The Wrestling Thread III

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by PES Fan » Mon May 21, 2018 10:07 pm

Any news on the UK rights, KK? Sky seemed to have dropped a lot of content over the last few years from La Liga to ATP tennis. Wouldn’t surprise me if the next one is WWE.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Mon May 21, 2018 11:06 pm

Only that we’ll know before the year is out. The WWE looks like they’re going to get record rights fees in the US for RAW and SmackDown so that’ll easily offset the decreases you’d expect from Sky. I’d be stunned if Sky pay equal what they are now or more for it. Only positive is that WWE pads out Sky Arena and Action like nothing else. It replays over and over again all week long in 3 formats (1, 2 and 3 hours) but the ratings are atrocious. RAW ratings have increased a bit in recent weeks (70,000 combined for the two 3 Hour airings) but SmackDown is still as close to dead as you’d hope to get (around 40,000 across 3 airings).

I think it’s about time WWE moved back to Sky 1 myself or over to Mix. RAW 1 Hour and Main Event is already on there.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Tue May 22, 2018 8:31 am

Raw sounded great:
The Big Takeaway: Stephanie McMahon was back, dominating the show. She buried Angle. She kicked him out of his own office. She set up Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman in order to make Balor take another step into midcard obscurity. She talked through 80% of the contract signing between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey. She buried Kevin Owens.

If that wasn't enough, there was the 2018 version of "Bayley, This is Your Life," with Sami Zayn bringing out three imposters that he claimed to be Bobby Lashley's sisters. It turned out to be three guys in what was the worst segment of the year, and among the worst ever. It was one of those segments that could have only come from Vince McMahon and his outdated humor told at the speed of a knock-knock joke.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Floex » Tue May 22, 2018 3:57 pm

I see that Bobby's sister thing went over well last night :fp:

Old man makes out of touch joke that isn't even funny to begin with. Keep bringing in that new market, Vince.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue May 22, 2018 5:28 pm

WWE have no clue what to do with Lashley and this segment will have only damaged him. I was at the Birmingham live event last week and the reception from the crowd when Lashley came out was non existent. No one gave a gooseberry fool about him.

Also an observation i didn't pass last week was that I noticed that Nia Jax hardly did anything in her match (a 6 person tag). All she did was run into people shoulder blocking them and then attempting some of the worst clothes lines i've seen (granted they were on Bliss so she may have struggled with the height difference). It was really odd. I've never really paid attention to how competent she actually is in the ring. I'm hoping that was just an off day.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Tue May 22, 2018 10:15 pm

Wow, that Lashley segment was unbelievable. :slol:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Wed May 23, 2018 9:41 pm



Great.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed May 23, 2018 9:47 pm

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Great.


Well the benefit for me is that they will start at midnight so I can watch a bit before going to sleep and then watch the rest at a later time.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Wed May 23, 2018 10:07 pm

I’m glad they start earlier, but I’d rather they ended at 3am. 5 hours in total for these things is just stupid. It’s now practically impossible for them to produce a show without it dragging somewhere, which sucks.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by tomvek » Sat May 26, 2018 3:44 pm


With the complete blandness of recent WWE shows, this is going to be a massive breath of fresh air. Only 2 weeks to go :toot:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Minty14 » Sat May 26, 2018 8:56 pm

tomvek wrote:
With the complete blandness of recent WWE shows, this is going to be a massive breath of fresh air. Only 2 weeks to go :toot:

The way the card is looking, this could be a shoe-in for show of the year. It's so nice being able to get up on a Saturday morning and watch a wrestling event live too.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Kanbei » Tue May 29, 2018 5:57 pm

Haven't watched in a few weeks, when did Nia Jax turn from an anti-bullying babyface into a destroyer of jobbers?

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Tue May 29, 2018 9:55 pm

Who was that random person on the stretcher on RAW during the Owens/Angle backstage segment? When Rollins got attacked and the stretcher came out I thought they may have filmed something out of sync.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Wed May 30, 2018 1:54 pm

KK wrote:Who was that random person on the stretcher on RAW during the Owens/Angle backstage segment? When Rollins got attacked and the stretcher came out I thought they may have filmed something out of sync.

Apparently this was actually a real injured person.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:32 pm

They really are phoning it in until Money in the Bank. Barely anything of interest happened on RAW last night, aside from some matches. Big Show returned, but they treated it as absolutely nothing, instead he announced the participants in the USA Special Olympic Games.

BTW, if you haven't seen it yet the Andre documentary from HBO is on Sky Atlantic this Sunday night from 10:10pm.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:34 am

Wow the jury sided with Punk in the trial with the former wwe doctor.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:54 am

Disappointing that the Royal Albert Hall shows won't be airing Live on the Network (they've stuck them on a 1 week delay).

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:09 pm

Return_of_the_STAR wrote:Wow the jury sided with Punk in the trial with the former wwe doctor.

Glad it's over because I was strawberry floating sick of hearing about it.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Zellery » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:06 pm

Dr Amann's legal team lost the case when they concluded that a dollar a download should be worthy compensation, taking the total amount to $3.9m. :lol:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Floex » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:56 am

Oh snap, Naito/Jericho and Okada/Omega in a few hours time


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