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  1. fxnj

    Microstatistics' 2019-20 Top 100 matches of all time

    God damn, OJ, these reviews are a riot.
  2. 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/
  3. fxnj

    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.
  4. The matwork in the Dick Shikat match is pretty strong.
  5. 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.
  6. fxnj

    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.
  7. fxnj

    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.
  8. fxnj

    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.
  9. fxnj

    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.
  10. fxnj

    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.
  11. fxnj

    Best of the Decade 2010s

    In addition to the matches already mentioned, I'd add these Miz vs. Daniel Bryan (Night of Champions) 2010 Miz vs. Lawler TLC (Raw) 2010 Undertaker vs. Triple H (Wrestlemania 27) Orton vs. Christian (Over the Limit) 2011 Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton (Night of Champions) 2011 Mark Henry vs. Daniel Bryan Cage (Smackdown) 2011 Undertaker vs. Triple H HIAC (Wrestlemania 28) Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus (Extreme Rules) 2012 CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Over the Limit) 2012 Regal vs. Ambrose (FCW) 2012 Hell No vs. Shield (TLC) 2012 Undertaker vs. CM Punk (Wrestlemania 29) Sheamus vs. Cesaro (Main Event) 6/2013 Regal vs. Ohno (NXT) 2013 Goldust/Cody vs. Shield (Battleground) 2013 Regal vs. Cesaro (NXT) 2013 Cena vs. Cesaro (Raw) 2/2014 Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (Wrestlemania 30) Brock Lesnar vs. Cena (Summerslam) 2014 Team Cena vs. Authority (Survivor Series) 2014 Neville vs. Sami Zayn (NXT) 12/2014 Roman Reigns vs. Big Show (Extreme Rules) 2015 Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (NXT) 5/2015 Undertaker vs. Lesnar (SummerSlam) 2015 Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (NXT) 10/2015 Undertaker vs. Lesnar (HIAC) 2015 Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (HIAC) 2016 Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Falls Count Anywhere (Raw) 11/2016 DIY vs. The Revival (NXT) 11/2016 Goldberg vs. Lesnar (Wrestlemania 33) Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns (Wrestlemania 33) Asuka vs. Ember Moon (NXT) 8/2017 Usos vs. New Day (HIAC) 2017 Gargano vs. Almas (NXT) 1/2018 Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle vs. H/Steph (Wrestlemania 34) Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch (Evolution) 2018 Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (Royal Rumble) 2019 Bryan vs. Kofi (Wrestlemania 35) Undertaker vs. Goldberg (Super Showdown) 2019 Low-key pretty sweet decade in terms of top matches. Despite the stereotype of WWE's formulaic/repetitive nature, there's a really good variety in workers and styles represented. I'd call it the best promotion of the decade in terms of great matches, since I'm not a fan of NJPW Okada main events.
  12. fxnj

    Wrestling before or after 1996?

    I'd say the pre-96 choice has actually been made easier over time. It's going to hurt a lot losing late-90's AJPW, RINGS, BattlArts, and 2000's WWE, but not nearly as much as it hurts losing the rest of Baba's AJPW, 80's NJPW, UWF, WoS, 50's US, French catch, etc. I understand some people here dig AEW and NJPW, but I consistently find myself far more excited about the prospect of newer matches pre-96 being discovered than I do by any wrestling taking place in current day. I find older matches to be both far more in line with my tastes and much more rewarding to revisit than most new shit. That Bert Royal vs. Tony Oliver French match that just showed up, for example, blows away anything from the 2010's for me.
  13. Pretty damn sad JvK can't make a point without people bringing up unrelated political bullshit and lobbing insults at him. And I agree it's ridiculous for WWE to structure their contracts as those of employees while treating their wrestlers as independent contractors.
  14. I honestly see no issues with the label of "sports entertainment" that WWE uses to describe wrestling. Yes, they are trying to entertain people through matches with predetermined outcomes, but there's an undeniably huge influence in presentation from spectator sports (and, conversely, from wrestling onto competitive sports like MMA and boxing). I can absolutely sympathise with people who want wrestling to strive towards "realism." By that, I don't mean bringing back kayfabe but instead doing so through gritty struggle over moves, displaying raw emotion, and being produced as a sports broadcast would be. It's still ridiculous for Cornette to present himself as someone leading the charge for "realism" given the cartoony shit that was all over the Memphis and Crockett he idolizes.
  15. People are underrating the fuck out of this. The narrative even from mainstream news outlets seems to be this happened a few years too late, but I'd argue it happening so late actually enhanced it. It has a different feel even from other dream matches by the fact that it is two of the most powerful characters in wrestling history finally meeting when both are in their 50's. Awesome entrances from both guys, especially Goldberg busting himself open by headbutting the door before coming out. The beginning of this is absolutely perfect: They do an epic staredown, Goldberg mocks Taker, Taker responds by rocking him with a stiff right hand, and Goldberg uses the rebound momentum from the ropes to his a surprise spear. How cool is it to see Goldberg not only establishing he doesn't fear Taker, but actually lulling him into leaving himself open for a spear? I love the rest of Goldberg's control segment between the second spear and the sloppy old man kneebar/heel hook as him trying to turn this into another squash match. Taker coming back and doing a nasty murder death tombstone early was fitting given how deep he was in the hole and the fact that he's in there with a guy known for finishing opponents early. The rest of Taker's control was him running through his standard offense (punches, Old School, Snake Eyes, chokeslam), but between the hot crowd, Taker working snug, and Goldberg's gassed out old man selling, it works pretty damn well. Goldberg later opens up the hardway cut he created during his entrance by hitting the ringpost, further adding to the carnage. I'd agree Goldberg botching the Jackhammer into a shoot brainbuster added to the match. I think I rewound that like 5 times, as it felt surreal seeing Taker get murdered like that. The tombstone botch didn't bother me, but I'll admit the sloppy chokeslam finish was a tad disappointing. Hindsight being 20/20 it probably would have worked better for Taker to just go for a Hell's Gate. Not sure how to feel about Taker looking pissed off during the post-match. I thought this was headed for **** territory before the ending botch. Even with it, it might still be **** as it's a pretty badass combination of legit first-time-ever dream match formula with old men maiming each other.