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    The problem is not that they're trying something new, or that they're trying to make it seem real. The problem is the specific way they've apparently chosen to do this (if Aries's post-match behavior was part of an angle, which I bet it was). It's one thing to have real-life animosity between wrestlers in the back of viewers' minds, or to base storyline events on real events. It's another, way stupider thing to try to present in-kayfabe and supposedly-out-of-kayfabe stories simultaneously and hope for either to be taken seriously. A wrestler celebrating a big win and his opponent throwing a tantrum about being booked to lose cannot successfully be presented to the audience at the same time, except maybe for laughs.
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    The entire idea of a wrestling angle is to make you want to see the wrestling show. For a lot of fans, myself included, work-shoot nonsense like this has the opposite effect.
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    It's a line from Back to the Future Part III :
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    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    I wonder about all three of these guys. My first impulse is to say that Goto would be an instant main-eventer in AJPW or NOAH, but on second thought I'm not sure--the stigma of NINE failed challenges for the IWGP title might be so thoroughly stuck to him that other companies would be wary of having him actually win their top belt. And as much as I like YOSHI-HASHI, I suspect he'd be the YOSHI-HASHI we know now wherever he ended up. Same for Yujiro minus the liking him part.
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    Oh yeah, and Michael Cole calling Shirai's top-turnbuckle moonsault an "Asai moonsault" for no apparent reason made me think that some Brazilian wrestler should start doing an "a├žai moonsault". Free idea for Taynara Conti right there.
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    My main impression from the tournament so far is that Satomura and Shirai are so far above everyone else that it's not even funny. The other wrestlers look like they're doing their offense underwater by comparison. Plus Shirai is like 5'2" 120 lbs. and she hits the ropes like a heavyweight.
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    NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling 2018

    I really enjoyed the KUSHIDA/Scurll match. I appreciated how they used matwork sequences throughout the match, not just as an obligatory bit of early-match filler. KUSHIDA seems to be in a weird zone where he's extremely good, and everyone knows it, yet he's somehow still underrated. Jay White, Gedo, and Jado appear to have all defected to the Firing Squad. Okada and his crew were all wearing brand new CHAOS t-shirts at the last U.S. show, and that was after White and Gedo split off, so I think CHAOS still exists. It would be like that if the nWo Black and White consisted of less popular early members and the Wolfpac consisted of more popular later additions. Also (can't resist the pedantic urge), there are no Samoans in either Bullet Club. But otherwise yeah, that's basically it. Come to think of it, if you don't count Kota Ibushi as a member and you put Yujiro in the Firing Squad, it would be Bullet Club Atlantic (North Americans and a Brit) vs. Bullet Club Pacific (Japanese, Kiwis, and Pacific Islanders).
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    I didn't think so. Definitely a good match, but there were a couple points of awkwardness/miscommunication where Martinez looked a little lost. Taynara Conti's "Judo Alexa Bliss" entrance routine is kinda weird. But I always want more wrestlers doing cool judo throws so I'm sorry she got eliminated.
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    I was thinking
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    NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed 9/30/18

    Oh god, I hope you're wrong, but I fear that you're right. Given the other ways that Gedo has drawn influence from American wrestling and specifically WWE, the precedent is there.
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    NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed 9/30/18

    The Omega/Ibushi/Cody triple threat idea is completely lame to me. I wish they would at least treat the top title like it's above that kind of thing.
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    Has the recent boom in intergender wrestling on the indies produced any notable male face vs. female heel matches? I was thinking today about the debates the crop up periodically about intergender wrestling, and it occurred to me that women wrestling as heels against men might be the real third rail of the issue. Asking the audience to get angry at a female wrestler and cheer for her male opponent to beat her up could be a tough sell. In fact, people who support intergender wrestling from a progressive standpoint might actually hope that it's a tough sell. But that would be sort of ironic, because intergender wrestling wouldn't really be equitable if that sort of dynamic were treated as off limits. That would restrict the kinds of roles and characters that women wrestlers can play, at least when wrestling men, without there being any comparable restriction for men who wrestle women. But I don't pay a lot of attention to the indies, so this might just be a problem in my imagination.
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    NJPW Destruction Tour 2018

    It's so goofy! I'm surprised he's kept on doing it.
  14. Brie was just smartening up a greenhorn. It's called being a ring general.
  15. I can't believe people are criticizing Brie for those kicks. Think about it. Why shouldn't she aim for the face? It's not against the rules, and Liv wasn't putting her hands up. For some reason we're supposed to just accept it when fighting genius Daniel Bryan throws kick after kick at the chest despite the head being wide open. I'm glad his wife stepped in to show him how it's done. She didn't "botch", she protected the business.