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  1. Almost forgot why I came into this thread: WALTER is awesome. I want WALTER vs. Roderick Strong. This is all.
  2. Money. They sure like that TV money. Also, it has been rumored for months that WWE is trying to get a 3rd hour for Smackdown. However given the structure of FOX, it would have to go onto FS1, which is stupid. The end of AEW Dark was around the 3.5-4 hour mark for the live crowd. It was noticeable.
  3. Revenge of the Ninja - There were ninjas. There was revenge. There was fighting. There was more fighting. I am happy with it.
  4. Get hit with lightning, Lesnar'd still kick at two. Yes, Kofi losing was happening. But if he had a Lesnar/Balor level match, I don't think anyone bats an eye.
  5. Fuck that Smackdown ending.
  6. My way too early, over the top AEW reaction: Meh. Much like Mike, I have not been a fan Jericho post WWE. But I also am not a fan of Cody (for many reasons), which hampers the entire thing. Main thought from the first episode: where is the 'true alternative' that I kept hearing about? Yeah, there was no wife drama or whatever Rusev is doing. But the post match of the Women's Title match was straight out of bad TNA. The main event was straight up stupid and focused a lot on ex-WWE guys. Including Dustin, which is whatever, but not really different than another 50+ year old guy in Goldberg showing up. Again, first show and I'm being obtuse, but still.
  7. Can almost do the rematch.
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    Man. Today was the last game of Marty Brennaman's 46 years in the Cincinnati Reds radio booth. Not an abrupt retirement, so I knew this day was coming. I made it a point that I had to listen to today's game. Didn't expect it to hit me quite like it has. But in texting with a friend, I should have. Marty is baseball to me. I've heard his voice for so many hours. I fell asleep to him calling west coast trips countless times. Even when I finally had the ability to watch the games, I would mute the TV and turn up the radio. He is baseball. Listening to him today, he wants to go places and do things while he still can. After 46 years at 77 years old, he has more than earned that. So while a personally sad day, I am glad he went out on his terms. This one belongs to Marty.
  9. Liger is not happy. Really glad they are doing something big for his sendoff.
  10. I love Minoru Suzuki. I hope this last until Wrestle Kingdom.
  11. Fell into a YouTube wormhole. I forgot how much I enjoyed the Double-J Double-M A gimmick.
  12. Just watched Lee vs. Dijakovic from two weeks ago. Heard the hype. I don't get it. Was not a fan.
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    Night time tennis is the best tennis. That was a great final.
  14. Took a minute (or two days) to catch up on things. I really hope that the AEW vs. WWE thing is kept to television. Both running shows on the same day is rough. So, All Out. It was a good show with some really good wrestling. But they have issues. That main event was not good. I may be on an island, but I have not enjoyed Jericho post-WWE. I get that having him is good for the company, but I don't think he should be the headline act. Speaking of not enjoying a post-WWE run: Cody. He is fine. The crowd loves him and I cannot deny that. But all of his AEW matches have been so 'old school' that I cannot enjoy them. So many cheap shortcuts are taken. It worked then, and maybe judging by the crowd, it still does. But I'm out. And they need to sort out their camera work/production. Singles matches were fine. Anything with more than two people: So many missed spots. And having a ladder block the hard camera for most of that match is just poor planning. Will give then credit for better commentary. JR still isn't great (His name is Jungle Boy, not Jungle Jack. Stop it.), but he worked better with Goldenboy. Last thing: They really need to be careful about these long show. I've heard them in interviews knock WWE for long shows and state they won't do that. Well, by my count they just put on a five hour show. Not exactly short. Now, the show I liked more: NXT UK Takeover Cardiff. It was a tight three hours that built to an awesome main event. Cesaro showed up and did Cesaro things. Tag Title match was so much fun with an very lively crowd cheering on their hometown boys. And the main event was my favorite over the two shows. Tyler Bate is only 22 and putting on matches like that. If you chose AEW over Takerover, at least watch the main event. Well, watch the amazing Target special they did first, then watch the main event.
  15. This week's NXT UK is the best I've seen Chris Hero in a while. Nice to see.
  16. For whatever reason I clicked on the WWE watch along. Matt Riddle is on the stream for the Goldberg match. Fun times.
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    With the seemingly endless hate some people have for pineapple on pizza (I am not one of them), why is it universally accepted that black olives go on pizza? Because they don't.
  18. So, is Kofi a double champ? Thought never entered my mind until I watched Kofi & Truth rewatch their SummerSlam match. where he says a much. As someone who doesn't watch the weekly shows, has this ever been mentioned?
  19. Finished up the Vice documentary series The Wrestlers. Host by Damian Abraham, the show goes around the globe exploring the non-WWE world of wrestling. I quite enjoyed this. I generally have a problem with documentaries on subjects I know. And three of the first four episodes (Indy talent, MVP & Death Match) fall into this: I gained very little new information. Yet, I understand why they went with these first for a wide audience. Easing them in with something familiar to a WWE. But when they leave the United States, this series shines. 2 in Mexico (Indy Lucha & Exóticos) & 2 in Japan (Stardom & DDT) went into topics that I knew on a surface level, but went deeper. The three best episodes (Fighting Cholitas of Bolivia, Canada's Reserves & Voodoo Witchcatch in Congo) show wrestling in ways that I had no idea existed and was fantastic. Seriously, if you only watch one episode, the Congo episode in a must.
  20. Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller - A documentary on Mauro Ranallo and mental illness. I cannot say there is any new (to me) information here. I heard quite a few interviews Mauro did on the promotional tour. That said, in this case seeing has a bigger impact that hearing. Showtime uploaded it to their YouTube so worth the 70 minutes.
  21. I fell hopelessly behind on JR's podcast when he relaunched last year. Since I have a bunch of mindless work around the house, I figured I would try and run thru these quickly. One thing: He started in 4/18. Or, right before the Greatest Royal Rumble. I know this might be a bit of hindsight, but he does not come off well. At all.
  22. Took the weekend to run thru season 2 of Cloak and Dagger. Overall a better season than the first. A lot of the series takes place in a 'psychic realm' so to speak. About halfway thru I had a thought of "this is getting like Legion, but good". Meaning while Legion became an exercise in pretentious 'look at how smart and weird we are', I always knew and understand what was going on, even in fantasy land. Also, I think it is in the 7th episode, the Streets of Rage fight made the show.