wwe 2021: BURNED TO A CRISP

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wwe begins 2021 with the following champs:

WWE: Drew McIntyre
Raw Women's: Asuka
US: Bobby Lashley
Raw Tag Team: The Hurt Business
Universal: Roman Reigns
Smackdown Women's: Sasha Banks
Intercontinental: Big E
Smackdown Tag Team: The Street Profits
Women's Tag Team: Asuka and Charlotte Flair
NXT: Finn Bálor
NXT Women's: Io Shirai
NXT North American: Johnny Gargano
NXT Tag Team: Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
NXT UK: WALTER
NXT UK Women: Kay Lee Ray
NXT UK Heritage Cup: A-Kid
NXT UK Tag Team: Gallus
NXT Cruiserweight: Santos Escobar (interim; Jordan Devlin unable to defend in US)
24/7: Angel Garza (won it on TikTok last night!)

maura, Friday, 1 January 2021 21:58 (three months ago) link

Seeing them listed like this reminds me just how many champions they have. It always feels so small when you count them by their individual shows.

hourspass, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:14 (three months ago) link

I wish someone would really poll, on a large enough scale (wreddit maybe?) whether people stopped watching because of the trump connection. It’s only myself but when Linda joined the administration I decided to never give them money again, never bought a dvd, watched on tv, bought merch etc. I know still checking things on illegal streams and talking about it online still gives them some legitimacy, but their viewing figures are something like half what they were 4 or 5 years ago

I can’t imagine this week will help. I know a few major names have called for him to be cut from the HoF, including Mick Foley

a hoy hoy, Friday, 8 January 2021 22:47 (three months ago) link

That's why Foley is God.

Seriously, though, the fact that they didn't cut him from the HOF isn't surprising to me. If Hulk Hogan and Sunny are both still in there, Trump will stay, too.

hourspass, Friday, 8 January 2021 23:32 (three months ago) link

Speaking of BURNED TO A CRISP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVitJaUWhIc

(also featuring the only burning hammer we'll be seeing on the main roster)

hourspass, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 18:39 (three months ago) link

Also, please excuse the poor quality video, but this was the best one I could find for last night's DEBUT OF THE RASCALZ/MSK on NXT!
(I'm so happy for these two dudes!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XXNAjS5KfI

hourspass, Thursday, 14 January 2021 22:29 (three months ago) link

#BussItChallengepic.twitter.com/nd4gRAaKjF

— ℭ𝔥𝔞𝔯𝔩𝔦𝔢 𝔊𝔦𝔯𝔩 (@DakotaKai_WWE) January 15, 2021

Dakota Kai's #bussitchallenge certainly delivers

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Friday, 15 January 2021 01:24 (three months ago) link

This was truly a gift.

hourspass, Friday, 15 January 2021 23:53 (three months ago) link

Bivensssssss

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:34 (three months ago) link

TUTORIAL: How to make a banger theme song pic.twitter.com/RAouR0YhHU

— Malcolm (@Malcolmvelli) September 17, 2020

Dunno how his Wrestling Theme Tutorial never even broke 1k likes. The last guitar riff destroys me every time

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:38 (three months ago) link

The fact that Big Money Bivens is not on TV more is a true shame. I love this dude. He is genuinely entertaining.

I know it's still about two weeks out, but who's excited for Rumble, maybe? It's always been my favorite WWE PPV of the year.

hourspass, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:19 (two months ago) link

Last years Rumble was great iirc, with Brock going cray and then Drew eliminating him.

I’ve not watched a show since Mania I think, not even nxt, but fuck, it’s the rumble, it should always be fun! Also maybe I should find a YouTube comp of all the best bits of Roman reigns tribal chief, I know people love it.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:38 (two months ago) link

I still can't quite get my head around the fact that Drew Mac Rumble was less than a year ago

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:45 (two months ago) link

I loved last year's rumble, honestly. Both men's and women's. Got to see some of my favorite women (Bianca, Mercedes, Shotzi, Dakota) and men (Keith Lee, MVP) and the return of FREAKIN' EDGE!

Props to Ricochet with the assist by low blowing Lesnar.

I felt so bad for Drew, honestly. Won the rumble only to have a Wrestlemania win with zero people in attendance. No pop. No chants. Just silence. It must be weird and surreal to have a Wrestlemania moment like that.

hourspass, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:19 (two months ago) link

Ah yeah Bianca looked like a boss, didn’t she? Honestly though I can’t remember who won it? Was it Bazler? She fought Becky for the title, but that doesn’t seem right

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:28 (two months ago) link

Charlotte won and challenged Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women's title. I still say she should have gone for Kay Lee Ray and the NXT UK Women's title, since that was the only belt that she had not won.

hourspass, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:35 (two months ago) link

Ok lol I was actually gonna watch the rumble today but I forgot to not check social media beforehand...

I’m gonna pass.

Vince really needs to leave (the 90s behind)

a hoy hoy, Monday, 1 February 2021 07:39 (two months ago) link

the last five minutes of the women's were really fun

maura, Monday, 1 February 2021 19:16 (two months ago) link

Just watch the entrances for #8 and #24 in the men's rumble. That was the best part.

The women's rumble was pretty good overall. Definitely benefited from having less entrants announced (even though they announced who #30 was going to be).

hourspass, Monday, 1 February 2021 22:04 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Their latest batch of signings is huge!

Notable standouts: Priscilla Kelly & Elayna Black (who debuted as Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade in the Women's Dusty Tag Classic), Christian Casanova, Blake Christian (who was as standout in NJPW's December Super J-Cup), Lacey Ryan (who debuted as Zoey Stark, and had a pretty good match against Io Shirai last night) and TAYA freakin' VALKYRIE.

Notably, Eli Drake debuted at their last Takeover, I believe, as L.A. Knight.

I'm still waiting on that Alex Zayne debut, though. I really hoped it would be at Rumble, but that was way too ambitious of me.

ASIDE FROM THAT: Who do people think Bianca Belair will challenge at Mania. I know before Rumble she had mentioned that if she won, she would want to fight Sasha Banks, but who knows?

Also, The Miz as WWE World Heavyweight Champion in 2021. Thoughts? Do we feel like John Morrison might have a change of heart in supporting his friend now that his wife is in the WWE?

hourspass, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:11 (one month ago) link

Eli Drake is the guy who does The Rock cosplay promos right?

The Miz as champion, after Edge won the Rumble... wasn’t 2009 a really bad time to like WWE? Put Cole in a Perspex cube and have a laptop as GM, let’s all be really mediocre with 10 years on the bump card so matches are worse! I guess I’m 2 years they’ll pay Punk an obscene amount of money to say he thinks wwe is shit and be powerbombed by a 65 year old diesel

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:56 (one month ago) link

I'm not going to lie: I would pop for that. I still love CM Punk, but man, Diesel hitting him with the jackknife powerbomb would be a pretty cool one-off.

I feel guilty for being underwhelmed by Edge winning the Rumble, and also feel like it will lead to a sort of passing of the torch to Reigns as far as the spear goes. I don't know who I would have preferred it to be, and I get that there could be some pretty dope storytelling, but I was just really...deflated by it. Elimination Chamber as well, even though the Smackdown Men's match was actually pretty fun. Honestly bummed that there was only the one women's match, as they cut Asuka's match against Lacey Evans right before airing.

At least Rhea Ripley is confirmed to be joining RAW soon. That will be exciting! She's really won me over in the last two years.

ANYWAY, on the NXT side, I really enjoyed Santos Escobar vs. Karrion Kross. I love Legado Del Fantasma (have always loved all 3 of those guys separately), and am glad to see them featured more! Hope they can take over as THE faction, since it looks like Undisputed Era is officially breaking up. Excited for MSK to go after Lorcan and Burch soon. Still stings a little that Trey Miguel is not with them, but always excited to see that Hot Fire Flame!

hourspass, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:22 (one month ago) link

I just don’t know... they have actually spent 5 years trying to be post-cena and still make these decisions that make me not wanna watch. I actually really like the miz, I hate that I think of him as part of that hate I have of nostalgia-core. I just don’t think I could ever watch them while they don’t get that they have basically the best roster in history and still have Goldberg for a main event for a main title. Daniel Bryan has basically said he can’t make it passed this contract... so what they did was have someone who is 10 years older than him win the rumble! It’s such a slap in the face to someone like Big E that it just makes me annoyed.

And it’s wrestling. You can make a tv show where it’s about people are 40+ trying to run a company or something, and make it compelling. But we aren’t watching Succession or Breaking Bad, and since the New Generation we have been conditioned to want to support the up and comer. The Miz, real world contestant, being champion seems so at odds with why I should care.

This also makes it confusing for the women’s part of the show, where it didn’t exist 5 years ago and any new talent is exciting but feels like it gets painted with the same brush. I feel like I should be really excited by someone like Bianca, or Tribal Chief Roman, but knowing it can all get thrown in the toilet for people were relevant 10-25 years ago makes it all redundant. Even if Edge puts over Roman.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:44 (one month ago) link

Tried to half heartedly explain to someone how even though I don’t like Limp Bizkit, they are still a thing I’ll always appreciate because of *that* Wrestlemania promo and yeah, never gonna feel like wrestling is a thing I should never bring up in public. Love this shit. Kinda wanna take tomorrow off work even though it’s gonna be the biggest week I’ve had in years* because it’s my birthday and I wanna watch WM17

*Moving out of a shop early that can’t make money post covid and starting a new studio and paying a 1/3rd of the rent, so we can actually start an online business properly, so fuck a birthday

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 28 February 2021 18:42 (one month ago) link

We all gotta do what we gotta do, my dude. Hope you took the day off! Wish you all the best in that future endeavor!

I have to say that I am a sucker for nostalgia pops, but right now, it just makes me really tired. Maybe it's the pandemic making me feel like I'm slipping backwards and the nostalgia is adding to it.

Anyway, excited for the eventual debuts of the new signees. I'm hoping for something to breathe new life into some of the more stagnant parts of WWE programming.

hourspass, Monday, 1 March 2021 19:01 (one month ago) link

Thanks dude.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 1 March 2021 20:17 (one month ago) link

Woof, some interesting developments on RAW last night. More of the road to Wrestlemania is beginning to coalesce. I'm just a little bit more excited about it now.

hourspass, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 17:49 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Well, Fastlane sure was, uhm, interesting.

hourspass, Monday, 22 March 2021 03:45 (three weeks ago) link

andrade/la sombra is free

, Monday, 22 March 2021 03:54 (three weeks ago) link

^ the extent in which i engage with this company in 2021

, Monday, 22 March 2021 03:55 (three weeks ago) link

I am DYING for him to be ingobernable once again.

hourspass, Monday, 22 March 2021 04:17 (three weeks ago) link

thraed tilte delivers

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 22 March 2021 04:32 (three weeks ago) link

You right, you right.

In other news, Rhea Ripley has called her shot of fighting Asuka for Wrestlemania. Glad that I won't have to watch Asuka lose to Charlotte again. Sad that I will now likely have to watch her lose to Rhea Ripley, instead.

hourspass, Friday, 26 March 2021 00:59 (three weeks ago) link

Hoooooooo boy, did night 1 of NXT Takeover hit me about 75% as hard as Sakura Genesis. Good tag finish, painful main event finish. Some pretty good matches, though, with the gauntlet, as well as Ciampa vs. WALTER, and KUSHIDA vs. Dunne.

Does anyone else think that Io shows up at Mania, then?

hourspass, Thursday, 8 April 2021 18:22 (one week ago) link

I have genuinely not paid attention to WWE in years at this point but I heard the Walter match is a must see?

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 8 April 2021 19:43 (one week ago) link

Bad bunny is in WWE now. Is he bad WWE fans?

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 8 April 2021 20:09 (one week ago) link

a hoy hoy: I liked the match, but then again, I really like WALTER, and I LOVE Ciampa, so I will acknowledge my biases.

Bad Bunny is okay; he's not doing any crazy spots in the ring, but you can tell that he has a love and appreciation for wrestling, and that he's enjoying participating. He also got my man Damien Priest into his WM match and turned it into a tag, so I'm glad for that push.

hourspass, Thursday, 8 April 2021 21:41 (one week ago) link

What the fuck happened to Vince’s voice? He can’t say WWE anymore.

This is gonna take me about three weeks to watch. Lol at this boobie woman geetar America the beautiful

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 11 April 2021 13:09 (one week ago) link

If no one jumps off the boat over the two days, I’m never watching again

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 11 April 2021 13:11 (one week ago) link

Most WWE start possible with the first shot of the crowd having a guy wear his face mask pulled down to his chin, mouth and nose exposed

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 11 April 2021 13:17 (one week ago) link

Skipped all the rained off promos. About to start Lashers-Drew. Why don’t they do fancy entrances anymore? Rusev had a tank and Triple H had terminators at wm31. The best the world title has is a sword

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:06 (one week ago) link

gotta save that money for drones

maura, Sunday, 11 April 2021 22:34 (one week ago) link

and i don’t mean wwe diehards ayooo

maura, Sunday, 11 April 2021 22:34 (one week ago) link

The promos were great, man. Some of them were really worthwhile.

I'm convinced Kevin Owens jumps off the pirate ship.

hourspass, Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:46 (one week ago) link

Aw man.

hourspass, Monday, 12 April 2021 01:23 (six days ago) link

Holy fuck what is John Morrison’s mullet

a hoy hoy, Monday, 12 April 2021 21:57 (six days ago) link

Awww yeah good stuff on this week's NXT on Tuesday!

hourspass, Thursday, 15 April 2021 18:40 (three days ago) link


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