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Posts posted by Angelo

  1. The Undertaker hanging up the boots just when WWE needs him most would be a sour sendoff for one of the best to ever grace the wrestling business.

    For years, Undertaker's matches were more a cause for concern than highly anticipated, to the point it seemed a vocal portion of the fanbase didn't have an issue with the idea of his calling it quits and retiring.

    Then the past six months or so happened.

    WWE, like all sports, got hit with unorthodox hurdles in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, eventually resorting to audience-less shows and taped matches—including WrestleMania 36.

    At that event, something special happened.

    Undertaker clashed with AJ Styles in a Boneyard match, a cinematic experience that went down as an instant classic. Its sheer brilliance made it something fans will recall more than almost any other moment from the show 10 years from now.

    In the process, it also showed WWE created a winning formula with cinematic matches. It proved they could work brilliantly, no matter how silly or no matter the stakes. The high production values made it an eye-catching affair, the performers had more room to tell memorable stories and there was less risk than in a typical match.

    It also proved 2020 Taker has something special to offer fans.

    Undertaker has gradually gone back to his American Badass persona as opposed to the mystical Deadman. It's afforded him a great deal of wiggle room to engage more with fans on social media and elsewhere. Call it the perfect 2020 edition of the character, as he can roll up on a motorcycle for a match, spit trash talk on social media, do media appearances and still call down lightning or bury foes alive while teleporting all over the place.

    It would be a shame to see this revitalized Undertaker suddenly fall off the map while WWE struggles and most Superstars on the roster toil to make an impact at audience-less shows. So much so, in fact, WWE has canned the long-term outlook approach to weekly shows in favor of going all-in on trying to gain ratings, according to Wrestling Observer Radio.

    Undertaker is one of maybe five Superstars who can have one of these captivating taped matches and boost ratings at the same time. That's not to suggest he should be back on a weekly basis, but his up and disappearing with finality now would be a shame.

    And look, were things proceeding as normal and these cinematic matches weren't a consideration, this would be a different conversation. Undertaker hasn't had a great match in a long time. Fans are undoubtedly still hyped to see him, but it's a sad state of affairs when his matches cause fans to have concern for his general well-being.

    It's no fun to watch an Undertaker match with bated breath for fear of a Brock Lesnar or Goldberg injuring him. It's no fun to think of potential Taker dream matches and have the list of candidates trimmed to only three or four guys (like Styles) who could get a good contest out of him.

    With these cinematic matches, there's (generally speaking) no worries about injuries. There are no roster limitations. Bring on Sting vs. Undertaker, as the big notable example. That legendary match isn't happening in typical format, but it could be an all-timer if given the cinematic treatment.

    Maybe this is all moot. Undertaker retirement speculation has run rampant in the past, only for him to pop up again. It's hard to envision a time when he walks away when WWE needs him most just as an innovative new match type could see him putting on memorable bouts with unexpected opponents.

    WWE needs Undertaker more than ever, and to its credit, the promotion has unearthed a way to prolong the career of arguably its greatest Superstar. The ball, as they say, is in The Deadman's court now.


  2. On 10/11/2019 at 4:27 PM, Gunner said:

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    *** 3/4

    You think with the talent in the match this would be a barn burner of a match, well it wasn't the greatest but it was good. All three men did their best, but unfortunately it didn't seem like they clicked. Ending was alright with Jason and Gunner, then known as ICON, forming their team that had so much potential. 

    On 10/11/2019 at 6:09 PM, Yelich said:

    I would like to hear your reasons if that's not too much of a bother.

    **** 1/2

    Terrific match up. From the first match at Summerslam, I had doubts of this possibly being better, but you proved me wrong. This match had it all. Drama, near falls, had the crowd on their feet and had the boys in the back on their feet as well. And Yelich winning is a big bonus because this dude been overlooked for far too long and deserves the recognition he got from this battle. 

  3. It's a true shame but very understandable to say the least. Firstly being away from your loved ones, including your husband can be very difficult, then getting put in the ring with someone who can injure them by just staring at them doesn't help. The choke toss into the turnbuckle, the stairs spot mentioned earlier, I'd leave too and say "yo fuck this bouncy ball looking bitch I'm going back to being a Japan GOAT". 

  4. Men's Superstar of the Year: Drew Mcintyre

    Women's Superstar of the Year: Asuka

    Men's Match of the Year: Randy Orton vs Edge

    Women's Match of the Year: Becky Lynch vs Asuka (Royal Rumble)

    Men's Rising Star: Otis for sure

    Women's Rising Star: Sonya Deville or Mandy Rose

    Best Pay-Per-View: WrestleMania 36

    Most Memorable Moment: Undertaker riding off after beating AJ

    Best Feud: Randy Orton vs Edge

    Best Heel/Face Turn: Randy Orton turning on Edge

    Most Extreme Moment: Undertaker throwing Styles off the roof onto the wood pallets

    Best Promo: Randy Orton

    Biggest Surprise: Edge returning after 9 years

  5. Game 4: Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat



    Jimmy Butler leads the Heat with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 11-17 shooting, which 3-7 came from the three. 4 turnovers and 3 fouls. On the Hawks side, John Collins over takes Trae Young with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists for 12-18 shooting and being 0-2 at the three. He suffered 4 turnovers and 2 fouls. Hawks shot 43% from the paint and 37% from the 3 while Heat was 49% from the paint and 33% from the 3. Hawks are now 4-0. 

    Game 5: Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks


    In a rematch, Trae Young goes 23 points, no rebounds and 11 assists for 9-17 shootings and 3-5 3s. He had 5 turnovers and only 1 foul. On the Heat side, Bam Adebayo scored 23 points, got 13 rebounds and 3 assists off 11-16 shooting with no 3 attempts. He had 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. Heat shotn44% from the paint and 22% from the 3 while Hawks shot 54% from the paint and 56% from the 3. Hawks are now 5-0. 

    Game 6: San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks



    Clint Capela leads at 23 points and 8 rebounds with 10-15 shooting, 5 turnovers, and 2 fouls for the Hawks. Patty Mills from the Spurs lead with 20 points with 3 assists with 8-13 shooting and 4-7 3s, with 0 turnovers and 1 foul. Spurs shot 46% from the paint and 42% from the 3 while Hawks shot 43% from the paint and 22% from the 3. Hawks are now 5-1.

  6. The Wednesday Night Wars are seemingly not only waged in the squared circle but in the trademark office. Both WWE and Cody Rhodes have been grabbing the names of classic PPV events, particularly those used by WCW in the years before their closing. As reported by PWInsider, WWE has filed to register “Wrestle War” which is one space away from the WCW PPV that ran from 1989-1992. With WWE running NXT under the formerly WCW Great American Bash banner over the next two weeks against AEW’s Fyter Fest, an accepted mark could give WWE another name to pull out in case of an AEW-based emergency.

    WWE also recently applied to trademark the term “Bella Army”, a term used by The Bella Twins to refer to their fanbase. This is a phrase that Nikki and Brie use in their non-WWE endeavors, but the filing only applies to wrestling-based usage, so there shouldn’t be bad blood between the two parties in this instance.



  7. 1. Batista- he did not need it. Dude was already a main eventer, former World Heavyweight Champion and someone who main evented a Mania before due to the Rumble back in 2005. They gave it to him to sell more going into the World title match at Mania. 

    2. Randy Orton- I'm a huge Orton fan. Very big fan. But in 2017, he shouldn't of won that Rumble. There was many others who should of won but they wanted that Bray vs Randy feud. 

    3. Alberto Del Rio- I get why WWE gave him the win, they were extremely hot on him at this time. But he didn't produce like they expected. If you wanted a above average match, he was your guy, and going to Mania to face for a World title you should have someone who can produce great matches do so. 

  8. Sources speaking with Sportskeeda today have revealed that current SmackDown King of the Ring Baron Corbin is rumored to be upset with the plans for him to face Matt Riddle in the near future. WWE has seemingly been planning Riddle’s first feud for some time, as The Original Bro was the man who eliminated Corbin from this year’s Royal Rumble. While Riddle has been in on these plans “for several months”, the King only found out about his upcoming storyline in the last week.

    This has angered Baron, and he has insisted that Riddle should have to “beat five enhancement talents before getting the chance to face him.” This comes after the NXT standout and former MMA star defeated former WWE Champion AJ Styles in his first main roster bout, a clear sign that he’s above facing The Brooklyn Brawler in the eyes of management.

    Corbin himself could use the boost, as he hasn’t had an in-ring victory since breaking a mirror at WWE Headquarters during the Money in the Bank match. It’s obvious that WWE has big plans for Riddle, while Corbin has seen his stock drop considerably in recent times. Because of this, it’s unclear if Corbin truly has the clout to force Riddle to jump over those hurdles. Even if he does, the outcome is probably set in stone.


  9.  WWE RAW viewership fell without a gimmick like “Championship Monday.”

    As reported by Showbuzz Daily, WWE RAW viewership averaged 1.735 million viewers, which is down from last week’s 1.922 million viewers. As for 18-49 demographics, it came in at No. 3, 6, and 7 for its first, third and second hours, respectively.

    The hourly breakdown is as follows:

    8 pm: 1,862,000

    9 pm: 1,751,000

    10 pm: 1,592,000


    2.437 million – February 17 – 2020 High

    1.686 million – May 4 – 2020 Low

    1.735 million – June 29 – This Week




    "Hello everyone and welcome to BPZ No Holds Barred. I'm your host the Voice Of BPZ James SweedinFerg as always and I am here today to sit down with the Greatest Of All Time, the new BPZ Undisputed Champion and still BPZ World Champion, Slim. How you doing today?"

    Slim: How are you doing James?

    "I'm doing well thank you. Let's talk about your Undisputed Championship match up. You faced a very gamed Hans who been one of the leading wrestlers in 2020 in a classic match up. Did this match change any perspectives on Hans? And what does now holding the Undisputed Championship as well mean to you?"

    Slim: First off, I don't give a shit about how you're doing. Second off, did it change any perspectives? Does it matter? I won. I'm the champion, don't make this about that guy, I won the match. What does the title mean to me? It means a lot, the Undisputed Championship has four champions. Four phenomenal performers, and would you look at that, James? They saved the best for last.

    "...... Very well..... Anyway. You've accomplished all there is to accomplished in your career. Tied for most reigns as World Champion, tied for most reigns as Intercontinental Champion, multiple tag reigns, Hall Of Fame, the list goes on and on. What pushes you to continue to be the performer you are today?"

    Slim: It's all about enjoying what you do. There was one thing pushing my motivation for the Undisputed Championship, however. You know, I see these dirt sheets where they rank their top 5 microphone workers in the company, and last time I checked, I'm barely on anyone. Everyone respects me in the ring and knows what I can do, what I'm capable of, but on the microphone, I've barely scratched the surface of what I can do. When you've done it all, you have to find things to light that fire to allow you to reach that second gear that got you to the dance in the first place, but really, you just gotta have the mindset that you wanna be the best.

    "Understandable understandable. Now let's talk about stuff that has happened within The Mafia. At Judgement Day, Ex Machina, Cody Cage and Jonathan, were defeated by Creed then Bailey turned on his Death Riders mates and brought in a very controversial superstar in Jason Ryan in. Was this something discussed? Was it out of the blue? And what's the initial thoughts of Jason Ryan now as a Death Rider?"

    Slim: Of course it was discussed. What was discussed? Well, I can't reveal that. But at the end of the day, Jon and Cody are out. They didn't have what it takes. They didn't wanna be here. As for Jason Ryan, I think everyone seems to forget that he was moments away from killing Jeremiah Flynn in the Trailer Park Tussle, before Sameer hit him with a fuckin car! Jason Ryan is a tough son of a bitch, and that's exactly what the Death Riders need. An enforcer to command respect. I have to give props to the underboss Bailey on this fantastic pickup for us.

    "Now onto the future. We know you're defending the Undisputed Championship against Sameer at Valor's Chapter Two event and defending the World Championship against Angelo at King Of The Ring. What's the training schedule and the preparation for two big matches back to back like and what's to be expected?"

    Slim: I don't know if you've been living under a rock, James, but I've been working double duty for two months straight. This month, is actually considered somewhat of a break for me since I only have one match, then two weeks to prepare for an Undisputed Championship match. What's to be expected? Me winning of course.

    "Simple enough. Now to the last question. Since we know what pushes you to compete and get better everyday, the next and final question is easy. What's next for Slim? And what could possibly be the moment you hang up the boots?"

    Slim: "Well until someone can beat me for my titles, it'll be defending them. Improving the Mafia. Giving back to the youth of the company. And when I do lose these titles, maybe that'll be the end? Who knows? We'll see. Always leave em wanting more... Don out

    "And that's all we got. I'm your host James SweedinFerg and we'll see you next time for your wrestling news."

  11. Game 1: Atlanta Hawks @ Detroit Pistons



    Trae Young leads the team with 31 points, 1 rebound, 10 assists on 12-27 shooting, 4-14 from the three with a negative 3 turnovers and 2 fouls. While on the Pistons side Derrick Rose leads his team with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists on 8-15 shooting, 1-5 from the three with 5 turnovers and 2 fouls. Both teams shot 44% while the Hawks had the better 3 percentage of 37% while Pistons had 29%. Hawks are now 1-0 for the season.

    Game 2: Orlando Magic @ Atlanta Hawks



    Trae Young once again leads this team with 29 points, an impressive 7 rebounds, 4 assists for 9-20 shooting with 5-11 coming from the three along with 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. On the Magic side, Markelle Fultz had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists for 10-13 shooting and 0 3s, 1 turnover and 2 fouls. Hawks shot 41% from field while Magic had better shooting percentage of 43%, but Hawks shot 33% from the 3 while Magic only managed 19%. Hawks are now 2-0. 

    Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers @ Atlanta Hawks



    Trae Young once again main guy for Hawks this game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists for 9-13 shooting and 5-7 3s with 4 turnovers and fouls. Shake Milton barely goes above Ben Simmons with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists with 4-7 shooting, 3-6 3s and only 1 foul. 76ers shot 44% while Hawks shot 49% and 24% from the 3 for the 76ers while Hawks keep in the 40s at 47%. Hawks are now 3-0.

  12.  WWE is coping with the reality of booking its programming without Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn and other top stars, but the main roster has also suffered an overlooked hit to its star power department.

    According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), Samoa Joe is now a full-time announcer amid uncertainty regarding if and when he will be able to return to the ring. The site writes, “Samoa Joe has reportedly permanently replaced WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler on the RAW announce team. Joe has not returned to the ring because he's still waiting to be medically cleared to compete from the concussion he suffered during the RAW commercial shoot back in February. He was brought back to RAW commentary in late April, filling in for Lawler, and now the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Joe is considered to be Lawler's permanent replacement on the red brand announce team.”

    Joe has had a tumultuous run on the main roster over the past year or so, a stretch marred by multiple significant injuries, a Wellness policy suspension and an unclear future in the ring following his recent concussion. Meltzer (h/t Cageside Seats) had previously reported that WWE hesitant about committing to moving Joe to a full-time announcer role because he’s deemed “too valuable” as an in-ring performer. However, questions remain about whether or not Joe will be ever cleared to wrestle again, and so, it appears that WWE is once again testing the waters with Joe as announcer, a role in which he’s performed fantastically during his limited time at the announce desk.

    Wrestling Inc writes, “There's no word yet on what this means for when Joe is medically cleared for in-ring action, but the Observer noted that Joe may have a role where he announces and then they shoot angles for him to wrestle using the other role. Things could change down the road if WWE runs into depth issues with the RAW roster, or if they feel they need Joe as a full-time wrestler, but they could also have Joe work both roles.”

    Although Joe was in the early stages of a babyface run prior to his most recent injury, he is one of the most natural and authentic heels on the main roster. Especially after WWE chose to move AJ Styles back to SmackDown, there is a clear lack of believable top heels on Raw. WWE has attempted to fill that heel star power gap with a number of stars, ranging from Bobby Lashley to Seth Rollins to Andrade, who are very good to great performers, but there’s little doubt that Joe would add some much needed depth to the red brand, whether as a heel or a babyface.

    In fact, Joe was, at one point, WWE’s No. 2 merchandise seller, demonstrating his undeniable connection with the crowd. At least for the time being, however, WWE will have to hold off on utilizing Joe as an in-ring performer, and there is a very real possibility that he may never be back in that role, at least not full-time. Joe’s current situation is eerily similar to that of all-time great Christian, who was essentially forced into premature retirement due to concussion issues when he still had plenty of gas left in the tank. Christian recently told Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT the following about his retirement: “My situation is much different than Daniel Bryan’s. He was, what, in his early 30s when this happened? I was in my 40s, so very different parts of our careers, and I feel like I’m content with what I accomplished.”

    Joe is at a similar point in his career, and though, as was the case with Christian, it would be a shame to see him have to hang up his boot prematurely, the good thing is that Joe could effectively serve in numerous roles for WWE even if he can’t wrestle.



  13. AEW World Tag Team Championship: Kenny Omega and Adam Page (c) vs. Best Friends: Kenny Omega and Adam Page  
    AEW TNT Championship: Cody (c) vs. Jake Hager; Cody
    AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Penelope Ford: Hikaru Shida  
    Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (with Marko Stunt) vs. MJF and Wardlow; Jurassic Express
    Private Party vs. Santana and Ortiz: Santana and Ortiz

    Bonus Question: 
    Second To Last Match Of The Night? AEW TNT Championship
    Will Chris Jericho get involved in any matches and if so which one? TNT Championship

  14. Scott Armstrong and Brian James announced on Twitter on Sunday that their mother, Vida Gail James, passed away. “This morning, our Mother, Vda Gail James, the Matriarch of the James/Armstrong family, went to be with the Lord,” they both wrote in a Tweet.

    Brian James is a WWE Hall of Famer and still works backstage with the company. Armstrong is a former WWE referee and producer, and he was furloughed in April. Both men are a second-generation wrestler, as his father, “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, had a lengthy in-ring career. The Armstrong family produced several other wrestlers, as Brad Armstrong and Steve Armstrong also entered the family business.


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