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[Game Preview] Week 5 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

2020.10.09 20:36 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 5 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
It’s that time again for the battle of the Keystone state. The Eagles are looking to build on their first win of the season when they upset the 49ers last week on Sunday Night football, while the Steelers are looking to get back on the field as their game with the Titans was postponed due to the Titans being morons. The game will be a match up between two of the best defensive lines in the NFL this season. Eagles lead the league with 17 sacks, while the Steelers are right on their tail with 15 sacks despite playing one less game. The Eagles patch work offensive line held up last week against the 49ers but they were without their best pass rusher in Nick Bosa. This week, Jordan Mailata and the rest of the line will be tested early and often and will need to hold up to give Carson Wentz time to find his band of rag tag WRs. However, he may get some help this week with the return of Alshon Jeffrey who could be playing his first time since suffering a Lisfranc injury last season. Jeffrey will give Carson something he has been severely missing this season in a big WR who can make contested catches along the sidelines. The Eagles may also see the return of JJAW and Desean Jackson as both have practiced in a limited capacity this week after missing last week’s game due to hamstring injuries. Carson and the Eagles offense will need all the help they can get facing one of the league’s top defenses in a year where they have struggled to get much going in the first four games. On the other side of the ball the Eagles will face one of its toughest tests this season especially Darius Slay who will be following JuJu Smith Schuster. If Slay can shutdown the JuJu the Eagles offense will have a good chance of holding the Steelers in check and give a chance to their offense to win the game. We will see if the Eagles can hold on to the belt of PA this Sunday in their toughest test this season. Go Birds!
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Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Heinz Field
12:00 PM - Central 100 Art Rooney Avenue
11:00 AM - Mountain Pittsburgh, PA 15212
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 68°F
Feels Like: 69°F
Forecast: Overcast. Rain overnight.
Chance of Precipitation: 8%
Cloud Coverage: 99%
Wind: South-Southeast 4 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Steelers -7
OveUnder: 44.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 1-3, Pittsburgh 2-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kenny Albert will handle the play-by-play duties and Jonathan Vilma will provide analysis and Shannon Spake will report from the sidelines.
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Radio Streams
List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Steelers Radio
Steelers Radio Since 1995, Bill Hillgrove has served as the Voice of the Steelers and has handled play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Steelers All-Pro offensive tackle Tunch Ilkin joined the broadcast team in 2001 as an expert analyst. His former teammate, Craig Wolfley, has served as a sideline reporter since 2005. In 2019, Missi Matthews joined Craig Wolfley as an additional sideline reporter.
National Radio
ESPN Radio will broadcast the game nationally with Sean Kelley handling the play by play and Ben Hartstock will provide analysis.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Steelers Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 134 (Streaming 825) SIRI 83 (Streaming 826)
XM Radio Streaming 825 XM 225 (Streaming 826)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 384 (Streaming 825) SXM 225 (Streaming 826)
Eagles Social Media Steelers Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: steelers
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 1-2-1 .375 0-1-1 1-1 0-1 1-2 84 107 -23 1W
Football Team 1-3 .250 1-1 0-2 1-0 1-1 79 112 -33 3L
Cowboys 1-3 .250 1-1 0-2 0-0 1-2 88 126 -20 2L
Giants 0-4 .000 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-3 38 47 -49 4L
Series Information
The Philadelphia Eagles vs Pittsburgh Steelers. Eagles lead series, 48-28-3
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 19th 1933 at Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, PA . Philadelphia Eagles 25 - Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Points Leader
Philadelphia Eagles lead Pittsburgh Steelers (1498-1116)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the Steelers
Mike Tomlin: 1-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Mike Tomlin: Pederson leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Steelers: 1-0
Ben Roethlisberger : Against Eagles: 2-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz v Ben Roethlisberger: Wentz leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Steelers: 2-0
Record @ Heinz Field: Steelers lead Eagles 2-0
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 20 - Steelers No. 6
Eagles: 1-2-1
Steelers: 3-0
Last Meeting
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Eagles 34 - Steelers 3
The Eagles blocked a Chris Boswell field goal on the opening drive to deny the Steelers three points. The Eagles drew first blood with a Caleb Strugis field goal to make the score 3–0. Early in the 2nd quarter, Rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz threw a 12-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews to extend their lead to 10-0. The Steelers answered with a Chris Boswell field goal to make it 10-3 which ended up being their only scoring play of the day. Strugis notched another field goal to bring the score to 13–3 at the half. Early in the 2nd Half, Wentz threw his second TD of the day, a 73-yard touchdown to running back Darren Sproles. Following a 3 and out by the Steelers, rookie running back Wendell Smallwood found the endzone for his first career rushing touchdown and it extended the Eagles lead to 27–3. On the Steelers next drive, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the football which the Eagles recovered. The Eagles would add another score on a Kenjon Barner rushing touchdown. The Eagles defense which had shutdown and frustrated the Steelers offense most of the day forced one more turnover to seal the game when Roethlisberger threw an interception to Rodney McLeod. The Eagles added another field goal for a final score of 34-3.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Steelers 16 - Eagles 14
The Eagles traveled to western Pennsylvania to take on longtime in-state rival Steelers at Heinz Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers were able to get on the board first with Rashard Mendenhall's 13-yard touchdown run for a 7–0 lead followed by Shaun Suisham's 20-yard field goal for a 10–0 lead at halftime. The Eagles went to work in the 3rd quarter as Michael Vick found LeSean McCoy on a 15-yard touchdown pass to shorten the lead to 10–7. The Steelers increased their lead with Suisham kicking a 37-yard field goal to make the score 13–7. The Eaglesl took the lead with Vick hooking up with Brent Celek on a 2-yard touchdown pass for a 14–13 score. However, the Steelers were able to drive down the field and Suisham wrapped up the game with a game-winning 34-yard field goal for a final score of 16–14.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
9/25/16 Eagles Steelers 34-3
10/7/12 Steelers Eagles 16-14
9/21/08 Eagles Steelers 15-6
11/7/04 Steelers Eagles 27-3
11/12/00 Eagles Steelers 26-23
11/23/97 Eagles Steelers 23-20
12/11/94 Steelers Eagles 14-3
9/22/91 Eagles Steelers 23-14
11/13/88 Eagles Steelers 27-26
9/30/79 Eagles Steelers 17-14
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Steelers Steelers
2020 “Expert” Picks
Week 5 - "Expert" Picks
2020 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Steelers Season Stats
2020 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Wentz 97 160 60.62% 930 4 7 66.9
Roethlisberger 73 109 67.0% 777 7 1 105.2
Sanders 51 236 78.7 4.6 1
Connor 40 224 74.7 5.6 2
Ward 18 146 36.5 8.1 1
Smith-Schuster 17 160 53.5 9.4 3
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham/Sweat 3.0 17
Watt 3.5 15
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Gerry 33 17 16 0.0
Hilton 21 19 2 2.0
Name Ints Team Total
Singleton/McLeod 1 2
Haden/Hilton/Watt/Heyward 1 4
Johnston 19 980 62 51.6 45.9 10 2 0
Colquitt 13 569 59 43.8 36.8 4 1 0
Elliot 8 7 87.5% 54 7/7
Boswell 5 5 100.0% 41 7/8
Kick Returns
Scott 4 76 19.0 25 0
McCloud 5 144 28.8 49 0
Punt Returns
Ward 4 18 4.5 8 0 5
Johnson 5 38 7.6 18 0 2
League Rankings 2020
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Steelers Stat Steelers Rank
Total Offense 319.0 28th 382.0 14th
Rush Offense 111.5 18th 139.7 8th
Pass Offense 207.5 27th 242.3 19th
Points Per Game 21.0 26th 26.7 T-12th
3rd-Down Offense 43.3% 25th 40.0% T-20th
4th-Down Offense 40.0% T-24th 80.0% T-6th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 55.6% T-22nd 50.0% T-25th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Steelers Stat Steelers Rank
Total Defense 352.3 10th 290.0 2nd
Rush Defense 108.8 12th 54.0 1st
Pass Defense 243.5 17th 236.0 12th
Points Per Game 26.8 20th 19.3 5th
3rd-Down Defense 37.0% 6th 42.9% 19th
4th-Down Defense 50.0% T-15th 33.3% T-7th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 68.8% 23rd 44.4% T-4th
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Steelers Stat Steelers Rank
Turnover Diff. -5 T-29th +2 T-8th
Total Penalties 22 T-15th 15 T-4th
Total Penalty Yards 168 14th 124 6th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - The Eagles traveled across the country following an embarrassing tie to the Bengals in week 3. Doug and Carson looked to redeem themselves against a team that was suffering from almost as many injuries as the Eagles. The Eagles struck first with Carson running the ball in on an 11 yard scramble. Doug felt that he needed to dust off his balls and show everyone that he did in fact still have them after pussying out last week, deciding to inexplicably go for 2, but it paid off to put the Eagles up 8-0. The 49ers answered with a score of their own when rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk hurdled Eagles safety Marcus Epps and found the endzone. After halftime the 49ers came out firing and took their first lead of the game with a George Kittle TD. The Eagles answered with a field goal to bring the score to 14-11. After the Nick Mullens fumble the Eagles took advantage as Carson Wentz dropped a dime to Tyler Fulgham for a 42 yard TD pass to give the EAgles a 18-14 lead. On the very next drive Mullens threw his second interception of the game right to Alex Singleton who took it to the house for a pick 6 and put the Eagles up 25-14. On the next possession, Jim Schwartz switched to his shitty sticks defense despite the 49ers putting in their 3rd string QB Beathard. Schwartz gifted Beathard easy throws as he quickly moved the ball down the field for an easy TD. The Eagles recovered an outside kick, but went three and out. Schwartz continued to see the error in his sticks defense as Beathard again moved the ball with ease, but thankfully the Eagles players made some plays breaking up some key passes and bailing out their coach’s poor decisions.
Steelers - Steelers game week 4 was postponed because the Titans are morons.
Eagles DT Javon Hargrave was drafted by the Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft and played 4 seasons with the Steelers before signing with the Eagles this past offseason.
Eagles senior director of player personnel was the General Manager for the Steelers from 1991-1999 and is from the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon.
Eagles RB Coach Duce Staley played 3 seasons for the Steelers from 2004-2006 winning Super Bowl XL with them in 2006.
Eagles TE Coach Justin Peele signed with the Steelers in 2012, but was released with the final cuts following training camp.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders is from Pittsburgh and attended Woodland Hills HS.
Steelers G/C Stefan Wisniewski played three seasons for the Eagles from 2016-2018 winning Super Bowl LII with them in 2017.
Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva was signed by the Eagles in 2014 and placed on their Practice Squad before being signed off their PS by the Steelers later that season.
Steelers Practice Squad RB Wendell Smallwood was drafted by the Eagles in the 5th round of the 2016 draft and played 3 seasons with them from 2016-2018.
Steelers Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith was the Special Teams and DB coach for the Eagles from 1995-1998.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Steelers
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) C Maurkice Pouncey (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) G David DeCastro
C Jason Kelce (Starter) DT Cameron Heyward (Starter)
LS Rick Lovato (Starter) OLB T. J. Watt (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz FS Minkah Fitzpatrick (Starter)
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt) CB Joe Haden (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
Referee: Ron Torbert
Philadelphia owns a 48-28-3 all-time record vs. Pittsburgh in a series that dates back to 1933. The Eagles have won 4 of the last 6 games against the Steelers, as well as 7 of the last 10.
The last time these two teams met was on 9/25/16 at Lincoln Financial Field, when Philadelphia defeated Pittsburgh, 34-3, in the second game of Carson Wentz’s NFL career and the second game of Doug Pederson’s tenure as the Eagles’ head coach.
Philadelphia is aiming for its first road victory at Pittsburgh since a 26-23 overtime win at Three Rivers Stadium on 11/12/00.
The Eagles (17.0) and Steelers (15.0) enter this week’s matchup ranked 1st and 2nd in the NFL in sacks, respectively. This is the first time Philadelphia has led the league in sacks during Weeks 1-4 since 2011 (15.0, tied with Washington). It is also the Eagles’ most sacks through 4 games since 2008 (also 17.0).
Pittsburgh native Miles Sanders ranks 5th in the NFL with 236 rushing yards since his season debut in Week 2, trailing only Dal-vin Cook, Aaron Jones, Nick Chubb and Joe Mixon.
Draft Picks
Eagles Steelers
WR Jalen Raegor WR Chase Claypool
QB Jalen Hurts OLB Alex Highsmith
LB Davion Taylor RB Anthony McFarland Jr.
S K’Von Wallace G Kevin Dotson
OT Jack Driscoll S Antoine Brooks
WR John Hightower ST Carlos Davis
LB Shaun Bradley
WR Quez Watkins
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
LB/DE Casey Toohill
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Steelers
S Will Parks FB Derek Watt
DT Javon Hargrave G/C Stefan Wisniewski
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman TE Eric Ebron
CB Darius Slay Dt Chris Wormley
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Steelers
S Malcom Jenkins DT Javon Hargrave
CB Ronald Darby G Ramon Foster
RB Jordan Howard TE Nick Vannett
WR Nelson Agholor OL B.J. Finney
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai LB Tyler Matakevich
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill CB Artie Burns
RB Darren Sproles S Sean Davis
DT Timmy Jernigan FB Roosevelt Nix
LB Nigel Bradham
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (54) needs 1 sack to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Steelers DT Cameron Heyward (54.5) needs 3 sacks to move up to 5th on the Steelers all-time sack list passing OLB LaMarr Woodley
Steelers DT Bud Dupree (34) needs 2 sacks to move up to 10th on the Steelers all-time sack list passing LB Lawrence Timmons and LB **Kevin Greene)
Stats to Know
Battle of the Defensive Lines
This game will feature two of the top Pressure-generating Defensive Lines. Watt, Dupree, and Tuitt are all in the top 10 DLmen in pressures, with 18, 17, and 17. Meanwhile, the Eagles feature 3 in the top 20. Graham, Jackson, and Cox have netted 15, 14, and 13. Considering Philadelphia's makeshift OL and that QB Wentz has a remarkable 20.0 passer rating under pressure, this could get ugly.
Matchups to Watch
Steelers Offensive Line vs Eagles Defensive Line
As the Eagles defensive line goes so goes the defense. That statement has always been true for the Eagles under Jim Schwartz, but that has never been more emphasized this year given the lack of talent elsewhere on the defense especially at LB. This defensive line has been firing on all cylinders with a league leading 17 sacks through 4 games. This has been especially the last two weeks, helping to limit any potential damages they may take during games. Two weeks ago, Burrow was sacked 8 times; they followed that up with 5 more sacks this past Sunday night. Additionally, Philly pressured Niners starting QB Nick Mullen on 50% of his drop backs, a massive figure. They'll need that juice to carry over this week again and like it did the last time these two teams faced each other 4 years ago. It also must be said the Eagles need their talented defensive line to control the LOS to prohibit any Steelers rushing attack. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Malik Jackson are all off to hot starts on the season. Newbie Javon Hargrave, making his first return trip to Pittsburgh this Sunday, had a slow start missing the first game of the season due to a training camp injury, but he has started to heat up the last two weeks. Derek Barnett had probably his best game one week ago and is looking to build off that as the season continues. If it does, then it'll look like Barnett has taken a long-awaited jump in play. Josh Sweat is starting to prove his own hot start isn't a fluke either. Genard Avery decided to throw his name into the ring last week getting multiple pressures and notching a sack and 5 QB hits against the 49ers Control the LOS and you can control the game. That has to happen again on Sunday if the Eagles want a chance to win.
Steelers bevy of Offensive Skill Position Players vs the Eagles Depleted Secondary
Last week, the Eagles did a great job containing the Niners outside receivers and predictably got obliterated by George Kittle. That last part isn't surprising since Kittle does that to everyone but the Eagles have already shown a total inability to defend TEs and the middle of the field on defense due to being completely devoid at talent at the LB position. Additionally, the Eagles struggle to really cover anyone since they don't have a member of the secondary that can consistently cover like Darius Slay. Granted, Jalen Mills had a decent game last week, but the Steelers offensive weapons are much deeper than the Niners. Dionte Johnson, Juju Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Eric Ebron will all be very difficult for the Eagles to defend as the game goes along. They each have different skill sets but what they all possess is an ability to consistently get open for Big Ben. We've also seen Juju, Dionte, and Claypool all create big plays after they catch the ball. The Eagles will have to come out with a gameplan to account for this and play disciplined enough to prohibit the big play. There is still a lot of room for error on the back half of this Eagles denese; if they can execute like they did this past Saturday night, that would help limit the potential damage.
Steelers Pass Rush vs The Eagles Revolving Door of Offensive Linemen
If there is one thing the Eagles prioritize more than anything in the draft and in free agency it's building a great offensive line with a lot of depth. This has been a pillar of the organization for over two decades and it has paid off for the Eagles the entire time. Few times in recent history has that philosophy been put to the test and stressed the team like it has so far in 2020. As it stands, the Eagles have, at best, a league-average offensive line and that's largely due to injury as they are currently missing their starting LT, RG, and LG. Sunday has a chance to be the 5th time in 5 weeks the Eagles will have a different starting offensive line combination if Lane Johnson can't go this week. Poor offensive line can cripple an offense. It can derail a passing attack if the offensive line can't keep the offense in a rhythm and keep the QB from being under duress. It forces coaches to give extra attention to the area which takes away from their ability to be creative when they need to leave an extra guy in to block. Additionally, constant OL shuffling and a degradation in talent can hinder a rushing attack since the players on the bottom end of the roster just can't execute at a high level the pillars of the offense. That's a situation the Eagles find themselves in on Sunday against one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. The Eagles offensive line had their hands full against a Niners line that is still good despite its own major injury issues. At EDGE, the Steelers have a perennial DPOY candidate in TJ Watt to go along with a solid and athletic pass rusher in Bud Dupree. They also have stalwarts in the interior with Cameron Hayward and Stephon Tuitt. Long time NFL veteran Tyson Alualu, former 1st round pick of the Jaguars, has suddenly elevated his game and is off to the best start in his career as well. The defensive front is very disruptive when paired with their LBs who excel in both run support and on blitz in Devin Bush and Vince Williams. Steelers DC Keith Butler is creative with his looks and pressure packages while being blessed without the need to blitz constantly. Even if Lane Johnson starts he won't be 100% and that's a problem for the Eagles. A Lane Johnson at less than 100% is still better than most NFL tackles but it'll likely be taxing to the Eagles since the depth of talent the Steelers have across their defensive line. The Eagles are down to mostly nobodies on offense and really need to get creative to string together some plays to have a modestly effective offense. Even when Wentz is on his A-game, offensive execution will still require near 100% effectiveness just to have a chance. This is perhaps one of the biggest OL/DL mismatches in the NFL in week 5 and one the Eagles don't figure to have a ton of success. If they are able to control the line of scrimmage on offense more successfully than previous Steelers opponents, that would go a long way in pulling out a win.
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2020.08.15 23:04 apehasreturned BTE II!

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome all to Tokyo, Japan, where we are LIVE from the Tokyo Dome for the biggest event in Fantasy Booking Elite history... BEING THE ELITE II! We have seven amazing matches between 22 of the most gifted competitors in the world, with four titles on the line, briefcases, retirements, high drama, high risk and high reward in a night that will undoubtedly define the first era of FBE. Between our insane entrances, fantastic poster and incredible theme, we're all set, so there's only one thing left to say. To paraphrase my close friend from all the way back at the start of this era... Welcome to BTE II 😉👌🤘

Ultimate X for the FBE Television Title: u/UnicornDick31 vs u/ConorCulture vs u/nickyv917 vs u/ReceiverofDeception vs u/thatsmyace
We are starting things off ridiculously hot, seeing five of the best to grace an FBE ring stepping into the third ever Ultimate X match. Some have experience, with Nate, Conor and Receiver all stepping into the similar TLC bout in January, but now it's every man for themselves. All five of these men had remarkable paths here - Nate as the FBE OG, now ready to take things over properly after having dominated the show for a year and a half. Conor, Nate's former stablemate, as the daredevil wildcard, making his long awaited return to the ring. Soren Skarsgard, the veteran, entering his first stipulation bout after over two years in the industry. Receiver, an FBE legend, looking to hold a title that has eluded him forever to get the singles Triple Crown. Finally, Isankahlu, the terrifying newcomer who's ready to give FBE a taste of something horrifyingly new. Which will walk out of BTE II as Television Champion? Find out in our opener!
Prompt: Modern Day LAX (Max 4 Parts)
Formation: Nate Matthews
Rise: Soren Skarsgard
Dominance: Conor Cassidy
Split: Isankahlu
Post-Split: Receiver

I Quit Match: u/SimplyDashing101 vs u/Sk80Boi
The craziness keeps coming as we jump from one wild stipulation to the next. These one time comrades have turned against each other bitterly, Maxxx Cleavage having finally snapped at Lights Out following a loss to James Scott. With the once-amicable Maxxx now turning into a crazed, rabid kidnapper of Damien Blade's loved ones, all bets are off as to where this I Quit Match will end up. One thing is for sure, though - neither of these two men will go down without the damndest fight you've ever seen. Will the demon-free Simply Dashing Damien Blade be able to take down his wild foe, or will Maxxx be the one to pick up the tremendous win on the grandest stage of his career?
Prompt: Book Daniel Bryan vs The Miz for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 35 (Max 3 Parts)

FBE Intercontinental Title: u/J12ich (c) vs u/pearpressure12
Picking things up with our second title bout of the night, the first ever Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Franchise, Thaddeus Hemmingway puts his hard-earned gold on the line against the meteorically rising star, James Scott, fresh off vacating his FBE Junior Heavyweight Championship for the right to challenge. The parallels between these two are uncanny, and now, much like Thad, James looks to give him a taste of his own medicine by cashing in his Junior Title. These two could easily be main eventing BTE next year, and will undoubtedly be stars of the future era, but now their paths intertwine, and it's time to see who the better man truly is. When they shake hands after the bout, who will have the Intercontinental Title wrapped around their waist?
Prompt: Book Keith Lee's First Year on the Main Roster (Max 4 Parts)

u/MVDE_15 vs u/bestevr4
In a last-minute addition to the card, Ben Wyatt makes his return in Jaeger Karpov's first bout of the night, looking to reposition himself in the Junior Heavyweight Title picture on the way out of BTE II. Jaeger saw the start of his ascension to the top of the division in a bout with Wyatt a few months ago, so the question is now - will Wyatt be able to springboard his own trajectory against his onetime foe on this grand stage, or will Karpov be walking into the scramble with a win already under his belt?
Prompt: Bring Back Unified Tag Team Titles in 2020 (Max 1 Part)

Booker in the Bank: u/ImThatWrestlingGuy vs u/Significant_Fruit
As we cross the halfway point of the night, the action continues in a big way as two of the industry's best go head to head for the opportunity of a lifetime. Booker in the Bank has a 100% win rate, and, even in its new form and binded by its new regulations, in the hands of either man, it would be lethal. In one corner, the former FBE World Champion, the E1 Climax Winner, Atlas Rogue. He would be the third man in Celestial Unknown to win Booker in the Bank, and he'd be the only former World Champion to win the case, a type of threat that's never been seen before. In the other, Fruit Gambino, who has vowed to bring the case and the gold home, away from Fantasy Booking Elite, because after this, he's leaving either way. Will Gambino be able to complete his quest of winning the gold and sending FBE into a spiral, or will Atlas Rogue be able to pick up where he left off at Lights Out?
Prompt: Book Kota Ibushi in AEW (No Cap)

u/apehasreturned vs u/InfernoAA
This may well be the biggest match of both men's careers. Sixteen months of blood, sweat and tears from both have led to this match, this moment. Sixteen months since Inferno became the first, and still only, man to ever defeat Apeirogone. Fifteen since Ape won the FBE World Title, and twelve since they both won at BTE to vanquish their demons, Inferno winning the World Title in the main event. Eight since Ape brought Inferno in as his GM, and the two became close friends. Five since Inferno was inducted into the Hall of Fame, three since he told Ape to see a doctor, and three since it was announced Ape would have to retire. But Ape refuses to go down without one more match, the PERFECT match - against the only man to ever beat him. While the main goal on Ape's end is to have the defining match of his life as a perfect curtain call, the main question on FBE's mind is who will win this one. Will Apeirogone finally get his redemption for his sole loss and end his career on a 25th win, or will Inferno truly prove himself to be undeniably better than Ape by adding to his already legendary BTE record?
Prompt: Book Hiroshi Tanahashi's Retirement (No Cap)

FBE Junior Heavyweight Title: u/JoeyJoeySiwa vs u/hhhfan92297 vs u/ineedahaircut0909 vs u/meme_machine_yee vs u/MVDE_15 vs u/jbeggs06 vs u/environmentalduck7 vs u/kirphioc2004
Our penultimate match of the night sees the Junior Heavyweight Title up for grabs in a record breaking match, with seven men all fighting for themselves to bring home the gold. From members of the original Gedo Classic to FBE roster members dating back to early 2019, there are so many interwoven potential angles here. Lukas Paragon makes his FBE debut on the grandest stage possible. Luke Gray challenges for gold in just his second bout. Finn Thomas and Ferdinand Maxim meet again, both looking to end disappointing last appearances by taking their first titles. Jaeger Karpov and Jason Beggs bringing their competitive rivalry to a brand new stage. JoeyJoeySiwa looking to complete his journey of getting slightly closer to the gold over time. These are seven of FBE's future stars, but tonight, one of them cements that legacy and becomes a star of today.
Prompt: Book a Roman Reigns Heel Turn and Run any time after WrestleMania 31 (Max 2 Parts)

FBE World Heavyweight Title: u/mrsimpson928 (c) vs u/OneWingedDevil28
Finally, we come to the main event, where Desmond Caid and King Capital STEEZ meet one more time, this time with the top prize in the entire company on the line, the main event of the biggest show in FB History. These two have met several times in the past, managing to make their ways into some of FBE's biggest matches - WarGames, an Intercontinental Title bout and the Heyman Classic Winners Finals - with Caid coming out on top all three times. However, STEEZ started on a mean streak following those encounters, winning the FBE World Title from Caid's stablemate, Atlas. The new side of the Brooklyn native is a daunting one to say the least, and he looks more prepared than ever for a huge showdown. Will STEEZ continue his streak of ending longtime grudges on a win, proving that the main event is where he belongs by being the only man to retain in the BTE main event, or will it be Desmond Caid avenging his friend by becoming a record three time FBE World Champion?
Prompt: Book the Shield had they debuted in 2020 (No Cap)

So, that's all for BTE II! There's no doubt in my mind that this'll be one of, if not the best show FBE has ever put on, and I truly hope that you all enjoy to the fullest extent possible. If you want a change of prompt, agree on a new one with your opponent and comment the new prompt down below so I can edit the post accordingly. All bookings are gonna be due on THIS SUB by 9PM EST on Saturday, August 29th, TWO weeks from today, so give it your all!
Well... I think that's it! So, with that, so I can enjoy my last match not as Commissioner, but a competitor, I'm officially stepping down once this is posted. Before I go, though, there are a few things I want to say. Thank you all, truly, for coming to BTE II! Enjoy the show, but, above all else, remember to Stay ELITE! Now, feel free to join in for one more... FBE F-F-F-F-F-F-FOR LIFE!
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2020.08.14 15:52 OneWingedDevil28 Booking Timothy Thatcher's First Year in WWE (Part One: Blood, Sweat, No Tears)

Signed to the NXT brand on February 2nd 2020, Thatcher was well-renowned as one of the toughest men on the independent scene, and fans were ready to see how he’d perform on wrestling’s largest theatre. A force to be reckoned with, Thatcher is relentless, a man who has no regard for theatrics or showmanship. The first year in NXT can be a deal-breaker for many. For Thatcher, it’s an opportunity to not only prove himself worthy of a WWE canvas, but also to dominate on a WWE canvas.

Booking Timothy Thatcher’s First Year in the WWE (Chapter One – Blood, Sweat, No Tears)

Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne win the NXT Tag Team Championships at NXT Takeover: Portland in an immense match against long-time champions the Undisputed Era, coming off a successful tenure as a tag team formed under the basis of finally defeating the most dominant faction in NXT history. The Broserweights and Undisputed Era have an organic feud, with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic set to be held immediately after Takeover: Portland with the winners challenging the tag champions at Takeover: Tampa Bay.

NXT – 19th February 2020
With the Undisputed Era desperately using their rematch clause on the first show after Takeover: Portland, Dunne and Riddle prepare to defend the championships for the first time as champions. As Dunne can be seen walking through the corridors of Full Sail on his way to Guerilla Position, he is ambushed by a group of men that could only be the Undisputed Era. They leave Dunne to waste, as William Regal jogs towards him and calls over security, Dunne being deemed unable to compete tonight.
Later on in the show, Regal summons the Undisputed Era to his office for questioning. They all deny it, claiming that O’Reilly and Fish were already waiting in the ring, and there was four men there, so they couldn’t have conducted the assault. Remaining cautious, Regal nods his head and claims that they can all leave. Cole asks ‘When can we get our rematch?’ to which Regal replies that when Dunne is fully fit.
Before they leave, Cole pins Regal up against a wall, O’Reilly and Fish waiting by his side, as they demand a shot next week, whether Dunne is fit or not. Reluctantly, Regal accepts. Nevertheless, Cole commands O’Reilly and Fish to attack him, however, Roderick Strong hops in and calls it off. After a brief argument with Cole, they leave Regal as they prepare for their title match next week.
For the next week, Riddle is seen replying to numerous wrestlers’ social media posts, asking for representation next week against the Undisputed Era, but to no avail. With speculation going around, the general consensus is that Riddle will be going in without a teammate, having to defend his championship in a handicap match instead. However, the Original Bro of NXT has other plans.

NXT – 27th February 2020
Tonight, there is major concern surrounding Matt Riddle’s defence of the NXT Tag Team Championships against Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish of the Undisputed Era on the week before the beginning of the annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. We reach our main event, where Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish make their entrances, grins on their faces, as they urge Riddle to come out and ‘forfeit’ the championships.
Riddle’s music hits, he comes out, no bouncy expression, rather focus, determination, a tense mood in Full Sail as he marches to the bottom of the ramp, where he calls for the music to be stopped, before calling for a mic. “You guys are so naïve. I’ll admit… I struggled to find a teammate for tonight. I got there eventually. In fact, I got him on my side a mere two hours ago! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, NXT’s newest signing…”
The Undisputed Era’s grins turn to chagrin. The fans implode as the chorus kicks in, a menacing TIMOTHY THATCHER WALKS OUT ONTO THE STAGE! Receiving a hero’s welcome, Thatcher makes his debut in front of an NXT crowd as he fist bumps Riddle, before pointing towards the Undisputed Era duo. Both men enter the ring, O’Reilly and Fish arguing for who has to start in the ring as they are forced to change their gameplan ahead of the arrival of Timothy Thatcher. Riddle decides to start in the ring as O’Reilly starts for the opposing team instigating their rematch clause.

The Undisputed Era vs Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher © for the NXT Tag Team Championships
O’Reilly and Riddle have a fluid opening exchange, O’Reilly showing off some of his singles ability, The Undisputed Era begin to gain the advantage in the match as O’Reilly tags in Fish, they take out Riddle with a electric chaiflying crossbody combo. Fish continues the beatdown, Riddle goes for the hot tag, but Fish drags him back, wagging his finger to the crowd as he hits Riddle with a Flying Fish Hook for a near fall.
Fish gets Riddle up, he tags in O’Reilly, they go for the Chasing the Dragon, but Riddle fights out of it, he decks O’Reilly with a Final Flash, he ducks under a Fish forearm, he leaps and TAGS IN THATCHER! Riddle slides out of the ring to recover as Thatcher enters the ring, he HEADBUTTS FISH, HE DEADLIFTS O’REILLY INTO A POWERBOMB, HE LOCKS IN A KIMURA LOCK! He attempts to tap out O’Reilly, but Fish lunges in for a dropping knee, he goes to the top rope, he goes to leap onto Thatcher, but Riddle lunges out onto the apron, he throws Fish off!
O’Reilly lifts Thatcher for a Brainbuster, but Riddle enters the ring, Thatcher pushes Riddle into him, FINAL FLASH! O’Reilly turns around, HEADBUTT! Thatcher tags in Riddle, who goes for the Bro-Mission, but O’Reilly fights out of it, Riddle rams O’Reilly into the corner where Fish tags himself in, Riddle mindlessly attacks O’Reilly while Fish gets the jump on Riddle, The Undisputed Era take control, O’Reilly sweeping Thatcher off the apron, they get Riddle up, TOTAL ELIMINATION! THEY GO FOR THE COVER, 1…2… THATCHER BREAKS IT UP WITH A SENTON!
O’Reilly goes for a forearm smash, Thatcher ducks, O’Reilly connects with Fish! O’Reilly sprints towards Thatcher, BELLY TO BELLY INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! He gets Fish up, and plants him with a Brainbuster, RIDDLE FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A FLOWING BRO! Thatcher gets Fish up while Riddle connects a suicide dive onto O’Reilly, THATCHER CONNECTS THE ARMBAR, KYLE O’REILLY TAPS!
Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher © def. The Undisputed Era (18 minutes)
Timothy Thatcher makes an explosive entry on the NXT scene as he pairs with Matt Riddle to defeat the Undisputed Era and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships! Thatcher and Riddle celebrate with the crowd, delighted with the result and the debut of Thatcher. Riddle has found himself a great replacement, Thatcher making an incredible first impression as they take down the greatest tag team tonight on NXT.

NXT – 4th March 2020
As like in real life, we see Riddle attempt to bond with a monotone Thatcher, their contrasting personalities making for a fun dynamic as they await their next opponents, the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Throughout the segment, Riddle continually mentions how Thatcher is only a replacement for Dunne, and him and Dunne would’ve most likely still defeated The Undisputed Era again.

NXT – 11th March 2020
As the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continues, we see Timothy Thatcher in Singles Action for the first time since joining the WWE, as he faces the recently turned heel Johnny Gargano in the first match of the night. One of the cornerstone figures of NXT, Thatcher has quite the task ahead of him, but there is no doubt about his skill after his impressive performance in his debut.

Johnny Gargano vs Timothy Thatcher
We see Gargano and Thatcher have a well-orchestrated bout which not only acts a showcase for Tharcher, but also a way to show Gargano’s new heel side as he continually tells Thatcher that ‘NXT is my ground’ playing around with him. When Thatcher delivers his first forearm smash, Gargano stumbles on his feet, holding his chin who stares at Thatcher, who urges him to fight.
From there, the match goes from 0 to 100, Gargano pulling out all the stops, including a Slingshot DDT onto the apron, many dirty tactics, borderline Disqualification as he does not want to take a loss to Thatcher, who is presented with a huge challenge as Gargano plays the psychological game. Gargano goes for a Flying Crossbody, Thatcher catches him, he lifts Gargano into a Uranage, he plants Gargano and begins to maintain momentum, he charges to Gargano, who grasps him and rams Thatcher into the ring post before going for a roll up pin, Gargano using the ropes for leverage, the ref counts to 2.5 before realizing Gargano’s antics and calling it off.
From there, Thatcher goes full throttle on Gargano, an impressive final sequence making Thatcher look menacing as he plants Gargano with a Backdrop Driver for the 123, Thatcher picking up a huge singles win in his first singles performance in Full Sail.
Timothy Thatcher def. Johnny Gargano (14 minutes)
After the match, Riddle applauds Thatcher, as they go to the back, meanwhile, Gargano continues his program with Tommaso Ciampa, set to conclude at the recently announced NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay. The headline at hand, however, is Thatcher’s huge singles win, further proof of his ability in his initial months in the black-and-gold brand.

NXT – 18th March 2020
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic Semi Finals take place, with Matt Riddle appearing on commentary for Undisputed Era vs Time Splitters, as he discusses Timothy Thatcher and his impressive opening two matches in NXT. Riddle claims that Thatcher has a lot to do to prove himself as top of the brand, but as long as he can help the Original Bro keep hold of the NXT Tag Team Championships, he has a place in the locker room.

NXT – 25th March 2020
On the same night as the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which will decide Thatcher and Riddle’s opponents for NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay, Riddle and Thatcher defend the NXT Tag Team Championships against Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink in the opening match of the night. Riddle remains eccentric while Thatcher follows, ready to get business done.
Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink vs Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle © for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Thatcher and Riddle have yet another impressive tag team showing, as they dominate good portions of the match, showing good synergy as they show off new tag team moves, giving purpose of this match, as Riddle and Thatcher look more like a fully fledged tag team. While their personalities are contrasting, their ring styles are physical, strike-based affairs, meaning they work well together, and it goes to show as Riddle taps Vink out with the Bro-Mission, fending off Vink and Thorne at the end of the match as Thatcher lies on the outside, injured after being driven into the barricade.
Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle © def. Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink (10 minutes)
A solid opener sees a successful defence for the champions, as Riddle goes to the outside of the ring to assist Thatcher before even getting his hand raised. Thatcher is frustrated at not being able to support Riddle at the end of the match, who had to 2-on-1 Thorne and Vink, who provided themselves as worthy competitors for the title.
Later on in the night, the pairing of Dominik Dijakovic and NXT North American Champion Keith Lee win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, defeating the Time Splitters of the final of the tournament. After the match, Lee, Dijakovic, Thatcher and Riddle stare down with each other, the trophy on one side of the ring, and the championships of the other. At NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay, we are seeing a titan of a tag team match, as it will be Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee vs Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle for the NXT Tag Team Championships!

NXT – 1st April 2020
On the go home show before Takeover: Tampa Bay, Riddle and Thatcher are seen training vigorously at the same gym, working on striking as they identify Lee and Dijakovic as major threats to their NXT Tag Team Championships. While Riddle remains hopeful and optimistic, Thatcher is having none of it, not saying a single word in his gym session in full focus, as Riddle misinterprets it as intentional ignorance.

NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay – 4th April 2020
On a stacked night of top-tier wrestling, we see championship matches, grudge matches, match of the year contenders as the NXT year comes to a tremendous close, the WrestleMania weekend NXT always has something amazing in store, and it is in full supply here tonight at NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay.

Number One Contendership – Io Shirai def. Candice LeRae vs Tegan Nox vs Mia Yim vs Dakota Kai vs Chelsea Green
Velveteen Dream def. Roderick Strong
NXT United Kingdom Championship – Finn Balor def. WALTER ©
NXT Tag Team Championship – Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee vs Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher ©
NXT Championship – Adam Cole © def. Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano

The fourth match on the night, and perhaps the most anticipated, is the tag team clash between the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and the NXT Tag Team Champions. Lee and Dijakovic ran through the entire competition in the tournament, picking up huge wins in some of NXT’s most talented tag teams. Meanwhile, Riddle recruited Thatcher to assist him in his defence of the NXT Tag Team Championships against The Undisputed Era after Pete Dunne was viciously assaulted and left for waste.
The challengers make their entrance first, Lee and Dijakovic on the same page, Lee holding onto the NXT North American Championship, having a successful defence at last Takeover against Dijakovic, the two befriended each other with mutual enemies, entering the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The champions then make their entrance, in matching gear, Riddle and Thatcher have full focus tonight, looking to hold onto their championships. The two teams stare down, Riddle and Lee start in the ring as the ref rings the bell.

Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic vs Timothy Thatcher and Matt Riddle © for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Lee and Riddle circle the ring before they enter an opening exchange, Lee overpowering Riddle, who slicks his hair back before engaging again, he begins to kick the legs of Lee, who aggressively goes after Riddle, throwing him into the corner, going for a slap, Riddle ducks under and begins to strike Lee, irish whip, he sprints towards Lee who hits him with a forearm, he leaps off the middle of the rope, SUNSET FLIP, 1…2… Riddle kicks out! Riddle fist bumps Lee before they both tag in their partners.
Dijakovic and Thatcher have a more hard-hitting, intense exchange, Dijakovic providing a perfect match for Thatcher, both men exchange strikes, before Dijakovic connects an uppercut, Riddle gets into the ring, flying forearm, all men are in the ring, Lee throws Riddle out, Dijakovic throws Thatcher out, DOUBLE TOPE CON HILO! Back inside the ring, Lee connects a backbreaker on Thatcher, holding him in position as Dijakovic connects a double axe handle, effective tandem offence from the contenders.
We see Thatcher eventually get the hot tag on Riddle, who leaps into the match, running off the ropes, Dijakovic goes for a discus lariat but Riddle dodges, forearm to Lee sends him off the apron, he goes back towards Dijakovic, HUGE BACK BODY DROP! Dijakovic goes to deadlift Riddle into a gutwrench powerbomb, but Riddle reverses it into a hurricanrana, Dijakovic goes into the corner, Riddle tags in Thatcher, they share forearm attacks, flooring the monsterous Dijakovic, Thatcher goes to connect a german suplex on Dijakovic, who plants his feet, as Lee goes towards Thatcher, HE GERMANS SUPLEXES HIM, ALL MEN FLING ACROSS THE RING, RIDDLE THE ONLY LEFT STANDING AS HE GOES FOR THE FINAL FLASH ON LEE, WHO PATS IT DOWN, FOREARM, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2.. THATCHER BREAKS IT UP! Dijakovic gets Thatcher up, both men exchange strikes and fling themselves to the outside of the ring and continue to brawl.
Lee goes for a moonsault on Riddle, who slides out of the ring, joining up with the brawling Dijakovic and Thatcher, LEE CONNECTS A MOONSAULT TO THE OUTSIDE! He gets Riddle in the ring, he goes for the Spirit Bomb, Riddle reverses it into a hurricanrana, FINAL FLASH, LEE STAYS UP, RIDDLE LIFTS LEE, BRO TO SLEEP! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2… DIJAKOVIC BREAKS IT UP WITH A SHOOTING STAR PRESS TO BREAK IT UP! Riddle and Lee get to their feet and both tag in their tag team partners, Thatcher and Dijakovic enter the ring, eyes locked, as they begin to frantically exchange blows, Dijakovic gives in first, Thatcher locks in the Arm Bar, but Dijakovic connects a powerbomb to break the grip, both men get to their feet, Dijakovic goes for a Feast Your Eyes, but Thatcher lands on his feet, FOREARM TO DIJAKOVIC! He goes for the Backdrop Driver, but Lee breaks it up, Dijakovic connects a TIME TO FLY! He goes for the cover, Lee holding Riddle, 1…2.. RIDDLE DRIVES LEE INTO THE PINFALL!
Everyone staggers to their feet on opposite sides of the ring, they all have a physical exchange, Riddle connecting a sleeper hold on Dijakovic, who rams Riddle into the corner where Lee tags himself in, Riddle tags in Thatcher, Thatcher goes for the Kimura Lock, but Lee breaks it up, meanwhile, Dijakovic sweeps Riddle off the apron, Thatcher finds a break, he goes for the hot tag, but RIDDLE ISN’T THERE! Thatcher walks into a Spirit Bomb, Dijakovic lifts Thatcher, FEAST YOUR EYES, LEE FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A DOOMSAULT! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2…3!
Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic def. Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher © (28 minutes)
Lee and Dijakovic have won the tag team championships, Riddle wasn’t in there in the end for Thatcher, a similar situation to their last tag team title defence, just the other way round, Riddle was able to hold his own there, but Lee and Dijakovic reign supreme tonight, as Lee becomes a double champion. They celebrate after their tremendous semi-main event, as Thatcher and Riddle get a moment with each other.

Riddle brings Thatcher to his feet, who is frustrated, Riddle saddened. They go to exit the ring, Riddle holding the ropes open for Thatcher, who exits the ring and helps Riddle. They both stand outside the ring, as they catch their breath, Riddle looks away, as Thatcher turns to Riddle slowly… Menacingly… Riddle catches on to what’s going on, he turns around, and he sees Thatcher looking at him… FOREARM!
Riddle collapses to the floor, shocked, betrayed, as Thatcher, fully consumed, grabs Riddle, throwing him into the ring post, opening up a cut. “YOU DIDN’T VALUE ME!” Thatcher grabs Riddle and throws him head-first into the ring steps. “I CARRIED THIS TAG TEAM!” Thatcher plants Riddle with repeated powerbombs into the concrete floor, before one final one into the apron, as Thatcher walks away, Riddle escorted on a stretcher, as Thatcher has turned his back on everyone, has turned his back on his tag team partner, after losing tonight after NXT Takeover: Tampa Bay, a shocking betrayal.
Following Thatcher’s betrayal of Matt Riddle after losing the NXT Tag Team Championships at Takeover: Tampa Bay, the two have a severely heated feud, as we see Riddle unleash a more personal side to him as he looks to take down Thatcher. On the 15th April edition of NXT, the two have a brawl through Full Sail, as even the locker room’s efforts to split them up comes to no avail.
Come the 15th April edition of NXT, Thatcher justifies his betrayal of Riddle on the grounds of Riddle only seeing Thatcher as a ‘replacement’ for Dunne, and when Thatcher needed Riddle most, he was not there. He was told early on in NXT by Riddle that to make a name for yourself, you have to stand out, and this was his way of doing so, in fact, he was simply ‘following the advice of Riddle’.
The 22nd April edition of NXT sees Riddle return after the brawl, throwing away crutches and coming after Thatcher, who squashes Tyler Breeze in a Singles Match. Here, we see Riddle take the upper hand, the King of Bros overwhelming Thatcher, who denies to step into the ring with Riddle, doing everything in his power to not give Riddle what he wants. This motive does not last long, however, as on the 29th April NXT episode, the match is finally arranged as per request of Timothy Thatcher after Riddle is finally able to get into his head.
Thatcher’s opponent, Riddle, adds the stipulation… Three Stages of Hell. A singles match. A No Disqualification. Then, a Submission Only Cage Fight. Thatcher agrees, as he wants to punish Riddle, to finally rid NXT of his personality, which Thatcher finds sickening. Riddle has the support of the fans because of what he does outside of the ring, according to Thatcher, and he warns everyone that next week on NXT, it will not be a happy ending, as Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher gear up for their Three Stages of Hell Match.

NXT – 6th May 2020 – Matt Riddle vs Timothy Thatcher in a 3 Stages of Hell Match
The first fall, a normal singles match, sees these two wear each other out, a frantic opening few minutes simmers to a more methodical affair with major spots in small doses, such as Thatcher hitting Riddle with a Dragon Suplex onto the apron, Riddle connecting three consecutive Final Flashes to floor Thatcher, Riddle going for the Bro-ton but Thatcher moving out of the way, and Riddle’s forehead cut being opened up. Despite it being Three Stages of Hell, the first fall acts perfectly as a standalone affair, a finisher trading sequence ends with Riddle connecting the Bro-Mission, Thatcher taps and the first fall is deemed in the Original Bro’s favour as Thatcher taps early to prevent long term damage.
Matt Riddle wins the first fall (16 minutes)
The action does not take a break at all, as the next fall is a No Disqualification Match. While in the last fall, we saw the pure wrestling talent of both men, this fall focuses more on storytelling and showing the stakes at bay, and the lengths both men will go to in order to achieve victory. Riddle is the first to go for weapons, beating Thatcher down with a steel chair in satisfying fashion, Thatcher is able to reply with brass knuckles to the skull, blood is shed in this second fall as Thatcher does not go a step wrong knowing that he could lose the match on this fall. Nevertheless, Thatcher puts Riddle away with a avalanche powerbomb through a table, as it becomes one fall a piece.
Timothy Thatcher wins the second fall (27 minutes)
As the two men begin to recover, the cage begins to descend from Full Sail, as Thatcher and Riddle come to the conclusion that their storied feud will end within the confines of four cage walls, in somewhat of a natural habitat for both men, as Riddle and Thatcher have their MMA cage fight, very similar to what happened in real life, with higher stakes due to the submission-only stipulation and it being the third fall of an iconic Three Stages of Hell match, Riddle puts his all into a superb finale, while Thatcher becomes dominant, blood stained all over the canvas, Thatcher gets Riddle in a rear naked choke, and after minutes of sprawling, desperation, defiance, Riddle falls asleep and the bell is rung.
Timothy Thatcher wins the third and decisive fall (41 minutes)
Thatcher and Riddle both lie in the middle of the blood-soaked ring, Riddle motionless, Thatcher also motionless, eyes gleaming up to the spotlight which beams over tonight’s victor. A gruelling end to a stellar feud sees Timothy Thatcher victorious, Riddle unable to achieve revenge. Thatcher briefly celebrates his victory, before glancing towards Riddle.
Thatcher isn’t done yet. He continues to beat down Riddle, insult to injury as the Original Bro becomes victim of yet another hopeless beatdown, Thatcher with no sense of remorse or appreciation for his former tag team partner, just going to show how this rivalry has brought out the absolute worst in both men, revenge is a tragic tale. Thatcher gets a steel chair, he stands over a battered Riddle…
IT CAN’T BE! THE BRUISERWEIGHT HAS RETURNED! Thatcher turns around, where PETE DUNNE ENERGETICALLY EMERGES ONTO THE FULL SAIL STAGE! Thatcher is shocked, he urges Dunne down to the ring who doesn’t hesitate before sprinting and sliding into the ring, Pete Dunne has returned!
Thatcher goes for a chair strike, Dunne dodges, FOREARM SMASH TO THATCHER! He floors Thatcher with brute force, he begins to beat away at him, Thatcher replaced Dunne in the Broserweights, Thatcher would go on to betray Riddle, and now, Dunne is here to collect up the scraps! Dunne goes for a Bitter End, but Thatcher slides out of it and slides out of the ring, as Dunne stands tall to end NXT, the Bruiserweight having returned!

Build to NXT Takeover: In Your House
In the month of May, Timothy Thatcher’s next feud is with the recently returning Pete Dunne, as Matt Riddle moves onto the main roster. On the 13th May episode of NXT, Pete Dunne looks to avenge Riddle, defeating Oney Lorcan in an impressive return to the NXT canvas, and then calling out Timothy Thatcher, who blindsides Dunne, attacking him from behind and getting his revenge from last week.
Dunne and Thatcher have a feud on the merit of their tag partnerships with Matt Riddle and Thatcher’s desire to run through anyone who stands in his way in his conquest to become a dominant force in NXT. The feud continues to build to an exciting crescendo, Thatcher and Dunne providing as the perfect equals for each other, as at NXT Takeover: In Your House, the two are set to collide in a Singles Match that could very well be deemed the best match of the night, as Timothy Thatcher and Pete Dunne set to show down in the Squared Circle.

NXT Takeover: In Your House – 7th June 2020
On yet another stacked Takeover card, the standout is Timothy Thatcher vs Pete Dunne, brawler vs brawler, a story that has been developing since February reaching its climax tonight as the two most dangerous men in the locker room set to show down. Thatcher makes his entrance first, followed by Dunne, the two butt heads as soon as they get into the ring with each other, a clear grudge to be settled tonight.
Timothy Thatcher vs Pete Dunne
From the get-go, the match has a unique pace unlike many other matches, as it plays out as more of a fight than a match. Early on, the recently returned Dunne gets the upper hand, working at the limbs and the fingers of Thatcher, who gets back into the match, he goes for a headbutt, Dunne dodges and throws Thatcher out of the ring, Dunne goes for three straight suicide dives, Thatcher catches the last one, belly-to-belly suplex onto the outside flooring as the tide changes for the first time in the match.
We then see a period of Timothy Thatcher dominance, as he slows the pace down to his benefit. Forearm smashes to a grounded Dunne, suplexes, size and prowess all key parts of his moveset as he looks to get another high-profile NXT victory. Dunne is able to muster enough energy for an Enziguri, Thatcher ducks and locks in the Ankle Lock, Dunne rolls through, he connects a Forearm, Thatcher shrugs off the hit, HEADBUTT!
He irish whips Dunne into the corner, who flips over Thatcher and conducts his comeback sequence, riling everyone up as he gets back into the match, concluding with a hard-hitting stirking affair, two men with endless will going at it in an amazingly told story at Takeover. Dunne is able to connect a Bitter End, with Thatcher able to get his foot under the rope, Thatcher is also able to hit his Backdrop Driver, Dunne able to kick out of that as well.
The match builds to an epic finale, where Thatcher is able to outendure Dunne, connecting a flurry of repeated forearms, Dunne snaps a finger of Thatcher, he goes for a Bitter End, but Thatcher lands on his feet and locks in the Sleeper Hold, Dunne resists for as long as he can, but just like his partner Matt Riddle, he falls victim to the Sleeper Hold.
Timothy Thatcher def. Pete Dunne (18 minutes)
A gritty match, sometimes difficult to watch, ends with Timothy Thatcher getting a huge win at Takeover against Pete Dunne, as he has now knocked off both Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne since joining NXT in February. Thatcher’s celebrations are limited, as he knows Dunne put up a hell of a fight and came very close to winning numerous times.
The question looms, what’s next for Timothy Thatcher, who has been dominant since breaking free of the tag team, as he continues to dominate as a singles star. With two huge singles wins in the black-and-gold brand, he has a few championships in mind, as Thatcher becomes one of the most menacing forces NXT has seen in the past few years.
This was only the beginning for Timothy Thatcher.
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2020.07.24 14:50 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 12: LED ZEPPELIN

Ah, the late 60s. Music was on Vinyl. Wild packs of hippies roamed the countryside. The smells of pot and sweat pervaded the air at every gathering. People were in physical confrontations with an oppressive and out of touch government led by a divisive and criminally implicated right-wing President. Racial tensions ran high. Students were shot. Police were accused of fascism and brutality. Protests rocked the land. Cultural upheaval was affecting virtually every aspect of daily life, challenging norms and conventions that had been in place for decades.
Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?
We know that turbulent times in society produce amazing music.
This truly was a time when Titans walked the Earth. Primordial rock and roll artists were overthrown and consumed in this band’s wake. Led Zeppelin did not merely arise in a fertile and creative era; they quite literally defined music for generations. They gave birth to hard rock and heavy metal. Fully 50 years of rock musicians follow the paths that this band hacked out of the wilderness. True trailblazers. Legends. Few, if any, are on their level. Their cultural impact cannot be overstated.
Let us take some time to recognize them before Zeus overthrows their rule, and before Ragnarok raptures them all up into the final Battle with Buddha, Odin, Mohammed and Vishnu to climb Yggdrasil and rule forever in Valhalla. Also, just so I’ve offended everyone equally, Shinto Agnostic Atheist Jewish Jesus the Shaman and his buddy and Sikh Spiritualist Jainist Falun-Gong Zarathushtra will also be there, along with all of their Mormon followers. They, alongside our musical heroes, will beat the crap out of Tom Cruise and his Scientologist nutjob friends.
That’s right: this week’s featured Band is [LED ZEPPELIN](
About Them
What can anyone say about Loop Zoop?
Every single member of the band rolled a natural 20 for musical talent. Robert Plant oozed sheer charisma and sex appeal. John Bonham maxed out the strength stat and literally invented what it meant to be a rock/metal drummer. John Paul Jones is the embodiment of wisdom, as he defined the rock bass groove. And literally generations of kids that get guitars at Christmas try to play Stairway to Heaven with the same dexterity and agility that came naturally to Jimmy Page.
And as with every story of heroes, their origins are shrouded in mystery. Reputedly, they were seduced and recruited from the suburbs by a sketchy travelling fireworks artist so that they could engage in the illegal cross border smuggling of stolen goods. Before being imprisoned himself, this bearded grey-clad vagabond forced our heroes to hang out with an incredibly violent and aggressive midget. This midget was b-f-fs with an emo dude with body mods, an obscure and nebulous vigilante, and a guy with more daddy issues than your average prostitute. When the midget, the emo, the vigilante and Fortunate Son got into a brawl, the band got the hell out of dodge. Two of them went to hang out with an escaped murderer and the other two did some aggressive gardening. Birds were also involved or something, IDK.
Wait. Shit. I think that’s Lord of the Rings. At least, that's not the right story, but it does have a familiar ring to it.
Where was I? Oh right. Led Zeppelin truly did have humble beginnings. In 1966, session guitarist Jimmy Page was asked to join a band named the Yardbirds (and on bass of all things). Seeing as bass is just guitar on easy mode, he soon graduated to the position of lead guitarist.
However, he was on a sinking blimp ship. The Yardbirds were tired from touring and recording, and after the departure of their other lead guitarist (clearly in despair), Page’s mind turned towards new horizons. He originally wanted to form a supergroup consisting of himself, Keith Moon, John Entwistle (both from another “little known” band called The Who), and former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck. Instead, with the help of Yardbird’s bassist Chris Dreja, Page ended up assembling the Avengers of rock and roll.
Page’s first choice for singer was actually session musician Terry Reid. Reid, however, ended up being busy with some no-name bands called “Rolling Rock” or “Gather no Moss” or “The Rolling Stones” or something (IDK, I’m not a Midnight Rambler) and also “Cream” or “low fat dairy creamer” or “alternative, lactose-free cream substitute” or whatever, some milk product. With apologies, Reid suggested Band of Joy singer Robert Plant should take his place.
This turned out to be a pretty good choice, and it came with a hidden benefit. Plant brought along a plus one - Mr. John Bonham, who had been drumming for the Band of Joy at the time. Oh yeah, it's all coming together now.
The final member of our all star squad came when Chris Dreja decided to jump ship and become a photographer (he just couldn't picture himself staying in the band!). This was clearly a good move, as it’s not like these guys were going anywhere. Anyway, with his departure, an interested musician by the name of John Paul Jones asked if he could fill in. Page knew Jones as a session musician and Yardbirds performer, and was happy to let him join the band. The “New Yardbirds” were complete. The Infinity Gauntlet of rock and roll was assembled.
And after a stint of concerts through Scandinavia, they earned their first major accolade: a cease and desist letter.
That’s right. World renowned photographer Chris Dreja was back, and not so happy about Page's use of the word “Yardbirds” in this new band’s name. And so, they were forced to swap.
One story accounts that, when asked about the possibility of a supergroup, Keith Moon and John Entwistle said that they’d go down like a “lead balloon”.
It was perfect. Everyone today knows the many popular songs by “Lead Balloon”, like “Emigrant Tune”, “Decent days, Shite days”, and “In the Afternoon”. Okay, okay you get it -- the name was almost there, but not quite.
They dropped the “a” in “lead” to make sure it could never be mispronounced as “leed”. And of course, they swapped the all-too-cool “balloon” for “Zeppelin”. The band was born, and ready for the world.
You already know their music; it's iconic, it’s groundbreaking, it’s timeless. From the start, they made themselves known as talented musicians, here to cut their own path and break the mold. They drew from all kinds of sources, happy to flaunt their influences and combine them into a new form of music. These guys meant business, and hit the ground running.
Their sound was absolutely unlike anything else. From the first powerful chords of Good Times, Bad Times through the asymmetrical and psychedelic sounds of Dazed and Confused, to the frantic electricity of Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin’s debut album kicked out the jams, blew the dust off the speakers, and erupted like the world’s greatest seventh-grade science fair volcano. There was literally nothing to compare it to. In a time when Otis Redding was Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay and Jim Morrison and the Doors were proclaiming Hello, I Love You, Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant were in the back alley seducing your girlfriend and forcing you to buy new stereo equipment from the back of their van.
Their eponymous debut kicked off a string of four self-titled albums, all released in an incredibly short 3-year window. Every single one of these albums went platinum, but are well known today as SOLID FUCKING GOLD. They were an absolutely unprecedented explosion of genre-defining music. The production, musicality, and technical expertise on these albums was unmatched by anything available at the time. Many people had played with stereo separation and effects before Led Zeppelin, but no one had turned their use into an absolute art form.
Debates rage amongst fans over which of these albums is the greatest. LZI is, without a doubt, the greatest debut album of all time.. LZII kicks off with Whole Lotta Love and does not let up. LZIII‘s Immigrant Song is one of the most popular songs in modern history, and clocks in at under two and half minutes. And LZIV has what is arguably the second most recognizable song in the world after Happy Birthday - just over eight minutes of high-school-dance-ending bliss, in Stairway to Heaven.
The second four albums from the band were released in the six years between 1973 and 1979. Houses of the Holy graced our presence in 1973, and I defy you to not bang your head to the opening riff of The Ocean. Physical Graffiti was a massive double album that was released in 1975. It took the band and the listeners on new weaving and winding journeys, most notably on the track Kashmir. Confusingly, it also had the song “Houses of the Holy* on it. Presence, their seventh and least-appreciated album (which still went platinum) followed up in 1976. Achilles Last Stand taught Greek mythology to generations of teenagers who bought it. Their final studio album, In Through the Out Door, came out in 1979. More reflective and mellow, the crowning jewel on the album is clearly Hot Dog the melancholic All My Love. Lest we forget, Led Zeppelin also released a genre-defining live album and concert in The Song Remains the Same. Go watch it and then go watch Over the Years and Through the Woods and you can’t deny the influence.
While many songs of theirs dealt with sex (Hint: “Squeeze my lemon ‘till the juice runs down my leg” is not a lyric about making lemonade; and Custard Pie isn’t really about dessert), the band explored different themes and directions in their music. They were influenced by genres ranging from Norse mythology to the works of Tolkien to the occult to the hero’s journey. Not only did their musicianship define rock and roll, their lyrical odysseys gave everyone that followed them permission to explore new and diverse areas for inspiration.
The darker side of their legacy has been one rife with lawsuits and accusations of plagiarism. While no one in the band denies that they had all kinds of inspiration from Blues giants Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, the accusations of outright theft and profiteering have (black?)dogged them for decades. In fact, it actually wasn’t until March of 2020 that they finally won a copyright case over their biggest hit, Stairway to Heaven.
The world was then plunged into a global pandemic. Coincidence??!?!?
Fuck, where did I put my tinfoil hat...
Fans of the band argue that these copyright lawsuits are just profiteering by selfish and inferior artists. But few can deny that the boundaries between influence and direct theft can appear blurred indeed. Even if the accusations of theft are true, the performance ability of the band - the sheer musicianship - has never been in dispute. The ultimate irony here is that Led Zeppelin’s songs have now been covered more often than the mattresses at Holiday Inn.
We know the end of this story all too well. John Bonham’s tragic and accidental death from asphyxiation. The subsequent break-up of the band. The releases and re-releases of music, including live versions, remastered versions and multiple box sets. The yearning for a reunion, and the amazing one-off concert in 2007 featuring Jason Bonham, John’s son, on drums.
We know that there will never be another Led Zeppelin.
...or will there? Tune in next week to find out for sure.
Links to QOTSA
As we learned last week, John Paul Jones joined our hero and ginger father figure in the band Them Crooked Vultures where, alongside Alain Johannes and Meg White Dave Grohl, they spent a magical year touring in support of their amazing self-titled album. Dave, as an on again/off again QOTSA member, was on stage with his little-known other band in 2012 at the Kennedy Centre honors show that recognized Led Zeppelin’s abiding influence in music.
That’s right - just in case you missed it, Led Zeppelin were kinda influential in music. Josh himself showed homage to the band on the self-titled album with You Can’t Quit Me Baby.
Even today, a kid somewhere is listening to them for the first time in sheer amazement.
And if they are not, go put on some Zeppelin for them. They will thank you later.
Their Music
Good Times, Bad Times -- Live
Dazed and Confused -- ONE SONG, almost half and hour long, LIVE
Communication Breakdown
I Can’t Quit You Baby
Whole Lotta Love
When the Levee Breaks
Thank You
Immigrant Song
Black Dog
Stairway to Heaven -- Live
The Ocean
Kashmir -- Live
Achilles Last Stand
All My Love
Show Them Some Love
Previous Posts
Alice in Chains
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Rage Against the Machine
Run the Jewels
Royal Blood
Arctic Monkeys
Ty Segall
Eagles of Death Metal
Them Crooked Vultures
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2020.07.16 18:26 stannsmash Offseason Review Series: Day 2 - The Washington Football Team

Washington is dead, long live Washington!

Division: NFC East

2019 Record: 3-13, 4th in NFC East

Coaching Changes

As the marketing says, this is a new RivERA. Almost the entire coaching staff has been replaced, except for the running back and special teams coaches, so let's all give a hand to Randy Jordan and Nate Kaczor for being survivors of the Rivera purge. Here are the highlights:

Head Coach: Ron Rivera replaces interim Bill Callahan

After an 0-5 start last season, and multiple season of mediocrity, Dan Snyder finally decided to pull the plug on Jay Gruden. Interim coach Bill Callahan did a...job. The question quickly turned to who would be the newest coach of the Washington Football Franchise. Would it be current OC and potential wünderkid Kevin O'Connell? Would they somehow steal away Mike Tomlin (remember this theory?) No. Enter in: Riverboat Ron.
Ironically, the only way that Washington was able to hire him was by defeating him: in week 13 of the 2019 season, Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice stomped through Rivera's defense to the tune of 248 yards on the ground. That was enough to seal his fate with owner David Tepper, who was vocal through the season about the panthers status of mediocrity.
While one can reflect on Rivera's tenure as mediocrity, I'd argue it is anything but. As 2-time Head Coach of the Year, Rivera lead the Panthers to 3 1st place finishes in the NFC South, including a historic 15-1 2015 season where the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl behind MVP Cam Newton. Rivera is the winningest coach in Panthers history, with an overall record of 76-63-1. However, he was not Tepper's choice, and for that as a fan I owe Tepper one.
While I would not fault Jay Gruden for all of the Redskins issues the past 5 1/2 years, he seemed destined to stay at most mediocre, never even reaching the highs Rivera has seen. Key Gruden personnel such as Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Josh Norman, Josh Doctson, and more are long gone. Rivera has a brand new cast to work with, and I am excited to see it.
Rivera is a proven head coach with a long and public track record. He is known for being a big believer in a strong player-oriented team culture, and god knows this team needs some major culture help, especially in the front office. Looking at you, Mr. Snyder. GRADE: A

Offensive Coordinator: Scott Turner replaces Kevin O'Connell

Losing Kevin O'Connell to the Rams is disappointing, no way around it in my mind. Could the Rams get bitten in the rear and throw a green coordinator into the wind? Maybe. But out of all personnel we didn't keep, this one stung the most.
However, one must not dwell on the past too much. Enter in Scott Turner, son of Norv Turner. Turner comes over from Carolina where he was first the QB coach under his father, and then suddenly replaced his father once Rivera was fired. Some highlights of Turner include:
  • Being the Brown's receiver coach during Josh Gordon's monstrous 2013 season
  • Vikings QB coach during Teddy Bridgewater's best years
Yeah that's about it. He is young and hungry, and honestly, I am pretty happy with this choice as well. I have faith in him to develop Haskins, who is the future of the franchise as of now. Hopefully he does not fall out of favor as his father did with our favorite owner. GRADE: B+

Defensive Coordinator: Jack Del Rio replaces Greg Manusky

The Redskins defense in my opinion has been underwhelming in recent times, and in large part I blame Greg Manusky for this result. The Redskins defense last year ranked 27th overall, which any Washington fan will tell you is at best a slight shame and at worst a goddamn tragedy. Sure, our secondary was nowhere to be seen. Sure, we we're extremely injured a lot of the time.
But here's the worst part: our front 7 is actually really good. I mean come on: Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, and more should amount to one of the most potent QB rushing attacks of the year. However, the stats show that this is just not true. PFF listed us outside the top ten and in a more general sense the defense overall just seems too ooze mediocrity.
Enter in Jack Del Rio. This man has over 30 years of NFL experience, having multiple positions as both Head Coach and Defensive Coordinators in the past. While his head coaching career has not always been consistent, his defensive strengths are quite apparent. While Wade Phillips was responsible for the Super Bowl winning Broncos of 2015, we cannot forget that Del Rio groomed that defense for years prior, bringing them to the big game as well the year before. His earlier success in Baltimore and Carolina must also be mentioned, but my main point is this: Jack Del Rio is tiers above Manusky.
Del Rio and Rivera are on the same page, and switching to a 4-3 base defense with Del Rio should pay dividends to our defense, particularly our front seven. Look for a strong pass rush with Del Rio under control. GRADE: A

Quarterbacks Coach: Ken Zampese replaces Tim Rattay

Zampese formerly worked for the Greatest Show on Turf helping Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt achieve offensive supremacy over the league. He worked for 12 years in Cincinnati, developing both Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. In addition, he helped to develop Baker his rookie year under literal the dumpster fire of a head coaching regime Hue Jackson had in 2018. After seeing many of Haskins sexy throws to McLaurin, Gandy-Golden and Co. on Instagram, I feel some safety in the QB department for once. GRADE: A-

Head Athletic Trainer: Ryan Vermillion replaces Larry Hess

If there's one thing that reminds me of a Washington Football season, its injuries. While Washington was not the only injured team, it definitely felt like one of the worst last year. At the end of the day, the blame falls on random injury luck, proper practice, and the athletic training staff. Larry Hess had been employed by Washington for 17 years, so this move may be seen as a long time coming, especially concerning some of the particularly bad injuries of recent years.
Vermillion has rep with Rivera, as he is the former head trainer for the Panthers. While the Panthers have had some injury troubles of there own as of recently, I am still hopeful that Vermillion and his staff can help the situation over here. GRADE: B

Free Agency

Players lost/cut
Player Position New team
Chris Thompson RB Jaguars
Colt McCoy QB Giants
Case Keenum QB Browns
Ereck Flowers OG Dolphins
Josh Norman CB Bills
Trent Williams OT 49ers
Montae Nicholson CB UFA
Jordan Reed TE UFA
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB UFA
Wendell Smallwood RB UFA
Tony Bergstrom OL UFA
Donald Penn OT UFA
Vernon Davis TE Retired
Key Losses:
  • Ereck Flowers: Flowers had been written off as a bust. His tenure in New York and Jacksonville were both at best mediocre, and at worst disgusting. He gave up tons of pressures, and questions about his devotion to the team were at play. However, Washington was able to reignite Flowers by transitioning him from a tackle to a guard. In this new role, he only allowed two sacks while starting all 16 games. In the end, he was able to get the best pay-day back home in Miami, and for that I cannot hold any ill-will.
  • Josh Norman: 5 years. $51.1 million guaranteed. $75 million total. Honestly, I believed in Josh Norman when we first signed him. Coming off an All-Pro year on a stacked 2015 Panthers roster, Norman was proud to declare himself the best corner in the whole league. If you'd ask Norman today, he may still very well agree with that assessment. However, both the film and numbers point to Norman as a one year wonder. He was never able to replicate his 2015 success here, and was barely able to follow receivers like Revis or play the zone like Sherman. I would consider this the worst Redskins free agent signing of the Jay Gruden regime, hands down bar none. At least Matt Jones gave us some 100 yard games. His best games for us were against Cody Kessler and Matt Barkley. I am glad this is over with.
  • Trent Williams: Oh Trent-y boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling. I am truly sad to see Mr. Williams suit up for another organization this fall, assuming there will be a football season. Trent has been one of, if not the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL since being drafted 4th overall in 2010. Even as poor football and asinine front office moves surrounded him, Trent remained grounded and supportive of Mr. Snyder's hope to win football games. However, this relationship quickly turned for the worse. I could write this whole page about the Trent Williams saga, so instead I shall link this.
Goodbye Silverback.
  • Jordan Reed: If you thought the Trent Williams saga hurt me, oh boy you are not ready for this. Jordan Reed was probably my favorite Washington player up until last season. I was at his first big game in 2013, and boy was it a sight to see. A 3rd round TE from Florida, Reed was a bright spot on a more distant 3-13 Washington Squad still hoping for RG3's knees to spring back to life. When Reed was on fire, he was on. In his heyday of 2015 and 2016, Reed was a top tier Pro-Bowl talent TE possessing the quickness of a WR with the strength and build of a TE. However, we all know how this story ends. In 2013, he only played 9 games due to concussions. In 2014, he hurt his hamstring twice throughout the season yet still played in 11 games. As stated earlier, 15' and 16' were the golden years, but his hamstring came back to derail almost his entire 2017 season. By last year, he had over 9 known concussions, and one can only assume his hamstring is not in good shape. This is a classic example of injuries destroying a once promising career. If you are ever in need of watching some electrifying tight end plays, check this out, I promise you will not regret it. Thank you Jordan!
Players signed
Player Position Old team Length Salary
Wes Schweitzer OG Falcons 3 years $13.5 mil, $4 mil guaranteed
Kendall Fuller CB Chiefs 4 years $40 mil, $23.5 mil guaranteed
Logan Thomas TE Lions 2 years $6.145 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Sean Davis S Steelers 1 year $4 mil, $2 mil guaranteed
Kyle Allen QB Panthers 1 year $675k
Thomas Davis LB Chargers 1 year $3.5 mil, $1.75 mil guaranteed
J.D. McKissic RB Seahawks 2 year $3.27 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Peyton Barber RB Buccaneers 2 year $3 mil, $600k guaranteed
Cornelius Lucas OT Bears 2 year $3.8 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Richard Rogers TE Eagles 1 year $1 mil
Cody Latimer WR Giants 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Bears 1 year $3 mil, $1.5 mil guaranteed
Jeremy Vujnovich OG Cardinals 1 year $825k
Ronald Darby CB Eagles 1 year $3 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Mike Liedtke OG Buccaneers 1 year $750k
Key Additions:
  • Kendall Fuller: We are proud to welcome our 2016 3rd rounder and new Super Bowl Champion back to DC. Fuller has proven himself as a formidable slot cornerback, and should be a day 1 starter immediately. In fact, I could see us playing him on the outside if need be, as our secondary will become stretched dry rather quickly. If we can trade for Malik Jefferson, we could finally have all pieces of the Alex Smith trade back on the roster, including Alex Smith himself (hang in there buddy :( ).
  • Thomas Davis: A 3x Pro Bowler and bonafide former team leader of the Carolina Panthers, Thomas Davis is a welcome addition to our locker room. While at age 37 he may not start or play the most downs, his presence and familiarity with Rivera lends kindly to helping younger defensive players adjust and learn the new system.
  • Ronald Darby: Darby has never played a full 16 game season, and the past two seasons in particular seem to be injury ridden. However, our secondary is in need of a #2 to step up behind Fuller and if Moreau cannot make a leap then Darby better be a frog. This one year, prove-it deal will show whether or not Darby is ready to play with the big boys now.
Players resigned
Player Position Length Salary
Jon Bostic LB 2 year $5.1 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Caleb Brantley DT 1 year $750k
Nate Orchard LB/DE 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Aaron Colvin CB 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Brandon Scherff OG 1 year $15.03 mil guaranteed (franchise tag)
Important Resigns:
  • Jon Bostic: The former 2nd rounder has bounced around the league since 2013, but with Reuben Foster tearing his ACL in training camp last year, Bostic was thrust into the starting LB slot. While far from perfect, Bostic played surprisingly well last year, recording 105 tackles, a sack, and a pick. It is unclear whether Bostic's ceiling is much higher then this going into year 8 of his career. The signing of Thomas Davis and an even better D-Line could help Bostic shine more as there is less pressure on him. Overall, a good team friendly extension on a starte1st off the bench quality player.
  • Brandon Scherff: Except for some penalty troubles, Scherff has been the most consistent offensive lineman this team has had in the past five years who is not upset at our current front office. While I am unsure if he was worthy of the Pro Bowl this past year, he is a stud OG and I am glad we have kept him his whole rookie deal. Hopefully a long-term can be worked out soon (though the deadline may have just past for franchise tagees), but keeping him on the franchise tag is far down the list of personnel issues.


Round Number Player Position School
1 2 Chase Young DE Ohio State
3 66 Antonio Gibson WRB Memphis
4 108 Saahdiq Charles OT LSU
4 142 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty
5 156 Keith Ismael C San Diego State
5 162 Khaleke Hudson LB Michigan
7 216 Kamren Curl S Arkansas
7 229 James Smith-Williams DE N.C. State
UDFA N/A Thaddeus Moss TE LSU
UDFA N/A Steven Montez QB Colorado
UDFA N/A Isaiah Wright WR Temple
UDFA N/A Johnathon Johnson WR Missouri
Grades and Thoughts:
  • Chase Young: How much more can be said about this guy? Young was known for months to be the consensus number one talent of the draft, and that has not changed in the past months. He is a forced to be reckoned with, and putting him alongside our other D-Lineman is a scary sight. The often made comparison is that of the Bosa brothers, who both came into the league and wrecked havoc upon entry. I see Young doing the same thing, having a minimum 10+ sack season. Fear the predator y'all. GRADE: A+
  • Antonio Gibson: Almost every analysis I have read about Gibson describes him in one of two ways: 1) A swiss-army knife 2) A football player. While I can't disagree with either, these both seem to be big buzzwords that cable football analysis loves to float around to tons and tons of players. No matter how you describe him, Gibson's highlight real speaks for itself. Most project him into a RB role in our system, and with Chris Thompson setting sail with Jay Gruden Gibson can not pick up the slack here. If he can provide support to Peterson and Guice, great! If he could improve our dismal receiving unit, even better! I like this pick, but can also see it failing if Rivera and Turner cannot utilize him correctly. GRADE: B+
  • Saahdiq Charles: Using a picks here on the O-Line was a smart move, as our bench before the draft was extremely thin. Charles has been a part of one of the best O-line's in the nation at LSU, helping Clyde Edwards-Helaire run over the entire goddamn SEC. While there was a distraction of off-field issues, i.e. his six game suspension in his junior year. My understanding is that this stemmed from maturity issues and possible failed drug tests. Without these concerns, Charles would not have fallen to this round. Even with the character issue, his on the field product is fantastic, and if there was any coach to help Charles stay the right path it would be Ron Rivera. GRADE: B
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden: My information on Gandy-Golden and Liberty football in general is extremely limited, but the little I have seen is fantastic. At 6'4, 223 lbs Gandy-Golden is prototypical size and his highlights at Liberty reflect that. He is able to utilize is wingspan to have a large catch radius and contend for aired out balls. In addition, while his 4.6 40 yard dash may be slightly underwhelming, his speed on tape is evident and can work. As the receiver competition is wide open, Gandy-Golden can easily become the number two receiver on this squad if he puts in the work. And according to social media, it appears he is trying. GRADE: A
  • Keith Ismael: Another offensive linemen, but I struggle to see Ismael in any role besides backup this year. Ismael was solid player for his three year college career, and learning behind our O-line can do him well to bring him up to NFL speed. I can see him sitting behind Rouiller most of the year, but there's always the potential for something more if he is a diamond in the rough. However, I would have liked for a TE selection here. GRADE: B
  • Kamren Curl: Curl seemed to be an intrenched starter for Arkansas, but it is hard to see what is exactly unique with his skill set. At 6'1, 206 lbs he has the body of a safety or even cornerback, which tracks as he played both positions in school. The most known information about him is that he was suspended for flirting with a cheerleader his sophomore season, but if that is his biggest character concern then I don't really care. In addition, he later cleared the confusion, noting that the cheerleader just wanted a photo with him. GRADE: C
  • James Smith-Williams: A depth signing for our defensive front, which is all good in my book. However, this deep dive into the man shows that Smith-Williams has the potential to be more then a name in DC. His injury history is very troubling, but if he can put that Big Bang Theory Sheldon brain of his to our team then I am all for it. 7th rounders are the time for risks, and Smith-Williams case is a unique one where the injuries are not as much a concern for me. GRADE: C+
If the only player we keep out of this draft in the next 5 years is Chase Young, it will still have been a success. However, I have a feeling that other players will make an impact here, particularly with Gibson or Gandy-Golden breaking out in a rushing or receiving competition. For Kyle Smith and Rivera's first draft, it could have gone a lot worse. The amount of BS spewed about us drafting Tua or trading down was EVERYWHERE online before the draft, so I am jus glad we didn't mess it up as bad as we could have. Overall, I'd rate this draft a B+, with the rating going higher if any of these other players break out as well.

Name Controversy

Look, both you and I know that this subject has been beaten to death, especially on this subreddit. So let us just establish the facts:
  • There has been ample push to change the name since the 1990s.
  • Dan Snyder said in 2013 that he would never change the name. "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."
  • This month, Fedex, along with other major sponsors such as Nike and PepsiCo called on Snyder to change their name or face financial doom.
  • July 13, 2020 Snyder issues a press release stating the name and logo are both officially retired.
There are many more specifics and points of contention on this issue, and I think this WaPo graphic does a good job illustrating other key times that the name has been discussed or been a point of contention.
My thought? About damn time. Look, I understand that the name is offensive and have been all for changing it, but more importantly I just want us to focus on what ideally should be more pressing for this writeup: the players and the game. The politics of the name has been a distraction and disgrace to the proud men who have worn this city on their back for decades. Do not get me wrong: the actual name itself holds little meaning to me personally. However, I am younger than many fans of the team and understand the attachment some have had for their entire lives. Yet, I do not think we need to forget about Theismann, Baugh, Jurgensen, Doug Williams, Rypien, Riggins, the Hogs, and more just by retiring the name. I say, let this begin a new era in Washington football history where we can be remembered for playing a game we enjoy and love, not hurting others if we do not need to.
My personal preference for a new name as of now is Red Wolves. Maintaining the colors and HttR (Howl to the Red Wolves!) sounds nice, and the animal is theoretically indigenous to DC and the southeast US even as we may not see it commonly. If trademarks issues can settle, I believe we will hear the new name before the next season.

Sexual Harassment/Misconduct Issues

After finishing the Washington Post article today, I was left with a feeling of disgust and sadness, but not shock. Football has always been known as a "boy's club," and seeing women in positions of power in any NFL organization is not common. This is the reason why. While I do not know the situation of every front office, I would not be shocked if this is more common then one would suspect.
Now, do not get me wrong: this is disgusting and Snyder should be ashamed of himself. Letting this persist for over 20 years and clearly not giving any shits is despicable. I do not want to defend these actions in any manner. These men have done disgusting things, and the fact that Snyder has let them slide and persist for all this time is plain gross. This is a question about human decency and respect: do you respect your fellow person enough that you control what you say around them? That you think before you act? Clearly the Washington Football team has not cared about its female employees nearly enough. This is hurtful for everyone, male, female, non-binary, whatever. Please, just consider your fellow person when you are living your life. This is not hard.

Projected Lineup and Position Groups

QB1: Dwayne Haskins
QB2: Kyle Allen
This should be Dwayne Haskins year to fully realize himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. While I love watching his sexy instagram workouts, I can only get so worked up before needing to see the real deal. Since being thrown into the fray last year, we saw Dwayne progress in his decision making, but keep improvements in accuracy, particularly throwing mechanics, should be a focus this year. Even with a...subpar supporting cast (more on that later), this should be Simba's year to break out, or at least show that he is worthy of his first round draft selection.
I don't expect Allen or even Alex Smith (if he has recovered enough, which I am doubtful of) to give Haskins a run for his money. While Rivera has never stated he is sold on Haskins, do not think any other QB will start this season (barring injury.) Washington is committed, at least for this year, to Dwayne Haskins.
RB1: Adrian Peterson/Derrius Guice
RB3: Antonio Gibson
It is really a toss-up here whether or not AD or Guice starts, but if history is cyclical then Peterson will get the nod soon enough. I really want Guice to do well, and when he has not been injured he has done fairly well. However, I have little hope that his knees keep holding up, especially considering how much we may need to rely on our run game this year.
Peterson is old, but has shown to be consistent enough when we have a semblance of an offensive line. Our run game is decent, definitely not the worst in the league, but could be close to it. I imagine Gibson may fulfill the role of a receiver back, catching out of the backfield or taking hand-offs. He is bigger than Chris Thompson, but elusive enough that I could see some similarity in usage, especially as a rookie.
TE1: Jeremy Sprinkle
TE2: Richard Rogers, Logan Thomas
TE3: Thaddeus Moss
Sprinkle gets the nod here as the number one due to his experience in DC, but as the new regime is in town this is really anyone's game. Stat-wise Rogers and Thomas are relatively consistent, and while Moss has the obvious name recognition he is not even a lock to make the current roster. Sprinkle has always been subpar as a pass catcher, decent as blocker and not much else. Hopefully someone here breaks out or a trade swings through, otherwise this is one of our worst position groups on the roster.
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Steven Sims Jr.
WR3: Antonio Gandy-Golden/Cody Latimer
WR4: Trey Quinn
"McLaurin and then everybody else" is the best way to sum up our receiving unit. Scary Terry is once again our biggest threat and should have just as good if not a better year than 2019 as Haskins' accuracy issues (hopefully) clear up. I Like Sims Jr. as a returner, but his results as a receiver have been inconsistent. Perhaps he could be used similarly to Antonio Gibson, as I see him getting end around hand offs having big success. Gandy-Golden looks promising, but small school talent can be hard to adapt to the NFL. Latimer is a solid depth signing, and I am very unsure if Trey Quinn is worth his roster spot. While I mentioned the Tight End group being poor, this group is equal in that regard. Hopefully our run game can carry once again.
LT: Geron Christian Sr.
LG: Wes Schweitzer
C: Chase Roullier
RG: Brandon Scherff
RT: Morgan Moses
Scherff is a bright spot on this mediocre group, but he has had some penalty troubles and the contract situation for him is still unclear as for the future. Geron Christian should hopefully start and have improved since last year, and Schweitzer seems to be a decent signing. I like Rouiller under center for now. Saahdiq Charles and Keith Ismael could both become starters, but I have a feeling Rivera will not want to throw them into the fire early on. Overall I'd categorize this group as "eh?" and hope that our RBs can find enough holes. Haskins has also been improving his mobile game so escapability could be a needed factor with this line.
4-3 Defense:
LDE1: Chase Young
LDT: Matt Ioannidis
RDT: Daron Payne
RDE: Montez Sweat
This is by far the best position group on the entire roster. Calling these four the only starters is somewhat a misnomer, as Rivera and Del Rio will be frequently subbing in and out many linemen. Kerrigan and Jon Allen should still have large roles, but these are my choices based on durability and past success. Chase Young should be a stud, and I have heard him having between 10-15 sacks this year. Ioannidis has been a 5th round gem for us, leading the team in sacks last year. Payne and Sweat are both young and have shown some success, and I am hopeful they can both remain at worst starter level linemen. If our line is not getting after QBs like crazy this year, some big questions will need to be raised.
WLB: Cole Holcomb, Josh Harvey-Clemons
MLB: Jon Bostic, Thomas Davis
SLB: Ryan Anderson
While not as impressive as the linemen, our LB core is still a solid group. Thomas Davis brings in some leadership to an otherwise young group. Ryan Anderson will finally be playing in his natural position as a 4-3 LB. Both Bostic and Holcomb were impressive last year, though I am hoping their coverage (particularly Holcomb's) could improve. Harvey-Clemons is good for our depth, and solid rotation player. Overall not a flashy group, but should get the job done with the pressure all being up front.
CB1: Kendall Fuller
CB2: Ronald Darby, Greg Stroman
CB3: Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland
FS: Sean Davis
SS: Landon Collins
The only unquestionable starters here are Fuller and Collins, and even Collins has been looking down as of recent. My dark-horse candidate is Jimmy Moreland, who impressed in last years preseason before being hidden or unnoticeable during the regular season. Moreau is decent, and Sean Davis is as good as Montae Nicholson ever was (especially considering his legal issues.) The loss of Quinton Dunbar is not sad whatsoever, and while his play was above-average, his robbery skills are very poor. This is the biggest whole in the defense by far, and my guess is that our team will ride or die by this secondary. If the front 7 is doing what it can to apply pressure, there will be some slack here. However, do not be surprised if next years writeup has many different players here.
Special Teams:
K: Dustin Hopkins
P: Tress Way
KR: Steven Sims Jr.
PR: Steven Sims Jr.
I want Tress Way to have my children so that they will be blessed with his punting genes. After a couple years of flying under the radar, Way was finally recognized in 2019 with a Pro Bowl and Second-team All-Pro nod. I am upset that Brett Kern got the nod over him for First-team, but the recognition is still appreciated. Hopkins is decent, though he does have a tendency to miss some close kicks (cough vs. Bengals in London cough), but he has provided stability to kicking for years now. Sims emerged last year as our return man, and with him bringing us our first return touchdown since 2015, I'll let him stay. Perhaps Gibson will try returning as well, who knows.

Schedule Prediction

Home against the Eagles: Loss
3 out of the past 4 years Washington has lost its openers, with two of those loses being against the Eagles themselves. Be ready for growing pains with a new name, coaching staff, and supporting cast. This season is not gonna get any easier.
Away against the Cardinals: Loss
This game could be a close one, but the Cardinals seem to be on the up with Kyler and Kingsbury. There air raid will be too much for the DC secondary, especially playing in Arizona.
Away against the Browns: Win
It's the Browns for god sake. Josh Norman had a game winning pick a couple years back for us against them. Sure, their QB was Cody Kessler, but different year same stories. No more Freddie Kitchens, still the same Browns.
Home against the Ravens: Loss
It's the Ravens. Enough said.
Home against the Rams: Loss
McVay and Co. should have our number here. Even without Gurley the Rams passing attack should be enough to take us down. The real downfall of our team is the secondary, that should be a pattern to notice. I'd like to believe in a Haskins comeback win here, but who knows.
Away against the Giants: Loss
Going into the Meadowlands, I expect a game similar to the late OT thriller of last season, with the Daniel Jones reigning supreme again. Saquon will distract our defense enough that number one receiver... Sterling Shepard will bust us up. Clap man Garett gets us again.
Home against the Cowboys: Win
Come on now, it's the Cowboys. Dak is overpaid, blah blah blah. Coming back home and wanting to prove ourselves after a crippling loss last week, I think Simba can pull off a nice home win here.
Home against the Giants: Win
Revenge game of the 2019 QBs, and this time Haskins will stay on top. Expect a nice performance from McLaurin, and Chase Young destroying Mr. Jones.
Away against the Lions: Win
I'm praying that Chase Young is able to get after Stafford enough that he does not pull a come back against us here, but I expect this game to be close as well. Perhaps Okudah has a pick six, why not.
Home against the Bengals: Win
Haskins vs. Burrow. Burrow vs. Young. A bonafide 2019 tank-bowl matchup. I feel we have the upper hand here, but really this game should be a shit show. Should be juicy though.
Away against the Cowboys: Loss
Playing in Jerry World is ass, though I'll never forget Colt McCoy leading us to victory on Monday night. No way in hell we go 2-0 against the Cowboys, so mark this down as a loss.
Away against the Steelers: Loss
Big Ben is back and can run around in the pocket, meaning even with ample pressure his offense will do better than ours.
Away against the 49ers: Loss
It's the Niners, and they mean business. Last year's game was a 9-0 snoozefest for some reason, so I'm guessing this one will be 30-27 shootout. Should be fun to see a potential Trent Williams vs. Chase Young matchup.
Home against the Seahawks: Loss
Russell Wilson.
Home against the Panthers: Win
Rivera fights his old team and...wins?? Yep, even with Teddy B I feel our defense will keep us afloat. Shaq Thompson is scary, but I am not particularly afraid of Donte Jackson and Eli Apple... Haskins will now probably throw three picks.
Away against the Eagles: Win
Ending the season on a positive note, what?? Yes, this one may be a stretch. However, if the Eagles are in the number one spot, my guess is that they would rest their starters against ours. Then again, I have no clue who will win the East so your guess is as best as mine. At any rate, I am ready to 100 percent lockdown Wentz this game, maybe.
Final record: 7-9, miss the playoffs, 3rd in NFC East
In my book, this would be an OK first year for Rivera. Coming in with so many green players and an entirely new system can lend itself to mediocrity, but building off of this year is crucial in my book to finally escaping out of the limbo which Washington has played in since Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Draft wise, this should set us up for a pick between...12-15? A solid early/mid-first, probably drafting a receiver, tight end, or secondary player depending on who pans out this year.

Training Camp Battles to watch

  • Wide Receivers:
Like previously mentioned, it is unclear who will be receivers 2 and 3 behind McLaurin. Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr. emerged as early contenders, but as noted earlier Harmon tore his ACL. Latimer was ok last year on the Giants, but can he beat out Gandy-Golden or Sims Jr. at the top of the chart. I believe players such as Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Johnathon Johnson and Isaiah Wright are all fighting for a roster space, so seeing them as starters is extremely unlikely. Predicted Winners: Antonio Gandy-Golden and Steven Sims Jr.
  • Tight Ends:
This whole roster spot is a toss up. I truly am hoping that Sprinkle gets a kick in the rear to elevate or somebody else steps up, as he was far from a special talent last year. His name makes sense, as he was only able to Sprinkle in a few catches from Haskins and Keenum throughout 2019. Both Richard Rogers and Logan Thomas aren't impressive, so the hope for fans is that Thad Moss or an unknown player such as Marcus Baugh is able to claim the spot. No matter who wins here, the position will be weak. Predicted Winner: Jeremy Sprinkle
  • Cornerback:
The battle here lies between all players not named Fuller or Darby. Known Redskins names such as Fabian Moreau, Greg Stroman, Jimmy Moreland, and Danny Johnson are all fighting to be the number 3 corner or remain on the roster in a bench role. I feel at most one of these players will be cut, but overall secondary job security should remain steady for 95 percent of Washington players. Predicted Winner: Fabian Moreau

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

One of the points I've read stressed about Scott Turner is his ability to fit the offense for the QB. As this will be his first full time OC job, it is unclear exactly what schemes he plans to run, but I assume it will be up to date with the fast and mobile trends of stat and data driven offenses today. Perhaps we shall see some similarities to his father, who utilized both Air Coryell and spread techniques in Carolina.
Defense: Base 4-3, 4-3 Under
As mentioned before, Del Rio and Rivera are shifting our defense from a 3-4 of the past to a 4-3. This should help our rush game significantly, with players such as Ryan Anderson and Chase Young being able to fit in the scheme quite naturally, For more in depth coverage, be sure to read this Hog's Haven post which will explain it more in depth.  
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down below. Agree, disagree? This was my first year writing, so I hope it was bearable to read!
Offseason Review Hub
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2020.06.29 20:33 Cockroach3455 Best Matches Of The Week

NJPW 6/22
-SHO vs Shingo Takagi (8.59 Cagematch, 4.25 GRAPPL)
Personally I wasn’t that big of a fan of this match but many have been praising it as an amazing, intense, physical bout and the best match of the tournament so far. There was a nice continuation of story from there first match with Sho weakening the arm of Shingo to limit the use of his deadly pumping bomber lariat. The closing stretch was really exciting and it leads to a pretty shocking moment. My rating- 3 stars.
-Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr (7.00 Cagematch, 3.68 GRAPPL)
While perhaps the worst of their many great matches, this is still a really solid match. As expected, Zack put in some great technical work, attacking Ibushi’s ankle relentlessly. It wasn’t the most exciting of matches but it told a nice story with Ibushi attempting to tank Zack’s submission offense and trying to power through. He had great babyface fire. My rating- 3.5 stars
-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Taichi (6.17 Cagematch, 3.42 GRAPPL)
Taichi haters begone, this match was awesome. Taichi in my opinion is one of the most effective heels in the game and this was yet another showcase of that. They told a great story with Taichi absolutely destroying Tanahashi with the backdrops. Tanahashi tried with everything he had to avoid the backdrop and Taichi would not let up which led to some extremely intense moments. Some will criticize the hijinks but I think it lead to some very exciting nearfalls and only upped the ante of the match. This is my favorite match of the tournament so far. My rating- 4 stars.
WWE RAW 6/22
-Asuka vs Charlotte Flair (3.23 GRAPPL)
I think this was much better than their near 30 minute match on Raw a couple weeks back. The refreshing 11 minute runtime made the match feel like a breeze in a good way. The action felt very swift while both women were still able to get some great technical work in. The finish was extremely exciting with the battle of submissions leading to some amazing submission spots that had me on the edge of my seat. My rating- 3.75 stars.
NJPW 6/23
-Yoshi-Hashi vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6.59 Cagematch, 3.08 GRAPPL)
Should this match have gone 20 minutes? Maybe not, but it did allow Yoshi-Hashi to have a long match akin to the usual new japan formula and show off his underrated abilities. He probably could have done the same in 10 minutes but I’m glad he got to work the epic formula and do it in a great way. I admit this match dragged at points but it built up to a great spot where both men miss their top rope moves and the tone of the match completely switches. Yoshi-Hashi was the star of the match but Tenzan definitely held up his end of the bargain as well. A really nice surprise. My rating- 3.5 stars.
Impact Wrestling 6/23
-Madman Fulton vs Eddie Edwards
If you have the same negative opinion of impact you might’ve had several years ago then you may wanna catch some new matches, this perhaps being one of them. Modern impact has a great ability to create new stars and it seems they might be doing just that with Madman Fulton, who looked phenomenal here. It wasn’t a great match really, but Fulton’s hot streak and Eddie’s great experience allowed Fulton to look like an absolute monster on the verge of breaking out. Who knows, maybe this could be the start of something big for Fulton. His performance would certainly lead me to believe that. My rating- 3.25 stars.
WWE NXT 6/24
-Karrion Kross vs Bronson Reed (2.51 GRAPPL)
This match will be dismissed because of its 2 minute duration but it’s 2 minutes of an exciting hoss battle. There’s not much to this one, just two big dudes absolutely going at it with Kross looking amazing. Fuck your stupid NXT epics, Kross destroying fools in sub-10 minutes is where it’s at. I hope he destroys Adam Cole in 5 minutes to win the title. Sorry, I couldn’t contain myself, this was pretty awesome tho. My rating- 3.25 stars.
-Keith Lee vs Johnny Gargano vs Finn Balor (7.71 Cagematch, 3.25 GRAPPL)
While I didn’t enjoy this as much as others and it was definitely contrived and the pacing felt off at times, at heart this was a pretty fun main event featuring 3 guys most people love. There were some fun and innovative sequences and if you can get past the glaring flaws here you should have a pretty good time with this one. My rating- 3 stars.
AEW 6/24
-Cash WheeleDax Harwood vs Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian (7.35 Cagematch, 3.41 GRAPPL)
I haven’t really been watching the AEW product as of late since Cody massacred my boy Lance Archer but I’ve heard from many that this was a great gritty tag match and that FTR’s run has been exactly what someone that was upset with their treatment in WWE would hope for.
NJPW 6/24
-Tomohiro Ishii vs Togi Makabe (6.81 Cagematch, 3.72 GRAPPL)
If you’ve been missing some Ishii in your life then this is exactly what you need. He’s his usual stiff self here and while he doesn’t do anything particularly amazing it’s nice to see him back stiffing dudes to all hell and Togi Makabe was a great opponent for that. These two have a pretty storied history and you could tell that just by the sheer intensity between the two here. It felt like these guys really didn’t like each other too much. Makabe brought the heat to match Ishii’s FUCK YOU attitude and it culminated in an awesome intense finishing stretch. My rating- 3.75 stars.
-Hiromu Takahashi vs Toru Yano (3.04 GRAPPL)
This is Yano at his best with the perfect opponent. The story here was that Hiromu has been scared of Yano ever since the day Yano shaved his head as a young lion. That history played into a fantastic story where Yano had the psychological advantage over Hiromu and relentlessly tried to shave his head. This led to Hiromu running away and then brawling throughout Korakuen and Hiromu realizing he needs to out-Yano Yano. It had some hilarious moments and was just so so much fun. If you’ve gotten a little tired of the long new japan formula then you’ll probably love this. My rating- 4 stars.
AJPW 6/25
-Shotaro Ashino vs Yuma Aoyagi
Ashino debuted in All Japan after Wrestle-1 shutdown and has been on fire. He’s easily been the most interesting character to follow in the company and there’s so much potential for new matchups like the one here that turned out pretty damn good. Early on there’s some great technical work with Aoyagi slowly but surely trying to work the leg of Ashino but then Ashino turns around and isn’t having none of that shit and absolutely destroys Yuma’s leg. Its a badass moment and Ashino really looks like a threat. As the match progresses however the selling gets a bit inconsistent so that might bother some. It grows pretty exciting and the finishing stretch has a lot of great spots in in though. Another really good Ashino match in a streak of many. My rating- 3.75 stars.
WWE 205 LIVE 6/26
-Isaiah Scott vs Tony Nese (8.63 Cagematch, 3.72 GRAPPL)
It’s a shame that this probably won’t be seen by many because it’s probably the best wwe match of the week. It starts with some great technical work by Swerve who then gets the tables turned on him by Nese as he starts to work the back of Swerve. It eventually grows out of the technical work and become pretty damn intense, ending in an insanely exciting final stretch that is easily the highlight of the match. The winner of this match challenged Santos Escobar after the match and I’m pretty excited for that. My Rating- 3.75 stars
ICW NY 6/27
-Reed Bentley vs Akira
This match was pretty goddamn insane. If you’re a big purist you probably won’t like this but if you like dudes jumping off shit and going through shit you’ll definitely love this. There are some horrific bumps taken here and both guys pour their soul into the match for better or worse. It’s undoubtedly a trainwreck but a glorious one. My rating- 3.5 stars
-John Wayne Murdoch vs SHLAK
Wow, that’s a lot of blood. This match is not for the kind of heart. Seriously, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen more blood in a match. The work was definitely sloppy at points but the palpable intensity and sense of danger really carried this one. Both guys did a good job of creating that atmosphere and should be commended for just how much blood, sweat, and tears (literally) they drained for this bombfest. My rating- 3.75 stars.
DDT 6/27
-Yuki Ueno/Naomi Yoshimura vs Tetsuya Endo/Nobuhiro Shimatani (3.40 GRAPPL)
Ueno and Yoshimura are the team of Nautilus and they’ve been one of the best tag teams in the world this year, putting out a series of great matches and this being yet another example of it. The highlights of this match were the exchanges between Ueno and Endo, specifically the closing stretch. These two have been feuding ever since Ueno failed to cash in his challenge sword at DDT TV Show #6. It’s been an intense feud and words have not been minced which was replicated in some heated exchanges in this match. While Endo was awesome as always it was Ueno who was the star of the match with yet another break out performance, something hes been doing all year. And while those two were the highlights, Yoshimura and Nobu were awesome too. Nobu has a great rebellious never-day-for attitude her and Yoshimura was having nobody’s shit. Everything combined got a really great tag match and my favorite match of the week. My rating- 4 stars.
-Chris Brookes vs Daisuke Sasaki (3.60 GRAPPL)
Fuck Daisuke Sasaki. All my homies hate Daisuke Sasaki. Seriously, Daisuke Sasaki is one of the best heels in the game right now. Ever since he cheated to beat Chris Brookes for the DDT Universal Championship I have absolutely despised him. He just does things that will set you off and that makes him an amazingly effective heel. Ever since Brookes lost the title hes been on a warpath to regain it and they told that story really well here in this title match with Brookes being extremely aggressive and Sasaki being a sly asshole escaping what Brookes throws at him. The action wasn’t that amazing but the story was what put this match into a really good tier. My rating- 3.5 stars.
Ice Ribbon 6/27
-Tae Honma vs Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Satsuki Totoro
This match wasn’t all that great but it had a really nice dynamic which I appreciated. Honma being the exciting young babyface, Fujimoto being experienced veteran, and Tokoro being the big monster of the match, even if she’s a bit goofy. You’re not gonna find great stuff within the action, but the interaction between the three archetypes is really interesting. My rating- 3 stars.
SLA 6/27
-Jeremy Wyatt vs Fred Yehi
I haven’t actually finished this match yet but everybody I’ve talked to that’s seen it has been raving over it. One person told me it was one of the best indy matches they’ve ever seen. The reason I haven’t quite finished it yet is because it’s a goddamn 60 minute Ironman match. I’m about 20 minutes in so far and they’re building up really solidly. The pacing is absolutely on point and both men have hooked me with their character work. It’s on YouTube for free too.
-El Lindaman vs Kouju Takeda
The last match of the week comes from Hideki Suzuki’s Produce show. Lindaman is one of my personal favorites so I might be a bit bias here but he delivers such strong performances every time he comes out and it was no different here. Takeda was a guy I was unfamiliar with but he showed up and matched Lindaman’s intensity and it led to a pretty solid match. My rating-3.5 stars.
Thanks for reading, might do this again next week. I typed all this out on mobile so if the layout is really shit lemme know.
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2020.06.20 11:48 InfernoAA Booking 2020’s NXT Takeovers Part 1 - NXT Takeover: Portland

NXT Takeover: Portland – February 16th 2020 – Moda Center

The Build

NXT Cruiserweight Championship

The Cruiserweight Title picture advances much like it did in real life, with Lio Rush defeating Drew Gulak for the title before embarking on a series of matches against Angel Garza that would see the latter pick up his first title in WWE, becoming the new cornerstone for the division. Not long after, Garza would defend his title at Worlds Collide in a Fatal Four-Way featuring Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Jordan Devlin and Travis Banks. The match comes to an end when Swerve nails Banks with the JML Driver, only for Garza to capitalise on Swerve crawling into the cover, planting him with the Wing Clipper to tactfully retain. The win gets to his head though, despite it being only his first title defence, Garza claiming that he’s the greatest Cruiserweight and could knock off anyone in the locker room. Therefore, El Muertito lays out an Open Challenge for Takeover with his gold on the line, demanding someone to step up and face him.

Angel Garza (c) vs ? – Open Challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

As per tradition in NXT, the annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is announced on the New Year’s edition of NXT TV; a tournament which has yielded victors in the form of: Finn Balor & Samoa Joe, The Authors of Pain, The Undisputed ERA, and Aleister Black & Ricochet in past years. With a track record of not only producing established teams as winners, but also newly-instated teams, it’s anyone’s game heading into Takeover: Portland, this year’s prize being a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships at the following Takeover.

The 2020 Bracket is as follows:
Limitless Bros (Keith Lee & Matt Riddle) vs South Wales Subculture (Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster)
Brit-Am Brawlers (Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan) vs Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner)
The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) vs Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake)

The first match pits the oddball duo of Riddle & Lee, in their first tag team appearance, against former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Andrews & Webster. United in their hunt for gold on NXT, the Limitless Bros hope to hit jackpot in this tournament, whilst the established team of SWS enter in order to restore themselves to their former glory. The initial lack of chemistry between the new tandem is punctuated throughout the bout, allowing the former Champs to take advantage of them on multiple occasions, only for the former duo to hit their stride soon after, albeit minor blunders here and there, knocking off the Welsh team to advance.

Next up, a mouth-watering, hard-hitting clash sees two men on the cusp of finally breaking out, in the form of Burch & Lorcan, take on ½ of NXT UK’s resident top heels, in Barthel & Aichner. The two sides display stellar in-ring chemistry, having done battle in the past on two separate occasions, bringing their head-to-head record to 1-1 . Despite the grit and resolve from the Guvnor and the Star Destroyer, they fall victim to the definition of absolute power, as Imperium connect their devastating Powerbomb/Diving European Uppercut combo to proceed.

Third on the list is perhaps the most hotly-anticipated and important of the opening matches, as the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions and former Dusty Classic Winners, UE, combat former 2-time Champions, Revival. Having laid waste to every team that has crossed them, UE throw their names into the hat, claiming that should they succeed, they won’t defend their titles at Takeover, Regal acquiescing to their terms. Ever the wildcards, Revival insert their names into the bracket too, wanting one final hurrah on their way out of the company, also looking to avenge their loss to UE a couple months back. Much like then, these two teams tear the house down in a display of some of the finest tag team action in WWE. UE attempt to win in the same fashion they did last time, but a Total Elimination countered into a Shatter Machine sees Revival pin the Champs!

The final team to join the Semi Finals is determined between the recently reunited #DIY and the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, GYV. Following a heart-breaking loss in his pursuits of recapturing Goldie (more on that later), Ciampa turns to the one man he has left, hoping to salvage their broken bond and reignite the sparks of their old team. Gargano, falling on hard times himself, accepts the offer, knowing that this is his one chance of nearing gold again. The two clearly haven’t missed a single beat, flowing like a free river as they face tough competition against one of the best teams from across the pond. GYV come nail-bitingly close to dashing #DIY’s 4th attempt at winning the Dusty Cup, but the Hearts & Souls of the brand pull through with the Meeting in the Middle to move on.

With the Quarter Finals out of the way, the Limitless Bros move on to face Imperium in the Semis, a vital encounter as it could very well be the make or break moment for the Bros, finding out whether they truly have the chemistry to drive them forwards, or whether their previous win was a fluke. The charisma of Lee and the lax of nature of Riddle allow them to keep him composed in the high pressure scenario, employing their brand of power and striking to stay in the match. In spite of Imperium’s best efforts, the miracle duo of Riddle & Lee head to the Finals, now just one victory away from winning the whole tournament.

On the other side of the bracket, we gear up for another instalment in the classic series between #DIY and Revival, the two teams getting the chance to have the match they never got to in the 2016 edition of the tournament. During Revival’s entrance though, they’re ambushed by UE, the champs livid about being eliminated! A chop block to Wilder and a steel chair to Dawson rules them out of competing, getting screwed out of the tournament! Having already witnessed #DIY take their bye to move on in 2016, Regal declares that they must go through another match to qualify for the Finals, Gargano & Ciampa not wanting it any other way. Their opponents… former NXT Tag Team Champions, Moustache Mountain! The match is made official for Worlds Collide, with the winners facing the Limitless Bros in the Finals!

The dream match ensues much like it did in real life, with the addition of heightened stakes this time around, but the result remains the same as #DIY knock off their adversaries to make it to their first Dusty Cup Finals! The final shot heading into Takeover between the two teams is of them standing on either side of the trophy, setting the scene for what could be an early MOTYC.

#DIY vs Limitless Bros – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

NXT North American Championship

Coming out of Survivor Series weekend, Roderick Strong is at an all-time high after winning a Triple Threat featuring US Champ AJ Styles and IC Champ Shinsuke Nakamura. However, as he celebrates his successes, he forgets about the man that put him through a table in the closing moments of the Men’s WarGames match, Dominik Dijakovic. With the Croatian native’s side succeeding, Dijakovic & Lee are granted shots at UE’s Tag Titles, which they fail at due to a miscommunication allowing Strong to pin Dijakovic after a High/Low, the two now even. Whilst Lee goes onto teaming with Lee for the Dusty Cup, Dijakovic’s gaze is fixed on Strong and his gold, wanting to prove his talents by being the man to end UE’s prophetic reign at the helm of NXT.

Heading into 2020, Strong has come off of a successful title retention against Austin Theory, but despite his talents, he wasn’t able to secure a single Year-End Award, sending Strong into a fit of rage, calling out anyone to face him in non-title action so he can break their back and make Regal dedicate an award solely towards his excellence. Strong is told to be careful what he wishes for, as Dijakovic heads down to the ring to answer the challenge, Strong suddenly trying to call the match off, but no dice. Dijakovic puts up a dominant performance against the champion, who manages to weasel out his crafty bag of tricks to leave his larger foe hurting. To his chagrin, Dijakovic remains adamant to succeed, so Strong does the next best thing he can think of, which is taking a count-out loss.

Dijakovic doesn’t take too kindly to this though, giving chase to the Champ, only to find out he’s walked straight into a trap as he’s ambushed by UE, left on the floor in a broken heap. To prevent further anarchy from occurring, Regal sets up a tag team match for the following week, pitting Roddy and a partner against Dijakovic and a partner, with the stakes being that if Roddy and co. win, he doesn’t have to defend his title against Dijakovic, but if the latter team win, the opposite is true. Strong turns to the man who helped him originally defeat Dijakovic in tag team action, O’Reilly, whilst Dijakovic picks a recent ally in the form of Kevin Owens! Dijakovic & the returning Owens put up a worthy fight against the UE tandem, with Fish attempting to turn the tide on them by interfering from the outside, only for the Infamous to be taken out via a Shatter Machine by Revival (more on that later), allowing Dijakovic to get the clean victory for his team by pinning Strong, earning himself a title shot!

On the NXT after Worlds Collide, Strong and Dijakovic go head-to-head with the NA Title up for grabs, Strong looking to score his third successful title defence and keep UE’s prophecy intact, whilst Dijakovic aims to win his first title in NXT. With the other members of UE caught up in their own business, Strong is left to go it alone, which leads to him being pinned to the canvas for 3, crowning a new champion in Dijakovic! The NA Champ celebrates his victory, holding up his title high with pride, with Owens coming out to congratulate him. Things don’t pan out the way Dijakovic expects though, as he ends up being planting to the canvas emphatically by a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Owens slowly raises the NA Title off the ground, staring at it as if entranced, before grabbing a mic and stating that whilst he respects Dijakovic, he’s a fool if he thinks the Prizefighter came back to NXT just to help him win a shot at the title. It’s been far too long since he was last champion, so at Takeover: Portland, he’s coming for Dijakovic’s belt. The match is made official by Regal once Dijakovic accepts the challenge, wanting to continue making statements by beating one of the brand’s top alumnus.

Dominik Dijakovic (c) vs Kevin Owens – NXT North American Championship

NXT Tag Team Championships

As previously established through the Dusty Cup, the NXT Tag Team Champions, O’Reilly & Fish, entered in hopes of bringing it home for the second time to UE, whilst also not having to defend their titles at Takeover. Their plans were thwarted at the hands of The Revival, the two teams now 1-1 coming off of that encounter. UE would screw Revival out of continuing in the Tournament though by attacking them before their Semi-Final match vs #DIY, leading to Revival giving UE their due comeuppance by playing a part in Strong eventually losing his gold to Dijakovic, ending UE’s reign of absolute dominance atop NXT.

As a result of both teams sticking their noses into each other’s business, they get into a brawl, leading to Regal announcing that should the two team truly want to tear each other apart, he won’t let it happen like this. Instead, due to Revival’s victory over them, UE will defend their titles against them at Takeover! In addition to that, since UE own a victory over Revival from the past, they get to choose the stipulation for the rubber match, leading to a definitive winner and loser in their series of matches. After much consideration, O’Reilly & Fish announce that they want Revival in a 30 Minute Iron Man match, the true ‘Top Guys’ set to be determined only after half an hour of tag team wrestling. Revival agree to the terms, promising to show the world exactly what they’ve been waiting to for years, and that is that they’re the best tag team in the world. Top Guys, out.

The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs The Revival – 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships

NXT Women’s Championship

Coming out of Survivor Series Weekend, there are lots of moving pieces in the Women’s Division. Firstly, Team Ripley defeated Team Baszler in WarGames, with Ripley pinning the NXT Women’s Champion, earning her a title shot down the line. Secondly, Dakota Kai turned on Tegan Nox during the match, the assault injuring Nox for an indefinite period of time and turning Kai heel. Thirdly, not only did NXT Women’s Survivor Series team succeed at the eponymous PPV, but also the NXT Women’s Champion won in the night’s main event, leading to chaos in the division as everyone wants a shot at the gold.

First in line though, Ripley receives the honour of getting to challenge Baszler for the gold and potentially be the one to end her 416-day title reign. Thus, the two women battle on the final 2019 edition of NXT, with an Avalanche Riptide crowning a new champion in Ripley, a paradigm shift for the division as the era of the Nightmare begins.

On the first NXT of 2020, Ripley kicks off the show, flaunting her gold to the crowd and promising a fruitful reign with her as the face of the Women’s Division. As champion, she wants challengers, so she demands whoever in the locker room believes they’re worthy of stepping to her to come out. This prompts a handful of competitors to head to the ring, all staking their claims to the gold, believing that they’re the one who should lead the flourishing division.

As a result, Regal sets up a Battle Royal between them to crown the next challenger to Ripley’s title for Portland, leading to a chaotic and exciting match taking place, with all talent getting a chance to exhibit their skills and make a name for themselves. Eventually, the match boils down to Dakota Kai, Candice LeRae, Io Shirai and Shotzi Blackheart. LeRae and Shirai focus their attentions on one another, leading to them getting distracted from the goal and being eliminated, allowing Kai and Blackheart to fight it out between themselves. Shotzi puts up a spirited, breakout performance, but it is Kai who maliciously clocks her in the back of the leg with Nox’s knee brace, before dumping her over the top rope to become the #1 Contender!

On the road to Portland, Kai plays the victim, claiming that Ripley tried to stand between Kai and success by constantly putting her down, before blaming it on the Nightmare being afraid of Kai, and now having nowhere to run as Kai becomes the one to end Ripley’s reign in merely a month. She taunts Ripley about placing her trust in Kai and promises that ‘The Nightmare’s Nightmare’ will reign supreme in Portland. Meanwhile, Ripley lets her wrestling do the talking, knocking off Bianca Belair in non-title singles action, before retaining her title against Toni Storm at Worlds Collide, settling a long overdue score between the two women. The one piece of advice she offers to Kai when asked in a backstage interview about the match though, is that she may have fooled her once, but it’s going to be double tough to pull the wool over her eyes twice, so she should quit whilst she’s ahead unless she wants to suffer a beating like the one Kai gave to Nox.

Rhea Ripley (c) vs Dakota Kai – NXT Women’s Championship

NXT Championship

The hottest angle heading into Takeover is regarding Cole and the NXT Championship. Ever since June 1st, Cole has held on tightly to the brand’s top prize, turning back the likes of Johnny Gargano, Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne in quality title defences. With Takeover: Portland scheduled to take place on February 16th, Cole will walk in having been champion for 260 days, nearing the all-time record set by Finn Balor 4 years ago. However, in order to break the record, there a few hurdles he must face, with there being no guarantee that he comes out the other end still champion, despite his streak of dominance for the past 9 months.

Due to being pinned by Ciampa in WarGames, Cole is forced to defend his title against him on the final NXT of 2019, the Blackheart receiving an opportunity to take his life back by winning back the title he never lost, being forced to vacate it all those months back. He comes up short in his pursuit for Goldie though, Cole’s devious nature proving to be too much for Ciampa to handle, allowing Cole to walk into the new year with his title firmly by his side.

Ciampa isn’t the only one with his eyes on the NXT Championship, Finn Balor and Pete Dunne also wanting to step up for opportunities of their own. Balor wishes to put an end to Cole’s reign in order to prevent him from breaking Balor’s record and to establish himself as the face of the brand once again so he can rebuild it in his image. Meanwhile, Dunne has been in a rut ever since losing the NXT UK Championship, in desperate need of claiming gold in order to reinstate his position on the throne. It seems he would be receiving said opportunity in Portland, holding onto his shot that he earned back at Takeover: WarGames, only for Balor to challenge him to put it on the line, believing that he’s eclipsed the Bruiserweight in just the past couple months. Dunne accepts, promising to knock Balor’s teeth down his throat and send him packing – shades of the old Dunne.

The Bruiserweight and the Prince of NXT engage in battle, Balor deeming Dunne a mere stepping stone whilst Dunne treats Balor like a worthy adversary, knowing he can’t get in over his head in a match against the former Universal Champion. As they reach the climax of the match, battling it out on the top rope, Cole runs out from the back and interferes, waylaying both men with steel chairs, before blasting them with Superkicks and his signature Last Shot. Smugly, Cole begins sauntering to the back, believing he’s injured his foes enough to keep them out of action and prevent them from facing him, but little did he see coming that Regal would force him to defend his title in a Triple Threat against both men at Takeover!

Cole is in shock upon hearing the announcement, begging Regal to change his decision, believing it to be unfair that he defends his gold in a three way when the only other time the title was defended in multi-man fashion was at Takeover: Fatal Four-Way, no other champion having to face such odds. Regal tells Cole that he’s in luck, because he gets to make some history in that case and truly live up to his words of being the ‘greatest NXT Champion of all time’. Cole scoffs, but knows that there’s nothing else that he can do to escape the predicament, instead forced to step up like a true champion and hope for the best.

Adam Cole (c) vs Finn Balor vs Pete Dunne – NXT Championship

The Show

The show kicks off with the usual hype video package, highlighting the feuds that have been building for the past few months, finally coming to a head in front of a packed Moda Center, featuring 19,000+ fans yelling at the top of their lungs in excitement. The official #NXTLoud theme song for the show, Takeover by Beartooth, plays in the background of the video package, before being presented by the commentators, sending their thanks to Beartooth. They run down the card in full, before the cameras cut to the ring announcer, in position for the first match of the night.

Angel Garza (c) vs ? – Open Challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

To kick off the proceedings, out comes Garza, finesse dripping from him like sweat as he kisses ladies’ hands and arrogantly flaunts his gold on the way to the ring, cackling in his own greatness. He runs his hands through his slicked-back hair, a sneer of confidence painted on his visage as he signals to the back for anyone to come out and challenge him, even laying on the top turnbuckle to exhibit just how self-assured he is. The look is wiped clean from his face though as the lights in the arena dim, a thin blue spotlight being casted on the stage as smoke billows in and a countdown flashes on the screen. Excited murmurs echo about the arena as the fans realise exactly who’s coming to answer the challenge.

IT’S KUSHIDA! The Time Splitter appears on the stage to an enormous pop, decked out in his Back to the Future inspired garb, complete with the visors and orange puffer jacket. Mauro Ranallo hypes up how KUSHIDA is arguably one of the greatest Cruiserweights going today, having proved his mettle over his Japan via amassing 6 Junior Heavyweight title reigns, as well as winning the BOSJ twice, Nigel McGuinness adding that this is his first appearance since getting injured at the hands of WALTER. KUSHIDA respectfully daps up a few fans, contrary to Garza’s methods of forcing them to revel in his greatness, before posing on the top turnbuckle, removing his visors and looking directly across the ring at Garza, who’s unsettled to say the least. KUSHIDA gets down to his ring gear, inviting Garza to come and fight him as El Muertito originally requested, Garza cautiously stepping forward. He surrenders his title to the referee, but not before taking one last long look at it, perhaps not so confident in his abilities any more.

The moment the bell rings, Garza tears the pants away and tosses them in KUSHIDA’s direction to momentarily blind him, nailing him with a Dropkick from the get-go and proceeding to stomp a mudhole in the Time Splitter in the corner! The referee pulls the Champ off of the challenger, chiding him for his unsavoury tactics before going to check on KUSHIDA, but Garza simply shuts his eyes close and outstretches his arms, basking in the fuelled hatred from the Portland crowd. What happens next shocks the world though, as KUSHIDA bursts out of the corner and blasts Garza with the BUZZSAW KICK, stunning him, before following up with the WIND-UP PUNCH and BACK TO THE FUTURE in quick succession! Rather than going for the cover, KUSHIDA opts for the MIDNIGHT EXPRESS instead, and then locking Garza in the HOVERBOARD LOCK, THE CHAMP TAPPING OUT IN UNDER TWO MINUTES! KUSHIDA IS THE NEW NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION!

KUSHIDA def. Angel Garza (c) to win the NXT Cruiserweight Championship (1:46)

In his first match since October, KUSHIDA has kicked off Takeover in arguably the hottest way possible, dethroning Garza with just 5 MOVES under the span of TWO MINUTES! El Muertito is frozen in his tracks as he stares at the belt he smooched just moments ago, now in the arms of another man in humiliating fashion. Unable to even stand up straight, Garza wobbles in the Time Splitter’s direction, the referee coming between the two to prevent another fight from breaking out, Garza begging for an instant rematch but to no avail. This is KUSHIDA’s night, the new Champion ecstatic with his victory as he pumps his fist to the skies, Garza only able to watch on, feeling robbed.

As the two head backstage, the cameras cut to show Limtless Bros in their locker room, talking over strategies for the Finals match, before revealing #DIY making final preparations for their upcoming bout in their respective locker room, laser-focused on winning their first Dusty Cup after all 3 past attempts soured over. They’re approached by Cathy Kelley, who questions them on how it feels to finally be just one match away from making their dream of 5 years come true, the former Tag Champs responding that their first match in NXT was in the inaugural Dusty Cup where the saga of #DIY began, so they’ll be damned if tonight isn’t their moment, years of blood, sweat and tears having been put into this. They nod to her, before taking their leave to approach Gorilla Position, ready to tear the house down and win.

#DIY vs Limitless Bros – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

A video package recounts the history of the Tag Team Classic, looking back at past winners, but more importantly, focusing on the failed runs of #DIY in the tournament, having never broke the Semis until this year, arguably their best and perhaps final shot at pulling it off. Light is shed on the Limitless Bros too, evaluating their two undefeated performances as a team and hyping up that they could be walking off with the upset should statistics be anything to go by.

The two teams make their respective entrances, #DIY coordinating everything down to their gear, bringing back the clothing of old, whilst the Bros are more laid-back, instead concentrating on winning as opposed to their appearance. From the opening bell, this match is an absolute barnstormer, #DIY adding another classic to their long resumes in their run as a team. Early on, the lack of reps on the Limitless Bros’ side is evident as #DIY effortlessly tag in and out, stringing together tandem manoeuvres to leave their foes flustered, who much prefer to rope the former Tag Champions into two singles matches. Nonetheless, they get the steam train rolling as Gargano and Riddle go head-to-head, Johnny Takeover employing his technically sound submissions to leave Riddle backpedalling for a brief moment, only for it to be turned into a Bromission attempt, Gargano scrambling for the ropes to tag in the Blackheart, who squares off against the Blackzilla, Riddle tagging in Lee. Ciampa and Lee blast each other with heavy duty strikes, the two men abandoning their alliance from WarGames to batter each other, a knee from the former crunching against Lee’s skull, only for the Limitless One to return a GRIZZLY MAGNUM that leaves Ciampa’s chest stained red for the rest of the match!

Ciampa works from underneath against his larger adversary, Lee hailing down on Ciampa with a slew of chops and slams, one of them causing the self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Sports Entertainer of All Time’ to crash on his previously injured knee, providing a fresh weakness to exploit. Though Ciampa doesn’t let it get to him for a while, it’s clear that something’s wrong by his awkward movements, Riddle only worsening the pain by cinching in an ANKLE LOCK as Lee tags out! Desperately, Ciampa crawls to his corner for reprieve, only for Riddle to drag him back, wanting to force the former NXT Champion to tap out. That wouldn’t be the case though as Ciampa manages to roll over and send Riddle tumbling across the ring, letting Gargano raise hell as he tags him in, Mr. Wrestling busting out his signature Slingshot moves, spearing Riddle out of his boots and dropping Lee on his dome with the DDT after a few Superkicks to wear him out. Eventually, the fatigue begins to settle in, Gargano not able to tag out though due to Ciampa’s injury, forced to push through and take a beating in handicap fashion.

The Bros score a near-fall off of a sweet-looking Spirit Bomb/Final Flash Combo, Ciampa diving in to break things up, sacrificing his knee for the sake of his victory. A burst of adrenaline sees Ciampa making the hot tag, becoming numb to pain as he lets his body take over, dishing out German Suplexes, Hangman DDTs and Sicilian Barrages, before patting himself on the back with glee. The finish comes when all four men are in the ring, Lee going for the Big Bang Catastrophe on Ciampa, only for Gargano to nail him with a pair of Superkicks, before turning around it into an attempted Final Flash from Riddle. However, the synergy between #DIY proves to be the factor that sets the two teams apart as Ciampa throws himself in harms way instead, firing up Gargano who sends Lee out to the apron, taking him out with a BABY ACE CRUSHER ON THE HARDEST PART OF THE RING! Gargano slides back in, getting into a fight with Riddle, only for Ciampa to recover, #DIY turning the tables on the Bros by gaining the handicap advantage themselves, allowing them to blast Riddle with the MEETING IN THE MIDDLE! 1…2…3!

#DIY def. Limitless Bros to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (21:05)

THEY’VE DONE IT! #DIY HAVE FINALLY WON THE DUSTY CLASSIC! Making up for the blink-and-miss-it opener, an explosive war between four of NXT’s top stars sees #DIY capture their first victory in the tournament they’ve had the most appearances in out of any team in NXT, earning themselves a shot for Takeover: Tampa Bay and walking out with a giant trophy to their names! The two sides shake hands, a display of good sportsmanship, before #DIY head to the ramp to celebrate with the trophy, the Portland crowd giving them a standing ovation for achieving their dreams after an early MOTYC only two matches into an already stacked show!

Rounding off the first half of the night is the match for the NXT North American Championship, pitting the reigning champion, Dominik Dijakovic, against returning star, Kevin Owens. The pre-match video package plays up how this match means everything to Dijakovic, knowing the major benefits it would have to his career to knock off the Prizefighter, easily legitimising his title reign in just his first defence. Meanwhile, Owens only sees gold at the end of the road, willing to go to whatever lengths it takes to grasp some hardware once more, even if it means sacrificing the alliance he had with Dijakovic.

Dominik Dijakovic (c) vs Kevin Owens – NXT North American Championship

As the opening strains of Owens’ theme play over the PA System, the Portland crowd can’t help but be whipped into a frenzy, getting to witness the former NXT Champion’s first singles Takeover match in almost 5 years, and for a title too. Dijakovic is out next, chin lifted with pride as he represents all of North America with the gold strapped around his waist, looking to end the night still champion.

The two wrestle at a slower pace to the balls to the wall match that preceded them, the two big men instead getting into a contest of size and strength. Dijakovic’s stockier build plays dividends as he’s able to toss Owens about with ease, who only becomes enraged at the thought of being pushed about by someone not nearly as well-known as himself. Thus, he changes his strategy, using his superior agility to lay in swift, calculated strikes, nipping in and out for each move whilst Dijakovic can only helplessly hurl his arms in Owens’ direction and hope he lands. Cockiness proves to be Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare’s downfall though, as in his zone of thinking himself to be superior to his foe, he winds up on the wrong end of a CHOKESLAM BACKBREAKER! Dijakovic floors Owens with a Big Boot and a Standing Corkscrew Senton, before taking to the sky as Owens attempts to create separation by escaping to the ramp, going for the TOPE CON HILO… OWENS CATCHES HIM! APRON POWERBOMB!

He was prepared to go to any lengths to win, and this is exactly what he means by that. Owens brings out his more sadistic side as he sends Dijakovic into the steel post, before crushing him against the barricade with a CANNONBALL! He gets too overzealous though, going for a SWANTON BOMB ON THE APRON, DIJAKOVIC MOVING OUT OF THE WAY! Owens comes down HARD as Dijakovic rolls him back into the ring, proceeding to make short work of him moving forward, landing the Time To Fly and ASAI MOONSAULT! As he goes to finish things off with the Feast Your Eyes, in a last-ditch effort, Owens busts out a STUNNER, before nailing Dijakovic with the POP-UP POWERBOMB! 1…KICK OUT! DIJAKOVIC KICKS OUT AT 1! Owens is bewildered, looking left and right in disbelief, before turning back to see an incensed Dijakovic. Owens attempts to pull out another Stunner, but this time Dijakovic boots his HEAD OFF his shoulders, before picking him up for the FEAST YOUR EYES! 1…2…3!

Dominik Dijakovic (c) def. Kevin Owens to retain the NXT North American Championship (14:50)

Notching his first successful title defence, Dijakovic hoists his title up high after the match, nursing his lower back after the Apron Powerbomb, but nonetheless still rejoicing his victory. Despite coming up short, Owens chuckles as he shakes his head, entering this match thinking that this new generation of stars are below him, only to be delivered a dose of reality by Dijakovic. He shakes hands with the Champ after the match, before raising it up high in endorsement of one of the future top stars of the company, putting Dijakovic over in big fashion.

Before the cameras cut to backstage to show KOR & Fish sparring with Roddy by their side, they pan over to the crowd, showing one of NXT’s latest signees in the front row; Timothy Thatcher! A man with an extensive and highly-impressive resume, he’s sure to be a top star on the black-and-gold brand. The Revival are shown in gorilla, amping each other up for their Tag Titles match that comes up next, prepared to prove to the world that they still are the ‘Top Guys’.

The Undisputed ERA (c) vs The Revival – 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships

Following the customary video package, out come The Revival, decked out in the white trunks they wore when they first won the Tag Titles back at Takeover: London; perhaps foreshadowing a repeat result. The reigning Champs, KOR & Fish, enter next, flanked by Strong, who’s here to support his brethren after losing his title. O’Reilly strums the signature air guitar on the way to the ring whilst Fish bares his black mouthguard at the challengers, looking to instil some fear into them, though they’re not fazed one bit. UE raise the titles right in their challengers’ faces as they taunt them about how they’re washed up and should just quit the company right now to save themselves from embarrassment. Revival are still defiant in their cause though, staring right back into the eyes of the champions. The pre-match routine occurs, with Bobby Fish and Dash Wilder looking to start things off.

As the bell rings, Fish spits in Wilder’s face, finally pushing him over the edge as he KICKS FISH BELOW THE BELT! WILDER HAS LOST HIS TEMPER, BUT HAS ALSO PUT REVIVAL DOWN A FALL ALREADY!
Undisputed ERA (1) def. Revival (0) by DQ (0:06)

The ref immediately gets between the two men, Fish weakly mustering up a smile through the pain as he drags himself back to his corner to tag KOR in, whilst a shocked and apologetic Wilder turns to look at Dawson, who buries his head in his hands, knowing how much tougher the going has become for them. Nevertheless, he composes himself and tags in too, changing up the scenery for both teams. For the first good portion of the match, Revival are forced to fight from underneath, despite it not being their usual means of business. UE keep Dawson isolated from Wilder for a majority of the time, before handily scoring the TOTAL ELIMINATION on him, Wilder only able to watch as UE go two up on them, things seeming elementary for the Champs!
Undisputed ERA (2) def. Revival (0) (9:32)

UE continue to beat Dawson silly, gunning for the hattrick as Wilder desperately calls out to his teammate to tank through the punishment and tag him in, Dawson barely able to move though. In a spark of hope and faith, Dawson capitalises on a rare miscue from the Champs, ducking a Roundhouse Kick from Fish that ends up catching KOR, before sliding through his legs and to his corner, tagging Wilder back in! Like a house on fire, Wilder bolts into the ring and throws no flips, just fists at Fish, finally delivering him his due comeuppance after he spat on Wilder at the beginning of the match! KOR attempts to intervene, but the unbridled fury of Wilder pays dividends this time as he tosses out European Uppercuts and Knife-Edge Chops in an unrelenting flurry! Wilder manages to tag Dawson back in, the two landing the SHATTER MACHINE on O’Reilly to get their first fall of the match!
Revival (1) def. Undisputed ERA (2) (14:47)

As Wilder’s hot streak comes to a close, Revival fight on more level grounds to UE, working hard to make back the fall deficit. Strong provides constant interference from the outside though, curbing Revival’s attempts of landing the Shatter Machine again, instead opening them up to more tandem offense from UE. In a vital spot, Fish traps Dawson in the Fish Hook Deluxe whilst KOR heads up top for the Diving Knee Drop, only for Wilder to catch him out of the air with a CODEBREAKER! Fish releases his grip on Dawson, parrying with Wilder instead, only to eat a stiff right followed by a chop block that sees him crumple onto the mat, allowing Dawson to get revenge with an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR, tapping out Fish!
Revival (2) def. Undisputed ERA (2) (20:13)

With 10 minutes on the clock and the score level once again, both teams engage in nonstop action, doing everything they can to get the advantage. A Chasing the Dragon almost gets UE their third fall, whilst the same occurs for Revival. They even go to the extent of stealing each other’s finishers, though Strong ends up putting Fish’s foot on the rope after he suffers a Total Elimination, the referee finally ejecting the Messiah of the Backbreaker from ringside to a huge pop. Coming down to the closing moments of the match, Fish spits in Wilder’s face, attempting to draw another DQ, only for Dawson to enter the ring, KOR following suit, the two teams just clobbering each other with strikes as the crowd heats up in anticipation to see who walks out the victor. As Revival go for the Shatter Machine on KOR, Fish lands a CHOP BLOCK from behind, getting revenge for earlier and causing Wilder to collapse in agony, before O’Reilly handily disposes of Dawson with an AX AND SMASH, allowing them to complete the FISH HOOK DELUXE/DIVING KNEE DROP on Wilder! He does his best to hold on, but eventually, he’s forced to tap out!
Undisputed ERA (3) def. Revival (2) (28:49)

With only a minute to spare, Dawson returns to the ring and gives Fish & KOR hell, but knowing the state of Wilder’s knee, there’s no chance for them to land the Shatter Machine, only able to watch as the timer expires, rendering UE the victors after a war!
The Undisputed ERA (c) def. The Revival 3-2 to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships (30:00)

The crowd erupt into applause for all 4 men, their classic series of matches coming to a close with UE surviving Revival, though they’ve gained each other’s respect. Revival take their final bows in front of the NXT crowd, things not going exactly how they planned, but nonetheless grateful for the opportunity. As they head to the back, the hype for the semi main-event begins as a video package airs to recount the history between Rhea Ripley and Dakota Kai, getting the crowd ready for the Women’s Title match.
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2020.05.12 17:58 TheHeintzel Defending the draft 2020: Washington Redskins

With our 2019 HC gone, our 2010-2019 GM gone, and a 5-year HC contract given to Ron Rivera, change has arrived in Washington! Offseasons of splashy signings and trading up in the draft were gone. Maxing out cap space to try to “win now” every single year was gone.
The 2020 offseason/draft focused on character and positional versatility and depth. This draft represented year 1 of a 2-3 year rebuild for the Ronskins, and focused on getting a slew of offensive role players and hybrid defensive players for our new schemes under Scott Turner and Jack Del Rio.
The Redskins had a lot of starters leave or simply not play in 2019: Alex Smith, Trent Williams, Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder, Zach Brown, Josh Doctson, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Reuben Foster, and a couple lesser names. They hoped their 2019 draft class and free-agent acquisitions like Donald Penn and Case Keenum and Landon Collins would be enough stay competitive. But the 2019 Redskins went 3-13, with basically everyone besides the rookie WRs and the defensive line being a disappointment. EVERYTHING had to go including coaches, coordinators, general managers, athletic trainers, drama-causing players, and the “damn-good culture” they represented.
The Redskins hired Ron Rivera to head their coaching staff and lead personnel actions, the latter of which was a major surprise considering Dan Snyder still had a pulse. The coaching staff Rivera chose beneath him was mostly the 2019 Panthers coaching staff, with notable exceptions of Ken Zampese (QB coach behind Palmer and rookie Baker Mayfield) and Jack Del Rio. This coaching staff was to symbolize the new Redskins culture and the beginning of a beautiful rebuild.
Free agency for the Redskins was a slew of quality depth and bridge starters for 2020, the polar opposite of the Bruce Allen era: Cornelius Lucas at LT, Kendall Fuller at nCB, Ronald Darby at oCB, Sean Davis at FS, Thomas Davis and Jon Bostic at LB, Logan Thomas at TE, Wes Schweitzer at LG, and the unstoppable duo of Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic at RB. The Redskins tried to get Amari Cooper by offering him a market-setting contract, but that was their only real attempt at a top free agent.
2020 remaining needs TE, Z WR
2021 needs: TE, Z WR, Edge, oCB, FS, LT, iOL
Lost 2020 2nd , gained Montez Sweat : What ended up being the #34 pick in this year’s draft now belonged to IND, since we traded it to get up to pick 1.26 last year for Montez Sweat. Sweat outproduced Ryan Kerrigan in sacks and pressures and Oldspice commercials, finished his rookie year with a 2-sack game against Dallas, and likely cemented his role as a long-term Edge Rusher for us.
Lost 2020 5th , gained Kyle Allen : The Redskins don’t have a 2nd QB on the roster, so we gave up a 5th for the 2019 Panthers starting QB in Kyle Allen. He is not very good, but serves as a quality backup familiar with new OC Scott Turner’s system.
Gained 2020 5th and 2021 3rd , lost Trent Williams : The drama-filled saga finally came to an end with this trade. While it sucked to lose our best player throughout most of the 2010s, the writing was on the wall and it just came down to who made the best offer. Most fans were expecting a 2020 3rd rounder of some kind, but after NYJ and MIN and CLE got their LTs we had to settle for a future 3rd from SF to get fair value.
Gained 2020 5th , lost Quinton Dunbar : A quality starting corner over the last two years, his inability to stay healthy and trashing the new regime on social media made him a goner. This created a long-term need at oCB that most fans expected addressed in the draft.
Round 1, Pick 2: Chase Young, Edge, OSU
Every 9 years at #2 overall, a QB killer must be drafted for Jack Del Rio teams. Julius Peppers at #2 overall to Carolina in 2002, Von Miller at #2 overall to Denver in 2011, and to keep the trend alive we have Chase Young at #2 overall to Washington. There was endless arguments for Tua Tagovailoa or trading back, and if Haskins didn’t finish the 2019 season strong or if we hired an offensive-minded HC either of those 2 things very well may have happened. But with the hiring of JDR and Rivera every beat reporter for the Redskins had Chase Young written in sharpie to Washington weeks before the draft.
As a prospect, I’m not gonna say anything you don’t already know because Chase has probably been the most talked about non-QB in this entire draft. Chase Young was the consensus best player in a strong 2020 draft class, with PFF and former GMs and top Youtube analysts calling him the best Edge prospect they’ve ever scouted. Young has prototypical size at only 21 years old, his first step is lightning quick, he has the closing speed to chase down QBs and RBs, his great bend makes him a small target for the hands of OTs, his 2019 production for 12 games was insane, and in the rare times we saw his speed-to-power move it was vicious.
If Young can be more reactive in his counter moves or grow a touch longestronger, he will break the NFL. He’s a clear starter in 2020 for Washington and he fills a 2021+ need for the Redskins when Kerrigan’s contract expires.
Round 3, Pick 66: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis
Most mockers had their favorite WR or TE slated to this pick all offseason, a handful had their favorite LT or CB still on the board, but either way this pick was always going to be something to help the passing offense or passing defense. With the run on CBs early in the draft and Kmet off the table, this pick was really down to the Redskins favorite OT or WR still on the board. Many fans thought this would be Josh Jones, but the coaching staff went a very versatile direction in Antonio Gibson.
Gibson was the AAC special teams player of the year as a game-breaking kick returner. He has the size and strength of a running back with a ridiculous 11.2 ypc backing that up. He has 4.39 speed and 19.3 ypr that’s typical for a deep-threat WR. I can’t put a position label on him yet, but his unofficial designation by himself and countless tape analysts is “offensive weapon”. The Carolina offense in 2019 made use of both CMC and Curtis Samuel as “offensive weapons” getting reps at both RB and WR, and Antonio Gibson will be the same for us.
Turner’s offense uses a lot of tight formations and pre-snap motions with their “offensive weapons” to get advantageous matchups in space, so position versatility and YAC abilities are important for the 2020 Redskins scheme. You should see Gibson a good bit in 2020 as some combination of the primary 3rd-down back, 2nd RB in 20 or 21 sets, and the slot WR in various formations.
Round 4, Pick 108: Saahdiq Charles, LT, LSU
Finding Trent William’s replacement at LT was very popular among fans and mockers alike. With Cornelius Lucas giving us a bridge LT, a developmental pick like Charles made a lot of sense here.
Minus a 6-game suspension in the beginning of 2019 for a failed drug test, Charles played in every game he was at LSU including his true-freshman year where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. He has the athleticism and awareness and enough size to be a successful NFL left tackle, but inconsistent hand technique and his habit of lunging needs to be fixed before he’s ready to stop NFL edge rushers.
With the combination of a shortened offseason and being drafted for his upside, expect to not see much of Saahdiq Charles until 2021.
Round 4, Pick 142: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Being an annoying armchair GM in the Redskins subreddit early Saturday morning, I posted “Would love me some Harrison Bryant or Antonio Gandy Golden with our first pick today”. A week before that I listed AGG as one of the WR draft prospects “that would take [our WR2] Harmon’s job in week 1 of training camp”. So needless to say I LOVE this pick so late in the draft.
AGG came onto the map in the first game of his sophomore year, where he put up 192 yards and 2 TDs against the Baylor Bears in a 48-45 upset. AGG continued a dominant college career railing off 2-straight 1000-yard 10-TD seasons on a passing offense that barely threw for 3000 yards in 2017 and 2018. He then exploded in 2019 with ~1400 yards and 10 TDs, including two very good games against the only power-5 teams he faced that year. His highlight reel is littered with consistent Mossing TM of low-level CBs and some good routes in the Senior-Bowl drills, but the thing that really drew me to him was how consistently and violently he attacked the ball with arms at full extension (body catchers are a pet peeve of mine).
His 4.60 speed (20-percentile for WRs) doesn’t bother me because he’s massive (80-percentile speed score), his vertical and broad jumps were good, 22 reps on bench means he’s strong, but his upside is limited as he lacks short-field quickness to consistency separate in the NFL. I expect him to be a surprise starter in 2020 at the Z because IMO he offers everything Kelvin Harmon does in a bigger and stronger frame, which is key for how much Scott Turner likes to bring WRs inline for blocking. The Z position will also give him a cleaner release as he adjusts from playing small-school CBs to NFL CBs in a shortened offseason.
Round 5, Pick 156: Keith Ismael, iOL, San Diego State
Ismael was rated as the #1 pass-clocking Center and #11 run-blocking center in 2019 by PFF, with only 1 sacked allowed on 474 snaps. He alternated between OG and C at San Diego State as a 3-year starter, and with the extensive history of injuries for Redskins iOL he will do so again in the NFL. His combine testing told us he’s more explosive than he is agile or fast, and paired with 32.25” arms you’re never gonna see this guy slate into either OT spot.
Expect Ismael to battle it out for the starting LG role, then end up being a first-string backup at Center. Maybe one day he’ll be a starter, but he just looks like elite backup IOL to me.
Round 5, Pick 162: Khaleke Hudson, LB/SS, Michigan
We keep the trend of positional flexibility going strong with a special teams monster and hybrid defender. As a 3-year starter for UM bouncing between Safety and LB, Hudson amassed 13 PDs and 22 TFLs and 2 INTs and 10 sacks during that time frame. Hudson’s most-impressive stat from college was one I had to double check as I’ve never seen it before: This dude blocked FIVE punts! His combine showed he had impressive strength with 30 reps on bench, but is also showed he’s way too small to be a real ILB and probably too slow to be a SS.
Expect to see Hudson as a backup nickel LB and special teams starter, with a chance of sneaking into a starting role at WLB due to a weak linebacker core.
Round 7, Pick 216: Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas
Curl is a CB-converted safety from Arkansas whose strength and size and competitiveness fit the culture the new Redskins are all about. He racked up 15 PDs and 175 tackles in college and has very inconsistent tape. His 4.60 long speed and hip stiffness are going to be an uphill battle for him as he fights for his roster spot on the Redskins.
Expect little-to-no impact in 2020 from Curl and a possible position change to CB, but still gets one of the very last roster spots.
Round 7, Pick 229: James Smith-Williams, Edge, NC State
While this was certainly not a need for us in 2020, I’m always for swinging at an uber-athletic Edge on day 3. Top-10 percentile in broad jump and 40 time with adequate arm length are some nice physical tools to try and develop, but he’s missed almost half of his 5-year college career with injury. Also back to the Ron Rivera CULTURE: he got to wear number 1 for the 2019 season because of his leadership and character, had 4.9 GPA in high school, and fit a robotics summer internship into his college life.
Expect to never hear his name in 2020, because we are stacked at Edge with great backups there already. I think his best case is playing ~10% of snaps later in the year to give starters a rest, but it’s equally likely he gets thrown on the practice squad until 2021.
UDFAs – Thaddeus Moss (TE), Steven Montez (QB), Isaiah Wright (WR), Johnathan Johnson (WR) These players will all be battling it out for final roster spots at our 3 worst positions when it comes to depth. While Moss is the biggest name here, he and Johnathan Johnson are the least likely to make the active roster roster due to injuries and poor route running. Isaiah Wright is the most likely to make the roster due to his college success on both special teams and at WR, both of which Redskin need badly. There’s also a chance Steven Montez will be the 3rd QB we carry if his athletic tools impress coaches enough.
53-MAN ROSTER PROJECTION (week-1 starters)
QB (Dwayne Haskins), Kyle Allen
RB (Derrius Guice), Antonio Gibson, Adrian Peterson, J.D McKissic
WR (Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gandy-Golden, Steve Sims Jr), Kelvin Harmon, Cody Latimer, Isaiah Wright
TE (Jeremy Sprinkle), Logan Thomas, Richard Rodgers
OT (Cornelius Lucas, Morgan Moses), Saahdiq Charles, Geron Christian
iOL (Wes Schweitzer, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff), Wes Martin, Keith Ismael
iDL (Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen), Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Caleb Brantley
EDGE (Chase Young, Montez Sweat), Ryan Kerrigan, James Smith-Williams
LB (Cole Holcomb, Thomas Davis, Jon Bostic), Ryan Anderson, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey Clemons, Khaleke Hudson
CB (Fabian Moreau, Ronald Darby), Kendall Fuller, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Moreland, Cameron Curl
SAF (Sean Davis, Landon Collins), Troy Apke, Deshazor Everett
ST Dustin Hopkins, Tress Bae, Nick Sunderberg
+2 Gameday Roster Steven Montez, Bryce Love IR Reuben Foster
2021 definite needs: TE, oCB, FS 2021 potential needs: LT, iOL, Z WR, QB, ILB
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2020.05.08 03:09 OldmanRevived I saw two movies (Greed, Working Man)

First up was Greed
The biggest crime of all in "Greed" is the egregious way in which Steve Coogan's innate likability goes to waste. In satirizing the type of billionaire bullies who continue to screw us serfs, Coogan is just the right man for the job. And the movie, directed by his frequent collaborator Michael Winterbottom, has a lot of brilliant craft on display: the muscular cinematic energy, the taste for danger and the vivid sense of place that’s so often his trademark. He has assembled an interesting cast and struck a note that might have been timely; though corporate satire has been out of vogue for a while, it's ready for a revival. But while the movie has its moments, it winds up too understated to have a cutting edge.
Through the eyes of an ill-prepared freelancer journalist, Nick (David Mitchell), we follow billionaire and fashion mogul Sir Richard “McGreedie” McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a killer capitalist who seizes on the fall of Marxism as his opportunity to play capitalist tricks in a naive economy. Polished to the sheen, he operates not by stealth, like old-model crooks, but in the modern style of audacious publicity. He made his living as the king of the high street, peddling cheap, celebrity-touted clothing through chain stores. Now somewhat disreputable, having been hauled before a Parliamentary Select Committee to investigate the bankruptcy of one of his chains, the tangerine-tanned McCreadie is stuck in semi-exile on Mykonos.
Now, as he approaches his 60th birthday, McCreadie wants to chronicle and celebrate all his achievements. So, he hires Nick to write his story as he plans a colossal party in his own honor - emphasis on colossal, since he commissions a Colosseum-style amphitheater to provide entertainment for his guests. Most of his family and all of his famous friends are invited (Leo, unfortunately, is a no; Rihanna is a maybe; Keith Richards is a yes, though he’s stuck at customs). Numerous hangers-on, employees, his new young girlfriend, his ex-wife (Isla Fisher), a reality-TV crew and a rather docile lion will also be in attendance.
As local laborers toil away to build an impromptu colosseum and Syrian refugees take shelter on the beach, McCreadie’s entourage runs amok. Nick, meanwhile, shambles about awkwardly while delving into McCreadie’s backstory. Mitchell plays him as a blandly inoffensive everyman; a character that could be described as a yuppie, but that would suggest specific characterization. He’s harmless and spineless, but it’s supremely enjoyable to watch him squirm as he gets in further over his head. The rich cavort and complain as the have-nots suffer what they must, with McCreadie himself rampaging across the screen in a dustcloud of malice and invective.
That sort of satire runs through the movie, which is neither quite serious nor quite funny, but very busy with trying to be one or the other. The large cast of comedians create an embarrassment of riches, like browsing in a retail emporium, eyes twitching from one gem to the next. However, the real-life events it seeks to send-up are themselves so unpleasant that the jokes arrive with a slightly sour taste. Toward the end, Winterbottom decides that the movie isn't really a comedy about greedy jerks at all. It's a scathing take on the fashion industry and the way it employs the underprivileged for menial sums.
Steve Coogan has a talent for self-laceration. His best roles are all about him, or rather a reflection of himself that he finds funny, in a pathetic sort of way. "Greed" gains a certain undeserved mileage just by the energy that he shares in every scene, and the ensemble cast proceeds with a certain comic relentlessness from setup to payoff; their deliberation is part of the fun. There are some very big laughs in the movie, but what it finally lacks, I think, is modesty. It is so busy with its crosscut structure and its interlocking stories that it never really gives us anyone to identify with--and in a comedy, we have to know where everybody stands in order to figure out what's funny, and how, and to whom. It's the kind of movie you can't quite recommend because it is all windup and not much of a pitch, yet you can't bring yourself to dislike it.
Note: The film has caused great controversy in England as it is seen as a not-so-veiled attack on real-life retailer Sir Philip Green, a hugely successful businessman and billionaire boss of a retail empire. Green’s factories allegedly were set up in third world countries where workers can be paid a pittance. Nothing new here, as this has been going on for eons, with moguls setting up their factories in China or other lowly-paid sweat-shop havens to save money and reap the benefits themselves. Actor Coogan, who plays Sir Richard McCreadie, said in an interview that "(Green) is a charismatic figure, it was a good basis on which to develop this movie idea."

Next up was Working Man
Allery is known as the factory's oldest employee. He pushes a lever, and the machine performs a function. His body is permanently stooped as if bowing to the machine, he seems hypnotized by continuity: As long as he stays here, doing this, he is alive and serves a function. Then, suddenly, he is laid off with the rest of the factory workers. He is a man almost robbed of speech, of imagination, and when he returns to work at the empty factory all by himself, his wife finds that a wonder rather than a shame.
"Working Man," written and directed by first-timer Robert Jury, gradually reveals itself as an angry and unforgiving look at the way factories can treat employees as machines, and sometimes scrap them. It shows a man torn between tempting management opportunities and his sense of fairness. Jury could never have known that his film about job loss, societal value, and identity would be released at a time when so many workers would be forced out of the workforce. And yet, so many viewers of his film will no doubt understand intimately what it’s like to be willing to work but be unable to. Humans are simply an element in a production flow chart.
In the more intimate side of Chicago, Allery (Peter Gerety) wakes up every morning to the customary breakfast cooked by his wife, Iola (Talia Shire). Then, gripping his lunch pail and thermos, he trudges down the sidewalk with a sort of half-limp to New Liberty Plastics, the sole remaining factory in an area that used to be filled with manufacturing companies. We learn that it had 500 employees when it opened, but has since shrunk to 25. Modern management theory is skewed to employ as many managers and as few workers as possible. Allery, however, doesn't seem to think much of it - that is, until the workers are all gathered around the bearer of bad news.
Now stuck without a job, Allery hasn't mustered the courage to look for a new one and has no immediate prospects. He has decided to fake it. His coworkers (who conveniently all live within the same subdivision) see Allery walk out of his house and down the sidewalk geared with his necessities. He slips into an office building, and wanders around as if it were just another average day. He's an optimist in the face of setbacks. The others scoff at this absurdity; is there something wrong with this man? Why does he keep showing up to work? Why is he happy to show up to work?
A neighbor from across the street, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), becomes drawn in to Allery's decisions. He used to be one of those workers on the factory floor, but unlike them, he also has a spare set of master keys that he made years back. That makes it all the more easy for him and Allery to waltz in the front door and get to work. In the meantime, Walter tries to conversate with Allery more, and get to know what he's actually like outside of the factory. Not very easy, seeing how a) Allery only leaves the factory to eat and sleep, and b) he communicates about as well as the kids who are asked to introduce themselves on the first day of school.
But you're probably still asking yourself - why? What draws him to such a mundane routine? That, I will have to withold from you. Iola suspects that something is not quite convincing about this new job. What throws her off is that there was something not quite convincing about his old job, too. There is a reason, and Allery's spirit has long since been broken down into timid subservience. Walter pushes him to take the idea of continuing to work further, propelling it into a reverse picket-line of sorts. Walter has the most range of emotions to work with, and Brown pulls it off well, even when there is information revealed about his character that reads like a soap-opera.
"Working Man" is not really driven by specific plot elements. It's not so much about what management does and how the workers fight back as it is about feelings. Consider, for example, that Allery will not even strike after he learns he is going to be fired. He doggedly marches back to his machine like an animal that has only learned one trick. The film hums along, perfectly paced and driven by great performances all around. It’s also something of a call to arms, an urgent instruction to pay closer to attention to one of the most defining issues of our time: economic inequality.
The reason why "Working Man" succeeds as well as it does is the clear sincerity Jury made it with. Filmed in Chicago over just 20 days, we feel the midwest, middle-class experience just as much as the characters do. Jury takes the time to show us what life is like for these workers. There seems to be more struggle, more weight to overcome, more darkness. It is a story that Jury has internalized. Reality is taking Allery on the first steps toward the American Dream, and they are lower steps than we like to remember.
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2020.04.13 13:56 OneWingedDevil28 Booking John Cena's Retirement (Round Two Part One: Never Give Up)

Feeling devastated at the loss against Andrade Almas at TLC, where Cena’s conquest to become 17 time world champion screeched to a halt yet again, Cena loses faith in himself, taking the majority of January off, revaluating himself and doubting whether he can complete his goal of becoming a 17 time world champion. Eventually, Cena succumbs to a revelation that could strongarm Cena in his long time goal. The Royal Rumble.
Cena knows what he has to do. He has to enter the Royal Rumble match, and when he wins, he’ll simply be one win away from beating Ric Flair’s record. It is a task easier said than done – but Cena of all people knows that any goal worthwhile is always difficult.

Booking John Cena’s Retirement (Part Four: Never Give Up)
RAW – 25th January 2021
Hosted live from the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, tonight, we have the go home show of RAW before the Royal Rumble event hosted at Safeco Field in Seattle this Sunday. To open the show, John Cena makes his entrance, one month recovered from the heartbreaking TLC loss to Andrade Almas, a classic match contested for the Money in the Bank Briefcase.
Cena stands in the ring, a mic gripped in his hand. “One month ago, at TLC, I came up short, I’ll admit.” He says in a sombre tone, his head dipped towards the floor. “And for a few weeks, I was in an emotional tailspin, doubting whether I even had what it takes anymore to be in this ring right now.” He pauses. “Last November, I was told by the RAW General Manager CM Punk that if I can lead Team RAW to a Survivor Series win, then I can get a title shot. I failed. At TLC, I was in a match where if I won, I would’ve had a ticket to a world title match at any time and any place… I failed.”
“But, it just had me thinking – nothing worthwhile is ever easy. For all of these years, I have been telling everyone to never give up, and maybe The Fiend was right when he said that I’m a hypocrite, because I was THIS close to giving up at the start of the year.” A gritty intensity raises his voice. “I know what I have to do now. I am going to enter the Royal Rumble. And when I win, I will win my 17th world title at WrestleMania. I promise.” Cena drops the mic and goes to exit the ring.
However, he is stopped by CM Punk’s theme music. The RAW General Manager walks out onto the stage. “Now, John, your little speech there was nothing short of inspiring. Unfortunately, I am the bearer of bad news. As of two hours ago, there is only one spot left in the Royal Rumble match.” Punk pauses, as Cena looks on curiously. “The only spot left is Number Two.” Punk says in a tone as if he was telling Cena that his desire is impossible. Cena replies, “Punk, you know me well – do you really think that I’d be phased if you told me that the only place left in the Rumble is Number Two?”
“Oh, I know you wouldn’t be phased by that.” Punk replies smirkily. “It’s just, I know someone else who wants that spot. And you’re going to have to face him tonight for the opportunity to enter the Royal Rumble.”
Bobby Lashley’s music hits, he walks past Punk and down to the ring. Cena takes off his shirt and loosens off, as Lashley stares him down. The match is set.

John Cena vs Bobby Lashley
Tonight could be the start to John Cena’s Road to WrestleMania, he faces off against Bobby Lashley, no easy task. Cena and Lashley enter a collar and elbow tie up, and Lashley overpowers Cena with his strength. That’s the story of the opening phases, as Lashley asserts himself over his opponent, Cena struggling to find a break as he is overwhelmed by Bobby. He does get an opportunity, however, when Lashley goes for an early Dominator, Cena gets out of it and applies a Sleeper Hold, trying to get Lashley to fall asleep.
Cena puts all of his will and urge into the hold, however he is fended off and bombarded with a piercing lariat, echoing around the arena. Lashley continues to dominate, until Cena hits a sudden Springboard Stunner, he then hits the double shoulder charge, followed by the Suplex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle, Cena rallying the crowd in his voyage to enter the Royal Rumble.
He goes for an AA, but Lashley seems to be too heavy, as Cena is unable to lift him. Lashley pushes Cena away, and goes for a Spear, but Cena trips him and connects an STF! Lashley finds himself searching for the ropes, Cena trying to get Lashley to tap! In a move of utmost strength, Lashley powers to his feet and slams Cena down. Lashley goes to strike Cena, who effectively dodges each strike. Lashley becomes frustrated, charging at his opponent, however Cena moves out of the way and takes Lashley to the top rope.
In a great spot, Cena gets Lashley up on his shoulders, the noise in the Cincinnati Arena increasing, CENA DROPS LASHLEY WITH A SUPER AA! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2…3!
John Cena def. Bobby Lashley (9 minutes)
Cena wins, and he is going to the Royal Rumble, however his celebrations are brief, with the knowledge that he is entering at Number Two, he will have to outlast the entire Rumble crowd and length if he wants to go to WrestleMania for a title shot. Cena celebrates and looks towards Sunday.

Royal Rumble – 31st January 2021
Welcome to the Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, the previous host venue of WrestleMania 19, and tonight, the host for the Royal Rumble show, the Road To WrestleMania 37 starts here! In the main event of the night, it is the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, thirty superstars vying to challenge for either The Fiend’s Universal Championship, or Samoa Joe’s newly crowned WWE Championship, which he won off Drew McIntyre earlier in the night.

Men’s Royal Rumble Match
AJ Styles is Number One!
Number One in the Royal Rumble is the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And we know who Number Two is, and these two men have a lot of history, so this should be good! Styles makes his Seattle entrance, followed by John Cena, who seems very enthusiastic and excited to be participating in the Rumble. Last Monday on RAW, Cena worked off any ring rust against Bobby Lashley as a way to get in this match, and now, he has a chance to continue his path to title number seventeen.
The bell rings and the Royal Rumble match is underway. Cena and Styles circle the ring, taking an extended stare at eachother – a stare that recalls a flurry of memories. At this same event three years ago, John Cena won world title 16 against Styles. They enter a collar and elbow tie up, Cena taking the advantage and going for an early elimination. Cena is very focused, Styles stands on the apron and recollects his breath.
After another brief exchange ending in deadlock, Number Three comes out, EC3! The Top One percent runs down the ramp, enters the ring and shoves Cena over the apron. EC3 goes to eliminate Cena early, Cena does a sunset flip over EC3 back into the ring and plants him with an Attitude Adjustment. Before he can eliminate EC3, he is back to fighting Styles. Number Four then comes out, and it’s Karl Anderson of the OC. EC3 and Cena are forced to team together as Styles and Anderson dominate the competition. They both assist eachother in eliminating EC3, then Cena is the next target, as he fends off the OC. Number Five then comes out, Kofi Kingston, one third of the New Day. He strides down the ramp, and in a flurry of momentum, single handedly takes out the OC. Number Six is Zack Ryder, he goes down to the ring as the Rumble unfolds into more of a free-for-all. After going on a hot streak, Cena hits Ryder with an Attitude Adjustment and throws him out of the ring with ease.
Number Seven is Drew Gulak – he survives well in the Rumble, attempting to take on the OC pairing but failing. The OC don’t have to wait any longer for a full trio, Luke Gallows makes his entrance as Number Eight. Cena, Gulak and Kingston form an unlikely alliance to take down the OC, as they begin to dominate the match. However, Cena, Gulak and Kingston come back into it, Gulak goes for a sneaky elimination on Cena, and in an impressive spot, Gulak connects an armbar on Cena from the ropes, Styles hits a low dropkick on Gulak sending him crashing down to the concrete.
Number Nine is Angel Garza, he rallies the crowd, however he is overwhelmed by the OC and slowly beaten down. In an impressive spot, Cena lifts Anderson AND Gallows, planting them with a Double Attitude Adjument. Garza skins the cat, and it’s time for Number Ten, Elias. Elias performs a song on his guitar while everyone in the ring is down. He lays his guitar on the floor and enters the ring. Everyone brawls as the ring begins to fill up – Anderson, Styles and Gallows target Kofi, they all pick him up and throw him to the outside, however, his FEET LAND ON ELIAS’S GUITAR! HIS FEET ARE ON ELIAS’S GUITAR!
Kofi gets back into the match, and without him knowing, Karl Anderson is thrown out of the ring by Kofi! Number Eleven, Shorty G, enters the match, meanwhile, John Cena eliminates Angel Garza. AJ Styles, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, Luke Gallows, Elias and Shorty G are currently in the ring. Everyone hits their finisher on eachother in an impressive sequence which lights up the Seattle crowd. A fellow member of the New Day, Big E, then comes in as Number 12, they have a standoff with Gallows and Styles, then having a duel. Styles and Gallows both eliminate Kofi Kingston and Big E, sending the New Day packing out of the match. However, while they are taunting the New Day, Shorty G approaches Gallows and eliminates him, and all of a sudden, eliminations are coming out of nowhere!
Elias attempts to whack Cena with his guitar, however Cena dodges and eliminates Elias with an Attitude Adjustment to the outside concrete. Number 13 then makes his entrance, and it’s Cesaro. He goes into the ring, destroying Shorty G, Cena and Styles, rallying himself some momentum. In a great spot, Cesaro swings Shorty G for 30 seconds, however he is stopped by a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles.
Number Fourteen is none other than Keith Lee, the Limitless One receives a good reception as he demolishes everyone in the ring, the former North American Champion making a surprise appearance in the Rumble as an NXT competitor. Now halfway into the Rumble, Number Fifteen is Randy Orton, the Apex Predator stands in the ring and stares down Cena, these two have a very storied history.
Meanwhile, AJ Styles and Shorty G are having a duel, AJ goes for a Phenomenal Forearm on Shorty G, however Orton pushes him out of the way and HITS A MID AIR RKO! Number Sixteen is King Corbin, he makes his slow entrance and demonstrates his methodical entrance. Keith Lee, in a show of pure strength, eliminates both Shorty G and King Corbin at the same time. Shortly later, however, CESARO LIFTS KEITH LEE AND ELIMINATES HIM WITH A BODYSLAM! WHAT A SHOW OF STRENGTH, IT CAUSES THE SEATTLE CROWD TO IMPLODE! Shortly later, Cena gets an elimination on Cesaro, and the only three in the ring are Styles, Orton and Cena. All three men have history with eachother. Before they fight, they await Number Seventeen… It’s Edge! The Rated R Superstar makes his entrance, and now 4 wrestling legends stand in the ring away from eachother. Edge. Orton. Cena. Styles. An iconic shot.
They all go at it, exchanging their signature moves. Edge and Styles have a great duel. Number Eighteen then comes out, and it’s Dolph Ziggler. As per tradition, he skims the cat a dozen times, as the numbers in the ring begin to fill again. Number Ninteen is Braun Strowman, he comes in and wrecks up the entire ring of legends, showcasing his overwhelming strength. We are reminded that Cena has now survived half an hour alongside AJ Styles, he is getting there, his dream of becoming a 17 time world champion stays intact.
Two thirds of the Rumble has passed, and after Strowman wrecks the competition, Number Twenty, Dominik Dijakovic, makes his entrance and stares down Strowman. They both have a titan duel, even teasing a Superplex. While both of them are fighting on the ropes, all of the superstars in the ring help to eliminate them, as they both go tumbling over the top rope, being too distracted with themselves. Number Twenty One is Ricochet, he shows off a few high flying moves.
The ring is filling up yet again, and now Number 22 enters the ring… It’s Roman Reigns! The big dog makes his presence felt immediately, eliminating Dolph Ziggler. Number 23, is Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa has a staredown with Reigns, a callback to their immense duel at Survivor Series, where Ciampa was able to pin Reigns and win the match for Team NXT. Meanwhile, Ricochet goes to the top rope, looking to hit a 630 Senton on Cena, however Orton follows Ricochet and shoves him down, and out of the match.
Number 24 is the Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins runs down the ramp and immediately goes after Cena, looking to get revenge for what happened at Hell in a Cell. Cena is very close to being eliminated, but he is able to get back into the match, as he hangs on to dear life to remain in this Rumble match. Randy Orton is eliminated by Seth Rollins. Number 25 comes out, it is supposed to be Otis, however when making his entrance, Buddy Murphy drives Otis into the barricade and takes his place, working with Seth Rollins to take out the opposition. Roman Reigns gets his revenge on Ciampa by eliminating him, Cena then follows up and eliminates Reigns, now getting the fans behind him.
The crowd rally on Cena as he continues to be in the match, having survived since Number 2 so far. His dream of winning World Title 17 is still in the air. Number 26 is Aleister Black, the Dutch Destroyer goes into the ring and makes quick work of Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy, eliminating them both. Now in the ring is Edge, AJ Styles, John Cena and Aleister Black, with four more men to go.
AJ and Cena have been in since the beginning, and have put in terrific performances. Number 27 is Kevin Owens, he hypes himself up on the stage before trotting down the ramp with the backing of the Seattle crowd. He has a staredown with Cena, they have a storied past as well. Everyone fights for dear life, everyone refusing to get eliminated, trying to win the Rumble and stamp their spot at WrestleMania. Number 28 comes out, Rey Mysterio, as we begin to near the end of the Rumble.
In a significant spot, Edge and Styles find themselves exchanging finishers, the blood between them boiling. Edge goes for a Spear, Styles ducks and STYLES CLOTHESLINES BOTH OF THEM OUT OF THE MATCH! STYLES AND EDGE HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED! After duelling the entire match, Styles gets them both eliminated!
Now it’s just Cena, Black, Owens and Mysterio. Number 29 comes out… IT’S THE VELVETEEN DREAM! Velveteen Dream makes his eccentric entrance, lighting Safeco Field in a neon purple, captivating the crowd. Meanwhile, Cena takes out the people in the ring with continuous Attitude Adjustments. Velveteen Dream gets down ringside, before hopping on the apron.
Cena and Dream stare eachother down, Dream taunting Cena. In a huge turn of events, Owens approaches Cena, distracted by Dream, AND ELIMINATES HIM! KEVIN OWENS HAS JUST ELIMINATED JOHN CENA, WHO WAS DISTRACTED BY THE VELVETEEN DREAM! Cena sits down, devastated. The crowd devastated as well.
Cena has rallied himself to try and win the Rumble from number 2 for nearly an hour, and a stupid mistake has just cost him the match. Eventually, he staggers to his feet, the refs urging him to leave, Cena walks towards the ring to attack Owens and Dream, and then he accidentally elbows a ref! Cena has a look of pure guilt on his face. This Rumble meant so much to Cena, and now, his dream has been tarnished!
Security begin to grab Cena, but he fights all of them off, releasing flurries of frustration. Meanwhile, Number 30 in the Rumble is Daniel Bryan. Cena is ordered out of the arena, as a whole group of security outnumber him and take him out. He realises his actions and feels a tremendous amount of guilt, but also desperation.
In the Rumble, Daniel Bryan eliminates Velveteen Dream, Black eliminates Mysterio, leaving just Aleister Black, Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan. After an intense triple threat duel, Black eliminates Daniel Bryan, Black and Owens end up fighting on the apron, the Seattle crowd going crazy for both men as they attempt to win the Rumble. Black hits a BLACK MASS ON OWENS, HE FALLS TO RINGSIDE, ALEISTER BLACK HAS WON THE ROYAL RUMBLE!

Aleister Black wins the Royal Rumble (1hour 15 minutes)
After a great match with amazing performances, twists and turns, heartbreak and everything in between, Aleister Black is going to WrestleMania! He can choose between challenging The Fiend’s Universal Title, or Samoa Joe’s WWE Championship, and you have to think he will choose the Fiend’s Universal Title.
Black celebrates the Royal Rumble win. This is his coronation. But yet again, for a third time now, Cena’s journey to the 17th world title reign has crashed and burned.

RAW – 8th February 2021
Elimination Chamber a week from Sunday, John Cena returns from his one week suspension after his behaviour at the Royal Rumble match, where he viciously attacked numerous referees and security guards after being eliminated by Kevin Owens. Backstage, Edge can be seen talking to Cena. These two have formed an alliance since SummerSlam.
“John, there are PLENTY of people for you to face at WrestleMania. Don’t sweat it. You’ll get your chance.” Edge says, trying to relax an aching intensity present in Cena, after regretting his actions two weekends ago. “It isn’t about WrestleMania. It’s about the world championship. The seventeenth reign was never a goal of mine, but as soon as I came back, I felt… Incomplete. Like I needed to do more. Like I had to end on a high note.”
“I know, John, but you’re taking it too far! When do you just tell yourself ‘Hey, I’ve came up short a few times, maybe I’ll just let the younger group have their moments!’ maybe Andrade was right, when he said that you’re here to soak up the spotlight instead of point it in the other direction.” Edge walks away, while Cena stares into the distance.

RAW – 15th February 2020
The go home show for Elimination Chamber, on last week’s SmackDown, Aleister Black declared that he’d be facing THE FIEND for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, so now Raw needs a Number One Contender for Samoa Joe’s WWE Championship. CM Punk comes out, and announces that this Sunday, the Number One Contender will be decided in the Elimination Chamber.
The competing superstars will be Kevin Owens, Dominik Dijakovic, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and…. He pauses. The crowd begin to chant “Cena!” in unison repeatedly. Punk finishes his sentence. “Seth Rollins.” He grins, knowing that the fans were not expecting nor wanting Rollins, they boo as he exits the ring.

Elimination Chamber – 21st February 2020
We are on the road to WrestleMania, and tonight, the final contender for a world title will be decided as in our main event, six of RAW’s best will collide inside the Elimination Chamber: Owens, Dijakovic, McIntyre, Ricochet, Ali and Rollins, the winner facing Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
After a great night, we reach our main event. Ricochet, Rollins, Dijakovic, Ali and McIntyre all go down to the ring, with mixed reactions to the Chamber structure. Rollins the only person with experience in this match. Finally, Kevin Owens’ music hits, the fans cheering for the fan favourite. However, he is no where to be seen. After around a minute of no one being there, the titantron shows Owens beaten down backstage, to a point where he CANNOT COMPETE. RAW GM CM Punk goes towards Owens, coming to his senses that he’s been attacked. Then, John Cena walks down the ramp! Cena wasn’t even supposed to be on the card, what is he doing here?
A group of referees stop him, claiming that he can’t enter the match, Cena ambitiously making his argument. CM Punk walks down the ramp, and knowing that he won’t get to compete, Cena sighs to the ground. Punk approaches the group of referees and Cena, and after a few seconds of contemplating, Cena looks at him while Punk tells the referees “Let him compete.” Cena begins to walk towards the Chamber Structure, Drew McIntyre, one of the people to start in the match, grinning to himself.
Cena gets into the ring, and the Chamber door shuts. The crowd goes wild, as they realize that if Cena wins this, then he gets a world title shot at WrestleMania. The bell rings and we are underway!

Drew McIntyre vs John Cena vs Mustafa Ali vs Dominik Dijakovic vs Seth Rollins vs Ricochet
McIntyre and Cena start in the ring, as McIntyre immediately lunges for Cena, aggressive in his approach. Last month, the Scottish Psycopath lost the WWE Championship to Samoa Joe at the Royal Rumble PPV Event, and now McIntyre wants his title back. He chucks Cena to the outside, and in an early spot, he powerbombs Cena into the Chamber Wall for a near fall. McIntyre goes for an early Claymore, however Cena DUCKS UNDER IT AND GOES FOR THE STF, EARLY STF FROM CENA! McIntyre demonstrates immense strength, however, and pushes away both of Cena’s arms! They share another few exchanges, McIntyre getting the better of Cena, and putting him in a Sleeper Hold, before the next man enters the match… It’s Ricochet! Immediately, Ricochet springboards and connects with McIntyre, who is still got a tight grip of the Sleeper Hold. Cena takes advantage, lifting Ricochet supposedly for an AA, he tosses Ricochet WHO LANDS ON HIS FEET! He hits a Sunset Flip on Cena, 1…2… Kickout.
McIntyre acts as the powerhouse brute, Ricochet the high flyer and Cena the every man. In a significant spot in the match, Cena catches Ricochet mid flight, and gets him in position for an AA, he turns around, CLAYMORE KICK FROM MCINTYRE! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2… CENA KICKS OUT OF THE CLAYMORE KICK, but right there and then could’ve been the dead end of Cena’s title hopes.
As the action continues, the next man enters the ring – it’s Seth Rollins! The Monday Night Messiah enters the fray, immediately going after Cena. Rollins hits a Curb Stomp on McIntyre onto the Chamber floor. With everyone on the outside of the ring, Ricochet leaps from the top of a chamber pod, connecting a double moonsault in a fantastic spot which electrifies the crowd. Ricochet gets Seth Rollins in the ring, he goes up to the top rope, he CONNECTS THE 630 SENTON, he gets to his feet, CLAYMORE KICK FROM MCINTYRE ONTO RICOCHET! 1…2…3!
Ricochet has been eliminated.
Three men in the ring, two men still in the pods. Shortly later, Mustafa Ali enters the match, meaning Dominik Dijakovic will be the last man to enter the Elimination Chamber match. Mustafa Ali goes after Rollins, they had a brief feud at the beginning of the year. In a huge spot, Mustafa Ali hits a SPANISH FLY TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING, CRASHING INTO THE CHAMBER MAT!
Meanwhile, Cena and McIntyre are fighting on the outside, Cena goes for an AA onto the floor, but McIntyre pushes him away, CLAYMORE KICK THROUGH THE CHAMBER POD! OH MY GOD! Meanwhile, Mustafa Ali goes to the top rope, targeting Rollins. McIntyre gets Cena in the ring and pins him, Mustafa Ali leaps from the top ropes, but Rollins dodges and Ali instead lands on McIntyre, breaking up the pin!
The Scottish Psycopath looks infuriated, he immediately begins laying into Mustafa Ali, making a mockery of him. He goes for a fatal Claymore Kick, he begins running, but Cena catches him, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT TO MCINTYRE! However, when Cena is catching his breath, Rollins has an opportunity to come in and HIT A CURB STOMP! Rollins is going for the pin, MUSTAFA ALI HITS A 450 SPLASH ON ROLLINS, AND EVERYONE IS DOWN! WHAT A FANTASTIC SEQUENCE!
Everyone staggers to their feet, as the final man enters the match – Dominik Dijakovic. This man arrived on RAW at Survivor Series, being the unannounced fifth man. He comes into the ring, and just begins laying into everyone, no one can stop him. Mustafa Ali goes for a Moonsault, BUT DOMINIK DIJAKOVIC CATCHES HIM! FEAST YOUR EYES! 1…2…3!
Mustafa Ali has been eliminated.
Four men left, and they all have a good chance at facing Samoa Joe at WrestleMania. John Cena, still in the match. Drew McIntyre. Seth Rollins. Dominik Dijakovic. This could go either way. Cena connects a Sleeper Hold on McIntyre from the outside of the ring, Dijakovic sprints towards them, SPEAR THROUGH THE CHAMBER POD! AMAZING ATHLETICISM DISPLAYED FROM DIJAKOVIC HERE!
He gets in the ring, and gets Cena in position for a Feast Your Eyes, but Cena fights out of it, and lifts him for an AA! Rollins leaps from the top rope, but Cena catches him and puts him in position for a DOUBLE AA, HE TURNS AROUND, BUT HE IS MET WITH A CLAYMORE KICK! OH MY GOD THIS IS SURELY OVER! 1...2… OHMYGOD CENA KICKS OUT OF THE CLAYMORE KICK AGAIN!
McIntyre becomes frustrated, he takes Cena to the top rope, hoping for a Superplex, but Dijakovic gets them both and in a huge Tower of Doom spot, everyone goes crashing to the mat! Rollins goes to the top of the chamber pod, what are you doing Seth, HE HITS A FROG SPLASH FROM THE TOP OF THE CHAMBER POD ONTO MCINTYRE, BUT MCINTYRE MOVES OUT OF THE WAY! McIntyre gets ready for a Claymore Kick, but Cena rolls up Rollins unsuspectingly! 1…2…3! Rollins is out! Rollins is out!
Seth Rollins has been eliminated.
There are three men left! McIntyre, Cena and Dijakovic. One man is going to WrestleMania. Cena realises that he is so close to achieving his long time goal of winning the seventeenth world championship. McIntyre goes for a Claymore Kick on Cena, but he moves out of the way, and McIntyre falls into a chokeslam from Dijakovic to the outside of the ring! Dijakovic and Cena have a brief duel, Cena goes for a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but McIntyre sweeps his leg and comes back into the match. Dijakovic lays out McIntyre with a clubbing lariat, and Dijakovic goes to the top rope, what is he doing here, DIJAKOVIC WITH THE SHOOTING STAR PRESS TO MCINTYRE! 1…2… MCINTYRE KICKS OUT!
Neither man is refusing to quit here! Dijakovic approaches Cena, who trips him and gets him in an STF! Dijakovic is brought back to the middle of the ring, the crowd here are going MENTAL, Dijakovic has no where to go! After a few minutes, Dijakovic gets up to his feet and throws Cena into the turnbuckle, he gets Cena up, in position for a Feast Your Eyes, Dijakovic has played games all this time, it’s now time to put Cena to bed! Dijakovic is in the middle of the ring, however before he can pull off the finisher, McIntyre hits DIJAKOVIC WITH A CLAYMORE! HE GOES FOR THE COVER, 1…2…3!
Dominik Dijakovic has been eliminated.
That’s it! That’s the break McIntyre and Cena were looking for! Now it’s just McIntyre and Cena, they stare eachother down, McIntyre has been the bane of Cena’s run so far and vice versa. These two men started the match, and now they’re going to end it. Both men point to the WrestleMania sign. They both want their moments.
Cena and McIntyre exchange blows, McIntyre rebounds off the ropes, but Cena clotheslines him to the outside of the ring. Cena goes to the top rope and lunges for McIntyre, who hits him with a Belly to Belly Suplex into the Chamber Wall! McIntyre goes for a Glasgow Kiss headbutt, however Cena ducks under it, and begins trying to floor the Scottish Psycopath, to no avail however. McIntyre is just too strong for Cena, but Cena is refusing to give up here, he is so close to his dream.

John Cena wins the Elimination Chamber (43 minutes)
He’s done it! The fans go wild, as Cena lays on the floor, his music ringing around the arena. Cena has booked his place to WrestleMania to face Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship! What a fantastic match, and Cena was the iron man throughout, and he is rewarded for it! A 6 month journey to become Number One Contender has paid off! Cena wins the Elimination Chamber!
He tried at Survivor Series, and failed. He tried at TLC, and failed. He tried at Royal Rumble, and failed. But he reminded himself why he says ‘Never Give Up’ and Cena has completed the miracle run. He continues to celebrate, until a man appears from under the Chamber floor… It’s Samoa Joe! The WWE Champion crashes the celebration, immediately striking Cena.
He gets his WWE Title, and hits Cena with the WWE Championship! He goes to Cena with the title, he grasps the chin of Cena and says “YOU WILL NEVER GET THIS AGAIN!” the show ends with Joe crashing Cena’s celebration, as he poses over his body.
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2020.04.02 02:18 Don_Juanton Can someone identify the car in this music video?

Can someone identify the car Keith Sweat is driving in this music video?
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2020.04.01 23:10 MGTElite489 Here's Johnny Part IV: Man of The People

Part I Here
Part II Here
Part III Here
In the wake of Crown Jewel, Seth Rollins is worried about the state of his faction. Authors of Pain lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to Rey Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo at Crown Jewel, Seth Rollins lost in the WWE Championship four way later in the night, and Buddy Murphy is seemingly at odds with Johnny Gargano, who defeated him to retain his United States Championship. Things are quickly going in a steep decline, and Rollins is doing everything in his power to keep things afloat. He holds a summit after Crown Jewel with everyone, and it soon becomes Murphy and Gargano going into a war or words with each other. Murphy says that Johnny thinks he's too good for the rest of them, which is why he ignored them after their match in favor of the fans. Johnny responds by saying he didn't mean anything by it, but he's come to the conclusion that Murphy cares more about winning a title than he does keeping the group together, which is why he found a way to sneak into the gauntlet in the first place. It seems like they're right about to come to blows, when Seth Rollins puts a stop to all the talk. He says Johnny retained the title, and that's that. They need to settle their differences because Survivor Series is approaching, they need to focus on the real problem... is Smackdown and NXT.
Rollins tries to go on, but he's interrupted by someone else on the mic. The camera pans over into the audience to where it's coming from... surrounded by fans but still having all the focus on him... it's Smackdown's Intercontinental Champion, AJ Styles! With his OC Buddies Anderson and Gallows following him, he makes his way down to ringside, asking how is Mr Wrestling going to make it to Survivor Series when he can barely keep his stable from crumbling? Just another reason why the OC is the greatest faction to ever grace the WWE. And that's why Styles is going to win the Champion's Triple Threat. But he's soon interrupted by another champion, who else but the NXT North American Champion, Drew Gulak!
Gulak makes his way down the ramp, saying he doesn't need a faction by his side like Gargano or Styles, the only group he needs bleeds black and gold: NXT. He continues, saying NXT is all about proving you're the best and showcasing yourself night in and night out. And Gulak's been doing just that, without people backing him, which is why he's going to end up being the winner of the three way during Brand Warfare. Rollins leans against the ropes and asks Gulak how he even got into the building. Drew smiles and says while he doesn't need the help of a faction or stable, he didn't mind helping out his brand get the advantage. Suddenly, the camera cuts to backstage, where the NXT roster is ambushing the Raw roster! They're tearing up the locker rooms, destroying the set, taking out any producers and officials they see. Rollins suddenly gets attacked by Matt Riddle, while Gunz 'n' Gallows see this as the perfect chance to get the jump on AOP! Murphy whips Riddle around to start beating on him, but Keith Lee sends him flying with the Pounce! Gargano tries helping out his stablemates, but AJ slides into the ring and knocks him down. He beats on Gargano, before pulling him to his feet and setting up for the Styles Clash, but Johnny gets out of the way just as Gulak comes in with a huge big boot to AJ! Gargano and Gulak brawl a little bit, giving a little teaser for Survivor Series! Gulak traps Johnny in the Gu-Lock, but he's soon surprised by AJ's pele kick! AJ throws him out of the ring and stacks Johnny up, hitting him with the Styles Clash! AJ holds up his Intercontinental Championship to close the segment.
Throughout the next few weeks, Johnny uses the Champions' Triple Threat as an excuse to ignore the problems going on within his own group. But in the back of his head, he's still thinking about it: what if Ricochet and Sami Zayn were right? What if he was associating himself with snakes? Buddy obviously seemed willing to throw Gargano under the bus for a title win... but what if he wasn't the only one? What if... no, he's thinking too much. He needs to focus on his match team Team Raw and that's that. Just days before Survivor Series, Johnny returns to NXT for the first time since losing at Tampa, saying that while NXT still holds a place deep in his heart, he's on the red brand now, and that means he needs to stay loyal. Drew Gulak interrupts, and those two start going at it on the mic, only for Anderson and Gallows to run down and ambush them, forcing the two champions to work together and fight them off. In the main event, they face off against the OC, defeating them in front of the Full Sail faithful. Just when they tease a handshake, Styles comes from behind and kicks off another three way brawl, all three men trying to gain the upper hand as Brand Warfare looms over.
All three men enter the ring when it's time for their match at Survivor Series. Gargano enters with the Authors of Pain, AJ Styles enters with Anderson and Gallows, Gulak enters alone, wanting to do this as one man, and one man only. Once all three men hand over their straps to the referee, Gunz 'n' Gallows start running their mouths to Akam and Rezar. AOP step up, and soon after they start coming to blows! Gargano looks over at the scene, and Styles capitalizes, attacking Johnny while he's still in the corner! Gulak intervenes, beginning to fight with Styles, and the match is officially on!
Gulak and Styles begin fighting each other as Johnny recovers in the corner. Drew begins to take over with chops and forearms, until AJ dodges one and lands a back elbow to the temple. Gulak backs up, and Styles Irish Whips him into the ropes, landing a dropkick once he comes back! He throws Drew into the turnbuckles, and starts pounding on him with fists, looking to soften him up for the Phenomenal Forearm early. But just as AJ is about to turn up the heat on Gulak, Johnny surprises Styles with a schoolboy roll up from behind! 1... 2.. Gargano gets out of the way just as Gulak runs up to deliver a penalty kick, inadvertently hitting AJ's lower back! He's quickly taken down by an arm drag, and Johnny gets in a hammerlock, trying to transition to a headlock, but Drew slips out and connects with a bell clap! He immediately attempts a Gu-Lock, but Johnny flips over and lifts him up for a lifting inverted DDT, but Gulak elbows out of it and hits a snap suplex! Gargano rolls out to the apron, and Drew follows, reaching over the top rope to grab him by the head. Johnny slowly gets up, but drops down to ringside, Drew's head snapping back against the ropes! Johnny reaches and pulls Gulak by the legs out of the ring, and rams him back first into the apron! He tosses him into the barricade and lifts him up, looking for a Hangman's DDT, but Drew pushes him into the ring post! Gulak clotheslines Gargano back into the ring post, and sets up for a back suplex on the outside, but all he sees is Styles running toward them from inside the ring! FOSBURY FLOP!
On the outside, AJ lays fists into Johnny's jaw, before throwing him into the steel steps. He approaches Gulak, who tries to fight back with more chops and some elbows, but Styles knocks him silly with a spinning backfist. He drags him over to the barricade, hooking the arm, before hitting the Starmaker, the high angle back suplex sending Gulak into the crowd! AJ watches as Drew drags himself up to his feet, before jumping off the barricade to take him down with another dropkick! Styles hops the barricade and throws Johnny back into the ring, before climbing the apron, preparing to get in himself. But Gargano pops up, grabbing the ropes, jumping over for a Slingshot DDT, but Styles stands his ground and pushes him back down to ringside! AJ capitalizes by taking his head off with a penalty kick! He throws Johnny back into the ring, and follows up with a beautiful springboard 450 splash! He rolls through, before bouncing off the ropes to deliver a knee drop! The Phenomenal One Irish Whips Johnny Wrestling into the ropes, and rushing to deliver a hellacious forearm! Before he can sink to the mat, AJ connects with a backbreaker, before transitioning and hitting a gutbuster! He makes the cover, wanting to put Gargano away! 1... 2... Johnny gets the shoulder up! Styles picks him back up, hooking the arm, looking for a brainbuster, but Johnny lands on his feet behind him and hits a snap German! He goes out to the apron, hoping to land a Slingshot DDT this time, but just as AJ gets to his feet, Gulak pulls Johnny down to ringside, having finally returned from the crowd! He grabs Gargano and connects with a brutal STO, forcing his head to crash into the apron! He slides into the ring, now ready for a little one on one time with AJ Styles.
Styles and Gulak go back and forth with forearms and fists, but Drew is able to take over with a headbutt. He backs AJ into a corner and looks for the Bataclan, but AJ shoulder blocks him until he's deep in the turnbuckles! He buries his shoulder into Gulak over and over again until Drew is clutching his midsection, about to fall. Styles sends Gulak into the other corner, but Drew dodges when AJ goes for a forearm! He surprises AJ with a Southern Lights suplex, and lands an elbow drop to the back. Gulak sets Styles up in the Tree of Woe, and bounces off the ropes to land a huge corner dropkick! He batters his face with forearms and elbows, before backing up into the other turnbuckles, looking for a big space to build momentum. He rushes, looking for another dropkick, but Styles lifts himself up and Gulak dodges! AJ unhooks his legs from the ropes as Drew gets up, and he capitalizes with a Stylin' DDT! He pops up and runs, connecting with a Lionsault, before turning Gulak over, locking in the Stylin' Crab! Drew grits his teeth, trying go get out of the hold, doing everything in his power to escape and survive. Styles stretches his back out, knowing that another minute of this will be the end for Gulak. Drew looks to be on the verge of tapping... AJ pulls back even harder... Johnny Gargano returns, slipping into the ring from behind and hitting Styles with a bulldog!
He throws AJ into the corner and hammers him with forearms, and lands a snapmare, before bouncing off the ropes to knock his head off his shoulders with a meteora! Gulak is back up and trying to fight Johnny off, but he dodges a headbutt and connects with a float over DDT! He sends Gulak over the top rope, before bouncing off the ropes to land a big tope suicida! He hops back into the ring and is immediately taken down by a discus lariat from AJ! The Phenomenal One lifts Gargano onto his shoulders, looking for an Ushigoroshi! But as he looks to hit it, Johnny counters and ends up in the electric chair position! INVERTED FRANKENSTEINER! Styles stumbles back into the ropes, and Johnny follows up with a big lariat, sending him out to ringside with Drew! He rebounds off the ropes, this time landing a tope con giro! He throws AJ into the barricade, and tosses Gulak into the ring, following up with a springboard dropkick! 1... 2... Gulak gets the shoulder up!
Johnny lands an exploder suplex, and continues his attack with a gourdbuster! He tries to lock in the GargaNo Escape, but Gulak fights out and scrambles to his feet, not wanting to get locked into another submission! He hits a flying clothesline and another Southern Lights suplex, before Irish Whipping Gargano into the ropes and connecting with a Bataclan! He picks him back up and throws him into the other corner, hitting a huge clothesline in the corner, and dodges and wild fist to connect with a lariat to the back of the head! Drew decides to try for a Cyclone Crash, but Johnny reverses it into a backslide! As Gulak appears in front of him, Gargano lands a quick swinging neckbreaker, before climbing up the top rope! But just as he gets to the tope turnbuckle, Styles pulls up down, dropping him right on his groin! Styles grabs the ropes and sets his feet, getting ready to hit something big. He springs off the ropes, going for it... AVALANCHE HURRICANRANA! JOHNNY CRASHES INTO GULAK! Styles climbs the ropes, aiming for both opponents at the same time. 450 SPLASH FROM THE PHENOMENAL ONE! He pins Gulak! 1... 2... THE NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION KICKS OUT! He pins Gargano! 1... 2... THE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONS KICKS OUT! The Intercontinental Champions falls to the mat, breathless, not even sure what to do now as the crowd is on their feet, anticipating the next move.
Styles picks up Johnny and rocks him with a torture rack powerbomb, going for the cover! 1... 2... Gargano once again survives! AJ picks him up and dumps him on the outside in anger. He starts the ground and pound on Gulak, aiming vicious forearms and elbows right in his face as he keeps Drew from getting away. He stacks Gulak up for the Ushigoroshi, and lands it, Drew's neck bending over AJ's knee! He picks him back up to land the Phenomenal Blitz, the two shots right to the jaw, a kick to the thigh, followed by a back elbow, then pulling back for a lariat, but Gulak counters into an inside cradle! 1... 2... AJ gets out! Drew latches onto Styles and locks in the Gu-Lock, but it's not in long because Styles knees his way out! With his back still turned to him, AJ follows up with a pele, sending Drew back down to the mat. He starts to climb the ropes, wanting go up high to finish this match off. Styles looks toward Drew, still out on the mat, still in the drop zone, still prone to attack. He finally gets set up on the ropes, and he's about to land his next move... JOHNNY GARGANO APPEARS ON THE APRON! #DIY KICK! STYLES FALLS TO THE FLOOR! Gargano climbs the turnbuckles himself, knowing this is the perfect opportunity! Gulak slowly gets up to his feet and Gargano knows it's time! He leaps into the air, going for the Super Ace Crusher, wanting to win this match for team Raw and be the superior champion... GULAK CATCHES HIM BY THE HEAD, AND LATCHES ON THE GU-LOCK! THE GU-LOCK IS CINCHED IN! Gargano tries to fight out of it, but it's no use, he needs to tap! Gulak lets go and falls back into a corner, knowing he got the job done.
Drew Gulak defeats Johnny Gargano and AJ Styles (15:57)
As Gulak receives his title and raises it up as the audience cheers the North American Champion! As the referee raises his arm up, Styles kicks the steel steps, before snatching his Intercontinental Title from the ring crew and storming off to join Anderson and Gallows. Gargano receives his title, before standing off with Gulak, two champions, two amazing wrestlers who lay it all out in the ring every night. Gulak stretches out a hand to Johnny, who immediately takes it. They embrace and Gargano raises Drew's hand, telling him that it was a good fight they had. To close the segment, Johnny is raising Gulak's hand to the pleasure of the audience, symbolically passing the torch of "Heart and Soul of NXT" down to him.
Following his loss at Survivor Series, Johnny Gargano feels defeated. Not only did he fail to claim a win for Raw, but his faction is still in ruins. Despite Seth and Black being the sole Survivors for their team, Murphy failed to become a two-time Cruiserweight Champion and take the title back to Raw, and AOP were eliminated late in the Interbrand Tag Team Battle Royale. Gargano tries to take his mind off things as he walks down the ramp and slides into the ring, the crowd now overwhelmingly cheering him. Not just out of respect of a hard fought match, not a mixed reaction, Johnny Takeover era cheers. Gargano goes to the microphone and says he disappointed the red brand the night before, which is why he wants to make it up by proving his worth all over again as United States Champion. He says that at Starrcade, he's going to be holding an Open Challenge, to ANYONE who wants a shot at the strap. As Johnny leaves the ring and passes Rollins and the boys, Murphy looks after him with a hungry look in his eyes.
Finally, at Starrcade, Johnny Gargano makes his entrance, holding up the United States Championship with all the pride in the world, the crowd fully on his side chanting his Johnny Wrestling moniker. Gargano picks up a microphone and once again advertises the United States Open Challenge, asking for one of the roster's best to come out here and make a run for the title. The camera cuts to Guerrilla, where Rollins is watching the scene in the ring from a monitor, only to see a familiar figure walking past him. Buddy Murphy. Rollins happily greets Murphy, asking him what he's doing here. Murphy stays silent, but darts his eyes to the entrance way, and Seth immediately knows. He shakes his head, not believing that Buddy is about to once again challenge Johnny and further split the group up. He asks Murphy if it's really worth sacrificing the stable for a match he may not even win? Against a person who's got the best of him before? Seth asks Murphy to let it go, do it for him. Don't answer that challenge. They stare down, before Murphy mutters under his breath and storms off. Rollins rubs his temples and closes his eyes, trying to put the moment behind him. But as he opens his eyes, he sees a man stroll past him and wink, before disappearing through the curtain.
Johnny Gargano's next challenger is revealed. As the lights begin to fade in and out, the crowd lets out a collective explosion of noise, going absolutely mental having realized the match that's coming to them. Dressed up in his classic black tights, kickpads, and ruby crown, Shinsuke Nakamura arrives on stage, ready for battle. The commentators are going nuts, talking about how the Superstar Shakeup reformed the landscape after Survivor Series, and now they're getting a dream match in the form of Johnny Gargano vs Shinsuke Nakamura! Nakamura finally enters the ring and smiles at Gargano, who's dead serious as he hands the title over to the referee. The two men back up into their corners, and the referee holds the title up, before handing it over to the ring crew. He makes sure both men are ready, before calling for the bell. And AWAY WE GO!
Gargano immediately shoots out his leg, looking for the #DIY Kick, but Nakamura ducks and looks for a roundhouse! Johnny dodges and tries for an enzuigiri, but Shinsuke blocks it and lets Johnny fall, before coming from behind him and locks in a grip, looking for an inverted exploder! But as he lifts him, Johnny flips out and tries for a German, but Nakamura elbows out and lands an arm drag, sending Gargano forward into the middle of the ring. Just as Johnny gets to his feet, he's taken back down by a single leg flying dropkick to the face! Nakamura lunges onto Johnny and begins kneeing the life out of Johnny's ribs, targeting the midsection and trying to break down the core of the United States Champion. Nakamura pulls him up to his feet and once again knees him in the ribs, before throwing him into the ropes and coming back with a kitchen sink! With Gargano doubled over, Nak continues by planting him in the chest with a shoot kick and sweeps his legs, causing Johnny to fall back to the mat. Nakamura runs the ropes and follows up with a knee drop, covering Johnny, but only getting a two count!
Nakamura continues beating on Johnny as he tries to get a reprieve. As Gargano crawls out to the apron, Nakamura follows, jumping up and dropping a knee on the back of the head! He pulls Gargano further out, only his feet hanging on the apron, and dropping him with a Hangman's swinging neckbreaker. Nakamura hooks Johnny's arm once again, this time lifting him up and dropping him with a gourdbuster on the barricade! He then tumbles back, before popping back up and running toward Johnny, blasting him with a knee to the chest, sending him further past the barricade! Shinsuke hops it and throws Johnny back over, and lands a barrage of shoot kicks until Johnny is leaning against the apron. Nakamura aims for a roundhouse, but Johnny dodges and lands a dropkick, sending Nak back first into the apron! He throws him into the ring and climbs up the apron, gripping the ropes and setting his feet, trying to get ready for his next form of offense. He leaps, looking for a springboard dropkick, but Nakamura catches the legs and counters with a standing double foot stomp, his feet caving in the chest of Johnny Wrestling! Nakamura makes the cover, looking to become a three time United States Champion! 1... 2... Johnny gets the shoulder up!
Nakamura backs Johnny into a corner, and once again picks him apart with the shoot kicks. He targets everything, the torso, the ribs, the legs, the arms. He tumbles back again, looking for a big knee to the chest again, but Johnny gets out of the way at the last second! He tries moving away from Nakamura into the other corner, but Shinsuke follows and lands a brutal forearm to the temple! He picks up Gargano so he's on his shoulders, and continues with a Rolling Hills, before capping the attack off with ANOTHER knee to the ribs! Nakamura grabs one of Johnny's arms and starts alternating kicks between the chest and the back, throwing Gargano forward and back, forward and back each time. Nakamura transitions, keeping hold of the arm to land a facebuster! He makes the cover, pulling back on the legs! 1... 2... Gargano once again kicks out! Nakamura turns up the heat, starting to land Kawada style kicks, bursts of energy sprouting from Shinsuke's legs and crashing into Johnny's face. Gargano does everything in his power to stare Nakamura down and get back into the fight, but Nakamura follows up with a stiff kick, once again sending Johnny down to the mat. With him sitting upright, Nakamura sees his chance, and bounces off the ropes, looking for a Kinshasa! But Johnny dodges and gets out of the way as Nakamura stops himself before he can fall! Gargano whips Nakamura around and Irish Whips him, but Nakamura reverses it and sends Gargano into the ropes! Shinsuke waits for Gargano to come back, but he slides underneath Nak and comes from behind to land a Saito! He keeps hold of Nakamura, grabbing and locking onto the head, before lifting him up onto the ropes and dropping him with a Hangman's DDT! He goes for the cover, hoping that'll be all that's needed to put the match away! 1... 2... the King of Strong Style kicks out!
Gargano, with the momentum on his side, begins to make his comeback. He lands a lariat on Nakamura, followed by another lariat, and dodges a roundhouse to follow up with a Flatliner! Johnny tries to keep the hold and transition into GargaNo Escape, but Shinsuke powers out and puts space between him and his opponent. Johnny moves toward the King of Strong Style, now familiar with his arsenal. He blocks shoot kicks, pays back Nakamura's forearms with forearms of his own, and kicks away an elbow, before connecting with a jumping neckbreaker! Gargano picks him back up and lands a spinning sole kick, only to get struck in the chest with a brutal shoot kick! They go back and forth in the ring, Johnny moving toward palm thrusts and chops, Nakamura sticking with the kicks! Soon, both men's chests have turned black and blue, and sweat starts to bead on their foreheads. Johnny surprises Nakamura with an enzuigiri, but he comes right back with a thrust kick to the midsection. Shinsuke follows up by trying to stack Gargano on his shoulders, looking for a powerbomb! But Johnny keeps on fighting, he's putting the fists to Nakamura, not wanting to let him get the offense in! Nakamura stumbles around with Gargano on his shoulders, trying to think of something to do! Johnny falls back and tries to land a hurricanrana, but Nakamura keeps the hold and we end up right where we started! Nakamura switches up his plan and finally knows what to do... POWERBOMB LUNGBLOWER! NAKAMURA MAKES THE COVER, WE MIGHT HAVE A NEW US CHAMPION! 1... 2... JOHNNY WRESTLING SURVIVES!
Nakamura picks Gargano up, this time stacking him up in the fireman's carry position. He's teasing the Death Valley Driver, but just as he begins to run, Johnny counters and falls forward, turning it into an arm drag! Nakamura gets back to his feet, only to get a dropkick to the back from Johnny, sending him into the corner! Johnny charges at Nakamura and continues with a double knees to the spine, and climbs up on the middle ropes to deliver a tornado DDT! Johnny rolls through, keeping control of the head, before dropping Nakamura with a brainbuster! He covers the shoulders and hooks the leg, trying to retain the gold! 1... 2... Shinsuke escapes the pin attempt! Johnny waits as Nakamura makes it to his feet, making sure he's behind him as he pulls himself up using the ropes. He whips Nakamura around and goes for the Ace Crusher, but Nakamura catches him in the act and counters into an inverted exploder! He stacks Johnny up in the fireman's carry, and DROPS him with a Death Valley Driver! 1... 2... JOHNNY KICKS OUT! As Gargano stumbles to his feet, Nakamura surprises him with a triangle choke, but Johnny quickly turns it into a powerbomb, freeing himself of the hold! He moves to the corner, looking to finish things off with a #DIY Kick! As Nakamura gets up to his knees, Johnny knows it's time to end things. He goes for it, shooting out the kick, looking for the deathblow... Nakamura dodges and connects with a roundhouse! He yells out "LANDSLIDE" and picks up Gargano by the shoulders, hoping to spell the beginning of the end of the United States Champion's reign. He spins around, wanting to disorient Gargano so he can't escape. He finally stops, woozy himself, and goes for it, trying to execute the move... JOHNNY COUNTERS MID-MOVE TO LAND THE ACE CRUSHER! NAKAMURA'S DOWN, AND JOHNNY'S LOCKED IN THE GARGANO ESCAPE! NAKAMURA'S TAPPING OUT! JOHNNY WRESTLING IS STILL YOUR UNITED STATES CHAMPION!
Johnny Gargano defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the United States Championship (19:29)
As Johnny Wrestling receives his title, he looks out to the crowd, all the fans standing up, giving him a standing ovation for the classic that just happened before their eyes. Gargano and Nakamura shake hands, and the King of Strong Style bows to the United States Champion, before leaving the ring to let him have his moment. Johnny climbs the ropes and raises his strap up, lifting it to the heavens as the fans chant "JOHNNY WRESTLING" over and over again. For the first time in a long time, a genuine smile forms on Gargano's face. For the first time in a long time, he felt like who he truly was. He felt like a Man of The People.
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2020.03.26 04:37 sarasuthra New help finding New Jack Swing song

I've literally been trying to find this song for years. It probably doesn't help that I have no lyrics to go on.
All I have is "oh OHH oh" with the singer's voice rising on the 2nd "oh." So it's low-high-low. Might also have the lyrics 'something something for you baby' but can't confirm that for sure.
It's a male singer. Sounds similar to Bobby Brown or Keith Sweat. Musically, it sounds a lot like "On Our Own" by Bobby Brown or "Don't Walk Away" by Jade. It's very upbeat.
That's all I have to go on. I've been thru tons of playlists and YouTube compilations, and I cannot find this damn song. Maybe I made it up?
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2020.02.13 21:35 DaveyBoy1995 FBE Anniversary Show: Book CM Punk's Return

Now THIS is major. I'd love to see CM Punk step into the ring again. But who would he feud with? I know that the obvious choice is Seth Rollins and I did consider him at one point, but I ultimately chose Roman Reigns instead. There's definitely some material available for a feud between the two men. Plus, SmackDown desperately needs a major boost and we all know it. And then there's the small fact that...he signed a deal with FOX. So, yeah. Maybe that can be used as well. With that out of the way, let's skip straight to the Granddaddy of Them All.
WrestleMania 36
Universal Championship Match: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs Roman Reigns
It's gonna happen. It has to at some point. You know it and I know it. And when it does happen, this is the result most people--myself included--hope for if not expect. It's the only right answer. The Fiend gets the victory over the Big Dog, who is heartbroken that he couldn't regain the title he never lost. He challenges the Fiend to another match--a Last Man Standing match! This way, he can use every weapon available against him and make sure that he doesn't get up. Bray Wyatt accepts and continues to mess with Roman's head, but the Samoan once again welcomes the challenge.
Money in the Bank 2020
Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match: "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (c) vs Roman Reigns
This match proves to be much more vicious than the previous one. The Fiend proves to be just as resilient as he's always been, but there's a fire in Roman's eyes. He won't stay down. He wants the Universal title and he's not about to let the only man--the only THING, rather--standing in his way keep him from it. They brawl all throughout the arena and use every weapon at their disposal. But every time one of them thinks they've won, the other always gets right back up. Finally, Roman spears the Fiend and they fall right through the stage! The crowd goes absolutely ballistic! Are we finally gonna see a new champion? Or are they dead? The referee begins the count with the fans joining in. It looks like the match is gonna end in a draw when suddenly the Fiend just pops up right before the count of 10. The Fiend is still the Universal Champion. And as for Roman, we don't see him on TV for a while.
SummerSlam 2020
Intercontinental Championship Match: Sheamus (c) vs Roman Reigns
Sheamus is the Intercontinental Champion around this time and has no problem bragging about how he managed to defeat every challenger that's stepped up to face him. He believes that he's not only the most dominant superstar on the SmackDown roster at the moment, but also a better Intercontinental Champion than anyone else who's held the title before him. "None of them can lace my boots! Not Mr. Perfect, not Razor Ramon, not "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and not even the Rock!" Cue the following music:
Out comes Rikishi! He takes exception to Sheamus disgracing the Intercontinental Champions of the past, especially since there was a time when he himself also held that title. They go back and forth talking about respect and how it must be earned. When Sheamus threatens to kick Rikishi's head off, the Usos come out to defend their father. But Rikishi tells them to stand down as he has an idea. He says to Sheamus, "Since you have no problem calling yourself the most dominant SmackDown superstar OR messing with the family, you'll have no problem proving yourself against another dominant SmackDown superstar: Roman Reigns." Sheamus isn't worried at all since Roman's been away from the ring for months, but Rikishi warns him that the Big Dog has been incredibly busy rebuilding himself ever since his loss at WrestleMania. Sheamus accepts the challenge and leaves the ring. Reigns vs Sheamus is set for SummerSlam! Sheamus spends the next few weeks taking out Jimmy and Jey Uso in singles competition. He also mocks Roman by doing his Superman Punches and screaming the way he does. Not only that, but at one point he comes down to the ring dressed up like the Rock! I can just picture him wearing a Just Bring It shirt, wearing shades and delivering the People's Eyebrow. He could probably pull it off. And it makes the feud just a tiny bit more personal.
At SummerSlam, Sheamus comes out to the ring for his match. And then we hear this...
Rikishi walks out to the ring in a suit and tie with the Usos by his side. They gesture towards the entrance and as the music continues playing, out comes Roman Reigns. Instead of the usual Shield vest we're used to seeing him in, he's sporting a black leather jacket with a black T-shirt underneath, a pair of black jeans and a pair of dark shades. He steps into the ring as his uncle and his cousins watch from ringside. The bell rings and he INSTANTLY goes on the attack! The match goes on for a good 15 minutes and, just like most of Roman's matches, ends with a SPEAR! 1, 2, 3! Roman Reigns is the new Intercontinental Champion! And he celebrates with his family.
Clash of Champions 2020
Intercontinental Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs Sheamus
Because the rematch is inevitable. After SummerSlam, Roman comes down to the ring in a fancy suit and is still using Rikishi's "Bad Man" song as his theme music. He tells the audience that his battle with the Fiend served as a wake-up call. He took a long look at himself after failing to recapture the Universal Championship and decided it was time for a change. He is now a new man. To be clear, the Fiend has changed him not into the man he was during his days in the Shield, but rather the man he was during his FCW and early NXT days. Sheamus comes out and challenges Roman to a rematch at Clash of Champions. Roman accepts. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick. Roman dodges, hits a spear and leaves with his title without even breaking a sweat. And during the next few weeks it's clear that this is indeed a new Roman Reigns. He develops a slightly heel-like personality (almost like the Rock in the late 90's), but he's more of a tweener. He seems more determined than ever and cuts less jokes. At Clash of Champions, he gets another decisive victory over the Celtic Warrior and retains the belt.
Roman makes an appearance on WWE Backstage--Punk is not there, BTW--and talks about how he's the man to beat; he's been groomed for this business and while not everyone likes it, that's just the way things are. He tosses a small bit of shade towards CM Punk by talking about how other self-proclaimed top guys "took their ball and went home". He could just as easily have been referring to other superstars who did the same thing. Regardless, the first shot has been fired.
Hell in a Cell 2020
Intercontinental Championship Tables Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Sami Zayn wants Roman to join forces so they can run SmackDown. But Roman refuses the offer, saying it's "One vs All". This leads to Nakamura assaulting the IC champion later that night. Sami says Roman could've been more successful if he took the offer; they could've ruled the SD locker room together. But since he prefers to do things his own way, now Nakamura has to do things his own way. And this results in a tables match between the King of Strong Style and the Hound of Justice. It gets pretty violent. Even Sami goes through a table. In the end, Nakamura gets pinned after being hit with the Moment of Silence. Roman retains the Intercontinental title yet again.
With Survivor Series coming up, he is assigned to take home a victory for the brand when he faces off against United States Champion Murphy--he would conquer Humberto Carrillo at SummerSlam--and North American Champion Keith Lee--the man who proved at the same event one year prior that he could hang with the best of the best.
Survivor Series 2020
Champion vs Champion vs Champion: Murphy vs Roman Reigns vs Keith Lee
Murphy, Reigns and Lee go back and forth in a 20-minute battle. Ultimately, Lee hits Murphy with a Spirit Bomb, but Reigns spears Lee out of the ring and covers the US Champion to get the win for Team Blue. At this point he has yet to be pinned since his return and the commentary team is more than willing to remind us of that fact (shut up, Cole; I can hear you in my head). On another episode of WWE Backstage, CM Punk mentions that SmackDown isn't as good as Raw at the moment, and not even "Dwayne's duplicate and supposed cousin" is fixing that problem. More shade has been thrown. Add in a few exchanges on Twitter and more people will get excited for what's at least being teased.
TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2020
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs Robert Roode
The feud with Snore-bin has overstayed its welcome. And I'm not about to revisit it. I just believe that Roode deserves better. So does Ziggler for that matter. So after his partnership with the Burger King has thankfully dissolved, Roode wants a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. He wins a #1 contender's gauntlet match to get a shot at the gold. For the next few weeks, it's a battle of the egos between the Glorious One and the Thoroughbred. Roode believes he's better than Reigns and is determined to prove it by claiming his first ever Intercontinental title. At TLC, Roman finds a way to outsmart Roode and retains the Intercontinental Championship. He is on a roll.
Royal Rumble 2021
Intercontinental Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs Cesaro
Cesaro has ended his partnership with Sami Zayn and has since gone on a solo run. He would eventually win a #1 contender's match for the Intercontinental Championship. He says that for a long time, he's been overlooked and cast aside. He knew that management didn't want him on top. But now he has a chance to silence his critics by winning what would be his first singles title since 2013. Roman is unfazed by Cesaro's words and tells him that as good as he is, "I'm just that much better than you." That will get some heat on Roman, but that's kinda the idea. At the Royal Rumble PPV, Cesaro scores a surprising victory over his opponent and finally wins the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in his career! As for Roman, there's still another belt he can go for...
The Royal Rumble Match
Roman shows up in the match at #25 and as usual is the clear favorite to win the whole thing. He's cleaning house for a while and the crowd boos him because they don't want him to win the Rumble. Fast forward to sometime after #29 has entered (it doesn't matter who it is), the clock counts down.
The buzzer sounds. Enter #30...
CM PUNK! For the first time since January 2014, CM Punk is competing in the WWE! He heads to the ring as the crowd explodes with excitement and starting targeting everything that moves! He finally comes face to face with Roman Reigns and they instantly go at it. Reigns hits a Superman Punch, but his attempted Spear is countered into a Go To Sleep. To everyone's shock (and most likely delight), Punk ELIMINATES Roman Reigns! This marks the first time Roman has entered the Rumble only to get tossed out before being one of the final four! Punk, BTW, gets eliminated by Braun Strowman. And if you're curious, Aleister Black eliminates Finn Bálor to win the Royal Rumble.
Later that week on SmackDown, CM Punk comes out to the ring at the end of the show as Cult of Personality blares throughout the arena. He soaks up the attention from the adoring public before finally speaking his mind. He says that the reason he returned to the ring was because WWE--SmackDown specifically--needed him. He cuts a promo about how even before he left the company, Roman Reigns was set to be the next big thing. "Vince's pet project. That's probably where the term "Big Dog" came from to begin with. He was always supposed to look really, really strong. He was always gonna be the next face of WWE. But it all fell apart. People did not like him, and deep down Vince knew it. But he still pushed him down the fans' throats and that only made things worse for everyone. Today, SmackDown is flopping compared to Raw and not even Roman can save it. WWE and FOX needed a real hero to step up and take the reins, which is where the Second City Saint comes in. I'm gonna put the blue brand back on the map. And it starts with me taming the Big Dog of the Yard." Pipebomb. Cut to black.
Just like that, a rivalry is set between Punk and Reigns. They make it perfectly clear they do not like each other. And they finally have a chance to take out their anger on each other when they're both set to compete in an Elimination Chamber match to determine the #1 contender for the Universal Championship, which has been held by the Fiend for over a year.
Elimination Chamber 2020
Universal Championship #1 Contender's Elimination Chamber Match: Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns vs CM Punk vs Braun Strowman vs Cesaro vs Finn Bálor
Reigns manages to eliminate Punk who was focused on dealing with Bryan. Punk retaliates by distracting Reigns long enough for Cesaro to roll him up from behind and eliminate him. This results in a big brawl between the two. Referees and security guards have to get them out of the chamber and keep them apart. It's absolute madness. Finn Bálor gets the match by pinning Cesaro. The Fiend then appears on the titantron and stares down the Prince.
WrestleMania 37
CM Punk vs Roman Reigns
This is what it's all been building to. The indie darling who never had respect for authority versus the man who was groomed to succeed in the big leagues. The animosity between the two of them gets more and more heated with every passing week. Punk vows to take a stand for all the wrestlers who thrived on the independent scene only to get pushed aside by "big sweaty men". Roman promises to prove that he's earned the right to be the top dog of SmackDown. Both men are going into this match as tweeners, but the fans have clearly chosen to root for Punk over Roman. They go back and forth, stealing the show and entertaining the crowd. Throughout the match, Roman hits Punk with everything he's got, but the Best in the World refuses to stay down and this puts more people behind him. He ultimately gets the victory over the self-proclaimed Thoroughbred. Welcome back, CM Punk.
On the next episode of SmackDown, CM Punk is celebrating with a very excited crowd. But the party is cut short when Roman Reigns' music hits. He appears on the stage and just looks at his watch as Punk is preparing for another fight with him. All of a sudden, the Usos attack him from behind! Roman simply walks down to the ring rolling up his sleeves as the assault continues. His cousins hold the former UFC star in place and...SPEAR! And then, the Moment of Silence! "Now you can cheer for the boss." The fans are absolutely enraged. Roman makes it perfectly clear to the former champion that this is only the beginning.
So Roman Reigns is now the biggest heel on the roster whereas CM Punk is positioned as the new top face of SmackDown Live. The story behind the ambush is simple: the supposed top guy who was born in the business is irate that the fans have rejected him for an older wrestler from the independent scene who not only walked out on the company years ago, but also cost him more than one shot at the Universal Championship. And attacking Punk--in front of a post-WrestleMania crowd, no less--will give him nuclear heat, thus making the Voice of the Voiceless an even bigger hero by comparison. Besides, turning Roman heel on almost anyone else would just make people cheer him, and he'd be booed if he went up against Punk regardless. After this, the two wrestlers continue their feud--possibly while fans try to compare their rivalry to that of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Rock in the late 90's--and at some point in the future Roman turns face again with even more fans behind him.
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2020.01.03 16:59 ItsBigVanilla Album of the Year #3: Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places

Artist: Billy Woods & Kenny Segal
Album: Hiding Places
Apple Music
Background by ItsBigVanilla
Writing about Billy Woods’s personal life feels like a betrayal, since he’s taken extensive measures to maintain an aura of you-can’t-even-see-my-face privacy within even the marginal underground bubble he exists in. That being said, the New York-based rapper was born in Washington, D.C. to a Jamaican mother who taught English literature and a Zimbabwean father described by the rapper’s official biography as “a would-be Marxist revolutionary.” The cultural hodgepodge deepened even further when the family moved to Africa and eventually Zimbabwe, where his father served as a government official before his death and Woods’s return to America at the age of eight. These early years have greatly informed his music, and listeners can frequently find references to Zimbabwe and global political history throughout his vast catalogue.
And a vast catalogue it is. Woods began his solo career by releasing Camouflage in 2003 and The Chalice in 2004, after which he joined underground rap supergroup The Reavers, releasing various projects with them from 2005 to 2006. He then formed the always-underrated duo Super Chron Flight Brothers with fellow rapper Priviledge, and the group released a handful of projects that saw Woods coming into his own as an MC while honing the skills that would come to define his later career. SCFB capped their run with 2010’s fantastic Cape Verde, the most fully realized moment of the Woods saga pre 2012.
2012 marked the beginning of a Woods renaissance (if obscure rappers that bounce between groups qualify for something as grand as a renaissance). It was this year that he released his first solo album in eight years, History Will Absolve Me to critical acclaim and a promotion from the rank of “nobody” to “nobody but with a masterpiece” (think Evan Dara, D. Keith Mano, etc.). He quickly followed the project with 2013’s Blockhead-produced Dour Candy as well as Half Measures and Race Music, both collaborative projects with rapper ELUCID under the moniker Armand Hammer.
Woods and ELUCID had first worked together on History Will Absolve Me, and their chemistry as a duo propelled them into a collaborative relationship that has served as so much more than a footnote in their careers. Armand Hammer released an EP, Furtive Movements, in 2014, and Woods followed it up with his understated 2015 solo album Today, I Wrote Nothing. Woods released another Blockhead-produced album, Known Unknowns, in 2017: Armand Hammer released Rome later that year. Hammer drops Paraffin in 2018; Woods drops Hiding Places with Kenny Segal less than a year later. Fans still reeling from Hiding Places get hit with another solo project, Terror Management, within months. Armand Hammer’s last project came out just a year ago, and yet it already feels like they’ve gone silent on us, lost in the maelstrom of Woods’s output. If it isn’t already clear, the man doesn’t sleep, and in a miracle the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the birth of the Christ child, none of these projects has been less than great.
You still with me? Follow all those links yet? Okay, take a deep breath.
Kenny Segal is, comfortably, one of the best producers alive. After growing up in Maryland, he moved to Los Angeles and studied audio recording at the University of Southern California. He began producing hip-hop for the L.A.-based rap collective Project Blowed, whose members include some of the best rappers working today, such as Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, and Nocando. His fingerprints can be found throughout all of those artists’ discographies, especially as one half of The Kleenrz, a collaborative project between Segal and rapper Self Jupiter. He’s also produced for Milo and MC Paul Barman, among others.
Segal is the ear behind many of the best rap songs and albums of the 2010s, and yet he’s anything but showy. His true talent lies in contorting his style to match the artist he’s working with, and a quick perusal of his catalogue demonstrates just how much of a musical chameleon he can be, all the while retaining a strong sonic identity which he emphasizes on his Kenstrumentals series, which can be found on his Bandcamp. On his 2018 solo instrumental project, Happy Little Trees, he gives a glimpse of an unrestrained self, managing to be equally compelling without an MC at the mic as he is with one there. Like Woods, he is a prolific force in underground music: in addition to Hiding Places, he produced the entirety of Hemlock Ernst’s full-length solo debut, Back at the House, in 2019. Compare the two releases without any foreknowledge of their credits and you’ll be hard-pressed to conclude that the same producer crafted both of them; therein lies Segal’s genius.
Segal and Woods have worked together in the past, but Hiding Places marks their first (and hopefully not last) project as a team. Every song is produced entirely by Segal except for “A Day in a Week in a Year”, which features additional production from Marcella Elyse Winn. According to Woods, the album had a long gestation period due to both artists’ busy schedules, and the time that went into crafting it is evident in the finished product. It should also be noted that both artists released great projects later in the year, as if this masterpiece wasn’t enough; Woods went on to release a second album, Terror Management, and Segal collaborated with Future Islands singer Sam Herring for his debut album as rapper Hemlock Ernst, Back at the House. Now, enough preamble.
Review by ItsBigVanilla
To Billy Woods, progression is inwardly focused. As the New York-based rapper continues to evolve and broaden his musical horizons, his projects have become increasingly claustrophobic, the mirror turning further towards his own blurred face. Woods hasn’t yet reached the “living in a barn with cats” status reserved for enigmatic loner Aesop Rock, but he’s just as self-aware. On Hiding Places, he takes aim at the usual societal ills that have plagued his work for years, but he does so in a way that feels much more individualistic than ever before.
As the album’s title suggests, the omnipresent themes of its 41-minute runtime are the things we hide and the places we keep them. Woods treats this literally at times (Houthi’s “Moms showed us where she kept our passports hidden”) and figuratively at others, such as in “Steak Knives”, where his poor communication with friend leads to hidden feelings, the hidden realities of two men. Every song contains at least one reference to something that’s been secreted away, but the rapper’s greatest trick is his ability to shroud his own humanity under lead sheets of irony and cynicism. For every confession, every emotional admission on the album, there are at least two punchlines set in place to soften the blow. On “Spider Hole”, for instance, Woods bellows “I don’t want to go see Nas with an orchestra at Carnegie Hall”, referring to the legendary MC’s actual 2012 charity performances. The line is funny, sure, but it implies so much more than meets the eye: an appropriation of rap, a white commodification of black art, a sense of disillusionment with heroes, a distaste for the genre in its current state. Are these interpretations all correct? Most likely not, but Woods hides them within seemingly innocuous lines at every turn.
Which isn’t to downplay the album’s brilliant gallows humor. Would it be a bold claim to say that Woods is the funniest rapper alive? His comedy isn’t jokes for joking’s sake, it’s more of a reaction to a world so broken that there’s no other choice but to grin. On “Checkpoints”, the best song of 2019, he raps “Quit my job to kick raps instead / So family meeting, everybody gotta start bringin’ in bread” right before producer Kenny Segal unleashes a sea of crashing cymbals that threaten to knock the track on its ass, startling the vocals into a desperate yell that works so well because words don’t just come out of Billy Woods’s mouth, they tumble out of it, they leap out of it. It’s a moment simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, cathartic and stifled, climactic and inevitable; it’s one of the best bits of production the genre has to offer. In less grandiose moments, such as “Bigfakelaugh”, the rapper finds out that his insurance won’t cover some unspecified treatment and tells his family to “I guess just forget it”, letting out an ad-libbed laugh so smugly jarring that you can’t help but see the whole thing as some sort of cosmic trick being played on us all. A simple bar like this conjures up images of America, of blackness, of self-deception – what’s remarkable is that these themes that are only ever referenced implicitly, and yet they seep into the pores of Woods’s work. Someone more concerned with unifying his review might say that they’re hidden in plain sight.
And as the old saying goes, behind every great rapper is a great producer. Woods has proven to be a master of collaboration, and never has his chemistry with another artist been more apparent than it is here, with Kenny Segal. Segal owes much of his work on Hiding Places to rock music, his penchant for the power of live instrumentation apparent throughout the project. He deploys these elements sparingly, such as in “Spongebob”, where a guitar steps onto the scene like a man with a gun, takes a bow, then reappears again in the midst of a battle between shimmering synths and lonely, distorted bass. The interplay here is crucial: there’s a duality in the album’s production between grit and glitter, between heaven and earth, and Segal continually creates something just as gorgeous as it is menacing. “Speak Gently” begins as a riff-heavy electric guitar piece, but morphs into something much more fascinating as Self Jupiter’s verse crashes into the track, hitting out of nowhere like the edibles you forgot you took an hour ago. From here on out we catch glimpses of pianos, of records scratching, of strings just ominous enough to assert themselves in such a cacophony of sounds; Segal is an expert of balance, and each track is so densely arranged that there are entire lands to discover across his soundscapes on your umpteenth listen.
That Woods and Segal play off of each other is no surprise, considering the quality of the duo’s choice in guest collaborators on the project. The aforementioned Self Jupiter verse is the record’s highlight in terms of features, not only for its song-altering magnetism but for the rapper’s icy delivery; however, Armand Hammer’s own ELUCID delivers a show-stopping intro on “Crawlspace” as well, matching the album’s tone and themes in lines such as “I reside inside a nigga-rigged time machine / Powered by bones of those who choose to survive by violent means / Plain sight or hiding behind the scenes.” The album’s most unexpected stroke of genius comes in the form of MOTHERMARY’s hook on “A Day In A Week In A Year”. Woods has tried his hand at the classic female-singer-on-the-hook formula before in songs like “Blue Dream” and “Strawman”, but despite some infectious results, it has never felt like a natural fit for him until now. MOTHERMARY’s slight vocal performance combines with Segal’s electronic-adjacent production to set a meditative tone that perfectly matches the song’s heart. At that heart, I should add, is a tale of everyday poverty and longing in Brooklyn, one of the album’s clearest and most powerful narratives.
And it would be disingenuous not to mention lyrical clarity in any discussion of Billy Woods. As longtime fans know, he revels in obscurity, framing each bar as its own story typically independent of each other. Finding thematic connections between lines and verses can be difficult, and it’s safe to assume that you’re probably missing a few references even after you get to know any one of his albums intimately. His Pynchonian knack for pop culture references that range from obvious to unheard of creates an atmosphere similar to a Gravity’s Rainbow, or perhaps a William Gaddis/Joseph McEllroy novel, each project a tome of “did you catch that?” puzzlement that can be either hopelessly baffling or unbelievably satisfying, depending on where your musical priorities lie. Much like his L.A.-based contemporary, Busdriver, Woods asks his listeners to let his poetry wash over you, rather than to search for meaning in every nook and cranny. It’s about the sense of exhaustion that pervades a song like “Checkpoints”, or the melancholy of “A Day in a Week in a Year”, rather than any specific “gotcha” moments a listener has when they understand a song as a whole. Those moments come often on Hiding Places, but only if you give the album the attention it asks of you.
As mentioned earlier, Woods keeps his heart hidden above all else. Towards the back end of the album, he raps, “Really want to keep a secret? Hide it from yourself”; this can be seen as the project’s mission statement. For all the deception, all the lies we tell to protect ourselves and others, for all the secrecy required to live in this country, in this world, for all of our desperate attempts to cling to a past that never existed, there’s nothing more damning than the barriers we erect within our own souls. Woods raps about institutional horrors – police brutality, cycles of poverty, histories of institutional racism, the fall of empires – but the question this album asks is: what do these horrors force us to tell ourselves? What do we convince ourselves of, what are we conditioned to hide, just to cope with the banal brutality of our own reality? And if we bury these things, where do we keep them?
The album closes with “Red Dust, the project’s angriest and most heartbreaking moment. In this track, Woods fantasizes about the harm he wants to inflict on an unnamed subject, harm that borders on and intermingles with sexual desire. “I can’t wait, dream about it like sex… I want us to be alone in your home / I want to suck the marrow out your bones / I want to show you what I learned from the worst people I ever known.” The song is full of horrific imagery, but the sentiment never comes across as a threat, only a hopeless dream. The target of Woods’s dead frustration is unknown, but this expression of hatred is the only verse where the rapper lays everything bare, expresses exactly how he’s feeling. It’s all here for us to see, hidden in a song.
Favorite Lyrics by ItsBigVanilla
Too scared to write the book, took it put it in the hook
Of a song, no one listened to it, looks like I wasn’t wrong
Hid it where they wouldn’t look, lookin’ like Zedong
Lookin’ at Taiwan like “Look they shook, let’s get it on”
• “Spongebob”
My goals is limited, just want to be the best
Just something to get from one day to the next
Best tour advice I ever got, “You’re better off beatin’ your dick”
Reading your Bible, sweat beading on your lip
FBI agents listening, Dr. King motel bed springs, this some freaky shit
• “Checkpoints”
I was in the ceiling when they swept the building
I kept my head down when the cops came for the children
I rode the train every day past that fucking prison
I broke bread with killers and rapists
I got money with niggas you should not leave with a child for two fucking seconds
• “Red Dust”
Muffle, cover the mouths of children when you hear the beast
Shuffle to another door, something scuttled across the floor
Belt buckle whip you raw, stood up all night, every plan had a flaw
Pried every board from the floor, pride before fall but he fell short
Both hands wrapped in gauze, stole fire from God, your lord
And I’m just wondering what she was thinking when she paused
• “Houthi”
Discussion Questions by ItsBigVanilla
• 1) Which lines from Hiding Places have been nagging at you since release? By that I mean, which bars have you been unable to penetrate or begin to understand?
• 2) Months after Hiding Places was released, Woods dropped Terror Management. In interviews, he has stated that TM was much more spontaneous and less arduous to write and record. How do the two projects complement each other, and which one do you prefer?
• 3) Now that we’ve seen Woods work with the likes of Blockhead and Kenny Segal on full-length albums, who would you like to see him collaborate with next?
• 4) Has Billy Woods finally topped History Will Absolve Me? None of his projects since have quite matched that masterpiece until now. Is it time that we acknowledge a potential new career best?
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2019.11.02 14:14 ConorCulture Highly Suspect - Booking an NXT Rivalry of My Choosing ( Kushida vs. Finn Bálor ) - Part 1: The Prince

Booking Kushida vs. Finn Bálor
“Book or Rebook any NXT rivalry of your choosing”. Well that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to create my own storyline involving freshly made heel, “The Prince” Finn Bálor and one of the most underrated NXT guys at the moment and someone I see as a possible top face after Gargano, Kushida. We’re gonna start this booking on this week of NXT ( 30/Oct/2019 ), in the build to Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Bálor at NXT TakeOver: WarGames III.
So, good luck to UD, and let’s get going!
NXT TV - Oct. 30, 2019
The show opens with the Full Sail crowd chanting “N-X-T, N-X-T” as Mauro Ranallo welcomes us to the show. He’s then cut off by- ! The Prince is here in NXT with a brand new theme song for his new heel persona. On the beat drop he pops up a too sweet with both hands atop the third rope. Finn grabs a mic and cuts off the fans chants with “Do me a favour and shut up will ya? The Prince is talking..”
“I’m sure you all saw what I did last week, and it raises some questions for sure” he then states that he has no alignment with The Undisputed Era, they just shared a common enemy and Finn did the dirty work. “Now onto Johnny Gargano....” he trash talks Johnny Wrestling until- ! Johnny Gargano is here and has a mic in hand. He walks down to the ring while talking about Bálor. He states that he understands why Finn is upset. He was the first Universal Champion and had to wait over 2 years for a rematch. He was a nobody on the main roster due to no fault on his behalf.
But. When you are held down, you don’t do what Finn did to Gargano last week. Gargano when he shared a similar situation had to keep pushing, and pushing, and pushing! On until he reached success. Finn, Finn is just a coward. That doesn’t go down too well and Finn passionately states how Gargano is the coward for not standing up for himself! He’s too foolish to realize this is a kill or be killed landscape, and Finn is just doing what he has to do to survive. Finn then says “I’ll have to teach you not through words, but fists” And strikes Gargano! Gargano is prepared and ducks and clobbers Finn with a elbow to the back of the head. They brawl up the ramp and onto the stage where they have to be pulled apart by security.
NXT TV ( November )
The November 6th episode of NXT TV Finn makes his in ring debut against Joaquin Wilde ( DJZ ) in a fast paced and energetic match. Wilde almost gets the win when he hits a 054 Senton! 1...2....Kick Out!! Finn shows off some new moves such as a Draping Hammerlock DDT, Three Amigos and Gutwrench Powerbomb. Wilde Irish whips Finn into the corner and runs behind him. When Finn reaches the corner and Wilde is just behind him Finn connects a Pele Kick! He heads to the top rope, tosses up a Tooooo Sweet, Coup de Grace! He dominantly covers, 1......2....3!! After the match Finn uses a Browns jersey ( Cleveland Browns, a team Johnny Gargano is a diehard fan of which commentary bring up ) to wipe the sweat of his face. He spits into it and throws into the crowd, because he’s a dickhead.
Johnny Gargano and Kushida main event next week’s episode of NXT. It’s a phenomenal match with multiple false finishes. Finn walks out during the match ( wearing a new Bálor Club t-shirt ) but doesn’t attack Johnny just sits on a steel chair at ringside. Midway during the match Finn trash talks Gargano, and Kushida rolls out of the ring. He then hits a Shotgun Dropkick to Finn! Kushida rolls back into the ring, and locks in a Hoverboard Lock! Gargano struggles but rolls it into a Garga-No Escape! Kushida tries to get to the ropes but can’t and so taps to Gargano. After the match Finn hits a Shotgun Dropkick from behind to Gargano!
Finally when NXT goes off the air the go home week, a video is streamed on YouTube of Gargano walking out of Full Sail, but he’s attacked by two men in Black hoodies and black balaclavas! They beat the hell out of him, and while it’s going on, we see Finn walk out from a different door, meaning he wasn’t one of the men!
NXT TakeOver: WarGames III - Finn Bálor vs. Johnny Gargano
Firstly, the NXT TakeOver: WarGames III Card looks like this:
The Undisputed Era ( Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong ) (c) vs. Velveteen Dream, Dominick Dijakovic and Keith Lee - Winner Takes All Match for the North American and Tag Championships
Lio Rush (c) vs. Kushida - Singles Match for the Cruiserweight Championship
Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Bálor - Singles Match
Adam Cole (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa - Singles Match for the NXT Championship
Kabuki Warriors, Io Shirai and Bianca Belair vs Team Kick, Candice LeRae and Rhea Ripley - WarGames Match
Johnny Gargano enters first in custom Starlord themed attire to continue with his tradition of Marvel attire. He high fives fans as he walks down, signs flooding the crowd in celebration of Johnny Wrestling and of course, a rowdy Johnny Wrestling chant. This is then cut off when Enemy hits and Finn Bálor enters. Just like Progress from many moons ago, he comes out in Joker themed attire! He counters Gargano’s likable and fun Starlord gear with menacing and badass Joker gear. He walks down stone faced, white face paint with a red smile and green hair topped off with a purple suit.
Bálor starts off by locking up with Gargano forcefully. He tires to push him down but Gargano holds still and takes it to the mat with a resthold. Finn musters up and gets to his feet, breaking free of the chains that are Gargano’s arms and throwing him into the corner. He swings a mighty chop across Gargano’s chest, followed by running into the corner, only to sprint at Gargano with a Shotgun Dropkick! They go back and forth exchanging strikes. Finn goes hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb followed by Frankensteiner! 1....2....Kick Out! Gargano runs off the ropes hits a Lou Thesz Press!
Finn kips up to his feet and goes for a slap but Gargano ducks and combos with a Sweep Kick, finishing with a Low-Angle Roundhouse Kick! Gargano gets a rush of momentum and heads into the corner, lines up an attack, runs for it but Finn counters with a Slingblade! Gargano gets to his feet, Finn hits a Superkick! Gargano Irish whips Finn into the ropes and runs with him, hitting a Running Hurricanerana! Finn gets to his feet however and hits his own Hurricanerana sending Gargano over the top ropes. Finn then hits a Tope Con Hilo to the outside! Finn heads back into the ring and looks for a Slingshot to the outside, however Gargano hits a Hanging Soccer Kick! Gargano then pulls Finn over the top rope with a Suplex lift, then hits a Spike DDT onto the apron to Finn!
Once Finn gets to his feet he rolls back into the ring and Gargano follows suit. Gargano and Finn both throw elbows at each other, ending with Finn hitting a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT! 1...2....Kick Out! Gargano rolls to the outside and Finn attacks him with a Slingshot Flying Forearm Smash! Gargano goes for a Suplex Toss onto the apron but Finn lands softly, and hits an Apron Kick! Gargano swipes his legs out from underneath him and Finn falls to the mat. Gargano heads to the top rope and hits a huge Diving Crossbody to Finn! They roll back into the ring where Finn runs off the ropes for an attack but Gargano catches him and hits a Release German Suplex! He then leans on the ropes, Superkick! 1....2....Kick Out!
Finn gets to his feet and Gargano runs at him, but Finn vault jumps up with a Standing Double Foot Stomp! Finn Irish whips Gargano into the corner and runs at him, but Gargano counters with a Roll-Up Kick! Gargano and Finn both roll to the outside where they brawl. Finn runs across ringside and hits a Shotgun Dropkick to Gargano sending him over the barricade into the timekeepers area! Finn then hits a Suicide Tornado DDT into the timekeeper area!!! Both men get to their feet and continue the fight in the ring.
Gargano heads to the middle rope and dives off with a Diving Flat Liner! Finn heads to the apron looking for a Springboard Attack, but Gargano blocks it and so gets Finn in a Hanging DDT position, connects! 1....2......rope break! Finn’s foot falls onto the ropes! Gargano is stunned! He pulls Finn to his feet and lines up and attack but Finn hits a Pele Kick! Finn then hits the Three Amigos! He heads to the top rope for a Coup de Grace, but Gargano hits a Hurricanerana to Finn! Finn manages to get to his feet but is met by a Slingshot Spear! Gargano locks in the Garga-No Escape! Finn struggles in it, but breaks free and hits a Double Foot Stomp! He goes for a 1916, but Gargano breaks free and hits a elbow strike.
He then jumps through the ropes onto the apron and hits a Slingshot DDT!! Finn gets to his feet. Gargano goes for a Pop Up Attack but Finn hits a Falling DDT!! Finn bangs the mat and hits a 1916! Gargano only just gets to his feet where he goes for a Russian Leg Sweep, but Finn counters with an elbow strike. He runs off the ropes and runs back with a Shotgun Dropkick attempt but Gargano duck, Exploder Suplex! He heads into the corner, stomps the mat to tune up the band, runs for the Superkick - Finn hits a Slingblade! Finn hits the 1916! He drops Gargano on his head and Gargano can only roll onto his side, leaving him right open for a COUP DE GRACE!! 1.........2.......3!! Finn Bálor wins the match!
Finn flings up a too sweet, but falls down into the bottom corner and sits their smiling, although panting profusely. Then, the two masked men from last week roll into the ring! They both wield steel chairs and beat the crap out of Johnny Gargano. Finn sits stone faced in the corner as if he doesn’t really care what his eyes behold him. The rest of the people around him are in shock though, the crowd gasped and Mauro Ranallo practically having a hernia on commentary over this action by these two men.
They finally finish the attack and stare down at Gargano’s prone body before pulling off their masks. HOLY SHIT ITS ANDERSON AND GALLOWS! Gallows wears his facepaint underneath the mask because hey why not and Anderson looks like normal. They both mimic the gun animation to Gargano which causes Finn to grin and rise out of the corner. He crouches down and grabs Gargano’s head and aggressively states “you, will never be as good as I am....” before shoving his head down and sharing a Too Sweet with......The Bálor Club.
NXT TV - November 27th, 2019
Finn Bálor and The Club - or should I say Bálor Club enter after commercial to kick off the second hour. Finn leads the trio, wearing black trunks, black boots, black leather jacket and a Bálor Club shirt. Karl Anderson - now ”Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, wears a Bálor Club shirt similarly, his blue/white/black tights and boots and chews some gum. Finally Luke Gallows - now Doc Gallows, wears a trench coat with the Bálor Club imprinted on the side, along with some Japanese lettering, he wears his body suit with the Bálor Club dead center in the middle and finally some face-paint.
They walk down to the ring, share a Too Sweet and Finn takes the mic. He writhes in the boos and loud n’ proudly states “Johnny Gargano is not as good as me! He never will be, he never had been and if he ever tries, Doc Gallows and the Machine Gun Karl Anderson will have his ass.” The fans thunderously chant Johnny Wrestling in response to this statement. Finn tells them “oh I’m sorry Full Sail, Johnny is still in the medical room after I ever so viciously beat him, your hero is a fallen man, so bow down to your prince.....” *and he does a angel like pose.
They revel in the storm of boos, laughing to each other. Anderson then takes the mic and says they will be holding an Open Challenge as their first match within NXT so anyone in the bac- ! AUSSIE OPEN HAVE ARRIVED IN NXT!!!
Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis are here in Full Sail! They walk out to rousing pop and stare down a stunned face Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Fletcher grabs the mic and declares “Well we gonna start this or not?” And the crowd pop for him. Gallows quickly tosses off his trench coat and blindsides Fletcher to begin the match, before the bell can ring. Gallows throws him shoulder first into the middle rope, colliding with the ring post. Fletcher fights back though and uses the Aussie style to his upper hand, wowing the crowd and displaying his abilities.
The two teams go back and forth exchanging good wrestling work together. Finn sits at ringside cheering on Bálor Club and attempting to get a few chants going. Fletcher hits a Tope Con Hilo into Bálor at one point! Fletcher and Davis go for their Tag Team Finisher, but a Bálor distraction causes Mark Davis to become absent from the move, opening up a Magic Killer to Fletcher! Davis goes to break it up but Bálor clings onto the him, using the ropes as leverage. The ref doesn’t see this since he’s counting the pin, 1....2.....3!!! Bálor breaks free of the hold and along with Gallows and Anderson scurry to the back.
Gargano’s Return:
The first week of December ( 3/12/2019 Episode ) sees Finn Bálor take on Matt Riddle in the Main event of the evening. Finn and Matt have a great bout that has elements of Prince Devitt vs. Zack Sabre Jr. circa 2014, where Riddle tries to slow down the action and use submission/grappling based offense while Bálor is the complete opposite who tries to use frantic and high flying action to take down Riddle. This clash of styles leads to a very good match and an amazing crescendo, where both men are hitting finisher after finisher.
Finn looks like he’s going to tap, and from ringside Anderson looks to strike Riddle with the steel chair, but from behind Gargano sprints out!! Gargano has a crutch in hand and whacks it across the back of Anderson! The sound of Anderson’s spine crunching echoes throughout Full Sail. He then rolls into the ring and attempts the shot at Bálor but he ducks, and the momentum of Gargano sends him to the outside! He battles Anderson and Gallows on the outside while Riddle and Bálor fight in the ring. A distraction by Gargano to Bálor opens Riddle to hit a Floating Bro! Bromission! Finn fades to black!
Gargano goes to Attack Finn but ref’s pull him apart, not allowing him to beat up and unconscious man. Candice LeRae even comes out and tries to stop Gargano. He gets a single Stomp in but that’s it, as a hoard of refs pull him apart and Candice tries to comfort him. Regal watches on from atop the stage, shaking his head to himself.
Kushida Confrontation:
Kushida ( who recently came up short to “The Blackheart” Lio Rush at NXT TakeOver: WarGames III for the Cruiserweight Championship ) confronts Finn Bálor after a show. This is uploaded to WWE’s YouTube channel. Kushida confronts Finn saying he doesn’t like how Finn always cheats to win. Finn plays a typical jock bully and tells Kushida “what you going to do about it?” Which Kushida replies with by pointing saying he’s going to win the North American Championship.
Kushida wrestles Angel Garza and Trevor Lee in a Triple Threat to women the show. Kushida wins and after the match outcome Bálor Club Who trash talk Kushida saying he is nothing. Kushida then says that he could beat Bálor Club anyday. Bálor then signals that Anderson Attack him, and so he does. He goes for a Lariat but Kushida ducks and hits a Pele Kick! Gallows goes at him with a Chokeslam but Kushida reverses into a Falling DDT! Kushida and Bálor look like they’re going to brawl but William Regal’s music hits and he makes an announcement.
Since Roderick Strong has vacated his North American Championship ( due to another story with Strong betraying UE ), at NXT TakeOver: Houston, Finn Bálor will take Johnny Gargano AND Kushida in a Triple Threat for the vacant Championship! Finn is in shock but to create a misery compiler, Johnny Gargano runs out! He sprints down on his crutch and starts to batter down on Finn Bálor with the belt. The Club take down Gargano but Kushida fights on behalf of Gargano, hitting a Heel Kick to Gallows and a Basement Soccer Kick To Anderson! Him and Gargano share a handshake and a stare down to close NXT.
NXT TakeOver: Houston
The card looks like this:
The Club vs. KOR and Bobby Fish vs. vs. Imperium - NXT Tag Team Championships Match
Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler - NXT Women’s Championship
Kushida vs. Finn Bálor vs. Johnny Gargano - North American Championship
Keith Lee vs. Dominick Dijakovic - Extreme Rules Match
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Adam Cole - NXT Championship
Gargano makes and entrance dressed as Antman this time around. Finn makes a badass entrance, walking up to a little kid in full Johnny Gargano gear, snatching the sign out of his hand and throwing it on the floor. Kushida comes out to the ring to a big pop. Kushida makes the entrance of mist filling the stage. A big metal block is on the stage. It’s not a Normal block though, it has a door and buttons. It’s a.....Time Machine. The door opens as mist floods out the door. Then...out walks Kushida! Kushida is wearing a white trench coat with a red star on it ( Red Star is the name of his theme song ) and his usual gear.
Finn starts off by targeting Gargano with a flurry of firsts, which Kushida join in on. Gargano and Finn lock up, but Kushida hits a Springboard Elbow Drop onto the two while Gargano has a submission in! Kushida runs off the ropes for a Penalty Kick but Gargano rolls to counter and hits a Release German Suplex To Kushida! Kushida rolls to the outside and incomes Balor with a Slingshot Double Foot Stomp To Gargano! Gargano and Bálor do some mat wrestling, before Gargano sends Bálor to the outside. Gargano then hits a Diving Crossbody to the outside onto Kushida and Gargano!
Kushida and Finn exchange a battle of strikes. Kushida hits a Dropkick followed by a Heel Kick! Kushida goes for a Springboard Overhead Chop to seal the deal, but Bálor hits a midair a Shotgun Dropkick! 1......2......Kick Out! From behind Gargano then it with a Hurricanerana to Bálor! Gargano hits a Step-up Enziguri! Gargano finishes off this trilogy of moves with a Roll-up Kick! 1.....2.....Kick Out! Gargano gets his feet and goes for a Superkick to Kushida, but Kushida catches the kick, spins Gargano and hits a Rolling Elbow! Kushida goes for a Powerbomb, but Gargano counters into a Reverse Frankensteiner!
Gargano heads to the top rope for a Moonsault, but Kushida gets his knees up! He locks in the Hoverboard Lock! Gargano looks for the ropes, but it’s broken up by Finn hitting a Coup de Grace! 1......2.....Gargano breaks it up! Finn, Kushida and Gargano all exchange chops. Kushida runs up the chest of Finn but Finn flips him back, Bicycle Knee! Finn hits a Flying Forearm Smash! Gargano runs off the ropes and hits a Running Hurricanerana to Finn! Gargano hits a Middle Rope Diving Flatliner! Gargano then hits a Suicide Tornado DDT to Kushida! Finn hits Tope Con Hilo to both men!!
Finn rolls both men into the ring and pulls out a steel chair from the timekeepers area. He batters down on both men with a the chair. Gargano rolls to the outside but Kushida still takes the beating. Finn wedges the chair into the corner and looks to throw Kushida into the chair, but Kushida counters and trips Finn! Fin smacks off the chair! Finn lays his head against the chair, which lines up Kushida to Soccer Kick Finn’s head into the chair!! Kushida heads to the top rope, Midnight Express!!!! 1.........2.......KICK OUT!!!!! Gargano rolls back into He ring and Kushida runs at him, but Gargano uses his crutch he just received and swings it at Kushida! Kushida ducks and rolls to the outside, but Gargano batters down on Gargano with it!
Gargano seems to be on top of the world, when from behind TOMMASO CIAMPA ATTACKS HIM!!!! Ciampa beats down on Gargano and takes him out of the match, setting up their End of an Era Hell in a Cell Match at NXT TakeOver: Tampa. This leaves just Kushida and Finn Bálor left in the fight. They exchange some indie Strong Style, with very stiff strikes and hard hits. Kushida locks in a Hoverboard Lock where Finn looks he’s gonna faint, but he gets to the ropes. In the end; Kushida goes for a Midnight Express, but Finn pulls a chair out and places it over him, meaning Kushida lands on the chair! Finn goes for a 1916, but Kushida counters with a Pele Kick! Kushida then goes for a grapple, but Finn hits his own Pele Kick! 1916!!! Finn heads to the top ropes, uses that steel chair, steel chair assisted Coup De Grace!!!!!! 1..........2..........3!!!!!!!!
Finn Bálor is handed the North American Championship by Doc Gallows, Finn wraps it around his waist and poses atop the middle rope! Him, Doc and Anderson all share a Toooo Sweet, Before Finn looks down on Kushida. He looks him in the eye and utters the words he uttered to Johnny at WarGames “you will never be as good as me.....” before grabbing the arm of Kushida. He pulls him into position, where Kushida is flat facing and Bálor is kneeling behind him, holding onto Kushida’s arm tightly and ready to pull it back. He then snaps it back and the noise echoes through the arena, as the fans gasp in disgust.
Finn escapes through the crowd with The Club holding his North American Championship high, before running through the door to make a quick escape from trouble.
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2019.05.31 20:51 aaronmathews0506 ALL of the vibes as of May 31, 2019

I've been taking notes on Corporate Lunch since I started listening last year. Picking up new brands and style moves and of course, the vibes. Here are all of the ones I have as far as EPISODE 60:
  1. Our Legacy Fall ‘17
  2. Barbasol Shaving Cream
  3. Aperol Spritz
  4. eBay App
  5. Etsy (vintage clothes and rugs,
  6. What’s Up with Stretch and Bobbito Podcast
  7. Mephisto Rainbow Comfort Shoes
  8. Massimo Alba Shirts
  9. The Grateful Dead (Cornell ‘77 Live)
  10. Olivier Rousting (“We do not allow ‘natural’ at Balmain” - Fashion as imagination and escape and fantasy)
  11. The Cactus Shop (rare cactus and dope merch, on Essex St.)
  12. Alyx Vans (Will’s first pair)
  13. Cooperate Lunch
  1. Seashell Motifs (repeating pattern or jewelry)
  2. The Beach
  3. High Tea (3/4pm)
  4. Corduroy (The Cords)
  5. Spiritualized (band)
  6. Brand New’s New Album “Science Fiction”
  7. Zipcodes
  8. Off-White Nike Vaporfly (check out Hoka 1, Japanese running shoe)
  9. Banquet Seating
  10. Eating at the Bar (service is more chill)
  11. Dark Green/Emerald Velvet Anything (walls, carpet, ceiling)
  12. Alyx Men’s (graphic tees)
  13. Referring to Your Apartment as a Condominium

  1. DIY (not having any money and making stuff)
  2. Ribbed or textured white sock (worn with a loafer)
  3. Rugs
  4. Pocket Tee (Paa - brand)
  5. The Giant Navy Blue Marina Outside the Goldman Sachs Building
  6. Polar Seltzer
  7. Stick and Poke Tattoos
  8. The Red Cross/Donating Money
  9. Millennial Slang
  10. Popular Jewelry (canal street, not for the weak of negotiation)
  11. Big Buttons
  12. Keanu Reeves/Winona Rider
  13. Women’s Humor Instagram

  1. Berets
  2. The Summer to Fall Emotions
  3. Pleated Pants
  4. Mobolaji Dawadu
  5. Florence Knoll (“the single most powerful figure in modern design” -NYT)
  6. Here and Now Podcast
  7. Doing Yoga Every Day
  8. Riding in Ubers in Silence
  9. Terry Riley (You’re Nogood)
  10. Prada Store
  11. NY Giants (football)
  12. Rihanna Fenty
  13. Ralph Lauren about his former CEO “He’s a good guy, but he didn’t understand the vision.”

  1. First time wearing boots for the season
  2. Clark’s Desert Boots
  3. Dime Skateboards
  4. Danny Fox (LA Artist)
  5. PG Tips (English Black Tea)
  6. Tekno, WizKid, Mr. Easy (Legover), Devito
  7. Epically Later’d (skate docs on Viceland)
  8. Amazing Spaces (GQ Style Architecture)
  9. Converse One Stars (Tyler’s especially)
  10. Frank’s Verse on RAF by A$AP MOB
  11. Maine
  12. Headspace App (mindfulness)
  13. Regular-ass Restaurants

  1. Coach Mike Tomlin (Didn’t leave the locker room for the Nat. Anthem)
  2. Nirvana Live at Reading 1991
  3. The Epsom Bath
  4. Mephisto Rainbow Comfort Shoes
  5. Jason Isabel Live
  6. Leopard Print Clothing
  7. Caruso (beautiful Italian clothing)
  8. Overalls
  9. Palladium Boots (Pampa Hi)
  10. Apples (farmers market, wash it, knife, slice wedges)
  11. The Texas Gentleman

  1. Jeremy Lynn’s Dreads
  2. Heated Sneaker Debates/Fashion Controversy
  3. College Football
  4. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  5. Vitsoe 606 Shelving System
  6. Ad Reinhardt (Black, Blue Paintings, Go to David Zwirner)
  7. Wide Ties (Drakes)
  8. Furry Clothes (Marni hooded pullover)
  9. Evan Kinori Corduroy
  10. Wearing the Same Thing Everyday (don’t re-wear socks/underwear)
  11. Kara Walker’s Art @ Sikkema Jenkins
  12. Unscented Laundry Detergent
  13. Willie Nelson

  1. Bathrobe (having multiple from cool hotels and resorts)
  2. The Suburbs (like beautiful small town part of city limits)
  3. Sunglasses Without the Sun (winter, subway, cloudy)
  4. Twitter over Instagram
  5. Catered Meetings
  6. The Florida Project (Sean Baker, William Dafoe (Daflow))
  7. Faded Orange
  8. Keith Mayerson @ Marlborough Contemporary Gallery (My American Dream)
  9. Adidas Shoe Collection of Dennis Busenitz
  10. Ryan McGinley’s Book “Ryan Mark”
  11. Foam Roller
  12. Have a Relationship with your Framer
  13. Taking A Long Walk (early evening, with or without someone)

  1. Levi’s Vintage Collection
  2. The Q and A Interview Format (interview compendiums)
  3. Gordes
  4. The Long Form Podcast
  5. 917 (Skate brand)
  6. Bandannas as Headbands
  7. David Byrne + Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
  8. Cactus Plant Flea Market
  9. Remove an Essential Ritual
  10. Handle Shit You’re Dreading
  11. Oofos

  1. iPhone X
  2. Vintage Flannels (Towncraft 50s and 60s)
  3. Jason Nocito zines and books
  4. Juergen Teller (Baby Ed photos, style icon)
  5. Velvet Pants (Massimo Alba specifically)
  6. Tide ToGo Stick
  7. Matching Hangers
  8. Tactical/Military Surplus/Military
  9. The Duce (HBO)
  10. Leaving the House Without Your Phone
  11. Porches - Country

  1. Strong Scents (RTH 3 Ointment, 1 Drop into jojoba oil)
  2. Self-Belt Pants
  3. Complex Con/NERD Background Dancers
  4. Snowboarding/Shredding for Real This Year
  5. Friedrich Kunath (print some shit and tape it to the wall)
  6. Engendered Garments Reversible Vest
  7. Changing Up Little Things in your Style (Rocky - Shoe Laces, Will - Watch Band)
  8. Panasonic Skate Video
  9. A Savage - Thawing Dawn

  1. Fitted New Era Caps
  2. Spa Days
  3. Dressing like Eminem on accident
  4. Rhodia Notepads and Muji Pens
  5. Pets - Porno For Pyros (on a playlist and hearing it for the first time again and adding more songs that you wish to have that experience again)
  6. Margaret Howell Knit Wear
  7. Travel Meetings (meet up with artists, designers, store owners, etc.)
  8. Regular-ass Coffee
  9. Weird Stores (something with a really specific point of view, EX: Timbuktu on 2nd street)
  10. Support Your Local Retail (C’H’C’M’)
  11. Spiritual Jazz (Salah Ragab, John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders --> The Creator Has a Master Plan)

  1. Miami (Art Basel, Energy, The Standard Hotel)
  2. San Fransisco
  3. Double Knee Pants (Carhartt, Engineered Garments)
  4. WKZSC 88.1 (College Radio at US Santa Cruz - Setlist: Dinosaur Jr. “Don’t,” Sonic Youth “Burning Spear,” Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving,” The Sugar Cubes “Birthday,” The Talking Heads “Nothing But Flowers”
  5. Healthknit Deadstock Vintage Tees (look on eBay, still alive in Japan)
  6. LDS WORLD PEACE - Joe Roberts
  7. Kabocha Squash
  8. Paddy Melt
  9. Burgundy Socks
  10. In Fiore (maker of beauty products, body balms, solid perfumes)
  11. Buying All of Your Socks and Underwear in Europe (family run shop)
  12. PBS American Masters Podcast

  1. Radical Honesty (being super clear with others)
  2. Reckless Social Media Habits
  3. The Color Blue
  4. “Good Time” (wild Robert Paterson film)
  5. Atlanta College Football/Stadium Hot Dogs and Nachos
  6. Yoga Toes (Feels good on your feet!)
  7. Double RL Thermal (Waffle Knit)
  8. Fabric Brush (Redecker Cashmere and Wool Fabric Brush)
  9. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Documentary)
  10. Kijima Takayuki (Japanese quality hat maker)
  11. Buying gifts for friends, sig. others, and colleagues (maybe get a bunch of the same things and hand them out)
  12. Lean into the Holidays (do all the cheesy stuff)

  1. Uniqlo Long Johns (HEAT TECH)
  2. Short Stories (Barry Hannah [Airships], Alice Munro, Wells Tower [Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned])
  3. Buying CDs in a destination for a car trip and keeping them in rotation for the duration of the trip
  4. Shazam!!!!
  5. Trust Your Gut (don’t let people convince you otherwise)
  6. Just Start Doing Things (begin something and figure out how to keep it going, COMMIT THROUGH ACTION)
  7. Shazam Anytime Anywhere
  8. Latkes
  9. Scarves
  10. Get Some Tailormade (Go somewhere where your dollar goes far)
  11. Weird Collabs Between Brands
  12. Pierre Bourne - “Blessings”
  13. Noah Johnson is a DAD!

  1. Sneakers of 2017 (Converse One Star of all kinds and JW glitter, New Balance x Stussy, Nike, Adidas, Vuitton, RAF, Balenciaga)
  2. Chevrolet (vintage especially)
  3. Marni
  4. An Arsenal of Coats
  5. Rick Owens
  6. Date Night, Go See To the Cinema
  7. Dudes Wearing Little Bags (get a bag that’s a little uncomfy)
  8. Holiday Cards (the old fashioned way)
  9. Collecting Hotel stationery (write a note and put it in a blank envelope)
  10. Embrace Change. Accept Change.

  1. Everybody Wearing Winter Coats
  2. Packing for the Weather
  3. Dress Scarves
  4. OVO Piolet Jacket
  5. Bode (Emily Adams Bode’s new brand, 1 of a kind using vintage fabrics)
  6. Snow Shoeing
  7. Ghetto Brothers - “Power Fuerza”

  1. Going to Concerts Alone
  2. Flat, NY Style Coffee Lids
  3. The Experience of a Restaurant
  4. Awards Season
  5. Mixing Navy and Black

  1. Versace x 2 Chains - The Link Sneaker
  2. Anitomica (vintage style, tough environment, euro-militaristic)
  3. Missoni Men’s Wear (the thing about fashion is it is important to find someone that can make something that is induplicatable???)
  4. Drake - “God’s Plan”
  5. Prada Badge Holders
  6. Don’t Let the Bellmen Take Your Bags, Take the Bags Up Yourself, FIRST THING YOU DO: Unpack the Entire Bag
  7. NYC Clout Corridor

Episode 20:
  1. Arc’teryx Leaf
  2. O-Ring Leather Belt
  3. Mr. Mort (Mordechai Rubinstein)
  4. Peaky Blinders
  5. Upper-Body Strength (rock climbing)
  6. Shearling Vests
  7. Never Talk To Me About My Clothes
  8. The Daily Bag - Which Bag? (Noah: No Bag! OR unstructured tote)
  9. The Nine Club (2 Hour Skate Interviews)
  10. “Do you listen or do you wait to talk?” -Uma Thurman in PULP FICTION

  1. Going to the Dentist
  2. The Westminster Dog Show
  3. Boiling Point 1990 Japanese Film (incredible style)
  4. Ombre Pattern
  5. GQ’s March Cover (feat. Timotheé Chalamet)
  6. Outer Space
  7. USA Olympic Snowboard Team Uniform (NASA logo)
  8. Louis Vuitton Archlights
  9. Men Wearing Women’s Sneakers
  10. Feme Bots (synthetic influencers)

  1. Prince - “Sometimes It Snows In April” (Frank should cover thisssss)
  2. Turnstile’s New Album (hardcore band)
  3. Elliott Smith - “XO”
  4. Give Matthew Williams (Alyx) a Major House (speaks to this generation without pandering)
  5. The Sultans of Twang (country music artists in GQ STYLE)
  6. Jennifer Lawrence Vanity Fair Cover (well-under produced)
  7. 7 Seconds (Netflix high-intensity drama)
  8. Pierced Ears
  10. Nike SB’s Skate Shoes for Women

  1. The Color Purple
  2. Sleep (a state of consciousness)
  3. Palace (Freeskate Mag interviewed the founder)
  4. Lucas (friend of the pod/fashion student in Milan)
  5. Fishing Vests
  6. Gathering Around the Record Player
  7. Walk Away When You Know You’re Going to Get a Bad Haircut
  8. GUTS (having a constant dialogue with your gut)

  1. Blundstones
  2. Fuck Winter Era (late winter)
  3. Supreme Zip Sweaters
  4. Can’t Deal With Sneakers and Suits
  5. Buy Book Recs Instantly on Amazon Prime (then there’s a stack of good books — “Pachinco” by Minjin Lee, “Asymmetry,” “A Kind of Miraculous Paradise” by Sandra Allen (schizophrenic uncle’s memoir with add-in’s from Sandra Allen))
  6. Framed Posters from eBay (AI Friedman’s framing section)

  1. Sam Hine’s Promotion
  2. Josh Archer (got Noah the fishing vest)
  3. David Hicks (British interior designer)
  4. Get Cherry Tree Branches at NYC Plant Stores (late March, put some in water, they blossom, it’s fucking dope)
  6. Acronym Nike Vapor Max
  7. New Pair of Re-Worked Carhartt Painter’s Pants (from RTH in LA)
  8. Spike Jones’ “Goldfish” by Girl Skateboards
  9. The Grateful Dead - “The Other One”

  1. Color
  2. Ice Cream (Van Leeuwen's)
  3. Up Size (stop tailoring denim and vintage tees)
  4. Incense Store on Manhattan Ave ($2 for a box, check out Kumba)
  5. Go Hard in the Paint. Go All the Way. (no beaters, only Jawns)
  6. Gosha Rubchinsky
  7. Seasonally Appropriate (Mordechai’s wool beret in the winter)

  1. Corduroy Lined Pockets
  2. The Return of Scott Sternberg (former Band of Outsiders head, now starting Entireworld)
  3. Shorts (Patagonia Baggies, YG - Cut-off jean shorts, white socks, and hard bottoms)
  4. Gosha’s Cryptic Instagram Message
  5. Diet Prada
  6. Return of Kanye West
  7. Sies Marjean’s New Collection

  1. @earlboykins (corporate lunch t-shirt)
  2. Garment Sprays (cologne for a fabric)
  3. Pedicure (foot rub, self-care, etc.)
  4. Callie Thornehill Nyewgn @caramelbobby
  5. Trilogy Tapes (British record label)
  6. Recent Vintage Rap (Dipset, Fabo, Pastor Troy, etc.)
  7. Big Boi’s Social Media Feed (music recs)
  8. Mount Washington in New Hampshire (climb it)
  9. Our Legacy Zipping Shirt

  1. 7” Inseam for shorts
  2. Leon Bridges’ Sophomore Album
  3. Sam Hine’s Affordable Footwear Article
  4. “Billions”
  5. Sleep - “The Sciences” (good for concentration)
  6. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!!
  7. The Buick Grand National

  1. All-Plant-Based Diet (vegan, but not)
  2. Chrysler Sebring Convertible (forest green)
  4. Parasol
  5. Converse Skate Video “Purple”
  6. World Cup

  1. Harmless Harvest (coconut water)
  2. David Lynch’s Disrupt Festival
  3. KTUH U of Hawaii Radio Station
  4. Kerry James Marshall Sold a Painting to Diddy
  5. The Return of Andre 3000
  6. “Ornery” A New Yorker Profile of Merle Haggard (a story about his surfing partner)
  7. Hockey’s New Video With Andrew Allen
  8. Arctic Monkey’s New Album
  9. MGMT’s New Album

  1. The Group Text (the skate group text)
  2. Loafers
  3. The Bass Wejuns Two-Tone Loafer
  4. Go Maximum at the Beach
  5. Cartier Crash
  6. The Donk (@donkplanet, 1971-1976 Chevy Caprese or Impala)
  7. “New Light” - John Mayer
  8. Dapper Dan

  1. Aquarium Drunkard (music blog, good shit, real heads)
  2. @heavyhymns Michael Hens’ Collages
  3. Every Day Oil (internet oil company)
  4. Drag City Records Now Streaming (Will Oldham)
  5. Tierra Whack - “Whack World”
  6. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide whether it’s good or bad. While they are deciding to make even more art.” -Kerry James Marshall
  7. Tony Hawk

  1. The Rowing Machine
  2. Milan, Italy
  3. Kanye West Going to an Idaho Thrift Store and Bought 13 Trash Bags of Clothes
  4. Marni
  5. “I’m talking about control and chaos and everything, yes, but in my personal life, I’m looking for a balance between responsibility, well-being, and extreme hedonism. And I think there is a way of balancing that out. Responsibility doesn’t mean you’re uptight and hedonism doesn’t mean that you’re evil. The Birkenstock adds this nice placid serene feeling of well-being and liberalism. It’s like taking muesli with your ecstasy.” - Rick Owens
  6. The Return of Kid Cudi
  7. The Casti Burger at La Castiglione (Paris)
  8. Shorts (at fashion shorts in the city

  1. Fueguia (smells like geraniums, have a store in SoHo)
  2. Street Style Photographers Tommy Ton, Phill O., Dan Roberts
  3. Summertime White Pants and White Jeans
  4. Inouk - “No Danger” (Amen Dunes New Album)
  5. Abasi Rosborough
  6. Don’t Use Blackout Curtains
  7. Deadstock/Deadstock Fabric (look for it, check out Bode)

  1. Mid90s
  2. Retro-Vans (circle with v)
  3. LQQK Studios
  4. The Hoka Recovery Slides
  5. “Death of a Once-Great American City” (Harpers Magazine article)
  6. Oppressive Summer Heat
  7. California Closets
  8. Summer Blueberries
  9. Pies and Thighs (NYC pie shop)

  1. All White Off-White x Nike Presto
  2. Toby Nwigwe - “I’M DOPE”
  3. Winnie the Pooh (the tao of pooh)
  4. The Great Frog London (jewelry shop)
  5. Missoni x Larose Bucket Hat
  6. Ken Burns: Vietnam
  7. Summer Vacation Boredom (let yourself get bored)
  8. Sam’s New Haircut

  1. Haider Ackerman Story
  2. Heirloom Tomato Sandwich
  3. The Vitamix
  4. Secession
  5. Affix (new brand, Steven Mann)
  6. RTH Poplin Shirt
  7. Full Track Suits

  1. San Francisco
  2. Doing Things Your Own Way
  3. Smashing Through
  4. Ankles (show them)
  5. Own Black Oxford and them

  1. Gillian Welch (Americana singe/ April the 14th pt. 1, I wanna sing that rock and roll, I dream a highway, everything is free, look at miss Ohio, wrecking ball)
  2. Robyn - Honey
  3. Will’s Watches
  4. Pharrell’s Pants (dickies industrial relaxed fit/human-made hacked off about 8” chino)
  5. The coming issue of GQ STYLE
  6. Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways (trying something outside of the norm)
  7. blankets
  8. T Magazine’s Alessandro Michele Profile
  9. Pro-biotics (yogurt, kombucha)
  10. Spicy Village (steamed dumplings)

  1. Cats of Tel-a-Viv
  2. Sexy Central Park Duck
  3. “In A Lonely Place” by Dorothy B. Eues (noir: check out as well Jim Thompson)
  4. Sci-Fi/Fantasy (brand)
  5. Ohad Bennit’s Lamps (moonflower lamps -
  6. Stevie Nicks - “Wild Heart” (youtube clip)

  1. Kimono
  2. Over-sized
  3. Corduroy (wide well)
  4. Music when you walk into a bathroom
  5. Flush sound button
  6. The peace sign
  7. Bowing (3 times)
  8. LL Bean Shammies

  1. 13 Vibes
  2. Bad Santa
  3. Billy Bob Thornton
  4. Mandy (Nick Cage film)
  5. Merry Christmas Lil Mama (Chance and Jeremiah)
  6. We are living in a GOLDEN AGE of Socks and Hosiery (fine cotton, knee-high socks from Drakes, inappropriate socks for the formality, make people confused)
  7. The Nike Dry Fit (the greatest sock ever)
  8. Joshua Vogel (wood crafter and artist)
  9. Vogel's black wooden stools
  10. Time Crisis (Ezra Koenig’s podcast)
  11. Contra by Vampire Weekend

  1. Tom Sachs Nike’s
  2. George Cox Creepers (Comme des Garcons x George Cox)
  3. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Cohen Brothers film)
  4. 2018 Skate Videos (“We Blew It At Some Point” Polar, “Purple” Converse, “Roll Up” GX1000, “Blessed” Supreme)
  5. Album of the year: Amen Dunes “Freedom”
  6. Movie of the Year: “Mandy” (feat. Nick Cage)
  7. TV Program of the year: Ken Burns’s Vietnam
  8. The Great Holiday Escape (Dec. 26 LEAVE NYC, go somewhere weird)
  9. More Change

  1. Steven Yin’s 2019 NYC Fashion Week Issey Miyake fit
  2. Layering from light to dark
  3. Latte Art
  4. Dressing for the month
  5. Baker Pants (military pants)
  6. Moire Silk
  7. Men in pearls
  8. Seashells
  9. Chef’s Hats/Shirts

  1. Sweater Bow (sleeves of hoodie tied around the neck and under armpit across chest)
  2. Lorod (New Brand)
  3. Marc Jacobs Feb 2019 fits (pants!)
  4. Sies Marjan
  5. Hobbies
  6. Sending emails that exist solely in the subject line
  7. Iridescence
  8. Men’s Hair Accessories (barrette)
  9. Butterflies (butterfly gold chain)
  10. Personal Shoppers
  11. Terry Cloth Shorts (faded color, oversized)

  1. Exotic Fruit (pomegranates and figs)
  2. GQ Style Spring Issue
  3. The Redding ‘92 (Kurt Cobain's hair cut at Reading show)
  4. Vanilla
  5. LVMH Prize
  6. Good Wear (great blank tees)
  7. White Turtle necks
  8. Cafe Forgot (traveling pop-up shop)
  9. Socks with Sandals
  10. Vince Staples (specifically his take on Obama’s jacket)
  11. gunna’s drip or down 2 cover art

  1. Adidas Samba (black, white stripe, regular tongue, gold stamp)
  2. British Novels
  3. Cowboys

  1. Press Conferences (need a comeback)
  2. Goldman Sachs New Dress Code
  3. Marylin Manson (went to an Oscars after party with Adrian Brody)
  4. Hugh Grant being confused
  5. Fireplaces
  6. Bells (service bells, under desk bells, dinner bells)

  1. Jake Phelps (editor of thrasher mag)
  2. Quilted Fabrics
  3. Claritin
  4. Marin

  1. La Sportiva (Solomon type shoes)
  2. Poncho, no sleeves
  3. Bottomless Brunch
  4. Jason Dill
  5. Bonnie Raitt
  6. Public Practice (Punk Project)
  7. Tropical Wool (Noah wants a TW Suit)

  1. Kastle Editions (makes one kind of coat very well)
  2. Issey Miyake - Pleats Please
  3. Amiacalva bags
  4. Alexandra Sojfer Umbrellas
  5. A$AP Nast X Converse
  6. Jacques Marie Mage Sunglasses
  7. Caspari Napkins (dope napkins)
  8. The Return of Lil Uzi Vert
  9. Ball and Cone
  10. Peter Reed Linens
  11. Rachel’s “Everything in Fashion is Either Giant or Tiny”
  12. Vintage Mountain Bikes (90s)
  13. Line Sander (deadstock fabric fashions)

  1. Silk Shirts (Supreme’s are great Our Legacy’s are best)
  2. Princess Diana (tuck jeans or sweatpants into cowboy boots)
  3. Bianca Saunders (leather jacket)
  4. Open As Usual (London store, tees and sweats)
  5. Holland and Holland (British country clothes)
  6. Kerwin Frost

  1. Chacos
  2. Iced Cortado
  3. Ashley Williams (female streetwear)
  4. The Broken Record Podcast
  5. Ruth Bater Ginsberg
  6. Eden Power Corp (brand for environmental protection)
  7. La Lane (French furniture designers)
  8. Lumbar support pillows
  9. Classic Hits (new LA store, owned by Come Tees owner)
  10. New Balance 990 V5 (same as V4)

  1. Frozen Drinks (margarita, piña colada)
  2. Diane Ketan’s Instagram
  3. Pratt’s Fashion Program

  1. Toddler Core
  2. Jordan 11 (Golf Shoes)
  3. Manicures
  4. Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
  5. Budweiser

  1. Bike Commuting
  2. Harry Styles’ Met Gala Earing
  3. Jeremy O’Harris’ Met Gala Cigarette Holder
  4. Noguchi (lamps and museum)
  5. Men With Long Beautiful Hair

  1. Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour (Sirius XM radio show)
  2. Keanu Reeves on a T-Shirt that Sam is wearing
  3. Sale Season
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2019.05.01 16:50 C_Rufio Learn the Lineup: Dreamers

Dreamers is an alt-rock trio from New York. In 2014, they released their debut EP and landed themselves on Alt Press's 100 Bands You Need To Know list. In 2015, they released a follow-up EP and started work on their debut album. During the writing process, the band teamed up with Atlas Genius' Keith Jeffrey to write the track "Shooting Shadows" which was included on the EP "You Are Here". In August of 2016, the band released their first album "This Album Does Not Exist". Over the course of 2018, they released 2 EPs. One was was titled "Launch" and the other titled "Fly". In early 2019, they announced that the two EPs would combine with a 3rd collection of songs to complete the album "Launch. Fly. Land." which was released on April 26th.
Sweet Disaster
For Fans Of: Atlas Genius, COIN, Sir Sly
Previous Artists: Arkells, Pink Sweat$, half•alive, SHAED, Denzel Curry, Madeon, Illiterate Light, Harry Hudson, Smino, Lauren Daigle, Sam Fender, Still Woozy, Jade Bird
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2019.03.06 17:03 calibrono Devil May Cry 5 for PS4, XB1, PC Reviews - OpenCritic

Game Information

Game Title: Devil May Cry 5
Developer: CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 89 average - 93% recommended

Critic Reviews

AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter - Buy

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Bazimag - Mahdi Eftekhari - Persian - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a legendary comeback for Devil May Cry series and every aspect of it from its lovely fast paced gameplay to its unique and impactful story, all reminisce the great time we had with this series throughout the years. It's not a game only for true fans of Devil May Cry, I think every gamer should give it a chance to understand the true meaning of Hack 'n' Slash and Action Adventure.
CGMagazine - Kenneth Shepard - 6 / 10
Devil May Cry 5's risk-averse approach grounds it as other games in the genre are reaching for the sky.
COGconnected - Alexander Thomas - 94 / 100
Devil May Cry 5 excels at bringing back that iconic feeling the franchise is known for and does so with killer style, strategic, fast-paced combat, and a pumping soundtrack. With a cast of both familiar faces in Trish and Lady, as well as newcomers Nico and V, this is a game that gives me confidences for the future of the Devil May Cry series.
Cerealkillerz - Gabriel Bogdan - German - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry looks extremly stylish thanks to the RE Engine and it also plays the same with lots of variety. Besides a bit to classic ending for the story and a carelessly integrated online feature long-time Fans and newcomers alike will get an amazing package filled with the usual Devil May Cry action paired with lots of new gameplay elements and a well-made atmosphere.
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White - 4.5 / 5
Aside from my story gripes with Lady and Trish and my couple of issues with the Devil Breaker, Devil May Cry 5 practically exceeded my expectations.
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a masterpiece in action. It has heart and charm in its epic story that comes full circle on the series. It looks sexier than the sun setting over a billionaire's collection of cars that are parked on a Santa Monica strip in California. It plays phenomenally well and will leave you drenched in sweat and satisfaction when the end credits roll, while wishing for more of its sassy attitude.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 10 / 10
I'm going to be playing Devil May Cry 5 weeks from now in the short term and years from now long term. This is the sort of fine-tuned wacky action game the genre deserves.
DualShockers - Ryan Meitzler - 9 / 10
11 years after we last saw Dante, Nero & Co., Devil May Cry 5 shows that the series is in fine form with one of its best installments yet.
Easy Allies - Ben Moore - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 has some of the best combat yet seen in an action game.
Eurogamer - Martin Robinson - Recommended
Capcom returns to its trusted formula for something that plays like a outrageously pretty PS2 game - and that's a very good thing.
Fextralife - 9 / 10
DMC5 is a worthy return to the main stage for action games, delivering unparalleled gameplay executed beautifully and with consistent, remarkable performance. Fans of the genre will love this title, and newcomers are likely to become fans.
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani - 8 / 10
All in all, Devil May Cry 5 is a solid entry in a franchise we'd like to see more of. It looks good and for most part, plays well. Although the new character V isn't as fun to play as Dante and Nero, there's more than enough to keep fans and newcomers interested.
Game Informer - Joe Juba - 8.5 / 10
Chaining together impressive combos is as fun as ever, though hopping among three characters makes it hard to hone your expertise
GameMAG - Russian - 8 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a great action game, created for fans of the original universe, which is almost all superior to the DMC4, but makes a few new mistakes. Crumpled story, with a focus on fan service, which jumps in time, ragged ending and featureless levels can be a disappointment. At the same time improved combat system, great variety of bosses and opponents, along with beautiful characters, great battle tracks and spectacular cutscenes will not disappoint you.
GameSpot - Matt Espineli - 9 / 10
DMC5 proves the series can still be brilliant and imaginative without compromising its longest-held traditions.
GameWatcher - Bogdan Robert - 8.5 / 10
A stylish, badass return to form
GameXplain - Liked-a-lot

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GameZone - Cade Onder - 8.5 / 10
Even though it sometimes feels uncharacteristically by the numbers in some places or fails to have a noticeable amount of pizazz, Devil May Cry 5 is a hell of a good time. With plenty of wonderful character moments that'll make fans gush, a glorious frenzy of bloody action, and a healthy dose of great metal music to score it all, Capcom has triumphantly returned yet another beloved franchise to its former glory.
Gameblog - Jonathan Bushle - French - 8 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a very good and engaging episode for the lovable franchise. All three playable characters feel great, and you really should try it if you're a fan of the beat them all genre.
GamesBeat - Mike Minotti - 70 / 100
Devil May Cry 5 won't be a total disappointment thanks to its stunning production values. Aside from the recent Resident Evil 2 remake, this is the best-looking game Capcom has ever made. Its adventure is a fun one if you don't take it too seriously (which shouldn't be too hard). As much as I can gripe about its flaws, it's hard not to grin when you're shoving a running motorcycle wheel into a demon's face. But this isn't an action classic.
GamesRadar+ - Oscar Taylor-Kent - 4.5 / 5 stars
Capcom has done it again, re-energising a classic series like never before, and pushing the genre forward in a fresh way. It looks better than ever, plays better than ever. It's Devil May Cry better than ever.
GamingBolt - Will Borger - 9 / 10
It might have small flaws, but Devil May Cry V is like a fine meal; it deserves to be savored, and if you do you'll likely want to re-experience it. The fact you might see everything it has multiple times over in doing so is just a bonus.
GamingTrend - Travis Northup - 95 / 100
DMC 5 is probably the best hack-and-slash game you'll play all year, and definitely the most stylish.
GearNuke - Khurram Imtiaz - 9 / 10
This is the best Devil May Cry game since we met a young Vergil and Dante in Devil May Cry 3. While this sticks to its old-school game design and doesn't innovate much from it, the main attraction, which is its combat and iconic cast, is back in a highly polished package with jaw-dropping stylish action.
God is a Geek - Chris White - 10 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a stunning hack and slash game and never fails to amaze. Combat this good should be illegal.
Guardian - 5 / 5 stars
High-octane challenges in this irresistible romp have resurrected an action series that's been dormant for over a decade
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4 / 5
I may have been fairly critical throughout this review, but in the end Devil May Cry 5 is still one of the better character action games you'll play.
Heavy - Elton Jones - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is without a doubt the new series plateau.
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 93 / 100
On top of being one of the best looking action games ever made, none other hack'n slash has ever been so complex and varied, but also fun. It may be all about demons and hell, but Devil May Cry 5 is like reaching heaven.
IGN - Mitchell Saltzman - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5's trio of outstanding combat styles set a new high bar for the series, and its mysterious story keeps things interesting along the way.
IGN Spain - Juan García - Spanish - 9.1 / 10
DMC5 makes even better what this franchise does best, improving on its formula in almost every way, but doesn't do anything new on the process. The game doesn't has any hiccups or problems so if you are the kind of gamer that loves this frantic action games, you'll be more than happy with Capcom's latest creation.
Just Push Start - Mark Fajardo - 9 / 10
Between a well-written story, one that ends on a shocking revelation, to interesting characters and everything else, especially the combat, Devil May Cry 5 is the total package and a must for hack-and-slash fans.
Leadergamer - Alper Dalan - Turkish - 5 / 5 stars
Every gamer should definitely experience this beauty!
Merlin'in Kazanı - Furkan Güler - Turkish - 87 / 100
Devil May Cry 5 is brings back old school hack 'n' slash mechanics to the new generation. First time in the series, Capcom emphasize the storytelling. The game is also shines at cinematics and graphics are gorgeus with butter smooth 60 FPS on both consoles.
Metro GameCentral - 9 / 10
A perfectly judged comeback that's full of all the wild invention and stylish mayhem fans demand but proves surprisingly accessible and varied for everyone else.
Nerd Much? - Bobby Bernstein - 9.7 / 10
Devil May Cry 5’s self-awareness is a big part of what makes it such a great game. It doesn’t care that it’s still a linear game; it doesn’t care that it’s a hack ‘n slash in 2019; it doesn’t care that its story is mostly fan service. It embraces everything that it is – despite those elements typically being labeled as dated – and we love it more because it’s doing that.
Oyungezer Online - Turkish - 8.9 / 10
Dante is spectacular, Nero is enjoyable and V is... well, different. At the end of the day, it's safe to say that DMC V is the best until something better comes up (perhaps Bayonetta 3) and it's a game everyone, fans and newcomers, can deeply enjoy.
PC Gamer - Tom Senior - 90 / 100
Three great characters and a beautiful, fluid combat system make this a must-buy for hack-and-slash fans.
PC Invasion - Andrew Farrell - 4 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 might not be the best entry in the series, but it's a good time with great gameplay, in spite of the middling story and bland art direction.
PCGamesN - Jacob Ridley - 8 / 10
Few games are as endearing in their madness as Devil May Cry 5. It's deeply old-school and made for fans first, but its new character will entertain newcomers and keep them coming back for more.Jacob Ridley
Pardis Game - Matin Nasiri - Persian - 9.5 / 10
Devil May Cry V is an enjoyable and memorable experience that is loyal to its roots while being modernized by the new standards.
PlayStation LifeStyle - Joseph Yaden - 8 / 10
There's almost too much to love about Devil May Cry 5, and I'm so glad Capcom is continuing to deliver games of this quality.
PlayStation Universe - Garri Bagdasarov - 7.5 / 10
Devil May Cry V is the game fans have been waiting for, for better or for worse. It's not the best in the franchise but it's a welcome and stylish return to the original Devil May Cry saga.
PowerUp! - Matthew Manchester - 9.6 / 10
"As far as gameplay, I can't see many people not enjoying this. Devi May Cry 5 has been one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had."
Press Start - James Mitchell - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 rights all the wrongs of its predecessors with style and gusto, whilst being incredibly welcoming to series newcomers. The three playable characters bring great combat variety against the games huge slew of enemies and bosses. There are a few little niggles that stop the game from being the best it could be, but Devil May Cry 5 is undoubtedly one of the best in the series.
Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is quite easily one of the best action games on PS4. Flawless in the execution of its often jaw-dropping combat, it's a masterfully crafted title that begs to be played over and over again. Stunning presentation helps sell some of the coolest cutscenes going, and the story ties the series together with style. Among a sea of uninspired open world outings, Devil May Cry 5 is an explosion of character and laser-focused excellence. Capcom is well and truly back.
Rely On Horror - Jordan Leendertsen - 10 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a triumphant return to form for the classic action series, offering polished graphics and the series' best gameplay to date.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Matt Cox - Unscored
There is a demon, and I’m going to kill it. With style. I’ll shoot and slash and somersault, chaining together increasingly outlandish combos while listening to electro-metal where I only catch the odd word like ‘sword’ or ‘death’.
Saudi Gamer - عصام الشهوان - Arabic - 5 / 5
One of the best and deepest battle systems, making for an exciting game that always pushes you to do better and learn more, coupled to an eclectic and cool cast of characters starring in breathtaking scenes with plenty of enemies and bosses to strut your stuff on. A triumphant return after 11 years and an instant classic.
Screen Rant - Cody Gravelle - 4 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 is an entertaining romp through the underworld made even more exciting by its three protagonists.
Shacknews - Brittany Vincent - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent action game. It's an even better Devil May Cry, perhaps the best the series has seen just yet.
Softpedia - Cosmin Vasile - 9 / 10
As for those who haven't played any of the other titles, Devil May Cry 5 should be the reason to rectify the error. It took CAPCOM quite a long time, but at least they got it right, Devil May Cry 5 is a masterpiece.
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 7 / 10
Excellent combat, dated design
Tech Advisor - Lewis Painter - 4 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 should satisfy your hack-and-slack itch in a big way. Huge, Hollywood-esque attacks are amped up by insane combos and devastating effects to create something truly satisfying, and the story has a lot to offer too.
Telegraph - Olivia White - 5 / 5 stars
It’s stylish. It’s cool. It’s supremely fun, fluid and rewarding.
The Jimquisition - Jim Sterling - Unscored
DMCV is everything fans want, and everything the rest of the world needs.
The Outerhaven Productions - Keith Mitchell - 4 / 5 stars
In the end, Devil May Cry 5 doesn't reinvent the wheel. Instead, it takes everything that fans of the series loved, dials it up to 11 and presents one of the best game in the series yet. Right up there with Devil May Cry 1 and 3 for me. Plenty of combat, the pacing is just right, and a nice amount of content to play through once you've reached the end. My only gripe is those blasted microtransactions, which I feel has no place in a game like this. A minor inconvenience in what I consider an enjoyable action game that I haven't been able to put down. It looks like Capcom has yet another GOTY contender on their hands. Devil May Cry 5 is every bit the game I was looking forward to and then some.
TheSixthAxis - Nick Petrasiti - 9 / 10
Hideaki Itsuno, my hat goes off to you and your crew. It's only March, and yet Devil May Cry 5 is another clear Game of the Year contender. The silly arguments on whether the original DMC or DmC is better can stop now, because DMC5 is here and it's bloody brilliant. This is a proper return to form for the series, something that fans of both can get behind.
TrueAchievements - Kevin Tavore - 4.5 / 5 stars
Devil May Cry 5 is so successful because it is impeccably designed from top to bottom with one goal in mind: be awesome. It knocks that goal out of the park in nearly every element of the game.
Twinfinite - Hayes Madsen - 5 / 5
The wait between Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5 might have been long, but the payoff is more than worth it. It doesn't deviate from the series' formula, but instead refines it to a polished sheen; one that's packed with an absurd amount of style and spirit. This is a must-play action game for fans of the series and the genre alike.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 4.5 / 5 stars
Capcom fills fans' dark souls with light! Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent return to form for the franchise, setting it up for a bright future. Nero's here, Dante's back in pitch-perfect form, and V provides a brand-new style of play. All Capcom really needed to do with Devil May Cry 5 was repackage the classic DMC gameplay with a modern coat of paint, but DMC 5 is an excellent, thoughtful update.
VG247 - Kirk McKeand - Unscored
Though it’s not without its flaws, DMC 5 is a game where action is king.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 8.2 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 features incredible action-intense gameplay as well as gorgeous visuals, engaging cutscenes, and phenomenal audio.
VideoGamer - Joshua Wise - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 revels in its own gleeful stupidity, presenting a world in which the most valuable commodity is style.
Wccftech - Francesco De Meo - 9.8 / 10
Devil May Cry V is the best entry in the series and one of the best character action games ever released. In addition to its excellent combat mechanics and level design, which expand greatly on the elements introduced in past games, the story and characters had never before received such focus in Devil May Cry. The game may be lacking in extra content such as the fan-favorite Bloody Palace mode at launch, but don't let this small flaw prevent you from getting what will surely be one of the 2019 Game of the Year contenders.
We Got This Covered - David Morgan - 4.5 / 5 stars
A character action game with three characters, all of which are unique and fun in their own right, is a crowning achievement in design. Beautiful, stylish, and with depth that I feel compelled to conquer, Devil May Cry 5 gives back what you put in.
WellPlayed - Kieran Stockton - 9 / 10
DMC5 is a beautifully produced hack and slash game that proves that Capcom still has their finger on the pulse with the series
Windows Central - Asher Madan - 4.5 / 5 stars
Overall, Devil May Cry 5 is a fun game — one that is utterly spectacular — but Capcom could've done more to evolve the franchise's format.
Worth Playing - Cody Medellin - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a must-play title for action fans. The action is fast and fluid, and its accommodations for both skilled and new players make it easier for everyone to enjoy the gameplay. The title is packed with a healthy amount of levels and several different hooks to keep you playing after you finish the campaign. The presentation is stunning, and while the game does contain microtransactions, they can easily be ignored. Capcom has another winner on its hands, and DMC5 is an early contender for game of the year.
Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 91 / 100
A triumphant return for Capcom's coolest series, Devil May Cry 5 is a stupidly slick game that does almost everything right. It'll totally pull your Devil Trigger.
ZTGD - Ken McKown - 9 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is a return to the series in its truest form. Capcom has been a massive hot streak lately and I cannot wait to see what they do next. I loved DmC and thought it was a solid reboot, but I feel like continuing the original series was the right move. The combat feels great, the game looks oustanding, and the nostalgia is strong with this one.
MSPowerUser - Lewis White - 8.5 / 10
Devil May Cry 5 is the true successor to the series’ name. It’s a proper continuation in story, gameplay, and style. For those looking for a hardcore hack-and-slash with inventive new weapons, amazing bosses, and fantastic characters this is the game you need. While it’s disappointing it took so long to get back here, DMC V is more than worth the wait.
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2019.03.05 08:10 WhiskeyRanting RDA Recap - March 4, 2019

Rolling around at the speed of NOPE, your ever humble servant SilverKappa is at the keyboard. This is the RDA Recap, where we attempt to catch lightning in a bottle and pass it on to you at reasonable prices and very slim chance of electrocution and death. Just...don't take the stopper out of the bottle. Please. u/Am_I_Devo worked very hard to get that lightning in there and would be very sad if someone just let it back out again.
Behold! The song of our people!
The Prodigy - "Invaders Must Die"
We begin with a floofbreak. I love this show. "He's doing the claws again."
We mourn the loss of Keith Flint, the Prodigy's front man. There will be no discussion of the conflicting reports surrounding his death.
Loki ate the bed. Yes. "He doesn't do this to anything else in the house. [...] But he will eat the bed. He will eat the comforter. He will eat the sheets. He will eat the pillow cases, the pillows. He will eat the bed."
White Collar Rebel - "Hey Hey (No Way)"
The Mountain Goats - "Cadaver Sniffing Dog"
Quaker City Night Hawks - "Suit in the Back"
Criminal Hygiene - "Greetings From a Postcard"
"There is no hedgehog in the real world that looks like Sonic, people. Disabuse yourself of that notion."
Yeah, we're looking at the "live action" Sonic. Goblyn points out that, if these leaks are real, movie Sonic looks like his own knock-off. Nash just doesn't get it. "I learned my lesson from Super Mario Brothers. I paid money to see that movie. [...] I thought it was awesome! Kids are stupid."
Nash plugs his Instagram (nash076). It seems to be where pictures of Grady live, and that sounds like a good place to be.
Isle of Rangoon - Rangoon Riffs: Adventure in Telezonia
Talking Heads - "Once In A Lifetime"
TWRP - "Synthesize Her"
Hold on, I need to change my pants.
Glove and Boots - What Is Mardi Gras?
The Rapture - "Pieces of The People We Love"
More floof. Such floof. The best floof.
DJ Cummerbund - "Another One's Hot In Herre"
Muse - "Pressure"
The secret origin of Dickface Johnson!
Rhett & Link - "Rub Some Bacon On It"
Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"
Captain Marvel is soon to release, with Brie Larson playing the titular role - and hoo boy, did this make some fuckboys mad. They went to Rotten Tomatoes and review-bombed the hell out of this film which, as a reminder, has not actually released and which they had no way to have seen. Rotten Tomatoes has decided to shut out audience reviews until after a film has come out. And if the fuckboys were mad before...
"It's kinda like someone who shows up at a party and shits in the punch bowl and thinks they're a genius."
The Monkees - "Daydream Believer"
The Prodigy - "Breathe"
A brief word from our sponsors. They're good folks.
ze frank - True Facts about the Mantis Shrimp
Lovebites - "Rising"
Technical issues serve as prologue to this week's nonsense. First Tara can't see Nash, then we lose all audio. "That's gonna be a lot of YouTubes on the video."
STORY 1: Potential juror yells 'He is guilty!' and winds up jailed
STORY 2: Complaint accuses man of creating fake letter of pardon from West Virginia governor for himself
STORY 3: 2 arrested in buffet brawl over crab legs
STORY 4: Woman upset with St. Paul ATM whacks machine with golf club, police say. Transaction failed but it caught her name.
STORY 5: Northampton students stranded when bus driver pulls over and walks off; driver charged with DUI
STORY 6: Police Say Intoxicated Driver Hit 41 Cars In Rhode Island
Todd in the Shadows - POP SONG REVIEW: "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - "A Little Honey"
Postmodern Jukebox - "Sunflower" Post Malone Bossa Nova cover ft. Leah Zeger
ProZD - social media feeds
Homestar Runner - Strongbad Email #73: Mascot
Cybertronic Spree - "Cybertronic Warrior"
That Movie Chick - Incredibles 2 Review aka "Was It Worth The Wait??"
The Proclaimers - "There's A Touch"
Caravan Palace - "Miracle"
Felix Colgrave - DRY RUN
I Don't Know How But They Found Me - "Choke"
I've got to quit numbering these. It seriously fucks me up. Nash fights with Grady while I wrestle with that realization.
Old 97s - "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Breaking the Girl"
I think I need an adult.
Simon's Cat - Staircase
Ezra Furman - "Restless Year"
We end on promises of a SWTOR game stream Wednesday and Tech Q&A on Saturday. And hey, if any of y'all who come around here are playing SWTOR, hit me up, I need some friends to run around with.
The Prodigy - "Timebomb Zone"
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2018.11.28 20:09 EonKayoh 2018 Rookie Watch, Week 12

Welcome to the TWELFTH edition of the 2018 Rookie Watch! If you like metrics, analytics, or any other number-based way of looking at the NFL, check out /footballmetrics once you finish checking in on how your team's rookies are doing!
Here are all previous Rookie Watch weeks: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
NOTE: All percentage-based numbers are also adjusted for per-game. So if a WR has 10 targets in 3 games, and his team has 200 pass attempts in 5 games, I won't just do 10/200, I'll do (10/3)/(200/5) for a more accurate 8.33% target share than the 5% target share that not adjusting for per-game would have gotten us. This goes for the defensive stats as well.


TD%: TDs per attempt Ratio: TD:INT ratio TANY/Db: True Adjusted Net Yards per dropback TANY/Db Formula: (PaYds + RuYds + ((PaTDs + RuTDs) * 20) - ((INTs + Fmbls) * 45) - SkYds) / (PaAtt + RuAtt + Sacks taken) 
Baker Mayfield has REALLY separated himself from the rest of the rookie QB crowd ever since Hue Jackson's departure. Mayfield over the last 3 weeks (against admittedly weak defenses in Kansas City, Atlanta, and Cincinnati) has gone 65/88 (73.86% completion) for 771 yards (8.76 ypa), 9 TDs, and only 1 interception. Freddie Kitchens' decision to incorporate Duke Johnson more into the offense has worked absolute wonders for the passing offense's efficiency, with Johnson himself being 2nd on the team in targets since Kitchens became OC at 15 - only Jarvis Landry has more at 17. Even Nick Chubb, who was never really asked to be a pass catcher at Georgia, has made some great plays in the receiving game, including a receiving touchdown in each of the last two weeks. That all being said, Lamar Jackson has emerged as the best of the rest with his ridiculous usage in the run game and surprisingly efficient passing game play. Jackson did throw two picks, but in all fairness, they were both caught off deflections. It's not like he's out here throwing it straight to defenders. But yeah, Josh Allen had a good game, and due to that and Josh Rosen just continuing to not get any better, Rosen is now at the bottom by a margin of a half yard per dropback. Oof.
Name Tm Att Cmp% YPA TD% Ratio TANY/Db
Baker Mayfield CLE 311 62.70% 7.21 5.47% 2.43 5.57
Lamar Jackson BAL 56 60.71% 7.41 3.57% 0.67 3.83
Sam Darnold NYJ 289 55.02% 6.69 3.81% 0.79 3.81
Josh Allen BUF 158 52.53% 6.28 1.90% 0.60 3.39
Josh Rosen ARI 247 55.47% 6.16 4.05% 0.91 2.89


YPC: yards per carry Cth%AE: catch rate above expectation - % of targets actually caught relative to their QB's completion%; higher is better YAC/R: yards after the catch per reception YPOpp: total yards from scrimmage gained per opportunity 
Pretty much the same group continuing to impress. Barkley, Lindsay, and Chubb, although now we can add guys like Jordan Wilkins, Josh Adams, Gus Edwards, and possibly maybe even Justin Jackson to the mix as well? Jackson will likely be part of a committee alongside Austin Ekeler while Melvin Gordon deals with his MCL sprain. Still sad about Kerryon's injury, but he was also in the "most impressive rookie RBs" conversation before going down.
Name Tm Car YPC Tgt Cth%AE YAC/R YPOpp
Saquon Barkley NYG 171 4.85 86 1.18 8.60 5.45
Phillip Lindsay DEN 135 5.78 30 1.22 9.96 5.85
Sony Michel NE 127 4.61 10 0.92 7.67 4.59
Nick Chubb CLE 122 5.43 13 1.16 10.00 5.59
Kerryon Johnson DET 118 5.43 39 1.23 8.34 5.44
Royce Freeman DEN 84 4.15 7 1.14 5.20 4.14
Nyheim Hines IND 69 4.10 51 1.15 5.88 4.43
Rashaad Penny SEA 66 4.61 11 1.09 8.63 4.88
Ito Smith ATL 63 3.16 24 1.23 6.29 3.82
Jordan Wilkins IND 57 5.58 14 1.36 6.77 5.52
Josh Adams PHI 56 5.20 8 0.72 8.50 4.94
Gus Edwards BAL 55 5.40 1 1.64 4.00 5.43
Chase Edmonds ARI 34 2.50 15 1.52 5.46 3.02
Ronald Jones TB 19 2.21 7 1.28 6.33 2.92
Trenton Cannon NYJ 18 3.28 16 1.25 7.27 4.79
Mark Walton CIN 13 1.85 7 1.15 9.60 3.25
Justin Jackson LAC 12 5.33 2 1.45 10.50 5.93
Mike Boone MIN 11 4.27 3 0.94 2.50 3.43
Jaylen Samuels PIT 10 2.60 6 1.01 11.00 3.75
Roc Thomas MIN 8 3.75 4 0.70 6.00 4.25
Jeff Wilson SF 7 4.71 1 1.63 0.00 5.13
Shaun Wilson TB 6 4.83 5 0.90 1.67 3.09
Detrez Newsome LAC 5 3.00 0 3.00
Kalen Ballage MIA 4 2.00 5 1.54 4.00 2.89
De'Lance Turner BAL 1 4.00 2 1.64 7.00 7.00
David Williams JAX 1 2.00 0 2.00


RACR: Receiver Air Conversion Ratio - the ratio of the receiver's actual receiving yards, to their intended air yards. Higher is better, 1.0+ is exceptional Tgt%: Target percentage, the percentage of the team's passes that the player was targeted on AY%: Air Yards percentage, the percentage of air yards intended for the player in question 
WHY HELLO THERE, MR. ATEMAN! Way to burst onto the scene! At know...from a usage standpoint. 10 targets is no joke, although it could very easily be flukey. Still, just last week Ateman was targeted 5 times and caught 4 of them for 50 yards, so maybe his real intended usage is somewhere in the middle there, and 7-8 targets a game is still very impressive for a rookie, especially a 7th rounder. Everything else here looks about the same, but Ateman's usage has been stellar in his two games with Oakland so far, and it's definitely something to watch for.
Name Tm Tgt% AY% RACR
Keke Coutee HOU 22.92% 12.34% 1.38
Marcell Ateman OAK 22.60% 30.11% 0.46
Christian Kirk ARI 19.67% 17.55% 0.93
Calvin Ridley ATL 15.57% 19.15% 0.89
Antonio Callaway CLE 15.26% 22.35% 0.47
Anthony Miller CHI 14.94% 20.12% 0.64
Courtland Sutton DEN 14.48% 23.69% 0.61
DJ Moore CAR 14.16% 17.17% 1.22
Michael Gallup DAL 13.11% 23.86% 0.50
Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 10.84% 12.90% 0.87
Keith Kirkwood NO 10.78% 16.37% 0.70
Trey Quinn WAS 10.19% 8.83% 1.03
Tre'Quan Smith NO 10.03% 16.52% 0.74
Dante Pettis SF 9.41% 14.64% 0.68
D.J. Chark JAX 8.57% 11.05% 0.66
Auden Tate CIN 8.48% 10.95% 0.20
Equanimeous St. Brown GB 8.13% 13.24% 0.61
Damion Ratley CLE 7.86% 8.49% 0.71
Deontay Burnett NYJ 7.40% 7.19% 1.15
James Washington PIT 5.99% 12.28% 0.19
Robert Foster BUF 5.96% 14.87% 0.47
Jawill Davis NYG 5.56% 13.48% 0.23
Chad Beebe MIN 5.19% 9.06% 0.76
Cameron Batson TEN 5.02% 6.15% 0.87
Vyncint Smith HOU 3.35% 14.69% 0.17
Derrick Willies CLE 2.89% 1.07% 3.39
Brandon Powell DET 2.77% 0.78% 1.00
Richie James SF 2.69% 1.57% 3.24
Malik Turner SEA 2.57% 1.93% 1.36
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 2.43% 0.37% 3.44
DaeSean Hamilton DEN 2.34% 2.39% 1.05
Cam Phillips BUF 1.70% 1.89% 0.69
Trent Sherfield ARI 1.35% 1.14% 0.44
Javon Wims CHI 1.06% 0.45% 0.00
KhaDarel Hodge LAR 0.67% 0.64% 1.00
J'Mon Moore GB 0.39% 0.17% 2.50
Justin Watson TB 0.31% 0.14% 1.00
Russell Gage ATL 0.26% 0.06% 4.50
Brandon Zylstra MIN 0.24% 0.48% 1.53


Again, nothing new. Super young TEs are boring. Mark Andrews did have a nice catch and run this week though.
Name Tm Tgt% AY% RACR
Will Dissly SEA 13.51% 14.56% 1.11
Chris Herndon NYJ 9.80% 10.52% 0.96
Mark Andrews BAL 8.06% 9.76% 0.92
Mike Gesicki MIA 7.86% 8.05% 0.74
Dallas Goedert PHI 6.25% 6.17% 1.06
Hayden Hurst BAL 5.21% 4.79% 0.71
Jordan Thomas HOU 5.18% 3.24% 1.44
Jordan Akins HOU 5.18% 2.30% 1.96
Ian Thomas CAR 4.62% 3.86% 0.84
Dalton Schultz DAL 3.35% 0.87% 2.67
Durham Smythe MIA 1.73% 1.05% 1.08
Jordan Franks CIN 1.41% 1.93% 1.61
Ross Dwelley SF 0.60% 0.58% 1.00
Tyler Conklin MIN 0.47% 0.10% 4.33


Solo%: That player's percentage of the team's solo tackles per game Sk%: That player's percentage of the team's sacks per game PD%: That player's percentage of the team's pass deflections per game INT%: That player's percentage of the team's interceptions per game 
Same guys at the top, with the real major exception being a brand new entry! Bengals 3 tech Niles Scott posted 2 solo tackles in his first game despite VERY limited playing time. Scott was a big boy coming out of Frostburg State - his pro day measurements put him at 6011 (6'1 and 1/8") and 326 pounds. Cincinnati's website lists him at 6'3 280. They're being generous with his height but even at 326 he was a fairly athletic dude. At 6'1 326 he jumped higher at his pro day than 6'1 199 lb Dolphins CB Cordrea Tankersley did at the combine - 30.5" to 29.5". So you've gotta believe slimming down has given him quite a boost in athleticism. Or it could just be nothing, we'll see as he starts to get more playing time. But for now his 2 solo tackles in his 8 snaps is pretty impressive. I'm only even really talking about him because everything else about this DT class is pretty much the same as las week.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% TFL% QBHit%
Maurice Hurst OAK 5.06% 40.00% 8.33% 10.00%
B.J. Hill NYG 4.99% 14.29% 10.00% 5.88%
Da'Ron Payne WAS 4.75% 12.50% 9.76% 10.94%
Niles Scott CIN 4.35% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Da'Shawn Hand DET 4.24% 9.38% 8.51% 3.70%
Sam Hubbard CIN 3.95% 12.50% 11.63% 4.92%
Bilal Nichols CHI 3.92% 5.39% 6.11% 3.88%
Harrison Phillips BUF 3.05% 0.00% 6.15% 1.59%
P.J. Hall OAK 2.84% 0.00% 10.19% 4.07%
Deadrin Senat ATL 2.53% 0.00% 6.67% 7.02%
Derrick Nnadi KC 2.39% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Vita Vea TB 1.64% 9.48% 6.55% 4.04%
Poona Ford SEA 1.57% 0.00% 0.00% 3.22%
Zach Sieler BAL 1.22% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jullian Taylor SF 1.13% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Tyler Lancaster GB 0.94% 0.00% 0.00% 2.58%
Justin Jones LAC 0.94% 1.96% 0.00% 1.67%
Nathan Shepherd NYJ 0.61% 0.00% 0.00% 5.97%
Taylor Stallworth NO 0.52% 0.00% 2.14% 0.00%
Bruce Hector PHI 0.00% 3.27% 0.00% 2.04%


More of the same. At least my boy Harold Landry put up another half a sack. I really thought he'd have a better rookie season playing 3-4 OLB but he's been pretty underwhelming on the whole. I'm still waiting for Tyquan Lewis to get that first sack, man. The rest of his numbers are good-great. But yeah nothing else worth talking about here.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% TFL% QBHit%
Bradley Chubb DEN 5.79% 27.27% 1.69% 21.57% 19.40%
Marcus Davenport NO 2.36% 18.33% 5.39% 12.06% 18.03%
Kemoko Turay IND 2.14% 16.30% 0.00% 1.72% 22.83%
Lorenzo Carter NYG 4.19% 14.29% 2.04% 12.50% 11.76%
Harold Landry TEN 3.40% 10.19% 3.33% 7.02% 12.00%
Arden Key OAK 3.16% 10.00% 0.00% 8.33% 26.67%
Genard Avery CLE 3.72% 10.00% 3.13% 3.92% 15.87%
Jalyn Holmes MIN 1.75% 7.64% 0.00% 4.66% 3.93%
Rasheem Green SEA 2.02% 5.61% 0.00% 3.27% 2.76%
Frankie Luvu NYJ 2.75% 5.56% 1.94% 7.19% 12.77%
Uchenna Nwosu LAC 2.77% 5.36% 1.96% 4.26% 12.12%
Breeland Speaks KC 2.98% 4.17% 0.00% 5.88% 10.14%
Sharif Finch TEN 2.88% 3.70% 0.00% 4.26% 1.82%
Jake Martin SEA 0.86% 3.57% 0.00% 4.17% 5.26%
John Franklin-Myers LAR 1.11% 3.45% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dorance Armstrong DAL 0.85% 1.61% 0.00% 0.00% 4.23%
Tyquan Lewis IND 2.86% 0.00% 8.53% 5.73% 20.75%
Taven Bryan JAX 1.73% 0.00% 0.00% 2.17% 1.79%
Marquis Haynes CAR 0.83% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Josh Sweat PHI 0.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.75%


Darius Leonard is ridiculous. LVE is also ridiculous in different ways. Fred Warner, Tremaine Edmunds, and Roquan Smith are all very, very good, and would be in an exciting 3 way race for top rookie LB right now if it wasn't for the absolutely insane play we're seeing from Leonard and LVE. Not much else to remark on here.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% INT% TFL%
Darius Leonard IND 16.51% 24.44% 7.67% 10.00% 15.47%
Leighton Vander Esch DAL 15.43% 0.00% 15.56% 28.57% 3.77%
Fred Warner SF 13.11% 0.00% 19.35% 0.00% 5.26%
Tremaine Edmunds BUF 12.52% 3.93% 14.81% 0.00% 5.08%
Roquan Smith CHI 12.42% 11.76% 3.45% 0.00% 10.00%
Kyzir White LAC 9.38% 0.00% 14.38% 33.33% 7.80%
Jerome Baker MIA 8.19% 11.11% 4.44% 5.88% 4.88%
Foye Oluokun ATL 8.14% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.03%
Kenny Young BAL 7.80% 7.81% 1.61% 0.00% 6.45%
Ja'Whaun Bentley NE 7.45% 0.00% 7.33% 30.56% 10.48%
Josey Jewell DEN 4.96% 0.00% 3.39% 0.00% 5.88%
Rashaan Evans TEN 4.07% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.34%
Oren Burks GB 3.92% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Austin Calitro SEA 3.86% 1.79% 2.08% 0.00% 2.08%
Tae Davis NYG 3.42% 8.73% 2.49% 0.00% 3.06%
Jason Cabinda OAK 3.25% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Leon Jacobs JAX 3.09% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dorian O'Daniel KC 2.98% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.92%
Shaquem Griffin SEA 2.36% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Matthew Adams IND 2.14% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.56%
Ezekiel Turner ARI 2.10% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Nick DeLuca JAX 1.78% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Ben Niemann KC 1.46% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Zaire Franklin IND 1.36% 0.00% 2.33% 0.00% 0.00%
Duke Ejiofor HOU 1.36% 4.04% 4.91% 0.00% 2.29%
Peter Kalambayi HOU 1.31% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Skai Moore IND 1.23% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Malik Jefferson CIN 1.21% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Joel Iyiegbuniwe CHI 1.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.67%
James Crawford GB 1.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Chris Board BAL 1.11% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jack Cichy TB 1.09% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dennis Gardeck ARI 1.05% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Matthew Thomas PIT 0.70% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jermaine Carter CAR 0.68% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Shaun Dion Hamilton WAS 0.65% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Devante Downs MIN 0.58% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
D'Juan Hines CLE 0.54% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Chris Covington DAL 0.47% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Justin Lawler LAR 0.44% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.96%
Micah Kiser LAR 0.44% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Keishawn Bierria DEN 0.41% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%


Derwin and Jessie remain at the top, but Jordan Whitehead and Terrell Edmunds both had great games this week, the former usurping Justin Reid for the 3rd highest share of solo tackles out of the class this week. Reid is still leading the class in share of interceptions, and is also 2nd behind only Derwin when it comes to share of pass defenses, but only has a combined 5 solo tackles over the last two weeks, where Edmunds has 11, James and Bates have 12 each, and Whitehead has a ridiculous 17!
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% INT% TFL%
Derwin James LAC 11.51% 12.50% 17.65% 18.18% 8.51%
Jessie Bates CIN 11.26% 0.00% 9.26% 27.27% 0.00%
Jordan Whitehead TB 9.38% 0.00% 7.59% 0.00% 5.24%
Justin Reid HOU 8.91% 0.00% 12.50% 33.33% 1.67%
Terrell Edmunds PIT 7.61% 0.00% 6.98% 16.67% 0.00%
Avonte Maddox PHI 4.35% 0.00% 2.12% 22.00% 2.08%
Ronnie Harrison JAX 3.67% 0.00% 5.71% 0.00% 4.35%
Marcell Harris SF 3.01% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Rashaan Gaulden CAR 2.97% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.67%
D.J. Reed SF 2.66% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dane Cruikshank TEN 2.01% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.60%
George Odum IND 1.56% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.56%
Tracy Walker DET 1.48% 0.00% 6.90% 25.00% 0.00%
Armani Watts KC 1.31% 6.11% 5.00% 0.00% 4.31%
Troy Apke WAS 1.19% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Raven Greene GB 1.10% 3.82% 3.62% 0.00% 2.64%
A.J. Moore HOU 0.79% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Siran Neal BUF 0.61% 3.57% 0.00% 0.00% 3.08%
J.T. Gray NO 0.47% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%


Alexander still king, Jackson still leading the class in INT%, and Ward still a fairly firm #3. Not much change.
Name Tm Solo% PD% INT%
Jaire Alexander GB 10.78% 28.95% 20.37%
Tre Flowers SEA 8.97% 9.17% 0.00%
Donte Jackson CAR 8.78% 15.91% 36.36%
M.J. Stewart TB 8.42% 16.26% 0.00%
Mike Ford DET 8.16% 18.97% 0.00%
Mike Hughes MIN 7.40% 11.96% 18.33%
Taron Johnson BUF 7.15% 6.35% 11.00%
Denzel Ward CLE 6.85% 17.19% 21.43%
Carlton Davis TB 6.55% 11.38% 0.00%
Minkah Fitzpatrick MIA 6.25% 11.11% 5.88%
Josh Jackson GB 6.01% 13.16% 0.00%
Levi Wallace BUF 4.47% 10.58% 0.00%
Grant Haley NYG 4.39% 8.98% 0.00%
Chandon Sullivan PHI 4.01% 5.29% 0.00%
Parry Nickerson NYJ 3.68% 1.59% 0.00%
Isaiah Oliver ATL 3.57% 12.22% 0.00%
Tony Brown GB 3.31% 14.47% 0.00%
Holton Hill MIN 3.18% 6.52% 10.00%
Greg Stroman WAS 3.02% 6.67% 9.09%
Darius Phillips CIN 2.83% 2.04% 0.00%
Nick Nelson OAK 2.78% 0.00% 0.00%
Charvarius Ward KC 2.46% 0.00% 0.00%
Quenton Meeks JAX 2.38% 15.71% 0.00%
Isaac Yiadom DEN 2.27% 0.00% 0.00%
Emmanuel Moseley SF 2.25% 0.00% 0.00%
J.C. Jackson NE 2.17% 5.50% 22.92%
Danny Johnson WAS 2.16% 2.22% 0.00%
Kevin Toliver CHI 1.98% 1.90% 0.00%
Tre Herndon JAX 1.78% 0.00% 0.00%
Keion Crossen NE 1.55% 0.00% 0.00%
Sean Chandler NYG 1.40% 0.00% 0.00%
Natrell Jamerson HOU 1.31% 1.96% 0.00%
Tremon Smith KC 0.97% 0.00% 0.00%
Deatrick Nichols ARI 0.96% 0.00% 0.00%
Cornell Armstrong MIA 0.95% 0.00% 0.00%
Anthony Averett BAL 0.82% 2.96% 0.00%
Tavierre Thomas CLE 0.81% 0.00% 0.00%
Tarvarius Moore SF 0.61% 0.00% 0.00%
Brandon Facyson LAC 0.23% 0.00% 0.00%


Name Tm # Avg TDs
D.J. Reed SF 11 30.18 0
Tremon Smith KC 19 29.84 0
Holton Hill MIN 3 28.33 0
Janarion Grant BAL 2 28.00 0
Mike Hughes MIN 4 26.75 0
Calvin Ridley ATL 2 25.00 0
Jawill Davis NYG 7 24.43 0
D.J. Chark JAX 6 24.33 0
DJ Moore CAR 5 23.80 0
Dontrell Hilliard CLE 7 23.57 0
Richie James SF 11 23.36 0
Phillip Lindsay DEN 7 23.29 0
Danny Johnson WAS 10 22.50 0
Quadree Henderson NYG 5 22.40 0
Sony Michel NE 3 22.00 0
Brandon Powell DET 2 21.50 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 1 21.00 0
Derwin James LAC 1 20.00 0
Roc Thomas MIN 1 20.00 0
Greg Stroman WAS 6 18.33 0
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 1 18.00 0
Rashaad Penny SEA 8 17.50 0
Shaun Wilson TB 7 17.43 0
Brandon Zylstra MIN 1 15.00 0
Antonio Callaway CLE 4 14.50 0
Anthony Miller CHI 1 14.00 0
Chase Edmonds ARI 1 13.00 0
Jordan Wilkins IND 1 7.00 0


Name Tm # Avg TDs
Trey Quinn WAS 4 13.00 0
Darius Phillips CIN 2 12.00 0
DaeSean Hamilton DEN 3 10.33 0
Christian Kirk ARI 18 8.33 0
Richie James SF 9 8.11 0
Phillip Lindsay DEN 3 7.67 0
Quadree Henderson NYG 9 7.56 0
Antonio Callaway CLE 2 7.50 0
Janarion Grant BAL 7 7.43 0
Brandon Zylstra MIN 2 7.00 0
Mike Hughes MIN 2 6.50 0
Greg Stroman WAS 5 5.60 0
DJ Moore CAR 6 5.33 0
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 4 5.00 0
Brandon Powell DET 2 4.00 0
Dante Pettis SF 9 3.00 0
Jerome Baker MIA 1 0.00 0
Cameron Batson TEN 1 0.00 0


NAY/P is net average yards per punt
Name Tm # Punts NAY/P
Michael Dickson SEA 51 44.02
JK Scott GB 45 40.49
Corey Bojorquez BUF 45 40.24
Logan Cooke JAX 55 39.53
Colby Wadman DEN 38 39.47
Trevor Daniel HOU 49 39.29
Johnny Townsend OAK 49 37.65


Greg Joseph, CLE: 11/13 FG (4/4 20-29, 4/4 30-39, 2/3 40-49, 1/2 50+), 15/17 XP Jason Sanders, MIA: 16/17 FG (5/5 20-29, 3/3 30-39, 8/7 40-49, 1/1 50+), 23/24 XP Mike Badgley, LAC: 9/9 FG (3/3 20-29, 2/2 30-39, 4/4 40-49), 16/17 XP Daniel Carlson, MIN/OAK: 8/12 FG (1/1 20-29, 3/4 30-39, 4/7 40-49), 14/14 XP Matt McCrane, OAK/ARI: 5/9 FG (3/3 20-29, 2/4 40-49, 0/2 50+), 8/8 XP (waived)
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2018.11.20 23:37 EonKayoh 2018 Rookie Watch, Week 11

Welcome to the ELEVENTH edition of the 2018 Rookie Watch! If you like metrics, analytics, or any other number-based way of looking at the NFL, check out /footballmetrics once you finish checking in on how your team's rookies are doing!
Here are all previous Rookie Watch weeks: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
NOTE: All percentage-based numbers are also adjusted for per-game. So if a WR has 10 targets in 3 games, and his team has 200 pass attempts in 5 games, I won't just do 10/200, I'll do (10/3)/(200/5) for a more accurate 8.33% target share than the 5% target share that not adjusting for per-game would have gotten us. This goes for the defensive stats as well.


TD%: TDs per attempt Ratio: TD:INT ratio TANY/Db: True Adjusted Net Yards per dropback TANY/Db Formula: (PaYds + RuYds + ((PaTDs + RuTDs) * 20) - ((INTs + Fmbls) * 45) - SkYds) / (PaAtt + RuAtt + Sacks taken) 
Lamar Jackson got his first career start, and got a W out of it, but was not efficient in any way whatsoever. Even as a rusher, his 4.33 ypc would have been average even for a RB, but it's remarkably low for a QB. As a passer, he did post a very respectable 7.89 ypa and near 70% completion, but he also threw an interception despite only throwing the ball 19 times all game. He also took 2 sacks for 12 yards, which would put his NET yards per attempt at a less impressive 6.57. The nice thing about having a run threat at QB though is that it opens up rushing lanes in a major way, and Gus Edwards was able to take advantage of that big time to the tune of 115 yards on only 17 carries, nearly 6.8 ypc. All that being said about Lamar Jackson, let's talk about Josh Rosen. He continues to be pretty bad and I'm not even sure if Byron Leftwich is all that much better than Mike McCoy was. He's doing somethings better - namely his usage of David Johnson - but his play calling has still been painfully predictable. Since Leftwich took over at OC, Rosen has thrown more TDs than INTs, but the positivity pretty much stops there. He's stil under 55% completion, and right around 6.0 ypa. In Rosen's 3 games with Leftwich, his TANY/Db is 3.06, effectively the same (3.10) as it was with McCoy. This is not a good look for Byron Leftwich or the Cardinals organization, who are apparently legitimately considering Leftwich as a future head coaching candidate.
Name Tm Att Cmp% YPA TD% Ratio TANY/Db
Baker Mayfield CLE 285 61.75% 6.96 4.56% 1.86 5.06
Sam Darnold NYJ 289 55.02% 6.69 3.81% 0.79 3.81
Lamar Jackson BAL 31 64.52% 7.65 3.23% 1 3.74
Josh Rosen ARI 228 54.82% 6.21 3.95% 0.90 3.08
Josh Allen BUF 139 53.96% 5.99 1.44% 0.40 2.64


YPC: yards per carry Cth%AE: catch rate above expectation - % of targets actually caught relative to their QB's completion%; higher is better YAC/R: yards after the catch per reception YPOpp: total yards from scrimmage gained per opportunity 
We've got multiple rookie RBs with 30+ touches AND 5+ yards per opportunity. That's pretty impressive stuff. Barkley, Lindsay, Johnson, Chubb, Penny, Wilkins, and now both Adams and Edwards are all in this group. I'd argue that the most impressive of that group is Rashaad Penny due to just how bad Seattle's OL still is, at least according to PFF. Barkley has an argument but at least he's got Solder and Hernandez paving the way for him.
Name Tm Car YPC Tgt Cth%AE YAC/R YPOpp
Saquon Barkley NYG 158 4.61 78 1.17 9.00 5.33
Phillip Lindsay DEN 121 5.54 30 1.21 9.96 5.66
Kerryon Johnson DET 118 5.43 39 1.25 8.34 5.44
Sony Michel NE 106 4.27 8 0.76 8.50 4.25
Nick Chubb CLE 94 6.16 10 1.02 9.17 6.03
Royce Freeman DEN 78 4.26 7 1.13 5.20 4.24
Rashaad Penny SEA 62 4.84 11 1.10 8.63 5.10
Nyheim Hines IND 60 4.25 49 1.16 5.53 4.41
Ito Smith ATL 59 3.37 22 1.22 6.32 4.01
Jordan Wilkins IND 57 5.58 11 1.36 5.60 5.29
Josh Adams PHI 34 6.09 7 0.83 8.50 5.66
Gus Edwards BAL 32 5.59 1 1.63 4.00 5.64
Chase Edmonds ARI 29 2.93 15 1.53 5.46 3.36
Ronald Jones TB 19 2.21 7 1.30 6.33 2.92
Trenton Cannon NYJ 18 3.28 15 1.22 7.90 5.03
Mark Walton CIN 13 1.85 7 1.15 9.60 3.25
Mike Boone MIN 11 4.27 3 0.94 2.50 3.43
Jaylen Samuels PIT 10 2.60 4 1.15 10.67 3.43
Roc Thomas MIN 8 3.75 4 0.71 6.00 4.25
Shaun Wilson TB 6 4.83 5 0.91 1.67 3.09
Justin Jackson LAC 5 1.40 2 1.49 10.50 3.71
Kalen Ballage MIA 4 2.00 3 1.55 4.67 4.43
De'Lance Turner BAL 1 4.00 2 1.63 7.00 7.00
David Williams JAX 1 2.00 0 2.00
Detrez Newsome LAC 1 0.00 0 0.00


RACR: Receiver Air Conversion Ratio - the ratio of the receiver's actual receiving yards, to their intended air yards. Higher is better, 1.0+ is exceptional Tgt%: Target percentage, the percentage of the team's passes that the player was targeted on AY%: Air Yards percentage, the percentage of air yards intended for the player in question 
Welcome to the NFL, Marcell Ateman! James Washington's former teammate at Oklahoma State really burst onto the scene this week with usage numbers rivaling much bigger names like Christian Kirk, Anthony Miller, Antonio Callaway, and Calvin Ridley! He was efficient with his opportunities as well, leading the team in receptions and recording 50 receiving yards despite only getting 43 intended air yards. Anthony Miller has also seen a nice little boost in usage over the last couple weeks. Keith Kirkwood looks like NO's new #3 WR behind MT and Tre'Quan. Not much else to comment on here.
Name Tm Tgt% AY% RACR
Keke Coutee HOU 25.57% 13.79% 1.36
Christian Kirk ARI 18.69% 18.53% 0.97
Anthony Miller CHI 15.41% 20.62% 0.62
Marcell Ateman OAK 15.06% 18.58% 1.16
Antonio Callaway CLE 14.93% 21.07% 0.44
Courtland Sutton DEN 14.50% 25.66% 0.62
Calvin Ridley ATL 14.06% 17.09% 0.96
DJ Moore CAR 12.62% 15.51% 1.20
Michael Gallup DAL 12.42% 22.49% 0.53
Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 11.11% 13.62% 0.89
Keith Kirkwood NO 11.01% 16.27% 1.01
Tre'Quan Smith NO 9.75% 16.77% 0.74
D.J. Chark JAX 8.20% 10.63% 0.66
Damion Ratley CLE 7.65% 8.28% 0.71
Deontay Burnett NYJ 7.60% 7.37% 1.15
Equanimeous St. Brown GB 7.18% 11.76% 0.58
Dante Pettis SF 7.17% 10.62% 0.65
Trey Quinn WAS 6.21% 6.10% 1.48
James Washington PIT 6.07% 12.24% 0.22
Jawill Davis NYG 5.57% 13.94% 0.23
Robert Foster BUF 5.55% 14.56% 0.32
Cameron Batson TEN 5.20% 7.35% 0.67
Chad Beebe MIN 5.15% 9.04% 0.76
Vyncint Smith HOU 3.28% 14.22% 0.17
Auden Tate CIN 2.90% 5.25% 0.16
Derrick Willies CLE 2.82% 1.04% 3.39
Brandon Powell DET 2.76% 0.75% 1.00
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 2.31% 0.37% 3.44
Richie James SF 2.05% 0.51% 8.38
DaeSean Hamilton DEN 1.85% 1.72% 1.33
Cam Phillips BUF 1.62% 1.85% 0.69
Javon Wims CHI 1.08% 0.45% 0.00
Trent Sherfield ARI 0.99% 1.14% 0.27
KhaDarel Hodge LAR 0.67% 0.64% 1.00
J'Mon Moore GB 0.44% 0.20% 2.50
Justin Watson TB 0.36% 0.16% 1.00
Russell Gage ATL 0.29% 0.07% 4.50
Brandon Zylstra MIN 0.29% 0.59% 1.53


Nothing new here.
Name Tm Tgt% AY% RACR
Will Dissly SEA 13.57% 14.90% 1.11
Chris Herndon NYJ 8.47% 10.70% 0.87
Mark Andrews BAL 8.29% 8.98% 0.82
Mike Gesicki MIA 8.16% 8.23% 0.74
Dallas Goedert PHI 5.63% 5.98% 0.97
Jordan Akins HOU 5.25% 2.41% 1.87
Ian Thomas CAR 5.05% 4.07% 0.84
Jordan Thomas HOU 4.92% 3.17% 1.50
Hayden Hurst BAL 4.19% 4.18% 0.64
Dalton Schultz DAL 3.36% 1.18% 2.36
Jordan Franks CIN 1.93% 2.60% 1.61
Durham Smythe MIA 1.13% 0.00%
Ross Dwelley SF 0.72% 0.72% 1.00
Tyler Conklin MIN 0.52% 0.11% 4.33


Solo%: That player's percentage of the team's solo tackles per game Sk%: That player's percentage of the team's sacks per game PD%: That player's percentage of the team's pass deflections per game INT%: That player's percentage of the team's interceptions per game 
This is where it gets fun. I've been using PFR ( to record defensive stats all year, and last month they added TFLs and QB Hits to their database. I wasn't sure about adding them but this week I've decided to toss em in and see if you guys dig it. I think it helps to paint more of a picture as far as how much these players are contributing to their teams, so I'll probably keep the new stats unless there's randomly an outcry to get rid of them. Hurst is ridiculous. Hill, Hand, Payne, and Hubbard have all been quite good. Nichols and Hall are both rotational guys who play quite well when they're on the field. The rest of the list is pretty interchangeable.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% TFL% QBHit%
Maurice Hurst OAK 5.62% 44.44% 8.82% 10.34%
B.J. Hill NYG 4.88% 18.18% 8.82% 6.82%
Da'Shawn Hand DET 4.64% 10.71% 9.09% 4.55%
Da'Ron Payne WAS 4.51% 10.71% 8.57% 10.53%
Sam Hubbard CIN 4.04% 13.04% 12.82% 5.08%
Bilal Nichols CHI 3.57% 5.86% 6.70% 4.24%
Harrison Phillips BUF 3.18% 0.00% 6.56% 1.82%
P.J. Hall OAK 2.93% 0.00% 11.03% 4.31%
Deadrin Senat ATL 2.50% 0.00% 6.90% 6.82%
Derrick Nnadi KC 2.39% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Poona Ford SEA 1.56% 0.00% 0.00% 2.92%
Zach Sieler BAL 1.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Justin Jones LAC 0.77% 2.14% 0.00% 1.71%
Tyler Lancaster GB 0.74% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Nathan Shepherd NYJ 0.68% 0.00% 0.00% 4.84%
Vita Vea TB 0.63% 5.71% 0.00% 2.46%
Taylor Stallworth NO 0.61% 0.00% 2.60% 0.00%
Bruce Hector PHI 0.00% 3.21% 0.00% 1.96%
Matt Dickerson TEN 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jamiyus Pittman MIA 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%


Chubb really is the clear cut #1 guy in this class so far. Even with Von Miller being the alpha dog edge rusher in Denver's defense, Chubb at #2 is still so far ahead of everyone else on that defense that he's killing all the other rookies this year in basically every major statistical category. He's #1 in solo%, sack%, and TFL%, and #3 in QBHit%, and #7 in PD%. Davenport is a clear cut #2, and then Carter, Turay, and Key are sort of a tier below that, with Avery and Landry in their own tier a notch below that. The only notable name below that group is Tyquan Lewis, who's posting numbers similar to some of the top names in every category but the one people care the most about - sack%, where he's stuck with a 0. If he posts ONE sack in Indy's next game, even if the rest of the team posts another 3 on top of that, he'd still have a respectable 12.22% sack share due to the games he's missed. Be on the lookout for that.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% TFL% QBHit%
Bradley Chubb DEN 5.96% 29.03% 1.82% 22.00% 21.31%
Marcus Davenport NO 2.44% 23.81% 6.49% 14.88% 20.83%
Lorenzo Carter NYG 4.21% 18.18% 2.17% 14.71% 13.64%
Kemoko Turay IND 2.35% 17.09% 0.00% 1.88% 24.15%
Arden Key OAK 3.04% 11.11% 0.00% 8.82% 27.59%
Genard Avery CLE 3.40% 10.42% 3.39% 4.26% 16.67%
Harold Landry TEN 2.96% 9.66% 3.37% 7.25% 11.34%
Jalyn Holmes MIN 1.70% 7.81% 0.00% 4.55% 3.85%
Rasheem Green SEA 2.35% 5.95% 0.00% 3.70% 2.92%
Uchenna Nwosu LAC 2.53% 5.77% 0.00% 4.65% 12.31%
Frankie Luvu NYJ 3.10% 5.68% 2.08% 7.50% 12.10%
Sharif Finch TEN 2.67% 4.35% 0.00% 4.35% 2.04%
Breeland Speaks KC 2.98% 4.17% 0.00% 5.88% 10.14%
Jake Martin SEA 0.94% 3.57% 0.00% 4.44% 5.26%
John Franklin-Myers LAR 1.11% 3.45% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dorance Armstrong DAL 0.92% 1.79% 0.00% 0.00% 4.76%
Tyquan Lewis IND 4.24% 0.00% 12.50% 8.47% 10.87%
Taven Bryan JAX 1.43% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.00%
Marquis Haynes CAR 1.21% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Josh Sweat PHI 0.38% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.96%


I know Leonard is still leading the class in solo tackle %, but I seriously think LVE has claimed the "best rookie LB" spot from him. He's up over 15% solo tackle share, which is elite company to be in, and now he's also doubled Leonard's PD%, and is literally responsible for HALF of Dallas' interceptions. He's unbelievable. They do play different positions, with LVE being a mike LB and Leonard playing more of a will LB position in Indy's defense, but what LVE has been doing this year both in the run game AND in coverage is absolutely unbelievable. Leonard is the better pass rusher, LVE is the better coverage backer, and personally I value coverage over pass rush in my off-ball LBs. Regardless, they're both absolutely ridiculous. Fred Warner, Tremaine Edmunds, and Roquan Smith are all having EXCELLENT seasons for rookie LBs as well, but Leonard and LVE are having such ridiculous seasons regardless of experience that it makes people overlook the three of them. This LB class is going to be something special going forward, and I think you can even see that past the top 5 with guys like Kyzir White and Ja'Whaun Bentley, who had their seasons cut short, but managed to put up extremely impressive numbers before their respective injuries.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% INT% TFL
Darius Leonard IND 16.01% 21.37% 8.33% 10.10% 15.07%
Leighton Vander Esch DAL 15.24% 0.00% 17.14% 50.00% 4.00%
Fred Warner SF 13.36% 0.00% 17.24% 0.00% 5.77%
Tremaine Edmunds BUF 12.37% 4.44% 16.55% 0.00% 5.46%
Roquan Smith CHI 12.09% 9.38% 3.70% 0.00% 8.93%
Kyzir White LAC 9.20% 0.00% 13.89% 33.33% 7.75%
Jerome Baker MIA 8.87% 11.76% 4.88% 6.67% 5.26%
Kenny Young BAL 7.93% 8.62% 0.00% 0.00% 6.90%
Foye Oluokun ATL 7.73% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.45%
Ja'Whaun Bentley NE 7.32% 0.00% 7.25% 30.30% 11.11%
Josey Jewell DEN 4.59% 0.00% 3.64% 0.00% 6.00%
Oren Burks GB 4.15% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Rashaan Evans TEN 3.70% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.42%
Tae Davis NYG 3.05% 0.00% 2.72% 0.00% 0.00%
Dorian O'Daniel KC 2.98% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 3.92%
Leon Jacobs JAX 2.90% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Shaquem Griffin SEA 2.35% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jason Cabinda OAK 2.34% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Ezekiel Turner ARI 1.89% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Matthew Adams IND 1.69% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.69%
Zaire Franklin IND 1.48% 0.00% 2.50% 0.00% 0.00%
Ben Niemann KC 1.46% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Skai Moore IND 1.41% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Duke Ejiofor HOU 1.35% 4.46% 4.46% 0.00% 2.40%
Malik Jefferson CIN 1.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
James Crawford GB 1.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Chris Board BAL 1.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dennis Gardeck ARI 1.14% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jack Cichy TB 1.10% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Peter Kalambayi HOU 0.96% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Joel Iyiegbuniwe CHI 0.88% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.79%
Nick DeLuca JAX 0.79% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Jermaine Carter CAR 0.72% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Shaun Dion Hamilton WAS 0.71% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Matthew Thomas PIT 0.67% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Devante Downs MIN 0.65% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Chris Covington DAL 0.46% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Keishawn Bierria DEN 0.46% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Justin Lawler LAR 0.44% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.96%
Micah Kiser LAR 0.44% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
D'Juan Hines CLE 0.30% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%


Guys...Justin Reid is awesome. Really all three of the top 3 safeties on this list are awesome, but man, that 101 yard pick six by Reid against Washington was really just awesome to watch. All three of these top 3 guys fell way further than they should have in the draft. James should have gone top 10, and Bates and Reid should have both easily gone in the top 50. Personally, Reid was my #1 FS in this class, although I had Derwin as my #1 WLB and ranked a notch above Reid overall. Still, all three of the top 3 guys here are doing some great stuff for their teams and have been well worth the draft picks used to grab them so far in their young careers.
Name Tm Solo% Sk% PD% INT%
Derwin James LAC 11.26% 13.46% 14.58% 10.00%
Jessie Bates CIN 11.06% 0.00% 7.69% 27.27%
Justin Reid HOU 9.07% 0.00% 12.50% 33.33%
Jordan Whitehead TB 8.04% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Terrell Edmunds PIT 6.29% 0.00% 7.69% 16.67%
Avonte Maddox PHI 4.33% 0.00% 2.00% 25.00%
Ronnie Harrison JAX 4.04% 0.00% 3.23% 0.00%
Marcell Harris SF 3.46% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Rashaan Gaulden CAR 3.22% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
D.J. Reed SF 2.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Dane Cruikshank TEN 1.98% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
George Odum IND 1.69% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Tracy Walker DET 1.39% 0.00% 7.14% 25.00%
Armani Watts KC 1.31% 6.11% 5.00% 0.00%
Troy Apke WAS 1.19% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Raven Greene GB 1.11% 3.68% 3.38% 0.00%
A.J. Moore HOU 0.86% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Siran Neal BUF 0.68% 4.00% 0.00% 0.00%
J.T. Gray NO 0.49% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%


Jaire and Donte are still in a dead heat for the top rookie corner. Alexander is better in the run game and has defended quite a few more passes, but Jackson has the INT% advantage on lock. Denzel Ward is still around but hasn't been quite as impressive in recent weeks as he was earlier in the season. This hasn't shown to be a particularly strong CB class so far, but the top guys have been awesome.
Name Tm Solo% PD% INT%
Jaire Alexander GB 10.51% 30.41% 20.83%
Donte Jackson CAR 9.42% 16.67% 36.36%
M.J. Stewart TB 8.46% 18.63% 0.00%
Tre Flowers SEA 8.35% 9.66% 0.00%
Mike Hughes MIN 7.20% 11.36% 16.67%
Taron Johnson BUF 7.07% 7.09% 13.89%
Carlton Davis TB 7.07% 14.49% 0.00%
Denzel Ward CLE 6.58% 16.95% 23.08%
Minkah Fitzpatrick MIA 6.40% 12.20% 6.67%
Josh Jackson GB 5.53% 13.51% 0.00%
Mike Ford DET 4.64% 0.00% 0.00%
Parry Nickerson NYJ 4.05% 1.67% 0.00%
Grant Haley NYG 3.88% 5.43% 0.00%
Isaiah Oliver ATL 3.69% 14.20% 0.00%
Tony Brown GB 3.54% 16.22% 0.00%
Holton Hill MIN 3.41% 6.82% 10.00%
Greg Stroman WAS 3.33% 7.32% 9.09%
Chandon Sullivan PHI 3.04% 0.00% 0.00%
Darius Phillips CIN 2.84% 2.14% 0.00%
Charvarius Ward KC 2.46% 0.00% 0.00%
Quenton Meeks JAX 2.38% 16.13% 0.00%
Danny Johnson WAS 2.38% 2.44% 0.00%
Emmanuel Moseley SF 2.30% 0.00% 0.00%
Kevin Toliver CHI 2.20% 2.06% 0.00%
J.C. Jackson NE 2.09% 6.21% 25.97%
Tre Herndon JAX 2.04% 0.00% 0.00%
Isaac Yiadom DEN 2.01% 0.00% 0.00%
Nick Nelson OAK 1.76% 0.00% 0.00%
Keion Crossen NE 1.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Natrell Jamerson HOU 1.30% 1.79% 0.00%
Sean Chandler NYG 1.11% 0.00% 0.00%
Tremon Smith KC 0.97% 0.00% 0.00%
Anthony Averett BAL 0.96% 3.64% 0.00%
Deatrick Nichols ARI 0.95% 0.00% 0.00%
Tavierre Thomas CLE 0.91% 0.00% 0.00%
Cornell Armstrong MIA 0.82% 0.00% 0.00%
Brandon Facyson LAC 0.26% 0.00% 0.00%
Tarvarius Moore SF 0.23% 0.00% 0.00%
Levi Wallace BUF 0.00% 21.28% 0.00%


Name Tm # Avg TDs
D.J. Reed SF 11 30.18 0
Tremon Smith KC 19 29.84 0
Holton Hill MIN 3 28.33 0
Janarion Grant BAL 2 28.00 0
Mike Hughes MIN 4 26.75 0
Richie James SF 8 26.63 0
Calvin Ridley ATL 2 25.00 0
Jawill Davis NYG 7 24.43 0
D.J. Chark JAX 6 24.33 0
Dontrell Hilliard CLE 6 23.33 0
Phillip Lindsay DEN 7 23.29 0
Quadree Henderson NYG 5 22.40 0
Sony Michel NE 3 22.00 0
DJ Moore CAR 2 22.00 0
Brandon Powell DET 2 21.50 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 1 21.00 0
Danny Johnson WAS 9 20.11 0
Derwin James LAC 1 20.00 0
Roc Thomas MIN 1 20.00 0
Greg Stroman WAS 6 18.33 0
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 1 18.00 0
Rashaad Penny SEA 8 17.50 0
Shaun Wilson TB 7 17.43 0
Antonio Callaway CLE 3 16.67 0
Brandon Zylstra MIN 1 15.00 0
Anthony Miller CHI 1 14.00 0
Jordan Wilkins IND 1 7.00 0


Name Tm # Avg TDs
Darius Phillips CIN 2 12.00 0
DaeSean Hamilton DEN 3 10.33 0
Richie James SF 7 9.57 0
Antonio Callaway CLE 1 9.00 0
Phillip Lindsay DEN 3 7.67 0
Janarion Grant BAL 7 7.43 0
Quadree Henderson NYG 8 7.38 0
Christian Kirk ARI 17 7.29 0
Brandon Zylstra MIN 2 7.00 0
Mike Hughes MIN 2 6.50 0
Trey Quinn WAS 2 6.00 0
Greg Stroman WAS 5 5.60 0
DJ Moore CAR 6 5.33 0
Ray-Ray McCloud BUF 4 5.00 0
Brandon Powell DET 2 4.00 0
Dante Pettis SF 9 3.00 0
Cameron Batson TEN 1 0.00 0


NAY/P is net average yards per punt
Name Tm # Punts NAY/P
Michael Dickson SEA 48 43.88
JK Scott GB 39 40.67
Corey Bojorquez BUF 45 40.24
Trevor Daniel HOU 44 39.55
Logan Cooke JAX 49 38.78
Johnny Townsend OAK 43 38.51
Colby Wadman DEN 32 38.25


Greg Joseph, CLE: 11/13 FG (4/4 20-29, 4/4 30-39, 2/3 40-49, 1/2 50+), 10/12 XP Jason Sanders, MIA: 15/16 FG (4/4 20-29, 3/3 30-39, 8/7 40-49, 1/1 50+), 20/21 XP Mike Badgley, LAC: 8/8 FG (3/3 20-29, 1/1 30-39, 4/4 40-49), 10/11 XP Daniel Carlson, MIN/OAK: 7/11 FG (1/1 20-29, 3/4 30-39, 3/6 40-49), 12/12 XP Matt McCrane, OAK/ARI: 5/9 FG (3/3 20-29, 2/4 40-49, 0/2 50+), 8/8 XP
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