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Old 01-23-17, 11:31 AM   #126
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

Triple H expects a surprise Royal Rumble ending.

In an interview with IGN, Triple H said that this yearís Royal Rumble match will ďgo in a way that nobody expects.Ē The former WWE champion talked how usually people kinda guess who will win the Royal Rumble but this year, itís a tough call and no one seems to know where things are headed.

ďAnd I think thatís when the Rumbleís at its best, when you canít really put your finger on whatís going to happen. I can see this year going a lot of different ways and I think itís going to go in a way that nobody expects,Ē Triple H said.

So far there are 18 WWE Superstars announced for the Rumble, with big names like The Undertaker, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho.

http://www.wrestling-online.com/wwe/...rumble-ending/
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Old 01-23-17, 01:25 PM   #127
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I agree with Triple H. Some years it feels like someone is practically ordained to win the rumble. This isn't one of those years. The brand split helps. I'm guessing the two title matches will technically be considered co Main Events at Wrestlemania (even though only one will close the show). This is the year WWE can do something truly unexpected and not have it mess up the Wrestlemania card.
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Old 01-23-17, 06:06 PM   #128
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

I somewhat agree with HHH. If Cena wins the title though, I can see the Rumble being a little more predictable and Undertaker winning it.
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Old 01-23-17, 08:45 PM   #129
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

Second week in a row Braun is made look like a bitch on RAW by a part timer.
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Old 01-23-17, 08:51 PM   #130
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

Pentagon Jr. left AAA Saturday night. My opinion is that Lucha Underground can't survive without him because he's the #1 star. So if him being out of AAA means that Lucha Underground can't use him anymore, they're done. Sadly.
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Old 01-23-17, 08:57 PM   #131
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Pentagon Jr. left AAA Saturday night. My opinion is that Lucha Underground can't survive without him because he's the #1 star. So if him being out of AAA means that Lucha Underground can't use him anymore, they're done. Sadly.
Strongly disagree.They have been able to largely build shows around people who before entering Lucha Underground had no US name ID. LU is the one Wrestling entity that could withstand if their was a mass exodus of talent.
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Old 01-23-17, 09:38 PM   #132
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

How long has the Emmalina thing been promoted? 4-5 months?
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Old 01-23-17, 10:57 PM   #133
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

So it's that time of year again when I renew my free network subscription to watch the Rumble lol. I bet HHH enters himself and wins ....
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Old 01-24-17, 12:40 AM   #134
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So it's that time of year again when I renew my free network subscription to watch the Rumble lol. I bet HHH enters himself and wins ....
I'm about to renew too. Are there any deals going around?
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Old 01-24-17, 06:01 AM   #135
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How long has the Emmalina thing been promoted? 4-5 months?
Besides having championship matches, the RAW Women's division has just all but disappeared. I still wonder why the women didn't get their own show rather than the 209 show(or whatever its called).
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Old 01-24-17, 06:13 AM   #136
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

I'm disappointed they didn't add a Women's Rumble match this year.
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Old 01-24-17, 07:46 AM   #137
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How long has the Emmalina thing been promoted? 4-5 months?
Don't care. That promo makes me every time.
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Old 01-24-17, 10:01 AM   #138
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

Zack Ryder is a lucky man.
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Old 01-26-17, 10:57 AM   #139
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It must be at least that long that it's been teased. Just sick of it now.
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Old 01-26-17, 11:58 AM   #140
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

My interview / article on Honky Tonk Man is now live here:

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Old 01-26-17, 12:16 PM   #141
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I'm about to renew too. Are there any deals going around?
You can sign up for a free month right on the website. Might need a new email though. I've been using the same account at least 3 times now. I usually get the Rumble and next PPV for free and pay the 9.99 for WM before canceling.
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Old 01-26-17, 02:00 PM   #142
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Old 01-26-17, 02:24 PM   #143
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Re: The 2017 Pro Wrestling Thread.

Too me it is obvious Seth Rollins is going to win the Royal Rumble.
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Old 01-26-17, 02:37 PM   #144
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Too me it is obvious Seth Rollins is going to win the Royal Rumble.
He's not a participant at this time, but ya never know.

To me, signs point to him vs HHH at 'Mania. If Rollins won the Rumble that would mean a title is involved by 'Mania time and we really don't need Hunter in that picture for the second straight year.
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Old 01-26-17, 04:11 PM   #145
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Old 01-26-17, 04:49 PM   #146
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Sorry, all, that was the wrong link. Here is the right one :

The Honky Tonk Man and the psychology behind being the bad guy: http://bit.ly/2k5vJBB.
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Old 01-27-17, 08:49 AM   #147
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Too me it is obvious Seth Rollins is going to win the Royal Rumble.
I think Meltzer is saying it's going to be Rollins Vs. HHH at Wrestlemania?

I think he has:

Lesnar Vs. Goldberg
Rollings Vs. HHH
Jericho Vs. Owens
Undertaker Vs. Reigns
Styles Vs. Shane McMahon
Charlotte Vs. Bayley Vs. Sasha Vs. Nia

so far.
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Old 01-27-17, 11:49 AM   #148
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I don't watch much of WWE but what would the setup for Styles vs. Shane be? I mean, Shane has given some good matches that were mostly him being carried over big time by the other guy w/ Shane doing his crazy bits within his power. Seems like a waste of Styles if Shane doesn't really amp it up.

His Undertaker match was alright. His big fall was awesome but otherwise waste of a match.

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In NJPW news, dated the 20th. I'm just going to copy the whole thing from wrestlezone.

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NJPW Chairman Reveals Plans For U.S. Territory & Training School, Talks WWE Business Model, Global Expansion & Their Plans For 2017


Takaaki Kidani, the owner of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s parent company Bushiroad and chairman of New Japan, recently spoke to Weekly Pro Wrestling about the promotion’s goal to expand into the United States, setting up a base of operations in California, and the challenges ahead of them competing with WWE.

All translations are courtesy of Chris Charlton, whose book Lion’s Pride is available on Amazon and an excellent read if you’re interested in the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

On the success of Wrestle Kingdom 11 and its influence outside of Japan:
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“We had a lot of attention not just in Japanese, but international media, with the event hashtag being the top trend not just in Japan, but America, the UK and Germany. New Japan World subscribers suddenly increased, with over half being from abroad. With the high quality of the event, news reverberated internationally more than we had anticipated. Additionally including promotion and program sales, we have been able to advance in nine different countries, with our talents’ foreign excursions being part of that too.”
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How a New Japan territory in the United States would function:

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“The plan would be to have California as a base and run tours in the area in a similar way to how we run things here, with a few shows further afield. For the Japanese talent, there are all sorts of options. Some guys may want to tour there, some may want to spend half the year there. Still others may want to take two years or so and move out there. There are lots of ways around that and I’m open to opinion from the wrestlers.”

“When you ask what it is we can do with new Japan, it is to create an American based subsidiary and run shows there. In addition, it is to produce television in line with our Japanese content that can be sold cheaply to American cable networks. While we currently sell television content to AXS TV, the most popular and visible networks have a high demand for volume of content available cheaply.”

“We have strong foundations in Japan, and over there, the Japanese style of wrestling is in vogue. If we establish a territory in California, we’ll be able to produce more content cheaply. It has to be localized.”
On WWE’s global expansion and their business model:

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“If you look at WWE, with their show business base, they really only have a strong business in the UK, Canada and America. They sell their programming elsewhere, sure, but they need to actually be doing business in those areas. I said this on Twitter, but why do you think they’re pushing people to the network? It’s because they know cable isnt’ going to be around forever and they have to make up that loss. That’s why they established a UK Champion and set up that tournament.”

“For WWE, it’s vital they localize. Partner with a promotion, buy one outright, start a subsidiary, anything. But you get that going and you tie up the talent in that country. Then that way you don’t have to send a bunch of guys out from America every time. Production as well. It starts getting cheaper to do business. And the people in these countries now have a star of their own to support, and they might buy into their Network. WWE have been poor at creating new stars, but that’s a real way to do it, to think local.”
On New Japan’s immediate plans going forward:

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“Things start with the G1 Special, which we announced will take place on July 1st and 2nd. That won’t include any actual tournament matches, but we may hold qualifiers. At that point, office staff will also be heading to the US. We will set up a dojo, likely with a monthly fee system. And as far as talent is concerned, from October of last year we began signing wrestlers to long term contracts, and this includes foreign wrestlers.”

“Of course there is a plan for progression. It starts with gradually increasing the number of towns we run in. At first we’d be looking at 1,000 seat buildings. The important thing to growth is exposure of the talent and exposure to television. It’s a very different way of doing things than in Tokyo. I have talked with the talent about this, but at that point it was less concrete than it is now. The plan is for things to really get going in 2018.”
on the NJPW front, Omega has stated that he will for sure stay with NJPW. They're going to knock out a contract soon. He feels that he can be a bigger impact with this company. And considering on how NJPW is wanting to really hit the US market. It'd be better for him to be the international face for it. Good for him. I loved the idea of him being in the Rumble for the hell of it but in the scope of things. he will better with NJPW and how that may change the industry. I'm hopeful this means something in the long run. WWE needs to get their crap together. They need that challenge. If NJPW is that and it HOLDS with the audiences that's even better.

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Old 01-27-17, 12:39 PM   #149
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I think Meltzer is saying it's going to be Rollins Vs. HHH at Wrestlemania?

I think he has:

Lesnar Vs. Goldberg
Rollings Vs. HHH
Jericho Vs. Owens
Undertaker Vs. Reigns
Styles Vs. Shane McMahon
Charlotte Vs. Bayley Vs. Sasha Vs. Nia

so far.
So Reigns wins the title on Sunday and UT wins the Rumble?
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Old 01-27-17, 01:46 PM   #150
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So Reigns wins the title on Sunday and UT wins the Rumble?
My thoughts exactly.
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