Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Talk Is Jericho, Ep. 259

Nancy Toffoloni's (Benoit) sister speaks about the murder
Photo Credit: Daryll Dyck
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: 259
Run Time: 1:44:54
Guest: Sandra Toffoloni

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 332

Stunt legend Robbie Knievel talks to Austin this episode
Photo via Huffington Post
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: 332 (June 9, 2016)
Run Time: 1:27:24
Guest: Robbie Knievel (8:45)

Monday, June 27, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling, HOWL Special

Cabana lets forth a sampling from his pay series
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
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: HOWL Presents ‘Pro Wrestling Fringe’ — Laugh ’Til It Hurts (June 23, 2016)
Run Time: 21:09
Guest: John Lister (14:40)

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Wrestling Podcast, Vol. 2, Ep. 11: Butch Rosser

Should Nakamura remain in NXT for long, and does he have a date with the Big X?
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Episode 11: Tope Suicida Thoughts

This week's guest is The Wrestling Blog's own Butch Rosser. After lamenting about the lost episode from last week, we start in on Roman Reigns' drug suspension briefly and how Rusev became great again before moving into the juicy details about NXT's future with the brand split. We talk about Samoa Joe pulling double duty, Shinsuke Nakamura's readiness for RAW and reliance in NXT, the state of flux for the women's division, whether TNA imports should stay in NXT or go to RAW/Smackdown, which old guys should come back right into NXT, and whether or not the next Takeover after Brooklyn will be across the East River at Madison Square Garden. In between all that talk, we discuss the different languages WWE uses, both kayfabe speak and the kind of English that normal people don't use in real life in WWE broadcasts. We talk about how The Revival is the platonic ideal of a Southern heel, how the Wyatt Family needs protection, Dean Ambrose as WWE Champion, and some positive words on Camp WWE. Finally, we finish up looking ahead to SummerSlam.

Smackdown: Friendship is Magic

Rollins is just jealous, that's all
Photo Credit: WWE.com
We had David Otunga in place of Jerry Lawler on commentary this week, and he was a delight. He brought insight from his own wrestling experience, was enthusiastic, and had a pretty natural rapport with Mauro Ranallo. I hope he stays!

Most Adorable Friends – Cesaro and Mauro Ranallo
After a hard-fought victory against Alberto del Rio (it's so nice when del Rio can be bothered to care), Cesaro celebrated by leaping into the Cesaro Section and high-fiving Mauro Ranallo twice. Ranallo had the biggest grin on his face; it was adorable. I'm normally not one for the repetitious nicknames and catchphrases that WWE is so fond of, but the utter glee in Ranallo's voice every time he says “there ain't no party like an upper cut party 'cause an upper cut party don't stop” does make me smile.

Best Coast Bias: Misters Self Destruct

Not a Lorcan't but a Lorcan
Photo Credit: WWE.com
The Takeover a couple of weeks ago was dubbed The End, and then at the 11th hour (of the beginning) was practically staple gunned onto it. While it was true that the main event and clean victory by Samoa Joe signaled the End of his rivalry against Finn Bálor with him triumphantly clutching the Big X, it was in the other matches on the card that seemed to have been capstoned and sent people off on enough downward spirals to evoke Trent Reznor in '94 or Adam Copeland in '98. Only Nia Jax seems to have responded to her loss with any kind of equanimity; powerbombing Liv Morgan into a fine paste seemed to be pretty therapeutic for her.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat June 22

Ambrose's rise to the top is chronicled on Cheap Heat
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: Cheap Heat
Episode: “Dean’s Jeans” (June 22, 2016)
Run Time: 57:34
Guest: None

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 161

Lucha libre is geometrical wrestling
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers!

From @jetta_rae (private):
according to Asuka, Japanese wrestling is a system of subtraction, while American is addition. What does that make lucha?
If puroresu is subtraction, and American wrestling is addition, then lucha libre is pure geometry. The flips themselves are borne of angles and provide exquisite shapes and rotations. All the armdrag sequences and big counters and ranas and headscissors, it's all so beautiful, like the product of fractal equations producing shapes out of nothing but pure pattern. Of course, in the grand scheme of mathematical comparison, deathmatch wrestling is probably dividing by zero, but some people like that kind of thing. But I digress.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Wrestling Pictures, Episode 3

Wrestling Pictures takes a look at Rocky's turn in a cult biopic remake
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: Wrestling Pictures
Episode: 3
Run Time: 1:02:49
Guest: none

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Ringer Ep. 6

The events that led to this were topics of discussion
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: Ringer Wrestling Podcast
Episode: 6 (June 21, 2016)
Run Time: 1:20:12
Guest: Steve Kazee, Angelina Burnett

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 331

Austin's chat with Mantell is in part two 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: Steve Austin Show
Episode: 331 (June 7, 2016)
Run Time: 1:37:00
Guest: Johnny Mantell, part two (5:06)

Monday, June 20, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 306

Havoc, on the right here with Matt Cross, is on the Art of Wrestling this week
Photo via @JimmyHavoc
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: 306 (June 16, 2016)
Run Time: 1:00:44
Guest: Jimmy Havoc (11:50)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 160

The Big Dog ain't going away anytime soon
Photo Credit: WWE.com
It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers!

lol hell be flippn burgs at mickey ds lol i post at wreddit

No, in all seriousness, the Reigns experiment isn't ending anytime soon, nor should it. He's not getting universal cheers, but at this stage in the game, I doubt WWE cares whether or not he's universally loved by crowds. Everyone reacts to him, and a loud arena isn't as important as where those noises are split. So I expect Reigns either to be in the title hunt on whatever brand he's on or in a major angle with someone else of equal or slightly lesser importance than him.

Smackdown: Friendship is Magic

RAW hiccup aside, they're still the (genetically) superior friends
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Best Friends – The Tag Division
For a lot of the show I kept thinking about how this inter-pay-per-view period has been spammed to death with the same competitors over and over, but I feel like that hasn't as much been the case for the upcoming tag titles match, and all the teams look the better for it. They all still look fresh and are working well together. Nothing new has really been added to the mix; just solid team work. This Smackdown match showcased everyone's abilities well, with Kofi Kingston, Aiden English, Big Cass, and Luke Gallows in the ring, Simon Gotch, Big E, and Karl Anderson on the outside, and Xavier Woods and Enzo Amore on commentary. My only complaint is that I feel like the Vaudevillains are kind of getting lost in the mix, which is a shame. I find them way more entertaining than the Club.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat June 15

Noelle Foley and her dad are on Cheap Heat 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: Cheap Heat
Episode: Foleys in the Bank! (June 15, 2016)
Run Time: 1:11:38
Guest: Mick and Noelle Foley (44:22)