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#1 Edited by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

Been watching WCW Monday Nitro on the Network, and good LORD did Hulk Hogan ever go off the rails during this Dungeon of Doom feud. It's so delightfully weird.

I have no idea what Hulk is doing anymore, and it's amazing.

EDIT: It's also still nuts that on the same show as this goofy ass story you get an undercard like Kensuke Sasaki vs. Chris Benoit, Johnny B. Badd vs. Eddie Guerrero, and Sting vs. Dean Malenko. WHAT. Man, even before the nWo gave WCW a kickstart, WCW was kicking WWF's ass.

#2 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

Predictions!

Divas Champion Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee - Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship
Winner (2 pts): Nikki Bella
Method of victory (2 pts): Pin
Person who takes the fall (2 pts): AJ Lee
Does Brie Bella interfere in the match? (2 pts): Yes (but it doesn't matter because she's a fuck-up)

United States Champion Sheamus vs. Cesaro - United States Championship Match
Winner (2 pts): Sheamus
Method of victory (2 pts): Pinfall

Mark Henry vs. Rusev
Winner (2 pts): Rusev
Method of victory (2 pts): Submission
Does Henry get a special USA entrance (video screen graphics don't count)? (2 pts): Yes

WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Gold and Stardust - Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Winner (2 pts): The Usos
Method of victory (2 pts): Pinfall
Person who gets the fall (1 pt): Jey Uso
Person who takes the fall (1 pt): Goldust

Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz - Intercontinental Championship Match
Winner (2 pts): Dolph Ziggler
Method of victory (2 pts): Pinfall
Does Damien Mizdow get involved in the match? (2 pts): Yes

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Winner (2 pts): Randy Orton
Method of victory (2 pts): Pinfall
Does Orton punt Jericho's head off? (2 pts): Yes

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
Winner (2 pts): Seth Rollins
Method of victory (2 pts): Disqualification
Does Dean Ambrose return? (2 pts): Yes

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena - WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Winner (2 pts): Brock Lesnar
Method of victory (2 pts): Pinfall
Does Seth Rollins cash-in? (2 pts): Hell no
Is a stipulation added? (2 pts): No

#3 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

@papercut said:

Anyone else kind of let down by Kenta's in ring debut? I know it's greedy to expect an absolute barn burner your first match in but it just felt a little flat to me. The botched double stomp at the end didn't do it many favors but I will say that's a pretty good finisher replacement for him if he can't do the GTS anymore.

I thought it was an OK match to show off his moves (and, really, that's all I expected for his first match). He did seem a bit rusty, though.

#4 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

@shinmaru007 said:

The thing that disappointed me most about the Bret Hart episode of Monday Night Wars is zero mention of the Austin/Hart feud. Hopefully WWE is planning to bring it up in another episode, because of all the pre-Attitude Era content I feel like that was BY FAR the most important -- it set the template for the Austin/McMahon feud (the chaotic Austin vs. self-righteous figure) and paid off the promise of the Austin 3:16 promo at King of the Ring. It was the most interesting, cool feud WWF had going for a long while.

The Austin/Hart feud is oddly unimportant in this case. Everything about the HBK/Hart feud is what built to the Montreal Screwjob, and it is the Montreal Screwjob was the birth of the Mr. McMahon character that Austin would eventually need to get to the next level.

And that the crux of it is that Bret Hart had more momentum and more interest than anybody else jumping ship and somehow WCW couldn't figure out how to debut him or use him.

I do kind of wish they did a bit more on how WCW screwed up Bret Hart's run there. I watched WCW through most of 1998 (I think around the time Warrior showed up is when I jumped ship for good), and I remember literally nothing Bret Hart did that year. That probably speaks to the quality of stories Bret was involved in down there.

#5 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

The thing that disappointed me most about the Bret Hart episode of Monday Night Wars is zero mention of the Austin/Hart feud. Hopefully WWE is planning to bring it up in another episode, because of all the pre-Attitude Era content I feel like that was BY FAR the most important -- it set the template for the Austin/McMahon feud (the chaotic Austin vs. self-righteous figure) and paid off the promise of the Austin 3:16 promo at King of the Ring. It was the most interesting, cool feud WWF had going for a long while.

#6 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

NXT is so infuriatingly great at teasing those big Sami Zayn victories and then pulling back at the last second. It hurts so good. :(

That was probably the result I wanted least in the main event, but it was done in a compelling way, so I'm not too bent out of shape about it. The women's title match made me a bit more sad; however, Bayley will get her moment eventually. She did at least have that awesome fighting spirit bit after the moonsault. I was jumping out of my seat for that.

Loved that KENTA/Hideo Itami segment, too. He's so intense that I always forget that he's not a tall dude. He didn't look too out of place standing up to The Ascension. Really hyped for his in-ring debut next week.

#7 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

@shinmaru007: Ah. Yeah, I guess I forgot about that Highlight Reel segment last week, and it didn't seem like it really targeted Orton specifically - certainly not enough to transition Orton out of his Reigns feud to go up against Jericho.

Yeah, even though I understand the origin of the feud, it does seem a bit weird to me, too, haha.

#8 Posted by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

Did I miss something that was cut out of the 90 minute version of RAW that provides greater context for Orton's ambush on Jericho and the just announced Orton vs. Jericho match for NoC? It seems so random and out of nowhere.

It started last week when Jericho mocked Orton during the Highlight Reel segment by going along with the "Randy Orton has never earned anything in his life etc." talking point. So Orton got pissed and then attacked Jericho this week.

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#10 Edited by Shinmaru007 (334 posts) -

Just finished chapter 4 and loved it. Maybe my favorite in the series along with chapter 4 from the first game, which makes sense since they have such a strong thematic link, definitely the strongest of any case with another so far in DR2. I love how it's set up to relate to its corresponding trial in one specific way -- suicide -- but is instead revealed to be linked by sacrifice to ensure the survival of the others, though in this case the killer's actions are self-admittedly murkier than Sakura's in the first game. The game itself seems to make things murkier by evoking both Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (bringing up the question of whether the resurrected Nekomaru is still human, or simply a robot that acts like Nekomaru) and Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (in which case Nekomaru would be violating the first law by trying to kill the killer -- if the killer's story is to be believed, anyway). So the question of whether the resurrected Nekomaru can be considered just a robot playing a part or truly Nekomaru himself isn't definitively answered, which lends a nice shade of gray to the killer's actions. Aside from that fun stuff, I thought the case was constructed in a neat way that kept me on my toes the whole time, and the reveal of the killer is really clever, even if the game leads the player by the nose slightly too much.

As for general things, I agree with the folks who don't really like the new/tweaked minigames. Improved Hangman's Gambit is boring and annoying, the sword duel is OK (though I do like the idea of one-on-one rebuttals in theory), Logic Dive is kind of silly, and I still have barely any idea why sometimes I do well in the rhythm game and other times I do poorly. I still like the straightforward juggling of knowing when to apply evidence or memorize statements the most. The wrinkle of agreeing with people's statements is nice, too.