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  1. El-P

    Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

    IMPACT has noticeably upped its game since the move on AXS and the last pro-wrestling I'll see in 2019 will be that crazy brawl between Callihan & Tessa going into the streets (I swear one car stopped and the guy legit was asking himself WTF was happening). Just an awesome, awesome angle (and Callihan's promo beforehand showed once again why this guy is the MVP of the promotion). They have done and are doing such a terrific job with this build-up since Slammiversary, Tessa winning the title will be a great moment ! There you go, bye-bye 2019.
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    Cody vs. Darby Allin II

    Have the Dark Order run in and beat them both. (wait, maybe having done those WCW and TNA threads actually has had long term effects...) Should be the highlight of the show. First show of 2020 and last show I'll watch at my current home, as I'm gonna change place and life *again* just at the end of this week. Probably won't be active very much or at all on the board for a while too, as I'm gonna be pretty busy dealing with work and administrative stuff and discovering a whole new environment. So there, I say Happy New Year already to everyone on the board too, enjoy your pro-wrestling, old or current, be kind and healthy, people.
  3. The very first angle I saw was Boris Zhukov beating up Nikolai with his boot. And wow, that was great ! Well, no. I must say, at least half the credit for hooking me goes to the announcing team of Carpentier & Hauray. They made anything sound exciting, fun and important, even the worst shit ever. So yeah, announcing goes a long way (which I guess is why IMPACT remains my favourite show and why I can't watch NXT despite all the great talent). You could watch the worst Brutus Beefcake squash, if Bobby Heenan was great at announcing it, it did not matter that much how bad it was.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    I think some people here don't like Kenny Omega too much. I'm sure he's ok with it. Being a draw for NJPW, ROH (the Elite and NJPW sold that MSG show, and ROH died pretty much when they left) and now AEW (which is doing much better than they should, really, all thing considered). Being offered a ridiculous contract by WWE. If that does not constitute success in pro-wrestling, what does ? Critical appreciation ? Hum.... I'm pretty sure he's doing fine on that level too. Yeah, he'll survive a few shitty memes and hateful tweets...
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    Is Impact the best promotion in wrestling history?

    Depending which audience we're talking about. I'm just catching up, and I loved it. I want more of this stuff. I want IMPACT to become more of a show about pro-wrestling like GLOW, in the Lucha Underground mode. That's what I want for 2020. More Suzie, more IPWF, more Wrestler's Court and stuff. And more Taya, you can't get enough Taya. Also, Madison Rayne as the Locker Room Leader is the best new character twist of 2019, this side of RVD having a middle-life crisis and talking about how the young generation do his movez. She was great on that No Surrender special.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    Yet he spends most of his active time talking about it and making money off of it, simply by monetizing his Youtube channel and podcast doing reviews of something he despises and preaching to his choir of fanboys. Corny is the epitome of hate watch, but he's still an old-school con-man, so he manages to make a buck out of it. He's basically leeching off something that has long passed him by. If Corny was honest, he would only talk about old-school stuff and the territories. But of course, that would not garner nearly as much buzz and traffic and clicks. Corny's a worker. He works his own marks (and yeah, I'm using this word because that's how people like him views the audience), as showed by the Callihan debacle. He has become his own version of Vince Russo, sadly. After decades of being a fan and defending him, 2019 is the year I lost tons of respect for this guy. 2020, he's totally off my radar. No time anymore for this kind of nonsense.
  7. So I found the very first episodes of pro-wrestling TV I ever watched, which is WWF TV from June of 1990. This stuff is so bad. Yeah, it was cool when I was 14 and did not know any better. But really, Brutus Beefcake and Bushwhackers squashes, get-well-Hogan campaign, Warlord squash... Good old days my ass... Yeah, in 6 months I'll reach 30 years of fandom. I'll glady take whatever is on now rather than any of this stuff.
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    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    And yet he sold out EDIT TO CONTENT SOME NITPICKING AS SEEN A FEW POST BELOW : packed several huge buildings in Japan and was a vital part of NJPW's growth when he was on top working against Okada (wow, that is so different to the point I'm making in the grand scheme of things), so I guess that did not keep him from getting over huge. Plus, I don't think any pro-wrestling fan should ever make fun of the anime or manga or cosplay or video game stuff. Those cultures are much more widely accepted and socially considered than pro-wrestling ever was or will be. Pro-wrestling is the geekiest of the geekiest shit ever. In the real world, The Undertaker aka the Greatest Gimmick Ever is sub C-movie corny bullshit. Pro-wrestling acting is usually barely above classic porn flick level. So yeah, Omega does kinda goofy wide eyed facials, like Randy Savage and shit, and he does a pew pew with his fingers. The guy was a big star in Japan because of all of that (the video game connection, the maneurisms). And the fact he's like one of the greatest worker ever, but that's another story entirely. Cornette in 2020 ? Yeah, no. That ship has sailed a long time ago.
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    Wrestle Kingdom 14

    Or maybe Tana is just losing to Jericho. Tana is at the end of the road, so it's also a way of keeping Jericho strong for a big IWGP title match later on against Naito or whoever, once he's not the AEW champ anymore.
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    The length of wrestling shows & overkill

    This. Despite all the hype about it, NWAP Powerr for instance was kind of a chore to get through to me because there was jackshit in term of actual good wrestling and tons of time devoted to terrible acts like Aron Stevens and the Question Mark, or the Dawsons. With a super quick pacing that goes from one empty segment to another, 50 minutes can be a hell of a long time. Same thing for some MLW shows which have just the worst pacing. IMPACT always flies by. Some long NJPW shows are super easy to watch too despite the length. So yeah, perception of time is subjective and the length in itself matters less that what constitutes the show. (of course I still say that 90 mn is the perfect time for a weekly show and 3 hours should be the max for a usual PPV).
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    The Arn Anderson podcast

    Actually, the short lenght is also part of why this is so great, because not only does it flies by, but when the podcast is over I just can't wait until the following week to earn more from Arn. Yeah, this podcast is the best thing Conrad ever did (and man was I a doubter at first when it was announced).
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    The length of wrestling shows & overkill

    I can definitely relate to that. Plus, really bad can be funny, while mediocre means just there and boring more often than not. Awful but mercifully short always beats mediocre going long.
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    The Arn Anderson podcast

    This podcast is the gift that keeps on giving. The Arn goes back to WCW sheds quite a light on the business practices of Vince McMahon. The more you learn, the more of a dishonest power hungry con-man he comes off like.
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    Current New Japan

    Wasn't he taking part in the body building-thingy they were doing a few weeks ago ? I never got the whole veins sticking out from everywhere appeal...
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    Dave Meltzer stuff

    The episode with Pat Laprade is a must-listen, on many levels.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    This is so interesting on so many levels. It really seem like they still consider their NJPW stint as the peek of their career, despite not making a lot of money there. And yet the biterness of the break-up really sheds a light on why NJ and AEW really haven't cooperate at all and probably won't until something drastically changes. It's also striking how much the whole Kenny Omega not coming off like a star thing is an echo of real-life issue, as Omega really did seem heartbroken about the Japanese situation and looks like he's not that interested that much (for now ?) as making himself like a bigger than life star. The teasing at the end is interesting too, and this is something I hope will eventually happen in AEW.
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    AEW Dark Megathread

    One reason why this whole win/loss record isn't always a good thing, when Sami Gueverra, a featured member of the Inner Circle, whose nickname is the Spanish God, has a match with Brandon Cutler, who's basically a competitive jobber, and both their single records is 0-4, it kinda makes Sami looks like crap. So yeah, win/loss mattering is good, but keeping track of every record can be counter productive. A guy like the Sandman in ECW was losing all the time, but it did not matter. If you show the graphic of a pitiful record, with the idea that win/loss matters and perception being reality, I'm not sure it will help some of these acts get over. Joey Janela as Santa Claus was the most pro-wrestling thing ever. The Hipster Jesus in the crowd was quite funny. Fun match with Spears, who showed versatility working a rather comedic match. Not sure about Janela doing the Steve Austin bit at the end though. I realize Austin is bigger than just WWE-branded stuff in term of pro-wrestling legacy and it a call back to 20 years before, but still... That stuff works great on an indie show, not crazy about it on AEW TV. I guess the self-conscious aspect of AEW, especially on Dark, makes it irrelevant anyway, it's just a fun salute to the biggest star of the last 30 years.
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    MLW Fusion, anyone watching it?

    Second week of the Opera cup was more of the same, although no match was nearly as good as Thatcher vs Holliday. Hammerstone vs MJF was a cool old-school match with the usual heel vs heel teammates dynamics. I guess Aria Blake is gone. The suck-ass giant wasn't there either. Low-Ki vs DBS Jr. I strangely couldn't get into. Maybe I was burned out, but it seems they were trying a more Bloodsport like approach without really getting going. Dunno. The Warner vs Havoc match sucked but it was more of an angle and I guess with Kelly going with havoc and no woman match on either show thus far, it looks like the vaunted woman division is an afterthought. Totally wasting Salina's comeback with a lame bidding on a wrestler angle. The stuff in the streets of NYC ending up in the subway was kinda funny but I really don't look forward any Von Erich match. I enjoy the fact MLW does those outdoor stuff, but apart from the Warner vs Havoc GTA brawl, it doesn't always deliver something notable.
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    The length of wrestling shows & overkill

    Agreed. Instead of a new boom, it seems everyone is gonna suffer from having so many companies around. Scratch NXT and put AEW there and that would be me. Although I admit right now, the most fun promotion for me to follow remains IMPACT. And a billion times the bolded part. It's too bad LU did not get the audience it deserved, especially after the first three seasons. I have no idea what my pro-wrestling mix will be in 2020, but probably less than in 2019.
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    WWE TV 12/23 - 12/29 Holiday Season is Here

    That is seriously the most random reference on this board, ever ! Ulysse 31 ? Wtf ?!
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    AEW Dynamite- Dec 18, 2019

    Well, if I can say anything about AEW after this first "year", is that they need to work on follow-up hot stuff. And as much as I said before that there was time to focus on Omega and the Bucks in the future, I am feeling that they have indeed done damage to themselves, especially the Bucks, by losing too much at this point. The Dark Order angle was nowhere near as catastrophic as I heard it was. Not good either though, I was fine with them as a mid-card act. The focus on Inner Circle vs Elite was super promising, they should focus on that again. No MJF at all ? Was it because of MLW tapings again ? Ok, so now I can also say that Britt Baker doesn't work for me right now. She just isn't compelling on any level to me (I guess I'm late to the party but I wanted to give her some time). Needs more work. Not a fan at all of doing backstage stuff like the search for Nakazawa, that was WWE level bad. Watch IMPACT, that's how you do stuff. Statlander doing the Alien poke to Schiavone cracked me up. Just like his interaction with Jericho. Tony is great. Really enjoying Butcher & Blade & Bunny work/presentation/everything. The Jericho vs Jungle Boy match was clearly the highlight of the show. Tremendous stuff. So yeah, what AEW needs is more focus in the booking. Also, let's not get into more WWE-like stuff, I was perfectly happy with zero backstage segment.
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    AEW Dark Megathread

    That Britt Baker match was bad. As in, bad. She doesn't benefit from working so few matches a week, at this rate I don't see her improving very quickly. That multicolored jobber looked pretty terrible, on all front. Statlander vs Priestley on the other hand was quite the cool little Youtube match. That promo... Ok, so she's an alien. Sports-based approach baby ! I honestly can't wait to se more of Brandi's stuff. It has a bit of a Raven's Nest feel with the signs and such. Main event was very good, Orange Cassidy has been quite the success thus far. I wonder how long he will be seen as special the more he does stuff though. But yeah, amazing pop for his "hot" tag. PAC truly is a wonderful worker on every level. Janela was quite funny too, making fun of himself and his jelly belly. Next time I hope he mentions he has no basics, just for the sake of it. Give that guy something cool to do instead of a feud with Shawn Spears...
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    AEW Dynamite- Dec 18, 2019

    There's probably also something to be said about current society of social media and echo chambers and such good shit that makes everything über polarized, you have to be on one side or another and there's no middle or common ground, everything is either the greatest thing ever and legendary and such (billion likes, luv emoticons galore and constant self-validation) or the worst thing ever (the early reactions to the Librarians was batshit insane to me). People have no patience, people have no tolerance (which is ironic in a society which constantly reaches for tolerance as a value, but only tolerance for people who think the same as you because if that's not the case, then you feelings are hurt and the world has to apologize to *you*). Yeah, of course there is gonna be bad stuff on AEW TV. There already has been. So what ? They are a pro-wrestling company, of course you're gonna get bad stuff too. WWE is at an all time worst in term or booking per talent ration (never had so much talent, never booked as poorly), yet every time there's something that is questionable on AEW TV, or someone who doesn't get over (guess what, people not getting over happen all the time, everywhere), people act like it's the end of the world, like changes have to be made NOW, like the company is all of a sudden doomed. It's crazy.
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    The Wednesday Night War

    Meltz mentionned last week that AEW had pretty much as much viewers on DVR as they had live viewers, so there, they have not lost that much, people are just not watching it live anymore. He also said they were slowly losing the key demos though. Still, I'm amazed people are talking about this like it would put the entire company in jeopardy or something. I mean… IMPACT… (now, if IMPACT outlived a short AEW, then IMPACT really would look like the unkillable promotion of the universe). I'm also amazed that this "war" is talked about like both company are on equal footing. I mean, really ? In a real world that would make sense, NXT should have squashed AEW every week since day 1. They are a WWE brand. Not that I care one way or another really, I'm happy with whatever good stuff I can find outside of WWE. And becoming too successful is never a recipe for delivering good stuff for long (WCW past 97, WWF Attitude Era). I'm saying the same thing over and over again, I'm just glad AEW exists.
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    WWE TV 12/16 - 12/22 the road to Royal Rumble begins!

    I totally trust WWE to not understand Scarlett's act at all and make her another dumb/catty blonde (or redhead, whatever). And they have fucked over every great duo/couple act they ever had. Also, Scarlett shines at doing intergender stuff, which they won't do, so that goes out the window. Yeah, that's me speaking sad because I just wanted them so bad in AEW...