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  1. Van Dam strikes me as the kind of guy who has enough on-point recollection to send half the alumni down for time, despite being stoned out of his gonads virtually every hour for most of his adult life. We reach for good guys even if they aren't perfect, and I feel good for him that he's emerged from the industry as an oddly lucid above-the-shit authority of sorts.
  2. Happy birthday to the forum that Single Handedly Killed British Wrestling.
  3. That was a tough watch. Hasn't Dreamer got form for defending the business at all costs? Goon is a Heyman text away from blowing his head off for an angle.
  4. Sure look, it may be low down schadenfreude with mitigating circumstances permitting, but there's something amusing about the idea that Vince is blowing a gasket about this somewhere. Hopefully it leads to more crazy hotshotting from the other side. TNT must be delighted with it.
  5. Nevermind, nearly had me there.
  6. I can definitely relate to the humdrum of America's city geography being really drilled into me, too, because of Howard Finkel and Tony Chimel. The missus will still be flabbergasted every now and then when a quiz show is on in the background or some prompt comes up in a drama where I'm able to confidently confirm the fact that - say - Annville is in Pennsylvania, because it's where Steve Blackman is from. I was gutted to discover that Bitters, Arkansas isn't a real place though. There's probably half a thread just in this aspect of it alone. Much like referee personalities and a bunch of other fun little things, I don't really notice where most WWE superstars are from these days for the most part. Is it because they all live in Orlando, or just down to how unmemorable the ring announcers generally are? Because it was an important part of wrestling growing up. Everyone watched it in school, but to really prove your mettle you'd have to answer each others questions on where the guys were from. Along with their real names, of course.
  7. Credit where it's due, that's a proper overhaul of your show's aesthetics. I didn't realise until I saw it how sick to the teeth I was of NXT being a yellow paradise. Decent show, and they've got me a little for trying something new, but it's probably a case of one hour too far for me each week. A lot of it still blends together from one segment to the next without sticking in my memory.
  8. Yeah, the lines blur a bit here for me. A lot of it can depend on the gig, but to be honest I think when it comes to anything where the music assumes a bit of kinetic energy, then the front rows belong to the people who are going to give the performers back something. If you want to have a chat with your mate or record the whole thing then pop down to the back and do it from there. My glasses aren't too rose tinted when it comes to crowds - I'm a-okay with spitting, bottling and hostile environments for women not being the norm at mainstream gigs anymore - but I do quite like the idea that the front is for whoever wants it the most. Especially at a rock and roll show. That's why open air metal and dance festivals are a paradise for people like me who can't abide by the stiff elbows brigade, and why - and I've had this discussion before with friends - the "Worst gig crowds" question always throws up some surprising answers. Slayer? Limp Bizkit? No problem. Whereas I found Depeche Mode to be full of insufferable arseholes who are obsessive and wealthy enough to follow them around on tour, who balk when you start moving too much. Everybody protecting their little space around them. I can't do concerts like that. Along similar lines, the guy who runs the record store I frequent swears blindly from hearsay that the Nolan sisters used to frequently have the most brittle, aggro crowds around.
  9. It's a smattering of posts postulating on how another promotion might have affected the creative direction of Raw. Just like ratings talk and dissing on WWE talk, I enjoy it more than backseat modding of said topics.
  10. Ruby's music is insanely catchy but I'll always have a chuckle at it because my mind just hears it as "Labada bradabalabadada Rubehrubehrubeh Ruby Soho". It's the SNL sketch on punk rock.
  11. Matrix Sense8? Looks camp as fuck but I'm digging it. Kept all the bits you'd want but it'd be mortifying to still have Y2K green tint and nu metal all over the soundtrack.
  12. Every time the bus looks full up, you get a guy like Owens where I can't help but immediately want to see him come out enthused doing whatever he wants on a Wednesday night. Get him in. Just hit the gas when you see Braun and Wyatt running up to the side door, please.
  13. Completely get where you're coming from, but just to use it to expand on a point it does kind of reminds me of that interview Kurt Angle done a few days ago where he talked about AEW's success in being that they're doing the Attitude Era more than the WWE are right now. Kurt's probably not the only one doing this. I'm sure there's no end of guys from that generation - still working full time to protect it as the greatest era in the business - who are only too eager to hold AEW's success synonymous with "Oh, they're bringing back what we done with the Monday night wars!" Doubtless a more aggressive edge to the programing and surprise debuts on tap was a part of a bygone era, and doubtless it does draw on people being sick shit of WWE for a lot of its fan energy, but I see them doing something completely fresh and new. I don't know too much about MMA, but its rise looks to me a lot more like the UFC boom in the mid noughties more than anything else in wrestling. Slick, reality based combat programing that tells stories through extremely distilled versions of real world personalities, that manages to always feel 'current' and doesn't insult your intelligence. TNA tried to bring back the Attitude Era multiple times - pretty much to the letter - and it fell on its arse each time. I mean I enjoyed watching it fall on its arse, but yeah. The "Just like the Attitude Era" stuff is losing more and more relevance as time goes on. We're finally over that hump of fans looking to the past - for the most part - for inspiration I think. They want what AEW's presenting right now.
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