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  1. 4 hours ago, caley said:

    To be fair, I didn't see A LOT of him as within about 6 months of me starting to watch ROH they wrote Truth off TV, but I thought he was an AMAZING manager.  He had that horrible gravelly voice, the book of Truth, and you just wanted to see him get destroyed.  I never enjoyed Jay Lethal as much as I did when he was Truth's charge with that amazing entrance.  Always thought Truth deserved another run somewhere.

    This might be my favourite post in the history of DVDVR.

     

    Truth was too injured to even be a manager- his back was in worse shape than Gary Hart's.

     

     

     

     

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  2. I still think the WWF manages to go national in such a scenario- maybe with Savage as their ace?

    I think the AWA lasts longer- Bischoff never goes South. 

    Memphis and World Class might become ECW-esque lands of misfit toys.

     


  3. 5 hours ago, J.T. said:

    Yes, put Kenzie on the payroll.  She sells like a million bucks.

     

    The way AEW is set up, having some young Lions/Lionesses might be really useful.  Use them as jobbers for 1-2 years, then send them out to another fed/country to get more versatility (if that's possible), then repackage them after a year learning.

    Good way to get new stars on the cheap and pad records of your midcarders.

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  4. My guess is Muta's knees were more fucked than your average knee replacement candidates, and most folks who get those knees don't work matches.
    BTW- it was Wrestlecade where I saw this, which is pretty close to where you're at (prob the best NC Indie show)

     

     

     


  5. On 5/20/2020 at 3:51 PM, NikoBaltimore said:

    I will say for all the flak about Alan Angels getting a lot against Omega  he's really good.  I liked the Omega match and really liked his showing against Sammy.  Forgot the other guy he went against before that but felt he looked there too.  Which basically means I would love to see get an AEW contract and see him work his way up from job guy to something more substantial.

     

    I'd be fine with the current batch of job guys becoming the equivalent of AEW's Young Lions.   Let them job for a couple of years , send them somewhere for a year to learn a new style, then redebut them.

     

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  6. 21 hours ago, LoneWolf&Subs said:

    Britt looked so good in that character building squash match. She’s entering into Jericho territory with her heel persona at this point. Really if you think about it, Jericho was never the best in ring performer in terms of athletic smoothness. He was always the lesser of all the work rate guys in WCW, and got over with character work. We might look back at Britt the same way if she keeps improving. I mean she won’t have the longevity, because she has a real fucking job, but she might still do wrestling on the side if TV/Streaming wrestling doesn’t completely collapse in the future.

     

    Lesser compared to Malenko/Eddie/Benoit, I don't know if he was worse than the other "workrate" guys in WCW at the time.  Jericho's character work was miles ahead of the other workrate guys except post-injury Eddie.   Britt doesn't have the in-ring chops of Jericho, and women have shorter careers, but she's onto something here.

     

    And yeah, the Tyson thing is not a good look.

     

     


  7. 8 hours ago, grilledcheese said:

    I don't have any idea why he deleted it, but I tend to agree with him. 50 fucking years old, making everyone he comes in contact with look like a million bucks. The dude has kept himself relevant and been just as entertaining as ever before with every reinvention. This is a dude in the twilight of his career using every ounce of his learned skillset to build a brand new national company. That's a pretty goddamn special thing to do.

     

    He may not be best in the world now, but he's the best over-50 guy in wrestling today , and his overall body of work puts him top-10 all time, sniffing top-5 territory.

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  8. 13 hours ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    Colt Cabana is a grossly underrated performer.  Hoping they get around to the mainstage version of the Omega-Cabana feud soon.  

     

    There was an Omega-Cabana feud in the indies?   I don't think Colt is underrated here.  I'd argue he might be a top 5 guy in AEW right now in terms of being able to put on good matches, though I don't know if he'd work with everyone- I think Colt is best working Euro style (why the match with Kip was so good)

     


  9. 2 hours ago, hammerva said:

    So is Pineapple Pete (sugar dunkerton) the Cheeseburger of AEW?

    Thought that was Jebailey.  He's freer than usual right now anyways.

     

    AEW did test everyone before the show- they said everyone was negative, so maybe they felt more confident about it?

     

     


  10. I would pay good money for an LA Park cooking show.

    And yeah, Jordan was awful in that match.  He's usually better than that, no idea what happened- injury?  He seemed unusually timid as well- guessing something wasn't right with his head or he was hurt.

    Is next week the last bit of MLW footage with a crowd?

     

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  11. On 2/9/2020 at 2:49 PM, BloodyChamp said:

    I remain fascinated by anything Muta and Sting. Is there a shoot or anything where they talk about each other? They’ve worked together their whole lives similar to say Sting and Flair but it was minus the fluff. Every match they ever had against each other meant something, and that was the case at the beginning of their careers when they wrestled every night at the end of the era where every match every night was important. So they’re a rare case of 2 guys who wrestled every night yet didn’t just do it by the numbers, and never had a meaningless match. 
     

    Sting has never done a shoot and seems to keep many opinions to himself on WWE shoots. Muta’s English is spotty or brilliant depending on who you ask. There’s probably something out there that he’s done that I don’t know about though. 

     

    Got to see Muta last year- his English seemed spotty, though he got a bit.  Might be a case where he understands but doesn't speak well.  He was in a really, really bad way.  He was limping so heavily I wanted to get out of line and help him just get where he needed.  He had a very heavy limp and should not be performing at all.

     

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  12. 11 hours ago, Hayabusa said:

    I love wrestling for what it is, to me personally, an escape. Chikara and its ants and invisible grenades crack me tf up. Wcw with the hotly contested cruiserweight matches, the squash matches on syndicated weekend shows, that was my jam. Jake the Snake scaring wrestlers shitless with Damian, Warriors crazy over the top promos. That countdown before the next buzzer as your next Royal Rumble entrant walks out from behind the back. ECW and the crazy Awesome Bombs or the tazmissions, Whipwreck and Tajiri, the giant killer Spike Dudley, 3d's for everyone, TOTAL ELIMINATION, all that. AAA with its Hell Brothers and six man tags, Verano de Escandalo, NJPW with the G1 tournament and the crazy fighting spirit never say die battles. 

    Tldr I don't watch every last thing, I barely follow weekly shows unless something is heavily pimped with highlights recapped on YouTube, y'know? But for me, as an 80s kid, wrestling is just a getaway from the mundane every day. I love the random matches of recent crowdless shows that remind me of being a kid and sitting back grinning ear to ear at the comedy or being blown away by the athleticism and spectacle.

    If I'm going anywhere with this, my question would be- What drew you in when you got into following wrestling weekly, that you had to watch and just couldn't miss the next week? 

    I remember it was a Saturday morning for me, and Jake the Snake had just done his short arm clothesline to set up a journeyman guy for the DDT. I was blown away seeing him wipe out the guy, like "Damn, he just killed him on tv and all those fans are cheering for him." That was my 'I don't wanna miss out next week' moment. Just curious what yours might be, is all.

     

    Just the crazy violence.  I got to see a lot of late-era World Class, UWF in addition to Crockett, so I got my share of ultraviolence.  I hated WWF style as a kid, I watched but I even liked the AWA stuff more than I liked WWF.

     

    I could appreciate a good technician, I remember liking Rick Martal and Mr.Perfect on the WWF side, and Bret made WWF watchable for me (never liked Shaun that much).   I can also appreciate comedy in the aspect of folks still trying to win, or if it's an all-comedy fed like how I see CHIKARA.   That said, give me Darby having his throat rammed into his own skateboard, or good Midnights/Vader squashes (those are my two favorite squash guys/teams)  over anything WWE does these days.

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  13. 2 hours ago, sabremike said:

    One of the very few things that I think Dave is wrong about is hating Yano in the GHC because frankly Yano is one of the real MVP's of the tournament. Why? Not just because he has fun matches, his biggest value is being an easy night for guys who are working a very physical and demanding schedule over the duration of the tournament.

     

    Yano and ZSJ both fill this role.  A ZSJ match is fairly easy as well- just sell for 90% of it as you're getting something worked on.

     


  14. 23 hours ago, matt925 said:

    I’ve felt like Nakamura has been in that roll for a long time. “You want me to punch him in the nuts and get disqualified? Ok cool, whatever.”

    He’s seemed super content to float through and I don’t hold it against him at all. Get that money.

     

    I think every NJPW guy dreams of being Yano though, Nak was just living the dream.  I mean, you get to grin like an idiot, punch folks in the nuts, and be over doing comedy- that's like the cushiest wrestler job there is.

     

     

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  15. At least MJF got his revenge in a prickish fashion, waiting till the last day and jumping someone smaller.

    I think if you're writing someone off, you gotta make it look like they beat someone at least sneaky tough, unless it's a manager or something.  MJF was eating so many pins (understandably and obviously so) they had to temporarily build him up for this at least in terms of being a threat.

     

     

     

     


  16. It didn't feel like a face promo as much as it did a badass heel promo.  Beating up a wimpy MJF doesn't get Mance as over as beating up a tough , desperate MJF.  

    Also, hasn't Mance already been  backstage at an event this year?   I'd be just fine with MLW becoming AEW's developmental.

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