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Old 03-21-2019, 02:23 PM   #54451
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Migure-four*

(Iím pretty sure I didnít just imagine that.)
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:26 PM   #54452
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From Reddit

"With no answer coming forward for why Lacy keeps doing her entrance I have come up with a theory to explain why.

Lacy Evans is a ghost. Maybe she died while making her entrance in a pioneering wrestling promotion in the 50s, maybe a lighting rig fell on her before she could step into the ring.

Having not completed that entrance, for what ever reason, Lacy has regrets, and cannot move on. Ever since she has been stuck in limbo, repeating her entrance over and over, searching for an opponent. However no one is able to fight her because real people cannot fight ghosts.

No one, except the dead man, the Undertaker. With the Undertaker having no set match for this Mania this is a golden opportunity to finally give Lacy the match she's been looking for for over 60 years. Now is the time to let her poor soul move on, by going over the phenom on the grandest stage of them all.

Lacy Evens needs to fight the Undertaker at Mania."
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:48 PM   #54453
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:16 PM   #54454
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It hasn't happened in like two months, I believe. So it's time for another idiotic name change.

Mustafa Ali is now...
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:34 PM   #54455
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Joe and Angle match started off with a cool throwback.



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Old 03-25-2019, 11:46 PM   #54456
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Surprised they're acknowledging so much of Kurt's TNA history with A.J. next week too. All this only makes me more confident he's not actually facing Corbin at Mania.

Why would the announcers be so shocked that Joe lost again. In the past two weeks he's been pinned by Mysterio and then Kofi after he'd already faced three other men.

Speaking of which, Ambrose has lost so many matches over the last couple of months I just assumed he was IC champ.

And yeah, this whole show did absolutely nothing to make me want to see an 8 hour event in two weeks. Still waiting for all those awesome changes the McMahons promised three months ago.
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:53 AM   #54457
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So...Kurt/Joe worth going back and watching? Or any of RAW for that matter?

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It hasn't happened in like two months, I believe. So it's time for another idiotic name change.

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They should've lengthened it to

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Old 03-26-2019, 10:15 AM   #54458
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So...Kurt/Joe worth going back and watching? Or any of RAW for that matter?
No. Literally nothing on RAW was worth watching.

-Show opened with some absolutely ridiculous "Beat the clock challenge" where Rousey/Charlotte/Becky each had to beat a member of the Riott squad the fastest. It wasn't an actual match. Once Ruby Riott "survived" more than 90 seconds, the match just ended. There was nothing on the line, no point to doing it, and certainly no kayfabe reason the Riott Squad would have agreed to this humiliation. Why not just use unknown local talent for this?

-Ricochet/Black beat the Revival clean......AGAIN. Cole and co. made no reference to the fact that this was the second time. Why are they not the champs?

-Finn Balor had to win a 2 on 1 match (with 1 being the champion Lashley), for the OPPORTUNITY to face Lashley 1 on 1 for the IC title......What?

-HHH had some uninspired, stumbly, incoherent promo on 'Dave' which seemd like he was stalling and wasting time.

I actually think the best Mania build this year has been

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It's been that bad.

On another note....anyone want to buy my Wrestlemania tickets?
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:41 PM   #54459
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Charlotte/Asuka was a classic tonight. On one hand, you kinda have to just appreciate it on its own bc it's rare a match that good happens, on the other hand it's really hard not to think that had Ronda/Becky been booked correctly that classic could have happened on an even more epic stage at WM.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:41 PM   #54460
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.....and Asuka was never heard from again.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:54 PM   #54461
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yeah.....about that

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Old 03-26-2019, 09:40 PM   #54462
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.....and Asuka was never heard from again.
Nah, I just think they were looking to free Asuka up to fight someone else from SNL at Mania.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:04 AM   #54463
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If WWE had actually planned out the women's storyline, there were a lot of much more coherent paths to this main event if the idea was two champs vs. Becky. As is, meh, I see why they did it. The SD title was doing nothing at Mania anyways and now the biggest women's match in history feels even bigger.

I do feel bad for Asuka, but it was pretty evident that they were too uncreative to think of storylines for a wrestler with limited English. They're also hooked on this meta level heat and this makes people resent Charlotte + like Asuka more which they can maybe do something with.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:48 AM   #54464
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Nah it wasn't planned. Decided to do it yesterday afternoon because they've gotten in this habit of thinking that doing stupid things gets people mad and if they are mad towards a heel then it's good!

It is what it is. We knew they lacked creativity and resorted to repeating angles that worked in the past. Mania lead up is filled with McMahon nonsense across the board (Womens triple threat, Kofi, Miz, Batista) and if it wasn't for me just wanting to see Kofi win the title as a career achievement award then it would have turned me off of the card completely.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:03 PM   #54465
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If WWE had actually planned out the women's storyline, there were a lot of much more coherent paths to this main event if the idea was two champs vs. Becky. As is, meh, I see why they did it. The SD title was doing nothing at Mania anyways and now the biggest women's match in history feels even bigger.

I do feel bad for Asuka, but it was pretty evident that they were too uncreative to think of storylines for a wrestler with limited English. They're also hooked on this meta level heat and this makes people resent Charlotte + like Asuka more which they can maybe do something with.
I feel like Asuka was one of the few Japanese wrestlers who has ever been able to resonate with American fans. Her facial expressions and body language convey enough that she doesn't even really need to talk. She seems to have an energy and charisma about her that Nakumara and others haven't seemed to express in a WWE ring. WWE would have sucked no matter what language she spoke.

EDIT: In fact, I really blame WWE for making me annoyed with Charlotte (not heel heat either) because she's great. I would have rather seen Asuka thrown in the match too than this if it was going to be a three way anyway. I actually think Rhonda/Asuka could be great.

EDIT #2: Are the titles being unified here? Or did they just do this so Becky can grab a title without Rhonda eating a pin or losing her title?
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:38 PM   #54466
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Not unified. Smackdown title is not up for grabs. Charlotte will be Smackdown champ no matter the result.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:53 PM   #54467
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I saw a hashtag that was like "#AsukaDeservesBetter" trending pretty high on Twitter last night. Seemingly the best way to get over with the fans (at least smarks) these days is to be "screwed" or "overlooked" by the company. Maybe this galvanizes audiences the same way Becky's turn attempt did. It's very interesting to me, psychologically.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:11 PM   #54468
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Not unified. Smackdown title is not up for grabs. Charlotte will be Smackdown champ no matter the result.
That's ****ing stupid.

EDIT: Of course, a unification would be stupid as well. What the hell was the point of Charlotte getting the title?
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:44 PM   #54469
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I mean it shouldn't surprise anyone. The MO of the company for the last 15+ years was to pick one person to be the main person that gets all the important milestones and spotlight while everyone else's purpose was to get over enough to be a credible threat to that person. For a long time it was Cena and then shifted to Roman. When they decided to start taking women's wrestling seriously sometime around the new Women's title they picked Charlotte. Things like this will continue until the company decides it can have more than one main star like they always had before Cena.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:46 PM   #54470
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I mean, we don't KNOW that the match isn't going to be for a unified Women's championship. They certainly haven't announced that it won't be.

WWE is literally making all of this up on the fly. They could just announce it on Monday.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:58 PM   #54471
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Unified women's title is fine, the division is too thin for two anyway, the tag one is dumb but gives some of them something to do I spose.

Asuka is just never going to get over with the casual fan so w/e here though I wish she got a real reign or something rather than just be feeder to Charlotte. Especially since she did beat Becky for it.

Vince was right that nobody wanted to see Asuka vs someone nobody cares about on a throwaway WM match, so there's that.

I presume the women's tag match is either in a throwaway/cooldown spot or on the preshow b/c I literally dgaf about that one either.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:32 AM   #54472
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Charlotte's the SD! champion? lol why?

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EDIT #2: Are the titles being unified here? Or did they just do this so Becky can grab a title without Rhonda eating a pin or losing her title?
If Ronda doesn't tap at WM, I think the internet may implode. Every post on other forums for the past 4 months has been "they're putting over Becky so hard and getting Ronda to tap is a foregone conclusion".
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:45 AM   #54473
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Relevant apparently:

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On this morning's Wrestler Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported the match could have a "Winner Take All" or "All On The Line" stipulation added to it, hearing two different names for the stipulation.

The basic idea would be if anyone pins another champion, they would become champion. If Lynch pinned either Rousey or Charlotte, she would become that brand's champion. If Charlotte or Rousey pinned one another, they would become a dual champion.
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:48 AM   #54474
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Why do they insist on making this storyline dumber every single week?
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:44 PM   #54475
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The storyline is dumb indeed, but from a pure in-ring wrestling strategy, it's intriguing.
Does something like this ever happened before in a 3+ opponents fight?
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