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@kanekan-slaugh: I agree. They traded one dangerous thing for another.
@Sepewrath: To me, at least, it's not either/or. There's a difference between progress in performance and doing powerbombs on the apron, blind kicks to the back (on a house show, no less), and buckle bombs into barriers. There's a middle ground between the extremes of going back to nothing but wristlocks and accepting a buckle bomb as a regular move. No one should have to take that on a nightly basis, especially with the schedule WWE performers work.
I always think back to Austin matches (after his neck injury). Or William Regal matches. Or any Revival match from the past three years. Whether a guy is a brawler or a technician, there is absolutely a way to work safe, get over, and not do career threatening spots that jeopardize everyone involved. There is no way Austin, in his condition, would have ever agreed to let Rock kick him square in the back, blind, or take a powerbomb to the apron. The current roster needs to say "no," instead of throwing up their hands and accepting it as an inevitable part of their business. It shouldn't have to be like that.
@Blk_Mage_Ctype: They're transitioning her into a managerial role, it seems. They also announced she would not be competing at the Rumble. Trust me, I hope the multiple sources are wrong. But it doesn't look good.
@mandzilla: Also a good one! JBL is a textbook bully - just stand up to him, and he'll fold like a house of cards. Even Joey Styles knocked him out.
@pointingmonkey: There's a shoot interview with Jim Cornette that you ought to look up. Search for Jim Cornette Montreal Screwjob. He gets into a lot of this; it's a pretty fair summary of what made Bret brilliant in the ring, but exhausting to deal with backstage. Wrestlers aren't exactly known for their sensitivity and bedside manner, but it would be a chore and a half to tiptoe around a guy like Bret Hart.
@pointingmonkey: Yes, but in some ways, that was even worse. Because he wasn't even doing it deliberately. He was just unsafe to work with back then. Bret doesn't like Shawn Michaels either, but he never called him dangerous. Goldberg, on the other hand, ended his career with an errant kick to the head.
@timthegem: Good point. Might as well throw Stan Hansen and Vader in there too.
@zero_juice: Rollins is also relatively small compared to Lesnar, but he does have close to 30 pounds of mass over Balor. I agree, though, that the regular Balor character isn't that great. And yeah, Reigns is a fair comparison. He's really good at THAT role that he played within the stable - getting the hot tag and wrapping things up. He got exposed when they broke up.
Sometimes, I wonder how long it takes for Balor to sit in that makeup chair. Maybe it's just not practical or sustainable.
@Mattyrock: That was good, I agree. It would have been better with a longer build. But for what it was, it was a great piece of work.
@kanerobot: I would have put that on the list if I believed The Undertaker actually retired. And I don't. Years from now, we're going to look back at that "retirement" the same way we look at the "Once in a Lifetime" match between Cena and Rock.
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