Friday, April 16, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
|Omega is at the vanguard of the marathon matches; should other companies follow his opposite?|
The best way to be noticed in wrestling, or in any medium of entertainment, is to stand out from the crowd. If everyone is zigging right, you zag to the left. It's common sense that isn't so common given how much copycat bullshit goes on in the wrestling business nowadays. Whether it's copying from yourself or shamelessly biting of some other promotion's ideas, matches, angles, moves, characters, or commentary tropes, there are few fresh ideas roaming around in the scene today, at least in America. While WWE is historically the biggest offender, that company has been stagnating for two decades and has still bilked several media outlets out of billions of dollars for broadcast rights. Where I think this pattern of malaise is most damaging is below the mainstream surface, below WWE and even All Elite Wrestling.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
|The Face of Grifting|
I try not to pay much attention to Vince Russo, to be honest. He is the architect of the one era that irreparably damaged the foundation of wrestling forever, and yet people still revere him as some guru because he says things they want to hear about the current product. Sure, those things are facile and reductive and offer absolutely no insight whatsoever. When he says that wrestling should "bring main stream back," he offers no real solutions as to how these companies can do it. He only shifts blame to the "marks and dirt sheets" for liking long wrestling matches. Imagine that, people who watch wrestling and enjoy wrestling matches are the problem? I don't need to think too hard about his insane ramblings, because they are just that - insane. No one serious should take him seriously, and I'm not sure he holds any sway in the industry today. Still, the fact that he can set up his own subscription model where people pay into a crowdfund for opinions that amount to "WWE should push celebrities" or "AEW has too many matches" feels like the biggest waste of money that isn't attached to the federal government. It's why whenever I see a take of his that wanders wild into my timeline, I start to get annoyed to the point of obsessive compulsion.
Monday, April 5, 2021
|Ospreay is a symptom, not the disease, but he's still a nasty one at that.|
Photo Credit: NJPW1972.com
Friday, April 2, 2021
|The newest faction may be weak, but that doesn't mean the idea is|
QT Marshall unveiled his new faction on Dynamite this past Wednesday, a rogue group of Nightmare Factory students consisting of Aaron Solow (known best as Bayley's ex-fiance), Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, and Nick Comoroto. They used an exhibition match against Cody Rhodes to announce themselves forcefully. Marshall got himself intentionally disqualified by striking special guest referee Arn Anderson, and the rest of the group laid waste to the other Nightmare Factory guys, both Rhodes brothers, and Billy Gunn before their carnage was over. Another faction in All Elite Wrestling was born.
Monday, March 22, 2021
|Much like she literally has Lacey Evans in a headlock here, Flair may have metaphorically had McMahon in one over Andrade's pending release.|
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Friday, March 19, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
|Red Velvet brought it Wednesday, and she can bring it every weekend|
Screenshot via AEW YouTube
Monday, March 1, 2021
|Don't make Orange Cassidy the avatar for your stupid Twitter war|
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
You can't have it all all of the time. You can be critically successful or commercially lauded. Usually, it's one or the other. It's more likely to have neither than to have both, but some things have been popular and acclaimed, like The Lord of the Rings or LOST. It's hard though. There are two ways the brain can be wired, and what tends to be favored those who think about content in artistic or intellectual terms isn't accessible to the wider masses. There's nothing wrong with this paradigm as long as you can come to an understanding of what you like about the things you do and not throw a temper tantrum that everyone else doesn't hold everything in the same esteem as you, or everyone else, do.
Friday, February 26, 2021
|Rest well, big man|
Joseph Hudson, better known to fans of the latest revival of the National Wrestling Alliance as either Jocephus or The Question Mark, died earlier this week of unknown causes. He also wrestled for Global Force Wrestling and TNA as Beauregard. Hudson was a ten-year veteran of the ring, a career mostly wrestled in Nashville and Chicago until he got his break wrestling for the NWA during its most recent incarnation headed by former TNA executive and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan. According to Corgan, Hudson leaves behind a young son. While I could not find his age in my rudimentary search around the Internet, he couldn’t have been that old.
Monday, February 22, 2021
|Bad Bunny is a good idea, but will WWE keep him retaining the viewers he's bringing to their TV?
Photo Credit: WWE.com|
The year is 2021. Vince McMahon makes billions upon billions of dollars before the first fan walks through the gate, or at least before the first fan WOULD walk through the gate if These Times weren’t so Uncertain. All Elite Wrestling is privately backed by a billionaire family that owns two professional sports franchises in leagues that are basically licenses to print money. Yet, people, and not just shortsighted fans either, look at the ratings of their various programs and start clutching pearls. There may be reason to do so if you work in either company and are feeling pressure to improve on those metrics. If you’re a fan though, wouldn’t you look upon the fact that McMahon just got a cool billion from NBC to merge the WWE Network onto Peacock or that AEW received a renewal from TNT before Dynamite hit its stride and not have to worry about your favorite wrestling program going anywhere?
Friday, February 19, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
|Lane (right) is the father of an insurrectionist. Wild.|
Photo Credit: @WrestlingIsKing
Retirements in pro wrestling are fleeting, never permanent. So are retirements in pro wrestling blogging, it seems.
Once upon a time, tag team wrestling was a huge deal in the United States, generally in the Southeastern territories. Stan Lane generally was considered among the specialists in this milieu, most well-known for his team with Steve Keirn in the Memphis, Florida, and Minneapolis territories known as the Fabulous Ones. They were an outsized and flamboyant duo known for unintentionally homoerotic calendar shoots, but also for being one of the best teams wherever they went. They had something for everyone, as most great wrestling acts do. See, wrestling isn’t just for the in-ring freaks like me or the people who love listening to guys yell charismatically. New Japan Pro Wrestling, for example, is popular with women in the home base because they have an inordinate number of ripped and boyishly cute mega hunks on the roster. I’d assume gay men and other people of various other genders who are attracted to masc-folk are in it for the pecs, abs, bulge, and ass too.