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    Dick Togo

    I know that everyone hates his current New Japan run, but it seems to be mostly how he is booked and what his arrival has meant to how the promotion looks. That's my read on it anyway. I don't really follow the discourse and I've only watched the tournament matches this year. Is he actually bad now? Is there anything I should check out? Is what he's doing now actively hurting his case?
  2. He has a match with Oney Lorcan early in his NXT run that might fit this description. For me, it might be Eddie Kingston. I know everybody loves him now, but I still don't think he's ever had a truly great match that was him firing on all cylinders.
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    Dean Ambrose

    Obviously, you can rank guys however you want, but I think if you're only considering wrestlers at their very best you're gonna come up with something other than a list of the 100 greatest wrestlers ever. Rusher Kimura is a big part of one of my favorite matches of all time, I nominated him almost entirely because of it, but he mostly kinda stinks. So is he better than say, Tajiri, who has a ton of really good matches but nothing as good as the '89 old man tag? I say, no. You can think whatever you want, but I just don't see it the same way.
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    Dean Ambrose

    looking forward to your ultimate warrior vote
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    Dean Ambrose

    I'm probably not going to go back and watch any of it, but having watched it contemporaneously, I can honestly say outside of the stuff with Seth against Drew/Dolph and The Bar, and the triple threat with Brock and Roman, literally none of the stuff you mentioned stands out to me in the least. Obviously, it's all subjective and your mileage may vary, but I think him leaving WWE has made a lot of people look back on his time there more fondly than they would otherwise.
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    Dean Ambrose

    I don't think it matters if he was lazy, battling addiction, or sad because his dog ran away, he has a litany of boring to bad matches and comparatively few bright spots.
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    'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff

    I've been slowly working my way through the Cornette Garbage Tapes, and '78-80 high-flying babyface Paul Orndorff rules, I don't think there's enough to make my top 100, but if we had more of that stuff, combined with his peak 80s stuff and his late WCW run, I think he'd have a solid case.
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    WWE TV 05/16 - 05/22 I have jinxed the Phoenix Suns

    I'll cop to minimalizing it, but only because everyone else seems to be maximalizing it. I'm sure a ton of people have 'seen' Sasha Banks, and I'm sure a ton of people will 'see' all sorts of people in very popular things, and this doesn't have anything to do with the popularity or lack thereof, of the WWE, it has to do with simply appearing on a popular show does not make you a successful working actor.
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    WWE TV 05/16 - 05/22 I have jinxed the Phoenix Suns

    Wait!!!! There are actors who aren't huge movie stars?????? NO. I'm sure she could parlay her success into some sort of acting gig, but you've watched Sasha Banks, you've heard her cut a promo? You watched the build to the Belair match at Mania last year, do you think that she's a good actress? Do you think that she really could make a ton of money acting? She might, I don't know, all I'm saying is let's pump the brakes on this idea that she can make a great living in Hollywood tomorrow, it's not exactly the easiest business. Ok, this is just silly. There are no background extras more famous or relevant than people who are on national network TV every week. Name one.
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    WWE TV 05/16 - 05/22 I have jinxed the Phoenix Suns

    She had like 2 lines on the Mandalorian, this idea that she has a burgeoning Hollywood career is a bit of an exaggeration.
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    WWE TV 05/16 - 05/22 I have jinxed the Phoenix Suns

    Wait, Naomi was booked to win and walked out? That's gotta be a first.
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    WWE TV 5/9-5/15 The Backlash to the Backlash

    In your somewhat regular reminder that NXT:UK is still a thing that exists, they had their 200th episode this week. Smith & Carter/Gallus and Devlin/Dragunov were both worth checking out.
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    Bruno Sammartino

    There are people better equipped to answer this, but not a ton as far as I know. There are about a half-dozen clips, ranging somewhere between 2 to 5 minutes floating around from American TV and then some stuff with Giant Baba, including a match from 67 that I like quite a bit. I will say that young Bruno is pretty similar to any other Bruno, more athletic, and not quite the finished product, but he's always Bruno.
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    Bruno Sammartino

    There was some discussion in the Orange Cassidy thread, back when that was a thing, about buy-in, and Bruno seems like the same sort of deal. Suppose you helicopter in and watch some random match with a 7-minute bearhug. In that case, you get a specific impression of a boring wrestler who was only a star because there were a lot of Italians in New York but, if you watch the Larry feud, or the stuff with Waldo, or really just enough Bruno over time where you can buy into Bruno, you start to see the bearhug and punch/kick is all part of this package and the package rules.
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    Kyle O'Reilly

    I've never been a big ReDRagon guy. I think they're fine, but not anything that I'd go out of my way to watch. His singles stuff has been fine, but like the above post, when New Japan had him going 50/50 with Sakuraba, a guy who I'm down on anyway, I don't think he really held up his end of the bargain there. That being said, the KOR/Ballor series from 2020/2021 was pretty good stuff, and I think KOR could have a good single run, but he seems intent on playing second banana to Adam Cole for some reason.