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  1. I know I am late to this but I finally got to watch Dynamite. I loved the main event so much. I really could see Ruby vs. Britt as something that lasts for years. The build to their first match was understandably rushed (Ruby’s debut and the need for big matches at such a big upcoming show) but they just clicked perfectly. Ruby is an awesome babyface. Britt is such an awesome conceited jerk. I could not like this more.
  2. I didn't finish this episode yet but it's really personal to me. My brother (who used to host the aftershows for DSOTR) is also bipolar and has a HBO special about his mental health issues. It's a fucking nightmare to see the person I'm closest with in the world go through these difficulties and struggles. He's better now, but it's not like it goes away even with a good treatment plan. Bipolar is such a misunderstood disease. I'm also bipolar. There are a few different levels of bipolar. Bipolar 1 is the kind Kanyon had or what you see in TV movies -- the really wild manic swings and lengthy depressive episodes. I'm Bipolar II, which is different. I don't want to say "milder" but it doesn't come with suicide ideation or the manic episodes that last for a few weeks. It's a lot quicker, where I can get depressed for a few weeks at a time (the pandemic rules for that!) or hypomania, which is essentially an elevated mood with a lot of energy and irritability and makes me really hard to deal with. If you see some lengthy screed written on here at like 3 AM EST, that's why. The initial burst of hypomania is actually pretty helpful because I'm really productive and creative but then it becomes completely overwhelming very quickly. Anyways, I am very honest about my struggles with mental health. The stuff with Kanyon was awful because he felt like he had to hide his sexual identity on top of having his mental health issues. I learned going through what I go through that being honest about it helps me. And hopefully being honest and open about it makes the stigma of mental health issues slowly go away and makes it easier for people to get the help they need. If anyone on here needs to talk things through or find ways to get help, do not hesitate to reach out. I completely mean that.
  3. I could be completely wrong but I do not think there has ever been anything else at Ashe except for maybe a few concerts. This version of Ashe is also relatively new since it now has the retractable roof. I went to the US Open a few years ago and it is an awesome venue. I doubt it becomes a regular venue for any promotion. Some of the people who posted in here said so already — it is pretty hard to get to by either mass transit or by car, with a far walk to the venue no matter what way you take.
  4. As this Philadelphian will tell you: Simmons is going to do whatever the hell he wants to do, and does not care about really anything except showing off his luxury sports cars, hawking Australian wines and showing off with whatever reality TV starlet he's dating this month. On top of his annoying flaws as a player, he is almost A-Rod like in his self-perceived coolness compared to his actual lameness.
  5. The "Simmons won't report to camp" was more very widely rumored and not completely cemented as fact. But f that guy. What a coward. As a Philly sports fan -- Sixers fans are a weird lot. Once The Process started, a large section of the fanbase got on board with that and hijacked how you could root for the team. Sam Hinkie could do no wrong, and tanking to get as many draft picks as possible was apparently the only way to build a basketball team. Any criticisms like "trading 23-year-old JRue Holiday who was still on a really good contract for what became Nerlens Noel and Dario Saric" were immediately dismissed. As was "If the draft is such a wildcard, why are you insisting on trying to build a team through the draft?" And "If the draft is such a wildcard, why do some teams pretty consistently do okay with drafting players?" And "Could we get one veteran in here to show these guys how to act like professionals? Or maybe a point guard?" Of course, we were supposed to be wowed at the amazing pickups of Dario Saric or Robert Covington and to see the all-world defensive potential of Nerlens Noel and etc. when all of those guys maxed out at "oh, okay, whatever" types. They got very lucky with Embiid in both falling to him at number three (they would have taken Wiggins at #1 if they landed it) and for him to somehow become an amazing player despite the injuries. And, yes, I know that Hinkie is long gone but The Process legacy still lives long with the franchise and especially a large part of the fanbase. But all of the non-Embiid picks ended up as either crap or Ben Simmons. And Ben Simmons came on board a team that let the lunatics run the asylum, without any sort of accountability, with an ownership/leadership group in constant disarray. Simmons was coddled and entitled long before he became a NBA player. But that continued once he got here and he never felt any pressure at all to actually improve his game, and because of that he flaked the f out when he had to show improvements to his game. I also love the rumored "demands" that Rich Paul and Ben are placing on where they want him to get traded to. Aside from not having any leverage, that sort of player empowerment power move should be reserved for actual players and not for dudes who just happen to share an agent with LeBron. What a mess.
  6. I hate this tag match. Unless I am missing some backstory about AEW tag rules, but both Butcher and Blade have been in the ring the whole time without the ref ever telling someone w else to get out of the ring. They could have a good match with some better internal logic. But without the ref telling people to get of the ring by five, why doesn’t the dude waiting for the hot tag just go into the ring to even the odds?
  7. That was literally the only thing I have seen him do to get actual heel heat by acting like a jealous bully. But even that had a bit of him being cool since it was insider-y shoot stuff to touch on his relationship with Britt/placating to the AEW audience.
  8. Britt Britt knows how to be enough of a condescending jerk though to get her crowd pop and DMD thing over and still get some level of heel heat. Adam Cole is just bad at being a heel. He says the right things and he does heeling things in the ring, but he does not do anything to actively make the crowd hate him. I did not like the never ending Gargano saga in NXT either. But he has been a revelation as a comedy heel. That is the role he was born to play. He and some flunkies against the Best Friends crew would be really great (especially since I am pretty sure he is IRL best friends with all of them.)
  9. I did not watch this yet. But out of the stuff floating around: 1) Vince and Linda were on this plane? I can’t believe the more insane stuff did not get out about this when she was running the SBA, which is a Cabinet level position. She had to get approved by Senate. I know the last president would not care one bit (and they bought her role in the government) but I can’t believe no one dug up a flight attendant to talk about this. You also really do not need to go in that deep for McMahon sleaze but somehow it never sticks with them. 2) How many other plane rides like this have happened over the years that we do not know a thing about?
  10. It will always confuse me as to how awesome this version of Johnny Gargano is and how annoying I thought he was during his big pushes.
  11. I only caught the last half of this because I have been attempting to assemble the "ALEX" model IKEA desk, which has resulted in four hilarious days of deities I do not worship choosing to punish me/wooden dowels snapping. I really loved what I saw. The Darby/Spears match was aces. The beatdown and wiping of the facepaint at the end was great. I only wish that Spears didn't do that in the match so they could sell it as the act of disrespect a little bit more. Just a nitpick. But I could totally just see how that unfolded behind closed doors. I'm thinking Tully had a notepad and was trying to brainstorm ways he could humiliate Sting in ways that had not been done before (at least to my recollection.) Finally, he called JJ Dillon who immediately had the answer of "wipe off their facepaint." Like a true evil mastermind, he needed no time to even come up with what they should do, and Tully and The Pinnacle just took it from there. I'm thinking that maybe they told The Chairman to wipe Darby's facepaint off during the match in the highly unlikely, like less than 1%, chance they could not hoodwink Sting after the match. But the plot unfolded perfectly as planned, and Tully arrived to The Pinnacle's locker room to see a text message from JJ that only had a smiley face emoticon. The final brawl was a lot of fun, too. They did a good job of setting up the 2.0 vs. Mox/King match, and the end brawl to set up the next match was awesome. Fun explanation as to why Suzuki returned, and I loved that he waited for his theme music to play to really emphasize the point and it let his partner get Kingston from behind. Awesome that their battle was 50/50 -- differentiates itself from the attack on Sting/Darby just a few minutes before and ending during an unsettled battle in a rabid crowd was great. I caught the very end part of Team Taz beating up CM Punk. I didn't see the set-up, but I liked how Hobbs expressed himself here, screaming and directing traffic. The only time I saw him before was last week when he made just one facial expression the entire time. Glad to see he read my post. Fun beatdown. I wonder if they worked the table to break that way so they could just reassemble it quickly during the commercial. (NOTE: If that was the case, this was clearly not IKEA.) Am I alone in not really having much interest in Danielson/Omega? A lot of that is because any of the BTE stuff I have watched has clearly not been for me, and I don't have any investment in Kenny Omega since I just started watching and Don Callis is just sorta there for me. But also a lot of it for me is that I got to see Danielson in the WWE for many years and we had The YES! Movement and then his awesome angry eco-warrior bit and the full circle ending with KofiMania. Since I don't have a lot of experience with Omega, and I haven't really liked what I have seen, this quick dream match thing isn't for me. But I'm really excited for the next few weeks -- at the very least, seeing a wrestling match at Arthur Ashe is some great Weird Wrestling. But I know the crowd is going to be really hot and there's a lot of really good stuff lined up.
  12. I am going to say that's a very big yes. Bryce was in a sketch comedy group here in Philly for about 10 years or so probably. I performed on shows with him a ton. Really funny guy and a big comedy nerd.
  13. I just hope that I've been granted permission to watch AEW by my overlords who will look the other way from my ignorance about the history of the usage of the Tiger Driver as a finishing hold since 2013.
  14. I did not see the full episode of NXT 2.0 yet. But I really do think a reset of NXT is pretty called for at this point in time. I say that as an OG fan of this era of NXT. It was such an awesome weird mix of developmental talent and some indie vets who were trying out new personas. That era of NXT gave us some incredible things like Dancing Emma and NXT Champion Bo Dallas and Big E's 5-Count and Renee Young and The Wyatt Family's reign of terror and Sami Zayn being the best babyface and the early days of The Horsewomen and Enzo and Cass. Maybe I'm off, but it does not seem to me that the people angriest about the NXT reset were joining CJ Parker with his protests against global warming or would put the Summer Rae/Fandango vs. Emma/Santino tag match in their Top 5 all-time NXT matches. Not everything was great. The Ascension had the tag titles for almost one year. And a lot of it was just so incredibly goofy. But at the very least, everything was FUN and it was almost always good-to-great. The last time I was as into wrestling was when ECW emerged. I actually went to Florida to go see a taping at Full Sail a few winters ago. But at some point for me, NXT just sort of lost its purpose. They did a good balancing act for a very long time in trying to develop new characters while bringing in established indie stars likely headed to the main roster. But I just really lost a lot of interest in what was my favorite wrestling program over time. There are probably a few reasons why, but most of all was how it morphed from Developmental League to Developmental League That Is Secretly The Best Wrestling Show In The World to Not Longer Secretly The Best to An Actual Third Brand. I really have missed the first two or so phases of NXT a lot. There are a lot of elements of that still looming like tonight's wedding summit or the new faces floating around or Cameron Grimes and The Way. I'm excited if they stat to head back in that direction and give us things like Rick Steiner's kid trying to find his footing or The Creed Brothers ruining the spinal columns of some Orlando-based jobbers or In-Dex. I hope that's what we get.
  15. I just saw the wedding segment. Bravo to everyone. Screw some seven star match. This is pro wrestling at its finest. Was Indi chewing gum the entire time? Who ever thought that Austin Theory would be hysterical? Johnny and Candace, too. I want something like this in NXT 2.0 every month if possible.
  16. All in on these guys. Awesome lunkhead jock bullies. I laughed multiple times during this match when they just rag-dolled those fools. That clothesline finish is so nasty and my favorite move in wrestling right now.
  17. I think the New Day are both in and out of kayfabe the greatest WWE stable of all-time. In-story: Longest reigning tag champs, if I'm reading Wiki right they've had 11 separate tag title reigns, two world champions, one Grand Slam champ in Kofi and another Triple Crown champion now in Big E. That's an unimpeachable record and may they never break up. Out-of-kayfabe: Saddled with a DOA gimmick that they made work by finding their collective voice as irritating nerds. Along the way, they became the voice of a certain section of WWE fandom who are into gaming and comic books and other parts of nerd culture, with Woods becoming a celebrity in that world. KofiMania is on the short-list of best stories the WWE has ever told -- his breakout in the Gauntlet match, the awesome Gauntlet where his partners had to win to save his opportunity (with The Usos doing the "We respect you and forfeit!" segment). On top of being a WrestleMania Main Event Act, they can also carve out a lot of time in the mid-card or in a comedy role and it's almost always entertaining, which is ridiculously entertaining. And, most importantly, being three black men having all of this success is the exact opposite of pro wrestling's racial dynamics over the years. Their podcast addressing George Floyd and injustice legitimately hit me harder than anything else I listened to or watched on those issues. Also:
  18. I've been through this here many times before. I'm fine with it. I express unpopular opinions like "I like this WWE thing a lot" or "I do not like guys from the indies joining NXT and keeping their names and personas, it was more fun when they had to come up with new stuff" or "I wish AEW tweaked this." For some reason, it sets people off. Oh well. That's fine. To each their own.
  19. There will be an inevitable Best Friends Breakup Feud based over what's better: Wawa or Sheetz
  20. The ONE thing that I regret in not getting into AEW until lately is missing OC's rise. He's such a fun character. He's obviously just so completely different than anyone else in the history of wrestling. His commitment to the character in-ring is unworldly. But what's even more impressive with him is that he can fit on so many places on the roster -- a main event person to a comedy act to a tag pairing to etc. One of the reasons why The New Day became what they are is because of that versatility on the roster. You don't have that versatility without being in the upper echelon of talented performers. Also, "Where Is My Mind" is just such awesome theme music for him. Most theme music for faces is obviously over-the-top upbeat to pop the crowd. But him going out to something that's so slow-tempo'd (and is about Frank Black swimming in the Caribbean) works for him magically. Just a joy to watch and my favorite person to dig into so far in the backstories.
  21. Just working through your VERY awesome thread and not sure if you have an update for Dr. Britt Baker DMD. But she's probably my favorite act in AEW -- what an awesome heel and overall performer. Her match against Thunder Rosa lived up to its billing, and then some. I've watched her Brittsburgh conquering hero promo so many times. It was pretty perfect in how to slightly shift a heel that you know is going to get a huge hometown welcome and is already getting cheers for being awesome. The Terrible Towels and her holding up the belt offering the entire city renewed hope was an awesome visual and line. But everything I've watched her do has been really great. Her relationship with Tony is so unique and really stands out. I'm pumped for her feud with Ruby Soho. Ruby should be an actress in how good she is as a face promo. I described her to someone over the weekend as "If our friend Megan was a pro wrestler." She just feels that real of a persona. Britt's a bit hammier since she's a heel and has lackeys, but there's enough of her in the conceited "I have two Plan A's and you all failed at life" stuff to make anything she does work. But Britt rules so so so so much.
  22. No I didn't. But the buzz about it is why I finally decided to watch AEW. And guess what? I LIKED IT! There was a lot of the show I did like. I spent a lot of my weekend watching the back episodes that I could watch via Roku to get caught up to speed. I really liked Rampage a lot. But they did some things that I thought they could have done better. None of these are dealbreakers. I'm going to keep watching. But, in all honesty, the number one thing that's going to sour me on the programming are Comic Shop Guys about all of this who can't believe that I -- a person who did not watch All Out and who does not follow Japanese wrestling -- would want to see about 15 seconds worth of screen time to show me why this guy was a big deal, and why it was a big deal for Jon Moxley (who I do know) to face him. Why is this such a controversial statement or belief? I don't want to have to go on a big research trail to see who is fighting someone on a wrestling show. I just want to watch wrestling.
  23. People are literally arguing for point 1. I just wanted one 15-30 second segment once to tell me who the f this guy is and why I should care. Nothing more than that.
  24. Show don’t tell us the adage in good storytelling. A 15-second clip at any point in the show of him choking someone out or the like is all you need to do. Something that makes him look impressive and hooks in the person tuning in for the first time after hearing about how good the PPV was. That is literally all you need to do just at some point. The announcers talking about how good he is a few times throughout the show is fine, but that needs to accentuate the visual. Have you ever only listened to a wrestling match with no video? Wrestling is a visual artform, and you need to show don’t tell. And you can’t assume a large part or a majority of the audience knows who a person who has literally never been in the promotion before and from what I can tell has made only one brief appearance on national TV, and that was in Ring of Honor May years ago so that is more “TV.” And even for people who have heard of him, giving a 15 or 30 second refresher of who he is works really well for the folks who are familiar but are not weirdos like us who go on wrestling message boards, which is probably a huge part of the audience. I will add this — a major reason why I have not checked out AEW yet is because of the insufferable nature of many of its fans who believe AEW is the ultimate in human entertainment and a flawless enterprise. You are all being a bunch of Comic Shop Guys right now who live in this wrestling bubble. AEW airs on TNT - a network that shows AEW, the NBA and stuff that I assume is a Rizzoli and Isles or Men of a Certain Age spin-off, along with something like The Accountant. This is not some tape trading thing. It’s a nationwide wrestling show trying to get a mainstream audience but doing so by being more professional wrestling and staging things differently than the WWE and putting new stars and faces out there. You are all forgetting that really important point. I have literally only watched one Young Bucks match in my life, and that was over the weekend, let alone having any idea who a Japanese wrestler who has never appeared on TV before. But, hey, that’s cool. Insufferable fans limit an artist to nothing more than a cult status. I guess that is the intent? A show for people who know all of the times Kawada has fought Misawa? Because if it is — have fun with that.
  25. You’re right. My not liking AEW’s decision to not tell the audience who one half of the main event is because of deep-seeded pathos buried in my soul, and I can only have it cured by having an encyclopedic knowledge of every winner of the NJPW/ROH Battledome Spectacular Fight Or Die Never Surrender Night 2 Tournament from 2004 to know who the hell I am watching.
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