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  1. A weekly live Friday Night show starting at 9pm on the east coast has a lot of potential to widen the scope in that more adult in tone delivery AEW seems to favor.  Additionally, another live hour mean more slotting in bigger longer matches.  

    Eventually those pillars are going to need to be a roof.

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  2. 10 hours ago, DEAN said:


    Good grief!  Why didn’t my parents have the good sense to name me that.


    The Redbeard fellow sure is a quality professional wrestler.  He really has turned me around with his sporadic AEW appearances.  He really worked that crowd.  Give the man a few more opportunities I say.  I also would enjoy watching this team continue.  

    I thought the main event was awesome.  OC works because his character is somewhat minimalist but never shallow.  He illustrates this with spots like the “let me pin you, roll away” segment.  But it’s all slight of hand because before you know it you’re in a pretty great rasslin’ match.  Storyline wise The Trustbusters had a notable night over a couple of segments and did manage to hold it together going 2 and 2 with the Parker win, not getting OC to join, or Daivari winning his match, yet avenging all that by having the big plot twist be the Sonny heel turn and getting OCs spot instead.  Phew!

    I don’t know much about Skye Blue beyond her AEW work.  But I get the sense that there is more there in the ring for her than what’s been presented so far.  If her jobs keep going the way they have.  I can see a the crowd building up behind a good ole underdog baby face.  More judo Tay, less Sammy everything.  Kidding!

    That reminds me.  I would like to apologize for my prior comments about Warhorse.  I suppose there was a kernel of truth in my shameful comments (that I shall not repeat here).  My intention was merely bust some balls and get a laugh.  I’ve seen exactly ONE Warhorse match ever and am not at all qualified to even make an assessment of his validity.  Sorry Mr. Horse.  Be more like Warhorse and less like Brandon Bones.

    Thank you.

    Hook had the unfortunate coincidence of using the word “Yup” right after this weeks Better Call Saul.  Additionally he forgot how to be stoic while whatshisnuts from NJ was doing whatever that was.

    Another match that took place during the show was Dispensary Weed vs. Good Old Drug Dealer Weed.  It went to a 4hour 20minute time limit draw.

    Play me off Keyboard Cat.


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  3. Well this show was a good time.

    Loved the opener with Darbs and Brods killing themselves for my amusement.  At one point I cringed seeing Brody walking around with tacks still stuck in his stomach.  Gnarly.

    I was distracted during the Lucha team match.  So I can’t comment.  But my chicken Alfredo was excellent.

    Really loved the title match.  One of the best uses of The Walls in a long long time.  Mox sold the fucking fuck out of it.  He really is The Man right now.  Excellent.  

    Happy to see cave dweller Punk make a good return that legit surprised me.  If I have to go grey.  Can it least be in cool Reed Richards streaks?

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  4. Is it me or is it weird that the D+ content is overlapping in its release times.  While for the last few weeks there hasn’t been anything being churned out.  I would have figured (and how the app started up) seemed to suggest a one-at-a-time release schedule to drive focus to the new hot thing.

    Earlier this year I had been hearing that Obi Wan and Bad Batch might have had some overlap weeks.  Which I thought was a bad idea to have both out there and shave off you audience from OWK or outright kill TBB.  Thankfully, they moved things around.

    I might be way off in understanding viewing habits in this new age of streaming services.  But at a surface level it seemed sound.

  5. 4 minutes ago, grilledcheese said:

    If I had a wrestling school, I'd paint this on the wall like suburban assholes do with "Live Laugh Love". 

    That guy sucks out loud. I have zero idea how that low-rent horseshit got to be such a big deal. 

    I’m sure the novelty of the gimmick must appeal to someone somewhere.

    Like that one casual fan that only shows up once a year at Mania and talks about the fucking Boogeyman all night.  He’d be a Warhorse fan.  

    And then you look at your friend through with Boogyfan is connected.  And he is all: “I’m sorry.  He is my sisters fiancé and she begged me for him to meet the guys.”

    Blah blah blah… fuck off.  That guy.


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  6. I keep being distracted because my instincts keep telling me Mance is doing a Steve Austin impression.  It was a good promo though.  That being said I wasn’t really into this match with Mox.  They sold it prior as a fighty brawl brawl.  Instead it was whatever this mish mash of bleeding and leglocks was supposed to be.  I’ll give Warner another shot if AEW does.  But I don’t think he got much out of this.  Don’t be a Warhorse.  A rare miss for Mox.

    Leila has to have spent some time at the PC, right?  

    I like the booking of Madison being plugged into a quick program with Jade.  But this match wasn’t great.  I wonder what the chances are for Rayne being remembered if her highest exposure is what?  Peak Impact?  I didn’t watch any of that stuff so I’ve got no knowledge of her beyond the name.  But I am aware she has something of a reputation and some credit to spend in padding Jades record.  

    The street fight was fun.  It may not have been the original plan.  I like that it’s worked out this way with Swerve and Lee.  That German Suplex off the apron was nuts.  The “monkeys in the truck” figured out how to shoot that top rope double stomp.  So that helped.  


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  7. 3 minutes ago, porksweats said:

    As much money as there is in a Hayter split, I see big things for their team which hasn't stopped getting better

    Indeed.  It’s a great pairing with Britt.  

    I just love how physical she is in ring.  She seemingly has no fear of the mat.  She always bumps hard attacking each slam etc with enthusiasm.  There is just something in the way she moves that reminds me of Kawada.  I kinda want her main offensive move to be nothing but Yakuza kicks.  

    I’m not certain Hayter is ready to be champion just yet.  But if she has another banger at BOTB with Thunder Rosa like she did late last year?  That should springboard her right into the path that’ll get her there.  

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  8. 9 hours ago, Technico Support said:

    NICE.  My only memories were of being really far from the stage and Catherine Wheel doing Black Metallic; something about the tempo of the song and how hot it was just made the song feel like it was going on FOREVER.

    Much like an AEW thread last month turned into a rumination on cheesesteaks, only on DVDVR can a thread about Ric Flair's last match become a discussion of late 80s/early 90s pre-grunge alternative. 

    I have an Apple Music playlist that I made solely by Googling WHFS playlists from that era and it's beautiful.

    @JLowementioned George Clinton...I remember seeing P-Funk at HAMMERJACK'S in Baltimore (the old one, which was razed to build the Ravens' stadium) in maybe 95.  It was a hilarious show because it was so long and nobody felt any obligation to stay and the vibe was go ahead and check out when your P-Funk meter was filled.  My friends and I were there for maybe 2-3 hours and dipped out like, "yep, we've had our fill of George & the All Stars, we're good, thanks everybody byeeeeee."

    It seemingly gets on forever… because it’s Black Metallic.  It’s just what that song does.  Even those who love the song gleefully admit it.  

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  9. Anna Jay was really good on this episode.  Ruby sold her arm off.  Good ole dumb referee dirtbag finish.  

    The promos were really an overachievement in sweetness with the silent support from Eddie and Ortiz backing up Rubys words.  The meat on the bone being that these are 3 characters that understand and respect each other.  Damn, I loved it.

    Anna JAS- The promo was solid.  My instincts tell me to expect not fucking up the promo as a basic expectation.  But I was underestimating.  It was much better than that.  She completely showed she was invested in this new character direction which gave it enough conviction to sell it.  I’m in.

    I rather enjoy the Lethal Trio.  I also feel really guilty about it.  Saw that Santam fellow at the ROH show.  Large chap, that one.  

    Looking good tonight was Ethan Page.  Subtle connective tissue doing the Toronto promo during him squishin’ a dude.  I see you AEW.  Embrace Bizzaro World!



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  10. 18 minutes ago, The Natural said:

    Only thing going for it along with PAC finally holding AEW gold.

    Bryan Danielson is the greatest wrestler of all time, one of the most selfless as well. Great Bryan Danielson putting over a new talent, I really like the Blackpool Combat Club but I still believe when you have the GOAT, you put the top title on him and have in the main event. I'll always believe Danielson should have beat Adam Page for the AEW World Championship.

    One of the things the old fogies in the biz generally get right is that there is a way to lose for the betterment of your career.  Even Danhausen seems to have it down.  Dude got beat in a minute and a half and he’ll still have the credit to stay over and even do the underdog rallies to victory later on.  AmDrag is a master of this if his 2013 is any illustration.  

    Now let’s compete over who loves him more.


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  11. As much as I hate being teased that my favorite wrestler is injured.  As much as I hate to see him lose.  That was a great way to do it.  He has massive credit to spend and isn’t at all diminished by this loss.  Good tv.  Very happy to see Garcia get elevated.

    Another wacky fun awesomeness wrestling show this week.  

    Who knew Jungle Jack had it in him?



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  12. I was fine with the recast.  If Gene had turned the tables on Jeff he should be kind of diminished by it.  Plus I’m plenty threatened by that goddamn sweater.  You don’t not notice the recast of course.  But the rear view mirror shot was also evocative enough to smooth that wrinkle.

    McClaren is incredible.

  13. I’ll spitball a couple of ideas. 

    If formulating a good strategy for rebuilding ROH is the expectation in this moment.  I have to think that’s asking a lot at this point.  It’s awfully early in the process.  ROH is coming back in some form and I get that getting it right is paramount.  

    IS piggybacking on a Dark taping a good idea if it’s that easy to now conflate ROH as a developmental program?  Because obviously some people WILL draw that conclusion and write off ROH.  I feel I might since I don’t watch Dark/Elevation because the once or twice I did… I thought I was watching AEW Wrestling Challenge.  

    Another issue is a solo tv taping sounds expensive.  But the brand identity has a stronger integrity if you do?  Hopefully?

    I can’t say either way what the right thing to do is.  But I can say that TK is two shows in and ROH is elevated in my attention span in ways it hasn’t since Gabe left.  I bought the ppv in March and bought tickets for this weekend.  I guess I’m in.

    Looking at it strictly from an HR pov.  I get it that it sucks for Greshem and the company needs to do better.  If AEW is going to be the antidote to WWE, one of those ills that needs curing is having a better forum for employees(?) to manage their careers.


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  14. I understand why some performers would want to lean on doing arena brawls on a longer show.  If for no other reason than your match will have an unusual visual flair that a lot of the other matches won’t get when cameras are focused on the ring all night.  This show had shockingly little of that.  

    This a was wrestling show with very little nonsense on it.  Outside of a brief spill into the crowd and a single terrific table spot saved for the end of the show.  I could imagine that the half dozen or so Cornette trolls I saw waiting in line to enter the building would have little if anything to complain about.  (Edit: I just remembered Dragon Lee and Rush had a table spot.  But think the point still stands).

    TK really likes a show to hit the ground running at the start.  Rampage episodes often starts like this show did.  Broadcast begin… LETS FUCKING GO!!!  Pedal to the metal in the hammer lane for the duration of the show.  Boom.  I appreciate this approach.  

    I’ll nit pick this one detail though.  The production kind of inadvertently shot itself in the foot as it concerns getting a pop out of the match graphics.  By the time they used them during the broadcast the crowd had already popped a couple of times seeing them before going live and during the pre-show.  So yeah, we were over the hype.  That being said, the first view of the FTR/Briscoes graphic before Zero Hour started was massive.

    I wonder if Jamie Hayter saw Dragon Lees wresting tights and thought: “Dude, those tights are too small”. 

    And now I will engage in some projection.  

    I think this show and ROH overall in its current incarnation is obviously working at a deficit.  It should be easy for anyone on this show with AEW exposure to get over, get a good pop, and have a well received match.  But there were a lot of peoples last night that got a good response for their entrance based on reputation.  But absent that exposure they all had to work overtime in their matches to keep it going.  DLee, Rush, Allison, Martinez, that Midsommar Wyatt Family group all had to bust extra ass to get it done and I thought they performed admirably.  The crowd was engaged at worst and nuclear hot at best.

    This was my first outing of this sort since La Rona Grande started and my free COVID test was a big negative.  Thank Foley for that.



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  15. Just got home.  My ears are ringing and my voice is hoarse.

    I had a blast at the show and thought it was spectacular.  

    From what I could tell the biggest pop of the night was either Joes entrance and the false finish after the belt shot he took.  Joe turned the building into a bunch of Wacky Inflatable Tube Men at least a half dozen times.

    I’d say roughly 80% of the seats were filled.  

    FTR/Briscoes was just superb.  I didn’t think it was going 60 because the timing announcements would have a broadway 8-9 minutes past the hour.  But who gives a shit?  Piledriver from way up high!  Much like Dax hitting the post right before the Doomsday Device.  This second rope piledriver delivered a solid reason for the fall.  Gods this was greatness.  Probably second only to being there when Foley won the belt on RAW.

    I know that sometimes tv sound can be deceiving in its representation of the crowd.  But I thought they were on fire tonight.  Even fucking NANA got a killer pop.  

    My buddy the Gi Man isn’t very familiar with ROH but is generally up to date on AEW.  He was very impressed with Rush and Dragon Lee. 

    Ok.  Anyway… Fuck this post.  I’m zonked and going to bed.

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  16. Rush vs. Dragon Lee?  That’s news to me.  I haven’t seen a lot of those two but the little I have has me geeked.

    I’m kind if surprised at the level of excitement for this card after reading through the thread here.  I haven’t been to an ROH show since August of 07 to see Steenerico vs. The Briscoes in a street fight.  I got unapologetically knocked to the floor that night in the melee.  

    I take that back.  Rhett Titus did ask me if I was ok.  But it was cursory as he had a herd of scrambling fans to shield as the fighty got streety.

    I’ll be sure to give a report from the ground.  

    Drink responsibility rasslin’ fans.

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