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#1 Posted on 1.12.05 2003.03
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Use the code "THQSMACKDOWNVSRAW2006" (without the quotation marks).

You're supposed to buy SD vs. Raw to get the code (I didn't, I snagged it off another board), so if the higher-ups think this will cause any trouble, feel free to delete this, and accept my apologies.

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#2 Posted on 2.12.05 1948.05
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You are a pimp. Your user rating should be approaching 10 by morning. I actually think I may subscribe to this service, it has kept me entertained all evening.
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#3 Posted on 2.12.05 1958.45
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Boy, it was worth it just for the Xanta Klaus match!
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#4 Posted on 3.12.05 0657.44
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Jeff Hardy vs. Undertaker in a ladder match from Raw...that confrontation (and the ending, too) still gets my adrenaline pumping.
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#5 Posted on 3.12.05 1446.44
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Yeah I just watched that one and the Montreal Screw Job. The Montreal match, man they had those fans in their hands.
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#6 Posted on 3.12.05 1602.30
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Thanks man! I finally saw the Hart/Austin match from Survivor Series. I actually like that one more than the one from WM.
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#7 Posted on 4.12.05 1415.28
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On a somewhat related question, does anyone know how to get a better video quality when watching the streaming videos on wwe.com? I'm running non a high speed connection and watching the videos in the smallest window (i.e. not full screen), but it's still not a crisp picture at all. Is this as good as it gets or is there somnething I can do to make the picture a little sharper? Thanks...
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#8 Posted on 4.12.05 1421.29
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In addition to the Survivor Series match between Hart and Austin being top, top-notch, I absolutely loved Austin's pre-match promo.

"People talk about 'the best there is, the best there was,' all the other crap; the Excellence of Execution. Bret, cliches are cliches, and an ass-whipping is an ass-whipping, and that's exactly what you're gonna get tonight at the hands of Stone Cold Steve Austin. And that's the bottom line!"

You know how many years it's been since Austin's displayed that kind of intensity? Not to mention, you know how long it's been since Austin's been as good a wrestler as he was back then? He's been a shadow of his old self for quite some time now.
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#9 Posted on 4.12.05 1435.08
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    Not to mention, you know how long it's been since Austin's been as good a wrestler as he was back then?


I think I do -- pretty much exactly four years, as the last great performance he willed out of his body (until Wrestlemania 19) came in the overlooked awesome Survivor Series 2001 main event.


    He's been a shadow of his old self for quite some time now.


Well, he's been retired for two and a half years.

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#10 Posted on 4.12.05 1509.33
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Eh, whenever he comes back, whether for a non-wrestling appearance or to wrestle, he just doesn't seem to have that kind of enthusiasm for his work. I don't entirely blame him, either: Vinnie Mac certainly has his own ideas about how to "wrestle WWE style". I just think Austin was better when he was the anti-hero and cult favorite, and really, since his year-long hiatus after the car accident angle, he's never quite been the same. He's shown some flashes of brilliance now and then, but I just got so sick of him during the inVasion angle, in which he was burdened with playing the slightly-chickenshit, extremely paranoid leader of The Alliance. And during the inVasion angle, the "What?" Pandora's box opened up, and it just slid downhill at a steep angle from there.

It's not easy for me to put my finger on when, exactly, he lost that "edge", or what caused it to happen-- but there's no doubt in my mind that he lost it at some point.

But in the interest of staying on topic. Anyone who hasn't taken advantage of this free 24/7 Online offer must do so, now. There's waaaay too much good stuff on here to not take advantage of. If you don't at least look at the free trial, you don't deserve to call yourself a wrestling fan.

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#11 Posted on 4.12.05 1534.41
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    It's not easy for me to put my finger on when, exactly, he lost that "edge", or what caused it to happen-- but there's no doubt in my mind that he lost it at some point.


I've thought about that a lot, my dolphin friend. It's a good topic. Here's my take. I think there were three big changes:

1) When he came back after the neck surgery in September 2000, it wasn't quite the same Steve Austin. But breaking your neck and missing a year kind of makes it hard to pick up right where you left off, and the slightly askew Stone Cold was still the most popular guy in the company and wrestled the biggest match ever at Wrestlemania 17. But even though I think he played an amazing heel in '01, the heel turn (and fake face turn in July) did serious damage to his drawing power that he never got back, because the live-and-die emotional bond with the character had been severed.

In the ring, the neck fusion gave him a second life, of sorts, as he'd never been better in the ring, wrestling no less than five MOTYCs in 2001: against Triple H at No Way Out, Rock at Wrestlemania, Benoit & Jericho on Raw, Benoit on Smackdown, and Angle at SummerSlam. But as I alluded to, playing the bump-crazy heel all year undid the repairs, and by the end of 2002 he was seriously hurting again.

2) That ties into my second significant change, which came with his return to TV in February 2003 after walking out. Getting physical again after a long layoff without taking any punishment, Austin realized his neck wasn't going to let him wrestle anymore and his match with Rock at Wrestlemania would be his last as an active worker. It was noticeably hard for him to come to grips with that, evidenced by both his TV appearances at this time and from reading his book.

3) And from there, you're completely right in saying that his appearances as a TV character (co-GM, sheriff, and this year's "guy who shows up") have been pretty listless. Knowing that his career was over and he couldn't get back in the ring, and being resigned to reading lines of Steph McMahon-scripted segments o' hilarity, it's been largely going through the motions and getting by with delivery and beer.

It remains to be seen not only if Steve will ever wrestle again, but if when he does, he can recapture his passion and enthusiasm and put it into that final run. Like you alluded to, being the real Stone Cold, TheOld Stone Cold, is not something you can just turn off and on, and it all comes down to believing in what you're doing. Feuding with Jonathan Coachman or Stephanie McMahon, for instance, is pretty tough to believe in.

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