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    It's confirmed Cody Rhodes is now in tna and will be making his debut at bound for glory (equivalent to wwe wrestlemania) next month.
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    (Original post by mr T 999)
    It's confirmed Cody Rhodes is now in tna and will be making his debut at bound for glory (equivalent to wwe wrestlemania) next month.
    Cody Rhodes is a guy who'll shine in a promotion where every superstar comes in, loses all the stuff that made them interesting, gets given a first name and surname, pants and boots, and that's pretty much it.

    Only because they all get total creative control and Cody has managed to make every abortion he's been given work. TNA is a sort of proving ground so you can see who needs a gimmick and direction (Sandow, Kendrick) and who need to be given no direction at all (Matt Hardy, Bubba Ray).
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    A very good show in terms of in-ring action.

    Obviously, the highlight for everybody was the Cruiserweight Championship bout. The action was stellar, Brian Kendrick playing the veteran while TJ Perkins continues to concoct a relationship with the crowd (large parts of which don't know him, obviously). The match was my highlight, and it was such a nice touch to change the ropes to purple, allowing the division to have a separate feel from the rest of the show.

    There were some lowlights, none more so than Enzo and Big Cass not having a space on the card. There was plenty of time on the pre-show to include them, and they are the most over team in the tag division. I'd have had them run through the Shining Stars on the pre-show, after Nia Jax squared off.

    It was good to start the show off with the New Day and the Club, showcasing the tag division, which has grown stale on the red brand since the Brand Extension and Draft. I was convinced the latter would emerge victorious, but they didn't. The New Day held onto the straps, and they did so in a manner which suggests they are set for a longer programme with the Club, perhaps meaning more losses for the latter team before they win the straps, which CANNOT be a good thing and does them n favours. They've been booked poorly anyway - through a mix of taking losses and poorly worked comedy sketches - and they are probably the biggest losers of the Brand Extension/Draft, in truth. On SmackDown, had they been traded there, they'd have been dominant alongside AJ Styles.

    Elsewhere, Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho and Sheamus and Cesaro put on two epic matches - especially the former, which saw Jericho shine despite being 45 years of age. His current heel run is his best since his initial introduction in the company. Both will likely have rematches at Hell in a Cell, and I thought the ending of the latter was the only thing stopping it from being a match-of-the-year contender. Cesaro will clearly go over in the end, as the winner will get a title shot by the looks of things and Kevin Owens (a heel) has the Universal Championship currently. I was disappointed to see Zayn take the loss, too, but oh well. He'll likely get two wins in a row against Jericho on PPVs now, which will add to that momentum.

    WWE continues not to learn with Roman Reigns. He was booked in a John Cena-esque manner last night, winning the US Championship from Rusev. That said, the latter was booked strongly and will likely get a rematch, and Reigns can add huge prestige to the title. The secondary championships have been given a new lease of life since the Brand Extension/Draft. The Miz is doing great work on SmackDown, and Reigns can elevate the US title now. No matter what you think of him, he is a bona fide star who elicits reactions and is far too good a performer to carry a midcard title.

    I could have done without the overbooking of Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, to be honest. The Jericho angle was refreshing, but I'd have rather Triple H got involved and cost Rollins the win. That will probably happen at Hell in A Cell instead, though, thus allowing Rollins vs HHH (or Team Rollins vs Team Triple H) to take place at Survivor Series. The result was never in doubt. Kevin Owens is just getting started as champ.
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    Terrible episode of RAW.

    The decision to kick off with Reigns and Rusev was refreshing and took the spotlight away from the Universal Championship angle, and they delivered a solid match but it accounted for the opening 45 minutes of the show and settled very little. We're clearly geared up for a re-match at Hell in A Cell - and it's one I welcome, because both competitors are solid in-ring workers and have good chemistry.

    That said, RAW was short of highlights. Shoehorning Cesaro and Sheamus together for a tag-team match was farcical, the Club took a loss to the New Day YET AGAIN, the Cruiserweight division was disrespected by the crowd throughout - but that's perhaps unsurprising - given the lack of character development Creative has given them to run with, and Mick Foley stumbled over all his lines and promos.

    I think it's clever of WWE to delay the Rollins/Triple H face-off, and delay the inevitable Rollins/Owens physical altercation. Having Owens and Jericho team up to face Enzo and Cass was good, because the promo work between the quartet is spectacular, but that was an underwhelming main event for a Monday night show.

    I think we're geared up to a Owens vs Jericho feud somewhere down the line - and that'll be great to see.

    It was a shame to see no Braun Strowman or Bo Dallas after their recent squash matches, and also no Sami Zayn, who like Neville, continues to lack direction.

    Hopefully SmackDown tonight improves...
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    WWE seriously needs to get Roman Reigns - but it keeps characterising him all wrong, making him a John Cena-lite with corny testicle jokes and a cocky attitude. Reigns needs to become the silent, solid monster he's promising to be, but without this layer of dreadful comedy on top. The segment with Rusev otherwise was very good, and it's good to see the programme enduring with Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens pre-occupying each other in the main event.

    It's good that RAW has learned his lesson with The Club. They dropped the comedy gimmick and are back to being predators, beating Goldust and R-Truth and looking more dangerous than they have in weeks. Similarly, Braun Strowman finally has some character development. Him calling out Mick Foley for wasting his talent was a nice touch, and it seems we're set up for a bit more depth with his character going forwards. And rightly so. He looked better in the ring last night than he has done since debuting.

    The Women's Championship main event was breathtaking, but aside from that, RAW did plenty wrong last night. Sami Zayn seems to be in no mans land, unsure of direction, and beat Titus O'Neil, who similarly has nothing to do these days. Plenty of stars aren't even getting screen time - Neville, Darren Young et al - which is such a shame, because the Draft and Brand Extension was supposed to breathe life into a stagnant roster.

    The New Day feuding with Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens is refreshing, but again, the lack of Enzo and Big Cass and the discontination of last week's storyline was a shame. The quartet delivered a masterclass of talking on the mic, though ("Kevin, when was the last time you jumped over anything?"). We're clearly geared up for an eventual Jericho face turn, and a double cross, setting up a Jericho vs Owens feud. And that will be stellar. It made sense for Owens to be greedy and go for a second championship, too. The match itself was strong - but, Christ, Ashton Kutcher on commentary was annoying.

    Equally dysfunctional as a tag team is Cesaro and Sheamus, who really have potential as a duo. Their in-ring work, as ever, was on point last night, and with some frostiness underneath, they could be a mix-match tag team duo which WWE has done very well over the years (Guerrero and Benoit, Guerrero and Tajiri, Rey Mysterio and Edge, Big Show and Kane, Big Show and The Miz, Big Show and Jericho etc etc).

    Work needs to be done on the Cruiserweight division. Rich Swann and Tony Nese put on a stellar match, but the lack of character development is affecting them, because the crowd just can't seem to buy in. The showcase of their skills is all well and good, but WWE is full of talented in-ring workers from the main events of PPVs right down to NXT. They need more than just skill inside the ropes.

    Similarly, having TJ Perkins tap out is a bizarre move. The crowd don't seem to be reacting to him as a champion, which is a shame given his underdog story and veteran-style status. He has been everywhere and impressed, and I love his look, in-ring style and even entrance music. But WWE seems to want Brian Kendrick to spearhead the division, and they set up a title bout by having TJ Perkins submit. That's been done before by the company, so it's nothing new, but having him booked so weakly is a real shame and Perkins is in danger of becoming an afterthought.
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    York Uni PhD student here, no idea How this site works or if this is allowed in this thread but wondering if any WWE fans were about in the area. There isn't a wrestling or WWE society here (surprise surprise).
    New to the area and havent made to many mates yet. Need some rassling chat in my life
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    Lesnar vs Goldberg all but confirmed for Survivor Series, according to a few sources, including Jim Ross and Dave Meltzer.
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    Surprised they are not holding it off until WrestleMania.

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    Survivor Series needs a boost, tbh.
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    Predictions for No Mercy:

    Baron Corbin def. Jack Swagger.
    Curt Hawkins def. whoever he faces.
    The Usos def. Heath Slater and Rhyno for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
    Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.
    Nikki Bella def. Carmella.
    The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship and forces Ziggler into retirement.
    Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt.
    AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose and John Cena in a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Championship.
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    Wow.

    As announced by ESPN's Jonathan Coachman on Twitter, tonight's WWE No Mercy Pay-Per-View will mark the first time a WWE PPV opens with the "main event."

    The triple threat match, which will see AJ Styles defend the WWE World Championship against John Cena and Dean Ambrose, is scheduled to go on first.

    Presumably, WWE are doing this so viewers can watch the match and then switch over to the Presidential Debate.
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    A very, very poor PPV from WWE last night.

    Why on Earth wasn't the Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz the main event? Fair enough, WWE wanted to capitalise on the Presidential Debate by having the main event triple threat match first, so the ratings didn't suffer, but ending with the plodding and pedestrian paced Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton was a farce.

    Fair enough, Wyatt was crying out for the win and duly got it, and it was nice to see Luke Harper return, but that programme is so uninspiring, compared to the resurgence of Ziggler. The ending to the Intercontinental Championship match was perfect, in truth. So well crafted and well done, with the Miz - who is the company's number one heel behind AJ Styles right now - crying at ring-side. I'd have actually preferred the Miz to win, and Ziggler to be written off TV a while, but Creative capitalised on the momentum and interest surrounding the latter's character and they need to do great things with him now.

    They can't afford to treat him like Heath Slater, who is now an afterthought having failed to capitalise on the momentum he first enjoyed when attempting to win a SmackDown Live contract. I'm glad he and Rhyno retained their titles last night, but full credit to the Usos: they have embraced the heel gimmick magnificently, shunning their high flying move set in favour of some more grapple-related action.

    Cena vs Ambrose vs Styles was just brilliant - and, naturally, the right man went over. The former will spend some time away from the company now, by all accounts, and I think Ambrose is destined for a run in the midcard. Really, I'd like to see Cena and Ambrose pre-occupy themselves with each other, with either a babyface Wyatt or Orton facing AJ in the main event going forward. We shall see, though.

    The pre-show match was good, with American Alpha shining, but everything else was just average: Baron Corbin and Jack Swagger are both stale and delivered a middle-of-the-road match, the Curt Hawkins segment was laughably bad and deserved no place on a PPV, and the lack of Becky Lynch was very disappointing.
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    Awesome to see the women given the opportunity to compete inside the Hell In A Cell structure at the PPV of the same name. Charlotte and Sasha Banks fully deserve that feat, and RAW set up that match nicely, though I could have done without the Rusev/Lana/Roman Reigns introduction into the feud.

    Aside from that, RAW was incredibly strong. Paul Heyman - as ever - delivered a stellar promo, setting up the Goldberg return as he and Brock Lesnar renew an old rivalry which will have fans salivating. In truth, WWE would be better off delaying their altercation until Royal Rumble or WrestleMania, but it seems as though it's geared up for Survivor Series.

    It was good to see Chris Jericho display yet more brilliance, both in the ring and outside the ring, as he and Kevin Owens' relationship threatens to combust. We're obviously geared up for a Jericho vs Owens somewhere down the line, and that's a great decision: they have great chemistry in the ring, Jericho is in his best run ever, and the pair will tear the house down in the ring.

    Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho was brilliant in the main event, and the latter's loss and subsequent beat down at the hands of Rollins progresses things further, with Owens failing to materialise to aid his 'best friend'. It's a shame we didn't see Jericho shoe-horned into the main event at Hell In A Cell, though, setting up a triple threat. There's still time for that, though.

    The cruiserweights were showcased much better this week, with TJ Perkins enjoying a backstage segment with The Brian Kendrick, as well as seeing Sin Cara debut in the division for the first time. And we saw Sami Zayn and Neville team together to beat The Social Outcasts, in what seems a smart move from Creative to give the pair something to do.

    The mis-match tag-teams continue to spawn, after Cesaro and Sheamus, with the former facing Kofi Kingston and losing out after interference from the latter. Don't be surprised to see that tag-team do what nobody else has been able to: de-throne the New Day. After all, the Club are now involved in a programme with Enzo and Cass, which is very good and gives both teams a valuable feud going forward.

    The Braun Strowman stuff is progressing slowly, but it's a shame Zayn and Neville are having to resort to tag-team action, considering the two former NXT Champions are capable of so much more. Similarly, Titus O'Neil is completely lacking direction - and he suffered a loss to R-Truth Monday night.
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    I made (unbroken) Matt Hardy gifs, and sharing is caring.





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    The Hardy angle is the one thing TNA has going for it. Company is in entire disarray - and apparently WWE have pulled out as a buyer.
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    ^And the guy who could buy it (Corgan) and who has helped fund TNA is suing Dixie. WWE more likely to buy their library catalogue and put it on the Network.

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    I'll definitely be watching the Goldberg vs Lesnar match, hopefully it's not a stinking pile of **** like their last encounter. Good to see AJ going over. Totally deserves it, after giving so much to the business he's definitely earned his place as one of the faces of the industry and genuinely one of the best workers around.

    Don't really keep up with WWE other than that :lol: Mostly got the Network just to watch the classics and slowly working my way through all the WCW Nitros.
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    ^And the guy who could buy it (Corgan) and who has helped fund TNA is suing Dixie. WWE more likely to buy their library catalogue and put it on the Network.

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    It's a mess, man. TNA has made mistake after mistake over the past decade, and it's quite a shame, because when you see the roster of talent they have had and have misused, it's a travesty.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    It's a mess, man. TNA has made mistake after mistake over the past decade, and it's quite a shame, because when you see the roster of talent they have had and have misused, it's a travesty.
    Dixie seems to have followed Bischoff at WCW - to some degree - in trying to push herself as an on-TV personality/cosying up with the wrestlers and talent at the expense of the important things such as making sure financially you can run shows. There was a time when you heard the name Dixie Carter and never saw her - maybe Jarrett's exit meant she had to push herself on-screen but IDK why she would have felt the need to.
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    I don't like this overexposure to PPV gimmicks, to be honest. We've got THREE Hell In A Cell matches at the upcoming PPV, and THREE Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match-ups, too, given SmackDown challenged RAW on Tuesday night.
 
 
 
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