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  1. kid dracula

    GWE Non-Thread Worthy Comments

    Just want to say that I'm very excited to see that GWE is happening again. As a lurker I thought the previous project was a blast, and I feel dangerously tempted to participate this go-round. The sheer amount of footage is daunting, but one match a day for five years....
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    All Elite Wrestling

    That's just what I was looking for, thanks. Hoping for a great match on Saturday.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I was genuinely bummed out to hear about Moxley's injury. He was so great in the G1 and I was very much looking forward to seeing him with Omega. Can anyone comment on how Pac has looked since leaving WWE?
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    [2006-08-20-WWE-Summerslam] Ric Flair vs Mick Foley ('I Quit')

    What a sick match. Hateful and psychotically violent, and the fact that it's a 60-year-old all-time legend in there savaging a dude with barbed wire adds a surreal element that I found totally captivating. The finish was kind of lame, but what are ya gonna do. I love Flair yelling "This ain't a lay down on your ass match!" at Foley. I don't know how to rate it but this would make my top 50 WWE matches for sure.
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    [1985-11-18-CWA-Mid-South Coliseum] Ric Flair vs Koko Ware

    I kind of picked this at random from Loss' master-list of Flair matches. This one tells a fun story of Koko being outmatched on paper, but refusing to give an inch to the champion. He keeps catching Flair off-guard, and then repeatedly Flair tries to regain control and just gets knocked on his ass again for his trouble. Really cool sequence where Flair tries a leg scissor takedown, and Koko scrambles out of it! Neat, you never see that today. Nothing Flair tries is working, and he’s getting flustered. Finally Koko screws up and falls for the old test of strength trick, and now Flair can go to work. Koko makes a hot comeback, his punches and chops look good. Koko gets a sleeper and forces Flair down to the mat, the commentary notes that this is to counteract Flairs height advantage. Flair makes the ropes and Koko gets up to do the bird dance. A few weeks ago I was at the flea market with my girlfriend, and I was showing her some old WWF toys I remembered from when I was a kid. She pointed at the Koko action figure and said, "that man has a bird." Well said, imo. Flair comes back and gets the figure-four, Koko reverses. Koko with a backslide gets two. Koko tries a sunset flip, Flair tries to stop him by punching him in the head, but he hurts his hand and Koko takes him over! Now Koko gets the figure four and Flair makes the ropes. Big dropkick from Koko, and another. Was that Koko’s finisher? Now at ringside Dusty is being attacked by Bill Dundee, and Koko is distracted. Focus, dude! Flair hits him with a knee from behind and… pins him? Kind of weak. Why not cradle him or something? The babyfaces make a comeback and clean house. Neat match. **** easy.
  6. Hasn't Dave reported that the median age of WWE viewers is like, 56? That seems like a pretty big problem. Their audience is going to keep getting older, and they're going to struggle to replace those fans because their shows are bizarre and inaccessible. People are talking about the new TV deals like it means WWE is set for life, but what happens if Smackdown bombs on Fox? (This seems to me like a completely plausible and maybe even likely outcome.) What if USA decides that those 2-3 million viewers that they can barely sell advertising for aren't really worth hundreds of millions of dollars after all? I wonder where that leaves WWE five years from now. In some sense it probably is meaningless to criticize WWE because everyone who posts here knows what they're getting when they decide to watch. But I'm not sure I buy the idea that WWE can do no wrong because they're invincible.
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    WWE TV 08/06 - 08/12 RIP InfoWars (but not really)

    Ronda's throws look fairly legit to me.
  8. I think it was a mistake to put this match on after Omega/Ishii because it absolutely could not follow it. I'm also really baffled by all the head-drop stuff. I think the guys doing it must think it comes off as really exciting and dangerous. As a viewer, it's actually less dramatic and satisfying than a big back bump, and it takes me out of the drama of the match because I just worry about their safety. Insane that Naito is taking germans on his head while Hiromu is still laying in a hospital bed.
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    [2018-08-04-NJPW-G1 Climax 28] Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii

    I have this thing with big Kenny Omega matches where for the first two-thirds of the match I'm thinking that I'm sick of this guy and he's really overrated. Then, for the last ten minutes or so, I'm gasping and squirming in my seat and yelling at the screen for the near-falls. Absolutely unbelievable finishing sequence in this match. Ishii is a legend.
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    [2018-07-21-NJPW-G1 Climax 28] Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano

    Yano is great, and Ibushi doing a standing moonsault with his hands tied struck me as a genuinely incredible feat of athleticism. This match was a blast!
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    [2018-07-21-NJPW-G1 Climax 28] SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr

    I'm not typically a fan of Sabre's soft-style grappling, but I thought this match was a lot of fun. I particularly liked Sanada catching him in the full-nelson again and again and again. Good stuff.
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    WWE TV 12/05 - 12/11

    I feel like I've heard this argument a lot, and I don't really understand it. In what way would Raw be worse off, and less serving of its many masters, if it was booked as a traditional pro wrestling show? Wouldn't the show be much more appealing if it weren't built around feuding GMs, endless horrible comedy skits, impotent babyfaces, etc? If the current formula was working you could shrug and say it is what it is, but their ratings are hitting historic lows every week. If the pressure is on them to grow and deliver bottom lines, they're failing awfully. The Network is nowhere near the numbers they promised their investors, and they may never be. They also failed to deliver a big new TV deal, and I wonder, given the ratings trend, what their next contract with USA is going to look like. I had the same question when Vince was on the Austin podcast, and he explained that they simply need a massive team of writers, because the business has changed. But why? Who changed it? Has it changed for the better? If the many new masters they now serve includes stuff like, "We must let Stephanie emasculate every wrestler in the company to establish to the world how powerful she is," that seems like a self-inflicted wound.
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    Dave Meltzer stuff

    Most of the wrestlers people are asking him about are on Twitter. Someone wondering about Wade Barrett's workout routine could ask him directly just as easily as they can ask Dave.
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    Rick Rude vs. Ted Dibiase

    But would you say that everything you don't like is without merit?
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    Rick Rude vs. Ted Dibiase

    I've been following the proceedings from a distance because I haven't seen nearly enough footage to vote, but this current blow-up is extremely interesting to me. I think I am in sympathy with Parv here. If you were making a list of the 100 wrestlers you're most excited to watch, it would be totally reasonable not to rank Jerry Lawler, based purely on your feeling that you don't enjoy his work. I think in a poll like this, though, participation means taking on the responsibility of reckoning with those guys who you don't personally love. I wouldn't rank the Beatles on a list of my favorite bands, but if I was voting on the Greatest Bands Ever I would feel obliged to listen to them, and think seriously about their relative greatness. The idea that there are 100 rock bands better than The Beatles doesn't seem to even merit consideration. I might not place them in my top 10, because their work doesn't resonate with me in the same way as say, The Velvet Underground, but surely they'd make my list somewhere. Likewise, the idea that there are 100 (or, good lord, 1000!) wrestlers better than Jerry Lawler seems difficult to accept. People seem to want to cry "but it's my opinion!" as if there's something sacred and holy about having one. I'm not sure how I feel about that. To make an extreme example, if someone says it's their opinion that Goodfellas is a lesser movie than Spongebob Squarepants, well, how can you refute that?