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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by captain red dog » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:50 am

I hate it when they do a cash in after a superb match either the same night or the night before. Still, it looks like Charlotte is destined possibly for the proper main event next year which cant be sniffed at.

It will be interesting to see how long Carmella lasts with the belt. It feels like she is just keeping it warm, probably for Alexa Bliss.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Mafro » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:54 pm



The wink :lol:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Rog » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:09 pm

Smackdown commentator saying it take a lot of mental strength for make-a-wish kids to fake their illnesses :lol:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by BAKA » Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:39 pm

Taker vs. Rusev in a Casket match for that Greatest Royal Rumble thing. What is going on. :lol:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:38 pm

BAKA wrote:Taker vs. Rusev in a Casket match for that Greatest Royal Rumble thing. What is going on. :lol:


It’s weird it’s like it doesn’t exist in the actual wwe timeline. Like the old ppvs we used to have in the uk that didn’t really matter but then you have the chance that the wwe title may change hands.

The Saudi royalty must be throwing a lot of money wwe’s way.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by KK » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:10 pm

A loaded show for sure (second biggest card of the entire year based on matches announced), but with a very strange build. Some of it completely logical (Tag titles, Lesnar/Reigns), some of it completely random. Undertaker vs Rusev makes no sense whatsoever; they have no reason to be facing each other, let alone in a casket match. The last few months have been about John Cena trying to coerce 'taker out of retirement and now all of a sudden he's willing to fly halfway across the world to face Rusev. Triple H facing Cena...because?

They've not updated us on what the winner of the 50 man Rumble gets (a title match at Backlash? Summerslam? Anything?!) though there's still 2 weeks left. They've now booked Reigns vs. Samoa Joe for Backlash, which may or may not be for the title. No idea why Kurt Angle is in this thing.

It is like one of those random UK Sky Box Office PPVs (which started off being storyline canon in 1997 but then became mostly irrelevant apart from the odd thing like Bulldog throwing a bin at Stephanie) but on a much larger scale.

Probably doesn't help that they're having to also promote Backlash for a week later so there's all these different things going on. It reeks of no planning again. Suddenly out of nowhere it's like WrestleMania is happening again, but this time on a random Friday evening in another country.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by captain red dog » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:42 pm

I think they will give them a major title change to justify the event to be honest.

However the impression I got with Taker is that he seems to be back for a little more than Mania, almost like a final run or something. I know his match at Mania was short, but he looked in great condition and seemed to be moving much better than he has been recently.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by KK » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:51 pm

‘I remember watching the first episode of RAW in Ireland’ Finn Balor on the WWE 24 documentary on the Network. Only problem it didn’t air on Sky back then. Gotta love those fed lines.

Fascinating seeing all the backstage stuff though, particularly the technical side of things.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Slimgrady » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:20 pm

Jericho is replacing Rusev in that casket match. Either Rusev is winning the Rumble or getting future endeavored :(

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Return_of_the_STAR » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:51 pm

Slimgrady wrote:Jericho is replacing Rusev in that casket match. Either Rusev is winning the Rumble or getting future endeavored :(


Hmmm interesting. As it’s jericho I assume the match will go on longer than I originally expected as I thought the rusev match would just be a squash match. I hope rusev isn’t leaving. They need to bite the bullet with him while he’s hot. They already missed an opportunity with him over a year ago, it’s rare you get two chances with the same talent.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Frank » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:03 pm

They can't future endeavour Rusev on Rusev Day. That'd be rubbing salt in the wound :(

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by KK » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:04 pm

Company doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Though Michael McCool on Twitter was seemingly unhappy that Lana and Rusev called Undertaker “old” to TMZ.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Poncho » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:33 am

Whole WM weekend was amazing. Not even including NOLA in that which my girlfriend and I fell in love with - glad we added extra days on to the holiday to check it out properly. I could probably be quite critical of WM itself but, honestly, being there in person is just amazing. The whole show did fly by and we were sat next to very nice people who made it all the more enjoyable.

NXT was the highlight, of course. The ladder match is the best live wrestling thing I've ever seen - I'm watching it back now and the relentless noise of the crowd is not being represented properly. White hot all the way. Raw was super fun, too. Never been to one and our seats were incredible, we could hardly have been closer to the ring.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Return_of_the_STAR » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:46 pm

Poncho wrote:Whole WM weekend was amazing. Not even including NOLA in that which my girlfriend and I fell in love with - glad we added extra days on to the holiday to check it out properly. I could probably be quite critical of WM itself but, honestly, being there in person is just amazing. The whole show did fly by and we were sat next to very nice people who made it all the more enjoyable.

NXT was the highlight, of course. The ladder match is the best live wrestling thing I've ever seen - I'm watching it back now and the relentless noise of the crowd is not being represented properly. White hot all the way. Raw was super fun, too. Never been to one and our seats were incredible, we could hardly have been closer to the ring.


Glad you had a good time. I would love to go one day and really should have done it before marriage and children. It's nigh on impossible for me to afford it at present.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by KK » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:50 am

Big match John and Nikki Bella have split up.

RUINED WrestleMania 33 now. :x

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Rog » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:07 am

KK wrote:Big match John and Nikki Bella have split up.

RUINED WrestleMania 33 now. :x


Are we sure this isn't total commitment to a total divas storyline?

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by SerialCeler » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:18 pm

I thought it was amusing Nikki asked that people "respect their privacy at this time". Does she not see the contradiction between that and exposing your whole life on Total Divas?

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Mafro » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:13 pm


HSH28 wrote:Assmung you ever get one that is.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by KK » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:18 pm

Finally, something me and John can relate on.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: New SmackDown General Manager
by Mafro » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:30 pm

Apparently the wedding was in three weeks. Ouch.

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