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    Today, 02:25 PM
    2 members are celebrating their birthday on 12-05-2019: -Aquabladez (born in 1984, Age: 35) -davidho2243 (born in 1996, Age: 23) Happy Birthday!
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    LEXICON OF LE CHAMPION Screengrab via AEW YouTube While Dynamite didn't take the week off, TWB did for Thanksgiving. Surely, turkey and stuffing are more important than... A LITTLE BIT OF THE BUBBLAY. This week, the report returns from the show emanating from the University of Illinois. Dustin Jackson - Death. Taxes. Dynamite kicking off with a hot match. Outside of last week, every show so far has begun with a match that turned out to be if not the best match on the show at least one of the five best matches in a given week. This week saw another chapter in the Elite's overarching war against the Inner Circle erupt in another skirmish. The Young Bucks and Dustin Rhodes, wrestling with a cast on his arm, took on Sammy Guevara and Proud and Powerful. It was the kind of fast-paced highspot derby you'd come to expect from five of the six competitors. Rhodes seemed like the odd man out, but that would not be the case. At 48 years old, one might think The Natural would lean harder into a grumpy old man oeuvre or at the very least go across the older generation he serves as bridge for and brawl heavily. He flipped and flew with the younger lads like he was fresh out of a modern wrestling school. It's hard to understate how savvy Rhodes is as a wrestler when his head is 100 percent in the game. He's earned a reputation as one of the best, if not the best, in-ring worker of all-time, and when you garner that label, you should be versatile. The other thing that stood out was how both teams worked their triple-team offense into the match. As a veteran Chikara fan, I know well that trios matches have a high floor. You can have a great trios match without triple team synergy, but when you do have all three teammates working together, you're working the entire studio space. It's one of those things that can easily enhance the experience. All the spots hit too, whether they were hit as intended like the superkick party and Matt Jackson turning into a Northern Lights suplex machine, or whether they were subverted for effect, like Guevara taking over the delayed suplex and immediately being countered. Overall, it was a hell of a way to start the show. Next week, AEW is giving it again with the Bucks and the former EYFBO going at it in a Texas Street Fight. Hope someone breaks out a branding iron, for thematic reasons. Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing - Last week, Jim Ross got pretty offensive, remarking the Emi Sakura made Freddie Mercury look "oriental" and then remarking that Aubrey Edwards was basically good for her gender (or more accurately, that she doesn't let her gender get in the way of doing a good job). Even if he never was offensive as all get out, he really should not be on the AEW broadcast team, because he has absolutely nothing to say that's germane to the story. Every single word that comes out of his mouth is some generic platitude that could be applied in any situation to any match. He has no insight at all unless it's to bitch and moan about the rules. Jim Cornette deserved his exit from the National Wrestling Alliance, even if the company stupidly commemorated him despite being classist at best. However, I can't deny that he at least was a decent color commentator when he wasn't being offensive or whiny. Ross can't even clear that floor. It's high time he gets replaced. Feníx es El Rey - Trent vs. Rey Feníx was match number two, and it kept the streak of dope matches on this episode of Dynamite alive at two. Trent had been getting a little shine getting wins over Pentagón, Jr. and the pin in Best Friends' win over the Lucha Bros. If I were in charge of AEW, I probably wouldn't have gone down that road, and I also wouldn't have pushed the Luchas as a heel act, but that's just me. Either way, this match was a satisfying showcase for both guys. I fully believe Feníx is the best male wrestler on the roster right now. His offense is so slick, and he bumps in a way that isn't overly self-indulgent but makes the other guy's offense look incredible, and Trent's super workrate offense is conducive to that. The match hit all the different wrestling trends but didn't come off as rote. After the match, during the picture-in-picture commercial break inset, Trent got mad and attacked Feníx. I don't think this issue is over. Cody Wants to Be Findommed - As fiery and passionate as Cody was in his landmark promo in advance of Full Gear, he came off incredibly pathetic and antithetical to a genuine hero character in his promo on this episode. Basically, it was an exercise in running down reasons why he should be in a guillotine next to the guy who gave him his Rolex when the revolution comes, and everyone knows how much of a babyface guys like Ted DiBiase were. When people use "you're not rich like I am" as an insult, it's not entirely endearing to a wrestling audience shrinking because fewer and fewer people can afford cable packages let alone streaming services. Not only that, Cody came off as insanely pathetic begging a guy to wrestle him, especially given how much being an executive vice president in the company is part of his character. Cody removing articles of expensive clothing and offering his *extremely Austin Idol voice* amenities to MJF doesn't make him look like a relatable warrior for vicarious fulfillment. He looks like someone looking to be findommed. Cody isn't the only character in AEW who doesn't have consistent character fidelity, and it's perhaps the company's biggest problem to date. However, you'd think that someone who probably has the most creative control over their character would sit down and say "yes, this is the person I want to be" instead of vacillating week-to-week. Then again, maybe Cody's vision is muddled. Crowd reactions to him are golden to be honest, but can he take them for granted? People are going to start to put two and two together. Allie, speaking for the Butcher and the Blade in a pre-tapped vignette later in the show, said they were tired of seeing Cody as the face of the company and wanted to take him out. How long before crowds start identifying with the S&M themed brutes over the guy who can't stop offering cases of money to fight people he could simply force to fight them through executive action? By the way, Cody decided he'd let the Buffalo boys pick his partner, so they gave him producer and former Ring of Honor gadfly about town QT Marshall. They're scared of Billy Gunn, obviously. This Week's Dark Order Segment - Bye-la Rose - Nyla Rose got to squash the shit out of Leva Bates, a match which was only eventful because fellow Librarian Pretty Peter Avalon also got to bump for the Native Beast. After the match, Rose put referee Rick Knox through a table, which warranted her a suspension for the rest of the year. I guess if you want to put the shine on other women without having to make your unstoppable monster lose a bunch of matches, a suspension is the way to go, but honestly, the more I think about it, the more I feel they made a mistake putting the belt on Riho (who has been conspicuous by her absence from Dynamite since Full Gear) instead of letting Rose wreck shit and have various babyfaces like Riho, Hikaru Shida, and Sadie Gibbs chase her. Ah, well, nevertheless. Jericho Fears Moxley, Doesn't Fear Dinosaurs and Cavemen - Dynamite this week was notable for who the heels didn't want to fight. Chris Jericho, unveiling his Lexicon of Le Champion, noted that he would never defend his title against people as ridiculous as Buck Owens and Allen Jones and as topical as Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley, who was on said lis... I mean lexicon about a dozen times or so. If wrestling has taught me anything, someone refusing to fight a challenger means that match is going to happen down the line, which I can imagine will be at AEW's next pay-per-view in February. His reading of the list was interrupted by the Jurassic Express, who if you remember from last week, had some receipts to give Jericho's bodyguard Jake Hager. The war of words, which included Luchasaurus questionably noting that dinosaurs have been marginalized for 65 million years (to go with his equally cringe "Dino Lives Matter" shtick), culminated in Jungle Boy being offered up as Jericho's next challenger on the last Dynamite of the year. Jungle Boy getting some shine is good enough because even at 22 years old, he's insanely good already. Given that he'll get a shot at Jericho, who called him a "piece of shit," is even better because Jungle Boy pretty much is Jericho from 1995. The fact that it will be under the conceit of " can't last ten minutes with " makes it even better in the same way that Darby Allin's time limit draw against Cody at Fyter Fest allowed him to become white hot. As the first Rocky movie shows, all you need to do is defy expectation to get a victory. A Star From Out of This World - Kris Statlander went up against the nominal number one contender to Riho's Women's Championship, Hikaru Shida, and won in her first match since signing with AEW. Honestly, since rumors that she was signing with WWE broke a few weeks back, this is the biggest sigh of relief possible if she were going to a bigger promotion. Yeah, I'm gonna miss her showing up as a regular at the White Eagle for Beyond Wrestling, but at least she's working for the less disgusting corporate wrestling company in America and not for the most disgusting. Anyway, the match itself was pretty much nothing but bombs after Statlander did a bunch of cartwheels just to poke Shida in the eye. While this match had counters and big hits and bumps and everything, maybe the most impressive thing was Shida doing the Cesaro/M*ch**l Elg*n ring-in suplex to someone who probably has a foot and a couple of pounds on her. The finish was shocking, but the women's division probably needs a little chaos. Speaking of chaos, right after, Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong came to the ring to announce that their cult, the Nightmare Collective, has decided to become AEW's black ops division. I'm pretty sure the first rule of black ops is not to admit that you do black ops. Still, I think having more than one cult-like organization in your promotion is overkill, but I guess that's just my aversion to cults altogether. You could counter this argument by saying that the Nightmare Collective isn't a cult but a paramilitary organization. Then again, what is a paramilitary organization but a cult that has guns and a license to kill? Exactly. They offered a spot in their group to Statlander, who didn't give an answer, but seemed like she was going to say no by getting into Kong's grill. Thankfully, Rhodes and Kong got a new friend in SHIMMER alumna Melanie Cruise, who came out of her seat to give the power women her hair. Daniels Is Hurt - Pentagón Jr. and his number one cosplayer Christopher Daniels occupied the semifinal slot on the show, which featured Daniels calling back when Penta injured him by attempting to do the same to his assailant. Personally, I think every match between two guys who have even a modicum of bad blood should start out with some crazy sneak attack instead of how the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins blood matches always started, in the collar and fucking elbow. That's one thing I appreciate about AEW thus far; people who hate each other just fuckin' wail on each other from jump. This match was a standard super indie-style bomb fest until Daniels tried an asai moonsault on the outside and just thumped onto the apron/ramp. Excalibur had been talking about how Daniels wasn't 100 percent yet from his injury, so that might have been done on purpose. If it was, then it was maybe the most brilliant thing in the match, but it's hard to parse whether or not that's the case. Either way, Daniels' inability to moves correctly took over the narrative after, and the Feníx run in and shenanigans with Daniels' micstand ended the affair. It feels like SCU is going to get another shot at the Tag Titles, but it probably won't wait until February (or whenever the next PPV is). It really feels like the next Champs are gonna be Santana and Ortiz, and it's gonna be sooner rather than later. This Time, IT COUNTS - Earlier in the show, Alex Marvez had backstage interview duty for Joey Janela, who said Jon Moxley would have to kill him to beat him this time. Mox showed up, gave Janela a sidelong glance, and dismissively said "kids." I didn't know it at the time, but it was foreshadowing for the match, which had Janela trying to get himself killed and Mox dusting him. It wasn't as dismissive as the interview interrupting comment, because he needed both an El Generico-BRAINBUSTAAAAHHHHH style Death Rider and a regular one to finish the Bad Boy. Janela was right in that Mox really did nearly have to end him to get the job done. Overall, it was the best showing that I've seen from Janela ever. He answered the bell, rose the moment, and put all his talents at the forefront. I especially liked his deadly school-boy offense, both with one off the top rope and one into the bottom turnbuckle, Sara del Rey-style. Of course, because the commentary team led by Ross is so hard for the rules, most of the dressing for the match was that unlike the Lights Out match at Fyter Fest, this time it counted! I get that in AEW wins and losses matter, and there are rankings and shit. The cacophonous chorus of assuring everyone that this match won't be erased from time in the annals of history overloaded the narrative around the match. You have two deathmatch legends in the same match, both guys known for gratuitous violence, and the big setpiece was whether or not it mattered in the standings? It's bullshit. After the match, Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle came out, much in the same way Mox came down the steps in the crowd after Jericho retained the Championship against Scorpio Sky. Like I said, prepare for that match to headline the next big show.
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    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    Whisper was the straw that stirred Chikara's drink in 2019 Photo Credit: Chikara Live Instagram Persons of all genders however infinite, it's time for the Year End BLOWOUT. The first thing up, year in review/preview for Chikara. What Happened in 2019: Chikara Pro Wrestling entered 2019 with the top of its card in a tizzy because Dasher Hatfield went from lovable stalwart to an Old Hoss Radbourn who could throw a suplex. Dasher Hatfield may have ended 2018 as Public Enemy No. 1, but the looming threat developed in 2019 would be far greater than a traitor to his friend and a bad father to his son. Ophidian was revealed to have been training young wrestlers on the sly along with The Whisper and Lance Steel to act as Chikara's autoimmune defense system. Called The Crucible, they resembled less a wrestling stable and more a paramilitary operation. Their methods were so harsh that Mike Quackenbush decided that Ophidian was no longer allowed to hold sessions in the Wrestle Factory. That's when the autoimmune defense system turned into an autoimmune disease. The Crucible was turned on the Chikara roster with great effect. Of course, you couldn't really blame Ophidian for wanting a strong defense force to protect Chikara. From the Kings of Wrestling to the Bruderschaft des Kreuzes to The Flood to Beyond Wrestling, the company has been subject to more invading forces than Rome at the turn of history. Ophidian, a Chikara original, just doesn't want to see Chikara's own Visigoths to sack the company he's helped build. Where Quackenbush and others on the roster disagreed was not with his intent but with his tactics. Crucible exhibition matches were brutal in a sense, and their standards were high. Several members of the group, including Joshua Wells, Josue Ibanez, and Xavier Faraday, were all turned away at various points during the year. When they turned out against the roster, their attacks were not in the spirit of fun lucha libre like Quack and Reckless Youth wanted when the promotion started in 2002. The pinnacle of The Crucible's attack occurred in Chicago for Aniversario, when Ophidian annihilated Quack in the middle of the ring. To further his goals, Ophidian won both the Infinity Gauntlet and the Johnny Kidd Invitational. The prize for both victories was a Golden Opportunity, or a shot at the Grand Championship without having to earn three points or fear losing said spot with a loss. He used his first Golden Opportunity not for Hatfield's Grand Championship, but for Quack's head trainer position. He failed at the attempt, but kept his second Golden Opportunity in his pocket through the rest of the year. He would attempt a rebound with King of Trios with his loyal soldiers, Whisper and Steel. His team would win Trios, but not with Whisper by his side. In advance of Trios, Kimber Lee demanded a spot on The Crucible team, taking Whisper's spot. Of course, Lee and Whisper had history. In 2018, they were crammed together in a reluctant team in La Loteria Letal. They won the tournament, garnering three points in the process, and in February of 2019, they upended Sonny DeFarge and Cornelius Crummels for Los Campeonatos de Parejas. They'd hold the titles for three months before losing them to Travis Huckabee and Tony Deppen, Team FIST, but in the process, it would seem Lee garnered some dirt on Whisper. The Silent One didn't take too kindly to it. While his barbs were mostly contained to Twitter, you could tell he had a growing resentment inside of him. He took that growing resentment and won the Rey de Voladores, parlaying that into a Grand Championship opportunity at the finale, Tug of War. The match between Whisper and Hatfield did not start when it was supposed to because Ophidian came out and demanded Whisper turn the points over to him, the fearless leader of The Crucible. Whisper refused, and Ophidian went scorched earth on him. Whisper tried to challenge later in the show, but his wounds were too great, and he couldn't recover from being thrown into the crowd and was counted out. The Crucible came out afterwards to pick the bones, but that's when Quack also emerged with backup in Jigsaw, Mister ZERO, and the three scorned former members of The Crucible. While Ophidian has a Golden Opportunity in hand and loyal forces in tow, it seems that the tecnico forces in Chikara aren't going to take this lying down. Of course, Hatfield didn't get to Tug of War without fanfare, good or bad. After all, he entered the season an illegitimate Champion, one who didn't relinquish his interim status when the rightful Champion, Mark Angelosetti, returned from injury. It wouldn't take long for Hatfield to legitimize his title reign as he defeated Angelosetti in a ladder match at Once Upon a Beginning WrestleMania weekend. However, his dealings with his brother-in-law wouldn't be the worst family drama of the year. His spiraling descent into horor and cruelty disturbed his son, Boomer, so much that the son challenged the father to a lucha de apuesta at Aniversario in Chicago. Each Hatfield family member would put their mask on the line. With cousin/niece Molly McCoy in attendance, Boomer upended his father and kept his face in a stunning upset. Not only was Dasher upset, McCoy vowed that she'd never forgive Boomer for the so-called treachery. Their enmity towards Boomer didn't stop them from bullying him into joining them for King of Trios. While Boomer had visions of competing in Rey de Voladores and claiming some hardware for himself, McCoy and Dasher engaged in a social media campaign pressuring the young baseball-headed son to join them in an attempt to give greater glory to the family. He abandoned his dreams of RdV glory and at the behest of his mother joined the family team. However, their campaign ended in the quarterfinals, losing to The Colony. No doubt, this development has put strain on the family and caused McCoy and Dasher to put more blame on Boomer's plate. While the Hatfield family ended 2019 in tumult, a stalwart villain got a year of redemption en route to his exit from the company. Juan Francisco de Coronado started the year with the message that because he was delinquent on taxes, he would be stripped of his Ecuadorian goodwill ambassadorship. Unable to pay his backup, The Closers took out their lack of fiduciary satisfaction with a punishing beatdown of the now-former Ecuadorian elitist. Because he no longer held the backup of a sweet Ecuadorian pension, Coronado decided to make a last-ditch effort to gain some support. Rebranding as John Francis of Coronado, the former Grand Champion, in the words of Charlie Kelly, went America all over everyone's asses. The turnaround in reaction from the crowd was drastic, as he became one of the most loved heroes. Alas, his year ended in submission at the hands of Lance Steel's Boston Crab. This defeat marked the end of his tenure in Chikara, as he announced he'd be leaving for the greater wrestling world. Of course, one would be remiss if Team FIST wasn't mentioned. While Huckabee and Deppen held court in the tag division for about half the year, they wouldn't end it as leaders in the division. Solo Darling still had a couple of receipts to hand her former Rumble Bees tag partner. Huckabee betrayed her to join up with Deppen and Icarus to form the new incarnation of Team FIST. Her new partner, Willow Nightingale, proved to be a powerful ally, but she injured her neck early in the year. Darling's path to revenge against Huckabee would have to wait until Nightingale's miraculous return in advance of King of Trios. The Bird and the Bee as they were called needed an in to take Los Campeonatos from the dastardly duo. They found that path in the King of Trios night three tag team gauntlet. They were primed to take on FIST at the finale, but things were looking bleak as they lost the first fall. Even though they won the second fall, it was because Huckabee had waylaid Nightingale with a chair to get a disqualification. The damage had been done. However, FIST's hubris in thinking they could sacrifice a fall bit them as Nightingale tapped Deppen with a self-choking submission. 2019 MVP: It might be an outside pick, but I think The Whisper is Chikara's MVP for 2019. I almost went with the Champion or The Crucible's leader, but Whisper brings an element of unpredictability. He's the veritable straw that stirs the drink, both as Ophidian's consigliere and as the scorned breakaway. The funny thing is that he might be even bigger next year. He could go many different directions: the one who destroys the group outright, a "I can do better than you" insult of winning the Grand Champion, a double agent, a double turn agitator even. Think of this year as Roger Maris' 1960 season, where he won the MVP in advance of breaking the single-season home run record in 1961. What Will Happen in 2020: Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Chikara is in the midst of a big, set-piece angle featuring an autonomous entity bent on taking control in the company. Will this Crucible angle end with a whimper like the BDK story did, or will it end with a bang the way the Flood story did? Much like Deucalion, the de facto leader of the group after taking over for his harbinger Jimmy Jacobs, Ophidian really isn't going anywhere. Claudio Castagnoli left in the middle of 2011 to go to WWE, which might be why the BDK lost so much juice. That being said, I have a good feeling that there will be a definitive conclusion. But will it be satisfactory? As amazing as Chikara is at beginning and executing through the rising action and climaxes of stories, the company's track record on conclusions is a mixed bag. The gimme resolution is teacher (Quack) taking out student (Ophidian) and putting down The Crucible. The more convoluted one would be Ophidian defeating Quack but a second person defeating Ophidian. Could it be someone like Lee or Whisper, or would it be someone way out of leftfield like Hallowicked or Icarus? The best resolution I can think of, one that's creative but also sensible, is having Ophidian ultimately succeed in defeating Quack but in the process losing his disciples. He's already chased four of them away at least. Telling a story about a demagogue whose veneer crumbles over time is great fodder for a wrestling tale. Still, the initiation of the end of this story is definitely going to come from Kimber Lee. While she gave the group a begrudging modicum of respect at Trios after winning, I still think she's some kind of chaos agent. She has an agenda, and my guess it's one that will put her in a club with Hallowicked as a two-time Grand Champion. Whisper will definitely play in as well, whether as a clever (and masochistic) double agent, or as the one who plants the knife in Ophidian's heart (metaphorically, Chikara doesn't do deathmatches yet). While a cloudy picture is starting to emerge, my guess is the details won't be defined until sometime around Aniversario. What about the Grand Championship and the man who holds it? Stripped of his longtime face, Dasher Hatfield's descent into madness has grown more and more malevolent. I don't think he's going to hold the title the whole year. However, will the successful challenger be involved in The Crucible's kerfuffle, or will it be part of the resolution with his son, Boomer? Hell, even though Mark Angelosetti left the company last year, you can't rule out a return of his to take back what he never really lost in the first place. I mean, Jigsaw has left and come back how many times? If I had to guess, Boomer is still too unseasoned to take a prize that big as part of the resolution to his family fracas. If Angelosetti isn't the one to take it back in a surprise, look for a Dasher title loss to Whisper, Lee, or Ophidian to spur him into an even greater lucha de apuesta with his son, Boomer's mask vs. Dasher's career in Chikara. Five Wrestlers to Watch in 2020: Devantes - The beefiest member of The Crucible has emerged as Ophidian's new right hand hammer as shown by his descent on Whisper at Tug of War. With Matt Makowski seeming like he has one foot out the door, Devantes feels like the guy who can be the group's showcase minion. Even if The Crucible burns away this year, he can emerge as one who can stand on his own. Still Life with Apricots and Pears - The first ever out-and-proud non-binary titleholder in Chikara, Still Life took his lumps in matches not featuring their Young Lions Cup. However, they've defended that cup nobly and strongly. They'll have to get past their former master and current nemesis BLANK, but I see 2020 as the year that happens. After that happens, Still Life should be in the driver's seat to do new and interesting things with their artistic oeuvre. Molly McCoy - The gritty hockey wrestler may be caught up as her uncle's henchwoman right now, but she's got the determination and toughness that she can shine on her own either during the troubles with Boomer Hatfield or afterwards. She's one of the Wrestle Factory's most anticipated graduates, and I think she'll be able stand on her own sooner rather than later. Der Wildebeest - Jakob Hammermeier's latest find is a gigantic piece of beef who has torn through Chikara's ranks in his early career. Hammermeier knows a thing or two about how to bend the company to his will as a veteran of both the BDK and The Flood. If you need a darkhorse candidate to end the year as Grand Champion who isn't currently either a Chikara veteran or someone entangled in the current two main event platforms, the big man is worth a bet if Chikara were such a place you could bet on. The Proteus Wheel - I expected them to be big bads this past season, but for whatever reason, their utilization in Chikara was sporadic. I think all three mammoths of men can string together appearances and build enough momentum to be the beefiest King of Trios winners since the Devastation Corporation. With The Crucible potentially coming to a conclusion this year, Chikara is going to need another set of big bads, and what better team to do it than Professor Nicodemus' science experiments gone wrong (or right if you're he). Three Things I Want To See in 2020: A Resolution to The Crucible that isn't just Player A triumphs over Player B - Wrestling has unlimited potential for storytelling, and Mike Quackenbush himself has often compared Chikara to comic books. However, Chikara's creativity has had limits. Doing something atypical with the end of this Crucible story feels like a must. The example I listed above, Ophidian beating Quack for the head trainer position but losing his followers in the process, is one way. There are unlimited other options they could go with this story. I hope that Quack decides to do something greater than just having one guy beat another. Obviously every wrestling angle has to come down to a match where someone prevails. I just hope that what happens with this has more layers, more implications. Bring Trios Back to Philly - The biggest tournament in wrestling deserves to be in a big setting. Easton and Reading are nice venues, but they're not a wrestling city like Philadelphia. If you want to put on a big tournament, make sure the venue befits it. If the ECW Arena is unavailable, and given how many times things change there with promotional exclusivity, they should find another, bigger venue in Philadelphia or less than an hour outside of it that makes sense. Chikara has been tight with Game Changer Wrestling recently; maybe The Voltage Lounge is worth checking out? How about the US Guard Armory in the Far Northeast? I understand the Wrestle Factory is good enough for interstitial shows and can't host crowds that Trios attracts. That being said, the big thing on the calendar needs to be in a place that can hold it. Officer Magnum for Grand Champion - DO IT, COWARDS.
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    12-03-2019, 02:26 PM
    1 member is celebrating their birthday on 12-03-2019: -sanrhosh (born in 1992, Age: 27) Happy Birthday!
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    12-02-2019, 02:35 PM
    Jericho selling people THE BUBBLAY is genius level getting over Screenshot via AEW YouTube Welcome to a feature I like to call "Best in the World" rankings. They're not traditional power rankings per se, but they're rankings to see who is really the best in the world, a term bandied about like it's bottled water or something else really common. They're rankings decided by me, and don't you dare call them arbitrary lest I smack the taste out of your mouth. Without further ado, here's this week's list: 1. Chris Jericho (Last Week: Not Ranked) - I think it's time to start discussing Jericho as the best ever to do it. He's gotten so much random shit over in his 20+ year career and even now is still at least a decent wrestler. I mean, he sold 10,000 bottles of cheap hooch he slapped his image on in a week. That's impressive. Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I'm not even sure it's close. I don't give a shit about drawing metrics or whatever. He's gotten over and stayed over for a long time changing his act when he saw it fit. Ric Flair being Ric Flair for four decades and staying prominent is impressive no doubt, but when a simple gimmick change sinks a wrestler, you have to give it to Jericho who kept changing and stayed not only excellent, but over during his whole time. 2. Orange Cassidy (Last Week: 7) - So what, he dressed up as a turkey and still did his hands in his pockets plancha to the outside? No big deal, man. No big deal at all. 3. Maki Itoh (Last Week: 5) - Will anyone dethrone Itoh as Princess of Joshi Champion? My sources say no, she shall be Champion until the Earth burns up thanks to climate change and only becomes inhabitable for the 0.0001 percent. So, until August 2021. 4. Turkey (Last Week: 1) OFFICIAL HOLZERMAN HUNGERS SPONSORED ENTRY - How many people are still eating leftover turkey today, on the holiest of holidays Cyber Monday? My guess is at least 35 percent of all households are. Plus, the real roasted turkey is way better on sandwiches than that slimy lunchmeat shit. The noble bird is the king of the holidays. 5. Deshaun Watson (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Watson became the second Black quarterback to lead his team to a Sunday Night Football victory over the Patriots last night, throwing for three touchdowns and catching another. His Texans may have gotten clobbered in the regular season matchup with the Ravens this season, but wouldn't it be nice if he got another shot to take on Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game or at least the Divisional Playoff round, depending on seeding? 6. Joel Embiid (Last Week: Not Ranked) - After getting shut out by the Raptors last Monday, Embiid went on a tear averaging over 30 points over the next three games against the Kings, Pacers, and Knicks. The Sixers are 14-6 after 20 games, fifth in the Eastern Conference. The season is still young, but Embiid is a big reason why they can still climb and get into the top half of their playoff bracket. 7. Martin Scorsese (Last Week: Not Ranked) - The Irishman, which has been in theaters for a few weeks before making the jump to Netflix, has been making the worst people online lose their minds. Scorsese's comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe have rankled them pretty good because they conflate criticism of the things they like with critiques of their personalities. It's awful. I say this as a fan of the MCU movies, but Scorsese is 100 percent correct. I might go out of my way to sit down and watch the movie. I mean, hey, I'm gonna plunker down and watch all 10 hours of the two Tokyo Dome shows for New Japan. I'm used to that kind of long action. 8. Baby Yoda (Last Week: 4) - Gina Carano saved Baby Yoda's life this past week on The Mandalorian! I bet Ronda Rousey wouldn't have. 9. Dana Brooke (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Brooke trying to fuck Dave Batista is the only good storyline involving someone in WWE right now, and it's real life. It's not a celebration of the potentially earth-shattering fucking that is going to happen between the two as much as it is Brooke shooting her shot. Basically, she has been just as enthusiastic at chasing Big Dave the Movie Star as he's been thirsty for her. I see this as her being a role model, to be honeest. 10. Tony Schiavone (Last Week: 10) - Well Blog Fans, TH may not have a review for last week's Dynamite, but he will this week. And boy, it's gonna be a dandy of a show. Why I have the script and... well look at that, we're out of time this week! Check back next week for more Best in the World Rankings!
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    12-02-2019, 02:25 PM
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    11-25-2019, 02:28 PM
    NOBLE BIRD, GIVER OF THANKSGIVING NOURISHMENT, WE SALUTE YE Photo Credit: CA2HILL/iStockPhoto Welcome to a feature I like to call "Best in the World" rankings. They're not traditional power rankings per se, but they're rankings to see who is really the best in the world, a term bandied about like it's bottled water or something else really common. They're rankings decided by me, and don't you dare call them arbitrary lest I smack the taste out of your mouth. Without further ado, here's this week's list: 1. Turkey (Last Week: Not Ranked) OFFICIAL HOLZERMAN HUNGERS SPONSORED ENTRY - No, not the country but the bird, turkey takes center stage this week as the protein of choice for a vast majority of non-vegan Thanksgiving plates. Hell, even vegan plates will have vegetable protein made up to look and taste like turkey no doubt. Why is this the bird of choice and not chicken or other land fauna like pig? Well, I don't know. What I do know is that I don't abide by the slander of this noble bird. Although the flesh is mild, well the white meat flesh, it is a perfect complement to the traditional sides, and the gravy tastes great. I salute this noble bird on Thanksgiving. 2. Darby Allin (Last Week: 1) - Sure, he didn't defeat Jon Moxley at Dynamite, but my god, I'm not even sure Kenny Omega took the fight to him as bad even without weapons. Allin should be the AEW Champion within a year the way he's going, and if he's not, well, Cody and his pals done fucked the fuck up. 3. Josh Richardson (Last Week: Not Ranked) - The Sixers destroyed Richardson's former team, the Heat, over the weekend, with the man getting 32 points in a victorious effort. The Sixers got pushed to the limit against the awful Knicks earlier in the week and then blew out the Heat, a team that at that point had been 11-3. The NBA is weird. Anyway, if Richardson can get between 20-35 points on a consistent basis, the Sixers will be a hard team to beat playing that defense. 4. Baby Yoda (Last Week: 8) - Sure, the Mandalorian had to break into Imperial buildings and start a fight with his whole guild, including Carl Weathers, to get them to safety, but that's because Baby Yoda is worth the trouble. Not because they're one with the Force, but I mean, that baby is CUTE. 5. Maki Itoh (Last Week: 3) - If she keeps her vocabulary growth up, well... 6. George Kittle (Last Week: Not Ranked) - The man annihilated a decent Packers defense with a break in his ankle. On top of that, he's a wrestling fan. I have no choice but to stan. 7. Orange Cassidy (Last Week: 5) - So he went toe to toe with Billy Gunn in the Dynamite Dozen battle royale? Pfft, big deal. 8. Biff Busick (Last Week: Not Ranked) - If you don't know, the former Oney Lorcan no longer wishes to be here for porkin' and wants his release from WWE. He's not the only one, and of course management has noticed it enough that Paul Levesque sand up his dickhole about it and whined about the public airing of grievances on a pre-Survivor Series conference call. Busick replied with the best retort possible (even if he deleted the tweet). Oftentimes, when someone goes public, it's because they tried doing it in private and got nowhere. It's only fair. 9. ACH (Last Week: Not Ranked) - ACH got his release and came back to the indies being greeted like a King. There being a place for them on the indies is a given. What it shows is how much of an impact even guys who barely get on NXT television can have coming back. WWE needs to release everyone that's unhappy and wants out because then, the whole wrestling ecosystem can start to come alive again. 10. Tony Schiavone (Last Week: 10) - Well fans, Dynamite was in a word dynamite this past week, and it's all because of... well folks, that's all the time I have for this week. Tune in next time for TWB's Best in the World Rankings!
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    11-25-2019, 09:53 AM
    Kylie Rae finally spoke out about why she left AEW Photo Credit: James Musselwhite On May 25 at Double or Nothing, Kylie Rae made her first and final appearance for All Elite Wrestling. Three weeks later, she worked for Freelance Wrestling and then went totally dark, both on her booking calendar and social media. Then, in advance of All Out, Tony Khan confirmed that she and AEW had parted ways. It was one of the weirdest stories of the year mainly for the fact that it was so shrouded in mystery. Rumors swirled, and people pretending to be newsmen on Twitter claimed up and down that they had the story on why she'd disappeared but they wouldn't tell. Folks thought she'd quit wrestling given she left an allegedly well-paying job with television exposure. And then Freelance Wrestling announced that she would wrestle Isaias Velasquez on September 21. That's the point where rumors coalesced into a firestorm. Folks accused people in AEW as high up as Brandi Rhodes of bullying her out of the company as Rae's bookings began to pile up. The thing about all that noise was that they didn't amount to more than noise. It all seemed to be Wrestling Twitter denizens either speculating or feeding off certain people saying that they knew and that it was bad but they wouldn't divulge any details about it. I get it that those people, or person, wanted to protect Rae's privacy, but at that point, maybe don't advertise that you know about what happened (if that person really did) and perhaps not stoke the fires? Just a guess. Basically, the situation hinged on one person and only one person speaking out, Kylie Rae herself. One might be able to understand if she didn't want to comment at all, to be quite frank. However, she released a statement on her exit from AEW on Instagram: I don’t know how to start this and I can’t speak on other’s behalves. I can only speak for myself and what’s in my heart. I don’t know many rumors and honestly try to stay away from everything, obviously
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    11-22-2019, 02:33 PM
    I spit in the face of people who don't eat apples Photo Credit: WWE.com It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 280 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers: What are your top five apples? #TweetBag — Star of Savage (@StarOfSavage) November 20, 20191. Honeycrisp - Almost never mealy, super sweet, and really juicy 2. Granny Smith - Also almost never mealy, and I love the tartness behind the sweetness 3. Gala - They have a high mealy/non-mealy ratio, but when they're good, they're good. 4. Red Delicious - They're the ones I grew up with 5. Them Apples - How 'bout them? You can turn the world of wrestlers into the world of pokemon. Wrestlers can have types and weaknesses. Who do you make the 3 starter wrestlers? Additional world building (gyms/leaders etc) is up to you based on time/space in the ol' blog — The Honda Odyssey Smashmouth Offense (@dansbadtweets) November 20, 2019The intersection of Pokémon and wrestling, my home! Anyway, the Kaifaiba Region is a region of deception and scuzz, but that's what what makes it fun. You start out in little Chikara Town and get your starters from Prof. Quackenbush. You can choose from: Bryan Danielson - Grass, who evolves into Daniel Bryan (Grass) who evolves into American Dragon (Grass/Dragon) Rebecca Knox - Fire, who evolves into Becky Lynch (Fire) who evolves into The Man (Fire/Steel) Ashley Vox - Water, who evolves into Sea Star (Water) who evolves into Oceanea (Water/Dark) You wander off from Chikara Town in search of eight Brass Rings to win the Kaifaiba League title and face off against the Champion. You start out trying to catch jobbers of the Normal type before moving onto more advanced PokéWrestlers. You go to gyms in Extreme City (Steel), AAA Village (Flying), Mutaburg (Poison), Shoot Central (Fighting), Shady Promoter Town (Dark), Stampedeton (Ice), Samoa City (Water), and DDTown (Fairy) before moving onto face the Elite Four and Champion Vince McMahon. Once you beat him, all your wrestlers get health insurance. Can only have one burger for the rest of your life- what will it be? — Gravy Boat Captain (@BruceStingsteen) November 20, 2019Whether I can only purchase that particular burger or whether that burger regenerates itself after I'm done eating, I'm taking the pork roll burger from Culture on the Circle in Northeast Philadelphia. It's a burger that combines ground beef and ground pork roll, 50/50 I believe, and then they top it with sharp cheddar and a runny egg. I would die for that burger. I would kill for that burger. I want that burger now. Your opinion on coconuts as food? — Islander Of Blood Moon (@RainInLava1) November 20, 2019Coconuts are a valid food even they're not my favorite. I enjoy Mounds and Almond Joy, and coconut cream pie is in the B-tier, which is still good. For reference, shoo-fly, apple, and key lime pies all occupy the S-tier. Coconut milk is also a big part of Thai food, and I like Thai food. I'm not coconuts for coconuts, but I respect their place in the culinary hierarchy. Fave family recipe handed down to you? — Holly Hobbled (@_auntmimi) November 20, 2019Although it wasn't "handed" to me, I aped my mother's baked macaroni and cheese recipe. It eschews the bechamel-based sauce that most other elite mac 'n cheeses have, but it's still unctuous and savory and cheesetastic. I've made it a couple of times, although mine never comes out as good as my mom's. Then again, I'm not the primary cook for my family, so it doesn't really matter. is the key to being a wrestler and being good on twitter to be a chill person irl? in leu of that is it to find an entertaining persona? —
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    11-21-2019, 03:09 PM
    Mox talked the talk last week and walked the walk this week Screenshot via AEW YouTube Last week on All Elite Wrestling Dynamite, Jon Moxley said "balls" a lot and laid down a challenge, Darby Allin accepted it, MJF did his villain's soliloquy, and Scorpio Sky pinned Le Champion. This week, the show comes to you live from Indianapolis, IN, home of The Whopper! The time has come to get down and dirty on this week's episode. No Respect for Authority - The streak of straight bangers to open Dynamite continued week eight with Nick Jackson taking on Rey Feníx. It couldn't have been a tag even if they kayfabe wanted it; the commentary solemnly stated that he was out after being powerbombed last week through the stage. Anyway, once again, the show opened with the best match on the show, which is kinda what you need if you want to keep viewers hooked for that all important live rating number, I suppose. I don't want to call it the platonic ideal of a high-flying match, because Feníx's feet failed him a couple of times, starting with his exit out of the tunnel. That being said, I'm not really as hard on the high flyers for that kind of thing as long as they're not always out of position. Anyway, this match was a lot of slick counters and flips wrapped around a central theme worked around the superkick, namely Feníx matching Jackson on those kicks. The theme culminated with both wrestlers going for a kick only to have Feníx kick Jackson's leg (outta his leg!) on his attempt. It was rudimentary psychology, but it worked. What I thought was surprising was that Feníx went over clean rather than having Jackson play into Proud and Powerful losing to Private Party later on be short-term retaliation. It's refreshing in that Jackson, an EVP, isn't afraid to lose clean, and that it rewards viewing more than that particular show. Jackson didn't need P and P to cost him the match to have something to go for later in the night. All he needed was the animosity from last week and further back. You don't need to have too much in terms of finishing matches. Overall, it was the perfect way to open this week's Dynamite. Of course, the Lucha Brother had to keep his rudo credentials by refusing a handshake from the younger Jackson. He and his brother are immersed in a feud with SCU at the moment, but that doesn't mean AEW won't go with Bucks/Bros IV somewhere down the line. At least I THINK they're on match four. Disrespecting the Dentist - Hey, did you know Britt Baker is a dentist? I think that's something that they've undersold going forward. Even the fans were chanting it. Weird. As is the case with most shows she appears on, her match on this week's Dynamite was a weak spot. Not even Hikaru Shida could save her, and good lord, she tried. Baker has cool moves, but as most discerning wrestling fans will tell you, cool moves don't make you a good wrestler. They're just shining beacons of hope in a cold sea in a ship captained by someone on their first voyage. AEW backed themselves into a corner with their rankings having featured Baker so much in victory in the run-up to Full Gear, and I think they knew it. They put her entire first control segment in the picture-in-picture box during commercial. Hopefully, Shida is Riho's next challenger. Let Riho run through everyone who ever worked in a joshi promotion before she invariably drops the title to Awesome Kong. The Dark Order - NOT A CULT! - The next thing up was a slickly filmed vignette that started out like it was AEW's run into the Be A Star anti-bullying campaign, but once the bearded protagonist got onto the train, it became readily evident that the company finally had something for the Dark Order to do other than lose. Their infomercial playing on the subway screen gave them purpose. Rather than presenting as a mindless cult, they're a cult that makes you a better person. Maybe not by accident, the messaging hit on all the notes that predatory organizations play to grow their ranks. It's preying on vulnerable people by promising them impossible power to smite their enemies. It's how you create a legion. It remains to be seen if that messaging will get anyone on the roster to join other than local indie guys they slap the mask on. STOP MESSING UP BILLY GUNN'S FUN - The Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale may have been AEW's most on-the-nose homage to World Championship Wrestling yet, promising a match that would not end with one winner but instead generate two challengers for the next week's show on Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago. They didn't go full-TNA with the nonsense, and they either loosened or tugged on quite a few threads to make the coming weeks on Wednesday nights a little more interesting, but it certainly was the most WCW idea they've had so far. Take that for what you want. Anyway, the competitors were Pentagón, Jr., Sonny Kiss (making his Dynamite debut), Jimmy Havoc, Kip Sabian, Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, Joey Janela, Marko Stunt, Jungle Boy, eventual finalists Hangman Page and MJF, and Billy Gunn. In case you want a calibration for how small in stature most wrestlers on the AEW roster are, just rewatch this match and marvel at how much bigger Gunn is than anyone else in that match. It goes to show how much more WWE values height and weight than AEW does. But I digress. Like I noted above, this battle royale had a lot of stuff in it, which really decides the quality of a battle royale more than any other factor. You want to grab the audience's attention; you don't need to work a hold or do a big head-drop to do so. They started out hot with Christopher Daniels this time dressing up as Feníx to eliminate Penta right from jump. Jimmy Havoc got eliminated and then got pissed enough to grab his staple gun and plant one on everyone else in the ring. Shoutout to Taylor who took a staple to the penis. Never let anyone tell you Sexy Chuckie T isn't all in. Shawn Spears continued his harassment of Janela by illegally eliminating him. The only bad part about that one is that it happened during the commercial break. The finish with MJF pulling a 1994 Shawn Michaels and winning after going through the ropes rather than under was well done. However, MJF wasn't so much the star for that finish but for the stuff that led up to it involving Gunn. First, Kiss started twerking in front of him, so Gunn, who's an ass man, decided he'd join in until MJF went and ruined the fun by tossing Kiss. Then, Cassidy started going into his routine with Gunn before MJF attacked and threw Freshly Squeezed to the floor. Honestly, if some rich jerk came into my personal space and ruined my fun, I would be pissed too. While MJF ate a Fame Asser for his troubles, he came out with the last laugh. Of course, Gunn's battle royale ended in perfect synergy with the Ass Man being eliminated by Mr. Cowboy Shit himself, Hangman Page. Overall, it was a fun match. Hopefully, Page and MJF next week will be just as fun, or at least good. JERICHO SEASON! SKY SEASON! - Honestly, you can name anyone else, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, whatever, and you could have a case for the best promo guy ever. More and more, as much as I love/loved those guys on the microphone, what Chris Jericho is doing feels like the most impressive feat of speaking in wrestling history. While his cadence and tone have not changed much since he was "The Paragon of Virtue" in Extreme Championship Wrestling (shouts to Scorpio Sky for putting that into his response), he's continued to cleverly change the material so that he's never cutting "The Jericho Promo." His creativity and versatility are probably what puts him over the top. Even down to having the only word Jake Hager has spoken into the microphone in AEW so far being "sorry" as a proxy for him saying it, Jericho feels like the closest thing to a verbal genius in the business there is, and he's still sharp after years of accumulating CTE. The "reverse psychology" bit with SCU conning Jericho into giving Sky a title match next week was an even better cap. It wasn't just good because the speaking execution was on point; it's common knowledge that all four guys, even the weakest one in Sky, could talk. The framing, however, made it pop out. If you see a heel getting rope-a-doped like that in WWE, it's because Vince McMahon sees them as disposable. You'd see Damien Sandow get fooled into defending a title (if he ever held one on the main roster), but would you see Triple H or Brock Lesnar or The Fiend? Well, if you think so, you've got more faith in the flexibility in character archetype that McMahon believes in than I. Jericho put himself out there, and it helped create a match that the folks in the Sears Centre will probably get so hot for that they'll melt the steel beam supports in the arena. Wrestling fan reactions burn way hotter than jet fuel. About the only miss for me was how the run-in by Marko Stunt and the subsequent backup from his Jurassic Express buddies to bail out SCU was framed. Jericho's entrance from the back through the halls was shown on the PIP, but the sound was muted so the commercials could have it. Yay capitalism, yuck. Jericho had an encounter with Stunt, but it would've been cool to have heard what they were saying. The fact that Luchasaurus just so happened to have a 15 second squash win over Pretty Peter Avalon right after felt a little to convenient. It's a minor thing, but it still felt off. The Grind - I was looking forward to Private Party vs. Proud and Powerful a lot because they're two exciting teams that came up from the same wrestling circles and probably know their way around each other. The match fell mostly flat because instead of working a high energy match, they went the route of having PnP just grind them down most of the match. Private Party had some exciting offense, including the best Gin n Juice they hit since the one on the Young Bucks, but I think about 75 percent of the match was a heat segment. Maybe it's me having different expectations for the match; I mean, it did get across what it needed to get across. That being said, I'm not sure PnP are suited to be grinders. The aforementioned Jackson run-in was less interference to directly cause the Party to win. Rather, he swooped in to snatch the sock full of nickels or beads or whatever is in it, and abscond with it so that PnP couldn't use it to win the match. Of course, it directly led to the distraction that the Party used to hit the Gin n Juice. Afterwards, both the rest of the Inner Circle sans Jericho and Dustin Rhodes came out, and they had a big ol' brawl. One thing is I don't think I wanna see Rhodes' submission onto Sammy Guevara's vlog. Speaking of The Elite, Kenny Omega cut a promo in the midst of lifting and didn't embarrass himself. Baby steps! Jon Moxley Wins... FATALITY - Judging from Darby Allin's entrance starting with a pre-tape of him carrying a bodybag throughout a city and culminating with a bunch of guys carrying him into the arena in said bodybag, you knew this match was going to be lit from the start. Allin obliged those expectations by leaping at him from the ring while he was entering through the crowd. Basically, the match had Mox playing the big bully, the body guy using his size to overwhelm Allin. Meanwhile, no matter how much shit Allin got kicked out of him, he kept popping up with the manic energy of a jilted husband going after the guy who fucked his wife while they were still married. There was no measure to his fists and elbows; it was all reckless abandon. And when he wasn't getting the shit kicked out of him or attacking, he was floating like a butterfly. The two wrestlers' strategies during the match melded together to put an exclamation point on this week's episode. But it wasn't just the broad strokes that defined this match's excellence. The little things were in play like Allin working over Mox's hand. Things like placing it in the turnbuckle link and then shoving Mox off the top rope seem simple, but why hasn't anyone thought to do it before? Allin isn't even 25 years old yet and he's already got ring-savvy of someone traveling the territories for a decade. Mox bringing in the bodybag and hoisting Allin by his own petard was a nice touch as well as him countering the Coffin Drop by moving back and catching Allin in a rear naked choke. Also, I know Allin has a death wish, but man, he didn't have to take that Death Rider at such a high angle. Still, I think he's not satisfied unless someone in the crowd thinks he's died. It's not what I'd do, and he might need to dial it back, but I won't pretend that he doesn't make every bump he takes look great if not for him then for his opponent.
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    11-21-2019, 02:55 PM
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    11-20-2019, 08:23 AM
    SATURDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY all photos courtesy of WWE.com WWE's multiverse is crossing all the streams this autumn, and it's caused legit chaos off-screen to match the spandexified chaos on screen. Dream matches show up unadvertised, moved around, great on Wednesdays and above average on Fridays and Mondays...well, we don't like to talk about Mondays here. Angries up the blood. The fact remains that on the penultimate show before the third TO: WG every cliche about chaos got filled, sometimes with blood on multiple occasions. Couple that with Papa Haitch's open invite to the entire "main roster" to come get some on tonight's show, and the only thing to know to expect is a ladder match with Cole/Dijakovic and the WarGames advantage on the line; even that, as with the rest of life, the card is subject to change. Fortunately for NXT, their roster is as stacked as Victoria Lomba and grabbing...well, maybe not as many eyeballs, but plenty and for all the right reasons. And when it comes to staplegunning together some more wrestling nerd fantasies in light of the legitimate (?) injuries to Johnny Gargano, KUSHIDA, and the VELVETEENEST of DREAMS, one of the undercard matches on this weekend's show is plenty sexy in its own right... GOLD: Finn/Riddle at Takeover TAFKA Prince. Tsk, tsk, tsk. So many flavors to pick from and you choose to be salty. So disillusioned he might as well as come out to "Serve the Servants", he slammed NXT as a place he used to be proud of but got overtaken by little boys when he left and dissed Gargano for being the alleged heart of the brand. He mocked him for crying on social media -- news flash, it's 2019, and it's all we have left -- but when he started running his mouth about Matt thee Stallion, Riddle was right there to shut his mouth and fight him in the middle of the ring, recovering where Gargano hasn't and making Regal make the match for this weekend. As with most of the gold NXT's spun this summer and fall into the winter, it didn't seem like the thing to do until it was done, at which point you might as well clap your forehead and go duh doy, of course you run Riddle/Finn. What's the floor on a match with these guys, 8 out of 10? 4 stars? Appointment TV? If that's the floor, the ceiling is where certain Lords of a Stately Manor stack up clone corpses. This has the potential to go right behind such instant classics as Zayn/Nakamura as best Takeover titleless matches, and it wasn't even a blip on the radar a month ago. With Master Regal granting Riddle's revenge, it turfed him off of Team Ciampa. Like NXT in general and the leader in specific, they'd bounce back with the emergence of their newest member... Disputing! GOLD: the latest iteration of Team Ciampa Out came the Era to go after Riddle, but since the Champ took a few beats to start dancing at the 10, Tommy Champs and Keith Lee came out to metaphorically tackle him at the 4. Slightly surprisingly, Lee handled the babyface mic work and didn't give a rat's ass about the Era's claims to multiple show supremacy and dared Cole to stand up to him. Cole didn't, but Roddy did, and since the Limitless One wasn't picky that non-title bout bridged the hours. Since the match was born in chaos, it ended that way as well. Not only that, but the triple threat Roddy barely survived by pinning Keith after Dijakovic had been removed from the picture came to bear as well. As you might expect, scavenging on the margins in a triple threat was far more palatable to the North American champion than trying to fight one of my old stunt doubles head-on. The Era came out to try to save the day for Strong, only to be usurped by a returning Ciampa and Riddle, who himself got into a brouhaha he was on the losing end of with Balor. It seemed to open the door for Roddy to slip in another W, but Lee bounced back and gave the champ Fallout to get the duke and maybe get another North American title opportunity down the line without his spiritual cousin also scoffing at the laws of gravity and trying to procure it in his own right. To the surprise of no one, the Era was severely displeased by this turn of events. But the Full Sailors called it in advance and were proven right when Dijakovic came out and started put Undisputed meesters on Era-sized keesters. Lee recovered from the attack just in time to see D2 reiterate the case he'd made online since the triple threat to the Blackheart himself, who took the big man's hand in stride. Lee took a couple of beats to offer his longtime rival the Hand of Friendship, but once it was reciprocated Ciampa was psyched and who could blame him? If your backup was Godzilla and King Kong and you saw anything short of the 102nd Airborne coming, what couldn't you destroy? If this uneasy truce can hold and somehow isn't the prelude to either Lee or Dijakovic pulling a late-period Hennig on the other two...well, three, going to war with the uncrowned NXT champion and the Workrate Twin Towers is a fine slot for a fourth member to get in on the fun, no matter their standing... Still Swerve's house, but Reed might be putting a name on his own lease soon GOLD: SWERVE~! Just throwing that out there. WHAT?! He lost to Roddy, he's been doing well since (except for the previous week's loss to...you guessed it, Dominik Dijakovic) and once again found himself going to the pay window in a win against Bronson Reed that could use a rematch and/or them becoming a wacky partner tag team. You want to see Bronson Reed dance to Ain't Nobody. You do. And if Keith and D2 can find their way and fight on the side of the angels, who's to say history can't repeat itself further down the card? The two segment match was honestly most notable for their pre and post-match respect, as well as Bronson getting more than his fair share of chants against another fan favorite via the Breakout tourney. Oh, Angel! You NASTY! With yo FINE self! GOLD/PURPLE: the Cruiserweight Title tilt Sure, that's Mrs. Lio Rush. But he's Angel Garza. If I was that handsome, some other dude's marriage wouldn't mean squat to me, either. I mean, I'm almost that good looking, but that is a completely irrelevant if factual point. If you thought the show's opening fight for the Cruiserweight Championship was going to clear up any alignment questions, you'll probably blow the dust off the dreidel before you get things sorted in anything resembling normalcy. For instance, Angel high fived several male fans...but he also did the above after whipping off his pants, which sends a ravishing but rude message on its own. Lio Rush was ostensibly the wronged family man babyface '19 and even kicked out of an avalanche moonsault fallaway slam -- an actual move, I don't smell toast and my health's kosher, those words in that order are intentional -- but he didn't really retaliate in a manner of the deeply offended besides putting a couple extra MPH on his subsequent tope. What Garza is probably going to consider retaliation is the fact that during the pinfall after the second Rush Hour his foot was on the ropes before 3, but not during 3 thanks to Rush pulling it off, then having his foot back on the ropes when Rush laughed and walked out still with the big purp across his shoulders. Several Full Sailors live and Nigel McGuiness noted the same on commentary, only to have the matches replay magically cut off the moment of discussion. (You may remember this trick from NXT's own arsenal earlier this year, wherein to get the last two seconds of Takeover: Phoenix to fully further the Johnny Brasco storyline you had to watch the whole show on WWEN since they magically didn't appear on any social media platform.) Either way, we will presumably get to a rematch for Garza with the belt on the line, another two or three segment baller-ass match, we might even get an idea of who to cheer and boo full, and...hell, who can focus when Angel Garza IS THAT ATTRACTIVE? John Legend my ass. OOFTA BLACK: noses Like the real world, the wrestling world has its own sick ironies. Take for instance, the fact that Tegan Nox, Rhea Ripley, the Horsewomen Underlings, and Candice LeRae were playing laid out during the show. Two women got the business end of the audit during the show. First was Aliyah, who made the mistake of fighting Xia Li again and got r e k t 2 : the rektoning, as Li once again proved too dashing for the Canadian. In all seriousness, fake fighting somebody that well versed in the martial arts sounds about as fun as doing so for real. Then came the main event, a ladder match between Choke Me the Fuck Out, Io Shirai and Mia Yim with the winner gaining the advantage for their team in their WarGames match. The babyfaces are to these kind of matches what the Washington Generals are to the game of basketball, except with possibly an even worse track record. Mia suplexed Io into the ladder in Act I (a shame Candice missed that bit of impactful karma, she probably would've at least given it a cackle) but then fell victim to Io's receipt in Act II; a springboard dropkick sent her off the ladder which went into her face and busted her nose something awful. Io was already fighting one-armed and even noticeably had to neuter her speed while the medics checked on Mia. Of course, you don't get a moniker like HBIC without willing to get in the grit and the grime, so Yim fought through something that'd probably kill me. Dakota Kai came out to check on her, only to be suddenly waylaid by Kay Lee Ray of all people. KLR then further contributed to Mia's hospital bill by shoving her off a ladder to the floor, where she went through another ladder bridged between the ring and the apron. It's why you say predetermined instead of fake, kiddies. KLR helped Io climb the ladder, and as she and Shayna gloated over the aisle to each other, Bayley suddenly laid out the Queen of Spades in what is certainly no longer the Rose Plant. The women got the ovations and medical attention they deserved after the show, which was berserk from front to that end. And that's not even counting the fact that the Dain/Dunne match got nerfed when Priest jumped both of them and laid them out before they could even get going with the match thus springboarding that triple threat to tonight's show with the winner getting a shot at The Champ, BAY BAY! at Survivor Series. The ladder of opportunity calls for Cole and Dijakovic with a ladder in a few hours, as it does for everyone who works at Takeover, let alone everyone who's going to end up doing double duty with that and Survivor Series. Human sacrifice, Lees and Dijakovics teaming together, mass hysteria. Or as NXT would probably refer to it in the USA Network era: the usual.
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    11-18-2019, 03:19 PM
    Crazy enough not only to take Mox's challenge but to beat him during it? That's Darby Allin! Screenshot via AEW YouTube Welcome to a feature I like to call "Best in the World" rankings. They're not traditional power rankings per se, but they're rankings to see who is really the best in the world, a term bandied about like it's bottled water or something else really common. They're rankings decided by me, and don't you dare call them arbitrary lest I smack the taste out of your mouth. Without further ado, here's this week's list: 1. Darby Allin (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Jon Moxley offered to do everything short of killing his opponent, and you'd think no one would challenge him. Well, no one has the iron will and lack of respect for their own lives like Allin does. Will Allin prevail this week against Mox? Probably not. Will he take a chunk of Mox's flesh before falling? I think that's a guarantee. 2. Lamar Jackson (Last Week: Not Ranked) - At this point in the season, he'd have to disappear completely from Baltimore's lineup not to win the Most Valuable Player award. In a duel with fellow Black Excellence QB Deshaun Watson, Jackson went off for four passing touchdowns and another on the ground as the number two team in the AFC routed the number three, 41-7. Jackson is putting up numbers and leading the Ravens to the playoffs while being the most likable player in the league. If you're not rooting for Jackson, you're one of three things: a University of Kentucky football fan, a fan of the fellow team in the AFC North, or a racist. 3. Maki Itoh (Last Week: 8) - Did you know Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling is going to have a show in America during WrestleMania weekend? I think this announcement while Itoh is the Princess Champion is no coincidence. The Maki Itoh Respect Army is strong here in the states. 4. Hibachi Fried Rice (Last Week: Not Ranked) OFFICIAL HOLZERMAN HUNGERS SPONSORED ENTRY - The only bad thing about the rice that the teppanyaki chef cooks right in front of you is that they serve it to you way before your meat and vegetables are done. It's so good that I can't help but eating it all before the rest of my dinner finishes cooking. It's a small and good problem to have, I suppose. 5. Orange Cassidy (Last Week: 9) - So what if he's the Uatu the Watcher of All Elite Wrestling, showing up when important things happen? WHO CARES! 6. Tobias Harris (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Harris went cold earlier in the week, but he came out shooting fireballs the last couple of games, helping the Sixers snap out of an early season funk. Harris is going to be an important piece of the Sixers going forward if they are to contend for the Championship. 7. Grookey (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Yes, Pokémon: Sword and Shield came out, and yes, I've been playing almost non-stop, even shirking my desires to watch NWA Powerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and Beyond Uncharted Territory so far from this week. Grookey is the Grass-type starter, and his evolutionary line is so fun to play as. I suggest if you're a Pokémaniac like myself, don't listen to the National Dex whiners and pick up a copy today. 8. Baby Yoda (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Okay, so no one knows what the baby in Yoda's species is, whether they're a clone of Yoda, offspring, or an unrelated member of said race. That being said, the lil' thing is so CUTE. They have done the thing that neither George Lucas nor the Disney movies could, unify the Star Wars fanbase. 9. Chris Dickinson (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Combat Zone Wrestling has never been known as female-forward, but releasing their archives by calling the women's wrestling "Double D Destruction" is a new low. Thankfully, Dickinson amplified female voices in calling them out. You might think he'd be ribald, but his freshness doesn't seem to be sexist. Remember, he put LuFisto over at a Women's Superstars Uncensored secret show back when Denver Colorado (the man not the place!) owned it. Good on him to stand up to CZW. 10. Tony Schiavone (Last Week: 10) - Wrestling fans, are you excited for January 15 in Miami for AEW Dynamite: Bash at the Beach? I know I am! It's going to be so great to go back to the event where... well folks, it looks like we're out of blog time again this week. Tune in next week for The Wrestling Blog's Official Best in the World Rankings!
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    11-14-2019, 03:05 PM
    The Mandalorian Photo via Polygon It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 280 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers: The Mandalorian — The CAWbbledy Gooker (@fritobandit) November 13, 2019I'm sorry but you have to phrase your question in the form of a question. I kid, I kid. I haven't been able to watch the first episode yet, but it's the only original thing on Disney+ that I'm REALLY looking forward to. The MCU stuff, I can take or leave. Part of it is the lineup of characters feels underwhelming, even Loki. Like, his story wasn't perfect, but it was complete. I know in comics, only Uncle Ben stays dead, but the movies and shows, it's such a commitment. With The Mandalorian, the Star Wars Galaxy is so huge and it doesn't all have to be connected, even though George Lucas then and Kathleen Kennedy now demand that it is. Either way, I think the door is more open for creativity, and generally, Star Wars has a higher ROI than most anything I'm in to, no matter what the nerds say about the new trilogy. I'll be sure to let you all know on Twitter how I feel about it when I DO watch though, which will probably be tonight! Best wrestling related song? — porksweatshausen RULES ASS (@porksweats1) November 13, 2019There aren't really a whole lot of wrestling songs given how many songs there are in total. Luckily, The Mountain Goats released an album of slappers only exclusively about the graps called Beat the Champ. It's hard to pick a fave when you've got strong contenders like "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero," "Heel Turn 2," "Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan," and "The Ballad of Bull Ramos." However, "Foreign Object" stands above the rest because it's a song about making the other guy bleed, and honestly, nothing in wrestling is purer than blood. I know I've come out against blood in the past, but seeing it in AEW, whether accidental by Cody or on purpose like Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega, and I realize I was wrong, so so wrong. Blood rules, and the song that celebrates it the best is the one I like the most. what could aew have done to get punk? —
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    11-14-2019, 10:32 AM
    He Beat the Champ Screenshot via All Elite Wrestling YouTube Last week on Dynamite, well, who cares, Full Gear was Saturday! Read my review! Ow My Balls - The show this week kicked off with a short recap of the entire Full Gear show, but that first segment was dedicated to the Kenny Omega/Jon Moxley match. First, Omega seethed that Mox was cleared but he wasn't, and then Mox squashed Omega's buddy Michael Nakazawa, who threw away his baby oil and then got stomped into the mat. The main thrust of the whole thing was Mox telling the world that getting into the ring with him is capital punishment, for better or worse. No one has better delivery than him in AEW and possibly anywhere but in the National Wrestling Alliance (seriously, those lads on Powerrrrrrrrrrrrr can speak). The fury behind his voice really speaks to the fact that maybe he was just bored and disrespected in WWE and now he's in a place where he can shove people into shard of glass and shove chains in their mouths. That being said, and I'm probably expecting too much from a testosterone-soaked industry like wrestling not to equate courage with the male sex organ, but I'm difficult like that, you see. The fact he said it four times felt like that was the main thrust of the whole promo. I didn't dig that part as much. Ah well. Jurassic Park: Lucha Kingdom - The Dark Order needed a soft reboot, and they got one, not just with the win, but with the first semblance of a purpose that they've had since Fyter Fest. Of course, them getting cleared out by a returning Luchasaurus overshadowed it, but it was a good overshadow. Now you have a hot midcard tag feud that will carry into whenever the next pay-per-view is. But who cares about the business implications. That whole segment was textbook wrestling cheese. The match itself was a bit loose, especially from Marko Stunt. Again, live by the tope, die by the tope. It's fine; Stunt will recover from it. It wasn't just the slip off the ropes either. He's just gotta shake it off. Jungle Boy, however, came off snug and on point. I felt like before the big return, he should just go right after Chris Jericho. He's so young and he's already that good. The Dark Order is so polished, so even with the slip-ups, it was a nice little jaunt. So after, you now have the Dark Order actively recruiting, which is good. You have the cadre of Creepers on the outside; it might make sense to have at least a few of them being guys on the roster to make it work. That being said, I want to know what their purpose is, what masters they serve. Or maybe they don't ever reveal that because secrecy and mystery often make these gimmicks work. Either way, it's a good first step for them. They lacked a lot of direction after just being forgotten between Fight for the Fallen and their Dynamite debut. The tag division is loaded, no doubt, but they can carve out a space where you can draw in teams like the wrestling dinosaur and his raised-in-the-rainforest charge. As for Jurassic Express, I thought Luchasaurus had a torn quad or hamstring, which put him out until spring. Either it was less severe an injury that was reported, or they pumped him full of so much HGH that even Kobe Bryant said "yo, that's a lot of HGH." Still, his return was well done from the shock of him coming out of the back through yeeting Creepers out to the floor, he captivated the audience. the only thing I didn't like about surprise return was that they took a page out of WWE's production and played Jurassic Express' theme music before Luchasaurus came out. Let the crowd noise indicate someone is at the top of the ramp, not a music cue. However, that's a minor quibble. This feud is gonna be so much fun in the future because everyone involved is an outsized personality and all of them are good-to-great wrestlers. I cannot wait. DARBY DEATH WISH - "The Librarian" Peter Avalon, Shawn Spears, and Darby Allin all participated in a three-way match that was notable only for an Allin springboard armdrag that was prettier than a summer sunset. Nah, just kidding, it was both Joey Janela sprinting to the ring to abscond with Spears and several pounds of his flesh, and Allin answering a question he was only asked indirectly. The match itself may have the most transparently angle-driven on the show so far. The action had its moments, like the aforementioned arm drag, the finishing Coffin Drop, and Avalon starting the match just diving off the top in between a confused Spears and Allin. It takes a special kind of gumption to go out and be the butt of a joke every week, but Avalon acquits himself well. Basically, the Janela run-in was perfect because Janela is a shoot madman. Whenever he just shows up with his eyes wider than the panorama, you know he's ready leave everyone in the room, the fans included, wondering what the hell just happened to them, but only in the best way. Absconding through the crowd dragging Spears brought the most frenetic energy and allowed everyone to focus in on Allin once the fracas left into the back. Everyone knows Allin is that guy, even not showing up on Dynamite since his title loss, and he showed it by grabbing a microphone after dispatching Avalon, looking dead into the camera, and telling Moxley that he is not afraid to die, no, not in the least. Frankly, everyone should've seen it coming when Mox laid out the challenge; he's a murderer and Allin has the biggest death wish in wrestling, non-deathmatch division. Two Women's Segments - Okay, so Dynamite had two segments featuring women this year. Improvement! Both segments may have taken up less than five percent of the runtime! Ungood! That being said, the frenetic pace of the show may have made the lesser amount of time for the women feel not as significant, but still, they still have a ways to go before the women feel like something more than something they have to have. That being said, it was good to see Nyla Rose back on the show in a position of importance. Given that everyone else in the division except Awesome Kong is on the small side, establishing that a slap to the face like the one from that dainty lil' White girl will just fill her limit bar all the way to break. Kong made another appearance right after the Rose squash, this time to spare the Nashville crowd of listening to Allie ramble through an interview with a slightly horny Tony Schiavone. Once again, Kong and her handler Brandi Rhodes stole a lock of hair. Is this a calling card? The spooky vignettes seem to say no. Is she a reverse-Samson (credit: @porksweats1)? Or is she trying to create a Dark Order-like army through controlling them by their hair? The last two are the most viable options. Both are pretty good directions to traverse. That's Gotta Be Wardlow! - Jericho and MJF doing "DUCK SEASON WABBIT SEASON" over whether or not they wanted the latter in the Inner Circle was next. Jericho was first to demand an apology from anyone in AEW other than the fans, and he was interrupted by MJF, who came out doing Cody's entrance set to his theme music. MJF's first act was to do his villain's explanation soliloquy. His heel spiels at earlier events, before him being Cody's bestie was a huge deal, were canned and weaksauce, making people wonder what anyone saw in him other than a scarf and inflection. He paid off on that promise bigtime with an impassioned speech about how Cody was the real villain and how he used MJF like he uses everyone. Who knew giving a guy some actual real material would make him a better speaker than if he had to share shtick The Librarians. Of course, their bravado-soaked shit-talking was only gonna bring Cody out, or maybe it was the fact they called him "Cody Rhodes" and put the company at risk for legal action from the copyright holders on that name. I know it's bullshit, but it's the world everyone lives in. Anyway, for once in his AEW career, Jim Ross was useful explaining that Cody's non-readiness to compete was what made him whiff on the powerslam. I guess the old dog has some tricks up his sleeve. Anyway, the whole thing before Wardlow made his official debut popped off the screen because Cody is his daddy's son, but then Wardlow came in, hossing Cody around while wearing a three-piece suit, giving me a whole new appreciation for big guys. Seriously, as much as "wrestling in plainclothes" is an overused trope in WWE, having a guy dressed to the nines just throwing everyone around like they're sandbags is a whole new slant on it. Gimme more. That being said, everyone saying that Justin Roberts was getting flashbacks with Wardlow choking Cody with the tie seem to forget that Roberts was the biggest supporter of Daniel Bryan at that time, and it was the chickenshit sponsors who got squeamish. Roberts is a carny, just like everyone else in this industry. PAC's Rubber and Bryce Is Glue - Commentary described Hangman Page/PAC III as a rubber match so much that I was shocked they didn't get Durex or Trojan to sponsor it. Honestly, they kinda should do that, because AEW skews to an older audience, one that (theoretically) has sex. It'd not only be pocketing ad dollars, but it would be promoting safer sex. Just an idea. I know, I'm terrible. Anyway, the match was not terrible. As usual, it was a snug affair where PAC was able to effectively come off a bully against a larger opponent, and Page hit all his big spots with such flair. Honestly, Page's tope suicida is so good that it's disconcerting after seeing years and years of American and Canadian wrestlers doing shitty variants. PAC doing Page's signature moonsault from the top to the floor before Page did it in the match was a good bit of recent callbacking, while they did some longer term callbacks with the mule kick. This time, they went a step further and had PAC counter Page blocking his kick with an enzugiri. Again building off the past is what makes these matches work every time. The end of the match almost saw Bryce Remsburg disqualify PAC after he'd won the match with the Brutalizer. As much as I like Page and think he's got a good future, he could probably be served up to help make PAC look like a bastard destroyer despite his height. I almost thought they were going to do the Earl Hebner shoving match thing that Jericho and Aubrey Edwards did at the PPV. The only problem is that I'm not sure you can run Jericho/PAC for the title if they're both supposed to be the shittiest of shitheels, and I'm not sure Jericho is losing that belt before Double Or Nothing II: Quadruple or Nothing. That being said, perhaps it's good to have guys without title trappings to have targets on their backs so to speak. If Page isn't the next PPV opponent for PAC, then the next guy up will have a tall task ahead of him. Uatu Cassidy - The Young Bucks and Proud and Powerful had one intense and brutal backstage brawl that was completely overshadowed by Santana tossing Nick Jackson into the men's room just to see Orange Cassidy there. For as much as the pop for Cassidy or his presence might be the thing everyone's talking about, I loved how Santana just had this befuddled look on his face before calmly closing the door and walking into a Matt Jackson superkick. I beat this hobby horse every week, but I mean, everyone who says Cassidy is a small room gimmick continues to be shown their asses week in and week out. Small room gimmicks are a lie that WWE not knowing how to push those gimmicks created. Anyway, the brawl itself was crazy and reckless, all the best things that a wild backstage brawl should be. You had a broken table and Santana diving off a forklift in the first couple of minutes. Then you had Santana whipping Nick Jackson's leg with his sock full of nickels or whatever that was while Ortiz held it in the staging, and then Ortiz spraypainting the area where he and Santana were going to powerbomb Matt. The piece de resistance was how Ortiz just said "WE LIED" to Brandon Cutler before they attacked him and Nick again. I know this looks like I'm just transcribing what happened, but I'm not sure there's much I can add without telling you to watch it. He Pinned the Champ! - Before I get into this, I want to acknowledge that Scorpio Sky, who was under fire years ago for sending homophobic tweets, recently addressed them and showed remorse. He seems sincere, and he even DMed one of my gay friends on Twitter to apologize to him personally. Your mileage may vary, and it's not my place as a cishet guy to absolve him. That being said, it feels like he's at least tried to atone, and not in the "sorry if you were offended" way. It's up to you if you think it's good enough. As for the match, it felt nondescript early on, especially with the spectre of having to finish the match on YouTube later. Like, I get that it's a multimedia world, and that companies should have streaming content for supplement. That being said, AEW seems to lean a lot on YouTube for essential storybuilding, and if they're skewing older with their content, that's not gonna fly, at least not until the Zoomer generation starts getting older. It's all about habits. Anyway, I don't want to mean that nondescript is bad, because the baseline in AEW is that even the lower-end matches feel like they're worth your while. Sammy Guevara is such a natural at the flippy shit that even when he just does a backflip to get into position to take a move, it's visually impressive. Guevara and Jericho seeming to foster a scumbag uncle and bratty nephew aesthetic was probably the most notable thing about the match before the finish. Like, Jericho posing elbow leaning on a supine Guevara just exuded that cocky energy that makes you wanna see them get their clocks cleaned. Of course, the biggest thing from the match was that Jericho suffered his first pin in AEW ever, and that it was Sky who did it. AEW has caught flack for not featuring Black wrestlers, and it's deserved. Having Sky be the first one to pin the Le Champion is a good gesture though. Again, it's not my call to say whether it's good enough. That being said, the eventual Sky/Jericho match is gonna be lit. Sky was the best wrestler at the ring area for that match anyway, and I think that even though he's gonna lose, it'll be a great display for him to show off what he can and will do after SCU loses those Tag Titles.
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    11-13-2019, 04:39 PM
    Punk's return has robbed the victims of capitalism even the smallest victory against rogues like McMahon. Photo Credit: WWE.com When CM Punk walked out of WWE after the 2014 Royal Rumble, the one won by Batista that kicked off the coronation of Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX. It was the culmination of several years of grievances piled up into a staph infection lump on his butt, one that WWE doctor Chris Amann allegedly prescribed a Z-Pak for. The split was acrimonious enough that Vince McMahon and Paul Levesque decided they'd send the notice of his termination from the company on his wedding day to April "AJ Lee" Mendez, and Punk went on his then-friend Colt Cabana's podcast to dish about all the grievances he had with the company. Punk even had careers lined up as a pop culture talking head, a comics writer, an actor, and a mixed martial artist, even if that last career didn't turn out so good for him. By all accounts, he was done with WWE if not wrestling altogether. When Punk quit, the McMahons and Levesque had plans for him, plans that got folded into Bryan's title win. Ironically, had Punk never quit, he'd have gotten the Triple H match, and Bryan would have either found another way into the main event three-way, or he'd have been relegated to yet ANOTHER WrestleMania match against Sheamus. Still, those plans for Punk would've given him at least a nominal push, indicating that McMahon especially wanted him around. With the end of World Championship Wrestling, the only wrestlers outside of Punk before last night that would never be in McMahon's megalomaniacal grasp would be the ones loyal to promotions in their home countries. Guys like Tetsuya Naito, Kazuchika Okada, LA Park, and other in Japan and Mexico would remain out of WWE lore. Sure, he or Levesque might get someone like Jushin Liger to wrestle a one-off here or there, but the point is Japan and Mexico can resist WWE. With the fall of World Championship Wrestling, there's no bastion in America anymore than can resist his clarion call. Even Sting and AJ Styles, the last stalwarts of WCW, ended up working for McMahon. Now, All Elite Wrestling might end up being the alternative for people to gain fame in America without having to do it for WWE. The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega especially may end up being part of the new crop of Never Vincers. Their futures and that of AEW are unwritten though, and everything is uncertain. It will take years to ascertain whether those wrestlers can finally get long term wins over McMahon by not being part of his company's mythos. That's why Punk was so important. He could have been the guy to get one over on McMahon and finally be the person in this era to resist. Of course, he already worked there, so he'd never be the guy who made his name independent of the WWE Machine. However, his refusal to go back would be the thing that people could cling to as hope that maybe, just maybe, this mega Trump donor and his dickhead son-in-law wouldn't always get their way. Sure, they could get billions of dollars to broadcast their shows even though the ratings keep going in the toilet. And even if those TV deals weren't there, there'd always be the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia willing to throw money at them to propaganda for how great and not-genocidey their country is. But Punk being able to stick it to McMahon would have been a point of pride at least. And then that hope got crushed when he came out on WWE Backstage to a studio audience of zero as the newest member of their analysis panel, along with Paige, Renee Young (the only one who was in on the surprise), and Booker T. Sure, Punk may not be a WWE employee/contractor right now. All signs point to him being a FOX Sports employee appearing on the show. He's still being paid to talk about WWE programming, and my guess is since Backstage is a show that talks about WWE with all WWE personnel forwarding WWE angles, he won't be talking freely or shoot-critically about the product. He's part of the narrative. He's a cog in the machine, spouting out WWE-approved talking points on a show that lubricates the narrative. Even if he never works another match in his life for WWE, the fact that he's in the fold as part of the machine means Vince McMahon again wins. He held out, and the prodigal son came to his senses to be in the place he never should have left, at least in his mind. The billionaire who always gets his way ended up getting his most stubborn loose end to tie up in his favor. It doesn't matter what the truths of the situation are. McMahon will treat this like his "triumphs" against the Federal Government, against WCW, hell, even against the Denver Nuggets. Capitalism never rewards the cogs. It never pays a dividend to the consumers or to the labor. The only people who get to claim its riches are those who already have money, who get to use their fortunes as boulders that roll downhill and collect even more money in the process. It's no different than when the government bailed out the banks and auto industry and didn't bail out the people whom the banks fucked over or the auto workers who have lost jobs and benefits since the height of American prosperity. It certainly didn't benefit CM Punk, no matter how much money FOX or WWE are paying him to say his precious little talking points. WWE shirked its responsibility to look after his health, and it was rewarded with making fans forget about those grievances in the short term (Bryan at Mania) and billions of dollars in revenue even discounting the Network subs in the long. Capitalism is a war machine, and the people who run it, like McMahon, get to pluck the riches from the little people it runs over. That's why the only way to hand McMahon his biggest loss is to vote left, and even then, can you trust the people you're voting for to be who they say they are? Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar have, but for every one of those, you have at least ten who go into defense mode for capitalism. Things seem hopeless now more than ever, and I'd like to say that change is afoot and that there's light at the end of the tunnel. As humanity stares down the barrel of climate related annihilation, the good people of earth can't even get small victories. If Punk had never entertained the offers from FOX or WWE, it wouldn't change the bleakness of the future, but it would've at least provided a momentary solace against the horrors of daily life. That people can't even get those small victories just highlights the futility of having hope for anything to get better without taking drastic action for themselves. As a postscript, I don't want to bash Punk for taking the money because while it seems like a breach in his moral code, morals can sometimes take a backseat to what one needs to live their lives. One could ask why Punk didn't take the AEW offer if there was one. Rumors swirled about why that never came through. Punk himself said that they apparently texted him an offer, which he deemed unprofessional. I'm not sure whether he was lowballed or not. Either way, he decided to go back to working with WWE. It sucks, and I can't say what I'd do if I were in his position because I never will be in his position. That being said, labor is labor, and it's always being given tough choices. I'm not crying a river for Punk, who made a decent name for himself and is probably more in the Brock Lesnar category of favored labor than the Everyone Else category of folks who kill themselves on the road 300 days a year, but I'm not sure I want to be one of the ones crying "Sellout" at him. I don't think his decision should be praised, but I also think the way the wrestling business has devolved in the last 20 years makes business decisions of most wrestlers mitigated against the labor atrocities committed by McMahon.
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    11-13-2019, 04:25 PM
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    11-13-2019, 12:57 PM
    BRAAP BRAAP PEW PEW all photos courtesy of WWE.com The problem with staplegunning solutions is that they're a salve, and not a fix. Injecting NXT into the main roster storylines earlier than probably planned due to the spade of flight delays helped out when it was necessary, but conversely and kind of inexplicably went from Saudi Arabia back to the States only to be back the next week in the Great Kingdom of Britain. This Jet Airliner itinerary meant good things for Imperium, but it didn't really help Black and Yellow Prime form some of the impactfulness that other USA episodes have blessed us with. Fear not, however; a receipt from the main roster provided the bulk of the show's narrative, the midcard got multiple chances to shine, and even with a rare black mark in their ledger the women's division either stole the show yet again or flat out provided the best part of the show. Let's begin at the beginning and the end... The O.C.! The, the O.C.! GOLD: AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows They started off the show by beating the crap out of the Era - thus being the first signpost on the road to the Survivor Series triple threat where all the midcard champions will face each other with Styles and Roddy being 66.67% of the match - and coming out to gloat and try to take over. Insurprisingly, they met resistance: first from Ciampa, who welcomed them to the real main roster and was fine with the Era getting whupped but not with them trying to take over Daddy's Home, then he was seconded and thirded by the Limitless Bros. This set up a trios match for the main event that started in a Pier 6 before settling down in a match that the black hats controlled when Keith Lee wasn't in the ring and that the Blackhearts did when the big hoss was. While the second half of the match didn't come without flaws (two restholds in a six-man that's barely ten minutes is three too many) and admittedly accidental fuckups (Matt Riddle clipped the ropes during the climactic dive train and almost broke his neck on the Fosbury Flop attempt) it fully broke down when Lee's Pounce sent AJ flying into Drake, who lost all his hit points when he traded in tights for pinstripes. So out strolled Finn Balor, only instead of Johnny Gargano testing the ramp with his head it was Riddle. AJ threw the horns up, Finn gave him the smirk and the guns, and Styles successfully Clashed Ciampa only to get superkicked by an incoming Adam Cole. Lest you worry about SurSer burying all the storylines pre-Blood Money, he then drilled Ciampa with a Last Shot. Cole smiled at Balor, Balor smiled back and also didn't throw up that gang's hand sign, either. Then the show ended. If you noticed, there was no reason to name who pinned or who submitted whom because it didn't happen. In NXT! However, while the rare no contest left a weird taste in the regular NXT fan's mouth it didn't leave any thread unturned: whatever Finn is doing and the fact he could further throw the balance of power to one of the heel cliques now regardless of what show he does it on is one. Ciampa still hating Cole but putting Goldie on hold to go to war first? Ding! Cole getting some UE retribution for what happened to them at the beginning of the show, champion Styles about to pin uncrowned Ciampa, who in part is teaming with Lee & Riddle only because they stepped up to help in part because Johnny can't do it because Finn attacked Johnny when it looked like for a brief moment they would step up and undo all the hard work of the Golden Prophecy? That's like a prime era Simpsons joke comprised of the top layer of the main joke but crammed like a Russian doll with references to previous jokes and episodes and pop culture while still getting the main point across and that intricacy should not be forgotten. Cut to the quick, it's why we've grown accustomed to giving NXT the benefit of the doubt when it comes to any kind of storytelling beyond five minutes with regards to WWE and all their imprints. And given the fact that seemingly both Riddle and Gargano have been taken out by TAFKA Prince, we still have one question for what may be the main event: who's Ciampa going to get on his team if either or both of them can't help defend Daddy's house come Takeover? It might feel good, it might sound a little somethin'... GOLD: Women's WarGames Going over Dakota Kai's evening feels like kicking a Special Olympian while they're down, but this won't come with bias; just unfortunate facts. 1) She talks smack on social media going into her match Rhea Ripley has a slot open on a team her BFF is already on, and she's going to face Shayna Baszler now unafraid. She wants the fourth and final slot and jumps on the Tweet Machine to do so. Off of this, Master Regal grants her a sort of Gut Check non-title match against her longest Stateside rival. 2) She's as hyped as she's ever been and exhibits it not only in her pre-match interview but in the match as well. She admits her state of mind (formerly afraid, now not) but says her newfound aggression and fire will prove to Rhea she belongs in the double cage as well as kick Shayna's face off. Direct quote. 3) For a while, it works! Note the first three words.Yet, she was willing to pieface the Queen of Spades and hit some mocking kicks on multiple occasions. The match nearly went three segments. Buuuutttt 4) No version of her has ever been better than Shayna - not even this one - and she's forced to tap out cleanly mid-ring without Shayna even needing to get her underlings involved. They were fine getting involved after the bell, of course. 5) She not only gets sore winnered, but Mia Yim comes out with a cane and takes the spot she wanted. It was that sort of brutality Rhea obviously loved in naming her to the squad in a five-person post-match interview, despite the fact Shayna's offered Mia membership in the Horsewomen before and she's taking Tegan on the team despite her getting her second horrific knee injury during their MYC match last year. You may also remember Tegan coming back from injury after Dakota and still getting this spot; by accident or design, despite Rhea feeling as close to bad about things as a strong, sensual woman like her gets and Nox's obvious discomfort over the whole situation, whatever small things an already miserable Kai was feeling somehow on multiple occasions only got mumbled just after Cathy realized she was talking and were done by the mic got underneath her falling chin. You would think they would get it right with another online opportunity, and it somehow went worse! If she starts painting her face around Hannukah and hanging out in the crow's nest for a year while CFO$ works on a revamp of Seek and Destroy, what jury would possibly convict her? OOF. TA. Hope y'all rented and didn't buy those chants of Team Kick. Every picture they're in, they pose a triple threat GOLD: midcard sharks The Pete Dunne/Damian Priest rematch built and expanded (three segs, baybee!) on the original, with its own narrative and fun conclusion of Dunne blocking Priest's low blow to execute one of his own with the ref entangled before locking on a finger snapping submission to get his own shady duke and drawing what appeared to be hardway blood in the process. Post-match, Dunne found himself jumped by Killian Dain who was only kept from jumping Dunne even more because Priest had more than a couple of reasons to seek retribution himself. Dain laid them both out and left, only to be jumped by Priest full-on; Dain got rid of him culminating with a cannonball into Priest into the steps. The feuds of Dunne now truly intersect, with both men who hate him now having beef with each other as well. Keep in mind Dunne has had a recent North American championship opportunity while Dain was one Bro away from getting a shot at Goldie and none of the trioka have held a Stateside NXT belt, and it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top of this and where they go after it. You can make a compelling argument for all three men. You could also make it for Isaiah "Swerve" Scott and Dominik Dijakovic, who had a one on one that really should've gotten some hype beforehand but still made for quite the semi-main. It went 55/45 and as he did in his loss to Roderick Strong, Scott looked awesome only to fall victim to a bigger athlete who quickly combined a momentum shifter with immediately hitting their finisher and getting the win. The only problem with this is that the rematch hasn't happened yet, and if Ciampa still needs bodies to fight the Era in the double cage he could do a lot worse than either or both of them. It was great to see from both sides this going from just a match to something resembling the level right below hostilities while being tinged with respect. Both laughing at the other kicking out late was a nice touch, and if Dijakovic wants to just keep having a series of matches with some of the brightest lights on NXT's employ then let us feast all of our eyes. Sin Pantalones > Sin Cara GOLD: Angel Garza The Handsomest Luchador Alive, Non-Carillo Division won the #1 contendership to the Cruiserweight championship in a match not even Tony Nese thought he was going to win. What makes things interesting here is that due to the reactions Garza's getting from the Full Sailors, Beth, Nigel, you, me, etc, the smarter move might've been to give the former Cruiserweight champion the duke and have him put over Lio Rush on this week's programming. Instead, Angel and Tony had a modern version of the famous SNME Roberts/Savage match (them both pulling the other man's hair while threatening him with their free hand was a great moment only eclipsed by Nese accidentally sunset bombing Garza's pants off and being made vulnerable to a second rope heading into the break to a huge ovation) that Garza won cleanly with the Wing Clipper. Lio Rush came out to congratulate him and/or talk smack, then Garza actually smacked him in the face, shrugged and laughed. Lio laughed back and threatened to pay him back with Big Purp on the line, and the alignments are...whatever you want them to be, I suppose. Then again, the alignments don't matter as much as putting back some of the prestige on the belt that it had when Ced, Bud and Staf were tearing the roof off the mother so hard people who didn't give a shit were forced to, so in that aspect the reclamation project NXT has undertaken is bearing fruit already. BLACK: Taynara/Santana Into every life a little rain must fall, and for this episode the most jarring thing was this match. It wasn't even Wrestlecrap worthy, but they did feel at several points in a relatively short match as if they were driving 30 on the freeway. What made the bad parts even more glaring were that they were the meat of the bout when on several occasions TAFKA Conti hit some impactful, beautiful offense to the point that she was getting cheers and chants from the Full Sailors. Considering the already intimidating depth in the division with even more on the way, on live TV is not the place to be anything less than sterling. Even all the sadder is that it dwarfed a rare win for Taynara, who was visibly moved after she won. May this misstep be slight and both women put on better efforts in the future. NXT hasn't failed in the USA era yet. I get to say that kind of thing because I'm not the one working on a year-ending no-hitter. UP NXT: We have a Mia/Io ladder match for the WarGames advantage that Dakota probably won't accidentally cost Number Four, as well as the CW title match.
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