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  1. NWA Powerr was getting as much or more youtube viewers than AEW Dark before the pandemic. They really built the brand up through streaming on YouTube and they were hurt by not running shows after the Pandemic. I know Khan was open to working with other promotions on that Independent level like MLW and NWA but I think Corgan basically needed to work AEW alot more to keep his brand in people's consciousness during the pandemic. I don't think the NWA would be so liberal with having his active guys on AEW if the pandemic never happened. Now that the pandemic is over the NWA can pick up its momentum and they have with the Empowerr movement. They have been a constant enough brand in the past few years that they don't need AEW but obviously there's talent that are probably going to get signed by AEW after deals are up but with them being so closely associated they do need to snatch up people. There's always going to be a level of bias with these promoters and their promotions but I do believe Khan is very well meaning and isn't going to just swallow up IMPACT or NWA especially with the influx of recently released WWE talent. It's up to them to keep up there momentum outside of AEW. NWA suffered the most of any of the other promotion that has visibility in the state but I think they're probably the best st setting themselves apart that they don't need to work with anyone as long as they can run shows in front of their audience. They don't even have the best workers overall all but their old school studio wrestling presentation is so much different.
  2. I like that Punk calls his matches in ring, even if he's not good at all at hiding it. Punk has always had a since of old school in the way he worked like he wanted to make, Harley and Funk and people from the 70s and 80’s proud. Now he's actually saying he wants to be what Funk was to ECW. I know CM Punk was very broken down before leaving wrestling but he was running hard for 15 years and only off the road when recovering from serious injuries but eve through all that he's probably still less broken down than Funk during his ECW run because of stepping away physically and mentally for 7 years. Punk has never been the smoothest as far as execution but he's one of those guys that it doesn't bother me that he isn't. Bryan too him being out all that time and then working that pandemic schedule I believe helped him age alot less career wise. It really irked me when everyone was making a big deal about WWE wanting to recruit people below a certain age. I don't believe mid to late 30s and even mid 40s is to old for alot of talent today because nobody is working 230 plus days alot of guys aren't on performance enhancement drugs as much or party as hard. Punk has a few Grey hairs but that plays into his grizzled veteran look. Look at Dustin Rhodes. AEW had a ton of talent, and they are still bringing in recently released WWE talent but I think between them working with other promotions like GCW, IMPACT! and NWA, they are doing alot better in that situation than anyone expects and they have about 3 different shows of fresh weekly programing that are paced differently than each other. So I wouldn't be surprised if Danielson wants to work those other shows and put guys over. He was doing that in WWE with guys that they knew they didn't want to be over. Not gonna lie I havent been watching much AEW since its existence as compared to WWE, I have alot going on right now to commit to watching a weekly wrestling show but I feel like they've found their identity as a promotion without working with NJPW and even aside from the WWE talent they picked up since the pandemic everything else is the icing on the Cake. Even though for me Personally, Bryan Danielson coming makes the difference for me going out my way to watch AEW over anything else. Even in WWE he had some great matches toward the end but even with Gulak for example, he chose to work with him but even killing it with him even on PPV didn't mean anything in that company because they weren't going to give him a chance to get over
  3. I don't think that partial paralysis was known until after his release, maybe the company did know and they figured he was a big enough star to keep it quiet. I remember a few months ago they did a Documentary on Sasha and she spoke about how she hid her shoulder injury she suffered from her match with Rousey. People act like guys don't still hide their injuries like guys from the past. There's still fear of guys losing their spots just like another time in wrestling. Maybe if you're lower on the card and not being used or used correctly then of course you'd probably have less issues with being sent home to nurse injuries.
  4. Those tears always draw me in. Goosebumps seeing him in tears, felt the same about Cena last month like both guys have gotten alot of amazing opportunities outside of Wrestling to explore that could never have to come back and maybe make away more money without killing themselves but yet there's nothing like being in front of a live crowd. Wrestling is some special and it's a different element from any other form of Entertainment or Sport. Punk went through so much leaving WWE, I do believe he was burned out my the time he left but I always thought Punk tried to hard to prove to Wrestling fans that he didn't care about Wrestling anymore and block it out of his mind. I really few like he was putting on a front about not being a Wrestling guy after a point. Don't get me wrong he's been through enough to put it behind him for so many years but he's a worker at heart. By leaving the business for so many years after being one on the top guys in the number 1 promotion at the time its a bigger pay off in the end when ever he returns. Now I wish Samoa Joe wasn't so quick to take Hunters offer. If Don't get a Cena vs Joe match at the end of the day I'll be disappointed
  5. Remember when Sunday Night Heat first started, like the first 9 months it was a 1 hour version of RAW at the time before Smackdown became a thing. I think that's what AEW is going for here. A 1 hour show that is just as can't miss as Dynamite is. I know this show was a thing that was talked about before the Pandemic but AEW really needed this show now with all these guys. I think WWE Main Event was a good 1 hour show early on. The concept of the Main going on first was something that they did in the Early days of SNME and those other Main Event specials
  6. Your right and I'm not really fan of titles changing too often either but there were some memorable title changes in that time period. Like Mark Henry, Christian, of course Punk and even Miz winning was a shock, brother doesn't watch but even he was surprised by him winning the WHC. Daniel Bryan too of course him cashing in in the middle of Henry feuding with Big Show who was having probably the best run of his career he and Henry both. That time period before the network launched in 2014 was probably the last time I was consistently watching the weekly TVs including Superstars and Main Event. Once the network launched I stuck to just watching the PPV , NXT Takeovers and the weekly NXT tv. King beating Miz would've been a great Moment and Lawler could have a Classic with a broomstick effortlessly. Not comparing Miz to a broomstick at all ,just making a point
  7. I guess for selfish reasons I want to see him posted up with Tully and Arn even though I've heard he and Arn aren't buddies anymore. I also want to see he and Andrade acknowledge each other on TV. For the most part AEW treats its legends with respect. In WWE its weird because on one had they'd put over a guy from the ATTITUDE era if he/she a part timer then on the over hand Humiliate other Legends, not necessarily to get someone over but out of getting a laugh. I'm not a fan of one promotion over the other but I love seeing a guy like Mark Henry or Big Show and now Flair guys that I'd consider WWE loyalists all of a sudden are very vocal about their displeasure of how they've been treated in WWE. I guess Big Show probably never had a problem with expressing is issues but he's pretty much said everything people like us have been saying about how misused he was. He's a very well spoken guy and he never got so Show that in WWE, in WWE it probably would've worked against him. Mark Henry was a that pretty much always defended WWE even to the point where he got heat from the younger talent so it's sorta funny how he is actually open about how we didn't like how he's been treated. He's been WWE from the ground up so I think it's cool to see him outside of WWE. It goes to show how different the business would have been it there was legit competition
  8. As I read this I thought that one of the best things about NXT has been that they have managed to change how WWE books 1st generation foreign wrestlers. Hunter become more familiar and open to bringing in talent outside the country and signing them based off their reputation forced Vince not to treat them like comedy acts or play off some racial stereotype that he grew up on over 70 years ago. Yes there is still a little of that on the main roster but not as much. Honestly If it wasn't for Hunter, and Regal being his biggest advisor especially early on in NXT there would be no NXT UK. Look at how they booked Burchill and even Drew McIntyre early in his career. If Drew wasn't so young, I don't think he would have gotten another chance to get over like he has.
  9. It's not necessarily crazy that Hogan vs Flair and Flair vs Savage drew more in WCW. Why was Flair jobbing left and Right to Hulk though. Flair says working with Hogan was a night off and he was just happy to have Hogan to work with but wouldn't you want some credibility going again Hogan after a while
  10. What's even worse is you could be right under Edge or Roman as far as placement on the card and still not be safe. Unless you did some really crazy shit or violated the Wellness policy, if you were high enough on card you'd be safe. At this rate the roster is gonna be the size of the 95 Royal Rumble where damn near everyone on the roster was in that match.
  11. I've thought to myself that if the pandemic never happened would WWE have done those Big bulk of releases they've since then because they were snatching people off the indies before AEW got started running and the were snatching people from MLW as well. Like at this point why don't they just down size the company back to a roster size before they Purchased WCW. It's another reason to not get behind anyone that's not at the top level like Roman or Edge behind guys that are just below those guys a getting let go. I actually like the brand split but if your cutting guys that where just main eventing or just recently title holders every week they why not just end it. These guys wasted money on Body Building companies, bodybuilding supplements, Football leagues and Movie divisions. Now when they are making more revenue then ever, they decide to make budget cuts. How much valuable tv time most of us had to sit through because of Vince wanting to cross promote his other projects on his wrestling programming. How much attention some of those projects too away from Vince and his small creative before this modern era
  12. It's good to see Big Cass in such good shape. It's also good to see him working on the indies and IMPACT without Enzo. It wasn’t necessarily a surprise that people would have wanted to book them Together as an act. Both Enzo and Cass didn't seem like guys that would want to work anywhere else Outside of WWE especially outside of them being a team
  13. Yes, but he was more closely compared to Graham who was basically the Dusty of the north. Ventura was very similar as well. Hogan was a Florida guy, I think WWE wanted us to forget that. I really been enjoying alot of Austin's Broken Skull Sessions with alot of his peers because he gets to talk with people like Godfather and Foley and people like that about working in Memphis or even talk about the wrestling he grew up on. It's obviously hard not to look at Austin as a southern guy that grew up southern wrestling. It's just weird to hear him spewak so fondly of southern wrestling on a WWE platform
  14. It's WWE so it would be stupid of me to ask why considering Vince and Kevin Dunns logic but wouldn't you think the crowd would be hot enough for their first hot TV taping. I spent the first hour and a half of MitB playing Broken Scull Podcast with Nash in another tab while watching MitB on mute. Coming out of the PPV it felt like the night Punk did the Pipebomb promo when everyone was talking about it and excited where it could go. WWEs attendance and Viewership was declining massively before the pandemic even happened. It's good to see a level of genuine excitement among wrestling fans.
  15. I feel like WWE has done a good in the past week or so getting fans excited about their product. When they were moving to Fox I don't think they did good at all getting people excited about the switch. They just a announced a bunch of legends and the Rock and a few celebrities. Of course they announced a draft to a trade or whatever. Even up to to that point they had already used roster shake-ups as a tool freshen things up unsuccessfully. I heard rumors of people like Cena,Goldberg and Even Rock coming in to work, I think it would obviously be good especially given the right person to work with but the Legends involvement it too much of a crutch
  16. I wasn't a "smart" fan at 10 years old but I read the magazines and I'd rent all the old tapes by then. I was definitely a work rate guy even if I didn't know what that was but for some reason I enjoyed Earnest Miller from the beginning. He certainly wasn't a workrate guy but he was good at working a martial arts style that was good enough for pro wrestling. He had a natural charisma that he really got to show later on. I was happy to see him in WWE, Velocity was probably my favorite show and he was a really good Commentator. I'm actually surprised that he got to have a run as a Wrestler before he was a Commentator. He was still very good as an inring talent and still very over but in hindsight I wish he started wrestling first in WWE then did commentary later because he probably would've lasted longer. Really I was on Instagram and I seen a clip of Teddy Long being announced as the Smackdown general manager and it was definitely cool that he got to have probably the most memorable and longer overall run as a GM because he was still very good as a manager but that GM role definitely let him so more range as a personality but honestly Earnest Miller could've worked just as well. I was actually surprised he didn't have a deep wrestling background like Glacier did and that he was just a Bischoff guy. I think he did well
  17. It might have been Austin on his Podcast that said he thought Ziggler took the art of selling way to far. Like he did way to much overselling that it sorta ruined his credibility. I thought that was an interesting take from Austin especially since Austin especially his early years as a heel really was heavy into selling for his . opponent. When Ziggler started under that gimmick it felt like he wanted to impress the agents and other people watch in charge with the Rude and Perfect like selling
  18. The funny thing is, than we don't know if Shawn Whining in the match was a work or not. I was a huge fan of Shawn growing up. But it's annoying to hear Vince just hype up Shawn so much. It's like Vince was making up for the fact that Shawn wasn't as big as alot of the other guys
  19. I remember someone here , saying that Rock and Austin brought that psychology to Mainstream American wrestling in '99. I wonder would it still be a thing if Bret never left. I see Bret wanting to protect his finish going against those guys.
  20. I was 10 years old during his WWF run, I was barely even 2 years as a die hard fan. When he came in it was probably the best time period for Raw ever. I remember JR narrated a video package to introduce him to the audience. It was probably the first time being exposed to Puroresu , All Japan in particular, it was cool to see then show clips of him in Japan. His matches with Bret was really good I remember watching both matches over and over after they happened. I would've loved to see him vs Michaels but at the same time it could've been a situation where some like Bret Hart would've been the only top guy that would have made an effort to make him look good like with Hakushi. I never was a fan of the Super Patriotic type baby face in wrestling but he played it well same Sgt Slaughter main because they could really kick ass in the ring. I've watched a couple of his All Japan work but I definitely want to go back and revisit 90s All Japan. It would've been interesting to see him around a little longer in WWF but at the same time alot of the guys he could've worked best with were leaving for WCW like Davey Boy and Bret or being phased out like Vader. I remember he was one of the people standing at the ramp the night they were looking for a partner for Austin after Shawn left. That might have been his introduction, that obviously wasn't the original idea for his introduction.
  21. I seen an post on IG of highlights or Hogan vs Undertaker in 02. I'd never seen anything like that
  22. I remember noticing it probably weeks before he turned and joined the Nation. Not sure if he had it the whole run though. I've been seeing alot of clips of Ahmed on my Instagram explorer and I wish he did get a run with the title. Vince was really high on him and I was a huge fan of him too. He had bad luck too. Especially when Faarooq debut and injured him on top of the fact that most of the Nation members bury him in interviews now. He also says that people at the top were telling Vince that the people weren't ready for a Black World champion. That obviously wasn't true especially because he was very over but guys were obviously threatened by him that they had to use that talking point in 96-97 to get a head of him politically. He could've been what Vince wanted out if Lex Luger years earlier
  23. Was it because of it being a TV taping, I wasn't a fan yet but growing up WrestleMania 8 was the only wrestling tape I saw because my older brother got it from my neighbor and we watched several times and I didn't become a diehard fan until late 95 but looking back, that post Summerslam 92 to like Survivor Series seems like such a weird time. I know Vince was basically completely soured on Flair by the time Summerslam happened. I understand he was a big part of the Warrior vs Savage fued but it's still weird that he wasn't actually wrestling. Even with Flair winning the title, I'm sure he pretty much felt he was on his way out. Winning the title on Superstars was probably a let down. Same with Brets first title win. Flair has been very open about him being very insecure about certain things wrestling wise so I'm sure that played a part to in that match. Too me , I feel like especially with Bulldog and Warrior gone that Vince would maybe appreciate Flair more just for the fact of losing those guys. What bad luck Bulldog had because looking back now, that time period would've been perfect to put the title on him moreso than any other time when Vince promised him a title program or the title itself. With business doing so bad in the states, Vince would've loved to have him be the British version of Whst they wanted out of Lex a year later. It would've been dope to.see Bulldog and Flair on Flairs way out
  24. Joe Will do well in that Role. Regal was Perfect in that role as well as he was as WWE Commissioner, possibly the best on air Authority figure they've ever had. Both Joe and Regal do very well at owning it when given a speaking role.
  25. I don't know, WWE still hires a decent amount of "Body" guys and monster that's pretty much always been apart of the roster. I don't see Hunter and the rest of the guys in charge of Developmental and NXT in particular deviating from the average modern Indie type guy. I could see that being the case for the Women mainly because they've hired a ton of great women from the indies and they most of them didn't get much of a push.Push. Maybe we will see a little more of his preference in the hiring process but I don't see it being much more of a difference than the last guy.
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