The Wrestling Thread 2014: NXT is STACKED!


#1

It’s a new year of wrasslin…so let’s start by following the buzzards.

Wrestling News Links
Wrestlezone
PW Torch
411mania
PW Insider
Wrestling Observer/Figure Four online
Diva Dirt

Funnies
Botchamania.com

Web Comics
Botched Spot

IRC Channel:
#srkwrestling on IRC’s EFNET server. We cover RAW and WWE PPV’s usually.
TNA shows/PPV…at your own risk.
You guys know what day and times they’re on so I’m not going to bother telling you when they are.

Places to get/use IRC:
mIRC: Internet Relay Chat client
Mibbit.com - Easy and fast Webchat
EFnet - The Original IRC Network

Popular Indy feds:
Dragon Gate US: Dragon Gate USA
EVOLVE: EVOLVE
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
Ring of Honor: ROH Wrestling | www.rohwrestling.com
Combat Zone Wrestling: Combat Zone Wrestling - Enter the Combat Zone!
Full Impact Pro: Full Impact Pro FIP Live Pro Wrestling from Florida
Chikara: CHIKARA: Lucha Libre - Pro Wrestling - Puroresu
Jersey All-Pro Wrestling JAPW.net - Jersey All Pro Wrestling
Absolute Intense Wrestling AIWrestling.com :: Absolute Intense Wrestling

WWE Network FAQ

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What is WWE Network?

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WWE Network is a 24/7 streaming service with both scheduled programming and an on-demand library. WWE Network will include all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events including WrestleMania 30, groundbreaking original series, reality shows and documentaries, and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library featuring all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views and classic matches uncut and uncensored as well as replays of Raw and SmackDown episodes. Additional programming, including a live daily studio show coming this summer, and video-on-demand content will be added regularly.[/details]
How much will a subscription to WWE Network cost?

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A monthly subscription to WWE Network is $9.99 per month (plus tax where applicable) with a 6-month commitment.[/details]
How do I purchase WWE Network?

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To subscribe to WWE Network, go to WWE.com beginning Monday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

When Can I buy WWE Network?

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Monday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

When will the Network be available?

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Live programming on WWE Network will begin on Monday, February 24 at 11:06 pm ET with a live post-show immediately following Monday Night Raw. Video-on-demand programming will be available immediately at 9:00 a.m. ET.

What devices will WWE Network be available on?

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WWE Network will be available on desktops and laptops via WWE.com. On February 24, WWE Network will also be available through the WWE App on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as Apple iPad and iPhone; Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4; and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices, including Xbox One and select Smart TVs, will follow this summer. For more information, go to wwe.com/devices.

If I already have the WWE App, do I need to update it to watch WWE Network?

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The WWE App will automatically update on iOS and Android-powered mobile devices to play WWE Network. To watch on connected devices such as Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4 and Xbox 360, you must download the new WWE App, which will be available on Monday, February 24.

How can I pay for WWE Network?

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WWE Network can be paid for with a credit card (e.g. American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa) or through a Pay Pal account.

How and when will I be billed for WWE Network?

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You will automatically be billed $9.99 every month (plus tax where applicable). The charge will show up on your bill as “WWE Network Subscription.”

What content will I find on WWE Network?

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WWE Network is a 24/7 streaming service with both scheduled programming and an on-demand library. WWE Network will include all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events including WrestleMania 30, groundbreaking original series, reality shows and documentaries, and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library featuring all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views and classic matches uncut and uncensored as well as replays of Raw and SmackDown episodes. Additional programming, including a live daily studio show coming this summer, and video-on-demand content will be added regularly.

Will WrestleMania be available as a part of this subscription?

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Yes, WrestleMania is included with your subscription.

Will encores of RAW, SmackDown and Main Event be on WWE Network?

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Yes, encores of these programs will be available on WWE Network.

Will Pay-Per-View events still be available outside WWE Network?

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Yes, WWE will continue to offer individual pay-per-view events to TV providers. Please call your local cable or satellite provider for availability.

Will classic WWE content be available on WWE Network?

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Yes, your WWE Network subscription will include access to the most comprehensive video-on-demand library featuring all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views and classic matches uncut and uncensored as well as replays of Raw and SmackDown episodes. Additional content will be added regularly.

Will “WWE Superstars” and NXT air on WWE Network?

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Yes, premiere episodes of Superstars and NXT will air on WWE Network.

**Will RAW, SmackDown and Main Event move to WWE Network?
**[details=Spoiler]No, Raw, SmackDown and Main Event will continue to air on their current networks – USA, Syfy and ION television, respectively.[/details]
Will shows on WWE Network be available in HD?

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Yes, all programming on the WWE Network will be available in HD.

Will shows on WWE Network be available in Spanish?

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Live pay-per-views will be available in Spanish. All other programming will be presented in English

Will shows be close captioned?

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Yes

Will WWE Network also be available through my cable or satellite provider?

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No, WWE Network is delivered directly to fans through over-the-top digital distribution on the following devices: desktops and laptops via WWE.com; through the WWE App on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as Apple iPad and iPhone; Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4; and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices, including Xbox One and select Smart TVs, will follow this summer

Will programming that premieres on WWE Network also available on demand?

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Yes, all programming that premieres on the network will become immediately available in the video-on-demand library.

How quickly will content that premieres on WWE Network be made available on demand?

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Content that premieres on WWE Network will be available on demand immediately after it airs.

Does WWE Network programming contain advertisements?

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Most WWE programming on WWE Network will be commercial-free, however, there will be limited promotional content in select programs.

Is the entire WWE library available through on demand?

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WWE Network will launch with more than 1,500 hours of on-demand content, including all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views. New, on-demand content will be added regularly.

Will WWE Network be available internationally?

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Beginning Monday, February 24, WWE Network will only be available in the United States. WWE Network is scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics by the end of 2014/early 2015.

Will all content on WWE Network be PG?

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WWE Network will contain a range of programming suitable for various audiences. Content rated TV-14 or TV-MA will be preceded by appropriate advisory messages recommending viewer discretion. Parental controls will be available for on-demand content.

Can I set up parental controls on the WWE Network?

[details=Spoiler]Yes, parents will have the ability to block content that is rated TV-14 and TV-MA for on-demand content only. Viewer discretion is advised for live 24/7 streaming programming.

Who can I call or email today if I have questions?

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Customer Service support will be available beginning Monday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Additionally, searchable Frequently Asked Questions and live chat service will be offered starting February 24.

Thanks nothing for the WWE Network FAQ rip…

Anything that needs to be on the first post…let me know.
Eventually I’ll hyperlink the rest.


The Wrestling Thread v. 2013: Post your Best/Worst of 2013
The Ultimate Warrior, dead at 54
#2

Batista in the GoG movie

http://go.ign.com/1hdCKZV


#3

I’ve always wanted an ArcSys WWE fighter. Roman Reigns Cancel.


#4

Yay! Another year of disappointment, with a bright spark, that will eventually get retconned a month after it happens! :smiley:


#5

2013 wasn’t too bad…better than 2011…


#6

2014 will be the the year of Roman Reigns

Would not be surprised if at XXXI, Reigns is the guy who beats Undertaker.

You know with San Francisco having a ton of samoans, and making it his “home town” it could definitely be something. Especially since Undertaker respects the samoans.

I see big things for both the shield and wyatts

People are still clamoring for Shield vs Wyatts

Start building it now.

Still the hypest moment of 2013


#7

2014 will be the fall of Del Rio.

What a failed experiment he turned out to be. Now that there’s only one main belt his inability to stand out will make him a constant jobber.

Especially when the Sheild breaks up and each of them becomes stars. Ambrose and Rollins I have almost more faith in getting over as singles than Reigns.

Bray seems to be getting a push soon so he should be above Rio as well as Bryan who hopefully stays a face.

Anyone else ya’ll can think will drop off in 2014?


#8

I can see Ryback falling further in 2014. He’s already in a bad place teaming with Axel. I can see it just getting worse for him from there.


#9

Hard to think of who can drop off when there’s really no one left TO drop off. After Summerslam, they did a fine job trying to bury EVERYBODY that wasn’t Orton or Cena.

The verdict is out on Bryan joining the Wyatt family, but there’s a huge laundry list of former world champions on the roster right now who are doing jack-all, many of which haven’t even hit 35 yet. When you have that many former world title holders on the roster and yet your main feud right now is Cena v Orton for the 3rd time in 5 years…you’ve got problems.


#10

Bryan will be fine. I can’t think of anyone people wouldn’t cheer him over right now aside from maybe Punk.
Would anyone honestly care if he beat up Kofi or Miz or any other midcard face?

Punk had to mock 2 dead men and beat up fans to get any boos at all and Bryan is quite a bit more over than Punk is.

I’m hoping that with only 1 main event title they start focusing a bit more on rivalries and storylines instead of “insert random star into slot A for title match” like they’ve been doing.

Or better yet have more people in the title picture at once. They haven’t done a lot of triple threats or 4ways for a belt in a while and the Chamber seems to just be going through the motions the last few years where you knew only 1-2 people had a chance at winning.


#11

Happy new year, here’s some bork.

Extra:

Some botchtista.


#12

If anybody needs to fall off, its the shitty writers for wasting all the great talent they have to focus on the same old shit we’ve been seeing since 2006.


#13

How long til the IWC turns on Batista after he gets Bryan’s “spot” at Wrestlemania?


#14

First week before 20 minutes.


#15

Unifying the belt was a crappy snap decision that was used to pop a buyrate for a ppv that wwe decided to build shitty.

It should have been saved for summerslam or night of champions. Instead what happened was opportunities for the others were dropped.

I have no trust in wwe creating multiple feuds featuring top guys without revolving around a title.

World Champ John Cena was cool. I mean he was away from the wwe title and then he got to wrestle different guys.

I definitely saw guys above the ic/us level like Cesaro, Swagger, Sandow, Ziggler, Cody, Ryback, and others winning the world title. Now nothing, to ascend.

The ic/us belts need to stay and they should not be unified. Let them get defended and have feuds centered around being champion. None of this “i am champ, now you are” merry go round shit.

Unless Heyman, Uncle Zeb, and Pat Patterson become head of creative then wwe is lost.

Hell HHH, Dusty, and Billy Kidman run nxt and a lot of the roster has their own feuds and characters.

Not dealing with egos or big cntracts HHH makes a good show.

Hell wait until The rumble. Sheamus, Jericho, Christian, RVD, Batista, Undertaker. All can return to tv. Heck maybe even the return of hbk. Who knows?

With main event guys like Show, Mysterio, and Del Rio being buried now. It just goes to show you how the one title can ruin shit with a shit booking team.

I would not be mad if wwe had good booking.

Zeb and Heyman are there. Give them the book until wrestlemania.


#16

Batista’s last heel run was OK. Entrance was top notch trolling:


#17

It sucks that they are building him as a face on his return

Maybe he returns as an asshole talking about being a better mma fighter than brock lesnar and a bigger movie star than the rock. Talking about being better than both Orton and Cena who are stuck wrestling for these stupid people because they can’t do anything else.

That return promo would he rocking


#18

Batista vs Brock would make more sense lol


#19

I think I know what to do with Curtis Axel, give him Lance Storm’s “Boring” gimmick. Maybe his lack of charisma can be an asset


#20

I strongly disagree about this being a “one title ruins everything” scenario.

For starters, they’ve had the 1 title for what, 3 weeks now? It has yet to be defended. It’s too soon to say that it’s ruining anything yet. Maybe wait a couple ppvs to see how it goes before we declare everything sucks forever.
Mind you, I don’t have a lot of faith either, but that’s not hard evidence and I’d rather wait and see.

Midcard guys will do the same thing they’ve always done: sink or swim on their own merits. The WHC did nothing to elevate anyone, especially in the last 4 years or so. It was barely even a prop and pretty much no one who won it moved on into the Main Event scene immediately after holding it.

As far as the 3 main event guys:

Show has always flip flopped in and out of the main event depending on who was hurt and when. He’ll be back in it eventually. Personally, I hope it’s a while because he bores the shit out of me.
Mysterio is too injury prone now to be trusted with a singles anything, so I actually think that’s really smart to keep him in a tag team where he’s protected and won’t ruin too much when he eventually blows out another knee.
Del Rio is a failed experiment as far as I’m concerned. Aside from his debut I’ve never given a crap about him. If being a good worker was all it required to be in the Main Event then I can think of at least 6 other guys who should be ahead of him.