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    Wrestling At The Chase/St. Louis Wrestling Club

    The Kelly Twins wrestled a lot on the Canadian independent scene for infamous promoter/wrestler Dave "Wildman" McKigney. They gained a measure of "fame" in Canada in the 80's when they were featured in a couple of TV commercials. Sadly, Pat Kelly was killed along with Dave McKigney in the car accident that took the life of Adrian Adonis. They were on their way to a show in the wilds of Newfoundland, when a Moose crossed the road. (An actual Moose...not the wrestler from Impact.) The van swerved to avoid hitting the moose and crashed. Mike Kelly was the one driving the van, and he was apparently pretty badly injured. I don't think he ever wrestled after the accident.
  3. NintendoLogic

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    That's CZW founder John Zandig. He's probably best known for this promo, several quotes from which became running gags in the Botchamania series. It turns out deathmatch wrestling really does kill brain cells.
  4. Who is this old loser exactly? I feel like I should recognize his name, but I'm drawing a blank.
  5. cactus

    Best match you ever saw live in person?

    Considering I've only been to two WWE shows, a smattering of random family friendly indy shows and a dozen or two Rev Pro events, my picks aren't as interesting as some of the other posters on here, but here's a few of mine. Zack Sabre Jr. vs Fujita Hayato (4FW 3/9/13) 4FW are mainly a family friendly promotion that brought in all kinds of ex-WWE stars for the kids and some Japanese imports to lure in the older audience, After a decent evening of simple kid-friendly wrestling, this was the main event and ended up getting a standing ovation from the 200 or so fans in attendance. This was one of the stiffest matches I've seen in person and it felt like something out of Battlarts. Sabre hadn't quite established himself yet and Hayato wasn't known to anyone who wasn't a hardcore puro fan, but the crowd were instantly invested once a stiff Hayato kick echoed through the drab, Swindon leisure centre. 15 minutes or so of violent strikes and grappling, check this one out if you can. Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay (RPW 1/16/16) This was from the time when I actually felt positive about the UK scene. Both guys were just on brink of blowing up and the York Hall crowd was buzzing for this. They started off with some exciting technical exchanges before bringing out the high spots. I don't really get involved when at a live show, but I jumped up from my chair once Scurll countered a Ospreay Cutter with a Chickenwing. This was a damn near perfect indy workrate classic. Tomohiro Ishii vs Keith Lee (RPW 5/11/18) This was very similar to what you would see in any big Ishii match, but seeing one of them in the flesh when you're half-drunk and surrounded by a molten-hot crowd is something entirely different. I'm mostly done with Ishii matches nowadays, but he's always put on a hell of a show whenever he would show his face at a Rev Pro event.
  6. Nice outside shot of the Performance Center.
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  8. Flyin' Brian

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Sigh. There are so many Trump signs still up in my neck of the woods it’s ridiculous. The cult isn’t going away unfortunately. I’ll stick to wrestling that isn’t a reminder of that.
  9. For my money, it doesn't get much worse than a dominant heel who beats all her opponents clean after burying them verbally, especially when that heel is the smallest and most fragile woman on the roster. It was everything people complain about with Charlotte except ten times worse. Charlotte at least has physical credibility and is capable of having good-to-great matches with good workers. And as terrible as that Asuka/Alexa segment was, Bayley: This Is Your Life was at least as bad.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Cy_Qlh7VM&t=30s I think of this video a lot when I think of WWE's booking for the last few years. I don't want to get into a debate on what the author of the video is saying (Snyder's filmmaking vs. Marvel movies). But, I think WWE's issue is what he talks about here. They are trying to create moments, and that's it. They've always done this, but the moments used to come at key points in a story. Take the Megapowers story, for example. There are multiple iconic moments in this story. First, there's Honky Tonk Man throwing Liz to the ground. Then, there's Liz leading Hogan down to save Randy. Then, there's the ridiculously amazing handshake between Savage and Hogan. Then, there's Hogan with Liz on his shoulder. And so on... Now, it's like they have the moment in mind, but don't take the steps to get there. Like @DMJ said up there, they think Alexa on the swing is enough. Why is she on the swing? How did we get there? WWE wants to have that shot of Wrestler X pointing to the Wrestlemania sign. They'll show it week after week in video packages. I don't think they put too much effort into getting that wrestler to the point where we really care that they're pointing to that sign, though. I was glad Drew won the Rumble last year. Mostly because it was someone fresh. But was I invested in him winning and pointing to that sign? No. He'd won a few matches maybe leading up to it, but he didn't have a story.
  11. Yeah, when they first started with the Alexa/Bray alliance, it was actually decent. She was pulling off some stuff like looking hypnotized or under a supernatural influence, and most important, it was the development of a storyline. Now, she apparently gets +20 to all her stats under pink lights much like Bray got his boost under red lights. Asuka, who was built for years as a world beater is now scared of maybe the lightest of the lightweights in the division, and she can't handle her offense. I get the idea, but it's so poorly executed. It also highlights one of the worst things regarding Alexa's run. She's often the smallest person in the match and many, many times, she's booked to have the upper hand going against her opponents straight up. Nia had to sell her offense and that's less than ideal. But truth be told, RAW has been an absolute black hole of ideas. NOTHING progresses, or it does so at a snail's pace. It's the worst kind of program you could have. SmackDown doesn't even seem to be under the same company umbrella at times, such is the difference in creative.
  12. Anyone has any idea who first did the "gets thrown off the tope rope" spot that Flair did all the time ? Was it a Ray Stevens thing ?
  13. Yea, I'm going to second El-P on this. I found her matches with Banks, Becky, Charlotte, Naomi, and the Mania match against Nia Jax to be all quite good. And I totally get the argument that, given the same opportunities, a more experienced, more technically skilled wrestler might have performed the same exact gimmick and gotten it over even more, but its not quite fair to judge the reality (Alexa Bliss) against some hypothetical version of it that they could've done with Emma or Candice LeRae or whatever other wrestler with a similar look/gimmick. Now this shit right here, though, it just seems off by a little. I like her commitment and I do think there was, inititally, some interesting avenues to explore with Bliss and Bray Wyatt...but like most things with Bray, it strikes me that they had half an idea and then ran with it. We're now months into this weird alliance and it has steadily become less interesting. Adding her character into the mix should've meant a raising of the stakes, a new wrinkle to the mystique, or a way for Wyatt to terrorize the company in all new ways - which is what I think they meant to happen but thought they could skip steps along the way and hope that Alexa on a swing would count as character development.
  14. I do not romanticize anything. I loved her character work and I enjoyed the matches, which were nothing special but quite good enough for me to enjoy.
  15. It produced nothing but terrible matches and killed off everyone she feuded with, but it was great otherwise. In fact, looking back, she was basically a proto-Fiend minus the supernatural garbage. This current storyline is unspeakably awful, but that's no reason to romanticize Alexa's 2017 reign of terror.
  16. Jericho and DDP are two of the best things about WCW in 1998, so it's cool to see them have this moment to kick off the year. You can feel the heat for Jericho building, and DDP is on a roll as possibly the most over babyface in the company coming out of the storyline/main event of Starrcade. I'm looking forward to re-watching this year for him as I do think DDP is the in-ring MVP for WCW in 1998.
  17. I thought it was neat to see Frye here. I remember him being one of the more charismatic guys in UFC after Shamrock (for a little while)... Outside of seeing him in New Japan, not much else to say about this one...
  18. Same here Chad! Thanks for listening... Like Marty, Carolina Dreamin' certainly got me hyped for the project! Thanks for the great recommendations and breakdown of matches in that series.
  19. In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Shawn Kidd to break down WWE Vengeance 2002. The two discuss Michaell Cole & Tazz, a fun tables match, the greatness of Jamie Noble, Triple H & Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar looking like a monster, Booker T closing the door on the NWO, a big title win for the UnAmericans, a fantastic star studded main event, the road to SummerSlam, and much more. https://northsouthconnection.podbean.com/e/the-ruthlessly-aggressive-podcast-21-wwe-vengeance-2002/
  20. Although it's rightfully overshadowed by the freakish SSP botch, this was the most physical main event of a Wrestlemania up to this point. This was two lads without fancy gimmicks going out their and putting on a rugged and aggressive wrestling match. Angle is more focused on putting on a clinic and doesn't get many chances to show of his huge personality and plays this one straight. Lesnar goes into this with injured ribs and Angle sets his sights on his injury by going after them with many German suplexes, including one onto the turnbuckle. Although you could tell that some fans weren't into this, this was a changing off the guard moment with the workrate feeling more important than the big gimmicks and characters. ★★★½
  21. cactus

    [2003-03-30-WWE-Wrestlemania XIX] Steve Austin vs The Rock

    Lacking the intensity of their previous two Wrestlemania outings, this was fuelled by Rock's unlimited charisma and Austin's enduring popularity. It's understandable that Austin's heart wasn't in it here as he literally nearly died 24 hours before the event. It's a shame we only got to see Hollywood Rock for a few months as he was a treat to watch. Rock puts away Austin after three Rock Bottoms. It's easy to criticise the finisher fests of this era, but the ending of this just felt like the right move. My only complaint is that I wish that Austin got a proper farewell match, much like Ric Flair's five years later. ★★★★
  22. cactus

    [2003-03-30-WWE-WrestleMania XIX] Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon

    This might just be my favourite match of Hogan in WWE. This was padded out with big weapon spots to hide the limitations or a banged-up Hogan and a 57 year old non-wrestler. Vince might not be a good worker per se, but he's an excellent entertainer who knows how to control the crowd. You got Vince's demonic facials, Roddy Piper and Shane McMahon's surprise returns and you've even got a poor Spanish announcer doing a bladejob after getting struck by a wayward chair shot. It's mental, it's wrestling, I love it! ★★★★½
  23. 18 years later and I'm still annoyed by this! Booker shows fire as a babyface, but Triple H is trying his best to emulate Harley Race and failing. His NWA champion cosplay majorly misses the mark and he just wasn't that interesting during this period. J.R is the only person marking out in the stadium when Trips busts out a rare Indian Deathlock. Booker's Houston Hangover felt like nice callback to his WCW days. Triple H pinning Booker T after nearly a full minute of downtime still leads a sour taste in my mouth. Racist angle aside, this felt like it should of been on a house show. ★¾
  24. Michaels wants to make his Wrestlemania comeback feel special and Jericho wants us to forget how lackluster his last Wrestlemania was. After Michaels gets some spots to show off and to illustrate to the crowd that he's still got it, a Walls Of Jericho on the entrance ramp is enough to aggravate old injuries and Jericho works over HBK's back. Jericho wasn't that interesting working on top, but the finishing stretch felt like a callback to Savage/Steamboat with all it's nearfalls through small packages and counters. After an intense 22 minutes, HBK wins after a roll-up. Jericho nails him in the balls after teasing a face turn during a post-match hug, Great stuff! ★★★★¼
  25. Although this was quite similar to the tag title clusterfuck from last year, this was much more physical and had a much faster pace. Rhyno wrecking shop and Benoit and Guerrero going at it were two particular high points. This was six decent-excellent workers making something out of a nothing match and it worked. Rhyno takes out both Haas and Chavo with Gores, but Shelton is able to sneak a pin fall and retain the tag titles. It's crazy to think that two competitors in this throwaway bout would go on to be in separate world title matches at the next year's 'Mania. ★★★
  26. Trish has grown tons in the last year and she's placed in there with two great workers in the form of Jazz and Victoria. Jazz impresses me every time I see her, even in the dire women's division of early 2000's WWE. Stevie Richards tries to get involved, but he ends up nailing himself with a chair after missing Trish and hitting the ropes in the good comedy spot. Trish pins Victoria and we get a good feel-good pop. This was one of the few bright spots for the women during the 2000's. ★★★
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