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  1. Malakai looks like such a goof now. He went from domineering entrance through to the gradual degradation of having Black Mass casually blocked by a 62 year old who can barely stand on a ring apron to having to cheap-heel his way to the second victory through to being beaten clean all within 3 months. After the cheap-heel win the 3rd bout was wholly unnecessary: move Malakai into a feud with Sammy G, or a holding-pattern immovable object meets unstoppable force feud with Miro and explore the quasi-cult/religious connotations there, and do Cody’s “redemption” angle (if they have to) independently. Instead, as mentioned above, not only Black but also Andrade (who is a terrible pairing for Black given Andrade struggles to be heard coherently in English and Black does have a tendency to be muffled at times due to his accent) are not sucked into this vortex of lameness. It’s all so vacant.
  2. He’s a 36 year old career mid career who left the previous company because he could not pull a dime or hack it at the top end of the card despite his god-given hereditary name and fell into gold by Khan creating AEW, and who through his entire run in this company (the first few months aside) has either bogged it up with unattractive dirge (everything involving the “Nightmare Family” - has there ever been a more vacuous or unsubstantial ‘faction’) or caveated every incoming stars run against him by having the ‘last call’ (see: Brodie, Malakai). To be honest if we’re getting into it I’m a millionaire myself - do you really think I’m offended by him having a “gorgeous wife” or pyro on his entrance, or even the nature of his promos? No: the vulgarity comes from his utterly tasteless self-aggrandisement, the continual pushing to of his tried, hokie act and tired agenda when so many other talents are more deserving of the TV spot. He’s not a “meta genius” - he’s a one dimensional, utterly predictable bore who is getting booed by live crowds because that’s exactly what he is - a predictable, uncreative bore. The booking and how it is continually chopping fresh & more interesting acts is revolting. Malakai as a result has now peaked and it’s all downhill from here to a novelty act.
  3. No, this is not Shakespearean theatre. This is not ‘meta’. This is not some Beckettian commentary on existentialism. This is a vacant egoist pro wrestler with a huge neck tattoo and dyed blonde hair approaching middle age & living out his ego to the detriment of the company because he was given the platform to do so. Please do not try and intellectualise and give credence to it: call it out for what it is.
  4. Anyone who thinks Cody Rhodes does not have an element of creative control lives in cloud cuckoo land. What a deadbeat parasite that guy is. A poor man’s Jeff Jarrett.
  5. Cody can be a main event heel, without a shadow of a doubt. He cannot be a main event face, without a shadow of a doubt. Whether he himself realises this, we'll soon see.
  6. Posted previously that Black needs to get away from Cody ASAP in the booking before Cody takes his win back. The fact that they are running this back so quickly should hopefully mean a swerve on the play they pulled on Brodie Lee, where Cody completely took his legs out from underneath him in one of the worst booking decisions they've had, and that instead Malakai takes a 3rd victory here. That's what should happen, let's see what does happen.
  7. Painmaker Jericho looks like he got drunk, passed out on Bourbon Street & a motley crew of kids and harpees took to his face with mascara and eye liner pens. Turning to fact the camera with that look was not quite like the Many Faces of Foley or Foley walking down the ramp unbuttoning to his Cactus attire ..
  8. Half in jest. Creative-control is the only plausible explanation for the direction they have taken much of the angles Jericho has been involved with in.
  9. Danielson is a very chill guy. Comes across very sincerely & entirely without drama. Will be interesting to see how they position him if/when they put the belt on Page.
  10. Because they gave too much creative-control to Jericho when they signed him, hence that which has followed for much of the past 12-18ish months.
  11. Promo package for Sydal / Punk was very, very good. One of the best they’ve ran. Made what to all intents and purposes would seem to be a jobber in AEW a legit “junior heavyweight” contender who has walked much the same path as Punk without being in the spotlight. That’s how you give rub to your mid-to-low card without diminishing top of the card talent. With this, Danielson/Suzuki, Lambert & the ATT stuff they’ve made a strong move back to the “sports-based presentation” element, which is good. Santa & Ortiz running off a collection of the most brutal human beings that live on the planet was silly (they need to come with weapons as equalisers), but otherwise all good. You can’t put pro wrestlers over MMA heavyweight champions clean - that is silly. However incorporate tables, weapons etc into it and you make PW appear hardcore bad ass in its own way, and it’s a legitimate and convincing/believable win/win from every perspective.
  12. Diminishing returns. Beating Cargill now ultimately means nothing, because ultimately she has achieved nothing. Equivalent to beating an undefeated boxer who has ran through cans - they are not memorable. As yet, Cargill has proven nothing narratively of substance, because she quite literally has won no prize-fight championships. Cargill doesn't need to be in the tournament: if she is, it should be Lesnar KOTR 02 territory. 'Revenge runs' are most effective where the runner is recovering a prize .. in real world terms think Fury coming back after his own self-exile / deterioration following the Klitschko bout. For PW equivalents look at the runs of Lesnar/Goldberg .. and what they demonstratively achieved before going down. Whether Cargill is deserving of such a push is a different conversation point, but if that is the direction they want to lead with her as the aesthetic monster of the division you let her achieve something before she goes down. Her persona & presentation at the moment is not one that needs a fire lit under her ass; that is not how she is presented. If she takes the prize then becomes complacent (eases on training / toys too much in bouts etc), then you switch the presentation that way, have the prize snatched, and lead her on a re-building journey.
  13. Cargilll loses and she becomes just another number. Do not do that until she eventually loses a Championship bout one day.
  14. Team Tazz should have been put in the dumpster a long, long, long time ago. Starks better solo: comes off as a carny in that group.
  15. Better. Fury / Wilder are far superior to the fighters AJ & Klitschko were then. Warriors.
  16. No one ever leaves, more people just join the party. That's the trick. They could do with culling about a dozen names. EDIT: One thing that stands out from that Hangman photo, and the other comment above, is how male-dominated the audience is. I don't think this is a figment of imagination and admittedly its going back a decade or two ago, but feel like there used to be a fair amount of girls/women in WWE audiences (def. in the 90s WCW audiences, esp at those beach / spring break promotion shows etc.). Is AEW particularly male-dominated or is that just where all PW is at nowadays?
  17. As an aside Fat Fifty Year old Jericho pouring out of his jeans as he dispatches a former UFC HW champion is so inane. He's going to be 60 and still on this card somehow. MJF should have sent him riding off into the sunset. What a waste of such a potentially interesting angle with all of these noteworthy former UFC stars they have on the show right now. A very sad waste.
  18. Yeah - this was a bit deflating. Watched the bout on replay - huge pop for Page, but clearing the ring becomes inconsequential when it has no impact on exits from the match. The spots were nicely done here: Hardy really was the odd one out, some peak mid-card guy a decade past his best lumbering around with his sad act. Nice to see Pac & Andrade in main event spots. OC too to be honest. They've improved the attires immeasurably over the past 12 months; production is generally good, but having that huge plastic chip as a prize suspended across the ring is slapstick stuff. At least make it metallic and gold or something. RE: Cody - people probably dislike him because his act is lame. Its lame to the crowd all away around: from those who like the gimp mask stuff on one polar-end of the card through to the MJF/Danielson esque fans at the total other end. He should have been forced into a heel turn a year ago, which is his natural territory and which (like the Bucks) he would actually be effective at. The Bucks understood their face stuff was lame & world-weary; for whatever reason, he has not. Its a shame really as he should be like a superior-MJF character. Women's mid-card Championship a good idea. Good platform for likes of Tay Conti, Jamie Hayter etc. The 3-man title is the last thing they need right now: more chaotic spot-fest stuff at a time where they should really calm the tempo down a bit now they've had so many new additions. This actually grows the structure of the women's side of things - which is good. I've said that really they should have kept the TNT on Miro and run him Goldberg-style into a title unification program down the road (not necessarily winning); they could run Jade similarly here. Lot's of ways to go. They're running the grumpy-old-man stuff on Punk a little too much for my liking. Would be good to see him just inject himself randomly into the Main Event scene from time to time (even if its Stone Cold Stunner-ing then exit style of things) to remind the audience of his physicality & that he's top draw: running him against the lower-card kids while sticking him on commentary routinely does diminish his status a bit IMO.
  19. Hey man - you’re right, it’s totally normal to have an anon online internet persona where you presumptuously throw shade at a variety of theatrical performers you know nothing about as being racist / misogynist / insert-other-weird-obsession-of-the-day (presumption of sexual arousal from gun violence ?! New one!). Keep at it, star ️
  20. Hey man - the virtue signallers gotta signal
  21. They should have closed that book with the MJF/Jericho feud but that whole feud was a complete wet mess that serviced Jericho’s ego / nostalgia trip by the end of it. It is what it is - better to just clear deck and forget about it than devote any more precious TV time.
  22. Inner Circle suck. Break that shit up. Pinnacle suck. Break that shit up. Sammy solo + MJF & Wardlow doing their own little drama thing is the best direction. Save Elite as only decently weighted faction and sprinkle a few of the micro-factions around and that’s fine. Build the solo superstars up. Sammy as champ is a very good move. Opens up a lot of believable match ups, and for similarly weighted stars to have a believable route to the title. Darby, Starks etc now have an “in”. Move Miro on to the heavyweight title scene and have the secondary title go through a period of spontaneity around who can win it on a given night.
  23. Yeah Cody heel-turn should have been made 12-18 months ago .. but please don't sweep Black up in whatever self-aggrandizing presentation they eventually create for it now. He'll just become a subservient part of the story, and he's better than that. Move him onto some quick, sharp mid-card squashes before eventually readying him for a TV Title program against Miro ..
  24. Sting is Sting. Likely one of the top 10 most iconic characters in the entire history of US wrestling .. he's for the most part going over a bunch of relative scrubs who no casual viewer will likely be able to recall the names of in a trivia game a few years down the line. Totally the right decision. Cody + Brandi trashy vibes were on max. Looked like they'd stumbled out of Myrtle Beach. Not sure what that Arn spot was all about .. either way, good they put Black over. Now move him on and away from Cody pronto before they get itchy fingers and some how turn it into an MJF/Jericho style program where Cody gets the last laugh (as a heel or otherwise).
  25. Henry absolutely sucked on commentary; more to the point there was absolutely nothing in his history that suggested he'd be any good on commentary. A case of a notable free agent coming available who they wanted to somehow squeeze into the presentation. He's 50 but hell George Foreman was 45 when he won the Heavyweight Title - better to have used Henry sparingly as an occasional in-ring talent along old grizzled unstoppable bounty hunter lines. Sticking someone who can't speak and worse, seems to speak a full few moments after his brain has processed what's going on, did no one any favours.
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