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  1. Seth handled it well last night by saying mistakes with refs happen all of the time in sports, and you have to accept that. That’s all you need to say.
  2. Damage CTRL vs. KCs/Lyra was really friggin’ good. Great fun cruisers style stuff. Loved Damage CTRL getting the big win only to get ransacked by the Shayna/Zoey/Sonya trio. I am a huge fan of those three and a great pairing together. Sonya never got her due — good character stuff and down low really solid in the ring.
  3. Sami vs. Bron was incredible. That pin was a thing of beauty — Bron had to do some taunting before going to spear Sami, and he got caught. Sami took no chances and immediately went for the pin. Loved the booking for this, too. Bron getting beat this early in his career makes him not have to deal with a big winning streak and how you get out of a guy in a Goldberg steak. But he looks even more awesome as he now goes to eventually dethrone Sami by learning where he erred.
  4. LFG! https://youtu.be/m0aa_JaA-c8?si=yt7KfJkfcBWd7Hgu
  5. Liv/Zelina was so so so so good. Where did that come from? Liv has had good matches when in the ring against the top end of the division. Zelina has had fun moments but I don’t remember her having a full match that was anything above okay. Never expected those two to have an absolute banger that also tied in different story arcs throughout. Bravo to whoever put that all together. Liv absolutely rules in her current form. Stealing the show every week. Sami/Bron was awesome. Can’t wait for that match. The Jey opening was almost as epic as Sami’s iconic entrance in Montreal. It made Raw look like the most fun thing you could possibly see live. Felt borderline out of control in a great way. The Uncle Howdy stuff is just so well done and weird and not like anything else. Falling asleep before I watch the main event but this was a fun few hours of professional wrestling.
  6. I believe Michael Hayes produces every Bloodline segment. Awesome Smackdown bookended by two incredible segments. Great babyface fire at the beginning. KO is just the absolute greatest — playing to the crowd perfectly before flying off through a table like a madman. The final segment was a perfect mugging — they built up to it perfectly over the weeks but it was still so shocking and looked brutal. New Bloodline rules.
  7. Hang in there friend. We are here. I just went through this last week — it’s never a burden to talk to anyone.
  8. Raw fired on all cylinders. The Uncle Howdy stuff is so different than anything else I can remember in wrestling. Bo Dallas ruled and was one of the best portrayed characters of his time. Taylor Rotunda really brought his real emotions and tied it into the story motivation just enough — a perfect balance of real emotion and character. A+ for the weirdo presentation. The Liv stuff is absolutely great. She’s stealing the summer. Great manipulative heel. She’s really hitting the character stuff out of the park. Liv vs. Rhea is going to be a main event PPV feud.
  9. I had to go to a mental hospital for 8 days. Was there over Memorial Day weekend. My bipolar got really hard to manage and I had been struggling for a while. It was a wild 8 days. I am glad I went because I was going down some very dark places unfortunately. But even better — I really learned there what empathy for others really looks like. My first few days there were very scary. I was still completely out of it but when I came to — I was the only person my age who was functioning. People were either talking to delusions or just really zonked on medication. There was one 23-year-old who could have a conversation but that was it. My first night: We were also in our little outside area when there was a major fight in the building next to ours that was filled with really hard looking dudes — a lot of smashing and yelling and they had to evacuate all of the people on that floor to their rear pen while staff fled to whatever was going on. I was afraid it was a planned breakout and was just freaked out. A few other things were jarring. First — multiple homeless people were in the unit. This was not jarring in a bad way, but when do you ever share space with unhoused people? It was also affecting me because I went down the “these people have real problems, what the fuck is wrong with me?” rabbit hole. In PA, if you go to an emergency room and say you’re suicidal, they will find an available bed for you at a psych hospital. A lot of homeless know about this rule and will use it for housing, especially in the winter. It sounds like a loophole (it is) but if you’re homeless you also very likely need psychiatric care and that’s the only way you’re getting it. Another jarring thing: There was this really big guy who is schizophrenic on the floor. He would fight with the voices in his head and because of that would scream obscenities. He was in the room next to me and trying to rest and relax and sleep with someone screaming that all night long was really scary. But then later on, one of the staff members told us he was just a scared 23-year-old kid dealing with this awful disease and felt horrible about how people were scared of him. We started incorporating him more and more into activities and conversations. And over time (and because of the inclusion, partly) he started not having his outbursts. It was really great to see. The wildest stuff came from disruptive patients. Remember what I said before about the ER rule? A lot of addicts know about that rule, but a lot have no intention of trying to get clean. People with addiction are supposed to get into a drug unit but since Philly is the drug capital of the country these are few and far between. People in addiction who are there to get clean are usually very quiet since there is a huge amount of shame involved. But a good amount are there to try and score a dosage and prescription of some kind of benzo (Ativan and klonopin the most popular, especially from meth users.) They intend to be there for as few days as possible and will be as disruptive as they possibly can do a doctor will write them a prescription and send them on their way. One of the rules where I was at was that you had to keep your door shut if you were not in your room. So if you needed to go to the bathroom, you needed to get a floor tech (there are only 2) to open your door. But if someone is busy threatening a nurse or busy using the n-word or hiding a pill under their tongue and lying about it — that takes up all of the oxygen and attention so you have to wait to take a leak until that stops. But it got more comfortable as we progressed. More people were able to talk and it was a lot of really nice people who were dealing with similar stuff like I was — manic episodes lasting a few days where people were so sleep deprived they were having hallucinations (I have come close to that), or people dealing with major life stressors dealing with depression and suicide ideation (yep!) who wanted to become safe. People end up taking care of each other that way — even if someone is delusional or paranoid but really functioning. I will write more about all of this later. But it has been a wild summer for me.
  10. I just rewatched the segment. It was an over 5 minute single camera tracking shot. They are so fucking good at those. The slow pace of the camera and the single piano note and the anonymous bodies and carnage gave it such an awesome horror movie Blair Witch feel. I also love that there is a reason for the lights to turn out and the ominous sound since they hijacked the back area. A+ for the staging and blocking of something that is really hard to pull off.
  11. Gable has been awesome. He has had more screen time than pretty much everyone since WrestleMania. The story has a lot of depth and has helped get Otis and Maxine and Tozawa very over. Sooner or later it’s going to end with Gable with The Creeds and Ivy Nile and it’s going to be awesome. Well-paced getting there for SummerSlam or etc. I can easily see Gable stealing the match next week and ending up with the briefcase at the PPV while aligned with the new Team Angle. All of the Bron/Sheamus/Kaiser/Sami stuff was great. Bron vs. Sami is going to be awesome. Bron is a PPV banger away from being the next big thing and who better to guide him to a MOTYC than Sami? The Wyatt’s stuff was awesome. It reminded me a lot of The Nexus debut from way back when. It took place around the same time to set up a giant SummerSlam angle. It was some awesome just seeing a cult like massacre without seeing what happened. They laid out everyone without care. I am the biggest Bray Wyatt and Wyatt Family mark here and this was so cool.
  12. NCAA Softball tournament started this weekend. Was too busy to post an alert ahead of time. NCAA Softball is a blast. Crowds are really fun for whoever hosts the regional. It’s a little bit like women’s hoops from 10 years ago or so where there is not as much parity. The top teams (Oklahoma is looking to four-peat, Texas is the top seed, the rest of the top 10 are usually SEC and Big 12 and PAC-12) ads so much better than the rest of the field. It softball, like baseball, has enough random chaos that it evens out a little bit. The darling of the tournament this year are Southland Conference champs Southeastern Louisiana, who are making their first appearance in school history. They’re a team built on getting on base and then stealing bases. Their coach calls set pieces like a basketball time out play. They best Clemson yesterday to get to the winner’s bracket. Then they gave national power Alabama FITS. 1-0 Tide in the sixth (they only play 7 innings) runners on first and third. They did the play where the runner in first goes to steal second but intentionally falls between the bases. Alabama flubbed how to handle it, so the tying run scored and somehow the girl who fell also ended up safe st second. Lions lost it in extra innings but that game was a thriller.
  13. Nia and Jade came off like an actual fight between high school girls. They just threw each other around pretty rough, followed by some good jawing with security in between. Nia’s taunting with 50 people between then was spot on in how an antagonistic bully instigates in the cafeteria after the adults separated everyone. Nia has gotten so good at her role since she came back. She’s not going to give us any ***** matches. But she gets more heel heat than anyone else not named Dom. She’s also become really solid at being an in-ring heel monster with good timing and making sure she is in the right position.
  14. Nia Jax rules. Her saying “Your mom sucks!!!” right in Jade’s daughter’s face is one of the best heel moments in memory. We all love heels because we wish we could say things like that but adhere to a moral code that makes us act like normal people. Nia does not care. That was a great post-match brawl, too.
  15. Corbin/Carmelo is my sleeper match for Smackdown. My bet is that LA Knight wins the whole thing. I think his character needs a big win just to keep him right on the radar of potential champions. Maybe he could dethrone Logan Paul, but I get why they want to keep the belt on Logan for as long as possible. (Plus, Logan Paul rules.)
  16. When the hell is Rey/Kofi? That's, like, a dream match I never knew I wanted.
  17. Correction: That match actually felt like a tribute band version of Midnights/Fantastics from the first Clash of Champions. It was not nearly as good as that match, but that’s possibly a Top 10 US Tag match and Top 10 opening match. No shame in not being at that level because it was still a really great hate-filled brawl but with a lot of ECW plunder. Also: Are people really hating on that crowd? Man, that was so much fun to watch. The first PPV after WrestleMania is usually something really forgettable. This was really memorable because of the atmosphere. I bet the performers had an absolute blast in front of that crowd. You could tell Randy was just shocked at the massive theme song singalong.
  18. I am finally watching this now. Man, this opening tag match is a platonic ideal of an opening match. This is how you star a show in front of a crowd this scorching hot. Hot brawl with two legends (KO has hit that level), general chaos, rule change so it’s a brawl, and just beat the hell out each other with plunder and tables until the shock ending. Just keep it simple and wild. This feels like ECW Arena circa 1996 and I mean that as the biggest of compliments.
  19. Hot damn that was some quality professional wrestling tonight. I did not that we’d get anything better over the next few weeks than Ricochet/Ilya. Great way to bring Ilya onto the main roster and awesome showing from Ric. But then here comes Sheamus/Gunther giving us an all-time great Raw match. Those two are just a perfect pairing for each other. Neither man cares about their health at all and we are better off for it. Iyo/Natalya was also real good. Sami with a quick banger promo, too.
  20. I follow zero Japanese wrestling except in bits and drabs. The one thing I know about Guerillas of Destiny is that their entrances are so fucking cool and they have an absolute menacing presence. The one brother that took out Jimmy Uso looks like an absolute unhinged maniac in the best way possible. I don’t need those dudes to have five star matches. I need them to look like lunatics that, along with Solo and I am guessing Jacob Fatu, no one can control. I did not see the match from the PPV yet but they are hitting the uncontrollable psychos stuff pretty well.
  21. I really liked the presentation of everything tonight with the look at draft rooms, the NXT celebration, etc. The show was a lot of fun, if nothing else. That is a good thing. But one thing that jumps out at me is how incredibly lame Karrion Kross is. I know I am not breaking anything here. Dude is somehow even cornier than he was in previous incarnations. I like AOP a lot as bruising henchmen screaming madness but this stable is lame.
  22. Yeah, it could be a lot of different things. I don’t know if it is a sign of an axe about to drop because “WWE president sells stock before he gets his name tied up in an indictment connected to Vince McMahon” is an absolutely awful look for Endeavor and etc. It opens up the company to all kinds of possible litigation and liability. I would think people as sharp and media savvy as the Endeavor people would be on top of that from the get go. Endeavor’s bread and butter is its talent agency and one thing agents know how to do is to bury the bodies, so to speak. NK can’t just go on Robinhood and sell his shares of TKO. Since he’s a company insider, he has to disclose his stock shares to the federal government through the SEC (which is how it ended up in this article.) To so that means you have to file all kinds of paperwork and it’s a lengthy process. And that kind of stuff always triggers some kind of review from a company’s general counsel or the like who are going to want to know why someone wants to sell their shares, and they would absolutely asking about what Nick had heard about his name connected to Vince’s lawsuit, and they likely would already know the answer because the WWE is itself a legal entity in the lawsuit, which means TKO and Endeavor are, too.(Also, without looking to see what specific SEC filing it is, it also reads like Vince and NK now have permission to sell their shares, but it almost always happens.) The other scenarios: One thing that people worry about when an executive sells shares is that the executive knows something about the company’s future business and is getting out before the stock tanks. Being able to prove that level of trade on inside information is really difficult, but it always raises a lot of questions. (Or itself will trigger prices falling since investors will see that news and think something is up and will sell.) Or an executive could be in the process of landing a bigger job somewhere else. Or the exec could be feeling the fire if there was a shakeup on the board or he/she ended up with a new boss and they were not hitting it off or something like that. So why not sell now and get paid and then take off a few months later. But my main hunch: NK is selling almost 250,000 shares at almost $100 a share. The guy is turning his shares into about $25 million in cold hard cash.
  23. Just look at how Mercedes and Willow are standing with regards to each other during all of this. They are barely facing each other at times. Like side-by-side or Willow’s back is almost fully to Mercedes. This is just so sloppy looking. Or the staging of this is also ass. Jack goes and steps in the camera lens a few times. Britt Baker broke out because she had a knack for organically knowing where the camera is during her matches and doing things like winks or trash talk at it. This feels like Jack is trying to do that, but it’s so forced and bad during an in-ring segment. They really need to ask something like “Why is this character sticking his face into the camera and speaking with emphasis right this second?” I know it sounds very nit-picky of me. It is. But not thinking about this stuff really limits how good the product can be.. It’s a television show of a simulated live athletic contest and they forget that.
  24. I love Willow but I thought her segment with Mercedes looked weak because of her. Willow was angled to try and look at the camera a lot, as opposed to looking at Sasha who was directly angled at her. In live theater, actors always “cheat” and tilt themselves like that so the live audience can hear better. It felt like they were trying to do that at times last night. You don’t need to do that when something is mic’d up. It just looked off. Like, the sneakiest and most conniving women’s wrestler ever who is coming for your title who you injured in a match is right there, you should be staring her down to try and not worried about anything else. Maybe the venue’s camera set up was weird or they were trying to do something a bit different since the WWE has been getting raves for their new direction. It just looked off at times — like with Jack deciding to turn and look directly in the camera for no real reason at times.
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