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Today I wore my Flairouette shirt to the local Fall Fair and got like seven Woos from people, so tonight I decided to drink my ass off and watch the Ric Flair DVD instead of podcasting.

I'm pretty good with 80s 90s and a little bit of 00s wrestling, and starting to pick back up right now, but the early early 80s stuff I'm catching up on* but the first three matches on this DVD are odd. The first versus Jack Briscoe starts off oddly and gets decent but then kind of farts out when Flair loses. He's a heel here, but there's a clear "Go Ric Go" chant somewhere in the middle of the match. Then there's the best of 3 match, only a few weeks later, with Kerry von Erich (especially delightful seeing as I'm reading Gary Hart's book right now) which is fucking brilliant. The crowd HATES Flair with every fibre of their being.

Less than a year later, Flair takes on Harley Race in a badass fucking brawl where the crowd adores Ric. 

It's a real testament to his versatility, even though I understand most of his best matches were before this era (though none of those are on this DVD set) it's been pretty solid to see Flair matches I'd never seen before, and if it wasn't WWF or WCW, then I'd never seen them before.

*I would absolutely enjoy some tips of matches to watch, BTW

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Flair had versatility and could make a crowd turn from booing to cheering and back at will. The last 15-20 years, it was impossible for him to be a heel. Not that he wasn't good at it - he was - but decades of being an all-time great has made it impossible to get fans to boo him. That, to me, is the ultimate show of respect.

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So the Mae Young classic is over.  And now I can state fully that I disliked pretty much everything about it, except for the actual wrestling.  The wrestling was fine to very good.  The actual tournament was well done with enough surprise winners to keep things interesting.  I don't like the fact a lot of focus was put on a famous person sitting in the front row, but I get it and it is what it is.

But I did not like how they presented the series at all.  The 'binge' watch rollout was a horrible idea.  Going the CWC route of one episode a week after NXT worked so much better.  I was given time to digest, think, anticipate and want more.  This did not. When the second set came out, less than 24 hours later, their own WWE youtube page uploaded interviews with winners. In my head, that implies that they expected me to watch on Monday.  And now I have spoilers by just opening an app.

And having the finals come off as some thrown together afterthought, sandwiched in between two other shows.  Give it more of an event feel, instead of showing the four in the crowd, have the other competitors have a tag match.  Showcase some of this new talent you have coming in.

But the in ring was good.  Hopefully this breathes some life into the very stale women's divisions on all three shows.

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Bobby Heenan has passed away.

The man was a master at his craft, making everything he touched shine. Be it at ringside or in the commentators' both, he sold the entertainment, the wrestlers, and the stories like no one else.

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On 9/17/2017 at 7:11 PM, The Master said:

The man was a master at his craft, making everything he touched shine. Be it at ringside or in the commentators' both, he sold the entertainment, the wrestlers, and the stories like no one else.

Pro wrestling badly needs managers today. There will never be another Heenan, but imagine how many people who can't deliver good promos would be aided by a manager. Would Brock Lesnar be as over as he is without Paul Heyman? He would be over, no doubt, but Heyman is a huge part of that. Without Heenan, the WrestleMania III main event would not have been as big or as memorable as it was.

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