WWE RAW 10.31.16: Five Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. Nice Recovery This Week On The Goldberg/Lesnar Front

-In case you were worried that the Goldberg/Lesnar program was about to go downhill after last week, they rebounded nicely this week. Paul Heyman sounded like he did the promo he wanted to do last week this week. And he can also still hold the crowd in the palm of his hand. He got the crowd hyped up for Brock Lesnar and even though he wasn’t there, he got them to believe it.

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The Monday Night Wars: IT WAS ME AUSTIN!!!

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It was what everyone wondered going into the Summer of 1999: Who was the higher power? Who was the man that The Undertaker was answering to?

There was all kinds of speculation about who this was going to be.

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Quick Hits: WWE Hell In A Cell 2016

Sin Cara, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari

-Sin Cara delivers backbrakers to all three heels.

-The ring is cleared for the most part. Tony Nese then front suplexes Dorado and tosses him to the outside.

-Cedric Alexander gets the hot tag and takes out the heels, pinning Nese for the win.

WINNERS: Sin Cara, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander

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Quick Hits: Lucha Underground 10.26.16

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-Sexy Star comes into Dario’s office. She wants her Title match next week. Dario says first, she has to defend the Gift of the Gods Title against Johnny Mundo tonight. And if Fenix, Aerostar or Drago interfere they are banned from the Temple. Sexy says she doesn’t need help, and isn’t afraid of Matanza. As Sexy leaves, Dario says women don’t fare well against Matanza, just ask his mother.

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Retro Theme Thursday: American Males, American Males!

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This song is addicting. It gets stuck in your head. It’s the American Males theme!

The American Males were the team of Scotty Riggs and Marcus “Buff” Bagwell. The ladies loved them. And Bagwell could work back in the day before he suffered his neck injury. And also before he went into full blown steroids mode.

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WWE Announces Latest Performance Center Class

STAMFORD, Conn., October 25, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that a new class of nine recruits, including a former NFL player, collegiate wrestler, U.S. Army veteran and talent from independent wrestling circuits, has begun training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

“WWE is constantly scouting the world for the most talented athletes and entertainers,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “This new class will have every opportunity to fulfill their dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar, as they train out of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.”

The new training class includes:

· Alvin Abitz (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) – Standing 6 feet 6 inches and weighing 285 pounds, Abitz is an Army veteran with a rugby and kickboxing background.

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WWE RAW 10.24.16: Five Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. The Rusev vs Roman Reigns Feud Has Hit A Brick Wall

-Talk about a feud that went off the rails the last couple weeks. The problem is that we are now going on almost three months of this. And throughout the whole thing, Roman Reigns looks like the bad guy in all of this. He constantly bashes Rusev’s wife Lana. And the announcers CONTINUOUSLY bring up that Rusev is defending his wife’s honor. Any new viewer tuning in would think that Rusev should be the good guy.

Both of these men need to move on from each other after this. But I unfortunately think that the feud will somewhat continue into Survivor Series. I assume Reigns and Rusev will be on the RAW Survivor Series team. That means another month of these two interacting. Rusev continues to prove that he deserves a top spot on the RAW card. If RAW had a face champion I would have Rusev face the Champ next.

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