Fwd: March Bashness 2020: Decide the Unbreakable Eight

Some interesting matchups this round. Fortunately it's not an all chalk tournament as we've got our own Cinderella. 

First link is for the second round results:

For folks who just want to vote, here it is:

Thanks again!
Keep those action figures six feet apart in between matches.

WM

Now that Mania’s spread out over 2 days and the battle royals are axed, I’m setting the over/under at 18 total matches.  You got the over or the under?

Under.  I still think it’s getting axed by the CDC next week unless they pull off a miracle and tape everything in a few days.  

Pipe Bombed

To me it seems like there is a large crowd of fans that gave up on wwe around 2003-2005 and then came back after the pipebomb in 2011. I'm definitely a part of that crowd but I can't seem to figure out why. Was the pipebomb that good? Just wondering what your thoughts are.

It was a combination of Punk saying things that fans had been saying for a while and then kind of hitting on the zeitgeist, with the Cena storyline that was itself a perfect representation of the frustration that Punk and the fans were feeling.  And then they fucked it all up, but sometimes all you need to do is hook the people again for a bit and then they start watching out of habit.  

Fwd: Question for Blog: Closing Mania


Hi Scott


I know you aren't exactly enjoying the product at the minute but are you paying enough attention to suggest what should get the main event slot this year? 

Personally I think as crazy as it is in 2020 the safest choice is to send the crowd home happy is with Edge celebrating? Particulary if he's coming back for more than just one match as expected. It's the best angle with the most over superstars at this moment. 

Surely they aren't going to finish with Roman again and there's quite a few people who think Drew is losing?

Thoughts?

I’m curious as to what in the past decade would lead you to think they AREN’T closing with Roman?

Sid

What is your opinion on Sid? What makes him so likable and popular? Is it just his intensity? Something beyond all that. Should he go in the WWE Hall of Fame?

I don't mind Sid in a midcard attraction role, but the times when companies tried to build around him always resulted in him overreaching his bounds and ugliness resulting.  But as a goof who cuts dumb promos and squashes geeks with a powerbomb?  Sure, bring it on.  

Frankly I'm shocked he's not in the WWE Hall already.  

Fwd: AEW: TNA or RAW circa 1995?

Scott,

Why do you think people compare AEW so much with TNA, especially when it comes to accepting WWE “rejects?”  The company reminds me more of mid 1990s WWF when they took Austin, Foley, Simmons, Rhodes and other WCW rejects, repackaged them to go with their own guys and completely reinvented wrestling.

Isn’t this the more logical comparison?

Maybe, but we really don't know what they are yet because they're only a few months old.  So all these analogies and trying to put them in a box are a little silly.  They're AEW and let's just leave it at that for a bit. 

Fwd: Thoughts on Star Trek: Picard?

Hello Scott,

Loved your TNG reviews from way back when. Would love to know what your reaction has been to Star Trek: Picard, if you've been watching.

The most recent episode was pretty gory and decidedly non-Trek. although Seven of Nine kicked much ass as a hard-drinking, gun-toting vigilante. 

Yeah, i'm a big fan thus far, although it throws me off every time someone says "fuck" on a mainstream Star Trek show.  My wife bailed on it after two episodes because the cuts are too deep (Hugh Borg!) and the story isn't really moving that fast.  But I'm deeply into Picard dressing up like a one-eyed pimp and running scams and stuff.  
Although, I must echo the same sentiment a lot of other people have had about the Trek universe in general:  Enough rebooting, revisiting and flashing back.  Just move forward into the future, pick a new crew and a new captain and a new ship, and go have wacky adventures in space like everyone wants to see again.  Maybe have Picard there to smash the champagne bottle on the new ship and wish them well if you want, but then that's it, move on. 

Pre-Order Retromania

They sent me this update today, although given the somewhat spotty amount of information on the game thus far I don't know that I want to commit $25 for a game that may or may not be coming out in July.  However, I was just playing WrestleFest on my Pi3 last night and pumping virtual quarters into it was a lot of fun, so I'll probably be down for this one when it comes out.  Anyway, pre-orders are live for PC and Switch versions, although apparently you can't pre-order Xbox and PS4 for various reasons.  Roster seems good enough although it's hard to tell 100% what they're going for with it.  Anyway, best of luck to them, because it kind of blows my mind that you can't just buy WrestleFest on a console for $5 today as it is.   

Dynamite thoughts from a first time attendee

Been to about five or six WWE events in Atlanta plus the Nitro Goldberg won the title (which the atmosphere was sick for that).

Never experienced anything like what I just experienced tonight.  It's a nice feeling going to a wrestling event with actual wrestling and excellent from beginning to end.  I don't know what people outside of Atlanta view Atlanta fans in the wrestling world but I always think it is a passionate bunch.  But it always seems when I went to a WWE event save maybe the 2002 Royal Rumble Vince always gave a middle finger to the crowds especially lately.

The Omega/Page tag match was insane and fans were up on their feet the entire time.  Place went nuts for Cody as expected.  After cameras went off Cody grabbed the mic and told a story of how he got into wrestling and talked about Dusty.  He got very emotional after.  Dustin came out and hugged him.  Just a great moment.

One thing from my take is that what AEW has that WWE lacks is detail.  Detail in matches, detail with the presentation, etc.  They're seeing what's working and what isn't and fixing what isn't.  

Women's division still needs improvement like a lot but it isn't putrid and at least it's a little different than what the WWE women's division which has gone stale 

There were three more matches after in Dark but my buddy and I have to teach tomorrow.  

But amazing experience and best thing was I got in for free.

Thanks for sharing !  Hopefully they come close enough to me that I can go someday. 

Fwd: NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin

Hey Scott

So NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin


That’s NXT UK.

Dublin.

Who’s gonna tell Vince and Trips that Dublin (Republic of Ireland) isn’t in the UK?

Now, if NXT UK then do Takeover: Paris, Berlin, Madrid etc outside of UK it’s all good. But.


Also did you know Dublin is the fastest growing city in the world? ………

It just keeps doubling and doubling and doubling and …..

To be fair, they did say on the show that Takeover Dublin is the first NXT UK show to be held outside of the UK.  

DEAD BY 2023

Hello Scott

WarnerMedia Greenlights Second Weekly AEW Show as Dynamite Extended Through 2023

 

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2020/01/15/warnermedia-greenlights-second-weekly-aew-show-as-dynamite-extended-through-2023/

 

 

Too much, too soon?

 

I personally only watch Dynamite myself since it’s only two hours.

 

(but I have to say, AEW has got me back into watching a weekly product)

 

I'm wary of adding more content to the mix, although if it's just something like bringing Dark to TNT so they can monetize it, good for them.  This definitely answers the "questions" about how happy TNT is with the ratings, though. 

Academy Awards are a Joke…

…r
Damn, Joker sweeps the noms!  Todd Phillips getting nommed for a Scorsese impression is kind of dumb, but I loved the movie and I hope it wins just to spite the AVClub nerds.  But mostly I hope Once Upon A Time wins because Tarantino deserves one and Hollywood loves putting itself over anyway.  Either way, I’m good and I’ll actually have a couple of movies to root for this year.