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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Yup, he pretty much had Duke Nukem's exact haircut.
  10. 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.
  11. I'm probably quite naive when it comes to this sort of thing, as I'm quick to assume people are on steroids, but just as quick to take them at their word when they're honest enough to admit that steroids exist, but insist that they don't personally use them.
  12. I enjoy him as a heel, but I never got what people were on about when they talked about him as a great pure babyface. He always came across as a sleazy hippy who needed a punch and had an annoying voice, which is at least perfect for mid level Bullet Club goon.
  13. I just sounded that out loud to myself, and holy shit, now I sound like Jesse Ventura too.
  14. Acclaimed have to win, but I'd like to see both Swerve and Lee pushed up into the main event scene as a consolation soon afterwards, maybe even without feuding or splitting. It needs some freshening up, and they both have untapped, exciting first time matches with almost all the usual suspects.
  15. I really like Athena. Her gimmick isn't that complicated, she's a nerd who likes cosplaying whatever her character is in this year's mega D&D campaign, and has a disgustingly cool finisher, what's not to love?
  16. Got me and my girlfriend tickets for night one yesterday, they'd sold all the (relatively) cheap ones and it's in the arse end of London, so both nights would be pushing it. Logic says to go for the show that has FTR vs Aussie Open, and doesn't involve a three hour trek back on a Sunday. Very disappointed to see no Yano though. What's all this Hikuleo, Good Brothers and Gedo shit?! Leave them where you found them and send the true king of New Japan, you cowards. 2/3 falls dog cage match with Lord Gideon Gray, or I will personally riot. Genuinely, the only two things that might tempt me to night two are an IWGP title match, or Yano.
  17. I kept confusing Rick Grimes and Frank Grimes when people made this comparison, and have been picturing CM Punk running around chewing on electrical cables and antagonising Miro because Tony Khan lets the Young Bucks do it.
  18. Yuta is totally taking Garcia's place in the JAS.
  19. It looked to me like Tony was part trapped by the situation, where he couldn't put his foot down and tell Punk to stop in front of everyone without escalating things and becoming the story, and part enraptured like most wrestling nerds would have been by seeing an insane, juicy, bridge burning, historical meltdown happen right in front of him.
  20. Absolutely with you on the Wild Card match, such a great concept. They've flirted with something similar with other Survivor Series matches when the brand warfare thing is happening, but never done it as well.
  21. That is Larry the dog, and I'm on his side (and I guess Punk's) in all this. If I had such a magnificent beast and anyone upset him in any way I would absolutely punch their face, moreso if they were any sort of Young Buck.
  22. Bobby Fish immediately going to 'God-fearing' when listing the Bucks' good qualities gives me the heebie jeebies and brings to mind Drake Younger's leering, bigoted orange face. No ever really refuted the rumours that Fish was also a QAnon C.H.U.D, did they?
  23. Really great show overall, but soiled by Tyson Fury showing up at the end. He is to me like Hulk Hogan is to The Natural, except he hates an even wider range of minorities, and has contributed precisely nothing to pro wrestling. Still, loved seeing Imperium reunited, and lots of high quality matches in front of a huge, red hot crowd, I'll take it.
  24. I dunno, in sheer star rating terms, sure, but I'd rather see something fresh like Lee and Swerve vs The Acclaimed for the tag titles than have Young Bucks always in the title picture. All three of the matches you've mentioned should be good fun at worst, and we'll get FTR vs Bucks 3 eventually. The more titles they put on FTR the more of a political minefield it'll be to eventually have them lose any of them, so I see why they're not in a rush to give them the AEW belts.
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