Hit the Road Wild, Jack

Sawyer Paul of International Object returns to the show this week. After cursory conversation about Adam Rose and NXT, we dive right into chat about WWE Network, which we both agree is the biggest thing to happen to wrestling since RAW went on the air. Sawyer thinks that any issues it has right now are mostly because the technology and infrastructure are in their infancies, and that it will work better with time. We talk about how different the ECW the Network has been showing is to what is remembered, how pre-Hogan WCW is Sawyer’s wrestling comfort food, and about how wrestling has either always remained modern or how little it’s changed over the years. We talk about Occupy RAW, Sawyer’s phobia of Hulk Hogan, and how the Andre the Giant Battle Royale will play out. We field a question about which woman will be the first to hold the WWE Championship and segue that into talk about how WWE is going from size and strength to ability as the mileposts to be on top. Finally, I close the podcast with a huge announcement.

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You Give Dude Love A Bad Name

Alex Torres of Free Pro Wrestling and PW Ponderings comes back to the show. We kick things off with a bit of Chikara talk, mainly about their absence and whether they lost fans along the way. I defend the viral stuff they were doing, while also agreeing that having no Chikara was a sad thing. We then get into talk about road trips, Alex’s time in Japan, and the ROH/NJPW supercards that are happening later on this year. That thread leads to a discussion about contracts in indie wrestling and then about the ostentatious entrances of New Japan. WE get into talking about the importance of a great entrance with Alex giving examples from both extremes. We step into the Twitter questions, which include sojourns on sandwiches, AAW, and Bad News Barrett, and we finish the podcast up talking at length about CZW.

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The Return of the Giant Henry O. Godwinn-weed

Andrew Rosin of Bucky’s 5th Quarter comes aboard the podcast this week. We dive in immediately on the pressing issue of the day, the doge sign on RAW, which actually leads to discussion about the best fan signs and whether we made our own signs for events. Next on the docket is discussion on the John Cena/Antonio Cesaro match, specifically on how Cena wrestles two different kinds of matches, and what kind of ceiling Cesaro has in WWE. We touch a bit on cheap heat gimmicks, Bad News Barrett, Vince McMahon’s sense of humor, and the bad announcing. We touch on wrestling t-shirts a bit and then preview Elimination Chamber. Mainly, the Chamber itself and the huge trios match between the Wyatt Family and The Shield. Andrew makes his pick for the best replacement should Roman Reigns be ejected from the latter group as well. Andrew then gives his treatment for the WWE Films take on the Jingle All the Way sequel, one that’s actually pretty engaging and heartwarming. We get into some Twitter questions, which include sidebars about dumb sports fans and the Penn State coaching search, and we both agree on which decade we’d choose to be confined into if we could only watch one decade of wrestling for the rest of our lives.

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Turner the Paige

Eamon Paton of the Wrestling Mayhem Show and the voice of Inspire Pro Wrestling comes on the show this week to discuss everything about the fledgling wrestling company in Austin, TX. He gets into how the company was founded and how they want to contribute to the Central Texas wrestling scene. He describes the various unknown talent who are working for the company as well as establishing his desires to be a nexus point within Texas for people to come in and show their wares for the Austin crowd. We run down the Light the Fuse card, including the inspiring story of Franco D’Angelo, who came back from paralysis to continue his wrestling career, the breakout potential of Ray Rowe, getting to work alongside Rachel Summerlyn in the broadcast booth, and the enigma that is the Great Depression. WE then get into some Twitter questions, which include dream matches, how Eamon got involved in Inspire Pro, and the role women will play in the company.

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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Azerbaijan

Bryce Remsburg, sketch comedy icon and senior official for Chikara Pro Wrestling, yes, CHIKARA, is back on the show this week to talk about the company’s return. We recount the events of National Pro Wrestling Day, and I ask him about various strains in the story. He explains how he and others within the company took some big risks to tell this kind of story and admits that they expected to lose some fans along the way. However, he reassures everyone that Chikara is back full-time, and that this story is not over but entering its third act. I ask him about several different components of pre-shutdown Chikara and Bryce tells me how likely they are to come back. We finish the show up with some listener questions.

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Thunder Frog Road

This week on the show, Brandon Stroud of With Leather and Danielle Matheson of the Mandible Claw stop by to preview National Pro Wrestling Day. We go through the entire card, from top to bottom, and peruse our interest in each match. Brandon breaks out the FMK (using PG terms) on the Baltic Siege, I get a lesson in how to speak Canadian from Danielle, and we choose our own [country] [adjective] [animal], Siege/Polar Baron’s Union style wrestler name. Brandon describes his Republic of Doyle porno parody, and Danielle gets stars in her eyes about Eddie Kingston using the phone wrong. All in all though, we do our best to get you, yes, YOU pumped for National Pro Wrestling Day. Go there live or watch it streaming online FOR FREE. And also make a donation to Against Malaria.

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Royals Rumble

Patrick Vint of Black Heart, Gold Pants returns to the show this week. After a brief sojourn into Iowa athletics, we get into the meat of the conversation, the ROYAL RUMBLE. Pat is dismayed at the prospect of Batista coming back and winning, but I bring up the fact that WWE might be telegraphing his win a bit too hard. We discuss a bit about super-surprise wins as well before getting into Daniel Bryan, who is still not officially announced for the Rumble match itself. We chat a bit about his viability as a draw, his respite from the title picture, and how he’s the most universally beloved good guy WWE has had since Steve Austin. After picking winners and going through dark horse candidates, we get into the prop bets. Discussion over the “Diesel push,” iron man, surprise entrants, and wacky elimination avoidance is had, interspersed with diversions into what the best Rumble ever was and whether WWE will or should unify the secondary titles. We finish up with some Twitter questions.

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Bisery Miz-ness

Tom Keiser of The Classical stops by for the first podcast of 2014. We start off obviously talking about Daniel Bryan’s big night Monday. We discuss whether the story has been well-executed so far, and I point out that looking at the arc from the end of Hell in a Cell puts everything in better perspective. We talk about spamming infiltration angles (Punk/Outlaws), ruminate on The Shield, and the odd way Bryan’s “concussion” has been reported. We then get into some Rumble talk. We talk possible winners, including possibly Roman Reigns but more likely Bryan. Tom reminisces about the ’92 Rumble and pleads with WWE to do something with CM Punk. I make an argument for postponing the inevitable Cody Rhodes/Goldust Mania match a year and give my four picks to possibly win the Rumble match. We go off-topic and talk about how wrestling was directly involved in breaking Osama bin Laden’s death and Wegman’s among others.

Tom then opens up about a bunch of subjects. First, he relays his story about being classmates with Joe Flacco before talking frankly about his sexuality and how it relates to his experience about a wrestling fan. He talks about dealing with wrestling’s false macho bravado that people within project, and he lauds Darren Young. Tom actually has a lot of cool anecdotes from his life. We finish up by talking the WWE Network.

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Auld Lang Spynebuster

Dylan Hales of the Wrestling Culture podcast is back on the show this week to discuss the year in review. We go through some of the best in-ring guys first, and agree that that consensus top three are Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro, and Sami Zayn. We get into the weird case of The Shield from an in-ring standpoint, and wrestlers like Kevin Steen, Athena, and Goldust, who also have stood out at various points during the year. We discuss WWE in detail, including a comparison of Bryan and Randy Orton. Dylan thinks that Bryan gets the benefit of the doubt from a lot of fans, but that ultimately, he will be fine as a main event guy. He also floats the theory that Bryan got as big as he’s gotten because WWE hasn’t gotten behind him like they did Orton. We talk about what needs to be done to help TNA get out of its doldrums, and Dylan gives a quick and dirty review of the year on lucha libre. We finish up by looking ahead to where wrestling will be in the coming year.

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The McMahon That Feeds

Joey O. from Y-Not Radio stops by to talk the current state of Chikara. We delve into their alternate reality game, compare it to the ones Nine Inch Nails and LOST, bemoan the glacial pace at which their storytelling is moving, and discuss what other baddies might come back to claim Wrestling Is… promotions. I give a primer about some old Chikara stories, including the Flex Express and the Chikara version of the Kings of Wrestling. We talk a bit about current WWE and whether now is the right time for a unification of titles. We also talk about WWE’s atrophy of its Championships. I give Joey some choices regarding Christmas, we talk a bit of ROH, and then we end on his career as a DJ.

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“The Hand That Feeds” by Nine Inch Nails

 
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