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  1. El-P

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    The thing is, the company is three years old. It's way past the honeymoon period. After 18 years without an alternative as a mainstream promotion, there it is, it exists. It's not a "what if", it's not a "let's see what happens now", it exists and is three years old. The excitement of the beginning is over. To me the best time has been 2021. Since the beginning of 2022, week-to-week booking has been pretty uneven, but they have so much talent now, too many actually, that the question of "Wow, what if X showed up in AEW?" has reached the point of the answer being "Well, they already have too much talent.". The goofiest part of the promotion, which was still deeply rooted in its indies base at first, is obviously less present now. A lot of people on the roster have already gone through the WWE machine (and not being used well there for the most part), a lot. Cody has gone back to WWE too, which, although it really doesn't make much difference at all on the shows, still makes you feel that, well, that super exciting period of the beginnings is over. The promotion is there, it exists. And it's another pro-wrestling promotion. Don't get me wrong, I do still love AEW and I have a blast watching it, but it's obviously not exactly the same as it was at first. United Empire, uh ? When Will Ospreay may not be ready to come back for the PPV after a severe kidney infection ? Yeah that's.... not the NJPW guys have would have showing up. Great O'Khan actually is getting much better, but the gimmick is what it is (lame). He saved a little girl from abduction too, so he's a IRL babyface. Joe on the other hand. Nobody saw that one coming apparently. One year ago : and now it's like the Joe of old, or an older version of the Joe of old. Quite the great surprise indeed.
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    Matt Sydal

    Ok. This is over.
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    Matt Sydal

    That's the least you can say. I'm triggered EVERYTIME I hear about abuse, being physical or mental, because I've lived throught it, for years (way more mental than physical, but at some point, it's the same thing, your body betrays you anyway and you crumble). This was way out of line.
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    Matt Sydal

    Oh, so I guess you thought that telling "Seek therapy" to someone who'se lived through a ten years abusive relationship after you've bullshit accused him of disturbing stuff behind his back wasn't the right thing to do. All that because you disagreed about some pro-wrestling stuff ? Holy fuck man. You don't know what I've been through. You don't know my life. And you're going on a public forum throwing accusations, and won't even have the decency to apologize and make light of me defending myself ? Really ?
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    Matt Sydal

    Seriously ? You make accusations on Discord, behind my back, about really disturbing stuff too, and this is what you have to say when I expose it as complete bullshit ? So, no apologies for bullshit accusing me of something actually quite disturbing ? Not to menton the fact to defend myself I had to dig up in a part of my life I'd rather not think about anymore, ever ?
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    Matt Sydal

    Meanwhile, @elliott, on FUCKIN DISCORD : "I have to remember that El-P once wrote a long explanation for why it was ok for him to hit his girlfriend. So they're not worth engaging with" Well, it's been established that's pretty much a lie. Or misremembering. And then : "I remember it years ago. Everyone called him out and he defended it. There was lots of like "they have to know their place aND that you're the man" stuff like that Then it became "oh no, I'm French I didn't know what the words mean" like they haven't been on English language message boards for over a decade by the n" Well, actually, that's a reference to the second post (the ironic one), and the fact I English is not my first language was actually not me talking about it but another poster defending me on that topic, and it all came down because I had used the word "retard" and the guy who was happy to watch Sullivan "knocking the piss" out of a woman acted offended because of it. Nothing to do with anything in reference to me and my ex-girlfriend or whatever. BTW, the guy in question ended up getting banned because he was still trying to troll me because of my usage of an offensive word. By the way when someone jumped to explained English was not my first language, here was my answer : I also said But of course, *nothing* to do with my girlfriend's issues WHATSOEVER. So again, either a lie. Or misremembering. So, apologies would be in order. Also, you can direct your Discord people toward these posts, I did the work myself and re-contextualized it too. I don't have dirty secrets to hide and I don't deal with people behind their backs either. So yeah, an apology from you would be the LEAST you could do, for going behind my back on DIscord and half-way calling me a domestic abuser.
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    Matt Sydal

    And guess what, I found the post ! I mean, since we're off topic, why the hell not. Dunno what I was taking about with PC feminism bullshit but the rest of the paragraph is pretty clear. Ahh, the infamous "I've slapped my girlfriend under the influence of alcohol." Yep. And that was during the time she had asked me to do so, indeed (hence the "she's that kind of girl", but back then I wasn't gonna expose such intimates details). Still made me feel like a complete and utter shitbag like I said. Oh, what do I say next : "You don't hit a woman, period." Hi @elliott ! If you read the thread, this is apparently during a debate on intergender wrestling, hence my first remark (replying to someone saying "if you treat a woman weaker than a man you're sexist") There's another occurence in my research, which is this Holy shit ! What's up with that ? Oh wait, apparently it was a very ironic (but very bad taste indeed, like it was pointed out to me later) conclusion during a debate when I was actually saying this a bit earlier in the thread : So there... So I was actually getting angry at someone getting pleasure out of Kevin Sullivan "knocking the piss" out of a woman.
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    Matt Sydal

    And so now @elliott is going on on the GWE Discord (so, basically behind my backs) saying I once wrote a post on PWO about how it was ok for me to hit my (abusive, but nonetheless) girlfriend. Wow. So first of all, I've talked about that very personal issue before (the fact I've been in an abusive relationship), and although I don't remember that specific post the fact that because he disagrees on some stuff about Hulk Hogan the guy sees fit to go *behind my back*, on the GWE Discord to say shit like this speaks volume. I'd be super curious to see what that post was though, and especially the context of it. The fact that because a disagreement on "context about Hulk Hogan matches" leads to "This guy once wrote a post where he explains it was ok for him to hit his girlfriend." tells a whole lot about you, especially when you do that *behind my back* at a place you think I won't know about it. Clap clap clap. FTR, I never hit my ex-girlfriend unless she asked my to (because it was a kink of her for a while). She was sometimes a violent drunk and I had to defend myself physically and on some occasions physically keep her from hurting other people (basically because she was always wanting to drive drunk). There you go.
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    Matt Sydal

    When did I say big matches did not exist before PPV ? As far as big matches on house shows, sorry, but I'm pretty sure none of them are what was referred to as "matches that *everybody* can cite off the cuff", which is what I'm talking about. Mania 1 not being a PPV is cute as hell in term of ridiculous nitpicking. Is that even debatable that John Cena and Roman Reigns (by everyone I meant every top guy, which is why I detailed it into Cena and Reigns in the *very next sentence*, but I guess my fault for not being specific enough from the very first sentence), to take two guys who have occupied pretty much the same social spot as Hogan in the WWE (long tenure on top as super dominant figures, Austin and Rock were a bit different in term of booking), have way, WAY more big matches that have been presented to the audience on TV and PPV than Hogan had during his peak (that's discounting most of his WCW stuff, as again I don't think any of them apart from a few exceptions were the ones being referred too, Hogan vs Rock being another exception in term of belonging in a later context when things already got different, that's also after Hogan's peak) ? I mean, come on now. There have been competitive main events on weekly TV for almost 25 years now + 12 PPV a year. Hogan had a token of big PPV matches and a few Saturday Nights Main Event (more or less, because Mania 1 wasn't a PPV, although I doubt anyone would push the Mania main event as a great Hogan match anyway). The business model was different then and it absolutely plays a part in how matches were perceived. It's ridiculous to even argue against the fact a fan who's seen about , say 15 big Hogan matches during his teenage years won't remind them better than someone who has seen, I dunno, a hundred John Cena matches during the same time span. It is, and I did not even talk about their supposed quality or lack thereof, as it wasn't even a point I was making. What a waste of time, really, to have to explain that Hogan had less big matches than Cena or Reigns, which obviously plays a part in how they are remembered, especially by people who have seen it when their brain was younger. Oh well... Anyway, this is totally off-topic and probably should be moved to the Hogan thread. Isn't Hogan cancelled anyway at this point ?
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I think this whole ROH thingy is a totally an elaborate joke on Brian Cage. The guy thought he was actually gonna get featured after all. I dunno. I'm already half-way burned out. Don't need more weekly TV in my regime honestly. If that happened, TK would HAVE TO delegate, big time.
  11. Yep, the Turning Point TV special (as this was not a PPV anymore, just an IMPACT show billed as a special edition). BTW, gotta say how ridiculous it is when TNA is actually doing a better job than WWE is term of following-up the copycat Summer of Punk angle with AJ Styles, as after he won the title and quit, they show stuff on TV paid by "Friends of AJ" from him defending the title in the UK, in AAA and in AJPW. Of course AJ would leave anyway, but those vignettes is already much better than anything WWE did with Punk. Also, Samuel Shaw as a creepy stalker was actually pretty good. Because it was creepy. And Christy Hemme back then was just so ridiculously *RESPECTFULLY*. Fuck me. Rockstar Spud. Yeah, ya can feel this is an entire new TNA that's unveiling before your eyes... Gotta say, at least it's not boring like Brucie's was. I take cringe over boring any day.
  12. Random appearances on TNA : Peter Avalon as a scrawny jabronie killed by ECIII. I did not even recognize him before a backstage segment ! Crazy. Candice LaRae doing a job for Gail Kim, in the same show as the aforementioned Avalon segment.
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    Matt Sydal

    Well, your first point, well, we can agree to disagree that he was a great worker, ok ? "Reality" has nothing to do with this. Your second point, well, are you gonna argue that there was not a dozen PPV main events and a shitload of important TV matches back then ? There were 4 PPV from 1988 and on. Sure, there was those Saturday Nights Main Events shows dating back from 85, but I doubt most of Hogan's most remembered and top matches (those the "vast majority of people can cite off the cuff") happened during those TV shows, which still were mostly TV commercials for house shows. Are we gonna argue that Hulk Hogan has had as much "big matches" as pretty much everyone past the Raw/Nitro era ? Really want to compare the numbers of "big matches" Hogan had compared to a John Cena or a Roman Reigns ? Talking about letting reality in the way really is a pretty bad argument here, if I may say so... The reasons why people remember Hogan's matches so much is the one I mentioned before, and the other one is that most people still talking about it were kids/teenagers when it happened, therefore they remember much more vividly whatever happened during this period that anything past their 20's. Fuck I remember Mike Sharpe vs SD Jones matches from WWF Superstars from 90, and it's not because they were any good. That's not something to be ignored, although of course everyone want to ignore it because it plays into "their favors", as in the favors of their own experience. I know for a fact that the French WWE audience that exists today considers 00's WWE as the golden age, and probably remembers WAY more about it than the average current US WWE fan, all because of the context (this is when WWE got hot on TV, mostly thanks to the announcing team of Agius and Chereau). And they probably can quote shitloads of Cena, Orton and Edge matches too by heart. But if the social spots of the workers, context of productions of matches, conditions of receptions and perceptions are to be ignored, well, whatever. Pro-wrestling doesn't happen in a vacuum and not everything is equivalent. To me those elements being ignored is what clouds the judgement, always in favors of mostly dominant figures. And don't get me started on "charisma", which is such a tricky concept to begin with. But anyway, this discussion has nothing to do with poor Matt Sydal. Nor with Hogan as a worker either actually (like I said, pretty good). So I guess sorry for going off-topic. If anyone wanna pimp some Matt Sydal, please do. I doubt he has a shot at my list, but then again.
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    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    I don't get why they booked Baker vs Storm as the semi final, as it had finals written all over it and much bigger than Britt vs Soho which has happened already. Soho isn't that hot recently and she isn't that good either. Storm is the one to push as the babyface star, she's young but already way experienced and easily one of the best worker in the division. So either Storm beats Baker as Jaimie Hayter fucks it up for the dentist and we finally get that Baker vs Hayter match that was teased months ago (again, continuity anyone ?), either Britt wins thanks to Hayter fucking things up for Storm as I can't get enough of these two hooking up. And then later we can build to Baker vs Storm. Well, I guess it's not that bad if they do either of the two, really. BTW, whatever happened to Penelope Ford ? She injured of what ? She had that awesome hardcore match with the Bunny and seemingly vanished. And where is Leila Hirsch ? Show should be excellent (doh) and yeah, the world really sucks.
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    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Well, that is a fact, Billy Kidman' SSP *always* looked totally out of control and haphazard.
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