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  1. Whoever was saying maybe Stu Grayson would end up back in AEW.... you called it! https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1636545766058766342
    6 points
  2. Rock/Foley/Too Cool/Rikishi vs HHH/X-Pac/Saturn/Benoit/Malenko.
    5 points
  3. Oh and while I'm not big on the Saraya stuff, her shouting out. "I am a miracle!" was a good bit.
    5 points
  4. I hate that Twitter stuff either works or doesn't (thanks, Tesla dude!) But Stu was such a needed missing piece for Dark Order that I'm incredibly happy to see him back. I'm so here for him and Uno to tear it up and unleash The Fatality on many a team. And you know what, fuck it let's put some respect on that graphic. Also wanted to point out Hangman alluded to The Elite on this weeks BTE. He accidentally touched the photo of him with them, looked at it for a few seconds then turned it around. It almost seems like a crutch to go back to this but his stuff with The Elite is one of my favorite angles they've done. So yeah let's see how things go. Oh, and I quickly found out that as much as I love Taya my wife has a HUGE crush on her. So needless to say her signing with AEW was very exciting news. If things work out like I'm hoping I can see Taya win the TBS title but it also depends on where things are with Statlander's recovery. If not that then once this Outcast stuff is mercifully done I can see her going after Hayter.
    5 points
  5. MJF beating Sting in his retirement match to retain, and then Darby avenging Sting by winning the belt makes the most sense
    4 points
  6. Really like the Proving Ground stip of "beat the champ or last ten minutes." It adds an element not in those Elevation Eliminator matches. There was plenty to like here in the Mack vs Claudio match itself. Mack was dealing with someone more powerful than he was used to, someone that can create narrative opportunities through his strength alone, but likewise, Claudio was dealing with someone he couldn't just power over. He had to work at everything. That meant going to punches and strikes more than throws to open him up. It meant that every actual move Claudio hit felt impactful and impressive and meaningful. Likewise Mack, even with something like a Samoan Drop. I thin we're starting to see an almost Jumbo-ian hypocrisy from Claudio where he feels like he's honorable but his actions start to say otherwise. There were things I liked in Dante vs Bennett. The pile driver on the ramp, the idea that Bennett took things personally and was trying to hurt Dante. Dante's selling and fighting from underneath. I like all of that. It's so important for a babyface like Dante to find that balance between selling and selling and selling and always trying to swipe up and get a shot in. I have nitpicks. I don't know about that package pile driver into a powerbomb with Dante's hurt shoulder. He could have just fallen down with the pile driver instead? I didn't like the second strike exchange. I wish Dante would have hesitated for just a half second before his finisher even though he did sell after. But overall, this was a solid TV match and Dante has so, so much upside. Speaking of great babyfaces, Slim J is a great babyface. Here though, he's a guy getting legitimate heat in 2023. He and Davari did a great job taking all of Blake and Metalik's stuff. Another thing I really like about Slim J is that while he has all sorts of crazy, innovative stuff, he'll also just do a snap suplex to control ring positioning and move things along during the heat. It's not what you do but how and why you do it. I would have liked the Eddie match to go another couple of minutes so I could write about it on Monday but it was exactly what it should have been and the Claudio moment was a good "bump" by Claudio as he really got the coffee all over himself. Athena vs Hyan was good. Athena has to hit the initial forearm/elbow without any twists and turns at least half of the time so it's good whenever she does. Doing that allows for the inversions to resonate and matter. That's part of the purpose of squashes anyway, right? I liked Hyan's intensity early and Athena's instinctive motions. She has this great, electric way of moving that reminds you of an early Randy Savage or heel Piper where you just don't know if she'll zig or zag and it makes everything feel unpredictable and dangerous relative to everything around her. I'm glad the Yuka match is still on. Silas Young does a bunch of stuff I wouldn't expect Silas Young to do (and some of the stuff I would). I don't know how I feel about this yet. I'll hesitate to say "Let's tag him with Lance Archer." yet. Maybe he's more of a Brian Cage partner instead..... Lee Moriarty? Is that a thing? Liked that it took both boys to chip away at one member of the Embassy. Brandon sure took a beating. Dalton as a hot tag is basically like a Steiner Brother. This did feel a little like a match they were obligated to get through before moving on to the next thing and at least the next thing will be fresh. While it's a bit of a shame Adora wasn't focused more over the last couple of years in AEW, at least she adds something that makes ROH feel different than other AEW TV. Daniels/Sydal vs Outrunners was a blink and miss it sprint. I liked the call that both teams were just trying to score a quick win and putting it all out there but it was pretty insubstantial. Connors is kind of amusing as a guy who just charges at you like a doofus. This is the first of these title defenses where Yuta starts to feel like he's coming into his own with certain holds/manipulation, the use of the ropes and the punches, etc. Being a tweener/heel lets him do that a little more. It's a lot of wrestling! But it's good.
    4 points
  7. Daddy Magic is a real treasure
    4 points
  8. ROH is the BEST. I would make room for it. Do what I did, RETIRE!
    4 points
  9. When was the last time anybody did a tuxedo match on television (or not on television)? Jeff showing up prepared in a full white tux and Orange pissing him off by showing up in a tie dye suit or something... Jeff loses and he's wearing TNA boxers...lots of material there...
    4 points
  10. Jey's face when Sami said "you wanted to hit Roman" that 'this fucker is right but I'm still mad about it' face was perfect. Holy shit this story is so fuckin fun and good and everything that a story told through the lens of pro wrestling should be.
    3 points
  11. We should've seen this coming. A school with a train mascot going to Ohio.
    3 points
  12. My comment wasn't related to size at all. Notice my MJF / Darby / Sammy / Jungleboy comps were Triple H, Mick Foely, Austin & The Rock. It's not about size or look as much as just having new fresh guys at the top. But you have to pick the right guys for that to work. And they have to get over. I'm on board with 3 out of the 4. But I don't see it for Sammy. I think Starks def belongs in that 4h spot. And all 5 of these potential options are up for debate. Some people thought Test was a better choice for the top of the card than Triple H back in the day for example. My greater point tho was you can't stick to what you've been doing if you want to grow. What you're doing gets you to where you're at. Then you level off. You have to mix in some new faces and take a few gambles to see if it can get you beyond where you're at. Get to the next level. Sicking with Mox & Jericho as world champions here feels like a mistake and going with new acts on top is the right call. It's just which new acts are right for it. I know you're not an MJF fan. So maybe if it wasn't MJF & it was someone like Starks that got the MJF run you'd have a different opinion?
    3 points
  13. That's Justin Credible!!!
    3 points
  14. This should be Dante Martin's finisher .
    3 points
  15. Featuring Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Rey Fenix for Hobbs' TNT Championship and Brody King vs. Daniel Garcia.
    2 points
  16. I think Flair and Bret both have lots of matches that deviated from what you'd say would be their formula. The Young Bucks vs. Hangman/Omega comes to mind for them. That was very much more of a traditional tag and layout where the drama of the story took precedence. For John Cena I assume you mean the 2005-ish era Cena. He had a really great 2007 against a variety of opponents but none better than Umaga and their Last Man Standing match at Royal Rumble was a classic monster heel performance that made Cena desperate and go to places where you wouldn't normally see a top babyface go.
    2 points
  17. This might be the craziest thing anyone has ever said in this board. In Kaep's worst season he threw 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His second worse season he threw 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. How can you possibly believe that Kaep was ever anywhere close to Nathan Peterman who has thrown 4 touchdowns in his entire career?
    2 points
  18. The fact that we never got a Paul White - Marko Stunt sitcom is an embarrassment to the business.
    2 points
  19. Spoken like someone who quit WCW at the right time! I think I saw enough of them in 2000 to last me a lifetime.
    2 points
  20. Lance Reddick was so fucking awesome in everything he did. Oz, the John Wicks, Fringe, The Wire.... hell he was the only redeeming thing about that otherwise awful Resident Evil series Netflix put out last year. What a shame. Only 60 too. Dude should have been able to keep acting another 15 years at least.
    2 points
  21. Great day today seeing Scream VI with my Sister, her first cinema trip in 18 years as she has right bad anxiety. For that reason, it's a day I'll long remember. We really enjoyed the film with nods to past entries, rules references and what the past can do to us. Scream slasher staples (check that alliteration out). You do need to stay when the credits roll as there's a post-credits scene. Here's how I'd rank the Scream films: 6. Scream 3 (2000). 5. Scream 4 (2011). 4. Scream (2022). 3. Scream VI (2023). 2. Scream 2 (1997). 1. Scream (1996).
    2 points
  22. Carmella is near the bottom as far as talent goes, but that says more about the greatness of the women's roster than it does anything negative about Carmella. She's legitimately great at the character, but when you have to compete with Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Charlotte, Asuka, and Becky Lynch, being a great character still only gets you so far.
    2 points
  23. That very well could be the case, but that means you need to carry 3 quarterbacks, because there is no justification for actually putting him on the field. He's legitimately that bad. That also sounds like an assistant coach more than a backup quarterback.
    2 points
  24. Been to long since we’ve had a something on a pole match
    2 points
  25. WWE question: Am I crazy in thinking that nearly everyone on the main roster right now is at least very good? The one guy who actively isn’t is Top Dolla, but he is really green and should still be in NXT. Dom deserves all his rave reviews for his character work. But in his recent matches - he hit all his spots clean, he has a really killer frog splash and he has really good heel timing. He won’t have any traditional five star matches but he will Even people who make me snooze like Karrion Kross can have really good matches. It’s just the character and presentation aren’t for me. But an example of how he’s good: They botched a fireball thing against Drew and had to improvise and covered it really well. You don’t do that without being skilled. Maybe Omos? But he’s used in limited doses and just does a snarling mean giant thing, and that’s fine. Maybe Carmella? She’s more shtick and not put in lengthy matches. Even when she’s in a match against someone she’s usually at least passable. I am really hard pressed to think of anyone who just flat out sucks. Dexter Lumis is fine. Austin Theory has had some good matches. Dolph and The Miz are stale but good gatekeepers. (And The Miz isn’t even stale.) Bray’s current gimmick even lost me (the biggest Wyatt’s mark) but if you’re the leader of a stable who had one of the handful of best wrestling matches of the century and a bunch of other bangers you know how to work. Just he needs an editor real bad.
    2 points
  26. The first ROH episode was really good, despite awful platform. Peppering the roster with New Japan folks makes it even more hardcore.
    2 points
  27. ATHENA with the greatest promo EVER! LADY BALLS~!
    2 points
  28. Yea there was no real suspense in that main event but I was still rooting for Fury lol
    2 points
  29. Another fun show. In-Ring ROH continues to deliver, a bit less so on the mic here. So great to see Willie Mack continuing to showcase his tremdenous skillset in ROH/AEW rings. Loved the finish with Claudio's rocket launching upper cut. Nice little Mark Briscoe video package. Good to see the Rampage promo on here with the Tag Title ladder match announcement. Dante-Bennett was fantastic. I'm with @Dean on this being the best Dante Martin match yet. Mike Bennett is easily one of the most underrated wrestlers in 2023. Simple but effective set-up for Taven-Darius. NIce tag bout with B. Christian/Metalik v Ari/Slim J. J continues to be a highlight of any show he's on. He's as good as anybody on this roster. Blake Christian and Metalik are a neat duo. Pasty white Christian has something special. Kingston-Jeeves was a solid enhancement outting. The Claudio coffee spill was a bit goofy, but not not fun. Athena-Hyan totally hit the mark after a shaky section early. Athena is just wonderful. Her promo, tho off the cuff fun (lady balls), suggests a mouthpiece might be a good idea. Silas Young-Marcus Cross was exactly what I hoped it would be. Young has a lot to offer inside the squared circle. I wonder if he might find his best place in a hard nosed Anderson style tag team? Marcus Cross continues to impress. Such a great 'hand'. The promo battle between Young and Shane Taylor felt a bit forced. Taylor should wear that looser casual wear look in-ring. It's a better presentation fit for him. I wish Taylor had just cut a promo later with Lexi addressing Young. Dueling mics should be kept to a minimum and only where it makes sense. This did not. Also, strange choice to carry out a poor shot of Young quietly walking to the back rather than cutting away to commentary or the back. Neat trios battle followed. Dalton Castle clap clap clap-clap-clap! 2/3 Lanny Poffo, 1/3 Steiner! Toa gets lost in there sometimes. Kaun would benefit more from working with a veteran/mentor rather than green machine Toa, but they do seem to be slowly finding their way in tandem. I missed most of Rayne-Adora. Goddamn, goddamn - The Outrunners! Not so much into the lame duck Sydal/Daniels team. I'm really hoping Daniels goes heel sooner than later. The mic work that followed this match was pretty awkward. Especially Daniels weirdly calling himself and Sydal 'Silver Foxes'. Neat to hear Mark Davis talk, but he and Fletcher are still developing. These duelling mic spots might be better if the guys went the extra 10 feet to the ring. When you're just planting the seed of a feud, duelling mics feel unnecessary and contrived. A little diss in a taped promo is a little less glamourous but more appropriate in both situations this evening. Clark Connors mic and character work leaves a lot to be desired, but in-ring he's a tight little machine. Yuta tho still green on the mic is nicely progressing. And obviously he's a special performer in-ring already. Dug the Main Event Pure Title bout. And the ROHTVstream goes 3 for 3, but there was some odd flow - like Jeeves suddenly in a taped promo after being beaten by Kingston. His sell of his arm while smiling heelishly didn't quite work. Mark Sterling continues to be a nice addition here - bettering on his often goofy AEW output. In ring ROH continues to be an A, on the mic this was the weakest of the three episodes. That said, this streaming show is a great place to try stuff out and get reps, so no complaints. Shibata-Yuta, Briscoe-Joe, Kingston-Claudio, Yuka-Athena etc. already make this Supercard of Honor an easy sell.
    2 points
  30. I can 100% believe TK (the former poster here who may have voted in the Mid South 80s set) would book a tribute to that match.
    2 points
  31. OC wears one of those tshirts that has a tuxedo print like he was getting married in a tacky Vegas wedding. We need a new gimmick match between these two until it’s a tuxedo in a cage with the cole miners glove on a pole match for the climax
    2 points
  32. Thrilled that he won himself a new contract, very well deserved coming off last night!
    2 points
  33. Claudio/Mack was fun. Quick but pretty fast paced and the great running Uppercut finish came out of nowhere. Dante/Bennett was fantastic with some good time to it. Athena/Hyan delivered as expected and Athena's backstage promo later was epic. Great work and Athena/Yuka is gonna rule at Supercard. Love seeing Silas Young back in the ROH mix and his excellent theme music. Hell yes to Silas vs Shane Taylor, looking forward to that showdown. Trios title match was a blast. Adora/Madison was short but very good as well. Loved Madison's crucifix bomb and Adora's finish looked stellar. Felt like a big time win for Adora going forward. I dig seeing Daniels & Sydal together as a team and all the going over of history from 2006. I don't imagine they'll be champs but I'd pop for it if they won. Real solid main event. I like Yuta as a TV Title type kind of guy with these pure title defenses and how he pulls out the victory. Connors looked good. Great 10 minutes in another great episode. Post-match callout rules, Yuta/Shibata will be amazing.
    2 points
  34. Yo!!!! That's f'n awesome!!! Thanks, TK.
    2 points
  35. https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1636545766058766342 Problems embedding - but Stu Grayson is "once again" All Elite! LFG
    2 points
  36. Lord there had to be a better way to phrase that not sure wether to make an L7 or a singles reference about the outcasts so I’ll say they got attacked by Big Star liked most everything felt the main event could have been a bit more abridged and QT could be a decent scumbag manager but yhea this fake tmz stuff is not good
    2 points
  37. Ratings say they have to run back Cassidy vs Jarrett. Logic says it needs a gimmick. I suggest a blindfold.
    2 points
  38. Can you fuck off with your performative virtue signaling? I can see through your act. Hate to block anyone at all, but your annoying ass is going on my block list.
    2 points
  39. I'm 41 years old and have been pretty football obsessed for as long as I can remember, I'm pretty sure Nathan Peterman is the single worst football player I've ever seen. Every time someone picks him up I think that Kaepernick should sue the NFL again. That's an ironclad open and shut case.
    2 points
  40. You make it sound like it’s a bad thing….
    2 points
  41. Nice opener, Robbie the Rocket looked great there. Tag was good too, dug the finishes of both. Stephy/BK also solid, BK always delivers I was confused by the main event being pushed as some sort of 'battle of hot win streaks with momentum' ,but appreciated the attempt at putting something behind it. Felt out of nowhere to be presented as a top contenders match, but Fury is awesome so I liked seeing her get some shine. Definitely need more Americana
    2 points
  42. Marvel is suing Reddit to find out the IP addresses of whoever leaked the Quantumania closed captioning track before the movie released. The Marvel spoilers subreddit has gone private and everyone involved is freaking their geek out right now.
    2 points
  43. schools moving up aren't eligible for their first 4 years, and Merrimack was only in the NEC tourney because the NEC allows teams in their 4th D1 year to be in the tourney. Merrimack is tourney eligible next year.
    1 point
  44. LMAO if Fairly Ridiculous upsets Purdue...
    1 point
  45. "Find a job you enjoy doing, and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Mark Twain
    1 point
  46. KiLynn King Excalibusters Taya Valkyrie to AEW!
    1 point
  47. I feel the same way about LA Knight that I do about Greta Van Fleet; yeah, the act is a complete rip-off of a legend, but it's a pretty good rip-off, and if you're gonna rip somebody off, why not The Rock/Led Zeppelin?
    1 point
  48. Bayley. Criminal WWE's treatment of Bayley carrying the pandemic era as part of the Golden Role Models with Sasha Banks since then. Unforgivable she was WrestleMania XXXVIII host with fucking Hulk Hogan. Bayley vs. Charlotte gets the story that Bayley has never main events WrestleMania. I should stress that shouldn't main event nor the two women's matches for the reasons you say. I'd go with The Usos vs. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens for the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship by far. Second choice would be the WWE Intercontinental Championship match as Triple H and GUNTHER has made it prestigious again even though there's two WWE Women's World Titles.
    1 point
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