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    7 Things I Think I Think Before This Weekend's Pay Per Views


    Before This Weekendís Pay Per Views


    1. WWE should be ashamed of themselves.


    I have been drifting away from WWE for quite awhile, as some of you may know, and I never thought what would get me to the point of completely shutting them off would be two of my ďindie darlingsĒ being their World Champions, but though I am glad to live in a world where Kevin Steen and AJ Styles have risen to the level they have, I loathe the way they are booked with those straps. Steen canít win a single match without help, despite being a bruising badass, and Styles? Well Styles just loses every week to James fucking Ellsworth. Sure, itís arguable none of that has made AJ look weak, but I think heís their weakest World Champion since Rey Mysterio with all of this bullshit. If he doesnít beat Ambrose this weekend, his entire title reign can be chalked up as a joke. That may be all it takes to get me taking a full-on break from WWE. Iím close anyway thanks to their treatment of Cody Rhodes. Itís beyond fucking bullshit they wonít let him use that name. They didnít create the Rhodes name, his daddy did. They pay all this lip service to how much they respect Dusty while making his namesake tag tournament mean shit this year and then not letting his son use a name they havenít used in over two years. Theyíre supposedly the best wrestling organization in the world, right? How about they show a little class?


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    Ring of Honor is going to kick WWEís ass for the second weekend this year.


    Back in August, I said that Death Before Dishonor was one of the top three pay per views of the year and was the best wrestling card in a weekend that included itself, Takeover: Back 2 Brooklyn, and SummerSlam. I stand by those statements. Now, this weekend, Final Battle is poised to be miles better than TLC. Oh, I have no doubt that Styles vs Ambrose is going to be great (especially if that land walrus Ellsworth doesnít make an appearance) and that Miz and Ziggler will have another strong outing, but just look at the rest of the card! Two womenís matches, a tag title match featuring two thrown together tag teams, and Corbin vs Kalisto in perhaps the oddball match of the year. Meanwhile, ROH has a card that is worthy of best card of the year potential the way Final Battle tends to be. Unlike WWE who end their year in late March/early April, ROH went the route NWA/WCW tried to go initially with Starrcade and this year is no exception. ROH has put together a supercard; WWE has put together a gimmick heavy episode of Smackdown.


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    Silas Young needs to defeat Jushin ďThunderĒ Liger.


    I have tremendous respect for Liger. I always thought he was great from the times I saw him wrestle for WCW. After the series Degenerate and I started (and hopefully will continue some day,) my esteem for him has grown even stronger. The guy could do it all; even wearing a mask he could express every emotion. He truly belongs in the GOAT discussion. However, it is 2016 and the couple of appearances he provided last year for nXt where he still got the duke while giving a little rub just arenít going to be good enough this time. Young has been outstanding lately, and has had a great character year, as well. He was put on the backburner a bit at the last major ROH event as part of a 4-corner tag team #1 contenderís match, but before that he had a great showing against Katsuyori Shibata at DBD and since he has had matches where he came within an inch of beating the two guys who are wrestling for the World Title at Final Battle. He is on the precipice of greatness and he needs the victory here to take that next step.


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    The Miz needs to lose the Intercontinental Title at TLC.


    I have said repeatedly, and stand by the fact, that this canít truly be a new era for WWE with Miz holding the Intercontinental Title, but that isnít why he should lose here. Ziggler holding the I-C Title isnít exactly that much better and thanks to the stupid brand split, it isnít exactly like there are a ton of choices to hold that strap. No, Miz should lose the Intercontinental Title because he doesnít need it. He is a main eventer waiting to happen. ĎPlan, Maverick, and The Doc all think he could be in the main event scene just after Wrestlemania, and I agree, but folks, Wrestlemania is like 5 months away. Miz could do plenty building himself up in feuds just-under-main event level without holding that classic belt. Against who? Well, thatís the real problem, isnít it? Thereís no goddamn roster. I really, really hated the idea of a brand split and I still hate the way it was implemented. RAW just has too much of the roster. Still, there is a big name out there that could prep Miz for the rise to the main event level and itís the same guy heís already had a main-event program with--John Cena. I think heíll be back soon and I think that feud should happen as soon as he is. A feud against Cena is no longer the career killer it once was, and a great reward for a guy who has been killing it for 30 months now.


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    Ring of Honor is giving us their most marquee tag title match possible.


    I promise, this will be the last time in this column I bash WWE, but címon, the joke team of Beauty and the Man-Beast taking on the brand new version of the Wyatt Family while the two clearly best teams on the Smackdown roster donít even appear on the show? Thatís beyond ridiculous and the way American Alpha is being treated is very nearly criminal at this point. Letís contrast that to what ROH is presenting. The best tag team in the world is facing off against the greatest Ring of Honor tag team of all time. The Young Bucks vs. The Briscoes has already happened multiple times this year, yes, but itís still--all apologies to The Addiction--the biggest (two on two) tag team title match Ring of Honor can offer and they are putting it in prime position on their biggest show of the year. Thatís awesome and something I appreciate, even if the Briscoes have never been my cuppa. This will not be the best match of the show; it wonít even be the best match the Young Bucks have had this year; but it will still be great and Iím willing to bet will be the best tag match this weekend. It will also rival what DIY and The Revival did two weeks ago.


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    Adam Page should be wrestling at Final Battle.


    Not only that, but he should be challenging Bobby Fish for the World Television Title. The fact that neither of these things are true makes me feel like an idiot for praising the way ROH used both their veterans and other up-and-comers to elevate these two guys. Page won an outstanding Anything Goes match against Jay Briscoe at Death Before Dishonor and looked good losing to Kyle OíReilly on purpose in order to injure him at the bequest of his leader, Adam Cole, at All-Star Extravaganza. Meanwhile Fish beat Mark Briscoe at DBD and a very game Donovan Dijak at ASE before starting a program against Page on television that apparently was only for television, as now Fish doesnít even have the fucking strap. He lost it to Will OíSpreay on November 18 who, in turn, lost it to somebody named Marty Scurrl two days later, so now what should be a good old fashioned title grudge match between Fish and Page is a Four Corner Survival match featuring OíSpreay, Scurrl, Fish, and Dragon Lee. If Fish doesnít come out of this as a 2-time champ and defend against Page at the anniversary show, the whole thing will have been a waste. What a mess!


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    The Hybrid should leave the Hammerstein Ballroom as World Champion.


    Now, of course, if both these last two things happen, it will set up something of an Eddie Guerrero/Chris Benoit Wrestlemania XX situation, as both members of reDRagon would be leaving with the top two title belts in the company, and would be pretty cool to see, but this is about a different tag team. This is about Future Shock and all the twists and turns Kyle OíReilly and Adam Cole have had in their story together. These two guys are inextricably linked in ROH and this would be the culmination in the latest chapter of their rivalry. It would be the ultimate revenge for OíReilly after Cole betrayed him at ASE last year, costing him the championship in a match against Jay Lethal. It would be a great crowning moment for the man I believe is the future of professional wrestling. Heís called The Hybrid for a reason; as he is a great all-around threat--a technical expert, a suplex master, a submission specialist, and a striker. His time has come, and it would also be a perfect surprise, as it would mean Coleís title reign would have only lasted about 3 months in a company that tends towards year + long reigns. This title change needs to happen because it would be for the best for both guys.Usually professional wrestling is best when the hot babyface is chasing the heel, but I donít think it works that way in this case. Adam Cole is a great champion, donít get me wrong, but when he is demonically obsessed with obtaining the championship is when he is special. Think how much more intense that will be when itís OíReilly holding the strap because Cole lost it to him! What is already one of the best rivalries in ROH history will be raised to an even higher level; this has to happen.


    I hope to be back the middle of next week with my thoughts about what actually occurred over the weekend. Until then,


    Long days, pleasant nights

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    Sox I've got a ton of responses to this, all I'll respond in full later today, but I have to say this.

    I'd Cody Runnels cared about the name Rhodes as much as he says he does, he would've changed it to his real name years ago or at least trademarked it. Rhodes is not a wrestling family name as much as you guys want it to be. Dustin has never used it. Cody didn't come up outside of WWE.

    We let out personal biases get in the way of sound business decisions too much. If they let Cody use a name WWE gave him (I know you'll hate that, but it's true), they'll have to let everybody do it. And then they lose leverage in business, which they have to protect.

    Rhodes is Dusty's name. Not Cody's. He just used it.

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    Sox I've got a ton of responses to this, all I'll respond in full later today, but I have to say this.

    I'd Cody Runnels cared about the name Rhodes as much as he says he does, he would've changed it to his real name years ago or at least trademarked it. Rhodes is not a wrestling family name as much as you guys want it to be. Dustin has never used it. Cody didn't come up outside of WWE.

    We let out personal biases get in the way of sound business decisions too much. If they let Cody use a name WWE gave him (I know you'll hate that, but it's true), they'll have to let everybody do it. And then they lose leverage in business, which they have to protect.

    Rhodes is Dusty's name. Not Cody's. He just used it.
    That's really wrong. Dustin used Rhodes quite a bit during his career in WCW, and briefly in his first stint in the WWE.

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    You're right that Dustin has used it...outside of WWE. In WWE, when he hasn't been Goldust, he's been Dustin Runnels. Same with Terri. She was never Terri Rhodes. It was Terri Runnels. The WWE is in the tradmarking business. WCW wasn't.

    I still stand by the fact that Rhodes is Dusty's name. Not Cody's. He had 19 years to think to change or trademark his name. He didn't. WWE gave it to him. It's theirs.

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    Like Triple R said, Dustin Rhodes was a superstar in WCW. If Hogan had never arrived, he and Steve Austin would probably be known as legendary WCW World Champions and the company may very well still be thriving.

    I honestly can't see a legitimate business reason for them to not allow Runnels to use the Rhodes name. It isn't like they are going to be selling merchandise with that name, putting him in one of their videogames, or creating a DVD about him anytime soon. As for your extremely tenuous argument that they would have to do it for others, of course they wouldn't. They can easily handle these situations on a case by case basis. For a guy who played such a good soldier for years despite being failed over and over again, it would be a classy move. And what do they really have to lose if all the other wrestling organizations are so far beneath them like WWE Homers claim? As far as why he didn't legally change his name, I have no idea if he could have once WWE had already trademarked it.

    I look forward to hear what you have to say about my other thoughts.
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    I always mark out when I see the title of this column pop up in the forums.

    Strongly disagree with Ziggler winning the title back at TLC. I'm not really pumped for their ladder match as their feud should have ended at No Mercy (or the SmackDown rematch afterwards). I say let Miz keep the title until Wrestlemania and let him defend it against Ambrose in SmackDown's third main-event (after Cena/Taker and Styles/Orton).

    Glad to see you bring this back, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rey Ca$h View Post
    You're right that Dustin has used it...outside of WWE. In WWE, when he hasn't been Goldust, he's been Dustin Runnels. Same with Terri. She was never Terri Rhodes. It was Terri Runnels. The WWE is in the tradmarking business. WCW wasn't.

    I still stand by the fact that Rhodes is Dusty's name. Not Cody's. He had 19 years to think to change or trademark his name. He didn't. WWE gave it to him. It's theirs.
    Incorrect as well. He wrestled in the WWE in 1990 and 91 as Dustin Rhodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Incorrect as well. He wrestled in the WWE in 1990 and 91 as Dustin Rhodes.
    So for 7 matches, you're counting that? Look, I can admit that I was wrong about Dustin using the name in WWE but you're still not addressing the point. Dusty and Dustin used the name before. Cody didn't. So what's your excuse for him? And outside of those 7 matches in 90-91, I believe Dustin used the name Runnels in the company from that point on.

    This isn't about what we want to be right. It's about what should be right. And if we take our fandom away, business has to prevail. Answer me this Rob. If I worked for a company that gave me a company car, one that I never used before working for that company, should I still have access to it when I leave that company? Even if my dad and brother used the same car?

    The answer is unequivocally no.

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    I think there's a middle ground, as I usually do.

    I think that WWE has a right to retain the name for their own uses, but there's also no reason if they wanted to be kind and honor Dusty's memory (as theoretically the Classic is supposed to do) they couldn't let Cody go out and use it. Runnels is his family name, Rhodes is his family legacy, he shouldn't have to change one in order to be part of the other. WWE has every right to do what they're doing, but it doesn't mean that they should.

    This was great Xan, and really thought provoking stuff that has clearly generated some discussion!

    The thought on Miz dropping the title and feuding with Cena to cement himself as a Main Event player is really intriguing. I've been a Miz guy for a long time. But his current run with Maryse has put him in a new stratosphere. On top of that, with Cena exploring outside projects Miz implying that he's little more than a wannabe Miz is a perfect transition into the feud. Great thought!
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    There's a huge difference with Cody. He didn't wrestle anywhere BEFORE the WWE outside of OVW which was basically NXT of that time, a WWE offshoot. Sure they can do it as Ray says, but it's a dick move

    EDIT: Add to that, Dusty left WWE and went back to WCW and didn't have to change his name, so they could surely let him keep it. And what makes less sense, is his wife CAN use the name because she was Eden in the WWE. So it's Cody....and Brandy Rhodes. It's all out of spite.
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    Though I'm way behind in following ROH, I enjoyed this. I don't know what to think about the Miz/Ziggler match. It was once one the hottest things, but quickly fizzled out once promotion for Survivor Series began.

    I'd love to see a feud between Miz and Cena, and honestly, I think Miz should keep the IC title for that, because it's the one title Cena has never held. Competing the grand slam looks just as good as tying the record with Flair.

    As far as Cody not being able to use 'Rhodes': I agree with Ray. WWE could let him use it if they chose, but they are well within their right to not allow it. If Rock was still using 'Rocky Maivia' as his name, and he left WWE- they could block that as well, even though it is a combination of his dad and grandfather's names. The point is that even if that's true- they CREATED the name and Dwayne would have no argument in court.

    If Cody legally changed his name, WWE couldn't do anything about that, because you can't stop someone from using their legal name. WWE has names like Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena trademarked, believe it or not, even though those are real names, but if any of those guys leave, it's not as if WWE could sue them if their names appear on a TNA or ROH screen. That's why Andrew Martin legally changed his name to Test, Jim Helwig became Warrior, and Ryan Reeves became Ryback.

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    I don't follow Ring of Honor much anymore. But I will usually seek out the bigger matches and watch them without any backstory just as pure spectacles. That feels disrespectful to the good work they put on, but alas. Time is limited.

    Bucks v Briscoes is certainly a match I will be something I'll spend time with this weekend. I won't waste any keystrokes defending the Bucks. If one hasn't bought into their incredibly fun style, that's their loss.

    Your point about Fish and O'Reilly having an Eddie/Benoit moment is great. God Damn that would be fun. Obviously, though, I don't see it happening at all. Would be shocked to see Cole drop the title so soon.

    Cody v Lethal will be fun. Don't care much about the Rhodes name. I understand both sides, even if one side is being a total dick. In business, sometimes, you get rewarded for being a dick. I can't fault WWE as an organization, but I can fault VKM for even as the veritable and unchallanged king of the mountain... still ruling wih an iron fist.

    Thanks for writing about ROH, Xan. Wish more folks would.

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    1) - Owens and AJ aren't jokes. They're playing the roles their supposed to perfectly. AJ's losses to James Ellsworth are part of his feud with Ambrose - he's so focused on Dean, Ellsworth keeps surprising him. That doesn't make him look stupid in my opinion. That means he's looking past James to Dean, which he should. As far as KO, him continuing to get help is also leading to a bigger story - the implosion of Team Kevin and Chris. You've been watching wrestling longer than me, I could never tell you anything about this, but try to look at the whole picture. Owens and Jericho's feud wouldn't be as strong had Jericho not been so loyal and Owens exactly the opposite. Same with AJ and Dean. Dean knows that he, by rights, shouldn't get a rematch. So he uses this troll looking dude to rile up the champ so bad, AJ HAS to fight him. It's all part of the story.

    2) I don't watch Ring of Honor regularly, but I definitely try to keep up with it. I forgot Final Battle was tonight, so I didn't have the chance to watch it, but I'll try to catch what happens. But, I don't think it's fair to compare the two. Yes, they're both wrestling PPVs, but Ring of Honor is drastically built differently than WWE, and this is Ring of Honor's main PPV against a random B tier WWE PPV. I think the comparison is totally skewed, although I'm sure ROH killed it.

    3) I'm a Silas Young fan. I don't know who won the match tonight, but I too would like to see him beat Liger. At this stage of his career, Liger is more suited to be the legend who puts over the up and coming star, and Young is on the "precipice of greatness" as you say.

    4) According to the title alone, I disagree that Miz needs to lose to Ziggler. I've enjoyed their feud, but it's gone on a little to long for my liking. But when I heard you say that you think he needs to drop the title to ascend to the main event, especially for a feud with John Cena, I totally am for that! A Miz/Cena feud at this point in their careers would be tremendous. But, I'm selfishly hoping that WWE clears Daniel Bryan for a retirement match against The Miz at WrestleMania. Miz is definitely safe enough for Bryan, and WWE can have Bryan sign a waiver.

    5) Help me understand why the Addiction isn't on the card. I missed that. But The Briscoes VS The Bucks? Awesome.

    6) Same with Hangman. Why isn't he on the card? Help me understand that? I'd venture to think that he'd help Adam Cole against Kyle O'Reilly. Which leads to...

    7) It's definitely time for O'Reilly to win the strap. It's been too long that he's been on the cusp of that title for a while, and Adam Cole is ultra over. He doesn't need the belt. O'Reilly would be a great person to lead ROH into 2017.

    I really enjoyed this man, and sorry about focusing so much on the Cody part. I'm actually writing a column on that.

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    Triple R--Totally agree on everything you had to say on the Cody issue. The pettiness and spite of allowing Cody...and Brandy Rhodes, but not just Cody Rhodes disgusts me.

    S-cubed--I still don't care about Cena/Taker and I think Cena vs Styles for the World Title should be a Mania showcase, but Miz vs Ambrose would be cool...if I didn't think they were building to Miz/Bryan there.

    Rey--Of course WWE has the right to do what they're doing. That doesn't make it right for them to exercise that right. They never would have had Cody be Cody Rhodes if his dad wasn't Dusty Rhodes, so to say that his dad using it has nothing to do with it is a bit disingenuous.

    Ray--Yeah, I'm not saying WWE should give Cody the rights to the name, but there's no harm in letting him use it; it may even be beneficial for them when all is said and done.

    Yes, that would be a great way to transition Miz into a Cena feud.

    JSR--Thanks for the info. I didn't know Test and Ryback had done such; that's pretty cool. Cena wrestling for the Intercontinental Title just seems wrong somehow in a way that him wrestling for the U.S. Title didn't; still, you're right in a sense.

    Also, WWE did let Johnson use The Rock for a long time as an actor, in fact, he's still doing it isn't he? I guess that sets a precedent, no?

    Al--Yeah, I think those matches will all be a lot of fun. Part of the reason I think Cole dropping the strap would be great is the shock factor.

    Rey--No, I'm glad the Rhodes thing struck a nerve and provoked discussion. It will be interesting to read that column.

    1. Yes, I have been watching wrestling a long time and desperately miss the long form storytelling they used to do. Sadly, because of the weekly programming and (more than) monthly pay per views, the stuff they are trying to run with Owens and Jericho feels like it's being dragged out whereas if this was 1990, that would be a great storyline. And, remember, it isn't just Jericho that has helped Owens win, Triple H did to in a move that has months old, has barely been mentioned since, and never explained. I can't remember the last time he won a match where there was no interference. That isn't a problem for a heel like Flair, it is for one like Owens. Love that he's champion; hate the trajectory he took to get there and how he has been booked since.

    AJ is playing second fiddle to a comedy jobber, who he has now lost to three or four times. How does he not look weak?

    2. Like in the previous point, I hate that WWE has B shows, and I'll rail against them every chance I get. 4-6 pay per views a year is the perfect set-up in my opinion, which is why nXt and ROH tell so much better stories; there's room for them to breathe. And what's the excuse for August where WWE's second biggest show of the year paled in comparison to Death Before Dishonor?

    4. I do think that match will happen at Mania, but I think Miz/Cena at the Rumble should happen, too.

    5 and 6--I have no idea why they aren't on the card. I agree Hangman will probably interfere in the main event, but what the hell are Daniels and Kazarian going to do? On the plus side, Triple R and I were lamenting ROH's roster being down as compared to their imports from NJPW and CMLL and there's barely anybody from those two promotions on this show, yet it's stacked.

    7. Totally agreed.

    Thanks everyone, I haven't actually seen Final Battle yet, either, due to my schedule, but I'm hoping to plop down my $35 for the replay tomorrow afternoon. They have definitely earned my money.
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    Xan! Man! - I mentioned this column on the Nitro 1 & 2 edition of TLS. miz was talking about how impressed he was with the Norton/Savage encounter from Nitro 1, how unscripted it felt. We were also, somehow, talking about Bobby Roode, and I mentioned # 1 here in your article. It's not like WWE can't be better for having Owens or AJ, but so much of what happens in WWE is so scripted and seems so independent of specific personalities. For instance, AJ is not suffering at the hands of Ellsworth, "heel world champion" is. We talked about how it was nice that Savage and Norton didn't have a bunch of overly scripted lines, jokes and retorts. Savage simply said, "You want a reputation? How 'bout the Macho Man" and then he was in the ring provoking Norton. Norton was dying to get in there, Bischoff was threatening he'd never work in WCW if he did get in the ring. People keep telling me, as if to make me happy, that Roode is good enough to go to WWE brands (no shit...) but I always say I'd rather he dominate NXT than go to WWE, because I don't trust them with him. These guys can have great moments in WWE, but, at any point, they can be reduced to any other person playing any old role doing any old stupid thing. WWE should let these guys breathe, let them shine, and let them be, at least a little bit.

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    I don't follow Ring of Honor, but on paper that card looked spectacular. I read the results (won't spoil it for anyone) and it seems like there were a couple of great matches that delivered. I really want to watch more of their product but there's way too much wrestling for me to catch up on (hence the pause in our collaborative efforts which will hopefully pick up sooner rather than later).

    I get what you're saying about the WWE. Unfortunately, the wrestling business isn't really known for being nice or classy. It's kind of shit that they do the things they do, though. I'm not the type to drift away or outright boycott something because of things like that, but I can fully understand and support those who do.

    I hope you follow up on this column after watching Final Battle - I'd love to hear your thoughts on the event. Great to read more from you, as always.


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    Mystic--You totally nailed it. AJ Styles isn't really AJ Styles and Kevin Owens is more Kevin Owens than Styles is Styles, but he has still had to change up his character so much from the one that dominated nXt that he is barely recognizable. It's so sad.

    Deg--Sooner would be good. I'm not going to boycott WWE just for that reason, but I'm getting close overall. Yes, I'm going to start writing a follow-up later tonight; it's gonna take me a few days to complete it, though.

    Everyone, Final Battle was a great show with some pleasant surprises and one not so good one (Bobby Fish didn't make the show for some reason.) I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XanMan View Post
    (Bobby Fish didn't make the show for some reason.)
    Unfortunately, his mom passed away just before or during the event


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    Well...shit.

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    I read the report for Final Battle and it seemed to hit from top to bottom. The surprise appearance (I won't spoil it here in case someone wants to see it) sounds awesome and I can't wait to see where it goes.

    Fun little trivia fact: in 2016, Cody Rhoades has appeared on the biggest ppvs of all 3 major promotions (Wrestlemania, Bound for Glory and Final Battle). If that doesn't deserve a pat on the back, I don't know what does.

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    I haven't watched ROH even semi-regularly in years, but I attended Final Battle (with little knowledge of ingoing feuds and storylines) and loved it (with the exception of the absence of Bobby Fish, but more than understandable, given the circumstances), so I can't imagine TLC will do much to disprove your line of thinking. The tag title match was maybe my favorite tag match ever, definitely at least the best one I've seen live.

    I actually really liked the James Ellsworth stuff to begin with, but it's grown ever more irksome every week. I think part of the problem with the even-more-than-monthly PPV model (other than just wrestling fatigue in general) is that WWE (especially Smackdown) doesn't have the roster depth to have a lot of variety without people being obviously either well above or well under their position on the card, so we get stuck with things like AJ/Ambrose and Miz/Ziggler a thousand tomes in a row. And I've liked all the matches, but it just kind of draws attention to the fact that there's pretty much nobody else in the main event level. Especially with Cena on hiatus and Orton busy with the Wyatts (which is the one actual storyline I'm genuinely interested in, but even that pisses me off, because the top two teams are thrown-together haphazardly while a perfectly good division of actual tag teams goes to waste and barely gets TV time).

    Oh, and also, I thought your column was meritorious, but I'm sure you already knew that.

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    Xan, this is great stuff. Glad I got to it before you update the next part, which I'm also very much looking forward to.

    I don't have a strong opinion specifically on the AJ/Owens booking specifically, but I've been saying for a while that they've never had a stronger roster, or so little idea what to do with it. Of course mileage may vary for others but I feel you in general, even catching up with my favorite guys isn't really satisfying these days. Just not a fan of the presentation or the booking style.

    I'm with you all the way on Cody. WWE technically can do what they want but it doesn't mean they aren't being extremely shitty for doing so. The Rhodes name rose to worldwide fame with minimal involvement from WWE. To stand between a man and his family legacy seems nothing more than petty at best. I have to say I'm really baffled by some of Rey's arguments here, a lot of half-facts (or just wrong facts) and a kind of sense that just because WWE legally can do something then nobody has the right to complain. Very bizarre.

    I'm all for more attention on the Miz! I think another feud with Cena might be quite nice, they've actually shown very good chemistry in the past but unfortunately most only remember the 'Mania match, where Miz ended up concussed and all the attention was on the Rock, and that awful I Quit match with the horrible booking. They've done a lot of good stuff too and I'd like to see that come back to the forefront.

    I'm also with you on the need for ROH to get their heads in gear and make sure they are booking Adam Page, who indeed looking fantastic in that match with Jay. One thing I will say though, when you say "somebody named Marty Scurll" all I can say is get Scurll on your radar, because he is an extremely good talent with a big upside. ROH could have timed it better, to be sure, but the idea of him as TV champion is actually quite appealing to me. I'm very much hoping we will see a Castle/Scurll program this year.

    Last but not least, as we've talked about before, we're in complete agreement that Kyle O'Reilly should be the one to unseat Cole and FAST, primarily because it fits the story arc really well but also because try as I might I just can't get into Cole no matter what I do...

    Great stuff here man, looking forward to the next batch.

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    JSR--I don't even remember him being at Wrestlemania. Was he in the battle royal? I'll be spoiling the surprise appearance in my next column.

    Corso--Awesome you got to attend. I went to Supercard of Honor IV live and got to see Nigel's epic title reign end. It will be interesting to see where they go with the World Title scene now on Smackdown. Thanks, man.

    Mizzie--Me too. I still have the last thought of that one to write; maybe tomorrow.

    Me neither.

    Yeah, being a dick just to be a dick has never appealed to me. Well, it has in a character, but not in real life.

    Now that Cena is appearing on Saturday Night Live this weekend that is even more of a chance for them to do it.

    By this year, I will assume you mean next. If Scurrl sticks around ROH, I'll get to see him quite a bit, I'm sure. Between ROH and NJPW, I don't have a lot of time for other indies, but if you can recommend some matches, I will try to find them.

    Listen to Cole on the Ross Report, that might help. He comes across as a fantastic guy on there. It raised his profile in my eyes to where my fandom of his is growing.

    Thanks. Glad you liked it, brotha.

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    He was in the IC title ladder match if memory serves.

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    I lost points 5 and 6 somehow. I'll have to rewrite them, so the column probably won't go up until Wednesday or Thursday now. Ugh. I hate rewriting; I'm sure I'm going to lose something I already wrote the first time around and it's never as good.

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