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  2. Autistic Dragon

    AWA Major League Wrestling

    Gagne & Graham show promise as a team. I would've loved to see Sawyer powerslam Warlord. Lighting Strike building the momentum ahead of their big opportunity. Vin Man & The Rocket screw over Powerhouse. El Kabong strikes again! He may have needed help from a couple of friends but Dream Machine is headed to the pay window baybay! Morgan shows just what a beast he is by hanging Hayes with the chain. I agree with Bloomington, I'm amazed Hayes walked out on his own. Nothing guarantees ending a 80's wrestling show on a high note as a pair of proud Americans beating snobby foreigners.
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  4. Ma Stump Puller

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Inokism Mabel > World's Largest Love Machine > Big Daddy Voodoo No dispute
  5. rainmakerrtv

    AWA Major League Wrestling

    Damn those cheating RPMs getting dirty with Cabin Fever. Think that is something Southern is going to regret. I bet Haynes vs. Morgan was a complete bloodbath.
  6. KawadaSmile

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Big Daddy V rocked. I enjoyed him so much in WWECW
  7. spaldoni

    AWA Major League Wrestling

    AWA @ The Met Center, Bloomington MN 1-22-87 Greg Gagne and Mike Graham defeated The Double O's- Gagne hit Barry O with a backbreaker and Graham followed with a Boston Crab for the win. "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer defeated The Warlord with an impressive powerslam. Lightning Strike defeated The Teamsters with a double dropkick on Huber. "The Rocket" Ron Ritchie w/The Vin Man defeated "Scott "Powerhouse" Putski- Putski was going for a suplex but Vinnie grabbed his leg and held it while Ritchie crashed down on him for the pin. Cabin Fever defeated The RPMs w/JT Southern by DQ- Once again Southern used his guitar, but this time he used it on Manny. AWA TV Title Bout- Nick Busick (C) defeated Gama Singh -Gama gave the champ a test but Busick ended things with the Spinebuster Slam! The Dream Machine w/Roger Kirby defeated Crusher Blackwell- Kerry Brown (In street clothes) ran out while Kirby distracted the Ref. Brown hit Blackwell with a foreign object allowing Dream to get the pinfall win. Chain Match! Billy Jack Haynes vs. "The Beast" Rip Morgan After 12 minutes of blood and brawling, Billy looks like a madman when he wraps the chain around Rip's neck but Rip nails Billy with a mulekick. A battered and bloody Rip wraps the chain around Billy's neck, then hurls him over the top rope. Rip wrenches back as Billy hangs over the top rope. Seeing a man's life is in danger, the Ref makes the call and signals for the bell. Rip keeps wrenching away until security hits the ring. After all the chaos, the fans are amazed that Billy refused a stretcher and staggered out with some help. The Olympians defeated The British Bombers- Minnesota star Rheingans sends the fans home happy by pinning Smith with a swinging sidewalk slam off the ropes.
  8. rainmakerrtv

    Pacific Coast Wrestling

    Had to put a bit of thought in how to write this one. I have had all of the various managers scouting Dingo Warrior, but being a big Cornette fan, I know he utterly despised Warrior in real life. I made the decision to have him check Warrior out, but be gone by the end of the match, indicating he didn't see what the fuss was all about.
  9. sek69

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Apparently whoever runs the WWE twitter is blocking people who use #FreeAli
  10. Stiva

    AEW Dynamite - January 19, 2022

    Moxley coming back has to lead to him winning the belt again, surely? Not to be too cynical but it’s an ideal story and the way the live audience reacted to him coming back paired with the rating shows that he’s still the fucking man. Saying that, a 6 month Moxley/Danielson blood feud sounds pretty appealing too. This leads me to another hypothetical for you all. Obviously TK is doing the Batista slow burn with Wardlow and MJF but you also have HOOK getting superstar reactions every time he squashes another dweeb. If, as could happen, Wardlow and HOOK continue at this rate, what do you do? I don’t think HOOK is ready for a title but, if you were to team him with Ricky Starks, it weakens both of their auras and it’s fairly clear MJF is going to be the one that beats Hangman so how does Wardlow fill time in the meantime? As much as you can rightfully criticise AEW, the fact that these questions are things you can ask are a testament to them
  11. spaldoni

    Pacific Coast Wrestling

    Tenta makes a huge splash in his debut. Payne is dishing out the pain. I like the Rainbow Warriors story. Sweet finisher. Grizzly might've got counted out, but he was still ready to go. I bet Oliver respected that a bit. Big changes going down with the Brigade. Rotunda, Gator and Mega Man leave with class. In comes Konnan and Mr. Cool Curt Hennig. I know for a fact, Rotunda has been scouted. Burke wins the battle of vets. Cornette seems to have an interest in Warrior but I think Warrior rides alone. Blackman looks good but nobody escapes the Crossface Chicken Wing. LA always delivers a great show, I think Black Tiger earned himself a LHW title shot. Konan and Sabu is a fun match up. TEXAS RED is back!!! LOL, I would've gotten my money's worth by seeing that look on Rose's face. I'm liking this new change in Red. Windham walks out with the title but man TNT did a number on him. I'm sure Barry will be more than happy to grant a rematch. Santa Barbara, Cactus Jack made a smart career move going to Pacific. My man St. Clair once again proves his toughness with that win over Rick Gantner. Ed Gantner fares better than his brother tonight. Owen and Young are putting on some classics. Badd Co. proves their heel turn was for the best. Big time upset for poor Cornette. I'm seeing some title shots in the future. Awesome week in Pacific!
  12. strobogo

    All Elite Wrestling

    Lio is very talented but seems like he's going to cause headaches for those in charge no matter where he goes. For right or wrong reasons, it seems like there's always some kind of controversy or drama around him.
  13. Stiva

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Umaga was who I was thinking about, actually. He was definitely the last of the monster heels built up for the WWE champion before they decided to run with shades-of-grey Cena on Raw and wink wink nudge nudge bullshit baby face HHH on Smackdown. Spare a thought for Big Daddy V
  14. G. Badger

    [1983-07-13-AJPW] Nick Bockwinkel vs Jumbo Tsuruta

    It was 30 minutes or so and was very much a match from 1983 in a technical style. This is quality stuff. Jumbo's jumping knee never looked better and Bock's pile driver was deadly. This is their first encounter that I have in my dvds. So I'm hoping that things get better and better. I would say this is ***3/4.
  15. Zoo Enthusiast

    All Elite Wrestling

    Tony Khan has hinted at something along the lines of this in the past.
  16. This match is for Shelley's IWTV World Title. What ensues here is a modern twist on the old tale of a traveling champion coming into town to defend against the local favorite. The story centers around the left arm of Mack, which Shelley focuses on with ill intent for the vast majority of the match. Credit Mack for selling Shelley's arm attack like it rendered the limb useless. That also negates Mack from using his signature move, the Mack 10 -- a cross-armed version of the Pedigree and a well-established match-ender in ACTION and other affiliated promotions. Shelley does a masterful job as the visiting champion and Mack is in his element as the hometown hero finally getting his big match. The crowd is invested for every second. The work is smooth and compelling. The conclusion is sudden, satisfying... and also historic. With the win, Mack becomes the first openly gay male world champ in wrestling history. Check out my full review, as part of the 365 Wrestling project.
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  18. Graham Crackers

    Wrestling in unusual contexts

    The new season of The Righteous Gemstones reveals that John Goodman's character was a professional wrestler in late 60s Memphis and acted as a mob enforcer as a side gig before becoming a preacher/televangelist. Looks like more wrestling in the upcoming episodes now that he's run afoul of an old partner in crime turned promoter played by Eric Roberts.
  19. sek69

    All Elite Wrestling

    Hey, nothing wrong with betting on yourself. Lio has a budding music career, I can see him not wanting to be tied down if that starts panning out for him as well. Also I was thinking, would it be worth it for AEW have their TV partner carve them out a section of HBO Max? They don't really have the back catalog to do a full WWE Network style streaming service, but as a section on an already established service they could get out in front of a bigger audience and don't have to deal with the headaches of making their own.
  20. On July 24, Kawada wrestled Albright in the Budokan again. This was not the original plan; as Baba announced the card, Kawada was going to team up with Albright against Misawa & Akiyama. However, Kawada publicly rejected this configuration, stating in a Hawaii interview with Ichinose that he did not want Albright to become fully assimilated into AJPW. On June 29, Baba announced that the match was changed to a second Kawada/Albright singles match, with Steve Williams and Johnny Ace getting the tag title shot instead. On July 5 in Osaka, though, Kawada declared that he wanted their match to be held under UWFi rules. Baba would flatly refuse: “If there’s no pinfall, what do you do? Rule changes? [...] If you do that, wrestling gets smaller.” Ultimately, Kawada lost to Albright in 12:18. Ichinose observes that the way Kawada sold Albright’s 3K Full Nelson Suplex might as well have made it a knockout loss. Three weeks later, Daily Sports carried a scoop. AJPW’s isolationist period was ending, as Baba was willing to negotiate with Nobuhiko Takada. Ichinose mentions the press comments that Kawada made before this development, which are often stated to have led to internal punishment. Kawada alluded to Masayuki Sato’s match report on his #1 contendership match against Kobashi on May 26, in which Sato wrote that Kawada “wanted to have wings”, but knew that that was “an unattainable dream”. Kawada countered that both he and Kobashi had wings, but that they were caged birds. He also criticized his company’s isolationism on business grounds; the policy had been a good idea three years before, but that didn’t mean it could work forever. The common narrative in the West is that Kawada’s slump in 1996 was tied to punishment for his comments, but interestingly, it was already underway by the time he would have said this. UWFi originally wanted to rent Stan Hansen, but he couldn’t work it into his schedule. Kawada’s name came up, and a match with Yoshihiro Takayama was set for their September 11 event at Jingu Stadium. Ichinose covers the match and quotes Takayama’s postmatch comments, in which he said that Kawada “was a bigger man than him”, and that he wanted to fight again in an All Japan ring. Six months later, Takayama debuted for AJPW. Ichinose quotes from the last long interview Baba gave him, which was published in the July 14, 1998 issue of Weekly Pro. Baba invoked puroresu’s incorporation of the martial arts concept of ukemi in his critique of Takayama and fellow ex-UWFi hire Masahito Kakihara. They did not have the “passive training” of pro wrestling. Baba would also say that he wanted AJPW to function as a sort of wrestling school, and Ichinose mentions that the guest wrestlers in late 90s All Japan who tended to do best (read: Hayabusa and Jinsei Shinzaki) played by its rules. From here, we transition to Hiroshi Hase’s November 1996 request to transfer to AJPW. — After representing Japan at the Los Angeles Olympics, Hiroshi Hase joined Japan Pro Wrestling. While JPW indeed had its own dojo, Hase confirms that he (and presumably other JPW rookies such as Kensuke Sasaki) received guidance from Baba in the six months of training before his overseas debut in Puerto Rico. Before shows, Hase would hit the ring for practice sessions which Baba watched from the back. He received advice on how to position and move himself to be visible to both floors of an audience, as well as some ukemi. Of course, when the bulk of JPW U-turned back to NJPW Hase would return to train again in the NJPW dojo. However, Hase does demythologize a common belief about AJPW and NJPW. It’s often believed that the traditional NJPW training method emphasized sparring instead of ukemi, but Hase states that bump drills made up a majority of his NJPW training, even if the movements they taught were a bit different. Ichinose writes that Hase’s ukemi was excellent. It hadn’t always been that way. On June 12, 1990, Hase had taken a Tatsutoshi Goto backdrop poorly; while he managed to finish the match, he entered cardiac arrest backstage and had to be resuscitated. Hase acknowledges that it was his fault, as he had not trusted Goto and had thus taken the move wrong. Nine months later, as he and Kensuke Sasaki defended the IWGP tag titles against the Steiners in the Tokyo Dome, Hase took Rick’s throw-and-release German perfectly, over two years before Misawa brought that move into AJPW. Hase also compares the Three Musketeers’ ukemi to the Pillars. Chono used to be good at it, but (understandably) became more careful after the Steve Austin injury. It was Hashimoto’s weak spot, with Hase going so far as to state that Hashimoto only stood out when he had an opponent who could take *his* moves. Mutoh, meanwhile, had the best ukemi of all three. After Hase had been elected to the House of Councilors, he stayed on with NJPW, signing a one-year contract as an advisor. That had expired in July 1996, after which Hase declared free agency, while stating interest in returning to AJPW. On November 16, Hase came out with Baba after the second match of a Korakuen show, wearing an All Japan jersey. Hase would debut for the company in January, and Ichinose caught him for an interview on December 21, in which he claimed that wrestling in AJPW had long been his dream. Hase would not wrestle any of the Pillars on the eight dates he worked on the New Year Giant Series tour. This would change upon his August return, when he wrestled Kobashi in singles competition. The next month, he would be alongside all four, plus Akiyama, in the Fan Appreciation Day six-man. Hase admits that working against them was “almost scary”, but that the Shitenno were so skilled at taking moves. Hase never tried certain moves near the ropes, as if one’s foot got stuck on the rope while taking a move it would ruin the bump and risk serious injury. However, the Pillars could bump successfully in such situations. Their masterful spatial awareness was also what made their spots off the apron possible. (That was something the Musketeers had never even tried to copy.) Hase praises Misawa’s ukemi most of all. He recalls their one singles match in 2000, and how stunned he was when Misawa, who had no judo background, took his uranage with the proper ukemi.. — After Tarzan’s resignation, Ichinose had declined the editor-in-chief position, but he would take Yamamoto’s place as lead interviewer. So it was that he interviewed Baba before the 1997 Champion Carnival. Baba remarked that the tournament was so much harder now than it had been in the Seventies, when there were only a handful of strong competitors. It was much more grueling now. Ichinose softly suggested that the Carnival could return to the two-block format of 1991-2. Baba’s response was revealing as to the company’s state; the most important factor in All Japan’s success was that they “always gave their all” whether they were wrestling in Korakuen or the provinces. Reverting to the two-block format at this point would lead to decline. Besides, the difficulty of the Carnival only made it more prestigious. Baba said that, thanks to the Internet, the whole world knew about AJPW now. Whoever won the tournament was sure to be labeled the best in the world. The analogy that Ichinose uses to describe the situation is a bus. Baba drove it, while the Shitenno were its tires. The tires were wearing out. The 1997 Carnival was another rough one for Misawa. On March 24, he had his third tournament match against Akiyama in Chiba. While he won the match, Akiyama’s avalanche exploder injured his neck. As the pain spread to his back, he had difficulty sleeping, and his painkiller usage led to frequent stomachaches. This tournament would see him take his first pinfall loss to Kobashi, before the three-way final saw Kawada finally pin the exhausted Misawa in singles competition as well. Kawada’s postmatch comments are exactly what you’d imagine they would be if you saw his face after the victory: “I feel like I only won by the luck of the draw.” After Misawa was helped to the back by Akiyama and Kentaro Shiga, Misawa made no excuses. “Luck is a part of our strength. It’s not like I lost the lottery. I lost the match, and a loss is a loss.” Kawada went on to defeat Kobashi, winning the Carnival and earning the next Triple Crown title match.
  21. SirEdger

    All Elite Wrestling

    Based on what we saw not that long ago, it might look like they're gonna move Jay Lethal into the mentoring spot for Dante Martin in place of Lio Rush. As for Lio, he's probably not gonna be the only one who'll want to tie himself to a specific promotion. Looking at what we're seeing with Matt Cardona right now, he's probably the hottest guy on the independent scene and he's everywhere. So more people might want to try and replicate that formula too.
  22. sek69

    All Elite Wrestling

    He said he wants to work with other places and doesn't want to be tied down to one with a contract.
  23. MoS

    All Elite Wrestling

    Why are we assuming he is not re-signing with AEW? His contract expires soon, putting that out there helps him increase some leverage for the new deal, but is it known that there's no way he's coming back? It would be a damn shame if so because his stuff with Dante was really good.
  24. spaldoni

    Windy City Pro Wrestling

    Like others mentioned, really liked the format. Also like the roster you've put together. Very well balanced. Idol and Budro, what a duo. A miscue sends Taylor to the main event, Moondogs make the Battens bleed. Good showcase. Spivey and Kabuki bring their NWA feud to the Windy City. Spivey puts a stamp on things and advances. I agree, Idol vs. Parsons is entertainment at its best. Thanks to Budro, Idol advances. New Breed make their presence known with a big win over the Nightmares. Contrast of styles between Street and Brown. Linda tries to help but when Brown hits the ghetto blaster, it's all over. Race might not be in his prime but don't tell the Grappler that. Race gets another chance for gold. Rockers and Nasty Boys bring out the chairs. Looks like we have a feud on our hands. Youngsters Steiner, Zenk and Ace working that Chicago crowd. Main event time! All 5 men give the fans a show. It's down to Idol and Race. Once again, Budro is the factor and Idol is crowned champion. I'm all for the Universal Heartthrob being the first champ. LOL, I love this guy. Great first show that sets the tone. Can't wait for Oak Brook.
  25. sek69

    Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

    Doesn't Dixie still own like 5% of the company? I wouldn't mind seeing her back in a non management capacity. She seems like a sweet person who genuinely loves pro wrestling, just not someone who should have been running things.
  26. TheDuke

    Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

    I would enjoy seeing Dixie Carter show up managing EC3.
  27. Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine - WWF 3/25/1984 This is the table-setting for the criminally underrated classic between these two in April. If you not have seen the April 1984 MSG match between Backlund and Valentine do yourself a favor and get on it. Double body part psychology dripping with struggle it is just perfect pro wrestling. This is a shortie but a goodie. Backlund is making his triumphant return to MSG after losing the title to Iron Sheik last year. I cant remember if he already switched over in 1983, but he has the buzz cut and singlet here. Gorrilla and Pat do a great job talking about his neck and shoulder injury. Backlund vs Valentine is one of the all-time great feuds and this is a worthy addition to the catalog even if it is short. Valentine pops him really good a couple times in the corner. They do the excellent Backlund Short Arm Scissors Lift that looks so impressive with the stocky Valentine. I loved the single leg pick up right after that. The bridge in the Short Arm Scissors before the lift popped me. Reminded me of when Backlund worked in UWF REBORN just countered everything by bridging it was so sick. Valentine worked the leg a little bit, but ended up missing the Hammer Elbow. Backlund went for his Chickenwing Crossface and they spilled to the floor. Good stiff brawling on the outside that leads to the Double Countout. They do a nice Stand & Bang in the ring after the bell and Valentine fled. It is not going to change your life, but it is a fun way to spend ten minutes. If you have not seen the rematch from the following month do so! ***1/2
  28. WWF World Champion Bob Backlund vs Ivan Koloff - WWF 4/25/83 1983 was a tough year for Backlund as he had a lot of retread opponents and while he first face Koloff in a classic in 1978, Uncle Ivan is a change of pace in 1983 WWF. I thought if this was watched similarly to a 90s New Japan Juniors match this would be highly regarded. The beginning just was not tight. The spots were good, but how they got there was so loose with no struggle. One thing I love about Backlund is that his matches drip with struggle. Look how weak those lock-ups were or the transitions to the bodyslams. It was disappointing. I was surprised how much offense Koloff got at the beginning of the match. There was no real shine. Backlund worked his usual "anything you can do, I can do better with" with his bodyslams, Full Nelson and the headlock/headscissors. Backlund's offense looked great. Koloff looked like he was coasting. The short arm scissors into the Backlund lift popped my mom who was watching with me. I liked he had to try multiple times to get it. I think if you started watching JIP from there you would think this match is great. Uncle Ivan laces up his working boots and goes for it. It is a 28 minutes or so match, so he probably had to pace himself. Backlund works the arm, classic Bob, you work his arm, he is going to tear it off and take it home with him. Crossface Chickenwing tease, but Uncle Ivan in the ropes. Some really good work in and out of the bearhug. Uncle Ivan goes after the back and he goes on a tear. Really strong heat segment leading to the Riding Backlund Wave With A Knee in the back from the Top Rope ala Dicky Murdoch. That was a great nearfall as Backlund's leg was under the ropes. Vertical suplex by Koloff gets two. Goes for another but Backlund slips down the back for a Crossface Chickenwing for the submission victory. Watched JIP it is ****, the beginning was fine, so lets split the difference call it ***1/2. Backlund haters will probably enjoy that Backlund does not gobble up Uncle Ivan. I would argue that Uncle Ivan does not get his ass in gear until halfway through the match so Backlund should have just dominated but oh well. It is always nice to see an unseen Bob match. He is just so much fun. You cant have a bad time watching Backlund work. ***1/2
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