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Match Results
Match Winner
Hangman Adam Page Vs. John Silver Hangman Adam Page
Will Hobbs (Now Powerhouse Hobbs) Vs. Lee Johnson (The King of Dark) Will Hobbs
TH2 Vs. Top Flight TH2
Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS. SCU Jericho/Hager
AEW Women's Championship: Hikaru Shida Vs. Anna Jay Hikaru Shida
Pac & Rey Fenix vs The Butcher & The Blade The Butcher & The Blade
Other Happenings
Trivial bullshit
  • This was Hikaru Shida's fifth title defense since beating Nyla Rose for the belt on 5/23/20 (186 Days)
    1. She has defended against Penelope Ford, Thunder Rosa, Big Swole & Nyla Rose previous to this bout
    2. Anna Jay and Shida previously fought on 4/1/20, with Shida winning. This was Anna Jay's first match in AEW and only her 6th match ever in her career. At the end of that linked clip you can hear Cody getting mad about sandwiches.
  • This was Top Flights 50th career match together, since starting in 2016 (They originally fought under the names Air Wolf & El Angel Caido.)
  • Unrelated to tonight but important: Here's a clip of John Silver curling Brian Cage in a PWG Match.
  • Will Hobbs started his wrestling career as Will Rood in 2009. Here's a picture of him with a very nice mohawk from ~2012
  • Despite objectively containing the coolest wrestler on earth, The Butcher, B&B only had one win in strict 2v2 tag team matches on Dynamite before tonight, which was their debut on 12/18/2019 against Cody/QT. (The crowd here turned from cheering for Cody and "Cody's Partner" to QT and "QT's Partner" after Cody kept getting his ass beat in. They've won in team-ups, trios, etc., but only one tag match. Conversely, they have never lost a single Dark match despite appearing constantly. It appears their only real weakness is viewership over 300,000.
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2020.11.23 17:51 jms14b 2020-21 Texas Tech Red Raiders Team Preview (Long)

It's the first game week for the 2020-21 NCAA college basketball season, including No. 14-ranked Texas Tech and head coach Chris Beard who are ready to begin the 96th season in program history and get back to competition through all the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has caused. Tech will open the season against Northwestern State at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) before also hosting Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. on Friday (ESPNU) in a pair of home games at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Despite challenges and disruptions that have been associated with COVID-19, social issues, not having a secret scrimmage, and no exhibition game, the Red Raiders have been focused throughout the extended offseason to be prepared for what's on the schedule and also what is not. Texas Tech, which advanced to the 2018 Elite 8 and 2019 NCAA Championship Final, was poised to make the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season for the first time in program history last season before it was canceled due to COVID-19. It's been an offseason unlike any other, assembling a team through Zoom recruiting and making adjustments on a daily basis, but the team is now ready to step up to the starting line and begin the 2020-21 season – fully expecting and embracing that there will be hurdles and other obstacles on the track.
"I have a lot of respect for the 14 players, coaches, and staff on this year's team," Beard said. "We talk a lot about 'Tough Times Pass, Tough People Last' and mental toughness every year, but this year is different. It's really something none of us could have prepared for with COVID 19. From our year being shut down last year, through recruiting a team without in-person visits to workouts being shut down from time to time, the amount of adversity we've already gone through has been challenging. Our guys have really executed what our plan has been through all this and have stayed focused through all the unknowns. We're living where our feet are and that's really all we can do right now."
THE RED RAIDERS: Texas Tech's roster is made of 14 players this season with seven returners and seven newcomers. Marcus Santos-Silva is the team's lone senior while the junior class is made up of Kyler Edwards, Avery Benson, Mac McClung, and Jamarius Burton. The sophomore class includes Kevin McCullar, Terrence Shannon, Jr., Clarence Nadolny, and Joel Ntambwe. Tyreek Smith is a redshirt freshman in a class that welcomes Chibuzo Agbo, Nimari Burnett, Micah Peavy, and Vladislav Goldin. Each player introduced themselves through the video series, DEFINE YOURSELF.
"We like our balance this season," Beard said. "It's as many returners as we've ever had with guys who were in our rotation. To have seven guys on our roster from last year is something we're hoping pays dividends this year. With the new players, we still stayed old with our transfers who can impact games from the first day."
The program returns two starters in Edwards and Shannon from last season, while McCullar started six games in Big 12 play. Off last year's team, starters Davide Moretti, TJ Holyfield, and Jahmi'us Ramsey left and are currently beginning professional careers. Ramsey led the team with 15.0 points per game and Moretti was second at 13.0 ppg., leaving the Red Raiders with 38.9 percent of their scoring back off last year's roster led by Edwards who averaged 11.4 per game.
SENIOR (1): Santos-Silva enters his first season at Texas Tech after playing his first three at VCU. Named the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, Santos-Silva graduated from VCU this summer and arrived in Lubbock having already accumulated 828 points, 620 rebounds and 92 blocked shots through 97 games in his career. Beard said of Santos-Silva: "He's a guy that wants to get better and is working hard to get better. He's mature, experienced, and has thick skin to want the truth. He doesn't live in La-La Land. He understands what his strengths are and what he needs to improve on. I think it's our job to make sure he has his best year ever. He's a guy who holds himself accountable, wants his coaches to hold him accountable and his teammates accountable. He is respected enough already to hold other players accountable on our team. He's got the looks of a great leader and we have high expectations for him. It's hard being a leader and best player guy. He wants that responsibility."
JUNIORS (4): Benson is the only player on this year's team that was on the 2018 Elite 8 team and 2019 NCAA Championship finals team. A fourth-year player from Arkansas, Benson scored a career-high 10 points to help lead the Red Raiders to a win over No. 1-ranked Louisville in last year's Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Edwards is back for his third season after playing a reserve role in all 38 games as a freshman during the Final Four run and starting all games last year as a freshman. An Arlington native, Edwards averaged 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game to go along with 95 assists. He's scored 562 points and has made 79 3-pointers through 69 career games. Edward said: "It's a competition every day with our team. No one is going to take a day off." The junior class includes Burton and McClung who both transferred in and both received NCAA waivers to play this season. Burton arrives after two years at Wichita State where he averaged 10.3 points and added 102 assists last season. A Charlotte, North Carolina native, he has racked up 228 assists and scored 530 points through 67 games in his career. McClung transferred to Texas Tech after he averaged 14.2 points, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.8 rebounds in 50 career games at Georgetown University. He was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week last season and is the all-time leading scorer in Virginia High School League history where he scored 2,801 points in his prep career. McClung averaged 15.7 points per game as a sophomore for the Hoyas. Edwards and McClung were both named Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention selections.
SOPHOMORES (4): Shannon and McCullar highlight the sophomore class with both players returning from strong 2019-20 seasons. A Chicago native, Shannon averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds as a true freshman where he made 21 starts and played in 29 games. He scored a career-high 24 points at DePaul and secured a career-best 11 rebounds at Kansas. Shannon is on the Julius Erving Award Watch List for the top forwards in college basketball. McCullar is in his third season with the Red Raiders following a redshirt season during the historic 2018-19 season and then playing an important role last season on the court. He would finish his first season on the court by averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, including scoring a career-high 15 points at Oklahoma State and grabbing a career-best 11 rebounds at Iowa State. McCullar started six games and played in 29 as a redshirt freshman. McCullar said: "I feel like it was just getting out there and getting experience and playing some. I just tried to build on every game. Being out there you grow more and more. Now I'm looking forward to this year because I can see the film I have from last year. Learn from those mistakes and things that I did good and build on that." Nadolny played in 24 games as a true freshman in a reserve role where he scored a career-high nine points against Houston Baptist. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. Ntambwe transferred to TTU from UNLV and sat out last season. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman at UNLV with a career-high 31-point performance against Wyoming. He started all 31 during the 2018-19 season and made 44 3-pointers with a 38.6 percentage. Ntambwe practiced with the Red Raiders last season.
FRESHMEN (5): There's a lot of optimism in this year's freshman class with Smith returning for his second season after redshirting last year along with a four-player true freshman class. Smith suffered an injury during the 2018-19 season that forced him to miss the season after he had averaged 17.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game as a senior at Trinity Christian. A Louisiana native, Smith moved to the Dallas area in high school where he was named the TAAPS 5A Player of the Year as a junior and all-state honor as a senior. Burnett is the first McDonald's All-American to play at Texas Tech and the highest-ranked recruit in program history. A Chicago native, he played at Prolific Prep in California and he was also named to the 2020 Jordan Brand Classic, played for the USA in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, and participated in the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp. Peavy earned TABC Class 6A Player of the Year honors as a senior at Duncanville High School where he averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He was named to the Jordan Brand Classic roster and was ranked second in Texas in the recruiting class. Peavy, who played for his father at Duncanville, helped lead his team to the 2019 Class 6A State Championship as a junior along with former Red Raider Jahmi'us Ramsey who was a senior on that team. Peavy was named the MVP of the State Championship game. Agbo is a sharpshooter from California who is coming off a senior season where he averaged 22 points per game at Saint Augustine High School in San Diego. He was a 4-star recruit who was his league's top player as a junior and the 2019-20 San Diego Preseason Player of the Year. Goldin is the tallest player on the roster this season, coming in at 7-foot-1 in his freshman season. The Russian forward played a season of prep basketball at Putnam Science before signing with the Red Raiders in the summer.
HEAD COACH: Chris Beard enters his fifth season as the Texas Tech head coach where he has led the program to a 94-44 record, including an 8-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament. Beard was named the 2018-19 Associated Press National Coach of the Year and earned Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019. An assistant coach at Texas Tech under Bob and Pat Knight, Beard has amassed an impressive 124-49 record as a Division I head coach that started with one season at Little Rock where he was 30-5. He also has head coaching stops at Fort Scott Community College, Seminole State, McMurry, and Angelo State in his collegiate career. Beard is the 17th head coach in Texas Tech history.
THE STAFF: Beard is assisted this season by associate head coach Mark Adams, assistant coaches Ulric Maligi and Bob Donewald, Casey Perrin (Chief of Staff), Sean Sutton (AdvisoPlayer Development), John Reilly (Strength & Conditioning), and associate athletic trainer Mike Neal. Adams is entering his fifth season on Beard's staff and also assisted him at Little Rock. A 1979 graduate of Texas Tech, Adams is a former head coach at Clarendon College, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M, Texas-Pan American, and Howard College. He earned 2019 TABC Assistant Coach of the Year and is a member of multiple halls of fame, most recently being inducted into the NJCAA's Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class for 2020. Donewald is in his second season on the staff, but his first as an assistant. He has extensive experience in professional basketball and worked last season as the program's director of player development. Maligi is also in his second season on the staff and is widely respected as one of the top emerging assistants in the nation. He led the charge in the recruitment of this year's signing class which was the highest-ranked in program history. Reilly, a Killeen, Texas native who competed on the BYU Track & Field team, is also in his fifth season having led the strength and conditioning each year for Beard. Neal is in his second season, coming over from Little Rock where he played basketball and was the team's athletic trainer during Beard's year leading the program.
THE SCHEDULE: Along with the 18-round fight of home-and-away games against each Big 12 team, the Red Raiders will play nine non-conference games with shortened COVID guidelines. The Red Raiders open the year with a two-game home stand by hosting Northwestern State and Sam Houston State from the Southland Conference before meeting up with No. 17-ranked Houston on Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Tech will then host St. John's in the Big 12/BIG EAST Alliance followed by games against Grambling, Abilene Christian, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Tech opens Big 12 play by hosting No. 6 Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 17, and traveling to Oklahoma on Dec. 22. The team goes back into non-conference play with a game against Incarnate Word (Dec. 29) and plays its final non-conference game against LSU on Jan. 30 in Baton Rouge in the middle of the Big 12 schedule. The regular-season finale is scheduled to have Texas play at the USA on Saturday, Feb. 27 before the start of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships on March 10-13 in Kansas City.
EARLY TEST: The first game of the season away from Lubbock will be a highly-anticipated matchup within the state and nation with the Red Raiders playing Houston in Fort Worth. The Cougars are at No. 17 in the AP Rankings and are picked to win the American Athletic Conference. They are coming off a 23-8 overall record and were 13-5 in conference play. The Cougars advanced to the 2019 Sweet 16 with wins over Georgia State and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kentucky by four in the third round. Houston leads the all-time series against Tech with a 28-27 advantage, including an 82-69 win in the last matchup on Dec. 23, 2014, in Las Vegas to snap a nine-game winning streak by the Red Raiders over the Cougars. The programs first matched up in 1961 with the Red Raiders earning a 69-67 win in Lawrence, Kansas. Tech is 7-3 against UH in neutral-court games.
UNCOMFORTABLE – BEARD EXPLAINS: "Being comfortable gets you beat every single time. You see it all the time in sports. You win a big game and the next time there's a letdown and a loss. We've all seen that. Life is the same way. You can have a great day at work and you could take the edge off. It takes a special person, we use the word 'elite', to remain uncomfortable. Coach Knight would talk a lot about when things were going good that we need to shake the tree from time to time. Everybody expects the best and have focus during times of adversity, but only the elite people can push themselves each day to stay uncomfortable. I think being uncomfortable is where growth comes from. Uncomfortable is what you have to be to compete in the Big 12. Our guys have embraced this. Each season we try to have a theme and with this year's group, we just feel that if we can stay uncomfortable we'll be where we need to be. We like our talent. We like our culture. If this team can keep pushing and not get too high or too low by staying uncomfortable right there in the middle, we think we have a great chance to grow."
AP RANKINGS: Texas Tech will go into the 2020-21 season ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Red Raiders, who were ranked No. 13 in last season's AP Preseason Top-25 Poll and spent 12 weeks in the rankings, are one of five Big 12 teams in the preseason rankings. Gonzaga is the top-ranked team in the poll, followed by Baylor, Villanova, Virginia, and Iowa. The Big 12 also has Kansas at No. 6, West Virginia at No. 15, and No. 19 Texas.
USA TODAY COACHES POLL: Texas Tech is at No. 13 in the USA TODAY Top 25 Men's Basketball Coaches Poll which was announced on Thursday ahead of the 2020-21 season that is scheduled to begin in two weeks. The USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at Division I schools. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 12 in last season's first USA TODAY Coaches Poll. In this year's ranking, Baylor is the top-ranked team followed by Gonzaga, Villanova, Virginia, and Kansas. Tech is one of five Big 12 teams in the poll, including West Virginia at No. 15 and Texas which is No. 22.
BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL: Texas Tech was picked fifth in the 2020-21 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll with Baylor at the top of the rankings as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Big 12 Preseason Polls began in the 1996-97 season with Tech being selected sixth. The Red Raiders were picked seventh in the 2018-19 preseason poll before going 14-4 to win their first Big 12 regular-season championship and were third in last year's preseason poll for their highest preseason ranking in program history.
BIG 12 PRESEASON AWARDS: Santos-Silva was named the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year while juniors Edwards and McClung are Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention selections in the conference's preseason awards. Santos-Silva played the last three seasons at VCU where he was named NABC All-District Second Team and led his team in scoring (12.8), rebounding (8.9) and blocks (1.2). The senior forward also registered 10 double-doubles during the shortened season. Texas Tech boasts the preseason newcomer of the year in consecutive seasons as Chris Clarke grabbed the honor in 2019-20. Santos-Silva graduated from VCU over the summer and is the lone senior on this year's Texas Tech roster. Clarke and Charles Burgess (2006-07) are the only Red Raiders to be selected as the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year before Santos-Silva. Texas Tech has not had a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in the postseason honors. Santos-Silva said: "I didn't come here for individual awards. I came here to win the Big 12 and win the National Championship. Awards and recognition are nice, but that's not my focus. I'm focused on team goals and success."
DR. TJ: Shannon has been selected as one of 20 players on the watch list for the 2021 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 1993 Hall of Famer and 16-year professional basketball player Julius Erving, the annual honor in its seventh year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men's college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates that was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A Chicago native, Shannon was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team last season after averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He started 21 of 29 games played and scored a season-high 24 points against DePaul and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at Kansas. Along with the watch list, Shannon has appeared in multiple 2021 NBA Draft projections.
COVID IMPACT: In an effort to ensure adequate levels of safety, Texas Tech will implement a reduced capacity to approximately 25% at The United Supermarkets Arena this basketball season. In addition to the limited seating capacity, fans will see the following safety protocols this season: Big 12 Conference has mandated an established perimeter around the playing surface – 20 feet behind both team benches and 12 feet on all other sides of the court. Face coverings for all patrons (fans and staff) will be required at all times. A 100 percent mobile ticketing process. Mobile ordering in our concession areas to decrease contacts throughout the concourse. Kirby Hocutt said: "Our staff has worked diligently to ensure we accommodate as many of our fans as possible at our home basketball games. We also want to ensure we offer a safe and enjoyable experience while being socially responsible."
A CONVERSATION PATCH: Texas Tech will have a patch on its jersey all season that was the idea of Kyler Edwards with collaboration from his teammates. The patch depicts a rotten apple core and is described by Edwards as: "The team wanted to make a patch that was unique and not just something that everyone else had. We want to get rid of all the bad apples in all walks of life, including police brutality, sexism, and racism. These are topics around the world and we have the support of our coaches. We need to keep talking about it until it gets fixed." The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rules to allow student-athletes in all sports to wear patches on their uniforms for commemorative and memorial purposes, as well as to support social justice issues.
NCAA BOUND: The Red Raiders were projected to make their third NCAA tournament last season before the season was canceled due to COVID 19. Tech, which advanced to the 2018 Elite 8 and 2019 National Championship final, had never made the NCAA tournament three straight seasons in program history. The Red Raiders finished last season with an 18-13 overall record and were 9-9 in conference play.
ABRUPT ENDING: Texas Tech was on the Sprint Center in Kansas City court warming up for its first-round matchup of the Big 12 Championship against Texas on Thursday, March 12, 2019, when both teams were pulled off the court. With the tournament being canceled, the Red Raiders went to the airport and returned home to Lubbock. Before arriving back to Texas that afternoon by plane, news broke that the NCAA had canceled the remainder of the season.
COVID RINGS: While the 2019-20 season ended without the opportunity to play for any postseason championships, Beard wanted to show his appreciation to the players who battled throughout the year. Each player on the roster received a ring to commemorate the season, a token of respect from Beard who felt it was important that the players could keep remembering the season that was cut short.
NBA DRAFT: Texas Tech's Jahmi'us Ramsey was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 43rd pick of the 2020 NBA Draft on November 18, 2020. An Arlington, Texas native, Ramsey earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year, All-Big 12 Second Team, NABC All-District First Team, Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, Big 12 All-Freshman Team, and was a three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week selection. Ramsey, who is the first Red Raider to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year, finished the season fifth in the Big 12 in scoring and was second with a 42.6 percentage on 3-pointers and fifth with a 44.2 shooting percentage. Ramsey's selection in the NBA Draft gives the Red Raiders three straight years with a pick following Zhaire Smith (2018) and Jarrett Culver (2019). Tech has now had 25 players picked in the NBA Draft in its program history.
FIRST-ROUND STUDENTS: Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver remain Texas Tech students despite being drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft as underclassmen. Both are currently enrolled in online classes at TTU where they remain focused on graduating while also being in the early stages of their professional playing careers. Smith said: "It is very important to me to get my education while playing because graduating was my first goal before playing basketball. I also made a promise to my mom and Coach Beard that I will finish. It means a lot to have Coach Beard motivating me by saying that education is the key. It's going to mean a lot to my family to see me graduate because school is not easy at all for me. They are going to cry tears of joy when I finish."
MALIGI DRAWS ATTENTION: Maligi was recognized during the offseason as one of 40 coaches on ESPN's "40 Under 40" list which highlights the top young coaches throughout the national college basketball landscape and The Athletic's 40 Under 40 which identified influential people in a variety of roles within college basketball who are under the age of 40. Maligi is entering his second season with the Red Raiders and was identified at No. 13 by ESPN on the list of head and assistant coaches. In the ESPN article, Myron Medcalf highlighted Maligi who turned 36 on May 14 by saying: "The Howard University product has identified and recruited some of the most talented players in the state of Texas and beyond, as proved by successful tenures as an assistant with Texas A&M, SMU, and Stephen F. Austin before joining Chris Beard's staff before last season. By all accounts, Maligi possesses the attributes and leadership qualities necessary to one day guide a Power 5 program."
DOCUMENTING HISTORY: Over the summer ESPN aired "Eddie", a documentary about legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton. The film covered many aspects of Eddie Sutton's life, including his family. Sean Sutton, one of Eddie's sons, was featured in the film and is entering his fourth season working with Beard at Tech as the program's director of player development and Beard's advisor. Sean played for his father at Kentucky and Oklahoma State and also worked for him as an assistant coach before being named the head coach at OSU. Talking about the documentary, Sean said: "To open up and talk about some of the things that went on behind the scenes for the public to view, I wouldn't necessarily say it was easy, but it was important. It was important to get an accurate depiction of his life and career."
ON THE NBA SIDELINES: Tech legend Darvin Ham continues to rise among the ranks of NBA assistant coaches where he helped lead Milwaukee to the best regular-season record (56-17) in the NBA last season. Ham, who became an iconic player nationally by ripping down a rim in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and winning the 1996 NCAA Slam Dunk Contest, played in the NBA from 1996-2005 and was on the Detroit Pistons' 2004 NBA Championship team. Ham was an Atlanta Hawks assistant coach from 2013-18 and has been on the Bucks sideline since the 2018 season where he is the lead assistant. He recently completed his bachelor's degree, earning his Texas Tech degree in 2019 – 23 years after leaving Lubbock to begin his professional basketball career. Along with Ham, Max Lefevre is entering his second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves as the team's Video CoordinatoPlayer Development Associate. Lefevre was a graduate assistant for Beard at Angelo State and worked on his staff at Little Rock and for three seasons at Texas Tech.
BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE: Texas Tech and LSU will meet for the second time in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 30, 2021, at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The eighth annual event will consist of 10 games as every Big 12 member faces 10 squads from the Southeastern Conference. The Red Raiders are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Baton Rouge all-time against LSU. Tech has also played South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, and Arkansas twice in the challenge. This will mark the sixth consecutive year for all games to be played in one day. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests which also includes matchups of Auburn at Baylor, Iowa State at Mississippi State, Kansas at Tennessee, Texas A&M at Kansas State, Alabama at Oklahoma, Arkansas at Oklahoma State, TCU at Missouri, Texas at Kentucky and Florida at West Virginia. Texas Tech is 4-3 all-time in the Big 12-SEC Challenge after its 76-74 overtime loss to No. 15 Kentucky last season. The loss to the Wildcats ended a 54-game non-conference winning streak by the Red Raiders which was the second-best streak in the nation. Big 12 teams are 40-30 (.571) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge after a tie in 2020.
BIG 12/BIG EAST ALLIANCE: The Red Raiders will host the Red Storm of St. John's on Dec. 3 in the second year of the Big 12/BIG EAST Alliance. Tech traveled to Chicago to play DePaul in the inaugural season of the matchups, dropping an overtime decision. The four-year agreement will continue through 2022-23 with an equal number of games played in each conference's home market each year. Texas Tech is 0-2 all-time against St. John's with the last matchup coming on April 1, 2003, in the NIT in New York.
HALL OF FAME SELECTION: Ronald Ross was selected for the 2020 Texas Tech Hall of Fame class during the offseason. Ross remains one of the beloved greats in the history of Texas Tech men's basketball as the former walk-on helped lead the Red Raiders to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including their first-ever trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005. Ross, a native of nearby Hobbs, New Mexico, was an All-Big 12 first-team selection and an All-American by Basketball Times as a senior after averaging 17.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game under head coach Bob Knight. Ross also established the single-season and career school records that year by recording 86 steals, pushing his career total to 204 over 132 games. He served as a graduate assistant the past two seasons under Beard following a professional career overseas.
CONTINUED IMPACT, DREAM COURT: Nancy Lieberman Charities teamed up with Texas Tech University and The Culver Foundation to give the City of Lubbock a brand new Dream Court. The new Dream Court is located at Duran Park in Lubbock. This court will serve as a safe play space for youth in the community to interact with friends, family, and local law enforcement. "I am so excited for the Red Raiders, Jarrett Culver, and the City of Lubbock to partner with Nancy Lieberman Charities to honor our beloved, Andre Emmett. We all deeply miss him and want his legacy to live on forever in the lives of people who were touched by his genuine kindness." Basketball Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman said. The Dream Court™ is 50-by-84 feet with two brand new basketball goals and features a high-performance PowerGame™ surface from Sport Court® in signature Texas Tech red and black colors. Its centerpiece is the Dream Courts logo, flanked by the brands of all supporting organizations. Emmett, who is Texas Tech's all-time leading scorer, was murdered in 2019. A dedication ceremony was held on Friday, October 23.
DFW PRESENCE: Every year Beard looks forward to the trip to play TCU, not only to compete against the Horned Frogs but also to reconnect with the Red Raider fan base in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This season, even though the challenges we'll all face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is excited about traveling to the area three times with the addition of non-conference games in Fort Worth and Frisco on the schedule. Beard said: "The DFW market is obviously very important to our program. Many of our players and coaches currently and throughout the years grew up there and we have a huge fan and alumni base there that shows up for us every year. To play non-conference games in the area has been an objective of mine since we started and I'm really excited that we're getting it done twice. These types of games are something that I'm going to be committed to for years to come because of how important we think the Metroplex is to our program." The Red Raiders are scheduled to play their third game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 29 against No. 17-ranked Houston in the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth and will also take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 12 at the Comerica Center in Frisco. The final trip will be their Big 12 clash against TCU on Jan. 20, 2021.
PLAYING IN THE USA: Texas Tech Athletics announced an extension of the current naming rights agreement to United Supermarkets Arena as the grocery chain will remain the facility's namesake through 2035. Texas Tech will receive an additional $16 million over the course of the agreement, which continues the long-standing partnership between the university and United Supermarkets. The West Texas-based chain has now committed more than $30 million to Texas Tech Athletics since securing the original naming rights to the 15,000-seat arena in 1996. United provided Texas Tech with a key $10 million investment that jumpstarted fundraising efforts for the arena, opening in 1999 as United Spirit Arena. In 2014, Texas Tech and United extended their original agreement for $9.45 million. The second extension will ink the relationship until 2035.
IT'S ACADEMIC: Beard announced the hiring of Jamaal Scott as the program's Academic Advisor on July 7, 2020. An experienced educator and athletics leader following a decorated playing career which includes being named the 2000 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, Scott will provide the Red Raider program personal, vocational, educational, and advanced counseling and training at both the individual and group levels. Scott is pivotal in the management of academic advising for the men's basketball program by assisting with course selection to ensure degree progress and completion along with serving as the contact between student-athletes and the coaching staff regarding academic progress. Scott is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he played for the Spiders from 2002-05 and was an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team selection and a two-year team captain.
A GROWING TREE: Brian Burg was named the head coach at Georgia Southern over the summer to add to the growing list of former Beard assistant coaches who have been hired as head coaches. Burg, who joined forces with Beard at Little Rock, would work on his staff for four seasons at Texas Tech where the program reached new heights by advancing to the 2018 Elite 8, winning the 2019 Big 12 regular-season title, and then reaching the 2019 NCAA Championship final. Burg is now entering his first season as a head coach at Georgia Southern and hired Tim MacAllister (former Tech Chief of Staff) as an assistant. Along with Burg, Chris Ogden is now entering his fourth season as the head coach at UT Arlington after being an assistant at Tech under Beard. Wes Flanigan was the first Beard assistant to land a Division I head coaching job, being named the Little Rock head coach after Beard left the Trojan program. Flanigan is currently an assistant at Auburn. Along with Division 1 coaches, Cinco Boone is the head coach at Angelo State (DII), a position he's held for six seasons after being Beard's assistant there for two years and at McMurry for one.
TYSON SIGNS: Beard announced the signing of Jaylon Tyson to his national letter of intent for the 2021-22 academic year. A 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Allen, Texas, Tyson is a senior at John Paul II High School where he helped lead his team to its first-ever Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state championship last season. A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports, he earned TAPPS All-State first-team honors as a junior after averaging 24.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. ESPN currently lists Tyson as the seventh-best recruit in the state of Texas and 18th by the small forward position. 247Sports puts Tyson at No. 4 in Texas, while Rivals has him as the No. 34-ranked player nationally. Tyson signed on November 11, 2020.
RED RAIDERS IN THE PROS: Jarrett Culver (Minnesota – NBA), Jahmi'us Ramsey (Sacramento – NBA), Matt Mooney (Cleveland – NBA), Tariq Owens (Phoenix – NBA), Zhaire Smith (Philadelphia – NBA), Keenan Evans (Hapoel Haifa – Israel), Davide Moretti (Olimpia Milano – Italy), Norense Odiase (Brose Bamberg – Germany), Brandone Francis (Gipuzkoa Basket – Spain), TJ Holyfield (Kauhajoki Karhu – Finland).
RECENT GRADS: A pair of our No. 22s are now Texas Tech graduates. Despite different academic paths and life timelines, Jarrius Jackson and TJ Holyfield shared a milestone on August 8, 2020, as the former Red Raiders (both wore 22 during their playing days) received their diplomas in a virtual ceremony. Jackson, who played from 2004-07 and then enjoyed a successful professional career overseas, completed his degree in University Studies while Holyfield played last season and earned his master's degree in one year as a graduate transfer. Beard said: "I'm really proud of both of them. I was really fortunate that I got the opportunity to coach Jay Jackson and Holyfield. Earning their degrees was always something we talked about being important to them and their families. It's impressive the way both of them did it."
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The 2019-20 season saw the largest average attendance in program history with 14,057 fans per game. The Red Raiders sold out six home games during the season, including non-conference games against Eastern Illinois and Bethune-Cookman. The regular-season finale against Kansas was another sellout and the 32nd game in program history with 15,000-plus games at the home arena. Texas Tech is 262-93 all-time at the United Supermarkets Arena, including a 61-9 record under Beard.
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2020.11.20 00:39 pearpressure12 Rebooking American Alpha On The Main Roster (Part 1)

American Alpha on the main roster… let’s get to work.
23rd August 2016 (Smackdown) The first month of American Alpha on the main roster was perfectly fine, so I’d keep everything there the same. This booking starts the Smackdown after Summerslam. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan reveal to Smackdown Women’s and Tag Team Championships. “These titles represent this brand and the best of the best. It’s open to anyone who fits the description of the championships. At Backlash, these championships will have inaugural champions to go with them. For the women, you will compete in a 6 Pack Elimination Challenge. The winner walks out Smackdown Women’s Champion. For the Tag Teams, over the next 3 weeks, there will be qualifying matches for these titles. 3 match to determine the teams who will fight for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship in a Triple Threat Match. Good luck to all”.
The teams to compete on this night are The Ascension V.S The Usos. It’s a great contest, both teams show off what they have to offer. However, The Usos are the team who comes out victorious in this match. They have earned the right to compete at Backlash.
30th August 2016 (Smackdown) American Alpha take on Breezago in the opening match of the night. Chad Gable starts with Fandango. Collar-and-elbow tie up begins proceedings, before Gable uses his amateur credentials to take advantage of Fandango, the conflicted soul he is. Since his breakup with Summer Rae, Fandango has never been the same. He’s had meaningless relationship and flings and one night stands but nothing ever worked. Until Tyler came into his life. Tyler became Fandangos foundation for a new life, a new love and new drive going forward. Tyler always saw Fandango as the brother he never had while Fandango saw more in Breeze than he did in Summer. He didn’t just want to be best friends with Prince Pretty. He wanted to be his one and only. He thinks about when they first teamed up against the Golden Truth earlier in the year, being able to work as a cohesive unit but not being able to wave the thoughts of love away, remembering the times he sat up all night, thinking of Tyler and all the compliments he gave Fandango. Fandango felt loved and cared for by Tyler and he wants to do everything with Tyler because his embrace is all he ever wanted. But then reality comes crashing in as he realises he’s still in a match against American Alpha. Gable delivers a back suplex to Fandango to get him in the corner of the Alpha’s. Gable tags in Jordan to take advantage of the current momentum they have. Gable Irish whips Fandango onto the ropes and on the rebound, Jordan hits a picture perfect drop kick, sending Fandango crashing to the mat. Tyler runs in but receives a drop kick of his own by Gable. Gable leaves the ring, dragging out Breeze at the same time. Jordan gets a hold of Fandangos arms and keeps him pressed to the ground. Jordan tags in Gable who takes over the hold. Gable gets Fandango to his feet and one again tags in Jordan. Jordan again takes control of the hold and tags in Gable for a double-team move. Gable takes the arm of Fandango and Jordan runs for the far ropes. However, the referee gets in the way, telling Jason he needs to get onto the ring apron. While the referee’s backs turned, Breeze gets in the ring and dropkicks Gable as a measure of revenge from before. Fandango goes for a cover but only gets 2. Fandango finally tags in Tyler, grateful to feel the touch of his tag-team partners skin on his, wishing for something longer. Tyler runs to take out Jordan on the other side, but Jordan jumps off the apron to prevent it from happening. Breeze turns to take a swing at Gable who ducks it, rolls and as Jordan jumps back onto the apron, gets the tag, runs in and raises hell. Taking Tyler Breeze to task, delivering a number of Belly-To-Belly’s before finally tagging Gable back in. Gable runs to the other side of the ring, knocking Fandango off the apron before coming back to Jordan picking up Breeze. Gable runs up and gets the finishing touch of the Grand Amplitude. 1. 2. 3. “Here are your winners, American Alpha”. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are going to Backlash to face The Usos and the winners of The Hype Bros and The Vaudevillians.
6th September 2016 (Smackdown) In an upset victory (which I bet most would actually be pleased with), The Vaudevillians defeat the Hype Bros. So, the Triple Threat will be The Usos V.S American Alpha V.S The Vaudevillians.
11th September 2016 (Backlash) Smackdowns first exclusive Pay-Per-View for the edition of the draft and the show is opened with the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match. The Usos, American Alpha and The Vaudevillians. (Tag team rules how they should be. All three teams have a member in it at any given time) It’s a fantastic affair throughout, The Usos reminding everyone why they’re one of the best teams in WWE, and The Vaudevillians and American Alpha proving they’re worth keeping an eye on going forward. Coming near the end of the contest, Jimmy Uso, Jason Jordan and Simon Gotch. Jordan gets the early advantage, going early with Belly-To-Belly Suplexes. Jimmy goes flying, Simon goes flying, Jey goes flying, Aiden goes flying. Chad… nearly goes flying before stopping Jordan from throwing him. Jordan’s on a roll early in the contest. Chad gets the tag in and targets Simon Gotch. He gets Gotch in a series of Greco Roman holds before getting nailed by a tagged in Jey. (Now, you’re probably wondering about The Usos heel turn. Well, this match is where they become more unleashed. They work heel in this match). Jey starts laying in the boots on Simon and Chad, talking about how “we’ve got the years, we’ve got the cred, but everybody’s wanting something new. Well, we’ll be the new. The new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. The first and only”. Gable and Gotch start fighting back. Gable gets a punch, then Gotch, then Gable, then Gotch before Simon tags Aiden. Grabbing Jey by the back of the head, Simon upper cuts Jey and Aiden delivers the Whirling Dervish. Jordan rushes the ring and tackles Gotch down. He grabs Simon and throws him to the outside onto Jimmy Usos. Jordan then picks Aiden up and Gable grabs him for the Grand Amplitude on top of Jey Usos. Chad Gable picks up the victory for American Alpha. “Here are your winners and NEWWWWW Smackdown Tag Team Champions, American Alpha”. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable hold the titles high. They will lead the brands Tag Team division into the future.
Backstage later in the night, Renee Young interviews American Alpha, asking them what this victory means. Chad starts up with “We grinded in NXT to be in a position where are names were in lights. Now, we are the alphas of this division”. However, the men get blindsided by the Usos, brandishing steel chains around their knuckles. They take it to the inaugural champs, finally saying “that is ours” before taking the physical titles.
13th September 2016 (Smackdown) Jimmy and Jey come out to the ring with American Alpha’s Smackdown Tag Team Titles. “We’ve heard these past 2 days that we lost when we weren’t pinned. We heard we don’t have a right to hold these titles despite not being counted in the pinfall. We’ve been told these aren’t our titles. But we disagree. We’re the Usos, therefore, these titles are ours. They belong to us and no one will convince us otherwise”. American Alpha make there way to the ring, ready for a fight. “You can’t accept a loss can you? Fine, you weren’t pinned but did you claim the victory? Did they announce you the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions? No, because they belong to us. Jordan and I are here to take back out belongings” before physically snatching the titles back. “Now, if you want these titles, all you had to do was ask. But now we’re the ones demanding. No Mercy, you guys and us in a “Mercy” match. No count-out, no disqualifications, no pinfalls and no submissions. The only way to win is to make your opponent scream ‘Mercy’. What do you say?”. The Usos think about it, converse with each other to whether it’s a good idea before turning to American Alpha to say, “You’re on”. After that, Jimmy and Jey hit a dualling superkick on Jordan and Gable, take the tag team belts again and vacating the ring. Usos are incensed that a team dare take the titles away from them because they belong to them. How dare they?
20th September 2016 (Smackdown) Daniel Bryan makes a statement regarding the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. “Jimmy, Jey. If you don’t return the Smackdown Tag Team Titles to American Alpha effective immediately, the match at No Mercy will be called off and you will be barred from competing for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships forever”. The Usos have a counter statement. “We hold these titles; therefore, we make the rules. You bar us from competing for the titles; that’ll mean we just keep a hold of them until the bar is lifted and if You’ve been watching us for the past 6 years, you’ll know we’ve been raising the bar for years now. There’s no one better”. American Alpha make their way to the ring, pissed. Daniel says “American Alpha will leave the ring with the physical titles. There will be no conflict on this night. You guy will not be allowed to lay a hand on each other until No Mercy. So, Usos, hand over the titles now”. The Usos oblige, throwing the titles into the faces of Gable and Jordan and walking out.
27th September 2016 (Smackdown) American Aphla gets ready to compete in a match. But before it can happen, the Usos attack them from behind with the steel chains like a whip. Jimmy and Jey grab an end of one of them and drag Gable to the turnbuckles before tying him up in the corner. Same to Jordan in the opposite corner. An Uso each take steel chairs and presses them against Gable’s and Jordan’s throat. In this attack, they never lay a hand on them, everything is through weapons.
Backstage, Daniel goes to make the bar from the Tag Titles behind The Usos say “We ain’t ever touched them with our own hands, so don’t you dare bar us”. Daniel is seething but knows it to be the truth.
4th October 2016 (Smackdown) The Usos have been suspended for the week and American Alpha are not cleared to compete. So, a promo package showcasing both teams is shown instead, still giving some hype to the show.
9th October 2016 (No Mercy) American Alpha. The Usos. Smackdown Tag Team Championship. One team will scream for mercy. Bell sounds and it’s on like Donkey Kong. There’s no technical wrestling, no high spots, just 10 minutes of pure, unadulterated violence. Both team laying in the punches on the other, not resting or retreating for injuries. It becomes the closest thing to a blood bath as allowed on WWE TV. The closing moments of the match are as followed. With Jey taken out on the outside, Jimmy is pinned down by a chair in the ring being sat on by Chad Gable. Jason Jordan takes another steel chair and presses it against the throat of Jimmy. After an agonising 20 seconds, Jimmy screams for mercy. American Alpha are victorious and retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championship.
Now, from No Mercy to Survivor Series, American Alpha announced team captains and are tasked with finding the 4 best teams on Smackdown to take on the 5 best teams on Raw. In the coming month and a half, they find The Hype Bros, Breezago, The Vaudevillians and The Usos (Sorry Ascension). They trial them with speed, agility, power and cunning. They task them over and over until a week before Survivor Series, they believe the rest of the team are ready.
20th November 2016 (Survivor Series) Team Raw V.S Team Smackdown. Sheamus starts against Fandango. Fandango holds an advantage Sheamus, using the years on conflictions, pain and heartbreak to determine himself as dominant. He tries not to look back at Tyler, just hoping his tag team partner can see in him what Fandango sees in Breeze. The bodies in the ring means nothing, it’s just Tyler’s he wants the sweet embrace of, pursuing the idea of love and a life together means more to Fandango than this ridiculous Raw V.S Smackdown match or any match for that matter. Fandango could retire tomorrow if Tyler was there by his side. Fandango whispers “it’ll be a Breeze” to himself, forgetting the fact his in a professional wrestling match and is slapped back into reality by… a slap from Sheamus. Fandango falls back into his corner, where Chad Gable tags in. Gable goes for a German Suplex on Sheamus, but the size advantage prevents Sheamus from even leaving the ground. Gable than kicks Sheamus in the back of the knee and attempts an ankle lock. Sheamus rolls out of it, sending Gable flying forward before following it up with a Brogue Kick to Chad for the 1, 2, 3. “American Alpha has been eliminated”. In a shocking start to the match, the Smackdown Tag Team Champions are taken out of the equation. (In the end, Team Raw wins with Sheamus and Cesaro being the sole survivors).
Later in the night, it’s officially announced that Kurt Angle will be the first inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame class of 2017. Yes, this is important to talk to bring up because…
22nd November 2016 (Smackdown) Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are in the ring, talking about Survivor Series. “We failed. We set a task to lead the team and we were the ones to let them down. We are not worthy of being called captain and we’re not worthy of these Smackdown Tag Team Championship”. With that statement, the oh-so-famous horns blast as soon-to-be Hall Of Famer, Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. Making his first appearance in WWE since 2006. Kurt shakes the hands of Gable and Jordan before grabbing a Microphone. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘What’s going on here’? You see, I was told I could come to the weekly shows and help in the locker room, but I just heard your statement a minute ago and knew I had to do something about it. You two gentlemen are two of the finest athletes I’ve ever had my eye on. You two impress me over repeatedly. At this rate, you could be classed as one of the World’s Greatest Tag Teams. However, Survivor Series showed me there’s still loose threads in your game plan. Some details that still need ironing out. Let me help. My career is winding down. I still have a few matches in the tank, but I can’t keep doing this forever. So, if you gentlemen will entertain the idea, I’d love to be your manager so than American Alpha can be classed Tag Team Alpha Males. What do you say?” Gable and Jordan are stunned, the legendary Kurt Angle wants to manage them. They converse between each other for a few moments. Jordan turns around and says, “Is it true that Kurt Angle is our manager?” To which Chad Gable replies, “It’s true. It’s damn true”. Angle laughs and the new manageclient pairing exit the ring to start talking strategies.
29th November 2016 (Smackdown) In an intense Fatal 4-Way match, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton defeat The Hype Bros, The Usos and The Ascension to become the number contenders for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Wyatt explains “Alpha is top of the mountain and the only place you go when you reach the top is crashing back down to earth. We will cause that fall”.
4th December 2016 (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) American Alpha and the VipeEater connection bring the fire, bring the aggression and bring everything they’ve got to the table. Throughout the match, the momentum shifts. In the closing moments, Jordan takes control of Orton, spearing him into the corner repeatedly. Gable make the tag and uses his superior amateur skills to keep the then 12-time world champion. However, Orton’s power picks Gable up and sends him crashing into the corner. Wyatt tags in and immediately slams Gable to the mat. Wyatt goes to exit after Chad but Jordan shoves Wyatt into the ring post. Jordan goes to the outside and grabs Gable, tossing him back into the ring. Angle is impressed by the wit of Jordan to do this. Wyatt climbs back into the ring, but Gable grabs his ankle and applies the ankle lock onto Bray. Orton runs in, forcing Gable to let go and duck. Jordan, however, still takes the hit from Orton. Gable dropkicks Randy out of the ring but turns around into a Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt. 1, 2, 3. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton are the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Kurt Angle looks on is despair and Gable and Jordan hang their heads, knowing there’s still more work to be done.
That is part 1.
Brendan, tag.
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2020.11.12 02:44 WinesburgOhio Happy Veterans Day! NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving

On this Veterans Day, I'd like to thank all veterans who have served their country!
Here is a list of several note-worthy NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving, which obviously happened far more in the 40's, 50's, and 60's than it has since then. Many of these players are Hall of Famers, and I believe all of them were All-Stars or All-NBA during their careers. I'm not aware of any player (All-Star or not) who served in the Vietnam War, so please let me know if there was one or more.
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2020.11.11 23:55 WinesburgOhio Happy Veterans Day! NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving

On this Veterans Day, I'd like to thank all veterans who have served their country!
Here is a list of several note-worthy NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving, which obviously happened far more in the 40's, 50's, and 60's than it has since then. Many of these players are Hall of Famers, and I believe all of them were All-Stars or All-NBA during their careers.
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2020.11.11 20:58 WinesburgOhio Happy Veterans Day! NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving

On this Veterans Day, I'd like to thank all veterans who have served their country!
And since we're an NBA history sub, here is a list of several note-worthy NBA players whose careers were impacted by serving, which obviously happened far more in the 40's, 50's, and 60's than it has since then. Many of these players are Hall of Famers, and I believe everyone I've included were All-Stars or All-NBA during their careers.
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2020.10.31 04:28 Steve_Chandler__ Friday Night Smackdown's Survivor Series Team!

Goooooooooooooooood evening LLR! How the hell are ya, lads? I'm good as good as can be. Today, I'll let y'all know what team will WIN the Survivor Series 5v5v5v5! Defeating the BITCHMADE Raw, the BITCHMADE x2 Pacific, AAAAAND the BITCHMADE x3 X-Division! Cause as always-

Smackdown!

Number!!

ONE!!!

Fight, my employees. And a pay raise for doing so!
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2020.10.20 05:00 Darren716 Post WWE Raw 10/19/2020 (Season Premiere) Show Discussion Thread

MATCH RESULTS
Winner Match Finish Loser Stipulation
The Hurt Business Full Lashley Retribution
AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin Style's Clash Matt Riddle
Asuka (c) Asuka Lock Lana For the Raw Women's Championship
Shayna Bazler and Nia Jax Samoan Drop Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, The Riott Squad, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce
Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods Trouble in paradise Sheamus
El Gran Gordo and Tuckeri La Torta Miz and Morrison
Braun Strowman Big Boot following low blow headbutt Keith Lee
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Kickoff with Alexa Bliss standing in the middle of the ring as The Fiend's sound effects go off. She says he's here as the lights go out and Bray makes his way down to the ring where he takes hold of Alexa's hand. Retribution then storms down to the ring and surrounds them. They circle Bray and Alexa but they do not move. Ali motions for Retribution to attack but the lights go out and Alexa and Bray disappear. The Hurt Business make their way to ring side as Mustafa Ali welcomes their challenge. The eight men brawl in the ring as the Hurt Business throws out Retribution and Cedric does a dive onto the whole group of Retribution.
  • During the 8 man tag The Fiend shows up on the tron. fter the match he appears next to Retribution on the apron and starts to attack them. He sends Mace through the announce table and is about to hit the Sister Abigail on Ali but T-Bar interferes. Bray locks the Mandible Claw on T-bar and then hits him with Sister Abigail. Alexa Bliss appears on the tron and says let me in with Bray's voice.
  • AJ Styles comes down to the ring with Jordan Omogbehin, the former bouncer for Raw Underground. AJ says he have to give credit where credit is due to the powers that be at Monday Night Raw for finally drafting a true leader. He says Seth was spewing his prophecy and propaganda on his own benefit, and Jeff Hardy tried to stroll up and reclaim the promised land, but the real reclamation of Raw was the return of the prodigal son, him. AJ says he will shepard Raw into a new era, and he is the face that runs the place. Before the match starts the referee tries to make Jordan leave the ring but AJ refuses to have him leave. The ref starts a 5 count but Jordan grabs his arm which causes the ref to beg him to leave and to just let him do his job. Jordan steps over the top rope and exits.
  • Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage, he speaks directly to Orton and says he's always known he is the most evil and entitled person in WWE. Drew said he should have left Orton in the dust at Clash of Champions but the next night Orton attacked four men close to Drew to bait him into another match, this time inside Hell in a Cell. He says those with true darkness like Randy thrive in Hell in a Cell. Orton is a veteran of the cell while Drew has never competed in a Hell in a Cell match but Drew says his life experience will outweight Orton's experience in this match. Drew says he's wearing black tonight because he may just be going to a funeral tonight and he'll see Orton later during his message from Hell.
  • After Asuka defeats Asuka, Nia Jax attacks Asuka from behind and she is then followed by Shayna who throws Lana to the outside. Lana begs with Nia as Jax puts her on her shoulders and Samoan Drops Lana through the announce table. Shayna tries to attack Asuka but she counters and is able to send Shayna flying to the outside.
  • Nia says if anyone thinks her and Shayna aren't on the same page or aren't a real team, they should watch what they did in the last segment to show their teamwork. Shayna calls it dominance and that week after week they come out and dominate. They own the women's tag titles which means they own the Raw and Smackdown women's divisions. Nia challenges anyone to refute that. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose make their way down to the ring. Lacey Evans, and then Peyton Royce come down, with Peyton trying to show up Lacey. The Riott Squad come down as well.
  • Elias performs a concert. He says it is the season premier of Raw, and there is no better way to celebrate than by giving them all a live concert to promote his upcoming album, Universal Truth. He kicks off with a song called 'Amen'. Pyro goes off and he leads into a song called 'Lead Me Home' which he ends with more pyro. He thanks the WWE Universe and plugs his album release next Monday and says he loves none of us. The Thunderdome boos so Elias does an encore. He asks for his guitar but the hooded guitarest plays a rift which angers Elias for trying to upstage him. It's revealed to be Jeff Hardy who swings the guitar at Elias but misses and yells that he didn't hit him with the car.
  • Miz and Morrison are backstage, Miz can't believe Mandy called him petty last week when bringing her to Raw was the best thing to happen to her. Tucker approaches them and says Miz is trying to ruin Otis' live by bringing him and Mandy to Raw, as well as trying to suck Otis dry with legal fees. Tucker says he'll find a partner to challenge Miz and Morrison tonight. Miz denies trying to ruin Otis' life and accepts Tucker's challenge because he doubt's he'll be able to find a tag partner.
  • Elias is backstage when Charly Caruso interviews him. He said he thought during his down time people would stop interrupting him, so next week he will celebrate dropping his new album, and dropping Jeff Hardy since he challenges Jeff to a match at Hell in a Cell.
  • Kofi Kingston says for the first time in nearly 4 years The New Day are Raw tag team champions. Xavier says a lot has changed in 4 years, even in the last year a lot has changed. He injured his Achilles and as soon as he returns he gets split up from Big E. Kofi makes him calm down and breath when Sheamus comes out and says their crying last Smackdown was embarrassing, with only two thirds of The New Day on Raw the both of them will eat a Brouge Kick. Kofi says just because Big E is on Smackdown doesn't mean The New Day isn't over, rather they are spreading joy over both days. Sheamus says the power of positivity isn't reality, the truth is they're divided and divided they'll fall. Xavier says speaking of falling Big E dropped Sheamus on the hood of a car and Sheamus can come down to the ring and learn how it feels to be dropped by The New Day again.
  • Retribution is backstage and Ali says The Hurt Business and The Fiend made a huge mistake tonight, they assumed his strength with with numbers, his real strength is causing chaos with a laptop, a cell phone, all with one click. When he was sitting at home because this company couldn't figure out how to make a buck off someone named Mustafa Ali. He watched and found out all the weaknesses in the WWE and admits that he was the hacker on Smackdown. He found Superstars who were being passed over or misused, and is allowing them to extract revenge.
  • The Hurt Business are backstage when they are approached by Titus O'Neil who congratulates them on beating Retribution. Titus says he would be a great fit for The Hurt Business and with his connections he could help make it worldwide. MVP says he has to confer with his associates and quickly turns back to Titus. MVP says they are in business, and clarifies to Titus that it means The Hurt Business is in Business and they beat him down.
  • Tucker says he searched north, south, east, and west to find his tag partner and found the greatest luchador to ever live, El Grand Gordo! He appears to look a bit like Otis wearing a pink lucha mask and has the MitB lunch box. El Gran Gordo speaks in Spanish and says Tuckeh. Miz says it's obviously Otis since he's holding the lunch box but Tucker says he's just holding it for Otis. Miz says Otis is making a joke of the MitB contract with his antics, when Miz held that contract he won the WWE Title and main evented Wrestlemania. He is champion material, he looks the part, he does everything for the company yet everyone boos him but everyone cheers Otis because he's an "underdog". Miz says everyone just feels sorry for Otis and they'll feel even more sorry for him when Miz wins his court case and rightfully takes the MitB contract. He says you can put a mask on a pig but it's still a pig. Tucker and El Gran Gordo storm the ring and send Miz and Morrison packing.
  • Backstage the New Day are celebrating with Tucker and El Gran Gordo. Mandy Rose comes by and gives Gran Gordo a ham and they all dance.
  • It's time for the Firefly Fun House! We see Bray unpacking thing from a cardboard box such as his mallet, Braun's sheep mask, and a religious symbol. Bray welcomes us to the season premier of the Firefly Funhouse. Bray says it saddens him to say goodbye to his friends on Smackdown but he can't wait to make new friends on Raw and we get flashes from earlier in the night. Abby asks Bray to keep it down and he tells her to not be so crabby. Husky says it's like Old Dirty used to say 'oh baby I like it Raw'. Rambling Rabbit says he wanted to be a better father and husband and Bray says he never knew Rabbit was married, Rabbit says he never asked. Bray promises to be a better friend as we get a montage of Ramblin' Rabbit's various deaths. Bray says the past is in our head but the future is in our hands. Rabbit says all he wanted was a fresh start and then Mercy eats him. Bray says it's more like fresh meat than a fresh start. There's knock on the door which Bray opens to reveal Alexa in a torn Freddy Kruger-esque sweater.
  • After Braun vs Keith, Lee low blows Braun and says he heard Braun was supposed to be a monster but he took a short cut. He tells Braun not to test him and that the monster will meet the dragon.
  • The Hell in a Cell is lowered so Randy Orton can deliver his message from Hell. As Orton enters the cell he locks the door and says he asked for the cell to be lowered so he could reflect and remember. Ever since he's been in the company he's heard about how everyone who competes inside Hell in a Cell leaves a piece of themselves behind. He has been in 7 cell matches but says he never left anything behind, instead he has learned from each match. Orton says he remembers standing toe to toe with Mark Henry, Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and becoming WWE Champion twice, but most importantly he remembers staring The Undertaker in the eyes and earning his respect right there in the cell. Orton says all the men he mentioned either already are or will be hall of famers, and the word you associate with the hall of fame, is legend. Legend is thrown around loosely these days, there are legends, and then there are legendary moments. Drew storms down to the cell where he stares at Orton through the chain link fence as Orton taunts him. Orton challenges him to break the lock and to get him, Drew says he will and grabs some bolt cutters that were hidden behind the barricade. Orton retreats into the ring to arm himself with a chair as Drew cuts the lock and enters the cell and we fade to black.
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2020.10.17 06:20 KagsTheOneAndOnly [Tjarks] The Rockets barely went over the luxury tax (just $3.65 million over) in their one season (2015-16) as a taxpayer. (Meanwhile,) the Warriors spent $49.63 million in penalties over the last five seasons, while even the small-market Thunder spent $33.73 million.

Daryl Morey Found a Way to Succeed With One Hand Tied Behind His Back by Jonathan Tjarks

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Unlike his former lieutenant Sam Hinkie in Philadelphia, Morey was never allowed to rebuild through the draft. He took over a title contender with two future Hall of Famers (Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady) in 2007, but both suffered career-ending injuries during the next few seasons, devastating blows that should have forced the Rockets to start over. But Alexander never agreed to let Morey try his hand at the Process, instead forcing a rebuild from the middle of the standings. Morey’s only goal from 2010 to 2012 was to stay above water; he won 34 to 43 games those seasons and then pounced when the Thunder made James Harden available.
Harden and Morey didn’t just change the NBA in eight seasons together. They did it with one hand tied behind their backs. Harden went from being part of a Big Three with two other top-five picks in Oklahoma City (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook) to one with Chandler Parsons (a second-rounder) and Jeremy Lin (an undrafted free agent). Houston never drafted in the lottery during Harden’s time there. They won on the margins, constantly churning their roster and winning enough that other stars (Dwight Howard and Chris Paul) wanted to play for them.
But there was always something missing. The Rockets never paired Harden with a frontcourt player who could be the focal point of the offense. Houston was forced to make do with fairly limited personnel for much of the Harden era. Just compare his supporting casts with Steph Curry’s. Harden never had his version of Draymond Green, much less Durant. He had no pick-and-roll partner who could make the correct reads in four-on-three situations, or draw a double-team and kick the ball out to him. He mostly played with 3-and-D players who needed him to spoon-feed them open shots.
That’s why Morey had to reinvent the wheel when it came to designing an offense to hunt for the most efficient shots. He was running a shell game, using smoke and mirrors to overcome a lack of elite personnel. No team has won an NBA title since the turn of the millennium without at least one player 6-foot-7 or taller who averaged more than either 18 points or three assists per game. A team starting Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker up front shouldn’t have been able to win 65 games. Conventional wisdom about the Rockets confuses causation with correlation. They didn’t come up short in the playoffs because they were running gimmicks; those gimmicks are the reason they were deep in the playoffs in the first place.
But getting 90 percent of the production for 50 percent of the price ended up backfiring once they got there. The Warriors exposed Houston’s lack of versatility, most famously when the Rockets missed 27 straight 3s in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in 2018. Morey was criticized for not having a Plan B when his team went cold from the perimeter, but he couldn’t have asked limited offensive players like Ariza and Tucker to take pull-up jumpers, break down defenses off the dribble, or hit cutters out of the high post. Building a team with established veterans who play fundamentally sound basketball on both ends of the floor costs a lot of money.
And that was the one thing that Morey never really had. According to the cap numbers at Spotrac, which go back to the 2010-11 season, the Rockets barely went over the luxury tax (just $3.65 million over) in their one season (2015-16) as a taxpayer. The Warriors spent $49.63 million in penalties over the last five seasons, while even the small-market Thunder spent $33.73 million. There was no excuse for Houston to not open up the checkbook. This is a franchise located in the fourth-biggest metro area in the U.S. that has had a superstar in the prime of his career. Alexander sat on his hands while Houston’s rivals went all in, counting on Morey’s ability to use advanced statistics to turn water into wine.
This refusal to spend money became farcical once Alexander sold the team to Tilman Fertitta in 2017. Fertitta spent so much money ($2.2 billion) to purchase the Rockets that he may not have had the liquidity to go into the red to build a title contender. Houston was a laughingstock around the league for the amount of juggling it had to do to stay under the tax. The best example came at the trade deadline last season, when Morey used a future first-round pick to shed the salaries of Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. There was no basketball reason for the move. It was just done to cut costs. It’s not that Knight and Chriss would have helped the Rockets. But there were certainly a lot of better things that Morey could have used that pick for...
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2020.10.04 05:12 supreme-hoodie Cheap Supreme Hoodies Would you like a heavy Supreme artist joint?

Cheap Supreme Hoodies Would you like a heavy Supreme artist joint?
Cheap Supreme Hoodies When it comes to prints, Supreme is a hall of Famer. In order to show their unique style and taste, Supreme will find some very characteristic and ideological artists to co-sign.

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The recent exposure of Supreme's latest artist joint series is no exception.

Supreme x Joel-Peter Witkin
Joel-Peter Witkin worked as a Vietnam War photographer in the 1960s, then worked at City Walls, NYC, and moved to New Mexico in the 1970s, where he attended the University of New Mexico and earned a master's degree in photography.

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JOEL-PETER WITKin's aesthetic taste is recognized as an influence on the design trend of Alexander McQueen. Rooted in dark magnificence and morbid beauty, his works create an atmosphere of dilapidation, magnificence and intrigue.
In his works, you can see his thoughts on death, religion and theology, and it is estimated that his experience of Vietnam War also influenced his later artistic creation. Such an artist is what Supreme likes, and the prints chosen for this piece are three Joel-Peter Witkin classics, "Mother and Child", "Screaming" and "Sanitarium".

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But Sun believes that these three works do not show the soul of Joel-Peter Witkin's works perfectly, of course, you can search for those awesome works on your own.

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The joint will be released on October 24 Supreme Europe and the United States stores, Japan will be on sale on October 26, the love of the joint artists in the Supreme partners can be rushed, you will like this Supreme?

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2020.10.02 23:04 ReceiverOfDeception FS52: Rebooking The Women’s Tag Team Championship PI: Ride Horsewomen!

Build To WrestleMania:
On the hot rails to Wrestlemania, the night after Elimination Chamber, Lita and Trish Stratus have a groundbreaking announcement that will change the landscape of the Women’s Division. The two hall of famers make their way to the ring which hosts a mysterious red velvet tapestry on a stool, as all eyes look on. “The women’s revolution has taken hold of the WWE, with stars like Becky, Charlotte, Asuka, Rhea Ripley, and Kairi Sane, all rising up and stealing the show. They’ve had their first Hell In A Cell Match, the first Royal Rumble, hell they main evented many PPVs. But the one thing they haven’t done is main event WrestleMania, but this year that changes...Because not only will the women main event WrestleMania, but they will be fighting for the new Women’s Tag Team Championship! Trish Stratus removes the tapestry, revealing the glistening tag team championship. “Who better than the Four Horsewomen? Becky and Charlotte will team up to take on Sasha Banks and Bayley.”
I DON’T GIVE A DAMN ‘BOUT MY REPUTATION! Ronda Rousey storms out furious that she’s not included in the main event. “The women here have that always been on the cusp of breaking out here, but it was me and my success in UFC that brought all the eyes on the women’s division.” The crowd is livid as they boo her. “Yeah I said UFC, and you all know it’s true. Without Ronda Rousey, there would be no talks of a Wrestlemania event. So I demand I be put in the match.” Lita laughs at the request “With what partner” CRACK! Lita collapses as a steel chair snaps her spin and the attacker sends Trish Stratus into the turnbuckle. It’s Shayna Baszler! Ronda joins in on the beat down as the two clear the ring and hold up the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Backstage we see the uneasy and unholy alliance of Charlotte and Becky. “Look Becky we got our issues but we have to put them aside. We have an opportunity that the many women before us could only dream of. If you got your issues with me, fine I get it, but let’s win the main event of Wrestlemania, okay? Do you really want them, outsiders who are freeloading off our work to not only becoming the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions but to win the first ever Women’s Wrestlemania Main Event? As much as I hate to admit it, I need you...” Becky merely scoffs at the proposition, as she is seen exiting the room, only stiffening the uneasiness.
Shayna Baszler vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks: In a high stakes match, the winner gets to chose the stipulation of the Wrestlemania event. Baszler and Banks both make their respective entrances, but Becky’s music plays with no Becky in sight. The ref goes to check on the back but Becky is nowhere to be found. An unprepared Charlotte is forced to compete as the show goes to commercial break. We come back and Baszler is absolutely slaughtering the competition. However Becky now shows up with a chair and sits promptly on the ramp, allowing a weakened Charlotte to take control. Charlotte now locks in a figure four on Banks but Baszler sneak from behind her and locks a kirifuda clutch. Two submissions are locked in, who’s going to tap first? Charlotte lets go and taps, as Baszler snatches an impressive win in her main roster debut. Charlotte looks at Becky and asks her where she was. Becky replies “If you wanted the tag match so bad, why don’t you get your hands dirty for once. Your father was the dirtiest player in the game after all. You don’t care about me the WWE or no one. All you want is another trophy, I just want to main event. See you at Mania.” Baszler announces that the match will be a TLC match.
Wrestlemania XXXV
In a segment before the main event, we see Charlotte meeting up with Sasha Banks and Bayley. “Now I know that we are opponents tonight, but I need to know if you guys will on my side. Becky is MIA and if you didn’t see last night, Shafir and Duke became the number one Contenders for the WWE Women’s Tag Championship by beating Sky Pirates, but they had the help of Baszler. Now I need to know that we have each other’s back just in case anything goes down.” Sasha smiles and replies “Yeah if they get involved, sure we got you, four horsewomen forever. But once the odds get even, you bet those titles are ours.”
Becky & Charlotte vs. Ronda & Shayna vs. Sasha & Bayley: A grueling forty minute match that absolutely deserves the WrestleMania main event slot, these six women give it their all. Baszler and Ronda armed to the teeth with weapons flatten the others out, but Bayley and Sasha double team with a ladder to regain momentum. Bayley goes and climbs the ladder but Shafir and Duke come out and thwart the attempt, knocking her off the ladder, but she lands on her feet. The four WWE horsewomen and the four UFC horsewomen stare down for a moment before it falls into absolute chaos. Chairs, ladders, tables and seven broken bodies. Becky emerges from the fray and attempts to climb the ladder when she is whacked by a steel chair! Charlotte lays out Becky and shouts “Your damn right it’s about me” as the crowd boos. Charlotte climbs the ladder now finger tips away from getting the title when Sasha and Bayley get up and grab each leg of the ladder. Charlotte pleads to them to let go, but they don’t listen as she is dumped from her castle on high, falling onto Baszler and Rousey, as all three go right through the announcer’s table. Together Banks and Bayley climb up the rungs and yank down the titles, winning the main event and becoming the inaugural WWE Women Champions.
Build To Money In The Bank
On the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania, a teary eyed Sasha Banks and Bayley open the show celebrating their victory, saying it that their dream came true of main eventing WrestleMania and the best thing is that they did it together. However, they certainly didn’t forget that a certain team stuck their nose where it didn’t belong last night. At WrestleMania they proved that women can be in the main event of WrestleMania, and at Money In The Bank they will prove that WWE women are better than the UFC women by beating the final two.
Shafir and Duke come out and say that Bayley and Banks lucked into the WWE Women’s Championship with the explosion of Becky and Charlotte, as they were the better half of the WWE Four Horsewomen. In a straight up one on one brawl, they stand no chance, especially now that they have no backup and they have Ronda and Baszler.
Money In The Bank
Shafir and Duke vs Sasha Banks and Bayley:
The two bitter teams go head to head in a daunting match, with Shafir and Duke taking the early advantage. However Bayley shifts the tide by nailing a Bayley to Belly! 1..2..NOPE! Duke kicks out. Baszler and Ronda are out for blood, ready to exact their revenge but somebody pops out from the crowd. It’s Becky! Becky lays a flurry of fists, dispatching of Baszler and Rousey, allowing for Becky and Bayley to retain their titles! Becky joins Banks and Bayley in the celebration, as they are missing one of the four horsewomen.
Women’s Money In The Bank Match: Another impressive spectacle, Charlotte is about to climb the ladder when Becky hits Charlotte off the ladder with a steel chair, depriving her of her moment just as Charlotte cost her her moment,allowing Bayley to pick up the win to become Ms. Money In The Bank
Build To Extreme Rules
Charlotte opens Raw, addressing Becky. “Everyone thinks that I betrayed the Four Horsewomen but the truth is that they betrayed me, because they are jealous of who I am and where I come from. Deep down they know they will never be royalty like The Queen herself and all they have is each other, but I will snuff them out, one by one, starting with Becky herself. At Extreme Rules I challenge Becky to a Last Woman Standing match!” A frothing Becky accepts the challenge. “You were never a Horsewomen, Bayley, Sasha, and I built ourselves up from the bottom up to become the foundation of the Women’s Division, where you just took all the credit. See you at Extreme Rules.”
The next week, Bayley and Sasha say that now they beaten the UFC women, they have proven that they are the best, they beat women from all three brands and are now looking for fresh competition. From the back come out the women who introduced the Women’s Tag Titles, Lita and Trish Stratus. “We’ve seen what you have done, and color us impressed, but now it’s time to test your skills against two hall of famers, so Extreme Rules sound good?” Sasha and Bayley agree to the match setting up a colossal match.
Extreme Rules
Becky vs Charlotte Last Women Standing Match, winner gets title shot of their choosing: In a brutal matchup, this one goes on for ages, as the brutal feud wages on. In the closing minutes of the bout, a desperate Charlotte nails a Natural Selection off the stage and into the technician’s wires. 8...9...10! A double count this match goes to a draw, the title shot now up in the air.
Lita and Trish Stratus vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley: In a tumultuous brawl, we see Lita displaying her extreme tendencies by sandwiching Bayley and Banks in between a ladder. The two vets give the young guns a run for their money, but ultimately Bayley hits a Bayley to Belly on Stratus onto a ladder, to pick up the win and retain their titles.
Build To Summerslam
We open the show with Charlotte and Becky arguing over who is owed a title shot in Stephanie’s office, when Triple H comes in. “The stipulation clearly stated a title shot, not two title shots, so the only title that two women can challenge for is the Women’s Tag Championship, so I recommend you two work together. If either of you leaves the match, you will e fired promptly.I saw the greatness of the Four Horsewomen in NXT, and I’m sure you four will be the recapture lightning in a bottle once again and give the people what they want. That’s why at Summerslam, it will be Bayley and Sasha vs Charlotte and Becky in a 60 minute iron woman match, the same stipulation that Sasha and Bayley had in the first women’s PPV main event! Becky and Charlotte both unhappy storm out.
The next week, Sasha and Bayley open the show, pleading that Charlotte and Becky put their differences aside. “All we want is a clean match, a showcase of all our talent out there. I really hope that regardless of the outcome that all four of us will be able to close the show together and redeem ourselves after what happened at WrestleMania. Let’s give them a match that these titles deserve.”
To test their cohesiveness as a tag team, Charlotte and Becky have a match against the Sky Pirates. Charlotte and Becky make their entrance even though the tension is thick. A headstrong Charlotte touts that she’s got this and refuses to even acknowledge Becky’s existence. Charlotte teases a tag in by extending her hand but pulls it away, and does the signature flair strut when Sane takes advantage and nails a drop kick. Kairi lays a flurry of offense against her and nails her patented elbow drop! 1..2..2 3/4 KICK OUT! Charlotte gets out! She drags herself to Becky to tag her in, but Becky jumps off the ring skirt, saying that Charlotte can do it on her own. Sane lays in more offense before dropping a second elbow and picking up the win.
On the go home show to Summerslam, Becky cuts a promo saying that she is willing to work with Charlotte but she needs to realize that she can’t do it on her own. Throughout the last four months, they’ve been at each other’s throats and she’s willing to call it even. Charlotte comes out and digs her heel further in saying that she tried to make amends with Becky but she declined. She will never forgive Becky and will only compete just not to get fired.
Summerslam
Bayley and Sasha vs. Charlotte and Becky 60 Minute Iron Woman match:
In the highly anticipated main event of Summerslam all four of the horsewomen put on an absolute clinic. The two teams are tied 3-3 with Charlotte and Becky barely interacting. A minute left on the clock and Sasha left alone in the ring, the two look at each other and decide to team up to pick up the win. Becky nails a Bexploder suplex as Charlotte follows it up with a Natural Selection! Bayley picks up an unsuspecting Becky and nails a Bayley to Belly on Becky! Five seconds on the clock, Charlotte pins Banks and Bayley pins Becky directly across from each other. 1..2..2 1/2 Charlotte gives a nod of respect and lets go of her pin right before 3, allowing Bayley to gain the 3 count to retain the Women’s titles! A beaten Charlotte picks up a broken Becky as they join Sasha and Bayley, the four horsewomen finally putting their differences aside and making their amends!
Hope you all enjoyed, thanks for reading and keep an eye out for Atlas’s Part 2!
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2020.09.21 19:53 Zenphobia I hire Twitch streamers for game marketing -- AMA

Hi everyone! A few weeks back I made an off-the-cuff reply to a thread about Twitch streamers looking for sponsors, and my inbox got flooded with a bunch of great questions, and I still get a few messages a week from streamers who want to learn more about what they can do to attract and engage sponsors.
All of the advice there is still relevant, so check out that post if you want my quick and dirty guide to attracting and working with sponsors (https://www.reddit.com/Twitch/comments/hhy485/i_am_in_the_top_02_of_twitch_in_terms_of_average/).
The advice I would add to this thread that we didn’t cover:
As for other things we can talk about, I have worked at indie game companies. I’ve done some writing for video games. We currently work with a handful of game clients as well as clients from other industries. And COVID has me fighting my long-time addiction to Ultima Online that I thought I had beaten.
If you are grateful for this stream and want to thank me in a way beyond an upvote, join our Keys for Creators program or jump in to do a charity stream, either for one of the nonprofits I suggest or any nonprofit really. The world could use more good people helping others.
Other background stuff:
About Marshal Carper:
Marshal’s work in games began in 2006 with contributing character dialogue to the Nintendo DS title The Black Sigil. Since then, he has authored more than 15 books, had an ownership stake in two indie games companies, wrote and directed a documentary about food in video games, presented at events like TwitchCon and the It’s Kinda Funny Showcase (PAX West), provided video game consulting to brands like PPG and charities like No Kid Hungry, and collaborated with a range of professional athletes, from Hall of Famers like Randy Couture to active UFC fighters. He is the founder of Carper Communications, a content marketing agency that serves a range of video game clients. Recently, he launched Tired Gamers, a game community devoted to indie games and co-op gaming.
Keys for Creators:
Keys for Creators is a new initiative inspired by a thread on Twitch where a user expressed frustration about getting brand and sponsor attention. Designed to help creators build a track record for sponsored content, Keys for Creators works like this: When we have an indie games partner launching or promoting a game, we will send out limited batches of free Steam keys to our curated list of content creators. In addition to promoting as much of this content through our community as possible, we encourage our partners to share your content as well. ‘
You don’t have to be a mega popular creator to qualify.
If all you do is actively leave reviews for the games you enjoy, you can join our program. If you have a YouTube channel, a Twitch stream, or a blog, that’s a big bonus as well, even if you are still growing.
Sign up here (https://www.tiredgamers.com/keys-for-creators/).
Stream for Charity:
The last time I did an informal AMA about Twitch sponsorships, I got a lot of kind messages asking how someone could thank/support me. Thankfully, I’m doing just fine, but there are a bunch of worthy causes out there that could use your support.
No Kid Hungry -- For every $1 donated, 10 meals end up going to children in need. If you’d like to do a fundraising stream for NKH or just want to be more connected to the community, join their Discord and let them know I sent you: https://discord.gg/nokidhungry
Project Pinball -- This organization places (and maintains) pinball machines in children’s hospitals and in Ronald McDonald Houses. If you are a streamer, we are organizing a fundraising campaign for mid Oct. that comes with a free game code for an upcoming game release. Sign up for the Keys for Creators program if you’re interested.
TBD Anti-Bully Charity -- We’re helping with the release of Adventures of Chris, a 90s-inspired platformer about an unlikely super hero. A portion of the launch will be dedicated to benefiting a charity. We are currently pursuing an anti-bullying partner for this, and if you’d like to be involved, the Keys for Creators program is also the best place to sign up.

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Thank you for your questions!
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2020.09.17 04:00 Coldcoffees Post WWE NXT Discussion Thread! - September 16th, 2020

NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT!

Super Tuesday Results
Match Stipulation Winner
Damian Priest (c) vs. Timothy Thatcher Singles match for the NXT North American Championship Damian Priest
Breezango (c) vs. Imperium Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championships Breezango
Io Shirai vs. Shotzi Blackheart Non-title singles match Io Shirai
Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain Tag team match Drake Maverick & Killian Dain (DQ)
Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter Tag team match Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
Full Recap (Source: Cageside Seats)
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Io Shirai
No mention of Shotzi’s staple gun promo. Blackheart offers her hand in a sign of respect, but the champ slaps it away. Evenly matched in the early going, with Shotzi getting a few covers and then locking in a submission that leaves Io scrambling for a rope break. She gets it, and the ensuing brawl leads to the Genius of the Sky hitting a moonsault off the top to the outside. She brings Blackheart in for a nearfall and we go picture-in-picture.
The champ is in control during the commercials, but Shotzi dodges a charge as soon as we come back. Dropkick into the corner, then a facebuster. Blackheart hits a knee before Io hulks up and they go blow-for-blow in the middle of the ring. Each evades kicks, but when Shotzi tries to stretch Shirai, it’s countered to a crossface. Blackheart struggles, then like Io gets a toe on the bottom rope. The ensuing scramble ends with a senton into the ropes from Shotzi. A bridging suplex gets a great nearfall. She bridges into a submission, but Shirai gets her opponent’s shoulders on the mat to force her to release the hold. She charges back with a facebuster. Tiger Feint Kick leads to a dropkick from the top. One, two, no!
Shotzi back with a super-rana, but the champ kicks out. They battle to the top, but neither can hit anything from there. On the apron, Io German’s Blackheart right on the back of her neck. Shirai gets her in the ring, but can’t get three! Running knees in the corner, then a moonsault from the top ends it. Great match.
Io Shirai def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall
Show of respect from the champ in the aftermath as Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix sing Shotzi’s praises.
A video package puts over the vicious streak Tommaso Ciampa’s brought back with him. He’s in action next.
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Desmond Troy
Troy makes the mistake of expecting a clean break on the opening lock-up and eats a knee for it. The newcomer manages to hit a drop kick, but it’s not long before the beatdown is back on. Slingshot into the bottom turnbuckle. Willow’s Bell.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Desmond Troy via pinfall
The Blackheart gets a chair, but before he can attack, Jake Atlas is here with a microphone. He asks if Ciampa remembers him. He could run out there and attack the former champ, but he’s not a coward. He wants a match next week, and a smile from Tommaso looks like acceptance.
Faceless interviewer guy catches up with Drake Maverick on his way to the building. He’s confident he and Killian Dain will be able to get on the same page against Undisputed ERA tonight, even though he hasn’t heard from Dain all week, and doesn’t have his number, and...
After a break, our new NXT champ gets to talk in a pre-tape package. Finn Balor puts over Adam Cole, but says he’s the best. The questions keep coming - how is it being champ four years apart? Last time, he was building the brand. Now, the brand needs him. His wearing the belt means he’s the most important champ in the business, even as they show pictures of Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and WALTER. He says guys need to fight to face him. Balor tells them to line up.
Austin Theory is out proclaiming himself a first ballot Hall of Famer. His loss to Bronson Reed was a fluke, which he’s going to prove right now by issuing an open challenge to the locker room. The call is answered by Velveteen Dream’s worst nightmare, Kushida!
Austin Theory vs. Kushida
The Japanese Superstar attacks before the bell, but Theory gets back into it. He misses a standing shooting star press, and that creates an opening for Kushida. Battling on the floor, he sends the younger star into the ringpost shoulder first and goes to work on the arm. It’s not long before he has the Hoverboard Lock in.
Kushida def. Austin Theory via submission
Kushida won’t let go of the hold after the bell! The referee finally forces him to let go as the announcers wonder what’s gotten into the legendary super-junior.
After some ads, we visit with the Garganos. Candice is upset that Tegan Nox is ungrateful, and just doesn’t get their way. Johnny’s mad their TV was busted; he hasn’t gone upstairs in a week because there’s still spaghetti everywhere. He wants to send Tegan a bill for their expensive new TV. She looks forward to winning next week’s #1 contender battle royal, and Gargano mocks the guys in the North American title match.
Breezango vs. Imperium
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel attack before the bell, but the champs hold their own. Aichner hits Fandango with a cheap shot as soon as the match starts, and the beatdown on the Deputy starts immediately. The heels employ quick tags, and make the use of five counts as the work Dango over. The champ gets a boot up on a whip and elbows the German off the apron, but then Aichner turns him inside out with a clothesline. Imperium keeps him isolated in their corner. Barthel gets two off a suplex. Dango looks like he might punch his way free, but Barthel comes out of nowhere to take out his knee. The heels hit a tandem drop kick as we go to commercial.
Shortly after we return, Fandango lands some strikes on Barthel. He gets caught by the tights before he can tag, but with a big clothesline of his own he gets the corner and Tyler Breeze is finally in! He throws the Italian all around, eventually getting a half crab locked in. Barthel breaks that up, but Dango takes him out. Breezango get Aichner hung up in the corner, but after a Supermodel Kick, Barthel breaks up Breeze’s cover. Back and forth leads to a nifty spot where Barthel shoves Prince Pretty off the top into Aichner’s arms, he catches him for a suplex. Fandango barely breaks up the cover.
Things break down and Imperium goes for the same tandem move on the outside, but Dango saves his partner. Back in, he goes for the leg drop off the top but Aichner evades. Barthel kicks him in the jaw and a suplex follow-up gets a close nearfall. Fandango’s in trouble, but manages to get a tornado DDT. Both men tag, and a blind tag by Barthel sets Breeze up for the European bomb, but Dango shoves Aichner into his partner. Prince Pretty stacks him up, and the good guys win!
Breezango def. Imperium via pinfall to retain their NXT Tag Team championship
Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
The announce team plays this up as a chance to possibly earn a WWE Women’s Tag Team title shot. Catanzaro & Carter get the first pinfall when Kacy slides and grabs Li’s foot while Kayden slings her to the mat. Xia gets free with strikes, but tandem offense continues from C & C. A big clothesline from the tall Kamea allows that team to take control with Catanzaro in peril. Kacy evades a splash in the corner, and both teams tag. Carter & Li have a striking exchange that Kayden wins with a drop kick. Superkicks for both her opponents, then tag to Catanzaro. Pump kick from Kacy while Kayden had Xia in a crucifix, then Catanzaro pops over for a bridging pin.
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Jessi Kamea & Xia Li via pinfall
The winners offer a fist bump in the aftermath, but Xia doesn’t want anything to do with it.
We see Drake finally find Killain, who doesn’t know about the match, and tells Maverick he’s on his own.
After a break, Tegan Nox cuts a promo about how Candice has changed. The LeRae she knew definitely wouldn’t sit around and listen to her husband whine about a $200 TV that she broke, just so he can watch himself lose on it. It boils down to Candice wants a lackey, while Tegan just wanted her friend back. But that’s okay, next week she’s gonna win the battle royal, and she can’t wait to see the look on Johnny’s face when it happens. She also warns Io that this time, she won’t come up short.
Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
No Dain, and Maverick heads in for what looks like a handicap match. Drake does his never-say-die thing, but things go about as well as you’d expect. We occasionally see shots of guys watching in the back, and Killian is enjoying seeing his “partner” get his butt kicked.
After a break, Fish is working over Drake when we see General Manager William Regal step to Dain. The big Irishman argues that he didn’t sign up for the match, but gets up and heads to the ring just as Maverick is thrown to the floor. He picks up Drake and tells him to get in the ring and lose like a man. TUE mock him and tell him to keep steppin’. He turns around and they throw Maverick at him. He sidesteps and heads into the ring and wipes out Roddy. Fish comes in with a chair and that’s the DQ...
Drake Maverick & Killian Dain def. Undisputed ERA by disqualification
Maverick grabs the chair from Fish, allowing Dain to clean house. Drake is fired up and slaps Killian in the chest, excited they’re a tag team. He gets punched in the face for it.
Jake Atlas is seen leaving as faceless interviewer guy catches up to him and asks what he was thinking setting up the match against Tommaso Ciampa for next week. Before he can get too far into his answer, Ciampa attacks. Steve Corino, some other agents and Kyle O’Reilly of all people break it up. Tommaso tells Jake he’ll see him next week, and KOR he’ll deal with him soon, too.
After a break, it’s MAJOR announcement time! Regal reveals Balor’s next challenger will be determined in a Gauntlet Eliminator match. Five men will compete. Two start, with others entering a four minute intervals. You have to be pinned or submitted to be eliminated. The winner gets The Prinxe at TakeOver on Oct. 4.
Damian Priest vs. Timothy Thatcher
Grappling to start, and Priest holds his own, but ends up underneath. He finally gets on offense when he wins a power contest as they exchange shoulder block. The champ is nursing his arm, but it doesn’t stop him from trying for a powerbomb on the floor. Thatcher shoves him into the ring steps, then suplexes him on the floor as we got PiP.
Priest fights his way back into it on the small screen, and they’re a-clubbering each other when we get back to full screen. A slap by Thatcher fires up the champ, and Priest comes back with a flurry and a big clothesline that turns the challenger inside out. Spinning back elbow in the corner is followed by doing the deal with a Falcon Arrow, but Thatch kicks out at two.
Thatcher tries for an armbar but catches two kicks to the dome for his trouble. Priest tries for a springboard enziguri but Thatcher sidesteps and tries for the armbar again. Another striking exchange, again won by the champ... but Thatcher was playing possum. He catches a kick and goes for a legbar. He finally gets it and turns him over, but the Archer of Infamy makes the ropes. It’s not long before he’s stuck in the Fujiwara armbar, but Priest gets a toe on the ropes. He goes for South of Heaven, but his arm gives out. He connects with a flatliner, then hits his chokeslam a second later, but can only get two. Spinning heel kick off the top, Reckoning, and that’s all she wrote.
Damian Priest def. Timothy Thatcher via pinfall to retain the NXT North American championship
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2020.09.12 22:32 JustDaniel3 Thomas 'One Eye' Rye, Leader of the Autumn Brotherhood


Discord Name: JustDaniel #3052
Name and House: Thomas Rye
Age: 25
Cultural Group: Andal (Crownlander)
Appearance: Thomas is a man that has been through hardship, and it shows plainly on his person. His body is riddled with scars and contusions, relics of his past as a brigand and opportunist. Despite this, Thomas is still a handsome man, with a defined jawline and dark, piercing features. His hair isn’t as long as it used to be, he now cuts it just long enough to curl around the edges, and no longer. His arms are filled out with muscle due to his hours of hard work in the fields. His most famous attributes are his missing eye, which he has taken to covering with a black patch, and his teeth, stained a hue of blood red from his old habit of chewing sourleaf.
Gift: Duelist
Skills: Swords (M)
Talents: Farming, Swimming, Hunting
Negative Traits: Maimed (Eye)
Starting Location: The Kingswood
Starting Titles: Leader of the Autumn Brotherhood
Alternate Characters: Aelor Targaryen

Biography:

Thomas Rye was born in 284 AC, the first son of Walton Rye and his wife Violet. They were commoners living under the rule of Aemon Targaryen, and they were happy with their simple lives. The Ryes were no noble House, not even the smallest of knightly aristocracy, they were merely a family of fairly wealthy smallfolk famed for their most common product, rye. They had a meagre plot of land where they planted and harvested their bounty, Walton housed and employed a dozen other families to help with the business in return for food and shelter. For the first two years of Thomas’ life he enjoyed as many comforts as his parents could afford their precious child. He was one of the few children in the village with actual shoes fitted by the shoe-maker one town over. Beyond that, his family wore well-made clothes- far from the silks and eastern fabrics of the nobility, but still something that showed their wealth.
Things changed in 286 when the season turned. Thomas had been born into the Great Summer, the longest to be recorded by the maesters in living memory. And while the Gods had granted Westeros this boon, they also saw fit to extract a toll. Summer shifted into Autumn, and from the beginning the smallfolk noticed the difference. Trees did not turn the beautiful oranges and reds and yellows customary to the season, instead, their leaves wilted and died, cracking and falling to the ground in a decomposed mess. Roots turned up black and misshapen, half the bounty of the forest became inedible or simply did not grow in the first place. At first it wasn’t so bad for the Ryes. Their product slowly dwindled as they harvested less and less each moon, but their fields were large compared to their neighbors. Thanks to the many families that lived on their estate they still made the most of their crippled yields of crops, even if profit worsened by the year. When Thomas was five years old his mother birthed another child, a sickly boy named Damon. He lived two moons, then perished, leaving the family in a state of grief. At the age of six Thomas was sent to help his parents in their rye fields. Under different circumstances they would have waited until he was older, but these was no average Autumn. He grew stronger through the hard work of planting and harvesting crops, even if it was arduous work for a boy of his age. He spent the next few years similarly, aiding his community where he could by doing whatever jobs they required of him. He relayed messages to the families that lived further out in the forest, helped with the animals that still lived on the estate, and constantly helped collect the produce the village output.
When he was ten his father introduced him to an heirloom their family had passed down for years. A sword of black iron, crudely fashioned, but of adequate quality. They had cleaned, polished, and scoured it of rust since the fourth Blackfyre rebellion where their ancestor, Roger Rye had made a name for himself slaying a true knight of the Golden Company. Walton was no great swordsman, but his father had taught him how to swing the sword, and so he planned to pass the knowledge down to his heir. Thomas practiced first with a wooden sword fashioned by a forrester from the Kingswood. He took surprisingly well to the training, and Walton quickly deemed him ready to swing the true steel. The boy spent every spare moment running the black iron blade against dummies made of cloth and lightly packed timber. His arms would be strained every week from the constant work, but he pushed through it, determined to be a fine warrior. Two more years he followed this schedule until tragedy struck the Rye family once more. The Black Autumn finally subsided, but with the coming of winter came even harsher conditions. The Rye family began to lose great portions of their harvest, and profits hit an all-time low. Even worse, Walton came down with terrible chills, and the village elder was uncertain if he would pull through. The old man fought hard for three moons, but none can outrun death, and it claimed his life as it had claimed all before him. At the age of 12 Thomas inherited the Rye estate, a promotion he was woefully unequipped for. His mother Violet did the majority of the managing, though she herself struggled with the passing of her lifelong partner. The farms continued to hemorrhage money, and more and more members of the village died from the lack of food, or simply because of the cold. Violet passed on the skills she could to Thomas, and one day, in the middle of a snowstorm that blinded the crownlands, walked out to freeze in the cold. While her intention might have been to lessen the load on her last remaining children, it instead made it even harder to move forward. Thomas toughened up after the event, determined to lead his village and provide for his brother Harry, the only one of his siblings to survive their childhood. He did admirably for the situation he was in, but it mattered not, this winter was not one his settlement could survive.
In 298 AC a group of the king’s tax collectors came for the monarchs due, something Thomas simply couldn’t provide. He haggled and bartered, argued and debated, did whatever it took to reduce the price, or at least gain an extension on the payment time. They agreed to give him another moon, then they would return. The village banded together to raise the funds, they worked even harder in the fields, harvesting any crop that dared grow in the winter. They sold valuables, heirlooms, items that had been in their families for generations. Thomas did his part, selling his mother’s clothes, then his father’s, then the swaddling clothes of his long dead siblings. They pooled every coin of profit, every halfpenny, groat, stag, star, moon, even a single golden dragon that Billy the Bearded had gained by selling a ring to the gold-workers in King’s Landing. The tax collectors came again, just as they said they would. It wasn’t enough. Thomas begged them to take what they had, desperately pleaded that they had been so close. This money collector was not the same as before though. His name was Desmond, and he was famed for collecting every single penny he was due. Desmond swore he would return with the city watch and extract the funds, even if it required seizing the Rye crop fields.
Despairing and out of options, Thomas retreated to his family home where he intended to drink himself into a stupor and wait to have his lands stolen from him. Instead, the men and women of the village came to him, armed with pitchforks, scythes, butchering knives and hammers. They would defend their homes, but they needed a Rye to lead them, just as Roger had almost 70 years in the past. Thomas grabbed up his black iron sword and gathered every able bodied person in the village. There were some that refused to fight, either too craven to defend their livelihood or those that simply didn’t think it worth the struggle. Many and more took up weapons with their leader, and the awaited the kings men with vigilance. By the time Desmond returned the smallfolk had erected wooden barriers intended to catch the gold cloaks should they charge. There was a watchtower, though it was a pitiful thing indeed. Thomas approached the man, and the two conversed. It seemed for a moment that Desmond might relent, but the man was too prideful or too stupid to see the reason Thomas put forward. The two returned to their respective sides, and the gold cloaks approached to do the kings bidding. The battle that followed- if it could be called that- was a bloody and sad altercation. The city watchmen didn’t want to butcher commoners struggling to survive the winter, and the smallfolk didn’t want to breach the king’s peace for something as simple as money troubles. While the gold cloaks had been better equipped and trained, they were still outnumbered heavily by the famers of the Rye estate. Many were slain on both sides, but the gold cloaks were forced to retreat with their wounded and dead, and the villagers celebrated the hard fought victory, even if it felt empty. Thomas’ sword practice had proved instrumental, and he thanked his father’s soul for having trained him to use it. Desmond had been pulled from his horse during the scuffle and killed by a hammer strike to the temple, a fitting end for the man that had started the conflict. While the farmers had succeeded in this pursuit, Thomas realized that they were now outlaws, even if they wanted to uphold the king’s peace. They couldn’t stay here, even if that was why they had fought in the first place. Thomas ordered that the dead kings men be stripped of their weapons and armor, and that the items be spread out amongst the most capable of the survivors. Thomas received a black breastplate with the golden rings of an officer. He also took mail armor and a long iron dirk off the corpse of one slain watchman. They were a mismatched group bearing leather, wool, iron and mail, some wielding pitchforks and knives while others took the cudgels, spears, swords and dirks of the city watch. Into the Kingswood they fled, where they established a camp in the deep of the forest. The woodsmen and forresters of the crew taught them the secrets of the forest, which roots could be eaten for sustenance and which would kill you faster than a dagger of Valyrian steel. And while he hadn’t expected it, the men and women of the community still looked to Thomas as their leader, and he would not let their trust be misplaced. He decided when they would stay put and when they would move, when they would make a trip to the city for supplies and when they would rely on other smallfolk or the bounty of the forest. It was during this time that he took up the habit of chewing sourleaf, something that calmed his nerves and helped him think, even if it stained his teeth red as a result. Thomas’ leadership saw them through the harsh winter, and spring melted away the terrible snows that had plagued them for 4 long years.
Thomas’ band was not the only one living in the Kingswood, many of the others comprised of less than savory men with malicious intentions. They were robbers and thieves and raiders, broken men and opportunists, the dredges of society that had no place in the king’s city. Some sought to join the community of Rye, having heard of his exploits against the city watch. While they wouldn’t be his first choice for new residents, he understood the concept of strength in numbers and welcomed them in. Slowly then convinced Thomas that he wouldn’t be doing harm if he followed their way of life. Taking from others was justified if it was given to those that deserved and needed it the most. While hesitant, Thomas agreed to rob a noble, though villages and small communities were entirely off limits, lest he become worse than Desmond and the tax collectors. They ambushed a knight as he traversed the Kingsroad, taking him into their custody without spilling any blood. The man’s arms and armor were taken, later sold in pieces to buyers in King’s Landing and around the city. The profit was admittedly great, greater than anything they had made as farmers. Thomas saw how his people benefited from the gold, and how he even had enough to give to the nearby villages and families in the Kingswood. From then on they would continue their robberies and illicit activities, moving from knights to wealthy merchants and even minor lordlings travelling with light escort. Men would look for them, either city watchmen, royal soldiers, or levies sworn to some lord or another, but none of them could find Thomas Rye and his merry band, so well hidden within the Kingswood. As they became more renowned for their actions Thomas decided they might as well have a name, a moniker that nobles would learn to fear over time. They were dubbed the Autumn Brotherhood, after the horrendous Autumn that had set them down this path, and from there they would only grow. One hideout became two, and two quickly sprouted to three, soon Thomas’ Brotherhood was larger than he thought possible. It was during this rapid expansion that he took interest in a woman living in one of his hideouts. She was a newer addition, a woman that had left her village to join the expanding settlement of the Brotherhood. They quickly hit it off, Thomas and Lyra, and soon they were in love. Lyra bore Thomas his first son in 304 AC, a boy named Gulian. The year after they had a girl, they named the babe Rosey.
Still other brigands and outlaws flocked to the Autumn Brotherhood, some leaders of their own groups. Four such men and women made their way to Thomas, and he deemed them valuable enough to be his commanders. The first of which was Longshanks, a man of massive proportions that wielded an axe almost as large as him. He was Rye’s right hand, the one he could send to do any job. The others were Gentle Jack, called the Singer. His voice was as beautiful as they said, but his greatest talent was his archery. The man could shoot an apple off another man’s head at 100 paces with ease. There was also Quiet Kurs, the knife-wielder. He didn’t speak much, if at all, but he had the deftest hands in the Brotherhood, whether it came to thievery or dancing with his deadly blades. Old Anne was the last of them, a good leader, and a fine shot with a bow as well, though not as skilled as Jack. With their help the Brotherhood became even more effective, and even more infamous.
The Autumn Brotherhood was at the height of its power in 306 AC. While this was good in some ways, it also drew unwanted attention, and ire from those with the means to stop them. After years of terrorizing the roads and paths of the Kingswood the new king rode to put an end to them. Unwitting of the new offensive, Thomas only realized something was amiss when his first camp didn’t report to the others by nightfall. Soon, the second hideout also failed to report, and Thomas was certain the Brotherhood was under attack. He and his lieutenants made for the third hideout, but they arrived to find nothing but ashes and bodies. Thomas raged and sprinted to his home, desperate to locate his lover and children. He found three corpses instead. His cry of anguish was heard from Dorne to the Wall, or that’s what the singers say. With nothing left to fight for, Rye mounted his horse and made for a clearing, one with no clear outs and a river too deep to cross. He knew they would come for him, but that was exactly what he wanted. He would drag down every knight and solider and warrior that he could, even if he died a slow death for it. The place is now known as the Orange Clearing, for the leaves that fell in the Kingswood during the Autumn. Just as the bandit leader had thought, men had come for him, though they were no mere watchmen. King Viserys Targaryen himself had arrived, accompanied by Ser Triston Fell, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and some other White Knight, one Gwayne Tyrell. For the lives of his compatriots Thomas warned the King and his escort, but still they made their approach, intent on killing the bandits. Gentle Jack riddled the Lord Commander with two arrows, Anne struck true with a third. The man slipped from his horse, landing to do battle with the leader of the Autumn Brotherhood. Thomas was not an honorable man though, and too angry to give Ser Triston a fair fight. After a short scuffle he swept the knight’s leg and stabbed him through the throat, ending the wounded knight before his allies could aid him. By the time Thomas rejoined the fight Kurs was already dead, cut down by Gwayne Tyrell. Longshanks died shortly after, cut in twain by the King and his sworn sword. Anne couldn’t hold her bow straight, and reached for her crude dagger, which proved ineffective against a longsword. Jack had fled the battle after seeing the tide turn, and Thomas had cursed him as he turned tail. It was two against one, but both he and Tyrell seemed to have the same mindset. With a silent nod the two agreed to single combat, and Gwayne and Thomas locked into the deadly dance of swordplay. Thomas was more than a capable swordsman, having fought hundreds of men during his time in the Brotherhood. Gwayne Tyrell was a warrior, raised from birth to wield a sword, and it showed in their fight. Thomas fought admirably, but he was pushed onto the defensive, forced onto the back foot after each blow. A deep gash was cut into his shoulder, and he almost lost feeling in the limb- would have if it weren’t for the adrenaline. The Kingsguard slashed his blade across Rye’s face, ruining his left eye and causing his vision to run red. The two grappled near the edge of the Orange Clearing, and Thomas was thrown into the river, floating face-down in the water, presumed dead by all.
Thomas Rye was a resilient bastard though, and his rage and will kept him alive against all odds. He floated for what seemed like forever, before washing up somewhere in the Kingswood. Warm hands pulled him from the shore, and he felt himself being dragged somewhere before blacking out. He awoke in a hut of thatch and wood, being cared for by an old man that called himself Oldbones. The man was a hermit that lived on the outskirts of a village nearby, and they came to him when they needed someone healed. Fortunately for Thomas, Oldbones had no idea what the Autumn Brotherhood was, nor who Thomas Rye was. He healed the man, feeding him fish and stew and applying ointments to his wounds. Over time Thomas returned to his former strength, and he thanked Oldbones for his kindness and hospitality despite being a stranger. The hermit sent Rye to the village nearby, where he took up tilling and working the fields, the job he had grown up doing. For three years he established himself as a hard worker, and a worthwhile member of the community. People began to trust him, and some saw him as a leader, as they had back in his old village. To these new farmers he was simply Tom, as he kept his true identity to himself.
History seems bound to repeat itself though, as this village too fell on hard times. The Autumn conditions were similar to the last, and Thomas could only watch as crop yields lessened and fish harvesting failed. Tax collectors came once more, demanding every piece of gold the farmers had. Thomas didn’t wait for a second warning. He armed the villagers, showing them how to slit a throat with a knife or open a man’s belly with a scythe. They weren’t the Autumn Brotherhood, but they were more prepared than the Rye men had been the first time. When gold cloaks arrived for the taxes the villagers popped out from foxholes and from the canopies of trees, slaughtering them before they even made their demands. Thomas revealed himself for who he truly was, and a good portion of the village rallied to the long dead legend of the one-eyed bandit. Once again they armed themselves and made for the Kingswood. That is where Thomas bides his time, growing his Autumn Brotherhood once more and readying himself to glean revenge upon the king. He has a list this time around, those that must die for him to be satisfied. Gwayne Tyrell, the White Rose. Viserys Targaryen, the false king. Rhaenys Targaryen, who he would kill first to show Viserys the pain. Maekar Targaryen, the heir that Gulian wasn’t allowed to be.
Timeline:
284 AC - Thomas is born to Walton and Violet Rye, the owners of an estate of land in their small village.
286 AC - The Black Autumn begins, the crops of Thomas' village begin to fail.
289 AC - Thomas' brother Damon is born, he quickly dies of malnutrition and the constant cold.
290 AC - Thomas is sent out into his parents fields to help harvest what he can of the terrible crop yields, he begins to grow strong doing this.
294 AC - Thomas is introduced to swordplay by his father, who shows him their families heirloom, a black iron sword from the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion.
296 AC - Walton comes down with chills, he dies, leaving Thomas the owner of the Rye estate. His mother takes over most of the management, but she teaches Thomas what she can. Violet takes her own life by walking into a snowstorm, leaving Thomas the sole head of the village.
298 AC - Tax collectors come demanding their due from the Rye lands, Thomas haggles and barters twice before they arrive with soldiers. The farmers fight off the gold cloaks and flee into the Kingswood as outlaws.
302 AC - Thomas begins to rob knights, merchants, and other nobles of their possessions, redistributing the proceeds to his community and the villages in the Kingswood. They take the name "The Autumn Brotherhood" and begin to expand their hideouts.
303 AC - Thomas meets Lyra and the two fall in love.
304 AC - Lyra bears Thomas his first child, a boy named Gulian.
305 AC - A second child is born to the pair, a girl named Rosey.
306-309 AC - The Autumn Brotherhood is at the height of its power, the king finally takes note of their presence. Gold Cloaks destroyed their hideouts and slaughter Thomas' family. He faces off with the king and two of the Kingsguard at the legendary Orange Clearing. Triston Fell is slain by Thomas but Gwayne Tyrell and Viserys cut down his compatriots. After a duel Gwayne Tyrell maims Thomas and pushes him into a river with bad wounds. He survives miraculously and is healed by a hermit named Oldbones, afterwards he moves into the village nearby where he works for the next 3 years. Tax collectors came again to demand gold, and this time Thomas took initiative, arming the villagers and attacking the gold cloaks. He revealed himself as Thomas Rye and has since fled to the Kingswood to start the Autumn Brotherhood once more.

Family Tree

Walton Rye (Dead)
Violet Rye (Dead)
Thomas Rye (Born 284 AC)
Damon Rye (Born 289 AC, Dead)
Harry Rye (Born 290 AC, Dead)

NPC's

Robin of the Red Standard - Archetype (General) Rumors are that Robin was a soldier a long time ago. The man bears a crimson red banner wherever he goes, people whisper he was once a Targaryen soldier that broke on the field of battle and never left the sigil behind. Perhaps he was once of sound mind, but it is certain that he is not any more. The man is a dangerous mix of madness and fearlessness, and none would call him a poor warrior.
Ser Jason of the Kingswood - Archetype (General) Jason claims to be a knight with a storied history, but there are many and more than doubt his credentials. At the very least he has a suit of armor, even if it is rusted in places, and a sword of castle forged steel.
Fletch - Archetype (Bandit) Fletch is the best shot since Danos Caswell, or at least, that's how we touts himself. He is certainly a talented archer, but his most impressive skill lies in his adeptness at planning night raids on unsuspecting targets. The man is handsome and confident, but he reminds Thomas just a tad too much of Gentle Jack.
Pretty Jenny - Jenny portrays herself as beautiful and innocent, an act she puts up deftly. In truth, Jenny is deadly with knives and poisons, capable of concocting a poison with nothing more than the resources of the forest.
Theo the Dancer - Theo is a graceful and skilled swordsmen with a black sense of humor. He gets his moniker not only from his ability to dance, but the unique way he wields his blade.
Septon Cassander - Captured by the men of the Autumn Brotherhood on a semi-recent robbery, the Septon has been forced to read the Seven Pointed Star to the men of the Brotherhood. Despite his unwilling entry to the organization, he has provided Thomas with genuine counsel and advice in his times of need.
Green Greydon - A recent addition to the Autumn Brotherhood, Greydon joined up hoping to be a harrowed legend among the likes of the first Brotherhood. He is often laughed at for his optimism and his romantic vision of what their band is.
The Woodsmen - The Woodsmen is a forrester from the lands of the Kingswood. He doesn't speak, but he has more knowledge of the land than any other man in the Brotherhood. Deadly precise with an axe and with a wealth of knowledge of nature, he is a valuable member of the Autumn Brotherhood.
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2020.09.09 03:10 lamont196 Recommended Reading list for 18x's, option 40's and fanboys of all ages

Special Forces:
Behind Japanese Lines: with the OSS in Burma - The only theater in WW2 were UW was the principal means of fighting the enemy was in the CIB (China, Burma, India theater). Det 101 goes from trying to do unilateral surgical strike (doesn't go well) to full on bilateral DA with partner force (Kachin Rangers). Awesome book.
The Mission, The Men, and Me (Pete Blaber) - Commander of Delta Force later 90's thru early GWOT. Great read on mindset and leadership.
The Only Thing Worth Dying For - Unconventional Warfare and nation building in Afghanistan in the early days of the Global War on Terror
The Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds - by a Special Forces commander, published with the support of the Army and Special Operations
Donovan: Americas Master Spy - Lawyer, WW1 MOH recipient, international spy for FDR before WW2, and the father of the OSS.
Roughneck 91 - ODA goes to Iraq and crushes an Iraqi mechanized company. Pretty entertaining
The Jedburgh's: The secret history of Allied Special Forces, 1944 - Awesome book on how 200 men led 70,000 French resistance fighters in support of the Normandy Campaign. Lots of future SF regimental hall of famers and CIA leaders cut their teeth in this unit.
The Moon is down - Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) was commissioned to right this, in preparation of a Nazi/Japanese invasion of the USA in early WW2. Its designed to teach resistance to the reader in an informal manner. Covers LOAC, subversion, intelligence gathering, sabotage and other fun stuff. Its like 100 pages and a fast read.
The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces - This dude is a badass.
Masters of Chaos - Great SF book. Will give you an idea of the personalities in SF and mindset
The Accidental Guerilla - Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
Seven Pillars of Wisdom - A Triumph - TE Lawrence (UW original gangster), organized Arabs to fight the Ottomans during WW1. Kind of a self celebration but whatever.
The Green Berets (Robin Moore) - inspired the movie and thousands of future GB's
Behind the Burma Road - Detachment 101 in Burma during WW2. Put the UW hurt on the Japanese and saved Merrill's Marauders (sorry Rangers, its true)
Horse Soldiers: The extraordinary story of a band of US Soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan - mandatory 18x read
War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare - 18a wannabes, why haven't you read this already?
Overthrow: Americas century of regime change - If you break it, do you buy it? sometimes....and sometimes your grandchildren buy it.....
Guerilla Warfare (Authorized Edition with corrections made by Che Guevara) - don't waste your damn time. Dude sucked at UW and the cuban revolution was only successful due to the fact the the opposition was garbage from the start. This guy talks a big game but didnt back it up. This idiot went on to lose in Africa and then get captured by GB trained forces and executed. Adios Commie.
Chosen Soldier - SFAS and the 18x pipeline (18x read this)
Get Selected - Pretty good SFAS info
Guerrilla Factor - SFAS, SFQC information
Gone Native - so, basically a 18x goes to Vietnam for 7 years and sorta goes nuts in the process....its entertaining
5 years to Freedom - Nick Rowe, GB in Vietnam, is captured by the Vietnamese and escapes. Goes on to create SERE school. Good read right before SERE school.
Rangers:
Black Hawk Down - Rangers living their creed.
Roberts Ridge - SEALs being SEALs. Rangers living their creed as per SOP. CCT's and PJ's being badass
Sua Sponte - covers RASP 1 and basic 75th info
Battle of Mogadishu: Firsthand accounts from the men of Task Force Ranger - Very good book about the Battle of the Black Sea.
Ghost Soldiers - Rangers conduct POW rescue behind Japanese lines. One of the largest if not the largest ever. (the movie "the great raid" is also about this, and sticks to the actual history pretty good) (also shows the Alamo Scouts, SF lineage, doing SR and working with PF)
General military history and related subjects:
On Killing - The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society - Good insight. Pseudo science and kind of cringy but makes some points
Surprise, Kill, Vanish - Paramilitary actions throughout 20th-21st century.
Jawbreaker - The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda - A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda - How trying to use all of your toys at the same time isn't always the best idea.
Relentless Strike - The founding of JSOC and its many exploits. Good book, but controversial in some communities.
Band of Brothers - its good
Beyond Band of Brothers - Thought this one was better.
House to House - US Army in Fallujah. Author is a recipient of the MOH
The Liberation Trilogy: An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The guns of last light - Should be mandatory reading for all officers. I highly recommend reading this if you are interested in US Army WW2 history. Absolutely great writing.
The Moscow rules - Spy stories from the cold war. Pretty cool stuff
Steel my soldiers hearts - Col. Hackworth taking a garbage battalion and turning it into a killing machine. Great reading for young infantry O's and NCOs
About Face - Col. Hackworth writing about his rise and fall in the US Army. Dude had two DSC's and 10 Silver Stars and said his three favorite things were to "drink, fight and fuck". They don't make Infantry officers like this anymore
Brief: Make a bigger impact by saying less - God damn I wish people would read this book and try to implement this into their communication.
All Quiet on the Western Front - mandatory
Starship Troopers - The original BroVet sci-fi book. nothing like the movie
EDIT: added some more that I forgot about. Put them in categories to help the bro's sort things out by interest. Drop any you think I should add in the comments and Ill update so future highspeed's can have a source of good information.
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2020.08.28 10:00 VG-ControllerHD_YT BREAKING NEWS: WWE Hall of Famer ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong passes away: #RIPBulletBobArmstrong #AD #youtube

BREAKING NEWS: WWE Hall of Famer ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong passes away: #RIPBulletBobArmstrong #AD #youtube
BREAKING NEWS: WWE Hall of Famer ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong passes away: "WWE is saddened to learn that “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, a WWE Hall of Famer and patriarch of the legendary Armstrong wrestling family, has passed away at age 80. Equal parts strongman and showman, Armstrong, who was born Joseph James in Marietta, Ga., on Oct. 3, 1939, proved himself as one of the most tenacious grapplers on the planet during the territorial days of sports-entertainment. He secured his toughman reputation long before he ever set foot in the ring, thanks to his tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and his seven-year tenure as a member of the Fair Oaks (later Cobb County) Fire Department. Armstrong, however, didn’t rest on his laurels when he was between the ropes. He handled himself well in the rough-and-tumble southeastern territories by employing an assortment of holds and moves, including his feared sleeper and Georgia Jawbreaker. He also possessed the gift of grappling gab, giving him the uncanny ability to wear down a rival with his words as well as with his strength. His chosen trade later became a family business, as Armstrong’s four sons — Joseph, aka Scott Armstrong, Brad, Steve and Brian, aka WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Jesse James — followed in their father’s footsteps. The Armstrong boys often found themselves in their dad’s corner, as “Bullet” Bob partnered with each of his sons at various points in a competitive career which spanned over six decades. For his part, Armstrong often credited his beloved wife, Gail, as the secret to his success. Upon being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, the self-proclaimed “ol’ war horse” also made the case that his many triumphs likely benefited from divine intervention, too. “I think somebody up there likes me,” Armstrong said during his 2011 WWE Hall of Fame induction speech. “I got to live my dream.” WWE extends its condolences to Armstrong’s family, friends and fans. Remembering "Bullet" Bob Armstrong: photos WWE looks back on the WWE Hall of Fame career of the patriarch of the Armstrong wrestling family, Bob Armstrong. Published on August 27, 2020 WWE Hall of Famer ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong passes away #WWE WWE #WWERAW #SMACKDOWNONFOX #ad #RIPBulletBobArmstrong my deep condolences are to the armstrong family, peers and the fans of the armstrongs.... may god rest his soul and...rest in paradise...........and let the poor guy rest in peace and happy and not suffer anymore and let him go to the wrestling company and wrestling ring up in the sky.............. #WWENetwork #WWEThunderDome. #wweuniverse #WWELegends #WWEHOF #AD #Youtube WWE wwenetwork
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2020.08.22 18:48 SiphenPrax WWE Megathread: August 22-28 (Summerslam 2020 and NXT Takeover: XXX)

Summerslam 2020 and NXT Takeover: XXV are both finally here! Here's what you need to know:
On RAW, Shayna Baszler and Asuka defeated Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag-team match when Shayna made Bayley submit to the Kirafuda Clutch. During the match though, Nia Jax came in and attacked Shayna Baszler. Later on in the show, Shayna Baszler brought in Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke to compete on RAW Underground. Marina Shafir quickly submitted Brandi Lauren, but then Nia showed up again to attack Marina. She also attacked Jessamyn before Shayna confronted her. The two were gonna have a match on RAW Underground, but Nia bolted before the match could get underway. Meanwhile, Peyton Royce defeated Ruby Riott in a singles match after the IIconics made fun of both Ruby and Liv Morgan backstage. Finally, Natalya beat Mickie James in a singles match via countout.
On NXT, Dakota Kai defeated Jessi Kamea in a singles match and then called out Io Shirai. Io came out and the two brawled. Raquel Gonzalez then showed up and helped Dakota beat down Io. Meanwhile, Shotzi Blackheart and Rhea Ripley defeated Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez in a tag-team match when Shotzi pinned Aliyah with a Powerbomb. Finally, Tegan Nox responded to Candice LeRae's promo on her from last week and suggested the two of them talk things over to work out their problems.
Finally, on Smackdown, Bayley and Sasha Banks came out for an interview with Corey Graves. Naomi then came out and challenged the two. Corey suggested a Beat The Clock Challenge where the person with the better time takes on Asuka at Summerslam second. As such, Naomi beat both Sasha and Bayley, with Sasha lasting longer than Bayley, thereby forcing Bayley to face Asuka first before Sasha does. After the match, Asuka confronted and attacked both. Bayley ran off while she left Sasha laying on the ramp. Meanwhile, Mandy Rose tried to offer a cancellation of their match at Summerslam so they can repair their friendship, but Sonya said she knew Mandy was just trying to get out of the match. Instead, Sonya offered to change the stipulation to a No DQ match where the loser would leave WWE. Finally, a promo package aired recapping the entire Alexa Bliss/Braun Strowman/Fiend storyline. After the package aired, Nikki Cross cut a promo saying she talked to Alexa but realized Alexa is now a different person. Nikki had a bad feeling that something terrible was about to happen.
The previous megathread can be found here
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NXT Takeover: XXX
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2020.08.19 17:59 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 5, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002 7-15-2002
7-22-2002 7-29-2002

OBSERVER REWIND UPDATE: So here's the deal. I started doing the 2002 Rewinds on a whim when the pandemic shut down the U.S. I didn't have much of anything written up in advance before I started, I just dove in and started doing it without a plan. As a result, I couldn't write them up fast enough to keep up with the original M-W-F schedule. So that's why these only get posted once a week right now. Well, I'm starting a new job at the end of the month. I'm super excited about it, but I don't know how it's going to affect the Rewinds. Right now, I've only written up to mid-September 2002. I'm going to have to finish these during my free time outside of work, and that might mess the schedule up even more. So just a heads up in advance, I don't know how this may affect things going forward but I'm trying my damndest to get us through 2002 before slipping off into retirement again.

  • Several major media outlets are working on stories about the high number of deaths in professional wrestling, including HBO Real Sports, The Los Angeles Times, and Sports Illustrated. There's been a lot of talk about steroids in baseball lately (keep in mind, this is just after Barry Bonds broke the home run record) and Dave expects the stories to focus on steroid use in wrestling, the high number of deaths of people from that era, and likely it will all tie into baseball. Sort of a "if baseball doesn't clean up its act, it could end up like wrestling" type of story. Dave says it goes beyond that though. Steroids are a convenient excuse, but no wrestling deaths that Dave can think of can be tied directly to steroids alone. The problem really comes down to the fact that wrestling is an industry that rides people until their bodies break down, with a relentless travel schedule, and many wrestlers turn to painkillers, sleeping pills, alcohol, and other drugs to deal with it all. So there's a lot more to the story of all these deaths than just steroids. Dave briefly recaps the steroid scandal that crippled WWF in the early 90s. In particular, the Sports Illustrated story should be concerning to WWE. Steroids in baseball was kind of an open secret until a recent Sports Illustrated story broke the whole thing open and it became one of the biggest sports stories in years (here's the article in question, if you're feeling nostalgic about 2002 baseball scandals). A similar story on pro wrestling probably wouldn't be nearly as big a deal, but it would still bring bad publicity. And it would put Vince McMahon into a position of having to answer tough questions that he doesn't have any honest answers for. Wrestlers are dying at a horrifying rate and WWE has done nothing to combat it. The schedule is still a nightmare, injuries still pile up, guys still work through them, and the company doesn't do drug testing. If WWE is lucky, these stories will fly under the radar. If not, they're going to be in for some bad PR in the coming weeks and months (yeah this becomes a pretty constant story throughout the early-00s).
  • NWA-TNA has filed a lawsuit against an accounting firm led by a guy named Jay Hassman that was brought in to handle financial and marketing decisions for the new company. Jerry Jarrett recently did an interview explaining the situation. The gist of the lawsuit is that Jerry Jarrett claims the firm misled him about several financial issues that the company was facing. Notably, about how much clearance they have in the PPV market. Jarrett was apparently under the impression that their PPVs were available throughout the country on all the major PPV providers (Cablevision, Dish Network, etc.). But then they started getting feedback from fans who were unable to purchase the weekly PPVs and realized they don't have nearly the exposure they were led to believe. And in fact, Jarrett has allegedly found out that Hassman never even spoke with some of these providers to make the deals he was supposed to make. As a result, TNA is bleeding money because they aren't bringing in nearly as much PPV revenue as they were expecting. There's also issues with the total lack of marketing and promotion for TNA's PPVs, which is another thing Hassman's firm was being paid to handle and apparently did none of it. When the PPV numbers started coming in far lower than expected, Jarrett realized what was happening and it's said he's been consumed with this ever since (hence the mention last week of why Jerry Jarrett wasn't involved in writing the recent shows because he's so busy with all this mess and how, once again, nobody seems to be supervising Vince Russo). It's worth noting that Hassman is affiliated with another marketing group that does consulting work for WWE, which Jarrett wasn't aware of until recently, and reportedly InDemand PPV had some kind of issue with this and told Hassman they would only do business with him for one company, at which point Hassman allegedly pawned TNA off onto someone else (something else Jerry Jarrett claims they were never aware of). I dunno, this is all confusing.
  • Hassman allegedly told TNA that they had gotten 17,000 buys from DirecTV but they later found out the real number was less than 5,000. TNA is claiming Hassman forged an email attachment on DirecTV letterhead and even forged a signature with these fake DirecTV numbers. They're claiming he did a similar forgery with the InDemand PPV numbers as well. Hassman claimed the total PPV buys for TNA's first show were around 74,000 which was great news. But when Meltzer and other media outlets began digging around and reported the number as lower, TNA responded basically claiming that everyone else was lying and that the numbers really were that good. But now they're finding out the hard way that they were wrong. For what it's worth, TNA's deal with InDemand requires the company to air 13 weeks of programming before they will receive any of their PPV money. So if the company was to fold right now, they won't ever see a penny from the last 5-6 weeks of PPVs. And also, if they fold before the first year, they will have to pay InDemand a steep penalty. Jarrett admitted that TNA is currently in survival mode and just trying to make it from week-to-week right now while they sort out this mess. The lawsuit against the firm is asking for compensation for damages based on lost revenue as well as punitive damages for fraud and sabotage. Plus they want Hassman to re-pay the $50,000 fee he received when he and his firm were hired.
  • The Observer Hall of Fame issue is coming up soon but for now, Dave decides to take a look at several active wrestlers who aren't yet on the ballot and see what he thinks their qualifications are and whether he thinks they are HOF-caliber stars. So let's see what Dave thinks about some of these names as of 2002:
  • The Rock: Dave says he's a sure-fire HOF inductee. People might argue about longevity since he only debuted 6 years ago and it looks like he's gonna be gone from the business any day now. But still, he was too big of a star not to be a lock. Even if he retired today, he's a guaranteed first-ballot inductee.
  • Triple H: A year ago, Dave would have said he was a lock. This year, he's not so sure. His last 3 years have been strong and in 2000, he was voted Wrestler of the Year, but the quad injury took him out of the game and he hasn't been anywhere near the same wrestler since he came back. His reputation in the industry, due to his growing backstage power, might also hurt him with some voters (similar to the way Shawn Michaels should be a lock, but so many people have hated him for so long that he's yet to get enough votes). The next few years will probably determine Triple H's fate, but if he stays the same subpar, boring wrestler that he has been since returning from injury, it could hurt him.
  • Kurt Angle: unless he gets hurt or decides to quit the business, Angle will also almost certainly end up inducted. He started late and he doesn't have a lot of longevity yet, and he wasn't as big of a draw as Rock, Austin, or even Triple H. But he's unquestionably one of the best wrestlers in the world and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who has ever entered the business and become as good as he is, and as big a star, in such a short time.
  • Chris Jericho: right now, Dave thinks Jericho is still missing something that would take him from "very good wrestler" to "Hall of Famer." He's done it all, he's good at everything, but he's never really had a sustained run as a top guy anywhere he's been. Dave compares him to Barry Windham or Curt Hennig, guys who had similar careers and were both very good, but never were full-time top guys and as a result, neither of them got many votes and aren't in the HOF. Jericho's not there yet either.
  • Rob Van Dam: he's going to need a successful run as a top star before he can even be in the discussion. Top star of a small cult-favorite promotion doesn't mean shit in the grand scheme of things (Sabu got almost no votes when he was eligible for the same reason). And given RVD's lack of promo skills, Dave doesn't see him getting that big break any time soon (indeed, RVD never made it to the WON HOF).
  • I'ma be real you guys. This is taking a long time and I just scrolled through and there's a bunch of names on this list. I don't feel like writing out Dave's opinion for all of them. So here we go: Eddie Guerrero (not quite yet), Shocker (big star in trios matches in CMLL but not enough proof that he's a draw on his own), Rey Mysterio Jr. (unquestionably the most influential guy in the business today, but this upcoming WWE run will determine if he goes down as a legend or guy who did cool flips for a few years and disappeared), Los Infiernos (trios team in Mexico, too soon to say), La Parka (not yet), Don Frye (probably not because American voters consider him more of a shoot fighter than a wrestler), Kazushi Sakuraba (same story), Masahiro Chono (got no support in the past and his work went downhill after a neck injury in 1992, so Dave is doubtful he'll ever get the votes), Yuji Nagata (too soon to say), Naoya Ogawa (Dave calls him the Japanese Goldberg. Huge huge HUGE TV ratings draw, big mainstream name, and has headlined some big Tokyo Dome shows. But never worked full time, isn't a great wrestler, and is seen by some as unprofessional with a bad attitude. Says Ogawa was basically handed the opportunity to be a big star in the business and hasn't ever seemed to appreciate it), Satoshi Kojima (depends on how well AJPW does in the next few years. Right now, no, but he's being groomed to be a big part of AJPW's future), and finally Jun Akiyama (a few years ago, Dave would have thought he was on his way to being a guarantee, but he's had some injuries and his momentum has stopped. Dave thinks he's still missing something). And that's it. He actually has big paragraphs on each of these names to explain his reasoning but we got other stuff to do.
  • This isn't wrestling but it's a big story, so real quick: the Nevada Athletic commission suspended UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett for 6 months for testing positive for steroids earlier this year. It came as a surprise because most expected the commission to issue a warning and that they wouldn't begin suspending MMA fighters for steroid failures until Jan. 1, 2003, to give everyone time to start with a clean slate under the new guidelines they have. But nope. Barnett was suspended which bans him from fighting not only in Nevada, but for any promotion worldwide that is also sanctioned in Nevada, which includes PRIDE and K-1. They made it clear that if any of those promotions use Barnett during his suspension, they will lose their promotional license in Nevada. The following day, UFC officially stripped Barnett of the UFC title and it will probably be decided at UFC 39 in the fight with Randy Couture vs. Rico Rodriguez. It's thought that Barnett might have escaped punishment originally, but his manager Matt Hume represented him at the hearing and Hume was contentious and argumentative with the commission and had put out a press release beforehand criticizing the commission and its rules. Basically, instead of defending his guy for what he obviously did, he went on the attack against the commission itself and they weren't happy. Barnett himself also spoke at the hearing and denied using steroids, but he failed multiple tests for it so no one's buying it. Barnett actually came off well and everyone who witnessed it thought he should have spoken for himself rather than let Hume piss off all the people who were going to decide his fate. Dave talks about how this whole thing opens up a big can of worms for the sport of MMA going forward, but that's another paragraph for another day.
  • XWF has found a way to survive a few minutes longer. The promotion is now doing an invasion angle of sorts with WWC, to build something for the upcoming anniversary show. The tapes XWF filmed last year, featuring guys like Hogan and Curt Hennig, will air on TV in Puerto Rico over the next 5 weeks, immediately following WWC's TV show (it will also go head-to-head with IWA's first hour on TV, which might hurt their ratings, which is a bonus for WWC). This is to give the XWF names credibility so that when they "invade" WWC, fans will know who they are. And it gives WWC a boost for their anniversary show, which is needed after the recent shocking departure of Ray Gonzalez who is still expected to debut for IWA any day now but is still trying to get the legal issues cleared up to make sure he's freed from his WWC contract.
  • In a quick note from the Zero-1 promotion in Japan, Dave says that Samoa Joe has changed his name to King Joe (this doesn't last too long, he leaves the company for good before the end of the year and joins Ring of Honor).
  • NJPW is doing a tournament to revive the old NWF title, which was the main singles title in NJPW before the creation of the IWGP belt in 1983. The idea is to build this up as a "shooters" type of title and the 4-man tournament will have Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (rematch from their famous PRIDE fight from last year) and Tadao Yasuda vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka. In theory, this may lead to a unification match with the IWGP title next year, but Dave seems pretty down on this idea. For a company that is struggling with so many issues right now, not the least of which is Inoki's obsession with putting his MMA interests ahead of pro wrestling, bringing back a world title from the 70s seems like not the best idea. (Indeed, this does eventually become a big thing. Takayama wins the tournament in January 03 and loses it to IWGP champ Shinsuke Nakamura a year later in 2004 in a unification match, at which point the belt is retired again, with Shinsuke as the final champion).
  • Speaking of, Dave wonders whatever happened to the old WWF World Martial Arts title belt that Inoki presented to Mark Coleman at a PRIDE show awhile back. That was expected to lead to something, but apparently went nowhere.
  • Latest on Goldberg is that he's in negotiations to work matches in Japan. The idea right now is Goldberg would work AJPW's Budokan Hall show at the end of August but that isn't yet finalized. Goldberg's agent Barry Bloom is also one of the American producers for PRIDE so there's a lot of talks there also. Kazuyoshi Ishii of K-1 is rumored to be negotiating for a fight with Goldberg as well, but Dave says there's nothing to the rumors, it's just to drum up publicity. He may make an appearance at the upcoming PRIDE/K-1 stadium show, but Dave seems 100% confident that he's not going to do a shoot fight with anyone.
  • Ring of Honor held its 5th ever show and crowned its first champion in Philadelphia this week. Low-Ki become the first ROH champion, defeating Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Doug Williams in a four-way 60-minute ironman match that got rave reviews from those who saw it. AJ Styles successfully defended the TNA X-Division title, the first time it's been defended outside of the company. AJ was more over than ever and the crowd chanted "TNA" which means that promotion at least means something to some fans.
  • Dave also adds that ROH has gotten a local TV deal in Philadelphia and will be airing on Ch. 48 at midnights on Tuesdays starting next month. Booker Gabe Sapolsky wants to move the show to a new building, preferably the old ECW Arena nearby, but admits they would have to paper the shows a lot to fill up the crowd, plus there's at least 3 other indie companies routinely running shows there already. Dave drops a gem of a tidbit here and says that, aside from their biggest shows, ECW used to paper the Arena shows more than anyone was allowed to know. Apparently Heyman kept it pretty secret, but they evidently had more trouble than people realize when it came to filling up the ECW Arena all those years.
  • David Arquette was on Carson Daley's talk show and they were joking about Arquette being a former WCW champion. Both of them recognized how foolish it was, which Dave says is funny because to this day, Vince Russo refuses to admit it was a mistake. When Daley asked Arquette how the fans responded, Arquette was honest, saying, "They didn't like it at all. They were booing loudly." (It's 2020 and, to the best of my knowledge, I believe Russo still defends this as a good idea. Anyway, here's the footage of Arquette on the show, in a video that looks like it was beamed down from the moon in the 1960s. But Arquette is pretty funny in this and even back in 2002, he clearly understood his place in the business and seemed embarrassed to have ever been put in that position).
WATCH: David Arquette on Carson Daly's show talking WCW
  • Afa Anoa'i Jr. was listed by ESPN as one of the top defensive linemen to watch out for in the 2003 season. Afa Jr. is starting for Pitt this year and recently wrestled on one of his father's indie shows. Given that he's a member of the Anoa'i family and given that Jim Ross is still in charge of talent relations, you can be damn sure guaranteed that if Afa Jr.'s football career doesn't work out, he'll have a shot in WWE (indeed, he signs in 2006 and later becomes Manu, briefly a member of Legacy before getting kicked out and released soon after).
  • XPW is planning to run a show in Philadelphia, but they haven't applied for a license yet. Regardless, tickets are already on sale and Dave says they can just pay a local promoter to use theirs (or lie and try to leech off ROH's, but we'll get there). There's rumors that CZW fans are uniting to get as many tickets as they can, with plans of showing up to start trouble. At least the AEW/NXT war hasn't gotten that petty yet. Then again, we haven't had fans for 5 months, so who knows if it would have happened by now.
  • Colin Scotts, an Australian football player, wrote an autobiography with some Hogan-esque level lies in it. Scotts claims he was a major star in WWF in 1996 and that he wrestled Jerry Lawler at Madison Square Garden in a match that turned into a shoot. He also claims he became best friends with Hogan during that time when they were working together. So here's the real story: Scotts had a real sports background, so WWF brought him in for a look. They filmed a promo with him that never aired on TV. And they sent him to Memphis to train, but he only lasted a week before he quit. Also, Hulk Hogan was in WCW in 1996.
  • TNA is attempting to get a TV deal. Which is no surprise, they need one if they want to have any hope of surviving long-term. But for what it's worth, XWF had Hulk Hogan, Curt Hennig, and higher production values than TNA has, and they weren't able to get a deal. So....good luck.
  • The big question for TNA right now is whether they have enough money to survive the near future, and if so, for how long. PPV numbers are all over the place, of course, but Dave thinks it's possible they can maybe pull in 15,000 buys a week on average at this point. Whether that will generate enough money to keep them afloat, who knows. 15,000 buys definitely isn't enough to break even, but it might be enough to keep the losses manageable and if so, maybe they can stay alive long enough to catch a lifeline (this is exactly what ends up happening). That being said, the recent shows have been atrocious and Dave can't fathom any casual fans checking out this product and being impressed enough to pay for it again the next week.
  • We have more and more news about the shaky situation of TNA. Right now, even TNA itself has no real idea how it's doing on PPV. The only numbers they are informed about are ticket sales, and those are awful too (most of the crowds at these weekly PPV shows have been freebies, although this week there were no freebies. So they only managed to sell 700 tickets in a small building that holds double that. Imagine if the ECW Arena was half empty). Given that, the decreasing amount of star power on every show (reminder, they're splitting up Scott Hall and Ken Shamrock to work alternate weeks so they don't have to pay them both weekly), and the awful creative changes that have taken root since Russo arrived, there's a lot of concern in the locker room that this promotion is already doomed. Even with a small arena, the crowds have often been dead. There's also no video screens (budget cuts) so all the backstage stuff that happens on TV, the live fans are seeing none of it. Which basically means lots of dead air and nothing happening in the arena.
  • X-Pac's days are rumored to be numbered in WWE and Dave thinks he would be a good fit in TNA alongside Scott Hall. But, of course, X-Pac ain't gonna come cheap and TNA doesn't have two dimes to rub together right now. And even if he is let go today, WWE will enforce the 90-day non-compete so who knows what TNA's financial situation will be by then, or if they'll even still be in business (turns out X-Pac didn't have the non-compete in his deal, he shows up in TNA soon).
  • Notes from this week's TNA PPV: Dave says Russo wasn't quite as badly out of control this week as he was last week. Still a lot of the same problems though. Nearly every tag team on the show was bickering and doing that partners-that-don't-get-along gimmick, which is fine when it's one team, but it was done multiple times on the same show. They announced Jeff Jarrett was suspended for 60 days in kayfabe, only to have Ricky Steamboat overturn it before the next PPV, so Jarrett won't miss a single show. Brian Christopher attacked announcer Don West and choked him out, which you'd think would mean he's off the show for the rest of the episode, but nope, he recovered and went right on announcing the show without even mentioning it. K-Krush changed his name to his real name and added a nickname, so now he's Ron "The Truth" Killings and he cut a promo about being held back by white people only to have Monty Brown come out and defend white people and accused Truth of complaining, with Truth calling Brown an "uncle Tom." Dave thinks if this TNA thing doesn't work out, Monty Brown is gonna end up in WWE developmental quickly. He's got the look of course, but he also showed here that he's a shockingly good promo too. Dave thinks he has obvious major star potential. Disco Inferno debuted doing a Piper's Pit-style interview segment. And Shamrock vs. Sabu for the NWA title in a ladder match was a mess that was supposed to end with Sabu passing out in a submission and then Shamrock would go get the belt. That ended up not happening and Sabu never did the pass out sell and Shamrock had to somewhat improvise the finish of the match and it looked awkward as hell on TV. As a result, there's a pretty good chance Sabu won't be brought back because they blamed him for screwing it up. Pretty much all the matches sucked, actually. Even the ones with guys like Low-Ki and AJ Styles felt more like decent indie matches rather than top level performers.
  • Francine getting taken out on a stretcher last week was the last of her, evidently she's gone. As a result, Shane Douglas is likely going to be joining the company soon. Douglas refused to have anything to do with TNA as long as Francine was there, due to some falling out the two had. But now that she's gone, Douglas is said to be back in the picture but they haven't signed a deal yet.
  • Ken Shamrock may not be around too much longer either. He didn't turn out to be the big draw everyone hoped he would be for TNA and hasn't really gotten over all that well. Considering he's the 2nd highest paid guy there (behind Scott Hall), Dave expects them to get the title off him sooner than later and probably won't bring him in as often afterwards. Truth is getting the monster push right now and challenges for the belt next week and may win it (yup).
  • Various other TNA news & notes: they were working on a deal to bring in Howard Stern personality Beetlejuice for a match and would have cross-promoted it on Stern's show, but the deal fell apart. Malice recently filmed an episode of the Jenny Jones show. USA Today had a story about Toby Keith being involved in a wrestling show with Jeff Jarrett, but never mentioned the name of the promotion. Matt Striker vs. BJ Whitmer was supposed to be a dark match at the recent taping, but it got cut for time reasons.
  • Details on Monty Brown: former Division II All-American football star, wasn't drafted to the NFL, but tried out and made it onto the Buffalo Bills where he played for 3 years, including in the 1994 Super Bowl. He got cut, went to the Patriots as a free agent and made the team, but then got injured and was cut again. He tried out for the Jets, but didn't make the team. He always wanted to be a wrestler and went to an ECW show after his NFL career ended and filmed a promo for Paul Heyman, but it never aired as far as Dave knows and that was the end of that. He has been working indies in Michigan ever since until TNA came calling (he eventually makes it to ECW....sorta).
  • Jim Cornette's mother Thelma passed away this week after battling cancer. Dave tells the story of how Cornette's mom used to take him to the wrestling shows when he was still a kid where he'd write the programs and shoot photos for the magazines, which is how he got into the business. And from there, Cornette turned his mom into part of his gimmick of being a spoiled brat raised by his rich mama.
  • Kurt Angle did an interview with his local Pittsburgh newspaper about going for the 2004 Olympics. The belief of most in WWE right now is that he's not going to do it. Angle himself seems unsure, saying some days he's ready to go for it and other days, he thinks maybe he won't. Angle's wife Karen was also interviewed and said she doesn't want him to do it. She said her husband has suffered more injuries in his 3 year WWE career than he did in 20 years of amateur wrestling and noted how difficult it would be for him to be healthy enough for it. Plus, she also smartly noted that he hasn't done amateur wrestling in 6 years and if he fails in the Olympics, it could hurt his WWE career since he's a top star there and being the best wrestler in the world is his entire identity. Angle said he has to decide by the end of this year and Vince McMahon has given him the green light to do it if he wants. Dave points out the obvious: Kurt Angle in the Olympics and going for the gold would draw huge ratings for the Olympics as millions of pro wrestling fans would be watching. Plus it would bring huge publicity to WWE, to have one of their own high profile stars vying for a gold medal. And if he won, he could go back to pro wrestling as the biggest mainstream star in the business. But, as Karen Angle pointed out, all of that is a huge long shot.
  • Notes from Raw: show was built around Rock vs. Flair in Greensboro which sounds like it should have been a huge hit. Not so much. The crowd was polite for Flair and they booed the Rock, but they didn't really seem all that into it otherwise. And the reason was Flair, who seemed distracted and wasn't even close to his usual self. It was one of those matches where Flair's age showed, because they hyped this up as a guaranteed classic dream match and Ric just couldn't hang. Someone attacked Shawn Michaels and left him bloody but it was left as a cliffhanger to decide who. Most likely Triple H, but they tried to play it like it wasn't going to be. Benoit beat RVD for the IC title in the best thing on the show. The Island Boyz (still not yet called 3 Minute Warning) beat up Moolah and Mae Young. Dave says he knows they think they can take it, but it's still scary to see these elderly women taking these moves. That's pretty much it.
  • Notes from Smackdown: excellent show. Jericho vs. Edge cage match was a 4-star barnburner. They pushed new people, and the show ended with Mysterio, Edge, and John Cena in the ring and the commentators pushed those 3 hard as the future of Smackdown. You know the move where a guy is sitting on your shoulders and you drop him down backwards? That move has been around for 20 years and Dave says he's never heard a name for it, but on this show, Michael Cole called it the electric chair. Dave hereby credits Cole for finally naming that move (this just made me wonder, are there any other moves in wrestling that we've seen people do but doesn't have a known name?). Mysterio got a new entrance where he comes out from under the stage and got a huge pop and Dave likes that the presentation for him is so strong because that goes a long way towards getting people over. He and Chavo had a great match. Overall, pretty great show.
  • Various WWE notes: Kanyon was in ICU all weekend for a shoulder injury that got infected that then caused fluid in his lungs. Triple H is working backstage as an agent, helping guys put together matches (not sure if that was ever an official role, I'm sure Bruce Prichard would say it wasn't and Dave Meltzer is wrong 99% of the time and makes up lies). Pretty much everyone backstage felt Eddie Guerrero really had a star-making performance during his promo segment with Rock on Raw last week and he opened some eyes. Brock Lesnar and Jerry Lawler worked house shows for the brands they aren't on this past week, and at this point, what is even the point of the brand split? Speaking of, Raw star Triple H is scheduled to have his first match back since elbow surgery at the big Melbourne, Australia show next week and yes, why, that is a Smackdown-branded show, thank you for noticing. The "Jr." has been dropped from Rey Mysterio's name and was also told to slow down the pace of his matches and not work as much of a Lucha/WCW cruiserweight style. Then why even hire.....ah fuck it, nevermind.
  • It hasn't been made official, but everyone in WWE acknowledges that Tazz's in-ring career is most likely over. Tazz himself is pretty much resigned to it also, due to years of injuries piling up. Good news is that WWE seems happy with his performance as an announcer. (indeed, Tazz wrestled his last real match about 2 months prior to this. He has a "match" at ECW One Night Stand but really he just choked out Lawler in 30 seconds so I don't count that).
  • WWE Confidential this week had a big piece on the life of Randy Orton, with lots of clips of his father and grandfather. Talked about his time in the military, which he hated, and he went AWOL and took a bus home. He later turned himself in and spent 38 days in a military prison. Talked about how his dad brought him to a show and they had him work out in the ring with Tom Prichard. Orton had never wrestled a single match at that point, but he was immediately signed to a developmental deal. That got him a lot of resentment from others in OVW who felt like he was handed an opportunity some of them had worked years for. And, I mean....he pretty much was. They also did a feature on the time DX invaded Nitro and in WWE's latest revisionist history, this moment was painted as the big turning point in the war with WCW. Dave thinks this is a way to paint Triple H as if he was a huge, integral part of the Monday Night Wars on par with Rock and Austin, and needless to say, that ain't the case. There were a million things that led to WCW's downfall and this DX invasion isn't even one of the bigger ones. (And to this day, they still act like it was, even though it was basically just meaningless and funny at the time).
  • Shelton Benjamin's TV debut took place on Sunday Night Heat in a throwaway nothing match against Justin Credible, which is a pretty shitty way to introduce someone who's got as much potential as Benjamin. When he first started, people were talking about him like he was the next Kurt Angle with how fast he picked things up. And he and Lesnar were a tremendous tag team in OVW.
WATCH: Full episode of Sunday Night Heat (the Shelton match is in there somewhere)
  • WWE had a thing on its website where you could give feedback on Raw. By filling out the form, you also agreed to give WWE the right to use any creative idea suggested by fans. The notice said, "By submitting any submissions, whether solicited by us or not, you are automatically granting WWE a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, unrestricted worldwide and irrevocable right and license" to any ideas submitted.
  • According to those in the creative meetings, Steve Austin's name is never brought up and WWE is moving forward right now under the assumption that he's gone for good. So things still very icy on that front.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: XPW wrestler Messiah assaulted and has thumb cut off, legendary Portland promoter Don Owen passes away, more on TNA lawsuit and financial situation, WWE getting into the movie business, and more...
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2020.08.18 18:13 R55BKR A little light relief...

Some golf quotes
I was three over today: One over a house, one over a patio and one over a swimming pool.. ~ Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett
Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to kill a tarantula And I took a 7 to do that. ~ Sports Writer Jim Murray
The only sure rule in golf is - he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie. ~ Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle
Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you're not good at them. ~ Actor Kevin Costner
I don't fear death, but I sure don't like those three-footers for par. ~ PGA Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez
After all these years, it's still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye. ~ PGA Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez
The ball retriever is not long enough to get my putter out of the tree. ~ Tom Weiskopf
My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered. ~ Lord Robertson
Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~ Jack Benny
There is no similarity between golf and putting; they are two different games, one played in the air, and the other on the ground. ~ Ben Hogan
Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you're the best. ~ Jack Nicklaus
I never pray on a golf course. Actually, the Lord answers my prayers everywhere except on the course. ~ Billy Graham
If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. ~ Bob Hope
While playing golf today, I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake in a sand trap. ~ Henny Youngman
"Your problem is that you stand too close to the ball....... after you've hit it!" ~ Morcambe and Wise (I think)
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2020.08.16 21:40 Clone_trooper444 Rebooking the The Legacy. Part 1

Notice:
I deleted a bunch of my fantasy bookings (including the original version of this) because I wasn't happy with them so if you notice some old fantasy bookings of mine are gone that is why.

The only changes I'd make to the faction/story before the 2009 Royal Rumble:

In this fantasy booking we're gonna be looking at elevating Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes and another person who I would include in faction which is David Hart Smith

Royal Rumble 2009:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes def. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston (C) - Tag Team match for the World Tag Team Championships.
So on the January 19th 2009 episode of Raw a week after Manu & Sim Snuka have been kicked out Legacy, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes decide they want to become World Tag Team Champions again so they call Kofi Kingston & CM Punk out on Raw and demand to be granted a title match. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston agree as long as they can win a gauntlet match against 3 other teams, the first team is John Morrison & The Miz, Ted & Cody defeat them, second is Cryme Tyme again Ted & Cody breeze past them and the 3rd team are Punk & Kofi themselves which put up a fight, however Legacy get past them and they are granted their title match. And at the Royal Rumble they win and become the new World Tag Team Champions.
Randy Orton of course wins the Royal Rumble match as he did in real life. Randy Orton is obviously having his feud with the McMahon family after punting Mr. McMahon in the head.

No Way Out 2009:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (C) def. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston - Tag Team ladder match for the World Tag Team Championships.
CM Punk & Kofi Kingston ally themselves with the McMahon family to take down Orton's proteges so Punk & Kingston invoke their rematch clause and a tag team ladder match for the titles is set up for No Way Out. Ted & Cody retain thanks to David Hart Smith more on that later.
Later that night No Way Out David Hart Smith is introduced by Randy Orton, DH Smith has joined Legacy since he too is a second generation superstar. Smith is basically an enforcer for the group since Manu totally failed as an enforcer. DH Smith helps Orton wins his match against Shane McMahon.
Triple H obviously wins the WWE title at No Way Out.

Wrestlemania 25:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (World) def. The Colons (Primo & Carlito) (WWE) - Tag team match to unify the WWE & World Tag Team Championships.
DiBiase & Rhodes after knocking off Punk & Kingston go into a program with The Colon brothers, basically DiBiase & Rhodes also want to be WWE Tag Team Champions and Orton demands for the match to take place at Wrestlemania a winners take all match. Vince denies this at first but as David Hart Smith gets in his face he does one better and sets up a unification match for Wrestlemania. This makes The Colon brothers unhappy. On the March 30th 2009 episode of Raw DiBiase & Rhodes offer The Colons a spot in Legacy since they are both multi generation wrestlers. They say "we can be World Tag Team champions, you 2 can be WWE Tag Team Champions and we can rule the tag team division." Primo & Carlito deny the offer and the match is still scheduled. DH Smith helps Legacy win and Ted & Cody become the unified tag team champions.
Also later that night Orton wins the WWE title from Triple H. The HHH vs Orton match is also a No Hods Barred match since it really needed the bump up. And of course Orton wins.

Backlash 2009:
Legacy (Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes) (C) def. Evolution (Triple H, Batista & Ric Flair) - 6 man winners take all tag team match for the WWE & Unified Tag Team Championships.
On the Raw after Wrestlemania, David Hart Smith suffers his first loss to the returning Batista at this point DH Smith rarely wrestles and when he does they are short squash matches against jobbers and mid carders where basically just destroys them in like 3 - 6 minutes. Orton is confronted by Triple H who tells them they are set for a rematch at Backlash. Triple H also informs Ted & Cody they are set to face Batista & a partner of his choice at Backlash for the Unified Tag Team titles. Batista announces who his partner is later on, his partner is Ric Flair who makes a WWE return and comes out of retirement.
This is the beginning of a Legacy vs Evolution feud. Vince McMahon decides to book a 6 man tag team match and the winning team gets all the titles, Flair & Batista have the opportunity to become Unified tag team champions. Flair tells Orton "your new group..Legacy is nothing but a cheap version of Evolution" Orton says "at least Legacy wont turn on me" Triple H says "we didn't turn on you for being champion, we turned on you because you were an annoyance" Orton fires back and tells Evolution "look who is standing in the ring with me, Ted DiBiase the son of the Million Dollar Man he is a future star in the company and will carry the company for years to come, Cody Rhodes..he has been here less than 2 years and has already surpassed his father the hall of famer Dusty Rhodes like I surpassed mine and David Hart Smith the son of the British Bulldog he too is a future champion." Batista then has a go and says "wasn't it you who about 1 and a half years ago slapped Cody's father in the face in front of him" Cody replies and says "none of that matters anymore, I am now better than my father ever was thanks to Orton." Ric Flair then has some final words "I think there has been enough talk" he then clobbers Randy Orton and the 7 men all have a brawl with Evolution ending up on top.
Then at Backlash main event of the night is the 6 man winners take all tag team match and yes I know Ric Flair coming out of retirement and then immediately main eventing a PPV doesn't exactly sound good but this is to elevate Ted & Cody to a somewhat main event level. The match goes on a good 20 - 25 minutes and ends with Orton punting Triple H pinning him 1..2..3 this means Triple H needs medical attention and will be out for a little bit.

Judgement Day 2009:
David Hart Smith def. MVP (C) - United States Championship.
DH Smith the enforcer of the group calls MVP out, Smith challenges MVP to a United States Championship match. MVP denies him he argues DH Smith hasn't earned a title match so he shouldn't give him one that easily. For this Randy Orton & the rest of Legacy give MVP a prison beating, MVP is in a match against The Miz on Raw, this is 2 Raw's before Judgement Day, when the 4 members of Legacy surround the ring and then assault the 2 men leaving it as a no contest. Miz rolls out of the ring while Legacy dish out a beating to MVP, Ted, Cody & DH all hit their finishers on MVP and Orton is getting MVP ready for the RKO when who comes out to save the day? Batista who has recently began feuding with Randy Orton. Smith at this point is the only one in Legacy who doesn't have a title so he wants the U.S title since that's the only title on Raw he could hold. At Judgement Day DH Smith wins and he is the new United States Champion, Ted & Cody don't defend the Tag titles at Judgement Day so if Orton beats Batista then Legacy will hold all the gold.

Randy Orton (C) def. Batista - WWE Championship.
Orton & Batista go at it. The whole story is Batista wanting retribution wanting to give Orton his comeuppance. At this point, Orton attacked the entire McMahon family, sent HHH out with injury, punted Ric Flair and before all of that sent Batista out with injury costing him 4 months of his career and Orton still got away with all of it.
For weeks Batista does anything he can to get a WWE Championship match he wins matches he begs he starts to get a little bit desperate. He does anything to get Ortons attention such as interrupting in his matches, beating up Ted, DH & Cody backstage and even walks around with a WWE replica title calling himself the WWE Champion. Orton is sick of it so he challenges Batista to a WWE Championship match at Judgement Day exactly what Batista wanted. The match is given the go ahead however the 2 are put into a match on the final Raw before Judgement Day like they were in real life and Batista in that match doesn't care since its not a title match so he gets himself DQ'd on purpose after battering Orton with a chair like in real life and he takes out all 3 of Orton's proteges in a swift strike. Batista tells Randy that come Sunday he is done.
And at Judgement Day. Batista has Orton in Batista bomb positon but Orton escapes, realizing he will need to cheat his way out Orton rko's the referee knocking the ref out cold. Orton then slithers out of the ring and grabs a steel chair, Batista goes after Orton but from behind Batista is cracked with a chair by Ted DiBiase. Ted then starts to batter Batista with the chair, Ted in his assault on Batista is joined by Cody and the 2 pound him for a good 3 minutes. Smith joins them and Orton has Batista in RKO position onto the announce table, Randy goes to hit it, Batista counters and Randy alone goes through the table. The 3 members of Legacy then proceed to give Batista a battering, until MVP who lost the U.S title to DH earlier and Shane McMahon who we haven't seen since No Way Out run out to help Batista, the 2 knock out Cody Rhodes right off the bat, Shane for a bit brawls with Ted DiBiase and MVP brawls with Smith.
MVP & Smith end up on the entrance ramp, while Shane & Ted end up in the crowd, Batista throws Orton back into the ring. And calls for another referee, another ref comes down 1..2.. Orton kicks out at 2. Batista cant believe it, Batista gets Orton in Batista bomb position again Orton gets out of it and hits Batista with the RKO 1..2..3. Orton retains the WWE Championship so Legacy hold all the gold everyone in the stable has a title.

May 25th 2009 episode of Raw:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (C) vs. MVP & Shane McMahon ended in a double count out - Unified Tag Team Championships.
On the Raw after Judgement Day Vince McMahon says later that night they are gonna have a number one contenders tag team match to determine who will face Ted & Cody the week after. MVP & Shane McMahon team up and face The Colons in a winning effort to become the number one contenders to the Unified Tag Team Championships. The Colons also really want their 2 on 2 rematch with Ted & Cody. However for now Shane O' Mac & MVP will face Legacy. The match goes ahead on the May 25th 2009 episode of Raw about 2 weeks before the next PPV Extreme Rules. The match ends in a double count out after Cody & McMahon end up in the crowd.

Extreme Rules 2009:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (C) def. MVP & Shane McMahon & The Colons (Primo & Carlito) Triple Threat Tag team Ladder match for the Unified Tag Team Championships.
Because of the double count out on Raw Vince books a rematch for Extreme Rules Ted & Cody v Shane & MVP, this again makes The Colons blood boil and Primo argues that he and his brother have been working hard to earn a title match while all Shane had to do is "wait for Daddy to hand him an opportunity" Vince says that Carltio has a point and tells him if they can beat MVP & Shane then he'll make it a triple threat. Then on the June 1st 2009 episode of Raw Primo & Carlito defeat MVP & Shane so its made a triple threat tag team match but because of the name Extreme Rules an extreme stipulation is added to the match that being a ladder match for the Unified Tag Team titles. Legacy retain the titles thanks to DH Smith. Legacy also "injure" Shane McMahon the next night on Raw this it write him off TV.
As for Orton vs Batista.. the rematch is set up after Batista becomes number one contender to the WWE title yet again. He is seen backstage later that night where he is on the phone to Triple H and he says "I'm gonna hurt Randy Orton like he hurt you & your family." Batista informs Orton that their match will be inside a steel cage and come Extreme Rules it'll be his "retribution time" Batista aims to give Orton whats coming to him. Batista wants to get retribution for himself, Triple H, Ric Flair and the McMahon family. However Batista fails, Orton wins he stays WWE Champion after an RKO from the top of the cage and then escaping the cage. Next night on Raw Orton & Legacy take out Batista and "break his arm."

June 22nd 2009 episode of Raw:
David Hart Smith (C) def. MVP & Kofi Kingston - Triple threat for the United States Championship.
So 2 Raw's after Extreme Rules, DH Smith is forced to defend the United States title after MVP decides to invoke his rematch clause. DH Smith in recent weeks has also began to have issues with Kofi Kingston who really wants to be United States Champion so on the June 15th 2009 episode of Raw we have MVP vs Kofi Kingston winner faces DH Smith. What happens? Smith, DiBiase & Rhodes run in and attack both men so its a no contest. For this Vince books a triple threat with MVP, Kofi Kingston & DH Smith scheduled for next week which is the final Raw before the Great American Bash. Smith retains his United States Championship and after the match he and Legacy just destroy MVP and "break his ankle" this is to write him off TV so he can return in like 2 months and have a feud with Randy Orton.

The Great American Bash 2009:
Edge & Chris Jericho def. Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (C) - Unified Tag Team Championships.
Originally Ted & Cody are set to face The Colons after they become #1 contenders to the titles but Ted & Cody jump them backstage meaning they don't get their 2 on 2 match with Legacy. This angers The Colons. Because Edge & Chris Jericho both want to be added to a match after Jericho fails to retain the I.C title against Rey Mysterio and after Edge reveals he doesn't even have a match for the night. They both intimidate Teddy Long like they did in real life telling him they can get him fired if they tell Mr. McMahon they are unhappy. And seeing Legacy are without competition, Teddy Long adds Edge & Chris Jericho to the match. Edge & Jericho win the Unified Tag titles.
As for Randy Orton well, in the build up to the G.A.B he is acting all cocky since he thinks he has no competition left after Shane McMahon & Batista are gone out, Triple H is already out with injury and the only potential threat to his title in his eyes is John Cena and he's already in a program with The Miz so there is no one left to challenge him. That is until Triple H returns on the June 15th episode of Raw to confront him, Triple H & Orton's long rivalry is settled in a hell in a cell match at the G.A.B after Triple H defeats Big Show and a couple other Raw superstars in a gauntlet match to earn this WWE title shot. In the H.I.A.C match Randy Orton retains the WWE title.

Night of Champions 2009:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes def. Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & The Big Show) - Tag team match for the vacant Unified Tag Team Championships.
Legacy begin feuding with Chris Jericho after this, since Edge is injured he and Jericho are forced to relinquish the Unified Tag titles. Legacy are inserted into the match since they have a rematch for the titles. Jericho keeps asking for a match for the titles he promises to bring a partner to NOC. The Colons still want their rematch for the titles and so Jericho faces The Colons in a 2 on 1 handicap match to earn the match for himself and the mystery partner. For this Carlito turns on Primo.
The mystery partner is The Big Show, and they begin to call themselves Jeri-Show. And at the PPV Legacy win back the Unified Tag Team Championships and then they sort of begin to feud a little bit with Jeri-Show but that's kind of weird since both teams are the heels.

Kofi Kingston def. David Hart Smith (C) - United States Championship.
Kofi Kingston & David Hart Smith are facing each other for the United States Championship since MVP is now out of the picture. Kingston becomes #1 contender to the title on the Raw after The Great American Bash. His life is made hell by Legacy, DH Smith goes off on how Kingston isn't even in his league and is not worthy of the title that he claims he himself "revived." This is not meant to be racist or anything like that. Legacy have numerous backstage encounters with Kingston, run in numerous times in his matches but in the end Kingston ends up on top since he captures the United States Championship.

John Cena def. Randy Orton (C) - WWE Championship.
John Cena after The Great American Bash becomes the number one contender to Randy Orton's WWE title. John Cena at Night of Champions captures Orton's WWE title this is the beginning of a Randy Orton - John Cena feud. Despite a run in from Ted & Cody Orton loses the WWE title right here.

Summerslam 2009:
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (C) def. D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) - Unified Tag Team Championships.
We have the DX reunion 2 weeks earlier that way we can build up more of a story when Legacy attack them during the reunion. So Ted & Cody off the bat of a big win over Chris Jericho & The Big Show wish to continue their roll by spoiling the DX reunion.
For the attack the previous week on the August 10th 2009 episode of Raw while Ted DiBiase is in a match against Evan Bourne or someone like that, from the crowd area Triple H & Shawn Michaels interrupt by saying "boring" into the microphone, they cost Ted DiBiase the match by constantly interrupting and then make their way to the ring, when they get there David Hart Smith & Cody Rhodes show up. DX are joined by Kofi Kingston and they get the better of the 3 men. This makes Legacy question Orton asking where he was, Orton reveals he has bigger priorities like getting back the WWE title. Ted DiBiase says Orton is being selfish and he storms off.
On the August 17th 2009 episode of Raw DX interrupt Cody's match and end making him lose, DX challenge Legacy to a match at Summerslam for the titles, Cody & Ted see this as an opportunity to make a name for themselves so they accept the challenge and the match is set for Summerslam its gonna be DX vs Legacy for the titles.
Legacy win the match retaining the Unified Tag Team Championships. Before Orton's match with John Cena, Ted & Cody go to him and talk about their victory, Orton congratulate them but he says that his title match with John Cena is more important than their tag title match. This continues to make Ted & Cody frustrated. Later that night Randy Orton wins back the WWE Championship from John Cena.

Part 2 will go from after Summerslam to after Wrestlemania 26.

(This is a repost of a booking I posted earlier, the reason I'm reposting is because I went to edit it and without realizing deleted a good chunk of the booking and saved it).
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