Kazuchika Okada: The Star That Almost Wasn’t

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There’s this story that floats around sometimes about a booker somewhere during the territory days who is down of his luck. The territory is on it’s ass, his competition is destroying him, and all he has is one lone guy who still draws who is about 40 and is stale as can be. One day, a new talent comes in and he gets the people interested. He makes it all the way to the main event level, and everyone knows that he should be the new champion, but the promoter won’t put him over the aging star. Eventually even the star realizes that this is ridiculous he goes to the promoter and says, “Hey, why won’t you put this guy over?” and the promoter simply says, “He might not draw.”

You see the irony? Even with everything falling to pieces around him, he was still so overcome with the fear of running with something unknown that he let his company sink into oblivion rather than take a chance. The reason this is an enduring story is because this is the mindset held by almost every promoter who has ever run a wrestling promotion. Go with the sure thing, run with it as far and as long as you possibly can, long past when any reasonable person could see that it’s time for a chance, because it’s safe and being trapped without anyone who can actually draw can spell doom for a small company, or a long stretch of miserable business for a big one. This mentality is why WCW sank under the weight of following the NWO, it’s why WWE has yet to find a successor to John Cena in their decade of trying, and it is the reason why New Japan was in the condition that it was in, in the year 2000.

 

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WWE Battleground 2017

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Welcome, cats and kittens, to a comeback installment by your favorite wrestling reviewing recluse, Cewsh Reviews! This week we’re going to be taking a close look at a show that made me so angry that I had to come out of obscurity just to yell about it, WWE Battleground 2017. But which part so enraged the Cewsh? Was it Shinsuke Nakamura being wasted in a nothing match? Was it it towering shitferno of the Punjabi Prison? Or was it something even more haunting and egregious? Well hell, you guys, if I remember correctly how this goes, then that means there’s only one way to find out.

So without any further ado, let’s do a motherfucking review!

 

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The Lawcast Ep. 10 – The Rise and Fall of ECW One Night Stand 2006

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Hello, cats and kittens, and welcome to the newest edition of the Lawcast. This week the guys talk about ECW One Night Stand 2006, and the entire chaotic mess that was the launch of WWECW. On this show, someone has maybe the best match of their career, we spend a lot of time talking about crack pipes, we see the debut of EXTREME HUMPING, and we marvel at the Stone Cold Security Guard. All that and a whole lot more!

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The Lawcast Ep. 8 – WWE Judgment Day 2004 Is The Crappiest Crap That Ever Crapped

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Hello, cats and kittens, and welcome to another episode of The Lawcast. This week we recorded easily our longest episode ever, but we couldn’t bear to cut anything out as we tried valiantly to make some sense of one of the worst shows in wrestling history. Join us as we peel back the layers of embarrassment, relive childhood trauma, and spend 20 minutes just talking about Mordecai.

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Dungeons and Jobbers Ep. 1 – The Creationing

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Oh yes indeed, welcome to season 1, episode 1 of a brand new batch of weirdness from the Cewshcast gang. You’ve heard us talk wrestling, you’ve heard us talk about nerd stuff, and now both of those things meet at the crossroads in an incandescent beam of creativity and splendor. In episode 1, we get introduced to the country rap stylings on The Polish Stronghammer and learn all about the man behind the tattoo. What perils await the mighty Polish Stonehammer as he journeys forth as the newest signee to Impact Wrestling? Lots of them. Oh my god, so many perils.

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