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  1. Yeah, I know! Right? It's so easy! It seems like Tony Khan doesn't even realize that all he needs to do is cater specifically to the very narrow tastes of every single dipshit with a keyboard and internet access. If he did that, surely ratings would skyrocket. Oh well, guess we'll have to suffer through more weeks of Punk and Bryan wrestling on free TV and other lame stuff like that.
  2. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers cartoon on tubi or whatever is absolutely heinous. Just a f'n travesty. Aggressively anti-funny. I LOVED the comics when I was in high school. Wildly inventive and subversive. The gender and sexual politics and so on were very much of their time, but if you can get past that the comics are still pretty entertaining today, and the art work is often excellent as well. And Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, and Pete Davidson are all capable of being very funny and have all been in some stuff that I liked a lot. So, my hopes were high. The cartoon is just utterly, irredeemably wrong-headed, mean-spirited, and relentlessly lowest common denominator. Heartbreaking. I got through one and a half episodes before tapping out forever. I think the people who made it felt like it would be hilarious to really lean into the "of it's time" stuff. Yeesh. I should have listened to @thee Reverend Axl Future when he warned us all off of this garbage On the upside, tubi does have this: https://tubitv.com/series/300005691/the-best-of-the-carol-burnett-show?start=true so I'm still happy I went there to check out the lousy cartoon, because it lead me to a motherload of nostalgic laughs anyway.
  3. I really, really, really hope the new AAA Mega Champion gets a match in AEW against Kenny once Kenny is all healed up. I really really really hope he comes to visit AEW regardless. The new champ is:
  4. I was there live, in the building, for this one! Last show of Winter Navigation 2005. My first trip to Japan, with my girlfriend at the time who is now my wife and the mother of my two children. The sound system in the Yokohama gym was awesomely, deafeningly loud. When Misawa's theme hit and I started screaming MI! SA! WA! you couldn't so much hear every other person in the arena screaming it, as you could feel it. It was awesome. I 100 percent literally got goosebumps. Now, I am happy to be able to say I was there in person, but I remember feeling a little bit mad that Misawa lost the match, first time I ever saw him live, and to make things worse an "outsider" got the pin! I also remember being a bit bummed out that in the Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka vs Junji Izumida & Kenta Kobashi match, they were obviously holding out on giving us a full-on Tenryu vs Kobashi brawl in order to build anticipation for a future singles match (which I believe actually never happened). On the upside, at least I got to see Misawa, Kobashi, Tenryu, Koshinaka (and Nigel McGuinness, Tamon Honda, Low Ki, Bison Smith, SUWA, Scorpio, Akiyama, Kikuchi, Ricky Marvin...). Minoru Suzuki was on the card! (teaming with Naomichi Marufuji against Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) The Main Event was Taue vs Morishima in a mentor vs mentee GHC title defense, which was awesome live. That picture is actually from NOAH's Budokan Hall show in March 2009, when we finally moved here (and the last time I was in Tokyo, if you don't include changing planes in the airport). Couldn't find any pics from '05.
  5. Well. Dang! Maybe they are saving 2 outa 3 for FTR vs LB proper. Perfect TV episode. Lots of fast, exciting action. First time I've seen Nese wrestle and I really enjoyed it. (friend told me his WWE gimmick was literally "he has abs" which... I guess, that worked for Rick Rude!) Best thing is they set up PAC vs Malakai and another FTR vs LB match for later. That's good TV!
  6. Even better if they made it 2 out of 3 falls.
  7. This brings up a point that is damned interesting, to me at least: Going by my experience, fandom in Japan, and pro wrestling fandom in particular, seems to be very very very different indeed from what it is in North America. I'm not any kind of educated expert in Japanese culture, but I've been living here almost 13 years, I have Japanese family, close Japanese friends, Japanese drinking buddies and training partners... I've taught literally dozens and dozens and dozens of high-level conversation students. Before Corona I spent a significant amount of my free time hanging out with pro wrestlers and crazy pro wrestling fans. Everyone who knows me knows I was involved in, and love, pro wrestling. I have had literally hundreds and hundreds of conversations about pro wrestling, and if those conversations involved any kind of judging (and particularly any kind of negativity or shit-talking) then I was talking to another "gaijin" wrestling fan. With Japanese fans, we talk about what we like. if they don't like something, they prefer not to get into it. Which fits in with my general impression of Japanese social life. As far as I can tell, the lion's share of Japanese fandom is about appreciation rather than about judging, ranking, bad-mouthing... A couple of times, I have sat with a Japanese wrestling fan who was proficient in English, or with a student who is really into wrestling, and had them translate wrestling discussion on, like 2chan or something. It's a festival of agreement and positivity. Small sample size, but: Shockingly different from what you might find even here on DVDVR, where people tend to be pretty civil and open-minded but we also enjoy lots of disagreement and trash-talk and complaining about how we don't like stuff. TL/DR: In my experience, Japanese wrestling fans are marks for their favourite wrestling and favourite wrestlers, rather than being marks for their own hipsterish opinions about pro wrestling! You seem to score a lot more social points here by being enthusiastic about a thing rather than by being "sophisticated" or "refined" with regard to how you appreciate it. So, Japanese fans are more into "appreciating" than "judging." Not saying it's better (or worse). It is definitely different.
  8. Here's a navel-gazer for ya: If you were in Ronnie Garvin's shoes in 1987, knowing what we all know now, would you have said yes to the world title run? I mean, for the rest of your life you could legitimately claim that you were NWA World Heavyweight Champion, that you beat Flair for the belt, that you main evented Starrcade going up against Survivor Series... You could have a picture of yourself wearing the 20 pounds of gold on your living room wall as a conversation piece... Or if you are a more humble person, you'd still have that memory of the crowd marking out and all the boys coming to the ring to celebrate with you. But, at the same time, you'd be remembered as (one of) the worst NWA champion(s) of all time, everybody who really knows wrestling would be well aware that it was kind of a nothing reign just to set up a Flair win at Starrcade... I'd guess most of us would have said yes. Probably jumped at the chance. Better to have been a placeholder world champion for two months than never have been there at all, right? And Garvin was 42 at that time, so it must have felt like that was his one and only chance at it. I remember my girlfriend at the time really marking out for Garvin's win. I think the build to it was pretty darned good, with Garvin training so hard. They may have built some "one and only chance real-life feeling into it as well.
  9. This is an interesting take. I liked the whole show, but as I said: I didn't feel like I needed to see a flaming table spot. It isn't "a Cody thing" for me, in this case, and it certainly wasn't any kind of issue with the technical execution of the spot (though I can see elements of both of those elsewhere in this thread). For me personally, and I'd assume it's true for others, I just don't like seeing pro wrestlers take wildly unnecessary risks for relatively limited pay-offs. It's the same issue I had with the finish to Blood & Guts, and Exploding Ring. Even if the camera angle on Jericho 's cage bump had been perfect, I think I would have enjoyed the match a lot more if it had ended inside the cell. Even if the explosion had been spectacular, I think Mox and Kenny could have put on a great match without it. You know what I mean? I don't think that this is a case of "the younger audience" not liking what you like, considering that I am 56 years old. I just don't like that level of risk taking. I'm worried that someone is really going to get hurt, badly, some day in an AEW match. Also: I've seen Foley take a bump off the cell. I've seen Onita work in an exploding ring. Any attempt to replicate that... is going to look like "an attempt to replicate that." Any attempt to top it is doomed to fail because when you are competing with sacred memories you cannot win. So, I just don't feel like the pay-off can justify the risk. I have no equivalent comparison for flaming tables... What would the apt comparison be, here? My other issue with the spot was a "why now" issue. No pun intended, but Cody vs Andrade did not feel heated enough to justify that spot. Why wouldn't you save something that insane for a blow off to a major blood feud on a PPV? You have answered that question, though. It wasn't a "why now" but rather a "why here"? I hadn't considered the location/Cody's hometown/this is where he did his cage moonsault... So that part of it makes more sense to me now. Thanks! Still, while I love almost everything about AEW, I sure wish they'd go to the Attitude Era Big Stunts well less often. That is a "me thing" though. It's cool that you, and others, mark out for that stuff. AEW gives me loads of wrestling comedy, relatable characters, highly technical wrestling, Japanese guest stars, and on and on that I love but that aren't for everyone. So, I guess it would be churlish of me to complain too much about massive contrived stunt bumps that other people love but aren't my cup of tea.
  10. I flat-out love participating in Secret Santo. I have had an absolute blast every time I have participated. I learned about some great matches, revisited some old favourites, even had some fun thinking about why I didn't like certain matches. And, it is a ton of fun to pick matches for other people, trying to figure out something they will love or find something crazy or unusual... and to read everyone's reviews, recaps, and thoughts. Sadly I will not have adequate time to participate fully this round. I will lurk here, read as close to everything as I am able, maybe even chime in with a comment or two. But I need to skip this round. I'd absolutely urge anyone who A) is interested and B) will have time, to participate. It really is a lot of fun.
  11. AEW YouTube wrestler of the year: Legit Leyla Hirsch. I mark out any time she's on Dark or Elevation, which is pretty much my sole criterion for these awards. Male AEW YouTube wrestler of the year: JD Drake. Our lad has come a long way in 2021. He's consistently very entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I want him to go back to his old Dick Murdoch style gear some day, even though I like his current look as part of The Wingmen. AEW YouTube tag team of the year: Bear Country! And people complain that there are no fat guys in AEW. AEW has the best fat guys! Love to see them slowly and organically making their way up the ladder. AEW YouTube match of the year: Bryan vs MiSu. Could end up being "The Best Match Ever to Debut on YouTube" when all is said and done. Rampage Buy-In currently has over 1.3 million views! I wonder how many of those are from folks like me who have watched it over a dozen times.
  12. Somebody take a time machine back to 2017 or 2018 and try telling me that in 2021 I would be watching Sting vs Billy Gunn in a tag match, and be tickled pink to be doing so, and I'd enjoy the hell out of the match... 'cuz I don't think I'd believe you. Loved Darby killing himself, as always. Dug the great wrestlers making young guys look really good in the first two matches. Dug the crowd going crazy for Cole and Cassidy facing down. Nice way to let the crowd pop for those entrances. Was proud of @just drew for not jumping the rails and going all Krav Maga on the Bucks! Nice show of restraint! A Wardlow squash on Dynamite is jake with me. This whole tbs Tournament has just been a festival of good matches. You know me, I love a nice show of respect after a hard-fought match. I wouldn't mind Ruby Soho becoming Best Friends adjacent. I like Andrade wearing a necktie to a street fight! I felt kinda bad for Cody getting booed while taking a beating in his home town. Don't really feel like I needed to see a flaming table spot. Ho hum, another great show. Hope I never actually start taking it for granted.
  13. I am proud of being a pro wrestling fan. I wear pro wrestling shirts, hoodies, hats and caps, warm-up jackets, even my gym shorts have the lion mark logo on them. I doubt there is anyone who knows me well that doesn't know that I love pro wrestling. Maybe it helps that I live in Japan... but I was the same way in Canada. Some people don't get it, but almost everyone has always respected that it's one of my passions. I can't imagine feeling ashamed of being a fan of pro wrestling, or trying to hide it. In fact, I have made a lot of real-life friends based at least in part on a mutual love of pro wrestling. I guess I was lucky to grow up where I did. And have continued to be lucky everywhere I've been to since then (i am definitely very lucky with people) ...or maybe people just sense that there's no point in trying to make fun of something that I'm obviously proud of?
  14. Here's a thoughtful and thought-provoking video from calisthenics guru Al Kavadlo about how he eats. Main reason I'm posting it here is that he makes genuinely funny use of pro wrestling pictures in the video. I legit lol'd twice while watching this, and I wanted to share: Second reason is this: I'm down under 100 kilos for the first time in probably 20+ years! My health markers are all genuinely good and I'm feeling the best I have felt, physically, since my second daughter was born and I got very lax with my eating habits. I'm 56 years old now, and over the past couple of years I have transitioned from always wanting to be the biggest and strongest guy in the gym (or at least one of the top 4 or 5) to paying more attention to "functional strength" mobility, health, longevity, etc. My daughters are 7 and 10 years old and I'm more concerned with being there for them than with anything else. It's good motivation!! The Kavadlo brothers (bodyweight training, getting ripped, sensible eating), Mark Wildman (kettlebells, mobility, function), Martin Burkhan (Leangains, intermittent fasting), my friend Chizuki (fasting, natural eating), Chris Shugart (the Velocity Diet) and to a slightly lesser extent Pavel Tatsouline (kettlebells), and Ori Hofmekler (warrior diet) have all been major influences on how I think about eating and training and on how I have been successfully changing my body (though I have not been strictly doing intermittent fasting, I have been influenced by their thoughts and ideas, and have IF as a strategy I can go to if I hit a major plateau or if I eventually decide I want to try actually getting ripped some day). I'd recommend checking out The Kavadlo Brothers and Mark Wildman's videos on youtube, and the Kavadlo's books (particularly Get Strong) and The Leangains and Warrior Diet books if you are interested at all in functional strength and/or fat loss. Interesting food for thought! I'd also very much like to hear about whoever all y'all watch on youtube and whose books you read w/r/t training and diet. In particular, @Shartnado, I'd like to hear more about how you eat to get ripped.
  15. There was some really good pro wrestling on Rampage this week. I liked how the opener mixed goofiness, athleticism, and violence. I missed a big chunk of Riho vs DMD (my younger daughter wanted my attention) but what I saw looked great. Riho's offense is looking more believable now than when she was champ. I'm sure Garcia vs Kingston was (almost) everyone here's cup of tea, and rightfully so. I'll bet at least one person is going to say that Kingston gave Garcia too much (and if you feel that way, fair enough, I suppose) but I love love love love love how a lot of the veteran/higher-card AEW wrestlers can be so giving in the ring with younger/lower-card guys. It's one of my favourite things about this promotion.
  16. Ahem! Actually... Roosters don't lay eggs.
  17. Your traditional Black Friday Deal Match: Riho vs DMD Kingston vs Garcia, which, holy moley yes please!! A team without Trent ? or tennis shoes but is still clearly Best Friends vs Bay Bay Fish (Doot dootdoot dootdootdoot) Edit: It occurs to me that Dinosaur (good ole) Jr very nearly use the "Baby Shark" rhythm in this song (and also a heavier version of it in Watch the Corners) so here is something nice to listen to before the Road To:
  18. *Egg gets over* "The WWE has come to terms on the release of the Survivor Series Gooker Egg. WWE wishes the Egg the best of luck in its future endeavors."
  19. Some more general navel-gazing, in the form of two old zen stories that have helped me get through pandemic life and even find a kind of upside in things slowing down so much: A great scholar approached the Buddha. "I have questions I want to ask you. I am told you are the only one who can answer them." " I will answer your questions, " replied the Buddha, "but I have a requirement. First you must study beside me in silence for one year. You are not yet ready to hear the answers to your questions. You must first clear your mind of preconceptions." The great scholar agreed to the requirement. He sat in silence for a year. The Buddha said to him, "You may ask your questions now." The scholar remained silent. He no longer had any questions. An eager young athlete approached a martial arts master. "I have mastered many martial arts. Now I want to master yours. How long will it take?" " Ten years, " replied the master. "That's too long!" Replied the athlete. I am very fit and strong and have a great deal of experience. I can, and will, train fourteen hours a day every day and work harder than any other student. In that case, how long will it take? " "Twenty years, at least."
  20. My name is Gordon, I generally go by Gordi ("i" rather than "ie" or "y" in tribute to Jimi Hendrix), and Gordberg is an ironic nickname I got from my weightlifting friends because, while I am above average in terms of strength and muscularity, I have never had the kind of impressively over-developed trapezius muscles that Goldberg or, say, Kensuke have (most likely because I'm not a steroid guy - I'm not anti steroids, I just don't use them - and huge traps are usually a result of massive steroid abuse). Also I shave my head, have a little beard, am middle-aged, and look kind of Jew-y (my biological mother is Jewish, but I was raised by Scottish-Canadian Presbyterians). So, I look rather Goldbergian (pic spoiled because shirtlessness): I've also been gordi (the lower case in tribute to the great Canadian poet bill bissett) and El Gran Gordi (in tribute to Otis' masked alter ego) and Jailbreaker Bullnoi (A Fire Pro character)
  21. In recent weeks, AEW has continued to incorporate sensitive subjects into broadcasts. Eddie Kingston, a foul-mouthed brawler from just outside New York City, noted he takes Zoloft for depression. And in early November, the day after it was announced Moxley had entered an inpatient alcohol treatment program, the famously straight-edge Punk called on the Independence, Mo., crowd to chant Moxley’s name, commending the former champion for seeking help. Page thinks the values of the company have created an openness that helps performers too. “Ten, 20 years ago, you would never walk away from a top spot, for any reason,” he says about Moxley going into rehab. “You would let your life crumble around you before you walked away from that top spot. Knowing AEW is a different kind of place, a different environment, I think has helped people be more honest with what they need in their lives.” - a direct quote from here: https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a38225563/adam-page-hangman-aew/ We've been arguing (often obliquely) for quite some time whether the move (in AEW) away from broad caricatures of machismo and masculinity and towards more nuanced, vulnerable, damaged, and otherwise relatable characters is a genuine change for the better. The second paragraph above, in particular, sums up a lot of why I quite passionately believe that it is. I think it also touches quite directly on the value of nurturing and maintaining a positive/supportive/friendly atmosphere in a company. I certainly don't remember anybody here suggesting that Mox was wrong to go into rehab while building toward a main event program, so maybe those ideas are no longer as controversial as they seemed to be when the company was starting out? Please feel free to discuss, if you are so inclined. (Or to lay out any other theories or considerations about AEW).
  22. I got a lot of legit lols tonight: Reba's "awwww" when DMD tossed her roll "No! We're not doing the DMD" "A less famous Miz" and so on... Tully and Arn were the in-ring highlight of the night for me, and I in no way mean that as a slight on the rest of the action. GREAT night for promos, obviously. A little joke for the hardcore fans: That was a real Gut Check for Bryan.
  23. Congratulations, as long as your kid is healthy and has eight tentacles you can count your blessings! Here's my younger daughter doing unicycle tricks with her friends:
  24. I mix a cup of yogurt with a cup of rolled oats and half a cup of frozen blueberries, then leave it in the fridge while I go off to work. That'll be my Thanksgiving dinner. I'll have a smoked chicken breast and a handful of almonds and cashews at work, as well, most likely. And a nice bottle of tea. What do you want me to say? I'm Canadian, I live in Japan, and I'm on a diet. I LOVE a nice turkey dinner. I miss my mom's stuffing and gravy. I once went to Subway on Canadian Thanksgiving/my birthday, and had a sliced turkey breast sandwich (which is the only easy way to get turkey over here). Bad choice. Made me miss real turkey even more. The food here is amazing, even the stuff that fits into my diet (like smoked or peppered chicken breasts, frozen mango chunks, soy sauce flavoured boiled eggs, and spicy bean sprouts with pork loin, all of which I can get at 7-11 here). But oh boy do I envy you lads your full on Turkey dinners. Enjoy!!
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