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  1. Owen vs. Kurt is in the running for the new "Holy Grail", surely?
  2. I can think of maybe two or three occasions in recent years where I actually applauded because someone was actually tripped by a drop-down following an Irish Whip, particularly if it wasn't done as a comedy spot. There's a lot in wrestling that people do because that's what's done, but with little thought to why it's done. My other pet hate in that area around Irish Whips is the push off from a headlock into the ropes. It's good because it's a way to get back to that "send them into the ropes" spot without relying on an Irish Whip (which a lot of wrestlers try and avoid these days), but the psychology behind it is usually lacking. There's no sense of a struggle to escape the hold, the headlock is just a meaningless means-to-an-end to get to the ropes. Allow it time. Sell the headlock. Try and slip out, but they're grips too tight. Struggle. Hit the ropes, and really force them off. It should be an absolute last resort, because physically forcing a headlock off up over your head is Cauliflower Ear City at best. Particularly if the next spot is your opponent catching you with a shoulder block on the rebound, it shouldn't be because you stood there like a lemon waiting for them, it should be because you were momentarily dazed by the after-effects of the headlock, still shaking out the cobwebs, gasping for ear, checking both your ears are intact.
  3. Is that the Luger/Muta match where Luger takes a full flat back bump from the mist? Always found that hilarious.
  4. It's a bit of a dick move that neither the graphic nor the Tweet - from ITV or from AEW - acknowledge the name of the promotion the match actually took place in. It was Wrestle Gate Pro, incidentally.
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    Two points here; One on the complicity of the media - I absolutely agree; several studies have found the British press to be the most biased, and the most right wing in Europe, and the Mail and the Sun are our best selling 'papers. The readership of most newspapers also skews older, which puts them in line with the demographics most likely to have voted Brexit - a chicken or egg scenario there, really. What worries me, though, is that the younger generations who aren't reading newspapers, and likely aren't watching TV news either, are still consuming news somewhere. But they're likely consuming news third hand via social media, or via online news sources with even more significant biases than the papers. On social media they're likely in their "bubble", unlikely to come into contact with an opposing view aside from an extremist or reductionist argument by way of opposition. So I think the issue of the public not being given the right information, and everything being fed through biased filters, will get worse long before it gets better. As far as challenging Farage goes, this is the problem with the debate culture that's taken over politics. Winning a debate is an exercise in public schoolboy rhetoric, it's not politics, and it helps no one. But it's held up as the measure of political know-how or intellectual expertise, but it's all just showmanship. On top of that, Farage is smart enough to know not to get himself into these situations - if only because his ego can't handle it. He's never going to put himself in a position where he can be exposed without a safety net. On top of all that, I don't think it matters. The problem with trying to argue with someone who's dishonest and duplicitous is that you're the one doing all the work, and you're the only one arguing in good faith. Those of us on the left make this mistake all the time - we waste our energy, and our resources trying to refute or argue against a point that was never made in good faith in the first place. I don't know what the solution to that is, but that's where we are.
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    I think what's fundamentally different about anti-EU movements in the UK compared to the rest of the Europe - in my admittedly limited experience - is, aside from the physical disconnect from mainland Europe, that in the UK anti-EU sentiment has always had the tacit approval of the "establishment". For as long as we've been members of the EU, we've been fed with bullshit headlines about bendy bananas, banning prawn cocktail crisps, and encyclopedia length regulations on how to sell lettuce. The only way the EU has ever entered the popular imagination is as a vague assemblance of busybodies and interfering jobsworths. That perception has had the tacit approval of the body politic, because there has never been an ounce of political will to represent the EU otherwise, or to really publicly acknowledge their role in British politics or British civic or cultural life at all. In most other European countries, it seems that anti-EU movements tend to be more on the fringe or, at the very least, more overtly political in nature.
  7. I actually really enjoyed the Ospreay/PAC time limit draw finish in RevPro, out of context. I think the reason the live crowd largely rejected it is because RevPro hasn't built up enough goodwill with the audience for their fanbase to trust that they know what they're doing.
  8. It's hideous, but probably the best option for a new belt. Considering the amount of different brands they have, with people "wild carding" all over the place, and an infinitely large roster, it gives people something to do, creates the potential to give midcard (and lower) wrestlers some kayfabe motivation and character development, and can pop the house show crowds by letting them see title changes. If they're sensible, they'll roll it out to having it defended on social media as well - YouTube videos, Facebook live, Instagram stories, really make it a true 24/7 title by not having to wait til the TV show airs to see it defended. Sometimes in Crash Holly-esque comedy segments, but why not occasionally do a single camera live stream of it being defended on a house show? If it's only ever fodder for midcard comedy skits, they're wasting its potential.
  9. I hate the idea of "no non clean wins and losses", or "no draws". Any finish is a gimmick in a gimmicked sport, to create a hierarchy of acceptability of finishes only works because the audience have bought into them. Any finish is just a tool available to you in wrestling's storytelling toolkit. For wins and losses to matter, you need the occasional draw, you need the occasional DQ or count out. There's nothing wrong with them, and you're just limiting yourself by not utilising them well. If nothing else, as a fan, why would I buy into the dramatic tension of a referee threatening a disqualification, or a babyface struggling to make it back to the ring before they get counted out, when the owners of the company are loudly shouting "DON'T WORRY, WE DON'T DO THAT KIND OF FINISH HERE"?
  10. Not that it counts for much, but it's still advertised on the ITV Box Office website. Card subject to change and all that.
  11. I hope they do a number one contendership 21 man Battle Royal at each of their first 21 shows, then have all 21 winners enter a 21 man Battle Royal for the championship.
  12. I once got my photo taken with referee Bryce Remsburg, and he insisted on "Rockers pose". I suggested that next time we go for the Steiner Brothers, but he wasn't keen. If I get any more photos with wrestlers, I think I might go for the "Triple H shaking hands with a hot new signing" side-by-side look.
  13. I think that's arguably true of the two main titles, but of everything else? On a day-to-day basis, I'd struggle to tell you who holds the secondary titles. Off-hand, I couldn't tell you who the Intercontinental Champion is. The only reason I can remember who the US Champion is is that I saw a match for it last night. The Smackdown tag champs were relegated to a non-title pre-show match. I'm not sure who the Women's Tag Champs are. I think maybe The Revival are RAW Tag Champs, but that's barely more than a guess. Maybe they matter more than everything else going on, but mattering slightly more than fuck all still isn't a great place to be, and I'm not confident that a new title would bring any more substance to the shows than a stronger focus on the existing ones would. It's just another opportunity for "X has pinned the champion in a non-title match!" every week.
  14. Alan Moore once said that he regretted his part in making Batman the poster child of "gritty, realistic" superhero comics, and much prefers his childhood where Batman had a pet dog in a mask and called Superman "chum". I'm kind of in a similar boat - my favourite interpretation of Batman in years was Lego Batman being unafraid to poke fun at the inherent absurdity of the entire character. Around the time of Dark Knight Rises, I remember seeing a po-faced article about how Batman resonates with audiences more than other superheroes because he's "plausible, and rooted in the real world. You can never be Superman, but with enough money and enough commit, you could be Batman". Didn't you just love the bit where he plausibly and realistically flies his rocket car through an inner city? So much of Batman as grim and super-serious seems to stem from people who are almost ashamed to admit that they're making, or enjoying, comic book movies. So much so that they won't even put the word "Batman" or "Superman" in the titles of the films. Give me Shark Repellent Bat Spray any day. It does come down to the toxicity of fandom, though. The sense that being a fan of a media property somehow imparts a sense of ownership and entitlement to it - the same attitude that makes people protest Star Wars for not telling the exact story they wanted, or sign petitions to have Game of Thrones rewritten.
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