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  1. Interesting comment from Minoru Suzuki (from a recent interview on njpw1972.com). I completely agree with him, and I think this reasoning extends beyond NJPW (hence my posting it here rather than the Japan folder). It always bothers me when a lower-tier title has no clear reason to exist other than to provide another thing to build feuds around. I realize that is the actual reason titles exist (outside of kayfabe, anyway), but I appreciate it when some effort is made to draw clear lines between one title and another and/or establish where the title's prestige comes from. I've never followed ROH closely, but I've always thought the Pure title was a neat idea for this reason. Cool that that they're bringing it back.
  2. I enjoyed the top two matches on each of these last two shows very much. NJPW is good.
  3. I was at the show in NC earlier tonight. I went with two people: one very casual wrestling fan who doesn't follow NJPW, and my girlfriend, who was there strictly to spend time with me and get some insight into this goofy hobby of mine. The one thing on the show they both really liked was the Lance Archer/Ren Narita match. My casual-fan friend instantly loved Archer, and my GF turned to me after the match was over and said "OK, that was actually pretty good". I thought it was the best match of the night too. Archer was great. Nagata and Kojima were also a lot of fun.
  4. Given that Scurll re-signing and being placed on the booking committee has given ROH its first bit of good publicity in a long time, I think they should have gone all the way and announced him as the new head booker. They wouldn't actually need to do it, just tell the fans that they did. I mean, how perfect would that be for wrestling in 2020: kayfabing the fans about who the head booker is.
  5. I love judo-influenced stuff in pro wrestling.
  6. I'm so happy that Naito won. I'm one of those people who still thinks he should have won in 2018, and I do think this was anticlimactic by comparison. But I'm still really glad it happened. I'm not very keen on the KENTA thing afterward, especially since he lost earlier in the night, but I'm not too bothered by it either. I remember a common sentiment after Okada won in '18 was that it was all part of a longer-term story for Naito. The fact that he went for the Stardust Press and missed was supposed to be evidence that he still needed to escape his past as the Stardust Genius and embrace being tranquilo or whatever. So I enjoyed the fact that his character didn't seem to change at all between WK12 and WK14, and he hit the Stardust Press en route to victory.
  7. The issue isn't live vs. taped or weekly vs. touring, it's the content of the shows themselves. To suit the tastes/expectations of US fans, that would have to change significantly.
  8. I guess I'm confused about what you mean by "adjusting the booking for US TV". At it stands, NJPW doesn't do anything resembling a weekly show schedule, let alone a weekly show schedule that advances major feuds and storylines in a way that US fans would find familiar. Doing that would require fundamentally reorienting everything, not just cutting down some match lengths or reducing the size of the teams in some tag matches.
  9. The stuff Meltzer's been saying lately about AEW being WWE-lite, reminding him of late-period WCW, being less of an alternative to WWE than NXT, etc. resonates with me. I've been pessimistic about AEW since before Dynamite started, despite really wanting them to succeed, because I've been worried that the show would indulge in goofy sports-entertainment stuff to a self-destructive degree. One look at "Being the Elite" tells you that these guys love that kind of thing. Hell, the promotion's existence is an outgrowth of the popularity of the Bullet Club, which was itself based on a bunch of warmed-over stuff from the Attitude Era. That's why I never bought all the serious sports-based product talk. I don't think that things like the Nightmare Family or Kris Statlander the space alien are growing pains. I think this is the show. This is, at least in part, what they always wanted it to be. WWE, meanwhile, has been really smart in (a) meeting some of the demand for a main roster WWE alternative with NXT, (b) using it to counterprogram AEW, and (c) hoarding vast amounts of talent. Now AEW has to find its feet on TV against an established, high-quality show, that a big chunk of their own audience knows and respects, and that (despite being a WWE production) doesn't indulge in goofy sports-entertainment stuff nearly as much. In the long run, I don't think it's going to work out in AEW's favor. But I really hope I'm wrong. I think I want AEW to succeed more than I want to personally enjoy it. The wrestling world is just so much more interesting with it around.
  10. What would be the point, though? What would Cody gain from being behind all this in secret, while pretending to feud with, and getting beaten up by, his own guys?
  11. Something is getting lost for me in all this--what is so offensive about saying that Justin Roberts looks like a child molester? Who is that offensive to, other than Justin Roberts? Child molesters? I mean, it's certainly not a nice thing to say, but I'm not seeing the political angle here.
  12. There's an extra reason that triple threats being no-DQ by default is stupid for AEW specifically: If every triple threat is no-DQ, then in principle, every triple threat could have just as much mayhem and brutality as any of the lights-out matches. And yet the triple threats, unlike the lights-out matches, are sanctioned and go on wrestlers' official records. This makes no sense.
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