@dizzyhippos: It was, but it's unfortunate it made it seem not even Bret supported Martha during the lawsuit, which wasn't the case.
My money's on the Bucks climbing up on each ends of a goal post for simultaneous dives off it. Then Kenny ending the match by carrying Sammy on his shoulders from the 20 yard line, to the endzone, avoiding the rest of the Inner Circle on the way, and hitting the One-Winged Angel in the endzone.
Imagine breaking your ass like Fenix did and then having to go do a ladder match 3 days later, oof. SCU and Sabian really Miz'd that one up.
Orange Cassidy was beat up as well. Fenix has been wrestling his ass off between this week and his match on the last Dark episode.
I also am pretty excited to see what crazy stuff happens in the stadium.
I really liked the Pac promo.
Spears news was good... if the guy would shave off his really stupid mohawk and be a little less corny I could be really into him.
Britt Baker out, Penelope Ford is taking her spot against Kris Statlander. They are gonna address her status at the show Saturday.
Fenix is out of the ladder match replaced by Joey Janella. Not believed to be long term.
Man that show was a fucking disaster from that standpoint the other night. I actually was busy during some of it so I actually missed the Britt Baker injury and holy shit that was an incredibly stupid spot. Funny that Nyla was still involved somehow.
I'm sorry but the women's needs to be cleaned up man. Some people there and their decision making is putting people at major risk.
@stephen_von_cloud: I assume the plan when they still had international talent was a long monster run followed by Riho beating her, but now I think they realize that during this era they need someone that can wrestle so hopefully Shida is taking it off her.
Yeah she needs serious work in the ring and she's not alone.
Even Statlander who I really like myself has had some weird botches. There was a superplex a while ago she was involved in which was almost a disaster.
The spot that hurt Baker was completely asinine though and whoever allowed that to happen needs to be reigned in majorly. Just throwing a big woman onto someone else? what the hell would happen but an injury and what is the possible upside? It doesn't even look cool as a spot and how do you sell or make someone just falling on you look cool? I know Kenny is supposed to be involved in a lot of the women's and I really hope he didn't sign off on that.
The danger is a big issue. I personally really like Baker, Statlander, Shida, and Ford but they obviously need to expand but at the same time clean up these issues. I would love if they could bring of Priestly full time and Hayter. There's plenty of potential there but if they hurt a superstar in the making like Baker for a mediocre quarantine match before anything can get going it will be a huge disaster.
Tragic news as Hana Kimura passed away from what is looking like suicide. She was in the most recent season of Terrace House, a reality show on Netflix, and was really getting piled on social media due to how the show's producers framed appearance in the show.
I'm crushed right now. Really enjoyed her as a performer and she was very nice during the brief interaction we had at a Stardom show when I went to Japan. Just so awful and sickening that bullying and abuse like this seems to get worse. How many anonymous people are hurt every day by people like the ghouls who drove Hana to this point? Terrible.
The @gatohmove watch party for #AEWDoN with @EmiSakura_gtmv, @Mei_gtmv and @baliyanxakki has been a must-watch. I'm so happy Sakura-san got to watch Shida's win! 💜— TDE Wrestling (@tde_gif) May 24, 2020
AEW had the impossible task of making people feel good at the end of the worst week in wrestling since Benoit with 0 crowd to help them... the sons of bitches somehow did it.
I thought parts were a little lackluster in a way I haven't felt about AEW PPVs previously but the Stampede certainly delivered. That was a ton of fun.
I thought Cody v Archer was a bit of a letdown for me. Just wasn't the best match and having so much of it be about their managers was a pretty lame way to go about it. I personally was hoping for an Archer win and then Cody having to kind of climb the mountain to beat him.
Casino ladder match and Shida's win were highlights for me otherwise.
@stephen_von_cloud: Cody's interaction with the crowd is a big part of his matches.
Yeah you're right.
It was a weird move to have the Face manager interfere to me.
I also feel like they went too long on the matches here a few times, which they've been great at not doing on Dynamite. I just think shorter matches are the way to go right now with no crowd.
I do feel like Archer would be getting a great reaction too that would be getting him over a lot more. It's kind of a shame really. Not to be a downer but yeah. We'll see. I do feel like so far AEW kind of burns through some storylines and feuds faster than they need to. I hope Archer and Cody continues (now Archer mad and even more reckless) and same with Brody and Mox. I would love to see them get crowd matches.
I did enjoy the show.
some random notes about Double or Nothing:
Yeah, JR is rough. I like the guy, but it feels like Tony Khan hired him mostly out of nostalgia for the work he was doing 20 years ago. He just can't keep up at this point.
Can't really agree about the comic/silly matches, though. AEW's willingness to embrace acts like Colt Cabana and "Broken" Matt Hardy is what I like about the company. Taking wrestling too seriously seems like a bad way to live. But maybe I'm just a bad fan.
I mean... Spears v Dustin was funny. That was the point? I hope.
Don't agree on JR remotely. He still isn't great with names (can't tell the young bucks apart still lol) but he's done a great job adapting over time, for example letting Excalibur take the reigns. I had my criticisms of him at first but he has shown a lot of awareness and learned a thing or two. He's doing a great job at AEW and I really love the entire announce team, including Tony and Tazz, together as a group and they have great chemistry.
Also the Brodie Lee as Vince character wasn't thrown together, it was Brodie Lee's idea. The only way in which is unplanned is that I think Brodie came into the Dark Order story and added the whole Vince angle. He just got burned by Vince and he decided to do a closely studied parody. All the big guys at AEW pretty much call their own creative shots from what I know. I'm sure maybe his vignettes have needed some more production work but for example most vignette video stuff is done by the wrestlers themselves and sent in.
I also have to say I like the PPV more even in retrospect. The one match that bothered me which I didn't mention was the MJF/Jungleboy match because I thought Jungleboy simply had to win that. Depending on how it goes now, it can be totally fine but the match was great regardless.
I just think MJF should be a guy who loses and please don't do an undfeated streak storyline with him, please please. I hate that angle with any wrestler but it would be a shame here. Like Flair he should be losing his share because he should be a great loser that can actually gain from a loss.
To me, I think Jungleboy coming off a big win with momentum and MJF losing and having heat and being pissed would have been better for both than an MJF win. It was a fuck up clearly to me but the match was still great. I think its overlooked because of the ending too, if Jungleboy wins its more of a highlight.
Hopefully they keep the feud and Jungleboy gets his win later.
I mean... Spears v Dustin was funny. That was the point? I hope.
I love all the comedy that hits... that segment just sucked. The rest of it was great.
Spears can be really good at times but if they guy could just tone down the corny factor like 25 percent he could be so much better. He's always trying a little too hard, from the mohawk to the jokes.
I made it about 40 minutes into Raw tonight before I had to stop watching, I lost my tolerance for their shit ass camera cuts and the idea that Randy Orton vs Edge in 2020 is "THE GREATEST MATCH EVER: BACKLASH " is just insulting.
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BTE: MARTY SCURLL!?
Yeah. on the gb discord I was commenting how I mistook Peter Avalon's kind of douchey undercut/topknot combo for Marty's during DoN.
Curious if this is actually teasing something or if it is just screwing with the fans a bit. Haven't seen a proper teardown of everyone's facial hair in that bit but it isn't too hard to imagine them filming like ten of these back before lockdown really ramped up. Would have lined up with BTE 200 (which Marty participated in) too and it isn't too hard to have a version for every "big match idea" they had
Still. Butcher and Blade were there (and anyone who made jokes about how they look like 80s gay porn stars when they are in their bondage gear...) and they are the most obvious AEW branch of Villain Enterprises (victorian bondage look coupled with being mercs who work for someone).
A short run where he goes up against The Elite or The Inner Circle would be a great fit. Further improve AEW/ROH relations, give a bonus payday to the EVPs' buddy, and have someone who can help spread out the clashes between the current main eventers.
And with The Inner Circle doing their pep rally that is a great opportunity for someone to go Sting or NWO on their asses...
@gundato: Unless it means some kind of collaboration between AEW and NJPW I really dont see what AEW gets from working with RoH.
Impact continues to quietly have a super talented womens division.
@sombre: No ones saying one way or the other still. But with all the shifty stuff going on in Florida during this pandemic wouldn't be shocked if it got buried.
This match will probably be good until the super obvious DQ finish, because if you beat Asuka your saing the raw womens title means nothing and if you beat Charlotte its like "why do I care about NXT?"
@dizzyhippos: The same thing they get from any of the other promotions they are friendly with. Lines of communication to avoid double booking the same wrestler, an assortment of midcarders to send back and forth, and folk like Cobb (and maybe Marty) who can come by for a short run/big match that helps both companies.
Ya know, there's gonna be another Mania, another Double or Nothing, it's not a big deal the buildings had no fans. When Brodie Lee and Matt hardy debuted--whatever, 90 days of hype to come out to no reaction, it's fine.
But for FTR to do a run-in debut, finally kicking off a feud that's been built-up for 3 years, and you only hear like 30 people cheering fucking sucks. Obviously it was the correct decision to pull the trigger now because who knows how long it will be otherwise, but damn, you only get 1 debut pop.
@hansolol: I feel you on that. Felt that way about more than a few things recently with debuts and big matches.
Also if they haven't already maybe they should consider signing that Christie James lady, she looked good against Shida.
Yeah she was impressive with how she handled herself in the ring. Very confident.
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