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    WWE TV 11/23 - 11/29 Lakers gonna three-peat

    First Raw in months that I managed to stick with for more than about five minutes and I enjoyed it a fair bit more than I thought I would. Riddle/Sheamus and Lashley/Lee were rather good. I didn't find the production (excessive lighting, wall of virtual fans, camera work, shite commentary) to be as distracting as usual and the show overall felt reasonably coherent. The Lana push seems awful though.
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    WWE Hall of Fame 2020

    It's been reported that the 2020 class will be inducted together with the 2021 class before the next Wrestlemania. Agree on the fans too. One of the few wrestling related things that'd be better without them. There have been so many moments over the years where I've watched and cringed at the chants and heckles from the audience, with that Maria Menounos one particularly sticking out.
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    AEW Dynamite - November 18, 2020

    https://twitter.com/P1AllElite/status/1329738580416225281/photo/1 The guy sounds really unstable. Needs help. Good on DDP for trying.
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    AEW Dynamite - November 18, 2020

    She could have their names saved in her contacts as literally anything.
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    AEW Full Gear 2020

    Really enjoyed the show. Good pacing, lots of variety, a couple of excellent matches and no outright bathroom breaks. I only really found my interest waning in the Elite Deletion match which dragged on too long but even that had a few fun moments. I was fairly excited for AEW from the start and I wanted it to succeed but I had quite a few issues with the product towards the beginning. Many of those have been rectified now and that makes me all the more optimistic for the future. Much of the "long term booking" that had been speculated has played out just as I'd hoped so I'm probably more likely to trust certain booking decisions at this point. Shout out to heel manager Taz who I think is great in this role. Together with Cage and Starks I'm enjoying Team FTW. Just a trio of complete dicks and the post-match beatdown on Darby was great. Particularly liked big Willie Hobbs coming to the rescue with a chair. Felt a bit like an old WCW angle to me.
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    AEW Full Gear 2020

    I think it's been built terrifically overall. One of the best built PPVs top to bottom in years. Really haven't been as invested in so many matches on one show in a long time (which admittedly isn't saying much, but still, these last few months of AEW have reignited my love of pro-wrestling when it was at it's all time lowest). Mox/Eddie, Cody/Darby, Omega/Page... I'm even on board with Jericho/MJF. Looking forward to the show.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    I knew very little about Herb Abrams and thought the episode was a blast.
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    Is TNA the worst wrestling promotion in history?

    Chad Gable's used it for a few years (I assume he still does - I don't think I've seen him doing anything for a while).
  9. Cesaro cut a passionate promo before the match accusing Kofi of taking his title, his dignity and his identity. He’s pretty fired up. Cole even referenced the fact that he didn’t yodel on his way to the ring because tonight is all about business. Kofi’s initial strategy was a little curious. Rather than try to avoid Cesaro’s grip and hit him quick with his high speed offense, he chose to try and match the stronger man and wear him down from behind. Eventually it actually looks to pay off as Kofi scores a nice armdrag and focuses on Cesaro’s arm. Fast forward a little and Kofi is happily running the ropes but Cesaro catches him in mid air and throws him down like a rag doll. Cesaro is so great in this match. He’s really aggressive but intelligent too. A heel that combines power and intelligence is a daunting prospect. Kofi does his usual stuff but the crowd is even more into it than usual because Cesaro is doing such a good job at beating Kofi down in a convincing way and so his comebacks feel like a bigger deal. At one point Kofi hits the boom drop and is about to go for Trouble In Paradise but Cesaro rolls under the ropes, hooks Kofi’s leg over the middle rope and pulls his throat down over the top rope. He also manages to lift Kofi all the way off the apron whilst standing on the turnbuckle to deliver a superplex. He catches Kofi 3 times over the course of a few minutes (off the ropes, to the outside, off the top) showing that he’s got quick reactions to go with his brute strength and power but Kofi has a counter for everything. Cesaro hits Kofi with a brutal uppercut before simply JUMPING TWO FOOTED ONTO HIS RIGHT LEG and then follows it up with a boston crab. Ruthless. Kofi escapes but rather than move onto something else Cesaro is committed to making him submit, focusing on catching the leg and returning to the crab with the help of an airplane spin. Kofi reaches the ropes but Cesaro shows his awareness here too by attempting to grab Kofi’s arm. All of these little touches serve a purpose of course – they show that Cesaro is a legitimate threat to Kofi’s title. Finish comes when Kofi reverses a Neutralizer attempt, Cesaro just runs right at him, Kofi ducks and hits a TIP to the back of Cesaro’s head. As JBL said, “Kofi just had one shot and he hit it”. Crowd was really into it, Cesaro got over how much the title meant to him, the little touches made him look like an invincible foe and even Cole & JBL were excited here. After the match, Cesaro attacks Kofi backstage, squashes him under a big trunk and rips off one of his dreadlocks! Likely Kofi's best singles match up until last year's Wrestlemania.
  10. Two of the hottest acts of the last few years in WWE facing off. I remembered this being a really entertaining sprint and it is pretty good. The focus of the match is Woods and Wyatt, Woods becoming completely entranced every time Bray makes eye contact with him. Bray's been involved in a lot of silly supernatural stuff that really didn't work but it does here and it's a pretty great moment when Woods snaps out of it and attacks him with flailing fists. Also notable that it's Rowan and Strowman with Bray here - no Harper, who for most of the earlier Wyatt Family 6-man tags would be the worker of the group. Early days for Strowman who still looks a bit green at a couple of points but he has an energy and athleticism here that he unfortunately seems to have lost over the years with the injuries and general wear and tear that his body has endured.
  11. After Zayn cost Owens the IC title at Mania, they had a match at Payback and then this here is the last time they wrestle for a while. They had just had the draft for the second brand split that week and I remember people being surprised that they'd both been drafted to Raw. Zayn picks up the win here but their careers would soon take quite different paths on Raw. KO would be Universal Champion within a couple of months where as Zayn seemed to be forgotten about a bit as I recall. This match is really popular. It's the 3rd highest rated WWE match of 2016 on cagematch, 13th overall. At the time I think I ended up watching it twice because it really didn't click with me the first time and while I thought it was good I didn't really love it to the same extent as others. These guys know each other so well and are meant to hate each other but it takes a while to really get going for me. It's Zayn's botched springboard moonsault that ends up leading to the best aspect of the match - Zayn's selling of his shoulder. I've seen it suggested that the "botch" was intentional but I'm not sure about that. It's terrifying when he bounces up vertically and you realise he's going to come down on his head. It could've been a lot worse. The final third of the match is really good stuff but I wasn't completely wowed like some. The double exploder suplex spot was very well received by the live crowd and perhaps it didn't do as much for me because I've seen that kind of thing in Japanese matches a lot, idk. A real good match that I still don't see as a genuinely great one. Still, it was great to see Owens and Zayn take their friendship/rivalry all the way to the WWE and get to put on a show stealing match on PPV. This was the pinnacle of their feud in terms of spotlight.
  12. They didn't call it that last night, thankfully.
  13. Haven't bothered with NXT for a while but I thought I'd give this one a go because it looked so stacked with the debuts, other new talent and Balor/Dream main. Shame we didn't get Balor/Dream in the end but the show was solid otherwise. Matches were enjoyable. The decision to push Maverick's story is really strange but I assume there is something else going on here. EHDF almost getting abducted was intriguing. No one else seems to like him but I rather enjoy Damien Priest and his deep voice and his sunglasses.
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    AEW Dynamite - April 22, 2020

    He faced PAC at Revolution in February but hadn't had a singles match on Dynamite until last night. Show was pretty good. Worth watching for Jericho and Tony on commentary alone tbh. Sammy/Darby was a blast once again. I liked the call back to their Revolution match. That splash onto the ladder was absolutely disgusting. Kenny's match was far too competitive for me but I guess that's Omega's whole thing now. The OC/Havoc match was a little odd with Havoc having so much offence. Havoc biting Cassidy's hands and putting them into his pockets was great though. Wardlow looked impressive and Jericho did a good job selling it. The backstory for Preston Vance (favourite for the Heisman Trophy, aspiring model, career ended through injury) is a good one. Brodie Lee's squash was solid with that brutal finish but I'm not really a fan of his ring gear. Brodie/Stunt could be a lot of fun though. Loved the Bubbly Bunch with Jericho getting pissed off and throwing the hand sanitiser at the phone. Main was good with the right man winning.
  15. These multi-person Ladder matches in WWE usually deliver but with there being so many of them now I find I often forget which is which - and many of them lack that one thing that really makes them stand out. An example of one that DOES stand out to me is the first Money in the Bank ladder match from 2013 that Sandow won by betraying Cody. People usually like them when they happen but they don't tend to get talked about for very long. Which is a bit of a shame considering what these guys often put their bodies through in these and the reactions they get from people at the time. I think back to what ladder matches of the past did for the legacies of say, Jeff Hardy or Shelton Benjamin. Anyway this is one that actually does stand out for a couple of reasons. First, it felt fresh. As far as I know it's the only WWE ladder match appearance for any of the guys in the match and for Burch & Lorcan and the Forgotten Sons particularly, remains their highest profile match to date. But the biggest stand out here? "Oh yeah, this is the one where Kyle O'Reilly dies over and over again".