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OK what is the outcome of the big Cena/Nak bout on Smackdown tonight?
A draw or a no contest leading to a triple threat with Mahal at Summerslam.
That seems to be the most obvious. Maybe Nak wins there then and sets up a path to face AJ at Mania? That frees up Cena to eventually move to Raw to be set with Reigns in New Orleans?
That’s exactly what I think is gonna happen.
I think Corbin get involved. Match ends in a draw. Adds some major heel heat on Corbin. Triple threat with Cena, Nak and Jinder at SS. Corbin cashes in on Nak after Nak wins at SS.
Could definitely see Corbin leaving SS with the belt.
We need Bill dropping his pants at the door like Murray.
Some great little gems hidden in this week’s classic Observer from Dave…
“Caught the “Discovery Channel” special called “Wrestling School,” based on Rick Bassman’s Ultimate Pro Wrestling School…The highlight of the show is John Sena, who has the look of a young Sting, a physique of a competitive bodybuilder (in fact, there are clips of him in competition) and a tremendous interview delivery in his character of “The Prototype,” …Until you see him wrestle in the ring, he looks like a can’t miss. Watching him wrestle, you see that he needs a lot of work, but if he gets that down, he has a shot at being a genuine star.”
“A guy with real potential was American Dragon, who no doubt gets his name from Ultimo Dragon. He does a lot of high flying and hits his spot like a pro as opposed to an indie guy. Aside from the fact he tries to do too many in one match, he’s a great worker for the stage of the career he’s at. “
Ha, Dave nailed both for sure.
And both guys end up main eventing Summerslam 13 years later.
Cena was def a case of a guy that had obvious Raw talent but just needed to hone a craft and create an identity in ring. He could’ve easily been another meathead that didn’t want to learn and just thought of wrestling as another paycheck. Luckily he did want to learn and get better and eventually he did.
Back to 1991 Superstars, finishing up the 1/19 episode. Sarge is on Brother Love as his big title match is just hours away…
Sarge really cut some great promos in this run. As questionable as the material was, he was on point.
They still haven’t announced the #30 man, said it would be revealed at the show. Guess Knobbs was a real surprise? Did they sign that day or something?
“The Canadian Law Enforcement Official”
I don’t know if they had an actual “surprise” or not, but the Nasty’s worked those tapings before the Rumble. One of those things that make you wonder if they had something big planned.
Yeah had to be something like that. It is weird how they keep saying “the last man will be revealed at the show”.
I never realized the Nastys weren’t around prior to that show. Their allegiance with Jimmy Hart is a given in the Rumble and no big deal is made about Knobbs being a newcomer. And why the fuck wasn’t Saggs in anyway? I assumed he was hurt and Knobbs was a random replacement.
Saggs worked the dark match against Sam Houston. That’s something that stands out because I couldn’t believe Houston was still lingering around in ’91
Yeah they probably just had one spot left when everything shook out and used one of them.
OK, before I get back to Superstars, I stumbled across the PTW from 1/21/91, two days after the Rumble! This has to be the home stretch of Gorilla and Bobby in the studio. I am pretty sure they switch to Vince and the live audience in February.
We open with a big tag match… Power & Glory vs. Saba Simba & Paul Diamond with Mooney & Al on commentary.
Guess Diamond was doing double duty as Kato had already arrived by now.
Diamond does the JOB.
Showing a Jake vs. Bob Bradley match from Superstars and really playing up the lingering eye injury for the Snake.
They are trying to make Brother Love more serious and dark with Undertaker. Heenan says all the years of abuse have driven him to this.
First Nasties and Jimmy Hart promo.
More Saba Simba action as he is facing the Hammer at MSG.
Gorilla and Al shitting on Simba, picking right up where they left off in 1986.
WWE reportedly cutting costs due to lower profits & stagnant growth with Network subs this year compared to last year, hence TS getting cancelled along with now Ride Along, apparently.
Looks like they have gotten rid of fireworks to cut costs as well.
That makes sense and explains the sudden focus on using the tape library to fill hours, that stuff is already paid for.
Jinder being champ hasn’t led to 1 billion subs in India?????
Last night was the highest rated Yankee game on YES since Jeter’s home game.
Aaron Judge going yard > Roman Reigns’ yard
I wonder why. Interest about the Gray trade? Lack of competition?
Winning streak, Gray trade, added interest since they are in first this late in the year and have now bolstered the team.
Sonny going Thursday and Garcia Friday
Things getting feisty at the Patriots training camp
Some TV news to share:
Anyone in here listen to The Adventure Zone? Today’s episode is BANANA.
Afternoon guys. What’s everyone’s feeling on Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura tonight?
Nakamura, looks like Cena is headed to Hollywood
I feel like only those who like the New Japan style would enjoy a Nak match, sadly.
Man, Indians got three off of Sale in the 1st.
Meanwhile the Tigers got to CC early
And two more in the 2nd
Scherzer left his start in the 2nd inning.
Injured on the swing from his 1st career HR. The DH proponents will be having a field day
Jesus, what a horrible finish.
That was better than their PPV match, but I’m not sure they needed another suspect finish.
They absolutely didn’t.
Gorilla was right, the refs stick.
The replay made it look worse!
Every time Owens interacts with Shane I see more clearly the doom that will befall us eventually.
Oh it’s coming… no turning back now. Shane is due for a win too…
At least it won’t be for a while. Shane is from the 90s (and isn’t a Hardy) so it can’t happen until WM.
Shane is never due for a win.
That Fashion Peaks segment was one of the best pieces of comedy by WWE I have seen in years
They are so good.
Fashion Peaks and Fashion X-Files have been classics.
Aiden English Morse has arrived.
How does JBL know Sami isn’t an opera fan?
That was an awful finish
Who did Sami piss off?
Oh shit…is Aiden English getting Jindered?
Sorry I’m way behind I meant the AJ/KO match hahaha
I love the Kanellis family!!!
…is a surprise.
Hint: LIVE WATCH PARTY
Exercising some public pressure to get the thing edited & posted, I see.
Not my intent, honestly!
Christ, that Austin Jackson catch!!
This is quite the little match for Gable and Rusev here.
It’s almost like Rusev is really fucking good, hopefully they start to remember it
It’s good to be reminded of that, when he isn’t fighting Cena.
Welp, guess Orton’s moving on from Khali.
He must be headed back to India
Hot take incoming:
Orton/Rusev will be a better feud than Orton/Khali would have been.
Freezing ice cold take
I’ve got a million of them!!!
My God what a heist that Didi trade was … the Yanks only gave up Shane Greene!
That suplex was disgusting.
I thought Cena was dead
Yeah the way he grab his head immediately after, I thought he was really hurt bad
My neck, my back!
They didn’t it, Cena lays down clean as a sheet to make another guy
Surprising, I thought for sure they’d have a schmozz. It’d probably feel cheap to add Cena back in after losing absolutely, completely clean.
Welp! Guess there’s a new feud for Cena now.
Corbin loses to Cena at SS and then cashes in?
Plug time, if I may be permitted.
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Gran Metalik on 205 Live tonight against Tony Nese
Well that’s pretty aggressive for Gentleman Jack.
Gallagher beat the fuck out of Kendrick
LOOK AT THE STRIATION
Metalik with one awesome quebrada
Nakamura headed to Summerslam for a shot at the WWE Title, pretty cool. Nasty landing from John Cena in the Match. Be interesting to see who he may face now in a couple weeks. Nice showing for Chad Gable too against Rusev, I agree with Matt Souza a much better option with Randy Orton & Rusev instead of Khali.
Wow what a finish to the Red Sox/Indians Game.
Vazquez walk off homer for the Sox tonight. Wasn’t expecting that but a win is a win, no matter how ugly of a game.
Daivari vs Tozawa fell flat.
Really? I may watch it here a minute or two.
It dragged in the middle.
Hmm im about to check it out.
Looks like Bayley is hurt?
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