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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Omega's "losing streak" is the biggest among AEW Creative's red flags so far Photo via Extra Mustard One of the most prominent talking points at Fight for the Fallen was how Kenny Omega was distraught looking for his first singles win in the company. It's not an uncommon angle to run. WWE runs it into the ground, and a losing streak angle is what launched All-Japan legend Kenta Kobashi's career. If you'd have tuned into FftF, you might have thought All Elite Wrestling was running its fifth, seventh, or even tenth show with Omega looking to get off the schneid. It was their third show. The first show, Double or Nothing, featured Omega losing to Chris Jericho. Fyter Fest featured Omega in a six-man with the Young Bucks vs. the Lucha Bros. and the Laredo Kid. They won that match, with Omega getting the pin on the Kid. The talking point made no sense, indicative of creative rot that you'd expect from WWE from the last 20 or so years. Much like running with a story about a one-match losing streak based on a small sample size is problematic, it might be shortsighted to gauge AEW's creative direction off three shows. That being said, I might not be so worried if the Omega losing "streak" was the only thing they rolled out. However, over the two free shows since Double or Nothing, AEW has: Made MJF the guy who made the save for Cody after Shawn Spears cracked him across the head after allowing him to ROAST the crowd before his own match. Shoved Darby Allin, who was made by a time-limit draw against Cody, Joey Janela, who was made in a brutal war against Jon Moxley, MJF, and Spears in a nothing opening trios match instead of in prominent positions later in the show. Showed a syrupy vignette for Brandi Rhodes about how she has to "conquer her demons" only to have her become a dollar store Stephanie McMahon villainous overlord with her own muscle in a match against her "friend." The main event's stakes and drama were pretty much nullified when the Jacksons told Cody and Dustin Rhodes "lol j/k." That's a lot of flubbing for two shows you're putting out for free to charm a new audience. That's WWE bad. Hell, that's Dixie Carter-era TNA bad. I've been pretty lenient on the two shows because I legitimately enjoyed them for the wrestling. If you're a wrestling company, and the matches are good, congratulations, you've won half the battle, possibly more. That being said, what should separate a good promotion with a passionate following for the actual wrestling from a corporately-funded wrestling promotion that has millions of fans because it has things that cater to those attention spans that aren't German suplexes and armbars, well, it's not good enough. It's clear to me that the fact that the creative team isn't doing its work early on. I'm not sure who among the people making the decisions has experience booking a promotion or writing for television. It certainly isn't Tony Khan. It might be Cody or the Jackson Brothers or even Omega, but it's clear from this output they came into it unprepared at best. If they're saving their "best" for All Out or the beginning of television, well, why would you withhold ALL the good stuff? You should want to give people a taste of what you're all about with the free shows, correct? I truly believe that the wrestling side did that, but you know who else had great wrestling and incoherent creative? 2004-07 TNA. Following that path is not a good idea, because TNA could not survive as a nationally-televised promotion with corporate backing on its wrestling alone. They never changed up what they were doing creatively, staying with the same rotating cast of Jim Cornette, Vince Russo, and Terry Taylor, and their booking and angles made them a laughingstock. I would hope that the All Elite gang know they need to have a hook. It doesn't have to be Shakespearean, but man, it can't feel like it was limply ideated and rushed into production with no ear for continuity or emotional punch. It's the difference between being the cutesy Internet fave and being a contender to the megalith dominating, choking even, the current wrestling scene. IN other words, AEW has to be better going forward. You can't try to frame a one-match losing streak as a thing, and you can't be bouncing back and forth on which parody of Stephanie McMahon you want Brandi Rhodes to be. Even though it would amount to a shortsighted decision not to take advantage of the free shows to build strong creative rapport with your burgeoning audience, one can only hope that they were phoning it in for Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen. They can't afford to do the same with All Out and television on TNT, that's for damn sure.
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    Today, 12:48 PM
    Too much fire talk for my liking Graphics via ChikaraPro.com About a year or so ago, The Whisper and Ophidian were bitter rivals, or at least it appeared as such. Recently, the two have revealed that they are in cahoots and that their feud may have been a ruse. Chikara has seen threats from invading forces so many times in the past, with The Flood being the most destructive, even causing the company to close for almost a year. Whisper and Ophidian, well, they don't want to see that happen again, so they formed The Crucible, an autoimmune system that would enact whenever a threat would descend on Chikara. The problem is, the incoming threats are kinda at a minimum. The Beyond Wrestling invasion kinda petered out when Mark Angelosetti defeated Chris Dickinson earlier this year. And while the newly unmasked Dasher Hatfield is kind of a prick, well, he's also the kind of prick who wants to rule Chikara, not destroy it. Sometimes, when nothing's wrong, the autoimmune system stays quiet. Other times, it manifests by attacking healthy bodily cells. While few people know why autoimmune disorders like primary biliary cholangitis or lupus develop, a human response team like The Crucible might act out because they're slightly fascist and get bored waiting around for the next threat to come in. Their brand of showing off feels the same as military demonstrations in times of peace. Of course, one could forgive them for getting restless except their mission statement includes cleansing things in fire. Sending the team of Ophidian, Whisper, and the surprising Crucible member Lance Steel doesn't seem like a military exercise in time of peace. I think they want to set King of Trios on fire. Maybe not literal fire, but I'm not sure at this point. I don't think The Crucible wins the tournament. What I do think is that they go far enough and their loss sets off an epic temper tantrum that will carry the narrative into the finale. Either way, their inclusion in King of Trios signifies that the poop is real. The Crucible represents the seventh team in King of Trios this year. The other six are: Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams) The Ancient Order of Nations (Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza) The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Tripp Cassidy) The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro) The VeloCities (Mat Diamond, Jude London, Paris DeSilva) Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee) Additionally, Boomer Hatfield is the first of eight scheduled competitors to be announced for the Rey de Voladores tournament to occur starting Night 2. King of Trios will take place in Reading, PA October 4-6 at the Goodwill Benefit Association. Tickets are on sale now.
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    Moxley, shown here clutching Jeff Cobb, can spread his wings better in New Japan Photo Credit: NJPW1972.com Even back when he was working deathmatches and cultivating a cool Nolan Joker persona without the paint, you could tell Jon Moxley had a certain eccentricity about him. He wasn't Colt Cabana or Santino Marella, but his capacity for comedy wrestling was present. WWE saw this glimmer as well, but after The Shield broke up, Mox, as Dean Ambrose, was miscast. When Vince McMahon sees that you can make people laugh, he doesn't recognize that that ability can manifest in different ways other than "doing stupid shit that makes a septuagenarian cokehead sociopath guffaw." Instead of exploring studio space in cool and exciting ways, Ambrose rolled hot dog carts to the ring, jobbed to exploding television monitors, and went to the doctor to get needles stuck in his ass. Of course, Moxley/Ambrose wasn't the only wrestler done dirty by McMahon's rudimentary understanding of character development. Wrestling, like acting, should have a wide swath of character archetypes, and yet the only ones that McMahon has ever gotten right are "tall Łbermensch whomst wins all the time" and "rebellious little shit who people like because they hit their boss." So "Charlie Kelly who likes to hit people with things wrapped in barbed wire" was certainly not a character WWE was ever going to get right. The problem is, what promotion could get it right without allowing the person playing it to have most of the input? The answer is "no promotion," which is why Mox's lightly-salted eccentricity is able to shine in New Japan Pro Wrestling. It's not to say that Gedo doesn't have input on him, or that he's hands-off with most of his characters. I can say with confidence though that Mox name recognition coming in probably allowed him a certain degree of freedom, much in the same way that someone like Kenny Omega, Hiroshi Tanahashi, or Kazuchika Okada have or had some free reign in their stays with the company. I can't see Gedo going to Mox and telling him to adopt Shota Umino, call him Shooter, and give him a jacket. But that whole underlying arc definitely feels like something Moxley would do just to riff, to have him break out and maybe give someone like Umino a little boost when he transitions from Young Lion to real boy full-fledged New Japan roster member. Of course, that's not the only thing he's shown in New Japan already in his short tenure there. It's the little things like blowing a kiss to Miho during his match with Taichi, or proclaiming that he doesn't know Jeff Cobb or much about him, but that he respects him. These moves are that of someone who takes himself seriously, but not seriously enough that he ends up coming to the ring in a hood and exuding powerful "I study the blade" energy like a certain Aerial Assassin. It also manifests itself in ways that differentiate himself from, say, Toru Yano. Moxley will still bleed buckets if he has to and make other people bleed buckets; just look at his match with Joey Janela at Fyter Fest, which was probably skinning the surface of what he's able to do now. The biggest test for him will be his run in All Elite Wrestling. While I think he'll get freedom there, I also imagine that he'll be more heavily guided there, as Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes will undoubtedly want to exert more control over talent than Gedo does. Still, no matter how questionable the narrative direction in AEW has been (more on that later), Mox being there gives them a good leg to stand on. If McMahon observes his competition at all, he should be learning the lesson that he should maybe loosen the reigns up and let his talent do what they want more and less of what he wants them to do. I doubt he will, as he's probably alternating between overlording RAW and Smackdown with trying to write as many rules for his new XFL that make the players and fans know that they WILL respect the flag. That really only means that as long as he's like this, wrestlers like Jon Moxley will be better off elsewhere, places that allow him to have more input in what he does in the ring and on the mic.
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    Today, 10:53 AM
    MJF, seen here with the CZW Wired Championship, had to forfeit an Inspire Pro title due to injury Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein MJF, who got a microphone and some time at All Elite Wrestling's Fyter Fest to show his wares as a blowhard with a black hat, was suspiciously placed in a ho-hum six-man tag at Fight for the Fallen that served to advance a questionable story with criss-crossed alignments. If his actions in the match were the only notable thing going on, it wouldn't be notable to post about him today. Except news broke Sunday by Inspire Pro Wrestling, of which MJF was the Pure Prestige Champion, that he would be missing the show because of a "severe" elbow injury and thus be forfeiting the title, not because of bad blood, but because his AEW exclusivity would prevent him from wrestling for Inspire in the future. In case you're wondering, Ricky Starks won the title against Steve-O Reno. Starks was originally slated to challenge MJF for it before the injury. However, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful "was told" (probably by MJF, but I'm sure he has reason to keep the source anonymous) that the injury wasn't that severe, that he was just "banged up," and wanted to rest a little bit between Fight for the Fallen and his AAA appearance in a tag match teaming with Cody. I guess he chose the lucha giant over one of three major Central Texas indies for what he'd want to risk further injury on his elbow, which makes sense, to be fair. Other than AAA, MJF doesn't seem to have a lot on his fight card going forward. He doesn't have a match for All Out yet, for example, but with only four matches announced so far, a lot of people don't have matches there yet. Hopefully, this injury remains minor enough that he can either recover from it with rest or work through it and get lucky enough that it doesn't aggravate.
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    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    1 member is celebrating their birthday on 07-15-2019: -wakkasx (born in 1987, Age: 32) Happy Birthday!
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    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    WHAT A GOOD BOY Photo Credit: TH 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. Officer Magnum (Last Week: 2) - Not only is Officer Magnum a GOOD GOOD BOY, he also should be a shoo-in for the Observer Awards Best on Interviews. 2. Megan Rapinoe (Last Week: 1) - Rapinoe posted a video saying she "deserves this," which whether it be the bottle of alcohol or the Women's World Cup trophy, she totally does. And yet she still gets stodgy conservative morons up in arms with her behavior, same as the rest of the team. Man, these super alpha males who call trans people who want to use the bathroom in peace "snowflakes" who can't handle society sure get really, really defensive and fill their diapers up full when a group of women or in the case of the Golden State Warriors black men decide they don't wanna associate with the big wet President. I wonder why that is. 3. Nyla Rose (Last Week: 6) - Rose had a good take on Britt Baker's reach to the wrong corner for a tag, which she sadly deleted, that said Baker should've been an optometrist instead of a dentist. It was great because, one, because she's a heel and Baker isn't, and two, because it was totally fitting in Baker's character. Obviously, she didn't know about the concussion Baker suffered, but hey, it was in the moment. Of course, it didn't set well with at least one wrestler, but shockingly, it wasn't Bubba Ray Dudley. Chelsea Green called her out, which is funny because Rose could break Green like she was a twig. Also, Green is finding it difficult to break into even NXT's women's division, while Rose is going to be one of the centerpieces of AEW's (hopefully). Sounds like jealousy, actually. 4. Hirooki Goto (Last Week: Not Ranked) - He's undoubtedly been the dude the first full weekend of G1 action, partially because of his rip-ass match against Jay White, but mostly because he figured out that the dome of his skull is the hardest part of the body, the head's apron if you will. 5. Novak Djokovic (Last Week: Not Ranked) - The Superb Serb won his 16th tennis major championship by defeating Roger Federer in the Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada of tennis matches in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic will go home, ice up his arm, and probably look for a place to put his trophy. I'm pretty sure he's running out of room, no matter how big his house is. 6. Pizzeria Quesadilla (Last Week: Not Ranked) OFFICIAL HOLZERMAN HUNGERS SPONSORED ENTRY - Look, it's not authentic. The pizzeria up the street from my house uses janky tortillas and puts mozzarella and Swiss cheeses in it. It is an abomination before Fray Tormenta and El Santo. It is not Mexican food, and ordering it as much as I have has probably gotten me on a culinary watchlist. But I'll be goddamned if it is not one of the tastiest trash foods I've ever eaten in my life. When I want to be cheesed up, I get the pizzeria quesadilla and ignore the crowds at my door demanding I go authentic. 7. Tomohiro Ishii (Last Week: 3) - Look, when he hoisted up Jeff Cobb for that brainbuster, my soul left my body. Also, I want his t-shirt. 8. Sonny Kiss (Last Week: Not Ranked) - It's one thing to coordinate with the football team the wrestling promotion's funding owns to have their cheerleaders come out for your entrance, but it's a whole other thing when you choreograph their routine and outdance them. It's time to have a dialogue about how Kiss is about to take the wrestling industry by its horns, guys. 9. Orange Cassidy (Last Week: 8) - He's so popular he's got NXT guys coming to check his shit out. 10. Otis Dozovic (Last Week: 10) -
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    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Takagi and Robinson set an awfully high bar with the first G1 match of B-block Photo Credit: NJPW1972.com Two Reader's Digests in one day! Wow, what a time to be alive. AXS this week ran the B-block opener on tape delay, and they also cut out the opening tag matches, showing just the G1 tourney matches. If you want to watch the whole thing, check it out on NJ World. Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson - Right out of the gate, B-block came out guns blazing. Truth be told, the only A-block match from Dallas that I would put among any of the five matches from Saturday's show would be Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. SANADA. But they started off best foot forward with Takagi against Robinson, which I mark as the best match of the first ten in this tournament. I was lax in hiding my disdain for Takagi when he was part of Dragon Gate's American envoy for the short-lived DGUSA, but here, he owned the ring aside from Robinson, another guy whose game got better over a period of time. They came out of the blocks on fire like Sweet Dee after Frank botched the arson job for insurance money at Paddy's. Towards the end when they were just owning each other with lariats and countering in and out of their finishes, it set the bar for the kind of manufactured intensity that you need to make this tournament work. If you seek out one match from the first two shows, make it this one. Jon Moxley vs. Taichi - The fact that Taichi started the match attacking Moxley in the crowds during his entrance gave me the tinglies from jump. It reminded me so much of the Unicorn match Randy Orton had with Kane at Extreme Rules '12, which is actually praise if you can believe it. I love garbage brawls, especially when they spill out, or in this case start out, in the crowd, and this was no exception. I loved the touch of Moxley blowing a kiss in mockery of Taichi to his valet, Miho, although I wonder if he'll be sleeping on the couch when he gets back to the Las Vegas home he shares with Renee Young. Anyway, despite going slightly off the rails somewhere in the second act, it finished strong. I'm excited to get to know Taichi more and so amped to see the rest of Mox's tournament. Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano - This was by far the shortest match of the televised card, but it was all-killer, no-filler. Yano got right to taking off the turnbuckle pads which got Naito to doing the same, and it was a whirlwind of physical comedy until the finish. I've only seen a few Yano matches, but I'm convinced that after last week's tag match and this week, that few are equipped to handle him like Naito is. Yano winning was also a shock, but he always gets some big upset wins here and there. The story is that he's the "spoiler," so it's odd to see him win a match against this high-profile an opponent so early, but I'm sure this will come back to haunt Naito later on. Either way, it was the perfect palate-cleanser between the two big-bomb brawls. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jeff Cobb - I was most looking forward to this match, but outside of a few flashes, they had a hard time getting going. Like I was waiting for them to get into a groove, but their macho posturing with strikes fell flat early on. It's not to say that they didn't rebound. The ending stretch run was what I expected from them after they got me good and hot and bothered for BIG HOSS ACTION at the Dallas show. If you distilled that sequence into a whole match, then it probably would have been, far and away, the best on the show. But you can't just judge one sequence here. Takagi and Robinson kept it up the whole match, but man, give me Cobb and Ishii again where they're primed and ready to go for the whole frame. That's all I want. Jay White vs. Hirooki Goto - Jay White is so good at playing a sniveling little shit that I can see why they put the title on him January 5. Like, when you're that much of a petulant dickhead that the referee on TWO occasions won't count your pin and the viewer feels justified in the decision, you've made it. I was already in the bag for Goto, because who doesn't love a fatherly figure with a dope finish, no matter how badly New Japan has fucked his push up in the Okada/late-Tanahashi era? But man, White made it so much easier to cheer for Goto in the moment. He's so good at the big and the little things. But man, there were two spots in this match that I thought were prime wrestling. One was when they were criss-crossing the ring and White was rope-a-doping Goto trying to go for the lariat, and the other one, connected to that first one, was the build to Goto finally hitting that lariat. It was fulfilling. Again, I was already inclined to root for Bushido Dad, but when he got on the mic and said "The G in G1 stands for GOTO," fuck it, I'm ready to follow Hirooki Goto to the ends of the goddamn earth.
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    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    Cody should take shots at WWE, fuck "class" Photo Credit: WWE.com So, the Fight for the Fallen post-main segment where Cody, Kenny Omega, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, the Young Bucks, and Shad Khan presented a check for $150,000 to the Jacksonville Victims' Advisory Assistance Council, was notable for a few reasons. Omega's incomprehensible speech proved once again that he's to be seen and not heard, but that wasn't the thing that riled up the peanut gallery. Cody, in his portion of the yakking, said that " can't counterprogram us." He didn't say WWE by name, which is why I used the brackets there, but everyone knew what he was referring to, and that's WWE Network airing EVOLVE opposite Fight for the Fallen. Again, it's worth noting that counterprogramming, say, Fyter Fest or All Out, is probably fair game, even with WWE's gigantic market share comparative to All Elite Wrestling. I mean, it's predatory, and the leader punching down is awful and shows the leader is punching down because they're scared, but the actions of a corporation in a capitalist slapfight with another corporation. No matter how you slice it, in this oncoming war, AEW is corporate, so you should be careful in your adoption of them as a "woke" fave. That being said, going counter to a charity show is a special kind of ghoulish, but it shows that WWE will stoop to any level of anticompetition to snuff out any contenders to its throne. Yet, people were mad at Cody for having WWE in his mouth, the same as when he smashed a throne with a sledgehammer at Double or Nothing. The company that is trying to dethrone the leader, they say, shouldn't say the leader's name or mention them. I can't for any reason think why that's a good idea. AEW is trying to gain a foothold in a market dominated by WWE. Ignoring them would be like ignoring something like climate change or the New York Yankees. You have to take shots at them. It's not like WWE has a precedent of being this "classy" organization in this regard. The moment that Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage jumped ship to World Championship Wrestling, thus legitimizing them with a Northern audience, WWE went right into attack mode introducing the Huckster and the Nacho Man. The only reason there aren't more examples is that they have been on top for so long that they have no worlds to conquer. They were never threatened by TNA or Ring of Honor. They didn't have to punch down visibly. But I guarantee you that if, in some alternate universe scenario, that TNA somehow took a lead in their aborted attempt at a new Monday Night War that they would've been on the attack. I also guarantee that if somehow, AEW gets a bigger market share than WWE that WWE will go on the attack again with bad parody characters of Omega and Cody. Hell, they'll probably have someone like Braun Strowman or Baron Corbin destroy the Dusty Rhodes statue. However, "they do it too" is a terrible reason to do anything, but that doesn't mean AEW isn't justified in their attacks. As it turns out, negative advertising, despite people saying it's unethical or whatever, works. Pepsi has taken shots at Coke. Burger King and Wendy's go after McDonald's. People do it because it works, and when it's corporations engaged in it with other corporations, it's kinda like Ken Watanabe from the Godzilla reboot saying "let them fight." No corporation is good, so when they fight, really, it's the only heel vs. heel matchup that happens to be acceptable by anyone. AEW, a corporate entity, going after an even worse corporate entity in WWE is not classless or to be frowned-upon, it is par for the course. And really, the tone of people decrying this move make it sound like WWE doesn't deserve the static. The favorite go-to is that the Khan family also donated to Donald Trump's campaign, which yes, it's true. The Khans suck shit, no doubt, but the idea of scale erasure is this thing among people trying to prove that their mode of consumption is "woke" compared to the other, when in all reality, despite there being no ethical consumption under capitalism, there are levels of malfeasance, and it is reductive and terrible. The Khans donating a million to the Trump campaign and then vocally regretting it after the girls started getting mad at him is not a good look. However, it is a better look than WWE donating much more to Trump, getting Linda McMahon in a cabinet seat, and then going to the White House for smiling photo ops with the country's terminally wet leader. Watching AEW doesn't make you "woke," but when you attack AEW or AEW fans from a position of being a WWE partisan, well, man, you should probably reexamine your life choices. So yeah, if Cody has a boutique shot at Paul Levesque or WWE in general at every AEW show from here until they put WWE in the ground, so be it. You don't have to like it, but really, to pretend that it's some kind of faux pas is explicitly a defense of a company that has set wrestling back continually for running on 40 years now. If one corporation wants to take shots at another, it's not my place to judge its morality, or lack thereof. If the corporation is WWE, well, I'm all for it, no matter how shitty the corporation doing the attacking is.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    CIMA still has it, and probably will still have it until he disintegrates Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein The second of two interstitial free All Elite Wrestling shows between Double or Nothing and All Out, Fight for the Fallen, took place on Saturday, and I have the review right here. Sonny Kiss vs. "The Librarian" Peter Avalon - The Buy In kicked off with Librarian action, and thankfully, it wasn't Leva Bates in the ring. Even more thankfully, Avalon had Kiss as his opponent. Even without pomp or pyro, Kiss can make an impact starting with the entrance because of his sick dance moves, but he got the Jaguars' cheerleaders to accompany him. Right out of the gate, he felt like the most special guy in the room. I think leaving him in the pre-shows for too much longer would be a mistake. He's got "it," and as a bonus, he checks a lot of boxes for diversity that these corporate wrestling companies seem to love even if they don't really care about the marginalized folks those wrestlers represent. Anyway, the match itself was a brisk, fun opener, and honestly, they really should keep Avalon as the in-ring worker for this Librarian gimmick. Hell, Bates couldn't even do outside interference right. Britt Baker and Riho vs. Shoko Nakajima and Bea Priestley - Man, compared to the multi-woman match from Fyter Fest, this match was a disaster. I think the biggest reason was that Baker got concussed early, so she was just all over the place. i mean, it provides a decent cover for why she went to try and tag Nakajima instead of Riho. It was either a concussion or racism, and well, I wouldn't put either one past a White wrestler but I'm glad it was the former, at least socially. That and I think Priestley has a bit of what makes her beau, Will Ospreay, so insufferable. The match was pretty much laid out for Priestley's greater glory, which kinda sucks. That being said, once again, whenever Riho was in charge, the action went about as well as you could imagine it would. I know they're probably gonna put the Women's World Championship on someone like Allie or Brandi Rhodes to start, but really, you could do a lot worse than having Riho chase Awesome Kong or Nyla Rose to start the division. MJF, Sammy Guevara, and Shawn Spears vs. Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc, and Joey Janela - The opening match of the main show containing the dude who was made by a time-limit draw vs. the company's Triple H, the guy who tattooed the company's Triple H with a chair to great fanfare, and the guy who headlined the last show in a crazy hardcore match raised a lot of questions, and I'm not sure they have good answers? An optimist's view says that there's going to be a lot of card fluidity to allow fresh main events without overpushing someone or ignoring anyone else. Then again, it's the third show, and three is still a small sample size? I don't know. Anyway, the match was a fine opener with some important storytelling going forward. While I question the idea of having MJF, the most elemental heel on the roster, as Cody's "best friend," I think they progressed the story well that he and Spears just don't like each other. Also, I dig Havoc, because he's an accomplished wrestler despite being as athletic as I am. I feel represented. Allie vs. Brandi Rhodes - I feel bad for Allie, because people are gonna think she sucks because she couldn't get good matches out of the two worst women on the roster. Seriously, you can't sit through a match where Rhodes fucked up several suplexes and say that it was all on Allie not knowing how to take them. But anyway, I get a headache trying to parse this match, so I wanna talk about Rhodes' turn as a dollar store Stephanie McMahon. Seriously, like she's the "Chief Brand Officer," a position that I've never heard of until McMahon took it up. She gave herself such a melodramatic tear-stained vignette before the match where she talked about her "demons," only to abandon that right away by introducing Awesome Kong as her muscle. It almost reads as a bad parody of McMahon, only I'm not entirely sure Rhodes won't make herself prominent in the women's division. Anyway, I'm not mad about this because they're "aping" WWE; I'm furious because they're taking one of the dirt-worst elements of WWE in a company that's supposed to be the change in corporate-owned wrestling and doing it way, way, WAY worse, as if that could even be possible. I guess the lesson here is shame on me for expecting a corporate wrestling company for not indulging in this kind of shit. Awesome vs. Aja, Battle of the Kongs, should own at least. The Dark Order (Stu Grayson, Evil Uno) vs. A Boy and His Dinosaur (Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy) vs. Angelico and Jack Evans - This was an action-packed, breathtaking multiman spotfest that didn't need Angelico and Evans in it. I hate saying it, because Evans is incredible and Angelico is even better. This match would've been a lot cleaner if it just had been the former Smash Bros. vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. I mean, Evans or Angelico didn't even eat the pin! Anyway, the Dark Order showed everyone why they were staples in Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla for years before they encountered visa troubles. Evil Uno exudes so much Abdullah the Butcher energy that I'm surprised he didn't have a fork in his tights. And Grayson looks a lot more grown than when he was a beanpole bopping around the ECW Arena competing for the Young Lions Cup. Like he actually looks swole enough that, with his aesthetic, Vince McMahon was probably furiously trying to rename him "Sven" or "Baleog." The real revelation here though was Luchasaurus, who showed a style that was heretofore hidden, even during his run in Lucha Underground as Vibora. Not only is A Boy and His Dinosaur the most wholesome act in AEW, they may be the most exciting, especially now that they seem to have added Marko Stunt. Kip Sabian vs. Adam Page - My feed dumped out in the middle of this match, but man, the beginning of the match was a snoozefest while once my feed came back in, it picked up for far too short. Page seems like the guy they're hitching their wagon to to start, but I'm not sure he's ready yet. He's too white-meat in an era where white-meat doesn't always work. I mean, the white-meat babyface in Jim Crockett Promotions was hardly trusted to hold the title for too long since they had the strap on Ric Flair so much anyway. Still, I think he's a good worker and someone who can keep the midcard afloat, but man, they'd be way better off having Allin, Janela, Kenny Omega, or even CIMA as the babyface chasing Chris Jericho into Double Or Nothing II. That being said, Page has never looked more badass than when he came out to give Jericho a receipt for jumping him after this match during his promo with double shiners above and below his left eye. AEW has to try and distill that energy into a character that Page can embrace all the time before he becomes their "guy." The Lucha Bros. (Pentagůn, Jr., FenŪx) vs. SCU (Scorpio Sky, Kazarian) - This was the FenŪx turn-out match that I hoped Fyter Fest would be. Outside of the spot where Kazarian was slow getting into position for a dive and FenŪx pulled a Randy Orton, he was unleashed in this match. When he gets free reign, few things are more breathtaking in any wrestling promotion. He is everything Will Ospreay pretends to be, and he does it working an insane amount of dates, which isn't as much of a compliment as you think it is. Anyway, even though the SCU guys felt like they were playing a game of eternal catch-up, it was still an enjoyable match. That being said, AEW trying to turn SCU into their version of the New Age Outlaws? Yeah, it doesn't work. CIMA vs. Kenny Omega - I had high hopes going into this match because if anyone was going to be able to do the Kenny Omega Half-Hour JO Special as good as Omega, it would be CIMA. True story, CIMA probably has a bigger influence on Omega than most anyone in wrestling, so of course they were going to fit like a key in a lock. They went places I didn't expect them to, most specifically the Meteora from the stage onto the ring bell table. Seriously, that spot was probably gnarlier than anything from Janela vs. Jon Moxley at Fyter Fest, and they only needed the table as fixed surface. Normally, a match this long probably needs editing, but I found myself enthralled the whole way through. I think everytime you want to say CIMA has too many miles on the odometer, he comes out and shows he's able to keep up with the most extra wrestler in the business right now. Omega found his counters where he needed to, and man, taking that many Meteoras in all the spots he did took some gumption. This match was, by far, the best one at either of these free shows. Dustin Rhodes and Cody vs. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) - It's surprising how well the Bucks played into the Rhodes' Boys' wheelhouse, because this match took a far more methodical pace than what was promised. Even the Bucks getting into their mega sequences felt more deliberate than usual. They're really trying to turn Cody into a facsimile of his dad, and while I'm not sure he'll ever get to The Dream's level, he's far better suited to that life than the super indie cosplay he put on when he first was freed from WWE. Dustin Rhodes also proved he has some sauce left, which isn't surprising since those old Southern guys age like luchadors, just look at the Rock 'n Roll Express. Anyway, while Omega/CIMA didn't need any editing, I thought this match did. The feeling-out process in the beginning felt too gratuitous, and the Bucks staring at the Rhodeses at the end multiple times was unnecessary. But otherwise, it was a fitting main event for the show. I'm going to have commentary about the post-main check-presenting segment later on in the day on a different bent than what it was on the surface, but I just wanna add that Omega should never have a live mic ever again. Let him wrestle and do heavily-scripted pre-tape promos, but never let him speak into a mic off the cuff, thanks.
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    07-12-2019, 12:45 PM
    Breezus returned to Full Sail against Strong competition Photo Credit: WWE.com July 3 Aliyah: comes out with her work wifey Nigel McGuinness: uses this to launch into some of Queen's One Vision, already making this a great show Mia Yim: comes out to a good pop Full Sailors: Mia! Mia! Mia! Mia! Aliyah: dodges and mocks Mia, then takes her down and whirlybirds before slapping her in the back of the head a few times Mia: trucks her Have you lost your mind? feints Aliyah: gets two for flinching Vanessa Borne: pulls her work wifey out of harm Aliyah: works over the ribs for a bit Mia: Tarantula! Into the middle buckle with you! Cannonball!Overhead belly to belly! Aliyah: scrambles for support from Borne Mia: Tope you both! Mauro Ranallo: MIa Yim out here doing it for the children! Mia: Hallaway slam! Poor Aliyah, why didn't you Protect Ya GOTDamned Neck?! Referee: Winner! Vanessa: gets in Mia's face on her way out Mia: throws her into the stairsWho's a lower now?! leaves, then hesitates at the ramp's apex and heads for the announce I don't need a mic to say this: Shayna has something I want - I'm not going away until it's mine. I'm coming for the title, Shayna, and I'm coming to WHOOP THAT ASS! Mauro: is noticeably taken aback Mia: stomps off to the back Queen Cathy: asks Master Regal about an update on Candice following Io's heel turn Master Regal: says she's week to week like the rest of us aren't at this point the Forgotten Sons: arglebargle about wanting a title shot Master Regal: notes they had one and got themselves DQed so they're back in the queue the Sons: swear revenge and that they won't forget this Queen Cathy: asks if Master Regal has another team in mind to face the champs Master Regal: notes the champs offered up the Allied Strikers and that title match will occur next week (the next post for you guys) Hypothetical '80s TV Show Opening Voiceover: We now return you to THIS Fucking Guy, already in progress KUSHIDA: comes out to a good pop NPC: is clearly doomed KUSHIDA: Handspring back elbow! Hiptoss to the cartwheel basement dropkick! PK to the arm! TAFKA Hoverboard Lock! Referee: Winner! Tyler Breeze: notes to Queen Cathy that every time the Era open their mouths they try to take credit for NXBreeze, his home before they ever came to Full Sail, and plans on shutting up Roddy in the evening's main Shane Strickland Isaiah "Swerve" Scott: ain't nobody got his confidence, and winning the tournament will change his life Trevor Lee Cameron Grimes: a North Carolina boy of 25 trained by the Hardys to be the best wrestler in the world and already has been at it for 11 years, says he's the only one ready to win the tournament Both: exchange some mat wrestling briefly Sh--uh, Isaiah: ends that crap with a .6 Okada dropkick Full Sailors: Swerve! Swerve! Swerve! Isaiah: Second rope enzui Flashpoint! Tre--Cameron, rather: snaps him into the middle rope and works over the neck Lariat! Isaiah: Kickout! Kip up rana! Cartwheel splash! Rolling leaping Flatliner! Cameron: Kickout! Backslide into a sitout powerbomb! Isaiah: Kickout! Cameron: Superman Flying Santana! Isaiah: Leaping back kick! Cameron: tries to recover on the floor Isaiah: FOSBURY FLOP! Did I land on my feet? Well, would you look at that. Full Sailors: Swerve! Swerve! Swerve! Cameron: C R O C O P Isaiah: Knee strike! Cameron: SPANISH FLY HALLAWAY SLAM! Double stomp off the ropes! Referee: Winner! Bianca BelAir: comes out to a mixed reaction NPC: is doomed BelAir: piefaces her, shoves her, and piefaces her again NPC: piefaces her and runs her mouth BelAir: piefaces her back so hard her own earring comes off, then rips off the other one Everyone In the Arena Seeing A Strong Intelligent Black Woman Getting Upset: oh no this is gonna be bad isn't it Ron Howard: It was, in fact, going to turn out to be quite bad. BelAir: beats on her with hammer blows for half a minute, biels her, driving shoulders in the corner, then presses her overhead and gets squats in Full Sailors With A Newfound Healthy Mix of Fear and Respect: EST! EST! EST! EST! BelAir: Powerbomb! Deadlift powerbomb! Overhead buckle bomb! We can't call it the Kiss of Death, but you know what it is. Referee: Winner! NPC: still dead God's Production Team: finds a cheap excuse to show Matt Riddle sweaty and glistening and manages to make a tax writeoff for next year; it's why they're God's Production Team Tyler Breeze and Roderick Strong: fight for superiority on the mat Roddy: blocks an Unprettier but not a neckbreaker Tyler: stompholes him in the corner Referee: Hey, come on, man, you can't be Tyler: Don't touch me! Roddy: uses the quasi distraction to get the advantage Backplex backbreaker into the top of the stairs! Another into the barrier! Full Sailors: Booo! Roddy: stomps away on the back Modified Romero Special! Tyler: gets out from under Jumping Owenzuigiri! Straightjacket spinning Lungblower! Roddy: Kickout! Step up Owenuigiri! Superplex! Tyler: Kickout! Strong: Hold! Tyler: upkick upkick upkick upkick upkick upkick! Full Sailors: Let's go Tyler! clap clap clapclapclap Let's go Tyler! clap clap clapclapclap Tyler: Supermodelkick! Roddy: Kickout! Both: trade strikes mid ring Tyler: Owenzuigiri! Bobby Fish: distracts Tyler: supermodelkicks him too Roddy: Owenzuigiri from the apron! End of Heartache! Referee: Winner! Tyler: tries to recover in the ring Roddy and Not reDragon: celebrate on the ramp July 10 RegalTron: alternates between Japanese letters in bold white on a blacked out background and what they mean in English PA: plays an unfamiliar theme Possible Seizures: trigged by bright white strobe lights Full Sailors: You suck! You suck! You suck! Io Shirai: comes out in all black like the Omen down to the leather pants And Suddenly: my AC seems to have failed me Full Sailors: Booooooooooooo! Io sucks! Io sucks! Io sucks! Io: I don't need any friends. I don't need any of you breathing memes, either. Go run to the zoo so you can see your families. mic drop, rolls out of the ring and leaves Velveteen Dream: to "the media" at this "press conference" Rumors and murmurs abound, and I know you have questions, so by all means. Male Off-Camera Voice: Speculation to your next challenger abounds; do you have anyone specifically in mind? V: The Dream did not approve that question; next question. Very Familiar Female Off-Camera Voice: starts to ask her question V: smiles, straightens up, takes off his signature sunglasses to get a better look at Queen Cathy, obvi: Roderick Strong has called you out repeatedly, Dream: do you have a response? V: With love and respect, Queen Cathy, you need to relax. This alleged Strong man is nowhere near ready or deserving enough to experience the Dream one on one. gives her a look because he knows someone in that room who has before and possibly will be moments from now Queen Cathy: left her gloves behind or something, assuredly Damian Priest: comes out NPC: guess DP: Kick! Release Falcon Arrow! Two lariats! Cyclone kick! the Reckoning of the Dice! Referee: Winner! BOA: has come to us from China and wants to represent it inside and outside of the ring, hoping to make them proud as a former jujitsu champion ACH Jordan Myles: from Austin, doing this for 13 years, knows DMX lyrics, the opportunity is there for the taking Full Sailors: Go go Myles! Go go Myles! ACJ: goes for the handshake BOA: bows JM: bows back and smiles Both: tussle on the mat JM: Arabian armdrag! Steamboat standard! Cartwheel to a backflip into a basement dropkick! BALLIN'! BOA: throws some kicks around BOAterfly suplex! Roundhouse kicks! JM: Roundhouse corner kick flurry! Logroll! Discus corner lariat! 450! Referee: Winner! Angel Garza: got next Shayna Baszler: I have the biggest target in NXT over my shoulder. Mia has a great story but it's the most common story in fighting: if it wasn't for I'd be homeless or in jail blah blah blah; it's going to take a little more than a great story to impress me, and anyone who faces me gets told the same story. They tap, nap or something goes snap. Keith Lee: reflects on his turbulent first year at the PC, notes the need to make changes and go from limitless to infinite Master Regal: announces KUSHIDA will face Apollo Crews (remember him?) next week Street Profits and Allied Strikers: despite the high intensity pressure of a tag team championship match between teams who alternatively have Just Won The Big One for the first time and the other possibly taking their former place as perpetual Marinos, all adhere to the Code of Honor after the pops, championship lighting and introductions by New Kayla Profits: get the advantage Double flapjack! Oney: comes in for a save Profits: double flapjack him on Burch, then Broken Arrow both of them at the same time Strikers: huddle on the floor Angelo: offers Burch another handshake Burch: kicks him in the gut and gives him a Euro Full Sailors: boo that specifically but don't keep booing Burch: 2nd rope stiff legged dropkick! Tag! Strikers: Tandem Am/Brit legsweep! Double suplex! Burch: after tagging back in Crossface! Montez Ford: breaks it up with a PK to the back and goes back to the apron Burch: glares at him Ford: Yeah, I did it! And then what?! Burch: glares a bit more then beats on Dawkins but misses a 2nd 2nd rope stiff legged dropkick Ford: House a fire! Clotheslines! Spinebusters! Dropkicks! Backplex to kip up to standing moonsault! Oney: Kickout! Ford: Fine. Tag! Dawkins: Cyclone splash! Ford: I got until 5 on it, lemme get in on that! Profits: Assisted Shiranui! Oney: Kickout. Profits: set up their Moneymaking Device Oney: slips free of Ford and shoves him into Dawkins Tag! Burch: Woo dropkick! Corner line and Owenzuigiri! Oney: Half and halfplex! Burch: PK!German suplex! Ford: lands up close to his corner as a result and tags out Nigel: immediately noticed this because of course he did Dawkins: Dropkicks! All 4: wipe out someone then get wiped out Oney: fires off gunshot level chops Ford: stops him with some kicks and sees Burch on the outside Tope con hilo! Oney: Tope suici Dawkins: Punch in the mouth! focuses on Burch, the legal man Spinebuster! Ford: Five Crown Frog Splash! is also legal, covers Referee: Winners! Profits: celebrate mid ring after the replays Not rEDragon: stroll out to the ramp and slow clap them Profits: invite them into the ring Not rEDragon: demur
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    07-11-2019, 03:05 PM
    The Board Man got paid AND recruited help to his new team Photo via @TheUndefeated 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: Which NBA free agent signing shocked you the most? ó
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    07-11-2019, 02:18 PM
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    07-11-2019, 10:25 AM
    Gresham leads a strong first third for this year's BOLA Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein When you think of annual wrestling tournaments, a lot of yearly frames come to mind, which is good. Wrestling tournaments are perhaps the best things the industry can offer from an in-ring standpoint. The G1 Climax, King of Trios, the Scenic City Invitational, the JT Lightning Invitational, and the Tournament for Tomorrow are all exciting and get fans of their respective promotions all hot and bothered. However, one could argue that Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Battle of Los Angeles trumps every other tournament that takes place in the calendar year except for the G1. Over the last few years, the tournament has had 24 entrants and taken place over three days, and this year is no different. PWG has been announcing wrestlers every day on its Twitter. The field of 24 has eight confirmed entrants. They are listed below: A-Kid - If you're a Chikara fan, you'll recognize this name from the 2017 King of Trios, where he was part of Team White Wolf. Just as Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, and Moustache Mountain before him, he used that Chikara spotlight to catapult into a regular PROGRESS gig, where he has become the latest European breakout wrestler. He's completed the big journey now as the first name entered into BOLA. If you're into that sort of thing, he received a five-star rating for his match with Zack Sabre, Jr. at White Wolf Wrestling Total Rumble 8. Jonathan Gresham - Gresham isn't the biggest name announced thus far among the American indie portion, but he is probably the best wrestler. A sublime grappler, I feel like he'll get a big stage during BOLA weekend. He's not only great against other mat wrestlers; he can have incredible matches with wrestlers of all styles. I'd say go back to his Independent Wrestling Championship defense against Nick Gage in November of '17 for a good look at what he can do outside of his comfort zone. Gresham, who works for Ring of Honor, will look to continue the grand tradition of PWG pushing the best and brightest guys from ROH before ROH even gets the idea that they're on their roster. Artemis Spencer - This name came out of leftfield, but it's a good one. Spencer works in the same circles in the Pacific Northwest as Nicole Matthews and El Phantasmo. When I tell you Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling is the real deal, you best believe me. Spencer looks to be another from the Vancouver-area promotion to break out and put his stamp on the greater wrestling world. Darby Allin - Allin is no stranger to PWG, recently competing in a Guerrilla Warfare (read, no holds barred) match against Joey Janela. I don't need to tell you about Allin's reckless bumping and "I hate myself" style of highspots, but I will anyway. His "goth little brother" aesthetic and fearlessness when it comes to hurtling his body into other people and from great heights will make him a fan favorite throughout. While I don't think he'll win because his All Elite Wrestling exclusivity starts in October, he should go pretty deep into the thing. Mick Moretti - Before going into battle at King of Trios with Adam Hofmann and Jack Bonza, Moretti will be the latest Aussie import to try his hand at BOLA. Again, a Chikara stage allows another wrestler from a non-America country to get better bookings. I'm not sure what his outlook is, but I mean he'll have the chance to wow the SoCal crowd the same as he did Easton last year. Orange Cassidy - Cassidy got his shot in PWG this year against fellow Gentleman's Club alumnus Chuck Taylor. How will other wrestlers in the field deal with his extreme hangover-style? Honestly, no matter whom he gets, he'll wind up stealing the show. He's not mega over everywhere he goes to the tune of carrying the Independent Wrestling Championship on his slacked shoulders for no reason. Bandido - Like Gresham, he'll be representing the "guys PWG needs to push before ROH notices them" crowd. Like Allin, he's no stranger to PWG. Bandido is a strong contender to win the whole thing, as he's been a big deal in PWG for awhile, and if he does win, he'll be a strong candidate to dethrone Jeff Cobb as Champion. And if he does win, he'll excite everyone along the way with his breakneck style of wrestling. Caveman Ugg - I was expecting a caveman wrestler to be announced, but I'm surprised it's this one instead of Barbaro Cavernario. Still, from what I've seen of Ugg on social media and gifs, he's a bigger dude who will delight in throwing the smaller wrestlers like Allin around. He should be a fun entry into the tournament, taking Jonah Rock's place as the big dude from Oceania. The next 16 names over the next two-plus weeks will be interesting to see. Will Champion Cobb enter? What about other mainstays like Chuck Taylor, Brody King, Puma King, Flamita, and Jungle Boy? How about new names? I guess it'll be worth putting out alerts for the PWG Twitter account the rest of the month.
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    07-10-2019, 03:35 PM
    Janela got into a dustup with a never-was last night Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein Last night, Blink-182 played the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, which is a stone's throw across Raritan Bay from Staten Island. This event is notable for wrestling purposes because noted wrestler and gonzo promoter Joey Janela attended that concert. So did disgraced former WWE wrestler and accused rapist Enzo "nZo" Amore. The former caught wind of the latter, and according to Janela, went over to introduce himself. nZo took umbrage with it and instigated, according to Janela, "the shittiest fist fight of the year." I have no reason not to believe Janela's account of the fight because nZo himself corroborated it (CW: gross sexist stereotyping about the female genitalia). He later went onto say that Janela "caused a scene" while nZo was talking to friends or whatever. The most unbelievable part of this is that nZo has friends, but that's neither here nor there. Janela's played the whole thing off really ironically, in the "ha-ha" sense, which would've led me to believe that he was trying to brush off an ass-kicking. However,. nZo posted an Instagram video of... them squaring up but not doing anything? It looked like he was backing away the whole time. If nZo got the better of him, which from his Twitter preening he believes, why not post video of him dusting Janela up? This, more than either guy claiming it was real and not a work makes me think it wasn't a work. Like, if it was, you'd show a scuffle at least. Instead, nZo basically is showing him doing the only thing he's ever done well, running his yap. Honestly, nZo accusing Janela of clout-chasing is hilarious since he's the one who tried raising a scene at Survivor Series this past November by sneaking in and standing on his seat drawing attention to himself. I mean, whether he was trying to parlay that into an angle to return to WWE or stick it to his former employer while mollifying his "brand," I mean, that's the very definition of chasing clout. Janela, meanwhile, has become one of the biggest names on the indie scene through his Spring Break shows and his hardcore match with Jon Moxley at Fyter Fest. It's all just bitterness. The thing is I understand not wanting to be bothered when I'm out. I'm not famous at all, and there are times when I don't want to be bothered by anyone. I wouldn't be surprised that after nZo first shot him down that Janela said something flippant to him. That being said, even if Janela was abrasive to him, like, if he's that much more famous than Janela is, he could have just not been an antagonistic dick and called security? See, that's the thing about all this. No matter how I can imagine Janela being the main instigator here, it's hard for me to believe that nZo could ever have diffused the situation because of his massive ego and his belligerent personality. Add that to the fact that he's an accused rapist and I feel like he took this situation as a way to, again, raise his brand because he could get one over on someone he thought was below him. Even if I feel Janela was in the right, no one comes out of this looking good though, but I mean, I doubt anyone remembers this in a month unless it becomes a meme. And knowing some sectors of Wrestling Twitter (of which I'm admittedly part of), it just might become one.
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    07-10-2019, 02:18 PM
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    07-10-2019, 01:44 PM
    Ambrose replied to Rollins' comments but not in the way you think he might Photo Credit: WWE.com In between beats of the worst Twitter feud ever with Will Ospreay, Seth Rollins took time out to slam former stablemate Jon Moxley on a podcast reading from a cue card handed to him from Paul Levesque. Basically, in no uncertain terms, Rollins accused Moxley of being too soft for the rigors of the WWE schedule and called him presumptuous even though I'm not entirely sure he knows what that word means. If my "brother" said shit like that about me, I'd be furious. I was left to assume Moxley felt the same way until he finally spoke on the issue on the Store Horsemen podcast. Moxley spoke on a lot of things, but the item of most interest was his response to what Rollins said about him. He didn't express anger over it, and in fact, he was quite diplomatic. Maybe it's because I don't know him outside of his in-ring persona, but it was surprising. Thereís this episode of Frasier I was thinking about the dog, Eddie, is really depressed, and heís all sad, mopey, and they donít know what. He wonít eat, you know, they donít know whatís wrong with him. The vet doesnít know whatís wrong with him. So they hire a dog psychiatrist to examine him, and then the comedy ensues for the next 26 minutes. But then at the end of the episode they find a toy was like stuck under the couch. And then all of a sudden everythingís good! Heís like "oh!" and heís not depressed any more. It was just the toy, the thing that he likes to do. For me like, thatís all it was. Now that the fog has continually lifted more and more, and I kind of realize how deeply unhappy I was there, that I didnít realize at the time because I was like "well, Iím making a bunch of money and it seems like itís going good!" Now Iím like, Iím kind of realizing how much it affected me. But now itís like "oh! I found my toy under the couch, pro wrestling, again. Itís all good!" Even like when I did that podcast, that was like a couple weeks removed. I hadnít debuted at Double or Nothing yet, it had just been months of me being silent while everybody else is talking about my career, my life and everything, telling me what Iím gonna do, and where Iím gonna go, and whatís happening. Cause I just stayed silent the whole time. So that was a frustrating time, to hear everybody else talking about you, when they donít know what the fuck theyíre talking about. So it was like my first words. I was a little jumpy. Like, it was like, pretty emotional, you know? But itís almost like you have a fight with your wife or girlfriend or whatever, then you have some sex and then the next morning youíre like, "what were we fighting about? Oh thatís so stupid." Now itís like, whatever it is, a month or two later, I could never replicate that podcast cause Iím like "what? what was I - itís all good."To be honest, putting Rollins' comments and his reactions to them in that perspective is about the most mature thing I've ever seen a wrestler say or do. It's pretty surprising given that anytime you have a beef in wrestling, the participants want to turn it into a work. Again, look at that shitty Rollins/Ospreay thing. Moxley appears to be wired completely differently, which is both refreshing and weird. Still, I can't begrudge him. If he doesn't hold hard feelings towards Rollins, for whatever reason, I'm not sure anyone else should, at least on that front. But again, it doesn't change the fact that Rollins took the opportunity to take a dump on his "brother" when the boys in the office laid it on him. I guess that's the difference between him and even Roman Reigns, whom everyone thought of as the office's "guy." He's loyal to WWE, sure, but he's not looking for approval. Maybe because he knows he has it? He at least acts like it, while Rollins' behavior shows classic insecurity. But here I am talking psychology when my degree is in engineering. I'm probably talking out my ass. The point is, Moxley is a super chill guy even though he plays neurotic too, too well.
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    07-10-2019, 10:21 AM
    Ibushi injured himself in the above match vs. KENTA Photo Credit: NJPW1972.com Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA was one of the most anticipated matches of the G1 Special show this past Saturday. Reviews across the board were mixed, but I wasn't a fan. Something felt off, and now, Ibushi has revealed what that might have been. He screwed up his ankle something fierce during the match. If you didn't like the match, you have a convenient reason to blame. If you did like it, now you can another reason to crow about it being good despite the injury. Either way, you can see visual evidence here, although if you're squeamish, I'm not sure you should look. Beware. The actual injury he suffered is unknown. Ibushi was able to confirm that he didn't break any bones and that it was probably a sprain. He's already walking around on it, crediting advanced oxygen treatment and "abnormal natural self-healing powers" for his progress. I think now is as good a time to mention that Ibushi comes from money, and that he probably got into gonzo-bumping wrestling because he was bored. It should follow that he thinks he's got a bit of Wolverine in him. Ah well. Hopefully, New Japan will have the foresight to keep him out of this Saturday's B-Block opener. You can hype his next A-Block match without putting him in one of those early-card tag matches. Of course, it's not a guarantee, as New Japan has ridden wrestlers with bangs and bruises that weren't severe enough to keep them from doing wrestling before. I guess this is a thing where they play it by ear. I'm not privy to New Japan's booking plans, but unless Ibushi is booked to win his block, I'm not sure I wouldn't have him forfeit his next match just to be safe. I mean, there's a chance that the pictured injury looks gnarlier than it actually is, but right now, all I have to go on is said picture.
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    07-10-2019, 10:21 AM
    Banks went and got some extended training over in Japan Photo Credit: WWE.com Sasha Banks has been AWOL from WWE since WrestleMania, where she and Bayley lost the Women's Tag Team Championships. The sticking point is that they allegedly didn't tell Banks and Bayley they would lose those titles until the day of the show despite having it in the works for longer than one day, which is par for the course for a company that, well, sucks. WWE has not released her, because they don't release anyone anymore, especially someone whom they still have a lot of faith in to pull numbers for them, even if they don't see her as valuable enough to tell ahead of time that she'd be losing at title. So basically, she's been at home doing whatever it is she wants to do while getting paid. That sounds like the sweet life if you ask me. However, she apparently has gotten a little stir-crazy, as she made a trip this week. Sasha Banks footed her own way to Japan to go train under the GOAT herself, Meiko Satomura. Cagematch Dot Net's STRIGGA translated on Twitter: Some notes from Tokyo Sports on Sasha Banks training with Sendai Girls: According to the report Banks came to Japan on her own account and without a manager on July 7. She went to see the Sendai Girls event in Korakuen Hall on Sunday and then had dinner ... (1/4) ó STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 9, 2019 ...with NOAH's Naomichi Marufuji. On Monday she travelled to Sendai via Shinkansen using her smartphone to navigate. Banks checked into a hotel in Sendai and directly contacted the Senjo office. Meiko Satomura stated she couldn't hide her surprise about Banks coming to ... (2/4) ó STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 9, 2019 ... Japan on her own. Sasha came to the dojo one hour before the afternoon group training at 2 pm local time and was carefully warming up. The reason she went to Senjo is that she wanted to learn japanese women's pro-wrestling. (3/4) ó STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 9, 2019 Tokyo Sports says it seems she will stay in Japan this week, but her "actions after the 10th" are "undecided". (4/4) https://t.co/JhpvT4bho3 ó STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 9, 2019Banks already is an accomplished pro wrestler who had the world (myself happily included) eating out of her hand during her epic NXT Women's World Championship reign in 2015. She has all the reason in the world not to want to improve, but when she says she loves wrestling, she walks the walk. I'm not sure how much longer her WWE contract lasts for. Banks training at the Sendai Girls gym to me is more tantalizing than the prospect of her improving to go back to WWE. Like, that makes me want to see her vs. Satomura or any number of Joshi greats across Japan. Then again, it's also worth mentioning that Satomura has had a relationship with WWE in the past. She worked the second Mae Young Classic at the very least. I'm not sure if that relationship runs further, and that's why Banks went there instead of, say, Oz Academy or the STARDOM Dojo or whatever. Regardless of reason, Banks going to Japan is still the most exciting concrete news about her since she rightfully walked out on WWE. It's also incredibly funny that she just up and went to Japan, and Tokyo Sports got the scoop on it while every American outlet that thinks reporting on her social media likes is trenchant was left holding their genitals. I feel like Banks is about to resurface in some way, and while her going back to WWE feels like the play, as boring and disappointing as that'd be, she'll still bring something new to the table, which at least will be exciting.
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    07-09-2019, 03:40 PM
    The first entrant in this year's flippy tourney! Graphics via ChikaraPro.com Chikara has taken a break on announcing teams for this year's King of Trios tournament for this week. However, that doesn't mean they're taking off from announcements in general. As many know, Trios doesn't just host the massive, 48-wrestler tournament over three days. It also has a unique, eight-wrestler fray known as Rey de Voladores, which features the best and brightest of the high spot crowd. Two four-way matches take place on Night 2, and the winners of those meet up in the finals. In 2011, the finals produced one of my favorite matches ever and perhaps the best match I was in the house for, El Generico vs. the 1-2-3 Kid. This year's first announced wrestler is none other than Boomer Hatfield, the only wrestler of his surname that still has a mask. Hatfield is a rising star in Chikara who has gone supernova in such a short time. He has garnered critical acclaim for his work in the ring, and the reason why he's the only masked baseball head in Chikara is because he beat his dad, current Grand Champion Dasher, in a lucha de apuesta with both of their hoods on the line. In some ways, that win is bigger than any potential title win he could've had, since he straight up took the identity of not only his dad and a long-tenured Chikara stalwart, but of the Grand flippin' Champion. Hatfield is far more aerially inclined than his father, and he should stand out pretty well in this fray. While he's not in the main tournament this year, this will be his second King of Trios event that he'll be competing. Last year, he teamed with dear ol' Dad and Mark Angelosetti, losing in the first round after then-Grand Champion Angelosetti broke his leg. Hatfield is the first of eight other wrestlers to be announced this year. I imagine the whole field won't be announced ahead of time, as there must be some room for Night 1 losers to enter, as is tradition. Joining the RdV crowd are the following six trios for the main tournament: Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams) The Ancient Order of Nations (Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza) The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Tripp Cassidy) The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro) The VeloCities (Mat Diamond, Jude London, Paris DeSilva) Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee) King of Trios takes place in Reading, PA this year October 4-6 at the Goodwill Beneficial Association. Tickets are on sale now.
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    07-09-2019, 03:32 PM
    2 members are celebrating their birthday on 07-09-2019: -Brain99Dbq (born in 1970, Age: 49) -dinz jeremy (born in 1988, Age: 31) Happy Birthday!
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    07-09-2019, 01:20 PM
    Lynch's post-WrestleMania has made me wonder whom WWE caters to Photo Credit: WWE.com WrestleMania XXV closed with Becky Lynch standing the tallest that she ever has been in her professional wrestling career. She got to be the first wrestler to pin Ronda Rousey, and apparently, that was a mistake finish as she was supposed to tap the "Baddest Woman on the Planet" to close the show. She was crowned on the biggest stage possible in WWE's home territory. Obviously, in wrestling, you have little-to-no time to rest before your next challenge, and as the biggest star in the company, even if just for that moment, you'd think she'd have gone onto bigger challenges, or at least ones commensurate to the mountain she climbed at Mania, right? Well, the one feud that could have sustained her, vs. Charlotte Flair, was scuttled after one pay-per-view match, where she lost the Smackdown Women's Championship to her bitter rival as a mechanism to get Bayley to cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase. As it turned out, her other feud match, vs. Lacey Evans, would be the one that would sustain her until (through?) SummerSlam. That turn of events is like your dad pulling into the McDonald's drive-thru and ordering one (1) black coffee. To add insult to injury, WWE decided that the subject of the final image of this year's Mania would have a subplot of her real-life relationship with fellow Mania winner Seth Rollins be made into a storyline. They've been wrestling a bunch of mixed-tag matches lately, including one last night where apparently, it was an elimination tag match in a company where men aren't allowed to wrestle women in mixed tag matches. So what, if Lynch had eliminated Zelina Vega and if Andrade "Cien" Almas had eliminated Rollins, would the match have been considered a draw? I mean, Lynch tapped out Mike Kanellis the week before, but he was due for a humiliation afterwards, and you know Vince McMahon likes nothing more than stacking humiliation in multiple layers. Of course, WWE doesn't get the legitimately cool things that happen upon the company well, so how did it play off the thing they got when they pried into two wrestlers' social lives and made their personal relationship into an angle? You guessed it, bad: I mean, I guess it's refreshing to see the man be fetishized and objectified for once, but I mean, what made anyone think this t-shirt idea would be constructive for Rollins or Lynch? Like, fans of Lynch probably don't want to associate her with Rollins, who by the way is a known cheater with poor taste. Fans of Rollins probably are getting in their feelings about how he's a victim of reverse sexism or something. You think I'm joking, but the whiny critics of social justice movements are getting louder and louder. About the only fans who like this shirt are fans of irony because they can whip out references to William Regal's first, short-lived WWE gimmick during the Attitude Era. But it got me wondering what fans WWE is even catering to anymore other than the group of fans who will praise whatever it does no matter how inane or grotesque. Like, it's not courting fans of real sports build because if that were the case, what reason would they have for giving a NXT callup an immediate shot at the WrestleMania show closer? It's not for fans of women's wrestling because Lynch immediately was placed from her starring role into a meaningless feud and as a doting girlfriend. I mean, at least Daniel Bryan's first (and only) feud after his Mania triumph was against someone who had cache in WWE at one time and who was tied to him. It's certainly not for wrestling fans or else they wouldn't be pushing the boss' son as a top star while the dude who should be in that spot is his muscle-headed lackey. It's not for fans of drama either as most feuds consist of an endless string of matches with some segments interspersed in that may or may not be entertaining. I guess WWE will tell you its for fans of "moments," which is about as vague and insulting as anyone can put it. They'll tell you they're in the business of putting smiles on faces, but whose smiles on what faces are they speaking? I have no clue. WWE can put people like Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff in charge or go back to the edginess of the pre-Chris Benoit days or promise any kind of cosmetic changes possible, but the only way it'll ever get better is if it totally remakes the creative process. I'm not sure McMahon is the only problem; since going corporate, the results have shown a labyrinthine creative process where no one has any clear plan for the long term, only week-to-week agendas. I think it would help if WWE actually had its brass sit down and decide what fans it wanted to go after. Because man, Becky Lynch's post-WrestleMania itinerary has done nothing to inspire anyone to say "there's no ethical consumption under capitalism" and sub to WWE Network or watch every Monday and Tuesday outside of anyone who already is doing so. I look at her going from Rousey and Flair to being in a bad dating angle and wrestling the Bad Food Pictures lady, and I can't think anyone could ever change their minds on what WWE is doing.
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    07-09-2019, 10:45 AM
    Tony Deppen throws a nice chair Screenshot via GCW YouTube Backyard wrestling has a checkered reputation, but overall, I think it's something to celebrate. There's something charming about kids who defiantly "try this at home" and in the process learn how to wrestle in the most DIY way possible, eschewing paying thousands of dollars to go to wrestling school in the process. Many current wrestlers today have backyard histories, like Fred Yehi for example. Backyard wrestling is a phenomenon that uniquely shaped wrestling in the last 25 years for better or worse. I'd probably say it's for the better, but that's just me. Game Changer Wrestling also seems to think it bettered the wrestling world, because they ran a show in tribute of backyard wrestling on July 4. The show had all the trappings of a backyard wrestling extravaganza, including a ring set up in someone's backyard (obviously), current wrestlers doing shitty backyard gimmicks, and "pyro" that amounted to guys shooting off Roman candles, in one case, shooting one accidentally at himself instead of in the ring. It wasn't perfect, although I'd chalk that imperfection up more to the fact that GCW can't stop booking SHLAK. Seriously, even if you buy that he isn't a Nazi anymore, the dude wrote and hasn't apologized for writing a song that calls rape "surprise sex." No one should book him. At all. Even if the goal is just to shoot fireworks at him, but he'd probably like that too much. Not everything at this show was bad, and I'd venture to say that it was mostly a refreshing and vital show in the wrestling parlance. That's at least the word from people who watched it. I could only follow along with .gifs but one of those moving pictures was so stunning that I have to share and comment on it. Alex Zayne, an up-and-coming dude from the Mid-South/Ohio Valley area got the invite to the show to wrestle Tony Deppen, who GCW and Chikara faithful know incredibly well. Check this spot out from when Zayne tried to do a long-distance shooting star press: HOLY FUCK!!!!! @Tony_Deppen HITS ZAYNE IN MID AIR WITH A CHAIR!!! #GCWBACKYARD #GCW @GCWrestling_https://t.co/hW3vzscrhK pic.twitter.com/VbjhFk5Z4u ó Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) July 4, 2019Allow me to break it down. First, the spot's conceit is a backyard staple, doing a high spot from an elevated surface that's not the top turnbuckle. It looks like he jumped from the roof of either a shed or the production trailer. Either way, that's ten points for authenticity. Second, that is a form-perfect shooting star press. Like, it doesn't get any better than that, just beauty in rotation. Third, that chair throw is not only perfectly timed, but it went right into his shoulder. Granted, you're not going to pull off a spot like that in a perfectly "safe" manner; no spot in wrestling is perfectly "safe." But if you're gonna rocket a steel chair into your opponent, you're better off going for the shoulder and not the head. And the chair was thrown with such velocity too. Finally, what is a notable backyard wrestling spot that doesn't have a hint of danger? Zayne almost went headlong into a cinder block. Thankfully, he did not, but man that added hint of danger was the cherry on top of the sundae. Spots like this are what make backyard wrestling not only fun but vital to the lifeblood of wrestling. It gets a bad reputation, but honestly, where would wrestling, deathmatch, indie, or otherwise, be today without kids indulging their love of the sport/art firsthand and not just through watching or playing video games? I'm glad GCW paid tribute to the backyard ring, because honestly, that promotion in general would not be what it is today without backyard wrestling.
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    07-09-2019, 08:49 AM
    Starr has a ledger, but that shouldn't include revenge porn Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein David Starr has a reputation among most of his fans as being "woke." He speaks out about working conditions in WWE. He supports social justice causes. He seems like an all-around decent guy in an industry full of scumbags. Among other fans, he has a reputation of being an absolute fraud. The first sign is that most of his social justice warring comes in the form of wrestling promos. By definition, a wrestling character is a persona. Some people live their characters, sure. Starr, however, has been shown his own ass enough times that some people are skeptical of his sincerity. For example, last year, he produced a shirt for Pride month but kept all the proceeds from it rather than donating to a LGBTQ+ charity. Starr is not gay. He's had other snafus in the past that let his mask show, but, I mean, profiteering off the struggle of gay people while not being gay and without giving money to any gay charities is enough to make people so mad to think that maybe social justice is just a gimmick for "The Product." Starr yesterday introduced a new line of merchandise with the Black Lives Matter logo on it. At least this time, he learned his lesson and up front named the charity he would be giving proceeds to. However, one fellow wrestler saw it as another attempt at misery profiteering. Trey Miguel, a member of the Rascalz stable, saw the link and went off. I'd link to the tweets, but he went and deleted them. Why? Well, he went low: What was that "beat your dick on PornHub" in reference to? Well... Yeah, Starr had a falling out with an ex, who accused him of psychological abuse. In case you think there are any babyfaces here, she went and posted what is commonly known as "revenge porn" of Starr online. For those who don't know what that is, it's when someone posts sexual footage of an ex online for the purposes of humiliation. Anyway, the kicker to all this... All screencaps are courtesy of David Bixenspan, by the way. The turd cherry on top of the shit sundae is that Miguel also made fun of Starr for crying when he visited a concentration camp, a Nazi one, not one of the active ones the President is operating at the border. I hate that I have to specify which one is which. Anyway, the reason why Starr, who I reiterate is Jewish, cried at a concentration camp is because millions of people like him were executed at facilities such as those and the survivors were tortured and had to live with the immeasurable mental trauma of having been corralled, tortured, and threatened with death. The fucked up thing is the kicker being that Miguel had to drop the "All Lives Matter" bomb. People who say that, no matter what their ethnicity or race, tend to say it not because they think all lives matter. They say it as a stock deflection against people who have grievances. Notice no one said "All lives matter" until people who were sick of being killed for no reason had enough after Michael Brown's murder said "Black lives matter." Seriously, I am baffled as to what his intent for threatening to post revenge porn. I don't know. What I do know is whatever beef he had with Starr automatically has become unimportant because he had to go and take the lowest road possible. Starr has so much legitimate critiques that you don't have to go resorting to posting sensitive information about him that no one should have. The thing about social justice is that the people seeking it should have justice in mind as well. Vengeance is not justice, no matter how much law enforcement wants you to believe it. If anything, it goes to show that the depths of depravity and moral turpitude are greater than one might think. I mean, it's not to say that Miguel is worse than, say, SHLAK or Sami Callihan overall, but trying to use emotion over the Holocaust as an attempted one-up in an online flame war is a salvo that runs pretty deep in the trenches of wrestling shittiness. I guess it goes to show that no one is a sacred cow, and nothing is off the table. Even people with agreeable politics can't be considered blameless. I mean, Starr already proved he has carny instincts, and Sami Zayn spent over a decade in a racist caricature of a Mexican person. Zack Sabre, Jr.'s socialism or Dick Togo's communism can't be used as shields. It sucks, but it's a harsh reality that this business that started as grift in the carnival could attract so many shady and shitty characters.
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    07-08-2019, 03:33 PM
    1 member is celebrating their birthday on 07-08-2019: -Matt198720093 (born in 1987, Age: 32) Happy Birthday!
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    07-08-2019, 02:40 PM
    CHAMPION. LEGEND. Photo Credit: Francisco Seco/AP 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. Megan Rapinoe (Last Week: 1) - The United States Women's National Team did the deal and won the Women's World Cup. While Rapinoe didn't play in the semifinal game against England, she scored the first and what would be deciding goal in the final against the Netherlands. Sure, Rose Lavelle added an insurance goal a few minutes later, but Rapinoe in essence won the game and the title. Afterwards, her celebration got all the chuds angry, which is a great bonus. 2. Officer Magnum (Last Week: Not Ranked) - WHAT A GOOD BOY SHOWING UP TO SUPPORT HIS MOMMY AT BEYOND UNCHARTED TERRITORY NAWWWWWWWWWW. 3. Tomohiro Ishii (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Look, Ishii is great for a number of reasons, but man, I could watch him getting fired up all day. First, everyone should shrug off chops from a Young Lion until that Young Lion graduates. Second, like he barely had to hit Jeff Cobb for me to get super fucking stoked. You could see the look in his eyes. He wanted to maul Cobb, and to be fair, vice versa. My God, my blood is already boiling for B-Block and it's not for another five days. 4. Kawhi Leonard (Last Week: Not Ranked) - It's not that he signed with the Clippers, logistically the best team possible for anyone who isn't a Raptors fan or a fan of the other four teams in the Pacific Division. It's that he gave the Lakers, objectively one of the two least-deserving franchises in the modern NBA, the run-around on their meetings with him all while secretly getting with Paul George on recruitment missions. He rope-a-doped the Lakers only to sign with their co-building rivals. Can you say LEGEND? 5. Complimentary Chips and Salsa at a Mexican Restaurant OFFICIAL HOLZERMAN HUNGERS SPONSORED ENTRY - Mexican food is already the GOAT, but in addition to the entrees, most restaurants, or more pointedly the ones worth their salt, put tortilla chips and salsa on the table before you even order your drinks. Not only is it nominally free, it's also fucking delicious. God bless Mexican food. 6. Nyla Rose (Last Week: 2) - Rose got her blue checkmark on Twitter, which means she now can be Taken Seriouslyô. Even better? She got hers and MJF is still waiting for his. 7. Liv Morgan (Last Week: Not Ranked) - In her quest to get some fuckin' TV time, she's turned to being an agent provocateur of chaos. I don't hate it. 8. Orange Cassidy (Last Week: 8) - How's he preparing for his big Independent Wrestling Championship defense at Americanrana? He's not. That's why he's the best ever. 9. Nick Gage (Last Week: Not Ranked) - Gage not only saved Thomas Santell from certain doom Wednesday, he came out repping the Phillies, which now makes them the only MDK team in all of Major League Baseball. Now if they could only beat teams that aren't the Mets... 10. Otis Dozovic (Last Week: 10 -
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    07-08-2019, 12:37 PM
    Sami Callihan shouldn't be wrestling men let alone women Photo Credit: Mikey Nolan Impact Wrestling, despite everyone (myself included) following its death rattle certain it was about to kick, held its Slammiversary pay-per-view event last night. The former TNA stopped that spiral long enough that it was able to course-correct and find a niche as a haven for indie wrestlers who want some extra cash and the ability to be seen on a national outlet, maybe not as large as its peak but still big enough that it could have a sustainable following enough that it can stay in some conversation and receive coverage from prominent blogs. So it should follow that the company should get some praise for headlining a somewhat major show with an intergender match, right? Well, about that... Sami Callihan took on Tessa Blanchard in Slammiversary's main event. Now, Blanchard is fine, a prominent wrestler who is good and who has a famous last name, nothing wrong with her. If you want to know why last night's main event was, in a word, bad, it all has to do with Callihan, who continues to wrestle while domestic abuse allegations remain on his ledger with no answer. The dirtiest secret in wrestling is that Callihan once dated a mainstay in the Philly deathmatch scene, a regular in Combat Zone Wrestling no less. She levied the accusations against Callihan, and do you know what happened next? He got signed to WWE to fuck around and be Solomon Crowe for a spell. To say he didn't answer to those accusations would be an understatement, because unlike Rich Swann, who got fired from WWE when news of him publicly attacking his now-wife Su Yung broke, I'm not even sure Callihan has faced a word of heat from it. It should go without saying that Callihan doesn't deserve to be in wrestling, even if wrestling, like society at large, treats domestic violence like a joke. It further clouds the issue of intergender wrestling, of which critics STILL claim is pantomime of DV in a wrestling ring. The main difference between portraying a man and a woman fighting as a story and the act of DV is that one involves consent of both parties before entering into the arena of combat. Still, regardless of whether a man wrestling a woman is morally right no matter what the reason as long as it is staged like a real fight and not to mimic a situation of DV, the ground you stand upon cannot be stable if you allow someone with accusations of DV against him participate in wrestling someone of a different gender. Optics are still an important thing to care about. Granted, looking like you do the right thing means nothing when you don't do the right thing. Just look at WWE. Still, intergender wrestling is something you want to get 100 percent right. Let's face it. Even if you do get it completely correct, some critics won't be happy, and they'll continue to stir the pot. Still, it helps when you do things by the book. Allowing an unrepentant abuser get free reign to wrestle a woman is not doing things by the book. Again, Callihan should be in Cell Block Six, not at Slammiversary at this point. But if he has to be on the roster, can he at least be kept away from wrestling women? Like, that should be a no-brainer. Then again, look at Impact's roster at this point. Not only do they employ Callihan and Swann, but they also signed Michael Elgin after New Japan Pro Wrestling decided it had enough of his shit. Elgin, for those who don't remember, covered for a student of his who was accused of rape, and then it came out that he was abusive to that victim on top of everything else. Impact Wrestling can ditch the name "TNA" and clean up its in-ring reputation all it wants; however, there's a reason why people who continue not to trust that company because they can't remove the letters TNA from their soul continue to be justified.
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    07-08-2019, 11:01 AM
    Cassidy is one of the biggest stars in wrestling right now because he's different Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein Pro wrestling is like almost any other artform or sport. You have so many people hopping onto trends, whether it be when the Moneyball shift in baseball a decade ago started front offices on valuing players they could pay less money to perform a vital but overlooked task, or in movies when Twilight gave people the idea to adapt The Hunger Games which then gave rise to a whole genre of young adult copycats. Wrestling is no different. Wrestlers see someone like Ricochet gain fame because he can do flips, and all of a sudden the rise of small guys trying to raise the bar more and more with twists and rotations on dives reaches critical mass. In an era of copycats, the one who does something no one else seems to be doing at least gets attention enough to break through. Everyone knows about Orange Cassidy right about now. His act going supernova, whether you like it or not, shows that a hunger for comedic wrestling exists. Of course, the idea of a comedic wrestler causes a sizeable portion of the greater wrestling fandom to recoil like Stokerian vampires in the presence of sunlight. Even though nothing Cassidy does really violates the wrestling spacetime continuum the way that, say, Chikara wrestlers going into super slow motion or DDT wrestlers pausing in the middle of a match while video footage of what it's like in a referee's mind when he's about to count the pin on a wrestler he spends a lot of time with, but it's different in ways that are new and foreign to them. They're mostly old school fans whom change scares, and I don't want to focus on them. The point is, Cassidy does something no one else in wrestling does, and thus people pay attention to him. You don't have to look at the upper echelon of wrestlers to find people who get that same mentality of wanting to be different in order to stand out. For example, look at Darby Allin. What does he do differently than other high-flyers? He bumps hard, but he's not the only one. Kota Ibushi, for example, wrestles every match like he hates his body. The way Allin wrestles is so different from other high flyers in that there's a lack of pomp. His big dives are almost passive. He doesn't jump; he just falls. It's almost like he wants to die and is trying to take people out with him. I don't know about you, but an ENTIRE generation of people probably relates with him in that regard. It's a small difference, but it's one that got him noticed at the EVOLVE seminar, pushed to the moon in that company, and both signed and featured in his first match in All Elite Wrestling. Does that bode big things for another wrestler who stands out on her own? Leyla Hirsch has only been wrestling for Beyond for two weeks, but she's left an impression. Her amateur wrestling-inspired shooter ring style is one that isn't new to wrestling, but for an entire generation of women's wrestling, it's completely unique. Few women have embraced amateur wrestling aesthetic or pure styling like Hirsch. It might not seem like a strong enough shift in paradigm given how popular MMA-style shooter gimmicks are among women, with the Four Horsewomen coming over to WWE, Sonya DeVille catching some moderate main roster success, and prominent female MMA fighters like Cris Cyborg making their wrestling intentions known. How many of them really embrace the catch-as-catch-can or amateur style? Shayna Baszler has trained with Billy Robinson, but she does not prominently embrace that connection as much as she does her bond with Ronda Rousey. In an indie scene where amateur bonafides are honored, Hirsch has a leg up on everyone else who fits into a more traditional mold. She can usher in another style that women can utilize in their quest for equality and a similar place at the table as men. More personally, she can get more bookings for herself, which is probably a better way of framing the discussion. Again, whether or not she ushers in a golden age of grapplefuck for women is irrelevant. If she can stand out from a group of five or more other women who all work the same sort of indie bastardization of strong-style, she's not going to do it by doing the same thing they're doing, but by doing something completely different. Obviously, wrestling is always going to have room for the people who do what everyone else does already, because wrestling promoters if nothing else are creatures of habit. That, and what has worked for years still works today, and it works best. The caveat is that if you do whatever it is that is the norm, you have to make sure that you're the best at it, or at the very least are the best at it in your area. If you're one of five people who works a cocky cool heel gimmick with a super-indie workrate, would it be better to continue on that path or by trying something a little different? That's the catch. It's not about not having the staples, but about having more different kinds of wrestlers supporting the staples. Wrestlers like Cassidy, Allin, and Hirsch have shown that by doing something different, whether it be drastic or subtle, can make all the difference in the world.
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