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  1. Graham Crackers

    Matt Hardy vs Christian

    Both have similar careers in the same places, and seem like natural comparisons
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    Jerry Lawler vs Stan Hansen

    I ranked both in the top ten in 2016, off the top of my head I can't remember who was higher. The difficult part is that Lawler probably had a more varied toolkit, but Hansen does one thing in a way that's totally transcendent. Yes, we have a few examples of Hansen working from underneath, and the Inoki/Misawa matches present a sort of "title match Hansen" but what lands Hansen on the list is being the most believable wrecking ball. I still haven't got over the disappointment of seeing Lawler/Idol vs Hansen/Ventura listed on the Memphis set, only to see that Lawler spends the whole match working with Ventura.
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    Greatest Feud of the 90s Tournament: Second Round

    Bracket #1 1. Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon 4. Vader vs. Cactus Jack 3. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart/Hart Foundation 2. New Japan vs. UWFi Bracket #2 9. Sting vs. Vader 4. Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage 3. Los Gringos Locos vs. AAA 7. WAR vs. New Japan  Bracket #3 9. El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas 4. Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis 11. Aja Kong vs. Bull Nakano 10. Sting vs. Cactus Jack Bracket #4 1. Mitsuharu Misawa, et.al. vs. Toshiaki Kawada, et.al. 5. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 6. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat 7. Rock & Roll Express vs. Heavenly Bodies
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    Greatest Feud of the 90s Tournament, Opening Round

    Bracket #1 1. Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon 9. Raven vs. Sandman 12. Bob Armstrong vs. Jim Cornette 4. Vader vs. Cactus Jack 11. Konnan vs. Perro Aguayo 3. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart & Hart Foundation 10. Heavenly Bodies vs. The Fantastics 2. New Japan vs. UWFi  Bracket #2 1. WCW vs. nWo 9. Sting vs. Vader 5. Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn 4. Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage 11. Randy Savage vs. Jake Roberts 3. Los Gringos Locos vs. AAA 7. WAR vs. New Japan 2. Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan Bracket #3 1. Jumbo Tsuruta, et. al. vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, et. al. 9. El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas 12. Kenta Kobashi vs. Vader 13. Michinoku Seikigun vs. Kaientai DX  11. Aja Kong vs. Bull Nakano 14. Naoya Ogawa vs. Shinya Hashimoto 10. Sting vs. Cactus Jack 2. Jerry Lawler vs. Bret Hart Bracket #4 1. Mitsuharu Misawa, et. al. vs. Toshiaki Kawada, et. al. 9. Jerry Lawler vs. Eddie Gilbert 5. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 4. Eddie Gilbert vs. Cactus Jack 6. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat 3. The Moondogs vs. Jerry Lawler & Jeff Jarrett 7. Rock & Roll Express vs. Heavenly Bodies 2. Jushin Liger, et. al. vs. Shinjiro Ohtani, et al.
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    Greatest Trios Matches

    I love trios matches and I'm always bummed when folks want to talk about lucha but focus exclusively on singles matches. During the 80s lucha set I felt like people were really cool on all of the trios matches that made my top ten. These are some some of my favorites: Solar, Ultraman & Super Astro vs Sergio El Hermoso, Bello Greco & Rudy Reyna, UWA 2/26/1984 La Fiera, El Faraón & El Egipico vs MS-1, Satanico & Pirata Morgan EMLL 3/29/1985 Pirata Morgan, Hombre Bala & Verdugo vs Atlantis, Angel Azteca & Ringo Mendoza, EMLL 3/1988 Emilio Charles Jr, Fabuloso Blondy & Pirata Morgan vs El Dandy, Atlantis & El Faraón, EMLL 7/21/1989 Super Astro, Atlantis & El Faraón vs Fuerza Guerrera, Blue Panther & Emilio Charles, EMLL 8/18/1989 Los Brazos vs Hombre Bala, Pirata Morgan & El Verdugo (Super Libre), EMLL 11/10/1989 Los Brazos vs El Satanico, MS-1 & Pirata Morgan (CMLL World Trios Championship Tournament), CMLL 11/22/1991 Super Muñeco, Super Raton & Super Pinocho vs Leono, Panthro & Tigro (Mask vs Mask), Monterrey 12/8/1991 El Hijo Del Santo, Octagon & Rey Misterio Jr. vs Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera & Psicosis, AAA 7/15/1994 El Hijo Del Santo, Scorpio Jr. & Bestia Salvaje vs Negro Casas, El Dandy & Hector Garza, CMLL 11/29/1996 Bracito de Oro, Cicloncito Ramirez & Mascarita Magica vs Damiancito el Guerrero, El Fierito & Pierrothito, CMLL 10/3/1997 Negro Navarro, El Texano & El Signo vs Solar, Super Astro & Ultraman, IWRG 2/10/2005 Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & Chico Che vs El Hijo Del Diablo, Gringo Loco & Avisman, IWRG 3/7/2010 Mascarita Dorada, Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Demus 3:16, Pequeño Pierroth & Pequeño Black Warrior, CMLL 8/13/2010
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    R.I.P. "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton

    Not to mention his Memphis team with Koko.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    Those second and third arcs of Sandman Mystery Theatre are the absolute worst parts of the series. I'm not a fan of Watkiss or Taylor. After that it gets really good! Guy Davis gets more comfortable and future guest artists are pretty good too. The Phantom of the Fair "remake" is maybe my favorite one. At his best Davis feels like an alternate universe Ben Katchor who draws adventure stories. I've been making my way through Hellblazer recently (I'd probably read about a third if the series before this). I loved Delano's run, especially when Phillips, Pugh, or Ridgway on art. It's a shame Ridgway was too much of a stick in the mud to want to stick around. He's a guy I wish had more classics to his name but it's really just the first nine Hellblazers, The Dead Man, and that Judge Dredd Wizard of Oz parody. I wasn't crazy about the Ennis run. It felt a little too superhero-ified, ironic considering the author. I liked Delano's quieter stories better. I'm taking a little break before starting the Jenkins run. I'm looking forward to more Sean Phillips art. The new Fist of the North Star reprints are pretty exciting. I read the first one last week. A wonderfully lurid mix of Mad Max and pro wrestling with a new creative disembowelment every few chapters. I don't know if future volumes will be able to maintain that without getting stale but I guess we'll see. I'm not really expecting the transcendent feel-bad men's adventure stories you get in Lone Wolf and Cub or Golgo 13 but I'd love to be surprised. I also just replaced my old water damaged copy of Watchmen. I was determined that I'd only but a copy with the old DC bullet logo on it. I lucked out with an outrageously cheap ebay listing for a never book club edition with the 1987 cover (the broken window). I'm looking forward to reading it again. I'd read it several times over the years but when I picked it up again in January 2017 I developed a whole new appreciation for it. That's partly my age, and partly what was going on around me at the time. A number of synchronicities created the sensation of the book bleeding out into the real world. I picked it up the day before they announced the Doomsday Clock moving closer to midnight. The Standing Rock protests were in the news the same day that I read the scene where Dr. Manhattan dismisses humanity's relationship with nature with a comment that people would probably just build an oil pipeline through the martian landscape. I always appreciated the formal aspects but that was the first time I really cared about the human part of the story. Now I'm excited to revisit it again while keeping in mind a comment Tegan O'Neil made about the story being a mix of All the President's Men and The Aresteia. Seems like an interesting lens for exploring it.
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    Masa Fuchi

    There's a Fuchi/Onita vs Lawler/Dundee match from the TV studio that I also remember loving. Fuchi and Onita do Fargo struts.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    DC One Million is my favorite big event storyline, probably because I was eleven and at the peak of my interest in DC superheroes when it happened. With it being a major font of nostalgia for me I was surprised I didn't recall DC Two Thousand, a 2000 miniseries with Val Semeiks art, design that evokes DC One Million, written by Morrison's buddy Tom Peyer, and another time travel plot. It's a post-crisis JLA/JSA crossover with the modern League traveling back to 1941 to retrieve year 2000 tech planted in 1941 by T.O. Morrow. It's no big revelation but I was really amused at the way the story is mostly viewed from the perspective of the 1941 Justice Society and how they view the modern tech and their future visitors as alien and frightening. My favorite scene involves the Spectre convincing the other JSA heroes that they just use the futuristic tech to prevent the League's grim future where The New Deal programs have been repealed and people listen to a horrible musical style called heavy metal. Certainly a novel approach. I've never done a deep dive on the Hulk but the best Hulk comics I've read were the Walt Simonson stories from the black and white magazines. Simonson with Alcala finishes is a nice combination. I haven't read them yet but I have a friend whose favorite Marvel comic is Hulk but Mantlo/Buscema/Talaoc.
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    Old School John Pelan

    Oh no, that's such a shame. I always liked reading his Weird Fiction posts on DVDVR but I don't recall any direct interaction with him.
  11. This thread is consistently great. Thanks so much for putting these together. Watching the AJPW 80s set with it's glimpses of Hara and the rumors of his gambling debt ending his All Japan run created an evocative character in my imagination. Having the backstory fleshed out has managed to be even better.
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    What is the Greatest Wrestling Ever?

    When I got serious about watching older pro wrestling footage fifteen years ago I was under the misguided impression that watching every pro wrestling match was a more attainable goal compared to other mediums. Obviously that was youthful hubris but the biggest obstacle is that I just plain don't like a lot of this stuff. Wrestling that'll likely be well represented on my list: CMLL from the 80s to the early 21st century, NJPW 1986-1996, BattlArts, various shoot style organizations, AJPW from 1988-1999, 80s Memphis, NOAH from 2001-2005, WCW from 1991-1994 Maybe I'll add more to that list five years from now.
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    Yuki Ishikawa

    Thank you! 2008 into 2009 he has the epic against Carl Greco which is one of my five favorite matches of all time, the long six man elimination tag from 7/2008, and the International Lightweight Tag Team Championship match from 8/2008, and a B Rules match with Otsuka. A bunch of guys you'd never think of as elite have incredible singles matches with Ishikawa during this time period including Super Tiger II and Ryuji Walter.
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    Ricky Morton

    For something completely different check out the 1980 Ricky Morton vs Sonny King match from the Memphis set. It's from the time period where Memphis presented a lot of matwork.
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    Yuki Ishikawa

    Ishikawa was in my top 10 in 2016. He's added to his case since then with both his return to the ring and a number of unearthed matches from the last 25 years. I wonder if he may even be a potential number 1. Something for myself to consider at least. @Grimmas the link to this thread in the index of nominees is not working.