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  1. Watched my first wrestling show in several months, (and first time back here since DEAN’s sad passing). Coming back fresh I thoroughly enjoyed it, although some parts of the Omega/Will match were a bit too much for me (maybe I need to build up my bloodlust/neck bump tolerance!). Seeing my boy ZSJ mix it up in the big stage and Ishii’s closing showcase in the Bucks match (and that whole match in general) were probably my highlights. I will look forward to digesting this thread and might give a more detailed response afterwards.
  2. RIP DEAN, so sad to read this news, even sadder thinking of those here and in his family who were so much closer to him. Scoping out DVDVR in 2006ish cemented my ‘hardcore’ and undying love for wrestling, simply wouldn’t have fully unlocked this source of joy in my life without DEAN (and of course RIPPA and the other fine folks here), like countless others no doubt.
  3. Fucking get in! I can’t believe he pulled it out in the final minute. Watching dejected waiting for the inevitable ‘and still’ then suddenly Usmans horizontal with his right foot twitching. Amazing, and the raw emotion in the post-fight interview. The kid actually did it
  4. Just wow. The 1-2 punch of the Diner episode and the Death episode, probably the best 2 hours of TV I've watched in 2022. Doubted the show coming in (as one of these people who discovered the comic in his late teens and became obsessed with it) but it has been a joy - not afraid to let things breathe and go at its own pace, for better or worse commercially speaking.
  5. Hope you all didn't suffer too much of a good thing when the heavens opened the other day. I was over visiting family in July and got to experience that 41C day first-hand travelling into London. Although we got up to 48C (or 118 in American) a couple of years ago here in Penrith, I would gladly take that over the humid UK heat coupled with the lack of AC. Feeling for you guys and your sticky nights - surely for not much longer now though.
  6. Come on Rocky, you can do it. Hardy vanquished by GSP. Till stopped by Woodley. Third time's a charm for a Brit facing Welterweight champions. Good short doc here done by BT Sport, who seems to be the only party in the world interested in promoting Leon (including, arguably, himself).
  7. Watched the first WWE tv in goodness knows how long and dug what I saw. Not unrelated, Sami's prominence on the show was a real positive and I echo the love for the Sami/Roman backstage segment. I feel like those are two of the better actors across all of wrestling right now and it's good to see them working off each other like that.
  8. I also think the fact that he's actively relived much of his career between the autobiographies and the stand-up/live shows (including, presumably, trawling through numerous anecdotes in preparation for deciding what would 'make the cut' for the shows) has probably helped in keeping the 'tapestry' and interconnections together in his head, vs say someone asking you to name every single classmate you had when you were 8 (having not tried to recall for 30+ years).
  9. Rey was about Punk’s age when he had that seemingly miraculous fountain-of-youth resurgence in the Royal Rumble, right? I guess stem cells only do the job when you were born with preternatural hops (coincidentally the name of my hipster IPA). I love the guy, he’s nearly all there physically (relative to peak) but the main thing I notice nowadays is by the end of a match he has that half-dead look like he’s just finished back-to-back triathlons. Happy to have him around and as champ though. Can’t deny the passion of the MJF promo and it was hard not to get swept up in the emotion, felt far more Flair than Punk in the cadence and the body language though fewer elbow drops onto inanimate objects. The only jarring shoot comments were the ‘reckless head-drop’ insults, for which you could reach a convoluted kayfabe explanation but felt like a strain. The implications of the face reaction may be a bit overblown - to me there was plenty of antipathy for a lot of it, and the loudest positive pops were around anti-WWE sentiments, and no doubt the West Coast homers, popping their AEW Live Event cherry so to speak, were keen to show their love. As for the wrestling, great tight follow-up to that huge beast of a show at the weekend, with the back-and-forth beating in the women’s tag match being my favourite. And for the non-MJF promos, I will gladly take whatever Miro and Daddy Magic are giving me. Amazing to have God’s once-favourite champ back on the show. Guest commentary for the main was good fun and Regals use of Cockney rhyming slang always gets a pop from me (‘syrup’=‘syrup of figs’=‘wig’ for the uninitiated)
  10. Best baby/wrestler interaction since the Boogeyman classic:
  11. Oh yeah, enjoyed this shit. I've been a bit on the outs with ProWres as MMA has been scratching my itch, but in the absence of a big card this week I dipped back in and what do you know, it was fun as shit (sans Cole doing the stolen belt crap). I don't trust Coach Tony K to two-hat ROH but give the devil his due, he's giving an old college try. Happy to see Toni get some flowers, but don't necessarily see a long term spot at the tippy-top for her. But, as an adoptive Aussie who's visited Surfer's Paradise multiple times, was certainly cool to hear 'from Gold Coast, Australia~!!!'
  12. Booker T (36:30ish and 59:30ish) asking Rob Whittaker and Izzy questions at the post-fight press conference. When worlds collide! Tai was usual humble self. Like I said in the other thread, I'm an Izzy fanboy due to his beautiful striking so am biased but Rob couldn't hold him down for any appreciable period of time or do any appreciable amount of damage, unlike how Izzy carved up his leg, plus the knockdown in R1. Savvy champions' performance but definitely a good showing on both sides.
  13. Has to change for the co-main you’d think. But watch it turn into a lay-and-pray snooze fest to surprise us all.
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