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  1. I've still been working out lol. Bench yesterday was absolute dogshit after too much hedonism. Today I really did not feel like going at all, but I actually ended up getting my first 3 plate (140kg) safety bar squat - admittedly I set it up only just below parallel, but I was happy with it for an offday. 3x3 at 112.5kg afterwards, then pin GMs 3 x 6 at 80kg, then some fluff. I will be back working out with my gf on Wednesday and then probably the weekend. Time to get her back on the bench I think, as I don't think the chest press is cutting it for me.
  2. I think it's easy to forget how awesome it is that AEW brings in Vickie most weeks to manage one midcarder. I mean it's the right role for her (we don't want to see her prominently all the time at this point), but it seems extra poignant when WWE are doing 'budget cuts' left, right and centre.
  3. This was the worst no show since Roger Moore failed to turn up for Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge.
  4. If we're counting NXT, Danny Burch got released and came back and got a reign as NXT yeah champ. He's still on the books afaik, though wouldn't surprise me if he's somewhat of a player coach at the PC.
  5. Main reason to have Jay in AEW is so you can run 'Lethal's Lottery'.
  6. Coming back from holiday, I did ramp ups to single challenging sets: 1) Bench (10), Low Cable Row (10), OHP (10) and Lat Pulldown (10) followed by accessory work sets of 2 x 20-22 (Decline DB, DB Upright Row, Tricep Pushdown, Pinwheel Curls) Bench was tough, only got to 85kg on a medium-wide grip. I think I was neglecting it a bit before I went on hols. Oh yeah and I had slept badly and took a Ibuprofen for a headache so it probably was ok. 2) Highbar Squat (10), Narrow stance SSB GM (10), Plate Machine Hip Thrust (12), followed by accessories 2 x 16 Leg Curl, Seated Calf, Ab Machine & 1 x 16 Hyperextension So the Squat was my first non-SSB back squat in over a year. My elbows were not impressed. I actually meant to do 8, but somebody wanted to use the rack so I decided to do 10 at 90kg rather than try for 8 at 100kg. I felt like I had a couple more reps in the tank no problem even then so I'm actually ok with this, though my knees were a bit unimpressed. I'm not sure whether I'll go back to SSB or try and test a max with the straight bar. I had significant butt doms from the secondary lifts. That was Sunday and Monday. My gf rejoins Saturday so I face today and Thursday, then Sat/Sun. Gnarly. I will probably take it pretty easy today and tomorrow - speed work and a couple of accessories.
  7. I hadn't seen a lot of Taya but I liked the Monet character. I liked Kross too kinda. He got overexposed somehow but other promotions, or a certain other promotion I should say, seem to be able to not do that. Next time someone gets a non-push out of the gate, WWE defenders don't get to see 'wait and see' anymore. I've been pretty done with this nonsense for a while and today I am sad but unsurprised. I am curious to maybe see if Thatcher ever returns and does a fightpit with Steiner but not much else. I am glad we as fans have an alternative (I appreciate some ppl don't vibe with it); I hope the ppl released today are able to indeed have better futures to endeavour towards.
  8. Danhausen has Marko and comedy so I don't really see the Danhausen issue. I'm not 100% sure he's completely connected up the wrestling and the character from what I've seen, but I don't have an issue with him being used correctly. It could be though that tbh he's making enough money through his various hustles that he might be better off not All Elite.
  9. Okay, tried this again today and got 90kg - it was definitely a bit grindy not ridiculous (I didn't feel it afterwards) but I don't feel like I'm quite ready for 100kg. That said, I've not been sleeping that well and I actually hit incline bench press and DB flat press pretty hard 48 hours before - so maybe I could get the two plates up I don't know. Grip may have been a hair wider than last time (© Greg Doucette), but that's a pretty decent PR for a lift I haven't been doing. Mostly I have been training with the girlfriend. That's probably not optimal, but it's been fun mostly and it hasn't stopped me making gains as far as I can see. I am going on holiday Saturday and will likely be on a 10 day gym break (I might change my mind if it pours down a lot). I'll take my bands and my gripper, but looking forward to the break. When I come back, there's going to be quite a lot of back focus - I think my legs, chest and triceps are pretty on point, my upper back is ok but middle and lower need a lot of attention. And the core. 2 pulls every upper body day now, and facepulls aren't going to count.
  10. Even if ROH hadn't been built around Bullet Club....look AEW throw out 3 hours of Cable TV and another 1-3 hours of Dark content - some of which is good. The ROH dream has long been dead, but now it's been buried 50ft in the ground in a lead coffin. GCW and PWG can somewhat access the AEW roster, NJPW can provide a slightly more technical product, NWA can provide a nostalgia product. Is there room for something a little more BattlArts? Maybe. But you do probably need a different roster for that. Whether Sinclair are the ones to run such a promotion I'm not sure - but where else do you go? I will admit, in recent years I watched some of the Pure stuff, a bit of PCO and a bit of Danhausen and that's about it. I wasn't particularly motivated to watch more.
  11. Tony Khan must be feeling buyer's remorse about Tony Nese right about now.
  12. I didn't play Sonic, but I do dig the weird theme. Man they are so much better as heels - dem kids are pretty punchable.
  13. What if they talked about getting in each other's butts?
  14. Tone don't love ya no mo' @JLowe. Up a bit from the last Saturday Dynamite. I think the Friday action would have hindered more than helped, but solid enough rating I think.
  15. He's been clear about why. It's lose-lose, pissing your pants to stay warm in winter shenanigans.
  16. You do your Bobby Heenan impression, I'll do mine: we hate to tell you we told you so, but....we told you so!
  17. Given that Smackdown ran for 2.5 hours starting at 20:00 (viewer only needs to watch for 10 minutes), that's a slaughter. AEW wins.
  18. Today I decided to build up to top singles on the pause SSB squat and the 'Shaw Deadlift'. I generally find when I am coming off being sick my work capacity and recovery between sets is garbage, but my body has had time to rest and is usually able to hit decent numbers reasonably well. Still didn't want to tax the CNS too much. 100% Raw Pause SSB Squat (2 seconds) - I got up to 125kg. Tbh I felt like I had more in the tank, but wasn't looking for a max per se. I could probably get a bit less deep and even push the legs wider. I feel like if I can adjust the straight bar, work on my walk out etc then I should be able to hit 180kg on a normal squat in wraps - though I may need to get used to the extra bar weight. That's probably going to be the focus in the run up to Xmas. 'Shaw' Deadlift (middle fingers on the rings, legs just inside) with Fo8 straps - Went up to 160kg. Though it was pretty clean and on some days I may have gone for another jump, I felt like this wasn't an arm position I wanted to truly grind in. Actually on reviewing Shaw (and YouTuber Johnny Candito) footage I think my legs were maybe too wide, and maybe the grip could come in too - ultimately I don't bench that wide. The original plan was to do Pendlay Rows but I put away the weights without thinking and I decided against it as I'm training Upper Body tomorrow anyway, plus I didn't want to put the weights on obv. I decided to try to RDL the biggest dumbells we have - which are 42kg and 50kg, using straps. The 42kg were easer than I thought, and I did an easy 12. The 50kg...less easy, I got to 8 and decided to leave it there. The realisation was clear though - I need to use the straps for DB RDLs and work on my grip separately. Did 12 sets of accessories - seated leg curl (cable), seated calf (plate), incline hammer curls (db obv), and hyperextensions (bw) to finish. A few sessions before my holiday, most if not all of which will be with the gf so it will mostly be a hypertrophy focus at this point. I worked out that a floor pin press should be doable in the rack though so if I do find myself on my own I may try it.
  19. Tbh I'm a bit fuzzy on the idea that excess fat will cause weight gain in a way that carbs won't. Saturated fat....yeah maybe there's some evidence for that. Trans...yeah ok. Mono and Poly.....not so much.
  20. - AEW apparently doubled their demo in some of the major markets, though by no means in all of them. - 22:30-23:00 outrated the opposed 30 minutes, which is unusual. WWE probably cost them around 10% of their viewership. - Meltzer takes the view that if AEW loses by 10% in the demo 22:00-22:30, in the big picture they won because of the publicity it generated for them and because WWE had to throw everything at them to beat them. Some awesome wrestling this weekend though. I feel like a winner.
  21. I think this is the first time I watched some Dynamite live. Black vs Martin was everything. Wow. On his A game, it feels like no understatement to say that Malakai Black is AEW's Taker. Las Super Ranas . That brainbuster looks like death. Yeah the IC promo on ATT didn't really go that well, ultimately it's not like we thought Jericho is really hip to 2021. Guevara's promo was a bit wtf, but I guess it got over the idea that he's a young kid far more interested in kicking ass than talking about it. I was disappointed to see Dark Order lose again but I felt like they got enough that it was ok; Superkliq is Superkliq - I still feel they've got to go somewhere with DO eventually though.
  22. I honestly don't think anyone thought Rampage at 10pm was actually going to outrate Smackdown at 8pm. That's not a sensible comparison. Edit: And don't WWE (allegedly) usually leak the fast demos? Interesting that they don't seem to have here.
  23. Somebody surely must have proposed a Mermaid valet for him at some point in a WWE Creative meeting right?
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