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  1. joeg

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    In the Walter PCO match, the most dangerous parts were PCO's bump on the apron and the bump on the floor.
  2. joeg

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Walter beats the shit out of guys, but his work is safe. Its a lot of hard open handed strikes to the chest and shoulders. Yeah it leaves a bruise, but he doesn't do anything that actually could result in injury. There are no closed fist strikes, there are no kicks to the head/face, there are no head drops or spikes, there's minimal running the ropes, there are no big bumps at weird angles, there are no big bumps period, there are no dives. Walter's style of work is a lot safer than lets say Kenny Omega or Okada or Seth Rollins and looks so much more dangerous because he does leave his opponents bruised and covered in welts.
  3. joeg

    The Shield

    I picked Roman. I think Mox has more carisma and is a better promo than Roman, but Roman is just the better worker. Mox seems to be more creative and more will to take creative risks, but it doesn't always work out. Its not just that there are so many more high end Roman matches, but the average run of the mill Roman match blows the average Mox match out of the water. Mox frequently has matches that miss the mark and just don't make a lot of sense. Rollins is facinating to me. Back 12-15 years ago, I saw him and thought wow with the way he moves and his creativity, he's going to be really good when he learns to slow down and make things mean more. Its 15 years later, he's been on national TV for a decade almost, and he still hasn't figured out how to slow things down and make it mean something.
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    Modern Indie Wrestling

    The notion that Fatu hasn't been picked up by WWE because he had a juvenile record is insane to me. Speaking from experience, juvenile records (and even records from college years) don't show up on any background check. If getting into trouble as a kid doesn't prevent employment in financial services, banking, law enforcement, education, etc., how does it prevent somebody from employment in pro wrestling?
  5. I never was a fan of the heart punch, when in real life have you ever seen somebody get punched in the chest and go down? I don't know why somebody with good looking punches hasn't used a liver punch/hook to the body as a finisher. The most dramatic knockouts in combat sports are always the body shot to the liver where the person just seizes up and goes down. Agogo did it in that one angle with Cody and it looked awesome.
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    Modern Indie Wrestling

    Saw the MLW Fightland. Jacob Fatu and Alexander Hammerstone are so fucking good its rediculous that they are in such a low rent, shithole. Fatu should be a top guy in WWE or AEW and Hammerstone should be an upper mid card guy in WWE or AEW. Instead they are fighting each other on the worst produced, most busch league wrestling show out there. Its such a waste of talent.
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    Shawn Michaels vs Kenny Omega

    @El-P I didn't know you were the guy who came up with that term! Yeah when I think of that sort of match, for good or bad I think the big Shawn matches, the big Omega matches and the NXT main events of the past few years.
  8. joeg

    Shawn Michaels vs Kenny Omega

    When the term "self conscious epic" was being used around here, these were the two guys I most associated with that style. These are two wrestlers known for epic, spectacular matches but whose work is often times blatantly cooperative.
  9. joeg

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I see Steveson's floor being Kurt Angle. He's much bigger physically than Angle. He's got a bigger personality. He's younger. And he doesn't have the injury history Angle had when he joined WWE. My worry would be that they push Steveson to the moon right out of the gate and he's not as over as his push. Then WWE responds by undercutting his push, which WWE has done multiple times
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    AEW Rampage - October 8 2021

    Lio Rush's entrerpreneur gimmick is not good. It doesn't make any sense. Its so similar to Big Money Matt Hardy which also isn't very good
  11. joeg

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I'm thinking its going to get worse over the next couple of years. They don't really seem to have any real plans in place beyond Lesnar vs Reigns at Crown Jewel and potentially Reigns vs Rock at Wrestlemania. So I expect things to keep getting worse and more disorganized these next couple of years. Where I do see hope in the long term is Gable Steveson. He seems like a can't miss sort of prospect like Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, The Rock etc... As long as they don't undercut him I think he'll draw them a lot of money.
  12. joeg

    AEW Dynamite - October 6, 2021

    This. My biggest pet peave is when something we've all witnessed or experienced in a real fight happens differently in pro wrestling. Arms fully extended on armbars without injury/submission, punches to the face that don't leave a mark, somebody throwing punches with an unwrapped hand and not hurting their hand, picture perfect back bumps on a takedown or a strike to the head, etc. It makes it hard to suspend disbelief when obviously unnatural things happen in a match.
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    AEW Dynamite - October 6, 2021

    What legit athlete goes into wrestling while they are still on top? And many of the wrestlers in AEW are geeks, they don't need to be matches up next to former pro fighters to look that way.
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    AEW Dynamite - October 6, 2021

    Valasquez and Fury are sort of weird cases. Valasquez was in some fights that were huge but he was always the B side guy, JDS and Lesnar were the A side. And Fury's following is mostly in England and Ireland as he hasn't really had many fights. The fight this weekend will probably be the first time Fury cracks a million PPV buys in the US.
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    AEW Dynamite - October 6, 2021

    But their not nobodies. JDS, Masival and Van Sant are proven draws that have all done million dollar gates and over a million buys on PPV. Wrestling hasn't had anybody draw like that in nearly 25 years.
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