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Graham Crackers

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  1. The 1/22 title match is on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN3_U4SA9dU
  2. I think what Loss describes is the January 15th trios. According to cubsfan 1/22 has the rudos winning a title match 1/15 has the tecnicos winning a brawl.
  3. Basically, if you donate $25 or more to the Hispanic Foundation's UNIDO Disaster Relief Fund I will draw you a wrestler with a notable run in Puerto Rico. Every drawing will be 9x12, with a color scheme of black, white, and one other color of your choice. Okay, so here’s what to do: 1.) Donate $25 or more to The Hispanic Federation 2.) Email me a copy of the receipt. My email is TheAnthonyStock at gmail dot com 3.) In the email, tell me what wrestler you want and what color you want. Sorry, just one color. I may end up having to make a lot of these. 4.) Remember to tell me your address. Where am I sending this drawing? 5.) Wait for the drawing to arrive. It may take a while (I do have a full time job) but I’ll get to it. I promise. 6.) Display the art with pride. By donating you made a difference, even if it was only $25. We do what we can. Feel free to share this with anybody you think would be interested. Thanks for helping! Here's the link for the Hispanic Foundation: https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/ Here's the link to my tumblr post about this, including pictures I drew of Abdullah the Butcher and Carlos Colon: https://theanthonystock.tumblr.com/post/166059840641/donate-to-disaster-relief-in-pr-get-drawings-of If you donate, I really appreciate it. Feel free to share my tumblr link with anybody else you think might be interested.
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    Happy 99th Birthday El Santo (from Google)

    It feels very appropriate that Jack Kirby and El Santo are both celebrating their centennials next year.
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    Quarterly Feel Good Poll

    I've been slowly drifting away from wrestling for a while now but I'm trying to get myself hyped for the new 80s sets. Current favorite wrestler to watch: Last fun match you saw: Last fun interview/promo you saw: Most fun you've had watching wrestling lately: I'm lumping all four of these together. The only match I've watched recently is The Final Deletion which was delightful. Around the time I watched this a few weeks ago there was some weird drama in my family about my brother so now whenever my best friend and I talk about my family we can't stop calling him BROTHER NERO. It lead to a stream of texts from my buddy fantasy booking my family including Willow being unmasked as my mom and my dad getting caught watching porn on Vanguard 1. I haven't devoted much time to wrestling lately but I've gotta say that it's those damned Hardys that have been on my mind. (My family is fine by the way, my brother is just... an enigma). Wrestler you want to see more of: I'm really excited about the Puerto Rico set (I have to wait just a little bit to order it) and specifically I want to see some Carlos Colon defending his turf in Last live show attended: I actually went to last year's NXT Takeover in Brooklyn. It was fun but I've realized that I prefer to see wrestling in an intimate atmosphere to those big arena shows. My friends have been going to a lot of local indy shows lately so I'll probably join them sooner or later. Match you're most looking forward to watching: I've been holding off on the Colon/Hansen feud for a while. It sounds awesome. Last interesting thing you read about wrestling: Segunda Caida tackling 2002 Zero-One EDIT: I just saw the immortal Abhay Khosla's tumblr post about drama on the set of the Rock's new movie and it also feels appropriate for this spot; http://twiststreet.tumblr.com/post/148702893775 Favorite recent post on this board: I'm digging OJ writing about golden age wrestlers. I watched a bunch of that Chicago Film Archives stuff when it was first uploaded and he's got me wanting to dive in again. Favorite thing about the wrestling landscape in the past three months (if you live in the past, then go with your past three months of time-traveling): My friends always used to see me as the "guy who watches foreign stuff and indy wrestling" but now they're all following various independent promotions.
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  7. Yeah, that was me voting for Los Bucaneros at number 2. I wonder who the other two voters were.
  8. If anybody is planning on treating wrestling as art I think we'd do well to introduce some of these phrases into our vocabulary. It would be easy to be condescending when taking these approaches. That's really not what I'm going for. -Wrestling will never be seen as establishment/highbrow art. That's why people are often so visceral in their dismissal of any argument based around "wrestling as art" because to most people that is what art means. At the same time, most people have no problem seeing middlebrow popular art as an art form. To me, defining what is and isn't art is completely arbitrary and it is not what I'm planning on doing in this thread. -Not to imply that commerce wasn't always a dominant force in wrestling but the shifting focus towards global commerce has stomped out much of wrestling's folk traditions. I think the lens of folk art is helpful for understanding much of wrestling's history as well as the origin of modern customs. I'm employing a broader use of the term folk art so if you're accustomed to thinking of folk art as decorative but utilitarian objects that's not where I'm going with this. Instead I'm talking about wrestling as a regional popular art tradition, albeit performative instead of visual. I'd be lying if I said the exotica of different local customs didn't play a part in my interest in pro wrestling. It Came From Memphis is one of my favorite books and I can't unsee the mythic Memphis in my mind when I see Jerry Lawler and Dutch Mantell play dueling hidden foreign object. The same thing applies to the pageantry of a Mask vs Mask match at Arena Mexico, Nick Bockwinkel getting under the skin of a working class crowd in St. Paul, Brit wrestlers reaching for the Lady in the Lake, Choshu rebelling against the hierarchical valuses that ask him to wait his turn, evil American cowboys wrestling in Japan, evil Japanese wrestlers in Texas, or evil Memphis residents wrestling in Knoxville. -It's hard to talk about kitsch without discussing irony and this is especially difficult because somewhere down the line irony became a bad word. On the internet I constantly see people accusing each other of liking things ironically. This usually means "I think your pretending to like this or that." That's not how irony works. There is an inherent irony when we profess our love of something we know is over the top, melodramatic, corny, tacky, or dare I say it... camp. That does not mean that love or appreciation of camp isn't real. I would consider Russ Meyer one of my all time favorite directors but I'm not sure I'd be able to disagree if someone showed up to say he's just a glorified pornographer. That doesn't necessarily take away from the value I see in his films. At least not for me. The same goes for wrestling. Most of it, maybe all of it, is crass exploitative entertainment. I still think it's worth talking about. Camp, kitsch, and queerness have a fascinating relationship and I'm really hoping someone more qualified than me would take up writing about that in relationship to wrestling. -Is being trained to become a pro wrestler akin to a sculptor going to art school? Is being trained in a dojo or by a trainer with an established pedigree like Diablo Velasco all that different from being trained by a local indy wrestler? That's a hard question to answer when the standards in the New Japan dojo are so different from training in WWE's performance center, or an AWA camp run by Billy Robinson. So are wrestlers naive or outsider artists? Are only some wrestlers outsider artists? I guess you could argue that the greater community of wrestling prevents it from being truly art brut but how is it decided that a wrestler is trained enough to not be considered naive. Maybe those terms only apply when a real critical landscape exists as opposed to the fandom that surrounds wrestling now.
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    Wrestling T-shirts

    I probably only own three t-shirts but the one wrestling shirt I own says CHOOSE DEATH.
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    Reactions to the List: 10-1

    I actually had Misawa at number four. I first discovered AJPW/NOAH in 2006 and Kobashi was the first guy to stand out. Kawada replaced him as my favorite when I first discovered the ditch and made my way through the 90s footage. I wouldn't really revisit that stuff until after Misawa's death. Going back I found myself newly drawn to the little details of Misawa's character. Everything felt so much more important when he was present. None of the other pillars got as much out of each other as he got out of them. Watching stuff for the 2000s poll made me really appreciate how he continued to be a spectacular big match worker as his body failed him. He probably would have been number just as high or higher if this was a list of my favorites. EDIT: I also think the gap in ability between him and the other four pillars is higher than others seem to believe. I had Kawada in the 20s and Kobashi, Akiyama, and Taue in the 40s.
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    Flair vs Funk: Who is the greatest?

    Funk forever... forever... forever...
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    Reactions to the List: 25-11

    The problem was that Lawler should have defended the title in Mexico against Rayo de Jalisco instead. Would have been a better fit.
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    Reactions to the List: 25-11

    Hashimoto. Another member of my top ten down. I'm not upset that he's not higher or anything. Making the top 25 in a broad poll like this is a big accomplishment. Still, if you can name 20 wrestlers better than Hashimoto, my gut instinct is that you're full of shit.
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    Reactions to the List: 50-26

    Santo was my number three so I had him just behind Fujiwara and Satantico who felt like true GOAT candidates to me. That leaves me with five of my top 10 left as well (I also had Ishikawa and Han in my top 10).
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    Reactions to the List: 50-26

    With Fujiwara and Satanico down my numbers 1 and 2 are out there. I love both of those guys and I'm happy they managed to make the top half of the ballot.