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2nd Dec '17 3:15:33 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Beaver Cleavage (played by Headbanger Mosh) was basically a take-off of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was shown in a series of black & white vignettes (compete with [[LaughTrack canned laughter]]) that showed him acting like a little kid while his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various [[ParentalIncest sexually]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick and he fought with the entire creative staff to get Beaver on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and hostile fan reaction), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed the character, causing Vince Russo to go to WCW (and royally screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who had to be Beaver Cleavage".

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* Beaver Cleavage (played by Headbanger Mosh) was basically a take-off of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was shown in a series of black & white vignettes (compete with [[LaughTrack canned laughter]]) that showed him acting like a little kid while his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various [[ParentalIncest sexually]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick and he fought with the entire creative staff to get Beaver on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and hostile fan reaction), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed the character, causing Vince Russo to go to WCW (and royally screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who had to be Beaver Cleavage". [[note]]Oddly, despite the gimmick ending with Chaz [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt supposedly breaking character during one of the skits and simply walking out, refusing to play the role any more]], Chaz himself was reportedly amused by the skits.[[/note]]
25th Nov '17 9:50:12 PM Aker-Sama
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* The men’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match at Survivor Series 2017 was a mix of ‘old guys go over new guys’, ‘new guys look like morons’, ‘old guys can’t go for shit’ and ‘authority figure warfare’. This match fucking SUCKED so bad that the fantastic match between AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar beforehand could be considered Match of the Night. Maybe even Match of the Year! Just when you thought WWE was headed in a good direction with its main roster talent:
** Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode were both eliminated by Braun Strowman (quite possibly the '''ONLY''' saving grace of this match) after not doing anything noteworthy.
** Samoa Joe was eliminated after an argument with Finn Balor led to the two of them getting Attitude Adjustments, and one more to Joe, making them both look stupid.
** Kurt Angle himself looked like a shell of his former self in this match, gassed as hell, even purple-faced at some points.
** John Cena was eliminated after a Coup de Grace from Balor and an Angle Slam from Angle, but after months of mediocre matches and a polarizing match in which he lost to Roman Reigns, an emphasis on the power struggle between the authority figures rather than the brand warfare between superstars and just generally looking like he wasn't even interested, he was essentially an afterthought, meaning '''his''' elimination didn't really mean much at all. '''Same with Randy Orton''' (eliminated by Strowman, at least). Cena and Orton de-emphasized? Great! But to make room for more part-timer and authority figure drama? God damn it...
** The final four came down to Triple H, Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman for Team RAW, with the final member of Team SmackDown! being '''SHANE FUCKING MCMAHON''' of all people, who, despite being nowhere near the caliber of the ACTUAL wrestlers on his team, essentially outlasted a 16-time World Champion, a 13-time World Champion, a former TNA World Heavyweight and NXT Champion AND a former IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental and NXT Champion. And to top it all off, he even managed to fend off interference from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, making those two and everyone else look like total fucking geeks! BUILDING NEW STARS, INDEED!
** '''AND IT GETS WORSE!''' Triple H (despite all the well-deserved praise he gets for NXT) managed to fuck this up for everyone. He supposedly sided with Shane McMahon by Pedigreeing Angle and placing Shane on top of him for the 3-count. He then Pedigrees Shane (BIG FUCKING SURPRISE) and pinned him to get the win for Team RAW, casting the spotlight on himself again, all while Strowman (bless his soul if he has one) looked on, just as perplexed and confused as we were. Not even Strowman choking the life out of Triple H and Powerslamming him afterwards did anything to redeem this.
** All of this was to maybe set up a WrestleMania match between Triple H and Angle or McMahon (in 2018? After that showing? Really?). I suuppose if it was to set up Triple H vs. Strowman with Strowman going over it would be fine...can't really see where else it would go, knowing WWE. Would any other tropers like to elaborate and possibly turn the tide here? The floor is open.
23rd Nov '17 8:19:46 PM user01001001
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** John Cena was eliminated after a Coup de Grace from Balor and an Angle Slam from Angle, but after months of putting over new stars, an emphasis on the power struggle between the authority figures rather than the brand warfare between superstars and just generally looking like he wasn't even interested, he was essentially an afterthought, meaning '''his''' elimination didn't really mean much at all. '''Same with Randy Orton''' (eliminated by Strowman, at least). Cena and Orton de-emphasized? Great! But to make room for more part-timer and authority figure drama? God damn it...

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** John Cena was eliminated after a Coup de Grace from Balor and an Angle Slam from Angle, but after months of putting over new stars, mediocre matches and a polarizing match in which he lost to Roman Reigns, an emphasis on the power struggle between the authority figures rather than the brand warfare between superstars and just generally looking like he wasn't even interested, he was essentially an afterthought, meaning '''his''' elimination didn't really mean much at all. '''Same with Randy Orton''' (eliminated by Strowman, at least). Cena and Orton de-emphasized? Great! But to make room for more part-timer and authority figure drama? God damn it...
23rd Nov '17 5:13:43 PM user01001001
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* The men’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match at Survivor Series 2017 was a mix of ‘old guys go over new guys’, ‘new guys look like morons’, ‘old guys can’t go for shit’ and ‘authority figure warfare’. This match fucking SUCKED so bad that the fantastic match between AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar beforehand could be considered Match of the Night. Maybe even Match of the Year! Just when you thought WWE was headed in a good direction with its main roster talent:
** Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode were both eliminated by Braun Strowman (quite possibly the '''ONLY''' saving grace of this match) after not doing anything noteworthy.
** Samoa Joe was eliminated after an argument with Finn Balor led to the two of them getting Attitude Adjustments, and one more to Joe, making them both look stupid.
** Kurt Angle himself looked like a shell of his former self in this match, gassed as hell, even purple-faced at some points.
** John Cena was eliminated after a Coup de Grace from Balor and an Angle Slam from Angle, but after months of putting over new stars, an emphasis on the power struggle between the authority figures rather than the brand warfare between superstars and just generally looking like he wasn't even interested, he was essentially an afterthought, meaning '''his''' elimination didn't really mean much at all. '''Same with Randy Orton''' (eliminated by Strowman, at least). Cena and Orton de-emphasized? Great! But to make room for more part-timer and authority figure drama? God damn it...
** The final four came down to Triple H, Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman for Team RAW, with the final member of Team SmackDown! being '''SHANE FUCKING MCMAHON''' of all people, who, despite being nowhere near the caliber of the ACTUAL wrestlers on his team, essentially outlasted a 16-time World Champion, a 13-time World Champion, a former TNA World Heavyweight and NXT Champion AND a former IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental and NXT Champion. And to top it all off, he even managed to fend off interference from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, making those two and everyone else look like total fucking geeks! BUILDING NEW STARS, INDEED!
** '''AND IT GETS WORSE!''' Triple H (despite all the well-deserved praise he gets for NXT) managed to fuck this up for everyone. He supposedly sided with Shane McMahon by Pedigreeing Angle and placing Shane on top of him for the 3-count. He then Pedigrees Shane (BIG FUCKING SURPRISE) and pinned him to get the win for Team RAW, casting the spotlight on himself again, all while Strowman (bless his soul if he has one) looked on, just as perplexed and confused as we were. Not even Strowman choking the life out of Triple H and Powerslamming him afterwards did anything to redeem this.
** All of this was to maybe set up a WrestleMania match between Triple H and Angle or McMahon (in 2018? After that showing? Really?). I suuppose if it was to set up Triple H vs. Strowman with Strowman going over it would be fine...can't really see where else it would go, knowing WWE. Would any other tropers like to elaborate and possibly turn the tide here? The floor is open.


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20th Oct '17 7:34:00 AM cynicalcylon
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* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who have no real boxing experience) then proceed to have real fights that look terrible and injure each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscriped finishes meant Dr. Death injured a hamstring and was taken out in the quarter finals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn is utterly destroyed in half a minute. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.

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* In 1998, the WWF ''Brawl For All'', a boxing tournament between various wrestlers. As per Russo's LeaningOnTheFourthWall style of booking, this was booked as a "shoot" i.e. the wrestlers were ''actually'' beating each other up. Aside from the complications this puts on the kayfabe for the rest of the show, the wrestlers (who have (who, mind you, had no real boxing experience) experience going into the tournament) then proceed proceeded to have real fights that look looked terrible (compare ragdolls flopping their arms about) and injure injuring each other. The angle was set up to get Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams over as a tough guy for a potential "who's tougher" match with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin. However, the very obvious variable of having unpredictable finishes in unscriped finishes meant Dr. Death injured pulling a hamstring and was taken out in the quarter finals by Bart Gunn. The bookers then put him in his ''Wrestlemania XV'' match with Butterbean where Gunn is utterly was ''utterly destroyed in half a minute.minute''. Accounts differ as to whether Gunn was being punished for winning the Brawl for All when he wasn't supposed to, or whether Vince Russo thought that Gunn would beat Butterbean - but either way, Gunn was fired ''when he got back to the locker room''. The angle led to no less than four injuries, a lot of animosity between the wrestlers who beat each other up, and the destruction of two promising careers (Gunn and Dr. Death.) And, of course, the big selling point-- that these were ''real'' fights fizzled with the fans who either didn't buy that they were unscripted or wanted them to just wrestle instead.
20th Oct '17 7:28:05 AM cynicalcylon
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** Hulk Hogan comes out, apparently to check on "his friend" Bret. He also issued an open challenge to take on the winner of the main event, so there's that as well. Yokozuna and Fuji have no reason to accept, yet Fuji does just that. In a pull so cartoonish it might as well have been on [[WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling,]] it takes only twenty-two seconds for Yoko to take a salt bump and Hogan to drop the leg, get the pin, and walk out the champion. Behind the scenes, Hogan convinced [=McMahon=] that a heel couldn't walk out of 'Mania with the title, but instead of allowing Bret to retain, he should run in and squash Yokozuna to steal the title.

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** Hulk Hogan comes out, apparently to check on "his friend" Bret. He also issued an open challenge to take on the winner of the main event, so there's that as well. Yokozuna and Fuji have no reason to accept, yet Fuji does just that. In a pull so cartoonish it might as well have been on [[WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling,]] [[WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling Rock N' Wrestling,]] it takes only twenty-two seconds for Yoko to take a salt bump and Hogan to drop the leg, get the pin, and walk out the champion. Behind the scenes, Hogan convinced [=McMahon=] that a heel couldn't walk out of 'Mania with the title, but instead of allowing Bret to retain, he should run in and squash Yokozuna to steal the title.
20th Oct '17 7:27:13 AM cynicalcylon
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** Hulk Hogan comes out, apparently to check on "his friend" Bret. He also issued an open challenge to take on the winner of the main event, so there's that as well. Yokozuna and Fuji have no reason to accept, yet Fuji does just that. It takes only twenty-two seconds for Yoko to take a salt bump and Hogan to drop the leg, get the pin, and walk out the champion. Behind the scenes, Hogan convinced [=McMahon=] that a heel couldn't walk out of 'Mania with the title, but instead of allowing Bret to retain, he should run in and squash Yokozuna to steal the title.

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** Hulk Hogan comes out, apparently to check on "his friend" Bret. He also issued an open challenge to take on the winner of the main event, so there's that as well. Yokozuna and Fuji have no reason to accept, yet Fuji does just that. It In a pull so cartoonish it might as well have been on [[WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling,]] it takes only twenty-two seconds for Yoko to take a salt bump and Hogan to drop the leg, get the pin, and walk out the champion. Behind the scenes, Hogan convinced [=McMahon=] that a heel couldn't walk out of 'Mania with the title, but instead of allowing Bret to retain, he should run in and squash Yokozuna to steal the title.
20th Oct '17 7:23:07 AM cynicalcylon
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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a low point for WWE's mid-90s slump. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.

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* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing 1995'' was a the absolute low point for WWE's mid-90s slump.slump in ratings. It had an array of bad matches, including a match that ended by time-limit draw, a match that ended by countout, a match that ended with outside interference, a match that ended with botched outside interference, and an inexplicable rise of Savio Vega (he was pitched as a guy who had an unbelievable rise to the top, but wound up getting crushed in the end). You can [[XPacHeat actually hear the air getting sucked out of the arena]] after Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets pinned and eliminated from the tournament by Mabel in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, after a boot to the head by an interfering Kama, and a legdrop by Mabel. This is the same Undertaker who'd NoSell some of the most devastating moves the roster had to offer, and two midcarders dispose of him just like that. When Mabel was crowned the king, he had garbage thrown at him. Of course, Mabel's subsequent main-event push tanked, and slowly withered and died by the end of the year - appropriately enough, after losing a Casket Match to the Undertaker.
13th Sep '17 1:15:37 PM JamesAustin
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-->--'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''', [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/18-seconds/ Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan – How long should this world title match last? LOL, I’ll pretend you said 18 seconds.]]

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-->--'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''', -->-- '''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''', [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/18-seconds/ Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan – How long should this world title match last? LOL, I’ll pretend you said 18 seconds.]]



By April of 2001, the then-WWF had bought both of its major competitors - [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} World Championship Wrestling]] and [[{{Wrestling/ECW}} Extreme Championship Wrestling]] - after both companies had gone out of business. The WCW buyout was the major acquisition, with the WWF acquiring the company's assets (including many of the contracts of its remaining roster and its extensive video library); they went so far as to have a special ''Nitro''/''RAW'' simulcast segment after the last match on the final ''Nitro'' to announce that Shane [=McMahon=] had ({{kayfabe}}) bought WCW instead of Vince (which, itself, was where the problems started).

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By April of 2001, the then-WWF had bought both of its major competitors - [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} World Championship Wrestling]] and [[{{Wrestling/ECW}} [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Extreme Championship Wrestling]] - after both companies had gone out of business. The WCW buyout was the major acquisition, with the WWF acquiring the company's assets (including many of the contracts of its remaining roster and its extensive video library); they went so far as to have a special ''Nitro''/''RAW'' simulcast segment after the last match on the final ''Nitro'' to announce that Shane [=McMahon=] had ({{kayfabe}}) bought WCW instead of Vince (which, itself, was where the problems started).



* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]](he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top)[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result. The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside with that on the screen above him.

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]](he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top)[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug dragged out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result. The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside with that on the screen above him.
13th Sep '17 1:07:59 PM JamesAustin
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* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], Wrestling/RandyOrton told Wrestling/ReyMysterio that Eddie was "in hell" , and Mysterio himself claimed to be recieving spirtual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit being set to feud with [[Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr Chavo]] over "Eddie's Estate") until Benoit, Eddie's dearest friend, finally put his foot down and told Vince to go fuck himself.
** To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find the material.

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* Unfortunately, there can be no mention of atrocious wrestling angles without one that most wrestling fans would prefer to forget: the rightfully infamous [[DudeNotFunny failure of human empathy]] that is known only as [[FanNickname "Eddiesploitation"]], or as it is more commonly known, [[MoralEventHorizon the most despicable pro wrestling storyline of all time.]] Take everything wrong with Owen Hart's death and the ensuing response by the company, and [[UpToEleven make it ten thousand times worse.]] After the tragic death of the much-beloved Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's reasonable to expect that a company run by ordinary, sane people with [[DamnedByFaintPraise actual human feelings and emotions]] [[TemptingFate wouldn't want to drag everyone involved through a tasteless, disrespectful angle just for the sake of ratings, right?]] So naturally, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon used ''[[DishonoredDead Eddie's death]]'' as fodder for an extremely tasteless, disrespectful angle, (where, among such other [[SarcasmMode shining moments]], Wrestling/RandyOrton told Wrestling/ReyMysterio that Eddie was "in hell" , and Mysterio himself claimed to be recieving spirtual assistance from Eddie's ghost in Heaven, Obi-Wan Kenobi style.) According to Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, literally ''[[EveryoneHasStandards everyone]]'' in the entire company, [[EvenEvilHasStandards including Vince's own]] [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon daughter]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH son-in-law]], thought this was a vile idea except for the ''one'' man who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wielded absolute power.]] Consequently, Vince ''forced'' everyone, from Eddie's best friends to ''[[Wrestling/VickieGuerrero his widow]]'' to take part in the crass, tasteless and degrading angles. Supposedly it was supposed to last ''even longer'' (with (Remember when Wrestling/ChrisBenoit being took Mysterio's place in his feud with Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} after Chavo injured Mysterio's knee? Apparently, Benoit was set to feud with [[Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr Chavo]] Chavo over "Eddie's Estate") until Benoit, Eddie's dearest friend, finally put his foot down and told Vince to go fuck himself.
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himself. To this day, Eddiesploitation is still held up as the angle that changed most people's opinions of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon from "PointyHairedBoss" to "[[LackOfEmpathy evil]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to the core."]] When Website/WrestleCrap awarded the angle the [[MedalOfDishonor Gooker Award]] [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/eddiesplotation-2006-gooker-award-winner/ for 2006]], RD Reynolds didn't include any soundbites or images from the angle in the article, because the angle wasn't something he could enjoy himself mocking- it was simply ''loathsome,'' and he just couldn't bring himself to go back and go through it again to find the material.






* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks — big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, with Lesnar and Goldberg both using stalling tactics and low impact rest holds with both men not wanting to risk getting hurt. Guest referee Steve Austin was even getting visibly frustrated at the spectacle and the only saving grace came after the bell when Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men, and given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Wrestling/VinceMcMahon), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest {{squash match}} in history." They went to the Lesnar vs Goldberg well AGAIN 12 years later with slightly better results.

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* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks — big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, with Lesnar and Goldberg both using stalling tactics and low impact rest holds with both men not wanting to risk getting hurt. Guest referee Steve Austin was even getting visibly frustrated at the spectacle and the only saving grace came after the bell when Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men, and given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Wrestling/VinceMcMahon), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest {{squash match}} in history." They went to the Lesnar vs vs. Goldberg well AGAIN again 12 years later later, with slightly somewhat better results.



* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]](he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top)[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
** The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside with that on the screen above him.

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). After Roman Reigns eliminated Kane and Big Show to appear to win the match, the crowd recalled that the monster heel Rusev, who got thunderous boos ''everywhere'' else, was never eliminated [[note]](he'd been thrown out under the bottom rope instead of over the top)[[/note]] and began to cheer for him to come back into the ring and beat Roman. It all came to a head when Rusev hit the ring to continue the match, and Wrestling/RomanReigns threw him out in seconds to be declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.
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result. The worst thing about all of this is that it could have been avoided completely. Daniel Bryan had been out for months due to injuries, to the point where the question of if he would retire was banded about. A few weeks before the Rumble, WWE made a huge fuss about him returning and entering himself in the match. Given they could have announced his return ''after'' the show, a lot of fans saw his involvement as WWE {{troll}}ing everyone. Adding to the accusations of outright trolling was that Goldust began to make his entrance to the match just after Bryan was thrown out. Goldust's entrance video begins with "A SHATTERED DREAMS PRODUCTION" splayed on the obscenely huge Titantron screen, leading to a mean/hilarious picture of Bryan looking dejected at ringside with that on the screen above him.



* {{Wrestling/Bayley}} vs Wrestling/AlexaBliss at Extreme Rules 2017 Kendo Stick-on-a-Pole match might as well be named the Bayley burial match. First of all in the build, we had the awful Bayley "This Is Your Life" segment which gave the feud lots of Go-away-heat as crowds chanted boring and [[Wrestling/MattHardy "DELETE"]] as awful actors attempted to make people hate Alexa. Bayley then runs in at the end of the segment making her look dumber than [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] and making people hate Bayley for forcing them sit through this awful segment. Alexa then beats the crap out of Bayley making her look weak and making the whole thing pointless if the intention was to get Bayley more over instead it did the opposite. During the match itself Bayley had the kendo stick and was chasing Alexa when she had her cornered, but decided to wait till the last possible second to hit Alexa who was able to take it from Bayley making her look even stupider. The match ends after Alexa hits Bayley repeatedly with the Kendo stick and hit the DDT for the win. Finally, this match was somehow shorter than the one at Payback breaking the cardinal rule of not having the face be dominated by the heel in the final match. Remember how Bayley was supposed to be the female Wrestling/JohnCena, because not even Wrestling/BrockLesnar vs Cena at SS 2014 was this one-sided.

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* {{Wrestling/Bayley}} Wrestling/{{Bayley}} vs Wrestling/AlexaBliss at Extreme ''Extreme Rules 2017 2017'' Kendo Stick-on-a-Pole match might as well be named the Bayley burial match. First of all in the build, we had the awful Bayley "This Is Your Life" segment which gave the feud lots of Go-away-heat as crowds chanted boring and [[Wrestling/MattHardy "DELETE"]] as awful actors attempted to make people hate Alexa. Bayley then runs in at the end of the segment making her look dumber than [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] and making people hate Bayley for forcing them sit through this awful segment. Alexa then beats the crap out of Bayley making her look weak and making the whole thing pointless if the intention was to get Bayley more over instead it did the opposite. During the match itself Bayley had the kendo stick and was chasing Alexa when she had her cornered, but decided to wait till the last possible second to hit Alexa who was able to take it from Bayley making her look even stupider. The match ends after Alexa hits Bayley repeatedly with the Kendo stick and hit the DDT for the win. Finally, this match was somehow shorter than the one at Payback breaking the cardinal rule of not having the face be dominated by the heel in the final match. Remember how Bayley was supposed to be the female Wrestling/JohnCena, because not even Wrestling/BrockLesnar vs Cena at SS 2014 was this one-sided.
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