WWE - Who is hyped!?
I just watched the bracketology for the Cruiserweight Classic, and it is so good! I really like the more "sports" style focus, that WWE uses for this tournament, it makes it feel special. I wish WWE would showcase their main roster guys as well as this. Just from watching this, I know more about TJ Perkins than I do about Apollo Crews.
Ohh and what about the announce team? Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan! That is pure hype.
When I was a teenage, i fucking loved Paul London and Brian Kendrick. I remember a wrestling forum I used to visited, where my signature was a custom made banner of London and Kendrick.
Seeing this video for Brian Kendrick, made me get a little weepy.
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Not WWE, but this needs to be discussed.
@DeweyDTruman It's... it's something...
I was just waiting for the Dungeon Of Doom to make an appearance!
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I used to love WWF, WWE and WCW in the 80's/90's all the way up to the late 90's, Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Andre the Giant, Sting, even Goldberg and those later generation guys. Nowadays I just can't enjoy it anymore, it's just too silly and the new wrestlers don't interest me at all. I have started watching UFC since a couple of years. So much more interesting, and real on top of it ;)
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@DeweyDTruman one of the funniest things I've witnessed in a long time. So worth watching, especially out of context.
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I just saw this post, so I HAVE to chime in.
When did you start watching?
I started seeing glimpses of it at a friend's house when I was 8. Macho Man was the most amazing person I had ever seen.
Who is your all time favorite?
Up until he got fired, CM Punk was my favorite. Prior to that, it would have been Kurt Angle or Shawn Michaels, two guys who had it all.
Favorite match of all time?
In WWE: CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. Barring the interruption by Vince and Johnny Ace, that match was perfect in both story and execution.
Outside WWE: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 9. An amazing story of a brutal veteran squaring off with a young and brash Ibushi created a match that was as spectacular as it was punishing. WATCH IT.
And current hero?
I'm torn because I watch SO much wrestling. In WWE, it has to be Sami Zayn. Having followed nearly his whole career, he's always been the guy you root for. Considering Kevin Owens is his ultimate rival and one of the worst human beings on the planet, there is no way he couldn't be the ultimatebolded text hero to me.
Outside of WWE, Fenix of Lucha Underground (check it out, it's so much fun) would be my other hero. He's a luchador who utilizes a lot of high flying and impact to take down his opponents. He's been portrayed as THE good guy on the show and I can't get enough of his style. I've met him quite a few times and he's always a fantastic person outside the ring as well.
Pentagon Jr. is another wrestler you should check out. He's got the look and moves that captivate audiences wherever he goes.
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They seriously need to unretire the Cruiserweight title...
They're going to, if the reception towards the CWC is good to warrant it.
Did anyone watch Brock Lesnar's match at UFC 200? It was so tense, I was afraid he'd lose, that would have put a huge dent into his mystique. But he actually went and won! Now I cannot wait for Paul Heyman's promo!
@MonsTruz I'm also really hyped about the Cruiserweight Classic, and you're totally right, the format they're using works wonders, makes it seem like a legit event!
I particularly want to see Zack Sabre Jr. in action, I saw him wrestle in Japan a couple years ago and he's excellent, I figured he'd end up in WWE one day. He's almost there!
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@Carlos Man, I hope so. You'd think they would bring it back along with the European title which, the latter I can easily see Cesaro holding.
Although, he should be world champ by now honestly...
@Axel That's pretty cool! They sure have packed a lot of talent into this tournament. Seeing how they approach this tournament, and the many good things they have done with NXT, makes me really excited for a time, when Vince decides to take a step back.
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@Axel ZSJ is fantastic. I'm seeing him for a second time this month. He's been nothing but fantastic these past few years.
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So how about those new GMs? Two thumbs up from me. :) Man, I'm really starting to hope they execute this whole huge draft picture as well as they're hyping it with announcements like this.
Well we got our Cruiserweight Division! That's hype!
I love Bryan for Smackdown, but I don't really know about Foley. I really like Foley, but it does feel like a rehash.
And with the draft, it looks like Bailey and Bálor is finally coming to the main rosters.
There is still a lot of questions for tonight. I assume the IC and US title is going to separate brands, but what about the WWE title, Tag titles and womens title. Are they just going to jump back and forth? I think the brand split will loose some steam if that's the case.
So here we go.
The draft happened, and I still have no idea how they are going to handle the respective titles?
Anyway, I'm still excited for the Brand split. Smackdown is probably going to be the better show, since they don't have that extra hour, that really brings RAW down.
But they better not give Mojo Rawley any meaningful push, cause he will never be a true Hype bro!
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@DeweyDTruman Hahaha what the hell is this? The way Matt talks is hilarious. His character is cray cray. What is his story? Did he go insane or something? Holy sh** I can't handle this. haha~
I started watching during the end of the invasion story line. What a confusing time to start watching.
I don't really have an all time favorite.
I also sadly don't pay attention enough to have a favorite match. My memory fails me.
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To me, RAW seemed to get the most of the people I'm interested to watch. Rollins and Cesaro are my favourites, and Sasha Banks is great, and Charlotte, too. Enzo & Big Cass have quickly proved to be entertaining, and after a lot talk about his NXT time, I'm excited to finally see Finn Bálor. Oh, and Owens and Zayn tend to be really solid guys as well.
I wonder what will happen to the Wyatt Family now. Bray and Rowan went to Smackdown, and the monster Strowman solo to RAW. Oh well, I'm not that interested. Especially as I've always found Luke Harper to be the best (performer) of the bunch. I wonder when he'll be back, hopefully the injury isn't too severe.
I have a theory that the IC belt and the US belt are still going to change shows. It could happen, if Young beats Miz and takes the IC championship to RAW, and if Ryder beats Rusev and takes the US championship to Smackdown. In Battleground PPV you'll see: if one happens, the other will, too.
I am very excited for this brand split, I think this is one of the best things that could happen to WWE, regardless of who goes to what show. Seeing the same guys wrestle twice a week was one of the main reasons I had more and more trouble following the product, it's just not exciting anymore. Compare that to NXT, where you'll only see a guy once every 2 or 3 weeks, and that makes every match feel meaningful.
Now as for the draft itself, sure you could argue that RAW has a stronger roster overall, but it means new pushes for some lowcard for sure, and I'm all for that. It's a breath of fresh air, and the way they present it, and the way all the guys reacted in interviews throughout the night, it sounds almost like a reboot, where everyone gets a fresh start.
Can't wait for next week to see all of this in action!
Check out this sad sad promo from Kalisto though, I feel so bad for him! #LuchaThing ;)
Yeah it's always been up to Smackdown to create the new stars, and I think that trend is going to continue. Sure you got some veterans like Cena and Orton there to boost the ratings, but that's fine unless it leads to another feud between them.
I'm most excited for Bray Wyatt. What are they going to do with him?
I still think it's very weird that we don't know anything about the titles.
After battleground it could very well end up with the womens, the tag titles and the WWE championship on RAW, leaving only one secondary title on smackdown. How is that going to work?
Are they champions going to be on both shows? Which would overexpose them.
So it looks like each brand is going to have unique PPVs, and then the four big is going to be joined. Isn't the Smackdown PPVs going to be lackluster if they only got one title on the brand?
It still leads me thinking, there is going to be some sort of screwy finish this Sunday, so that both brands can have a world title. Otherwise, why haven't WWE clarified any of this?
Ohh and we also got new announce teams:
RAW: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
Smackdown: Mauro Ranallo, JBL, and David Otunga
Now clearly, Graves and Ranallo is a lvl above the others, but if they just removed Saxton and Otunga, it could work out okay. I understand that they went with 3 announcers if they had the talent for it.. but Saxton and Otunga??
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No talk post Battleground or RAW?!
It's a fresh start for the WWE right now I guess, they're in a situation where they can literally grab anyone they want, give them some time in NXT for the fans to get to know them and then just go nuts on the main show. A proper developmental system like that is ridiculously cool and if they can keep it at a level where everyone gets exposed but not overexposed then the split will work wonders. The NXT model has worked really well for them so far where they've used the hour to its full potential - there's always at least one match on the card featuring someone people want to see, and they'll happily let you enhance some other guys while they wait so instead of just serving them one bunch of noodles, they also get some broth and let it stew so it might become noodles in their eyes later. Man I love Frame Trap.
Finn's the new no.1 contender for the RAW title. How awesome is that?