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  1. No, I completely get what sek is saying--I've seen the Khan-Dixie Carter comparisons. I don't think that's fair to Tony at all, but there are some WWE loyalists who think it is. Dixie is on another level even from Charlie Ebersol.
  2. No one is claiming that anyone who knows what they're talking about thinks Tony is dumb. That said...reading up on the demise of the AAF, it's not hard to see comparisons between Tony and Charlie Ebersol. Charlie was another son of a irch person saying all the right things, too, and then it turned out that the league was on the verge of folding in Week 2 before a temporary bailout. *That* said, I don't know if Charlie ever successfully ran a business on his own like Tony already apparently has.
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  4. PeteF3

    Current New Japan

    I wonder if Suzuki just opted out this year. Dude's 51, can't take back bumps, and the G-1 is a grind he may just not want to be a part of anymore. The rest of the turnover is cool, though--all the new faces are welcome ones (even Taichi, who got the biggest crowd pop of any announced participant).
  5. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    It doesn't, but there is another domed stadium in Atlanta in its place. Still...there's a difference between getting fly-in business to tourist-friendly cities and running weekly TV without necessarily all the big stars wrestling (which they shouldn't be--you can't have Omega doing his 25-minute Strong Style main event match every week). I'd try to stick to arenas under 10,000 for the most part and maybe some Manhattan Center-esque venues with hot crowds. They've proven they can sell out supercards, but for a weekly show that's not necessarily in Chicago or Vegas or New York? Could they sell arenas full of tickets for a standard episode of TV in Cleveland, or Houston, or Seattle, or Des Moines?
  6. PeteF3

    WWE Hidden Gems

    Dick Pound is also a real-life bigwig for WADA who was a rather infamous name in Canada for awhile, going back to the Ben Johnson doping scandal. Though supposedly the Principal gimmick was based on a teacher that Bruce didn't like. Other great Bruce Hart names: K.Y. Wakamatsu, Sodamn Insane, Frank Einstein (Carl Leduc doing a Frankenstein *and* grandson/great-grandson of Albert gimmick, seriously), Drago Zhivago, Ronald Trump, Ben Doon MacDonald, and dressing up then-young boy Junji Hirata as First Nation star Sonny Two Rivers. This has nothing to do with Stampede, I don't think, but while I was kicking around wrestlingdata looking at the careers of some of these Stampede lifers, I came across a result for High Impact Wrestling (2000s indy based I think in Saskatchewan) for someone wrestling as "Gordon Solie, Jr.," which made me laugh out loud.
  7. PeteF3

    AEW on TNT

    Live and on the road is the plan.
  8. PeteF3

    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    Spitting at someone is legally classified as assault, so yeah, he could conceivably have grounds for something, even if it's just a nice settlement.
  9. PeteF3

    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    https://twitter.com/xiamhollywoodx/status/1135413375138009089?s=21 There's the story from the fan's perspective. He said some things that were slightly off-color, I guess, but nothing profane and a.) he was spat at first, and b.) Velvet Sky brought the sex stuff into it first by calling him a virgin. Basically it seems that she and Bully Ray were upset that she got clapped back on. And he was doing this to the heels!
  10. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    Tony (and not Shad) also owns his own sports-analytics business.
  11. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    A gimmick can still be a gimmick even if it's "real life." Punk's straight-edginess, Bryan's righteous liberalism, Boss Man's past as a prison guard, Paul Bearer's past as a mortician, Ricki Starr's ballet-dancing...these were all both gimmicks and "real."
  12. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    Ricky Starr was one of the biggest babyfaces of his era, and that was in the 1960s. Adrian Street was a heel in the US more often than he was a babyface, but he was credibly pushed as a lead babyface in Alabama. Of course, having Linda with him probably changed the dynamic a bit, even for someone who looked and acted like Street. I get Cornette's criticism that Sonny Kiss wasn't properly explained by the announcers, but I absolutely think that Kiss can get over today.
  13. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    The weirdest criticism of all wasn't any of the above...it was the idea of a woman officiating a match somehow ruins the "danger." I could see where he was coming from on almost everything else he said, but that was just plain bizarre. Wonder how he'd process Kim Winslow officiating UFC heavyweight fights, or Sarah Thomas officiating NFL games.
  14. PeteF3

    Holy Grails

    And some more Valentine just showed up in the JWA retrospectives that aired recently. There are some '70s Wahoo matches that are known to be out there in the hands of a few collectors but not really circulating (mostly revolving around Steve Yohe's long-in-limbo Destroyer comp).
  15. PeteF3

    All Elite Wrestling

    Double or Nothing just got an in-game plug on TNT during the NBA playoffs. Aside from Marv Albert mispronouncing "Jericho," that was cool.