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18 hours ago, Andre91 said:

10/10 PPV. That was absolutely outstanding. 

Felt like the ordering was off. I'd have been bold and stuck the tag match on last, that was a guaranteed show stealer, felt sorry for Statlander/Rose having gone out after it.

Would have liked to have seen Jericho retain and Cody go over. Mox doesn't need the rub from Jericho, he's a big enough star and over as it is. Still think Jericho had enough mileage left for a few more months with the belt. Will be interesting to see who they move Mox into a programme with, imagine Jericho for the next 3/4 weeks. Needs to be someone fresh, doing Mox/PAC or Mox/Brodie Lee will feel very WWE-lite, you don't want to go down the TNA route.

Cody and MJF felt flat for all of the hype. I think they rushed MJF's turn as it was. With his record he could have taken the loss here and still come out ok. Feels like Cody is using himself to get everyone else over but almost devaluing himself too far in the process. He's one of the biggest stars on the roster but he's jobbed himself out too much in my opinion, likely trying to show that it's not just a vanity project.

Page is ridiculously over, really hoping they have Kenny and The Bucks turn on him. They keep teasing one way or the other. But on the flip side, how many heel factions do they need? Inner Circle are right at the top, then you have the Dark Order thing in the tag division. Not sure where a heel Elite would fit in at the moment.

PAC and Orange Cassidy was the perfect fit. Would love for that little feud to continue, enjoyed how they teased OC's in ring talent without going full throttle. Nice nod from Excalibur dropping in the Fire Ant comment.

Page, Guevara, Darby, Cassidy are all on fire at the moment. Looking forward to seeing how they're gonna be in the mix in the next couple of months. 

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I actually think Undertaker v AJ Styles will be great. AJ can have an amazing match with anyone, I just hope whichever way it goes it’s not a 30 second squash match. I think we’re already getting one of those with the Universal Championship match!

Card is stacking up and I’d say I’m interested in about 50% of them so far.

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2 hours ago, DareToDibble said:

I actually think Undertaker v AJ Styles will be great. AJ can have an amazing match with anyone, I just hope whichever way it goes it’s not a 30 second squash match. I think we’re already getting one of those with the Universal Championship match!

Card is stacking up and I’d say I’m interested in about 50% of them so far.

AJ will get a good match out of him but he has been slowing down in the last year or two. Of course a slower AJ is still better than most wrestlers.

Theres nothing that has really hooked me yet at mania, maybe Baszler and Lynch. I was really looking forward to Baszler and Asuka in the elimination chamber which was over too quick. Hopefully they will get a proper match on Raw soon.

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Edge-Orton, Lesnar-Drew builds both have me hooked to be fair, I feel like the Ripley-Charlotte feud needs more Bianca Belair, and the Reigns-Goldberg feud just isn't going to be good (just have a quick match, try to do what Lesnar-Goldberg was a couple of years ago, quick and exciting). Lynch and Baszler is a strange one because I liked Baszler in NXT but I'm worried she's going to become the latest victim of main roster booking..

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I don't really follow WWE closely at all, but do they seem to be trying to up their game in light of AEW's relative success? I know they've stacked NXT recently with some big main roster names, but has it forced any real change of pace/booking? 

Will be very interesting to see how it plays out long term. AEW have really managed to iron out their issues and it seems they have the long term backing of a major TV network as well as very stable management with extremely deep pockets. 

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7 hours ago, WS_Jack_III said:

Empty arena Wrestlemania at the performance center, wow.

That really defeats the point of ‘mania though, I can understand that you can’t reschedule it as there’s storylines involved for multiple weekly shows but half the fun is the crowd and the over the top entrances. It’s shit for all of the Indy wrestling shows that put on side events at ‘mania weekend.

i hope since it’s just an empty arena they aren’t going to do a half a day show, they are too long as it is and it will just highlight how awkward the situation is.

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1 hour ago, DareToDibble said:

These shows in the performance centre have been horrible to watch. I wonder if they’ll do “live” or pre-record and stitch stuff together?

Gutted for Drew, looking like he’s winning the title in front of nobody.

Hopefully he'll be squashed in 2 minutes. The ultimate "you deserve it" guy.

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31 minutes ago, The Nal said:

Hopefully he'll be squashed in 2 minutes. The ultimate "you deserve it" guy.

I really like him. Since turning face you’ve been able to see more of his actual personality come through which has been great. Should maybe have been done a bit earlier but still. 

After his match with Rowan last week (more the actions around Rowan’s “pet”) I can’t see anything other than him getting involved in the match at Mania.

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9 hours ago, jump said:

That really defeats the point of ‘mania though, I can understand that you can’t reschedule it as there’s storylines involved for multiple weekly shows but half the fun is the crowd and the over the top entrances. It’s shit for all of the Indy wrestling shows that put on side events at ‘mania weekend.

i hope since it’s just an empty arena they aren’t going to do a half a day show, they are too long as it is and it will just highlight how awkward the situation is.

forever known as the empty mania, going to be so weird. So glad I didn't end up getting tickets now.

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I think it is a terrible idea. It won’t be Mania. You need a crowd. I wonder if they can fill the PC with their own talent and staff? But then again, that’s a gathering.
 

Edge making his big return after 9 years away to absolutely zero crowd reaction. It’s just a poor idea to me. Postpone it until later this year. 

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As a guess because they weren’t explicitly told to cancel  ‘mania by the government if they were to break any contracts related to it they would be held liable for damages so if they do it elsewhere they can meet their obligations and then make a proper ‘mania latter.

i found it odd on Raw that they could of wasted a few mins on The Undertakers entrance which doesn’t really depend on the audience but he just charged down to the ring whilst half the show was a replay of the Royal Rumble.

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Suppose they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. They can't just press pause on every storyline for 3 months but then the payoff to them is meant to be the pinnacle of the year. 

Unless there is some bananas tech they can pull off, I dunno, live streaming an audience in from home via green screen or something.

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Anyone see this week's Dynamite? Gutted the Brodie Lee/Matt Hardy debuts couldn't get the huge pop they would have done. Otherwise I thought it was a nigh on perfect episode given the circumstances. Having the full setup including pyro etc worked, especially having the hard cam facing the entrance/ramp rather than empty seats. Having the remaining roster as the audience provided a touch of atmosphere at least and made for some good spots too.

If they can carry on in the same vein then it could be huge for them. Obviously that depends entirely on circumstances out of their hands, but if WWE are gonna run shows that are basically vignettes and 1/2 matches then AEW could attract some brand new fans simply by running a 'normal' show albeit with no real audience.

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9 hours ago, kingbadger said:

Anyone see this week's Dynamite? Gutted the Brodie Lee/Matt Hardy debuts couldn't get the huge pop they would have done. Otherwise I thought it was a nigh on perfect episode given the circumstances. Having the full setup including pyro etc worked, especially having the hard cam facing the entrance/ramp rather than empty seats. Having the remaining roster as the audience provided a touch of atmosphere at least and made for some good spots too.

If they can carry on in the same vein then it could be huge for them. Obviously that depends entirely on circumstances out of their hands, but if WWE are gonna run shows that are basically vignettes and 1/2 matches then AEW could attract some brand new fans simply by running a 'normal' show albeit with no real audience.

I saw the Matt Hardy clip and felt gutted there was no pop

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On 3/20/2020 at 2:09 PM, kingbadger said:

Anyone see this week's Dynamite? Gutted the Brodie Lee/Matt Hardy debuts couldn't get the huge pop they would have done. Otherwise I thought it was a nigh on perfect episode given the circumstances. Having the full setup including pyro etc worked, especially having the hard cam facing the entrance/ramp rather than empty seats. Having the remaining roster as the audience provided a touch of atmosphere at least and made for some good spots too.

If they can carry on in the same vein then it could be huge for them. Obviously that depends entirely on circumstances out of their hands, but if WWE are gonna run shows that are basically vignettes and 1/2 matches then AEW could attract some brand new fans simply by running a 'normal' show albeit with no real audience.

 

On 3/20/2020 at 11:35 PM, WS_Jack_III said:

I saw the Matt Hardy clip and felt gutted there was no pop

I've been meaning to get into AEW for a while now. One of my mates keeps telling me how good they are. Where/how can we watch it in the UK? Is it available on catch up?

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What the fuck is a boneyard match? With all the gimmick matches associated with 'taker already they don't really need to create new ones. This feud is starting to feel like when DDP joined WWF and they started focusing on 'takers wife.

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Apparently former Tory MP Edwina Currie saw a clip on twitter of the Stone Cold and Booker T supermarket fight and thought it was a real fight over panic buying in Asda so she started tweeting about how disgusting the country has become.

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‘mania in a few days...it’s probably the least hyped I’ve ever felt for it. I am hoping with Reigns out his replacement against Goldberg is gonna be something unique, like pushing someone like Big E or Braun rather than having him home squash a mid-carder.

The women’s tag match (Asuka has been great recently), Sami vs Bryan and Edge vs Orton should be good and depending on what a Firefly Funhouse actually is Cena vs Bray might be a laugh. 

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