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  1. Yes, I felt she very much hit the nail on the head as to why this particular mass release was crappy, rather than cutbacks in the abstract (assuming the intel from her and what @AxB said was accurate).
  2. A fair point @eoae but the corporate analogy is a bit apples to oranges. I don’t hire 3 Accounts Payable Officers (and don’t get the vacancy signed off by the HR director) when I have the workload for one - a clearly defined role with a clearly defined task timing. In WWE’s case, it’s a bit more elastic (leaving aside the outrageously erratic creative direction). I’d compare it to a soap opera expanding their pool of actors under contract to (way) beyond the regular core. On the face of it, again not the most financially prudent choice, but if you’ve got the writing chops you could create all sorts of interesting and diverse storylines which may give an upside in viewership. Not to mention, you’ve got a spin-off in the works which may also benefit (NXT UK/HHH ‘world domination map’ in this analogy). Personally, for me the shittiest thing is having people uproot their lives, relocate and cutting them within weeks. I’ve worked for a few huge multinationals (albeit not in the good ole U S of A) and there’s no way they would countenance that kind of poor planning and people management, unless the company was suddenly and unexpectedly on its knees approaching insolvency.
  3. Great show, just let D-Bry rip it up every Friday and I'll be a happy man. Not the biggest fan of Cole in general (the wrestler - Chugs is fucking awesome) but that main did pull me in. And echoing Punk and Kingston top 5 Rampage segment to-date. Caster's Johnny Ace line, the commentary team's reaction then Max's mugging for the camera was all fun too. Can't go wrong investing an hour with Rampage recently.
  4. Hoping for a Trevor Wittman trifecta on Saturday. Wouldn’t put it past Weili to find a way to stop Rose (I know half of fuck-all about MMA to be honest though, mostly follow for the spectacle and soap opera drama when pro-wres can’t fill the hole!). Michael Chandler is hilariously cheesy throughout those Embedded videos, wow.
  5. By most accounts Nia Jax is pretty beloved backstage. When the weirdness with Charlotte happened, there was scuttlebutt in support of Nia, to the effect that Charlotte was acting on her self-inflated ego but against one of the few women she couldn’t impose her will on physically, hence the awkwardness. The Becky/Charlotte segment somewhat vindicates this view. Now the ’reckless’ stigma is a separate matter but as the AEW is prioritizing a good-vibe locker room, the attitude is a factor. Edit to add: given the above, it’s all the more bizarre that she has been cut. Maybe an anti-vax thing?
  6. On his part, obsessing over how he’ll be remembered is whats getting Cody into this mess in the first place. For a (ostensibly) healthy, functioning 36 year old he talks ad nauseum about it (’legacy is a funny thing’, ’I built the bank’ blah de blah). How about, live in the same world as everyone else, in the present, kick some arse (or be dastardly in avoiding getting kicked), and stop losing to yourself in your own game of 5d chess. A splash of that grandiloquent shit in the odd ’Road To’ is more than enough thanks. Or have TK pull rank and take it out of his hands to do whats best for business.
  7. Photo composition is interesting. Just imagining MiSu choking out a poor junior bellboy then throwing him the phone and forcing him to take the pic under pain of Gotch Style Piledriver on one of those heavy duty cases.
  8. Spoken by the guy with the red and black avatar, to round it off neatly! I forgot to mention but remembered as others noted, Punk’s ’Reclaim The Bodyslam’ campaign to make the poor neglected move mean something, dammit (well that or an ego driven thing of ’look at me, Im so over I can make ’em pop for a BODYSLAM brother) is pretty great. Atomic drop next please.
  9. Amen. The man is a tippy-top guy in a foul mood and is not fucking around. Loved the Yuta and 10 steamrolling to be honest.
  10. Holy Shida! What a great match, and Bryce with the second GOAT ref run-in on the post-match attack (first being lil Naitch at that one WrestleMania). Not seen the main event yet but really dug Punk/Fish and the Mox mauling.
  11. This was the conversation that prompted my post in June where, fron the outside , it just seemed totally bonkers the simultaneous conflicting positions and emotions that WWE talent must have in the current process.
  12. I felt that Ruby/Ford was one of Ruby’s better showings in AEW so far (wonky Irish Whip aside) but the most noteworthy part of that match, that I’m surprised didn’t see mentioned amongst the Cody hoo-haa is professional doormat Richard motherfucking Knox laying down the law with the foreign object. How’s that for character development? Or maybe the Hardy faction didn’t pay him as much as he’s come to expect from the Bucks. The Fish mauling and the Bryan/Dustin match were a pleasure. Perceptive take on Bryan thinking he’s a good guy but basically acting like a heel and the crowd cheering him like crazy so he’s so damn good. Yes I’ve taken delight in throwing pot shots at Cody’s pomp and jingoistic crap, but the Reign of Terror comparisons are a bit much. Also what’s been omitted is the drama and storytelling that Cody brought vs Aldis at All In (the emotional heart of a show that had some pretty goofy shit) and vs Dustin at DoN 2019 (MOTY candidate). Move him on, have him ‘do the work’ without all this extracurricular stuff, wrestling week in, week out in the AEW-Verse then re-assess.
  13. For what its worth, (and to the extent that it matters, since I think we may presuming too much over what the Saudis will and wont accept in a WWE show/WWE talent) Piper Niven is bisexual.
  14. Happy to see TK crowing to be honest, after being pushed into a head to head fight he didnt start, them pulling out the big guns and pulling the commercial-free shit and the Fast National leaks after the past few weeks, and him pretty much staying the course and trusting (rightly) in the AEW faithful in the demo to show up. Pretty restrained really - i’d be shitposting memes of me tea bagging VKM but hey. And the winner is...the audience getting to see plenty of good shit across the board, especially that Bryan/Suzuki war. And then Hangman bringing it home with Cowboy Shit the next day plus Fish/Bryan making me rethink my position on bringing in Fish full time. Pretty fun times.
  15. Getting withdrawal from not having my usual Dynamite fix to look forward to on Thursday evening here. On the plus side it’ll be great to watch both Rampage and Dynamite live on the weekend. Hopefully the neurosis and concern trolling about ratings (elsewhere) chills out a bit during this pre-emption time, though I know TK stoked those flames to an extent with the Smackdown smack talk. Personally I would have kept Fish on a per-show basis, but not my money. Also I saw Tony saying that he knows Windham but is not in talks about bringing him in. Assuming he’s not kayfabing that’s a relief that he’s not snapping up yet another free agent for now.
  16. From memory, due to his 'occult' ink it was thought to be a bit dicey to travel into the more Orthodox Middle Eastern states.
  17. Loved the crowd nailing the chant, the Danielson Special and then the Cattle Mutilation finishing the match with Nick (although Nick's obnoxious hair-dye/jewelry/feathers game was off this week which knocks a couple of snowflakes from the match rating). Good to see Jade has some gear that stays on her when she delivers a butt-whipping, agree that she is being built well and this was an okay match with a bit of a crutch from the plunder. The Mark Henry split-screen special continues to inoffensively but pointlessly exist. And Jack Evans from the Heavens, with the skeeziest look in all of televised wrestling (can't help but imagine him wearing and sleeping in that gear for like a week straight) gets a main event spot and jobs to the clippers with the feel-good finish to a quality hour.
  18. Hey, Elton's numbers don't lie and they'll spell disaster for Drew at... *dodges rotten fruit as audience groans*
  19. LBO Rush has found his first mark *ahem* valued business partner in an organic hemp venture backstage. I don't think he's grasped the nuances quite yet: Edit: managed to wipe my notes on the show making that lame joke, oh well. Wonderful bookends in JB/Cole and Sammy/Miro, the women were stepping up their game and I'll gladly take Punk as a 3rd swapping out Skee-a-vone or Jr thanks very much. Didn't much enjoy the content of AmDrag's promo but the wider context and direction is good. I also liked Aubrey's indignant 'Hey!' when Cole got up in her bidness, not the cowering, subservient muppet that we've got used to seeing on TV wrestling. For me, just the right amount of Brodie Lee commemoration and callbacks but will be happy to see DO evolve. I'm also not massively high on Sammy as a face personality but willing to see them run with it and Do The Work (blessed be to our heavenly Cody) week in, week out. Am I right in recalling that Kip Sabian and Sammy faced off in the very first AEW match at DON 2019, and Kip won that one. Interesting the paths both men have taken since.
  20. I know Gedo’s gonna Gedo with the G1 twists and turns but for now I will enjoy ZSJ’s domination, outrageous tekkers and show-closing promos about tiddlywinks and dickheads.
  21. Fascinating chat between ‘Laserdisc Enthusiast’@Mookieghana and Brandon Thurston.
  22. Men of The Year? And it's pretty much famous for having the world's deadliest (or most dangerous?) motor race, and for being the birthplace of the Bee Gees, and that's about it.
  23. Damn, pipped to the post by 4 minutes. I remember watching the reboot with Ian Wright (swap in another loud black footballer, it’ll work right?) with the same old Scottish ref shouting ‘contenders READY!’ looking to capitalise on the nostalgia factor. A bit like World of Sport really. And about as commercially successful. Edit to add: I buried the lede somewhat, as the real gladiator turned wrestling super star of that series was one MASON RYAN. Can’t forget the Welsh Goliath.
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