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Predicting Shinsuke Nakamura’s Next Challengers

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Yet more evidence New Day should become WWE’s announce team

Earlier this month, my main man Sean Rueter wanted to make a petition to make The New Day WWE’s permanent announce team. He did so, quite simply, because Big E, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston are masters of their craft.

If you need more evidence of this, it has been provided in the video above, where WWE had cameras set up to capture their call of the triple threat tag team tournament match from this week’s episode of SmackDown Live. They’re legitimately good at calling the action, they make it fun, and they frequently throw pancakes around while they’re doing it.

What more could you ask for in an announce team?

Let’s make this happen, WWE.

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It’s Jeff Hardy’s birthday, so watch him throw himself from high places

Jeff Hardy turned 41-years-old today and WWE decided one way to pay tribute to him would be releasing the above video, where he throws himself from very high places. He’s been doing exactly that for a number of years, and it has taken a toll. As he himself said it, he won’t even do a normal Swanton from the top rope at house shows anymore because his back is so beat up. He also only recently had his hand wake back up after spending what he claimed was some seven weeks asleep due to a nerve issue in his elbow.

It really puts into perspective how much we should appreciate his willingness to go above and beyond by doing what he does in the embedded video.

Also, he should probably not do anything like this anymore.

Oh, he has a Hell in a Cell match against Randy Orton booked in just two weeks?

Oh boy.

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ALL IN’s NWA Worlds Title story is the ‘Reality’ Era done right

It could probably be a little shorter, but the last episode of Ten Pounds of Gold before Nick Aldis defends his NWA Worlds Championship against Cody Rhodes at ALL IN is an amazing piece of business:

The pay-per-view (PPV) Rhodes and The Young Bucks made happen is an odd one, for a number of reasons. Chief among them for me is that the two matches which will likely deliver the least spectacular wrestling are the two with the best stories – the Worlds Title match and Christopher Daniels vs. Stephen Amell. And, from what I can tell, much of the credit for that should go to Billy Corgan, Dave Lagana and the NWA team responsible for the Ten Pounds of Gold mini-series ALL INCOMING and Cody’s ALL US YouTube shows.

No matter which lens you look at wrestling through, Aldis/Rhodes offers something compelling.

The story of a son trying to live up to his father’s legacy, and of a father who wants to be the kind of man his son and other boys would look up to, is gripping. It doesn’t matter that you know the winner and the loser will never be in doubt by the time the bell rings on Sat., Sept. 1 in Sears Centre. In fact, it makes the emotional stakes even higher, because you know one of the wrestlers agreed to accept defeat for the betterment of the story. And they did so with either Dusty Rhodes or Donovan Aldis in mind.

As someone who enters into wrestling knowing the outcome is predetermined, you’re probably interested in the business itself. The NWA Worlds Championship story has you covered. ALL IN has, from the idea stage, been about advancing wrestling for fans and performers. This angle uses that to its advantage. It’s why Corgan, Lagana and their Titleholder decided to partner with Cody and The Bucks; they’re trying to do the same thing.

When Rhodes spoke to Cageside Seats’ Brent Brookhouse about ALL IN, he said that “Billy, Lagana and Nick… [are] ahead of the game in terms of where wrestling is going. They get it more than anybody.” That is a plot line in these videos, and this story. It’s there as an answer to fans who doubt this match’s ability to deliver the way a New Japan main event would. Aldis is a Champion because of his presence. To stay Champion this weekend will require that and more, however.

That’s because he and Cody will have to live up to the legacy of the belt they’re fighting for. It’s not just Dusty. Whether you’ve been a wrestling fan for decades or just started watching because of Being The Elite, you know the names of past NWA Worlds Champions, and how important they are in history: Thesz, Rogers, Brazil, Funk, Race, Flair. They’re part of the story here, too.

It’s smaller scale, but Arrow vs. CD is almost as interesting. As a 47 year old veteran, the Fallen Angel is not only being counted out on to carry the actor to a decent match, he’s responsible for bringing the history element. Daniels has been part of the fabric of non-WWE pro wrestling since the 90s. He represents the independent spirit which eventually brought us to ALL IN, and he’s “defending the business” against a famous fan who thinks anyone can “fake fight”. On the flip side of the coin, Amell’s reason for being her is because he loves wrestling, and because a lot of people watching BTE (including Mrs. Matt) want him to be.

While there are understandable reasons to root for or against either side, there are no good guys or bad guys, per se. With full knowledge of what the artform is, they’ve created interesting stories with emotional and rational hooks. It’s what I’ve always wanted from wrestling in a “kayfabe is dead”, post-heels-and-faces world.

Will either be workrate classics? No. But more than the minutes they’ll be in the ring this weekend, they’ve entertained me with compelling narratives. That’s already a win in my book.

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Greatest Trivia Rumble LIVE at Starrcast (AUDIO)

Join Ryan Satin and his panel of contestants for the inaugural Greatest Trivia Rumble LIVE from the floor of Starrcast in Chicago! 

For those who couldn’t make it out for All In/Starrcast weekend, here’s the full show featuring Wrestling Sheet’s Editor-in-Chief quizzing James Storm, Blue Meanie, Marty De Rosa and Senior Correspondent James McKenna via various games.

Listen and enjoy the episode below. 

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House shows point to less one-sided Rousey/Bliss Hell in a Cell match

WWE’s love of the contractual rematch trope still seems like the main reason we’re getting Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss again at Hell in a Cell on Sept. 16 in San Antonio. Rousey pretty much toyed with Alexa en route to winning her first Raw Women’s Title in their first match at SummerSlam, and we’ve been given little reason to think the second bout would go any differently.

At least in-story. The current quick international tour the red brand is on gives us our first indication the next round will be different.

House shows are a tricky thing. They’re not strictly in continuity, but WWE is more than willing to use them that way when they want or need to. Wrestlers love them, because they get a lot more freedom to interact with crowds and tailor matches to fan reactions. One main thing they are is a place for the performers and the company to test out matches, gimmicks and angles.

So it could be Ronda, Bliss and the people calling the shots in gorilla position just don’t want to deliver a repeat of SummerSlam to the folks in England and Japan. But they probably don’t want to serve up a do-over on WWE Network and pay-per-view (PPV) in a few weeks, either. It seems reasonable, then, to look at the booking from London on Aug. 29 and Osaka on Aug. 31 as an indicator of what we’ll see at Hell in a Cell.

The outcome’s the same, of course. You won’t find many predicting Rowdy will lose her first televised title defense. But we could be getting a longer match, with more selling and even a few failed comebacks from the champ.

Wrestling Observer’s report on the show from London says that’s what O2 Arena saw, after Alexa faked an injury to get Rousey to turn her back. A few clips from Friday in Japan tell us the same thing (and that The Goddess is very popular in Osaka):

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It all leads to an eventual successful comeback and an armbar submission.

Is this how things will play out in Texas in a little more than two weeks? Will we get an explanation for how Bliss smartened up, or will it be simple overconfidence that leads to Ronda fallng for such a heeling 101 trick?

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Is everything a lie?!?! KO said someone other than Sami is his best friend

I’m not worried about any kayfabe-busting being done on Mrs. Steen’s Instagram. In the story being told on Raw, I can easily convince myself Kevin Owens needs a nice vacation, and several hours in a jacuzzi, after the last few months of running for his life from Braun Strowman. In reality, live your best life KO. I ain’t mad atcha.

But this? My heart is broken. Both of them – my work and shoot hearts.

In a pre-SummerSlam interview with Chuck Carroll for CBS Los Angeles (meaning Owens’ character didn’t know he was going to quit yet, so it wasn’t breaking kayfabe to talk about future matches), KO said he wanted to face his best friend at WrestleMania. If you’re like me, you probably thought, “He must mean one-on-one, since he already faced Sami Zayn in the ladder match at WrestleMania 32.”

BUT NO!

“There’s so many guys I wish I could wrestle, but if it was up to me, whatever I would do would lead to me and Finn Bálor at WrestleMania next year, because he and I came to WWE the exact same time. We didn’t know each other before we got there. We became pretty close pretty quickly when we did get to the NXT Performance Center. He’s been my best friend ever since, so I’d love to share the ring with him on that stage in WrestleMania.”

First Colt Cabana and CM Punk, now this.

Wrestling will break your heart, Cagesiders. All of them.

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The Starrcast menu is ridiculous

In a profile of the wrestling podcast convention running in Chicago this week in conjunction with Cody Rhodes and The Young Buck’s ALL IN pay-per-view (PPV) event, Starrcast promoter Conrad Thompson told Sports Illustrated his goal was to create something which immerses fans in the “the ultimate wrestling experience.”

Toward that end, the staff at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois – the official hotel of ALL IN and host of Starrcast – won’t be wearing their usual uniforms. Instead staff will have Starrcast logoed shirts. Security at the venue will be essentially cosplaying as ECW’s Atlas Security. And the menu at the restaurant and bar, well…

(There’s three pics in there to click through, for the non-Instagram savvy)

It’s ridiculous, but I don’t know if in a good or bad way. Bottom line, though – it’s a conversation starter, and it’s fun. I can’t hate on it.

Especially seeing as “Joey’s Pulled Pork” is available. That sounds delish.

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The Shield’s Triple Powerbomb is one of the greatest moves ever

Don’t @ me. Just watch Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose put Drew McIntyre through a table using it on Friday night (Aug. 31) in Osaka…

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OHH-AHH!

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