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Didn’t even know they were doing tapings today.
I believe it's a taping week in general. Ogogo recently returned during a taping as well.
Ogogo’s was at Elevation though.
Isn't it all the same place they're taping?
Ogogo returned on Wednesday before Dynamite in Georgia. This is being taped for Dark in Orlando.
Oh, huh. I thought Elevation was being taped in Orlando as well.
Unless something changed Elevation is always taped in front of the Dynamite crowds.
Huh, that makes sense.
*Ackshully*, it's sometime taped before/after Rampage if they're doing that live on Friday night.
But yeah, Dark is mass taped separate from the rest of the shows now.
If they do Rampage live, they tape Dark before Rampage. Elevation has been before Dynamite every time since Rampage started.
It’s so weird to me they separate dark and elevation. It’s like the same show split in Two for no reason
No. Dark is taped at Universal Studios now. Elevation is taped before Dynamite / Rampage.
While Dark is taped at Universal Studios, on occasion AEW tapes matches for Dark when Rampage goes live.
Elevation is being taped on the road. Most Darks (not all, as some are taped on the road - generally at a live Rampage that isn't in the same area as Dynamite was earlier in the week) are at the ~~Impact~~ Elite Zone (Universal Orlando).
Ah good. I was worried his eye injury flared up, and was wondering if he'd ever be back.
He had to have surgery not too long ago, which is why after the Cody match he wasn't seen again.
Gotta get them Christmas shows ready brother.
Or just make them work away from their family on Christmas on a show no one watches
I believe it’s also thirty days from the first round of November releases, so there’s a chance we might see some of them there.
1 day short, it happened on Nov 4th.
Off Topic but Lee Moriarty vs Misterioso sounds like it’s gonna be a banger
Wait, Big Papi Pump from New Japan Strong?
Does he actually go by that? But yeah, him
I don't know if I've heard him call himself that, but I'm pretty sure Kozlov has. I know I didn't come up with it.
Wonder how long it took to get back in the ring, birth is no joke
I think it’s stupid, dangerous and plain unprofessional to be wrestling this soon after birth. Having a baby take bumps this early cannot be good for a developing brain.
Careful now, don't want Izzy's parents to come after you
I got worked so hard by this. I was already clicking the downvote before I got to the second sentence.
You had me in the first half, NGL
Effy is a safe worker, he’s never hurt a baby when chokeslamming it!
I think she said after the first month she's been training for a while now.
Typically your doctor will tell you to wait 4-6 weeks before resuming strenuous activity, but every body is different.
Wrestling isn't strenuous activity. Its a car crash.
Strenuous activity is like... going for a run. Lifting weights. Zumba.
Training to get back into the ring includes lifting weights. That’s the activity I was referring to. Obviously it would take a lot longer to get back into a ring.
But thanks for mansplaining childbirth recovery for me. 41 years with a uterus and my small female brain just doesn’t comprehend it. 🙄
How were they supposed to know you were a woman? For that matter, what makes you assume they're a man?
It came across like you were implying 6 weeks from birth to wrestling again, to be totally honest.
Lots of women continue to lift weights and exercise quite a bit even right up to giving birth. I seem to recall seeing pictures of Becky doing that.
Of course every woman is different. I’m sure it’s much easier for some to keep doing that than others.
I’m not “mansplaining” anything. Simply stating a fact.
There was an overreaction from both of them.
What he said was simply a fact. She took it the wrong way and got upset. He got overly defensive and flipped out in a now-deleted comment.
I stand by my comment otherwise I wouldn't have said it.
You're like one more zoomer buzzword away from a bingo
he wasn't even disagreeing with you.
Adding to what you said, if anything.
You learn something every day buddy!
Eh, good for her if she wants to wrestle. People can flip out if the women's division suddenly becomes about her.
I want her to get a mask in red orange singlet on and call herself Fuego III
I uh, wouldn't mind seeing Brandi in a singlet for sure.
Eh? Not sure why people still have disdain for Brandi lol, not like she's gonna be winning titles or anything.
Because she can't wrestle, there are many capable women in the company, someone else who might actually get a title shot could be out there. When AEW started, they needed names people knew for the women's division. They have stars now. They have passed Brandi by.
I like Cody, but don't like Brandy as a wrestler. To be fair, I think there are only a handful of exceptional female wrestlers on the planet.
Please, Brandi is one of the whitest black people I've ever seen.
> People can flip out if the women's division suddenly becomes about her.
Some people will flip out if she has a match on TV, regardless of its importance, and claim she's shoved down their throats.
And she’s not good enough to wrestle on TV so that’s fair.
Didn't Brandi go through major PPD? If she wants to get back in the ring, anyone who gives her shit can go get fucked by a truck.
Yeah, it's fine, if only so she's better prepared to play the Francine role for Cody when he finally turns heel.
>Jadeberg or Brandi
Just can't connect with them for some reason /s
I predict a perfectly calm and rational reaction to this.
Too late. I'm already untethered and my rage knows no bounds
BE GONE VILE MAN! BE GONE FROM ME!
The women's division desperately needs stories that don't revolve around the belt, and Brandi tried (albeit unsuccessfully) in the past to do that.
I think her return could be a good thing, cautiously optimistic.
Agreed 100%; I find this a good take.
The crazy part is I even think the Nightmare Collective idea COULD'VE worked in better conditions. I'm not saying it was executed well, but there was almost no chance for it to work in a narrative void like AEW's women's division of that time.
If you have strong faces and heels, then maybe form a stronger menace against them. Or even go the Avengers route and use this as the reason for your heroes to clearly establish themselves. But without anyone aligning against the new formidable group, things feel really hollow.
Maybe if Riho, Shida, and Statlander were all strong faces working together, then a group of heels might feel warranted. Or if Britt Baker was who she is now (or Nyla was dominating then,) and the Nightmare Collective came in and kicked the heel champion's ass, you could even get a good "the mortal enemies have to team up against a greater threat" moment. (And eventually Ric Flair turns on Sting, which gives you the opportunity to introduce a new game changing ally.)
How many scenes and non-wrestling segments have women even had aside from what feels like an increasingly rare Britt Baker promo?
At least Brandi was willing to push something and had the clout to push it into a thing, or the clout around which Tony Khan felt like they could push something built around her. (Though I recall the original idea being her managing Kong and it snowballing from there.)
Maybe if Omega takes time off of wrestling he'll take more time to plan out the women's scene. Or maybe he just shouldn't be that guy. (Is he still, even?) Because for all the shit Brandi gets, a lot seems to not be for her job.
Nightmare Collective bombed because nobody can take Brandi seriously as a spooky goth.
Her first work on TV was as a local news anchor, and she must have developed her habits there because everything she does still always carries that exact vibe. Pleasant, but incredibly plain and non-descript.
Plain and polite people can be spooky as fuck.
Source: I worked in local TV news for over 15 years.
Edit: But like I said, I also agree it wasn't executed well.
It’s just doesn’t make any sense that Cody, all American Hero baby kissing exec of the company, had this crazy voodoo wife who was a vicious heel.
I mean, I don't know what to tell you. I don't think of him as a pure babyface. He rises from his own tunnel. She comes out of the heel tunnel. His manager comes from the face tunnel. I think that's a pretty great metaphor for what's going on there. It doesn't bother me to think good people confer with people who are assholes. They do it all the time in real life.
He had commented on it during the NC run. He was confused.
I think the time away may help her. She was in a couple of storylines that just ended abruptly and were confusing. I hope she gets a fresh start.
A lot of that was cobbling together teams from a fairly weak talent pool. They have a lot more to work with now.
I was going to say "she's a good promo and could be the manager of a faction" until I remembered...
But yeah she's a lot better as a promo than in the ring so the best move imo is managing and teaming with Red Velvet and KiLynn King.
Marina Shafir also made her Dark debut.
Quick glance I thought the caption said Snoop and I nearly lost my shit at the thought of snoop dog wrestling on Dark
o great IWC is going to have a melt down over this
I don’t care for her character much, but good for her. 👏
Something about A Shot of Brandi Brandi just works for me. If she can figure out how to channel more of that energy than First Lady of the Codyverse energy, I think the output could be a lot of fun.
I was actually thinking "Cody as a face oblivious to Brandi cheating for him in his matches" might be a fun way to go.
They've been pretty consistent about no hidden cameras and wrestlers actually watching their own television show. I guess Cody can work in a quick I don't like to watch my own matches like actors and comics often say.
Genius. If they committed, it would be a solid way to give people this heel turn they want to stick on Cody without crossing his “I’m not turning heel” line.
Definitely going to have to sharpen their pencils to find inventive enough ways to cheat though, since not everything can be a long and protracted squirting of lighter fluid.
I'm glad she's working Dark. Shake off ring rust, get better along the way, work up to Rampage and/or Dynamite instead of just straight up going for the Women's Title for no discernible reason beyond "I want dis."
Can't wait for the silly Backlash over this
>Can't wait for the silly **WrestleMania** Backlash over this
Like the Eva Marie meltdown a few months ago?
You all thought it was Thunder Rosa who would dethrone Britt and become AEW women's champion...
...but it was I, Brandi!
KONO BRANDI DA
Good for her, but it's one more lousy worker to suck up all the oxygen in the women's division. It'll be worse than Britt Baker.
I know Brandi coming back is big news, but what's with this recent crop of people coming up with a normal first name and then a random word for their last name? "Angelica Risk", "Robyn Renegade" "Austin Theory", "Abella Danger" etc. I don't get it.
Angelica Thorough Planning didn’t have the same ring to it.
I actually would have appreciated the creativity of that one, though.
Tommy Dreamer, Rick Rude, Chris Hero, Kenny Omega, (most importantly) Tommy Penmanship. “normal first name and then non-name word last name” is a pretty already established thing
Matt Riddle influenced them
Thought you would slip that one name in there like we wouldn't notice huh?![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|grin)
Her strikes are ok, yeah.
If she starts getting more time then the champions again, that's where the issue is going to arise once more.
Solution: immediately put the belt on her.
I don't dislike Brandi as a person. I do however dislike her being featured over other talent. That said, this is on Dark, but it's only a matter of time before she's put in a story that should have gone to someone else.
She's just legit unable to wrestle. No amount of work can change that.
Not everyone can learn everything.
Does she do a flaming table spot?
Oh lord I hope she beats Baker so I can watch the meltdown
Brandi Rhodes is not a joshi trained 12 year veteran but shes absolutely not without skill in the ring. Let her work a consistent schedule for a year and see where she is at before jumping on her in-ring work.
At the same time, I would not recommend putting her in any high profile matches, Dark/Elevation is a perfect spot for her atm.
But she is without talent. Her dark matches are 3 minute squashes where she botches 50% of anything she takes the lead with.
And still makes running the ropes look dreadful. she's nearly 40 and sub jobber quality. She's not getting better.
She's been gone for quite a while so I'm actually interested to see how this goes. One of the biggest problems I had when she was a regular was just that she was on TV so much that I got sick of her, especially because early in AEW the women's roster was so bare that she was being slotted in the card much higher than her workrate. The women's division has really improved and filled out since then and I don't know how much training she's done while away or what kind of storylines they have in mind for her so I'm willing to wait and see before passing judgement.
My wife will be happy. She loves Brandi.
Glad to see it. She’s better than people give her credit for.
Britt days are numbered.
The wrestling queen is back.
Late entry into the TBS Title Tourney.
Man, people really irrationally hate her for no reason, huh?
Well, actually lets be honest, it’s pretty obvious why people unfairly hate her.
Didn't she poo-poo that storyline Cody proposed (a Rocky-like babyface working her way up) and want to be a heel? I vaguely remember that, but it may have been "reality show" fare.
I'm sure the comments here will be rational about Brandi wrestling and getting a win
This sub is going to be absolutely punching air at this news and I'm here for it.
Cody and Brandi vs Jungle Boy and Anna Jay in 2 years.
For the cross tag straps
> Edit: Are there really Brandi fans in this board? Seriously tell me why you like Brandi?
Every angle she's done has ended up with someone else going over. Why dislike Brandi?
Anna Jay, Ivelisse and Diamante? The two big angles she was involved in?
> First off back when the tournament even happened no one wanted Brandi & Allie even winning the tounament.
And.. they didn't. Which made Ivelisse and Diamante look better.
> Oh that's right, Ivelisse got released because she pissed off people backstage in AEW.
How in the hell is that Brandi's fault? She did her job, built up resistance to her and Allie winning the tournament, and then they didn't, which made Ivelisse and Diamante get a good reaction to their winning it.
> Anna Jay was over because of Brodie Lee, BTE segments, & the bond with Tay Conti.
A huge part of Anna Jay getting over initially was Brodie Lee's shock win over Cody and the resulting destruction of the Nightmare Family. And part of *that* was Brandi getting choked out by Anna Jay, making her look like a killer. And then they had a match on TV (which was a good match!) and Brandi lost clean.
Because she's the 🐐
No she's not
She's a perfectly cromulent wrestler. Anyone who thinks she's flat out BAD just has their Cody /Brandi hate blinders on.
And what does her booking have to do with her ability as a wrestler? She certainly wasn't putting herself anywhere near a championship. And she was smart enough to end her heel stable when it wasn't working out.
What does her booking have to do with her wrestling lmao?
If the first TBS title match after the tournament is Jade vs Brandi, I will be sad
Personally I'd assume the first TBS title match after the tournament would feature the champion, but maybe that's just me.
Jade is still in the tournament, no? I mean, Ruby should probably be the first champion, but I have a feeling they’re gonna give it to Jade to keep her away from the women’s title scene.
My comment was mostly in jest. Maybe Jade will win, but I think they might actually put the belt on Rosa and I'm rooting for Ruby.
I'm totally ready for Brandi to become the second TBS champion. Except she's going to call it The Brandi Show championship.
Brandi has been pushing for a heel gimmick for a while now, so it sounds like this is exactly what she's looking for.
Are people going to get mad and then insist they aren't booing Brandi the character but Brandi the person again?
But she's been heel since Day One at AEW.
The tunnel never lies!
Well yes, Nightmare Collective was a heel gimmick.
That's a WWE trademark, pal!!
Did they finish the October tapings ?
Yes, this past Tuesday's episode was the last one.
Yeah, figured she would be back wrestling given that whole storyline in the reality show.
More excited to see Angelica Risk back. She impressed me in her last Dark match.
I wonder who is gonna win? ![gif](emote|free_emotes_pack|shrug)
Nightmare Sisters when?
Love her determination despite being average at best. I'd love if she actually got good and kept training. Her promo against Jade was epic.
Wonder who won
Who’s that announcer lady??
squaredcircle in shambles
I can't be the only unironic fan of Brandi, am I? I seriously don't get the hate. She's entertaining as fuck. Not the greatest in the ring, but there's a lot of female wrestlers who aren't that have gotten pushed way more than her
I haven't seen it yet, I'm gonna have to turn it on earlier. I end up falling asleep no more than 10 minutes after getting on YouTube. 😂
Dasha has done ring announcing for them before.
Oh ok, I didn't know it was Dasha at first.
Justin roberts is dealing with a family thing so guessing he wasn't available for these tapings
I just know Cody badly wants to do a mixed tag feud with him and Brandi. They seemed to enjoy the one with Mike and Maria from TNA. Could be pretty fun. Shaq & Jade definitely was supposed to be it.
I can see Cody and Brandi feuding with Cole and Britt, ~~or if she somehow goes to AEW, Charlotte and Andrade.~~ Edit: never mind
oh fuck no
Ugh, I can handle Brandi in Cody’s corner but I never want to see her wrestle again.