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  1. PeteF3

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Well, he did injure Bruno. He also roughed up one of the Blackhearts with the edge of a chair but that appeared to be quite deliberate. Still, two known injuries in 25 years working a rough style isn't a bad track record, even if there are more that we don't really know about.
  2. I just know that NXT had me genuinely interested in seeing Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey just on the basis of them being two tough guys who killed people. I'm not saying I was up all night in anticipation, and it's hard to imagine a time when Corbin in particular wasn't grossly overexposed yet. But the build to a mid-card Takeover hoss fight worked in 2014 or '15 based on "1989 thinking."
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    AEW Dynamite - November 24, 2021

    Also, we didn't have Excalibur giggling at half the lines, or Jerry Lawler repeating the last thing either guy said, or Mark Madden bellowing "WOW!" to signal that This Means Something to Smart Fans. The announcers were quiet the whole time.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    ShowaPuroresu's move guide seems to credit it to Sakaguchi, though credit for introducing it to Japan should apparently go to either Karl Krupp or Dory Funk, Jr.
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    7mm Florida footage

    I think the PWF in '89 might have done a classic rewind match each week. I know there's footage of the Kiniski-Dory Funk NWA title change with Scott Levy antagonizing Solie with smartass commentary a la the Monsoon/Johnny Polo dynamic, and also something with Gordon & Luna Vachon, of all people.
  6. This had something of a rep and it's probably the best non-gimmick singles bout of Brian Armstrong's career. It's not great or anything much more than a solid TV-level bout, but he's able to keep up with the Kid on the faster sequences and he tones down the dancing between moves from where he had been in the summer. Kid is working at around 50% due to his neck injury but still knows how to put together a strong match. Roadie wins with a second-rope piledriver, which is effective considering Kid came in with a neck injury but probably should have been sold with a stretcher job rather than just a three-count.
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    Best YouTube & Dailymotion Channels

    When the hell did Danie Voges work for World Class?
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    TBF making sure to have short refs is a practice that goes way back in wrestling.
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    AEW Saturday Night Dynamite - October 16, 2021

    I'm going to have to go with Steenalized here. "If you're not here for the title, then why are you here?" was never a regular talking point that I've heard in any territory or promotion. Not that it was never said, but it certainly wasn't "every show." For goodness sake, in most of these promotions we're talking about there were almost never any heel-heel or face-face matches. It would be a particularly odd thing to say in the WW(W)F because babyfaces never got title shots against Hogan, Backlund, Pedro, or Bruno. So all that talking point would do is undermine longtime babyfaces like Strongbow, Steamboat, Rocky Johnson, et al. They knew they were never getting a World title shot, yet they still competed. And of course, in the WWF especially, feuds tended to exist in their own world, so anyone whether heel or babyface not directly feuding with Hogan was unlikely to make any noise over wanting his title. I also don't remember JR or Schiavone or Crockett talking up how the Valiant-Jones war would lead to possible title opportunities either for the Boogie Woogie Man or Teijo Khan depending on who won. That feud was entirely outside titles and yet it was still treated with importance.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    What? Any time I'm writing something on a pad and then stop, I always make sure to take time to flip the pad around first so my text is facing away from me as I hold it.
  11. Kandori's entire persona is that of someone in a huge hurry who's stuck in a line at Subway behind a person taking 5 minutes to decide what type of cheese they want--just a perpetual grump. It makes for a great contrast with the eternally bubbly Kyoko. This is a marvelously well-built match, with Inoue really working outside of her comfort zone. There are some fantastic reversals and counters, like a more intense version of the Kawada/Taue CC match. After a few heart-rendering near-falls, we got a finish that I actually really liked, and was built to just as well as the rest of the match. Some of the most dramatic rope escapes you'll ever see, which sets up the winning submission pretty spectacularly. Kandori may have been involved in the two best joshi singles matches of the year.
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    WWE TV 09/20 - 09/26 New Day vs Bloodline YESSIR

    This may be Stephanie overruling Vince, Bruce, et al. Supposedly the decision not to mention Trump was hers, and she may be more cognizant of the potential consequences and fallout of such a character than Vince and his cronies.
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    WWE TV 09/20 - 09/26 New Day vs Bloodline YESSIR

    So, WWE is already removing Joe Gacy references from Youtube and Twitter. That gimmick may already be on ice.
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    AEW Dynamite - Grand Slam - September 22, 2021

    Maybe it's just that my expectations weren't high but that was a full-on 4* tag match. I thought it was fucking awesome and Sting looked so good that I may just consider him a worthy WON HOFer after all.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Steve Martin knew the trick to aging gracefully--in the 1970's when he was in his early 30's, he looked middle aged. When he reached his 60s, he still looked middle aged. Now that he's in his mid-70s looks like a recent retiree.
  16. I don't think I've ever seen a Jaguar match before, nor have I seen Lioness in her "home element." Jaguar is *so* smooth and lithe and agile that even though this isn't a great match, you can see where her reputation as a worker comes from. She does about the most natural and realistic-looking bridge-out-of-a-pinfall spot I've ever seen. When Lioness is on top this is a lot less interesting, and the finish is pretty weak as Asuka kicks out of a double underhook piledriver but goes down to a flash victory roll. Not a lot of heat and not really an outstanding match but it did make me want to see more of Jaguar.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    Christ, we hear about Ric Flair and Scott Hall sexually assaulting a flight attendant and somehow Dreamer came off the worst of anybody in that whole episode.
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    AEW All Out 2021 - September 5, 2021

    Some notes about The Final Countdown as I understand it: - Europe apparently asks for $50,000 per play--that means if Bryan wrestles and wins, that's $100,000. $150 if he comes out to do a promo first. - The band itself doesn't really like the song, so one reason the price is so high is the reason some old guys charge so much for indies: they don't really want to, but aren't going to say no to a stupid amount of money either. - I don't like Europe myself, but they're still big enough on the continent that they've put a lot of money away and can make more doing nostalgia tours every couple of years. - They had to send a cease-and-desist to Trump when he was using the song on his campaign without permission, so they may be even more leery about putting it out there. The bottom line is it's their song and they can do with it what they want, if anything. (As for music in the '70s and '80s...come on. Almost none of that shit was licensed.)
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Fans are "smarter" now than they were in 1993. Roma was just seen as a longtime TV loser, whereas most guys today are seen by many as talented guys being held back by incompetent booking.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    That feels like more reason to wanting to see them jump, not less.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    So, Sean Ross Sapp just reported that Owens' contract was restructured during the pandemic and it actually expires in January now. Not 2023 as we long thought.
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    AEW Rampage - 20th August 2021

    Meltzer rather casually dropped a scoop on WOR that Bray Wyatt to AEW is not 100% done but may as well be. He compared it to when he first reported on Aleister Black going, weeks before it actually happened.
  23. Well, it was clear to me who was carrying whose sorry ass in that GCW main event. I don't have an issue with Gage being a former bank robber but as a fundamental worker he's painful to watch (and I'm not talking about the gore, I mean like how his sorry ass apparently doesn't even know how to execute running the ropes).