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OT: Wrestling Thread November 2014

Given that the old wrestling thread got shut down, here is a new one that shamelessly links to my Hell in a Cell review!

aberg Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 2439 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   2401. aberg Posted: September 05, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5876965)
Flip flop and fly
   2402. Chokeland Bill Posted: September 05, 2019 at 02:16 PM (#5876976)
WWE has got to a point where they don't have a lot of BAD matches, but they don't really strive for the type of insanely athletic matches that blow away the hardcore fans, such as what we saw in the G1. WWE is very strong in production value, but too often skews toward spectacle over substance (which there's an audience for, but it's not really me). If AEW can just provide an alternative that's a little more competition-focused with straightforward storylines, I think it can be a successful alternative.


The King of the Ring matches have actually been a pretty good showcase of top level wrestling. Elias and Corbin just had their best ever single matches on back to back days. So there is at least some evidence that they realize the in-ring needs to improve. They are getting over guys that were off TV or beaten like a drum a month or two ago, purely through wrestling.

I think AEW is also leaving themselves a bit open right out of the gate, by running a women's title match as the key focus of the pilot but not really having star talent involved. NXT is probably going to throw a Shayna title match up against it (I figure Rea gets added to the announced triple threat and gets the title, otherwise Bianca seems most likely), and will probably have a more impressive match. If the women's title doesn't main event the first AEW show but does the competing NXT show, WWE is still scoring points. In general, the women are where WWE have a pretty big advantage. Even when AEW starts to put on insane Joshi matches, WWE actually has better Joshi and can do the same thing.

AEW's strength is their tags. I think they should have reversed what they are actually doing, and done a tag title match on the debut and a tournament for the women. That way you can have a blow-away tag match in the pilot and develop characters for the women to build up to the title.

I am very curious to see how the draft shakes things up. Becky has been on all of the Smackdown advertisements, I imagine she has to be going over to Fox. Would they really move her there and keep Seth on Raw? Or do they have Seth, Roman, and Brock all on Smackdown? If so, who becomes top face on Raw?

   2403. aberg Posted: September 05, 2019 at 03:58 PM (#5876996)
I am very curious to see how the draft shakes things up. Becky has been on all of the Smackdown advertisements, I imagine she has to be going over to Fox. Would they really move her there and keep Seth on Raw? Or do they have Seth, Roman, and Brock all on Smackdown? If so, who becomes top face on Raw?


Matt Riddle. Just kidding. Sort of.
   2404. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:58 PM (#5885783)
Does AEW think Jack Swagger is a draw? I think I might disagree with that?

NXT had the better show, but of course they tried much harder.
   2405. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:24 AM (#5885784)
when did chris jericho start cosplaying as james storm?
   2406. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:45 AM (#5885785)
Does AEW think Jack Swagger is a draw? I think I might disagree with that?
i think you misspelled jack thwagger.
   2407. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:51 AM (#5885787)
i think the biggest strength AEW has going for it is that they can get people like me to consider watching. the last time i paid any amount of meaningful attention to WWE was when shinsuke nakamura debuted in NXT. before that, it was when CM punk threw a tantrum to get his face on an ice cream bar.

all AEW had to do was exist.
   2408. aberg Posted: October 03, 2019 at 02:32 PM (#5885983)
NXT was better than AEW last night. They're character/storyline stuff was better, but they have had way more time to lay the groundwork there. AEW gets a pass on that for now. I was surprised how much better the wreslting on NXT was. Some of it was putting so many top guys in matches, but AEW pretty much did the same thing. Cody, Jericho, Bucks, Omega, Pac, Hangman all had matches. Lucha Bros, Moxley, Hager (who I still really like), Goldy were all involved in physicality. They're going to need to build depth because you can't have everybody on your roster that involved every week and stay interesting.

By contrast, NXT didn't have Kushida, Walter, Lee, Dijak on screen at all. Dream only did a promo. None of the 205 guys were featured this week and seem like a regular feature going forward. Balor and Ciampa were only on enough to tease.
   2409. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 03, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5886058)
AEW felt more like a main roster WWE show, in both good (the arena and overall presentation) and bad ways. Both the women's title match and the main event had obvious DQs that didn't happen. Like what is Nyla's motivation with the chairs? How is Moxley's attack not a DQ? If things are supposed to be more sportlike, the rules need to matter. Also, posting the match records and then trying to play off the 0-2 Nyla Rose as dominant doesn't really work. Some kinks to work out.

NXT needs to get out of Full Sail, it's pretty obvious now. If you switched the venues last night, things would look kinda ugly for AEW.
   2410. aberg Posted: October 03, 2019 at 05:16 PM (#5886076)
Well, strongly against my expectations, AEW blew NXT out of the water in ratings. 1.4m to just under 900k. I would've guessed that AEW would do something like 750k. 1.4m is within shouting distance of a bad episode of SD. I guess there's more of an appetite for it than I would've guessed.

I strongly agree with 2409 that the run-ins, constant low-blows, cheating, etc were overdone. That stuff is fine, but each thing should happen once every few weeks or months, not several times in a show.
   2411. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 03, 2019 at 11:38 PM (#5886304)
Meltzer did a ratings break down. Apparently AEW didn't really take that many viewers from NXT, but brought in mostly a new audience. NXT actually gained viewers from 18-49 over last week, but lost viewers 50+ to baseball.

That almost seems like the strange reliance on WWE/WCW nostalgia could backfire, but it's interesting that there seems to be a sizable untapped audience.
   2412. rconn23 Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:03 AM (#5886329)
AEW doubled NXT in the 18-49 demo.

NXT had better matches, sure. They also blew their highest profile match the first week. Riddle/Cole is about the best thing they can offer. I guess Balor/Cole can be a bigger draw but it won't be the quality of Cole/Riddle.

I'm not sure that AEW doesn't already have more compelling characters and potential storylines than NXT/WWE. MJF is what the Miz wishes he could be. He has the potential to be a Piper-level heal and he's only 23. Pac comes across as a badass top guy in AEW. Vince presented him as colorless when he was Neville. Moxley has already shown way more character and aggression than he ever did when he was Ambrose.

Cody has made himself into a huge main event star. I had never been the biggest fan of his in the ring, but his stuff in AEW so far as come across as the most compelling. He seems to have a huge ceiling as either a babyface or heel.

I think NXT needs to get out of Full Sail. It makes the show seem little league. I don't care how good the wrestling is. I know they are billing NXT now as really a separate brand now, but it still comes across as a developmental territory in that building.

   2413. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 06, 2019 at 10:51 PM (#5887234)
Didn't see tonight's WWE Hell in a Cell show, but a friend of mine who watches everything emailed me. After the poorly-booked ending to tonight's Rollins-Fiend main event-- a disqualification in a "No DQ" match-- the crowd was chanting "AEW, AEW."

Not having seen it occur live, there's no way I'll ever get to hear the chant in any replay clips ever.
   2414. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: October 06, 2019 at 11:55 PM (#5887248)
Didn't see tonight's WWE Hell in a Cell show, but a friend of mine who watches everything emailed me. After the poorly-booked ending to tonight's Rollins-Fiend main event-- a disqualification in a "No DQ" match-- the crowd was chanting "AEW, AEW."

Not having seen it occur live, there's no way I'll ever get to hear the chant in any replay clips ever.
big 579i66y cool's got you covered.
   2415. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:46 AM (#5887255)
I am utterly baffled even contemplating the thought process that goes into coming up with that main event finish.

I'll note that in the most important week of US professional wrestling in quite a long time, Sasha Banks probably had the best match. She'll never to get actually win one of those matches, she's clearly just there to make the chosen few look good. It's a shame that she spent most of the past 2-3 years not even allowed to do that.
   2416. aberg Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5887325)
FWIW, the ending was a ref stoppage, not a DQ. The announcers did not make that clear.
   2417. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5887371)
Ehhhhhh. Considering they released a poll a day or two before that posited DQ as a possible finish, I'm going to say that's a retcon in response to the outcry.
   2418. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:04 AM (#5888615)
I thought both shows were better this weak. More character stuff to go with the wrestling.
   2419. Chokeland Bill Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5889590)
They accidentally spoiled the draft order in the pools list they posted yesterday. Good sign that they have their act together.
   2420. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: January 08, 2020 at 08:58 AM (#5913778)
I'm just commenting on this thread so it doesn't archive. Lots going on in wrestling right now with WWE, AEW & New Japan. I hate to see AXS move away from New Japan. A few things I'm excited or underwhelmed about:
I'm glad to see Drew McIntyre get some time on the mic to get himself over, I'm happy to finally see Liv Morgan back but disappointed she's in a program with Lana who I think is one of the weakest performers, MJF has tons of potential but having Cody feud with a bunch of other people is taking the steam out of the feud, interesting to see the Dark Order get de-pushed after all the online flack, Jericho/Moxley should be a better version of an old WWE feud, Lynch/Asuka should be a hotter angle than it is so far, it'll be interesting to see where they go with Rumble & Mania.
   2421. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: March 03, 2020 at 11:18 PM (#5927887)
Poor Ricochet, he loses to Lesnar in a one sided match at Super Showdown & then jobs out to the immortal Riddick Moss for the prestigious 24/7 title.
   2422. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 04, 2020 at 02:46 AM (#5927895)
The WWE front office must be sending another one of their petty and counterproductive "messages." Maybe Ricochet failed to hold the elevator door for Road Dogg Jesse James one day.
   2423. manchestermets Posted: March 04, 2020 at 04:44 AM (#5927898)
I'm really enjoying AEW right now. The PPV at the weekend was fantastic, and generally they're blowing WWE away for me. Raw just seems to be a load of indistinguishable guys with long hair and beards saying and doing the same things every week. AEW are supposedly planning at least one UK event this year and I'm super hyped for it.

Away from US stuff, I was at Ospreay v Sabre for the UK promotion Revolution Pro's title belt, which was fantastic. I'm watching more wrestling at the moment than I have for years, and not much of it is WWE.
   2424. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: March 04, 2020 at 09:09 AM (#5927913)
Maybe Ricochet failed to hold the elevator door for Road Dogg Jesse James one day.

I was thinking maybe he accidentally ran over Stephanie's dog

I also watched the AEW ppv. Aside from the matches all running a few minutes too long, it was excellent. The card was stacked. I'm impressed with AEW.

Dark Side of the Ring returns to Viceland on March 24
Here's an excerpt from Variety :
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/dark-side-of-the-ring-season-2-premiere-date-chris-benoit-vice-1203521655/

Season 2 of the show, which goes behind the scenes of some of the most controversial stories in pro wrestling, will debut on March 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour season premiere will delve into the story of Chris Benoit, who killed his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, in 2007 before committing suicide. The episode will feature interview’s with Benoit’s family and friends, including his other son, David, and Sandra Toffoloni, Nancy Benoit’s sister.

The season will also feature episodes on: the murder of Dino Bravo; the “Brawl for All” tournament that led to career-ending injuries; the career of ECW star New Jack; David Schultz’s violent run-in with a 20/20 reporter; the death of Nancy Argentino, Jimmy Snuka’s girlfirend; the story of tag team wrestling legends Hawk and Animal; Herb Abrams’ attempt to build a wrestling empire; and the story of Owen Hart’s death during a WWE pay-per-view.


   2425. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 04, 2020 at 05:33 PM (#5928190)
I hope the Benoit episode includes interviews with the dogs in the enclosed pool area.


Herb Abrams’ attempt to build a wrestling empire


Abrams is easily the LaToya Jackson or the Hawkeye of that list of show topics. Today, a lone PPV with virtually no buy rate or paid attendance for a promotion on an obscure cable sub-network... tomorrow, a wrestling empire!


Also, another vote for AEW as the most interesting show going. Although Old Man Randy Orton is doing some of his best "conflicted sadism" work in his Edge storyline.
   2426. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 04, 2020 at 06:04 PM (#5928197)
   2427. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: March 04, 2020 at 06:26 PM (#5928199)
the career of ECW star New Jack
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
   2428. manchestermets Posted: March 16, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5931093)
If you're stuck in quarantine WrestleTalk are currently livestreaming a closed doors indie UK show - have a look and maybe chip in for indie wrestlers hit by the shutdown?

Edit: should mention that the main event is Will Ospreay v Bea Priestley, so not just unknowns.
   2429. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 17, 2020 at 05:36 AM (#5931284)
Due to the virus, Wrestlemania is now going to take place in an empty training facility with no fans in attendance.

But this is WWE, so they'll still announce the crowd as a record-breaking 87,665.
   2430. aberg Posted: March 17, 2020 at 02:33 PM (#5931447)
Due to the virus, Wrestlemania is now going to take place in an empty training facility with no fans in attendance.


They will shave an hour off the show on ring entrances alone.
   2431. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 17, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5931450)
So, Wrestlemania will be down to 9 hours this year?
   2432. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: May 05, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5948071)
Has anybody been watching Dark Side of the Ring on Viceland?
   2433. Hot Wheeling American Posted: May 05, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5948077)
The Brawl for All episodes was probably as light as it gets for the show (no murder), but I dug it for a nostalgia kick. Have been avoiding the Benoit two-parter. Life is depressing enough, Vice TV!!
   2434. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: May 05, 2020 at 05:00 PM (#5948086)
I think I enjoyed the Brawl for All episode the most. The Benoit two-parter was well done.
I liked Dino Bravo's episode even though the subtitles too often matched the background & were tough to read


The only episode they've done in the two seasons that was kinda meh was the New Jack one which is pretty much just that he's out of control.
   2435. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: May 05, 2020 at 09:04 PM (#5948204)
The only episode they've done in the two seasons that was kinda meh was the New Jack one which is pretty much just that he's out of control.
i was entertained.

the most ###### up thing was how everyone just shrugged when they heard explanations for why new jack did...whatever.

jim cornette on new jack beating a 17 year old half to death because the guy blew him off pre-match: "yeah, that'd do it".
d-lo brown, moments before watching new jack stab a guy in the neck between 9 and 16 times: "is he shooting on jack ...oh, that is not going to end well"
the sandman on new jack tasing vic grimes, then throwing him off a 30' scaffold: "i was with him when he bought the taser. he told me he was gonna do it."


ah, good times.
The Brawl for All episodes was probably as light as it gets for the show (no murder), but I dug it for a nostalgia kick. Have been avoiding the Benoit two-parter. Life is depressing enough, Vice TV!!
fun fact:

his son is trying to get into wrestling...with the ring name "chris benoit jr."


that application is going right into WWE's shredder.
   2436. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: June 02, 2020 at 11:07 PM (#5955038)
AEW wrestlers as fans >>> WWE performance center/NXT wrestlers as fans
   2437. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 02, 2020 at 11:12 PM (#5955040)
There's something really dead about WWE right now, not even taking into account the silent void they're performing in. Major lull in the characters and the booking. AEW is substantially more entertaining at the moment.
   2438. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: June 02, 2020 at 11:17 PM (#5955041)
I agree with that. AEW is a much fresher product right now. It's too bad Britt Baker got hurt, she's much better as a heel but she was still on tv last week which was good.
   2439. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: June 18, 2020 at 11:36 PM (#5958199)
so .... jim cornette ....
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