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    Pet Peeves in Wrestling

    Putting someone on the top rope and then both wrestlers being up there for what seems like an eternity trying to get in position for something.
  2. This feels like a great thread to ask a question I've long wondered. We've never really heard the back story behind the Maeda shoot kick on Choshu to my knowledge. Why did he do it? What is the other side of the story? I do remember Dave reporting there was buzz in the arena that it was going to happen even before it did, which suggests it was planned. I would be interested in someone laying out the entire story there.
  3. I removed a post referring to something negative happening online that the person involved requested I delete, so that it doesn't get more attention than it deserves.
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    Ric Flair

    Halloween Havoc '94 was loser must retire and was huge on PPV. Nitro didn't exist yet. Hogan won. SuperBrawl IX was just a title match and was huge on PPV. Neither wrestled the next night. Uncensored '99 was a first-blood match cage and was down on PPV with the heel/face reversal. They worked opposite sides of a tag match the next night on Nitro. They did a bunch of skits in April-May 1999 with Flair being committed to a mental institution by Roddy Piper. Horrible stuff. Practically everyone in WCW was a turn-off at this point.
  5. I am on it. Just trying to schedule the upgrade. We may need to temporarily take the board offline to perform an upgrade, but I will try to provide advanced warning if we do. Follow me on Twitter (@pwoloss) if the board goes down and you want to know the status.
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    Tech troubleshooting

    I am on it. Just trying to schedule the upgrade. We may need to temporarily take the board offline to perform an upgrade, but I will try to provide advanced warning if we do. Follow me on Twitter (@pwoloss) if the board goes down and you want to know the status.
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    Shawn Michaels

    I think a lot of what we blame on workrate is really probably just too much awareness of history. It's a post-modernist problem. Michaels really brought the idea of creating matches with the intent of going down in history to the foreground, and now everyone seems to work that way, instead of just trying to make the fans who bought a ticket happy enough that they'll come back next time. WrestleMania isn't just the biggest show of the year, it's now the "showcase of the immortals". I would also say he's one of the wrestlers who brought the idea of everything being played for maximalist impact at all times to the foreground. That's not just about doing big moves, or even doing too many big move kickouts (although that is possibly a symptom). It's this idea that wrestling is a medium that has more power than it really does, so every match needs an elaborate beginning, middle and end. By not working some in-between non-epics, you train fans to think nothing matters until people start kicking out of big moves, where if a match occasionally looked to be going long but finished 3 minutes in, or 5-6 minutes in, or 10-12 minutes in, maybe people would care about the beginning and middle more because they would truly believe that a match could end at any time. I don't know, just spitballing, there's probably a more articulate way to put all of this.
  8. It's my understanding that's very much her reputation inside WWE, or at least was at one time. It's been topped many times since, but a lot of that comes from the Charlotte match in NXT, along with her training Ronda Rousey.
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    Jumbo Tsuruta

    I would be interested in you or someone exploring the 1981-1984 period when New Japan was on fire and All Japan was seen as passe, at least according to common legend, and how much Jumbo was emblematic of that dated view. It's sometimes hard to tell how much of that is Dave projecting his own views into his coverage, or if the idea that All Japan was outdated was really prevalent in Japan during that time.
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    Jumbo Tsuruta

    People seem to like his 1970s as the young, athletic standout on the rise and his late 80s/early 90s as the grouchy veteran. It's the in-between that some don't care for, but there's lots to love there. Classics against Flair, Kerry, Brody, Funk and others. To me, you can compare the Kerry and 6/83 Flair matches in particular to just about any match ever, but if people are over slow-building and long world title matches, it is what it is.
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