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  1. I thought it was common knowledge that the shooting star press had been banned in WWE for safety reasons. I remembering hearing that they made Evan Bourne do like 100 of them in a row before they gave him permission to use it as his finisher. I can kind of see where Vince is coming from here. If the only people I had seen execute the SSP were Brock Lesnar and Billy Kidman, I'd probably decide the move was too risky too.

  2. The problem with relying on outsiders is that it invariably leads to political headaches, as we saw earlier this year with Keiji Mutoh and NOAH. New Japan's most successful interpromotional programs have been when they were in strong enough a position to essentially dictate the terms. These days, they don't have that kind of leverage over any promotion worth working with.

  3. Miz has never been good at bumping or taking an opponent's offense. Recall also the time he completely whiffed on catching an R-Truth dive. I suspect the fact that he can't even remember being in the main event of Wrestlemania due to the concussion he sustained during the match might have made him a bit gun-shy in that regard. Still, there's only so much you can do with someone with such glaring limitations.

  4. 2 hours ago, Dale Wolfe said:

    Surely this Sasha stuff is a work 

    Don't believe it for a second 

    That strikes me as incredibly unlikely. For one thing, I can't see WWE engaging in such an elaborate work over the women's tag titles, which they've repeatedly demonstrated they don't give the slightest shit about. And I can't imagine what they think repeatedly burying one of their biggest stars on the air would accomplish from a business standpoint. Surely Vince remembers how Austin's drawing power never recovered after they buried him for taking his ball and going home.

    By the way, the Security at Joseline's Cabaret Twitter account put out what apparently is Sasha and Naomi's side of the story. Take particular note of this tweet:

    So Vince totally understood their concerns and ordered changes to be made, but the producers inexplicably got mad about it. Vince loved us, but that son of a bitch Johnny Ace...

  5. This discussion has led me to imagine a Father Ted-like scenario where someone walks in on Carter doing a Hitler impression while shaving and all of a sudden everyone is like "I hear you're a racist now, Carter." That'd certainly be way funnier than what actually happened.

    But hey, at least the guy is being backed up by the premier Jewish wrestler.

  6. I remember liking the matches from the 2016 Dolph/Miz feud, particularly the first one, at least as much as any MJF match I've seen, so I might give Miz a slight edge on peak vs. peak. On the other hand, I can confidently predict that if MJF were to feud with Bryan Danielson, the end result would not be having to turn Bryan heel because the feud had killed his heat as a babyface.

  7. 2 hours ago, sek69 said:

    Who else has heart issues? From what I remember Steamboat had some kind of head or neck issue that caused WWE to stop using him. 

    He suffered from brain bleeding due to a burst capillary when the Nexus beat him up. And Jake Roberts implied a while back that he suffered lingering issues from the DDT on the concrete. If anything, that makes putting him in a match an even worse idea.

  8. The current Observer notes that the industry isn't nearly as mobbed-up as it was in the past since the biggest promotions are backed by publicly traded companies that can't afford to run the risk of yakuza involvement.

    As for Ibushi, I think it might be at least partially be a situation similar to Eddie Guerrero in 2004 where his title reign was largely a flop due to factors beyond his control and he cracked under the pressure.

  9. 10 hours ago, KawadaSmile said:

    Bryan was already on his way out and losing the title to EDGE is a big no-no. He promised he would stack 'em both and did it. People cheered. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Roman was the only wrestler at WM37 who had serious heel heat.

    By the way, it's worth remembering that Edge was legitimately the most over babyface at that Mania, even getting cheered over Bryan. A year later, he's a heel who gets "we don't care" chants during his promos. Yet another bang-up job by WWE creative.

  10. According to VOW (which apparently somehow has legit Japanese sources), Ibushi has had heat with Kikuchi dating back to 2018 when he thought he was being stiffed on merch money. It also said that Kikuchi has a rep for being a hardass about maintaining kayfabe and things like wrestlers from opposing factions not being seen in public together. In addition, he wants the young and good-looking wrestlers to keep their romantic relationships under wraps to avoid alienating female fans. It'd be one thing if those were the rules across the board, but he apparently enforces them selectively and unfairly.

  11. Ibushi called New Japan a black company, which is a Japanese term for companies that heavily exploit their employees. Keep in mind that it's currently 2 in the morning in Japan. I have a feeling things are going to get really interesting in a few hours.

  12. 3 hours ago, sek69 said:

    The main event had me thinking about no matter what else is going on, or how poorly the rest of the show is, WWE always seems to be very good at booking main event  six man tags. It's almost like some sort of savant thing at this point, no matter who's involved its almost always great. 

    Dave tweeting that the Usos studied the Young Bucks no doubt caused some heads to explode.

    2 hours ago, sek69 said:

    Also it's amusing to me that "Cody doing a pedigree" was a babyface spot in AEW because he was sticking to to the Fed.....and it's still a babyface spot in WWE.

    Well, Seth uses/used the pedigree as well, so in that case it's an example of the classic WWE trope of insulting someone by using their finisher against them.

  13. So there's a PPV premium live event tonight. I took a glance at the card, and none of the announced matches appeal to me in the slightest. In addition to three (!) Mania rematches, we've got Happy Corbin vs. Madcap Moss, Bobby Lashley vs. Omos, and Drew/RK-Bro vs. Roman/Usos. I'll check out any matches that get significant buzz after the fact, but I won't be watching live. For those of you who are, here you go.

    By the way, it should be noted that Brock was all over the initial advertising for this show despite never being planned to appear. It shows how far WWE is out of the mainstream consciousness when they can engage in blatant false advertising with no repercussions.