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  1. Sounds like a fun show. I suspect even more fun, like all WWE, at a streamlined running time minus all the floor routine entrances, company ads and lengthy recaps. Sami Zayn is an incredible performer, and enough reason for me to stop and watch after ffwding passed all the dumb posturing Uso promos and lengthy Roman Reigns lame catchphrases/stoic character bits.
  2. Excellent stuff in the 10 Man (yeah, loved that Factory hug), Cage-Starks and the emotional Kingston-Akiyama bouts. No surprise to see Luchasaurus v Jungle Boy put on a helluva deal! Christian provided some great comedy with the key steal and toss out. And then fuckin’ Kansas plays. Wrestling has a way of taking the most tired, never-wanna-hear-it-again-songs, and making them seem fun or funny. Death Triangle v the Elite was as spectacular as expected. I bet a few of those salty posters who feel the need to express their hate of the Elite secretly loved this. A Best of 7 sounds like a fucking lot of wrestling from the same 6 guys, but I have a feeling they’re going to find a way to make it work. Nyla v Jade was fine. Sammy-Jericho-Danielson-Claudio proved the right people can make 4 ways work just fine. Beautifully in fact. Pleased to see Jericho escape with the title. Saraya v Baker was fine. I liked Alvarez’s suggestion on WOR about how they should have done a ‘she’s not quite ready’ type loss for Saraya in quicker fashion and come back with a stronger rematch. Wardlow-Hobbs-Joe was fun and again exceeded my expectations for a multi-man bout. Double Champion ‘Joe-sus is just alright with me!’ Jarrett-Lethal v Darby-Sting was wonderfully fucking fun like every Darby-Sting match! The visual of Sting holding Satnam in the death drop and calling for Darby was wild! Jarrett was fantastic in this match. Toni Storm v Jamie Hayter really built strongly to that finish. They woke up the joint and so happy they did for that big title win pop! Such big blows! Loved the visual of Toni Storm with the messed up lipstick and bloody nose. Does Storm need a heel turn? Whereas the crowd thankfully sees and applauds the great work/efforts of Hayter, they seem oblivious to how fucking great Toni Storm is. Acclaimed v Swerve/Lee was really good. I'm not gonna complain, but I really wanted Big Keith to find his way to the dark side there. Throughout the last few matches the crowd is clearly exhausted and more in need of sleep than more wrestling. MJF v Mox was a fun little match. Kind of a bummer finish. I have the same question as was similarly posed earlier ‘what the fuck, so William Regal has a preference of Max’s ‘International Object’?’ ‘Explain this one to me, Bill!’ Perhaps it only appeals to a certain sense of humour, but I thought Max’s scrum promo was a fantastic piece of business! If nothing else it suggests Max will be up for the task of being a true heel. In a sorta related note I just listened to the Gentleman Villain episode ‘Mr. Regal becomes an Unamerican’, in which Regal proudly discusses his ability to do what is necessary to inspire hate. Speaking of which, I liked seeing Moxley heeling it up out there. He looked really excited to do so. It would not have been clear to me on a live marathon viewing, but in multiple parts this was an excellent show.
  3. If by chance you're watching with VLC: Window > Audio Effects > Filter > Karaoke Brings the joy of the live crowd to the forefront and drops out the okay to awful AEW commentary to a light squeak. It's absolutely incredible!
  4. All clear and no disagreements. It was just needlessly less definitive with the 'protected' non-finish as opposed to a Theory pinfall victory, raised arm and then the attack. WWE booking has been relying heavily on 'protected' finishes, and could use to lose more than a few - here certainly could have done without. All that said, this segment was fine and achieved it's purpose.
  5. Bobby standing there listening to Rollins ramble on is a bit at odds with what we’ve seen from him. And then Ali appears to be the Great Provider! I loved Ali v Lashley. Perfection! Big Bob looked like a total ass-slammer or stomper here. Both companies need more squash craftsmen like the Alis and Fuegos. Oh no, not a great debut for Mia Yim, but the glimpse of exploding Rheamania was a nice moment. Gable v Riddle was predictably fun! Chad Gable is such a gifted pro wrestler. Thrilled to see him get a win here. Strap a rocket on him! This Gargano-Miz-Lumis storyline provides an opportunity to make the commercial free Raw an even more manageable viewing experience. Shelton Benjamin is a total loser in the Universe, and Rudo Dom is fucking unstoppable! Let’s get that Benjamin-Alexander team going again. Oh man, an Iyo Sky ‘competitive squash’ showcase is fine by me! I liked the inset promo during Brooke’s entrance. I’d like to see more Inset promos during entrances in pro wrestling. Dolph v Theory is something I can get down with. Not sure why the finish needed to protect Ziggler from a pinfall loss, but Theory looked strong here. Corbin-Tozawa was fine, so too the mildy amusing TNT style vignettes. Corbin really needs a better presentation/gear. Rollins v Balor felt a bit underwhelming early, considering the talent, but then they kicked it into another gear just before the typical WWE overbooking. But still fun all the way! I skimmed some notes that suggested this show wasn’t as well received - it was on my end. FFWDing passed the Gargano Comedy Mysteries, recap packages, talk segments, commentator breaks and floor routine entrances (I cannot imagine watching this live) really helps make this show a ton of fun!
  6. That's some beautiful pro wrestling. His plunder filled spotty-style ECW tenure may not have resulted in his best matches, but the highlights are endless! That goddamn Total Elimination finisher was as good of tag team finish as I've ever seen. And I've yet to see a team pull off that spot anywhere near as well as John Kronus and Perry Saturn. I liked the O'Reilly-Fish team just fine, but their version was fucking awful in comparison. Malenko in tandem with Saturn did something similar that was equally as shitty as O'Reilly-Fish's.
  7. Some excellent recommendations here for Saturn revisits. I don't think it's a contender for best bout, but I remember a Jerry Flynn-Saturn bout from a Nitro being really terrific. Best Jerry Flynn match?
  8. You're onto something there. The Impact Zone is not afraid of a chant along, it wasn't too long ago I heard a half assed chant along to 'I'm Matt Taven!' It had the velocity of a Raw audience, in awfully small portion, chanting 'Johnny Wrestling'!
  9. a. What a run Grace is on! Loved the finish here. Masha Slamovich is clearly the real deal. b. Chelsea Green is an excellent heel. If rumour is true, I look forward to her gaining a deserved bigger spotlight, but I really hope it plays to her heel strengths. Mickie James has that babyface act down to perfection. James v Green drew me in and provided a fair amount of fun.
  10. I can get down with a package heavy Smackdown. After a fairly satisfying Rampage - Less is more! New Day and the Usos went hard down the wire, and made for a helluva match. Xavier Woods is very impressive. Loved that Alabama Jam! Not that I expected it, but I would’ve loved for Escobar and Nakamura to have time to kick it into another gear. I’m of the opinion that LA Knight is hilarious and a terrific midcard heel act. This is the first time I’ve given a shit about Windham Rotunda, and I suggest Knight made it happen (sorta). Couldn’t pay attention to the ladies 8 way. Fleshtone-bodysuit-clad Emma has eyes for the Madcap! Makes sense. Loved the further adventures of the Bazlerker and Rousey. Great team! Grrreat team! Is there any possibility that they give Ali and Riccochet enough time to do something special? WALTER just rules, and I’m a fan of the Imperiums. Ludwig Kaiser is the darkhorse. Tho, he's still finding the balance between charismatic and cartoon. Strowman’s won my attention with some fun performances. I’m not surprised he makes poorly considered comments online (looks like Logan has him beat). I really like the Vikings, but kinda wish they’d tone down the cosplay style. Might be even more necessary if this Logan report catches any attention. I like a Bloodline-Magnum D.McI./Brutes battle. Had to skim there to get to the action, but again, no issue with brevity in my tape delay Saturday morning Smackdown! Wrestling ‘22 is fuckin' rockin’.
  11. I wish for everyone to be patient with the Jungle Boy. It's not an easy job, and it is a slow process, but young Jack is clearly honing his craft. Not a blowaway opening talk segment, but good and Christian is always a pleasure. I like the effort being made here to make this special. JB-SoreAss was terrific here in Toronto, and a Steel Cage match between the two is a potential darkhorse. Luchasaurus has been quietly really strong, and consistently so for awhile now. I like a promo that forecasts a match like Pac v Rey Fenix! Penta too! There seems to be a swell of appreciation for B. Cage lately, and for good reason. I suspect some time away was a great way for Brian to re-evaluate his entire game. He's been strong, and will make for a nice opponent to Rick Starks I assume. Comparatively speaking, a Lance Archer v B. Cage bout sounds 'fairly' great too. So so happy to hear Darius Martin is back in the fold. And further excited for AR Fox getting a well earned spot on TV. Stoked for Fox-Serpentico on Monday or Tuesday? AEW Rampage: The College Years is next and offers Lee Moriarty v Hook, and I very much like it! House of Black needs to give Fuego a ripe beating to win back my love! Or... get beaten handily by a few teams (Brody excluded). I'd like for both Buddy and Malakai to watch and study the tape of Bill Alfonso v Beulah McGillicutty in ECW, and then offer up a similar Fonzie type loss to either Trent Baretta or Frankie Kazarian. Or how bout FUEGO! Roosh v Bandido was exciting to look forward to here. It would be great to have this type of Workers bout every Saturday Morning (see Friday) for potential pre-show word of mouth anticipation and excitment. I wish they had let these two Luchadores go a little longer, and dropped another segment (*breathe Tony Khan). I think it's all that it needed. Not entirely a clean bout here, but clean enough to be fine entertainment. I'm okay with a protected finish. Mostly because it tells me they have high hopes for both. Roosh is a wonderful heel, and I have high ceiling hopes for Bandido. He's got some prior business to expect from Chavo I presume? I don't think the Jake Hager-Claudio-Renee segment was entirely successful, but I liked it. The Nyla Rose-Jade angle hasn't been great storytelling, but it's a solid try. It's also clear what a great babyface Jade is becoming. Speaking of great babyfaces, Cassidy continues to be the recognized symbol of excellence in sports entertainment. And AEW continues to grind out these fun shows!
  12. It sure would be nice if they gave the Eliminator challengers at least one decent size victory (talking TV not Youtube) beforehand. I'm not at all against the AEW tendency to just throw matches out there, often it renders exciting results, but small builds sure would help develop a small degree of intrigue that these Eliminator bouts often fail to present. It's a good point, but it feels far too obvious. Everytime I see that neon chord I'm reminded 'prop'. Defeats the purpose of Roosh's recklessness. I like to think they could make the chord less obvious, maybe put a small sticker on it, but he sells his mindless sadist act so well that I believe he'd constantly be using the wrong chord - hence your good point. Seems they feel that way too.
  13. AR Fox also gets a tune-up showcase on Dark/Elevation this week. I'm an easy hook, line, sinker on a good underdog story.
  14. Ha, right!?! I often wonder who is responsible for that legacy of poor sound effects? Dunn, yeah? WWE commentary doesn't distract me, in fact it does what it's suppose to - adds to the action. No shade to Excalibur who is fine on play by play, but Taz is so hit and miss for me, and his insistence on comedy during the commercial breaks takes me right out. So too Schiavone with his unnecessary thoughts and oversells. I feel the need to add that Schiavone is great with the Interviews. Tay Melo was so terrific and the 'secret star'. Tay has really gotten comfortable in the current role, and seemt to get better and better every week. Excellent ejection spot.
  15. Huge discovery! Equalizer mode: KARAOKE! Drops out commentary to a squeak level but retains the audience and action. Great to see the Gunns with a strong showing in the opener. I'd love more FTR v Swerve and Big Keith! But I’ll take an FTR v Gunns go-around. Amusingly bad spot in the opener with Caster clearly and poorly getting into a position of being leaned over in place for Big Keith to powerbomb Bowens on him. Ugh! The MJF promo was fucking excellent! Dig the podcast setting - I’m surprised I haven’t seen that before, or don't recall. Ethan Page v Eddie Kingston bout was on point. Eddie seemed to be making Page at every step – true Kingston fans will celebrate him in loss here. Page’s version of the Razor’s Edge has always looked brutal, and near deadly here. That was a highlight finish - thank you Eddie! Roosh Bag was a fun finish to this odd Dark Order/Jose-Rush promo. The 'compelling' 10-Rush/Jose courting angle is ready to wrapped up aond concluded. I’m a Trustbuster fan, but didn’t find the Ari Davari-Wardlow offer compelling television in the least. I loved Joe whacking big Wardy up side the head. Hobbs being out there felt like it stole a bit of thunder from the turn. Not that I don’t love seeing big Puh-Puh-Puh-Powerhouse! I’ll take a 3 way, I guess. Britt Baker was fucking awesome in that talk segment. I kinda forgot how capable the Doctor is on the mic. I feel the same Doc! I’ve never seen Saraya wrestle and I have some doubts. Nonetheless, I find myself interested in a Saraya-Baker match at the PPV. I wish for safety. Trent and Jay Lethal are both so consistently great! Might as well run that back with Rappongi/Best Friends v Jarrett/Lethal, yeah? Dutt’s enthusiasm and great introduction for Jarrett were the highlights of the post match. I'm having a good time with the Last Outlaw. I hope the crowd’s love for the Jungle Boy is never-ending. Big Jack’s okay in my books! Oh jeez, Renee is so great. Moxley too. Both he and MJF talked some ppl into the next PPV. I love a Jamie Hayter showcase! More of these please! The fact that somebody wants Alex Marvez on TV, at his poor acting level and ability, seems to suggest he's a really great guy behind the scenes. I said Goddamn-Goddamn Danielson-Guevara was just wonderful! As Dean mentioned the commercial break heeling by Guevera was outstanding. And the Best heat of the night. What a brutal piece of business there. Art! AEfuckinDUB delivering to my delight!
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