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I see this answer going two ways. One is a canned, captive audience much like how NXT is taped at Full Sail, and the other is a full on Tuesday Night Titans format. Both would have serious potential from a quality standpoint, and it might help to have a captive audience reacting to the same guys week in and week out in an attempt to help sweeten their crowd reactions without resorting to piped-in noise. The TNT format may be a bit dated in 2016 though. Either way, ANYTHING is worth trying to give Smackdown its own identity instead of "show that looks and feels just like RAW only it has blue tones instead of red."@tholzerman would an unapologeticly taped studio-show format be good for Smackdown?— Indie Scummy Mummy (@headbuttstopage) October 21, 2015
First thing's first; Chikara is a FAMILY FRIENDLY wrestling promotion, so while you can bring your kids, you may not cuss or be rude or that sort of thing. Secondly, no video photography is allowed, although digital and flash photography are encouraged. Third, please do not feed the Batiri, they mutate if you feed them after midnight. Four, Chikara may be way out there compared to some other promotions, but for as much continuity as it has, every show is self-contained and can be enjoyed by first-timers as much as they can be for long-haulers like myself. Basically, just sit down, relax, enjoy the show, and cheer for the people you feel deserve it. And if you do need a refresher on things to know, then just check out the Chikara tag on here.@tholzerman I'm finally going to my first CHIKARA show Friday as part of #CHITOWNRUMBLE2015. What do I need to know in advance? #TweetBag— Star of Savage (@StarOfSavage) October 21, 2015
Since the Thunder Frog seems to be back and I'll be shocked if anyone BUT Kobald comes up out of the toilet to join the Arcane Horde, I'm going to go with Archibald Peck. Chikara has missed an element of manic whimsy since Marchie Archie met the business end of Deucalion's chokebreaker. He's totally a Chikara character through and through, and I always looked forward to him popping up on random shows, doing exaggerated marching movements, and announcing to the crowd he was going for his... FINISHER.@tholzerman #Tweetbag Q: You get a golden ticket to bring back (only) one more deceased CHIKARA star. Who do you do it & how do they return?— Dark & Stormer Night (@DexDynamo) October 21, 2015
Some of the rogue replies gotten on Twitter to this tweet involved whether a second Ultimate Warrior was ever in play or the attendance record at WrestleMania III was legit, but those are both boring, and the latter has already been debunked as false. I think I would have the crew try to see if a man could suck his own dick. The urban legend is that Virgil was so well-endowed that he could auto-fellate. In addition, Vince McMahon and others used to have him do it for kicks. I wanna see if that's even possible. I know it's a bit esoteric and crass, but hey, it's of interest.@tholzerman Mythbusters is ending next year. What's a wrestling-related myth they should investigate before the show finishes? #tweetbag— boxwatcher (@boxwatcher) October 22, 2015
Can the audience see the action? If the actual wrestling part in the ring is obscured, whether live or on camera, then what's the point? Second, are the rules so complicated that the referee and the wrestlers can't get it right? If so, then no, it's probably not going to be a good match at all, even if the workers in it are peak Eddie Guerrero vs. peak Randy Savage. Creativity in wrestling is great, and it allows for a lot variations on themes. But if the action is confusing or hard to see by design, then the margin for error might become too great for even the best to execute cleanly.@tholzerman #tweetbag Just watched the Chamber of Horrors match, are there any gimmicks in your opinion that preclude a match being good?— What a Maneuver!! (@what_a_maneuver) October 22, 2015
I would stand up and walk out on you, but only if you were Joe Cocker. If you were Ringo Starr, however, I might say, "Naw, they let Ringo sing a song. How adorable."@tholzerman what would you do if I sang out of tune?— bd (but dead) (@IHatebd) October 22, 2015
Television and more exposure can never hurt a wrestling entity in theory. The only way it would ruin its current run is if it was a total departure from what has made ICW great from start. Basically, if it's already selling out WWE arenas, it should definitely look to get on TV, and TV should definitely want to get a piece of it.@tholzerman ICW's selling out Glasgow's WWE venue (the Hydro). Do you think they should grow after TV time or could it ruin everything?— David Jackson (@RTVWOW) October 22, 2015
Bray Wyatt - Hey, remember that idea you had for Waylon Mercy back in the early '90s? Well, imagine a dude like that only a billion times better at getting the point across.@tholzerman You are now a WWE writer. Sorry. Pitch today's superstars as guys from the 80's and 90's to best get Vince to understand them.— Los InGNCobernables (@thegnc) October 22, 2015
Cesaro - So what if he has a weird accent? He's Don Muraco. You loved Don Muraco you asshole. Love Cesaro.
Dean Ambrose - I know this is going to sound weird, but the wiry blond kid from Ohio is the closest thing to Randy Savage you've had since Savage left the company. Sure, he's not coked out of his mind all the time, but you gotta tap into this shit before he burns himself making a milksteak. What's a milksteak? You wouldn't understand, Vince. You wouldn't understand.
Cody Rhodes - Hey, he had a dad, you know him, Dusty Rhodes, right? Why don't you treat him the way you treated... his... dad... you know, why don't we forget Cody for awhile, okay Vince?
The Women's Division - Hey, remember the time you booked the Jumping Bomb Angels? No Vince, that wasn't a fever dream, I swear. No, you have to believe me, it's on the Network. You can watch it with your own eyes. Look, just watch the first Royal Rumble and get back to me about what your impressions are. No, Vince, the impression shouldn't be that they wrestled in goddamn swimsuits, ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME VINCE? GODDAMMIT. No, do not take that call from Kevin Dunn. No, no, Vince, VINCE HANG UP THE... you know what, fuck off Vince, I'm outta here.
I don't know if it's the scheme, because he's busted out a few really nice runs after the offensive line started to coalesce a little better and when he got more carries. I put the blame mostly on four things. One, the balance has sucked and skewed more towards passing the ball, especially after Sam Bradford and the wide receivers have proven to be not as good as advertised. Two, the play-calls themselves have been somewhat questionable. You can run out of the shotgun between the tackles, but Murray has been mostly confined to running jet sweeps. He's done well on them, but those are runs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have been running better. Three, the offensive line has taken a little while to start playing better in the run blocking. When you cut an All-Pro offensive guard in Evan Mathis, it's going to take awhile to replace him. I'm still sore over that move. Todd Herremans, I can see, but Mathis? MATHIS?@tholzerman #tweetbag Do you think DeMarco Murray's relatively bad start is the result of poor scheme/play calling or wear & tear last year?— Panther Joe (@DestiGeddon) October 22, 2015
Finally, the fourth reason is that wear and tear have probably caught up with him. He carried the ball an inhumanely amount of times last year, and he's clearly not running at full speed this year. He's been hobbled in the preseason and in practices. Running back is the most grueling skill position on the field because they can touch the ball in upwards of 20-30 times a game and are almost always getting hit on them. Murray is a physical runner, so he's gonna take even more lumps. Signing him and pairing him with Sproles and especially Mathews has been a great move to preserve him. That being said, the Eagles can stand to run the ball a lot more and win games by grinding on the ground and gashing teams with tempo rather than with big chunks of yards through the air.
Either genetics, or that rumor that he had chunks taken out of his femur and shinbones at a younger age to help stunt his growth is true.@tholzerman Why is Johnny Gargano so short? This appears to impact his grappling ability and it baffles me why the WWF is at all interested.— WORF LAUGHS AT YOU (@TheFrayMovement) October 22, 2015
This may make me sound like a fuddy-dud, but yes, I absolutely agree with this stance, especially in WWE and especially in the wake of the Rusev/Lana engagement. Maybe another company can handle the separation of reality and kayfabe better, but WWE is not one of those promotions. But then again, philanthropy is how brands win, right Stephanie McMahon? How else will WWE get the word out if officials can't spam RAW with charity work and shit. I don't know. Either way though, it's not fair to wrestlers who want to be able to share personal stuff like any other actor/athlete, so why include it on RAW anyway?@tholzerman and those post should be handled as outside of storyline (kayfabe) Defend or Refute (2/2)— Rich Thomas (@earthdog) October 22, 2015
Sadly, I've only ever been to Houston in the great state of Texas, so I couldn't tell you what to do outside of going to wrestling shows. As for the wrestling shows, basically, three outfits are going to be running game that weekend. The first one isn't an indie, but it's NXT's greatest competition in Ring of Honor. Usually, that promotion runs a show the Friday night before Mania. I might hold off on getting tickets to that until Mania gets closer. Wait and see who the guest stars are going to be. If New Japan guys come over for the Supercard of Honor show, then by all means, go all-in. If not, then it's a 50/50 shot of whether you should go to that or one of the WWN Live shows.@tholzerman Ever been to Dallas? Which indy shows you recommend for me, a guy who doesn't follow much indy stuff, when I'm there for Mania?— Greg Paone (@gpaone121) October 22, 2015
WWN Live is the next entity holding court, and that group usually holds shows all weekend long starting on Thursday. EVOLVE, Kaiju Big Battel, SHIMMER, and a general WWN Live supershow usually are entailed in the package. I would definitely recommend checking out SHIMMER for one. The EVOLVE shows can be hit or miss depending on how much you like #grapplefuck. Kaiju Big Battel is definitely a niche alley, basically dudes in rubber suits and ostentatious gimmicks battle it out comic book style, but if you get it, you really get it. The biggest benefit to WWN Live is now its partnership with WWE, so those shows may end up being allowed to run the closest to the venue.
Finally, WrestleCon usually runs with a show or two during the weekend. WrestleCon is mostly what the name says, a convention for wrestling, but it has booked pastiche shows in the last few years. The one in 2013 featured Masato Tanaka taking on Kevin Steen (now Owens), for example. Again, I would wait to see the lineup before committing, but at the same time, the actual convention part is neat in how many wrestlers are there selling stuff and signing autographs, and the shows themselves tend to be the best mix of old and new.
Part of me wants to say that he's getting the title now, but that's contingent on Bálor being done with what he needs to do in NXT. I don't think that's the case. He's got a heel turn in him, and I think it could come out in this feud, especially with the heavy babyface sympathetic sitdown interview stuff that Crews is getting. Kevin Owens getting the title as soon as he did worked because he did so in devious fashion, and he's already had YEARS of built-in history with Sami Zayn. Crews getting a run with the title this early feels manufactured. He needs six months of chasing before he can get the gold. I think it's a short program to set up a bigger one down the road.@tholzerman Your prediction: is Apollo being hot-shotted to a title by the end of the yr to let Finn go ⬆️, or just put in a program w/ him?— Marty G (@ThisPhillyFan) October 22, 2015
I can think of a better option. Cena stands in the middle of the ring, waiting for someone to answer his challenge. No one does in the first 30 seconds after his pre-match promo. He beckons again. No one answers. He's about ready to leave when all of a sudden this theme song hits:@tholzerman Is there a better option this Sunday than Owens uniting the belts and apron-bombing Cena into his sabbatical? #Tweetbag— Josh (@JB_Shakes) October 22, 2015
When the smoke clears and a new US Champion is crowned, then Cena is extricated from the US Championship scene forever, and a WrestleMania program involving said unification is put into play.