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10 hours ago, StuntmanCrowley said:

I forgot possibly the most important one.

 

Danhausen.

In the build-up, Danhausen curses Danielson causing them to swap bodies. So we have Bryan Danhausen (Danhausen with no makeup in semi-serious shooter mode) and Danielhausen (Daniel Bryan in facepaint doing curses and appearing under the ring).

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9 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

I've seen a bunch of him in PWG and a few matches in GCW.  Nobody's reigned it in so far.  He's a really solid worker, but it's all "hand in fist and bow" poses before every single signature move, and really convoluted shit like his goofy-ass jumping kick combo.  He has 5 - 10 signature spots that he hits in every single match and it really stands out because everything he does is so unique to him, so every match ends up feeling the same.  He won PWG BOLA 2023, which was torture because I had to watch him wrestle similar matches FOUR TIMES on one night (he missed night one so he worked his qualifier on night two).

If anyone could make him cut his signature bullshit by 50 - 75% and teach him to do some different stuff, it would be Danielson.

I’ve seen a few of his matches and this pretty much sums up why I can’t get into him.

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TK clearly reads this board, a Danielson dream match was announced for Dynamite next week at tonight’s Collision/Rampage/ROH tapings.

Spoiler

SATNAM SINGH

 

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10 hours ago, Sex Machine Gun said:

Well if they hadn't killed an area in a while, why not Texas.

What's worse is it's in Arlington. AGAIN, they're ignoring Houston. I'm really sensing something foul is afoot. Did we offend Double J some years ago and he's finally getting his revenge?

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9 minutes ago, The Green Meanie said:

What's worse is it's in Arlington. AGAIN, they're ignoring Houston. I'm really sensing something foul is afoot. Did we offend Double J some years ago and he's finally getting his revenge?

I haven't set foot in Houston since 2010 and haven't lived there since 08; what would be the best AEW-sized venue there now? I haven't gotten to go to any of the Austin-area shows because I live on the south side and can't drive, and none of my frienda can commit to take me to the northern suburbs for a show that will end after bus service (from Cedar Park to my area) does, but I suddenly realize that I legit have no idea what the right venue there would be.

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WWE has the Toyota Center wrapped up. The only time AEW has come they went to the Fertitta Center, which was totally acceptable. They've had shows in the "Houston area" but they've all been like three hours away. It's completely disingenuous to call Rosenberg the "Houston area".

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1 hour ago, The Green Meanie said:

What's worse is it's in Arlington. AGAIN, they're ignoring Houston. I'm really sensing something foul is afoot. Did we offend Double J some years ago and he's finally getting his revenge?

It kind of seems like AEW is getting paid for this. Or Arlington is giving them a great deal on renting the building for 5 weeks in a row.

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“This is a partnership, and this is a deal where we felt like there was some great opportunity to showcase not only that building, but showcase Arlington,” Arlington Sports Commission executive director Matt Wilson told The News.

“We came together on an agreement that is beneficial for them from a financial standpoint, but also beneficial for us in that we feel like we’re getting a lot of run on the Arlington name and that’s something that’s very important to us, our brand and our identity as a city — we’re continuing to emerge as a destination city.”

 

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3 hours ago, Casey said:

It kind of seems like AEW is getting paid for this. Or Arlington is giving them a great deal on renting the building for 5 weeks in a row.

AEW is failing so bad that they have to have a municipality pay them to run shows, because they cannot sell tickets.

 

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9 hours ago, SovietShooter said:

AEW is failing so bad that they have to have a municipality pay them to run shows, because they cannot sell tickets.

Its certainly an interesting experiment; framing it in this sort of tourist-y, residence-type way feels a lot more like a tiny-Mania-week vibe than a "Fuck it, Cedar Park again!" kill-the-town vibe.

Should this be successful, it's going to be really interesting to see if they can replicate elsewhere moving forward.

In fact, if this works, Id probably make that a large part of my pitch to other cities: we made $X for the local economy, we had X people in the building over X nights, we had folks traveling in from X Y and Z, they bought $X in merch and $X in refreshments, etc.

We were talking AEW drawing woes here some months back, and two of the ideas I had were to try running more sold shows at casinos and places like that, or to try making TV more of a "summer party" atmosphere by touring amphitheaters using the Daily's setup - not sure how this thing is gonna pan out, but on paper, this might be the best of both.

 

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Zakk, mentioning Mania week makes me think it would be fantastic if they had a few good guest wrestlers come in for some wacky matches we wouldn't otherwise get on regular TV. Keep the local crowd interested by having most of the roster appear on separate shows, toss in some ROH matches to promote their big event, etc. Keep us, but especially the locals, excited. 

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20 minutes ago, Casey said:

Athena injured her leg last night during the ROH tapings apparently 😭

Man, the injury bug is going round. Get well soon, Athena.

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4 hours ago, Coletti said:

Zakk, mentioning Mania week makes me think it would be fantastic if they had a few good guest wrestlers come in for some wacky matches we wouldn't otherwise get on regular TV. Keep the local crowd interested by having most of the roster appear on separate shows, toss in some ROH matches to promote their big event, etc. Keep us, but especially the locals, excited. 

Great call. I thought it was hella smart what they did on one of the last loops through Texas where they made sure to book their locals like Bryan Keith, Lance Archer etc. and tons of lucha dudes, too. The idea to keep each show with a rotation of different people (other than maybe a handful of top stars) is a good one too.

Sorta off topic, and a bit of a harsh (but very real) criticism: they'll often book guys in hometown matches like that - the above TX stuff, Hager in Oklahoma, AR Fox and Mercedes Martinez every time I go up to Connecticut, Kingston in NYC, etc. - how about advertising some of this shit??

14 minutes ago, TheVileOne said:

AEW literally advertised him for Wembley Stadium. So what is going on here?

The hope would be that they are working toward a short extension, or a new deal with limited dates or something - maybe even something more formal as it relates to working on the office side; the reality is that Mox was working without a contract as World Champion.

Totally baseless speculation, but I could also imagine a situation where after pretty recently opening the purse strings for Okada, Mone, Ospreay and others, they might wanna get TV squared away first.

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34 minutes ago, TheVileOne said:

AEW literally advertised him for Wembley Stadium. So what is going on here?

Short extension/handshake contract, you have my word. Read Bryan Danielson wanted to go out at AEW WrestleDream 2024 which is in Tacoma, Washington.

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On 5/17/2024 at 1:46 AM, The Green Meanie said:

What's worse is it's in Arlington. AGAIN, they're ignoring Houston. I'm really sensing something foul is afoot. Did we offend Double J some years ago and he's finally getting his revenge?

 

On 5/17/2024 at 2:00 AM, Cliff Hanger said:

I haven't set foot in Houston since 2010 and haven't lived there since 08; what would be the best AEW-sized venue there now? I haven't gotten to go to any of the Austin-area shows because I live on the south side and can't drive, and none of my frienda can commit to take me to the northern suburbs for a show that will end after bus service (from Cedar Park to my area) does, but I suddenly realize that I legit have no idea what the right venue there would be.

 

23 hours ago, The Green Meanie said:

WWE has the Toyota Center wrapped up. The only time AEW has come they went to the Fertitta Center, which was totally acceptable. They've had shows in the "Houston area" but they've all been like three hours away. It's completely disingenuous to call Rosenberg the "Houston area".

Apropos of none of this, I just saw on YouTube about the storms over there today, I hope you guys all are good

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AEW Double or Nothing 2019 was the first AEW show and five years later AEW Double or Nothing 2024 next weekend will celebrate that in the same building. To mark this milestone, here's my top twenty AEW matches ever:

20. Adam Page vs. Jon Moxley. AEW Revolution, 5th March 2023. 

19. Mr. Brodie Lee vs. Cody. AEW Dynamite, 7th October 2020.

18. Dax Harwood/Cash Wheeler vs. Matt Jackson/Nick Jackson. AEW Dynamite, 6th April 2022.

17. Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki. AEW The Buy In: Rampage, 15th October 2021.

16. Kenny Omega/Adam Page vs. Matt Jackson/Nick Jackson. AEW Revolution, 29th February 2020.

15. Cody vs. Dustin Rhodes. AEW Double or Nothing, 25th May 2019.

14. Chris Jericho/Daniel Garcia/Jake Hager/Angelo Parker/Matt Menard vs. Bryan Danielson/Eddie Kingston/Jon Moxley/Santana/Ortiz. AEW Double or Nothing, 29th May 2022.

13. CM Punk vs. MJF. AEW Revolution, 6th March 2022.

12. MJF vs. CM Punk. AEW Dynamite, 2nd February 2022.

11. Thunder Rosa vs. Dr. Britt Baker. AEW St. Patrick's Day Slam Dynamite, 17th March 2021.

10. Sting/Darby Allin vs. Matthew Jackson/Nicholas Jackson. AEW Revolution, 3rd March 2024.

9. Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson. AEW Dynamite, 6th January 2022.

8. Dax Harwood/Cash Wheeler vs. Jay White/Juice Robinson. AEW Collison, 15th July 2023.

7. Bryan Danielson vs. Ricky Starks. AEW All Out, 3rd September 2023.

6. Adam Page/John Silver/Alex Reynolds vs. MJF/Santana/Ortiz. AEW Dynamite, 30th December 2020.

5. MJF vs. Bryan Danielson. AEW Revolution, 5th March 2023.

4. Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson. AEW Winter is Coming Dynamite, 15th December 2021.

3. Will Ospreay vs. Bryan Danielson. AEW Dynasty, 21st April 2024.

2. Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson. AEW Grand Slam Dynamite, 22nd September 2021.

1. Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr. AEW WrestleDream, 1st October 2023.

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4 hours ago, SovietShooter said:

It's a work. 

I do agree with your post from the other day saying that the constant mention of this being the last year, and the recent Claudio stuff is building to something/possibly a Nigel match, so fully with you in that sense - but with regard to the off screen contract stuff, I'll just say this: word for word, your post was my post when we all found out Cody hadn't signed a new deal yet so... while I have no real counter-argument or evidence to the contrary, I'm just a bit gunshy to declare it fully a work yet for that reason.

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According to Danielson, he asked for two things before leaving WWE: getting to wrestle in New Japan and getting to bleed. Hunter said no to the latter, while TK has given him both PLUS he's gotten to wrestle Blue Panther. I would sincerely hope that while he may eventually go back to the 'E, hopefully he feels like there's still lots of unfinished business outside of that company. 

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@Zakk_Sabbath Danielson made his AEW debut in September 2021, so if he was on a three-year deal, maybe it does legitimately end in August 2024.

But, out of habit, I assume anything being said on TV or in interviews is folks working. If no one had said anything at all about this and Meltzer or someone reported his contract was ending before All In & Out, then maybe so.  I'm just not seeing a huge difference between the MJF & Danielson "contract situations" as far as how they are being presented in AEW canon.

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19 minutes ago, SovietShooter said:

But, out of habit, I assume anything being said on TV or in interviews is folks working.

Oh yeah dude, no argument from me at all, and I would defer to you on that for obvious reasons even if I disagreed; I just found the similarity to my Cody post so striking, I would be remiss not to explain my position a little bit (though I gotta respect both you and @TheVileOnefor the brevity lol)

 

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