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  1. I was honestly moved seeing the “Dean” sign in the crowd.  It made the world a bit… smaller?  I’m reaching for the exact word.  

    Shout out to the write up man Dean who had me lurking around here long before I posted with any regularity.  Get well soon, sir.

    Someone else said earlier that Dean was a reason he had seen a lot of awesome wrestling.  Concur.  

    Good show.  


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  2. This commentary group should be the envy of the business.  They do everything I want a team to do.  Effortlessly, shifting from a serious sports presentation, to expository stats, character development and analysis.  Also three likable guys.  I’m so glad to have Nigel back.  

    I’ve been overly critical of Cage.  But he was fantastic here.  The crowd ate it up.

    I think there definitely some meat left on the bone for The Dark Order gimmick overall.  They still carry a sympathetic vibe that connected to Hangman can often be relied upon to get good audience investment.




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  3. Now have them switch places next week.  Cash vs. JJ and Dax vs. Jay.  Put that in my brain.  

    Go ahead and do a cinematic match.  It’s fine.  It’s kind of been awhile, right?  I can’t remember the last one.

    Ricky Starks has a “serious determination walk” that evokes more Spike Dudley than the Rock.  Someone work on their War Face.


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    He is tripping balls with intensity in this here.  Angry isn’t a strong enough word to describe Savage in this promo.  It’s also in addition to being angry, disgusted, betrayed, and yes, at that very end… wounded.

    Savage the character bought into the MegaPowers and the Hogan thing.  All in.  Forget all his misgivings prior that. “Hulk Who?” and what have you.  Savage exercised his champions prerogative and CHANGED HIS MIND!  

    Now here he is.  Absolutely feral and sweating at an alarming rate. 

    To be fair.  In the moment back in 89.  These promos went on and on for weeks and were quite the slog in the never ending build up to Big 5.  

    But man what a performance here.  I honestly might have put Savage over just on the strength of the content.  Somebody had to at least have thought of it.

    And once again for the people in the back. 

    His hand WAS on Elizabeth’s ass.  

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  5. While Vikingo/GL elevated this show quite a bit.  I came away enjoying how the show uses much of its developing talent.  I’m seeing lots of upside in the Renegades and Heather Reckless.  If they can make losing look good for awhile?  You can mold some really great scrappy underdog baby faces out of that.  

    More baby faces.  

    Joe vs. Colt makes my early ROH geek heart soar.  Would’ve liked to see Colt get a bit more.  But ultimately Joe should be killing him dead at the end.  

    Didn’t I just demand more baby faces?  

    I should watch this show more often.  

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  6. 21 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

    Yes!  I kept expecting the promo to take a goofy turn because holy fuck how do you cut a SANGRE POR SANGRE promo with that looming over your shoulder?

    I loved it so much.  You know Omega put it there for the camera shot just for the shitz.  Rats off to him!

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  7. 13 hours ago, A_K said:

    Happy to disagree re: taste - but they dropped viewers in the lead-in and following quarter of his appearance this week. There's no data showing Jungle Boy is a draw. Optics are bad. Casual viewers are tuning in to see guys who are giving up almost half-a-foot to their equivalents in the other promotion, without even trying to compare 'Jungle Boy's mic work w/ Roman/Rhodes/Zayn/Owens/Usos etc. They seriously fluffed Kingston + Wardlow who should be legitimate main eventers with ready-made storylines to run at the top of the card, and are now compounding it with the subsequent poor decisions.


    EDIT: Re: 'hot boys sell tickets' -- if the base ratings numbers have been bad for AEW, the demo has been absolutely diabolical. I think they may have literally slashed it in half year over year at this point? The youth are not tuning into this stuff. This is a kid running around the top of the card in Tarzan trunks w/ a crazy hairstyle. Kind of laughable, and not in a good way.

    Did my post read as if I thought that was something AEW WAS doing?  Because that isn’t what I meant.  I was suggesting they push JB (and probably a few others) in that light.  So as to appeal to those demographics.

  8. 25 minutes ago, Eivion said:

    Ratings death feels a bit harsh but it is weird how people seem to forget Cole's NXT segments were usually among the lower rated segments whether he was champ or not. Cole is loved by live audiences, but people at home clearly don't tune in to see him the way they do others. Nothing wrong with that. It just says he can't be THE guy is all. 

    Cole doesn’t rank very high in my wrestling priority list.  But I see no need to be fatalist like Cole doesn’t have something to offer.  He totally does.  Plus, I could see him and Britt eventually getting over in reality land.  

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  9. 49 minutes ago, Krone said:

    Would AEW benefit from having BTE on cable television as opposed to YouTube? Hear me out, I'm aware that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it seems like it would do a much better job of showing the wrestlers outside of the ring whilst continuing storylines in the process. Being able to see some of these guys in their goofy environments as opposed to always the confines of the squared circle. For some reason, I just think that it would be a better way of potentially bringing in fans who maybe aren't as familiar with the in ring product in a different way. You replace the All Access show with something like that and it not only helps your actual weekly wrestling shows, but may also drag in some of those casual fans as well. Admittedly I haven't watched too many BTE's recently, but there was a time where it was mandatory weekly viewing and I think something of this ilk would be brand new to the world of cable wrestling (or maybe I'm forgetting something). 

    Doubtful, considering how they’ve treated the show over the last year or so.  Long gone are the bored hotel bound nothing better to do skits and production that helped create the buzz early AEW had. Same with pandemic era Dark Order having a dedicated room to do all their fun silliness.  Hangman is most likely tied up with child rearing so his contributions have been minimal.  

    They just don’t have the time or interest like they used to or so it would seem.  At least that’s what recent episodes seem to reflect.

  10. It’s fun that OZ gets a mention here.  IIRC the Torch had a writer at the time OZ was airing that compared the feuding and fights on the show to pro wresting booking.  The writer (I don’t recall who 20 years later) liked the intricate relationships that helped build the feuds to a pay off.  

    The first season of Spartacus was also VERY good “wrestling show” in that regard.

    Man I can’t help but heap more praise on Omega/Vikingo.  What a great match.

    AEW continues to be the only place I can settle down and watch wrestling.  

    I love you AEW.

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  11. I’m going out on a limb.  But I think AEW is ripe to plow the fields of a big celebrity match.  A celebrity of a certain athletic ability pitted against somebody in the locker room who can elevate it, hold it together, and would also be primed to take a rung up the ladder even if they had to job.  I don’t know… maybe Wardlow.


    So I’m pondering a list of potentials that might suit the bill to really SELL the show.  

    I admit though at 48 years old my awareness of the cultural zeitgeist is probably suspect.  I’d have never considered a Logan Paul just because he isn’t in my GenXer orbit.  You’ll see what I mean.

    First and foremost has to be Tom Brady.  He really is the great white hope.  His credentials speak for themselves and is a household name.  Plus I think he has a price as a guy who hasn’t been scared of money.  You DO run the risk of him going the way of Mayweather where the crowd sours as he makes baby face at the camera.  After all, not everywhere is New England.  Even my being pretty anti-football still allows me to recognize the gigantic marquee value having Brady’s name there.


    Antonio Brown - I know absolutely nothing of his athletic career other than he has bounced (or been bounced) from multiple NFL teams.  I’m told he is a mix of Dennis Rodman and Brian Pillman in his wacky ability to color outside the lines.  Honestly, I’m reading this more like a Charlie Sheen meltdown.  Which doesn’t sell it any less to me in all its instability.  I heard he was banging Brady’s wife too.  Make it a tag match.  

    Joe Rogan - An older guy for sure.  But Jarrett could carry him to some classic Memphis horseshit.  Make the figure 4 Joes finisher.  Pay him an extra 10 bucks if he makes it look good.

    Shaq? - Maybe?  We got that cliff hanger from before with the ambulance etc.  Not sure what exactly to do with that absent Cody.  

    LeBron - Again, famous name at that high water mark in athletics that should sell a stadium.  Name brand.  

    I have to be missing someone or many ones.

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  12. Wardlow.  Get a submission hold.

    There seemed to be a lot of theatrical accompaniment with the Hobbs/Wardlow deal.  Shrink wrapped pallets of empty cardboard boxes are a pretty safe way to take some action while moving to the next set piece.  I didn’t think it was that bad.

    Loved the trios match and the angle afterward.  Winnipeg is going to be nuclear.  Fox being unknowingly photobombed by the JAS was chefs kiss.

    Ruby really tied the division in a bow.  That was a really unique promo that weaved all the narrative exposition from just about all corners of the Women’s division.  It’s probably no coincidence that Jades promo was kind of ambiguous in coming to a conclusion.  I like this idea of her being a replacement in a War Games (oops) injury scenario.  That’ll pop them big time, brother.

    Don Callis is a treasure.  Rats off to him!




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  13. 36 minutes ago, Curt McGirt said:

    I really don't understand the logic of re-matching a PPV bout on TV right after. Why bother buying the PPV? You're gonna get the results and a rematch just watching the free TV

    I see what you’re saying in a practical level but I kinda get why.  What I don’t get is why it was done so frequently over the years. 

    As a story telling device.  The sense of urgency that can be applied after crafting some sort of controversial finish the night before could lend itself  some elevation of interest.  

    As it’s been gone to far too many times with poor execution.  It’s baffling how the often the concept has been botched.  I’m all about elevation of the weekly show with out seeing it as diminishing the value of spending money on the ppv.


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  14. Well I invited a few friends over for the ppv…


    This was a really good show that I had tried convincing myself not to buy.  But I did it.  Boy oh was this show the dogs balls.  Money well spent.

    I was so jazzed after a 4 hour show that included a 60 Minute Iron Man match.  I stayed up even later to watch The Last of Us.  Fuck spoilers.  Wasn’t even tired.

    I noted that when running down AmDrags accomplishments in having long matches.  There was a certain Saudi Arabia Rumble that didn’t get mentioned.  Good.

    If I were a kid and an adult gave me alcohol… not mad about it.  Just saying.  

    I knew that Oklahoma shit was bullshit.  I’ll bet JR doesn’t even have a twangy accent.  I’ll bet he is Australian. This is too late in the game for this to be news to me.




  15. I had a random thought as I started watching.  “This going to need at least 1-2 squash matches to facilitate a 1st episode”.  They wisely booked The Embassy that way.  Although I might have placed it earlier in the show (or even 1st) to step on the gas and quicken the pace of the show.  

    This Honor Club experiment is already fighting from underneath in an over saturated market where even more high profile brands struggle to get attention.  I’m in… for now.


    The production quality is very good boosted no doubt by the existing AEW infrastructure.  

    It was cool to see the Renegades do some different work.  This was their chance to show what else they could do other than JUST put someone higher in the pecking order over.  They did that too.  But booked in a way that gave them some spotlight highlights before they did.  Good start.  

    Yuta is an interesting guy.  It’s borderline “short man’s syndrome”.  But I’m here for it.  He is eventually going to have to shiv one of the BCC to step up.  

    Lady Frost.  Call me.  I will hold every door open for you if you promise to that hand spring into every room.  Wakka wakka!

    Athena vs. Willow is going to kill it.  

    Bring back the aluminum crowd barrier signs.  Let the crowds make noise with them.


    The nuttiest thing in wrestling to me these days is the complete reframing of the BIG SWING as a submission.  It just tickles me.



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  16. The Dynamite opener is always a sweet spot for me.  By the time I get around to watching AEW on Thursday.  I’m ready to watch my weekly show and probably smoked like a brisket.  I’m so ready to receive wrestling.  

    So the likelihood of my being positive and open minded on the opening match is pretty good.  If that means weirdo Orange Cassidy and Bigger Cassidy steal the show?  So be it.

    I confess to this glaring execution of bias and one sided arguments. 

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  17. I’m thinking the pecking order clout dynamic will have MJF chasing Bryan the whole match.  After Bryan scores either 1 or a couple of early falls that’ll have MJF scrambling to catch up with every shitbag tactic.  Max will eventually get put over on the merits of his heel character.  

    Bryans toil and hill climbing toward the match itself is meant to show just how much better (on paper) he is than Max.  MJF will have to use what we know him to be thus far to be properly put over.

    Or just have Bryan outclass him at every turn to facilitate an actual name brand wrestler as champion before jump starting house show tours.

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