King Of The Sky Tournament Semifinals Rick Rude (w/ Nicole Bass) vs. Gino Hernandez Owen Hart vs. David Von Erich
Over The Top Rope Battle Royal Participants: Crush, Chief Jay Strongbow, Crash Holly, George “The Animal” Steele, “Adorable” Adrian Adonis, Lance Cade, Sean O’Haire, Ernie Ladd, Ray Stevens, Yokozuna, Earthquake, Chris Candido
Florida Clash of Champions V: Die Another Day From the American Airlines Arena
Announcers: Rich Brennan (NXT) & Buddy Colt (CWF) Referee: Drake Wuertz Ring Announcer: Summer Rae
YouTube Pre-Show Featuring: *Pre-Match Analysis with Steve Keirn, Julie Ho & DH Smith *Nikki Bella interviews Nigel McGuinness, Razor Ramon & Seth Rollins *LIVE Kick-off Matches: (1) Ruby Riot & Sarita vs. The Triad (Kairi Hojo & Black Lotus) (2) The All-American Americans (Jack Swagger & Bobo Brazil) vs. The Hardliners (Dick Murdoch & Dick Slater) ---
"KING" HARLEY RACE vs. NIGEL "CHICO" MCGUINNESS w/ Razor Ramon If Nigel Wins, He Drops The Accent; If He Loses, He Becomes Harley's Court Jester
EMBER MOON (c) vs. SARA DEL REY vs. IO SHIRAI w/ The Master Elimination Rules for the Women's Championship
TEAM PURORESU (The Great Muta, Tajiri & Low-Ki) vs. THE FABULOUS FREEBIRDS (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin & Buddy Roberts)
HIDEO ITAMI vs. DUSTY RHODES
AMERICAN ALPHA (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) (c) vs. HART DYNASTY (Tyson Kidd & Teddy Hart) vs. THE MIGHTY DON'T KNEEL (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne) (yes, we're finally doing the) Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the Tag Team Championship
RIC FLAIR vs. RAZOR RAMON
SAMI ZAYN (c) vs. SETH ROLLINS Two out of Three Falls Match for the World Championship
Hrm. I do like gauntlet matches, though this is a really long one; makes me wish there was a tag with some of those women to balance it out. The set-up of the main event interests me (I assume the belt is hanging from the roof, leading to from-the-roof shenanigans?).
I think head to head I'd watch a little more Lizzy - particularly when comparing the middle of each card, her matchups #2-5 are probably getting viewing precedence over the post-fatal-four-way pre-gauntlet section of Dev's card. Not a fan of Lizzy's TLC or Steele/Gino, but very happy to watch Rude/Guerrero even if Dev's TLC would get the edge on spectacle.
Edit: Actually, Dev's six-way is pretty good, even if WWE now selling occult shirts for Black is putting me off them a bit. Voting Dev for now.
The Force Awakens Announcers: Agent Tom Phillips and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon Alternate Commentary for Wookies and Trees: Albert and The Great Khali Also At Ringside: Emperor Vince McMahon Venue: Makuhari Messe
Champion of the Galaxy Title Triple Threat Match Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa
Order of the Sith Titles Last Chance Cage Match The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
Galactic Senate Championship Six Pack Challenge Molly Holly (c) vs. Emma vs. Naomi vs. Brandi Rhodes vs. Mia Yim vs. Princess Kimber Lee
Zero Gravity Championship Tyler Breeze (c) vs. Psicosis
Guardians of the Galaxy (John Morrison and Batista) vs. The Rebellion (Brian Pillman and Elijah Burke)
Flip Gordon vs. Monty Brown
Winner Can Claim to be Vince McMahon's Sith Apprentice Three Way Dance Austin Aries vs Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler HA! Eco
Florida Clash of Champions IV: We Are Not Losing to Eric In ANOTHER Wrestling Draft From the American Airlines Arena
Announcers: Rich Brennan (NXT) & Buddy Colt (CWF) Referee: Drake Wuertz Ring Announcer: Summer Rae
YouTube Pre-Show Featuring: *Pre-Match Analysis with Steve Keirn, Julie Ho & Dick Murdoch *Nikki Bella interviews Dusty Rhodes & TMD-Ki *LIVE Kick-off Match: "Eric's Favorite Wrestler" Jack Swagger vs. Bobo Brazil ---
THE FABULOUS FREEBIRDS (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, & Buddy Roberts) vs. HART DYNASTY (Tyson Kidd, DH Smith & Teddy Hart) vs. TMD-Ki (Nick Miller, Shane Thorne, & Low-Ki) Ladder Match for the El Generico Memorial Trofeo de Trios Triunfantes
NIGEL MCGUINNESS vs. RAZOR RAMON Loser Adopts The Other's Accent
SARA DEL REY, EMBER MOON, & RUBY RIOT vs. IO SHIRAI, KAIRI HOJO, & BLACK LOTUS w/ The Master LL Cool Hay Memorial WarGames Chamber (3-on-3 tag team match, to be conducted under WarGames rules; all pods must be open for a team to win)
HARLEY RACE vs. HIDEO ITAMI
AMERICAN ALPHA (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) vs. THE GREAT MUTA & TAJIRI For the Tag Team Championships
SETH ROLLINS vs. DUSTY RHODES Falls Count Anywhere, Daddeh!
SAMI ZAYN (c) vs. RIC FLAIR For the World Championship
Or next year, I opt out of the draft, people send me their picks, and the whole thread is a running NFL draft style show with Renee Young and Corey Graves giving commentary on what each pick means for that roster, with at least 15 minute pauses between posts.
Commissioner: With the number 586 pick, Sportsguy selects . . . El Dandy!
Graves: Incredible steal by Sportsguy. He's been developing a very heavyweight-centric roster this year, but adding El Dandy--a multiple-time CMLL Middleweight Champion--now provides a full sub-division of legendary cruiserweights, assuming he will match up with the likes of Jushin Liger and X-Pac.
Young: Don't you think you're throwing around "legendary" a little too fast, Corey? El Dandy never won a single championship in WCW--
Graves: WHO ARE YOU TO DOUBT EL DANDY?
I wouldn't mind a non drafter doing commentary on each pick next year, seriously. I mean they'd lose their mind within 20 picks but still....
Matte's card has real gems in its lower tier, I think (though TLC would certainly be entertaining and it would be nice to get a full Jericho/Bryan). Dev's card struck me as a bit more compelling though, especially in his pairing work; I admire Matte pulling a women's division out of add/drop, but it's not going to compete with arguably the best division in the tournament.
British Invasion never faced AMW, only Beer Money, it looks like? Good catch to book.
I'm feeling Jobber on this one. I think Okada is a good matchup for Bret, and in general I think there are more style contrasts in the matchups I enjoy, where a couple of the Mayhem matches feel similar era/similar style (in the opponents, not across the card, which is very balanced).
You know what, I'm just kind of done with Elimination Chambers. DougShark has some dead weight, but he books them well and places them at right spots on the card, like Hogan vs Reigns.
If I advance, I hope you're looking forward to "The Great Leo Invitational Women's Elimination Chamber" on Card 4. Curtis Iaukea suspended in a separate cage above the chamber with Judy Bagwell.
Edit: Also, if I was to get back to my stories - Chamber was set up with the qualifiers on the last card, and here it serves to let me move the belt face to face (Rollins to Zayn) without a singles loss to Rollins, to pay off down the line. But I agree it's a quite common tool in these drafts.
Dario: So now with the return of Sting from being brutally assaulted by the Undertaker. I have decided that the next Supercard the main event will be a match called the "Three Faces of Free" Match and it will feature the champ Andre the Giant vs The Undertaker vs. Sting. Now many of you ask what is a "Three Faces of Fear Match" Well it's simple First You must make an opponent bleed, then you must either make an opponent quit and that includes not responding to a ten count. And then once you can do that then you move on to the third part of the match and then you can get the title that will be hanging high in the center of the ring in a ladder match.
I wish them all good luck and this match will change them all.
I don't really think Hodgey falls off so much as Eric keeps energy up via pacing (put Batista and Monty early, it would feel more like falling off than natural up and down pacing). Hodgey also did a great job with story-telling, but I also like Eric's conceit even if he didn't have time to expound on it.
It would be extremely odd for him to expound on his conceitedness.
The only problem I perceive with Smitty's card is those in-between talents who need good dance partners - I'd throw Vader, Jinder, Rowan, and Shane in here - aren't getting them. That said, Lizzy's gimmick cramps the style a bit to now allow for matchups like Taka/Lince and Rich/Mustafa (though I know he only has Mustafa because of Lizzy). Throwing a second vote to Smitty because I think it's closer than the voting indicates.
My card is not that great. I totally agree (and said as much to Dev earlier today) I am very surprised Smitty has so few votes.
These are very close; I flipped back to Dev on reconsideration after a provisional vote because (1) I find Dev's main event the most interesting match on either and (2) I thought Hardcore Money in the Bank was a surefire on paper but realized looking at the participants that it's a little more brawly than I like MITB - Rey and kinda 2 Cold are your acrobats in a match that I think needs 2/3 of those people.
Good grief, these are both amazing (with somewhat disappointing main events). Went Matte because there's almost nothing I wouldn't go back and watch. I can't believe the card is as stacked as it is with Addiction/New Day THAT far down.
I wouldn't watch either of these in full, but there's a little more I'd make a point to watch from DougShark. Mayhem has a great triple threat and tag matches - the Fenix and Angelico matches are probably also good - but DougShark has some era clashes that make me interested to tune in. Brad Armstrong v. Sean Maluta feels like a big sleeper.
*Fade in to the office of PWW General Manager Virgil, where we find PWW General Manager Virgil BRAINSTORMING~! ideas for PWW's upcoming pay-per-view as "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase arrives on the scene...
Virgil: ...what hasn't been put on a pole before?
DiBiase: Scrap it, idiot. It's a bad idea.
Vigril: *startled* Oh hi, boss. Didn't see you there. What's up?
DiBiase: Your tenure as PWW general manager if I don't get a rematch with Steamboat for my Intercontinental title. The bastard stole it from me!
Virgil: He beat you clean in a Hell in a Cell match. How is that stealing?
DiBiase: He took my belt without my permission. That's the very definition of stealing, dummy.
Virgil: He won your belt in a sanctioned match for your belt. My hands are tied here, Mr. DiBiase. I can only bend the rules so far.
DiBiase: Well then give me a shot at the Heavyweight title.
Virgil: The title currently held by your stablemate "Stone Cold" Steve Austin? That doesn't seem like the best idea.
DiBiase: Why the hell not? We're the two best wrestlers in this company. We should be able to compete against each other in a match for the top title and keep it civ--screw it. You're right. The Millionaire's Club would explode long before we ever got in the ring, and I can't do that to IRS. He needs this gig.
Virgil: So what do you want me to do?
DiBiase: You're the GM. You figure it out. Just remember: if you don't give the fans something they like, this company's going out of business for approximately 11 months.
*DiBiase leaves the weight of the world on Virgil's shoulders as he leaves, but the camera catches a look of triumph on Virgil's face, as he's clearly had an epiphany...