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William Bologna

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  1. William Bologna

    The Wednesday Night War

    Absolutely. They're clearly taking the long view on this, willing to put unknowns in the spotlight and resisting the urge to hotshot. It speaks well to management.
  2. William Bologna

    The Wednesday Night War

    Pulling out the “those other guys are fanboys!” card isn’t the best tactic after you’ve argued that your favorite promotion lost just cause WWE fans are teetotalers who stay at home knitting.
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    AEW Dynamite Week 9 - 27 Nov 2019

    Wardlow’s tie is a great touch.
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    AEW Dynamite Week 7 - 13th November 2019

    Was that the first actual squash in Dynamite history? Dark Order has go away heat.
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    AEW Dynamite Week 3 - 16 October 2019

    Interesting to compare this to the Omega/Janela dark match. Longish, lots of plunder, clear underdog. The big difference is that this was good.
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    AEW Dynamite Week 3 - 16 October 2019

    I never realized how much Omega works like Michael Elgin. Which is to say that he’s awful.
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    AEW Dynamite Week 3 - 16 October 2019

    Riho’s amazing. She gets over by having people watch her wrestle. Novel concept. I can’t imagine anyone thinking a bunch of Isaac Yankem shit is going to get Baker over. Weird misfire.
  8. William Bologna

    AEW Dynamite Week 1

    The people behind me were absolutely marking out about Swagger. I don’t know if that’s representative.
  9. William Bologna

    AEW Dynamite Week 1

    That was great. Crowd was thoroughly roped in by the end.
  10. William Bologna

    AEW Dynamite Week 1

    Here’s Britt Baker. I’m going to start an argument with the people sitting around me about whether it’s OK not to know who she is. Get that PWO experience.
  11. William Bologna

    AEW Dynamite Week 1

    Hebner getting some “you screwed Bret” chants in the building.
  12. William Bologna

    Tatsumi Fujinami

    1984 Other matches November 1, 1984 Tokyo Gymnasium WWF International Heavyweight Championship Tatsumi Fujinami VS Cowboy" Bob Orton This is the first time I've seen Bob Orton since my Hulkamania-plagued childhood. I liked him! He did these theatrical, Curt Hennig-style bumps. They weren't quite smooth enough to be described as Perfect, but still they were interesting. I like his offense. His super deliberate elbows to the throat were cool. He brought more high-flying than I would have guessed. He prefigured Gran Naniwa by getting on the second rope at the turnbuckle and shuffling to the middle, whence he dropped a knee on Fujinami. He also tried a Vader Bomb, but Fujinami got his knees up on that one. And he hadn't even wrestled Vader yet - how did he know? The thing about Cowboy Bob Orton is that the crowd just did not give a damn. Did he not have a pedigree in Japan? He did a bunch of cool stuff, Fujinami did some cool stuff, Orton emoted largely, all to tepid reactions from the Tokyoians. They tease a couple countouts, but we do get a finish as Fujinami throws Orton off the top and procures a scorpion deathlock for the win. This was a pleasant exercise worked at a very nice pace. I don't understand why the people watching it didn't like it as much as I did.
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    Tatsumi Fujinami

    1984 Other matches September 7, 1984 Fukuoka Sports Center Tatsumi Fujinami VS Abdullah the Butcher We spend some time doing clean breaks here until things pick up. Fujinami hits Abdullah with some kind of flying chop, which of course gets the Butcher to bleeding. I didn't see him blade, but he must have, right? I'm sure Abdullah's better at cutting himself than I am at noticing it. Fujinami presses the advantage with an enzuigiri and a God-bless-him-he-tried bodyslam. Then the gentlest dropkick I've ever seen sends the Butcher outside. Abdullah drags Fujinami outside with him, and the ref waves it off almost immediately. There definitely wasn't time for a countout, but I guess Abdullah's reputation preceded him. The ref knew they weren't getting back in, so why tax his brain counting to twenty? I was expecting more of a madman vibe from the Butcher. He didn't move with any urgency, and other than a couple throat chops (followed by his little Abdullah dance), most of his offense was holding Fujinami real close. The bell-to-bell part of this wasn't the worst four minutes, but the post-match was really bad. All Abdullah did was hold Fujinami against something and bleed on him, and this was before we knew how dangerous it was to get that guy's blood on you.
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    Tatsumi Fujinami

    I'll keep that in mind. On the one hand, this project has made me realize that Masa Saito is really great and I need to watch more of him. On the other, I was fully intending to go seek out more Fujinami from other sources before they doubled the number of matches I need to get through. So we'll see if I can stomach any more of the old bastard after I get through this.
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    Tatsumi Fujinami

    1984 Other matches March 30, 1984 Korakuen Hall Seiji Sakaguchi&Tatsumi Fujinami VS Masked Superstar&Don Muraco Super hot crowd. During the milling around after the introductions, they launch into a deafening "Muraco" chant. Don is eager to maintain heel status by dismissing this enthusiasm, so they respond by chanting "Sakaguchi" but somehow cramming it into three syllables. I've been sitting here trying to do it with limited success. I'm glad I have the place to myself. The trick is to barely enunciate the "gu." SA-KA-(gu)CHI! This is a fun trip down memory lane. Remember that swole referee in the skin-tight polo shirt? He's back! And Fujinami is all young and dynamic again. I forgot how fast he used to run the ropes. We even get a terrible, obvious 80s finish. Mr. Superstar comes in to save his partner from Fujinami's octopus hold. Fujinami tries to cross bodyblock the two of them out of the ring for the countout, but of course it doesn't work - one of the biggest difference between wrestling now and wrestling then is simple execution. So they kind of pull each other out, everyone brawls, and Fujinami rolls in for the win. Sakaguchi is a pretty impressive physical specimen, but he seems to have gotten old early. He's only 42 here, but he's all hunched over. Neither of the foreigners made much of an impression except for the audience's unrequited love for Don Muraco.
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