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  1. I just got done watching most of the show, and while it might have been the company's worst effort so far, it was still highly entertaining.  My favorite two matches were Omega/CIMA and the main event.  It was good to see the Bucks forced to slow down with guys like the Rhodes.

    Brandi/Allie was probably the worst match on the main card and it was about what I was expecting from the two.  I'm assuming this will build up to Kong/Allie v. Kong/Brandi at All Out.  The opening women's match was a little better but not as good as the matches from the last two shows.  They should have gotten Baker out of there right away and should have never let her get back in the ring.

    Lucha Bros/SCU was fun and Pentagon has so much presence and charisma.  I enjoyed that match more than their matches with Bucks since it wasn't a total spot fest.  The three-way tag was decent and they need to push the hell out of Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus, going by their crowd reactions.

    Admittedly, I skipped Sabian/Page and the 6-man tag, along with the other Buy-In match.  I enjoyed the angles with Jericho and I also thought they need to learn how to properly time these shows.  The arena looked nice but I hope they don't over-rely on the place in the future.  Commentary was good but Marvez definitely doesn't need to be there.  I'm not as hard on him as others and I do think he is the best third man in the business, if that means anything.  At least, they let him talk a little and he did have a couple interesting things to add throughout the night.

  2. I couldn't catch the show last night but watched it today and I was pretty impressed.  It wasn't as good as DON but I wasn't expecting it to be.

    The 3-way tag on the pre-show was decent but the Nakazawa/gamer dude match was annoying, and I missed the women's match.

    Daniels/CIMA was pretty decent and so was the 3-way women's match.  It gave me a chance to get familiar with some of the Japanese ladies, as admittedly it was hard to remember them all at DON.  Nyla really has a lot of presence and the 2-on-1 story through some of the match was nice.

    The highlight, for me, was the Cody/Darby match, and from a storyline standpoint, this match was awesome.  The veteran Cody underestimating Allin, and not paying attention to the time limit was great.  Not to mention, Darby pinballing all the time with several unique sells and bumps.  I had no problem with the chairshot, as long as it was gimmicked but I did think it took away from the finish of the match.  They didn't put over Darby enough after the match was over.  I would have liked to have seen maybe like a handshake between the two or even just a couple extra moments of putting over the story and Allin a little.  However, they did put over the chairshot pretty well, which was good, and I'm guessing will lead to Spears/Cody at All Out.

    The 6-man was pretty crazy and fun, and everyone looked great.  The Street Fighter stuff was pretty good.  The 4-way was good, and Page and MJF are obviously the future of the company.  MJF is basically the 2019 Bubba-Ray Dudley with his promos, which is cool with me.

    Moxley/Janela was fun and Moxley really gave Janela a lot during the match.  Janela took most of the crazy stuff but Moxley still did some stuff that, being a former WWE star, he probably didn't have to take.  The brawl at the end was great and gave Omega his heat back.

    Overall, so far, so good with this company but I'm sure we'll start to see a lot more bad stuff once they have to book 52+ shows a year, episodicly no less.

  3. I'm just going to put this here because I feel like it and it amuses me but I think one of the women in one of the major US companies should be obsessed with Garfield.  Maybe someone like Dana Brooke could go to catering and always demand lasagna, and she could also sleep in a box with a blanket and a teddy bear.  She would then need to be woken up for her match.  Her promos would also be just her thinking sarcastic things about her opponents, and she'd never actually speak with her mouth.  Also, she'd refuse to work on RAW because she hates Mondays.  That is all.

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  4. I kinda grimace when I hear people talking about AEW as competition or that it's another version of the Monday Night Wars.  Let's just wait and see how the next set of shows does and how they handle the TNT show.  I think the biggest hurdle will be how many viewers they're doing by February.  Sure, this show was real good but wait until they have to do 52+ shows a year and be compelling too.

    I wouldn't mind Marvez being gone.  He comes across like a better third wheel than Saxton or Renee but he didn't really add too much other than to set up the other guys for talking points.  Another thing is that I was disappointed in the little backstage interview segment they did with Kylie Ray as I thought it looked a little low-rent.  

    I should mention that I really got a kick out of the Cody throne thing and what it represented.  The Attitude Era of the WWE was garbage, to me, except for the really good angles, and there were definitely less of those than bad shit thrown against the wall and sleaze.  I tend to separate the AE of 97-99 from the overall wrestling boom of 95 onward, in my mind.  I generally like the latter but not the former.  It was a good message and a great symbol for forward thinking.

    BTW, does anyone know if they were using a 20x20 ring?

  5. I don't really want to go into too much detail but I really enjoyed the show, and I could maybe see myself buying more shows in the future.  I subscribe to the Network but I never watch their shows and lord knows how long it has been since I actually paid for a show.  IMO, none of the matches were bad and I really enjoyed the Joshi match and Cody/Dustin.  I thought production was pretty solid and commentary was pretty decent too.  I actually liked Marvez the least, which is surprising.  I liked JR's enthusiasm for the main and Excaliber was amazing, if not channeling Mauro's over-announcing things.  Most of the guys in the matches looked like stars, and even some of the battle royal guys were decent.  The ending was a bit overbooked but it was still pretty exciting even as I figured Moxley would show up at some point.  By the end, Jericho seemed like an afterthought after the heat was seemingly put on Moxley, then Omega, and back to Moxley.  Admittedly, I'm just nitpicking.

  6. Yea, I'd like to know those ideas too.

    I've come to accept the belt for what it is, a fun, useless title that will give some scrubs tv time.  Plus, we've gotten R-Truth calling it the Euro title.  Assemble the geeks.

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  7. I can't fathom Omega losing in his first match.  Really, Jericho shouldn't lose either but someone has to.  Losses can be ok, and Jericho can still look pretty damn strong if he loses.  I don't really think Page will be in the Battle Royal, and I pretty much expect Moxley to be 21 since it would be the biggest surprise they could pull off for Saturday.  Then, they book Omega/Moxley for All In 2 and spend the months in between giving Moxley wins and propping up Omega too, and Omega wins the belt.  Hands down, Omega should be the first champ, IMO.  Hell, Moxley could win the battle royal, come out and attack Omega after the win, and Jericho could help him and form a bit of an alliance, and then do tags or something until All In.  Jericho/Moxley v. Omega/Cody with Cody taking the fall for Moxley, etc.

  8. I loved Beefer as a kid but I can't see his career path being much different than how it ended up.  I can't picture Vince actually belting him, just a chase at Slaughter or something.  It's not like Brutus was so amazingly talented that he'd be able to draw.  Nowadays, he'd probably get one of the belts though, maybe.

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