Michael_3165

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  1. North London / Herts had some trouble with show being cancelled because of a secret tip off to the council that they were bare knuckle fighting. The alleged tipper now has some child related offences to fight in court so swings and round abouts
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    I find the attitude of this forum abhorrent. If you disagree with the consensus you are shot down by middle aged blokes who have nothing better to do than throw childish insults on a forum. Keyboard warriors at their best. Instead of discussion you get a handful of guys who think their opinion actually means something telling you that you are an idiot. Well I am off and just wanted to tell you (you know who you are) that you can go fuck yourself and your holier than fuckin thou attitudes.
  3. Grow the fuck up you silly bastard. You could get away with the "WWE hatez real wrestling" anti-authority teenaging in 2004. In 2016, it's beyond stupid as a criticism. Their champions are Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Bravo I am quoting Jim Cornette to be honest, one of the best minds in the business. Who the hell are you? Styles you may have a point but Owens? Really? MOVEZ. The issue wouldn't have been raised in 2004 because they weren't so weird about mentioning what the product actually is compared to 2016. We have a bunch of people who now rely on false finishes with next to no selling, more than at any other time. The ratings are in the toilet because nobody gives a shit about the product anymore. Surely that tells you something about the current product?
  4. So who is your best heel performer in 2016? Particularly WWE but more widely if you watch more NJPW, TNA, ROH etc. i have to say I have been really impressed with The Miz this year. His match at No Mercy and feud with Ziggler were brilliant and I thought the whole Talking Smack promo on Bryan was fantastic and harked back to the good ol' days where a heel wasn't supposed to illicit 'this is awesome' and cheers from the smart fans. So who is your favourite heel at the moment and what would you suggest watching for some great heel-ish work?
  5. It is unfortunate because I don't believe Brexit was about being racist but (like Trump) it sure has allowed people to get a little too comfortable being nasty bastards.
  6. It is interesting because you get the likes of Trump, Farage and Le Pen gaining momentum despite some of their rhetoric being extremely divisive whilst the likes of Jeremy Corbyn - champion of the vulnerable - gets a kicking in every metric you can imagine. I've got a hunch that we are entering an era of big personalities and the more offensive their language the more the people cheer (Trump is the Stone Cold of politics!)
  7. I disagree. I don't believe ANY race is 'superior'... you get dickheads and lazy people in every culture - white, black or asian. Oh and I have no words for the rest of the post ha
  8. In fact scrub that... I live about 30 minutes from Luton and the good ol' EDL marches are rife depending on the time of year :S I had a strange assumption that northern cities would be nicer (as they are a million times more friendly than where I am near London)... maybe thats a massive stereotype. The question is... why are people so anti-immigrant nowadays? Even immigrants who arrived thirty years ago have a problem with immigrants coming into the country in some areas... crazy. In fact scrub that... I live about 30 minutes from Luton and the good ol' EDL marches are rife depending on the time of year :S I had a strange assumption that northern cities would be nicer (as they are a million times more friendly than where I am near London)... maybe thats a massive stereotype. The question is... why are people so anti-immigrant nowadays? Even immigrants who arrived thirty years ago have a problem with immigrants coming into the country in some areas... crazy.
  9. So there was this massive shockwave that was directed toward the New Day trio following Xavier Woods 'Black Excellence' picture/caption post. Kofi, for his part, handled the whole thing pretty well. I want to know a few things from you all... 1) How widespread is racism in your daily lives/local areas? 2) Are there divisions within the community between races? 3) What was this whole nonsense with New Day all about? I personally don't see too much racism in my local area but then I know so many black and asian people through my work that it wouldn't really be tolerated. A close Romanian friend went to Nottingham a few weeks ago and was told she should 'go home' which surprised me because I had never come across this before (the remain campaign have jumped on this as proof of evil Brexit but that's besides the point). Most people in my area respect each other though there is a definite generational gap when it comes to acceptance (I hate the term tolerance) of people from other backgrounds. The Twitter thing was ridiculous and really showed how ignorant people truly are. With that in mind it would be interesting to see the response to a 'white excellence' or a 'asian excellence' variation to the caption and how this would have been taken by the twitter trolls too... Would there be any difference? I had a brilliant conversation with a friend who is a Muslim. She started wearing the head scarf after 30 years not wearing it and it was astounding how people changed toward her. She was not included in conversation during meetings, people would avoid eye contact and people actually laughed when she started wearing it. She explained clearly how this type of silent racism (or xenophobia) is more prevalent than outward nastiness. Ideas welcome
  10. Just wondering whether the WWE will have to adhere to the workers rights in the UK? For example, pension contributions? Also whether they are deemed independent contractors or employees. Because if they are deemed ICs I'm not sure whether they can legally be prevented from working where they choose?
  11. On a side note I would like to see Will Osprey and Marty Scrull in this (if I have to - grudgingly - accept defeat which I undoubtedly do). Are they now signed to ROH? NJPW? The last I saw they were aligned with those groups but is that why they are not signed up to this? well, you are wrong. they're not mark-contracts because the exposure that talent'll be getting now is unquestionably massive. likely the brand will service as a bit of a developmental territory too, with the odd one or two coming up to the main rosters. plus, they're allowed to work anywhere not on american telly, so it doesn't harm the indie scene one bit As for WOS, well it's competition and if they didn't want to be competitive with WWE they shouldn't bother. I think the names WOS have are bigger, but obviously the WWE brand is the more prominent so going to create a really interesting power balance. i cant see how anyone could see this as anything but intriguing and exciting as hell for the 'sport' in this country. My question would be, do you (not YOU personally) want a business where the only company that can make or break a talent is the WWE? this is also just not true. tons of guys have just come in on the back of what they did elsewhere. Styles, Joe, Aries, Roode, Eric Young, Nakamura, Owens were all 100% made elsewhere. a lot of these guys are in similar or basically identical acts to what they did in TNA/Japan/indies, WWE has merely turned the page for the people that followed these guys careers and allowed them to perform on the bigger stage. this is basically the same, but on a smaller scale also if you are in the business, I'd have thought you'd have recognised the significant rise of indie wrestling over the last decade or so, especially in this country but everywhere really. the Young Bucks are making unprecedented indie money at this moment in time and just signed new ROH contracts despite apparent WWE interest. i'd assume that the three biggest UK names right now are Zack Sabre Jr., Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll, only ZSJ has sniffed WWE exposure out of those and for a relatively short time too. (he also didn't sign with them, because I guess he didn't need to right now!) just because Noam Dar is on Raw doesn't mean he's a bigger deal among wrestling fans You have that right
  12. They can't even say WRESTLING on the god-damn TV show! It is clear that they are in the business of 'making movies' opposed to meaningful conflicts that have a logical beginning, middle and end. I would imagine if they could get rid of the wrestling in the name they would.
  13. Oh fuck off you sarcastic cunt... look at what the WWE has done to the US wrestling scene. It has shut down all competition with its bullshit brand of sports entertainment. I was a huge fan of the ITV model because I want wrestling that makes sense, that isn't a shiny WWE product (which is going to be SO over-produced with Michael Fuckin Cole on commentary) and allows the whole industry in the UK to thrive. ITV contracts would be fine with me because it would be on FREE TV, for the masses and produced by people who actually like wrestling rather than seeing it as an ugly word. 'Decent pay day' - hardly. They will be making a very small downside with so many restrictions that wake Victorian workers rights look fuckin tame. Oh fuck off you sarcastic cunt... look at what the WWE has done to the US wrestling scene. It has shut down all competition with its bullshit brand of sports entertainment. I was a huge fan of the ITV model because I want wrestling that makes sense, that isn't a shiny WWE product (which is going to be SO over-produced with Michael Fuckin Cole on commentary) and allows the whole industry in the UK to thrive. ITV contracts would be fine with me because it would be on FREE TV, for the masses and produced by people who actually like wrestling rather than seeing it as an ugly word. 'Decent pay day' - hardly. They will be making a very small downside with so many restrictions that wake Victorian workers rights look fuckin tame. fucking bizarre opinion you have. this might be a political move by the WWE because of the WOS ITV thing, but jesus wept, think of the benefits, for british wrestlers and for wrestling in this country in general. personally, if I'm a sarcastic cunt, you're a selfish fucking cunt not wanting any british wrestlers a WWE contract because it means you might not get to see them down your local leisure centre for a fiver a pop. fucking tool. and I take it by your matter of fact reply that you know exactly whats in these contracts and how much money is on offer? Can you read? I assume not. Wind your neck in pal. I am astounded how people can't see that the biggest company in the world is walking into the marketplace in the UK and that there is no agenda to prevent competition. My belief is that if you completely destroy any potential competition the ONLY way you will ever get any money is through a WWE contract! Can people not see that? I am in the industry, this is not about what I want this is about crushing the dream of many people who want the UK scene to flourish INDEPENDENTLY from the massive corporation that is the WWE. Crush the likes of WOS project and all you have left is a load of people promotions which have no ability to create a viable mainstream product and which will never become a big thing in the UK. But that is okay as long as a relatively small number of workers get a nice pay day. I will more than happily admit that I am wrong if this produces a massive boom in the UK scene. How it will allow small promotions to get the resources to appear on the mainstream channels independently I do not know, but I am undoubtedly wrong.
  14. well, you are wrong. they're not mark-contracts because the exposure that talent'll be getting now is unquestionably massive. likely the brand will service as a bit of a developmental territory too, with the odd one or two coming up to the main rosters. plus, they're allowed to work anywhere not on american telly, so it doesn't harm the indie scene one bit As for WOS, well it's competition and if they didn't want to be competitive with WWE they shouldn't bother. I think the names WOS have are bigger, but obviously the WWE brand is the more prominent so going to create a really interesting power balance. i cant see how anyone could see this as anything but intriguing and exciting as hell for the 'sport' in this country. My question would be, do you (not YOU personally) want a business where the only company that can make or break a talent is the WWE? Funnily I am NOT anti-WWE at all. If I want to watch sports entertainment then I will watch the network. I like some of their stuff when it is consistent, logical and quality. That said, there are many promotions in the UK that have worked very hard for years to get national exposure on a mainstream platform and whilst this certainly gives their performers the ability to be seen in the mainstream it is NOT a UK promotion that is on display. A good quality product that appeals and is on a mainstream channel which is based in the UK and which is easily accessible to the fanbase in the UK is - in my view - the preferable option. That said I am making huge assumptions at the restrictiveness of the contracts being awarded by the WWE - they may allow a lot more freedom than I give them credit for but the fact is they are not a charity.
  15. That's assuming the WWE don't buy up all of the decent talent leaving WOS with little to be thankful for. Please don't get me wrong. I want this to work because I love WRESTLING. I think it is more frustrating because they are essentially going to split the talent pool that could have gone on one GREAT product in two. I personally want to see the best of the UK in one GREAT promotion rather than a watered down product because of contractual tie ins. I have fingers crossed but there are huge similarities to the antics of McMahon in the 80s. WWE isn't there to be charitable, it is there to make a shit load of money at the expense of other promotions who won't have the option of putting talent on TV.