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Zenjo

Member Since 11 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 21 2017 07:34 PM
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In Topic: Any members of this forum ever tried out or worked in the ring as wrestlers?

03 October 2017 - 01:00 PM

It's all about balance. As well as a variety of matches and styles, I felt it was important to balance the results as well. Too many villains going over can bring the energy down when you don't want it to be down


Of course this is never a problem in the WWE...

Great post. It's super rare to see any Booker/Promoter go into that level of detail about their philosophies and methods.

In Topic: Bobby Heenan RIP

27 September 2017 - 03:42 PM

:( I missed this.

 

Not unexpected, but like many fans here Bobby Heenan was an integral part of my wrestling fandom back in the day. Even in the darkest days in WCW he'd still make at least one comment a show that would crack me up. He was probably the greatest manager of all time, enhancing all around him. Always playing the fool, ever the true heel. And being a former wrestler he could also take bumps. The Survivor Series 1989 match was to me the crowning glory of his time in front of the camera. Pure comedy gold. And a great commentator too, particularly when teamed with Gorilla. They were the perfect comedy double act who also knew what was going on in the ring and how to get it over. The epic Royal Rumble 1992 commentary was the Brain's high point behind the mic. With his sharp wit he could've been a stand up comic. But thankfully Heenan found his way to the crazy world of pro wrestling and left an indelible mark on it.


In Topic: Who's your Boy?!

27 September 2017 - 03:12 PM

He is the Master of the Master Lock, The Masterpiece Chris Masters

 

He may have gone on to an underwhelming career. 15 years and counting of it. Forget about world titles, not holding any titles all the time he was in WWE was quite an accomplishment. I don't recall him ever being popular. He sure isn't talented.

 

But to me he'll always be that green young boy. Roided to the gills, looking like his muscles were about to burst through his skin and explode. Vince must have been master something else in the back. Crushing other wrestlers and plants alike for the Master Lock challenge. He was the eventual end point of the talentless bodybuilder wrestler and one of the most ludicrous examples of it. He'd have probably had a more successful career in the 90's, but the Wellness Policy basically killed him. The move away from steroids has been a huge positive in the wrestling industry. Yet seeing Masters come back as a mini-me actually made me feel sad about it for a short while.


In Topic: Gimmick Match of the Month: The Lumberjack Match (September 2017)

14 September 2017 - 04:16 PM

It isn't my least favourite gimmick match, but it's right down there. The gimmick engulfs the entire psychology of the match whatever the participants do. If they're in the ring then the viewer is just waiting for a wrestler to be thrown to the floor. If they're on the floor then there's a limited amount of things that can happen. The only variation you see is in the extent to which the deck is stacked against the faces. And the format lessens the rivalry because the participants are fighting against lots of random people rather than focusing on each other.

In Topic: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Taka Michinoku (PWFG 08/26/95)

10 September 2017 - 11:50 AM

A bit of a hidden gem and new discovery for me. Under 10m and action packed with very stiff shots. Taka was fundamentally well trained with his ground game. That meant he could fit in well with the style, although it wasn't typical PWFG. I was always a bit concerned about how Fujiwara was going to violate the young man. The underdog dynamic was expertly worked and it ran just as long as it needed to.