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  1. Has it been addressed whether Hero’s podcast is done?
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    The ex wife was the star of the show. I did find it a bit odd that she kept all those old photos etc. I get that they made peace later on but I always assume most people get rid of any history of their former lives with exes. After watching both shows and one thing they had in common was about his training. Neither one mentioned that he actually had any. Did he and Sting literally just send out promo shots with zero training whatsoever? What did Bassman actually do for them? I knew their training was far from thorough but these shows make it seem like they had absolutely none. I’d be curious to hear someone pick apart Jake’s story that he was allegedly promised the title. I wonder if it was a rib from management or they blew him off by sending him to “ask permission” from Hellwig knowing that wouldn’t go well. I would not totally rely on Jake’s memory on much of anything with all he’s been thru.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    I finally watched the Pillman doc and yeah, the family stuff was rough. Seeing Melanie was shocking. I did some Wikipedia research and assuming it’s all true, she and Brian were in the early stages of a divorce when he died. He had adopted 2 kids of hers before they were together (these kids weren’t mentioned) and then they had 2 together (the one that was unborn at the time of his death, also not mentioned on the show, may or may not be his). Apparently one of Melanie’s daughters got into wrestling as a valet and died in a car accident so yeah Melanie has been thru A LOT. I was really surprised Les Thatcher wasn’t all over this show. Wonder if he was contacted. There was no mention of the Pillman memorial shows. Les also seems a saint in hindsight for keeping those shows going for 4 years and taking the high road when they ended only saying that Melanie had remarried and moved on. I’m sure he could have buried her with stories of how F’d up things probably were in those 4 years. I heard second hand from people that live near Cincy that the kids were in & out of legal troubles too probably due to treatment from the mom. I can only hope she’s no longer with the guy that abused Brian Jr. Yeah, rough stuff but it appears most have come to terms with everything and Melanie clearly is reaping what she’s sown physically. Also surprised we didn’t at least get some B-roll at least of the Hart Foundation stuff in 97. Seems like this easily could have been a 3 hour show.
  4. King's Road Classics will be reviewing episodes of the new All Japan Classics shows that began airing on G+ in late 2020. My friend Dave (Taped Fist Photography) and I started this show and we are 2 episodes in. We have a Facebook page and as of today the show is now on Apple, Spotify, and Google. https://podbay.fm/p/kings-road-classics-pro-wrestling-podcast Episode 1: Tim and Dave discuss thoughts on the following matches: October 17, 1988 Hiroshima Prefectural Gymnasium (Triple Crown Unified Championship) Int’l Hv Champ Jumbo Tsuruta vs. PWF & United Nat’l Champ Stan Hansen October 26, 1988 Stan Hansen/Dan Kroffat vs. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express October 28, 1988 Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Stan Hansen Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu Episode 2: Tim and Dave are joined by Buck Woodward to discuss the following matches from 1988 Real World Tag League tournament: November 19, 1988 Ashikaga Gymnasium Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy vs John Tenta, Shunji Takano November 21, 1988 Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium Jumbo Tsuruta, Yoshiaki Yatsu vs Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy November 28, 1988 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy vs. Abdullah the Butcher, Tiger Jeet Singh December 14, 1988 Sagamihara City General Gymnasium Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy vs. Crusher Blackwell, Phil Hickerson December 16, 1988 Nippon Budokan Jumbo Tsuruta, Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Abdullah the Butcher, Tiger Jeet Singh Genichiro Tenryu, Toshiaki Kawada vs Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy We plan to do episode 3 this coming weekend.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Catching up on the last few pages of conversation, so it appears that maybe Cornette isn’t out of touch so much as having trouble adjusting to the lack of a sports based connection between wrestling and its fans. And the way it’s presented is somewhat to blame. Doesn’t sound so bad. I also don’t think it’s inherently bad or wrong for someone to lose interest and respect in popular culture and what appeals to a younger crowd. I’m 10 years younger than Jim and I feel it’s just a natural occurrence of aging. Is that the definition of “out of touch”? Maybe. Do we prefer to think this way and be totally fine with society passing us by in ways? Yes. Regarding the comment about him having disdain for the SMW audience in pushing the Gangstas. I think that’s a strong accusation. He learned from the old school/Bill Watts. In the 70s/80s, playing up racism as a desperate attempt to maintain or regain business was just one play in the wrestling playbook. You could argue that maybe times had changed by 1995, but Jim seems to think that he properly read the mindset of people in that area of the country, but totally misread their reaction, in that they would rather stay home than pay money to boo the guys they didn’t agree with. There were many factors that led SMW to the point they were at when he tried pushing them, and the fact their push didn’t work probably didn’t hasten the promotion’s demise by all that many months honestly. So the subject of wrestling not be able to push or create young stars under the age of like 35. Yes, it is a real problem. The only modern wrestling I’m watching right now is ROH and it’s kind of crazy to see that even in a promotion of largely unknowns trying to make a name for themselves, there an amazing amount of guys there with 5-10 years of experience who honestly need A LOT more ring time & seasoning. I don’t know that guys get enough work in anymore to progress but so fast. Maybe the key is finding promoters/bookers more willing to go with young, unproven guys who are “good enough” in the ring just to try something new if they have something character wise. But yeah wrestling is in real trouble if they keep appealing to the 35+ crowd with guys of the same age bracket. It is kind of crazy to think that pro wrestling is like THE only sport where you really don’t peak until your late 30s/early 40s.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Not to unearth this, but it's only a few days old. There's a lot to unpack here and I know so little behind what this even refers to, I'm having trouble coming up with good talking points.. I'm curious why anyone needs to "get modern wrestling fans". I would question are these people even WRESTLING fans. I would guess this is trying to play into trying to paint a subset of the audience as out of touch. Anyone that most likely "gets" whatever this chick stands for or whatever 20-somethings are allegedly looking for in following wrestling, count me into the crowd that wants absolutely nothing to do with any of that. There's no reason that wrestling has to cut off its nose to spite its face and "evolve" into something unrecognizable to longtime fans just to stay relevant. Obviously you want to appeal to a younger crowd to make money and stay in business, but anyone promoting wrestling to fad fans and pissing on the history and legacy of the business needs to be run out of it. Maybe this Itoh has a deep appreciation for 80s and 90s AJW and has had a lifelong dream to be a wrestler, but I'm guessing not.
  9. I really enjoyed the first show although it seemed a bit long. I guess I'm just losing interest in long shows in general. Unless WWE really doesn't want (proprietary?) details out there about the inner workings, which is extremely possible, I don't recall him saying anything controversial or anything that would make them upset on the surface.
  10. Is there no way to download the shows as an mp3 without joining the patreon?
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    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    I really enjoyed the show, much better than watching the TV. The energy level of the announcers was up and the matches having meaning added to the excitement level. My endurance for wrestling shows is nowhere near what it once was so I watched it in 3 parts. I can't imagine watching a 4-hour show in one stretch so there may be those that thought it was on the long side. I'm really coming around on the pure rules matches. Tracy Williams is the master of them and Gresham too as you can tell they spend a lot of time thinking thru the psychology of working the matches around the rules of the division. Even so 2 Pure matches out of 10 is probably the limit. To me they should have no more than 1 per PPV show and only on TV every 4th week or so. I do have to wonder how these matches would play in front of crowds. They seem perfect for an empty arena where you have a captive audience at home that's hearing the commentators describe the minor "small room" details that form the structure of the matches. Not sure that live crowds are going to watch intently enough to get into 5 minutes of arm work that then gets capitalized on 5+ minutes later. My thoughts seem in line with a lot of online discussion I've seen and listening to Meltzer's review. I seem to be the low marker on the Jay Briscoe match. I want to see Jay doing more spots and have really grown tired of Taylor's strike based (and very little else) offense. If they do end up putting Taylor in their main title picture, to me that telegraphs how much of a depth issue the promotion has. So yeah, if you are tempted to watch modern ROH, you can't go wrong with this show. Is it must see? Not at all. Does it compare to previous years of ROH? Not at all. Are you going to be blown away by any performances, personalities or athletes to justify watching this instead of the 100s of videos in your collection? HELL NO A friend and I do the weekly "Honor Bound" podcast and we will be recording our recap show tonight and it will drop late tomorrow night. Go search it out for more fleshed out opinions.
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