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  1. Kadaveri

    WWE TV 07/19 - 07/25 Big E vs Lashley book it now

    Kross losing was the funniest thing on WWE TV for years.
  2. There was a recent interview with Fumi Saito where he said Akira Hokuto didn't want it as "it wouldn't make her any more special".
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    The Rock

    In case people aren't aware Rock "tore his adductor and the top of his quad completely off his pelvis" in that WM29 match. It's not really their fault as wrestlers that it was bad.
  4. Kadaveri

    Daniel Bryan

    I find it funny that the people specifying when exactly Bryan's prime was are all coming up with totally different periods! But anyway, I find this the focus on 'prime' a bit cumbersome and not useful. I went into this a bit in the Akira Hokuto thread that people should really be assessed by how great they were at that time in general rather than in comparison to their very best, otherwise you end up unfairly penalising the very best wrestlers for not always meeting an impossibly high bar often due to circumstances outside their control. I think with Bryan some years are stronger than others, but he's still comfortably one of the best wrestlers in the world from 2003 - present (minus 2015-18 when he was out injured) and I don't think he has a single year where he's significantly below his best, and even those years it was more he had less opportunities than anything. I also think some of his very best stuff was in that late 2018 - early 2020 run, so it's not like there's been any noticeable decline due to aging yet. And I'm only cutting it off at 2020 because I've barely watched any pandemic era WWE. If you're talking about prime in a simplistic (pre-prime > prime > post-prime) trajectory then Bryan's pre-prime is maybe 1999-03 and he's still in his prime as far as I can tell. Even just these Roman Reigns matches in 2021 there's nothing in his performances that makes me think he's a lesser worker than he was any time in his career. That he's apparently been one of the best at adapting to the no crowds situation is another feather in his cap really.
  5. This match was part of the 2021 Catch The Wave tournament. The format is the wrestlers are split into four blocks of four in a round robin, and the top placed wrestlers make the semi finals > final. In this group, there was a three way tie between Momono, Takase and Hirota, so to decide the winner of the block they had to wrestle again in a series of singles matches, with the first wrestler to win two consecutive falls winning the block. Fall 1 is Momono vs. Takase. Mio starts hot charging Takase right at the beginning with a flurry of kicks and forearms. She knocks Takase out of the ring and tries to go for a running dive from the top turnbuckle, but Takase gets back in the ring too quick and gives her a funny "I'm not that easy to beat" look. We get a really fast-paced 13 minute fall between these two and Momono gets the pin with a code red. Great start. Fall 2 is Momono vs. Hirota. Mio just runs circles around Hirota hitting her with loads of dropkicks as fast as she can, but she makes a similar mistake as the previous fall where she tries to dropkick Hirota out of the ring, but the veteran just moves across the apron to dodge it, and then yanks Mio down to the floor to take the advantage. The mat then turns into a slow, surprisingly mat-based affair. I'm used to Hirota being 90% a comedy wrestler but she does perfectly fine here, that GAEA training is still there. Hirota wins with a strange submission that looks like a cross chicken wing applied to seated opponent from the side...? Fall 3 is Hirota vs. Takase. Takase looks to be in a bad mood here from her previous loss and just starts stiffing the hell out of Hirota with her big lariats and chops. This doesn't last long as Hirota is too exhausted from the long fall with Momono to put up much of a fight. Fall 4 is Takase vs. Momono. They both really fire up for this one now. It's different from Fall 1 as we know if Takase wins she wins the block, if Momono wins she just needs to beat a tired Hirota afterwards and she's through. Best part of the match and they work to a great climax. This whole thing is 42 minutes long and it didn't feel that long at all. One of the best 'tiny show pandemic era' matches I've seen. According to CageMatch this show had 60 fans in attendance, they certainly got their money's worth! ****1/4
  6. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) defend the AEW World Tag Team Titles. There's a great feeling of excitement and energy from this match which elevates everything. The crowd are really into Mox & Kingston's entrance singing along to "Wild Thing" and the match starts hot with them going straight for the Bucks and we get a big brawl on the outside. This is all very well done and I really enjoyed the first 10 minutes of this match. The big problem though is the inconsistency with how the referee enforces the rules in the first half of the match, only to completely drop it in the second half where the Young Bucks are just happily double teaming Moxley for literally minutes at a time without the ref doing anything about it and Kingston just stands on the apron. AEW would really be a lot better if they just officially announced that Tag Title matches are fought under tornado tag rules or something and quit enforcing tags at all. At least while the Bucks have them. Or do an angle that the Bucks are bribing referees or something, I dunno. Just make it make sense. ***1/2
  7. Kadaveri

    Watch Parties

    Here's a link to yesterday's show if anyone wants it:
  8. Kadaveri

    Watch Parties

    This one should work: https://discord.com/invite/3F2CKuZYfx
  9. Kadaveri

    Current Joshi Talk

    The streaming service Wrestle Universe has TJPW on it. They've started having English commentary for the bigger shows this past year. They also have a one-match show with English commentary called 'That's J-PW' on there, which is now at 24 episodes. It's 900 Yen ($8.17) a month and also comes with DDT and NOAH. https://www.ddtpro.com/universe They also have a YouTube channel which occasionally uploads matches. Here is Miyu Yamashita vs. Rika Tatsumi on 5/4/21.
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    Current Joshi Talk

    I started writing a post explaining what all the different current Joshi promotions were like in the GWE Discord but then realised it would be way too long... So I'm posting it here. Feel free to correct me anyone if I get anything wrong (probably will). 1. Stardom Size - Tier 1/Biggest Company. In 2019 became the only Joshi company to have a weekly TV show on a mainstream channel since AJW in 2002. Founded in 2011 by Nanae Takahashi, Rossy Ogawa and Fuka. Presents itself as a spiritual successor to AJW Owned by Bushiroad (the same company that owns NJPW) since 2019. Rossy Ogawa is still the booker. In Ring Style = Modern workrate style but with generally shorter matches and a bit more comedy. A lot of angles. Blood/gimmick matches very rare. Big Names = Mayu Iwatani, Utami Hayashishita, Giulia, Syuri, Tam Nakano. 2. TJPW Size - Tier 2. Founded in 2012 as DDT's sister Joshi promotion (TJPW wrestlers often appear in DDT also) Owned by CyberFight, who also own DDT and NOAH In Ring Style = Soft-hitting and a lot of comedy. Idol/anime influenced. Big Names = Miyu Yamashita (Ace), Maki Itoh, Yuka Sakazaki, Rika Tatsumi, Sakisama 3. Oz Academy Size - Tier 2 Founded in 2005 as a real promotion by Mayumi Ozaki, but is a continuation of Ozaki Produce shows going back to 1998. Owned by Mayumi Ozaki In Ring Style = Closest to GAEA except older wrestlers as it's mainly a nostalgia promotion now. Blood and hardcore stuff is common Big Names = Mayumi Ozaki, Saori Anou (their most pushed "young" wrestler), AKINO, Sonoko Kato 4. Sendai Girls Size - Tier 2 Founded in 2006 by Meiko Satomura. Owned afaia by Meiko Satomura, but she just left for NXT UK so unclear what the situation is now In Ring Style = Serious workrate style. Very little storylines, just good matches... except right now they're in an interpromotional feud with Marvelous. Big Names = Chihiro Hashimoto (Ace), DASH Chisako, Mika Iwata. Those three and some rookies are the entire roster. 5. Ice Ribbon Size - Tier 2 Founded in 2006 by Emi Sakura. Owned by some shadowy businessman after Sakura left in 2012. Tsukasa Fujimoto is the booker In Ring Style = Somewhere in between Stardom and TJPW. Modern workrate main events but a lot more soft/comedy stuff on undercards. But also they do the cccasional death match. Big Names = Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ace), Maya Yukihi, Suzu Suzuki, Tsukushi 6. SEAdLINNNG Size - Tier 3 Founded in 2015 by Nanae Takahashi after her and Yoshiko left Stardom Owned by Nanae Takahashi In Ring Style = Serious workrate style but more hard-hitting. Big Names = Nanae Takahashi, Arisa Nakajima, Yoshiko 7. Marvelous Size - Tier 3 Founded in 2014 by Chigusa Nagayo when she returned to wrestling Owned by Chigusa Nagayo, possibly Takumi Iroha as well (hard to know what's kayfabe) In Ring Style = Very young roster, it's a promotion focused around developing rookies. Very fast-paced matches with 100+ rollup variations in each match and some slower veteran matches. Has a lot of angles and is currently in an interpromotional feud with Sendai Girls. They also have a working relationship with Stardom so occasionally their wrestlers appear on those shows. Big Names - Takumi Iroha (Ace), Mio Momono (getting a big push at the moment...), Rin Kadokura, Mei Hoshizuki. 8. Pro Wrestling Wave Size - Tier 3 Founded in 2008 by Mikiko Futagami (GAMI). Owned by GAMI In Ring Style = WAVE is more of a Joshi 'super indie' like PWG than it's own promotion at this point. You'll see wrestlers from lots of different Joshi promotions having fun matches without angles. Big Names - GAMI, Sakura Hirota (is signed with WAVE I believe, albeit she appears all over the place) 9. Gatoh Move/ChocoPro Size - Tier 3 (albeit punches above its weight with online presence) Founded in 2012 by Emi Sakura after she left Ice Ribbon Owned by Emi Sakura In Ring Style = Very soft-hitting. Lots of silliness, comedy and very storyline driven matches and feuds. All the wrestlers are trained by Emi Sakura, which generally means they aren't great athletes but she helps them work around it. Most matches happen on a mat not a ring. Currently just a YouTube show. Big Names - Emi Sakura, Mei Suruga, Lulu Pencil 10. Actwres girl'Z Size - Tier 3 Founded in 2015, don't know who by (I guess some production company) In Ring Style = Mostly serious workrate style without much storylines. This promotion has a sideshow called Actring girl'z which is totally different, softer and made to look like you're watching a theatre show. Big Names - Muyuki Takase, Tae Honma, SAKI 11. Diana Size - Tier 4 Founded in 2011 by Kyoko Inoue after NEO closed Owned by Kyoko Inoue In Ring Style - Nostalgia promotion. You'll get the odd match but the main appeal of this promotion is people seeing their favourite wrestlers by years back still wrestle. The main event of every other show is a tag match between Kyoko Inoue & X vs. Jaguar Yokota & X. Big Names - Kyoko Inoue, Jaguar Yokota 12. Pure-J Size - Tier 4 Founded in 2017 as the successor to JWP Owned by Command Bolshoi In Ring Style = More technical/matbased stuff than typical. Big Names = Hanako Nakamori, Leon 13. YMZ Size - Tier 4 Founded in 2013 by Kaori Yoneyama (who is currently Fukigen Death in Stardom) Owned by Kaori Yoneyama In Ring Style = Doesn't really have one as it's a tiny promotion that's more an outlet for Kaori to book strange stuff and wrestle main events. Big Names - Kaori Yoneyama. I'm not sure they even have a roster.
  11. Kadaveri

    Pet Peeves in Wrestling

    PWO has been way too harsh on RVD. His matches look like paragons of psychology and logic compared to recent WWE ladder matches.
  12. Kadaveri

    Pet Peeves in Wrestling

    The best is when HHH hit a pedigree, sold for 21 seconds, then pinned Booker T and won.
  13. Kadaveri

    Sheamus vs Drew McIntyre

    I think there's a lack of imagination there, or at least an understanding of how to use their individual characteristics to stand out. The positive example of this is WALTER becoming one the biggest stars on the European indies by just actually wrestling to his size, and these same "indie" crowds totally bought that he could finish someone with a chop.
  14. Kadaveri

    Akira Hokuto vs. Eddie Guerrero

    To the best of my knowledge we have 33 Akira Hokuto matches on tape for 1993. A lot of this stuff aired in the 00s on AJW Classics either completely new or more complete versions than the TV at the time: 1. Jan 04 - Akira Hokuto vs. Debbie Malenko (clipped, version on AJW Classics #67 is a bit longer but still not the full match) 2. Jan 11 - Akira Hokuto & Yumiko Hotta vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Manami Toyota (handheld) 3. Jan 24 - Akira Hokuto & Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs. Harley Saito & Eagle Sawai & Miki Handa 4. Feb 12 - Akira Hokuto, Bull Nakano & La Diabolica defeat Esther Moreno, KAORU & Xochitl Hamada (CMLL) 5. Apr 02 - Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori 6. Apr 11 - Akira Hokuto & Aja Kong vs. Shinobu Kandori & Eagle Sawai 7. Apr 16 - Akira Hokuto & Yumiko Hotta vs Bull Nakano & Aja Kong (handheld) 8. Apr 18 - Akira Hokuto vs. Sakie Hasegawa (handheld) 9. Apr 20 - Akira Hokuto & Suzuka Minami vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Kyoko Inoue (clipped) 10. Apr 24 - Akira Hokuto & Bull Nakano vs. Takako Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada (clipped) 11. May 03 - Akira Hokuto vs. Toshiyo Yamada 12. May 04 - Akira Hokuto & Aja Kong vs. Bull Nakano & Kyoko Inoue (handheld) 13. May 08 - Akira Hokuto & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota 14. May 14 - Akira Hokuto & Mima Shimoda vs. Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota 15. May 19 - Akira Hokuto vs. Etsuko Mita (handheld) 16. Jun 03 - Akira Hokuto & Kyoko Inoue vs. Aja Kong & Bull Nakano 17. Jun 11 - Akira Hokuto vs. Kurenai Yasha 18. Jul 04 - Akira Hokuto vs. Suzuka Minami 19. Jul 26 - Akira Hokuto & Suzuka Minami vs. Yumiko Hotta & Toshiyo Yamada (shown in full on AJW Classics #75) 20. Aug 05 - Akira Hokuto vs. Harley Saito (shown in full on AJW Classics #76) 21. Aug 21 - Akira Hokuto vs. Manami Toyota 22. Aug 21 - Akira Hokuto vs. Yumiko Hotta 23. Aug 25 - Akira Hokuto vs. Rumi Kazama 24. Sep 05 - Akira Hokuto vs. Numacchi 25. Sep 05 - Akira Hokuto & Suzuka Minami vs. Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue 26. Oct 09 - Akira Hokuto vs. Aja Kong 27. Nov 09 - Akira Hokuto vs. Rumi Kazama (LLPW) 28. Nov 12 - Akira Hokuto & Manami Toyota vs. Aja Kong & Sakie Hasegawa 29. Nov 18 - Akira Hokuto vs. Mayumi Ozaki (JWP) 30. Nov 28 - Akira Hokuto & Suzuka Minami & Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda vs. Dynamite Kansai & Devil Masami & Mayumi Ozaki & Plum Mariko 31. Dec 06 - Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori 32. Dec 10 - Akira Hokuto & Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Kyoko Inoue 33. Dec 10 - Akira Hokuto & Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Kyoko Inoue (this is a different match to #32) There may be a few more handhelds out there as I haven't put much effort into finding those. But anyway, I think that's more than adequate sampling of a wrestler to find out how good they were that year. 33 matches (most in full), 25 different individual opponents including a few matches outside her own promotion. It's way too much to just equate to only watching someone's big PPV matches and I don't think it's that different to what we have of Eddie really. For example for Eddie's 2004 we have 44 televised matches (including PPVs) with 21 different individual opponents, and Eddie's TV matches got cut up by advert breaks more than Hokuto's did.
  15. Kadaveri

    Sheamus vs Drew McIntyre

    He's far from the only culprit, but I wasn't high on Drew's indie run as I was constantly thrown off by him being this 6'5 behemoth yet he generally worked 50/50 with everyone.