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  1. SomethingSavage

    WWE TV 09/16 - 09/22 Stop pushing Seth down our throats!

    Watching anything WWE in 2019 reminds me of the meme of the conversation between a CFO and CEO. CFO: What if we invest all our time and energy into developing our people, and then they just leave us? CEO: What if we don't, and then they stay?? Welcome to WWE in 2019. Where they're too gun-shy to develop or market or promote their own talent. Where their paranoia prevents them from creating any stars. Where everyone and everything is designed to remain perpetually in place at the same specific level forever. WWE Gratitude. Get it? For real though. God bless you guys for braving it out and sticking with it, but this shit sucks soopah hard. I can't even imagine being bothered to keep up anymore.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    The GWE project lost me pretty early on. I had planned on participating and was all onboard until I read through a thread wherein a bunch of people were talking about whether voters should be "unqualified" based on not seeing "enough" lucha, puro, joshi, World of Sport, etc. Gross. Thanks but no thanks. I knew then & there the project wasn't for me. I'm a lifelong fan who loves lists, but I'm also a whole grown-ass man who doesn't require anyone to tell me when I've seen enough of anything. On no plane of existence would I need the same group of people who proclaimed Sasha Banks the best wrestler on the planet to decide if I'm qualified to submit a ballot.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    Conrad has picked his lane and stayed in it. You can be a wrestling fan without feeling this burning desire to organize a list of your top 100 GWE or argue the merits of Funk versus Flair versus Lawler versus Hansen or whatever. I'm not saying one is superior to the other. But that's fandom. Not all movie fans are art-house critics. It happens. With that being said, yeah. Of course there are times where I roll my eyes at something he says. Conrad has a very antiquated Scott Keith outlook on a lot of things. But there are also times when he offers up an opinion - and you can tell he doesn't really quite know how to express why he likes something or what it is he's trying to say. And I find that fascinating, because it's part of the fun I have in watching wrestling with more casual fans. You can practically see the cogs turning, and they're digging something for all the same reasons as you - even if they can't quite explain why.
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    Grilling JR

    I've been enjoying JR's show most weeks, but that Harley Race episode was a brutal chore.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    You're right though. These shows are so uninteresting and bland. They keep retreading the same terrain over & over. 97, 98, and 99 has been done to death. Even the 89 episode felt like that. I swear to God, I don't ever again need to hear Conrad lazily regurgitate the same "clever" line about Arn looking 40 years old since birth. That's really the.Conrad shows in a nutshell right now. They feel like snippets and "best of" clips cobbled together. The same stuff keeps being read & repeated. The 2004 shows have felt slightly fresher and new, because at least they're something different. Everything else is meh. It's hard to complain too much when the content is free, but it's also very easy to step away and take a month or two off from listening to any of them. Right now, I've dropped Eric's show and only occasionally try to catch up on these. The JR show is the only one I actively wait for week to week, and even that can be hit or miss. Conrad's formula has become a little too repetitive in general. And his topic selections are too samey across the board. I can see how that makes it easier for guys like Bruce and Eric with their schedules, but woof. It's essentially the audio equivalent of watching today's NXT to me. The stuff you're going to see this week is going to look and sound exactly like the stuff from last week. It's very paint by numbers. Instead of superkicks and thigh slaps & apron bumps, you're just getting a bunch of Meltzer bashing and results reading. That's all.
  6. I mention this as a genuine topic of discussion, so please don't misunderstand me if I sound like a dick. Your optimism is always appreciated around here, and I always look forward to reading your comments about these shows on the board. With all that being said - it still feels like all these matches are happening in a vacuum. There's no sense of canon or actual continuity. Cesaro, Ricochet, Cedric, and Buddy are tearing it up on TV. They're having these great matches on a consistent basis, but none of it feels like it means a thing. Nobody feels like they're gaining actual momentum. Wins, like losses, are irrelevant. Because everyone is right back where they were when next week gets here, regardless of the outcomes or the angles from the week before. I appreciate it in a sense, because I can randomly watch a single match as standalone viewing and find comfort in knowing that I've missed absolutely nothing in the three months I haven't watched. But it's also really deflating, because - well, nothing ever really happens. Great TV workers are having great matches. There's no denying that. But for what? For the purpose of killing time. It's all in the pursuit of simply existing. It's all filler. I don't see any progress. Outside of somebody moving up a spot or two on your next GWE list, what's the point? There really isn't one.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    Meh. I agree with a lot of what's been said, but I still enjoy the occasional show here & there. JR's is the best of the bunch right now, for sure. Several months back, Eric had a hot streak going with his podcast. It's truly been awhile since Bruce's was anything great, although I admit I've dug some of the 2004 stuff this year. The podcasts are free. They cost nothing. They're harmless background noise during the course of my week - whether it be for a gym session, my commute, or just general chores. I'm not mad at them when they don't offer insightful or extraordinary content each & every single episode. Of course we can still criticize and analyze them. That's part of the fun in being a fan. But come on. They're not changing the landscape of the fan base or anything. Trolls have always existed. Wrestling fans have always been an obnoxious swarm of pests. They didn't spring up because of Bruce or Conrad. At the end of the day, I'm a lifelong wrestling fan - but, in 2019, I'd honestly prefer to listen to these podcasts about old wrestling than watch anything from 2019. I'd certainly say they hold at least the same level of consistency. But that's just me.
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    Grilling JR

    JR did a lot of Starrcast shilling during the Punk episode. Like, A LOT a lot. There wasn't much of interest in terms or insight or stories. You really get the sense that JR was well outside the inner circle by this time. It always bothers me when Conrad doesn't care to correct assumptions or misunderstandings on his shows. He just lets JR goes on this tirade (several times, in fact) about Punk being a WM main eventer in his eyes - by way of the Taker match - despite the fact that it's actually Punk himself (and not the fans, as JR had assumed) who has voiced that he's NOT the main event if he's not on last. Highlight of the episode though? It's got to be JR talking about Hunter and Shawn's issues with Punk's look. The line from Hunter about Punk's white ass being "too big" and "too soft" is just bizarre - and yet, it's exactly the sort of criticism I'd expect from Hunter.
  9. Rob Van Dam and Dean Malenko are looking better & better as previous PWI #1's. I mean, the podcast isn't anything you need to go out of your way to listen to anymore. Although - if you're avoiding Bruce's podcast but then turning around and spending your free time watching WWE television anyway - it's sort of a case of dodging a bullet just to jump onto a live grenade. You're hardly achieving anything. Swapping the sound of Bruce's bullshit to see Seth flop around like a frog in a blender is hardly a net positive.
  10. I still love the Orton/Cena Breaking Point match. It's gritty and tells a great, basic story. Hearing Bruce Prichard make excuses for Billy Gunn's failed singles push over on his podcast, and it's got me wishing they'd suddenly somehow discover that both Seth and Dolph have asthma so they can be booked properly - exclusively in tag team matches.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    That first year or so was the best. Bruce was still guarded about opening up, but he was having fun with the voices - and we all sort of got to watch them find their niche within the topics. The Macho episode, the Jarrett profile, the steroid trial, the Vader and Pillman spotlights all immediately spring to mind. I also enjoyed the Bob Holly and Beefcake(!) shows, although I know interest may vary there. I don't know. Bruce's show has mostly just felt like a retread a lot lately. We've all touched on it before, but really - the fact that Conrad keeps selecting the same subjects from the same time period over & over again doesn't do them any favors whatsoever. With all that being said, I endured the SummerSlam 99 episode as background noise. I thought I'd be done with the show after that Jericho abomination, but sometimes I just put on whatever comes up in my rotation. So there we were. Anyway, yeah. You nailed it. There was really nothing new to be found. I also noticed the saltiness whenever Conrad mentioned JR, but you already touched on that. The other interesting thing I heard was when Bruce actually agreed(!) with Austin's idea that a match with Billy Gunn was a dead end. It was an ice cold issue. It was, as Bruce said, "just a match for the sake of a match." Funnily enough, that's how I perceive every WWE card these days. All up and down the card, it's just matches for the sake of matches. So we can get to more rematches. But I digress. The SummerSlam 2004 show was fairly decent. I think it helps that those shows don't feel quite as overexposed, although we're getting there. The 04 series wasn't doing anything for me up until Mania XX. Everything since has been at least worth listening to. It does bug me a bit that Bruce feels the need to pretend Eddie was acting perfectly okay, even after everyone from Konnan and Rey to Chavo and Jericho have openly discussed Eddie's manic depression and anxiety issues on podcasts elsewhere. For years. I understand it's a touchy subject with Bruce, and the dude is always going to defend his friends to the end - Eddie, Booker, Taker, Layfield, etc. But yeah. I'd really like to hear JR sink his teeth into something like Eddie's struggles with his insecurity and whatnot.
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    Grilling JR

    It was refreshing to hear something from this time period. I know they covered JR's draft awhile back, but they touch on Jeff and Punk & some other stuff here. I haven't been listening to many wrestling podcasts lately, so perhaps that helped. But yeah. I thought it was pretty good. They're doing a Punk career retrospective next week, which ties in nicely to his deal at Starrcast obviously. I just hope Conrad doesn't lean into 2009 overkill the same way he's done with 97 and 99 before. The Punk episode with Bruce was brutal. It was basically just a bunch of results reading from ROH through ECW and WWE. Just a monotonous slog of a show. Hopefully they steer away from that and just let JR talk a bit more.
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    The Official Seth Rollins is Terrible Thread

    Interest has dropped off and people have tuned out in droves. But please. Do tell us again about how well it is working.
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    The Official Seth Rollins is Terrible Thread

    Also see the Payback match with Del Rio. It tells a better self-contained story than anything Seth has been involved with since the Shield split. And Dolph actually succeeds in eliciting some babyface sympathy there. Dolph also held up his end as the babyface foil for Miz in their 2016 program. It was the start of Miz *really* discovering himself as a heel again, but Dolph wasn't just a cardboard babyface like Seth would've surely been in that same role.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    I still like some of JR's shows here and there, but yeah. I'm certainly starting to feel the burnout when it comes to wrestling podcasts in general. I've taken several breaks, but they're becoming a more regular thing more often lately. There's just so much redundancy in what's being covered & how it's being covered.
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