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  1. "You still got it" died for me at whatever Rumble Jericho returned at and got the chants. He was like, 37 at the time or something! I'd hope he would!!
  2. Please God let one of em be in a Kabuki mask
  3. Found that to be strange, too - I almost wonder if they're experimenting with whether they can do better with speculation of him being there as versus the usual "...and we'll hear from" ahead of time. That, or they're (smartly) going to try and get a few more eyeballs on Rampage by airing it there
  4. Thank you guys for clarifying the contract situation, I must've gotten newz'ed or just misremembered
  5. As an AEW guy, I think it's a great idea for all the reasons you and @Curt McGirtmentioned, but to play devil's advocate for a moment: This is the problem with the Forbidden Door (or at least it was in 2020 at the height of the pandemic): Serena and Rosa are the top NWA stars. They have excellent title matches all over AEW TV. Now, as soon as they were available, they were snatched up. The AEW fans rejoice, while NWA loses arguably the cornerstones of their division (all due respect to Mickie James, Kamille, and uh, the other ones). But to put it bluntly: why the hell would Billy Corgan agree to this again? Or Callis/D'Amore either for that matter, because if I'm TK, I've got Deonna Purazzo and Taya Valkyrie's numbers entered in the contacts already, I'm just waiting to press send.
  6. I'll be honest, I did not have the appreciation for Emi when she first started with AEW due to the whole Freddie gimmick - once I realized how great she was (and caught up on some of her previous work via .gif) and she ditched the mustache, I became a big fan. In my head canon, she's the Champ of Dark. I wish her stable was a more formal/consistent thing on TNT/TBS.
  7. Yeah, I just assumed she was utilized as often due to COVID stuff with getting in and out of the country, but that's been over for a while now. On that note, I want to see more Yuka too, she popped back up semi-recently and then I never saw her again. Also, @HarryArchieGus hard seconded on those ladies trios matches - tonight's Elevation main event would have been fucking tremendous on TV. Let's go back to Omega's original mission statement with it - treat them like the WCW Cruisers, right? I know he meant moreso in the sense of using the Joshis, but I look back super fondly on the trios matches from that division and time, I think this would have gotten over with the live crowd enough to come across as a big deal on TV. Might not pay dividends in terms of ratings for a few weeks but id be curious to see
  8. AEW Women's Match Wishlist: Shida vs. Toni Serena vs. Toni Cargill vs. Hayter Britt vs. Hayter (I'm getting inpatient!) Penelope vs. Nyla (Penelope had a good one with Jade I saw live, I think she'd bump well for her) Nyla vs. Jade!! Make it a tie-in with that new Game of Thrones spinoff and have the guy who played Tormund ask for "the big women!" Hayter vs. Serena Layla vs Toni (when she returns) Also, Im not sure if anyone else would be into this idea: how about putting Willow in a team with Maki Itoh whenever she's stateside, where Willow's always unhappy with her foul language but they have a winning record so she just smiles and makes her put money in a swear jar?
  9. Dude, I am one match in, and I am dying at Daddy Magic blaming the losing team's loss on not having matching tights
  10. Random thought: Lots of talk lately about Rampage's rating, ROH's future, the lack of emphasis on the Darks, a possible all-women show - What if we're looking at the way they do TV through too much of a traditional lense? I found myself randomly reading about the airing history of GWF and AWA on ESPN recently, for no reason at all other than nerddom, and had this thought: What if, instead of a one-hour Rampage every Friday, there was a standalone Rampage taping every weekend that allowed for 4 half hour episodes to be aired every weekday except Wednesday? (Or depending on time slot, Wednesday's show could be a commercial for Dynamite, while every third Friday's is done live prior to taping the next three). It might be a bit of a nightmare in terms of having to tape that far ahead, but a lot of the show sort of exists in its own canon sometimes anyway (which is why I threw in the fact that this may work better for something like Dark, ROH, or All Elite Women). In terms of ad revenue and pure exposure to the product, not to mention having to pay talent for fewer dates, it might end up being more advantageous, but obviously I'm not privvy to any of those numbers to make that determination, just thinking out loud.
  11. Damn, I hadn't considered that aspect at the time, @SirSmellingtonofCascadiathat's a good call. I mostly focused on what things would look like with a proper ending to the NWO (For example, I had Hall and Nash reform the Diamond Exchange with DDP and Curt Hennig, and built tension on the idea that Madusa was managing both DDP and Savage because of their prior fued). I also messed around with stuff you might've seen in a Bischoff/Fusient or WWF-owned relaunch, like signing late-era WCWSN guys such as Styles and Roode. This was just a fun little project in WWE2K during the pandemic
  12. Just for fun, I'll share with everyone the intro I wrote for my All-Time All-Star WCW Fantasy Roster: 100 trillion years after the death of World Championship Wrestling (and 9.99925 × 1013 years after the Earth is absorbed by its Sun) the Universe itself has now met its ultimate fate. The remnants of every single star in the sky now swim aimlessly, hopelessly, and helplessly in a vast ocean of black, having exhausted the available supply of gasses to continue fueling their existence. Though all known life has long been evaporated into the ether, with this deafening silence, the final verdict is at once rendered: life can never be supported here again. Everything ever observed or conceived of by every man, woman, flora, or fauna to ever live on any world has gone dark. 10101056 more years of inconceivable stillness pass before all matter in existence collapses inward on itself, quickly and violently reverting to its original, unfathomably dense state. For an immeasurably brief moment before the second (known) Big Bang occurs, thrusting its primordial electricity in every direction, there is no time; like life itself, it has ceased to exist. Every century and every millisecond that has ever passed converges into one, a supermassive singular memory occupying a shared consciousness that's finally been reunited with itself after patiently waiting a literal eternity. This brief moment of oneness is where our version of WCW occurs. In this incarnation of WCW, there is no 1988, there is no 2001; no 1997. There is no life, no death; there is no now. There are only the big boys, and the mysterious realm in which they now play. Big boys playing for only a fraction of a second, yet simultaneously playing forever. Alternately, this could have probably taken place in 2001-2002 if someone cared enough to spend the money (except Rick Rude, sorry man, RIP).
  13. Man, they didn't have those on the stand-alone Network yet when I cancelled it years ago. I would have loved to have watched like, WrestleFest '94 or Bloopers, Bleeps, and Bodyslams again for the same reason as you. There were some that I made my Dad rent so often, it probably would've been cheaper in the long run to just buy 'em.
  14. Joining the chorus to congratulate @Octopusc on a great show and a fantastic report. I'm gettin' me that purple shirt...
  15. I have a bunch of those listed. I think my favorite of the bunch might have been the Foley set because it was really cool for me to finally see some of the matches I had previously only imagined in my mind's eye reading his first book (my local Blockbuster did not have a ton of WCW from his era, it was more or less '95 and on). So for example, the Nasty Boys tag was one he went really in depth on that I never got to see til then. I actually did some work for WWE ~15 years ago at my old job, and the guy tipped me with the Hogan 3 disc set which was and is the funniest thing ever, I couldn't even be mad about it
  16. I forgot about that Warrior DVD. Sure, Warrior was a weirdo, homophobic, animal abusing juice head, but surely there has to be some medium between "Warrior Award is for true heroes " and "total fucking burial on tape from every single employee." You know WWE's pettiness is on another level when they can get me to feel empathy for that guy.
  17. Man, I have zero memory of having seen this but just checked, and sure enough it's on there. I don't remember the DiBiase match from Odessa that's listed right after it on the rundown either, so I'm really looking forward to revisiting that one too. Thanks dudes.
  18. So, it was great as expected. Even the way they hit the ropes in this one was intense. There was really good limb work from both, as well as like a pretty surprisingly modern section on the apron and at ringside. Another cool thing was watching how Bret was still kind of working out certain things - like, for example, he did the signature sternum bump to the turnbuckle, but he also did a couple other really crisp, good ones where he hit like with his shoulder/side. It was like hearing an early demo version of a hit song with different lyrics, or something. Like at some point, he must have worked out like, 'alright, top rope elbow is out, middle rope forearms in' then evolved it into 'alright, gonna wait til the last 1/4 of the match for that one.' Steamboat was doing some really cool shit too, particularly this one sequence where they're hitting the ropes (hard, as noted) and he keeps sliding under Bret's legs, like 2 or 3x in a row before he snatches him. Highly, highly recommend (though I have a sneaking suspicion I'm the last person here to see it).
  19. Thanks Gordlow I've never seen that Boston Garden match with Bret, I'm really excited about it. I have the first Bret box set but not the second, and I'm too young to have seen it on TV so for whatever reason this one was never on my radar. I can't watch it until later on, but I'm already stoked based solely on the fact the video's 18 mins long.
  20. You know what's funny about this? A while ago on Twitter I was talking to a stranger about how I hope Darby/Sting get to wrestle FTR again because I loved their first match at Grand Slam, and someone suggested a trios to mix it up this time - I said what about Punk/FTR vs Darby/Sting/??? And the guy goes "Miro. Think about it." I didn't get it at the time but after that sweet vignette last night, I think I'm with you. Man, Darby/Sting/Miro vs House of Black? Count me the F in. The TNA segment with the bird in Bischoff's office is some all-time WrestleCrap, it's so bad it's transcendently great. To me, he was more like the Cesar Romero Joker of the '60s, but I definitely see a bit of Carrey in there.
  21. Alright, you asked for it... It is remarkably similar, I will be honest.The World Champion in this scenario could be anyone, but you mentioned Britt so I'll use her for the example. As noted, I would have Jade win a hard fought battle with the World champion Britt, and vacate the TBS title. It's her most even match to date (more selling than she's ever displayed before). Britt shakes her hand after the bell; she's in disbelief, but Jade was the better woman tonight. Jade wins her next couple defenses on TV handily. She's Bill Goldberg at this point. Finally, after her (let's say) 4th or 5th title defense, she gets a heel beat down after the win. It's taking 3 or 4 girls to keep her down, but they're stomping her out bad. Britt runs in for the save! Jade fought so hard, she has earned Britt's respect. Britt assures her, she's got her back. Later in the show, on commentary, the man in the mask says TK has made it official: next Wednesday/Friday, it will be Jade/Britt teaming up for the first time ever vs. our heels! Jade starts the match - she slips on a banana peel at some point, heels take control. Heat, yadda, yadda. Jade's crawling over for the hot tag - Britt is reaching with all her might. Tag made, crowd pops. Britt comes in like a house afire and... Lays down. 123. The KhanTrons confirm it with a graphic: 50-1. Mass confusion and anger. Maybe have a few ladies rush the ring to unsuccessfully try to take out the heels. One heel (a Hayter or Deeb type would be good for this) is choking the shit out of Stokely ala Danielson/Justin Roberts in that Nexus angle. What have we just witnessed?! Britt the following week: "You might have taken my title, but I will forever be the person that handed you your first loss, Jade. And I didn't even need to wrestle you to do it." *Boos* "Oh, oh.. I'm sorry. Did I *rob you of your little moment?* Did you think some *hot new talent* was going to come in here and make a name for herself by pinning Jade? Sorry, but... It was me! It's always been me. This is always going to be my divisi..." Jade runs out of the crowd in street clothes like Owen Hart at the Dec '97 DX IYH and just pummels her, maybe Britt even gets color Finally, Jade wins the blowoff at the PPV, and is ostensibly now more over for having lost one. Now you can do whatever you want with her because she's still the world champion, but has already eaten a pin. Sure its just a tag match, but IMO, it's the visual that really matters. And this way, you've hedged your bets -- if it doesn't work out, you can always go back to the well and do the MJF thing of "never been pinned in singles competition." Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
  22. Two of the biggest examples of "pop is not commensurate with card placement" in AEW have to be Sonny and Willow Nightingale. I haven't seen Sonny live yet, but they always get a great reaction on TV - Willow I've seen live twice, and both times there was an honest-to-goodness "we now collectively recognize your ring music" full blown pop. Wish nothing but big things for both of em.
  23. How long has Shida been back in the States?!?! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think she's been on the TNT/TBS shows yet. Super pleasant surprise. I was just talking a second ago in the other thread about Hayter and Jade getting world title reigns, but I also really want Shida to get another run with full crowds, she's great.
  24. Jade's killing it for sure. She has wildly exceeded expectations for someone with such little experience. Ive mentioned this before, but the potential for crossover appeal is tremendous with her. I say keep letting her steamroll people and improve while Hayter runs with the world title for a bit and gets her big match with Britt. Then once Jade hits 50 or 75 or 100-0 you have her go over Hayter and do the Goldberg/Ultimate Warrior thing of vacating the secondary title. From there, I have a pretty good idea of how I'd end her streak, but I won't bore everyone with fantasy booking.
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