Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 329

Prohibition gabs with Cabana this week
Screen Grab from AIW YouTube page
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Art Of Wrestling
Episode: 329 (Dec. 1, 2016)
Run Time: 1:03:21
Guest: Josh Prohibition (8:51)

Friday, December 2, 2016

NXT In 60 Seconds

Set for the rematch...tomorrow?  Geez.
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Asuka: adds another victim
Ottawa audience in mixture of fear and respect: Huzzah!
Asuka, later backstage: Again: I wish a chick would.

Samoa Joe: Of COURSE Nakamura gets his rematch already, he's Regal's golden boy. But that doesn't matter, since I have CLEARLY proven myself to be
Tye Dillinger: Somebody who can be interrupted?
Joe: Last time I saw you, you were getting humiliated in your own country.
Tye: Fair enough.  You know last time I saw you, you were getting slapped?  does so and walks off
Joe: I WILL EAT YOUR BABIES, BITCH

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 328

Rhodes, left, talked with Cabana
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Art Of Wrestling
Episode: 328 (Nov. 24, 2016)
Run Time: 1:17:14
Guest: Cody Rhodes (8:42)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Podcast Deep Dive: Killing the Town with Storm and Cyrus, Ep. 6

Storm and his co-host Cyrus host MMA superstar Paul Lazenby this week
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Show: Killing the Town with Storm and Cyrus
Episode: 6
Run Time: 1:19:13
Guest: Paul Lazenby

As a noted Old Man On His Porch Telling Kids to Get Off His Pro Wrestling Lawn, Lance Storm rubs some the wrong way. And he happens to be tight with Chris Jericho, so Jericho got him a spot on his new podcasting network. Storm hosts the show with Don Callis, best known to fans as Cyrus, the announcer and character from ECW.

Monday, November 28, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Masked Man Show Live

The Ringer crew discussed the aftermath of this match and more right after it happened
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: The Masked Man Show
Episode: Live Survivor Series Special (Nov. 21, 2016)
Run Time: 34:41
Guest: Steve Kazee, Dan St. Germain, Dave Schilling

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 378

Lynch sits down with Austin for an interview
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show — Unleashed!
Episode: 378 (Nov. 17, 2016)
Run Time: 1:32:28
Guest: Becky Lynch (9:00)

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Cruiserweights Were Dead on Arrival

In all truth, this match last night never had a chance
Photo Credit: WWE.com
The Cruiserweight Classic was an unmitigated critical success for WWE, perhaps the most resounding critical success the company has ever had for a prolonged series of shows. Granted, limited event series in wrestling are rare, and most companies, WWE or otherwise, have almost never gone into such a venture with a solid end date in mind1, so comparing it to single shows or timeframes of longer-running shows like RAW seems disingenuous. Still the point is, the CWC ran for ten weeks, and in those ten weeks, the fruit that grew upon its branches was sweet and substantial. Every show was a hit, at least with the fans in attendance at Full Sail and those who took the time out to watch on The Network at home. The plan all along seemed to parlay the tournament into a division on RAW, which I had always been skeptical about.

Best Coast Bias: the Emperor Strikes Back

The guy in the red and black won
Photo Credit: WWE.com
It was already evident from the outset just by having their latest Takeover in the Air Canada Centre that NXT was marking a trail into uncharted territory. It became hyper apparent by the end of the show that they weren't just doing so geographically, either. While the Revival's second holding of the NXT World Tag Team Championships ended on the eve of 2016's Survivor Series, Takeover: T-Dot ended with Samoa Joe hoisting the Big X overhead as a successful if slightly chicanerous result of him being the first to drop an L on Shinsuke Nakamura.

Friday, November 18, 2016

NXT In 60 Seconds

Saved by the Ring Bell: the New Class
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Liv Morgan: I don't like you!
Peyton Royce: I don't like you!
Homer J. Simpson: FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
The Great Dust In The Sky: They clubberin, Tony!  They clubberin!
Peyton: Rope-assisted bow and arrow!
Liv: Comeback!  Rolling guillotine!
Billie Kay: I don't like that.
Crowd: chants for Aliyah
2016: injects gin and tonic directly into eyeballs, because 2016, everybody!
Aliyah: Here I am!  Let's fight!
Team Australia: Yes, let's.
Liv: ow
Aliyah: ow
Team Australia: It's because we're better than you.
Ember Moon: Yeah, but maybe I'm better than you.
Team Australia: wait what
Babyfaces: clean house and issue a trios challenge at a TBD

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling ep. 326/327

Edge is on the second of two Art of Wrestling episodes recapped this week
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Art Of Wrestling
Episode: 326 (Nov. 10, 2016)
Run Time: 52:50
Guest: Grado, Kikutaro (4:00)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wrestling Six Packs: Opponents for a Newly Sprung Nick Gage

Who should step to the King? I have six ideas...
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Have you heard the news? Nick Gage is back out of prison and ready to fuck shit up again. When he was initially released from prison last year, he went on a whirlwind tour of the independents that was a combination of both brutal matches and self-promotion. He became a must-see wrestler, even though he didn't fit many preconceived molds of what must-see should be. Then, he violated his parole by testing positive for marijuana (LAME) and went back into the klink. Well, he's back out, and I assume he's ready to pick up where he left off. If that is the case, the following is a list of six matches that I would love to see him wrestle in, whether or not they're actually feasible or likely.

Learning to Live with Smackdown

I haven't been able to write about or even watch Smackdown for the past two weeks, so let's see what I've missed and what I have to learn to live with.

Playing the role of The Gipper for Team Smackdown...
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Utter Nonsense
Soooo when exactly did anyone apart from Shane and Stephanie McMahon start having a stake in RAW and Smackdown trying to outdo each other? The brands have only been split for, what, almost four months now? How has that been enough time for the wrestlers to decide they have a blood feud with those on the opposite show? There's been absolutely no friction coming from anyone other than the authority figures, and even that's been vague as hell. If their visions for WWE are so different that they need separate shows, why don't they just ignore each other? If they're competing for supremacy, who decides who wins? If they're trying to win over Vince, why not have him evaluate each brand's wrestlers at Survivor Series? (and yes, I would hate that, but at least it would give some substance to this narrative)

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Masked Man Show feat. Kevin Owens

Owens, here shown stretching Bálor, drops by the Masked Man show
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Masked Man Show
Episode: Channel 33 episode 207 (Nov. 16, 2016)
Run Time: 51:04
Guest: Kevin Owens (1:10)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Ongoing Fight Against Misogyny in Wrestling

Canning Styles' ass was a good first step, but it was just that, a first step
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
As you may have heard by now, Joey Styles, who lost his job with WWE's website division this year, has also lost his many jobs as feature commentator in several name indie promotions. Thanks to making an ill-advised at best and grotesque at worst reference to ring announcer Joanna Rose's attractiveness at EVOLVE 72, Styles' services were no longer on retainer for EVOLVE, Chikara, and Beyond Wrestling. In fact, Gabe Sapolsky fired Styles' ass the moment the show ended. The comment upset indie wrestling streaming service FloSlam chief Jeremy Botter as well. Aside from the DURRRRR FREE SPEACH crowd, no one really has had any excuse for it.

Podcast Deep Dive: Straight Shoot, Nov. 10

How can you watch WWE when it supports this guy? Sitterson and Famuyide discuss
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Show: Straight Shoot
Episode: 11/10/16
Run Time: 1:29:02
Guest: Kazeem Famuyide

Take a mental trip back to last week - that was a weird time, huh? Nothing felt real and anything felt possible. The world had spun off its axis and flew somewhere off into the solar system.