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Great O-Khan: "We Felt That AEW is Full of Unrefined, Ill-Educated Indy Wrestlers"

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During an interview with WrestleInn, Great O-Khan was very blunt about his thoughts on AEW. However, he was impressed with MJF, in spite of not knowing who he was before coming to America. A revered New Japan wrestler saying this publicly once again reinforces the notion that charisma, personality, and microphone skills trump mindless spots.


Full interview: Dominating New Japan and Beyond: An Interview with Great-O-Khan
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i hope you understand this is kayfabe - otherwise that would be embarrassing for you

especially in front of all your Wrestling Forum class mates
That's rich coming from the guy who was LOUD AND WRONG about literally everything backstage this year 😂. Take a break on telling us what's fake for at least 3 months.
 

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He is kayfabing like most of the NJPW guys and like MJF saying NJPW is the worst promotion in the world. Kayfabe is still alive in Japan and O-Khan is a heel. He also calls NJPW wrestlers 'unrefined', it's part of his gimmick of being the GREAT. Most wrestlers there stick to their characters in the press like MJF does in America. Notice O-Khan refers to himself as 'we'. Literally, the entire interview is in-character and he says 'we care not' about the NJPW/Stardom crossover event.
This is pretty on brand for his character, I mean he was basically like the outside foreigners in AEW and positioned as heels so this would fall right in line with that.



If you wanna use this for agenda pushing that most of the wrestling in AEW blows or something, be my guest I suppose.
Can you guys seriously not recognize a wrestler maintaining character in the press? I mean, I get that it hasn't been a thing in America for a while now but pros in other places still care.



It's a big part of what makes MJF special in the mainstream American scene - he keeps it old school with kayfabe and that's why he can pull off elaborate works that garner attention - he blurs the lines and leaves people guessing what's real.


I've seen O-Khan break character on camera to talk about industry stuff with Unagi multiple times. This idea that he's always in gimmick is a straight-up lie.



As for not caring about the NJPW/STARDOM crossover event, of course he doesn't, because he wasn't invited. Why would he pretend to be excited for something he's not participating in? Desperado said the shit is pointless if the women can't touch the men WHILE ON COMMENTARY FOR A STARDOM PPV and he's fucking right.

Just because a heel is criticizing something publicly doesn't mean he's acting. MJF makes a ton of true statements on television and in interviews. Him being in character doesn't magically make it false.
 

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Are the crowd allowed to cheer in New Japan again?
TJPW just announced approved cheering for their next event yesterday, so I see it coming soon for New Japan and Stardom in the coming months or at the beginning of next year at the latest.
 

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what do you mean? I have not been proved wrong once yet - its all speculation until Punk or Bucks come back and shoot. Or somebody is released

in fact, I was right about MJF being a work

yet.... Xero news' number 1 simp wants to tell me what's up

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edit> ok, ok... I was wrong about Cody - 5% wrong is what it is

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MJF got a raise without signing an extension. How the f*** is that a work? Are you claiming Tony Khan got worked into a shoot and gave into MJF's real life demands due to a fake promo?! 😂😂😂😂
 

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that whole thing is the work

he never no-showed the fan fest and never ever went out with a live mic to cut that promo without a raise and extension

c’mon broooo
The fact that you think AEW would blatantly screw over their fans, some international, to artificially boost interest in their number 2 draw is quite sad. Thinking Tony Khan is some kind of a genius for it makes it even worse.
 

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Not even in the top 11 :getout: I'll wait to pass judgment until I hear Starlight Kid's thoughts on this subject.
Did you find that emote in the Wrestling Forum Time Capsule buried next to Dib? 😂

not a single person was screwed



all of them either was switched to stars like Danielson or got a refund



and all of them was there for the PPV bruv - like, c'mon now sonnnn
There were several women from Europe who paid THOUSANDS to see MJF SPECIFICALLY! They were NOT OK with the last minute change. I shouldn't even have to point out that extreme for it to register how f* stupid this would be as a work. I don't care if a local Las Vegas citizen walked down the street and paid $100 to see MJF. He still got f* screwed.
 

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who are these mythical women? Where are their ticket stubs?

c’mooonnnnnn brooooooooooskiiii
It was all over Twitter when it happened. This is public knowledge. The burden of proof isn't on me when you're making up straight bullshit about this being a work with absolutely nothing to back it up. You were wrong about everything that Xero News reported before Fightful and Meltzer. Why did you stop bumping that thread about profanity being censored in AEW? Are you embarrassed about how wrong you were? Didn't you say you're going to bump it everyday? You thought I forgot?
 

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5 tornadoes :decker:

Glad things are okay with you and hope you keep your power.:becky:
Yes, my internet was briefly out, but now I see Jericho is on my big screen TV and I'm more sad about that than the weather.
 

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While a lot of folks here do seem to struggle with how wrestlers representing promotions that encourage kayfabe and company statements switch in and out of character with media they're familiar with, often even during the same interview, I'm pretty sure you do get that. You're just engaging in one of your fav things to do - AEW fan baiting. It's all good.
I could make a thread saying oxygen is required for human beings to live and AEW fans would be mad at me. I am once again highlighting that MJF is doing pro wrestling properly IN AEW with a co-sign from one of their puro WRASSLIN heroes. Pro Wrestling has never been about MOVEZ, but audience connection. That's why the most famous and successful guys (The Rock, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and John Cena) dominated the industry with 5 moves and immeasurable charisma.

It's no secret that MJF and The Acclaimed are the two most over acts in the company, in spite of their wrestling style not being especially appreciated by this fan base. That tells you everything you need to know. Even in a promotion that favors what they perceive to be higher workrate, (when it's really just indyrific goons cycling through spots on autopilot) the characters with excellent promo ability consistently draw the most interest.


Glad to know you were safe last night. Fiona passed through here over the weekend and the cleanup is still ongoing. People were travelling across provinces to grab generators in the last few days since power won't be back on anytime soon for many, and that storm was far weaker than Ian.
I'm sorry to hear that. Do you have power?
 
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