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Liam O'Rourke

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  1. I'm really surprised at the massive positive response to the Taker match. This is the first match in some time I feel such a major detachment to the apparent consensus.
  2. I've missed something haven't I.
  3. Boris' situation. The situation in general I'm well aware is very serious.
  4. That press release, designed to ward off panic using words like "precautionary" and "routine" did more to convince me this is actually pretty serious.
  5. Warrior's WWF return in 96 should probably get a mention as well, actually. He felt like a relic from a different time. It had only been four years, but after a steady diet of Bret, Diesel, Razor and Shawn, seeing him back felt so strange to me.
  6. Taking this a step further, in support of WWE's decision, I feel WWE fans should open their doors tonight and loudly chant "THIS IS AWE-SOME!". The unknowing neighbours will really appreciate it.
  7. There was a way to do that Cena Vs. HHH build that didn't involve HHH trying to score babyface brownie points as the top heel against the top babyface. And if anybody wants to know how much HHH really "put him over", watch the main event of Raw the next night and get back to me.
  8. @wandshogun09 Exactly. It wasn't the grand plan at all. He tried to babyface himself on TV first, and it was only when that failed and he came off so badly that he figured out he should play heel.
  9. Part of the problem though is looking at one night results in isolation when that doesn't mean that much in the grand scheme. He put over Benoit at 20, Batista at 21, Cena at 22...but who was in the main event all three years? And who was the focus of television afterwards? After 20, Shawn and Hunter. After 21, Hunter was still feuding with Dave until he moved to Smackdown. After 22, DX and the McMahons were the top story. And who was planned to go over Cena at 23? Loses to Daniel Bryan, then takes the feature spot on TV in the feud with the Shield. If you lose a match and then are pushed as the feature star afterwards anyway, it's not really putting them over, it's losing a match, which can help, but its all in the follow-up. If you asked Goldberg how much Hogan did for him in July 98, he'd have raved about how he put him over. Ask him 8 months later, and people did on radio shows, he had a completely different answer. Reigns was having trouble with the fans, but he'd started to turn it around a bit. When he beat Sheamus for the belt, the Philly crowd was all in on Roman. Then HHH came along and completed fucked it for him. HHH in a meeting in 2005 buried Angle for Cena getting cheered, saying it proved Angle couldn't work as a true heel. And then he does the same thing and uses it to try and get himself over saying Cena wasn't a good wrestler for a cheap pop from the people looking to pile on. I'd maintain the only person he ever actually helped was Batista. As an friendly aside, the idea of Montreal being a work has always been absurd to me.
  10. I could go on quite the tirade about how utterly useless he was at "putting over" Cena and Reigns. Especially Roman, that feud hurt Roman far more than it helped him. Only person I'd say he ever truly elevated was Batista.
  11. His running joke of Lilian Garcia being a horseface and doing it on national TV, just because he could, probably deserves a mention here.
  12. Fucking hell, didn't put much effort into that did they. Davey and Neidhart in 98 WCW is always near the top of this list. I'm rewatching early 98 WCW at the moment, and its so fucking weird. You have a star-studded top of the card with Hogan making himself the centrepiece and you kind of want him out the way a bit, surrounded by Savage, Bret, Flair, Sting, Hall, Nash, Luger, etc...you have an incredible lineup of midcard talent like Benoit, Jericho, Rey, Guerrero, Juvi, Psychosis, Booker getting hot, DDP and Raven having a good feud, Goldberg ruling the world for five minutes. Its the makings of a truly brilliant promotion. And then you have all these guys come out where you think...what the fuck are you doing here? Wayne Bloom? Chris Adams? Rick Martel is back? Marty Jannetty? Bulldog and Anvil as a nothing happening tag team? MIKE ENOS? There was a WCW magazine around this time that had a big article on the newcomers to the promotion, and it was running through this lot, and left you thinking...why were any of these people hired? The answer is to do jobs and they wanted people for Thunder, fine. But half the promotion was suddenly overran with people you were never going to care about, and its one match after the other, here comes another guy it felt like you hadn't thought about for ten years. The Bulldog/Hennig feud of the spring of 98 is really miserable stuff. Also on this note, when Goldust first came back in 2002 for the feud with Van Dam, he felt like such an outdated relic. But bless him, Dustin found a way to be awesome as soon as they started the deal with him and Booker. In addition, you forget Boss Man came back at the end of 01 to work with Austin. After the Invasion and all those new guys at their disposal, that was an odd one considering the talent they were pissing away on the regular.
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