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Who knows if he still feels this way, but back in 2014 TK tweeted that the Wyatt family were a fine mid-card act with weird esoteric imagery, and overall an “anti-rub.” Doesn’t sound like someone who would have liked the Fiend gimmick more. 

While we’re dreaming about video game rosters, I’m gonna hope for individual licenses for retired puro legends like Hansen, Kobashi, Kawada, Maeda, Tenryu, et al. My guaranteed purchase probably wouldn’t make up the cost, but it’s a start.

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6 minutes ago, Beech27 said:

Who knows if he still feels this way, but back in 2014 TK tweeted that the Wyatt family were a fine mid-card act with weird esoteric imagery, and overall an “anti-rub.” Doesn’t sound like someone who would have liked the Fiend gimmick more. 

While we’re dreaming about video game rosters, I’m gonna hope for individual licenses for retired puro legends like Hansen, Kobashi, Kawada, Maeda, Tenryu, et al. My guaranteed purchase probably wouldn’t make up the cost, but it’s a start.

Kenny Omega vs. Stan Hansen is the odd couple feud i didn't know i wanted until just now.  

I wonder if Stan can pull off a SSP.

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1 hour ago, Beech27 said:

Who knows if he still feels this way, but back in 2014 TK tweeted that the Wyatt family were a fine mid-card act with weird esoteric imagery, and overall an “anti-rub.” Doesn’t sound like someone who would have liked the Fiend gimmick more. 

While we’re dreaming about video game rosters, I’m gonna hope for individual licenses for retired puro legends like Hansen, Kobashi, Kawada, Maeda, Tenryu, et al. My guaranteed purchase probably wouldn’t make up the cost, but it’s a start.

I'd buy ten copies should he get some joshi legends.

Tony Khan, the unifier, would be neat should he be able to get actual promotions beyond free agents signed up for the game. They already have the likes of Jake Roberts, Tully, Arn, Taz, and Sting for signed legends that could appear as their younger selves. 

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EDDIE KINGSTON LURKS THE BOARD CONFIRMED~!

On Elevation, he said Griff Garrison was like a young Barry Windham. Which I've been saying on here for ages. 

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3 hours ago, Jiji said:

I'd buy ten copies should he get some joshi legends.

Tony Khan, the unifier, would be neat should he be able to get actual promotions beyond free agents signed up for the game. They already have the likes of Jake Roberts, Tully, Arn, Taz, and Sting for signed legends that could appear as their younger selves. 

I'm hoping they throw in some past versions of current guys.  Like a Golden Lovers era Omega or a Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels

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8 hours ago, Beech27 said:

Who knows if he still feels this way, but back in 2014 TK tweeted that the Wyatt family were a fine mid-card act with weird esoteric imagery, and overall an “anti-rub.” Doesn’t sound like someone who would have liked the Fiend gimmick more. 

While we’re dreaming about video game rosters, I’m gonna hope for individual licenses for retired puro legends like Hansen, Kobashi, Kawada, Maeda, Tenryu, et al. My guaranteed purchase probably wouldn’t make up the cost, but it’s a start.

TK hired Miro and Brodie, who were treated and seen as mid card guys in WWE, and worked with the both of them to the extent where they are/were doing career best work in AEW. I’ve no idea if he’d hire “Bray”, but I’ve no doubt the two of them would come up with some awesome shit together.

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3 hours ago, zendragon said:

So is Kip Sabian dead?

He's doing a really weird gimmick now. Started at the All Out fanfest where he did unannounced autograph signings. While looking like this.

 

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1 hour ago, Casey said:

He's doing a really weird gimmick now. Started at the All Out fanfest where he did unannounced autograph signings. While looking like this.

 

So he's the long lost son of The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show?

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19 minutes ago, Casey said:

I’ll ask my grandparents what the Gong Show is the next time I see them. 🥴

I saw it for a bit when it was on Game Show network years ago.  From what I gathered it's basically a wacky 70s show where the host was seemingly doing all kinds of stuff and we were seeing that play out on TV.  And to illustrate what I mean here's a clip:

 

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This was the first live wrestling I've watched in a really long time and the first full non-NJPW show I've watched in 3 years and it was really so close to a perfect show. I'm really happy I made the choice to watch it and to do so live. AEW really made me a true fan of their product even before the end with Danielson's debut. The feel of the show was both fresh and familiar and it really felt like a return to big time US Pro-Wrestling (which AEW has probably been doing for a while but they knocked this out of the park when they knew there was going to be eyes on them). 

I loved Miro-Kingston was a little unsure about the finish because it almost put the heat on the ref instead of Miro but I think they avoided that. It was such a nice hard-nosed slugfest. I hope that Eddie gets a rematch in NYC and wins the belt, I would love to see him get a big TV moment in his career. 

Mox/Kojima was solid and I liked it, they worked well for their spot on the card too. Loved the surprise at the end with Suzuki showing up and the crowd singing along. I loved that a big US promotion PPV had the fans singing Kaze Ni Nare. AEW acknowledging and working with other promotions is really such a breath of fresh air and making other promotions being kayfabe on a similar level to them is really smart and works well in todays entertainment environment. They understand that most things are niche now, fans have a wide knowledge of the things they follow and dig deep and AEW leans into and that is smart.

Women's Title match may have been my match of the night, it wasn't perfect but they worked smart and at a good pace. Thought Statlander came out looking strong in defeat which can be tricky as a face when dealing with losing by submission to a character like Baker who is so over as a heel/tweener that the crowd loves her. The moment of emotion by Cassidy worked to strengthen the bond between Kris and Orange to the fans also.

The cage match was a spectacle and was really fun but I thought it was a little too over the top with stuff. I can see why people loved it and see it as a MOTYC but it drifted a bit into usual Bucks overkill for me but nicely they went with violence rather than flippy overkill. I enjoyed it and it's one of my favorite Bucks matches now and I loved the whole presentation of the Lucha Brothers and really liked the celebration at the end. Penta and Fenix where made true stars that night and my hats off to them and the Bucks for putting on the match that most new viewers will have engrained in their minds.

Casino battle royals are kind of a clunky format but that format did lend itself to allow for a quicker way to get a lot of people on the card and a chance to show a bit to the crowd. It was really hurt by the fact that only Rosa and Soho felt like possible winners and the emotion on Soho's face when winning was so genuine and real that it was another moment that was great.

MJF/Jericho as good, I've been rather down on Jericho for a few years and am not a huge MJF fan either but they did pretty good, some rough spots in there but they worked a good match that was a bit booked into a corner about what to do. In most cases I think you'd want MJF the young heel to go over the aging legend and end the fued on top(I know he had already tapped Jericho out and was a victim of his own hubris to take this match) to help boost him up but with the retirement stip Jericho had to win. I think they did a good job of making it so that MJF was his own undoing with the back damage he took from the powerbomb on the apron (which he put himself into position for) and his powerbomb off the top that he sold really well.

CM Punk/Darby was the reason I was there and they did a really good match. I think Punk chose to work smart and a bit slow and didn't want to try to steal the show since he was coming back maybe a bit rusty, and that he seems to want to be in the role of helping boost the young stars up even when he's not on screen. I was surprised he didn't bust out the double arm back breaker just so the crowd could yell Welcome to Chicago Mother Fucker. 

Paul Wight looks a bit in bad shape mobility wise and with the amount of surgeries he's had he maybe should stay out of the ring, but as a cool down moment with some goofy heels it was a fine segment.

Omega/Christian was great but it suffered from being at the end of an emotional show and not really having any suspense because Christian doesn't feel like the guy to un-thrown Omega as the AEW guy. The fake out with Cole was good and Danielson's debut was electric. I probably won't be watching their shows week-in and week-out but I'll very likely be watching Full Gear in November. 

*Just realized I posted this in the wrong thread. oops. 

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8 minutes ago, hammerva said:

Wait until he tells you about the popsicle twins 😳

I am so glad I put this on my home computer and not the work one.  It's technically safe for work but in reality it's so, so very much not safe at the same time.

Reading YT comments Barris said in his book they were both 15 and 17.  And the way he describes them is pretty gross.  So figured to mention this to give y'all a heads up.

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51 minutes ago, Casey said:

I’ll ask my grandparents what the Gong Show is the next time I see them. 🥴

Maybe even your great grandparents if they're still around.  You're barely out of training waders.

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Meltzer mentioned on WOR this morning that Full Gear would also likely take place somewhere in the Midwest. If I were to guess, they'll run either the Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indy, which when seating for wrestling will be around and slightly less than the United Center, or they'll go back to that cool arena in Champaign, IL. I'm hoping for the former just because it's an easier drive for me and parking is pretty good at the Fieldhouse.

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