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Book British Strong Style on the Main Roster - Part 1: The Commonwealth

2020.10.24 02:51 ConorCulture Book British Strong Style on the Main Roster - Part 1: The Commonwealth

British Strong Style are an official/unofficial NXT faction formed in the famous UK independent promotion - PROGRESS, where they ran the show holding all the gold. They’ve yet to have a big break through in NXT or NXT UK, but that’s bound to happen. What’s really on my mind is - how do they fare on the main roster? That’s a question we’ll answer. We have to wait for the Coronavirus pandemic to be gone or at least at a smaller level, so we’re going to skip ahead into 2022. We start where so many famous debuts do - the Royal Rumble.
Royal Rumble 2022:
30-man Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Opening the show tonight we start off with the prestigious Royal Rumble match. Last year in 2021 we saw “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Sasha Banks win the two royal rumbles, but it’s a new year and a new road to a new WrestleMania. Starting off the show and starting off the Royal Rumble with a bang, it’s Tyler Bate! The baseball stadium go mental at the arrival of Bate, who twiddles his moustache, shakes everyone’s hand and awaits his two to tango. The arena goes to darkness...and then guitar string. “Hello, my name is Elias.”
Elias comes out playing a song about how much he hates Britain and strong style. He finishes on one last delayed note - AND THEN GUITAR SHOT!! BATE DROPKICKS THE GUITAR INTO ELIAS’ FACE!!! The match is underway and we’ve started with a bang. UPPERCUT TO ELIAS! HE CLUTCHES HIM AROUND THE WAIST; GERMAN SUPLEXS ELIAS OVER THE TOP!! HE’S OUT!!! Bate strokes his moustache and shakes his hand in Elias’ direction as the fans applaud. Elias is furious and bangs his fists on the apron in frustration. Then number 3....IS DOLPH ZIGGLER!!!
Ziggler comes down and starts to work technical with Bate. Ziggler goes for a Zigzag but Tyler pushes him off and hits a Hip Toss! OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!! Ziggler sells like he’s had his spine stabbed and writhes on the mat. Bate then throws him out and waits for Number 4...BOBBY LASHLEY!! Tyler has finally met his match, and someone who can probably eat Bate and be looking for seconds. Lashley powers Tyler out of his restholds and dominates the small man. The ring then fills but most of them are eaten by Lashley. That’s until number 8 comes out...BRAUN STROWMAN! Lashley and Strowman both rush for each other and start to beat each other to all hell. They throw fists and slams until they got caught up in the corner. TYLER BATE THEN SLIDES UP BEHIND AND SLIPS BOTH LASHLEY AND STROWMAN OUT!
Kyle O’Reilly enters at Number 9 and is soon followed by Bobby Fish at Number 11. They gang up on Bate until TRENT SEVEN MAKES THE SAVE AT NUMBER 12!! MOUSTACHE MOUNTAIN ARE HIRE AND FIGHTING THE UNDISPUTED ERA IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE!! They keep fighting as more people come and go. After a bit of time, TYLER BATE GETS BOBBY FISH UP IN A FIREMAN’S CARRY WITH KYLE O’REILLY GOING AROUND IN A GIANT SWING!! Undisputed Era HIT THE AX AND SMASH followed by an Inverted Atomic Drop + Front Missile Dropkick to Bate! SEVEN THEN COMES BEHIND WITH AN O’CONNOR ROLL AND GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!!! They keep fighting throughout the match up until number 20.
Roderick Strong enters before his number at 20 to PULL SEVEN OUT!! This causes outrage with Bate who SUICIDE DIVES OUT AT STRONG!! HE HITS RODDY WITH A HALF AND HALF SUPLEX ONTO THE STEEL RAMP!! Bate is then hit by an AX AND SMASH ON THE OUTSIDE!!! All of The Undisputed Era then walk in and wreck the place. But that’s all until Number 23: PETE DUNNE!! THE BRUISERWEIGHT IS IN!! Dunne takes out each of UE one by one with elbows and headbutts. HE THROWS BOBBY FISH OUT!! KYLE O’REILLY IS DUMPED OUT!! Strong hits a SICK KICK TO DUNNE!! DUNNE REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES WITH A CLOTHESLINE - INTO A BITTER END!!! HE THROWS RODDY OUT!! Dunne then looks up the ramp and gestures to come on...and it’s ADAM COLE!!
Adam Cole comes out and him and Pete Dunne go big. They rehash a lot of spots from their Survivor Series encounter, fitting all the big moments in here. SUPERKICK BY COLE!! FOLLOWED BY A PANAMA SUNRISE ATTEMPT - INTO AN INVERTED TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!! DUNNE GOES TO THROW HIM OUT - BUT COLE COUNTERS WITH A FALLING DDT!! HE HITS TWO SUPERKICKS IN A ROW!! LAST SHOT!!! HE PICKS DUNNE UP TO DROP HIM OUT, BUT DUNNE HITS AN X PLEX!!! HE PICKS COLE UP TO THROW HIM OUT OF THE RING - BUT COLE SLINGSHOTS OFF THE ROPES AND FINALLY CONNECTS THE PANAMA SUNRISE!!! They both lay dead in the ring until they stand: O’Reilly and Cole vs. Dunne and Bate. They eliminate each other after Bate tips O’Reilly and Cole over. He’s pulled out with them though. Dunne is then hit by a Coaymore from behind to be eliminated. Keith Lee then eventually goes on to win.
Keith Lee wins the Men’s Royal Rumble last eliminating Drew McIntyre (55:25)
With the aftermath of the Royal Rumble there is a lot of questions being asked. Keith Lee won the Men’s match while Becky Lynch returned to win the Women’s. Who will they face? What will be happening? Well that’s not my story to tell for now, instead we deal with the fallout of British Strong Style’s star making performance. They made enemies out of their former rivals - The Undisputed Era. British Strong Style debut on SmackDown the Friday after the Rumble for their debuting ceremony.
A hype package for their arrival opens the show, showing off all their accolades in PROGRESS and NXT as Jack White’s “Love is Blindness” plays. It finishes on the three of them standing together in the Rumble last night - before we cut to back in the arena. They arrive to a chorus of cheers from the audience, coming out in their signature gear topped with custom bomber jackets. Dunne takes the mic, snarling as he paces himself while Trent and Tyler stand behind him. He lists off the names of each UE member, and calls them “cowards.” He calls them out for blindsiding Trent and trying to pick a fight with dogs bigger than them.
They bring up Cole’s failure to grab the world title. “You would grab the brass ring - but you’re not tall enough to reach it.” That’s when Adam and his posse arrive, walking out with purpose. Cole says everything they did is just business. He mocks their pristine clean cut British act, in his best Oliver Twist voice mocking them pleading to William Regal to sign them. “We’re ever so useless, please sign us, not for any reason other than Triple H likes us!” He says while the rest of UE jeer. Dunne has had enough and boots Cole in the mouth, leading to a brawl. It’s left 2-on-3 as Dunne and Cole fight on the outside.
A match is made for the next week, where Dunne and Cole fight for a spot in the Universal Championship #1 Contenders Elimination Chamber match. Dunne counters the Panama Sunrise into an X-Plex and tries for a pin, but Fish pulls Cole’s foot onto the first rope. Dunne then goes on hog wild on the outside, hitting Fish with an X-Plex on the apron! He tries for the Better End but Cole flips behind him and hits a Superkick followed by Last Shot. 1.........2........3. Adam Cole pins Pete Dunne for the second time in a row. Dunne isn’t going to make it to the Elimination Chamber.
A match is made for Elimination Chamber, with Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) of British Strong Style taking on Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong - two men they’ve waged many wars with. Bate and O’Reilly were the two iron men of the match, fighting throughout until the last few minutes. Roddy then was the guy who entered before his number to sneak eliminate Seven, meaning they have a problem. Seven and Strong face off o an episode of SmackDown, ending with Seven getting a roll up pinfall victory. They then stare down afterwards, which is the last shot before their pay-per-view bout.
Elimination Chamber 2020:
British Strong Style (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) in a Tag Team Match
These two open the show in a non-title tag team bout, just a straight up grudge match. British Strong Style come out dressed as the Peaky Blinders - because of course. Roddy does his own Goldberg entrance on the ramp, karate chops and kicks while O’Reilly plays air guitar with nothing - how sad. Roddy tries to lock up with Seven but he’s IMMEDIATELY HIT BY A GERMAN SUPLEX!! Roddy stumbles up into the corner after that shock attack. SEVEN THEN HITS A DRAGON SUPLEX! Strong writhes in the bottom corner. Seven lifts him up for an Airplane Spin but Strong navigates out and hits a Backhand Chop! FOLLOWED BY A DOUBLE UNDERHOOK SUPLEX!!
Strong goes for a kick to the head but SEVEN SPINS HIM AROUND INTO A HIGH-ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX!! HE ROLLS THROUGH INTO AN O’CONNOR ROLL!!! 1.........2......STRONG KICKS OUT! SEVEN THEN TRIES FOR ANOTHER DRAGON SUPLEX!! Roddy lets an arm loose and spins into a DISCUS ELBOW!! Roddy readjusts the armband and signals for a KNEE STRIKE!! RODDY THEN HITS A POWERBOMB ONTO HIS KNEE!! 1.......2....KICK OUT!! Roddy then makes the tag for O’Reilly. Kyle comes in with a running knee and starts to beat down on Seven with elbows. He bangs him off the corner and hits a RUNNING BACK ELBOW!! He tries for a VERTICAL SUPLEX! BUT SEVEN LANDS ON HIS FEET, SWINGS INTO A NECKBREAKER!! MAKES THE TAG TO TYLER BATE!!
Bate slingshots over the ropes but KOR IMMEDIATELY GOES FOR A YAKUZA KICK!! BATE DODGES AND HITS A DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX!! 1....2.....O’REILLY KICKS OUT!! Kyle gets up and swings a closed fist to Bate’s head! ANOTHER TO THE JAW!! Tyler is down on the mat and O’Reilly sinks in an Ankle Lock! BATE STRUGGLES FOR THE ROPES!! Bate then clutches O’Reilly in a Chinlock! They’re both curled on the mat. TYLER THEN SLOWLY LIFTS HIM OFF THE FLOOR INTO A DEADLIFT POWERBOMB!! 1.....2.....O’REILLY ROLLS BACK INTO HIS OWN PINFALL!! TYLER BATE KICKS OUT! DOUBLE DOWN STEREO LARIATS!!
O’Reilly slides to the outside to recover. Bate meanwhile regained himself in the ring. The fans clap in symphony at the action that just unfolded. Tyler gets an adrenaline rush from their support and points to KOR. “Oh? Oh yes.” SUICIDE DIVE BY BATE! O’Reilly topples into the guardrail. Bate gets a fan to hold KOR in place as he runs up for a JUMPING KNEE STRIKE!! HE GOES FOR A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX ON THE OUTSIDE! KOR GETS OUT!! HE HITS A RIPCORD KNEE AND THROWS BATE BACK IN!! HIM AND RODDY HIT THE AX AND SMASH!!! 1.........2.......SEVEN BREAKS THE PINFALL!! SEVEN HITS A SAMOAN DROP TO KYLE!! Kyle rolls out as well as Tyler, who both tag in their partners. SEVEN THEN HITS THE FIVE STAR LARIAT!!! 1.........2........KICK OUT!!!!
Seven gets up with triumph of the fans support. He pumps his fists on the canvas, and tries for another. BUT STRONG DUCKS AND HITS A GIBSON DRIVER!! HE THEN HITS A SICK KICK!!!! 1...........2..........BATE BARELY BREAKS IT UP!!! RODDY CALLS FOR AN AX AND SMASH, BUT HE’S HIT BY A SEVENTH HEAVENS!!! TYLER BATE THEN FLIES WITH A 450 SPLASH!!!! 1..........2...........3!!!!! BRITISH STRONG STYLE WIN THEIR DEBUT MATCH!! Moustache Mountain hug it out after the match as the fans give them a round of applause for the corker of a match they just saw. Pete Dunne comes out afterwards and congratulates his friends on their win.
British Strong Style defeat The Undisputed Era (17:28)
We’re fully on the road to WrestleMania, and there’s one key person here - Pete Dunne. Dunne didn’t wrestle at Elimination Chamber and is yet to have his PPV match. He’s itching for fingers to snap and bones to break. Dunne is interviewed on the SmackDown after Elimination Chamber, where he’s asked by Kayla Braxton what his primary motivations are on the main roster. Dunne tells her with a snarl that he’s here to win, and be the best in WWE. Not just the UK, not just NXT, not just SmackDown - WWE. He’s got his boys, but for now he wants to take on as many challengers as possible.
Dunne then interrupts a New Day match later on, and challenges them to a match. He says the days of them as the best trio in WWE are long gone, and now there are new players in town: British Strong Style. Trent Sven and Tyler Bate come out and stare down the opposing trio. They all look at the WrestleMania sign as the fans get rowdy. The Undisputed Era then come out, with Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish backing Cole. Adam calls out Pete Dunne to a match at Fastlane to settle their differences. However Kingston intervenes and says that neither of them should be placed above New Day, who have been doing this for 8 years. A triple threat is made for Fastlane between all of them to truly settle who is the best faction in WWE.
Fastlane 2022:
Pete Dunne vs. Adam Cole vs. Kofi Kingston - Triple Threat Match
It’s the war to settle the score as we’ll see three members of the three top factions in WWE wage war here tonight. Dunne snarls to the camera and fans, pushing aside cameraman who try and capture shots of him. He raises two fists in the air and bites towards the hard cam. Kofi then comes out with pancakes topped with ice cream coated in Booty O’s because...what else are you going to use against Pete Dunne. Adam Cole then sells them both to suck it because he’s a twat - that’s why. Once all three are in the ring the bell is rung and the bout has begun.
The three men approach each other, scouting out who makes the the first move. Cole rolls outside because he can’t be asked to do this. He waits for Dunne and Kofi to fight out while he takes a seat the commentary desk. Kofi heads to the apron to watch Cole kick his feet up on the desk. KOFI THEN JUMPS OFF THE APRON ONTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! HE GRABS COLE BY THE HAIR AND THROWS HIM BACK INSIDE. Dunne then pulls his fingers apart in glee. Pete lifts him up for a Vertical Suplex, which Kingston accompanies with a SPRINGBOARD DIVING CROSSBODY!! This leaves it to Kofi and Cole.
Kingston leapfrogs Cole who runs forward at him. He then rolls back into a Wheelbarrow Arm Drag! Cole runs under Kofi’s clothesline attempt, who runs the ropes and rebounds with a Single-leg Dropkick! Cole then lifts Kofi up with an Enziguri! He tries for a SUPERKICK FROM THE CORNER BUT KINGSTON CATCHES WITH A HURRICANERANA!!! KOFI WITH A MONKEY FLIP TO THE CORNER, FOLLOWED BY MOUNTED PUNCHES!!! HE HITS A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!! Kofi throws Cole out the ring with Dunne. Dunne and Cole and then hit by a SOMMERSAULT PLANCHA BY KOFI!!!
Once they’re back in the ring it’s now the three-man chaos. Everyone is countering everything, throwing it into someone. It’s like hot potato but with people and wrestling moves. Kofi hits a TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!! BUT THEN FROM BEHIND IS HIT BY A LAST SHOT!! DUNNE THEN LIFTS COLE UP FOR A BITTER END - BUT COLE GETS OUT AND HITS THE FLORIDA KEYS!!! 1..........2........KOFI BREAKS IT UP WITH A BOOM DROP!!! KOFI HITS A TORNADO DDT TO ADAM COLE!! This takes Cole outside. This leaves Dunne and Kofi, who start to chop each other for shit.
Dunne throws Kofi into the corner and runs for him but he’s hit by a PENDULUM KICK!! HE GOES FOR A SPRINGBOARD ATTACK, BUT DUNNE COUNTERS WITU THE FOUR STAR FOREARM!!! HE THEN TRIES AN X-PLEX!! KOFI GETS OUT AND HITS A TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!!! We get a double down as Kingston can’t make it for the cover. Cole sneaks up from behind with a LAST SHOT TO KOFI!!! 1.........2.........3!!!!!!!!! ADAM COLE WINS THE MATCH FOR HIMSELF AND THE UNDISPUTED ERA!! Cole wins in the most on-brand way imaginable, leaving everyone but his cohorts angry.
*Adam Cole defeats Pete Dunne and Kofi Kingston (14:55)
After Fastlane we’ve fully entered the road to WrestleMania, we are approaching the big show soon and there’s a lot to unpack. The New Day and British Strong Style‘s feud is what we are focusing on today. Kofi and Dunne took themselves out of the match last Sunday, leading to Cole winning. This left both teams dissatisfied. This was the build to their WrestleMania encounter.
WrestleMania 38:
The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) vs. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) - Six-man Tag Team Match
The two teams open the show in a clinic. This ends with British Strong Style winning the match, after Trent Seven pins Big E with a Seventh Heaven followed by a Five Star Lariat.
British Strong Style defeat The New Day (15:01)
With them after math of WrestleMania, British Strong Style are now one of the hottest commodities in WWE. They’re win over the New Day sent shockwaves through the roster of SmackDown. Dunne is vying for the Intercontinental Championship, currently held by Aleister Black, meanwhile Seven and Bate want The Street’s Profits tag straps. In a promo on the SmackDown after WrestleMania, Dunne addresses their critics. “Are we good guys? Are we bad guys? Yes, no, yes and no. We are the shades of grey you don’t see. We are unclear in if we are black or white. You don’t know, and don’t need to. This is about no one but us - and our mission for success.”
“We will take the titles we so please the only way we can - by making it happen.” They do that, as Aleister Black is met by British Strong Style backstage. Dunne calls out Black to a match for Extreme Rules, but Aleister doesn’t give it out like candy. He wants to see Dunne prove he can do it one-on-one - because he hadn’t done that yet, whereas there a lot of guys in the back who have. So Pete wrestles in the main event that night, in a winning effort. The match is then made for Extreme Rules: Aleister Black defending his Intercontinental Championship against The Bruiserweight. Dunne snaps his opponents fingers after the match to close the show.
Meanwhile Seven and Bate of Moustache Mountain are looking to get a shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. They interrupt The Street Profits after a successful tag titles defence. Seven tells them they are a very good team...for how. They may have dominated the division for the past 3 years, but now the REAL dominators are here. This is a new age of tag team wrestling, and Tez and Angie’s time is up. Move aside now - new boys in town. Profits rebound that there is a reason it took Seven and Bate 5 years to arrive to the main roster, whereas it took them 1. They have dominated the division for so long because they’ve been the best for so long, and will continue to be. So they’ll gladly humble these two British boys at Extreme Rules.
Extreme Rules 2022:
British Strong Style vs. The Street Profits - SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Street Profits don’t come out through the crowd, but instead come down the stage with Dawkins behind Montez has he walks down with all the swagger of the world. Moustache Mountain do it differently, as Tyler Bate adjusts his moustache, cleans his boots and shakes the hands of the Street Profits. Trent Seven politely folds the towels for the ringkeeper. Once the bell rings we’re underway.
Angelo Dawkins and Tyler Bate start the match off hot with Angelo Dawkins using his size to try and get an edge. Tyler Bate, using his speed and some of that ol’ rough housin, manages to overcome Angelo Dawkins though by using his thick British style. Angelo Dawkins goes for a Forearm Smash, but Tyler Bate ducks and HITS A GERMAN SUPLEX FOLLOWED BY A SAMOAN DROP!!!! Tyler Bate locks in a resthold, trying time make Angelo submit. HE MANAGES TO ROLL OUT OF IT AND HIT A FACEBUSTER!!!! Angelo Dawkins starts to pick up his pace a little and hits a Running Shoulder Tackle!!! Tyler Bate trips him up and locks in a CROSSFACE!!
DAWKINS ESCAPES AND TRIES TO HIT A SITOUT POWERBOMB!! BUT BATE COUNTETS WITH A HURRICANERANA!! BATE THEN LOCKS IN A SINGLE LEG BOSTON CRAB!! DAWKINS ESCAPES TO MAKE A HOT TAG!! The crowd go wild as Montez Ford springboards in with a FLYING FOREARM SMASH! Ford runs up the ropes; DIVING CROSSBODY! Tyler Bate goes for a Clothesline, Ford ducks and HITS A SPIKE DDT!! TYLER BATE IRISH WHIPS MONTEZ FORD, BUT HE SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES WITH A MOONSAULT!!! MONTEZ FORD JUMPS FOR A JUMPING DOUBLE KNEES - BUT BATE CATCHES WITH A POWERBOMB - INTO A GIANT SWING!! He goes around and around for 10 swings, before they both collapse. BATE THEN CRAWLS OVER FOR A HOT TAG TO SEVEN!!!
Trent Seven comes in hot, SCOOPING MONTEZ FORD UP FOR A ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY ROLL!!! Trent Seven hits A DEATH VALLEY DRIVER AND GOES FOR THE COVER!!! 1..........2.......KICK OUT!! SEVEN GOES FOR A SPINNING BACKFIST, BUT FORD GETS OUT!! HE TRIES A SPINEBUSTER BUT MONTEZ FORD COUNTERS OUT WITH A HURRICANERANA!!! HE THEN FOLLOWS IT WITH A SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK. Ford then crawls to his corner, where he gets a TAG ON ANGELO DAWKINS!!
Dawkins comes in fast and furious hitting A BIG BOOT TO TRENT SEVEN. Angelo Dawkins then scoops him up and hits a POWERSLAM. He Irish Whips him into the corner and hits a series of stiff chops to the chest!! Trent Seven though counters, putting him into the corner then hitting his own batch of chops!! Angelo Dawkins reverses that though, putting Trent Seven in the corner and hitting his own round of chops! Dawkins has enough and KICKS SEVEN IN THE FACE!! BEFORE HE HITS AN EXPLODER SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!!! HE TAGS IN MONTEZ!! Angelo Dawkins hits a SPEAR TO TRENT SEVEN - FOLLOWED BY A FROGSPLASH BY FORD!!! 1....2.....TYLER BATE BREAKS IT UP! DDT FROM BATE TO FORD!!
Bate rolls to the outside - BUT HE’S HIT BY A DAWKINS SPEAR ON THE FLOOR!! Montez Ford gets to his feet in the ring but he’s met by a Spinning Backfist!!! MONTEZ FORD REPLIES TO THIS WITH AN ENZIGURI!! He runs off the ropes but TRENT SEVEN HITS A SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Trent Seven gets a Tag in on Tyler Bate who comes in fiery. TYLER BATE HITS A RUNNING ACE HANDLE AND LOCKS IN A REAR NAKED CHOKE!!! Montez Ford struggles in it and looks like he’s out but ANGELO DAWKINS BREAKS IT UP!!!! MONTE FORD GOES TO THE MIDDLE ROPES AND HITS A TORNADO DDT!!!! HE GOES TO COVER, BUT TRENT SEVEN PULLS HIM OUTSIDE; DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE RING APRON!!! Seeing as Montez is the legal man, Angelo has to drag Montez back in and tag himself in.
Tyler Bate looks at him devilishly which Dawkins grins at. TYLER BATE RUNS AT HIM WITH A BIG BOOT, BUT DAWKINS CATCHES AND HITS A DISCUS LARIAT!!! ANGELO DAWKINS GOES TO THE CORNER FOR A SPEAR, BUT BATE LEAPFROGS WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP!!! HE HITS A DRAGOH SUPLEX!!! TYLER BATE GOES FOR A MOONSAULT BUT DAWKINS GETS HIS KNEES UP!! DAWKINS THEN HITS A SNAP SUPLEX!! He tags in Montez Ford and signals a double team move. ANGELO IRISH WHIPS MONTEZ OFF THE ROPES - THEN AS FORD COMES RUNNING AT HIM, DAWKINS THROWS HIM IN THE AIR AS MONTEZ COMES LANDING DOWN WITH A FROGSPLASH! 1....2....KICK OUT!!!
Street Profits are FURIOUS and grabs the chairs. The fans boo but they look at each other with anger, and agree this has to be done. TRENT SEVEN COMES UP FROM BEHIND AND HITS A BACKSTABBER TO MONTEZ FORD!!! This distracts Angelo Dawkins, so he looks the opposite way. This allows TYLER BATE TO HIT A CHAIR-ASSISTED RUNNING BULLDOG! Street Profits stumble to their feet. MONTEZ FORD HITS A SUPERKICK TO TRENT SEVEN!! HE TURNS AROUND TO TYLER BATE, WHO HITS A AIRPLANE SPIN AND GIANT SWING COMBO!!! Trent Seven stumbles into the ring, DEADLIFT POWERBOMB TO MONTEZ FORD! TYLER BATE FINALLY HITS THE TYLER DRIVER 97’!!!!!! 1.....2.....3!!!!!!! MUSTACHE MOUNTAIN ARE YOUR NEW SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!!
British Strong Style defeat The Street Profits (c) to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Pete Dunne vs. Aleister Black (c) - Intercontinental Championship
Dunne and Black are very similar style wise, both being aggressive guys who can legit shoot beat the shit out of you. Black however is strikes and martial arts based, while Dunne is more ground and grappling focused. That’s the narrative of the match. Pete Dunne ultimately wins with a Bitter End off the top rope. Seven and Bate then come out to celebrate winning all the titles with him.
Pete Dunne defeats Aleister Black (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship
Now holding all the gold, with each member having a title belt to their name, British Strong Style are reigning more supreme than ever. The only title that alludes them is the Universal Championship. With this rise to glory so fast they start to get a bit of a reputation, primarily Pete Dunne. Seven and Bate seem to still work well together, but Dunne only ever wrestles solo. This is subtle, and not especially pointed out by commentary, but if you pay attention you’ll see. We’re leading up to Backlash where they’ll prove if their rocket launch to stardom will fully take blast.
Ricochet comes around looking for an Intercontinental Championship match. He says he’s worked hard enough in the Midcard to earn this opportunity. He confronts Pete Dunne on an episode of SmackDown, and brings up when they used to be buddies a couple years back in NXT - and competed in WarGames together. Dunne gives Ricochet the match he desires, but with aggressive underlying intentions. “Say you’re intact bones goodbye.” The match is advertised for the following week on SmackDown, where it will main event the show. Of course, we need Peaky Blinders attire for a special occasion like this.
Ricochet and Dunne go 15 minutes, their clashing styles making for a work of art. In the end it ends up as a Countout, due to Bate double checking Dunne isn’t injured before he tries and renter the ring. This ends the show in drama. So, Ricochet brings in his old pals The War Raiders for Backlash, where the two opposing take will face off in a Six-man Tag Team Match.
Backlash 2022:
British Strong Style vs. Ricochet and The War Raiders - Six-man Tag Team Match
In the finishing sequence: Bate takes out both of Hanson and Rowe with a Giant Swing + Samoan Drop. Ricochet’s 630 then is broken up, which leads to a Better End by Dunne and a triple pin for the win.
British Strong Style defeat Ricochet and The War Raiders (21:31)
Ricochet comes back looking for his Intercontinental Championship match. However he’s already got it, so back of the line. Ricochet then follows in the teachings of Pete Dunne - take matters into your own hands and GET matches yourself. He does this by nearly costing Dunne’s buddies the tag titles in a defence against The War Raiders. So now Dunne is more than happy to give him another match, but this time it will be No Countout and No Disqualification - meaning they can go as wild as they want and Dunne won’t be sabotaged by his partners again. Seven and Bate offer Dunne help in the match, but he denies - wanting to go solo.
Money in the Bank 2022:
Pete Dunne (c) vs. Ricochet - No Countout and No Disqualification Match for the Intercontinental Championship
The bout is utter carnage, with weapons and fuckery galore. Dunne gets incredibly vicious with his attacks, stamping on Ricochet’s limbs covered in chairs. Dunne retains after an X Plex off the top rope through a table.
Pete Dunne defeats Ricochet (17:44)
Johnny Gargano recently made his debut on the main roster, arriving to SmackDown in the money in the bank ladder match. He targets Pete Dunne and his Intercontinental Championship. Meanwhile The War Raiders are looking for revenge on Moustache Mountain of Trent Seven and Tyler Bate. They get it, and it’s made a Ladder Match.
SummerSlam 2022:
British Strong Style (c) vs. The War Raiders - Ladder Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
This is both teams first time competing in a Ladder Match in WWE and it will certainly be one to remember. The match ends with Hanson and Rowe both pushing Seven and Bate off the same ladder, making them fall from opposite sides through other ladders. The War Raiders then climb up to win.
The War Raiders defeat British Strong Style (20:09)
Pete Dunne (c) vs. Johnny Gargano - Intercontinental Championship
Dunne and Gargano face off for the first time ever in a WWE ring in this encounter. They go a long time, very much an endurance based bout. In the end Gargano makes Dunne tap, despite Seven and Bate’s best efforts to help him. In one night, they lose it all.
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2020.10.21 14:30 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Oct. 14, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
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4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002 7-15-2002
7-22-2002 7-29-2002 8-5-2002 8-12-2002
8-26-2002 9-2-2002 9-9-2002 9-16-2002
9-23-2002 9-30-2002 10-07-2002
  • It's been 6 months since the brand split and we open with an analysis of how it's gone and the answer is not great. Dave wants it to work. In theory, it should give more talent TV time, let them slow-burn angles, create more stars, and foster healthy competition. In reality, it hasn't worked out like that at all. Guys like RVD, Benoit, Kane, Jericho....all of them are worse off now than they were 6 months ago when the split started and are no closer to breaking through that glass ceiling. Edge and Mysterio are the only two who seem to have benefitted by WWE making an actual effort to push them up the ladder but they aren't past that glass ceiling yet either. Everyone else is pretty much exactly where they were before or worse. Bubba Ray, Booker T, Lance Storm, Christian, Rikishi, Eddie Guerrero....all still mired in midcards. The only real main event top level stars WWE is building around lately are Undertaker, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Lesnar, who is the only real "star" that has been created since this brand split started. Other top stars from 6 months ago like Austin, Rock, Hogan, and Vince are gone or off TV. Ric Flair has been reduced to doing comedy jobs to Rico. And Chris Jericho, who main evented Wrestlemania 6 months ago, is back to the midcard.
  • And when you look at it from a business perspective, it's even worse. Live attendance from March to September has dropped over 50% and is the lowest it's been since December of 1996. Raw ratings in the last 6 months have dropped from 4.93 to 3.54, which is almost identical to the same 6-month drop WCW had when Nash took over booking during the first half of 1999. But at least WCW had the excuse that WWF was putting on amazing competitive shows on the other channel. WWE doesn't have that excuse in 2002. No competition bringing them down, just their own incompetence. Of course, there are other factors at play. They didn't expect to lose Austin the way they did. You could argue that losing Rock hurts, but he was around all summer and even held the WWE title for a month of that time and ratings continued to fall, so how much was he really helping? Dave goes on a big rant here about all the problems facing WWE right now holy shit it feels exactly like 2020. Let's cherry-pick a few lines: "The creative process works best with long-term storylines that fans feel they can invest in, and building characters that don't let the fans down. Vince changes his mind every week, so that makes that aspect difficult to impossible [...] Those backstage in Vegas remarked how amazed they were at how they were literally redoing the script as the show went on." Anyway, WWE doesn't have many more big cards to play. The Invasion has been done. NWO has been done. Hogan came back. Bischoff came in. None of it has worked. What's left? Scott Steiner can't hold up to the WWE schedule. Goldberg refuses to do the WWE schedule. Austin is on the outs and who knows how much his return would really change things anyway? The solutions aren't external. They have to fix the internal problems now and that's writing better shows and creating new stars. This piece goes on and on but it's just Dave rehashing what we already know about the creative issues that started plaguing them in 2002 and haven't gotten better in 18 years.
  • It's time to talk about Bob Sapp. He's a former WCW Power Plant trainee who only made one appearance on WCW television, in a backstage promo on Thunder to promote a Tough Man contest on FX during the dying days of the company. The interviewer was Lenita Erikson, a singer from the 90s who was rumored to be the secret girlfriend of a high-ranking TBS executive (Dave doesn't name him here, but pretty sure it's been revealed as Brad Siegel in years since) and she looked completely strung out on drugs, but was still given a gig on WCW TV for a few minutes. Anyway, they pushed Sapp as if he was a huge football star and hyped him up as the next big WCW star. But he never appeared on WCW television again. He worked a few NWA Wildside shows but that was it. When WCW folded, he got involved with MMA and kickboxing and here we are. Just one year later, Bob Sapp is a phenom in Japan, and with less than a year of training, he capped off his rise with a stunning victory this week over the greatest heavyweight kickboxer in history, Ernesto Hoost. Following the victory, he shot an angle with Manabu Nakanishi for their upcoming NJPW Tokyo Dome match, which will be Sapp's first pro wrestling match in Japan. And just like that, without ever having wrestled a match in Japan, Bob Sapp has become the biggest wrestling attraction in the country and will likely be what saves this Tokyo Dome show from being a disaster (which it was looking to be until this K-1 fight and the following Nakanishi angle).
WATCH: Bob Sapp is interviewed on WCW Thunder
WATCH: Bob Sapp vs. Ernesto Hoost (highlights of both their fights, we'll get to the 2nd one in a month or two)
  • Just as the Bob Sapp thing was helping NJPW build momentum for the Tokyo Dome show, Kensuke Sasaki had to go and ruin it all by announcing he's leaving the company. Sasaki has spent his entire 16+ year career in NJPW and has been a major star for much of the last decade, a 3-time IWGP champion, and was one of the top four stars that carried NJPW throughout the record-setting business in the 90s, even though he never quite reached the success or ability as Muto, Chono, and Hashimoto. Publicly, Sasaki has said he is upset over the way NJPW handled the planned Pancrase match he was booked for against Minoru Suzuki, claiming that NJPW pulled him from the match against his wishes and replaced him with Jushin Liger. He put in his notice with the company and an attempt to talk him out of leaving failed, so NJPW has pulled him off all advertised shows.
  • After a trial that lasted more than 2 weeks, a jury took only 4 hours to rule in favor of WWE and concluding that Nicole Bass did not suffer any sexual harassment. The jury gave statements afterward saying they felt Bass was lying about her claims that Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler) had groped her and rubbed himself against her on a flight in 1999. Despite it being a crowded flight, Bass was unable to come up with any witness to corroborate the story. Vince and Linda McMahon, Jim Ross, Triple H, and Rena Mero (Sable) and others all testified. WWE attempted to introduce evidence showing Bass doing softcore porn bondage wrestling videos and video of her multiple appearances on Howard Stern's show, but the judge blocked that. Sable and Alicia Webb (Ryan Shamrock) testified on behalf of Bass, in particular about claims that wrestlers would frequently go into the women's dressing rooms uninvited. In particular, Webb testified that Triple H once came in while she was using the bathroom. In his testimony, Triple H claimed he couldn't recall such an incident. Bass claimed that Triple H was a frequent intruder into the women's locker room. Triple H denied purposely intruding but did admit to being in there at times due to his relationship with Chyna but he was always invited and always knocked and made sure everyone was clothed before he entered. Everyone on the WWE side noted that Bass was a terrible wrestler, which is why they say she was fired, with Jim Ross testifying that she couldn't even take a simple back bump properly. Ivory testified and admitted she had shot down a lesbian storyline between her and Bass, saying, "I told them I don't have anything against lesbians, but I don't want to be a lesbian on TV, especially if Nicole is going to be my girlfriend." Anyway, that's pretty much it. Jury didn't believe her and ruled unanimously against Bass. Also, one final unrelated note, Triple H testified that his downside guarantee on his current WWE contract is $400,000 in case you were curious.
  • Lots of issues with Chyna and NJPW. The promotion has to push her prominently because she's Inoki's pet project and he owns majority interest in the company. But no one likes working with her in the ring and she's rubbing people the wrong way by pitching ideas and giving advice on how they should be doing things and giving off the vibe that she thinks she knows more about wrestling than the Japanese do because she was a big star during WWF's peak. But they're all stuck with her because Inoki.
  • Brian Adams, formerly known as Crush, will make his professional boxing debut on an undercard match at an upcoming event in Las Vegas. Randy Savage will be in his corner. He's 36, which is too late for him to ever make any kind of serious attempt at being a boxer, and they're mostly selling this on the hype that Savage will be in his corner more than anything (Adams ends up getting injured in training and never actually has a pro boxing match).
  • Ring of Honor and XPW held competing shows in Philadelphia on 10/5, less than a mile apart from each other. Each group drew around 400-450 fans. During the week before, XPW began offering more money to advertised ROH stars to come work the XPW show instead. Some guys earning $100 for the ROH show were offered $500 to do XPW. Homicide's tag team partner Boogalou was the only one who accepted the offer and worked the XPW show under a mask (hope it was worth it, ROH never used him again). As the ROH show was going on, XPW called up Steve Corino (who was working the ROH show) and offered him $1000 to leave and come to the XPW show right then and do a run-in. He declined. This has resulted in former rivals ROH and CZW beginning to work together, out of a mutual desire to get rid of XPW. In another note from the ROH show, Insane Clown Posse showed up the day of the show and asked if they could work a match and they did. Crowd didn't like it at all and chanted, "Don't come back!" at them when it was over.
WATCH: Insane Clown Posse in Ring of Honor
  • Superstar Billy Graham's liver condition has worsened and he's still in desperate need of a liver transplant to survive much longer. A benefit show was held for him this week, with WWE and even Arnold Schwarzeneggar sending memorabilia to be auctioned off. WWE and Graham have had major issues in the past but to Dave's knowledge, things have patched up between he and Vince. Anyway, Brian Christopher showed up to the card and demanded his usual $1,500 fee. But he (and everyone else) had previously agreed to work this show for free since it was a benefit show. When Christopher was told he wasn't being paid, he left. Road Dogg (or BG James as he's called in TNA) also no-showed. Surprisingly, New Jack volunteered to work the show to make up for the no-shows, since he happened to be in the area. Good fella, that New Jack.
  • TNA has a TV deal! Barely. They will start airing a weekly show on Tuesday nights on Urban America Television, which consists of 60 low-power TV stations scattered around the country. The show will be called TNA Xplosion. This is little more than buying your way onto syndicated TV networks, as other promotions have had similar deals that amounted to nothing. So this isn't really going to mean shit for the company but it's something I guess. In the meantime, TNA is spinning its wheels, waiting to see if this big influx of money that everyone keeps waiting for will come through.
  • Nothing much to the latest episode of TNA's weekly PPV. Russo is primarily scripting interviews and being kept away from the overall storylines and angles. Scott Hall missed last week's show, calling the day of and saying his ex-wife left him with the children and he has a custody hearing so he can't leave them. They were understanding but at the same time....like, c'mon dude. So then for this week's show, he called a couple of days in advance and gave the same reason. Sorry, got the kids, can't come to work. Considering he's only working one day a week and this time he knew in advance, they were less understanding. The last time Hall was on TV, his over-the-top fake selling and complete lack of taking anything serious made it clear he doesn't prioritize TNA right now.
  • There was a story in Milwaukee where a gang of teenagers beat a man to death that made national headlines. One of the teenagers admitted that he held the man in what they called a "cripple cross face hold" to allow the others to beat the man in the face. The teen confessed that he learned the move from watching Smackdown.
  • Notes from Raw: Dave calls it an episode of Murder She Wrote because the episode ended with Triple H accusing Kane of murdering someone named Katie Vick 10 years ago. Dave doesn't have high hopes for this angle (oh Dave, you naive young thing, just you wait). They aired a vignette for Batista debuting on Raw, with no attempt whatsoever at explaining why/how he's jumping ship from Smackdown. Anyway, the long-term plan is for Batista and Orton to join with Triple H and Ric Flair in a new Four Horsemen-type group. The whole show was gimmick matches because they were in Vegas and had a roulette wheel to pick all the stipulations. Godfather was also on this show, with once again no explanation as to how or why he was moved from Smackdown (non-kayfabe reason is because he's well-known and loved in Vegas). A four-team TLC match gets 4.25 stars and the crowd was going insane for it. Lots of people ended up banged up when it was over, with Bubba Ray getting the worst of it with a serious concussion and he's been pulled from all current bookings (yeah this is pretty famous for the fact that you can see Jericho talking Bubba through the finish of the match).
WATCH: Chris Jericho walks a concussed Bubba Ray through the match finish - 2002
  • Notes from Smackdown: another excellent show, with every segment serving a purpose and furthering a storyline, with some great wrestling to boot. Edge vs. Angle gets 4.25 stars and another 4 stars for Mysterio vs. Benoit. And the only other notable thing was the beginnings of a Torrie Wilson/Dawn Marie feud that saw Wilson's real life father Al Wilson debut (and here we go...)
  • Various news and notes: Hogan is being sued by someone for a boat he sold on eBay for $65,000, with the buyer claiming Hogan lied about the condition of the boat. Paul Bearer is leaving the company to spend more time with his wife who has been battling breast cancer. New York Post ran an article about ad rates for TV shows. Out of the top 135 network shows, Smackdown usually ranks somewhere in the middle each week in ratings. But they have the 5th lowest ad rates of any prime time show, more evidence that no matter how popular wrestling is, advertisers still see it as something that only poor people watch and aren't willing to spend as much money on it.
NEXT WEEK: WWE's collapsing viewership, NJPW Tokyo Dome show fallout, Brock Lesnar vs. Lennox Lewis negotiations, and more...
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2020.10.20 23:57 jlmaddock1 TOP 50 FARGO CHARACTERS

TOP 50 FARGO CHARACTERS: The Official Ranking (Based Solely On Opinion) of (Almost) Every Fargo Character (Because Season 4 Has 50 New Characters Alone and It’s Not Done Yet
I became a big Fargo fan this year, it helped me get through quarantine and I am now on the ride for season 4. It’s nice to be here so I’ll start off with a bang and give you what I believe to be the ranking of the Season 1-3 characters. I included, mostly all of them. Some got excluded like that lawyer or that cop, but for the most part the gang’s all here. And like the title says, it’s all opinion. But I’m right so let’s get going.
1.Lester Nygaard
Pretty much everything that Fargo is can be summed up with Lester’s turn to evil. If you want to introduce someone to the show, you begin with him. Lorne may steal the show, but Lester’s inner evil being unleashed it far more fascinating as a character study. It’s a strong arch and offers a very revealing role for Martin Freeman to sink his teeth in, and is arguably one of the retreads of the show from the movie that actually might be an improvement.
2.Gloria Burgle
The best version of the morally centered cop this show has to offer, comes very close to standing next to Marge. Her relationship to her work and her family, as well as her struggle with her inadequacies make for a fascinating and extremely captivating character to follow in a season full of madness. She is powerful and remains uptight in her investigation but her moments of fear and stress felt extremely real, and I appreciated this more than the two other variations on this list.
3.Mike Milligan
If I didn’t try to hide my bias, Bokeem Woodbine’s absolutely legendary and retro performance as the Kansas City wannabe-king would certainly rank at number one. There is nothing I don’t enjoy about his role. Made me a Bokeem fan for life. I would take a whole new season about him purely to bathe in new footage of this perfomance.
4.VM Varga
Evil incarnate has never been so enjoyable to watch as it is with David Thewlis delightfully monstrous antagonist. Season 3 has its flaws, but I could always count on Varga’s consistency for vile and disgustingly cruel anecdotes for becoming rich to sink my teeth in. One of the rare villains that has his shadow linger over the whole show. He is only closely followed by
5.Nikki Swango
Who not only manages to be the biggest badass of the season, but also manages to be the only character smart and quick enough to outthink Varga. I remember it being quite haunting when we see Varga off his game, and I could feel the power of Swango’s character throughout the rest of the season. Her undoubtable love for Ray only provides more of a reason to root for this character’s revenge. Undoubtedly the best antihero the show has to offer (sorry #26 fans)
6.Lou Solverson
Now I LOVE both versions of Lou, they’re both adorable and endearing. Season 2 is certainly fleshed out more and given a lot more to do, but with that season in hindsight it’s very interesting to see the inner cop Carradine carried on in scenes such as his encounter with Lorne or his desire to help his daughter, sitting on the porch just like he always has. Wilson brought a much needed charm that made him an extremely reliable character for all of season 2. Both are extremely strong contenders for the show’s best boy scout.
7.Lorne Malvo
Some may be upset at his ranking, but don’t get me wrong Lorne is everything. His dark humor mixed with his love for violence makes for an eerie and hilarious antagonist for season 1. His humor is more successful than any other character.
8.Ray Stussy
Baby Ray, such a tragic character. This one’s here for me guys. Ray’s arch and its conclusion made me realize how much I loved him, and at the same time made me realize how much I don't have a very similar character. He was very endearing throughout his course in the season, and I wish him the best wherever he is.
9.Bear Gerhardt
Another strangely endearing and tragic character who is probably the most relatable and understandable member of the Gerhardt Family. Definitely my favorite, and his dark turn towards the end of the season just highlights the downfall of the entire family structure.
10.Gus Grimly
Molly is the star of Season 1 but I’d say Gus ended up being a more compelling character for me. He had one of the more satisfying arcs and I enjoyed seeing a character who was just...not good at his job but wanted to do the right thing. Hank’s very friendly performance added to the heart of the show and boy what a satisfying ending for him.
11.Hanzee Dent
I love rooting for murderous psychopaths, but man wasn’t he a badass? Hanzee’s storyline of oppression and emancipation was a storyline that I enjoyed its entirety of, even if I was somewhat disappointed with the seeming lack of a resolution surrounding the events with the grocery store. Although, I don’t mind the Moses Tripoli thing, the Wrench/Numbers part of that scene is what was a stretch for me.
12.Rye Gerhardt
How do you steal an entire season with only one episode? Kieran Culkin’s performance as Rye deserves an Emmy and you can’t tell me he doesn’t. He’s hilarious, and I think he has the perfect amount of screentime for his type of character. “There’s two ways this can go.”
13.Dodd Gerhardt
The most despicable Gerhardt? Definitely, but Jeffery Donovan is incredibly entertaining to root against and has some of the funniest moments of the season. His relationships to the other characters also creates great intrigue.
14.Hank Larsson
Is there any other man you would want by your side in the battle? I wish it was him saying FUBA with Lou in the end instead of who we got, but man is Ted Danson just great in this show. First of all he somehow FITS Fargo perfectly, but his character is just very dependable. Very similar to...
15.Betsy Solverson
Only second to Hank is Lou’s reliable wife is Betsy, whose impending doom gives the family structure of season 2 quite the shake up it needs. It offers Lou a chance to express emotions that his beefy facade attempts to hide, and her willingness to assist and take arms is just lovable. Speaking of dedication...
16.Sy Feltz
Sy...poor Sy. He warned Emmit from the beginning and sticks with him even when he is accused of being in bed with the enemy. He had no reason to stay by his side except for his morals and ethics and the fact that he just cares about his friend. His ending is one of the one things in that show that truly makes me sad when I think about it. I don’t know if I’d want a different ending, but SY DESERVED BETTER.
17.Molly Solverson
Molly is everything she needs to be. She’s honest, she’s hardworking, and despite what everyone says about her the most surprising part of her character is she knows when to stop. In the end, she has moved on. Lester is the same character, he is the same evil. Molly knows this and in the end, knows she can’t help him. Their battle gave a compelling season-long arc that kept me motivated to come back each week when I originally watched it, and even though Lou and Gloria get first place for me in the ranking, Molly’s impact can not be stated. I’d love to see her get a drink with Marge.
18.Simone Gerhardt
Simone’s 70s spirit is a ride. She certainly has the most spunk out of the Gerhardts, gives a surprisingly emotional performance, and gives arguably the best line of the entire show.
19.Emmit Stussy
JUDAS. Only high on this list because of McGreggor’s excellent performance, multiple sides and shadows of emotion make him such a compelling part of this show. Emmit is incredibly hard to read, and every episode is a new kind of feeling about him. But there’s no question, in his final scene, I cheered. He doesn’t deserve anything like what Ray and Nikki have let me just say that.
20.Peggy Blumquist
Peggy is frustrating, but that’s what makes her compelling. On one hand you can see Peggy’s side of things, but on the other you can understand Ed. Peggy gets the upper hand here because she represents a lot of other things in this world, and Dunst was able to bring enough reliability and honesty to mix with the crazy.
21.Karl Weathers
Although I always enjoy Nick Offerman, I was a little worried at this character’s initial appearance. Noah Hawley has a knack for writing some one-note characters as you’ll see later on in this list, but what turned me around was his appearance in Episode 6, most specifically his intense interaction with Bear. His surprising intelligence and wit in this interaction was really compelling.
22.Floyd Gerhardt
Being a Watchmen fan, it was awesome to see Laurie Blake to show up to kick some more ass in this show. Floyd’s a complicated character, and I enjoyed her gradual descent into loss of control, both mentally and physically. She was a stone-cold power figure, who honestly I wouldn’t fuck with.
23.Ed Blumquist
Jesse Plemmons gives a grade-A performance in this one, and his character has just as many twists and turns emotionally as Peggy gets to have, though I wish they had gone further down his routes at times. We see his dedication, where he breaks and where he picks his feet up. But I don’t know, I just would have personally liked to have seen more.
24.The Kitchen Brothers
Love my Prague rock-band boys. Of the henchmen’s they’re my favorite. It’s just a personal preference because I love their style. They also manage to be completely badass without saying a single word.
25.Winnie Lopez
So, I don’t know the general consensus on this character, but I kind of loved her. She and Gloria are a badass team, it was nice to have someone working somewhat directly close with the main cop of the show. You know in Season 1, Molly had Gus but she was mostly on her own and Lou had help from a few other people but again mostly had to fly solo. Winnie believed in Gloria and wanted to do what she could to help her. I’m gonna think about how much I love them real quick…………..that was nice. Alright, time to explain myself with this next one.
26.Mr. Wrench
I know fan favorite Mr. Wrench being placed at 26 is making some people tweak right now, but listen….he’s great. I agree, he’s entertaining. Wrench and Numbers, they’re some great blokes. BUT LISTEN…….Season 1 they just didn’t grab me. I don’t know, like I enjoyed their scenes because I thought they were a good dynamic hitman duo with enough quirks to warrant their inclusion but I did not leave the show wanting more from them. It wasn’t till Season 3 that I found myself in a greater appreciation for him. Because you know, apart of me was like, “Oh boy Noah is really pulling out of his ass for this one.” But at the same time, he and Nikki made a damn good team. And if I can go with other coincidences in this show, I can go with that one. Please don’t burn me alive, I admit he’s entertaining but there are way more compelling characters in my opinion. Actually, one I would credit with being just that is...
27.Charlie Gerhardt
Who gave one of the most surprising performances of the season. I enjoyed his arch of wanting to be apart of the family, and although I felt like his conclusion was somewhat lackluster after he’s in the cage, I still enjoyed his overall inclusion and I think that’s due in part to Allan Dobrescu’s natural charisma.
28.Paul Marrane
I was so happy when Ray Wise showed up, and his supernatural nature seems fitting. I think he was served better than aliens if we’re having that debate.
29.Joe Bulo
I enjoyed his interactions with other characters (Milligan, Floyd) more than his character overall. A very Fargo crime boss.
30.Meemo and Yuri Gurka
Though some would argue they deserve separate spots as they’re two very different forms of crazy, but I feel about the same of both. They are expounded upon enough without being overly exaggerated and provide some good thrills/scares. I think I like Meemo’s style here though, so sorry Yuri you’re 30.5.
31.Mr. Numbers
Adam Goldberg is an actor I enjoy seeing whenever he shows up and that is no more in effect than with his role as Numbers. The only issue is I couldn’t tell you a single thing about his character except for his devotion to and relationship with his partner.
32.Bill Oswalt
Bob Odenkirk will be remembered as one of the finest actors of his time, no question. It’s a shame his role but more one-note than noteworthy but it just shows his power to hone in a good performance despite the content.
33.Don Chumph
GLENN. HOWERTON. Any Sunny fan was happy to have him, and though his exaggerated ego is a bit much, it offered a lot of laughs and a good role for Howerton to play in between Philly seasons. Obvious bias, let’s move on.
34.Noreen Vanderslice
I enjoyed her presence. Solid dark comedy. Not much else.
35.Pepper and Budge
In moments I loved them, in moments I could’ve gone without them. Key and Peele are delightfully entertaining (I love seeing Peele act in general now that it’s so rare), but sometimes they just feel horribly out of place. This show is filled with character actors but this inclusion just always felt weird to me. They do offer one of the best moments of the show, that being the car scene with Lester.
36.Stravos Milos
I guess he’s not a fan favorite, but it helped that I enjoy Oliver Pratt enough to enjoy his inclusion in the show. I also appreciate at least one real and honest reference to the movie being put in there. If any storyline from the film could continue, it’s obviously the money and it provided a nice welcome into the world before the craziness of season 2.
37.Vern Thurman
Included because he left such a charming impression.
38.Maurice LeFay
I hear the criticisms of being one note, although I enjoyed seeing Scoot show up if only for one episode. What a killer way to go out though.
39.Sonny Greer
One of those other one note characters, this time one that serves much less of a purpose. Karl outshines him in every scene.
40.Greta Grimly
A heartwarming addition to the Season 1 storyline. Next.
41.Chaz Nygaard
Unlikable and uncharamastic but his blissful ignorance is a welcome folly for Lester’s rampage.
42.Moe Dammick
The problem with this character isn’t even that they repeated the same cliche from Season 1 with Odenkirk’s character but rather that they did nothing to add or subvert expectations with it. He ends up pretty much staying the same way throughout the season, even after multiple moments where he should be convinced otherwise. He is simply the same character with a harsher edge, which is a shame because Shea Whigham is another one of those actors who I normally just love whatever role he’s in, so this one was a little disappointing.
43.Ben Schmidt
Everyone’s favorite police yuppie. Absolutely terrible cop, incredibly hilarious to watch him fail. “You’re a shit cop, you know that?”
44.Linda Park
Offers Lester one of his most fucked up moments, but did not offer much in terms of a character outside of a couple of laughs.
45.Donny Mashman
Down low because he has no backbone.
46.Constance Heck
Gave a great performance in her scene with Hanzee, but did not get much out of her little screen-time.
47.Gina and Sam Hess
Characters that exist solely for the purpose of progressing Lester’s character arch. Toss em to the curb.
48.Ruby Goldfarb
That twist was just lame and not shocking, I’m sorry. Like it happened, and I was just like...okay? Who cares at this point. Did not need it. Also very one note.
49.Ennis Stussy/Thaddeus Mobley
Not even the worst performance wise just, frustrating. There are certain times where I give Noah Hawley his side roads even if they end up going nowhere just because I enjoy the world of Fargo, but Thaddeus’s storyline is just so unnecessary. I enjoyed the inclusion of the story with the robot and how it related to Gloria’s arch, BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH SIR. Realizing I’ve rewatched every episode of Fargo except S03E03 oops.
50.Skip Sprang
The most annoying and useless typewriter salesman in the world. I could watch Mike torture him for hours.
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2020.09.18 15:04 4verticals Final title changes in WWE to happen in front of a crowd

I was thinking about how much wrestling has changed this year and it got me to thinking about the last title changes to happen with fans present to witness them. I decided to create a reference guide because I'm nerdy about obscure stats like this and their related info. The last WWE show to happen in front of a crowd was Raw on March 9th. The champions on that date, and the title change that occurred when they won the title, were:
WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar over Kofi Kingston, Smackdown, October 4th 2019. Brock dropped the title to Drew McIntyre at Mania, and the title has remained around Drew's waist ever since.
Universal Championship: Goldberg over "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, Super Showdown, Saudi Arabia, February 27th 2020. Interestingly, the last Universal Title change before this also happened in Saudi Arabia, when Wyatt beat Seth Rollins on Halloween of 2019 at Crown Jewel. The last Universal Title change to happen in front of a Western crowd was when Rollins beat Brock Lesnar at Summerslam on August 11th 2019. Since beating Wyatt in Saudi, Goldberg dropped the title to Braun Strowman at Mania, and the title currently sits around the waist of Roman Reigns.
Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch over Ronda Rousey, WrestleMania 35, April 8th 2019. This match was a triple threat match that also involved Charlotte and was also for her Smackdown Women's Championship. Since dethroning Ronda here, Becky held the title for over a year until she needed to take time off due to pregnancy, wherein the title was contested in the MITB match on May 10th 2020, which was won by Asuka.
Smackdown Women's Championship: Bayley over Charlotte, Smackdown, October 11th 2019. Amazingly, Bayley is still champion.
Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn over Braun Strowman, Elimination Chamber, March 8th 2020. Sami literally squeaked in here, winning the title from Braun on the penultimate show in front of crowds. This match was a 3-on-1 handicap match in which Zayn was partnered by his Artist Collective teammates, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Zayn's reign lasted 65 days before he vacated the title due to being unable to appear on the show during the pandemic. The title is currently held by Jeff Hardy, but Zayn is back on TV and is claiming to be the rightful champion.
United States Champion: Andrade over Rey Mysterio, house show, Boxing Day 2019. The last title change to probably ever happen at a house show, as WWE has expressed interest in moving away from them even after a return to live crowds. The last televised US Title change was when Rey beat AJ Styles on Raw a month prior to his defeat to Andrade. The title currently is held by Bobby Lashley.
Raw Tag Team Championships: Street Profits over Seth Rollins and Murphy, Raw, March 2nd 2020. The Profits also squeaked in here, beating Rollins and Murphy a week prior to the final show in front of crowds. Like Bayley, Dawkins and Ford are yet to drop their titles.
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: Miz and John Morrison over New Day, Super Showdown, Saudi Arabia, February 27th 2020. The last Smackdown tag title change to happen in front of a Western crowd was when New Day beat the Revival (remember them? :P) in Manchester, England on an episode of Smackdown in November 2019. The last change to happen in front of a North American crowd was when Revival beat New Day at Clash of Champions 2019 in their home state of North Carolina. The titles are currently held by Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Women's Tag Team Championships: Asuka and Kairi Sane over Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, Hell In A Cell, October 6th 2019. Asuka and Kairi would drop the titles back to Alexa and Nikki at Mania. The titles are currently held by Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.
24/7 Championship: Riddick Moss over Mojo Rawley, Raw, February 10th 2020. Moss dropped the belt to R-Truth two months later when he was out jogging. Yes, this is a championship contested in professional wrestling matches. The title is currently held by R-Truth, who is in his... 39th reign.
NXT Championship: Adam Cole over Johnny Gargano, TakeOver: XXV, June 1st 2019. Cole's reign would end up being the longest in the history of the title, before he dropped the belt to Keith Lee, in a match that was also for Lee's North American Championship, on Night 2 of the 2020 Great American Bash in July. The title is currently held by Finn Balor.
NXT Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley over Shayna Baszler, NXT TV, December 18th 2019. Rhea would be given a Mania program with Charlotte, who ended her reign. The title is currently held by Io Shirai, who beat Charlotte in a triple threat match also involving Rhea.
NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee over Roderick Strong, NXT TV, January 22nd 2020. Lee would vacate the title after defeating Adam Cole and also becoming NXT Champion. The North American Championship is currently held by Damian Priest.
NXT Tag Team Championships: Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne over Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, TakeOver: Portland, February 16th 2020. Interestingly, Dunne would become isolated in the UK during the pandemic and his half of the championships was then defended on his behalf by Timothy Thatcher. Riddle and Thatcher dropped the titles to Imperium on the May 13th episode of NXT. They then ended up having a match in the "Fight Pit". The titles are currently held by Breezango.
Here's to hearing the crowd pop again for a title change sometime in the not too distant future. Hope you enjoyed reading.
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2020.07.13 20:21 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters G-I in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters G-I of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
G-I
Gaetani, Gelasio: Count Gelasio Gaetani comes from one of the oldest families in Rome. The Gaetani (also known as Caetani) family has produced 3 popes, including Pope Boniface VIII. Gelasio is a wine specialist and vineyard owner who helps celebrities buy the most unique bottles of wine throughout the world.
Gaetani, Rufreido: Roffredo Gaetani was an Italian count, prince, and duke who died in a car crash in 2005. Roffredo came to the public’s attention when he dated Ivana Trump in the 1990s. Brother of Gelasio.
Gallman, Kuki: Kuki Gallmann is a best-selling author (5 of her books were global best sellers), poet, environmental activist, and conservationist. Owns a 98,000 acre cattle ranch in Kenya with her husband, which she turned into a conservation park.
Ganero, Mario Jr.: Where do we even begin? Mario Garnero is a Brazilian banker and entrepreneur who has been deemed the “father of the ethanol car” and is the chairman of the board and primary shareholder of Brasilinvest Group, a banking firm worth $700 million. Garnero’s connections run extremely deep. He is/has been personal friends with Jacob Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, and many others. The following website makes some startling connections between Garnero, Epstein, and others (source: https://aeltri.com/2019/02/12/john-of-god-mario-garnero-and-epstein/). Quick summary: Record producer Damon Dash (former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) allegedly raped a supermodel who worked for Naomi Campbell at a party thrown by Garnero (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poshs-friend-sued-for-rape-6939248.html).
Garnero has been referred to as a “Rothschild pawn” who tried to help Aecio Neves rise to power. Garnero also appointed “George Soros frontman, Arminio Fraga, who worked in Soros’ Quantum Fund, as Minister of the Economy.”
Ganoza, Esteban Juan: A Peruvian businessman who said he met Maxwell in the 1980s when he lived in New York, but denied any ties to pedophilia when his contact information was revealed to be in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Garcia, Ludmila: No info found.
Gardner. Adam: No info found.
Garland, Michael: Likely the Chairman of investment firm C5 Capital, located in London.
Garson, Jeremy: Likely refers to the lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who specializes in large-scale international commercial disputes. Not completely positive, though.
Gaspar, Nacho: Not sure. Could be a number of Ignazio Gaspars, all of whom are businessmen.
Gaul, Harriett: Harriett Jagger is a fashion stylist and former fashion director of Tatler, a fashion magazine owned by Conde Nast (parent company of Vogue, GQ, etc.), which has come up several times during my investigations, and Harpers. She had a daughter with property dealer Simon Gaul, the Godson of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Geary, Tim: Served in public relations and was Director of Membership at Soho House, a restaurant and private members club. Billionaire Ron Burkle owns 60% of Soho House. Burkle, along with Bill Clinton, Chris Tucker, Kevin Spacey, travelled to Africa for an anti-poverty, anti-AIDs tour on Epstein’s Lolita Express. Nothing fishy there.
Gelardin, Jack: No info found. The address listed is located in Chelsea, London, and sold for over 5 million pounds in 2013.
German-Ribon, Catriona: Catriona Blampied (nee German-Ribon) is the Managing Partner, Founder, and Owner of talent agency Procure Worldwide & Procure Digital since 2016. Worked as Managing Director at Platinum Rye Entertainment, another talent agency, before that.
Gertler, Eric: A venture capitalist who served as Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, a media company most known for publishing news, consumer advice, and rankings ranging from education (top universities, high schools, etc.) to job professions, healthcare, and too many others to mention. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Gertler to serve as President and CEO of Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic agency. In Epstein’s ‘Black Book,’ Privista is listed under Gertler’s name. Privista is a company that protects against identity theft. Gertler was President and CEO.
Getty, Mark: Co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, a photographic conglomerate. If you have ever surfed the Internet, you have seen several pictures/images belonging to Getty Images. From 2008-2016, Getty was the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery in London. Grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr., founder of Getty Oil Company, and one of the richest men in the world during his time. The Getty Family has a net worth north of $5 billion as of 2015.
Getty, Pia and Chris: Pia Getty is the daughter of billionaire Robert Warren Miller, an American-born British businessman and founder of Duty Free Shops. Pia’s sisters are Princess Alexandra von Furstenberg of designer fame and Maria-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Her ex-husband (1992-2005), Christopher, is Mark Getty’s first cousin. Christopher is also the grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr. When they were married, Pia and Mark would hold A-list parties on the rooftop of their Manhattan townhouse. Their townhouse was located half a mile from Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. Many people think that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses an underground base and city for the elites.
Gibbs, Emma: Former girlfriend of Prince Andrew. Gibbs was introduced to Prince Andrew by her good friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Gibbs worked as a PR consultant.
Gibson, Caroline: Likely to be the award-winning freelance copywriter and content writer who has worked on a number of high-profile advertisements.
Gilifilan, Andrew: Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Cambridge University Press. Retired in 2012.
Gillford, Lord & Lady: Lord Gillford is Patrick Meade, the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam. He is a businessman who is on the board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings and Eurasia Drilling Company, where he served as Chairman. Eurasia Drilling Company is owned by Russian billionaire oligarch, Alexander Dzhaparidze and billionaire Alexander Putilov.
Gilmour, Andrew & Emma: Gilmour is a diplomat for the UN who has spoken out strongly against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Gilmour’s father, Sir Ian Gilmour, served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s first cabinet. Emma Gilmour (nee Williams) is a physician and author.
Ginsberg, Gary: Former Executive VP of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the fourth-largest media group in the world prior to splitting in 2013. Ginsberg was a close confidant of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin while at News Corp. Ginsberg also served in the Clinton Administration at the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice. Ginsberg has brokered meetings between Rupert Murdoch and the Clintons, as well as Obama. Ginsberg is currently on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools, which designs course curricula for students in NYC. New Visions supports many schools, impacting 230,000 students (source: https://newyorkschooltalk.org/2019/07/at-new-visions-for-public-schools-its-all-about-continuous-school-improvement-hows-that-going/). Their Networks for School Improvement Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. New Visions also has ties to the Carnegie Foundation, which donates millions of dollars in grants (source: https://www.carnegie.org/grants/grants-database/grantee/new-visions-for-public-schools-inc/#!/grants/grants-database/grant/312395808.0/). Ginsberg is also a friend of and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Gittis, Howard: Gittis (1934-2007) was an attorney and adviser to billionaire businessman Ron Perelman. He worked at MacAndrews & Forbes, an investment firm owned by Perelman. In 1995, Perelman hosted a dinner with Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Clinton college friend Arnold Paul Prosperi, Don Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Don Fowler, who was the co-chairman of the DNC. More on Perelman later.
Giussani, Luca: President, CEO of Dorial Telecom, Inc., a telecommunications company.
Glanville, Mary: A philanthropy consultant who spent years in TV, Glanville also worked as a PR contact for the Bonita Trust which donated £100,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) back in 2009 to “update its ChildLine technical infrastructure and purchase essential equipment so that more children can get help from its ChildLine service” (source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2625274.htm). Glanville was the author of that PR statement.
Glass, Charlie: Could possibly be Charles Glass, author, publisher, and journalist that specializes in the Middle East, but I cannot confirm.
Glentworth, Edmund & Emily: Edmund Pery is the 7th Earl of Limerick and was formerly known as Viscount Glentworth. He worked in British government until becoming director of Deutsche Bank. Emily is Edmund’s wife.
Goess, Pilar: A countess and Austrian-American model who posed for Playboy. Goess died in 1999 from a brain tumor.
Goldberg, Ellen: President of Santa Fe Institute, an organization in New Mexico that hosts faculty consisting of Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and MacArthur fellows. Goldberg is also a research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Goldberg is a member of the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the National Institutes of Health. Goldberg has a Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University Medical College.
Goldsmith, Isabel: An art collector and owner of Hotel Las Alamandas in Mexico. Goldsmith is the daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, a French-British financier, tycoon, and member of the European Parliament.
Golinkin, Sandy: Former Vice President and Publisher of Lucky, a fashion and lifestyle magazine owned by Conde Nast. Has frequently been photographed with celebrities and elite at various parties.
Gomez, Thomas: Thomas Gommes is a former international corporate lawyer.
Gomme, William & Emma: William Gomme is a former director of several furniture manufacturing companies in London. Emma is his wife.
Gordon, Jacobo: Spanish businessman who co-founded several real estate and gaming companies with Alejandro Agag. Agag is a former politician in Spain. He became Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), a tremendous political faction in Europe. Agag played a huge role in getting former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi’s party into the EPP. Berlusconi has been charged for underage prostitution in the past. Agag quit politics to pursue financial and sporting interests. He is married to the daughter of Jose Maria Aznar, the former PM of Spain and Ana Botella Serrano, the first female mayor of Madrid. Guests at Agag’s wedding included kings and queens. Berlusconi and Tony Blair served as witnesses.
Gore, Juliet: The only Juliet Gore I found is the co-director of Neuro Orthopaedic Institute out of Australia. Doesn’t feel right.
Gottlieb, Steve: A music executive who discovered Nine Inch Nails, Pitbull, Sevendust, and Ja Rule. He has served on the boards of Napster and Musicmatch. He is currently CEO of Shindig, a Zoom-like platform for people to meet each other online.
Goulandris, Dimitri: Founder of The Cycladic Group, which invests and creates businesses. Spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group. Goulandris is the Executive Director and a Board Member for Knightsbridge Schools, which has 3 schools (KSI Montenegro [a boarding school], KSI Bogota, and KSI Panama), all of which are primary/secondary schools for students aged 2-18.
Grabau, Lorenzo: Spent seventeen years at Goldman Sachs before becoming CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik, a Swedish investment firm. He was fired less than 3 years after taking the position.
Graff, Francois: CEO of family-owned Graff, one of the world’s most notable jewellery houses. The company is worth several billion dollars. Graff has been photographed with the likes of Wilbur Ross. In 2001, there was a party celebrating the opening of a new Graff’s store. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell, Ivana Trump, Joan Collins, and Denise Rich (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/05/style/IHT-laurence-graff-and-his-pockets-full-of-diamonds-the-buccaneer-of.html)
Granby, David: David Charles Robert Manners is the 11th Duke of Rutland. He also goes by the Marquess of Granby. Granby is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party and has hosted fundraising events at his ancestral home, Belvoir Castle. Employed Harvey Proctor, the former Conservative Parliament member who had to resign because he had sexual relations with underage male prostitutes, as his personal secretary.
Grange, Jacques: A French interior designer for the rich. Clients include Princess Caroline of Monaco, Francis Ford Coppola, Alain Ducasse, and several billionaires, to name a few.
Grant Jamie: Likely James Grant, owner of No2 Pound Street, an award-winning wine shop that specializes in British Cheese and cured meats. He and his wife previously worked at some leading hotels and restaurants.
Greece Princess Olga: Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia (nee Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece) married her second cousin, Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia, in 2008. Olga’s father is first cousins with Prince Phillip (Queen Elizabeth’s wife).
Greece, MC & Pavlos: Pavlos is the eldest son of Constantine II, the last King of Greece, before the monarchy was abolished in 1973. Worked in New York as an investment portfolio manager. MC is his wife, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece. Her father is the billionaire founder of Duty Free Shops. Her sisters, Alexandra and Pia, married into the von Furstenberg and Getty families, respectively. A dinner party was thrown for them at the Standard Hotel in 2009. There were about 12 guests there. One of those exclusive guests was Ghislaine Maxwell (source: https://wwd.com/eye/people/royal-standard-a-fete-for-princess-marie-chantal-and-prince-pavlos-2399957/)
Green, Deborah: No info found.
Green, Jeremy: Likely the former Chief Executive of Quba Property Holdings in South Africa.
Green, Judy: A New York socialite who hobnobbed with an elite crowd. She was considered Andy Warhol’s first muse. He did her photo portrait and she starred in his first movie, The Kiss. She was reportedly close with Frank Sinatra. Edgar M. Bromfman served as Best Man at her wedding to William John Green in 1964. Bromfman is the owner of Seagram, the beverage company. His daughters, Clare and Sara, were members of NXIVM, a cult that recruited women and forced them into sexual slavery.
Gregg Geordie & Katherine: Geordie Grieg is an English journalist and editor of The Daily Mail. Grieg is good friends and has been photographed partying with Ghislaine Maxwell. He is the former editor of Tatler, a Conde Nast-owned British magazine that is targeted towards the upper class and those interested in high society events. Tatler connections come up constantly in the ‘Black Book.’
Grenfell, Natasha: Daughter of Lord St Just, heir to a banking fortune and Wilbury Park mansion. Her mother was actress and one-time Tennessee Williams love interest, Maria Britneva. Natasha is a socialite who has is friends with royalty, actors, and musicians
Griffen, Ted: This is most likely screenwriter, producer, and director Ted Griffin. He has worked on The Wolf of Wall Street, Ocean’s Eleven, and Tower Heist.
Griscom, Nina: A model, socialite, TV personality, and entrepreneur who died earlier this year. Her first husband was a modeling booker for Ford Models, which I wrote about in the D-F section of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (link: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). She went on to cheat on her next husband with sugar billionaire Pepe Fanjul, who is also mentioned in the D-F link above. Was a close friend of Blaine Trump, ex-wife of Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother.
Gross, Pamela & Jimmy Finkelstein: James Finkelstein is the owner of The Hill, an American news website often cited here in /conspiracy. He is close with Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Pamela Gross is his wife. She worked at CNN until 2017 and is close friends with Melania Trump.
Grossman Lloyd: Loyd Grossman is an British author and broadcaster best known for hosting Masterchef from 1990-2000, before it was reformatted. Also co-created Through the Keyhole, a British game show, with David Frost, who is also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Gubelmann, Marjorie: A socialite who is best known for hosting and performing as a DJ at high society parties. She has deejayed events for Bulgari, Versace, and others. She is currently the in-studio DJ for the Today with Hoda & Jenny show on NBC. Her ex-husband, Reza Raein works in oil. Guests at their wedding included Ivanka Trump, Tamara Mellon, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.
Guccioni, Tony: Son of Penthouse creator Bob Guccione.
Gudefin, Christian: A financial advisor at Deutsche Bank, which as of Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, agreed to pay $150 million in fines because they ignored suspicious transactions made by Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-settlement.html?referringSource=articleShare). Gudefin is also a financial advisor at Fdx Capital LLC and Managing Partner at Confidas Capital.
Guedroltz, Solina & Nicolas: Solina is a photographer. Her father is a viscount. Nicolas is an antique Russian furniture dealer. He is a Russian prince and is of Belgian nobility through his mother’s side.
Guerini Maraldi, Alessandro: Chairman of Willis Towers Watson, a British insurance company. Guerrini-Maraldi’s name appears in the Panama Papers, which revealed the identities of many rich and powerful people who have avoided paying taxes through offshore accounts.
Guerrand-Hermes, Valesca: Socialite and ex-wife of French fashion house heir, Mathias Guerrand. Guerrand-Hermes is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) (source: https://nyspcc.org/about-the-new-york-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-children/people/). NYSPCC is a child protection agency. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at the 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can’t make this stuff up.
Guest, Cornelia: Named Debutante of the Decade of the 1980s, Cornelia is a well-known New York socialite who comes from money. Her family made money in iron and steel and have served in British politics. In December 2015, Ghislaine Maxwell attended Cornelia’s holiday party.
Guggenheim, Barbara & Bert Flelds: Guggenheim (not part of the Guggenheim museum family) is a partner at the well-known art advisory firm, Guggenheim, Asher Associates, Inc. They have built collections for Coca Cola and Sony, as well as Tom Cruise and alleged pedophile Steven Spielberg. Epstein victim Maria Farmer once worked for Barbara at her home before meeting Epstein. Farmer got the job through Barbara’s sister, Eileen, who has been accused of being an Epstein enabler. A petition (https://www.change.org/p/david-kratz-eileen-guggenheim-must-be-removed-for-harm-she-caused-to-maria-farmer-by-jeffrey-epstein?recruiter=30424804) to have her removed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Art as a result of Maria Farmer’s allegations has over 10,000 signatures. Farmer says that Eileen Guggenheim forced her to sell a painting replicating Degas’s “The Rape” to Epstein. Two weeks after meeting Epstein and Maxwell, Guggenheim took Farmer and other art students to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico (source: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/epstein-ranch-art-students-1760265). Barbara’s husband, Bert Fields, is an entertainment lawyer who has represented the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, etc.
Guiness, Sabrina: Guinness comes from a long line of wealthy bankers. She had a relationship with Prince Charles in 1979. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh). Her sister, Anita Guinness, was married to Amschel Rothschild until his suicide in 1996.
Guinness, Mr Hugo: An artist from the same banking family as sister Sabrina (above). Guinness has collaborated with director Wes Anderson on a number of films. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh).
Guissaini, Luca: Listed above under Giussani, Luca. CEO of Dorial Telecom.
Gumberg, Ira: Chairman and CEO of JJ Gumberg Co., a high-end real estate development firm based out of Pittsburgh. Gumberg served on the Board of Mellon Financial Corporation from 1989-2007.
Guttfreund, Susan & John: Susan is a former beauty queen and notorious party thrower. Her husband, John, was CEO of Salomon Brothers, the large investment bank. He was dubbed the “King of Wall Street” by Business Week in 1985. He died in 2016.
Hahn, Dr & Mrs: Likely Carl Hahn, former head of Volkswagen.
Hall, Pippa: There are two Pippa Halls that this could possibly be. One is a movie casting director who was in charge of casting children for movies (source: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356002/). The other Pippa Hall is Director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). There is not enough info to determine which one is in the ‘Black Book.’
Halpern Jen: A British philanthropist, PR guru, and businesswoman. Her father was knighted by Margaret Thatcher.
Hambro, Clementine: Great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill who also served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana when she was just five-years-old. Her father, Richard, was a British heir and investment banker. K
Hamilton, George: Famous actor who took Ghislaine Maxwell to the Epsom Derby (horse race) in 1991. Epstein has a significant amount of phone numbers listed for Hamilton.
Hammond, Dana: Socialite and heiress to the Annenberg Publishing fortune. Hammond is friends with Ghislaine Maxwell. They have been photographed together at various parties.
Handler, Sharon: International attorney who is friends with Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Charles. Married to John Langeloth Loeb Jr., former United States Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan.
Hanover, Ernst & chantal: Prince Ernst Hanover is the head of the royal House of Hanover. The House of Hanover has produced six British monarchs, including King George III and Queen Victoria. The current British monarchy, the Windsors, are actually of German and British descent, which is why these family trees intersect. Most notably, the House of Hanover is perhaps the most important of the Black Nobility families. There have been some fantastic threads on Reddit about the Black Nobility.
Hanson, Brook: Adopted son of British industrialist, Lord Hanson, Brook died in 2014 at the age of 50.
Hanson, Lord & Lady: British industrialist who made a fortune in the ‘80s as a Trade and Industry Secretary in close friend Margaret Thatcher’s administration. His wife, Geraldine, was a former model. They are both dead.
Hanson, The Hon Robert: British financier and eldest son of Lord Hanson. Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings, a private investment firm. In the 1980s, Robert worked as a banker at NM Rothschild & Sons before returning to his father’s company. Before getting married, Hanson dated socialite Anouska de Georgiou, who became the first British woman to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of raping her as a teenager (source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-british-teen-model-was-lured-jeffrey-epstein-s-web-n1056901). Odd that Robert Hanson, his brother Brook, and his parents would have wanted anything to do with Epstein.
Hapsburg, Marie: Royalty. Her father was Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria and her mother, Archduchess Maria of Austria, was a Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and a member of the House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg by birth. The Hapsburg (also called Habsburg) family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Hapsburgs are another Black Nobility family of very high prestige. I couldn’t find anything out about her husband, Raymond van der Meide. They have 7 children together.
Harvey Victoria: Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, Hervey is an English model and socialite. Although her relationship with Andrew didn’t work out, she remained in his inner circle. In 2000, she attended a dinner with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9844083/lady-victoria-hervey-jeffrey-epstein-too-old/). Hervey is also a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, who introduced her to Epstein and “set her up in one of Epstein’s apartments in New York.” Hervey is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, businessman and member of the House of Lords.
Harvey-Watt, Isabelle: Director of PR for Giorgio Armani before moving on to Versace and other well-known fashion corporations.
Haslam, Nick: English interior designer and socialite. His mother was the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Haslam claims to have had an affair with Lord Snowdon one year before he married Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister), further fueling rumors of Lord Snowdon’s alleged bisexuality.
Hatkoff, Craig & Jane: Hatkoff is a real estate investor, who, along with his ex-wife, Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro, founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute. Hatkoff has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Hauteville, Marc de: Manages Soc Civile du Frayssinet, a real estate company based out of France. There is very little information other than this. Both of his parents appear to be members of noble families - the Hautevilles and the Cazenoves - who have historical ties to the Du Ponts.
Hay, Henry & Patricia: Henry Hay is CEO and co-founder of Centaur Properties, a large real estate firm based out of New York. Centaur’s holdings are concentrated in the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Hayworth Reggie: Heyworth runs the 160 acre Cotswold Wildlife Park, which attracts more than 400,000 people a year. He lives in the middle of the park at the Bradwell Grove estate. .
Hazell-Iveagh, Clare: This amazing thread made by clemanueverers contains all the info you need: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hkk5g0/one_of_epstein_madam_ghislaine_maxwells/. Quick summary: Hazell-Iveagh helped Maxwell and Epstein procure children using her position as President of West Suffolk National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Click on the link. Clemanueverers did a wonderful job.
Hearn, Barry & Susan: Barry is a hugely popular English sports promoter, as is his son, Eddie, who represents some of the biggest boxers in the world. Former boxer and popular Youtuber Tyan Booth was supposedly banned immediately after posting a video connecting Epstein to Hearn. I have tried to find the video or at least a summary of what he said, but have been unsuccessful. If anyone has any info on this, please post below.
Hefner III, Bob: Founder and CEO of GHK Companies, which specializes in oil and natural gas. Founded the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation which sponsors educational trips to China for outstanding high school students. His grandfather, Robert Hefner Sr., served as Mayor of Oklahoma City, was a Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma, was a member of the executive council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a thirty-second degree Freemason. Although I try not to engage in speculation, this article makes a connection between Jeffrey Epstein, Bob Hefner III, and a winning Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased in Oklahoma in 2008 (source: https://www.thelostogle.com/2019/08/14/no-jeffrey-epstein-did-not-win-25-million-from-an-oklahoma-lottery-ticket-or-did-he/#comments). It’s too long to summarize. Read it and check it out.
Heiden, Lisa: Worked in Manhattan and London as an executive for ABC. Close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. According to the fantastic research done by this person (https://twitter.com/Agent99Mom/status/1280580456400982016), two of Lisa Heiden’s properties are listed as an address for Ellmax, a company set up by Ghislaine.
Heineken, Mr. Fredie: A Dutch businessman for the Heineken brewing company. Was chairman and CEO from 1971-1989.
Helen and Tim Shifter: Helen is a former Vogue Magazine staffer. Tim is former CEO of LeSportsac and serves as Senior Advisor at Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. The Schifters are personal friends of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Helvin, Marie: Former fashion model and former girlfriend of Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to her memoir, she knows pretty much any popular celebrity from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Herbert, Jason: Likely a financial adviser based in London.
Hermes, Olga & Olaf: Olaf is a handbag heir. Olga is his ex-wife.
Herrero, Juan & Helen: Juan is like the managing director of an investment bank in Spain.
Hersov, Robert & Kim: Robert is a South African entrepreneur and mining heir who has worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and News Corp. (owned by Murdoch).. Ex-wife Kim is a London-based fashion editor and designer.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Baron Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Same as above.
Heseltine, Ms. Annabel: Journalist, columnist, and TV and radio broadcaster. At the age of 22, she became the Assistant-editor for Hong Kong Tatler (there’s that publication again). Daughter of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Heseltine, Rupert: Businessman and heir to Haymarket Media Group. Son of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Hicks, India: A fashion model in the ‘80s and ‘90s, India Hicks is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Descendant of the Mountbatten family, a British dynasty (although much of their background is German). Granddaughter of the much-decorated war hero, Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9745399/lord-mountbatten-fbi-dossier-prince-charles/). Prince Charles is her second cousin and Godfather.
Hill, Anthony: Son of Robin Hall, 8th Marquess of Downshire and Juliet Weld-Forester, daughter of 7th Baron Forester. Couldn’t find any more info.
Himmelstein, Howard: Co-owner of clothing brand Camp Beverly Hill and a producescreenwriter.
Hirsch, Jeff: Owner of Foto Care, a shop that sells professional camera equipment. Claims he is only in the ‘Black Book’ because he sold an expensive camera to Ghislaine many years ago and had to go to her house to show her how to use it (source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html). This, however, doesn’t explain why there are two numbers listed under Hirsch’s name that are attributed to Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. This could all be innocent or these two could have assisted in Epstein’s hidden camera setup and helped Epstein get high quality pictures of his victims. We can’t be sure.
Hissom, Robert & Andrea: Robert is the founder of Aspen Capital Partners, a large property management firm. He is a friend of Prince Charles. His ex-wife, Andrea, famously got remarried to Steve Wynn, billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Andrea and Wynn are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Hoffman, Dustin: Famous Hollywood actor. Hoffman has been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, including exposing himself to a minor (source: https://variety.com/2017/biz/news/dustin-hoffman-2-1202641525/)
Hoffman, Hetty: Married to Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay. Lady Ronaldshay is a patron and ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, a UK-based charity that provides care for terminally ill babies and children up to five years old. A good friend of Ben Holland-Martin (listed just below).
Hoffman, Jessica: Sister of Hetty Hoffman (above), Jessica is an artist and former model who married investment banker Leopoldo Zambeletti. She is a good friend of India Hicks (mentioned above), the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys.”
Holland-Martin, Ben: Works for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). His mother, Rosamund, was chairman of the NSPCC for 20 years while Princess Margaret was President and was involved with the NSPCC for more than 50 years (source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=36141343&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjI1OTU4NDE2NSwiaWF0IjoxNTk0MzMwNTQ0LCJleHAiOjE1OTQ0MTY5NDR9.j1V2e0Mr3tJmPzusRYNneLVhUskWiIAvNIjdIpvuzj4). Both Ben and his mother are/were friends of Princess Margaret. Rosamund Holland-Martin (nee Hornby) was related to Charles Hornby, a British socialite and close friend of Prince Charles, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years for luring young runaway boys into prostitution, indecent assault, importuning, and living off the earnings of prostitution (source: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0FQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=YbkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4638,2085303). Ben is also good friends with Hetty Hoffman (mentioned above), who is an ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
Hollond Mr & Mrs James: James is a partner at EFP Capital, an investment and advisory firm. James’s mother married Baron Robert Rothschild after her and James’s father divorced. His now ex-wife, Beatrice, is on many investing firm boards, but most notably, she is a trustee on the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a charity that specializes in helping disadvantaged children (source: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/beatrice-hollond). If anyone has more info on these two, please post. Epstein has 10 pieces of contact information under their name.
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2020.07.08 15:24 KinkyLittleParadox Ellen Greenberg died of 27 stab wounds, two to the back of the head. Autopsy ruled it a suicide

Misinformation in title! 20 stab wounds, she was 27 years old. I muddled the two
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philadelphia-teacher-death-suicide-ellen-greenberg-parents-say-murder-48-hours/
BY MICHAEL ROPPOLO
It has been nearly a decade since the death of Ellen Greenberg — and forensic experts are still at odds about how the 27-year-old teacher died. Initially ruled a homicide and later changed to suicide, the Greenberg family is fighting to get answers surrounding the mystery involving their only child's death.
"This is a homicide case and it's indefensible as suicide," family attorney Joe Podraza tells CBS Philly.
The Greenberg family filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia County Medical Examiner's Office to compel officials to change the cause of death back to homicide or undetermined. A trial is slated to begin next year.
"The family is looking for a manner of death designation other than suicide so that a thorough investigation — that should have been done — can be done," Podraza tells "48 Hours."
The search for answers began nine years ago, on January 26, 2011, when Ellen Greenberg was found dead on the kitchen floor. Her fiancé, Samuel Goldberg, had returned from the gym to find the door locked. After unsuccessfully trying to reach her, he tried to get security to open the door — only to be told it was against building policy.
Goldberg then forced open the door and found Ellen slumped against a cabinet. He called 911.
A copy of the police report obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer shows that he was "instructed to start CPR until he noticed a knife in her chest, then was instructed to stop."
Ellen had 20 stab wounds — 10 on her neck and head, including two wounds that penetrated deep in her brain. There was no suicide note and what's more, a half-made bowl of fruit salad was on the counter.
The assistant medical examiner at the time, Dr. Marlon Osbourne, noted other injuries, including more stab wounds to the chest as well as bruises "in various stages of resolution" on the right side of Ellen's body.
He also noted that there were 11 bruises "in various stages of resolution" on Ellen's right arm, abdomen, and right leg.
Just one day after her death, it was ruled a homicide by Dr. Osbourne. But investigators told reporters the next day they were "leaning" towards suicide, according to the Inquirer. The reason? Ellen had been on antianxiety medication.
Ellen had recently started seeing a psychiatrist, who felt Ellen was not suicidal. The psychiatrist said she was anxious about work and prescribed her Klonopin and Ambien, which were the only drugs found in her system; both drugs list suicidal thoughts and behavior as possible side effects.
Months after his initial ruling, Dr. Osbourne reversed the cause of death to say suicide. But her parents, Josh and Sandra Greenberg, say they never believed it and began a nine-year search to find out how their daughter died.
The main facts in the case — how Ellen was found and how many wounds she had — are not in dispute. In a copy of the civil complaint obtained by "48 Hours," attorneys note some stark disagreements between what investigators have said and what other experts are saying.
"Everything that happened pretty much happened right where she was," Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney told the Inquirer. "The rest of the apartment was pretty unremarkable."
Investigators say they found no signs of an intruder or that Ellen tried to flee, and the only DNA found on the knife was hers. The apartment door had been locked until broken in by Goldberg – he had told police that the swing bar lock had been engaged from the inside.
Last year, a spokesperson told CBS Phillythe state AG's office conducted a thorough investigation in 2018 to determine a manner of death and "concluded that this evidence supports 'Suicide' as the manner of death."
Still, questions remain, and her family has taken to TV and social media to push for answers.
"I want truth and justice for my daughter," Josh Greenberg tells "48 Hours."
The Greenbergs first consulted Cyril H. Wecht, a Pittsburgh-area forensic pathologist, in 2012, who concluded Ellen's death was "strongly suspicious of homicide." He noted concerns about the locations of the wounds, especially those wounds to the back of the neck.
Dr. Wayne K. Ross, another expert the family consulted in 2017, mentions the stab wound that penetrated the brain. An injury like that, he writes, would lead Ellen to have "severe pain, cranial nerve disfunction and traumatic brain signs" as well as "numbness, tingling [and] irregular heartbeat."
This goes against an expert apparently consulted during the autopsy and mentioned in the original medical examiner report: "Neuropathologist Dr. Lucy Rouke [sic] examined the spinal cord and concluded there is no defect of the spinal cord."
When interviewed by the Inquirer in 2018, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams confirmed she did contract work for the medical examiner's office, but further investigation by the newspaper revealed there was no bill, invoice, or report from Rorke-Adams for this case.
"I would conclude that I did not see the specimen in question although there is a remote possibility that it was shown to me," she wrote to the Inquirer. "However, I have no recollection of such a case."
Detective Scott Eelman, working alongside Dr. Ross, raised the question about the bloodstains being inconsistent with the position in which she was found. After reviewing crime scene photos, he found a trail of blood that he believes show that the body was moved.
That same point was also raised by Henry Lee, a forensic scientist who testified for the defense at the O.J. Simpson trial. In a report co-authored with fellow scientist Elaine Pagliaro in 2018, both concluded: "The number and types of wounds and bloodstain patterns observed are consistent with a homicide scene."
New technology may offer even more clues in the family's search for answers. The process, called photogrammetry, allowed the legal team to recreate Ellen's anatomical and physiological attributes.
The company, called Biomax, took the information from the medical examiner's report and recreated the depth and angle of the wounds.
This is critical, attorney Joe Podraza tells "48 Hours." It helps people understand those wounds and its consequences.
"In this way, you're able to see the two — really lethal — wounds in the back of Ellen's head," Podraza tells "48 Hours." "You can tell that it's very improbable that Ellen could inflict the wounds from behind. She would not be able to generate enough force to self-inflict."
This new information is very powerful, Podraza tells CBS Philly in an interview.
"I think it's so powerful that it's clear to me that there's a murderer walking among us, or murderers, and that's frightening from my vantage point," he says.
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/a/ellen-greenberg-death-suicide-homicide-philadelphia-mystery-20190316.html
However this article presents a different point of view. The door to the apartment was locked from the inside. Ellen had no defensive wounds and there was no sign of any disturbance in the flat. Neighbours heard nothing other than her partner knocking. Friends also say her mental health issues were much more severe than family claim
BY STEPHANIE FARR
"Inside the apartment, police found no signs of an intruder or that Ellen tried to flee. Her body was in the kitchen, just inside the front door, with her head, neck, and shoulders propped up against corner cabinets and her legs splayed in front of her. In her left hand was a nearly pristine white towel.
Looking at her hands and arms, police did not see any wounds that might be expected if she’d tried to fight off an attack by someone wielding a knife.
There was no blood spilled beyond the kitchen. The knife was tested later and showed only Ellen’s DNA.
The Venice Lofts had surveillance cameras at the main entrance, but none in the hallway leading up to the apartment.
Neighbors would tell police that aside from Goldberg banging on the door, there had been no sounds of a disturbance.
The couple’s sixth-floor unit had a narrow balcony. The day’s snow there was undisturbed.
“Everything that happened pretty much happened right where she was,” Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney would later say. “The rest of the apartment was pretty unremarkable.”"
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8332995/Parents-27-year-old-teacher-stabbed-dead-say-murder-not-suicide.html
Warning daily mail!
This article points heavily towards the fiance Samuel Goldberg. They point out the numerous bruises in 'various' stages of healing. They also suggest she had markings indicating she was held by the throat before her death. Goldberg also gave misinformation to police. The bolt on the door was extremely flimsy not like he'd indicated at all- there's photos in the article. It would also be very easy to break down the door and yet he was very keen to have the security guard help him and in fact told police the security guard was with him when he found the body. A fact security later denied. Security did say that he was extremely eager to mention he'd been to the gym- something Goldberg bought up multiple times despite the fact he was wearing inappropriate clothing and shoes to be excercising.
Police have also said if the door had been broken down there would be more damage, the latch wasn't broken it was simply missing a screw.
They also question how Goldberg 'didnt notice' the knife in his fiancees chest.
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2020.07.07 00:16 EndersGame_Reviewer 10 more outstanding decks from Art of Play

10 more outstanding decks from Art of Play
Art of Play is not just the home of incredible puzzles, games, and amusements. It's also where you'll find some of the most amazing playing cards you'll have ever seen. It's run by magicians and cardists Dan and Dave Buck, who have worked hard to create a carefully curated collection of oddities and items that will be appreciated by the discerning buyer with a fine taste in games, puzzles, or playing cards.
But Art of Play not only sells playing cards, it's also the label under which the famous Buck twins produce their own brand of playing cards. Since 2013 they have been producing a growing number of high quality and creative custom decks, thereby making a valuable and important contribution to the playing card industry. So if you're after something elegant to have on hand for performing card magic or cardistry, or something that exudes sophistication on the one hand or relaxation on the other hand, Art of Play has got you covered with one of their custom decks.
In this article, I'll review ten different decks from Art of Play that recently joined the ranks of my personal collection of playing cards.

** MODERNISM DECKS **

Messymod
The Messymod deck is one of the newest members of the Art of Play line-up. The unusual graphic design approach comes from the creative minds of the TRUF design studio.
The deck's title is short for Messy Modernism, and I discovered that the name doubles as the design studio's own brand and online home. The style of the artwork showcased on their website matches what you see in this deck, and is created by Adam Goldberg.
The "messymod" style is self described as follows: "We've taken our love of geometry, pattern, white space, Bauhaus, Miro and a little too much caffeine and mashed it all into a style we call Messy Modernism - messymod for short. It's minimal, modern, graphic, quirky, stylized, grotesque, delightful and just plain weird."
The artwork itself is not messy of course, although the creative process required to generate it certainly can be. Regardless of what it took to get there, there's no doubt about the outcome, which has produced a stunning and unique deck full of curves and shapes, decorated with a simple black and white colour scheme.
The court cards have undergone a deconstruction process and been completely reimagined. The addition of red for the hearts/diamonds on the court cards adds a burst of colour which complements the otherwise minimalist black and white very well.
Wavy lines also play an important role, especially on some of the number cards. The Jokers and an ad card give extra space for our artists to wreak their creative havoc on these playing cards, and in my opinion the results are spectacular.

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Balance
The Balance deck is another recent addition to the Art of Play portfolio, and was a collaboration project with SDCO Partners.
Cardists and collectors with love for minimalism will appreciate this deck as well. The tuck box gives us an immediate indication of what to expect, with a very modern graphic design which makes the most of soft pastel pink colours and simple linear shapes.
These playing cards are all about boiling down the essence of a playing card, deconstructing the traditional artwork by stripping away complex designs and multiple colours, and replacing them with a monochromatic look that strikes the right balance of contemporary and stylish minimalism.
The court cards are a real highlight, but the number cards also contribute to the overall impression of minimalism, with the help of an unadorned font used for the indices. Smaller than usual custom pips are grouped together in the center of the cards in an original pattern, creating a strong sense of delicate elements framed by a larger than usual amount of white space.
In contrast to the faces, the back of the cards have borderless design where wavy patterns are a central focus. The card backs have an overall darker look that nonetheless complements the colours used for the spades and clubs. The Jokers also match the rest of the deck well, and are also borderless but employ a soft pink.
The subtle colour tones and minimalist design, combined with the thin USPCC cardstock that cardists especially appreciate, makes this deck suitable for chill cardistry. At the same time the sleek modern design remains functional, and it is practical enough to be used for card games as well.

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** ARTISTIC DECKS **

Papercuts
Continuing the trend of minimalism to some extent is the Papercuts deck, at least as far as the colours are concerned, with only a muted red or a plain black to be seen.
The restrained tuck box design gives a hint of the artistic direction within, and upon close examination there is an incredible amount of detail to be discovered beneath the surface of what initially appears to be quite straight forward.
This design is the handiwork of Suzy Taylor, who created all the images by a rather unusual method that involves an incredible amount of labour: paper cutting. With the help of a tiny knife, and with careful scrutiny aided by a magnifying glass, Suzy cuts slivers of paper to produce stunning images like the ones showcased in this remarkable deck.
The card backs are in the style of a plain black silhouette, but the simplicity of colour only serves to highlight the amazing complexity of Suzy's paper-cutting. An incredibly intricate and delightful design awaits exploration, and it's staggering to think of the precise movements of the artist's hands that were required to produce this.
The Ace of Spades is another wonderful example of this technique, and this made it an ideal choice for the cover of the tuck box. If that isn't impressive enough, just wait until you see the court cards, where the attention to detail is mind-boggling, especially in light of the intricate craftsmanship required to make this. Silhouetted characters help keep all the attention on the detailed decorations that adorn them.
Everything about this deck is delicate and detailed, including the pips and the indices. The small size of these could arguably begin to detract from their functionality, but this deck is a work of art first of all, and even the indices are humble servants to this overall purpose. Papercutting may be an old tradition, but with this deck it gains some fine modern clothes to wear, so that a new generation can appreciate and enjoy it.

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Lady Moon
The Lady Moon deck won't be for everyone on account of the subject material. But from your first glimpse of the tuck box, with its elegant lines and muted colours, touched with hints of gold foil, it's evident that much love and dedication has gone into this design.
Once the deck is removed from its clothing, and the cards are laid out on the table, the bare essentials are put on display, quite literally. Despite the creative flair, little is left to the imagination, and that's because illustrator Kelly Thorn has tried to capture something of what the ad copy describes as "an expression of the divine feminine".
The number cards have a relatively standard look, although the use of the deck's unusual colour scheme ensures that even these don't go unnoticed. But it's really the court cards and Jokers where Kelly hasn't held back, and the result is that our characters end up with a somewhat erotic look that makes them somewhat less than suitable for me showing all the details here.
The creativity has been informed by new age theology, and perhaps even some astrology, at least if the artwork of the card backs is any indication.
While this deck has taken an unusual approach of being undressed for success, the art deco style and motifs are unquestionably striking, even if it's for unorthodox reasons. But regardless of your viewpoint on the artwork, there's no question that Lady Moon has a stylish and attractive good looks on the outside. As for what's underneath and inside, I'll leave you to judge for yourself whether or not this femme fatale is for you.

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** CASUAL DECKS **

Golden Sunrise
Most of us have a soft spot for nostalgia, and with the Golden Sunrise deck we get a retro feel.
With artwork created by Antonio Martinez and Alba Zapata, these playing cards will bring us back to the summer of 1971, as a new day dawns on another exciting vacation.
The tuck box immediately gives us a retro vibe courtesy of the stark colour choices, and images outlined with thick black. And of course there's the Golden Sunrise Diner, which is the heart of what this deck is about.
The deck is full of images of the classic diner, including the familiar bold red and white checkerboard pattern, and everything from phonograph records, to french fries, and of course steaming coffee.
Our well dressed court card characters look like they've stepped straight out of the early 1970s, and are just the kind of people we might have met while en route to our favourite family vacation spot in that era. The two baseball players that make up the Jokers bring to mind the kinds of players we might have seen out on the diamond, or even the early baseball cards loved by collectors.
With vibrant colours, bold images, and a very retro feel, this is a deck that will appeal to anyone who appreciates a vintage look. At the same time it remains very practical and suitable for game-play courtesy of the clear and functional indices and instantly recognizable pips. Its colourful nature also makes it well suited for cardistry and a lazy summer afternoon of flourishing or comfort shuffling.

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Camp Cards (Red Back)
The Camp Cards deck (Red Back) is a popular and beloved Art of Play design now reincarnated with a red colorway.
This deck is intended as a tribute to the outdoors type who has a sense of adventure, and will especially be appreciated by anyone with a love for camping and exploring.
The tuck box features a vibrant red that makes good use of a matt look and feel, and is dressed with a multitude of camping images. The presence of gold foil shows that we're unafraid to show signs of luxury despite our dangerous surroundings. One side of the box boldly proclaims the motto we're going to have to live by: "Be Brave Or Die".
Various woodland creatures inhabit the court cards, much like the animals we might encounter on an adventure in the woods. Each is complemented with the name of the court card, which prevents the otherwise simple monochrome design from looking too cheap.
The hand-drawn style is also applied to the pips and indices. Some of the pips even have the impression of being smudged with finger-prints for added realism, and to evoke a sense of roughing it in the outdoors. A simple line drawing of a tent on the card backs further confirms what this deck is all about, with added text removing any remaining doubt: "Venture Onward, Live Adventurously!".
And in case you really do decide to head to the woods with minimal supplies other than this deck, an extra card gives some survival tips about how to turn a playing card into tinder, a spoon, a straw, a bandage, a knife, a ruler, a weapon, or a marker. Inside the tuck box interior printing offers you a map to work with in the event you're ever lost in the Yosemite Valley. I doubt that anyone will take all of this too seriously, but it certainly adds additional interest and character to an an already excellent set of playing cards.

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** NOVELTY DECKS **

Borderline
The Borderline deck has already been around for a while, but it's worth heading to the desert to bring this adventurous deck back into the spotlight.
The border between the United States and Mexico has sparked its share of controversy over the years. But this deck isn't about making war; instead it is a celebration of the place where two rich cultures come together. So let's head south across the blistering stand and head to the border, fueled by creators Traina Design, and in search of the "slick deals" and "quick draws" that the box promises.
Our encounter begins with a striking tuck box lavishly decorated with rich copper foil against a backdrop of solid dark brown. It's hard not to be impressed with this deck's first appearances, which includes an iconic longhorn car illustration, topped with a bright red custom seal.
The card backs reprise the style and colours that we've become familiar with from the tuck box, with blacks and browns combining to form a striking and memorable design. The bilingual approach to this deck is evident with the words "Good Luck" on one side of the card back, mirrored with the equivalent Mexican "Buena Suerte". Luck isn't always on our side, however, if the presents of skulls in the artwork is any indication. It's a one-way design, and close observers will notice that each half of the card incorporates images that reflect distinctives of both sides of the border.
The court cards continue the focus on the two cultures that this deck depicts, and the words and images on both sides of the cards showcase stereotypical characters of the United States and Mexico, which fittingly meet at the central border in the middle of the cards. On our trip to the border we can expect to see a colourful cast of characters that includes bikers, luchadores, Hollywood starlets, Mexican senoritas, small town sheriffs and federales.
Even the number cards contribute to the overall effect, with the value of each card appearing in both languages. The cards themselves have a dull yellowed look to them, as if they've been dug up on location. The double headed courts effectively means that with this deck you get twice the usual value, because with each card you get two illustrations for the price of one. Perhaps there's a lesson in these novelty playing cards: the place where cultures meet doesn't have to be a point of conflict, but can equally be a place where we are enriched by admiring each other's differences.

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Jane Austen
I'm a big fan of playing cards that celebrate literary works, and my article "Playing cards about novels" gives an overview of some of the best of this type. The Jane Austen deck was a notable omission from the playing cards represented there, and now it's time for it to get its own share of the limelight.
Jane Austen is of course one of the biggest names in the history of English literature, and almost every English student has at some point been confronted with her work, even if it wasn't always by choice. This deck draws on the wider body of her legacy, with each suit representing a different novel, such as Pride & Prejudice (Spades) and Emma (Hearts). For those whose English literature is a little rusty, the Aces provide a convenient reminder of the four works are included.
But our first meeting with Jane Austen comes by way of the delightful tuck box, which has classic look, and evokes something of the genre that it celebrates: the novel. Its book-like design suits its content perfectly, and small touches of detail and metallic ink help add class and style.
The artwork of the card backs mirrors the intricate borders and overall graphic design we've already seen on the cover, with a combination of blues and gold setting a formal and delicate tone.
The names of the cast of lead characters that have migrated from Austen's classic works in order to inhabit this deck are conveniently emblasoned across a stylish scroll in the center of each of the court cards. The artwork used for the court cards has been illustrated by John Eric Ligon, and is inspired by period artwork, by relying on fashion plates contained in an influential British periodical from the time.
Ornate pips and the delicate font used for the indices indicate that there is no mistake about the setting, and we're in a world where everything is formal and precise. For the lover of literature, everything is just perfect.

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** CLASSIC DECKS **

Tom's Town
Novelty isn't always the order of the day, and occasionally you what you simply need is a more standard deck with a classic look for playing a traditional game of cards. At the same time we don't want to compromise too much of our class, and want playing cards that still have some real character and style.
The Tom's Town deck fits the bill perfectly. It offers us something stylish, and makes an immediate statement of classic luxury for the card player.
This deck has been produced as a result of a collaboration with Kansas City's Tom's Town Distilling Company, producers of fine spirits, and the cover of the tuck box even mentions their website. Despite their line of business and the slogan "The People Are Thirsty", clearly nobody was intoxicated during the process of this deck's design, because meticulous attention has been given to detail and precision in all respects.
The graphic design work is the creation of designer Kevin Cantrell, and he's successfully made the Tom's Town brand-name central in all aspects while distilling this design. The card backs use a sober mix of black and beige, while carefully illustrating buildings that undoubtedly capture something of the architecture of the distillery itself, depicted in a charming art deco style.
Gorgeous oversized Aces perform the duty of celebrating the suits they represent, as well as the beverages Tom's Town is known for. Extra details added to the number cards and the use of custom pips ensure that we have a luxurious custom look which nonetheless remains within the borders of the familiar.
I find myself particularly smitten by the classy court cards, where the use of lines and white-space emphasis the details that have been chosen to receive colour. I have to concede that the use of a beige on white does come with the risk of having the indices disappearing into the background, potentially affecting playability. But if there is a small cost to function, the overall impression that these playing cards generate is well worth it.

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Standards
The Standards deck will undoubtedly become one of Art of Play's signature decks. It's inspired by 19th century British opulence, and the lavish gold on the tuck boxes gives an immediate sense of the luxury and style that this deck is all about.
The title of the deck is actually short for "gold standard", which is a reference to an era in typography, and is the subject of an art book that designer Kevin Cantrell is working on, entitled The Gold Standard of Lettering and Branding: The Case for Confidence. The deck is an offshoot of that project, and ironically there is nothing "standard" about it, given how luxurious the deck is.
These decks come in red and black first of all, conveniently making a matching set for anyone looking for a two-deck pair to use at the card table. Both decks feature an ornate graphic design on one side of the box, which exemplifies the overall detail that we'll quickly become familiar with from the card backs. The other side of the tuck box has a plain mono-coloured backdrop, which serves as an elegant setting to make the gold stamping that is the central feature look even more striking and impressive.
The use of gold throughout this deck, including on the cards themselves, gives this deck an immediately regal feel. The card backs have just the right mix of intricate detail, while maintaining the principle that there needs to be a clear and distinctive overall design. There are lots of small details to admire and enjoy in the artwork, and small touches like the swords which nudge over the white borders add an extra element of sophistication and style.
The title also doubles as a reference to the "Gold Standard" monetary system, where an economy relies on gold as a fixed standard to back its currency. The Standards decks are a satirical look at the 19th century British monarchy at the time their currency was backed by gold.
Britain adopted the Gold Standard as the national backing for its economy in 1819. But as a renowned economist has pointed out, even the gold standard can collapse, and the true foundation for an economy is the principle of confidence. To hint at the imminent demise of the Standard, the usual artwork for the classic "suicide king" (King of Hearts) is applied to all the Kings and Jacks. David Ricardo, the man who influenced the British to return to the Gold Standard, is featured as the Joker.
After seeing the Tom's Town deck, it will come as no surprise that Kevin Cantrell is also the creator of the graphic design of the Standards, becuase there is something immediately familiar about the look of the court cards here. But if the Tom's Town deck was impressive, this is even better. There's lavish use of gold throughout, with ornate details even making their way inside the pips. The indices are also clearer and more functional.
This deck has proven to be a real hit with consumers ever since it hit the market, and it's not hard to see why. Inside and out, it hits all the right notes of combining what is recognizable with the unique, and is a perfect mix of the striking and simple together with the intricate and the detailed. The colour combinations work perfectly together. The Standards will unquestionably help elevate any card game from the mundane, and this has to be one of the most beautiful decks that we've seen from Art of Play yet.
For even extra luxury, the Standards decks were initially offered as part of a special bespoke box set. This incredible box contained six leather-lined compartments, holding the promise that besides the initial decks we can expect more to come, possibly with additional colorways.
The box set placed a limited edition gold deck alongside the red edition and the black edition. The gold deck is not available for separate purchase, however, and was only available as part of the special box set.

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Recommendation
These playing cards from Art of Play are superb examples of how Art of Play continues to set the benchmark for high quality modern playing cards in the playing card industry. Today's market is more crowded and competitive than ever, but Art of Play consistently produces fresh creations that combine innovative graphic design with striking good looks.
As with all their playing cards, these decks not only look great, but they also handle superbly. For nearly all of their decks, Art of Play has consistently been opting to print their playing cards with USPCC's crushed stock. United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) is an industry leader, and the maker of the famous Bicycle brand, and their playing cards are known for their durability and consistency in handling, courtesy of their `air cushion' style embossing and finish. The "thin crush" stock simply ensures that the cards feel somewhat softer than normal, handling beautifully straight out of the box, which is why experienced card handlers love them so much.
With these decks, the guys at the helm of the Art of Play brand, Dan and Dave Buck, continue to show that they have superb taste, and a real eye for quality. Their ever expanding catalogue continues to impress, and these playing cards are worthy ambassadors of the quality we've come to expect from Art of Play.
Direct links for all the playing cards featured in this review:
NB: To see this article with more photos of these decks, head here.
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2020.06.19 00:05 OneWingedDevil28 Booking WrestleMania 37 (Part One: The Road to WrestleMania)

Booking WrestleMania 37 (Part One: The Road to WrestleMania)

Going into 2021, the scene of WWE has changed drastically, the crowds having returned. Over at RAW, Drew McIntyre holds a tight grip over the WWE Championship, as the Monday Night Messiah trio of Seth Rollins, Austin Theory and Buddy Murphy dominate the mid-card, Rollins with the United States Championship, Murphy and Theory holding the tag titles. Shayna Baszler holds the RAW Women’s Championship, as Asuka looks to win back her title that she lost at Hell In a Cell, the Empress of Tomorrow showing a new side to her. Edge still competes on a consistent basis.
Over at SmackDown, the Universal Championship went from Braun Strowman to Money in the Bank winner Otis, who had a relatively short reign before dropping the belt to AJ Styles, the man who was robbed of Money in the Bank. In his efforts to reinvent SmackDown and lead it into a new era, Styles dumped the Universal Championship and re-introduced the World Heavyweight Championship design on the first SmackDown back with a full crowd. Matt Riddle holds the Intercontinental Championship, having held it since beating AJ Styles at SummerSlam. The Usos hold the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, and Sasha Banks goes into 2021 as SmackDown Women’s Championship, after beating Bayley in a red-hot Hell in a Cell main event for the title, but the feud continues to boil.
It is announced in early January that yet again, WrestleMania would be hosted across two nights in Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium this year, a decision that will allow more fans to witness WrestleMania in person, and for more deserving competitors to get onto the card in substantial ways. The Road to WrestleMania starts now!

Royal Rumble 2021 – Safeco Field, Seattle

RAW Women’s Championship – Asuka def. Shayna Baszler ©
(With the slight help of Kairi Sane, Asuka is able to win back the RAW Women’s Championship against Shayna Baszler in a superb opening contest.)
United States Championship – Ricochet def. Seth Rollins ©
(In a feud that has been in the making for months, Ricochet defeats Seth Rollins in a spectacular and intense one-on-one affair, two title changes on the bounce at the Royal Rumble.)
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Many big names are in this Rumble: Charlotte Flair, Lacey Evans, Nia Jax, and also some NXT talent such as Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai, as WWE flex their immense Women’s Division, the first two in the match being the tag team Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Stars such as Toni Storm and Lacey Evans make their impact early, with a plethora of young and veteran stars alike clashing for the possibility to compete for the women’s championship at WrestleMania.
One big name: Charlotte Flair, enters the match at Number 21. She is going on a tear, eliminating Ripley, Cross and Naomi, before Number 27 enters… Kairi Sane! The Pirate begins to march down to the ring, until she is AMBUSHED by Shayna Baszler! Frustrated about losing the belt earlier in the night, Baszler enters the match and TEARS APART. It comes down to the final four: Charlotte Flair, Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair and Lacey Evans.
In the most controversial moment of the match, Baszler and Flair get too caught up with themselves, eliminating eachother as they continue to brawl into the crowd. Lacey Evans and Bianca Belair have an amazing final battle, skimming the cat, hitting their finishers, before Bianca Belair is able to reign supreme, eliminating Evans to win the Rumble!
Bianca Belair wins the Women’s Royal Rumble
World Heavyweight Championship – AJ Styles © def. Cesaro
(An amazing clash between two of WWE’s best in ring performers, Styles and Cesaro tear the house down, but Styles keeps his impressive reign alive as he retains the world title.)
Steel Cage Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks © def. Bayley
(The finale of an amazing feud, Bayley won the first bout at SummerSlam, before Banks won the title inside Hell in a Cell. To conclude their feud, these two go all out in the Steel Cage, where Banks gets the best of Bayley, luckily escaping the cage to win the best of three and retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship.)
WWE Championship – Samoa Joe def. Drew McIntyre ©
(A spectacle of a hard hitting match sees McIntyre finally drop the belt to the most threatening challenger yet. Joe and McIntyre show off their tremendous will and grit, but the ferocious Samoa Joe wins the WWE Championship. After the match, McIntyre is applauded for his successful reign, he walks to the entrance-way, where the lights dim.
Red strobe lights smother Safeco Field, as smoke begins to rise from the entrance-way. In the shadow of Drew McIntyre… Is The Fiend! The fans gasp in shock, as the lights go down again, McIntyre turns around, only to see that The Fiend is not there, lost in the heap of smoke! A frustrated McIntyre walks to the back.)
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
The main event of the night, the Men’s Royal Rumble Match features an all-star cast of WWE’s best. Aleister Black, Andrade, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Edge, Matt Riddle, Rey Mysterio, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena. There is the typical litter of NXT talent, including one who was heavily linked with a main roster arrival towards the end of 2020: Velveteen Dream.
In one of the more significant events in the match, Cena and Dream have a stare-down, soaking in the hype from the crowd, who urge the two to collide. In other key eliminations, Strowman eliminates Reigns, Owens eliminates Cena, Lesnar eliminates Black, and in a crowd-cheering moment, Matt Riddle is the one to eliminate Brock Lesnar. Number 30 is the long awaited Main roster arrival of ADAM COLE, who makes an immediate impact.
The final four in the match are Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman and Andrade. Strowman is eliminated with the help of all three other men. Andrade gets the elimination on Bryan, and it’s down to two: Owens and Andrade. The two RAW men go all out, fighting on the apron, hitting finishers, in the best final two duel of all time. However, KEVIN OWENS is the man pointing to the WrestleMania sign to end the night, as he is crowned the 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Winner. His celebrations are cut short by Samoa Joe, the newly-crowned WWE Champion strutting down to the ring and staring Owens down to end the show.

NXT
The Undisputed Era trio of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish leave NXT for the main roster, stranding fourth member Roderick Strong, who has another solid singles run in NXT as the Undisputed Era make their immediate impact. At NXT Takeover: Seattle, Finn Balor loses the NXT Championship to Keith Lee, however the result is not without controversy, as Finn Balor says that his foot was under the rope for the final count. Backstage, Balor complains to Hunter, even becoming physical, before he is escorted out of Guerilla Position.

Elimination Chamber 2021 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

RAW Tag Team Championship – The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) def. Austin Theory and Buddy Murphy ©
(The Undisputed Era make their immediate impact, winning tag gold in a red-hot opener.)
Shayna Baszler def. Kairi Sane via DQ
(Kairi’s revenge match is crashed by Charlotte Flair, who strikes Baszler with a kendo stick to halt the match, injuring Baszler. The two eliminated eachother at the Rumble and have been feuding on RAW since. Flair has a match for the RAW Women’s Championship later in the night.)
Intercontinental Championship – Cesaro def. Kofi Kingston vs Sami Zayn vs Drew Gulak ©
(A lightning pace Fatal Four Way sees Cesaro win championship gold, as he pins Kofi Kingston to win the Intercontinental Championship. Gulak is left frustrated that Cesaro has won the belt without even pinning the champion, and it is the worst way for a reign like Gulak’s to end.)
Winner Faces the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania – Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura fight to a double count-out
(Match of the Year contender, Daniel Bryan and SHinsuke Nakamura go all out in the tournament finals to see who will face the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania. Bryan and Nakamura fight for a near half an hour, however even 30 minutes couldn’t decide a winner between these two as the match ends in a Double Count Out, leaving the world title scene at WrestleMania in limbo.)
RAW Women’s Championship – Asuka © def. Charlotte Flair
(With the slight help of Kairi Sane again, who accompanies Asuka to ringside, she is able to defeat Flair. In post-match celebrations, Asuka seems to be excluding Kairi, and taking all the credit for the win, even though Kairi is the reason she still has a belt. Asuka goes to exit the ring, but Kairi pulls her back in. They both look at eachother with intense stares, before Kairi goes to exit the ring, but turns around, and STRIKES ASUKA IN THE FACE! Kairi Sane begins laying into Asuka with tremendous rage, as she leaves the RAW Women’s Champion to suffer in the ring.
World Heavyweight Championship – AJ Styles © def. Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
(In this triple threat, there is a unique dynamic of two big men against Styles, who uses nimble movement and fast strikes to get the upper hand. Strowman and Reigns focus on taking eachother out, forgetting about the World Heavyweight Champion, who is able to sneak the win to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.)
Elimination Match for the WWE Championship – Aleister Black vs Seth Rollins vs Rey Mysterio vs Edge vs Andrade vs Samoa Joe ©
(This Elimination Chamber match is chaotic, with high spots, hard hitting offense and frantic action. Andrade is able to eliminate Edge from the match, the Rated R Superstar becoming enraged, spearing everyone in the competition before leaving, with Andrade waving him goodbye. Joe eliminates Mysterio. Black eliminates Andrade. Rollins and Black form an unlikely alliance to take down Samoa Joe, and with the match looking bleak, Seth Rollins gets ready to put Joe away.
However, someone appears from under the cage surface… IT’S ADAM COLE! HE’S HERE! Adam Cole opens up a piece of the Chamber surface, entering the match, Rollins turns around and falls into a Superkick, as Samoa Joe crawls over and gets his arm over Rollins, and gets the pin! Cole leaves the match, having left his impact, before Black and Joe have one fantastic Elimination Chamber duel, Joe getting the upper hand and winning the match, retaining the WWE Championship going into WrestleMania.)
Samoa Joe wins.

NXT
Finn Balor calls out Triple H, arguing about the controversial NXT Championship match at Takeover, where Balor controversially lost the NXT Championship to Keith Lee. Hunter tells Finn that he’ll get his shot again, but Finn wants the opportunity as soon as possible, the tension reaching a fevers pitch between Hunter and Balor. Balor claims that without himself ‘NXT would never be in the place it is right now.’ Which frustrates Hunter, causing a backstage altercation which has William Regal split the two up.
Balor, who is developing an ego over his claim that he’s the cornerstone behind NXT, challenges Hunter to a match at NXT Takeover: Los Angeles, however Hunter does not accept the bout, telling Balor to find himself an actual opponent, and warns him in the process. For the next few weeks, Balor becomes greedy, interrupting matches, and acting as if he runs the locker room. When Balor says that he won’t leave the ring until Hunter accepts a match at Takeover, he has a row of security guards blocking the ramp.
Hunter trots down to the security, with the Full Sail crowd watching on. “YOU WANNA FIGHT ME? I’LL DO YOU ONE BETTER, WE’RE GONNA DO IT AT WRESTLEMANIA!” The fans pop as Hunter beats up the security guards, undoes his tie and top button, slides into the ring and begins to brawl with Balor. Hunter is about to hit a Pedigree, but Balor slides out of it and gets out of the ring. “This is my ring! NXT is my yard!” Hunter shouts, with the fans urging him on, and NXT is being spotlighted at WrestleMania as Balor and Hunter are set to show down to see who is the cornerstone behind the Black and Gold brand at WrestleMania 37.
RAW and SmackDown build their feuds, on the fast track to WrestleMania, as they prepare a stacked 2-night card worthy of the Hollywood stage. The culmination of a year, the biggest event on the pro-wrestling calendar, WrestleMania 37’s card is arranged, as the matches for each night are confirmed.

Night One
Rey Mysterio is set to challenge the current US Champion, Ricochet!
At the Royal Rumble event, Ricochet won the US Title from Seth Rollins, and since, he has defeated the majority of the mid-card talent, however one that stuck out to him was Rey Mysterio. Instead of the challenger piping up, it was the champion himself who called out Rey Mysterio. “At WrestleMania, I want to provide a dream match for the fans. And if I want to call myself the best high flyer to grace a WWE ring, I need to beat you first.” Rey Mysterio accepts the challenge, defeating numerous challengers in the coming weeks so he can solidify himself as a worthy challenger for Ricochet’s belt.

Andrade is set to show down with the Rated R Superstar, Edge!
At the Elimination Chamber, Andrade was the one to eliminate Edge from the match, ruining his chances of winning one final WWE Championship. Andrade says that Edge should not even be in this company, he is old, decaying, and there for the money. While the fans fail to see reason in Andrade, Edge shows a grittier side in the build for this match, going as far as destroying Andrade and Zelina’s limo. In an interview, Edge claims that he sees a bit of himself in Andrade, but Andrade needs to remember he’s stepping into the ring with a Hall of Famer.

Two trademark figures of women’s wrestling, Charlotte Flair and Shayna Baszler, will collide in a Submission Match!
Both women eliminated eachother in the Royal Rumble match, and at the Elimination Chamber PPV, Flair laid out a vicious assault on Baszler during her match with Kairi Sane. The hype around this match is the contrast between Charlotte Flair, who is the best wrestler in the division, and Shayna Baszler, who is the best fighter in the division. Aces in their specific styles, they intend on proving why their style is superior at WrestleMania, and what better way to do that than a WrestleMania match.

Two of RAW’s best factions, The Undisputed Era and the Monday Night Messiahs, will wage war in six man tag team action!
The Undisputed Era made their main roster debuts at the Royal Rumble, Adam Cole entering the fabled Number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble. At Elimination Chamber, Fish and O’Reilly won the RAW Tag Team Championships from Austin Theory and Buddy Murphy, and later in the show, Adam Cole appeared in the Elimination Chamber to cost Seth Rollins the WWE Championship! On Night One, these two teams will battle eachother, The Undisputed Era looking to make their mark as the signature WWE faction early on in their main roster tenures.

Brock Lesnar vs Matt Riddle will be a brawl between two MMA natives.
Matt Riddle luckily eliminated Brock Lesnar from the 2021 Royal Rumble Match. From there, the feud has escalated, Riddle constantly playing around with Brock and speaking of him negatively backstage. These two men have MMA backgrounds, so Brock may have found his match in the Original Bro, Matt Riddle, who is not afraid of the sheer power and size of the Beast Incarnate. Lesnar and Riddle feed into eachothers characters perfectly, and that will be demonstrated at WrestleMania.

The RAW Women’s Championship is on the line when Kairi Sane faces former tag team partner, Asuka.
A feud with no rights or wrongs, Asuka won back the RAW Women’s Championship at the Royal Rumble with the help of Kairi Sane, and defended it at the Elimination Chamber with the help of Kairi Sane. When Asuka took all the credit of her victories to herself, Sane became envious of her partner, betraying her and laying out a vicious beatdown. Asuka says that Kairi does not know what she’s getting into, but Sane says that for too long, she has been in the shadow of Asuka, and it’s time to break free, and show everyone why she is the superior Kabuki Warrior. At WrestleMania, the RAW Women’s Championship will be defended, and the stakes could not be higher.

Drew McIntyre takes a trip into the Firefly Fun House.
At the Royal Rumble, McIntyre lost the WWE Championship to Samoa Joe in a hard hitting classic. After the match, The Fiend presented himself, but did not attack Drew. From there, McIntyre has been calling for the return of the Fiend, he has been pressuing Bray Wyatt, even ordering him, to bring The Fiend out. When Drew McIntyre travelled to an undisclosed location requested by Wyatt, he did not find the Fiend, rather an invitation.
March 28th… The Firefly Fun House. See you there!
McIntyre says that he does not fear Bray Wyatt, and he will not give in to his mind games inside the Firefly Fun House. He promises that he’s going to be ruthless at WrestleMania, and he is going to get The Fiend out of his head once and for all.
And finally, our Night One Main Event…

In what promises to be a thrilling triple threat, Shinsuke Nakamura, Daniel Bryan, and AJ Styles, all clash for the World Heavyweight Championship!
Ever since reintroducing the Big Gold last year, Styles has been on a tear with the belt. The finals of a 16 man tournament to crown Styles’ number one contender for WrestleMania saw Nakamura and Bryan face off in the finals, with the match ending in a Double DQ. While Styles thought that the result meant he could sit back and not defend the title at WrestleMania, it was concluded that both Bryan and Shinsuke will be competing for the World Heavyweight Championship, and it will be a triple threat match!
Ever since the announcement, the three men have been keeping an eye on eachother. Bryan wants to win the WWE Championship so he can convince himself he still has what it takes. Shinsuke wants to get his WrestleMania moment, for he has been foreshadowed and struggled in big matches for too long. AJ Styles wants to knock off his final competitors so he can say that he has defeated everyone that has came in the path of the Phenomenal One. The Night One main event is a good one, the world title on the line.
And that is the Night One card! Matches that range from trips to the Firefly Fun House, world title triple threat, women’s grudge matches, submission matches, faction warfare, a battle of generations, the collision of two of the greatest high flyers. And that’s only half of it. While Night One promises to kick off the weekend in stylistic fashion, Night Two looks to follow up greatness with immortality.

Night Two
To kick off the night, eight of SmackDown’s best will collide in a Ladder Match, all vying for Cesaro’s Intercontinental Championship
Each man in this contest claimed their stake for the Intercontinental Championship, including Gulak, who was never pinned out of losing the belt. It has all culminated in the formation of a Ladder Match, which will guarantee some fast paced and frantic wrestling to open Night Two, as these men all look to stamp their place in WrestleMania history.

Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman will settle their grudge in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl!
At the Elimination Chamber PPV, both men competed in a triple threat for the World Heavyweight Championship, and as they got too focused on each other, they forgot about Styles, giving the Phenomenal One a time to pounce and clinch a win. Reigns and Strowman have been building up a feud on SmackDown ever since, a grudge so large that it cannot be settled through the confines of the squared circle. At WrestleMania 12, Goldust and Roddy Piper collided in the same stipulation, the Hollywood Backlot Brawl, and it is making its grand return for the Monster Among Men and the Big Dog, a stipulation put in place to separate this Reigns/Strowman match from the rest.
In the build, there have barely been words exchanged, just brawling with each other, with security having to split them up, GM’s having to suspend them. Reigns has a grudge with Strowman, because Strowman was the one with the spotlight last year at WrestleMania, beating Goldberg for the Universal Championship, and Reigns feels like when he gave Strowman the spotlight, all the Monster Among Men did was spit in his face.

A continuation from last night, Adam Cole and Seth Rollins will get to go head-to-head in singles competition here on Night Two!
At Night One, we will see Rollins and his Messiahs collide with Adam Cole’s Undisputed Era, and on Night Two, these men will get to go after eachother in traditional Singles competition. While the tag team match is on the basis of faction warfare, this match has been developed as more of a grudge match, following Seth and Adam’s continuous backstage tension, and of course, Cole costing Seth the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber. When asked to justify his actions, Cole says that Seth has such an ego, which is unwarranted, and the best way to prove yourself immediately is to go straight for the top of the food chain. Rollins says that Cole will be ‘humbled’ at WrestleMania.

A match built from the foundations of NXT, Finn Balor will unleash The Demon for his match against Triple H.
Building since Balor’s controversial NXT Championship loss at Takeover: Seattle, Balor has been urging Hunter for a match, doing all in his power to anger Hunter on NXT, and a match was eventually arranged, but not for Takeover, rather WrestleMania, as Hunter does not want to steal the spotlight with a Takeover match. Since, Balor has claimed that he is the cornerstone of NXT, and Hunter should thank him for putting NXT on the map. He says that he’s disgusted at Hunter’s self indulgence, always promoting himself as the only person to build the brand that is NXT.
Balor says that he is representing those who were overshadowed in the developmental system, those like Johnny Gargano, those like Tommaso Ciampa, who have dedicated portions of their careers to NXT, but get little to no credit. Triple H, meanwhile, says that Balor is deluded and too caught up in his own ego, stemmed from his NXT Championship reign. The stakes reach such a sense that Finn Balor promises to bring The Demon at WrestleMania, as he sets to clash with The Game, Triple H.

A bout worthy of the Hollywood moniker, Velveteen Dream sets to usher in a new era when he steps into the ring with John Cena.
Cena and Dream had a staredown during the Royal Rumble, as they realized the pure energy oozing from those two being in the ring. While neither won the Rumble, they did understand that what the fans want is a match. On SmackDown, Cena has requested Dream for a match, because it’s what the fans want, but Dream has declined, saying that he will not share the spotlight with a part timer like Cena. In the next few weeks, Cena racks up wins against SmackDown’s biggest stars, with Velveteen watching in attendance. “You want to prove that I can’t run in the ring anymore… Prove it.” Cena tells Dream, as he sets up a match for WrestleMania.
Dream claims that Cena is symbolic of the past, and he therefore must be abolished from a WWE canvas. At WrestleMania, Dream will defeat someone synonymous with the event in Cena. In the build, Dream comments that “Cena won’t have to go far when I’ve given him a Hollywood humiliation.” Causing Cena to flip as the two start to brawl. Cena warns Dream that he is getting over his head, and he encourages Dream to give Cena his best shot at the grandest stage.

Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair crosses brand to challenge Sasha Banks for a match at WrestleMania for the SmackDown Women’s Championship!
Belair won the Royal Rumble in a tremendous effort, booking her place for WrestleMania, with the first opponent in her mind being The Boss, Sasha Banks. The build has revolved around the promos between the two, they both share similiarities styles wise, but Belair says that she will win, because she doesn’t rely on theatrics, or aesthetic, to win matches, she also has the raw strength and in-ring talent which Sasha ‘left in NXT’.
Banks calls Belair a rip-off of Banks, but unlike herself, Belair never won the Women’s Championship in NXT, choking in big matches against Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen at WrestleMania, according to the Women’s Champion. “Sasha Banks is a big match player. Bianca Belair is overhyped, and she will be exposed for the fraud she is at WrestleMania.” The two build for a fantastic SmackDown Women’s Championship match, as Bianca Belair sets to go up against Sasha Banks.

Aleister Black vows to take on the responsibility of putting The Undertaker’s career away, as the two are set to clash in a DREAM match.
Aleister Black, without a WrestleMania opponent, began to mindlessly call out The Undertaker. Black claims that he feels an emotional disturbance, the Deadman’s urge to step back into the ring and to ask himself whether he has what it takes anymore. Black travels to a graveyard, trying to find The Undertaker “SHOW YOURSELF!” as The Undertaker begins to get into Black’s head, driving the latter slightly insane.
When Black is cutting a promo on Raw, the lights go out for a brief moment, before going back up, with The Undertaker behind Black, who shouts “This is part of your game, huh?! This whole lights out faca-“ Black turns around and sees Taker, as the two confront eachother, finally. Undertaker says that The Deadman will return at WrestleMania, and he promises to make Black Rest In Peace.
On the other hand, Black wants to put Taker out of his misery. In the build, the two recall Taker’s storied history in the squared circle, and how The Undertaker may have finally met his match, his successor, in Aleister Black. Black calls for Taker to give him the Phenom’s blessing, or he will take it from his motionless body in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania. The stakes are high for this dream match as the Deadman returns to the ring “One… More… Time.”

Royal Rumble winner Kevin Owens looks to take down an old enemy, ally, and everything in between. No one has been able to stop Samoa Joe, and Kevin Owens may be the last resort for WWE in the Main Event of WrestleMania.
The promo package shows Samoa Joe’s WWE debut, as Kevin Owens was the first man he confronted. “Look how far we’ve come since.” Joe chuckles to himself, as it shows his WWE Championship win at Royal Rumble, followed by Kevin Owens Royal Rumble winner. Owens said that he never had any doubt who he was challenging for the belt. Owens and Joe both have respect for the WWE Championship, and they will have to die to give up this WrestleMania main event, as two of the most hard hitting men in all of WWE wage war on eachother.
Brawls, grudges, these two set Monday Night Raw alight with this explosive build. Owens recalls all the time Joe has got injured, but how Owens has always been in the ring, working his ass off for the fans, regardless of situation. As Joe continues to tear through the Raw competition, most notably in the Chamber, Owens became somewhat of a last resort for Raw, but Owens says that he knows Joe inside and out, and he will win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
The promo package also shows Owens and Joe’s respective runs in TNA, Ring of Honor, NXT, and how both of these men’s storied careers culminate in this more than deserved WWE Championship WrestleMania main event. The match is set in stone, as Kevin Owens will face Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship in Hollywood.

And there are the cards for WrestleMania 37, hosted in SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles! With both nights stacked, the California fans are due for a fantastic weekend full of the best wrestling on the grandest scale. With a plethora of grudge and dream matches alike, the locker room prepare to give their all and steal the headlines in the Hollywood spotlight, a poetic fate for every superstar involved in the show. There will be misery. There will be celebration. There will be heartbreak. There will be intensity. The biggest show in all of sports entertainment returns to Hollywood, as the stage is set for a fantastic WRESTLEMANIA 37!
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2020.05.01 19:04 ConorCulture Pick Your Poison Dos - Booking the Intercontinental Championship from now-WrestleMania 37 - Part 2: Conquer

Survivor Series: Kevin Owens vs. Adam Cole - WWE Intercontinental Championship
Since Survivor Series is comprised of Raw vs. SmackDown vs. NXT matches, the 2 months before will lead to a SmackDown Special episode in late October. These Raw/SmackDown special episodes are shows I’d introduce after SummerSlam that take the One Night Only format from TNA. That has one pre-taped show at the start of a month and spread out the matches and segments over the course of that month. Have title matches on these shows with actual stakes, dream matches, the interesting stuff you’d expect out of a PPV. This should make Raw and SmackDown episodes must-see TV because you can watch Edge vs. Seth Rollins for fucking free. These shows will only take place in months without PPV’s, and then have a really big one in December with a 14 match card, that you can spread out over the holidays so wrestles can work a lighter schedule over Christmas. When you can start doing shows with crowds I’m not sure if these would still work, but while Corona is a thing, I think it’s a good idea.
The SmackDown after SummerSlam is hyped as Kevin Owens explains his actions. Owens opens the show, but this isn’t the Kevin Owens we’re used to. He’s wearing a shirt that says in scratchy red writing “PACKAGE. PILEDRIVER. EVERYONE.”, he’s entering to Unsettling Differences, we’re seeing a man who looks more like Kevin Steen than Kevin Owens. The version of Kevin who would’ve Package Piledrivered Goldberg’s ass at Fastlane 2017, rather than lose in 20 seconds. Owens grabs the mic and says “I wasn’t lying, I’m not sorry for a damn thing.” “You see I was a man of the people last year, last year at SummerSlam I got on my knees and begged Shane McMahon for a job because I stood for the audience, I was one of you. And I know a certain someone who used to be that, and his name was Sami Zayn. That is the same man who I knocked out at SummerSlam, and fired from WWE.”
“I brutally assaulted Sami at SummerSlam because I was sick of being the good guy. Sami was right I couldn’t get it done at Money in the Bank. I thought I was right when I said Sami needed The Artist Collective. But I was right when I said I saw potential in Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, which is why I’m the new leader. This is no longer “The Artist Collective”, this is The Empire.” Cesaro and Nakamura come out and stand behind Owens as he continues. “Damn it feels good to be the bad guy... buts it’s not only wanting to release the evil, but it’s also wanting to end Sami Zayn. 4 years ago, Sami Zayn defeated me at Battleground 2016. It came back to me during the Superstar Shakeup, I wanted to kill Sami. I wanted him gone, gone and to never return. It’s always been about Sami with you people, while I was Universal Champion, all you cared about was that Sami Zayn wasn’t being pushed, screw you all!” Kevin flips off the camera and walks to the back with The Empire.
Now, Kevin Owens dubs himself The Prizefighter once again, not fighting on TV often. Cesaro and Nakamura still have their titles intact, however, they will be fighting The War Raiders once again at Survivor Series for their titles. It’s advertised on the September 25th edition of SmackDown, we will see two matches from the September SmackDown Special, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. the returning Xavier Woods for the title, and Nakamura and Cesaro vs. The Usos. Owens cuts a promo on September 11th against basically the entire WWE midcard, saying that they are an embarrassment to this company and they are the reason the Intercontinental Championship is now useless. This is also because Sami Zayn held the title. Owens says he’ll add prestige to the title, and he’ll show that by having his first defence against Daniel Bryan at the SmackDown Special, on September 18th.
Come September 18th, Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens match finally comes. It starts hot with a sequence of strikes and counters before Bryan begins his usual mat work. One spot, in particular, sees Owens go for a Cannonball off the apron but Bryan kicks him midair. Owens takes the Zayn gimmick from the Summer of hitting his opponents as hard as he can but x10 as he now is determined to knock out all his opponents. Owens busts out an Apron Package Piledriver which causes Drew Gulak to throw in the towel. Bryan gets up unaware as to what happened, but his confusion turns to frustration as he shouts at Gulak that he was fine and didn’t need that. Gulak slaps him because he’s annoyed at Bryan because in his mind he was helping Bryan. Bryan looks to strike back, but the rest of Empire run out and attack them both. Nakamura Kinshasa’s both, Cesaro hits two Alpamare Waterslide’s on the ramp, and then Owens hits two Package Piledriver’s on the ramp. The Empire hold all their titles to close the show.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens © defeats Daniel Bryan
On October 2nd, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro take on Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Gulak and Bryan put their differences aside to take on the common enemy, Empire. Cesaro and Gulak start off with some good chain wrestling and grappling, both men incorporating a European style. Nakamura then comes in and the match turns to a battle of striking. Gulak then tags in Bryan, and we get the Nakamura/Bryan encounter. I’d give these two 5 minutes to just do their thing before it starts to break down into multi-man chaos. Drew Gulak is distracted by Cesaro so that Cesaro can then hit a Springboard Clothesline. Gulak falls and tries to get the tag, but Nakamura hits a Kinshasa. Nakamura Superkicks Bryan off the apron and covers Gulak to win. Bryan and Gulak’s tension is now nuclear.
At this point, you may be wondering, what happened to Sami Zayn? Well, he’s fired from WWE. So that means, he won’t be appearing on WWE television. And I’m not having him appear for the rest of the year. Instead, he’ll be showing up on in a different promotion. A place he’s never been. On Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 edition of Impact Wrestling television, Willie Mack is in the ring announcing that he will be defending his X-Division Championship in an Ultimate X Match at Bound for Glory 2020. Ace Austin and Reno Scum then interrupt him. Austin says he’s still bitter Mack took his X-Division Championship from him. Rich Swann then interferes and it’s a two-on-three encounter. Austin continues to berate Mack, before asking other than Swann he’s got no one to help him.
Outcomes, not Sami Zayn, El Generico. The Generic Luchador is in the Impact Zone. Generico walks down the ramp as “Olé” blares through the arena. Willie Mack then says to Austin “I got the pride of Tijuana with me, you still wanna go?” Austin responds to this by jumping Mack, with Reno Scum attacking Swann and Generico. Now to address the people thinking “Vince would never let someone appear in another promotion, that’s giving exposure to other companies!”: (a) this is my booking, (b) the hardcore fans (the majority of the people watching weekly TV) already know these companies exist and (c) what’s the harm? Yes, you’re shining a light on another company, in turn drawing others to that product, but then the fans of this company will, in turn, check out WWE to see why the IC champion of 6 months is now in Impact?
Later that week, Rey Mysterio is cutting a promo on SmackDown saying how he doesn’t know when, but soon he wants to hand down his legacy to his son Dominic. He says he’s a Grand Slam and Triple Crown winner, so he wants to do everything he can before he eventually takes a step back from the sport. The first thing he wants to do is a challenge for the WWE Tag Team Championships, with his son Dominic. Empire then comes out and Cesaro trash talks him, calling Dominic greener than turtle shit, calling Rey an old man, before the beat down. The commentary says they’ve received word from Booker T that the match is confirmed for the October SmackDown Special. Kevin Owens then comes out and as per usual, Package Piledrivers dem sumbitches.
Next week on Impact, Ace Austin teams with Reno Scum to take on Willie Mack, Rich Swann and El Generico in the main event. Generico starts the match taking on Adam Thrownstone. He busts out all his old El Generico offence he couldn’t do in WWE, capping off with a BRAINBUSTAH!!!!! to Ace Austin, 1.......2.....Luster breaks it up. Willie Mack and Rich Swann then get involved and it’s breaking down. The match ends with Mack hitting a Shooting Star Press onto Thrownstone and Luster stacked on each other. Zayn then hits another BRAINBUSTAH!!!!! onto Ace Austin! The team of Generico, Mack and Swann win the match. Generico and Ace Austin are then confirmed to be a part of Ultimate X with Mack. Later that week, October 16th edition of SmackDown, the tag titles match between The Mysterio’s and Empire as part of the SmackDown Special.
October 20th is the go-home show before Bound for Glory, where we’ll see challenger Eddie Edwards take on champion Michael Elgin for the Impact World Championship, Gauntlet for the Gold Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (renamed the Impact Television Championship), Jordynne Grace taking on Kiera Hogan for the Knockouts Title, Taya and Kylie Rae going at it, Dez and Wentz of the Rascalz taking on The Briscoes for the tag belts, Sami Callihan and debuting Marty “The Moth” Martinez fighting in a Monster’s Ball Match, and of course Ultimate X. Go home show sees El Generico take on his partner from last week, Rich Swann, and also Trey, Suicide and Chris Bey are confirmed to be apart of the Ultimate X Match for Willie Mack’s X-Division Championship.
Later that week is Kevin Owens taking on Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship. Mysterio opens the match with a Hurricanerana to the outside followed by a Suicide Tornado DDT. Mysterio then starts the match dominant, as he talks to Owens. He says Owens tried to destroy him and his son last week, with this so-called Empire, but it didn’t work. He’s still fighting. Mysterio is then caught with a Half and Half Suplex followed by a Senton but he kicks out. Owens and Mysterio then go a further 9-10 minutes of very fast-paced, high octane wrestling. Owens catches a 619 into a Package Piledriver, 1.........2......3! Kevin Owens again retains his title, and after the match attempts to knock him out, or break his neck, or both. He places the title under his head and goes for a Diving Foot Stomp, but Dominick runs out and saves his dad.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Kevin Owens © defeats Rey Mysterio
Next night, October 24th is Bound for Glory, emanating from the Impact Zone. Generico comes out first, but he’s jumped in his entrance by Ace Austin! There’s still 4 more guys yet to come out! Austin before the match has begun, fights with Generico on the stage. They fight into the ring, and the other participants begin to run out. However since they don’t have to start in the ring, the bell has already rung, they all just climb the metal structures. Trey hops from the top turnbuckle to the cable and crawls to the title, while Chris Bey follows him. Trey reaches the centre but Bey knocks him down. Willie Mack in a great feat of strength, vault jumps up and grabs Bey by the legs, powerbombing him from the cable to the mat. Austin and Generico haven’t even noticed the match has begun, they’re just busy fighting with each other. Generico hops from the ground onto the metal structure, then jumps off with a Moonsault to Austin.
Generico then crawls in and climbs the opposite structure to Trey, and the one to the right of Willie Mack. Suicide then climbs to the top of metal structure and looks down on Mack. Suicide then jumps off the structure with a Double Foot Stomp to Mack, taking him off the cable! This leaves just Trey and Generico. They knock into each other a few times, before Generico rams both knees into Trey’s arms and he falls down. This leaves Generico on his own, everyone having been taken out with a crazy bump. However, Ace Austin is back up and grabs a table. He sets the table up underneath Generico, so if he falls, he’s going through the table. Generico begins to panic and try and stay up longer, but he loses grip and falls down through the table. Ace Austin starts to climb up the turnbuckles, but then Suicide starts to follow after him. Austin hits a Kick to the Chest, but Suicide smashes him into the metal. Austin throws him off into the ring, then hits an Inverted Frogsplash!
Trey runs in and goes wild on Suicide with a fun sequence of flips and spins before Trey hits a Scissors Kick. Trey turns around into a Slingshot Springboard Roundhouse Kick from Ace Austin. Ace Austin then hits a Head Trap Stomp and places him on the top rope. Ace Austin then goes for a Slingshot Hurricanerana, but Trey pushes him down. Trey jumps down and hits a Youshi Yonic, sending Ace to the outside. Generico and Mack both roll in at the same time, both running into Trey. Trey ducks Generico’s a Jumping Olé Kick and Generico hits Mack. Trey hits a Superkick to Generico, then hits the ropes, but Generico hits a Double Pumphandle Orange Crush! Generico is on fire as Chris Bey jumps in with a flying attack but Zayn hits a Reverse STO! Zayn then turns around into a Pop-up Elbow Smash from Willie Mack! Willie Mack then hits a Samoan drop followed by kip-up and running shooting star press. Mack goes for a Stunner to Chris Bey, but Bey spins him around and hits Hurricane Chris! Bey heads to the cable and climbs, but instead of reaching for the title, he hangs by the cable, begins to swing, then hits a Shooting Star Press to Mack!
Generico and Suicide both run in and climb across the cables. We get a battle of masks, before Suicide swings off the cable and hits a Hurricanerana! Suicide sells the fall, but gets back up and climbs the structure. Ace Austin climbs up the same thing, waiting just below the top. Suicide crawls along before Ace Austin jumps up onto the top of the structure and hits a Guillotine Leg Drop to Suicide!!! He falls from this insane height, and he’s basically taken himself out. Chris Bey runs in and hits a Superkick to Generico. He hits a Chris Kick followed by SWAG SURF. Bey climbs the structure, but Mack grabs him and hits an Avalanche Chocolate Thunder!!!! Mack pulls himself up by the ropes, but Generico hits an Olé Kick! Generico then hits a BRAINBUSTAHHH!!!!! Generico falls down, and Trey rolls in. Trey hits a Pele Kick followed by Meteora to Generico. He gets up and hits a Sliding Trip!
Chris Bey, Suicide and Trey have a big sequence with the three of them all hitting their signature moves in a rapid-fire rush of offence. Chris Bey wins this and stares down Willie Mack from across the ring. Both of them then rush up the metal structures and sprint-crawl across the cables. Bey and Mack throw everything at each other while still holding on the cables for dear life. Bey goes swings inside out and so he’s sitting on the centre point of the cables where the title lies. Mack hangs right underneath him, so Bey stomps on his chest and Mack falls, his arm stretched out to his X Division Championship as he falls. Chris Bey then unhooks the title and makes his way down, as he celebrates with the title. Everyone is down, bruised and battered, while one of those six celebrates the biggest win of their careers.
After that madness, the October 30th episode of SmackDown is Invasion Night. Christian announces on the Raw episode before this Booker T and Christian will be teaming up in case of an NXT invasion. A huge World Heavyweight Championship match is set for the main event, Kofi Kingston defending against Daniel Bryan in a WrestleMania rematch. The match ends however when Undisputed Era attack. The week following a Kofi Kingston/Daniel Bryan rematch is set up, but while Corey Graves is announcing this Shane Strickland comes out and attacks him. This happens all night as NXT come in and ruin the show. They do this once again on Raw but fail as Raw fight back. Undisputed Era on SmackDown that week try and get buddy-buddy with The Empire, which seems to work, but Owens Package Piledriver’s all of them. For the coming weeks, the match between Kevin Owens and Adam Cole builds, while Undisputed Era versus The New Day builds too. On the final episode of NXT before the show, Adam Cole poses with the old Intercontinental Championship that was used before Zayn/Naka redesigned it. He then does a photoshoot with the title. The card for Survivor Series is made up of dream matches, and looks like this:
Now onto booking of Kevin Owens/Adam Cole. Adam Cole enters out first and gets a decent reaction from THE CROWD. I’m going to do what Stardom did at the Cinderella Tournament, where the front row at the hard camera has fans, wearing masks and gloves, with some other people spread out around the Performance Centre. This makes it so we get some people to yell “Boom” and “Adam Cole! Bay Bay!” during his entrance. We then see on the titantron, Kevin Owens Package Piledrivering people into next week, with the words “this is your faith Adam” appearing on the screen before his music begins and Owens walks out. They start locking up, with Cole taking the time to taunt and be a bit of prick, not showing any fear to Owens. Owens then tries to create a fear factor, hitting a Sidewinder Suplex followed by a KO Bomb! 1.......2....Cole kicks out! Cole looks flushed, releasing that he may have underestimated Owens.
Cole is then hi with a German Suplex from Owens, which causes him to roll out. Owens goes for a Suicide Dive but Cole hits a Hanging Soccer Kick on the outside, stopping Owens dead in his tracks. Owens’ head now hangs on the ropes. Cole hits an Enziguri to it and goes for a Guillotine Leg Drop, but Owens moves his head and Cole lands on the apron. Owens kicks him across the chest which flattens him. Owens goes for an Apron Package Piledriver, but Cole gets out and hits an Apron Corona Crash!!! Once Owens sits up, Cole hits a Jumping Big Boot to him and rolls in to restart the count. He then runs the ropes and hits a Plancha!!! He stumbles into some fans in the front row and they all throw up the Bay Bay taunt. Cole does the same, but it’s cut short by a Clothesline from Owens. Owens then rolls him in the ring and hits a Superkick followed by a Fisherman’s Buster!!!! 1..........2....COLE KICKS OUT AGAIN!!!!!
Cole gets up and hits two Enziguri’s on Owens. He goes to Irish whip him but Owens twists around. Cole then hits a third Enziguri! He hits a Jumping Neckbreaker! Owens rolls out and Cole hits a Slingshot Tope Con Hilo!! Cole straight after runs up the ramp, then runs back at him and goes for a V-Trigger, but Owens clobbers him midair. Owens hits a Steenaliser on the outside!!! Owens places him on the steps and runs at him for Cannonball, but Cole moves at the last second and Owens smashes into the steel! Both men sell because they’ve been hit by big moves, and crawl into the ring. Cole goes for a Cole Day in Hell, but Owens catches and hits a Sleeper Suplex! He then hits a Somersault Leg Drop and covers Cole, but Cole again kicks out. Owens is furious and runs the ropes. He’s caught with a Cole-ateral, 1...........2.......OWENS GETS THE SHOULDER UP! Cole has been resilient so far, but he still needs to do more to defeat Kevin Owens.
Owens hits a DDT to Cole and places his head against the ring post. He goes for a Superkick, but Cole dodges and hits a Backstabber. Cole then goes for the Last Shot but Owens ducks. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Cole counters with a Hurricanerana. Owens hits the ropes and Cole hits a Step-up Enziguri. Cole then hits the LAST SHOT!!!!!! 1........2.......OWENS KICKS OUT!!!! Cole is going mad. He drags Owens outside. He goes for a Panama Sunrise on the floor, but Owens catches, and hits a Running Air Raid Crash onto the floor!!! Owens hits an Attitude Adjustment over the barricade, but Cole lands on his feet. Owens then hits a Tope Con Hilo over the barricade!! Owens then hits a Package Piledriver onto the concrete!!! Owens runs back to the ring. HE HITS AN F-CINQ ON THE REFEREE!
No ref, no rules. He grabs a steel chair and wallops him with it. There’s the tower that Corbin threw Elias off in front of them, with a stack of tables from the street fight in front of it. Both men then start to climb. Cole hits the Last Shot up and goes for a Florida Keys, but Owens gets out and hits a Stunner. He then hits a Double Jump Moonsault off the barrier onto Cole. Owens picks Cole up, looks at the tables, and yells that he is the one true king of Ring of Honor, before hitting an Avalanche Package Piledriver off the tower through the tables. The ref is still down, both men are dead. The Empire come out and help Owens up. The Undisputed Era comes out and helps Cole up. They both carry their leaders to the ring. Both men fall to the mat, and we get a UE/Empire clash. Strong goes for an End of Heartache on Cesaro but he escapes and uppercuts him to the outside. Fish and KOR hit Ax and Smash on Cesaro, but Nakamura puts both away with a Double Kinshasa. Owens then crawls to Cole and puts an arm over his shoulders. 1..............2...........3!!!!!!!
Kevin Owens defeats Adam Cole after an Avalanche Package Piledriver through a stack of tables to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
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2020.04.17 00:55 OneWingedDevil28 Re-Book A PPV (Day One Re-Bookings)

Comment down below what PPV's you'd like to see me re-book next! You guys have reccomended tons of great PPV's so far, and I did my best to re-book them! Keep the suggestions coming in, and enjoy reading. Feedback is appreciated. :)

WrestleMania XV – Suggested by u/50id5Nak3 AND u/hhhfan92297
Winner Takes All – DX (X Pac (European), Road Dogg (Intercontinental) and Billy Gunn) def. Big Show, Jeff Jarrett (Tag Team) and Owen Hart (Tag Team)
Shane McMahon def. Ken Shamrock
WWF Championship Number One Contendership Battle Royal – Test wins by last eliminating Big Bossman
Hell in a Cell – Kane def. Mankind
WWF Women’s Championship – Sable © def. Tori
WWF Championship – Triple H © def. The Rock (DX with all the gold)
The Undertaker def. Stone Cold Steve Austin

WrestleMania 36 – Suggested by u/_noobmastersixtynine
NIGHT ONE
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Sami Zayn and Cesaro © def. Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak
United States Championship – Andrade © def. Kevin Owens
Women’s Tag Team Championship – Sasha Banks and Bayley def. The Kabuki Warriors ©
No Disqualification – Edge def. Seth Rollins
Number One Contendership for the Universal Championship – Braun Strowman def. Kofi Kingston vs John Morrison vs King Corbin
NXT Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair def. Rhea Ripley ©
Winner Faces Goldberg Tomorrow Night, Firefly Fun House Match – The Fiend def. John Cena
WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre def. Brock Lesnar ©
NIGHT TWO
Intercontinental Championship - Shinsuke Nakamura © def. Daniel Bryan
Otis and Mandy Rose def. Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville
Aleister Black def. Randy Orton
RAW Tag Team Championship – Street Profits def. Viking Raiders ©
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley © def. Lacey Evans vs Sasha Banks vs Tamina
Universal Championship – The Fiend def. Goldberg ©
RAW Women’s Championship – Shayna Baszler def. Becky Lynch ©
Boneyard Match – The Undertaker def. AJ Styles

Bragging Rights 2010 – Suggested by u/TheReagmaster
Tag Team Championship – The Nexus © def. The Brothers of Destruction
Interpromotional Singles Match – Big Show (SmackDown) def. Ezekiel Jackson (RAW) 1-0 SmackDown
Divas Championship – Natalya def. Layla ©
United States Champion vs Intercontinental Champion – CM Punk (Intercontinental) def. Daniel Bryan (United States) 1-1
World Heavyweight Championship – Drew McIntyre (MITB won at MITB 2010) def. Kane © vs The Undertaker
Team RAW vs Team SmackDown – Team SmackDown (Edge, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler) def. Team RAW (John Morrison, The Miz, Sheamus, MVP and R-Truth) 2-1 SmackDown
WWE Championship – Wade Barrett def. John Cena vs Randy Orton ©

WrestleMania 34 – Suggested by u/SimonBRUH8217
Ladder Match for the United States Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura def. Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin vs Rusev vs Randy Orton ©
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon
RAW Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks © def. Bayley
Intercontinental Championship – Seth Rollins def. The Miz ©
Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey def. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos © def. The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers
No Disqualification – Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman
Universal Championship – The Demon Finn Balor def. Brock Lesnar ©
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Asuka def. Charlotte Flair ©
Career vs Championship for the WWE Championship – AJ Styles © def. John Cena

WrestleMania 31 – Suggested by u/GavinJ1899
Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship – Dolph Ziggler and Mystery Partner (Neville) def. The New Day vs The Usos vs Cesaro and Kidd ©
Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins
Street Fight – Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose
AJ Lee and Paige def. The Bella Twins
Sting def. Triple H
United States Championship – Roman Reigns def. Rusev ©
The Undertaker def. John Cena
WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins def. Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar ©

TNA Victory Road 2007 – Suggested by u/mishranomics
UItimate X Match for the Ultimate X Championship – Jay Lethal def. Christopher Daniels vs Christian Cage vs Samoa Joe ©
Sting and Abyss def. The Voodoo Kin Mafia
Eric Young and Gail Kim def. Robert Roode and Miss Brooke
TNA World Championship Number One Contendership Battle Royal – Chris Harris wins by last eliminating Jerry Lynn
TNA Tag Team Championship – The Motor City Machine Guns def. Team 3D ©
2/3 Falls Match for the TNA World Championship – AJ Styles def. Kurt Angle © 2-1

Survivor Series 2001 – suggested by u/TheTStain
TLC Match – Tag Team Championships Unification – The Hardy Boyz (WWF) © def. Rob Van Dama and Booker T (Alliance) 1-0 WWF
WWF vs Alliance – The Alliance (Ivory, Jazz and Molly Holly) def. Team WWF (Trish Stratus, Jacqueline and Lita) 1-1
European Champion vs United States Champion, WWF vs Alliance – Christian (European, Alliance) def. Edge (United States, WWF) 2-1 Alliance
WWF vs Alliance – The Rock (WWF) def. Kurt Angle (Alliance) 2-2
Survivor Series Match – Team WWF (Chris Jericho, Big Show, Albert, The Undertaker and Kane) def. The Alliance (Shane McMahon, The Dudley Boyz, Test and Stone Cold Steve Austin)

WrestleMania 23 – suggested by u/LangyLangLang69
Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Mr Kennedy def. MVP vs Carlito vs Ric Flair vs Kane vs Shelton Benjamin vs Johnny Nitro
United States Championship – CM Punk def. Chris Benoit ©
ECW Originals (Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, The Sandman and Rob Van Dam) def. The New Breed (Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn, Matt Striker and Marcus Cor Von)
World Heavyweight Championship – The Undertaker def. Batista ©
Women’s Championship – Melina © def. Ashley
World Tag Team Championship – Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton) def. The Hardy Boyz ©
Battle of the Billionaires, Intercontinental vs ECW Champion – Bobby Lashley (ECW) w/ Donald Trump def. Umaga (Intercontinental) w/ Vince McMahon
60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena © def. Shawn Michaels

Super Show Down 2020 – suggested by u/BenCaunce
Ladder Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship – Rollins and Murphy © def. Garza and Carillo vs Street Profits
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley © def. Lacey Evans
The OC (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) def. The Viking Raiders and Ricochet (Undertaker attacks Styles post match)
Mansoor def. Dolph Ziggler
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – Miz and Morrison def. The New Day ©
WWE Championship – Aleister Black def. Brock Lesnar © via DQ
Goldberg def. Bobby Lashley
Universal Championship – The Fiend © def. Roman Reigns

AEW Full Gear – suggested by u/HeelWrestler
Proud and Powerful def. The Young Bucks
Tournament Semi Finals to crown the inaugural TNT Championship – Fenix def. Shawn Spears
Tournament Semi Finals to crown the inaugural TNT Championship – Pentagon def. Joey Janela
Pac def. Adam Page
AEW Tag Team Championship – SoCal Uncensored © def. Private Party
AEW Women’s Championship – Riho © def. Britt Baker
Tournament Final to crown the inaugural TNT Champion – Pentagon def. Fenix
AEW World Championship – Chris Jericho © def. Cody
Street Fight – Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega

WrestleMania 2000 – suggested by u/Messydrawers111
Intercontinental Championship – Chris Benoit def. Kurt Angle ©
D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X Pac) def. The Radicalz (Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn)
Hardcore Championship Free For All – Hardcore Holly wins by last defeating Test
Kane def. Big Show
Hardcore Match – Mick Foley def. Shane McMahon
European Championship – Eddie Guerrero © def. Chris Jericho
TLC Match for the World Tag Team Championship – Edge and Christian def. The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz ©
WWF Championship – The Rock def. Triple H ©

WrestleMania 27 – suggested by u/adalby12
Tag Team Championship – Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston def. The Corre ©
Randy Orton def. Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio
Intercontinental Championship – Daniel Bryan def. Wade Barrett ©
CM Punk def. John Cena
WWE Championship – The Miz © def. John Morrison
Trish Stratus and Beth Phoenix def. LayCool
Unsanctioned Match – The Undertaker def. Triple H
World Heavyweight Championship – Christian def. Edge ©
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2020.04.11 14:50 neronomy 2020 Year In Review: February

Hi ladies and gents!
Last year I had an idea to round-up the wrestling year in the style of Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe/Games Wipe/News Wipe/Weekly Wipe. I don't have access to a BBC budget (and I'm incredibly incompetent) so I did it via Twitter and a shoddily made website instead. If you aren't familiar with this format, it's basically a review of a week/month/year, with each story getting a bite sized summary and the occasional opinion thrown in.
Anyway, shoot me down in flames if this ins't the place but I thought you guys might dig it. The March thread and illustrated web edition will be hitting next week and then it's a well deserved break until July, where I'll cover April - June.
Here's the links for January, and I'll post the entire text-only round-up for February below. The past 6 weeks have been so wild that you've probably forgot 85% of what happened in Feb (and January). Again, if this isn't to the tastes of SquaredCircle then this will be one and done and I won't post any more editions going forward.
January thread: https://twitter.com/GlobalForceGold/status/1245381993333915648
January illustrated web version: https://wrestlewipe.com/2020/04/01/wrestle-wipe-2020-january/

FEBRUARY:
- The main event of the February 1st Smackdown is a 6-man tag match where the loser has to eat dog food. This match also involves Baron Corbin, because of course it does.
- WWE hold meetings with NXT talent about the importance of not spilling the beans about any issue, small or large, to the wrestling media. They're really trying hard to cover that stink.
- New Japan remind us what professional wrestling is over the course of their New Beginning tour with Jon Moxley vs Minoru Suzuki, Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryu Lee and Zack Sabre J vs Will Ospreay. All incredible matches, all completely different from each other.
- In what may be the peak of gross deathmatch wrestling, Orin Veidt slams Masashi Takeda onto a board of kitchen knives and the match is immediately stopped due to the aftermath. Takeda needed 50 stitches on his back and arms.
- Tim Thatcher is snatched away by WWE & appears in photos at the PC. We mourn the loss of another pillar of the BritWres/EuroGraps scene. We're happy that Tim is getting paid, but we aren't happy at WWE hoarding talent in a bloated roster they clearly have no intention of using.
- Killer Kross also reports to the WWE Performance Centre and we're mostly cool with that one as Kross had been hammering away at Impact for ages. It also means that we might get that Batista match that he asked for.
- Both the Kross and Thatcher signings are reported by Ryan Satin on WWE Backstage, where Satin refers to Thatcher as being an "original member of Imperium". Oh fuck off.
- Jazzy Gabert opens up about asking for her WWE release. Her reasoning? In an interview with Wrestling Inc she said that the sacrifice she was putting into NXT UK was not worth it to jeopardise her health & the low pay she received solidified her belief that it wasn't worth it.
- WWE file a trademark for the recently released Viktor of the Ascension, likely so he can't use it on the indies. I'm sure he's heartbroken.
- Mustafa Ali, once a really promising figure on 205 Live and Smackdown, tweets out "12.13.19", which just so happens to be the last time he was used on TV. As of this thread, he still hasn't been used on TV and his last match was a dark match on 7th Feb.
- Dave Meltzer confirms that Vince McMahon sees Matt Riddle as an "outside guy" who doesn't "respect the hierarchy". Brock is in tight with Vince too, so Riddle's reputation amongst the WWE's elite is already a little tarnished.
- Jim Cornette burns one of the only bridges he has left when he has a MASSIVE falling out with Dave Meltzer over trivial opinions such as Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Orange Cassidy. Cornette's massively obsessed fans don't help matters with the constant snitch tagging.
- After firing their most important executives & the stock plummeting into the ground, WWE's conference call went as well as you'd imagine. Vince gave no real insight, talked about having broad shoulders, brushed off his XFL involvement & the status of the WWE Network is unclear.
- The WWE 10-K SEC filings reveal that WWE has 300 talents attached to a contract, which is double the amount from 2015.
- Throughout Feb, Marty Scurll won over many ex-ROH fans through some clever ideas for future shows including a Past vs Present show, a Women Of Honor reboot & the return of the Pure title in a stacked tournament. Whether this actually pulls ROH from the brink remains to be seen.
- Former WWF wrestler Emmett Bryan Clark Jr. (Adam Bomb) was arrested and faces various narcotics charges. His partner in crime? Dennis Miccolis, the original keyboardist for the band, The Buckinghams ('King Of A Drag'?...anyone? No?).
- The Revival requested their release yet again. Despite a bigger 5- year deal being on the table, The Revival turned it down. They still haven't been released.
- The WWE name-change machine is brought out again and Buddy Murphy is shoved into the entrance pipe, tag team championship belt and all, and is spat out as just 'Murphy'.
- During a Team Vision DOJO show (Yep, the Chasyn 'Kids' Rance wrestling school), Teddy Hart babbles on the mic about how Chasyn "beat the system". Fucking hell.
- Cody Hall makes some ill-advised comment about yellow fever in reply to a photo of Chis Dickinson hanging out in Japan. DDT then put out a statement saying that they've now cut all ties with Cody Hall, who he was on tour with at the time.
- KUSHIDA spends most of his month working NXT house shows, dark matches and getting dumped into a bin by the Undisputed Era. Don't worry though, he got to lose a 13 minute non-title match to Adam Cole as a thank you.
- In an interview, Minoru Suzuki takes a well deserved shot at WWE piling up on everybody they can & attempting to buy their way into other promotion's territories. Suzuki says that Japan should be safe due to their strong sense of wrestling culture. I hope you're right, Suzuki.
- Suzuki also takes down WWE's way of creating generic create-a-wrestlers and watering down established names to conform with their bland standards. God bless Suzuki; he's the hero we don't deserve.
- New Japan announced they would be moving World Pro Wrestling Returns (a program similar to the AXS show airing older matches) to a prime time spot on BS Asahi. They'll still have World Pro Wrestling too, which airs current matches, on Saturdays at 2am.
- Viktor (sorry WWE, I mean Victor), fresh off his release from WWE, takes the time to let us know how disappointed he is in WWE 2K20; "Ok now I’m going to actually say this looks like shit. I’m a gamer and a fan of certain things. This sucks".
- Beyond Wrestling promote this weird concept show where they're filming a pilot for a TV network & all the "TV execs" are making demands, changes & booking unappealing matches. No one knows what to make of it, but the feeling is that these concept shows are scraping the barrel.
- PJ Hawx, the son of Florida-based wrestler Luke Hawx, proves that he's all ready 100 times better than his dad by leaping off the first floor of a shopping centre into the ring. The width and height make this a spectacular highspot, and gained 8 millions views on Twitter alone.
- Brandi Rhodes go on Observer Live to chat about AEW and blames the terrible Nightmare Collective stuff on someone else's "creative direction" and says she never wanted to do that infamous commentary segment. The plug is quickly pulled on the angle (thank God).
- During a Toru Sugiura vs KTB match, GCW commentator Kevin Gill starts reading off Toru's stats. Well, he tried to at least, as eagle eared viewers realised that he was actually reading out the Wiki of Takashi Sugiura instead.
- Scottish Wrestling Twitter explodes as they find out that they're the only ones who think the sun shines out of Joe Coffey's arse.
- Irish Wrestling Twitter decides to have a go as well, as the positivity police attack anyone who is critical of the up-coming OTT shows. The anti-critical thinking brigade were real bad across the board in general.
- Joey Ryan appears at a set of Impact tapings with a new gimmick that harps on about Cancel Culture. Yes, you read that right; Impact Wrestling. Impact fucking Wrestling. Home of Tessa, Moose, Elgin. Fucking Joey Ryan. Cancel Culture. Impact. Ryan. Cancel. Impact.
- We are all reminded of how small the wrestling bubble truly is when WWE's financial woes are but a mere "cat stuck in a tree" footnote in a Forbes report about Amazon; "...In lighter news, Amazon may be going to the mat for WWE pay-per-view rights. Yup, WWE is still a thing".
- Winding out the last weeks of his WWE contract, Matt Hardy has a RAW segment with Randy Orton where he passionately defends the guy who cucked him back in 2005.
- Shayna Baslzer attacks Becky Lynch and bites the back of her neck, leaving a huge blood stain around her mouth. Remember, AEW HAS NOT CHANGED WWE's content, they're still PG and they have no need for an edgier product or blood'n'guts.
- Jim Cornette decides that the best way to tackle his doubters (in this case, David Bixenspan) is to post photos of him, mock him for his looks and encourage his followers to do the same. What an abrasive little shit heap he is.
- GIF extradition MrLariato has his account deleted thanks to several copyright claims from FITE TV due to NJPW GIFs. A dick move by Fite, as Lariato has been responsible for giving a lot of promotions & wrestlers vital exposure. Its saying no to free advertising.
- The job spec for the position of WWE’s Vice President of Operations hits the jobsites. You must have a degree in business admin, discretion, excellent leadership, grace under pressure, & 24/7 availability. When you're done choking, remember; who wouldn't want to work for WWE?
- The Daily Mail (an unreliable, shit excuse for a newspaper) publishes a cringey, lazy article about Stardom ("the little sister of the men's New Japan"), where the the competitors "compete in 'puroresu'" at Korakuen Hall ("known as the Madison Square Garden of wrestling").
- Tripe H chimes in on the Riddle/Brock/Vince heat. He says he's heard all the rumours, Vince hasn't disapproved a Brock vs Riddle match, and the convo at the Royal Rumble is simply between Riddle and Brock. He finishes with the classic "it is what it is" WWE nomenclature.
- Pretty Deadly, a newly established tag team on the UK scene who were beginning to make some waves, sign NXT-UK contracts and are rapidly pulled from an upcoming OTT show on a day's notice.
- Stardom cancel a slew of up-coming shows due to Coronavirus, and some are reworked as shows featuring no fans in attendance (also known as the 'NXT-UK TV Tapings' method).
- Cathy Kelly releases a statement saying that she'll be leaving NXT the Sunday following NXT Takeover: Portland. She describes leaving as a "difficult decision" and is very thankful for a her position.
- NXT Takeover:Portland is somehow simultaneously good and exhaustingly bad. Lee/Dijak, Broserweights/UE and Nox/Dakota were good-great, but then everything else was either overly long, dull, excessive or all three ( looking at you Ciampa vs Cole).
- In the middle of Black History Month, and wearing spectacular ring gear that celebrated her heritage AND with her parents sat in the front row, Bianca Belair is defeated by Rhea Rhipley in an NXT championship match.
- Rickey Shane Page defeats beloved hero Nick Gage to retain the GCW strap & it results in the outraged fans bottling the baddies & the ringside area in scenes reminiscent of Hogan turning on WCW at Bash At The Beach '96. Take note WWE/Corbin; THAT IS WHAT HEAT LOOKS LIKE.
- NXT-UK Takeover: Dublin (that name…Christ) is announced, and will be on the same weekend as an OTT show. What a massive coincidence, just like them going head-to-head with New Japan as well as head-to-head with their three best mates; PROGRESS, ICW and WXW. What a coincidence!
- Due to NXT-UK Takeover: Dublin (never gets any easier to say), PROGRESS (who are best mates with WWE, don't you know) have to move their Electric Ballroom show.
- NXT-UK smashes into their BT Sport timeslot with the same old boring, drawn-out shows filled with squash matches and dull, lifeless stories. It does nothing to shake off the popular opinion that NXT-UK is just generic placeholder wrestling.
- MLW alleges that WWE have tampered with their own contracted talents for usage in potential WWE projects.
- Jeff Cobb makes a surprise debut on Dynamite. He's a free agent there for a cup of coffee and short program with Jon Moxley, and it's interesting that AEW used a guy still connected to ROH.
- New Japan announce a show set for Madison Square Garden called Wrestle Dynasty. It will go head-to-head with NXT Takeover: Boston, which is all fair in love and war, I guess. Still a shitty move by the New Japan office in my opinion but it's probably just a coincidence...
- Val Venis logs on to have a transphobic rant about Nyla Rose being the AEW women's champ, saying "it isn't fair (to the men)". Wrestling is a work, you melt. He doubles down in other posts, calling Nyla a man & how he could identify as a dog to win the Westminster Dog show.
- WWE's revisionist history tactics come into play during their Relentless Aggression Era documentary. Did you know that Vince McMahon changed the name from WWF to WWE because he felt the company needed to push a new creative direction and absolutely nothing else?
Also revealed on the documentary is Vince doubling down on his booking logic to have Lesnar defeat Austin on TV by declaring that no one would remember it when they promote a big money PPV match between the pair down the line. His opinion of his own audience is astounding.
- NXT hits a creative brick wall when they decide to reboot the Gargano/Ciampa feud. As I stated in last year's Wrestle Wipe, this feud should've ended in April 2018. This also means that we're going to be treated to loads more of NXT's patented over-acting bollocks.
- Cedric Alexander, who got "Please sign Cedric chants!" during his Cruiserweight Classic debut, and Akira Tozawa, one of the most popular Japanese imports in recent memory, face off during a Main Event taping where the fans chant for the ref during their match.
- Maria Manic reveals that Teddy Hart was arrested for possession of weed and steroids in Virginia, thus she has nowhere to stay and still has to take care of Teddy's cats. The whole situation is really bad and someone needs to step in.
- The legendary Wrestle Kingdom battles of Hiroshi Tanahasi and Kazuchika Okada were heavily referenced on ABC's sitcom, Black-ish.
- Jim Ross becomes a real life Ron Burgundy when he reads out the points of ellipsis on his script during AEW Dynamite.
- Remember when Baron Corbin complained about AEW & called AEW fans neckbeards? Well he had a go at Meltzer this time & said "(Meltzer) inspires hatred to anything & everything he doesn't like or agree with", & said that he himself does the opposite. Of course you do, sugar plum.
- Like clockwork this ignites a massive dumpster fire of discourse about who can & who cannot critique wrestling, & it made me want to fuck this dumb hobby off. "Wrestling fans have a responsibility to support the scene & stay positive!" was the general output of shite.
- During Tiger Hittori's retirement ceremony, Colt Cabana joins some of the wrestlers heading out to the ring to pay their respects but realises that no one else but CHAOS was out there, thus accidentally joining CHAOS for a night.
- Real heavy rumours of WWE opening a WWE performance centre in Japan begin to circulate. It appears Trips isn't taking no for an answer and doesn't want his totalitarianism vision of "global localisation" to fail.
- Effy sends out an in-character video about beating up fans who shout abusive/homophobic/racist/sexist language at his Big Gay WrestleMania show. This angers the very nice, very progressive, very good boy Brad Sheppard who moans about being beaten up for saying such things.
- After an incredible return to form at High Stakes that saw Will Ospreay defeat Zack Sabre Jr in a brilliant bout and the roster given a new boost of life , Rev Pro's on-demand service gets a kicking when it turns they used several potatoes to film the show.
- Shinsuke Nakamura splits the back of head open when Braun Strowman slams him onto a grand piano. Jesus fucking Christ mate, I hope the surfing is worth killing yourself for.
- Sky Deutschland drops WWE from their programming (including TV content and PPVs) and replaces it with AEW PPVs instead. A welcome upgrade.
- Chris Jericho has "truther" David Weiss on his podcast to have a chat Coronavirus being a satanic conspiracy, mind control and other "supposed" pandemics. Oh boy.
- Samoa Joe is injured filming an advert & is out of action. This follows disputed reports earlier in the month that Joe was out due to a wellness violation. WWE then announce that Joe is suspended due to a wellness violation. This had the anti-dirtsheets reply guys going insane.
- OTT's bad luck with NXT-UK talents continues when Tyler Bate, their tag champion, is pulled 3 days prior to a show. That's 5 times in two years for Bate. As of that cancellation, his last appearance for OTT was July, 2019. Fucking state of it.
- Chris Brookes becomes the first DDT Universal champion.
- Vicky Guerrero makes a cameo on AEW DARK and pops along to Chris Jericho's cruise ship for a bit, so WWE bans WWE Superstars from appearing on her podcast.
- Some stranger knocks on Arn Anderson's door, wakes him up and gets him to sign to some replica championship belt. Wrestling fans continue to be the worse.
- Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee and Rhea Ripley get top billing on an EVOLVE poster for an upcoming show. Well, until you look at the small print and realise they were there for a meet'n'greet only, making the actual EVOLVE roster look like a bunch of nerds.
- Ryan Smile makes a surprise return to wrestling after going dark for a few years when Lucha Forever went under and people never got refunds for tickets. This isn't a very popular appearance but he still gets advertised for a few shows in the coming weeks.
- WWE tweets out a video of Brock Lesnar F5-ing Steve Austin in 2004, and they blur out Austin's "FUCK FEAR DRINK BEER" t-shirt. Remember what the MPAA says; "Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!".
- New Japan feel the power of the Coronavirus as they cancel two weeks worth of March shows including the anniversary show and eight New Japan Cup shows. DDT, Big Japan and NOAH also cancel up-coming shows.
- Charlotte batters Bianca Belair post match with chair and a Figure 8, all the while Rhea Ripley tries to make the save but she can't due to the extremely WWE micro-managing habit of doing her full contrived entrance first.
- AEW continues their hot streak of some of the most consistent wrestling telly in ages with their shows on the way to Revolution, and they punctuated it with a giant exclamation point, with the PAC vs Omega Iron Man match being one of the best free TV matches in 15 years.
- Nyla Rose is the guest on Chris Jericho's podcast which causes a load of very normal boys to get in his mentions about gender. "Go study the transgender process and get back to me junior" - Jericho to comments that disregard Nyla's gender.
- NXT announce a "fan appreciate night" for the March 11th episode of NXT, where it'll be live from the performance centre. Y'know, with moves like that and them not running other venues/arenas, it makes the rumours of USA paying next to nothing for the show seem almost valid...
- At the Saudi Shite Show, Brock Lesnar pinned Ricochet in seconds, with Rick not even getting in a single offensive manoeuvre. Also, 'Taker showed up & pinned AJ Styles without taking his entrance garb off, & WWE nerds explode when Goldberg defeats The Fiend for the WWE strap.
- Despite being destroyed by Brock, and the opening video package saying he had no chance to win, Ricochet still feels the need post about how thankful he is and how he is still living the dream. That is clearly a cry for help.
- Wrestle-1 announces that they'll be closing up shop, with a final show scheduled for April 1st. Somewhere, on a throne made of used kickpads, Triple H laughs manically.
- Kenny Omega & Adam Page vs The Young Bucks becomes an instant classic at AEW Revolution. The match turns heads and sparks debate across the wrestling sphere, but for me it was the prefect marriage of great storytelling, great action and was very rewarding for long-term fans.
- Downstait absolutely fucking murder Cody Rhode's entrance song during his entrance at Revolution. This was embarrassingly bad, and not the way to kick off the heavily hyped MJF vs Cody match. Stick to being a studio band, lads.
- Not be outdone by Jack Gallagher's awful tattoo of a giant ship on his chest, Cody reveals that he has new ink too in the form a garish logo on his neck.
- Rush reclaims the ROH World Championship at Gateway To Honor 2020. Despite ROH's moves to make their product more accessible and less shit, they still have terrible optics by booking large venues that have mountains of visible empty seats.
- At the end of February, AEW leads the Wednesday Night Wars, with the standings at 17-3-1.
That's it for February! Fucking hell, that's a lot. If you've made it all the way here then let me say thank you & I hope you enjoyed the ride! Thanks for reading! Here's the links to the actual thread and the illustrated web version.
February thread: https://twitter.com/GlobalForceGold/status/1247598301404442626
February web version: https://wrestlewipe.com/2020/04/10/wrestlewipe-2020-february/
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2020.04.04 22:51 elmerV2 An Animal in WWE: From the Underground

Backlash 2022
Following his victory over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 38, Batista only grows more awful and uncontrollable. He’s been champion for a little less than six months, and already he’s convinced himself that he is the single best WWE Champion in all of history. His ego is out of control, he’s loud, arrogant, and constantly uses his position as the champ to make demands towards Paige and countless other officials helping to run the company. One day on SmackDown, bored at his utter lack of prospects, Batista strolls down to the ring and tells everybody that he is looking for a new opponent to challenge for his WWE title. He says that if there is a single person in the entire locker room who wants to face him, he is offering them the opportunity to show him what they’re made of right now. He waits for a moment, but his offer is quickly accepted by none other than the Swiss Superman, Cesaro. Cesaro says he’s been waiting a long time for an opportunity like this, and as possibly the most athletically gifted man in the entire company, he feels that he deserves at least one more shot at the WWE. Batista has a condescending smirk spread across his face, but still offers Cesaro a handshake anyways. Cesaro goes to shake his hand, only to be pulled in for a Batista Bomb right onto the back of the neck! Batista has a good laugh at Cesaro writhing around on the ground in pain, before exiting the ring and saying that if Cesaro still wants to face him after that painful Batista Bomb, he’s welcome to, but he better be aware of the fact that the worst is still very much yet to come.
Cesaro announces the next week with no hesitation that he still very much wants to compete against Batista for the WWE title. He says that this is far too big of an opportunity for him to pas by just because of a little powerbomb, and also says that despite Batista’s petty attack last week he still knows for a fact that he is a better wrestler than Batista in every sense of the word. He then claims that he should have been going after the WWE Championship a long time ago, and then says that he’ll redeem the failure that has been the past couple years for him by winning the biggest title in the entire company at Backlash. How does Batista respond to Cesaro’s passionate speech? He powerbombs him, two times this time. That’s actually how most of this feud goes from here. Cesaro cuts an impassioned promo filled with heart one week’ Batista shows up and powerbombs him three times. Cesaro manages a giant win over former tag team partner Shinsuke Nakamura in a great barnburner match? Batista powerbombs him four times. Throughout the build, Batista doesn't say a single word, he doesn’t have to, because he’s getting into Cesaro’s head just by attacking him. Batista’s attacks radiate a confident, cocky energy that screams that he doesn’t respect or fear Cesaro a single bit. And that’s clearly getting to Cesaro, clearly disheartening him in every single match and every single promo. As far as Batista is concerned, even though they are still weeks away from their match at Backlash, he’s already got it won.
At Backlash though, Cesaro surprises everybody. We’ve learned that Batista’s greatest flaws are his egocentrism and his sometimes self defeating confidence, which Cesaro both uses perfectly to his advantage. Batista is really underestimating Cesaro heading into the match, meaning he is caught completely and utterly off guard when Cesaro starts hitting him with these quick impactful attacks. Within the first ten seconds of the match Batista is already crumpled onto the floor of the ring, by the first minute he can only just barely kick out before the three count. Cesaro has managed to completely flip things on him, and because of that, Batista gets totally fucked up way earlier in the match than he should be. A lot of the rest of the match is just Big Dave recovering and trying to get ahold of himself, which means that we mainly just get a lot of showcases of just how cool Cesaro is. The Swiss Superman lifts Batista over his head and chucks him out of the ring, repeatedly hits Batista with a running European Uppercut for over a minute, and manages to lock in a real nasty looking Sharpshooter. Eventually though, after just barely managing to escape from a Neutralizer and hitting Cesaro with a suplex into the turnbuckle, Batista is given a bit of time to rest, and he is pissed. Now with his second wind, Batista just ruthlessly murders poor Cesaro, before finally ending things with a Batista Bomb. Batista has no time to celebrate his victory though, as the instant the bell rings he, then Cesaro, are both hit with RKOs outta nowhere! Orton then flaunts for a bit, only to then just be mauled by a recovering Batista on the outside of the ring. Once Orton is disposed of, Batista re-enters the ring, only to be taken out with a Neutralizer by Cesaro. In an unexpected turn of events, Backlash ends with Cesaro standing tall over both Batista and Orton, holding the WWE belt high and yelling that it will soon be his as the camera fades to black.
Money in the Bank 2022
Following Backlash, it is instantly announced that Batista will be defending his title against both Cesaro and “The Viper” Randy Orton at the next WWE PPV, Money in the Bank. Batista is very unhappy about this, and is actually seen arguing with Paige backstage about the choice to make this match. Batista reasons that Cesaro shouldn’t be able to have a rematch for the title so soon after losing his first match for it, and Randy Orton shouldn’t be rewarded for attacking a champion by being given a match against said champion. Paige says she doesn’t care what Batista thinks, he’s not running these shows. No matter what Batista pitches or offers, Paige refuses to change the match or remove Orton or Cesaro. There is no situation where Paige will budge on how this match goes down. Despite that, Batista is still pretty vehemently opposed to the idea that he has to defend in a triple threat, and does everything in his power to stop the match from happening. He attacks both Orton and Batista almost to the point of injury, he tries several times to get the two of them into feuds with other, unrelated wrestlers so they’ll ditch the match, and he tries to get the fans behind him by suggesting that the Authority is trying to keep him down and is treating him unfairly. Still the match goes ahead as planned.
In the weeks building up to the WWE title triple threat each of the three people competing in the match give their own reasoning for why they want, and why they deserve, to win. Batista continues to push the narrative that the WWE authority is rigging everything against him, while also calling Cesaro a overhyped loser who has missed out on his several big shots at becoming WWE Champ and who would be better off just retiring now before he embarrasses himself at Money in the Bank, and calling Orton a stupid, near irrelevant gatekeeper of a wrestler who has only one even slighlty interesting move in his entire arsenal. Cesaro shoots back, saying that he’s learned from his previous loss against Batista and will come into this next match better than ever with tons of news strategies, while also reminding people that he already knows how to defeat Randy Orton. For his part, Orton, who is just in the complete no fucks given phase of his career cuts sort of weird promos, comparing Batista to his former retired stablemate Mark Jindrak, and talking at long lengths about how Cesaro sort of sucks backstage (None of the stories he tells about Cesaro are true, but who cares).He clearly has deeper motivations to be here, but as of now he hasn’t revealed any of them.
At Backlash the trio of men competing have a hell of a triple threat match, each putting on vastly different performances throughout the battle. Batista plays as the desperate heel champ, willing to do anything to keep his title around his waist for another day. However, despite initially just coming off as just a bit sneaky and selfish, a more sadistic side of Batista starts to manifest itself throughout the match as his attacks become more and more ruthless and painful. Meanwhile, Cesaro plays the idealistic veteran face, pulling out all the stops to make sure that his second chance at the WWE title isn’t worth nothing, and thwarting Batista and Orton at every turn. Orton just basically plays Orton the entire time. He’s still smooth as hell and a great wrestler to boot, but he spends a lot of the match just fucking around and wasting time when he should be focusing on the action. His carelessness proves to be a major detriment, as it almost costs him the victory several times throughout the fight. Despite all of this though, it does seem like Orton is actually going to win the match and the WWE title as things wind down to a close. Orton and Cesaro are alone in the ring, and utterly exhausted after having just hit each other with basically everything they’ve got. In one final bid for victory Cesaro lifts Orton into the air and tosses him up in order to do that flying European uppercut thing he does, only for Orton to adjust and manage to hit Cesaro with an RKO while coming back down. Afterwards, an utterly exhausted Orton covers the prone body of Cesaro, only to be suddenly tossed out of the ring by Batista, who then hits the passed out Cesaro with one final Batista Bomb for good measure before pinning him to win the match, stealing the victory right from under Randy Orton at the very last second, and staying champ for one more precious month.
Extreme Rules 2020
The SmackDown following Money in the Bank, Batista holds a full on party to commemorate his victory several nights ago and to celebrate his continued reign with the WWE Championship. Throughout his celebration, Batista continues to paint himself as a total underdog who was able to keep his story alive against all odds. By this point, it’s become clear that Batista truly does believe he was the underdog here, and truly believes that he won the whole match fair and square. He’s reached a level of narcissism where he can’t even realize that he’s acting like the villain, and sees himself as the total undisputed hero of WWE. Once he finishes explaining how he courageously fended off the villainous Randy Orton and Cesaro to remain the Champion of the People, Batista then begins lampooning his very own opponents. He starts with Cesaro, arguing that the Swiss Superman should never have even been able to compete for the WWE Title in the first place, and saying that he and time again that he just doesn’t have what it takes to be the champ. He then starts talking about Orton, and Batista just goes in. Batista paints Orton as an arrogant, goofy jackass who used to be at least talented, but has now grown to become a mediocre, tired old man with no drive or motivation to do better or be better. He continues, saying Orton is a spineless piece of shit who acts silly to hide how much of a coward he is. Before Batista can finish verbally attacking the Viper, a glass tube shatters right over his head. Batista collapses to the ground as Randy Orton stands over him holding shards of glass, a look of utter hatred covering his face. Orton then takes the glass and just fucking carves into Batista, before finally leaving his bloodied opponent passed out on the floor retreating through the crowd just as medical arrive to check on Batista.
Over the next few weeks, Orton slowly begins to reveal just why he chose to attack Batista. He says that he finds Batista completely and utterly insufferable. He talks about how Batista has barely been on the main roster for two years, and yet he has already formed this belief that he is single handedly the best wrestler in all of history. He complains about how Batista has absolutely no disrespect for the architects of the modern wrestling industry, whether they be Ric Flair, Triple H, or Bob Orton himself. The way Randy sees it, Batista is a spoiled brat who has no respect for his elders whatsoever, and he plans on teaching Batista a lesson in humility. Batista returns absolutely enraged at Orton, promising to tear Orton apart limb from limb and, to piss off his current rival even more, calling Cowboy Bob the single worst wrestler in the history of the business. Orton and Batista exchange hardcore attacks week after week, each becoming increasinly more brutal than the last. It is announced that at Extreme Rules, the two of them will be facing each other for the WWE title, and because of their extremely intense feud, they will be battling it out in a hardcore match.
At Extreme Rules, Batista and Orton’s match against each other is complete and utter chaos. The thumbtacks come out early, and so does a barbed wire baseball bat. Some of the spots within the first ten minutes of the match including Orton RKOing Batista onto a steel, Batista Bombing Orton off of a ladder and through a table, and Orton punting Batista off of the stage with a trash can over his head into a bunch of Barbed Wire. Even better than most of that, quite a bit of the match doesn’t even take place within the arena Extreme Rules is located inside, with Batista and Orton fighting so far that they find themselves in the city streets for a small period of time. To put it simply (Even though none of this is simple) this is Hardcore madness at it’s absolute best. By the time both men finally make it back to the ring, they are just gushing blood. This has been a long, brutal fight and it is showing on both of them. Both refuse to give up yet, but not because they’re trying to be heroes or persevere through the pain, mainly just because they want to continue to inflict pain on one another. This match is two sadists facing off to see who can be the absolute Sadist-y. Finally, the whole bloody affair comes to a close when Randy grabs a glass tube from under the ring, hoping to end Batista’s night with it only to be met in the ring by Batista holding a glass tube of his own. The two duel with the two tubes for a minute, before Batista smashes his into the legs of Orton, cutting the Viper off at the waist and allowing Batista the time to bring a table into the ring. With the table set up, Batista brings an immobile Orton back up to his feet, gives him one last evil smile, and then drives Orton through the table with a final triumphant Batista Bomb to win the match. You don’t have to like Batista, and it’s well within your right to see him as a rampant egomaniac with delusions of grandeur, but after tonight there is one thing you absolutely cannot be able to deny about the man: He is a goddamn badass.
SummerSlam 2022
Batista returns to SmackDown two weeks after his epic battle with Orton, sporting several bandages all around his body, but for the most part seeming unphased by everything he has gone through. The instant he’s back, Batista returns to his usual schtick, hyping himself up as the best guy in the entire company and an era defining hero. Bryan couldn’t put him down, neither could Seth Rollins or Randy Orton? And if those three couldn’t get rid of him, who really can? Who is powerful and dominant and scary enough to actually be able to take down Batista once and for all? This is the question Batista asks during his return promo, and to his surprise, it is one that is quickly answered. Before Batista can finish his speech about how great he is, he is interrupted by the piercing sound of “Ladies and gentleman, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the advocate for Brock Lesnar..!”. Batista stares dumbfoundead as Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring for the first time in months, flanked by the short, tubby little Paul Heyman.
The Beast and the Animal stare silently at each other as Heyman continues to talk. Paul says that while Batista may have carved quite the resume for himself in his short time in WWE, he hasn’t made it to that upper level quite yet, he hasn’t become a legend quite yet. You know who were legends? Hulk Hogan for one, The Rock was another big one, obviously the Undertaker, and who could forget John Cena, or Goldberg, or CM Punk, or Triple H? These elite few are all undeniable legends of the industry… And each and every one of them crumbled when faced against Brock Lesnar. Batista thinks he’s unstoppable? So did the Undertaker and Goldberg, until they met Brock Lesnar. Batista thinks he’s an icon? So did Triple H and the Rock, until they met Brock Lesnar. Batista thinks he can win any match if he just fights hard enough and believes in himself? So did John Cena and Hulk Hogan, until they met Brock Lesnar. No matter how good you are, no matter how hard you work as a wrestler, there is always going to be one man better than you, one man who, no matter what you do, will find a way to beat you. That one man’s name is Brock Lesnar. So Batista thinks he’s hot shit, Batista thinks he can take on the entire wrestling world by himself? Brock Lesnar is here to give him a reminder.
Batista and Lesnar stare silently at each other for several more seconds, and then suddenly, it’s a brawl. For several glorious seconds, it seems like Batista might just be on par with Lesnar in terms of wrestling dominance, but then Lesnar catches a Big Boot from Batista and all hope that Batista will escape from this encounter the victor instantly dies. Lesnar picks him up, hits him with an F5. Batista gets back to his feet, Lesnar hits another F5. Batista tries to stand again, only to be hit with another F5. Over and over again. F5 after F5 after F5 until eventually Batista is just gone. The message is clear: this is Lesnar’s world, Batista just gets to live in it. It is confirmed later in the night that Lesnar and Batista will be facing each other in a once in a lifetime match at SummerSlam for the WWE belt. The Beast Vs. The Animal, the ultimate contest. Throughout the build to their match against each other Batista continually tries to argue that while Lesnar may have been “The Next Big Thing” 20 years ago, he is the next big thing now. He is the guy who’s going to be driving professional wrestling for the next decade, and it’s time for Lesnar to step aside and let the future of the industry take over. But since Lesnar seems so insanely unwilling to give up and just stop wrestling, Batista decides he will be the one to put Lesnar down at SummerSlam. After their match, Batista swears that people will never hear the name Brock Lesnar ever again. Lesnar and Batista’s match at SummerSlam is simple. It doesn’t need to be complicated, it doesn’t need to be filled to the brim with complex strategies and mind games, it’s just the two toughest guys in the WWE facing off to see who gets to stay king of the hill, and who will have to retreat into irrelevance, the two batter each other endlessly in a way that while not as brutal as Batista’s match with Orton the month earlier, seems to almost be even more visceral. Every hit hurts to just watch, and both men are fighting harder than they ever have before. Brock fights desperately, he can feel that his career is coming to a close, but is clawing at every last chance to stay in the spotlight and stay the dominant beast he used to be. Batista is methodical, every hit is planned out long ahead and is extremely precise. He wants to prove that he is just as powerful, just as simply destructive, as Lesnar was, and what better way to do that than by picking apart the Beast? Finally, the match ends when Batista just straight gets up from an F5, before tackling Lesnar, hitting him with his own little version of Suplex City (Bitch!) and then tapping the weakened Lesnar out with the Batista Bite. The moment the bell rings, Batista takes no time to celebrate, instead sliding out of the ring, grabbing a chair, and brutally beating on Brock with it, before finally turning his attention towards Paul Heyman. For a moment, it looks as if Batista may attack Heyman, but he simply just hands him the chair. When Heyman realizes what Batista is telling him to do, he smiles, grabs the chair, slides into the ring, and then brutally beats Lesnar with it, before walking out side by side with the true Next Big Thing, Batista.
Clash of Champions 2022 and Halloween Havoc 2022
Things have changed. Brock Lesnar is gone, Paul Heyman now works for the Animal, and with his victory at SummerSlam Batista has proven himself to be the single most dominant guy on the entire WWE roster. After his defeat of Lesnar, Batista just seems to carry himself with a swagger that he didn’t have before. He’s been saying for months that he is the best this company has to offer, and after his past few performances it’s sorta hard to dispute that. Batista is hot shit, and everyone knows it. In an effort to build up a new opponent, for the reigning, defending, undefeated champ an eight man tournament is announced on SmackDown that will take place over the next two weeks, and the winner will be given a #1 Contendership match on SmackDown. The men competing in the are Roderick Strong, who is the only member of the Undisputed Era who qualifies, Baron Corbin, who is just sorta there, Kevin Owens, who has a personal bone to pick with Batista, Braun Strowman, who is big and screams a lot, Bobby Roode, who is just coming off a pretty short IC title reign and is looking to redeem himself, Drew McIntyre, who is trying to recapture the glory of his WWE Championship reign several year ago, Ricochet, who’s actually the one who took the IC title from Roode, and Kalisto, who is here to do good lucha things (Godammit, woo).
The first week of the tournament goes off with quite a bang, and takes up a lot of the action on the first SmackDown of September. Kevin Owens is the first to move on after defeating Roode, only to be soon followed by Strong, who takes out Kalisto, Ricochet, who puts down Strowman, and McIntyre, who basically squashes Corbin. The second round of fighting proves to be significantly more difficult, as each of the final four are incredibly driven and incredibly skilled. In the first match of the night Owens faces off against Drew McIntyre in an incredible barnburner of a match that nearly takes up the entire first off. The match is hardfought and brimming with false finishes, but ultimately Owens comes out on top after hitting a Stunner from the top rope on McIntyre. Later in the night, Strong and Ricochet face each other in another great match full of pure wrestling. Ricochet uses his flippy skills to gain the easy advantage over strong and tends to control most of the match, but Strong ends up being the one who comes out on top, after a distraction from his Undisputed Era buddies allows him to low blow Ricochet and hit him with an End of Heartache to win the match. Because of how long the McIntyre/ Owens match went, the finals of the tournament are moved to the next week. WHen Owens and Strong do actually face off in the finals of the tourney, it’s an absolute classic, PPV level match. Owens is focused and grounded, his goals is to get to Batista and nothing can stop him from doing that. Strong pulls out everything he has, and he still can’t put away Owens, the Undisputed Era interfere multiple times, and yet Owens still isn’t deterred, eventually ending the match after dodging a Sick Kick and hitting Strong with a Stunner.
In the build to his match with Batista, Owens reminds everyone how Batista actually debuted on the main roster to help fight alongside him against the Children of Rollins, and says that because of that he will always respect Batista. He says he actually respects Big Dave too much to let him fall deeper into this hole of egotism, vanity, and selfishness. He says that at Clash of Champions, he plans to bring back the old Batista once and for all, or go down trying. Batista doesn’t even find speaking worth his time anymore, so he instead just lets Heyman talk for him. Heyman talks about how Owens is a total hypocrite who has no right to try to call out Batista for his change in character. Heyman calls back to the first several years of Kevin Owens’ career in the WWE, and reminds everyone just how much of a loathsome piece of shit he used to be. Heyman says that Owens is speaking out of turn to the WWE Champion when he should be bowing, and at Clash of Champions that is something that he will be severely punished for. Unfortunately for Owens, at Clash of the Champions Heyman is proven right. Owens showcases himself as an incredible wrestler, but Batista has been on a hot streak as of late, and refuses to let KO be the one to slow him down. KO’s former friendship with Batista actually proves to be a giant detriment to him, as he seems to be holding back throughout a lot of the bout and gives Batista the upper hand several times in moments of vulnerability. The match exits in a somewhat screwy fashion, as Owens exits the ring Heyman, who has been shouting profanities at him the entire bout, only for Batista to tackle him from behind and just fucking murder him, before putting him through a table and allowing him to be counted out.
Owens isn’t satisfied with his loss though and continues to torment Batista and Heyman throughout October, saying the old Batista never would have been happy with a count out victory, calling Heyman a rat who has helped to corrupt Dave Batista, and demanding a rematch at the very next PPV, Halloween Havoc. This rematch is promptly given to him after he pisses Batista off by attacking Paul Heyman with a chair. The match at Halloween Havoc is a complete and utter massacre. Batista is tired of playing around with Owens, and just wants to get the Prizefighter out of the way now. The instant the bell rings he’s on KO, and his pace doesn’t let up for the entire rest of the match. Every attack is quick and destructive, and Batista treats the entire fight like nothing more than business. First he cuts off Owens’ legs, then his arms. Meanwhile, Owens is trying to fight back, but it’s easy to tell that this just probably is not gonna be his match. He fights valiantly, but throughout the match it just feels like he’s fighting in vain. The only moment where it truly feels like he actually may have a chance is when he manages to hit Batista with a Springboard Stunner, but that hope for a KO victory quickly fades when Batista kicks out at two. Finally, Batista ends things by hitting Owens with a Big Boot, followed by a Batista Bomb to win the whole match.
Survivor Series 2022
As SmackDown builds to the last of the big four PPVs of the year, one question seems to be on everybody’s mind: who’s going to face Batista for the WWE title at Survivor Series? At WrestleMania of this year, he faced Daniel Bryan, and at SummerSlam he faced Brock Lesnar. That's pretty elite company and it doesn’t seem like there are a lot of people who can really measure up. Batista and Heyman themselves question who he could be facing, painting the picture that in order for his Survivor Series match to matter, he would have to be facing a true legend. However doubts about the metaphorical stature of Batista’s next opponent are quickly put to rest, as on the first episode of SmackDown in November, Paige announces that Batista’s Survivor Series opponent will be none other than the Rated-R SUperstar himself, Edge! As of late, Edge has not been doing good. After a brief run with the Universal championship, his career has seemed to start shifting in a downwards trajectory. He’s in the twilight of his career as a wrestler, and everybody knows it, including him, but Edge wasn’t ready to give up three years ago, and he’s not ready to give up now. The way he sees it, if he can beat this Batista guy who has taken the world by storm over the past couple years, he can justify sticking around for just a little bit longer.
Paul Heyman reminds everyone that Batista has promised to hold the title for at least five years, and they are only just now coming up on the one year anniversary of his initial WWE Championship history. Heyman says that when the Animal sets his mind to something, or wants to do something, it is not something anyone can stop from happening. He has set his mind to keeping the WWE title for four more years, therefore Edge will under no circumstances be able to beat Batista. Heyman then says that, besides, Edge is old and washed up anyways. All Edge is is a small, decrepit man who has, like many others, ultimately been conquered by the passage of time. He really gets into Edge’s head, driving the home that maybe Edge just isn’t cut out for this kind of work anymore. Despite this, Edge fights back, reminding people over and over of just how much he has done throughout his career and saying that anyone can have an impressive year like Batista has had, but it’s creating an impressive career that counts. Edge swears that at Survivor Series he will remind everyone why he deserves all the praise he gets, and prove to himself that he still deserves to be here.
Edge and Batista’s bout at Survivor Series turns out to be an absolute classic of a fight (I know! Who’da thought?). Batista has a reputation on the line as an unstoppable monster, and he has to uphold that, but it’s difficult because Edge is just so goddamn tough to part to beat. It’s clear that to Edge, this match is one of the most important of his career, and that it’s something that he feels like he absolutely needs to win. He hits Batista with everything he has, actually managing to cripple the Animal, dispatches of Paul Heyman with a Spear before things can get all fucky, and as the match goes on, begins to slowly transition back into his role as the Ultimate Opportunist. Edge isn’t wrestling as a heel, but he’s also not going to turn down any opportunities to win this thing. Multiple times, Edge tries to beat Batista using some slightly underhanded tactics, and multiple times, Batista manages to find a way to foil his plans. In the end though, despite everything he pulls out of his bag of tricks, Edge still isn’t able to stop Batista from steamrolling his way to victory after a running Batista Bomb. Even though Batista is the one who actually wins the match, Edge comes out looking incredibly good. If he was wrestling anyone else, he probably would’ve beat them. His performance isn’t enough to save his career forever, but it is enough to stave off retirement just a little bit longer.
TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs 2022
Okay, so let’s talk about the Undisputed Era. There’s Adam Cole, the snarky Michaels-esque leader, Roderick Strong, the technically gifted douchebag of the group, Kyle O’Reilly, the stable’s very own goofy tag specialist, and Bobby Fish, who is also there. They have been on SmackDown since early 2020 and in their time on the main roster they have done quite a bit. They at one point held all the gold on the Blue Brand, fulfilling the golden prophecy (As all stables are contractually obligated to do), they’ve had several strong, career defining marquee matches at WrestleMania, and they’ve had amazing feuds with the likes of stables like the New Day, British Strong Style, and that one weird stable Roman has with the Usos. They’ve done pretty well for themselves. But lately, they’ve been struggling. All of them are losing a lot more often than they used to, the stable no longer holds any gold, and Adam Cole has developed a strange obsession with constantly chasing after the WWE championship in the hopes that he one day may be able to reclaim it. They’ve waited patiently for several months for their shot at the WWE Championship. But they’re done waiting. Paul Heyman and Batista are in the ring, recounting Batista’s victory over Edge to the audience when suddenly they are surrounded on all sides by the Undisputed Era. Batsita realizes what’s going on and goes to attack Cole, only to be swarmed by the other three members of the Era. He manages to fend them off pretty well for several moments, but is quickly overwhelmed. Heyman tries to escape from the ring, but immediately eats a Superkick from Cole. The Era pose for the cameras in front of Batista’s prone body with Cole holding WWE Title high as the show goes off air.
Because of their attack on Batista the previous week a fatal four way is booked between the members of the Undisputed Era to determine a new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship to face Batista at TLC. Unfortunately, the match can barely even get started before Batista is down in the ring, attacking all the members of the Undisputed Era and rendering the match a complete no contest. To punish Batista for this, Paige makes all four members of the Era contenders for the title, and announces that at TLC, Batista will have to defend his title against the entire Undisputed Era in a fatal five way match! The Era are elated upon hearing this and argue that there’s no way that they can lose this, Batista may be strong, but he’s not strong enough to be able to beat four of the best wrestlers in the world. Cole. Strong, O’Reilly, and Fish swear that no matter what happens at TLC, one of the four of them will be walking out WWE Champion, and that’s Undisputed. Heyman instantly disputes this, cutting multiple promos trying to sow the seeds of dissent within the Era, suggesting to them that no matter how important their partnership is, it can’t possibly be as important as becoming one of the elite few wrestlers in history to hold the WWE title, can it? He reminds them that Adam Cole has already had his time holding the WWE title, so why is he refusing to step aside and let one of the other three members of the Era have a taste of the top gold. Heyman suggests that maybe, just maybe the Undisputed Era aren’t as on the same page as they pretend to be.
At TLC Paul Heyman’s scheme to turn the Era against each other seems to pay off at least a little bit. The Era dominates the early bits of the match, working spectacularly as a team to completely break down and destroy Batista, but when it comes down to who gets to pin him, things turn weird pretty quickly. Cole and Strong argue over who gets to be Champ as Batista recovers and beats the fuck out of O’Reilly and Fish. The Era manage to rally and put down Batista again, but now O’Reilly and Fish are pissed off at Strong and Cole for not helping them out initially, which leads to a fight breaking out between O’Reilly and Strong, and by the time we hit the ten minute mark, the fatal five way has turned into a complete “Every man for himself” type situation. Batista uses this levelling of the playing field to completely dominate a lot of the rest of the match, and from here it’s pretty clear that there’s almost no way Batista doesn’t end up winning. The ending of the match comes when both Adam Cole and Bobby Fish find themselves alone in the ring. They have a super fast paced, smooth back and forth for several minutes until Fish manages to block a Superkick from Cole and hits a Flying Fish Hook. Cole goes limp, Fish picks him up for a Gutbuster, and for several seconds it looks as if Bobby Fish may actually be the next WWE Champion. Before he can hit the Gutbuster however, he is tackled to the floor by Batista who then attacks him with several hard elbows, hits him with a Batista Bomb, and then forces Fish to tap by locking him in the Batista Bite. Batista survives to fight another day, but this question is did he survive based around his own merit as a wrestler, or did he survive because the Undisputed Era just can’t seem to work together?
Royal Rumble 2023
Around late December of 2022, Paul Heyman and Batista begin demanding WWE management that they be allowed to work a “Brock Lesnar schedule”. The way Batista sees it, he beat the Beast, so why shouldn’t he be afforded the same luxuries? Management initially don’t seem super receptive to the idea of Batista working a part time schedule, but end up allowing him to after Batista threatens to walk out of the company with Heyman and the WWE title with him. The fans, as you can expect, are really, really pissed at the prospect of having to deal with another part timer world champion, and it becomes clear very quickly that anyone who manages to take the belt off of Batista will instantly be showered with praise by the viewers of WWE. So who better to step up to the plate against Batista than the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles? Styles arrives on SmackDown in early January and challenges Lesnar, saying that he remembers how tough it was having to deal with a part timing champ, and he doesn’t want to let the WWE regress back to a point where part timers in the main event is the norm.
There’s not a ton of build to their match other than that. Batista is gearing up to start part timing, and Styles wants to stop him before he takes the WWE title off of TV. Their match at the Rumble is billed as a complete dream fight, and in the build they are both cited as two of the best in the world. AJ is one of the only people left in the entire WWE who seems like he may actually have a chance at defeating Batista, so a lot is riding on this, and a lot of people are counting on the Phenomenal One heading into the match. Unfortunately, at the Royal Rumble PPV, all AJ ends up being able to do is disappoint. He brings a lot of fire into his match with the Animal, and almost gets the momentum behind him at several points, but ultimately Batista just seems to have him scouted far too well. Everything AJ tries, Batista has a counter for. It’s horrific to watch AJ run out of more and more options throughout the match, until it ultimately seems to dawn on him that this just isn’t a battle he’s going to win. At that point, all the fight just spills out of Styles, allowing Batista to hit him with a single Batista Bomb and fully start his part-timing reign of terror. It’s a dark moment.
Rest of the booking continued in comments.
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2020.04.03 23:17 DaveyBoy1995 FBE: Unbreakable II - Book Johnny Gargano's First Year on the Main Roster

Johnny Gargano. Johnny Wrestling. Johnny TakeOver. The Rebel Heart. For a long time now, I've seen him as NXT's biggest underdog much like Sami Zayn was during his time on the roster. And I honestly don't know if I want to see him on Raw or SmackDown just because Vince has a knack for ignoring a lot of talent that gets called up (what is No Way Jose up to, anyway?). But it looks like we're gonna get it once Johnny and Tommaso finally have their last big singles match. So where would Johnny go after this? For the sake of this booking, I'm moving him to SmackDown Live. It seems like a good fit for him.
WrestleMania 36
Intercontinental Championship Match: Sami Zayn (c) (w/ Shinsuke Nakamura) vs Daniel Bryan (w/ Drew Gulak)
The match goes about as well as you'd expect. I'm willing to bet that the crowd would chant "FIGHT FOREVER!" if there WAS a crowd. Fate is a cruel mistress. Anyway, for the 2nd time at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan becomes the Intercontinental Champion! And this time he's not about to vacate it! He celebrates with Drew Gulak; training with the former Cruiserweight Champion has officially paid off!
1st SmackDown After WrestleMania
Daniel Bryan is in the ring with his new title and after thanking Drew Gulak for training him, he decides to issue an open challenge for it. Following a few seconds of silence, we hear this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrUm_O8xMA0
HEEEEEEEEERE'S JOHNNY! Just two days after his brutal match with former tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa, self-proclaimed Heart and Soul of NXT Johnny Gargano has arrived on SmackDown Live!
Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Johnny Gargano
What follows is an absolute classic between Bryan and Gargano. Tell me you wouldn't want to see that. Bryan wins after a grueling 23 minutes and then offers to shake his opponent's hand. Gargano hesitates for a moment, but ultimately accepts the handshake before leaving. Welcome to the main roster, Johnny Gargano.
2nd SmackDown After WrestleMania
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Johnny Gargano vs King Corbin
Gargano wins. Corbin stinks. This is important. Next PPV.
Money in the Bank 2020
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: AJ Styles vs Randy Orton vs Johnny Gargano vs Kevin Owens vs Angel Garza (w/ Zelina Vega) vs Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro vs Adam Cole
BAY BAY! Seriously, I can't help myself! You know you do it too! Anyway, Adam Cole (BAY BAY!) wins the briefcase thanks to help from the rest of the Undisputed Era. Now you're probably saying to yourself, "What?! Cole wins the briefcase? Why?" Three reasons:
  1. He's awesome
  2. I want to establish the Undisputed Era as a legitimate threat outside of NXT right off the bat
  3. Did I mention he's awesome?
Anyway, from here you could have him move on from NXT if you want. He could keep a close eye on the NXT Champion or he could officially make the jump to either Raw or SmackDown. But enough about the Undisputed Era; what about Johnny Wrestling?
Extreme Rules 2020
Johnny Gargano vs King Corbin
Johnny's victory over King Corbin a few weeks before MITB results in a feud between them (...ugh). So Borin' Corbin berates Gargano at every turn, saying stuff like "I paved the way for you in NXT" or "I'm the king and you're the subject" or "I would've won that ladder match if I was in it" or whatever. He attacks Gargano with his scepter and is a real stick in the mud. Finally, Gargano gets some measure of revenge when he attacks Snore-bin on an episode of SmackDown. He won't go down without a fight. Seeing as no one wanted to see Reigns vs Corbin too much, I doubt that anyone would want to see Gargano vs Corbin too much (if at all). So we're gonna give them two PPV matches. Just two. Gargano's talents could make this one of Corbin's most memorable matches. That should help both of them. Johnny Wrestling wins of course. I don't feel comfortable giving him a loss to the bootleg Burger King. Corbin attacks Gargano with his scepter afterwards, once again proving how much of a royal pain he is. He gets his heat back and the feud continues for ONE MORE MONTH. JUST ONE.
SummerSlam 2020
No Disqualification Match: Johnny Gargano vs King Corbin
This is the most logical step. Johnny wants to get even with the so-called king of SmackDown and decides that if he's so intent on using weapons and dirty tactics, then two can play that game. This leads to a No DQ match between them at SummerSlam. And just to be clear, this is only their second match together. No matches between Extreme Rules and SummerSlam; we can't overdo this. During the closing moments of the match, Corbin goes for his scepter only for Gargano to grab it first. He then whacks Snore-bin in the head with it. Three times. Or as much as you want him to. Either way, he wins the match after pinning the Super Tough Dude. By the way, You might've noticed by now that I'm not too fond of Corbin. To that I say, "What was your first clue?"
Clash of Champions 2020
Johnny Gargano vs Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Sami Zayn)
The Artist's Collective (I think the name could be better) hasn't been doing so well since "they" lost the Intercontinental Championship. They tried to enter the tag team picture only to come up short there as well. And then Cesaro started disagreeing with how Sami was running things. He chose to break things off with his team and strike out on his own, but this decision didn't come without repercussions. Zayn and Nakamura assaulted Cesaro the night after SummerSlam basically saying, "You don't quit on us; we quit on you." They decide to find a new member, which is why Sami turns to Johnny Wrestling. Much like Cesaro and Nakamura, he has battled the Underdog from the Underground in the past. So there is a small piece of history between them. It's small, sure. But it happened. Johnny refuses to work with him, though, and berates them for what they did to Cesaro. A new rivalry is born right then and there, as Gargano is targeted and attacked by the two heels. Zayn challenges the young man to a match... with Nakamura. Gargano accepts the challenge and the match is made official. It feels like a small dose of NXT TakeOver! At Clash of Champions, Gargano and Nakamura go back and forth in an 18-minute classic. Alas, Johnny is unable to put Shinsuke away and it takes just one Kinshasa to knock him out cold for the 1, 2, 3. It's a clean victory, but Zayn decides that Gargano still needs to be punished and so he grabs a steel chair. But before more damage can be done, out comes Cesaro to make the save! Zayn bolts from the ring as the Swiss Cyborg strikes the King of Strong Style with punches. He sends Nakamura scurrying and helps Gargano to his feet.
Hell in a Cell 2020
No Disqualification Tag Team Match: Johnny Gargano and Cesaro vs Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura
Cesaro wants a piece of Zayn and Nakamura. Gargano wants a piece of Zayn and Nakamura. Zayn and Nakamura want a piece of Cesaro and Gargano. There's plenty of anger to go around, and that's where the Hell in a Cell PPV comes in handy. A No DQ tag team match is set up for the show, but will Cesaro and Gargano be able to work as a team against an already cohesive unit? On an episode of SmackDown, they lose a tag team match to John Morrison and the Miz thanks to a distraction by Zayn on commentary. It's not looking so good for the faces. At Hell in a Cell, this match kicks off the show and both teams go at it for nearly 30 minutes. Plenty of weapons are used (i.e. tables, chairs, trash cans, kendo sticks, etc.), but everyone gets just enough time to showcase their abilities. It should feel like the kind of match you'd see in NXT. Just let four guys who absolutely killed it on that roster go out and show the world how good they really can be. During the closing moments, Johnny has Sami locked in the Gargano Escape. Nakamura tries to interfere, but Cesaro quickly nails him with a Neutralizer before that can happen. Sami taps out! The faces win and celebrate to kick off the PPV!
Crown Jewel 2020
Johnny Gargano vs Mansoor
I don't like the Saudi Arabia shows. I think very few people do. To me, the Greatest Royal Rumble was the only one of those shows that didn't ultimately leave a bad taste in my mouth. I kinda wanted to ignore this entirely, but then I realized... every Saudi Arabia show needs a Mansoor match. I hate that we don't get to see him compete a lot; he's incredibly talented. Let's put him up against a fellow face for once. I know the crowd probably wouldn't cheer for Johnny over him, but don't tell me this wouldn't be a great match regardless. In the end, Mansoor wins--of course--and shakes Gargano's hand afterwards. I assume Johnny would be okay with going to Saudi Arabia. If not, then it is what it is.
Survivor Series 2020
Five-on-Five Tag Team Elimination Match: Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Edge) vs Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Cesaro, Kofi Kingston and Johnny Gargano) vs Team NXT (Adam Cole, WALTER, Tommaso Ciampa, Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle)
Johnny is chosen to be a part of Team SmackDown going into Survivor Series and it's clear that he's got a big task ahead of him. He has to somehow keep up with his more experienced teammates. He ends up having a great showing, going as far as to become one of the last two members of Team SD alongside Roman Reigns of all people. Sadly, he gets eliminated by Ciampa (isn't continuity great?). Roman manages to get rid of the Black Heart, but it's the leader of the UE who has the last laugh after nailing the Samoan with the Last Shot. Adam Cole (BAY BAY!) wins it for Team NXT!
Now back at SummerSlam, Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to win the Intercontinental Championship. And yes, the match lasted for way, WAY more than 18 seconds. A battle royal is announced after Survivor Series to determine the next #1 contender for the title. Corbin's in the match and gets tossed out early because NO ONE LIKES HIM. ...Sorry. I think I'm done dissing him. Maybe. No promises. Later on, Johnny manages to eliminate Braun. Oh dear. This results in him getting not only eliminated, but also absolutely annihilated. Who wins the battle royal? None other than Sheamus' former tag team partner, Cesaro. Why Cesaro? Because he deserves better and I'm not Vince McMahon. That's why.
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020
Johnny Gargano vs Braun Strowman (no contest)
Braun isn't as on fire as he used to be. I blame the fact that they never really capitalized on him back when it mattered most. I could go through a whole list of mistakes they made with him. The creative team never booked him to win the big one when they had their chance (i.e. he failed to cash in MITB successfully and he lost a match for the Universal title to Brock after Roman relinquished said belt). And when they did give him big wins, it felt too late (he won the Andre Battle Royal at WM35 when he could've won it at least two years prior; his first singles title was the IC title... in early 2020). There was also that time he won the tag team titles back at WM34 with a kid. Nice moment, but the belts were vacated the next night anyway so... wait, I'm getting off topic.
So anyway, Braun goes heel after 'Mania 36 because of his latest failures (including his match with Goldberg if and only if he does replace Roman Reigns) and starts tearing the SD roster apart in search of more competition. Yes, I also feel like I'm just going back in time with this. After getting attacked by Braun in the IC title #1 contender's battle royal, Johnny decides to take a stand. It might be foolish, but he's not about to back out of a fight with the monster. In their one-on-one match at TLC, it is mostly one-sided. Gargano manages to get some offense in, but most of the match is just dominated by Strowman. He starts toying with the underdog, who retaliates by slapping him across the face and... well... what do you THINK happens?! Braun pretty much murders Johnny. The assault ends with the former NXT champion getting slammed through an announce table. He eventually gets up and (hopefully) the crowd applauds his efforts. The important thing to remember about this is... he got back up. That means Braun didn't get the job done. ;)
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Sheamus (c) vs Cesaro
They didn't just set the bar. They were the Bar! And now they're battling it out for one of the industry's finest prizes. Sheamus throws everything he can at Cesaro, but the European proves to be too much for the Irishman. Cesaro retrieves the title and is the new Intercontinental Champion. Instant win.
Royal Rumble 2021
Last Man Standing Match: Johnny Gargano vs Braun Strowman
Johnny wants another match with the Monster Among Men and starts calling him out. But he doesn't want a regular match. He wants a last man standing match! Not one to turn down some competition, Braun actually accepts! This might not be good news for Gargano, as he suffers beatdown after beatdown week after week. It gets so bad that even Zayn confronts the young man backstage and warns him about what he's getting himself into. But Gargano is determined to knock Strowman down a few pegs. At the Royal Rumble PPV, Gargano and Strowman wrestle in the opening match. Johnny gets beaten down constantly, but he keeps getting back up. At one point, he even buries his opponent under an announce table, and yet that STILL doesn't work! After a running powerslam through a wooden table, Braun picks up the win and Johnny needs serious help leaving the ring.
The Royal Rumble Match
Despite what happened at the start of the show, Johnny enters the Royal Rumble at number 15 and goes head to head with Braun again! He also eliminates the likes of Angel Garza and Chad [Not Shorty G] Gable along the way. He makes it to the final 6 before getting eliminated by Aleister Black. And yes, Black wins the Royal Rumble goes on to face the Fiend for the Universal title at WrestleMania 37.
Elimination Chamber 2021
Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender's Tournament Finals: Johnny Gargano vs Sheamus
After the Royal Rumble PPV, we are on the road to WrestleMania! And the new Intercontinental Champion Cesaro is looking for a new challenge. So a tournament is set to take place during the next few episodes of SmackDown Live culminating in a final match at the Elimination Chamber PPV to decide Cesaro's WrestleMania opponent. The tournament includes the likes of Elias, Chad [again, NOT Shorty G] Gable and King Corbin, the latter of which whose royal highness gets handed to him in about 18 seconds by Sheamus. ...What? I said, "no promises". Anyway, Gargano and Sheamus are the final two men, and their match takes place at the PPV. That match happens in the middle of the EC PPV and Cesaro grabs a special seat at ringside for this one. Sheamus' power versus Gargano's speed. In the end, despite Sheamus' best efforts, he taps out to Johnny's Gargano Escape. It's official! Johnny Gargano vs Cesaro for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 37! Sign me up!
WrestleMania 37
Intercontinental Championship Match: Cesaro (c) vs Johnny Gargano
This is it. This is the moment where the man once known as Johnny TakeOver becomes Johnny Mania. This is Johnny Gargano's first WrestleMania match. Not only that; this would also be Cesaro's first singles match at the Show of Shows. If Dolph Ziggler can get one, then so can he. Again, this is the match that kicks off the pay-per-view. Just give Cesaro and Gargano about 20 minutes and I guarantee that they could craft absolute magic together. The two men go back and forth showcasing their talents in an all-time classic just to prove that they are among the best in the business. One of them has been ignored by the higher ups for a long time while the other is looking to make sure he doesn't go down that same path. In the closing moments, the Neutralizer is countered into the Gargano Escape and Cesaro ultimately taps out! We've got a new Intercontinental Champion! Johnny and Cesaro show each other respect after the match before the latter leaves to let the former NXT champion have his moment. After a year-long journey, Johnny Wrestling has made a name for himself outside of NXT.
AFTERMATH
So what happens next? Johnny goes on to have a decent reign as the Intercontinental Champion before eventually (in a perfect world) moving up to the main event scene. Cesaro by that point would already be in the main event scene and probably have at least one world title victory under his belt (again, in a perfect world). Sadly, it'll be a long time before either of them get to the top of the mountain if they get there at all. That's just one reason why NXT is considered the true main roster right now. But then again, anything can happen in the WWE. So maybe someday? Who knows?
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2020.02.14 18:39 stcordova Origins of Romantic Love

I'm posting this as a Valentine's Day topic.
[taking some info from EvolutionNews.org and Dr. Helen Fisher's book Why We Love]
Graham Bell:
Sex is the queen of problems in evolutionary biology. Perhaps no other natural phenomenon has aroused so much interest; certainly none has sowed as much confusion. The insights of Darwin and Mendel, which have illuminated so many mysteries, have so far failed to shed more than a dim and wavering light on the central mystery of sexuality, emphasizing its obscurity by its very isolation.
Carl Zimmer:
Sex is not only unnecessary, but it ought to be a recipe for evolutionary disaster. For one thing, it is an inefficient way to reproduce…And sex carries other costs as well…By all rights, any group of animals that evolves sexual reproduction should be promptly outcompeted by nonsexual ones. And yet sex reigns… Why is sex a success, despite all its disadvantages?”
and Darwin:
the peacock's tail makes me sick
Darwin was commenting on how wasteful of energy and resources extravagant mechanisms of courtship and mating were, and that they don't accord with natural selection. Natural selection should select against such Rube Goldberg excesses, but it doesn't!
The Bible starts with a marriage (Adam and Eve) and it ends with a Marriage (God and his Bride, the church). The picture of male and female is woven deeply into biology, and defies evolutionary explanations.
Evolutionary biologists wrongly interpret the presence of romance in other creatures as evidence of common descent, but totally ignore what they themselves admit, namely, it shouldn't have arisen in the first place, and it should not have evolved such extravagant investment of energy and time to make mating rituals like those symbolized by the peacock's tail. Rather it seems an the Artisitic Creator of all life shows the beauty of love at so many levels in the animal kingdom.
One can adopt the view that God is Love, and love is reflected in the romance between husband and wife (a theme that is repeated in the Bible!). The word, Agape is actually used to describe love between a husband and wife. I had a friend who was Greek, she referred to here husband as, "My Agape!"
One can look at the following from Helen Fisher's book as evidence of common descent, or alternatively as evidence of common design to illustrate the idea of love. I'd prefer to think the following examples reflect the work of a Designer, and Artist who understands love -- both it's joys and it's sorrows.
From Helen Fisher's book, Why We Love: https://issuu.com/joeybravo4/docs/why_we_love_-_helen_fisher
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The courting male lion even gives what little food he can acquire to his beloved. George Schaller wrote a charming description of this. Apparently a wooing male noticed a gazelle at a nearby wterhole. So he interrupted his courtship to fell this prize. Then he carried this luscious gift to the female and sat nearby to watch as she at it all, “a touching and striking token considering the fact that he was hungry.” ….
Most courting animals also show signs of tenderness, the most charming aspect of human romance.
Writing of a pair of courting beavers, biologist Lars Wilsson said, “they sleep curled up close together during the daytime and at night they seek each other out at regular intervals to groom one another or just simply to sit close side by side and “talk’ for a little while in special contact sounds, the tones and nuances of which seem to a human expressive of nothing but intimacy and affection.”
The male grizzly bear nuzzles the female’s flanks and snuffles in her ear, whimpering for acceptance. A male giraffe rubs his head alon a female’s neck and trunk. The tigress nips at her mat, biting him gently on the neck and face as she rubs her body against his. A mating pair of harbor porpoioses swim together, sometimes over or under one another, but always in tandem as they stroke, rub, “kiss,” or mouth each other. Chimpanzees hug, pat, and kis each other’s thights and belly. They even kis with the deep “French kiss,” inserting their tongue gently into the mouth of a mating partner. Bats stroke each other with their velvety wing membranes. Even the lowly male cockroach strokes his partner’s antennae with his own.
….. In her groundbreaking book, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas maintained that dogs show deep romantic passion for one another. She arrived a this conclusion moments after she introduced Misha, a handsome Siberian husky, to her daughter’s young and beautiful dog of the same breed, Maria. Thomas had agreed to house Misha while his owners were on an extended trip to Europe.
The day arrived. Misha’s owners delivered this vibrant male to the Thomas home. Misha pranced into the living room to look about, settling his gaze immediately on the gorgeous Maria. In an instant he bounded to her feet and skidded to a stop. At ounce, Thomas writes, Maria “dropped to her elbows in an invitation to play. Chase me her gesture said. And he did. Quickly, lightly, the two delighted creatures spun around the room. Misha and Maria were so taken with each other that they noticed nothing. Misha didn’t even notice when his owners left. These two joyous dogs were immediately inseparable Together they ate and slept and roamed; together they bore four hearty pups; together they reared them—until the dark day when Misha’s owners gave him away to people in the country side. For weeks Maria sat in the window seat of the Thomas home in the very spot where she had watched her beloved Misha being forced into a car. Here she pined. Eventually she gave up waiting for him to return. But “Maria never recovered from her loss,” Thomas writes. “She lost her radiance...and showed no interest in forming a permanent bond with another male, even though, over the years, several eligible males joined our household.”
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2020.02.13 08:43 LieutenantPatang Pitch/Rewritting DCEU (Part 1: Darkseid War)

This is just a fan-write of how the ideal DCEU should have been. Unlike Marvel, we aren't doing phases, but rather archs. The first arch is Darkseid and the lead up to facing the villain. Also keep in mind I am not a very good writer (vocab grammar may be a bit off, didn't edit it), this is mainly just to give a slate and rough outline of the stories and tones of each film. If people enjoyed this I would be more than happy to write up the next arch... Injustice.

2013
Man of Steel
Directed by Zack Snyder
The movie is fine as it nothing much to change.
2014
Wonder Woman
Directed by PattDirey Jenkins
Similarly, wouldn't change much just moving the release date.
2015
Aquaman
Directed by James Wan
2016
Man of Tomorrow *(*Man of Steel Sequel; Batman v Superman)
Directed by Zack Snyder
This movie would basically be Batman v Superman, but all told from Superman's perspective. The biggest problem with the original film was that Batman stole the show from Superman, ultimately making him a B-player in his own universe. Realigning the story as a Man of Steel sequel introducing Batman allows for a fresh perspective of Batman that we haven't seen in earlier incarnations and also for Superman to be humanised and made to be more likeable.
Suicide Squad (One-off Movie)
Directed by David Ayer
Refer to this video as this is basically how I would have done it :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uahcsm-_8LI
2017
Justice League
Directed by Zack Snyder
I saw the Justice League rewrite done by Nando v Movies and I really liked the idea of the Legion of Doom being the main antagonists for the film. It avoids the aliens cliche (because we are getting a lot more of those) and also we have never seen a superhero film with a team of villains (..done well). So I like that idea and obviously there are few changes as Superman is alive, but I would like to leave the Justice League rewrite a little more vague and concentrate on the overall arch (as many people have already done fan-written the Justice League movie). So refer to this video if you want a cool pitch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfsHiP6z9wg
At the end of the film, I would ultimately have the League defeat the Legion and solidify themselves as the Justice League, ending with Wayne Enterprises launching a Space Station into orbit which will eventually become the Watch Tower.
2018
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Directed by Matt Reeves
Not much to change from the animated movie, just a faithful adaptation. Some key events though for those who don't know:
A Flash From Two Worlds (Flash movie)
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
This movie plays as a twisted version of Terminator 2, Barry must protect the younger version of a future villain (basically the plot of the Looper) and other adversaries of his. The adult version of this child returns in future installments of the Flash series.
Wonder Woman II
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Basically a straight forward comic book movie with Cheetah (played by Alexandra Dadarrio) as the main antagonist. The film is set in a completely in a jungle as Diana is undertaking an investigation for a historical artefact, her expedition team is being hunted by a forest creature by the name of cheetah. Diana must protect he team from the threat. Think along the lines of Predator meets Conan the Barbarian.
2019
Aquaman: Manta Rising
Directed by Gore Verbinski
A movie more adventurous along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Shazam!
Directed by David Sandberg
Change nothing, the movie is great as it is.
2020
Justice League Doom
Directed by Alex Garland
This movie takes a deeper more existential turn for the DCEU, as Vril Dox (Brainiac played by Doug Jones) arrives on Earth, alone, a space craft the size of Metropolis. The movie should tackles themes of aliens and the larger purpose of the universe, thus Alex Garland would be the ideal director to layer the movie with existential subtext.
Green Lantern Corps
Directed by Shane Black
2021
Man of Krypton
Directed by Zack Snyder
The final instalment of the Man of Steel Trilogy, Clark has to cope with not having his powers and trying to prove to himself that even without his powers he is still Superman.
Fate (One-off Movie)
Directed by Denis Vilenuve
Origin story of Dr Fate, follows a sort of supernatural thriller genre (similar in tone to a movie like Enemy)
Red Hood (TV Series)
The series documents the adventures of Red Hood;
Season 1 (2021): Red Hood adventures with Arsenal (played by Liam Hemsworth; ex-sidekick of, the now deceased, Green Arrow)
Season 2 (2022): Cassandra joins Jason and Roy (Arsenal)
2022
Batman: Night of the Owls
Directed by Michael Mann
The story is pretty much the same as the comic book counter-part, except it takes place all in one night which creates a greater sense of tension and urgency.
Wonder Woman III
Directed by Patty Jenkins
The final instalment of the Wonder Woman trilogy is a psychological thriller which dissects the Wonder Woman mythos as she is being tormented by Dr Psycho. The film is similar to Inception as a lot of the movie take place inside Diana's mind, blurring the lines of reality and nightmares, the death of Superman also has a profound impact upon her.
A Flashpoint Paradox
Directed by The Spierig Brothers
Minus these changes, the film plays out quite similar to the comic book.
2023
Aquaman: Return of Atlan
Directed by James Wan
Justice League Apocalypse
Directed by Matt Reeves
2024
Shazam! v Black Adam: Dawn of Fate
Directed by Evan Goldberg
The Shazam films should be positioned as the self aware stories of the DCEU (thus the title). This movie is similar to Thor Ragnarok in tone. Its an inter-dimensional adventure, where two larger than life beings battle it out, Doctor Fate is also introduced in the film. The purpose of this movie is to explain why Shazam is absent in Justice League Apocalypse (he has been sucked into an inter-dimensional gladiator match by Black Adam; who is from an alternate dimension). This movie ends with Doctor Fate and Shazam tag teaming Black Adam, defeating him. However, the two beings are now lost in some abstract dimensional reality.
Justice League War
Directed by Matt Reeves
The final chapter of the Darkseid Saga.

THE END (OF THE DARKSEID SAGA)... INJUSTICE is only now beginning
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2020.01.11 06:08 ReclaimYourJoy Episode 16

Welcome to another edition, the go-home edition, of DOW and we immediately start with chaos unfolding backstage between Samoa Joe and Pentagon Jr., brawling all over the place ahead of their No DQ match at Ignition! Joe sneaking up from behind, attacking Pentagon and they're just throwing each other all over the place. Into walls, into crates and doors. Joe even executing a Muscle Buster onto the floor! Somehow, Pentagon is fighting through the pain, hurling Samoa Joe into the wall! Finally, a huge spin kick seemingly knocks out Samoa Joe cold on the floor and finally they're separated. What a chaotic start to the final episode before the big pay-per-view!
We turn our attentions to the arena where we're greeted by the former NXT North American Champion, strangely by himself tonight, not being flanked by his Undisputed Era cohort, the current NXT North American Champion after defeating Cole's long-time foe, Kenny Omega, Roderick Strong. He grabs the mic and proceeds to proclaim that even though he didn't regain the North American Championship, that title is still within the grasps of the Undisputed Era and if anyone thought that because he lost in his matches against Kenny Omega, that there's gonna be a newfound sense of peace around here, he's out here tonight to say that he's about to shock the system that'll be felt throughout the entire DOW Universe. One by one, he's gonna take down all of the people's idols until he reaches the top of his company and becomes the DOW World Champion. He doesn't care if he goes through Omega, his little golden buddy Kota Ibushi or even someone like Pete Dunne, he's gonna run through all of them and that, in his words, is Undisputed.
Like clockwork, Pete Dunne's music blares throughout the arena as he saunters his way down the ramp, United Kingdom Championship in tow. He gets right in Adam Cole's face, saying that a lot of people have been putting his name in their mouths lately and if he doesn't wanna end up like Nakamura and The Legend, then Adam Cole better not repeat their mistakes and end up with a shot to the mouth like they did. Cole retorts by saying that if he think that he's impressing anyone with his accent or his "tough British guy" persona, he's the one that's mistaken. He wants to know why so many people can't stop talking about him in the lockerroom? Because they're tired of guys like him coming into our world and trying to take the spotlight that we supposedly all know that is rightfully Adam Cole's and the Undisputed Era, and if he thinks that he can come out here and do that again at the UE's expense, then he's even dumber than he looks.
Pete Dunne responds by saying that even though he has his issues with Nakamura, he'll deal with him later, but right now as far as he knows, neither he or Adam Cole have a match at Ignition and he thinks that the people would love to see him take those precious fingers of his and snap them right off before he meets his Bitter End. Cole responds by saying that they'll be sadly disappointed because the last thing they'll see between them is swift superkick to those messed-up teeth of his and a Last Shot for the 1 2 3. With that, he accepts Pete Dunne's challenge and they will square off 1 on 1 at Ignition, which is sure to be a show-stealing affair.
MATCH 1: Tommaso Ciampa & Austin Aries vs. Marcus Evans & Suicide
The first match of the night starts off hot as Austin Aries takes complete control of Marcus Evans with textbook suplexes and clotheslines, almost turning Evans inside out, but he recovers with the help of his tag partner of the night, Suicide with an assisted dropkick, beautifully done. He lays into Aries with a flurry of strikes and chops and another wonderful running dropkick in his corner. Suicide is really handing it to Aries until he gets the tag to Tommaso Ciampa and we see the Blackheart of DOW in action for the first time as he nails a big running boot to the face and manages to lock in a Texas Cloverleaf that Suicide counters into a front dropkick. He parlays that into a Capture suplex and tags in Ciampa's opponent at Ignition, Evans. He runs towards Ciampa, but it costs him momentarily as he's struck down with a lethal backbreaker. Aries is tagged back in and the action goes to the outside, but Evans manages to get a big powerbomb in on the edge of the ring on Aries!
Back in the ring, Evans nails a big Dudebuster and a back rotation suplex, setting him up for the Coin Collector, but doesn't even get a 1-count as Tommaso Ciampa makes the quick save for his teammate. Aries goes on a spectacular flurry, with a big dropkick from the middle rope and running forearm to the face in the corner, but Evans shows off how talented he is by stopping his momentum with an incredible flying DDT through the bottom rope from the outside on Aries, sending the crowd into a frenzy with that move. Tommaso back in, doing all he can to stop the pace from getting any quicker with multiple German suplexes and using his strength to his advantage over Marcus Evans. Evans and Ciampa continue to go at each other with such a crazed pace against each other, countering everything they have to offer until Ciampa counters what seemed to be an Angle Slam and hits a running knee to the face, knee brace connecting to Evans and then he nails him with The Fairytale Ending and almost gets the victory, but Suicide breaks it up, seeing enough of his partner being manhandled by Ciampa. This match is now all Ciampa as he continues to hammer down on Evans, but Evans starts to make the comeback with a beautiful Northern Lights suplex, followed up with a big brainbuster. He tries to end it here and runs for the Coin Collector, but Ciampa stops him dead in his tracks with a knee to the midsection and another big boot.
Suicide is tagged back in this match, as is Aries, but Aries doesn't get anything as he's met with a big flying knee, almost sending him out of the ring. But out of nowhere, Aries connects with that discus forearm and then immediately locks in the Last Chancery, right in the center of the ring, causing Suicide to have to tap out, sealing the victory for Aries and Ciampa.
WINNERS: TOMMASO CIAMPA & AUSTIN ARIES via Last Chancery @ 13:33
We come back from commercial break as we see the challenger for the Jr. Universal Championship, Cedric Alexander, as he's interviewed backstage on what his thought process is heading into his title opportunity this Sunday at Ignition. He starts off by stating how he's been on the roll of a lifetime, bigger than he's ever been on before and he's looking to make some history come this Sunday. He then turns his attention to the mind games that the Champion, Phil Owens, tried to play on him last week, sneaking up behind him with his cryptic messages. He finds it funny how much he's underestimating him because if he's paid attention to any moment of Cedric's career, he would have seen that when someone underestimates him, he eventually comes out on top and Sunday will be no different. Just as he finishes, Phil Owens comes out of nowhere, absolutely blindsiding Cedric Alexander, tearing into him until security and backstage personnel rush over to separate the two as Cedric tries to regroup to compete in the big 8-man tag team match later tonight in our main event of the evening. Going back into the ring, we set up for the next match of the night!
MATCH 2: Super Dragon & Davey Richards vs. TakeOver
With these four competitors, this is sure to be one of the most hard-hitting match-ups we've ever seen here in DOW. And they don't disappoint as Shibata and Super Dragon start off trading shots at one another from the get-go. Eventually, their tag partners are in the match as Richards and KENTA trade shots of their own, trying to knock the other off their equilibrium. Shibata finds his way back into the ring and recovers after being taken down with a quick armdrag by Richards with a nasty End of Heartache suplex backbreaker. Richards recovers fairly quickly with a forearm to the jaw and immediately follows it up with a snap brainbuster. That keeps Shibata down long enough for Super Dragon to be tagged back in and he lands some of those stiff elbows to both Shibata and KENTA, as he tries to rush his way in to save his partner. He's tagged in officially and the violence has been turned up a notch now with a big boot in the corner by KENTA. Out of nowhere, Super Dragon is able to get KENTA up, to his surprise, and nails a Psycho Driver! Unfortunately too soon in the match and KENTA kicks out at 2.
Stiff and fast-paced is this contest as we see an exchange of European uppercuts, forearms and Tombstone piledrivers all over the place. KENTA even nails a big GTS on Dragon and makes the cover, but Richards is there for his partner and fends off both KENTA and Shibata on his own as they try to rush him 2 on 1. Super Dragon and Richards get a big double-team on KENTA with a Superkick/Package Piledriver combo, but surprisingly only gets a 2-count on KENTA, continuing this highly-aggressive match! KENTA is showing his famous grit, shaking off the attacks with slaps and kicks to Richards until he's taken down with a butterfly suplex. Shibata gets a tag in, but is taken down as well with a flurry of offense, including a major Tombstone Piledriver and big top-rope double stomp! He manages to fight out of the ankle lock and rebound from an Exploder suplex as he manages to get a running boot in the corner on Richards. It set him up for the PK and he lands it, but Dragon saves his partner from defeat. Shibata is really starting to get his second wind, but stopped dead in his tracks with a pop-up knee to the gut, just taking the wind out of him.
Still not enough to keep him down, Davey Richards throws everything he can as Shibata fights on, even after being nailed with Chasing the Dragon. He and KENTA seem to be consulting with one another about something as Shibata rushes over to Dragon, now the legal man, but gets swiftly caught and eats TWO Curb stomps. He recovers, however, and nails a Pele kick and tags back KENTA into this match as he comes out of his corner like a ball of fire with that running boot in the corner. Rushes with all sorts of strikes and a tornado DDT and then a jumping stomp to the midsection. Super Dragon stops his roll with a hurricanrana out of nowhere and then applies an armbar, KENTA fights out with stiff punches right in the face, but Dragon is able to transition that into a Dragon suplex for a 2-count. He lands another Psycho Driver, but once again gets a 2. Dragon showcases his frustration with a double gun salute right in Shibata's face. Super Dragon is majorly pissed off that they haven't taken down TakeOver yet, even with a rolling Liger kick and another armbar. KENTA and Shibata of TakeOver will not succumb as KENTA is throwing those knees like they're going out of style. Another tornado DDT causes Super Dragon to become very groggy and feel even worse after he suffers a back suplex on the edge of the ring.
Somehow, he manages to muster up a minor comeback with stomps and strikes. Davey Richards is back in the match and after a roll-up attempt, he locks in the ankle lock again, only for KENTA to fight out. Richards tries to change the gameplan to strikes and brainbusters, but KENTA will not stay down, countering another Psycho Driver once Super Dragon tags back in and KENTA is PISSED. A monster flurry of strikes the likes of which have never seen before. Totally flipping into another gear, he gives Dragon everything he's got while they're on the outside, but suffers an Exploder suplex for his troubles. Back in the ring where Davey Richards is now the legal man, he continues to work on the leg and ankle of KENTA after he folds him up with another Dragon Suplex. He tries to get a buzzsaw kick to the temple, but was blocked and he therefore eats a big Busaiku knee from KENTA. Dragon is there to help out his partner as they nail him with another double-team maneuver and then Dragon takes the match to the skies with a big top-rope plancha onto KENTA, landing perfectly!
They tear each other apart on the outside until they get back in the ring where KENTA gets the closest 2-count of the match after landing a GTS.2 They trade major move one after the other: KENTA with another Busaiku knee, Super Dragon with another Dragon Sleeper. KENTA hits yet another GTS on Dragon, but still Richards makes the save, but gets taken to the outside by Shibata for his troubles. KENTA nails yet another GTS.2 on Super Dragon and after a grueling contest, TakeOver seal the victory in very impressive fashion.
WINNERS: TAKEOVER via GTS.2 @ 27:03
**After such an amazing tag match, we cut backstage to the area in which The Deviants inhabit, Jay Briscoe, the Smackdown Impact World Champion, front and center. He goes to say how long it's been since he's had a 1-on-1 match here in DOW since becoming Champion. He feels that he hasn't been getting the proper respect that a champion like him deserves, especially when he's pulling double duty as the leader of the Smackdown lockerroom. Since Day 1, The Deviants haven't been getting the proper respect in this company and if it continues, then what they saw last week on Smackdown was just the prelude to the hell and destruction that's coming everyone's way in what he calls a low-rent company. Before sending Reigns on his way for his match against Kenny Omega, he signs it off by simply stating, "Reach for the sky, boys."
MATCH 3: John Reigns vs. Kenny Omega
Already does this match kick off into high gear, with a huge belly to belly throw by Reigns! Follows it up with an impressive Samoan drop, but Omega fights back with punches and a hurricanrana. It's not enough to deter Reigns as he locks him in with multiple deadlift gutwrench suplexes. Even so, we continue to see how much fight Omega has in him with that V-Trigger from outta nowhere. A lariat, gutwrench powerbomb and V-Trigger later, Kenny Omega is back in control of this match, almost getting a big victory over John Reigns. But he shows how much of a monster he is with his multiple German suplexes on Omega and yet, Omega pops back up to nail another V-Trigger, almost knocking out Reigns on his feet until he turns around and connects with a deadlift German, just folding Kenny Omega up. He even manages to nail the Welcome to Hell backbreaker trifecta and goes for the pin, but Kenny Omega just barely gets the shoulder up as the match continues. Frustrated, Reigns makes Omega eat a vicious clothesline, but Omega is getting his second wind with a nice a flurry of clotheslines and an electric chair German suplex. Heading to the corner, Omega sets up what looks to be an insane superplex to the outside of the ring and he nails it! Just devastating and shocking the crowd. Omega thinks he has it won until Reigns makes another comeback and is about to lock in another backbreaker trifecta until Sting's music starts playing, distracting Reigns as he has Omega locked in. He drops him down beside him as he calls out for Sting to come out, but we see no sight of Sting. Instead, we witness the incredible and shocking debut of the one and only Bill Goldberg as he stalks Reigns from behind as he turns behind him and is met with a devastating Jackhammer by Goldberg! The crowd goes absolutely nuts for this moment as he rushes out of the ring as a seething John Reigns staggers back up to his feet, holding his ribs, completely unprotected as he's met with a big superkick by Omega, almost kicking him right out of his boots. Omega makes the cover and gets the big victory, in what has to be considered as a bit of an upset!
WINNER: Kenny Omega via Superkick @ 8:57
MAIN EVENT: Pete Dunne/Ryder Statix/Cedric AlexandeDaniel Bryan vs. Adam Cole/Phil Owens/Kevin Owens/Shinsuke Nakamura(8-Man Elimination Match)
Like two ferocious bulls, Cedric Alexander and Kevin Owens lunge after each other with flying forearms and clotheslines aplenty. Cedric tries to get the upper hand, but Ryder calls him over to get his hands on Kevin Owens and he obliges and we get a preview of Ignition and Ryder completely overwhelms him to the point where he immediately tags out to Phil Owens. He manages to get in a rolling Liger kick, but that's the only offense he manages to executes as Ryder is just too much for him. He then tags in Pete Dunne as we see a great exchange of counters, reversals and double-team maneuvers with a backdrop/Tope Conhilo combo, tagging in Adam Cole, Dunne's opponent at Ignition. Ryder Statix back in this match, holding a win over Adam Cole, meets him in the middle as he's caught on the wrong side of town, being held against his will by Kevin Owens and Nakamura, totally unfair advantage. He's able to break free from the clutches and tags back in Pete Dunne as he and Owens go at it for a bit when Kevin hits a Stunner from outta nowhere and almost got the elimination on Pete Dunne! Phil back in this match, as is Cedric and we get a preview of the Jr Universal match as we get a flurry of offense. Another Liger kick here, a running Complete Shot there. a major spinning knee by Phil Owens which sets him up to be taken down with the Spyker Stryker, but to the surprise of Phil, Cedric stays alive!
Kevin Owens is tagged back and starts working on the arm, but Cedric is undeterred as he plants Kevin with a fisherman neckbreaker. The action is taken to the outside as Cedric and Kevin start brawling all around the ring, Cedric being completely manhandled, but he doesn't take the abuse anymore and runs back in to plant Owens with a half-nelson facebuster. Kevin stops the momentum with a back body drop, but Cedric keeps fighting and tags back in Ryder for a double backstabber. Now we see Nakamura in this match for the first time, but he runs into a Bookend right out the gate and gets hit with a Static Effect, but just manages to kick out at the very last second. Ryder is overwhelming the NXT Champion like no one has ever seen here in DOW. But just with one stiff forearm, Nakamura has taken control as he executes his patented reverse Exploder suplex. All of which sets up for the Kinshasa right on the button, but Ryder miraculously kicks out! Phil tags back in and almost runs into a Scissors kick, but he managed to reverse it and drives him down on the edge of the ring with a sick DDT. Brawling outside, they're totally disregarding the ref's count as they lay into each other until they finally slide back in, ending the count. We get another backdrop/Tope combo by Owens and Nakamura and Dunne is back in this match as he goes up against Nakamura, a man he's been increasingly having problems with on both DOW and NXT. Stiff knees and front kicks are all over the place and Dunne makes the quick tag back to Ryder, but he just gets punted right in the face by Nakamura and then gets an Axe kick to the back of the head.
Ryder tries his best to hold on, but his Scissors kick gets stopped again. He recovers by tagging back in Pete Dunne as he lays into Nakamura. They're on the outside again and they just let it all out on each other, eve going up the ramp until they're back in the ring and Nakamura tags in Adam Cole, who runs right into a Bitter End, but he survives. These two know each other so well, as evident to the many counters until Dunne nails an X-Plex. He gets in another Bitter End, but Adam Cole kicks out again! Both of these competitors are spent as it's been over 20 minutes in this match and it's been near-fall after near-fall, with neither team managing to get 1 elimination. Kevin Owens is back in this match and nails another Stunner and almost got the victory until Cedric saves him in the nick of time. Phil and Cedric are legal again and Phil comes in with a big spear, almost sending Alexander out of the ring. Quick tag to Nakamura as he lines him up for a Kinshasa, but gets tripped up and countered into a Lumbar Check! His teammates being too late, Cedric Alexander eliminates the NXT Champion, granting the first elimination of this match. Kevin Owens immediately takes his place and rushes towards Alexander to make the most out of their now 3-on-4 disadvantage. Thrown outside, Cedric and Adam Cole brawl outside, sending Cedric flying into the edge back-first. Back in the ring, they almost evened it up with a big Last Shot Shining Wizard, but just got a 2-count. They commence into a beautiful sequence of Cedric landing a superkick, then Cole popping back up with an enziguiri, then a Florida Keys to only get a 2-count. Beside himself, he rushes towards Cedric into the corner, misses and backs into a Lumbar Check and he's the 2nd person eliminated, granting Cedric his 2nd elimination in this unbelievable match! Daniel Bryan is finally in this match now as he goes up again Phil Owens and he just overwhelms the World Champion.
Fighting through the pain Phil Owens is delivering, he's able to nail those Yes kicks and then escaping the Spyker Stryker to lock in the Yes Lock, tapping out Phil Owens, leaving Kevin Owens the last man standing on his team and Daniel Bryan is just going after him with everything he has. Finding himself at a major disadvantage, fighting off both Daniel Bryan and Pete Dunne outside the ring, he fights to hold on and he does so by smashing Daniel's head into the turnbuckle, almost busting him open the hardway. That and the superkick was enough to actually render Daniel Bryan incapacitated enough for Kevin Owens to get a count-out elimination on the World Champion! Kevin Owens estatic over his vein victory over the champion, Cedric rushes in and sneaks in another Lumbar Check onto Kevin Owens, makes the cover and gets the win! An incredible showing by Cedric Alexander ahead of his title opportunity, showing the world and especially Phil Owens just what he's capable of.
WINNERS: AlexandeDunne/RydeDaniel via Lumbar Check @ 35:49
That was an absolutely phenomenal main event before we head into our 2nd PPV and what a performance by Cedric Alexander! But the biggest news of the night is us finally finding out who Sting's partner is for the Tag Team title match against Reigns and Craven. That being none other than The Man, Bill Goldberg! Along with Ciampa vs. Evans in a Last Man Standing Match, Samoa Joe vs. Pentagon Jr. in a Hardcore match, a Tag Team Fatal Four-Way for Number 1 contendership for the tag titles, an exhibition between Pete Dunne and Adam Cole, we have the main event of NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura challenging to become a double World Champion as he goes up against Daniel Bryan, who has been on the comeback trail for months now and doesn't see an end in sight. As we approach a stacked card this Sunday, we sign off by saying thank you for joining us and we will see you at Ignition!
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2019.12.30 20:44 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2019-12-29 00:45 PDT

Period: 1894.89 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 354549
Rate (per day) 0.53 187.03
Unique Redditors 628 56107
Combined Score 5172310 11761317

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  1. 208033 points, 44 submissions: Strike_Gently
    1. Big Show won't wake up after a match, so the referees try to put themselves over (9812 points, 222 comments)
    2. Chuck Taylor uses a live grenade on Ciampa and feels the effect (8911 points, 587 comments)
    3. HBK gets hugged by a fan in the crowd mid-match, Michaels hugs back (7939 points, 383 comments)
    4. Smackdown Cameraman has a message for everyone (6482 points, 201 comments)
    5. The greatest running clothesline the world has ever seen (5876 points, 297 comments)
    6. Regal's dirty tactics badly backfire against The Big Show (5867 points, 248 comments)
    7. Shawn Michaels gets absolutely launched into the air by The Spirit Squad (5838 points, 335 comments)
    8. Rob Van Dam mocks Triple H's entrance to his face (5682 points, 313 comments)
    9. John Cena holds up sign the wrong way, demands a tag (5680 points, 115 comments)
    10. Kofi Kingston is officially the longest reigning tag team champion in WWE history (5640 points, 315 comments)
  2. 191263 points, 37 submissions: FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo
    1. [WWE Backstage Spoilers] It finally happened... (12445 points, 3198 comments)
    2. Road Dogg's reaction to seemingly hitting someone with one of the DX glow sticks at the Hall of Fame ceremony (8042 points, 345 comments)
    3. Roman Reigns: "Thank you to everyone who’s reached out...I can’t put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I’m going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman" (7980 points, 435 comments)
    4. [Raw Spoilers] Damn Kurt... (7171 points, 838 comments)
    5. What is known so far about the travel issues that have left many of the WWE Talent stuck in Saudi Arabia (6817 points, 2786 comments)
    6. [AEW Double or Nothing Spoiler] Surprise appearance after the Main Event (6242 points, 1356 comments)
    7. (Raw Spoilers) Ladies and gentlemen, Braun Strowman... (6205 points, 883 comments)
    8. Becky Lynch to Nia Jax: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch." (5954 points, 846 comments)
    9. [Hall Of Fame Spoilers] Unfornate incident during a speech (5841 points, 3308 comments)
    10. [Smackdown Spoilers] Shinsuke Nakamura explains his actions (5792 points, 704 comments)
  3. 77793 points, 16 submissions: Naweezy
    1. “Motherfucker”. Stone Cold steals the Rock’s moment. (7068 points, 429 comments)
    2. Two legends with their signature rises (6589 points, 288 comments)
    3. Wrestling 101: Don’t drop a beer Stone Cold throws you (6224 points, 206 comments)
    4. That time CM Punk and Daniel Bryan copied a spot from the Sonnen and Silvia fight on the Raw after the event (5814 points, 322 comments)
    5. Remember paper always beats the rock (5254 points, 222 comments)
    6. Scott Hall and Zack Ryder holding each other’s Intercontinental Championships 20 years apart (5092 points, 263 comments)
    7. Swig of beer for the working man (5040 points, 262 comments)
    8. Beeper. Fanny Pack. All Denim clothing. Stone Cold and The Rock. This is as 90’s as it gets (4651 points, 223 comments)
    9. RVD and Jerry Lynn always had some crazy sequences (4364 points, 231 comments)
    10. RKO outta nowhere (4291 points, 200 comments)
  4. 65610 points, 15 submissions: hall198
    1. Ric Flair's ringtone is set to 'Ric Flair Drip' and Charlotte is shocked by this discovery. (7715 points, 555 comments)
    2. (SD Spoilers) This fan went all out for Holloween (5105 points, 157 comments)
    3. Tommy Dreamer: "Yesterday. AEW packed, ROH sold out, WWE tokyo packed, they ran Jackson as well. NXT Venice (packed), I did an indy (with) over 700 people. I keep reading all these other indies ran last night, So many people were entertained by professional wrestling. YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY" (4579 points, 237 comments)
    4. The IIconics are amazing, pass it on. (4553 points, 433 comments)
    5. The PPV poster for Hell in a Cell (4518 points, 427 comments)
    6. (NXT Spoilers) YEET. (4410 points, 383 comments)
    7. Ric Flair: "It's Official, Charlotte Is No Longer Ric Flair's Daughter. I Am Charlotte Flair's Dad! All The Accolades That Have Come My Way Over Time Are Diminished By Her Accomplishments Now! I Am So Proud Of You Charlotte." (4297 points, 504 comments)
    8. Adam Pacitti: "This Meltzer vs Rollins Survivor Series build is sensational." (4032 points, 276 comments)
    9. Meltzer: "People who wish for death of WWE are as equally bad as those who get so upset at the success of AEW. Both are weird to me." (3922 points, 860 comments)
    10. 'AEW Dynamite' is the confirmed name for AEW's weekly show. (3900 points, 725 comments)
  5. 61512 points, 7 submissions: RealWWE
    1. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action (26811 points, 6525 comments)
    2. Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble (8591 points, 494 comments)
    3. [Rumble Spoilers] This Is Brock Lesnar, Hear Him Scream - The Remix (6396 points, 184 comments)
    4. The champ Becky Lynch has a special surprise for SquaredCircle ... (5664 points, 564 comments)
    5. Hello SC from Stamford! R-Truth and Carmella are enjoying their all-expenses paid vacation to WWE HQ (5406 points, 357 comments)
    6. Not-so-official artwork for NXT TakeOver in the year 2050 (4456 points, 204 comments)
    7. I am WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the Superstar everyone wants to see at Evolution, the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view. Ask the champ anything! (And boo the woo!) (4188 points, 1748 comments)
  6. 49038 points, 9 submissions: sylvester_terkay
    1. A Series of Wrestlers popping out of nowhere (7969 points, 291 comments)
    2. What reminds me of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn lately (6529 points, 234 comments)
    3. Big E meets Little E (6051 points, 246 comments)
    4. Ric Flair makes a young Hurricane fan cry (5699 points, 389 comments)
    5. Roman gets his payback (5305 points, 154 comments)
    6. It took almost 2 years for Randy to get his revenge on AJ (4996 points, 233 comments)
    7. [Raw Spoilers] Kurt Angle having some flashbacks (4340 points, 204 comments)
    8. Orton reveals himself just like how a killer shows up in a slasher movie (4295 points, 180 comments)
    9. Jericho secretly writes Lesnar's name off the list (3854 points, 226 comments)
  7. 44623 points, 9 submissions: WorkFriendlyAcct
    1. Fan misreads request for assistance. (9169 points, 307 comments)
    2. Triple H marks out for Randy Orton (5212 points, 202 comments)
    3. Picture perfect hurricanranna off the top rope to the outside. (5023 points, 182 comments)
    4. The most dramatic running clothesline in the history of professional wrestling. (4710 points, 344 comments)
    5. Daniel and Brie share a moment (4635 points, 560 comments)
    6. 30 Years of the Royal Rumble (4288 points, 623 comments)
    7. Mayoral Candidate Abuses Cheerleaders (4201 points, 128 comments)
    8. The greatest weapon in wrestling history. A bat wrapped in Barb Wire. (3740 points, 148 comments)
    9. Eric Bischoff asks a question WWE fans ask every week. (3645 points, 214 comments)
  8. 35246 points, 2 submissions: LazyCanasian
    1. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. (18156 points, 546 comments)
    2. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! (17090 points, 430 comments)
  9. 34785 points, 6 submissions: KhabibTime
    1. Ric Flair: I Ain't Dead Yet Mother Fuckers! WOOOOO! (11192 points, 583 comments)
    2. Big E: Sometimes you forget the dude you’ve goofed off with for the last 4+ years is a legend. Putting in an actual hour against (and DEFEATING) world champs & future HOFers was awe inspiring & humbling. Last night was one we will never forget. (5575 points, 563 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth: When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me (5360 points, 176 comments)
    4. Big E: Kofi has the most days as a tag team champion in the history of WWE. Never failed a drug test. Never had a brush with the law. Always a professional to the highest degree. Give this man his flowers while he can still smell them. (4856 points, 388 comments)
    5. Kayla Braxton: @WWE I’ll forego my paycheck to never see Lana and Lashley together on television again (4088 points, 471 comments)
    6. Kevin Owens Is Once Again Verified on Twitter For Only One Reason (3714 points, 190 comments)
  10. 34358 points, 6 submissions: thebobbyshaw33
    1. Sign catches Rock’s attention and he’s gotta set the record straight (9616 points, 393 comments)
    2. (HIAC SPOILERS) Xpac is all of us (5966 points, 840 comments)
    3. This has to be one of the greatest photos ever captured in wrestling. (5922 points, 244 comments)
    4. Kane comes out to Slow Chemical for his victory speech. (4497 points, 559 comments)
    5. The accuracy of this tweet is amazing and even Dolph found it hilarious “undertaker 2000 & undertaker 1999” (4185 points, 185 comments)
    6. [HOF Spoilers] crowd favorite (4172 points, 271 comments)
  11. 34352 points, 7 submissions: will_upvote_beer
    1. Kurt Angle: “Wrestlemania is around the corner. My very last match. I know its not the old Kurt Angle everyone has wanted, but im proud knowing its the new Kurt Angle thats been clean for almost 6 years. Thank you to all those who have been supporting me through the good and bad. I love you all.” (8363 points, 508 comments)
    2. Batista turned down WWE Hall Of Fame invitation because his in-ring career is not over: "I would love to go back. I've been very vocal about that" (5230 points, 628 comments)
    3. Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4833 points, 607 comments)
    4. Jim Ross signs with All Elite Wrestling for most lucrative deal in commentary history (4309 points, 779 comments)
    5. Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4183 points, 968 comments)
    6. WWE offered to double Rhyno's salary to sit at home and he turned it down: "I was afraid that I would become miserable and that’s the last thing that you want to do when you’re doing something that you love. I'd rather take a step back and work for some of these companies and work the indie scene." (3765 points, 430 comments)
    7. Batista: "This is a real wrestling retirement. I am done. My in-ring career is over. I would love to go back on the show because I love the company and I believe in the product so I would go back and go on the show. If they ask me to go in the HOF I will.But I will not have another wrestling match." (3669 points, 418 comments)
  12. 34031 points, 7 submissions: GetDown90
    1. Vickie Guerrero: "I met Eddie on a blind date. I didn't get home until 4 A.M because we danced till 3 A.M. I said, 'Dad, punish me how you want. I just met the greatest guy. I don't care what my punishment is.' And we started dating ever since and it was history after that." (6356 points, 264 comments)
    2. Batista on his Favorite WWE Match: "It was with Rey Mysterio at a house show in Mexico. We went and gave them a pay-per-view match. We went back and got a standing ovation. Rey kicked out of my finish, we gave them every bell and whistle we could think of. That's what I wanted my career to be." (5596 points, 239 comments)
    3. Steve Austin: "I've had zero alcohol for right at 14 days now. I'm also doing my DDP Yoga shit. Hell, I'm going to jump up here and do the splits like a goddang cheerleader in a minute! I'm flexible as a motherfucker." lol (4928 points, 575 comments)
    4. Chris Jericho on who he would like to induct him into WWE's HOF: "I think, honestly, Kevin Owens would be good and I'll tell you the reason why. He grew up as a fan of mine and then I ended up doing this amazing angle with him. We had great chemistry." (4588 points, 328 comments)
    5. Mark Henry to Jay Lethal: "You deserve to be spoke of in the same breath as The Rock, Ron Simmons, Booker T, Mark Henry. The list goes on of African American wrestlers that have paved the way throughout history. I'm very proud that you're headlining Madison Square Garden." (4435 points, 430 comments)
    6. Rey Mysterio on Andrade: "This kid is awesome. Every time I'm in the ring with him, there's an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie. This is how good he is. Once he can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star! When he does that, he's on his way to stardom." (4212 points, 303 comments)
    7. Ryback on John Morrison's WWE return: "I wish WWE wouldn't announce stuff sometimes. I would imagine that it wouldn't be that difficult. Keep it private and then put him on a bus and then debut him. Give pro wrestling fans that very big surprise, but now everybody knows." (3916 points, 461 comments)
  13. 33194 points, 8 submissions: Eagle0825
    1. BREAKING: NJPW officially announces US subsidiary, named New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America. (5287 points, 1188 comments)
    2. Silas Young: “I’ll never judge you if your heavy set and at the gym. As well as if your skinny and curling 5lb dumbbells. But if you come in and workout in jeans, load the bar with 300 to 400lbs and precede to do an 8th of a rep and then walk around and try giving people advice. I’ll judge you.” (4978 points, 365 comments)
    3. Tonight’s episode of Firefly Fun House to be accompanied by two hours and 56 minutes of other stuff (4207 points, 104 comments)
    4. Mustafa Ali: “I'm featured in the latest episode of @muslimsecrets. I talk about refusing to portray a "terrorist" character and getting the chance to be a positive Muslim hero I didn't have as a kid. The goal is simple: I want you to see no difference between you and I.” (3960 points, 390 comments)
    5. Jon Moxley: “There was no producer-ref-Vince chatter. It was like silence. And I didn't expect that. I was like, 'Whoa, I'm alone again. It's just me in the ring.' And then I just started beating the [crap] out of Juice and I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is what I used to do.'" (3906 points, 505 comments)
    6. As an “alternative to WWE,” AEW to have matches only during commercial breaks (3682 points, 135 comments)
    7. Man momentarily terrified when wife asks if he has watched “that Paige movie” (3641 points, 338 comments)
    8. WWE fans prepare for Raw season premiere by binge-watching all previous seasons (3533 points, 274 comments)
  14. 31772 points, 1 submission: cole1114
    1. "Ashley Massaro recently died. Her affidavit when she sued WWE includes her being encouraged by Vince McMahon not to report that she was drugged and raped by US military staff while on tour in Kuwait. Content warning - this is sickening reading. " (31772 points, 4478 comments)
  15. 27693 points, 3 submissions: boundedwum
    1. (Wrestlemania Spoilers) Surprise at Wrestlemania. (19314 points, 1981 comments)
    2. (Battleground Spoilers) Reveal of Sasha's partner. (4551 points, 729 comments)
    3. (Raw Spoilers) Goldberg's full entrance. (3828 points, 1053 comments)
  16. 27619 points, 5 submissions: biker_taker
    1. Triple H interacts with a fan (8105 points, 544 comments)
    2. Randy Orton took a pause at beating Rusev to wave at a fan (6841 points, 280 comments)
    3. 31 Days of Worst Wrestling Finishers #31 - Futoshi Miwa's Steamroller (4608 points, 425 comments)
    4. Hulk Hogan: "The best partner I ever had. We never rehearsed or did anything scripted from a writer. Gene would ask me “hey big man what do u want to do?” I would always answer “just follow you brother” and it worked from 1980 - 2017. RIP my brother HH" (4047 points, 311 comments)
    5. What an all-star cast to end SmackDown (4018 points, 397 comments)
  17. 24209 points, 1 submission: serenawilliams
    1. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. (24209 points, 991 comments)
  18. 23751 points, 5 submissions: MVPlaya
    1. Batista - "Please stop saying that I quit! I have never, EVER walked out on the WWE. Both times I left I did so with my contract completely fulfilled and expired. In fact I extended my contracts so I could finish certain programs. I also left on my back putting guys over. You’re welcome!" (7072 points, 471 comments)
    2. WWE - "Due to circumstances outside of WWE control, Tyler Breeze and Fandango cannot attend Axxess...instead SRW stars Mr. MackElroy and Chett Chetterfield are signing!" (4526 points, 316 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth - "In less then a years time, I've pinned AJ Styles who was WWE champion at the time, won a match at MSG, entered in the royal rumble, had a WM moment, grabbed the MITB briefcase, and kissed Carmella, follow your dreams people" (4224 points, 363 comments)
    4. Daniel Bryan - "After 5,000+ retweets and 15,000+ likes, WWE finally acknowledged Smacking Talk, then called it bewildering. #YesMovementPart2 is coming!" (4116 points, 489 comments)
    5. Renee Young - "Really disappointed about #TalkingSmack. We tried to make that show great. Guess I'll go back to welcoming my guest at this time." (3813 points, 604 comments)
  19. 23560 points, 2 submissions: MXPelez
    1. Kurt Angle is to be inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame! (16415 points, 2257 comments)
    2. Renee Young joins the Raw announce team full time (7145 points, 801 comments)
  20. 22535 points, 5 submissions: dvvheaven
    1. Triple H's hand reaches out of the titantron (7030 points, 142 comments)
    2. Per Tokyo Sports, Hiroshi Tanahashi says if he beats Chris Jericho on 1/5 at the Tokyo Dome, then he will open the “forbidden door” by asking for an AEW world title shot (4500 points, 551 comments)
    3. Chico El Luchador chimes in: “Hate to see two wrestlers as talented as @WWERollins and @WillOspreay feud over who is the second best compared to Chico” (3871 points, 119 comments)
    4. That time WALTER caved in Josh Bodom’s chest (3592 points, 265 comments)
    5. Famous Tennessee wrestler Ron Wright who died a couple of years ago had his house burn down a couple of days ago. His wife started a Gofundme which was completed yesterday after Jon Moxley donated $5k. (3542 points, 189 comments)
  21. 22147 points, 5 submissions: deethy
    1. Birdie Makes Her In-Ring Debut Against Her Dad (5240 points, 401 comments)
    2. Sasha really living the heel gimmick 😂😂 (4985 points, 341 comments)
    3. Rey Mysterio Falls, Edge corpses, John Cena looks on (4627 points, 183 comments)
    4. William Regal fought for Sasha Banks to get signed when everyone else on the NXT recruiting team thought she was useless. Here they are sharing a moment together. (3713 points, 469 comments)
    5. Christian is in the only Hall of Fame that matters (3582 points, 184 comments)
  22. 21594 points, 4 submissions: Alexdd0007
    1. [SD Spoilers] LINE OF THE FUCKING NIGHT (7192 points, 924 comments)
    2. (SD Spoilers) Finish to Mahal/Styles (5144 points, 1984 comments)
    3. Merry Christmas everyone!!! (4873 points, 82 comments)
    4. (RAW Spoilers) Cesaro is amazing (4385 points, 472 comments)
  23. 21020 points, 3 submissions: theonlycarrot
    1. [Survivor Series Spoilers] Information on the jobber. (12958 points, 987 comments)
    2. I made a concept poster for The Undertaker vs John Cena at Wrestlemania 34 (4168 points, 330 comments)
    3. [OC] Decided to make a poster similar to my others but themed around Leukemia Awareness. Get well soon Roman. (3894 points, 119 comments)
  24. 20169 points, 3 submissions: dnytle
    1. Transgender wrestler has "unfair advantage," argues imbecile about rigged sport (7585 points, 1523 comments)
    2. Ariya Daivari: "Called Hollywood Fitness in Portland to see if we could use their gym. Was told they dont want wrestlers in their gym due to the standard they're trying to set as a non intimidating environment for the other members. Smart move. I was gonna powerbomb the first granny I saw." (7462 points, 488 comments)
    3. Verdict of CM Punk/Colt Cabana vs Dr. Chris Amann (5122 points, 1987 comments)

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  2. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action by RealWWE (26811 points, 6525 comments)
  3. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. by serenawilliams (24209 points, 991 comments)
  4. (Wrestlemania Spoilers) Surprise at Wrestlemania. by boundedwum (19314 points, 1981 comments)
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2019.12.26 15:33 MatthewMir A Compilation of the Best Matches of 2010's.

Hello All,
You may know me from my Essential Match Posts Series – I thought due to the end of the decade I could do a big recap of the whole 2010’s. It’s been a crazy and wild ride the last 10 years.
There has been such an increase in wrestling quality the last 10 years you’ll notice that by time I finish the 2019 portion of this list it is much larger than the 2010 portion.
This by far is not a ‘definitive’ list of the best matches throughout the whole decade – but this list covers multiple promotions, storylines and wrestlers that had the best matches regarded by fans, Cagematch.net. profightdatabase.com & Dave Meltzer’s ratings.
If you have any matches you’d like me to include simply comment on this and I will gladly include the matches. Most WWE & NJPW matches on this list are full links from either WWE Network, NJPW World, YouTube or DailyMotion. Other promotions such as TNA, Lucha Underground, AEW, ROH, PWG, Evolve, etc. were a bit harder to obtain full videos – so some may be lower quality, some may be highlight packages & some links may send you to websites you’ve never heard of. I understand there are going to be omissions and matches forgotten – this is not intentional it is just hard to get EVERY good match this decade.
I wanted to include a little blurb for most of these matches but Reddit only allows you to use so many characters in the posts. So without any further ado, here is the list – I hope you all enjoy.
2010:
2011:
2012:
2013:
2014:
2015:
2016:
2017:
2018:
2019:
So there you have it all - as I said at the top of the thread I'll gladly add matches if you provide suggestions and preferably links. I hope you liked the recap on the decade and I'll look forward to seeing the what the wrestling world has for us in the 2020's.
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2019.11.07 12:20 EliasEnglishDay Firestorm/ E1 Climax B Block- Book Survivor Series 2019- Part One: The Build/Card

So this year, WWE has decided to add NXT to the annual Raw vs SmackDown battle at Survivor Series. Whatever their reasoning is, I think it’s a great idea to give NXT exposure and have them be treated on the same level as Raw and Smackdown. Also I know some matches have been announced but I’ve decided to change them to better fit my booking. This is how I think WWE should book Survivor, Part One: The Card/Build.
Preshow
1. 15 Man Battle Royal where the winner will earn the number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble for their brand
This announcement is made by NXT GM, William Regal who states that for the first time, NXT won’t be treated as just a surprise or sideshow in the Royal Rumble this year. Instead they’ll be given 5 spots in the match and at Survivor Series, each brand will select 5 men to compete in a 15 man over the top rope Battle Royal where the winner earns the number 30 spot in the Rumble match for their brand.
The participants for Raw are; Buddy Murphy,Humberto Carillo, Erick Rowan, Rusev and Bobby Lashley. Smackdowns participants are; Luke Harper, Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman, Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler. NXT chooses; Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, Angel Garza, Cameron Grimes, and KUSHIDA.
2.Kabuki Warriors(c) vs Natalya and Charlotte Flair for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
After defeating Team Kick on NXT, Kabuki Warriors have since suffered a loss at the hands of Charlotte and Natalya. Since Charlotte and Nattie also don’t figure much into the plans of the Survivor Series matches involving the brands they fit right into a title match against Asuka and Kairi Sane and it’s a deserving title shot which makes sense given the recent win on Raw.
3. Lio Rush(c) vs Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Lio Rush kicks off the debut edition of 205 Live from Full Sail staring that since he’s the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, he’s the new face of the division and 205 Live. But since everyone wants to doubt his abilities he’s been allowed to choose his opponent for Survivor Series. After looking over Raw and Smackdown he’s decided to not only face one man, but two. He’s chosen the heart and soul of 205 Live, Cedric Alexander of Raw and Mustafa Ali of Smackdown. With the added stipulation that if he loses the title, he’ll swap brands with whoever wins.
Main card
1. NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong vs WWE United States Champion Aj Styles vs WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a triple threat match
One match I won’t change is this. This match has potential to be absolutely amazing. Roderick Strong shows up on Smackdown and Raw during the build to Survivor Series, with the rest of NXT as they continue to invade the main roster and cause chaos. While doing this, Strong makes it a point to be a thorn in the sides of Nakamura and Styles. He goes out of his way to attack them during brawls and try to cost them matches. On the go home NXT for Survivor Series, Roderick Strong has a match with Pete Dunne that breaks down into a brawl as Raw and SmackDown invade NXT. Strong is left alone in the ring, and then Styles and Nakamura come from the crowd and surround him. They both go after him and they begin to brawl, Styles and Nakamura eventually get into it with each other and Strong takes the opportunity to get a chair and lay out both guys. He hits End Of Heartache on Styles and stands tall but he turns around into a Kinshasa from Nakamura to close out the build for this match.
2. The Revival(c) vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
I know that The Revival are scheduled for the tag match against Viking Raiders and Undisputed Era, but c’mon ya know you want this instead don’t lie. So The Revival announce that they don’t care about brand supremacy, they care about Tag Team supremacy. And that they’re the greatest tag team ever, but all of the fans don’t acknowledge and they know why. They’ve beaten everyone that’s beaten them. But one team got off a little too easy. They beat them and never got to beat them again, but no more. They want another crack at what everyone thinks to be the greatest team in NXT history, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. And as fighting champions they will be putting their Smackdown Tag Team Championships on the line.
3.Matt Riddle vs Goldberg
Yes, oh yes this has to happen. The seeds have been planted and they’re ready to bloom. During an invasion of Raw, Matt Riddle clears the ring of guys trying to attack him and he looks badass as ever doing it. He stands tall and is calling for someone to come give him a fight. Boom, https://youtu.be/wPcyW3eKL20 , holy shit. Goldberg is here. A truck pulls up in the parking lot and out comes the man himself. He charges to the in ring area. And gets in the ring and right in the face of Riddle. “This is awesome!” Chants are deafening. Riddle and Goldberg jaw back and forth with each other and Goldberg turns to leave but then Spears Riddle and then exits, Riddle gets to his feet and gives Goldberg the thumbs up.
4. Brock Lesnar(c) vs Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE Championship
Well done WWE, you’ve told a good long term story and I can’t say I’d change much except for the added stipulation of No Holds Barred which makes sense after Mysterio attacked Lesnar with the bay.
5. WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders vs NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly of The Undisputed Era
There’s not much story on the surface with this match except the brand warfare storyline. Although I would make this match about how Undisputed Era dealing with the criticism of them winning the titles after The Viking Raiders left NXT, and then have Fish and O’Reilly try to spin it in the direction of The Viking Raiders left NXT before they could win back their titles. A simple storyline and a guaranteed good match.
6. The Fiend Bray Wyatt(c) vs Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship
So after SummerSlam we all sorta expected this to most likely take place at WrestleMania 36, but Finn Balor shocked the world and joined NXT. Not only that but he’s also turned heel and even name dropped Wyatt when going off on the fans for why he turned heel. After defeating Tyler Bate on an episode of NXT, an episode of Firefly Funhouse begins to play.
“Finn!!” Bray exclaims, “It’s so good to see you! How have you been? Boy did he give you a butt whooping. I tried to warn you and apologize in advance pal but hey you know how that ended! Hahah. But hey you seem to be doing great for yourself in NXT. I’ve been keeping an eye on you and I also heard those nasty things you said about me and him. So tell you what, I will give you another crack at this!” He holds up the Universal Championship. “I want to show you I’m not just some monster in a mask and I’m sure you want to win back this title, so me and you can have a little play date at Survivor Series, what do you say? I’ll be waiting….” he slowly morphs into The Fiend and then back to normal Bray. “Bye!!” He waves and the episode ends. Finn accepts and promises he won’t be allowing a repeat of SummerSlam.
7. WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a triple threat match
Another match I wouldn’t change one bit. The start to this has been awesome. I would have Shayna and Becky actually continue to ignore Bayley in the lead up to this match to play into the actual match itself. I’m talking specifically only talking about each other and trying to only attack each other. They both said that they wouldn’t lose focus of Bayley but I think they should and allow that to become a key factor once the match begins.
8. Main event. Team Raw, Seth Rollins, Ricochet and Drew McIntyre vs Team SmackDown, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and Chad Gable vs Team NXT, NXT Champion Adam Cole, Pete Dunne and Velveteen Dream in a 3 v 3 v 3 Elimination Tag Team Match
I would have this only be 3 men per team because it keeps things less messier than a 5 person team for all 3 brands. 9 guys is easier to keep track of than 15. The match is announced on social media and the team captains are announced on the respective shows with Seth Rollins being the captain of Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns being the captain of Friday Night Smackdown and Adam Cole being the captain of NXT.
Seth Rollins chooses Ricochet, his reasoning being, Ricochet has the endurance and arsenal needed for a match that could potentially last a long time with the elimination format. The next man he chooses is Drew McIntyre. He’s hesitant about choosing McIntyre, but he says that while he’s a sinister man, he’s also very talented and an absolute beast, so he’s swallowing his pride and choosing him.
Roman Reigns chooses, Daniel Bryan. A man he once suspected of trying to end his career has earned his respect these last few weeks, whether it be coming to his aide when being attacked or helping him out in tag matches, Bryan has earned Reigns respect and trust. Secondly he chooses Chad Gable, because he sees the potential there and saw how he fared in recent weeks in similar matches or situations and wants to give him that chance to prove himself.
Adam Cole says he would love to choose his Undisputed Era team mates but can’t due to their prior obligations so he’s decided to have the roster impress him first. He chooses Pete Dunne after Dunne defeats Damien Priest in their rubber match on NXT. Then he has another “qualifying” March break down during the NXT/Raw/Smackdown brawl on NXT. Cole is pissed he gets in the ring and is pissed. “how am I expected to pick a tag team partner when this is happening?? I can’t see who’s good enough for my team when you’re all fighting!”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vke6BXlBmNc
Velveteen Dream! The returning Dream is here! He gets in the ring and takes Coles microphone, “I’ll be the final member of NXT…” he drops the mic and leaves with the audience stunned and Cole as well.
That’s Part 1. Be back soon with Part 2, the show.
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2019.11.05 23:58 The_Escalation 2019 ABC Holiday Schedule

All times EASTERN
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – “3008” – It’s a Thanksgiving celebration on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” including a woman who is grossed out by having to prepare a turkey for dinner and a little boy who is thankful for dinosaurs; plus, selfies gone wrong and people getting scared. (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS – “Turkey in Space” – In a special Thanksgiving-themed episode, Tiffany shares her favorite Turkey Day traditions and films an infomercial for “Gobble Gobble Wrapping Paper” with kids who frantically gift wrap everything from Thanksgiving leftovers to a live turkey. Later, Tiffany and an 8-year-old girl pitch movie ideas to her big shot Hollywood director friend Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”). (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY, NOV. 19
THE CONNERS – “Slappy Holidays” – Chaos ensues when Dan finally gets the entire family together for Thanksgiving dinner. Mixed feelings about the Lunch Box continue to build tension in the house, and Harris makes an unexpected move. Guest starring is Eliza Bennett as Odessa. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20
THE GOLDBERGS – “Angst-Giving” – Even though Beverly’s patience with Pop Pop is put to the test due to his endless Thanksgiving demands, she is able to put aside her own feelings to help heal the long-standing rift between Murray and Pop Pop. Meanwhile, Barry and Erica are ready to return home for the holiday, but Uncle Marvin accidentally drives them to Pittsburgh. Marvin attempts to make it right not knowing if they will make it to Jenkintown in time to celebrate the holiday. Judd Hirsch and Dan Fogler return to guest star as Pop Pop and Uncle Marvin, respectively. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
SCHOOLED – “Friendsgiving” – CB celebrates Thanksgiving by having all of William Penn rally around him after a cooking incident at his house, while the alumni faculty football game brings out the competitive sides of Wilma and Coach Mellor. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)
MODERN FAMILY – “The Last Thanksgiving” – Cameron and Mitchell’s friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side, and Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil’s support with the twins. Meanwhile, Jay invites Phil and Dylan out to fly his model plane, and Phil thinks this is his chance to reclaim his dignity after their first outing 10 years ago went so wrong. (9:00-9:31 p.m.)
SINGLE PARENTS – “Every Thursday Should Be Like This” – When Will gets busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner at Douglas’ home, he asks Angie to hang out with Tracy Freeze (guest star Jama Williamson). Angie reluctantly does so, only to realize that Tracy is actually wonderful, except for a secret she’s keeping from Will. Meanwhile, Miggy shows up to Thanksgiving dinner with the kids’ teacher, Ms. Pronstroller (Sarah Yarkin), as his date, and he enlists Douglas’ assistance in helping them form an in-person connection, given all of their previous communication has been via texts, DMs and memes. (9:31-10:00 p.m.)
STUMPTOWN – “November Surprise” – Dex goes undercover after she is hired by a local politician to dig up dirt on his political opponent. Meanwhile, Grey and Liz’s romance continues, and Dex celebrates Friendsgiving with the group. (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – In the 1973 special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. However, the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. Humiliated, it will take all of Marcie’s persuasive powers to salvage the holiday for Charlie Brown. A special bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” will air with the Peanuts classic, in which history comes to animated screen life in a captivating and informative program about the Mayflower voyagers. The special will air with Spanish audio via SAP. In “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” the year is 1620. After 65 grueling, sea-tossed days, the Pilgrims are in view of America’s shores – and Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew are with them as they experience firsthand the lifestyle of the early settlers and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, NOV. 28
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” kicks off the holiday season on ABC. Join celebrity hosts as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. This magical celebration will feature musical performances with some of today’s top artists among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment. During the prime-time special, viewers will also be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into future attractions coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Hosts and performers to be confirmed at a later date. (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DEC. 1
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle; Keenan Wynn as Winter; Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen; Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle; Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino; Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
MONDAY, DEC. 2
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – Season Premiere – “701/704” – ‘Tis the season for ABC’s immensely popular decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” which continues to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with celebrity judges—lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. Season seven of the holiday hit will once again showcase the most extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to offer! In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy. (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY, DEC. 3
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – Trisha Yearwood will host and perform on the 10th annual “CMA Country Christmas.” The two-hour music celebration features a night filled with Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind collaborations by Yearwood, Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young. “CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS – Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the digitally remastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. In addition, another PEANUTS special based on the works of Charles Schulz, “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” will also air with the Emmy®-winning classic. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
SAME TIME, NEXT CHRISTMAS – In this original holiday film, Olivia Anderson (played by Lea Michele) is a successful young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaiian resort years later, and the old chemistry between them flares up anew—but circumstances conspire to keep them apart. “Same Time, Next Christmas” stars Lea Michele as Olivia Anderson, Charles Michael Davis as Jeff Williams, Bryan Greenberg as Gregg Harris, George Newbern as Woody Anderson, Nia Vardalos as Faye Anderson, Phil Morris as Alec Williams and Dannah Lockett as Madelyn Williams. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
MONDAY, DEC. 9
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – “703/706” – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” showcases the most extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to offer! (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY, DEC. 10
THE CONNERS – “Smoking Penguins and Santa on Santa action” – Dan is disappointed when everyone but Becky forgets about his birthday. Meanwhile, Darlene is faced with another issue, and Dan excludes Jackie from the family Christmas Santa photo for mistreating Louise. Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, Jay R. Ferguson as Ben and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
BLESS THIS MESS – “Goose Glazing Time” – Mike and Rio are thrilled about having their first Christmas alone together as a married couple, but a wrench is thrown into their romanticized holiday plans as they are interrupted by crisis after crisis. Meanwhile, Kay invites Beau home for Christmas so that they can give Jacob a proper holiday. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)
MIXED-ISH – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Alicia and Paul strive to maintain their winter solstice traditions from the commune, but their parents want to have a more traditional Christmas with the kids. Meanwhile, Alicia’s dad, Lynwood (guest star Richard Lawson), competes with Harrison to be the kids’ favorite grandad. (9:00-9:30 p.m.)
BLACK-ISH – “Father Christmas” – Pops doesn’t do Christmas, so when he shows up to the house full of holiday cheer with Lynette (Loretta Devine), Dre is thrown off. Pops wants to make up for lost time and go all out this Christmas. The whole family gets into the holiday spirit until someone from Lynette’s past shows up. Anthony Anderson directed the episode. (9:30-10:00 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
THE GOLDBERGS – “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Hoping to outdo the Kremp family, Beverly decides the Goldbergs must do an even better family holiday card, but Geoff is surprised he is not invited to be in the photo. Meanwhile, a pranking war with Barry and JTP quickly spirals out of control. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
MODERN FAMILY – “The Last Christmas” – Cameron is hoping to keep everyone happy for their annual Christmas dinner, but Mitchell is suspicious he is hiding an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Claire tries to dodge Jay’s job offer to work at his dog bed company and Luke has to deal with the consequences of kissing Manny’s ex-girlfriend, Sherri. (9:00-9:31 p.m.)
SINGLE PARENTS – “Good Holidays to You” – When Graham writes a letter to Santa asking for either a white Christmas or to meet his father, Angie goes on a mission to find snow in Southern California with the help of Will and Sophie. Meanwhile, after Rory, Emma and Amy find out that Poppy and Douglas are romantically involved, the kids use this knowledge to their advantage to guilt their parents into buying them more Christmas presents. (9:31-10:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE – In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions, and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.” “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”). (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT – Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television, “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang finds themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie the triceratops if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.” The cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)
THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION – Season Premiere – “Cake and Bread Week” – On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television returns with hosts Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) and Anthony “Spice” Adams, and judges Paul Hollywood (“The Great British Baking Show”) and three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. The heat is on when 10 bakers enter the tent in the two-hour season five premiere of “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition.” Based on the hit U.K. series “The Great British Baking Show,” “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition” features bakers from across the country battling through 24 total challenges with six challenges throughout each two-hour themed episode, all in the hopes of being crowned “America’s Best Amateur Baker.” (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – “The Bromance Before Christmas” – Katie looks forward to sharing her favorite childhood Christmas tradition with Taylor, but a surprise visit from her mom, Kathryn (Wendie Malick), threatens her holiday cheer. Meanwhile, Greg is blindsided by Katie’s good intentions; and to make matters worse, Oliver and Anna-Kat break a family heirloom. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
FRESH OFF THE BOAT – “Jessica Town” – Jessica is thriving in the merriment of Christmas, the time of year she takes full control of the household and everything is perfect until Louis does the unthinkable—tries to help, turning her Christmas dream into a holiday nightmare. Meanwhile, Eddie, Emery and Evan find themselves on the naughty list for breaking an expensive gift, which might just require the assistance of elves, or Grandma Huang, to fix. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DEC. 15
THE SOUND OF MUSIC – ABC will air the Rodgers & Hammerstein cinematic treasure “The Sound of Music.” Celebrate the Oscar®-winning classic with popular favorites “Edelweiss,” ”My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and “The Sound of Music.” (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
MONDAY, DEC. 16
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – Season Finale – “702/705” – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” showcases the most extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to offer! (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
SHREK THE HALLS – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends, features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer—except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas. (9:30-10:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 19
DISNEY PREP & LANDING – Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you a half-hour holiday special tale of an elite unit of elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a merry Christmas for all? (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
DISNEY PREP & LANDING 2: NAUGHTY VS. NICE – The yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)
THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION – “Spice and Dessert Week” – Eight bakers return to the tent this week. First up, “Spice Week” with the bakers challenged to create sweet and savory creations using spices. From cinnamon to saffron, the bakers put their best spice flavor combinations together. “Dessert Week” has the bakers creating delicious delicacies like cakes and cookies, including one of Paul Hollywood’s toughest challenges yet! (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
SUNDAY, DEC. 22
I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN – “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However, his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother, Spike, for a visit. The cast of “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” includes Jimmy Bennett as ReRun, Adam Taylor Gordon as Charlie Brown, Ashley Rose Orr as Lucy Van Pelt, Corey Padnos as Linus Van Pelt, Hannah Leigh Dworkin as Sally, Nick Price as Schroeder, Jake Miner as Pig Pen/Franklin, Kaitlyn Maggio as the little girl and Bill Melendez as Snoopy. (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS – On a special holiday episode, Tiffany chats with the kids about their favorite holiday traditions. Later, Tiffany plays Santa’s helper to find out who is on the "Nice List,” and celebrates an 8-year-old magician who proves that big tricks can come in small packages. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
THE YEAR: 2019 – ABC NEWS – “The Year: 2019” (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25
DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE – “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” continues Disney’s annual Christmas morning celebration tradition, on ABC. Join celebrity hosts for the two-hour Christmas day special as they follow the famous Christmas Day Parade down Main Street U.S.A., featuring performances by some of today’s top artists across Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Also during the Christmas Day Parade, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into future attractions coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Hosts and performers to be confirmed at a later date. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 26
HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN – ABC and the PEANUTS gang will ring in the new year with the animated PEANUTS special “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, along with “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.” In “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” the PEANUTS gang is ringing in 1986, and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year’s Eve bash. Charlie Brown plans to celebrate the holiday by curling up with a big book that weighs nearly as much as he does, Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” The book’s weight doesn’t stop him from lugging it to Lucy’s pre-party dance class, where he cuts a mean rug with a rollicking Patty. With just 1131 pages to go, Charlie Brown takes another break, this time for the party, and summons the courage to invite his true love, the little red-haired girl. She doesn’t respond, but hapless Chuck shows up anyway—with Tolstoy in tow. Then, he settles down with the book—on a porch swing in a snowstorm—and in so doing, misses the evening’s big surprise. In “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” disaster strikes as Peppermint Patty heads to her first major ice-skating competition with coach Snoopy and faithful companion, Marcie, by her side. As always, the unassuming Woodstock flies in to save the day (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION – “Pastry and Cookie Week” – The bakers are back and this week they are challenged to create deliciously flaky and flavorful pastries, as well as holiday cookies perfect for any Christmas celebration. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
MONDAY, DEC. 31
DICK CLARK’S PRIMETIME NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2020 – (Beginning at 8 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION – Season Finale – “Semi-Final and Final” – The final five bakers remain. With six challenges ahead for these contestants to wow the judges, the pressure is greater than ever before. In the end, only one can be named “America’s Best Amateur Baker.” Find out who wins on the season finale of “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition.” (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
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2019.11.05 21:55 CaptainWales69 List of Netflix New Originals and Series To Be Released Next Month (December 2019)

December 5:

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby”
📌Netflix completes its first-ever movie trilogy with the upcoming movie: “It’s Christmastime in Aldovia — and a royal baby is on the way!”

“V-Wars” (Season 1)
📌A “thriller” series starring Ian Somerhalder and Adrian Holmes about a doctor who transforms his best friend into a vampire.

December 6:

• “Magic for Humans” (Season 2)
📌Justin Williams returns for more magic tricks in what looks to be a “very Christmassy season.”

• “Marriage Story”
📌Netflix is “aiming at the Oscars” with this movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver about a divorced couple trying to keep a working relationship.

• “Triad Princess”
📌A Chinese language series about a woman who defies her mafia-affiliated father’s wishes by becoming an undercover bodyguard.

December 13:

• “6 Underground”
📌A movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bay about six “untraceable” agents unable to move on from their pasts.

December 18:

• “Soundtrack” (Season 1)
📌A “very High School Musical-esque” series connecting lives of random people.

December 20:

• “The Two Popes”
📌Another Netflix “Oscar hopeful” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce about when Pope Francis was set to succeed Pope Benedict.

• “The Witcher” (Season 1)
📌A series starring Henry Cavill that Netflix dubs as its “first big answer to Game of Thrones” is about a mercenary monster hunter.

December 24:

• “Lost in Space”
📌The Robinson family looks to leave the alien planet they crash-landed on.

December 30:

• “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened” (Season 1)
📌The whole cast and crew of the anime brand returns in a six-episode series.

Date of release to be announced:

• “You” (Season 2)
📌Joe travels across the U.S. for his next victim.

• “Home for Christmas” (Season 1)
📌Swedish series about a 24-day hunt for a partner to bring home for Christmas.

• “Christmas in the Wild”
📌About a woman jilted by her husband about to embark on an African safari, starring Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis.

• “The Knight Before Christmas”
📌A “romantic” Christmas movie starring Vanessa Hudgens.

• “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”
📌A “Shondaland” documentary series that goes behind the scenes of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy

• “A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish”
📌A remake of the Disney classic.

• “Holiday Secrets: Miniseries”
📌A German miniseries to be released “sometime in the holiday season” about three Christmases, three women and three generations.

• “Stranger Things Christmas Special”
📌A behind-the-scenes video of the third season included a Christmas set: “With the absence of Christmas in Season 3, are we due a Christmas episode?”
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