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Everything posted by garynysmon

  1. Why is seemingly every single wrestler obsessed with "busting their asses," these days? It sounds like 2004 Ring of Honor on steroids, having stripped out all of the fun out of wrestling. (Actually, on second thoughts, no steroids). Give me Kevin Nash making everything look effortless and being a cool as fuck in the process any day of the week. Randy Orton's suddenly going up in my estimation though.
  2. I never actually considered Papa Lazarou to be a black man tbh, he even had white hands didn't he? I can only speak for myself but wasn't he meant to be a dark clown of some sort? Anyway, what annoys me more than anything is just how knee-jerk everything is at the moment, with no room for any nuance whatsoever. Everything smacks of a corporate PR manoeuvre rather than carrying out a general conversation on what is genuinely a very important issue. As others have said, simply brushing everything potentially racist/offensive under the carpet and pretending it never existed helps no-one in the long run, and will simply be forgotten about when the news cycle moves on in a couple of days. I admit that I've never believed that protection from being offended by anything to be a basic human right, and guffaw at a lot of stand-up comedy that many people would no doubt be appalled by. But at the end of the day, anything potentially offensive in any of the shows taken off Netflix were just as offensive (to some) last week as they are now. I may be cynical, but just taking the programmes off altogether is the digital equivalent of Britain First types protecting a bunch of statues.
  3. He'd be a world champion now, but as you said, that doesn't mean he should have been world champion when he was active. As a child I remember watching a match of his against Hogan and just thought he had no chance due to his size. Not really a good attribute to be taken seriously as a top level heel in the 80s and 90s, although he would be normal sized nowadays. IMO his position was perfect (pardon the pun) and his slot on the card was no disgrace during such a popular time for the industry. It can be argued that considering the time he was active, it is as much an achievement to become such an everlasting and well remembered character as it is to become a world champion during leaner times for the business. Jinder Mahal has got a world championship under his belt, but in reality who will be remembered in the annals of time? I often hear similar revisionist history with Razor Ramon, who has retrospectively somehow become a main event talent during his WWF run. In reality, like Mr P, he was a solid midcard/upper midcard wrestler who went on to stumble across a main event calibre gimmick in WCW.
  4. The supposed importance of the Undertaker's streak has never really made any sense. If the Undertaker had remained undefeated for 21 years, then that's a proper streak. But this was essentially an accident of history and they didn't even notice until around WM 19 or so. Remaining undefeated on one particular ppv, although very well marketed, isn't all that when you think about it.
  5. In fairness your average woman gets a tonne of weird/sexual messages as it is, so imagine throwing hardcore wrestling fans into the mix too?
  6. Echo that definitely. I think that was the last WWE storyline that got me truly engaged in the product tbh. Scary to think that a whole decade has passed now.
  7. Everything with that lot is a PR exercise. Says nothing for the other releases who took their firings quietly. Still, they’ve given him Ric Flair’s crying gimmick at least.
  8. That and appealing to the 'right' demographic/type of fan.
  9. Yes, but only to a degree. And I'm a hypocrite for it. I say that as I can watch a Hulk Hogan match or promo with the wide eyes of a 10 year old me and pretty much forget that he's, as Alan Partridge said, "a bit racist". Same with most stars of the 80's and early 90's that I hold such fondness for, purely due to nostalgia. On the other hand, for any wrestlers that came afterwards and don't mean anything to me, I'm much more critical. Nothing annoys me more than when someone even tries to deflect any blame from Chris Benoit for killing his family. The fact that some sad, hardcore wrestling-obsessed bellends even consider him to be hall of fame worthy drives me insane. What he did was terrible, but I'd be lying if at least a tiny part of that stems from the fact that I never really enjoyed his work and saw him as a posterboy for a type of product that considered his like to be main event calibre, which just isn't for me. Its stuff which has (IMO) laid the groundwork for what I view as the massive deterioration of wrestling over the last 20 years. So consciously or not, I had a built-in bias against him even before his heinous and indefensible crimes. Its the same with AJ Styles, who obviously has some weird right wing and religious views and is a bit of a flat earther isn't he? But as I said, hypocritically, I'm sure some of my heroes from my youth have said and done worse things than AJ Styles which I'd rather just forget about and watch Summerslam 88 in peace.
  10. Notwithstanding that the forum's gimmick is to pretend its still 2016 and "TNA" is on its complete arse and not meeting payroll, but did they ever actually bring in someone under a variance of their previously used name? Its an old joke that "PM DUNK is in the Impact Zone Taz!" but not sure what its actually based on.
  11. You'd have to laugh if it wasn't so serious.
  12. I can't help but look at the United States as a country that's so full of smoke and mirrors that its unreal. I'm generalising here, but when you have a huge chunk of the population educated to be culturally unaware of what's going on outside of its borders, its able to hoodwink a chunk of its populace that they enjoy these mythical freedoms not available elsewhere, so can masquerade as a free, modern democracy. In fact its essentially ruled by an oligarchic elite, prepared to do whatever is needed to protect this ultra capitalism at all costs. I can't watch a vox pop asking what people think of "socialised medicine" or an NRA spokesman without becoming very angry.
  13. No idea how much truth there is to this report, but I've never liked the look of buckle bombs as it seems to impact and whiplash the neck too much, in comparison to its actual worth. https://www.pwinsider.com/article/136834/wwe-bans-move-from-inring-action.html?p=1 I have never stepped in a wrestling ring in my life so will bow to the superior knowledge of those that have, but I'm not keen on the increase of high impact moves on the neck that has crept into mainstream north American wrestling over the past 20 years in general. Even a few German Suplexes in a row look pretty nasty and quite unnecessary to me. I find the old punch kick style much safer and easier to watch that the current one, which is ironic as the lifestyle and industry itself is probably safer in every other conceivable way. So yeah, are there are moves that make you wince and would rather were thrown into Room 101 altogether?
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