in on questioning others' viewing habits and opinions for a while. It's all wresting. And 95% of it is stupid and geeky.
  12. McIntyre-Lee apparently went long. Drew was supposed to cut a promo with Goldberg giving a response. Goldberg was rushed to the ring. So that's why his promo didn't make sense, as well as the American feed cutting off just as Goldberg pushed Drew.
  13. The Cardi B moment is a textbook example of how WWE fails to capitalize on pop culture. Cardi watched WWE around the Ruthless Aggression era. She doesn't watch now. The only current wrestler she's familiar with is Sasha. Someone apparently asked her about Sasha, and Cardi said she was a fan. That may be due to the Snoop connection, but no matter. it's a start. Plus her husband did "Ric Flair Drip" with Ric in the video. Maybe have Charlotte say something to Cardi, too. Instead, Lacey goes heel, calling Cardi nasty. Cardi sees it and reacts accordingly. Because it comes across as some
  14. Drew is stale. They tried to make him into a hero with the legends being part of the Ambulance match at CoC, but it didn't work. The promo they had him doing with HH last night was pandering. Having HH say Drew reminded HH of himself was a choice. Who wants to compare your big babyface to a racist jerk with a bad sex tape? I thought they made Drew look like a goof.
  15. Also, the Randy-Alexa angle went nowhere. Geez. Whether one liked it or not, at least it was an attempt at something different. So instead of starting the show with it, we get 30 minutes of Miz TV and a New Day-Miz & Morrison tag match. We finally get Orton, who says he showed Alexa mercy and didn't burn her. Which--OK, whatever. But where's Alexa? A bad story horrendously handled to be even worse.
  16. Maybe I'm looking for something that isn't there. But I can see Goldberg beating McIntyre to set up champ vs champ with Goldberg/Reigns at WM. Maybe we get the Universal Heavyweight Championship as unification. Goldberg has been one of the few who moves the needle, so it makes sense for him to be on RAW with its shaky ratings. Still, they'll want to get Goldberg back in Roman's orbit. Also, Goldberg likely won't want to take back-to-back world title losses, having dropped the Universal title to Strowman last April. The obvious million-dollar question is what happens with the Rum
  17. I suppose I've reached the closed-in recluse portion of my life. Which would have happened with or without a pandemic. I wish I could say I'm looking forward to something. It's not cynicism. It's not indifference. Resignation? I guess so. It doesn't help that my health isn't great these days. Not much I can do about that until I'm working again, though. I'm glad DVDVR is still a sanctuary for so many. I'm not as down on the place as I was several months ago, but a few around here left a bad mark. Even some who I got along with for years. I dipped my toe back into the wrest
  18. I'll expand more on what I said over at PWO: To @Eoae's point--and they're right--characters are often written to be isolated from anyone beyond who they're currently feuding with. Still, the nonchalant attitude to Fiend/Alexa/Orton bothers me. Orton burned the Fiend like firewood and taunted an emotionally/mentally abused Alexa. She's obviously suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, dousing herself in gasoline and begging to join the Fiend wherever he may be. I will say that Orton is being true to character. He's always been a sadist with a taste for arson. He'd normally burn Alexa to
  19. As for ratings, Alexa-Fiend were pulling in big YouTube numbers. The Fiend still moves a lot of merch. And I think they do pretty well with social media interaction. It's the only story RAW has that anyone cares about. Take that as you will.
  20. Overall, it was OK. Nothing great, nothing too questionable besides the Orton-Alexa stuff. But RAW is on autopilot. They're slow-burning Asuka vs Charlotte. The matches will be great. But we've seen them wrestle a lot already. Having both women's titles in the same feud takes away time for other talent to be on TV. Drew vs Lee next week will be good, as will Drew vs Sheamus. But there's no spark. Putting MITB back on Miz is redundant. They aren't moving the Ricochet-Retribution angle forward, though Ricochet's matches with Ali are fantastic. Lashley has been the most protected person on R
  21. I don't have a problem with them trying a cliffhanger. Regular TV shows do it all the time. But don't have Charly and R-Truth being ho-hum about it on RAW Talk. A co-worker was potentially set on fire 25 feet from where they sat. They couldn't be even half-inclined to care. It totally devalues the moment.
  22. I haven't seen anything publicly from any former Shield member just yet.
  23. TBF, WWE has made several posts on their Twitter account and they have a more in-depth story on their website. They apparently had a collection of Luke Harper matches loaded onto the network quickly. Considering how coldly corporate they can be, they've done a pretty good job acknowledging this.
  24. Dave: DNP - CD (social distancing) on Twitter: "B R A Y https://t.co/u2WKqn9wqa" / Twitter Spoiled for size
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