Monday, May 2, 2016

Smackdown: Friendship is Magic

That's what happens when you get involved in your cousin's business...
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Here's where we stood pre-Payback, before we knew who had actually been paid back and who had been issued a disappointing IOU.

Saddest Friendship Break-Up – The League of Nations
Not sad as in, “I am heartbroken to lose the League of Nations;” sad as in, “My god, no one put any thought into this whatsoever.” I mean, I'd LIKE to think that this was all a nod to the historical League of Nations also being a lovely idea in theory but falling far short of its ultimate goals, but I know that's not the case. The break-up came out of absolutely nowhere, with Sheamus, Alberto del Rio, and Rusev arguing throughout their match against Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Kalisto, eventually leaving Sheamus abandoned to lose the match alone. Then, as if we hadn't got the message, we also had a backstage segment that ended with Sheamus officially declaring the League to be over. I don't buy any of this for one minute, because Rusev would NEVER turn on his friends like that, and him yelling “You walked out on me!” at del Rio was the only sincerely sad part of this.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 299

Vega is on this week's AOW
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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: 299 (April 28, 2016)
Run Time: 1:06:03
Guest: Savio Vega (11:12)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Best Coast Bias: Step Into The Light

Coming attractions
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NXT does several dozen things better than pretty much anybody else that isn't their Wednesday night competition, and here's one of them - the lost art of the logical surprise. That is to say, things in early chapters of whatever story they happen to be telling look illogical or cause furrowed eyebrows. It's an easy thing to forget in the digital age that since this soap opera in spandex never ends, that's the point - you have to deploy a multitude of ways to make the same hook(s) shine like new, and along the way to the fireworks factory sometimes side routes have to be used to furrow eyebrows. That way when the payoff happens, it adds to the joy/fury/sadness/whatever combination desired that should be felt by us. Pro wrestling is always at its best when you can suspend your disbelief and care about the people on the screen or in the arena.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat April 27

Henry was Cheap Heat's guest this week
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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: Cheap Heat
Episode: Nine-Bell Salute (April 27, 2016)
Run Time: 59:04
Guest: Mark Henry (2:19)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: The VIP Lounge, April 24

Mysterio is one of MVP's guests this episode
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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 VIP Lounge
Episode: 4/24/16
Run Time: 59:57
Guests: Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo, Konnan, Hugo Savinovich, Carlito

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 319

Austin gives his thoughts on Chyna in this episode
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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
Episode: 319 (April 26, 2016)
Run Time: 1:16:37
Guest: None

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 318

David Walker, the brewmaster at Firestone, is on the Austin Show
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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
Episode: 318
Run Time: 1:12:35
Guest: David Walker (12:10)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Smackdown: Friendship is Magic

Gallows and Anderson were at the tip of everyone's tongues this week on Smackdown
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Most Questioned Friendship – AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows
I'll be honest. I really don't care about Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows' maybe/not really alliance with AJ Styles. The only impact they're inducing with me is a stifled yawn when they're on screen. I am trying to keep an open mind, though, so we'll see if I can mine some interest out of Styles looking increasingly perturbed by the actions of his old pals.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 298

Spud joins the Art of Wrestling this week
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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: 298 (April 21, 2016)
Run Time: 1:09:00
Guest: Rockstar Spud (10:50)

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Wrestling Podcast, Vol. 2, Ep. 7: Sam DiMascio

A bit of Callihan talk among other stuff this week
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Episode 7: Darling Nikki Bella

Sam DiMascio jumps aboard the podcast this week to talk about a recent road trip he took to take in some southern 'graps over the last weekend. Before the road trip talk, we gab about a possible one-off return of Squared Circle Wrestling. Then, Sam and I get into his weekend, which started with NWA Smoky Mountain's Smoky Mountain Cup. Sam raves about Kyle Matthews vs. Jimmy Rave, and we run down the other first round matches. After a sojourn about Jeff Cobb and Beyond Wrestling, we get to the overly long tag gauntlet and the final. Then we move onto the second half of his weekend, which was Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment's Homegrown '16 card, which featured mutual murder between Gary Jay and Tripp Cassidy on the pre-show, a rockin' tag match between Team IOU and the Spring Street Suicide Squad, and a certain match of the year candidate between Chip Day and Sami Callihan. After running down what Sam calls one of the most diverse wrestling cards of the year, we stop on Conor McGregor's WWE ambitions and the Global Cruiserweight Series before getting into Twitter questions.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat April 20

Renee Young calls into the revamped Cheap Heat
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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: Cheap Heat
Episode: April 20, 2016
Run Time: 1:10:06
Guest: Renee Young (2:03); Mr. Rosenberg (48:40)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Talk is Jericho, Ep. 237

The Freebirds are Jericho's guest this week
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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: Talk is Jericho
Episode: 237
Run Time: 1:12:53
Guest: Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin

RIP Chyna

Rest in peace
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Wrestling lost an absolute icon last night. Joanie Laurer, better known as Chyna, passed away at age 46. She was found unresponsive in her room in Redondo Beach, CA. Chyna will forever be best known as the WWE's most popular and important female superstar, even if WWE hasn't acknowledged that status in the years since she was released from the company. She first was the enforcer and bodyguard for Triple H before becoming a wrestler on her own. She is the only woman to have held the Intercontinental Championship.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 317

Austin gabs about decidedly non-wrestling things
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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
Episode: 317 (April 19, 2016)
Run Time: 1:26:28
Guest: Easton Corbin, Chris Tate (11:16)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 316

Austin, shown above with Xavier Woods, runs down Mania in his latest podcast
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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: 316 (April 14, 2016)
Run Time: 1:23:38
Guest: Court Bauer (4:45)