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  1. There is no doubt in my cold dark longhaul COVID19 brainpan that The Great Khali is the WORST wrestler in the WWE HoF. This includes the workers that RAF cannot stand (Putski, Mascaras, Beefcake). And it's a shonda that Mr. GTASteele was mentioned, he was awesome. I gettin' all het up in this place... - RAF
  2. Blah, blah, not a real Hall of Fame, yadda yadda, no physical building, yakity shmakity, Vince's pick - but I say--- The Great Khali?!?!?!? For shame... The HoF is the last thing that attracts my interest about WrestleMania anymore, but I can comfortably walk away now. Not out of protest or anger, but just the scales are dropped from my eyes, the bar has lowered so precipitously, the silliness is so apparent, that I have lost interest. I don't mind justifying Koko B. Ware, Abdullah the Butcher, James Dudley, Drew Carey for sundry carny reasons but TGK is a shite choice for me. - RAF, who doesn't like to be so negative but even if you wanted to court "the Indian Universe" there were better choices in my opinion...
  3. Today I learned that Mr. Fuji's finisher is the Kamikaze Clothesline (looked like a lariat to me but it's cool). Young Dewey Robertson looked good in there, too. Later came the marijuana reefer and nudist camps, and then you start painting your face and ergonomically shaving your hair... - RAF
  4. Viddy all this: my main man Dick Woehrle. "The Continental Nobleman" Joe Turco. Capt. Lou shenanigans. Thee Classy One Fred Blassie. Mr. McMahon and his sportscoat filling time at the end. It ain't Shakespeare but it was what we had back then. - RAF
  5. There is only one way to settle this, lads... - GO!, RAF
  6. A Hogan turn w/o Nash & Hall as NWO would have made a big splash in the wrestling world that would not carry over to the mainstream/crossover/new viewers, I think. Hogan turning rulebreaker = memorable but business as usual (unless a hot babyface gets made), but Hogan joining the NWO is bigger news, and he adds to/rides the cool heel vibe that was Hall + Nash + NWO. It also gave the group HH's booking autocracy, as opposed to it just being used on himself. "Hogan as top heel the company was built around, squashing guest babyfaces" would actually have been much worse that the "Hogan as top babyface, defeating every heel and faction like it's 1984 and you are still 9 and he still had a convex hairline" that WCW was feeding everyone for the previous couple decades years. - RAF
  7. Great, now the OOB (Original Orange Bastard) wants to fist me?!?! That is going too far. - RAF
  8. Prosaic but clever: the Five Arm. Re-appropriation: the Flying Burrito. Another fave of mine: Arabian Facebuster. - RAF
  9. I always liked Hawaiian Hammer best, then Tombstone, then Southern Piledriver, and finally Reverse Piledriver. Atomic Drop was short and sweet, name-wise. Several finishers of thee Midnight Express had amazing genius names, and I can still hear Jim Cornette dogging the mic at TBS and explaining the nomenclature for us at home (in order of festiveness to me, lesser to greater) -- Rocket Launcher, Flapjack, Divorce Court, Veg-O-Matic, Double Goozle. In modern day WWE (I cheated and looked these up) there is: 054 (good), Neutralizer (lame), Black Mass (nice), Uso Splash (not trying), Sister Abigail (creepy good), Dis-Arm-Her (barely funny the first time you hear it), Bitter End (clever), Big Ending (see "Uso Splash"), Murphy's Law (works perfectly). In other places - good: Egyptian Conniption, Graveyard Smash, Cosmic Doom, Tomakazi, Sicilian Slice, Rude Awakening, Shining Wizard bad: Panama City Destroyer, Steiner Recliner, More Bang For Your Buck. taking finishers and their names very seriously, RAF
  10. And the Abigail logo is replicated upside down in the glyph on the nose on Winger's mask. Coincidence? I think not. Jun Kasai is like something out of Takashi Miike's feverish nightmares, and I love it. - RAF
  11. There is an important component of rassling in the mythology aspect, The Golden Bough and Joseph Campbell and thee Hero's Journey and whatnot, that makes it universally relatable. Of course, we relate to, say, Stone Cold punching his wicked boss, because hey we have all been there. But living vicariously through another is both identifying with your hero and looking up to them. There is room for both, but I feel that the death of kay fabe (inevitable?) gave the audience/marks/non-workers/consumers/universe too much influence. I don't want to be part of the show - I paid for my ticket so entertain me with your talent, canvas monkeys. - RAF
  12. In the big Ringcircle Of Life, aren't we all just... goons for Gilmour? Finlay's first matches were probably untaped in 1974 for his pop's promotion when Thee Fit One was 16, so there might still be more gold out there. - crazy but deep, RAF
  13. (Y'know, when the post you are replying to is not on the last page, I almost always get confused and think that it didn't post. Like this here double post.) Spontaneous wrestling thought: Inspired by the late great Lawrence Ferlinghetti's monumental poem collection "A Coney Island Of The Mind" (1958), I will title my next collection of prosody, doggerel and haiku "A Clash Of Champions Of The Mind". Or "A Coney Island Of The Squared Circle". Which is better? trademarkcopyrightpatentpendingprioruse, RAF
  14. That was a great clip and doing more like this can't do anything but improve the WWE --- --- BUT --- --- for me, I don't want to "relate" to these rasslers. I want them to be bigger than life. I want them to occupy a world I can't even imagine, and to think of them in mundane terms (Terry Funk going to the DMV? Abdullah the Butcher collects Star Wars dolls? Baron Von Raschke trained as a plumber?) makes them seem less special, and makes it harder to suspend my disbelief. This is my (old-timer?) view, the mileage on your Model T may vary. This ties in with the social media debate of above as well. - RAF
  15. SuperBrawl 3 is well worth your time to watch. 1 The Hollywood Blonds (Brian Pillman and Steve Austin) defeated Erik Watts and Marcus Bagwell[3] Tag team match 16:34 2 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Chris Benoit Singles match 19:59 3 Davey Boy Smith defeated Bill Irwin Singles match 05:49 4 Cactus Jack defeated Paul Orndorff Falls Count Anywhere match 12:17 5 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) Tag team match 12:52 6 Dustin Rhodes (c) defeated Maxx Payne by disqualification Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 11:28 7 Barry Windham defeated The Great Muta (c) (with Hiro Matsuda) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 24:10 8 Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) defeated Sting Non Title White Castle Of Fear Leather Strap Match 20:54 - RAF
  16. Being somewhat spherical can have it's advantages. It's like one of those crazy machines with the oddly shaped wheels and/or gears that somehow rotate back to it's starting position. - RAF
  17. D.Z., pray tell what is the source for all this festive Jun Kasai merch? Google image search is being problematic. thanks, RAF
  18. If you have ever had a chance to see Navarro Negro and Solar strut their stuff against each other, you emerged a better person. The time I saw it live, it was a clinic, and they deserved all the money thrown into that ring. - RAF p.s. - Wow that was a loaded card there. The poster is awesome but won't load here ("not a https address") so here is a link: http://highspots.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/maskedmania-1.jpg Check this out: Name of the event: Masked Mania Date: 27.04.2014 Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia PA Commentary by: Joe Dombrowski, Leonard F. Chikarason & Sean Waltman Tag Team Match Latin Dragon & Ultimo Panda defeat The Spectral Envoy (Frightmare & Hallowicked) Six Man Tag Team Match The Osirian Portal (Amasis & Ophidian) & Green Ant defeat 3 Live Gringos (Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Papadon) FLLM Masters Title Match Negro Navarro (c) defeats Solar PWR World Mini's Title Match Mini Mariachi (c) defeats Pierrothito PWR World Women's Title Match Christina Von Eerie (c) defeats Sumie Sakai Singles Match Cassandro defeats Matt Cross Six Man Tag Team Lucha Hardcore Match La Familia de Tijuana (Bestia 666 & Damian 666) & Sabu defeat BLK OUT (BLK Jeez & Ruckus) & Homicide IWL World Heavyweight Title Match Dr. Wagner Jr. (c) defeats LA Par-K And this fellow took lots of pics, like the one below -
  19. How can the mystery (not HoF surprize but ladder TBA) person not be Erick Rowan? Legit question as I don't watch regularly follow AEW. He could come in as a real over heel or babyface. Credit for this educated guess goes to my chum Jason G. My prediction was Christian. I hope it's not Angle. Khan would never bring Hogan in, right? please don't be Hogan, RAF
  20. I am dragging through a monstrous stack of Observers from the past year (gifted from my pal) at toiletside, and WOW a lot of luchadors have been dying, cayendo como moscas if you will, mostly from the COVIDs. Did Meltzer get a informant for South of the Border obituaries or is this some tragic statistical anomaly? Granted, many of them I have never heard of, but that makes me more curious about the source of DM's... um... source. Maybe from the CMLL union? descansa en paz, RAF
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