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  1. Bit belated, but I enjoyed Dynamite a lot this week. It wasn't at the level of some of their biggest shows, but there was plenty there to enjoy. The main event was really good, and I have no idea what's going on with the Young Bucks. I don't know if Red Velvet has it yet, but she's been watchable so far. Having seen a few people complain that the Sting stuff is getting samey - it's weird seeing how wrestling has changed. Can you imagine the flack Sting in the rafters would be getting by now? And would we be complaining that Austin and McMahon hadn't had a blow-off yet? Personally, I like
  2. Financially, it's been an incredible year for WWE. Touring brings a lot of costs as well as benefits - according to the Wrestlenomics podcast (which is really good), the savings they made from being in one location have been ridiculous. I'd suggest it's far less to do with Vince taking Covid super-seriously, and more to do with it making them enormous amounts of money.
  3. MMA shows depend on how long matches go which, other than an upper limit, they can't control. WWE has total control over the lengths of the matches and still chose to put on 6 hour shows.
  4. I haven't heard much of that, and it's sad to read. I honestly thought that the ads had helped removed some of the homophobic stigma at the time, but that definitely gives context to it. Also, in hindsight, I was thinking of the larger campaign and the ads involving women working in the condom factory, so was thinking of the campaign as a whole. Thanks for the context, that's really useful to know..
  5. Oh man, I'm not sure I agree with that at all - I honestly think they saved lives, and too a far more grown-up approach to sex and contraception. Plenty of places refused to engage properly with AIDS and condom use, and saw it as a 'gay disease'. By treating it as something that could affect everyone, and encouraging safe sex generally, I think it was a rare thing to congratulate the government at the time about. I totally get that it's aged, and I also get that AIDS/HIV is far from the life-sentence it was and that a stigma still exists around it. But look at what AIDS did to parts of Af
  6. The Silent Partner (1978, Talking Pictures TV) I hadn't heard of this before, but saw Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer as the stars and I was sold. It's a thriller with a really nice set-up - a bank teller (Gould) realises that someone is casing the joint (Plummer), so hides $50,000 for himself, letting the robber get away with just a few thousand. When the robber hears on the news that he supposedly stole $50k, he goes after Gould for the rest. It goes a lot more back and forward than I expected, and between this and The Long Goodbye, I can see why Gould was becoming a big star
  7. Is that something to be expected?
  8. I can't say if this is what it was aiming for, but it's what I got out of it. Citizen Kane is all about what answering a question tells us about the character - what is 'Rosebud' and why was Kane thinking about it when he died? Mank is doing a similar thing. This time, though, the question is 'why would someone write their masterpiece as a fairly vicious takedown of someone (and their wife, who he's actually close to)?'. It's not telling us anything particularly about Citizen Kane, or particularly Orson Welles. I saw it as a bit more of a love letter to it, and treating the writer much li
  9. Jimmy Havoc had matches with Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes in 2020.
  10. It's night and day seeing Cody like this compared to him doing his own thing. Not that he wasn't decent in this role - he went for it, and it's a big performance, and it mostly works. But just look at his eyes while he's doing it. He's just going through the motions, even while talking about stuff he clearly likes (he's a comic book fan, after all). It's all mannerisms and affectations. Compare it to him doing his own thing, and you can see his focus and his self-belief. I'd been surprised when he talked about hating being Stardust, but trying to give it his all. You can actually see bo
  11. In-match, it's Orange Cassidy. Outside of it, it's Jon Moxley this year - he's been brilliant. Who was the last dominant babyface champion this good? He's reminded me of Steve Austin, but a version I like more. Hangman has my heart, obviously. But he'll be booked as the mega-babyface next year.
  12. MJF mocked a grieving 8-year-old on television, was beaten up by said 8-year-old, and then whined about it on social media ('Fuck that kid.'). Other stuff had me believing more throughout the year, but there's absolutely a place for the pantomime villains, especially after the whipping angle. He doesn't always work, but those two moments have me won over. Kingston would be best character for me. And I've absolutely loved Kenny's slow-burn heel turn - his passive aggressive colour commentary was so much fun. (Shout-out to KENTA for ruining Naito's moment. What an absolute dickhead).
  13. If this was 'biggest fuck-up', rather than 'stupidest moment', I'd probably go for either of the AEW injuries. The way they freeze and don't know what to do when something like this happens is unbelievable. It shows a really poor decision-making process in an emergency, but I don't think it's fair to suggest 'everyone involved still insisted that they finish'. My assumption is that Hardy was insisting he could finish and nobody was willing to step in his way - which they obviously should have done, because he was in no state to make that decision. The Reynolds one shows how urgent it is that t
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