|The man is a walking hot tag|
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Cesaro bursting into the ring with a whirling dervish of European uppercuts is certainly a sight to behold, and it's easy to get caught up in the moment. He does so many other things well that it's easy to just name him the best at everything he does, but someone in WWE does the hot tag better than he does, and he currently co-holds the Tag Team Championships. Titus O'Neil clears out a ring like a goddamn bulldozer, and he does it while barking and simultaneously giving zero fucks. I give him the slight edge because of his panache and his utter intensity, which plays better to stoke a crowd's cheers than Cesaro's sheer finesse. But either one isn't necessarily a wrong answer.@tholzerman Is there a better person on earth at receiving a hot tag than Cesaro?— Bill (@bflip33) August 18, 2015
For reference, the Takeover mix tape can be found here. For what it's worth, I can see Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens pushing out the former's match vs. Neville, but not the latter's match against Sami Zayn. Bayley and Sasha Banks can surpass Banks/Lynch in theory, but man, that match from Rival was as close to an all-timer as you can get without a year or more to reflect upon it. Samoa Joe/Baron Corbin feels like it's gonna stink, and I doubt the Apollo Crews debut match is going to be more than just a way to introduce the world to the former Uhaa Nation.@tholzerman Do you see anything from this weekend cracking either your SummerSlam or NXT TakeOver mixtapes? #TweetBag— Star of Savage (@StarOfSavage) August 19, 2015
So, that leaves two matches that could crack the tape. The Tag Team Championship match on the tape is the weakest one, so it's always in danger of getting knocked off, but can the Dubstep Cowboys and the Vaudevillains surpass even that low bar? However, Tyler Breeze/Jushin Liger could very well be special enough just for Liger's landfall in WWE to crack the tape. Breeze/Hideo Itami was more than solid, but it's not essential. Breeze/Liger could end up being essential, and I'm sure Itami has another future match in him that could crack the list.
The revised SummerSlam mix tape can be found here. The card this year looks solid, but it doesn't have matches that SCREAM for inclusion on paper. I could argue for Cesaro/Owens making the list if it gets time. The Divas triple threat trios elimination match might be a popcorn spotfest that warrants inclusion. The Shield/Wyatt tag match has an outside shot of making it. But even so, they're all fringe candidates. None of the title matches are in danger of getting thrown out, and I get the feeling Undertaker/Brock Lesnar is going to suck out loud. So I wouldn't look for any inclusions from this year's card, although I could be wrong.
Wait, he was philosophical? Was that between him quipping about the New World Odor and promoing on Louie Spicolli before he was interred into the good earth?@tholzerman Why did Larry Zbyszko have to be so philosophical in his commentary career in WCW? #TweetBag— Eric Darsie (@IAmDarsie) August 19, 2015
I feel like Ventura as President would be hard to predict. He's good on things like civil liberties, but he's batshit insane on other issues. I feel like he'd spend money on investigating chemtrails or prosecuting George W. Bush for doing 9/11. But he could be good in the way that a Democratic President is good for a Republican Congress (and vice versa) in that a lot of destructive legislation would just get vetoed. Sure, the good stuff would get filtered out too, but I just can't see him agreeing with anything a Republican or Democratic Congress would put on his desk. But the crazy-go-nuts shit would give me too much pause to say a Ventura presidency would be completely good.@tholzerman Would the United States be in worse shape if Jesse Ventura got elected as President in 2016? Please explain! Thanks! #TweetBag— Dirty Dawg Darsie (@DirtyDawgMES) August 19, 2015
Oh Gozer, I fell for this once before. You're not doing it to me again.@tholzerman are you a god?— bd (@IHatebd) August 19, 2015
When Cesaro first came up onto the main roster, he was dying to have "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred as his theme song. As of right now? Sheamus' theme song seems decent, but he seems like he needs something more aggressive. I'd give him Metallica's "Harvester of Sorrow." The Lucha Dragons have a sedated theme song for what their in-ring style is. I'd switch it to "Cup of Life" by Ricky Martin. Dana Brooke's theme song kinda sucks shit which is weird for a NXT wrestler, so let's throw her "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift, because she has it with the entire division. And since you mentioned Lucha Underground, well, once Season Two kicks up, Matanza Cueto should DEFINITELY use Mr. Bungle's "Everyone I Went to High School with Is Dead," mainly because he probably ate them all for sustenance.@tholzerman What popular songs should be used for entrances, if the WWE and/or Lucha Underground paid for the rights?* #TweetBag— Large Red Octopus (@cursethedark) August 19, 2015
It's hard to quantify because the revenue is all spread out, and honestly, if a company isn't solvent, it's not sticking around. I'm tempted to say yes, because the options are immense, but it all depends on Ring of Honor staying in business despite WWE's assault and Lucha Underground getting a second season. But the indies are pretty hot, WWE is everywhere, New Japan Pro Wrestling is readily available, and AAA is coming north of the Rio Grande. The biz could be booming right now if just for the sheer options available.@tholzerman Is it possible we are in "a boom period" for wrestling, just not in a way that shows up as buys? (also, define "boom/bust")— Vicious DDP Headbutt (@headbuttstopage) August 19, 2015
Someone on Twitter said that the ladder match should open the show if just to play up the Kevin Owens disrespect angle and throw more fuel on the inevitable Owens/William Regal match. Triple H and his braintrust would be making a BOLD statement by having Sasha Banks and Bayley main event the biggest house in NXT history, but he also let Banks and Charlotte main event the first Philly house show, which was the hard debut of NXT as a touring brand (if the Arnold Classic shows were its soft debut). The women should main event Takeover, but will they? I'll give them a 40% chance, if just because I can't give halfsies odds to WWE to give women the biggest slot in a given brand's history ever to women, no matter how good NXT has been to female cause.@tholzerman It's been bandied about, and God knows a lot of us want it to happen. But now we're days away. Do the women main event Takeover?— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) August 19, 2015