Outside of some baffling segments, last night was a pretty good show.
Man, outside of the original named signees, AEW is getting fucking stomped by ROH by these bigger signings. If Andrade Almas decides he's done in WWE, it's hard to imagine him working for a promotion that doesn't have RUSH on it. Bandido is another huge name AEW missed on.
My first reaction to the Rush news was to feel bad for MLW. They've been hyping up Rush vs. Park for months now and have done a very good job doing it so it sucks that they had that huge money match snatched away like that, though Pentagon vs. Park is about as good a replacement match as you can hope for.
As for ROH, it can not be overstated how huge this upcoming MSG show is for them and it really should be no surprise they're going all in (lol). This is essentially their showcase to New Japan that this partnership is still the best place for them to be if they want to expand in the US. And so far, they've done a great job making that case. However, if and when that AEW TV deal news hits, that's going to change things a lot. Interesting times.
@dizzyhippos: I don't disagree with you. I've been months without the Network and don't really miss it, and a lot of the shit WWE does as a company is terrible. I have less willingness these days to deep-dive into the minutia of booking and backstage stuff of wrestling in general. I've started filming and editing shows for a local promotion here in Australia which is doing some pretty great stuff, and it has helped reinforce all the good things about wrestling that I love. WWE and others should absolutely be criticised and called out when they (frequently) wade into the shit; I guess I feel like there isn't much talk about the in-ring product to offset that.
If there is one wrestler I wish people stopped sleeping on in 2019, it has to be Jason Lee. He makes those strike combos look so effortless and mixes them seamlessly into springboard moves, and he's a great seller/bumper.
What are y'alls wrestlers who you hope get recognition in 2019?
Filthy Tom Lawler has been pulled a show over WrestleMania weekend that was supposed to include Tom Lawler/Bryan Alvarez vs. Marko Stunt/PCO...
So... who signed Tom? Supposed to be announced on the Filthy Four Daily show tonight why he was pulled.
Edit: Also very important news: Matt Riddle's theme music is now available on Spotify.
The only WWE castoffs AEW should go after is The Revival. They don't want to do what TNA did and sign ex-WWE lower card guys and expect fans to give a shit about them because WWE. Tye Dillinger and Mike Kanellis (hell, maybe even Ziggler at this point) are not moving the needle one bit.
@kingpk: I would disagree on Bennett. The reason his run in WWE has not worked is that his gimmick is literally "the guy who wrestles like a WWE wrestler" and that doesn't really work if you're in WWE. He's good at getting heat in an indy environment with a limited skillset, similarly to Cody.
One person all the other companies must be salivating for is La Sombra. Even when WWE has completely bungled him on their roster, he's still having people talking about how good his matches are. He'll probably end up in ROH, given how Rush just signed (apparently at the behest of Almas).
Generally I'd think there are some wrestlers that have been misused by WWE and would do well in indies. But products of the WWE developmental system like Tye, Ziggler or Ryder? Definitely no. Just look at how Curt Hawkins' indy run went. He stank up the place everywhere he went.
@kingpk: In general I agree with you but then I look at how Juice Robinson has inexplicably become a huge star in NJPW and think maybe go for the low end guys just to see if someone pans out.
I would sign Ziggler and have him do 10 minutes of stand up comedy before every one of his matches. Instantly the biggest heel in wrestling.
Anyone listen to Jericho's podcast about his move? It definitely feels like there is some resentment towards WWE and that he felt like he's done pretty much all he can do there, but he isn't burning that bridge because he still respects Vince and wants them to still be there if AEW flops. It certainly seems that the past year (and the buttering up Khan and Cody and everyone has probably given him) has stoked his ego and convinced him that this is a challenge worth taking. How he'll hold up against a more regular schedule and not just a handful of matches a year remains to be seen.
The world can now rest easy now that Meltzer has watched Tanahashi vs. Omega on New Japan World. He's giving it a 5.75 star rating, which is up a whole 0.25 stars out of 5 from the original 5.50 star rating out of 5 he gave it last week from watching the show live in Tokyo.
@kingpk: Did not hear the podcast, but to me I get the pretty clear sense that it was Vince not wanting to work with him for the Jericho Cruise that really bothered him. After that happened it seemed like his attitude switched from "I only work for WWE in the west" to "I am open to any offer."
@cmblasko: You honestly aren't far off. The cruise is where he hit it off with Cody and the Bucks and Khan was the guy who provided the jet for Chris to do All In (after WWE wouldn't provide a jet for him to replace Shane at Mania). Although, him honestly thinking Vince would entertain IC champ Jericho vs. IC champ Rollins at SummerSlam is incredibly naive on his part, especially considering how long he's known Vince.
@drakoji: Thats like the "running gag" with the NJPW roster, everyone comes out of the G1 hurt and they spend the back half of the year just recovering from that. Though if I recall correctly Kenny had injury issues before going into that even, something about his heel?
PSA: Impact on twitch starts 12~ minutes from me writing this.
Next time you want to complain about WWE belts, look at the Mattel toy that UFC is using now.
I just read that one of the reasons Kushida is leaving is because he wanted to turn heel and join Bullet Club and Gedo wouldn't approve it. They should have let him do it, woulda been a huge surprise cause he always seemed to me like the kind of character that would be an eternal babyface.
Imagine, "Biff Club" shirts.
So apparently there is a story going around that Andrade Cien Almas warned Dragon Lee and RUSH to not go to WWE (and considering how like 90% of his run there has gone I can't blame him one bit.
And it looks like Lee is signing with RoH
:jeezus jordynne allie needs that neck
Is Cody really trying to hide behind the idea that independent promotions wouldn't work with unionized wrestlers? Pretty obvious that the calls for unionization are for the billion dollar companies like the one he is currently working as an executive for, not your local promoter pulling in 100-200 people a show.
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