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  1. Might be looking forward to Cage vs Takeshita the most. Big meaty men exchanging Def Jam: Vendetta finishers, bring it on.
  2. About this Vince wants to return rumour... Is it paranoid to think that a belief/fear he would be returning is why there have been no major changes to most of the shows, apart from fired wrestlers returning to fill out the roster, and a reduction of some of the more outrageously stupid and juvenile angles? I put it down to the fact that the content machine was simply too big to slow down or maybe everyone being scared of Kevin Dunn, but perhaps no one ever really thought the monster had truly gone away, and they're all still trying to impress him like they've been conditioned to do. But I guess it's impossible to draw a line between them booking a still very Vincey show because they never thought he was truly retired, or because years of brainwashing have convinced them that this is the only way to make money in wrestling, and any major deviation will bring ruin.
  3. Think I've settled on Krüller by Author & Punisher as my album of the year. Long time since an album has grown on me like this one, at first I was disappointed that there was nothing quite as hooky as my favourite track on his last album, but when it sinks in, it really sinks in. The title track was lodged in my brain for a solid week. I liked the Chat Pile album a lot, and it's in my top 20 for sure, but I think I still carry a torch for noise rock where horrible deviants sing about being horrible deviants. I'm probably a prick, but I'm just not there yet for very on the nose shrieking about how homelessness is bad, it made me cringe a bit. Grimacesmokingweed.jpg is incredible though.
  4. Sol Ruca is a one woman walking aircraft hanger of the settle-downs. I really hope she turns out to be good so she can be on TV forever.
  5. Currently about to watch the game in a pub in Blackpool. No sign of Wheeler Yuta. Hope Preston Vance and the lads can do it, but if not I'm getting behind Ismaila Sarr bringing the trophy back to Watford where it belongs.
  6. I hope this is just a one off thing, and they go back to proper Survivor Series matches. Wargames are usually a let down, and personally I think the one man advantage, which then nearly always has to go to the heels, is too business exposing even for 2022. Elimination tags often end up underwhelming because people get beaten in contrived circumstances far sooner than they would in a one fall match. The idea of the match is great though, and when it's done properly to sell it as a war of attrition, like some of those epic Japanese ones, or the 2003(?) Team Austin vs Team Bischoff(?) one, it's maybe my favourite stipulation. Also, no Sasha yet, please. Want to see her in Stardom, then AEW, then maybe WWE again in five years. Let chaos reign, give us as many unique matches as possible while they're at least vaguely possible, death to stagnation.
  7. I find the Bucks completely obnoxious, and lean towards CM Punk's side in all this, but the petty jabs in that match were peak pro wrestling and I loved every second.
  8. Is Starks vs Archer not announced? Don't they need to have it tonight so the winner can face Cage on Rampage before the PPV?
  9. I haven't read Janela's thing yet, and I agree with most of Matt's take, but I do dislike how the AEW web show matches usually default to squash length, even when the pairing would justify something with more meat to it. Fenix vs AR Fox was a perfect example. Well formed little match with some cool spots, but why was it about five minutes long? Part of AEW's appeal is that it has some level of continuity with wrestling as a whole, so why not present AR Fox as a big indie name, and have the 15 minute, competitive match those guys could easily headline an indie show with? Do the squash matches by all means, but each show should have at least one closely fought back and forth that breaks the 10 minute mark. Also, at least a handful where the outcome is in doubt, though that goes for AEW as a whole.
  10. Better, absolutely, but I still think massively overrated so far because it was in such a trench of terribleness under Vince for so long. Raw is still an impossible chore most of the time, and I fundamentally don't think either show works as long as you have a limited schedule Champion hogging both belts for years. They need to get at least one of them off Roman, preferably both. He plays the role to a T, but the role is pure poison to a very lengthy TV show that is meant to be about the fight to be the champion, where becoming champion is an insurmountable task to every male roster member.
  11. You should definitely check out Bandido vs Mike Bailey from Mania weekend, I think the Wrestlecon supershow. I'd seen a decent amount of him prior to that but non of his ROH run, and thought he was never less than good but severely overhyped. That match sold me on him, it was easily the second best thing of the 15 or so shows I watched that weekend, after FTR vs Briscoes. It helps that Mike Bailey rules, but Bandido seems to have put it all together. He's not doing a bunch of new stuff that I've noticed, but it's all much more coherent and builds the story of a match better now, and I'm not someone who can always put his finger on that kind of subtlety in wrestling.
  12. Merch was a bit disappointing, girlfriend wanted a Desperado t shirt and they had none. She would have settled for a Great O Khan shirt (sold by the man himself), but it was cash only and we didn't think to bring cash. I probably wasn't in the market for a shirt, as I already have way, way too many. Generally, there were a lot of official event shirts and not many for the more niche wrestlers. With you on the sizes though, I'm an American small, UK medium, and the Wrestle Kingdom 12 shirt I bought in Japan, which I think was large, kind of expected me to be a long torsoed tube man, so I don't wear it much. Not going again today, Crystal Palace two days in a row is too much Crystal Palace, and as fantastic as yesterday was, if they want my money twice next time they can damned well give me a Yano match and an IWGP heavyweight title defence. Preferably together.
  13. It was a great show, cheers! Inoki got a good send off at the beginning, the crowd were into basically any NJPW regular (there were even repeated Douki chants), and FTR vs Aussie Open was one of the best matches of the year.
  14. Yup, he pretty much had Duke Nukem's exact haircut.
  15. As an eight year old, I would record the audio of WWF shows onto cassette tape, so I could listen to them in bed. As a result, the commentary of Summerslam 93 is seared into my mind, especially Vince shouting 'Jannetty is an opportunist! Marty Jannetty is as opportunist!' during his comeback against Ludwig Borga. Borga was my favourite wrestler of all time for the, like, three months he existed for a kid who didn't get to see Raw, only PPVs my grandparents had recorded for me. After all, he beat Tatanka, who I hated, and came out to the Finnish national anthem, which was like The Mountie's instrumental theme song but even more stirring and epic. As a general rule, the more a heel came across like a James Bond henchman, the more I liked them.
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