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Posts posted by Gordberg

  1. Lawful Good Heel vs Chaotic Evil Face (or even lawful good character who gets heel reactions vs chaotic evil character who gets cheers) is a genuinely fun pro wrestling idea, regardless of what the original intentions might have been. If this was the intention all along, it's straight-up genius.

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  2. I thought I'd be back to regular "full-time" posting by now, but it turns out that I'm still pretty darned busy (with good things).

    I have A LOT of thoughts about what's been going on in AEW recently (and y'all can probably guess most of them, and a lot of people here have already shared very similar thoughts on the various AEW threads).

    One thing that really caught my eye, that I don't think was discussed here,  was this interview on BR with Bryan Danielson, conducted by Chris Mueller. In particular, this lengthy quote:

    "One of the things that I've really worked on is trying to desire less and less," he said. "I feel like, and this is more of like a minimalist philosophy, but the less things that you want, your overall well-being is better, right? So, if I don't want a nice car, I don't desire a nice car, it doesn't bother me that I don't have a nice car, right?

    "I think that that comes from growing up poor and trying to focus on being thankful for what I have, which is something that my mom was always really great with us. And that's kind of expanded into my 20s when you get more into the Eastern philosophies and all that kind of stuff. So when it comes to it, it was hard, because with WWE, they want you to be very goal-driven.

    "All those the media interviews, if you don't say you want to main-event WrestleMania, then they're like, 'Oh, he doesn't have any drive, or he doesn't have any ambition,' which I don't [laughs]. But sometimes you just have to lie to please demand. My overall goal is just having fun and being satisfied with awesome people.

    "There's a part from the Tao Te Ching that really spoke to me. It's something about real happiness is living right next door to another country and having no desire to go there. Because you're so happy where you're at, you know what I mean? But I am an adventurer and kind of an explorer, so I like seeing different things. And one of the reasons why I came to AEW is the curiosity.

    "There's no desire for any sort of external expectations. As far as what's going to happen [in AEW], I'm going with an open mind and an attitude of trying to be the best wrestler I can be. And that's always been a focus. I think one of the cool things about wrestling is that if you really focus on it, and don't worry about the politics and anything else, you focus on just becoming a better pro wrestler."

    I recently read Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania (by Daniel Bryan) and the parts written by Bryan consistently reflect this set of values (while the parts heinously over-written by Craig Tello don't seem to have any grasp of those concepts at all). I also had the distinct pleasure of sitting at the same table/being in the same room with Bryan several times in the mid-90s when he made frequent trips up to work for ECCW in Vancouver, and I had some close friends working there. Based on my observations and interactions, this is very much the real Bryan Danielson talking genuinely here. 

    Of course, he's a husband and father now, with new and different responsibilities, so how has that changed him?

    from the same interview:

    "When I say the base, like the home base in the back of my mind like as I'm doing other things, say, as I'm gardening, it would always just kind of go back to pro wrestling. And that's been since I was a kid, it was my default thing to think about.

    "And now that's not the case. It's weird how your brain can be rewired so quickly to be like, 'Oh, my default setting is not thinking about what I say, my default setting is thinking about my kids.' And I think any parent knows once you have kids, you realize how selfish you were before you had kids. I feel I'm a lot less selfish now."

    There's a lot more interesting stuff in that interview, including his thoughts about WWE and AEW. It's more than worth reading in full.

    You have probably already guessed why I pulled the above quote, though.

    Aside from how what Bryan says relates to a lot of our AEW navel-gazing on these threads, I just think it's excellent life advice, in general: Focus on growth and self-improvement, and set aside your desires for material success... ironically, that can be a real recipe for genuine success.

    And I love how it contradicts grumpy JR's oft-repeated assertion that people are only in pro wrestling for the money.  

    I legit believe that Bryan would fight Minoru Suzuki for free, it it was either that or never have the match. 

    One last thing. Bryan on his AEW debut:

    "A lot of times before a big thing, I also try to focus on my gratitude on things. It was like an incredible sensory experience that, if I close my eyes right now, I can think about it and feel it again."

    Here's a man who has found, and figured out ow to use, the keys to happiness and fulfillment. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling really happy for him.





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  3. I know some folks think it's trite to feel/say this, but:

    If we are really headed into a new era of "competition is good for the business" then this legit might be The Best Time to be a Pro Wrestling Fan.

    Even if all we get out of it is Bryan vs MiSu on YouTube for free... Good Lord! What a dream match! And Fish v Moriarty ain't exactly chopped liver.

    Too bad guys on a Greggulator level of "casualness" don't know/care who Suzuki is 😉 but I guess they can watch SmackDown anyway so as fans we are all winners here.

    Not directly related to AEW, but connected to "TBT to be a PWF" I've seen discussion elsewhere: Is GCW now the #3 promotion in America? 

    Impact, ROH, and MLW all have TV, and Impact has a big name, and ROH has that legacy of great matches (and MLW has Jacob Fatu...)

    But could any of them run Hammerstein? I honestly think GCW puts more butts in seats than any of them.

    It's partly due to the new era of inter-promotional cooperation... and partly due to GCW listening to, understanding, and respecting their fans... which does tie this neatly back into Tony Khan's way of running things (and to this being The Best Time etc).


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  4. 8 hours ago, DEAN said:

    Thunder Rosa should definitely come out to Oh My Golly!  ROSA!  OoooooOooooOoo! ROSA! 

    I said, "You [email protected]$in' die."
    No, I-- we were just goofin' around
    No, no. It didn't have anything to do with anything
    She said, "Don't tou- anybody touches my stuff..."
    And I said, "You [email protected]$in' die," like that
    I was finishing her part for her
    You know what I mean?

    (I really wanted to make a "It's a song about a Surfer. Named Rosa. Like, Rosa is her name. And she surfs. So she is a Surfer named Rosa. I think it's called 'The Song That Couldn't Slow Down'." joke... but the song is called "Oh My Golly" and the song "Vamos (Surfer Rosa)" is not about a Surfer named Rosa). (It seems to be about a maid named Maria).

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  5. 11 hours ago, Pete said:

    Cardona spaced out from the rest of the roster. Nice touch. That should be one hot show... hopefully the card lives up to the hype.

    I'm continually amazed that this group spawned from JCW and human skidmark Ricky O of all people.


    10 hours ago, Brandon Bones said:

    Saw Mox/Gage on YouTube and after reading the results of the rest of the show.  Sounds like GCW really might have some legs to it.  They keep catching my attention without my really trying.

    I have been watching some of their shows recently, thanks to the enthusiasm of a couple of members of the group of online friends that I chat with during AEW and New Japan shows.

    They constantly over-deliver. Very much like AEW, they seem to really get their fan base, and make a real effort to keep them happy. 

    Their show yesterday had a few huge surprises (like the one during the scramble match, or the one after the 6-man tag) that massively popped the crowd (and me watching at home, and the dudes I was chatting online with).

    They had a comedian (jRon Funchess?) wrestle on a recent show, and built a damned entertaining match around him.

    They are about more than the death match stuff. You get go-go-go spotfests, technical wrestling, comedy, story-telling, David v Goliath...

    That being said, Nick Gage is over like Lawler in Memphis. And the death match stuff is not for the squeamish.

    Death Match King Matt Cardona is the perfect post-modern heel.

    I love GCW crowds

    Definitely worth checking out a show, if anyone is on the fence about it.

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  6. 2 hours ago, L_W_P said:

    So rewatching Hunt For Red October (it's that time of year) and Sean Connory and Sam Neill got me thinking; What's the best/worst fake accent in wrestling?

    Guys like Kofi and Santino were asked to put on accents for their gimmicks and, for the most part, they were believable.

    For those of you that were fans in the 70s and 80s though, are there any memorable standouts for guys with bad accents?

    I'd have to imagine with all the "anti American foreigner" gimmicks that would have been going around that someone, somewhere, was totally terrible while also being just good enough to keep a gimmick going.

    What is wrestling's "Keanu Reeves in Dracula" accent?

    It's not exactly an answer to your question, but I always got a hug kick out of Krusher Kruschev not even trying to fake a Russian accent. I used to be able to get a laugh by explaining that it was because he's from Soviet Georgia. 

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  7. Loved seeing the Anaconda Vice as the finisher.

    Laughed out loud when the announcers started out the show with a  "What a great time to be a wrestling fan/The best time!" exchange. I concur!

     Nitpick of the week: Rush's new gimmick is not distinct enough from Big Money Matt.

    G1 less than 5 hours away!

    I love days like these.

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  8. 11 hours ago, Matt D said:

    Here, here. Happy birthday to Gordi, someone who has gone from "that guy who posts all the cool pictures and stories on the board" to my friend who posts all the cool pictures and stories on the board.

    Thanks, Matt!

    10 hours ago, Shartnado said:

    Congrats, Gordi! As far your hiatus, no, things were very mundane and everyday in AEW. As in, it was almost every day that something that shook the pro wrestling world (big signings, amazing matches, Cody) happened. It was so frequent that the stuff that was awesome before (when you left), became almost mundane in comparison.

    Happy birthday to you, too, Sharty!

    10 hours ago, The Natural said:

    A small thing called AEW All Out and this Bryan Danielson fella, he might be good at this here wrestling 😉. Some Punk also debuted.

    Have yourself a good un. Any wrestling merch for pressies?

    Nah. Got some Mozart merch, though. Birthdays generally aren't as big a deal in Japan as they are in the West.

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  9. On 10/10/2020 at 2:18 AM, Hagan said:

    Has anyone read the Scott Norton book? Curious how detailed it is with the puro scene? 

    @Happ Hazzard also asked about this. 

    I finally decided to try out Kindle and am well into a major wrestling bio binge.


    Scott Norton's book Strong Style gets my highest possible recommendation, particularly for anyone interested in 90s New Japan. He goes into tremendous detail and the tales of his time there are filled with great, funny, insane, interesting stories. 

    Also I was very surprised to learn that the co-author is a very nice and very intelligent guy whom I've had the pleasure of drinking and watching wrestling with in Osaka: Adam Randis (who used to post here and there as Dynamic A back in the day). Adam does a great job of capturing Norton's voice and making everything flow. It's the only wrestling book Adam's done. He is a close friend of the Norton family.

    Seriously, no fooling: One of my all-time favourite pro wrestling books. 


    Adam, Russell, Jonathan, Ebessan, D.J and I at Minami Move On Arena in Osaka in 2009

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  10. 1 hour ago, supremebve said:

    I'll never be able to unsee Hos, the more I look at it, the less it looks like tbs. Honestly,  I think it just makes more sense in my mind for the name of your championship to be capitalized. How did no one else see that before putting it on TV? 

    In fairness, this is the Turner Broadcasting System network logo:


  11. Page? Jay White? Steen? Generico? Hero? Cottonbelly?

    I feel like Bryan and Kenny are the Jumbo and Tenryu of the 8-man tag, so I expect Kenny will avoid him for a while so the crowd can pop huge when they finally lock up. But it's AEW, not AJPW, so who knows how they'll play it?

    October 6th in America = October 7th here, so this Dynamite birthday celebration feels like it's for my birthday as well. Going for lunch with my wife as soon as the show is over. Not a bad way to start my 56th year!




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  12. 6 hours ago, The Natural said:

    Speaking of the future. Happy Birthday for tomorrow, @Gordberg. Hope you have a good un!

    Thanks. It's the 7th here in Japan, now, so technically you are not early.

    And it feels like I am sharingmy birthday celbration with Dynamite today 😀

    By the way, did anything interesting happen in AEW while I was "on hiatus" in late August and early September?

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  13. 2 hours ago, zendragon said:


    You can have your Judas and your Tarzan Boy

    For my money, this is the most fun AEW entrance theme to sing along with.

    C'mon! Everybody sing!








    (Edit: One of the lines literally translates as "Spring is near" which, yeah, this song definitely gives off that feeling of Spring being near). 

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  14. I loved the contrast between Bryan's no-nonsense style and Nick's all-nonsense style. Great stuff.

    Nice to see Orangey Boy showing some real fire on the mic!

    It got a bit dusty in here during the very last scene of the show. Immediately went and hugged my girls after seeing that.

    Show made me mark out, laugh out loud, and happy cry just a little bit. Can't ask for much more. Maybe a better finish to the three-way match... but nobody likes a nit-picker.

    Danielson in AEW has been everything I hoped for, already. Pro wrestling heaven.

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  15. 4 minutes ago, tbarrie said:

    Personally I have no problem with shocked kickout face when the kickout is genuinely surprising. I was already dejected to see Jungle Boy go down like that when Cole hit the Panama Sunrise. Then he kicked out! That got a huge pop from me, and Cole selling the moment didn't seem inappropriate. (Jungle Boy still lost of course, but was pretty well protected with how it went down.)

    I don't understand why Baybay thought he should go for a pinfall after a basic simple transition move like the Canadian Destroyer.

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  16. Die No Might seems pretty darned interesting this week:

    Miro v Sammy G, which... anything less than full-on greatness would be kind of surprising.

    Bungle Joy v A damn coal. Which... I think a boy vs a baybay is an unfair match-up but this should also be great.

    Penelope Ford and The Bunny vs Tay Conti and Anna Jay. Which... two natural heels vs two very likable ladies.

    Matt Sydal and Dante Martin vs Lee Johnson and Cody Rhodes. Which... Cody gonna start an actual heel turn here?

    Also: Interesting story about Matt Sydal. Apparently when his mom was pregnant with him, the sonograms seemed to show him practicing wrestling moves in the womb. So, apparently, he has been wrestling since before he was evan bourne!

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  17. 3 hours ago, The Natural said:


    Doing a Cash'd.

    Santa doesn't like that. Britt is on the naughty list. You know what she is going to get in her stocking this Christmas if she doesn't stop being the baddest b*@$h on the block? 


    A damn coal


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