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nchammer326
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« on: May 28, 2013, 03:32 pm »

Pro wrestling can be pretty cool. It can also be hilariously bad.

I like wrestling. I watched it for a few years when I was young enough to believe it wasn't scripted, and recently got back into watching it about a year ago. I'm actually trying to compile a huge list of wrestlers and the moves they innovated/introduced to pro wrestling (another version, in case you need an account to see that SA post), which has been both an enjoyable learning experience that's expanded my appreciation of pro wrestling and its history, and an infuriating nightmare that has consumed many hours I will never get back.

Here are some things:

Video links to almost every wrestling match Dave Meltzer has rated 5 stars- Dave Meltzer is basically the most respected wrestling critic. While this may not seem like a huge accomplishment, given that most wrestling "critics" are just snarky bloggers, he's actually had a pretty significant impact on pro-wrestling. He popularized a rating system that ranks matches from 0-5 stars, with 5 stars essentially meaning "perfect". While it's a purely subjective thing (Meltzer has a pretty obvious bias favoring the Japanese "Strong Style" and "King's Road" styles of wrestling), the matches are all pretty fucking dope.

The most recent 5-star match:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UClzX0Uo4Fk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UClzX0Uo4Fk</a>

Botchamania- Video series featuring compilations of wrestlers fucking up (see: "botch") set to old video game music. The most recent video was #232. I repeat, there is enough footage of wrestlers screwing up to fill over 200 videos.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWI7MjTZ-Ic" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWI7MjTZ-Ic</a>

"Carnies, Racists and Perverts: The Biggest Assholes in Wrestling"- An SA thread compiling a list of douchebag wrestlers.

"Wrestling Observer Newsletter Back Issue Quotes"- There was a time when WCW was more popular than the WWF. Unfortunately, the company went under due to a string of insane and terrible decisions. You can read a good summary of WCW's baffling downward spiral here, or you can get an idea of what was going on through some of these amazing quotes:

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Quote #215
"The Demon vs. Vampiro feud was scheduled to go like this. Demon was to be revealed as the Son of the Devil, I swear I'm not making this up, who had turned good because he turned his back on his father. Vampiro would be revealed to have been sent down, or up, however the geography goes, to garner revenge. On the New Years Eve PPV, Demon would toss Vampiro into a vat of holy water, and when he got out, he'd change to a new character" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 20, 1999

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Quote #6
"Dustin Runnels was at Starrcade, being called by management to return. Runnels is reportedly being paid $750,000 per year but the company isn't using him. When he got there, the company told him they had no plans for him, and he went back home." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 25, 2000.

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Quote #303
"Chavo stormed off talking about forming a Pepe World Order" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 26, 1998

Here are some other things:

Mark Henry is insanely strong guy and his current character is this great "I've been treated as a joke for the past 15 years but I just remembered that I'm legit freakishly strong, so I'm going to destroy everyone and charge people for breathing air" bad guy. He also seems to be an incredibly kind person. He talked zombies with Pee Wee Herman on twitter, wrote/read a touching poem when Owen Hart died, and had this great interview:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqYTL1V9giE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqYTL1V9giE</a>

Skip to 3:14 where Henry's asked how he feels about one of his high school records being broken.

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Chikara wrestling is the best wrestling:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH4MUDvTeDc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH4MUDvTeDc</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iDlh1dac-Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iDlh1dac-Y</a>
(The full match.)
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 05:09 pm »

I used to watch wrestling with my dad when I was like 5.

The end.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 07:53 pm »

I used to watch wrestling with my dad when I was like 5.

The end.

Ditto

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 08:57 pm »

I used to watch wrestling as a preteen, we would all "play" wrestling at school and create elaborate complex backstories and feuds before then just smashing into each other indiscriminately before the teachers would come tell us off.

Truly a golden time in my life.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 12:52 am »

i did that too
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 04:19 am »

I'M

GONNA

STRANGLE

YOU

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCxWUKMJfEI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCxWUKMJfEI</a>

HALF

TO

DEATH
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013, 01:47 pm »



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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 06:33 pm »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgYLR6kHuEM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgYLR6kHuEM</a>
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2015, 11:19 am »

Lucha Underground just had its big Season 1 finale blowout (Ultima Lucha) and let me tell you...if you're not watching this show, you're fucking up big time

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDR6tOXzt6Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDR6tOXzt6Q</a>
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2015, 01:36 pm »

Lucha Underground is great, NXT is great

two great shows, good wrestling, A+
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