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  3. I’ve had a rough couple of days and just need to get it off my chest. I don’t know where this slump has come from but it’s knocked me for six - slept for 19 hours last night/today and still wanted to go back to sleep when I woke up. I’ve had a great few months - nothing to bring me down, I’ve been seeing a great guy who’s the first person to give me butterflies whenever I hear from him, my job is going ok, family are good, etc. But on Monday I had a mild panic attack, anything is making me want to cry. My anxiety has gone through the roof - worrying about getting a new manager, worrying I’m going to fuck up this relationship, worrying that no-one wants to be my friend. I don’t know what’s brought it on. I’d stopped taking my meds a few months ago but I just started them again tonight. It’s a bit scary that it can sneak up so quickly. I thought I was doing better but it just goes to show that everything can be going good and you don’t see it coming. Hopefully the meds will kick in soon. Dunno if I can deal with work tomorrow, I’ll see how I feel.
  4. it's a concern for sure but it could pan out quite well. If this Bray beats "the demon", which is a shit character anyway, he'll get a big enough boost from being the first to do that. This then gives Finn an incentive to turn heel, which he badly needs to inject a bit of life into his act. Somehow he's never been a baddie his whole run in the company even though that's what initially got him popular in NJPW. I have no confidence in the Wyatt stuff personally but putting him back against Finn might not be the awful decision I thought it was initially.
  5. The Basics There will be 42 weekly rounds. 39 of these will consist of 10 matches each, one will have 20 games and 2 will have even more. All fixtures in most rounds will be from Saturday and Sunday. Friday matches are allowed during international rounds and on Good Friday. Monday games are permitted for international weeks and on other Bank Holidays. In ordinary rounds, the card usually goes up early on Wednesday morning. Postponed or abandoned games are generally void, unless completed within a couple of days. You earn 1 point for every result you guess correctly. You get 3 points for each exact scoreline you predict right. There are also chances for bonus points. D2D The main way to get bonuses is the 'Dare 2 Disagree' system, a format devised by @seph ages ago and only tweaked slightly ever since. Essentially you predict as normal, but the pick on "your" team's fixture doubles up as a bet. If you guess the result successfully, you receive 2 bonus points for everyone who disagreed with you. On the other hand, if you predict incorrectly, everyone who disagreed with you gets 2 additional bonus points for the round. To make this work fairly, each participant must send me by PM the names of at least 3 teams (in order of preference, please) that they support or they'd like to adopt as their own for these purposes. This information remains a secret until it's your turn. Here are the eligible sides you can choose from this time – International teams: all UEFA members plus any other nation expected to have a competitive fixture during the season. Keep in mind that we are only expecting 4 international weeks in total. Men's club teams: any from the top 6 divisions in English football the top 5 tiers of Scottish football the top 3 leagues in German football [except Bayern Munich reserves] the top 2 tiers in Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar, Spain, Italy or Belgium the top 2 divisions in Austria and the Netherlands [apart from youth/reserve teams] Major League Soccer or the A-League any other top flight that operates on a 'winter' schedule. Women's club teams: any from the top 2 leagues in England or Scotland the top flights of Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain or Sweden the NWSL or W-League. For the past few seasons, we've managed to second go-around of bets, so do think carefully about your second and third choices, as they may well come into play. Other stuff You'll need to be properly signed up by the end of August in order to carry on. After that, you're out if you miss 3 full weeks in a row. For the last few years everyone's automatically been entered into an FPL Cup competition too. It started as a late-season afterthought, but last year a group stage was added that allowed it to be spread across the season, which worked quite well. I'll decide the format for that once I know how many people are joining in this season.
  6. Well, it's about time we get the ball rolling on this again. I promised it'd be up before all the international tournaments are finished, so I'm just about sticking to that. The Africa Cup of Nations is almost over and Europa League qualifiers are in full swing. The first set of 10 will be published in just a fortnight's time ahead of the Community Shield. The regulars know how this works. Confirm your participation here in your usual succint way. I've cleared some space in my inbox for your D2D choices. For newcomers, you might want to read the post below. If you like football, think you're good at guessing and the rules don't put you off, then you can register an interest here. Feel free to ask any questions about the competition too.
  7. Don’t want to get too excited until it’s confirmed as concrete somewhere reliable but there’s a bit of talk on Twitter that Korean Zombie vs Brian Ortega is in the works for the Mexico card in September.
  8. You're way too good looking to be a wrestling fan and you appear to have a girlfriend! 😮
  9. Fall Brawl September 19th 1993 Houston, Texas As you can see there, Hawk was meant to be in the War Games main event. Doesn’t quite go down that way though... Usual opening waffle from Tone and Jess. With Jesse talking about all these “Texicans” in Houston and something about always being ready for combat. Ricky Steamboat (c) vs Lord Steven Regal - WCW World Television Title This is a cracking match and a really strong way to open up the show. Story is Steamboat’s ribs are hurt after Regal attacked him and gave him a sound thrashing on Saturday Night. So The Dragon is out for revenge. Wiki says they went 17 minutes but it didn’t feel like it. It absolutely flew by. They just gelled so well. By far the best match I’ve seen of Regal’s yet on this run. Crowd was a bit dead though. End comes when Sir William gives Steamboat a whack with his cane and Regal hits a bridging German suplex for the pin. Lord Steven Regal, new TV champion. The Nasty Boys have arrived in WCW. And already they’re challenging The Horsemen for the straps later on. They cut a rambling interview promising a surprise later. Maybe they’re going to have a bath. Charlie Norris vs Big Sky Deary me. First PPV appearance for both. They’d both debuted fairly recently on WCW TV. Norris comes out in full Native American garb. Guessing he’s meant to be WCW’s answer to Tatanka, who was popular in the WWF at this time. Big Sky looks like all the worst elements of early Test and Justin ‘Hawk’ Bradshaw rolled into one. This should be a treat! I recall Sky more of the two, just because he teamed with Vinnie Vegas a bit on Worldwide before Nash fucked off to protect Shawn Michaels in the WWF. Looking him up now, Big Sky was also Woman’s bodyguard (Nitron) back when she was managing Doom in the late 80s. He can be seen at ringside during Starrcade 89. Didn’t know it was the same guy. Anyway, he’s shit. They both are. They have a crappy, mercifully short, match and Norris goes over with a boot to the face. They’re even hyping him as undefeated. Blatant poor man’s Tatanka. And when you’re a poor man’s Tatanka...that’s dirt poor. 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs Paul Orndorff & The Equalizer Why do they keep saddling Orndorff with sodding Evad Sullivan? It’s alright, this. I can’t be mad at any match involving Mr Wonderful and 2 Cold Scorpio. I wish it was a singles match as their interactions are the best bit of this. Scorpio and Bagwell win when 2 Cold nails the 450 to perfection yet again. For all WCW’s faults, watching through 93, they’re actually doing a decent job of keeping the Scorpio and Bagwell team strong. They go over a lot on these shows. Bischoff interviews Regal now, after his TV title win earlier on. “Now as I return to this land of decadence and debauchery, I will defend this title with the honour and pride that you lowly, peasantly people have come to expect. Mr Bischoff, to you and all of these lowly people, I not only am a Lord but I am also a gentleman. If you can’t trust me, who can you trust?” Ice Train vs Shangai Pierce Choo-choo and all that bollocks. Ice Train has arrived. Man, there’s been a hefty delivery of shitehawks to the company since the COTC just a month before this, hasn’t there? A real influx of cack. To be fair, Ice Train looks the business. I recall him being terrible though. Can a masked Henry Godwinn drag him to something watchable? That’s the question. And no sooner had I thought that, Capetta announced that there’s a 20 minute time limit for this. Fuck me. Thankfully they only go about three. But it’s still long enough to showcase how green and unready for PPV Ice Train was here. He wins with a powerslam all the same. Arn Anderson & Paul Roma (c) vs Nasty Boys - WCW World Tag Team Titles As promised, the Nasty Boys have a surprise. It’s Missy Hyatt. She’s managing them now. To be fair, by all accounts including her own, she’d been managing Knobbs for many a year by this point. “What’s he talking about, her shoes?” - Jesse Ventura Wasn’t a fan of this, to be honest. It goes around 25 minutes and feels like it lasts forever. The whole thing seems to exist just for Jesse to make pervy comments about Missy and for the crowd to chant ‘whore’ at her. The match itself isn’t the best either. It’s not the worst match ever or anything, it’s just dull and way too long. I remember quite enjoying Paul Roma teaming with Orndorff later on. That was a better fit for him and he was a heel which was much more up his alley. Here as a babyface doing 20-30 minute matches though, he’s dragging Arn Anderson to some of the worst matches of his career. Anyway, the Nastys take the belts when Roma hits the swan-dive splash on Knobbs but Saggs comes off the top and waffles him with an elbow behind the ref’s back. Knobbs gets the pin and we have new, very smelly, tag champs. Cactus Jack vs Yoshi Kwan This is Foley’s big in-ring return after being out for months due to Vader battering him and powerbombing him on concrete on Saturday Night back in April. We see a recap of some of the ‘Lost in Cleveland’ stuff where he had amnesia and didn’t even know his own wife and kid. Now he’s back and after revenge. And after sending Harley Race a cactus in the post (seriously!) as a little message that he was coming back, he reappeared at the Clash and attacked Vader. For all the goofy bullshit here, Cactus gets down to business with a tremendous and very intense promo; “Vader, I know what goes on inside that sick head of yours. You’re like a big game hunter. Look on your wall. You’ve got the ribs of Sting, the shoulder of Ron Simmons, the back of Joe Thurman and the neck of Nikita Koloff. But something was missing, wasn’t it? Somewhere over that fireplace in that home of yours, there was that space for that Saskatchewan moose. You said ‘BRING ME THE HEAD OF CACTUS JACK!’ But you can’t have it, Vader. You can’t have it. When Cactus Jack comes back, keep this in mind, he’s coming with bad intentions. And if they can arrest a man for the thoughts that go through his mind, then bring out the rope and hang me here!” Before the match starts there’s a shot of a fan holding up an interesting (and clearly planted) sign... Schiavone plays dumb but Jesse can’t be doing with that and kills any mystery and suspense stone dead... Schiavone: You see that sign, what does that mean? Jesse: What? Mean Gene? He’s on his way. Put your cigarettes out! I don’t know who the hell this Yoshi Kwan jabroni is. Zero memory of him. They’ve lumbered Harley Race with him though. Basically as a hired gun to take out Cactus so Vader needn’t bother. Look at this no-hoper; It’s a nothing match that only goes a few minutes. Just a case of reintroducing Cactus in his babyface role to get him ready for Vader. They have a brief back and forth before Cactus puts him away with a Double Arm DDT. Christ, they didn’t half saddle Race with some crap in 92/93, didn’t they? Poor get. From Super Invader to the Colossal Kongs to fucking Yoshi Kwan. What was he meant to do with that shower of shite? Ric Flair (c) vs Ravishing Rick Rude - WCW International World Heavyweight Title OK, no more of the NWA World Title in WCW. It’s still the same physical ‘Big Gold Belt’ but the NWA were no longer giving WCW control over their title so WCW had to create a new name for it. Onto the match. The seeds for this were planted when Rude appeared on ‘A Flair For The Gold’ and started trying it on with Flair’s maid Fifi. She snubbed Rude, so he battered Flair. It’s hardly the Hogan vs Savage build in 88/89 but when the end result is going to be Flair vs Rude you can’t grumble too much. And as the match is about to get underway, Rude reveals he has Fifi airbrushed onto his tights! What can possibly go wrong with the combination of Flair vs Rude? Turns out a lot. They do 30 minutes of one of the most lifeless and disappointing matches between two great wrestlers that you’ll ever see. This had no business being this boring. Whether they just didn’t mesh well or what, they clearly weren’t on the same page chemistry-wise for whatever reason. And I’ve got to say, a lot of it is Rude just killing the match off with seemingly never ending chinlocks and bearhugs. As huge a fan of Rude as I am, I must admit he could be wildly inconsistent in ring. His match with Chono at Havoc 92, this match with Flair, there’s no obvious reason why they turned out so poor. The length of this match certainly didn’t help. I’d heard this was a letdown before but never watched the full thing. It really is though. Should’ve been a classic but it fell way, way short. This marks the beginning of the end as the ref is distracted by Fifi being up on the apron. And while Flair has the figure-four on, Rude hits him with a weapon from his tights (behave) and pins Flair, 123. New champ. That was wank. As crap as it was though, I’ve got to say Rude looked the dogs bollocks with that belt! It’s main event time next. Tony and Jesse talk up how dangerous and career changing War Games can be. Then I remember the bastard Shockmaster is in this and the feeling goes from serious to wrestlecrap in an instant. Sting, British Bulldog, Dustin Rhodes & The Shockmaster vs Big Van Vader, Sid Vicious & Harlem Heat - War Games Compare this to the awesome 1992 version. Sad thing is, the potential for another great War Games was there. They could’ve mixed things up and had either Cactus or Flair on the babyface side instead of bloody Tugboat. And maybe a Orndorff or Austin or whoever on the heel team. But no. Roadwarrior Animal is here as the ‘team advisor’ for the goodies because...I don’t know why. It’s WCW, don’t ask me! They’ve already completely abandoned The Shockmaster’s apparent original gimmick and look. Whatever that was meant to be... Now he’s looking like this... Just a big fat construction worker or trucker or something. He’s a master of shocks. And a master of falling right on his fookin’ arse. Dustin and Vader kick things off. At least it’ll start well. Harlem Heat are known as Kane and Kole here. I’m not calling them that. So suckas gots to know Stevie Ray is the next man in. Then Sting. You know the drill. The rings fill up as Sid, Bulldog and Booker T come in, until there’s only one man left. The babyfaces are in trouble but everything’s going to be OK because...The Shockmaster is the final entrant. Saving the best until last, eh? And erm...he comes in and makes Booker submit with a bearhug. For real. Jesus wept. Fucking dire. One of those awful shows that makes you wonder what you’re doing with your life when you’re 34 years old and devoting 3 hours of your Tuesday night to this utter shitefest. Seriously, after Steamboat vs Regal, this one dropped right off a cliff. “What a night it’s been, Tony. The Shockmaster making the difference. The guy can’t walk and chew gum at the same time but he proved he can definitely put a bearhug on.” - Jesse Ventura He was definitely naturally a disaster, that Shockmaster.
  10. I'm getting a "HTTP ERROR 403" message on the tracker on Utorrent. Only happens on XWT-Classics, though. Nowhere else. Any help, lads? I feel like PunkSteps cock at the minute.
  11. Haha that was woeful wasn't it? Proper "WWF Classics" on Sky Sports circa 2001 vibe.
  12. Was arrested some time ago, this was just sentencing. Sad to read that he's suffering from ALS and in assisted living now.
  13. The no rematch is in relation to actually losing a title not losing a title match as the challenger Maybe a bit of a oddity that challengers can keep getting matches month after month but the ex champ has to go the back of the line, but im sure there are far worse logic bending rules in WWE then this one
  14. John "The Bezerker" Nord has been arrested for multiple DUIs https://411mania.com/wrestling/wwe-alum-berzerker-sentenced-multiple-dui-arrests/
  15. Punk gets enough weirdos demanding he wrestle again, I can't imagine he'd want to sit right by the wrestling and break fan's brains even more.
  16. Keep JR, try and get CM Punk to complete the 2 man booth. Play by play and ex-wrestler - Perfection
  17. Gooner

    Boxing Thread

    Now that's a surprise lol, I won't believe it until I see it officially announced as don't trust a word that comes out of Amir Khan's mouth
  18. Haha. Na not that I know of. Tbh maybe I'm being a bit arsey. I just hate him. Saw a promo of him from years back telling a fan to kill himself and such things, thought in any scenario that's a bit extreme. There was a clip recently of him giving a different overzealous fan a few slaps and that over the railing. Just makes himself look bad in my opinion. I hate wrestlers who treat fans like that, even if they have good reason there's professional ways of doing things. Don't have a high opinion of the guy
  19. I didn't expect Lashley Vs Strowman to be the most enjoyable match on the show, but it was. Fair play to the two big lads. Glad to see a main event belt back on a proper main eventer, the only one that is really left these days, in Lesnar.
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