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I'm not sure if I have a list of matches but Bob Orton Sr. I think might actually be better than Jr. Just a real mean and ornery mf in the ring. Everything he does has such snap and edge to it. Almost like Fritz Von Erich if Fritz was athletic and could do grappling and athletic spots. He's very fast and snappy, faster than Jr. in the ring. Also had an absolutely brutal powerbomb he was doing in the early 50s. I see a lot more of Sr. in Randy's work and mannerisms than Jr. 

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NWA Chicago > New York > Southwest >>> LA. The stuff from LA sucks, imo. Just do not enjoy their group of guys that don't seem to make it out of that area as much, like Mr. Moto or Freddie Blassie or Baron Michele Leone

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I have a soft spot for the Baron. He does look a bit like Ron Jeremy though. I like the LA presentation a lot more than Chicago. I can't stand Russ Davis. I'll take Strongbow over him any day of the week. Plus LA has plenty of good workers like Lord James Blears, young Nick Bockwinkel, Enrique Torres, Leo Garibaldi, luchadores like Rita Romero.

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Lmao Ricki Starr out here doing ballet, Goldust spots, and Big E tier horny hips stuff in the 50s against a Nazi. At different points he appears to perform an oil check, at others he basically tea bags the dude before doing a backflip. Some of this would be pretty wild even today, let alone for sometime in the 50s. 

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I've been putting some WWECW on in the background lately. I know a big part of Christian and Matt Hardy's cases for GWE are their title reigns here, and maybe it's just me, but these 'very good' tv matches they're both supposed to have on this show, I just don't see it. Like they both have plenty of good matches, but they're just good, not great, and especially not all-time great stuff. Especially Hardy.

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16 minutes ago, Reel said:

I know a big part of Christian and Matt Hardy's cases for GWE are their title reigns here, and maybe it's just me, but these 'very good' tv matches they're both supposed to have on this show, I just don't see it. Like they both have plenty of good matches, but they're just good, not great, and especially not all-time great stuff.

Same thing for Christian in TNA, which basically sparked the fact he was pushed in WWECW when he came back. He had a lot of very good stuff, but even against AJ Styles he never had those great defining matches (and TONS of people have had great matches with AJ in TNA, including Abyss).

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I think it comes down to, for me anyway, the difference between a good TV match and a very good TV match, however you want to quantify that, just isn't that significant. So like, I'm in 2009, and Christian is having the best matches on the show for sure, but are they that much better than any other match on the show? No. So, for sure it comes down to what you value, and I don't think it's so much peak, in the way Rick Rude in WCW is a short peak, but in that these TV matches have a ceiling that isn't all that high.

In fairness though, I'm not watching the PPVs, which are certainly part of the equation, but when I've heard people talk about those guys, a lot of it was on the basis of these TV matches. 

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Sure I didn't mean 'peak' as in a period of time, I meant is as in 'how great is their very best work'. Maybe ceiling is the better word for that. In which case I'd agree that Christian's ceiling/peak stuff isn't Top 100 material, his case is that he has for many years very consistently put out lots of good-very good matches with virtually anybody he's been put up against.

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I finally updated the last year and a half of the New Footage Friday/Found Footage Friday Master List so now all 200+ entries are there.

This isn't a comprehensive list of all new potential footage for non-active GWE candidates since the last poll but it does give you a pretty good sense of what's shown up, a SC review, and quite often a youtube link if it's still up. It doesn't have the French reviews which is a different list I'd have to update.

http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/09/new-footage-friday-master-list.html

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How is everyone feeling now that we're a little over 20% done our journey? I had a rare quiet moment to sit down with a cup of coffee today and update my log for most of what I can remember watching for the past few months. This is the hardest part for me, finding the time to document everything, and I'm not using any formulas or equations or anything fancy here. But I know it's necessary for me to reevaluate everything when we start to approach the finish line. Watching the footage continues to be a blast and I'm pretty happy with the 200 or so matches I watched for GWE in year 1. If I break 1K for the project I'll feel like I've made a valiant effort for most of my names under consideration. I know there are folks out there watching at a more rapid pace and I tip my cap to you because this is definitely the best I can manage.

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I feel like if I had to make a list tomorrow, I could and it would be fine, but I wouldn't feel great about it. I'll probably feel the same way in 2026, but at least I'd have watched 4 more years of wrestling to inform my list. 

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