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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:49 am 
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I heard Sasha hurt her back, that's a career shortening injury (and they say its fake) IDK if her small frame hurts or helps her with that.

The Kabuki's getting a victory over BL and CF is BIG imo. More mist :shock:

The HIAC finish i said stunk....nbd though, im not going to cry or cancel a subscription.

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The Kabuki's getting a victory over BL and CF is BIG imo. More mist :shock:

+1 I hope they keep going with this!

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The Kabuki's getting a victory over BL and CF is BIG imo. More mist :shock:

+1 I hope they keep going with this!


Oh it will derail, the E's track record shows.
Id be okay with 3 months of K.W.'s "push"

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Jon Moxley Beats Chris Jericho to Win AEW World Championship at Revolution 2020

Mike Chiari February 29, 2020

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Jon Moxley beat Chris Jericho at AEW Revolution in Chicago on Saturday to become the second AEW world champion in the company's brief history.

Moxley hit Jericho with a Paradigm Shift to take the belt.

The pair have been at each other's throats for the past few months, and Moxley finally got his chance to go one-on-one with the leader of The Inner Circle with the AEW world title on the line at Revolution.

When it became clear shortly after Full Gear on November 9 that Moxley had his sights set on the AEW World Championship, Jericho attempted to befriend him and essentially convince him not to challenge for the title.

Jericho offered Moxley a spot in The Inner Circle and a new car, and it initially looked as though he would accept after he considered the invite for a few weeks.

After Moxley said he was in, though, he hit Le Champion in the head with a champagne bottle and ran out of the ring before the rest of The Inner Circle could get to him.

That made Moxley public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of Jericho and The Inner Circle, especially after he beat Sammy Guevara for the right to fight for the AEW World Championship No. 1 contendership.

Jericho tried to put Moxley out of commission by taking a spike off his jacket and sticking it in his eye. That forced Moxley to wear a bandage and a patch over his eye, but it didn't stop him from beating PAC on Jericho's cruise on January 22 to become No. 1 contender.

Moxley even got some measure of revenge a couple of weeks ago when he poked the eye of Inner Circle member Santana with a car key and forced him to wear a patch as well.

With Moxley mowing down the stable and getting closer to Jericho, Le Champion enlisted services of free-agent wrestler Jeff Cobb, who attacked Moxley after he beat Santana and then faced him the following week on Dynamite.

Since Moxley is something of a lone wolf and was going up against an entire stable led by Jericho, the odds were very much stacked against the challenger entering Revolution.

Moxley is used to overcoming the odds, though, and he did precisely that to end Jericho's nearly 200-day title reign Saturday.

Since Jericho is scheduled to tour with his band, Fozzy, beginning in April, it made sense to take the title off him, and the decision may see him take a break from AEW programming soon.

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Pro Wrestling in Empty Arenas Is the Weirdest Show on Earth
By Sean T. Collins

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Are professional wrestlers just the world’s most muscular theater kids? To quote wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who appeared on last night’s episode of WWE’s Monday Night Raw: Hell yeah.

Broadcast live without an audience for the first time in history, both Monday Night Raw on the USA Network and last Friday’s episode of Smackdown on Fox stripped wrestling down to its bare essentials: a ring, a microphone, and wrestlers to use both. The result was less like the WWE’s usual played-to-the-rafters gladiatorial spectacle and more like tech week for a black-box production. It showcased the performers at their weirdest, wildest, and most, well, theatrical.

On Friday’s episode of Smackdown, things got downright goofy. That tone was set by wrestler-turned-company-executive (and son-in-law of head honcho Vince McMahon) Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who special-guested on the commentary team and appeared to be having the time of his life. Trips, as he’s affectionately known by wrestling smarks, made jokes about the unusual setup: When heel wrestler Asuka waltzed into the room to distract her rivals during a match, he responded by saying, “She blended in with the crowd! I never saw her coming!” He cracked wise about his recent title change, rumored to be a step down in the company hierarchy, by saying, “I’m the only man in the history of the world that can get demoted and get busier.” He even broke kayfabe, the once-sacred suspension of disbelief that’s still almost always adhered to during the broadcasts themselves, by referring to the show’s multiple drafts. (“Real” sporting events, needless to say, aren’t scripted.)

The wrestlers followed suit. Bayley, the dastardly women’s champion, and her buddy Sasha Banks worked the nonexistent crowd as they walked to the ring. Nikki Cross tried to get a crowd chant going. The Miz and John Morrison used the absence of an audience to talk themselves up without the risk of getting booed. (Triple H’s deadpan response: “It’s amazing how comfortable Miz and Morrison are without crowd noise. It’s like it happens all the time.”)

The episode culminated in the already-legendary faceoff between semiretired babyface turned bonafide Hollywood star John Cena and his current rival, demented children’s show host (yes, you read that correctly) Bray Wyatt. Without the roar of the crowd yay-ing and booing behind it, the clash between Cena’s steely hip-hop Superman persona and Wyatt’s Joker-fied madness felt uncomfortably intimate, which to be honest is exactly the way it should feel.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:11 am 
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I have been watching Raw and Smackdown. Its weird, I enjoy the matches bell to bell. Promos are awkward and imo shouldn't be delivered in a ring in an empty room. Entrances are a waste for most. Commentary is on the comical side, I do enjoy the special guests.

Standouts during this are Cesaro, Bryan, Zayne and Asuka .
It sure is weird.

WrestleMania ...IDK man, i'll be watching .

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I have been watching Raw and Smackdown. Its weird, I enjoy the matches bell to bell. Promos are awkward and imo shouldn't be delivered in a ring in an empty room. Entrances are a waste for most. Commentary is on the comical side, I do enjoy the special guests.

Standouts during this are Cesaro, Bryan, Zayne and Asuka .
It sure is weird.

WrestleMania ...IDK man, i'll be watching .

It is VERY weird, and I agree WWE needs to change the promo delivery. They seem to be trying to do the same promos they always have to hype the crowd. Which is just so strange when there is no crowd.

This seems to be reserved for WWE as AEW seems to have absolutely no issues with this. I'm very glad to have AEW during this time when WWE could easily claim this is just such new territory it has to be awkward to some degree. NOT SO! If anything AEW has thrived on this new, strange, format. Instead of constantly recapping PPVs, as WWE does every single week, they have added better and more involved promos. They also put other wrestlers ringside to take add a little action to the side which helps immensely. This is why competition in the wrestling world is so important, keeps everyone on their toes.

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Exclusive: Update On State Of Georgia Intervening At AEW Tapings, Tony Khan Comments
By Nick Hausman | April 03, 2020

https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2020/04/exclusive-update-on-state-of-georgia-intervening-in-aew-668737/

As previously reported, this week's AEW Dynamite tapings took place from QT Marshall's Gym in Norcross, GA.

Wrestling Inc. reported that state of Georgia officials had stopped by AEW's tapings on Thursday.

From what we were told, the officials initially attempted to shut down the tapings before being provided with paperwork that allowed AEW to move forward. Apparently AEW had been approved to move forward before Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp issued his "shelter in place order", which officially goes into place today at 6 pm.

Since our reporting, AEW President Tony Khan has reached out to us to provide clarity on the situation.

Khan explained to us that the official who stopped by was a local Georgia code enforcement official. They were there to ensure that everything was as agreed to in the permits AEW had obtained. Khan stated that it was just a routine check-in like any other week, and everything was fine on both sides.

Stay with Wrestling Inc. for all the latest regarding AEW's TV tapings during the coronvarius pandemic.

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Pulling back the curtain on WWE icon The Undertaker

May 8, 2020
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There's something jarring about hearing The Undertaker chuckle.

Granted, he's not The Undertaker as we speak on the phone, although, in truth, he's always The Undertaker. On the other end of the line is Mark Calaway, the 55-year-old Houston native whose 30-year run with the WWE as "The Dead Man" is unequaled in its longevity and legacy.

It was also unequaled in its secrecy. Calaway has long been notorious for keeping "kayfabe," and not allowing fans to get a glimpse at the man behind the gimmick. That wall has started to crumble in his later years, and it gets demolished in "Undertaker: The Last Ride," a five-episode documentary series on WWE Network that premieres this Sunday.

"I think there's a lot of people that have wanted to see a lot of what they're going to get to see. They just had to wait 30 years for it," he told ESPN on Wednesday, with that aforementioned chuckle.

"But I think people are going to be shocked and amazed, and have a better understanding of who The Undertaker is and who Mark Calaway is."

In a rare interview, we spoke with Calaway about his decision to get candid, the enduring legacy of The Undertaker and whether his "cinematic" WrestleMania match with AJ Styles could add a few more years to his career before 'Taker rests in peace.

ESPN: Like Chris Jericho said in the first episode of "Undertaker: The Last Ride": You don't do podcasts. You don't do interviews. You're not just dropping the gimmick here. You're also allowing people to see you really vulnerable, like the scene where Vince McMahon is running to get help because that's how badly you were concussed after a match. How difficult was it to open yourself up like this?

Calaway: "It was pretty difficult, honestly. But it was my idea. The end is near. [Laughs] I knew that I needed to document some of this stuff, because I wouldn't have another chance to do it. Because once I finally pull the plug, I won't have the opportunity to have footage of me behind the scenes and what I was thinking at the time. I really didn't know what we were going to do with all of this. We didn't start out with any thoughts. We just started filming this stuff with the thought that somewhere down the line we'd maybe do something with it.

"But it was extremely difficult. Even though it was my idea to have a crew start following me, it was extremely difficult for me to get used to it, to let my guard down. They would be there. They'd be filming. And then next thing you know, I'd snap at them, 'Why are you filming me?!' And they'd be like, 'Because that's what you asked us to do.' And I was like, 'Aw, s--- you're right.'

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By the time The Undertaker had one of his career-defining rivalries against Brock Lesnar, he had started combining elements from several stages of his career in his presentation of the character. JP Yim/Getty Images

"I'm a notorious old-school guy. When I hear people talking about matches and this and that, I just cringe, because I've always protected the business. Obviously I realize that it's the natural progression and that things have changed. I've changed with it, but there's that certain aspect of it being not for everybody.

"That's one reason why The Undertaker had the longevity that it did. Because all they got was The Undertaker."

Now you're like a magician who decided to start explaining the tricks.

Calaway: "Exactly! So it was really difficult at first to let the guard down. [For example], it took me forever to get on the social media thing. A couple of years ago, I started a social media account, and I started getting things like 'The Undertaker is on Instagram. My childhood has been ruined.' [Laughs] That's how protective I was of that character. So some people are really receptive to the fact that I'm opening up. Others are acting like I've ruined their childhood."

Wrestling has seen its share of gimmicks through the years that are over the top, but they always seem to have a shelf life. Fans grow tired of them as times change. Ric Flair said that "The Undertaker" is the best gimmick in wrestling history, and it's one that has lasted for decades. But was there ever a time when you were worried about The Undertaker character having run its course? That things maybe were pushed too far?

Calaway: "You run that risk. Especially when you have up to six hours of content a week on television. Regardless of the character, any talent runs the risk of burning themselves out, based on that content alone. And then as all the -- this is the only way I know how to say it -- but all the 'smart marks' and all the dirt [sheets] became such an obsession, it was hard for characters to stay viable. You become a flavor of the week.

"I think what really helped me [stay viable] was that I did protect that character. I didn't give them anything other than the character. You didn't see me doing movies as something else. I had opportunities to do that other stuff, but I passed. I knew wrestling. I knew WWE. I knew Vince. That was my passion, and to this day [it still is]. I knew I couldn't be [The Undertaker] here, and then go do something else. I don't think people would have accepted it and stayed intrigued in the character.

"When I started feeling stale in the Attitude Era, I thought that if I didn't change the character, I don't think it would have lasted through that era. It was everything goes, reality based. That's when I switched to the American Badass character. I kept some elements of The Undertaker. Kept the name. But I took the shackles off for a little while for how that character presented itself. And it worked. People accepted it, and it fit for that time period. Once I felt like it ran its course, I was able to bring [the Undertaker] right back. Now I had elements of the original Undertaker, elements of the American Badass and I was able to keep adding to the character while staying true to it. That's what's given it the longevity that it's had: Adapt, but keep the core elements of it."

One of the previews for the series shows you watching the Roman Reigns match from WrestleMania 33 and being "so disappointed in your performance."

Calaway: "That was one of those times it was tough having the cameras there. That was the first time that I watched that match back. I was so disgusted with it that I didn't want to watch it back."

For someone who took so much pride in his in-ring performance, what was it like when you revisited matches that didn't work? Is that something you found constructive?

Calaway: "So, a little insight into how we used to do things.

"We used to have a pay-per-view on Sunday, and then obviously do TV on Monday. During catering, they'd be replaying the pay-per-view from the night before. Everybody would be watching the matches. I couldn't do it. I cannot watch myself in that atmosphere. I wouldn't watch my matches back until I was by myself, at home. No wife, no kids, nothing. I had to be by myself, alone. I wasn't looking for the good stuff. I was looking for the bad stuff. What I should have done when I did that [move]. I wanted to pick it apart. You can watch a match with your peers and they'll be like, "Aw, man, that was awesome." I don't want to hear that.

"Early on in my career, I watched everything back. Good, bad, indifferent. As I got older ... I know when I'm out there and I'm moving slow. I know when my limp is more prominent that it may be. Or when I'm behind in a spot. I just know now.

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Marc Calaway, shown here in September 2019 at a college football game between Texas and LSU, was reticent to show the public the person behind the character of "The Undertaker" for most of his career. Tim Warner/Getty Images

"[Watching that match], I'm battling with it. I was so disappointed for Roman. Even after Brock Lesnar beat the streak, for guys coming up to have a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania -- especially where Roman was at -- it was important for his career. Especially because he was going over. For me, in that role, I wanted to do the very best that I could do for Roman. I think the world of him. You want to be able to do the best you can for him, and you know you have no business being in the ring.

"Yes, I could have mailed it in. Protected myself. Only done a couple of things that I knew that I could do. But that's just not the way I work. And it wouldn't have been fair to him. So I just tried to do the best I could. The harder I tried, the more I did -- at least in my perception -- it was not a good night. It was really disappointing. Watching it back finally, and watching it back in front of a film crew, it was like ... I didn't have to say much. You could just tell from the expression on my face that I wasn't really pleased with it."

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Undertaker, AJ Styles throw down in epic 'Boneyard' match
Undertaker and AJ Styles square off in the 'Boneyard' match at Wrestlemania 36.


Let's talk about a match people were pleased with. The Boneyard match with AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 went over big with fans. Were you surprised by that reaction, and does the "cinematic" match thing extend your career beyond what your expectations might have been?

Calaway: "I think it could, if I wanted to do that. That possibility is there, but we'll just see on that.

"We were both very proud of that match. Considering all the circumstances, we were really, really happy with it. And the fact that we got to go offsite and give it a theme like that, it helped tremendously. Like I've said, for me, it's always, always about the story. I tell this to people all the time: Wrestling isn't about the moves. It's about telling the story. You use wrestling moves to tell that story, but that's not what it's all about. He went places in his promos leading up to WrestleMania that no one has ever dared go, you know? After all those interviews, even if we had had a regular match ... you talk about my wife, and it would have been all fists anyway.

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The Undertaker returned to some of the supernatural roots of his character in the cinematically produced "Boneyard" match at WrestleMania 36 against AJ Styles. WWE, Inc

"I'm not trying to armdrag and armbar and do all that stuff. I'm going to punch you in the face until your nose meets the back of your head. Because that's real, you know what I mean? Because of the intensity of his promos, and then going to [the boneyard], I think we really told a great story. At the end of the day, that's the most important part.

"The way it was shot, I mean my goodness, it was a mini-movie. I just really think it's going to catch on. Bray Wyatt's character is probably the closest to mine. He's got that really over-the-top demented type character. He could do some things in that realm that would be just phenomenal. We were the trendsetters there. I think there will be more cinematic matches like that in the future.

"As for me ... we'll see what happens with me. But I was really happy how that came off."

Well, we know to never say never when it comes to the Undertaker returning.

Calaway: "Never say never."

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I thought his WM36 match was awful. Not because of the cinematic aspect, but it would have been at best a horrible horror movie.

But hey, I don't want to beat up on the company that's having some of its worst ratings ever.


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I thought his WM36 match was awful. Not because of the cinematic aspect, but it would have been at best a horrible horror movie.

But hey, I don't want to beat up on the company that's having some of its worst ratings ever.

I agree it was pretty awful. I don't like any of this new "action movie" stuff with the soundtrack and prerecorded junk. This aspect completely runined MITB for me, which was even worse than WM36. There are indie wrestling promotions that use this effect with much greater success, so they can't even use the excuse they're "trying something new". From what I've read McMahon has developed even more of a "screw it" attitude than ever, I'm sure this plays a big role.

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