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Pronoiac said on March 31st, 2012 at 3:18 am

Basically, this match is every online Superman vs. Batman debate made manifest.  Up to and including the part where nobody notices that Batman is just Superman with a blue cape.

*monocle goes flying* I say!

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LegionQuest said on March 31st, 2012 at 4:26 am

Are the Mean Street Posse going to do a run-in? I’ll drop the cash if so.

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Thank you for explaining the (non) difference between the two titles. Would you care to explain what the Intercontinental Champion is or how it is different, or should I just nod along sagely?

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I think the Edge/Booker T match over a japanese shampoo commercial had a smarter, better put together, more heated build than Cena/Rock.

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@Darren K:

If the two WWE championship titles are fought over by the tier 1 and tier 1b wrestlers, the Intercontinental Title is fought over by the Tier 2 Wrestlers. With the caveat that the Intercontinental Title also has this non-spoken rule about it that it’s about scrappers and very “technical” wrestlers mainly.

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MonkeyWithTypewriter said on March 31st, 2012 at 10:18 am

Make the Cena/Rock match a double showing of The Marine and The Rundown, see which one gets more views.

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Mike Smith said on March 31st, 2012 at 10:59 am

The IC title is basically the B-list championship. The usage varies depending on the era, but the conventional wisdom is that it goes to promising midcarders on their way to the A-list. Alternately, a goofball comedy wrestler or a big lug will get it for a while, and a more talented wrestler will win it from him to “restore the honor” of the title.

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El Acordeonachi said on March 31st, 2012 at 11:00 am

“Ideally, Mark Henry would get pissed at his team and clubber them all, because Mark Henry is awesome and does not get to split enough wigs.”

Have things changed that much in the 6 months since I got rid of basic cable? Random people describing Mark “Sexual Chocolate impregnates Mae Young who gives birth to a hand” Henry as awesome? INSANITY!

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@ El Acordeonachi

Basically late last year Mark Henry got pissed off at being remembered as the man who fathered a hand and went on an absolute rampage and had an amazing World Heavyweight title.

He also got his first T-shirt, which is amazing.

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Booker T is back at WWE? Good for him I guess. King Booker was one of the last high points of wrasslin’ I remember before giving up on it…

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I have absolutely no clue what I just read…

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Lurker, Booker T has been back for a while now, I’m not sure how long, mostly as an announcer for Smackdown. He is not the best wrestler to become a color commentator, to be certain. But I was thrilled when he jumped out of the announce booth to save Teddy Long from a beatdown on Monday. (Yes, I still watch a few wrestling shows a month — it’s one of my guilty pleasures.) It got even better when they threw on his old entrance music.

For all of Booker T’s accomplishments in wrestling, he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. He had 10 WCW tag team title reigns, 6 WCW television title reigns, won the world heavyweight championship in WWE, and is a FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME, FIVE TIME WCW World Heavyweight Champion. He was a good but not great in-ring worker, who could elevate his game if matched up with the right opponent. His best-of-seven series with Chris Benoit (for a shot at the WCW television title, of all things) was a real bright spot for WCW at the time.

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Me, I’m much happier to see Randy Orton do anything at all rather than watching boring old Undertaker and even more boring old HHH go through three billion minutes of their sorta-meta-but-I-dunno feud because Undertaker has to MAINTAIN THE STREEEEEEEEEAK and HHH is HHH and has to be on the big show even though he’s long past the point of being good in any way whatsoever.

Even if it IS wrestling Kane.

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Not a fan of their match from last year then MGK? (I can’t really offer an opinion on it, by that point in the night I was raging drunk – the perils of watching live in the UK, where it airs from midnight to 4am)

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Why would they give a big win to a part timer like the Rock over their flagship, so to speak? I haven’t watched in probably five years or more, and even I know you don’t let Rock win. He can always lose and come back and look like the best ever.

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Why would they give a big win to a part timer like the Rock over their flagship, so to speak?

Because a large portion of their fans are beyond pissed off at Cena never losing (and frequently having shitty and predictable matches while doing so). Throwing the hardcores a bone is probably a good idea when the rest of the audience has been seeping away for years.

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Ah, yes, professional wrestling. Or, as I like to think of it, “slow-moving guys pretending to hit each other.” :)

Sorry, but after seeing Brock Lesnar actually wrestle competitively, I can’t watch him and guys like him perform a stunt show without feeling a little bit sad inside. Lesnar was an amazing wrestler, fast and strong and talented, and it’s just cryingly unfair of him not to be able to give his all in a match. And the same goes for his opponent.

If you can get past that, I’m sure pro wrestling is fun. But I can’t.

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Farwell3d said on April 1st, 2012 at 7:17 am

Mark Henry has been fucking awesome for about 7 or 8 years now, just 2011 was the year the WWE itself finally noticed and let him loose.

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Farwell3d said on April 1st, 2012 at 7:19 am

Also, Orton had the best in-ring year of his career in 2011, with good matches against damn near everyone.

Unlike everyone else on the planet, I thought Triple H vs. Undertaker last year was MOTY, with Cena/Punk being neck and neck with Orton/Christian (from Over The Limit) for number 2.

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Raskolnikov said on April 1st, 2012 at 11:43 am

John Seavey – I felt the same until many moons ago when I stumbled across my college roommates watching a match with Rey Mysterio jr. That was actually FUN.

Of course, all the big ticket matches are about guys that aren’t nearly as flashy or athletic. But that is what youtube is for – sifting out the chaff.

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Mike Smith said on April 1st, 2012 at 1:01 pm

That settles it. If Seavey’s not impressed with WM28, then it’s definitely gonna be awesome.

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Seavey just doesn’t want to enjoy anything, does he?

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Reynaldo K. Cruz said on April 1st, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Ugh. “Wrestling.”

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Ugh, “Sarcasm.”

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I let this sit overnight, but nope….still don’t care.

Which isn’t to say “don’t post it”, I mean, it’s not my blog, and it clearly has interest for some people, but I can’t bring myself to care.

If I want to watch fake sports, I’ll go watch rollerderby.

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Isn’t John Cena the white guy who’s also kind of a gangsta rapper and stuff? How is he -not- a comedy act?

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Farwell3d said on April 2nd, 2012 at 7:28 am

With the exception of a couple of times they brought it back as a throwback/reminder as part of the year long Rock feud, Cena hasn’t had the rapper gimmick in about 7 years.

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Did you used to write on The Shooters back in the long long ago, or was that another guy named Bird?

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@KenB3: Yes, I do. Actual wrestling. :)

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Wrestling? Really? How old are you?

It’s boring, fake action-packed homoeroticism.

I’ve never met an adult male wrestling fan worth having a conversation with– about anything.

An adult wrestling fan (without children, at least) is usually obviously a loser and definitely lacking in some other part of their life- like maturity, intelligence or sexual confidence and/or options.

I had expected better of this blog.

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How dare people enjoy things. Shame on them!

Pro wrestling is, at its best, an amazing exercise in stuntwork by men and women who have endured an awful lot of anguish, sacrifice and pain to create something “fake.”

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I always find it hilarious when comic geeks turn up their noses at pro-wrestling, which is pretty much just live action comics.

It’s one thing to just not be into it, it’s another thing to actively scoff at it.

I watched from the period between Crow Sting and eventually grew tired of it til Benoit’s death (which let all the fun out of it for me), but for a time, it was live action superheroics on TV each week.

And Foley is still god!

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Brock is back. I feel something is melting inside, so light and great…

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Did you used to write on The Shooters back in the long long ago, or was that another guy named Bird?

That was me, way back when.

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@jack

I had expected better of this blog.

I am delighted to disappoint you.

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@MGK

Well crap, I used to do Mondays. I can’t believe I’ve been reading this for so long and never put two and two together. Especially with all the Canadian hip-hop you used to post.

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I was at this show and people were getting into fist fights over Cena/Rock. They probably would have rioted if Cena won.

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“Wrestling? Really? How old are you?

It’s boring, fake action-packed homoeroticism.

I’ve never met an adult male wrestling fan worth having a conversation with– about anything.

An adult wrestling fan (without children, at least) is usually obviously a loser and definitely lacking in some other part of their life- like maturity, intelligence or sexual confidence and/or options.

I had expected better of this blog.”

So…you’re basically a fucking idiot, then? If not that, perhaps you’re severely limited in your social interactions?

I’m a lifelong pro-wrestling fan. Y’know, like many folks are lifelong fans of theatre (drama, musicals, kabuki, whatever), film, or other entertainment media. And ::GASP:: I can actually read, and tend to breathe through my nostrils.

I know, right?

“Lesnar was an amazing wrestler, fast and strong and talented, and it’s just cryingly unfair of him not to be able to give his all in a match. And the same goes for his opponent.

If you can get past that, I’m sure pro wrestling is fun. But I can’t.”

The implication is that pro wrestlers aren’t “giving their all” because they’re putting on a performance as opposed to a “match.” The problem with that logic is that, extrapolated, someone playing John Wilkes Booth in a stage play isn’t “giving their all” unless they actually shoot someone.

Pro wrestling is a different medium, requiring a different set of skills. I won’t begrudge anyone saying that it isn’t for them, but I have to raise my hand when it comes to what the guys actually do.

Incidentally, Kurt Angle (he of “I won an Olympic gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck” fame) is an example of a “legitimate” athlete who was able to parlay that into a field devoted mainly to entertainment. By any objective standard, he is one of the greatest pro wrestlers (on the mic and in the ring) to come down the pike in the last three decades.

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Christ…forgive the thread necro! My bad!

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