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Hagan last won the day on November 30 2018

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  1. I kind of don't get GCW's identity anymore. Like, they're hot popularity wise but the whole promotion is now being built around tongue-in-cheek booking of old acts. Is this what that fanbase wants?
  2. Anyone watch Taichi vs Douki yet? It has a shockingly high rating on Cagematch and apparently a very wholesome birthday party for Miho Abe follows.
  3. Man - after some well received WK shows. This cards ain't it, main event aside.
  4. So the Wendy Choo gimmick kinda works! I mean, I feel like it would have gotten over as a meme character on the indies a few years ago. It’s totally dead end as an actual main roster star but I think I loved it.
  5. Question: do some of you downgrade a match based on knowing that someone get legitimately injured? Seeing takes that the tag match was a "mess" or was "ruined" because Fenix got injured. I get that logic in that I can see the enjoyment of a match being diminished knowing someone got seriously hurt (no different than any other sport) but I was wondering if people saw an injury as an artistic demerit in match evaluation?
  6. Man - a banger series of matches since the start of 2022: - Usos vs New Day - Five way for the WWE belt - Kiyomiya vs Kenou - Shiozaki vs Nakajima - Ito vs Noa - Yamashita vs Mizuki - Four-way on Raw - an over-delivered NXT show - Shingo vs Okada - Will vs Okada - Tana vs Kenta - Shibata vs Narita - Despy vs Hiromu - Page vs Danielson. Just an awesome start to the year.
  7. Holy fuck was that Yamashita and Mizuki match good. That was fucking unreal. So, I parachuted into joshi really for the first time ever (except for like the super famous shit) in the last month. Been digging the fuck out of Stardom and Tokyo Joshi Pro. It's amazing how much better the work and atmosphere in the pandemic era both companies are compared to most of the male companies.
  8. General rule of thumb though is when you lose/change a main event you give the fans the go-home, big babyface win. Very similar to Becky at SummerSlam
  9. At the end of the day, Brock is a real star (both in their eyes and, let’s be honest, to the general WWE fan) over the other guys and thus treated as such. When Wrestlemania season starts this always happens. The real stars get pushed and the midcarders go back into the midcard.
  10. This is a super interesting take. TV ratings/box office numbers are interesting to follow and, certainly, a movie star that has a string of box office failures sees their career take a downward turn. In regards to TV, a low-rated show is likely to be cancelled and low-rated but critically adored shows having fans and critics campaign for it to stay alive has been a thing forever. Looking at the popularity of a TV show has long been a part of fandom. It's not necessarily a comment on quality but a show like Seinfeld and Friends were big deals because EVERYONE watched them. They were wildly, wildly popular. If Seinfeld's rating had continued to plummet year after year and creatively the show was seen as having gone downhill, it would have been a huge talking point. Shows that make creatively bad choices and lose ratings or hang around long past their expiration date and run off fans or alienate fans in some way generate a lot of talking points, especially when there's long-time fans. Look at the Star Wars franchises, which have had the last few movies underperform or look at Doctor Who who has seen ratings dip to series low as fans grumble about the direction of the show. So, no, it's not simply a weird wrestling quirk at all. As far as "real" sports, it's not fans checking ratings breathlessly it's the fact that stars who get high ratings get featured spots. There's a reason the Lakers are on TV more than the Utah Jazz. Sports ratings are regularly blasted across by journalists all the time and it does say something about the popularity of teams/athletes. In regards to wrestling though, this idea that ratings/crowd attendance/business metrics don't matter is asinine. If Big E was scoring record high ratings and packing in 10,000 people every week he'd be assured of a long-run, big time matches and his fans would be happy for him and we'd see him as a big success. As it is, he's a failing champion who's gonna lose the belt and drop back down to the mid-card eventually. If you're a Hangman fan and Dynamites ratings drop 30 percent in the next month, he won't be staying champion much longer after that. Wrestling stardom, like boxing and now MMA, is inextricably tied to how popular someone is and, therefore, how much business they draw. It's been that way since they were all invented. I mean, it would be like if we compare Diesel and Stone Cold as WWF champion. You are more than welcome to say that you preferred Diesel's run because he had a good feud with Shawn and the Bret match was great but Diesel was the lowest drawing WWF champion at the time in history. It mattered. One guy is remembered as the biggest star in the business and the other is seen as a failed experiment. To watch wrestling and be completely indifferent to how business metrics influence everything we see onscreen is missing a huge part of the picture.
  11. Well, if ya built a sports entertainer up from the ground floor, Maggle…
  12. At this point would be better to figure out who genuinely is safe from being fired. As far as full-timers: - Roman - Orton - Lynch - Sasha - Rollins, I think - The New Day - maybe the Usos while this current storyline is going - maybe Charlotte but the clock may be ticking on her at this rate I honestly think every other person could be randomly cut if the number gets drawn. addendum: and while I think they really like Rollins, Lynch is far more valuable so, like the Usos, I think he's safe because of her.
  13. Jim Ross's most famous era was him calling the Attitude Era. Of course, we all remember his famous calls during those Steve Austin main events *Austin and Rock brawling into the crowd as 20,000 people scream their heads off* JR: "why isn't the damn ref counting? How long they gonna be out there? What's the point of rules?" or, of course, who can forget those great Jeff Hardy ladder match calls: "This just doesn't make sense, King. Why is he doing that swanton off the ladder when he needs to be focused on winning the match." But, good on Jim Ross outside of WWE for having the the canonical "Rulebook of Wrestling" handy. AEW doesn't do DQs and countouts. Neither did ECW, except for the rare heel contrivance with Fonzie. Imagine ECW if Joey Styles had spent the hour bitching about the refs not calling the rules.
  14. My fave Top Dolla moment was when he did an interview saying he’d have no problem putting over Roman Reigns. I’m sure the Tribal Chief was touched. None of these cuts terribly surprising but I also see people doing the ‘blame Nick Khan.’ It’s literally just Vince. If he thought any of these people were worth a shit they’d still be there.
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