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  1. I also got the sense that Black's comments about promises were more about his angles in WWE. He did a few Q&As on twitch after his release and talked extensively about his creative ideas that they never let him go ahead with. Then again if all the HOB business was his idea then I can kinda see why as that was definitely in need of an editor. There's no telling how much of the start/stop of that storyline was due to booking or injuries or what but they never really quite hit their stride despite all being good wrestlers. Black has been one of my favorites for a long time and I wish the best for him. Buddy has been a fantastic worker ever since 205 Live was a regular thing but he's never caught on outside of that. He got saddled with that awful angle with Rey and his family and hasn't been able to do much in AEW. I'd like to see him get a good shake somewhere but it seems like he just has never found a place to be a regular. He's the type of guy who would be perfect as an upper card player in ROH if they can manage to ever get it going again.
  2. I was hoping Red Dragon would get one more run in AEW or ROH but oh well.
  3. At first I thought The Midnight Club was another Are You Afraid of the Dark? series, but that was The Midnight Society. The premise of that sounded familiar, then I remember I read the book when I was a preteen. Chrisopher Pike's YA horror novels had more sex and gore than did RL Stine and was a bigger gateway to Stephen King style adult horror novels. I might give this a watch, though as a genxer I'm getting tired of 90s nostalgia already.
  4. On NXT tonight - Axiom vs. Nathan Frazer Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley vs. Toxic Attraction Edris Enofe & Malik Blade vs. The Dyad Wendy Choo vs. Cora Jade Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams vs. Chase U Sanga vs. Von Wagner Oro Mensah vs. Grayson Waller JD McDonagh vs. Tyler Bate
  5. Not sure if this should go here or in the main thread, but Malakai Black issued a statement on instagram concerning his current situation- “All. Firstly thank you all for your messages, know they are being read and appreciated. With all the turmoil going on in the landscape of Professional Wrestling I took the time to think of my words but also needed to wait until conversations between mine and AEW’s camp had come to a conclusion. Firstly, I dislike reading parts of my private conversations between myself and AEW in regards to my mental well being on the internet. These conversations were private and not meant to be shared with the public. As by now most people realize I am a very private person and do not feel the need to have stuff like this out on the internet. If you’ve been following me longer than a cup of coffee you’re aware I’ve spoken about them prior but would like to be the one deciding when this finds it’s way to the public and not through someone else’s mouth, as with anything through the lips of someone else: that story gets distorted. Secondly, to be in line with the above, they also need context: I did indeed ask for my release, the last 2 years of my life have lended to a lot of set backs. Both me and my wife have been affected by uncontrollable actions from the outside that resulted in loss of life, medical set backs, career jeopardizing, the suicide of a close friend and a close family member almost losing their life, then experiencing an injury that I was sure was the end of my career. I spend every week going through several sessions of rehab, dry needling and therapy just to be able to walk and compete. Now this being the tip of the iceberg and with the combination of the promises in my professional field that were not upheld which resulted as a combination of all of these to a complete demoralization of life and career. This decision had been in my mind for the past six months. It’s hard to really put a finger and say ‘this was the moment it all went wrong.’ But I can tell you after many years that I have learned from a rational point of view to see when I need to hit the breaks; which is what this is. Perhaps once my mind settles on certain things and processes the last 2 years a bit better I will convey (via a different platform than written out) what the exacts were that happened, and have a more informed conversation about them. For now know that I am good, and am taking, for the first time in 22 years, a few months to recalibrate the last 2 decades of my life. Lastly, I have read a few narratives online in regards to my ‘release’, mental health and my personal life that I can summarize swiftly; if it didn’t come from me, it didn’t happen. Stuff about conditional releases, stuff in my marriage or using said mental health to leverage the other when as I said before that part wasn’t even going to be part of the public conversation are false. My marriage is fine, I am fine. It is just time to make sure those things stay that way. Once again, I appreciate your support and we will see each other soon enough. MB”
  6. The Judgement Day business was the focal point of the show, but that Johnny Gargano/Chad Gable match needs more attention. I lost interest in Gargano during his marathon matches with Cole, but he was really good here and the two of them really clicked. Despite all his shitty booking Gable has been one of the better guys on the roster for quite a while now. This match made me look up to see if American Alpha and DIY ever wrestled back when the NXT tag scene was really cooking but it looks like they never did?
  7. I was going to suggest Foley as well but wasn't sure what his motor functions are like these days. Has anyone seen his standup lately?
  8. I was wondering just how active Colt had been in AEW leading up to Punk's arrival. From January 2021 until Punk made his return in September, Colt had 26 matches in AEW. With the exception of being in the battle royale at Double or Nothing 2021 and one match on Dynamite in January, all of them were on Dark and most were six+ man matches. Teaming with the Bucks at the Brodie Tribute show in December of 2020 was the last somewhat high profile match he had. I find it hard to believe he was going to have his contract renewed anyways or at least be used in a non-jobber role regardless of Punk coming back or not. Maybe he was doing some work backstage like some of the other guys who are mainly on Dark? Honestly, going to ROH (providing it actually becomes a thing) is the best use for him.
  9. The only thing I can say in Punk's defense here is that it was probably going on 1am when his interview was done and he'd gone straight to the conference from his match. He was still covered in blood and probably needed to be looked over by a trainer or at least gotten a shower. I doubt he was expecting people to come at him at all, and probably not right then and there by guys who had been done with their matches several hours before. It's easy to sit here and say it's unprofessional to go accost a guy in those circumstances, especially if you are (on paper at least) in a higher ranking position, but I don't know what all else has been building up behind the scenes so I can't blame Omega and company being heated immediately after seeing the interview.
  10. Wrestling is and always has been an industry that attracts people who are a little off or outliers in some way in terms of personality. In WWE you had all these characters working for the same company but there was always oversight from management and veterans to try and keep shit from going too far or people getting carried away in whatever personal bullshit they had going on. Tony Khan has pretty much said he wants much more of a laissez faire locker room and encourages wrestlers to be themselves even at the expense of not always acting completely professional. Kenny and the Bucks have a history of being able to do whatever they want and have been very successful by behaving on their own terms. From cute shooty bullshit on social media to their own vlog endorsed by AEW they're used to being the big fish and being able to do business however they want. This is conjecture, but thinking that since they've always been successful doing stuff however they choose they don't need any more corporate/old school insight or advice. Whether or not their way of doing things has rubbed others in the locker room the wrong way is beyond my ability to speculate, though I do wonder if their "EVP" status has kept more junior members of the roster room from doing so. Meanwhile you've got Punk who has a long history of being a self-serving asshole whose behavior gets some latitude due to his popularity and name value. I think a lot of people figured his more toxic traits - the paranoia, thin-skinned attitude, etc might have ebbed in his time away from the business and maturity. Unfortunately it looks like that being in a room with a lot of other eccentric personalities who have all been encouraged to do things their own way have just caused his unhealthy personality aspects to come back out full force. Throw in a bunch of contrary personalities, people who have a propensity for saying vague, smug nonsense online and in promos, different ideas about professionalism, and upper management who doesn't enforce any type of locker room discipline and something like this was bound to happen.
  11. TK's opening announcement was the best way they could have possibly addressed this. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of obnoxious chants from the audience. The in-ring stuff, especially Daneilson/Page and of course Yuta/Garcia was top notch. MJF's promo was incredible. I would like a bit more explanation of why MJF is aligned with Stokley but that will undoubtedly come. Moxley needs to come up short in the tournament and start a heel turn.
  12. He needs to go full Heenan at Bash at the Beach 96. Surely TK watched plenty of WAR in his tap trading days. Let the trios division feature matches between the most random combinations of guys possible until The Elite are back.
  13. "Following an incident that took place backstage after All Out, [insert wrestler names here] have been suspended for the remainder of the month. Unfortunately after a meeting with AEW management, CM Punk was unable to resolve his differences with the company and has agreed to leave effective immediately. We wish him well in his future endeavors". Just have Excalibur work that into this spiel when he runs down every match scheduled for the show and every other event this week.
  14. You could feel the secondhand embarrassment during Tony's "I should have just said 'no comment' when you asked that" bit. That's the impression I got here. If someone (presumably Page) spread inaccurate rumors about Punk and Colt's dirty laundry to the sheetz and asserted that Punk got Colt fired then Punk has a right to be pissed and ream the journalists for spreading misinformation in the process. The opening question got cut off but it was a pretty unprofessional thing to ask and while Punk's response was a bit scathing, I don't blame him getting worked up if someone else in the locker room is talking about other peoples' issues that they don't know all the facts of. Either way I hope this puts to rest all the talk about what the status of Punk and Colt's relationship or lack thereof is.
  15. While The Acclaimed winning the belts would have been a massive pop, I don't think anyone could have forseen the match being that good or The Acclaimed being that over. Swerve and Lee just won the belts less than two months ago so this would have been pretty quick to have them drop the belts. Short of calling an audible mid-match based on the reaction I think having the champs retain was the right choice. With how good the match was you can find a way to hype up a rematch, have it in somewhere The Acclaimed have more of a hometown connection, and then have them win the belts there.
  16. Kingston/Ishii watched Sheamus/Gunther last night and asked someone to hold their beer. I'd figured they'd be laying into eachother, but the match kept going longer than I thought and kept getting more brutal. The rest of the preshow was fine. Is Sabian turning into Al Snow? Clusterfuck ladder matches are getting kind of tired at this point so the inconclusive ending didn't bug me as much as it normally would have, and I'm genuinely interested in Stokley's group. I suppose since the match is no DQ and "the joker" was technically in the match the ending was allowed? In a vacuum the trios title match was fine with Dark Order doing a good job of playing the underdogs who were managing to edge out the much more experienced team. The finish even made them look strong as it was a complete accident that came after Hungee managed to counter the OWA. I'm not a fan of The Elite winning the belts and using the tournament to just continue the story of Omega and Page, but it is what it is. Athena/Jade was good while it lasted. I think this would have been the time for Jade to drop the belt as Athena is a worthy champion The second trios match would have been fine had it been on Rampage and all the FTR/MCMG segments were great. That bulldog into a lariat Cash hit was a cool looking move I hadn't seen before. Hobbs/Starks was a nice showcase for Hobbs. They've got two guys here who are the future of the company and both needed the win, however I think Hobbs needed the win a bit more and that Starks is over enough and has the sufficient charisma to be ok taking the loss. The Acclaimed have always been an entertaining duo but I never saw them as a main event team as far as in-ring talent goes, but they totally looked like they belonged in the tag titles match. Bowens was great as the imperiled member and Caster, who has always been the less good of the team, more than carried his weight whenever he was in. After Bowens kicked out of the stomp following the superplex, I started thinking they might have a chance. Things only got hotter from there with lots of other near falls and even though I think they were the heels here, The Acclaimed had the crowd eating out of their hands. This was easily the best match The Acclaimed have had and was my MOTN. I really dislike the "wrestler gets injured, taken to the back, but finds a way to come back out and win" so I'm glad they didn't do that with Shida. Hayter was my pick to win but Storm is just as good a choice. Looks like they're finally pulling the trigger on a Hayter/Baker program. There isn't any need to elaborate on the lack of sense in the JB/Christian match, just that I wonder if it was some sort of audible based on time constraints or injuries. As insufferable as I've found Jericho in recent years, when he's in there with the right opponent and trying to tell the proper story he's still capable of putting on a quality match. It was also cool seeing Danielson get more into his ROH heel character with his taunting and mannerisms as the bout went on. The ending was a head scratcher though. On a show that was already heavy on non-fan-favorites coming out on top this seemed out of place. Given the people involved I'm assuming this was their choice and part of a larger story. I'm not a fan of Danielson's remixed AEW theme as it is and the live version was not good at all and totally didn't fit the serious wrestler image he's trying to portray. House of Black on the other hand, if they had Amenra play them out to the ring it would make their entrance even more awesome. I didn't like HOB going out of the trios tournament in order to be in this program, but the match was better than I was expecting. All the HOB guys hit their stuff quickly and crisply and for a guy who may have back issues Malaki certainly wasn't showing any rust. Miro also looked to be in fantastic shape and was king sized whenever he was tagged in. The faces needed a win on this show and even though it wasn't the outcome I wanted the way they worked in Sting using the mist on his own was a cool way to finish the match. HOB desperately need to go on a tear after this. The main event is probably going to prove to be incredibly divisive. There's been plenty of discussion over the booking surrounding the world title match and I don't know how much of it was rewritten on the fly due to injury statues or if this was the actual intended story. I don't get the hype on Moxley (he's like AEW's version of The Sandman to me) but this match felt like a big deal. There was no easy way to predict a winner and there was going to be a really hot crowd equally divided for each guy. Punk and Moxley then proceeded to have the match they should have had in their title unification match. If they'd scrubbed the past week and a half of matches and interactions and just done this match in the first place then everything would have been fine. MJF's post match return was absolutely brilliant. From the TK voicemail to the ROH clip of a heel punk to MJF coming out to a massive pop, it was the best possible way to do it. On my previous point about Moxley being more of an attraction than a wrestler - he doesn't need the belt to be over and get the reactions that he does. Punk has the belt back but now has to deal with the guy he just barely bested being back and even more hungry for the title than before.
  17. I missed most of Hayes/Riccochet, but the last third or so I caught was entertaining. It's been a while since I can recall seeing Riccochet get a decent amount of time in a competative match and remember how good he is. Hayes gets better every time I see him. The guy can talk and can put everything together in the ring. I won't go as far as to say if he's a future main eventer, but he's got the tools to have a successful career. Tag match was ok but a bit too much of a clusterfuck. I'd hoped they had stopped the splitting up of perfectly good stables and teams. At least it was a bit of a swerve and didn't go with the telegraphed turning of Roddy. I like the Creeds but they're still too green to have won here so Pretty Deadly winning is fine. When the women's title match was made a three way I figured it was a way to get the title of off Meiko without her taking the fall. Following another non one-on-one match I was thinking this would be another clusterfuck but everyone got their stuff in really well here. Mandy has gotten good over the past year or two but she's not who I would have gone with to be the women's face of the brand. Toxic Attraction are at the point where they need to be moved up to the main roster. The women's tag match was fine though un-memorable. I've dug Bate ever since I saw his matches with Pete Dunne in the early days of NXTUK and Bron has been on a roll ever since he debuted so this match had a lot of potential. This was my match of the night but I think they've got a better bout in them.
  18. Good show overall. Sheamus/Gunther was easily the best match of the night and the best WWE match I can think of this year. There's an alternate universe out there where Sheamus got released in 2010-2015 and went to Japan and killed it. Drew and Roman are both stale to me but they had a fantastic match. I get they aren't going to let Roman lose to anyone who isn't Brock but Drew going over here would have been massive.
  19. Braun ragdolling Brock in that 4 way from SS 17 was awesome, then his booking went to shit. Looks like he's only had 8 matches since being released and I have no idea how he's moving in-ring these days. He does look to have leaned up quite a bit based on his social media, so maybe that's helped his knee problems.
  20. I enjoyed Jungle Boy's indy stuff and he's had a great connection with the audience, but he's really plateaued in the ring. His promo skills almost seem to be getting worse the bigger his role gets. He's a great case for someone who would probably do well in ROH when and if they get it doing its own thing again. Send him there to see if he can learn how to talk, or at least figure out a niche for himself. Sammy is a weird case because he had that natural face charisma that comes with being a high flying underdog but quickly started to develop that obnoxious young prick personality. His face/heel booking being all over the place didn't really help either. They just need to figure out what direction they're going with him and stick with it for a while, then book him in programs with people he's going to get booed against accordingly.
  21. That HOG show looked good on paper but after reading that review and all the questionable booking decisions I think I'll pass. That LVAC card looks worth checking out on the other hand. After looking them up I also saw this
  22. I agree with all this, and also want to add that they've had a ton of guys go out with injuries over the past few months. Whether or not TK actually had some coherent and compelling long term booking plans for everyone is anyone's guess, but multiple guys going out at once definitely put a hamper on whatever they had planned for this show. Also agreed...it would have better to just have the six man match this coming Wednesday then put on what would be fantastic FTR/MCMG match at the PPV. They could even run Lethal/Wardlow again with some sort of stipulation to make it look like Lethal might have a chance. Or go ahead with the Wardlow/Singh match. If we get FTR/MCMG at the following Dynamite as the main event I'll be down with that. This is another big thing. The Forbidden Door aspect was a neat concept when the promotion was finding its legs and it's fine as an occasional surprise. Bringing in an outside team for a tournament or something is also all well and good, but when just about every weekly Dynamite episode and PPV features numerous outside talent when they've got dozens of unused full timers it's just over the top. I understand them defending the ROH titles from time to time as they want to remind people that promotion is still technically there, but the sooner they can get ROH back doing its own thing the better. All this may come off as overly critical, but AEW still remains my favorite promotion currently running and I almost always look forward to the PPVs and Dynamite. For a company that's only been around for three years they've been doing a great job amassing a talent pool and putting on entertaining content from week to week.
  23. Are Cole, Fish, and O'Riley all injured? It seems like they should be interfering in one of the trios matches or at least making their presence known as contenders at some point.
  24. Holy shit, I didn't even register that was him. Looks like he morphed into Greg Valentine at some point. I'd always assumed he had retired years ago, but it looks like he's been working consistently in the current OVW incarnation.
  25. I wonder if Rosa was just heated afterwards and went to the bathroom to cool off in private rather than back to the locker room or catering where the rest of the wrestlers were? The rumor that she was scared or hiding got around when in actuality she was just trying to avoid the possibility of something unprofessional being said or done.
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