aew 2021: don callis’s sunglass game is on point

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coming off the most emotional show in recent wrestling history and heading right into shaking up the foundations of rasslin'. shawn spears is totally going to show up in the impact zone soon, right?

maura, Friday, 1 January 2021 21:53 (three months ago) link

wednesday's show will be really fun but i'm most excited for this because wardlow is so... swoony

The big men of the #InnerCircle collide as it's @RealWardlow vs. @RealJakeHager during Night One of our New Year's Smash this Wednesday on #AEWDynamite!

Tickets for Night One go on-sale TOMORROW at 10am EST via https://t.co/UN1cNj1kQq pic.twitter.com/cV6S1Mwppf

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 1, 2021

maura, Friday, 1 January 2021 22:06 (three months ago) link

I hope they just stare until one of them can’t take it anymore and gets knocked out by the other ones smouldering eyes

a hoy hoy, Friday, 1 January 2021 22:09 (three months ago) link

rolling extra-tight suit jackets 2k21

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 2 January 2021 00:25 (three months ago) link

Yeah the build to Wardlow / Hager has been great. starting off with ppl online noticing that “lol Hager and Wardlow eyeballing each other again” every time a picture or a screen grab got posted and letting it build from there was smart.

Also Wrestle Kingdom!! Been a few months since I watched any NJ but it will be checking back in here for sure. Cards both look a little light to me at first glance but I’m sure they’ll knock it out the park as always

Windsor Davies, Saturday, 2 January 2021 10:33 (three months ago) link

there’s a new japan thread!

New Japan Pro-Wrestling 2021: Protect Naito and Ibushi's Necks

maura, Saturday, 2 January 2021 14:39 (three months ago) link

Eddie Kingston’s locker room promo in this week’s BTE is an all timer

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 00:30 (three months ago) link

Mox is advertised as being back for New Year's Smash, which broke all of our little hearts since so many of us thought that he would be showing up at New Year's Dash instead. I think it'll be his first time back in since he's lost the title to Omega?

hourspass, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:26 (three months ago) link

hoo boy did i need some wrestling tonight

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 January 2021 01:02 (three months ago) link

just watched it knowing the big spoiler because i always do that

they sorta spoiled it right before the match didn't they? showing this and announcing kenny will be appearing "with the elite" next week, even though they haven't been on screen together in months....

https://i.postimg.cc/MpFqmqgV/image.png

quite the goof!!! i'm never watching again

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

that was all supposed to be behind the spoiler tag idk what happened

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:24 (three months ago) link

did i fuck up or did it fuck up

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f8/42/bc/f842bc9b5ee2c27104bb9eba44270a59.png

??

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:25 (three months ago) link

turns out you can't hide images

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:27 (three months ago) link

the elite wrestled a few times over the summer. the last time was in august. (also, stadium stampede??)

maura, Saturday, 9 January 2021 15:02 (three months ago) link

i don't think they've been associated at all since kenny's turn though right? they've been doing their own thing as face champs

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 21:24 (three months ago) link

Face champs who kick random people in the face?

Maybe their message is mixed but fuck guys who super kick Tony schiavone

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 9 January 2021 22:24 (three months ago) link

i'm sure they'll incorporate that into the current thing but they pretty sharply turned away from it ("we needed to get our edge back") when they started building to the FTR match

they literally apologized for the superkick spree and have been playing pretty pure babyfaces for a couople months now

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 22:42 (three months ago) link

kenny’s turn was a month ago. aew books long term.

maura, Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

i know... my only point is that i believe "the elite" graphic was meant to be used for promotion after the episode ended, not before the ending. if they'd promoted "the elite" for next week without the episode ending like it did, it would've been bemusing and a little bit intriguing given that the three of them haven't interacted since kenny's turn, but now it obviously makes sense knowing that they re-formed

just a wee and extremely insignificant gaffe not an unusual thing on dynamite

, Sunday, 10 January 2021 06:56 (three months ago) link

like the ending made sense but it was still a "twist"

, Sunday, 10 January 2021 07:04 (three months ago) link

Hey yeah you’re right! I wish they would clear up some of these gaffes but it’s not so bad as to stop me enjoying the show

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 10 January 2021 08:39 (three months ago) link

i find it endearing if anything

, Sunday, 10 January 2021 09:01 (three months ago) link

I think the twist is more about who The Elite will be - there’s a promo Callis cut announcing the match where it could be read as either The Bucks or Good Brothers would join Omega.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 10 January 2021 13:23 (three months ago) link

I kept wanting someone on commentary to yell "The Young Bucks want answers!" in a callback to one of my favorite calls of all time ("Machine Gun wants ANSWERS" from New Year Dash 2017, which was the last time they were all together, I believe?

hourspass, Monday, 11 January 2021 18:28 (three months ago) link

i've been on a random fec filings kick and if my love for the hangman page wasn't at 100% by then it was now.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 15 January 2021 05:26 (three months ago) link

he’s very very good

maura, Sunday, 17 January 2021 02:06 (two months ago) link

I really like how the rest of The Elite (Young Bucks, Kenny, & Cody) all seem really invested in making Hangman a star. Hell, not to cross promotions, but even Hiroshi Tanahashi likes Hangman. Dude just has a really natural charisma that makes it incredibly hard to not cheer for him.

hourspass, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:24 (two months ago) link

A+++++ on the Omega/Callis painting

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:44 (two months ago) link

i want one

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:49 (two months ago) link

COMING SOON!#AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament!
Who will be the number one contender? pic.twitter.com/oM4I3OGrRn

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 21, 2021

Oh man, I am stoked for the possibilities in the upcoming Women's tournament. Seems like there might be more joshi talent competing? Though I may be reading too far into the Japanese flag on the bracket.

hourspass, Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:49 (two months ago) link

bringing Riho back?

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:54 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYj9WrCcn5s

wednesday's show seems pretty stacked

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 01:16 (two months ago) link

the eddie/lance archer promo in that.... exquisite

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 01:17 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiFPHxakgMU

this week's dark is the best one i've seen yet. 34 minutes in there is a stellar rey fenix/baron black match; pretty peter avalon's walk off is amazing; and this is all before negative one joins the commentary booth

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:17 (two months ago) link

I've been really liking how much they have been including -1 in programming lately. I hope that it has been helping the family to get through their loss, knowing that they have an extended family in the Dark Order, and in the promotion at large.

Plus, that kid is just too cool. Cut a great promo on Marko Stunt saying that at least he's still going to grow some more. I hope they allow that kid to keep working with them if that's what he wants.

hourspass, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 18:20 (two months ago) link

his promo on luther was hilarious

, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 18:29 (two months ago) link

Hey Brad....

Get your piece of history today! Poster and shirts available!#AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/UOpK6WX1e8

— ShopAEW.com (@ShopAEW) January 23, 2021

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 28 January 2021 00:14 (two months ago) link

lol thank you i am literally thinking about buying a poster

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2021 01:40 (two months ago) link

anyone else hyped as hell for the women's eliminator tournament

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 01:58 (two months ago) link

also tonight's thunder rosa/britt baker match was so awesome

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 01:59 (two months ago) link

uhh really stunning main event as well with a pretty big surprise at the end, no spoilers

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 03:02 (two months ago) link

hard for me to tell when dynamite is outdoing itself at this point but that was... one of the best episodes

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 03:02 (two months ago) link

How was the wedding?

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 4 February 2021 07:37 (two months ago) link

not a dry eye in the house

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 14:03 (two months ago) link

Yeah the thread should remain a spoiler free zone but everything about this is excellent and exciting.

Leaving the ending to one side, the brackets of the women’s tournament are intriguing. Looking like a very fun spring all things considered.

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:16 (two months ago) link

Should clarify, the thread should remain a spoiler free zone for a bit on Thursdays just to give us Britishers the chance to catch up

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 4 February 2021 15:17 (two months ago) link

I didn't get to watch since I was at work, but MAN a great surprise, followed by some great announcements for the Women's Eliminator tournament!

hourspass, Thursday, 4 February 2021 18:27 (two months ago) link

I kno the surprise but I don’t think I’m gonna watch until the weekend

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 4 February 2021 18:33 (two months ago) link

I just watched the short clip from social media and it was enough to satisfy me. I'm glad there seems to be a very interesting story branch to their current IMPACT partnership.

hourspass, Thursday, 4 February 2021 19:13 (two months ago) link

"no spoilers" was me telling myself not to post any spoilers, not really trying to rein in anyone's behavior itt lol

the door is open

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2021 20:02 (two months ago) link

one thing the Ricky Starks did confirm is that Sting is nothing without his bat.

The ending is what it is but could honestly be a fantastic jumping off point for the likes of Kingston, heel Omega, etc.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 8 March 2021 15:40 (one month ago) link

xp I have a surprising amount of friends that HATED Shida/Mizunami, and I'm convinced it's because they just hate joshi. Blows my mind, honestly.

Onita's tweet on the match:

It was great that Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley fought in the exploding barbed wire ring. But I hope I want show American wrestling fans my original version someday. https://t.co/3xwTzHL9OA

— 大仁田厚 (@onitafire123) March 8, 2021

hourspass, Monday, 8 March 2021 18:29 (one month ago) link

i am of course a noob but the women's eliminator tournament convinced me pretty immediately that joshi is wrestling at its best

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 8 March 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

Truly, my biggest pipe dream is that AEW shells out the cash money dollar to get Kagetsu to come out of retirement and join the roster. Absolutely my favorite.

Overall, I thought the PPV was pretty good. Sting had no business being in a match, even a cinematic one, but I guess there wasn't anyone else they could have really put with Darby. Orange & Chucky T vs. Miro & Kip was fun. The opening women's tag match was also fun, but when Maki Itoh is in a match, with how INSANELY OVER she is, it can't be anything but fun.

I'm fairly excited to see the builds for the next few months. Jungle Boy vs. PAC is a match I didn't know I wanted until last night.

hourspass, Monday, 8 March 2021 18:58 (one month ago) link

hangman vs. hardy was a lot of fun too

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 8 March 2021 19:20 (one month ago) link

I've really grown to appreciate Matt Hardy in the last 5 years or so. When I was a kid, I was all about Jeff, because he was the flashy daredevil, but as far as changing things up, I gotta give it to Big Money Matt.

Also, so glad to see Ethan Page as the surprise entrant. I love that dude so much, and I'm so glad to see him wrestle somewhere after his contract with IMPACT was up.

hourspass, Monday, 8 March 2021 19:48 (one month ago) link

oh god poor eddie

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 8 March 2021 23:49 (one month ago) link

fuego hit the tornado ddt

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 01:12 (one month ago) link

They are never explaining Shaq disappearing from the ambulance, Tony Khan is a Sopranos fan, this is his Valery disappearing in the Pine Barrens

— Voices of Wrestling (@voiceswrestling) March 9, 2021

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 01:34 (one month ago) link

man, that was a great episode of dynamite

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 March 2021 03:03 (one month ago) link

really bounced back from the end of the ppv

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 March 2021 03:03 (one month ago) link

Eddie & Mox and Don & Kenny really did heel it up perfectly to sort of own/explain away that Revolution finish. I did appreciate that.

hourspass, Thursday, 11 March 2021 05:15 (one month ago) link

The @AEW Dark: Elevation debut Monday on YouTube is a stacked card & should be a fantastic show. @riho_gtmv v. @maki_itoh is our 1st ever Elevation main event! After Elevation + a strong Dark card Tuesday, don’t miss the highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Slam on #AEWDynamite!

— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) March 11, 2021

frankly, you love to see it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:01 (one month ago) link

two women's main events in one week........ am i dreaming

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:01 (one month ago) link

I think this week’s BTE achieved peak Hangman greatness

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 15 March 2021 16:57 (one month ago) link

Dude, I'm convinced that Hangman has no ceiling.

hourspass, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 07:42 (four weeks ago) link

elevation was a lot of fun btw. commentary dynamic v wholesome, maki vs. riho was a riot

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 13:36 (four weeks ago) link

can't believe i'm at the point where i'm watching six hours of wrestling per week (plus approx 1 hour of adjacent content between bte and sammy's vlog) but i'm not really complaining

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 13:38 (four weeks ago) link

15 matches announced for dark.......i cant do it

, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 21:41 (four weeks ago) link

britt vs. rosa was something else. still thinking about it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 March 2021 04:02 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLgz8YsO9LI

i'm reposting it here. i don't think i've ever rewatched a wrestling match this many times before

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:20 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-oZyO3nP3w

this week's bte is crucial

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 22 March 2021 22:27 (three weeks ago) link

Aw man, I'm glad to see John Silver get a shot!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvzWdCiWJ4U

I am sad to hear that he dislocated his shoulder during this match! Here's to hoping that it's not too serious. It would be too sad if both he and Anna Jay were benched with shoulder injuries.

hourspass, Friday, 26 March 2021 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

he’s out for 4-6 weeks. no surgery needed phew

maura, Saturday, 27 March 2021 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

That is a relief. In times like that, it's good that they have Being the Elite, so people can still stay engaged with someone, even when not actively able to compete.

Also, I am curious about this upcoming "Rhodes to the Top" reality show. I wonder how many opportunities there will be to see people outside of kayfabe, since wrestling is just so ingrained in their lives. Maybe we see some appearances from wrestlers in other promotions? I've never really gotten that much into any of the reality tv shows, but I'm interested in the potential for more behind the scenes content with this one.

hourspass, Monday, 29 March 2021 20:15 (two weeks ago) link

There is 100% no chance a WWE person is on it. Other promotions will be fine, that is basically their whole thing right now

a hoy hoy, Monday, 29 March 2021 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

I'm secretly hoping we see maybe a few people from ROH, maybe one or two people from the L.A. side of NJPW maybe. There have been a few who have done a few AEW matches (I'm looking at you, Danny Limelight).

I can imagine maybe Adam Cole shows up somewhere in the background, as he has been known to do in a lot of social media postings. Maybe also Chelsea Green. But you're right in that there will likely be no WWE folks with significant screentime.

hourspass, Monday, 29 March 2021 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

Would also love to see them at the Nightmare Factory; Marty the Moth has been spending some time there lately, and I've missed that dude a ton since Lucha Underground ended.

hourspass, Monday, 29 March 2021 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2hjXKRuHVY

elevation was SO good this week, and also 2.5 hours long

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 01:52 (two weeks ago) link

feel like i say this all the time but this week's episode is really excellent. a lot of storylines getting advanced... and colliding (re: matt hardy)

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 April 2021 01:35 (one week ago) link

I’ve got some free time over the next week and I’ve been hoping to catch up, I hear there was a great Brett baker match I need to check out and... lol it’s mania week? Fucking hell I really wouldn’t have noticed if my free time was in 2 weeks.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 8 April 2021 06:50 (one week ago) link

Mania week has sure snuck up on a lot of us. I think AEW is running a non-televised show sometime this weekend?

Hell of a finish on last night's show, though. I feel like I should have seen it coming as soon as I saw the matchup, but it took me until within the match to realize what would happen hah.

hourspass, Thursday, 8 April 2021 18:19 (one week ago) link

I hear there was a great Brett baker match I need to check out

britt vs. thunder rosa remains must-see-tv, i might rewatch that match again now

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 April 2021 18:44 (one week ago) link

My bad on spelling her name wrong. Spent my free time listening to the daft punk live album 2 times in a row and then riding my bike, so still behind ;_;

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 8 April 2021 19:44 (one week ago) link

It's all good, dude.

Over the last year, Britt really has become one of the best heels in the promotion. Great match, great character work in the match. That Role Model shirt is great.

hourspass, Friday, 9 April 2021 19:32 (six days ago) link

HOLY FUCK THUNDER ROSA BRITT BAKER IS THE BEST MATCH IVE SEEN IN YEARS

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:09 (five days ago) link

yeah!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:20 (five days ago) link

At first I was unsure. Rebel especially looked like she didn’t really know what she was doing. But by the time they crashed passed a fist bumping Billy Gunn and starting the thumb tacks out, I was so hooked. I bet Stone Cold was proud of that crimson mask too

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 10 April 2021 12:31 (five days ago) link

That AEW house show looked hella fun

maura, Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:32 (five days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AWeeFiHm0o

about 40-45 minutes into this week's elevation is kensuke takeshita's aew debut, fighting against danny limelight. it's... really worth watching

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 12 April 2021 23:55 (three days ago) link

konosuke takeshita*

wow i really tried not to fuck his name up lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 12 April 2021 23:58 (three days ago) link

also this is a really good episode of elevation so feel free to watch the whole thing

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 00:37 (two days ago) link

that takeshita/limelight match indeed starts about exactly 40 minutes into that youtube video. i just rewatched it.... so awesome

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 15:41 (two days ago) link

Man, say what you want about AEW, but I am always grateful that they are willing to do crossovers and to bring talent from Japan. Takeshita is a pretty good get from DDT.

hourspass, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:54 (two days ago) link

What other matches/promos from the past couple weeks do I need to see? Mania/Walter really threw off my catching up schedule

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 19:29 (two days ago) link

.... so many of the matches are good that's it's almost hard for me to remember. bunch of great rey fenix and pac matches in recent history

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:18 (two days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0_AN46SRs

sammy's vlog this week is really hilarious and at one point -1 briefly takes over it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:18 (two days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHONhy5F84U

bte also has an essential kenny promo in the last six minutes

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:19 (two days ago) link

opener and finisher on this week's dynamite were.... just outrageous

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 02:01 (twenty-two minutes ago) link

great week of wrestling lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 02:01 (twenty-two minutes ago) link


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