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Professional Wrestling Discussion / #SpeakingOut
« on: June 25, 2020, 03:58:28 PM »
In regards to the #SpeakingOut movement going on, rather than say anything, I'm just going to post the video Brian Zane made about it because he articulates my thoughts perfectly.

Thank you Mr. Zane for saying it better than I could ever hope to.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Howard Finkel, 1950-2020
« on: April 16, 2020, 09:34:06 AM »
The Fink is gonna find himself steady work in his next life. I can imagine him working right now:

“Making his way to The Pearly Gates, at the age of 84.......”

And behind him Saint Peter giving a goofy smile for doing the intros.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: WWE's massive talent cuts
« on: April 16, 2020, 06:44:44 AM »
Firings are always tough, but seeing Spud's tweet:

Man, that one got me right in the feels.

Some of these guys will definitely be bound for either AEW, MLW, or Japan, and likely to get much better work out of the deal. Rowan and Rusev both seem like surefire AEW recruits: Rowan will be another big man to add to their relatively diminutive roster (especially with his history with the leader of the Dark Order), while Rusev is another prime example of a wrestler who WWE simply refused to capitalize on even in the face of massive crowd response (how did they let Rusev Day fail?). Gallows and Anderson seem more likely to head back to Japan, though their Bullet Club history means they're probably in good graces with the Elite. I'd love to see Gotch and English reunite in MLW, and though it seems unlikely that they could reform the Vaudevillains, their chemistry could hopefully set them up for either a productive reteaming or feud.

Either way, I truly hope all of these people land on their feet and get the validation that the WWE denied them.

Considering that Simon Gotch is a member of Contra Unit, MLW’s top heel faction, I don’t think a reunion with Aiden English is in the cards. For that matter I struggle to see how English fits in MLW at all.

At first I was thinking EC3 could go to MLW and join The Dynasty, but then thought better of it. Too similar to Richard Holliday.

Of everyone released, I think Lio Rush would be a good get for MLW. Set him up as the first big challenger for Brian Pillman Jr after Little Pill wins the Middleweight Championship. Rusev could work too. I think he could be Davey Boy Smith Jr’s sparring/tag team partner and compliment DBS Jr’s grappling.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: WWE and AEW: SHUT DOWN NOW
« on: April 14, 2020, 04:06:05 PM »
I don't know thing one about AEW, but the problem for WWE: They're not living up to their end of their TV contract (ratings, etc) and are grasping at any straw possible to make sure there's no excuse to renegotiate the contract.  It's all a $$$ proposition for Vinnie Mac.  Also, Vinnie Mac = PT Barnum and once you understand that you can understand why he doesn't give a crap about Roman's condition or how many people have been exposed to the rumored positive WWE COVID-19 infections (last check was Bobby Lashley, Corey Graves, and Carmella, but I could be off on that).

Word is that it wasn’t a wrestler, and Meltzer says it isn’t Graves.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: WWE and AEW: SHUT DOWN NOW
« on: April 14, 2020, 10:22:19 AM »
WWE has been deemed an essential business. I sense some seriously bad fallout from this in the months to come.

Yeah, I saw that. Maybe it’s me, but I fail to understand how pro wrestling can be “essential”.

Actually I can, but that’ll be bringing up politics, which I absolutely will not do anymore in a public forum like this.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / WWE and AEW: SHUT DOWN NOW
« on: April 14, 2020, 06:40:17 AM »
Quite frankly this has been on my chest for some time. I know I’ve complained to other folks about it, but I’m going to say it publicly now:

WWE and AEW need to stop operating and shut down for the time being. Their actions are putting their performers at risk and flying against the whole point of the economic shutdown. One of WWE’s on-air talent (not a wrestler) recently tested positive for COVID-19. Others have been exposed to this individual and could end up sick. You also have guys like Roman Reigns, who’s immunocompromised and for whom COVID-19 could be a death sentence. WWE and AEW are being careless and reckless, and they are just risking in making the problem worse or hindering its resolution. WWE can put on archive footage for however long this lasts. AEW would need to do some work, but they could put on archival footage from the indies.

I know the argument has been made about  TV contracts. There’s a reason for force majeure clauses in contracts. Clearly the pandemic is a force majeure situation and the TV networks wouldn’t dare to challenge that. If WWE and AEW don’t have force majeure clauses, then their legal departments should be fired completely and replaced with more competent lawyers.

I don’t give a eff about being entertained in these times. I don’t give a eff that Vince McMahon  and Tony Khan are running things.I don’t give a eff about TV contracts. WWE and AEW: SHUT IT DOWN.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Promo of the Year 2020
« on: April 09, 2020, 02:02:24 PM »
MJF is the worst kind of mark.


Professional Wrestling Discussion / Promo of the Year 2020
« on: April 08, 2020, 07:17:26 AM »
Not gonna lie, MJF scares me now.

This just gave his character a whole new facet. You can set him off, and it’s a terrible idea to do so.

So it turns out there's a bit of a story as to Roman Reigns pulling out.

Miz showed up feeling ill at one of the SmackDown tapings. It hasn't been said whether he was showing symptoms of COVID-19, but regardless, The Usos got very upset that Miz showed up feeling ill when it's been repeatedly said "If you're not feeling well, stay home and call out of work." Roman was unaware of this initially, but then found out his cousins were upset. He then asked them what happened, got the full story from them, and at that point requested he be removed from the card.

Virtual Raw Deal / Re: Raw Deal's 20th anniversary!!!
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:50:03 AM »
Just a general idea: we could do dinner on Thursday night and have it be open invitation for “Raw Dealers Past & Present”. We’d just need to find a place to go to for it.

It was a fun show.

The other thing that happened was I took my Tom Lawlor t-shirt and used masking tape to spell out "SUCKS" underneath his logo. Since he turned heel (and is very effective at it), and because of the way these shows are, I held it up at various points when he was out to try and get a reaction. I got three. Lawlor saw it and looked at me with utter contempt. Team Filthy member Dominic Garrini called me an a**hole. Best compliment I received that night! And Marshall Von Erich, who's currently feuding with Lawlor, appreciated my shoddy handiwork and said it looked awesome.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / I triggered Erick Stevens last night
« on: February 02, 2020, 09:09:29 AM »
Last night I was at MLW Fightland in Philadelphia. Dilbert went with me to the show, and I brought streamers to throw into the ring for certain matches. Well, I wish I could have my first toss back.

The first match the streamers would come into play was for Davey Boy Smith Jr vs Erick Stevens. I had never thrown streamers before, so I did not know the proper form. But I thought I had a good idea. So DBS Jr comes to the ring, others throw their streamers. I toss mine, and immediately I know I screwed up because it's headed right for the back of Erick Stevens's head. Sure enough, it's a direct hit. Oops.

I don't know if Stevens knows it was me, but he then proceeded to pick up the spool Dilbert threw and wing it into the crowd near where we were sitting. That got a laugh from several people sitting nearby, and Dilbert said it would make good TV.

The rest of the night, Stevens would act triggered by streamers. He'd tear them up, toss them away in disgust, and even threaten people he saw had streamers. Including me. The folks in our section had fun taunting him by yelling out "STREAMERS!" and throwing bits of them in his direction.

I was rather embarrassed by my bad aim, and worried because I thought I might get tossed from the building. But I guess security saw there was no malicious intent because nothing came of it. Nobody came by or anything. Dilbert afterwards suggested I throw with a higher arc, and the next time, for Brian Pillman Jr's match against Jimmy Havoc, my toss was much better.

So yeah. Erick, my bad.

I’ll take the AOP/Rollins package (9 pts), 1 DAMN! (2 pts), and four reroll counters (4 pts).

Professional Wrestling Discussion / MLW Saturday Night SuperFight
« on: November 03, 2019, 08:17:29 AM »
Last night MLW held their first ever PPV, Saturday Night SuperFight. And WHAT a PPV it was!

If you can get a replay of this show, which can be found either on traditional PPV or Fite.TV, GET IT. The show is $20, and $20 is an absolute STEAL. This show was so good I wanted to send more money to MLW because I think they undercharged. MLW showed exactly what they are with this show, with a wide variety of matches and great action. This show is "PPV Booking 101". They even showed how to make overbooked portions enjoyable. My thoughts on this show:

-AEW and WWE should be banging down Jacob Fatu's door and trying to sign him when he becomes available. That dude is insanely talented. Jacob Fatu is what would happen if Umaga (Jacob's late uncle) and Jeff Hardy did the Fusion Dance. This is a guy that can carry a promotion's top belt as a lightning-quick, hard hitting monster heel. That and he's actually pretty good talking as well.

-Jordan Oliver and Brian Pillman Jr are both young and still growing, but their potential is limitless. Jordan Oliver could use some more meat on his bones, and Pillman needs to polish up his ring skills a bit more, but I think both could be highly sought after. Jordan Oliver has the potential to draw MJF levels of heel heat. It's so easy to hate the guy and want to punch him in the face. As for Pillman, he manages to both call back to his late father while standing out on his own.

-The Von Erich family has, against all odds, managed to continue their legacy in this generation. Marshall and Ross Von Erich, the sons of Kevin, have taken the Von Erich style and brought it into the 21st century. They have echoes of their dad and late uncles, but they stand out on their own, mixing in high-flying and Stone Cold Steve Austin brawling into the signature Von Erich style.

-Mance Warner is one crazy motherf***er. The things that guy is willing to do to his body makes his nickname "The Southern Psycho" fitting. He's the blue-collaredness of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the psychosis of Jon Moxley, and the charisma of Dusty Rhodes all wrapped into one.

-Timothy Thatcher is WALTER, only American. His grappling and mat wrestling are superb and keep you engaged throughout the bout. The dude wouldn't look out of place wrestling in the NWA in the 50s. Mat-based technical wrestling can work in engaging a modern crowd, and he shows you how it's done.

-Finally, Alex Hammerstone is a power wrestler that other feds should also be keeping an eye on. He's solid in the ring, and he's equal parts Triple H and Chris Jericho, in that he's egotistical beyond all belief while at the same time entertaining and hilarious as a comically serious meathead. He causes you to shift between moods but not feel awkward when it happens.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / What a time to be a wrestling fan
« on: October 16, 2019, 04:01:42 AM »
The Billy Corgan-led NWA now has a weekly YouTube show called NWA Powerrr. That show is a trip: it's old school done by the new school. It's done in a retraux style, with the studio looking like it did in 1984, a live studio audience, and just a general throwback vibe.

Last night's episode featured some debuts. Among them:

-Trevor Murdoch (!)
-Ken Anderson (!!)
-Aron Stevens (!!!)

The thing that sticks out about this show: the promos. Everyone's buzzing about Chris Jericho's masterclass promo last week on AEW Dynamite. I'd argue that NWA Powerrr is a show that demonstrates EXACTLY how to do a promo. Every promo that's given draws me in and keeps me hooked.

You can check out NWA Powerrr on the NWA YouTube channel. Tune in and I guarantee you'll be................. ...........FALLIN' INTO THE FIRE.

DISCLAIMER: Tony Falk's House of Waffles and Tire Irons is not real. Austin Idol's Universal Wrestling College however ABSOLUTELY is real.

MLW on Mondays, NWA on Tuesdays, AEW on Wednesdays......... ....what's a WWE?

Rules Forum / Re: Intensity of ten cities and no more shenanigans
« on: September 01, 2019, 02:10:12 PM »
The answer to the original question is - maybe.

Assuming the opponent is willing to overturn the 1 card, what NMS does is prevent I10C from going to the bottom of the Arsenal as the activation cost and instead removes it from the game.  But the activation is still pending, so whether or not The Home Team gets to shuffle 10 in that situation depends on whether the opponent reverses the Activated Card Effect.  If they do not, then you shuffle 10, but if they do, then you don't.

I figured I was missing something. It’s been too long since I last played Raw Deal and I was using FFTCG logic, which is not quite Raw Deal logic.

Rules Forum / Re: Intensity of ten cities and no more shenanigans
« on: August 31, 2019, 06:40:14 PM »
Based on what No More Shenanigans says, I would assume that using it to remove The Intensity of Ten Cities cancels the effect since No More Shenanigans removes it from the game “instead”. Maybe I’m wrong, but that sounds like No More Shenanigans’ interaction with The Intensity of Ten Cities replaces the effect.

Virtual Raw Deal / Re: Introducing Virtual 10: Breaking Ground
« on: August 03, 2019, 06:41:00 PM »
I can give an update of sorts:

Scott Mackie (CRASHER) is your 2019 Raw Deal World Champion! He beat Brian Paolercio (BigPimpin) in the finals to claim the championship.

I think swapping cards out of your tournament deck to play side games is idiotic, just use proxies in side games!

That said, it was dumb but probably accidental, and it's very possible his deck was legal when he started.  A single loss seems the right call IMO.


There's a very weird taboo against proxies in FFTCG. Players like building multiple decks that share cards, and players will sleeve their cards with the exact same sleeves so that all you need to do is take the shared cards out of one deck and put them into another. Even though nobody says anything, there's a silent understanding that proxies are a no-go. One store I go to actually does proxy-legal tournaments just to help new players get into the game, but even there players don't use proxies.

I can't explain it, and it doesn't make sense, but that's the way it is.

Last week I was at the Lightning Crystal Cup in Midlothian, VA for the Final Fantasy TCG. The Crystal Cups are the game's major events: the winner qualifies for the World Championship, while 2nd through 4th qualify for the North American National Championship. During the event there was an incident which caused a lot of controversy and is still being talked about and causing a lot of controversy among the community.

The incident was as follows: in the sixth round of Swiss (out of seven rounds), a player called a judge to inform them that his deck was illegal. The deck had five copies of a particular card in it, and only three copies of any card are allowed. The player's decklist had listed a legal deck. After some discussion and consultation with Hobby Japan (the publishers of FFTCG and the ones responsible for events), the decision was made to give the player a game loss for an illegal deck and allow them to correct the deck so that it matched the deck list. Because Swiss is best-of-one, this was essentially a match loss. After the player corrected his deck, he was permitted to continue playing in the tournament.

This is causing controversy because many in the community thought that it should've been a tournament disqualification and also speculated that the player in question was actively cheating. It caused an uproar which is still continuing, and I felt like this would be a good place to ask you guys about it.

The arguments for ruling the player cheated and thus a DQ are as follows:

-The player was 5-0 when he reported his illegal deck, and thus guaranteed to make the Top 32 cut
-Having four of the same card in a deck is an easy mistake to make. Five of the same card, not so much
-It'd be hard to not notice you're running more than three copies of a card that late
-The card in question allows someone to search for a Scion of the Seventh Dawn Forward, which is very helpful for the deck he was playing
-The card in question is also a starter-exclusive card, and the majority of players who play the game don't own more than three of any starter-exclusive card

On the other side, the arguments that a game loss was appropriate and that there wasn't any cheating are as follows:

-The player called the judge on himself
-The player's reaction was of embarrassment. Witnesses say the guy was mortified when he discovered the error and on the verge of tears when he called the judge.
-Per several witnesses, prior to the tournament, the player had been playing some friendly games and had been swapping cards between two decks. One of the decks was his tournament deck.
-Given how the player's deck is built to win fast, it's entirely plausible that he could've gone that long without noticing the error
-On the flipside of the card he had being useful, the player had omitted two copies of a card which were also useful and thus unknowingly handicapped himself

I later learned from one of the judges that this was contentious even among the officials there. Richie Brady, the game's North American manager, wanted to immediately disqualify the player, but the judges argued that their investigation gave them no reason to believe that the error was intentional and that per tournament guidelines, a DQ is only to be handed out for cheating, which requires intent. This led to both parties agreeing to contact Hobby Japan, who made the ruling to give the player a game loss but allow him to correct his deck and continue. After the tournament, Hobby Japan and Kageyama-san (the game's creator) issued a statement, saying that they will be revising the tournament rules. They intend to come up with new guidelines and also rethink what penalties are issued, with the statement saying that new penalties may be formulated as well.

Me personally, I'm on the side of the argument that a game loss was the correct call. Based on what we know, there's no indication the player intentionally made that error. The player's reaction also tells me it was a mistake on his part and not an attempt to deceive. In my own personal experience, I've made a similar mistake. I once played a deck with four copies of a card and didn't realize it until near the end of the weekly tournament I was playing in, when I realized my error in the middle of a game. I reported that myself and conceded to my opponent. The arguments of the pro-DQ side are based on speculation and hearsay, and you can't base a DQ off of that. You don't need irrefutable proof to issue a DQ, but you do need reasonable suspicion that a player knowingly performed an illegal act. Since the investigation did not turn up anything which would lead to a reasonable suspicion, then you can't assume it was intentional and thus DQ them.

What are your guys' thoughts on this?

General Chat / Re: Level 37 Achieved!
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:00:45 PM »
Good job getting that next level. Figure out what stat increases you want before next game!  :laugh:

I'm 37 (I'm not old!). Gotta put it in Con at this point. I could use more bonuses to save against injury, since I herniated a disc in my back early this year while shoveling my parents' driveway.

General Chat / Level 37 Achieved!
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:34:58 PM »
Yep, it's happened again. 365 more EXP means another level of experience!

+1's are to be had!

Other Gaming Discussion / River City Ransom is getting a revival
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:49:29 AM »
Only this time you play as Misako and Kyoko, Kunio and Riki's girlfriends, as they set out to rescue their boyfriends.

All I can say to WayForward and Arc System Works is SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

Supershow / Re: SRG spotted at MLW Fury Road!
« on: June 08, 2019, 06:44:10 PM »
Watching MLW Fusion this week. Sami Callihan was on-camera wearing an SRG baseball cap!

You guys are getting your names out there!

Supershow / SRG spotted at MLW Fury Road!
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:50:37 PM »
I am watching MLW Fury Road live on beIN Sports right now, and I saw something that caught my eye: an attendee wearing an SRG hoodie! I wasn’t sure that was what the logo was, but a second look confirmed it.

SRG folks: do any of you know who that was, and are they on TCO? And most importantly: does this mean anything for Supershow?

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