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  1. Liam O'Rourke

    The Official UKFF RAW Thread...

    Absolutely. The criticism is not that the show was awful and devoid of any quality, just that it was a complete mess from a booking standpoint, which especially stands out at this time of year.
  2. Liam O'Rourke

    The Official UKFF RAW Thread...

    Apparently it was one of the smaller crowds for a Raw in a long time. I'll never understand it because I personally would never pay to see a show I don't care about, but I guess maybe casuals bought tickets a while back because its Mania season thinking its the hot period, but nothing they are did on the show screamed that? Depending on how small it was, being at a poorly attended show can deflate your enthusiasm, I guess...
  3. Liam O'Rourke

    The Official UKFF RAW Thread...

    Good point. From a booking perspective, if it wasn't for Becky, Ronda and Charlotte, I'm not sure this promotion has ever produced a worse show than Raw. At least in 1995 you could say they had a lot of shitty talent, they were at least trying to get Diesel over and everything made sense in its awfulness. Bobby and Rush split at the PPV, they're back together next day. Huh? Braun does a job 3-on-1 with a new heel alliance? Next day the heel alliance seems to not exist and Braun gets his win back in a long match where he's selling for The Baron for most of it. Right. Four new great wrestlers introduced randomly and they might has well have been Barry Horowitz and Reno Riggins for all those people cared. Sasha and Bayley can defend their belts anywhere. Why? What's the point of all these Raw and Smackdown titles then? The titles are dead anyway, as evidenced by people thinking Kofi Kingston of all people got screwed by not winning the WWE Title after they'd decided it would be cool for five whole days. I hate to sound like a sadist, but I loved seeing Raw get killed in front of a casual crowd. They'll chalk it up as just a bad crowd, but this was a real world crowd, not a WWE bubble dwelling, we'll chant "You Deserve It" at Nia Jax crowd, and it spoke volumes to how detached they are. The ratings for this show are going to be interesting to say the least. The 1st to 3rd hour drops seem to be more pronounced with the women on last, and with a bunch of unknowns on the show and inconsistent stories elsewhere, with no real build to Mania or even Fastlane, I don't like their odds. If they were smart, they would look at the next three months as the time to lay the groundwork for after Mania, rather than just shooting their wad in April and going back to their usual malaise. This year is an anomoly in that the most important thing isn't WrestleMania, it's the switch in TV deals. You've got your big Mania match, nothing else is going to mean a lot on such short notice since nothing is being built. So just set things in place to come out strong after Mania. Even with them shaking up the rosters post-Mania, they need to start breaking a couple of people out of the pack and make them THE stars of their show. And I don't mean they just look good in their segments, I mean a concerted effort to build a show around somebody. They're doing it with Becky, but that's not enough to sustain this massive amount of content, as seen by Raw last night. There is almost no sense of hierarchy without Brock around. The champ that only appears every so often is fine if it's 1989 TV and you don't rely on ratings so heavily to carry you through, it's a vehicle to promote your primary money source, PPV. But since the entire balance of TV/PPV has flipped since then, that principle doesn't work with this format. There is no excuse for Smackdown to not have a strong championship, but it doesn't. At some point there's a debate to be had about whether the focus on the women has done a serious number on promoting anything the guys do as important, and whether the ratings drop coincides and has proven this "revolution" push a failure.
  4. Liam O'Rourke

    The Official UKFF RAW Thread...

    I wrote a whole big thing about what a mess Raw is, but I won't post it. What's the point. Ratings are going to stink this week.
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    All Elite Wrestling trademarks filed

    Ibushi signing an exclusive contract with New Japan is a massive surprise to me...and the best thing New Japan could have done in this situation.
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    NJPW World (Streaming Service)

    I'm not all for Jay White being champ. At all. The reaction to the win and his promo in the building did nothing to encourage me.
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    All Elite Wrestling trademarks filed

    I'm keen to know....is anybody here going to be going to Double or Nothing?
  8. Liam O'Rourke

    Who would you turn for?

    Whether you asked for them or not
  9. Liam O'Rourke

    Which was better - WWECW or ECW

    The original ECW wins this pretty handily to me, though only for the 95-97 period. The WWE incarnation had it's moments, but they were fleeting, few and far between, and against the backdrop of disappointment and apathy. The original ECW was cutting edge television at a time when mainstream wrestling TV was becoming very flat and uninteresting. There is nothing in the second ECW that comes close to the pure quality of that Steve Austin promo, or Mick Foley's promos, or Raven's best promos, or the Sabu/Taz build. Post-97 and you might have an argument, but even then I still might take the original based solely on the absolute greatness of Yoshihiro Tajiri in 2000. And nobody in the second incarnation was as over or cool as RVD in those late years.
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    Minor news items that don't deserve a thread

    Well, it's not sure what it means yet. The big talk is that he's not booked for Mania, so who knows. He knows how to make his cash, bless him.
  11. Liam O'Rourke

    Minor news items that don't deserve a thread

    Also, as mentioned on Observer Radio today, Taker has removed WWE references off his social media and is now taking independent bookings.
  12. Liam O'Rourke

    The Official UKFF RAW Thread...

    Ambrose doing that job to EC3 is fucking hilarious. The way he's kicking his feet like a little cockroach while looking as struggled as a Swedish massage client from the waist up had me cackling at the absurdity. Old Ethan didn't exactly come off as the next Rock. Sitting on the barricade to celebrate while people behind him can't even be bothered enough to get off their arse for a courtesy applause. Not like the good old days when kids flocked to the aisles after Tatanka beat Repo Man to get a touch of a real star on his way back to the dressing room.
  13. Liam O'Rourke

    Liam Neeson says some mad shit

    Loved James O'Brien's take on this, that if the rapist happened to be white, Neeson may have been prone to attack himself.
  14. Liam O'Rourke

    Royal Rumble 2019 discussion

    No offense taken at all - Feels harder to comment on current WWE without looking through that lens (which is why we didn't do one for Survivor Series, which we usually do, because we just didn't think it would be enjoyable), so we're going to drift away from current WWE for a while, maybe review more New Japan and hit the old random topics harder.
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    Wrestling Pod Casts / Radio Interviews

    SCG Radio returns this week to discuss NXT Takeover, the 2019 Royal Rumble and discuss the immediate future of WWE on the road to WrestleMania 35! Breaking down the big stories of NXT, such as the dynamic hindering Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black, the greatness of Johnny Gargano and the immediate future of the top angle, before diving into the match-by-match of the Royal Rumble with some hideous booking, mind-boggling decisions, a Brock Lesnar tour de force, a tirade on the Women's Royal Rumble, issues with WWE trying to deal with the modern audience, and Seth Rollins' big victory, and finally giving a wide-angle lens look at what things look like for WrestleMania and the problems with the proposed addition of Charlotte to the headline Rousey Vs. Lynch match. A lot of fun discussion this week, check it out and let us know what you think! https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/5hwxde/SCG_Radio_146_-_NXT_Takeover_Pheonix_and_Royal_Rumble_2019.mp3