General Wrasslin' Discussion

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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby JDP » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:23 pm

Growing up I always wanted to be a WWF/WWE wrestler. To the extent that at one point I had Killer Kowalski's home phone number and I was going to start training at his facility before I screwed up my back a bit. I mention this to make it clear just how big a deal it is for even me to basically be dreading each and every individual WWE show. Don't get me wrong, I still watch them... but I feel now its more out of muscle memory than any actual sense of enjoyment. The WWE I see now is like a completely different promotion than the company I grew up with.

Moves are banned. Heels are supposedly told to not act "heelish." You can basically play bingo with the phrases Michael Cole says every match. Most storylines have now been regulated to simple "he won a contenders match and now they're having a PPV match" rather than anything remotely resembling an actual rivalry. Every womens storyline which would be potentially excellent storytelling and overall wrestling has been tossed in the bin just so they can brag about making history rather than letting the history happen alongside good writing that will let the performers make a name for themselves outside of merely being bodies inside the match itself, almost as if the women themselves are irrelevant. A three hour RAW has become an exercise in tedium.

Hell, half the time they don't even bother putting any effort into debuts. Remember when Shinsuke Nakamura arrived on SmackDown and he had this elaborate entrance interrupting The Miz only for the Miz to just kinda leave and them to cut to commercial and when they returned Nakamura was already nowhere to be found again? Don't get me wrong, Nakamura has an impressive entrance but ... what part of that makes you want to see the guy after the fact? You've already seen the entrance. Now if he came out and Miz tried to attack him for interrupting and Nakamura ducked the clothesline, hit the ropes, and then hit Kinsasha you'd probably be a bit more interested in seeing them feud.

And that's without even getting into the blatant crap they do when it comes to basically making the NXT guys who were hugely popular in NXT look like chumps on the main roster (The Ascension cut a heel promo saying they're the best tag team ever, like heels do ...and other wrestlers got offended and they got buried over it? Really?), or guys like Zack Ryder who got a huge following only to be treated like a schmuck until the fans just gave up.

And the worst part is I WANT to ignore the bad and enjoy it. I try to. But after you watch a full hour where absolutely nothing is happening you just instinctively start flipping through webpages on your phone and mentally shut down.

Thankfully I found NJPW a few years ago so not all of wrestling seems bleak and hopeless, but still ... I liken it to being friends with an ex after your relationship ends and they just start abusing drugs and alcohol. You don't wanna see them fall apart like that.
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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby kikrusher99 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:43 am

If you're looking for alternatives for WWE, check these out


All Japan Archive 1972-2000 I believe
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... E44bm40eHc

Real Hero Archive any current Japanese fed/indy that makes tape, minus paid content like NJPW world, bjw core, ddt universe, stardom world etc.
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... nQ0aUhWODg

These are both loaded, LOADED with stuff. All free. Content added regularly.

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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby JDP » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:03 am

I've wanted to get into the older Kings Road AJPW for a while. Just haven't had the time to settle down and do it yet.

I'll keep those links in mind though. Thanks.
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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby kikrusher99 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:26 am

Here's a link to pivotshare, which is a streaming service that features a bunch of wrestling promotions from Progress (highly recommended) ICW, to the Highspots network which features PWG and other promotions like AAW. Highspots also has documentaries like the Bruiser Brody doc that came out last year I believe.

https://www.pivotshare.com/wrestling/

For hardcore fans, BJW steaming site. Heard they're slow to upload. Has translate button.
http://bjwcore.com

Joshi fans, Stardom
http://www.stardom-world.com

The big dog, NJPW
https://njpwworld.com

Random YouTube fur Lucha
https://www.youtube.com/user/thecubsfan
https://www.youtube.com/user/luchalibreaaatv
https://www.youtube.com/user/videoslucha3000

Official CMLL, I believe they show their Friday night shows on the yt for free. If not, using a VPN and NJPWworld.com you can watch.
https://www.youtube.com/user/VideosOficialesCMLL

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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby Tylerd » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:53 am

I still can't get over the fact that people actually watch WWE, voluntarily and expect to be entertained by it. The main shows have been so god damn awful ever since Benoit died.

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Re: General Wrasslin' Discussion

Postby kikrusher99 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:25 am

Everybody should give the main event of this All Japan show a watch asap.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M9P8uJ ... p=drivesdk


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