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  1. You state some "reasons" - but... why? Anyone could come up with an equally valid list of the guys getting pushed that are not working out, with the reasons why they are not. It is the booker's job (if there is one, writing commitees my carny ass) to figure out someone's place on a card/roster and put them there. If it is the top, it might take some time. Ricochet can't talk? You want to listen to Baron Corbin speechify? So he can't talk - if they wanted to push him, they will find a way. My point is that there is a crop of new talent (and again my direct knowledge is over a year old) that seem to me to be worth a push --- and they are not getting a push. This is not a radical or original view. These guys seem like money to me. - RAF
  2. Y'all gotta stop being wrong and hating on Thee Boogie Woogie Man. He is the Arcane Pope of my Dancin Rasslin Funky Church, the Hierophant of thee Street Peoples, the ArchShaman of Gettin' Down DADDY, for the love of Dusty. your Boogie Man loves you, It's all about putting asses in seats and soul in your heart, baby. - RAF
  3. The Narcissist was a shite gimmick, despite the hard work of The Brain, and it did LL no favors. It did not help that it appeared that he had never heard the word "narcissist", let alone Narcissus, before he joined the WWF. The Total Package was a solid if minimal gimmick and more his speed, Allah bless his pointy little head. woof, RAF
  4. I certainly cannot disagree with your conclusion (and I dig the way you phrased it) BUT Vince may be behind the times and a bit mad, however he is carny as all get out, and green is the only color (flag, dimension) that matters. He would have pushed Lashley fercryinoutloud to the top if that had worked out at one point in time. Maybe he thinks that the fans/marks/universe/shareholders are not ready for it. Recent events, The Rock and the indys have shown that not only do these former "restrictions" don't matter, they can actually be assets. Maybe the writers think that Vince and/or the audience still wans not just the same ol' type of workers, but the very same workers... - RAF
  5. On WWE booking of late: How can you not be pushing and making money with Keith Lee? How can you not be pushing and making money with Ricochet? How can you not be pushing and making money with Aleister Black? How can you not be pushing and making money with Andrade? How can you not be pushing and making money with Angel Garza? How can you not be pushing and making money with Big E? How can you not be pushing and making money with Chad Gable? How can you not be pushing and making money with Killian Dane? How can you not be pushing and making money with Isiah Scott? I see any of the folks (and this is off the top of my head and having not watched any WWE shows for the past year+) as worth investing in and potentially able to hold their own at the top of the card. Politics? $$$? Vince? Fear of the new? It is mind-boggling. - RAF, befuddled as well
  6. Coming soon from RAF Enterprises: our new parfum - Essence of Kobashi. It will invigorate your career as well as your senses. Looking for something lighter? Try our eau de cologne Kenta (not to be confused with our upcoming KENTA Body Spray for the youth market) - absorb it and live strong-style. - call me nez, RAF
  7. Luger was Mr. McMahon's ideal wrestler form at that time - I always surmised (and I don't remember the WON talk from that time) that he was to turn ASAP, face vacuum, heel surplus or not. Look at how he was loaded - pushed as a reformed heel, body builder, super strong, a patriot AND a bionic magic forearm. LL does not have enough personality to carry the main baby champ role (or the main heel role for too long, even with a manager, in my opinion). Hindsight and all that... - RAF
  8. Marone, DZ - are you trying to talk our ears off? - RAF
  9. The business is changing, and we are entering an era of new different money streams. It will be interesting. However, I believe that true pro wrestling has to do with emotional resonance, a bonding with the sport, workers and company by becoming emotionally involved as a fan. The best way to do this, as my aged eyes see it, is via live events. That is where the magic happens, if you will. The socialization, the communion, the power of the moment, the immediacy and the crowd is was makes memories. Kids going to an event with their parents and/or friends, adults bonding over this shared experience, and the power of a wrestler making you feel something right there - TV/streaming/DVD/YouTube/etc is secondary to this. TV is a cold medium, no substitute for the live experience. Going to a card is what makes lifelong fans, be it a TV taping, indy show in a gym or bar, or a Starrcade. Yeah, yeah, the COVIDs, the Saudi petroblooddollars, the costs - all I know is what worked before. I don't know from stocks and investors but I have been to plenty of rasslin shows and there isn't one that would have been more memorable on tape or PPV than it was for me live. - RAF "I'd rather be in the bleachers than on my couch, dammit"
  10. I get that Cody wants these names and concepts because they were attached to his Dad, but wrestling has gotta move on. Nostalgia will only get you so far, it is high time to invent some new traditions. Easier said than done, I realize, but the concept of a PPV as a monetary stream is outdated - the titles (especially the ones not connected to particular match types) can rest as well. - RAF, iconoclast (except for Starrcade, maybe)
  11. Killer Khan has some of the best ring noises - squeals and grunts of Mongolian bloodlust. In my dream fed, KK comes to the ring for our big PPV played out by these guys: - RAF, hypnagogic booker
  12. That was deliciously stoopid. I dig MLW, looking forward to the restart. I am glad they waited but really hope they have a good COVID protocol. - RAF
  13. I have stated it many times: I have never heard an entrance pop like Hogan coming out to "Eye of the Tiger". It is a great entrance song. In my ears, "real" songs will always be better than the ones written for wrestlers - there are obvious exceptions, of course. This is one of the reasons that ECW was great, and the sanitized re-dubbed reruns that are around now are so heart breaking. I have always booed Hogan, and resented him for his backstage shenanigans. Such a boring champ. He never impressed me pre-Hulkamania, Mr. Blassie notwithstanding. - RAF
  14. Is this from thee Sir Mix-A-Lot Championship Wrestling fed? - RAF
  15. The inventor of the match, Dutch Savage, did not foresee the use of the pole - the ref just woulda tossed it up, basketball-stylee. He was representing the coal mines of his home town, bragging that the miners were tougher than the lumberjacks of the Pacific Northwest, who had their own specialty matches. I think Don Owen came up with the use of the pole for the first one (early '70s). In a box in my basement on a VHS tape there is a copy a great doc called Savage about DS, Portland wrestling and the CMG match, spotlighting the feud between Dutch Savage and the Iron Sheik and really breaking down the psychology of the Coal Miner's Glove gimmick. I think there were other "on a pole" matches before that, but more of a battle royal, grab a check/bag of cash thing. I dig those IWA-Japan kendo stick matches where the rasslers start out at the top of opposite aisles and after a countdown gotta race into the ring where there is a lone kendo stick laying on the mat to use as a weapon. A couple years later that would be extraordinarily sparse compared to the over gimmicked coffin/glass/barbed wire net/scorpion/thumbtack/piranha/whatnot matches that were also fun in a nothing succeeds like excess manner. Scranton PA, RAF p.s. - no need to cratedive in my cellar thanks to thee miracle of thee YouTubes (highly recommended):
  16. Maybe you are Tommy Chong in "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie". Spoilered for hilarious but racy C&C content that still makes me laugh. TB, your lyric dilemma is no problem, you are in good company and I for one would listen to your tunes. - the same thing only different, RAF
  17. Oy, how soon until he is wearing green trunks with a question mark on them? Mr. Helms, reading that exchange (click on the link from Andy In Kansas) made me smile. I owe you a beverage. This is all symptomatic of why I mourn the death of kay fabe and the rise of social media. GIVE ME BACK MY DREAMS! - dammit, RAF
  18. "Okay, we gotta goooo --- uh, we'll take some time..." Oh, Lance, you have such aplomb. - RAF
  19. One of my fave tag matches I saw live was in FLA (1983-4ish?) when a green but game Wild Eyed Southern Boys took on the accomplished PYTs (a super underrated but short-lived team). The heat was nuclear - either team could have moved that crowd of crackers, but against each other it was perfect. Just the entrance musics got people frothy. He was a treasure and a gem all throughout his career. RIP, cowboy. - RAF
  20. I don't remember who just name-dropped it here on this wonderful board recently, but the 'RASSLIN! streaming channel (I get it on the Rokus) is super-genius. I was feeling sickly and COVID-paranoid (update: all is "well", I am just old & broken) so I call into work and crawled back into bed after a miserable attempt to start my day. Some Sport of kings is always what the doctor ordered, so to remove any complicated choosing and button pressing, I turned on thee RASSLIN!. Whoever programs this - YouTube grabs with no copyright consideration - is in my mindset: lotsa Flair, Memphis, random '80s & '90s indies, ECW starz, Georgia & WCW TV action. I even saw the Lawler/Funk Empty Arena match, and I was buoyed, my friends, spiritually physically and in the brain department. good for what ails ya, RAF p.s. - I looked, and it was that plucky lad Shane a couple pages back who reminded me I have this channel so who needs a Hulu? Thanks, man...
  21. Governor Ventura had the best insults and mockery for Ivan Paduski, I know this is a hoary and much recycled angle but they pulled it off with aplomb. - RAF
  22. In rassling, a spin, twist or flip make everything hurtier. - Professor RAF
  23. I get more enjoyment from reading a Dolfan essay on a HHH match, than I would actually watching said HHH match. I acknowledge the importance of said matches but I rarely enjoyed them the first time, let alone rewatching them. hats off, sir, RAF
  24. I love a festive blood'n'paint medley. Does anyone have the pic a Flair, with half his hair & face bloody from a Terry Funk attack and the other half green courtesy of some Muta mist (post GAB '89 maybe?) It was like you needed 3-D glasses WWHHHOOOO!!!! - J-Tex 4Ever, RAF
  25. I dig Stevie as well, including his ringwork. No throat-injury SR could not have saved ECW, but if somehow (and that is a whole 'nother thang) ECW was not doomed to sink and he stayed uninjured I could see him as a big babyface main eventer there, in that early geek-like-you mode, and I could believe that momentum carrying over to WWF/E or WCW if that is still there as well in that dimension. A lot of fandom, wrestling included, went from wanting their heroes to be bigger than life, to being just like them. He definately was a worker who paid attention and tried to innovate and improve. Stevie jumped up and down after Beulah said she was pregnant (one of my fave stoopid angles) is hysterical still. - RAF
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