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  1. There was some awkwardness in the segment for sure, but to me, the most egregious thing was Storm just kind of walking out with the other ladies. To me, the only way that would've worked is if she had laid Saraya out and said "I'm the World Champion, and I don't care where you came from or who your mommy is, you do not call the shots in my division." My gripe with the segment as it was is that it was a bit of an unintentional, subliminal burial in a roundabout way, because visually, you're presenting her as being at the same level as Skye and Willow (who I both think are awesome, but aren't presented at Toni's level yet, nor should they be before they're ready). If you'd never seen AEW before and you caught that segment, you'd think the women's division was like 2000s Divas level bad with the way Saraya was talking, with Toni leading the charge.

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  2. Love the promo praise, but bad take by Jericho on Eddie's look, though in his defense, it's for sure something I've seen others say. I'm beginning to think that one's opinion on Kingston might be rooted in a combination of life experience, geographic location, and socioeconomic status - I grew up with a ton of guys who look, talk, and act like Eddie and I never thought he was anything other than hard as fuck. Wild guess, but there may not be a ton of dudes wearing Timbs and smoking Newports in Winnipeg.

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  3. I just saw on Twitter someone posted that one year ago today was Arn's "Glock" promo with Cody - that flew by! Gave it a rewatch and have to admit I got a couple of goosebumps when he says "I am Arn Anderson, and all that implies." That's an all-time badass line by anyone, anywhere.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Elsalvajeloco said:

    wonder what would have happened had they let Nash do what he did after Survivor Series 1995 earlier where Diesel turned into Mr. I Don't Give a Fuck which is essentially Kevin Nash.

    I must have missed that Raw as a kid, because I saw that promo for the first time on a rewatch when the Network first came out, and I thought it was awesome. It wasn't as edgy as Nash would later be in the NWO, but in a pre-Stone Cold world I thought it worked really, really well as an early draft.

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  5. 7 minutes ago, (BP) said:

    The booking with Death Triangle often comes off like it’s been compromised a lot by politics and geography. 

    Great point. I was mentioning that yesterday too more in relation to Malekai's back injury, but I kind of forgot about the Visa aspect of it.

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  6. 1 minute ago, Jiji said:

    They had some real good ones. I remember a long match vs. Best Friends that started a lil slow but was absolutely rocking by the end despite it being just Austin Gunn in the crowd

    Great call. This is why it pissed me off Death Triangle won the trios title after the All Out hubbub, between that match you said and the AWESOME PnP street fight, Best Friends were definitely among the unsung heroes of the pandemic era - they deserve at least a short courtesy run with the tags or trios for that alone IMO. I get the idea of you know, eternal underdogs, heart and soul, Mikey Whipwreck, etc. but I don't think DT needed the belts, especially with Pac being AA champion and the Luchas doing straight tag matches anyway

  7. Nothing personal against any of the ex-WWE guys looking to leave AEW, but if I woke up tomorrow in HHH's office and he said to me "Who do we poach from the competition?" I'd be looking at the Dante Martins and Jungle Boys of the world instead of dudes we already had and did nothing with, and now its 5 years later so they're all pushing 40. 

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  8. On 9/15/2022 at 5:07 PM, Lawful Metal said:

    I'm pretty ok with the new Megadeth, which I didn't expect.

    I enjoyed it, but not as much as Dystopia. That one was a REAL pleasant surprise - this one didn't knock my socks off in the same way. I'll put it in the class of "pretty solid" with United Abominations and 13.


    On 7/16/2022 at 4:24 AM, Brian Fowler said:

    Phil, Rex, Zakk, and Charlie Benante will be touring next year as "Pantera."

    I don't like them just using the name with no modifiers, but it might still be a really good show.

    Edit: apologies if this has been discussed in a different thread and I missed it.

    If it has, I haven't seen it. As you might guess, I have some big feelings about this one. On the one hand, if you're gonna do it, these are 100% the guys to do it - the pedigree is there, and given the relationship both guys had with the brothers, it's about as close to "in-house" as you can get. They even brought Dime's guitar tech back to work with Zakk on dialing in the tone just right (I'm not 100% sure, but I'm assuming he'll be playing on some of Dime's stuff at least part of the show - every time I've seen BLS he uses a Razorback for at least a handful of songs).

    On the other, it's a little gross. I don't care how many times they trot Rita out to say the brothers would have blessed it, if Vinnie wanted it, he would've done it while he was here. Period. Then you have Rex, who wrote a lot of nasty things in his book about Phil, out here emphatically going "If we ever toured, it wouldn't be with Zakk Wylde, I can tell you that." Go$h, I wonder what'$ changed hi$ mind? 

    I say all this with the full acknowledgement that I *will* be going to this when it comes to my town. I really can't sit there and justify shitting on it and 'voting with my wallet' when I've seen Down, BLS, and Anthrax countless times since Dime was killed.

    Like you, however, I'm really not digging the whole "no modifiers" thing - this really ought to have been called like, "Reinventing the Steel" or something.

    On 9/12/2022 at 2:33 AM, Phantom Lord said:

    I listened to the new Ozzy album on spotify on Friday night and I thought it was pretty good. The standout tracks are the ones with Tony Iommi and Eric Clapton. 

    I thought the Clapton one kinda sucked, but agree on the Tony tracks big time. His and Zakk's are the only ones I keep revisiting (though the title track is a bit of an earworm). It's pretty interesting to me to hear Ozzy singing about mortality and things like that on this one and the last one, when so much of his usual lyrical output is the total opposite - think "I'm Not Going Away," "I Don't Wanna Stop," "You Can't Kill Rock N Roll," "Hellraiser" etc. Now it's like, some of this stuff is almost a thought experiment on "What if Johnny Cash's version of Hurt was heavier?" Overall, it's a pretty solid effort, and while I probably won't ever revisit it cover to cover, I think it's probably his strongest record since Down to Earth, possibly Ozzmosis in some places.

  9. On 9/23/2022 at 2:49 PM, John from Cincinnati said:

    Even his commitment to the bit in softball interviews reinforces the act. His favourite movie as he revealed this week: Goodfellas! It's a good movie (says so in the title), but it's also the exact thing a hacky bro like him should be saying is his favourite movie

    Now hang on a minute, playa

  10. 9 hours ago, Greggulator said:

    Adam Cole would be a great mouthpiece for a monster heel who occasionally wrestles when needed to.

    And, yes, I know Vince McMahon had that idea but the dude was onto something.

    Slightly off topic, but the other day on Twitter, I had what I thought to be a pretty good idea for a show, and I got seven replies telling me it was too much of a Vince idea. I understand that in 2022 it was supposed to be an insult, but I felt like you could probably do a lot worse than the guy who has literally made the most money ever in wrestling. All this to say: don't feel too badly; a broken clock is right twice a day.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, TheVileOne said:

    Hypothetically, if CM Punk never returns, a guy like Black could be incredibly useful if they just revamp and repackage him the right way and his back is doing better. It could really freshen up the main event title scene.

    Maybe I overrate Black because it's a dope gimmick (I'm pretty simple to please, rip off as much Kevin Sullivan, 'Taker, Raven, and '97 Sting as you can, and I'm a happy camper; see also Wyatt, Bray) but I personally am of the opinion that if his back were healthy and he was mentally healthy and willing to work, he could have been slotted into a world title feud tomorrow and it would have worked fine.

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  12. I took Claudio/Jericho (and though I can't cast one for her, my lady took Fenix/Jungle Boy FWIW). I was actually really, really, near-coin-flip close to going SIOG/Acclaimed, I'm pretty shocked it's not gotten one vote - maybe it was just the insanity of being there and getting sucked into every near fall and popping huge for the Lee rana and the Billy Gunn stuff. Still, I stand by my vote - 49.9999999999 to 50.0000000001

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  13. 5 minutes ago, Log said:

    I think that was for Survivor Series when he was on a team facing a bunch of "foreign menaces".

    It was like a colonial-era flag, wasn't it?

    Yeahhhhh, that's what it was. I think the other team was like, Yoko, Bulldog, Owen and someone else. My brain wants to say Vader but I know that isn't right at all, I think he was still with WCW for that.

  14. 26 minutes ago, Infinit said:

    Wasn't Malakai's back messed up for a majority of his AEW run? Not sure he had enough time healthy on the roster to have that many promises broken.

    Yes, which is why I found the earlier discussion about the "broken promises" portion of his statement kind of confusing - there's no way he couldn't have also been including WWE in that designation - how could TK be expected to push Black at any meaningful level when they have no idea what his availability is going to be? I love Black, I think it's a 10/10 gimmick and presentation and I dig the kicks and everything, but if he's using words like "debilitating" and "retirement" I completely understand why this run looked the way it did. Look at how many stop/starts there were with this endless Death Triangle - imagine if that was a world or other singles title program between Pac and Black? Nightmare situation.

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  15. Butcher/Blade/Brody makes all the sense in the world and was *right* there. Almost actually mad I didn't think of it first - great idea @Craig H 

    I'll also co-sign the hoss tourney/title. Not sure if it was you or not, but I've read the idea of a Brodie Lee memorial big boi tournament here a couple times, and though I get that it might be a little bit of overkill with the Owen having just wrapped, it's too good not to do. Honestly, even if it's just kind of a side attraction on Dark/Elevation/Rampage with only the finals on Dynamite/PPV it's just too good not to do. 

    Also, I know I must have annoyed the shit out of everyone with how often I was saying this, but back when Brian Cage was Champion, my big agenda was to use the FTW title as the meat slappin' belt. I'm generally against any kind of weight limit (so FTW is good because you're not hamstrung by it) - A Cruiserweight title made sense back in the days when size was the default, so inversely, if the house style more geared toward your Darbys and Sammys and Bucks, it might make sense to do the opposite (though again I emphasize, I am firmly, firmly against any kind of formal weight division)

  16. The Festival of Friendship was the last great WWE heel turn, IMO. Very good shout on that one, @The Natural


    Re: Bobby Fish in Impact - I'm glad he's found somewhere to land, and agree with @(BP) that he was great in AEW around the time of the TNT title match - would have been a very good role for him even had they been unable to snatch up Cole/KOR.

    Speaking more broadly, I really wish that one of Impact/NWA/MLW/GCW would get their shit together well enough to be a true #3 in the U.S. It's been over three years since AEW started and not one of them have approached the status of, let's say ECW in '98/99 - pretty surprising to me given that you have guys like Don Callis and Billy Corgan at the helm who were there for the first go 'round. 

    (I'm leaving NJPW/AAA/other foreign promotions out of it, because you almost can't count them with Visa issues - maybe I should get into watching Strong?)

    Edit: I've also been watching an Indy show on Pluto lately called PCW Ultra and there's a lot of familiar faces on that one - could maybe do a little damage with the right financial backing. Let's also not forget the Freddie Prince Jr thing, he's been awfully quiet lately.

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  17. Random bit of fantasy signing/booking while I sit through yet another meeting that should've been an email: I would like to think that we're heading to Brody/Wardlow for the TNT title, but in the event they want to continue HOB as a trio (plus Julia) - what would you guys think about an all-hoss supergroup of Brody/Rowan/Damo? 

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  18. 18 hours ago, Phantom Lord said:

    Yeah we were out of the building and I think almost at the ramp to the train when we heard another match was going on. I like Ricky Starks and Hobbs, but it was all ready late as hell when that battle royal started.

    It was sort of funny to hear people justifying it to themselves on the way out, I heard a lot of "You already know who's winning..." and "It's not a big guy company" and things like that. I should also mention, I told my girlfriend earlier in the week we'd split after Sting's match (not expecting it to open) so the way I see it is that everything after that was a bonus anyway, and getting to see every match but one was a double mega bonus (again, all respect to Starks and Hobbs). We're going to two more shows in the next two months so I'll definitely catch one or both soon.

    17 hours ago, The Green Meanie said:

    I know some folks have compared Chris Jericho, ROH Champion to Big Show's ECW run, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far. "There's no honor in low blows, Tony!"

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, Big Show's ECW run was awesome! Jericho's been on fire lately, so he might very well surpass it, but if you asked me a year ago I'd have said Jericho should hope/wish to have a run as dope as The Extreme Giant. 

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  19. 4 hours ago, Jiji said:

    Yeah I saw a tweet from somebody in attendance regretfully sharing that many fans were walking out as Hobbs and Starks were making entrances. Not great. 

    Can confirm. We were among those who left, and I was legit shocked at the amount of people who also did so. I felt absolutely terrible about it because I love both of em, but my better half and I both had work in the morning, and a long drive home ahead of us - I suspect many were in the same boat.

    Again, I must stress my guilt in doing so, but, man... after an hour drive, four hours in line, and another seven plus in the building, they could have sent Hogan vs Austin to the ring and I'd have still thought about going home

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  20. 1 hour ago, Blue Dragon said:

    Around 12,412 fans. 

    Whoa, that's a pretty big drop. I know interest at this time last year was much higher with the various debuts, but that's almost halved. I did notice the upper decks were much more bare than last year, and that lines were moving much more quickly across the board, so I guess that tracks. I wonder if a lot of the crowd that came down from upstate NY and CT last year stayed home because they just had or are getting multiple dates soon (On the flip side of the coin, we met a guy who came from Germany for it). Another interesting thing is that I noticed way, way less kids than last time, so maybe parents/kids were staying home this year too. The Punk bullshit was also way too recent to have affected sales. I wonder if it's maybe just a combination of the show cooling off a little and people just being broke as hell right now. I mean, think about it, half the people showed up but it drew a higher gate than last year...

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