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  1. Money promo from Charlotte. That had a fantastic motivation for her appearance and later actions. It was nowhere on the same page as The Rock’s legendary promo in Toronto (maybe my favorite promo of all-time), but it was very strong in informing the audience of why she returned in this form, made excuses for not being on WrestleMania, references the smark criticisms of her “stealing opportunities” and announced she was the best, and then attacked when her rivals were spent from their match and vulnerable. Perfect heeling. I will never understand at all why people hate on Charlotte. She rules so incredibly much. I like to compare the Horsewomen to the Novak/Federer/Nadal tennis rivalry in that all four have a great claim to make as the GOAT. 1) Sasha has the throne right now. She was the second best performer of the FY 2021 (WrestleMania to WrestleMania) after Roman. She and Bayley carried the promotion during the pandemic, which threw off everything. Then she ended her year in the best match of WM weekend with Bianca Belair — gifted, but still relatively green and in her first big match in front of one of the biggest crowds post-COVID in any form of entertainment. 2) Charlotte is my number two. She has had as many classic matches as anyone on the entire roster since she arrived. I think she’s had a lot of really iconic moments — jumping off the table with her crazy reckless dive before getting wrapped in the Banks Statement between the railing in the classic Last Man Standing against Sasha against Raw, kicking through a car window when brawling with Becky and Rousey, etc. She is an athletic marvel and has become a fantastic heel promo. She co-headlined WrestleMania. Her only downside is that she’s a pretty bad face. 3) Bayley. She is the least athletic of the four but the best at performing as her character. She was the best babyface of her generation on NXT and was a great anchor as a face in the big roster for a long time. She eventually found her voice as a heel and has been lights out. There is no way anyone would have thought that she would be this great as a villain but it makes sense since she is just so incredibly gifted at understanding storytelling. 4) Becky Lynch. Becky was the biggest star since Daniel Bryan for a stretch and somehow is my fourth. She went from being a sort of afterthought of the four who had really good matches that established others as stars (Alexa Bliss) who was an overlooked good promo to finding her truth as a defiant badass. Her best moment was standing tall after having her face (!) broken at the end of that Raw she hijacked was one of the best moments ever in wrestling history — up there with Bryan on top of the cage during The Yes Movement!, Foley winning the title, 1-2-3 Kid beating Razor and so many things I am forgetting. The only reason she is fourth on my list is because she sat out to have a kid and that she didn’t get as strong a push as the other three did, which was not her fault. But when she finally did get that push, she became the biggest star in wrestling — and as over as anyone ever — who was the face of a historic WrestleMania main event. We really have been blessed to have these four and see them take the worst part of wrestling (the ridiculously dumb Divas) to possibly the best part of the show. And that is also not even counting the fantastic Asuka (maybe this should be a Top 5, it she is a clear fifth) and Alexa (not a great wrestler but as good as anyone at playing a character) and Shayna and the criminally underused Riot Squad and The Iiconics (best temper tantrums ever) and Nikki Cross, with Bianca and Rhea and everyone on NXT in the wings.
    7 points
  2. I'm pronouncing this as "Ch-ch-ch-charlotte", like the old Chia Pet commercials ("Ch-ch-ch-chia!"), and I'm glad this came into my life.
    6 points
  3. Needs more pouches. So many more pouches. Plus tiny and/or misshapen feet.
    6 points
  4. Three hour show and where the hell were the new champions? No AJ Styles, no Omos, no Sheamus? What the flying frell? This is unforgivable for a post-WrestleMania show. Why was Riddle on the show tonight but not the guy he lost clean to? This is hot garbage.
    6 points
  5. This thread two pages from now:
    5 points
  6. Bray might be the smartest man on the roster. How much are he and Alexa getting paid? How much merch are they moving? How hard are they actually working for that cash? How many bumps did he take in that match? Three? Bray Wyatt is the ultimate wrestling carny. He's the Matt Cassel of pro wrestling. Good for him. I hope he take Vince to the cleaners for another decade like Kane did.
    4 points
  7. I said this in the Mania thread and it’s absolutely true. Asuka too.
    4 points
  8. As one of the seemingly few Bray Wyatt fans on here, he really should ask for his release. They've butchered everything he's gotten over and any idea he has is neutered. He deserves so much better than this epic shitshow.
    4 points
  9. The most stunning thing about this is that it proves it's actually possible to defame Joe West.
    4 points
  10. Good Lord - is Murphy’s shirt painted on?
    4 points
  11. Wrestlemania Backlash will 3 hours of IWC dorks complaining about the booking.
    3 points
  12. "Ch-ch-ch-ch-Charlotte turning face is strange ..."
    3 points
  13. I was hoping maybe he could sell real estate or perhaps manage a chain restaurant.
    3 points
  14. The alternative casino Eddie takes Clark to is hilarious, with games like War, guess the number and coin flip. And that buffet, "You're right, this is the beef and this is the chicken". . . LOL
    3 points
  15. I also love "The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority presents Vegas Vacation" it drags during the Audrey stuff but Clark losing at gambling, Ellen being stalked by Wayne Newton and Rusty becoming a high roller are really funny. I'll note that I never found "Christmas Vacation" funny and always get confused that it's kind of considered a "classic" xmas film, I also loved the Ed Helms as Rusty re-boot and think they should have made a sequel.
    3 points
  16. Rhea Ripley gets a crowning title win at the PPV, so of course CHHHarlotte returns and takes the title from her immediately. Classic. I would feel blessed if the most over-pushed and over-protected worker in the WWE for the last decade was capable of putting someone else over for once.
    3 points
  17. While we're sorta on the subject: However good they are, punches should mostly be saved for heel cheating/face retribution high spots, or concession stand brawl type matches. That is, wrestling is better with an acknowledged closed-fist rule, and the exceptions should mean something.
    3 points
  18. I disagree strongly. I want them in the suits with the masks.
    3 points
  19. What an absolute shitshow. Fuck this company, and fuck me for getting excited for what's usually the most fun Raw of the year. And fuck Kenny Omega, just for good measure.
    3 points
  20. So, Wrestlemania. Bray Wyatt faced an established main eventer, goes out of his way to use unusual mind games (involving special effects!), but his opponent no sold the weirdness, hit their finish and won clean in the middle. But which year's Mania am I talking about? Is it more than one, possibly?
    3 points
  21. Because WWE is the progenitor of all modern wrestling tropes in the United States, and in WWE, a good guy stands on his own two feet or gets his ass whipped. Strength comes from standing alone against the hordes who look to destroy you, not from relying on other people for their grace or help. It's been said before by people far smarter and more eloquent than me, but look at how the WWE historically books its good guy aces, and you see essentially VKM's very worldview.
    3 points
  22. Dream blunt rotation, etc, etc
    3 points
  23. As dumb as I find all of this to be, I'm really happy for Alexa. Being attached to this act and having very little physicality to endure must be great for her long-term health. Yeah. I find the gimmick to be silly trash, but count me among those who've always had a high-tolerance for Bray's actual wrestling. Of course if they're going to keep trying to make the red lighting during the matches a thing, I'm not going to want to see any of it.
    2 points
  24. On the bright side, that might actually be an improvement.
    2 points
  25. My first reaction was "Matt Flynn took fewer bumps than Matt Cassel" *checks Spotrac* Matt Cassel made 60 million dollars?! My God. I stand corrected. Let's chalk Flynn up as WCW Lanny Poffo
    2 points
  26. My mom called all wrestling “wrestlemania” when I was a kid. She couldn’t tell you what WWF or WCW or anything else was but she knew the wrestlemania name. Maybe they are trying to hit the “old people who call things by one brand name market” I don’t think the rebrand will encourage her to order the show or subscribe to the network.
    2 points
  27. "IT SOUNDS MORE IMPORTANT WITH THE TITLE OF THE GRANDEST SPECTACLE OF THEM ALL ATTACHED TO IT PAL"
    2 points
  28. I hope y'all enjoy this interview of Werner Herzog by a skateboarding magazine as much as I did.
    2 points
  29. I'd watch a series about the Dora Milaje just fucking people up. They're so cool.
    2 points
  30. I realize his current position is much better for him financially, but I selfishly wish Bobby Roode were splitting his time between the NWA and Impact right now. I don't think he's a lot of people's #1 guy they wish weren't locked up in the WWE, but he's my #1.
    2 points
  31. For those interested in the AEW figures, it looks like they're now being sold in places other than Wal-Mart. Over the weekend, I saw some in the Target store near me. They had both Bucks, Riho, and Orange Cassidy. They only had one of each left except they had two of one of the Bucks. $20 each.
    2 points
  32. For the record, I'm enjoying his new nickname, Steph "Despite The Loss" Curry
    2 points
  33. Maybe you play the sound of a railroad crossing closing no matter whether he hits it or not. HOW IS THIS BRAINSTORMING BETTER THAN RAW ITSELF
    2 points
  34. Damn, that's telegraphing whether he's gonna hit or not, then! If that's the case. Also, if he's running and doesn't hear the choo-choo, he should automatically hit the brakes, because he's about miss or crash!
    2 points
  35. I've always loved Vegas Vacation. I know it has a terrible rep but I've never understood that. Probably my favorite part is the further degeneration of Cousin Eddie's family.
    2 points
  36. Hey now, that photo doesn't show his legs, how do you know? It would be really funny if he was wearing cargo shorts with a lot of pockets btw
    2 points
  37. He definitely has a Liefeld drawing come to life look to him.
    2 points
  38. Corney has made this point on his podcast numerous times and it make so much sense that it really bugs me. When a good guy is getting beat down why don't the other good guys come to help?
    2 points
  39. My hot take is AEW and WWE both seem uneasy in their own skin and seem unconvinced with what they are offering. WWE seem like they want their product and stars to be what it used to be and therefore underplay their own product constantly. AEW seem to second guess what they want on an almost weekly basis, that leads to a directionless show.
    2 points
  40. Can we have the Confused emoji back please?
    2 points
  41. Here's a fucking HOT TAKE for you: Good factions: Four Horsemen, Dangerous Alliance, Stud Stable I guess. Bad factions: All the rest. EDIT: Okay La Faccion Ingobernables gets an honorary since I am part of the Death Valley Driver contingent
    2 points
  42. The house is SOLD. Aaaaaand I have a job interview tomorrow morning. I hate bringing good things up before they happen out of fear of cursing them, but this is really swell news.
    2 points
  43. Ooooooh and we can hide stuff in our library, means I won't have to scroll through all the demos, random free bullshit, and PS+ games to find stuff that's purchased... Now gimme folders, damnit.
    1 point
  44. Kiper's latest mock has Miami moving back up to 4 to take Kyle Pitts, probably because his last column didn't get enough clicks. He handwaves away the price because he has no idea how this all works. His top 10: 1. JAX - Trevor Lawrence 2. NYJ - Zach Wilson 3. SF (via MIA from HOU) - Mac Jones 4. MIA (via ATL from PHI) - Kyle Pitts 5. CIN - Penei Sewell 6. ATL (via MIA from SF) - Trey Lance 7. DET - JaMarr Chase 8. CAR - DeVonta Smith 9. DEN - Micah Parsons 10. NE (Trades 2021 & 2022 1's to DAL) - Justin Fields
    1 point
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