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  1. Public admission: I am a big Black Bart mark. frequently secretly, RAF
  2. "The Sandma'am" is such a good indie gimmick that I am giddy just thinking about it. - PATENTPENDINGCOPYRIGHTTRADEMARKPRIORUSE, RAF
  3. "Avalanche" Buzz Tyler is certainly a Premier Charter Member of the Forgotten Workers Club. In hindsight, he is a solid worker but completely colorless to me. It is like the man left no footprint in the business at all. NE longhair pinhead bias, RAF
  4. Did the system for notifications change recently, is it wonky or am I and/or my chromebook crazy? Did all the notifications one receives since last logging in count as one for purposes of the number on the bell icon or were they once counted separately? - RAF "My legs are grey. My ears are gnarled. My eyes are old and bent." - Matthias of Judea
  5. I look at ring psychology as the means to elicit an emotional response from the audience, whether to engage or to tell a story. It encompasses timing, gestures, selling, pacing, charisma, and speaking. It can be overt, subtle, broad, violent, comedic, innovative and traditional. Psychology is instinctual (ya get it or you don't) as well as learned (by being taught, by observation or experience and by experimentation). I listened to Baron Von Raschke break down the psychology of a classic cage match to such basic elements that the formula was unassailable in it's effectiveness, and so simple as to be baffling as to why it was not obvious to all (me!) beforehand. Psychology is about providing the expected and unexpected in the correct amounts at the correct time. It is the confidence for the worker to listen to themself to get the biggest long-term impact with the least effort. Shawn Michaels is a great story-teller in my opinion, but his ring psychology is sub-par (these valuations (and all my others) are relative to his status and experience: his work is better than 90% of what you will see from non-major leaguers/main eventers). An early career in tag teams is a great way to learn the business, especially the building blocks of making a great match. His tag stuff is outstanding. Bret Hart used move and psychology to tell a story in the ring that was logical and solid. A little to clinical in fact, for me. John Cena isn't very innovative psychology-wise, but he picked it up fast, and his matches (by a modern standard) are textbook. Read Gary Hart's bio - he really emphasizes ring psychology and gives good examples. Limiting myself to workers I have seen live, these folks come to mind: Tully Blanchard: so so great in setting up to conflict, and drawing out all the heat possible. Jerry Lawler: yeah, lots of comedy and stalling, but a genius at reading the crowd and giving them what they want/need/didn't know they wanted and/or needed. El Hijo Del Santo: brilliant timing, makes the easy stuff look hard and the hard stuff look easy. (honorary luchador mention: Brazo de Plata, can engage a crowd and switch from loony toons to drama on a dime) Ric Flair: can work with any opponent. In later years, he was formulaic but man what a formula, and if he felt like turning it on he gave a clinic in RP. A real Sigmund Freud, if you will. Really, you are not going to get surprises in a list like this until you get down to the "lesser" numbers. How about these folks for me: Matt Bourne, Sgt. Slaughter, Rob Van Dam, Sandman, Muta, Muraco, Freebirds, Snuka. For younger workers, it's harder to commit: Ciampa, BMurphy, Cody, Samoa Joe... more of a Jung man myself, RAF
  6. This made me quite giddy. I am a Catweazle mark, since he is mostly a Celtic Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant, hedge wizardry vs. street magick. Highlights include: the bridgework spot, the chyron "FUNNY MAN CATWEAZLE", the leg-spreader sequence, KASHMIR SINGH daddy!, GLPeacock being Adam Cole with more believable offense, young'uns paying dues, getting over with the grannies, and "natural blonde hair". Matt D's assessment of CW body of work is essentially correct, but this world could use more grabass and titty twister spots these days, alas... so good, RAF
  7. I get ascared whenever the "Wrestlers RIP" gets bumped up, and when the board was down for holiday repairs I had a flashback to the board crashing from the Benoit massacre traffic. Did it not crash also when Eddie Guerrero died? - RAF, a delicate flower and drab introvert
  8. Gaylord Peacock is now my favorite wrestler that I have never seen. - RAF (not that there's anything wrong with that)
  9. Hey, I was at that card (this past Thursday in Philly). Mostly twink gymkata (see above) and meaningless fatboy death matches. Nice showings by Homicide, Dan Maff and Ophidian however, and a couple local standouts. As you can see, the small (18') ring fits snugly betwixt the bar and the stairs, leaving room for three standing rows on two sides to block the bathrooms. Indie intimacy... - RAF
  10. This is all true, and I liked watching the Pierce/Slazenger team, but the faces Naked Mideon would make whilst doing his thing always crack me up. Naked Mideon: one of those gimmicks that is impossible and awkward to explain to non-fans. - RAF
  11. Baszler is one of the best new talents. She really gets it. It is hard to do a MMA gimmick, and have to show ass whilst remaining effective but she does it well. She comes off as a true heel. Great look, good gear, nice stooge back-ups, and a unique persona among the women - she is a stand out and this makes me mark out even more. - getting verklempt, RAF
  12. Ecumenical councils are like contract signings or arm wrestling matches: it always ends in a brawl. Arius was lucky he was merely banished, and there wasn't a birthday cake. - believe you me, I know, RAF
  13. I lost touch with Arthur but he was a great guy and funny as heck. He brought his camera to the MSG show to fulfill his HS photography shop assignments. His mom was pals with one of the MSG families, so we had access to their ringside seat privleges. We saw a lot of great matches but saw much Tiger Chung Lee vs, Mr. Fuji openers. misty & water-colored, RAF
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