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  1. MLK is a Disney character to a lot of people who probably wouldn't like the real guy very much, and I suspect Vince McMahon is at the top of that list.
  2. "Pro Wrestling Only" doesn't mean the same thing that it meant a few years ago. It was always there at least on a subtle level but now it's more overt. There is no escaping politics in any aspect of life anymore. It is what it is. I think we're still figuring out where that line is here, because obviously it is possible to be gratuitous and cross one. However, when we talk about things wrestlers are saying, I don't think we have. But we aren't going back to 2007 when the board started and there was a very clear line. I can't say with a straight face at this point that debates about racism, sexism, transphobia, body shaming, corrupt authoritarian regimes, police brutality or the gig economy have no relevance when discussing pro wrestling.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I would even go back to 2003, with Austin as a retired commissioner giving stunners to the active wrestlers every week.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    My response would be that AEW is not above mistakes. I think people are more forgiving because most of the time when they make them, they quickly learn from them and correct for the future. They don't have the stubborn streak of WWE where they think they are always right and never have to apologize or change course on anything. I am pretty lenient with any wrestling company that makes mistakes -- sometimes even major ones -- if they also have a track record of learning from those mistakes.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    I saw a video of Cornette reacting to the FTR debut on my YouTube recommendations today and was immediately annoyed. He said he was swearing off AEW after the Stadium Stampede. I would like to hear his explanation for why he isn't.
  6. Keith Lee's ceiling is more likely to be Rusev's ceiling.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    The problem isn't so much the age of their stars. It's more that I can't point to a single, full-time person on the active roster that I can say is definitely above the IC title picture. If the goal is to create Rob Van Dams or Tito Santanas, they've done a fabulous job and created dozens of them.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I always thought Vince seriously overlearned the lesson of putting Hogan and Savage out to pasture when they turned 40.
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    WWE TV 05/25 - 05/31 I dunno I just feel sad

    Nothing puts smiles on faces like a drunk driving angle.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Cornette clearly never saw the actual match where Russo won the WCW title or the battle royal with the Randy Savage cameo.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Cornette responded to Jericho making a similar point that I did, arguing that people believed he was getting his face shoved in a cake because he was an asshole, while this was just an attempt to mock pro wrestling. Talk about moving the goalposts. Cake in the face is not part of a serious, sports-like presentation. It sounds like one of his big complaints is that there's not the same degree of love and hate coming from fans, or at least that it's not expressed in the same way. I'm nostalgic for that aspect of wrestling too, where Ricky Morton gets mobbed on his way to the ring by horny teenage girls or people throw garbage at the heels and they have to fight their way to the dressing room. He diagnoses a lot of the reasons wrestling isn't like that anymore correctly, but he also refuses to acknowledge that time doesn't stand still, and that just as many people were turned off by the deceit of wrestling -- that no one would admit it for what it was -- as watched it. Incompetence in wrestling is a big part of it, but so are changing cultural, political and economic factors. Wrestling in 2020 is far from perfect and I have lots of criticisms of it myself but I also didn't see Stadium Stampede as making fun of pro wrestling. It was a king-sized tribute.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    It's just a ridiculous argument that bothers me because it's not even true about his era. Real sports wouldn't have guys with masks. They would all use their real names, managers interfering would be suspended by the company, attacks during interviews or after matches would be treated as criminal assault, and no one would get their face shoved in a birthday cake. The gaga is what makes wrestling fun and his era had plenty of it, much of it involving him! I think there are arguments that wrestling should be internally consistent and I definitely agree with those. I also think in spite of that, moments that unsuspend your disbelief are bad, just like they would be in any scripted form of entertainment. But he is nostalgic for an era that never even existed.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    This was from one of their first press releases: "Focused on producing fast-paced, high-impact competitions, AEW Offers fans less scripted, soapy drama, and more athleticism and real sports analytics, bringing [a] legitimacy to wrestling that it has not previously had. Wrestlers will also be given more freedom to explore their characters and highlight their athletic abilities. Introducing statistics to wrestling for the first time ever, AEW will raise the stakes for its matches and deepen fan engagement by tracking each competitor’s wins and losses as the wrestlers pursue championships, analyzing their moves, assessing damage to their opponents, and providing insights into their winning streaks."
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    In the same way Cornette is mad at Jim Ross because he feels like he should have walked out on AEW over Stadium Stampede (seriously!), I'm mad at Cornette for having become impossible to defend.
  15. He said he wouldn't say anything about him out of respect for his family.