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To preface, my fiancé has remained pure through her entire dating life and through dating and being engaged to me. I didn’t do so well, she knows that I had experiences with other women in highschool and early college.
We have absolutely no issues with intimacy, sexual desire, excitement, etc, however she does have some garnered issues with the idea of being pure. For example: she says she cringes at the thought of having a send off at the wedding because she knows everyone will be thinking about how she’s on her way to lose her virginity. She says she hates the idea of seeing family after the wedding because everyone will know what happened, so she wants to avoid them for a few weeks. She said she’s scared of the jokes and jabs that family and close friends will throw out there about us being in a “rush to leave” the wedding. She hates the idea of everyone knowing what we’re doing the night of the wedding.
To me, this is all part of the excitement. I found my person. She’s mine forever. I’m proud that I get to have sex with her from here until we can’t walk and then some…. But for her she has this embarrassment attached to it that worries me. I read stories about women who never allow sex to become a regular occurrence because they’re so caught up in their purity mindset that it’s attached to their identity as a person.
I’m looking to ease this transition and I don’t foresee any problems really, but I don’t want to be 3 days into our honeymoon in Italy and have her so worried about what others back home in the States are thinking that she can’t enjoy herself or enjoy the fruits of our marriage covenant. During our pre-marriage counseling we discussed our sexual compatibility and things were on the up and up especially when it came to the frequency we both expected in our lives. I just want to foster that mindset of growth together as much as possible
So awhile back I saw one of the official sites advertise a specific manhwa and I havent been able to find it again since I only read what was out once and apparently didnt save it to anything. I have tried to google and just not getting anywhere and even...scanned manually ebookrenta and a couple others in the last 2 days. NO SUCCESS so I turn to everyone here. What's the name, english or otherwise, of the following described story:
A saintess like FL, the story had a specific title for it, where she has a duty to strengthen a barrier of some sort around the country. This saintess is allowed to marry but there is a specific ceremony and procedure that needs to take place and, unbeknownst to her, if she doeant marry on the promised day she and her fiance will die. She is saved by one of the official witnesses who is an important Noble house that actually likes her and because he was part of the engagement ceremony he was able to save her from dying (she was vomiting blood and barely conscious). Her fiance also survived by weeding a transmigrator that happened to show up in the last few weeks of their wedding planning. The transmigrator is also one of these special saintess and the FL's fiance was charged with taking care of her and she very much clung to him and he started to ignore FL. She finally said something the day before their wedding and he had decided that he wouldnt see her anymore and tried telling the transmigrator but she convinced him to show her this special barrier wall that she will be responsible for...as a snow storm is coming in. She and the FL fiance get stuck in the storm causing the 2 fiances to do the committing blood. I'm guessing there was a ceremony or consummating that happened with the transmigrator while the FL and Noble dude who saved her went through the wedding ceremony.
I can go on about some of what happened after this point but I think I got all the important parts that make this story specific.
PLEASE ITS DRIVING ME INSANE THAT I CANNOT FIND IT. Also I have a feeling once someone tells me I'm going to facepalm in embarrassment. But thank you to anyone nonetheless.
“Wrestling is linear. But these are not linear times…” Part One, Part Two
, Part Three, Part Four September 9, 2022 – The Fallout from Brawl Out
AEW is in crisis. Its champion and biggest star turned the world upside down three days prior. CM Punk is in exile, two titles are vacant, and three of the company’s founders have their futures in jeopardy. The landscape is pure chaos. Amidst that chaos, a villain strolls out to the stage with a big smile on his face.
MJF eats it all up… AEW’s greatest heel may have become its greatest face in one night. The live audience is jubilant to see him and he reciprocates, diving into them just as CM Punk had done, hugging Taz at the broadcast desk, wearing the jersey of that city’s football team.
Joy reverberates in his words once he grabs the microphone:
"BUFFALO, NEW YORK! THE DEVIL IS BACK! Now listen up Buffalo, first things first... Who's excited to see MJF? “Lord knows I am. Guys, I love Buffalo, New York, hell the greatest Quarterback of all time, Josh Allen is from Buffalo. Now, we're gonna get down to brass tacks a little bit here, okay? Last time you guys saw me I might've said some offensive stuff, I'm just being honest…
The fans strike up a loud chant: “YOU WERE RIGHT”
Now hear me out, hear me out, hear me out... Hold on g-- Seriously, I only have so much time allotted. Shut up. Please. Jesus. Alright listen... If there's one thing I know to be true, it's that right now you might think that we're in dark times, but we're not. What we need is leadership. And I can not think of one more person, more trustworthy than me! Now let me tell you a story: there was once a wise Jewish man, and his name started with a M. And when his people were meek and weak and they needed help, he split the sea wide open and he walked them straight to the promise land. Buffalo, I'm not telling you I'm Moses, that's ridiculous. I'M BETTER THAN MOSES! I'VE GOT TO WIN THAT WORLD TITLE BECAUSE MY NAME IS MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN AND I'M BETTER THAN YOU...
“AND YOU KNOW IT!”, the crowd finishes for him. “Wild Thing” comes over the speakers and Jon Moxley walks through the crowd to the ring.
He stares down MJF then says: “You are absolutely full of crap.”
Crowd laughs a bit, but they also boo him some.
"So let me get this straight, Jonathan. You think I'm not being sincere here in Buffalo, New York? In front of all these grotesque, poor, lard asses who have quite possibly the worst Football Team in the history of the United States of America? [MJF shed’s the jersey and wipes his ass with it] … Now Jon, I don't know if you're a little bit woozy considering you went to sleep on Sunday… [MJF mimes CM Punk's “Go To Sleep” pose]
But maybe you got a point. Maybe I don't care about AEW.... Maybe I don't care about these people... Maybe, just maybe I look at the World Title as nothing more than a bargaining chip that I can use for the bidding war of 2024. Maybe I take that title to a real Wrestling Company, WITH REAL FANS. And real wrestlers like my friend and hero 'The American Roller Coad-ster' Cody Rhodes. And – I'M HOLDING THE MICROPHONE YOU BUMS! KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! And maybe, just maybe I get to work for a real boss, the only Khan in professional wrestling that's worth a damn; Jolly Old St. Nick. Because to quote the greatest wrestler of all time, and my personal hero, The Game: 'That is what's best for business.’”
"Dude. This is not the time, this is not the place, and I am in no mood. You need to leave this ring right now, or I will make you leave.
MJF stands toe-to-toe with Moxley before slithering out of the ring. Mox continues:
Hey, your theme music sucks by the way. Now Buffalo, New York. I am in no mood... I am pissed off. I am embarrassed. I am pissed off about a great many things. But none more so than the fact that I'm standing here without the AEW World Championship... The AEW World Championship represents passion for this sport! Passion for this business! It represents the passion of the guys and girls in the back, and the fans that fill the arenas and watch at home. Those three letters in the AEW World Championship, they represent heroes during a pandemic at a time where the world needed heroes. It represents the dream, the vision that we all had when we started this thing years ago, and we wanted to show the world just what wrestling could be. The AEW World Championship represents taking the dark and ugly side of this business and letting it die with another generation. The World Championship represents the freedom to be as great as you are willing to dare to be. The AEW World championship means being better than I was the day before. Even if it's just a little bit better. Even if nobody notices but me. That World Championship represents slaying demons. That World Championship represents EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT THIS BUSINESS!
But the fact remains: on Sunday, I lost. And that's on me, that's my fault. I made mistakes. I got pinned. That's on me. I missed the game winning shot. And I was supposed to be on vacation right now, like until about two days ago. But here's another chance to take another shot when the game's on the line. This Tournament of Champions is one hell of a shot. That's one hell of a big rock to push all the way to the top of the hill again. Chris Jericho, the greatest of all time. Bryan Danielson, the best pure wrestler to ever step foot into a ring, a better wrestler than I'll ever be. Darby Allin, Hangman Page, Sammy Guevara, three dudes all younger than me, faster than me, more naturally gifted than I could ever be. So yeah, that's a hell of a shot. But winners always want the ball when the game is on the line. The Ace always wants the ball. And I want the ball. So hell yeah, I'm gonna take the shot.
Cause this isn't just a time to win… This is a time to be a legend!
Moxley leaves to a furious ovation and has rallied the AEW fans back to reason and rationality. It’s only temporary though, and an unnerved mood persists. The message is delivered by Moxley, truly the Ace of the company… But it feels like it should’ve come from someone else and perhaps that someone else would have been there to deliver it if he wasn't turned away. Better yet, the situation may have been avoided entirely.
But then again, maybe the whole damn thing was inevitable all along. January 4, 2016 - Tokyo
Following their tag win over CHAOS, Kenny Omega betrays and usurps the leader of Bullet Club, AJ Styles, at NJPW: New Year’s Dash.
"AJ Styles! My god, you can't be surprised, can you? You people, you can't be surprised. You at home you better not be surprised. You had this coming, AJ. We gave you the big matches, we gave you the big pay-per-views. We made you a star, we paid you like a star. While I struggled, while I starved, forcing myself to be a junior. Everybody called you a leader, everybody called you the boss. Well AJ, if you are the boss, I'm just gonna say it. You have now been fired.
The rest of the Bullet Club is initially in disagreement before coalescing around Kenny and ganging up on Styles. They leave with their former leader in a heap, but Kenny and the Young Bucks gather at ringside. The three of them return to the ring and continue the brutal assault on AJ Styles… They are still in the Bullet Club, but within that organization, henceforth they will be The Elite. January 4, 2017 - Wrestle Kingdom 11
Having stormed through his first ever attempt in the tournament, Kenny Omega became the only gaijin to have ever won New Japan’s G1 Tournament and earned the right to challenge for the company’s top prize at WK11.
That night in the Tokyo Dome, Omega and Okada created magic in one of the greatest matches in wrestling history. On the same show, Bullet Club’s newest member debuts: Cody Rhodes
. Frustrated with his position and his creative direction, Cody had requested and been granted his release from WWE the previous summer, Cody makes his way across the Pacific, sending shockwaves through the international wrestling landscape.
Despite this shot in the arm, Bullet Club is tested by the crushing defeat of its leader. Following his loss to Okada, Kenny steps away from wrestling to assess his future. When he returns after several weeks Cody had grown ambitious and plots in the background. June 11, 2017 - Dominion
In a rematch of their classic from the start of the year at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Kenny Omega attempts to avenge his defeat and claim the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Kazuchika Okada. Earlier in the night, Cody had grabbed a headset and proclaimed he wanted to face Okada himself.
Omega and Okada push each other over the limit even harder than before. Omega is taking inhuman punishment yet refuses to give up. Eventually, Cody makes his way down to the ring and attempts to throw in the towel for Kenny, but the Bucks stop him.
The timekeeper’s bell rings, marking it a 60-minute draw.
Afterward, the Elite debate whether it was a true act of mercy by Cody or a scheme for his personal goals
Cody storms Okada’s post-match press conference, where he mocks the champ, spits in his face, and challenges him for a title match. May 16, 2017 - The Bet
Dave Meltzer quote-tweets a question asking if anyone could sell 10,000 tickets to a non-WWE show in America, to which he replies, “Not anytime soon.”
Cody takes note and responds: “I'll take that bet Dave… put The Bucks & I on the card & 3-months to promote”
... Over the next year this grand dream between Cody and the Young Bucks will come to fruition. July 1, 2017 - Returning the Favor
Cody unsuccessfully challenges Okada for the IWGP championship. Kenny comes to ringside and wants to throw in the towel just as Cody had tried weeks earlier. After the match, the two of them nearly come to blows backstage and Cody flips a table. August 2017 - G1 Climax
Throughout the tournament, Bullet Club nears a boiling point. OG member Toma Tonga questions Omega’s leadership due to having his small inner circle of The Elite within the larger group. In the weeks and months to follow, Cody identifies Kota Ibushi as Kenny Omega’s weakest point and starts targeting him as a wedge to divide the Bullet Club and create chaos wherein he can ascend to power. January 4, 2018 - Wrestle Kingdom 12
Looking to use a win over Ibushi as a flashpoint to take control of Bullet Club, Cody viciously mauls Kota in a singles match but can’t secure the victory. Frustrated that his plan failed, the next night at New Year’s Dash he launches a post-match assault on Ibushi. Cody and the rest of Bullet Club are wailing on Ibushi until Kenny rushes out to stop them… but the rest of Bullet Club can’t help feeling Kenny views his old tag partner as more important to him than they are. Cody’s plan bears fruit as Kenny makes a massive unforced error: he invites “Switchblade” Jay White to join Bullet Club and be a shot in the arm for the faction, only for White to betray him immediately and join CHAOS. January 7, 2018 - Being the Elite #87
Camera follows the Elite as they are tense and nervous preparing for Wrestle Kingdom a few days earlier. It jumps to the group after New Year’s Dash, all gathered at a tense dinner conversation. To break the tension, Matt proposes a new gimmick for the group: “BTE IS DRUG FREE”... aka, Straight Edge
… no one shoots it down, but they’re not thrilled either, and Cody hides his beer underneath the table.
The effort to relieve things fails, however, and Cody blurs the line between kayfabe and shoot, shouting for the cameraman to put the camera down. Then we get a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at him charging Kenny with always “turning everything into a bit”, disregarding the group, and heatedly asking him if he’s actually their leader before Kenny finally storms away from the table. January 28, 2018 - Civil War
Jay White scores a massive upset at New Beginning and takes the IWGP United States Championship from Kenny Omega. After the bell, Hangman confronts Jay White and seeks to challenge for the title, but Kenny stops him. The Bucks and Cody rush to the ring, and Cody accuses their leader of stepping on Hangman’s moment. A violent argument ensues with Kenny shoving Matt Jackson to the ground.
Once the Elite have left the ring and Kenny is alone, Cody seizes the opportunity and hits Kenny with a CrossRhodes, initiating the Bullet Club Civil War. The only thing saving Omega from a brutal attack that night is Ibushi, who runs off Cody and returns the favor for his old friend and partner, reuniting the Golden Lovers after years of separation. Regardless, Cody’s plan is in full effect. Bullet Club is in disarray and if he is to take power, now is the opportunity. In 944 days
, Roman Reigns becomes world champion to begin his and the Bloodline's vice grip on WWE. January 30, 2018 - Being The Elite #90
Cody, to the assembled Elite of Matt, Nick, Hangman, and Marty:
It isn’t my place, but you’ve known that guy for over ten years. I don’t get it, I’m sorry. Yeah, he’s a great wrestler, but leadership… Like I said, it’s action not position! That’s not acting like a leader! ‘Oh, you’re my second, you’re my second’... Who the F-CK are you seconds for? Nobody! The best tag team in the world! And Hangman, it’s your moment! He… He ruined it.
Bullet Club is fine… Bullet Club is fine.
Kenny & Ibushi go to visit the Bucks in their hotel room, Room 710
… but we aren’t shown what happens next. February 12, 2018 – Being the Elite #92
Cody floats around reassuring everyone: “Bullet Club is fine.” All of the guys have pure depression on their faces, but Cody continually gasses them up, telling the Bucks they’re ready for the jump to the heavyweight division and encouraging Marty to start up a Villain Club of his own. Later, Matt, Nick, and Marty are commiserating in a locker room prior to a Ring of Honor show when Hangman and Cody strut through the door.
“Whew, look at that! Did you guys see [Hangman] kick the door down??”
He thinks a couple of surprises might cheer them up. The first, some new merch that says “Bullet Club is Fine” doesn’t do the trick, so he takes them for the second surprise: their new mascot, Bury the Drug-Free Bear. Using his best Sting voice, Cody introduces Bury as someone who will “shock the world” only for him to “fall on his f-ckin’ arse” like the Shockmaster did 25 years earlier.
Kenny tries to call Matt, but Cody sees the call coming through on the phone and declines it. February 19, 2018 – Being the Elite #93
Cody maneuvers the Bucks around the Melbourne airport to keep them from running into Kenny. While traveling, Cody further drives the Ibushi wedge between Matt and the absent Kenny and plays up that Kenny only views the Bucks as a junior tag team. Later, Cody takes the brothers out to the zoo and to the movie theater as we see Kenny emotionally watching Casablanca
on his phone.
The Bucks catch up with Tonga and the OGs backstage in a locker room where they try to make peace.
“Alright guys, thanks for gathering here. Nick and I feel like there’s one important thing that we need to talk about… I think it’s kind of obvious, right? There’s a divide in the Bullet Club. It’s almost like there’s two entities all of a sudden. It’s like there’s Bullet Club BTE and Bullet Club OGs… Nick and I have been watching what you’ve been doing in Japan… holding down the fort, representing the Bullet Club, making the name proud. But we’ve been back at home in the US doing the same thing. There is no heat here. We love you guys. When we all say that catchphrase, when we say ‘Bullet Club is for life’, we mean it. It’s not just a catchphrase, okay? There’s no heat here. The only heat is between two individuals: Cody and Kenny.”
“Cody is right. Bullet Club is fine.”
The two groups shake hands, then Cody enters the locker room, surprised to see everyone together:
“Did somebody call a meeting? I didn’t call a meeting…”
In strolls Kenny.
Kenny: So there he is. The snake in the grass. Three-star savior. Hey Cody. They start brawling and the others can barely keep them apart. Cody:
Cody: Did you see the sign outside? It says 'Bullet Club'.
Kenny: That's right, and I AM THE LEADER.
Touch me and I'll sue! Touch me and I'll sue!! Cody throws a chair that barely misses Kenny and the Bucks.
Matt and Nick look at each other, devastated at what’s become of the group. February 25, 2018 - Being the Elite #94
Matt Jackson is on a plane traveling between shows, doing the same thing as Kenny from the previous episode: watching Casablanca
For those who haven't seen it, the story at the heart of the film is a love triangle: cynical club owner Rick, his first love Ilsa, and her rebel husband Laszlo, enhanced by a background of espionage and war with the local police chief, Renault, at the crossroads of the entanglements.
It’s foreshadowing the story to come. In the film, Rick and Ilsa had a passionate love before the events on screen, but they split up and Ilsa then wound up with her now-husband Laszlo, a Czech rebel carrying vital documents for the resistance against Nazi Germany. Rick and Ilsa reunite and rekindle their romance until Rick – knowing she’s better off with her husband – convinces Ilsa to leave with Laszlo before local authorities catch them. Rick stays behind, killing the evil Major Strasser who was attempting to stop the married couple from escaping Casablanca. Renault, who has been playing both sides (Germans and Resistance) up to this point, is touched by Rick's sacrifice. Other policemen arrive and see Strasser's dead body. Rather than identify Rick as the culprit, Renault instructs the cops to "round up the usual suspects"
... And of course, that classic line provides the name of the film The Usual Suspects
, from which Punk, and MJF, and Don Callis have all quoted the final line: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making you believe he doesn't exist." The Usual Suspects
is a tale of a mysterious crime lord who manipulates and controls multiple criminals to achieve his ultimate goal and get away scot-free. It is tightly designed so that if you rewatch it knowing the ending, you realize and notice dozens of things you missed on the first viewing.
ends, Rick says to Renault: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship",
implying that if they work together, they can get away with almost anything…
This BTE episode ends with the group all in Japan. The Bucks approach Kenny and Ibushi to have a conversation, but Kenny doesn’t have time for them. Later that night at the event, Cody pulls the Bucks into a hallway and implores them to listen to the promo Kenny is cutting in the ring at that exact moment, where he declares the Golden Lovers the greatest tag team in the world. Cody pushes them to go handle it. The Young Bucks go to the ring while Cody flashes a devilish smile.
From this day forward, my brother and I have decided to move up and compete in the heavyweight tag team division.
It puts them directly in opposition with the Lovers. Kenny and Ibushi confront them backstage, but the Bucks don’t take anything from him, saying they’ve always been there to support him but it’s never been returned. All those times they were there to pick Kenny up off the mat, where was Ibushi? March 5, 2018 - BTE #95
In Vegas, Matt and Nick are in the dressing room talking when Bury the Drug Free Bear enters and seems desperate to tell them something. Bury is about to remove the head to his costume when Hangman bursts in. He is angry with Matt for not helping him during his confrontation with Joey Ryan the week prior. Cody enters and asks Bury why he hasn't got his Bullet Club shirt on and pulls him away to get changed. Everyone looks confused and Matt wonders what the bear was trying to tell them.
Cody is in the production studio and calls Nick over to suggest that Matt is holding him back and that he should consider wrestling in singles matches, but Nick looks unconvinced. Later that night, Cody is in the ring celebrating with Brandi and Bury after his match. As Cody goes to hug Bury, the bear pushes him to the floor. Standing over a prone, confused Cody, Bury removes his costume head to reveal Kenny Omega ,who knocks out Cody with a knee strike as the fans go wild.
Cody is demented after the match:
“What a time. What a time to be involved in this great sport… Everybody’s eyes in this sport are fixed on New Orleans, on Supercard of Honor… my very first encounter with Kenny Omega. So wouldn’t that be enough? As a professional… that feather in your cap, that everybody is talking about your match, that everybody wants to see your match, that you have stolen the [Wrestlemania] weekend from the rich and you have given it to the poor… wouldn’t that be enough? March 20, 2018 – BTE #97
So why the… escalation? Why come to Las Vegas? … You’re supposed to be the best wrestler in the world! A hero! You’ve got a bag full of them [match rating] stars, well I have a book full of dates, full of cities, full of towns, because I’m not a hero once a month! I’m a hero every single night!
Perception is no longer reality. Reality is reality.
And the reality is that I am the leader of the Bullet Club… that I am the hero in this story.”
Just like he did with Nick previously, Cody sequesters Matt and says his brother has been holding him back and he needs a singles push.
In Japan, Kenny records a message to the Young Bucks apologizing, saying how Cody has gotten into everyone’s heads and divided the group
, and hopes to make amends… Unbeknownst to him, Cody has Nick’s laptop so he intercepts the message and edits it down to an insulting challenge. Matt is enraged, but Nick is suspicious. March 25, 2018 – The Elite Fight It Out
In Los Angeles at NJPW: Strong Style Evolved, the Golden Lovers face the Young Bucks in a deeply personal grudge match. After a brutal, back-and-forth war where the Lovers emerge victorious, Kenny attempts to bury the hatchet. Nick accepts the olive branch, but Matt refuses to shake Kenny’s hand. Cody hits the ring and berates Matt for eating the pin during the match. When Nick intervenes, Cody spins around and shoves him to the ground.
Later in the locker room, Cody comes in to ask what happened out there. The Bucks are challenging him for his actions, but Cody shouts them down, saying he thought it was Kenny in the ring and that he would never do such a thing to them. Cody apologizes profusely and leaves.
“I don’t think we can trust this guy.” April 7, 2018 – Supercard of Honor XII
With the leadership of Bullet Club at stake, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes square off in a hard-hitting match. Having grown wary of Cody and his schemes, the Bucks come down to the ring and decide to attack Cody. They launch double superkicks… but Cody ducks and the kicks land on Omega, allowing Cody to hit his finisher and claim the win. Matt and Nick attempt to explain, but Kenny refuses to listen.
In the backstage area, Cody is ecstatic at wresting control of Bullet Club away from Kenny. He wants to celebrate, but the Elite leave the dressing room and leave Cody sitting alone in his ring gear, sweaty, bloody, with a black eye and a gym towel draped around his shoulders, looking starkly similar to another guy post-match four years later… June 4, 2018 – BTE #105
After a busy summer in which Cody and the Bucks have assembled the looming All In event, Matt and Nick try establishing lines of communication with Kenny in Japan. Ibushi implores him to reconcile with his old friends but he’s reluctant. Cody is obsessed with running a Senate election campaign in Texas and practices his speeches in bathroom mirrors, but it almost sounds like he’s talking to his stablemates. Meanwhile, a package that Matt and Nick sent him weeks ago has been collecting dust the whole time. Ahead of his fourth match with Kazuchika Okada, Kenny decides to open the package… June 9, 2018 – Omega vs Okada IV
Everyone is in Japan for the big Dominion show. Hangman approaches Cody and asks what the plan is for tonight. Cody looks sullen and calls off whatever he had been plotting to ruin Omega’s big night.
Kenny triumphs in possibly the greatest match in wrestling history, claiming the IWGP heavyweight championship. He reunites with the Young Bucks afterward, and it’s revealed that in the package are Golden Elite shirts, honoring the pact they made in Hotel Room 710
at the start of the year.
Cody approaches the locker room with congratulatory gifts for Kenny and to make peace, but he stops short and leaves them outside the door. July 7, 2018 – Debts Are Settled in San Francisco
At the G1 Special NJPW show, Cody challenges Omega for the IWGP championship. After a war with Kenny emerging in triumph, the Elite gather and celebrate… until the Bullet Club OGs attack them in retribution for the dysfunction and strife they’ve brought to the group over the previous two years. Cody returns to the ring and is given a chance to brutalize Kenny, but instead he defends him and rejoins the Elite in full.
Over the coming months, Cody, Kenny, Matt, Nick and Hangman solidify themselves as a core group leading up to: September 1, 2018 - All In
By far the greatest triumph in indie wrestling history, the show was a massive success both at live gate and on PPV, wildly exceeding all expectations. In its main event, Cody wins the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the same world title his father had claimed 31 years earlier.
After this monumental night, the Elite ceded the war for control of Bullet Club to the OGs and stepped away from the group, turning their attention to the establishment of something new entirely: All Elite Wrestling. This new national promotion came into being on January 1, 2019
, and at its forefront was the core group of five. As the inaugural and omnipresent face of the company, Cody’s claim to AEW gold is surely just a matter of time. May 25, 2019 -- Double or Nothing
AEW holds its first event ever. In 944 days
, on the Christmas episode of Rampage, Cody claims his final championship in AEW. August 31, 2019 -- All Out
As the clock strikes midnight, Chris Jericho pins Hangman Adam Page to become the first AEW World Champion. In 944 days
, Cody Rhodes rises onto the WrestleMania stage and returns to WWE. November 6, 2019
Allied with his friend, protege, and personal recruit to AEW, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, the public face of AEW prepares to challenge for the world championship of the company he helped build. He seems destined for it, it’s damn near his birthright, and yet there are whispers he’s only in position to claim it through politics.
“Eddie Graham... Cowboy Bill Watts... The American Dream Dusty Rhodes... For the cold and sterile historians of our business, there's an air of controversy that surrounds them, it's from the simple fact that those men were also, in addition to being competitors... they were management. Not unlike myself. And for the last year I've told everybody: every podcast, every radio, every correspondent. I've shouted it off the rooftops how proud I am of AEW, how proud I am of the all-inclusive nature, of the schedule, of the pay, of the fact that we will listen. This! This is Ellis Island for a professional wrestler! This is freedom! So, when I hear the same criticism attached to my name for being management and being in a title match… I can't not hear it... And with that said, I am announcing that if I do not defeat Chris Jericho at Full Gear... I will never challenge for the AEW World championship again.”
And so Cody faced Chris Jericho at Full Gear 2019 with destiny in his grasp. There, with MJF in his corner, Cody and Jericho pushed each other to their limits. Late in the match with the challenger locked tight in the Walls of Jericho, MJF throws in the towel for Cody and costs him the match, effectively locking him out of the title picture thereafter.
MJF’s ascension begins. He wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring and begins climbing the rankings. Winning isn’t simply enough, though. If he wants everything, he needs chaos. He needs to flip the world upside down. He needs the world to believe its heroes are the villains and its villains are the heroes. November 14, 2019
You wanna boo me as if I’m the villain… Meanwhile, you people have been cheering for the real villain the whole time. That villain is Cody… Cody Rhodes couldn’t give less of a shit about any single one of you… You sheep don’t want to admit it. There’s only one man on this planet who knows the real Cody Rhodes, and you’re looking at him. December 11, 2019
"What are you gonna do Cody? Are you gonna try to fire me? Are you gonna pull Tony Khan over to the side and get me fired? Well how bout you do that Cody. HOW BOUT YOU FIRE ME. Oh wait. That's right. You won't. Because the one thing you want most in this world is to get your hands on me... And to top that off, you'd be letting down each and every one of these people you claim to care about.” February 29, 2020 – Revolution
After weeks of taunting and weeks of enduring the original gauntlet of trials MJF sets in order to get a match with him, Cody gets his match with MJF… but he falls short, defeated and humiliated by the young man he brought into AEW himself. March 5, 2020 – Cody is bitten by the original Snake
Jake Roberts emerges from the thickest of weeds and slithers down to the ring. He nearly devours Cody. He mocks him… “Hail Caesar”
. He neither fears nor respects him.
“What a Snake wants, a snake takes. I’m not in AEW for the whole pie.. Just your slice”
Two weeks later the world screeches to a halt as an unknown, lethal virus spreads rapidly around the globe. For several weeks Dynamite is patchwork, assembled from whatever talent is available. A tournament for a new title belt is announced. Ahead of its opening round we get the darkest promo we’ve thus far seen from the purest babyface in the company’s short history… April 8, 2020
Cody sits ominously at a table, in a pitch black room, and lights a cigar… just as he’d done before when laying out his machinations against Kenny Omega for control of Bullet Club.
"Why do I wanna be TNT Champion? Wrestling is so linear you're gonna hear the same answer to that question over and over again. You'll even hear the announcers strike some of the same hyperboles as they describe the stakes. The wrestlers will give you that real wrestling school, paint by numbers interview where they say things like --- you see: ‘The boys in the back.' Or my favorite: They perpetually say their own name or the person they're wrestling against or the person who's interviewing them over and over again. Like I said, wrestling is linear. They might even do the – [Cody gestures around his waist where a belt would be worn] - that thing. You see, where you pantomime, where you indicate that you want the belt. I've done it a thousand times. We've all done it, we're all guilty. Wrestling is linear. But these are not linear times, are they? I think we'd all give our last dollar for a little bit of normalcy, a little bit of linear. It's my personal hope that we get through this just fine. We wanna live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery, right?
So why do I need to become champion? It is not the fame. It's certainly not the added money. It's not the specialized lower third that they put on the screen. It's not even my specific, unique circumstance of trying to carry a last name that is worth 58 years in gold. It's much simpler. It's because I don't wanna lose. AEW has four major pay per views: Double Or Nothing, All Out, Full Gear, Revolution and I'm 50/50 and I have felt lost and I don't ever want to lose again…The motto, the expression, what the Nightmare Family means, it's sitting at the side of my neck is when we say: DO THE WORK! It's not: Do the work and lose.
And this tournament is flush, it's rich in talent. Take Colt Cabana. Probably the second most experienced guy in the tournament. Does a better flip, flop and fly than me, Dustin and Bully combined. Ask anybody in any locker room the world over – they'll tell you they love Colt Cabana. Well frankly: I do not trust a wrestler that doesn't have any enemies.
Kip Sabian… and that hellfire fiance of his… What happens when those two cohabitate? They’re either gonna motivate themselves upwards or they're gonna drag themselves down to Complacency City, right next to Jobber Avenue.
Darby… I feel like I handpicked Darby. He's clearly the fastest rising star in all of wrestling in any company, hands down. He's putting on weight by the day, he's assassin quick. But Darby is a freshman on the varsity squad. I don't think he has the mental aptitude to finish this tournament.
My oldest friend… Shawn Spears. My former tag team partner, kind of my Dick Murdoch. Could be a world champion pretty much anywhere he wanted to be. But Shawn Spears is King Boo-Boo Face and he will mentally defeat himself before we ever even lock up…
Every one of those guys, they want to be TNT Champion. The difference with me: I NEED IT!
It was an outright heel promo, preceding his entry into the tournament which he ultimately won, facing Jake Roberts’ client – Lance Archer – in the finals. Cody is the conquering hero he always aspires to be, and he rattles off five straight title defenses in five weeks. Someone’s not very impressed, however. July 7, 2020
Cody stands with Arn in the ring, congratulating himself on the recent string of victories against… let’s say, less than impressive competition.
Onto the stage charges Eddie Kingston, who’s heard enough:
"No, no, no, we're gonna get this right, we're gonna do this real quick. Cody, you talk about grinding, you talk about living this rough life, all that jazz. No one's gonna 'out-grind' you, all that stuff. My man, it's easy to say that when you grew up around used-to-be legends like Arn Anderson. Yeah, you heard me. Keep shooting murder-ones at me and I'll knock your jaw right off your face, partner. You know what I grew up around? You know what I grew up around? Alcoholics! Junkies! I GREW UP AROUND THAT... AND I HAD TO SURVIVE. I HAD TO GRIND. You couldn't last a day in my shoes, so you don't tell me nothing about grinding. You talk about the sport of pro-wrestling... that's a joke. Because every person you faced has been a child. I am a grown-ass man and I will put you in the ground and smile.
But here's the best part about this whole thing: the guy that you like to mention because you like to be best friends with the boss, Tony Khan… He paid me to show up. And now he's going to pay me to kick your ass and take that championship. Oh yeah, you wanna go? Arn, I swear on my beautiful mother's life, if you don't shut up, I'm gouging your eye out. All right? Let me speak! It's my time now. Real easy, relax, you've had yours. Tony Khan said to me, ‘You know what, King? If you want No DQ, man, that's fine by me.. just.. you know.. Cody has to accept.' You have to accept, cause either you're an egg-sucking dog or you're an egg-sucking bitch."
Infuriated that he would be upstaged like this, Cody accepts on the spot. He survives an incredibly violent match and continues on with his title reign. August 13, 2020
Mr. Brodie Lee whips Cody’s ass. In just over three minutes, it’s done and his beloved championship is gone. The Exalted One and The Dark Order put a massive beatdown on Cody and he’s carried out on a stretcher… Then they continue attacking him on the stretcher.
Cody disappears for weeks. September 23, 2020
Brodie spends over a month terrorizing anyone even remotely close to Cody, but he still doesn’t come back until after Brodie beats down Orange Cassidy in a title defense. It’s a surprise attack, which incenses The Exalted One.
"You gotta be kidding me! The audacity of a man, the audacity of you Cody to return like that! You have been gone for five weeks while I’ve been here doing the work, being undeniable! Oh my God, the audacity of you Cody. What kind of man sends another man to do his work? Did you see what I did to Dustin? Did you see what Anna Jay did to Brandi? What kind of man Cody, what kind of man lets his wife post Instagram thirst traps while calling me daddy? What kind of man stays away in a little bubble? A man like you, Cody. But YOU are no man! YOU are a coward!
Mr. Brodie Lee grabs a pair of dog collars and looks into the camera.
Cody, you can run on for a long time, but sooner or later Brodie Lee is gonna cut you down! And I am gonna take this dog collar, Cody, I am gonna wrap it around your neck, I am gonna wrap it around that God-forsaken tattoo! And you, Cody, will have nowhere, nowhere to run and nowhere to hide! You, Cody... You have one week to answer me: Are you a man... Or are you a coward?!"
Two weeks later, Cody reclaims his championship in the first dog collar match in AEW history. He would hold it for only a month until one of the Four Pillars pries it away from him, beginning Darby Allin’s ascension to the main event scene... And sending Cody spiraling into the Codyverse of excess and absurdity. February 17, 2021 - “It’s a girl!”
Despite a litany of viral media and news segments addressing how excessive and even dangerous pregnancy gender reveals are… Cody and Brandi have theirs live on Dynamite, with full entrance and theme, as well as what still to this day is among the largest pyro displays in the history of AEW. It’s shockingly tone-deaf. May 12, 2021 – The worst promo in AEW history
Just before the one year anniversary of the George Floyd murder that rattled America and stirred racial dialogue in a manner unseen for decades…
Cody addresses Anthony Ogogo and delivers an all-time terrible promo. I'm not even gonna transcribe it here, it's the most pandering cringe ever. Here's a link if you absolutely need to see it...
When AEW returns to touring, all the cheering and adulation Cody was accustomed to at AEW's beginning is gone. His goodwill has completely evaporated. They’re tired of his phony, self-fellating act and want something different. July 7, 2021
Still nursing a vicious eye injury incurred at the hands of Kevin Owens on WWE programming the previous October, Malakai Black posts on Instagram a video of him in a mental institution where he's been locked up for 5 years, coincidentally the same length of time he was in his old company... He viciously attacks and kills the doctors and staff.
Walking out, he says "The Devil made me do it." [Continued in comments]
When I first watched Dance Moms and saw the fights in season 2 about Melissa’s engagement to Greg I didn’t think much of it. However, now I realize how ridiculous it was for Melissa to not want the cast to talk about when she’s the one who decided to wear the ring in the first place. If you don’t want something to be discussed on national tv then don’t draw attention to it. Why wear the ring in front of the producers and moms? Also, her getting mad at the moms was so immature, just tell them off camera why you can’t take about and don’t wear your ring, don’t throw a fit and call them jealous when they’re the ones who are doing their jobs and haven’t been married 3 different times.
My older brother is a textbook narcissist, and has been his whole life. Within the past year, he started dating a girl who is Christian, but not Catholic like our family (which is fine), and got engaged to her only after about 4 months of dating. Their whole relationship has been a huge problem, mostly because of the fact that they feed off of each other with drama and other just mean spirited actions. She personally has started issues between myself and all of my family members, said horrible things about us all regarding intimate parts of our lives, and has made up lies to try and get each of us in our family to turn against each other. She has also explicitly told my siblings and my older brother that she does not like ME because she believes that I am a religious freak who thinks I'm better than everyone else (and after honest reflection and speaking with a close friend I can say that I have always tried my hardest not to be that person). When called out on these, she immediately began to say that we were all targeting her and that she isn't a bad person, she just likes to talk.
My brother has been someone who does the same things. His whole life, he has said and done things that, looking back, are narcissistic in their nature, where he says the meanest things he can say in the moment just to hurt the other person and half apologizing later on just so that he can continue to get what he wants. This is not me assuming the person he is, he has done this to family members as well as friends who have all said the same thing.
This all came to a head a few days before Christmas in 2022. He and his fiance got into a heated argument with my parents as they were telling them that my brother and her's actions were unacceptable, as in the previous weeks they had been still saying and doing even worse mean things to us all and they wanted it to stop (don't want to name them, as this post would be way too long). This was the first time that they had truly been called out for their actions, and it was not pretty. My brother essentially made fun of the fact that in previous years, my dad had gotten a diagnosis that he could die (he beat the diagnosis and is doing amazing now by the Grace of God), as well as my mother who was extremely depressed because of some familial trauma that she sustained while she was a child with assault. After this argument happened, they stormed out of my parents house, and we really haven't heard from them since.
The communications between him and us all have been minimal. He unfollowed myself and my other siblings on all social media platforms, and stopped sharing his location with us all. The only time he ever really calls my parents is when he needs money, as he is in graduate school out of state and always spends his monthly student loan money on fast food and stuff he doesn't need. Other forms of communication he has had include insulting me and my other siblings saying that he is better than us and than we're all jealous of him, and insulting both of my parents for random things.
A few weeks ago, he actually called my mom and talked to her about he and his fiance's wedding, and he told her that they just wanted themselves to be there because they wanted a destination wedding that was not blessed or performed by a Priest. He said that he isn't closed to the idea of having us all come to the wedding, but most likely it will just be the two of them with the exception of some of her family and maybe his fraternity brothers from college.
If he invites us to the wedding, am I obligated as his brother to attend? My presumption is that I am not, because it seems like that door is closed for me, but I am open to other ideas in the event that he actually does invite me. I have forgiven them for what they've said and done to us all (it took me a long time and lots of prayer to do so, but I have done with through the Grace of God), but I do not feel like I need to attend a ceremony that celebrates a marriage that I do not agree with. I would do the same with a wedding that celebrates sin, or a wedding of someone who is marrying a physical abuser.
(This whole situation is worsened to me by the fact that he was my Confirmation Sponsor :/ )
TLDR: My narcissistic brother is marrying his non-Catholic fiance and may or may not invite me to their wedding. Do I have an obligation to attend?
Hi folks, I'm asking for advice here because my typically very opinionated mother is biting her tongue and AITA told me I wasn't allowed to post because of mentions of violence...
In short, my partner and I are getting married this summer after being together for 2.5 years. He is the sweetest, kindest man I know. He's a great partner and father to his daughter. We are choosing to elope for various reasons and we are doing it quite soon because we'd like to be married before TTC. 10yo daughter (50:50 custody) and I have a fantastic relationship but she is not joining us for our wedding for a few reasons (one being that she has multiple diagnoses which lead to very extreme behaviours at times, especially around big events and we decided we would like to have a special day where we weren't on edge). Because SD to be is not going to be at our wedding we are going to have a party afterwards to celebrate and give her an opportunity to get dressed up and be the centre of attention.
My partner has a strained relationship with his whole family. They are very much the type to fall out. His parents haven't spoken at all since they split suddenly when he was a teen. His brothers don't speak to his dad and periodically fall out with his mum. His mum doesn't speak to her sisters etc etc. In the time that we have been together, my partner has not once spoken to one brother and has spoken to the other twice - once because he had stolen money from their mum. The last time the three of them were together it erupted into violence with property damaged and everyone injured. We see both his parents regularly but he is not close to either. His mum cares for his daughter once or twice a week for a couple of hours after school. This is not a need for us but something my partner feels is nice for his mum as she does not work and doesn't have many friends.
I feel like this is a very cold summary but I'm trying not to write screeds...
Anyway, when we began planning our party we did not invite either of his brothers. They weren't even on the guest list. Before we sent out invitations I asked FH several times if there was anyone else he wanted to invite and he said no. I have four siblings who are all invited, plus partners and kids. We are all very close and spend long weekends together. They also love his daughter and include her in everything wherever possible. As a result the guest list is heavy on my family and his friends.
FH asked FMiL to please not tell his brothers about the party. He let them know we were engaged and that we were eloping and said he'd go with a drink after to celebrate. We also arranged to go for dinner with his dad another time. FMiL went out of her way to let the brothers know and they both sent him a barrage of abuse over "not being invited to his wedding." The next day she messaged to say unless we invited them she would also not attend. FH is obviously hurt by this and has said he's gutted that his only family will be his daughter. But he hasn't said that to her. He has said nothing to her aside from "ok." Since this, FH decided maybe he 'should' invite his brothers and they both told him to "fuck off". This wouldn't have been an issue if FMiL hadn't said anything.
This is where the advice needs to come in. FH has been continuing to have her pick SD up from school and then collecting her later. FMiL asked to keep having her. He has not said a single thing to her about the impact this has had on him. We have not had any pleasant wedding planning conversations in weeks and he even talked about cancelling the party. I told him I understand how he feels but that I'm really hurt that there is now no looking forward to us being married etc, but that he has not said anything to his mum about the hurt she has caused. I have been refusing to see her because I feel I can't act as though everything is fine but I also don't think it is my place to call her out. I feel like it's starting to drive a wedge between us. I want to be a supportive fiancee/wife but I also don't want to enable FMiL's shitty manipulative behaviour. Help?
TLDR: I'm refusing to see FMiL after she tried to manipulate us into invited FH's brothers to our reception despite them really not getting along. How can I better manage this?
Vivint was out in my neighborhood pitching last week. My husband has been wanting more of a security system than our self-monitored Ring cameras and we've also been considering a smart thermostat, so we heard the guy out. The pitch sounded pretty decent (no install or startup fees, $110/mo for 60 months, then $44/mo thereafter) but my husband recently started a new business and we told the sales guy we just don't have that kind of extra money right now. Business is already picking up and it's likely we'll be able to afford it in a few months, but definitely not right now. The guy said the fees are going to shoot up outside of this promotion, and he has personally had angry customers calling him upset that the price near doubled when they tried to call themselves a few months later. He assured us that he himself would cover the first month, and then we'd be able to call in to customer service and ask them to suspend service for 6 months, thus not having to pay anything at all this year. We asked if the system would still be operational during that time, or if we'd basically get to use it for a month before it disappears until we can better afford it - which in that case, I'd rather just not install it at all - and he said everything would be fully operational, but we just wouldn't have to pay for 6 months. Seemed a little strange to me, but he said it's something available to everyone, but they can't go around advertising it or no one would pay for their service.
We agreed to this, then came time to sign up. He was rushing us through the signatures, and informed us that a tech would be out to install the cameras that night. It was already almost 8pm. They arrived after 9 and didn't leave until midnight. We're night owls and this wasn't necessarily an issue, but we had absolutely no say in the matter so that kind of irked me a bit because it didn't give us a chance to even really think on this for a day or two before having stuff installed. Also, the sales guy absolutely did not inform us that a line of credit was being taken out, as the way he explained it was that it's just like buying a new cell phone, where you pay it off for the term outlined and then your phone bill goes down and the phone is yours. Except I'm coming to understand through the paperwork I was emailed that this is not the case, and we will instead be receiving two separate bills - one from Vivint and one from Fortiva, a credit company. That was a surprise.
Now that all of this has come to light, I'm a bit nervous about calling to suspend service. I have a sneaking suspicion that "service" will be suspended, aka the $44/mo Vivint charge, but we'll still be on the hook for the Fortiva payment that we can't afford right now either. I want to make sure I know what I'm talking about when I call, since the sales guy did an awful job of that. Anyone aware of this kind of arrangement and how to set it up?
I’m in a bit of a tricky situation and would like some advice on this if possible.
Info: My parents divorced when I was 2. I saw my Dad every weekend up until I was 17 and moved away from my mums for school. I was always pretty close with my dad but it’s always been clear my Mum resented him for how little he was involved in our lives. I don’t think it matters but the divorce was my mums choice as free she decided she didn’t love him anymore and immediately moved my ex stepdad in. Dad has since remarried and had 2 more kids with Stepmum, who I get on okay with but she’s my Dads wife and nothing more to me.
When we got engaged (November 2021), I asked my Dad to walk me down the aisle/give me away. He was so happy that I asked and accepted straight away.
I’ve always said to my mum that she can do as much or as little at the wedding that she’d like and I won’t force her into anything she doesn’t want to do. Last week, she asked me if she could walk me down the aisle/give me away because she felt like she’s obviously had a much bigger role in my upbringing than my Dad and therefore deserves that role more.
I avoided the question because I didn’t know how to answer but it’s pretty clear she is expecting this role now.
My fiancé has said he’d support whatever decision I make but wants me to decide because it’s my family and me that will have to deal with it. The issue is I have no idea what to do. Any ideas/advice?
I’ll happily add more info if needed