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Super Ape

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  1. Exactly. Take teams to places without NFL teams, and build new bonds between cities and their teams. Places like St. Louis, Oakland, San Diego, and New York. (as I make that joke I see that they dropped the NY team and are likely putting teams in Vegas [why?], San Antonio [good call], and Orlando [also a good call]).
  2. Sad news out of the Delaware indie scene; former ECWA and Right Coast Pro manager Sebastian Night, real name Brian Recker, has passed away. He leaves behind a six-year-old daughter.
  3. It’s the classic trap; a spring league is built on the assumption that Americans can’t get enough football, only to fall face-first into the harsh reality that Americans CAN indeed get enough football.
  4. I really do think the XFL is going to be the best (and last) chance for an alternative or feeder league for the NFL to pop up. FCF has potential, but it’s tied up in crypto and NFT stuff so who knows if that survives the ongoing crash. And the USFL is the USFL. But other than that? After the AFL died and the remaining indoor leagues struggled to fill the void, I still don’t see much space for alternatives. You have college football, you have the NFL, and you have the CFL if you need summer football (they just resolved their strike!). And the XFL, if that lasts.
  5. This is why I’ve just been pretending the lockout is still going on.
  6. The USFL and XFL’s existences are something that I hope does well, but I don’t know how committed I’d be to watching. The USFL is a ghost town it seems every game, and the XFL’s network deal and Dwayne’s name/money behind it only makes me more resolute that if this iteration can’t survive, then no alternative to the NFL/spring football league can. They tried with indoor football for over 30 years until they finally gave that ghost up. Outdoor football has way more failures, and is the more mainstream version, so Rocky’s probably the best chance for an alternative, or even a feeder league, in a market with no room for one, lead by a league that has repeatedly indicated it has no interest in one.
  7. Nah, it was a Japanese match, with no ring, and the dudes were grappling on the mat surrounded by like ten people towering above them despite sitting on chairs. I think they were using a toy WWE belt for the title.
  8. I've been driving myself crazy trying to find a no-ring sleaze match in front of like 10 people. One guy was doing Shibata headbutts and they were wrestling over what looked like a toy WWE belt. Does anybody know anything about it? I know I'm not good with names, but I'm hoping this place will know.
  9. That asshole stealing money from a team dumb enough to give it to him is just one of the reasons I will never forgive Rob Manfred and the MLBPA for coming to terms and ending the lockout.
  10. Only really watched Austin/Owens, and I’m glad I did. In an era where many main events are micromanaged and look way too polished and choreographed, that match had enough grittiness and (controlled, of course) chaos to serve as one last swan song both for Austin’s career and the Attitude Era he flourished in. What’s more; the fact that Kevin Owens worked his ass off carrying this feud by himself for a month and got rewarded by being his idol’s last opponent, and got to do a motherfucking STUNNER to him just goes to show how much trust that place has in him. I have never tried to hide my feelings on WWE as a company, but I’m not above pointing out when they do good things, and this was a case of them underpromising (we thought Austin was gonna merk KO and that would be that) and overdelivering (a fucking MATCH), and good for them.
  11. I’m friends with the woman running this account, and I’m really excited for what she helps create.
  12. They’re still paying 50% of his salary and cap space. Fletcher needs to be fired and never allowed to hold a job in hockey again. For now, though, I’m a Panthers fan.
  13. Any room on the bandwagon? I said I was gonna follow G wherever he went, and I stand by that.
  14. There will never be another wrestler who personified pure coolness the way Scott Hall did. Thanks for the memories, Bad Guy. Rest easy.
  15. It’s like the ownership either didn’t learn lessons from 1994, or are hoping on another home run chase to get eyes back onto the sport. As the MLB product has been boring as hell in recent years all I can think of is the parallels between baseball and cricket, and how cricket managed to evolve and thrive since the introduction of the limited-overs game.
  16. At this point, WWE signing Vince Russo would probably be a lateral move at worst. Because this writing/booking is abysmal.
  17. Actually took a chance since I was snowed in and had fuck all else to do. What a mistake. Reigns/Rollins was OK, and I didn’t mind the DQ finish because I’m sure it gets blown off at Saudi Blood Money Vanity Show, but both of those Rumbles? Ye GODS. On the women’s side you have a roster so thin that they had to resort to saying “hey, remember this girl who used to wrestle here?” for a long while, and Ronda looked like she could not have possibly given any less of a shit. Lesnar/Lashley could have benefitted from a little Inokiism, but I was surprised to see ref bumps because I thought those were verboten in modern WWE. Didn’t watch the women’s title match or the mixed tag. And the men’s Rumble… that’s your roster? That shit is paper thin, and while I half-expected Lesnar to show up and win, I also was baffled at Shane O’ Mac in the final three. If the Rumble is THIS bad, at the rate they’re going they’ll have to change the WrestleMania theme song to Yakety Sax. That whole week is going to be a shitshow and I don’t have any faith in the indies to make anything going on in the DFW that week worth paying attention to. American wrestling is in the MUD.
  18. Here’s a recap of today’s Flyers press conference after breaking its franchise losing streak record. Boils down to “our front office guys are our guys, we got a good core (lol), we can turn this around (LMFAO).” When Giroux drops his no-trade, I’m going wherever he goes, even if it’s a team like the goddamn Penguins. Fuck this franchise.
  19. Absolutely heartbreaking news. He had lost an arm and both his legs in a very short time, but I didn’t expect to pass like this. He was such an incredible talent in spite of all the demons he faced. I saw in two years ago and he was still so, so good. His poor family.
  20. Didn’t she leave Impact on bad terms though? Same with Kross, who’s probably NWA-bound. Just make sure Tyrus doesn’t get Scarlett’s number.
  21. Been struggling really hard with the concept of “letting go.” Specifically, with fandom. In the wrestling thread I pointed out how an indie near me booked Onita for a deathmatch and Rob Feinstein was there running Onita’s business. A lot of folks were upset, myself included, and I called some people out for not saying anything and yeah. Got a demonstration of the parasocial “friendship” between entertainer and audience. I’ve talked at length on here about the effects of Speaking Out on my local indie scene and how it hurts because I took my daughter to Chikara shows. After months of holding out hope that things will get better, I finally accepted they won’t, and am trying to disengage and let go of wrestling, at least in these indies. I’ve already decided I won’t take my kid to any more shows, but letting go of friends I made, even those whose bonds were superficial, hurts. Especially for someone who has had difficulty making friends his whole life. I’m not asking for any advice or help, I just really needed to get these words out and stop them from eating me up inside.
  22. Last night was Onita vs. Matt Tremont in a minor league baseball stadium in NJ, and it came out that Rob Feinstein was there working the Onita meet and greet, and a good number of folks were letting everyone involved have it online. Good to know that scuzzy indies never change their stripes.
  23. Serves them right for fucking me over in survival last week. Now do the Saints next, football gods.
  24. We’ll see, the trunk of my car can only hold so many bodies.
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