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  1. I didn’t think he was great either, although he’s been good in that role on Dark, so I understand the decision. I don’t know what Paul Wight has to do to be given a main announce role, though. He’s doing a great job on Elevation.
  2. I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible to lose even more respect for the guy, but there you go.
  3. Clearly it would be a long term story, not immediate. AEW doesn’t work that way. Cole’s influence in the group, I imagine, will grow as Kenny’s wanes. First step towards that would be Omega dropping the title. The next could be Cole bringing Kevin Steen into the group without Kenny being aware, or perhaps even Cole going after the title. I’m not a huge fan of Cole, but as long as the fans keep reacting to him the way that they do, there’s no way he’s going to be a background player in The Elite. As for that Kingston promo, he’s bloody brilliant, isn’t he? I’m just as invested in seeing him eventually win the title as I am Hangman. I really hope it happens one day, and I hope they take their sweet time getting there so the pay-off is all the more satisfying.
  4. While I absolutely think that people should be allowed to reflect, learn and grow, it’s his use of the words ‘offence’ and ‘offended’ that are most bothersome for me. The problematic comments he made in the first place we’re all about the concept of offence, and how everyone is offended about everything these days, comparing being upset by sexual assault to being offended by his double ponytail. Perhaps I’m splitting hairs, perhaps I’m being overly harsh, but after having a few days to reflect, I’d have liked to have seen him choose his words more carefully, as it really doesn’t, to me, suggest that he fully understands why what he said was so terrible. Instead of apologising to the people your comments ‘offended’, how about you apologise to the people your comments ‘hurt’?
  5. I think the most likely route for Cole is that he slowly edges Omega out of the group, and takes the lead himself. I’m not a massive fan of his, but there’s no denying that he’s over, I can’t imagine his future being anything other than a prominent one.
  6. That’s the kind of argument dodgy celebrities have used for decades to get away with horrendous sexual conduct. ‘Why would I need to do it? I can have any woman I want, it’s a blatant lie’ And that argument has been pretty successful to the point it’s infected attitudes, and made it even harder for men to be held to account. I’m not going to analyse specific claims here - but I’ll speak in a general sense. Look at Me Too, and look at Speaking out, and there’s your answer. There’s no ‘typical’ abuser, they can be anyone. Handsome, ugly, rich, poor - anyone (or perhaps ‘any man’ is more accurate). Unrelated, but is there a more toxic term in wrestling than ‘the boys’? My skin crawls every time I hear it.
  7. I’m a relatively new member, but the forum and its members have had a genuinely positive impact on my life. When I was dealing with mental health issues during the height of the pandemic, I couldn’t bring myself to tell ‘real life’ friends, and posted in the mental health thread. I even considered leaving the forum at the time (Speaking Out really had me down on wrestling, for obvious reasons) However, members of the forum posted supportive words and some even sent me DMs that made one hell of a difference. UKFF is, in its own way, a community, and that community is full of empathetic, considerate people who go out of their way to support others. Here’s to another ‘not-actually 20-years’.
  8. I've not watched the episode yet, but the fact Ric Flair has a track record for this kind of behaviour has been openly acknowledged for some time, and ignored by wrestling journalists who should have done better. Jim Ross, in his book, alleges that WCW absolutely panicked about a potential PR nightmare after Flair exposed himself to two women. It's a deeply unpleasant story. Similar stories have been told by wrestlers and wrestling personalities on podcasts. A culture where this kind of thing has no consequence, is a culture that allows #SpeakingOut to happen. Clearly, no one can go back and change decisions made years ago, but they can make decisions that shape the landscape going forward. Refusing to use someone like Flair going forward at the very least sends a message that actions, regardless of who you are, have consequences.
  9. I can't remember the last time I was as excited for an episode of wrestling television as I am this episode of Dynamite. Ahead of All Out, I felt kind of ambivalent about the card, and then it turned out to be one of my all time favourite PPVs. The cards for Dynamite and Rampage next week, for me, are even stronger. Each show has tremendous potential. I don't think "fake wrestling war" is particularly accurate. It may be a wrestling war that WWE is choosing not to acknowledge, certainly in public and perhaps even in private, but it undoubtedly affects them, particularly when it comes to their next TV rights deal. WWE didn't have a rival for bidders to compare its rating to when the last set of deals were negotiated, and the fact of the matter is that TNT is getting far more bang for its buck than either USA or Fox. Then there's a very real prospect of WWE losing top stars. What if, for example, Roman Reigns or Becky Lynch felt excited about the idea of the creative freedoms a move to AEW would bring? I don't think it's at all unrealistic to picture John Cena, with his link to Warner Bros through the DC films, stepping foot in an AEW ring. I'm taking @Supremo's point a little, but if WWE, and, in particular, its stockholders, feel like shots have been fired, it's better for everyone. They'll be forced to do something to heat up their shows. That doesn't guarantee that this "something" will be a good idea, but it'll surely be fun and fascinating to watch play out.
  10. I've not been particularly impressed by his promos, they've been pretty unremarkable so far. Maybe it's just me, but I don't quite get what he's going for with the "story-time" line that he keeps using. He's perfectly fine, but I don't quite understand why the people who are really into him feel the way that they feel just yet.
  11. You know, I was going to point out the number of "shits". I wonder if that was the most times the word "shit" was said on a single episode of a major US wrestling television show? I'm not mad about a 60-minute draw (that length of match is just too long for my tastes) but I definitely wouldn't be against Danielson and Omega being unable to put one another away next week. It would make a lot of sense, and they would avoid having a repeat of the way they handled Christian/Omega. I do wonder how that result would be received by the crowd though, and would it take the wind out of the sails of what should be an otherwise hot show?
  12. Well, that show was an absolute blast, and next week looks set to be even better. I'm still not mad about what MJF is doing. What exactly is his motivation to pick a fight with the Pillman family? "To be a dick" just doesn't cut it for me. Chris Jericho making a gay joke in 2021 was also pretty eye-rolling. The blandness of Kazarian doesn't get mentioned enough, he's one of the few AEW wrestlers who the crowd just don't care about. Outside of those minor gripes, this was a stellar show, and left me pumped for next week. I really hope they put Black over Cody when they face off, he's absolutely compelling to watch, and one of the few AEW debuts that hasn't required any tinkering at all. He's great. I loved Miro not giving a shit about winning a car from Fuego, and generally being insulted by the proposal. Hangman vs. Miro for the AEW title, eventually, is a match I really want to see. Although Jericho's gay joke was pathetic, his confrontation with Dan Lambert was generally fun. I'm really looking forward to the tag match between Hager/Jericho and Men of the Year, and I hope the MOTY go over - they've evolved into a really fun tag team. Dante Martin continues to impress me. I didn't really get an idea as to how his brother compares, but I'm really looking forward to finding out. I wonder if they'll debut Ric Flair with Andrade at the Arthur Ashe show? I don't think Andrade needs him, the subtitled promos and Jose works well enough for me, but I suspect we'll see at least one debut. I'm absolutely buzzing for next week, the line-ups are off-the-charts good. They crazy thing is, there is so much depth in that roster, it doesn't even scratch the surface as to what they have to offer in terms of matches. It's such an exciting time to be a wrestling fan.
  13. Honestly, I imagine it's something as simple as them just not caring. It's been 20 years since his dad was a regularly featured wrestler on a national TV show, and while Scott Steiner wrestled for TNA, even that was quite some time ago. If WWE's primary target audience is kids, they probably feel like there's no reason to be bound to a legacy name that their target audience likely won't be aware of. As far as his ringwear goes, that may be something as simple as a tribute from him to his dad.
  14. You're not the only one, that's exactly what I thought. I didn't think he was crap or anything, but the presentation of his character was almost identical. I also think it's only a matter of time before he drops the first name and goes by "Breakker". I might have missed something, but was Von Wagner new? I'd never heard of him. He had a decent look, but I'm not a huge fan of the name. The wedding was fun, and I think they could do worse than to give Gargano the opportunity to wrestle on the main roster. I imagine his landing spot would be a Sami Zayn type role, but there's a Daniel Bryan-shaped hole on Smackdown that I think he could fill. I'm not saying he'd reach the same level, but he more than has what it takes to serve the same purpose. In fact, the whole show was pretty fun. It'll be interesting to see how things look when the new faces become old, and their booking patterns become more apparent.
  15. Nah, I think it’s fair enough to find it interesting. Granted, the hypothetical stuff is probably a little pointless (but it’s a handful of throwaway comments unlikely to go anywhere), but the actual ratings are interesting - it feels like we’re witnessing the growth of one company, and the potential decline of an absolute behemoth. Plus there’s an element of it being nice to see the thing you enjoy do well. It’s to AEW’s credit that some of us are prone to this level of geekery. I fucking love it.
  16. While it’s impossible to give an accurate answer, that’s a flawed comparison. Ratings are fairly irrelevant here, it’s whether or not you can convert that number into a PPV buy. AEW has a slightly smaller, but very invested, audience. That’s going to help as far as PPV numbers go. The thing to compare WWE to, if you’re going to do that, isn’t AEW, it’s themselves. WWE had a much larger audience in 2012-13 and even then struggled to convert it into a better PPV buy than 200,000. There’s nothing about that product or their big show line-ups that would suggest to me that their PPV buys wouldn’t have fallen just like their viewership has. I just can’t imagine that their plummeting ratings over the past decade would have resulted in a better PPV buy rate than ten years ago.
  17. God, I never even thought of that, but that seems like an astute prediction. Like you, I’ve no idea how I feel about that. At face value, they don’t seem like a particularly good fit. I think they’d be better off doing pre-shot, subtitled interviews with Andrade. I thought that worked really well, I don’t know why they didn’t make it a regular thing.
  18. I'm really looking forward to the Knights of the Old Republic remake. As I mentioned in another thread, I played the original relatively recently and couldn't quite get along with it. I really want to experience the story, so hopefully a modern update will allow me to do that. I thought that too, and I really hope that was him. He's one of the more interesting characters in that universe.
  19. JBL. He was pretty despised during his WWE title run, but consistently delivered both as a character, and in his matches, which were against a diverse range of opponents. While I'm giving the bullies their due, I'll add Hardcore Holly to the mix. He was a really solid midcard wrestler, and was often very fun to watch, particularly during his ECW run.
  20. See, I don't mind this - Dustin has long-been established as a credible wrestler in AEW. He's generally a lot of fun to watch, and I think there's a great story to be told in him trying (and failing) to win his first world title. I would go as far as to say he's being under-utlised. I'm not sure why, but I find them really dull. I love Starks, and I think Taz is phenomenal both as a commentator and as a manager. It may be the historic association with Brian Cage, who I don't see much of anything in. I think that's a phenomenal idea though, and I really hope they move in that direction. I'd be interested to know what the general fanbase thinks of this. I don't know much about any of the wrestlers he's faced, or is touted to face. I don't have any investment in who wins either, given that his opponents don't regularly wrestle for AEW. It all feels very inconsequential.
  21. They were never really "dark heels" with Brodie though, they were vulnerable losers, manipulated by Brodie into doing his bidding. Whether or not something similar would work with Wyatt remains to be seen. I'd be very, very surprised if Wyatt ended up there. I can't remember the last time Impact signed a star of that magnitude. When they're bringing in ex-WWE stars, it's people like Curt Hawkins, Heath Slater and No Way Jose, who end up going there, which presumably gives an indication as to what their budget is. As far as the show goes, I'll start with the bad. MJF's promo. It's the kind of promo he would cut before AEW launched that made me doubt his potential. He says crass, controversial things without any obvious driving force or motivation as to why he's saying them in the first place. It just didn't work for me. I'm also unsure about the idea of Punk feuding with Powerhouse Hobbs. I know it's probably a short term thing, but I find Hobbs really, really boring. He's not really found his groove as a heel, and his entire act consists of a permanent scowl. People like Britt Baker and Hangman Page took time to find their identity, and perhaps feuding with Punk will help Hobbs do just that, but I can't help but think it would have been more effective to have Punk transition immediately into a feud with a big name heel. Danielson was excellent, and I'm looking forward to his eventual match with Omega. Bryan might be my favourite promo in all of wrestling. Almost every time he cuts a promo, he takes you on an emotional journey, he's just so damn likeable. I don't think he should win the AEW title, but I wouldn't object to it at all if he did. I'm also glad that they're continuing the Kingston/Miro feud, that video package was fantastic.
  22. This makes a lot of sense - more sense than I'd probably like to admit - but I do worry about what this would mean for Hangman. It's unlikely - thought not impossible - that they would run with Omega/Punk or Omega/Danielson on any other medium than PPV. And if that's what they do, it means that we may not see Page hold the title until mid-2022. And if that's what happens, what do you do with Page during that time to ensure that he has momentum? Actually, as I was typing that, it struck me that a long term storyline with Malaki Black could be fucking intriguing - as Black tries to manipulate Page, and encourage him to embrace the darkness. It's a little bit Bray Wyatt, but fuck it, AEW could do a tremendous job with that, as they toy with our emotions surrounding Page once again.
  23. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but the more I think about it, the more I hope they open with Eddie Kingston winning the TNT title from Miro, and close with Hangman Page winning the AEW title from Omega. As far as Omega/Page goes, I think it's perfectly suited to a shorter build, given that the bulk of the work has already been done to build up to that match. I do think that it's probable that Cole, Punk and Danielson will all wrestle on that show, so perhaps we'll see Cole and The Bucks vs. Punk, Danielson and a partner (perhaps Darby, or Christian?) I don't think it's trigger happy to absolutely load that line-up - they've just signed a bunch of huge stars, and quickly following that up with a card that blows anything WWE could do out of the water makes a lot of sense to me.
  24. To be fair, a lot of fans, myself included, grew up watching WWE at a time when tag team wrestling just didn't matter. I started watching in late 2002, meaning I also didn't get to see some of the teams that might traditionally be considered "the greatest" at a time when they were active. Are The Bucks one of the greatest tag teams of all time? I really don't know. Are they one of the greatest tag teams I've actually seen wrestle? Most definitely. Two different things of course, but I definitely see where that view might come from; along with there being an element of recency bias.
  25. Why should who care? Viewers? That’s a strange logic. Wrestling, at its heart, is a story-based medium. You’re as well as to ask ‘why invest in story’ Why watch anything if you don’t care about the consequences? As for what you say about Jericho, why do you care that much? It’s just pro wrestling.
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