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  1. FWIW I support Biles pulling herself from the events if she felt she was not up to it and was just gonna drag the team down, that's the right move and surely wasn't easy. That said... high level sports are as much mental as physical so while I don't think it is right to attack her this is a clear, definitive, fair L that she has to take. If you walk around all year with your gear saying you are the greatest of all time and then mentally falter in the championship you don't get the benefit of excuses, all those other wins and historic things happened and were glorious and don't suddenly disappear but in this one setting on this one day she... she failed, she's human, she lost. It sucks and I hope she kicks ass in the individual events.
  2. I don't like saying this as he has been gone for half a year but like... Lee hasn't looked good in ring these past two weeks. I think Kross looked like the better wrestler tonight which is not something I say frequently.
  3. I thought the main was close but Sandhagen fought with such low fight IQ for the first half of the fight he has no one to blame by himself. When he just fought straight he was picking him apart and every time he went for a spinning thing or jumping knee he got taken down or put into a poor position and literally gave away two rounds doing that.
  4. I just hope that AEW has their concussion shit sorted out by now as they've been just awful with anything related to that or someone getting knocked out mid-match and... I don't want to say it didn't matter as much before but if Bryan does come in it can go from dream to nightmare in a flash if they don't have that nailed down by now.
  5. FWIW I can kinda follow the logic of the Keith Lee deal, and can also see exactly where it fell apart. If you replace Bobby Lashley putting up an open challenge with John Cena's weekly US title open challenge then having a guy who has been away for 6 months returning in his home state on the first Raw with fans back to put in a legit challenge even in defeat... I can see that making sense and having a good chance of working. The problem is that Lashley is not the same kind of champion and after the match the night before shouldn't be giving up much of anything, so you end up with a match where he maybe gave up more than he should while also not giving up nearly enough for it to really benefit Lee. I don't see spite, I see the error in overlooking the context surrounding the situation. I got nothing for the Kross thing, although I will say that if they just switched Jeff and Lee's spots it might have all actually worked out somehow.
  6. Given Cesaro's history he should really work on how he dives into the corners.
  7. I don't think there is a chance of AEW climbing ahead of WWE, but perhaps WWE could fall below them if the quality remains iffy and they catch a few bad breaks? I just don't know that AEW has many more people to convert and their numbers seems to have rather solidified around 700-800k, peaking to over a million for a big hyped event. I just always think back to when WCW (and a lesser extent ECW) went out of business and people predicted WWE's ratings going further through the roof due to all those fans who then had no choice but to watch WWE. There was a small bump I believe but most of those fans just stopped watching wrestling on tv. If WWE exploded and just disappeared this year, I think for the most part the same thing would happen.
  8. I mean, if her next destination is AEW and keeping her husband happy is something they place a premium on then I say go for it.
  9. I think it is just dew drop spelled in a more easily trademarked way.
  10. Nikki looking at where she is on the card and deciding to make a play for some Hurricane-esque merch money is probably a smart play all things considered. Doudrop hating her name is a pretty solid little payoff IMO.
  11. I mean... a lot of people have OD'd, become drug addicted and otherwise ruined their lives in part because of their entertainment/showbiz career. I'd say wrestling in general has been worse about it but like there's a reason the term "27 Club" exists.
  12. I could see AOP not working out in several companies, I wouldn't put that one on WWE.
  13. Tommy End met his wife working there and probably made the best money of his life, while I'm sure he has some dissatisfaction with how things went there in the last year or so it's not crazy to believe that he actually has okay feelings about his time there.
  14. I think Shayna was one of the wrestlers most hurt by the timing of the covid pandemic. I believe the week before everything shut down she had a longish match on Raw with Kairi Sane that the crowd was not all that into and if I'm honest wasn't all that great. I think in a typical situation that could have just been a roadbump but that was literally the last time she wrestled in front of a crowd until this past Mania hence that's the last bit of crowd feedback (or in this case lack there of) she really got and they never seemed to commit to her afterwards. TBF as well her working out on the main roster was never gonna be a slam dunk, a not particularly charismatic (mostly) technician always has a chance of not being embraced by the crowd in many wrestling feds but especially main roster WWE.
  15. I feel for Naomi but I also think that most sports would in the long run be worse off if the press was not given access to the athletes and they instead communicated mostly through press releases and hand-picked interviews. I think things may have worked out for the best as I had this odd feeling that if she is bringing this up now it might mean she's not personally in the best place right now, and if true then as much as it sucks it might be best if she's not subjected to the pressure of a major in that case. Definitely a tricky situation though and I don't see an easy "they're right/wrong" or fix there.
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