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Everything posted by Beech27

  1. I wonder if this might tie in to Okada’s interview with Inoki. Bring the founder back while you wrestle some outsider.
  2. That’s true. It was also, I think, the appeal of “see the buzzworthy might-be stars who you haven’t had the time or inclination to track down, but have heard a lot about.” So, if interest ever started to wain, there was always another name to arrive, with ready made feuds and angles. AEW has hurt that, but so has WWE’s own hiring practices, and the pandemic. They can shuffle main roster stars down briefly, but the instant novelty of the latest indie/Japanese darling is diminished, as there are simply fewer.
  3. We're all overlooking the fact that Warhorse's entrance theme--which I'm certain AEW will pay to use--is Metallica's The Four Horsemen, so this is, umm, clearly another step on Cody's road to heeldom.
  4. Okada gave an interview in Tokyo Sports, saying that he isn't interested in challenging for the double title, regardless of what happens on this show; and in fact he thinks the combining of the belts diminishes both. As far as I can tell--via the translations I've seen--this isn't directly a shot at the IC title, though I think we have to keep in mind that he's never challenged for it (WK aside).
  5. Jay White also posted an Instagram story that appears to be him flying into Japan, with 7/25 over the top. So that’s probably pretty clear.
  6. I know we’re all sick to death of demo talk, but I’m not sure WWE can be a kid’s show in any meaningful sense if kids don’t watch the show. And they overwhelmingly don’t.
  7. KENTA still lives in Florida.
  8. Whatever EVIL’s ceiling ends up being, I do think it’s very possible the LIJ family drama could/will draw strong houses.
  9. The show has sold out. Napkin math, based on 1/3 capacity, means that's probably 2000-2500 tickets. Not a surprise, but maybe still worth mentioning.
  10. Okada pinning an underling in the same faction as the champion and then challenging for the title(s) is pretty New Japan 101, but I really hope they don't go that route.
  11. I missed this at the time.
  12. There’s a moment when Hiromu is shrieking over a particularly jangly bit of EVIL’s new symphonic metal theme that sounds like someone found a lost Windir or Slaughtersun track, and that’s an incredibly specific confluence of my niche interest, and might go some way in explaining why, this evening, I’m pretty entertained by this whole angle.
  13. So far, the foreign contingent of Bullet Club has tweeted or retweeted congrats to EVIL. But there probably will be tension there soon enough. The stable’s founding ethos was that foreigners needed to band together because the company would always be biased against them. And now the booker has a native dojo boy on top, as the stable’s de facto leader and champion. That’s quite the change. (I mean, Devitt and White were trained in the dojo too, but still.) It is also interesting how every non-Bushi member of LIJ seems like a possible choice to unseat EVIL, now. I’d still bank on Naito getting the belt/s back in time for full houses, but I’m not sure. In the meantime, can we get Hiromu vs Togo?
  14. Put Men’s Teioh in Bullet Club next!
  15. You know a match is good when it could fit in this and the Clubberin’ thread simultaneously—even though there aren’t any strikes.
  16. Yeah, the EVIL turn makes narrative sense, and BC do need that slot filled. Even if KENTA could come back tomorrow, he seems pretty broken down and (looking ahead) he’s probably more expensive than his current form/profile warrants. EVIL can also be a credible feud for Jay when one of them eventually turns. I still don’t like the idea of more high profile matches filled with run-ins and BS, though; and I think that could emphasize EVIL’s worst tendencies. And hey, Master Wato was pretty fun!
  17. With Lightbringer, I’ll just say that the series becomes increasingly divisive, and the last book escalates that trend further with a very love it or hate it ending.
  18. Finished the first Chronicle of Thomas Covenant. It's a brilliant series that I wouldn't recommend to anyone without knowing them very well first, which might go some way in explaining why I don't see it talked about much these days, despite massive sales in the 80's. That is, beyond people saying they couldn't make it past that scene. I did, and found it worthwhile. Le Guin called Melville SFF's Melville, so I guess I'll say Donaldson is Nabokov, writing a repulsive protagonist with florid, perfect prose. I've heard mixed things about the second and third Chronicle, but the series feels done to me, and I'll proceed as such. Some other recent reads (broadly) within the genre: A Priory of the Orange Tree: A single-volume "trilogy" by a popular YA offer making her first go at adult fantasy. It's fine. TOR's review called it a long book, short on complexity, and that feels about right. 1Q84: This isn't fantasy exactly, but it's over 1000 pages and has magic. It also has all of Murakami's worst tendencies to the Nth degree, but I love his best habits enough to enjoy the time spent here. I'm not even sure this book is good, but it's a favorite. The Expanse: I'm waiting for the last book now, like plenty of others. I almost ditched the series after book one, but I'm really pleased to have persisted. The strength of the series is in characterization, POV, and clashing motivations/politics. Those get richer as you go. The Unspoken Name: A much-hyped debut I didn't care much for, owing to the hyper-convenient plot. I did appreciate the trilogy worth of plot in volume one, but found the resolutions came so swiftly because the protagonists either won or didn't on the whims of the author. I mean, that's always the case; but ideally you hide the ball a little better. Book of the New Sun: One of my favorite books, which famously rewards rereading. Black Company: This too is incredibly famous, and influential. I appreciate Cook's spare prose and somewhat distant--yet entirely embedded--narration, but it left me a bit cold. Probably won't keep on. Name of the Wind/Wise Man's Fear: Rothfuss' (forever?) incomplete trilogy's finished novels, for the second time, a decade past the first reading. Mostly, I was curious, since I didn't adore them the first time. I think the consensus has settled into the right place. Rothfuss is a better prose stylist than anyone else I know of currently working within the genre, and the books are strongest when narrating the myths and lore with pseudo-archaic flourish. The Council of Elrond is probably my favorite chapter in any book, and I feel he could do that sort of thing, maybe. But the actual life story that forms the meat of the books? I could do without it. It's kind of amazing I don't wholly dislike books I dislike 80% of, but that's not exactly an endorsment. Currently, I'm giving Malazan another go. That could take up a decent bit of my reading the next few months. On the horizon for me are also Harrow the Ninth, Memory of Souls, and Wizard Knight. Abercrombie and Sanderson both have new books forthcoming too, which I could pick up and enjoy well enough if I find myself with a gap; they're a reliable chain restaurant when you've been driving all day, that makes precisely the product they make, precisely how you expect. (But we've had that Sanderson talk plenty of times already.)
  19. Well, there isn't an Andrew Luck level prospect every decade, much less every season. But even putting that aside, did it work out better for the Colts? Manning set records in Denver, lost a SB as a great player, and then won one as a declining player. Luck had a promising career ruined by injuries; but if we want to use your criteria, he was 17-26 against winning teams (although he tended to be better than average in these games), and had very little playoff success. Getting the QB position right is really hard. It costs a lot accordingly. It's harder for Dallas, because they've spent too much on less valuable positions.
  20. PFF had Dak second in WAR last season, behind Russell Wilson. Granted, that's a less refined metric in football than baseball; but I think it's entirely possible that he's a top-5 QB now and going forward. I think Mahomes is number one, then Wilson, Watson, and... well, I'd listen to Dak over Lamar. I like Murray, but he's not there yet. Brady and Brees are over 40, and Rogers is almost there. Burrow and Tua haven't taken an NFL snap yet. I'd listen to arguments for Wentz, Stafford and Cousins are... ok. Tannehil has one good season. And as noted above, it's not "Dak or a sure-thing top-5 QB". If you let Dak walk, you start from scratch. Maybe you can do better. Probably not easily, though.
  21. Funny thing: This story "broke" in KC when a liquor store owner tweeted that a Chiefs employee was buying celebratory champagne for a signing that wasn't Chris Jones. Also, we'll see, but I'd be shocked if Mahomes gets less than 40 per. Although the current popular rumor is his yearly rate will just be a set percentage of the cap, and so go up as it does (if, after this pandemic, it does).
  22. The most interesting part of that interview, I think, is Okada inviting Inoki to New Japan shows.
  23. This is the coolest two wrestlers have ever been.
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