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  1. Migs

    Current New Japan

    Agreed, in part because it wasn't stretched for length. Cobb might be the most improved in the world this year, even if I still don't quite care about him.
  2. Migs

    All Elite Wrestling

    Right. Okada needed to be up on the pedestal for Omega, who's story needed to be completed by beating Okada, and who had some interesting places to go as champ (even if it all went to shit pretty quickly). Naito's character was all about his nonchalance and ambivalence about wanting to be champion; but frankly, they'd already told that story with the IC title. I don't think they draw to the level they do in 2018 and 2019 if Naito wins against Okada. Page, on the other hand - his growth on the journey to being a champion is basically done. There's no need to stretch it out, with the one potential exception being if they think Omega-Danielson would draw significantly more for the title (reasonable minds can disagree on that one). Page as champion has lots of character growth - what's he like when he first succeeds? How does it change his relationship to the Dark Order and to the Elite? What happens when he finds out maybe winning the title doesn't solve the impostor syndrome? There's a lot on the table if he wins now, and I don't even necessarily think he needs to hold the title forever either (i.e. what if he dropped it to Omega on an April Dynamite and they do Kenny-Dragon at Double or Nothing for the title? Then you get the crowning and the Omega-Dragon PPV title match).
  3. Migs

    All Elite Wrestling

    I think I agree, although I do wonder if the level of rivalry eventually gets a certain segment of that group to sample AEW and switch. There's definitely an effect of the rivalry increasing awareness on both sides; I mean, I didn't watch Smackdown but I actually took a look at the live results while I was watching Rampage because I was curious about what WWE was running in that slot. I'm oddly more aware of WWE's current angles than I was a week ago.
  4. Migs

    All Elite Wrestling

    Also, Naito was not exactly hot as champ - part of that had to do with COVID, but it was also because they'd missed his peak. (I also think Naito's character didn't really have growth left at that point - that's obviously not the case with Page.)
  5. Migs

    All Elite Wrestling

    Interesting how far ahead Smackdown was in total viewers; it's a real statement about how young skewing the AEW audience is. Also, while I'm sure people will dice the numbers a million ways to make arguments that WWE was the real winner, we're definitely in full on war territory here; kinda fun to be back in the 90s.
  6. Migs

    AEW Rampage (and The Buy In) - October 15 2021

    That was so good and it's so awesome that they were able to put that together. TK is a patron the arts.
  7. Migs

    Current New Japan

    This made me think Okada's our winner and that's the briefcase match.
  8. Migs

    Current New Japan

    Trying to sketch out the A block finale, with ZSJ/Kenta/Ibushi/Shingo all at 12, and Ishii at 10. Shingo has Yujiro, and it would be pretty wild for him to lose there. Which means he's getting to 14, and I don't expect him to make the finals. That would also knock out Ishii. ZSJ has Tanga Loa. That feels like a potential trap match to set up Tekkers-GOD part 78, although I really hope not as ZSJ would be my preferred finalist from the block. If Shingo wins and ZSJ loses, an Ibushi win puts him in - but it seems real aggressive to put Ibushi into four straight finals. I dunno. Kenta making the finals seems to require a Shingo loss, which seems like a big ask. Maybe that makes ZSJ the likeliest answer. I dunno. I guess what I'm saying is I'm intrigued for next Monday.
  9. Migs

    Modern Indie Wrestling

    I like both guys but thought the match was weird. Like, the big guy athletic stuff was fun, but Contra was trying to murder Hammerstone and they just sort of had a match. (Of course, it sounds like they were going out there at the end of a 5 hour taping, so maybe they were going for big moves to get the crowd back.)
  10. Migs

    Modern Indie Wrestling

    I assume it's Brett with final say, but he does not seem like someone who's dominating things in the back.
  11. Migs

    Modern Indie Wrestling

    I'm also not sure any group sells tickets the way they do at this point (obviously, ROH/MLW/Impact have TV, but they'd all love to be able to run the Hammerstein).
  12. Migs

    Current New Japan

    I feel like this G-1 has been pretty damning for GOK. I'm enjoying Tanga Loa's matches in the same block more, and I'm not exactly a big Tanga Loa fan.
  13. Migs

    Current New Japan

    I've been thinking about this with Cobb and Okada too. They've basically run through the guys I'd consider putting over Okada (except Taichi) and it seems like him vs Cobb is the clear block decider. May as well go all in on that match, I'd think.
  14. Migs

    Current New Japan

    The A block match I'm most looking forward to isn't really an A block match - Ishii-Hiromu next Saturday.
  15. Migs

    Current New Japan

    I think I preferred Ishii vs Loa, thought Loa did a surprisingly good job matching Ishii's intensity. But I might need a rewatch of ZSJ-OK, was doing some morning prep stuff while it was on.
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