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  1. Yes, Comcast is making edits to WWE programming. We know, you're upset you can't see a joke from 1997 that you'd forgotten about until it was brought up again just now. If you say "cancel culture", I'll personally fire you into the sun.
    31 points
  2. I haven't been paying attention but reading through this thread and trying to understand it with my pee brain soaked in dumb movies, am I reading this drama right?:
    29 points
  3. New York City went on lockdown on the weekend of March 13th. Things were getting crazy. Hundreds and then thousands of people were being infected by the novel coronavirus. A friend of mine had travelled to Brazil in early March and because of getting infected and hospitalized, didn't come back to New York until May. Some other people I knew weren't so lucky. There's this bar I frequent called Rockbar. It's a small space (because every bar in New York is) where guys go and see friends, drink a lot for a cheap price, and have a very sleazy good time. About a dozen people I knew were infected by the coronavirus because they went to the bar that weekend. Four of them passed away in the following month. People became terrified of their own shadows. Mask wearing became common, and New Yorkers would actively shame others for not wearing a mask. Social distancing pushed everyone away from each other. By the time summer came around, though cases started to go down, I knew 6 people who'd lost their lives. Of course, when the virus went down here and in LA, they started to go up in other places, like Florida and Texas. The first wave never really ended, people just decided to live with the risk of the virus - or worse, decided since they hadn't seen any one get sick, it wasn't a threat. But, unfortunately, I knew just how real it was. One of my closest friends was intubated in March. He miraculously survived the intubation and was discharged from the hospital in May. I speak with him almost daily, and he still suffers with long term effects of the illness, but thankfully has mostly returned to his normal life. (Personally, I can't wait to give him a gigantic hug.) By the time 2020 ended, 3 more people I knew passed away. Thankfully, my senior citizen parents both began their vaccination in December, and finished in January. In mid-January. I became eligible for the vaccine in New York and got my first shot. Then Covid came for the rest of my family... My uncle, aunt, and 5 cousins and spouses all tested positive early in February. I lost my uncle Marcos to the virus 3 weeks ago. Thankfully, they rest of the family survived. The morning of February 20th, I saw Drew McIntyre kick out of 3 F5's. I saw him Claymore Brock Lesnar into oblivion and win the WWE Championship. Drew McIntyre fulfilled his dreams that day last year. I got my second shot later on that cold February afternoon. When I started this thing last year, I honestly thought this was something that would be done by the summer. I can tell you, I didn't know if I'd actually finish it. And I honestly didn't know if my $125 bike would actually survive somewhat daily usage for the better part of a year. 1900 miles later, Drew McIntyre held the WWE Championship above his head. I write now, vaccinated and feeling accomplished. Feeling mournful for the 11 family and friends I have personally lost in the last year. But, feeling hopeful for the future. For those of you who have come with me on this voyage, I am grateful. We'll see what comes next, but I have an idea or two. In the meantime, this is your humbled writer, simply saying: Thank you. Stay strong. Wear a mask. When its your turn to get vaccinated, please get your shot. We will get through this, together. -Kelvin
    29 points
  4. Speak for yourself. I have like 70 people on ignore right now.
    28 points
  5. Poor bastard won't know which ramp to enter through every week
    27 points
  6. They came over to my house and interviewed me for three hours. I gave them every detail of that night of FMW in one sitting without notes. It was a lot, mentally fried me the rest of the interview, as it was very detailed. So they had all the information, but time wise cut to the chase. Don't know why they said school yard when I specifically told them a park. I also got them Ricky, Arai's daughter, and Hayabusa's daughter for the show.
    26 points
  7. I've mentioned on this board before, but prior to my transition, I did some announcing for some indies in the Mid-Atlantic, so naturally I ran into Bobby a time or... couple of dozen. In 2008, Bobby was booked to come wrestle on a show I was doing commentary on. I hadn't seen him since 2002, during a futile attempt to be a wrestler myself, so needless to say, I was thrilled. Problem was, I had torn the labrum in my shoulder, and two weeks before the show, I was getting surgery to get it fixed. I wasn't going to miss going to see Bobby again, though, so I made the show. So I'm at the building with my arm in a sling, doing my prep for the show without the use of my dominant hand, when I see Bobby. I go over to greet him and introduce myself, and he not only remembered who I was from six years prior, but he showed deep concern for my shoulder. He then spent 20 minutes just talking to me about what kind of surgery I had, and how long I'd be in the sling, and what I'd need to do to recover. He then said if there was anything he could do for me, just let him know. And in the back of my head, I'm thinking "you're Bobby Eaton, we should be doing things for you, dude..." But that was just who he was. A lot of people learned a lot of things from Bobby Eaton, but he taught me how to be kind when you don't have to be, and I still treasure that.
    26 points
  8. Sounds like the news of Ceman's release was.... premature.
    25 points
  9. I always catch myself thinking about the "Lost Generation" of US pro-wrestlers who existed after the demise of WCW/ECW and before the NXT talent raids. Like, I don't think we realized what was happening during those 18 years of WWE dominance and TNA futility. I don't think we realized it was a period in wrestling history when things were not the way they were supposed to be. Even (especially?) die-hard fans were so pessimistic about the whole thing that we just assumed wrestling wasn't ever going to be cool again, the UFC took all the legitimacy away, Benoit took away all the joy, the demise of WCW took away all the creativity, and somehow our favorite thing deserved to be portrayed to the masses as a largely stupid and childish form of entertainment. That's why I think it's really important to remember and celebrate the generation of wrestlers who peaked in that era and never got to make the millions of dollars & fans that they would have in any other. Off the top of my head, Homicide, Nigel McGuinness, and Chris Hero are the big-name indy superstars that come to mind but after that first tier comes a bunch of bigger what-ifs. Alex Shelley, Super Dragon, Eddie Edwards, maybe not headcases like Low Ki and Davey Richards. Really entertaining guys who would have gotten over as midcard acts, like a hypothetical 2002 ECW run with the Spanish Announce Team, or 2009 WCW running an odd CHIKARA tag in the first hour of Nitro. Who's to say an edgy rival doesn't counter-program the Cena era and doesn't do a Gage-esque short run with a deathmatch guy? I think the rawest deals went to the "sports entertainment" type guys who worked a real solid style but weren't flashy enough to win over spotmark indy fans, i.e. BJ Whitmer, Adam Pearce, Xavier, etc. Or European guys like Jody Fleisch who would have, at the very least, been able to garner a decent following with just a little US TV exposure or bigger US indies that could afford to fly them in. Or, here's a shocker, every woman who was in that first wave of SHIMMER talent - it is bullshit that people like Lacey or LuFisto never even had a chance to be famous. A majority of the PWG founders + early regulars had to eventually say "fuck it" and fall back on their day jobs, and I'm pretty certain time has already dimmed the glory of their deeds. Not to mention global talent like the cursed 3rd Generation of the NJPW dojo, the heavyweights that failed to inherent the throne of NOAH, and the dozens of luchadores who would have done a better job with the Sin Cara gimmick than Mistico. I guess what I'm saying is, this board was built on the discussion of monopoly-era indies and international wrestling so talking about these guys is second nature to a lot of us. But the rest of the wrestling fandom is pretty darn clueless. Don't allow these past decades to become the Dark Ages. Tell the children all your tales of B-Boy, "The Turkish Delight" Murat Bosporus, and Osamu Nishimura, or we will live in a world that will forget them.
    24 points
  10. My little one surprised me today with an early birthday present, she knows me well
    24 points
  11. I’M GONNA BE A DAD!!!
    24 points
  12. Yeah. Saw that earlier. That's disappointing. IT'S A FUCKING MASK. WEAR ONE, YOU FUCKS. IF A MOTHERFUCKER WITH COPD CAN WEAR ONE THEN YOUR BITCH ASS CAN TOO. Fucking BABIES. Fuck em! After COVID is over, I'm still wearing a mask to the store and other places. Aside from actually getting COVID, this is the longest I've gone without catching a cold and it's FUCKING WONDERFUL.
    24 points
  13. Check this picture posted by AEW. Wow.
    23 points
  14. We wish WWE all the best in their future endeavors.
    23 points
  15. You admitted like a week ago you're Aaron Rodgers' age and you're out here calling people simp like you're 11 while carrying on your hate mastubation gimmick account so I think I'll take the hardest of passes.
    23 points
  16. Also the Domino’s PiP add during the pizza cutter spot was just fucking tremendous
    22 points
  17. Just say you have to be vaccinated with proof to attend AEW shows. Let these fuckin’ morons who think it’ll turn you into Magneto or whatever just be deprived of live entertainment and whatever else. I’m so sick of catering to these nutjobs and them ruining it for everyone else that has done what they’re supposed to. Goddamn.
    22 points
  18. Yuengling sucks outside of politics. Anyway, you'll get over it, sunshine. The Comedian was tough enough to take getting thrown out of a high-rise window like a man, you can live with the fact that people vocally disagree with whatever shit you believe without crying about...uh, Rachel Maddow? OK, that's an interesting boogeyman you've conjured up...all over a message board. Stop virtue signaling about how you'd never virtue signal and talk wrestling or whatever, but quit whining.
    22 points
  19. Yeah dudes wrestling was so much better when dudes were H bombing each other and shaving their eyebrows off, fuckin' underage rats, knocking each other's teeth out with fistfuls of rolled coins, dropping dead in hotel rooms, and being absentee parents. Where do these soft soy boy cucks get off with their video games and friendships? Dick Murdoch ain't needed no friends amirite bros? I know this board got some fun notoriety, what, 15 years ago for the sleaze thread but maybe it's time to stop romanticizing the shitty culture that used to be part of wrestling. That shit didn't create hard men. It created broken men.
    22 points
  20. This all time shit year for everyone is nearly over! Rejoice in that and stay safe DVDVR MB Family xxx.
    22 points
  21. Hey, @The NaturalI know you've been through a lot and you seem like a really incredible guy. So after talking about it with some on Discord I got you a Cameo from a special somebody and hope this finds you well. Special thanks to @Craig H and @Sammo~!for helping contribute, really appreciate that.
    21 points
  22. If AEW ever did bring in Brawn Strowman Id only be happy if he was used as “Mega John Silver”. Like Johnny Hungy goes under the ring with a giant mushroom, out pops Brawn for 30 seconds, destroys everything and goes back under the ring only for regular Silver to reappear.
    21 points
  23. Further adventures of introducing wrestling to my wife, Malakai Black/Dante Martin edition: "Oh, I really like this. It seems more like what I think of wrestling in my head instead of just one guy doing his moves and waiting for the other guy to do his moves." If I don't screw this up I'm pretty sure I can get my wife to watch Battlarts with me.
    21 points
  24. So that's why he started the sleaze thread.
    21 points
  25. So I had a ticket to sell because my friend couldn't go and I found a buyer. I sold it through stubhub and had no idea who bought but I knew when I got to the show, I'll be seated next to that person. I get to the show and for the whole night, that seat is empty. I thought maybe that person missed the show too. I get an email last night saying "the ticket was put to good use" and it's a picture of the fan dressed up as Dusty Rhodes! That guy was over big time everyone last night.
    21 points
  26. Fucking hell Tommy Dreamer why don't you try to be the Innovator of Silence from now on.
    21 points
  27. I had a great time despite being worn out by the end of Rampage. My throat hurts and my voice is shot. There wasn't anything that wasn't solid. As you'd expect, Punk, Danielson, Adam Cole, and Ruby Soho were all insanely over. The brawl between Suzuki-gun and Moxley/Kingston was awesome. It was cool seeing people's jaws drop for an unadvertised Minoru Suzuki. I've gotten to sing along to Kaze Ni Nare, so I can die a happy man.
    21 points
  28. Bryan Danielson after the PPV went off the air, apparently:
    21 points
  29. I'm at the hospital with my wife where they're inducing her. This was scheduled for today last Friday. My joke that I would wind up missing this show wasn't exactly a joke. Nothing has happened yet though and we got here at 7am. I watched on my phone with my earbuds in.
    21 points
  30. I'm a mark, whatever, I'm still crying a little bit. Fuck it, my favorite wrestler is back and I'm just so fucking happy right now.
    21 points
  31. I think it's just clown makeup.
    21 points
  32. I finally got my copy of @Phil Schneider's "Way of the Blade - 100 of the Greatest Bloody Matches in Wrestling History" and it's enriching my week in ways far beyond just having 100 great matches to watch. I want to take this opportunity to give this thing, this board, the Death Valley Driver Video Review the credit that it deserves. I was a fourteen year old on-and-off-mark who decided to backyard his freshman year of high school because his friends wanted to & I had a camcorder. Not long after building a few gimmicks around the fact that I could tie a t-shirt around my face and make it look like a ninja mask / do a passable Arnold Schwarzenegger impression (voice, not physique), I got to Googling and stumbled upon the Green Board and things like Schneider's compilation tapes. It offered me so much more of a leg up than the standard Jericho/Ultimo match on KaZaA or whatever oldies the WWE DVDs of the era were offering. It offered me tome upon tome, meticulously curated lists of some of the finest human performance art ever recorded, matches and angles and talents that I would have never discovered otherwise. I was popping pimples and learning the intricacies of sexting while reading those old DVDVRs and watching those bootleg VHS. The prose, the highbrow/lowbrow mix, the FONT and PUNCTUATION~!, the DIY of it all. It elevated the artform for me to witness people speaking of it in that way. Simultaneously reverent and flippant. Simultaneously intelligent and unacademic. Esoteric and inviting, human and weird. @DEAN , @RIPPA& Co aren't my Meltzer, they're my Robert Christgau and Pauline Kael at the very least. The Bible of my preferred form of entertainment, not to get too heavy with it. I fucked college up on my first try and came back with a vengeance as an acting major. Pro wrestling was and always will be my baseline when it comes to participating in that artform. Have I ever channeled a Bill Dundee promo while performing Shakespeare? Bro, I might have, and I'm a better person for it. I had no obvious career path until I established a really solid beer program @ the corner liquor store, and I did it because I was able to pour myself into the act of curation - digging through thousands and thousands of products, figuring out which ones were worth highlighting, trying them out and publicly promoting them every Saturday for six or seven years. PIMPING. SHILLING~! Etc. I learned it here as a young man. Just like digging through stacks of VHS and letting people know when you find those killer Bobby Eaton or Yoshiaki Fujiwara matches. I took the energy I saw in those old DVDVRs and Schneider comps and I applied it to the job I had then. Now I own and manage a successful business get to do real people shit like buy a house and support my loved ones despite being an Anxious Millennial Dorkboy. I thank you all for it. Dropping $18 bucks on a Phil Schneider book in 2021 was such a "well, duh" thing to do, and flipping through the pages of this very good book is the closest I've felt in years to being that wide-eyed skinny kid who would bump off his friend's roof if it meant that I got to show him a match from the '95 Taue Miracle Run (Brian had and still has a great and safe chokeslam, ask his three-year old son). Reading through 400 pages of an intelligent and tasteful dude's good-match manifesto has really got me going. This curator shit is REAL, people! We live in a world of insane commodity surplus and daunting amounts of available content! Learn to research, learn to identify the good shit nobody knows about, and TELL THEM ABOUT IT! I'm certain the oldheads, the OG crew, realize that they really did make an eternal dent in the history of how the world understands the artform of professional wrestling. I'm not Tony Khan. But you guys should know that a bunch of non-wrestling-biz regular kids took in all that stuff you typed out in those wee small hours and cherished the hell out of it. Bravo, the fruits of your labor are gonna last a damn long time.
    21 points
  33. The fact that there are plenty of people who don't see the potential joy and greatness in AEW signing a bunch of extremely talented people, and instead automatically think to the failings of TNA and late WCW, really gives you an idea about how brutal it is to even be a wrestling fan, just a bunch of glass half empty motherfuckers always expecting the worst
    21 points
  34. I have been in contact with Kathy. She sounds physically okay but I can tell it hasn't really sunk in yet. She has my cell phone number and I have told her to call me whenever she needs to.
    21 points
  35. No, that's outdated. It looks like this now: I didn't watch <--> I heard it sucked.
    20 points
  36. Corporate bootlicking AND vague victim blaming in the space of just a handful of posts. Please say something about "bootstraps" next! Man, Eoae, you keep doing you. Please find some fucking empathy. And please please please, when karma catches up with you and whoever you work for fires you for no reason other than to help their bottom line and look good to stockholders, please come here and give us all the details and tell us how you fully agree with their right to do so to you and how maybe you had a bad attitude or something. Jesus. When Covid started , I had to fire a really good man. A guy I worked with for over a decade. He's still trying to find a job. Neither he nor I were like, "doot doot doot, can't blame the company, they're well within their rights as a person corporation to put longtime great people out on their asses god bless corporate America and the sacred job creators doot doot doot." For me, for him, and for everyone fired just to sate stockholders' infinite thirst for more and more filthy lucre, fuck you.
    20 points
  37. 20 points
  38. I live in the greater DC Metro area and one thing I know for a fact is that there are armed men at pretty much every government building who will shoot you without question if they suspect you are going to storm the building. That is the only reason they are there. A few years ago, a woman who was going through a mental health crisis drove past a barrier, and they shot her right then and there. That is how these buildings are protected. Today, this happened. When black people say that our laws are only there to promote and protect white supremacy, this is what we mean. Literally any other group of people would have died before they made it anywhere close to the Capitol, and here we see this group of white people, some with confederate, nazi, and other white supremacist flags, get let into the building by law enforcement while congress is in session. I don't know a single black person who is surprised by this, we all saw it coming. This is what about half the people in this country want. This is why they voted for Trump. This is who they are. Never forget that.
    20 points
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