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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

rolling extra-tight suit jackets 2k21

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

hoo boy did i need some wrestling tonight

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

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

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:24 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

turns out you can't hide images

, Saturday, 9 January 2021 03:27 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

maura, Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:23 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

, Sunday, 10 January 2021 07:04 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

i find it endearing if anything

, Sunday, 10 January 2021 09:01 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

he’s very very good

maura, Sunday, 17 January 2021 02:06 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

i want one

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

bringing Riho back?

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:54 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

his promo on luther was hilarious

, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 18:29 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

How was the wedding?

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 4 February 2021 07:37 (one year ago) link

not a dry eye in the house

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

It would give Page the added juice of that burn he gave Bryan earlier about only being able to draw against Omega.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 21:07 (seven months ago) link

Good point. Really, I'm totally fine with getting to see multiple matches between the two. Make Hangman even more of a star let's goooooooo

Unrelated, but aw man, Swole. I was really hoping she was going to have more of a run, soon. At least to see her vs. Ruby in a marquee match.

pic.twitter.com/BWf45RXTlI

— Big Swole Baby (@SwoleWorld) November 30, 2021

hourspass, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:13 (seven months ago) link

swole <3

that sure was a wacky episode of dynamite

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 2 December 2021 04:16 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw22ae9JYB4

just perfect

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 December 2021 15:36 (six months ago) link

jbl voice: haha michael, its bizarro land in long island with the aew universe tonight! where the fans for some reason cheer the bad guys and boo the good guys *looks into the distance, forever lost*

a hoy hoy, Friday, 10 December 2021 15:25 (six months ago) link

Tony Khan resurrecting location-specific face / heel dynamics = just one of the many reasons that he is the best booker. he has correctly identified Bret Hart vs Stone Cold as the pinnacle of all wrestling

Windsor Davies, Friday, 10 December 2021 17:06 (six months ago) link

Hook has been sent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqsloakKs7A

hourspass, Monday, 13 December 2021 22:35 (six months ago) link

30 mins in and I’m pretty sure this is gonna be an all-time great episode of wrestling tv

How on earth do you have Bryan Danielson on the roster and not present him as the best wrestler in the world? He is out of this world

The very best of wishes to Jim Ross but Taz is ridiculously good as the third man in the booth

Deeb vs Shida III on the same show as this world title match is showboating. Serena Deeb is also out of this world.

Dante Martin is to 2020s wrestling what Rey Mysterio was to the 90s. The most exciting flier out there. I cannot wait to see him fight MJF.

Can’t wait to find out about the Owen Hart cup

These are my jumbled early thoughts on this obnoxiously stacked episode of AEW dynamite

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 01:32 (six months ago) link


How on earth do you have Bryan Danielson on the roster and not present him as the best wrestler in the world? He is out of this world


This is some of the worst posting you’ll ever see but such is the tizz I get myself into watching this guy do what he does

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 01:36 (six months ago) link

this fucking match!!!

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 December 2021 01:43 (six months ago) link

Bryan Danielson is the best wrestler ever

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 02:08 (six months ago) link

Having to take a cigarette break after that match.

Best AEW match ever? Agree with Schiavone’s call near the end there, this felt like breaking new ground for AEW

the cowboy shit chants in the home stretch were wverything, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a better executed long term push by a company of their chosen guy

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 02:15 (six months ago) link

Yeah that was all about as good as tv wrestling gets

For at least the 7th time in this thread - it is a fucking miracle that AEW exists

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:00 (six months ago) link

brody king signs with aew

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:07 (six months ago) link

Kyle O’Reilly pretty obviously coming in as well. I only know ReDragon through their NJPW junior stuff because I’d checked out of WWE completely before they landed in NXT but that still seems like a good move.


The dream now is for the pandemic to ease up enough for AEW and new Japan to start cross promoting, I think njpw desperately need it after a terrible few years and the AEW fans are gonna be rabid for the big NJPW stars if we can get to that point

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:12 (six months ago) link

Feel like they’re fast approaching the point where they could do with Rampage being slightly longer and taped on a different night /separate city with a livelier crowd.

The dipshits that think it’s somehow a problem to have too many popular acts on the roster are beneath contempt but there really are just so many people now that need to be showcased

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:14 (six months ago) link

In total fucking awe of how over they’ve gotten Hangman, I don’t know who you could even point to in the last decade or so as a comparable example of a company deliberately taking a promising but unfavoured guy and just fucking firing them up into the stratosphere. Okada maybe?

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:16 (six months ago) link

I guessed right!

Absolute classic title match

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 16 December 2021 04:16 (six months ago) link

XP and they have Dante Martin sitting in the goddamn wings!

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 16 December 2021 04:37 (six months ago) link

That title match was fantastic. I could feel my heart in my chest in the last couple of minutes, there were so many ways they could have gone with it. Mad how after two years of spammed superkicks and overwrought community theatre drama it took a guy nominally trained by Shawn Michaels to come in and restore Bretism to its rightful, permanent place at the top of the wrestling industry

(I'm being flippant; Serena of course deserves her proper respect for this too)

I love how half of Dante's spectacular shit is just clever acrobatic dodges that aren't even going to kill him young. When he eventually debuts that second facial expression it's going to be like the second coming of Hook

Although none of them are individually 10/10 megastars all round, all of the former Undisputed Era guys have something to recommend them (godspeed Roddy) - KO'R was always my favourite of the group and I'd like to see him show up. He integrates his MMA stuff in a way that doesn't make him seem tediously ashamed of pro-wrestling, stooges like a champ and has a well calibrated sense of humour. Glad that I caught one of his excellent series with KUSHIDA in London a few years back

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 16 December 2021 21:41 (six months ago) link

Hey guys I did some polls on I Love WWE to try and pick the best AEW wrestler of the incredible year we’ve had

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 16 December 2021 22:27 (six months ago) link

I’d be down for a match of the year poll also

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 16 December 2021 22:42 (six months ago) link

Glad that I caught one of his excellent series with KUSHIDA in London a few years back

KOR vs KUSHISA in the 2016 BOSJ is one of my favourite matches of recent years. The dude can go.

I’d love to see KUSHIDA in AEW too, of course, but perhaps he’s fine where he is. He’s got nothing left to prove, hopefully he’s getting paid a lot of money. He doesn’t have to travel much, so more time with his family. Maybe he’s got it made, as much as it pains us to see him slumming it professionally.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Sunday, 19 December 2021 13:39 (six months ago) link

Yeah kushida seems to be in the same category as nakamura, he did his thing and now he’s getting paid lots of money to do very little and he won’t end up in a wheelchair or an early grave. As a fan I would selfishly love to see him have another proper run but good for him tbh

Windsor Davies, Sunday, 19 December 2021 14:47 (six months ago) link

2021 Best Wrestler Poll

I made a proper best wrestler poll.

a hoy hoy, Monday, 20 December 2021 22:04 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT4VlbLEjo0

this week's bte... well, believing is seeing

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 20 December 2021 22:39 (six months ago) link

KOR vs KUSHISA in the 2016 BOSJ is one of my favourite matches of recent years. The dude can go.

assuming you mean the 2015 BOSJ final but this was such a fucking awesome match - if all you've seen of either of these dudes is their NXT run, you have no idea what kind of chemistry they have together

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 05:37 (six months ago) link

(they had a match in 2016 too, but 2015 is the really famous one iirc)

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 05:38 (six months ago) link

I’m rewatching last weeks Dynamite and holy fuck this match.

Like holy fuck.

I’m like 45 mins in and just holy fuck.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 19:40 (six months ago) link

I’ve never given a fuck about WM12 but no one can ever bring that match up ever again without me bitching them out.

These guys are still fucking GOING for it.

I mean holy fuck.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 19:42 (six months ago) link

It’s just ended and I’m shaking. Holy fuck.

I don’t even want to compare it to other wrestling matches. I know the Okada-Omega one is insane too but I wasn’t as invested. That was incredible. Holy fuck.

What do they even do from here?

Lol also I guess I’m actually gonna watch the rest of Dynamite, good luck to whoever goes on next.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 19:59 (six months ago) link

Shida’s one leg bad gear will always make her a heel in my eyes. I wanna boo that shit so much.

Shida and Deeb are so fucking good though. I need to pay attention more

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 20:21 (six months ago) link

<i>assuming you mean the 2015 BOSJ final but this was such a fucking awesome match - if all you’ve seen of either of these dudes is their NXT run, you have no idea what kind of chemistry they have together</i>

I meant the block match from 2016; when KUSHIDA caught him mid-air in the Hoverboard Lock I popped harder than I had in years. I know he’s done the same spot a few times since but it made the match for me.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 10:29 (six months ago) link

can’t believe we’re gonna need to start a 2022 thread soon

wednesday was so awesome partic the opener, closer, and nyla vs. ruby

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 24 December 2021 04:24 (six months ago) link

sting making me worry for his health is great tv

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 24 December 2021 04:24 (six months ago) link

Everyone saying how good the face paint is in the main event but how cute are punks scorpion tights?

Vote in the 2021 poll

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 25 December 2021 02:54 (six months ago) link

only wish is a mod can change the board title to "i love wrestling"

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 25 December 2021 06:16 (six months ago) link

miro promo on rampage last minute contender for promo of the year

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 December 2021 19:16 (six months ago) link

hook is the most popular wrestler in the country

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 December 2021 19:24 (six months ago) link

XP yeah that pushed me over for the wrestler poll, as undeniable as Eddie’s promos have been.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 26 December 2021 23:47 (six months ago) link

i wish the dan lambert segments didn’t routinely decay into misogyny bc otherwise his bit is a pretty effective satire of the worst wrestling fans (imo)

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 December 2021 02:42 (six months ago) link

really stellar dynamite otherwise tonight

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 December 2021 02:43 (six months ago) link

Yeah, Lambert's "Jim Cornette (but not really)" thing is a bit of a high-wire act and there are definitely times that he strays too far onto the wrong side of the line as an offensive revolting old white dude. Nothing that would be out of place in WWE but that Attitude era shit jars pretty badly in AEW. Jericho also guilty of this at times (surprise surprise).

Thankfully it's not a place that any of the younger guys seem to feel the need to go to. There was that one Max Caster rap which landed horribly but it seems as though he was given a talking to and benched for a bit as a result.

The thing is with Lambert is that he is legitimately the best heel promo in the world and he gets crowd heat to match and I suspect they think that the ugliness and the average AEW crowd's reaction to it is a big part of that, so expect him to continue walking that line.

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 30 December 2021 13:26 (six months ago) link

on that final point, should say that if that is the thinking then they're totally wrong, cause the other thing about Lambert is that he is a diehard wrestling fan who visibly loves every single moment he's out in front of a crowd and the fans can sense that. he'd be way over without the edgelord bullshit

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 30 December 2021 13:30 (six months ago) link

good Dynamite, next week's show is gonna be yet another can't miss spectacular.

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 30 December 2021 13:31 (six months ago) link

Any suggestions for 2022 thread name? The year already has shit to talk about with oh, tonykhanpaws tweets and I guess I need to see a death match with the bunny in it

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 1 January 2022 15:12 (six months ago) link

the year of redragon

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 January 2022 15:28 (six months ago) link

ok that street fight was the best shit i've ever seen

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 January 2022 00:15 (six months ago) link

the year of the bloody bunny

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 January 2022 00:15 (six months ago) link

AEW 2022: The year of the bloody bunny

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 2 January 2022 08:18 (six months ago) link


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