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Old 06-20-2018, 06:25 AM
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tanahashi has ascended to an enlightened plane of ring gear
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:02 AM
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Former WCW World Champion, All Japan Triple Crown Champion, IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and probably the best big-man worker of all time Vader (aka Big Van Vader), real name Leon White, has passed away.

Celebrate his memory by powerbombing someone and building your own White Castle of Fear today.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:28 AM
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remember always that when the police hassled vader for crashing his car into a ditch while drunk, he told them he was just out hunting frogs, then he took on eight cops and two dogs and broke three sets of handcuffs.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:04 AM
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I remember him primarily from the episodes of Boy Meets World he was on as Ethan Suplee's dad.

And for being an absolute beast in the Fire Pro Wrestling games.
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Old 06-20-2018, 01:29 PM
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May the light of God shine upon Leon White today.
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Old 06-20-2018, 01:39 PM
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Essential viewing here: Vader's debut in New Japan, squashing Antonio Inoki and catapulting to the top of the card in minutes. The crowd got so pissed and rowdy (by Japanese standards anyway) that New Japan was banned from Sumo Hall for a while after.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x24dipk
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:05 PM
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His appearance on Baywatch was the first and only time I saw the absolutely incredible mastodon helmet. Damn that was a great design.
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:17 PM
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So good that Tetsuo Hara shamelessly stole it for Saturday Night Slam Masters.

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Yes! Good homage.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:21 PM
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Essential viewing here: Vader's debut in New Japan, squashing Antonio Inoki and catapulting to the top of the card in minutes. The crowd got so pissed and rowdy (by Japanese standards anyway) that New Japan was banned from Sumo Hall for a while after.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x24dipk
Ditch's summary (linked at the video above) is nuts.

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The loss of revenue from having their TV slot changed [as fallout from the Vader riot, etc] forced [NJPW] to cut salaries. Maeda refused this and eventually quit the company, as did several others, leading to the return of UWF as a separate company. This in turn led to the creation of every shoot-style promotion in Japan and several MMA companies, most notably PRIDE.
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:43 AM
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hahaha I remember Ditch, I wanna say he was one of the less overtly deviant dudes at DVDVR.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:22 AM
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hahaha I remember Ditch, I wanna say he was one of the less overtly deviant dudes at DVDVR.
Heís been over at SA for a good number of years now and seems to have mellowed even more
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I always find it hilarious when WWE tries to respect their batshit continuity.



"You tried to abduct my wife!"
"tried"

"Daniel, you're like a brother to me."
"You set your brother on fire."

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Old 08-05-2018, 05:20 PM
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What happens when two women in their 30s decide to learn more about pro wrestling?

Wonderful things.

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Minoru Suzuki is a "murder grandpa"

Hiroshi Tanahashi has hair like a wine mom on vacation in Cancun

Chris Jericho is the grossest guy that one of the hosts would pork
e: The Suzuki thirst, is also real

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Old 08-05-2018, 09:14 PM
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Also, I have been brought into the understanding of MASSAGE NV, the massage therapist tag team. They rub and stretch their foes until they are helpless with relaxation.
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Hand to God, the first time I heard about someone getting "stretched" in wrestling terms, I thought "well that's nice of them."
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Interesting writeup from Herb on the NJPW show at Madison Square Garden coming up. Inflation makes the comparison to WCW not entirely fair, but this is apparently going to be the first non-WWF wrestling show in North America to ever do a million dollar gate. The best WCW ever did was 930K at the Georgia Dome.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:55 PM
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NJPW is in the old ECW hotseat in terms of tastemaking, with the added benefit of actually making money
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Plus they're not counting the days until 90 percent of their talent gets poached away and they have to put a belt on whatever you'd consider the 2018 equivalent of Justin Credible. (ZSJ?)
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Plus they're not counting the days until 90 percent of their talent gets poached away and they have to put a belt on whatever you'd consider the 2018 equivalent of Justin Credible. (ZSJ?)
Bad Luck Fale v Super Crazy headlining the Dome
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Old 08-12-2018, 03:51 PM
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OH! SHIBATA DA! KATSUYORI SHIBATA GA SECONDO DESU NE! SHIBATA DESU YO! KATSUYORI SHIBATA GA SECONDO! SORE WA DAI HAPPENING!
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So Iím sure youíve heard about the rise of Inokiism Twitter. I take partial credit for it because I read somewhere about a rumor that Seth Rollins and Dolph Zigglerís Iron Man Match at Extreme Rules was a spiteful clapback at Omega/Okada.

As wrestling Twitterís #1 Dolph Ziggler hater, I openly opined that we needed Inokiism back to stop shit like this happen, and instead have Ziggler forced in an MMA match with, I dunno, Stipe Miocic, with Vince passing a note to Stipe that said ďan extra hundo for each stitch that dollar store Shawn Michaels motherfucker needs afterwards.Ē

So yeah. Sorry not sorry.
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Old 08-12-2018, 03:59 PM
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So Iím sure youíve heard about the rise of Inokiism Twitter.
or, "the internet works itself into a shoot. again."
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or, "the internet works itself into a shoot. again."


The fact that so many people diaped out over a bunch of jokesters made my day.
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:49 PM
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The extremely old in the audience may remember a nearly identical phenomenon revolving around Usenet troll cliques embracing the New World Order circa 1997. World without end, amen.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:38 AM
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RIP jim the anvil, bombing around purgatory on his kawasaki ninja
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So Iím sure youíve heard about the rise of Inokiism Twitter.
Man. Every time I think I'm starting to understand this wrestling thing, I hear about something like this and realize I need to go back to square one again
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:35 AM
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Man. Every time I think I'm starting to understand this wrestling thing, I hear about something like this and realize I need to go back to square one again
I'm going to attempt to explain this in Extremely Online terms:

Deep Irony ex-forum posters vs. Light Irony social media types
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:45 AM
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I'm trying to think of an analogous example from middle 00s forum contrarianism but mercifully those years fade further from view with each passing day. The cult of Mark Henry that briefly struck DVDVR maybe.
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I'm trying to think of an analogous example from middle 00s forum contrarianism but mercifully those years fade further from view with each passing day. The cult of Mark Henry that briefly struck DVDVR maybe.


Counterpoint: turns out that Mark Henry actually was very good
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