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Zeus
1 month ago#61
AEW Dark 21-05-11

Eh, weird introduction for this episode where Taz and Excalibur are talking about casual Tuesday. Otherwise it was another nearly 2-hour episode (1hr58min >_<). They could have trimmed that by getting rid of a match or two that added nothing to the program.

Moxley & Kingston v… some debuting job team. Something chocolate or another. They start by ambushing the two before the starting bell. It was a ridiculously short match.

Three Dork Order members vs three jobbers not from the Dork Order. Idk, Andrew Palace has a lot of personality, but he’s lousy. I watched maybe a minute then skipped the rest.

Backstage interview with Diamante. Not much of a promo. I guess she’s trying to hype her fight against Kris Statlander. When did Diamante become a job gal?

Lance Archer v jobber (Angel Fashion). I also couldn’t make out half of what Jake was saying over the crowd noise, etc. Lance Archer once again looked like a monster. It just reminds me how much of a joke it is that Kenny Omega is AEW champ. At any rate, it’s a match that should have ended fast, but they made it competitive which makes Archer look like crap. He should have just no-sold everything then delivered a finisher.

QT, Comarado, and Salolo (?) v three jobbers, including Ryzin (who I’m not sure why is just being used as a jobber since he’s got a cool look. And other than not being able to throw a great punch (which is a running theme in AEW), he’s pretty decent.

Apparently Ryzin plans to do weddings. Good for him.
https://www.ryzin.tv/

Interestingly, his site mentions he’s an author but I can’t seem to find any reference on it to anything he’s written, which is weird given how much self-promotion he’s got going on there. Gotta respect that hustle.

Varsity Blonds… accompanied by Julia Hart v two debuting job guys. Using Julia Hart, who has a cheerleader gimmick, as a valet makes sense. It was enough to get me to bother with a VB match. They’re not terrible or anything, but they are boring as hell. Plus the gimmick (which I understand is a nod to Pillman’s dad’s tag team of the same name) is meh.

Willow Nightingale v Diamante. Oh, I guess Diamante isn’t fighting Kris tonight? Maybe that’s for Dynamite then. At any rate, I find Diamante boring. I honestly can’t say if she’s talented or not, because I to tune out during all of her matches. Willow is like twice Diamante’s size, being a lot taller and far heavier. Some real clumsy s*** like this match, including Willow just standing in position waiting to swing Diamante. And the Code Red looked fake as s***. Okay, Diamante is bad.

Dante Martin v jobber (Aaron Frye). Not sure what the hell was going on (whether it was just my computer or what), but match looked sporadically choppy, like it was on 1.5x speed (and it kept up for the matches after? I tried reloading the page without any luck). Other than that, it was a pretty decent match. Aaron Frye – whose physique reminds me of Booker T’s – seems talented.

Nyla Rose vs Ashley D’Ambiose. I’m so sick of Vicky Guerrera. She has go away heat rather than heel heat.

Backstage interview with Dork Order. Mighty midget gave a try-hard promo. Alex Reynolds was meh. Evil Uno sounds goofy as f***.

Ryan Nemeth & Cesar Bononi v jobbers. Whole stable (now called Pretty Picture? Although they were the Wingmen at one point? Idk, they also talked about that earlier) were there, including Peter Avalon getting his ring entrance despite not wrestling (I think he’s probably injured?). Avalon is such a f***ing waste. Otherwise the group seems to have a new entrance theme, which I kinda like. I’m not sure how I feel about the stable, which is basically just *another* job stable. Their comedy vignettes suck, but at least they feel less generic than they did when they were singles or in tags. Nemeth and Cesar aren’t a bad team, and I guess Avalon being ringside isn’t the worst thing in the world so long as he doesn’t wrestle (or cost them matches, at which point you’d wonder why they’d want him there)

Kris Statlander v Julia Hart. I don’t know why the Best Friends and Pockets come ringside for her. It’s weird because you have 3 people ringside for 1 wrestler. Kris has a decent ring entrance and a cool look. Julia is adorable, but she basically does nothing. She very clearly can’t wrestle, and I don’t mean that in the usual sense where I’m saying somebody is awful, I mean she doesn’t seem to have any training or experience. Kris did a better job of covering for that than Kilyn King did last week. And she even stops to adjust her hair when Kris has her overhead and is readying to drop her onto the mat. Wtf? Take her off tv (so to speak). She’s not ready. They should stick to having her as an on-screen valet until she can at least do the bare minimum. This is embarrassing.

Jungle Boy (w/Marko Runt) v Marty Casaus. (59:01) I’d rather see JB come out alone than with Marko. Otherwise Marty mugged for the camera. He’s a bigger, kinda tough-looking dude. Decent match. I enjoyed how Marty teased a suicida but didn’t follow through… and then JB gets back in the ring and does a suicida. Maybe my favorite match of the night. Casaus seems solid, and JB is generally good.

Swole & Velvet v MK Twins. Kind of like a palette cleanse. After a reasonably good match, we get a kinda crappy one. Kilynn King was there in street clothes, but with her ink. I’m guessing they must be filming Dark and Elevation on the same day or something, given that Kilynn was ringside on Elevation (and I happened to notice Madi’s face in the crowd during this match). At any rate, the match felt like a stepdown after the last one.

JD Drake v 10 (Dork Order). JD Drake looks like s***, but so far he’s been half-decent as a wrestler. If he was bigger, he could get away with that lousy physique. Instead, he needs to lose some weight and pick up some muscle definition. The first two lockups they had JD and 10 evenly matched, which looked neat. Despite the fact both guys look like s***, it was an okay match… other than JD botching a roundhouse kick.

The Acclaimed v Nutella & Sonny. No. Just no. I listened to Max Castor’s pre-match diss then skipped the match.

Brian Cage v Bear Bronson. I hadn’t seen Bear Country on either Dark or Elevation in a while and had been wondering what was going on. I’m guessing Luchasaurus must have injured one of them during that Dynamite match some weeks ago (and I should mention that, prior to the match, I saw a AEW Botches clip from a previous match where Lucha damn near dropped one of them on their neck)… and, as the match starts, the announcers confirmed that suspicion when they mentioned that Bear Boulder (the bigger, stronger of the two) was injured and will be out of commission for a few months. Otherwise I like Cage and I like Bear Country, so the match had two points in its favor off the bat. That said, there was a thing or two I didn’t like, such as Bear dropping down on Cage but *not* turning that into a pin. At any rate, watching Bronson in singles kinda hammers home that he doesn’t really work outside a tag team (whereas Boulder could work as a monster heel). At any rate, it was a match featuring two wrestlers I like and it more or less met expectations.

Hobbs v Mike Sydal. Good match-up. Hobbs was great. Mike Sydal was spotty in places.

Even with skipping, it was a long episode.

Oh, and on the subject of what wrestling used to be like (in the WWE anyway):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lplY3s_h2Nc

I miss s*** like that. You had real giants of men fighting other larger than life men. Nowadays a lot of today's wrestlers are smaller than the managers back then. Granted, the interruption at the end of that was goofy.
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Zeus
1 month ago#62
I'm guessing this match was supposed to end differently?

https://twitter.com/aewbotches/status/1392683030028951553

Pac looks surprised after winning. I'm assuming Pockets was meant to kick out.
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streamofthesky
1 month ago#63
Zeus posted...
Pac looks surprised after winning. I'm assuming Pockets was meant to kick out.
He did "kick out", whether on his own or Pac helping him roll to the side.
The match continued, but they called an audible, had Pac and the ref be distracted by Kenny Omega's goons, then Kenny hit him from behind w/ the belt leading to a double 10 count and a draw.
AEW said the plan all along was to go to a 20 min. time limit draw, so the end result of a triple threat match was the same, but the path there got changed.

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Zeus
1 month ago#64
New Jack died today.

https://www.cagesideseats.com/indies-independent-wrestling-indy-promotions/2021/5/14/22437107/new-jack-dead-jerome-young-ecw-heart-attack

streamofthesky posted...
He did "kick out", whether on his own or Pac helping him roll to the side.
The match continued, but they called an audible, had Pac and the ref be distracted by Kenny Omega's goons, then Kenny hit him from behind w/ the belt leading to a double 10 count and a draw.
AEW said the plan all along was to go to a 20 min. time limit draw, so the end result of a triple threat match was the same, but the path there got changed.

>_<

Ugh....

On the plus side, if it is a triple threat, then maybe Kenny will lose the belts... but more likely it's going to let the others lose and keep more credibility for a rematch.
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Zeus
1 month ago#65
You remember how I questioned whether Julia Hart had any wrestling training or experience?

Today I finally got back to watching the Nightmare Factory Showcase #2 (which is the wrestling equivalent of a high school play), and I was surprised to see a familiar face show up:

https://youtu.be/WD-ojDuZd0o?t=2807

Again, she's really cute, but she's f***ing awful. I got bored and wasn't really watching halfway through that match, but I caught some of Hyena Hera and her in-ring doesn't look terrible. The other girls are super-awkward in there (but they're still just finishing up wrestling school), so they'll walk and run poorly (ie, awkward starts and stops because they're unsure of themselves). Hyena Hera seemed a lot more fluid.

Which also reminds me that during either Dark or Elevation, one of the new job gals put up her own leg -- rather than it being grabbed -- while was being pinned then lowered it when she realized her opponent didn't have it. It was an embarrassing as f*** moment. I think it might have been Julia.

However, the worst one in the showcase was the fake millionaire with his fake jewelry because that gimmick looked so bush league.

It's kinda good and bad that they do a showcase like this. On one hand, it gives the wrestlers something to show people. However, almost all of them look super-green and awful so once they do have some real work under their belt, this is going to hang over their heads.
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Zeus
1 month ago#66
Paul Heyman's New Jack eulogy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVZqv7JOFvc
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Zeus
4 weeks ago#67
So many of Luchasaurus's botches are just horrific...

https://twitter.com/BotchesAew/status/1394352802240008195

As much as I dislike Brandon Cutlet (other than his entrance and attire), that was painful to watch.
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streamofthesky
4 weeks ago#68
I like Brandon Cutler. Never understood all the hate the guy gets, he's a jobber on Dark for the most part and will probably never win a singles title, but people rage against him just b/c he's friends w/ the Young Bucks and I guess that means nepotism?
Dude's fairly talented and puts on entertaining matches, and his ring entrance/attire is top notch.

And yowtch! That's a horrible botch on the choke slam, poor Cutler. That was a Nia Jax caliber botch...

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I_Abibde
4 weeks ago#69
I am late to this topic, but here I am.

For anybody who has not seen the wrestling discussions in the Geek series of topics, I am the resident AEW mark. *shrugs* Got me to love wrestling again, after all.
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Zeus
4 weeks ago#70
streamofthesky posted...
I like Brandon Cutler. Never understood all the hate the guy gets, he's a jobber on Dark for the most part and will probably never win a singles title, but people rage against him just b/c he's friends w/ the Young Bucks and I guess that means nepotism?
Dude's fairly talented and puts on entertaining matches, and his ring entrance/attire is top notch.

I like the gimmick, but I don't think he's much of a worker. However, some of the stuff he's done outside the ring has bugged me a bit:

https://www.cagesideseats.com/2020/12/14/22173932/jim-ross-criticizes-indie-wrestling-style-brandon-cutler-ftr-respond-argue

And I'll admit that his connection to the Bucks doesn't exactly endear him to me.
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