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  1. Antonino Rocca was from Argentina, wasn't he? Maybe he wrestled over there before making it big in New York. His Wikipedia page (I know, I know) says Stanislaus Zbyszko trained him in Argentina which suggests there was something there in the 40s/50s... I used to know loads about Rocca (used to) but it's mostly his WWWWWWF career I'm familiar with.
  2. Agreed, I'd have been fine with using the City Watch characters, but creating a new set of crimes and cases for them to solve without feeling the need to adapt Men At Arms or Feet Of Clay (much as I'd enjoy that too of course). Like Pat says, a police procedural in a fantasy world, using these brilliant, well-drawn, complicated characters like Vimes and Sybil, Nobby and Colon, Carrot and Angua, Cheery and Detritus and so on. Use different villains or crimes so they can break out on their own a bit and not feel tied down to hitting every beat of the novels. No objection whatsoever. But BBC America's People Like Carnival Row Don't They? Here's That, Sort Of was on nobody's wish list.
  3. @theironshake - Honky's already been taken, sorry! @AVM - I'll allow you the last two, but because I'm sure I saw last week that Cain had been announced I'll not allow you him. (He's been and gone from the 'confirmed entrants' list but I'd no longer be surprised if he showed up. Rules) @CleetusVanDamme - we need you
  4. Sky commissioned Yonderland - it’s the weakest of the original Horrible Histories cast’s other projects but still good fun, and they gave it three series which was nice of them.
  5. I don’t know if the tone will be there. Again, judging from a few pictures, it looks like they’re going the dark-and-serious-dystopia route. Richard Dormer would be a perfect Vimes - but not if they’ve made Vimes a Maze Runner reject who wears a fucking lanyard. I’m not opposed to it veering off from the very light tone of the Sky adaps - Night Watch and Thud are some of the darkest books Pratchett wrote. But everything about this seems off. Sybil is a vigilante, Cheery has Carrot’s backstory... no thank you.
  6. I am aghast at what they’ve done to The Watch. It might not be fair to judge on a couple of pictures, but I’ll not be watching.
  7. I was worried when I first saw that video that they were going to hurt or kill the elephant for coming into the hotel. But according to one of the replies his name is Natta Kota, he lives in the grounds and visits the lobby regularly. This news made me happy. 🐘
  8. I agree. Which is why I moaned about bigger things and pointed out that I understood the purpose of that particular match. I do maintain it’s symptomatic of the bigger problems with Omega, though.
  9. The fact that most of the discussion in this thread since Thursday has been about Raw probably means I’m on the right lines when I thought that was a poor episode of Dynamite, with a good main event. It’s been talked about a little bit but Kenny Omega. If he had gone to WWE and been portrayed in exactly the same way as he is in AEW there’d have been outrage. Mount Demwan would have erupted and spewed everywhere. I thought Kenny Omega was meant to be the best wrestler on the planet. Why is he fucking about in the opening spotfest? I know it was fun as spotfests go, I know there’s a story brewing with him and Page, but it is bringing Omega down to a level someone with his ability should never be at. Former ‘best in the worlds’ like Benoit and Angle weren’t always the main event, but they always came across as people who knew they were the best. Omega in AEW, to me, is more “hey, I could be the best, but look how much fun I’m having instead”. I’m annoyed by it and I’m not even a huge Kenny fan, I don’t get why more people don’t feel the same.
  10. My top tips: - If you want to go to big touristy places like the Colosseum, book in advance and try to go first thing, it's just that tiny bit quieter and cooler. I can't remember where we booked our tickets from (might have been Viator) but you got a free audioguide download with your ticket which is easier than trying to read labels past the crowds. - If art's your thing the Vatican is overwhelming. There's so much everything there. It's beautiful. And it's packed. We booked a 'skip-the-line' tour in advance (this was definitely through Viator) which bypassed some of that, but even a three hour tour means you only get a cursory glance at a lot of the stuff. It probably needs a full day to do properly, and we probably should have, but it's SO BUSY you'd probably want to get out of there after a while anyway. If you do the Sistine Chapel, try not to get distracted by the cat and mouse game between the security guards and the tourists desperately trying to sneak photos. - The Spanish Steps are also very busy, but just next to them is the Keats-Shelley House, a tiny museum in the apartment where Keats spent his final days. You have to buzz the buzzer to get in, but it's quiet and contemplative and interesting if you're into Romanticism (Byron pops up as well). It's all English-language too. It won't take more than an hour, but it might be my favourite thing to do in Rome (other than, by sheer happenstance, bumping into Charles Giordano from the E Street Band near the Trevi Fountain. I SHOOK THE HAND THAT'S SHAKEN SPRINGSTEEN'S). - Find Giolitti for gelato. The best in Italy. - Keep an eye on the street sellers. They know the weather before anyone else. If they start switching from selfie sticks or whatever the on-trend thing is right now to umbrellas and ponchos, it's about to start raining. Also it's funny when the police catch them scamming someone somewhere they shouldn't and they leg it faster than anyone you've ever seen before sneaking back ten minutes later.
  11. I hope Shelley sticks around. The NXT tag division needs him, and Kushida definitely needs him. Aside from him being ‘pushed’ off the top rope ages before Gibson got to him, that’s the most comfortable Kushida has looked in WWE. More Shelley please!
  12. The news made it onto the Guardian website this morning.
  13. Edge is one of my faves. Never the very top tier and I wouldn't argue otherwise but I've always enjoyed his stuff. He had more good runs than a lot of people in the 21st century managed. But even saying that, I don't think I want him to make a Saudi Comeback. 2002 Edge against the likes of Styles, Bryan, Joe, Reigns, Revival etc would be great. 2020 Edge ... can't say I'm eager for it.
  14. Is there a tour operator / holiday company that does Disneyland in Anaheim? I've been having a look around, and I think Virgin might but there's very little info on their website. Everything seems pushed onto Orlando or Paris.
  15. Enjoyed that show. Thought the first two matches were fine if unspectacular, but it picked up several gears with Bate vs Devlin. Really enjoyed that, and all the kickouts that might have annoyed me if it had been Johnny Gargano or Adam Cole there, didn’t. They felt that bit more organic here, I don’t know. Thought that was the best Devlin has looked in WWE and Tyler Bate is just the best. Loved the image of Saint, Regal and Triple H applauding from the balcony at the end. Liked the ladder match a lot, a few things I’d never seen before and everyone looked to be working their arses off. If it didn’t quite reach the glorious chaos of the American one from Takeover XXV it was close. I would probably have had Imperium win though. Main event was better than Coffey vs Dunne from last year - the two bigger guys clobbering each other was a better dynamic. Spectacular ref bump too. Nice to finish on an angle to build Worlds Collide, even if it was a bit odd from a crowd perspective, because of course you’ll cheer the Undisputed surprise, but then they are heels... but then so are Imperium... Week to week NXT UK is completely missable but they do deliver on their Takeovers.
  16. It took until yesterday morning for ITV to put it on the Hub this week. Not sure why.
  17. NO. 👏 ONE. 👏 SHOULD. 👏 SELL. 👏 FOR. 👏 MARKO. 👏 STUNT. 👏 EVER. 👏 This will continue to irrationally annoy me until the rest of the AEW roster realise how awful they make themselves look. I thought Trent had it in the early stages of that match, but no. No he did not. Other than that and the closing segment which I ended up muting and watching in the background as soon as Moxley revealed the Inner Circle t-shirt, I enjoyed that episode. It felt like every match moved a character, an angle or a feud forward and even if the way they did it was repetitive, you can see things moving forward and building. Page and Omega is definitely leading to something and this week continued that. PAC wants Omega and will be a bastard until he gets him. Christopher Daniels isn't sure if he has it anymore. The Dark Order's after him, Pentagon's not done with him. Cody and MJF are going to end up against each other and they're building up layers. Jungle Boy got a win. Even if the closing segment was the most predictable thing they've done to date, Moxley and Jericho is definitely going to happen sooner rather than later. Oh, and the Women's title match was a pile of shite as well. Why did none of that interference result in a DQ? Riho at least did a better job at using her lack of size than Marko, but the finish (I saw it as her going 'might as well' to accepting Brandi's help) made her feel way more heelish than she ever should be.
  18. It was up on Sunday morning. No idea why it took them the extra day this week, but I expect it to keep on bumping down the priorities list the longer Dynamite goes.
  19. Managed to get caught up with the shows in preparation for Takeover (though I’ll probably not get to see it til tomorrow). As usual they’ve put a good card together and I’m sure it’ll be a good show. Can’t say I’m too fussed about who wins any of the matches but I’d quite like Imperium to come away with the tag belts.
  20. I’m trying to avoid AEW spoilers so can’t go into that thread, but is there any reason why this week’s Dynamite still isn’t on ITV Hub? Have they stopped putting it on there?
  21. Neil Peart has died from brain cancer at 67. He had apparently been suffering from it for the last three years. I’m kind of gutted about this one. Saw Rush live in 2010. Even in his late 50s, Peart was phenomenal with his 360 degree drums. You only have to listen to ‘2112’ to hear his immense skill. RIP to one of the great drummers. He’s certainly worthy of his own thread.
  22. Alex Shelley! I liked everything about that show, with the possible exception of them doing an Excalibur and expecting us to know who Chelsea Green is. Loads to enjoy.
  23. I wonder if, as WrestleManias and the characters in them start getting less interesting, they'll revert to getting through a show in 1 or 2 episodes like they did at the very start. I can't imagine there's a great deal to say about most of the matches the last few years.
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