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  1. Nyla vs DMD was not good, and I don't feel like that was Baker's fault.

    There were more than a few little flubs on commentary.


    Pro Wrestling is just so great with a hot crowd!

    And, now we've all seen a really good Texas Death Match.

    I also got a pretty big kick (no pun intended) out of Cassidy vs Sting.

    And both big surprises really landed well tonight (plus also: Hikuleo)

    It's a good time to be a wrestling fan.

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  2. Last week's show set a really high bar. I'm excited for this week's show and really hoping the Garland crowd can be close to as heated and responsive as the Cedar Park crowd were.

    Orange Cassidy (w/Kris Statlander) vs. The Blade (w/The Bunny)

    The Blade is really good, and should be able to bring out the serious side of Orangey Boy. It will be interesting to see how the seconds get involved an whether (and how) the brass nux come into play again.

    Frankie Kazarian vs. Doc Gallows

    Karl Anderson looked as good as he ever has in AEW, last week. Let's see if Gallows can match that performance here. This should be hard-hitting, at least, and the angry regular-sized human being vs nasty giant story writes itself.

    The 5 Labors of Jericho: Chapter 1: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Spears – “Spears Can Use A Chair, Jericho Can’t”

    As I said last week, it would be a funny twist if Jericho were just to lose the first trial. That being said, it should be entertaining to watch the veteran work his way through The Pinochle. Presumably they have four or five more interesting stipulations in mind. The story of this one also pretty much writes itself, and I trust Jericho to come up with an interesting twist in the telling of it.

    IWGP United States Title Match – Texas Death Match: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Lance Archer (w/Jake “The Snake” Roberts)

    I've been a big Lance Archer fan since his match with Ospreay in the 2019 New Japan Cup. I was there live in person and that match stole the show. You know what was another pretty damned good Archer match? The match he had on night one of Wrestle Kingdom 14. Which was a Texas Death Match.  Against John Moxley. For the IWGP United States Title. A Texas Death match in Texas arguably makes more sense than a Texas Death Match in Tokyo. I'm hoping Archer does a call-back to the spot where he choke-slammed another wrestler onto Mox.

    AEW Women’s World Championship Match: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) (w/Rebel) vs. Nyla Rose (w/Vickie Guerrero)

    I wonder if this match will get the main event slot. Rose beat DMD back in February to eliminate Baker from the AEW women’s world title eliminator tournament. A win here will show that Baker has grown as a wrestler since then. That's some nice longer-term story telling!


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  3. 7 hours ago, Gorman said:

    Check out the first match on the first episode of Elevation: Jungle Boy vs. Danny Limelight.


    3 hours ago, HumanChessgame said:

    I actually came here to post that Jungle Boy's match with Angelico from last night's Elevation was really good and deserved to be on Dynamite.

    Excellent recommendations. @Shartnado, I'd also add vs Bear Bronson (Dark, May 29) and vs JD Drake (Dark Elevation, May 28)

    2 hours ago, AxB said:

    Actual Dark was only 50 minutes. So if you add that to 90 minutes of Elevation and 2 hours of Dynamite, that crowd got a pretty epic show. And it looks like more or less the whole crowd was there for all of it.

    I skipped through Dark and Dark Elevation this week because I'm fairly busy, but it was great to hear even some of the under-carders and "enhancement talent" getting pops and reactions. I'm really hoping AEW gets at least a few months of Fort Worth style crowds who just seem to be into everything. 

    I'm really looking forward to Dynamite tomorrow! As much for the crowd reactions as anything.

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  4. 12 minutes ago, Archibald said:

    Club of 1982 has been mentioned here and there, but I think it is first time it was actually referenced in official NJPW video. I wonder, are there any other years that have produced so many high quality wrestlers?

    That's a great question!

    1949 leaps to mind: 

    Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Stan Hansen, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara at the top of that class make it pretty hard to beat. Then you've got Paul Orndorff, El Felino, Austin Idol, Iceman King Parsons, Don Muraco, Jerry Blackwell, Jim Brunzell, Chavo Guerrero, Sr. and quite a few others rounding out the list. 

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  5. On 7/17/2021 at 10:58 PM, Spontaneous said:


    Tomoaki Honma vs Jun Kasai from BJW 3/26/2000. It's not too violent by BJW standards and most importantly sub 15 minutes. Enjoy!

    This was really good, and not at all what I expected. 

    The Honma vs Yamakawa matches were important in my development as a pro wrestling fan. When I moved back to Canada (from the Czech Republic) in 2003, I got right into buying and trading tapes and DVDs in an effort to catch up on all the great stuff I'd missed while living in Europe. Those state-of-the-art death matches (and also Toryumon, and some other stuff) were things I got into that gave me a feeling like "not everyone has seen this" and they gave me footage to show and to trade with friends who had footage from the territory days and/or the Monday Night Wars and so on.

    The Honma vs Yamazaki series was sold to me as "these guys bring psychology into death match style" which from my current perspective seems totally insane given that Atsushi Onita is an absolute master of pro wrestling psychology. What it seems to me that Honma is doing is bringing state-of-the-late-90s-and-early-2000s speed and athleticism and perhaps also fancy-dan suplexes and top rope moves and so on into the death match style... which is significant. 

    This specific match is cool in part because it's Honma who was (one of) the absolute top guy(s) in that style for a time and he's at his peak here and he's facing Jun Kasai who was (arguably?) next in line to be (one of) the absolute top guy(s) in that style, and who is a young lion on the rise here. It's a compact, niche take on a Hogan/Warrior, Bock/Hennig, Jumbo/Misawa kind of confrontation.

    The psychology therefore isn't so much good guy vs bad guy. It's top guy vs young buck (as it were), and they work that style really well and it pays off beautifully. Honma is mean and confident, Kasai shows a lot of fire. Exactly what you'd hope for.

    They work a large percentage of the match perfectly straight with lots of fast and tight chain wrestling and they are both really good at it. Here's something I'm thinking about now: If Honma and Kasai had just stuck to straight pro wrestling, would we be discussing their work now, in 2021, or would they be largely forgotten or overlooked these days? 

    It also feels like - and I believe it was - one of those Japanese tournament matches where you know that anything can happen.

    It's interesting to see Kasai before he became a walking mass of scar tissue. It's interesting to see Honma young and spry (and very loud, and not overly tanned, and with black hair...)

    For fans of the old ultraviolence, there is a sickening chair shot in this one, a barbed-wire bat comes into play, and Kasia is wearing a very crimson mask indeed by the time this one gets going. Near the end, a splash of blood hits the camera lens. Through 2021 eyes, the violent spots feel more impactful because we aren't being overwhelmed by a never-ending onslaught of them.

    For fans of stiffness and bumping I recommend at least watching the finishing sequence of this one. In particular, there's a series of three moves that bring this match to a close that are not too far removed from peak All Japan in terms of intensity. 

    As I said, those relatively well-known Honma vs Yamakawa death matches were important to me 15 or 16 years ago, but "2021 me" probably likes this match more. I appreciate how the blood and violence add to the story of the match rather than being the entire purpose of it. 

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  6. Some online friends were going crazy over the big surprise at the end of the Impact PPV... and yeah, that's a pretty good surprise, and it portends interesting things moving forward... and there is a lot of that going on these days. A lot of nice surprises that make it seem like crazy things are going to be happening soon.

    Plus, that insanely great live crowd at the Texas Dynamite... hopefully that portends a lot of white hot sold out crowds in pro wrestling's near future. People who have been starved for live entertainment and are just wildly delighted to finally be getting their fill...

    It really feels like right now is a very good time to be a pro wrestling fan, and things are absolutely poised to get even better.

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  7. On 7/2/2021 at 3:10 AM, Spontaneous said:

    I'm into crazy, stiff brawls. I haven't seen a lot of FMW, ECW, WWC or UWFi. I have IWTV again recently so anything from there you recommend is appreciated. I also would prefer a shorter match if possible.

    I think this match is a nice counterpart to the one you gave me. Almost minimalist compared to what you might expect from an Onita FMW match. Stiff as hell. I think it's less than 15 minutes bell to bell, as well. 

    Atsushi Onita vs. Tarzan Goto No DQ Match  FMW 2/26/91


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  8. 5 minutes ago, The Natural said:

    For a time, I thought Zima was water. @Gordberg was after these. Any luck bud?

    No, sadly. I had a pretty good look around, too. You can buy Zima in drug stores, supermarkets, convenience stores... but none of those places, locally, had the high fly lemon. I even took a quick look in a couple of places in Osaka and Kyoto when I went there for work. Nothing. My buddy Rod, who lives in the Tokyo area, got some. I'm assuming it was only available in that region. 😧

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  9. After finishing my second play-through of Three Houses I decided to lay it aside for a while. I wanted to have a look at No No Kuni, which is a game where staff from Studio Ghibli contributed to the art and music.

    I'm now about 50 hours into it. I just couldn't put it down. Totoro and Spirited Away were key movies for my wife and I when we were courting, and the Ghibli museum in Mitaka near Tokyo was one of the first places we went on out first visit to Japan. So, no surprise that the animation and music totally won me over. 

    It's also a really nice game. A major part of it is healing the broken hearts of various NPCs you encounter. Also, a huge part of it is murdering cute totoro-like creatures by the dozens to grind out experience... it is a JRPG. But its heart is genuinely in the right place. 

    I've never played a pokemon game but from what I understand this game is along those lines. You tame creatures and they fight for you. The reviews I read said that the AI is bad and the game can be tough or frustrating because of that... but there are a lot of guides out there recommending the best "familiars" to recruit, and I am a fiend for grinding, so it's actually been a little on the easier side so far. The "strategy" aspect seems to come into play more w/r//t figuring out how to set up your teams and which "familiars" to grind up, and so on, rather than in the battles themselves. The characters, the art, the music, and the general theme of helping people make it a very pleasant way to pass the time on my weekly commutes. 

    I'd definitely recommend this one if you like Ghibli at all.


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  10. 1 hour ago, The Natural said:

    Sometimes the simplest stages are the best.

    This is very much my take on the subject. I joke around a lot, but I am 100 percent serious when I say that my favourite recent wrestling stage set, by far, is NWA Powerrr:


    It's at least partly the nostalgia fator but in all honesty I think I'd be perfectly fine if all TV tapings took place on a standard studio set like this one, with the simple additions of a ramp/elevated entranceway  and "bicycle rack" railings around the ring for big arena shows and PPVs.

    I can appreciate a good light/laser/smoke show and a great sound system when I'm at a live show but watching on TV I think I tend to ignore a lot of the design elements. 

    I mean, I think I'd also be fine if everyone wore plain tights or trunks or singlets in basic colour combinations, as well.

    It's cool that other people are into those thing, though, and this thread is interesting for me just to see what everyone here likes. 

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  11. Hot damn what a show! What a crowd! 

    Just massive pop after massive pop. The wrestlers must have been loving that. I'd guess the crowd made every match feel 15-30 percent more awesome.

    I got a wee bit of that NJPW style violence I was hoping for. Mox vs Archer Texas Death II? Yes, please!

    Best Karl Anderson has looked in AEW. Same goes for Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, in my opinion. No surprise, I suppose, considering who they were in there with and how hot the crowd was. Everyone brought their A game tonight.

    I loved the crowd cheering for Starks, and he deserves it... but I think (hope) that face Cage will be much better than heel Cage in time. He seems to be a likable guy.

    Cody's white-suit promo came closest of anything to cooling off that crowd. Him vs Black could be great.

    I love Dark Order running in with no video intro!

    Nice job setting up Spears vs Jericho. It would be pretty funny if Jericho just lost the first trial.

    Hardy and Christian have real ring chemistry.




    I got goosebumps, legit, over the crowd cheering on The Magical Girl. 

    The crowd was so good, we didn't get a cliché chant until the very end, and it was well-earned. That last spot was insane.

    Ethan Page is winning me over!

    I liked how this arena looked on camera.

    I enjoyed the hell out of everything tonight. That was great. 



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  12. Matt Hardy vs. Christian Cage

    Reportedly, this is gonna be the opener. That's a pretty good TV opener, in my opinion. Personally I'd like to see Christian go over clean and move on to working with some of the younger guys on the roster... but I won't be surprised if they keep this program going on a little bit longer. Reasonable chance of Jungle Boy making a save at some point during or after this one (or even before it starts, really...)

    We hear from Hangman Page

    I like when pro wrestlers are relatable. I think that's a smart way to book for a post-modern audience. I've really been enjoying the whole Elite-Page-Dark Order story. I'm feeling no hurry for them to get to the end. I am enjoying the ride.

    Penelope Ford vs. Yuka Sakazaki

    I realize that I may be alone in feeling this way, but I am actually more excited for the return of The Magical Girl than I am for the return of The Death Rider.  

    Sammy Guevara vs Wheeler Yuta

    There are few thing I love more than seeing wrestlers make the jump from the YouTube programs to the big time. This, honestly, has the potential to steal the show. 

    FTW Championship: Brian Cage (c) vs. Ricky Starks

    About half the time when I expect that AEW is just giving us an angle advancement match they end up putting someone over clean. That being said, I strongly suspect we'll get some kind of shocking storyline swerve here. 

    Coffin Match: Darby Allin vs. Ethan Page

    Will this be the main event, or will it be the title match? All Ego still hasn't won me over. Nothing against the guy, he's solid in all aspects, but I'd be just as excited (or more so) if Darby was fighting JD Drake or Bear Bronson. I'm excited for this anyway, because it's Darby, and I am open to being totally won over by Ethan Page if he rises to the occasion here.

    IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Karl Anderson (w/Doc Gallows & Don Callis)

    I know I said that I personally am more excited to see Sakazaki fight... but it's not like I'm not stoked for this. I'm hoping for some NJPW type violence. I'm also open to being won over by Karl Anderson. Pretty good chance that King and/or Kaz run in to make a save at some point in this one, I'd imagine.

    Pretty damned nice-looking TV pro wrestling line-up there. It feels like it's about to be a very good time to be a wrestling fan. 

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  13. On 7/11/2021 at 2:53 AM, Morganti said:

    @Morganti, my man, don't make a link. Just cut and paste the address and the video will embed automatically. 

    I love this and want everyone to enjoy it.

    I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of HUSTLE, but I think the Monster Bono storyline just might be the strangest, funniest, craziest thing they ever did (which is really saying something). 

    To sum up: The Great Muta sprayed green mist into the crotch of Yinling the Erotic Terrorist and she subsequently gave birth to a (blue plastic?) egg which hatched into a 215,000-gram baby named Monster Bono (sumo yokozuna, MMA freak show attraction, and major Japanese celebrity Akebono). Yinling treated Monster Bono in an abusively controlling manner, forcing him to fight as part of Nobuhiko Takada's evil Monster Army.  Akebono is a good baby who misses his daddy. The pre-match video package does an amazing job of presenting the story and making it understandable. 

    Muta is absent as the match begins and Tajiri, Tenryu, and RG cruelly tease baby Bono about that. I think that they do a great job establishing the evil sex symbol and her enormous man-infant as the sympathetic babyfaces in this particular match. And the babyfaces fight valiantly until they are caught by the cruel bad men, and just as RG is about to rub his fundoshi-clad ass in the baby's face... guess who shows up? 


    It's papa!

    The most ridiculous thing about this match is not that Muta's green mist impregnated the erotic commie swimsuit model or that Akebono is playing a baby. It's that they do an entire video and music intro before the guy "running in" to save the baby slowly makes his way to the ring in character. I imagine that there is a parodic element intended here.

    The second-craziest thing is that RG is probably the best worker in this match. His bumping, selling, and stooging are all first rate.

    Also strange is that Tenryu is probably the least important person in the match. He's kind of just there. You could have replaced him with almost anyone and it wouldn't affect the match all that much.

    Also, Akebono's acting, his mannerisms and facial expressions and so forth, really tug at the old heart-strings despite the surreal silliness of the entire story. I think he actually cries real tears at a couple of points.

    This is, against all odds, kind of moving and funny and dramatic and it's all highly watchable. There's a cleverness behind the stupidity and a pinch of kindness leavening the puerile humour. It stands in stark contrast to various offensively stupid attempts at pro wrestling sex farce such as, say, Mae Young giving birth to a hand after having sex with Mark Henry, or the Katie Vick or Al Wilson and Dawn Marie angles... The Monster Bono story has a heart and a brain.

    The whole story eventually came to an amusing and heartwarming conclusion, too:


    Tired of her constant abuse, Monster Bono challenged his mom to a match, which he won with a giant splash. Sadly, however, the splash killed Yinling the Erotic Terrorist. However, mother and son reconciled as she lay dying in his arms. Monster Bono eventually left the promotion to go and search for his father.



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  14. What the fuck was that? Did they lose a bet or something? Has something happened to my sense of humour since episode 2 ended?

    I really enjoyed the first two episodes of this season... then the last episode was, in my opinion, genuinely very bad... but this week... Yikes! It felt almost aggressively stupid at times. Most of the time, if I'm being honest. Like it was written by a couple of thirteen-year-olds trying too hard to be edgy? I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but... nope. Apparently, "giant deadly sperm," "sex with badly-drawn horse people," and "incest space baby" were the actual ideas that were meant to sustain an episode of TV and make us laugh this week. Not clever takes or twists on those ideas, just those actual ideas, straight up, presented as entertainment.

    "Hand Job Solo" was the only laugh (well, chuckle) I got this week, and Morty rehydrating with orange juice made me grin, at least... but almost every other attempt at humour in this one landed with a thud like some kind of warmed-over latter-day Simpsons gag. Damn, man. That was a really awful and genuinely stupid episode of TV. Maybe there's some extra level to the  sex jokes the last couple of weeks that I'm just not getting? 

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  15. At this point, AEW's roster is like @The Natural's Funko Pop collection. It's not that you already have enough. It's that you have too many and you know you have too many... but, c'mon, like you are not going to add the La Sombra and Tommy End ones to your collection? Of course you are going to get those ones, too. And keep your fingers crossed for the release of an American Dragon special edition.

    EDIT: Also, I'm pretty sure that, in Hawaiian, "Malakai" means "to make love or to make out" so maybe they are going to go with a Booty Man/Beaver Cleavage/World's Largest Love Machine type of gimmick for Tommy End in AEW. Luckily Dean "Ladies' Man" Malenko is there backstage to advise him on that!

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  16. Top 3 things on this week's Dynamite:


    1) That entire bonkers ATT segment, particularly the Johnny Valentine shout-out.


    2) The Bucks' Rancho Cucamonga Street Fighter gear.


    3) The crowd.

    EDIT: I also wanted to add, just for the record: Hats off to the AEW production crew for not giving the idiot fan who jumped the rails at the start of the Jericho/MJF segment any TV exposure. And to, I believe, Jericho for tcob and not getting flustered. 

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