Positively Pro-Wrestling: WWE RAW 5.26.15

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It’s funny how pro-wrestling and my life have run parallel for so many years. Hulk Hogan won his first WWF Championship a day after my first birthday, jump starting Hulkamania. I was in my freshman year of high school when Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 14 launching the “official” start of the Attitude Era. When I graduated college in 2005, I immediately went to work for the company itself, WWE. And went I fell into a deep depression, pro-wrestling was in a horrible lull and wrestling journalism loved pointing out all of the negatives and few of the positives. Wrestling journalism has never really recovered from the doomsday mentality when it comes to sports-entertainment.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Random RAW Thoughts For 5.25.15

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-Just once, ONCE, I would love for RAW to start with something other than variation #58082 of a Triple H/Stephanie McMahon/Authority promo. I mean nothing new is ever said in these things and it always seems like it is a repeat of what aired last week.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is Another Wrestling Boom Period On The Way?

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When you have been a wrestling fan for as long as I have, you try to temper your expectations a bit. I’ve seen big pushes get lined up and then all of a sudden get taken away for pretty much no reason. I had extremely high hopes for the Nexus when they first came on the scene. I’ve seen pushes get pulled out from under the likes of Kofi Kingston, Carlito, MVP and others. The WWE has far too often been quick to give up on their younger talents before they can get their feet underneath them.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Random RAW Thoughts For 5.18.15

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-A little NXT continuity on RAW? Sure, I’m okay with that. It might expose some more people to NXT who for some reason aren’t watching it. NXT has kind of been kept on its own up to this point. But if they want to bring up past storylines between guys on RAW, I’m okay with that.

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Wallpaper Of The Week: Bow Down to Barrett

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JC’s Top Rope Report: WWE Payback Thoughts

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-I’m starting to sour on Dolph Ziggler. A lot of it has to do with the look. Some of it also has to do with his reckless style that causes him injuries. The perfect example from Payback being Ziggler getting busted open pretty bad after failing to execute a proper headbutt. That bleeding looked as bad as a poorly done blade job. And it is reasons like that why Dolph Ziggler won’t be getting any big pushes any time soon.

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The HTCWrestling Staff’s WWE Payback Predictions

2015 WWE Payback - Fatal Four Way

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The Ascension vs Curtis Axel and Macho Mandow

JC: Just when I thought maybe Damien Sandow would be getting a serious gimmick, they stuck him with another comedy act. Axel and Mandow will be good for a couple laughs, but they will never get a serious push. As for the Ascension, I forgot they were even on the main roster. Axel and Mandow get the win here.

Draw: A throwaway tag team match featuring a very new comedy tag team and a tag team that’s comedic but it really shouldn’t be. Coming out of NXT, The Ascension were supposed to be the next Wyatt Family. Instead they’ve been laughed off the screen almost every time they’ve appear. They do need a win here but rarely does a comedy tag team lose their first match. Look for Axel & Mandow to run wild here.

Winners: Axel & Mandow

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“Stone Cold Podcast” To Air Monthly On The WWE Network

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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin will host Stone Cold Podcast, Live!, a no-holds-barred, in-your-face monthly interview series beginning Monday, June 1 at 11 p.m. ET on the award-winning WWE Network, with special guest Paul Heyman.

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Quick Hits: WWE NXT 5.13.15

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Solomon Crowe vs Baron Corbin

-I’m glad Crowe and the people helping to develop his character tweaked it just a bit. The guy looked like a character in a bad 90s futuristic SyFy movie.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Celebrating Daniel Bryan, Whether This Is The End Or Not

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When I read that Daniel Bryan was going to appear on RAW on Monday to make an announcement regarding his health and the Intercontinental Title, I feared the worst. I had read the rumors about Bryan not being in good health again. And I feared that whatever he had to say on Monday was going to end up being bad news.

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