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Everything posted by Zakk_Sabbath

  1. Excellent points. Another thing I want to add: TK and everyone else in charge are probably acutely aware of that perception. To that end, they've done a great job of course-correcting. The way they've handled 2.0, Tony Nese, and Bobby Fish is night and day better compared to, for example, Matt Cardona's brief six match deal last year. I think that's the closest they've ever come to "we know who that is!" territory. The argument could be made for Christian, I guess, but 1) he can still go, and go well and 2) he had just returned at the Rumble so there were extenuating circumstances
  2. I feel you, but I can't get behind this. Like, I completely understand your position, it's not at all a crazy thing to say, but the "rejects" are way too talented now. There hasn't been a single signing so far that I could compare to Brutus Beefcake main eventing Starrcade, or TNA hotshotting Rhyno to the world title.
  3. Nah. I think that was just a way to turn the Gunns heel. Either that, or they for whatever reason transitioned the original plan over to Darby/Sting. Wight had a match on Dark against two local guys at Grand Slam, which was like two weeks after, and Gunn Club was at ringside, but I don't believe he's wrestled since.
  4. Dead serious, I had no idea footage was out. I was going by shit that I read here almost a decade ago. Def gonna check out your review on my lunch break, thanks man.
  5. I don't disagree, because you'd have to be insane to, but I just want to say this: I think Andre benefitted tremendously from 1) being able to traverse the territory system and 2) actually being booked like an attraction in said towns. If Andre rose from the dead and walked through the doors of Titan Tower tomorrow, how long until he's dressed like Baby New Year? My point being, an attraction like Andre couldn't happen today with the nature of weekly TV and two big companies, so I don't know if he's so much underrated as he was (rightfully) not over-exposed.
  6. I don't hate the idea, but it flies in the face of the idea that it's a more sport-based show. It would make an interesting hook for a smaller organization like NWA or Impact, though. Or really anywhere that wants a very clear tonal difference from the rest of wrestling. For example, I thought that whole Jeff Katz WRP thing had potential for something like this.
  7. I'm not a big podcast guy, but there is a suuuuper cathartic, very NSFW clip on YouTube of Conrad Thompson unloading on Bischoff about it that I think you'd enjoy
  8. Sting is just traumatized from what happened last time he showed up without a tan.
  9. I had the same thought when it happened, and after having slept on it, I truly think the story they're going to tell is that feuding with Malekai has corrupted Cody's soul, he's gotta tap into the "dark side" to win, etc. I'd bet money that the eventual blowoff with Malekai features Cody looking at an international object like "Should I...?" like Jungle Boy with the chair a couple weeks ago, or the Sami Zayn/Pac NXT title match a few years ago.
  10. You make a good point, it's a different era now. Most of what I watched as a kid was centered around cartoon or live action fighting anyway, so wrestling really wasn't a huge transition from something like the Power Rangers or X-Men, for example. I don't know that many of those kinds of kid shows are getting made anymore, so something like wrestling might come off as completely foreign. Ive been trying for years to meet someone who attended an actual Nitro party in college, but it's not happened yet
  11. I'm so glad you wrote this. I have a brother who's many years younger than me, and I very purposely avoided introducing this to him for the same reason, and I wasn't sure if that was the right thing. Things like DSotR and AEW's general vibe of "good will" have changed my stance on it somewhat, as people actively seek to avoid repeating the same mistakes. If he came to me now as an older kid I'd probably show him the good stuff, but he was born pretty shortly after the Benoit tragedy, so at the time it made me think about getting the news about Pillman, Spicoli, Owen etc. as a kid.
  12. No filler on this one, absolutely great show. The only nitpick I have is that didn't love Britt losing on TV, but the match itself was great.
  13. I'm with your 2nd paragraph, here. Wardog is way, way too good for that. It'll be more of a Diesel or Batista feel, I think. And the long term stuff has been so well done, it truly wouldn't surprise me if they let it simmer longer until MJF one day becomes champion.
  14. I'm really into the fact that Tully also manages Spears and Wardlow when they team on Dark and they use the Horsemen-style theme and everything still. It's a nice touch even if it's not acknowledged on the TNT shows
  15. A quick question for those much more knowledgeable about Joshi than myself: what's the best one on one Hikaru Shida vs Kana/Asuka match out there? Thanks all!
  16. Non Active/All time: Bret, Savage, Foley, Bossman, Austin, Undertaker, Vader, Funk, Guerrero, Bigelow, Taz, Hennig, Raven, Malenko, Regal, Finlay, Kanyon just way too many to list Current: Danielson, Serena, Kingston, Punk Sting & Jericho make both lists somehow The people I miss the most from WWE are definitely Cesaro, Styles, and Asuka Edit # 1024: I forgot Owen and Dustin! There's too many. I should have never started this list. Blame the Steelers.
  17. Rampage week after week is just a super fun hour of wrestling. We had Sting and Billy Gunn facing off in 2021 - tell that to 10 year old me and watch his head explode, a surprisingly good Jade/Velvet match, and a great main event. I loved Cole yelling "Bobby! Bobby, no!" over and over on the stage, his facial expressions had us dying. Edit: I do want to add, I'm serious when I say I liked the Gunn/Darby match. The classic David/Goliath shit was there, the coffin drop to the outside ruled, and we got the aforementioned 1998 fever dream face off.
  18. This might be the Sports Collectibles fan in me speaking, but Don West was underrated just based on delivery alone. "JEFF HARDY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THISSSS!?!"
  19. I don't know if it's pride, or the dumb size of the dumb stage, but WWE would probably do well to run smaller buildings at least in certain markets. TV-wise I'd rather have a loud sellout of 7000 than the same 7000 people with 10-12,000 empty seats behind the hard cam.
  20. I'll agree on that one, they were truly great (and it's been nice seeing Callis having a bit of a resurgence). JR/King was getting a bit tired, and IIRC this was when WCW were trying out various incarnations involving Mark Madden that were less than stellar, so they were a huge breath of fresh air. I wonder how that stuff would hold up if revisted, I avoided most ECW when I had the Network due to the music rights stuff.
  21. @HarryArchieGus I think the issue with Styles was more to do with willfully not following explicit direction, moreso than anything he believes or supports in his personal life. If Gabe said "Don't talk about McDonalds" and he hit the ring with a Big Mac joke, I'd expect the same result.
  22. This is fucked up to say, but J.R. probably isn't gonna be on the road much longer. I get that he wants to work around his illness, but eventually, someone involved is going to realize that flying a 70+ year old immunocompromised cancer patient around during a (still very ongoing) pandemic is no bueno. Whether it's his doctors, himself, TK, some insurance company, his kids, who knows. But 18 rounds of chemo, I would imagine that knocking even a much younger person on their ass.
  23. I don't watch a ton of lucha and had forgotten what the mask looked like so I googled it, and now I feel like an absolute idiot for not knowing Halloween and Ciclope are the same person. The more you know!
  24. @eikerirhard agree. Even something as small as Danielson saying "When I fight Hangman, whenever that will be" gives a clear indication that things are a bit different. I could see why that might frustrate some, but I welcome the unpredictability
  25. Agree! He's really amped up the mugging/reacting during Caster's raps lately and it's been a lot of fun to watch.
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