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  1. dawho5

    Interest in a Puerto Rico watch project?

    My schedule is weird, I'm always down for PR though.
  2. dawho5

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    If you haven't read "East of West: The Apocalypse" I would recommend it. Essentially it's an alternate real world where the Civil War dragged on until everyone got tired of it. The U.S. gets split into 7 territories that have this "Game of Thrones" style of peace with politicking going on behind the scenes. And the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse exist with a religion built around the Apocalypse itself. Not the best comic I've ever read, definitely one of the more unique though. And like GoT, it's hard to put it away because you want to know what happens next.
  3. dawho5

    All Elite Wrestling offically a thing

    First things first, if only to get it out of the way. Yes, wrestling is way different than it used to be and people can interact with wrestlers far more easily than they used to. And thinking back to myself as an 18-25 year old you can bet I'd have been on that train if it had been available. And I would have been derailing threads like this more than likely due to it. I understand where it comes from. I don't necessarily agree that it should be expressed/used the way it is here. There have to be better/more constructive ways of using your knowledge and connections than this. I do agree that the WWE's success is largely corporate-based as Matt pointed out and wonder what that means for AEW and the wrestling business as a whole. WWE gets by on convincing corporate guys that what they do can sell airtime on their networks now. Cody and the Bucks speak to a portion of the fanbase as outsiders who are not part of the big corporate edifice. And still make money off of that same system. Which is all well and good until they want to be on TV that comes from one of those corporations. How long do the suits put up with the Bucks shit? How does AEW work without TV? Maybe there are big enough networks out there that want to spit in the eye of the bigger guys enough to keep that image going, who knows. I also recall WCW in certain years truly struggling due to the conflict between wrestling people/corporate. I'm sure Vince saw it too and that drove a lot of his methods behind making the WWE into what it is today. I question whether AEW will have that kind of business savvy behind it (even if I think that kind of thing kills wrestling).
  4. That cassette tape did look pretty sweet. Do they still take orders? I was expecting some gibberish promo from Warrior but he stuck to pretty simple themes through the whole thing. Like his buddy Ho Khogan. The kids actually did seem legitimately excited to be there as far as I could tell also. This is miles and miles better than the Warior who failed as the champion.
  5. I loved the match. Pure Memphis craziness. I was too busy thinking about the eventual coked up Embry promo promising unholy, violent revenge to really care about what was being said after.
  6. I was impressed with Jarrett here. He delivered a really good "talk softly but carry a big stick" promo that fits the situation. And Lawler cleaned up with the fiery promo to cap it off. Good stuff.
  7. Corny is always a treat and Stan delivers a surprisingly good promo here. Loving the Bodies so far.
  8. dawho5

    [1992-04-18-SWS] Ric Flair vs Genichiro Tenryu (2/3 falls)

    Maybe it's just my dislike of the presentation of Flair in the WWF talking right now. I like this aggressive, dominant Flair who uses heel tactics when the opportunity arises, not as his only way of getting the upper hand. Good match in an unexpected way. I would definitely agree that this is "other" if you were going to categorize Flair matches. While I get that the formula works and that's why he stuck with it, I like matches like these to show his range.
  9. Way too much in the way of filler here. Towards the end Kawada shows his Choshu roots and goes into the grounded headscissors spot to fill time when he doesn't know what to do with Rusher. Rusher was out of place for sure if he wasn't just there to eat the fall. Kawada and Misawa do come up with some interesting ways of working around him. I liked the opening match-up a lot with the harassment of Kikuchi to get him off his game and set up the beating he took. Kikuchi's offense really stands out for me in this one. He gets to show off more of his arsenal against Ogawa and I was thinking it was a shame there weren't more juniors for Kikuchi to get his offense in on in AJPW at the time. Once that first matchup is done the whole thing starts to unravel. Misawa can take down Jumbo but not an already beaten and battered Ogawa within 15 mniutes? Seems like we are stretching for time and it only gets worse from there.
  10. After two years of opponents not quite ready for prime Liger or just not truly compelling to the audience (Honaga), we get an opponent that can challenge Liger on his own level and add in the heeling tactics that set him off/vex him. I'm all for it. As mentioned above Samurai's focus is solely on Liger's lower back and it adds to the match. The matwork somehow rises above the by-the-numbers juniors matwork that would dominate NJPW juniors as the decade went on. Liger and Samurai both impress with their dives, Samurai's being more suicidal by far.
  11. I loved how fun this match was. And how Espectrito and Piratito obviously learned their punching from Satanico! The fact that there was great structure and substance in addition to all of the awesome spots really elevates this for me.
  12. dawho5

    Dave Meltzer stuff

    I think I have Meltzer's hot takes and general lack of real content in his Twitter figured. He's trying to hang on to subscribers any way he can. Let's face it, what he does is no longer as necessary as it was in the 90s or early 2000s. You don't need the Observer or the Torch or whatever other newsletter whose writer you agree with on wrestling to tell you about what happened in this promotion across the world. It's all on a streaming service that at least 5 people who post on the same board as you do have. Writers like Dave Meltzer are becoming marginalized by the sheer availability of wrestling and he's just hanging on for dear life. I say this not as a commentary on Meltzer himself. I think the world has changed and pro wrestling changed with it. Meltzer just wants to keep doing what he loves and getting paid for it, which is completely understandable.
  13. The transition to Flair's offense is top-notch. Flair's control does drag when he runs out of new things to do and starts repeating himself. Should have known better than to give himself that much time on offense without a Savage mini-comeback. The finish was all kinds of weird with all the officials hounding Liz for no reason at all distracting from the issue at hand. I get that Liz was Savage's distraction, but it didn't even faze either of the wrestlers in the ring. It was just kind of there...for no good reason. Then the officials holding Savage down when Flair and Perfect started stomping away at him and not letting him defend himself was just stupid. The promos pre- and post-match were definitely great and I could watch these two feud forever.
  14. dawho5

    [1992-04-05-WWF-Wrestlemania VII] Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper

    As face vs. face matches go, this was tremendously well-done. I'd agree that Piper has better singles matches (Buddy Rose, dog collar). This match is about as good as you're going to get from still-80s style WWF face vs. face. There was enough heat, small heelish actions by both in the heat of the moment and competitiveness to buy into. And then at the end Piper plays it classy, which is just the cherry on top. Bobby did do very well during the bell segments.
  15. dawho5

    [1992-04-03-RINGS] Volk Han vs Akira Maeda

    I love seeing early Volk after falling in love with his later work as a younger wrestling fan. It highlights how much he grew as a worker. Later on he would drop a lot of the more effective striking and put a very big emphasis on being the stronger guy on the mat. It made for a better story dealing with Han surviving the other guy's strikes and taking it to the mat. This felt less like an exhibition than the first bout Maeda and Han had for sure. I also liked Han's reluctance to go after Maeda's taped knee and the way it showed when he was feeling threatened by Maeda when he did. Good second bout that sets up future encounters by presenting the question of whether Han would have won if Maeda's knee had been 100%. Edit: For those familiar with the Tekken series, the character Dragunov is very strongly based off of Volk Han. I didn't realize it until watching this match specifically.