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  1. Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the "Randy Orton in AEW" navel gaze!

    My takeaway is that there really aren't a lot of specific match-ups for the ole Viper vs anyone in AEW that would have us as fans champing at the bit, but there is some interest in seeing what he might do outside of the WWE system. I think that's a good take!

     

    Boy oh boy did I ever love Full Gear. I'm absolutely convinced it belongs in the conversation for Best Pro Wrestling PPV (or Big-Time Show) of All Time. It might be recency bias and it's possible I enjoyed it more because I'm healthy and in a good mood and watched it while chatting online with a small group of wrestling friends who were all marking out for everything all show long... but for me, at the very least, it ranks right up there with WrestleMania 17, Super J Cup '94, Dominion in Osaka Jo 2018, WK 11, Canadian Stampede, Bash '89, Supercard of Honor '06, Osaka Pro Hurricane 2010, Michinoko Pro These Days... on my list of personal favourites. 

    But I come here not to praise AEW but to gaze in my navel about them. For all that they do right, there are still several things that AEW just doesn't seem to get

    For example: Why do you have Malakai Black wrestling pro wrestling matches in a pro wrestling ring? The way to make money with that guy is to have him sitting and brooding in a dark room! 

    And, it's like AEW doesn't even understand that professional wrestlers and other company employees need to be buried and humiliated in their home towns! What is with having, say, Ruby Soho or Phil from Chicago or Dante Martin come out and address their hometown crowds and look good in front of their hometown fans? What's the purpose here? To pop the crowds and make your audience happy and generate joy and delight? What about pro wrestling tradition, consarn it? 

    Speaking of which: It's 2021! Modern pro wrestling fans are mostly body marks who care way more about size and power than about charisma, athleticism, and talent. AEW just refuses to accept that simple fact of life. Here's a hint, Tony Khan: If someone's arms are less than 18" in circumference, keep them the hell away from the title scene and make sure they are constantly doing jobs to the big boys.

    Also: Why does AEW refuse to accept that Japanese (or other foreign) pro wrestlers are a mystery to the lion's share of their fan-base? They brought in that one guy, what's his name, Mitusharu Suzuki? with only a little bit of introduction and explanation. I mean, sure, the live crowd responded to him ecstatically, but they were probably just being polite or trying to look smart. Do they really expect people who are pro wrestling fans to have read dirt sheets or wrestling web sites and/or posted on and discussed pro wrestling on websites like, uh, this one, and thereby heard about a guy who is widely considered one of the best in the world and a living legend? It's fine to bring in a wrestler without explanation if they are an English-speaking white person who recently worked in WWE, though.

    That's just part of the larger issue: AEW really doesn't seem to get that we as pro wrestling fans need to have our intelligence insulted regularly. That's what the largest, richest, and most powerful pro wrestling organization in the world does to its "Universe" regularly.  For someone who seems to know so much about the history of pro wrestling, Tony Khan sure seems reluctant to learn from it.

    Honestly, AEW, if you keep treating your fans with respect, allowing them to figure some things out for themselves, and giving them what they want... you are just going to end up with a bunch of savvy, happy, loyal fans. I mean, if that's what you want, might as well just keep doing what you are doing. 

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  2. 10 minutes ago, chriskbrown50 said:

    Maybe long remembered when MJF showed he can really go; he and Darby went out and tore the house down. Literally one of the those "follow this" moments. I remember someone on a podcast talking about starting a PPV with a hot match to get the crowd going. Well Darby and MJF delivered. Interesting that the 4 pillars all had purposeful moments to shine last night - planting those roots. 

    I am enjoying a pro wrestling company that let's its wrestlers wrestle. 

    Ahem. 

    Actually.

    I believe that the preferred nomenclature is "The Four Pillows."

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  3. So much love for Eddie Guerrero tonight 🥰

    Road To and pre-show were both excellent.

    I popped for Dante's athletic ring re-entry.

    Opening match was definitely two of the Four Pillows of AEW living up to that near-impossible standard.

    Looks like MJF has been studying Roderick Strong tapes (and Orange Cassidy)

    Loved the Eddie tributes in the tag title match, and the Killer Bees callback.

    Of all the great things in the tournament final, I think Miro's varied facial expressions were the best.

    What kind of pro wrestler wears pink and black in the ring? The trios match was literally too much fun. I wish they'd dial it back about 20 percent.

    The crowd reactions to Cody and angry Arn were really entertaining.

    I popped for the Ultimo Guerrero reference.

    I was pretty sure Britt was retaining but I totally bought some of Tay's near-falls.

    I thought Adam Cole was gonna win "Blade Job of the Night" but Punk stole that from him.

    I do NOT know what good pro wrestling tastes like!

    I loved Lambert's velour track suit. Very Bobby Heenan.

    The crowd shots during "Judas" were just great.

     "Purple Rain" and "Toaster" chants!!

    I thought that was a MUCH better match than Blood and Guts.

    Including the pre-show, we were about 4 and a half hours in when the main event started. Was ANYONE feeling burned out?

    Loved the "What Would Kota Think?" sign in the crowd. Love that AEW put it on camera.

     I did not envy Kenny and Hangm'n having to main event after all that came before their match.

    Loved the callback to Roddy Piper vs Bret.

    Felt like they earned the right to do that Kawada spot. 

    Kenny kicked out of the OWA!!

    My expectations were SKY HIGH for the match and for the show. They were exceeded.

     

    It's impossible to pick a "best bout" for this show. So much excellent and entertaining pro wrestling.

    It might be recency bias, but that has to at least be in the conversation for Best Pro Wrestling PPV of All Time.

    Edit: I forgot about the Baron putting the claw on All Ego and KENNY kicking out of the OWA... Impossible to make a post long enough to capture all the good things!

     

     

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  4. For quite a while now, I have been doing online pick contests for big AEW and NJPW shows with a small group of fellow wrestling nerds.

    Full Gear is surprisingly tough to call!

    I am fairly confident about who is winning Page v Kenny and Britt v Tay, but for every other match I could pretty easily make an argument for either side winning.

    e.g. After that build Darby needs to go over, but on the other hand if Page is gonna be champ maybe you wanna keep a heel like MJF strong to set up a title challenge, or have him go after Sammy... It's too soon to end Bryan's win streak, but oh boy would Miro vs Page be a great first defense for Page, and Bryan vs Page would probably be too much of a good guy vs good guy match-up... Jungle Boy winning would really pop the crowd, but you probably need a couple of heel victories to keep things balanced... and so on. Not to mention all the layers of in-ring and behind-the-scenes storytelling in Punk vs Kingston and the Cody tag match! 

    Feels like some pretty darned good booking to me. 

     

  5. I find it hard to believe, considering her apparently very very low body fat percentage, that Jade Cargill eats cake after her matches. I don't want to be cynical, but I kind of suspect that the cake was only there to be smashed into Smart Mark Sterling's face.

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  6. 7 minutes ago, Curt McGirt said:

    Did anybody mention the spot where it seemed like Tony finally got fed up with JR on air? I looked up at the (late) subs in time and he was saying something like "It isn't the '80s anymore, Jim. Shut up." It was right before one of the matches. 

     

    JR made a dumb and crass joke about it being "Tony's girlfriends night when we go to Atlanta" or something along those lines, so it's not surprising Tony got mad considering that Tony's wife Lois and his girlfriend (who is a dentist) were probably both listening. 

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  7. I just watched the first two episodes of the new (3rd) season of Joe Pera Talks With You. It's my favourite and, I'd argue, it's probably the best (non-AEW related) program on TV right now.

    It's still an ode to openness, acceptance, curiosity, quiet enthusiasm, and simple pleasures. It feels like there's a bit more depth to the emotion this season, though, which makes sense considering how the second season ended. The way it balances being kind and positive without becoming saccharine or mawkish is still extremely impressive. I think it does a better job in that regard than, say, Ted Lasso (I really liked the first season of Lasso, but haven't found the simultaneous time and desire to finish the second yet). 

    If I remember correctly, @caley, @Greggulator, and I think @Curt McGirt all had good things to say about the season 2. Two episodes in, it feels like season three might be even better. There are subtle moments in each of the first two episodes that were genuinely moving. 

    If you haven't seen it yet, don't let my "deep and moving" talk put you off (I refrained from making a comparison of the show to the films of Yasujiro Ozu, for that reason). It's actually a light and breezy watch, with each episode coming in under 12 minutes. 

     

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  8. We really got the best and the worst of JR today!

    Great: The Black Tiger call during the Bryan vs Rocky match, talking about how much PAC and Dax love wrestling, talking about Hangman going to the gym instead of to happy hour..

    Bad: "I am going kicking and screaming into the future" followed by complaining about guys wrestling in "tennis shoes" and "that'll be on social media in thirty minutes"

    Not to mention: "Brazilian judo." I guess there is judo in Brazil, but...

    The worst: If I were making my living as a pro wrestler, I'd probably get on the gas for aesthetic and injury recovery reasons. And, sure, guys in their early 20s still have room to grow, physically... but knowing JR's background it creeps me out hearing JR talk about guys needing to fill out.

    I think Miro is sufficiently filled out.

    LOVED Bryan vs Rocky.

    I think Lambert was genuinely marking out after putting Jericho through the table. Understandably so. I bet that's a lot of fun.

    I popped for "Championship Wrestling from Florida" and " It's called a Boston Crab!! "

    Can't deny that the crowd was hot for that segment.

    Nifty DDT variation from Bowens.

     

    When is a Fish not a fish?

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    Dug Tay and friend's matching ring gear. And the cross body to Hayter on the floor.

    Did Ex say Britt was facing Thunder Rosa at the PPV?

    It's amazing, but not surprising, that Punk v King is already the hottest program in the company! (in all of pro wrestling)? I'm hoping they go full on Hero v Kingston on each other.

    I'm surprised they went with a straight up Wardlow squash. 

    Best Friends in CHAOS!!

    The tag match was what people think "AEW style" is, but it was the only match on the show worked that way.

    Main event was also maximalist pro wrestling, but very much a contrast to the tag match.

    I wonder if those huge Brainbusters were meant as a tribute to Arn and Tully?

    Great go-home Dynamite and Rampage is gonna be hawt, too.

    I don't think I'd like FTR's theme at all, out of context... but in context I mark out like Pavlov's frothing dogs every time I hear it.

    I didn't think it was possible to be MORE hyped up for Full Gear... but here we are.

     

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  9. It reminds me, on a larger scale, of Kuuga (Asian Cooger) in Osaka Pro. He's legitimately my friend. I used to sit in a group of people who are all his friends and we were friends with each other through him. I used to sit right next to a happy loving couple who are still together, who were introduced to one another by Kuuga. And we would boo him like crazy and he'd curse us and spit at us. 

    When Eddie Kingston came to Osaka Pro with Chikara, he never broke character. He was always a mean, angry bastard, in and out of the ring. And we never stopped booing him and cheering for whoever he was fighting. 

    And I know for a fact that he loved it here, and he knows for a fact that we loved watching him fight. The proof is right there in that video he posted a while back. He still has the "Please come back" letter we gave him. 

    How can we not boo this man?

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  10. 26 minutes ago, Matt D said:

    Looking forward to @Gordbergseeing the Fuego/Fuego 2 match.

    Thank you for the heads up, Matt! It's a crazy week, so I might have missed that. 

    I LOVED the strap comes down/strap goes back up and double roll/diving hot tag bits. Legit made me laugh out loud.

    Between this and what Kingston wrote about him, I am really starting to like Cody again. (As distinct from being intrigued by him apparently trying to pull off "lawful good unintentional heel" and/or being concerned that he maybe gave himself a serious concussion).

    I also loved Tazz on commentary, particularly him musing about how the purple socks might indicate that Fuego dos has ties to the Dark Order, and making a Ding Dongs reference.

    Got a kick out of Comoroto using the Polish Hammer (and the single arm gorilla press) as well.

    It's a nice feeling that people here know each other's tastes so well that we can make such specific and accurate recommendations. You hit the nail on the head with this one. Exactly my cup of tea.

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  11. That was a really fun main event. I'm happy they mostly just let those two guys go rather than overdoing the extracurriculars.

    I think Bunny and Red Velvet should eventually do a mutual respect story and team up as:

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    Full Gear is looking INSANE!!

    Kenny v Hangman
    Bryan v Miro
    DMD v Tay
    FTR v Lucha Bros
    IC v MotY & ATT
    Punk.v Kingston
    JE & Christian v Supercliq
    MJF v Darby

     

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  12. 9 minutes ago, A_K said:

     The Bulgarian destroyer act is going to wear thin fast if he continually gets bashed around by waifs like Cassidy & Guevara. 

     

    Yeah for sure! He's lost all credibility. Is anyone excited for Miro v Danielson? No! Not a single person. What a shame they've blown it with Miro already. 🙄

    And how is anyone supposed to take a guy like Sammy seriously as champ? He doesn't look like he's ever taken a steroid. Sure, he's handsome, talented, charismatic... but this is 2021. Nobody cares about anything but size these days. 

    Get with the times, Tony Khan!

     

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  13. I got my blood test results back today and for the first time since I moved to Japan I have no numbers in any kind of danger zone. My red blood cell count is "high normal" (it's usually well into the red zone) and everything else - including blood sugar and all the related markers - is right smack dab in the middle of normal (which, in Japan is a pretty strict and narrow range). I gave blood two weeks ago, so those results - possibly the best I have ever had - came after five weeks of dieting. (Or, one week of protein fasting followed by four weeks of chicken, eggs, yogurt, fish, avocados, lots of fruit and veggies, oatmeal, and fermented foods like miso and umeboshi with just one "no restrictions meal" per week). Gives me an extreme boost of confidence that I am on the right track. 

     

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  14. Eddie Kingston and CM Punk face to face confrontation

    TBS Women’s Championship Tournament – Round 1: The Bunny vs. Red Velvet. I think the winner faces Jade? Will anyone have Velvet's back vs Bunny & Ford?

    John Silver vs. Adam Cole

    And I honestly think that's it for announced matches and segments. 

    I'd have to imagine Cole is further up the AEW hierarchy than Silver, but will Cole be suffering after-effects from the con-chair-to?? 

    Also, one thing that can definitely make a Bay Bay cry is being Hungee... so you never know.

    Kind of assuming that some Elite vs Dark Order -> Kenny vs Hangman extracurriculars will arise out of this match at some point. 

    I just thought about the possibility of watching Darby bump for Keith Lee in three months or so. In my opinion, that could be fun.

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  15. 25 minutes ago, The Natural said:

     Danielson/Morishima I

     

    I was wondering if he might pull that playbook out of his enormous bag of tricks. Chop down the giant oak by kicking his (massive) thigh again and again and again. Stick and move...

    Damn, man! How great is this going to be. Miro has absolutely mastered the magic trick of making the other guy look like a credible threat while simultaneously looking dominant. Bryan was born to play the role of a believable David in a David vs Goliath match. Bryan's run of MOTYC v Kenny, v MiSu, v Kingston has set the bar insanely high. Miro worked magic against Darby, Uno, Dante, Pillman, Big Shotty, Fuego, Sammy... Kingston!!

    Pretty hard to keep my expectations in check for this one.

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  16. Is anyone gonna bitch that Kenny gave Angels too much in this match? I like how they positioned this as a continuation of that story. 

    I got legit goosebumps during the Mox chant. I thought that was a really effective promo from Punk. I think all of the promos and segments really landed well today.

    I think Dan Lambert might be a lot of fun in the Bobby Heenan role!

    Silver vs Cole sounds like fun.

    Full Gear is looking great.

    Obviously, very much looking forward to Miro vs Bryan. 

     

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  17. 1 hour ago, The Natural said:

    I hate that fucking thing:

    • Replacing one of the top three belts of all time, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship V4.
    • How the belt looks.
    • Shape of the main plate.
    • Main plate too small.
    • The gap between the main plate and the first side plate.
    • Side plates are too big.
    • The strap is way too long.

    @Gordberg, has your opinion changed on it over time or not? If anything, I hate it even more. There's nothing I like about it, mate.

    Hate's a pretty strong word...

    ...but yeah, I hate that $h*t. 

    Here's a belt I kinda love, the Osaka Tempozan Championship. I think my boy Takoyakida got it for winning a tournament, or maybe a battle royal? 

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    I think that the red strap and big star face plate are a good look for a tertiary title. If that new-look IWGP strap was repurposed for, say, the G1 winner or the KOPW or some such I wouldn't mind it so much. I just tend to think that world titles with long histories and legendary championship lineages (Like the IWGP Heavyweight Championship) should be represented by more traditional-style belts. 

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  18. I can't update the first post, but to the best of my knowledge, all of the following are confirmed:

    Darby v MJF

    The Lucha Brothers v FTR (Tag titles)

    IC v ATT & MotY (Street fight)

    DMD v Tay (Women's title)

    Bryan v Mox (or possibly Orange) (Tournament final)

    Kenny v Hangman (World title)

     

    Pure speculation, but we're likely to get some of:

     

    Super Kliq v Jurassic Express (& Christian?) or Cole v Jungle Boy or JE vs YB and Cole v Christian...

    Cody & Pac v Andrade & Back 

    TBS tournament final (Jade v Rosa? Ruby?) - (EDIT: nope. See below).

    Punk v ???

    Miro???

    Kingston???

    Deeb v Shida rubber match?

     

     

     

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  19. 25 minutes ago, J.T. said:

    FTR just beat an African American tag team named Waves and Curls.  Possibly the best team name since The Amazing Technicolor Dreamboats.

    That was a tremendously entertaining match, as well. 

    I'm not the first person to say this on here, but I think that FTR YouTube squash matches are quickly becoming one of my favourite things in all of pro wrestling.

    The little twist they did on the hot tag formula was genuinely amusing.

    I enjoyed No More BS and Mark Henry cracking each other up on commentary, too.

    The Big Paul and Markswoggle busting up at Orange Cassidy's "Word to your mother" comeback to the Acclaimed was my favourite thing about the (also pretty darned entertaining) Dark Elevation main event. The big men really seemed to be enjoying themselves today.

    Mizunami and Sakura teeing off on each other was also fun. 

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  20. I have been on a diet for about six weeks. It's the first time I have been serious about losing weight in over a decade. 

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    (Picture spoilered because not everyone wants to see that)

    (If you don't wanna click it, I've still got a long way to go, but I've got a flat belly and some muscle definition now)

    It's really easy to eat healthy in Japan, but it's just as easy to eat a ton of crap every day. There are two 24-hour convenience stores and a 24-hour drug store with a massive selection of food within a 5-minute walk of my apartment. 

    One of major coping mechanisms for Covid-era boredom was to eat various snacks and cup noodles and convenience store sandos and so on, not out of hunger but just for something fun to do. 

    I love going to the gym, which helps keep things under control somewhat, but i was around 110-112 kilos for over a year and started developing knee and foot pain and my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic 

    A big part of the "difficulty" living in Japan is that all of the snack manufacturers, convenience stores, fast food restaurants etc etc are constantly (like, literally every month) coming up with new flavors and new variations, and things are rotated in and out seasonally... so there is ALWAYS some new delicious-looking (or at least interesting) temptation every time you go shopping here.

    But, that is also true for healthy foods like chicken breast sticks or salads or the "steamed chicken with Chinese pickles and sesame oil" that I ate for breakfast this morning. 

    So, going on a diet here is mostly just a matter of getting my cravings under control.

    And, just after my doctor dropped the "pre-diabetic" bomb on me, I had a meeting with a friend with whom I sometimes did English projects and sometimes went to wrestling shows, before Corona. She had lost a significant amount of weight since our last meeting. She looked fantastic. Among other things, she'd been fasting every three months, up to a week at a time.

    Inspired, I decided to do a week-long MSPF (just drinking protein shakes -with fiber and greens powder - three or four times a day). Once I got through that, which was surprisingly easy once I'd made my mind up to do it, my cravings for unhealthy food just completely disappeared. And, as I said, it's surprisingly easy and convenient and inexpensive to eat healthy things all day every day, here.

    I got down to 103.5 after just five weeks of dieting, and then I went on a true 3-day fast (just water and green tea and barley tea) and weighed in today at 101.

    I feel much better. I am lifting maybe 6 or 7 percent less, in terms of weight/reps, but have been hitting the gym more regularly and I have a lot more energy, am sleeping better, have a lot fewer aches and pains, and so on and so on.

    I'm still doing mostly kettlebells and suspension training, plus going for long walks 5 days a week.

    If anybody's interested I'd be happy to share the details of what and how much I've been eating. Mostly chicken, fish, eggs, yoghurt, fruits, veggies, Japanese fermented foods, and oatmeal. 

    I'm pretty happy with losing 11 kilos in 6 weeks. I'm planning to keep it up until December, for 12 weeks total.  

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