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  1. The fatal 4-way was pretty fun. Sloppy at times, but it had a frantic pace and the crowd was way into it. With four former world champions fighting for a shot at the IC, it's a wonder they midcard titles have been so directionless for the last several years.

     

    Cena/Harper was fine, but I actually liked their SD match better. It felt a lot tighter and less like formula Cena. Cena's explosive lariat ruled, though.

     

    If you told me 6 months ago that the Shield and Real Americans would have face vs. face tag match and it would be outstanding, I would've thought you were crazy (but only for the face/face part). The crowd was so into Cesaro, and The Shield built up a ton of heat as the match went on. So many great spots here, too. Cesaro's boot to Rollins on the apron, the double swing into the barricade, Cesaro getting launched over the top, Ambrose's hulk-up, Rollins' double dive, and the post-match sacrifice of Cesaro by Reigns... Everything ruled about that match.

     

    The Lesnar/UT build is weird to me. Not sure why Lesnar is stooging around for the entire feud, it's so out of character. At least when he was getting tossed by Show, it was portrayed as him getting caught off guard. Almost makes me think Taker might be getting DQ win amidst a savage beating from Lesnar at Mania... Or Lesnar won't be seen for a very long time after a clean loss. 

  2. Nattie is so out of place on this show I think I might enjoy that she's on it just for how ridiculous it is. She had one line about cat shit in the litter box that had me rolling. I forget now what she said. 

     

    "One thing I've learned around here is one day you can be the cat's meow, and the next day... You can be whatever the hell is in the litter box."

  3. I'm curious what you can point to as an example of the Shield and the Wyatts "adapting pretty well on the fly".

     

    For the Shield, and least for Bray, the things they say in and around the ring are the best examples of them making something better on the spot. Whether it's trash talk, encouragement to their team, or just their reactions to what's happening around them, all four of those guys show a knack for being able stay in character during non-scripted situations (and usually improving them).

  4. It's all about narrative and in today's age of every minute detail being scripted just kills that. No one knows how to improvise and roll with the crowds. Cena and Punk can, but other than that if anyone really gets hated by a crowd these days it's pure luck.

     

    I think this was a big problem a few years ago, but not as much anymore. Most of the guys in prominent roles now are very good adapting to live crowds. Cena, Bryan, HHH, The Shield, The Wyatts, Kane, and Cesaro all adapt pretty well on the fly. Orton, Batista, and Sheamus are the only ones who have trouble, although Orton can still knock one out of the park once in a while.

  5. The Saints picking up Drew Brees set them on the path of regular playoff appearances and a Super Bowl after being a running joke for decades. If you had to pick one game, the one where they trounced the Falcons in the first game in the Superdome since Katrina really set the tone for their revival.

     

    Oh, and Mo Lewis killing Drew Bledsoe.

  6. The Raiders had such a terrible run of luck at the start of the century. Tony Siragusa sits on Rich Gannon in the AFC title game, tuck rule, Callahan vs. Gruden... All in consecutive years. Nobody could recover from that.

     

    Cavs/Pistons Game 5 from 2007 definitely signaled the end of Detroit's good run in the mid 2000s. They hung on for one more season, but you could tell their window was shut. I don't know if they've had anything resembling a competent plan since 2008.

     

    I think you could also say Pujols' massive homer in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS did the 'Stros in. They had enough left to thankfully beat St. Louis, but then it was getting swept in the WS and desperately clinging to an aging core which led to a steady decline to rock bottom over the next several years.

  7. Everything about that Shield angle was great. Much like Rollins having a great run as a heel, I'm pretty surprised to see how great Ambrose is working as a face. Both guys just have a lot of talent I guess. Rollins is totally in his element as a face, though. His hot tag run was Bryan-esque. Ambrose sold nicely as the FIP, and Reigns out-gooning Slater was a good moment. While the beatdown will be overshadowed by HHH/Bryan, it was very well laid out and executed. I haven't been too excited about much Kane and The Outlaws have been doing lately, but they were on point here. 

     

    Cena/Harper was a fun attitude style sprint at least. Harper's got such a deep bag of tricks. He doesn't get big matches that often, but he brings out something new in each one. He used the top rope powerbomb and half nelson suplex against Bryan, the tope against The Shield, and the superkick and hurricanrana here against Cena. I hope Harper eventually gets a title run, but at worst he'll have a great career as an upper midcard/part time main eventer that gets thrown out there whenever a wild brawl is in order.

  8. I also forgot to mention that Renee Young is like the best announcer. She's so calm and natural behind the mic and can put over stories with little effort. 

     

    Even with Vince screaming in their ears, I'd have to think a Cole/Regal/Young team would be immensely preferable to the current group of "A team" announcers. Regal and Renee would have to cut out the flirting act, but you'd have a person who cares about the in-ring action, a person who cares about the gimmicks, and Cole wouldn't be stuck trying to guide a disinterested/senile Lawler to sounding competent or be dragged into inane banter with JBL trying to put himself over.

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  9. I want to see more Bull Dempsey and less Mojo Rawley.

     

    I've thought the same thing about both of Mojo's opponents so far. Why does the guy whose gimmick is that he has non-stop energy open every match without hitting a single move, then sell for 90% of it? Terrible.

     

    I like Adam Rose's gimmick, especially if they keep the "party's over" touch where he gets busted in the mouth and and goes crazy. Still needs a new finisher, though. That lariat is weak.

     

    Not sure I like Zayn getting taken out from a ring post shot. He sold it well, but should that really be that debilitating for one of the top faces? He survived getting slammed on concrete by Cesaro after all. 

     

    I like Bayley and Sasha Banks a lot more than their higher-ranked friends. Great pure babyface/chickenshit heel dynamic in their match.

     

    That Aiden English entrance was spectacular. He looks like he could be a player in the ring too. We need more of him on this show. Solid match with Sheamus who was slumming it on NXT this week, although appeared to be having a lot of fun.

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    Does a search for Madusa give any kind of results on x-box/roku/PS3?  On the PC search it only brings up a random ECW episode and Beach Blast '92.  Searching for Alundra Blayze brings up all her WWF matches, but nothing for Madusa

    The only other Madusa PPV "match" I can think of off the top of my head would be her vs. Paul E from Halloween Havoc 92.

     

     

    She had quite a few in 96/97. 3 against Hokuto, one against Bull, one against Luna, and one against Colonel Parker I believe.

  11. Ryder certainly isn't main event good, but there's no reason he couldn't be in like the same spot as Kofi right now. He'd probably move some merch if he got just one segment on Raw or SD a week.

     

    I don't buy the "WWE won't push him because he got over without help" line because Daniel Bryan, but they could probably extract a little more value from Ryder if they wanted to.

  12. Cena/Harper only getting 5 minutes is the biggest disappointment since Rey at #30.

     

    Shield vs. NAO/Kane looks like a lock, but the tag title match still looks like it's up in the air. I'm not sure why they'd run a multi-team clusterfuck that results is people pulling double duty when the battle royal is already there to squeeze everyone on the card. I could see The Usos burning through Rybaxel and the Real Americans over the next couple of weeks, then getting Harper/Rowan at Mania. I don't think anything's been announced for Harper/Rowan yet and they should be above battle royal filler.

  13. I also thought Bryan was gonna get maced in true occupy fashion as soon as the cops showed up.

     

    Still think Trips choking Bryan with his tie would've been the best, though. Great video package visual sans blood, and just the right amount of "wink wink" for this feud, especially if they showed HHH getting a slap on the wrist next week for it.

  14. That was about as good as of a heel beatdown as you could have during the PG era. The only one I can think of that was better was Orton to HHH/Steph. I knew it was unlikely, but I think what could've made this one #1 without any question was if it ended with HHH choking Bryan with his tie. 

     

    Loved Orton yelling at that fan who said "ring the bell." Orton was actually in top form the whole match.

     

    Bray/Cena promos were kinda strange in the sense that they went from "generic Cena feud material" to "super serious possible defining moment" type stuff in a week. I liked it though, and Bray deserves an opportunity like this.

     

    The Shield's face turn was kind of underwhelming, if that was in fact their full turn. I was hoping they'd wait til Mania or the night after for that. I assume Kane tries to recruit a knockoff Shield now to "replace" them. I'd be ok with Rusev, Zayn, and Bo Dallas showing up in all-black faux combat gear next week for a semi-comedy feud that results in a good match at Mania.

  15. I really love Nattie's character on this show. She's like the mutual acquaintance in a large group of friends that no one really likes but inexplicably turns up at every gathering and reminds people why they don't like her. And she has the most hilarious lack of self-awareness. "I don't have any drama..." Yeah sure Nat, we all saw Season 1.

     

    Eva's dad is also the best. He reminds me of Jim Mora. "Wedding? Don't talk to me about a wedding! Are you kidding me? Wedding?"

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  16. The line "I will bury Daniel Bryan" is pure genius, but nothing highlighted how much of dick HHH was better than his interaction with Sandow. The way he riffed on Sandow's gimmick combined with his best corpoate power-tripping was just harsh. Almost felt a little bad for Damien there.

  17. There should be less troll-feeding and more discussion about how awesome Ambrose vs. Henry was.

     

    Limping during a powerslam and holding the ropes when you deliver a big boot is how you sell the damn leg. Nice comeback sequence by Henry and Ambrose was really moving sharp here too. The other Shield members were great on the outside.

     

    Rollins: What? I didn't do anything!

    *punch*

  18. Added: Dean Ambrose vs. Mark Henry (Main Event 3-11)

     

    At the pace WWE is churning out great matches, this will probably out of the top 20 by June, but I'm putting it in now anyway. Really fun match with Ambrose getting to stooge a little and still show a lot of nice offense, like the double knee drop to the floor and those leg clips off the second rope with the roll through. Henry did a great job selling the leg work during the body of the match and during the comeback. Loved the desperation press slam off the top, favoring the knee during the powerslam, and holding the ropes when he went for the big boot. Rollins and Reigns were great on the outside as usual. Great showing from everyone here.

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