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  1. A positive development! They should have Emi win to set up a title match, actually. Shida can take a loss at this point, having just won it back, and it puts over the Eliminator gimmick as much as anything else.
    11 points
  2. Also, there's a Battle Royal tomorrow! (Tomorrow morning, my time) If I am not mistaken, this is the first time that AEW has ever had a Battle Royal. I wonder if Wardlow will win. There are several wrestlers who would make interesting winners, MJF/storyline/matchup-wise. That will make this fun! Also Penta vs Switchblade. How many miedos do you think Penta will bring into this match? Personally, my prediction would be no meidos at all, but I am curious what everyone else thinks. And they have announced THREE not-actually-wrestling-type segments! Sting speaks, JR talks to Mrs. Wayne and her son, Nick, plus a new (presumably silent) Timeless Toni film. All Elite Sports Entertainment! Hey! You know who has two thumbs and loves Battles Royale?
    10 points
  3. I like this thing where when after a woman wins a championship they have a match with Emi to make them look like a million bucks. They should keep doing that.
    7 points
  4. Y'all told me Kenny Omega wasn't wrestling children any more, then I go see this. Kyle has trigonometry homework to do. Leave him alone Kenny. Anyway, Sting's gonna retire or something. He'll talk at you tonight.
    6 points
  5. I miss Emi on Dark and all of those awesome chaotic 6-woman tags. I miss Dark.
    6 points
  6. Emi and Shida had a great match last year - it was the main event of Elevation in Cleveland for the Regina di Wave title. Tonight's match should also be a winner.
    6 points
  7. Tony K loves his new toys, and so Sexton is gonna be treated like the biggest deal on AESE TV for a while (and I truly hope the endgame isn't actually bringing in The Dudleys to do a 3-way ladder match redux). The Attitude Era Nostalgic 'Member Berries Tickling is absolutely not for me. Ex-WWE Superdupermegastars being immediately treated as a bigger deal than the the wrestlers already on the roster is my LEAST favourite thing about current AEW, and has been at least since Jarrett and Saraya were brought in. I would, legitimately, WAY rather watch Nicky Boy or Sonny Kiss or Abadon or JD Drake or Yuka Sakazaki or Billie Starkz or Big Shotty or Queen Emi than watch (or listen to) Sexton Hardcastle (or Jeff Hardy or Saraya or Taya or Billy Gunn (or even Christian or Jarrett, both of whom have been pretty consistently entertaining)). I would be totally fine with having Dustin and maybe Sting (and Arn) take on ALL of the "veteran wrestler" responsibilities. My favourite thing about AEW USED TO be watching younger or relatively unknown wrestlers make a name for themselves, but crowding the top of the card with nostalgia acts somewhat limits those opportunities these days. So listening to Edge talk reminds me of that. So, it hits me roughly like a Kenny match hits Matt D or a Cole match hits The 6'4" 265 Pound Krav Maga Master. But I hope not to go on about that multiple times every week because... What would be the point? I appreciate you asking, JfC, but anyone who knows me presumably could have guessed my answer. I doubt any of this is shocking, to anyone here. You knew what you were doing when you asked me that question. (Somebody should ask me for my opinion on Jim Cornette's podcast next) And we ARE getting EMI this week! (Tony should buy the Sex Pistols' "EMI" for her. Just noticed that now, typing her name in all caps). And that match should rule. And as long as AEW keeps running Battles Royale and touraments and tossing me juicy bones like Bryan vs ZSJ and Kingston vs MiSu, (I guess, when it comes to favourite matches, I definitely have "a type") I am gonna keep enjoying AEW anyway. (edit: Bring back Shida's old entrance music!) (That's a thing I AM nostalgic for).
    5 points
  8. Fucking Dolfan. I cannot unthink the image in my head of Kyle Fletcher's mom announcing that Kyle cannot wrestle Omega on the card tonight because he's grounded for not taking the garbage.
    4 points
  9. Fletcher and Nick Wayne teamed together doing Fortnite dances on their opponents after beatdowns and cutting promos you can only understand if you’re chronically on Tik Tok would be so sick. Gimme that intergenerational resentment heat!
    4 points
  10. Pretty funny rib to have Wardlow come out to do his terrible routine, then bring out Lance Archer, who is infinitely better at squash matches
    3 points
  11. Lordy, this was past its sell-by date when they did this in TNA a decade ago with the Hardys, Team 3D, and the Wolves. Doing it again at their age would be rough. And surely even Tony would have to realize bringing in Bully would set a new standard in terms of bringing in someone the fan base does not want.
    3 points
  12. Whenever I read “ducking,” I always assume someone’s phone auto-corrected “fucking.” Which just makes this weird.
    3 points
  13. Yea no. We’re talking about the guy who only took 20 minute power naps his whole life because he was so entrenched in his position that up until the moment they completely cut him off was still trying to be in charge of creative. I know Vince has endeared himself to some people here with his weird behavior or onscreen personality over the years but he’s a garbage human being. Quoting these kind of posts and picking them apart just makes some of y’all look like you’re defending his actions and not trying to “engage in healthy debate” like we always only ever do in the monthly thread right!?
    3 points
  14. Since there's no Walker Texas Ranger lever for the Network, let's dig around and watch something like... Monday Night Raw (2/24/1997) We're in the Manhattan Center tonight Our first match is The Godwinns vs the New Blackjacks. Pig farmers vs Cowboys, a feud as old as time. Vince says we have a huge surprise tonight on Raw (well i'd say). Also Marlena vs Sunny in an arm wrestling match. Lawler notes the possibility of ECW wrestlers being here quickly. Barry Windham with short black hair and a mustache sure is a look. Ken Shamrock is in the crowd tonight. The match is pretty much being worked like how you'd expect. I think Windham is the thinnest of the 4 wrestlers in this match. Bradshaw clotheslines Phineas and Windham gets the pin despite Phineas having his foot on the ropes. Another referee comes out to discuss the matter and the Godwinns slop the referee in retaliation. Our heroes! We come out of the break with the Eliminators hitting the Total Elimination on a dude. Also Paul E. Dangerously is here. Hey, Paul E. gets the ECW graphics package (well, part of it, they figure it out better later on) Our ECW Experience match is Little Guido vs Big Stevie Cool. Vince gets a brief description of what the Blue World Order is. People doing a Hall/Nash parody in a promotion where guy's are reusing the Razor/Diesel gimmicks. Hey, it's Raven, and he's standing. Hey, we get a side interview with Goldust that doesn't happen. Meanwhile Paul E. says he'd go home with Goldust. Okay, now we got the Goldust side-interview. UP NEXT, LA FEMME NIKITA. Stevie wins with the Steviekick. Got some words from Sunny about her impending arm wrestling match. Time for Sunny va Marlena in an arm wrestling match. Our guest referee is the Honky Tonk Man. A bit of a show whiplash to have The Godwinns, The Eliminators, The BWO, Women's Arm Wrestling and the Honky Tonk Man in the first 3 segments of the show. Hey, Sunny is doing the most blatant Rick Rude prematch routine for some reason. 8 Days Ago, Chyna choked Marlena. Last week, Chyna shook Marlena. Sunny decides to do the kind thing and offer Marlena a chance to forfeit. Hey, a prostitution joke in response from Marlena. Sunny decides to stall for a bit. Cut to Ken Shamrock watching this and questioning his decisions in life. Sunny throws powder in Marlena's face before she could lose the match. Savio Vega wanders out to the ring for some reason only for Goldust to show up and slam Savio's face off of the arm wrestling table. So I guess we have a Savio Vega vs Goldust match now? Sunny is still hanging around ringside because you don't wanna turn down a chance to watch this matchup. Miguel Perez is at the commentary table for this one. Aw, one of PG13 got a hug from Sunny. Vince does an extended "we got events coming up in these cities" read. We got a huge surprise later tonight, by the way. Miguel Perez reminds us that Savio let down all the Puerto Ricans by turning heel. Another shot of Ken Shamrock in the crowd. Goldust gets an exchange with Crush on the outside. Crush decides to just end this and run-in for the DQ. Miguel Perez hits a top rope dropkick in nice shoes! Miguel Perez looking like Puerto Rican Tommy Dreamer if Tommy actually dressed nice. A huge surprise, coming up! Look, just keep watching the show or you might miss the huge surprise Hey, here's a clip of Tiny Tim on Raw from 1993 (that's presumably not the huge surprise). Tiny Tim only died 2 1/2 months before this Raw. Jerry Lawler walks over to Ken Shamrock to interview him. Ken Shamrock denies that he spent time working out with Jerry Lawler. Normal person Ken Shamrock is a little different than when Shamrock really began to embrace some wrestling shtick. No disrespect to Lawler but just imagine Bobby Heenan claiming he taught Ken Shamrock everything he knows. Let's continue the show whiplash with another ECW match. Mikey Whipwreck takes on Taz. We got some Paul E/Lawler sniping over Lawler referring to Taz as short. Holy fuck, taking a release Tiger Suplex in a WWF ring must have taken a year off of Mikey's life. We got some words from Faarooq on the side because he's taking on the Undertaker later. Sabu shows up and leaps off of the RAW sign onto Team Taz (not the huge surprise). Team Taz drugs Sabu off. Taz chokes out Mikey for the win. Coming up next, we have a huge surprise. We get a replay of Sabu leaping off of the Raw sign from a better angle. Sabu manages to land on some of Team Taz. Our huge surprise is the Legion of Doom, for the record. The matchup is The Headbangers vs the Legion of Doom. This show continues to be all over the damn place. We get a "Nitro Sucks" chant for some reason. There's no censorship in the World Wrestling Federation folks (winking gif). This match is a little too long for an LOD return. We get a "Bischoff sucks" chant too. We get a commercial break as the Headbangers are working over Hawk. This match ends in a fucking countout? a double countout? Mosh flips for the Doomsday Device. Well... of all the ways to bring the Legion of Doom back, this was... one of them. Fortunately the Wrestlemania 13 match was a little more remembered than this match. Here's the Shawn Michaels "Tell Me A Lie" music video. I don't know if this got dubbed or not because I don't know what the actual song sounds like. We get a 3rd ECW match tonight. D-Von Dudley vs Tommy Dreamer. Time for some Tommy Dreamer weapons shots on WWF TV. This show sure does veer hard from segment to segment. We get a Willie Herenton namedrop from Lawler. What a show. The Lawler/Paul E. segments are a bit like the Morton Downey Jr Show. We get an Undertaker interview during the finish of this match. Tommy Dreamer wins, by the way. Bubba Ray runs out and they hit the 3D on Dreamer because the Sandman is slow. Sandman takes on the Dudleys to make the save. Lawler and Paul E do a pull-apart as we go to the break. This is such a weird episode of Raw. Vince says that next week's RAW is the biggest event in Germany since the Wall was torn down. Slow decade in Germany, I guess. Jim Ross and Jim Cornette narrate what happened last week with Bret and Sid on Raw. Did Bret really debut the corner Figure-Four on Sid, because that seems like a way to accidentally fuck yourself up because Sid barely got his legs in position for that move. Anyways, Sid beat Bret Hart for the title last week with the help of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Meanwhile in a WWF Superstars Exclusive, Bret Hart is mad (don't worry, i'm sure he won't get even more angry on live TV in a few weeks). Sid and The Undertaker will meet at Wrestlemania for the WWF title. Todd Pettingill is with Ken Shamrock, which is a bit of a "these two worked for the WWF at the same time" thing. Ken Shamrock's wife has laryngitis. Also, Bob Shamrock is in the crowd for this card. What a show for Bob Shamrock to see live. Ken Shamrock gives the Undertaker the edge over Sid due to technique, which, I guess he's watched the product before. Yesss.. we got PG-13 rapping the Nation theme on this episode. Faarooq has some words for Ken Shamrock. The only way this show could get more wild is if they randomly brought back the Luchadores from the Rumble. Our main event is Faarooq vs the Undertaker. Wait, does the Undertaker have a teardrop tattoo? well, I guess he thought he killed someone until mid-summer 1997. The Nation gimmick is all over the damn place around this time because you have D-Lo in "random dude who hangs out with the Nation of Islam" attire and you have Jamie Dundee providing hype for the Nation. This match gets a chant of "Lets Go Rangers" which should tell you how hot it is with these fans. Meanwhile Jim Ross' dad passed away and that's why he's not here. Which feels like something you mention earlier. There's a "Die Rocky" sign being held by someone disappointed that Rocky Maivia hasn't been on Raw this week. The Undertaker uses a schoolboy rollup. The Undertaker no-sells a Faarooq piledriver, so the rest of the nation runs in. Then the Legion of Doom runs in. Andwe'reouttatimefolks. Well.... that was a real Mixtape of a 2 hour show. You might be able to figure out which half of the roster was working a house show in Germany on February 24th (which might have played a factor in the talent imported to fill out this episode of Raw)
    3 points
  15. "For trailer park trash you are, and to trailer park trash you shall return." - Genesis 3:16
    3 points
  16. Just re-reading this, I'm still smiling and shaking my head. Vince spent his whole career trying to portray himself as something bigger and more legitimate than what he actually was. He wasn't a wrestling promoter. He was a producer of entertainment. He wasn't a carny who ran a successful carny small business, who was then able to go public and get even bigger. He was a respectable big businessman who should have been looked at the same as we view any other CEO. And then he went head to head with the real deal and got treated like a chump in one month.
    3 points
  17. I covered the two Danielson matches from last week (and a bit of Serpentico) here: http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2023/10/aew-five-fingers-of-death-109-1015.html
    3 points
  18. Agreed Wardlow needs something. He came back out of nowhere as a face and underwent a gradual heel turn that was finalized tonight, that doesn't endear you to the crowd. Maybe now that he's full bad and has a mission there can be more to him For anyone who didn't watch and is curious, there was no mention of quarters
    2 points
  19. Fitting Sting retires at AEW Revolution 2024, the show he had his first AEW match on three years earlier and his first in six years.
    2 points
  20. To be fair... *Letterkenny gif* Andy from Kansas' question (to which I was replying) was "How do you feel about Adam Copeland’s “Rated R Rebuttal”? And not "What is your take on this Dynamite/AEW as a whole?" That being said, I was wrong anyway. That Edge segment was EXCELLENT. I will, despite myself, probably end up getting emotionally involved with the whole E&C reconciliation story, and the eventual retirement run. Speaking of: Bryan and Sting both retiring... Happy for them, sad for me (sad for us?) I enjoyed damn near every moment of Dynamite this week. Except for Sting making me sad. Not sure I can say I enjoy being made sad. Sometimes, maybe. I bet I enjoyed Blade vs Penta more than my wrestling buddy Paul did. I was NOT expecting a stiff chop exchange there! Max ❤ Max! NICE video package for Teacher vs Student. Lovely match, though I agree with Matt, Zen, etc that it would have been great if Emi won (and we got a rematch) Edge:Christian::Wayne:Garth Heel Suburban Dad Wardy vs Face Friedman could be excellent. MJF has beef with Wardlow, Joe, Kenny, Juice, Blade... I like it! Multiple stories and stories crossing over is one way (two ways?) AEW clearly differentiates itself from WWE. The Kingdom stuff still consistently makes me laugh. Red Pants Powerhouse with Callis is good stuff. Maybe this is where Hobbs gets overly over and stays there. I DEFINITELY enjoyed Fletch vs Omega more than my wrestling buddy Matt did. Nobody in my chat group made even a single joke during that match, which almost never happens. We were all quietly paying attention like a traditional Japanese crowd. Archer looked great. I love the shift to black and white for Timeless Toni. That seemed like a relatively filthy joke for US network TV. Was that in PiP for y'all? ***insert buddy and nick pic here later*** BotB is this Saturday?!?! Stat vs Willow? I'm in! Hook talking with his mouth full was enough to get a legit lol outa me. Him and RVD teaming should be fun! I hope Hungie wins that 3-way match. Orange vs Silver is a natural rivalry. That kick from Dustin was nuts. Hatless Hager should team with Limitless Lee and Timeless Toni. "DO THE DANCE!" chant. Huge pop. Max + Juice = Brian Cage. Foreshadowing!
    2 points
  21. I assume until told otherwise that Butcher and Blader are automatically in all battle royales untill further notice
    2 points
  22. How do you feel about Adam Copeland’s “Rated R Rebuttal”?
    2 points
  23. Presumably, there’s a middle ground between “it’s just a prop” and “getting the date I won the title tattooed on me.” in the WWE, you wonder sometimes if they put a belt on someone because of their Q-rating or ability to do celebrity events more than their ability to draw money/ratings/merch, let alone “have good matches.”
    2 points
  24. I was watching mid 85 WCCW and it was weird to see 2 episodes with no Von Erich’s, no Freebirds and no Dynamic Duo. on the plus side, in one episode, we got a Rip Oliver v Bobby Fulton singles match and Scott Casey vs Bobby Eaton singles match.
    2 points
  25. I am really not sure what is worse this week, the coverage of Chargers lady from the Monday Night football game or the extreme over-reaction of people trying to discredit this one person. Sure her 15 minutes probably should have been up a while ago. McAfee bringing her two or three days in a row is just pandering at this point. But listen to these men with serious little dick energy trying to play the conspiracy card that she was a plant created by the NFL to make people care about a game involving the Cowboys of all things is sad. Oh my god you mean that she is also a Vikings fans because she grew up in that area. How dare she have two favorite teams. Oh my god you mean she overreacted the game at a crazy level. Yeah men never do this
    2 points
  26. Will be ordering. So, since my search function is being a shitheel, and since this is about more than just a merch item, I'll post it here; TK has figured out what to do with the surplus Nyla Rose and Hangman figures warming the shelves across the country. His "1 million dollar toy giveaway" is cool, because needy kids getting stuff is never bad, but it's also a way for him to write off an additional million dollars in donation rather than just liquidating them. Just made me chuckle. Also, be on the lookout for fresh AEW toy product on the shelves. I've scored several new ones in the last few weeks. The top of my want list is; Adam Cole (need someone to job to my other figs) Samoa Joe Danhausen Hook Shawn Spears Brody King The Bunny Kip Sabian Butcher Blade They should all be hitting shelves soon. Good hunting.
    2 points
  27. When I see Nick Wayne, he reminds me facially of Zack Gowan or is it just me?
    2 points
  28. If you are too young to have seen the glory days, it must really suck to hear about them with the current teams. It could be worse though... I mean, it could be Nebraska.
    2 points
  29. Okay, I've been keeping on track with my 31 days of Horror and here's how I've done so far: Sea Fever: Basically made a Covid metaphor movie a year before covid. Nothing new here, with a crew getting infected with something creepy at sea. BUT the cast is really good. The last act felt like they just needed to end it, maybe for budgetary reasons, so it feels a little flat - but not a bad start. Curse of the Blue Lights: Hoo Boy, a 1988 regional horror out of Colorado. It's not "good", but there are some really fun ideas, and that's just about all I ask for. I think there's at least three instances of "So I guess the legend is true..." followed by someone explaining some lore. Spoonful of Sugar: Almost awesome? Maybe too many ideas, none of which are fleshed out in a satisfactory way. Ernest Scared Stupid: How about a bumper sandwich booger lips? Influencer: A better movie that the director's previous effort, but I think they're too in love with the cyclical plotting. The first shot kinda botches the movie from the get go. Great initial concept and a more realistic take on social media influencer. Children of the Corn: OUTLANDER! Tell me you don't laugh when they crack that girl in the face with a car door at the end of the movie. Jeepers Creepers. Still one of the best first acts in horror movies. Then slowly loses the thread the more we see the Creeper. Of course that's also its charm, no? At first we're like, who is this psycho? Then we're like "he's not of this world.." then he's doing backflips over a car like he's Jackie Chan or something. Elevator Game: Should've been a short film. You can't do the same fucking elevator ride multiple times in the movie. No One Will Save You: Almost awesome, but I think it committed to its gimmick to a fault. Gets a little repetitive but totally worth hitting up. Letherface: TCM3. I'd never seen this one. Leatherface is basically an awkward heavy metal teen - which is an idea support. I look at every sequel as it's own world and none of them affect my feelings to the original. Ken Foree is great in this and feels like he's from a John Carpenter movie. Orphan: First Kill. Not a bad sequel at all. HOWEVER it looks terrible. The director and DP decided they didn't want anyone's faces to be very legible. It's just a wash of backlighting gray muck. The Dark and The Wicked. Pretty good, though I feel like when you're dealing with demons and devils, the protagonists should have some kind of agency that can lead them out of the dark. Scream We're doing all the Scream movies this year. That opening sequence is still a banger. But I still cool on the movie once Tatum dies. It feels like the party takes an awkward shift, and it's absurd that she's still hanging in the place where the fucking BEEEER is. We're All Going to the World's Fair: Effectively captures what it feels like to be chronically online. Prone to drifting and allowing you to sit in discomfort. Left us with some interesting questions. The Strange World of Planet X (aka Cosmic Monsters) A bit of a chore, leading to some oversized insects. Scream 2 : I never thought this before, but Scream 2 might be a better movie than Scream 1, if it weren't for the ending. I think it gets tooooo fucking cute at the end, but some of the sequences are really good, and Gale Weathers/Dewey are great together.
    2 points
  30. So, every time this thread gets bumped I always think about whatever match it is that caused it to be bumped and then say to myself “…nope, the parking lot brawl is still my favorite AEW match ever” And I wonder why that is, and I think it’s because more so than any other match in company history it captures the essence of AEW: Daily’s Place during the pandemic, Best Friends who are the heart and soul of the promotion, the irreverent humor with Sue and the van, no ex-WWE notables, and the grittiness / reality of doing it all in one cut So yeah it’s still my favorite. Dunno what’s going to top it. Rosa/Baker, Pac/Cassidy and the Bucks/Omega/Page tag are also kind of like this to me and round out my top 4 in some order. Then probably Danielson/Suzuki.
    2 points
  31. Wasn’t he just bragging about how he wasn’t going anywhere and bringing up how long his mom lived? So nice to see this dirt bag finally served some humble pie.
    2 points
  32. It's amazing. To summarize: Vince is removed from power because he's a rapist Vince muscles his way back in by holding any potential sale hostage Vince decides to sell to Endeavor because Ari promises to let him stay in creative A month after the ink is dry, Vince is removed from creative It's awesome that the "I'll owe you one, pal" guy, who built a career on empty promises, ends his career on someone else's empty promise. The "secure the bag" crowd will say "at least he got paid," but that wasn't what Vince wanted. He specifically maneuvered for his position in creative and he got out-carnied. Reminds me of Kanye getting fucked over by Nike. That's what happens when "rich" gets into a showdown with "wealthy." It feels good to see it. Not that I'm one to root for any corporation or billionaire. But in this specific case, where a detestable small time carny finally got his comeuppance, I'm cool with it.
    2 points
  33. [FREE] Josh Alexander vs. Konosuke Takeshita - (WELCOME TO EDEN) - YouTube
    1 point
  34. It’s on my list so I haven’t yet, but I know a couple people who watched it and really enjoyed it
    1 point
  35. NWA POWERRR! Episode 130: Musical Chairs 10/17/23 @ Nashville, TN "Pick Your Poison" Match: MechaWolf vs. Yabo the Clown the winner gets to choose the stipulation for the big 6-man match at the PPV. MechaWolf controls most of this match, since he's, you know, a good wrestler. the clown has his share of clown-based offense as well. both managers get involved, leading to more outside interference for the finish. It was better than i expected. Thom Latimer vs. Koa Laxamana Latimer is in great shape physically. He's got good size, decent speed and movements, and is believable as an ass-kicking competitor. This guy should be a big star, but he kinda sucks at promos. And with this current angle, they seem to be trying to transfer all of Kamille's interest on to Thom. But man, for me, it is just not working. Thom feels like an afterthought for his title match. speaking of matches, this was pretty much a squash. Thom just bullied the poor Hawaiian. But hey, they did give us a spot where Kamille speared Koa's valet, so i guess there's that. somewhat enjoyable, but predictable and unremarkable. Women's TV Title Match: Max the Impaler (c) vs. MJ Jenkins not the quasi-squash i expected. in fact, Jenkins looked really good here. She kept Max on defense for a good majority of the match. Fun match that goes 6:05 or less, and worth checking out. #1 National Title Contender's Match: Zyon vs. Chris Adonis Zyon comes out without Austin Idol again (according to Joe Galli he was banned from the building). But without Idol, Zyon has.....nothing? like, his whole gimmick is that he's Idol's latest protégé, but he hasn't done anything at all yet. "Sexy Jesus" aka Chris Adonis consistently feels underutilized in NWA, which is weird to say. Match is good enough, but immediately forgettable. It never really created the engagement that would've made it great. Plus the finish was lame and didn't help anybody. man, there was just a LOT of talking on this show. We heard from EC3, Kamille, James Mitchell/Judais/Max, Sal/Gaagz, the Southern 6, and Pretty Empowered.
    1 point
  36. The Ultimate Invasion collection seems to have been downsized to just a regular TPB. It's still weird that it's not coming out to March when 2-3 months after publishing is usually the norm for Marvel collections. With the first issues of the new Ultimate books landing in January, you would think they would be rushing to get it out. Plus the current listing doesn't have it including Ultimate Universe #1. Do wonder if Hickman potentially convinces Marvel to do linewide collections like they did with the X-Line.
    1 point
  37. Forget about national championships. A&M has only had three years that would generally be considered "good" since I graduated 29 years ago. - 98, last conference championship won, with the out of nowhere win over undefeated K State - 2012, 11-2, Manziel's Heisman year - 2020, 9-1 in the Covid year
    1 point
  38. Decades ago during the later Montana years, the Niners used to roll a giant sound system out on their practice field and play Huey Lewis music cranked up before road games to simulate crowd noise.
    1 point
  39. Biggest upset since yesterday and Australia actually winning a match; which itself was the biggest upset since England got rolled by Afghanistan. Looks like no-one is so good at Cricket that they can't be beat on the wrong day.
    1 point
  40. BONUS REVIEW: CITIZEN X (Chris Gerolmo, 1995) IMDB REVIEWED BY: @Curt McGirt "This one's got 'bonus scenes'." - The Cook (Mickey Rourke), Spun CITIZEN X (1995) Checking out Bloody Disgusting for the random drippings of horror news they offer, I found a review of this and thought "well, remember it but never seen it". Then I read it was a version of the capture of Andrei Chikatilo and I immediately went to find it. Chikatilo is a notorious serial killer from Russia reknowned for his barbarity and longevity. He's one of those really bizarre ones who was extroverted enough to become more interesting than the typical serial killer. In the vein of a Carl Panzram or Edmund Kemper, he explained himself, to the extent he could, and his psychology however twisted is fascinating. There were also the extenuating circumstances of the crime: it took place in the USSR states of current Russia, Ukraine, and Crimea where the state considered serial murder (in the words of one of the politburo members in the film) a "decadent western problem" that didn't exist behind the Iron Curtain. And for that reason Chikatilo's body count rose... and rose... and rose, becoming all the more flagrant and disgusting, not for the lack of attention paid to the crimes, but the inability of those working them to solve whilst kneecapped by the Soviet bureaucracy. Anyway, after Chikatilo was finally caught due to perestroika and the fall of Communism, he was put on trial, sentenced to death, and executed. This movie came out five years later for HBO and is one of the finest TV movies I've ever seen, with Donald Sutherland snagging a well-deserved Emmy and Golden Globe for his work. We begin with a body being casually wheeled in to a morgue for forensic pathologist Viktor Burakov to analyze. The cop's dialogue and body language is representative of the form that the bureaucracy will take for the rest of the film: casually callous and indifferent. Why do anything right? There's no incentive, only punishment. Burakov does not agree. He is a dedicated and emotional man who sees the humanity in dead people and when this violated corpse falls into his lap, he takes it personal. He immediately charges the cop with searching the perimeter where the body was found in a shallow grave on a communal farm. They dig into the woods and within hours wheel in six additional bodies for Burakov, then basically say "fuck this, we're out" and leave him to it. The next day he is brought before a group of his superiors on the case. His boss is Colonel Mikhail Fetisov, a dry and emotionless man who informs him that he'll get his dream of investigating crime as if a police detective, because he is in charge of the case, or cases. And he will be beholden to this small group of useless, pithy, or outwardly hostile state department cronies who will do everything in their power to hobble the investigation, either due to their apathy or fear or prejudices. Fetisov is not one of them. He is an ally. He wants the murders solved, and he immediately can tell that despite his despairing, exhausted disposition that Burakov wants the same. Together they fight the powers that be using whatever methods at their disposal to find this killer as his victims flow in again and again through their years of toil. This film is extremely immersive. The locations scream of the poverty of the Soviet East. Due to his promotion, Burakov begs for a two bedroom apartment for him, his wife, and his two children promised to him seven years earlier. People seem to live on bread, potatoes and vodka. There are portraits of Lenin everywhere hanging from the faded walls of the run-down buildings these people inhabit. The dialogue is the most powerful thing though. Every line from Sutherland's Col. Fetisov is aloof, self-aware and dripping with sarcasm. He's been in the trenches and knows what he's dealing with and how to manipulate the system. Stephen Rea as Burakov on the other hand is an open book; you can read every emotion on his bereaved face. His depression is only matched by his anger at the roadblocks he faces from the council. Joss Ackland's Bondarchuk is his emotional match only in reverse -- as representative of the Communist party on the case, he is angry that Burakov and Fetisov form a united front in pushing against the will of the all-powerful party line and plays the perfect heavy, scowling and repremanding them with blazingly hostile eyes at every turn. Meanwhile, Jeffrey DeMunn's Chikatilo is busy. He's canvassing train stations, interacting with the young (particularly women) and the slow, gaining their convidence to lure them to their deaths. His murders are not particularly graphic but are shocking nonetheless. Simple stabbings are shown to be as brutal as anything more elaborate. The deaths of his eyeless victims, grayed and sunken, are verbally detailed explicitly so we don't need to see what was done to them; we hear it instead, and it is repulsive. Finally after much maneuvering and the horrible persecution of the homosexual community as a scapegoat for the crimes Burakov and Fetisov manage to corral some help in the form of a psychologist played by Max Von Sydow, who becomes the key to nailing down the psychosis of Chikatilo and finally prosecute him. To go into more detail would lessen the impact. Every twist in the storyline will infuriate you or, eventually, have you pumped for the progression of events. The slowly growing friendship between the icy Sutherland and the anguished Rea is excellent. DeMunn is belittled at home and at work, only finding power in his private savagery, and is memorably squirmy. We get a more subdued portrayal than somebody else might play given the existing footage of Chikatilo, who was put on trial on display in an iron-barred cage like a wild animal, eyes bulging for all to see with crowds howling for his blood and him at times even exposing himself to them. It could have been way too over the top but this instead is as subtle a vision of a monster like him could get. Anyway, excellent film, highest recommendation, and still goes down as an awesome true crime/police procedural as well as a horror film with two great villains, one working on his own and another working in consort to aid in the demise of over 50 lives.
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  41. You think Karate Elvis was taking any bumps in the 70s? Well outside of key bumps if you know what I mean.
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  42. Savage wrote his moves down like George Costanza.
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  43. Sherri chanting "Five more minutes!" after a broadway with Greg Valentine is a mental image I never needed.
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  44. if Garvin/Valentine is any indicator, you don't wanna know the foreplay that the Hammer enjoys
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