The Wrestling Thread III: WWE NXT Takeover War Games - Saturday, WWE Network

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by KK » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:06 pm

As a first impression I thought the opening 10 minutes were pretty terrible, but once that was out of the way it was decent. Wish ITV wouldn’t keep falling into that trap of overproducing everything in places though. It seemed to lessen as the show went on.

The NXT and WWE influences are all over the look of the set, right down to the LED boards on the ring apron and ramp.

Socal Val sounds absolutely fine on commentary. Makes me think TNA may have missed a trick there. She doesn’t say much but she’s better than Lita on the Mae Young Classic.

Glad they made the decision to get the BELT off Grado as soon as possible as well.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by CuriousOyster » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:12 pm

Enjoyed that quite a bit. The actual matches were great and seem to have enough characters for the 10 episodes.

The over ITV Ninja Warrior style production takes you out of it though and the camera work was shocking. Missed so many spots, seen 'Crater' (Dave Mastiff?) flip someone down the ramp in background.

Id imagine Grado will win it back on last episide or something. Great first show.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:18 pm

Opening was shite and the camera work is all the worst parts of WWE's quick cuts but other than that I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the women's title match next week, Viper is really good.

CuriousOyster wrote:Enjoyed that quite a bit. The actual matches were great and seem to have enough characters for the 10 episodes.

The over ITV Ninja Warrior style production takes you out of it though and the camera work was shocking. Missed so many spots, seen 'Crater' (Dave Mastiff?) flip someone down the ramp in background.

Id imagine Grado will win it back on last episide or something. Great first show.

Mastiff is signed to NXT UK so that wasn't him. Dunno who it was.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Somebody Else's Problem » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:28 pm

It's decent Saturday teatime entertainment. ITV have been lacking that for a long time.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:10 pm

Currently watching IMPACT on Showcase and “Scarlett Bordeaux” has just debuted. Straight out of the WWF Attitude Sable/Trish Stratus playbook. LEWDNESS with a microphone, a promise of wanting to make wrestling sexy again, and refusing to be “hot-shamed”. Cyrus the Virus getting a bit over-excited on commentary like it’s ECW. Just like old times.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by BAKA » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:49 pm

That NXT main event this week was so good. Sometimes it feels like NXT is just going through the motions until the next TakeOver, but there's been one amazing match near enough every week this year.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Floex » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:13 pm

Brian Christopher has died.

Former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian 'Grandmaster Sexay' Christopher was rushed to hospital last night after hanging himself in jail. Multiple sources report that the situation is dire.

The son of Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Lawler, Brian Christopher was born Brian Lawler in 1972. Following in his father's footsteps, he spent a decade working in Memphis' USWA under the name 'Too Sexay', feuding with many of the territory's top stars - including 'The King' himself - before making the switch to WWE in 1997. At first drafted in to bolster the fledgling Light Heavyweight Division, Christopher eventually found his feet pairing with Scott "Too Hot" Taylor as 'Too Much'.

The relationship between Christopher and commentator Jerry Lawler was a running inside gag, with the team mostly making up the numbers before a 1999 transformation thrust them unexpectedly into the spotlight. Adopting the names of Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty, the newly rechristened Too Cool became unexpectedly over, thanks in part to the addition of the break-dancing superheavyweight Rikishi. Hitting the height of their popularity at the turn of the millennium, Too Cool found themselves in headline programmes opposite Triple H and Edge & Christian.

An ill-advised Rikishi heel turn and a broken leg for Scotty 2 Hotty ended the run abruptly. Christopher was soon shown the door, released from the company when they learned he'd been smuggling drugs to Canada.

Since his release, Christopher drifted around the independent scene, working in TNA for two years alongside other second-generation stars Erik Watts and David Flair. He enjoyed a few brief cameos back in WWE - notably in 2011 when he infamously came back to a muted reception - but was never handed a long-term run back in the company.

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He has had demons for years, awful way to go.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Dangerblade » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:59 pm

Unless I'm going mad that report doesn't say he's actually died, just in a dire situation

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:43 pm

Yeah, he’s still alive. Unfortunately however Nikolai Volkoff has passed away aged 70: https://www.wwe.com/article/nikolai-volkoff-passes-away

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by MrBrown » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:08 pm

Seems like Brian Lawler has passed away. No age at all.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by KK » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:20 pm

920,000 for World of Sport Wrestling last night on ITV1. Doesn’t include consolidated numbers from +1, Hub, today’s morning replay so should go up another 500,000 at least.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Mafro » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:37 am

KK wrote:920,000 for World of Sport Wrestling last night on ITV1. Doesn’t include consolidated numbers from +1, Hub, today’s morning replay so should go up another 500,000 at least.

Doesn't include the numbers for the HD channel either.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Mafro » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:16 pm

What's going on with this big Elias push. Is he one of those gooseberry fool gimmick characters that no one likes but Vince thinks it's hilarious so he's getting massive push?

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by KK » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:32 pm

There's a 13 or so minute Live musical performance of his now on the WWE Network from a bar in New Orleans. I was watching it and it really did feel like someone had taken The Rock's Rock Concert scripts and passed it to Elias instead. On RAW they've done the whole 'don't smash my guitar!' shtick about 3 times now (which Rock also did with Steve Austin the first time). And of course he smashes up a load of guitars like Jeff Jarrett used to do.

I haven't listened to his iTunes release though. :dread:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:37 pm

Mafro wrote:What's going on with this big Elias push. Is he one of those gooseberry fool gimmick characters that no one likes but Vince thinks it's hilarious so he's getting massive push?


I think Elias is great at interacting with a live crowd. He was very popular at the Birmingham house show I went to in may. He seems fairly decent in the ring to me as well. I can't imagine him getting to the next level with his current gimmick though.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Mafro » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:31 pm

Madison Rayne is going to be in the Mae Young Classic.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by KK » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:14 pm

WWE just emailed to say that following RAW tonight there’s a spoof documentary about the making of Elias’ new album: Walk With Elias - The Documentary.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:46 pm

Having got watched the highlights it appeared to be the best raw for quite a while with some actual character development of Lesnar. Although my assumption is that Heyman will turn on Brock and cost him the title, either for Reigns or the MITB (strowman or Owens) holder to cash in.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Slimgrady » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:49 pm

Return_of_the_STAR wrote:Having got watched the highlights it appeared to be the best raw for quite a while with some actual character development of Lesnar. Although my assumption is that Heyman will turn on Brock and cost him the title, either for Reigns or the MITB (strowman or Owens) holder to cash in.

It would’ve been so much better if it was Lashley instead of Reigns, he could benefit a lot with Heyman as his mouth piece on a monster heel run, basically just turn him into the black Brock Lesnar (Black Lesnar?).

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Brian Christopher 1972 - 2018; Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by Slimgrady » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:05 pm

The fight network on 192 is gone already? Didn’t last long, some Elvis show is on now.
Edit: it’s on 455 now.

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