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  1. I'm just gonna keep answering Fonzie vs Beulah to this question until someone makes me stop.
    12 points
  2. Nigel and Kevin Kelly are so bad. Tony working with Excalibur and Tazz is great because it's like working with a coked-up Tenay and New York Dusty. On collision he's working with a worse Scott Hudson and British Mark Madden.
    9 points
  3. Bring him back with a black-and-white vignette where he buries his black leather jacket on a desert road. Lights go out, Baltimora hits, crowd goes nuts, nobody brings up the heel turn again.
    6 points
  4. I saw someone say the A’s offered Ohtani $1m for 700 million years.
    5 points
  5. “Kevin taught it to me one the set”
    4 points
  6. Miro is a guy who would’ve made millions as the killer Soviet bloc heel back in the day. Not even sure why they’re trying to give him some complex character when “athletic strong guy wants to kick everyone’s ass” is probably enough, although there are already a number of them in AEW which is why I don’t miss him when he’s gone.
    4 points
  7. Can I jump in for next week? Even the numbers up again?
    3 points
  8. I saw in the local news on TV today that there had been a Finnish Pro Wrestling show in a town some 60 miles away from where I live. Promoted by the same guy who has been behind most Finnish pro wrestling in the past decade and a half. There is also a documentary/ reality tv show about aspiring young pro wrestlers in Finland. That's another thing I wish I could tell the 1993 Shartnado, who would probably not believe that for a second. Weird times, indeed.
    3 points
  9. Cool shot of MJF with a fan at the Von Erich movie premiere. Hell, you never know, maybe this'll be this generation's "Flair took Eric to the set of Thunder in Paradise." Haha
    3 points
  10. Oh yeah. Looking at Punk's smug face again just made me think "Man, I think I really don't like that guy." He was talking and I had the sound off even. Just looking at him made me want to slap him. Usually he hasn't bothered me like that. Maybe adding Seth Rollins to the equation rubbed off on him.
    3 points
  11. I could also go with "Look in my ey-" *record scratch* "WHOAOHWHOAAAAWHOAOHWHOA"
    3 points
  12. we might need a season with fewer top QB injuries before we can fully crown defenses
    3 points
  13. The size of lineman is always going to be secondary to the skill of the lineman. The Cowboys had a great offensive line because all of those massive dudes could play, not because of their size. If there is an issue with current line play it has very little to do with the size of the players and everything to do with the lack of skill on display. There are multiple teams that are consistent at the top of the league with their line play, and it's because they focus on the skills required to play at a high level. The Cowboys always seem to have a line full of future hall of famers for a reason. They're obviously picking the right players, but they're also emphasizing the skills it takes to maximize their abilities. Until McDaniels took over, the Dolphins spent countless draft picks in lineman who never seemed to pan out. Playing offensive line requires people to be large, but that size means next to nothing without the relevant skills. If you want to talk about how hard it is to teach these skills with limited practice, I'm all ears, but the size of the players is pretty far down the list of the problems with line play in my eyes.
    3 points
  14. He should be a Gentleman. "Real Class" Jack Perry.
    3 points
  15. I’m just happy to have gone from super heavyweight (310ish) to just heavyweight (250s) since March and am deathly afraid of jinxing it!
    2 points
  16. Add to my list of Video Game Tropes that Need to Die: any boss fight where fighting the actual boss is interrupted by a gang of low level mooks, and then you have to fight off said mooks while also avoiding the boss. Fuck all that shit.
    2 points
  17. Take your pick on which lazy finisher name would have worked better for Ludvig Borga The Finnisher or The Finnish Fling The latter being a phrase that might tip people off as to which theme park I went to as a kid.
    2 points
  18. There has been some pretty hardcore stuff in Fight Club Finland shows about a decade ago. The documentary however, showed this hipster looking weird mustached motherfucker promising his grandmother that it's all safe, so I don't see that guy (for instance) going too unhinged, I'm afraid.
    2 points
  19. Things I remember from watching Starrcade 1995: Today is an Update Tuesday for Windows. Meaning it's an ideal time to watch some wrestling while letting the update run (it was a quick update this week compared to recent months) Benoit/Liger was a fun one. It's cool to see Nashville Southern wrestling fans getting into Chris Benoit vs Jushin Liger. Also funny that Tony acts as if Ric Flair is gonna get booed in the South in 1995. Liger clearly was having fun as an arrogant heel. Bullshit finish to end this one though. Wright/Kanemoto was neat. I've felt Wright was underrated since I started watching 1995 WCW on the Network. The tastemakers of 1995 didn't like pretty boy babyfaces like Alex Wright. Alex Wright looks like if Dolph Lundgren didn't do steroids or have weight. A bit of a video game finish where all these moves get hit and Kanemoto wins with a double-leg rollup. Luger came out, 2 months off a heel turn, and the fans love him. Lex went from being dead in the water in the WWF to being a conquering hero in WCW quickly and not even this heel-ish stint is slowing him down. This one was a few minutes and people lost their shit for the Rack. This match was the first of a few times when Dusty and Bobby started ribbing Tony over his use of the word "Mafia Kick" and his insistence on actually knowing the names of moves. I did not expect a cool looking strike exchange between Masa Saito and Johnny B. Badd. You could tell that Saito was the only NJ guy on this card to be working a territory in the early 1980s because Saito was feeding Sonny Oono lots of spots to be the world's most stereotypical shitty heel manager. Masa Saito looked like a rock carved out of a boulder. The finish was an uber-bullshit finish though. Also Sonny, who is from Mason City Iowa, referenced buying Iowa in a promo earlier in the night. Before this one, Kimberly Page exchanged barbs with Sonny on the mic. Guerreo vs Ootani (as they spelled it on the show) was a really fun one. This is probably the best match of the tournament. I was really impressed by Ohtani getting both feet on the top rope for all of his springboard moves because it looked like the sort of thing that Sabu would try and fuck up. The face/heel dynamic here is sorta interesting since the heel NJ guys were hitting cooler looking moves than the face WCW guys, at least in the Juniors matches. Ohtani/Otani/Ootani won after a rollup sequence to make it 3-2. Randy Savage and Tenzan both wore pants with lots of colors on them and Savage won with the elbow. Savage really should have worn tights with the colors of the 1993 WWF technicolor logo more often. Sting vs Sasaki also felt like it flew by because someone realized "hey, Sting is working back to back matches" so Sting won with the Scorpion. WCW wins the World Cup. Benoit didn't have the giveaway t-shirt for the World Cup of Wrestling as the 7 WCW wrestlers joined each other in the ring for this one. Sting/Luger/Flair in a triangle match kinda feels like a relic with how many three way matches have happened since then with everybody scuffling at various points. This match is felt like you weren't tagged in, you were just playing with yourself on the apron for all intents and purposes. Eventually we get Sting/Luger as Bobby is amazed that Tony remembers something that happened in February 1992. Then we get a bullshit finish to get Flair into the main event without Sting or Luger taking a fall as the ref gets bumped and Flair knocks both guys to the floor and wins in a style very close to Survivor Series 91. Only this time he's the winner because the two legal men got counted out. Savage/Flair felt like it flew by. Some random Nashvilleans in the front row were invested in this one. Paul Orndorff showed up to stare at the ring before being told to not appear on TV for 3 years. Things descended into a schmozz with the Horsemen running in. Ric Flair apparently stabbed himself in the head with an exactoknife. Things were so fucking gruesome that Ric Flair couldn't do a postmatch interview, think about how bad that had to be. It's like stopping a match in Mexico due to blood. Back in 1992, Ric Flair bladed at Wrestlemania after seeing Bret Hart bleed vs Piper. In December 1995, Ric Flair bladed at Starrcade after seeing Bret Hart bleed vs Davey Boy (maybe). Like holy shit, he cut himself, and was covered in blood quickly. As far as bladejobs go, that might be the closest Ric Flair came to being Mass Transit. Ric Flair is the champ again.
    2 points
  20. Tony Schiavone getting excited doing PBB warms my heart considering he fell out of love with wrestling for a long time until his podcast. He might not be the "best" but I'd much rather have him get excited than Kevin Kelly being a waste of space. And Nigel makes me chuckle at times though I get why he's not for everybody. Speaking of Tony I never thought in my life I'd hear him say in 2023 "Matt, can I call you Daddy?" to Matt Menard on Rampage. I rewound that a couple times to make sure I heard it right and man did that throw me for a loop.
    2 points
  21. I caught the end of Rhea/Maxine and I feel the idea of Maxine as a wrestler on TV should be near its end. It looked awkward as hell and Rhea was getting increasingly annoyed. Maybe taking her off TV and have her work house shows for a good while could be of use.
    2 points
  22. MJF: "I CAN BUST AN APPLE WITH IT!" Tony: "Can you show us?" MJF: "Not now, my hand hurts from practicing it." For some reason that photo makes me think of two mafia bosses having a photo taken together, which they would then request be burned.
    2 points
  23. I think it’s just Kevin that needs to go. Nigel is having a ball. Tony is pretty good. I’d probably rotate the third spot for a while and just see who has the best chemistry.
    2 points
  24. Tony doing PBP is fine, it's Nigel and Kevin Kelly that are the problem. I dare say replacing Kelly with JR would be an improvement at this point. I was hoping after a couple months, Nigel would realize he's not in WWE anymore and therefore does not need to pretend to be JBL, but instead he's just gotten worse and leaned into the worst parts of his act to the point that he's hurting nearly every match. If they're filming Collision and ROH together most weeks, I don't understand why they don't just have the perfectly competent Ian/Caprice duo do commentary with Tony. Or use Paul Wight if you want a more recognizable guy.
    2 points
  25. Either Roy Firestone is actually alive and hanging out in the field or Tommy Devito's agent may have "connections"
    2 points
  26. Max taking forward the claw is actually a great idea.
    2 points
  27. I'm super glad you mentioned this because I just caught a CWF match between Flair/Barry someone posted the other day, and it was driving me nuts why the ref looked so familiar. It's f'n Fonzie!!
    2 points
  28. I don't know how all the math shakes out but The Giants technically being only one game back of a playoff spot is mind blowing. Tommy DeVitto baby As it stands now I'll be at The Giants vs Saints game this weekend. I am pumped that there's still meaning to it because a couple weeks ago it was looking like an enhancement match on an episode of Superstars in 1987.
    2 points
  29. I broke the cardinal rule in the gym the other day, doing CURLS IN THE SQUAT RACK. In my defense, your honor, 1) I'd just done squats and upright rows 2) the gym was not that crowded 3) I just wanted to be efficient and 4) my gym has 8 squat racks. Also, doing curls with an Olympic bar and weights makes me feel like Brock Lesnar curling a lighting truss.
    2 points
  30. Bryan Keith and Masha Slamovich had a damn good match at this year's BOLA (night 2). It never felt exploitative, and I typically don't enjoy intergender matches. Jonathan Gresham and Jordynn Grace had a fun match on night 1, also.
    2 points
  31. The Natural's top ten Mick Foley matches: 10. Mick Foley/Edge/Lita vs. Terry Funk/Tommy Dreamer/Beulah McGillicutty. ECW One Night Stand 2006. 9. Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk. WWF RAW, 4th May 1998. 8. Cactus Jack/Raven vs. Terry Funk/Tommy Dreamer, ECW November to Remember 1995. 7. Cactus Jack/Maxx Payne vs. The Nasty Boys. WCW Spring Stampede 1994. 6. Mankind vs. The Undertaker. WWF King of the Ring 1998. 5. Mick Foley vs. Randy Orton. WWE Backlash 2004. 4. Cactus Jack vs. Sting. WCW Power Hour, 19th November 1991. 3. Dude Love vs. Steve Austin. WWF Over the Edge: In Your House 1998. *****. 2. Cactus Jack vs. Triple H. WWF Royal Rumble 2000. *****. 1. Mankind vs. Shawn Michaels. WWF In Your House 10: Mind Games 1996. *****. Best match to ever end on a DQ, right?
    2 points
  32. Excalibur has really been such an unsung hero for AEW since the beginning. He sets the product apart. Without him, the commentary team is all ex-WWE guys, to varying degrees, and all the bad habits that brings. Having heard Excalibur do commentary for over a decade, I will say he seems to have learned some WWE-style commentary techniques, probably from JR. Primarily, he calls fewer moves by their names and, instead, describes their impact. For example, it's not "Wardlow with a gutwrench power bomb on Jobber Jones!" It's "Wardlow SPIKED Jobber Jones there!" Whether that's good or bad is a matter of taste.
    2 points
  33. The pairing worked because their strengths and weaknesses balanced. RTD for emotion and Moffat for continuity. Moffat and Gatiss are prob too similar, at least when creating DW, as opposed to Sherlock.
    2 points
  34. Live: Drew/Jey was solid work worked solidly, although McIntyre has a habit of leaning way too into punches sometimes. Hey, Yeet isn't blurred, that was a fast resolution. Feels like both guys are on the upswing right now, I think Jey is one new finisher away from being ready because his spear is not dynamic enough (like Christian's). And Drew is a main event dude, I hope he gets another run as a face at the world title level eventually because I still remember his crowning moment defeating Lesnar in an empty and silent performance center and dude deserves a redo If HHH ever gets away from skits and more towards promos that can accomplish the same thing and would be way more entertaining, I'll have real hope for this new regime Ripley/Dupri was no good, Rhea was still awesome in it so that's something Oh good, I don't have to wait all night. Punk's last stop on his apology tour promo (I hope) was pretty good, I thought Seth started rough but really brought it home at the end. Seth got into Punk's rep and we finally got a little game face and edge to CM. I can get into this run because Punk was always a WWE guy to me and I wasn't even a fan of his until his AEW stuff. I didn't watch ROH as it came out and what little of his stuff I saw I wasn't that into (dude was deep into his 20s and still cutting promos about highschool), in WWE I was focused on Daniel Bryan so Punk was just a decent wrestler with a lip ring and sloppy elbow drop until his world title reign that went into his feud with the Rock. I get not liking Punk's hypocrisy, to me Cody was far more hypocritical when he went back to WWE so it's a matter of perspective (Cody's theme song still talks about having to sacrifice a cushy job for his freedom and he's back in that job) Hell yeah, big dude fight! Once Logan Paul is done with it, make the US title the superheavyweight belt yo Carter and Chance is a good name for a detective duo and they're an okay wrestler duo too. Indi looked like a giant next to them. Very much enjoying Natalya's beret phase Next Day: 6-man was a lot of fun, it might have have been death without some hometown guys Rhodes/Nak was good, not as much of a clash as I'd thought and Shinsuke continues to get heat. Cody's first move was to throw himself to the mat for a punch, still one of the more idiotic pieces of offense going today. This Mania season will be an interesting one, I'm not going to be happy if they run with Cody again (and he wins two Rumbles) but I'm not sure who else is really viable at the moment besides Orton (who I can't imagine them going with, unless it's to get Roman another Mania defense)
    2 points
  35. Holy shit, they should have made the change to BTDO forever ago instead of phoning it in for the last year or two. The ending is hilarious. I cracked up hard for the random appearance of the Butcher.
    2 points
  36. You gotta be kidding me. I guess wrestling is held to a *stifles laughter* higher standard than an R rated movie on there
    2 points
  37. No Rez Dogs? Fuck that shit.
    2 points
  38. I will finish up with One Night Stand 2006 and December to Dismember 2006.
    2 points
  39. that was on the DVD release
    2 points
  40. I’m glad people enjoyed the fancam, lol. I honestly only picked it because it was an ECW fancam from Nashville, which is close to where I live. And ECW house shows are fun to watch. Thanks for reviewing @Gordi the former AEW fan! PS Awesome/Kobashi is a lot better but it’s also during Mike Awesome’s peak and Kobashi is still mobile. And yeah, Megumi Kudo is just fucking awesome. That’s all, that’s the comment about it. Love her to death. I’m gonna get started on these Bull matches tomorrow. @The Natural BURIED ALIVE: Undertaker vs Mankind I jotted down some notes during this. My biggest gripe has nothing to do with the match: they censor stuff like chairshots, spike and steps attacks on Peacock. That half second pause thing. I hate hate hate it. For a 30 minute single segment on Peacock, this thing is really only like 15 minutes long. The ending with a bunch of heels trying to quickly pour dirt on Undertaker is kind of hilarious. I don’t know the context for the Executioner - I’m pretty sure it was Bam Bam Gordy - but man, what a terrible gimmick at first glance. Anyway, this is purely a showcase of how 1) how much these two dislike each other in kayfabe, as it’s made clear with some of these crazy spots (for the time). I always thought Undertaker doing jumping over the top rope to the outside was crazy, but doing it from the top turnbuckle to the outside is nuts for him. I honestly popped for them doing small packages on the dirt mound and then they rolled off, lmao. It was a good little brawl, but nothing I’d exactly write home about. For all that gets said about Mankind being one of his best opponents, I’m not sure I’d agree. It’s just that Foley kills himself over and over for anyone he’s in the ring with, and makes them look like a star. MIND GAMES: Mankind versus Shawn Michaels So, yeah, this is great shit. Wow. It really sucks it ended in a DQ, but I guess neither could afford to lose at this point in time. Makes me wonder if there’s a Sid/HBK versus Mankind/Vader match on RAW or something. I’d like to see that. A four way would be even better. Anyway. Easily one of the best Foley or Shawn matches I’ve ever seen, but the finish really puts a damper on it. Is this before or after Buried Alive? I don’t remember JR being on the call for that match, but he’s here. And Curt Hennig? Why? Is this another case of Vince trying to take a perfectly good wrestler who wants to be active and turning him into a commentator, like Savage? So many cool spots and sequences in this match. To start off with, there’s a moment early on where they’re in the corner and it seems like some miscommunication happened. Mankind slaps Shawn, stuff happens, then HBK ends up stomping him right in his mush. Full on contact. Then Mankind FLOORS him with what looked like a real punch. Stuff like Shawn jumping off a chair to kick another chair back into Mankind’s face who is on the top rope, the early spot in the match with the protective mats: a dropkick into it while Mankind is pulling it up and it’s blocking his vision and a jumping stomp. A cool looking chicken wing type move that Mankind tries to turn into a mandible claw. Avoiding the Sweet Chin Music by DIVING out of the ring instead of just rolling out. Theres a point where Shawn suplexes Mankind and the inside of his knee hits the top part of the stairs. I don’t know whose idea it was, but there was several minutes of legwork after that and I appreciated it. No way Shawn could have seen that from his vantage point of the suplex, but whatever. A cool powerbomb type setup turned into a stun gun on Shawn. Classic hangman rope move from Mankind, and does the claw while he’s trapped in it. Yikes! Continued legwork, and then Shawn transitions into handwork to weaken the claw. Love that. Shawn is FAST off the ropes with a flying forearm, Jesus Christ. And yeah, the DQ finish is garbage but whatever.
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. Kingston vs. Heidi Lovelace AKA Ruby Soho was pretty good.
    2 points
  43. Brian Cage and Tessa Blanchard had a match that I actually enjoyed, due to it being worked how I would imagine a prime Rey Mysterio v Cage match would go. Lots of big guy/ little guy spots
    2 points
  44. I could just see Ex's teeth grinding over that one as he watched elsewhere
    2 points
  45. Commentary on this show was rough. So Eddie hits the ring a house afire and blasts Claudio with 1) a backfist 2) a backdrop driver 3) a tope suicida and 4) a Northern Lights bomb. Instead of the play by play man (Schiavone) calling it and getting over how Eddie might win this thing right now holy shit this is crazy, you get Nigel doing the most dull, slowly delivered color commentary over the Northern Lights bomb and subsequent pin attempt. Just pissed all over any sense of urgency and completely gave away the fact that there was no way that could be the finish. It would be like a kick returner ripping off a 99 yarder on the opening kickoff while PBP man lays out as the color commentator talks about the host city's cuisine. Later in the match, while Eddie was trying to power bomb Claudio, nobody at the table made the call that this is how Eddie won the ROH belt from Claudio, which would have maybe been relevant to the story. Also, as the time limit neared, Schiavone ostensibly got the wrestlers mixed up, misspoke, or forgot the standings. He said that a tie would keep Eddie in the tournament and would hurt Claudio, the exact opposite of what a tie would have meant. In the Omega match, Kevin Kelly said something about how everybody knows the counter to the One Winged Angel. Nobody replied and it was just a real WTF moment. Finally, in the main, Kelly said something about how, if Andrade wins, a lot of the credit needs to go to CJ. He really went on about it and it just felt so weird and ill-timed. That's a story you tell when the match is over, not when Andrade is holding his own in an absolute dogfight with Danielson and CJ is nowhere near the ring. Just...man oh man. Nigel feels like he's trying to get himself over and doesn't understand when not to talk. Kelly is just shit. Schiavone is okay, all things considered, but is having a hard time doing commentary and wrangling these goofs. He also calls a crossface an STF and everything is a Blue Thunder Bomb.
    2 points
  46. Oh man. Can you imagine the pop when "Look in my eyes..." hits and then HE walks out?
    2 points
  47. When Jungle Boy returns he should come out to Cult of Personality
    2 points
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