Tonight we’ll be commentating on WWE Battleground – come and join us! Consider this your all-day discussion thread for G1 Climax 27 talk, sports, etc.
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While going through an old camera today, I found this gem of a photo I took from a house show in 2008.
Tossed on the Bruno vs Ivan Koloff cage match from the Sammartino collection to mark time before the PPV preshow. I realize it must’ve been a blowoff match and you want to make the fans happy, but man, it was basically a ten-minute squash.
Watching old stuff for the GWWE 100 I am simply astounded how over every move Bruno makes is. The crowd loses their minds on every punch.
Oh yeah, it’s incredible how over he is in every match I’ve seen.
From what I’ve seen so far it kind of continues with Backlund.
I still have to dive into the Backlund era. I know I need to see the Pat Patterson matches, Snuka, Patera, Graham, Dusty, etc. Might go back to the Exile show on Backlund for more highlights.
I just watcged a great Koloff/Backlund match. Good sampler for both guys.
Msg August 78.
This is actually a solid card on paper.
It’s the first show I’ve actually checked out since Mania, should be interesting if nothing else.
Sam Roberts is truly one of the oddest human beings on the planet.
Lawler and Art Garfunkel on the same panel is not exactly prime preshow material.
Watching some HBK Mania matches right now (I’ll be in and out for Battleground too). That tag match from V is still a gem.
Love that match so so much. One off my all time faves.
Same here, first Mania I owned on VHS. The opener from VII is pretty awesome as well.
Calling it now: Jinder wins with the help of a returning Great Khali.
He should just brain chop Orton and get right back on the plane to India. No need to actually return.
Agreed, he should disappear for another 10 year’s until the the next ethnic Indian gets a big push!
Mike Kanellis’ tights look like something straight out of 1992 Shawn Michaels’ closet.
They are tremendous.
Wow, kind of an upset?
I’ve never seen either guy ever win, so I’m not sure
Pretty sure Tye was undefeated in singles matches?
Think he lost to jinder a few weeks back on smackdown
Ah yes how could I forget such an epic contest
I would say so but a good little match
I only saw the last couple of minutes. What i saw was decent enough
0-1 let the shit picks begin!
This weekend has been non stop. Shocked too see English get a win.
I must be missing something : what is the purpose of Sam Roberts?
Because Aubrey went rogue, they had to get someone.
Now I’m *really* missing something!
No, you aren’t, I am just being a cad.
Does the guy who sort of looks like Jordan Duncan just do Raw PPVs?
Big night in the Rozzero man cave. Battleground and Boneheads.
Smores wings are the wings of all wings. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49ae9ff4c267a47e78d15df5154b30b08e02d3084a4bf0de6944c95ca7d0ba43.jpg
Clair’s on fire tonight. Get that man a podcast!
Ouch that powerbomb on kofi
Yah that was nasty.
Hell of a spot
This has been a great opener. We need a good Battleground
Great near finish with Kofi.
I like that roll up move by Xavier. Was like a roll up destroyer. Very good match
Damn good match so far
This is a fun opener
Well, I’m 0-2 so far
1-1..need more of these two teams. Bring in rikishi for the summerslam 6 man!
Nice finish, damn good match.
What I saw was really good.
Worth a rewatch for you… very good match.
Party seemed great last night by the way. My wife said she would take a short nap and head up with me but we both ended up passing out.
Been there, no worries… next year the three of you can come!
It was a tiring day. And spent all day today putting stuff into storage
Non-wrestling related question for the group…
Has anyone brewed their own beer?
I will be undertaking this as a new hobby come August for the fall. It’s relatively easy if you have cooking experience and monitoring yeast with his water temperature.
I’m asking to see if anyone had any advice they learned through their own experiences.
If you wear patriotic gear in a fight in philly you got a good chance of winning. First Apollo creed now new day.
Xavier Woods’ stars & stripes Iron Sheik boots take some getting used to.
Helping the u.s. and Iran relations
Someone has to!
Corbin calling those spots!
That was a weird spot in the match.
There are people who have gotten good matches out of Baron Corbin. Nakamura is not one of those people.
Has he had any good matches on WWE TV yet?
I feel like one of the Sami Zayn matches was pretty good, and there was that Kalisto chair match that was shockingly not bad. Otherwise you’d have to go back to NXT.
I meant Nakamura not Corbin.
The weekly thrown-together tag matches have a relatively high baseline. Pairing him with Ziggy and Corbin out of the gate has sucked though. Maybe Owens is a feud they want to save for later, but it would’ve been a hot debut feud too.
I liked the second match against Dolph, from SmackDown. Thought it was quite excellent.
That was a hell of a clothesline though
I don’t know haven’t bee. Feeling nak on main roster. It’s like Itami in nxt
Nakamura is trying to keep the pace going but Corbin stumbles around too much
Whole match was blah…
Yeah. Seemed like two guys going through the motions
Call up Itami..orient express 2017!
Then when Itami quits they can put Chad Gable under a mask as Kato
I hate Corbin so, so much
Well almost time for game of thrones!
Good video package
I picked Becky here but not too confident in my choice
I picked Lana.
Nothing says early 90’s like BUM Equipment apparel.
Virgil looks to be super into my eight year old sister there.
I had that same exact champion sweatshirt
Also what is the up up and away banner
I had one of those in black and probably another color too
Champion sweatshirts, no fear t-shirts and starter jackets that’s my 90s wardrobe
Just caught up. Really dug the tag match. I like the idea of SDL turning New Day in to a workrate kinda tag team. Thought Nak and Corbin really picked up and became hard hitting. Like the finish if we get more of the second half. Corbin has developed but I don’t think he’s got the presence to hold a bear hug for longer than 30 seconds yet.
Lana’s facial expressions are really good.
Dare I say that flash roll-up from Natalya was “Vintage Hart”?
Well, 1-3 now.
Well we know our SS pre show match now.
Won’t hear me complaining.
That match was okay I guess.
I don’t like 5 way elimination matches that go 10 min
Sorry looks like it went 11 min
Probably rushed it because of how long it takes to set up the Punjabi Prison match.
Who is that in the first picture on the wall to the left of the 09 yanks?
My buddy Don and I emailed him for an autograph back in like1998 and he sent one back.
Your email said one autograph please and that was it, anything else and no autograph for you!
Who ya got in this one?
I’m going styles as well
The energy seems to have lasted till the end of the tag match and hasn’t really come back yet.
This match has been disappointing so far
With a finish to match
The Curse of Battleground
Christ, I’m 1-4 tonight. And that was a hugely disappointing match
Well, that… happened.
Good match for the most part, but it took a downturn with the ref bump.
I have no idea what that finish was.
Made zero sense.
Could be setting up a Summerslam rematch but there are countless better way of going about that.
Yeah I’m fine with them going at it again at summerslam but that was dumb
We need a good match here.
Really disappointing show
Battleground curse… blah show every year
I think the WWE 2k14 session I’ve been in the middle of during this show has been more compelling.
Was last year’s that blah? I thought last year was pretty fun.
Still love Rusev’s entrance music, like something out of an action film.
Legit GOAT contender.
If only Bulgaria had a bigger population rusev would be the world champion
Would be nice for Rusev to pick up the win here.
Don’t get your hopes up.
Yeah I know.
Easy to protect Cena since no one is getting pinned. Good opportunity
And there’s the visual tapout for Johnny
Not even Cena and Rusev can overcome the Battleground Blues.
Just bring back great American bash next July
I don’t know if its the crowd not being that into it or what but nothing outside of that opener seems to be clicking.
I really can’t blame the crowd because I agree with them. Everything besides the opener has been underwhelming
I can’t either but I think it might be affecting the in-ring performances too.
Owens’ chinlock city stuff may have gone on too long.
Owens’ trash-talking during the chinlock city segments always rescues them for me.
I actually don’t mind chinlocks at all, but it’s all about timing for them. I love his trash talk, but sometimes I think he stretches them out too much and puts them in weird places. Doesn’t bother me otherwise, as I think chinlocks are great at times for getting the crowd rallied behind the face. It’s a fine line though, for sure.
I did like the match, though, before the finish.
I’m waiting on Rusev to be as good as I always thought he could be, personally. Plus he and Cena don’t have good chemistry, IMO.
At this rate, they should’ve main evented with the tag title match.
I keep waiting for Cena and Rusev to have as good a match as they should be able to.
Yeah I haven’t liked any of their matches. But honestly I can’t think of any PPV Rusev matches I love.
Back from game of thrones. What did I miss?
The rules are so dumb here.
Those jorts are worse
It definitely hurts the drama.
This match is not too good.
Legitimately the worst John Cena match in probably a year.
This is the pits
Very happy I wasn’t able to swing this show live and flush $$ away on this
When was the last time a crowd was this quiet for a Cena match?
I was just thinking the same thing!
Just came back from game of thrones good choice based on comments
Loved the episode!
This match now actively sucks.
Love rusev going away then coming back still jobbing
Got a bit better the last few moments but bah
What were those two tables doing there?
How is the philly tables union? Because someone clearly slacked on the job and left them right near the ramp just poor judgement.
The rules of that match were too awful to overcome
What a bore fest. I was begging for a botch in that match. At least we were having fun making fun of over the top Americans. And they let the American flag drop. Surprising.
Is Tyler Breeze going to be sitting in a rowboat for the duration of next week’s SmackDown?
Far more engaged by Breezango
This sort of thing is just dying for early 90’s Tony Schiavone, he’d sell it to an adequate degree.
Here’s to the Greatest! (Greatest!) Love I’ve ever knoooooown!
Amazing theme song. Behind only Nak and Roode for me.
It’s good too. 😉
Mike Bennett is from the town next to me so I like rooting for the local guy.
Digging the annoying lovers gimmick here. Sort of reminds me of that SNL sketch with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch as “lov-ahs”.
I love that he “took” her name, and the theme is awesome!
Holy shit that helluva kick
Jeez, WTF tonight.
It’s Maharaja time!!!!
One left field finish after another
Clean loss already? Not looking too good for Mike.
Eh with that awesome character W/L don’t matter . Still entertaining
I tend to agree, some gimmicks have an odd way of making a person bullet proof.
Someone should review the pure country movie.
Live watch august 1st
Haha, they should put up a section of wwe movies. The live chats would be hilarious.
Does look like the external shots was of Nashville. (I live outside of Nashville and saw the batman building)
Part of the issue is how weird Shawn Michaels looks now.
No I still think it looks bad haha.
“This is only the third ever and let me tell you why…”
Because Jinder is only the second Indian main eventer since 2007.
As far as cage themes go, I gotta say the song for the Cell is catchier. 😉
There’s a wonderfully cheesy 90’s action movie called King of the Kickboxers that has a cage like this in the end fight.
Does Jinder lose here?
Either way, I hope this is the end of the feud
It’s a pain to even follow this match through the cage.
My head hurts trying to even figure out all the rules.
If you thought the Flag Match had weird rules, the Punjabi Prison says “Hold my drink”
I watched the Batista/Khali prison match and it was passable – sub ***, but the rules are sooo dumb
I think the whole punjabi prison system needs an overhaul why would they leave the doors open for one min once a prisoner is put inside.
It needs to never return.
So like if Jinder got out of the 2nd door, what would stop Orton from just having them open the third door and then also escaping?
What hurts worse – bamboo or a cage? Why does JBL keep saying how much this structure hurts?
Reminder – Batista jumped from one wall to the other to win. That was a good finish to make up for the weird rules when you don’t escape the initial cage first
I loved that finish haha.
Watching a wrestling match shouldn’t be this difficult.
My favorite Punjabi prison match, was when Batista jumped from one cage to another.
Where the hell did they come from?
Low bar but this may be MOTN or close with the tag anyway.
I’d put it second, just because the tag match had more energy.
This is picking up quite a bit
For what it’s worth my non-wrestling fan friends are really enjoying Punjabi Prison,
The commentary for this Match has been fucking terrible.
Clair called it!
I literally called this!
Wow great call didn’t hear any rumors or anything about this
Khali looks in much better shape.
Really? I kinda thought he looks ragged
He could actually walk this time.
I think his chin grew even bigger since the last time he was on TV.
When he first debuted in wwe he was n really solid shap
Khali almost killed Orton, shaking the cage.
I am down with Khali as part of the Maharajantourage
And it fits, in WWE Mahal is his brother in law!
I love a good faction, especially around a so-so main champ.
Like jbl’s cabinet
Okay match but the ending was neat.
Might as well use Khali to get Jinder heat.
That was a show i will not be watching again.
What an idiotic gimmick match. Didn’t like it at all. I think the tag was excellent, but sadly nothing else came close.
First really bad PPV of the year, to me.
Owens really good here on TS
Him talking about WWE marginalizing Lawler was a hot start.
LOL GREAT KHALI
I think Khali thinks he won the belt tbh
From what I can gather on twitter, Khali and Jinder were storyline brothers in law dating back to Jinder’s debut.
It’s heartwarming the way they’ve come full circle, really. And all for the sake of patriotism!
They feuded the whole time and Khali left the company as a face, so while it’s slight storyline continuation, it’s still shitty continuation.
A Tiger Ali Singh return would complete this whole angle
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