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I thought they were both great together. Way better than anything you would hear in WWE.
 

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Loved it. Ricky more than held his own. I liked his content and delivery better here but clearly the point was to showcase Ricky Starks here and it was done well. Looking forward to their match.

Just wish Ricky won the diamond ring and then lost the title match.
 

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People always rave about MJF's segments as one of the best of the year, but this was more about setting the stage for Ricky to shine, and shine he did!

Starks' performance reminded me of Eddie Kingston's rise as a pure underdog with a future world title chance because of his irresistible connection with the crowd

I thought they were both great together. Way better than anything you would hear in WWE.
Shhhh! Scripted promos are freaking* amazing too

*cue Seth Rollins laughter
 

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MJF was good but it was Ricky's night.

There's something about how it wasn't totally smooth and rehearsed sounding that helped it even more, like the little bit of hesitation at times or talking a bit too fast actually made it better because it sounded more genuine. And some of those insults were incredible.

I hope that this somehow goes longer after next week, both guys can definitely do more with this.
 

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It was very good. Starks needs to be a featured player going forward. It was ridiculous how much shine dweebs like Garcia and Yuta were getting while Starks was doing nothing.
This 1000%
 

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Yeah it was a great promo battle, and Ricky hung pretty effortlessly. I was scared he was gonna botch a line majorly and lose the head of steam he was building up, but he stuck the landing and that spear with MJF's shoes flying off was just fucking perfect.
Yeah, it was really great!

I too was worried when he said, "I'm going to stomp an asshole in....... you?!?" But like you mentioned, he stuck the landing.
 

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Absolute spot on entertainment. Not sure a fan could ask for more than that in a segment. Thoroughly entertaining.

I always think to myself, how would I do if I had to be Ricky Sparks in that moment. It would be a train wreck. To think of the talent it takes to pull off that segment as well as he did, amazing. These guys are so good at what they do.

Then I thought wow there are not a lot of guys on the roster that could have hung that well in that segment. Nothing against Yuta, but that example came to mind. When you are not great at promos and delivering a character that appears SEAMLESS, it just does not work. Grayson Waller also came to my mind last night as he just oozes it SEAMLESSLY. These talented guys/girls that truly make you feel you are watching THAT guy talk for real, not an actor delivering lines. Yuta would have come off badly trying to pull off the same segment with MJF last night.

A reminder of how much promo and character personality mean to the end product you put out. You see these guys that are amazing in the ring, then start talking and they are robotic and horrible. You lose me. Was watching the latest Tales from the Territories this week on demand and seeing some of those old Flair and Cornette segments. My oh my, goose bumpingly spectacular. Made you drop your disbelief and be in that moment with them, they were that good. Not a lot of that left, which is why for me and some others, I end up FFWD through most WWE/AEW shows now after watching wrestling for 40+ years. But not last's Starks MJF segment, just so well done. Kudos for both of them for knowing what they needed to do. If they had a similar structure like UFC, definitely should have been handing out the $50k bonuses to those two last night.
 

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This segment was very AEW in spirit. Two talents plucked from smaller promotions, turned into 'AEW guys', taking the spotlight and flourishing in it. A feel of a real alternative, with unscripted promos and youthful freshness, not a rehash from Smackdown five years ago. Now they have to deliver a good match to follow the promos as that's also important.

MJF, Starks, Darby, Wardlow, OC, Jungle Boy, Sammy and The Acclaimed are examples of TK turning unknowns into something more than they were before. This is something he's good at. I feel like when he's handed a veteran fresh out of WWE, it's a tough situation for him. If he pushes them too much, it can feel like he's eroding the identity of AEW. If he pushes them too little, the complaints begin saying that he's wasting them.
 
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