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  1. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Brock/Punk yet. For my money, it's not only the best match of 2013, it's the best match of the decade.
  2. I will go to my grave maintaining that Nakamura vs. Ibushi from the 2013 G1 is better than their Wrestle Kingdom match.
  3. Houston is a much stronger wrestling market than Phoenix. With WWE seemingly doing everything it can to drive away fans, it may be one of the few cities they can do a decent number for the Rumble by the time January 2020 rolls around.
  4. I rewatched the ONS match. Eddie did seem somewhat gotten to by the ECW mutants chanting at Bischoff and company. There were also reports that he was upset about having to put Benoit over clean. Or maybe he just wasn't physically capable of going all-out that night. Either way, there's no way it can be classified as a great Eddie performance. I didn't see a wrestler doing everything he could to win the attention of a distracted crowd. If anything, the opposite was true. He seemed to be going out of his way to slow the match to a crawl. Benoit was by far the more explosive of the two. And there were moments where Eddie was indisputably off, like with his sell of a Benoit clothesline late in the match. In the end, when he was in the crossface, he seemed to be tapping out of boredom rather than pain. He literally apologized to Benoit in the ring after the match (you can see him mouthing "I owe you one"), so he evidently felt the same way about his performance.
  5. Is that Bossman match the one where he hits Misawa with his nightstick? Eddie in 2005 is an interesting case. When he was on, he was in a class by himself, but he didn't seem to be able to consistently reach those heights. And it wasn't just a matter of him picking his spots, as some of his most high-profile matches from that year (vs. Rey at Wrestlemania, vs. Benoit at One Night Stand) were letdowns. We know now that his body was rapidly failing him, so it could be that there were some days where he was just wasn't physically capable of bringing it. That handheld is from right after Wrestlemania, so Eddie was still a total babyface (albeit of the lie, cheat, steal variety) at that point. They began teasing dissension between the two in the middle of April, and the actual turn came in May.
  6. My point is that "He couldn't have been great when he was young because he wasn't great when he was old" is a pretty weak argument. There may be some wrestlers who consistently perform at a high level well into their 40s and 50s, but there are also plenty, including some of the greatest of all time, who fall off a cliff when age and injuries catch up to them. Not to mention all the guys who die or retire before they reach that point. On that note, Patterson is a curious counterexample given that he had been retired for several years when he was 46, which is how old Stevens was at the time of that Robinson match. There's not a lot of Stevens footage out there, and almost none of it is from his prime. You're extrapolating from an extremely small sample size. Here's some prime Stevens footage where he looks like a proto-Flair. I wouldn't call him an all-time great based on this alone, but he does seem like someone whose overall body of work would hold up pretty well if we had access to it.
  7. There's no way Kenta Kobashi could've been an all-time great. I watched one of his matches from 2012 and he looked terrible.
  8. A couple of years ago, I asked who the first wrestler to tape his fists outside of gimmick matches was and speculated that it might have been Abdullah the Butcher or Terry Funk. After looking into it further, I think it might have actually been Stan Stasiak, as a gimmick to get over his heart punch.
  9. I have to question whether whatever money they're getting from this deal (assuming they're getting any) is worth the stigma of being on an even more downmarket version of Destination America. Gaining a following on Youtube or Twitch would give them cachet that could lead to a stronger TV deal, given how desperate networks seem to be for content with proven ability to draw eyeballs. Being on Pursuit Channel brands them as hillbilly shit that no mainstream outlet will touch with a ten-foot pole. Also, that network seems to have an outdated view of the demographics of wrestling fans. Most hardcore fans aren't rural white Southerners. I can't imagine too many New Japan World subscribers tuning in to Impact and sticking around for Southern Hog Slayers.
  10. Oh yeah, forgot about World of Sport. Here's my favorite of his matches from that promotion. He really was a fantastic prick.
  11. There's quite a bit from New Japan, the WWF, and Portland. There's not a whole lot from Stampede, and what does exist is heavily clipped because Ed Whalen was the worst. Not sure about All Japan.
  12. I'm pretty sure @Matt D's holy trinity is Mark Henry, Big Show, and Haku.
  13. It's easy to look and back and say that Dynamite should've toned it down in the ring. But in most fields of sports and entertainment, being afraid to go too far often means you won't go far enough. I mean, let's be honest. How many people would pay to see a guy who's 5'8 do nothing but stomps and headlocks? It would seem that the only reliable means of getting over without taking significant risks in the ring are to possess freakish size/strength or a physique that's impossible to maintain year-round through natural means. And going either of those routes will most likely lead to your body turning on you eventually. Bottom line, if you want to make it in wrestling, you're going to have to pay the piper one way or another. Hiroshi Tanahashi said it best: people won't buy into wrestlers who want to have a long and healthy life.
  14. I never knew HHH used to have such a strong accent. Also, Dracula's Elevator would be a pretty cool name for a finisher.
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