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Full list of upcoming games on the Nintendo Switch (US) (Updated 9/19/2020)
2020.09.19 16:56 CaspianX2Full list of upcoming games on the Nintendo Switch (US) (Updated 9/19/2020)
Console exclusives (games that are also on PC and/or mobile, but not on other consoles) in Italics. Nintendo exclusives (games that are only on Nintendo platforms) in bold. For those looking at this list and not sure what's likely to be noteworthy, I have compiled a page with noteworthy releases on Switch for September 2020. Please give them a look if you want to see what games are likely to be some of September's highlights! As for the full list of upcoming games, here you go:
2020.09.17 04:00 ColdcoffeesPost WWE NXT Discussion Thread! - September 16th, 2020
NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT! NXT! Super Tuesday Results
Damian Priest (c) vs. Timothy Thatcher
Singles match for the NXT North American Championship
Breezango (c) vs. Imperium
Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Io Shirai vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Non-title singles match
Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
Tag team match
Drake Maverick & Killian Dain (DQ)
Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
Tag team match
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter
Full Recap (Source: Cageside Seats) Shotzi Blackheart vs. Io Shirai No mention of Shotzi’s staple gun promo. Blackheart offers her hand in a sign of respect, but the champ slaps it away. Evenly matched in the early going, with Shotzi getting a few covers and then locking in a submission that leaves Io scrambling for a rope break. She gets it, and the ensuing brawl leads to the Genius of the Sky hitting a moonsault off the top to the outside. She brings Blackheart in for a nearfall and we go picture-in-picture. The champ is in control during the commercials, but Shotzi dodges a charge as soon as we come back. Dropkick into the corner, then a facebuster. Blackheart hits a knee before Io hulks up and they go blow-for-blow in the middle of the ring. Each evades kicks, but when Shotzi tries to stretch Shirai, it’s countered to a crossface. Blackheart struggles, then like Io gets a toe on the bottom rope. The ensuing scramble ends with a senton into the ropes from Shotzi. A bridging suplex gets a great nearfall. She bridges into a submission, but Shirai gets her opponent’s shoulders on the mat to force her to release the hold. She charges back with a facebuster. Tiger Feint Kick leads to a dropkick from the top. One, two, no! Shotzi back with a super-rana, but the champ kicks out. They battle to the top, but neither can hit anything from there. On the apron, Io German’s Blackheart right on the back of her neck. Shirai gets her in the ring, but can’t get three! Running knees in the corner, then a moonsault from the top ends it. Great match. Io Shirai def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall Show of respect from the champ in the aftermath as Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix sing Shotzi’s praises. A video package puts over the vicious streak Tommaso Ciampa’s brought back with him. He’s in action next. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Desmond Troy Troy makes the mistake of expecting a clean break on the opening lock-up and eats a knee for it. The newcomer manages to hit a drop kick, but it’s not long before the beatdown is back on. Slingshot into the bottom turnbuckle. Willow’s Bell. Tommaso Ciampa def. Desmond Troy via pinfall The Blackheart gets a chair, but before he can attack, Jake Atlas is here with a microphone. He asks if Ciampa remembers him. He could run out there and attack the former champ, but he’s not a coward. He wants a match next week, and a smile from Tommaso looks like acceptance. Faceless interviewer guy catches up with Drake Maverick on his way to the building. He’s confident he and Killian Dain will be able to get on the same page against Undisputed ERA tonight, even though he hasn’t heard from Dain all week, and doesn’t have his number, and... After a break, our new NXT champ gets to talk in a pre-tape package. Finn Balor puts over Adam Cole, but says he’s the best. The questions keep coming - how is it being champ four years apart? Last time, he was building the brand. Now, the brand needs him. His wearing the belt means he’s the most important champ in the business, even as they show pictures of Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and WALTER. He says guys need to fight to face him. Balor tells them to line up. Austin Theory is out proclaiming himself a first ballot Hall of Famer. His loss to Bronson Reed was a fluke, which he’s going to prove right now by issuing an open challenge to the locker room. The call is answered by Velveteen Dream’s worst nightmare, Kushida! Austin Theory vs. Kushida The Japanese Superstar attacks before the bell, but Theory gets back into it. He misses a standing shooting star press, and that creates an opening for Kushida. Battling on the floor, he sends the younger star into the ringpost shoulder first and goes to work on the arm. It’s not long before he has the Hoverboard Lock in. Kushida def. Austin Theory via submission Kushida won’t let go of the hold after the bell! The referee finally forces him to let go as the announcers wonder what’s gotten into the legendary super-junior. After some ads, we visit with the Garganos. Candice is upset that Tegan Nox is ungrateful, and just doesn’t get their way. Johnny’s mad their TV was busted; he hasn’t gone upstairs in a week because there’s still spaghetti everywhere. He wants to send Tegan a bill for their expensive new TV. She looks forward to winning next week’s #1 contender battle royal, and Gargano mocks the guys in the North American title match. Breezango vs. Imperium Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel attack before the bell, but the champs hold their own. Aichner hits Fandango with a cheap shot as soon as the match starts, and the beatdown on the Deputy starts immediately. The heels employ quick tags, and make the use of five counts as the work Dango over. The champ gets a boot up on a whip and elbows the German off the apron, but then Aichner turns him inside out with a clothesline. Imperium keeps him isolated in their corner. Barthel gets two off a suplex. Dango looks like he might punch his way free, but Barthel comes out of nowhere to take out his knee. The heels hit a tandem drop kick as we go to commercial. Shortly after we return, Fandango lands some strikes on Barthel. He gets caught by the tights before he can tag, but with a big clothesline of his own he gets the corner and Tyler Breeze is finally in! He throws the Italian all around, eventually getting a half crab locked in. Barthel breaks that up, but Dango takes him out. Breezango get Aichner hung up in the corner, but after a Supermodel Kick, Barthel breaks up Breeze’s cover. Back and forth leads to a nifty spot where Barthel shoves Prince Pretty off the top into Aichner’s arms, he catches him for a suplex. Fandango barely breaks up the cover. Things break down and Imperium goes for the same tandem move on the outside, but Dango saves his partner. Back in, he goes for the leg drop off the top but Aichner evades. Barthel kicks him in the jaw and a suplex follow-up gets a close nearfall. Fandango’s in trouble, but manages to get a tornado DDT. Both men tag, and a blind tag by Barthel sets Breeze up for the European bomb, but Dango shoves Aichner into his partner. Prince Pretty stacks him up, and the good guys win! Breezango def. Imperium via pinfall to retain their NXT Tag Team championship Jessi Kamea & Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter The announce team plays this up as a chance to possibly earn a WWE Women’s Tag Team title shot. Catanzaro & Carter get the first pinfall when Kacy slides and grabs Li’s foot while Kayden slings her to the mat. Xia gets free with strikes, but tandem offense continues from C & C. A big clothesline from the tall Kamea allows that team to take control with Catanzaro in peril. Kacy evades a splash in the corner, and both teams tag. Carter & Li have a striking exchange that Kayden wins with a drop kick. Superkicks for both her opponents, then tag to Catanzaro. Pump kick from Kacy while Kayden had Xia in a crucifix, then Catanzaro pops over for a bridging pin. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Jessi Kamea & Xia Li via pinfall The winners offer a fist bump in the aftermath, but Xia doesn’t want anything to do with it. We see Drake finally find Killain, who doesn’t know about the match, and tells Maverick he’s on his own. After a break, Tegan Nox cuts a promo about how Candice has changed. The LeRae she knew definitely wouldn’t sit around and listen to her husband whine about a $200 TV that she broke, just so he can watch himself lose on it. It boils down to Candice wants a lackey, while Tegan just wanted her friend back. But that’s okay, next week she’s gonna win the battle royal, and she can’t wait to see the look on Johnny’s face when it happens. She also warns Io that this time, she won’t come up short. Undisputed ERA (Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain No Dain, and Maverick heads in for what looks like a handicap match. Drake does his never-say-die thing, but things go about as well as you’d expect. We occasionally see shots of guys watching in the back, and Killian is enjoying seeing his “partner” get his butt kicked. After a break, Fish is working over Drake when we see General Manager William Regal step to Dain. The big Irishman argues that he didn’t sign up for the match, but gets up and heads to the ring just as Maverick is thrown to the floor. He picks up Drake and tells him to get in the ring and lose like a man. TUE mock him and tell him to keep steppin’. He turns around and they throw Maverick at him. He sidesteps and heads into the ring and wipes out Roddy. Fish comes in with a chair and that’s the DQ... Drake Maverick & Killian Dain def. Undisputed ERA by disqualification Maverick grabs the chair from Fish, allowing Dain to clean house. Drake is fired up and slaps Killian in the chest, excited they’re a tag team. He gets punched in the face for it. Jake Atlas is seen leaving as faceless interviewer guy catches up to him and asks what he was thinking setting up the match against Tommaso Ciampa for next week. Before he can get too far into his answer, Ciampa attacks. Steve Corino, some other agents and Kyle O’Reilly of all people break it up. Tommaso tells Jake he’ll see him next week, and KOR he’ll deal with him soon, too. After a break, it’s MAJOR announcement time! Regal reveals Balor’s next challenger will be determined in a Gauntlet Eliminator match. Five men will compete. Two start, with others entering a four minute intervals. You have to be pinned or submitted to be eliminated. The winner gets The Prinxe at TakeOver on Oct. 4. Damian Priest vs. Timothy Thatcher Grappling to start, and Priest holds his own, but ends up underneath. He finally gets on offense when he wins a power contest as they exchange shoulder block. The champ is nursing his arm, but it doesn’t stop him from trying for a powerbomb on the floor. Thatcher shoves him into the ring steps, then suplexes him on the floor as we got PiP. Priest fights his way back into it on the small screen, and they’re a-clubbering each other when we get back to full screen. A slap by Thatcher fires up the champ, and Priest comes back with a flurry and a big clothesline that turns the challenger inside out. Spinning back elbow in the corner is followed by doing the deal with a Falcon Arrow, but Thatch kicks out at two. Thatcher tries for an armbar but catches two kicks to the dome for his trouble. Priest tries for a springboard enziguri but Thatcher sidesteps and tries for the armbar again. Another striking exchange, again won by the champ... but Thatcher was playing possum. He catches a kick and goes for a legbar. He finally gets it and turns him over, but the Archer of Infamy makes the ropes. It’s not long before he’s stuck in the Fujiwara armbar, but Priest gets a toe on the ropes. He goes for South of Heaven, but his arm gives out. He connects with a flatliner, then hits his chokeslam a second later, but can only get two. Spinning heel kick off the top, Reckoning, and that’s all she wrote. Damian Priest def. Timothy Thatcher via pinfall to retain the NXT North American championship Buy NXT merchandise on WWE.com • Check out the NXT page on WWE.com • WWEPC on YouTube Follow WWE NXT on Facebook • Follow WWE NXT on Twitter • Follow WWE NXT on Instagram
2020.09.14 21:34 MGTElite489Weekly Report: Week IV January 25, 2020 - January 31, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to the fourth edition of the FNW Weekly Report! Where we recap everything that went down in (and out) of the squared circle for all four brands that are looking to change the professional wrestling world forever. Let's start things off with Apex Wrestling, and Flashpoint IV, emanating from Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Apex Flashpoint IV
Angel Garza defeats The Miz (9:34) El Hijo de Ninja's first match in Apex Wrestling turned out to be the A Lister the Miz, who was coming off being pinned by Tommaso Ciampa in the World Tag Team Championship match between #DIY and Miz and Morrison on Flashpoint II. Looking to get back on track, the Money Maker looked to spoil the rising upstart's arrival. But despite Morrison interfering on his behalf multiple times, Miz fell victim to Angel Garza's Wing Clipper, the new signee making a good debut for himself. Following the show opener, we're hit with a vignette, where we see Mark and Vicky Haskins entering a bar, looking for a drink, only to get anything but a happy hour. Nonetheless, they're the last two standing in the middle of a full scale bar fight, showcasing just how accurate the "Overkill" nickname is when applied to Mark Haskins. As the video caps off, we're then graced with the presence of Chris Hero, who demands an explanation from Drew Gulak as to why he ambushed him after his match two weeks before. But instead of getting who he wants, Hero faces off with the man he beat right before being attacked: Royce Isaacs. Isaacs claims his loss was simply a fluke, but right in the middle of his rant, he's rocked by a Rolling Elbow from the seasoned veteran, who's fed up with Isaacs mouth, and is solely focused on the University Stretcher. Bobby Lashley defeats Royce Isaacs (0:22) Isaacs' woes continue, as his opponent, the Dominator quickly has his way with him. After a quick spear and pin, Lashley's manager MVP goes on the mic and warns the Apex roster to stand back and let them past through, straight to the top of the mountain. As they arrive backstage, they find that Garza also has similar aspirations, leaving them to take it upon themselves to interrupt his interview and give him a personal notice that there is a new force to be reckoned with in Apex Wrestling. The Sacred Ring make their appearance at the top of the stage, the trio making their presence known as they menacingly walk down the stairs and enter the ring, led by International Champion Timothy Thatcher. Thatcher addresses the events of last week, denouncing OJMO's intentions of coming after his strap once again. Axel Dieter Jr. is handed the stick, and he announces his intentions to chase after the Apex Tag Team Championships, saying that he and Marcel Barthel will dominate anyone who stands in their way, including the current champions, #DIY. Apex Women's Championship First Round Match: Priscilla Kelly defeats Scarlett Bordeaux (8:12) The Apex Women's Championship Tournament continues, with Priscilla Kelly going head to head against Scarlett Bordeaux. Hell's Favorite Harlot controls a good length of the match, until the Smokeshow is able to build offense and burst out of her predicament and straight into a comeback sequence. But just as she begins to build momentum, Scarlett's path to victory comes to a screeching halt, as Dexter Lumis appears, staring her down with an entranced look in his eye. Scarlett, stopping everything, is frozen by his gaze, leaving Priscilla the perfect opportunity to lock in the Roma Clutch, leaving Bordeaux no choice but to tap out, give her the win, and punch Kelly's ticket to the semi finals. After the match, Lumis stalks Bordeaux's unmoving body, drawing concerns from multiple referees, and even General Manager Aiden English, who all swoop in to protect her from this dangerous madman. The frightening actions of Dexter Lumis are followed by the equality unsettling presence of Bray Wyatt. Wyatt welcomes everyone to the second episode of the Firefly Funhouse. He addresses Aleister Black's statement from the week before, warning him that the entity that cost him the Grand Championship is nothing like the world's ever seen before. On this being's behalf, Wyatt accepts Black's challenge for No Time To Die, before we are forced to bid an unsettling farewell to the Firefly Funhouse. Back in the ring, Aiden English introduces the semi finalists of the Apex Women's Championship Tournament. Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox enter first, followed by Priscilla Kelly and Becky Lynch. English attempts to hype up the tournament finals occurring at No Time To Die, but Becky Lynch takes control of the segment, taking verbal shots on both members of Team Kick, saying Priscilla is the only competitor worthy of her attention. Nox attempts to get her point across and face off against Becky, but she's interrupted by Kelly, who says that Kai will be a cakewalk to run through on her way to the finals. After both Dakota and Tegan get worked up by their opponents, English decides that in one week, Team Kick will face Becky Lynch and Priscilla Kelly in tag team action. All four women leave the scene, the tension obviously still there and still rising. And before we know it, it's time for the main event... Apex Grand Championship: Will Ospreay defeats Drew McIntyre (c) to win the Apex Grand Championship (13:26) Two titans of the sport, two of arguably Apex's biggest stars clash over the promotion's top achievement. After a physical sequence that included the Scottish Terminator flying over the ropes for a big tope, Drew fell into a compromising position, unable to stop his hand from colliding with the steel steps after Ospreay dodged the knife edge chop. Taking advantage of the situation, Will took the damage further, crushing it in between the steps and the ring post. Nonetheless, Drew continued to fight, refusing to give in now. He planted a Glasgow Kiss on Ospreay, headbutting him into next week, building space. But ultimately, a badly placed Claymore kick proved to be the fall of McIntyre. Ospreay took advantage, sickeningly trying to tear the shoulder out of Drew's socket. Despite escaping the hold, McIntyre just didn't have anything in the tank to defend himself from Ospreay's deathblow, the Hidden Blade. Ospreay covered Drew as the referee came to, and made the cover to become your new Apex Grand Champion.
PRIDE Wrestling #004
Brit-Am Brawlers defeat New Day by DQ (14:25) Detroit, Michigan is lit on fire as this tag team match kicks off the night in Little Caesars Arena. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, the no nonsense ass kickers of PRIDE, versus the gyrating, merch selling unicorns that are Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. After a bit of a rocky start, New Day tries fighting out from underneath, but Danny Burch takes back control of the match, even when Xavier Woods tries to distract the opposition with Francesca! Oney and Burch land stereo suicide dives, but loses control when trying for a springboard crossbody, getting a dropkick in the process. Kofi and Oney trade shots, going back and forth in the match, until Lorcan starts to get more momentum on his side. Woods and Kingston attempt to stifle him, but Lorcan has no plan to stop until he lands a gigantic half and half suplex from the top rope. He crawls over... about to make the cover... when the lights go out... in comes GoD. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa clean house, kicking Burch and Lorcan's asses, forcing the referee to call the match off. Once Brit-Am Brawlers vs New Day is called off, we travel backstage and watch as Jenn Decker interviews Roman Reigns, who's slated to compete in the Fatal Four Way main event that will determine PRIDE Champion Daniel Bryan's next challenger. Reigns promises he will bust ass and prove that he's top dog in the company, all while securing his spot against Daniel Bryan at Survival of The Fittest. PRIDE Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match: Sasha Banks defeats Jordynne Grace (12:21) After Roman's interview, we see the entrances of Jordynne Grace and Sasha Banks, two women who have the chance to move forward and get closer to becoming the inaugural PRIDE Women's Champion. After a collar and elbow tie up that falls in Grace's favor, Sasha attempts to use her speed and agility to tie up her opponent. Her and Jordynne trade submissions for a bit, before Sasha tries to lock in a quick Banks Statement, but Grace breaks out of it, thinking she's back in control, only for Sasha to put things right back at her speed with an arm drag! She follows up with a lariat, a suicide dive, and even a crossbody, and even when Grace counters that, Sasha is able to escape and hit a meteora! Both women struggle to roll back into the ring and beat the count, and continue their battle in the squared circle. Both women then continue, doing everything they can to score the final heat needed to come away with the victory. Grace comes dangerously close, slamming Sasha down with a Muscle Buster, before wrenching her arm back with a Fujiwara armbar. Somehow, someway, Banks is able to roll out and rally, landing a hurricanrana and a meteora in the corner. Finally Sasha locks in the Banks Statement, and refuses to let go, leaving Grace no choice but to tap out. Banks is moving on to the next round, and what a match to determine who would advance. As the first round match wraps up, we go backstage, and see the General Manager of PRIDE, Paige speaking to someone we just barely can't see, only for a suited man to enter the frame, followed by KENOH, who's not exactly happy. The man, who turns out to be KENOH's translator, complains to Paige, saying that KENOH was expecting better competition when he signed with PRIDE, but last week's opposition clearly wasn't the case. As KENOH and the translator leave in a hurry, Paige returns to the first person she was talking to, asking when their client is available. Street Profits defeat Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado (11:08) In PRIDE's third match of the night, we see Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford take on luchadors Metalik and Dorado, both teams jockeying for a better position in the tag ranks. Metalik starts off hot, landing a few quick shots on Ford for an early cover of two. But as he tags in Dorado, Ford is able to recover and deal out some offense of his own. Now with some space, Ford takes advantage by tagging in the fresh Dawkins, who pops off, landing a dropkick and a spinning Stinger Splash. Dorado is able to reverse Dawkins' powerbomb attempt into a frankensteiner. Tagging back in, Metalik rope walks like he only can and lands a splash, but cannot seal the deal. Metalik attempts to finish Dawkins off, but Angelo surprises him with a pop up spinebuster! Trying for another proves to be too much, as Dorado reverses and gets ready to cap things off with a shooting star press! But Dawkins lets out one last gasp, getting the knees up, before tagging in Ford and setting him up for the frog splash, getting the Street Profits a big win in the process! Once PRIDE comes back from commercial, the floor soon belongs to Suzuki Gun, as the Sadistic One steps into the ring along with the Technical Wizard, the Right Hand of Destruction, the Bastard, and the Murderhawk Monster. Joe gets on the mic, and he goes over the losses his faction has been taking lately, but promises that those failures will be rectified... once they do away with some of the dead weight that's been dragging them down. They immediately turn toward PAC, and pounce on the Brit, beating on him and laying waste to their former brother in arms. After eating a big boot, a Zack Driver, a Gotch Style Piledriver, and a Coquina, PAC is finally left for dead as Suzuki Gun walks off, satisfied with their decision. With the events that just went down, Kayla Braxton stands with the Switchblade Jay White, and asks him about his thoughts on what we just saw, as well as how he feels about tonight's main event. White brushes off both questions, saying kicking PAC out of Suzuki Gun won't help their cause in trying to fight the Bullet Club, and he will prove that tonight by being at the right place at the right time, and claim his right spot in the main event of Survival of The Fittest against Daniel Bryan for the PRIDE Championship. Tomohiro Ishii defeats Austin Theory (8:37) Two of the eight participants in the gauntlet match to crown an inaugural PRIDE Intercontinental Championship square off, the young prodigy Austin Theory facing off against the seasoned Strong Style veteran, Tomohiro Ishii. Theory is all talk in his little promo backstage, but the talk dies down once he comes face to face with the Stone Pitbull. It starts out as all Ishii, him just trampling Theory with chops and a decapitating lariat! He continues the onslaught on the outside, but Theory evades one of his attacks and takes advantage, landing a slingshot double foot stomp back in the ring. But despite landing that big move, it only takes attempting a fisherman's suplex for Ishii to fight back with a chop and an enzuigiri. Despite snapping Theory's neck with a German, Austin still has enough to get the shoulder up. In a last ditch effort, Theory was able to escape an Ishii Driller and land a Rolling Thunder Blockbuster. Knowing he had one chance at this, Theory turned around, looking for a moonsault, but Ishii moved at the last second, and put Theory out to pasture with a Ishii Driller. After the match, a furious Theory attempted to lay down steel across Ishii's spine, but the Stone Pitbull catches the chair and sends Austin packing. Suddenly, there's a cutaway to backstage, where a commotion seems to have occurred. As Paige investigates, she realizes that the subject is Roman Reigns, who is laid out on the grown, out cold. With him planned to be in the Fatal Four Way later in the night, Paige realizes she might just have a substitute for him as PRIDE goes to commercial. We come back to Chad Gable backstage, reviewing the footage last week, from when he was ambushed by Ace Austin after celebrating his victory. Gable brushes it off, saying that he refuses to let that stay in his head, and will instead move on to next week, when he goes head to head with fellow young upstart Austin Theory. Afterwards, the commentators give the viewers a preview of next week's show, before gearing up for the main event. PRIDE Championship #1 Contenders' Fatal Four Way: Jay White defeats Tetsuya Naito, Chris Jericho, and Santos Escobar (18:54) As White, Naito, and Jericho all prepare for the fight of their lives, they're surprised by the arrival of Taynara Conti, who appears on stage with a microphone. As it turns out, she's the client of the fourth entrant in this match, who is... Santos Escobar. Escobar enters to the shock of everyone, kicking off an insane battle, taking a shot at Chris Jericho, but most important targeting Tetsuya Naito's knee, ripping off the tape and beating on the injured appendage. Just like he promised, White picks his spots, pouncing on Naito when he gets the chance, destroying the leg even more so the Ungovernable One is damaged goods. With Conti's help as a distraction, Escobar is able to take control of the match at moments, laying waste to all three men, leading people to believe his first match in the company would end in a huge win. For a while, Escobar and the White went at it, both fighting tooth and nail, hoping it'll be enough to earn a shot against Daniel Bryan at Survival of The Fittest. But right at the climax of their battle Naito comes flying back in to interject himself! Escobar rolls out, and Jericho steps back into the match as he and Naito brawl! But right when it seems like Naito has this won, Escobar ruins the moment, wrecking his knee even further with a steel chair as the match goes on! Because of Escobar, Naito is dead on arrival... and who should reap the benefits but Jay White? After landing a Saito suplex on Escobar, the Switchblade steals the pin and signs his name to the main event of Survival of The Fittest! Despite the match being over, and Jay White being carried by his Bullet Club comrades out of the building, the action doesn't stop as Escobar shoves away any help for Naito and continues attacking the leader of Los Ingobernables! Chris Jericho slowly comes to, will he put a stop to this? Of course not, he joins in and stretches out Naito in the Walls of Jericho! It is only until LIJ run down to make the save that they stop, and make to leave with Conti, only for Mansoor to block their path, swinging a steel chair! Escobar, Jericho, and Conti all make a break for the other barricade, hopping it and melting into the crowd as PRIDE goes off the air.
Chris Van Vliet hosted a docu-short earlier this week, going over the very short, but explosive history of REVOLT Wrestling, the supposed fourth competitor in the famed "Friday Night Wars". After going over its inception and first two events featuring some of the world's best talent, Van Vliet went in depth explaining some of the company's hardships. Starting with the #SpeakingOut Movement, he reflected on REVOLT receiving extensive backlash for not implementing background checks thorough enough to make sure their roster had no pressing allegations against them at the time of signing. Van Vliet also went over the timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that multiple roster and staff members being infected is what turned out to be the nail in the coffin, as Amazon Prime is seemingly having cold feet about continuing to support the promotion. But just when we get to the goods, and Van Vliet interviews Ricky Steamboat, inquiring about the future of REVOLT, the feed cuts out, and multiple graphics replace the interview, that of a diamond and "REVOLT" being crossed out in favor of "REBIRTH". More questions than answers come in light of this REVOLT Exposé.
Infinity Blackout IV
Infinity Wrestling comes at us from Full Sail University for the fourth edition of Blackout, and the crowd is on their feet, losing their minds, knowing that the promotion will outdo last week's phenomenal output in the form of Blackout III. Kicking off the show is Bianca Belair, who reflects on how she attacked Shayna Baszler last week, before saying it's just payback for Baszler targeting her eye on Night 2 of New Dawn, screwing her out of the chance to become the inaugural Infinity Women's Champion. While calling Baszler out, saying she wants a shot for the strap, she's interrupted by William Regal, who says that in order for Belair to qualify for a shot against Baszler, she's going to have to go through the Queen of Spades' fellow MMA compadres, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, in a handicap match. Belair immediately accepted, saying she doesn't care what she has to do to get in the ring with Baszler. As Belair leaves through the crowd, we prepare for the first match of the night... 8 Man Tag: Dead Rose Clique (Damian Priest, Lars Sullivan, Authors of Pain) defeats Bulletproof (Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt, Joey Janela) (16:35) The mystery partner that had been hyped up by Oblivion Champion Darby turned out to be the returning Bad Boy, who joined in the fight against the Dead Rose Clique! It was an eight man car crash, with Darby and Joey throwing caution into the wind against their much bigger opponents, who had a hard time dealing with the speed of their enemies. Marko Stunt has the highlight of the match, and possibly the night with a big assisted Canadian Destroyer to Akam at ringside, but the end of the match belonged to the Dead Rose Clique. Damian Priest landed a chokeslam on Darby, sending him flying from the top rope into the unforgiving barricade! Akam and Rezar turned the tide back in the ring, landing a brutal Super Collider on the two Jungle Express members, picking up the win for their faction. Karl Anderson defeats Trent Seven (11:25) Seven looked for revenge, following the team of Gallows and Anderson exploding onto the scene the week before, debuting at Mustache Mountain's expense, beating them down after their loss to the Authors of Pain. Seven burst out of the gate hot, using his power to take control of the match, but Anderson was experienced enough to stay in it, whether it was his agility, technical ability, or less than legal methods of dealing out damage. Gallows proved to be downfall of Seven, as his distraction gave Karl enough space to land a deadly Stun Gun for the victory. Leaving through the crowd, Gunz 'n' Gallows stared down Mustache Mountain back in the ring, cocky grins plastered over their face. Cody Rhodes defeats Keith Lee (19:55) After taking two straight losses in his open challenge, Lee hoped to turn around his fortunes, thinking that third time would be the charm. The American Nightmare answered the challenge, and went head to head with the Limitless One in an captivating bout! Lee put Rhodes through the announce table with a spinebuster, but Cody targeted the leg throughout the match, turning Lee into a one legged man with his American Nightmare submission hold. It looked like we were about to see Lee rectify his past two losses with a Supernova, only for Rhodes to flip the script and hit a Cross Rhodes, scoring the pin and adding his name to the list of people who successfully answered Keith's open challenge, along with Adam Cole and AJ Styles. After the match, Cody offered a handshake, but Lee couldn't respond before being attacked by Finn Balor! The Prince laid waste to Cody, expelling him to the outside, before destroying Lee's leg even further, ending the attack with a brutal Coup de grâce to stand tall at the end of the segment. Ilja Dragunov defeats Hiromu Takahashi (13:00) Hiromu's original opponent was slated to be BUSHI, but the Dead Rose Clique had other ideas, Lio Rush and Authors of Pain dragging his unmoving carcass out to the stage, posing with him as Hiromu stood shocked. The surprising look on his face when Rush announced his new opponent, Ilja Dragunov. Despite being thrown off guard, the Time Bomb fought back and tried to make this a competitive match, but Ilja had all the momentum on his side as he used his breakneck speed and chaotic speed to break Hiromu down bit by bit. All it took was a Torpedo Moscow to finish off Takahashi and claim a win for the newcomer. Lio attempted to be friendly with Ilja, but Dragunov shoved him off, before feeding him a Torpedo Moscow of his own! Dragunov stands over both competitors of the Empyrean Championship match at Blackout rolls on. Nikki Cross defeats Alexa Bliss (11:30) In Nikki Cross' first match in Infinity, the woman who stood in her way was none other than the Goddess Alexa Bliss, both wrestlers looking to climb up the ranks and prove themselves as a possible challenger for Shayna Baszler's Women's Championship. Cross came off as unhinged and spontaneous, thinking up of moves on the fly, while Bliss was more straightforward, obviously employing a strategy. However, that strategy was not enough, as Nikki's "Strike first, think later" attitude led her to landing the Purge on Alexa and getting the pinfall on her, making her debut on Blackout a complete success! Phenomenal Ace vs The War Raiders ended in a double countout (25:45) In the main event, we saw Bulletproof, represented by AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi, go to war with Hanson and Raymond Rowe, who were representing Rogue Glory. The War Raiders beat down Hiroshi Tanahashi at first, taking turns breaking down the old man as they got closer and closer to picking up a win for their team. But somehow, someway, Tanahashi was able to escape danger in the form of a Fallout, and send Raymond Rowe colliding with his tag team partner! Getting the hot tag to AJ, the Phenomenal One came in like a house of fire, landing a Stylin' DDT on both Hanson and Rowe, but Raymond quickly shut it down with a lariat. The War Raiders continue to dominate, until they collide into the referee in an attempt to finish AJ with the Call of Fenrir! In comes the Young Bucks! The Infinity Tag Team Champions Nick and Matt Jackson interfere on Styles' behalf, the Bulletproof comrades landing a barrage of superkicks on Rogue Glory's resident monster tag team! Styles and Tanahashi thought that was it, as AJ fell into the cover, but it wasn't! Following Hanson's kickout, the two teams continued to brawl, both inside the ring and out, until all Hell broke loose when Hanson hit AJ Styles with a Death Valley Driver off the top rope to the floor below on Rowe and Tanahashi, taking everyone out at once! The referee counted, and continued to count, and count... but unfortunately all we were left with from this amazing match was a draw, an inconclusive finish that left the fans begging for more. After the match, as the War Raiders left the building, AJ Styles went on the stick, and accepted Adam Cole's challenge for Bulletproof to face Rogue Glory at Genocide, wanting to finish this affair between the two factions off for good. As the show came to a close, a graphic flashed on the screen, featuring AJ Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Joey Janela vs Adam Cole, Brodie Lee, and Killian Dain set for the Genocide PPV.
Week V Preview
Apex Wrestling Next week, the Aerial Assassin, the NEW Apex Grand Champion, Will Ospreay will address the fans for the first time, and speak his mind on the actions he took to become champion. Drew Gulak and Io Shirai will be live, where Gulak will explain his actions, most notably attacking Chris Hero, and Shirai will confront her demons. Angel Garza has been invited to the VIP lounge to air his grievances to MVP. And finally, Flashpoint will feature blockbuster main event action as Team Kick takes on Becky Lynch and Priscilla Kelly, the semi finalists showing us a bit of a preview of what's to come. PRIDE Wrestling On PRIDE #005, we will see TJP face off against the Technical Wizard Zack Sabre Jr, Chad Gable going one on one against Austin Theory, and KENOH stepping into the ring with the Swiss Superman Cesaro. And as if that's not enough, the PRIDE Women's Championship Tournament kicks into second gear, as the semi finals begin with Kairi Sane taking on Candice LeRae. Finally, the reigning champion Usos will collide with Bullet Club's own Guerrillas of Destiny with the PRIDE Tag Team Championships on the line. Infinity Wrestling Infinity Wrestling continues to one-up itself every week, with Blackout V set to be an absolute banger of a show. We're seeing not one, but two championship matches, as Darby Allin defends his Oblivion Championship against Lars Sullivan, as well as The Young Bucks versus The Ghost Soldiers for the Infinity Tag Team Championships. Joey Janela faces Brodie Lee in a Street Fight, Luke Gallows faces Tyler Bate, Nikki Cross takes on Sonya Deville, and we'll see Bianca Belair compete in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match, where if she defeats Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, she'll receive a Women's Title shot against Shayna Baszler. And for the second consecutive week, Blackout's Main Event is a stacked tag team bout; this time we only know 3 of the competitors! Cody Rhodes and Keith Lee team up to battle Finn Balor and a mystery DRC member; who will it be? Find out next week!
The Dirt Sheets
The wrestling world was in awe when Drew McIntyre shockingly lost the Apex Grand Championship to Will Ospreay. The exact events that took place are unclear, what we do know is that Drew is out with a broken hand and suspected separated shoulder. Also unclear is whether Ospreay went into business for himself or if a change was made on the fly.
Insider talks have revealed that we will see the Apex Commissioner revealed in the coming weeks, who it could be is another question, some names that have been recommended are Stu Bennett, Shane McMahon or Trish Stratus.
Apex have some big plans to rework the presentation of the product, this change could be coming with the introduction of the aforementioned Commissioner, all relying on the previous rumor, unclear how trusted these can truly be however.
For PRIDE #005, KENOH and Cesaro is apparently set to open the show, the company seems interested in what the new star can bring to the table, which is why they're putting him up against a versatile wrestler like Cesaro. The two were allegedly told to "show what they're made of" and are being given more time to give the fans a show of what they can deliver.
Recently off life support, Enzo is allegedly using the time away from the ring to record a new album, the name of the project apparently being "Insanely Curing Unhappiness: ICU", and the lead single being called "Comatose State of Mind".
Sources claim that this entire hiatus and disappearance of REVOLT is simply a ploy in their plan to rebrand, including the docu-short from Chris Van Vliet. Some claims even suggest Van Vliet is outright collaborating with REVOLT, and is being brought on as a backstage personality once the company returns to television.
On the flip side, reigning REVOLT Imperial Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega seemingly confirmed the death of his home promotion, appearing at a AAA live event, challenging El Tejano Jr for the AAA Mega Championship. To further this claim, Omega also laid down the REVOLT strap in a casket in his cinematic vignette on Twitter, implying that he was moving on to new territory.
On the flip flip side, speculation has been rising in terms of the other promotions involved in the Friday Night Wars, primarily Infinity Wrestling. Upper management has allegedly reached out to the higher ups at REVOLT, hoping to form a relationship not unlike the New Japan/Ring of Honor situation.
The speculation over Infinity's potential fourth faction has been debunked; multiple insiders have revealed that Bulletproof, The Dead Rose Clique, and Rogue Glory are the only 3 factions planned for the rest of the calendar year.
Infinity is supposedly heavily interwoven into the rebranding of REVOLT, with talent, production, and resources all being shared between the two companies as FNW's underground promotion undergoes changes.
With Finn Balor attacking Keith Lee and Cody Rhodes this past Friday, Cody is set to start a program with Balor heading into Genocide, Keith entering himself in a Triple Threat with the other two for the PPV, however the latter has come from a new source, so take it with a pinch of salt.
2020.09.12 20:00 CaspianX2Full list of upcoming games on the Nintendo Switch (US) (Updated 9/12/2020)
Console exclusives (games that are also on PC and/or mobile, but not on other consoles) in Italics. Nintendo exclusives (games that are only on Nintendo platforms) in bold. For those looking at this list and not sure what's likely to be noteworthy, I have compiled a page with noteworthy releases on Switch for September 2020. Please give them a look if you want to see what games are likely to be some of September's highlights! As for the full list of upcoming games, here you go:
2020.09.06 23:09 ProGunLiberalFelony Gang-member Rapper "Yayo" Who Glorified Guns Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm
Antonio Dondrell Bell, a.k.a \"Yayo\". Fun fact: \"Yayo\" is slang for \"cocaine\". Previously Convicted Felon was Prohibited from Possessing a Gun AUGUSTA, GA, September 4, 2020: A gang member and self-styled rapper with a felony criminal record has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun. Antonio Dondrell Bell, 29, of Grovetown, Ga., was sentenced to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall after pleading guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After completion of his prison term, Bell will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. “Antonio Bell knew that as a convicted felon he is not allowed to carry firearms, yet he chose not only to violate the law but to brazenly glorify gun possession in his videos posted online,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Now, inside a prison, he might have a live audience – but he won’t be able to flash firearms in his performances.” According to court documents and information shared in court, Bell was arrested in Dec.7, 2018, after a traffic stop in Augusta by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies who found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun with high-capacity magazine under the driver’s seat of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Bell was driving. In online videos in which he performs under the name “Yayo,” Bell is seen holding a firearm while also flashing large stacks of cash. He claimed the videos were staged for his budding music career, while also admitting that he was a member of the 5-9 Brims, a subset of the violent Bloods criminal street gang. Bell faces additional state charges, including indictments on multiple counts of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Bell has previous felony convictions, which make it illegal for him to possess a firearm. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) considers Richmond County Sheriff’s Office a critical partner in its long-term mission of removing criminals and gangs from our communities in the Augusta area,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the ATF. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandro V. Pascual IV. From: https://www.atf.gov/news/pgang-member-rapper-who-glorified-guns-sentenced-federal-prison-illegal-possession-firearm
2020.09.05 21:11 CaspianX2Full list of upcoming games on the Nintendo Switch (US) (Updated 9/5/2020)
Console exclusives (games that are also on PC and/or mobile, but not on other consoles) in Italics. Nintendo exclusives (games that are only on Nintendo platforms) in bold. For those looking at this list and not sure what's likely to be noteworthy, I have compiled a page with noteworthy releases on Switch for September 2020. Please give them a look if you want to see what games are likely to be some of September's highlights! As for the full list of upcoming games, here you go:
New deaths by county: 61 M Lincoln, 72 F Martin, 65 M Owen
Sec. Friedlander: So, we want to acknowledge first: We know parents are coming together in pods to work on NTI (the non traditional instruction). And as folks come together with that, we want to provide some guidance, you know, we think that it's important regulated childcare is very important, because we know that there are childcare background checks we know we can enforce the masking, and things of that nature. So we're gonna make some suggestions: it's better to be outside, it's better to wear a mask, you have to wear a mask, but the group sizes are very important. But as people begin this non-traditional instruction, we also know that in the whole continuum of childcare in Kentucky, we have very, very few of those smaller providers, those registered and certified providers, and what we hope is that people as they experienced this NTI and this working together, that they may want to become registered or certified childcare providers- so we're going to provide some funding and some support to get those folks, registered and certified as ongoing childcare providers. We're going to learn whether this makes a difference and whether this is helpful, and we hope that it is because we need more folks to participate in those smaller size childcare experiences. So we're going to make sure that we accelerate certification and registration. We're going to provide about $2,500 to help people start up. And this we hope leads us to an understanding of how to support folks and better understand how to support folks to become registered and certified providers.
Sec. Friedlander: And finally, the other thing that we are doing is that we are increasing the group size from 10 to 15. We know we're at a plateau, we've seen our positivity rate begin to decline. We think that this is an important step. As we have all learned together. The best way to cohort, the importance of masks, the importance of social distancing, and we've learned how to do that. So with that I want to make sure that we support those groups’ size. We're going to allow some very limited tours for parents, that's been a concern, through the childcare providers. We're going to continue with our All Stars program to continue to support quality childcare.
-- So we are seeing more cases in people under 18 just about every week, and I believe that's two things. Number one, our kids are doing more things. They're not just at home anymore. So that was going to naturally happen. Number two more of them are getting tested, that's a good thing. It means we can detect it in someone and prevent the spread from it. We are certainly seeing more in that and we see more in 20s, 30s, and 40s. Obviously the age has gone down significantly the average age, I think it was about 40 last week, but remember when we started testing, we were testing those most at risk. So some of it is a little bit natural but some of it's also how it's how it's being spread.
Alright. It is Monday at 4pm. We're showing off a little spirit today for Bridgeport Elementary, right here in Frankfort. They are the Tigers. I know that they are looking forward to getting back to in person classes September 28, but until that time, they are making sure they keep all of their students safe and show off their school pride.
So we normally start each day with what we're calling a “fast four”, four things that we can give you an update on and we're still going to have that today, but today is International Overdose Awareness Day. It's a day where we recognize another pandemic that is out there, that last year took 1,316 lives of Kentuckians we love and care about. And it wouldn't be right to start today with anything other than a somber recognition of this challenge, one that got me into running for office, one that I've been committed to addressing, and one that's taken people I know and care about, and has taken so many people's parents and grandparents.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year. Its purpose is simple: to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug related deaths, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends. I've seen firsthand how drugs have affected our state, as well as people I know personally that I've lost. I still remember several years ago, being in downtown Lexington, middle of the afternoon, when about 4 cars up, we saw this big plume of smoke. And in going up to figure out what's going on, the driver was overdosing. I still remember grabbing one of his arms to pull him from the car, so that Narcan could be administered, and knowing if we couldn't get him out of the car - he's a bigger individual - if we couldn't get him out of the car, it might be, there might not be time, he might not still be with us. And I remember as he was laying there in the middle of the street, how he stopped breathing, and the different colors that he turned, and knowing that the last color that he turned was dead. Now, Narcan was able, thanks to Lexington police and an EMT that worked in the attorney general's office as also an investigator, was able to bring him back to this world but to watch somebody dying from an overdose in front of you, is something that I know that far too many people out there have seen with results that are far worse.
And whether it was in my time leading up to being Attorney General, or the days that I've served, or the days since, sitting with families that have lost their children, especially the Northern Kentucky Hates Heroin Group. An amazing group of parents that have come together to try to make sure that it doesn't happen to any other family out there, sharing just a little bit of their grief, sitting with them as they look at photos and talk to me about how special their kids were. Helping out, whether it was the day that they were here, the very first time that came up, that a different governor Beshear came out here and talked to them, or the 5k that I've gotten to go to every year to help raise awareness where thousands of people turn out in Northern Kentucky. To my friend Emily, who leads ‘Fed Up’ in Kentucky, who lost her son TJ right before he was going to deploy with our National Guard. There's so much pain out there, and these drugs- Somebody may make a bad decision in the start but by the time that an overdose happens, typically, they have been suffering from addiction that we cannot treat as a bad decision. We have to treat it as the disease that it is, knowing that it is preventable, and knowing that all of us can step in to either try to help an individual suffering from it, or to hopefully be there with the training necessary to to protect them in that worst moment.
And I promised Emily, when I ran for attorney general, that I’d do everything in my power to hold the companies, pharmaceutical companies, accountable and as attorney general. I filed more lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors than anybody else in the country. Now, my job is a little different but my commitment has not changed. A big part of that is access to health care- ensuring that no one ever thinks that they can't go and get the help they need because of its cost. About making sure we're looking out for the physical, mental and emotional health of all Kentuckians. And trying to make sure that we are investing, knowing how many people are suffering, to make sure that there's always someone there- that these community groups that do such a great job, have the support they need. So listen as Team Kentucky, we talk a lot about COVID and rightfully so- but let's make sure Team Kentucky extends beyond this crisis to others that we've been dealing with, and that we are right now. Awareness can be the key to someone's survival. Knowing what Narcan or Naloxone is, knowing how to use it, knowing who to call, knowing if someone is suffering from addiction and trying to get them help early. It can be uncomfortable, but it's that one call. It's that one intervention, maybe it's multiple ones- that may be the difference between somebody's life and somebody's death.
And we talk about the tough outcome. What about all the positive outcomes? Of those that have gotten helped, that have pulled their families back together, have gotten their kids back with them, have rebuilt their lives? I have a friend who was able to start multiple automotive parts companies- he actually got some photography for baseball too. And to be able to, after he got his life back together. Eventually even, rightfully getting a pardon for crimes that he committed while under the influence, under addiction. Watching how a family could come back together can heal and create such a brighter future. This is really important for us. So make sure, even when we are in the midst of what we're dealing with that we're looking out for those around us because COVID doesn't make this any easier, it makes it harder. It makes it harder on us mentally and emotionally which can fuel more addiction, it makes it harder for us to be there and to know when someone is suffering from an addiction, it may make it harder to get to them when we need to. So please keep up all your efforts, redouble them if we have to, it is about saving lives. And finally Kentucky State Police Angel initiative, something started by my predecessor, a great program, something we're going to keep doing, making sure that we have those types of initiatives where anybody can visit a KSP post and be paired with a local officer who will assist them in locating appropriate treatment. This is bigger than all of us, it is another challenge of our times that really questions the type of people that we are. My kids, your kids and grandkids deserve a Commonwealth not just free of COVID, but one where we finally get beyond just the massive amount of addiction we're dealing with. Where we get our people healthier and we move beyond not just the current crisis we're dealing with, but this drug crisis as well.
And you know those that suffer from addiction, you shouldn't have the stigma that oftentimes people want to bring up or place. If you're out there and you're trying to get help, it doesn't matter if it's the first time or the 10th time, you're doing the right thing. If anybody judges you for that, it doesn't say something about you, it says something about them. So everybody out there struggling to get their life back together, keep trying. We're all rooting for you.
Second announcement is also about something that I worked very hard on in the last office but I’ve carried it over to this one. And it's about our VINE system. So as attorney general one of the core missions of my office was to seek justice for victims. Our work from arresting human traffickers, to helping in the safe kit backlog, a rape kit backlog in the state, creating a cold case unit to seek justice for those folks that had been denied it too long. Our focus was on trying to help and assist those victims. That's why we worked with survivors to improve victim-centered services. That meant providing services in a manner that helped and lifted up those that we're dealing with a level of trauma, most of us can't comprehend. Now as governor, I'm pleased to announce new funding to better assist victims, with the information and services they need. One of the most difficult parts when you are a victim- and remember that's not just somebody a crime has been committed against- if it's a homicide it's that entire family that's been suffering. It's a school shooting, it's the entire community that is torn apart. It's really difficult to navigate, if you are one of those families, our criminal justice system. The number of hearings, what it means, will you be heard? And our VINE system is the way that we try to provide information to those that are living through the trauma and deserve to know what's going on. So the Justice and Public Safety cabinet is awarded Kentucky Department of Corrections $551,000 in grant funding for significant enhancement to the Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, which is called our ‘VINE’ system. It offers timely and potentially life saving notifications by email and phone about an offender, in this instance in custody. With the new funding VINE will also help victims locate services they may need, provide alerts via text message, and create a unified database. Some of the new features include a voice-driven phone experience for victims to search by voice prompts for a faster and more intuitive means of service, a heightened emphasis on confidentiality, and security. Users can now create a personalized watch list allowing them to gain information because I know far too many people that have been the victim of multiple crimes, with multiple perpetrators that could be out there that could be getting out the right of information to know where those folks are. Users can search for service providers by zip code to get the help they need. And while the new protection for months to complete it will be launched by September, 2021. Last year the VINE system made more than 421,000 notifications, and received 100,000 new registrations. So a system, and improvements that are absolutely needed.
Also in this area I want to make sure that we highlight a grant that was provided last week, and I know it was reported on, but it was for, for better supporting the victims in Marshall County. It’s a $408,599 anti-terrorism and emergency assistance program to grant assistance to survivors of the 2018 mass shooting at Marshall County High School. I know that that tore that community apart but there's been a lot of healing and I hope this grant continues to provide the services that I know individuals that have been through this in a community that has been through this truly need.
So let's remember today that while the crisis of our moment is COVID, there's a lot of pain out there. There's a lot of pain from the things that may happen to us or those that we love- there's a lot of pain out there from addiction. If we truly want to be a better Kentucky as we come out of COVID, let's make sure that we use the same compassion, and the same caring for our neighbor and living for our neighbor. And let's truly address the societal issues too. I'm a big believer that our world can be much better than it is right now. It's why I do this. My kids deserve a better Kentucky, and a better world than they're growing up in. We have an opportunity based on coming together to defeat the crisis of the moment, to build a Kentucky that has fewer crises now and in the future.
First voting. We're going to mention this every single day. If you are concerned about COVID and you want to request an absentee ballot. Go to http://govoteky.com/. It is easy to do, you can get through it in just a couple minutes, you need to go ahead and order this now though if you want to vote by absentee ballot. If you get it now and then when it comes to you, you turn it around quickly, you can just ensure that it gets back in there and you can help out all these clerks by letting them do a lot of the work in advance. Make sure your vote is counted. This is how you have a voice for this country, for this Commonwealth, for your county, for your community. Make sure you vote, I would like to see us set an all-time record in terms of percentage of registered voters that vote. And there's gonna be more opportunities to do it. Voting by absentee ballot, early voting, and voting in person. Let's make sure that we grab this opportunity, a better one has never been before us. And if we do it, if we have a record turnout, maybe when our legislature comes in now consider making all this permanent. I certainly think that everyone deserves this convenience, and we should always be for more voting, making sure that it is safe and secure.
Travel advisory: Numbers change and so the states on it change. Again, we set a really high threshold, a really high one. To states that we are suggesting people don't travel to. Remember, traveling out of state right now is risky no matter what. Please don't travel, but these are places right now and notice they change. This is how quickly COVID can break out, just like we have counties that blow up and it's happening in states to, you know, obviously, Alabama down here has some vacation spots that a lot of people have gone to this summer. Please, please, please be safe. Make sure that you are not traveling to these areas. Try not to go at all.
Testing. So while much of the country is falling behind on testing, we have stayed ahead and we need your help to continue to do that. If your kids are about to go back to in person classes, listen, I hope the district will wait, but if they're going back, you and them oughta get tested. You oughta know. If you're about to start high contact or medium contact sports, your kids and you ought to go get tested, you ought to know. The resources are out there to make sure that you are safe and that you're keeping other people safe around you. We have more than 230 locations out there so there's no excuse not to go and to find out. We also have our drive thru locations. In Louisville, remember it starts with UofL, as well as Norton, they are on our website. There's also many being run by the city that will be there. In Lexington, it's the one with UK and in Northern Kentucky it's the one being run by St. Elizabeth, But they're out there, the ones that I just told you about, are totally free to you and your family. We aim for a 48 hour turnaround, meaning you can get answers, and you can get results. Make sure you do this. And before I leave this subject because I don't think we're going to talk about it today. If we're going to start doing more things, which people want to, if we're going to have more in person activities, if we're going to have more sports, if we're going to go back to school, you can't fight with the health professionals when there has been a case around you. We have seen everything from school officials to different community leaders, arguing with their local health departments saying they shouldn't have to do X or Y when a month before it was “if we can do this we'll follow all the rules”. Local health departments are just trying to do the right thing to keep people safe. If you're not willing to be tested if when your contact traced and you're asked to quarantine, you're not willing to do it then we can't beat this thing. So remember, we've seen it, people said “if you put out this set of rules, we'll follow them. We promise it'll help us to get to do things” and then one week later, nobody's following them. We can't win like that. So, answer the call, follow the advice. These people aren't paid enough for you to yell at them, they are doing their very best and they are right when they are making the recommendation to.
All right, next we've got a very neat update on a couple of road completions that Secretary Jim Gray is going to talk about they're going to bring a lot of economic development to some very important areas of our state. It's very exciting.
Secretary Gray takes over:
Well, thanks so much governor. As many of you know, one of the most important investments that any state can make for economic development is infrastructure and that means good roads and bridges. And at the transportation department we've been hard at work doing just that. Building and repairing, first bridges, all across Kentucky. There have been some 40 bridges completed so far this year in Western Kentucky and eight more due to be finished by the end of this year. But today we're going to talk about roads, and the influence that roads have, on economic development. And I want to start by mentioning a meeting with the governor just a very few weeks ago. And in that meeting, he was dealing of course with a lot of things: he'd been dealing, of course, and is dealing as he has been all along, with the pandemic- managing this pandemic. I came to talk about roads for a few minutes. And when it came to the projects that we're going to announce today, the governor actually did not miss a beat. When I brought them up, He said, ‘Let's go for it. These projects represent opportunity. We've got a great workforce in Kentucky and we've got to have a great infrastructure to support the opportunity, and to create the jobs that this great workforce we have can secure.
So the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is committing funding toward the construction of access roads to three business or industrial parks in Warren County, Barron County, and Fulton Counties. Community capitalizes on economic development, when it is ready to do so, when it's poised and prepared to do so. And that's exactly what the governor said to me, when we met. And for our business or industrial park, having acreage or land is just the beginning. This infrastructure that we're talking about includes access roads, that allows traffic, employees and transportation, goods and services to be delivered, products to be delivered, raw materials to be delivered to the industrial park to the business park. So today we're announcing action that will advance three prime industrial sites that will appeal to employers that Kentucky wants to compete for.
First, we're going to start with Fulton County. And this is actually a two county partnership, a great partnership between Fulton and Hickman counties, the Fulton County Industrial Development Authority has purchased 124 acres, formerly the site of Bluegrass Bio Energy, and they have optioned an additional 46 acres, part of which lives in Hickman County. So that's a total of 170 acres that Fulton and Hickman- The Economic Development Partnership will be able to develop and market as a second industrial park. It's just north of an existing industrial park, the 307 Quarter Industrial Park.
This is a significant partnership, not just for Fulton and Hickton counties, but for the entire Jackson Purchase. So the transportation department, through its Office of Rural and Municipal aid, led by Bobbi Jo Lewis, Commissioner is going to aid in this effort by providing $146,500 to the Fulton County Fiscal Court. Specifically this funding will go toward building a turn lane off Kentucky 307 into the new industrial park. So now we are going to hear from Mark Welch, who is president of the Fulton-Hickman Economic Development Partnership with some footage of this new site.
Hello, my name is Mark Welch president of the Fulton Hickman County's Economic Development Partnership.
In May of last year the Fulton County Industrial Development Authority was fortunate to acquire 124 acres, formerly owned by Bluegrass Bio Energy LLC. Our new site is contiguous to the existing Fulton industrial park on the highway 307 corridor. Additionally, the Fulton County IDA has optioned 46 and a half acres, which squares off this highlighted Google Earth overlay of the 124 acre tract. When fully developed, a 170 acre park, which lies partially in Hickman county as well, will be nestled between Class One rail and three state highways and is less than one mile from the I-69 corridor.
The entire 124 acre tract is within the Fulton city limits, which guarantees for future tenants the benefit of municipal utilities, fire, and police protection and properly maintained streets. Minimal site preparation will be required, particularly on the northern portion of the property. Since a great deal of work was done by the previous landowners.
Our first order of business thanks to these funds, is to create a new front door to our industrial park. This award will help underwrite an entryway and vantage point from which visitors and future partners can explore this exceptional property and plan their next enterprise in Western Kentucky.
So on behalf of Judge Jim Martin, and the Fulton County fiscal court, Kenny Wilson, and the Hickman county fiscal court, the Industrial Development authorities of Fulton and Hickman counties, Mayor David Prater in the city of Fulton, and all who care deeply about Western Kentucky: Thank you Governor Beshear and Secretary Gray for investing in our future economic growth.
All right, next we turn to Barren County. The Barron County Economic authority is in the early stages of developing a new industrial and business park along US 68.
The authority is in the process of purchasing 152 acres. And once that's done, we'll be providing $500,000 to help in developing an access road and turn lanes on Highway 68. This money is from the Transportation Cabinets Industrial Access Fund, and we're now going to hear about the project from Maureen Carpenter and Maureen is executive director of the Barren County Economic Authority in Glasgow.
Welcome to the home at the New South Cooper industrial park here in Barron County. As we embark on this new property development venture, we are extremely grateful to Governor Beshear and Secretary Gray for their support. These funds will be used to leverage other resources to create a state-of-the-art industrial park for targeted business recruitment. Having the safe and easy Park access that will be created, with the use of the road access funds, through the widening of 68-80, turning lanes into the park, and an entrance, is vital. The 152 acre Industrial Park is located near Highland Glen Industrial Park and just minutes from Cumberland Parkway and I-65. With a central location between Louisville and Nashville and access to abundant utilities, we feel this is a sound investment for these funds.
Property development is essential for our community's success and economic development. We would again like to thank Governor Beshear, the Cabinet for Economic Development, Secretary Gray and the Cabinet for Transportation for their commitment to our community and future success, as we work to grow the economy here in Barren County. Thank you.
I want to say real quickly that what Maureen, Maureen mentioned a lot in that one thing that she didn't mention was Judge Michael Hale, who was just absolutely relentless in bringing this project to our attention Barren County Judge Michael Hill.
Okay now that brings us to Warren County, the home of Bowling Green, where the assistance that we're announcing today is a little bit different. In Warren County, we already have an established industrial park The Kentucky Transpark. It has been enormously successful. The Transportation Cabinet is committing half a million dollars toward extension of the roadway called Prosperity Drive in the Transpark. This extension will be called Prosperity Lane, and it will serve the new Crown Cork and Seal Plant that's now under construction. But that's not all. It will help open up an additional 296 acres within Transpark- acreage that is already served by rail. It's rare nowadays- it's actually rare- to find that much acreage available for development and already with rail access. The folks in Bowling Green and Warren County are, rightly so, excited about this and we're now going to hear from them. This is Ron bunch, Ron is president and CEO of the bowling green Area Chamber of Commerce.
We are here today to celebrate the state awarding $500,000 to our community for a new road, which will provide access to Crown Core and Seal Facility, as well as a 296 acre expansion of the Kentucky Transpark. This new row will connect the 84 acres to the additional 296 acres that the intermodal Transportation Authority has recently purchased for development.
The new land will give our existing businesses the room they need to continue to grow and expand. This new expansion of the Transpark will allow the community to continue to attract new companies. Over the last nine years, there have been over 1500 new jobs announced in the Transpark, thanks to companies investing $838.6 million into their facilities. Because of this new development, our community has the opportunity to surpass those numbers.
Thanks to everyone's help on Team Kentucky our community is a top 20 location for manufacturing in the US, a best place to live in Kentucky by Time magazine, and nationally ranked for economic development success, in the US, for seven consecutive years. I want to thank Governor Andy Beshear, Transportation Secretary Gray, the entire Transportation Cabinet, and Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. I also want to thank Judge Executive Mike Buchanan, Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, city manager Jeff Mizel, and all of our state legislators.
Were all excited to celebrate this future new road in the Transpark. Not only is it a sign of Bowling Green and the park's growth, it is a sign of how well our region, and our counterparts in Frankfort work together to benefit our regional citizens. Crown's investment in Bowling Green will produce returns across many different economic sectors. Crown's decision to locate here will have a $340 million impact over the next decade. The new jobs being created will result in significant consumer spending in every business sector in our area.
The Kentucky Transpark is a driver of our regional economy. It is home to many great companies who I want to offer my sincere appreciation. I want to offer our thanks to . Alpla, American HOWA Kentucky, Android, Bowling Green Metal Forming, Bilstein, Cannon , Shiloh, and TMS automotive. I also want to thank tenants South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College, Warren County area Technology Center, Green River education Co Op, and the goodwill regional office. The 2600 jobs in the Transpark support an additional 4500 jobs in our community, which will create an economic impact of $8 billion over the next decade. Each year, Transpark employees spend $13.6 million at our local grocery stores, $8.7 million or local restaurants, $3.4 million on entertainment, and nearly $10 million on insurance, just to name a few sectors that benefit from the spending. All of that is just part of what this road in the Kentucky Transpark means to our region. We owe huge thanks to our companies that continue to invest, create jobs, and support our community. In closing, I want to offer my deep appreciation to the governor, Secretary of Transportation. Secretary of Economic Development, Team Kentucky, our legislators, the city of Bowling Green, Warren County, the ITA board of directors, and our whole economic development team.
Right. Governor- Thanks for helping us allow opportunity to meet preparation. Thank you, sir.
Gov takes over:
They told me that last video was long- they weren't kidding.
The last one though is a little special to me, because the very first economic development deal done “soup to nuts”: From the very first approach to signing on the dotted line, to breaking ground during my administration is Crown Cork and Seal that they just talked about. $147 million dollar project, 126 jobs, and it’s going to be up and running in March of next year. It's pretty special. They are a special company. My hope is that they see everything great going on in Kentucky with this and one other related company and just want to do more.
Alright, moving into COVID. The first thing on our agenda today is an announcement on childcare that Secretary Friedlander is going to make. I will say that the changes we're going to make today, and he'll talk about this a little more, are enabled by a couple of things. Number one, on the positive side, what we have been able to learn from childcare during COVID, thus far in Kentucky, and from the continued good work, and and practice and getting in better practices, by those working in the facilities. The other is a harm reduction effort. We are starting to see different groups like catering companies all of a sudden bringing in kids for NTI and that's not a system of safety, that would otherwise be provided by childcare facilities. So, with that Secretary Friedlander.
Sec Friedlander takes over:
Thank you Governor. By the way I did ask for my absentee ballot last week so I just want you to know that.
2020.08.27 18:18 SaintRidleyWrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 21, 1988
March 21, 1988 Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. • PREVIOUS • 1987 FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE: The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
It’s a really slow week for news, so Dave spends a lot of real estate giving his predictions for Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions. Wrestlemania is first, and he starts with the tournament. There are only three real contenders there: Hogan, DiBiase, and Savage. Everyone else isn’t good enough to carry the company or has loads of baggage the company doesn’t want coming back up. The recent tv taping’s third hour was meant for post-Wrestlemania, so guaranteed non-winners are Andre, Duggan, Reed, Muraco, and Bigelow. Steamboat and Rude probably make it through a round, but not to the final. WWF has foreshadowed things a bit, though. Changing the brackets seems designed to get Savage to the finals, which really necessitates a heel opposite him, which rules out Hogan. Since DiBiase could have won the title in the old bracket without facing Savage in the final (they would have met in the semifinals), changing the bracket to put Savage in the final seems suspect from a DiBiase-must-win scenario. Secondly, the latest issue of WWF magazine has a photo of Elizabeth shopping, captioned “Elizabeth, manager of the World Wrestling Federation Champion Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage”). Red herring? Misprint? Clue? It’s hard to say. The magazine has been out for two weeks. Lastly, a reader swears they were at the taping and peeked behind the curtain and saw Savage carrying the title while doing a promo. Savage has Dave’s vote, as everything just adds up to it and has been since they changed the bracket. For the IC title match, Dave predicts the match will not only be terrible, but that Honkeytonk Man will no longer be the worst Intercontinental Champion ever. Beefer to win it, because somehow he’s managed to get more over than he has any right to be with this barber thing. The Islanders and Heenan vs. Koko B. Ware and the Bulldogs seems destined to go to the Bulldogs, in part because after Dynamite’s injury last year, somehow the company decided to use their time to get Matilda over and this is Matilda’s return. They’ve only got Heenan in so Matilda can chase him around the ring. For the tag titles, Dave predicts Demolition to win. WWF has booked a title change for the tag titles every Wrestlemania to include a tag title match so far, and curiously, Demolition seem to be getting over real well - the last show at the Cow Palace saw all the fans dutifully cheer every face and boo every heel during the announcement of the card with one exception: Demolition got cheered and Strike Force got booed. Dave really hopes Warrior vs. Hercules won’t be the template for pro wrestling in the 90s, as Dave’s only predictions are that this will be a worst match of the year candidate and that neither man will live to see the age of 50. He’s half right: Herc died at 47, but Warrior managed to make it all the way to 54. Lastly, Dave considers the battle royal, a bad concept that Bret Hart managed to single-handedly save and make work previously. There’s no stakes and no heat, it’s just a way to get everyone a payday. Dave’s predictions: babyface will probably win, George Steele won’t get in the ring, Roma and Powers will smile, JYD won’t do anything, Sam Houston takes the best bump going out if he doesn’t win, Harley Race takes the next best bump.
Over in Greensboro Coliseum, Crockett’s Clash of the Champions offers its own speculative fun. Flair vs. Sting will certainly go over 20 minutes with loads of near falls and all the usual stuff (Sting not selling the suplex, Flair getting plucked off the top rope). It’s a Ric Flair match, so it’s going to be exactly what you expect, which isn’t a bad thing really. But it does kind of take the excitement out of things. Flair’s gonna get destroyed, but he won’t lose the title and the finish will be one we’ve all seen before. Woo. Dusty and the Road Warriors vs. Ivan Koloff and the Powers of Pain in a barbed wire match seems to exist just for the sake of lots of blood, and barbed wire matches aren’t conducive to good wrestling. Dave figures Dusty wins to the disappointment of many while satiating fans’ blood thirst. For the NWA tag titles, Dave thinks Luger has improved enough to hold up his end of things and the other three are some of the best workers in the territory. Probably a DQ win for the Horsemen, but Luger and Windham winning the titles isn’t a negligible possibility either. On paper, it’s an easy 3.5 star+ match. For the U.S. Tag Titles, Midnight Express vs. the Fantastics looks like a title change. Cornette’s spent too long hyping the length of the Midnights’ title reign for it not to be, and you gotta put over the Fantastics now before fans have a chance to turn on them for being small and too much like the Rock & Roll Express. Rotundo vs. Garvin in an amateur rules match, Dave doesn’t have a prediction for the winner, but figures Rotundo will cheat somehow and Sullivan will do something dastardly, and a hot angle should spin out of it. Finally, Zbyszko vs. Shane Douglas will end, Dave guesses, in a time limit draw or some other kind of unclear finish. Shane’s gotten good, but with Magnum managing others for the Crockett Cup and the Dusty/Zbyszko feud going nowhere, it seems his push is being tweaked.
Wrestlemania 4 did finally sell out this past week for the live crowd. You can point out how last year’s show sold over 90,000 tickets to sell out and this show has only 13,500 sold tickets, but there are more things to consider. Last year, all of Michigan was blacked out for closed-circuit and PPV, meaning to see Wrestlemania you either had to leave the state or be in attendance. On the flip side, WWF has eight closed-circuit sites in New York City, eight more in New Jersey, one in Philadelphia, and PPV everywhere. So that’s a huge difference in accessibility, plus tickets this year were way more expensive. Last year’s average ticket price was $16.50, with a lot of $9 tickets for the cheap seats and $100 for the top price. The lowest price this year is $25, and the top price is $150. Overall, this year’s live gate will still be around $1 million, even with the smaller audience.
The Crockett Cup’s top ten seeds will be announced at Clash of the Champions. Dave has word about the top 10, and those are Arn & Tully, Dusty & Nikita, Road Warriors, Midnight Express, Powers of Pain, Luger and Windham, Fanatics, Mike otundo & Rick Steiner, Sting & Ron Garvin, and Ivan Koloff & Dick Murdoch. No big name outside teams look to be involved, since even if the Von Erichs and Inoki were to send teams over, they’d insist on them being seeded, if not outright making it to the finals. Crockett’s dropping hints about Puerto Rico and Japan, but there’s no indication other than that of any deals in the works. Steve Williams is returning, but don’t expect him to have a unification match with Ric Flair on night two - the scuttlebutt is that a face from one of the seeded teams will pull out of the tournament to challenge him.
WWF looks to be going with Andre vs. Duggan as their big angle following Wrestlemania. They shot the first thing for it on March 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Jim Duggan interrupted an Andre and DiBiase interview, only to get beat up and headbutted off stage before he tries to charge and is held back. This is set to air the day before Wrestlemania. The second part of the angle, set to air after Wrestlemania, has Duggan interfere in an Andre match until Andre chokes him and Duggan bleeds from the mouth until he can somehow get his 2x4 and knock Andre out. They bring out a stretcher for Andre but he wakes up and goes berserk, chasing Pat Patterson to backstage.
A bigger surprise from that taping, though, is Owen Hart. Apparently he worked the previous night in Bristol, Tennessee as well, but the big deal is he appeared using his real name. He jobbed in a squash in his first match of the show, then had a match in the third hour against Hercules where he got to do a lot of his really cool offense and the crowd was into it, and definitely seems like this match was taped for April 2. No idea if Hart is in for a try-out or what, though it makes little sense to Dave that they’d debut him as a jobber if this was a debut.
Outlet Communications, which owns both WATL in Atlanta and Pro Wrestling This Week, is for sale. They’re using it to fuel an angle on the show, announcing on this week’s episode that someone is attempting a hostile takeover.
AGB, the other national ratings source besides Neilsen, came out with their ratings for The Main Event. They listed it 35th for the week out of 72 shows, with a 15.1 rating and 23 share (Neilsen had them at 31st place). WWF winning the time slot for the night, which looked really clear going by Neilsen, is now disputed, as AGB had the CBS Beauty and the Beast that aired at the same time ahead of it at 32nd place for the week. This is a huge blow to WWF. Vince had been claiming that Andre vs. Hogan would put them right at the top for the week and be the highest rated show in prime time all season. And now he can’t even definitively claim top of the time slot, nevermind beating Dallas (which both groups had ranking in the top 20).
In syndicated ratings, the week ending February 14 saw the WWF network rank 4th place with an 11.1 combined rating. Crockett had a 7.9, falling to 7th place.
The Sammartino family is in the news this week. Last week, Bruno quit WWF to promote a 900 hotline amid many complaints about the state of wrestling and WWF specifically. Bruno’s contentions have to do with insulting the intelligence of the fansand not trying to maintain credibility, but obviously Vince thinks differently about how to promote. He was also upset David never got a push, and when he gave his notice two weeks back, Linda McMahon called the next day to tell him they had the name Bruno Sammartino trademarked so he couldn’t use it in any outside business ventures. Considering Bruno’s drawing power in the 60s is the reason many believe Vince Sr. survived as a promoter and WWF even exists today, obviously that should be upsetting. It may be debatable whether or not he’s the sole reason WWF even exists today, but it isn’t debatable that his popularity is the foundation WWF built off. And to make matters worse, David Sammartino was wrestling in New York on March 9 and apparently assaulted a fan who was heckling him. David reportedly went after the fan and threw him out of his chair. He was arrested and given a court date of April 4, and he lost all of his bookings as a result.
Saturday Night’s Main Event, filmed March 7, aired March 12. The five matches that aired were part of a massive 14 match card that drew a 10,000 fan sellout, though the crowd was heavily papered as only 2,000 tickets had sold by March 4. Local radio did a deal where anyone who could name two WWF wrestlers got two free tickets. The televised matches saw 1. Beefer pin Valentine by kicking out during a double pin situation while Honketonk taunted him from ringside. 2. Hogan pinning Harley Race. 3. DiBiase beat Savage by countout, with Virgil ejected quickly and Andre interfering after a ref bump to cause the countout, then Elizabeth ran back and got Hogan to save him. 4. Islanders beat Killer Bees with Haku pinning Blair, and what aired was just the first fall - the live crowd got a two of three falls match that the Islanders won 2-1. 5. One Man Gang squashed Ken Patera. The unaired main event saw Andre squash Bam Bam Bigelow in 3 minutes, which shows where Bam Bam’s future is. Duggan’s been getting more and more over again and is primed to take the spot Bam Bam was set up for as #3 babyface after Hogan and Savage.
The annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet took place this past Saturday. The Cauliflower Alley Club is a group of “wrestlers, boxers, and Hollywood types” mainly from the early tv era, and their banquet is something of a class reunion type deal every year. Lots of names Dave’s read about but never seen, and special honors were given to Fred Blassie, Roddy Piper, Buddy Rogers, Moolah, and Clara Mortensen (who was a pioneer in women’s wrestling alongside Mildred Burke). Loads and loads of old names there: John Tolos, Doc & Mike Gallagher, Ox Anderson, Count Billy Varga, Billy Darnell, Paul Boesch, Kit Fox, Donna Christanello, Toru Tanaka, Red Bastien, Ray “Thunder” Sterne, Reggie Parks, Bob Orton Sr., George “Crybaby” Cannon, Vic Christy, Mike Mazurki, and more. Fred Blassie hammed it up the entire night, but Piper was subdued and seemed happy to be out of wrestling, and Dave believes that Piper believes he’s got no intention of wrestling again (though never say never, if his film career doesn’t pan out). Buddy Rogers still has his trademark strut and look of arrogance, and his old manager Bobby Davis was with him. Davis apparently wants to work as a manager in WWF.
[Memphis] Lawler and Eddie Gilbert collide in their first match of their feud on March 14. It all started when Jerry Jarrett made an appearance presenting Lance Russel with a plaque for winning best wrestling announcer for his fourth consecutive year as voted by the fans (fun fact - 1987 was Lance Russel’s fourth consecutive year winning the Observer award for best wrestling announcer) and Russel noted that the tv show also won the fan vote for best tv show. Anyway, Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt came out and started arguing and Lawler did a phone interview at the same time where he said he was waiting for a doctor’s clearance to wrestle. The main event of the show this week saw Gilbert vs. Steve Keirn, and Gilbert kept arguing with Jarrett and then Tommy Gilbert got hold of Jarrett and Eddie threw a fireball at him, and Lawler said doctor’s orders or not he was going to get his hands on Eddie Gilbert.
The Samoans were supposed to win the tag titles in Memphis on March 7. But they quit the week before the match.
March 14 for Memphis will also feature a cage battle royal with a key on a pole. The only way to win is to get the key from the pole and use it to unlock the door and escape. Vinny Russo, is this your idea?
Not a lot new in World Class, except for the fact that Al Perez is set to go to the NWA. He was supposedly meant to regain the title from Kerry on March 25 in Dallas.
The Fabulous Lance, formerly Lance Von Erich, is rumored to be returning to World Class next month. Last Dave had heard of him, he was wrestling in South Africa. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, given Fritz tried to bury him and outright stated he wasn’t a real Von Erich after he left.
[Stampede] Scott McGhee has returned to Florida to recuperate from his stroke. He’s made good progress, reportedly, but still no indication he’ll ever be able to return to the ring. Indeed, McGhee’s career is over. He’ll do two more one-off matches in 1989 and 2010, but otherwise, he’s past his wrestling days here.
The 8-man match on February 27 was, according to Ross Hart, one of the best matches in the history of Stampede. Wayne and Owen Hart teamed with Brian Pillman and Jason the Terrible against Akam Singh, Steve DiSalvo, Gerry Morrow, and Makhan Singh in a match that went 47 minutes and came down to Owen getting pinned by Morrow in the end. Wayne was the first eliminated, and Dave doesn’t know it but this was the last match of Wayne Hart’s in-ring career. I tried to find a video, but I couldn’t find one.
Not much news on the AWA front, but they are bringing in a new manager and giving him a big push at their Vegas tapings on March 19. On the one hand, they could have chosen Paul E. Dangerously who is dynamic and great at getting heat with his mic work. But this is the AWA, so they’ll choose someone who has been out of the game for 15 years over a young, hot act. So welcome to the AWA Stan “Big K” Kowalski, whose last relevant work was managing Ivan Koloff and Shozo Kobayashi int the early 1970s.
Global hasn’t folded yet, and they recorded six weeks of tv on March 5. The interesting angle saw the evolution of the feud between Col. Kirchner & G.I. Joe Palardy vs. Dr. Red Roberts and V.C. Minh. Last taping, Minh came out with a photo of American soldiers in bodybags being carried home from Vietnam, which caused Kirchner and Palardy to freak out. Roberts, whose gimmick is based on his real life day job as a psychologist, diagnosed Kirchner as having “Patriophobia” and invoked the Baker Act to get Kirchner involuntarily committed to an institution for evaluation. Given Kirchner’s promos, Dave notes that this is entirely consistent with his character, at least. Anyway, shenanigans and such, and the heels win a squash so bad they send out medics, and the medics turn out to be Kirchner and Palardy, who attack and beat up Roberts so badly he declares he’s retiring from wrestling to use his skills in his field to help young men work through drug abuse. Dr. Roberts’ real name is Dr. Michael Brannon, and he’d find himself embroiled in the world of wrestling again in 2001 when the Lionel Tate case happened, providing testimony as an expert against Tate, arguing Tate knew wrestling was fake all along. Who knew that this would tie in so neatly with one of the stories from a recent 2002 rewind?
About the only news out of Japan is that All Japan’s March 9 card drew a near sellout for Tenryu vs. Stan Hansen. Tenryu pinned Hansen, Hansen’s third pinfall loss in Japan in seven years, to win the PWF Title, making him a triple champion alongside his United National and PWF Tag Titles.
The New York State Athletic Commission showed their double standard against independent groups earlier this month. They wrote a memo to Northeast Championship Wrestling citing Misty Blue’s attire as “too short.” Meanwhile, Vince gets to fly in the face of any and all Athletic Commission rules in the state. Granted, some of the rules are beyond asinine (it’s still illegal for a wrestling promoter to have a financial interest in a wrestler), but come on. It’s ring attire.
The Von Erich story in Penthouse looks pretty set for the July issue now. Nope.
Queen Kong/Mount Fiji from GLOW and POWW is setting up her own tv show called Rasslin Revival. You didn’t hear it from Dave, because he didn’t write it in the issue, but Queen Kong apparently also invented the phone sex line.
Barry Orton was convicted in his vehicular manslaughter trial. His sentence is six years, but he could be out in under two with good behavior. The conviction comes right as he was starting to do some of the best work of his career, but you know, someone’s dead so that should probably be the key takeaway.
A sportscaster who has worked with both Kirk Gibson of the L.A. Dodgers and Hulk Hogan called in to give his opinion on the comparison that was made forever ago and which still comes up in some of the letters. Anyway, the guy says Gibson is an asshole 99% of the time and Hogan is often quite nice and is easily 10 times more popular than Gibson on top of being friendlier in public. Good thing those numbers look reasonable, or I’d suspect the sportscaster’s name was Bulk Bogan.
A lot of Crockett contracts are set to expire in May, so expect WWF to make a play for several of them to retaliate for Clash of the Champions.
Almost everyone who called Dave this week had something to say about Jim Cornette’s comments on TBS this past Saturday. How the hell did he slip “beating meat” past Standards and Practices?
Ted Turner is starting a new tv network in October with a focus on sports and MGM movies, and Crockett may wind up switched to that new network. It’s going to be called TNT. Oh yeah, that network will definitely have wrestling on it in the future.
Something Dave does now and again that I usually skip over here is give rankings for who he feels are the top wrestlers. This week he ranks his top 25 men’s tag teams and top 40 men’s singles guys. Owen Hart is #1 for singles guys. Ric Flair has fallen all the way down to #3.
Fabulous Lance may not be coming into World Class afterall. Apparently his booker didn’t want him as anything but a babyface, while Fritz wanted him to partner with the Freebirds.
The Owen vs. Hercules match was apparently not supposed to be taped, so who knows if it’ll air. It definitely did wind up taped, so that’s all up in the air. It in fact did not air.
All charges against David Sammartino have been dropped in the case of the incident with the fan. It made a lot of press nationally for such a small thing, and it did result in David getting fired while other WWF guys have skated by with worse incidents. Apparently the fan was heckling David by using insider terms, which I guess absolves David from any responsibility for putting hands on the guy?
A reader writes in that as much as Dave complains about bad taste, he’s put out some really tasteless stuff himself. Namely, putting the info to help Al Blake (Vladmir Petrov) pay his legal expenses given his conviction for drug smuggling, and the writer would probably have let it slide if not for it being the Observer and how many readers “seem to live and die by the gospel according to Dave Meltzer.” The other instance he cites is admittedly less severe, but using one of his trademark denigrating nicknames (“Doggie” in this case) to refer to Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon regarding the hit and run that cost him his leg strikes the writer as blatant and callous disregard for Vachon’s dignity after what he went through. He also throws a plea to Dave to cover GLOW and POWW, “keeping in mind I’m wasting my time.” Or at least, let the readers vote on it. It’d be a better use of space than covering Central States (and if you’re wondering why you rarely see anything about Central States in the rewinds, it’s because nothing and no one of consequence is there).
NEXT WEEK:Interest in Wrestlemania down, Billy Jack Haynes vs. Don Owen promotional war, Dump retirement ratings hit, syndicated ratings rankings, and more
2020.08.22 01:52 bagthebossupI Shop When I'm Anxious: A List & Review of Everything I've Ordered from TB
Hello RL, If you're anything like me, quarantine has been a time of aimlessly shopping to fill the hole in my life where most hobbies, social events, and other excuses to leave the house used to be. Unbeknownst to him, my therapist also encouraged this habit by instructing me to embrace "more hedonistic pleasure" during this time, so please send your regards to Dr. D for this list. I made a similar post around eight months ago with a list of my purchases at that point, on my other reddit account (mods, I can post with that account here to confirm it's me if necessary). I will include those items in this list and update reviews as appropriate. Sadly, unlike in the last post, I will not be three glasses of wine deep -- in fact, I'm taking a hiatus from alcohol all together to discourage my newest quarantine past time of drinking sauvignon blanc and petting my dog manically while I buy yet another set of pillowcases for my throw pillows -- so please lower your expectations about how funny this post will be appropriately. For reference, I am 5'2.5" tall (~158 cm) and currently 125 lbs (~56.7 kg). In non-quarantine times, I was a pretty TTS US2 in tops and bottoms (26" wait) but these days, that's just what I tell my MIL so she stops heckling my partner and I about exercising. However, I still have hope that the world will return to normal (and I will stop eating excessive amounts of candy whilst watching hours of YouTube videos about beauty gurus getting pregnant and sobbing), so most of my purchases are intended to fit a US2-4. My shoe size is 6.5, sometimes 6 in athletic shoes. Without further ado, here's everything I've ever purchased from TB. Pour la maison
Shirt is substantial, design looks correct, comes branded with tags. The only warning is that this is men's/unisex sizing but the arm holes are small, so the SM is long on me but the arm is too tight for me to give it to my bf, who it fits better (he's a men's M or L).
Potentially controversial opinion but I do not like this jacket, despite it being fairly well-reviewed here. The L fits like a US small. The interior was messy in terms of stitching and unlined, and one of the pockets has some white shit all around the lining that I assume is for waterproofing but reminds me of insulation you're not supposed to touch.
Still on the fence about this one. I've worn it a couple times and cut out the itchy tag, but it's nothing special. (Original review: I'm sad about this one because it's well reviewed here, but it came with a random tag, is itchy, and isn't super flattering to my body type. Maybe other colors are better.)
The lace part of this is like a bandeau, and the exterior tank top is very large for a size small. I personally like it, since I like wearing slouchier tanks when I walk my dog, but it's sort of a bizarre fit. Unbranded.
Left them at work at the beginning of quarantine and haven't missed them. (Original review: They're... fine. A bit tight (I have narrow feet, too) and don't feel sturdy. Not leather. I leave them at work for when I need nicer shoes than the formerly white sneakers I am frequently wearing.)
They're not leather, but they're nicely constructed for the price and comfortable and don't have a weirdly wide ankle hole. Not appropriate for business professional but I like 'em as shoes that look decent but I'm not worried about wearing them to walk a lot / in the rain, etc.
Bags / SLG
Color / Size
Cop or Drop
Notes / Updated Review
THE Gucci Soho
Original link is dead, I found this one from reverse image searching the product image from when I bought it: Link (will need VPN from US)
Still reach for this a ton, looks great with leather conditioner. (Original review: I got the green and I fucking love it. I'm about to buy another one. It's reviewed a ton here, so check it out. TL;DR: link on tassel doesn't fully close but otherwise it looks güd)
This was a surprise disappointment because this shop sells the GM Zara Blazers but this jacket looks like it costs exactly what it's worth. The outside looks ok but the inside is unlined, the edges of the suede on the belt don't match up, loose threads everywhere, etc. I got rid of mine, it wasn't even donate-able.
Original review: My friends, the skirt's top looks like I made it in 8th grade home economics if I also was prone to binge drinking before middle school. The sweater is lumpy but otherwise constructed ok. I let the paid reviews trick me; may you learn from my folly.
2020.08.20 18:00 SaintRidleyWrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 14, 1988
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. • PREVIOUS • 1987 FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE: The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
As mentioned last week, WWF has changed up the bracket for the Wrestlemania IV tournament. They showed the updated bracket on tv this past weekend without any announcement or explanation for the change, and the only explanation Dave can find for why they have updated the bracket is so they can get DiBiase vs. Savage in as the final. So, now that we have an updated bracket, Dave goes into speculation mode. There are only three possible winners here in his eyes: Hogan, DiBiase, and Savage. He’s not going to rule out the possibility of a Hogan win, though he puts that as least likely due to the movie being in the works. DiBiase would seem to be the favorite, then. But if that’s the case he doesn’t really need the title any earlier than July in order to set up the august ppv. Hogan winning would probably require Hogan vs. Rude for the final. Savage or DiBiase are best off winning by facing the other in the final. Dave’s already leaning toward a Hogan/Andre double elimination as the most likely possibility there (whether they double eliminate through some kind of draw or through Hogan winning then getting jumped and being ”too injured” to continue by a bunch of guys paid by DiBiase is anybody’s guess). Of course, the real question is why change the bracket so suddenly? Did they just not think through the original one before they put it up that it would probably lead to Don Muraco being the most exciting face they could put against DiBiase in the final (or Savage/Rude)? It beggars belief they wouldn’t think this through hard, so there’s gotta be some reason like the original plan no longer seeming like a good idea. Is it that they’ve got cold feet about DiBiase’s drawing power? Does that put Savage as the likely winner, only to drop it to DiBiase in July for Hogan’s return in August?
Dave’s doing a poll for those who watch both Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions. Six questions: 1) which show did you enjoy more; 2) which show you thought was better overall; 3) match of the night; 4) your opinion of blood and wrestling; 5) should wrestling be regulated by state athletic commissions; 6) a question for those tape traders who sample widely: what promotion’s style do you enjoy most? You know what? These aren’t bad questions. I think we should answer these in the comments.
Syndicated tv ratings for the week ending February 7 are out and NWA is on the rise. They ranked sixth with an 8.9 national rating on 185 stations, just behind WWF which was fifth with an 11.4 rating on 258 stations. WTBS does not count for viewership on this. Probably too close for Vince’s liking. Of course, these ratings aren’t an accurate measure of how many different people are watching, as many watch more than one program from each of these syndicated packages so some viewers are counted three, four, or more times. But syndication ratings are the numbers advertisers look to, so that makes them meaningful because it determines how much money they can get by selling ads. And ad revenue from tv is a significant part of WWF’s advantage: they’ve been able to get a lot of it and leave every other promotion in the proverbial dust. The three shows at the top (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Oprah) are all just one show in each tv market, so those homes are counted just once, which really puts things into perspective when you consider WWF (fifth place) was watched in 10,078,000 homes across four shows (thus a home that watches Wrestling Challenge, Superstars, Spotlight, and All-American would be counted four times) and Crockett got 7,868,000 homes (with three TBS shows and other syndicated shows, Crockett viewers could get counted as much as five to even seven times). Wrestling may be highly viewed, but in terms of absolute number of individual viewers it’s still small potatoes compared to the real juggernauts, and while they may have some of the highest rated syndicated packages, neither Crockett nor McMahon can claim to have one of the top rated syndicated shows. Crockett got a big boost from the inclusion of the TBS shows, which should boost their ad revenue and help them compete. And that’s reason enough for Dave to expect WWF to try and counter this - it’s important to the way WWF presents itself that there not be any other major league company in wrestling.
Sports Illustrated ran a story in this week’s issue on Hiroshi Wajima. Dave hasn’t had the chance to read the story yet, but it’s apparently an old story put together in November 1986, and Dave has no idea why it just came out. Ironically, Tokyo Sports ran a story this week that Wajima was going to retire (though this apparently isn’t true). Anyway, I found the story.
Also in the media this week were the Von Erichs. They were on the 700 Club this week, doing their usual job of mixing truth, minor falsehoods, and major lies. On Monday they took over AWA’s old rerun timeslot on ESPN (4 pm EST) with “Legends of World Class Wrestling” which covers early 80s matches featuring Kevin and Kerry before in the pre-Freebird days of the company. They also curiously seem to have a Ken Mantell match every episode, as well as a trivia contest that’s unintentionally funny. One of the questions asked where and when David Von Erich died, which is almost pushing the exploitation of the family tragedies to the point of parody. Lastly, the latest on the Von Erichs story in Penthouse is that it’s tentatively scheduled for the July issue unless the magazine decides to do a feature on the upcoming Michael Spinks vs. Mike Tyson fight (yeah, they do that feature).
The biggest news in WWF is that Bruno Sammartino has left the company. Bruno got an offer to promote a national wrestling hotline that paid more than WWF pays him as a color commentator, and that’s the issue that seems to have served as reason for him leaving. It’s no secret that Bruno has been unhappy with WWF for some time and doesn’t like the company’s direction. And Vince never gave David the push he promised. When Bruno retired back in 1981, he never planned to make a comeback years later; that only happened to help David get his career launched. But once he did get back in the ring, they pressured for more appearances, slotted him in as their pinch hitter for when guys like Duggan, Patera, or Jake Roberts weren’t available due to injury or suspension to main event a show. And this extra work has caused Bruno’s back injuries to be reaggravated, and yet he still completed all bookings through last August before deciding to call it quits for real in the ring. WWF still wanted him on in the northeast, though. The real core of everything, though, is that McMahona nd Sammartino have vastly different ideas, setting aside the usual friction of the promotewrestler relationship, about the credibility of the business and about promotional ethics. McMahon’s way of promoting completely violates Bruno’s sense of credibility for wrestling and ethics. Bruno ought to know a bit about what works promotion-wise, given he’s got a long record of drawing consistent sellouts in places WWF only draws a few thousand fans today.
Dave saw the March 5 WWF show at the Cow Palace and runs through the card, giving ratings and making observations. Badnews Brown won his match with an enziguiri (that’s the Ghetto Blaster, though it hasn’t quite been named that yet). Steamboat and Rude had a 20 minute draw that was the best match of the show, and Steamboat is still one of the best for high spots in the country. Sherri carried Rockin’ Robin to a watchable match, though Robin is still obviously quite green. She’s a tremendous heel when they give her a chance, though they don’t often give her the chance. In the main event, Hogan and Duggan beat DiBiase and Virgil. Virgil was in the way too much and Hogan seemed like he might have been sick because he mostyl did rest holds and when on the apron he kept his head down. Hogan is absolutely the biggest draw in the industry right now, but there are a lot of folks who get bigger reactions live, including Carlos Colón, Antonio Inoki, and Chigusa Nagayo. Dave thinks it might be that fans look at Hogan as an entertaineperformer, whereas with Nagao or Colón they live and die by the rhythms of their matches. So when Dave talked back in December about how Hogan gets half the reaction live that Nagayo gets, he was being kind to Hogan. This isn’t to knock Hogan, though - he still gets incredible reactions and is an incredible draw, but there are others beyond him.
Dave’s had a chance to watch a lot of tape from Puerto Rico lately, and there’s only one good worker from the area: TNT. That’s the future Savio Vega. The standard match here is slow-paced, though when they bring Abdullah or Brody in you can get some blood to make up for it. The company is very successful, though, so they’re doing what works for their audience, and Dave speculates their audience has the highest percentage of true believers of any in the world. The heat they can generate is ridiculous.
Iron Sheik has been fired, probably setting a new record in WWF.
Adrian Adonis is trying to get back to WWF. No real surprise. Not going to happen before he dies.
NBC and WWF have come to a deal for five Saturday Night’s Main Events and one prime time special for the 1988-89 season. The Main Event proved they can be put in a weak time slot with a lot of hype and deliver a solid rating, but they can’t appeal enough to consistently compete in prime time.
Memphis has brought Sputnik Monroe in to feud with Billy Wicks on March 7. Dave thought Eddie Marlin feuding with Tommy Gilbert was ridiculous, but this takes the cake. Wicks was a big star in Memphis before Jackie Fargo (so we’re talking the 1950s) and Sputnik Monroe was a legendary heel who refused to work shows with segregated crowds. More on Sputnik Monroe by broken_beat. Anyway, Monroe and Wicks were big deals and their feud in the late 50s was legendary, setting an indoor arena attendance record in Memphis in 1959 that stood until the Monday Night Wars (specifically, In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre broke the record). According to cagematch, this is a one off and Monroe’s last match ever. This show was not for tv and there’s no video of it anywhere I can find online, but I wish I could put it here.
More guys gone from Memphis. Manny Fernandez was fired for missing shows. The Samoans quit right before they were probably due to win the Southern Tag Team Titles. Bill Dundee has left to go be a babyface in Knoxville (they wrote him off with a Gilbert family attack, so that leaves the door open for him to come back as a face and team with Lawler at least). Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are also out. And Steve Keirn, who headlined February 29, isn’t back this week. This led to the March 7 card having 15 matches with a lot of guys pulling double duty.
Owen Hart injured his back taking a bump on a guard rail during his Japan tour, so he missed two weeks right after getting back to Canada.
Billy Jack Haynes was on a local talk show in Oregon and we get a bit of insight into his thinking about his new promotion. He’s only interested in guys who weigh at least 280 lbs and is promising sizeable guaranteed contracts. No indication when he’s going to start it up yet, but he said something to the effect of it being in arund 6 weeks. He also said they’d hold a wrestling camp.
Continental is continuing the same bait and switch stuff that killed Birmingham in the first place. Their February 29 show was a double taping, and among the promises not kept were Larry Hamilton no-showing his match with Scott Hall and the two other matches he was supposed to have and both Danny Davis vs. Lord Humongous and Frank Lancaster vs. Detroit Demolition didn’t happen despite all four guys being present.
AWA announced on tv this past weekend that Masa Saito would be returning, and he’d be bringing Riki Choshu with him to wrestle the Midnight Rockers. This comes as a surprise to all.
AWA has changed March 19 to have Diamond and Tanaka challenging the Rockers for the tag titles. At least they figured out what to do to make it make sense.
GLOW’s live card in Houston on February 26 drew 3,500 fans. That’s more than Hogan vs. DiBiase drew last time they were there, and more than Flair vs. Sting did this past weekend at the Houston Coliseum. Verne Gagne was there, and it seems GLOW wrestler Olympia is headed to AWA to be an opponent for Madusa. If Verne wanted someone to look better and wrestle worse than Madusa, he found his woman, Dave says.
Adrian Adonis lost his weekly guarantee from AWA back in December. Then he broke his ankle just a week before he was supposed to go to Japan, so he lost out on two weeks of Japan and hasn’t been getting income. He even asked Verne to help while he was injured and Verne told him no. Adonis has had a terrible run of luck lately, and it’s just not going to work out well.
New Japan officially announced that Akira Maeda has been fired. So now the question is what is Maeda’s future in wrestling, if any? Obviously someone will have the idea to start a new promotion and make him the star, but they’re gonna need television to get it going, and that could be a tough proposition. We’re on the cusp of Newborn UWF in the next couple weeks.
Dump Matsumoto’s retirement was such a big deal that Fuji TV ran a half hour retrospective of her career. Her retirement show took place in her home town on February 28, and she beat Bull Nakano and Condor Saito in a handicap match to send her off. The co-main event was Lioness Asuka going to a time limit draw against Yukari Omori in Omori’s final match. The last tv taping Omori and Dump did took place on February 25, where they went to a draw against the Crush Girls via double countout. Then they requested five more minutes, and the match went to a draw after the request was granted. On that show Bull Nakano and Kumiko Iwamoto won two of three falls to take the vacant tag titles against Mitsuko Nishiwaki and Yumiko Hotta. Dave anticipates a ratings drop now that Matsumoto is out, as she brings a lot of drama and heat to the shows.
The big news out of All Japan is that Tokyo Sports ran a front page story on February 23 about Hiroshi Wajima needing to retire due to neck injuries. Wajima insists he’ll be back, and Dave’s not sure the details, but Wajima is 40 years old and Dave’s understanding is he’ll be out for several months at least. At that age “career ending” become very common words with this sort of thing, so…. Yeah. This is pretty much the beginning of the end for Wajima. He’s not going to take time off, and by the end of the year he’ll wrestle his last match.
World Class has a bunch of title changes. Kerry Von Erich beat Al Perez for the WCCW Championship on March 6 in Dallas. Small crowd, and it was originally supposed to be Michael Hayes against Perez, but they had Hayes attacked at the concert on March 4, so he was “injured” and couldn’t wrestle. The concert drew much better than the Dallas show, getting roughly 2,000 fans. Terry Taylor won the Texas Title on February 26 from Matt Borne. The Simpsons won the Wild West Tag Titles from Tatum and Victory on February 29 in Fort Worth, gaining a measure of revenge from the week earlier (maybe it aired on the 22nd but was the Feb. 14 show? Cagematch is sketchy on details and I can’t find a match on February 22nd where the titles changed. Possible Dave has some things mixed up) when they lost the Texas Tag Titles to Tatum and Victory. After losing the Texas Tag titles, they came out later that night with the Wild West tag title match contract. February 29 was set up so that Victory and Tatum were meant to defend both sets of titles, The Wild West titles against the Simpsons and the Texas titles against the Fantastics, and they whined that it was unfair. Anyway, Bobby Fulton didn’t show up, so Rogers wound up teaming with someone else and lost the match.
WCCW is moving their Texas Stadium show to May 8. Looks like some variation on Freebirds vs. Von Erichs plus one for the top of the card. Talks of Kerry vs. Flair have dropped off.
Bill Alfonso, who used to be a referee in Florida and is the brother of David Sierra (who works under a mask as The Assassin in Oregon), will be the man referee in Billy Jack Haynes’ new Oregon promotion. That Oregon civil war in wrestling has brother against brother now.
Peter Maivia Jr. (that’s The Rock’s uncle) won the California Championship Wrestling tag title with partner Toru Tanaka on February 26. Just an interesting note from the indies, because I had no idea The Rock’s mom had a wrestling brother.
Also in the sons(-in-law) of wrestlers from long ago, Karl Gotch’s son-in-law is Masami Soranaka. He wrestles in Global in Florida as a foreign menace heel, V.C. Minh.
Brody’s March 4 show in St. Louis drew 1,200 fans for a gate of $14,000. Brody vs. Jerry Blackwell in the main event had a weird ending, but the match itself was good, if slow-paced. Blackwell threw Brody over the top and the ref missed it due to ref bump, then Brody got back in, took a powerslam, was pinned for a three count, but another referee overruled it citing the initial toss over the top and calling the match a disqualification. Then Brody dropkicked Blackwell and pinned him. When the finish is dusty, everybody wins, right?
World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico has just put out three video tapes. Tape #1 has a bunch of their bloodiest matches. Tape #2 has the September 1986 WWC Universal Title tournament that saw Terry Funk in three matches, including matches against Rick Martel and Barry Windham. Tape #3 is an Invader #1 (fuck Invader #1) highlight tape. One of the matches has the ring surrounded by a cage of fire and now that I know this I wish he had gotten shoved into it.
Letters this week are all over the place. The first one is a big one and about Hogan’s limited appeal. How much can a balding sausage man who looks ten years older than he is really appeal in the true mainstream? Can he really make anyone switch away from Dallas or The Cosby Show? Not unless the hypothetical viewer already likes wrestling. But that’s the thing the writer argues: Hogan might not be able to appeal to the mass market, but nobody else really can either because wrestling just isn’t that big and never will be. Hell, setting aside his skill or lack thereof in acting, his size alone is going to limit his options in Hollywood, and those limitations will not help him appeal more broadly either. He’s got strong appeal to a small audience, and that's okay because wrestling is a niche interest. Anyway, the writer eventually concludes her time in this issue after a long detour onto the subject of long storytelling matches by suggesting John Carpenter could have saved a lot of money on fake blood for They Live by hiring Ric Flair instead of Roddy Piper.
Dusty Rhodes gave a really weird promo hyping up Clash of the Champions. He told viewers that if they don’t watch the Clash, he’ll remember and come down the chimney at Christmas and beat up their kids. Whatever idea of humor he has, it didn’t really land, and a lot of readers called in to ask Dave if he lost his mind.
Hogan and Duggan vs. DiBiase and Virgil on March 6 in LA drew the smallest crowd Hogan has ever drawn in LA. Nothing really good on the show, either, except that main event.
More details for the Hayes concert finish on March 4 for WCCW: Hayes was going to sing a Willie Nelson song and invited the Von Erichs on stage because he dedicated the song to David. King Parsons came out and started arguing with Hayes, and Buddy Roberts came out too and got into it with the Von Erichs. Roberts tried to swing a guitar at Kerry’s head, but Kerry ducked and he hit Hayes instead.
Turns out the Sputnik Monroe vs. Billy Wicks match in Memphis was billed as an “Old Timers Special Attraction” match. That’s fine - they were really hot in the area around 1961, and it’s not like WWF haven’t done similar like their 1985 Fred Blassie vs. Lou Albano match at Nassau Coliseum.
NEXT WEEK:Predictions for Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions, Crockett Cup seeds to be announced, Owen Hart going to WWF?, and more
2020.08.19 04:48 DFKJR64An interesting analysis about The Origami King worse than Sticker Star
I stumbled upon this long essay from a comment posted on SuperMarioT's recent video about Paper Mario. I figure it would be interesting to see anyone's thoughts on the matter if they have the time to read and have any counterpoints and/or agreements.
Hoo boy! Here we go! I'm gonna be breaking up my replies up into combat, story, and exploration chunks. TL;DR: In my opinion, everything about The Origami King was immeasurably disheartening. 1. Combat in TOK isn't fun. All of the jump/hammer attacks are executed almost the same exact way, making attacking the enemies incredibly boring, and there are also no special attacks that you can use at your leisure to break up the monotony of normal attacks. The closest that the game has to special attacks are the vellumentals, which I would have loved to have seen much more depth and interactivity placed into. The big problem with them is that they're simply automated spectacles that serve to drop the frame rate down a few pegs and clear the battlefield. Imagine if they could've been a selectable option with action prompts that you could use to influence the severity of the attack! You could devastate the enemies if you succeeded in the button prompts, or if you failed, you could pick off a straggler or two that you couldn't fit into the puzzle. Sadly, they're not an available option in the majority of circumstances and can only be pulled off when the game's feeling charitable and decides to offer you a magic circle as a drop from an enemy. Their utilization is greater during the boss battles, but during boss battles, the game always wants you to carry out very specific but also very un-intuitive actions at very certain times. The prime example of very specific actions that I can think of is during the colored pencils boss. During the fight, you're able to close the lid on the box and deal him heavy damage, which I doubt I would've known if I hadn't seen the trailers. Eventually, the pencils do their swirly attack (I don't know what it's called) and I decided to close the lid again because I didn't take swirling pencils as a sign that I could no longer close the lid. I also decided not to go for the hint envelope since I was sure it would work. It didn't work, so it was a wasted turn. The hint envelope had to completely spell out for me that I had to grab the swirl to beat the boss. I would be more understanding if the hint envelopes were an option that's there for struggling players, but when the game relies on telling you exactly what to do by making direct hints a core element of beating bosses rather than conveying to the player what they need to do through good boss design, the game is badly flawed. Going back to my point about vells, what I'm trying to say is, if you use them at the wrong time, you wasted a turn. You didn't simply choose a less efficient option to beat the boss, but your option didn't work at all. I gelled a lot more with Sticker Star's battles because they had much more player agency along with much greater varieties and methods of attack. For example, there's a big difference between a regular jump and a clone jump or between a regular hammer and an eekhammer. The "things" are also vastly different in their purposes and are a lot less automated than the vells since they require input to maximize damage. Now, it's finally time to talk about the slide puzzles! Those puzzles are WILDLY inconsistent in their difficulty. Not only that, but if the player is unable to think geometrically, combat in this game will go from beyond boring battles that you can absolutely cheese to an absolutely inaccessible nightmare. You could use the toads to solve the puzzles for you, but then battles will end up costing you more coins than you'll get out of the battle. If you happen to be skilled at the puzzles, however, then the toads only serve to further automate combat that's already too automated. Combine all these downsides with combat rewards that aren't great, and this game deters me from battling even more than Sticker Star or Color Splash. Speaking of rewards, all you get from battle are confetti and coins. Confetti is used to patch holes in the world which does two things: A. contribute to 100% completion, and B. give you more coins. There are times when you need to fill holes that block the path of progression, but when those holes appear, the game always makes sure you have enough confetti to progress. Effectively, this means that all rewards you get from battling are coins, which have never felt more useless. With coins, the player is able to buy limited-use weapons and trophies, but the problems arise when you realize that the game will supply you with all the weapons you need, and the trophies, like the holes, also only contribute to 100% completion. All this means that fighting battles have no benefits that tangibly affect the gameplay. With all these problems along with a lack of desire to be completionist with this game, I never felt accomplished after beating any regular battle or boss in TOK. This lack of combat benefits was also problem in SS and CS, but the battles, specifically in SS, were more fun. Battles in TOK left me feeling relieved that they were over, and actually feeling somewhat angry at the unification of tedium and boredom that's present throughout all of the combat. Also, fuck the Ice Maze attack in the Ice Vellumental fight. That shit sucked so hard that I had to take screenshots to wrap my head around it! 2. The story in TOK left me with a feeling of futility. In the beginning, I was really jiving with it. I was loving Olivia's bubbly, optimistic demeanor, and when Bobby joined the group, his chemistry with Olivia and Mario was fantastic. After Bobby sacrificed himself to save Olivia and the game got heart-tuggingly depressing, I thought that TOK was gonna pull a Kirby and go into more dark and unexpected places. With emotional moments like Bobby's, I was left feeling that this story was going to build up to a shocking emotional payoff, but it just never builds. In fact, it does the opposite. There were definitely fun moments. Specifically, Chapter 3 was the highlight of the game for me because of its nighttime desert and neon aesthetic along with Professor Toad being a very useful partner in gameplay. The music also peaks in this chapter with its Snifit grooves and Hole Punch's tunes (hell, they even added EUROBEAT with 'M-A-X Power') and his boss theme is especially memorable! But through all this, I spent time wondering when the next emotionally climactic moment would be. I waited and I waited until I reached the end of the game. There, it's revealed that the entire reason for all of the conflict is Olly's petty, racist nonsense, and it's the most basic portrayal of racism that I've ever seen. The final boss itself then begins and only supplies a repeat of the worst that the game's combat had to offer with the bad vellumental bosses in phase 1, button mashing in phase 2, and a tedious, stressful puzzle in phase 3 where most of my game overs took place. It left a terrible taste in my mouth after beating it. The ending of the game was a shitshow that drags the whole story down with it. Olly pulls a sudden "I'm not evil now that you've beat me up" and then dies after it's revealed that he was racist and wanted to destroy the world over a loving message that he couldn't read. Olivia, in a moment of baffling stupidity, then ends her own life in a show of faux bravery, rendering all emotional moments and connections throughout the game pointless. Does it matter that Bobby gave up his life to save Olivia? No, in her stupidity, so he died in vain. Does it matter that Olivia is an optimistic, lovable person that's passionate about life itself? No, she made the absolutely unnecessary, out-of-character decision to end her own life. Olly's trivial motivations also contribute to the feeling that nothing in the story matters. Sticker Star had no story, but that's better than this. In my mind, it's better to have little to no story in a piece of literature than to have a story that fails to emotionally pay off in every single way. 3. With exploration, there are a lot of very open areas that are hampered by still having a very linear feel with very specific objectives. If I decided to take a break from the story and explore though, I found that the rewards for exploring weren't compelling because rather than rewards being useful for the gameplay, they only serve to fill out the checklist that contributes to 100% completion, the only exception being toads, but they only serve to further automate a combat system that's already too automated. The other rewards are holes, trophies, and ? blocks. As I said in the combat section, holes give you coins that you really don't need, making them a mediocre reward, and trophies are only useful to completionists. Question blocks only serve to add to the whole "coins are useless" problem since they give you all the weapons you could ever need. Ideally, collectibles should appeal to both completionists and non-completionists by giving the player meaningful gameplay benefits which give non-completionists reason to collect the collectibles. Despite its needlessly restrictive world map, Sticker Star actually does exploration rewards way better than TOK because valuable rare stickers and ‘things’ are almost always present in secret areas. Both stickers and ‘things’ do their part in changing up the overworld gameplay and combat, making them both more worthwhile bonuses than any rewards that TOK has to offer. As you can see, I prefer Sticker Star to Origami King in most regards, which is an extremely disheartening statement for me to make because not only do I feel that Nintendo, by creating Sticker Star, has strayed from the story and gameplay depth that made Paper Mario great, but have also made their new formula worse every time they've tried to improve it. Sticker Star may have an inherently broken combat system due to its complete reliance on consumable items, but the gameplay was never tedious, even if it wasn't always beneficial. To me, the subsequent games after SS have tried their very best to not only keep the flawed combat, but to also add more tedium every time. Color Splash added its gimmick of painting and flicking the cards, making attacking in battles take an unnecessarily long time, while Origami King added tedious puzzles that, as I've said, are inconsistent in their difficulty and fail to make a boring experience more fun and also add more tedium. I understand that the team has needless restrictions when it comes to story and characters that Nintendo needs to seriously reconsider, but what's stopping them from making a fun and rewarding gameplay system? I have absolutely no clue. People passionately praise TOK now, but I could easily see those opinions souring like milk. While I'm happy for those who enjoy TOK, I don't like the fact that too much praise for this game could prompt Nintendo and Intelligent Systems to quadruple down on a formula that was stale and irredeemable from its inception unlike the first three games, two of which are well-balanced, rewarding RPGs, and the third a satisfying, Metroidvania-adjacent platformer. But perhaps, due to the persistent backlash that still remains after 3 (Nintendo’s magic number) games, they’ll depart from this divisive formula, especially since there are hardly any people among those who defend Origami King who will actually say that they prefer the New Super Mario Bros. like atmosphere of the current games to the more unique atmosphere of the old games. Until then, I’ll find myself wishing I never bought Paper Mario: The Origami King.
2020.08.19 02:10 pearpressure12Booking Keith Lee’s First Year On The Main Roster (Part 1: Road To Summerslam)
Don’t you… forget about Keith… no, no, no, no. Don’t you… forget about Keith. Keith Lee is on a run of his life. After almost a year of him being absolutely fantastic in NXT, showcasing his skills in Wargames, making it to the final 2 at Survivor Series, knocking Brock Lesnar on his ass at the Royal Rumble, winning the North American Championship, successfully defending it at every turn and winning the NXT Championship to become a double champion, has anyone had a better 12 months than Keith Lee? Now, one day he’ll go to the main roster, no doubt there. So, here’s how I’d do it. WWE can wait their turn, because I’m having a crack at it. This booking is best case scenario in terms of the world wide pandemic. 2nd April 2021 (Smackdown) On the Smackdown after WrestleMania, Cesaro, who has split from Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura a few months before, cuts a promo. “For years, I’ve been in this company, delivering the best match, forming the best teams and winning titles a plenty. But it’s never about me. It’s about who I’m teamed with or who I’m associated with. It gets especially tricky for me to stay here when I’m always fed to the new flavour of the month. So, since WrestleMania has just happened, I know there’s at least one new person back there. Whoever you are, you’ve got a match against me right now”. So, Cesaro puts out the challenge to any new wrestler and… well you read the title of this post. Out comes Keith Lee. “For those unfamiliar with me, allow me to take your hand and guide you. I am Keith Lee. They call me limitless. I am a former NXT North American Champion, NXT Champion and all round badass. Cesaro, you wanted a challenge. Well, prepare for your biggest one yet”. Keith enters the ring and the bell rings. No crap, no bigger story, just give these guys 15-20 minutes and magic can happen. Keith Lee is obviously a powerhouse but he’s agile, he’s quick, the man can fly if needs be. Right away, in this match, while you don’t give everything away, you give away enough to hopefully sell Keith Lee to fans that may not know his work from NXT or only saw him at Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. Not only that, paired with Cesaro, you can show his sell game to know “yeah, he can go”. It’s amazing, Keith Lee throwing Cesaro around like a ragdoll, Cesaro doing his best to knock down the much bigger Lee and at one point, actually doing it. A specific moment that needs to be in that match is Cesaro going for a springboard upper cut but Lee just pouncing him out of mid air. This benefits both men. Cesaro to show that he can have a singles run worthy of WWE attention and Lee’s official first night on the main roster showcasing him in a big way. To close things out, Cesaro goes for a cross-body but Lee catches him, throws Cesaro onto his shoulders and nails a Big Bang Catastrophe to pick up his first main roster victory. Following the match, he holds a hand down to Cesaro and helps him to his feet. Keith says “Thank you for making me look like a star. It could have gone either way and I can’t wait for round two”. Cesaro shakes Keith’s hand and turns face. He vacates the ring to allow Keith to bask in the glory of victory. Later in the night, Undisputed Era also makes their debut. That’ll be important later. 9th April 2021 (Smackdown) A video package for Keith Lee is shown on Smackdown to give fans a look at Keith Lees history and accomplishments in WWE so far, such as his NXT Title wins, his outstanding performances in Wargames, squaring up and battling Roman Reigns, knocking Brock Lesnar on his backside at the Royal Rumble. Hell, show his stuff on the independents circuit, they have the footage there, why not show his stuff from outside WWE? This will help those who still aren’t too familiar with Lee understand his history and why they should care about him. Following the video, a backstage interview with King Corbin is had. “I don’t get why Keith Lee is getting the hype. Like Matt Riddle before him, he’s just an NXT rookie that has had some impressive moments. That’s nothing compared to what I’ve done. I won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on my first night here. I’ve won the United States Championship. I won Money In The Bank and I am the King Of The Ring. Keith isn’t that great. So, if he ever faces me, he will bask in my glory”. 16th April 2021 (Smackdown) Keith Lee faces The Miz. This match isn’t as even as Lee’s match against Cesaro but entertaining none the less. With Lee having… every physical advantage over the Miz, Miz has to be smarter rather than better. John Morrison on the outside creates distraction for the ref to pay attention to but Keith never does. That makes Keith intelligent and focused, not worrying about what’s going on outside the ring. However, with the ref not seeing what’s going on in the ring, he also doesn’t see a massive kick from the Miz right into the low hanging fruit of Keith Lee. This takes Lee down but doesn’t keep him down. Miz is annoyed by this, leading to him picking up Keith Lee with all of his strength for a Skull Crushing Finale. However, Miz doesn’t hit the move, failing to get the much larger opponent off his feet. Instead, Keith hits a massive back elbow to get Miz off him, rains in a few more strikes before capping off the match with a massive Spirit Bomb. Keith Lee wins the match and turns to Morrison, staring a hole straight through him as a threat of “if you get in this ring, I will flatten you and you will become the ring canvas”. However, for behind, King Corbin runs in and hit Lee in the back of the head with his sceptre. He grabs a microphone and simply says “What a king hit. Bask in my glory, Keith” before rolling out of the ring. Later in the night, it’s confirmed that Keith Lee and King Corbin will face each other at Backlash. 23rd April 2021 (Smackdown) Keith Lee addresses Corbin. “A man who attacks from behind isn’t a man. A man who attacks another man whose just been in a fight, win, lose or draw isn’t a man. A man who is proud of a king hit or as I know it, a cowards punch, isn’t a man, let alone a king. Corbin, I know your reputation and a lesser man try and replicate it. But I am not a lesser man. I will set the better example. At Backlash, your kingdom goes to its limits against the man who is limitless. Corbin, you will see what hits you at Backlash”. 25th April 2021 (Backlash) Keith Lee V.S King Corbin. It’s not a long match, but it doesn’t need to be. The few matches he’s had on the main roster is all to prove he can go with basically everyone. Technical wizards like Cesaro, sports entertainment central like The Miz and whatever King Corbin is. King Corbin tries to wear Keith Lee down, not allowing Lee to get his big moves in. Like, when Lee goes after Corbin at any point after countering Corbin, the king just exits the ring like “yeah, nah mate, isn’t happening”. Lee has enough of this and jumps over the top rope to take Corbin out on the outside of the ring. He throws him back in for a cover but only gets a 2 count. Corbin recovers, starts hitting back at Lee and attempts an End Of Days. Keith Lee, being the beautifully impressive man he is, flips backwards and now has Corbin in a powerbomb set up, picks Corbin up and delivers one hell of a spirit bomb for the cover and victory (All breathe a sigh of relief, that’s the last of Corbin as a vocal point in this booking). For the next couple of months, Keith Lee goes on a tear through the Smackdown roster, taking out opponent after opponent, proving himself as a credible threat. No feuds or anything, just good to great matches. This gets us to the Smackdown after the June Money In The Bank. 2nd July 2021 (Smackdown) Undisputed Era come out and talk about running Smackdown since coming up. Cole says “No one can touch us and no one will. We have no dents in our armour and no blemishes on our resumes”. Keith Lee comes out and makes the simple statement. “Two. You have at least two. One is the loss of your North American Championship and the other, the loss of your NXT Championship. Both as a result of me. So I beg you, stop lying to these fans and treat them with some intelligence”. This annoys UE and they go to attack Keith Lee, however, Lee pounces Strong back into the rest of the group, knocking them all down. Except Adam, who gets Lee with a steel chair in the back. Relentlessly, over and over on the back of Keith, trying to weaken him. Adam then wraps the chair around Lees head, gets him on his knees and delivers a Last Shot Knee to Keith. Adam Cole stands strong. Over the following weeks, Cole claims to have ended the one thorn in the Undisputed Era’s side. Claiming Lee’s limits have been met in the form of steel to back. This leads to Smackdown before Extreme Rules. 23rd July 2021 (Smackdown) The Usos and The Mysterios join forces to take on the Undisputed Era in the opening contest of Smackdown. This is a great match up from top to tail. Champions and challengers work will for the most part and are able to hold strong against the Frat-street boys. UE don’t look weak, just even with their opponents. However, miscommunication between The Mysterios and The Usos near the end of the match cost them as Jimmy tries to tag out to Jey, but Dominik tags in instead to take advantage. This leads to Roderick Strong hitting End Of Heartache on Dominik as the other UE members take out their opponents on the outside. Undisputed Era pick up the win. (Hey, it's a cinematic universe). As UE get back stage though, they’re greeted by a very unwelcome sight to them. Keith Lee charges at Adam Cole and flattens him before taking out the rest of group. He turns his attention back to Cole, picks him up and delivers a Big Bang Catastrophe through a table. It’s announced for Extreme Rules Keith Lee V.S Adam Cole in a table match. 25th July 2021 (Extreme Rules) So, Adam Cole, accompanied by Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong takes on Keith Lee, spiritually accompanied by the emotional support of basically everyone breathing on planet earth. While Undisputed Era is at ringside for the majority of the match, it’s quite even from the start bell. Sure, it’s no DQ but Adam wants to “go it alone, just be there for support” (otherwise known as absolute bulls**t). Lots of close moments in this match for the end to come. Much like Smackdown, Keith Lee goes for a Big Bank Catastrophe through a table but this time, Kyle O’Reilly enters the ring and shoves the table out of the way… yet doesn’t help Adam not get hit with the move. Another moment has Keith leant up against a table in the corner of the ring and Adam Cole goes for a Last Shot, however, Lee moves and Adam drives his own knee through the table (obviously not ending match, due to the rule being your opponent needs to send you through the table). Finally, all four members of UE have entered the ring and is just mugging Keith Lee. They have a table set up on the outside. So, they first try to throw Lee over the ropes to send him through the table. Doesn’t work as Lee hangs onto the ropes and lands on the ring apron. So, all four members of the Era grab and table and charge at Keith, knocking him off the apron and through the table below. Adam Cole wins but it took four men to beat Keith Lee. This helps Adam Cole get a big victory but keeps Lee looking strong as well. However, this isn’t the last of the Era/Lee rivalry. 6th August 2021 (Smackdown) Lee returns to Smackdown and lays down a challenge for Adam Cole. “You want Undisputed Era to help you face me? That’s fine. Because how about this? Undisputed Era V.S me and three partners of my choosing for Summerslam. Cole appears on the titantron saying “if you can find them, we’ll take you on”. So, the search begins. 13th August 2021 (Smackdown) Lee gets his first partners after a tag team match that have the ReDragon of UE competing and coming up short to their opponents, the Street Profits. Lee comes out following the match and asks “I know you’ve had trouble with Undisputed Era in the past. How would you like to help me take them out at Summerslam?” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins waste no time in saying “We want the Era gone and we want the smoke”. Two down, one to go. 20th August 2021 (Smackdown) Lee is still searching for his last partner for Summerslam when the Street Profit approach him with exciting news. “We’ve found someone who we believe you’ll approve of”. Keith, curious, asks what the person said. “He said yes. So come with us and you’ll see who it is”. Lee follows Ford and Dawkins to a locker room and as they open the door, Lee just smiles and says “Oh, yes”. 22nd August 2021 (Summerslam) Hot opening contest for the main card of Summerslam. Undisputed Era V.S Keith Lee, The Street Profits and… Daniel Bryan. All four men have history with Undisputed Era in some form or another and they are hell bent on getting revenge on them. Everyone has a chance to showcase their talents. Kyle O’Reilly and Daniel Bryan have a great sequence of hard strikes and submission trading. Angelo Dawkins and Bobby Fish showcase his skills against the Era with offence he doesn’t usually get a chance to show, Montez Ford is showing why he’s an excellent tag team partner of Dawkins but also how great he can be alone, Roderick Strong starts cracking the backs of anyone who decides to come in the ring that he’s facing. But the main narrative is Adam Cole and Keith Lee. They have a fairly even showing against each other. Until one spot where Undisputed Era are all on the outside of the ring, Lee charges Cole and pounces him over the ropes into the rest of UE. With this, Daniel Bryan dives into the group as they make it back to their feet. Followed by Montez Ford jumping over the ropes to wipe them out. After that, Angelo Dawkins dives from the top rope and splashes into all the men below. Finally, Keith’s turn. He charges to the ropes and dives over the top, taking out everyone. He grabs Cole and throws him back into the ring. Lee lifts Cole onto his shoulders and delivers one hell of a Big Bang Catastrophe and pick up the 1, 2, 3. Keith Lee, The Street Profits and Daniel Bryan win to open Summerslam. That’ll do it for part 1. 2, 3 and 4 coming soon but for now, how are you liking the booking?
2020.08.18 05:00 Darren716Post WWE Raw 8/17/2020 Show Discussion Thread
Shelton Benjamin w/ MVP and Bobby Lashley
For the 24/7 Championship
Angel Garza w/ Zelina and Andrade
Dropkick to the head
Natalya w/ Lana
Shayna Bazler and Asuka
Bayley and Sasha Banks
Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay
Ruby Riott w/ Liv morgan
The Hurt Business
Apollo Crews, Ricochet, and Mustafa Ali
Shelton Benjamin (c)
For the 24/7 Championship
Cedric Alexander (c)
For the 24/7 Championship
Cedric Alexander (c)
For the 24/7 Championship
Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins and Bianca Belair
Andrade w/ Angel Garza and Zelina Vega
Kickoff with Drew McIntyre who says what Randy Orton did last week was unforgivable. He brutalized Ric Flair, a 71 year old man, someone who Randy grew up around and acted as a mentor to him. Ric told Orton he wanted him to break his record and that he loved him, and after all that Randy kicked him in the skull. Drew says at Summerslam Randy won't be facing an old man, he'll be facing a pissed off fire breathing dragon, who isn't just fighting for him, but for everyone Randy has hurt these past weeks. During this promo we see the graphics going nuts, cutting to random scenes and replays, until we cut to the TV truck where we see Retribution has taken it over and are destroying equipment. We cut to black as Drew is in the middle of cutting his promo.
We return from break and see a group of superstars discussing the Retribution attack. Titus asks Akira if his ninjas have anything to do with this. Drew comes by and Titus asks how Ric Flair is, Drew says Ric is fine but Randy won't be this Sunday. Drew says he is fed up with Retribution crapping in his back garden and wants to rally the troops to get back at them. Seth Rollins enters and says Raw already has a leader, the Monday Night Messiah. Seth said he taught Drew how to be a champion, the same way he taught Dominic Mysterio a lesson last week. Ricochet says he's heard Seth has a receipt coming for his actions last week and that Rey may be there tonight. Drew threatens to drop Seth right there but Seth backs off and the locker room tells Drew he isn't worth it.
The Hurt Business comes down to the ring. MVP says while Drew may be setting up a buddy system in the back to combat Retribution, the Hurt Business is calling them out. Montel says in his life he has learned to always follow the money, follow a path. He wonders who benefits most from Retribution? Apollo Crews and his buddies, since they helped Apollo retain his US Title several weeks ago. Apollo comes out and says it's low of MVP accusing him of being behind Retribution and all MVP is doing is trying to create distractions before their match at Summerslam. MVP says before Apollo won the US Title his career was start and stop, and now Apollo fears losing the title because as soon as he drops it it's back to catering. Apollo says he's right and that's why he fights so hard to defend his title. Apollo says he wants to do some business with MVP, if he can beat Shelton Benjamin right now then both Shelton and Bobby will be banned from ringside this Sunday.
After Crews vs Benjamin, the Hurt Business start to beat down Apollo. Ricochet, Mustafa Ali, and Cedric Alexander run down to help even the odds and send the Hurt Business to the outside. R-Truth runs past, into Shelton who clotheslines Truth and wins the 24/7 Title. MVP says they won't be disrespected like this and tells Apollo to find two partners for a 6 man elimination tag match tonight.
Demi is talking with Angel Garza who asks her if she liked his match last week, she said she did. Ivar comes by and asks Demi if she wants to be his plus 1 tonight on Raw Underground and gives her a turkey leg, which he promises isn't poisoned the way Garza poisoned Montez. Angel refuses having anything to do with Montez being poisoned when Demi asks if that is true. Garza challenges Erik to a match and throws the turkey leg to the ground but Ivar is able to telepathically grab another and gives it to Demi who looks confused with the turkey leg and rose in hand.
Demi and Angelo Dawkins are on the titantron and congratulate Angel on the win. Angelo says they're gonna find out a lot about Angel and the squad that he rolls with and is about to throw to a video and Angel runs to the back. Zelina asks Samoa Joe what he knows about this video, and he says due to Retribution WWE is recording a lot more security footage than normal, and security decided to show Joe because they figured he'd find it interesting. He says it's interesting how far people will go when they think no one is watching.
Dawkins tries to get Demi's number but Angel comes into the room and tells her she better delete his number. Dawkins says he just wants to show her the video. Zelina runs by to tell her not to see it but Charly Caruso also comes by to see the vid. Dawkins plays it and it shows Zelina Vega by the Montez Ford's gear and putting something in his cup. Zelina says it's nothing and the video proves nothing, she accuses Caruso of being behind it because she was jealous of Garza finding a new man and doctored the footage. Dawkins is infuriated and says Montez is his family and they will get the smoke. Angelo attacks Angel as Montez Ford returns to attack Andrade.
During Mickie James vs Natalya, Seth Rollins and Murphy come down to the commentary table to interrogate Samoa Joe on how he knows Rey Mysterio will show up tonight and what his source is. Seth says he doesn't trust him and Joe asks him why he's so scared about this. Seth says this is all just rumors but he wants to know where Joe heard this information from. Seth says if Rey and Dominic have the audacity to show up tonight it will be the last mistake they make and neither will make it to Summerslam.
Sasha Banks says being the hardest working talent in WWE would break anyone after a while, now both her and Bayley have to face Asuka at Summerslam, give them a break. Bayley says that facing Asuka will basically be a night off and says she's the Empress of Stupidity. Sasha says there's no way Asuka can beat both of them on one night. After both try and volunteer to go first Bayley makes the decision to face Asuka first on Sunday, then Sasha will be able to easily tap out Asuk shortly after. Bayley says they'll carry their titles to Payback where they'll defend the tag titles against whichever losers get picked as their opponents. It could be the IIConics, Bliss and Cross, The Riott Squad, or even Asuka and Kairi Sane but Bayley reminds everyone that Kairi is gone. Shayna Bazler comes out and says regardless of what happens at Summerslam she is next in like for the Raw Women's Championship. Asuka comes out speaking Japanese before saying she'll fight both Sasha and Bayley tonight, and she'll fight with Shayna before she has to fight against her.
During the women's tag match Nia Jax pops out a piece of plexiglass on Shayna and attacks her. The two brawl out to the crowd as WWE officials try to separate them. Midway through the match Shayna returns to help out Asuka.
Apollo meets with Cedric, Ricochet, and Mustafa Ali. Apollo chooses Ali and Ricochet to team with him and Cedric asks why wasn't he picked. Apollo says it is because Cedric was put in the full nelson earlier by Lashley but that that he'll team with him the future. They leave and we see Randy Orton walk into frame.
Backstage Shawn Michaels tells Drew that Randy is going to use Drew's anger against him and he needs to focus on just kicking his head off. Shawn tells Drew he's come too far to throw it away now. Drew says Shawn was one of his inspirations and in NXT Shawn believed in him and allowed him to come this far. But after all Randy has done he feels he has let Shawn down. HBK tells him there are ups and downs to being a champion but adversity was made for Drew McIntyre. Shawn remembers how Drew tore his quad and would drive 5 hours just to watch tape with him to learn and improve. Shawn tells Drew that Summerslam is where McIntyre will define himself. Shawn tells Drew that he has to face Orton tonight and asks him to give him space since this is personal to him.
The IIconics run into Ruby and Liv and wonders how long they'll be able to trust eachother. Billie asks Peyton if she can take her place tonight and she agrees because that's what friends do. Ruby wants to fight them but Liv calms her down and they walk off. Billie looks off and sees Shayna Bazler talking to two people, Marina Shaffir and Jessamyn Duke!
On Raw Underground Erik of the Viking Raiders quickly runs through his opponents. Shane McMahon interviews Dolph Ziggler who gives Erik's performance a 4 out of 10. Erik calls out Ziggler who accepts. Dolph tries to pick the leg and is able to get Erik in a front face lock that Erik overpowers. The two fight on their feet and Ziggler is able to work around to lock in a choke after a thumb to the eye, winning the match. Ivar pounces Ziggler into the crowd.
Rey and Dominik Mysterio make their way to the ring, Rey's right eye is covered and Dom is favoring his ribs after last week's attack. Rey says there is one word to describe how he's felt since Extreme Rules, pain. At first the pain was because of what Seth did to his eye, but then an even worse pain because of what Seth did to his son and not being able to do anything about it. Rey says watching the attack made him feel a rage he never felt before, he needed to take the beating to make sure he didn't see Dom suffer. Rey says he may not be fully recovered, and he may never recover, but no doctor will stop him from protecting his son. Rey tells Seth to listen, he won't repeat the attack on Dominik because he will be in Dominik's corner at Summerslam. Dominik thanks Rey but says he knew what he was in for when he signed his contract and will be ready to do what he needs to to defend their family. Rey says Dom has no idea how proud of a father he is and can't believe Dominik's pride and fire for protecting their family name. Seth and Murphy show up on the tron and says he can't believe the two of them would show up on Raw. Seth says Rey is a lot of things but he didn't think he was an idiot who would risk his son's future 6 days before the most important moment of his life. Seth says Rey could have prevented this from the start if he accepted his role in the greater good. Instead Rey and his son got hurt, and it won't just be them being hurt, the Mysterio name will be the scarifie to the greater good. Rey tells Seth to back up his words by coming to the ring. Seth says Rey has one good eye and Dom can barely move, and he should remember he asked for this. Seth and Murphy come out to ringside. They enter the ring as Dominik and Rey exit it. Seth taunts the two of them which causes Rey to tease entering the ring, as Dominik grabs two kendo sticks and attacks Murphy and Seth from behind. Rey grabs the other kendo stick and the two of them take turns teeing off on Seth. They tie Seth in the topes the way Dominik was last week but Murphy distracts them and allows Seth to escape.
Cedric Alexander is sitting backstage when MVP approaches him and says he understands his frustrations, being a young man sitting around not doing anything, only it wasn't MVP's friends holding him back. Cedric says MVP is just trying to stir the pot. MVP says Apollo saw Cedric as the weakest link, and that Ricocet sees himself as better than Cedric. MVP tells him to think it over while he's sitting in catering.
Back in Raw Underground Riddick Moss faces off against Arturo Ruas. Arturo is able to gain the advantage and climbs on for a choke but Riddick falls back to break it up. Moss locks in a knee bar and the two spill to the outside where Ruas punches a member of the audience. The two start to brawl but Shane calls it a draw.
Back in Raw Underground, Marina Shaffir debuts and beats her opponent with a leg-lock. Nia Jax breaks in and attacks Marina and Jessamyn from behind before Shayna squares up with Nia and Shane makes it official. Nia ducks out of the ring and leaves the arena as the crowd sings she's scared.
Shawn Michaels comes out and says he wishes he was there under more exciting circumstances but first he throws to footage of Ric Flairs promo from last week. He says it reminded him of the worst 31 days of Ric's life and the worst 31 days of the people around him's lives as well, and at the end of it all he just wanted to tell people he loved them. Shawn says with no Ric Flair there'd be no Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Batista, Big Show, Drew McIntyre, and certainly no Randy Orton. But Orton doesn't have the same respect towards Ric that they did. Orton didn't appreciate having the greatest of all time mentor him, he felt like he was owed that. Shawn says he doesn't know how it'll happen, but he knows it is going to happen. At Summerslam Randy will meet his justice either by Sweet Chin Music, or from a Claymore and he will see it coming. As Shawn is leaving Randy sneaks up on Shawn, RKO's him, then quickly punts him. Drew rushes to the ring as Randy slinks away. He checks on Shawn who is sitting in the corner and asks for some help. Randy tries to attack Drew from behind but Drew is able to throw Orton to the outside where he throws him against the plexiglass then across the announce table. Drew goes back to check on Shawn who has gotten to his feet but Randy sneaks up on Drew again and is able to successfully RKO Drew.
2020.08.15 20:46 ConorCultureHow I Would Book #4: NXT TakeOver XXX
How I Would Book #1: Fyter Fest 2020 How I Would Book #2: All Out 2020 How I Would Book #3: Wrestle Kingdom 15 Keith Lee (c) defeats Kushida to retain the NXT North American Championship The opening of our show is a hot one as you can tell. First, how we got here. Keith defeats Adam Cole at The Great American Bash like he did, but instead he holds both belts, because he absolutely should. Him vacating the North American Championship is just dumb, why’d they have him win both if he just would throw it away since he had a better title now, and why are Finn Bálor and Johnny Gargano, people who have held the world title, trying to compete for the NA Title when Keith made it very clear which title is more important, the whole thing I just find dumb. So Keith holds onto both bets for a while, and he must defend them both, however they’ll be defended in separate matches rather than how NJPW had Tetsuya Naito do it: defending both titles in the same match. Kushida wins a 4-man tournament for the North American Championship match at NXT TakeOver: XXX, defeating Oney Lorcan in the first round after a very hard hitting and technical match. He wins with the Buzzsaw Kick. Other first round match sees Damian Priest win a match with Cameron Grimes, using a Big Boot and Sitout Chokeslam combo to get the 3 count. Kushida and Damian Priest then have a 15-minute bout the following week in the mini-tournament finals, where Kushida wins after a Midnight Express. Keith Lee then comes out afterwards with both belts, and shakes Kushida’s hand to declare the match. I think Kushida’s time has come in NXT for a push, he’s 37 now, he isn’t getting younger and he’s wasted enough time over the past year. The pair open the show hot with a fast 10 minute match. Kushida is without hesitation, as he goes balls to wall immediately. Keith Lee is reversed in the first 3 minutes or so, powering out of Kushida’s offence most of the time. This is to conserve energy for later on. Kushida has no so much match to worry about, so he gives it his all. Keith Lee then breaks the trance after escaping a hold and hitting a Springboard Corkscrew Crossbody! This is when the action breaks down into a frantic blast of offence. Lee has gone from reserving his energy to trying a finish this as soon as possible, which he does so by doing some crazy moves. Kushida hits a Rolling Elbow and a Wind-up punch, and then goes for Handspring Back Elbow, but Keith Lee catches Kushida and lifts him into a Spirit Bomb, but Kushida gets out with a Facebuster and locks in the Hoverboard Lock. Keith Lee lifts himself out, and places Kushida on the top rope. He goes for a Supernova Rana from there, but Lee catches and finally hits the Spirit Bomb! 1.........2........3!!! Santos Escobar (c) defeats Finn Bálor to retain the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Now, I would be lying if I said I didn’t book this because it made my mouth water writing it down. But like all these matches, we’ve got a story. See Santos Escobar is the interim Cruiserweight Champion, and while this is fine, he wants to be the real champion, not this interim crap. He cuts a promo on NXT voicing his frustrations, saying that he is a thousand times better than Jordan Devlin, who is just sitting at home right now and that makes him the real champ, meanwhile he busts his ass over here. He keeps ranting about Devlin, when Bálor comes out, Devlin’s mentor. Escobar looks him up and down and says “I didn’t want the old, out of date version of Jordan Devlin, but it’ll do.” Finn then tells him an old dog can learn new tricks, and smacks him. This is a simple set up, because the match is mainly going to be about the action, which is what it’ll be remembered for. Bálor starts off hot with a Shotgun Dropkick into the corner. He follows this with a Hanging Soccer Kick and a chop. Seems he took Escobar calling him old as a challenge. He tries the 1916 immediately, but Escobar lifts himself out into a DDT. He then applies a headlock and works down on Finn. Finn escapes a pressure hold with an Arm Drag and this is where we get into the fast paced stuff. Some spots include a Springboard Dropkick countered by a Dropkick, the Cruiserweight Champion countering Bálor’s high risk moves into submission holds several times, Bálor doing a Suicide Dive and then Escobar showing him what a REAL Suicide dive looks like, amongst other cool flippy shit. Escobar’s gang get involved near the end, which allows Escobar to hit his WWE version of the Thrill of the Kill (the old version was the same as Adam Page’s Rite of Passage, which won’t fly in WWE.), I’d make it a Emerald Flowsion, as it looks like it’ll damage the head but it doesn’t. Escobar wins with that. Karrion Kross defeats Johnny Gargano Our one and only non-title singles match of the night sees two of my favourite people in NXT go at it. This is probably the match I want to see most in NXT that hasn’t happened. And even though it’s heel vs. heel, I think Kross has to face both faces and heels. Since he is the Harbinger of the End, and the end comes for us all; the honourable and the wicked. Gargano thinks that what Kross is talking about, is bullshit, it ain’t on this Papa Shango nonsense. He tells Kross they’ll have a match, but he doesn’t give a fuck about “the end” or whatever he’s talking about. Scarlett then tells Gargano that he’s foolish, and this trait will bring him closer to his doom. Candice LeRae is also pretty salty with Johnny the whole time, which I will tell you why when we get to the women’s match. We’re sticking with the 10-minute match, as I don’t want this to be a quick squash since I want it to be actually good, but it’s function is for Kross to look strong by munching on a large star. Kross is vastly superior in the opening bit due to his strength, meaning he dominates Johnny with holds. Johnny breaks free of a headlock with a Enziguri and like the first match, it turns into a mad dash for the finish line between a smaller technical wizard and a larger agile big man. It remains different though by both men using different moves and different spots, including at one point Gargano hitting a Dropkick to Kross and he falls onto the steel steps. Gargano then turns into a braggadocio cocky asshole. We get a final sequence of the Kross Jacket and Gargano Escape being traded, until Kross lifts him into a Doomsday Saito. He then hits one on the outside into the guardrail, and that ends the match. The Undisputed Era defeats Timothy Thatcher, Cameron Grimes and Fabian Aichner in a No Disqualification Six-man Tag Team Match This is going to be UE’s send off match in NXT, because to be honest I think it’s time they head to the main roster. So I want to send them off in a match to remember, but first how we got here. Ok so Pat McAfee doesn’t show up on NXT because a celebrity wrestling on a takeover is dumb, just to get that out of the way. Now, this starts when Timothy Thatcher in Walter’s absence, joins Imperium and takes over as leader. Undisputed Era then try and reclaim their tag titles they lost earlier in the year in a title match, which they lose. This makes them very mad. Adam Cole goes on Pat McAfee’s talk show (this is his only appearance) and when McAfee tells him he doesn’t think UE are that good anymore and Imperium have taken over as the superior faction. Cole curses him out and walks off. Thatcher and Cole then start to feud, and it’s settled this will be resolved in a No DQ Match at Takeover between the two factions, in a rematch from Worlds Collide. However, Bobby Fish injures Marcel Barthel backstage after a chain attack. William Regal then punishes Bobby, saying he cannot compete in the match due to his actions, as well saying Imperium will need to find a third man. This third man is Cameron Grimes. Aichner doesn’t even make an entrance, he just runs out and demands UE to come down and fight him now, as revenge for them injuring his partner. Cole then sprints out and they start to brawl, but because they’re the only ones the match doesn’t officially start. Cole buries Aicher’s forehead into his skull with elbows, and then throws him into the guardrails. Aichner and Cole then trade elbows and fight over the guardrails. Aichner grabs one of the chairs and goes to hit Cole with it, which he does, but then Cole throws him into the plexiglass. Cole then beats him down with the chair and they go back to the ring, where the others come out. Undisputed Era come in first and successfully do a triple Suicide Dive onto all of the opposing team. Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly then double team Grimes. They hit the Ax and Smash and O’Reilly does the air guitar with Aichner’s title belt. Aichner hops onto the apron but Strong throws the title at him and it falls to the floor. He then hits a Springboard Dropkick into the ring, and throws Strong outside. He then throws KOR over the ropes but he lands on the apron. He goes for a Lariat but Aichner ducks and Superkicks him to the outside where he falls into Strong’s arms. Aichner then hits a Suicide Elbow Drop through the middle rope, with his elbow colliding with Strong’s chest knocking everyone down. Cole hits Grimes with a Running Death Valley Driver onto a chair over where the crowd usually sits, then jumps over the guardrail with a Crossbody pounce on Aichner. He has Strong hold him in place so he can hit a Corona Kick, but he hits Strong instead accidentally. Aichner then hits a Sitout Powerbomb on the outside to Cole! O’Reilly and Thatcher then fight in the ring, both swinging chairs at each other until O’Reilly goes for a Regalplex, but Thatcher gets out into a European Uppercut! He hits a Belly to Belly Suplex, and KOR rolls outside after. He is then hit with a Cave-in from Grimes, flying off the guardrail! Strong then rolls into the ring, and hits Thatcher with a Sick Kick from behind! He then hits him with a Superplex! Grimes and Aichner then roll in to save him, but Cole and Strong attack both from behind. Grimes counters a Crossbody from Cole into a Collision Course, but he’s then hit with two Superkicks. Aichner throws Strong out, and then throws him over the guardrail. He then hits a Double Springboard Moonsault over the guardrail to Strong!!!! Meanwhile in the ring, KOR and Thatcher are back at it. KOR hits him with a Rolling Butterfly Suplex and locks in the Ankle Lock. Grimes breaks it up with a Orange Crush attempt, but KOR counters into a Facebuster and he’s then double teamed by a Ax and Smash from KOR and Cole, as well as Cole hitting a Last Shot. Strong comes back in and they beat up the ref, for the extra heat. That ref though is Drake Younger, who fights back! He hits a Superkick to every one of them, and a Double DDT to KOR and Strong, but Cole absolutely obliterates him with a Corona Kick and a Last Shot into a chair. Younger is then taken away and a new ref is brought out. They look to cause more havoc, and they head up to the commentary desk. Strong grabs Mauro and threatens to throw him off the stage into KOR and Cole. Grimes however is behind him, who pushes Strong away and dives over Mauro, off the stage, into Cole and KOR!!! Thatcher then drags Strong down and it breaks down. He hits him with a German Suplex onto the unfolded chair, and locks in a Fujiwara Armbar! Aichner is back up and he joins the party with Cole, O’Reilly and Grimes. Grimes and Aichner both take the pair down to ringside, and throw a table at them. It doesn’t break through, so they’re throwing wood at two men. Cole rolls back into the ring while KOR stays on the outside. Aichner and Grimes set up something where Grimes Irish whips them and Aichner catches and plants them in the table. Grimes does his move, but KOR jumps into Aichner and they both go through the table with a Tornado DDT! Grimes in then hit with a Suicide Dive from Cole! Cole hits a Kneecap Brainbuster on the outside, Grimes lands in a kneeling position, Cole hits him with a Superkick. It’s then a Superkick Party as he superkicks everyone on the opposing team. He finishes off with a Corona Crash from the second rope to Thatcher! 1........2......KICK OUT!!! Cole beats down on Thatcher, but then he’s caught with a Backdrop Driver into the corner and a Butterfly Suplex from Thatcher! He then goes on the Uppercut train with Strong in one corner and Cole in the other. Ends when Strong catches him with the End of Heartache! 1......2.....CAMERON GRIMES BREAKS IT UP WITH A CAVE-IN! He hits Strong with a German Suplex, and then the Orange Crush! KOR and Cole then double Clothesline him, but they’re hit with double Big Boots from Aichner! Aichner and Thatcher go for double Michinoku Drivers, but Cole and KOR get out and hit double Cutters! Cole locks in the Figure Four on Thatcher while KOR hits a Diving Legdrop! Cole then hits the Panama Sunrise! Aichner comes in with a Clothesline to KOR, but he’s with the Florida Keys! Strong then reenters, this time with thumbtacks. He pours them over the ring, and then hits a Backbody Drop to Thatcher onto the tacks! Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong then all cover, 1.........2........3. The Undisputed Era win, and the night after debut at SummerSlam. Io Shirai (c) defeats Tegan Nox to retain the NXT Women’s Championship It’s time for the women’s action now, and it was really tough picking an opponent. So I’ve made something involving two of my faves, Tegan Nox and Io Shirai. It starts with the same Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai match, but it’s interference ridden as Robert Stone and Mercedes Martinez both get in Rhea’s face, Raquel Gonzales does her stuff, Tegan Nox makes her presence known, and so it ends in a DQ. Ripley then is told she’ll have to take care of Mercedes Martinez and the Robert Stone brand before she comes back for the title, which she is happy to do as she just wants Stone gone. Meanwhile Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox fight it out in a Ladder Match. Nox wins after Raquel Gonzales turns on Kai, because I think it’s confirmed she’s going to the main roster now. Nox then unhooks the contract and wins. Nox will make for a good first opponent for Shirai to have a successful defence against, and also the build to this makes two new feuds in Ripley vs. Martinez and a possible Kai vs. Gonzales. This is a big match for Tegan as she arrived to WWE nearly exactly two years from this show, and reinjured herself, which was nearly the end. But she’s come back, she sort of was in WarGames, she took part in the Rumble, she was on a takeover and is now challenging for the women’s title. Shirai on the other hand, makes it very clear in the hype package that Nox is not on her level and is just going to be used as a ball in kickoff. She is untouchable, she is unstoppable. Nox is a bird setting sail, but the evil of the sky surrounds her and brings her to her doom. Women’s wrestling in NXT is in my opinion one of its greatest strengths. It’s the best women’s wrestling I’ve seen in North America, with PWG and ROH never fully getting on board of the idea, TNA/Impact with their Knockouts is the only other contender and I’d put that at #2. And then AEW as we all know, have failed with the women. So Nox and Shirai go on second to last in a heavily anticipated match, hype package and probably some metal band playing Shirai to the ring. Nox and Shirai go a solid 15 minutes, story of the match being Nox trying time keep up with Shirai whilst Shirai gets in her head by mocking her injury and other mind games. The thing that injured her the first time around, a Suicide Dive, she avoids doing all match, until the end, when she has the chance to win using it - so she risks it for the biscuit. But she only gets a 2. Shirai then hits the Moonsault and wins. Keith Lee (c) defeats Dominick Dijakovic to retain the NXT Championship Time for the big main event match, and I know there are people who probably should get the title match more than Dijakovic, but I just want to see Keith Lee vs. Dominick Dijakovic main event a TakeOver. It always delivers as a match, and especially with the hype of a TakeOver main event it will be A+. The match spawns when the NXT after The Great American Bash, Keith Lee talks about how he got here. He says he spent 2 years in NXT, waiting for this moment to come. He had nearly lost hope, he had been here for a year, but then...he faced Dominick Dijakovic. Now, this wasn’t the first time they’d met, but it’s a special match because Dijakovic has always brought out his best. They’ve always brought out the best in each other. So now that Lee is double champ, he wants to give Dijakovic a NXT Championship match, in the main event of NXT TakeOver. One - last - match. Next week Dominick Dijakovic cuts a video promo from his home, telling the same “how I got here story.” Talks about his youth and early wrestling career, and then about Keith Lee. He calls Lee the best frenemy you could dream of, and he’s happy for this to be the endgame, and final battle. He will take the title, hold it high, and cement himself as the superior man. Dijakovic wins a match the following week, while Lee wins one the next, and then the go home show sees a promo war between the two, where they say whatever they want about each other. Since they have free reign it’ll probably get personal, putting some extra seasoning on that beef before it goes in the oven. I’ve turned to cooking metaphors, let’s just get on with the match. To show the sign of the respect, we start off with a handshake. Lee and Dijakovic lock up, but they’re both too powerful for each other as each lock up ends with one tossing the other across the ring. They keep trying though, and this warrants an early “this is awesome” chant from the PC recruits in the crowd. They then start to throw strikes at each other, especially Dropkicks, with Keith Lee throwing them around like leftovers at a buffet. He hits a Discus Punch and a Rolling Elbow, and then goes for a Belly to Belly, but Dijak gets out and hits a Dropsault! He then throws Lee outside and dives from the top rope with a Moonsault! They both lay out on the outside as they recover, until they’re ready to fight and start to unleash strong style. They fight as hard as they can but the strikes don’t take either down, and this really shows how tough they are considering the ferocity of the kicks and chops. Dijakovic unleashed the Violence Party on Lee in the corner, and then a Chokeslam Backbreaker to knock him down finally. 1........2.....the champ keeps fighting! Lee gets up with a pissed off look, and hits a Mongolian Chop to Dijakovic so hard he goes inside out. He then rolls outside, but there’s no recovering as Lee flies out after him with a Corkscrew Plancha! They then trade punches on the outside, and Lee hits a Superkick which ends the brawl. He throws Dijakovic back in and heads to the top turnbuckle. He looks to dive, but Dijakovic reaches up and Chokeslams him down! He tries to cover, but Lee kicks out at 1! Dijakovic looks at him confused and bewildered, and is then slapped by Lee. Keith runs the ropes and connects a Lariat, sending Dominick inside out. He lifts him up in what seems to be a Delayed Reverse STO, but Dijakovic lifts himself up into a Double Knees to the face! He unleashes three chops and two elbows, then runs from the opposite corner, but is hit with a Big Boot followed by a Overhead Belly to Belly into the corner! Dijakovic hits off the turnbuckles and rolls back into standing. Lee is taunting behind him so he doesn’t see, and then turns around with a shocked look to see Dijakovic jumping off the top rope with a Corkscrew Moonsault! 1.......2......KICK OUT!!!! Dijakovic is slamming the mat in rage. He pulls himself up and marches around, thinking of what to do. He runs at Lee with a Lariat, but Lee no sells and hits a Shoulder Block, which the challenger isn’t phased by and hits a double-handed chop, then a Enziguri, then a Soccer Kick, Lee catches, throws Dijakovic back who does a Cartwheel and connects a Basement Dropkick. Dijakovic does a Standing Corkscrew Senton, which Lee catches and pulls up into a Release a German Suplex. He then does a Springboard dive, but Dijakovic catches and hits Lee with his own finisher - The Big Bang Catastrophe! 1.......2......LEE KICKS OUT!!! Dijakovic then in anger hits him with several elbows. Lee then hits him with the real Big Bang Catastrophe, but Dominick kicks out and hits THE POUNCE!! Lee collides with the turnbuckles and falls down. Dijakovic then tires to lift him into a Powerbomb, but Lee gets out and tries a Spirit Bomb, but Dijakovic flips out and we get a double down when both guys Bicycle Kick each other!!! The crowd then chant fight forever as both guys lay dead. Lee recovers inside while Dominick does outside. Lee tries to Suicide Dive, but Dijakovic hits an elbow to the head, meaning his body is now lying across the ropes. Dijakovic comes in and hits a Tiger Feint Kick! He then nails a Springboard Elbow Drop! He doesn’t cover, and instead heads to the corner to prepare for Time to Fly. Lee stumbles up and walks in, but Lee gets out and tries another Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex! The ref is grazed by Dijakovic and is then knocked down. They brawl up the ramp and arrive at the announce table. Dijakovic is hit by a Headbutt and he falls off the stage, but it isn’t a huge fall. What is huge though, is Keith Lee, who dives off the stage with a Doomsault!!!! “They are risking it all for this one objective, which I’m not even sure is the right to call yourself NXT Champion, but the desire to be better than the best!” shouts Mauro Ranallo. The ref gets up and starts a count, and they make it back to the ring. Dijakovic and Lee then both slap each other back and forth until Lee hits a Spirit Bomb, but of course, Dijakovic no sells, and gets up. Through the agony he gets up, and demands Lee to do it again. Lee does so, but this time covers, 1.........2......DOMINCK DIJAKOVIC KICKS OUT!!!! Dijakovic rolls out and is in even more agony, but keeps going. He then hits a a Backbreaker and Swinging Side Slam combo to Lee, and goes to the corner to line up an attack. LEE THEN KIPS UP AND WHILE DIJAK IS RUNNING THROWS HIM UP INTO A SPIRIT BOMB!!! DIJAKOVIC COUNTERS INTO A FRANKENSTEINER!!! HE HITS THE FEAST YOUR EYES!!!!! 1............2........KICK OUT!!!!!!!! THE FIGHT CONTINUES, THEY’RE THROWING STRIKES, THE REF IS HIT ACCIDENTALLY!!! DIJAKOVIC HITS FEAST YOUR EYES AGAIN BUT THERES NO REF TO COUNT. HE THROWS LEE OUTSIDE AND RUNS THE ROPES, GOES FOR A CANNONBALL SENTON - LEE HITS HIM ACROSS THE SHOULDERS/NECK WITH A STEEL CHAIR!!! Lee throws him back in, HITS ANOTHER CHAIR SHOT!! Ref is back up, Lee rolls him up, 1..........2.........3!!!!!!! Keith Lee wins, after 25 minutes of chaos, and this book is closed. Once Dijakovic is up they shake hands again and hug, and the show ends with everyone’s hands raised. What a feud, what a show.
2020.08.14 04:47 LearningIsListeningA not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘T-V’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'
Below is a rundown of letters ‘T-V’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/). I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/). I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/). I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this. I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/) I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i5orop/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_s_in_jeffrey/) I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf T Taaffee, Paul: Former Chairman and CEO of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. Tabet, Karim & Cristina: Karim is a founding partner of TAP advisory group. A former Vice Chairman at UBS Investment Bank and Joint Global Head at UBS Telecommunications. The subtitle under the Tabets reads ‘65th Street Neighbors.’ Ghislaine Maxwell lived in a townhouse at 116 East 65th Street. Taki: Likely British journalist and Polanski apologist Taki Theodoracopulos. Taki wrote this interesting piece (https://www.gstaadlife.com/2009/11/taki-roman-orgy.html) in 2009 in which he throws Epstein under the bus while defending Polanski. Decades ago, Taki threw a party at The Savoy to celebrate the end of communism. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell and Imran Khan (https://greatgameindia.com/ghislaine-maxwell-arrested-fbi/). Talbot Williams, Simon: Businessman involved in real estate. Owns Talbot & Scott ltd, an investment and development agency. Tang, Mr David & Lucy Wastnag: David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2017-09/15/content_32018378.htm). Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lucy-tang-on-top-the-highs-and-lows-of-a-party-girl-6540808.html). Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/theyve-been-tang-oed-sir-david-tang-sets-the-record-straight-6383974.html). Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s name. Tang died in 2017. Tate, Rupert: Two options. Either the former hedge fund manager at Merrill Lynch or the CEO of Bear Grylls Ventures. Taubman, Alfred: Billionaire real estate developer and former owner of Sotheby’s, where Les Wexner was once a board member. Many parties and book premieres attended by the elites have been hosted by Sotheby’s over the years. Taubman spent nearly one year in jail for price fixing in collusion with Christie’s auction house (https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-alfred-taubman-20150419-story.html). Taubman died in 2015. Taubman, Bobby: Alfred’s son who took over the family business. Tavoulareas, Mr Billy & Nicket: William Tavoulareas Jr. is an heir to his father, William Tavoulareas, a Greek petroleum businessman and former President and Chief Executive of Mobil Oil during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Sr. was a close friend of George H.W. Bush and Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and was also a member of the Knights of Malta. William Jr. has not been so lucky. He has psychological problems and despite the fact that he has millions in a trust fund, he lives out of his car and has been involved in several dustups with the law in Palm Beach (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/news/a8979/william-tavoulareas-palm-beach/). Annick Finlan is Jr.’s ex-wife. Tavoulareas, Peter: Billy’s Tavoulareas brother and son of William Tavoulareas Sr. Heir to father’s petroleum fortune. Tayler, Emmy: Former personal assistant of Ghislaine Maxwell. Reportedly taught girls how to massage Epstein. Her name appears twice on Epstein’s Lolita Express flight logs (https://archive.org/stream/EpsteinFlightLogsLolitaExpress/Jeffrey-Epstein-Flight-Logs-in-PDF-format_djvu.txt). Recently fled the UK, but is presumably wanted for questioning (https://nypost.com/2020/08/10/emmy-tayler-maxwells-ex-personal-assistant-flees-uk-report/). Taylor, Felicia: Retired anchor for CNN’sWorld Business Today. Stepsister of Victoria (nee Schott) de Rothschild, Sir Evelyn Rothschild’s second wife. Felicia knew Epstein socially and once had tea at his mansion (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/the-world-and-all-its-changes/). Pictured here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/felicia-taylor-steve-eichner-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/659966292) with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Tommy Hilfiger hosted event in 2009. She is also the daughter of classic Hollywood actor Rod Taylor. Taylor, Pamela: Make-up artist with a bunch of A-list clients. Taylor, Sebastian: Not enough info. Likely refers to the personal friend of Nathaniel Rothschild (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099639/The-Russian-oligarch-Old-Etonian-billionaire-deeply-disturbing-questions-Lord-Mandelsons-integrity.html), but I can’t be sure. There are two other decent possibilities. Taymor, Julie & Eliot: Julie is one of the most well-known theatre directors in the world. Responsible for the Broadway hit, Lion King. Elliot is Julie’s long-time partner. He is a film and theatre composer. Tennenbaum, Harry: No info found. Teodorani-Fabbri, Eduardo: A boss at Fiat motor company. Comes from the tremendously wealthy Agnelli family, who are the largest shareholders of The Economist (the Rothschilds also own a large portion). Eduardo used to date Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (listed earlier in Epstein’s contacts), the now deceased goddaughter of Prince Charles. Their first date was at an ARK charity dinner (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1194485/KATIE-NICHOLL-TPT-swept-Fiat-car-boss-Eduardo--Tara-s-Mr-Right.html). ARK is a children’s charity that has spawned many schools for grades K-12. It was started by Arpad Busson (also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s book), the former fiancee of Uma Thurman. Busson is likely steeped in child trafficking. I wrote a thread about him and ARK charity last year (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/). Theilmann, Baroness Francesca: Publisher and art collector. Theodoli, Catherine: Katrin is the CEO of Magnum Marine Corporation, a performance and luxury yacht manufacturer. Tholstrup, Mogens: Former owner of Daphne’s, Pasha, and The Collection, three of London’s trendiest restaurants. Sold the restaurants for pounds 5.5m in 1998. Dated a series of high society girls, including Lady Victoria Hervey (former girlfriend and staunch defender of Prince Andrew) and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Tholstrup, Paola: A former model and the ex-wife of restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup (above). Pictured here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/paola-tholstrup-ghislaine-maxwell-and-harry-nutall-attend-news-photo/73141620?adppopup=true) at a Chinese New Year celebration with Ghislaine Maxwell and Harry Nutall in 2007. Thompson, Barnaby: British film director, producer, and movie executive. Thompson ran Ealing Studios for 14 years. Barnaby has been photographed with a who’s who of Hollywood stars, royalty, and many people listed in Epstein’s contacts. He has attended parties hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Charles Finch, an interesting figure mentioned earlier (check my D-F thread) in Epstein’s black book (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/barnaby-thompson?family=editorial&page=2&phrase=barnaby%20thompson&sort=best). Tisch, David: Businessman who comes from a ridiculously rich family. His grandfather, Laurence Tisch, was the co-owner of Loews Corporation. His cousin, Steve, co-owns the New York Giants and has produced many big budget Hollywood movies. David made some good money in Silicon Valley startup companies. Tisch, Merryl & Jimmy: Merryl is the former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents and wife of James (Jimmy) Tisch. A huge proponent of high-stakes testing for adolescents. Her husband, James, is the heir to Loews Corporation. He currently serves as CEO. Tish, Anne & Andrew: Andrew is co-chair of Loews Corporation with his brother, James (mentioned above). Ann Rubenstein-Tisch is Andrew’s current wife. She is a former reporter for NBC. In 1996, Ann and Andrew partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to open The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem, the first all-girls public school to open in the United States in 30 years (https://www.studentleadershipnetwork.org/history/). If you click on that link, you’ll immediately notice pictures of students with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. The TYWLS has expanded and now comprises five schools (2800 students) and 16 sister schools (7000 students). Titopupolo, Sonia: No info found. Todhunter, Emily Olypitus: High-end British interior designer. Toledo Ignacio, Alvarez de: Likely a real estate developer. Not 100% certain. Tollman, Bea: Beatrice is a travel and hospitality businesswoman. Founder and President of the ritzy Red Carnation Hotel chain. Also has a large part in family-owned The Travel Corporation, which helps people organize/plan their trips. Tollman, Brett: Son of Beatrice Tollman (above). Travel and hotel executive also involved in the family business. CEO of The Travel Corporation and founder of The Treadright Foundation, a non-profit charity. Tollman, Mr & Mrs: This likely refers to Beatrice (above) and her husband, Stanley. Since I wrote about Beatrice earlier, I’ll focus on Stanley here, who is much more interesting. Stanley is a super shady businessman who is best known for being friends with Ken Bates (Chairman of Chelsea FC) and serving on the Board of the Chelsea FC soccer club, where he and Bates were partners with Marwan Ashraf, a senior Mossad agent. Tollman fled the US for the UK in the early 200s when he was convicted on 33 counts of embezzlement, fraud, and tax evasion (https://www.haaretz.com/1.4942945). Tollman, Syrie & Gavin: Gavin is CEO of Trafalgar tours and Chairman of The Travel Corporation. Nephew of Stanley Tollman (above) and cousin of Brett Tollman (above). Gavin is married to his first cousin, Toni. There is a fascinating blog post (https://www.nittanyturkey.com/2005/07/25/was-100-million-worth-it/comment-page-1/) about the Tollmans and Hundleys, who defrauded the government out of millions. Be sure to read the comments. Pretty much everyone who responded used to work for the company and knows the Tollmans to some extent and the inner workings behind their thievery. Tollman, Wyne: Wynn is Beatrice and Stanley’s son, but is not involved with the company. I could not find any other information on him. Toub, Veronica (Busson): Fashion designer and socialite who was engaged to possible child trafficker and pedophile Arpad Busson (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/) in the 1980s. Treacy, Phillip: Award-winning hat designer who has worked with the British Royalty (designed a hat for Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge), Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. Has also designed hats for the Harry Potter movies. Thirty-six of his hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Twenty were worn at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Trump Blaine & Robert: Robert is the younger brother of Donald Trump. Manager of Trump Corporation and President of Trump Management On August 3, 2020, Robert wrote “Jeffrey Epstein is still alive” on his Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/UncleRobTrump/status/1290360605904232448). Blaine is Robert’s ex-wife of over 25 years. They divorced in 2007 when it was revealed that Robert had a mistress for whom he purchased a $4 million house in Garden City, NY. Blaine’s father was an executive at IBM. Trump, Ivana: Donald Trump’s ex-wife (1977-1992) and mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. After their divorce, Ivana accused her ex-husband, Donald, of rape. Trump’s lawyers claim that she did not want her words “to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” One of the conditions of her divorce settlement was that she wouldn’t talk about their marriage without Donald’s approval. In this (timestamped) video interview (https://youtu.be/qN8938c8puE?t=251), Maria Farmer, the sister of Epstein victim Annie Farmer and former employee of Epstein and Ghislaine who went to the FBI with Epstein allegations in 1996, says that Ivana was possibly involved in procuring children, although she couldn’t confirm. Trump, Ivanka: Donald Trump’s daughter. Serves as Advisor to the President. Donates to Jewish charities and is a supporter of Israel, much like her father. Trump, Robert & Blaine: See ‘Trump Blaine & Robert’ above. Tucker, Chris: Famous actocomedian ofRush HourandFridayfame. Tucker was on the infamous Africa flight with Epstein, Bill Clinton, and Kevin Spacey. Turlington, Christy: Incredibly popular supermodel from the ‘80s and ‘90s who has worked for too many big name fashion designers and magazines to name. Jean-Luc Brunel, the (alleged) pedophile and child trafficker who sent three 12-year-old girls to Epstein for his birthday discovered Turlington and helped launch her career (https://nypost.com/2019/09/02/jeffrey-epsteins-model-scouting-pal-has-disappeared-without-a-trace/). Friends with fellow supermodel and all-around scumbag, Naomi Campbell, who is likely knee deep in Epstein’s child trafficking and pedophile ring. Turnbull, Governor Charles: Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1999-2007. Epstein’s Little Saint James island is located in the Virgin Islands. Turner, Jenny: There is an excellent Reddit thread (https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/hnmwbg/jenny_turner_pseudonym/) fromu/rsarectorthat provides evidence that Jenny Turner is a pseudonym for Ghislaine Maxwell. Make sure to check out the posts further down the thread by aimhighairforce and DSyntax for more information. Turner, Miles Creswell: Investment banker who used to work for Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Interestingly enough, a man (Leo Iravanian) was arrested for harassment because Cresswell-Turner testified that traffic lights were not dangerous after Iravanian’s wife was killed by an Express coach. Iravanian continuously called Cresswell-Turner’s Marylebone office accusing Cresswell-Turner of being a paedophile (https://www.standard.co.uk/news/man-waged-hate-campaign-on-witness-at-wifes-inquest-6536135.html). Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca: Art collector and estranged wife of Austrian politician Karl von Habsburg. The Habsburg family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Habsburgs are a Black Nobility family of very high prestige. U Urbiola, Jorge: Likely refers to the diplomat and author who serves as Deputy Chief of the Mission of the Kingdom of Spain in Ukraine. V Vahabzadeh, Iraj and Linda: Iraj was the eldest son of Dr. Mostafa Vahabzadeh, founder and owner of Kayhan Publishing Group in Iran. Lynda was his ex-wife. Iraj passed away in 2016. Van Hauen Sophie: No info found, although the address (62 Frith St) is that of Circa, a gay bar in London. Van, William Straubenzee: British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament who died in 1999. After his death, it was discovered that van Straubenzee was named in documents pertaining to British politician child abuse (https://www.independent.co.uk/news-14-0/westminster-child-abuse-allegations-mp-with-a-penchant-for-small-boys-gave-his-word-he-was-not-a-10408985.html). Van Straubenzee was also a longtime friend of Princess Diana (https://www.insider.com/princess-diana-documentary-revelations-2017-7#she-read-trashy-romance-novels-2) and the uncle of Thomas van Straubenzee (lifelong friend of Prince William) and Charlie van Straubenzee (Prince Harry’s best friend). Varsavsky, Martin: Argentine entrepreneur who has founded many companies, including Medicorp Sciences (biotechnology) and several telecommunications outfits. Velasquez, Patricia: Venezuelan model/actress who appeared in print ads for Victoria Secret. Photographed here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/carole-radziwill-patricia-velasquez-and-ghislaine-maxwell-news-photo/608144434) with Ghislaine Maxwell and Carole Radziwill, who is also listed in Epstein’s contacts (check the ‘R’ thread) and is/was a good friend of Maxwell. Verdin, Julia: British film producer, casting director, and actress. Has been a friend of Ghislaine’s for decades, as evidenced by the photo of the pair, which was taken in 1986 (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8490447/Ghislaine-Maxwell-fall-sits-cell-photos-reveal-society-life.html). Verdin owned a house on the Sunset Strip in the early 1990s. She lived there with Birgit Cunningham and actress Elizabeth Hurley, who seems to be embroiled in Epstein and Maxwell’s world. The house was known as “party central” and was frequented by the likes of Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349953/Lord-Strathclyde-affair-blonde-Birgit-Cunningham-I-feel-used-says-single-mum.html). Verdin-Mulot, Annie & JP: Annie is a marketing director who has worked with Mulberry, Harrods, and Disneyland. She is the sister of Julia (above). Jean-Paul Mulot is a French journalist and former Deputy Editorial Director of Le Figaro, a daily newspaper in France. He is a permanent representative to the UK in the Hauts-de-France region. When confronted with his Epstein connections, Jean-Paul said that he only met him once 15 years ago and that his wife went to Oxford with Ghislaine Maxwell (https://fr.theepochtimes.com/un-ancien-directeur-du-figaro-cite-dans-le-carnet-noir-depstein-1001372.html). Close with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who served from 2007-2012. Veronis, Jane: Jewelry designer. Her father is the co-founder of Veronis Suhler Stevenson investment bank. Villani, Carmine S: President of Milestone Capital, an investment firm. Also President of Europower Renewable Energy Ltd. Villeneuve, Jacques: Formula 1 race car driver. Epstein has many F1 contacts. Vittadini, Emanuele A: No info found, but one of the emails listed traces back to arc-intl, which is a world-renowned glassware company. Vittorelli, Dott. Marco: Chairman of Openjobmetis, an Italian job recruitment service. Also serves on the Board of Directors of Pallacanestro Varese, an Italian basketball club. Vittoz, Martine: No info found. Vittoz, Patrick: Director of Exploit Information Technologies, which specializes in website promotion, search engine submission, and hosting. Patrick has been an architectural consultant at his family’s business for 41 years. Vittoz, Vonnic: No info found. Vivian Smith, Charles: Investment banker. Currently the 5th Baron Bicester. Von Habsburg, Francesca: Listed earlier in this thread under Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca. Von Hase, Bettina: Independent consultant and writer on art and culture. Daughter of a former German ambassador to the UK. Bettina’s ex-husband of 30 years, John Varley, is a trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
2020.08.09 07:51 somethingpersonalSome changes I did for 2020 as an average or below average simple guy
Just to make it short, I'm not a 6 foot suddenly woke AM who will tell you about tinder secrets. What I'm sharing is anecdotal and all I ask is you put it to use or discuss how we could make it better here.
Money and job
I don't have a professional job like a lawyer or a doctor. But I'm comfortable enough to be above the water, I have to cut vices that became mindless to me like drinking, paying for cable, paying for an expensive cell plan (a basic plan works fine for me) and video games. What really changed it for me was having an up to date computer, I asked my brother in law to build me one, it cost me about 1.2 grand but not having to deal with lag is a game-changer. I was able to send hundreds of resumes per day (compared to doing it from a shitty laptop) use it solely for learning and managing stocks, and even playing games (there are a lot of free games to occupy you) but I've also used it for networking. In these times, spreading out in Facebook groups, meetups and any forums is better than nothing. Every day I grow my connections, I plan and I strategize. But know that organization is key, as an example, I have built a strong foundation where I can get information anytime. I have my own categories for learning and connecting/chatting with people about fitness, and the same goes for stocks, merchandise, and even dating. If you have all of these integrated into an organized fashion, the tech will work for you. It's super easy for me to be in a different city and find the best sushi stop or meet up with a virtual friend. A good computer means networking, jobs and money. Less is also better, what I always bring with me when I move to places are: haircutting kit, it took awhile to learn how to cut my hair but now I get to do it on my own time, my computer, 5 set clothing (swimwear, cold wear, warm wear), camera for social media (networking) and of course, the essentials such as the wallet.
When it comes to online dating, apps are 98% of the ballpark. Try websites too as there are more unique females there. It also depends on location. I was living in Alberta, then in NY, and now in SD. The difference between these three are a lot. I find that isolated, none coastal cities to be more unique, especially dating non-AF. It's just that cities like SD, SF, and LA have so many ethnic majorities that you will feel sandwiched. It'll be difficult for you to find an XF partner (with exception to more landlocked cities) but as long as you have photos that show full-body, face, and a group plus a short but concise bio, you'll find some hits. I'm not saying rely on online dating but investing in at least 200 CA$ of dollars per year isn't that bad. Treat it as the last thing you check, 15 minutes while you're in the toilet scrolling or getting back to messages is better than not having anything going for you. Also, do your other brothers a favor and don't talk smack about their ex or whatever baggage they bring. I've dated a pretty interesting mix of women but as long as she's healthy, clean, has something going for them, you can at least have someone that'll grow with you. Dating and sex are like building skills, practice safe sex, learn how women think and keep growing. Obviously don't stick to online dating, spread your accounts (bumble, hinge, coffeemeetsbagel, even facebook works. There's also niche sites akin for us AM to be in like meetmindful and dine, here's a list). I didn't get to experience basic level relationships because I grew up as an insecure AM, and I'm not particularly good looking either. If you're in the looks department comparable to Ken Jeong, Bobby Lee, and the like, you can always morph and change your style. Don't listen to some people who might say about 4/10s, as long as you grow and grow with them, you'd get to see what you're capable of. Hell, one of my best friends sees a single mother from time to time, I think it's weird but he got to meet his current gf, so he basically just worked his way up... It's weird, yes, but if you're in any western city, anything can literally be liquid, it's up to you to interpret it. You don't have to be a self-deprecating idiot either, as long as you have something that you love, then that's something you can share. It's your common right to experience masculinity, you have to come and chase it though.. Now dating in real life is another ballpark but it's easier with practice, more on this below.
Have a hobby that gets you fit, I stopped buying into the just lifting thing. Maintaining a lot of food is expensive and sometimes bulking in a different frame is just inefficient. Get you a hobby that can develop translatable skills, I started to learn BJJ and it was the best decision yet. I know when I can fight and know when I can't. Even if the dude is a six-foot muscle head, I now have confidence because of your rolling and sparring experience. Obviously it's the pandemic age and I'm indifferent about it, so instead of complaining like a silly duck, I switched and took up parkour and free climbing. With this, I get to meet people and now even a wide variety of women. All you need is consistency and passion. I live in cities so you'd get to meet people who are just looking for friends as stepping stones, it could be difficult but you just have to keep trying. Get another hobby that develops a skill that will translate into production. At the moment I like learning about cooking fish, this means I get to eat better and save money because I know how to tend to myself. I also pair it up with stocks while I'm learning, so this duality makes me feel like I'm working towards something. It's also a neat feeling knowing that you at least have some equity growing and you don't have to work for it. I'm not going to get into specifics, like how to interact in a non-desperate way but as long as you're neatly groomed, have an open mind and willing to learn with a group, then you're better off. So for a quick summary: Have a good computer, online dating is good to add variety but don't spend a good amount of your time on it. Have hobbies that will get you moving, grow your skills and make you money. Yes fitness is good but fitness where you learn how to move your body with an opponent is better. Make technology work for you, use it to network, obtain jobs even manage stocks with.
2020.08.06 16:56 MatthewMirWWE Network Primer Part 2 - Your guide to every match you should watch on the WWE Network during lockdown/quarantine.
Hi Everyone, You may know me from my Essential Lists post I have posted throughout the last few years - which you can find here shameless plug I know
Unfortunately where I live in Australia is currently in a Stage 4 COVID-19 Lockdown which has given me some spare time to actually work on a new list - that looks at another top 100 WWE Matches.
These collection of matches are my own personal opinion of the another Top 100 WWE Matches; for this specific list I tried to include more forgotten gems and/or matches that I deserve more love from fans. I have not included Dave Meltzer’s ratings like I usually would on these lists but have decided to use CageMatch Ratings. I understand there is going to plenty of omissions of matches but before you comment saying matches are missing – please look at the original listed which I posted a few months ago. Also since a few people have commented on these posts saying 'stop throwing lists at us with no information' so on a few matches I’ve added a little bit of a backstory for new fans/fans of who haven’t seen the matches, some match details do contain spoilers, so you have been warned. I have also tried to add a link to each match as well; all videos come from the WWE Network. Alright, now lets start the list:
Bret Hart Vs Roddy Piper – Wrestlemania 8 – CageMatch Rating: 8.30 - A very underrated Wrestlemania match, this is probably my favourite Roddy Piper match. Great Intercontinental title match that really helped Hart establish himself as a standalone star instead of a tag team wrestler. In the recent ‘True Story of Royal Rumble’ documentary, Piper admits he would’ve preferred keeping the championship for a long time because it’d help bring food to the table for his family, but he was happy losing the championship to upcoming rising star – Bret Hart.
Owen Hart Vs Bret Hart – Summerslam 1994 – CageMatch Rating: 9.20 - The famous rematch from their Wrestlemania 10 match – and it absolutely lived up to hype. This time it was contested in the famous blue steel cage match and the WWF Championship was on the line. It was high stakes between not only both competitors but the whole Hart family was somewhat involved in this feud.
Razor Ramon Vs Shawn Michaels – Summerslam 1995 – CageMatch Rating: 8.90 - This was a rematch of their Wrestlemania 10 match and it lives up to expectations. They change up a lot of the spots and sequences so they don’t copy the match they had at Wrestlemania 10; I believe this match helped more innovative spots for future Ladder Matches compared to their Mania match.
Edge & Christian Vs Dudley Boys Vs Hardy Boyz – Summerslam 2000 – CageMatch Rating: 9.24 - These guys set the standard for a Tables, Ladders and Chairs matces. Brutal, fast paced with well timed-spots very fun match. This was just a tease of what we could see with these 6 competitors. It’s a statement to all six wrestlers that 20 years later that all the spots that they innovated are replicated still to this day.
Triple H Vs Chris Benoit – No Mercy 2000 – CageMatch Rating: 7.75 - 2000 was Triple H’s year without a shadow of doubt; on nearly every PPV that year he was having great matches with established superstars Rock, Foley, Taker, or new superstars such as Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, and now even the rapid wolverine and arguably the greatest wrestler of all time – Chris Benoit.
Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – Wrestlemania 17 – CageMatch Rating: 7.90 - I personally think that Benoit is Angles best counterpart, this match is so much better than their match from the previous Wrestlemania. These two are so evenly matched when it comes to in-ring ability and that’s why every time they compete against each other it’s magic. I feel whenever people reminisce about this Wrestlemania they forget about this match and how great it was between both competitors.
Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit Vs Edge & Christian Vs Dudley Boys Vs Hardy Boyz – Smackdown 24/05/2001 – CageMatch Rating: 9.08 - Many people have claimed that this TLC Match is the best one of all time and also the most underrated TLC match of all time. It’s understandably a fair point it was the original three teams of the TLC and the team of Benoit/Jericho added in as well. It was an all-out car crash from start to finish and easily one of the best Smackdown matches of all time – due to the Benoit MurdeSuicide it’s all but forgotten when discussed as one of the best TLC Matches of all time.
Jeff Hardy Vs Rob Van Dam – Invasion 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 8.16 - This was somewhat a dream match for fans to see happen. Jeff Hardy risk-tasking psycho vs Rob Van Dam another risk-taking psycho. I wont say much, this is fun and this is great. If you get the chance watch them follow it up at Summerslam.
Kurt Angle Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin – Unforgiven 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 7.42 - This match isn't rated higher than their Summerslam match, but for personally I’d have it the other way around. This is one of my favorite matches from 2001. This was a rematch to their Summerslam match, and it was absolutely great. It was a feel good moment for wrestling fans, and a feel good moment for Americans as Kurt Angle in his hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania would go onto win another WWF Championship, as it was just a few weeks after the whole 9/11 Terrorist Bombings. Taking away from that, these two men work very well with each other and it’s a very back and forth match.
Chris Jericho Vs The Rock – No Mercy 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 8.44 - Much like Kurt Angle a new-comer to WWF, Jericho whilst also relatively new had great chemistry with each other. This is one of my favourite matches of Rock, Jericho’s and really of 2001. I highly recommend everyone who sees this list watches this match.
Chris Benoit Vs Kurt Angle – Unforgiven 2002 – CageMatch Rating: 8.44 - In Benoit’s first Smackdown Brand Exclusive feud he got to compete his former arch nemesis – Kurt Angle. These two must’ve loved fighting with each other, because here we are again discussing one of their matches, although this time I would say this match is less known to most fans. It’s still as good as their previous matches against each other, but what helps it more is that it leads to them becoming tag team partners with each other in the next couple of months.
Triple H Vs Ric Flair – Raw 19/05/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 6.63 - This was a special night for Flair, as he was turning face for one night only to face his friend Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship just around the corner from his home. It brings out the best in both opponents and if you get the chance watch the Ric Flair appreciation after the match.
Eddie Guerrero Vs Chris Benoit - Vengeance 2003 – CageMatch Rating: 8.48 - These two are best friends, who just love professional wrestling, staggering throughout tiny promotions, all the way to the big wrestling world of Japan, back to America in companies such as ECW & WCW finally to make it to WWE. This match was the final for the tournament for the inaugural WWE United States Championship. This is close to five stars for me, if this match didn’t include a screwy finish I would award it that. But don’t disregard that as anything bad at all. This is may be my favourite match between the two.
Christian Vs Chris Jericho – Raw 01/09/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 6.99 - Christian & Chris Jericho were some of the best things going on, on Raw in 2003, but it seemed like Jericho was transition into a face role so Stone Cold put him against his partner at the time Christian for the Intercontinental Championship. It wouldn’t be a long ‘face’ turn for Jericho cause as weeks passed he would revert back to being a heel along with Christian. But this is a super underrated match in both mens careers.
Shawn Michaels Vs Triple H – Raw 29/12/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 8.73 - 2003 Raw was quite a rough year with many superstars from different eras (and companies) coming and going; so thankfully when the last Raw of the year was left with Shawn Michaels and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship we are left with absolute magic.
Chris Benoit Vs Shawn Michaels Vs Triple H – Backlash 2004 – CageMatch Rating: 8.92 - This was a rematch to their Wrestlemania 20 match, and by all means it holds up as just as great as this. They say most rematches can’t live up to what we first saw, but this is definitely exceptional to the rule.
Randy Orton Vs Chris Benoit – Summerslam 2004 – CageMatch Rating: 7.99 - This is Chris Benoit’s swan song as World Heavyweight Champion. He had a decent run as champion with some great matches with some of Raw’s top talents including: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Kane. But this was the first of Randy Orton’s World Championship win; he really has the crowd behind him during this match. This was the start of WWE’s first time trying to build Orton as the face of the WWE, and he certainly earned the respect of Benoit after the match.
30 Man Royal Rumble Match – Royal Rumble 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.49 - WWE knew that they had gold with Batista and Cena in 2005, and especially when he won this Rumble match and entered the main event of Wrestlemania picture he was skyrocketed to the mainstream. From the get go of this Rumble it’s fantastic – you have to former world champions and best friends Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit start as numbers #1 and #2. This is still one of the funnest Rumbles I love going back to watch. You also have a fun little bit with Shawn Michaels & Kurt Angle which helps lead to their match at Mania. The end of this match ends in calamity when both Batista & Cena accidently both get eliminated at the same time, causing Vince McMahon (who was visually pissed off) to come out and restart the match. However, upon running and trying to slide into the ring he tears both his quads resulting in him shouting demands to referees and the wrestlers.. Whilst sitting on the floor like a kindergarten student.
Undertaker Vs Randy Orton – Wrestlemania 21 – CageMatch Rating: - Randy Orton who portrayed the gimmick of being the ‘Legend Killer’ was set out on one thing, that was killing The Undertakers Undefeated Streak at Wrestlemania. This was the first time really it played into the storyline, thankfully it stayed in undefeated form.
John Cena Vs John Bradshaw Layfield - Judgment Day 2005 – Cagematch Rating: 9.06 – In a match that truly helped to project Cena into the main-eventer position; JBL and him would him would have a barbaric I Quit match which looks like it was directed by Eli Roth with the amount of blood shed.
Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle – Vengeance 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.79 - This is a rematch of their Wrestlemania 21 and it’s just as good as their first encounter with each other but somehow always gets overlooked and forgotten.
Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio - Smackdown 09/09/05 – CageMatch Rating: 7.84 - One of the best feuds of 2005 was Eddie Vs Rey - they were a tag team that loved each other like family. They had a barnburner of a match at Wrestlemania, but slowly the months after it Eddie would turn heel on Rey. From April until September they would face off against each other on Smackdown, Live shows and PPV’s and Rey would ALWAYS win. But not this time, this was their final encounter in a steel cage match, and I absolutely love it.
Ric Flair Vs Triple H – Taboo Tuesday 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.51 - Much like the previous Taboo Tuesday, Flair would face another former Evolution member and former best friend – Triple H. This match is major throwback to the old 1980’s NWA Steel Cage match, much like that much. After Triple H seems like he’s going to win, Flair gets an opportunity on the offense delivering all the same pain that Triple H dished out back on him. It’s a very bloody and brutal match.
John Cena Vs Umaga – Royal Rumble 2007 – CageMatch Rating: 8.86 - This match was in the middle of Cena's 365+ day run and it showed he could still work with bigger men like Umaga. This is one of the best last man standing matches of all time that makes both men look equally strong and helped grow Umaga as a threat for the champion.
John Cena Vs Edge Vs Randy Orton Vs Shawn Michaels – Backlash 2007 – CageMatch: 9.01 - Following Wrestlemania 23 it left multiple people wanting a shot at John Cena for his WWE Championship, and thus three men were awarded the opportunity for it; Cena’s Wrestlemania opponent Shawn Michaels, and former tag team Rated RKO, Edge and Randy Orton. Four outstanding talents that mash well together, perform in one of the best four ways of all time.
The Undertaker Vs Edge – Summerslam 2008 – CageMatch Rating: - This was the culmination of The Undertaker & Edge feud. This feud started back in May of 2007 and ended in August 2008. Undertaker was allowed to return to WWE and in doing so it was announced that he would face Edge one last time. This time it would be in Undertakers favourite match, the devils play ground Hell in a Cell.
Triple H Vs Jeff Hardy – No Mercy 2008 – CageMatch Rating: 8.43 - This was the match that everyone thought that Jeff Hardy was destined to win the WWE Championship off Triple H, that wasn't the case but it is one of his best matches against another top WWE star at the time and helped get him more fans and look forward to him finally winning the WWE Championship.
Jeff Hardy Vs Edge Vs Triple H – Armageddon 2008 - CageMatch Rating: 8.76 - Jeff Hardy’s rise to being WWE Champion was an enthralling story in 2008. In January that year he was placed in a WWE Championship match with Randy Orton, but had lost. Then throughout the rest of the year he was in multiple WWE Championship matches.. which he lost. Until Armageddon, in which is one of the best triple threat matches of all time and totally made it worth being a Jeff Hardy fan. I would say that 2008 and until he left WWE in 2009, were his years and he was putting out some of his best work ever. It’s a bit of a shame Jeff never had a long run as a world champion.
John Morrison Vs Rey Mysterio – Smackdown 04/09/2009 - CageMatch Rating: 8.89 - 2009 Smackdown is honestly one of the most underrated/forgotten eras in WWE history period. Week after week they would put on fantastic matches centered on both their Intercontinental Championship & World Heavyweight Championship. This match is one of the most underrated matches from both Morrison & Mysterio’s long list of matches.
Undertaker Vs Rey Mysterio – Royal Rumble 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 6.31 - This would be the first time that Rey would face Undertaker in his dead-man persona and it is worth the wait in all honesty. These two had good chemistry with each other and it's a very forgotten match before Undertaker would semi retire and go onto having a very limited schedule.
Rey Mysterio Vs CM Punk- Over the Limit 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 6.89 - This was the last match in their trilogy, and it left us fans with not only a great match but also with an interesting ending where CM Punk would get his hair shaved.
Daniel Bryan Vs The Miz – Night of Champions 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 7.73 - The Miz was Bryan’s ‘pro’ in NXT earlier that year and the would argue with each other back and forth so it fit perfect that Bryan’s first feud in WWE would be against him, for the US Championship nonetheless.
The Miz Vs John Morrison – Raw 03/01/2011 – CageMatch Rating: 8.59 - This was in the early stages of The Miz’s WWE Title reign, he would feud with his former long-time tag team partner in the first Raw of 2011 in a fantastic Falls Count Anywhere match – this would be one of Morrison’s last memorable matches in WWE.
Christian Vs Alberto Del Rio – Extreme Rules 2011 – CageMatch Rating: 8.53 - With Edge, Christians real life bestfriend retiring from WWE due to injury, WWE officials decided to give Christian his ‘career-rewarding’ moment, by having him in a main event match against Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Randy Orton Vs Christian – Over the Limit 2011 – Cagematch Rating: 9:01 - Christians career-rewarding World Championship reigned a total of 2 days (5 because it was taped). I was somewhat fine with this, IF they were going to keep Christian a face, and probably make Orton the heel. Nevertheless, that’s my opinion but you guys might not agree. I will say Christian and Orton had a great feud in 2011, I know people will say that Punk feud/storyline was the best of 2011, but I’d even argue that Christians 2011 was a close runner up.
CM Punk Vs Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit 2012 – Cagematch Rating: 9.14 - These two ‘indy-darlings’ would finally meet in a main-event of a WWE PPV only to be overshadowed by the other underwhelming main-event produced by John Lauranitis and John Cena. Although they’d give a us a tease of something that we’d all like to see at a Wrestlemania.
CM Punk Vs John Cena – Night of Champions 2012 - Probably their best PPV match with each other following their match at Money in the Bank 2011, lots of people expected Cena to win this match or Punk to cheat to win this match. With the new alignment of Paul Heyman with CM Punk this match is underappreciated when people discuss their rivalry.
CM Punk Vs Chris Jericho – Payback 2013 – CageMatch Rating: 8.56 – After Punk lost to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, he would return after taking months off in his home town of Chicago to face an old foe – Chris Jericho.
Daniel Bryan Vs Randy Orton – Raw 24/06/2013 – CageMatch Rating: 7.99 - This match had months of build up between it, where Bryan thought Kane & Orton were weak links in their tag matches, and the reason why they lost to the Shield. But through screwy finish matches and fighting with each other these men put on a great performance on this night. Rumors had started flying around that Bryan was set to get a big push in WWE around this time, after beating the Shield, people expected Bryan to win the Money in the Bank match and challenge Cena at Summerslam (which happened, but with no Money in the Bank involved). I feel like people have really forgotten how great this match really is, I urge people to go back and watch this match.
Alberto Del Rio Vs Christian – Summerslam 2013 – CageMatch Rating: - Christian won a triple threat match against Orton & Rob Van Dam a few week prior to this. This match was actually really good, it’s one of those matches that are really good but because the card is considered great (it also features two 4 ½ start matches – LesnaPunk and Cena/Bryan) that it’s somewhat forgotten. I would say that this is Christians last great singles match before he would retire from WWE.
Antonio Cesaro Vs William Regal – NXT 25/12/2013 - CageMatch Rating: 8.52 - This was one of Regals final wrestling matches and it was against a superstar with high calibre – Antonio Cesaro. The two put on a great performance with each other – I highly recommend everyone gets to see how good Regal and Cesaro worked with each other.
Bray Wyatt Vs Daniel Bryan – Royal Rumble 2014 – CageMatch Rating: 8.55 - Probably one of the best non-Royal Rumble matches of all time. Following Daniel Bryans face turn after two weeks of Bryan being a cult member to Bray, they squared off and what starts 2014 off as a great year for wrestling in WWE. Also the week prior to this match it gave us this moment I’m honestly surprised this match doesn’t get brought up more for how great both these two work together. Something that really does confuse me about the fans backlash for the Rumble match later that night is that they wanted Bryan to be in the match – which is fair enough. But why did no one complain about Wyatt not being put in the match? I mean he wins this match – he earned a place in that match, but hey I’m just complaining and bitching now. Great match in both mens career, probably Wyatts best single match – highly recommend.
Cesaro Vs Randy Orton – Smackdown 14/02/2014 – CageMatch Rating: - Leading up to Orton's WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match he would face the five other opponents in the match, Cesaro still freshly new would actually defeat Orton clean. Great back and forth match and really proved as to why Cesaro is already a talented wrestler in the WWE ring.
Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose – Raw 18/08/2014 – CageMatch Rating: 8.49 - This was their rematch to their match the night before at Summerslam, and arguably is one of their best matches with each other, it was contested in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Roman Reigns Vs Daniel Bryan – Fastlane 2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.07 - To say that Roman is a bad wrestler would be a big lie and would just be fans being negative about everything about him. This match goes to prove it, Roman and Bryan worked great with each other – however I do see where the big complaint is in Roman Reigns matches. He plays the Superman role just like Cena used too, but it’s very easy to see. However the fans really believed that somehow, someway that Bryan could win this match and find himself involved in the main event of Wrestlemania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
John Cena Vs Kevin Owens – Money in the Bank 2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.99 – I know I might cop a bit of flack for this, but I reckon this their best match with each other. I know their Elimination Chamber match gets lots of praise for Owens’ debut match in WWE and beating Cena clean but I think this is match is a big step up.
Seth Rollins Vs Neville – Raw 03/08/2015 – CageMatch Rating: 7.81 - One of the best Raw matches in 2015, an up and coming NXT Star recently debuted Neville would get the opportunity to face the WWE Champions Seth Rollins in the opening match of Raw; both men mesh well with each other and I hope these two feud in the future.
Roman Reigns Vs Cesaro – Raw 16/11/2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.16 - This may be one of my favourite Roman Reigns & Cesaro matches, these two absolutely have great chemistry with each other, and if you don’t trust me watch this match between the two.
Shinsuke Nakamura Vs Finn Balor – NXT 13/07/2016 – CageMatch Rating: 8.42 - This was Finn Balors swan song in NXT, it was time for him to move on, and his final opponent would be his friend for Japan – Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura, had to prove himself that he could beat the best, that he could beat icon that he could beat… you (Finn).
Sasha Banks Vs Charlotte – Raw 25/07/2016 – CageMatch Rating: 8.03 - This would be the start of their one-on-one rivalry which would go for the whole year – in shockingly fashion this match started the trend of Sasha winning the Raw Women’s Championship on Raw.
Kota Ibushi Vs Cedric Alexander – Cruiserweight Classic Tournament – CageMatch Rating: 9.14 - In the second round of the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament we were given this masterpiece of a match. This match saw Alexander unfortunately getting a defeat, but after the match the crowd chanted ‘Please sign Cedrick’ which prompted to Triple H to make a surprise appearance to give the thumbs up saying ‘sure thing’.
Cesaro Vs Sheamus – Clash of Champions 2016 – CageMatch Rating: 7.98 - This was the final of their best of 7 series, and I’ve got to say I absolutely love this match. I really enjoyed their whole series, but this was a fantastic ending. Both men took each other to their absolute limits, and yeah people were annoyed with it ending in a draw but I love that idea it allowed them to form a tag team and put on great matches with each other because of the skills, ability and chemistry.
Bayley Vs Charlotte – Raw 13/02/2017 - CageMatch Rating: 7.92 - I still don’t understand why they didn’t wait for Bayley to win the Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania instead of a random Raw match. Either way, this was actually a really good match, and possibly better than all the Sasha/Charlotte matches from the previous year- I really hope people don’t forget about this match when talking about the best women matches of the year.
New Day Vs The Uso’s – Summerslam 2017 Kick Off – CageMatch Rating: - The New Day and The Uso’s feud grew over the summer period of 2017, and these teams had good matches with each other on previous PPV’s and episodes of smackdowns, and even had the segment of the year on an episode of Smackdown which involved a Rap Battle. But this match is easily one of the best matches in all the competitors careers, they were pushed on the Pre-Show for the second biggest PPV of the year, and they arguably put on one of the best matches of the night and tried to prove to people that they should’ve been put on the main show.
Aleister Black Vs Velveteen Dream – NXT Takeover: WarGames – CageMatch Rating: 8.51 - Two months of build up for a great match, that had two polar-opposites work with each other in a way that I haven’t ever seen before. The respect Aleister shows Velveteen Dream after the match, really adds to this.
Buddy Murphy Vs Mustafa Ali – 205 Live 03/07/2018 – CageMatch Rating: 8.97 – I believe this match is one of the matches that helped 205 Live become more popular in 2018. Any time you had Murphy, Ali, Gulak or Alexander compete in 205 they would always turn a quiet crowd into a loud and engaging crowd.
Buddy Murphy Vs Cedric Alexander – Super Show-Down 2018 – CageMatch Rating: 8.00 – I love this match; but I purely think it’s because it’s the best match I’ve ever seen live. It may also be because I had been watching Murphy compete in local promotions such as PCW & MCW – it is a great home country moment for him.
2020.08.01 00:36 InfernoAAThe Aerial Assassin Part Two: Two Birds
Part One: It Lives, It Breathes Build to NXT Takeover: WarGames II On the heels of consecutive Takeover losses, Will Ospreay takes a step back to assess the situation, a video promo airing where he talks about how every Takeover he’s been a part of, he’s put on the best match of the night and had all the people talking about him, but that’s not enough for him. He didn’t give up being champion all over the world to come to NXT solely for making other people look good. He came to be the top of the mountain and he’s been on the brink of that time and time again. Cole stole the Ladder match right from under his nose, Ricochet barely managed to beat him, and he took Dunne to a place where no one ever has before. He’s not content settling for second best, so even if his life depends on it, he’s ending his first year in NXT as champion. Whilst Ospreay’s fortunes haven’t turned out the way he wanted, Ricochet and Pete Dunne both left Takeover with gold and are on a collision course, facing off in a Winner Takes All match for the NA and UK Titles. The match is a barnstormer as expected but the bout is cut short due to interference from Undisputed Era, the trio hitting the ring to draw a No Contest. Retrieving steel chairs from under the ring, they look to injure the two champions, only for Will Ospreay to make his return, wiping them out with a Springboard Crossbody, before sending them packing with chair shots of his own! When he made his TV debut, the two men now laying at his feet came to his aid to fight UE, Ospreay returning the favour, though radiating an air of tension, Ricochet and Dunne also happening to be the ones to halt his rise at Takeovers. They may be allies in the ongoing war against UE, but beyond that, one way or another, he needs to beat either of them for their gold, or he’ll just be another failure, won’t he? The show closes on a conflicted Ospreay looking down at the titles strewn on the mat. The following week, William Regal kicks off the show to further the investigation on Aleister Black’s attacker when he’s interrupted by UE, Cole demanding his rematch for the NA Title, having lost it in Brooklyn. Due to the interference in last week’s main event, Regal makes it a Triple Threat instead, Dunne also getting another shot at the gold to Cole’s chagrin. As the UE Leader bemoans indignantly, out comes Ospreay, who also expresses his desire to challenge for the title! He would’ve left NOLA with it if it wasn’t for Cole, and as much as he respects Ricochet, he can’t let him have the title over himself, so he insists Regal makes the match a 4-way. Regal mulls over it, before announcing that although his claims to the title aren’t as strong, he can give him a match with Cole, and should he win, he’ll be added to the match! Cole is irate, but the match takes place in the main event nonetheless, Ospreay getting a chance to kill two birds with one stone by getting redemption for NOLA, as well as bag a title shot. UE run interference left and right, Ricochet and Dunne noticeably not coming to Ospreay’s aid this time, but instead, the War Raiders, who’ve begun to develop some issues with the Tag Champs in the background, chasing KOR & Strong off! With Cole distracted by the commotion taking place outside the ring, Ospreay rolls him up and scores the victory, adding himself to the match! Unlike previous opportunities of the same magnitude, Ospreay enters the match with his head down, making sure not to get too ahead of himself but rather focus on the task at hand. The remaining competitors make their respective entrances too, before the 4 get down to action, an exhilarating contest ensuing. Each man gets their moment to shine, with Ospreay especially looking like a star, not pulling any punches. In the end, with Ricochet taking out Cole on the outside, it’s just Ospreay and Dunne left inside the ring, Dunne looking to finish Ospreay off the same way he did in Brooklyn, but as he goes to snap the fingers, Ospreay kicks his head off his shoulders, before connecting an OSCUTTER! THIS COULD BE IT! ALL THE PAIN AND SACRIFICE FINALLY PAYING OFF! 1…2…RICOCHET WITH A SPRINGBOARD 450° SPLASH TO BREAK UP THE FALL! HE TOSSES OSPREAY OUT OF THE RING AND COVERS DUNNE! 1…2…3! By the skin of his teeth, Ricochet has retained! As the One and Only is handed his title, he scans the bodies scattered over the place, admiring his victory, only for his view to stumble on a shocked Ospreay, who had the match won if it wasn’t for Ricochet stealing the cover from him. Ricochet gives him a sheepish shrug, having to do whatever it takes to retain, but Ospreay shakes his head, struggling to come to terms with failing another high-profile by a hair. As tensions between Ospreay and Ricochet continue to mount, along with Dunne lurking in the background, Cole demands another rematch, claiming that it was already unfair he didn’t get a one-on-one match, but on top of that, he wasn’t even involved in the finish! Ricochet comes out to confront the man he’s been at odds with since joining NXT, the two mouthing off with each other, only for Cole to strike Ricochet, getting his brethren to join in on a 3-on-1 beatdown! Dunne races out, not to Ricochet’s aid, but merely due to his own interests in beating up Strong, but it’s still not enough, the numbers in UE’s favour! Ricochet and Dunne hold on, expecting Ospreay to come out as he has in the past… but there’s no response! Seemingly still disgruntled by Ricochet stealing his pin, as well as having been left high and dry in his own match with Cole, Ospreay leaves the two to fend for themselves, who predictably get mauled. As they pose over the two, Cole reaching down to scoop up the NA Title, this music hits. IT’S KASSIUS OHNO! RETURNING FROM INJURY, OHNO COMES TO THE AID OF THE CHAMPS! Cole looks like he’s seen a ghost, frozen to the spot as Ohno races to the ring and sends bodies flying left and right! He comes face-to-face with Cole, the two engaging in fisticuffs, Ohno getting the better of Cole to the fans’ delight! He does his signature pose…ONLY FOR BOBBY FISH TO NAIL HIM WITH A STEEL CHAIR FROM BEHIND! OHNO ISN’T THE ONLY MAN RETURNING TONIGHT, UE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH AGAIN! UE are elated to see Fish back, the 4 using the odds to lay Ohno out too, standing tall over the fallen faces, still no sign of Ospreay… The following week, the taped-up trio of Ricochet, Dunne and Ohno are shown outside the locker room, discussing amongst themselves. Dunne is livid about Ospreay not helping them out, wanting to bust down the door and exact on him what he missed out on last week. Ohno seems to be interested in the idea, but Ricochet plays peacekeeper, suggesting they talk to him instead. Dunne doesn’t seem to like the idea, but Ricochet forces Dunne to acquiesce. Before they can enter the room though, Ospreay opens the door from the other end, clearly unimpressed by their bickering, taking a step back to let them in. Ricochet pushes in front of Dunne and Ohno, ensuring no unnecessary violence ensues, before questioning Ospreay about last week. Ospreay seems surprised he even asked, telling them to look at the state of their supposed ‘team’ combatting UE. They couldn’t even make a simple decision to talk to him without almost fighting within themselves, and now they expect Ospreay to help them out when they didn’t have the decency to do the same for him? Ricochet opens his mouth to speak, but Ospreay tells him to save it, before trudging off, leaving a glum Ricochet, and an exasperated Dunne and Ohno. However, with Ospreay not coming to their aid, they decide to take matters into their own hands, challenging UE to a 3-on-4 Handicap match, UE hastily accepting. As expected, the number’s advantage is too difficult to overcome, especially with Dunne and Ohno eventually leaving Ricochet to take the wrath of all 4 members at once, Cole pinning Ricochet for the victory! However, as UE celebrate, the lights go out! As they come back on, UE look left and right, but nothing has changed, except… OSPREAY TAKES THEM OUT WITH STEEL CHAIR SHOTS FROM BEHIND! The Aerial Assassin bends the steel over their backs, before striking them down like bowling pins with a Moonsault! He grabs the NA Title off the canvas, eyeing the gold intently, only to notice Ricochet starting to stir, looking up at Ospreay. The air is tense… but Ospreay chucks the title to Ricochet, nodding to him, before grabbing a mic, Dunne and Ohno starting to turn back at this point, Ospreay’s arrival piquing their interest. Ospreay booms that he’s sick of UE thinking they run NXT, and dysfunctional team or not, the 8 of them are going to end this one way or another! Upon hearing that, Regal arrives, saying that in that case, there’s only one thing left to do; On November 17, at Takeover, it will be Ospreay, Ricochet, Dunne, and Ohno taking on Undisputed Era… IN WARGAMES! And so, the stage is set, the 8 men finally getting a chance to settle their issues in the steel structure! With war on the horizon, Ohno takes on Fish in a WarGames Advantage match, in which Fish comes out on top, giving UE the upper hand heading into the bout, a post-match brawl setting the scene for WG. NXT Takeover: WarGames II The 4-on-4 bout takes place in the night’s main event, the dysfunctional quartet making their entrances first, everything looking to be fine… until they start bickering on who should enter first, the team almost dissolving right there and then, until Ricochet races down to the ring, preventing any further arguments. UE are out next, mocking the trio locked in the other shark cage, before letting Cole start the match for their team, operating as smoothly as ever. Nonetheless, Ospreay and co. are ready for their foes. They don’t have to like each other, but they’re determined to get this done. Will that be enough to beat the men that won WG last year though? Will Ospreay, Ricochet, Pete Dunne and Kassius Ohno vs The Undisputed Era – 4-on-4 WarGames The heated rivalry between Ricochet and Cole sets the pace for the rest of the match, as the two men throw bombs at each other from the get-go, burning passion and hatred for one another fuelling their desire to beat the other. Ricochet uses his agility to evade strikes from Cole, firing back some of his own instead, but as he calls for an early La Quebrada, Cole guns him out of the air with a SUPERKICK! The One and Only is the first to be introduced to the unforgiving steel, Cole bashing Ricochet’s head against it, before dragging it across the wall’s full length! Only 5 minutes in, it’s already looking like an intensely personal war, the steel opening a cut on Ricochet’s forehead, but the NA Champ braves through the crimson to take the fight back to his oppressor, only for the buzzer to sound, summoning the arrival of Kyle O’Reilly! The former Future Shock tandem batter and bruise Ricochet for the next 3 minutes, KOR targeting the leg with strikes to immobilise him, whilst Cole sends further punishment his way, connecting an Ushigoroshi and a Florida Keys, before raining down fists on the cut to try and draw further blood! Ricochet finally finds some reprieve as the buzzer sounds once more, signalling the arrival of one of his teammates! However, they don’t seem to be as well coordinated as UE, all 3 men wanting to get their hands on the quartet that’s been making their lives hell for months, but eventually, Ohno pries himself free from the writhing bodies, dashing down to the ring to exact revenge on the two men who injured him earlier in the year in NOLA! With nowhere to run for Cole & KOR this time, Ohno has his way with them, throttling heavy duty elbows to jar their skulls and using his power to manhandle his smaller foes, ragdolling them from ring to ring, before introducing them to the surrounding steel mesh, tattooing them with welts all over! Ricochet has his fair share of fun too, using Ohno as a springboard to deliver innovative high-flying manoeuvres to send UE reeling! Strong is out next, the Messiah of the Backbreaker immediately living up to his moniker by crunching Ricochet and Ohno’s spines across his knee, against the turnbuckles, and against the steel! With the handicap advantage back in UE’s favour, they leave their opponents hurting, pure vitriol behind every move as they do their level best to make sure Ricochet and co. leave on stretchers! As another 3 minutes elapse, the playing field equalises once more, but not before further bickering between Ospreay and Dunne, tension from Brooklyn carrying over, until Dunne shoulders his way past and races to the ring, salivating to get his hands on Roddy! Strong legs it, attempting to take a trip up the walls like he did last year, only this time the one fleeing from a fight! He isn’t so successful in his escape though as Dunne meets him half-way up the cage, clobbering him with forearms to the mush! Strong attempts to fight back, even almost pulling off an Avalanche Backbreaker, but Dunne keeps his firm grip on the cage, instead tearing one of Roddy’s hands off the cage and snapping his fingers! Strong holds on for dear life with the other hand, only for Dunne to send him crashing to the mat with an X-PLEX! The two warring sides continue slugging it out, a stalemate ensuing as both teams put each other through the ringer, going for strikes, aerial moves and high-impact finishers, as well as the steel inviting more prisoners to torture! The clock begins counting down once again to the glee of UE, as their final member, Fish, is released from the shark cage! He doesn’t head to the ring though, instead flashing a signal to Cole, who nods and smirks, a mastermind plan seemingly brewing. Fish turns to head towards Ospreay, pushing past the line of referees to get in Ospreay’s face, taunting him from the other side of the cage! Frustrated, Ospreay lashes out with a forearm through the bars, only to fall into the trap, Fish grabbing him arm and yanking forwards, sending Ospreay’s head crashing into the bars! He does it repeatedly, swatting away the referees as they attempt to intervene, until Will is knocked woozy, before starting to push the cage away from the ramp… and taking him to the edge of the stage! He gives the wounded Sky King a cheeky wave, who frantically rattles the cage doors, yelling to be let out, only for FISH TO SEND OSPREAY CRASHING OVER THE EDGE! The crowd gasp in unison as Fish strolls away from the rubble, dusting off his hands and leisurely heads to the ring, the rest of UE cackling and clapping, everything going to plan. Meanwhile, Ricochet and co. are in disbelief, now one member down, forced to defeat UE in handicap fashion! Fish brings plunder into the ring, the likes of steel chairs, tables, ladders, chains, trash cans, the works, giving UE an endless supply of torture devices to utilise on their opponents, before locking the door, not letting anyone else in even if they wanted to! The war rages on inside the two rings, UE absolutely mauling their foes and celebrating as the final buzzer for the match sounds to make things official but no one comes to the handicapped teams aid. Ospreay is recovered from the wreck by the medical team, who load the Aerial Assassin onto a stretcher with a sense of urgency, wheeling him back up to the stage. As they try to take him to the back though, he begins resisting, feebly tugging at the harnesses binding him down! The medical team plead with him to stay put so they can take him to the ambulance, only for Ospreay’s resistance to become stronger, pushing them back and tearing away at the straps! Cole gets ready to finish the match, only to turn as he notices the commotion, UE perturbed as Ospreay begins shuffling his way back down to the ring, clearly hurting yet still not going down without a fight! However, with the cage door sealed shut, as well as Fish & KOR rushing over to ensure it stays that way, Ospreay keeps moving forwards, before stopping at the cage walls. Cole mocks and taunts him, telling him there’s no way in, only for Ospreay to start climbing the wall! Cole panics, sending Strong up to meet him and shake him off the walls, only for Ospreay to reach and grab his head, knocking him against the walls a few times, before tossing him to the canvas! Cole sends the Tag Champs to stop Ospreay at the top of the cage, the double-team momentarily holding back the Aerial Assassin, only for him to send them tumbling too! Cole is alarmed, though too anxious to be able to do anything, watching as Ospreay perches himself at the top of the cage… SHOOTING STAR PRESS WIPES OUT ALL OF UE! OSPREAY THROWS CAUTION TO THE WIND, KNOCKING UE DOWN LIKE DOMINOES! Though he suffers another harsh landing, Ospreay has a triumphant look on his face, tanking through the pain to stand united with his team, the playing field finally equal once more! The faces are in tatters, all four having suffered thanks to UE, almost getting into another argument, but the pain unifies them this once, the four pulling each other up and standing together as a united front in one ring! UE drag themselves up too in the other ring, the two teams coming face-to-face to create an incredible visual, before all hell breaks loose once more, all eight men going to war! Countless ruthless spots follow, weapons and bodies being thrown all over the place! Ospreay pulls off another insane spot, running up a ladder that’s bridged against the cage, before leaping back and connecting an OSCUTTER ON COLE ON THE STEEL BRIDGE! Eventually, bodies collapse one by one out of exhaustion, Ohno and Fish taking each other out, Dunne and Strong occupied with one another, before KOR finally takes a tumble as he eats an OsCutter, leaving Ospreay and Ricochet taking on Cole! What was once a numbers advantage belonging to UE is now turned against them, Cole on the opposite end of a 2-on-1 beatdown by Ospreay and Ricochet, who work together seamlessly to lay out the UE Leader, before scaling to opposite turnbuckles, nailing SIMULTANEOUS MOONSAULTS! No Superkicks left to pluck them out of the sky, the two men cover Cole together! 1…2…3! Will Ospreay, Ricochet, Pete Dunne and Kassius Ohno def. The Undisputed Era (38:10) THE WAR IS FINALLY OVER! OSPREAY, RICOCHET, DUNNE AND OHNO HAVE DEFEATED UE! The once crumbling team rises from the ashes, overcoming the faction that has tormented them for the past 7 months, gaining sweet, sweet revenge! The four celebrate their success, raising each other’s arms in victory whilst UE lay scattered across the mat. They pose at the top of the cage as the show comes to an end, but just before it goes to black, Ospreay turns to look at the NA Title dangling from Ricochet’s hands… Build to NXT Takeover: Phoenix With the war against UE finally over, the four faces split off to take care of their own business, Ricochet continuing to defend his NA Title, Dunne heading back to NXT UK to lead the brand, whilst Ospreay and Ohno remain in NXT, looking to further their careers through championship pursuit. With Ospreay also being involved in the deciding pinfall at WG, he challenges Ricochet to a bout for his NA Title, only to be answered by Ohno instead, who brings up how he never got the chance to compete for the gold due to UE, Ospreay receiving his opportunity instead, believing its only fair if the two duke it out to determine the One and Only’s next challenger. Ospreay agrees, Regal making the match official for the latter part of December, the winner facing Ricochet on the first episode of NXT in 2019! The former allies go head-to-head the following week, Ospreay taking on Ohno in a high-stakes encounter! The Knockout Artist subdues Will using his impactful offense, connecting a Cyclone Kick, a Hero’s Welcome and a KO, but each time the Aerial Assassin wills himself back to his feet, not letting himself be knocked out! He responds by taking to the skies, connecting an SSP, a Rainham Maker and an Air Assassin, but the same result ensues, Ohno eating up the offense and returning to his feet! Ohno almost nabs the victory with a Kassius Klutch, but Ospreay just barely manages to get to the ropes to force the break! Eventually, Kassius goes to finish things off with the Ohno Blade, but as he spins around, Ospreay springs off the ropes and connects an OSCUTTER, securing the pinfall after a 20-minute war against one of the world’s best wrestlers! As Ospreay celebrates the huge victory after the match, Ricochet heads out from the back, applauding his rival, but it’s clear from his eyes that he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to beat Ospreay, Will almost defeating him back in Chicago, but with the most recent victory ultimately picked up by the NA Champ, one has to wonder what effect it has on Ospreay’s confidence heading into the match… The long-awaited rematch, 7 months in the making, closes out the first NXT of the new year, the two receiving ample time to put on another classic. Ospreay is out first, looking more determined than he ever has been in his career, having fallen short time and time again, on the brink of victory in the 4-Way back in October only to have the match plucked from his hands by the current champion, believing that this has to be his moment. Ricochet is out next, slight concern in his eyes after the tactics he had to resort to last time, yet overpowered by pride and confidence. In another lengthy match between the two, they tear the house down, Ospreay coming close on multiple occasions to put down the Champ, only for rope breaks and desperate kick outs from Ricochet saving the match. In the end, Ospreay nabs a Silent Whisper to the jaw, staggering a defenceless Ricochet, before springing onto the ropes for the OsCutter… SUPERKICK BY JOHNNY GARGANO! WHAT THE HELL IS JOHNNY WRESTLING DOING?! As the referee throws the match out, Gargano gets all over Ospreay, pummelling the exhausted challenger with fists to the skull, before going after Ricochet too, cleaning house with a pair of Superkicks! As the crowd boo the recently-turned dark Gargano, he grabs a mic and stands over the fallen competitors, uttering ‘This is my moment’, before raising the NA Title high to close the show! An exasperated Ospreay kicks off the following week, storming to the ring and calling out Gargano, only to receive no response. He taps the microphone against his head, trying to compose himself, only to lash out, exclaiming that for far too long, he’s been screwed out of opportunity after opportunity, someone always there trying to steal the spotlight from him! The world saw last week that they were going to crown a new NA Champion if it wasn’t for Gargano’s interference, and they saw that back in October too, success in the palm of hands. He’s done letting people walk all over him, so to Gargano or anyone else who wants to steal his spotlight, come out now so he can defeat all of them at once, before taking the NA Title that belongs to him! As he paces furiously about the ring, Gargano’s theme hits! Ospreay’s expression turns from peeved to ravenous, chomping at the bit to get his pound of flesh from Gargano, but as he waits, no one comes out! However, he senses movements coming from behind him, Gargano trying to jump Ospreay, but the Aerial Assassin is ready, spinning around to stop him dead in his tracks, before pouncing on Johnny, the two getting into a brawl! Ricochet hits the ring, wanting to get involved in the action too after finding himself on the opposite end of an attack from Gargano too! Ospreay goes for an OsCutter on Gargano, only for him to drag Ricochet into the line of fire, Ospreay dropping the NA Champ whilst Gargano slips to the outside, but there’s no regret in the Aerial Assassin’s eyes, instead staring down at Ricochet’s unmoving body, emotionless. On the go-home show, with the NA Title scene in shambles, Regal heads out to announce the bout taking place at Takeover: Phoenix, but before he can do so, Gargano rushes out and demands to be put in the match! He adds that what he did to Ricochet and Ospreay was nothing personal, but as Aleister Black learned, you get in Gargano’s way, you wake up on your back. If he won’t be given the NXT Title, then he wants the NA Title instead! Regal retorts that he was considering banning Gargano from showing up in Phoenix altogether to ensure the show runs smoothly, to which Gargano complains that he’s Johnny Takeover so he should be at every show. Before the two can continue though, out comes Ospreay, stating that before, he would’ve sided with Regal and had no Gargano at the show, but now, he wants Gargano there because it’s the only way he can get his hands on the coward. Regal gives his words thought, but not for long as Ricochet comes out soon after, declaring that he doesn’t give a damn on who he has to face, exclaiming that he’ll take on both for all he cares. All he wants is that they cut the talking and get to fighting, because he’s getting tired standing around doing nothing. Regal agrees, stating that since the champion himself has decreed so, he’s happy to let the three of them fight it out amongst themselves in Phoenix for the NA Title! They don’t wait for then though, flinging themselves at each other early and engaging in a heated free-for-all! The show closes with Ricochet taking out Ospreay and Gargano with a Moonsault, the NA Champ trotting to the back with his gold, potential foreshadowing for Takeover… NXT Takeover: Phoenix Weeks of animosities have lead to this, as three men enter Takeover at each other’s throats, only one of them set to leave with the North American Title! Gargano enters first, decked out in Dark Phoenix inspired attire, followed by Ospreay in his signature cloak, Gargano evacuating the ring upon noticing the Aerial Assassin, Ricochet closing out the bunch, wearing Miles Morales inspired gear and hoisting his gold up high with pride. The three head to their respective corners, ready to shoot out of them as soon as the bell rings. Will Ospreay vs Ricochet (c) vs Johnny Gargano – NXT North American Championship Ospreay is the first to move, sprinting at Gargano, who moves out of the way, only for Ospreay to spring off the middle rope… DROPPING RICOCHET WITH AN OSCUTTER! Right out of the gates, Ospreay dropped the NA Champ and sent him bouncing out of the ring! Ospreay spins around, eyes locked on Gargano, who returns a look of shock. Ospreay bolts at Gargano again, except this time he doesn’t miss, the two swinging wild fists at one another, Gargano proceeding to knee Ospreay in the gut and try for a Baby Ace Crusher, only for Ospreay to perform a handstand and bounce back to his feet! The two rebound off the ropes, picking up momentum and attempting to floor the other with fast-paced high-flying moves, but both men are prepared, pulling out counter after counter, Ospreay eventually landing in his superhero pose as Gargano dashes at him, causing Johnny Wrestling to stumble back into the ropes. He feels the ropes lurch as Ricochet bounces off of them, decking Ospreay with a Springboard European Uppercut! He follows up with a Tornado DDT and a Rickrack to send Ospreay out of the ring, getting some of his own time with Gargano! The action is more technical this time, Gargano wanting to slow down the pace to curtail Ricochet’s aerial manoeuvres, the One and Only struggling in the clutches of the Rebel Heart, but able to create the necessary separation just in time for Ospreay to return back inside, who decks both men with a Pip Pip Cheerio! The three trade hurricanranas, before Gargano decides to powder, having not had the opportunity to catch his breath yet unlike the other two competitors, but they go right after him, Ospreay shoving Ricochet out of the way and claiming Gargano as his own, taking him down with a Sasuke Special! Ricochet is hot on his heels though, delivering a Corkscrew Moonsault Plancha to wipe Ospreay out! Ospreay and Ricochet brawl outside the ring, Ricochet attempting to send Ospreay into the barricade, only for him to rebound off of it, attempting another OSCUTTER! Ricochet has him scouted this time, catching him mid-air with a Lungblower, only for Gargano to floor him with a Running Cannonball off the apron! Gargano takes both his opponents to the steel ramp, attempting to Suplex both of them, but it backfires, Ospreay and Ricochet slamming his back into the steel instead with a vicious tandem Snap Suplex! They slide back inside the ring, continuing their fight from NXT TV, trading Suplexes, before taking to the skies, both trying for Shooting Star Presses, only for the other to get the knees up, both men left reeling! Ospreay goes for a Brainbuster on Ricochet, but as the Champ is upside-down, Gargano nails Ospreay with a Slingshot Spear, crumpling not only him, but also driving Ricochet’s head into the canvas with a snap! Gargano picks at the pieces, delivering a Rolling Solebutt to Ospreay, followed by a Lawn Dart! He turns his attention to Ricochet, connecting a Diced Bread, before sending him into the same corner as Ospreay, a Hesitation Dropkick killing two birds with one stone! Gargano drags Ricochet back to the centre, clamping on a GARGA-NO ESCAPE, only for Ospreay to cinch in an Iron Octopus on Gargano, forcing him to release and ram Ospreay repeatedly in the corner, setting him on the top rope. Gargano meets him there, connecting a flurry of punches to the head, only for Ospreay to slip through between his legs, pulling his head back for a Cheeky Nandos! He heads back to the top rope, attempting an Avalanche Sit-Out Powerbomb, but Gargano pulls back, going for an AVALANCHE HURRICANRANA… OSPREAY FLIPS ACROSS THE RING ONTO RICOCHET, NAILING HIM WITH A FRANKENSTEINER! As Ospreay powers back to his feet, he turns around into a SUPERKICK! 1…2…KICK OUT! Gargano is beside himself, stomping his foot in the corner, signalling for another, only to eat a Silent Whisper from Ospreay! Ricochet pops onto Ospreay’s shoulders, delivering a Poisoned Frankensteiner! He scores a BENADRYLLER on Gargano, swooping into a cover of his own! 1…2…KICK OUT! Ricochet yanks Gargano back to his feet, connecting a VERTIGO, before racing to the top rope… 630° SENTON! BUT AS HE GOES FOR THE COVER, OSPREAY TOSSES RICOCHET OUT OF THE RING! 1…2…RICOCHET PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING! Ospreay almost got his revenge from months ago, though the Champion was just one step ahead of him, but only one, unprepared for OSPREAY VAULTING OVER THE TURNBUCKLES TO WIPE RICOCHET OUT! As Ospreay goes to return back inside, he’s welcomed by a HANGMAN’S DDT FROM GARGANO! Gargano follows up with a SLINGSHOT DDT, before shooting the half! 1…2…NOOOOO! Anxious the match might slip from between his fingers, Gargano tears the mats up on the outside, attempting to Suplex Ospreay onto the exposed concrete… RICOCHET DROPS GARGANO ONTO IT WITH THE SKY IS FALLING! The impact sends shockwaves up Ricochet’s legs though, allowing Ospreay to capitalise and drape him over the top rope, connecting a BURNING STAR PRESS, followed by a RAINHAM MAKER and an OSCUTTERRRRRRRR! 1…2…2.99! RICOCHET’S FOOT GETS UNDER THE ROPE JUST IN TIME! Ospreay is in disbelief, no better opportunity to win than that, and it was the ropes that saved Ricochet! Ospreay gets on Ricochet, raining down with strikes, letting all his anger seep out, until he lays on his back next to Ricochet, drained of all energy. He draws deep breaths as he stares up at the bright lights, remembering how it felt to stare up at them back in Chicago when he first lost to Ricochet in NXT. Determined to not let that happen again, Ospreay hauls himself back to his feet and up the ropes, perching himself on the top turnbuckle! He slowly rises before making a signal… HE’S GOING FOR THE 630° SENTON, THE MOVE THAT COST HIM LAST TIME! WAIT, GARGANO JOINS OSPREAY AT THE TOP… AVALANCHE HURTS DONUT! The impact sends Ospreay out of the ring, leaving Ricochet and Gargano alone, but as Gargano goes for a Superkick, Ricochet nails him with one of his own! He follows up with a Cross-Legged Samoan Driver, before heading to the top… 630° SENTON! 1…2…3! Ricochet (c) def. Will Ospreay and Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT North American Championship (22:18) Yet again, Ospreay had the match seemingly in the bag, only for Gargano to cost him it, before taking the pinfall himself, allowing Ricochet to retain! As the bell rings, the cameras reveal a forlorn Aerial Assassin at ringside, yet another opportunity squandered… Build to NXT Takeover: New York Following his loss at Takeover, Ospreay isn’t seen for a few weeks, leading to concern that Phoenix may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, but those concerns are put to bed following a main event featuring Ricochet successfully defending his title, Ospreay’s music hitting to a grand ovation! As he heads down to the ring, Ricochet clutches his title a little tighter, before coming face-to-face with the Aerial Assassin. The two men stare at each other for a good few moments, unmoving, until Ospreay… extends his hand? Unlike previous times though, Ricochet isn’t buying it, sensing something fishy in the air. Instead, he grabs a mic and asks Ospreay what all of this about, showing up randomly after his match after being AWOL just to shake his hand? Ospreay sighs, nodding his head at Ricochet’s astute observation, telling him that over the weeks he’s been away, he’s done a lot of thinking. He promised to end his first year without a championship, but clearly that hasn’t gone his way. He was considering coming out here and asking for another shot since he wasn’t pinned, until a better idea hit him. What if he doesn’t fight against Ricochet for gold… but with him? Solo, things just haven’t been going his way, so what if the two put their rivalry to bed for a while and enter the Dusty Classic together? Think about it, Ospreay and Ricochet, the dream team. If they wanted to, they could make this work, just like they did at WarGames, where Ospreay won his only Takeover fighting alongside the One and Only rather than against. He extends his hand once again, the offer still on the table. Ricochet responds, stating that when Ospreay started talking, he was hesitant, but… he does raise a fair point. He could leave New York as Double Champion, Ospreay could win his first piece of gold… He accepts! The two men finally share grins, the tension seeming to dissipate just like that, the two rivals teaming up! In the first round, they face the well-oiled tandem of Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner, who bring a gritty fight out of their opposition, Ospreay & Ricochet eventually scoring the pinfall with an SSP/Moonsault combo, moving on! The second round is a much tougher draw as they face #DIY! Whilst Gargano headed into the Triple Threat alone, he tags with the NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa this time, posting a near insurmountable performance, but Ospreay & Ricochet are able to soar that bit higher, a tandem OsCutte630° Senton on Ciampa allowing them to move to the Finals! En route there though, due to Ciampa being forced to vacate the NXT Title due to injury, Ospreay and Ricochet are placed in a #1 Contender’s Six-Pack Challenge involving Cole, Black, Velveteen Dream and Matt Riddle! The match is nonstop, Ospreay & Ricochet teaming up at certain points to take out the competition, but when they nail their tag team finisher on Dream, they argue over who should pin him, allowing Cole to slip in from behind and toss them out of the ring, stealing the pin for himself! The two seem to be heated after the match, getting into a bit of a shoving match, potential cracks starting to form in their relationship ahead of the Finals next week! They sweep it under the rug though, focusing their attention on the Finals instead, but the argument instils slight doubt in both men’s minds… In the Finals, they face the team of Black & Ohno, the Knockout Artist leaving WG in the past and laying his loyalties with one of his former indie tag team partners. Ospreay & Ricochet don’t let it concern them though, no signs of last week’s argument showing up either, seemingly a red herring judging by their Finals performance. The two teams put on a Takeover-worthy performance, but in the end, Black & Ohno nail Ricochet with a Black Mass/KO Blow combo, Black pinning Ricochet for 3 whilst Ohno prevents Ospreay from breaking the fall up, the Sky King dropping to his knees as his dreams are shattered once more! After the match, Ospreay helps Ricochet up to his feet, the two men heading to the back with their heads hanging low in disappointment and shame at falling short after coming oh so close. They turn down a backstage interview, the silence speaking louder than any words they could possibly muster up in the moment. With Takeover only a week away, the two men are left without a match, not having made any back-up plans in case of losing the Tournament, leading to them kicking off the following week, talking about their performance and how they don’t have matches at TO… before Ricochet turns to face Ospreay, saying that one year ago the two men debuted in NOLA in an NA Ladder match and have since gone on to share the ring more than anyone else over the past year… so one more wouldn’t hurt, right? Ospreay is caught off guard by the offer, believing the Tag Tournament would be his final shot, but Ricochet continues, saying he’s the #1 Contender and never got to finish his 1-on-1 match with him, so it only makes sense. Of course, if he doesn’t want the match, Ricochet can go searching for a different opponent… only for Ospreay to butt in, enthusiastically accepting! Before he gets too far ahead of himself though, Ricochet claims that since he’s giving him this match, it’s going to happen on his terms… IN A LADDER MATCH! One year ago, they were two of the last people duking it out on the Ladder, so this year, it’ll just be the two of them, the better man being the last one remaining at the top! Ospreay nods, the two men shaking hands to make the bout official, setting the stage for one final chance for Ospreay! Loss after loss after loss… could this be the one? NXT Takeover: New York Will Ospreay vs Ricochet (c) – NXT North American Championship Ladder Match In another epic instalment in the long-running rivalry between Ospreay and Ricochet, they pull out all the stops, ranging from insane spots to sublime storytelling, Ricochet cutting Ospreay off at every twist and turn, until Ospreay finally breaks through, nailing the 630° Senton on Ricochet through a Ladder, before scaling to the top and unhooking the gold, becoming the new NA Champ! Will Ospreay def. Ricochet (c) to win the NXT North American Championship (27:37) OSPREAY’S DREAM HAS COME TRUE! AFTER ONE LONG YEAR OF BEING DENIED, OSPREAY IS THE NEW NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION! Tears roll down his cheeks as he holds the title up high, winning his first piece of gold in NXT!
2020.07.29 00:10 AlexBigGayEvery Paper Mario Game Ranked
Having played (and mostly 100%’d, minus recipes in TTYD and SPM, Catch Cards, and Roshambo) all 6, I feel like I should give a rankings list.
Sticker Star- You all probably saw this one coming. While I honestly don’t despise the game like most people, I still think it pales in comparison to every other entry. Story is bland, I don’t even remember most levels, running out of attacks is irritating, and those Secret Door sticker spots are annoying to backtrack to. The sticker museum is also endlessly tedious to fill out, and basically requires you to play through each level twice. The ending is also a major cop-out. That being said, I still had some fun with it. Also, the music is pretty sweet. (though that applies to the whole series, honestly)
Color Splash- Honestly? The battle system is worse here. It suffers from the same issues as Sticker Star, but now it also takes WAY too long to set up an attack. Seriously, it could’ve done without the gamepad’s touchscreen controls being shoehorned in. That aside, the overworld is actually super fun to move around in, and there’s an innate sense of satisfaction in restoring color to the world. It’s been said many times over, but I feel like not mentioning it would be criminal- the writing is amazing. I feel compelled to go out of my way and talk to EVERYBODY to make sure I didn’t miss any good bits. That’s a compliment, if you couldn’t tell. The Koopalings also felt interesting in this game, for once. Another complaint, though? Things shouldn’t be required to win boss battles. I had to look up how to beat literally every Koopaling, since I’m not a fan of getting halfway through a boss fight and find out that I didn’t have the one specific Thing that’s required to win. Even worse is that replicas don’t work! In Iggy’s case it’s at least integrated into progression, but it just feels like a slap on the wrist in every other case! I think you can beat Morton and MAYBE Larry or Lemmy without them? Either way, it’s just a massive inconvenience tacked on to an already inconvenient battle system. Rant over.
64- Yep, you heard me- the OG Paper Mario ISN’T placed above the entire modern trilogy. Let me explain. Most notably, this game is SIGNIFICANTLY harder than every other entry, with the bosses of the last 3 chapters in particular standing out. Huff n’ Puff is tedious, Crystal King does ridiculous amounts of damage, and Bowser... well, confession time- I’ve never ACTUALLY finished this one. I’ve gotten every Badge, found every Star Piece, and even cooked every recipe- but to this day I still haven’t managed to defeat Bowser in his final phase. Salt aside, this game just feels... slow. I don’t know how to phrase it any better, honestly. It always feels like it’s been ages since you’ve last seen the light when you finish a dungeon. Anyone else feel this, or did I just play the game while I was in a sour mood? That aside, combat is fun, and I love the plots of the individual chapters as well. Each partner also has their own unique uses, which leads to plenty of variety between battles. This game also marked the debut of the one thing that stayed constant throughout the series- Bowser’s hamminess.
Origami King- It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I just finished it, but I had a blast (😔) with this game. While weapons do break after repeated use, I never found myself needing to stop what I was doing to restock on them, and it encouraged variety in tactics without being intrusive. Me being a complete moron made battles way harder than they needed to be, (I’m still not very good with the ring) but it didn’t dampen the experience too much. The top-notch writing from Color Splash returns here, and I honestly think they did even better here. The rescued toads, the Legion of Stationary, Bowser’s Minions, and everyone in between had something interesting to say. Story-wise, I was always eager to see what came next, and found myself way more invested than I expected to be. Olivia, Bobby, and Kamek are definitely the highlights in terms of characters. Also, Mario actually showing emotion when redacted because of spoilers, but you know what I’m talking about if you’ve played the game was... refreshingly serious, and honestly caught me off guard. The confetti wasn’t quite as satisfying as the paint hammer, but I think it made a fine substitute. A few annoying minigames steer me away from replaying it anytime soon, but I can look past those in the grand scheme of things.
The Thousand Year Door- Probably even more blasphemous than Origami King being above 64, honestly. TTYD was an absolute joy from start to finish, and I honestly can’t think of much to say against it. The story, characters, writing, combat, strategy... I could go on, but there’s not really much to say here that hasn’t already been parroted a million times. I absolutely adore how each partner has their own established history and personality, which really adds a lot more to them than just gameplay mechanics. Even some non-party members like Crump, Doopliss, and Flavio are iconic! My one notable complaint is the amount of mandatory backtracking. It’s basically unavoidable in an RPG, and it’s not too glaring in most chapters, but chapters 4, 5, and 7 are rife with it.
Super Paper Mario- Technically it shouldn’t even be in the same series, given that both the gameplay and story are completely disconnected from the rest of the series, but the title and art-style say otherwise. Honestly? It’s probably nostalgia, given that this was the first Paper Mario I played, but it also holds another distinction... I’ve played through it at least 3 times. I’ve only ever played the other entries once. (well, I played Sticker Star twice since I foolishly deleted my first file over it not being in the star slot) Something draws me back to this game time and time again. Is it the captivating story? The memorable characters? The classic gameplay? The charming art direction? Honestly, I don’t even know myself! All I know is that this game is definitely doing something very right if it’s able to pull me back in like the Void. My only real complaint is that the flip meter is dumb, and the mechanic being exclusive to Mario honestly feels like an excuse for you to use him after unlocking other characters, much like wall-jumping and the Wing Cap in 64 DS. Honestly that’s more of a nitpick than it is a glaring issue though, really. I love this game to pieces, and it’s still up there as one of my favorite video games in general.
Any points you agree/disagree with? How would you rank the games? Feel free to discuss in the comments!
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