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Sweet Jesus this is good. In less than ten minutes Cody vs. MJF is made to feel like the best storyline in wrestling and PAC and Jungle Boy two of its biggest stars today.

"Please, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough. 'Cos I'm like a Honey Badger, mate...and I'll gnaw your bastard face off!"

Why oh why is this stuff not being broadcast on TNT?!

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59 minutes ago, Yakashi said:

There’s at least one woman’s shoulder there just in front of the morbidly obese Cyclops cosplay.

One it looks like behind as well. So essentially, a human sausage sandwich if you will

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8 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

One it looks like behind as well. So essentially, a human sausage sandwich if you will

Purple hair girl next to the guy that looks like one of the young bucks.

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I don't know what people expected out of a cruise that's being sold on wrestling, bad metal and the chance to meet Conrad Thompson and Meltzer in the flesh, but that picture would be exactly what I'd have been banking on. With that said, that's a fairly tight picture so for all we know all the Victoria's Secret models and hipster intelligencia who go to PWG could be just out of shot. 

They're not, but they might be.

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There are at least four women in the picture. Not that it matters, what does anyone expect? this forum alone tells us wrestling fans love cartoons, horrific metal music, sniffing knickers, shitting and Eastenders. That they're a weird bunch is a given.

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59 minutes ago, Supremo said:

Why oh why is this stuff not being broadcast on TNT?!

Is it the WWE reasoning of not wanting ten minutes of dead air for the crowd? Not that you couldn't fill that with a dark match or something but I can't think of any other reason why you would put your best stuff on YouTube. Not that YouTube doesn't do numbers but they're global. This stuff needs to hit home runs with your 900k+ viewers domestically too. It seems so obvious.

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1 minute ago, tiger_rick said:

Is it the WWE reasoning of not wanting ten minutes of dead air for the crowd? Not that you couldn't fill that with a dark match or something but I can't think of any other reason why you would put your best stuff on YouTube. Not that YouTube doesn't do numbers but they're global. This stuff needs to hit home runs with your 900k+ viewers domestically too. It seems so obvious.

I imagine it's a combination of that, and a (I assume) mistaken belief that fans will seek out the supplementary content even when nothing on the TV show is telling them to. 

This week will be an interesting one as the show was taped, for what I believe would be the first time? Conventional WWE wisdom is that taped shows don't draw as well as live, so we'll see how that pans out for AEW. A move away from a live model would make it easier for them to incorporate the video packages into their regular broadcasts, presumably.

But I'd also expect that WWE will stack NXT tonight to make a live show feel more urgent and must-see than the taped one.

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AEW's best stuff being online can be frustrating, but I'd be a liar if I said WWE don't do exactly the same thing. I love their PC Youtube account and things like Prime Target.

I do genuinely believe that these video packages would add so much more to all of the wrestlers, and there must be some way of adapting them for TV use. I think NXT does it sometimes but Raw/Smackdown rarely do.

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If they broke it up into 5 minute segments there is a good chance the live audience would go with it.

I remember when WWE used to do the Lonely Road of Faith videos on the big screen before house shows started which was about 5 minutes long. The live audience booed and cheered along accordingly before giving the it a massive ovation at the end.

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1 hour ago, tiger_rick said:

There are at least four women in the picture. Not that it matters, what does anyone expect? this forum alone tells us wrestling fans love cartoons, horrific metal music, sniffing knickers, shitting and Eastenders. That they're a weird bunch is a given.

 

Speak for yourself, I can’t bloody stand Eastenders.

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That PAC promo was class. He’s so fucking good. Ever since the “King of the Cruiserweights” gimmick and nailing all his promo stuff he’s been the very best around for my money. He’s right, he’s a good country mile away from anyone else in AEW.

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If they do keep stuff online so existing fans can seek it out, that's surely defeating the object. Good vignettes should be a massive part of what bring in new fans, and in fact should be key in cluing in new fans BEFORE the in ring stuff.

If a non fan skipping through channels saw a match, then skipped off, then switch back 30 minutes later, they wouldn't know what the difference was. A few guys in tights were fighting, now... a few guys in tights are fighting still? Are these the same guys? Why are those two in the same gear? Are there two or is this just badly edited? With normal TV drama, the locations and situations change visually from scene to scene, both physically and in terms of camera work, but wrestling doesn't do that (or at least doesn't do it so well and so frequently).

If anything, I think airing the vignettes on TV makes sense if not from the live broadcast but definitely the rerun - air the show to all your existing viewers, have them build the buzz, and draw new eyes via the repeats. Hiding your more varied content away as a treat for your existing viewers pretty much ensures you massively limit your audience.

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