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Two things:
.) Rampage was good.
.) Just read that Jim Ross is stepping down as a full-time announcer at AEW. Shame. Over the past few years I really started to like the guy. Started listening to his podcast, and I love listening to him talk. Amazing announcer too. That's not to say that I don't think that 4-men announcement booths (as it's on Rampage right now) isn't silly as heck. Me, I think that two announcers is enough. But then again, I really like listening to all these guys. Oh well. The podcast will go on.


...but maybe point#2 is also just a load of rubbish. JR just denied it on twitski.

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And full-time for JR is normally only Dynamite + PPVs - though I'd be shocked if he wasn't training/mentoring Excalibur, Paul Wight and Mark Henry at the very least, outside of broadcasts.

Still, if he says it isn't true, I'm thinking we should believe him.

Pivoting slightly, here's a question for the group - which wrestling podcasts do you listen to?

I'm currently listening to Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions, as well as WhatCulture Wrestling - which others are worth looking out for?

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This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

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Vienna, Austria

I got off Whatculture when the main presenters started Cultaholic. Been listening to their podcast (and pretty much everything else) since that started. I often find Maffoo (or however you spell that) irritating and talking too much, but the podcast's fun. Surely not to everybody's taste I'm sure. But I've been following these people for a bunch of years, so yeah. And yes, it makes me feel very stupid for doing so, because they're almost 10 years younger than I am.

Used to listen to Jericho's podcast, stopped doing so about two years ago. Not that it's bad, and he usually gets some interesting people (and also some utter rubbish, but he's an eclectic person, isn't he).

JR's podcast I listen to almost every week now, just because I like listening to him. Sitting in front of the computer, owning or renting a home. Sure I do! Also getting my daily dosage of blue-chew for free. Those ads will burn into your brain. But I like the podcast.

Talk'n Shop I listen to religiously. I'm sure that's telling pretty bad things about me, but I enjoy the atmosphere and the banter and I have to admit that I think that Doc Gallows is one of the funniest people to listen to.

Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions has been a great addition to the landscape. The mix and sort of people she gets is just stunning. She must have some sort of special deal with WWE, or they just love her (and why wouldn't they, because I can't imagine anybody not loving her). Just think about it - one week she's got CM Punk, the next week Sami Zayn (who's the best. There's no two ways about it. Just sit him in front of a microphone, don't interrupt, and good and correct things will come out of his mouth), then it's Danhausen and "All Ethan" Egon Page, ... last week she had Charlotte Flair on her podcast! Good stuff, and a delightful lady, that Mrs.Mox.

Chris van Vliet is nice to listen to for really in-depth interviews.

I mentioned it before, but when Cornette is talking about things he likes (rather than having to cater to this "baaaah, everything sucks, [catchphrase] [catchphrase]" persona he created) he's good to listen to.

Something to Wrestle With Bruce Prichard I listened to for a while (old episodes), but ...yeah, meh. Not so sure.


So yeah, out of these the ones I currently listen to regularly are Talk'n Shop, the Cultaholic Wrestling podcast, Oral Sessions and Grilling JR.

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With JR scaling back, I wonder if they are setting up a Jericho loss to MJF, and he moves to commentator full time?

And at the pace AEW is acquiring top shelf talent, with Rampage have to go to two hours soon?

   
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Vienna, Austria

I'm okay with a one hour show. If they feel the need for two hours - yeah, maybe. Who knows. But between the four bloody weekly shows they do I think there's enough time for everybody to do things.

Not sure if JR is scaling back. Maybe at some point, doesn't seem like he's doing it now. I enjoy Jericho on commentary. I'm rather sure that he'll lose to MJF. That isn't to say that he really really wouldn't wrestle any more on AEW, but MJF's got to be put over and that feud is to be laid to rest.

   
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Vienna, Austria

Yesterday's Dynamite: Ty Conti comes down the ramp, very happy (as she's been the past months), but once she sees Penelope Ford and the Bunny in the ring, she gets serious and angry all the way down to the ring. Breaks into smile for a little moment when she waves to a fan, but when she looks back at the ring she gets all business again. This is what I'd like to see more of. The entrance should fit the occasion, and despite this being a minor angle, it should be enough for Tay Conti to be angry towards the ladies in the ring. Well done. The whole match was really good.

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Absolutely gutted at the passing of Daffney at only 46. She was unique in her pairing with David Flair and Crowbar in WCW and had a great run in TNA. Just sad that ultimately wrestling took more of a toll on her mental health than it benefited her.

RIP Scream Queen.

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Bristol

That's so sad. I read about it on r/SquaredCircle on reddit when it was going down and people were trying to contact her. Real sad situation.

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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

Yeah, absolutely heartbreaking to watch the worry last night and then get it confirmed this afternoon (Uk time) from the stories shared by others since the news sadly broke, it is so sad her illness stopped her seeing the love many truly had for her.

It hurts a little for me as she has been one of my fave wrestlers for a long time. I had a gif of her entrance here as my avatar for quite a while here back during her Impact days.

edit - might go see if I still have it to mark her passing for a little while.

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Vienna, Austria

Indeed. That's way too early. I only knew her by name, but it's sad.




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Heyhey, how about some fun predictions for All Out?

2021 AEW All Out match card

AEW World Championship — Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage - Must be Kenny Omega, right?
CM Punk vs. Darby Allin - CM Punk. Having him lose would be very ballsy, but a.) they've been so good with this return and it would kinda ruin it and b.) I don't have to see Darby Allin win.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF - MJF. It's the right thing. Jericho even toned down the screaming on commentary last night's Rampage. I think he's easing into that job.
AEW Women's Championship — Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. (c) vs. Kris Statlander - Britt Baker. I'm not a huge fan of hers compared to other women on the roster, but I see to be the only one who thinks so. Which is okay.
AEW Tag Team Championship — The Young Bucks (c) vs. Lucha Brothers (Steel Cage Match) - Oooooooooh, if CMPunk/Allin don't open the night, this one will. This'll be majorly good, eh? I got a feeling that the Young Bucks will win this via shenannigans.
AEW TNT Championship — Miro (c) vs. Eddie Kingston - Miro. I love the pairing and I looooove that they talk about their views on religion and whatnot. Have them cut 30 minutes promos on the nature of the supernatural and higher powers. But Miro's in a good spot right now and he should stay there.
Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima - Moxley. But it'll be good.
Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall - Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllll, Paul Whight.
21-woman Casino Battle Royal for a future title shot (Buy-In pre-show match) - Tricky. First off, there's the surprise contender. Who may be Ruby Riott under her new name (forgot it). Somehow I think it'll be somebody else. Maybe it's Camille? Now that would be cool. Imagine her facing off with Jade Cargill. Somehow I think that Thunder Rosa could win this one. Or the TBA. But anyway, I'll go with my initial favourite, Tay Conti. She won't win the title, but it'll be a nice title match, and then she can go on to have some nice story stuff with Anna Jay, either as tag team pals or as bitter enemies after a Dark Order split into the good guys (Tay Conti, John Silver, and the other guy and the other guy) and the evil guys (Evil Uno et al).


I will never forgive all these despicable young people for not knowing the lyrics to "thank you for being a friend".

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Initial reactions appear to indicate AEW knocked it out of the park last night.

Not saying anything else until people had a chance to watch the show.

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Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Ooof! At £17.99, it’ll have to wait for me.

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Bristol

 Mad Doc Grotsnik wrote:
Ooof! At £17.99, it’ll have to wait for me.


*Cough cough* Yo-ho matey *cough cough*

I'm catching up on dynamite and rampage which I missed before I watch All Out. Seen some spoilers on reddit, mostly about who turned up, but managed to avoid match result spoilers so far.

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Nah. I’m happy to pay it, just can’t this month. Given they’re the new kid on the block, I want to properly support them.

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Vienna, Austria

I just watched All Out, I got nothing spoilered, it was lovely. The PPV delivered in full.

   
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I have to imagine the AEW ratings are going to go up in the near future.
   
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Vienna, Austria

Yeah

Spoiler:
Stupid sexy Adam Cole!

   
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AEW's roster is ridiculously stacked now...

The World Title scene is going to be crowded!

   
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It'll be interesting to see how the newcomers (aside from Ruby, anyway) work their way up the rankings to get a shot.

In fact, looking at them as they were on Friday, it looks like its either Orange Cassidy or Powerhouse Hobbs who should be next in line...

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Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Vienna, Austria

Okay, the rumours and things are just some attention ploy and so on, run by someone who's very good at this sort of thing (and all the other things), BUT Kevin Owens just very slightly hinting at going AEW-wards makes me think that AEW is soley based on pleasing me personally. Yes please, put Owens in AEW. Take Sami Sayn with you. Things will be wonderful.

   
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Vince and his yes-men: NXT is a failure, Hunter. We needed you to make new big stars!

Hunter: But what about all of our current big stars who came through NXT? Why can't you do better with what I'm currently giving you?

Vince and co.: They're all garbage! We're going to fire most of them or put them through embarrassing nonsensical angles.

Tony Khan: Sounds good to me!

   
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One does wonder if WWE is in a period of denial that whilst a good deal smaller, AEW is stiff competition, and Wrestlers actively want to work for them.

So talent is no longer tied to WWE for decent money and that. Before, if you got a stupid angle? Just think of the paycheque. Now? You’ve got an alternative employer option.

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Bristol

I mean, look at the contrast between the Hardys. Matt is the leader of a faction and has been in a feud with one of the popular teams in AEW in Jungle Express, with Christian involved as well.

Meanwhile what has Jeff been up to? He ended the undefeated streak of the NXT champion for no story payoff (and said champion has now been repackaged in a gimp outfit like a Demolition knockoff) and is now in the 24/7 title trash heap.

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Apparently the gear Kross has been given was originally proposed for the Bludgeon Brothers...

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 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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From my point of view both of the Hardy's are faltering. Their style just created so many injuries and previous substance dependence that they are shells of their former selves. Just watching Matt move is painful, and he just seems in charge of a joke faction. He is arguably one of the only current AEW low points. At least Jeff can still go...the question is for how long?

But with Punk, Danielson and Cole (and maybe Rotunda and Strowman in the future?) AEW certainly have the momentum. Ruby Soho is their best female investment since Thunder Rosa and Deeb came onboard...the only difficulty is they are booking Britt Baker as a heel when she is universally loved. That said 200k plus ppv buys is stupendous, and better than a lot of WWE buyrates from their time before the Network became their main platform.

I kind of hope that there is some legitimate WWE/AEW invasion feud...but we know that will probably never happen.

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I am getting worried about WWE. I know Vince is the man we love to hate, but the show is bigger than him - he just needs to realise it.

But hey, AEW is what the industry needed. Something with the oomph to give WWE a run for its money, and options for the top tier talent. Competition is only bad for complacency after all.

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Vienna, Austria

Apparently they're really making ready to sell off the company. Shame. But let's wait and see. Either way, we don't have to worry about WWE. They'll be around for a loooooooooooooooooooong time to come.

I'm having a great time with AEW. At some point maybe I won't and then I'll watch something else. New Japan. Or old New Japan stuff. Or maybe GCW will be something I'll watch then. Who knows. Great loyalty to friends and family is good, great loyalty to companies is as silly as the notion of a company owing anything to their customers.

   
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WWE is creatively in a bad place.

To make matters worse, they're most likely about to sacrifice the Demon to Roman Reigns - unacceptable!!!!

AEW gets most of my attention these days anyway, and they rarely let me down in terms of entertainment value.

   
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 Sigur wrote:
Apparently they're really making ready to sell off the company. Shame. But let's wait and see. Either way, we don't have to worry about WWE. They'll be around for a loooooooooooooooooooong time to come.

I'm having a great time with AEW. At some point maybe I won't and then I'll watch something else. New Japan. Or old New Japan stuff. Or maybe GCW will be something I'll watch then. Who knows. Great loyalty to friends and family is good, great loyalty to companies is as silly as the notion of a company owing anything to their customers.


Sell it to whom? I’m genuinely interested because I’ve not a clue who might buy it.

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NXT 2.0 tonight. My expectations are LOW so we'll see how bad they screw up.

I only loosely followed NXT, but I liked it. While I get that WWE wants to generate more characters (there have been a lot of talented folks who all blend together in my mind there), I hope they can keep some of the good storytelling that was going on at least.
   
 
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