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  1. Great thread going here. Much appreciated.
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    Need to get ahold of a Mod or administrator

    I'd say there's two things counterbalancing the improvements in training technology 1. The fact that pro wrestling was a lot more popular in the 80's and 90's leading to a much larger talent pool to draw from. 2. The fact that it was much harder to become a pro wrestler and, at least in Japan, and people quickly got filtered by the ridiculously grueling dojo system. I'm not going to use this this argue that US wrestling in the 80's was better than it is now (because I don't think it is), but you can really see this effect in Japan, I think. Just compare how Kobashi and Misawa work a headlock to how Okada and the difference is plain as day how much better trained the 90's AJPW guys were in the basics.
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    Need to get ahold of a Mod or administrator

    I've done a few rounds around wrestling Twitter, and every time I've come to the conclusion that it's not suited for discussion going beyond hot takes and shit flinging. Baffling to me why Loss would prefer it.
  4. Strictly in terms of matches I was in live in the building for, it'd be Bryan/Lesnar from Survivor Series. However, I got really far away seats and was stuck watching on the big screen, so it was kind of disappointing and I enjoyed it a lot more when I watched the PPV broadcast at home. In terms of matches I enjoyed a lot live, it'd be either Shiozaki/Miyahara vs. Akiyama/Omori for the AJPW tag titles from 8/2015 or Shiozaki/Miyahara vs. Akiyama/Kanemaru from a house show the next month, in what ended up Shiozaki's last AJPW match. I remember thinking the tag titles match was a little better overall, but the atmosphere in the building was incredible for the house show match and Akiyama/Shiozaki really went at it hard in their exchanges. Most I ever marked out live was the finish of Akiyama/Akebono for the Triple Crown, again in 2015. I was living in Japan at the time and decided to travel to the other end of the country to see the match as I had a feeling Akiyama was gonna be winning the title and I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to see it live. I was not disappointed.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I'm digging the idea of giving Bret the win. That really seems the way to establish him as a big player in the company after his rocky start, similar to how WWE used the Undertaker's streak to re-establish Lesnar.
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    Microstatistics' 2019-20 Top 100 matches of all time

    God damn, OJ, these reviews are a riot.
  7. G+ has been airing full 90's AJPW/2000's NOAH cards for a while now. Recently they also aired the full 7/93 Budokan, which is the first time we've gotten the Hansen/Kobashi match in good quality and I think also the first time the Destroyer retirement has been shown in full. Here's the listing for what's in the pipeline (includes some repeats of older airings) https://www.ntv.co.jp/G/prowrestling/memories/
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    Rusev says he's done with wrestling

    Pretty happy for him if it's not a work. His streams seem to be doing decent numbers and he looked the be enjoying himself in the clips I've seen.
  9. The matwork in the Dick Shikat match is pretty strong.
  10. Biden is running the most progressive campaign of a main party nominee in recent history, support for progressive ideas is at an all-time high, and Trump's approval/poll numbers are very poor. It definitely seems the pendulum is swinging to the left. I'd also argue the Republican party under Trump hasn't actually gone further to the right so much as it has embraced corporate cronyism and science denial. It's now about socialism for the rich.
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    Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

    I'm not really seeing why fans who complain about promotions classifying wrestlers as independent contractors would get on Tessa for exercising her natural right as an independent contractor. I guess treating independent contractors as employees is only bad until someone actually goes against it, and it leads to those same independent contractors not allowing themselves to be pressured into wrestling hyped matches.
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    Billy Goelz and other 50s finds

    The Thesz/Silverstein match was uploaded before but got blocked by WWE because some indy dude named Ruffy Silverstein had a WWE tryout once. Well worth a watch for anyone that hasn't seen it before. Steve Yohe did an excellent write-up on it.
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    Backlash 2020 - The one with the GREATEST MATCH EVER

    There have been countless matches edited for Smackdown and whatnot over the years, and I'm pretty confident some of those involved the wrestlers redoing moves after botches that got edited out. I can't get onboard with the idea that a match being edited before it airs disqualifies it from being a wrestling match.
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    Best worker of the last 20 years

    I definitely don't think Bryan and Tanahashi are the runaway winners here. I'm not as high on 2000's ROH and 2010's NJPW as others seem to be, but Akiyama seems to have every bit as prolific a run of great matches as people say those guys have and I'm much more into the style he works. When doing watching for GME last year, I came away thinking the 2/27/00 Misawa was still the best match of the new millennium. Other names deserving of a shout-out would be KENTA, Daisuke Ikeda, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Kana/Asuka and Negro Navarro.
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    Hana Kimura passes away

    Absolutely tragic. My heart is really with Kyoko Kimura and her husband right now. So horrible losing your daughter like that.
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