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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    [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.
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    [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.
  5. I didn't think much of Barr at all based on this match. I've seen very little of him and I didn't think his offense or selling did him any favors here. His rudo mannerisms and post-match promo salvaged this. Put me in the camp that doesn't think there was enough hate for a mask/mask match. Also seemed like Barr was working a very American/Japanese style while on top. Not sure if that was on purpose or not.
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    [1992-04-03-CMLL] Atlantis vs La Fiera

    Atlantis is easily one of my favorite luchadors. He's solid all-around and when he goes up top he is such a graceful and smooth high flier that it's hard for me not to love watching him. So few guys who do those really flippy aerial moves can do them in a way that doesn't leave the opponent standing waiting to catch them. It's one of the things that I appreciate most about Atlantis.
  7. I did like this, but for some different reasons. I will get to those. Jumbo took a LOT of this match though. He started hot after the countering sequence and really put Misawa in a hole. It never really seemed like Misawa got in enough to truly be a threat to take the match though. The reason Misawa got the facelock win was because he had worn Jumbo down. Here the facelock is used to wear Jumbo down to where Misawa has an outside shot at winning. Jumbo never really looked in danger of losing this. And yes, this felt like a 30 minute draw from the early going. One thing I liked was one of the callbacks to earlier matches. Jumbo crotching himself on the ropes when he went for the dropkick and finding a way to recover this time was a very nice touch. Another thing is the narrative that mirrors later ideas Baba used. This is the match after we have established Misawa can hang with Jumbo and push him, but not quite beat him. The match where Jumbo re-asserts his dominance and lets the kid know that it's not time yet with authority. We see this later on with Misawa and Kawada. It also gets across the idea that Misawa's basic offense is dangerous and even peppered in between taking a massive beating it is effective. That is the very base of Misawa's match-long comebacks, which we see here with him as the underdog instead of the top dog. Easily the worst of their singles matches, but it has a lot going for it nonetheless.
  8. Didn't care for the middle portion as much as the beginning and the end. It almost seems like Baba had that 1,4 vs. 2,3 idea in mind before Jumbo was out of the picture. Just Taue was a closer 4 who could conceivably put Kawada away on his own with enough of a run (like in this match) towards the end.
  9. dawho5

    [1992-03-28-WWF-Superstars] Interview: Sid Justice

    I didn't think this was awful. I don't expect much from Sid and this was actually more on point than most of Hogan's promos towards Sid. If his job is to play a jacked-up on steroids crazy man, Sid could do far, far worse.
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    [1992-03-28-WCW-Pro] Arn Anderson vs Ricky Steamboat

    A lot has been said about how good this match was. And I can't help but agree! Such a seamless match worked with great intensity all the way through. I was pumped as soon as I saw who would be wrestling in the match and I got more than I bargained for. Steamer taking out Rude and choking him was such a great way to get payback. I was surprised the Turner people allowed that on TV.
  11. I thought this was a great brawl. The out-for-revenge-jobbers at ringside was a really nice twist on the lumberjack theme. I do question the need to put over the Moondogs this strong continually. The babyfaces need a bit more left after the match to keep things hot going forward.
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    [1992-03-28-USWA-TV] Eric Embry vs Dirty White Boy

    Great wild, violent brawl between two guys who are great at them.
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    [1992-03-21-SMW-TV] Interview: Jim Cornette

    I liked this as a cheeseball tribute to 80s wrestling. And it got under the skin of all the right people, including the fans, so it definitely works.
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    [1992-03-21-SMW-TV] Music Video: Wild Bunch

    Very good video package. Made me want to see more of both, so it did it's job.
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    [1992-03-21-USWA-TV] Interview: Dirty White Boy

    Great, great promo from DWB. He really gets the fire across without going into heel territory, which is hard to do.