JC’s Top Rope Report: Random RAW Thoughts For 4.6.15

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-Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but you can have a boring Authority promo to start RAW without Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Sorry but Rollins just wasn’t connecting with me at all during the promo. And Big Show and Kane just suck the life out of everything they are involved in.

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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 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: Hope And Worry For The Future

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This past week was the tale of two different stories in the WWE. We were able to see some of the very best the WWE has to offer. And then we were able to see some of the worst. And who would have thought, the best was in the WWE’s developmental program NXT. The worst? The main roster’s offering from TLC this past Sunday.

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Thoughts on NXT Takeover REvolution 12.11.14

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Well guys and gals WWE’s NXT had a huge show last night to finish up their year, and I just wanted to throw some thoughts your way. Throw yours mine!

1. Unless WWE really screws Kevin Owens up or he faces some unexpected injury, this guy is gonna be huge. I know this is an NXT crowd and a lot of these fans are probably already aware of who Kevin Steen is on the independent circuit so there could be some early translation issues with the typical WWE main show crowd, but I really think that once they see his moveset and his intensity everyone is going to eat him up. I love that his shirt is just a big KO (I didn’t pick that up before, it’s kind of A+), and I like that while they didn’t have him just run over CJ Parker he was decisive in this victory. It was good to give him a match. It gives us all a preview of what to expect and it leaves the audience longing for more. This open was excellent, and everything special shows like this need.

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NXT Takeover R Evolution Predictions 12.11.14

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I’ve been wanting to take over writing about NXT for awhile especially after not being able to continue writing about Smackdown, but the Gods of whatever it is that decide my fate have not been so kind to me. I intend for that to end now. I love watching NXT and getting the opportunity to discuss what’s going on there is something I am happy to do. Starting with their big live Special Event to end the year seems as good a time as any. This should be great.

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Inside Harrak’s Head: The Top “Fantasy” Picks Of 2015

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{Ed. Note: The majority of this article was written last month and it was only now that I realized some of my comments echoed more popular sentiments over the last couple of weeks. I promise to you that all of this comes from my own voice and I am not repeating the words of other men in the wrestling business. – MJH}

Its been a long while since I took to HTCwrestling.com to write a true editorial. In fact, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had free time to sit down and write for fun & not for assignment. Two toddlers and two jobs can do that to a guy. But when I went searching for the more popular articles over the years, there was one clear winner & it was an article published in October of 2011:

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What’s Best for Business for Daniel Bryan?

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Daniel Bryan was an indie god then the WWE machine swallowed him up and quote un quote re taught him the right way. Bryan mentored under The Miz (hate that or not but The Miz gets the business side of pro wrestling) and made his debut wrestling under his real name (Bryan Danielson); he even had a match against John Cena. Then, for reasons I will never understand, was released for choking ring announcer Justin Roberts during an NXT angle on Raw. Bryan was brought back and the rest is current history. Daniel’s time was now and it came together perfectly until Bryan’s not young body needed surgery and now multiple surgeries. Since Bryan’s departure, (which according to most dirt sheets was going to drop the title to Brock Lesnar instead John Cena did.) the three former members of The Shield have taken up major singles competition roles, Dolph Ziggler’s stock seems to be rising again and NXT is starting to fill up with guys that can easily fit the mold of Bryan. (Sami Zyan, Adrian Neville, Tyler Breeze, Kevin Steen and Prince Devitt) After Daniel heels up, same around the time of the Royal Rumble, as much as it will be a huge return I can’t see the WWE puting Daniel right back into the same spot he was in last Wrestlemania season. His return will be great, he will more than likely be put into some sort of angle with The Authority, unless the program between Nikki and Brie Bella fizzles out; but what after that? Daniel Bryan will have gone from the, arguably, number one babyface in the WWE to the number four or five behind Cena, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and maybe a Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler or Cesaro. Should Daniel Bryan go back into the mid card of doom and allow the WWE to waste the prime years he was left in his in ring career or should he go command ┬árecords price booking fees and become the Kind of the Indies?

Once upon a time before the WWE went on an almost ten year pirate like theft of every indy god there was on the planet Bryan Danielson was ROH Champion and on top of the world. He wrestled everyone who was anyone including new WWE signing KENTA. But eventually the WWE came calling and the rest is history. The difference between Bryan’s post WWE return to the independent circuit to what could possibly become another one is Daniel’s name is much bigger on a global scale. If he decided breaking down his body to help benefit the WWE and not just himself he could easily command record prices for appearances and demand almost ridiculous numbers to wrestle for the major indy promotions; not to mention his wife remains under a pretty good contract with the WWE one would assume.

News broke yesterday that Bryan could return as soon as Survivor Series. Sure, the pop will be huge but how ‘huge’ will the plans be for Bryan once he comes back? He was supposed to job to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam anyhow, so what was the game plan for him after that? I’m afraid the WWE is more emotionally and financially invested in the “Yes” chants and shirts than they are the man that evokes it from the fans. Is Bryan’s time he has left in a squared circle better served in the mid card for the WWE or in the packed VFW’s around the world where every fan would consider him a god to be around?

Until next time guys, leave a comment, tell a friend, listen to the latest HTC Wrestling Pulsecast here or on iTunes, follow me on Twitter @CamDougharty and let’s talk rasslin!

JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 9.8.14

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And This Is How We Write Jericho Off

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho inside a Steel Cage. Both men exchanged blows early then Bray Wyatt took down Jericho with a clothesline. Jericho came back with a dropkick and landed some kicks. Jericho connected on an enziguri kick. Bray came back with an elbow then hit a splash in the corner. Bray tossed Jericho into the corner again but Jericho tried escaping. Bray pulled him down, but Jericho fought him off and hit an axe handle off the top. Bray played possum and ended up tossing Jericho into the cage then hit a splash into Jericho.

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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 9.8.14 (Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, John Cena, Roman Reigns)

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1. Smart idea to begin your “season premiere” with Bray Wyatt versus Chris Jericho in a steel cage. It’s rare to kick off RAW with a match so starting off with a steel cage match should be a big deal. AND THE 43 YEAR OLD CHRIS JERICHO JUST JUMPED FROM THE TOP OF STEEL CAGE! And yet I don’t think there’s anything Jericho can do at this stage of his career where he could be considered one of the greatest performers of all-time. He deserves it but it won’t happen. A great match to kick off RAW. A great way to write Jericho off of TV and another great moment to bolster Bray Wyatt back into the upper-midcard/main event scene.

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