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  1. Absolutely, but I always thought it the "precognizant promo" thing was a bit overblown, even if ripe for exploitation, because it didn't sound that unusual for a Warrior promo, plus he had long been convinced he wasn't going to live past his 50s because his dad and grandfathers didn't. And even if he knew more...well, he did look like he was having a heart attack all weekend and it was being commented on during the speech and promo.
  2. I know you're being facetious, but this is part of why I stressed the specific context of the standby legends and the degree to which they've gone so ridiculously far with Warrior: It's pretty clear now what the origin of the larger lionization of him and using him as the face philanthropic of their Philanthropy As Marketing actually was. Dude dying as soon as he touched down returning from the Mania weekend with his HOF induction made him weirdly magnetic and sympathetic, at least momentarily. Simultaneously, it gave them a newly-dead legend who died with such bizarre timing—the promo on Raw helped, too—that, with an inspirational-sounding name ("he's THE MOST ULTIMATE OF WARRIORS!"), the character became too obviously useful to mold into whatever they wanted him to be. But since he changed his real name to Warrior to blue the line, WWE does even more to blur the line with framing The Ultimate Warrior—not Jim Hellwig/Warrior Warrior—as the dead guy who Dana Warrior was married to, and so on, you cannot separate the character from the man at all. And their hubris with regards to what actual campaigns to use the Warrior imagery in shows that they know what they're doing. Actual LGBTQ+ groups trying to claim the character as a pride symbol independently would have been cool, and WWE and Dana doing a campaign about trying to change him to a positive figure would have been risky but better than what they did. Hell, doing it with some irony, even if they didn't outright say it, would have been better than what they did, but there was none.
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  4. A lot of indies have gotten flak for not preparing, but...I'm not seeing it that much? PWG pivoted a while ago. Even a group like AAW, which I see treated as the ur example of over-relying on the buzzy indie stars a lot, has been developing people for quite a while now. Beyond will be fine, and Uncharted Territory is clearly helping them build. GCW has been making a more obvious attempt than most (with the clear, concerted efforts to make certain people overnight) for quite a while and will be more than fine. (Shane Mercer has been a great addition and will probably break out even bigger after the Sekimoto match, for example.) Defy doesn't get nearly enough credit for the great job they've done mixing names with their own crew. On the indie scene right now, who is there really that did/does seem poised to go from "thriving" to "OH FUCK," exactly?
  5. Eh I get what Sek is saying, though, I've seen people, not necessarily here, who have gotten that vibe. But the big thing that most immediately put Tony into prime position—and this is luck and privilege as much as anything else—is that he's a super duper hardcore fan who's not just part of a billionaire family, but part of an *NFL owner* family. He's done the work to make the deals and made the right connections, that's for sure, but it shows that, even among billionaires, There's Levels To This Shit. The Bucks/Cody/Omega and All In were the right people with the right proof of concept at the right time, sure, but it's very obvious that Tony was able to get the right meetings on the right timeline with people who probably never would have taken, say, Impact seriously.
  6. But Jim Hellwig changed his legal name to "Warrior" to better link himself to his wrestling persona and his widow is billed by WWE as "the widow of the Ultimate Warrior." Also, Warrior is/was much more famous and vocal than Dick Murdoch.
  7. Everyone else has covered several of the important beats, but setting aside your dumber points that have nothing to do with the issue at hand (I don't get paid by clicks, even if I'm glad the article was widely read) did you just...not read the article? All of this is covered in the article, including links to sources every single time, but, in case you need Cliff's Notes in lieu of doing the reading: * Dana Warrior did a pride tweet last year with a photo herself in a rainbow shirt. It passed without comment as a nice gesture because she was her own person tweeting as herself on her own merits. * In October, for GLAAD Spirit Day, she did a post for WWE.com's community blog built around her in purple Ultimate Warrior paint/gear. The response to the WWE tweets about it was exactly as negative as it was to her tweet last Thursday because of the whole "using dead chud homophobe husband as a gay pride mascot" thing. She and WWE would have known this going into last week, when they did the same fucking thing again. * Her only public comment about her husband's general shittyness—this was not specific to LGBTQ+ issues, in part because she was contacted at a time when WWE was doing the "Unleash Your Warrior" Komen stuff—was this to VICE Sports in 2017: "I will not be disloyal to my husband's memory or speak ill of a man who is not here to defend himself. I can, however, tell you his heart was changed by conversations with his two daughters. The true testament of the man behind the character is his ability to evolve. My husband did just that." Note the complete lack of specifics: His heart was changed on...who or what, exactly? * Two days after the VICE article came out, Ultimate Creations sent a DMCA takedown notice to The Internet Archive, demanding they pull their archives of UltimateWarrior.com from The Wayback Machine. Since Archive tends not to fight takedown notices because they don't have the resources for a legal fight, the most complete copy of Warrior's spate of homophobic/racist/bigoted/xenophobic/anti-aboriginal/inexplicably anti-cancer patient blogs—with the best provenance of their legitimacy as well—has been removed from the public internet. * Warrior's blogs included comments about his intent to raise his daughters as bigots, particularly homophobes (thankfully someone saved one where he said that and I could authenticate it) and he went off in his DePaul speech about his then-kindergarten age daughter was too feminine to ever be gay. * Warrior, as a political and non-wrestling figure, is best known for his homophobia, even if it goes MUCH deeper, like his ties to the Charles Martel Society that I found in March. * The WWE and Dana Warrior "Warrior as pride symbol" is being done without a hint of irony, just like the Warrior Award stuff, which Stephanie basically admitted from the jump was a cynical marketing tactic. * There's still sufficient evidence that Dana Warrior, even if she wasn't joining in on the "Warrior as gay pride mascot" thing, is/was complicit in her husband's bigotry and the attempted whitewashing thereof, to the point that she has plenty to answer for. * The whole idea of the photos, both times, is so obviously dumb on its face that it only makes sense if it's an intentional gaslighting of the public to try to reinvent awful-ass Jim Hellwig as a symbol of unity and strength. Which he fucking isn't. Now, with that in mind, go do the fucking reading.
  8. It's interesting how Tony's genuine fannishness on the Austin pod is bring mistaken for him overhyping the Double or Nothing matches in some responses that I've seen, including on Twitter. Not that his fannishness couldn't potentially pose a problem, but it's far from just hype on his part, even if we're not exactly used to that in this role. Also, it was fun how genuinely impressed Austin was by the type of knowledge that Tony had gleaned from watching old tapes, if just because he's going to be the closest thing we ever get to a PWO regular as a major wrestling promoter.
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    Pro-wrestling vaporwave

    Im about 99.9% sure it's a parody, I'm just not sure WHY.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I haven't heard any of the Dave audio, but 200,000 was definitely the number of Google searches for the show on Saturday.
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    RIP Ashley Massaro

    Ashley's affidavit was not available to the public until Friday. The allegation was only known about in broad strokes from what was alleged in the amended complaint after she joined the lawsuit.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I know this isn't entirely new—one of the Bucks had tweeted about never having had a contract with NJPW several months back, but wasn't it reported when they signed their 2017 contract with ROH that if WAS a dual contract with NJPW? That said, the Bucks clearly overestimated their value to NJPW.