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  1. @username made several strong points. RAW is tough to navigate even when you're in favor. FWIW, I think Lee is liked. They've done a solid job of protecting him, with only his mini feud against Braun being a bit off. They actually gave him a quality new entrance theme to replace his old one, which is more than what others can say. But for some reason, he hasn't quite clicked yet.

    I wonder if he's being told to tone down his moveset and he's finding it difficult to adjust. While he still does a lot, I think Ricochet has slowed down enough in-ring to pass that hurdle. I'd be curious to know if Lee is being asked to do the same. And with there being no house shows to get in reps, it's become an even tougher task.

    I can't discount @Curt McGirt's mention about weight. I'm pretty sure someone said Lee was told to 'tighten up' before he was called to RAW. Factor in him wearing a tank top now and I can see that being held against him. Same with Otis.

    As for why someone like Nia doesn't get sent back to the PC: to my knowledge, they don't send back any women. If a woman does go, it's by her direct request. Lana did some work on the Coconut Loop a while ago, but I think she got pulled away to do weekend house shows with RAW and/or SD, setting back her progress. It's not an accident Lana is improving since she started training with Natalya and Tyson Kidd on her own. Why don't they send women in for refreshers? I have my theories, sadly.

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  2. No Ryker. Just Blake and Cutler becoming Corbin's Court.

    With Bayley, it feels like this the start of the long road to her being a face again. That she allowed her obsession to be #1 take over, losing herself in the process. So they're going to have her go on a losing streak and realize that being champion is great, but it doesn't define her. 

    Sasha-Carmella leaned too heavy into certain tropes. Having two women being overly catty for starters. I get that they were going for competitive since they mirror each other in some ways, but it didn't come across well. Carmella's bragging about being a hot chick in a company full of them was laughable. And bragging about the men she gets to do her bidding? After the Women's Evolution? Bad scripting on that.

    Roman is beyond awesome. How he continually gaslights everyone is incredible and scary all at the same time. "There is a a lady present, grow up" to thrashing three guys in front of countless female fans? Great heel work. Threatening KO's family because he feels KO forced him to beat up Jey was amazing. I like how they're having other wrestlers note the change to Roman, wondering if it's Heyman who caused it or if Roman is off in his own world. Trying to unravel the puzzle that has become Roman Reigns would be a good way to extend his title run. Because I don't see anyone who's ready to take him down for a long time.

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  3. I give AEW credit in recognizing they needed a major story to carry them into 2021 and toward their next PPV. The last few Dynamite episodes from last year weren't good. They made a necessary adjustment. Kudos to them.

    However, I'm not sure I quite get it. Omega is an EVP for AEW. He became the #1 contender for their world championship, which many correctly predicted he would win one day. He's been in the catbird seat almost from the beginning. Why do something that could jeopardize his goals, whatever they may be?

    If it's just a case of his longtime friend Callis bending Omega's ear, fine. But it makes Khan look silly. Allowing another company's executive to get that close to one of his top stars on AEW's clock seems amateur.

    Plus, in situations like these, someone has to come up short. That's going to be Impact, because AEW has all the leverage with their TV deal and bigger stars. Should Impact be worried that Khan may pooch several of their women to his side? I would be.

    And how will AEW juggle their already large roster? Will Impact be featured on Dynamite beyond Callis being in Omega's corner? Is a talent exchange on the table? The NWA women's title already gets featured more than AEW's equivalent. Gotta figure they'll want Deonna to have a couple of matches, especially with her already being connected to them via All In.

    Maybe I'm overthinking it. I know many are high on the idea of several promotions working together. But it feels like a situation where egos are going to take hold sooner or later. 

    I'm intrigued by the possibilities, so mission accomplished. It should be interesting.

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  4. Orton and Wyatt playing hot potato with Alexa was something. It's a story that I understand but don't get, if that makes sense. I still don't see how Joker Bray and Alexa Quinn are faces. But I like like how Orton connected how both he and Bray have voices in their heads.

    Jeff Hardy smacking his head against the stairs was terrifying. He and his brother have no regard for their lives.

    Miz TV needs to stop. I can't remember the last time it was entertaining.

    Lana has zero chemistry with Nia. They both goofed on that spot with Nia going through the ropes, yikes. However, Lana does have chemistry with Shayna. Their sequence was good IMO. Lana is a strong seller, I appreciate that she continued to limp on the ankle Shayna stomped after the match. 

    Alexander vs Woods was the best match on the show for me. Really good stuff.

    Styles vs Lee vs Riddle was also strong. They need to drop the backstage stuff with Riddle, though. The stoner thing can only go so far. Lashley vs Riddle should be solid from an in-ring perspective, though I get no joy in seeing Riddle on my TV.

    Good touch on having Dana Brooke confront Retribution after being attacked, but yikes on that match with Reckoning. The mask coming off was the cherry on the dirt sundae.

    They're clearly spinning their wheels with the women's division until Charlotte returns. Alexa is the only woman with direction, and she's doing nearly 100% character work with the men.

    Main event was--fine. The finish didn't work. Bad delivery. I thought McIntyre's promo was corny and cliché. And can he bump and sell better for most guys' finishers? He took the Skull Crushing finale worse than he does the RKO.

    A C-level show for me. 

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  5. It'll be interesting to see how Jimmy factors into Roman/Jey once he returns. After all, it was Jimmy who threw in the towel despite Jey saying no at CoC, then got choked out by Roman at HIAC, forcing Jey to quit to save his brother. With how Roman is in full gaslighting mode, he could easily have the Usos competing for his favor as he manipulates them to turn on each other.

    Aalyah-Murphy bugs me not just because of the age difference. Considering that wrestling went through the Speaking Out movement with WWE having talent accused of grooming--it feels tone deaf to run a story like that so soon after the real accusations, even if that isn't happening onscreen. I guess they figure if Rey is cool with it, then it's not a problem.

    Billie Kay is hilarious. She got 30 seconds to do something, and she nailed it.

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  6. That Roman promo is nearly six years old. Let that dead horse become fertilizer.

    Why this version of Roman works is because of what he's been through over the past five years. Dealing with Vince and fans alike, his cancer returning, taking time off due to the pandemic, having McIntyre claim that Roman abandoned WWE during last week's promo. When, as Heyman spelled out in August, it was WWE that took Roman for granted.

    It eventually came to a point. Roman is taking everything that's happened to him in his singles career and molding it to fit his still-new domineering persona. It's the right blend of story and reality. 

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  7. Brandi's promo came across as what someone thinks a 'sassy' Black woman sounds like when arguing. There are some Black women who do. But I'll venture to say Brandi Rhodes doesn't fall into that category, hence the code switching.

    I saw way too many White fans say Brandi went 'hood.' As if they or Brandi have a clue about that. They're going to the lowest common denominator based on ignorance and dumb perception.

    That's the problem. It's largely a stereotype for Black women. Loud. Cursing. Angry. Threatening to be violent. With so few Black women in high-profile positions in wrestling, it can cause Black women performers to be even more marginalized among certain fanbases. I can almost guarantee that Jade will get 'ratchet' catcalls from this.

    I'm not going to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't like, because no group is a monolith. But seeing this happen repeatedly in all forms of entertainment is frustrating, to say the least. 

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  8. 5 hours ago, Andy in Kansas said:

    You're using the present tense in "gives," so I assume that's what we're talking about. Activity in the weekly Raw and SmackDown threads are circling the drain. Nobody cares. People have moved on. I'd posit there's space for people to do anything they want in those threads. Whether anyone wants to fill that space is up to them. You've been participating in the SmackDown threads the past few months and I don't think I've seen anyone stifling discussion that isn't in vogue.

    I have no interest in re-litigating things that have happened on the board in years past. But for now, and maybe I'm mistaken in this assessment, there sure appears to be a lot of space. 

    I dunno. I just don't see the people who want to come at those who enjoy what WWE produces. Not here at least. Not anymore. 

    I don't post regularly anymore. These past few comments are the most I've said on DVDVR in probably close to a year. SmackDown threads have always been better in maintaining civility over RAW, so I say a few things in there when I visit. RAW threads got to the point that I stopped going into them. That wasn't long ago. Hopefully, they're more harmonious.

    To me "Not anymore" sounds like "They probably found sound other kids to beat up, so you're off the hook!"

    I'm not looking to argue about it. Just pointing out what has (or had) been several cycles of that sort of behavior. This place tends to be tone-deaf on certain topics.

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  9. 52 minutes ago, AxB said:

    People want to talk about what interests them, and if someone else is also interested in the same thing, they'll respond.

    The RAW weekly threads would often be taken over by those hate-watching or complaining about a clip they saw on YouTube. So no, someone being interested or liking the same thing has little to do with it.

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  10. A few weeks ago, I would have agreed with Reigns/Big E at WM. It can still be done along the way, but for me, the best ending for this story is for a broken Jey going on a redemption arc and finally finding the key to beating Roman. They've already set the table of him not giving up to Roman in matches for his own good. He beat Styles and Bryan clean within a few weeks of each other. They've moved him up to main-event singles stars seamlessly.

    With family being the overall arc in the story, it seems fitting that Jey gets to lay claim to taking down Roman and bringing Roman back from the edge. 

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  11. 2 hours ago, El Gran Gordi said:

    You want self-righteous? How about this: Why, oh why, does anyone still bother watching WWE? 

    Because I enjoy it and in the past, have liked coming here to talk about it. But I don't want or need the self-important, holier than thou attitude that comes from doing that around here. Being called dumb, a sheep, and sometimes worse.

    If you or others find no pleasure in it, that's fine. I'm not here to convince you otherwise. I wish the same courtesy was extended in reverse.

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  12. The Otis situation is frustrating. The only mistake he made was getting super over as a midcard act. Sadly, they took that as him being ready for a MITB run, which he wasn't. They should have left Heavy Machinery together, let them win tag titles, THEN have Tucker turn on Otis out of jealousy. They rushed the entire arc and brought in the MITB briefcase when it wasn't needed. Unless Otis goes to RAW, having Tucker turn on him now will be wasted. And both guys offer so much more. A shame.

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  13. Roman/Jey isn't about moves or technique. It's about the family saga built around simple brutality. 

    Not having live fans helps the feud because they're great trash talkers. It ramps up the personal dilemma that much more. Their cursing fit the moment.

    Were some of the beats repeated from their CoC match? Yeah, but they amped up the viciousness. Using the strap was a great touch, something different without stepping on the next two HIAC matches that were more weapon-heavy. They used it perfectly, with whipping and submissions.

    It's the best story being told in WWE. If wrestling is a soap opera on testosterone, Roman-Jey hit on all cylinders. Watching Roman descend into becoming a sociopath who has even a veteran in Heyman shaking in fear is incredible. Having the Usos quit and throw in the towel for each other was tremendous. Bringing Afa and Sika in to crown Roman was the icing on the cake. For me, it all clicked.

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  14. When I make you quit--and I will make you quit--you will fall in line. You will take orders. You will acknowledge me. You will respect me for who I am in WWE and all that I do for our family. And if you just can't, then you're out. And not just you. You brought your brother with you. He's out, too. Your wives, your children, your children's children are all out of the family. We will all turn our backs on you. Those are your consequences.

    Roman has gone full Michael Corleone/Tywin Lannister.

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  15. Having Retribution lose via tap out was certainly a choice, especially after revealing Ali as their leader. Them getting dusted by the Fiend is much more questionable. Then again, most everyone hates the group, anyway. So aside from Ali's great promo last night, I don't know if anything was actually lost. Not feeling Fiend being inserted into this story.

    Ramblin' Rabbit having a family was a revelation. The puppets still entertain me.

    The doorman becoming the biggest star from RAW Underground is fantastic, no joke. Some will complain about Riddle, but there's  some off-screen stuff going into this. 

    Kofi-Sheamus was solid.

    Lana and the announcer's table: the best duo since peanut butter and jelly. Jokes aside, she's improved a bit ring-wise. Women's tag division is still a mess. I guess Peyton-Lacey tagging is going to lead to a feud, which, BLEH.

    El Gran Gordo is a fun idea and would be cool to watch if RAW was in better shape. Having Miz demolish him in a promo made no sense, though.

    Strowman-Lee was. . .something. Having Braun go over anyone in any way after being choked out by Roman? I don't get it.

    Orton had a good promo, but it ended awkwardly. Having the show cut off as McIntyre threatens to take Orton to hell made sure the night ended with a thud.

    Comparing SD to RAW right now is off the mark. SD's main characters have clear motivations. They have cohesion to where, even if a segment misses the mark, the wrestlers can carry them to good episodes. RAW doesn't have this. McIntyre is running in circles, Asuka can't do much until they give her better opponents. Even the Hurt Business is being hurt (pun not intended) by being pulled into the Fiend's orbit. The Mysterio story has gone on too long, but it won't swallow SD whole like the Fiend did with RAW last year when he was challenging Rollins. 

    It's hard to believe both shows are coming from the same creative team.

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  16. 7 hours ago, Ramo2653 said:

    Does anyone know the reason why women wear stockings when they wrestle? Would it not look as good with bare legs? Protection? Sometimes it's jarring if the stockings are that much different color-wise from their bare skin. I remember an Alexa Bliss/Lacey Evans match from a month or so ago and I couldn't figure out of Alexa had a bad bruise or what until I realized it was the top of her stockings.

    If I had to guess, it's to give them an extra layer of clothing in case of a malfunction. The only recent woman who wore shorts and not stockings was Ronda, who came from a sport where she wouldn't have been in the habit of doing so.

  17. That's the point I was making, too. We as a collective shouldn't care about anyone doing OnlyFans. Zelina's a consenting adult and there's no shame in it. But WWE has stockholders and corporate sponsors. Should anyone in those groups learn that she's on a website widely seen as a sex workers' outlet, I can see her getting in trouble with WWE bigwigs. That's 100% unfair, but we know how that sort of thing goes in any public setting. It stinks.

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  18. It was a matter of time before someone still connected to WWE would open an OnlyFans page. The big thing is it being perceived as adult entertainment, despite Zelina clearly saying no nudity. That's likely more concerning for WWE than the actual third-party aspect. It shouldn't, especially with so many wrestlers into comic cons and cosplay. But who knows.

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  19. Andrade will stay on RAW to be with Charlotte. Likewise, Zelina moves to SD to stay with Aleister. Mickie was showing up under SD's banner on WWE's website. We'll see if that sticks.

    They need to send a few women to SD, but that show is built for massive potential. The only real dead weight on that roster so far is Lars.

    EDIT: I forgot how Fiend/Alexa hit the stereo Sisters Abigail on Andrade/Zelina. So Zelina may stay on RAW for a bit? (shrugs)

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