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  1. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Evolution

    So this was absolutely a thing that happened. I already have a written review up HERE and a podcast review with Steven/Grimmas up HERE (let's hope I remember how links work again before I finish this) and I've just watched this show for the THIRD TIME and to be honest I haven't slept a whole lot since God knows when and I was so excited yesterday I legit forgot to eat so I am more delirious than ever now positively flying amongst the waves and so yeah boys we all know what that means! THE JIMMY REDMAN INSANE DRUG ADDLED SLEEP DEPRIVED RAMBLING STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS POST ABOUT WOMEN'S WRESTLING. (TM) This is way more women's content than I've ever had to ramble about before, so my apologies if I use too many words and like crash the board beyond repair.
  2. Jimmy Redman

    WWE TV 10/29 - 11/4 warning: actual political rant inside

    Without wanting to ignore the real life situation you find yourself in, and Godspeed to you over there my dude. But my one contribution to offer about all that is that I know you said you missed it, and I know I'm me, but if you want wrestling to take your mind away, watch Evolution. 100% watch it. It was a great show, but more than that it was a fun, enjoyable, positive, escapist show and one sure to put a smile on your face more than almost anything else I can think of.
  3. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Evolution

    Seeing all this hype stuff dropping now, we're less than 24 hrs away from the PPV and it's starting to truly sink in to me that it's actually happening. (The Trish/Sasha/Toni panel they just livestreamed did me in. It flips me out when I see these Aussie girls in WWE marking out about wrestling or my faves in my accent because it's a very stark visual representation of like, "Yep, that's exactly what I would be like." That's exactly what I WAS like meeting Trish. It's eerie.) I think, much like the Royal Rumble, my brain has managed expectations by largely avoiding thinking about it too much, lest I start fantasy booking a better card or let all of my wildest Divas Invasion dreams get me carried away. There are enough of my wildest dreams coming true as it is. The fact that it's happening at all is one of them, and underneath it all it's important not to forget that. The idea of WWE being able to sell an entire PPV of just women's matches would have sounded insane only a few short years ago - a time when we were still quibbling about whether a women's match could headline even an NXT Takeover, let alone a PPV. Everything that has happened in this "Evolution" since 2013 has gone well above and beyond anything I could have envisioned for the women when I was watching them grind in their bullshit spots and just hoping that one day they could get 10 minutes to wrestle instead of two. And it's my full time job at the moment to write about the accomplishments of the Divas Era and the talent therein, but it remains that it was THEIR full time job to push against the ocean trying in vain to get any wrestling done. There have been issues in the lead up to this. Some matches were thrown together and the build squandered to a certain extent. The underlying reasons for doing it at all and the political shitshow the company is in right now put a bad taste in one's mouth. But at the end of the day, we get a PPV full of women's matches, and that makes me happy. I'm not happy for the company for their corporate hand wave. I'm happy for the women wrestlers who will have never had this much time to wrestle in WWE ever before. I'm just happy that the women wrestlers get time to wrestle. It's 2018 and the more normalised women's wrestling gets the more odd that statement will sound. Good. But it really wasn't all that long ago that they didn't get any. So I remain happy for them that they get this kind of time to wrestle. Ultimately that's all I really want for them - opportunities to wrestle. Because I know they can take it from there. Think about people like Trish and Lita, who accomplished so much in their careers and are HOFers, but nevertheless if these guys have a fun little 12 minute tag team match at this PPV it will still be the longest match either of them have ever had. Plus I know how much it will mean to them to tag together. I know how much it means to literally everyone - I've already seen over the weekend pretty much every wrestler to a woman has been crying all over social media about this being real life. And I sure as heck know I'm not going to be able to remotely handle it when it happens. (I should sell tickets to watch me watching this show.) So I refuse to be cynical. It means too much to me, and it means too much to the women. Plus, get a load of this fucking card. Yeah the battle royal is a waste but everyone gets a payday and I get to have a mini Rumble Pt. 2 with all of my Divas faves interacting with everyone in sight. And for you guys, a genuine Molly Holly sighting. Mainly I'm just psyched for entrances - if I don't get to hear "Holla" et al. I'm going to fucking riot. Speaking of (segue!) the Riott Squad trios will probably rule. Everyone rules. Trios matches rule. Sasha and Bayley get to do spots instead of being in the battle royal. Crazy Mary Dobson and Heidi Lovelace are teaming together on a WWE PPV, what even is this life. Trish Stratus, my sun and stars, moon of my life, is going to go to fucking work. I like Alexa and I'm bummed for her but this is one of those DIVAS INVASION BITCHES! times because I never realised how much I needed Crazy Ass Alicia Fox and Trish to interact until right now and now I'm pumped. Plus Trish and Mickie are in the same match so honestly if this whole match was nothing but Trish and Mickie punching each other and selling it I would be happy. They are the GOAT punch sellers. I'm super not going to cope with this whole thing. I can't cope with any of it really. Kairi vs. Shayna is going to BANGGGGGGGGGG. It banged at the MYC I, it banged at the last Takeover and it's gonna bang now that Shayna is pissed about losing the belt and is going around actually murdering people for sport. Dudes Kairi Hojo and Io Shirai are working major singles matches on a WWE PPV. What even IS this life. Io vs. Toni is gonna be sick too, and from following the MYC I am honestly more hyped for this than anything. Actually that's a lie because I'm hyped for so many things. But this is one of them. Either of them could win which is exciting, and they're gonna go all out to steal the show and Io may even possibly hit the moonsault! Anything could happen! How can anyone not be pumped for Ronda vs. Nikki. Have you not SEEN Nikki forearm literally the entire world into the next dimension??? She can be as stiff as all get out here and Ronda is going to take it and sell her ass off probably because she is a professional wrestler daddy and then she's going to Ronda up and kill her to utter pieces and it's gonna rule. OH AND ALSO, WAR BECKY FUCKING LYNCH. People complaining about the build do not watch Smackdown because I haven't been this hype for a blowoff in a long ass time folks. WAR BECKY is giving less fucks now than ever before and Charlotte is going to get got. LMS means brawling, it means weapon spots, it means more brawling, it means TIME. YESSSSS GAGA. This is real main event fuck what ya heard. Imagine in 2015 being told that Becky Lynch would be the biggest star of the Four Horsewomen. She's been lowkey the best promo and character in the company since 2016, I've been saying it for ten damn years, and now she's been given the ball this is the greatest "run with the ball" run we've seen in literally years and years. I certainly haven't been in love with a wrestler this desperately in literally years and years. So I guess my point is how can you not be fucking excited for this show.
  4. Jimmy Redman

    Stacey's Divas Deep Dive

    I feel like, if anywhere, PWO and the Matt Ds of the world can appreciate when I try to sell the surprisingly cerebral way in which Bra and Panties matches were worked. Yes, this is what I went with as my go-home for Evolution. http://placetobenation.com/staceys-divas-deep-dive-the-psychology-of-bra-and-panties-matches/
  5. Jimmy Redman

    WWE TV 10/22/18 - 10/28/18

    They may not necessarily have been blindsided, but even if they knew, seeing him out there giving that speech and crying with Rollins and your husband... of course they'd be fucked up when you throw to them 2 seconds later and they have to try to do their jobs.
  6. Jimmy Redman

    NXT talk

    Yeah I super fucking loved that match. Nikki rules and Bianca just keeps getting better and better. I adore Nikki's involvement in the angle so I loved the finish too.
  7. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Crown Jewel: No Girlz ALLOWED~!

    I have no interest in watching the show.
  8. Jimmy Redman

    WWE TV 10/15/18 - 10/21/18: Fear, Loathing, and PRACTICE!!

    So I pretty much could have booked a better Smackdown nostalgia show in my sleep. But alas.
  9. Jimmy Redman

    WWE TV 10/15/18 - 10/21/18: Fear, Loathing, and PRACTICE!!

    It wasn't just the Live Sex though. Ratings went up after he won the title and remained up until literally the day they replaced him with Hunter as Cena's new challenger. People were into Edge as a new top guy, I hate to say it but it's true.
  10. Jimmy Redman

    WWE TV 10/15/18 - 10/21/18: Fear, Loathing, and PRACTICE!!

    Edge was the next big star on Smackdown in 2002 before he broke his neck. It's a flat out lie.
  11. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Evolution

    Bitches be crazy, amirite?
  12. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Crown Jewel: No Girlz ALLOWED~!

    I'm not remotely surprised that he got that pop, but I was thinking the same thing when he came out. The people that complain about Vince - especially on something like this when it's about literal human rights violations and murder - and then treat him like a babyface are... a fascinating bunch. WWE will never change because they know they can get away with it. Vince can get away with it. Not only get away with it, but remained beloved.
  13. Steven Graham and I are doing a mini series of podcasts this October covering women's wrestling content from WWE - the Mae Young Classic II and the Evolution PPV. We review the first round of the MYC here:
  14. Jimmy Redman

    Stacey and Steven Podcasts!

    Steven and I are back reviewing the Second Round of the Mae Young Classic!
  15. Jimmy Redman

    Celebrating the Shield

    Just want to say I'm loving this series and I'm so glad you're doing it. The Shield are one of my favourite things, from the match quality to the presentation and booking. So far you've rated their matches in about the same order as me too.
  16. Jimmy Redman

    Stacey's Divas Deep Dive

    This week I talk about the Bella Twins - everyone else seems to be, why not me. From their debut to the FOREARM TO FUCKTOWN and why you're all crazy to doubt Nikki vs. Ronda. http://placetobenation.com/staceys-deep-dive-the-bellas-scourge-of-the-revolution/
  17. Count me in on the Alicia Fox fan club. That girl is WILD and I love her. Her getting things to do and TV time is one of the best things about 2018. What a survivor. I'm going to write something longer on her in the near future for my column for sure.
  18. I like this as a change anyway. I was asking for it to happen when Trish came out. And it means we get more of Trish and Mickie punching on like it's 2006.
  19. Ok I'm gonna need about 57 million more Nia vs. Ember matches.
  20. For me damn it! Let me have this!
  21. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Super Show-Down

    Well the point is it has nothing to do with this show or Australia being racist.* Because it's something that neither Nia herself or WWE has ever really mentioned so it's just not something a lot of people would be aware of. It's not kayfabe, like they're pretending she was born somewhere else. It's just not a thing. Like Kane randomly being from Madrid. How many people actually knew this? I sure didn't. And I'm the one from Sydney! I'm now kind of mad I had no idea all this time. Aussie Nia the Australian Wrestler! * Not denying this country is racist as fuck, but that's getting too far away from the topic.
  22. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Super Show-Down

    I know everything and I literally had no idea Nia was born in Sydney until right now. Nothing to do with us, I don't think anybody is even aware of it. It's never been mentioned on TV as far as I know, and they didn't even bring her. I wonder how long she lived in Sydney or if it's a Kane thing. I appreciate you waiting with baited breath for my review. When I get a moment I'll be back with some long form thoughts. In the meantime you can hear my initial reaction from after the show in audio form here: https://placetobe.podbean.com/e/ptbn-network-podblast-wwe-super-show-down-live-report/
  23. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Super Show-Down

    Folks, welcome to the Australian culture wars.
  24. Jimmy Redman

    WWE Super Show-Down

    *Ted DiBiase voice* I have arrived!
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