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Hagan last won the day on November 30 2018

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  1. I’d assume Omega and Christian is a TV main event. Maybe the first Rampage? I wouldn’t be shocked if Darby and Punk wrestle on that Chicqgo Rampage too. TK says it’s not a B show and they have to come out of the gates hot with it. Would Punk just *appearing* sell the United Center out? I think the next four weeks of booking is going to be wild.
  2. I’m not sure what MLW wants to be. There’s a lot of talent in the company but not a lot of people are being used well. Fatu is a good champion and Contra, despite being a little past its expiration date, is a fine heel stable but we gotta build to a playoff and I don’t think Hammerstone is the guy.
  3. Pretty sure Nikki is getting the Rey Mysterio championship treatment from now until she loses the belt. Would expect Charlotte and Ripley to repeatedly beat her on TV in non-title matches from now until SummerSlam. The only saving grace for Lee is they MIGHT be turning him heel and usually they don't believe losses matter if someone is gonna turn. Otherwise he's headed nowhere fast.
  4. Smart Mark Sterling did a really good heel promo in Night 2 and the MDK vs Ohio guys is gonna be one of the hotter indie matches of the year. Gage has a big next bit ahead of him between ther Jericho match tomorrow, this War Games, the inevitable rematch with Cardonna and presumably the Moxley match in GCW is still on the table. I've watched more GCW in the last few months than I ever have by coming in and parachuting in for the main events and angles. I like it when it tries to be ECW. I don't like when it feels like I'm watching XPW, if that makes sense. There's a thin line there. And, as noted, the commentary has got to change. I can't deal with a commentator screaming fuck and bitches at me while I'm trying to watch a wrestling match. That shit is so oft-putting and alienating. Like let the wrestlers curse up a storm but Gill just screaming about how Cardonna is a little fucking pussy for twenty minutes takes the attention off the match and towards the commentary. It's horrendous.
  5. Reading is your friend. Meltzer widely condemned both the Onita and Hogan incidents of garbage and shit being thrown. Always consistently seen it as an embarrassment. That said, absolute wild match and scene last night. Good on Cardonna for going outside the box and immediately he feels hotter then has has been in years.
  6. Yeah - the best bet is to not do anything rash, let his contract expire and don't resign him. Allow him to do a goodbye on air and that's that. WWE obviously takes him back under a Legend's deal and I dunno - has him do pre-show panels with King or some shit or has him come out during Legends Night and everyone is happy.
  7. Pretty awesome show. The Elite all randomly getting wacky facial hair, Miro's epic new music and praising God (and his flexible, hot wife presumably) after every win, and the main were all highlights. - To get it out of the way, Jim Ross has been a bad commentator for years and at this point I just assume the reason he has a job is more out of pity/respect. He lost his wife, WWE signed him just to ice him and treat him like shit, and he's battled addiction issues. I'm all for cutting him loose but Tony Khan seems to be like he's gonna let JR write his own ending. Ya now - this stuff isn't unprecedented because other sports frequently deal with legendary announcers hanging on far past their ability to do a competent job. Pat Summerall in football, Marv Albert right now calling his last playoffs in the NBA, dozens and dozens of old ass drunk baseball announcers. It is what it is. I think he takes away from the show but this may be something everyone has to live with until his contract expires (maybe in October of this year or next year?) - I loved the main event. Total PWG-style match and a showcase match for both guys. I think it's good for MJF to show that he can actually wrestle because this is a promotion with high main event worker standards. Didn't care for the finish though. Awful. - Pillman Jr looked really good and has improved leaps and bounds the last few months. That's a solid act. - Nice tease of the Hangman stuff and hopefully they drag it out until fans are begging for Page to have the confidence to confront Kenny. Great little tribute at the end to what, in an odd way, is going to end up as an important venue historically. Hopefully next week starts the road back to a better wrestling world for not only AEW but everywhere as we get the indies going and fans back and start building to the big shows in the fall and next spring.
  8. Sadly none of those people currently work in WWE creative.
  9. even beyond whomever ends in AEW or NJPW, this is GREAT for the indies and your lower-tier majors like ROH and MLW and even Impact who can restock their decks with talented names. All of those talents have some decent to good value to add. TNA never turned a profit. AEW was in the black the second they signed the TNT extension and are presumably even moreso after the pay raise/added show. If anything AEW is in a good spot to pick and choose the people that fit best for what they're trying to do.
  10. I would hate the G1 for the belt. This is a tournament where guys take multiple losses and it's basically parity booking until the final night. I think it kind of devalues the title even more. And having no champion until the fall is pretty horrendous. I've always been a believer that when your company is in danger just go back to your biggest and/or best star. Just run Okada/Shingo for the belt at the next big show and go from there. Anything else is them overthinking.
  11. This sort of hyper-focus on maximizing every penny makes me wonder if this company is closer to being sold than anyone thinks. I think at this point, it's inevitable.
  12. My big issue with Jim Ross is the same as I had when he called NJPW. He clearly doesn't like what he's seeing the majority of the time. I don't see the value in having an announcer who hates what they're calling. He can't enjoy it either. It's a huge issue plaguing baseball where the commentators spend more time burying the sport than calling the game. Like, Jim Ross, who is one of the biggest carnies ever, still can't be bothered to put over the world champion of the company he works for. Who needs that? Jim Cornette is equally a terrible person but at least when he was getting paid he treated every company he was in like it was '86 Crockett. At the end of the day, Ross's thinking of what wrestling should be is far closer to Vince McMahon/Kevin Dunn/Bruce Pritchard than anyone in AEW. Just seems like a bad fit at this point.
  13. Buff Bagwell got arrested for a DUI in Cobb County, Georgia. Ya know - you think a wrestler would follow the most important rule there is if you ever take a trip down to Cobb County, Georgia.
  14. The fact there's still no word on what they're going to do with the IWGP title is pretty concerning.
  15. Will posted a photo today of what looks like a pretty fucked up x-ray. Also, regarding the NXT-UK stuff, VOW reported that that may be some confusion of Japanese sources not differentiating between NXT and NXT-UK.
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