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    WWE TV 02/07 - 02/13 Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations!

    Two more months of this.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    As you can see, WWE is a totally normal place to work and definitely not a cult. "WWE continues to influence the world! Dear Leader makes the sun rise!"
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    The truth is, they're mainly trying to convince themselves rather than the rest of the world. Just about everybody has a price, but most people want their work to be somewhat aligned with their moral views or at least not in direct opposition to them. When professed principles come into conflict with financial self-interest, even the flimsiest arguments can help resolve the cognitive dissonance.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Someone finds an argument more persuasive when they stand to benefit financially from it. News at 11.
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    AEW TV - February 9/11, 2022

    Lee was billed at 348 and looked every bit of it. Getting down to 245 is too much to ask, especially since he draws so much of his aura from his size. But if he got down to around 300, he'd be much better off in both health and performance while still looking like a monster relative to the rest of the roster. I wouldn't say he looked blown up on Wednesday, but it was a short match centered around Private Party pinballing for him. Luckily for him, AEW has no shortage of smaller guys who can bounce off him while he works himself back into ring shape.
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    AEW TV - February 9/11, 2022

    Over a million views in less than 24 hours. Push him to the moon...after he loses some weight.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    The fact that the statement of candidacy lists AEW as his campaign committee should have been a dead giveaway that it's not legit.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    If Lee's on his honeymoon, that would seem to preclude him showing up on Dynamite tonight. However, some Internet detectives have speculated that it's a smokescreen and the pic is actually from a couple of years ago. I guess we'll see.
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    The real comparison to modern WWE: Latter days AWA?

    The Verne rocking chairs story is from Shawn's book. He also said that Greg wanted to call the team The Country Rockers. Take that for what it's worth. As for Blackburn, he was the figurehead AWA president whose proclamations usually screwed babyfaces on technicalities going back to the 60s. And yes, he was quite terrible at it. Just listen to him at the end of this video attempt to explain why the match between Jerry Lawler and Kerry Von Erich at Superclash III had to be stopped. Regardless, he was considered within the business to have an incredibly sharp mind for wrestling to the point where Terry Funk would go to him for career advice.
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    WWE TV 02/07 - 02/13 Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations!

    Meltzer said today on the F4W board that Shane is apparently ridiculously jacked for a guy his age. He prefaced that by stating he didn't want to say anything more, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what he's trying to get at. If that's the case, it would go a long way in explaining his apparent personality change.
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    WWE TV 02/07 - 02/13 Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations!

    For those who are unaware, Raw is on Syfy tonight due to the Winter Olympics. Make sure to update your DVRs. I'd hate for anyone to miss the quiz bowl between RK-Bro and Alpha Academy.
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    AEW Dynamite - February 2, 2022

    It's another testament to Bret's greatness that just about everyone else who attempts the ringpost figure-four seems to fuck it up somehow. In MJF's case, he went astray by wrapping the wrong leg around the post. It'll likely take decades to undo the damage Ric Flair did to wrestling by making people think the figure-four primarily targets the bent leg. As for Dave's star ratings, recall that he gave ****1/2 to the Taker/Foley HIAC match and the Omega/Moxley lights out match even though he actively hated both matches. On the flip side, he said he personally loved Omega/Yano but gave it one star because he thought a pure comedy match had no place in the G1. On the topic of star ratings in general, Roger Ebert said it best: I cringe when people say, "How could you give that movie four stars?" I reply, "What in my review did you disagree with?" Invariably, they're stuck for an answer. One thing I try to do is provide an accurate account of what you will see, and how I feel about it. I cannot speak for you. Any worthwhile review is subjective. If we completely disagree, my words might nevertheless be useful or provocative. If you disagree with what I write, be my guest. If you disagree with how many stars I gave it, you can mail your opinion to where the sun don't shine.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    https://wrestlingnews.co/aew-news/jade-cargill-says-that-wwe-told-her-this-is-your-family-now-when-concerned-about-a-contract-affecting-her-home-life/ If someone told me "this is your family now" during a job interview, I would walk out on the spot. That's about as far from a healthy work environment as you can get.
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    WWE MIDCARD ROYAL RUMBLE 2022

    I'd say the shift coincides with the move toward scripted promos in the early 2000s. Recall the Iron Law of Institutions: "the people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they would rather the institution 'fail' while they remain in power within the institution than for the institution to 'succeed' if that requires them to lose power within the institution." If someone doesn't need writers to get over and become a star, maybe writers really aren't that valuable. So it's natural for the writers to do what they can to nip that in the bud.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    That's precisely it, though. There's no such thing as harmless conspiracy theories due to crank magnetism. Anyone capable of believing nonsense about Atlantis or the moon landing is just as capable of believing nonsense about 9/11 or the Holocaust.
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    AEW Dynamite - February 2, 2022

    First of all, it really bothers me how Schiavone is disgusted by how loathsome MJF is while being friends with Britt Baker, who is just as loathsome. Some consistency, please. Anyway, for those keeping score, this week's Bret Hart tribute comes from Bret's match with Owen at WM10. As in that match, Punk injured his leg while diving to the outside during his comeback. MJF kicking Punk's leg out of his leg with Punk hobbling toward him in the corner and MJF's low blow while grabbing the ropes were both spots lifted from that match as well. The main event was a MOTYC that could have been a MOTDC if it had been about ten minutes shorter. And yes, Punk in AEW > Danielson in AEW. For that matter, Punk in WWE > Bryan in WWE.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Regal has four fused discs in his neck. He's not doing Bloodsport.
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    WWE TV 01/31 - 02/06 Roman gunning for that 600 day reign

    Also recall that he basically beat himself by diving off the cell. After he pitched winning the match but got shot down by Taker. The only thing Shane has going for him is Vince being smarter than Nick Gulas.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    So, um...you all might want to hold off on the Kendrick-in-AEW fantasy booking for a bit. At the very least, he's got some explaining to do.
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    Kazuchika Okada

    Okada and Scurll nearly ruined All In by going 12 minutes over their allotted time. The show came dangerously close to going off the air with the main event still in progress, which would have been a disaster. So that particular situation clearly called for a different approach. People seemed to point the finger at Scurll as the primary culprit, though.
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    WWE TV 01/31 - 02/06 Roman gunning for that 600 day reign

    Shane wanted to beat Undertaker in their match at Mania. That should tell you everything you need to know about him.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Exploited probably isn't the right word, but the religion of workism means that high-earning professionals are expected to derive fulfillment from their jobs and center their lives around them to the exclusion of other pursuits. Modern America might be the only society in history where the elites work longer hours and have less leisure time than the lower classes.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Porn is probably the one (legal) industry that has pro wrestling solidly beat when it comes to scumminess. The list of actresses who have died of suicide or drug overdose before the age of 30 is depressingly long.
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    WWE TV 01/31 - 02/06 Roman gunning for that 600 day reign

    Oh hell yeah.
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    Break it down 2: Alternative match structures

    A lot of Bret Hart's best matches had a five-act structure. The first act consists of opening feeling-out/babyface control. The second act consists of the first heat segment after the heel gains control, frequently off a rope-running spot. The third act consists of the first babyface comeback, which ends when he develops a new vulnerability. The fourth act consists of the heel opportunistically exploiting this newfound weakness. The final act consists of the second babyface comeback/finishing run. The Owen match at WM10 is a perfect example. The opening minutes establish Bret's superiority on the mat. Owen takes control after hitting a spinning heel kick and works over Bret's back to set up the sharpshooter. Bret makes a comeback after Owen misses a diving headbutt only to re-aggravate his leg on a plancha. Owen then shifts his focus from the back to the injured leg. Bret starts his second comeback with an enzuigiri, and they go to the finishing stretch shortly afterward. I suspect it comes from Bret's background as a tag wrestler, because that's basically the structure of a double-FIP tag match. The second Page/Danielson match had a similar structure, which is probably why I liked it a lot more than most Danielson matches. It helped that Danielson worked the match as more of an opportunistic heel underdog, which I think is the role he's best at.
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