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  1. So true. This is the first we’re all hearing about any of AEW’s potential shortcomings. We never discuss this here. Thank you, brave truth-teller.
    10 points
  2. Imagine a whole lotta people enjoying a thing for what it is, and a couple people constantly telling them what they like is bad or going to fail or whatever - you're being a fucking drag and masking it as "concern," which I suppose is better than just being an outright troll but still isn't "fruitful." However, if you keep trying to push the conversation into a place most people have no interest in going, you're bound to get pushback. Long story short, let people like things and learn to step back sometimes.
    10 points
  3. In AEW's short history they have on occasion produced some near perfect television. Every other week, save for maybe one or four that I'm forgetting, they've had good to great segments and some shitty ones. I don't quite see this Fall/Winter 2023 set of TV as any worse. Yeah, they were hotter when Danielson and Punk debuted. I don't get this ignorant idea that AEW is immune to ups and downs. What Pro Wrestling company, or any company for that matter, hasn't had ups and downs? I'd be curious to know what weekly Wrestling TV show in the past 20 or so years has been more consistent or better than AEW Dynamite? That's not to say there aren't issues with the product. I'm solidly with the too many belts talk. There's also an ongoing issue with Referees being made to look ridiculous, and far too many non-managers at ringside. I also find the phasing in/out of the roster week to week a bit problematic (I sense the live gates have suffered more for this reason than discussed). Especially without Video packages and promos to keep up with the stories/characters, but it's something I'm seeing being worked on (that's all I ask). I also find the hiatus/injured wrestler disappearances very irritating. And unnecessary. But I recall Meltzer on WOR talking about injuries not being legally allowed to be discussed. I'm not sure I got that quite right or how that works, but it seems like the secrecy could be better limited or worked around. All this said, I don't find these qualms enough to hate on a product I find consistently fun. It's par for the course. As far as AEW being number 2, what the fuck do you expect? WWE was number 1 with an outdated senile booker presenting the shittiest wrestling possible. In general, that company, the well established McDonalds/Marvel/Coca-Cola of the industry, clearly appeals to a far wider fanbase. I'm happy AEW doesn't. I want blood and workrate and unscripted promos. If they don't always work out, but the batting average remains high, oh fucking well!? I'm not on top of all the sales figures, nor do the bellyachers seem to be, but from a distance the profits look pretty strong. And the Billionaire responsible for the overhead is happy. My overall opinion remains: AEDUB still rules the fucking world.
    8 points
  4. There were many times @DEAN said AEW RULES or RULES THE WORD. But my favorite was when he’d say RULES THE MOTHER FUCKING WORKD. I did some digging and I think this was the first time that combination of words was combined by him: I feel he would have loooooved the Classic. I didn’t know him personally outside of some friendly messages. But I really miss his posts and the Caps lettering as if he was shouting things like GREAT!
    7 points
  5. Pretty sure they’re talking about Pillman.
    6 points
  6. “People calling me on my bullshit means I’m over the target. My persecution proves my virtue!”
    5 points
  7. As I posted before, the best option for AEW (or any company, really), would be to cast as wide a net as possible and go with a property that has both a cable and a streaming environment. Unfortunately, that "best option" may not be an actual option, because NBC Universal/Peacock is definitely out. I don't see them getting on a Disney property and bundling up with Hulu. A CBS/Paramount property doesn't have the cable home for them that would fit in terms of a channel people watch for sports. Staying with WBD and going on the sports tier of Max would probably be their best bet, assuming Max doesn't completely crater. AEW having their own streaming service is a bad idea, especially as people are struggling to justify costs and there needs to be some kind of value added service to make them want to part with their $10-15 each month. It also wouldn't hurt for them to have a FAST channel, similar to Impact. They've got five years of a library built up now, just run old shows in whatever order and run it with ad support on Pluto TV. The cost is phenomenally cheap to do. Heck, do it on YouTube too. In this environment the goal should be to capture as many eyes as possible. Putting all ones' eggs in one basket, whether it's just cable or just streaming, is a bad idea. You're trying to sell a product, cast a wide net.
    5 points
  8. I'm currently having a discussion about the belts in this thread and neither side of the issue is doing snark or push back. So that disputes that any criticism of issues is automatically returned with snark. I don't even think the most diehard AEW fans would deny a lot of what you're saying about ticket sales and pure facts like that. I think the vibe your posts have given off in the recent past in just this thread (not everywhere, not always, just this conversation) isn't so much a conversation as it is a confrontation. You have a lot of valid points. 3k people in 10k seat buildings looks bad no matter what company does it as an example. But the way you present it is more that it's an undisputed fact that your side of the argument is the only rational side. I think we all feel like that sometimes but that's not entirely true for any of us. Like I agree AEW looks bad losing Jade & Cody. They were day 1 homegrown kind of AEW projects. Cody was the whole identity of the company in a lot of ways. And he went from a meh presentation in AEW to a star in WWE. Jade has a huge upside and bright future. They were patient and treated her like a big deal ad she lefgt without really giving anything back. Punk tho I think that's debatable. I have already stated my way to handle it in TK's shoes is get them in a room and fix it. TK rode the fence too long and tried to keep everyone happy. But I don't think AEW looks bad here, I think Punk does. Gigantic hypocrite. But the way you receive that shouldn't be that I'm challenging you with push back or snark. That's all. The old JR saying about McMahon. Remember go in and converse with the old man, not confront.
    4 points
  9. What is this? Third grade? Is the teacher going put people in opposing corners until time out is over? Listen. Anything regarding potential dispute resolution is just based on conjecture. Up until real life hits, it's tough to say how anything is going to be handled. That's my whole point. Everyone hopes people will play ball, but that's not always the case. Whether you're firmly in the camp of supporting CM Punk or those against him, the truth is it wouldn't be surprising if their relationship dissolved tomorrow or shortly down the road. WWE doesn't need him and Punk doesn't need them. It's peaches and cream until it's not. That's generally how it goes. No one back here is (1) working backstage in WWE and (2) in the mind of Phil Brooks and able to read what he will do next.
    4 points
  10. Punk wasn’t the only person that needed to be reeled in. No efforts were made to reconcile the two parties. And keep in mind everyone involved works for Tony Khan, no matter if they’re an EVP or not. And speaking of that title - screams professional for three of them to go out there and lampoon Punk and the Brawl Out scenario, but refuse to patch things up and claim it almost made them want to quit the business. What pros!
    4 points
  11. No. It's possible to be both non-binary and a woman, as it's not an either/or thing. Gender isn't necessarily a hard-coded thing so if they feel that "girl" represents them, but she/her pronouns don't, that's just who they are.
    4 points
  12. You leave Lexis Nexis out of this.
    4 points
  13. The multicolor ropes were good and Tony was a coward for backing down.
    4 points
  14. Very Heyman-esque in working towards a workers strength. You could still tell she was green but for most of it the title run came across very special. I think her working in the PC for a while is really going to do her wonders. Cody is an interesting case. His first year or so in AEW he was arguably the face of the company. To me, the start of the company felt more like Dusty’s Revenge and I knew very little about Tony Khan. Eventually, a few character and story missteps it felt like the only option would be a heel turn (maybe they would have done that eventually if he stayed, despite what was being said). Punk was a wild situation that was very mishandled and maybe unavoidable (of course there is no way to know that). I’m excited he’s back in wrestling. The three of them are going to make a lot of money in WWE with a much more established merchandise machine. Cody and Punk came at perfect timing to give an already great story longer legs when there was an arguably potential to get stale. Next wrestlers move up an hopefully can fill those voids. Julia Hart? The Danielson semi-retirement run? MJF melodrama? Kingston Kawadaing? Idk, maybe something can hit and get the train moving. There’s stuff I don’t care for and there’s stuff that I’m having a blast with. Wrestling is wrestling and hopefully can still be wrestling. It’s not new. That style of posting was present in the previous WrestleMania thread when he was openly misquoting people so he could be overly confrontational. Many times previously of bad faith posts when people disagree with him and claims the other side is being [insert dismissal here]
    3 points
  15. I mean the alternative is just get rid of him. Some people have a Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski love mostly hate type working relationship, but otherwise, you just get rid of em or he/she quits. I am not sure it's a situation of knowing how to handle someone.
    3 points
  16. How so? Before Punk’s bullshit, they got a lot out of him. Jade, they did all they could with her. Cody was allowed to book himself and we got Death of Superman angles and gender reveals. None of that illustrates a lack of ability to get something out of talent on Khan’s part. I’m amused by the sentiment in some circles that Jade is going to become a great worker now that she’s (spending one day a week) at the performance center. I’d love to be proven wrong but I feel like she’s missing something that can’t be improved with more reps.
    3 points
  17. It’s wild that they signed Jade and then realized that AEW had basically worked miracles with her matches and that she’s almost totally raw.
    3 points
  18. I try not to read any comments about Final Battle, as I only got until the end of Lee vs Shane Taylor (did watch the entire Zero Hour as well). Outrunners tried their best and even tried to play Freebirds for the Von Erichs, but it wasn't too great. Ross' timing seemed off, despite him looking in fantastic shape. Marshall with his more conservative move set looked better in ring-wise. Still, nice to see Von Erichs in a bigger stage. Taya Valkyrie looked amazing as usual. Her wrestling was ok. Jack Cartwheel lived up to his name and then some! Awesome showing, although Bounty Hunter prevailed. Garcia vs Blake Christian was a great surprise andca really exciting match. Blake does not look like he could be as exciting inside the ring as he is. He surprises me every time out there! Holy shit was Vikingo vs Taurus every bit as awesome as I wanted it to be. Some spots took too long but both men gave it their all! Six man tag title match was good and got better by the end. Bad Dude Tito looked a lot like Adam Bomb/Wrath, and fuck you, I mean that as a compliment! Nicholls could have taken young boys' spot and we could have had new champions, but the kid got splattered after a good showing. Nyla vs Vertvixen was a match. Nyla could even have ended the match earlier and chose not to. Ok, then. Survival of the fittest was crazy by the end. I was shocked Dalton was eliminated so early, but my other pick prevailed. The match was way better than I expected. The I quit match had many cool surprises and told a good story with a couple big bumps. I figured they would take this opportunity to pull off a good match, but this was better than I thought it would be. ...forgot that I also saw the Pure title match. Wheeler being a total shit and Lawlor was on the ropes during the pinfall! Kicks to the nads for everyone after the match. Hook needs to end this guy! Lee vs Taylor was intense and had a few huge moves maybe not a decade in a making match, but definitely worth seeing. That's it so far, but for the price of monthly subscription, this was awesome so far. In fact, Vikingo vs Taurus was worth that price on its own.
    3 points
  19. Grrr board ate my original post. Let's try again. You should take a look at this article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2023/10/10/with-cord-cutting-cable-tv-industry-is-facing-financial-challenges/?sh=36754b24756c Here's the big beats though: - The peak of households for cable was in 2011 with 105.1 million, or 90.7% of all TV households. It's at 75.3 million (60.8%) now. - In August 2022, the audience share for cable was 34.5%, and for streaming it was 35.0%. One year later, for cable it's 30.2% and for streaming it's 38.3%. - At the peak, 19 cable channels averaged a million viewers in prime time. Now, only three do it - ESPN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Viewers' habits are changing as cable costs continue to grow and people decide it's not worth it to maintain. People need to shift accordingly or get left behind.
    3 points
  20. The problem is that you're being histrionic and it isn't conducive to a healthy, fruitful discussion about some of the better points you bring up. You need to calm down.
    3 points
  21. I don't know. I doubt they'd want to do a triple threat semi-final for the very first Continental Classic. They need to establish how it's supposed to work for a year or two before they start messing with it. It's like - it's questionable whether having Royal Rumble co-winners was ever a good idea, but it would have been a really bad idea to do that for the inaugural Royal Rumble. I agree with all this being the most likely scenario. My expectation going into the Swerve-Moxley match was that they'd wrestle again in the semis, with whoever lost in the round robin winning then. That hasn't changed. Eddie over Swerve in the grand finals is my pick.
    3 points
  22. Let me just lead with this was an amazing Collision, outstanding weekend of wrestling between ROH and Collision. So, we are deep enough in the game that I think I can tell the direction the booking is going to go last next week. My predictions for the last results on each side Mark defeats Jay to get on the board. Swerve defeats Rush. Feels like that was always the expectation, and draws him even with Mox. White beats Moxley, thus creating a 3 way tie on top of Gold league. This will lead to a triple threat as each of the 3 are 1-1 against each other. Blue league is more spicy. Danielson beats Claudio, eliminating Claudio from the competition and securing Danielson one of the 2 spots. Garcia gets his 1 win of the tournament, upsetting King. this eliminates King and Garcia can feel like he finds himself. Kingston defeats Andrade in the main event. This pulls him to a tie with Andrade, but since he just beat him head to head, Kingston wins the tiebreaker, thus giving him the second spot in the Blue league finals and a rematch against Danielson. Gold League can go a lot of ways. My gut says Moxley wins, pinning White, avenging his loss and keeping Swerve decently protected. The Blue league is Kingston securing the biggest win of his career beating Danielson and giving him his match with Moxley to keep his belts.
    3 points
  23. Do you know how weird it is seeing Rippa in a box score?
    3 points
  24. CM Punk has a history of not doing business. See, you always to be prepared for the other answer or response which is. "No, I am going to do that." So you either acquiesce or say, "Goodbye." That's pretty much it. So if Punk says, "No, I'm right in the case...fuck him", is WWE just going to consider that No a "yes, I will cooperate" and go about their merry business? That would be the same thing people would believe AEW would do. We're making too many predictions and assumptions. If everything was easy, Punk would have never been in AEW in the first place and using that as a fuck you to WWE.
    2 points
  25. See. If you just work safer, then this wouldn't have happened!
    2 points
  26. There's no praxis for Lexis Nexis, and I'll thank you to not remind me that "praxis" isn't pronounced the same.
    2 points
  27. Punk was fired because he was an out of control, paranoid goof. They didn’t “lose” him. Jade has undeniable charisma, but there’s only so long a more “work rate” type company can book around her obvious limitations. She’ll eventually debut in WWE and we’ll see, I guess. I don’t personally consider her a big loss. Not sure who the third one is. Cody? I’m sure many of us are fine without him.
    2 points
  28. I for one miss the simpler problems, like the ropes being a distracting color.
    2 points
  29. So true. In dunking on you for being tedious, I’m actually pretending they’ve got packed houses every week. You’re still so good at reading.
    2 points
  30. The snark and pushback on any attempt to have a discussion about some of AEW's issues are only proving what I said to be true. It's the "this is fine" meme come to life.
    2 points
  31. Why? I really think Christian benefits a lot from the TNT Title, and Cassidy the International Title. I mean, yeah I can sort of see why some wrestling fans would find more clearly defined structures psychologically more satisfying, but if you could go back 12 months and scrap a title....I'd be curious to see you justify that in practical terms.
    2 points
  32. We've already seem the advent of "stream cutting" once they all seemingly started both raising prices and removing content.
    2 points
  33. Usually 3-5 per ROH TV episode.
    2 points
  34. Re: Zero Hour Valkyrie v Allure was alright. I sometimes wish Taya's furry boots made her more of a classic Bruiser. Von Erichs v Outrunners was not particularly good. The Von Erichs looked rusty or sloppy or both. Still, kinda fun watching the Outrunners bump their asses off. Bryan Keith v Jack Cartwheel was excellent. I like this booking choice. Local boy makes good, and a fun local story. Keith sure does like a high wasted pant. Garcia v Blake Christian was hurt by the babyface v babyface dynamic. This didn't look quite like Blake's A game. Re: Final Battle Vikingo v Taurus was fun. Vikingo's set-ups were lengthier than usual, but didn't take me entirely out. I always love Black Taurus. I sometimes wish I could make some small tweaks to his presentation. Here's hoping he sticks around. The Top Rope Gorilla Slam! Mogul Embassy v TMDK was 'perfectly fine'. I sense the NJPW tour helped Kaun/Toa. I thought Bad Dude Tito looked good there. Tony Nese v Ethan Page had numerous boneheaded booking choices. What was the point of handcuffing Sterling and then having him interfere constantly? Er having Mark Henry lumber out and then just leave? Sorta like the Men of the Year reunion, but not sure about them as babyfaces. Ethan Page is a terrible babyface. He comes off as whiny and fake (see that ridiculous promo on ROHTV this week). Perfect traits for his far superior heel act. Underrated Nese wrestled a solid match. There was a great effort and lots of blood and I wanted to like this, but it fell short for me. I skipped Nyla v Vertvixen, but glad to see Nyla in ROH. I had a tough time with the Survival of the Fittest. All the touchstones of all the scrambles I hate. Die Multi-man matches, die! I like all these guys, but it just didn't come together until Fletcher v Kommander. I really dug those two pairing off to finish things out. Fletcher threw too much at him, but fun nonetheless. Of all the poor choices on this show, none worse than that awful looking red paint Fletcher was sporting. I'm just happy it wasn't a tattoo. For a moment, it reminded me of the night the Nightmare Factory neck tattoo was revealed. And all the disappointment that came with it. I also enjoyed Yuta v Lawlor. Love to see more of Filthy in ROH. He'd be a good hand. I also liked seeing Hook down here. For fuck sake, get him some reps on Honor Club. How bizarre to have this inexperienced performer so in need of reps and he's yet to perform on a single Honorclub show. Loved Yuta's antics post match. Shane Taylor v Keith Lee didn't quite MEAT my expectations, but it had its moments. Some fun spots. I always get the sense that Keith Lee is not in any kind of shape to be pushed up the card. I'd like to be wrong about that. Bryan Keith promo was fun. OC v Keith sounds like a party. BCC v FTR/Briscoe was kinda hit and miss for me. Things got clumsy at points - like putting Cash in a submission with barbed wire, and then not having him saved nor submitted, and then just quietly dropping the hold. But when this was on it was fucking on. 6 of the best. I'm with Dax on phone zombies, but the optics were questionable. Anthony Henry v Kingston felt like a poor addition. I like Henry, but this felt like a waste of time on a 5 fucking hour show. I don't like how the ROH World Title was repped on this show. I don't particularly like where that title is going either. Athena v Billie Starks was, of course, excellent. Definitely hurt by the babyface v babyface dynamic. I'm not sure it needed more time to build to but @MattD is right on this being a poor location for the match. Still, fine effort and excellent result. A strong main event. More than enough high points to recommend the show.
    2 points
  35. 20+ minutes of Bob Luce doing commercial reads? 20+ minutes of Bob Luce doing commercial reads!
    2 points
  36. I do agree with you, but I will admit that I thought the All-Atlantic belt was dumb and it lead to some good stuff. Maybe Danielson wins and they wiggle it to have the Wrestle Kingdom Okada match be for that belt. Or Eddie wins and Akiyama, Kawada, Kobashi, and Taue come out and they all hug. Of Swerve wins and bleeds in more people’s mouths. It’s all up hill, baby!!!
    2 points
  37. TWO WOMENS MATCHES !! Awesome episode of Collision. Killer opener from Claudio and Andrade. Skye suddenly turning and joining Julia after going out of the way to not do that just recently was a little strange and I liked the tease of Skye & Abadon joining forces, but I loved the whole setup leading to the return of Thunder Rosa! And Thunder aligning with Abadon. Great segment and set up for a tag match next week. the Texas Street Fight Deathmatch came out of nowhere but was crazy as hell. Willow and Diamante bleeding within minutes, Mercedes spider german on Kris on the chairs looked killer, glass and thumbtacks. Some absolutely wild stuff here. Was not expecting all this but loved it. Comparable to the last couple years similar versions. (I think TayJay vs BunnyPenelope will always be the best) Bryan Keith vs Orange was fun, great weekend for BK. Looks like we're finally getting back around to Keith Lee vs Swerve after all. Epic main event from Bryan and Brody, more blood and violence. Agreed with the above on how the tournament plays out (except I think Moxley/White draw just to say we got one draw), a hell of a tournament it's been.
    2 points
  38. So thinking about how the last week of matches is likely to go, I came up with what I think is the most absurd idea for Collision: Claudio beats Danielson, Kingston beats Andrade, and Brody beats Garcia. That would put Garcia at 0 points and everybody else tied at 9. Making the whole Blue League essentially just an elaborate way to make Daniel Garcia look bad.
    2 points
  39. Happy 44th birthday to the late great Mr. Brodie Lee. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
    2 points
  40. I can save the devil angle, the devil is Julius Smokes and the henchmen are low-ki, homicide, Dan maff and monsta Mack. It allows TK to keep scratching his ROH itch and will entertain me enormously
    2 points
  41. Really liked Collision, not much to add to what others have said except the idea of Abadon being aligned with someone is weird. They went from this scary unpredictable “actual zombie” to just “living dead girl” who does a little neck twitch thing to mimic “fixing” a broken neck in a horror movie. But again, I don’t personally get it but they are very over so glad everyone else is happy. Looking forward to Thunder Bae again. Also, they should change Skye’s name to Dark Skye. Also The Acclaimed! Being more serious! And should be a fun match against Top Flight Action.
    1 point
  42. it's like Warren Beatty dressing up as Dick Tracy to retain his rights?
    1 point
  43. I'm writing this message from the future, Thursday to be exact, and they do now lol.
    1 point
  44. @Sparkleface just beat me to some of the things I was gonna bring up so I will put it like this: 3 million, even in this landscape, is on the conservative side. We're talking about network TV. That's bare minimum. Thing is, WBD would be expecting the same thing because they don't have anything else. Even their marquee basketball games top off at 2-2.5 million. I don't think that's troubling for AEW as much as it is for WWE ten or fifteen years down the road. If the bubble does indeed burst or the numbers on the rights deal, they're going to start cutting costs like crazy and that's going to include personnel (i.e. talent). I think over the last few years and the reason I haven't really about hasty decisions regarding removing AEW programming is it's clear the folks in charge unlike the olden days with WCW post Ted Turner falling from power is they're willing allow AEW to grow. The thing here is will WBD make the foolhardy decision of saying, "we're running out of patience so let's get WWE" or will they do the big increase and expect AEW to move to the next level. Either way, both promotions are going to a TON of expectations over the life of their next deal. I think folks are kinda losing sight of that in favor of "LOL AEW WWE IS HERE NOW" like WWE is getting a bunch of money to do nothing. WWE losing out on Fox means it's going to be tougher for ANYONE to get back on Fox or networks, period. Even though they do have a strong relationship with NBC Universal, if WWE does have some NBC specials, they have to be successful.
    1 point
  45. @porksweats in "Honor" of some pretty enjoyable ROH PPV pre-show action, here's some olde schoole ROH full matches featuring A-Pre-W and Before They Were Superstars type interesting/unexpected match-ups. Take your pick!I As always, no WWE or NXT for ole Gordlow, please. I am kind of in the mood for Big Meaty Men Smashing Meat Hoss Fight Kaiju Battle type action, but I am not going to insist on it, if you had something else in mind.
    1 point
  46. Here's the problem with this folder. Everyone WANTS AEW to succeed so much so they are willing to overlook all of the issues that have been going on within the company over the past 18 months. You have blinders on. I want the company to be a success too but when there's 2,000 people attending Dynamites in buildings that hold 13,000 it doesn't look healthy. When ratings cratered on Saturday nights, it doesn't look healthy. You can point to the in-ring and say Well look how good the CC has been. Yes, it's been great for a niche audience. I love it. Has it been great for everyone? Apparently not. And these stories they are telling are really stupid. 'The Devil' thing is Black Scorpion territory right now.
    1 point
  47. I'm not going to decide what wrestlers should do with their lives, if they have the money to retire from the ring at 45 then great and either way wrestling safer and not destroying your body is a better move all around. If there isn't anyone in the locker room to get advice from then hit the internet, old timers of every description are putting every thought they've ever had on how to get over into books and on podcasts and most would return a text if you have half a name At any rate, we clearly come at this from different directions. Always happy to get your take on things
    1 point
  48. Man, that trios match. It’s a shame that awesome spotfest stuff like this meaningless. We could have a whole division built around crazy shit instead of dick jokes and a septuagenarian.
    1 point
  49. That should be a match right there! 3 very different styles but still based on high flying in one way or another!
    1 point
  50. Except for the C2 being universally enjoyed, being #1 in cable on Weds, a great looking ROH PPV tonight, and awesome sales #s for Revolution and All In. Plus Ospreay won’t even debut for a few weeks.
    1 point
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