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#41 Posted on 25.1.16 1943.40
Reposted on: 25.1.23 1957.04
    Originally posted by lotjx
    The kicker is AJ/Joe as the main event or sub main event would save this PPV. Yet, it would require WWE to acknowledge TNA actually made stars.
I feel like it's easier to argue AJ and Joe are stars despite TNA, rather than because of.
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#42 Posted on 25.1.16 2142.50
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    Originally posted by Greymarch
    Heh, looks like a lot of people are still holding on to a lot of HHH baggage! :)


Ah, bit of fun is all. If you can't on occasion spew forth bile and vitriol on the Internet, where can you?

From the moment the almighty Shapiro posted this http://the-w.com/​rumored-​wrestlemania-​card-​rumors-​cena-​orton-​to-​headline-​wrestlemania we were always going to the belt on a "reluctant" HHH. Probably should have posted that at the time, but so much lazy. She is my mistress.

Remember back when they were doing a thing with Edge and pretty much set up a surprise Christian return? But then changed it to Matt Hardy even though it made no sense because everyone had figured it out and the E wanted to be unpredictable and swerve. I wonder where that writer works now?




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#43 Posted on 26.1.16 0822.32
Reposted on: 26.1.23 0829.01
    Originally posted by PowerPB13
    I was one of the biggest HHHaters back in that time period and this barely affected me.

    I guess it helps that my friend Mark doesn't watch too much any more.

After 16+ years of unending HHH, a lot of Marks don't watch too much anymore.


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#44 Posted on 26.1.16 1339.24
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Mark Henry and Jack Swagger won a 7 minute, 58 second preshow tag-team match to earn Royal Rumble slots.

They lasted a combined total of 45 seconds in the Rumble match.
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#45 Posted on 26.1.16 1424.03
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Mark Henry and Jack Swagger won a 7 minute, 58 second preshow tag-team match to earn Royal Rumble slots.

    They lasted a combined total of 45 seconds in the Rumble match.


And that is two former World Heavyweight Champions!

Actually, looking at the list of entrants, and going by WWE reigns only, former WWE/WWE World/World/ECW champions in the match:
Chris Jericho
Kane
Big Show
Brock
Miz
Ziggler
Sheamus
HHH

Seems like they should have made a bigger deal about ten former world champions gunning for Roman's belt (or 9, since we weren't supposed to know about HHH though everyone saw it coming).

In fact, the only guys in the match without a WWE belt of some kind in their past (not counting NXT):
Styles
Breeze
Neville
Strowman
Sami
Rowan
Wyatt

If you throw in NXT gold, that brings the list down to Styles, Breeze, Strowman, and Wyatt. So we have a match with 26 of the 30 competitors who have held WWE gold, gunning for the big belt. Seems like it should be a big deal, right?

They could have gone even bigger, saying you had to have held a title in the WWE to be in the match, which I guess would swap out the four with no title reign for any combo of Big E, Xavier, Ryder, Slater, Dallas, Sandow, Young, Diego, Usos, Kalisto, Ascension, or Barrett just from the active roster. The Wyatts could still attack Brock and eliminate him, since people can come and go as they please anyway.

Actually there are only a few on the active roster NOT with at least some kind of WWE/NXT reign, and most of them are Wyatts.
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#46 Posted on 26.1.16 1435.39
Reposted on: 26.1.23 1445.23
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Mark Henry and Jack Swagger won a 7 minute, 58 second preshow tag-team match to earn Royal Rumble slots.

    They lasted a combined total of 45 seconds in the Rumble match.

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Trying for a little levity on a sad day.
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#47 Posted on 26.1.16 1829.35
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How crazy could they go with ex-champs? If not for that damn injury bug you could of had Orton, Bryan, Cena, and Rollins. What part timers/legends could they use? Flair, HBK, Nash, Rock, Batista, Christian? I know it's possible but is it viable to do an ex-WWe/WHC Champ Rumble?

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#48 Posted on 26.1.16 2215.54
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There are living 46 former WWE or World champions. While several of the group would have to be written out for health or injury-related reasons, you could've feasibly had a 30-man Rumble of all former champions. Even a couple of the older guys would've technically appeared, if only to 'fight' for a minute and then take a gentle and heavily-assisted bump over the top rope. Imagine how crazy it would've been to somehow see Bruno Sammartino in a Royal Rumble in 2016.
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#49 Posted on 27.1.16 0326.09
Reposted on: 27.1.23 0329.01
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Imagine how crazy it would've been to somehow see Bruno Sammartino in a Royal Rumble in 2016.


If nothing else, people wouldn't have said how old Hunter looked on Sunday.
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#50 Posted on 27.1.16 0650.09
Reposted on: 27.1.23 0650.21
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    There are living 46 former WWE or World champions. While several of the group would have to be written out for health or injury-related reasons, you could've feasibly had a 30-man Rumble of all former champions. Even a couple of the older guys would've technically appeared, if only to 'fight' for a minute and then take a gentle and heavily-assisted bump over the top rope. Imagine how crazy it would've been to somehow see Bruno Sammartino in a Royal Rumble in 2016.
Question: how many living former WCW Champions are still alive? Or were they included in your count?
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#51 Posted on 27.1.16 0915.59
Reposted on: 27.1.23 0916.24
If you go just straight WCW World Heavyweight Championship, you have Flair, Luger, Sting, Vader, Simmons, Hogan, Giant, Goldberg, Nash, DDP, Bret, Sid, Jarrett, Arquette, Booker, Russo, Scott Steiner, Angle, Rock, and Jericho. The only two dead are Savage and Benoit.

Hogan, Jarrett, Steiner, Russo and Angle are probably definite no-nos right now. That leaves 15. I am thinking Luger and Hart are too risky health-wise. Arquette probably wouldn't happen. Sting is on the shelf from the Rollins injury.

We know Rock, Giant/Show and Jericho are in fighting shape, and the rest would likely be in decent enough shape for a 30 man match. So let's say 12.

Of course with WWE/World title overlap, that rules out Flair, Hogan, Giant, Goldberg, Nash, Bret, Sid, Booker, Angle, Rock, and Jericho.

If you go back farther with the NWA lineage there's more, of course. If you quit looking at the NWA title heritage when Douglas wins it and trashes it in ECW, you add Barry Windham, Great Muta, Masa Chono, Tatsumi Fujinami, Ricky Steamboat, Ron Garvin, Harley Race, Carlos Colon, Tommy Rich, Terry Funk, and Dory Funk Jr. as living possibilities, though retirements and age would rule a good bit of those out.
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#52 Posted on 27.1.16 1024.14
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C'mon, put Adam Pearce in the Rumble
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#53 Posted on 31.1.16 0329.19
Reposted on: 31.1.23 0331.18
This is what I was referring to above. By some coincidence it was recently reposted on the 7.

http://the-w.com/​7/​thread.php/​id=37359#402247

Every one figures out Christian is coming - last minute rewrite to swerve everyone.

Every one figures out HHH is going to come out last and win - damn the torpedos. Full speed ahead!

Seven years is a long time in wrestling sports entertainment.

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#54 Posted on 1.2.16 0828.09
Reposted on: 1.2.23 0829.01
Sorry, I just had to share a quote from this interview with Steph where she discusses H's win at the Rumble:

    Originally posted by Miami Herald article
    “I actually have video of my daughter [Aurora] because we didn’t tell her it was gonna happen,” McMahon said with a smile. “Like everybody else, she had no idea Triple H, my husband, was going to be in the Royal Rumble, let alone win it.


mmmphhh...phphphmmm....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh, Steph, you are too much!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
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