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  1. No. Just no. Who in modern wrestling is a legit tough guy in a bar fight whip you sense, can talk, can work against anybody, bumps his ass off, and has the size to be physically imposing? Nobody, and Steen checks like one of those boxes.
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    WWE TV 05/03 - 05/09 Big Roman made little Bryan humble.

    Ok. So sequence of events of the Riddle situation as I now understand them- He cheated on his wife. Wife found out. He broke it off. The former mistress may or may not have stalked him. Then she drove down from NY to Florida to see him and was thrown off the property at the PC. Then she accused him of rape and choking her on twitter, yet she didn't file any charges. He filed a restraining order. He then dropped restraining order. She sued him and every company he ever worked for. All lawsuits against his employers were thrown out, the lawsuit against him is still moving forward.... do I have this right? I'm not defending the guy. He sounds like a shitty husband and father. But this woman sounds absolutely insane.
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    WWE TV 05/03 - 05/09 Big Roman made little Bryan humble.

    @C.S. I actively avoid following Speaking Out because all of the breaking "news" happens on twitter and twitter is the worst. But my understanding is that Riddle had an ongoing, lengthy affair with a female indy wrestler while on the road. His wife found out so he broke it off. The woman he broke it with has since has make claims on social media of sexual harassment and vandalized some property at the performance center which earned her a restraining order. Correct me where I'm wrong but the whole thing seems more like an episode of Jerry Springer than a serious accusation of sexual misconduct. Wrestling isn't exactly covered by the WaPo or the Wall Street Journal. Most wrestling news I get comes from this message board or a guy who tells me he read it on twitter or a guy who tells me he knows somebody in the business. With that said feel free to correct me where I'm misinformed.
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    Mitsuharu Misawa

    I remember he sharply declined in 07ish. What exactly happened with Morishima?
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    WWE TV 05/03 - 05/09 Big Roman made little Bryan humble.

    I believe what they've done with Matt Riddle is morally reprehensible..... 6 years ago I saw the guy on an Evolve show against Chris Hero and posted here that he was fucking money. I said he was the next Kurt Angle. He a former pro athlete and legit shooter with a great look, big personality, quick wit, and a natural charisma, why wouldn't he be? He gave a stoner/frat bro vibe but in a cool way which I kinda dug. WWE could have molded him into anything they chose to. And they chose for his role to be minor character on a family friendly sitcom who exists solely to get cheap laughs. Shameful.
  6. Just read the article. Ok now I'm calling shenanigans on all claims I've heard of Homicide being a power 5 level athlete. College recruiting just doesn't work like that. Maybe a scout saw him at some point. Maybe he was on a D1 school's list of potential recruits at some point. But the article, the wikipedia page, yeah it all is starting to sound like stories somebody who never has been around the college recruiting process would make up to explain why they weren't an athlete.
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    Mitsuharu Misawa

    I'm a lot higher on Misawa's late 90s/ early 2000s than most here I'd assume. I'd still put him as one of the top 5 in the world in 2004 ish. He was having good tag matches up until about a month before he died. His last GREAT match was the 07 Kobashi return tag match. His last good singles match was probably early 08 against Morishima. His last GREAT singles match was probably 04 vs Kojima.
  8. Somebody correct me where I'm wrong. I'd been told Homicide went to FSU for a year on a football scholarship before getting kicked out. Short of attempted murder no football player gets kicked out of FSU, especially back then. If there's any truth to this it makes him extremely credible as a legit athlete and an all around dangerous person. Low Ki too by proxy I would suppose.
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    Current New Japan

    @WingedEagle In the early 2000s I thought Toryumon/Dragon Gate had the best weekly TV out there. Where can I check out their current TV?
  10. joeg

    Current New Japan

    @WingedEagle exactly. There was discussion a few years ago here if this is the best time ever to be a fan for those very reasons. Also I keep hearing good things about what Dragon Gate has done recently. I followed them religiously back 15 years ago but haven't seen anything in at least 3 or 4 years. What are they up to now?
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    Current New Japan

    @strobogo We have common ground- I would agree WWE is usually unwatchable. @Childs Exactly. I'm not tuning in for a random Korakuen show at 4 am on a Wednesday or a main event with EVIL. So my perspective isn't the sky is falling. My perspective is they are waiting out the pandemic.
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    Current New Japan

    Consistent and predictable isn't bad or lazy booking, its a good thing. Still even during the pandemic NJPW is probably the best booked major promotion in the world. Has been for nearly a decade. There are small indies that have had better booking at points like CWF or OTT. And thats all Gedo. I think people forget how bad New Japan's booking was before Gedo took over. I also think people fail to recognize just how bad the booking is in every other major promotion around the world the past decade.
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    Current New Japan

    I don't know. My whole take on the past 14 months of New Japan is that every bad booking decision has been made because of the pandemic and when the world gets back to normal then New Japan will get back to normal. They want to save big matches and feuds until after capacity restrictions are lifted. At the same time if gives them an opportunity to elevate some underneath guys and some young guys without hurting at the gate, because there is limit to what they are able to draw. And as long as they can't fill bigger venues might as well run Korakuen to death and pick up some crumbs where they can. That's my take.
  14. Correct. As a grown man I'd see through that. As a kid however I bought into it. He truly was always working the gimmick. Just as I really bought into Sandman being a drunk or Taz being a shooter or Raven being screwed up. With Aries I don't know if there was even a gimmick to work unless that's what his rants are twitter are supposed to be. You've never met or seen somebody who just carries themselves like they could hurt people? Just their posture and mannerisms give off a vibe? For example on the podcast circuit Jocko Willink, just his body language and posture alone tell you he's a dangerous man. That's the way Low Ki was. Even though he was 5'7" 150 pounds with nothing to back it up.
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