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  1. They’re a lot of younger guys these days doing a lot more of the week to week heavy lifting.  Sammy, Action, Darby, Gunns, Acclaimed, Starks, JungleHook all taking up prominent amounts of time on Dynamite.  There is also lots of room for all the aforementioned names to continue to level up.  

    Makes me wonder if Jericho is about to get cycled out of the rotation or ramping up for his possibly final run.  I don’t know what his contract status is.  But he definitely took a back seat in that tag match.  Nothing wrong with it.   Good match.

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  2. As someone who is less interested in the actual GAME than I am in simming for the purposes of streaming my shows.  The AEW game is very interesting to me to break up the some of the aesthetic monotony of the 2k games.

    However, a lot of the recent news about 2k23 has me very interested.  Wargames aside.  Getting advanced entrances back and the ability to compel some cut scenes in an updated universe mode sounds great. My instincts say it’s all “pie in the sky”. But I guess we will see.

    2k22 subtracted a bunch of stuff I used in 2k19.  So some good options to be creative with presentation makes the new game very tempting.  Of course 2k23 might be the only option in town for awhile.

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  3. I’ve never actually played the game.  But 2 years ago I found nicely edited YouTube vids of both games that played really well as a passive watch.  I really got sucked into it.

    I love this story. I’m very invested in these characters.  I’m so ready for HBO to bring some justice to this franchise.

    Boy did they, if this first episode is to be believed.  It was excellent up and down.  I figured Ramsey had about 3 seconds to sell me on her presentation of Ellie.  She did.  So did everyone else too.

    Everything else they changed was massaged nicely into the consolidation.  Plus they even managed to expand a few things about Outbreak day that made some good sense. 


  4. 11 minutes ago, Mister TV said:

    I get the Saudi's sports washing with golf, the folks who shuffle around the VIP tents at golf tourneys are who they want to win over and do non-oil related projects/investments with. What do they gain with buying the WWE? The WWE fan having a favorable opinion about the Saudi's is kind of irrelevant, is it just a dick wagging thing for the them?

    I’d guess, based on what I saw from the first Saudi show, was they took a chance to put out some propaganda that would never survive an editorial process through any other avenue.  No American advertisers to answer to and a fairly sizable audience to potentially reach.  


  5. On 1/2/2023 at 6:42 PM, Curt McGirt said:

    How is Court in the position to release anyone, unless they cause problems like Park or Teddy? I cant exactly see people lining up to work there.

    You’re not wrong.  But I’d imagine any news blurb regardless of merit that can get MLW mentioned will be welcomed.

    I don’t really mean it as a diss either.  MLW has an outreach problem.

  6. The pop for that guitar shot.  The conservative approach to Singhs selling is paying off.  So much fun.

    I might have been being a douchey Gen-Xer drunk on irony in my admiration of this Jarrett run.  But I’m genuinely enjoying him and this faction.  It feels like an FBI-Nova/Chetti/Balls/Axl party match with a semi New Jack run in chaos garnish.  I might not push it too much further with Jarrett being that he is an older guy that isn’t moving that crisply.  Mostly because I’m kind of looking toward a Lethal/Singh team focus.

    Loved BCC/TF.  Perfectly played to each teams strengths and status.  Very unique in that it wasn’t technique acting as the counter putting the kibosh on the  youngsters.  It was Mox and his overwhelming force shutting them down hard.  Applause.

    It appears that the days of playing Hayter and Baker as having no chemistry as a team is over.  That was awhile ago, though I might spotlight them overcoming that a bit more considering how much currency they’ve spent historically.  Plus it moves the mind away from the UNAVOIDABLE BETRAYAL!!!

    I complained awhile ago about Jade not always looking like she had her feet beneath her. Making a lot of her movements in ring kind of awkward.  But she sure does now.  I too WAS feeling like this part of her story being undefeated was coming to an end sometime soon.  But after this week I think there might be more potential miles to go.  Is there money in going to 100?

    Sabian and The Kingdom are acts that don’t do much for me.  But I’ve had my mind changed a lot recently.  So we’ll see.


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  7. Well now.  That was quite awesome.

    It pretty amazing to me how I’ve really turned around on Swerve.  Couldn’t stand him in MLW and he was primarily the reason I never got into them.  All in spite of how dedicated I was to their podcast.  But this evil villain character is working for me.  Fox put him over strong too.

    The Gunns were pretty great too surprisingly.  They need some character work soon to differentiate themselves.  This is suddenly promising.

    Even Jade looked pretty good on this show.  It’s good look to have her looking massive by comparison to everyone else in the ring.

    In a lifetime of super epic matches.  It refreshing to see a good old short banger like Bryan and Nese.  I get why it kind of a lost art.  Years of pointless too short and shallow RAW matches sorta made me forget those kinds matches could have merit.  But then again Bryan is like… the greatest everer.

    Shida… make friends with Sasha.  Problem solved.

    Lots to look forward to.  That LA show is looking like quite the something.  Hopefully, everyone who has a ticket watched this show.  That’s how you crowd.


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  8. People just want the validation that comes from feeling like they might have a say in controlling the narrative on a popular topic.  Problem is… you can’t force it without blowback.  

    For every hair band or boy band that had a hot minute.  They always fade into the ether as the flash in the pan that kind of thing always is.  Naturally.

    But for every Star Wars Special Edition  or whatever that doesn’t meet some peoples standards.  Vitriol and dogpiles haven’t made it all go away.  It’s shoveling sand against the tide.

  9. Great Battle Royaling!  Gimmie like two really good BRs a year and I’m good.  

    For whatever reason the lack of effort in pro wrestling battle royals has always been apparent.  But with a little wackiness and creativity.  You can parade a bunch of plot seed or elevate a few acts without having to sacrifice much in credibility if it costs an upper tier talent.  Bonus points for a dramatic finish to remind everybody what’s at stake.  AEW (if you want to include All Ins Preshow) do battle royals pretty well.  

    Wardlow.  Shave that shit.  

    There is a man on my tv.  They say his name is just “Daddy Ass”.  Hopefully, nobody can see me watching wrestling.

    Meanwhile, The Acclaimed make me happy.  Even when they are injured they get work done on tv without really falling out of the rotation.  Miro take notes.

    Doing a mix up in the roles of the tag match makes me think of SNMEs that were designed to extend a narrative without putting too much on tv.  Lethal and Jarrett need some credit to carry them into the inevitable title match.  I’m betting some near falls from Jarrett are going to have some peeps biting their finger nails.

    I also second the Lethal Injection being a particularly good bump from GrandBilly.  Old men taking a few spaced out bumps isn’t so bad.

    Bring on Corpse Paint Santana.

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  10. Hello Friends.  You some big motherfuckers!

    Just play some Twin Peaks music during the Rick Ross segment.  It’s way better that way.  Once the Laura Palmer piano part starts during the Parker attack it becomes a tragedy.  

    Good cinderblock gimmick for once.  I recall how annoyed I was years ago at that awesome Ambrose/Rollins match on RAW.  It was ruined by the shitty fuck fuck cinderblock prop that just dissolved before it was ready.  Boo!

    Hayters pump up on the clothesline was an all time shout out to the crowd.   The crowd was so into her.  Damn.  

    Shida (for me anyway) is like every MCU announcement.  Where I hear it and say: “Why the Fuck are they doing Guardians of the Galaxy?”  Then I see it and it’s always awesome.  The crowd does seem to forget her a little bit from all the stretch of absences.  But she always reminds them of her greatness and wins them back. 

    I’m going with the crowd in support of The Gunns growing up a bit on this episode was notable.  Good stuff.  FTR made them look good all while keeping their current narrative going.  I’ll buy another one.

    Kind of a promo/character building episode this week.  Or at least it would be thought of more in that way if the Main hadn’t hit a home run.  I think long term this is a good thing.  Knowable characters that are defined AND understood are key to maintaining the audience.  Mox never really says anything you wouldn’t expect him to say.  But his promos are thoughtful and expressed in ways that make it clear he is paying attention.  Nothing is cookie cutter about him.  

    Bryan relies on cheap pops and such.  But he has the Foley like ability to make it charming and (in this case of San Antonio) for a reason.

    MJF showed he could actually keep it short and to the point.  The long drawn out promos we already know he can do.  But can he do a local house show promo in a small market like on Superstars?  Probably.


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  11. Coincidentally, I watched the last two weeks of Rampage in a row.  

    I 2nd, 3rd, and 4thd kudos for Sammy.  It’s wacky and odd but it works.  He and his wife only elevated the weird that works with the lengths they were willing to go to with the gross blood stuff and PDA.  Yeah.  He can be kinda cringy.  But that’s not always bad for a heel.


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  12. I am in awe of that Jericho match.  Perfect pro wrestling.  Masterful.  He might have changed my Mox vote for WOTY.  OCHOOOO!

    Good meaty story telling across the boards on this episode.  AEW has shed its Punk skin.

    I heard somewhere somebody saying something along the lines of sprucing up the Dynamite set for a bigger show.  Nah.  Save that for the PPV.  Let just Dynamite also be big.  The weekly shows need to be important. All the time.  More.


    Title matches on tv fucking rules.

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  13. Should I blade to make this post?  Why not?  All the kids are doing it these days.


    That is an absolutely perfect trilogy of tag matches.  Applause, kudos, credits, and cartwheels in celebration FTR vs. The Briscoes.  Worth every penny spent in both PPV and a pair of tickets to Lowell.  

    I’m as guilty as anybody being entirely biased against Taven.  He was the turd in the punch bowl at that MSG show and I’ve never gotten over it.  He was pretty good here.  Him following the code of honor at the end of the match also somehow managed to endear him to me.  This must be a good strain.

    Nothing wrong with the content of Joe/Juice.  Sucks it had to follow the above. Meanwhile, Juice is going to have some problems creating buzz if his hope is to get somewhere in transferring back to the States.  7 years in New Japan is a long time.  

    Jericho was looking awfully Moongoose with that Ozzy tassels jacket.  Kind of an original spot with Jericho chasing the ringside crew around.  It’s all in the details.  

    Say what you will about Hogan/Warrior matches.  But that double clothesline spot was so well worked it’s emulated to this day and it’s great.

    The Swing reversal into the Walls was super.  To think Jericho has been pulling that many tricks to catch that move for this long is something else.  Then he quits to the fucking move?  Never saw that coming.

    I’m certain there will be some debate over if it is appropriate for MJF dissing the NWA or CHAP shitting on the current status of ROH.  But I’m going temporarily allow it as circumstances for either brand aren’t going to be worsened just because of these mentions.  Later on I might change my mind.




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  14. Yikes.  How’d you like to be Jungle Boy this morning?  I’m so sick with the bronchitis at the moment and I doubt I feel worse than he does.  That apron bump freaked me out.

    I was super concerned with Starks getting eaten alive by MJF.  But thankfully he made a very good accounting of himself.  The match itself will eventually be the real test to see if Starks gets elevated here.  So tread lightly.

    Starks’ promo was good.  But not the star making performance it could have all on its own.  But if the match makes him look like he COULD HAVE won the belt.  It’ll be fine.

    That shit on MJFs neck has some shit on its neck.

    Loved Joe/Darby.  Joe is a mean mean MEAN man.  Darby loves to die for for amusement.  

    A lot of the rest of the was a blur thanks to all the meds I’m on.  But I did come back around for the tag title match.  Even though I was excited for the match.  I kept forgetting it was on this show.  Then Ex would remind me again and again with the graphics insert and I would be surprised each time.  

    It was a helluva match too.  Glad they gave the win to Caster really needed some points on the board.  The wrestlers got out wrestled in a rare case of youth overcoming experience. The Acclaimed are on a streak and there is no reason to have them lose at this point.  

    Bad timing for AEW yet again being cut off from the temptation of a belt collecting gimmick.  But ultimately it doesn’t really matter if FTR does get them all.  They have a really high credit limit with me.

    Great show.  

    Scissor me AEW!


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  15. The amount of “pretty” on screen during the Nay/Saraya interview was stunning.  I’m throwing my cards in on a solid Saraya comeback.  I’d really like to see her turn the bullshit in her life into something positive.  But I think on an artistic level it might’ve been more prudent to put Britt over at the PPV.  The character stuff Saraya could do digging her self out of the grave like The Bride in Kill Bill would be compelling stuff.  Maybe they’ll still get around to it.

    Sanjay was on fucking fire.  The cutaway to him dancing to Private Party’s theme popped me big, brother.

    Confession time.  I’m enjoying hating Jeff Jarrett.  I’m also other people hating JJ.  I want nothing more from him than boatloads of stomp punch stomp punch Memphis tomfoolery.  And an occasional Codysault off the top of the cage.  When you have a chance to be a Terry Funk crazy old man gig.  You do that shit.

    If we’ve learned nothing else about this totally unique phenomenon that is Orange Cassidy.  It’s that you can plug that dude into any position on the card and it’ll work.  This should play a lot cornier than it does. Yet they manage to make it cool.  

    Holy shit.  Nate Webb was out there.  I haven’t seen that dude since that ROH Cage of Death vs. CZW.  

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  16. If I had been the guy that fist bumped Dax.  I’d have told him “Bryan Danielson is my favorite wrestler… and I want you to kick his fucking ass”.  

    Biggie umph on that last German Suplex from Dax.  Some good ole rasslin’ baby. DID ENJOY!

    Is this singles Dax run going somewhere?

    MJFs promo was full of raw plot meat. He understands the notion that villains commit violations of the sacred.  

    Like when SUWA pissed off Joe Higuchi for tearing up the scroll.  You do not tear up the scroll.(motherfucker).

    Giving credit where it’s due.  Anna Jay made Willow look really good.  Good to see Ruby.  

    QT Marshall reminds me of my boss.  

    Death Triangle has always baffled me.  Outside of all 3 guys being massively athletic.  Why do they hang out?  Maybe it’s weed.  Weed makes lots of strange friends that don’t make sense.  

    I too am sorry that Derek was stuck at work.





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