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  1. Beast

    Dave Meltzer stuff

    The star ratings deal is not a huge issue or anything, but it's led me to realize I have no real reason to subscribe to the Observer site anymore. Observer since 2005, F4W Online since 2007, but I don't enjoy the current WWE product at all and have finally stopped watching or following online completely. And Dave's opinion seems less and less consistent and relevant. Excited for this full site to open in July and I am listening to the PTBN and PWO podcasts much more than the Observer ones now.
  2. Beast

    Dave Meltzer stuff

    I would LOVE to see you tackle another era like the Highway To Hell project. That's one of the peak threads in this site's history.
  3. Beast

    Dave Meltzer stuff

    My annoyance has nothing to do with what he rates 5-stars and above. It's him trying to rewrite history and pretend this has always been an option. Whenever anyone asks him about going above 5-stars for Omega/Okada, he pulls out the "it's been this way since 1989", when it's obvious that he didn't even realize he gave a Flair/Steamboat house show match 6-stars until some reader brought it up. He's pretending there's a method to his madness rather than just admitting he was blown away by these new matches and so he readjusted the scale. By pulling out the "1989 card" whenever he's criticized, it ensures he never has to give an actual reason or engage in actual discussion. And yeah, when there's ten 5-star matches, plus six 6/7-star matches in the past 18 months, it devalues his opinion. The people coming out to blindly defend him on Twitter are just as bad as those sent by Russo and Prichard. It also stinks of PR strategy so people will pay $65 dollars to watch him and Alvarez answer questions live at NJPW San Fran and All In.
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    Dave Meltzer stuff

    I'm a Dave apologist, but his defense for the 7-star rating is turning me off. He keeps going back to the idea that he's been giving out star ratings higher than 5 since 1989, but: 1) No one, including him, had been calling a Flair/Steamboat house show match as the peak match in all of wrestling history. And the Misawa/Kawada 6-star rating is something no one even knew existed. I don't even know if it's written in the Observer from that period. Now he's constantly going back to these as evidence that the star-rating system has never had a ceiling. 2) He's retweeting people who say 5-stars means match of the year, 6-stars means match of the decade, and now 7-stars means match of a lifetime. So that means from when Funk/Lawler or Dynamite/Tiger or whatever received 5-stars, only Flair/Steamboat and Misawa/Kawada were better? And that now nearly every Omega, Okada, Naito, and Takahashi is better than 99.9999 % of all matches ever? I give Dave a lot of credit and defend most of his more controversial opinions, but this is plain bull. He's constantly harping on Bruce Prichard for lies and "working", but his attempts to defend "breaking" his star rating system after the fact is just as embarrassing.
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    Dave Meltzer stuff

    I think it all comes from a place of disappointment, that the top wrestling reporter (or whatever) is essentially Scott Keith. Sorry, but that's the height of pettiness and taking wrestling ratings too seriously. This was the culmination of a series between two guys that Meltzer has praised every single time as building on previous matches. By his account (and many many other fans), this went above and beyond and was the best match of the series. Why wouldn't he call it the greatest match he's ever seen? And why does it matter to you? I can't believe all the hate that builds up here every time Dave loves a New Japan match. He's not an outlier and you're kidding yourself if you think the majority of fans that agree with him are doing so solely to seem as wrestling-smart as he is.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I can believe they were panicking and shell-shocked and didn't know what to do with the news Benoit was likely responsible, but then don't trot people out to praise Benoit that night.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Watching OVW footage from that era leads me to believe the actual footage itself is poor quality. Maybe that's why they haven't put a ton up on the network.
  8. First I've seen of Dinsmore pre-Eugene. He reminds me of Matt Borne, in that everything small detail he does is interesting. I remember now how disheartening it was for him to be wasted as Eugene. Not that he didn't do anything on the main roster, but I wish he'd had a chance to play a Mr. Wrestling type role. He'd have done well as a Tim Woods tribute act. There were some fantastic tag maneuvers here, which is not a surprise with Cornette booking. Both teams had very fun, creative double-teams and there were a number of cool one on two attacks with Dinsmore and Damaja using the Disciples against each other. Cornette is unbearable on commentary. I've been watching some Attitude Era Raw's where he's fantastic and I think the difference is here he's the lead announcer overwhelming Dean Hill. With Jim Ross, Cornette has a lot more back and forth. Here he's just screaming and calling every single move and it's exhausting.
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    PWO Marketplace

    I've been on magazine buying sprees in the past and with something like this I'd probably buy even more.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Lol, for sure. Absolutely. I'll be fine as long as they do at least 1 match every week, but you are definitely correct.
  12. Beast

    WWE Hidden Gems

    Come on, have to remember when they were doing dumps of 20 it would be a mix of actual "hidden" gems and before they were stars TV matches. We get someone new each week, some of them will be not as exciting. For context, the new gem this week is Leviathan (Batista) vs. Kane from OVW Christmas Chaos 2001.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I'm probably wrong, but I also think it might have to do with Punk.
  14. Considering the ratings have fallen each year, I wonder what happens when this continues for Fox and NBC? I'd have to think by year 3, they've come to terms with the fact they overpaid for a dwindling property.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    I think last week they were revealed on Monday, but today being a holiday probably threw that off. The random dumpings in the past have always been revealed beforehand so fingers crossed we get a new list tomorrow or Wednesday. I don't know if they'll be dropping 20 a week though. That seems fairly extravagant.
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