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  1. Shrike02


    Christian was good at psychology. Discuss. If you want to discuss wrestling announcers, create a thread elsewhere.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I don't listen to many comics podcasts at all but I gave this a try. Pretty fun listen; I try to stop myself from noticing a few errors of fact. I will continue to enjoy their banter I'm sure.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    You stole my thunder, Kelly. Thanks, try the veal, it's delicious. But yes, I have much the same thoughts as you do on this run of issues. I'm about to read the Asgard-Trolls War issues and then I'll have caught up.
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    Masa Saito

    As mentioned above there's a really good AWA match vs. Martel which is well worth checking out. Saito had a really long career and I think his talent merits a place in the top 100 but lack of footage may be an issue, as well as his lack of big runs as a main event worker. He's always consistently good in the ring, though.
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    Jumbo Tsuruta

    At least you recognize it's sacrilege. I know some people don't find Jumbo interesting, which I can (barely comprehend), but I don't follow the chain of logic from "I don't find Jumbo interesting" to "he won't make my top 100 list."
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    Jumbo Tsuruta

    You shouldn't be, it's way too low (he says half-jokingly).
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    Jun Akiyama

    Some may quibble about the peak but I doubt many would argue about the longevity. He has a real shot to be top 30 on my list, and might crack the top 15. And yes, he has to be one of the best rookie wrestlers ever.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I'm reading Thor from the very beginning and it's been a slog even when Lee and Kirby take over. It should improve once Simonson takes over. From the get-go The Defenders is silly fun, though I may be biased because it features three of my all-time favourite Marvel characters in Namor, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange. I'm also going back to my introduction to comics as a child with Amazing Spider-Man - from the very beginning - and it's reminded me that it really is my all-time favourite comic series.
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    Dan Kroffat

    Always been a huge fan of Kroffat but haven't explored his Puerto Rico footage. I'll make that a priority. Kroffat's drop kick and snap suplex I'd take against almost anyone. Fantastic tag worker. I could see him making my list in the 75-100 range if I find more evidence of his longevity as a worker whose timing and athletic tools have always impressed me.
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    Ted DiBiase

    My prediction is largely based on what I think will be two huge factors in the voting in 2026: recency bias and a conscious agenda by some voters to include workers they feel have been underrepresented in the past - namely women and luchadores. Add more time to judge workers from the post-2000 time period, and I think a lot of well-known incumbents will slide down or completely off the top 100. I myself do plan to really watch more Mid-South and Crockett because I didn't grow up watching those territories and have only cherry-picked some of the most highly-regarded matches to see over the past few years. I've never really done a systematic examination of either territory.
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    Ted DiBiase

    Thanks for this. I will go read the whole thread. I guess we'll see down the road whether my prediction holds true.
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    Ted DiBiase

    A point of comparison just popped into my head. My point above was that Ted had a lot of tools but didn't really maximize his in-ring output given what he could do. (This could well be a contentious point and I'm open to arguments to the contrary.) How does he compare to Barry Windham, who arguably had even more tools than Dibiase but again didn't really have a long career of great output either? I note that Windham did pretty well in the 2016 polling at 25 and Dibiase ranked at 42. I'd predict both are likely to fall in the rankings in 2026.
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    What is the Greatest Wrestling Ever?

    1989 was a pretty great year of wrestling in multiple promotions in North America and Japan. (I'll defer to lucha fans to say if 1989 features a lot of great work in Mexico.)
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    Ted DiBiase

    Ted is a favourite of mine but in my view his inputs are very good but the output (very few top-end classic matches) just isn't there to rank high on my list. Will probably end up in the top 150 somewhere; I could see him sneaking in on the back half of my list somewhere. He was a very good young babyface, which flies under the radar (I particularly love his 1979 series in New York against Pat Patterson). I plan on revisiting what's come out of the Houston footage to see him there.
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    GWE Non-Thread Worthy Comments

    Gouldie also has one of the very best wrestling promos I've ever seen - like, it's on my personal Mount Rushmore of promos - which is the famous empty arena Stampede father-son promo. It compares quite well to Bruno's equally transcendent empty arena interview promo in the Larry Z feud.