Times, They Are A Changing

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During the first 50 plus years of professional wrestling’s history in the United
States slow and steady was the norm, the expected pace. Wrestling followed the
mold of every other major professional sport as far as pacing goes. Matches were
slow, drawn out methodical dances. Feuds lasted longer than the average marriage
and all of this was ok because most people’s attention spans devoured each
moment. Just like wrestling, in the early stages of the NFL until arguably, the
mid 1980’s, running the football, playing good defense and low scores were an
every season occurrence. In the MLB before the days where the big hitters got
the big money deals and TV commercials the dead ball era, where the ball was
heavier resulting in low scoring games and teams averaging very low home run
numbers reigned supreme.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 2.23.15

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RAW Is Business Conferences?

Randy Orton came out to start the show. Orton said he wasn’t there to talk their ears off but he has something to get off his chest. Orton said he’s been out of action for the last four months and replayed why. Orton said Seth Rollins can’t run and hide and demanded he come out there right now. Instead, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out with Kane and Big Show. Steph said that Orton made a big splash last night. She said that was the Orton we all know and love and that is the Randy Orton the WWE wants as the face of the WWE. Orton said he isn’t that and all he wants is Seth Rollins so he can bash his brains in. Steph said there is no reason he and Orton can’t exist at the same time. Steph told Orton to come back home and join the Authority. Orton said that was tempting but he would rather kick some ass than kiss some ass.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Random Thoughts On WWE Fastlane

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-There were a lot of things wrong with this show. One thing was the crowd that didn’t seem to be in to anything all night. Of course, when the first match on the show has Kane pinning Dolph Ziggler, can you really blame them? There’s absolutely no reason Kane should be pinning anyone on PPV in 2015. I don’t care if he had the help of the Big Show. The Authority would be a hell of a lot better if they had guys like Sheamus and Luke Harper in the place of Kane and Big Show. But for some reason, the WWE thinks Big Show is still a huge attraction in 2015.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 2.16.15

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If Cena Wins Does That Mean The Return of the Spinner US Title?

RAW started with John Cena coming to the ring. He replayed what happened last week and talked about Rusev being undefeated and unstoppable. He said it doesn’t matter what people say about Rusev. He is going to beat Rusev at Fastlane and take back the United States Championship. Rusev and Lana came out. Lana said Rusev is the super athlete and the greatest United States Champion of all time. My feed has been cutting in and out so I know I missed some things. Cena and Rusev ended up brawling. Cena tossed Rusev into the titantron a couple of times. Cena landed ten punches and screamed at Rusev that every man can be beat as he stood over Rusev.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The Simplicity That Is NXT

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Sometimes, it is best to keep pro wrestling simple. Actually, you could say that about a lot of things in life. If you keep things simple it often works out the best. And if you watched NXT on Wednesday night, they once again kept it simple. And it was still the best show that any WWE related product has put on all year. While the Royal Rumble had a very good triple threat match for the WWE Title, it still doesn’t compare to the overall goodness that was NXT.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 2.9.15

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Katie Vick Reference To Start RAW? Sure Why Not

Roman Reigns started the show. He said that it doesn’t matter who he has to beat, he will end up defeating Daniel Bryan at Fast Lane and then beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title at Wrestlemania. The crowd booed it pretty heavily. Daniel Bryan came out and thanked Reigns for giving him the opportunity to get the WWE Title shot at Wrestlemania. Bryan said he knows Reigns is bigger and stronger than him, but when it comes to looks they are about even. But he is the better wrestler than Reigns.

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Inside Harrak’s Head: Where Has All The Kayfabe Gone?

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Something from the Triple H interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin shed some (blinding) light on a topic that’s really started to bother me.

Kayfabe truly is dead. And it sucks.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is The WWE Setting Up Roman Reigns To Fail?

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Here we are for the second year in a row questioning the outcome of the Royal Rumble, and wondering if Wrestlemania plans will be changed again. The WWE made the wrong move giving Roman Reigns the win at the Rumble.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 2.2.15

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Where Is Rusev In All Of This?

The Authority came out and rubbed the Patriots winning the Super Bowl in the face of the people of Denver. HHH said he hopes the NFL can survive the new #CancelTheNFLNetwork movement. Steph said she knew there was outrage at the Royal Rumble, and they can’t let something like that happen. They replayed the Rumble happenings and said that what Reigns and The Rock did was unsportsmanlike. HHH said The Rock had no business getting involved in the Rumble. HHH said that was his own fault. Just like with Sting, he let people comeback and didn’t know they would get involved where they don’t belong. HHH said that problem ends at Fast Lane.

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In-Person Thoughts On The WWE Royal Rumble & A Very Odd Start To 2015

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It’s a damn shame really.

If it was only a year earlier, Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble would’ve been a big deal. Forget Batista winning the 2014 Royal Rumble, the audience was willing to accept Reigns as the winner since Daniel Bryan wasn’t even in the 30-man match. Fast-forward 12 months and the complete opposite is true.

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