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  1. They said in their interview with Jim Cornette after their release that they had no relationship with the Bucks, the Bucks never contacted them and they were confused and insulted by it. The tweet you posted is just good business since there was fan interest in the match. But it’s not clear that was the Bucks intent. FTR debuted saving the Bucks instead of confronting them. After FTR dropped the titles to them they turned heel. The expectation was this could be a modern version Midnight Express vs the Rock and Roll Express but instead it’s been rushed together matches. It’s possible that Tony Khan just fumbled the booking and didn’t give the fans what they wanted. Just like it’s possible good friend of the Bucks, Adam Page came to the conclusion that Punk ran Cabana out of town and decided to allude to that in a promo on his own. But it’s also fair to be skeptical given all the dots you can connect.
  2. Yes, this is a good point. FTR got that moniker because the Young Bucks started making derogatory statements about them when they started getting praised despite apparently not even knowing them. And then they’ve avoided them like the plague and there have been numerous questionable booking decisions for them in AEW. I’ve also heard people didn’t want to take penis suplexes from their rapist friend but did it because they were afraid of the Bucks black balling them. Anyway, I can see Punk quitting if they fire Steele but I can’t imagine Tony Khan getting rid of his top draw and champion. Especially, not for people that only appeal to a niche audience and who were responsible for some of the worst parts of AEW, such as the Dark Order jobber punch gate, Joey Janela being on national tv, Marko Stunt being on national tv, etc
  3. Sure, but you can’t effectively put over what is happening to the audience if you don’t have credibility with them. And you don’t have credibility when you insult the intelligence of the viewers by trying to cover up mistakes with blatantly obvious lies. Also, because JR is always obviously giving his honest opinion (even if in cantankerous fashion), when he says something positive it means more. It’s also the job of the wrestlers to make what is happening in the ring believable and to give the commentators something to work with, so they can help tell the story. It’s gotten better but there are still too many that don’t seem to get that in AEW. JR is arguably the greatest announcer of all time that has called the matches of some of the greatest wrestlers in history. You’d probably be a little cranky if after calling Steamboat Flair and Austin Hart, you had to be exposed to incredibly stupid things like Marko Stunt wrestling on national television, and goofs who can’t even keep track of where the camera is when they do something that exposes them.
  4. Meltzer’s reporting was corroborated by Sean Ross Sapp. Given his recent laziness in reporting, it’s believable that he could get work. But Sapp has been pretty spot on from what I’ve seen. Also, Colt Cabana did disappear. Maybe they’ll turn into an angle with Hangman because of the buzz its created online but I don’t think what Punk did to Hangman was planned.
  5. So JR is honest and respects the intelligence of the viewers while Excalibur does not. @Dog Excalibur has really been struggling recently.
  6. I don’t think telling people that do nothing but look for excuses to shit on him (I always find it odd how Excalibur calling someone the wrong name or fumbling his words doesn’t elicit even half of the outrage JR doing it does from the commentary critics) off and having a goal to achieve something impressive is entitled. It’s probably more realistic to say that this goal is giving him a reason to continue to live.
  7. I understand Meltzer’s track record but if it was done for storyline purposes, you would think the announcers would have made clear he wasn’t there or they would have done a quick segment showing him arriving late. Punk called the baby face former champ a coward in his hometown and he did nothing. If it was done for storyline purposes, it’s weird booking by Tony Khan.
  8. I’d personally prefer the blatantly transparent thigh slaps go. They’re on national television, not their buddies back yard. They should act like it and learn to wrestle in a way that doesn’t completely expose what they’re doing. Anyway, Meltzer said the Hangman stuff from CM Punk was Punk going into business for himself. If that’s true that’s really messed up. I don’t remember anything seeming to go too far in Hangman’s promo, it was kind of standard stuff you’d expect.
  9. No way should Wheeler win against Jericho and get a title shot he’s not going to win (in a rematch from a match that happened like 2 months ago). It’s been done too often and too recently and not even Wheeler’s mom would believe they were going to make him the interim champion. IMO, you keep it simple and have him get the upper hand early on and then Jericho cheats to get the advantage and then goes too far “injuring” Moxley’s protege thus adding some more heat to the title match. And you have Wheeler set up to get revenge on Jericho somewhere down the road.
  10. Tony Khan should consider trying to sign him away. I think they could potentially make a legitimate star out of him.
  11. It’s been pretty underwhelming and he’s often not felt like the most important part of the show despite being the champion.
  12. I voted for Deonna but I don’t believe there can ever be enough big men in wrestling, they are a big part of the novelty of pro wrestling, imo.
  13. My guys: Danielson, FTR, MJF, The Acclaimed, Wardlow, Thunder Rosa, TayJay, Team Taz, The Butcher, The Blade, and the Bunny Not my guys: Young Bucks, Adam Cole, everyone in the dark order (except Anna Jay), the Best Friends
  14. This was perfectly said, thank you! Based on BTE, I guess he got internet famous for falling off a building into a dump truck or something and amused the Young Bucks with his goofy promos but I was baffled by the signing. His physique was embarrassingly bad for a wrestler presented on tv and he literally looked like a child next to Moxley. And he was awful at wrestling. The last time I saw him wrestle he busted open Hangman and nearly dropped him on his head trying to a suplex he clearly didn’t have the strength to do. If AEW did cut people he 100% should have been cut after that match. Anyway, it’s good that he has a following on the indies hopefully he doesn’t hurt anyone and hopefully I never have to see him on tv again.
  15. They killed the Pinnacle when the Inner Circle got all of their heat back immediately when they returned after the beat down, and Jericho put MJF’s head in a toilet.
  16. It was the AJ and Jericho team. And according to Jericho he had them printed just to swerve everyone about when the heel turn was happening (they’re obviously not going to do the turn tonight if they printed t-shirts). Anyway, Jericho is much better as a heel and I think him having lackeys like 2.0 should hopefully make his segments more entertaining. The face stuff with him was honestly getting a little rough for me.
  17. I’m pretty sure it was his first promo in front of a live tv crowd, and he kind of sounded like a guy imitating other people he’d heard cutting promos. But I think he’ll get better and “find his voice” with more experience.
  18. Yeah, Cody was still drawing numbers, I’m pretty sure his ladder match with Sammy drew better ratings than Sammy and Darby. If the EVP title had become largely superfluous as Tony Khan took more control, I could see how money could become an issue. Cody was the top baby face in the beginning, his open challenge was one of the best parts of the pandemic era, and that got a lot of popular guys hired, and just a few months ago he literally set up himself on fire. If the reports of him wanting Jericho/Punk money were true, I could see how he could feel slighted for not getting it. Considering he was there in the beginning and a part of the reason guys like CM Punk (who Tony Khan approached in the beginning but who was unwilling to join a start up) were willing to sign, I could see how that could sting him and lead to this.
  19. I don’t think he’s big or athletic enough to fit in with their new post HHH direction.
  20. Is there actually a prototypical dad bod? I thought a dad bod just indicated you’d stopped caring about your physique, presumably because you’re tired from dealing with kids. A comparison photo going around comparing him to a Trenned up Enzo kind of makes it look he’s given up on the gym. I could see someone with that physique being a dad. Making a sign about it is pretty weird though.
  21. Wheeler Yuta was a disappointing replacement. He’s the Best Friends job guy that was just squashed by him a couple of months ago. I would have much preferred a fresher matchup. The Danielson promo was intriguing and an interesting approach. I liked the tag match. I don’t understand why Brandi Rhodes and Dan Lambert are having a contest to see who can be more detested. But I’ll be happy if Paige VanZant is going to do something significant in the ring. I’m not sure what we did to anger Tony Khan that he felt the need to put Nyla Rose vs Ruby Soho out there but that was not a good match and it went on way too long. The main event was really good but the referee restarting the match after he found evidence of cheating was a little weird and kind of stupid since AEW referees usually allow blatant cheating. And in fact did just that later in the match. But still overall really good match.
  22. It’s not because he has wealth and power, it’s because he started and owns the company. If it was important for Rush to stand up for a pretty terrible wrestler that was dishonestly burying the company he worked for to make herself look better (after they’d allowed her to save face in the initial release) more power to him. But all of the talent there should be aware that there is way more available talent than spots in AEW, so if you don’t deliver when you’re given opportunities, or publicly make the company look bad, or embarrass your boss you are very easily replaced. Keith Lee could easily show up on Wednesday (or whenever his 90 days are up) and people would quickly forget about Rush, for example.
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