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Yeah, in the weeks leading up to WW3 '95, he was clearly getting booed. It'll be interesting to see how he acts on Nitro and the shows leading up to Starcade.

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I am absolutely loving the Sting / Lex Luger relationship. It isn't often you see real, complex friendships in wrestling.

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Ooooh! Alundra Blayze just showed up to dump the WWF Women's Championship into the trash.

On the prior episode, for a moment, I thought Paul Orndorff really did break character to go after Pillman.

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Seriously, fuck Hogan. After beating the shit out of everyone with a chair (including a ref and a security official), he has the gall to get in Savage's face and demand a title shot. He even goes so far as to say the belt is his, pointing out that the nameplate still reads "Hulk Hogan." Keep in mind, just a few weeks ago he was pissing and moaning about his friends wanting a shot at the title when he held it. How anyone can cheer for this character is beyond me.

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The 1996 SuperBrawl?

Also, realizing how selfish Hogan was -- as a character and backstage -- puts a whole new light on the commentary of Bobby Heenan. It makes me wonder how much of what he said was a partial shoot.

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On 7/4/2017 at 4:00 AM, The Master said:

In kayfabe: How the fuck is Hulk Hogan a face? Never mind the dirty back-rakes and eye-pokes, he is a whiny asshole. Sure, yeah, the ref messed up the final call of World War 3 '95, but instead of accepting his loss with grace -- like everyone else did, face and heel alike -- he pantomimes how he was screwed over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again like a punk, thus overshadowing Randy Savage's win.

Beyond not getting how his character is a face, the man is a dick; he keeps stepping in front of the camera every single time Savage is meant to be in focus. It's fucking infuriating.

 

http://oswreview.com/media/oswreview59/

Start at about 1:18:40 for a detailed breakdown of how awful of a babyface Hogan is.

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Some of my current anti-Hogan feelings may come from OSW Review, if I'm being honest. They've really put a spotlight on his shit.

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I think mine goes back to 2003-2005 when I started really finding out his backstage history. It was solidified by Death of WCW.

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I know How2Wrestling isn't everyone's cup of tea, but in that it's all out there now, Kefin filling in his girlfriend (f'nar) on all of Hogan's shit and hearing her utter contempt for the man is always amusing.

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Something I've wondered since I was a kid: how come an inverted atomic drop is not considered a shot to the balls, and therefore a DQ?

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7 minutes ago, The Master said:

Something I've wondered since I was a kid: how come an inverted atomic drop is not considered a shot to the balls, and therefore a DQ?

It's supposed to be a spinal compression, just like the normal atomic drop, so the belief is that they're hitting their tailbone.

It really depends on who is selling it, but most of the time it just looks bad.  There's a reason you never see that move anymore.

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Truly, I wish a commentator had said that, because it never made sense to me. Normal atomic drops, I assumed, were all about hitting the butt / tailbone. Inverted, not so much. But, yeah, as you said, Dubs, that had to do with the selling of the latter.

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So whilst I don't currently subscribe to the Network - as I choose not to directly fund the mad masturbation fantasies of Vince McMahon - I look to other outlets to provide commentary on the present WWE. One of these outlets is the What Culture Wrestling team, who are miles ahead of the main What Culture site in that their articles and videos are done by a select team of contributors, who also run the UK indie fed WCPW on the side which has seen the likes of Kurt Angle, Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Alberto del whatever and Will Ospreay on their cards.

So far, so what? Well, said team are based out of Newcastle where I live/work and two of the main figures in that team have predictions contests based upon the results of WWE PPVs, in which the loser has to undertake a forfeit. For WWE Great Balls of Fire (see aforementioned Vince comment), the loser was made to perform a concert of embarrassing songs in the centre of Newcastle. That took place today around 10am, so like the responsible soul I am, I pretended I had a private appointment, left the office and moseyed on down to watch the following:

If you pause around the 4:55 minute mark, you'll spot a corpulent ginger gentleman in a suit hanging back to watch the fun, away from the 20-something students/slacker young people who are the more regular audience. The end of the video is one of those rubbish storyline things, which is eminently skippable.

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YouTube thought it was really important that I watch Nerco Butcher vs. Samoa Joe right now.  12 years later (how is that possible) and it is still insane.

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