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#1 JerryvonKramer

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 05:49 AM

A couple of us feel that over recent weeks, the board has become too focused on bitching about modern WWE, sucking on the teet of New Japan/ROH, and discussion of old wresting, the life and blood of PWO, seems to have fallen off a cliff.

I just wanted to voice this somewhere, because this trend of constant moaning about the current product is starting to make this place feel like any other generic wrestling board.

I thought possibly making everyone aware of this might help bring back a bit more old-school.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:10 AM

It's March. Mania's almost here. ROH just had a big show that people reacted to. There's the Demott scandal. 65% of us are also heavily focused on 2014-2015 matches due to March Madness over at DVDVR. 

 

April will be better for the rest of you.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:59 AM

I find this to be a bizarre complaint. My suggestion would be to post a compelling thread regarding wrestling history, the old product, et. If it is something of interest discussion will follow.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 09:59 AM

I don't know if it's just the influence of the Network or the terribleness of the booking or what, but the board seems more negative somehow now than it has ever been and it feels like the flavour of the whole place has changed.

This used to be the place where you can chuck out any old wrestler's name and someone would be able to find a good to great match they had once, whoever it was. Bunkhouse Buck, Shanghai Pierce, The Barbarian, whoever. I always thought that brand of positivity was something that set the board apart. Things seem a bit one-note to me at the moment.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

Also, I had this funny notion that the lifeblood of Pro Wrestling Only was pro wrestling, only. Certainly, that includes old-school wrestling, but it also includes every other form of pro wrestling that people wish to discuss, not prizing any one as more worthy of discussion than the other. If one were trying to shut down discussion of old-school wrestling on this board, that would be awful, and very much against this board's spirit, but that's not what's happening.



#6 JerryvonKramer

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:10 AM

Not really saying that discussion of modern stuff should be shut down, but more that it seems increasingly that that's all there is.

Perhaps that's just my perception, but there seem to be a lot of threads dedicated to complaining about the same few things. Could be a sign of the strength of people's feelings about what's happening, but if it stayed like this for a real length of time, I'd likely tap out.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:20 AM

It's march.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:25 AM

Just want to weigh in as someone who posts almost solely in current WWE threads and has only been on here for about a year. I love the old school threads, and the board has exposed me to a lot of great wrestling. I'm really into Jack Brisco and El Dandy right now, and I'm planning to go through as much Memphis as I can eventually. I just don't have anything really to contribute in those threads because I'm a relative novice and someone else has already expressed my thoughts better. I really respect Loss and the mods as curators of wrestling history, and it's nice that this is such a civil place to talk shop. I don't know if this reflects other newer members, but I definitely enjoy nearly all wrestling discussion.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:44 AM

I think it is just because of Mania coming up. I also think the current slump of WWE goes a bit beyond the normal slump so the complaints are also more prevalent. As for ROH and NJPW, they have been pretty great so far this year, so just giving credit where credit is due. 

 

After Mania season the current WWE talk will die down and I hope the Greatest Wrestler Ever project will heat up.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:10 AM

After Mania season the current WWE talk will die down and I hope the Greatest Wrestler Ever project will heat up.

I think I need to come up with something to re-focus in on the project when Mania hits. The deadline will be a year at that point, so time to focus.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:20 AM

I find this to be a bizarre complaint. My suggestion would be to post a compelling thread regarding wrestling history, the old product, et. If it is something of interest discussion will follow.

 

Yeah Dylan is right here....sometimes the way to get the conversation going in the direction that you want is attempting to start a topic for it and get it going. It might go good it might not who knows.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:26 AM

I find a wee bit of irony about Parv complaining about board negativity given his recent "Who is your least favourite person associated with wrestling period?" thread, which promoted negative discussion about people within the wrestling business. I agree with Dylan and Kris, find the right topic and people will discuss old school wrestling more. It's also partially the natural ebb and flow of discussion. Usually historical discussion peaks in the late summer/autumn with the Observer Hall Of Fame voting. There's always more modern day WWE talk in the first quarter of the year with WrestleMania.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:26 AM

Agreed. Be the change you want to see in the world. Modern WWE has actually made me hate wrestling, so I need someone to step in and remind me of its awesomeness. 



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 12:05 PM

'sucking on the teet of New Japan/ROH'

 

Ok, Parv - what's your objections to RoH? I'm genuinely curious.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 12:18 PM

Don't worry, my planned dual thread on Dominic DeNucci and Baron Scicluna will herald an old school Renaissance. In the meantime, join me on my journey through the wondrous career of Johnny Rodz.
http://prowrestlingo...-jobber-thread/

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:57 PM

When I saw this topic, I was really hoping it was going to be about bitching over old school stuff. There's really none of that on this board (or elsewhere) because everyone naturally cherry-picks the good stuff.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:06 PM

I discussed this with Parv earlier. Here are some thoughts I shared with Parv and some that I didn't

 

1. It's March and it's mania. The negative talk is because the booking has been terrible. Last year we as fans were pissed until they switched gears and the build became a lot more palatable.

 

2. Their are a lot of podcasts that cover old school wrestling. People get their fix with those. To a lot of people the 90's are considered old school. 

 

3. He's upset that their isn't more talk of 70's footage. Bottom line it doesn't have the nostalgia factor that the 80's has.

 

4. He's looking at Dory Jr and has positive feelings for him as a worker. Not a lot of people share that opinion. Will has been the most vocal against Dory. Bottom line, most people take Will's stance on Dory. People don't want to go down that rabbit hole with you.

 

5. He then says people don't want to go on the ride with Brisco, Wahoo etc either. I think watching 70's style wrestling is more foreign than watching Lucha to a lot of people.

 

6. The best of 80's sets have been in a holding pattern. That generates a lot of 80's talk.

 

7. Parv you could talk about 80's Lucha in the Lucha thread. It's not type old school you want to talk about.

 

8. The NJPW/ROH is something that I'm going to take as a shot aimed at me. I feel I've been given a label as an old school guy. I like good wrestling. I don't care what decade it's in. I've given ROH/and NJPW some positive pub on my end. They deserve it. They've put on good shows for me. On top of it both ROH and NJPW have streaming services where you can essentially go on tour with both brands in almost real time. If this was available in the 70's or 80's for MId-Atlantic  Parv would have been all over it.

 

9. The 90's have been covered in great detail. Loss and people like PeteF3, Chad, Childs and others have contributed a lot to those topics; and  should be proud of all the discussion of the 90's product in all parts of wrestling.

 

10. Finally, people might not feel all that comfy talking about footage from the 70's , but damn sure want to read about it. You don't post much in current WWE because you don't follow the product. You obviously read it. I bet a lot of people do read about your stuff with Brisco and Dory, but don';t have a lot to say about it because they haven't been involved in that world.

 

11. Parv, you're still my boy.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:50 PM

If Parv wants to give me copies of the Wahoo set, than I will watch along with him.



#19 JerryvonKramer

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 09:44 PM

I actually have less of an agenda here than people (including Pete) might think. Will try to answer his points:

1. It's March and it's mania. The negative talk is because the booking has been terrible. Last year we as fans were pissed until they switched gears and the build became a lot more palatable.

I get that, but it has felt like it has drowned everything else out.
 
2. Their are a lot of podcasts that cover old school wrestling. People get their fix with those. To a lot of people the 90's are considered old school. 

All I'll say is that I'd encourage people to give their thoughts more, especially if they've watched footage.
 
3. He's upset that their isn't more talk of 70's footage. Bottom line it doesn't have the nostalgia factor that the 80's has.


I'm not that upset by it. I understand that some of the footage is hard to get hold of and even harder to sit through, especially if it's clipped, 8mm film, Luce stuff, etc. More entry barriers than most areas.

By "old school", I mean generally "anything older than about 1996". 70s had no bearing on me making this thread.
 
4. He's looking at Dory Jr and has positive feelings for him as a worker. Not a lot of people share that opinion. Will has been the most vocal against Dory. Bottom line, most people take Will's stance on Dory. People don't want to go down that rabbit hole with you.

I haven't really gone on about Dory that much. He'll make my list, involved in too many great matches not to be, but I'm well aware of his shortcomings. He had no bearing on me making this thread.
 
5. He then says people don't want to go on the ride with Brisco, Wahoo etc either. I think watching 70's style wrestling is more foreign than watching Lucha to a lot of people.

When I said in our chat that "people don't care about the 70s", I was just saying that I get it that only a fraction of people will want to explore back that far. I mean shit, we've known that ever since we started Titans. Again, not really what I was getting at with this thread.
 
6. The best of 80's sets have been in a holding pattern. That generates a lot of 80's talk.

I agree with that. The Lucha set stalled for some reason. I think a combination of DVDR going down, the network, and the natural slump in energy and enthusiasm every project has after the initial burst. I mean I'll hold my hand up, I never got past disc 2. But yes, we're due a set, and that has partly been what has been missing.
 
7. Parv you could talk about 80's Lucha in the Lucha thread. It's not type old school you want to talk about.
 
I will say that I just reviewed an El Dandy match from 1988 and not just to prove a point. I am planning on trying to watch a good sampling of Lucha for GWE purposes, although it still hasn't really clicked with me the way Japanese wrestling does. Not impossible though, I like the environment more than modern indie or WWE.

8. The NJPW/ROH is something that I'm going to take as a shot aimed at me. I feel I've been given a label as an old school guy. I like good wrestling. I don't care what decade it's in. I've given ROH/and NJPW some positive pub on my end. They deserve it. They've put on good shows for me. On top of it both ROH and NJPW have streaming services where you can essentially go on tour with both brands in almost real time. If this was available in the 70's or 80's for MId-Atlantic  Parv would have been all over it.

Alright, you got me here. This was partly aimed at you (and Will), but like you two are influential guys in this community. Again, it's not like I'm saying no one should discuss NJPW or ROH, just that there's been a noticeable drop off in talk of older stuff, while this has risen. I get that New Japan world and the Network are factors here. I guess I was just worried that it might kill off discussion of older stuff for good.
 
9. The 90's have been covered in great detail. Loss and people like PeteF3, Chad, Childs and others have contributed a lot to those topics; and  should be proud of all the discussion of the 90's product in all parts of wrestling.

 

No arguments from me, those guys have been awesome, and those threads are a tremendous resource. I love it when I've just watched a match from the 90s and I can go and read their thoughts on it.
 
10. Finally, people might not feel all that comfy talking about footage from the 70's , but damn sure want to read about it. You don't post much in current WWE because you don't follow the product. You obviously read it. I bet a lot of people do read about your stuff with Brisco and Dory, but don';t have a lot to say about it because they haven't been involved in that world.


Yeah, I get that.
 

I should also mention that I do have the Network now and did watch both the Royal Rumble and Fast Lane. I am aware of what's happening in Current WWE in general, I just don't find it that interesting. And I find it slightly surprising that people are invested in it enough to moan about it as much as they do. I'll watch the PPV and be like "oh ho hum" and maybe listen to a reaction show and read some comments and move on. The booking has been at head-scratching levels of retarded, it's true, but I guess I find it a slight shame that the lion's share of attention is going on that right now.

 

11. Parv, you're still my boy.
 

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:29 PM

Also on a final take from me. I'll take people bitching about current WWE than 50 pages of people full of crap saying it's awesome. I'd rather be part of a community that has integrity. This isn't a shot at Sorrow. I know he loves the current product.  There is a folder where a few of us do discuss the 80's projects. I get my fill of discussing 80's matches there I.also want to save it for when the time is right to discuss it. I also do a podcast with you where I get to express my thoughts verbally with you along with Johnny, and Kelly the current Brain Buster champion  in regards to older footage. I show up on Steven's show from time to time to usually discuss older footage. So the  board has been a place for me to talk about things I like that is happening right now. Besides WWE their is a lot of cool stuff to discuss that is current. ROH is putting on a good product. During the Davey Richards era it was the shits. Lucha Underground in novel and showcasing a lot of AAA talent. AAA has Rey Misterio returning Sunday and that could lead to AAA exploding into the #2 wrestling company in the world.NXT is fun to watch. NJPW is putting on strong big events the last few years. They'll need to switch things up soon or it will become too stale. AJ Styles right now as IWGP champion is like a modern day Nick Bockwinkle in the type of different matches with different opponents he's having. People want to follow things that are good. Right now their are a lot of options that are happening in the moment that are good. Old school will always be there. Eventually things will get boring or overexposed and old school will be more prevelant on the board. Bottom line the PWO community loves good wrestling, and their was a lot of great wrestling in the 70's , 80's, 90's and beyond.






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