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21 hours ago, Supremo said:

The most interesting thing about The Fiend is how long Vince is going to stubbornly keep using the red lights when everyone else on the planet has agreed how shit it is. I wouldn’t put it last Vince to still be doing it by the time Wrestlemania rolls around. As if it wasn’t hard enough trying to elicit some crowd reaction when you’re five and a half hours into a show. Now the poor bastards are going to have to wrestle in that red light, too. At least it’ll stop people booing Roman too loudly, I guess.

I'm hoping they do the full power point on the canvas gimmick again. The 6 hours would go a lot quicker with more proper campy wrestling stuff thrown in. 

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I have the BT Sport App through EE so I tried to watch this this morning. Fuck me, it's atrocious. One thing you lose from the YouTube highlights is just HOW bad the commentary and dialogue is. I was already cringing by the cold opening with Bryan and The Miz. Now The Miz is someone who generally manages to deliver their material and make it work but both his segments on the show were truly hideous.

I skipped through the matches so might aswell have just stuck to the supercut. Not sure how a single person anywhere on the planet could be expected to give a fuck about any of those matches. Not one. Wasn't a title on the line, a title opportunity on the line, not even an internet wet dream.

Seriously, if they sat before the show and wrote a list of reasons to watch, a list of reasons to watch next week and a list of selling points for the Royal Rumble - they'd have a blank piece of paper.

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2 hours ago, Callum1993 said:

Wasn’t a fan of them bringing back John Morrison cold in a backstage segment either. 

Yeah I think most of us were expecting the 'surprise' Royal Rumble entrance which would have been way better after having been gone 10 years than 'Oh is that? Oh it is... okay'.

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Turning Miz heel and putting him in a tag team with Morrison is a decent idea. That babyface run of Miz’s this past year has got to be one of the all-time worst though. Disaster after disaster.

Legitimately, the best part of the show was that fun fifteen to twenty second “Moving Day,” advert that BT Sport produced with all the talent. Kevin Owens in the white van, sacking everyone off and driving off. On a show as beige, bland and nothing-happening as this, something like that with the tiniest bit of life in it sticks out like a sore thumb.

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How must FOX be feeling? After all the news items and rumours about the type of show they wanted, the wrestlers they were pitching for (before the draft) and ratings numbers that were being rumoured to be projected, they’ve ended up with what tuft have got. 

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WWE aside from NXT, has been complete bollocks since Wrestlemania last year, and arguably even long before that, masked by the Kofi and Becky runs.bI think this past 12 months, for me at least, has been the worst year in the company's history. Nothing seems to matter on any of the main roster shows. 

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1 hour ago, FalconHoof said:

WWE aside from NXT, has been complete bollocks since Wrestlemania last year, and arguably even long before that, masked by the Kofi and Becky runs.bI think this past 12 months, for me at least, has been the worst year in the company's history. Nothing seems to matter on any of the main roster shows. 

I think Raw has improved quite a bit recently. While three hours is still far too long for a weekly wrestling show, most of the content is enjoyable.

Smackdown is utter balls, though.

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49 minutes ago, RedRooster said:

I think Raw has improved quite a bit recently. While three hours is still far too long for a weekly wrestling show, most of the content is enjoyable.

Smackdown is utter balls, though.

I think that's part of the problem as well, with Dynamite and NXT, I have neither the time nor the appetite to pile on 5 hours of nonsense on top of my weekly fix

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Quite a newsworthy show this week, Usos, Sheamus and Morrison returning which adds a lot more depth to Smackdown. 
 

New Day and Miz/Morrison feud should be pretty good, Miz is made to be a heel so glad they’ve turned him again.

Usos returning was a surprise, being paired with Roman at last but obviously Roman will move on to the fiend in the next couple of months so imagine they will be feuding with Ziggler and Corbin for a bit

Better show than the last few weeks and it’s nice to have some fresher faces at least, good start to the year 

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I forgot SmackDown was on as well until this afternoon, but it's the easiest wrestling show of the week for me to catch, being the only one that happens on the weekend. I was more than happy with this episode.

Returns for Sheamus and the Usos add a bit more depth to the roster. Miz is better as a baddie, and he had some character development towards it that makes sense. I'm very intrigued by Morrison showing up as well -- his actual return to WWE was done weeks ago in an interview on their show called The Bump, which I don't even know if it airs on YouTube, the WWE Network, Fox, or some other format. Miz did a Skype call in to welcome him back on there. I wasn't expecting him to come back into a "Miz's mate" storyline, but between New Day, Miz & Morrison, Usos, Revival and Heavy Machinery, SmackDown could have the best tag division in the business now. I enjoyed the Otis/Mandy stuff, and I like Gulak's powerpoint gimmick and him being the self-professed expert of the grappling arts. Even Cesaro was alright, doing a bit of workrate to set up a match between more interesting lads. The women's stuff on this show and the Shorty G/Revival thing, I could take or leave, it was fine. They served their purpose.

Only things missing for me were an Ali appearance and a Firefly Funhouse, but not everything needs to be on every week.

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Thing with Morrison is he's hardly a huge name. So other than a decent return pop at the Rumble, they're probably better off doing what they're doing now and adding a little intrigue etc to him as a character. Maybe he'll actually get somewhere then rather than having the shallow return and then forgotten about.

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12 hours ago, tiger_rick said:

I skipped through the matches so might aswell have just stuck to the supercut. Not sure how a single person anywhere on the planet could be expected to give a fuck about any of those matches. Not one. Wasn't a title on the line, a title opportunity on the line, not even an internet wet dream.

Little harsh I think. They worked in plenty of little stories throughout the show to give you a reason to watch most of matches on there. It could always be better, but with the returns thrown in as well, it was a solid start to 2020 and the road to the rumble. 

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