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  1. No, that’s German for ‘the X-Pac’
    18 points
  2. Yep. The same people contacted me about putting SHIMMER footage on PPV, and I declined, due to previous PPV offerings of women's wrestling shows including titles like "Nude Sex War," "Ring Sex," "Nude Locker Room Mayhem," and "In Ring Sex Play." It's Steve Karel/Stonecutter Media/the former "ECW general manager"/Urban Wrestling Federation guy. I'd like to get some extra money from my footage as much as the next guy, but this was a hard no. To be fair, I told them outright the reason I'm saying no is because of these things, and they offered to not do it with my footage, but I still declined. I don't exactly trust it.
    6 points
  3. Related to that idea - I absolutely adore the kid who loses his shit when Ron Simmons wins the title I remember when I cared about things...
    6 points
  4. One of the best yet on one of the best accounts ever
    5 points
  5. D-Lo or Ron told a story once where when they were in the NoD at a show in Baltimore - D-Lo was distracted in the ring and Farooq asks him what's wrong. D-Lo then says that he was "sitting over there" and points to a seat when Ron Simmons won the World Championship. I love that story.
    5 points
  6. I was gonna guess Corey Graves on the right.
    5 points
  7. Folks, I want you to know I’ve just watched a Big Bully Busick squash from 1991 wherein he performs a Skull Crushing Finale and Rainmaker in the space of 3 minutes. A true innovator EDIT: Proof
    4 points
  8. Michaels Vs. Hunter - Such beautiful art that should be hung in the finest galleries throughout the world, and admired for generations.
    4 points
  9. Everyone is forgetting Shawn Michaels vs. old age (and good taste). WWE ran that match every time HBK came out and danced to his "Sexy Boy" music in the 21st century.
    4 points
  10. Jimmy Snuka vs Metal Maniac
    3 points
  11. When I went to Mark's island, Eunice hit on me and Curt offered for me to take a shit in his toilet It is a wild place
    3 points
  12. I've been a D'Lo fan for decades. He always came off to me as someone being themselves. I was at the RAW where CM Punk cashed in Money in the Bank on Edge. The last time I went to a WWE show I had a "Push D'Lo" sign like the nerd that I am, and I joked about that. Then the dark match started. And his music played. And I lost my shit. The crowd gave him a great reaction too.
    3 points
  13. "He likes to beat people up....he likes to dunk the ball....you know we're talking 'bout BARRY WINDHAM!"
    3 points
  14. Rusher Kimura vs Gypsy Joe (CAGEMATCH) What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object, who happens to be a Gypsy? They smash each other. They smash each other good. Now put them in a cage. They still smash each other, but in a cage. I don’t know much about either competitors. Gypsy Joe is the guy that New Jack beat up. That’s not a good first note, so I’m glad I’m finally seeing something else of his. I have never heard of Rusher Kimura until @Curt McGirt started posting about him being a badass. I’m not sure if this match is a one-off or a series, but I’m all for checking this out. The match starts with clubbings. Both men are tough stuff. Rusher is the strong aggressor with body slams and reversal tosses. With each strike you can tell the pain Joe is feeling. But with each hit and slam, Gypsy gets up. Flashy RVD-style flower singlet and pink boots be damned, he’s getting up. After a sold wallop or two, Gypsy Joe slaps back. Loudly. I’m wincing. Rusher slaps Gypsy’s chest. Gypsy slaps Rusher. Gypsy. Rusher. Gypsy turns his slap to a choke. This gets Kimura to his knees. Not for long, toss! Brutalizing each other. Loud slaps and stuff strikes. Rusher might be tougher but by golly, Joe will bite. Just chomping away at Kimura. Gypsy pulls something out of his tights and the crowd is murmuring, the ref of course doesn’t know. It’s a knife-type-thing. Forehead stab. Cut cut. Forehead forehead. Rusher is bleeding. Head punch head punch. Choke choke. Gonna get between the ropes and the cage? Gypsy gonna smash you. I was gonna plan on rambling on about them both just smashing each other to death. But then Gypsy Joe took off the turnbuckle. Haha, what? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen in a kayfabe non-accident way. And that smart ring-awareness moment is taken away from the worst top of cage miss I’ve ever seen. The crowd loved it though. So hey, it worked! Everyone loves Rusher. Kimura beats up Joe until he can’t get up. Enjoy your trophy. Honestly, first try I wasn’t into the match and stop in the first 5ish minutes. Just wasn’t in the mood. Waiting until I was in the mood for two dudes smashing, worked just right. I think I’ll check out a few more Rusher Kimura matches. I enjoyed the character. ——— Jumbo Tsuruta, Arika Taue, & Masanobu Fuchi vs Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Kenta Kobashi (10/19/90) Here they come. Handsome Kobashi, Good Guy Kawada, and Ace-man Misawa. For a moment the three of them are in the ring, ready for battle, and I can’t help but feel it is a beautiful moment in time. Correct me if my facts and memories are off. I hope to one day watch everything chronologically, but seeing these footprints along the King’s Road in random order and piecing together the walk they took has been a special trip for me. This is after Misawa finally toppled Jumbo Tsuruta in singles competition, Kawada was battling his future partner Taue, and Kobashi was still a few years from toppling Hansen and turning the corner from underdog to warrior. It can be hard not to see Past and Future when looking in that ring. The present, however, happened to be the battle for dominance of All Japan. The young attractive Super Generation Army vs the grizzled Tsuruta-Gun. Sometimes when I write these reviews I have a tendency to pause to write things down. For this match I’m more inclined to stay in my bed with my phone and just let it all happen. Hopefully speaking from my heart can produce something readable. *watches match* The first thing that I want to write about is how stellar the selling was. From the beginning, watching Jumbo take Misawa’s elbows and bending his body backwards as he’s stumbling to the corner was just beautiful. Misawa’s pained face as Tsuruta returns the favor. Kobashi just being beaten throughout the match. There’s a segment where he is getting stomped out and I just can’t look away from how his body reacts. Taue’s lanky legs sprawl out as he’s getting kicked. Something about Taue’s body just works for me. Kawada’s sells the whole match by grabbing his back throughout. Speaking of Kawada, this is a classic badass performance. Every chance he gets he’s kicking and striking. Just bringing it. I assumed he was going to be taken out when Taue body slammed him in the floor, but he just used that as motivation to do the same. Even when he’s not the legal man, just kicking Taue numerous times in the head and slamming him to the floor. Kawada and Jumbo had my favorite segment in the match. Running back and forth and just clobbering each other. It was right after Taue had Kawada down and tags in Jumbo. The moment Tsuruta is in, its Elbow City and Kawada is swinging. Jumbo strikes back and throws him against the ropes for a lariat. Kawada ducks and hits Jumbo with a rebound spinning kick. As Jumbo stumbles back to the turnbuckle, Kawada tags in Misawa and the crowd erupts. Bouncing off Misawa’s elbows, Misawa bodyslams and follows it with a flying elbow. So well executed. I can tell Fuchi hates faces. Not just being a bad guy, he literally hates faces. A good deal of his offense was precise and face striking driven. Especially Kenta Kobashi’s face. Masanobu punches Kenta’s face, kicks it, uses the edge of a chair on it, stomps on it, all until Kobashi’s nose bleeds. Kenta Kobashi is something else. So much fire inside of him. At this point he is such a perfect underdog. He can give so much but his key is taking punishment. The ending works well with Jumbo power bombing him and slamming him around the ring. That backdrop driver to end it. Jumbo gets his revenge on Misawa by beating up poor Kenta. I feel like recommending this match to a few of my friends. Thanks @supremebve! I was planning on watching more but I don’t think it’ll be fair to whatever I watch next. So I’ll aim to do that and a few others previously posted soon.
    3 points
  15. Economic realities aside, I'm suspect of anyone who won't admit how cool would it be to have Tony Schiavone call a Rey vs Jericho match on TNT in 2020. That's like WCW Christmas
    3 points
  16. He kept hurting Ige, who to his credit gutted it out. I'm not sure how you can give that fight to Dan Ige at all. And I love Dan Ige.
    2 points
  17. Another decision I don't agree with. I don't see how you give Ige either of the first two rounds. Even though the rounds were close, Barboza dropping him should give him the edge.
    2 points
  18. Anders biggest problem is that he's not really good at anything. He's a big, strong, and athletic guy, who is competitive because of those traits. He's not much of a wrestler, he's not much of a striker, his grappling isn't great...but he's everything you'd want athletically so it kind of works out.
    2 points
  19. I think Anders has solved the inactivity part somewhat. Now, if he would work on his overall strategy and cutting off the cage. Too many times his opponents are just out of range. Everyone who goes against him have read the book on him. They're thinking "If I just stick and move, he's going to follow me and/or try to go into the clinch when he gets frustrated".
    2 points
  20. The room suddenly became very dusty. Holy fuck, the feels after that Randleman package. Even Bas choked up a little.
    2 points
  21. Song landed the better shots in round 2 but yeah that was a bit of a gift for sure. Vera outsmarted Song in the final round, so maybe showing a bit more nous as he develops is something he and his team can work on. That Randleman video package was one of their better ones I've seen. Damn.
    2 points
  22. this makes me sad. Nick was a good friend of mine. I actually worked with him on his final show in his hometown of Weirton. I was doing commentary/ring announcing (double duty) He worked Josef Von Schmitt (was trained by Corey Graves) doing a German gimmick. I went out and did the Pledge to the flag and mid pledge was attacked by Von Schmitt. Bully made the save and I finished with "and Justice for all!!" Bully won the match which was quite bloody, both guys busted open and I am honored to have been on commentary for his final match. He was doing work as a doorman/guard out here in Pittsburgh before he passed. Last time I saw him I was working an FSW show in Cranberry with Shane Douglas and Bully came into the locker room to say hi to everyone. The show was at a municipal building and in the locker room the sign said "no bully zone" I have a pic with Shane and Bully next to the sign.
    2 points
  23. They might have wrestled each other a lot but they sure as heck didn't bring out the best in each other
    2 points
  24. Sure I'll give someone a match. Especially for this week.
    2 points
  25. I said that Dolfan would, in a couple posts, get to the other reason I didn't enjoy and/or rewatch Wrestlemania 12 the way I would with other PPVs I bought and recorded and HERE WE ARE. Yes, it's the Iron Man Match. I don't like it. And I'm glad to see my I'm not out on an island, and that many of the reasons why I don't like have already been shared. EXACTLY. Like Dolfan said, this ruins the gimmick. A 60 minute Iron Man match that ends 1-0 is just a 60 minute match. It becomes a baseball game between the two teams ahead of the team you actually root for in the standings; you flip back to every couple innings to see if you've missed any scoring, or if a key player's gotten hurt or suspended, you see that they haven't, and you flip back away, knowing that you've got an hour to kill before the 9th inning rolls around. And after a while, you could figure out they were going to go 0-0 the whole way, and everything before the last minute was irrelevant. Nor have I. I mean, it's a 60 minute match! Rewatching is a commitment and, when you already know the destination, the journey has to be real fun in and of itself. And this isn't. Especially when I'm geared up to see an Iron Man match. Iron Man matches are normally one of my favorite gimmick matches specifically because it has the drama of scoring points, which allows it more than any other gimmick match to borrow from the narrative drama of real sports. Fluke goal in the first two minutes and the other team spends the remaining 88 chasing the game against an opponent that is now cynically turtling. The Epic 4th quarter 3TD comeback where a huge lead seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. Trading falls like two run-and-gun teams that can't be stopped from hitting 3s any time they want. Even a boxer struggling to keep his hands up getting saved by the bell in the 12th round. Real sports are as dramatic as anything, and the Iron Man match is wrestling's one chance to tap into a reservoir of dramatic tension it uses so rarely as to keep it special and memorable. But instead go 0-0 into overtime, which is the same thing as Every Other One Fall Match ever, just a lot longer and with need for a second pee break. Waste of the gimmick, arguably even bait-and-switching. I didn't like even as I was watching it happen. Especially once the last strand of my Markish denial was snipped and I realized who was going to actually win, at which point I really disliked the match.
    2 points
  26. They're allowing everything to open up here in NEW, they all threw in the towel yesterday and said fuck it because the legislature doesn't give a shit and the governor can't do anything. They never cared in the first place. If people in Madison and Milwaukee and in the city of Green Bay, so what? They're not in their districts. Our brain dead supreme court is allowed to hear cases from their own campaign donors through legal shenanigans and they do not give a damn.
    2 points
  27. The match going 0-0 the whole time is why it is terrible. It was a good match watching it live because you didn't know. There's no reason to ever watch it now. You can literally just skip to the end and miss nothing (aside from the superkick on the floor.)
    2 points
  28. Not only that, the people in the room have all the say on who gets hired. This is never going to pass, because if the people in that room want to hire more black people they can just hire more black people. Seriously, if you can't find any black people around the NFL, you probably aren't looking very hard. 70% of the players are black, the average career is about 3.5 years. If they were to just identify one or two players per team who have a interest in coaching, or working in the front office, set up a mentoring program, and let them transition into coaching or working in the front office. Seriously, every team will have 2 former players on their staff as coaching interns. After the 2 years is up, the player can either take a full time job with a team or apply for another 2 year internship with another team. It would work to give both former players and all of the teams a bigger pool for candidates. With that said, none of this actually will make a difference, unless the owners start hiring black people for these positions, which they can do right now, but they don't.
    2 points
  29. Right now I am enjoying coffee. Getting used to weekends. Even before the pandemic I didn’t have 2 days off in a row, Sundays and Wednesday. So now that we’re back to work I’m enjoying the idea of relaxing today AND tomorrow. Schedule changed so my store is open Monday-Friday. So this morning my wife and I were watching a few episodes of Recess to get that Saturday morning cartoon vibe going. After a few episodes she left to be on her phone in our room and here I am on the couch, with a coffee and reading about Joshi. Stream of consciousness lead my mind to wonder to this post. I feel eager to type/ ramble as I think. I’m not really making a point, per say. Just capturing a moment so it doesn’t leave me. I remember feeling the same way you did about this match, however still coming away with being blown away by it. I’m chalking a good deal of that to the awe of the being new to the world of Joshi. Maybe like an agnostic walking into a large Catholic cathedral. Not agreeing completely with the message but still in awe of the structure. I think you hit the nail on the head with a willingness to ignore the layout of the match due to how well the performances are. I generally subscribe to the idea of story elements and narrative focusing being done for a reason. If the focus is going after a leg or any body part should generally have a reason for doing that. Not always leading to strictly having to do with the ending, but a clear resemblance of the presence of that focus having meaning throughout. This match in particular has the feeling of 2 movements. Majority of the match is limbwork, than followed by the ending which involves sunsetflips, suplexes, and big swings. I still can manage to buy into the match if I feel the opening has the goal of tiring your opponents down so you’ll be able to execute your power moves with less resistance. Maybe if the offense was the same but the presence of the workers limping would work. Falling to your knees after the big swing, perhaps? I can see me coming off illogic by enjoying this. If I were to give star ratings it wouldn’t be five but an impressive number, while still having those complaints. I feel what makes me a hypocrite is in movies and television when a narrative is uneven like this match I tend to be much more openly critical. Without giving spoilers, the second season of Daredevil is an example of this. The first half seemed more drawn from realism within its MCU world and the shift to the second half’s mysticism turned me off. Twin Peaks was able to do that same shift successfully, but thats because the narrative still had sprinkles of what was to come. All in all, lovely match. I’m on board with you and hopefully soon I can dive into each character. See if their other matches follow the same formula or if that is specific to this match.
    2 points
  30. Ok guys. I'll reroll tomorrow. Regardless of what we're doing moving forward, we'll do wrestlecrap/bad/comedy/etc. this week. In my mind, this is a pretty broad range of stuff. I don't want to take anything off the table for anyone, but something like Shawn Michaels vs Hulk Hogan (mentioned recently elsewhere on the board) would be as much game for this week as a funny Super Porky match or some trainwreck 00s Divas match. Or likewise, a total uncooperative trainwreck with guys sandbagging each other, etc. Or a completely impossible gimmick match. Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams territory here. @NikoBaltimore @Morganti you guys want in for this one? It's ok if you don't write a big review. Just give someone a match, take the match from someone else and jot some thoughts.
    2 points
  31. He got one of the biggest reactions on the entire show I went to back in 2008 when he worked Lance Cade second from the bottom. 19,000 fans popping huge had to be a nice little moment for him.
    2 points
  32. I am sure he told it other places but it was on the Table for 3 that I heard it (The one with D-Lo, Mark Henry and Godfather)
    2 points
  33. Or they wrote Tucker out of the company using OREGON TRAIL DYSENTERY!
    2 points
  34. The official recording, on the official Queen channel. No double screening or anything. Only on YouTube for 48 hours, and it went up 7 hours ago. @DEAN got his Birthday present late this year.
    2 points
  35. I'd love for Rusev to show up in ROH as Miro Briscoe, the Briscoes Bulgarian-redneck cousin.
    2 points
  36. Did it just get hot in here, or is it just me?
    2 points
  37. Rey vs Marko Stunt. With Rey bringing the bully heel power offense and getting tied in the ropes Andre style.
    2 points
  38. You bastard, you just made me imagine them doing a Jimmy Valiant glass table reenactment
    2 points
  39. What a great fight to cap off a great show. As much as I love The Reem, you could tell even he didn't really want to finish the fight and immediately was like, "let's train together," consoling him.
    1 point
  40. I think with his power, hand speed, and general athleticism at age 22, the sky is the limit. I don't think he's ready for any top 10 bantamweights yet though. It'd be nice if he could maybe show a bit more defense, because if he can get in and out without constantly taking shots he could be a champion. And yeah, he gassed in the third. Don't think I've seen that before from him. Random thought perhaps spurred by a bigger central European fighter fighting, but I really can't wait for Jiri Prochazka to debut. With how top heavy that division is in the UFC, I could see him being a title threat within a year of his first fight.
    1 point
  41. I had to change my sleep mode settings today, since it was set for 5 minutes. I just changed it to infinite. Reminder: the SSA awards gets given in the morning. Jam your houses with stuff tonight.
    1 point
  42. Whoever keeps giving Corbin extended feuds need to review their thought process. And I like Corbin.
    1 point
  43. "the risk is worth the reward" *nsfw for blood*
    1 point
  44. Okay, I do admit I missed a couple of episodes where this may have occurred, so cheers for explaining that. For Dolph, I guess they're going with the old trope of women like men that treat them badly? This explanation is slightly confusing, but I've also been told by my wife that I may not understand the story since I'm not the jealous type. The part I have trouble getting is what motivation would Sonya have to make Mandy go with Dolph? I'll chime in this - when the angle first started, I actually thought the angle was going to be that Sonya set this all up because she was jealous of the attention Mandy was giving Otis, because Sonya wanted Mandy for herself. To be fair, they had been teasing that slant for a while, and Mandy does kinda look like Sonya's real-life girlfriend. Did anyone else think something similar to this?
    1 point
  45. The thing is Bayley did not beat Charlotte legitimately either time she won the belt last year so Charlotte actually has a point. That said, whoever wrote that promo definitely did not spell this out well. Sonya wants to destroy Mandy because Mandy kind of threw away their friendship a little too easily by ghosting her for weeks after Sonya fucked up by trying to hook Mandy up with Dolph. Sonya looked at the sacrifices she made for Mandy and realized just how much she wasted being Mandy's BFF the past few years. Sonya has completely lost her shit now and basically wants to torture Mandy for what she feels was a betrayal and disrespect of the friendship she offered Mandy over the years. Dolph a sleazebag hoping to pick up whatever is left after Sonya breaks Mandy down.
    1 point
  46. 14th May 2000: Twenty years ago today, Bradford City beat Liverpool 1-0 to stay in the Premier League on the final day of the season. That's me and my Dad after the game. Out of all the Bradford City games I was there for, this remains my #1. As season tickets holders, we watched the first home game in the Premier League drawing against Middlesbrough 1-1 in August 1999 and the last Premier League game ever away at Coventry City 0-0, May 2001. Think it was Coventry's last well so the pain was shared, @Sky Blue Sam.
    1 point
  47. I like the winners (Otis and Asuka) quite a bit and I'm happy they climbed the corporate ladder. However, the match itself set cinematic wrestling back to Dungeon of Doom levels.
    1 point
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