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  1. A Talent Announcement: Booked on DEAN~!!, in addition to Daniel Makabe is ~!
    9 points
  2. Brief pause here just to note that Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision/BotB made for one really good overall package of weekly pro wrestling. I haven't even gotten to ROH yet and it was just an enjoyable varied heap of stuff. This was definitely an AEW RULES THE WORLD sort of week.
    7 points
  3. Lol well that's the safest bet ever. The company he showed up at is on such good terms with AEW they let one of their main event guys go on AEW PPV to announce he's signing with AEW 4 months early. It's definitely all approved. New Japan wouldn't use an AEW contract and all that and risk heat and politics messing with a good relationship. I'm sure JB is still on his AEW deal and getting paid by AEW. Who knows maybe they didn't want him back and this was a compromise. Or maybe lawyers got involved and said you can't ice him out the remainder of his contract or some such. I'd be legitimately shocked if this was not agreed to by all parties and part of at least a vague plan to rehab JB / reinvent him.
    6 points
  4. Re: Battle of the Belts These last couple shows (at least) feel like they're getting thru a content contract they wished they hadn't signed. Further, I don't quite get why they feel the need to make BOTB a separate show. It confuses or makes clunky the promo materials. Why not sell it as 'Collision: Battle of the Belts - the three hour special'? And actually build to said 'special' the same way you would a PPV.
    5 points
  5. He was between All Japan tours when he died; he was International champion during his final tour and lost the belt to Jumbo Tsuruta a few days before the tour ended. There was actually an attempt to form the Triple Crown while he was International champion during that tour, but his match with Genichiro Tenryu went to a double countout. He had just jumped back from New Japan a couple of years before, and his tours were pretty limited, I presume to preserve his drawing power (which was starting to wane) and to keep him in check, but he seemed pretty amenable to doing business based on results and how he was booked. All Japan also held a Bruiser Brody memorial show a few weeks after his death and flew over his wife and son.
    5 points
  6. What a shame. As we all know, there's no greater paragon of asking permission and ensuring consent than Vince McMahon.
    5 points
  7. Rampage/Collision/BOTB was not only a bunch of fun to marathon in one sitting last night, but really makes it a no-brainer for me to agree with Matt and everyone else saying this was just a really, really well-paced, high grade, rules the motherfucking world week of TV. Every show this week was just really well laid out and flew right by. Hanger vs. Drake and Embassy vs. Righteous/Archer were both gifts to me personally, as was the DUTCH SENTON TO THE OUTSIDE, which I was (and still am) just guffawing at, and rewound back to three times. I know AEW isn't a "big man territory" like WWF/E, and I'm by no means a size king - you guys know I root for Darby, Riho, the Bucks, and all major Reys like anyone else - but AEW just has suuuuuch a great variety of heavyweights and super heavyweights right now, I kinda want to see an experiment where they run with more of these guys on top, or at least borrow from the 'soft-split' of the Punk era and build one of the three shows around a main event scene strictly consisting of those particular guys. Joe, Miro, Hobbs, Kingston (though he's dropped mad weight) Edge, Claudio, JD Drake, Dutch FUCKING Righteous, Brody King, Archer, Luchasaurus Engage, a hopefully healthy again some time this decade Keith Lee, Nicky Boy (please come home) Big Bill Ya'll, Brian Cage/Gates of Agony, Platinum Satnam (if he ain't there yet, that's fine, but if you're not cutting him loose, then he needs reps to get there), Shane Taylor, Wardlow, Hager, Billy Gunn, Evil Uno... You get the idea.
    4 points
  8. This has been an exceedingly busy and emotionally draining holiday season for me. So my apologies on dragging my feet on these writeups. But I've been snowed in for two and I have the time and bandwidth for the important things right now: Pro Wrestling. So here we go First things first. I still owe @Gordi the former AEW fan a review from the last Secret Santo: Jaguar Yokota vs La Galactica 9/17/84 Jiro Kuroshio vs. Seigo Tachibana from Wrestle-1 (5/6/2018) Punisher Dice Morgan & Scott Hall vs Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto - March 19, 1990 - IWGP Tag Title Bryan Danielson & Curry Man vs Gedo & Jado 3/12/2004 IWGP JR Heavyweight Tag Title Match
    4 points
  9. In six days Michigan won the Natty for the first time in 26 years and the Lions won a playoff game for the first time in 32 years. And Detroit gets to host another game next week. I'm overcome.
    4 points
  10. One good thing about AEW is that it quite often doesn't feel like the same show week to week. There isn't just one AEW. Dynamite is: Samoa Joe vs HOOK for the World Title Gates of Agony/Brian Cage vs Bullet Club Gold for the ROH Six-Man Title Christian Cage vs Dustin Rhodes for the TNT Title Young Bucks Talk And some Women's Match and 1-2 more things. I feel like if you told someone that was the going to be the show two months ago (maybe even two weeks ago), they'd shrug and believe you, but no one would have possibly guessed it.
    4 points
  11. Having Dustin, Willie Mack, and JD Drake all wrestling unannounced feels like TK flirting with me, personally. They've really backed into a great character for Garcia as the guy who will stand up to anyone no matter how bad a motherfucker they are (Sting, Danielson, Brody) and it really works for him. He was absolutely king-sized last night taking a huge beating but still getting in his shots. Please don't let them screw this up. E: Also, what the hell is painted on Garcia's pants? It looks like a uterus with eyes.
    4 points
  12. I finally found a clear picture of them, at least, but it really raises more questions than it answers: https://i0.wp.com/www.ewrestlingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/AEW-Daniel-Garcia.webp
    3 points
  13. You're right about the "rotten attitude" thing with Deonna. My comment really just extends from the look on her face when she was taking off her ring jacket/robe/whatever. It was such a "let's get this over with" look. She was only happy when she won, which is perfect. I really don't have any problem with Preston either all things considered. It was just disappointing because he seemed so lower-tier for Orange that the result was not in question whatsoever. Then again, if it was some other undercard guy I have some investment or interest in I'd probably be crowing about how cool it is that the guy that never gets a shot got a shot, etc. Pretty hypocritical, I know.
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Totally with you on a few things there. Very much agree on the 'Street Fight' tag. I was worried Starks had fucked up his arm on that cart spot. All that said, clever work around the awkward Jericho heat (for now). I also thought the pre-match Jericho/Guevarra promo was pretty strong. Deonna is a great heel. I'm sure she was plenty happy to be there, but she works that rotten attitude beautifully. The arm submission from the Velvet high spot and finish were thrilling. Purrazzo could really use a presentation/costuming tweak, but her in-ring puts her right at the top. So good. I thought the build to a mid to low card match between Vance v Roddy was a huge positive and something often missing from the AEW booking formula. They did this nicely with a few bouts this week - the Archer/Gates issue for example. They also seem to be upping the ante on recap packages which is a somewhat quiet but huge improvement. And yes! Drake/Potato! I look at Drake and think, man, I'm really glad Ray Traylor (and the like) had no shame in wearing a top component to his gear. Presentation goes a lot further than the 'Suzie Green' costumed wrestling world seems to understand. A competent non-wrestling bubble stylist could go a long way in any promotion, AEW especially. Nice assessment of the Garcia character. Ha, I'm not sure what to make of those pants. I'm hoping Garcia gets back to the gear if he's running with the 'Wrestlers' now. Yeah, some fun, odd, pairings throughout this Collision episode. Absolutely!
    3 points
  16. It really happened. I was ten the last time. Ten!
    3 points
  17. the Cope Open was a fun way to open Collision. Thought Hangman/JD Drake was an awesome match. Deonna looked great in her in-ring debut. Good long main event trios match. Loved the street fight starting in the back and opening Battle of the Belts from the end of Collision.
    3 points
  18. I am really, really surprised there hasn't been like a Dark Side series on boxing cause there are a BILLION stories from just the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Ibeabuchi is basically the tip of the iceberg. It would easily surpass the wrestling one just cause most of it could be substantiated and not old folk lore that got maintained through stuff like the sleaze thread. Off the top of my head: Ricky Womack, Tony Ayala Jr., Edwin Valero, Carlos Monzon's life after boxing, the suicide of promising Nevada referee Mitch Halpern, Aaron Pryor, the disappearance of Sergey Kobozev, Michael Watson, Wilfred Benitez, Michael Nunn trying to become the cocaine kingpin of Davenport, Iowa, Mike "The Bounty" Hunter (Sr.), Clifford Etienne, the whole Berbick-Ali fiasco and Don King almost being murdered by the Nation of Islam, the deaths of Robert Wangila and Jimmy Garcia, Gerald McClellan's unsavory background and then end result of the Nigel Benn fight, James Butler. Just thinking about some of these subjects make your skin crawl just because like wrestling so much stuff just went unchecked in many cases.
    2 points
  19. Hooked up the N64 last weekend, and my son is hooked on VPW2. He’s wrecking fools as Vader. We’ve been making some fun CAWs, too. Found a good AJ Styles, Hogan (all old-school versions, no Hollywood), Sting and Okada so far.
    2 points
  20. Better not tell Vince that. "The Tuna Man" Frank Good coming at you on this week's WWF Superstars!
    2 points
  21. "Couldn't" sounds like a challenge. Herb was to cocaine like Kobayashi was to Nathan's hot dogs. He couldn't be stopped.
    2 points
  22. Would you trade getting out of debt for burns on 30% or so of your body? Suppose it depends on the level of debt...
    2 points
  23. I have no idea if this is actually true or not, but think of the salary cap implications!
    2 points
  24. I completely agree on Vance's title challenge. Clearly, TK has a huge blindspot to the audience with his booking Championship Contenders based on a *yawn* Battle Royal victory (always featuring predominantly lower card talent) or a throw away tag match. Nobody watched that match on Wednesday and thought 'ya know Preston Vance is ready for a title shot'. Had Vance won that match on Wednesday and followed it up with a couple of credible (not 'Preston Vance IN Action') victories on Television then maybe it wouldn't be such a far fetching illusion that he could win. Further, had they run that Roddy confrontation a week in advance allowing time to put further heat on the idea of Strong wanting to get the title off OC and onto Preston, so that he could then beat him for it, maybe the match would've had a modicum of intrigue. As was, it didn't feel like even a Kingdom assisted win was even a consideration.
    2 points
  25. called Bellichek too
    2 points
  26. Perfect time to post one of the most epic matches I ever read about in PWI as a kid: Onita and Goto vs Sheik and Sabu in early 1992 in a poorly thought out fire match that devolved into chaos. Wild stuff.
    2 points
  27. Haha as much as I wish it was in reference to her oft-poor 'tude exclusively, there's a bit more to it - long story short, it's a term for trying to hide something and inadvertently drawing way more attention to it by doing so. Wiki explains it way better: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect My brother you missed or are forgetting the Trustbusters! I was certain Slim J and Ari Daivari were meant to be in-joke along those lines (holy shit @Matt Dyour post just hit me while typing Daivari's name for the first time this year, well done)
    2 points
  28. Much like Iman Vellani, Alaqua Cox’s first role and audition was for their Marvel character and they’re pretty much perfect fits. While I understand that the show wasn’t “needed”, Echo was one of the best parts of the Hawkeye show in my opinion so I’m loving the show. Only got one episode left to watch. I now want Daredevil: Born Again to be at least partially set during the Blip, since Kingpin is alive during that time and still absolutely flourishing apparently.
    2 points
  29. Boy, doesn't THAT make you feel old...
    2 points
  30. Thought Collision was a really good show. Copeland has just the right touch of giving the jobbers enough to look good but not making himself look worse in the process. Dustin/Willie was cool because it was a rare coinflip match. Dustin/Christian in a battle of surly vets should be fun. 6-man titles was fun as expected. Archer is great as the part-time monster, and his entrance is pro-wrestling af. Bishop should not be using the pedigree as a finisher. Red Velvet is always a good show-case opponent and her match with Deonna was good despite no one knowing if Deonna is a face or heel. Her introduction was obviously babyface, but all her mannerisms and moveset scream heel. As much as I've ragged on Nigel as an announcer, I have to give him credit for his line about every wrestling match ever being online somewhere being the reason today's wrestlers can do so much so early. It was probably the most incisive kayfabe point made by a wrestling announcer in decades. Hangman/JD was really good. Glad to see JD get to show he has another gear, and Hangman's finishing sequence was slick. Hook squashing a bigger dude with superior technique reminded me a lot Benoit squashing Big Ron Studd to build his match with The Giant (that Benoit lost in like 10 seconds). The 6-man main was nearly perfect. While the 6-man style has been oversaturated for the last 10 years, this really evoked the spirit of the peak Shield run, and I think HOB is the best trio since the original Shield for these type of matches, probably because they mirror the roles of each member in some ways. Obviously FTR and Garcia are good fits to hang with HOB. There weren't any dull moments, and Garcia's hot tag was one of the best in a while. Definitely a stand-out match in a company where 90% of the card is trying to have a stand-out match. The transition to BOTB was good, but the rest of the show was not. I love Roddy's quick-hitting jumping knee, though.
    2 points
  31. He's gonna beat Kingston for the Triple Crown, mark my words.
    2 points
  32. I can't believe we're in victory formation.
    2 points
  33. A little late to the Brody discussion. Surprised to see the push back to it. By no means am I 100% certain it would have happened. But it's more than plausible to me. Are two super violent big vikings coming in as team like Bruiser Brody & Berserker Nord (in a more serious presentation) not a logical improvement over a fake cop & a white man pretending to be an African man? I definitely could see them slotted in the Mega Powers feud slot. The Bad News Brown slot could have been him as mentioned before, but also wouldn't he have been a good fit for Tthe Earthquake feud? Instead of large fat man sitting on him (which was basically a singles redux of The Twin Towers stuff) it could've been mean violent viking man stabbing him or something. Just squashing dudes leading to that big Summerslm payday when Hogan comes back. Doing the same table non-finish to get more house show business in. Seems like there's a lot of opportunities for him to be an upgrade over what we had in that era. It's just that it's so ingrained in our nostalgia brains that it's hard to fully wrap our heads around it.
    2 points
  34. Got around to reading Ultimate Spider-man #1 and Rise of the Powers of X #1 today and man, what a great one two punch. The Ultimate Universe revival and the Gillen/Ewing parts of the X-books especially have been so good. Really not sure how the post-Krakoa age is going to have a hope of living up to this stuff. Also, I don't know why it always shocks me how good Hickman is at getting me in the emotions because his big runs all have it, but he's such a big ideas guy that it's easy to forget how good he is at the character stuff. Given the setup and the fact that it's the Hickman book, seems like USM will be where the main threads of the new universe are propelled, but it's an interesting enough start that I'm real curious about the other books as well, especially the Momoko X-Men.
    2 points
  35. The great thing is that when it gets to -40 me and the Americans are on the same page.
    2 points
  36. This 100%. Hollywood rich kid/nepo baby. Are he and Anna Jay still a thing? Stick her on his arm too.
    2 points
  37. it might be a bit too obvious of a ripoff but some wrestling fed could steal the whole "player introduces himself on screen" soundbite thing from NBC for special occasions at least
    2 points
  38. FU*CK! is 100% still active! They've moved away from death match style but still run shows in basements in front of, like, 30 people. Current Far East Asian Champion is Lucha Master Takemaru, whom I am sure I have met, but I can't find a picture of us together. I found a picture with Moriya, who is a current FU*CK! mainstay, and with Fuke, who worked for them back in the day. Fuke is a Fujiwara guy, and Moriya was trained by Kurisu! I am connected to current FU*CK! through my close friend Kuuga/Cooger/Asian Cooger (in fact I am probably going drinking with Cooger and Moriya again soon) so, SINCERE OFFER HERE: If the fine folks promoting this show ever manage to raise enough sponsorship dough to fly some wrestlers in from Japan I would be quite happy to liaise the Osaka Indie scene for y'all. How about Bodyguard singing his entrance theme on the way to the ring? DEAN loved that. I am SURE I could convince some good people to go if it were at all financially viable. This year, or at any time in the future.
    2 points
  39. This is my favorite game in years. Jerry Jones is gonna fire McCarthy before the game even ends. If you want it done right gotta do it yourself. New Cowboys head coach Jerry Jones lol. Wonder if it violates the Rooney rule if an owner just appoints himself. I think we're gonna find out pretty soon.
    2 points
  40. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone that open in the NFL, that was backyard football open when you forget who’s on what team.
    2 points
  41. Samoa Joe should have beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship in their 2017 feud and AJ Styles for the WWE Championship in their 2018 feud. AJ Styles' year long WWE Championship reign was such a disappointment.
    2 points
  42. I think there is a really good chance that Darby and sting won the match so Sting can pass the torch to Darby afterward by giving him the bat or trench coat or something similar. This could/should be the event that moves Darby into the top of the card for good
    2 points
  43. They need to put together a commemorative program consisting of all Dean's Smackdown workrate comics.
    2 points
  44. What the fuck was wrong with this company? They wanted Sabu TO cut promos, and Joe NOT? Did they have to do everything natural backwards just to prove they can? It was Vince forcing his will on the world I suppose. Hopefully, some sanity can slowly start creeping back into the proceedings, though I'm sure it'll take awhile. (edited for context)
    2 points
  45. I mean its not the worst Hall & Oates tribute band I've ever seen?
    2 points
  46. "This picture dates back to the summer of 1995. I’m holding the UFC Championship and the NWA World Title. Sabu is holding the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and propably the NWA Independent World Title. Sabu is the only person to ever hold that title."-Dan Severn
    2 points
  47. Jim Ross continues to be horrible. Maybe the Sting match can be his last match, too. “Swerve reminds me of Ed Reed” is the new “Sammy reminds me of Gino Hernandez.” He had to restrain himself from talking about Shida being just like Inoki and Aminata reminding him of Butch Reed. “Why is Swerve risking going to the top rope?!” Did this bitter old turd ever criticize Bobby Eaton? What good does this type of commentary do anyone? The best was Excalibur throwing it to Ross and all JR could add was spouting Hager’s height and weight before moving on to Hager’s footbaw background. I swear he could be replaced by a soundboard or AI and nobody would know.
    2 points
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