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  1. I wouldn't be shocked shocked if Omega left. There's something...weird about the Bucks/Omega since they returned. You had the weird "They're going to be on the PPV" throwaway announcement of their return (I actually completely missed it and I watched that episode, it wasn't until I was reading the thread on here that I realize it had been announced instead of the big event the return of three of your biggest stars should have been). They have had almost zero promo-time (Aside from Omega doing his go home routine this past week). They threw them into the weird Best of 7 feud with no real build-up or, again, promo-time. You have the little inside digs (the biting, the Go 2 Sleep, even the new theme is a weird sort-of dig). The announcers seem to be trying hard to praise the Bucks without talking too much about them. I wouldn't be entirely shocked if they quietly go away after the Best of 7, with the California show being a pseudo-send-off.
  2. Guys, can't we get BEYOND Thunderdome?! (I stole that joke from MST3K)
  3. Makes sense as MJF is kind of a mash-up of Shane Douglas/Impact Player shootier stuff with some of Mick Foley's praising Eric Bischoff promos mixed in.
  4. Have Toxic Attraction ever hit their tag finisher cleany? Feels like Jayne always hits her part clean and Dolin is usually just kicking the air somewhere in the vicinity of their opponent. That aside, that main even was really great. Mandy's knee to the face on the outside was a deadlier-looking spot than anything in the much more-hyped 6 man tag of the week. JD-Creed was nuts until the lackluster ending. That one bump McDonagh took through the ropes was gnarly. I liked the Apollo Crews-Bron diner showdown/tribute to DeNiro-Pesce in 'Heat'. I actually really dug the HOFers talking about the NXT competitors. I'm an NHL draft enthusiast, and this reminded me of those types of shows with vets talking about the prospects. I'm torn between NXT's division of woman being maybe the deepest roster of possible stars that they've had in years (Lyons, Cora, Roxanne, Stark, Stratton (if she ever comes back...) and a lot of their presentation being akin to low-budget porn parodies (Er...not that I've seen any of those) in that someone like Kiana James wrestles perfectly well but has that terrible board-room boss presentation that is fooling no one and with the tiny skirt and glasses she almost definitely doesn't need just feels like someone's weird fetish booked into existence.
  5. I was ranting a while back about how stupid the Chase U gimmick was but inexplicably they have made it work and I've come to embrace it. I think Thea Hail's delightfully unhinged act is underrated as well.
  6. I actually think Kevin Patrick might be their best PBP guy since Tom Phillips. Somehow he calls everything all night long absolutely breathlessly. First match of the night and he is gasping and shouting and super into absolutely everything. But it doesn't feel forced at all, rather he just sounds like he is super into it. He might not know the names of all the moves (He might, as well, I haven't listened to him a lot, granted) but for WWE style is basically perfect.
  7. Just to be a contrarian, I went Duke/Chase-Pretty Deadly but actually it was the most fun I had all week watching wrestling, Chase U is way OVER with the crowd, Pretty Deadly cheats and double-teams, then keep manipulating Duke who is either REALLY trying to win over Chase U or playing dumb REALLY well before turning on Chase U.
  8. One thing I noticed during this week's WWE is that in the hype for next year's WM, they're hyping Raw up again as part of the package with WM and HOFand called it something like "The most anticipated Raw of the year" which is something WWE had inexplicably moved away from in recent years. I know there was some annoyance with the smarkiest audience trying to take over the show, but it was such a huge noisy crowd that made debuts so much more important (I still remember the absolutely molten reaction to Enzo and Cass' debut) and everything seemed like such a major event that it was so weird that the buried it and stopped trying to make it matter. I think that was the weirdest thing about the most recent years of Vince-led WWE was that he made every show seem the same, there were no big surprises or major heel turns, everything just kind of coasted along. i think Triple H is at least trying to shake things up a bit with some surprise returns (Braaaaaaun, Lesnar) and surprise debuts (Gargano, his wife etc.).
  9. I liked in the Scrypts match when Vic Joseph went "Then NXT Universe aren't quite sure what to make of Scrypts..." and I thought "He has the worst mask I've ever seen, keeps miming that he's writing with a pen, sprang into the ring on a trampoline and you just described him as a "Poet", I don't blame them!" Glad Dijak is getting another chance. Ever since he was in ROH, he's looked like such a prototypical WWE Guy (big, good build, athletic) that which made it all the more perplexing that Vince flubbed him so bad on the main roster. The Bron Brekker promo where he basically said he was tired of wrestling and wishes he could just fish all the time was certainly an interesting way of building up your world champ... The Chase U stuff will never likely translate to the main roster, but it's sooo good with the home crowd who are way into it. I was waiting for Duke to turn on them and be all evil, but now I'm kind of enjoying the new goofy Duke and hope he actually stays with them. The promo where he was out of breath because he "ran all the way here" was a hilariously strange idea when you're pushing him as a major athlete. Regal Jr (Which is really what they should just call him...it's ok acknowledge it!) 's promo was really good. He'd be a really fun opponent for Wes Lee's goofiness.
  10. I think it's great as the crowd reacts EVERY time. Like if he did the Cero Miedo thing 5-6 times and the crowd popped once, then tailed off, it woud be one thing, but theyre into it, every time. I will say it was a little jarring to see this Penta doing the taunts when he first got to Impact! after he'd been evil Penta in Lucha Underground but I got used to it and might like him as constantly-taunting dark Mysterio even better than arm-breaking evil Penta.
  11. I'm not a fan of Rick Ross (not anti-Rick Ross either...he's just not really within my popular culture purview) but he was AMAZING in that segment, especially when he just pointed at Lee and shouted "ACCUSATIONS!" I absolutely would love him to be a recurring AEW character. Also, The Acclaimed tease being adopted by Daddy Ass and the Ass Boys come out and DON'T sign the papers themsleves?! I mean the obvious route was them to beat up the Acclaimed and their Dad, then having one of Austin or Colton to sign the adoption papers, and then claim the Acclaimed as their children and shouting "WHO'S YOUR DADDY NOW?" to the Acclaimed. They could then sarcastically call Billy "Grampa Ass". I mean, it makes more sense than Mark Sterling somehow buying the "Scissoring" catch-phrase storyline from a month of so back.
  12. JD-Ilya was great stuff. Dragunov is so super corny and over-the-top and fighting spirit-y and would have absolutely been laughed out of the arena a number of years ago, but he's so perfect in this exact era of WWE. I could see Triple H bringing him up to face Gunther on the big show. JD McDonagh is amazing. I love both those guys.
  13. EXCEPT, for a brief period Stampede Wrestling promoted shows in British Columbia with Brian Adams' (the singer, not Crush) manager and he arranged to have some of the BC Lions as seconds for the faces, IIRC (or maybe special enforcers). Also Stu Hart played for the Edmonton Eskimos. The Edmonton Eskimos/Elks could be the team of the Bloodline, since Roman Reigns played for them. Lex Luger played for the Montreal Alouettes, The Rock and Brian Pillman for the Calgary Stampeders https://3downnation.com/2018/04/08/looking-history-cfl-wrestling-crossover/
  14. I'll be honest I don't really understand what Cora Jade's new character/gimmick is (Sort of a punk/metal entrance attire, metal-ish theme and a stickball (?) bat) but she seems like so much more of a star now than her previous skateboarding wannabe gimmick.
  15. My favourite wrestling shirt moment I've been a part of was my brother wearing a DDP shirt he found at Value Village and an old woman coming up to him and going "Excuse me, young man, what is Dop?" He still brings that up and hasn't watched wrestling in probably over 20 years.
  16. Plus they had just brought in EZ Money (Jason Jett) and Kid Kash after their crazy ECW spotfests. I think they needed one or two more Chavo-level vets to guide the young guys along (Malenko, off doing comedy skits in WWE, would have been perfect go ground/lead the high-flyers).
  17. I don't know why they don't put her back with the Bunny and reform a creepy/hot goth girl tag team. I think it brought out the best in both of them. Give them just enough wins to keep them competitive, then have them try to team up to steal Toni's title, even Jade's.
  18. I don't want to pile on...but I will. That whole women's segment reeked of a Vince McMahon-booked women's segment. From the dreadful, rambly Paige promo (I don't remember how to spell her new/real name) to the stupid all the face/heels are suddenly friends. Like, there was no reason for Penelope Ford to be there, she's not a part of Britt's entourage, so for her to randomly come out with Britt to conveniently be one of the lumberjacks is one of my pet peeves of WWE (Especially the Vince booked stuff) where people with no association, suddenly are friends to counter the faces. Then during the match you had Willow chase Hayter off and Hayter run like the "proverbial scalded dog" (TM JR) which shows that not only are they not really listening to the fans opinion of Hayter, but a complete lack of understanding of her character. When has Hayter been a weak heel that runs away from a fight?! Also, Paige on commentary but cheering when Toni won the match like they were best buddies was awful. I hated this more than anything AEW has done in a looooong time.
  19. Bray Wyatt repping Brand Supremacy is very silly-looking
  20. I saw almost nothing this week (None of the Raw matches, none of the Impact! matches, none of the Rampage matches, 1 of the Smackdown matches) but I did watch NXT and Dynamite in full, so by my woefully uninformed opinion, Tyler Bate vs JD Mc...Don...Donald...Donough...is the match of the week. Bate is such a weirdo presentation-wise with the weird theme music, chants of "Big Strong Boy" and just a goofiness that doesn't feel like a natural in a WWE/NXT setting (He'd probably fit in much more organically in AEW) but he's a solid wrestler who gets over every time. JD McDonagh feels like a star, to me. He's almost playing a supervllain character: Good-looking rich guy with a strange sado-masochistic streak running through him. He could be big, real-big, with the right booking. Oh yeah, and the match was real fun and had an airplane spin!
  21. "Who killed the world" is a Mad Max Fury Road quote, so I will only accept Nathan Jones (appeared in MM:FR) or Sid Vicious (Lord Humongous was his original gimmick which was lifted from Mad Max 2) as choices now and be super disappointed if it's anyone else.
  22. It's nuts that they keep kinda burying and undercutting Gable and he just bounces back more over than before. Like, it wasn't until I wiki'd him the other day that I forgot he got thrown together with Bobby Roode and STILL somehow rode the pairing to a tag title...
  23. I only saw half of Raw, a third of NXT, all of AEW (While sleepy), 1 match of Smackdown and the middle third of Impact! but Speedball-Dorada was my favourite that I saw. That spot where Bailey leaps over a sliding Dorada, lands on the ropes and Asai Moonsaults directly onto Dorada was something I'd never seen before.
  24. There's also the first 20 seconds or so of silence punctuated by a repeated "Is this thing on?" that really lends it gravitas.
  25. No matter how many times I look at it I can't make my brain view it as Country-Ass Boy only Country Ass-Boy making me think Gordy is somehow another one of Billy Gunn's relatives.
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