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(WWE)   Tonight on Smackdown THUNDERDOME: Vince makes a visit to Bartertown, Cesaro & Shinsuke defend their tag titles vs El Mastero/Blastero and Jeff Hardy faces A.J. for the I.C. belt so he can trade it for gas. It all starts at 8 PM ET on FOX   (wwe.com) divider line
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2020-08-21 4:07:00 PM  
For the curious, here is a good look at the new "Thunderdome" set:

WWE ThunderDome revealed!
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2020-08-21 6:32:40 PM  

isamudyson: For the curious, here is a good look at the new "Thunderdome" set:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/mNUZ_wBR​R-k]


Looks like an interesting setup, but your headline having Jeff Hardy and 'dome' gave me PTSD to this little incident From January 4, 2010:

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Do we really want to go both LOLTNA (Seriously, as I said watching the match before this incident live: How the FARK do you get a DQ (or no contest) in a No-DQ match?) and Victory Road 2011?

/ Also, 2011 Jeff Hardy would have loved an Immortan Joe gimmick: he could be doing whippets down to the ring.
 
2020-08-21 7:53:37 PM  

isamudyson: For the curious, here is a good look at the new "Thunderdome" set:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/mNUZ_wBR​R-k]


I thought it looked pretty cool. Now to see how it turns out in execution.
 
2020-08-21 8:00:04 PM  
I see that Talking Smack is coming back now that Renee Young decided to leave. Nice work WWE.
 
2020-08-21 8:02:01 PM  
Seriously, they have AC/DC already, and they don't bother with 'Thunderstruck'?  Did the budget go to renting the Amway Center?
 
2020-08-21 8:02:44 PM  
"Nobody brings the Thunder like WWE"... the ghost of WCW wants to talk.

...oh, wait.  it's just Bray.
 
2020-08-21 8:02:54 PM  
Someone broke the Thunderdome already.
 
2020-08-21 8:03:01 PM  
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2020-08-21 8:03:32 PM  

NKURyan: Someone broke the Thunderdome already.


I was expecting this (as he made a tweet alluding to it), but at the end of the show.
 
2020-08-21 8:04:14 PM  
You know it's big when they chip Vince out of the ice.
 
2020-08-21 8:04:39 PM  
Lol no one brings the thunder like WWE, low blow on Bisch there.
 
2020-08-21 8:04:59 PM  
I just hope Vince looks at him & goes "Hey Bray, that's some good shiat, pal!"

(No Corey, Vince is the most malevolent being the WWE Universe has ever known)
 
2020-08-21 8:05:37 PM  
Haven't we already done Bray or Fiend or whatever beating up Vince? Is this time for Goldberg?
 
2020-08-21 8:06:04 PM  
I'm still pissed at the retribution angle, but Gawd Damn Does WWE know how to put together a production
 
2020-08-21 8:06:15 PM  
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2020-08-21 8:06:28 PM  
Not sure I really like the piped in crowd noise TBH, but it's not like they can do much else in that regard I suppose.
 
2020-08-21 8:06:53 PM  

isamudyson: I just hope Vince looks at him & goes "Hey Bray, that's some good shiat, pal!"

(No Corey, Vince is the most malevolent being the WWE Universe has ever known)


Malevolent and malignant, at that.  He is the cancer, and Robert Smith wants nothing to do with this shait.
 
2020-08-21 8:06:55 PM  

ZM Punk: I'm still pissed at the retribution angle, but Gawd Damn Does WWE know how to put together a production


If you leave out the last HiAC....
 
2020-08-21 8:07:02 PM  
Bray studied at the feet of Kane for head expression while wearing a mask. Amazing work.
 
2020-08-21 8:07:13 PM  

indybill23: Haven't we already done Bray or Fiend or whatever beating up Vince? Is this time for Goldberg?


I was just thinking that I don't think they've been in the ring together before. I may be wrong.
 
2020-08-21 8:07:33 PM  

isamudyson: I just hope Vince looks at him & goes "Hey Bray, that's some good shiat, pal!"

(No Corey, Vince is the most malevolent being the WWE Universe has ever known)


Chris Benoit laughs and laughs
 
2020-08-21 8:07:40 PM  
TlSo far the lasers and lights on every surface mixed with the constant jump cuts means I'm having a real hard time figuring out what I'm looking at at any given moment.
 
2020-08-21 8:08:01 PM  
Do NOT tell me that Retribution is Bray's or Braun's thing?
 
2020-08-21 8:08:47 PM  
So just how big is this Retribution stable actually going to be when all is said and done? There's no way they can have that many members long term.
 
2020-08-21 8:08:56 PM  

No Line For Beer: TlSo far the lasers and lights on every surface mixed with the constant jump cuts means I'm having a real hard time figuring out what I'm looking at at any given moment.


A BBMF Special.  Car fire outside should have told you.
 
2020-08-21 8:09:41 PM  

DrunkenGator: Do NOT tell me that Retribution is Bray's or Braun's thing?


Nah, I think it's just a coincidence, and it makes sense for Bray to leave Braun alone there. I doubt there's a connection.
 
2020-08-21 8:10:14 PM  
They definitely want people to think Miz is involved, though.
 
2020-08-21 8:10:40 PM  
Pretty sure Dio Madden was one of the masked hooligans this show.
 
2020-08-21 8:10:57 PM  
And the online crowd in the stands goes mild.
 
2020-08-21 8:11:13 PM  

DrunkenGator: No Line For Beer: TlSo far the lasers and lights on every surface mixed with the constant jump cuts means I'm having a real hard time figuring out what I'm looking at at any given moment.

A BBMF Special.  Car fire outside should have told you.


Director Kerwin Selfie doesn't get nearly enough blame for his horrible camera calls.
 
2020-08-21 8:11:28 PM  

NKURyan: indybill23: Haven't we already done Bray or Fiend or whatever beating up Vince? Is this time for Goldberg?

I was just thinking that I don't think they've been in the ring together before. I may be wrong.


You know, I think I'm thinking of when AJ punched Vince and just got them confused.
 
2020-08-21 8:13:00 PM  

No Line For Beer: DrunkenGator: No Line For Beer: TlSo far the lasers and lights on every surface mixed with the constant jump cuts means I'm having a real hard time figuring out what I'm looking at at any given moment.

A BBMF Special.  Car fire outside should have told you.

Director Kerwin Selfie doesn't get nearly enough blame for his horrible camera calls.


His name is Kerwin Selfie? Yikes.
 
2020-08-21 8:13:18 PM  
So far the WWE has violated:
* the first two rules of Fight Club Underground.
* the first two rules of Project Mayhem RETRIBUTION.
* the main rule of Thunderdome.

Are they sponsored by Outback Steakhouse?

/ Granted, they violate the second half of the old slogan, as well...
 
2020-08-21 8:15:22 PM  
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2020-08-21 8:15:43 PM  
The crowd shots look better from farther away when you can't see that it's just a bunch of non emoting dudes staring into a webcam.
 
2020-08-21 8:16:15 PM  
I'm seeing some blank monitors not cycling fast enough.  They can't even full a virtual arena at this point.
 
2020-08-21 8:17:17 PM  
BTW, tonight is the finals on NJPW Strong for who faces Mox for his IWGP U.S. title: KENTA vs David Finley. Also, if you have the NJPW card game, check in during the show (starts about 10 PM ET) for a free bonus.
 
2020-08-21 8:17:38 PM  
I think they should add some "effects" for fans in the Thunderdome. Like a "cheer" button that causes some type of animation and a "boo" button that causes a different animation. Might make things appear more lively/active.
 
2020-08-21 8:18:37 PM  

DrunkenGator: I'm seeing some blank monitors not cycling fast enough.  They can't even full a virtual arena at this point.


Maybe they are having to kick people for wearing the wrong merch OR people dropping due to a bad internet connection & the "standby" fans not logging in fast enough to make up for it?
 
2020-08-21 8:19:40 PM  

isamudyson: DrunkenGator: I'm seeing some blank monitors not cycling fast enough.  They can't even full a virtual arena at this point.

Maybe they are having to kick people for wearing the wrong merch OR people dropping due to a bad internet connection & the "standby" fans not logging in fast enough to make up for it?


Retribution!
 
2020-08-21 8:21:25 PM  

isamudyson: DrunkenGator: I'm seeing some blank monitors not cycling fast enough.  They can't even full a virtual arena at this point.

Maybe they are having to kick people for wearing the wrong merch OR people dropping due to a bad internet connection & the "standby" fans not logging in fast enough to make up for it?


Could be the case.  But you think they'd have a plan C and have some ringers on standby.  You know, typical WWE stuff.
 
2020-08-21 8:23:23 PM  

NKURyan: No Line For Beer: DrunkenGator: No Line For Beer: TlSo far the lasers and lights on every surface mixed with the constant jump cuts means I'm having a real hard time figuring out what I'm looking at at any given moment.

A BBMF Special.  Car fire outside should have told you.

Director Kerwin Selfie doesn't get nearly enough blame for his horrible camera calls.

His name is Kerwin Selfie? Yikes.


Silfies actually
 
2020-08-21 8:24:21 PM  
This should have been cool.  Instead it has fallen flat so far.  They really needed to come out swinging with a big crowd interaction segment.
 
2020-08-21 8:25:25 PM  
I love that Dana Brooke was one of the first ones in there trying to separate Corbin and Riddle.
 
2020-08-21 8:25:33 PM  
THE most devastating move in ALLLLLL of sport entertainement: the surprise roll up!
 
2020-08-21 8:26:02 PM  

isamudyson: THE most devastating move in ALLLLLL of sport entertainement: the surprise roll up!


Put it on the board!
 
2020-08-21 8:26:16 PM  

No Line For Beer: This should have been cool.  Instead it has fallen flat so far.  They really needed to come out swinging with a big crowd interaction segment.


I'd give them credit for trying, but WWE's credit rating is worse than mine at this point.
 
2020-08-21 8:27:56 PM  
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2020-08-21 8:28:40 PM  

DrunkenGator: No Line For Beer: This should have been cool.  Instead it has fallen flat so far.  They really needed to come out swinging with a big crowd interaction segment.

I'd give them credit for trying, but WWE's credit rating is worse than mine at this point.


Did they get turned down by Target too?
 
2020-08-21 8:29:25 PM  

DrunkenGator: No Line For Beer: This should have been cool.  Instead it has fallen flat so far.  They really needed to come out swinging with a big crowd interaction segment.

I'd give them credit for trying, but WWE's credit rating is worse than mine at this point.


I'm sure they thought the crowd would be a little more hyped/excited, so I can't really blame them. At the same time, I can't really blame the fans either because most people aren't going to sit there and mark out in front of a webcam for 2 hours straight (or more on Sunday).
 
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