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  1. It's hard to say. The kid may have thought that if he were nice to MJF, that MJF would be nice to him. Most of the time, the heels will behave that way (at least for kids). But MJF is MJF. Truthfully, I can also say that if it had been me and my son in this situation, my reaction would be based entirely on my son's reaction. If he laughed it off, I'd be able to enjoy it too. But if he took it to heart, I'd have words with MJF about taking it too far on young kids because in that moment, it just became personal. And he'd likely just continue to be MJF to me, which would just rile me up further because I'd KNOW IT and feel he wasn't taking me seriously. Not that I'd try to fight him, I know I'd have 0 shot at that. But ANYWAY, my point is I can totally see from the dad's perspective. Seeing someone be that rude to your kid and hurt their feelings hits you deep, even if you know it's meant to be entertainment. I think Cody's reaction was the best one he could give. They want to support MJF being his character, but they don't want to alienate fans. Spreading the word like he did via that public announcement (Twitter counts!) that MJF will be MJF should hopefully help set the precedent for everyone to maybe not bring the little ones to MJF. But he also offered the apology to the family, and that was classy of him.
  2. It's Vince McMahon's fault that WrestleMania is in as chaotic a state as it's in. Obviously he's not responsible for Covid-19, but he is responsible for how he decided to handle it. From what I've read, literally everyone in WWE didn't want to move forward with WrestleMania in this circumstance, it's entirely Vince pushing it forward. As a result, people like Roman or Lashley are getting screwed over because they're either in quarantine or don't feel safe exposing themselves to the risk. I mean, Roman Reigns was set to face Goldberg in a mega main event where you gotta believe Roman was set to win the title. Instead, he's backed out of it due to his immunosystem deficiency due to Leaukemia - And yet Vince is still moving forward, despite a main event being changed. I just dunno. It's a tough situation all around, but I feel like people would've appreciated it more if we could've just settled down and delayed Mania until we can gather for it again. Alternatively, if we could just do Mania, use the Raw/NXT/Smackdown after to tie things up and take a break til this is all over, that'd be a good way too but I doubt that'll happen. AEW reportedly wishes they could've at least gotten to Blood and Guts, they would've done that and then took a break. But unfortunately, just couldn't quite make it. Dang virus.
  3. AEW deals are not on the same level as WWE, primarily because WWE deliberately began signing people to much higher contracts in 5 year exclusive deals to make sure they don't go to AEW. AEW's got good financial backing, they do take good care of their talent. A big difference is that AEW wrestlers are actually employed by AEW and not considered "independent contractors" like they are in WWE or other places. That gives them full set of benefits instead of having to take care of that themselves, as well as AEW paying their share of wrestler's taxes like your job does for you. Retirement as well, all that jazz. WWE does take decent care of it's talent, especially when they need surgery/physical therapy or rehab, but they still try to get away with not providing the rest of the stuff. Fyter Fest and Fight For The Fallen are just charity shows and while both of them have some good matches, they're not essential viewing either. Dustin/Cody Rhodes vs The Young Bucks is brilliant though.
  4. There's plenty of things to learn about, like most any massive RPG game. But WoW in the retail modern version (AKA Battle For Azeroth) has added a lot of features over the years to make it as friendly to newly beginning players as possible - both to speed up your leveling process, and to make it more of a smooth and enjoyable experience.
  5. Randy's never really done much to begin with, beyond a Superplex or a really flashy RKO. Beyond that, he's a very methodical and paced wrestler. He's good in no DQ situations because he can get wicked with it, and he's good in things where he can be in and out. But he's had extremely few memorable 1 on 1 matches and the few he's had, are arguably more because of who the opponent was. Not saying Randy's a bad wrestler, he's not. He's super well timed, athletic, accurate, safe, and fairly well versed in grappling around and brawling. But his style is just very safe and boring, except for his few flash spots.
  6. Alex Marvez comes from a different sport, I can't remember which one. I agree with you, it felt a lot like he didn't have much knowledge of what he was commentating for. I think he was trying real hard, and I'd imagine by now he knows much better, but I think it was a situation of AEW just pulling in anyone they could. Nah it's cool, I love talking about wrestling <3 You'll come to love all of Jurassic Express, Luchasaurus is great, Jungle Boy is actually quite incredible, and so is little Marko Stunt. Good grief, you wouldn't expect him to be so awesome, but he is.
  7. Punk's done acting, training for his UFC fights, but otherwise kept a fairly low profile. AKA, just living his life, minding his own damn business. He's had a couple 1 off wrestling appearances for his old friends, but he's done those under a mask and they never led to anything more, just little favors. Otherwise, he does 1 or 2 convention appearances a year, and that's basically it.
  8. Matt literally just debuted last week. No, he'll be singles, Jeff is still in WWE and just returned to Smackdown a week or 2 ago. Fite.TV and Bleacher Report have them, yea :D
  9. Revolution was the most recent PPV, that was pretty good. Though honestly, I'd suggest starting with Double Or Nothing, then All Out, then Full Gear, then Revolution. That's the only 4 real PPV's they've done so far. There's also Fyter Fest and Fight For The Fallen that took place between Double Or Nothing and All Out, but those were charity events that had little to no impact on storylines. But they do help you get to know the characters a bit more. But for realsies, start with Double Or Nothing. Cody vs Dustin Rhodes is incredible, Young Bucks vs Lucha Bros is out of this world. Kenny Omega vs Jericho is great. All around it's a really solid show too. You may not be familiar with the rest of the people or even most of them, but that's ok. I was the same way. I know who Cody, Jericho, Dustin Rhodes are, obviously. I knew who Young Bucks and Kenny Omega were by reputation, as well as a couple others. But it only takes about 2 or 3 shows and you'll start to get real familiar with them. You'll also see their growth in terms of commentary and production. Double Or Nothing is literally their first ever live show, and although there's some miscue'd spots and the commentary team could've been better (Mainly Alex Marvez, but thankfully that's the only major PPV he does commentary for I believe, he's a backstage interviewer now) but overall it still looks GREAT. Make sure to watch the Buy In as well. They have a Casino Battle Royal thing. It's basically a mini royal rumble with different entrant rules - They enter in groups of 4 (these groups aren't allies, just all entering at the same time), then 1 final entrant (like a #30 entrant) after these 4 groups have entered. The winner goes on to face the winner of Jericho/Omega for the first ever AEW World Heavyweight Championship match at All Out. The battle royal is real good fun.
  10. I just recently read that WWE reportedly still is butthurt about CM Punk and have absolutely no desire to sign him as a wrestler at this point. CM Punk, on the other hand, seems pretty apathetic about it. I think if they offered him a boatload of money and a good measure of creative freedom, he'd probably be down for that. But since they likely wouldn't do that, he's content to just do what he's doing.
  11. I love Booker T too, one of my favorites. But he's at the point where he's best served as a personality and a trainer at his school. Not that he can't still perform some, but probably would be better served giving that to his students now. *shrug*
  12. It should, but that only let's you go up to level 20. So if it does work (It also scales with any heirlooms you may have), you'd hit 20 real quick. So that might help provide some incentive for you. I've played WoW since 2006, mostly, aside from a couple breaks. I'm off and on with it right now, but I've enjoyed WoW Classic A LOT. I play Alliance on Mankrik there. On Retail, I play Eonar server, Horde side.
  13. I am a full-on introvert in person, so this staying at home business mostly is awesome for me. But it does make it harder to keep myself in the proper schedule-routine.
  14. Corporations have to follow their craftily guided laws about price raising. And deal with competition with each other, monopolies are generally illegal unless you're the TV/Internet/Phone provider industry, apparently. And that's what this guy was trying to do, not only severely price gauge a product by about 1000%, but create a monopoly on the availability of the product in order to be able to sell it at that price. So double whammy. Even with the charitable donation (which multiple articles refer to as "forced to donate to charity" and I wonder about the legality of that myself), I dunno if he'll get off the hook. But he might. 'Merica.
  15. I work for the federal government, the courts system specifically. While our federal courts are still trying to poke along even if only at a snail's pace by doing 1 or 2 small hearings a day, we're all mostly working from home. For some of us, that means we can't even really do anything at home because we don't have access to the systems we need access to. But that's a known factor and our health is being prioritized over efficiency at the moment. We're being told to just do what we can. My job is pretty awesome. I have Thursdays and Fridays completely off to care for my son during this crisis period while the schools are closed, and it won't cost any of my own leave I accrue over time. It'll be administrative leave, which in case anyone doesn't know, that means paid time off approved by the head of the division for special occasions. Like random office closures or whatnot. And that's not just for me, it's for everyone in my office. My boss made a point to tell everyone that she wants us to be safe, be healthy, and that she'll accommodate our needs. I'm very fortunate to be taken care of. I wish everyone was :(
  16. There's people doing it, but there's not enough supply for the majority of us to do it. The ones who are, are the most panicky and stupid amongst us. There's a pair of brothers in Tennessee who stockpiled about 18000 bottles of hand sanitizer and a lot of wipes once news of this broke, figuring they could make a good profit by reselling them. They correctly predicted that it would be a big deal, but they got shut down for price gouging. 1 of the brothers makes his living by re-selling stuff on Amazon and Ebay, so it makes sense he'd have this idea. But they were trying to gouge for so much that Amazon and Ebay took their listings down and suspended the accounts. The storage facility kicked them out, and then the attorney general put them under investigation for price gouging. They sold about 300 bottles before being shut down, and then ended up donating everything else they had to local charities and churches for free distribution. He says "I had no idea they wouldn't be able to re-stock the shelves with these items, I wasn't trying to hurt anyone!" - BS dude. You drove to every single store you could in your local area to buy 18K bottles of hand sanitizer and bunches of wipes. You were COUNTING on the stock not being replenished quickly or to full capacity, otherwise your plan wouldn't have been worth doing. Hard to sell sanitizer for a huge mark up when they'd still be available in stores for normal price. While I don't think he was necessarily actively trying to hurt anyone as his objective, he cared more about making a profit than the consequences of his actions on other people.
  17. No, it's just the most panicky people in our population going crazy and buying a month or 2 worth of supply at a time. Multiply that happening by a few hundred people and soon we're all out of TP.
  18. @jack25, it doesn't seem like it would make a good weapon for biological warfare. It doesn't do that much damage. Some people die, and I know that's awful, but it's hardly loads of people that it kills. Some people have mild symptoms and some don't even show symptoms at all. That's hardly worth the concerted effort it would take to use it for biological warfare. The illness itself isn't the most problematic part, it's the disruption to society and the economic toll it's going to take. While I don't really believe that it's a conspiracy or bio weapon or otherwise intentionally set upon the human race, I don't think it's so far fetched that it's impossible either. But it probably isn't.
  19. I think it might be intended as an educational tool, to show the young kids how to deal with profound loss or hardship in a productive way. Show them that bad things happen, but you will be ok eventually if you don't give up.
  20. It's a highly highly highly contagious virus that seems to have the highest mortality/problem rates among the very old or the very young or those with compromised immune systems. The idea is the shut things down BEFORE the infection rate is nearly everyone. That's called prevention. Better to deal with that, than wait a few weeks for everyone to get infected AND THEN shut down on top of that. If we try to control social meets now, we can slow down the spread. That being said, yea there's a lot of people wildly overreacting and panicking. This craze on buying everything in bulk like the apocalypse is upon us is stupid. Walmarts and Sam's Clubs doing 500,000 dollars in sales every single day right now, that's how crazy some people are going. Closing schools is wildly inconvenient, but it makes sense. Kids pass germs along real quick and easy. All it takes is 1 person randomly coming into contact with someone else who has it and boom, the school will be infected within a couple days.
  21. I don't mean to make it sound like I'm trying to convince you that marriage is the right answer, but my way of thinking is that we have to have a reason for it. Saying "I just don't want to!" is a simple explanation and valid. But that's such a big decision and I feel like your boyfriend or any others you see may want a more detailed reason than that. Simply saying "I don't wanna!" comes across like a parent saying "BECAUSE I SAID SO!" with no rhyme or reason. If you can't understand the "why", you won't be able to accept the decision very easily, if at all, because it won't make sense. Even if they don't agree, if you have more reason, it makes it a lot easier to live with. My main point in this particular post is that it can be helpful to further explain/detail exactly why you don't want to get married. Not just "I want my freedom", but what exactly that means to you. Yes, "Freedom" makes some sense, but if your boyfriend already looks at you as though you currently do have freedom, saying something like that may be very confusing and even lead him to believe you don't want to be with him at all, or don't take the relationship very seriously. There's absolutely nothing wrong with your desire to not have kids, not get married. I think my main issue is that I don't see the connection between getting married and not being free. Obviously it's gonna depend on who you spend your life with, you could find someone that sucks your free time or drags you down...but then again if they're that way, why would you want to be with them in the first place even before marriage? Again, not trying to bash your choices, it's 100% ok for you to make those choices and live however you choose. I'm sorry if I sound real conflicted or confusing. I'm trying to walk a line between encouraging deeper reflection and communication about your reasonings, while also trying to make sure to reaffirm that you're not wrong for wanting to live your life how you want to, or come across like I'm trying to convince you to change your mind.
  22. The Japanese women do come across as cheesy in their character presentation, I agree. But I think that's because of cultural differences, honestly. To each their own, but I think they're fantastic in the ring at least.
  23. What obligations are you referring to? I didn't know you were Catholic though, so that adds a good bit of context here and gives a bit more reason for you to be feeling like you do. Religion, especially Christianity and Catholicism, puts a lot of emphasis on the dutiful woman/wife. BUT if he's an athiest, then he likely wouldn't be feeling the same way about those obligations you think would be enacted. Changing your last name, for example. I can't say how he feels about it, but I personally think it's unnecessary and if you don't wanna do it, then don't. I told my ex wife NOT to change her name to mine, because I felt her maiden name was a lot prettier (Quintanilla compared to Teachnor). She still did, but only because she wanted to. Is it perhaps that you feel you'd be expected to have children? Maybe become a stay at home mom or wife? I'm struggling to come up with more examples, and that's probably because I'm a man and therefor don't have the same personal viewpoint and experience that you do about this. But I am genuinely curious what you think would be expected of you, and whether those expectations/obligations are things that have actually been talked about or if they're what you assume. I've cheated before too, although that's not what led me to polyamory. Cheating and polyamory are not the same thing, after all. Cheating is breaking of trust, whereas in polyamory you go into that already knowing that there's not the same type of exclusiveness that there is in monogamy, so it's a very different situation. In fact, I'd say that actually hurt me moving forward because of all the guilt I had about it for a very long time. Still not proud of it, never will be, but I think after 5 years I've finally put it behind me. Oh, I do try to be as open/honest in real life. It's perhaps a little more difficult when you're face to face with someone, but I've found that it's just the most effective way for me to communicate. It may be awkward at first and uncomfortable as hell, but the end result is often worth it.
  24. Yea I'm all current with AEW. Jake Roberts return was freakin great, didn't see that coming but boy howdy that was wonderful. It's really telling, the differences in the crowd. Remember back to January 2014 when Jake Roberts returned on Raw Old School? The fans in attendance barely reacted for him at all. It's like they didn't remember, or they just didn't care. But that's what you get with a lot of WWE fans these days, more and more of the deeper-loving fan base is leaving because the product sucks overall (despite having great talented wrestlers) and what's left behind is a bunch of kids and casual fans who may be vaguely aware who Jake Roberts is, but don't care. Then, fast forward to 2020 and Jake Roberts comes out on AEW and the roof explodes. THAT'S the reception he deserved. Cody's neck tattoo is real, by all accounts. Give it some time. We'll end up getting used to it. I think pushing Jericho has made a lot of sense, because he was legitimately their biggest starpower name at the beginning of AEW. Now you could argue that Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega are up there too, maybe even Cody, but the problem is Jon Moxley would be unfamiliar to the lapsed fan that AEW would hope to draw in - They'd maybe know him as Dean Ambrose. Kenny might be known by reputation but heck even a super fan like me hadn't actually seen him perform until Double Or Nothing last year. So keeping the focus on Jericho for just a bit longer feels right to me. Don't worry, he's got maybe 1 last title match for now and then he'll either truly take some time off, or he'll feud with someone else. But for now, I think the booking is logical. Jericho forms the Inner Circle to help him dominate AEW and when he finally loses the title, the Inner Circle gets even more vicious because they want that title back. It's logical that they wouldn't just back off and be like "Aw shucks he got the best of us, I guess we'll try to do something else". The women's division is a work in progress, I agree. But how can you not like Riho or Britt Baker at the very least? Throw Nyla Rose and Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida in there too, because all 5 of them have had some pretty kick ass matches, especially Riho and Nyla. They need more top talent women for sure - Big Swole and Kris are both good, but they're also still fairly inexperienced and are gonna get better over time. Past that, the biggest thing hurting them I think is that they want to rely a lot on the women from Japan - Logical, because they're very very good. It's problematic though because that means they have to compete with Starrdom for talent-time. But as we've seen, that does lead to us having a bit of a rotating roster and I think that's interesting and ultimately beneficial. Riho is a big splash every time she's there cause we don't get to see her quite as frequently, and she over-delivers every time she's there so it's always great to see her. But it also means we have people like Emi Sakura, Yuka Sakazuki, Bea Priestley, and so on all taking a few months over there, then a few months in AEW, and back and forth like that. I think that'll help keep their characters fresh in both promotions, as well as probably provide the talent with a nice change of pace every so often as well. If they start hitting a wall in 1 place, send them to the other and see what other cool stuff we can do, what they can learn. By exchanging talent like that, the women will keep on growing as they're exposed to both styles of wrestling and different opponents and talents in both places. Hopefully they can really start setting the women's division into place, get them some major stories going like the other divisions have, and it'll be good.
  25. I can't edit my post so I'll double post because I don't play by the rules, man. NXT is FAR better than Raw, that should be clarified. I suppose in a way it's a new Raw, in that it's exciting TV each week. Still isn't getting the ratings yet though and that ticks me off :( But not being able to hold their shows in arenas has been hurting their viewership a little bit, I think. AEW looks big league, like Raw or Smackdown usually. Or at least bigger than Full Sail is. Even as fun as the Full Sail crowd is, it doesn't have the same grandiose feel as a 10 to 14000 person arena does, especially when those AEW crowds or NXT Take Over crowds have just as much noise and enthusiasm. But hopefully soon they'll start doing that. I read they had an exclusive venue contract with Full Sail going through March or April 2020. So maybe pretty soon they'll be on tour :o Hope they get pay raises again. That's a lot more travel than they got now.
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