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With the latest Secret Santo coming to a close, I am going to take a couple of months off from posting on the DVDVR boards. I'll likely keep lurking, and I reserve the right to chime in if I feel like it, and I will most likely resume posting around my birthday in early October. Might make that my birthday present to myself.

I'd planned to make it to 1000 posts before taking a break. Didn't quite get there.

Thought about not making any kind of "see ya" post, because I don't want to make a deal out of it, but I know I sometimes wonder if a regular poster is OK if they don't post for a few days and I (perhaps naively) wouldn't want anyone to worry about me if I just disappeared.

I'm more than fine. Getting my second vaccination tomorrow. My wife is very busy (she's a nurse, and often works at vaccination centres on her days off) as are my daughters (who are in prep for another ballet performance while taking care of their pets and working through their massive pile of summer break homework) but we are all happy and healthy and handling the summer heat and humidity just fine so far. I'm really looking forward to enjoying my local izakaya and hanging out with my excellent drinking buddies again. 

Anyway: It's a great time to be a fan of AEW right now, and it's pretty likely to become an *amazing* time while I'm on hiatus. 

If the current hot rumours turn out to be true then AEW are heading into crazy dream match territory. Even if Bryan doesn't show up, there's so much to look forward to with a new show and all of the recent additions. I'm so happy that there is a major pro wrestling company, with an international TV deal, owned and operated by people who love wrestling and respect their fans. It's an amazing thing. A dream come true. We are all so lucky to be able to enjoy this right now.

 

It's been fun discussing AEW and other things here. Helped me, in a very real way, to get through some crazy times over the past year. Thanks for that. 

See ya!

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Agreed, gonna miss @Gordberg sharing some solid insight on the AEW product for a couple of months. Hope all goes and stays well friend, see ya soon and enjoy this incredible time to be a wrestling fan!

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15 hours ago, Gordberg said:

I will most likely resume posting around my birthday in early October. Might make that my birthday present to myself.

You're a bad gift-giver. Splurge on an extravagant meal or something. I know you can do better than this.

See you soon. 

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Look how happy everyone is. I am, also, so happy to be able to support a company that generates this kind of energy.

I believe it is now fully apparent that there is legitimate value in running a pro wrestling company where the people working there are treated with warmth and compassion, are valued and respected as human beings, are allowed to express themselves creatively... That obviously played a major role in bringing Punk, Bryan, Cole, Soho, and others into the company.

I'm still planning to remain "on hiatus" until October, but this specific stuff is making me so extremely happy that I could not resist the urge to join in on the conversation, at least briefly. It's just wonderful to see these people so happy.

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3 hours ago, Gordberg said:

Look how happy everyone is. I am, also, so happy to be able to support a company that generates this kind of energy.

I believe it is now fully apparent that there is legitimate value in running a pro wrestling company where the people working there are treated with warmth and compassion, are valued and respected as human beings, are allowed to express themselves creatively... That obviously played a major role in bringing Punk, Bryan, Cole, Soho, and others into the company.

This is the same feel you would get watching PWG, where it was obvious that absolutely everyone involved were all in sync and having an absolute blast in every way. Obviously AEW is PWG on $teroids so its nice to see that they've managed to keep that essence alive.

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I thought I'd be back to regular "full-time" posting by now, but it turns out that I'm still pretty darned busy (with good things).

I have A LOT of thoughts about what's been going on in AEW recently (and y'all can probably guess most of them, and a lot of people here have already shared very similar thoughts on the various AEW threads).

One thing that really caught my eye, that I don't think was discussed here,  was this interview on BR with Bryan Danielson, conducted by Chris Mueller. In particular, this lengthy quote:

"One of the things that I've really worked on is trying to desire less and less," he said. "I feel like, and this is more of like a minimalist philosophy, but the less things that you want, your overall well-being is better, right? So, if I don't want a nice car, I don't desire a nice car, it doesn't bother me that I don't have a nice car, right?

"I think that that comes from growing up poor and trying to focus on being thankful for what I have, which is something that my mom was always really great with us. And that's kind of expanded into my 20s when you get more into the Eastern philosophies and all that kind of stuff. So when it comes to it, it was hard, because with WWE, they want you to be very goal-driven.

"All those the media interviews, if you don't say you want to main-event WrestleMania, then they're like, 'Oh, he doesn't have any drive, or he doesn't have any ambition,' which I don't [laughs]. But sometimes you just have to lie to please demand. My overall goal is just having fun and being satisfied with awesome people.

"There's a part from the Tao Te Ching that really spoke to me. It's something about real happiness is living right next door to another country and having no desire to go there. Because you're so happy where you're at, you know what I mean? But I am an adventurer and kind of an explorer, so I like seeing different things. And one of the reasons why I came to AEW is the curiosity.

"There's no desire for any sort of external expectations. As far as what's going to happen [in AEW], I'm going with an open mind and an attitude of trying to be the best wrestler I can be. And that's always been a focus. I think one of the cool things about wrestling is that if you really focus on it, and don't worry about the politics and anything else, you focus on just becoming a better pro wrestler."

I recently read Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania (by Daniel Bryan) and the parts written by Bryan consistently reflect this set of values (while the parts heinously over-written by Craig Tello don't seem to have any grasp of those concepts at all). I also had the distinct pleasure of sitting at the same table/being in the same room with Bryan several times in the mid-90s when he made frequent trips up to work for ECCW in Vancouver, and I had some close friends working there. Based on my observations and interactions, this is very much the real Bryan Danielson talking genuinely here. 

Of course, he's a husband and father now, with new and different responsibilities, so how has that changed him?

from the same interview:

"When I say the base, like the home base in the back of my mind like as I'm doing other things, say, as I'm gardening, it would always just kind of go back to pro wrestling. And that's been since I was a kid, it was my default thing to think about.

"And now that's not the case. It's weird how your brain can be rewired so quickly to be like, 'Oh, my default setting is not thinking about what I say, my default setting is thinking about my kids.' And I think any parent knows once you have kids, you realize how selfish you were before you had kids. I feel I'm a lot less selfish now."

There's a lot more interesting stuff in that interview, including his thoughts about WWE and AEW. It's more than worth reading in full.

You have probably already guessed why I pulled the above quote, though.

Aside from how what Bryan says relates to a lot of our AEW navel-gazing on these threads, I just think it's excellent life advice, in general: Focus on growth and self-improvement, and set aside your desires for material success... ironically, that can be a real recipe for genuine success.

And I love how it contradicts grumpy JR's oft-repeated assertion that people are only in pro wrestling for the money.  

I legit believe that Bryan would fight Minoru Suzuki for free, it it was either that or never have the match. 

One last thing. Bryan on his AEW debut:

"A lot of times before a big thing, I also try to focus on my gratitude on things. It was like an incredible sensory experience that, if I close my eyes right now, I can think about it and feel it again."

Here's a man who has found, and figured out ow to use, the keys to happiness and fulfillment. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling really happy for him.

 

 

 

 

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I was going to go somewhere a bit more symbolic or cerebral and even had a cool Bob Orton Jr. analogy, but let me go simple instead:

I would not have predicted even a few months ago that I'd be regularly watching ~2 hours of AEW footage every week. I also wouldn't have predicted going out of my way to watch a bunch of Daniel Garcia (or anyone else) indy matches as well. There are many paths to happiness and even more to contentment. Letting it all wash over you in an act of effortless and liberating surrender is a path. I have chosen opening myself up to the possibility of measured compromise. I'm pretty happy and certainly fairly content with my choice.

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1 hour ago, Matt D said:

I was going to go somewhere a bit more symbolic or cerebral and even had a cool Bob Orton Jr. analogy, but let me go simple instead:

I would not have predicted even a few months ago that I'd be regularly watching ~2 hours of AEW footage every week. I also wouldn't have predicted going out of my way to watch a bunch of Daniel Garcia (or anyone else) indy matches as well. There are many paths to happiness and even more to contentment. Letting it all wash over you in an act of effortless and liberating surrender is a path. I have chosen opening myself up to the possibility of measured compromise. I'm pretty happy and certainly fairly content with my choice.

I'm really glad you're watching considering all you have to check out.  I also really appreciate a ton how you and @Goodearbreak down matches and such as it tends to point things I missed on first viewing.  It really helps take a match that I enjoy and show the little things that make it that much better for me.

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