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  2. I feel like whatever the subject of the final Purge film is won't be as timely as they hoped it would be.
  3. I would say niche and being inclusive is part of the mainstream, but it's not THE mainstream if that makes any sense. I was going to use this as an addendum to my prior post, but I'll use it here: Kenya Barris is a pretty successful producer/showrunner right now. He has this new show called BlackAF. To be fair, I've never watched it (or any of his other shows since it's not my cup of tea). However, I've heard some of the hype/buildup that falls into my space of black/African-American politics and why this one in particular might be problematic. Basically, if you're Kenya Barris and your aim is to show how black rich people are underrepresented in society or how they struggle with their blackness, I don't know who you expect to catch in this net you're casting. You know why black wealthy people are underrepresented in television and film? Because essentially there are none. There is Oprah, Jay-Z, a few rappers, and a few pro athletes. There are about 40 million black people in the United States. Why would you think this is the time for "yeah, we gotta show how this extremely tiny subset of people live and personally interact." This is you doing too much. When you have something that niche you're trying to pull off, it comes off as a vapid and soulless (which looking at the critiques of this show, it seems like a recurring theme in the criticism). I remember when Channing Dungey, then ABC Entertainment president and now current Netflix VP for Original Content, was asked something to the effect of why there isn't a black show like Roseanne (which had just returned) instead of bringing back Roseanne. The TL:DR version of her answer was basically as much she would like a show like that, her job is wish fulfillment television. Hence, why black people got Scandal and blackish under her tenure at ABC. Keep in mind, Channing Dungey is black. Not only is she black, but she's one of the very, very few black people with any sort power in Hollywood. Think about that shit. You (as one of the few black people in your role in the entire world) bring back a show that depicts lower to middle lower class white life in a realistic manner (which made it super successful in the first place), but depicting black people outside of this imaginary existence/escape hatch is far from your grasp. Okay, got it. This is why I kinda always push back on certain forms of escapism. Why? Looking at what has gone on just in the past six or seven weeks alone in this country, you come off extremely tone deaf ESPECIALLY in hindsight. So...vapid, soulless, and tone deaf. Any of those adjectives or labels, you can put on pro wrestling. It's the reason why so many people like myself dropped out. For myself personally, it wasn't one big reason. It just took three insanely bad Raw episodes in a row like six or seven years ago and I was gone. Never really been back, and probably won't ever be back full time. That's what it took for me. If the object of the game is to get as many eyeballs on your show as possible, you cannot drop out of the mainstream in that way. At one point, it was called jumping the shark in television. Now there is something worse than that in televised entertainment: people not remotely giving shit and dropping like flies. This is what happened with pro wrestling. Moreover, unfortunately for wrestling, the whole term niche is designed to be not welcoming and also not inclusive. You cannot start a group and then invite everyone in. Then that's just called everybody, not a group. Part of being inclusive is also being at the same time...exclusive. As an heterosexual, black male, I cannot then say I am a gay or queer identifying white male...cause I'm not. If I was applying for a college scholarship to get black males in STEM or whatever years ago, you can fucking bet I want that shit to be exclusive as humanly possible to better my odds. Matter of fact, make that shit even more exclusive because I don't want someone fresh from Nigeria or Ghana or Senegal with two working professional parents getting a leg up on a scholarship that was designed for me with parents and grandparents who had to bare the bloody cost of living in this country for several generations. It's the reason I need the scholarship in the first place. By understanding that concept or principle, you know you start off filtering people when you're niche. You don't get elevated to a place where you just start adding fans in droves because you're looking for a certain category of people. Everybody else becomes expendable. That's not something I can see pro wrestling being able to afford. Baseball, even with abhorrent racists and other terrible people passing through, can afford it because it was engineered into the American way of life. You would never call baseball niche even when there is a work stoppage back in like 94 and people were taking huge dumps on the sport. Never. When people started hitting balls to the moon juiced out of their goddamn minds, people came back for a little while. Why? Because there is an attraction ingrained in people to watch something that's current, relevant, and (what they feel) is their birthright as American citizens to see. Being a part of the mainstream is a lot of things, but everything still revolves largely around timing and perception. You cannot escape that. Just like I brought up with Barris, his first attempt at this concept was a smash hit (blackish). A lot of that could be contributed to it coming in the Obama era when the door was wide open for any and everything black, regardless of quality. His second attempt, blackAF, was a huge swing and a miss. Wrong time and wrong place, baby. It probably (dare I say likely) only got renewed cause Netflix gave Barris some money, and they've got to make stealing Barris, Dungey, and Shonda Rimes from ABC worth it. Hence, my content mill assessment earlier. However, they could never replicate their success at ABC with Netflix because it was built on a dishonest (at least intellectually) foundation in the first place. You're just throwing shit at the wall, hoping it works. Again, you can use this same logic to describe the current state of pro wrestling. You cannot flail this wildly and not appear to be desperately clinging to relevance. It's too evident.
  4. I have no experience buying from LRG themselves, but I did get the collector’s edition they had for a short time of Cosmic Star Heroine for the PS4 from eBay. Mainly just wanted the game and soundtrack, but having a Sega CD style case, two lengthy booklets and a poster were just icing on top. One of the rare times that I’ve played a game on one console (Switch) and bought it on another (PS4).
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  6. I don't know what the economics of Ivy League sports are, but I would be willing to bet that they would happily burn down all of their spring sports in order to have something resembling a normal football season. Or just keep what they need to maintain the appearance of Title IX compliance.
  7. I absolutely LOVE Butcher & Blade. I was kinda impartial to Lucha Bros. I'm actually really happy they're pals! I like the dynamic of two heel teams that get along (and gel) together so well. Not much to add to the 8 man match that hasn't already been said, it was quite enjoyable. Cassidy/Jericho definitely was the match of the night, we kept thinking Orange was going to pull it off, but deep down kinda knew Jericho was going to win. Not mad at all about it, cause it was neck and neck for a while.
  8. Ironically, according to JR, their plans pre-COVID was to start running limited house show dates.
  9. I love that my wife and I are so compelled by the Cutler/Avalon story that's been developing on Dark. Every time we see them we want them to win just so much more. It's been a while since I've felt that way about a wrestler, it's quite refreshing. Glad I got to see my boy FABOO ANDRE again, if only for a little bit. LOVE The Butcher more and more these past few weeks, dude just screams pro wrestling.
  10. @Elsalvajeloco Honestly, those things probably explain why pro wrestling is still so "up to date" more than anything. Ultimately, Wrestling is niche, but "niche" is the mainstream right now. With how inclusive and how welcoming popular culture is right now, there's no longer one distinct way to experience culture at this point and time- and in all likeliness, there never will be again. We're in a post-zeitgeist society: Any specific person now has the power to decide what culture is important to them, personally- and then they can curate their cultural experience to reflect what they already decided was important to them. While previous cultural shifts had a distinct form and feel to it, in this time period, pop culture is whatever you, personally, want it to be. With that in mind, you can't have ONE gimmick that specifically dictates how pro wrestling represents popular culture at large, because pop culture is "I care about this thing, and that fact makes this thing culturally important." You can't have your finger on the pulse of society anymore, because the pulse of society is YOUR pulse, and what YOU like matters, and anything you don't like is completely unimportant.
  11. Nah, it should be reverse that print, like you sandblast in art class in middle school. That way there's more mirror-part for the coke to go on. You don't want to scrape on the paint, that'd drive your nerves up the wall. Coincidentally I still have the Sepultura and ECW mirrors I made in middle school haha
  12. I still can;t be bothered to give a fuck. I just have no interest in a new person in the cowl, especially only a season in. Still not sure why they want a new character so badly.
  13. Mia/Candice did little for me. Something about thee two against each other just doesn't work well whenever I see it. Gargano/Swerve was good and another match that makes me wonder why they haven't actually done anything with Swerve as a character yet. Mercedes re-debut was decent if maybe a bit much on her no selling Santana at times. El Legado del Fantasma vs. Drake/Breezango was solid. Lee/Cole was about what I expected. Lee on offense was good Whenever it came around to Cole it fell a little flat to me. Lee taking the Panama Sunrise was just dumbass and unnecessary. I'm just happy Lee is finally champ. It really should have happened 3-6 months ago, but I'm just happy to see it done now. Only thing that worries me is Karrion Kross. This is a match that really shouldn't be happening this soon as a loss will hurt and undercut one of them. EDIT: Also did anyone else laugh at the tale of the tapes pic claiming Cole to be 6' and 210 lbs?
  14. For a company that ran house shows, Sky to me is your first name out of the blocks house show opener veteran babyface guy. As it is, I’m not sure what you do with him.
  15. Yeah, he was one half of the first tag team champions in company history and then transitioned into a really well played mini-feud with Jericho and since then has kinda sunk into the background. He's got a lot of qualities but I'm not sure he has it but even then he's definitely a guy you want around. Charismatic, pretty good talker, super athlete that is silky smooth in the ring, and solid psychology. I think he's kinda like Cage almost, in that they are both lacking that killer intensity when called upon. He had more than Cage's shown, to Scorpio's credit during that Jericho run though. So yeah. What do you do with a guy that is so obviously good but in a company where there are too many guys around that level and above?
  16. Wouldn't WWE own the IP rights to the FTW Title? Just curious...
  17. Scorpio Sky is in this weird place where he seems to be "have a good match" guy on Dark every week but they don't seem to have something else for him to do right now. Theoretically that's the kind of guy you'd want to put your secondary belt on but that's kind of locked down on Cody for the forseeable future.
  18. Great write up, @Oyaji. I was trying to formulate how I’d compare AEW to 90’s AJPW booking and you phrased it better than I could and included newer Japanese booking.
  19. Mike Awesome cut some beauts in FMW too. "GONNA KICK YER ASS TONIGHT, HAYA-BOOOOSA!" *stumbles over a guy in hallway and shouts "oh shit!" HAYABOOSIE
  20. So who does Cage intentionally lose a strap match to in order to dump Taz?
  21. Also, where are you supposed to go with OC if he won tonight? I realize he's not the easiest guy to book but I feel like there's more story to tell with OC this way. You know what the downside version of Jericho/OC could have been? Jericho/Fandango WM29. It wasn't. I'm very happy about that.
  22. Me to J.T.: You deserve that, you lucky bastard Grrrrrr...
  23. I agree with the consensus that it’s time to take the next step with Omega/Hangman. This phase of the story has been told. At this point, they have to know that there aren’t going to be any fans for All Out, and there’s no sense in holding back anymore. It’s time to turn on the juice again.
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