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MLW v2
« on: June 06, 2018, 02:44:10 AM »
I've started the thread because they deserve their own attention.

MLW's relaunch has been producing very, very solid shows. They've adopted the classic ECW TV approach, filming one 3-4 hour event and breaking it down for a few weeks' of TV, and there's been a strong focus on building stories. Some of those have taken a hit from WWN pulling contracted talent (it was clear early on that Matt Riddle was to be a focal point until then), but there's been some great work by Shane Strickland, Pentagon Jr., "Filthy" Tom Lawlor, and Simon Gotch.

Also of note, it introduced me to Salina de la Renta (Mila Naniki), who improves at her "evil bitch" managerial role every time she's on camera. She's also damn easy to look at.

One thing I'll note, though, is the irony that Sami Callihan is probably at his most over and relevant when he's putting out his worst work.

Anyways, their weekly show Fusion is available on BeIn Sports and on YouTube. It's a nice and easy ~hour to breeze through, with time given to talent and storylines all over the card (which is SO GODDAMN REFRESHING), and it also serves as the return of Tony Schiavone to the world of pro wrestling. He gets better with each show, too, and there are plenty of little things he brings to the table (like how to cover for a botched spot) that is so sorely missing from most products.


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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 05:38:04 AM »
Good to see a thread about this company!

I fortunately have BeIn Sports on my regional sports networks on Directv and started watching this from the first episode. So far I've been VERY impressed by the formula they impliment, as well as production and commentary is great with Tony and the former Rich Brennan from NXT.

I think they have done a great job getting their own unique niche in the wrestling marketplace.....they list themselves as "fusion wrestling" in a sense and this is what I get from the output. They have matchups with guys that in some cases have a bit of different styles coming together. They play upon legitimate athletic backgrounds more than most companies do in wrestling, and I am certainly getting the 90s ECW vibe from this overall.

It seems like this just gets better each week really. This past weeks show of Swann's debut (pretty competitive and exciting match for what it was), the Swagger match and then Calihan/Janela was all good.

MLW is a good example, maybe the best, in that they are just simply playing to the strengths of their talent and even though the roster is small (even smaller than Impact I think?) they make the most of the talent for sure.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 11:20:46 PM »
Episode 10 starts off hot with a major return.
Spoiler: show
TEDDY HART

He has a match with Trey Miguel that is just perfect for what it is. ((Spoiler)) gives enough room for Miguel to really show off, and that he does. It's very rare for somebody with as little experience as Miguel, 5 years working but nowhere truly notable until recently, to understand how to connect their spots and sequences so fluidly, and ((spoiler)) gives him plenty of room to shine without it feeling phony. Very good match, killer start.

Then we have a segment where ((spoiler)) cuts a promo about stealing the show and then tries picking a fight with ACH and Rich Swann, which felt very authentic. That's something MLW is nailing with most of their promo segments: a sense of authenticity.

Barrington Hughes...meh. Generic fat monster, talks like a low rent Keith Lee. I know Court Bauer and MSL love variety, and I really dig how they work it, but this guy's shit.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 11:28:41 PM »
Oh hell yeah, they're pushing Kotto Brasil. I want a program between him and Miguel.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2018, 11:44:10 AM »
Oh hell yeah, they're pushing Kotto Brasil. I want a program between him and Miguel.

Kotto is so good. Miguel I first saw on Rockstar Pro when they had their show on Fite a coupe years ago and I was instantly hooked to him. He's got a ton of talent. That match would be fantastic.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2018, 01:22:57 PM »
I cut off just as Brody/Strickland was about to start, but you can track how comfortable Salina de la Renta is getting with each promo. Her insulting the interviewer for not being able to speak Spanish was hilarious and felt so damn natural.

I have a feeling I'm going to fall madly in love with pro wrestling again soon, at least so long as the growing "cinema verite" approach continues. It's like an entire generation remembered what made World Class, Mid South, JCP, and ECW so great.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2018, 01:33:12 PM »
Salina was fantastic this week. Unfortunately she's a flat Earther.
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2018, 01:46:49 PM »
She could be a Young Earther with them curves for all I care...

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2018, 02:50:30 PM »
I'm so so so so so glad that Brody King reined himself in from his worse habits because the match with Strickland is classic "giant vs. underdog" wrestling with a modern presentation. Brody hits hard and can take a beating, but Strickland's experience and speed make up for it. Plus? Strickland going MEAN with the stomps and kicks, payback for the sneak attack two weeks ago, only to lose every strike exchange because...seriously, he shouldn't be out-striking a guy twice his size who's meant to be a wild brawler.

Killer finish, too, and it goes the classic "barely got him" route to keep both guys strong without it being bullshit.

OH SHIT, LOWKI IS WITH SALINA!!!!

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 05:11:02 AM »
BeIn Sports announced they will air a 2 hour MLW episode on 7/27 devoted to the NYC supershow Battle Riot event. I guess there was some thought on making it an actual pay per view taped event, but they decided to go this way instead. I would guess they might do an extra added hour the following week as well to air more content from that show.

https://411mania.com/wrestling/mlw-battle-riot-airing-two-hour-special-bein-sports/

– Major League Wrestling’ Battle Riot event will air on July 27th as a two-hour special on BeIN Sports. PWInsider reports that the announcement was made today after negotiations closed earlier in the day, just before the announcement was made.

According to the site, there was an offer to make the show a taped PPV, but Couret Bauer decided that a broadcast TV special would be more effective in getting attention for the brand bringing eyeballs to the product. Announced so far for the show are:

* 40 Man Battle Riot Match featuring Rich Swann, Jason Cade, Joey Ryan, Pierre Carl Oulette, Kevin Sullivan, ACH, Swoggle, John Morrison, Lance Anoa’i, Konnan, Sami Callihan, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Teddy Hart with more to be announced.
* The Hart Foundation (Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr. w/Brian Pillman II) vs. ACH and Rich Swann
* Low Ki vs. John Hennigan
* Jimmy Havoc vs. Pentagon Jr

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 04:36:09 PM »
I had fun watching the Battle Riot today with a group of casuals.  All the old timers + the big fat fuck = many LOLOLOLs.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2018, 12:12:16 AM »
Battle Riot wasn't bad, but it further proves that Pat Patterson is the best person to layout a battle royal ever.

Tom Lawlor is a natural, but he needs to work on his punches. I understand he's holding back so he doesn't legitimately hurt anybody, and I tip my hat to him over it, but snugging them up a little would make everything that much better.

LowKi? Champ in 2018? Can't wait to see who he quits over this time...and I'll be anxiously awaiting every title defense.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 03:29:01 AM »
There's been a lot of rumors lately about Fenix and Pentagon being WWE bound. Well, the brothers just cancelled their apearance at the 10/4 MLW tapings in NY. Take that as you will.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2018, 03:51:37 AM »
There's been a lot of rumors lately about Fenix and Pentagon beng WWE bound. Well, the brothers just cancelled their apearance at the 10/4 MLW tapings in NY. Take that as you will.

As long as they don't cancel for All In.

But if true this really fucking sucks. I just absolutely do not like WWE's product. It really bums me out to see everyone I like go work somewhere that I can't stand to watch.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2018, 03:55:02 AM »
I hope they dont lose Fenix and Pentagon as they are just in the middle of an angle with Konnan taking over managing them as they broke away from Serena De La Renta's group this past weekend on TV. I suppose if need-be, they can make that into an angle to explain their departure. The word is though that both guys are still under a Lucha Underground contract which would prevent them from signing with WWE unless LU frees them. Which they may have done, who knows. It's not like there seems to be any potential for another LU season at this point.

This past weeks' show was maybe one of my favorites since they started on BeIn Sports. The main was Hennigan vs Teddy Hart which was what you would expect, a spotfest to say the least. Janela and MJF was pretty good too with brawling all over the place, and then Brazil and Calihan was also pretty damn good.

For a one hour show, the company really gets a lot of talent over in that short of a time. Loving the build for WarGames so far too. That will be right around the corner and hope they do another 2 hour episode for it in mid Sept.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2018, 03:59:44 AM »
What I'm loving about the show is how each set of tapings is that much better than the last. I've even come around on Barrington Hughes since the backstage brawl with the Death Machines (though I really, really wish they'd get away from the faux-Wyatts "handmade but clearly not" gear) and Brody King (who needs some fucking wins and is hampered by not being a true Hansen/Bruiser Brody type wild hoss monster).

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2018, 03:27:11 PM »
Don't know who still follows MLW but I just got done watching this week's show on YouTube. Brian Pillman Jr. has his dad's mannerisms down but he's still green as hell. Simon Gotch (WWE apparently abandoned the copyright on his name so he's free to use it) is doing an MMA gimmick which is weird.

I love that they bring in a variety of luchadores. They have Rush and Dragon Lee coming in on upcoming shows.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2018, 07:53:50 AM »
Don't know who still follows MLW but I just got done watching this week's show on YouTube. Brian Pillman Jr. has his dad's mannerisms down but he's still green as hell. Simon Gotch (WWE apparently abandoned the copyright on his name so he's free to use it) is doing an MMA gimmick which is weird.

I love that they bring in a variety of luchadores. They have Rush and Dragon Lee coming in on upcoming shows.

It's in my weekly viewing, and I'm loving it. I had know idea who Tom Lawlor was before I started watching, as I don't watch MMA, but I've become a big fan of his over the past few months. It's still a fun as hell show.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2019, 08:00:29 AM »

Should be fun.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2019, 11:41:15 AM »

Dreamer's partner will be some ECW alum (Raven, RVD, Sabu, Sandman) while Pillman Jr. will probably team with Shane Douglas (ugh).

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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2019, 07:14:21 AM »
Yeah, seems logical that that mystery partner tag will be former ECW alums. Raven just formed a loose alliance with Dreamer in Impact (but then there was no follow up oddly) so that would make sense. Or having Raven join Pillman instead and put Sandman with Dreamer to bring some former ECW rivarlies full circle. I wonder if Kevin Sullivan might also be a part of this given the storyline from before with Pillman Jr bloodying him up months ago.

Really as a whole enjoyed the set of tapings from Miami that aired over the last x number of weeks. Honestly, their best stuff yet as a whole overall taping went IMO.

Sucks they lost Rush to ROH, so they shifted that NYC match w/ LA Park (who I'm enjoying in MLW bigtime w/ all the rest of Selena's group) to Pentagon instead. They had a barnburner of a brawl in Ft Lauderdale during the WarGames taping so high expectations here.

The way they have presented and pushed Lo-Ki as MLW champion has been fantastic. In his last two major encounters he both shanked Konnan and worked an cauliflower rip on Daga, both with intense bloodshed and chaos in the post-match angles. This is the kind of stuff that makes sense at the top of the card and adds layer of heat to Ki and the Selena group as a whole. Really loving it all.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 07:43:45 AM »
As a follow up.....MLW is doing another live event on BeIn Sports on Feb 2 for the Philly show. I wonder if this is going to become a regular thing at every taping now.

So far they announced the tag title match w/ Lucha Bros vs Hart Foundation and wouldnt be shocked to see them add the MLW title match w/ Lo-Ki and Tom Lawler, but we will see. Maybe they want to save that for the following week.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2019, 07:45:30 AM »
The way they've built Low-Ki vs Lawlor has made it feel huge, as well. It's a 7 month build that saw Lawlor go from hated heel to top babyface over the time. He had to go through Sami Callihan, the mercenary for Selina, and dealt with a turn from his friend. It's been a fantastic story. Nothing complicated, very straight forward. They didn't need twists and turns, outside of the Simon Gotch turn.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2019, 05:48:24 AM »
MLW just signed power wrestler Hammerstone. Some might remember him from PPW. He's been a mainstay in PCW Ultra, WCWC, Ring Warriors, and other West coast companies. Dude is really good.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2019, 06:42:03 AM »
I read they officially announced the MLW title match with Lawler and Ki to the live broadcast. That's gonna be a hell of an hour that night with that and the tag title match.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2019, 04:35:24 AM »
Doesn't look like I'll be watching Superfight tonight but I'm hoping to catch it tomorrow sometime. Card looks good. I wasn't sold on Filthy Tom at first but he's really come into his own. Hart Foundation/Lucha Bros should be awesome too.

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« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2019, 03:50:37 PM »
Superfight was only three matches. Most of the advertised card occured at the TV tapings. Hart Foundation/Lucha Bros was good but Lawlor/Ki wasn't much of a match and was only about 6 minutes long. Seemed kind of odd to end Ki's reign and undefeated streak that way but it did make Lawlor look dominant.

Court Bauer confirmed on Twitter that the Lucha Bros are gone which frees them up to do AEW.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #27 on: February 03, 2019, 10:14:35 PM »
Superfight was only three matches. Most of the advertised card occured at the TV tapings. Hart Foundation/Lucha Bros was good but Lawlor/Ki wasn't much of a match and was only about 6 minutes long. Seemed kind of odd to end Ki's reign and undefeated streak that way but it did make Lawlor look dominant.

Court Bauer confirmed on Twitter that the Lucha Bros are gone which frees them up to do AEW.

They're still under Lucha Underground contract, so if they work AEW, they can't sign a deal, or at least an exclusive one.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2019, 12:04:45 PM »

Dreamer's partner will be some ECW alum (Raven, RVD, Sabu, Sandman) while Pillman Jr. will probably team with Shane Douglas (ugh).

Well Dreamer's partner was Sandman (no shock there) but they got really lazy with Pillman's partner who was Davey Boy Smith Jr. Cameo by the Blue Meanie.

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« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2019, 12:16:01 PM »

Dreamer's partner will be some ECW alum (Raven, RVD, Sabu, Sandman) while Pillman Jr. will probably team with Shane Douglas (ugh).

Well Dreamer's partner was Sandman (no shock there) but they got really lazy with Pillman's partner who was Davey Boy Smith Jr. Cameo by the Blue Meanie.

He and Davey are in a stable together. I don't think that's lazy at all. Why not ask you partner, who is tag team champion, to help you take out your rival? Better than another washed up former ECW alum.
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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2019, 12:30:52 PM »
Plus, if they continue it, there can be another mystery partner match and Dreamer could bring out Kotto or another face with rising stock.

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« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2019, 12:36:47 PM »
I guess I was just expecting them to bring someone in that tied more into his father's past but just as I thought that, I realize anyone like that is either dead, unable to compete, or under a WWE legends deal :(

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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2019, 07:56:52 AM »
So I wonder if they made a deal with LU to still have Pentagon and Fenix on at least a sporatic basis. They had them cut a promo on the last MLW show this weekend talking about being in Chicago. Unless that was before the AEW deal, but since they were actually supposedly cutting the promo FROM Vegas, I think some deal must have been cut. Especially since its clear their AEW deal is non-exclusive.

Last ep was pretty good, as was the Superfight hour, but it was too bad the world title match got massively rushed due to time constraints. They should have kept Kotto's match for another random week of stuff. Curious what the next step is for Low-Ki and where they will go with Lawler's first big program.

Also, did anyone find the episode (it was aired on the day before the Superfight live broadcast) that had the Dreamer/Pillman empty arena match? There was no mention of it on TV this week so wondering if they decided to scrap it and the episode in question altogether? It's not on their Youtube page.

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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2019, 08:15:27 AM »
Lucha Brothers aren't exclusive to any company, except for LU, so they can take dates from anyone at the moment. The AEW deal is a per show basis.

The main event was supposed to go that length. Lawlor mentioned on his show with Bryan Alvarez, that they wanted it to feel like a real fight. Some fights go a while, some are over fast. If you watch UFC, there are some fights that will go the length, while other end in the first round. This was the idea behind that.
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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2019, 08:19:31 AM »
Lucha Brothers aren't exclusive to any company, except for LU, so they can take dates from anyone at the moment. The AEW deal is a per show basis.

The main event was supposed to go that length. Lawlor mentioned on his show with Bryan Alvarez, that they wanted it to feel like a real fight. Some fights go a while, some are over fast. If you watch UFC, there are some fights that will go the length, while other end in the first round. This was the idea behind that.

I was wondering if that was the intention. It did work pretty effectively, but I thought maybe it could have used maybe 5 more minutes to just build the drama a bit more, especially since the Low-Ki run was so effectively booked.

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« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2019, 09:16:40 AM »
Lucha Brothers aren't exclusive to any company, except for LU, so they can take dates from anyone at the moment. The AEW deal is a per show basis.

The main event was supposed to go that length. Lawlor mentioned on his show with Bryan Alvarez, that they wanted it to feel like a real fight. Some fights go a while, some are over fast. If you watch UFC, there are some fights that will go the length, while other end in the first round. This was the idea behind that.

I was wondering if that was the intention. It did work pretty effectively, but I thought maybe it could have used maybe 5 more minutes to just build the drama a bit more, especially since the Low-Ki run was so effectively booked.

Agreed there. I love Kotto, he's a really good talent, so I was happy to see his match on the show as something special, even in a loss.

The tag title match was solid, but holy shit was the begging bad. Penta botched a bit to start, especially when Fenix went to whip, I believe it was Davey, into the ropes and he had to stop because Penta wasn't in the right spot.

I'm a pretty big mark for the New Hart Foundation, so I'm stoked to see them building the company around them.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2019, 09:55:00 AM »
Lucha Brothers aren't exclusive to any company, except for LU, so they can take dates from anyone at the moment. The AEW deal is a per show basis.

The main event was supposed to go that length. Lawlor mentioned on his show with Bryan Alvarez, that they wanted it to feel like a real fight. Some fights go a while, some are over fast. If you watch UFC, there are some fights that will go the length, while other end in the first round. This was the idea behind that.

I was wondering if that was the intention. It did work pretty effectively, but I thought maybe it could have used maybe 5 more minutes to just build the drama a bit more, especially since the Low-Ki run was so effectively booked.

Agreed there. I love Kotto, he's a really good talent, so I was happy to see his match on the show as something special, even in a loss.

The tag title match was solid, but holy shit was the begging bad. Penta botched a bit to start, especially when Fenix went to whip, I believe it was Davey, into the ropes and he had to stop because Penta wasn't in the right spot.

I'm a pretty big mark for the New Hart Foundation, so I'm stoked to see them building the company around them.

That finish of the tag title match made up for the botchy botchy fortunately!

Speaking of botchy too, thank god Kotto didn't kill himself on that dive over the ref/Selena! Otherwise a really heated and physical match there with Martinez. That easily could have been a main on a regular episode of MLW

Still hoping they put up the Empty Arena Dreamer/Pillman Jr match! I cant get BeIn Sports anymore so its YouTube all the way with em.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2019, 11:45:03 AM »
That botch by Kotto was scary. I mentioned that to my wife the second we saw it. So scary. The ref should have been lower by a couple of inches.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2019, 05:39:15 AM »
Alexander Hammerstone had a good debut. He has a decent look but reminds too much of  Mordecai/Kevin Thorne. I want to see more of what he can do.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2019, 06:02:56 AM »
Teddy/MJF had a weird finish. Hart nailed four different finishers; one after another while the ref was out and MJF couldn't even take advantage.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #42 on: February 17, 2019, 11:05:53 AM »
Alexander Hammerstone had a good debut. He has a decent look but reminds too much of  Mordecai/Kevin Thorne. I want to see more of what he can do.

I've been following him since the PPW days. This look he has now is pretty new, as of about a month or so ago. He's a great power guy. I'm happy for him.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2019, 02:02:51 PM »
Fell off for a couple of weeks but am catching up now.

I do not care for Salina de la Renta despite being nice to look at. I am however jumping on the Mance Warner bandwagon. I will gladly be the conductor on that train. There's something about him. He gives off a genuine aura of an ultraviolent redneck in a way I didn't believe the likes of Necro Butcher were.

And again, I think Alexander Hammerstone has a great look.

Barrington Hughes. Yeah, I don't get it. Just a big fat dude.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #44 on: May 08, 2019, 05:29:12 AM »
Say what you will about Salina, but she absolutely oozes charisma and IMO is the most prolific valet since who knows when. If she wasnt under a contract I have no question that HHH would grab her for NXT. Always been curious how her ringwork is though as I know she had a history in the indies before under a different name.

I hear you on Hughes, just a prototypical big dude. Acey Baby is so much better in terms of a big man who can actually work.

That was awesome last episode when Warner did the oldschool trick of coming out of a big gift box. Haven't seen that in rasslin for awhile!

MLW seems a bit in a transitional phase somewhat since I think Fenix and Pentagon must be gone now. Pentagon handily jobbed to LA Park this past episode which seems to signify that.

That said, the talent here is still ripe for exposure and upward mobility. The key with MLW is that Konnan seems to be playing upon the strengths of the talents better than most wrestling companies, and then you continue to have a direct intention of making this vibe every episode similar to 90s ECW it feels. All in all, I'm still a dedicated fan of the product at this point.

Seeing how ROH has not used Rush very well so far, its a fucking shame he wasn't allowed to stay here. I would imagine he'd be in line for a title run if he was.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #45 on: May 08, 2019, 05:39:59 AM »
Konnan's strength as a booker is knowing how to utilize a talent's strengths and hide their weaknesses. Add in that Court has already failed once as a promoter and clearly learned, and that he learned directly from GARY FUCKING HART (shortlist of GOAT bookers), and MLW just needs that one real hit to be a bigger player.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #46 on: May 08, 2019, 05:40:39 AM »
Say what you will about Salina, but she absolutely oozes charisma and IMO is the most prolific valet since who knows when. If she wasnt under a contract I have no question that HHH would grab her for NXT. Always been curious how her ringwork is though as I know she had a history in the indies before under a different name.

I hear you on Hughes, just a prototypical big dude. Acey Baby is so much better in terms of a big man who can actually work.

That was awesome last episode when Warner did the oldschool trick of coming out of a big gift box. Haven't seen that in rasslin for awhile!

MLW seems a bit in a transitional phase somewhat since I think Fenix and Pentagon must be gone now. Pentagon handily jobbed to LA Park this past episode which seems to signify that.

That said, the talent here is still ripe for exposure and upward mobility. The key with MLW is that Konnan seems to be playing upon the strengths of the talents better than most wrestling companies, and then you continue to have a direct intention of making this vibe every episode similar to 90s ECW it feels. All in all, I'm still a dedicated fan of the product at this point.

Seeing how ROH has not used Rush very well so far, its a fucking shame he wasn't allowed to stay here. I would imagine he'd be in line for a title run if he was.

That was a great moment. My wife thought it was going to be Sami, as they were doing the story of him looking for Salina the whole show, so to have old Mancer pop out was a great moment.

They just signed the Von Erichs for the tag division, which is a great signing, and apparently they are working on a contract with another big name, multiple time champion.

Regarding Salina, I'm not sure of her ring work, but she mentioned on Twitter today that she's tired of fans asking her about getting back in the ring. Apparently she had some serious injury, and that's why she's in the role she is instead of wrestling. She said that her doctors haven't cleared her, and they probably won't ever.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #47 on: May 08, 2019, 05:52:42 AM »
I wonder who this big name is they are negotiating with on a deal? I can't think of anyone particular that has been not courted by another company at this point, etc. Has anything leaked as possibilties?

Good on them on signing the Von Erichs, the buzz is back with them after the Vice piece. And I think MLW does good on nostalgic throwback stuff, so this is a good fit.

I'm a bit surprised Callihan is taking a more face direction, but it's different and in this environment it actually works.

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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2019, 06:36:32 AM »
I think the best thing about Sami being a face here is that it actually makes sense. He was a heel, but got screwed over by Salina so now he's looking for revenge. It's not just some random turn for the hell of it.
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Re: MLW v2
« Reply #49 on: May 08, 2019, 08:03:51 AM »
All he needs to do now is to learn when to play to the crowd and when to just go. It's actually very common with CZW alumni from the Zandig/Hyde transition period, now that I think about it.