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ANGLE’S START IN THE BUSINESS, AJ’S BIG MOVES, ASUKA’S HIP ATTACK AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2017-04-11 10:00:00

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When did Kurt Angle first wrestle professionally? I can't find anything reliable on exactly what he did before Survivor Series '99.

He appeared in a Battle Royal at an NWA show in 1998 if memory serves, but he signed with WWE later that year and went to WWE developmental in Memphis, TN.  He was only there about six months before appearing on WWF TV in March of 1999.

With Graves saying "I hope he has good insurance" it made me wonder;  Does WWE cover injuries for in ring performers?

Yes, they do.  WWE pays for surgeries and rehab and pays the talent their down side guarantee while they are out hurt.

In a match that featured AJ Styles at Wrestlemania, it was Shane McMahon who was pulling out all the high-flying moves, not AJ.  This got me thinking, we have yet to see many of AJ's signature high-flying moves that fans of his from his early TNA and Ring of Honor days remember.  We have seen him do 450 splashes and the flying forearm, but what we haven't seen are moves like his signature shooting star press to the floor, the fallsbury flop, and most noticeably the Spiral Tap.  Why has he not utilized these moves in WWE?  Is it because he is a heel, and using more high-flying moves would garner a babyface reaction?  Has he cut back on the flying because he is now in his late 30's rather than his mid 20's?  Or is it WWE's call to cut back on his high flying?

I am sure some of the stuff he did in the past would be too risky for WWE, and I have no problem with that.  But something like the 450 is a babyface move and he has been a heel.  I would expect him to break some of that stuff out after he turns babyface.

Asuka is fantastic, but it's ridiculous to see her opponents sell her hip attack, usually several times during a match.  Same goes for Naomi's Rear View, which should NEVER be used as a finisher.  Do you think serious competitors such as them should be using such a ridiculous move where they basically thrust their rear end at an opponent?

Why is ridiculous?  Sure, the butt makes contact but it has a lot of momentum behind it.  To me, it’s not a bad move to sell.  Plus, keep in mind that if the announcers sell a move properly, it becomes effective.  The idea is to make it look like you are destroying your opponent, not to actually do it.

I recently saw something curious. Watching the last Raw before WM, there was a guy in a bright shirt, in the front row. The next night, watching SD, I saw the same guy, with the same shirt, in the same seat. As far as I know, RAW & SD are not done from the same place, not even in the same city. So how do you explain this? Do they ever put people in the audience to start chants, get people revved up, etc?

Occasionally they will put people in seats, like they did with Gronk at Mania, but they would rather sell them for top dollar.  There are fans in every region that travel to shows in the area.  This sounds like a case of that.

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