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  1. Lee/Dijak should've totally won the belts here, but if there's a silver lining between that and the Fish injury, I actually think the Roddy/KoR combo is better than ReDragon on the whole. I'm glad we'll get more matches with that pairing. Dakota turning was much needed. Her offense works really well as a heel despite the fact she's giving up size to most of her opponents. I'm not as crazy about Candice, but I'm glad they protected her with a DQ, and Rhea looked badass coming to save the day. Not all that excited about Finn being in the title picture. Hopefully Gargano comes back and
  2. Mick Foley deserves a shout. It helps that he was willing to take ridiculous bumps and potato shots, but it's hard to think of anyone who could generate sympathy and make his opponent look like a tough bastard better than Foley. He really made it feel like you had to earn a win against him, despite the fact that he lost most of his high-profile matches. Eddie and Regal would be my picks if you're looking for more technical psychology to combine with great story-telling mannerisms and facial expressions, with Bryan being their spiritual successor until about 2015 when he went full WWE.
  3. I'm sure it's been said, but having people that were fighting each other in Wargames last night on the same team tonight was beyond dumb, even by WWE's "brand loyalty above all once a year" standards. That said, the women's elimination match was alright in a vacuum. The finishing stretch was good, and it was good to see Sasha do something. If I wasn't so burned out on triple threats after this weekend, I probably would've liked the secondary title match more. The NXT title match was fine, even if the wrong guy won. I will admit, though, I admire Adam Cole's dedication to turn the Can
  4. I'm not a huge fan of heels losing a 4 on 2 situation, but they did it as well as they could. I would've liked to see them copy the ROH/CZW cage of death where the face the team got the advantage, then lost it because of a turn.The finishing sequence was good, bringing back memories of the underrated Cena/Orton I Quit match. Good stuff all around. The triple threat had some good sequences but needed to be shorter. Another good finishing spot. Riddle/Balor was alright, but definitely one of Riddle's lesser matches this year. He took an RVD-esque bump on that Bloody Sunday, though.
  5. I used to think Rollins was fairly savvy to the business. Is he smart enough that he's leaning into a perfect whiny heel persona for a new decade, or has he been huffing his own farts and let the business pass him by? I'll have to check this show out some time, I'm a sucker for shoot humor.
  6. The whole brand wars setup is dumb, but Revival/UE was the second best match in the company this year, and the Ricochet/Riddle sprint and fallout brawl was fun too. Also, I don't care what anyone says, that ladder panama sunrise was a wonderful piece of internal wrestling logic. Gotta get more bounce to get the bigger guy over. Guess we're just waiting til tonight for the surprise 4th guy? Is Gargano hurt leading to a real surpise, or is it just him?
  7. Maybe WWE is trying a bold new strategy of getting out of the 18-49 demo and marketing towards boomers.
  8. In America, this means you're 100% whatever the other half is to most people. That Myles shirt is racist af obviously, but who do we expect accountability from again? The guy who dropped the N-bomb on live tv? Or the guy who launched his career by doing a blackface skit with a bunch of his white friends?
  9. I'm always down for heel Asuka. Too bad about the rest of the show, but luckily for WWE, AEW thinks a Jack Swagger debut is a "first live weekly show closing" worthy moment, so they didn't fall too far behind in the booking race this week.
  10. Yeah that sums up that whole sequence. "Ho hum" to "hell yeah" to "come on" in 10 seconds. It also doesn't help that Adam Cole's brainbuster on the knee move should be a MDK finisher.
  11. My big issue is that show seemed way too heel-heavy. I think every segment ended with the heels on top, and the babyfaces looked dumb most of the time. The in-ring action was solid, though, and it was good to hear Tony Schiavone call wrestling again. Swagger is still painfully mediocre and if you missed his LU run, he's exactly the same with or without the WWE format.
  12. Bate and Walter absolutely should have. There was no wasted time in that 40 minutes. Complain about the Gargano/Cole series all you want, but Bate and Walter did the epic right.
  13. The announcers missed some points to the story to Bate/Walter too. Bate wasn't giving up a lot of pure strength necessarily, but definitely leverage and striking power with Walter's longer limbs and ability to strike downward instead of having to strike upward. The exploder was Bate's most effective move because when he could use a crotch hold and get his center of gravity lower to muscle over the bigger man. Also, his general suplex/lifting technique of getting his hips low and driving through to neutralize his weight disadvantage. The embarrassment of Walter over getting slamm
  14. There's Bate vs. Walter from TO: Cardiff and then there's everything else.
  15. I knew Bate vs. Walter was a great stylistic match on paper, but god damn. That was the most 90s AJ style match since like 1997. I mean just the best parts of Kobashi vs. Hansen/Williams and Misawa vs. Vader all rolled into one. The rare "once every couple of years" match that just reminds me why I'll always love pro wrestling. It effectively did. There's a difference between "weak kickout then eat more finishers until you lose" and "kickout then go back on offense where you can realistically win."
  16. I just need to procure some DVDs of WCW shows so I can revisit my childhood memories from time to time.
  17. No disrespect to Mickie, Victoria, Molly, etc, but Charlotte is a good bit better than anyone Trish ever worked with in her prime (except like Christian and Jericho if you count one-offs). I'm glad Trish got a match like this to settle the argument whether or not she could hang if she came up today, though. Seth/Brock would've been a lot better without Seth catching a case of DDP disease. You don't need an injury angle to build up Brock as a threat. Any non-fan could discern Brock's opponent is an underdog just by looking at them, and people who have followed his career just need to hear
  18. So, without NXT, what exactly does the network offer?
  19. Can't believe no one else thinks Drew wouldn't have been perfect on top of NXT. Main roster, not as much, but his size and style would've made him a big force as a heel. He'd be more of a slugger to complement the speedy technicians, and still had the conditioning and smoothness to fit the modern style. His match with Oney Lorcan was perfect, and that template would've translated well working with Gargano, Ciampa, Ricochet, etc.
  20. I think Drew McIntyre is the guy NXT has really missed over the last couple of years. He would've been the perfect ace. Now they have Matt Riddle, who would also be a perfect ace, in a needlessly dragging feud with Dain instead of dethroning Adam Cole. NXT used to be so good about putting new faces on top when the time was right, but this year they've decided to book Shayna like Brock Lesnar and run Cole/Gargano so far into the ground it's now floating in the Indian ocean. A Riddle title win here would've fit perfectly with his arc so far, and Yim (for all her faults) would've been a perfectly
  21. I'm actually gonna have to watch a pre-show for the first time years to see Gulak/Lorcan. I always thought Brock and Seth had a good singles match in them after their triple threat with Cena at the Rumble a few years ago, but that was before Brock discovered he could make more money by selling suplex city shirts than by having good matches.
  22. Dream indeed shot himself way up the list. I think Ciampa probably deserves a spot the way his character arc ended up playing out. Oddly, his neck injury ended up blunting Gargano's momentum more than his.
  23. I hope they can find room for Gulak beyond being the new Kassius Ohno. He'd be a great heel NA champ. I can't really say I'm excited to see a Forgotten Sons program/match, but I would be interested to see UE work as faces for a little bit (especially O'Reilly and Cole).
  24. When was the last time Taker didn't make you feel bad for him during a match? Can't imagine too many people will be lining up to work with him after seeing that shoot-tombstone on Goldberg here. Yikes.
  25. I just got around to watching Double or Nothing, and liked it. It reminded me of a better version of Good TNA. Definitely the closest thing there's been to a WCW since WCW folded. I really hope the company does well. The Cody/Dustin match was better than I expected and had a rare southern feel that I don't think any North American wrestling has had in over a decade. Lucha Bros and Young Bucks did an overkill spotfest like only they can. The main event was pretty solid with good character work by Jericho even if his new finisher sucks. The Omega/Moxley brawl was fun. Most importantly,
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