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  1. I would have thought so, he was a very good amateur wrestler and is what, about 15-20 years younger?
  2. They have three owners, and Jim Smallman now works for WWE UK. I have no idea what's in it for the other two, but I presume they play nice in exchange for getting a selection of their old stars back for big shows, and the promise of eventually getting paid something to be on the Network.
  3. As a Progress season ticket holder, the final straw was their August show, where they gave us Nina Samuels in the main event. It wasn't even that bad, but it was still essentially a 12 minute TV match, with Nina Samuels. Their card for this Sunday is incredible on paper, but it's full of NXT/NXT UK guys making one off returns, with most of the regulars in a battle royale, or main eventing their smaller show the previous day, so I'm gonna go to football instead. The September shows are never included in the season ticket, and while I can't blame them for selling out, I don't want to reward it anymore either.
  4. Moustache Mountain vs Lee and Riddle, it sure as hell doesn't solve Progress' various glaring problems, but it'll be a hell of a match and I want to see it. Currently I'm genuinely torn between going to the Ally Pally show and Watford vs Arsenal, two things I love that are currently awful...
  5. SturmCRF

    NJPW G1 2019

    'He has a weird body, like a hanging pig, and he is fiercely ugly' This description of Shingo cracked me up. Can't go all the way with him on Jay White (although I largely agree) or on Ospreay being 15th, but great read.
  6. I'm still on the fence about Code Orange, but Bray's entrance was the highlight of Summerslam and gave me chills. I'm a metal fan, so there's a bit of bias, but more generally, refreshing characters when they get stale and giving your stars, or preferably everyone, proper songs for their entrance, is essential. Moreso with WWE, where they have so many hours of TV for acts to potentially get stale in, and so much of what they can offer that other companies can't comes down to production values and a grander scale.
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    NJPW G1 2019

    Very happy with that result. I much prefer Ibushi to Naito as a wrestler, and he's never won the IWGP title, or the G1 for that matter. Course, the joke will be on me if Jay White wins tomorrow...
  8. I loved the first three matches. Shayna vs Mia was fine, but I just don't get Mia Yim, she'd probably be better as a bullying heel, but there's no room for another one. I'm not a star rating guy, but that ridiculous main event is making me dwell far too much on what I'd give it. They put in so much effort, and did so many cool, well executed spots that less than four seems insulting and like it's taking those things for granted, but it was such an overlong, move killing, bloated abortion of excess that more than four and a half seems insane, and like it's encouraging nonsense that shouldn't be rewarded. So I guess I answered my own question, four and a quarter it is.
  9. Why is he not main eventing Summerslam against Brock Lesnar?
  10. Funnily enough, I was literally just practising this at Judo last night, and I think it could work perfectly well against someone not wearing a top. I'm sure it's not the most efficient, and good luck tying up a professional fighter with it, but it doesn't need clothes to grip for it to work. I don't have much more insight, but I liked the coincidence. And I'd really love to see a Judo match between Samoa Joe and Eddie Dennis, or Ronda Rousey and Taz, or any other Judo trained wrestlers.
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    NJPW G1 2019

    Also, doesn't this all but eliminate Naito? I don't think he can come back now unless Mox loses all four, which seems unlikely. Although if that makes Ibushi the favourite, he'd be beating Okada on the way to earning a shot against Okada. Unless someone else beats Okada for the title first, or Okada wins it all and picks a challenger, or the G1 winner loses the briefcase... Fair play to NJPW, they've made what looked like a great but predictable G1 into a very tough one to call.
  12. If this means we get someone calling Drake Maverick a piss spraying beast, I don't see how it isn't great news.
  13. I think Cody's shown he has an excellent match in him, although I genuinely loved his triple threat with Kenny and Ibushi, so I may be an outlier.
  14. I love the Voices Of Wrestling Flagship podcast. Joe Lanza took some getting used to, but him and Rich Kraetsch actually have very sensible views on wrestling, they're not afraid to point out when things suck, but they're both infectiously enthusiastic about what they like, which is mainly but definitely not only NJPW. They (well, Joe) occasionally veer wildly off topic into shock jock territory, but they seem like really good dudes, and I've come to enjoy that element. They can also overdo it hammering home a point that it seems impossible for any sane human being to disagree with, but I'm sure they have to deal with so many Twitter morons and trolls that what seem like strawmen to me are actually what some people present to them as serious opinions. Also on their network, the Super J Cast is a great listen, similar dynamic but all NJPW. And Joel Abraham has the honour of being one of the only fellow Brits I can stomach listening to talking about wrestling.
  15. Earthquake, Bret Hart, Mick Foley, Tomohiro Ishii. Rumble 91 was what got me into wrestling, Quake was one of the characters that stood out to me most as a kid, with one of the best action figures, plus he sounds like one of the nicest people ever. Bret Hart was always my second favourite wrestler, I'd have phases of loving the cool, scary heels like Adam Bomb, Ludvig Borga, Crush, but Bret was always the one good guy I was happy to get behind, because even as a kid I could tell he was a genius. Foley got me back into wrestling in 98 when I took my only year out, because of HIAC and his subsequent rise to the title. Ishii's been the highlight of the last few years of easy access to NJPW, he's somehow underrated even though nearly everyone loves him, and it'll be a massive shame that he never gets an IWGP title reign just because he's marginally less tall and handsome than Okada.
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