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  1. I've been very carefully pro-MJF as I think he can pull things back from the workrate imbalance like no one else is in a position to, BUT, I am pretty scared about the lack of matches announced for this card. I think they might go real long and that MJF is going to go out of his way to prove he can hang which is the worst possible thing he could do.
  2. I’m playing catch up. The back third of the Yuta vs Moriarty was staged, unbelievable, inorganic dreck.
  3. Neat that Willow won the CMLL Title. Hopefully she gets to defend it during the Texas residency.
  4. I'd go with Mone, Stat, Kamille, Bayne.... Saraya vs Willow, Britt, Rosa, Shida, Hayter. But yours works too.
  5. Doing Anarchy in the Arena, Blood and Guts, and Stadium Stampede each year every year feels like overkill. What would be interesting, however, is if they did let the women have Stadium Stampede this year and had team Mercedes + Stat vs team Britt and Willow.
  6. All In is shaping up. Danielson vs Swerve Storm vs May Mone vs Baker MJF vs Ospreay all seem for certain. There's a lot of time left before the PPV. So you don't know if other things might get blown off. I could see for instance... either ... Conglomeration vs Patriarchy (if they can get there in time) or some sort of multiple team thing (battle royal?) with HoB and Bang Bang Gang and maybe Top Flight/Andretti and another team or two. Bucks vs Acclaimed (maybe add in the FTR) if they don't blow that off in the mean time. A Stat vs Willow gimmick match Jericho vs HOOK Okada vs Page? Darby vs Perry They have the Texas residency and a bunch of Dynamites between now and August 25 so who knows what gets blown off. There's also the It does feel like a tighter, more focused, less haphazard approach on top. There's also All Out right after it.
  7. Right call is Blood and Guts ending with Caster turning on Bowens and joining the NWO.
  8. I am still midway through the show. Was surprised how much I liked the Jericho trios though. Triple heat with fairly clever transitions.
  9. Here’s my take on Danielson vs Shingo: http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2024/07/aew-five-fingers-of-death-624-630.html?m=1
  10. Lots to balance lately and I think I was a little reluctant to watch this for obvious reasons. It's lovely though. When I had first seen it I wasn't particularly familiar with either Darby OR AEW and the house style at the time. I watch this and I wonder how often you'd see the chinlock that Punk uses here to set up the next set of spots, for instance. Relative to what was happening at the time, he worked it as a NWA Title match, actually: matwork to start, with Darby controlling with the hammerlock and them going tit for tat, some escalation that led to Darby's crash in the corner, backwork, hope spots and cut offs, the GTS with the bump out of the ring, Darby reversing the next one after having gone limp and taking over for a bit, Punk sitting up to dodge the coffin drop and then things heading towards the finish with the poison rana reversed into the GTS. It's a good match. I wonder if I wouldn't have liked to see Darby have to sell the back a bit more down the stretch but there is a sense that Punk didn't focus on it since he was trying to put him away and ended up going for the kill too early instead (not allowing the back to get damaged enough basically). Punk kicking out of the last supper was a big deal and that's where the back cover might have helped a bit more. It was obvious what he was trying to do and it absolutely worked. What's interesting about it is that unlike a lot of Darby matches, you don't quite know how it's going to go on paper. You know what Darby vs Joe looks like or even Darby vs Christian or Darby vs Jeff Hardy. What does Darby vs Punk look like? It could have been a number of things (It's same if we ever get the Danielson match for instance; very curious how they'd work that). Anyway, I enjoyed revisiting this though it was a shame. AT one point JR says that Punk had to escape the hammerlock quickly because he's not very patient and his head would explode if he didn't get out soon. Thanks for doing these with me. It was fun. I hope you have new avenues to explore now. Please feel free to drop any more thoughts on what you watched and what you're interested in seeing more of now (and what you're not). Ok, General Secret Santo news. We're going to do the summer one in August, not July. I'm off for a few days now and a week later in the month and it just works better for me. Hopefully people can join up when we hit that point. I'll do a sign up towards the end of July.
  11. 11/16/87: Choshu/Saito/Kobayashi vs Muto/Takano/Koshinaka: Nice to have a six man in the midst of the tags. Kobayashi is back and good for him. He does really match up well with these guys. I'd like to see him more against Muto. He ate offense early but at one point, Takano wanted to do the Choshu's Army Double Clubber in the corner on him and Koshinaka had no idea what to do. It was funny because then he got isolated in the corner (he being Takanao) and they triple clubbered him. It built to a big hot tag and the butt butt from Koshinaka but he ate a Saito suplex out of nowhere and then the Lariat into the Scorpion. Good to have that end matches definitively. 11/19/87: Choshu/Saito/H. Saito vs Maeda/Takano/Hoshino: Oh man, so I didn't realize this was the Maeda/Choshu incident until I was through it. Plus i saw a seven minute version not realizing I had a 16 minute one. So I watched this weirdly and multiple times. As I was watching it, all I could think to myself was "Wow, Choshu and Maeda are electric. They're going to make money off these two." For some reason, I thought the incident was in 88. Obviously the fans are very into it whenever they match up. People point to a very specific kick when Choshu has the Scorpion on Hoshino but even relatively early, Maeda takes Choshu's face off with a kick and then there's a lot of posturing leading later to Maeda just absolutely stuffing Choshu, manhandling like no one else could, and Choshu coming back with a slap and Maeda, on the apron, egging him on. What I was going to write was that Maeda could take Choshu physically, but Choshu could get into Maeda's head like no one I'd seen, but obviously that wasn't exactly what was going on here. It was legitimate. Things break down and they do an ok job of switching up sides in breaking them up so there's always little bits of peppered violence. The finish is just odd as they set up Takada for a lariat out of nowhere and just pin him awkwardly as they just had to get out of there. This was basically Brawl In, where, if they could have just figured out how to work together, it would have been massive business. Ah well.
  12. My manifesto on MJF vs Rush: http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2024/06/aew-five-fingers-of-death-617-623.html?m=1
  13. Built up enough to justify putting over a new trio in their first real match in a two week program, to justify having some heel control during the match without it totally ruining the babyfaces’ credibility. For the purpose needed it was fine. It was even a half segment match. They didn’t go over a commercial break.
  14. The bit where Storm protected May from the moonsault was good but then she broke up the pin instead of selling it while May kicked out herself. Missing the point. The image of Luther standing over Hirsch in black and white like he was Paul Bearer was good though.
  15. 11/16/87: Kimura/Fujinami vs Pogo/Nagasaki: Bit of an angle here to start, or at least some bells and whistles as Wakamatsu takes over the broadcast position and screams a bunch and that draws Fuji-mura to make the first strike. Just a little extra with ratings in mind thought you get the sense they mainly think the tournament matches can hold their own. Mainly. Nice bit of synergy early as Kimura was getting beaten on by Nagasaki (Eats guys up!) but he got a drop toehold, and then Fujinami worked over Nagasaki's leg until he reversed a leglock into something else. Then they worked Fujinami's leg for a while. Kimura definitely had a different sort of energy, and he still had the punches in a corner but they were waxing poetic on their big win against Inoki and Sakaguchi two years before and it had to be frustrating to him to be back there. It's frustrating to me! I keep mentioning it. Anyway thing went back and forth with them double teaming Kimura for a bit but he used strikes (kicks) to get out and got a spike pile driver on Pogo. Wakamatsu got up on the apron and got nailed and Fujinami let Kimura hit the Inazuma Leg Lariat on Pogo and then pinned him. Solid stuff other than the underlying issues. 11/16/87: Inoki/Murdoch vs Maeda/Super Strong Machine: Maeda/Super Strong Machine is a killer team. Yikes. This one definitely stood on its own. Murdoch and Maeda match up so well (which makes it painful how Inoki can't hang with Maeda and he really doesn't here, I don't even want to write about it, it's almost masochistic on some level). They started and there was a great bit where Maeda was kicking Murdoch in the corner, Murdoch grabbed the leg, got a standing toehold, tagged Inoki, Inoki rushed in like only he could, and hit a shoulderblock as Murdoch walked out of the ring, rubbing his arm. Just iconic stuff. Maeda hit the spin wheel kick something like three times on Murdoch, the second Murdoch spun with to deflect which was cool. But they all looked good and Murdoch wasn't afraid to take it. Before that he hit him with an absolute killer jumping knee; Maeda never does that and it looked great. Murdoch hit a couple of enziguiris too. Super Strong Machine was good in here, there's a great camera shot of him choking Murdoch in the corner. One great bit late where Inoki hits the kneedrop off the top and then makes Murdoch hit it too. This ended with them isolating Super Strong Machine (Inoki got the last laugh on Maeda by dropkicking him out) and Murdoch hitting the brainbuster on SSM for the win. They do seem to be building to a Kimura/Fujiwara vs Inoki/Murdoch final.
  16. One might ask "Matt, why did you interact with Niners here?" and to that I'd say that it's always useful to go back and forth on this sort of thing. I just wrote this out for someone else and I wouldn't have been able to hone my thoughts without the board, so thank you for that.
  17. I get what you’re saying but can you list any other Pro-Wrestling ever that’s been booked differently. The problem is yes, the lack of a proper mid card, but way more than that it's the addition of more PPVs, but that’s where the surprise is now. They’re booking to build towards the PPVs in logical fashion. I don’t know who’s winning in that six man at the PPV. Rush beating MJF would have been the opposite of that. Basically there’s no winning. I will say that the rise of multi-man tags that toss a bunch of feuds together is helping and that's probably the best answer if they're not going to cut back on PPVs. That and leaning on a huge roster to have feuds not leading to the PPVs constantly on the show alongside feuds that are. But again, that's less productive TV as opposed to now where basically 80% of everything is ultimately leading to the PPVs.
  18. It was just a ten minute match. It had a build over two weeks with multiple backstage segments. It was set up by the Premier Athletes having a promo package and winning a squash. It was to heat up the trio of Joe/Shibata/Hook to set up the post match of the Jericho match and the challenge. They did everything right! On paper it’s perfectly good booking. There was nothing more they could do! There’s plenty they’re doing wrong but this was done exactly how it was supposed to be. There were no gaps. Seamless. Complain about something else. Or at least note that the issue is the theory and not the execution because the execution was perfect. You just weren’t paying attention.
  19. 11/9/87: Sakaguchi/Fujiwara vs Pogo/Nagasaki: This is pre-tournament, presumably a warm up match for Wakamatsu's guys, but it's really a thinly veiled excuse for an angle. All angles all the time right now to try to heat up ratings. We come in JIP with Fujiwara doing his signature escape. There's some great stuff where he goes after Wakamatsu and actually gets him (revenge for screwing up the Andre match the previous year). Lots of big headbutts as he gets the hot tag from Sakaguchi but as he has leglock on, Nagasaki comes off with a chair and just crushes him. Inoki makes the save but he's injured. He was supposed to be Inoki's partner! 11/9/87: Dick Murdoch vs Muto: Super fun match up. Muto is theatrical with his offense and Murdoch is a game opponent. Pre-match Murdoch has something to say to Inoki who is ther efor commentary. Every time Muto got an advantage on the mat, Murdoch basically jammed him. Eventually, he was able to pry a leg out. Murdoch's selling was very good as he was hopping around trying to keep distance and shut Muto down. Muto went for the moonsault but couldn't get it (went for it too soon without the usual set up) and Murdoch got him with calf branding and a brainbuster. He sort of rubbed his shoulders post match and showed admiration then called in Inoki and made him agree to team with him in the tournament. They're really leaning much harder into coherent and ongoing angles to try to pop ratings.
  20. 10/25/87: Fujinami vs Choshu: This was the end of some tournament. I shouldn't look at cagematch to figure out what... Ok, I'm looking. Alright, here goes. On the road to this show, he beat.... Eli the Eliminator, Konga the Barbarian, and Daryl Peterson. Not great. Let's see what Choshu did.... Got nothing. This does not feel like a legitimate tournament... ANYWAY, this was 2/3 falls. Fujinami had been ambushed enough by Choshu in his life and he rushed right in. That turned out to be a mistake. Choshu was able to turn it around and hit the lariat to win the first fall in less than a minute. The second fall was Fujinami working from underneath. He'd get an opening but wasn't able to string moves together and it was all a little heartbreaking every time Choshu hit a belly to back out of nowhere, for instance. Or Fujinami would finally go for the German and Choshu would go behind and hit one of his own. Then when he finally did hit it, Choshu kicked out at too. But Fujinami was able to get a bridge back pin to even the numbers a moment later. Third fall was pretty brisk. They both clotheslined each other at one point. Finish was both on the outside and Choshu getting back body dropped into the ring, basically, and winning by countout. It felt unsatisfactory but still interesting. 11/9/87: Choshu/Saito vs Kimura/Fujinami: And after everything, here's Fujinami and Kimura teaming up together once again. Felt like a step back for both of them but especially for Kimura. He could have had a Jack Perry type run as a dissident, could have feuded with Inoki. Choshu coming in just completely blew him out of the water. Poor bastard. This was really set up to build him back as a babyface and give him sympathy however. Things were very even for the first half, building to a couple of big moments like a Saito scorpion or a Inazuma leg lariat. Eventually Choshu and Saito take over with one of their double teams (backbreaker + top rope move) in the corner and they open Kimura up on the outside. From there, he builds a ton of sympathy trying to fight back from it and make the tag as they really drag him under. They rarely do a good job of maximizing the timing of these hot tags and they didn't here either but Fujinami does come in hot. They hit a spike pile driver and Fujinami is so hyped up for Kimura to press the advantage that it's touching. Kimura gets another leg lariat but too close to the ropes and Choshu makes it back to Saito. they go for the slaughter cannon (belly to back with a top rope clothesline) but Fujinami is there with the enziguiri to the back of the head breaking it up and Kimura gets a roll up for a shocking-in-the-moment win. They spent a lot of the match explaining the point system and upcoming dates but you do get the sense that Kimura and Fujinami (even if they are no longer wearing matching jackets) are going deep in this.
  21. 10/19/87: Saito/SSM vs Takada/Koshinaka: Shiro's first match in six months. They made a big deal that he was teaming with his rival. He looked pretty good in there to be honest. One great bit where he was in an indian deathlock from Saito and they were just paintbrushing each other. This went back and forth with Saito and Shiro more the weak links. SSM and takada matched up really well including one great exchange where they fought over a Fujiwara armbar and a few other things. Shiro did hit one amazing back drop driver too. Things occasionally got clunky with Saito. He got tripped on a dropdown and I don't think he was supposed to; that sort of thing, but he was a cruiserweight bully (they noted he was right at the top of the weight limit for jr. heavyweight) and he stood out as something different. A DVDVR sort of guy. This all sort of fell apart at the end but it was fun while it lasted. 10/25/87: Williams vs Inoki: Inoki's third defense of the title and vs the "American UWF" champ. So Doc had to be protected. This was honestly kind of excellent. Inoki came in with the hurt shoulder and Doc went right after it. In some ways, having something to focus on slowed him down. Inoki, about four minutes in took over with the pumphandles, but Doc fired back. Inoki hit a really neat enziguiri out of nowhere, but Doc grabbed his legs from the floor and started working on them. Inoki fired back with knuckle arrows, but Doc hit a low blow. There was a pres slam to the floor in there too. Inoki hit another enzi but Doc staggered around and got a lucky punch in. He finally set up the stampede but could only drop Inoki instead of slamming him. Finally, he went for a second charg into the post on the floor but Inoki shoved him in head first and hit a dropkick to get the last second countout. I'm probably not doing this one justice. It was good. and there's always that forboding sense now as we get closer to the end of the year for each monster Inoki vanquishes. 10/25/87: Koshinaka/Yamada vs Yamazaki/Takada: Jr. Showcase. We only get about five minutes of it. Things get super hot down the stretch though, including Yamada hitting the shooting star and Koshinaka hitting the butt butt and a German. Takada survives it all and Shiro misses a kneedrop off the top redamaging his knee. They just destroy it after that with Takada bending it the wrong way. Good for what we saw.
  22. The funny thing about this is that earlier in the match, Matthews had a bit where the Gunns fed that looked way better.
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