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Old 09-16-2021, 12:45 PM   #5961
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:04 PM   #5962
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:26 PM   #5963
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:28 PM   #5964
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Old 09-16-2021, 05:29 PM   #5965
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:21 PM   #5966
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Wow, 2014 Impact called. They want their ratings back.

Eeek. Dixie Carter to buy AEW. That's the rumours I've been hearing.
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:25 PM   #5967
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Damian Ray was upset that I didn't comment on last week's ratings so you can blame him for this
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Old 09-16-2021, 09:22 PM   #5968
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This makes it look like less of a stage dive into an adoring crowd, and more him dropping the Macho Man elbow on someone he didn't want filming him.
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Rain forecasted for Wednesday in Queens, so looks like the roof will be closed and people will be told to wear masks . . .
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Straight outta WWE. How did Cody know this was going to happen to position himself in the crowd for the ďsave.Ē I use quotes because Rosario Dawson held her own against one of their top heels. And why did security just let her in? WWE gets blasted every time they do a bullshit angle like this.

Remember when Cody used to take shots at WWE having an invisible wall? Lol, the days of any effort being put into their presentation are long gone. Itís sports entertainment tropes all the way.

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This was going to be your take, regardless.
No, it wasnít. The issue is I like good stuff. 95% of AEW is bad. MJF and Brian Pillman, Jr. had a scorcher of a segment last week. Near perfection. Iíve actually rewatched it a few times to just marvel at the performances. I havenít done that for an MJF promo since prior to his Moxley feud.

If something is good, Iíll say itís good. Itís just that you can drive a truck through the logic gaps in this program. It rarely makes anyone look better than they already did or should have. The matches are repetitive white noise. The promos are way overrated. The commentary is awful. There are production mishaps all the time. And the show has this self-congratulatory attitude, like they truly believe that anything they do is golden.

Iíve said it before: Start up another promotion with the same resources and book it properly and it does way better than AEW. And the rats will jump from that ship in a second.

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Can I ask for some detail on how?
Sure. Bryan is over, which is a good start. Guru Dave Callis comes out, and while itís sad that Cyrus is celebrated as a manager in 2021, heís not bad at his job. His line about Bryan being a hippy millionaire was actually good. Canít remember anything else he said. Bryan either had trouble remembering his lines or got lost. Heís doing that unnatural thing wrestlers do in AEW, which is swear to try and sound cool. Jericho does it too. Swearing, on its surface, is not cool on its own. It can make for lovely punctuation, but you have to be 12 to think that calling someone a ďpiece of shitĒ in 2021 is edgy.

Bryan does the Goldberg thing and basically pushes his claim to the belt to the side for...reasons. Iíve seen people defend this by saying ďAEW isnít WWE, they donít hand out title shots!Ē Bullshit. This is straight out of WWE. They just did this. And Bryan will win the non-title match and get a title shot. Just. Like. WWE.

Instead of giving New York a WrestleMania-level moment they can remember forever and even earmark this as an annual event, theyíre going to try and get the snarky crowd to will this forward by manufacturing this ďdream match atmosphere.Ē You know, instead of actually creating drama and having a genuine emotional release.

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I am super excited for Danielson/Omega at Grand Slam, super excited to be there live and witness it but even if I wasn't going to attend I'd be pumped to watch it. Having a non-title is fine, Danielson shouldn't get an immediate title shot as was discussed during the angle last night thus it's a match for bragging rights, who is the best?

The title can come into play later on if that's where AEW ends up going with Danielson/Omega. Though I'm having doubts that AEW will offer a rematch on the PPV after having the first encounter on TV, twice in a row after they did that with Christian and Omega. Full Gear will probably be Omega/Hangman, I presume.

Anyway.

One issue I'm having with Danielson so far is that I feel the crowd should be hotter for him than they are. Perhaps it's because of the knowledge we all had that he was coming in. Perhaps it's because Punk was so overwhelming for everyone just weeks before. But the biggest thing I'm noticing is that if Danielson came out and did his YES gesture that the fans would probably be in unison with him and chanting YES as loud as possible.

Without the YES he doesn't really have a chant for the crowd. In WWE it was DANIEL BRYAN clap clap clap clap clap or YES YES YES. So either the fans will get creative and come up with something new for him or AEW will direct them to something new somehow. But he needs that chant to get the reaction we all expect from him.

I do not foresee YOU'RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKING HEAD KICKED IN chant to get back on the Danielson stage. Newark basically no sold The American Dragon mention last night.

I know Bryan said he didn't know if he was able to do the YES chant and gesture but I am quite certain he can. I just don't think he wants to, which is fine. I think that he could end up best used as a heel after this program with Omega. Most of his more interesting matches are actually with babyfaces so I think eventually he goes bad Bryan.
Bragging rights to find out who is the best is what a championship is for. Thatís its literal purpose. If you are the two best wrestlers in the world, and one of you wins a match between you, that wrestler should be champion.

Iíve heard people say that Bryan shouldnít walk into the company and get a title shot? Why not? Why promote him as a giant star and actually tell people heís one of the best in the world if youíre going to make him climb this fictional ladder? Why put those obstacles in front of themselves?
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Straight outta WWE. How did Cody know this was going to happen to position himself in the crowd for the ďsave.Ē I use quotes because Rosario Dawson held her own against one of their top heels. And why did security just let her in? WWE gets blasted every time they do a bullshit angle like this.

Remember when Cody used to take shots at WWE having an invisible wall? Lol, the days of any effort being put into their presentation are long gone. Itís sports entertainment tropes all the way.



No, it wasnít. The issue is I like good stuff. 95% of AEW is bad. MJF and Brian Pillman, Jr. had a scorcher of a segment last week. Near perfection. Iíve actually rewatched it a few times to just marvel at the performances. I havenít done that for an MJF promo since prior to his Moxley feud.

If something is good, Iíll say itís good. Itís just that you can drive a truck through the logic gaps in this program. It rarely makes anyone look better than they already did or should have. The matches are repetitive white noise. The promos are way overrated. The commentary is awful. There are production mishaps all the time. And the show has this self-congratulatory attitude, like they truly believe that anything they do is golden.

Iíve said it before: Start up another promotion with the same resources and book it properly and it does way better than AEW. And the rats will jump from that ship in a second.



Sure. Bryan is over, which is a good start. Guru Dave Callis comes out, and while itís sad that Cyrus is celebrated as a manager in 2021, heís not bad at his job. His line about Bryan being a hippy millionaire was actually good. Canít remember anything else he said. Bryan either had trouble remembering his lines or got lost. Heís doing that unnatural thing wrestlers do in AEW, which is swear to try and sound cool. Jericho does it too. Swearing, on its surface, is not cool on its own. It can make for lovely punctuation, but you have to be 12 to think that calling someone a ďpiece of shitĒ in 2021 is edgy.

Bryan does the Goldberg thing and basically pushes his claim to the belt to the side for...reasons. Iíve seen people defend this by saying ďAEW isnít WWE, they donít hand out title shots!Ē Bullshit. This is straight out of WWE. They just did this. And Bryan will win the non-title match and get a title shot. Just. Like. WWE.

Instead of giving New York a WrestleMania-level moment they can remember forever and even earmark this as an annual event, theyíre going to try and get the snarky crowd to will this forward by manufacturing this ďdream match atmosphere.Ē You know, instead of actually creating drama and having a genuine emotional release.



Bragging rights to find out who is the best is what a championship is for. Thatís its literal purpose. If you are the two best wrestlers in the world, and one of you wins a match between you, that wrestler should be champion.

Iíve heard people say that Bryan shouldnít walk into the company and get a title shot? Why not? Why promote him as a giant star and actually tell people heís one of the best in the world if youíre going to make him climb this fictional ladder? Why put those obstacles in front of themselves?
I would say that giving bryan a title shot right away would undermine their ranking system, but they haven't really utilized that effectively in the first place.
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Abandon ship!

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1.1

I remember when SCG Radio made fun of TNA for having a 1.1 problem. They could never get past that rating. AEW has a 1.1 problem of their own. Theirs is viewership.

They just got handed possibly the most likeable star in all of wrestling. Of course that brings them some attention. But then, either because of what that star does or doesnít do, or the show around them, people tune back out.

WWE gets mocked for losing their audience and not creating new fans. Why does AEW escape criticism for their own ineptitude? 1.4 million people checked them out opposed by other wrestling. About half of those people said ďNope, not for me.Ē Now they are on a wrestling-free night and they sit at about 1.1 million every week, and every time there is a big star ó either from the world of celebrity sports or wrestling ó they climb for a moment and then most of those people say ďNope, not for me.Ē

Can we please stop acting like this show is somehow successful at creating appealing content while WWE is not? What you can say for one can be said for the other. They are both bad television in their different ways, but they are both definitely bad television.

And no, Americans are not known for their taste. Something being popular doesnít mean itís good. Conversely, being unpopular doesnít mean something is bad. But wrestlingís viewership being even as high as it is is reflective of that bad taste. This isnít something good waiting to be discovered. This is something most people turn off because it doesnít tick enough boxes for them. Stop lying and telling me it does.
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Hey folks, just dropping by to take your fandom down a notch. You see, what you enjoy is not really my cup of tea. It's a bit embarrassing to see you all having such a good time while I bask in my misery. There's room for plenty more, come be miserable with me
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And why would WWE change? The only reason to do so would be to stop talent from jumping ship. But when you jump ship you go from one frying pan into another frying pan. You’re going into witness protection. You’re trading fame and recognition to basically appear on a game show.

And this is the problem I’ve had with AEW from the start. They are not good enough to use their resources to actually put the flame to WWE. So what you’re going to get is WWE being WWE, and their nearest challenger being closer to ROH than them in terms of popularity, making it look like this is the best anyone can do against Vince. It’s actually not a good thing for wrestling, and people won’t look past the simplistic arguments of “Guys have jobs,” “They’re getting paid a lot,” “There’s more wrestling on TV.” This is sucking the well dry, because it’s 10 hours of bad wrestling on basic cable or network TV every week. It’s going to take its toll.

My biggest hope is still that another billionaire comes in and just buys all the talent worth a shit from the indies, MLW, the NWA, ROH and AEW. Tony won’t have the balls to say no to people asking for releases. Either that or all this bad wrestling acts as an incubator, so when someone finally comes along in later years and does something good, it’s like wrestling has been dark for so long that it’s fresh again. 2001-whenever that is will be remembered as the Dark Ages — the Sports Entertainment Years. Then we’ll get the debut of 21st Century Pro-Wrestling.
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I too want Dwayne Johnson to start a wrestling promotion that caters to my unique, refined and well endowed taste.
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Hey folks, just dropping by to take your fandom down a notch. You see, what you enjoy is not really my cup of tea. It's a bit embarrassing to see you all having such a good time while I bask in my misery. There's room for plenty more, come be miserable with me
Lol, right on cue. These posts are so predictable. Instead of actually responding to my reasonable post, some of which was directly requested by another poster, here comes a dude with a sock account dedicated to me to try and attack me instead of the actual argument.

Not miserable, folks. Just because I type ďThis show sucksĒ doesnít mean Iím not having a jolly good time doing it. Weird concept, I know. Do I wish wrestling was better? Of course. Am I sorry that one of my favorite art forms has been diluted and trivialized to the point it can barely qualify as art? Sure. But Iím not miserable. I get my wrestling fix from other sources now. And itís left me with a lot more time to read, exercise, go out for nice meals and work on personal projects. Cutting out wrestling has actually been a net good in my life. Itís just a shame I had to do it.

If you still enjoy this crap, cool. You do you. Iíve said that many times. But there is a difference between subjective enjoyment and objective success. And thereís a difference between you enjoying something and it actually being good.

Donít tell me that AEW is this raging success where WWE isnít. Donít tell me itís narrowing this gap when itís not. Donít tell me that $45 million a year is a shit-load of money in television terms. Donít tell me that 1.1 million viewers is some amazing number, while 1.75 million is a sinking ship. Donít fucking lie to me. I donít lie to you. I tell you exactly what I think on a DISCUSSION BOARD. Weíre here to DISCUSS ideas, not blindly prop up your sensitive fandom that canít survive a healthy dose of reality.

If you love AEW ó good for you. Some people like Vegemite too. Cool. Grow a set of balls and enjoy what you enjoy. But you have to accept that some people arenít going to like it, and that some people are going to call a spade a spade in regards to that.

And thatís why people around here get so bothered by me. It really is. They know Iím right, and it does wet their socks a little. Thatís why you donít see actual retorts to my posts, and just have insecure idiots trying to tell me off for being miserable, posting on a board Iíve been frequenting for 20 years, making sick accounts, telling me to relax, etc. Iím sorry that your wrestling doesnít hold up to scrutiny. But maybe hold AEW to a higher standard instead of shooting the messenger?
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Lol, look at how edgy this guy is. Apparently heís ignoring me, yet feels the need to indicate to the gang that heís cool. Letís start a dogpile, guys. Fucking coward. And another insecure moron who has me on ignore but is still trying to bait me. This all defeats the point of actually ignoring me, but oh well.
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Warning, tangent + *stirring the pot*:

I feel like just by being in AEW that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have lost a lot of their "allure"... seeing a small dude "break through" almost "against what the company wanted"... which is just not something that AEW can recreate because there are a million small dudes and the company wants them all to be over.

So in a way, by the very act of being in an "oppressive regime" is what made them great, and without that they are just "another guy"
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