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  1. Childs

    Four (Singles) Matches In - Punk vs Danielson

    I don't view it in relation to what they did in WWE. I was excited to watch Danielson wrestle whenever he got the opportunity there, even if I was frustrated with the way he was booked. I'm excited to watch him every time he gets in the ring here. I've enjoyed him more than Punk because he's better at wrestling than Punk. Always was. Which is not to say I'm down on Punk. He's working smart matches based on his re-entry story and his realistic need to shake off a little ring rust. Good on him for that. I look forward to seeing where he takes it. But I'm not going to feel bad for preferring the superior intensity and execution of a generational talent.
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    AEW Rampage (and The Buy In) - October 15 2021

    The strike exchanges have been Suzuki's bread and butter for years now. I rarely get the sense he wants to push for something more interesting, and I don't blame him at his age. They did a really good version of that match, with some quality mat stuff mixed in, and that's about all I was looking for. It didn't hit me as a classic, but it was pretty remarkable to have that sucker dropped in our laps on YouTube.
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    Stock Rising/Stock Falling

    I mean, no one thought of Fujiwara as an all-time great worker before the film review for the DVDVR set. These reappraisals just happen sometimes. You get a few influential voices touting the body of work. You get a spark like Kingston's move to AEW, which exposed him to a wider audience. Boom, there you go. With Styles, it was pretty simple. He went to New Japan and then WWE.
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    Stock Rising/Stock Falling

    The Segunda Caida love for Kingston is not new. The discussion on him hadn't kicked up in 2016, but Phil and Eric have been beating that drum for at least three years. I do think there are great Kingston performances going back a long way, to that cage match against Ian Rotten in IWA-MS and his long feud with Hero. I understand why he doesn't come across to some folks, but he's put together an impressive, unusual career. As for Homicide, he has no shot to make my list, but he was on the short list of 2000s indy stars who carried a special aura. I remember the air in the room changing when his music hit. That's something.
  5. This is the least surprising news ever, but what a depressingly shitty company.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I was watching Dynamite with my 11-year-old (a casual fan) last night, and his reaction to the ad was: "Why the hell did anybody think that was a good idea?"
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    Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura

    Got you. I voted for Tamura as well, even though Han was such a unique, fully formed worker from his first match on. Tamura hit higher peaks and hit them more often in RINGS, and I like the fact that he had to make his way in UWFI before he ever got there. Han just doesn't have anything like the Vader match in his career. I have Tabe's excellent career comps for both, and I'm more apt to throw on the Tamura discs. I see him in the 15-30 range with Han more like 40-50. I guess I hold it against them slightly that they were specialists; otherwise, Tamura would be a No. 1 contender. But I love the style, so it's not much of a knock.
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    Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura

    What makes you say Han is regarded as the face of RINGS? Not saying you're wrong; I've just never thought of anyone other than Maeda as the man for that designation.
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    'Stone Cold' Steve Austin

    With the caveat that I have not watched this stuff for several years, I thought Pillman was better in the pre-Blondes period. Dangerous Alliance Austin struck me as a guy with a lot of tools who was still figuring out how to put everything together, whereas I thought babyface Pillman might have been the best worker in the U.S. for a brief period. I'd have to dig back in to defend that position in any detail, but when I watched all the '91 and '92 stuff on the yearbooks, that was my impression.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    This feels overly negative based on what we saw last night. That match was designed to be a reintroduction, not a classic. Punk grounding Darby made psychological sense, and when it was time for them to pick it up in the stretch, he looked fine. He needs to knock off a little ring rust, but it would be a surprise if that wasn't the case, no? The guy was never a freak athlete. AEW needs some change of pace, and we know Punk can build a feud and think his way through a big match. He seems genuinely enthusiastic about doing just that with all these guys he's never wrestled. I don't know; I just didn't see anything that would cause me to write him off.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    They basically had to hit a home run to meet expectations, and they hit a home run. Tip of the cap.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    Man, they're keeping their foot on the accelerator with Moxley-Suzuki and Dustin-Black teed up for Wednesday.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    They worked that just about perfectly.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    Dave said they could go to midnight.
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    Atsushi Onita

    Yeah, I watched that. Thought it was clearly better than the title change but still more a fine performance than a standout one from Onita.