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  1. 10 points
  2. Maybe everyone is at fault and who gives a shit.
    8 points
  3. So NJPW builds their USA expansion around The Elite, then The Elite announces that nah, we are leaving and starting our own company that will operate in USA... Why would NJPW be happy with that and continue promoting them past WK?
    8 points
  4. That is ridiculous that they had a #1 contender win a match for a date she wouldn't be able to make. I love an AEW defense but that is so bad.
    7 points
  5. The Elite leaving pretty much sank the possibility of a successful American expansion, and Omega and the Bucks used their NJPW-created stardom as a launching pad to start a rival organization that helped to kill the aforementioned expansion. And NJPW is supposed to promote and thank them? Ridiculous. Also, the answer to "who gives a shit" here is always "a board full of devoted wrestling fans," so I'm not sure why that ever gets rolled out.
    6 points
  6. That pettiness came from Omega and the Bucks, not NJPW. NJPW were the ones that wanted to put Omega over Tanahashi then run Omega/Okada at MSG, Kenny turned it down then pouted on Twitter for weeks about NJPW not catering to his artist self whining because he didn't get his match with Ibushi. The Bucks blew off the Tag League, then touted on social media how it wasn't worth their time and bitched about the money, then politicked their way into the Tag Title match at the Dome anyway with an angle that was so well recieved that you could hear a gnat fart in the building. Those thre
    6 points
  7. I know objectively that's a real wrestler and I've seen match footage with my own two eyes but every time I see someone mention the wrestler named "Big Daddy Yum Yum" my first response is still "that sounds made up."
    5 points
  8. Exactly. Its not even completely a pettiness deal. Bucks and Omega expecting some kind of nice sendoff was arrogant bullshit on their parts. FFS they shit talked NJPW to Meltzer before they even left. Why the hell would they be given a nice sendoff?
    5 points
  9. Great photo. Liking how Zelina Vega's covering Rey's face up with her hand. Never break up Andrade and Zelina.
    5 points
  10. Simple explanation they should've given: Kris's visa had expired and she had to go back to her home planet to get things straightened out.
    4 points
  11. I have a hard time writing an obit on NJPW's "golden age" when they still have Tana, Naito, Jay White, etc. etc. etc. Okay, maybe the plans for major US expansion got back-burnered, but that's hardly the end of the world. I'd venture to say that they didn't lose a single hardcore fan as a result of the aborted expansion. And before anyone jumps in babbling about the casual fans, that isn't NJPW's market in the States and never has been. The hardcores (like me) are the ones buying merch as fast as they can get it, NJPW is just fine as a Japanese promotion with a strong niche fanbase in the US.
    4 points
  12. Forget Tana. Shooter Stevens vs Yano is the match.
    4 points
  13. Oh yeah, 40 minute matches between Nick Aldis and Hiroshi Tanahashi is what the people really want.
    4 points
  14. NJPW and NWA. Shooter Stevens vs Tana.
    4 points
  15. Pro wrestling should always offer variety in styles. Might be the single biggest problem I have with WWE, how samey so many matches are.
    3 points
  16. I now want Britt Baker to squash Riho AND Statlander just to read the online meltdowns here afterward.
    3 points
  17. The rankings are a joke and should be abolished.
    3 points
  18. I mean, a group of authors managed to keep consistent story points and knowledge of what each were doing through 381 books, why the hell did Lucasfilm and Disney let 5 movies get out of control?
    3 points
  19. They really need to get this shit straight.
    3 points
  20. I believe you mean they are working out every wide receiver that was once on the Patriots roster at any time this season this morning in anticipation of a possible Super Bowl matchup. At least the Saints steal opponents game plans the old fashioned way. 2 weeks of Patriots/Saints Super Bowl hype might legit make me quit football if it happens.
    3 points
  21. The other thing that may have sunk NJPW conquering the US is that while there are undoubtedly a contingent of real fans, a lot the "New Japan fans" in the States are actually "the last half of WrestleKingdom" fans. What I mean is, having a big show in the states or putting big matches on someone else's show is a what most people want. They want Okada/Omega or Tanahashi/Ibushi or Ospreay/Takahashi. Some fans want the G1, but most fans just want the finals. An actual touring promotion with all the meaningless 6 and 8-man tags is way harder to sell without more developed TV (or online) presence.
    3 points
  22. 3 points
  23. Whoa, that's one helluva comparison that I think we can all agree on. And to tie it together you have Bully Ray working there in some capacity with them doing some shows at the 2300 Arena. But I would argue that the lowest of lows for ECW while still bad were still not as bad as it is for ROH.
    3 points
  24. That just accentuates the parallels between ROH and ECW even more. Both gained their original cult followings during a relative down period during the main U S. players tenure on top (93-96 for WWF and WCW, and then post-Attitude/pre-Cena in the main event for WWE). And then as both upstart promotions rise in prominence, the largest player in the game starts to scoop talent up, the house style changes to slowly integrate more and more elements that got the upstarts noticed to begin with, and then the upstarts become less special and husks of their former selves.
    3 points
  25. This might well be an age thing... Recall just how bad 1990s WWE was. Suddenly, there was this little fed in Philly that was the coolest thing most of us had ever seen... With the benefit of hindsight it's easy to say that ROH delivered a superior wrestling product, but those of us that remember the early days of ECW will never forget how it made us feel.
    3 points
  26. I for one am shocked, just shocked, that a wrestling promotion would bury talent on their way out of the promotion.
    3 points
  27. They aren't indentured servants. They took a far better deal as any reasonable person would. They gave proper notice unlike Styles, Gallows, and Anderson by the sounds of it. Those three helped their western expansion tremendously. Instead of gratitude or graciousness, there was pettiness in how they handled the Omega/Tanahashi build and the NY Dash show. They along with ROH then refused to work with AEW to their own detriment. ROH is a husk of its former self and NJPW basically just announced the death of their own US expansion by saying they're done with TV in that market. There is litt
    3 points
  28. That is why you can never go wrong with gift cards.
    3 points
  29. Reunited and it feels so good...
    3 points
  30. Those people were hanging from the rafters and I won't hear different.
    2 points
  31. Honestly, I think there are more threads picked up from TLJ than dropped. Various thoughts: Kylo Ren: I think he spends most of the movie pissed off about Palpatine. His entire character arc in TLJ was to hit the point where he (they) could and should move on from everything that came before, and here, after all that, is not just Palpatine back, but Palpatine revealing that he was behind everything from the get go. Moreover, he has a fleet that dwarfs the First Order's. He chafes under this (and probably the realization that even if everything goes well, he'll just be saddled with all of
    2 points
  32. It's not the end of the world, but it's a really bad look. When it seems you can't use a calendar when setting up matches with someone who has other dates arranged weeks in advance. . . someone dropped the ball. Whether it was Kris in not clarifying her schedule or Khan/Omega in not planning around it, that's a big YIKES.
    2 points
  33. He is - I am pretty sure Dolfan confused him and Antonio Brown
    2 points
  34. Look...You can get the possibility of Matt Taven vs anyone from NJPW or you can have Cage, Moose, Callihan, and various tag teams mixing it up with dudes from NJPW. Personally, I'll take SANADA giving the Skull End to Callihan and becoming Impact world champion. No matter what though, they're still on access so nothing is going to improve business that much, but at least it's better than what ROH is now.
    2 points
  35. Isn't that what they usually do tho? Like when Bryan won the title it was straight into the Kane feud.
    2 points
  36. Some fun trivia I just read on Daily Grindhouse
    2 points
  37. Whilst it is possible to state a theory that Black Panther is very much an American film made by Americans, projecting a fantastical American vision of (a fictional country in) Africa that would be meaningless to most actual Africans... Gilliam is doing a pretty shit job of making that point. And as far as I know, most African people who watched Black Panther thought it was brilliant. It's one thing to go all 'cultural studies professor being contrarion' on matters such as these, but considering how much that movie meant to millions of people all around the world, criticising it strongly and w
    2 points
  38. I went halfsies with my daughter's stepdad on the cost of a 2009 Saturn VUE that was literally driven to the grocery store and back since it has like 12K miles on it. We got it from a local auto auction for a pittance, but it needs a little work He is an auto-mechanic so I will foot the cost for parts and he'll provide the labor. My daughter will be a licensed motorist very soon with a vehicle of her own.
    2 points
  39. Dude spent most of his early life in Minnesota. How has he not learned how to do that yet?
    2 points
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