Thursday, December 14, 2017

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 217

The FCC boned everyone, but especially indie wrestling distribution
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It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers:
Long story short, if net neutrality gets vanquished the way that the Federal Communications Commission voted for it to be vanquished today, it will be nigh impossible for streaming services such as Powerbomb TV to continue as they are. Net neutrality rules that were always sort of in place before Barack Obama's administration codified them in 2015 made sure that Internet service providers had to provide the same speeds for all websites and grant fair access to everyone. With net neutrality so far planned to be scuttled, it would allow these ISPs to control how fast certain sites load and offer tiered Internet to people based on whatever criteria they wanted to, most likely by price. Also, remember that Linda McMahon is on Donald Trump's cabinet. She has a vested interest in how content is distributed in a certain industry. If she or her husband Vince or anyone else in WWE decide they don't want anyone else competing WWE Network, they could nudge the big providers to throttle sites that compete with them, even if they're really not competition in reality. So basically, the fear of Powerbomb TV, Highspots, or even New Japan World becoming borderline unusable in America unless a king's ransom is paid becomes tangible at the very least and probable in the nightmare scenario, and c'mon, you gotta face facts that ever since Trump has been elected President, this fucking world has been operating under the nightmare scenario to end all nightmare scenarios. In short, Powerbomb TV and other services are fucked, just as fucked as anyone else who wants to use the Internet and isn't rich.

It depends on where you're planning on going, but if you're going to come over for wrestling, the obvious month is April. Even if you don't go to any WWE-branded events, New Orleans is going to be crawling with shows from various promotions and featuring a wide swath of pro wrestlers of varying tastes and styles. Do you want to see Rush? Nick Gage? Zack Sabre, Jr.? Nicole Savoy? Daisuke Sekimoto? I mean, nearly every wrestler in America and some from other countries too will be in the Big Easy then. It's a shame such most wrestling hubbubs nucleate around WWE, but then again, if you're there to see friends and watch the graps, I guess it can be excused, y'know?

While I dispute the claim that turkey is second-tier, it doesn't belong at Christmas. Turkey is the Thanksgiving protein. Ham is the Easter protein. Christmas celebrates the coming of Christ the King, right, at least for those in Christiandom? Well, it should be celebrated with the king of meats, beef. Whether it be a roast beef, a prime rib, steaks, or a brisket, Christmas dinner should be celebrated with THE BEEF by all those who can eat it.

One is a wild-eyed young man from a ranch down in Texas, following in the footsteps of his older brother but with a wild streak a million miles long. The other is a grizzled old veteran, looking for one more shot in the big time, this time in a world of weapons and crass crowds. The Great Muta and Keiji Mutoh vs. Terry Funk and Terry Funk would be an incredible spectacle on the level of nothing wrestling has ever seen.

Honestly, I don't wanna go to a site where the graphics look like they're out of 1998 or that they were done by someone whose passion was graphic design. I also don't wanna go to a place where the graphics are nice but they're cluttered up by intrusive advertisements. Unfortunately, I feel like I described like a good 65 percent of blogs and writing sites on the Internet. I don't know. Don't make my eyes bleed too egregiously, and I'll at least check your project out.

Because Philadelphia is as much a trash city as it is a great city.

It ranks pretty high, actually! The hook through the trailing flourish brings the heat, even today. It doesn't sound dated at all. I don't know if it'd be my top one, but it's in my top five which is as follows:
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