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by Max Traction
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: The Lucha Underground Thread
Replies: 666
Views: 88142

Re: The Lucha Underground Thread

That Reddit AMA stuff is super encouraging. I realized after watching Ultima Lucha how much I really have enjoyed Lucha Underground. It's been quite consistently the most watchable hour of wrestling on TV through this season. Even when it's 'bad', it's fun, or at least new—which is a virtue in itsel...
by Max Traction
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW G1 Climax 25 (Discussion)
Replies: 755
Views: 85470

Re: NJPW G1 Climax 25 (Discussion)

Couple of random thoughts: - Ibushi's been the star of the tournament so far, right? For my money, the best two matches have been him against Styles, and against Shibata. - Ibushi might be the star of the tournament but AJ's great performances have got me thinking he's in the lead for WOTY. - I'm no...
by Max Traction
Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW G1 Climax 25 (Discussion)
Replies: 755
Views: 85470

Re: NJPW G1 Climax 25 (Discussion)

Also, after paying some dues for his first years back, looks like Shibata might make a move up the card a touch. Watching the decent-to-good match he got out of Makabe, I kept thinking how cool it would be to see Shibata try to climb up the NEVER 'division' against guys like Ishii, Makabe etc. Shib...
by Max Traction
Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: As NJPW looks to expand globally, will their name hold them back?
Replies: 15
Views: 2908

Re: As NJPW looks to expand globally, will their name hold them back?

They could create an UK and US version of New Japan, like Dragon Gate did at first. Call it IWGP:UK and IWGP:US. Don't know if it would be worth it, from a financial standpoint. But they could create an IWGP European Championship and an IWGP American Championship, that are defended by New Japan tal...
by Max Traction
Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: The Lucha Underground Thread
Replies: 666
Views: 88142

Re: The Lucha Underground Thread

I feel like we have this discussion every few months, when a excellent Ricochet match turns up from Europe or Japan. Maybe we need to put on a post-it so it's easier to remember. Prince Puma is never never NEVER losing his mask. It's not happening. It's not something they'd even consider doing, not...
by Max Traction
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: The Lucha Underground Thread
Replies: 666
Views: 88142

Re: The Lucha Underground Thread

Is it telling that as soon as they shifted to a more traditional structure (ie: building up to one big, PPV-style event), the weekly TV got worse? I don't mind the Pentagon Jr./Vampiro angle. For one, I think it's been a smart response to how Pentagon was almost getting over as a face because he was...
by Max Traction
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: What's the next big trend in wrestling?
Replies: 11
Views: 2066

Re: What's the next big trend in wrestling?

AndyItwaru wrote:I also think that uwfi stuff could get over huge if someone did the style right.
With the surging popularity of UFC and MMA in general, why hasn't anyone tried to bring back this stiffer, shootier style over a whole promotion? Or have I missed something?
by Max Traction
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: Has Brock Lesnar really been worth it to the WWE?
Replies: 4
Views: 1273

Re: Has Brock Lesnar really been worth it to the WWE?

IMO Brock Lesnar's success is down to the fact that, due to his legit crossover star status, he gets treated differently to anyone else by WWE: - He is extremely protected in booking, always looks strong, doesn't trade pointless wins - He's given a true-to-life character that probably closely resemb...
by Max Traction
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW - Young Lions - Excursions
Replies: 89
Views: 14579

Re: NJPW - Young Lions - Excursions

rovert wrote:To clarify they're starting a "lions gate" developmental promotion that will have tryouts for young guys.
Do you think NJPW is trying to emulate NXT here? Maybe unwisely, considering how that developmental structure has basically failed to develop anyone?
by Max Traction
Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: WWE NXT 2015
Replies: 968
Views: 125429

Re: WWE NXT 2015

I loved that Baron Corbin segment almost as much as I've hated everything else he's done over the past year. Firstly, they've added something to his character that isn't "wins squashes without getting over". He's a no-nonsense ass-kicker with a background of athletic success (To say this success is ...
by Max Traction
Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:16 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW G1 Climax 25 (Discussion)
Replies: 755
Views: 85470

Re: Full 2015 G1 Schedule

Quick question: what happens if the IWGP champion wins G1? Has this ever happened before?
by Max Traction
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: 2015
Topic: 2015 Wrestler of the Year tracker
Replies: 169
Views: 27890

Re: 2015 Wrestler of the Year tracker

I wasn't thinking completely as strict as the WON award. I moreso was just thinking of that one wrestler in 2015 who stood out more than anyone else to you. Could be a combination of spot in a promotion, workrate, drawing, anything. I've struggled to justify it under the WON criteria but to me, if ...
by Max Traction
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: U.S./Canada Major League & Indie Wrestling
Topic: WWE The Beast: Live in Tokyo
Replies: 70
Views: 11600

Re: WWE The Beast: Live in Tokyo

Thoughts: - Cole and Saxton were so much better than they normally are. If this is as a result of Vince not being on the headphones instructing them, then Vince needs to stay away from commentary. - It's bizarre how invigorating slight changes to production were. Slightly different camerawork, light...
by Max Traction
Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 763303

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Did anyone else think Tanahashi was moving around terribly in the tag at the Road to Dominion show? The single-cam wide shot lets you watch him the whole time so I kept my eye on him and it looked like he was really struggling with his back, avoiding bending it or stretching it at all. I know he lik...
by Max Traction
Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 763303

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Ricochet back in New Japan is bad news for Lucha Underground but good news for that division and, to be honest, Ricochet—I think the Prince Puma persona (or lack thereof) is a waste of his talents. Also noticing the young lions doing really solid work in their matches, particularly the opener. Tanak...