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Rah

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  1. Well, this match was a revelation. A completely out-of-control fight that felt not only like the apex of its style but also served as one of the blueprints for the garbage brawling of the 90s, most especially that in ECW. If you're going to go for a FIP role like this, you need a monster willing to really lay it in and a wrestler willing to take a licking. More often than not, the former doesn't exist so you're left with the face playing from under to a disproportionate level of ineffective, namby-pamby violence. Oh, boy, that wasn't the case here. Dump is absolutely relentless in maiming Yukari, whether its with items littered around ringside or a gigantic pair of scissors that ends up IN Yukari's arm. 'Struth! My only real detraction is that the seconds at ringside weren't willing to go along with the violence. I do think the sheer number of people doing pull aparts and group muggings helped add to its chaotic nature but some came across as bush league amateurs in their strikes. I felt there were also times where Yukari's seconds actively avoided getting involved so that she could get beaten down (I guess as to not interrupt the flow of the match). It's a trope of wrestling, and one you need to obviously suspend your disbelief for, yet its easier to do so when their positioning is out of focus and not standing next to the crime scene going down. With that said, I'm really nitpicking as one must when a match reaches such a high calibre. What Dump and Yukari brought on this day was magic. Off the top of my head, this is the best chaotic brawl I've witnessed. Super stuff.
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    Dump Matsumoto

    I'm in the same case as NotJayTabb, though clearly not as long a fan of wrestling. Last night was my first (real?) look at Dump and I came away on a clear high. What must be said, is that those matches we watched were not her most heralded things so it shows she has a large number of matches during her (admittedly concentrated) prime. I'm still trying to toy with what I value more in my wrestling (peak vs longevity, especially) so I appreciate the sentiment of being hipped to her later work. Perhaps I am removed from the situation that Elliot sees the post in but I didn't find Jetlag's post to be gatekeeping. Yes, the 'dare' is strong, but I am sure Jetlag is not a native English speaker so I think that might have been lost in translation. After all, Jetlag has gone to bat more times for some Joshi wrestlers than most people. Not only on PWO, but across the boards I've been on. His/her tastes are unconventional/against the grain, but the idea of being the one to uncover some unknown hidden gem is appealing. Bless Jetlag for covering the ground nobody else does because there are wrestlers who have directly benefited from it. Anyway, back to peak/longevity. I know this is a problem I have with Pirata Morgan - someone I have no doubt will get voted purely on his 80s/90s run. How many people actively still follow his matches? How many people are coming around on most of these wrestlers and are going to vote purely on the (terrific) primers posted by KB8 et al. with little reference to anything else? Six years is a long time but it's not the hyperbolic time chamber - there's only so much we can watch. What do we do in those instances? We can implore people to view more but we can't force them. Perhaps those votes, like mine, shouldn't count, because they're not exhaustive and thus canonically inaccurate. I know I do feel like that at times, where I haven't seen enough of someone (or some style) to voice an opinion amidst those who have. Yet, on the flipside, being a part of this project (even if it's mostly on the sidelines) has reinvigorated my love for wrestling and I've watched more wrestling in the last few months than I have in the last couple years combined.
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    Negro Casas vs Terry Funk

    I have a feeling this is going to be quite one-sided but I'm interested nonetheless. If you had a gun to my head, these would be my automatic #1 and #2 candidates yet if I think of what they bring to the table, I'm not sure they're the best at anything they do. Excellent at everything, sure, but the best? No. They're both holistic candidates in that regard with fantastic peaks, crazy longevity (Casas is still Casas in the year of our lord 2021, fgs!) and both having a bit of downtime in their careers. Whos' ya boy?
  4. I was mostly a lurker on PWO at the time so I might be remembering this wrong, but it seems you're a lot stronger in pushing women's wrestling than you were in the 2016 poll. 1) What was the turning point for you? 2) What are your expectations for the wrestlers you're championing (most especially) in comparison to your hopes for them in terms of placing in 2026?
  5. In 2021, I'm not sure that's true. His ratings and thoughts are posted across the internet and spoken about in a wide circle. They, of course, aren't going to single-handedly manipulate TV ratings but I would hazard a guess that there is a strong overlap between AEW followers and those that view Meltzer's ratings as guidelines, at minimum, and as gospel, at maximum. For better or worse, he has become the flagbearer for a particular style of wrestling that permeates across almost all of the wrestling landscape (even Casas was doing Ishii style workrate matches a few years back!). Now, we could argue ad nauseum on whether Meltzer grew his influence over the years by his reviews being so ubiquitous or vice versa but the underlying result remains as fact, he has influence. More so than anyone. For those that do it, playing to Meltzer almost always plays to their live audience which, let's face it, isn't solely the paying fans in attendance but also the viewers at home and posting online (perhaps the latter even more so). This isn't unique to wrestling, either. Every year cinema is inundated with Oscar-bait movies and performances, from acting steeped in conventionalism to forced epic musical scores. Every year, more of than not, these are what pick up the win and open more doors for you or let you command a higher price. Having your spot giffed and blowing up on wrestling Twitter gets you booked. Getting 5 stars from Dave gets you booked. Wrestlers want to get booked.
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    WWE TV 06/14 - 06/20 Harry Kane is a hack fraud

    Bumped up to the big leagues
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    All Elite Wrestling

    Probably apropos to nothing but WWE always ran tennis stadiums when they came here.
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    Bull Nakano

    I'm a little surprised you don't have Hiromi Yagi on that list. I've only hipped to her really recently but she seems everything you'd enjoy. Yagi/Yoshida (ARSION 2/18/99) was an out of this world, all-timer performance by her.
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    CMLL ends its partnership with ROH

    Well, now it's definitely not happening. Show got canned. Tickets are refundable but PPV seems to be "not our problem" deals and customers are being told to file a claim via Paypal. Considering the forex discrepancy, where do the CMLL guys go now for a dollar payday? Are they able to work PWG et al? Here I was thinking Paco's death would mean the end of the idiocy but it seems it's all the same shit, just on different toilet paper.
  10. Kross is billed as 6'4" but this is bizarroland where Adam Cole is a 6 footer so I'm not sure how much we can go by that. How tall is Edge? I'm pretty sure KK was around his height in their segment together. Though I'd put money down he's only pushed so Vince & co can get an excuse to see Scarlett on TV.
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    Vader vs Rey Jr

    If you're solely watching lucha then I can kinda see the argument for Rey not placing - the peaks aren't that great (last decade's AAA?) and his longevity of being on top isn't that long if you factor in there's also quite a few years of him meddling about. If you're handed solely his Mexican work, you're not going to see Rey as this all-timer - so it's clearly an indictment on the "lack of footage" rather than Rey. I don't get the point of "not overcoming" the WWE style, though. You can be an ardent hater of WWE's presentation of the face fighting monsters (Hogan/Cena) and yet still love Rey. He did all of that differently. The way he works down Mark Henry is vastly different to how he fights JBL or Khali. He also has the crisp cruiserweight spotfests (that he didn't quite master in the 90s AAA) and the hateful matches to his resume (still looking for blood, btw). He is leaps and bounds above everyone else as the best guy at what he does. I don't find it close, quite frankly.
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    William Regal vs Arn Anderson

    If I'm honest, I'd just focus on those and give FCW a miss unless you're keen on seeing how some of the guys started out. It was definitely a product of the times and found itself in a weird mix of mid 2000s WWE style and late 00s indy excess. I loved the three-way with the Shield members at the time, and really got into the Richie Steamboat F15 matches but I also thought Rollins was fantastic so I am really not going to believe any of that holds up now. I've watched the Regal/Ambrose stuff a good many times and it gets better each time thanks to Regal's selling.
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    Cesaro vs. Bobby Eaton

    I've been meaning to unpack this for a while but I'm going to have Cesaro absurdly high. If you're someone for consistency, which Rey's case is based on as example, there has not been a single wrestler more consistent than him in the past decade. You could also make an argument that none of his teams are as high as The Usos, let alone Eaton/Lane, but his work stood out because of how different it was compared to the other throw together teams in WWE. I also think Cesaro has a wider, more dynamic range of teams than Eaton.
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    William Regal vs Arn Anderson

    Regal had classics with Ambrose in FCW (two of them). I'd take those over the Hero match.
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    Vader vs Rey Jr

    I've never seen Rey bleed but he takes a bollocking from Misterioso in their mask match. Then Nicho bleeds like a stuffed pig in their tag match against Los Villanos. You could also point to his mask/singles matches in the early 90s as examples of "brawling" but I always thought Rey was actively lost in those matches.
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