Thursday, March 8, 2018

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 227

What if Hideo Kojima were a promoter...
Photo Credit: Tribeca Film Festival
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:

I answer this with the disclaimer that I've never played any Metal Gear game, but they were acclaimed for being cinematic and enriched in story. Kojima is also a weirdo on Twitter, although not a part of Weird Twitter, which is a whole other thing entirely. Anyway, his promotion would probably be a mashup of old Southern promotions where everyone turned on everyone all the time with Chikara-style long-term storytelling with more mature themes and a healthy dose of absurd characters mixed in, like in Dramatic Dream Team. For in-ring, I'm not sure how it would play out; I guess that would depend on the roster. However, the best guess would probably be direction in the vein of New Japan. Also, Kota Ibushi would sneak around in a box.

SOUP: Winter weather means it's time for a hearty soup. What's heartier than a shitpile of legumes in broth seasoned with pork? Sausage lentil soup is the name of the game. All it needs is Italian sausage, a bunch of lentils, mirepoix, seasoning, and H2O, and you're set.

ENTREE: Since soup is on the menu as a starter, I want to shy away from a stew, which is the typical go-to for winter entrees here. Instead, I'm gonna go with a casserole, but not any casserole, a classic Italian one that a certain comic cat loves. Lasagna is a perfect, stick-to-your-ribs dinner. Of course, it's not lasagna without Sunday gravy, i.e. the tomato sauce that your mom-mom makes to put on pasta. But we in our house always have a jar or a container of some kind in the freezer. Again, Italian sausage is key here, as well as ricotta cheese and mozzarella, either fresh or a good bagged brand. Parmesan is essential as well.

DESSERT: Both the soup and the entree are Italian, so why not the dessert as well? Cannoli is an all-year-long treat. Again, you have ingredients from a prior dish in ricotta cheese. All you need powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate chips to put inside the shells.

From protected user @adamsgroove:
to follow up from last week, is there anyone in NXT that needs to be future endeavored?
I hate calling for people's firings, especially when WWE is releasing people from places where it shouldn't be. Abbey Laith got the can today, and apparently, as of this typing, more female releases are on the way. I don't think WWE needs to release people from anywhere. I think again it needs better utilization of talent and to show that upward mobility is possible. I don't know.

I've never been to Vanguard, so I can't say with surety whether or not the change in the kitchen leadership is good or bad. But GODDAMN, that new menu looks fantastic. I mean, that Librado Grillo? Shove like 50 of them right in my maw. DO IT.

Not necessarily. He has to make it to the final, for sure. Roderick Strong as the Dean Malenko of the cruiserweight division (with Drew Gulak as a much more violent Chris Jericho) is all well and good, but his stage isn't the finals. Concurrently, Gulak is a fucking star and the ace heel of that division. However, his story isn't for Mania with the reboot happening. You want to set the tone? You put Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali in the finals at Mania, let them go for 12-20 minutes on the main card, let them top their pre-tournament match from 205 Live, and just blow the goddamn doors off the stadium. I don't necessarily think Alexander has to win. Ali is just as valid a standard-bearer for the division. It's really a six in one basket, half-dozen in the other situation.

While I, like many other kids my age, watched a ton of Family Matters as a kid on Friday nights, it hasn't aged as well as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will Smith is kinda talented, isn't he? The supporting cast worked too, not just Carlton, but everyone, even both Aunt Vivs.

ON paper, it has to be. I mean, it already was near the top with Vinny Curry, but once he's replaced with Bennett, I think the Eagles surpass the Rams and Vikings. That being said, Bennett comes with baggage, and I don't mean the off the field activism. Regardless of what you've been led to believe, that stuff doesn't matter on the field, and off it, well, have you seen Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters? If not, you don't know dick about the defending Super Bowl Champions. Bennett's real baggage is not being able to stay on the field. He's been banged up the last two years, and if he can't go, that takes a lot of bite out of the acquisition. That being said, things look favorable for him to stay healthy because of the depth on the defensive line. The Eagles will continue to rotate guys in and out, and quite frankly, if you're a fan of a team on the Eagles schedule this season and aren't petrified at the 3rd down pass rush of Brandon Graham, Bennett, Fletcher Cox, and Derek Barnett, well, your head is lodged way too far up your own ass.

Honestly, fuck him. MLW acted surprisingly swiftly for a wrestling outfit faced with this kind of ordeal, so that's good. What's not good is that Dallas had gotten the chance to be "controversial" for so long. He's long been useless, serving only as a lackey to Gabe Sapolsky. For those who don't know, Dallas went on a long diatribe on the MLW podcast running down the victim of Michael Elgin's student Sean Orleans. The rant has been subsequently edited out after his departure from the podcast. But no, life has no room for someone who bashes victims and sticks up for abusers and their enablers. Fuck him.