NHfan wrote:My question for you is, why do you seem to have hostility towards Gabe Sapolsky? I understand there are a lot of fans who kind of hop on his dick and believe everything he says, I'm not one of those believe me. There are some things he does that I do disagree with. But overall, I think he's did great things with ROH and have enjoyed the majority of DGUSA/EVOLVE shows that I have seen.
Sure, he did some great things in ROH, but since 2010 it's been shit. (Actually, it's been shit since 2008, when ROH had, like, 6 different stables feuding with each other.) Since the DG partnership, he's adamant on featuring the same guys repeatedly, despite some of them constantly failing to break out. (Davis, Bobby Fish, The Scene). He holds online polls to determine matches. It's all about trying to achieve some Internet presence. Takes away from any professionalism.
As for the booking, well, I think most of it speaks for itself. He books an American dude, calls him a luchador (and not in a tongue-in-cheek way like how Generico is "Mexican"), then proceeds to book the same match 3 times in 2 months. It's completely lazy. It shouldn't be hard to put on constantly great shows with all these world-traveled DG guys, and yet a lot of the shows are forgettable. That's not the wrestlers' fault.
And that "style battle" tournament is the worst idea of all time. The whole EVOLVE concept was awful from the start. Eventually, he realized nobody cares about wins/losses. Originally, it was designed to showcase guys who might one day make it in DGUSA. Problem is, both feds use the same guys now, which lowers DGUSA's value.
NHfan wrote:For me personally Gabe has always been very nice to me (he actually personally handled a situation for me when I had lost a prepaid ticket and brought the receipt instead), and I feel like he tries to put on the best shows he can based a lot of the time on input from the fans.
If I met someone with an iffy reputation and they were cool to me, I would also defend them. So I probably can't convince you of how I feel.
NHfan wrote:He pushes a lot of the younger guys and puts them in high profile matches that they might not get in other feds. Cole, O'reilly and TJ were all looking like they were going to get strong pushes before they left and now two are basically ROH jobbers.
O'Reilly was pushed because Davey, at the time, was the center of the company. You bring up Cole & TJP, I counter that with Sabu & Tommy Dreamer. Obviously not a ploy to sell tickets with those guys. And I know he uses young talent (Gargano being the best example), but I can't commend that when I see how
they're used. I already brought up that he wants to go back to the "Joe & Punk" days and be credited with building up new guys.
I can't even be happy about SSB being booked, because of how "who cares?" the matches have been so far. I'm glad they're making money, but if Gabe is going to watch PWG and book their guys, at least learn how to book them like PWG does. Even Tozawa was barely being used until the Chris Hero matches made his reputation. Gabe doesn't pull his own triggers, he waits and takes advantage of a built-up guy. And when he tries building his own, you end up with a 300-day Gargano title reign. Not exactly Samoa Joe, that guy.
NHfan wrote:Generico is now getting the limelight he deserves there after ROH couldn't figure out how to use him. So I guess why I'm writing this is that maybe it seemed to me like you were being a little too critical on the guy? If you disagree that's fine, we're all entitled to our own opinions.
Generico is not "in the limelight". He's there to put over Gabe's pet projects. Just like how Quack is booking Generico, to put over his students. In the long run, neither fed is likely to give him any championships, but they know he's invaluable when it comes to making their guys look great. You realize how great Generico really is when DGUSA books AR Fox vs. Samuray or Chikara books Ophidian vs. Tim Donst, and you observe and go, "Oh yeah, they're not that great on their own. It's all El Generico."