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14 hours ago, Niners Fan in CT said:

I've tried to go twice and I ended up having to cancel.  They run a ton of shows around here. 

I have been to a couple and my favorite venue is the White Eagle in Worcester. Americanrana was too damn far for me this year.

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17 hours ago, Niners Fan in CT said:

Interesting timing on this or a change in course?

 

It's a really mixed message to have insincere heel Bliss do this in the same format as her "Nia once slapped food out of someone's hands and then picked it up and ate it" series of fat-shaming clips.

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Mixed any more than the fact just weeks ago they had their top face of the past 15 years lol'ing about DUIs with the Usos on their big reunion show? Is this a result of that?

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Big companies don't like bad P.R. at the best of times. And for the WWE, this is not the best of times.

See how Beyond Wrestling announced that they now own their own live event venue/studio/ bar? Has their owner got far deeper pockets than anyone realised? And why did Vince never get into the venue owning business? Full Sail must be coining it in from repeatedly renting that hall out for NXT. With a bit of foresight, he could have just built a thousand seated annex to the PC and rented it to himself for nothing. 

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Doesn't/didn't the guy who runs Beyond post on DVDVR before? If so, it's a viable question there.

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Actually it came out yesterday that Uncharted Territory S2 isn't going to be at that location anymore. They're still gonna hold All Hands On Deck there in September, but that's it.

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10 hours ago, christopher.annino said:

I have been to a couple and my favorite venue is the White Eagle in Worcester. Americanrana was too damn far for me this year.

Wasn't it at Foxwoods this year?  Man,  I don't like Foxwoods as much as Mohegan Sun as far as casinos go but I think you'd have had a good time because there's a lot of other stuff to do too, you could spend a night or two at the hotel.  

But yeah,  I had to cancel.  They had a big show in Providence where I was gonna go and had to cancel too.  Hopefully I'll get to one soon. 

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23 hours ago, CreativeControl said:

Flair dropped a bit of a startling fact on his recent appearance on the SCSA podcast: the only touring champions left now are him and the Funks

Tommy Rich would qualify, except he didn’t hold the belt long enough to tour.

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I never understood why he got the belt. I mean, I heard the unfounded Barnett rumour but that's probably bullshit. Was it just to really put a hot territory on the map and give it another boost?

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1 hour ago, CreativeControl said:

Was it just to really put a hot territory on the map and give it another boost?

I think that, and also that Harley was agreeable to doing a belt drop/regain during a tour - besides the two times with Baba (7 and 5 days), he did the same thing with Dusty in Florida in 1979 (5 days), so Rich's 4-day reign doesn't look that bizarre in context. And you get the two bonuses of both legitimizing the local hero as being able to actually win the title, and smaller-town house shows being potential sites for title changes.

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I always wondered if those short reigns were signed off by the NWA. JR mentioned on his podcast that Baba paid $25k to Harley to drop the belt to him, with Race viewing it as a little off the books bonus that the NWA didn't get a cut of.

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Fritz bought Kerry’s two week reign, iirc. 

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Baba bought his first reign from Jack Brisco, via Terry Funk as intermediary.  In his book, Jack says he informed the NWA board of what he was going to do, but didn't wait around for "permission."

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Happy birthday to the unsinkable battleship 

 

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August 29th? He must have been the youngest guy in his whole school year then. Not that I picture young boy Stan Hansen getting picked on or bullied at all. 

He'd have been in the same academic year as Ric Flair, right?

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Speaking of Stan Hansen in school, one of the things I remember vividly from his book was the story of the teacher telling Stan's class about JFK's assassination and the class breaking out in joyous applause. His parents were Democrats, so he was one of the few (only?) kids to not take part. 

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2 hours ago, AxB said:

August 29th? He must have been the youngest guy in his whole school year then. Not that I picture young boy Stan Hansen getting picked on or bullied at all. 

He'd have been in the same academic year as Ric Flair, right?

Or his parents could’ve started him a year later and he was always the oldest kid in class. 

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What would y'all say are Stan Hansen's best bouts in his random early '90s WCW run?

Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a Hansen/Dan Spivey match with them as a tag team, which, uh, that seems like a pretty big gap in my knowledge. 

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18 minutes ago, CanadianChris said:

Or his parents could’ve started him a year later and he was always the oldest kid in class. 

I was born on August 2nd and ended up being the 2nd or 3rd youngest of my entire graduating class in high school. When my mom enrolled me in school for kindergarten, I was right at the cut off point according to the Mississippi Department of Education requirements at the time. If I was born like  a week or two later, I would've started school the next year. However, I started school when Mississippi was starting to get tough with truancy laws to the point where most (black) parents didn't waste time getting their kids in school. I think I was the only kid I knew that didn't attend daycare or pre-K.

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27 minutes ago, CanadianChris said:

Or his parents could’ve started him a year later and he was always the oldest kid in class. 

I was always the second oldest person in our year (early September birthday), and the oldest boy. But then a kid transferred in who'd been held back a year due to academic underachievement when he was eight, and never got moved back up. He was a moron. Spelt Coffee Beans "Kofffe Benz" when he was 16. Although he was very good at Rugby, a sport that wasn't played in our school.

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31 minutes ago, Smelly McUgly said:

What would y'all say are Stan Hansen's best bouts in his random early '90s WCW run?

Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a Hansen/Dan Spivey match with them as a tag team, which, uh, that seems like a pretty big gap in my knowledge. 

Hansen and Sid teamed up to murder a couple of jobbers on an episode of Worldwide in 91. And his WrestleWar 91 match against Vader was fun.

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