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  1. I've never watched the movie, but have recently been revisiting the series through what few episodes made it on to YouTube. It's brilliant.
  2. I've often equated wrestling to Doctor Who, though you can probably replace that with any number of long-running series. They're both things that I can, and have, watched week after week thinking, "this is awful, why the fuck do I keep wasting my time with this?", but then right when I'm on the brink of sacking it all off forever, they pull off an episode, or a scene, or even just one line that makes me think, "fucking hell, this is the best show on TV, this is why I love it". If they ever fuck up that timing and go too long without a good bit, I'm convinced I'll give up on it forever, but it
  3. As late as 2000, there were definitely kids at school saying "that ECW stuff is all real". I wonder to what extent it was the reputation, rather than anyone actually having seen it - I don't think I knew anyone who really watched WCW in the way everyone watched the WWF. It just never seemed to be as big a deal here as in the US. I wonder if there's some defensive sense of "well, some wrestling has to be real", and just deciding it's the one you've heard of but that's harder to watch. When I started watching wrestling in around 1993/1994, I'd basically all but missed Hogan's run with the W
  4. This is sort of how it was for me in the early '90s. My dad would occasionally say it was fake, but more than anything my older brother would - he hated, and still hates, wrestling, so would always put it down as fake and rubbish if it ever came up in conversation. I could put aside my dad saying it, but him saying it over and over again made me doubt it. At some point, I did some sort of school presentation talking about wrestling. God knows what I actually talked about, as I only caught the odd WWF highlight show on Sky, and while I had my favourites I don't think I ever really had a fi
  5. yeah, I don't mind the faction thing. It makes them stand out from WWE, and it's a welcome change from the WWE booking where two people will suddenly become "best friends" on-screen for the sole purpose of one turning on the other three months later, or where babyfaces have no real friends to speak of. The most egregious factions were the Nightmare Family and The Elite, in terms of not really having any real defining characteristic about what they were all about, but The Elite finally becoming a heel act and the QT/Cody story with the Nightmare Family is giving them purpose. Some of the b
  6. I think the best we can hope for is creating that distinction between training and shows, so that both are better safeguarded. There's absolutely no chance of any meaningful governing body coming out of this, but I can see some de facto ones coming out that basically agree to a set of guidelines, a pledge and a kitemark. I know if I ever run shows again, it's given me a lot to think about in terms of what I would change, and probably more significantly in terms of transparency and how I would make some things visible to the fans that wouldn't have been made public historically, and how mu
  7. that Michinoku Pro six-man, incidentally, is one of my go-to choices for "what match would you show a non-fan to get them into wrestling?". It has the benefit of having no storyline going into it that you need to explain, and seeing all the talent involved basically get themselves over to a new audience reflects the experience of watching it for the first time at home. It has great wrestling, high spots, comedy, fun characters - you could do a lot worse. I'd actually be tempted to say that Taz vs. Sabu would be a good choice answer for the same question, if you wanted to try a different a
  8. It really depends what he wants out of wrestling. He's a guy who has seemed perfectly happy working with wrestlers like Drew Gulak, where basically he's just allowed to go out and wrestle, which is the side of things he seems to like, rather than being all that fussed about whether he's main eventing or not. To a lot of wrestlers, the draw of AEW isn't whether they get booked stronger or even get paid better, but whether they're given the creative freedom both in and out of the ring that WWE denies them, and the appeal of being able to work without a producer booking your match, a team of writ
  9. I was only saying the other day that "Dreamer is awful" is revisionist history; he had years of being a hanger-on in an ECW shirt stealing a living, but before that, no one else would have worked in his spot. Dreamer vs Raven was of course brilliant, but Raven wasn't feuding with himself, was he? He was able to garner sympathy and support unlike anyone else in that company. His match with Lawler is one of my favourites, and while Lawler gets nuclear heat, that doesn't happen without a babyface that the audience 100% believed in. That match is part of my favourite thing about how Dre
  10. The most staggering part of that was that it was part of distancing themselves from the idea of Goldust as a gay character! Way before "Speaking Out", I remember a lot of chatter for a couple of days on Twitter about prejudice in British wrestling, and Will Ospreay (who else?) claimed that BritWres was "the most welcoming place in the world" and that it wasn't racist or homophobic at all. His justification? "Have you ever heard of Adrian Street?" - a straight man pretending to be gay to make people hate him. There are some great strides being made in terms of representation in wrest
  11. I've been telling this joke for so long that I can never remember exactly where I first read it, maybe the American music mag Chunklet, maybe Private Eye, but it said: "Sentences never spoken in musical history #47: 'I think the melody might be a bit too subtle, Mr Steinman'". Just absolute over-the-top nonsense every time. As a teenager and into my early 20s I hated most of it - though loved Sisters of Mercy and, deep-down, had a soft spot for Bat Out Of Hell - because I wanted my music to be punk and DIY and all that bullshit, but now I think Steinman's best stuff, particularly wi
  12. I barely have a passing interest in football, but I'm a Hull City supporter. They were my home team, and they're the team my Dad still has a season ticket for. I grew up with them being a joke, an answer to a pub quiz question - the largest city in Europe to have a team that had never reached the top flight. It was a huge moment to be able to see them finally make it to the premiership. This is effectively saying "there's a new top flight, and most of you will never reach it", which robs supporters of clubs like Hull of that dream. My dad used to play for a non-league team. A friend
  13. This is probably the clearest point here. If we're arguing that someone is a bigger star purely by virtue of working for WWE and therefore have more eyes on them than someone working for AEW, then it would follow that in 1999 Headbanger Mosh was a bigger star than Hulk Hogan because more people were watching the WWF than WCW. That would obviously be absurd. A star is someone who attracts attention, and I would agree that Darby Allin adds value and is demonstrably a draw - more people are likely to be watching AEW when he's wrestling than when he's not. Liv Morgan (or almost anyone in WWE)
  14. I don't think Glitter himself had any real cultural foothold in the States, so it's only Rock & Roll Part 2 you'll ever hear over there, with no real understanding of who recorded it.
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