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  1. dawho5

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I'll second X-O Manowar, East of West, Court of Owls and Cap by Ed Brubaker. I have yet to read any of the rest but completely agree on what I have. In fact, anything by Ed Brubaker (especially with Sean Phillips) is well worth your time. Great noir books.
  2. dawho5

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I actually really liked the Delano run on Hellblazer. It was less about the overall plot and more about defining who John Constantine was. Not that writers who came after didn't change that all up anyway. I was a fan though.
  3. I think one of the reasons there was never a union before is due to no solid alliances between more than a few wrestlers. Ever. Wrestling has always attracted some of the less trustworthy types of people. I'm sure there are that 25-30% of past rosters who may have been solid, reliable human beings that you could trust not to sell out, but what about the rest? You always have that talk about "the boys" and the great fraternization backstage. But do you think at least 60% of those guys wouldn't have sold their buddies out for the promise of a top spot or more money, etc.? I can't speak to how much that may have changed now, but back in the 80s/90s there was absolutely no way. Vince (or Bischoff, whoever really) would have heard rumblings and went to certain key people who would end up undoing the whole thing for promises of future rewards. You can't tell me promoters don't know who would sell their own grandmother for a better push/paycheck.
  4. I have loved this match for a while and watched it again today. Amazing stuff with headlocks as highspots (unbelievable at first, but the way they are applied is incredible. Lovedthe subtle heel work by Cortez and Grey getting more and more fired up as the match went on. Cortez's own anger later on when he gets a taste of his own medicine is perfect as a whiny heel move. I know the style may seem dated watching it now, but I think that the way these guys built this match and the way the intensity just kept building is absolutely incredible. If you are going to do a babyface vs. babyface match where things get more competitive as the match goes, this is a great blueprint. No real big theatrics, just two guys getting consistently more frustrated and upset with the other for different reasons. If the idea of a more pure, technical style of wrestling seems boring watch this match. This is how you make technical wrestling marketable.
  5. After watching a lot of those clips I have to say he had his good points. He definitely went out of his way to bump for some guys. Sometimes comedically over-the-top, but he was putting the effort in. Also when he was having stiff brawls with Finlay or Meng I could see some potential in him as a guy who came in for shots in a Southern territory in the 80s. Obviously he'd have needed to be more polished, but he had the intensity and the willingness to put his body on the line. I guess we don't really take into account that most of the wrestling we see on TV is done by guys with a TON of experience in the ring in front of fans. When you see a guy like Mongo learning as he goes and obviously struggling to keep up at points it drives that home. If he'd have come in after 5 years in the business I really think we'd be having a different conversation. As it is, I think all of us enjoy some of the more "wrestlecrap" moments now and again.
  6. dawho5

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    You know what, now that I go back over some of it the Andy Diggle run ended really well on Hellblazer. That seemed like it should have been the ending for the character as a whole to me, as much as I love Constantine. The Books of Magic and Trenchcoat Brigade are must-reads if you like Constantine.
  7. dawho5

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    Hellblazer is great, but I thought it went downhill after Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis. I thought the Delano arc was the best, with a lot more "see how cool Constantine is" stuff thrown in by later authors. Admittedly over some great story arcs, but the first run was the most consistent.
  8. I wanted more out of this. So few times this kind of talent has been in the ring together and it just...fizzled.
  9. I LOVED this. Flair is sounding more and more like the old Flair and it is great.
  10. Nice beatdown by some guys who look like they've done it a few times before. SMW just keeps getting better and better.
  11. Cornette throwing the tantrum was incredible. Bob and Corny really work well together and i am looking forward to watching them squabble.
  12. I liked Morton's promo a lot. He was so much more than the ultimate FIP that he is remembered for. Not a guy who would carry your promotion, but definitely somebody you would want around. I LOVED Eddie's promo. He has been on fire of late.
  13. I loved using the "cock-a-roach" line. And the way he delivered the "kick your face in the sand!" Great stuff.
  14. Wembley sold out in 10 hours? That's pretty damn impressive if true.