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  1. Here are my thoughts from a fun night at Ring of Honor and AEW in Cleveland: "Tell us that story again, Grandpa Darby!" "One day, I was skateboarding to the ring, and I was attacked by a DINOSAUR~!" "Ooooohhhh....." Here's me talking to my daughter (age 20): (Dark Order shows up) "They're a happy cult." (Righteous shows up) "Are these guys another cult?" "Yeah, but they wear white." Speaking of cult leaders, "Keith Lee saying 'run' was a tribute to Swamp Guy." Her thoughts at the end of the night: "I'm not emotionally invested in pro wrestling, so I like the fact that the AEW matches aren't so long. The WWE matches just go on forever." My three biggest impressions of the night: 1. Cleveland is getting into AEW. For the last year's Dynamite, there were a lot of random wrestling shirts (Savage, Piper. DX). This year, there were a lot of AEW shirts, including guys who weren't scheduled to be there (Omega, MJF, Cole, Orange). 2. Collision (and AEW) will be just fine without Punk. It's cool in a way that Collision had one "star of the show" who is now gone, so everyone else can gun for that spot. Starks, Keith Lee, FTR came right out and said they want the spot. But think of the other candidates: Andrade (looked at a monitor), Swerve (wasn't even there), Jay White (getting over as an inanimate object). 3. Twenty years ago, I announced for Ring of Honor in community college gyms and county fairgrounds. Last night, I watched ROH in the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. That really meant a lot to me. ROH didn't go away; it exists as part of the No. 2 promotion in the country. Being a part of its early days feels even better than it does for Bleacher Report.
    7 points
  2. I saw GWAR a bunch of times. I was obsessed with them in high school. First time I saw them was when I was 18 or 19 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. All of these dudes hopped over the railing and onto the stage and started attacking GWAR. Utter madness. My buddy knew some of the dudes involved in the attack — crust type kids from the Jersey Shore (which was an area where things always ended up just a bit further than they should have.) He asked why they fought GWAR. The answer will stay with me forerver: ”They’re trying to conquer earth.”
    7 points
  3. Putting the TV in front of the window is infuriating me
    5 points
  4. Giving lucha credit: I learned lucha through LuchaBlog, posts on here from @Matt D, @John E. Dynamite, @odessasteps and on PWO through @ohtani's jacket and @elliottpwo (and lurking through the GWE threads, in general). Lucha is a weird thing where it doesn’t have the same type of hyping and learning resources as Puro. It’s very tough to get into as a novice. Without this place I would have likely only seen WCW and ECW specialty matches. And thank you to all I tagged. I talk with some of you off here, but a good deal of you and others do the lord’s work. Very appreciated!
    5 points
  5. Fuck. Yes. I bought my tickets to Wrestledream yesterday before this even got announced. I'm so hyped now. Let's Gooooooooooooooooooo
    5 points
  6. We'd start to bump into dupes if we kept on moving, so that's it for this round. Thanks to everyone for participating. Great job all around. I'll see you guys in December.
    4 points
  7. The Kingston vs Castagnoli feud is one of the things I love about AEW. A willingness to to use wrestling’s history. No need to retcon between companies.
    4 points
  8. Prob Too easy to just say look for stuff with Solar and Negro Navarro. And Blue Panther. Of course I will always pimp Hechicero and Virus. Esp when guys work outside CMLL and aaa.
    4 points
  9. 4 points
  10. How has no one mentioned Nigel making orgasmic sounds when Danielson named Sabre Jr as his challenge?
    3 points
  11. For someone that didn’t want to sound like Jim Cornette, ohhhhh boy did you fail miserably with that entire post.
    3 points
  12. Hey, they got a Samoa Joe burger, plus have had appearances from RVD, Rikishi and Josh Barnett. And it amuses me that the Earth Crisis is a salad... with bleu cheese
    3 points
  13. I’d like to see what a Danielson/Punk booked Collision would be like. Also CJ Perry’s promo - granted it was a pretape - puts her among the best of the women they have, promo wise anyway. There’s been a rumor for a few years that she’s written Miro’s pretape stuff for him, too.
    3 points
  14. Cauliflower wings are just a sauce delivery mechanism. All cauliflower wings taste pretty much the same in my experience. If the sauce is no good, then it doesn't matter if it's on cauliflower or chicken, it's going to be bad. This buffalo sauce was the worst sauce I've ever had.
    3 points
  15. There's a match on the upcoming weekly poll between Dr. Cerebro Jr. & Cerebro Negro Jr. that starts with a lot of good llave. As is now often the case it breaks down into topes and big indie moves but eh I dug it. https://youtu.be/1I3xFMemt9k
    3 points
  16. The monkey paw for the Danielson stuff is that he’ll get injured again probably and miss a chunk of time of what’s supposed to be his final year in-ring. But also remember he “learned how fun it is to lie” from Cody Rhodes, and he’s said in interviews in the past that he wants to wrestle until he’s like 70.
    3 points
  17. Suppose I should've mentioned that I got into it in the mid 90s and living just an hour from Boston, so I got to see some extremely intimate shows with bands that got yuuuuuuuge like Hatebreed, Converge, KSE, American Nightmare, etc with like 100 people in the crowd. Dropped out when the pants got insanely tight, though...
    3 points
  18. So to tie this back into everything, I'm recently rediscovering modern hardcore and a huge part of that links to Brody King. I had to check out God's Hate and godDAMN they're awesome. From there I learned about Colin Young and his work with other AEW wrestlers, as well as his podcast HardLore: Stories From Tour with Bo from Harm's Way. Great fucking podcast, which was easy to dip a toe into since they had interviews with Brody, The Butcher, Danhausen, and Malakai. From there I got into their list episodes, and learned about SO many awesome modern bands. Colin also gets props for me for repeatedly mentioning Boston legends Sam Black Church, who were a HUGE part of my teens. I've only listened to a bit of Turnstile but it blows my mind that a hardcore band did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Plus we've got Matty Matheson being seemingly the most mainstream hardcore kid ever, which rules. HC will always be just out of the limelight but it's always so heartwarming seeing folks from the scene be successful
    3 points
  19. Well that turned into a disaster quickly I should go to bed
    2 points
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPk5-jEpoDA&themeRefresh=1
    2 points
  21. I do not understand how you get into this situation. Of all things you can do to all the people you can do it to, how do you do this to her? You cannot sexually harass the woman you brought in to discuss sexual harassment. How does it even cross your mind?
    2 points
  22. I’ll take to the higher ups at Applebees for a Countless Cauliflower
    2 points
  23. The only thing that can save Collision is more lucha. Asistencia, Asesoría y Administración de Elite!
    2 points
  24. Paul Heyman: My client, BRRROOOCK PUURDY, is good. That is not a predictioon, that is a spoiler.
    2 points
  25. You can always see the love Kid has for AZM. Every time she talks about AZM, you get the feeling Kid has every intention of dragging AZM to the top with her despite AZM being fine as the Liger of the High Speed division. As much as I enjoy them in their respective units I have to admit I do hope they eventually leave them to form and lead a new group together.
    2 points
  26. If you want to know how fast NFL defenders are, watch Kirk Cousins think that he has a clear path to the end zone, decide to run, and then get planted into the ground. It was like that Simpsons episode when Homer thinks he's going to make it over the Springfield Gorge for about a second and a half before disaster strikes.
    2 points
  27. That book really made me appreciate the Stomper
    2 points
  28. I saw GWAR on The Sounds of the Underground tour in 2005. It was a 12 hour show headlined by Lamb of God. Like a moron, I got shitfaced the night before and thus forgot about wearing sunblock in July in a New Jersey parking lot. I ended up looking like a lobster.
    2 points
  29. I have completed my Mid-South Wrestling watch project on Peacock through available 1985 episodes, but thanks to The Wrestling Memory Grenade I am able to continue my journey into 1986 on Youtube, with some Power Pro episodes integrated to boot. Playlist link below: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjGIuyot16AYSIrrA1lAIw45BDrtDvJ9t I am now through the last episode of weekly TV officially titled "Mid-South Wrestling" the week of March 15th, 1986 with this period covering their initial forays into moving the weekly television to arenas: Things I'm Loving: The feud between Jake Roberts and Dick Slater - it's a shame that the Peacock run ends before this feud kicks in, because the six weeks that this is a program is a damn fun piece of professional wrestling that more people deserve to see, with momentum swings back-and-forth almost every week, both competitiors having fantastic in-ring chemistry with each other and a really wild development with Dark Journey punctuated by fantastic Jake promos where he reveals that yeah, he may be a fan favorite but he is still as sinister as ever. The feud begins in earnest with this episode featuring the TV Title Tournament Finals (yes, that championship is vacant AGAIN). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MkuiSCWv2o Ted Dibiase and Steve Williams, white meat babyface Tag Team Champions - Dibiase is super-over as a fan favorite in the wake of his return from the Dick Murdoch attack, and Dr. Death joins him by proxy (though the latter is also propelled by the real-life heroics of him and Rick Steiner saving the victims of a fiery auto accident from dying). Both come off much more confident in the way they carry themselves as faces, both on promos and in the "we're good guys, but also ass-kickers" vibe that is so important for staying mega-over in Mid-South. Koko B Ware - Koko is in as a hot new undercard babyface and getting over both with his pre-match dance routine to Morris Day & The Time's "The Bird", a charismatic plucky underdog spark, and THE MOST DEVASTATING TOP ROPE DROPKICK IN WRESTLING HISTORY - yes, this time period features the infamous finish to his squash against Gustavo Mendoza, and to their credit, this specific dropkick gets referenced on commentary for weeks afterward whenever Koko wrestles. It's very easy to see why in spite of his smaller size, Vince still saw him as someone worth poaching for the WWF later that year. https://twitter.com/gifapalooza/status/1302767970632990729 The Sheepherders (and the booking of so far) - Butch Miller and Luke Williams have arrived into the area, and the booking of them as a very dangerous force has been masterful, with all of their matches so far being 2-3 minute squashes, including an absolute destruction of the Bruise Brothers (Porkchop Cash and Mad Dog Boyd) sending them packing from the promotion. And their promos really put over how unhinged they are, though you can see small bits of what would ultimately be twisted into the Bushwhacker face persona in a development that NO ONE could have possibly predicted at this time. Buzz Sawyer - Buzz Sawyer is 5-foot-10 but easily comes off as the most dangerous and wreckless person in professional wrestling at this time despite his stature, and every time he is on TV there is an aura that some major shit is going down, and the booking lives up to that with him almost every time. The arena TV production - I love and miss the Irish McNeil Boys Club, but if they were going to make this move, so far so good on most points when it comes to their new TV production (save for one thing I'll note a little further down). I would say that as of the beginning of 1986 it is comparable with JCP's syndicated production, and they have just enough chaos and fast-moving show formatting to keep the arena crowds hot nearly every week. There is a fun "dueling promos" gimmick they try a few times where two rivals will be giving promos at the same time - with one wrestler in the ring with Jim Ross and the other wrestler on a side stage with Joel Watts, which comes off really well during the Roberts/Slater feud. A fun idea to let the wrestlers snipe at each other while giving off the pretense of keeping the wrestlers separated from each other and getting physical until the actual match. There is an odd entrance gimmick where they will cut to an entering wrestler as they walk into the ringside area and start their entrance music only then, though I assume that is to shave a couple of minutes of TV time that would be eaten up by showing a full entrance from the corner/side of the arena. I still miss the atmosphere of the Boys Club, but digging the few bits of experimentation they are doing to still make their show "not just another arena wrestling show" Things I'm...NOT Loving: Departures - admittedly, something out of their control, and while Dibiase/Williams are stepping up as top babyfaces, Butch Reed leaves the picture very early in 1986 after losing the North American Championship to Dick Slater, and feels very missed when it's apparent that he is not coming back for rematches. And boy, does Jake Roberts departing for the WWF at the end of this TV run feel like a MASSIVE exodus. His last six months as a face has been an incredible run, walking the tightrope in a balancing act where he is a fan favorite but he still does just enough both in-ring and on the mic to show that he still Jake "THE SNAKE" Roberts. There really is no one like him in Mid-South during this time, I already anticipate that he will be very missed too. But to Mid-South's credit (and Jake's), on the final episode of TV that he appears on, they have footage of him losing the TV title in Houston to Dick Slater, AND then he loses a "No. 1 Contender" face vs. face match to Terry Taylor on the way out the door. Part-timer Hacksaw Duggan - a common criticism of 1986 Mid-South/UWF is an increasing allowance by Watts to let his talent take Japan tours, which is good for the wrestlers, but maybe not the best development for maintaining a coherent main event scene. This is most evident by Hacksaw Duggan's absence early in the year for a Japan tour, as combined with the departure of Butch Reed, causes the face side of Mid-South to feel slightly off. Duggan spent all of 1985 evolving into THE top roughneck brawling face of the company and the most over person in the company, and as 1985 was closing, had a very heated angle with Buzz Sawyer that just kind of stalls out while Duggan disappears, though he does return to pick back up the Buzz Sawyer feud at the end of this TV run. Joel Watts on commentary - for how valuable he apparently was in the TV production behind-the-scenes, producing music videos and well-done recap packages, the move into the arena setting just enhances his deficiencies as a commentator tenfold. For a company making headway into becoming a nationally-televised company, he still continues to come off as too rough around the edges for such a spot. I saw someone on here recently refer to him as constantly feeling like he has to "think" about what he is going to say next, and those pauses are more awkward with a slicker arena-based television show. And there's a very cringe-y episode opening where the commentary team is Joel and Bill Watts, and Joel earnestly introduces Bill as "someone that I think knows more about wrestling than anyone else, MY DAD, Bill Watts" in a way that I could see turning off non-Southern audiences. A major step-down in foreign menace wrestlers - the foreign-menace has been a staple of Mid-South during the previous few years, but boy oh boy, Taras Bulba and Kortsia Korchenko are some of the stinkiest wrestlers to ever grace these rings. Bulba comes off as someone transported 10 years from the mid-70's kick-punch-choke scene of the WWWF, and Korchenko is somehow even worse than that. Maybe Watts felt that he HAD to have foreign menace spots filled (and they start leaning into that aspect heavily with the Sheepherders fairly quickly as well), but if this was the best available talent he could get for those roles, maybe he should have taken a break. And maybe he actually did see the writing on the wall with Korchenko eventually, since he brought in Ivan and Nikita Koloff specifically for the MEGA-heat Russian angle that would occur a few months down the road. Not learning lessons from Al Perez and Wendell Cooley with new babyface presentations - one of the worst booking decisions of the final part of 1985 was constantly referencing the now-departed Rock n Roll Express when newly-minted hot-shotted Tag Team Champions Al Perez and Wendell Cooley are on TV, and apparently no one learned their lesson when that reign fizzled out, as the mullet-and-mousatched Dave Peterson has now debuted as an undercard face and already comparisons on commentary are being made to Magnum TA, who is currently hot on JCP TV and not ostensbly coming back to Mid-South anytime soon. The Fabulous Ones - whoops, I mean, "The Fabs" - Steve Keirn and Stan Lane are brought in as heels, and for some reason, just seem out of place in Mid-South. That out of place feeling seems amplified by them working very methodically as heels, almost more as if they were on the 1986 WWF house show circuit instead of one of the hottest in-ring promotions in the country. There's a very "going through the motions" vibe to their work here. Even a "dream match" against a special-appearance making Rock n Roll Express comes off as a letdown, though admittedly the promotion adopting JCP's "Tony, we're out of time" gimmick for that match didn't help either, even if the match got a fair amount of TV time prior to that. And no, I don't know why they are only referred to as "The Fabs" here either, both on commentary and on TV graphics. Things I Am Neutral On: Terry Taylor - Terry is back after his aborted JCP run, and picks right back up where he left off as the "good-looking heartthrob" of the main event scene, with the push meter jacked up to 11. I still think he more than holds his own bell-to-bell, but because these are Youtube postings sourced from VHS TV recordings, we also now have localized house show promos, which are a fun addition for the most part...EXCEPT for Terry Taylor. I feel like I am turning on him every time he gets mic time during these localized promos, as he comes off as 70s Bob Backlund but with a tan, nice hair, and a suit, delivering "I really hope I win and appreciate clean competition" but with someone less earnestness and less intensity than even Bob at his most milquetoast, with no fire or urgency at all. I'm kind of mad that we're still a full year away from him turning heel. Thank God he still delivers for me once the bell rings at least. Eddie Gilbert - Gilbert definitely hones the "Hot Stuff" gimmick even more, being moved back into a wrestler-manager role but at one point he becomes the ONLY heel manager, which means there's a few episodes that border on the verge of becoming "The Eddie Gilbert Show", and a little bit of "Hot Stuff" goes a long way, a lot of "Hot Stuff" walks precipitously on the edge of burn out, the nadir of that so far being an episode where Eddie has a proper match against Koko B Ware, THEN manages Kortsia Korchenko in a match, and THEN manages... The debut of the Blade Runners - the one episode of 1986 Mid-South on Peacock spotlights this, the historic debuts of Sting and The Ultimate Warrior as yet another Road Warrior knockoff tag team. Commentary does a good job of putting over how massive The Blade Runners are (I think Sting might be one of the few people in history to get less jacked AFTER he entered the wrestling business), though again undercuts by blatantly referencing The Road Warriors on commentary. And boy are boy, both men are rough around the edges. The Ultimate Warrior lives up to his later reputation by coming off as dangerously unsafe, just dumping guys from slams with no regard for protection, and honestly, at this time, Sting isn't THAT much better. Warrior fucking off to World Class and Sting getting placed in a tag team with Eddie Gilbert may have honestly been the best thing that could have happened for his development as a performer. The Masked Superstar - The Masked Superstar is a welcome addition both in-ring and on the mic as an ally with Dick Murdoch to fight Dibiase and Williams for the Mid-South Tag Team Championship, but again, Mid-South being a part-time gig between Japan tours for him rears its ugly head, but this time Mid-South has a solution - just put someone else under the bodysuit and mask and call that person "The Masked Superstar", keep him off the mic, and then reveal that there are TWO "Masked Superstars" upon Bill Eadie's return from Japan, with the idea that when the match is Dibiase/Williams vs Murdoch/"Masked Superstar", you won't know which Superstar it is. A sound idea in theory, but unfortunately, the person they would select is Kelly Kiniski, who is competent but very visibily does not have the presence of Bill Eadie and feels off even if you don't explicitly know about the switch. This would incidentally, be Kiniski's final run as a wrestler, as he initially planned to take a break from wrestling, but has gone on record in recent years as saying that the first time he had a weekend at home with his family after beginning a Monday-Friday regular job, he knew he was never going back. And the last couple weeks of this run of Mid-South Wrestling, we have had very hard sells for the upcoming Crockett Cup tournament at the Superdome to the point where it really does feel like a Crockett/Watts joint promotion, and Bill on commentary alluding to a "name change" to reflect our growing stature as a "national" company as opposed to a "regional" company. That will come with the next week's of TV that I watch, and I think I'll check back in here in a few months with how that rebrand is going so far.
    2 points
  30. To clarify, I did not intentionally eat from Chef Balsac's bill of fare. The group I was with wanted to go and I didn't want to seem like a spoilsport, and the lesson here was to be a spoilsport from time to time because my gosh was it bad.
    2 points
  31. Wait... so... really? https://gwarbar.com/ Well if you really wanna eat from someone named Chef Balsac then be my guest.
    2 points
  32. My buddy got an eye infection after getting sprayed with fake semen at a GWAR concert. Fun show
    2 points
  33. I agree. I could see this as a situation where Tony Khan looks at the ROH title as a world and this will be the big cathartic win.
    2 points
  34. On the topic of learning more about Lucha, I would like to learn more about the "llave" style. After watching Angelico/Fenix I fell down a youtube blackhole and found some good stuff, but anyone got any easily accessible match recommendations?
    2 points
  35. I accidentally picked up some harvested organs somehow, which were scanned as contraband. As a result, I am now undercover as a space pirate. Haven't decided if I will betray them later or turn double agent if possible. I have no idea what's happening, just know I love this game.
    2 points
  36. Brian Ferentz watch: currently they are averaging 22 ppg, three off the pace required by his contract (and that's with the defense giving them a pick six today. Without that, and they would be averaging 18.5.) This is my favorite stupid subplot to a season in years.
    2 points
  37. I've found three kittens on Petfinder that would potentially be good fits for adoption. One of the kittens is missing an eye. I want to adopt another cat soon, as I can tell that my remaining cat, Coco is going through depression not having her big sister, Cleo around.
    2 points
  38. I thought Strickland would bite on everything, but he was very in control with his defense tonight. Dana is already looking for a rematch, according to the presser.
    2 points
  39. Welcome back JADE! Keith Lee is for the Colliders, Keith Lee IS The Collision.
    2 points
  40. American Nightmare blew my fucking mind when I heard them, saw them a couple of times and they were great, and then during a reunion show at FunFunFunFest where I was in the pit the whole time and almost lost my voice from shouting along.
    2 points
  41. Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr for WrestleDream in Seattle, hell yeah!
    2 points
  42. I want to hug Tony. speaking off… Did anyone post the Danielson vs Sabre Jr graphic for WrestleDream yet?
    2 points
  43. Instead of a cross it was an Octagon speaking of God, he truly blessed those delicious mozzarella sticks and bourbon street chicken and steak. Did you hear about the blessed endless boneless wings? Glory be, you can get it with a side of fries and your choice of blue cheese or ranch. The whole neighborhood is here having a great time. All hail Octo-God and Octo-God bless Applebees.
    2 points
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