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Mad Dog

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  1. Mad Dog

    The aging of wrestling fans

    I more mean, it doesn't matter because almost every single promotion has good wrestling now. The idea of workrate promotion is kind of dead because everyone has workrate matches now. So if you can get good wrestling anywhere then you are going to base your choices off of things like angles, charisma of the performers, booking, etc.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    I have a disagreement on match quality. I think up until the late 00s that match quality mattered a lot. Good matches were still a bit of a novelty at the time. But these days good wrestling is dime a dozen. You can go to the most podunk of indies and see good matches. So I say in this era it doesn't matter because almost every promotion has good wrestling in it. So now you need the side stuff to get attention from fans.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    I think it goes a little deeper with WWE. They just run matches into the ground really quick. I couldn't imagine being a new fan and wondering why Drew McIntyre and Sheamus wrestle every single week.
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    WWE TV 03/22 - 03/28 Roman never tapped

    How's the Godfather looking these days? Lex Luger still willing to work?
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    NWA Anarchy was my sweet spot promotion for a long time but there was a 2-3 year period where I thought CWF Mid-Atlantic was the best promotion going.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    Have you tried Powerrr at all? It's been a little lackluster inring but they do a good job with the storytelling and making you want to come back next week.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I am through the telling of A New Hope which is the first 6 issues. It's interesting and has Howard Chaykin on art. It was really good. It was obvious they wrote this based on the script and not the actual movie as some deleted scenes are in there like Jabba confronting Han early on. Jabba was a real trip since he was just some weird looking guy. I am really interested to see what they do when they can do their own stuff.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I decided to do something a little different with my reading. I started reading the Marvel 70s Star Wars series.
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    WWE TV 03/22 - 03/28 Roman never tapped

    That's got to be really scary considering Brad died around the same age.
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    WWE TV 03/22 - 03/28 Roman never tapped

    How do people watch this garbage? I saw one 20 second clip of Rollins and Cesaro brawling and there were so many jump cuts it gave me a headache.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    I think a lot of Eric Bischoff's tactics like focus groups and surveys would be a good start for trying to build a viable product. But I think ultimately AEW is the best you're going to get. Grassroots support with the right guy eventually putting money behind it. I think we romantize the past too much. Yeah wrestling was big once with far less competition in the marketplace of ideas. The more I read about wrestling history the more I see that 90% of old promoters were incompetent and just benefitted from no competition. I mean the NWA struggled to put down Anne Gunkel and her podunk outlaw group in the 70s. We shit in Vince a lot and rightfully so but at this point his incompetence seems pretty par for the course for a wrestling promoter.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    Because it's his life work. I think he knows he should walk away but no matter how much he trusts someone, they aren't going to do his tasks as well as he did. I think that's probably a big sticking point for him. He is also Vince McMahon. He doesn't watch movies or TV and he doesn't have hobbies. What's he going to do in retirement when he's used to working all the time?
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    They have actually been pretty smart about recognizing that sports rights is a bubble that could burst on them. Some of the other leagues are pretty vulnerable to that bubble bursting on them.
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    NWA Powerrr

    The piped in crowd noise is super obnoxious and makes everything sound like shit.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    See for me I am willing to forgive characterization and some continuity or retcons in the name of good storytelling. The better the book, the more I am willing to forgive that stuff. It more becomes an issue for me when you start breaking things or it's just obvious you don't know what you're doing. I am a fairly forgiving reader though, I think even bad runs like Chuck Austen's X-Men had redeeming qualities like Juggernaugt and squidboy. I think where I have really grown tired of Marvel and DC, moreseo Marvel, is both companies have just been absolutely allergic to changing the status quo even slightly. You get a lot less characterization now because of the decompression and writers don't stay on books long enough for a larger world to develop and new writers are never interested in continuing a previous writer's ideas. I have seen books in the 50s that were more willing to shift their status quo than Marvel and DC.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I think most people usually get it. Like when I was a kid and seeing people smoking in cartoons. Even as a 5 year old I think I asked my parents about Goofy chain smoking in some cartoon and they explained everyone used to smoke until they figured out it was really bad for your health. I think the issue tends to be people going in with the express purpose of finding things to be offended by so they can bitch about it on social media.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    I think in this era storytelling has become very important. Back when RoH was big, good wrestling was still a novelty you could sell. Now, there's good wrestling everywhere. You could probably go to a podunk promotion in a barn with 20 people watching and see a ***1/2 star match. So if everyone is giving me a good match then you need to give me storytelling or something unique. Chikara when it was around is a great example. There wasn't anything in the United States like Chikara. They didn't have the best matches but if you went you almost always had a lot of fun and saw something that made you want to go back. NXT was like that the first couple of years I went to shows.
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    The aging of wrestling fans

    They have actually fallen back to about late 90s levels. They got better into the early part of last decade but things like the New 52 and Marvel's constant series reboots have eroded the audience over the last 7-8 years. There's a guy on YouTube called Comics By Perch and he does sales videos for characters over multiple series. They are super interesting because a lot of assumptions made by a lot of people for wrong. My take away though is that rebooting a series gets you a boost for number 1 and then you almost instantly go back to the previous series level minus a few more people.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I also think the average person is smart enough to understand if they are going back and watching something from the past that societal norms are going to be different. I also think you should just leave that stuff in there. When I was growing up, some of those differences turned into teaching moments from my parents. Just throw a disclaimer on things.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I think the X-Men titles have been good with Hickman at the helm. As I said earlier, their output of Conan titles has been good. The new Iron Man title was better than the garbage IM title Slott put out. Gwenpool I think has been the best of the new characters they have tried pushing during the last decade. Stupid name that tanked her though because I think people just assume she's just a Deadpool knock off. I actually kind of liked Future State. Not every book was good but I liked several of the books. The events around Gotham were generally interesting. I really liked Yara Flor as Wonder Woman. I liked how she's kind of just a dumbass that's quick to anger and thinks every situation can be punched out of. I am hopeful with Didio out that they learned their lesson and I am glad Wally is finally getting his rightful spot back as Flash. But I also know DC can't help themselves and will fuck this up.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    Honestly, most of Marvel's output hasn't been good for a long time. You get some gems like the Conan stuff but they have horribly neglected some of their books like Fantasticsl Four and keep pushing just way too much symbiote stuff. DC has had a lot of issues, especially in the main Batman title. But by and large they have been acceptable stories and seem to be on a positive track with Didio gone and seemingly giving almost a completely new set of writers the keys to the kingdom.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I think I have maybe 15-18 longboxes. I think the highlights of my collection are Giant Size X-Men #1, the first appearance of the Punisher and most important first appearances for X-Men characters outside of the original 5, Magneto and Juggernaut. I believe the earliest X-Men issues I own are 5, 10 and 13. I got a ton of old stuff in the late 90s and early 00s when people were trying to get out after the collector bubble burst. I wish I had stuck to my guns and got a copy of X-Men 1 back then. I think I would probably just sell for a lump sum, say $1000 or so.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I am a lazy fuck that has considered selling my collection the last couple of years. I don't have these. But I have a massive X-Men collection and several issues early in the Claremont/Cockrum run signed by Cockrum. I really just want them gone but it's really hard to deal with a collection of any size.
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    Good matches "ruined" by their endings

    The problem with the Rollins cash in and reign was that it was only worth it if Lesnar or Reigns murdered him for the belt shortly after. But we got a 6-7 month run that felt like it was never going to end.
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    Good matches "ruined" by their endings

    It totally shocked me when people online briefly wanted him to have the belt again in 2018-2019. His first reign was so awful that it showed he has no business ever being better than a mid-carder.
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