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Wtf? Braun going to AEW would be a game changer like them getting Big Show back in the day, WWE banks on being the physically biggest company.

Black wanted out but they could've done this 3 months ago instead of after just starting a storyline with Big E...

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It really feels like WWE does this on purpose more recently. Braun and Black seem like two people that the higher ups (or maybe just Vince) just didn't get along with backstage given how they've handled them in recent years. So they lumped them into a group release with a few people that isn't so surprising to make it look less obvious.

And Black's release goes to show that WWE's writing/booking is definitely done on pretty short notice lately, and little communication is being had between management and the writers I'd wager. I get this feeling they've grown too big to really work together on much anymore, especially regarding longer-term (as in a mere month+) booking.

Honestly, all the talent just released would do well in AEW I feel. All are fairly young talented people.

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Absurd. Record profits, fans returning but they must fire half the roster anyways!

Good thing AEW came around when they did. They have lots of flaws, but at least you can watch it and not feel bad.

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It sounds like Braun was on a huge contract and understandably they're not as high on him as 2-3 years ago, but still, his salary is like 1/200th of what they make from Peacock a year...

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This is the craziest round of cuts I've seen so far.

At what point does AEW stop taking all the WWE leftovers though? Their most noteworthy stars currently (Kenny Omega, Britt Baker, Eddie Kingston, The Young Bucks) either never set foot in a WWE ring or at least didn't get very far.

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Many current and past talent have come out in support of everyone released today, which is nice. Ruby Riot, in particular, is getting a lot of love. Appears she played a very supportive, locker room leadership role for a lot of the women. I know it's happened in the past, but this round seems more prominent from my perspective.

In other news, the ratings for RAW continue to set new record lows almost every week. The third hour from this week's show only managed 1.1 million viewers. Again, WWE has long since moved past the point of TV ratings being a crucial aspect to their success, but the steady decline should at the very least show that some audiences are actually leaving them, and not just missing a show every other week or changing the channel for something else.

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Amazingly Brock hasn't been seen for over a year and is probably still messing up Raw. Raw needs to do something completely different than these hoss fights like putting the title on AJ or something or moving Owens there, but they can't just bail on the Lashley title reign before they get a chance do Lesnar-Lashley superhuman match, that's half the point of building Lashley. But when is Brock back? I'd have Brock vs Lashley at Money in the Bank instead of summerslam, Lashley wins and then gets cashed in on by someone to start a new era of Raw.

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Mister Ecks wrote:
This is the craziest round of cuts I've seen so far.

At what point does AEW stop taking all the WWE leftovers though? Their most noteworthy stars currently (Kenny Omega, Britt Baker, Eddie Kingston, The Young Bucks) either never set foot in a WWE ring or at least didn't get very far.
Orange Cassidy and Hangman too! But yeah they can’t just take all the wwe castoffs or risk being seen as wwe-lite. They can also let somebody else pay these guys and still use them for the Kenny Omega multiverse story.

Aleister Black
Ruby Riott
Peyton Royce
Billie Kay
Mickie James

Are the only ones they should sign. Keep it fresh with indie names that wwe fans wouldn’t have heard.

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Shack wrote:
Amazingly Brock hasn't been seen for over a year and is probably still messing up Raw. Raw needs to do something completely different than these hoss fights like putting the title on AJ or something or moving Owens there, but they can't just bail on the Lashley title reign before they get a chance do Lesnar-Lashley superhuman match, that's half the point of building Lashley. But when is Brock back? I'd have Brock vs Lashley at Money in the Bank instead of summerslam, Lashley wins and then gets cashed in on by someone to start a new era of Raw.
Summerslam is gonna have the double main event of Brock v Lashley and Roman v Cena. If they aren’t fired by then!!!

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"If they aren't fired by then" is going to be the saying of the year.

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Flava'd vs The World wrote:
Mister Ecks wrote:
This is the craziest round of cuts I've seen so far.

At what point does AEW stop taking all the WWE leftovers though? Their most noteworthy stars currently (Kenny Omega, Britt Baker, Eddie Kingston, The Young Bucks) either never set foot in a WWE ring or at least didn't get very far.
Orange Cassidy and Hangman too! But yeah they can’t just take all the wwe castoffs or risk being seen as wwe-lite. They can also let somebody else pay these guys and still use them for the Kenny Omega multiverse story.

Aleister Black
Ruby Riott
Peyton Royce
Billie Kay
Mickie James

Are the only ones they should sign. Keep it fresh with indie names that wwe fans wouldn’t have heard.


AEW - Andrade, IIconics, Lana - adding some hot people isn't a bad thing and could balance out some of the indie physiques and old people, Andrade is basically opposite of Omega in every way.

Japan - Braun, Murphy. As I understand big guys do well in Japan, I guess it's a Godzilla type thing. AEW has Miro and TNA has Big Cass so maybe they should focus on the big guys they already have. Murphy should try to be the next Finn Balor AJ type guy

TNA has to get a few so I'll say Black and Riott end up men and women's champions there and Joe/Mickie go back

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Flava'd vs The World wrote:
Mister Ecks wrote:
This is the craziest round of cuts I've seen so far.

At what point does AEW stop taking all the WWE leftovers though? Their most noteworthy stars currently (Kenny Omega, Britt Baker, Eddie Kingston, The Young Bucks) either never set foot in a WWE ring or at least didn't get very far.
Orange Cassidy and Hangman too! But yeah they can’t just take all the wwe castoffs or risk being seen as wwe-lite. They can also let somebody else pay these guys and still use them for the Kenny Omega multiverse story.

Aleister Black
Ruby Riott
Peyton Royce
Billie Kay
Mickie James

Are the only ones they should sign. Keep it fresh with indie names that wwe fans wouldn’t have heard.


Big yes to the women. Britt Baker is working like the next Becky Lynch right now, but where WWE went wrong is they didn't have anyone else built up for when Becky left so their women's division is really lacking right now. Bianca and Bayley are killing it, but... once Bayley is done with Bianca, who challenges Bianca?

AEW needs to focus on the women as well. Get a few more good workers to round it out.

Honestly, I'm super into AEW right now. I was never into WCW and barely looked at TNA/Impact. AEW feels fresh right now compared to WWE. Not a high bar to clear but still.

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I mean will RAW is getting shitty as fuck numbers but does WWE rly cRe? They're starting to feel less like a "sports entertainment" company and more of a big production company. They finally got what they wanted no one is bigger than WWE, The brand is the star and not the wrestlers and that my friends is the issue with them, they no longer care about creating stars.

No one is bigger than the brand. But it's a normal evolución of the business.

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Raw is the B show now. If Reigns was on Raw and Lashley and McIntyre were getting ok ratings on SD I don't think people would care as much. I mean Jinder was SD champion for like 6 months.

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Raw has been unwatchable for years. If they reduced it to two hours and ended the brand split then it might go back to being the top WWE show, but the damage has been done. Dyanmite will be over it within a few years even if they don’t expand their fanbase very much.

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Shaved, heel Otis might become a hit. Could easily see him and Gable end up on the chopping block when their contracts expire, and they still could be, but the heel turn and new look for Otis could be a success.

Also, Bayley's screen graphic/label said she was "WWE Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman" tonight. :funny: My guess is that the her name and Brock's are next to one another in their system (alphabetically) and someone accidentally selected Brock. Hope she addresses that next week.

Oh, and her segment with Rollins tonight was pretty great. Bayley is great. Really hope we see how a live crowd reacts to her in the near future.

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I can't believe we wasted YEARS on Bayley's last gimmick. I'm sure it was big in NXT but it never worked on the main roster and went at least a year too long. Like Roman Reigns, the gimmick change has been major for her. Her and Drew McIntyre have been two of, if not the two, biggest assets during the pandemic era.

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Even though both are straight I feel somewhere there are lesbian slashfic types into this Charlotte/Ripley feud. NightmareQueen?

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The winner is EVA MARIE.
No seriously, how does she look like thst on an HD camera?

Gurl looks hot as fuck. Not a simgle gram of fat found on her body

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And what's the most discussed angle of the night?

Eva Marie returning to troll the wrestling fans.

They livid and i'm living. I dont remember the last time a character worked like this on us fans. Eva is just the perfect foil to make this work. Dear gawd. Im excited to see this going.

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Complete 180 last night on Alexa Bliss. This is what she should have been all along. Making Lilly a bigger part of her story was a bad move. It would be like making Rambling Rabbit a focal point of Bray's character.

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You'd think WWE was having financial issues the past 2-3 months or something.

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No big names but the first three still hurt.

I still haven’t watched Cell or Takeover. Everything this company has done since Mania has been burning off my desire to watch them at all. Such a shame to do this after delivering one of the all time best matches.

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It's a shame they had to end the very good Lashley McIntyre HIAC in a roll up. It's not like the feud can continue.

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I'm pretty much a fully converted AEW fan now. Watching the four shows this week, there's no comparison. Smackdown is miles ahead of RAW, but neither show compares to AEW or NXT. I pretty much watched the entire Dynamite intently, while I just stop on what interests me for RAW and Smackdown.

Meanwhile, does Vince hate people with two names or what? They bring out Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox as Shotzi and Nox. Why cut names down constantly? Riddle, Murphy, Shotzi. Before she debuts, Toni Storm will probably end up just being Storm.

Also, I haven't been an NXT watcher for a long time but weren't Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon a team? Didn't Tegan Nox just return and go after Candace LaRae? They could have kept Shotzi and Ember together, Ember has recognition from previously being (wasted) on the main roster too.

Makes no sense. Which should be WWE's tagline.

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