I have a pop-up stopper as well as having scripting disabled. I find that if scripting is on it is very slow to load, even with Cable connection. You could disable sigs and avatars in your User Options which would make it quicker as they don't have to load.
As for more members, there's only one other wrestling site with more members.
It's faster with scripting turned off, but not by a great deal. It's not the pop-ups that slow it, it's the banner ads. (I'm talking from the point of view of those who don't have Norton WhateverItIs that blocks everything.)
The site is slow for me as well. Since the board was updated it's been pretty slow when searching, opening threads or doing anything for that matter. I don't see any ads or pop ups for norton internet security. I don't know what it is, because it was at normal speed until the board changed, I have DSL and everything. It's not a big deal, I wouldn't complain or have said anything, but since this thread was here I thought I would state that I also experience the slowness.
My browser blocks every single pop-up that you come across, It came free with my BT Yahoo broadband set up stuff, it's really good and as I have broadband and the pop-up blocker this site runs really quickly.
Then I did know what it was. It's the age-old argument of whether the users of this site should have to download programs in order to make this site - not any other, I hasten to add, it is only this site that has such problems - more useable.