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Big Pete

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  1. I couldn't pin the blame on Foley. Foley took inspiration from others namely Snuka and the MSG Splash. If it wasn't Foley, it'd be somebody else taking that spot or the hook from the Scaffold match and making it their own. As far as backstage skits, they were the natural evolution of the backstage vignettes that were popularised in WCCW in the early 80s. The WWF had been running them since at least the start of Hulkamania, most notably when he was preparing Mean Gene for their tag team match. They became more common place in the 90s, but even before the Attitude era you had that episode where Heenan was banned from Raw and was constantly trying to enter the building to no avail. Even so, if anyone deserves the blame for it, it'd have to be Russo since that 'fly on the wall' story-telling became popular during his tenure. I also don't think you're giving wrestlers enough credit. If they sat down and watched Mick and the only thing they got out of him was that he was goofy and he took crazy bumps then they'd have to be the biggest bunch of simpletons on the face of the earth. Mick is somebody who by rights should have just been a guy on the roster and yet he's one of the biggest names to ever come out of the sport. What made Foley so good is that he was a details guy who could take a spot and get more mileage out of it because he could find a way to connect it to his persona. As a personality he was able to connect because he came up with creative motives for his character and had an excellent turn of phrase. It was more than just the dialogue as well, Mick would always deliver a performance that went beyond the stereotypical promo and carved his own niche. Again, I think the vast majority understand this and the small percentage who don't didn't stand a chance in the first place.
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    "Triple H shoots himself in the foot" thread

    That's the awkward tasteless HHH is renown for in shoot interviews. I don't think he meant it to come out as badly as it did since he was just trying to relate Edge to Paige in a witty way, but what he said was honestly dumb and he knew it the moment he said it. Silly and I'm glad others have publicly gotten behind their co-worker. Also, I didn't know she couldn't have kids either.
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    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    I would say Delirious best asset is his capacity to keep an open mind. Before he went solo, ROH had Cornette trying to book it like a mainstream promotion. While it's difficult to fault Jim's lofty ambitions, he just didn't receive the support from iPPV or Sinclair to make the shift worthwhile, so ultimately fans were left with a third rate WWE. Delirious handled the transition better and instead of trying to force the issue, he went back and booked the talent Cornette passed on since they didn't fit the aesthetic he was going for. Most notably bringing the Young Bucks back and capitilising on the reputation they had built for themselves on the west coast and putting them in a featured position. Even then, I don't think a guy like Dalton Castle would see the light of day under Cornette's ROH and he was one of the better acts to come out of the promotion in recent years. Again, I feel Delirious made a wise decision to appease the independant crowd and it paid off handsomely when he was able to get ROH affiliated with NJPW. However, the promotion felt aimless and there were so many acts that came and went that never received the stardom they deserved. Hopefully Scurll brings some fresh ideas and overhauls their television. The lead up to Final Battle was some of the worst promotion I've seen for a major PPV.
  4. I thought the first half of the match as underwhelming. It gave me the sense that Ibushi was having an off night and Okada was taking pity on him. One spot in particular that drove this point home was the draping DDT. There was an attention to detail missing because with the way it played out, as soon as Okada hit the move, he just started non-chalantly walking around the ring like he wasn't seconds away from winning the match. Now if Red Shoes had have shown some urgency, the spot would have registered but as it played out, Okada took his time to give Ibushi a fighting chance. The match didn't really pick up until Okada caught Ibushi with a stiff uppercut that fired Ibushi up. Kota did well to sell his anger and Okada took some extremely stiff shots for his trouble. From that point on, they worked another great Okada epic and the finishing flurry got over like crazy. Okada hitting rainmaker after rainmaker, baiting Ibushi into one final comeback only to counter it made for a thrilling and satisfactory Dome finish.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I don't see the issue of having Kris honour her prior booking. If anything it plays into her underdog status that she has to honour the wrestling code and fulfill her other obligations before she can partake in the biggest match of her young career. The issue is that instead of post-poning the match, somehow the three women she beat all got a simultaneous title shot and Riho is under a severe disadvantage. For a company that marketed itself for treating wins/losses as important this is yet another example of AEW's booking flying in the face of it. It's not a big deal right now but it could be down the road if this becomes a habit.
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    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    The biggest news out of the television tapings was the appearance of Scurll who was rumoured to be finished with the company. Not only did Scurll appear, but he was featured heavily through out the tapings and the ground work was laid for a rivalry between him and RUSH's new stable with Dragon Lee and Kenny King. That would suggest to me that ROH is at least confident enough that he'll be around for the January shows in Atlanta and North Carolina.
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    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    The PCO/RUSH match was suitably off the wall. As expected, PCO took at least three crazy bumps through out the match and also did a crazy sports entertainment spot where he was brought back from the dead to continue the match. It won't be everybody's cup of tea, but I thought it suited the match and both performers. The only lowlight was RUSH fumbling around with a small ladder for what felt like an eternity. They quickly switched gears so it wasn't that big a deal, but it was bush league. I'm not holding my breath, but they've got some momentum heading into the TV tapings. Whether PCO is the right fit or not, RUSH as ROH Champion wasn't working and he needed to go back to the drawing board. I just hope ROH do a better job than what they dished out heading into Final Battle.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    It's a shame because at the start of the year, he released two reviews on Raw and SmackDown that were genuinely quite interesting to hear. Cornette is at his best when he's offering constructive criticism from his own perspective. He's at his worse when he transforms into his 1998 NWA Invasion character and starts doing these silly over the top YouTube personality rants. It just seems like a bit because he's playing to an audience who react strongly to it. I understand why he does it, but it's a shame because he's one of the best historians in the industry and he gets too hopped up on social media drama to share those stories. I don't think Cornette should be silenced or cancelled or anything silly. I think he needs to be caught up to speed on certain issues. So many of his criticisms feel like lines out of Austin Powers, where Jim is just so far behind on modern trends. His amazement at women opening an NXT show or having more than one segment was a huge red flag. When he was a lapsed fan, it was forgiveable but now that he's changed format, he really doesn't have any excuse. I think fans have a right to dismiss his opinion as a troll until proven otherwise. Instead of reacting to him, the best thing to do is ignore him.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    Not that I'm aware of, I believe Cornette saw a clip of one of his stunts and Janela keeps poking the bear. Cornette has always been anti-hardcore and it was one of the few aspects he openly criticised about MLW. For the record, the show Omega skipped was Final Battle 2010 where he was set to face off against Eddie Edwards. The show was on the 18th of December and Kenny would go onto work on Boxing Day in a 20+ minute tag team match with Kota Ibushi. The strange thing about the Bucks is that if you go back and watch those early Sinclair Broadcasts, they're actually booked pretty well and showcased. Something happened in early 2012, and the relationship between the two parties went sour. The Bucks started losing all the time and they (along with Tyler Perkins) stopped appearing altogether. This strained Cornette's relationship with Steen who was close friends with the Buck and he began to vocalise his issues with Cornette. There was a 2012 shoot interview with Steen and Richards where they sat down and cleared the air over some issue they had during their 2012 program. They both blamed Cornette for being out of touch and trying to turn their rivalry into a USA vs. Canada feud and make Davey into a white meat babyface. Cornette heard about it and it escalated from there.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    From my experience, the wrestling podcast boom has had an impact on the way fans critique a match. Wider groups of fans have now become concious of high-spots and near-falls and have become more and more critical when those spots are thrown away flippantly. These criticisms certainly existed, but the way they're universally regarded and the conversations around them have been shaped by the past wrestlers since they're credible sources and know how to articulate their issues. In saying that, it's disappointing when these dominant voices with their widepsread influence undermine their credibility with these silly agendas. Cornette hates the Young Bucks because they slagged him since he'd only bring in Bennett and Maria from the west coast. Cornette hates Omega because he pulled out of their biggest show of the year close to the date of the show causing him to scramble to find a replacement only to find out Omega worked a match in Japan a few days later. Cornette doesn't allow all negative experiences to shape his view on wrestlers (eg. HBK) but he was a contemporary whereas these other wrestlers are a different generation, so of course he isn't going to give them a chance. Jim doesn't have to like them either to be right, but when he makes a point that he skipped through the match or starts up a Kenny Olivier rant you know it's coming from a bad place. Not only does it warp a section of the community, but it also just undermines his own.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    I suppose it's a personal bug-bear. For me if you're going to be hyper-critical of a product, the least you can do is make sure your review is on point. Skipping through segments, missing key matches and just leaning heavily on pre-existing criticisms. Again, normally I like Jim but this wasn't one of his better episodes. Also I'm not sure if Jim should be dishing out about run-times given the state of his podcast. You could skip through an hour of his podcast and all you'd be missing is his plugs, his latest twitter beef, some political news story and possibly a wrestling news item that everybody and their doghas already weighed in.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    I can understand how a one hour pre-show and four hour PPV can be difficult to sit through, but when you promise to a review a show and don't even get around to watching the main event, I don't care if you're Roger Ebert, it's a bad review. I still look forward to his opinion. Jim can still turn a phrase and I enjoy his perspective if only because I'm sure the old guard see it the same way. However, I can see why others would be turned off especially when he just repeats himself on certain wrestlers and goes on and on.
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    Greatest Career Rehabs

    Really? See, I'd say the flip from the Regal knock-off into the defacto leader of D-Generation X is what put him over in the minds of the fans. Granted, it wasn't the most dramatic rehab and there's certainly an argument to be made that Chyna and Mick had already got the ball rolling. Regardless the point I was getting at is that a lot of these WWF stars underwent massive make-overs that rocketed them to stardom. No doubt he hit pay-dirt around that time. Interestingly, as the story goes when Russo walked out while the company was performing that Rebellion UK PPV, HHH turned to Vince and told him he'd help write the show. Suddenly Vince became the top babyface in the company and HHH was cutting twenty minute dialogues. The show hasn't changed since. His career was at a real cross-rhodes in 1995. No doubt he was a top prospect, but he never put all those pieces together and it just seemed like his body wasn't going to allow him to have the career a lot of people foresaw. He really could have gone one of two ways, but he found his voice in ECW and when he was given the opportunity to talk freely he not only saved his own career, but he helped turned Pro Wrestling on it's head. All it took was that brief stint in ECW to figure that out. However, the way I interpreted this thread is a wrestler going through a bad patch and coming out of it a better worker. I personally don't think Moxley was travelling that poorly, he was just clearly being given bad material and was phoning his performances in because he couldn't want to get out. He already looked to be in great shape and primed for a big run, it just wasn't going to be the WWE. I'd say Eddie Guerrero would have to be right up there. After the car accident, Eddie struggled to perform to the same level and it seemed like he recognised that, switching from his high athletic style to more of a character worker. It got him a decent place on the mid-card, but you'd hardly know that Eddie was considered by many to be just as good as Bret, Shawn or Benoit in that decade. Eventually his drug use gets out of control, he gets released and his life spirals out of control. He eventually turns it around, starts building a reputation on the indies and is quickly hired back to the WWE where he eventually builds a legacy as one of the greatest performers of all-time. The tragedy is that his comeback could have very well been what did him in.
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    Greatest Career Rehabs

    Stunning Steve Austin into Stone Cold Steve Austin has to be right up there with Rocky Maivia into The Rock and Hunter Hearst Helmsly into Triple H as a major turning point? From an injury prone star into somebody who defied injury to become the biggest bad-ass on television, it doesn't get much better. Throw in Issac Yankem and The Sultan in there as well. From an image perspective, Goldberg's return in 2016 helped solidify him as a megastar in the industry. For years, he was portrayed as this flash in the pan who was in the right place at the right time and he couldn't deal with losing. That was put on it's head with the Brock Lesnar storyline which was just a great piece of business from top to bottom. Johnny Polo into Raven worked out OK as well.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    He didn't really phrase it like the reddit poster said, he just said they should be reserved for the top tag teams because they belong in that company. Cornette isn't a fan of the Dark Order. He ran through the same story he's been telling for several years about when he was in charge of ROH, the Super Smash Bros was this cult favourite tag team that were horrible everytime he booked them. He thinks the gimmick is a 'popcorn fart' but he was quite complimentary of Stu Grayson. He thinks he's somebody worth persevering with because he knows how to work. Cornette had nothing nice to say about Dionne, hates the physique and his style. He also isn't a big fan of Angelico and Evans. He believes they're both painfully thin, the fluro green attire is silly and the only thing they understand is how to flip. He didn't bring them up, but he's been critical of the Best Friends in the past. He hates the hugging gimmick and has nothing nice to say about Chucky T. Like Grayson, he actually has a high opinion of Trent but he just doesn't like them as a pairing. Jim is actually a big fan of SCU and has a lot of time for Daniels and Kazarian. He hasn't seen a lot of Sky, but enjoyed his work on Double Or Nothing. He actually seemed to enjoy Fight For The Fallen than most fans and was genuinely happy that AEW were improving with each show. He did skip the pre-show though, which was his big grievance with Double Or Nothing. I don't mind Cornette's reviews. Jim may not be in the target demographic for these shows, but he's somebody who's been around the business when it was popular and he can pick up on details that would pass others by. I'm sure many on here will find that the stuff he complains about isn't that bad or merely a sign of the times but every now and then he'll phrase something beautifully that I find myself adopting it. There's definitely limitations to his perspective, but as long as you take it for what it is and don't treat it like gospel I think it just adds to the conversation surrounding the company.