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#1 Posted on 6.12.02 1431.24
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Brian Solomon (The "Shut Up and Wrestle Guy), wrote another awesome column on wwe.com. This is about his (and after reading it, also my) feelings on the death of the Intercontinental Championship. Here's the link...

http://www.wwe.com/news/commentary/brians/1196760

I totally agree, and as much as I appreciate the WWE at times, it's boneheaded moves like killing the IC title that will always leave me baffled. Enjoy.

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#2 Posted on 6.12.02 1449.46
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I can't tell if this guy is a grunt working for Vince just to shut up the Internet fans...or if he's really trying to piss off the brass.

Look for this guy to be fired within the next 6 months, guaranteed.
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#3 Posted on 6.12.02 1524.49
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So he's guaranteed to be fire even if he's "a grunt working for Vince just to shut up the Internet fans"? And, as we all learned from Molly, the second you say something negative about the WWE on their website, you're immediately punished, so I think it's safe to say that this guy is really just a hacker who has put in massive security checks that prevent anyone coming from wwe.com to even notice that his stuff is posted there, so it's only available to the fans. I'm surprised that nobody has ever used a hacker in an angle (unless you count Alexandra York). I always thought the WWF should have faked an NWO hack of their website back when the NWO first formed.
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#4 Posted on 6.12.02 1535.16
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    So he's guaranteed to be fire even if he's "a grunt working for Vince just to shut up the Internet fans"? And, as we all learned from Molly, the second you say something negative about the WWE on their website, you're immediately punished, so I think it's safe to say that this guy is really just a hacker who has put in massive security checks that prevent anyone coming from wwe.com to even notice that his stuff is posted there, so it's only available to the fans. I'm surprised that nobody has ever used a hacker in an angle (unless you count Alexandra York). I always thought the WWF should have faked an NWO hack of their website back when the NWO first formed.


Molly? I think I missed something here, what did Molly say on the website? And how was she punished?

Ohhh, I'm always the last to know! ::pouts::
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#5 Posted on 6.12.02 1547.24
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I was discussing this same issue with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. I said they should revive the Intercontinental title on SmackDown and have Eric Bischoff bring back the U.S. title on Raw. After reading that article, I think that guy's idea about the TV title, rather than the U.S. title, is better.

I remember when the Intercontinental, U.S., and TV (NWA/WCW)titles were big deals. Some of my favorite matches were fought over those titles. Just off the top of my head, the Intercontinental title has produced Steamboat-Savage, Shawn Michaels-Razor Ramon, Bret Hart-British Bulldog, Austin-Rock, HHH-Rock, Owen-Austin, Bret Hart-Mr. Perfect, Jake Roberts-Rick Rude, Benoit-Jericho-Angle, and it was before I started watching WWF but, wasn't the famous Snuka leap off the cage during an IC title match vs. Don Marocco?

The U.S. and TV titles produced some great matchups also. Off the top of my head, my favorite match of all time Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard in an "I Quit" cage match, the Magnum TA-Nikita Koloff best of 7 series, Sting-Great Muta, Roddy Piper-Greg Valentine, Benoit-DDP-Raven, and the Booker T-Benoit best of 7 series was over just a shot at the TV title.

Those midcard titles can be a big deal if they are booked properly. Just look at ECW. They made the TV title appear to be equal to, and sometimes better than, the ECW World title. Obviously, that's not what you'd want but, it proves that those titles can be a big deal if the booking allows them to be a big deal.

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#6 Posted on 6.12.02 2015.28
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    Originally posted by Dagent913
    Molly? I think I missed something here, what did Molly say on the website? And how was she punished?

    Ohhh, I'm always the last to know! ::pouts::



If memory serves, she put down the HLA segment. In particular, she complained that 2 guys (forget who now) were working their asses off in the ring and the announcers were completely ignoring the match in favor of shilling HLA. Coincidentally, she lost the women's title shortly after that and has been used sparingly on Raw since then. I'm sure it had nothing to do with it being time to move the title back to Trish or to let someone else take the top spot for awhile, though. It had to be a conspiracy.
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#7 Posted on 6.12.02 2250.35
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One of the biggest mistakes the WWE made during the Brand Extension was putting the Intercontinental and European titles on one show. They were better off putting each title on separate shows and have them both serve as the primary secondary championships for each brand after the World title that could be won by anyone from each brand.

That boneheaded decision was the beginning of the end of the Intercontinental Championship. At least there is still the Smackdown Tag Team Championship to make me excited.

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#8 Posted on 6.12.02 2307.24
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Well, it's safe to say Brian Solomon isn't a hacker, because he's been criticized by another WWE column writer when he writes. (The same guy, incidentially, who verbally sucks Triple H's dick every week).
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#9 Posted on 7.12.02 0051.24
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Well, it's safe to say Brian Solomon isn't a hacker, because he's been criticized by another WWE column writer when he writes. (The same guy, incidentially, who verbally sucks Triple H's dick every week).


So he's just a really good hacker. Everybody knows that the best way to protect yourself is to give everyone the illusion that you're having your ass kicked when, in fact, the ass kicker is yourself in disguise.
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#10 Posted on 7.12.02 0429.39
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Or maybe-- gasp-- Vince welcomes dissenting opinions, especially in this day and age with the ratings being what they are?

While it's probably safest to assume that you're being sarcastic, I'll assume for the purposes of this post that you're absolutely serious.

First of all, how would one install massive security checks to prevent himself from being seen by anyone editing the website? As much as people have been talking about Brian Solomon recently, it's safe to assume that any number of e-mails have been sent to WWE.com, either agreeing with Solomon's opinion or saying “This guy is a complete fucking moron.”

Don't you think that upon reading an e-mail talking about a writer that (supposedly) doesn't exist, that someone-- anyone-- would simply log on to WWE.com from another computer and verify that someone's hacked their site?

Furthermore... Solomon writes articles for WWE Magazine, doesn't he?
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#11 Posted on 7.12.02 0920.28
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Why isn't this guy writing Raw? You actually mean to tell me that Brian Gewirtz is better qualified??? I guess the ratings never lie, huh? It's WCW folks!!! Albert as World CHAMP!!! RVD is a JOBBER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#12 Posted on 7.12.02 1018.01
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    I always thought the WWF should have faked an NWO hack of their website back when the NWO first formed.



Actually, they did, kinda. They had this article about Kurt Angle and when you tried to click on the second page of it or something, it went to some NWO "hacked" page. I believe the link use to be on Slash, doubt it still works, though.
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#13 Posted on 7.12.02 1116.07
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    While it's probably safest to assume that you're being sarcastic


Yes, it's always safest to assume I'm being sarcastic. Even when I'm being 100% serious about something I believe, there's most likely sarcasm included in the post. Unless it's about how awesome HHH is.
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#14 Posted on 7.12.02 1208.03
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Thanks for the info, InVerse.

Anyway, I'm glad this Solomon guy actually went far enough back in time to make his point. I too thought that the IC Title took a dive during that whole Road Dogg/Godfather/Val Venis era. Nothing against these guys, I just didn't think they were high enough on the ladder. I still viewed Road Dogg primarily as a tag team wrestler (which he was), and Godfather as a fun little comedy gimmick (which he was), and Val....ok, actually, I thought Val could have used the title to climb further up that ladder. At the time, I didn't realize just how much of an anchor his gimmick was. But I digress.

I just thought it was good to see that this guy has a better memory than most folks working for WWE seem to have.
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#15 Posted on 7.12.02 1438.37
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Excellent article, thanks for highlighting it mistress.

Its not just the 'everybody else' category of wrestler that suffers because of the lack of mid-card belts. It's also some of the guys he mentioned as being involved in the main event picture. The likes of Booker and RVD could really have done with an IC belt run to allow them to be seen as succesful early on, instead of putting them straight into Heavyweight title fights which nobody really believed they were gonna win.
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#16 Posted on 7.12.02 2255.43
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Furthermore... Solomon writes articles for WWE Magazine, doesn't he?


Yeah, he is. He's also got a long article in this month's Raw magazine.
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#17 Posted on 8.12.02 0048.01
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Y'know, the IC belt could continue to live on...

Since the Raw World title has been unified with the IC, Euro and Hardcore belts, what's to stop HHH from walking around with all four belts like the new-age Ultimo Dragon? That's just the kind of thing that would appeal to his ego.
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#18 Posted on 8.12.02 0105.57
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Not to mention the US Title.(Sur. Ser. 01)
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#19 Posted on 8.12.02 0130.11
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Funny you should mention that, Big Bad. If I remember correctly, someone on the board talked about the same idea for Chris Jericho when he was Intercontinental Champion most recently (and for a very short time, at that). He had a PPV match coming up against Ric Flair, and the guy's idea was that Jericho would come out with all four belts in an attempt to show up Flair-- the I-C, U.S., Hardcore and Euro Titles.
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#20 Posted on 8.12.02 2058.05
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    Originally posted by LeechOfTheNight
    Actually, they did, kinda. They had this article about Kurt Angle and when you tried to click on the second page of it or something, it went to some NWO "hacked" page. I believe the link use to be on Slash, doubt it still works, though.


Yes, I remember it well. It was actually Scott Hall who used his 1337 h4x0r skillz to sabotage the Kurt Angle article, since the header of the "nWo hacked" portion read "Hey yo!" Pity me for having marked out at that.
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