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  1. I'm saying that my preference is for Sonny Kiss to act like Sonny Kiss the person instead of acting like an exaggerated version of Sonny Kiss. I've never said anything about 'acting less queer' or suppressing the person they are. If you're LBGTQ, I really don't give a shit. If you want that to be part of your in-ring persona, knock yourself out. I understand the general rule of thumb of wrestling gimmick is to take the real person and turn them up to 11. I just find when dealing with gender/sexuality it's become lame due to it being overdone and the gimmick becomes about the
  2. Good lord. The comparison that YOU made is a very big comparison. It would be like saying that the only comparison between Superstar Billy Graham and Hulk Hogan was that they were blonde huge, Venice Beach bodybuilder types. But you forget that they share other parts of their personalities such as their flamboyant behavior and the similar type of spots they do in the ring where they use their sexual preference to befuddle/embarrass the opponent. Doing a twerking spot to throw off/embarrass the opponent doesn't simply 'read as feminine' and isn't done in a 'sincere and enthusiast
  3. I think Grayson is an excellent athlete, probably a top-5 athlete in the company. I just hate the gimmick. I like the size and work style difference between him and Uno, but Uno and the gimmick just comes off like amateur hour. I do agree that there's a bit too much of offense from Grayson. Typical indie way of thinking instead of understanding that pro wrestling is one of the few places where less is truly more and you can still do some incredible athletic stuff in the ring, but do less of it and it get far more over with the audience. I don't see him as a singles star because he
  4. We have far greater access to pro wrestling/sports entertainment than we have ever had. The times changing has nothing to do with the lack of popularity and name recognition of pro wrestlers...it has to do with how pro wrestling is watched and thus the ratings are going to be completely different from the ratings say in 1996. The popularity of wrestlers has declined because the industry has failed them as a whole. WWE owned almost all of the market share and then drove fans away from the product and nobody was there to satisfy those fans. The Rock was not the most recent exampl
  5. One measure you can look at is Q-Score which helps measure the familiarity and appeal of a celebrity. Note that you won't find any Q-Scores for any active wrestlers these days outside of Jericho (who has a very high Q-Score). But before 2010 you would find Q-Scores for wrestlers in the WWE. Therein lies a big issue with the wrestling business...the universe is rapidly shrinking and casual and non-fans don't even know who these wrestlers are anymore. But they used to know who Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin and even Bret Hart were. And to say that a wrestling prom
  6. Good grief. Of course these wrestlers went from obscure to national prominence...they went from wrestling in VFW halls to being on TNT. You have 750K fans that are going to watch every single week, no matter who they throw out there. But outside of those fans, nobody knows who Britt Baker is or who the Butcher and the Blade are or Jurassic Express. When the Dark Order comes out, that's when people start to go for the remote or go make a bathroom break. And Orange Cassidy shows how the main eventers were not over. They pushed him to main event status because he was gettin
  7. Wins and losses matter, regardless of what the WWE tries to tell the world. Guys that lose all of the time lose credibility with the fans and victories in key matches will elevate a wrestler's status. I think what AEW is doing is keeping track of a wrestler's/tag team's win-loss record...but even that doesn't matter as much as we've seen wrestlers with poor win-loss records inexplicably get title shots. AEW's mantra of 'wins and losses matter' is basically AEW trying to market themselves as something different than the WWE because the WWE has stated that 'wins and losses don't matter' which
  8. Sky I really liked and when he got a match against Jericho and leading up to that, I thought AEW had developed a star and did it very quickly. Then he got lost in the shuffle. Some of it due to COVID-19, but Tony Khan's lousy booking playing a role. He just felt to me that if it were say 2005 and he was in the WWE and Vince wanted to push him, he would have been close to star status. And it appeared that AEW wanted to push him...then they killed his momentum. And that's my biggest gripe with AEW's booking...they have a real faculty for killing momentum. Spears killed his o
  9. I agree with everything you said on Guevara. And as mentioned here, I don't see the comparison to Eddy Guerrero...not to take away from Guevara, but I just don't see it. One was short with more upper body strength and was more of the dastardly heel and was a great face and the other is more of a 'punchable face/Tully' type of heel who has a slender frame. Eddy was very much a New Japan junior style of wrestler even though he was brought up in Lucha. Guevara is kind of like a hybrid of chicken shit heel with American junior style which reminds me a lot of... Sean Waltman as the
  10. That was my first time watching Pres10 Vance. Given his lack of experience, I liked what I saw...I just hate the entire Dark Order gimmick. AEW could have gone a long way with me by never having the Dark Order gimmick to begin with (and other gimmicks like The Librarian). But Vance showed some real potential. He's a good athlete, has decent size...just needs more and more ring time. And that's the big problem I see with pro wrestling's future, so many guys not getting the ring time that they would have gotten in the territory days and it creates an inferior product. I think yo
  11. IMO, the most underrated promo of all time. The great thing about Hayes was he could cut a great promo as a heel or as a face. Here as a face he gets the crowd behind him and sells them on he is going to kick Flair's ass with the support of all of the people. HoC
  12. QT Marshall works as a loyal buddy to a top babyface and is a solid, but far from unspectacular worker. He needs to get more wins sprinkled with the occasional either big win/or close to big win to get him over as a reliable backup to the Rhodes family. The bigger issue with him is that he looks like an ad exec. Of course, Verne Gagne always looked like an tax accountant to me, but was mega-over. I think this role could have been better filled by Shawn Spears, but they turned him right away and then botched the every loving shit out of his character development. Now nobody take
  13. And yet AEW is filled with wrestlers that are anything but that. The Young Bucks, Guevara, Top Flight, Chuck Taylor, Darby, Jungle Boy, Janela, Marko Stunt, etc. aren't bigger than OC. I guess they can all be ironic comedy wrestlers. And what happens when the joke gets old? That's the thing about all types of comedy...jokes get stale and lose their effect over time. The average passerby doesn't get the joke. They don't get why he's in denim, why he has his hands in his pockets. They don't get why none of the heels just don't slap the taste out of his mouth or take a heel serious
  14. I would be all for OC if he was bringing non-wrestling fans/casual fans/lapsed fans/fans Vince killed off/etc. back into pro wrestling and that would mean getting them interested in the rest of the AEW promotion like more serious wrestlers like Cody, Darby, etc. That would be worth it. But I just don't see that happening when looking at the ratings figures. In fact, at one point him and Jericho had the worst rated segment in AEW history. Instead I see that a very minimal amount of the fans I listed actually come to watch OC and then have no interest in the rest of the c
  15. Most people outside of wrestling have no idea who Orange Cassidy is. And I would argue that most pro wrestling fans don't even know who he is. HoC
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