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  1. Let me go on record as saying the cringiest thing about all of pro wrestling today is Alex Abrehantes. Him bopping around in super sparkly Ed Hardy shirts and acting like he's an equal part of Death Triangle's act instead of a fucking joke is just peak cringe. Yeah the Penta Says thing gets a reaction. But it's not worth it. He's a tool. And why is he bopping around all confident and shit? If anything he should be scared shit-less that any of those three badasses could snap on him at anytime... he's an announcer not a fighter. Be more scared you twerpy dipshit. It just sticks out so much and takes away from one of the best acts in AEW.

    As for the debate on making Andrade speak English or let him speak Spanish... I'm on the side of let him speak Spanish. I actually think him slipping in and out of English sounds pretty cool and as has already been said, his body language and confidence are definitely higher when speaking his native language. My only wish is that they subtitle his live promos like they do his backstage ones because I'd like to get the full context. I disagree with comparing Andrade to Juvi and Psychosis. There have been plenty of legitimate stars in wrestling who didn't speak clear English. This isn't like an office job where you need to communicate on projects and shit. As long as you can convey your emotions and the story is told effectively through subtitles, there's no reason someone *has to* speak English.

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  2. 5 hours ago, Stefanie the Human said:

    Friendly advice from a trans woman, and this has little to do with you inasmuch as I've seen this pop up a bunch of times in relation to Nyla (or other trans folks)...

    The more someone says that their negative opinion of a trans person's work has nothing to do with them being trans, the more it sounds like that's exactly the problem you have with them. What you may be seeing as getting ahead of being accused of transphobia instead comes off to folks like me as "I'm not bigoted, but..."

    We're allowed to be bad at things too, y'all, and it's okay for us being bad at things to be pointed out without people having to go "but I swear I'm not transphobic". 🙂

    Thank you for pointing that out, I hadn't considered it from that point of view. I appreciate the feedback when I'm doing something that's offense, it's the only way to learn from it. That isn't what I intended. I'll do better.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Curt McGirt said:

    That sucks because Archer desperately needs a win right now after everything. They can do a title switch back to Mox with another big gimmick match I think, and since Archer is alumni I don't see NJ having a problem with it.

    Not at Moxley's expense he doesn't. Count me out on the 50/50 booking. A win just so he can lose it back a few weeks later? No thanks. If you want to keep your big stars looking like big stars, they shouldn't trade wins back and forth. I like Archer but he's not in the same stratosphere as Mox. That's a pointless change that just weakens everyone in the long run, in my opinion.

     

     

    1 hour ago, Craig H said:

    I'm not saying she's Nia Jax levels of bad or dangerous, but she's had more than a few near misses. Conversely, she also has all the tools to be awesome if she could add conditioning to the mix.

    She's far worse. Jax is sloppy but Jax also generally doesn't do stuff as dangerous as Nyla attempts. Nyla is the worst. Legit in that tag match Vicki Guerrero, who has had like 4 matches, is the ring general and directing Nyla who is lost. She's got terrible conditioning. She's dangerous. She does a beast gimmick but gasses out so bad she can't throw solid strikes. There's not one person on The AEW roster worse than her.

    (I feel the need to point out this is strictly a comment on her on air / in ring performance. I have no issues or negative things to say about her life choices / who she is behind the scenes. I am all for that and support her for it. I am not taking shots at her for any reason other than the actual paint she puts on the canvas so to speak.)

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  4. I just looked it up. The night after Royal Rumble 2014 (the night they had Triple H rant about "your friend Mark" crying on Twitter) drew 4.7 million viewers.

    The night the McMahon family came out and did the "keep watching, we'll do better" promo drew 2.5 million viewers.

    The second to last Thunderdome show on July 5th did the lowest rating in the history of Raw, 1.4 million viewers.

    WWE just trademarked the phrase "complaining is not conversation” according to today's Observer Daily Update.

    At what point does the light bulb go on and they realize treating your customers like shit for almost a decade has been a bad business strategy?

    Sure profits are high. And they will be for the foreseeable future. But the bubble IS going to pop. They don't respect the fan base, and actually despise it. That's the point of everyone ranting about the bad booking decisions. At a certain point the viewership is going to drop so low they aren't worth the billion dollar contracts. You'd think with such clear and obvious evidence of people not liking what they're doing, they'd change some of their ways. But nope, they dig in deeper. It's gonna get worse before it gets better.

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  5. 4 hours ago, For Great Justice said:

    Interesting to see some react to the show as a show, and some people react to the show for the booking. This Kross thing might be the best example of this we’ve had recently.

    For show watchers, longtime favorite Jeff Hardy got this theme back and chumped out punk mark buster Karrion Kross and it’s great because that dude sucks. For booking watchers, it’s maddening because ‘what is Vince thinking’ or whatever. 

    You liked the show. Other people didn't. You like to judge the on air show as an on air show. Other people like to judge a scripted wrestling program on the purpose of the scripted stuff. Why is the way you watch "the right" way? Everyone has an opinion and they're all equal. Some people judge movies on the story presented in the movie. Other people judge movies on casting choices and box office success. There's no "right way" to discuss wrestling. Wrestling is for everyone. We shouldn't be cannibalizing our own here lol.



    My opinions on the show vary. I mean during the pandemic Raw was just unwatchable. I didn't think this was a great show, but things are happening and it was definitely watchable. Cena opening the show gave it a real shot in the arm. He's fresh and exciting in a way that most of the regular roster is not. Sometimes going away is the best thing that can happen to you.

    In my head I expected the challenger for Lashley to be Keith Lee. Open challenges are generally always a vehicle to debut or have someone return that is supposed to be a surprise. But this did nothing for either guy. Lashley smoking Kofi made him look like a beast. Why couldn't he have smoked someone else? A dominant squash can sometimes be more worthwhile for a character than beating a name guy. Feel like Ricochet pinballing for Lashley made more sense. And Keith Lee getting a big dominant win to establish that he's back would have certainly been better for him. This all leading to 55 year old Godlberg challenging 45 year old Lashley in the 100 year epic... yuck. Because ya know with a record of 0-1 on the year Goldberg def deserves a title shot 🙄

    The Kross thing is just the worst. I do not like the guy when the bell rings. But he has equity they have invested in him. He has squashed all of NXT and he's their champ. Making him lose in 2 minutes is just a stupid move man. Like if Marvel shelled out a ton of money to buy back the exclusive rights to Venom and had him show up in Ant Man and had Ant Man defeat him with only 5 minutes of screen time. Just such a staggeringly bad business decision. I don't hate the concept, had it been with a less protected NXT guy. Developmental prospect buying his own hype and realizing he isn't as big of a deal as he thought when he makes it to the pros is a fine story to tell. Just not with an undefeated monster that's also the brand's champion. They took away his entrance, his hot chick, and his aura. Then the narrative when they release him will be "god damn these wrestler's today just can't grab the brass ring".

    I also called Nikki cashing in. They are dead set on getting Charolette to 16 time champion. So I fully expect her to win the title back next week on Raw. This was a cool moment for Nikki but you guys are kidding yourself if you think it's about merch or any of that. This was legitimately just an easy way to get rid of the MITB case and get Charolette one number higher. That's it. Charolette wins the title back next week. Does a post match beat down. Becky returns to set up Summer Slam. Nikki cuts promos about "I'm on the right track. I'm almost a super hero. I won my first title. I just gotta keep working and when I become a full on super hero I will win the title back and the world is mine".

    They've been pretty consistent with one big surprise per show now with audiences. Balor. Cena. Goldberg. Friday will be Sasha coming back probably. Then Becky on Raw. I actually like this method. Spreading the shots in the arm out to keep some momentum. And giving an anyone can show up feel is a really smart way to do it. Overall this wasn't a terrible show or anything. But the band aid of excited hot crowds that miss wrestling is only going to last so long. If they don't fix the way they treat everyone like a nobody, they will be back to shedding viewers around Survivor Series.

     

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  6. I always dug Wrath and especially Mortis. Glacier always came off as lame to me. But I think it was his face / early 90s Sting hair. I did not like Glacier or Ernest Miller in ring in WCW. They just screamed karate guys to me. Karate didn't impress me. Being able to take a karate technique and make it flow into a wrestling spot was what popped me. Like 123 Kid's doing his backflip counter to a hiptoss then pulling a spinwheel kick out of nowhere. But the lame karate fighting stance, kick, block, kick stuff was pretty dull compared to the cruiserweights and the hosses throwing bombs at each other on the rest of the card.

  7. 10 hours ago, The Natural said:

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    Give me these WWF distinctive sets 20 years ago to WWE's today.

    They weren't all hits (looking at you No Mercy lol). But they sure gave a shit and put all their creativity into set designs back then. I get that today you just throw a 30 foot video wall up and can put any design you want on it for virtually $0. But it loses a lot of charm. It's also a very effective way at branding your PPVs. Backlash always had the gigantic scythes worked in for instance. What sticks out about any PPVs today?

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  8. There was a story on the Fox debut show everyone wanted Vince to open the show except Vince. He did it begrudgingly. The way I view it is less as a slight to Vince and more that he probably didn't want to do this spot either but ended up being talked into it. So it was a half hearted not really feeling it performance. That's just my read on it. It was totally inoffensive as a bit. But as the first thing you do after the pandemic just a strange choice.

    Infinit hit on it tho. They don't have a strong lead baby face to really open the show with a gigantic pop. So this was the call, huge Vince pop. Him kind of not giving a shit and doing a snarky joke. Just a little missed opportunity. Not at all reasonable to expect, but could you imagine a Rock or Cena or Austin doing the spot instead? Huge pop. Funny quip. Fans are excited. Maybe I'm jaded but who in the world is an over enough babyface for that spot? Maybe Becky. But I sense they have her return idea mapped out already.

  9. 12 hours ago, Burgundy LaRue said:

    (Looks at thread)

    (Leaves)

    Sorry. I know it's a bummer when you enjoy something and see a lot of people talking negative about the thing you enjoyed. But this is a discussion forum for everyone to express their opinions. I genuinely didn't like much about this show / WWE in general these days. I want to like it, and wish I have more positive to comment on. I will try and balance my last post with a few things I did like.

    -I really love everything about Roman & The Usos right now. Their characters, their work, their aura. Everything about them is clicking.

    -I also liked Big E's interaction with Heyman. I think what I enjoy most is authenticity. You can just feel when someone is letting their legitimate personality shine through. Big E comes off as genuine. Like you just know he goes around busting people's balls and cracking jokes exactly like he did with Heyman.

  10. I did not like this show. I don't want to be TOO negative tho because having a live crowd back was 50x better than not having one.

    -Vince starting the show by mumbling a one liner and walking away was... a choice...

    -As was the first 15 minutes of the entire episode being videos and entrances. A bit excessive. But that six man tag was solid.

    -Having Finn back on the main roster is nice. But he already feels like just another guy to me. Maybe that's a me thing tho. I really hope they have a plan for him and he gets back to where he was when he got initially injured. That was such a breath of fresh air having him squash Reigns to qualify and then winning the Universal title. Feels like a lifetime ago.

    -Challengers beat champs week one. So now they get a number one contender's match with... the champs in week 2? That make any sense? Liv was over after that beat down. That was a cool moment I didn't expect.

    -The Corbin thing was a fine bit. I just don't like where the angle is probably heading. They filed a trademark on "Happy Corbin". Count me out of that horse shit lol.

    I get the sense having the crowd back will help them sail through the summer. But the problems didn't go away. They just have a band aid covering them up for now.

  11. Great topic @The Natural.

    Seeing that sweet King Of The Ring 2001 set reminded me how close they cut it with the Invasion set that year. I was at Invasion (in the cheapest nosebleed seats available lol) and they were still constructing the stage during Sunday Night Heat. It was wild. They literally were sawing and drilling in wood still on the Alliance side during the Chavo v Scotty 2 Hottie match on Heat. They threw on the carpet over the ramp on that side while the PPV intro video was playing. I wonder if that played a part in having Storm & Awesome starting the PPV in ring. Because they never did that in that era. But that set was also a very cool concept (that almost killed Trish when she almost fell off after her match). I miss actual PPV sets.


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  12. I'm not even going to compare abilities like that. I think it's much simpler. Mandy would voice when she didn't like something. So they swapped her place out for someone who doesn't ever complain. It's literally that simple. They care about quantity over quality on the main roster. Pump out content. Instead of a minor headache with Mandy not liking things sometimes, they just cleared the path to smooth sails with someone who won't rock the boat. I really do think that's the only actual thought that went into the decision.

  13. This isn't going to happen, but what I would do is Kofi beating Lashley. You have Lashley want to murder someone to get his mojo back so you do him vs Goldberg without the title. You have Big E with Money In The Bank. You have him announce his shot ahead of time. And you find a compelling way to insert Woods as well. Triple Threat Kofi vs Big E vs Woods for the title. You keep all three buds and all of them are faces and none of them turn on each other. A very feel good kind of match for a big crowd in Vegas.

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  14. Lazy. They've been hyping new sets for months and all it amounts to is a single 25ft screen? Meh. They've also been touting more augmented reality graphics. Am I the only one that fucking hates those? They all look like shit. A bunch of rainbow birds flying out of Riddle's feet? Why? Am I officially in old man yelling at could territory yet? The Raw sets from 1997 - 2002 were the sweet spot. Big screen, but also stage elements that made it more than just a screen. Nitro's first set was also pretty fucking good even without a screen.

    Maybe I'm the only one but I feel like just a big screen is very plain and unoriginal with no other design elements.

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  15. 2 hours ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    Okay, so, yes, inset promos are not a thing currently, but what is a thing currently is Split Screens.  They use them for pic in pic. Using this technique during an entrance, as they have many times on Dynamite, is a great use of it - as opposed to middle of the match.  My idea is a split screen (during SOME, NOT ALL, Dark/Elevation entrances) but instead of a Ric Flair or Papa John's commercial we could have a guy or gal's promo.  As you've highlighted, not exactly the same thing.  Apologies for misleading you there.
     

    I think we're having two different conversations. Dynamite does picture in picture commercials Warner Media has sold, as part of their TV deal. Completely controlled by TNT. Dark and Elevation don't have commercials because they are internet shows and not currently broadcast anywhere. So it's comparing apples to pomegranates. Unless you just mean use the technology of the split screen to do a promo at the same time as an entrance? Maybe that's what you mean and I'm just missing your point? That is certainly feasible if that's what you mean? I don't think talent wouldn't have a problem with that. But your initial jumping off point I was speaking to was cutting them all together and just throwing it to the ring.

     

    2 hours ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    Further, I didn't say they were using the same techniques on Dynamite and Dark.  I was suggesting the ideas I had proposed were things that were either happening or (as above) similarly happening on Dynamite, hence why it wouldn't be such a huge deal to do it on Dark.  And hence why I can't see a contracted AEW wrestler (not a 'delusional' indie/never-was or will be like your example) saying 'Sorry Tony, I can't have any moment of my entrance split screened or cut, brother'. 
     

    Sigh. This is where you lose me. Huh? The more successful people become, generally the less humble they become. My point was even nobody indy dudes have had problems with this kind of thing. And moving higher up the food chain certainly means there's gonna be a lot more "that doesn't work for me brother". I'm not saying everyone in AEW is a selfish jerk or anything. But I am saying the egos of dudes making real money are certainly bigger than a "delusional indie/never-was". I don't know what you do as a profession. I'll aim high and say like a doctor maybe. You're using doctor brain and doctor logic on wrestling (or whatever you expertise is). As a wrestler that has dealt with fellow wrestlers, and a promoter who has dealt with talent in that capacity as well... bro... everyone has a problem with everything lol.

  16. 50 minutes ago, Gorman said:

    Sometimes it takes that long for the song to kick in. Did he come out to "Simply the Best" ?

    Nope lol. A shitty custom rap song his friend laid over a track from Grand Theft Auto. It didn't have a chorus or a breakdown he was waiting for. He just though the lyrics were fire and said that's what his people came for. He ended up quitting two or three years in because no promoter would put up with his shit anymore. He also demanded half the gate to work the next show after the street fight I had mentioned. Half the gate... for fuck's sake. Delusional.

     

    1 hour ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    That makes sense, but the variables are completely different.  I’m talking about formatting for television or in this case YouTube.  I’ve also given you a number of examples of how they are already doing this on Dynamite.  Huge difference between an indie guy working one shot or event wanting to get all his stuff in and a contracted employee working for a television promotion.  In some cases I was even suggesting a split screen or inset promo by the same guy entering or his rival (which would further tell the story they’re involved in).  You really think said wrestler is going to cause heat over this, and remain a valued employee? You’re responding to the idea of cutting all entrances, and that’s not what I’m saying or was ever saying.  I’m talking about tv formatting and making better editing choices.  Again, nothing I’ve suggested is breaking from what they already do.  

    You're being a little too stubborn here, and the highlighted text is false. They don't cut contracted talent's entrances currently on Dark or Elevation. They don't cut right to the bell of the match starting. They don't overlay promos in instead of an entrance. Those are the main things you said you'd like to see, yeah? So what you're suggesting is breaking from what they do. But no worries I'm going to disengage now. Just a difference of opinion on what would or wouldn't offend a wrestler. Carry on.

  17. 16 hours ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    I appreciate where you're coming from, but as I've pointed out - they're already doing it in a number of ways.  I don't think anything I've outlined would cause any sort of uproar with a reasonable contracted employee.  And to be clear I'm talking week to week and mainly about Dark/Elevation.  Not Dynamite and certainly not Closed Circuit Television, er Pay Per View.

    Again not trying to fight your opinion here. Just trying to relay that yes it would be a problem and yes it would cause an uproar. I've been on tiny events in horse barns where I've seen guys complain about stuff like this. Hell one of the shit heads I broke into the business with once said "My people pay to hear my music so I'm not going out until my song has been playing for at least a minute". This was a dude I knew since high school who I was wrestling in a street fight for that night. But he waited over a minute to come out. Everyone in this business is a mark for themselves. And the second you treat them as less than a star it's going to rock the boat for some people.

    The Janela thing was just an example. But I'll keep rolling with that. He gets what, one Dynamite match every six months? So you're advocating for 95% of all his entrances be cut (since he mainly works Dark & Elevation only). So the dude gets one entrance every six months or so? How does that not relay to the guy that no one cares about him? How does that help him feel like a valued member of the team? Part of the job of a good promoter is to make all of your talent feel valued. Not everyone is gonna be put in a meaningful spot. But you can still treat them as an important part of the team. Cutting entrances is not how you demonstrate that.

    You save 8 minutes on an internet TV show that only 25% of your audience even watches but potentially alienate your talent confidence in the process... it's just not worth it.

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  18. 38 minutes ago, HarryArchieGus said:

    My suggestion is: we don't need to see in every match every wrestler come out of the tunnel and down the ramp and into the ring.  In some cases, yeah, I love cutting straight to the ring for the action.  It's a nice way to open a broacast on occasion.  I also think the entrances would be a good time for an inset promo from the competitor or their rival - classic syndicated WWF style.  On Dynamite they might start an entrance and go picture and picture - this is one of the better uses of this modern technology.    

    I understand that is what you'd like to see. Your opinion is valid and I'm not trying to talk you out of what you like. I'm just trying to explain why it's not likely to happen. It's a business with a lot of egos and irrational emotions. There's a lot of performers that would not be okay with being featured that way and they'd be willing to throw a fit about it. For that reason alone it's not worth rocking the boat.

     

  19. We all have different sensibilities when it comes to what we like out of wrestling. But some of these suggestions clearly would never make it past the wrestling bubble filter. Like cutting contracted talent's entrances? Yeah explain that to the worker and see how that works out lol. There's certain cues wrestling uses to demonstrate unspoken norms. Such as, if you get no entrance you are not important. Did anyone think QT Marshall was beating Cody when he had no entrance this week? Nah. Cutting the contracted wrestler's entrances off of Dark & Elevation would communicate to them that no one in the company cares about them. Cut Joey Janela's entrance and see how long it takes for him to publicly vent on twitter and ask for his release because the company is disrespecting him.

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  20. I don't think house shows were ever in the cards for AEW. Or at least not a full time road schedule of them like WWE did. Strictly a TV / PPV product with maybe one or two non televised special events a year is how they've always talked about it. And who can disagree, even WWE was losing money on house shows before the rona. So I think it's just a by-product of being the wrestler friendly promotion. If they ask to work a few outside dates that don't coincide with an AEW date, TK will probably okay them. It's a bit of a risk of potential injury, but it's off set with good publicity letting their guys get out there and show up anywhere. That buys a lot of good will from wrestling fans at those events. Guerilla marketing if you will.

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  21. 1 hour ago, Ramo2653 said:

    Is there any reason why people don't use that elevated DDT that Paige used to hit? It looked good. Andrade should just that instead of the hammerlock flatliner.

    Good call. He can even keep the Hammerlock variation. Just pop them up on his hips in the bear hug position after and drop them with the DDT. Different enough from Tay's finisher and super deadly looking. Hope TK still lurks here and steals your suggestion lol.

  22. 4 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

    Purely guessing but I think the replacement list goes

    1) Sasha Banks

    2) Liv Morgan

    3) Toni Storm

    4) Shotzi Blackheart

    Toni and Shotzi have both been getting tryouts and are expected to get called up at the Draft so just bringing one up would work (I would think Storm is more likely just because she is a heel)

    Becky doesn't even make the list? That's the first name I thought of. First full PPV in front of a crowd. Biggest name they have in the women's division. Maybe they already have something penciled in for her. But she's certainly more likely than Liv lol.

  23. 27 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

    That's something that has bothered me about modern tag team wrestling.  I've seen all these and none should be a legal tag:

    • Tag through the ropes
    • Tag over the ropes with the illegal man standing on the bottom rope and leaning in
    • Tag by slapping your partner's back
    • Tag by slapping your partner's outstretched foot
    • Tag while climbing the buckles on the outside

    That's all bullshit.  Growing up, a tag was hands-only, reaching over the top only, with the illegal man planted firmly on the apron in the the corner.  Bonus points if there's a tag rope.

    Two-man pins are likewise bullshit.

    Have you ever played tag? You just gotta touch the person for a tag and then they're it. That's where tag team wrestling came from. You tag your partner and they are it. You're making up your own set of rules here my man. The only rule that has been established is you need to be holding the tag rope for it to be legal. But 21st century has abolished the tag rope. AEW had it for a minute but even they decided against it.

    But as far as I have ever understood, a legal tag occurs when you are in the ring and your partner is out of the ring and you touch signifying a change of who is "it" (or legal). You can reach in. You can have a foot on the bottom rope inside (lots of babyfaces do this to get an extra spring for speed on the hot tag). You can touch a back or foot. Just gotta be one in one out and touch.

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  24. 4 hours ago, NikoBaltimore said:

    Right, I almost forgot to mention for the love of fuck can we please stop with on-air bagging on the other company?  I know on podcast interviews they would refer to the other company which is fine.  But between Kingston's post show promo on Dynamite and especially Britt's Saudi line it's getting ridiculous.  I'm of the belief that the biggest insult one can make is to prove how great you are instead of saying.  And with NXT not even on the same night anymore there's just no need for stuff like that.  So unless it was a hit live and didn't come across that way I consider that line a fail.

    -That's not how the world works. Controversy creates cash. Drama / conflict sell. Wrestling is a work but fans desperately want to suspend their disbelief and feel something real. Well taking shots at the other guys is real. So it's always going to evoke an oh shit reaction. Remember that time Sami Zayn said AEW on a Raw and the crowd lost it? So I loved Britt's shot. Get that oh shit pop. Get that edgy feel. Don't treat WWE with kid gloves just because.

    -Overall this episode was mostly a misfire for me. Cody vs QT did not need 15 minutes.

    -The America Top Team guy segment is my least favorite segment in company history. While I get it was a parody of Corny, if he's the heel then make sure he doesn't name drop guys that will make the crowd pop. Who wants to boo Harley Race or especially Terry Funk after the news this week??? Just a stupid fucking segment. The fans watching at home not privy to the Cornette stuff might be like yeah ya know what this guy is right AEW does kind of suck. Why plant that seed? Just so fucking dumb to do.

    -Andrade's debut was just so blah. Why is there a random man servant with him? Why is Vikki with him? Why can't he be this deadly mob boss character and not muddy shit up with Vikki? He went from being presented with a smoking hot latin woman in WWE to being presend with Vikki... just because? The match was clunky and his finish sucks. Love Andrade and do think he'll work the kinks out. But why do you debut him going 50/50 with Sydal for 10 minutes? Let him murder Dante Martin and look like a badass in 5 minutes. Sometimes people are too inside and think a good performance or a good match is just as good as looking dominant in a squash. There's a time and place for both but a debut is not that time to try and 50/50 a guy.

    -Loved Black debuting here because I didn't know about the no compete issue and didn't see it coming. I didn't have a problem with Excalibur's sell of it. It's a weekly progression thing. Next week you show some of that Instagram video and it fills in the story. You don't have to fully flesh everything out upon the first sight of a guy. Have some patience. Great sumarization of the character :
     

    1 hour ago, Craig H said:

    The gist is that Tommy End was caged and institutionalized for so long that Malakai Black was born and now that character is unchained and free. 


    -My TNT feed got stuck on a Nuegenics commercial and didn't join the Jericho segment until the fan was punched. I was so very confussed. Wonder if it was only the DirecTV feed of TNT or what, because missing out on that sing along for the first time on the road is something I'm sure AEW would be pissed about.

    -Lastly out of 5 matches, 4 went to picture in picture commercials during the match. Why format your show like this? Just don't get it. Format it to have no more than 2 matches with commercials. Pretty annoying when a wrestling show has 80% of it's wrestling matches shown incomplete. Maybe that's a weird gripe that is a me thing? Idk.

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  25. They are scared to death of someone seeing a strike not land. So they purposely do the shaky cam / overkill of cuts especially in the mounted punch position. I can promise you this shitty camera work breaks me out of my immersion in buying the work way more than a few worked punches that don't land.

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