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  1. Migs

    AEW Dynamite - April 7, 2021

    It's all in the balance. I get why they maybe didn't want to do Jericho-Mox again when Mox's reign was gonna go long, but not doing a rematch on Cody-MJF was kinda ridiculous. And part of that was, I think, not having a PPV for it right away - they had the TNT tournament final at DoN (and of course, MJF couldn't be in that because of Covid), but then they didn't have another show until September and Cody was off taping Go Big, and when he came back they wanted to move to Darby... shit happens, but they probably have a slot for it if they have a July PPV and not just a TV special.
  2. Thought this was an interesting quote from Seth Rollins regarding the way WWE is pulled between different parts of its fan base nowadays. Rollins was interviewed by Ryan Satin and made these comments (Fightful transcription) regarding fans at TV vs. no fans at Thunderdome. “I still think social media still plays quite a role in how shows are written and how characters are portrayed. (Not having fans) has allowed us to tell our stories a little cleaner in the sense that things aren't up and down as they may normally be. Whether that's good or bad, I'm not entirely sure. I miss the fans and live interaction, but I like being able to cut a promo and getting all the way through without having to side-eye the audience. It's nice to get a thought out without being interrupted by 'C.M. Punk' chants.” "Some stories have overstayed their welcome, but we've definitely been allowed to tell fully fleshed out stories over six or seven months that we wouldn't get through normally because a live crowd would force creative to change course. I had a blast working with the Mysterios, though things got carried away at the end. I was proud of the eye-for-an-eye match." While the match itself was heavily criticized due to the stupidity of the stipulation, the actual work in the match was great. Regarding the period just before he was turned, which was after his portrayal as a face in the feud with The Fiend just killing him, “It got weird and very odd. I would go to live events and the response was not what you would see on TV. The crowds were two totally different crowds. At a live event, the crowd would be 100% pro-Rollins and it was a party. Then we'd come to TV and the louder half would be down my throat. It's very confusing and sometimes I think it pushes our creative process in directions that maybe we shouldn't be going, but that's how the business is these days and you gotta figure it out and adapt.
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    Wrestlemania 37

    Interesting to see the reaction for heel Reigns be kinda subdued, although I think that's actually a win for them - big pops for his two opponents, and the cool character hasn't swung Reigns around to being a bg babyface.
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    Wrestlemania 37

    Kevin Dunn - millions of a camera cuts, but can't cut away from the maskless idiots in the crowd fast enough.
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    Wrestlemania 37

    I do like the Weeknd song they're using constantly for these bumpers.
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    Wrestlemania 37

    Biggest moment in Nigerian wrestling history since the Great Power Uti defeated Festus.
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    Wrestlemania 37

    I came in somewhere in the middle of the women's tag, and while this hasn't been great, it also hasn't been a six hour death slog. Hope they keep going with the two nights.
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    Modern Indie Wrestling

    You can find me wherever they end up doing Mox-Gage.
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    Modern Indie Wrestling

    Tankman taking that burning hammer on the chairs was ca-razy.
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    Current New Japan

    I meant from a character direction standpoint... there seemed to be a lot of story in the Ibushi going mad with greatness/power ("I am God") thing they were doing, and that kinda gets cut off with the title loss. But maybe he just gets the belt back at Dominion and we continue from there.
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    Current New Japan

    It was a stunner. Really curious where they go from here with Ibushi. I thought the match was great, not an all-time classic or anything. Probably about the best Ospreay is capable of (against a non-Okada opponent), felt like it lacked a little in emotional story from Ibushi, but very much worth seeing.
  12. How are these WHW episodes in which they're doing 86 Crockett? If Tony's telling fun '80s stories, I'm in, if they're doing a running stream of dick jokes, hard pass.
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    AEW Dynamite - March 31, 2021

    I think this is a good read. They haven't done much at all with Omega on BTE recently (even the interactions between the Bucks and Good Brothers are a few weeks back now). The BTE stuff has been more about Callis clearly getting in the Bucks' heads - particularly Matt.
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    Is the knock on George Scott for 88-89 run unfair?

    To be fair, that was probably not on Scott. Crockett and later Turner were obsessed with expanding WCW outside the core markets instead of taking advantage of the places where they had history.
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    Current New Japan

    What this has really revealed is how dependent they were on outside talent to come in and freshen up the main event scene. Without the ability to just fly in a Mox or Jericho, they just don't have depth on top, and they've burned through a lot of story with their current top guys that are in the country. Add that to them running a million Korakuen shows to try to make up ticket sales on volume instead of quality and they feel really stale. The reason the 4/4 show is weak is that they need to save stuff for the 4 large shows they're running in late April/early May, plus the stadium shows, and oh by the way they're running like 8 Korakuen shows that need some kind of hook in April. It's too much. It might be making them a little money in the short term but it's really taking the luster off them, and I'm not sure it's going to be as easy as flipping switch when the restrictions are lifted.
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    AEW Dynamite - March 24, 2021

    Look, it's certainly going to happen. Also, whenever it does, I will certainly avoid Twitter for like a month to not see the "discourse" between the stans of both promotions.
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    Is the knock on George Scott for 88-89 run unfair?

    Higher ratings = better ad rates. That's how Turner would make money off the higher ratings. Which, to be fair, was a huge flip in how wrestling worked, business-wise. It's easy with hindsight to say that Scott missed the boat, but lots of smart people have gotten left behind, especially when that change had literally just taken hold. It's probably the best argument for him being a bit unfairly maligned.
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    Is the knock on George Scott for 88-89 run unfair?

    Yeah, it's really only about 3 months. Ultimately, his terribleness in that run may be slightly overstated - really, the issue was that he was a bit behind on booking for a TV war when he underplayed Clash 6, and that was a mortal sin for the TV people he worked for. There was no retraining of the fans that was going to fix that WCW needed to draw TV ratings now and that the Clash opposite Wrestlemania was a big deal that needed to be promoted as such. Whether any of his other ideas were good or not almost became beside the point.
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    Current New Japan

    Yeah, not a fan. What are they going for with that shape?
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    Interestingly, this has become news and perhaps drawn some attention to WWE's past. The removal is getting coverage in the NY Times! https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/27/arts/television/wwe-peacock-nbc-streaming.html
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    Modern Indie Wrestling

    Is there anywhere comprehensive to check the cards for the IWTV Mania weekend shows? Going to try and check out a bunch... life is too hectic to commit money to the Collective but I already have an IWTV subscription and will gladly enjoy some modern stuff instead of my usual diet of 2002 Jersey All Pro.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Right. I think a lot of the struggles of AEW, particularly relating to the main characters, has been about translating what worked for them in a different format (YouTube show + working big events) into a weekly TV product. It's unclear to me if there's someone in the process who can go "hey Bucks, I see what you're trying to do, but the characters are coming off a bit schizophrenic and wrecking the face/heel dynamic. Yeah, I hear ya, shades of grey, long-term storytelling. Oh, I saw BTE last week, it was great. But a million people watch the show and 200,000 watch BTE, and maybe we can tell the story in a way that's a little simpler and cleaner."
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Maybe they'd be a good pair! Part of the difficulty here is that old school has changed. Paul Heyman is pretty old at this point! If you could team him up with younger talent, maybe that's the mythical Cornette/Russo pairing that would work.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    The people who are heavily involved in producing the show. Tony Khan. Cody. The Young Bucks. Kenny Omega. Chris Jericho. They got ROH hotter from a business perspective than it had ever been with YouTube videos. They popped New Japan's biggest interest in the US ever. They parlayed all that into their own PPV and then their own major show with Khan's backing. These are very, very smart wrestling minds who looked at the landscape, applied their vision to it, and succeeded. Could AEW benefit from some tension between old and new school like you described above? Maybe. I'm just not sure who that would be who could come in and work productively (although, from the 1997 story, maybe it was impossible even then). The older guys mostly seem to be there as agents and characters - no one's pushing them to the side, but I don't think Arn is writing TV.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    There are absolutely new generations of wrestling minds - the problem is that in the intervening 20 years, the Cornette "old school" side of the equation has gotten so cranky that they can't have a productive conversation with anyone. I don't know if JR has any role in AEW creative - I'd guess pretty minor - but even he really doesn't seem to be able to engage in conversations about modern wrestling, and he calls the shows!
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