Christian Connection

A subreddit for followers of Jesus Christ.

2012.05.18 03:05 A subreddit for followers of Jesus Christ.

A subreddit for Christians of all sorts. We exist to provide a safe haven for all followers of Jesus Christ to discuss God, Jesus, the Bible, and information relative to our beliefs, and to provide non-believers a place to ask questions about Christianity as explained in the scriptures, without fear of mockery or debasement. To post suggestions or ideas for the sub, please go to /TrueChristianMeta.
[link]


2012.05.13 23:32 jonwalliser the source for truth

[link]


2014.10.15 17:40 The new "terrorist". Be afraid, citizen. I SAID BE AFRAID!

[link]


2020.11.30 00:50 linguistca Gil basically blasted his congregation

I was watching one of the sermons on his small church YouTube channel out of curiosity to see what the teachings were like and if he was talking about anything particularly outlandish. I’m a Christian so I’m in the learning process all the time of trying to discern what seems true and what’s not.
But the other day he mentioned ‘ maybe I should get all yalls social media handles, find out what all of y’all are doing- I bet I’d have a lot of material to preach on come Sunday’ 😳
I was pretty appalled. I know that we all fall short and make mistakes but that was a pretty haughty comment that he’d find plenty of material with them but not in his own home. Sometimes preachers get arrogant and they’re not immune. Despite their iblp connections I have always tried to see the best in them and Gil is so much better than Jim Bob ( I thought) but that was the kind of comment that requires an apology issued imo.
submitted by linguistca to BringingUpBates [link] [comments]


2020.11.30 00:38 CouchieWouchie Only attracted to myself, not other people?

This is kinda fucked up, but I was raised in a super conservative Christian home before smartphones and only one monitored family computer, so I had no access to gay porn. I was in the closet and the only way to explore my sexuality was alone, masturbating in front of a mirror, imagining it was somebody else.
Fast forward to now, I'm 31, have been in 3 relationships, but prefer masturbating in a mirror to any sexual relationships. I really thought I would "grow out of it" as I got more experience with having sex, but if anything, the reverse has happened, and after 10 years in the gym, I find myself more attractive than ever, despite having a ton of sex with a range of all sorts of men.
This has been a problem in all of my relationships. I feel like I am "cheating" on them with myself. We put a mirror in the bedroom, and it was great, but kinda weird to be staring at yourself during and not your partner. Not great for the connection or the chemistry.
Single now and kinda depressed about this. I do want a relationship as I love the emotional connection, day to day company, and cuddling. It is just sexually, I find I do not work with anybody because I am not attracted to them, only to myself.
Is there a solution to rewire my brain to be attracted to others? Is this something other people have experienced?
submitted by CouchieWouchie to askgaybros [link] [comments]


2020.11.30 00:36 sunflower_letters Seeing all sides: questioning my faith

Hello! Sorry if you're seeing me from another subreddit, if this is repetitive just scroll on. I'm posting this story in some subreddits to get opinions on all sides of the religious argument, but from a more personal perspective. This is going to be very long as I'll explain my experience with religion and why I'm questioning it, and asking each community why they chose and stayed in what they did. Questions will be bolded in the last paragraph if you want to skip past my experience and just explain what you think.
Basically, since the beginning of 2020 I sort of stopped thinking religiously. I'm born and raised catholic (no surprise there) and since I'm in an eastern european family, it can be more strict than what other standard white american catholics are used to (usually). I found comfort in the religion when I was younger because of the traditions, like christmas, hymns, and those nice things that churches have. But I haven't ever felt truly connected to my faith, especially the church. My mother, who is a very strict practicing catholic, has told me since birth of the clairvoyance she has, and how souls in purgatory come to her asking for prayer. I never really gave two thoughts about it and always believed her as a kid. After all, she is my mom. She had so many of these paranormal experiences, she must be doing something right.
It started going downhill when she kept saying the world was going to end in 2017. She made us buy a bunch of cans of food, a prayer area in our basement, and tarps ready to cover the windows to survive the three days of darkness. For the years leading up to it, I became more and more anxious. I was a young teen who thought her friends were all going to die, how could I not be upset? I cried every night about it, praying to God to post-pone the end of the world to a later date. Maybe in 20 years? 30? Obviously 2017 rolled around and nothing happened. Surprise surprise, my mom's dreams were incorrect. On top of that, I realized I'm gay, and that made my whole experience with the church a whole lot worse. My parents weren't accepting of it, and we would argue for months about it until I started crying, or their voices got too hoarse from yelling. One day my dad told me to come downstairs, and just started crying. It was the first time I saw him cry in my life, and I remember the sheer fear I felt as he explained that he doesn't want me to go to hell. I cried as well and just nodded, because what was I going to say to that? a 16 year old who just came out to their parents shouldn't have to comfort them. I never brought up any topic about being gay again, and just took the blows of their homophobic and hateful comments everyday. If I didn't argue with them, they won't be mad with me.
Things looked up in 2018, and it seemed my parents forgot about it all. I just ignored it for a few years and told myself I can think about those things later. I was used to what churches said, especially my parents, but that emptiness when receiving the communion lingered, and I just felt so guilty. About everything. I felt like an imposter.
My friends are either kinda religious or agnostic. I'm used to being around most agnostic people, so it's not like I'm trapped in a community. I never really suffered religious trauma or anything, wasn't touched by a priest or anything like that. But I still felt ill about it, like something was wrong. I had no connection to the faith, only to the idea that God does exist. It comforted me that there was a genderless being that loved me no matter what, and someone to turn to and thank if something positive happened. My brain kept telling my it's impossible for this to be the same God my parents and the church tell me about.
Something changed in my brain when my friend drunkenly told me that her parents performed an at-home exorcism on her, and how she fears them deeply. How they treated her like she was possessed, despite her being the kindest and most honest person I have ever met. I was angry, and the more I spoke to people about their religious experience, the more I became angry with the church. Something set me off inside though, when my mother told me that people who are suicidal are not truly close with God, because a real catholic wouldn't feel so hopeless (in relation to a fellow parishioner commiting suicide). I have been suicidal in the end of 2019 (it's better now though), and knowing that's what my mother thinks makes my blood boil. Both of my parents have somehow attempted suicide in their life before, so hearing this hypocrisy makes me question their morals in general.
So I guess my question is to the subreddit, why are you Christian? Did you decide, or were you raised that way? If you did decide to become Christian, what was the turning point for you? How do you deal with the things you personally don't agree with in your faith, like a teaching or what is considered a sin?
Anyways, sorry for the rambling. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I never said these thoughts out loud so just writing out my experience and these questions I never was able to ask before it kinda comforting. I hope you had a good day today :) Have a good weekend everyone!
submitted by sunflower_letters to Christianity [link] [comments]


2020.11.30 00:22 CouchieWouchie Only attracted to myself, not other people?

This is kinda fucked up, but I was raised in a super conservative Christian home before smartphones and only one monitored family computer, so I had no access to gay porn. I was in the closet and the only way to explore my sexuality was alone, masturbating in front of a mirror, imagining it was somebody else.
Fast forward to now, I'm 31, have been in 3 relationships, but prefer masturbating in a mirror to any sexual relationships. I really thought I would "grow out of it" as I got more experience with having sex, but if anything, the reverse has happened, and after 10 years in the gym, I find myself more attractive than ever, despite having a ton of sex with a range of all sorts of men.
This has been a problem in all of my relationships. I feel like I am "cheating" on them with myself. We put a mirror in the bedroom, and it was great, but kinda weird to be staring at yourself during and not your partner. Not great for the connection or the chemistry.
Single now and kinda depressed about this. I do want a relationship as I love the emotional connection, day to day company, and cuddling. It is just sexually, I find I do not work with anybody because I am not attracted to them, only to myself.
Is there a solution to rewire my brain to be attracted to others? Is this something other people have experienced?
submitted by CouchieWouchie to AskGaybrosOver30 [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 23:58 cassie_to_heart 21 [T4M] Brisbane, Australia - Making a humble case in presenting the possibility I am that sweet, gentle, one-of-a-kind woman. An outlier of this world in more ways than one (close friendship, LTR, open relationship)

Warning: May be a long-winded post, however, this is a completely relevant tale of my life. It may be frowned upon by many with what I'm looking for. I highly advice sitting down on the couch with a cup of warm cocoa at hand
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Will this post be ignored just as the many M4F posts? I digress. Being constantly downvoted to oblivion no matter how much you share your vulnerabilities can be draining, sometimes one has to wonder what constitutes something that makes a post popular. Perhaps it's something I don't have? My simplest answer is that I can only try and be upfront on the person I am, hoping someone out there would be receptive.... however, it may be a very few rarity of men, just as so with people overall. Having been bullied online for trying to make connections in my local area, all I can say is that I can't wait to leave this godforsaken city.
It's the near universal truth in that the few encounters you might meet with people, the rewarding feeling of it being able to transcend into such a connection is something one doesn't want to let go. To be able to experience the rarity of the existence of it, actively nurturing it, there is the sense of catharsis in that one feels visible & recognized to the other person.
Amongst the billions of people in this earth, my semblance of hope have often fluctuated wildly, to periods where I'd be hopeful or the sinking epiphany that in my life I've felt invincible, which would be an apt description of my life experiences, until to this present day.
I have spent my years alone and lonely, without company whom I could trust in earnest for twelve years. I've moved here from the Philippines to Brisbane, Australia in '08 back then to start a new life with my family and as a wee child, it was the hope of a better future in a better country.
Ironically, what followed since was the opposite, having a complicated background & upbringing in life.... whilst suffering through mounting crippling depressive episodes. The silver lining, it was during this time where I wouldn't dare say I regretted meeting the few men who I were and are currently close to.
One distinguishing feature about me is how my fondness of sharing stories of men who I have associated in good company are an indicator of how much they mean to me. Some may have left my life, but they have not left my heart altogether.




Despite this, I still have a persisting void of alone and loneliness, like I am destined to be understood by few, perhaps my complexities in traits. I have come to accept that. People say how easy to meet people such as: "Go to bars/activities/join clubs". When such few men of differing backgrounds and of great characteconviction truly understood me, I guess it speaks volumes as to how connections are truly one-of-a-kind in my life. This may sound rather strange and be subject to the flak from others, but I want a small company of men to look after me. Treat me as one of their partners. I guess this is my manifestation of my abandonment issues. Feeling not prioritized.... left behind. The lingering thoughts of losing a man/men I care about due to death, and being alone with no else.
I will say that I have the typical anxiety, dad and abandonment issues, and a dose of crippling depressive episodes that are the elephant in the room. Worried that if I were to lose the men I care about dearly, no one would understand me in a similar capacity to them.... and that's where my search lies. To find that man or small company of men to understand, accept and embrace me, to make me feel truly vulnerable and safe that I matter to them, and in kind, vice versa.
An open relationship in essence (whelp that's a controversial term). As long as I make you cared for, nurtured, warm & fuzzy and you doing the same in kind. Very open to pursuing things further. My happiness is making sure you're happy, and that level of self-sacrifice is a choice I'm willing to make to those I deeply care for and love. I tackle at the dilemma on how to make men feel I'm theirs.... because for me as their only woman, it brings one euphoria and I want them to experience that feeling.
Here is my message to you: "Very few men have come and gone into my life. All of them I have a strong love for. It may not be romantic, may not be platonic, it can be undefined. They all showed me the best qualities/traits in a man. Conviction, faith and desire to protect...they were better men because of it, and I want those men in my life. To mutually bond akin to brothers in that they've found a woman who cherishes them, doesn't want to let them go because they are equally important enough that I'd be scared to lose any one of them".
Because of all the very few men I would share my trust, vulnerability... equal & unwaivering... I am in essence, theirs. As my current LDR partner would express, he is respectful of women, the type of man to go as far as giving a woman space when she feels down (though not wholly in agreement on that note, sometimes I need a man to confide in lol)
To search for a man/men I could connect well with. Bonus points if you're military (not a POG), occupation is in either public service/first responder (Law Enforcement, EMT, Firefighter). I had a brief stint as a student RN so I guess true to the stereotype that such professions attract. Healthcare for the mothers that don't have ones, first responders especially LE for the fathers that don't have one.
Political affiliation and faith are not something I consider dealbreakers, though I have a certain level of comfort & preference as to what type... as long as you are not a Bernie Sanders/AOC-type progressive. Yes, I'm open to dating conservatives
If you're a man of faith, I find that I could connect more easier to Christians and Catholics, which can draw the raise in eyebrows of some as there is some animosity between my gender and them. Alas, I am open-minded though as I consider myself an agnostic and a liberal.
Both politics & faith I believe fall under a yin-and-yang philosophy... complementing each other, nurturing each other's strengths & weaknesses. Nothing to be gained by an opinion less challenged, more reaffirmed with no one with the possibility to make one a better person. Being open-minded is what makes a better man and I've experienced this first-hand in my relationships. However, I will always strive to have your back though if I feel you may be a tad stubborn & headstrong on certain things, may give you a gentle nudge to soften you up a bit.
This won't be a competition of men of any kind and would be someone I am glad to introduce to the extremely few company I have. A man who would care for me, be deeply protective of me. For me, it is about the affirmation that I matter, I'm visible and I'm cared for by a few.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
About me: 21, 6'1", 100 kg (200 lb), ethnicity is Filipino but grew up in Australia (strangely, I adapted an American accent)
Anyways, PM if you're interested fostering a connection and kudos if you've reached this part, you deserve my sincere thanks. Not easy revealing my baggage after all.
submitted by cassie_to_heart to r4r [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 23:50 ConorCulture FBE Final Stand - Book the 2020 Battle of Los Angeles - Stage 1

So finally, we get to the Battle of Los,Angeles. Let’s set the mood as we gather around the fire.
“It was the hottest weekend of the year, figuratively and literally. But we have air conditioning now! We hope you join us in the pleasures of modern heat control, and also some wrestling.”
Excalibur and Joey Janela will commentate for us over the weekend, as we witness the best wrestling on the planet. And it all begins with:
PWG - 2020 Battle of Los Angeles - Stage 1
Match 1 - Rey Fénix vs. Black Taurus
To start the night we have two of the hottest luchadors in the world going at it - it’s a god damn AAA invasion. Fénix and Taurus both receive sizeable reactions, Taurus power walking his way down while Fénix punches the air and psyches the crowd up. He takes off his hoodie and throws it away, clapping for the crowd to get louder. The fans pound the mat before anything even happens. Our ring announcer for the evening introduces Fénix as “Mexican Dynamite”. This is the first time these two have competed one-on-one together so it’s sure to impress. Fénix does the Napoleon Mexican Dynamite dance first before TAURUS PULLS HIM IN!
They run the ropes and capitalise off all this energy they have. They’re fiery and hungry. Fénix runs under an elbow strike attempt and slides out the ring, running into the crowds seats and back in to build momentum for a-CLOTHESLINE FROM TAURUS INTERCEPTS!! Fénix is lifted up and kicks himself free of a hold, before trying a Head Scissors that’s shoved down. Taurus then shows him how’s it’s done which Fénix evades, landing on his feet. He spins his hand around before beginning a TITL-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS!! He’s gets about 5 full rotations in before finally executing the move. Taurus flies across the ring at the impact and now we’re getting ready. Taurus runs forward with a SINGLE-LEG DROPKICK TO THE CORNER!!
He copies Fénix Springboard Spin Kick in the corner and goes for an Irish whip for follow, but FÉNIX FLIPS HIMSELF FORWARD AND CONNECTS A MONKEY FLIP!! DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD FRONT MISSILE DROPKICK BY FÉNIX!! Taurus falls into the corner where’s he hit by the REAL Springboard Corner Spin Kick. He follows with a Snapmare before he runs the ropes for a Crossbody to a knelt Taurus. Taurus rolls through into a FALLAWAY SLAM!! Fénix looks to roll outside but Taurus catches him on the apron. DEADLIFT SUPLEX INTO THE RING!! FÉNIX TURNS INTO A SUNSET FLIP!! Taurus rolls through and connects a Big Boot. He grabs Fénix wrist and begins a springboard/tightrope along the ropes, before hitting a CORKSCREW ARM DRAG!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A SPEAR!!! 1...........2.............KICK OUT!!
Fénix stumbles up and calls for a Handspring something. TAURUS CATCHES WITH A ROLLING ELBOW!! He takes Fénix to the Apron voluntarily this time, and throws him out. FÉNIX SWINGS AROUND THE ROPES AND TUNRS IT INTO A SCHOOL BOY!! KICK OUT FOLLOWED BY A ENZIGURI!! Fénix runs upwards the ropes and hits a LEGDROP!! 1........2......KICK OUT!!! Taurus rolls outside while Fénix scoots to the corner to recover his rear from the fall. He looks out at the open space and well, in for a penny, TOPE CON HILO TO THE OUTSIDE!! He lands on his feet and taunts into the fans. He throws Taurus back in and goes for a BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! TAURUS GETS OUT AND HITS A VERTICAL SUPLEX!! Fénix rolls outside and is hit by a FLYING CROSSBODY FROM TAURUS TO THE FLOOR!!!
Taurus does a barbaric “ooh-rah” taunt as the fans clap wildly for him. He tosses Fénix back in and hits a FROGSPLASH!! LIFTS FÉNIX UP FOR AN EXPLODER BACKBODY DROP!!! FÉNIX LANDS ON THE TOP ROPES!!! Taurus slowly turns around to see Fénix perched up high. HE DIVES DOWN WITH A TORNILLO!! HE HITS THE BLACK FIRE DRIVER!!! 1..............2...............TAURUS KICKS OUT!! Huge shocker, as the expected end was cancelled by the tenacity of Black Taurus. He rises to the beat of the fans drum, and pounds the mat. SUPERKICK TO FÉNIX!! FÉNIX REBOUNDS WITH HIS OWN!! THEY BOTH HANDSPRING! THEY BOTH CARTWHEEL!! Fénix runs the ropes and slides under into a LANZA!! TAURUS CONNECTS THREE CONSECUTIVE SUPERKICKS!! TOPE CON HILO!!!
Fénix falls into the fans seats and Taurus keeps the assault going. They fight at ringside there, where FÉNIX FLIPS OUT OF A BACKBODY DROP ONTO THE APRON!! HE THEN DIVES OFF WITH A HURRICANERANA!! He runs into the ring and signals for a dive. SPRINGBOARD ASAI MOONSAULT TO TAURUS!! He throws him back inside and scales the ropes for LA GARRA DEL FÉNIX!! TAURUS CATCHES AND HITS A PUMPHANDLE SLAM, THROWING FÉNIX ONTO THE APRON!! DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD CANNONBALL TOPE TO FOLLOW BY BLACK TAURUS!! They both take some time on the floor to recover from the big spills they’ve both taken and take in the pain, as the crowd rally behind them with their applause. Fénix drags himself back inside, and Taurus crawls along too.
They get back up and start to trade blows. Both guys are expected to whip out a quick attack any second to end it. FÉNIX GOES FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK THAT IS DUCKED!! HE SPINS INTO ANOTHER ROUNDHOUSE KICK!! HE GOES FOR A FÉNIX DRIVER BUT TAURUS REVERSES INTO A DESTINO!! He gets up and looks to steal a move from his opponents playbook, as he mounts him for a BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! HE SPINS AROUND BUT ITS FLIPPED OUT OF INTO A CUTTER!! 1.........2.........KICK OUT!!! Fénix gets up and scales the ropes. HE GOES FOR A DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD ATTACK THATS CAUGHT MIDAIR!! TAURUS HITS A TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!!! 1...............2................3!!!!!! The first match of BOLA is over, and we see Black Taurus advance to the second round, and see favourite Fénix be shockingly eliminated.
Black Taurus defeats Rey Fénix (15:03)
Match 2 - Chris Hero vs. Rey Horus
Up until this point, no one knows who the 24th man in BOLA is. Only 23 are revealed prior with a last mystery addition. They will compete for the first time here in his match. Rey Horus is already in the ring by the time we reach his match, and then silence. The lights one by one go, and everyone looks around for a sign. In the middle of the ring is a man, looking a the floor in a long cloak as his hair falls downwards. Unworldly cheers and applause build up, as the fans bang or clap everything they possibly can. The lights return, and it’s CHRIS FUCKIN HERO!! Excalibur goes mental on commentary and Joey Janela loses his mind. Hero looks up, and stretches his arms out in triumph. That Young Knockout Kid, The Knockout Artist, The King of Wrestling, The Savior of CZW, The Wrestling Genius, The Mack Daddy of the Cravate, The Best Independent Wrestler of All Time - Chris Hero.
He takes off his robe and turns to Rey Horus, who is stunned in surprise. Our ring announcer declares loud and proud. “He’s come home - CHRIS HERO!” and the Globe Theatre become unglued. Hero looks out into the sea of happy fans and gets emotional, but turns back to his opponent to start the bout. They lock up but the size advantage is clear. Horus is pushed to the mat, and when he tries to get up - HERO BUSTS OUT HIS FIRST CRAVATE SUPLEX!!! That receives an even louder pop. Rey Horus slides under another and clutches the waist. He can’t do a German as expected so Hero swings behind him and HITS ANOTHER CRAVATE SUPLEX!! Rey cuts wind from that and takes a moment in the corner, while Hero taunts for a Hero’s Welcome!
HORUS SLIDES AWAY AND COUNTERS WITH A SPRINGBOARD FLYING HURRICANERANA!!! Horus runs the ropes and hits A RUNNING HEADSCISSORS!! Hero rolls out the ring, and then Rey runs for the corner. He does a TRIPLE Springboard, BEFORE DIVING WITH A SEATED SENTON!! He lifts Chris up and goes to bang him against the post, BUT HERO REVERSES AND SMACKS REY INTO THE STEEL!! AN ELBOW TO THE DOME!! ANOTHER!! ANOTHER!! HORUS DUCKS THE FOURTH AND HERO ELBOWS THE RING POST!! Rey throws him inside the ring and hits a Pele Kick to the elbow! HERO REBOUNDS WITH A DEATH BLOW!! HE UNLEASHES TRACY SMOTHERS!! HERO SIDEKICK IN THE CORNER!! Horus falls through the ropes and is hit by TOPE CON HERO!!!
He takes some time to recover on the floor but recognises that might cost him and throws Horus inside. He climbs the apron and walks through the ropes, AND IS HIT BY A GUILLOTINE LEGDROP FROM OUTTA NOWHERE!! 1.........2.........KICK OUT!! HORUS RUNS FOR A TORNADO DRAGON, BUT HERO CATCHES HIM WITH A CYCLONE KILL!! RIPCORD ROLLING ELBOW TO FOLLOW!! 1................2................REY HORUS SURVIVES!!! HE LIFTS HIMSELF UP AND HITS A SUPERKICK!! HERO RESPONDS WITH ANOTHER ELBOW ATTEMPT!! ITS DUCKED!! HORUS ROLLS UP WITH A VICTORY ROLL THATS ESCAPED, AND CHRIS LIFTS HIM UP INTO A HANGMAN’S CLUTCH!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A HERO’S WELCOME!!!!! 1..............2...............3!!!!!!!!! Chris Hero comes out on top in his first match back after a very fast bout. Afterwards they shake hands.
Chris Hero defeats Rey Horus (08:51)
Match 3 - Jonathan Gresham vs. Tony Deppen
With Block B and Block C matches done, we move onto Block A. Deppen comes out with an American flag and a beer, and waves it around as he enters. Jonathan Gresham wears his usual pirate octopus headpiece meanwhile. It starts with Deppen waving his flag out in the crowd. He then hears “Enter Sandman” from a distance start playing, and he runs off. HE THEN COMES BACK OUT WITH THE FLAG POLE AND THE BEER!! The fans sing along as he smashes the beer over his head, and carries the pole like a kendo stick. Jonathan Gresham meanwhile is all business and watches on with a smirk. We get duelling “Gres-ham” - “Dep-pen” chants, as they encourage their own cause. Eventually they get into a collar and elbow and the bout begins.
They swing back and forth until Deppen let’s go and SLAPS GERSHAM!! Deppen kicks him in the head and THROWS AN ELBOW STRIKE!! Despite seemingly taking this less seriously, Tony delivers some stiff shots early. The Octopus gets up and his hit by a KNIFE-EDGE CHOP!! Gresham is winded on that and falls to his knees. Deppen raises the “Dep-pen” chants higher as he runs the ropes. FRONT DROPKICK BY GRESHAM!! Gresham this time runs the ropes and hits a SHOTGUN DROPKICK!! Gresham hits a Kitchen Sink and starts to lay in chops, counted by the audience. He starts going at a rapid pace, but Deppen boots him away. BIG BOOT!! FOLLOWS WITH A HEADBUTT!! Gresham stumbles back and rebounds with a LARIAT!! Deppen falls in a heap and rolls outside. GRESHAM COMES FLYING WITH A TOPE SUICIDA!!
Now on the outside, they fight out there. Gresham walks Deppen over to some seats and throws him into them. HE THEN LAYS IN AN ELBOW!! Deppen slaps him and wails his opponent. ELBOW! ELBOW!! ELBOW!! Gresham falls to the ground and puts his arms up in defence from the stiff shots. He walks back into the ring and runs the ropes - HE DOES A TOPE SUICIDA HIMSELF!! GRESHAM MOVES AND HE FLIES INTO THE CHAIRS!! The Octopus rolls back inside to recover but the beating while Deppen lay in agony. HE RISES!! Excalibur puts this down to his skateboard background, whenever he falls he gets back up. Janela says diving onto steel is a usual Friday night for him. Gresham rolls back out and continues the fight. He knees Tony in the gut and bangs him off the ring post. He then throws Deppen back inside and climbs the ropes for a 630 SENTON!! HE DIVES!! AND MISSES!!!!!!!
DEPPEN GETS HIM IN A SCHOOL BOY!!! GRESHAM KICKS OUT!! The Octopus needs to recover, BUT DEPPEN HITS A HESITATION DROPKICK BEFORE HE GETS UP!! He kicks Gresham in the head and lifts for a Powerbomb, BUT GRESHAM COUNTERS WITH A FRANKENSTEINER!!! 1..........2........KICK OUT!!!!! Gresham raises an arm to sky at the kick out. He can’t believe it but keeps the fight going. He lifts Deppen up only TO STRIKE HIM BACK DOWN WITH AN ELBOW!! He climbs the ropes looking for another dive, BUT TONY RUNS UP AFTER HIM. He looks to push Gresham off but he holds his own and gets some elbows in. GRESHAM GOES FOR A SUNSET FLIP, BUT DEPPEN CATCHES HIM!! He repositions and calls for it - SUUUUUPPPEEEERPPPPLEEEEEEXXXX!!!!!!! HE COVERS, LOOKING TO END IT!!!!! 1................2.................KICK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deppen is in disbelief but keeps going. HE IRISH WHIPS GRESHAM INTO THE TURNBUCKLES!! He Bret Hart sells it and falls flat. Deppen scales the ropes and HITS A DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP!! HE THEN GOES FOR A CLOTHESLINE, BUT GRESHAM TWISTS AROUND INTO A OCTOPUS HOLD!! His fabled submission is in and Tony is looking like he’s going to tap. HE ESCAPES!!! AND HITS A PILEDRIVER!!! HE HITS THE DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP AGAIN!!!! 1............2..........GRESHAM KICKS OUT AND APLIES AN OCTOPUS HOLD ON THE FLOOR!!! Deppen rolls out, AND LOOKS FOR A TOMBSTONE!! GRESHAM REVERSES INTO HIS OWN TOMBSTONE!! DEPPEN COUNTERS WITH A HURRICANERANA TO THE OUTSIDE!! TOPE SUICIDA!!!!!!!!!!!! He overshoots the mark and flies into some fans, who do their best to dodge the flying man.
Tony gets up from the rubble and drags Gresham back inside. He goes to copy the Octopus, but The REAL Octopus doesn’t take that and counters with an Arm Drag into a CRUCIFIX PIN!! KICKOUT IMMEDIATELY INTO A YOUSHI TONIC BY DEPPEN!! He lifts Gresham up for a BLOODY SUNDAY, BUT GRESHAM COUNTERS MIDAIR WITH A FALLING DDT!! HE CLIMBS THE ROPES AND HITS A PHOENIX SPLASH!!! Instead of covering, HE LOCKS IN A FIGURE-FOUR LEG LOCK!! He WOOS profusely alongside the crowd, in credit to his tag team partner Jay Lethal, of course. He reminds the crowd of that mid submission, and goes back to letting out woos. DEPPEN HITS A MONKEY FLIP!! HE CONNECTS A ROUNDHOUSE AND LOOKS FOR ANOTHER BLOODY SUNDAY!! THIS ONE IS ESCAPED AND THEY BOTH RUN AT EACH OTHER!! DOUBLE DOWN AFTER STEREO CLOTHESLINES!!!!
We’re reaching the final stages as they both crawl up by the corners. Deppen runs forward with a Yakuza Kick but Gresham rolls under and school boys into a SUPERKICK!! HE LOOKS FOR A SHOOTING STAR PRESS, BUT DEPPEN GETS HIS KNEES UP!! He goes for a Cannoball Tope from the top, BUT GRESHAM HITS HIM WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK MIDAIR!!! HE HITS A SPIKE PILEDRIVER!!!!! 1................2...............KICK OUT BY TONY!!!!! He pulls himself up and slaps Gresham, and slaps him again. He slaps repeatedly until he falls, AND HITS A KAMIGOYE!! HE PULLS GRESHAM UP FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX!! HE BEGINS A THREE AMIGOS!! GRESHAM FLIPS OUT THE LAST AND LOCKS IN THE OCTOPUS HOLD!!! DEPPEN CAN’T ESCAPE AS ITS CINCHED TIGHTER!! HE TAPS OUT TO THE OCTOPUS!!!!
Jonathan Gresham defeats Tony Deppen (18:09)
Match 4 - The Ghost Soldiers (El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori) vs. Rush and Dragon Lee
Rush and Dragon Lee are real life brothers, for those unaware. They teamed together in Mexico for a while but haven’t really done the act in America. In Konnan’s promotion, The Crash, they hosted a big event centred around Lucha Bros vs. Lucha Bros - that being Fénix and Penta vs. Rush and Lee. Since BOLA sprinkle in these tag matches featuring hybrid teams to have some fun matches in-between the tournament ones, I thought it’d be cool to have them team together here. Then the others in the match are, The Ghost Soldiers, NJPW’s top Junior Heavyweight Tag Team that kick so much ass and I love. Ishimori has competed in PWG, having an especially good match against Bandido, meanwhile El Phantasmo is a newcomer to PWG. So he will debut like many before him, in the Battle of Los Angeles.
The crowd love everyone of them, with Ishimori and Rush having a completion of “you think YOU have a cool entrance mask?” With Ishimori wearing his bone solider while Rush wears his white bulll, or “El Toro Blanco” one. Phantasmo has glow-in-the-dark gear as per usual, and slides out to strip from him. HE’S THEN HIT BY A TOPE CON HILO BY RUSH STRAIGHT OFF THE BAT!! Ishimori goes for a HEADSCISSORS ON DRAGON LEE! LEE CATCHES HIM WITH A GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!! He then takes him to the apron, AND FLIES OVER WITH A SUNSET FLIP!! RUSH COMBOS WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK MIDAIR!! Rush takes Phantasmo into the ring. He Irish whips him and lands a Drop Toehold, which LEE FOLLOWS WITH A SPRINGBOARD LEG DROP!! Rush then holds him in place for a MISSILE DROPKICK TO THE REAR FROM LEE!!
Lee slides out to let Rush do some one on one. Rush goes for an Arm Drag but Phantasmo flips out of it and lands on the turnbuckles. HE THEN ROPE WALKS INTO HIS OWN ARM DRAG!! Rush then runs into a Superkick! ISHIMORI SLIDES IN AND GOES FOR A SUPERSTAR ELBOWI!! RUSH CATCHES AND APPLIES EL AMARRE!! PHANTASMO BREAKS IT UP WITH A ROPE WALK ASAI MOONSAULT!! Phantasmo and Ishimori then call for a double team. They both climb opposite corners. ISHIMORI HITS A 450 SPLASH!! He then taunts the crowd while Phantasmo prepares for his dive. He looks for a Double Springboard attack, BUT HES CAUGHT BY A SPRINGBOARD HURRICANERANA BY DRAGON LEE!! PHANTASMO FLIES INTO ISHIMORI!! Lee and Rush then do stereo Irish whips, WHICH ARE REVERSED INTO STEREO TORNADO DDTS!! 1..............2..............KICK OUT!!!!
Ishimori and Rush now go at it. They have a battle of chops, trading shots until they both fall. THEY BOTH KIP UP AND GO FOR ARM DRAGS!! ISHIMORI HITS A MEXICAN ROLL!! RUSH ESCAPES AND HITS A DROPKICK TO THE KNEES!! HE THEN FLIES WITH A SENTON!! 1.......2......ISHIMORI ROLLS OUT INTO A SAKUACHI!!! 1........2........RUSH KICKS OUT AND GOES FOR THE RUSH DRIVER!! ISHIMORI SPINS OUT AND THEY DOUBLE DOWN WITH STEREO SUPERKICKS!! They both fall and roll out. This means incomes Dragón Lee and El Phantasmo. Dragon Lee does a TRIPLE SPRINGBOARD just to enter, but as he’s falling HE’S HIT WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK MIDAIR!! PHANTASMO GOES FOR A STANDING MOONSAULT!! HE CONNECTS AND TRIES A CR II!! DRAGON LEE FLIPS OUT AND HITS A GERMAN SUPLEX!! Phantasmo flies across the ring and lands in the corner. Lee gets up and starts to walk towards.
Dragon Lee and Phantasmo both look for Irish whips, and so both run for the ropes. Instead of hitting them, THEY BOTH HIT TOPE CON HILOS TO THEIR OPPOSITE OPPONENT!! Phantasmo to Rush and Lee to Ishimori. Dragon Lee rolls back inside to recover, but sees Phantasmo pulling himself up by the apron. HE THEN RUNS FORWARD AND HITS A RUNNING FRANKENSTEINER, OVER THE ROPES AND ONTO THE APRON!! Lee rolls back inside where he meets The Bone Solider. They trade knees until Lee goes for a Bicycle One, but Ishimori dodges. Rush then slides in behind and grabs Ishimori from behind. He holds him in place in a Full Nelson while Lee readies for an attack. He signals to the crowd, but meanwhile Ishimori swaps positions with Rush! LEE BICYCLE KNEES RUSH!! ISHIMORI HITS A TELARAÑA ON RUSH!! HE DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE AND HITS A BLOODY CROSS ON LEE!!
Phantasmo wanders up the ropes, AND HITS A SENTON BOMB ON RUSH!! HE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS WITH A DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULT ON LEE!! They both cover, 1.......2.......KICK OUT!!! The Ghost Soldiers then decide to work over Rush. Phantasmo rolls him up, but he rolls out. HE THEN WALKS INTO A HANDSPRING ENZIGURI FROM ISHIMORI!! Phantasmo then calls for something, and rope walks. HE HITS A SPRINGBOARD ENZIGURI!! He then runs the ropes and begins a Headscissors, and begins to rotate and rotate until he realises. RUSH THEN WALKS INTO A REVOLUCION, BUT HE ESCAPES!! RUSH DRIVER!!! Phantasmo then runs up and ARM DRAG!! HE HITS A CORNER SHOTGUN DROPKICK!! He climbs up for La Lanza, where he’s joined by his brother. LEE WITH A 450 SPLASH AND RUSH WITH LA LANZA!!
They lift them up and look to end it with stereo finishers. Rush with the Rush Driver, and Lee with Desnucadaro. BOTH MOVES ARE FLIPPED OUT OF!! STEREO BACK BODY DROPS!! Phantasmo Superkicks Lee out the ring, and that leaves Rush prone. Ishimori goes to one corner and Phantasmo the other. PHANTASMO HITS A FROGSPLASH!! 1.............2...........KICK OUT!!!!!!! Ishimori sees the kick out and goes for Lee on the outside instead, AND HITS SUPERSTAR QUEBRADA!!! Ishimori and Lee both fall, but get up soon after. Lee pushes Ishimori off him and goes back to the ring. Ishimori and Phantasmo both group up, and Rush gains his composure in the corner. LEE THEN DIVES OFF RUSH’S SHOULDERS WITH A TOPE CON HILO!! 1..............2............KICK OUT!!!!! HE THEN LIFTS PHANTASMO INTO A DRAGON DRIVER!!!! 1............2.............3!!!!!!!!!
Rush and Dragon Lee defeat The Ghost Soldiers (15:46)
Match 5 - Alex Zayne vs. Darby Allin - Block C First Round Match
Darby Allin and Alex Zayne up next, and both guys enter out to sizeable pops. They wrestle similar high risk styles so everyone understands this will be a pure popcorn match. Zayne tells Darby “how’s that TNT money?”, a reference to his pursuit of the TNT Championship. The fans then chant A-E-Dub while Allin leans in the corner, stone faced. He takes off his cardigan and throws it into the crowd, while Zayne waits for him. It then begins. They get in a lock up but it’s short lasting, as Allin quickly rolls back in an O’Connor Roll! Zayne kicks out and turns into a SPRINGBOARD CORKSCREW CROSSBODY!! Zayne falls from his seated position, and Allin covers again, ANOTHER KICKOUT!! Zayne gets himself up and goes to Tilt-a-Whirl Allin, WHO COUNTERS WITH A STANDING DIAMOND DUST!! He then runs the ropes and is caught with a JUMPING LANZA TO THE CHEST!!
Zayne lifts him for a Pumphandle attack, possibly the Taco Driver, but ALLIN HITS A TORNADO DDT!! Allin then applies his signature sick looking Fujiwara Armbar! He punches and kicks down on him for extra damage. Zayne rolls him off and HITS A HEADSCISSORS TAKEDOWN!! Allin goes for a kick but feints it, then ducks a BIG BOOT!! HE HITS A SPRINGBOARD ARM DRAG!! HE GOES FOR THE LAST SUPPER, BUT ALEX EVADES!! SUPERKICK!! Darby falls to mat and is hit by a FRONT DROPKICK!! He rolls back out of it and stumbles up. ALLIN HITS HIS OWN FRONT DROPKICK!! Zayne flies into the corner and Darby runs for a lifting knee, BUT HES CAUGHT!! PUMPHANDLE, INTO A HIGH KNEE LIFT!! Darby falls to the mat and Alex covers, 1..............2............DARBY DOESN’T STAY DIE!! He keeps fighting and gets up as the fans pound the mat, chanting “Darby” in unison.
Allin climbs up the ropes and looks for a COFFIN DROP!! SUPERKICK TO THE REAR BY ZAYNE!! Allin then is prone to a AVALANCHE DRAGON RANA!!! He crashes down and Zayne climbs up. HE MISSES A CRUNCH WRAP!! ALLIN ROLLS HIM UP IN A SCHOOL BOY!! KICKOUT!! Zayne gets up in the corner as the fans clap loudly. HE GOES FOR A BAJA BLAST!! ALLIN COUNTERS INTO THE LAST SUPPER!! Zayne lifts himself out with a DRAGON SCREW!! He goes for an Electric Chair Attack, BUT ALLIN FLIPS BACK WITH A INVERTED STUNNER!! HE HITS A SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!! Once they’re back up Zayne hits a Step-up Headscissors to knock him down, AND FOLLOWS WITH A PELE LOCOS!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A SHELL BREAKER KNEE!! He throws Allin out and hits a TOPE CON GIRO TO THE OUTSIDE!!
Now on the floor, both guys lay down in pain. Zayne is up though and panders to the fans. He takes Allin back inside and goes for a chop, BUT ALLIN HITS A HEADBUTT!! Darby then kicks him across the head! HE HITS A SPIN KICK TO THE HEAD!! Zayne falls to the mat on that one. Allin punches down on his back to set up for a SPRINGBOARD BACKSPLASH!! ZAYNE CATCHES HIM AND HITS A BAJA BLAST!!! He walks out to the apron and rallies the an behind him. HE HITS A INSIDE OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!!!! The Sauce lifts him up and looks to end it with a Taco Driver, BUT ALLIN HITS A HURRICANERANA!! That leaves Zayne on the outside where he’s open to a SUICIDE DIVE!! Allin then HITS A ASAI MOONSAULT!!!
They both go back inside and keep fighting. They exchange shots and elbows, AND ALLIN HITS A YOUSHI TONIC!! ZAYNE GETS UP AND HITS A RUNNING 450!! HE GOES TO FOLLOW WITH A CINNAMON TWIST!! ALLIN GETS THE KNEES UP! LAST SUPPER BY DARBY!! KICK OUT!! Darby gets up and tries to apply a Fujiwara again, BUT HES KICKED IN THE HEAD!! ZAYNE HITS A CRUNCH WRAP!! He looks to end it with the Taco Driver, AND FINALLY HITS IT!!!! 1.................2...............KICK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYONE bites on that and are in disbelief. You cannot kill Darby Allin. HE HITS A DIAMOND DUST OUT OF NOWHERE!! Darby stomps down some more to ready himself. He climbs up the ropes and does a fallen angel pose, BEFORE FLYING WITH A COFFIN DROP!!!! 1...............2.............3!!!!!! ITS ALL OVER!!
Darby Allin defeats Alex Zayne (10:41)
Match 6 - Jeff Cobb vs. Jacob Fatu - Block B First Round Match
Prior to BOLA, we have “Jonathan’s Bizzare Adventure.” On that card sees Jacob Fatu make his PWG debut, where he wrestles a competitive bout against also debuting Chris Ridgeway. Fatu wins that one after a very hard hitting match. Also on that show, we see The Rascalz take on Strong Hearts, Orange Cassidy and Alex Zayne do battle, Shingo Takagi take on Jonathan Gresham, Bandido face off with returning Andrew Everett, and Jeff Cobb and old pal Daisuke Sekimoto take on The Lucha Bros. Cobb loses his match, and Fatu loses his too. Both men are annoyed and so all is on the line heading into BOLA. Fatu comes out with a Samoan flag over his shoulders, and decked out in Samoan attire. Cobb is the same, but Hawaiian. They start the match off with a manly handshake, which Cobb pushes away from at the end.
Cobb busts out some moves to get in the groove with the audience, who seem to be down. We get “Bro” chants as he embraces his inner Matt Riddle. Fatu grows impatient and does one of the best acts he does, “pissed off madman”. He calls Cobb a “fatass” and tells him to stop dancing like a clown and fight. They then enter a sense lockup. Cobb and Fatu shift control of it, push8ng each other back and forth to opposite corners. Cobb pushes down tighter while he’s in control, leading to the ref telling him to hold back. Cobb realises and smirks. They then get into a collar and elbow, and push each other to the corners! THEY RUN BACK AND LOCK UP AGAIN!! THEY PUSH EACH OTHER BACK AGAIN!! This time they fall to the mat, and then get up quickly AND DOUBLE DOWN WITH STEREO CLOTHESLINES!!
Cobb and Fatu then get up because they cannot physically fall, they’re impermeable forces. Fatu runs forward but COBB HITS A MONKEY FLIP!! Fatu flips into the corner where’s hit by a RUNNING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! Cobb then runs the ropes and HITS A CORNER CLOTHESLINE!! He runs the ropes again, this time from a different angle and hits a CORNER FLYING ELBOW SMASH!! COBB THEN HITS A OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! Fatu thuds off the mat and gets back up, TO HIT A MICHINOKU DRIVER!! He then climbs the ropes and hits a SWANTON BOMB!! 1..........2.........KICK OUT!!! COBB GETS UP AND HITS A GERMAN SUPLEX!! Fatu rolls out and DOUBLE DOWN WITH STEREO RUNNING HEADBUTTS!! The tone is set, these guys are going to just hit each other as hard as they can and sell nothing because fuck you - they don’t feel pain.
Cobb recovers on the outside while Fatu gets up whilst still in the ring. He feints out a Tope Suicida, catching Cobb off guard. HE THEN HITS A SPACEMAN PLANCHA INSTEAD!! THE BIG MAN FLIES!! FATU LANDS ON HIS FEET AND HITS A GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB ONTO THE FLOOR!! Cobb feels the pain of that, not immediately getting up. The Samoan Werewolf instead pulls him up and throws him back into the ring. He then begins a series of sick strikes. KNIFE-EDGE CHOP!! PALM THRUST!! KNIFE-EDGE CHOP!! PALM THRUST!! KNIFE-EDGE CHOP!! PALM THRUST!! In between all of these he does a cutthroat taunt, AND THEN HITS A SUPERKICK!! Cobb falls to the corner, and Fatu runs for a SAMOAN WRECKING BALL!! COBB CATCHES AND HITS AN EXPLODER GERMAN SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER!!
Cobb then channels his inner Super Dragon, AND HITS A VIOLENCE PARTY!! ELBOW! CHOP! PUNCH! ELBOW! CHOP! PUNCH! ELBOW! CHOP! PUNCH! Repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly, until Fatu falls into a ATHLETIC-PLEX!!!! 1.............2...........KICK OUT!!!!! Fatu gets up by the corner, and when Cobb goes for him he NAILS A BIG BOOT!! FATU THEN KNOCKS HIM DOWN WITH A PALM THRUST FOLLOWED BY A SUPERKICK!! HE HITS THE SAMOAN DROP!! Fatu then goes to the corner and climbs up for a Samoan Splash. COBB GETS THE KNEES UP!! HE GOES FOR A TOUR OF THE ISLANDS, BUT FATU REVERSES AND HITS THE SAMOAN SLAM!!! 1.............2.........JEFF COBB KEEPS ON FIGHTING!! They’re going hell for leather and nothing looks like it will keep them down, and with every big man bump the ring rattles for more effect.
FATU HITS A HANDSPRING MOONSAULT!! He taunts to the crowd after, and picks Cobb up for a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! COBB LANDS ON HIS FEET AND HITS AN ATHLETIC-PLEX!! He then signals for it, AND BEGINS THE BAM-BAM’S!!! GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!! GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!! GUTWRENCH SUPLEX!! 1............2.........FATU KICKS OUT!! COBB GOES FOR A TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! FATU GETS OUT AND RUNS FOR THE CORNER, AND HITS A SPRINGBOARD BODY PRESS!!! The Samoan Werewolf cuts his throat while yelling “HAIL CONTRA!” and looks for the Pop-up Samoan Drop again. HE HITS IT!! He lifts Cobb up, WHO HITS A POP-UP EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A POP-UP POWERBOMB!! HE THEN HITS A POP-UP TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!!!! 1...............2.................3!!!!!! POP-UP MANIA RUNS WILD AS JEFF COBB ADVANCES TO THE SECOND ROUND!!!
Jeff Cobb defeats Jacob Fatu (14:36)
Match 7 - Pentagon Jr. vs. Brody King - Block A First Round Match
Final BOLA bout of the evening sees Pentagon Jr take on Brody King. Pentagon Jr is of course who most would know from AEW, or for his work in Impact or Lucha Underground. Working as part of The Lucha Bros with his brother Fénix primarily, the two have taken tag team wrestling by storm. However he is very, very, very good as a singles heel. He is amazing as a hyper aggressive and terrifyingly dangerous breaker of arms. Brody King meanwhile is another scary emo, with a giant frame and like, 90% of his body tattooed. Brody comes out wearing multiple bandanas to conceal his face, while Pentagon has his signature mask and face paint. The PWG crowd are always electric for Pentagon, and everyone joins his Cero Miedo taunt. He walks inside and continues to pander the crowd. He has some fun with King who has none of it. Pentagon offers him a Cero Miedo instead of a handshake to begin the match.
Brody isn’t having the taunts and hits a BACKDROP STRAIGHT AWAY!! He gets Pentagon in a Bow and Arrow, and when Pentagon tries to escape he drops him into a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Pentagon slides out and hits a SOCCER KICK!! He does the Cero Miedo taunt and rubs it in for full effect. KING SLAPS HIM IN THE FACE!! HE CHOPS HIS CHEST!! KING THEN HITS A BIEL TOSS!!! Pentagon gets up and HITS HIS OWN CHOP!! CERO MIEDO!! ANOTHER CHOP!! CERO MIEDO!! He winds up for a running attack but KING HITS AN SHOULDER BLOCK!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! Pentagon flips inside out on the collision, and King taunts the crowd. He slashes an x with his arms in refusal of any further cero miedo’s. He then picks Pentagon up and takes him to the corner. He works him over my pummelling a shoulder in, followed by another, and then an elbow smash. He runs from the opposite corner and IS HIT BY A BIG BOOT!!
PENTAGON THROWS HIM OUTSIDE AND RUNS THE ROPES!! TOPE CON HILO!!!!!! The fans start chanting “This is Awesome” and the match has been going on for less than 5 minutes. Pentagon throws King inside and starts to work the arm over gruesomely. He wraps it up into a pretzel and then PELE KICKS IT!! King can’t hit a fully effective elbow smash, which allows Pentagon to cartwheel behind him and hit a LEG SWEEP!! The kick knocks King to the mat and Pentagon runs the ropes. King stays put meaning Pentagon runs over him, and then gets up to hit a DISCUS ELBOW WITH THE OTHER ARM!! He grabs Pentagon by the arm, AND HITS A DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT ARM DRAG!! “Welcome to PWG” Excalibur says laughing at the ludicrousness of that move.
King then works the arm of Pentagon himself. He stomps on it a few times, and then contorts it himself. He cartwheels to the other side of Pentagon, then picking him up by the arm for a Modified Cravate Suplex! Pentagon thuds off the mat and rolls outside. Brody then yells out “THIS is how it’s done:”, before running the ropes, then RUNNING UP THE TURNBUCKLES FOR A TOPE CON HILO TO THE OUTSIDE!! ONCE MORE THE BIG MAN FLIES!! Brody King gets up from the floor and cuts his throat at the fans. He goes for a cero miedo himself, but before dropping it HE HITS A ELBOW SMASH!! He then picks Pentagon back up AND HITS A EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!! Pentagon leans on the apron, as King runs up. PENTAGON THEN REVERSES INTO A DROP TOEHOLD!! King’s head then hangs over the first rope, as Pentagon rolls back inside. HE THE. HITS A DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD GUILLOTINE LEG DROP ACROSS BRODY’S HEAD!!!!!!
Pentagon lifts him up and HITS A POWERBOMB ONTO THE KNEE!! 1...........2..........KICK OUT!!! PENTAGON THEN HITS A SOCCER KICK TO THE LEG!! HE THEN HITS A SLINGBLADE!! KING ROLLS OUT AND HITS A ELBOW SMASH!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A LARIAT, THATS DUCKED!! PENTAGON HITS A LUNGBLOWER!! AND APPLIES A CABALLETTE!! KING ROLLS OUT AND HITS A URANAGE!! 1..............2..............KICK OUT!! Brody rolls out in disbelief, and takes a breath. He crouches down under the apron so he can’t be dived onto. Pentagon stands behind him without his knowledge however. HE THEN RUNS THE ROPES AND HITS A BASEBALL SLIDE DROPKICK!! Pentagon pulls Brody back up onto the apron, and waits for him to stand back up. HE THEN HITS A SLINGBLADE ONTO THE APRON!! HE FOLLOWS WITH A LANZA INTO THE RING!! 1...........2.............KICK OUT!!!
Pentagon picks King up by his long hair, and stares him in the eyes. “Fuck you.” King says and CHOPS HIM!! PENTAGON CHOPS HIM BACK!! BRODY CHOPS!! PENTA CHOPS!! Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Finally they both fall into the ropes, AND THEN PERFORM STEREO SHOULDER BLOCKS!! Pentagon falls and Brody stays put. HE THEN GOES FOR A PILEDRIVER, BUT PENTAGON FALLS WITH A SLINGBLADE!! He goes for a FEAR FACTOR, BUT BRODY ESCAPES AND HITS A SUPERKICK!! Pentagon falls into the corner, and when King rushes - HE HITS A STEP-UP HEADSCISSORS!! PENTAGON NAILS A SUPERKICK!! HE HITS THE PENTAGON DRIVER!!!! 1...............2..............KICK OUT BY BRODY KING!! PENTAGON GOES FOR ANOTHER, BUT KING COUNTERS WITH HIS OWN STEP-UP HEADSCISSORS!!! HE THEN HITS THE ALL SEEING EYE!!!
Brody King then lifts him up for AN OVER THE SHOULDER PILEDRIVER!! PENTAGON FLIPS OUT AND HITS A MEXICAN DESTROYER!! PENTAGON RUNS THE ROPES AND HITS A SOCCER KICK!! He then runs upwards on the ropes, AND GOES FOR A CORKSCREW ARM DRAG!! HE CONNECTS, AND THE THE ROPES AGAIN!! KING HITS A TITL-A-WHIRL LIFTING KNEE STRIKE!! Pentagon stumbles back, and goes to kick him in the gut. BRODY CATCHES!! PENTAGON BACK FLIPS OUT! KING HITS A JUMPING ELBOW SMASH MIDAIR!!! That earns the next of several “UNBELIEVABLE!!”’s from Excalibur. KING THEN HITS A GUTWRENCH PILEDRIVER!!! 1.............2............KICK OUT!!! PENTAGON LIFTS HIMSELF UP WITH A GORILLA PRESS DROPPED INTO DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!! HE CLIMBS UP FOR A LANZA, AND IS CAUGHT!! KING HITS AN OVER THE SHOULDER PILEDRIVER!!! 1.................2.................3!!!!
Brody King defeats Pentagon Jr (17:35)
Main Event - Andrew Everett, Bandido and Flamita vs. Outlaw Mudshow (Blake Christian, Joey Janela and Nick Gage) - Guerrilla Warfare Match
PWG has been, and regularly brands itself as, the best of Independent Wrestling in the world. However, for those unaware, that’s up for debate now. PWG from 2011-2017 was the best North American pro wrestling I think of the millennium. But in 2018, things kind of went downwards. The move from the Legion Hall (Rest in peace Legion Larry) to the Globe Theatre is regraded as the beginning of the end. I still think PWG produce good to great matches and shows, but also in 2018 - Game Changer Wrestling took off. GCW since then has taken PWG’s spot as the #1 indy, becoming that niche hip kid on the block. So here at BOLA, PWG’s biggest event of the year, they will arrive. And to add to their ironic coolness, they compete under the team name “Outlaw Mudshow”, the term many wrestling purists use to derogate them.
With the last match done with, NICK GAGE WALKS OUT!! The fans have been expecting him but his debut in a PWG ring is still receiving of a monstrous pop. He smashes a beer can over his head and goes wild with the fans, as they chant “NICK FUCKIN GAGE” at the top of their lungs and get handsy with him as he walks through their seats, stands on them, and gives people some of his beer. He takes the mic and says “flippy ass motherfuckers in the back, let’s fuckin go.” ANDREW EVERETT THEN HITS A SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT FROM BEHIND HIM!! EVERETT HITS A BACKFLIP KICK!! He then runs the ropes and is caught by a BIG BOOT!! GAGE HITS A BRAINBUSTER ON HIM!! He then takes a fans chair and WHAMS IT ACROSS EVERETT SENDING HIM AWAY!! Joey Janela gets up from the commentary desk and rushes down to join Gage. Chris Hero then takes his spot at the booth.
PWG CHAMPION, BANDIDO THEN COMES OUT!! He punches Janela and then Gage. They go for a Double Clothesline but he ducks and runs the ropes, HITTING A FRONT DROPKICK TO BOTH GUYS!! THEY THEN REBOUND OFF THE ROPES AND HIT THE DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!! Bandido’s tag partner and close friend, Flamita, then rushes out. HE SLIDES UNDER A CLOTHESLINE ON THE APRON BY GAGE, AND HITS A SLINGSHOT CUTTER!! Janela then punches him, and does a suck it. He punches him again, suck it. Another lunch, and another suck it. He gestures to each opposing man to suck it, AND IS HIT BY A BICYCLE KICK BY FLAMITA!! SUCK IT!! BIG BOOT BY FLAMITA!! SUCK IT!! BIG BOOT BY FLAMITA!! SUCK IT!! He tells Janela to suck it, then Gage, and three more times to Joey. BLAKE CHRISTIAN THEN HITS A SPRINGBOARD FLYING FOREARM FROM BEHIND!!
The teams are made, and Blake calls in Gage. They all beat up the ref, with Gage hitting him with a Piledriver. They then beat up the ref that follows. They all then run the ropes and hit TOPE SUICIDAS TO EVERYONE ON THE OUTSIDE!! Gage’s chair is wielded again by Mr. MDK himself, who starts running wild with it. Bandido, Flamita and Everett all feel it’s wrath. Bandido is hit by a SHOT TO THE HEAD!! GAGE THEN GOES TO STRIKE HIM WITH THE TITLE!! BANDIDO DUCKS UNDER AND HITS A HIGH-ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX!! He picks back up his title and THROWS IT AT JANELA ON THE APRON!! He falls to the floor, and Bandido calls for Flamita to join. THEY THEN HIT STEREO SPRINGBOARD CORKSCREW SENTON BOMBS ONTO JOEY JANELA AND BLAKE CHRISTIAN!!! Andrew Everett then comes inside and takes Nick Gage out with a CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD!! He then sets the chair up and Sabu’s himself off it, JUMPING UP WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!!
Andrew Everett throws Nick Gage outside, and goes out after him with a TOPE CON HILO!!! He then picks up some more chairs, about three of them. He throws them inside the ring and brings Blake Christian in. They then both indulge in a running the ropes sequence. Everett leapfrogs a roll by Christian, who then handsprings back but feints it to avoid the incoming dropkick. HE THEN HITS AN ELIA!! 1..........2.........KICK OUT!! Christian Irish whips him and runs with it, HITTING A TIGER FEINT KICK!! He looks for a Springboard attack from the middle rope, but THEN EVERETT HITS A CANNONBALL TOPE FROM UNDER HIM!! BLAKE THEN HITS AN ASAI MOONSAULT!!! Everyone is down on the floor, but Bandido and Flamita get up first. Joey Janela is up with them, flipping them two middle fingers and air humping. FLAMITA THEN HITS A HURRICANERANA INTO A TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER!!
continues in comments
submitted by ConorCulture to FantasyBookingElite [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 23:49 ConorCulture FBE Final Stand II - Book the 2020 Battle of Los Angeles - Prologue

FBE Final Stand - Book 2020 Battle of Los Angeles - Part 1: The Participants + How We Got Here
If you’ve never heard of what BOLA is, it’s a 24-man knockout tournament spread across 3 blocks. 8 men per block, with each block being a mini 8-man tournament. The winners of all three of these blocks face in a Triple Threat Elimination Match, with the winner being gifted a trophy and PWG World Championship Match. Due to the circumstances, it did not take place this year. However as per the prompt, this is how I would of done if it were to happen without the circumstances in place. Now, onto the participants.
Block A:
Pentagon Jr: this name needs no introduction. You know the drill, breaks arms, throws down the cero miedo, and has a turbulent relationship with Vampiro. He came to light in AAA, was made famous in Lucha Underground, grew larger in Impact Wrestling and is now tagging it up with his polar opposite brother, Fénix, in AEW. Pentagon is no stranger to PWG or the Battle of Los Angeles, first competing five years ago in 2015. He has only gotten nastier and more violent since then and is an easy contender to dominate Block A, and even perhaps go to the finals.
Brody King: time for a big guy. Many will know him as one third of Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll’s faction over in ROH. King is part of the modern wave of big guys: being a very big lad indeed, but also well able to fly. He can throw you around like nothing or hit a Springboard Hurricanerana from outta nowhere, you never know what you can expect from this man. He also is, pretty terrifying. He has the most tattoos of any wrestler I’ve seen working today and also as I’ve said, a very big man. Block A are sure to fear this man.
Chris Bey: this guy has been turning a lot of heads as of late, most notable of them being Cody. Cody is very impressed with Bey which he has made known. Bey is currently holding 3 different championships, having made appearances in loads of different companies across America in 2019: having a match on 205 Live, countless Impact appearances, basically all but AEW. He’s a sensational high flyer, working a very fast paced style with a fair share of strikes thrown in, he’s built for PWG.
AR Fox: amongst the independent circuit, this guy is pretty famous. He’s conquered everywhere, but the most mainstream stage he’s reached is Lucha Underground, where he competed as Dante Fox in a legendary feud with Killshot, who you probably know as Shane Strickland. Fox is the definition of high octane, throwing caution to the wind with his moves and going about everything with a daredevil mindset. He’s famous for his work in CZW for that very reason.
Chris Ridgeway: There’s two main things you need to know about Chris Ridgeway: he’s hard as fuck, and he bloody loves kicking people. Ridgeway employs a blend of stiff physicality and technical ability, comparable to the likes of Zack Sabre Jr. and KUSHIDA. If you enjoy watching competitors that hit their opponents really hard, you will have fun seeing Chris Ridgeway. Having recently made his US debut for Defy Wrestling, it looks like there are big things on the near horizon for this BritWres up-and-comer.
Cara Noir: Cara Noir is a beautiful combination of art and abs sculpted into a pro wrestler. Cara is a performer that you simply cannot forget once you’ve seen him. If Black Swan was a pro wrestler, it would take the form of Cara Noir. Just watching him walk to the ring is an artistic experience, but don’t let the flamboyancy fool you, Cara is a very physical wrestler, a strong striker, and a skilled technician. Cara Noir is a diverse performer that brings something unique to independent wrestling, and this Black Swan deserves a much brighter spotlight than he’s currently being given.
Jonathan Gresham: with Zack Sabre Jr. not really showing up in PWG anymore, the crown for the top submission specialist in Los Angles was handed down to Jonathan Gresham, being able to tap you the fuck out with his Figure Four or Octopus Hold. However, the man can also bust out a Shooting Star Press, Phoenix Splash or 630 Senton at a moments notice, making him a great hybrid wrestler. Last year he got to the BOLA Finals, but didn’t quite win. Can he do it again? But this time, go that step further?
Tony Deppen: God, I love Tony Deppen. The guy can get legit heat AND work a fast paced style. This is not an easy task, something I’ve only seen the likes of Shawn Michaels pull off. Deppen is just like a pitbull, he’s short and angry. In ring he’s a major hothead, and wrestles like he’s letting out his anger on his opponent by just hurting them as much as possible. His Suicide dives are like a bullet being shot and his elbows look like they crunch his opponents skull. This intensity and fighting spirit will get him a long way in this prestigious tournament.
Block B:
Chris Hero: PWG could use a Hero... NXT is fucking fantastic, they are genuinely one of the greatest brands that the wrestling industry has ever seen, but I will never forgive them for how they used Chris Hero. This guy before his first WWE run was in my opinion, the best indy wrestler ever. The legacy this man had. Once in WWE, “Kassius Ohno” was originally tipped to be in The Shield instead of Roman Reigns, but Triple H fired him because of his weight. He then had a phenomenal 2016 before being rehired by WWE and made to put others over. Chris Hero has been released, and its time he returns to the independent circuit. This man is a PWG legend, he is sure to have a Hero’s Welcome when he returns.
Rey Horus: time for some Lucha Libre in this block, comes Rey Horus. I find this man to have an interesting backstory so we’ll start with that. He first worked under the name of “El Hijo de Rey Misterio”, meaning “The Son of Rey Mysterio”. He was trained by Rey Mysterio Sr, who is the nephew of Rey Mysterio Jr, who is the man most of us associate with the name “Rey Mysterio.” In Lucha Underground he worked as El Dragon Azteca Jr and had a relationship with Rey Mysterio there, going off their connection. He wrestles a similar style of course, and is very exciting to watch. He brings high flying and quick lucha Libre to the table, and is a regular in PWG.
Jeff Cobb: now its time for another big boy, and not just big by star power standards. Cobb is a former PWG World Champion, so he does carry around his fair share of swagger. He is a master of being a massive lad who can move really fast, exactly what the modern big man looks like. He can throw people over his head with ease, and follow that up with a Standing Shooting Star Press. You may know him from AEW, New Japan, Ring of Honor or Lucha Underground (where he appeared as Matanza). He’s gotten to the finals in the past, coming short to Ricochet in 2017. He also won it in 2018. Hopefully he can go that step further in 2020.
Jacob Fatu: there’s nothing like a Samoan. Jacob Fatu is the nephew of Rikishi and Umaga, along with being the cousin of The Usos and Roman Reigns. The guy has taken the Samoan gimmick of the past from guys like The Wild Samoans or The Islanders, and like what the Usos have done, updated it to a 2020 version of that gimmick. He’s been MLW World Heavyweight Champion for 10 months now and has been tearing it up as one quarter of CONTRA Unit. The guy is simply sensational and is sure to impress in his PWG debut.
Matt Tremont: PWG isn’t exactly known for deathmatches. They do the occasional Guerrilla Warfare Match, but they never go into glass/barbed wire territory. Thumbtacks are usually as far as it goes. Matt Tremont on the other hand is a deathmatch legend. He’s spent a lot of time in CZW and GCW as well as working over in Japan. He had his last ever GCW match against Alex Colon at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 4, which frees him up. BOLA is a showcase of the best indy Wrestling has to offer, and since GCW has overtaken PWG as the premier Indy, having a GCW alum in the tournament makes sense. It also adds diversity to the lineup.
Jordan Oliver: Jordan Oliver is a prediction of many to have a breakout 2020, which he definitely has. He’s one third of the faction “InJustice” over in MLW, teaming with Myron Reed and Kotto Brazil. The guy is only 20 and is already turning heads, Jim Cornette being one who tweeted about how Oliver and Blake Christian’s recent match was an embarrassment to the sport, no surprise there. Oliver as I said is only 20 and is just fantastic at being a douche, he doesn’t care in the slightest and his simple presence just irritates you.
Andrew Everett: the most PWG wrestler you can possibly get. This guy has gone under the radar for the past 2 years ever since being released from Impact, now working various companies around the country. He doesn’t work PWG very often anymore and I don’t like that. He’s supremely talented in the ring, being up there with Fénix for top “how is that humanely possible?” moveset. He spent a lot of time in PWG a few years ago where he was very over with the crowd due to his lightning quick moves and sensational high flying. I believe he deserves to go back to prominence. He may not have much character beyond his moveset, but that is fine for PWG.
Flamita: more Lucha Libre, introducing: Flamita! Flamita is one half of Mexibloods, an excellent tag team comprised of himself and current PWG World Champion, Bandido. Dave Meltzer has called Flamita "one of the best high-flying wrestlers in the world", comparing him to Lucha legend, Rey Mysterio. Flamita deserves the high praise and lives up to the hype, bringing and explosive in ring style to the table with his matches stuck in second gear. He’s sure to bring high intensity to tournament.
Block C:
Dragon Lee: continuing with the luchadors, its current ROH Television Champion, Dragon Lee. Dragon Lee had quite the situation at BOLA last year, getting fired from CMLL because he entered it. But he’s back again this time! If you’ve never seen Dragon Lee’s work, or Ryu Lee as he’s called in NJPW, check out the Dragon Lee vs. Hiromu Tanahashi feud from CMLL. It is glorious. Dragon Lee is a young luchador who mixes a blend of strength and speed, being a very agile high flyer but also being well able to slam his opponents to the mat and knock the soul out of them. The guy has appeared in PWG numerous types yet has never reached the BOLA Finals. Will that change this year? We’ll have to wait and see.
Laredo Kid: our third luchador in BOLA this year, Laredo Kid! You may have seen this luchador appear in AEW at Fyter Fest or in AAA. He begun his career back in 2005 and has grown alongside his company AAA. Even though he left the company in 2011, he still wrestles regularly there as he holds the AAA Cruiserweight Championship. He also had a WWE tryout in 2015 where he teamed with Sammy Guevara in a match against Los Matodores. Notorious for being a top high flyer in the world, the guy is no stranger to a big competition.
Joey Janela: I’m sure most of you are familiar with this name, as he’s been regularly appearing in AEW and also having “altercations” with Jim Cornette. He’s a preliminary booker with shows he’s booked, including LA Confidential in 2018 and most famously, Joey Janela’s Spring Break that happens over WrestleMania weekend. He is also notorious for his infamous Zandig spot he did where he fell off a roof into a truck full of glass and barbed wire where he almost died. His big story going into the tournament is this will he his last attempt to get the big BOLA win he’s been searching for after getting so close so many times.
Blake Christian: if you’re unaware, Blake Christian has been absolutely killing it on the indies. He’s taken over the mantle of Andrew Everett of best “popcorn match” producer. Him and Alex Zayne have engaged in a new Ospreay/Ricochet program of “super crazy flippy can’t be separated fight for forever” feud and it’s been amazing, as they’ve done excellent work together. They’re also a frenemy team. Blake was called out by Jim Cornette which brought him to notoriety after - what I thought was an excellent - match with the previously mentioned Jordan Oliver. He is death defying and mega flippy, but the same can be said for the man I just spoke about...
Alex Zayne: this guy is going to be huge. He’s made many appearances in PWG, along with other top indy promotion, GCW. I personally consider Alex Zayne, Jordan Oliver, Blake Christian and Tony Deppen the modern day Radicalz. Zayne is just fantastic. He has zero fear, something that Pentagon Jr. would appreciate, he’s young, no matter how many times I see him he somehow has a new hair colour - but most of all he’s just fantastic in the ring. He’s done well in PWG before, but he’s going to have to go that extra step to win the Battle of Los Angles. His nickname is also “The Sauce”, which is brilliant.
Darby Allin: you know this guy, we all saw Fyter Fest. He of course was made famous in that match with Cody, but he was kicking ass before that. He competed in EVOLVE as a lot of us know, but he also has spent time in PWG. Last year he partook in BOLA where he had a great performance and this year he’s going to do it again. He’s now a year later into his AEW run and more experienced. With the same goals in mind that we’ve established Joey Janela has, Darby is looking for nothing less than the victory this year. We’re not done with the AEW people yet. We got space for about one more, and he’s a name we’ve mentioned a few times...
Rey Fénix: this was a name I assume you expected to be mentioned, and for obvious reasons. He personifies the PWG style, having competed in the company for 5 years. When he first competed for PWG, it was BOLA 2015, where he had one of my favourite ever PWG matches. It was a Tag Team Match where he teamed with Aerostar against Drago and Pentagon Jr. in a Lucha Underground showcase match that was absolutely incredible. You all know this guy regardless of his prior work, he’s been sensational on Dynamite, constantly delivering incredible action. He’s sure to go far this tournament, but it could be in doubt
Black Taurus: last participant, last luchador. This guy is a major dark horse of the scene and I think deserves way more recognition. In the modern craze of “aerial big man”, they don’t come much better than this guy. To start: HES terrifying. His mask is a black bulls head, and is gear is also around the whole bull vibe. He moves with insane pace, and busts out double springboards as if he’s the size of most luchadors - despite being over 250 lbs. I think he’s absolutely badass and has been tearing up the scene in AAA, after their amazing year in 2019. He will definitely do big things.
With the admin out of the way, let’s move onto PWG’s 2020. What goes down? We start at PWG KOBE, the highlight of which being Bandido retaining his PWG World Championship after an excellent bout with Jonathan Gresham. They go 29 minutes and just before time expires, Gresham is rolled up. Afterwards, he’s crushed. Then at Mystery Vortex VII, Bandido this time defeats David Starr in Guerrilla Warfare. Also on that card, Alex Zayne and Blake Christian get their win back over The Rascalz after losing a Six-man Tag at KOBE. Then July comes and it’s time for “Jonathan’s Bizarre Adventure”, where we see the debut of guys like Jacob Fatu and Chris Ridgeway, as well as Andrew Everett returning. Andrew wrestles Bandido in a losing effort for the title. On that same show, Jonathan Gresham teams with Jacob Fatu for his debut against The Rascalz for the tag titles, which they lose.
Next pat we will see the matches and how they play out, but for now we will finish on the cards for the first two stages.
Block A: Pentagon Jr, Brody King, AR Fox, Chris Bey, Chris Ridgeway, Cara Noir, Jonathan Gresham, Tony Deppen
Block B: Chris Hero, Rey Horus, Jeff Cobb, Jacob Fatu, Matt Tremont, Jordan Oliver, Flamita, Andrew Everett
Block C: Dragon Lee, Laredo Kid, Joey Janela, Blake Christian, Alex Zayne, Darby Allin, Fénix, Black Taurus
Stage 1:
Fénix vs. Black Taurus - Block C First Round Match
Chris Hero vs. Rey Horus - Block B First Round Match
Jonathan Gresham vs. Tony Deppen - Block A First Round Match
The Ghost Soldiers vs. Rush and Dragon Lee - Tag Team Match
Alex Zayne vs. Darby Allin - Block C First Round Match
Jeff Cobb vs. Jacob Fatu - Block B First Round Match
Pentagon Jr. vs. Brody King - Block A First Round Match
Andrew Everett, Bandido and Flamita vs. Outlaw Mudshow (Nick Gage, Joey Janela and Blake Christian) - Guerrilla Warfare Match
Stage 2:
AR Fox vs. Chris Bey - Block A First Round Match
Joey Janela vs. Blake Christian - Block C First Round Match
Flamita vs. Andrew Everett - Block B First Round Match
Dragon Lee vs. Laredo Kid - Block C First Round Match
Chris Ridgeway vs. Cara Noir - Block A First Round Match
Matt Tremont vs. Jordan Oliver - Block B First Round Match
The Lucha Bros and Black Taurus vs. Bandido, Puma King and Rey Horus - Six-man Tag Team Match
submitted by ConorCulture to FantasyBookingElite [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 23:22 cassie_to_heart 21 [T4M] Brisbane, Australia - Making a humble case in presenting the possibility I am that sweet, gentle, one-of-a-kind woman. An outlier of this world in more ways than one (close friendship, LTR, open relationship)

Warning: May be a long-winded post, however, this is a completely relevant tale of my life. It may be frowned upon by many with what I'm looking for. I highly advice sitting down on the couch with a cup of warm cocoa at hand

Will this post be ignored just as the many M4F posts? I digress. Being constantly downvoted to oblivion no matter how much you share your vulnerabilities can be draining, sometimes one has to wonder what constitutes something that makes a post popular. Perhaps it's something I don't have? My simplest answer is that I can only try and be upfront on the person I am, hoping someone out there would be receptive.... however, it may be a very few rarity of men, just as so with people overall. Having been bullied online for trying to make connections in my local area, all I can say is that I can't wait to leave this godforsaken city.
It's the near universal truth in that the few encounters you might meet with people, the rewarding feeling of it being able to transcend into such a connection is something one doesn't want to let go. To be able to experience the rarity of the existence of it, actively nurturing it, there is the sense of catharsis in that one feels visible & recognized to the other person.
Amongst the billions of people in this earth, my semblance of hope have often fluctuated wildly, to periods where I'd be hopeful or the sinking epiphany that in my life I've felt invincible, which would be an apt description of my life experiences, until to this present day.
I have spent my years alone and lonely, without company whom I could trust in earnest for twelve years. I've moved here from the Philippines to Brisbane, Australia in '08 back then to start a new life with my family and as a wee child, it was the hope of a better future in a better country.
Ironically, what followed since was the opposite, having a complicated background & upbringing in life.... whilst suffering through mounting crippling depressive episodes. The silver lining, it was during this time where I wouldn't dare say I regretted meeting the few men who I were and are currently close to.
One distinguishing feature about me is how my fondness of sharing stories of men who I have associated in good company are an indicator of how much they mean to me. Some may have left my life, but they have not left my heart altogether.




Despite this, I still have a persisting void of alone and loneliness, like I am destined to be understood by few, perhaps my complexities in traits. I have come to accept that. People say how easy to meet people such as: "Go to bars/activities/join clubs". When such few men of differing backgrounds and of great characteconviction truly understood me, I guess it speaks volumes as to how connections are truly one-of-a-kind in my life. This may sound rather strange and be subject to the flak from others, but I want a small company of men to look after me. Treat me as one of their partners. I guess this is my manifestation of my abandonment issues. Feeling not prioritized.... left behind. The lingering thoughts of losing a man/men I care about due to death, and being alone with no else.
I will say that I have the typical anxiety, dad and abandonment issues, and a dose of crippling depressive episodes that are the elephant in the room. Worried that if I were to lose the men I care about dearly, no one would understand me in a similar capacity to them.... and that's where my search lies. To find that man or small company of men to understand, accept and embrace me, to make me feel truly vulnerable and safe that I matter to them, and in kind, vice versa.
An open relationship in essence (whelp that's a controversial term). As long as I make you cared for, nurtured, warm & fuzzy and you doing the same in kind. Very open to pursuing things further. My happiness is making sure you're happy, and that level of self-sacrifice is a choice I'm willing to make to those I deeply care for and love. I tackle at the dilemma on how to make men feel I'm theirs.... because for me as their only woman, it brings one euphoria and I want them to experience that feeling.
Here is my message to you: "Very few men have come and gone into my life. All of them I have a strong love for. It may not be romantic, may not be platonic, it can be undefined. They all showed me the best qualities/traits in a man. Conviction, faith and desire to protect...they were better men because of it, and I want those men in my life. To mutually bond akin to brothers in that they've found a woman who cherishes them, doesn't want to let them go because they are equally important enough that I'd be scared to lose any one of them".
Because of all the very few men I would share my trust, vulnerability... equal & unwaivering... I am in essence, theirs. As my current LDR partner would express, he is respectful of women, the type of man to go as far as giving a woman space when she feels down (though not wholly in agreement on that note, sometimes I need a man to confide in lol)
To search for a man/men I could connect well with. Bonus points if you're military (not a POG), occupation is in either public service/first responder (Law Enforcement, EMT, Firefighter). I had a brief stint as a student RN so I guess true to the stereotype that such professions attract. Healthcare for the mothers that don't have ones, first responders especially LE for the fathers that don't have one.
Political affiliation and faith are not something I consider dealbreakers, though I have a certain level of comfort & preference as to what type... as long as you are not a Bernie Sanders/AOC-type progressive. Yes, I'm open to dating conservatives
If you're a man of faith, I find that I could connect more easier to Christians and Catholics, which can draw the raise in eyebrows of some as there is some animosity between my gender and them. Alas, I am open-minded though as I consider myself an agnostic and a liberal.
Both politics & faith I believe fall under a yin-and-yang philosophy... complementing each other, nurturing each other's strengths & weaknesses. Nothing to be gained by an opinion less challenged, more reaffirmed with no one with the possibility to make one a better person. Being open-minded is what makes a better man and I've experienced this first-hand in my relationships. However, I will always strive to have your back though if I feel you may be a tad stubborn & headstrong on certain things, may give you a gentle nudge to soften you up a bit.
This won't be a competition of men of any kind and would be someone I am glad to introduce to the extremely few company I have. A man who would care for me, be deeply protective of me. For me, it is about the affirmation that I matter, I'm visible and I'm cared for by a few.
About me: 21, 6'1", 100 kg (200 lb), ethnicity is Filipino but grew up in Australia (strangely, I adapted an American accent)
Anyways, PM if you're interested fostering a connection and kudos if you've reached this part, you deserve my sincere thanks. Not easy revealing my baggage after all.
submitted by cassie_to_heart to ForeverAloneDating [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 22:47 sadthrowaway0001 I am a catfish - I have stopped, but I need to be better

LONG POST: NSFW - CW/TW: Sex, Nudes, Suicidal thoughts, anxiety/OCD
Hi, this post is express my guilt and to ask for advice moving forward.
Tl;dr: I used to catfish people on Grindr involving sexting and sharing nudes (the nudes were the real me, the face pics were not mine). I deleted all catfishing accounts/photos/chats. What should I do now? What steps can I take to try make things right/better?
The Full Story (long)
Context:
I am in my early 20s, I am gay and was raised very Christian. I was bullied in high school because of being gay. I have a good group of supportive friends. I suffer from OCD symptoms and have been diagnosed with anxiety. I am also a catfish.
The Backstory:
In the summer of 2019 (when I was 19) until about 3 months ago (aged 20) I used a fake profile to talk to boys on Grindr (a gay chat/hook up app). The vast majority of these chats were of a sexual nature (essentially arranging hook ups that I had no actual intention of going to, exchanging nudes and sexting). I used a fake name and a face photo from the internet but the nudes were mine.
Every few months over the course of the last year or so, I would go through a period of like a week where I would have these conversations with boys on Grindr. I would block all of them, often without warning. I never said that the face pic was not mine. Sometimes if they asked for a Snapchat I would give them a fake one I had made and we would swap nudes and talk there. I’ve probably talked to like 100 boys in this fake Grindr profile. The longest I talked to someone was probably around a week.
When I was doing it, I never considered that I was actually catfishing. I didn’t intend to cause harm or go into it with the intent of getting nudes to expose anyone or be malicious with the conversations. I never shared the nudes I received, often didn’t even save the photos or screenshot the chats.
My Realisation:
In September, I decided to stop using Grindr. But then a few weeks ago, I really realised what I had actually been doing on Grindr. I had been deceiving people - catfishing them - often in a sexual manner. I now realise how incredibly wrong and disgusting my actions are. Not only did I waste people’s time, have them share things with me they might not have shared if I used my actual face pics but I also left them abruptly when they might have been developing some sort of actual connection with ‘me’ (my catfish persona) on Grindr.
This has left me with a lot of guilt, stress and disappointment with myself. I’m so mad at myself for doing something so vile and deceitful. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t intend to hurt anyone because the harm was in my lying - my acts were harmful and my intentions don’t change that. I feel like a predator and a creep, and I don’t feel like I deserve a future or to enjoy happy things anymore because of what I’ve done. I feel guilty that my friends still hang out with me and my family still talks to me because they don’t know what a shitty person I actually am.
Advice Needed:
This where I would like some advice. I deleted all the chats, photos and accounts that I used for catfishing in a guilt-ridden, stress-fuelled rampage. But now I wish I could actually apologise to these people. I cannot hope to ever apologise to all of the people because there are so many of them, I don’t remember who they all are and they are also spread all over my country (since I did this while on holiday sometimes).
Do you guys think I should create a new Grindr account to attempt to find at least some of these people and apologise to them? Or will this cause more hurt - especially if the people didn’t suspect I was a catfish and also because it’s many months (a year in some cases) since I last talked to these people. Should I also inform the people whose face pics I used? I’ve never talked to them before and I don’t know them in real life - they’re a random person from the internet.
I’m also going to get help from a therapist of some kind because this has really affected how I view myself and I have been suicidal over this (please don’t be sympathetic - I know the focus should be on my victims). I would appreciate any former catfishers giving me advice on how to discuss this issue with a therapist, as well as how to process this guilt and shame.
Closing Thoughts - to Catfishers and Catfish victims:
I will never be doing this toxic, disgusting shit again. I want to be a better person in the future but I know that cannot change what I’ve done in the past. To anyone catfishing right now - stop. Please just stop, apologise to your victims and seek help. You’re hurting yourself in ways you might not realise right now, but more importantly - you’re hurting innocent people. You’re still hurting people even if you don’t intend to cause harm - trust me, I know.
To catfish victims - I am very sorry. I realise now how hurtful the actions of people like me are. You do not deserve to be lied to and violated. You have done nothing wrong and the guilt and shame lies only with the people who catfished you. I hope you are able to heal from what happened to you.
submitted by sadthrowaway0001 to DecidingToBeBetter [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 22:46 sadthrowaway0001 I am catfish and I need help

LONG POST: NSFW - CW/TW: Sex, Nudes, Suicidal thoughts, anxiety/OCD
Hi, this post is express my guilt and to ask for advice moving forward.
Tl;dr: I used to catfish people on Grindr involving sexting and sharing nudes (the nudes were the real me, the face pics were not mine). I deleted all catfishing accounts/photos/chats. What should I do now? What steps can I take to try make things right/better?
The Full Story (long)
Context:
I am in my early 20s, I am gay and was raised very Christian. I was bullied in high school because of being gay. I have a good group of supportive friends. I suffer from OCD symptoms and have been diagnosed with anxiety. I am also a catfish.
The Backstory:
In the summer of 2019 (when I was 19) until about 3 months ago (aged 20) I used a fake profile to talk to boys on Grindr (a gay chat/hook up app). The vast majority of these chats were of a sexual nature (essentially arranging hook ups that I had no actual intention of going to, exchanging nudes and sexting). I used a fake name and a face photo from the internet but the nudes were mine.
Every few months over the course of the last year or so, I would go through a period of like a week where I would have these conversations with boys on Grindr. I would block all of them, often without warning. I never said that the face pic was not mine. Sometimes if they asked for a Snapchat I would give them a fake one I had made and we would swap nudes and talk there. I’ve probably talked to like 100 boys in this fake Grindr profile. The longest I talked to someone was probably around a week.
When I was doing it, I never considered that I was actually catfishing. I didn’t intend to cause harm or go into it with the intent of getting nudes to expose anyone or be malicious with the conversations. I never shared the nudes I received, often didn’t even save the photos or screenshot the chats.
My Realisation:
In September, I decided to stop using Grindr. But then a few weeks ago, I really realised what I had actually been doing on Grindr. I had been deceiving people - catfishing them - often in a sexual manner. I now realise how incredibly wrong and disgusting my actions are. Not only did I waste people’s time, have them share things with me they might not have shared if I used my actual face pics but I also left them abruptly when they might have been developing some sort of actual connection with ‘me’ (my catfish persona) on Grindr.
This has left me with a lot of guilt, stress and disappointment with myself. I’m so mad at myself for doing something so vile and deceitful. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t intend to hurt anyone because the harm was in my lying - my acts were harmful and my intentions don’t change that. I feel like a predator and a creep, and I don’t feel like I deserve a future or to enjoy happy things anymore because of what I’ve done. I feel guilty that my friends still hang out with me and my family still talks to me because they don’t know what a shitty person I actually am.
Advice Needed:
This where I would like some advice. I deleted all the chats, photos and accounts that I used for catfishing in a guilt-ridden, stress-fuelled rampage. But now I wish I could actually apologise to these people. I cannot hope to ever apologise to all of the people because there are so many of them, I don’t remember who they all are and they are also spread all over my country (since I did this while on holiday sometimes).
Do you guys think I should create a new Grindr account to attempt to find at least some of these people and apologise to them? Or will this cause more hurt - especially if the people didn’t suspect I was a catfish and also because it’s many months (a year in some cases) since I last talked to these people. Should I also inform the people whose face pics I used? I’ve never talked to them before and I don’t know them in real life - they’re a random person from the internet.
I’m also going to get help from a therapist of some kind because this has really affected how I view myself and I have been suicidal over this (please don’t be sympathetic - I know the focus should be on my victims). I would appreciate any former catfishers giving me advice on how to discuss this issue with a therapist, as well as how to process this guilt and shame.
Closing Thoughts - to Catfishers and Catfish victims:
I will never be doing this toxic, disgusting shit again. I want to be a better person in the future but I know that cannot change what I’ve done in the past. To anyone catfishing right now - stop. Please just stop, apologise to your victims and seek help. You’re hurting yourself in ways you might not realise right now, but more importantly - you’re hurting innocent people. You’re still hurting people even if you don’t intend to cause harm - trust me, I know.
To catfish victims - I am very sorry. I realise now how hurtful the actions of people like me are. You do not deserve to be lied to and violated. You have done nothing wrong and the guilt and shame lies only with the people who catfished you. I hope you are able to heal from what happened to you.
submitted by sadthrowaway0001 to self [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 22:32 sadthrowaway0001 I’m a gay catfish - I’ve stopped but I feel like shit please help me do better

LONG POST: NSFW - CW/TW: Sex, Nudes, Suicidal thoughts, anxiety/OCD
Hi, this post is express my guilt and to ask for advice moving forward.
Tl;dr: I used to catfish people on Grindr involving sexting and sharing nudes (the nudes were the real me, the face pics were not mine). I deleted all catfishing accounts/photos/chats. What should I do now? What steps can I take to try make things right/better?
The Full Story (long)
Context:
I am in my early 20s, I am gay and was raised very Christian. I was bullied in high school because of being gay. I have a good group of supportive friends. I suffer from OCD symptoms and have been diagnosed with anxiety. I am also a catfish.
The Backstory:
In the summer of 2019 (when I was 19) until about 3 months ago (aged 20) I used a fake profile to talk to boys on Grindr (a gay chat/hook up app). The vast majority of these chats were of a sexual nature (essentially arranging hook ups that I had no actual intention of going to, exchanging nudes and sexting). I used a fake name and a face photo from the internet but the nudes were mine.
Every few months over the course of the last year or so, I would go through a period of like a week where I would have these conversations with boys on Grindr. I would block all of them, often without warning. I never said that the face pic was not mine. Sometimes if they asked for a Snapchat I would give them a fake one I had made and we would swap nudes and talk there. I’ve probably talked to like 100 boys in this fake Grindr profile. The longest I talked to someone was probably around a week.
When I was doing it, I never considered that I was actually catfishing. I didn’t intend to cause harm or go into it with the intent of getting nudes to expose anyone or be malicious with the conversations. I never shared the nudes I received, often didn’t even save the photos or screenshot the chats.
My Realisation:
In September, I decided to stop using Grindr. But then a few weeks ago, I really realised what I had actually been doing on Grindr. I had been deceiving people - catfishing them - often in a sexual manner. I now realise how incredibly wrong and disgusting my actions are. Not only did I waste people’s time, have them share things with me they might not have shared if I used my actual face pics but I also left them abruptly when they might have been developing some sort of actual connection with ‘me’ (my catfish persona) on Grindr.
This has left me with a lot of guilt, stress and disappointment with myself. I’m so mad at myself for doing something so vile and deceitful. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t intend to hurt anyone because the harm was in my lying - my acts were harmful and my intentions don’t change that. I feel like a predator and a creep, and I don’t feel like I deserve a future or to enjoy happy things anymore because of what I’ve done. I feel guilty that my friends still hang out with me and my family still talks to me because they don’t know what a shitty person I actually am.
Advice Needed:
This where I would like some advice. I deleted all the chats, photos and accounts that I used for catfishing in a guilt-ridden, stress-fuelled rampage. But now I wish I could actually apologise to these people. I cannot hope to ever apologise to all of the people because there are so many of them, I don’t remember who they all are and they are also spread all over my country (since I did this while on holiday sometimes).
Do you guys think I should create a new Grindr account to attempt to find at least some of these people and apologise to them? Or will this cause more hurt - especially if the people didn’t suspect I was a catfish and also because it’s many months (a year in some cases) since I last talked to these people. Should I also inform the people whose face pics I used? I’ve never talked to them before and I don’t know them in real life - they’re a random person from the internet.
I’m also going to get help from a therapist of some kind because this has really affected how I view myself and I have been suicidal over this (please don’t be sympathetic - I know the focus should be on my victims). I would appreciate any former catfishers giving me advice on how to discuss this issue with a therapist, as well as how to process this guilt and shame.
Closing Thoughts - to Catfishers and Catfish victims:
I will never be doing this toxic, disgusting shit again. I want to be a better person in the future but I know that cannot change what I’ve done in the past. To anyone catfishing right now - stop. Please just stop, apologise to your victims and seek help. You’re hurting yourself in ways you might not realise right now, but more importantly - you’re hurting innocent people. You’re still hurting people even if you don’t intend to cause harm - trust me, I know.
To catfish victims - I am very sorry. I realise now how hurtful the actions of people like me are. You do not deserve to be lied to and violated. You have done nothing wrong and the guilt and shame lies only with the people who catfished you. I hope you are able to heal from what happened to you.
submitted by sadthrowaway0001 to offmychest [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 22:15 sweaty-pajamas What to do about excitement & anxiety in-between our incredible dates?

I started seeing this girl several weeks ago and I am just like full on butterflies in my stomach, infatuated with her. But our busy lives mean we only get to see each other like maybe every week and a half or so. When we are together we always have tons to talk about, and connect on such a deep level, but apart is hard because she’s not much of a texter and I just have all this nervous energy Idk what to do with, and we can’t really connect over text at all. I do meditation and such but it doesn’t always seem to help. I also get anxiety because it feels like maybe she’s not that into me because she doesn’t text as much as I do, or will go a day or more before responding to my messages, but when we are together it’s crystal clear she’s into me. Dating in the real world is relatively new to me, I used to be a hardcore conservative Christian and after deconstructing a couple years ago I’ve only just now entered into the real dating scene and feel so ill-prepared.
Thanks
submitted by sweaty-pajamas to dating_advice [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 22:02 Ouch1963 Some things I’ve been reflecting on

1 Corinthians 13:12. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Human cognition is limited, but Love transcends in unfathomable ways. We see dimly, and we each see / read the world, in which we move and have our being, in unquie and different ways depending our own cultural biases, usually unconsciously received from our family of origin, our life’s experiences in our brokenness/ failures, our hopes and successes, and the cultural and material milieu within which we move and have our being.
It is MY PERSONAL BELIEF ( so definitely not authoritative ) that the more we reflect and are still with God, the more we can become aware of the above biases and assumptions, and as we become more aware, the more freedom in spirit we can Love as God Loves us which is unfathomable.
Here are some things I’ve been reflecting on. As a point, my choice in the word “over” is intentionally used, because it is intended not to negate or to deny other truths, but more what are my personal tendancies/emphasis. I strive to always hold these emphasises lightly for I acknowledge my cognitive capacities are limited, and I walk humbly with my God and God’s thoughts and God’s ways are not mine - Lord have mercy on me for I am a sinner, and may the peace that passes all understanding be with you.
WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE TO SEE IN THIS MOMENT? 
I acknowledge the following are my assumptions
A. That there is God, or in other words a being / creator / spirit, that is LOVE, and loves me. B. That Jesus is the revelation of God’s Christ, which lies at the core of all, waiting to be revealed / birthed.
  1. Scripture + the Community of Saints + experience (scientific insight / replicable ) + Reason over “Sola Scriptura” literalism / Biblicism. http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/east_west/solascriptura.asp
  2. Christus Victor emphasized over penal substitutionary atonement. https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/christus-victor-the-salvation-of-god-and-the-cross-of-christ/
  3. Ancestral sin over original sin. St. Mary Orthodox Church › articlesWeb resultsAncestral Versus Original Sin St. Mary Orthodox Church
  4. Arminianism over Calvinism. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Arminianism
  5. Identity in Christ universal over my identity with tribe, religion (denomination), party or nation.
  6. Secular Democracy over Theocracy. https://www.bethinking.org/human-life/what-role-for-christianity-in-21st-century-politics
  7. Relational community well-being for ALL over the pursuit of individual wealth. http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html
  8. Spiritually mature leadership over political power for policy direction.
  9. Christ revealed over Christ received. God as the deepest part of how we are - our true selfs residing within the Christ.
  10. God as both immanent and transcendent. God is completely transcendent other, self contained, whole, the Creator of the material universe, and yet ... we move and have our being within God. Creation itself is a immation of God, just as Jesus is God in a moment in history. Is God both the creator and the created? (FYI - this not Pantheism) The both /and ? The wave and the particle as exemplified in quantum mechanics.
  11. Do we believe in a God who loves ALL of humanity or just an elect portion/ selection. If we believe that God loves all of humanity, then how do read the the old testimony’s through the prism of Christ?
  12. Our divinity in Christ, which dwells within all of us waiting to be revealed. Jesus that we are gods, created in the image of God, and that the kingdom of heaven dwells within us, and that we are united with God as the branch is to the tree.
  13. I’ve been reflecting on some verses that suggest a very different emphasis on our relationship with God from the one I and the church writ large focuses on. Let me see if I can clearly sumrise. For me, the primary focus of my church’s worship service and the received teaching has mostly been on the transcendent aspects of God. God’s “otherness”. His Kingship, his Holiness, his Glory, his Beauty, and Majesty, his great Love for me and his character, by which I am to conform my deeds to. My church’s liturgy revolves around these transcendent themes of God. This is good and worthy, and not to be ignored. However, it has also allowed myself and the church keep God at a distance - separate, another, over there (while loving us with Jesus’s victory over death), and worthy of my praise. However, it reduces the actual reality of our intimacy with God and my individual responsibility in that intimacy. It tends to suppress the awareness that I am an intergral part of God. That we each are a branch in the vine that is God, and yet God is more than the sum of the branches.
Jesus and Paul seems to suggest that we are divine and in some way, united with God, as we are gods (John 10:4), created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and that the kingdom of God, is not distiinctly here or there, but is within us (Luke 17:21 - some translations say “in our midst”), and as Paul implies, that the Christ dwells within, and God wants to egarily reveal this realty to us (Galatians Chapter 1:17). Again, as the vine has many branchs, the sum whole make up the vine, and yet the branch is not entirely the vine.
God through his “son” Jesus the Christ reveals to us we also are, immanent manifestations of God. That we are united with God just as Jesus himself is, and God calls us sons and daughters as well. We are fundamentally part of God, the body of Christ, incarnations / immanent manifestions of God, here on earth. Another analogy - we are the fingers to God’s loving hand.
I am beginning to see that this message of unity with God was primary message that Jesus the Christ brought to us. The reason that the religion and its leaders reacted so strongly and rejected this teaching as blasphemous was because they / we want a transcendent God, a God we can be separate and distinct from. A God that we can merely worship, offer petition too, and praise as Almighty. I think most us are more comfortable with a transcendent God, that helps us, guides us and protects us, because we don’t want the responsibility our of divinity within God, and the implications of that. We are more comfortable with focusing our worship on Jesus the transcendent Christ (which is good). over and above as ALSO seeing ourselves as Jesus’s brothers and sisters within the family of God.
The ONE part of our service which does emaphizes this mysterious immanent connectedness / unity with God is the comm-union rite, taught to us by Jesus. The rite that symbolizes that we are fundamentally connected with God, as opposed separate and disconnected from God. That God’s blood and body flows within us, that God himself is woven into our very DNA, and hence given us his divinity.
So this transcendent emphasis on God, as out there and to be worshiped, petitioned, and sought after as opposed to the awareness that I / myself am part of God, stitched together within him in my very DNA, with all the privileges and responsiblities of a son and / or daughter. This is awareness is scary, in its awesomeness. My lack awareness to this reality diminishes my sense of connectedness, my sense of responsibility, and my very Love of self, which cannot be separated from my Love of God. Not that we are God, but that we are a part of God. Rephrased, that we are hidden within God (Christ) and move and have our being in him. Again, my feeble analogy, that we are the very fingers of God, and if I love God how can I not love myself, as so many people do. Many Lovers of God Love God, but they don’t Love themselves. However, to Love God is to love yourself. Not that I stop worshiping the transcendent God, but to be aware that I am excitedly and Lovingly apart of God. The good news is that ALL of us are, just some of us aren’t aware of this reality, or they perceive dimly.
My disconnectedness comes from my lack of maturing into this conciousness, that I fundamentally part of God. That I am called to be the fingers, hands, feet, ears, thinkers, for the Body of Christ here on earth in this moment in time. I have been comfortable that God is there and I am here, and I love my willful attachments to my visions of cultural identity, my past and my visions for my future. Lord help me to perceive through the Christ’s conciousness in this eternal moment of choice.
The’m me thoughts - Happy to hear anyone’s thoughts.

submitted by Ouch1963 to Anglicanism [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 21:39 goodnewsjimdotcom Respect people of every race and nationality. But logic itself says that we should not respect every religion.

https://old.reddit.com/TruestChristianity/comments/k3gs7p/respect_people_of_every_race_and_nationality_but/?
People who listen to culture tend to get their values bent up. They want to say sweeping grand generalizations about complicated issues. One such generalizations is the statement: You should respect everyones religion no matter what it is or you're ignorant. Let us examine this.
Is every religion worth respecting? Some religions are made up of control, fear, and terrorism. Should we respect terrorists?
Some religions are about exploiting the opposite sex by the spirit world in order to get in bed with them. Should we respect predators?
Some people worship money instead of God. They'll use and abuse people just to get more money. Should we respect those who worship greed?
Should we respect polytheistic religions when it is clearly evident that if their gods were warring, the powerful one would have won in an instant a long time ago, so the battle would not rage eternally if they were real. Should we respect religions that academia rejects.
You have Jehovah's Witnesses and Scientology which are cults, sex cults even. They try and get you in their system, get your resources, money and property, and exploit you how they can. Should we respect some random Joe's cult?
Remember the vikings? They didn't want to farm themselves so they just raided people for their goods and raped their wives. Should we respect vikings? Heh, some of you are probably like,"Yeah, cuz if we don't they'd kick our butt."
From https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/old-testament-student-manual-genesis-2-samuel/enrichment-section-f-idolatry-ancient-and-modern?lang=eng : Ashtoreth. “This is the name of Astarte, goddess of the Zidonians [1 Kings 11:5, 33], and also of the Philistines [1 Samuel 31:10], whose worship was introduced among the Israelites during the period of the judges [Judges 2:13; 1 Samuel 7:4], and was celebrated by Solomon himself [1 Kings 11:5], and was finally put down by Josiah [2 Kings 23:13]. She is frequently mentioned in connection with Baal, as the corresponding female divinity [Judges 2:13]; and from the addition of the words ‘and all the hosts of heaven,’ in [2 Kings 23:4] … it is probable that she represented one of the celestial bodies. …“… The most prominent part of her worship, consisted of those libidinous orgies which Augustine, who was an eye witness of their horrors in Carthage, describes with such indignation. … Her priests were eunuchs in women’s attire and women … prostitutes [Hosea 4:14], … who, like the Bayaderes of India, prostituted themselves to enrich the temple of this goddess.” (Fallows, Bible Encyclopedia, s.v. “Ashtoreth,” 1:168.)
Are we to respect the religions of mass orgies, with even little kids being raped and executed afterwards?
How about:
Chemosh. “The god of Moab (1 Kgs. 11:7); also of Ammon (Judg. 11:24). … Chemosh was worshipped with human sacrifices (2 Kgs. 3:27)” (Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Chemosh.”)
Are we to respect the religions where you kill your family, friends and children to appease your false god? Dude, you'd never know if your friend who follows this practice wouldn't turn on you and kill you to try and gain power. Again, another religion to not respect.
You can think of many many more religions you would not respect. Remember a fake religion is a man made religion. So if you invent a religion that is false, why should others respect it. Since this is how it goes, you can imagine a religion that worships anything disgusting, evil or counter to human civility or peace. They too should not be respected.
Try and respect people, but it is a highly offensive logical fallacy to say that "All religions should be respected."
Exodus 20:1 God spoke, and these were his words: 2 “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves. 3 “Worship no god but me. 4 “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
Looks like God knows what he is talking about. Either you follow love, or you're going to be misguided and harm your fellow man.
"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw what I did to Jerusalem and to all the towns of Judah. They now lie in ruins, and no one lives in them. Because of all their wickedness, my anger rose high against them. They burned incense and worshiped other gods – gods that neither they nor you nor any of your ancestors have ever known. "Again and again I sent my servants, the prophets, to plead with them, 'Don't do these horrible things that I hate so much.' But my people would not listen or turn back from their wicked ways. They kept right on burning incense to these gods. And so my fury boiled over and fell like fire on the towns of Judah and into the streets of Jerusalem, and now they are a desolate ruin.” (Jeremiah 44:2-6 NLT)
Here you have it that following The God of Love, the God of Israel, the Father of Jesus, your creator is the ONLY WAY. All other ways are falsehood, in fact you become so spiritually deprived that you literally lose blessings, you gain curses and can eventually be ultimately destroyed in hell. This is how important it is to not follow a false religion.
When people say that there are so many religions, none can be right, remind them that there is one right answer to a math question and infinitely wrong ones.
Really though, can you think up any other path to Heaven than the God of Love, Father of Jesus Christ? No. Only perfect love and goodness leads to Heaven. Even the slightest residue of imperfection can easily result in hate which results in harm, which results in hell. God can give all the beings who reject his love and goodness a paradise, but it would rapidly become a hell as they fight for resources, harm each other, and bear long term grudges.
submitted by goodnewsjimdotcom to TrueChristian [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 20:46 haywhat Bit more than 16 bars but what do you think?

I’m getting sick
of being told that I’m worthless.
I’ve got no purpose
to businessmen
but my capital worth,
and it leaves me angry and hurting.
I am a man.
I’m a person.
I’m tired of standing,
observing this shit
that happens in circles.

You bitches purple in the face
from screaming hatred;
a serpent
that went and sold
my ma the apple
and then charged her the surplus
then wondered why
she fell from grace;
You made her hungry and thirsty!
You told us ‘knowledge is forbidden’
then asked why we ain’t learning!

I’m barely thirty
but I’ve lived a million lives,
watched a million children die.
Watched a killer speaking live
from the circus,
pushing bullshit round a table
Cain and Abel style,
and flirting with the reaper...
the rest of us were sleeping or still working.

That’s how the darkness creeps in…
They wear you down and seep in.
They only care for money,
they won’t care about your feelings;
slowly creating bubbles
'til they’re bursting on our ceilings
whilst also claiming back tax
on every apple they’ve eaten...
Legalised stealing!

But we just all feed into this hypocrisy.
What happened to our freedom and democracy?
It’s being led by people who don’t understand apostrophes!
Being led be people who would vote for slaves and colonies;
privatised economies,
pre-rehearsed apologies,
pincer movements
moving in the form of foreign policies,
women under thumb,
succumbed to christian-made misogyny,
rising inequality,
and politicians hiding second properties...

Shit.

It seems the case
that modern truth is a leviathan;
peace is made with violence,
drugs are hid as vitamins.
Life is pretty tiresome.
No-one can deny it, "Son,
that good life's good
but we're surplus to it's requirements".

Sometimes it can really make me wonder...
What keeps us going under?
What makes me face the rain in times of thunder?

I know that your only aim
is to blame me for all your blunders,
to chain me into submission
and shame me into a slumber.
You trained me like fucking Pavlov,
shaped me to be competitive,
made me compete with neighbours
and sever all my connections with others.
You’d cheer the death of my mother!
You’d cash the cheque for her coffin!
You’d put the rent up for nothing
and still I’d pay every month!

Despite your policies,
I still can fill the table for mum,
and feed a stranger
when I see him selling shame for his lunch,
then go to college in the evening,
sleeping reading a book,
to know our history
and every single dream that we took!

What you can’t take from me now
is a sense of me and my power.
What I accomplish each hour
is worth more than every penny
in each account that you’ve hidden
and every dick that you’ve ridden
or cut off cold
on your pilgrimage to perdition!

Both you and I have a vision...
It’s somewhere between a Kingdom and Utopia.
We just don’t quite agree on who it’s open for.
Opportunity requires open doors,
not broken laws.
You offer "everything"
but I just hope for more...
submitted by haywhat to 16bars [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 19:49 haywhat I like to write political raps as a hobby and general outlet, but I could never rap myself so they'll never be anything more than another doc in a folder. Here's one called 'Serpents and Leviathans'. What do you think?

I’m getting sick
of being told that I’m worthless.
I’ve got no purpose
to businessmen
but my capital worth,
and it leaves me angry and hurting.
I am a man.
I’m a person.
I’m tired of standing,
observing this shit
that happens in circles

You people purple in the face
from screaming hatred;
a serpent
that went and sold
my ma the apple
and then charged her the surplus
then wondered why
she fell from grace;
You made her hungry and thirsty!
You told us ‘knowledge is forbidden’
then asked why we ain’t learning!

I’m barely thirty...
but I’ve lived a million lives,
watched a million children die.
Watched a killer speaking live
from The Circus,
pushing bullshit round a table
Cain and Abel style,
and flirting with the reaper...
the rest of us were sleeping or still working.

That’s how the darkness creeps in…
They wear you down and seep in.
They only care for money,
they won’t care about your feelings;
slowly creating bubbles
'til they’re bursting on our ceiling,
whilst also claiming back tax
on every apple they’ve eaten...
Legalised stealing.

But we just all feed into this hypocrisy.
What happened to our freedom and democracy?
It’s being led by people who don’t understand apostrophes!
People who would rather take us back to slaves and colonies;
privatised economies,
western ideologies,
pincer movements
moving in the form of foreign policies,
women under thumb,
succumbed to christian-made misogyny,
rising inequality,
and politicians hiding second properties...

Shit.

It seems the case
that modern truth is a leviathan;
peace made with violence,
drugs sold as vitamins.
Life’s pretty tiresome.
None can deny it, son....
That good life’s good
but it’s surplus to requirements.

Sometimes it can really make me wonder...
What keeps us going under?
What makes me face the rain in times of thunder?

I know that your only aim
is to blame me for every blunder,
to shame me into submission
and play me into a slumber.
You trained me like fucking Pavlov,
shaped me to be competitive,
made me compete with neighbours
and sever all my connections with others.
You’d cheer the death of my mother!
You’d cash the cheque for her coffin!
You’d put the rent up for nothing
and still I’d pay every month!

Despite your policies,
I still can fill the table for mum,
and feed a stranger
when I see him selling shame for his lunch,
then go to college in the evening,
sleeping reading a book.
I know our history
and every single thing that we took.

What you can’t take from me now
is a sense of me and my power.
What I accomplish each hour
is worth more than every penny
in each account that you’ve hidden
and every dick that you’ve ridden
or cut off cold
on your pilgrimage to perdition!

Both you and I have a vision.
It’s somewhere between a Kingdom and Utopia...
We just don’t quite agree on who it’s open for.
Opportunity requires open doors,
not broken laws.
We're offered "everything",
but we should hope for more...
submitted by haywhat to KeepWriting [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 18:51 NothingAndNobody How Prager U Lies About Christianity

I was recently directed to a video entitled "Is Jesus a Socialist?" published in July 2019 by not-a-real-Univeristy-but-actually-just-a-Youtube-channel PragerU, run by talk show host and (EDITED) rape-advocate and enthusiast Dennis Prager. Despite their nearly 3 million subscribers, PragerU is perhaps most famous for their baseless accusations, lies, inaccuracies, and misleading videos that spread ignorance, falsehood, and hatred.
This particular video has a special concern for me. In contemporary American culture, so many people hate Christianity because of what we, sinners, incorrectly make it out to be. In other words, the fools, hypocrites, liars, and conmen of American Christianity have made sure that no one has any interest in coming to know and love Jesus Christ, because they have replaced him with whatever makes them the most money (in Prager's case, slavish devotion to the Koch brothers and their money).
Let's took a look at this video, spoken by Lawrence Reed, tellingly, a man without a single theological, philosophical, or religious credential to his name. Bit strange that Prager U would not consult any one of the thousands and thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to studying and following Jesus, but, okay, let's see what they have to say.
In his opening paragraph, he says that "kindness" is compatible with capitalism, citing the fact that Rockefeller, Buffet, and Gates have all given away more money than anyone else in human history. This is directly countered in the famous story of the widow's mite, wherein Jesus proclaims that the woman who gave out of poverty gave more than the rich who may have contributed a larger amount of money. Or, as far as "charity" goes, it's not how MUCH you give, it's how much of yourself you give, thus eradicating his first point entirely.
Reed next defines socialism as "the concentration of power into the hands of government elites," which is obviously wrong, but not an explicitly theological point so let's move on and come back to it.
He next claims Jesus never called for "the redistribution of wealth" which is true as long as your Bible doesn't have Matthew 19:21. He also says that Jesus never called for tax money to be used to help the poor, but surely this argument is an obvious non-starter: Jesus never addresses governmental policy because he had a LOT of more important things to do.
Next, Reed takes the story in Luke 12 as an example of a man who wants Jesus to redistribute wealth. The man asks Jesus to command his brother to divide the inheritance left him by his father. This is not what "redistributing wealth" means. Jesus tells the man to not be envious of his brother, which Reed takes to mean socialists should not want to improve society somewhat. The unspoken leap must be that if you want peoples' lives to be better, you must somehow be jealous of people like Reed. Well perhaps Reed would do well to read the very next saying of Jesus, which he conveniently elides: "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' "This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."
Amazingly, we then get the stupidest reading of the parable of the talents I've ever heard. He seems to not be aware of what a parable is, and thinks this is Jesus straight up endorsing capitalism. But if this is capitalism, it's actually even more cutthroat, brutal, and violent than our current system. Does Reed think Jesus wants people who don't make much off of investments to be thrown into hell (actually he probably does)? No, of course the parable of the talents is no more about economics than the parable of the wedding banquet is about men's fashion.
Now Reed tries to deal with the "difficulty of a rich man entering heaven," but brushes Jesus off by saying "rich" here means "loving money." Uh. Okay, sure. He then tries to deal with the expulsion of the money changers from the temple but misses the point entirely, saying it was just because it was in the temple. Sure, but how can you not think critically about what sort of system would lead to that in the first place. Hello?
He then falls back on an argument I've heard zillions of times: charity is OUR responsibility, not the government's. The problem with this is...who "is" is the government? Reed, the government is US too! That's the whole point! They are representative of us, that's why we go through this rigamarole called elections! "The government" are not a separate race, are they? A separate species? No, we are all humans, all of us have souls, and all of us make charity our highest goal. So this weird idea that the government can have nothing whatsoever to do with morality, well, of course they must: the government is that which we are all involved in, we are all in some way connected with governing. Reed asks us if Jesus would prefer that we give money ourselves or have the gov't do it. Well, again, this only works if you think governing is a sphere of human life disconnected from morals and the gospel. No, if, at the end of the day, we have given 20 dollars from our wallet, but voted for a system that strips them of food, housing, schooling, and fair wages, we haven't really given at all, have we?
He claims that "render unto Caesar's the things which are Caesar's" has absolutely nothing to do with taxes, but it does, in context, Jesus says that a coin, bearing the image of Caesar, belongs to the state. So yes, this does mean that states can raise taxes and as Christians, we are to pay them.
He finishes with another misunderstanding of what a parable is, about the workers in the vineyard. Again, a parable is not an economics lecture.
And, yes, this is not a joke, he finishes with a short video of Jesus taking a homeless man and giving him n olive oil market stall so he can WORK. A story that does not happen in the Bible. Instead, Jesus heals, gives, and calls for radical care and compassion. Lawrence "We Have no God but the Koch Brothers" Reed ought to take note.
submitted by NothingAndNobody to Christianity [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 18:10 zedd_gaskin1 Lions Mock Offseason 1.0

Hello everyone!
Usually it's my cousin who does some of these, but I wanted to take a very early stab at one myself, especially with all the excitement now that Quinn and Patricia are gone. Personally, sad it didn't workout for Bob Quinn, seemed like a good dude. Can't say I feel the same about Patricia, given how abrasive he was with a lot of players, doesn't seem like a dude I'd want to play for. Anyways, it's all behind us and Detroit is on to the future. In this Mock Offseason, I am playing the role of Supreme Overlord of the Lions, all decisions are mine and mine alone.

General Manager

Personally think there are a lot of good options that have surfaced recently as options for Detroit. My personal guess is that Detroit hires former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff for the position, aiming for some stability and experience after an untested Bob Quinn did not make it. However, that is not the direction I'll personally be going in.
For me, the top 4 names for first time GM's are...
I think there's some questions over whether or not Dodds wants to even take the next step, so I think that Hortiz and Morgan are a bit more realistic options for this exercise. I think Morgan and Borgonzi would give you clear inroads to try and land a head coach like Daboll or Bieniemy respectively. Wink Martindale or Roman seems like decent coordinators for Baltimore, but not sure either would top my head coach wishlist, however, we are going to go ahead and hire Joe Hortiz to be the next General Manager of the Detroit Lions. The Ravens have drafted well during his time there, and he understands what a winning culture should like after witnessing John Harbaugh establish one in Baltimore.

Head Coach

With Hortiz being hired as General Manager, I'm not sure there's anything specific that he'd really be looking to do that some of the others wouldn't, in terms of hiring a head coach. The goal remains the same, hire a head coach who can build a competent staff, rebuild a shoddy defense, retool the offense enough to get the last few years out of Stafford or find and develop his replacement, and install a winning culture in Detroit.
I specifically like these nine coaches...
Now, I think if Detroit could go grab Borgonzi as their GM right now, they'd have a good shot at landing Bieniemy to come be their new head coach. Outside of that, I think the reasons to go to some of the other teams are a bit higher than what Detroit has to offer. For Houston, Watson is an elite QB at a young age. In New York and Jacksonville, you'll get the chance to add top tier QB prospects like Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields while building your roster out with extra first round picks.
I'm unsure about whether Lincoln Riley would really leave OU, but he'd be fun to bring in for sure. Ultimately however, we are going to hypothetically land Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. His offense with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill have been fun to watch.
For Smith's staff, we'll go ahead and bring Titans offensive assistant Luke Steckel along as the new QB coach, given that he's been working as an assistant with QB's in Tennessee recently (not the QB coach to be clear). He'll get a promotion to join Smith and ensure the QB is on the same page. I think we'll hang onto to Lions WR coach Robert Prince and Special Teams Coordinators Brayden Coombs in the same roles. For the TE position, I'd love to see if Vrabel could use his OSU connections to recommend that Buckeyes TE coach Kevin Wilson join Smith and the Lions this offseason. At running back, we'll make an attempt to hire Anthony Lynn if the Chargers do in fact fire him, assuming he doesn't land an offensive coordinator gig elsewhere. If not, we can retain Kyle Caskey. Offensive line coach is another big one. I think Hank Fraley was decent in his first-season running the group, but perhaps Smith wants his own guy, perhaps bringing Titans asst. OL coach Matt Sullivan, who has been with Smith in Tennessee for quite awhile and worked with one of the better OL's in the league recently.
On the defensive side, this will be the biggest question, as Detroit's defense desperately needs to be reconfigured. Personally, I'd love to see Detroit take a chance on Cincinnati Bearcats DC Marcus Freeman, as the Bearcats have a fantastic defense and Freeman seems like a rising star at the position. If they want someone more established in the NFL, then 49ers LB coach DeMeco Ryans seems like an ideal candidate for a promotion, given how well the LB's have played. Let's go with Freeman in this one however.
There's no defensive coach internally worthy of being kept around, though LB coach Tyrone McKenzie was with the Titans before joining the Lions, so that could be a possibility. We'll keep him out however, as we'll assume Freeman roles with a bit more of a modern defense, not the approach Detroit took this past season. We are going to dip back into the college ranks for another hire however, bringing in Pitt Panthers DL coach Charlie Partridge, whose unit has been one of the better DLs in college football. For the OLB coach position, we'll try and scoop up one of the few salvageable pieces from the Jets coaching staff, LB coach Frank Bush. In the secondary, we grab Kris Richard, the former secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, giving Freeman a more experience hand on the backend. Probably a handful of other spots to fill, but we'll go with that coaching staff for now.

Cuts/Trades

Detroit's going to need to shed a lot of dead weight this offseason, in order to gain some cap space with a reduced cap coming up.
The first casualty will be CB Desmond Trufant. His $10 mil cap hit is just a bit too rich for an inconsistent player like himself. Besides, he's at his best in heavy man coverage, and we're looking to mix things up a bit more. If you can find a trade partner for him, do it, but I doubt anyone would be keen to acquire his large contract.
Next up, cutting both DL additions from last season, Nick Williams and Danny Shelton. Both are mediocre players who provide very little for about $5 mil a piece. Additionally, TE Jesse James is cut, as he's overpaid for a very mediocre TE2. We'll still need an upgrade there, but he isn't going to cut it.
And lastly, we're gonna see if we can trade OLB Christian Jones to someone else. Probably can't get anything for him, so it'll be an outright cut here, but who knows, maybe a Patriots disciple will want him.
For trades, I am going to pull the trigger on trade. I'm going to send G Joe Dahl to the Panthers for a 5th round selection. Detroit has to keep Hal Vaitai in town for another season before they can cut him, so we'll start him at guard and pick up another draft pick for Dahl.
Finally, going to restructure the contract of QB Chase Daniel a bit, freeing up about $1.5 mil for Detroit.
Last thing we are going to do is franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay. Now obviously Golladay could threaten to sit out, but at this point we are going to hold Golladay on the tag as a trade target. I think the team that makes the most sense to acquire Kenny Golladay is the Indianapolis Colts, who will need a longer-term replacement for T.Y. Hilton. In this scenario, the Colts send their 2nd round selection in 2021, and a 6th round pick in 2022 to the Lions in exchange for Golladay and a 2022 7th.
Add in the rollover money from 2020, and this brings Detroit's cap space estimate to about $28.5 million by my best estimates. As we enter free agency, we have major needs at WR, DT, LB and FS, then also need role players at WR, TE, CB, and probably some depth on the OL and at RB as well. This is also doesn't even mention the plausibility of drafting a QB to replace Stafford soon anyways.

Free Agency

We are going to let a majority of our free agents walk. Notably, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Everson Griffen, and Romeo Okwara will be playing for new teams in 2021. Depending on the size of the contracts they bring in, and what Detroit spends, might actually see some compensatory selections coming back. Wouldn't count on it, but it's a possibility for sure.
First up, we are actually going to re-sign a few players internally. I'd love to see LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin in a defense that fits him a bit better, and he's still a valuable special teams piece, so a 1-year deal for Reeves-Maybin at around $1.1 million would probably be the most he'd command in my opinion. Next up is WR Jamal Agnew, who is an excellent kick returner and developing as a wide receiver. We'll give him 2-years at $5 million total to bring him back, splitting the cap hit to only count about $1.75 to $2 mil against the cap this season. And lastly, we're going to bring back a couple of our speciality restrictions, giving original round tenders to CB Michael Ford, FB Jason Cabinda and TE Isaac Nauta as restricteds, while using the ERFA tender to bring back QB David Blough and T Matt Nelson. We are not going to use the ERFA tag on P Jack Fox, as he's definitely proven himself and is deserving of a raise. We'll instead ink him to a 3-year, $9 million deal to remain in Detroit as their All-Pro punter.
Now dipping into the external realm, the first thing we're going to do is target some beef on the interior defensive line, as we've cut Shelton and Williams and cannot rely on Da'Shawn Hand to be healthy. One guy I'd love for Detroit to add is Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi, a talented but fairly inconsistent player. He's able to provide a certain degree of interior pressure, so hopefully a contract mirroring the ones Shelton got could cut it. 2-years, $10 million for what is hopefully an improvement at DT. Additionally, we're going to add a nose tackle to start and rotate with John Penisini, bringing in Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins on a 2-year, $9 million deal to boost the interior of the line. We may still look for another piece on the interior in the draft, but for now, we'll stick with these two as reinforcements.
Next up is some attention at WR. Rather than go bargain hunting, I want to make a splash, and while I'd love to land JuJu Smith-Schuster, we don't really have the cap space for that, so a smaller splash like Texans WR Will Fuller at 4-years, $56 million seems more appropriate. A productive WR at only 26-years old, he's not as dependent on his leaping ability the way Golladay is.
Now, we still only have 4 WR's on the roster, with JuJu joining Agnew, Quintez Cephus, and I believe Geronimo Allison given that he opted out of 2020. We'll add one more veteran to the competition, and actually, I forgot about Marvin Hall Jr. earlier, but I'd love to bring him back to Detroit anyways, a 2-year deal for about $3.6 million should be a worthy enough raise to run it back with Stafford and co.
Next up, I want to add a veteran TE behind Hockenson, and given the timeline of developing younger TE's, getting an established presence thru free agency seems most viable. I really like the idea of snagging TE Trey Burton from the Colts, as he's a decent pass catcher, and even doubling his 2020 salary only leads to a 1-year deal at $2 million.
At this point, we're running fairly low on cap space, and still need to sign our draft class, so adding a few low end veterans on what'll likely be minimum deals is the move. These players aren't going to really count against the cap, as they'll either replace the base minimum already assumed in those spots, or get bumped by draft picks at a lower cost anyways. We'll go ahead and bring in the following veteran minimum guys... RB Senorise Perry (TEN), T John Wetzel (ATL), G Ryan Groy (LAC) on offense and LB Alex Anzalone (NO) and CB Fabian Moreau (WAS).
At this point, if we need more cap space, you could look into restructuring the current deals of some long-term players like OT Taylor Decker or maybe CB Justin Coleman.

NFL Draft

Using the Mock Draft Machine, except inserting my own selections for the two added selections (via IND in the second and via CAR in the fifth - Tankathon).
Round 1, Pick 9: This was a pretty easy selection for me to make, as LB Micah Parsons was off the board and we already addressed the interior DL in free agency. Detroit selects WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama, a premier player at a big position of need. He's been exceptional for the Tide this year.
Round 2, Pick 41: With no starting free safety, wanted to land a day-one talent at this spot, so went ahead and selected S Trevon Moehrig, TCU to man deep center for Detroit.
Round 2, Pick 55 (via IND): I was really hoping that he'd make it to this spot, and indeed he did. We need some serious injection of speed and tackling at LB, and LB Nick Bolton, Missouri should be a crucial piece to Detroit's defensive rebuild. He's a bit short, but he's dominated the SEC this fall.
Round 3, Pick 73: We really need an upgrade at pass rusher, and given that Quintricia really only stocked it with run stuffing DE's, Detroit would benefit if DE Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh really does drop to the third round. He's one of the most productive pass rushers in college, and we just signed his DL coach to join us as well. Love this add.
Round 4, Pick 110: After addressing most of our top needs, we reinforce the offensive line here with a physical run blocker in G Ben Cleveland, Georgia. He, along with fellow SEC fourth rounder Logan Stenberg, give Detroit two young road graters to develop as depth.
Round 5, Pick 147 (via CAR): This late into the draft, really just looking for pieces that may have a shot at making the roster and developing into something useful. That leads to our selection of TE Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss, a very productive pass catcher who plays flex TE for Lane Kiffin and co.
Round 5, Pick 149: At this point, ideally I'd like to execute a trade down but as I don't have their trade machine feature, I'm just going to write it in here, say moving down to the 6th round to pick up a 2022 late round pick as well. Then in the 6th, we take K Blake Haubeil, Ohio State to replace Matt Prater.

Depth Chart

QB: Matthew Stafford / Chase Daniel / David Blough RB: D'Andre Swift / Kerryon Johnson / Senorise Perry FB: Jason Cabinda WR: Will Fuller / Marvin Hall Jr. / Quintez Cephus WR: DeVonta Smith / Jamal Agnew / Geronimo Allison TE: T.J. Hockenson / Trey Burton / Isaac Nauta / Hunter Bryant OR Kenny Yeboah LT: Taylor Decker / Matt Nelson LG: Jonah Jackson / Logan Stenberg C: Frank Ragnow / Beau Benzschawel / Russell Bodine RG: Hal Vaitai / Ben Cleveland / Ryan Groy RT: Tyrell Crosby / John Wetzel
DE: Trey Flowers / Austin Bryant DT: Johnathan Hankins / John Penisini / John Atkins DT: Larry Ogunjobi / Da'Shawn Hand / Jashon Cornell DE: Patrick Jones II / Julian Okwara LB: Jaime Collins / Alex Anzalone / Jahlani Tavai LB: Nick Bolton / Jalen Reeves-Maybin CB: Amani Oruwariye / Mike Ford / Fabian Moreau CB: Justin Coleman / Jeff Okudah FS: Trevon Moehrig / C.J. Moore SS: Tracy Walker / Will Harris
K: Blake Haubeil P: Jack Fox LS: Steven Wirtel
Overall, didn't really end up in a position to take a QB I liked, as all three of Lawrence, Lance and Fields were gone, and I'm not sold on Zach Wilson or Kyle Trask at this point, especially not at #9 overall. If Lance or Fields drops a bit, would totally love to see them end up in Honolulu Blue, but I don't think Detroit necessarily has to land a QB this season. Think safety would need a veteran add after looking this over, and potentially some better depth on the OL and RB, but those can be handled prior to the start of the season with camp cuts and such. I like our explosiveness at WR, and got some better LB's. Now if Okudah can improve under a new scheme, I think you could start to have something here. Obviously you've still got a lot of old starters on defense, but managed to at least cycle some new talent in on the DL and mix in some fresh blood at other spots. It'll take more than one year, but think this could be a competitive team quick enough to give Stafford one final shot. Regardless, probably drafting his successor in 2022 Draft, and I'd love to get ahold of Sam Howell from UNC, even if it means putting together a package of picks to move up for him.
submitted by zedd_gaskin1 to detroitlions [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 13:49 haywhat Serpents and Leviathans (more of a rap)

I’m getting sick
of being told that I’m worthless.
I’ve got no purpose
to businessmen
but my capital worth,
and it leaves me angry and hurting.
I am a man.
I’m a person.
I’m tired of standing,
observing this shit
that happens in circles.

You bitches purple in the face
from screaming hatred;
a serpent
that went and sold
my ma the apple
and then charged her the surplus
then wondered why
she fell from grace;
You made her hungry and thirsty!
You told us ‘knowledge is forbidden’
then asked why we ain’t learning!

I’m barely thirty
but I’ve lived a million lives,
watched a million children die.
Watched a killer speaking live
from the circus,
pushing bullshit round a table
Cain and Abel style,
and flirting with the reaper...
the rest of us were sleeping or still working.

That’s how the darkness creeps in…
They wear you down and seep in.
They only care for money,
they won’t care about your feelings;
slowly creating bubbles
til they’re bursting at the ceiling
whilst also claiming back tax
on every apple they’ve eaten...
Legalised stealing.

But we just all feed into this hypocrisy.
What happened to our freedom and democracy?
It’s being led by people who don’t understand apostrophes!
Being led be people who would vote for slaves and colonies;
privatised economies,
pre-rehearsed apologies,
pincer movements
moving in the form of foreign policies,
women under thumb,
succumbed to christian-made misogyny,
rising inequality,
and politicians hiding second properties...

Shit.

It seems the case
that modern truth is a leviathan;
peace is made with violence,
drugs are hid as vitamins.
Life is pretty tiresome.
No-one can deny it, "Son,
that good life's good
but we're surplus to it's requirements".

Sometimes it can really make me wonder...
What keeps us going under?
What makes me face the rain in times of thunder?

I know that your only aim
is to blame me for every blunder,
to shame me into submission,
and play me into a slumber.
You trained me like fucking Pavlov,
shaped me to be competitive,
made me compete with neighbours
and sever all my connections with others.
You’d cheer the death of my mother!
You’d cash the cheque for her coffin!
You’d put the rent up for nothing
and still I’d pay every month!

Despite your policies,
I still can fill the table for mum,
and feed a stranger
when I see him selling shame for his lunch,
then go to college in the evening,
sleeping reading a book,
to know our history
and every single dream that we took.

What you can’t take from me now
is a sense of me and my power.
What I accomplish each hour
is worth more than every penny
in each account that you’ve hidden
and every dick that you’ve ridden
or cut off cold
on your pilgrimage to perdition.

Both you and I have a vision...
It’s somewhere between a Kingdom and Utopia.
We just don’t quite agree on who it’s open for.
Opportunity requires open doors,
not broken laws.
You offer "everything"
but I just hope for more...

1 2
submitted by haywhat to OCPoetry [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 12:17 m4dw0r1d Sinner On Becoming A Good Christian Again

I lost my faith when I was 11, just after taking the Holy Communion. It supposed to help me to deepen my connection with God, but the opposite happened.
I stopped believing in Jesus and Christianity because I had a huge interest in other beliefs, and playing with demons wasn't a good idea.
I did bad things, and hurt many people. I sinned every single day for 15 years and had no regrets until now. Lust, greed, lies, a bad relationship with food and people... It was my daily sinful routine.
Recently I started questioning myself. Does my life have any purpose? Instant pleasures make you feel good for an hour or two, but what's next? Nothing. You feel empty inside.
Any ideas on how to find the faith again? Is it too late after so much sinning? I think I need some guidance.
submitted by m4dw0r1d to Christianity [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 12:00 merrystem Organization in my area does year-long placements for homeless teens likely to graduate. Considering this vs. "official" foster care. Any experience/comparison thoughts?

Per title, we've been planning to sign up as respite providers and start foster training once it's pandemic-safe. Mostly interested in working with teens. Just learned about a nonprofit program that's much less formal, where basically homeless kids who are trying to do well in school and have no other living option get placed during the school year and maybe the summer, depending on their situation, but with an eye towards their ultimate transition to independent living.
According to the organization everyone has a lot more agency (kids and "hosts" meet first, and independently decide whether it's a good fit, negotiate house rules, etc.). They downplay the amount of "parenting" involved, though we're happy to provide it. It's run by a big Christian organization that has a bunch of different homelessness programs that seem well run. The program itself isn't explicitly religious (neither are we).
There's no stipend/reimbursement (not a dealbreaker) and unclear how much work has already been done to connect these kids with existing government programs for medical/education/food assistance.
Anyone familiar with this kind of program, thoughts vs. more formal foster care?
submitted by merrystem to fosterit [link] [comments]


2020.11.29 11:45 vbnfrwlk [MP3 link] William Lyne says: William says powerful economic interests, which also control the government, the mass media and academic institutions, have used scientific thought-control for sinister means.

Link to two MP3s
https://archive.org/details/rediceradiohour2williamlyneoccultsciencedictatorship20140131
William Lyne was born and raised in Texas. His bio states that he had a Top Secret clearance in Air Force Intelligence, earned a B.S. degree with a double major in Art and Industrial Technology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
In the first hour, we discuss occult ether physics and Tesla's hidden space propulsion system and the conspiracy to conceal it. He talks about how the secret government — a fraudulently concealed, unconstitutional, corporate-state entity — has controlled electropulsion technology by concealing it and other advanced free energy technology, on behalf of international, coercive, corporate-state monopolists.
In the second hour, we'll hear about the occult science dictatorship. William says powerful economic interests, which also control the government, the mass media and academic institutions, have used scientific thought-control for sinister means. This includes the invention of scientific and metaphysical theories that lead to nowhere. William shares his experiences with UFOs, which he says are man-made. He also talks about propaganda surrounding aliens, which is all part of a plot to conceal technology.
From his book Space Aliens at the Pentagon (page 108):
I MEET A MEMBER OF THE TRILATERAL COMMISSION'S INTERNATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY TEAM
This region is quite a crossroad of America, including many Trilateral Commission connections. A friend of mine was one of the surveyors for the International Geodetic Survey, in the 1950s, during the Korean War. The survey was international, which meant that the supposedly civilian American scientific crews, with American military escorts, were allowed into China, the Soviet Union, etc., even during the war. My friend was a surveyor in the American military, as was the entire survey crew he worked with.
The scientific crew was civilian. However, according to my friend, they switched clothing, so that the military survey crew looked like civilians, and vice-versa. The civilian-dressed (military) survey crew, would determine the location of each of the points, to be marked by the I.G.S. brasscaps, and were instructed to remove themselves from the area, after which the (military-dressed) civilian crew would then come to place the brass-caps. One day, after locating a point, my friend left the area, then discovered that he had forgotten some of his equipment, and went back to get it.
At that time, he came upon the other crew, while they were supposedly in the process of setting the I.G.S. brass-cap. This came as a surprise to them, because they were actually placing a device underneath where the I.G.S. brass-cap was to be placed. This "sub point" was marked with the insignia of the Trilateral Commission, which was a triangle with a dot in the center, just as I had seen on the old Pojoaque viejo's work box from the "p2" 1937 Los Alamos project. The civilians (dressed as military) were very angry at him for having disobeyed instructions, especially in view of the fact that he had seen the concealed device being set into cement, beneath the surface, above which the I.G.S. brass-cap was to be placed.
The secret point, marked by the Trilateral pyramid with a dot in the center (the Masonic/Egyptian "all-seeing eye of Bel, God, or Ra" as shown on the dollar bill), identified the "Illuminati" as the controlling, so-called "civilian" parties of the I.G.S.
Each of the secret geodetic points on our globe, placed at the vertices of geodetic triangles dividing our planet's surface, apparently contains a crystal resonator set to respond to a distinct frequency, for navigating flying saucers (even unmanned ones), and even rockets, either manually, electronically, or by computer. Flying saucers can travel at least 9,000 m.p.h. At that speed- given other limitations on visibility—the resonators provide a means for computer navigation of saucers at high speeds, without visibility, and allow for accurately determining global locations.
As a means for Secret Government world navigation, the I.G.S. markers have been in place for forty years. Without the means for using them in 1950, they would have been useless. This survey, actually done for the Trilateralist world government, under the "cover" of the I.G.S.—right under the noses of the United Nations teams, military authorities, international committees, survey teams, and host countries—showed the awesome power of these world-wide conspirators, whose actions violated the sovereignty of nations, through the United Nations.
This "geodetic navigation system" was a perfect solution for the flying saucer and for the Illuminati and Trilateral Commission, since it automatically involved triangular global areas generated by the "great circles" of the "master builder", according to the Genesis passages relied upon in the "secret work" of the "Old Prussian" Masonic Lodges based on the Johanite Gospel, the membership of which excluded Jews, and were forbidden to belong to "humanitarian" Masonry.
The teachings of this Johanite German Freemasonry included a dogmatic Christianity, and is rooted in the same, weird teachings of the former Jesuit priest and founder of the "modern" Illuminati in Bavaria, Adam Weishaupt. Out of this sprung the Thule Society and the Ahnenerbe Society, which figured strongly in the S.S., among whose founders was General Karl Haushoffer, the originator of the modern "science" utilized by "our" CIA, called "Geopolitics".
submitted by vbnfrwlk to OccultConspiracy [link] [comments]