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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) link

rolling extra-tight suit jackets 2k21

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

hoo boy did i need some wrestling tonight

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

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

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

turns out you can't hide images

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

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

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

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

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

i find it endearing if anything

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

he’s very very good

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

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

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

i want one

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

bringing Riho back?

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

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

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

his promo on luther was hilarious

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

How was the wedding?

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

not a dry eye in the house

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

I’ve only watched up to Black-Homelander but I am very jealous. How was it there?

The opener was incredible and yet they seemed to only tease what they could do. It was 5 star and yet some how just a movie trailer.

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 23 September 2021 07:06 (three weeks ago) link

How was Rampage/Dark? I heard the merch queues were so insane that Dark will look like an empty arena show.

Did Maura enjoy it too?

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 23 September 2021 07:09 (three weeks ago) link

the merch line wrapped around our level twice, and somehow distinguished itself from the billion other lines that people were waiting in for drinks and food. kind of a clusterfuck and the only really negative thing about last night

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:01 (three weeks ago) link

dark was short and sweet, rampage may have been better than dynamite but we were all so tired so i’m not sure what the energy’s gonna look like on tv

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:02 (three weeks ago) link

the entire arena booing cody….. bliss

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:02 (three weeks ago) link

i can’t believe i saw omega/danielson live, literally everyone i talked to or overheard talking about that match used the same word: “hypnotic.” time widened when they were in the ring

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:09 (three weeks ago) link

It seemed like the fastest 30 minutes.

Loved the Cody boos.

Talking of which, It’s only been like a month but I’m started to get bored of aw shucks cm punk

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:12 (three weeks ago) link

it was actually slowest 30 minutes for me bc my edible kicked in right as it started, but that’s why it was awesome, it was like watching a tarkovsky film but with two guys wailing on each other instead of philosophy or whatever

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:13 (three weeks ago) link

that was also my first wrestling event ever, unless kaiju big battel counts

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:57 (three weeks ago) link

So jealous, glad you enjoyed

I’m 99% sure at this stage that oppressively positive Punk is leading up to a heel turn so I’m happy to roll with it for the time being. Let him get over the buzz of being back in his own time and he’ll pay it off. He was always the best at coming up with fun angles and I don’t think that skill will have faded with time

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

oppressively positive Punk is leading up to a heel turn

absolutely, you could hear it in the promo

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:18 (three weeks ago) link

it was also really awesome to see sting bring it last night

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:42 (three weeks ago) link

This little series of Sting/Darby tag matches have been laid out so brilliantly, just pure fun

Bryan and Punk just made their respective jobs look s o e a s y

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Thursday, 23 September 2021 19:42 (three weeks ago) link

i'm watching the broadcast now

cody looking confused at the audience booing him............ cinema

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

Punk still got that stanky elbow drop I guess. He looked like he fell off the ropes.

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 25 September 2021 07:13 (three weeks ago) link

Bloody hell that rana was even worse. Lol at the look at a woman in the crowd being all “wtf is that” straight after

Ricky saving it with “I’m sweating through my velvet suit”

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 25 September 2021 07:16 (three weeks ago) link

That trios match was legit.
Luchasaurus looked like a fucking star, usually he can be a bit shaky. That chokeslam spot was ridiculous.

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 25 September 2021 08:03 (three weeks ago) link

i thought i didn't remember the botched rana from seeing the match live and then it all came back to me when i saw hobbs just sinking into the mat

it could've just been the pacing but rampage felt a little more consistent(??) than dynamite for me, even the jericho match got me going toward the end. will say that i like that they're stoking the women's rivalries but i can't get into penelope ford much except sort of as a character (and even then, thinly-drawn typical heel stuff). still happy to see anna jay back in the ring

the trios match, the double tag team match, and the lights out match were all fucking insane. seeing fenix and penta do their thing live was a highlight of my life

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 September 2021 15:10 (three weeks ago) link

Surely after that, America’s Top Team have to become a proper thing. I was laughing to myself that considering there are some legit previous ufc champions there that have had their Is All Elite Twitter pic, they could go full nwo and no one would see it coming. Can’t imagine that’ll happen though, TK loves them long builds/rankings too much.

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 25 September 2021 16:00 (three weeks ago) link

Everyone where I was sitting during that Punk/Hobbs spot off the turnbuckle legit thought he gave Hobbs a concussion- haven’t seen the broadcast but yeah, not the best. Audience was legitimately awful to listen to during the Bunny/Ford match. Like, idk what Meltzer star match they were expecting, but the toxic male click was out in full force.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 25 September 2021 16:05 (three weeks ago) link

from the broadcast, hobbs' head landed on punk's legs

luckily

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 September 2021 16:50 (three weeks ago) link

punk went headfirst into the mat himself tho, which also looked rough

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 September 2021 16:51 (three weeks ago) link

Not as risky but I still think his macho elbow was just as bad

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 26 September 2021 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

i have just re watched it and i knew it was great the first time but...

i think that may be my favourite five best match ive ever watched along with mitb11, flair v. funk, rey v. eddie halloween havoc, tlc2 and... i well know its not this good but cos i had the tape as a kid the rock v triple h ladder match summerslam 98

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 26 September 2021 00:48 (two weeks ago) link

It’s absurd to even think it but that may be the best d bry match ever.

I owned the ROH dvd of general excellence (I remember the Morishima match being a standout on a dvd full of stand outs) and there was his mitb win, the shield 3way with kane and taker, one mid season classic with punk (over the limit? Vince knows how to make his shows names unmemorable), the Cena summerslam 5star, the triple h wm 5 star, the orton/Batista 5star, the kofi/wm 5star… and yet this is instantly my favourite over all of those. Only the Cena and kofi matches come close.

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 26 September 2021 01:00 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvLk8a34YJ4

if you wanna see some great grand slam spots up close check out this week's bte

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 27 September 2021 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uLmcXHo9Dw

these are the three elevation matches they were able to fit in before dynamite grand slam started last week. dare i say it, the paul wight match was one of the most entertaining of the night. episode is also padded with a ton of awesome post-match promos from grand slam

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 27 September 2021 23:54 (two weeks ago) link

special Brodie Lee memorial tag tonight on Dynamite. the only classy wrestling company that's ever existed.

Windsor Davies, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 19:25 (two weeks ago) link

also a wrestling company that's determined to make me cry at every opportunity

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

i remember thinking i wouldn't be upset by the tribute show (I tend not to be too heavily affected by celebrity deaths as a rule) but Colt Cabana's entrance absolutely broke me straight off the bat and the show didn't let up from there.

an incredibly special thing in an industry that has always been ghoulishly callous. a deep reservoir of empathy and love was created between the wrestlers and the fans that night. they really couldn't have handled it any better at the time and it's great they're continuing to actively memorialise him in this way.

anyway

it's Wednesday night and you know what that means

it means that we get another two hours of that good wrestling!

Windsor Davies, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

Guys from the bottom of my heart, I want you to ALL to tune in tonight 10pm EST after @aew dynamite for #RhodesToTheTop pic.twitter.com/KQjTh2bh64

— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) September 29, 2021

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

another great episode of dynamite

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 September 2021 02:58 (two weeks ago) link

Arn Anderson still the best promo out there, goddamn

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:28 (two weeks ago) link

the arn anderson memes this morning have been glorious

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Arn Anderson is tired of watching his family lose. It's time to even the score!

"Brain Buster," coming soon to a theater near you. @CodyRhodes @TheArnShow @AEW @AEWonTNT #AEWDynamite #AEWonTNT #AEW pic.twitter.com/wWXwLwxkEe

— JCP⭐️Designs 👺 (@JCPxDESIGNS) September 30, 2021

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

I’m going to go ahead and call this a Renaissance painting pic.twitter.com/TdC1xvEDPP

— Spectacle of Excess (@SpectacleofX) October 2, 2021

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 2 October 2021 20:34 (two weeks ago) link

A week late to watching Dynamite but Wtf is crypto lio rush?

Reminds me of that trash cyber hacker Sami Callahan nxt gimmick.

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 3 October 2021 11:27 (one week ago) link

i have a theory about it but i guess we'll see

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 October 2021 13:19 (one week ago) link

What's the theory?

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 3 October 2021 14:00 (one week ago) link

lio was eliminated by matt hardy at the battle royale so i'm thinking it's a counter "big money lio rush" angle

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 October 2021 14:04 (one week ago) link

admittedly it also stinks a little of "let's make miro really into gaming when he debuts, that'll work"

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 October 2021 14:05 (one week ago) link

ok lio rush is gonna be a mentor to dante martin? i'll take it

great episode tonight. matches at the start were a little shaky on occasion, but deeb vs. shida and the ladder match were perfect. arn anderson king of promo

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 October 2021 03:45 (one week ago) link

so much awesome stuff on this show.

weird cinematics with crazy old Arn Anderson going over to Cody's house in the dead of night to burn merch in the yard is too good. the most interested I've been in Cody's little fiefdom within the company so far.

beyond pleased with the ladder match, especially how the crowd is still fully with Hangman. they were booing Mox! that's gonna be a fun heel run when it happens.

but tbh the best bit was seeing Serena Deeb back. she fucking *owns*. have been missing her since the Riho match earlier this year - I hope she's around for a proper run now because AEW have got so many exciting wrestlers who maybe struggle to get it all together in the ring without a more experienced opponent and Deeb would have bangers with all of them

Windsor Davies, Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:56 (one week ago) link

I would love to see a Mox v. Hangman Page PPV match

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:38 (one week ago) link

I have to imagine that it's only a matter of time!

hourspass, Saturday, 9 October 2021 07:36 (one week ago) link

rampage was excellent, punk vs. garcia was spellbinding and ... ricky starks is a star

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:40 (one week ago) link

Yeah I really want to see more of Starks. He’s been around for a while now but I don’t feel he’s had too much to sink his teeth into, either in matches or storylines. Hopefully this interminable angle with perpetual also-ran Brian Cage is over and Starks can move onwards and upwards.

He’s of a number of midcard guys who I’d like to see out there against Danielson, Omega, Punk, Cole, the young bucks to see what they can do against the top level wrestlers

Really really enjoying Punk’s matches thus far, which I wasn’t necessarily expecting. The technical stuff always felt like the weakest part of his game but his matches since the comeback have been so well paced and put together - legendary wrestler has maybe lost a step in pace but is tough and knows every trick in the book is a character that almost all older wrestlers try to work towards but he’s doing a fantastic job of conveying that in the ring imo

Windsor Davies, Saturday, 9 October 2021 18:45 (one week ago) link

Increasingly convinced that when Punk finally ditches the saccharine “aren’t you guys bored of this yet? I bet you guys are getting bored of this” babyface act and turns heel it’s gonna be an all-timer of a run

Windsor Davies, Saturday, 9 October 2021 18:48 (one week ago) link

Which is all to the good bcuz when the title changes hands to the new top babyface you’ve already got the Punk programme ready to go, not to mention Moxley who I think is also primed to have an electric run as a heel now that they don’t need him to be the babyface star anchoring the whole thing

What a roster, what a company

Windsor Davies, Saturday, 9 October 2021 18:51 (one week ago) link

wtf is shida's 1 legged sabu chaps with access holes look?

has she always had such bad gear and ive never noticed?

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:54 (four days ago) link


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