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  1. I mean, wikipedia is wikipedia but Corbin is seemingly "a former offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a three-time Golden Gloves champion and former grappling champion." It doesn't make him a better pro wrestler in the least, but it's not like he's some shlub who can't believably hang with anyone.
  2. I'm sure this has been discussed and I just missed it somewhere, but from what I can gather to buy a UFC ppv now I'd have to pay an initial $5 for a one month ESPN+ subscription on top of the actual ppv cost, but the ppvs now cost $5 less so it breaks even?
  3. It is a regular ESPN group among some of my friends (you know a couple of them if you recall the letters WT at all...). They generally pick, you know, sensible brackets while I know nothing of college basketball so I look at a site that rates the relative strengths of every team in the country, via math convert the numbers on said site to edit point values, find edits on the steam workshop that have the appropriate number of wrestler edit points and use them in place of the actual teams in a pair of 32 team tournaments. I almost always lose, but the fun is in trying to defeat actual brackets with madness. (Sting beat Warrior in the finals this year FWIW)
  4. Yeah, I use a Fire Pro game each year to pick my March Madness bracket and having not played my PC version since the summer (i.e. before all the DLC) it is now a monumental pain in the behind figuring out which edits I can DL and use and which I cannot.
  5. Joe ain't gonna go 524 days without getting injured.
  6. I think the bigger Mania issue with Angle is not his opponent but putting him in a singles match. He's done, completely. His match vs Gable was just kinda sad to watch, everything isn't even half speed and it always seems like he might get legit hurt. He probably deserves a send-off if he is really retiring, but it should probably be in some kind of tag match where he doesn't have to do much. As is I just hope it is short and heavy on smoke and mirrors (which will likely be saved for HHH/Batista).
  7. I gotta be honest, I've seen a few of his hyped matches and I just don't get it? If I had to sum him up in a few words it'd be "dollar store NJPW ace" and they stylistically aren't my cup of tea to begin with, watching someone do something very similar but worse just strikes me as odd. I do recommend people check out more All Japan, but do so for Doering, Ishikawa, Zeus and some of the others who bring something... not completely unique, but more their own.
  8. I think his shambling no fear of dying approach works in certain matches and against certain opponents, but it definitely isn't a 100% sure thing when you check him out. That said I like that we have a 50 year old indie Undertaker/Sabu hybrid out there as he brings something that others aren't.
  9. Fenix has this spot where he gets his opponent in a knucklelock, jumps up onto the middle rope near the corner, pulls his opponent up onto the adjacent middle rope and then rannas them off. It is why I don't complain about the Canadian destroyer that much anymore.
  10. I watched Devlin/WALTER the same night I watched Ospreay/WALTER and the Devlin match was leagues better. It was actually one of my favorite indie matches from last year.
  11. I mean, Becky was walking around with a crutch and a bum leg, it's not like she got beat down at full strength. Of course I thought it was silly last week when she came out with a crutch and bum leg last week and laid out Natalya and Rousey despite Ronda ripping her crutch away and hitting her with it (which was no sold) so this is likely one of those "you will never make everyone happy" situations. Or to put it another way, if Rousey can't lay a beating on her when she's hurt and basically cheapshotted then Rousey never will.
  12. They are well known of and I admit would be borderline because of that, but I question how much of their current work is as known. Park is probably the iffiest of the bunch but as noted I assume many haven't tracked down a Ki match in several years and he's still legit pretty great.
  13. I don't think anyone mentioned L.A. Park. I'll do that. WALTER is a definite for me. I've been loving Low Ki in MLW but he's pretty well known, although I assume many haven't thought about him in a while. Some of the AJPW & affiliated folks need some love, although I'm not sure who is most deserving. Doering really surprised me last time I saw him, Ishikawa is prone to overkill but does some things I like, etc. Jun Kasai is a mad man yet I can't look away. I don't know if it would be fair to nominate current Great Sasuke just for his annual end of year madness, but... Barrington Hughes should be included simply because he is beautiful.
  14. Yeah, my main thought here is that it is way too early to make a call on Daniel Bryan in this regard. Perhaps in the future he'll be fine, perhaps he'll be very much not so, and given that these polls are focusing on the whole "positive" deal that feels like kinda a big deal.
  15. It struck me watching the end of Raw unfold that Charlotte is basically added in to ideally function as an actual heat magnet, and I can follow the logic. I think any thoughts that WWE are bothered by Becky being incredibly popular are misplaced, but her being popular in a way that damages the popularity of the people they match her up against is something they are definitely concerned with. While I think they could live with Rousey being booed at Mania I don't think they want her to be ruined as a face going forward because of this... and this is exactly where Charlotte enters. They seem to be laying this out that both Becky and Rousey feel like this is BS, which ideally lets the crowd love Becky and hopefully results in them hating Charlotte more than Rousey. Will it work? That I can't say and there are so many ways things can be screwed up but I can't argue against the logic in trying to protect Rousey in this way. She'll drop the belt at Mania and likely take the fall and the crowd will be into it and people will forget about it in several years when another Mania main event ends up as a 3 way dance that doesn't ruin the moment in the least.
  16. Whenever a champion sets a record length or defenses streak and happens to lose it immediately after I feel it is 95% safe to assume that wasn't by accident. Perhaps before the Naito/Okada Dome match there was an internal debate as to who should win, but once that was figured out I think it is rather safe to say that the length of Okada's reign was rather set in stone. Omega seems to me to have been the only one set up to end it at that point so I'd guess that Gedo had hi penciled in for a while, but that is much more of a guess.
  17. Davis seems to be really committed to signing with the Lakers, but if other teams can push that off until summer of 2020 it brings up the one possibility that no one really wants to consider: Lebron has a metric ton of mileage on his body and there is no guarantee he can go another 100+ games without a legitimate scary injury as while he appears to be an alien, if he is in fact human then something like that happening becomes more and more likely as time goes on. If he were to say suffer the same achilles tear that Kobe did and the Lakers haven't yet manage to acquire a second superstar before then it suddenly becomes a much less attractive destination. The NBA in particular moves fast, it looked very different 18 months back and will almost certainly look very different 18 months from now. Another team investing in Davis for that period is a risk, but I don't buy anything that far off being inevitable.
  18. Ambrose on Raw was either being left high and dry by Seth or put basically zero effort into hiding getting into position for stuff and just waiting there, so either that was some next level work or he was very checked out.
  19. As someone who doesn't watch NXT... Breeze did not make a really good impression on the main roster at all. He had a bit of an initial push with Dolph but he really didn't seem to be either particularly strong in the ring despite being given showcase matches, and his character bits and talking weren't really there beyond the entrance. Vince probably pulled the plug on his push too quickly, but he hadn't really been showing himself to be much more than a mid to low carder at that point. He's much better as a comedy guy and should probably stay there. Revival had some dreadful injury timing, but aside from a few highlights haven't shown themselves to be more than some solid hands. I would shift them over towards the SD side to give fresh match-ups to the teams over there, and perhaps with that focus can show themselves to be legit attractions, but they aren't really built to be the focus of a division and that is what Raw would require of them. Their ceiling seems to be the opponents to a top face team the crowd loves... so yeah let them work with New Day. The whole Raw tag division has been a disaster for the better part of a year now, but it's not like the Revival has been putting out great work during this time.
  20. I know it is early, but that apron... whatever between Sasha and Nia will be a solid contender for worst apron spot of the year.
  21. Hilariously I thought to myself that IDLES was solid enough to avoid the bottom of the list but had enough things you'd be relatively cool on to keep it from the top (plus the Daughters album is legit better), so I was going "I think it could maybe slide in around the 5 spot". I perhaps know your musical tendencies too well now. (Aside: In a bit of game theory thinking I almost just left Uniform in as it probably had a higher list ceiling, but could also have easily ended up in the bottom 3. Also I legit liked it less.) Thanks for doing this again, it's a fun little project to follow at the end of the year.
  22. I know a few people who were impressed with >observer_, so I'd say that one is worth at least giving a try.
  23. Assuming you haven't listened to it in the past two days, I'll take you up on this and switch to Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance.
  24. I feel rather comfortable at this point saying that Tamina simply doesn't have it. She's shown little if any progress over the years in any area, even in terms of things like speaking or presence. Over the past couple months she has ended up being out there while Nia has to talk for a bit and not only do they not have enough confidence in her to give her even a couple lines, she basically never reacts to anything that anyone says or does during these stretches. She just has no instincts for it. I'd say she's comfortably the worst person on the roster male or female, and I don't even know if there is a close second.
  25. Fun fact: I stumbled upon my probable actual album of the year on December 30th. Next year I'm waiting until the actual cutoff before nominating something.
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