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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.
  4. He said he wouldn't say anything about him out of respect for his family.
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    WWE TV 05/25 - 05/31 I dunno I just feel sad

    Fine with him going to Smackdown but I worry about them putting him against opponents that can't get over his strengths. His ideal first opponent would be Cesaro for that reason.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Vince. "Creative has nothing for you" is just code for "Vince isn't high on you", but they avoid that language to protect him and make someone else the fall guy.
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    WWE TV 05/25 - 05/31 I dunno I just feel sad

    WWE is trying a crowd. But it's just not working for me. I guess it's better than not having it, but I think the problem is that it's more a consistent faint noise instead of reacting to what's happening in the ring, or at least it comes across that way. They are much closer to the action on AEW shows and behave like rowdy wrestling fans. You see the movement in the background to go with the noise. I don't really get that here.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I have definitely enjoyed parts of The Last Ride, but it all felt very same-y after a while. He's in a lot of pain, but wants a classic match to go out on. That point is made, and made, and made ... and made. When they move past that, they make that point some more. It's fascinating for all the behind the scenes clips, though.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I think it's difficult to push guys under 25 in a non-territory system because they are usually stale long before they turn 30, even if they have more good years in the ring. They end up needing a change in scenery to stay fresh at that point. On the flip side, if you go too slow, you teach fans not to see the young guys at that level before pulling the trigger. It's a really tough thing to do now I think, especially when a good WWE run used to last 3-4 years and now a good WWE run lasts 10-12 years or more. Thinking about Orton and his age correlating to his push, he turned 30 in 2010 and still had some years on top ahead of him, but it seemed even by then that his best years were behind him.
  10. The idea behind that was that they'd be able to claim for years to come that two women -- two who were going to be around for a long time -- could be promoted as the first-ever woman to headline Wrestlemania instead of just having one star at that level. The other stuff about Charlotte changing finishes I have never seen reported anywhere except this thread.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    There will always be wrestlers for whom it's the right decision to go to WWE, depending on what they are seeking, much like in the 90s, when it made sense for some to go to WCW and for others to go to the WWF. The difference is that WWE used to be the best place to go if you were young and willing to work a busy schedule, because you'd easily exceed your downside guarantee and usually get a real shot at stardom. Now, I think it makes more sense for people like Styles and Nakamura who have put in so much time without ever making big money to sign as their bodies are breaking down. That used to be the type of wrestler better off in WCW.
  12. Probably the big difference between her and Hunter is that this isn't her own doing.
  13. I'm not sure I understand the criticism that WWE is booking someone to be clearly better than others. Isn't that the thing we want? Isn't the common criticism that WWE has too much parity, which creates a situation where everyone runs together? They put her in high heels because she's physically impressive and it helps accentuate that. Should they be downplaying that so that she doesn't come across as special? What is the ideal here that they aren't hitting with her that they should be hitting? Again, I think the idea is not that she's overpushed. It's that others are underpushed. The goal shouldn't be to bring her down to the level of others, but rather to bring others up to her level.
  14. The conversation is happening in two different ways, I think. Dave would defend Edge above Christian by saying his matches were more heated.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    He's also a big fan of Bobby Roode and in fairness, guys like that -- the fundamentally solid types who hit everything cleanly and were always where they were supposed to be in the ring -- have typically been considered the "great workers" in wrestling until recent years, when it's become more about who has the coolest moves.