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    AEW Dynamite - August 25, 2021

    The thing with the Monday Night Wars is that WCW's ratings never really did suck even when they started losing, WWF's just went through the roof because they somehow found other viewers that weren't watching wrestling. WWF had already taken a pretty consistent lead by early 1999, but WCW's ratings were still at the same typical highs (4.2-5) as during their winning streak. Even through the spring/summer of 1999 WCW was drawing 3.5-4s, just as they drew the bulk of their 83 weeks win streak, it just wasn't good enough anymore to steal a win let alone win every week. Honestly, WCW ratings were higher losing in 1998 and 1999 than they had been during most of their actual winning in 1996 and 1997, until the last quarter 1999 got back to original Nitro levels again at 2.5-3.1. I should actually do the math and see how close those numbers really were just out of curiosity. I feel like WCW took the lead because they did steal fans from the WWF, but WWF regained the lead by adding new fans more than actually taking back the WCW audience. That was kind of backed up when WCW closed and those fans just disappeared instead of turning back to the WWF. I don't know what the maximum viewers could be for AEW. Since this episode only drew 1.172, albeit the third highest episode they've done, and the debut episode drew 1.4, I can't see the audience breaking through that. Had they not been head to head with NXT though, I would guess they'd have beaten this number a few other times too but not sure if they'd have beaten that debut show . When TNA was on Spike it basically had that loyal 1.1-1.5 million viewers that it could count on, and AEW seems to me in the similar boat. Next week's number will be interesting.
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    R.I.P. "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton

    RIP. Best tag team wrestler ever and with a wide variety of guys, but I'll admit I enjoyed his brief single's babyface run, TV title win over Arn, and Clash main event against Flair as much, if not more, than his tag team exploits.
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    What's the Best Steiners match ever?

    Nasty Boys or Sting/Luger
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    http://draftscout.com/dsprofile.php?PlayerId=10830&DraftYear=2007 Can't find the exact date, but his pro day stats were updated 3/15/07 for Georgia Tech. You can see he had no NFL combine numbers. I'm surprised he didn't do the bench press for his pro day workout, but that's more for my own curiosity.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    He made first team all-ACC once as a senior, he was never an All-American or one of the best defensive lineman in the country though. I can't find one NFL mock draft from that time that included him and he wasn't even invited to the NFL combine (that's not rare though, only the elite, top round guys usually do get invited). NFL Draft prospect projected him with a ceiling of a 6th rounder for the 2007 draft. I have a hard time imagining any sports fans outside of Georgia Tech, whomever he played well enough against in the ACC, and anyone from his hometown would've had any clue who he was in 2007. College football is very popular, but the amount of players that might gain any amount of notoriety in a season is never more than a handful and offensive and defensive lineman are rarely among that list. Ron Simmons, Brian Pillman, Bill Goldberg, and Danny Spivey were all more accomplished d-lineman in their college careers, and they weren't famous either for playing football beyond their schools. His leukemia diagnosis may have impacted his chance to have a longer stay in the NFL, but that came after he was already with the Vikings, it didn't affect his draft status.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Definitely his first WWF run with Blassie. Even by the time he got to the AWA and turned babyface, he'd started to slim down in the waist and stomach. Part of that may have just been he was wrestling more (and longer) matches, so probably doing more cardio whether by design or not. By Earthquake he'd already been off the gas for maybe two years (based on the steroid trial evidence and testimony), really didn't look any bigger than any of the other body guys on the roster, many who were also in the same position of dropping mass. He never regained the mass after that, although he did lean out and look really cut here and there especially his NWO run. Don't think he was ever really 6'8", probably 6'6" at his peak but it's so hard to tell with boots on.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    Schultz was fired after the February 11, 1985 show in LA. He didn't end up wrestling on the show, not sure he was ever scheduled. But he wrestled JYD in San Diego the day before and is the only guy on that show that was replaced (by Wildman Jack Armstrong) on the LA show. Haven't seen the episode yet though.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Glad to finally see a Sheepherders vs Rock n Roll Express match. The RnRs left before the teams were to meet at the Bunkhouse Stampede in January, then they returned but Robert quit about a week after this in the middle of the Great American Bash tour so Brad Armstrong filled in with Morton.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    There are actually three more matches on the Festival taping than are listed above, and it's Psychosis in the fourth match rather than Psicopata.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    The 8-man tag with Jericho was already on the Network from a couple years ago, but it'll be great to see the whole taping. WCW was going to try and do their own SuperAstros type show and this was the pilot taping.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    SuperClash IV really was one of the hidden gems I'd always been hoping was there in full. Look forward to seeing it, Nord vs Kokina has always sounded fun to me since the TV bodyslam match on TV turned into Nord vs Sheik Adnan during the Team Challenge Series.
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    WWE Summerslam 2019

    Kurt also pinned Brock on the Smackdown before WM19 where Eric Angle dressed as Kurt, and then Kurt snuck in and got the pin. I remember at the time online a lot of folks thought they were doing the switch to Brock on TV because Kurt was too injured to compete in a real WM match. Instead they pulled a great swerve! Big Show also pinned Brock when he teamed with the FBI against Lesnar and Undertaker on Smackdown as well.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Survivor Series Showdown 1993 was up already, but not Summerslam yet.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    I didn't see much of the Fantastics since I didn't really start following wrestling until 1989, shortly after they'd left WCW. But they are easily one of my favorite teams ever after watching them over the past 30 years as a fan, actually prefer them to the Rock n Roll Express in their role and feud with the Midnight Express.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Probably from that era. They did wrestle on the WCW Power Hour in March 1990.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    The doc did make me wonder if there are any other random Bret matches that he had copies of, but WWE either doesn't have or hasn't located in their archives. I'd certainly like to see the 1989 Magee rematch just to compare the two. They also used a few other Magee pictures from matches that looked like probable TV taping squash wins but haven't surfaced.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    The Von Erich's episode was good, but it's nothing the ESPN 30 for 30 story didn't already cover in half the time as they both focused on Kevin's survival and the peace he's found. Maybe not everyone saw that piece though.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Thought the match was pretty good. I'm less sold on him being "carried" since DiBiase didn't do anything particularly more than usual and the high spots Magee did would draw the same reaction no matter who was in the ring with him. I'll bet the Bret match shows the same thing, the flashy spots would be the attention grabber, he just happened to be in the ring with Bret Hart first when he did them so Bret would take credit for it. He just seemed like a better looking, better physique version of what Poffo, Boone, and then the Blue Blazer were doing so I'd imagine he'd have gotten over very well during that time if he was even a decent promo. Him and Owen teaming up might've been a good combo in 1988 (Magee was a Stampede guy to start his career after all, having teamed with Bruce and Keith Hart previously). Definitely wish we'd seen more of him though based on what we saw in this match.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    This is the Tampa match Xpac referred to on Twitter a few weeks before the Hart-Magee "find" came to light. Said Ted was great and had him convinced Magee was the next big thing.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    That's been a longstanding myth, but don't think it played any role or they wouldn't have gone back to the Goldust feud for WM to begin with (he feuded with 1-2-3 Kid the month before). In reality he told Vince he was leaving for WCW when his contract expired, so he conveniently got drug tested, failed, and was suspended for a six weeks, and lost out on the biggest payday of the year.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Looking forward to this batch of gems, I didn't realize they'd gone so far as to have Piper give Razor his match before they had to scrap it. And I've always wanted to see the dark matches for Wrestlemania 6-10 (can see the end of 10 in the background of the pre-show at least), so happy to see Tito vs Papa Shango added.
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    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    Good to see Honky, Anvil and Brutus both go in this year and get closer to filling out the 80s guys that deserve to be recognized. It's also a great year for the NWO. I've kind of thought to myself that even though the big 3 didn't get a second induction yet, it seems like every inductee has NWO ties. Started with Syxx and HBK, then Stevie and Booker, then Bret and now the Disciple! NWO 4 Life
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    And I think he was Megaman even before that. He was in World's Strongest Man from 1982-85 and watching replays of those is why I'd heard of him before I knew he had ever become a wrestler later, and I'm almost sure I knew him as Megaman from that.
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    WWE Hall of Fame 2019

    He had his own single's match with Savage on the May 1989 SNME.
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    WWE TV 03/11 - 03/17: Exposing civilians by fabricating lies

    I thought Orton's WM 21 match with the Undertaker was pretty good. Really the first time it felt like the streak might end and hitting the RKO still felt like a big deal for Undertaker to kick out from. Also thought his match with CM Punk was the lone highlight of WM 27 (worst WM ever IMO), and I'm not a Punk fan at all but the finish was well done.
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