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  1. Outside of the SCU/Elite six man title bout, the lineup for next week's UMBC show is brutal. Particularly with no Jeff Cobb (at least currently announced) on the card, it really shows a product hard up for new and exciting talent and development beyond running through retreads and relying on the novelty of foreign talent (when available).
  2. Terribly appropriate design for these parts:
  3. Boy is that the most vanilla design possible for the Pirate Princess.
  4. Bullet points from last night: Darby Allin is the fucking truth and maybe a top 10 guy on the planet I'd pay money to see. Banger with Anthony Henry, but I'd watch him work a broomstick these days. Surprisingly, Drake/Bravado also topped my favorite matches of the night. Equal parts character work and physicality, played to a T. Dream was predictably amazing, especially working full-on babyface with Theory. Very good match that wouldn't be out of place in NXT, which Dream played up in his post-match promo. Came off as a super sweet and appreciative guy for all the success he's had so early in his career.
  5. Updated Joppa card now: Janela/Fox is a big improvement to me (as opposed to vs Theory and vs Dickinson, respectively), Dream of course, and Allin/Henry should be dope. Think they got me back in now.
  6. Huh! Clearly Gabe and Paul are listening to me... But that is a much more interesting show now. Curious/kinda confused on who gets a match with Janela in Joppa now, if they are pulling Theory out of the WWN title shot to match up with Dream.
  7. Poking around the Events page, it looks like the SD crew just has Eastern Canada dates on their Saturday 8/25 to Tuesday 8/28 run, and then Ohio and Michigan shows from 9/1 to 9/4. So Raw (and Roman, and Ronda) still enjoying the flagship "perks" at the moment...
  8. H/t to Cageside: this upcoming Raw travel leg sounds like it should be illegal.
  9. I'm not really into the endless BC shield variants, but I am a sucker for this:
  10. Both were good matches with results that made me happy, but I thought Kairi/Baszler was significantly better overall than Ricochet/Cole.
  11. Ricochet and Pete Dunne is the Odd Couple tag team I never realized I needed in my life until now.
  12. Fred Yehi and WWN cut ties earlier this year because ???? I think after they were touting him as "MVP of 2017" too.
  13. And yeah--on one hand I don't want to come down on them too hard because they've had a lot of turnover and seem to be resetting a lot of story with the last few shows. But on the other... it's a premium indie ticket price for what really isn't a premium indie card right now. I'd think if anything they could lean a little harder on the NXT relationship and spring someone from the Florida loop for the weekend or something for situations like this. It has me thinking I'd be better off trying to make it to NOVA Pro on Friday for an at least as fun (if not more) card for almost half the price.
  14. Swerve is still working both (or at least he's booked for the next MLW event and is EVOLVE champ).
  15. Definitely need more coffee. At first glance I was thinking "Willow, Elven Sports... what kind of Middle Earth ass package is this..."
  16. Matches announced for the Joppa show in a few weeks: Darby, the WorkHorsemen, and Kincaid still to be announced on the card, but woof is that a hollowed-out roster post-Riddle/Keith/ZSJ/the attrition of Catch Point. Especially sans Shane Strickland and/or a special attraction like WALTER.
  17. Some jumbled thoughts halfway through the batch of stuff I planned to watch (a month past relevancy~): Like Hiromu and Desperado from the spring, Ishii vs Naito is the sort of great, heated brawl that stands out in a sea of High Technical Achievement. Just another out-and-out slugfest between two guys who absolutely do not like or respect one another, only tarnished by the comparatively weak finish. I'm honestly finding the evolving dynamic of SANADA as ZSJ's nemesis to be the most interesting thing to have happened thus far in his "Cold Skull"/LIJ run. Otherwise he's Goto-tier for me: a big, athletic, eminently capable performer who lacks a real spark most times out. I get that his aloof (and, yes, "cold") demeanor is kinda part of his whole deal, but both Golden Lover matches (and especially the hometown hero bout with Ibushi) really highlight how much less of a total package he is right now in direct comparison to guys more or less cut from the same cloth. Now that I've invoked Goto... that Ishii showdown really brought the BEEF. A physical, relentless match in the "classic" NEVER title scene style. As touched on above, Goto really feels like he's just missing that something extra from his toolbox (and obviously history shows Gedo feels the same way), but he still excels in these settings when paired with someone like the Stone Pitbull. Speaking of Ishii again... holy shit that Ibushi match. Just a borderline-irresponsible level of violence. It's the kind of match that stirs up all my internal misgivings about what I like in pro wrestling and the ultimate physical toll of it all... but also Ibushi punching above his weight class is absolutely one of my top guilty pleasure in the business. Incredible bout, with all the requisite caveats. Having focused on three brutal contests, Naito vs Juice was another standout for me, mostly in showing how an insanely compelling match can still be put together in an NJPW ring without sacrificing oneself on the canvas altar. So smartly constructed and worked, with Juice scouting all of Naito's offense early, Naito getting that first shot at Juice's wounded paw, Naito adapting all of his moves to focus on the hand, Juice finally taking to defending his exposed weakness, and Naito transitioning right back into his usual head/neck-based attack when given the opening. It's crazy how a guy the size of Juice is so preternaturally good at (and completely believable in) working from underneath against a real bully, with just an endless supply of babyface energy. Such a good match.
  18. The coordinated wrestle tee boom is coming. Invest now.
  19. Cyanide

    NJPW 2018 MOTY.

    Oh, for sure. It's flat-out amazing to see two guys go that hard for that long without either just killing clock, dragging spots out forever, or blowing up. And I am definitely looking forward to those; Ishii in the ring with either man has always been a treat!
  20. Cyanide

    NJPW 2018 MOTY.

    More Decapitator Elbow, much less Essex Destroyer plz. Potentially unpopular opinion: Okada/Omega IV is undoubtedly a Great Match(TM), and I might call it objectively the best I've seen thus far, but I've always had issues with matches in the ballpark of an hour just in terms of attention span and, as a result, investment in the eventual outcome. I'm just getting into the cream of the G1* crop, but I'm sure there will be something in there that wins out in terms of a "favorite" MOTY or something I really wanna revisit in the future. On that score, one of Hiromu (RIP)'s bouts might actually be ahead of the Dominion main in terms of pure enjoyment for me. (Regarding match length, the G1 has been a joy for me the last few years in keeping a hard time limit ceiling on compelling matches, even while the norm for NJPW headliners has gotten longer and longer. For reference, the Okada/Ishii match a few years back is still probably the high water mark for me in terms of pacing/time/etc.)
  21. This all but torpedoes my hopes for a Jerry Krause/Michael Jordan dynamic where Gedo's view of himself as The Rainmaker...maker leads him on a quixotic quest to reinvent YOSHI-HASHI as Rainmaker v2. Boo. Also I'm probably going to mainline so much Block B action in the next few days I may come out the other side with vicarious CTE.
  22. I don't begrudge anyone taking Vince's money in an industry where careers and livelihoods are so volatile and precarious, but it just plain ole sucks that the most likely endgame of the indie/overseas boom of the last few years is WWE-- now with unlimited TV deal cash reserves and still exactly zero intention of doing anything novel with so much talent--just continuously warehousing the cream as it rises to the top and throttling competition forever.
  23. The Melrose show was top-to-bottom one of my favorite live experiences ever. A good part of that is probably owing to Jim Smallman and co. really making it feel like a proper Progress experience and not just a Northeast indie show with Progress regulars. On that note, one of the best crowds I've ever been a part of, and it seemed like most everyone took the "don't be a dick" ethos to heart. Weakest match of the show might have been Eddie Dennis/RSP, but even that was a fun, beefy brawl. TK Cooper/Kid Lykos was a great opener, if a little nearfall heavy so early on. Lykos' whole deal has traditionally been pretty eyeroll-inducing to me, but this is my first time seeing him at all post-injury and he's a ton of fun to get behind live. (And double-checking something I just saw he suffered another injury. Brutal.) Grizzled Young Vets/LAX was amazing, and LAX were over huge. They're pure energy, and played off the heels like a dream. (Also, my girlfriend made sure to inform me that James Drake is extremely physically attractive. Several times. So, that.) Trent and Pete vs Brookes and Gresham was also fantastic closing out the first half, blending equal parts comedy and BSS/CCK strong style strikes and grappling. Gresham got put over huge by Trent post-match in one of the most touching displays I've been present for, and he absolutely deserves a showcase in a BOSJ/CWC-style setting as voiced by Seven. (Sidebar: Trent is a sneaky pick for one of my favorite guys going right now; just a dude in his mid-30s with a dad bod, effortlessly tying together tremendous physical charisma and comedic aptitude with Best of King's Road tribute offense. It just works for me.) Haskins/Andrews definitely checked the box for the "traditional Progress showcase" bout coming out of the break. Good match, if exactly as expected. Jordynne Grace/Solo Darling was legit one of my favorite matches of the night. Great job making a one-off pairing of American talents feel important on this show, especially with the likes of Jinny and Toni Storm absent on the women's front. Both Havoc/Flash and Bate/Riddle felt like they were a little rushed to close the show, perhaps due to an earlier delay after the second match and into intermission caused by an issue with the ring. Regardless, the former was a lot of fun and gave the crowd every reason to pop for Havoc like they clearly wanted to (I wasn't even aware of how the Flash/Haskins/Havoc story had fallen out lately), and the latter was the indie big match epic you'd expect. Insane stuff dished out and taken by both Bate and Riddle, and it was good to catch presumably one of Matt's last handful of indie dates.
  24. Oh, for sure. I dig the hell out of Fenix. The Grave Consequences match vs Mil Muertes is a masterpiece and exactly the kind of thing you could still work as a major WWE story. I just don't think we live in a world where that happens unless they're already coming in with a major rub from elsewhere, a la Rey.
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