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I don't know why people think Reigns should win, this a match to confirm the GOAT, the ultimate climax.

The match that crowns the GOAT as winning the indisputed title and ending the longest reign of the last 30 years and going over this generation biggest star.

This is more important to create stars or push youngins fuck that shit.

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No he's not a bad wrestler at all. I just don't think he can really carry an Austin that needs it like Owens could.

Exactly. Reigns won't bump for Austin like Owens did. Austin can't toss him around. I'm not sure what kind of match they would even be able to have.
 

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I don't know why people think Reigns should win, this a match to confirm the GOAT, the ultimate climax.

The match that crowns the GOAT as winning the indisputed title and ending the longest reign of the last 30 years and going over this generation biggest star.

This is more important to create stars or push youngins fuck that shit.

Rocky it was suppose to be you. 馃槶
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a possibility. The upcoming sale will officially close the doors on WWE as we know it. Will there be an immediate change in the product? Likely not, but that doesn't mean it wont morph into something completely different over the next 5+ years.

Not to mention the fact that technology and the way people consume media makes it nearly impossible for wrestling to be anything more than a niche product. Creating "new stars" is a thing of the past. Logan Paul and Pat McAfee are more likely to bring in casual viewers than any homegrown talent. I don't believe there's a real solution to this problem. The WWE content library is the real long term value in owning the company.

All of this is why I wont write off a scenario with Austin winning.
 

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Roman is the only one in the modern roster worthy of facing Austin. Maybe they can do a deal where Austin cuts a promo saying he's not here to hold young guys down and only wants the belt he hasn't won the universal title. So Roman defends one belt each night and drops the wwe title to the winner of an elimination chamber 1 contender match. Since obviously if Austin shows up in the rumble hes winning.
 

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I have 0 interest in it, but I鈥檓 sure there are many that do, so I get it. Was it cool, nostalgically to see him out there in a live 鈥渕atch鈥 again? Sure. But, it took KO selling his off and bumping like crazy for Austin. Stone Cold took, what, one bump?

The only guys on the roster that could do that outside of KO would be Seth, AJ, or Zayn, and I really don鈥檛 want to see any of those matches.

If you鈥檙e going to do anything, just have a 5 minute finisher fest with Goldberg. Gets them both a good payday, could be fun, and it doesn鈥檛 hurt an active guy.
 

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Isn't Stone Cold Steve Austin very badly injured? His career ended twenty years ago because of a bad neck. With rumors like this, I'd rather they kept Cody Rhodes a surprise and have him win the Royal Rumble. Sometimes the best currently at the moment is the way to go even if they aren't as big of stars at the moment. Go with the young talent. Get them over.
 

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Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a possibility. The upcoming sale will officially close the doors on WWE as we know it. Will there be an immediate change in the product? Likely not, but that doesn't mean it wont morph into something completely different over the next 5+ years.

Not to mention the fact that technology and the way people consume media makes it nearly impossible for wrestling to be anything more than a niche product. Creating "new stars" is a thing of the past. Logan Paul and Pat McAfee are more likely to bring in casual viewers than any homegrown talent. I don't believe there's a real solution to this problem. The WWE content library is the real long term value in owning the company.

All of this is why I wont write off a scenario with Austin winning.
Ya just give Austin the rub, have him celebrate in the most epic way possible, have all the GOATs go out there to celebrate with him.

Confeti, beers, pyros... And go with "This is the end of wrestling"

I'm all for it. Lmao
 

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Make the match a triple threat between their champion, Cody Rhodes and Steve Austin where Austin won't have to eat a pin. The first pin would be for the Universal championship. The second pin would be for the WWE championship.

Cody would win the WWE championship, Austin would salute the guy and the Universal champion gets to sit there and be butt hurt.
 

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Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a possibility. The upcoming sale will officially close the doors on WWE as we know it. Will there be an immediate change in the product? Likely not, but that doesn't mean it wont morph into something completely different over the next 5+ years.

Not to mention the fact that technology and the way people consume media makes it nearly impossible for wrestling to be anything more than a niche product. Creating "new stars" is a thing of the past. Logan Paul and Pat McAfee are more likely to bring in casual viewers than any homegrown talent. I don't believe there's a real solution to this problem. The WWE content library is the real long term value in owning the company.

All of this is why I wont write off a scenario with Austin winning.
Hadn鈥檛 thought of this but it鈥檚 a real possibility given the business context. I agree with everything you鈥檙e saying about the digital landscape. Wrestling is going the same way the comic book readership has slowly over time, dwindling down to an aging group of hardcores with expendable income.

The business realities are that it peaked a long time ago. In the brief period between the rise of South Park/Family Guy and edgy content, but before the rise of on-demand boutique viewing habits, the Attitude Era was able to crash TV their way into a captive audience with a low attention span, becoming a Springer/Cheaters/Cops type TV experience that isn鈥檛 in demand any more.
 

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Austin was such a big star (and one of the biggest drawing cards they have) that, if he's coming back for a pre-advertised match and a full program, it makes sense to plug him in against one of the biggest stars they have.

Austin shouldn't be used as a gatekeeper for mid-carders who are about to become main eventers. He should be used as a gatekeeper for main eventers who are about to become legends. Why waste Austin on Theory for example when you can maximize the biggest possible match? There鈥檚 the 鈥淎ustin rub鈥 and there鈥檚 鈥渓et鈥檚 have a match that鈥檒l make a fuckload of money鈥
I totally get this mindset. The people will pay to see Austin in his last hurrah in a match against Roman. I just don't know if we will get the "Biggest Match Of The Century" hype and get another dud like last year when it was the "Biggest Match In Mania History" :ROFLMAO:

With Vince back in charge, does anyone think they might pay Austin enough to win at Mania and hold the belt for a short time? It sounds absurd, but I'd imagine Vince might view the next few months as the true end of his company. What happens after Vince sells is no longer part of his history or legacy, and it becomes someone else's story to tell.
I also see this as a possibility. Just go out with a bang and have WM be the show to end all shows before it gets handed over to new owners. I totally see Vince doing something like that and HHH obliging.

I have no interest in watching Roman make Austin look like a fool. Which is exactly how it would be booked.
Well, this is another worry. However, this is STEVE AUSTIN. When have you seen him agree to any match that made him look dumb. With that said, this is also not a young Steve Austin that went in there against Bret Hart in 1997 either.

Yes. It鈥檚 not going to be very good, but there鈥檚 no mindblowing Roman match we鈥檙e missing out on otherwise, and this will be an annoying 鈥渨hat if鈥/鈥渨hy didn鈥檛鈥 for decades. Just get it done.
Now that this rumor is sure to catch fire, I think Cody Rhodes is going to have problems mainstream wise for fans who are hearing this rumor. This is Rock and Austin we are talking about here.

Major L for the Triple H creative tenure. Way to piss away all the good will built up over the last few months.
At least HHH is not booking himself in there in the main event against Roman again lol.




Exactly. Reigns won't bump for Austin like Owens did. Austin can't toss him around. I'm not sure what kind of match they would even be able to have.
This is the biggest question. A big copout is having Rock show up siding with Roman to shock the audience. Revenge for Rock from 2001 or Rock comes in and does the favor back from Backlash 2000 lol.

They are going to smoke and mirror this like crazy if it is indeed the direction.
 

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At least HHH is not booking himself in there in the main event against Roman again lol.
As somebody who attended the 2016 Rumble that set this up, and was supremely annoyed by the 鈥淩oman starts at #1 and defends the title in the Rumble match鈥 stip that hijacked the traditional experience鈥 I鈥檓 not even mad at HHH for that. He wasn鈥檛 Jericho-ing himself into an angle to piggyback it, he was getting his hands dirty trying to get a guy over that nobody was successfully getting over. It didn鈥檛 work, but that鈥檚 a different issue.
 

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As somebody who attended the 2016 Rumble that set this up, and was supremely annoyed by the 鈥淩oman starts at #1 and defends the title in the Rumble match鈥 stip that hijacked the traditional experience鈥 I鈥檓 not even mad at HHH for that. He wasn鈥檛 Jericho-ing himself into an angle to piggyback it, he was getting his hands dirty trying to get a guy over that nobody was successfully getting over. It didn鈥檛 work, but that鈥檚 a different issue.
You know what. I see your point.
 

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Awesome seeing Austin back last year but him vs Roman makes no sense. The Rock facing Roman thematically makes sense. For the Rock to hype this up on his show, Reigns mentioning it on the show 鈥淓vil鈥 as one of the last segments, the electricity / lightning being promoted on the rumble- if the Rock doesn鈥檛 show up for this it then just end Roman鈥檚 run with Cody - the crowd supports it, the legacy story is there, it鈥檒l be a feel good moment. Cody鈥檚 eventually getting that title - no way he comes back and it doesn鈥檛 happen- I bet it鈥檚 written in his contract.

No need to think too hard on this one imo. No rock, just use Cody. Or hell, Sami vs Roman could be done as an amazing underdog Match after he gets absolutely destroyed and kicked out the bloodline - that might even make the most sense of all.
 
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