Monday, May 23, 2016

Smackdown: Friendship is Magic

The end of Smackdown was lit this week
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Welcome to the pre-Extreme Rules episode of Smackdown, where the rules were a little less extreme and a little more exactly what you expected.

Best Non-Friendships – The Intercontinental Title Scene
Nope, still not sick of this. I can think of far worse ways to spend Smackdown than watching Kevin Owens and Cesaro throw down in the ring while listening to Sami Zayn be affable and the Miz be indignant on guest commentary. Miz was also in pretty buoyant spirits, acknowledging the skills of his opponents and alternatively cheering on and taunting Owens and Cesaro. He probably figured that being on the sidelines might spare him from getting beat up for once, but of course it was not to be. Yes, the finish was predictable, but did I care? Not really. Let's keep doing this forever.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Ringer Wrestling Podcast, Ep. 1

Shoemaker and guest discuss Cena's new hosting gig on the debut episode of The Ringer
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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: Ringer Wrestling Podcast
Episode: 1 (May 19, 2016)
Run Time: 1:26:45
Guest: Dan St. Germain (1:02)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Wrestling Podcast, Vol. 2 Ep. 10: Alex Martino

Ambrose's likability is a topic of conversation this week
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Episode 10: Bret Hart of Gold

Alex Martino comes on the show this week to preview Extreme Rules. Even if you're listening to this show after tomorrow night, you can still delight in some of the talk, as we less look at the actual matches on the show and more the circumstances surrounding them. After kicking off talking about Ryback, Panera, and pot roast, we get into why the Roman Reigns/AJ Styles feud isn't clicking for Alex. Mainly, the Usos are at the heart of the matter, which is not surprising at all. We move into Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose, why the former is so resilient in character and the latter is so charming. Alex defends Natalya as Charlotte's first feud after WrestleMania, and we both lament the lack of diversity in WWE's booking of women. We get into the Intercontinental Championship match, specifically Miz's heel bona fides, Kevin Owens' Dad of the Year resume, and why Cesaro and Sami Zayn make beautiful music together. After touching on the Finn Bálor/Samoa Joe feud, we get into Twitter questions, and finally, we talk about Alex's day job covering sports, which includes why Shawn Michaels is rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins now.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 302

Brian Cage does his best Scott Steiner on this live ep of the 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: 302 (May 19, 2016)
Run Time: 1:05:23
Guests: Marty DeRosa (5:16); Lanny Poffo (10:43); Lance Archer (22:40); Kevin Gill (33:38); Bobby Fulton (43:06); Brian Cage (54:54)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Booker T on Cheap Heat

Booker T guested on this week's 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: “Extreme Jewels” (May 18, 2016)
Run Time: 1:00:05
Guest: Booker T (1:41)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 325

Austin talks to the proprietor of the company that makes these clocks 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: “Steve Austin’s Bucket List” (325, May 17, 2016)
Run Time: 1:09:48
Guest: Curtis Stimpson (8:25)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 324

Hornswoggle, here in the gator costume with Heath Slater, was Austin's guest
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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: 324 (May 12, 2016)
Run Time: 1:28:59
Guest: Dylan Postl (10:25)

Monday, May 16, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 301

Corino is part of the live podcast experience this time around
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: 301 (May 11, 2016)
Run Time: 1:08:58
Guest: Marty DeRosa (3:26); Buff Bagwell (10:21); Bill Apter (21:00); Matt Striker (31:54); Court Bauer (39:31); Justin Roberts (49:47); Steve Corino (58:27)

The Wrestling Podcast, Vol. 2, Ep. 9: Francis Adu, Jr.

Ciampa is one of the topics of discussion
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Episode 9: Gimme Sexual Chocolate!!

Francis Adu, Jr. checks in this week to talk about all the important issues, like the ongoing beef between Dave Meltzer and TNA Wrestling. After that opening salvo, we go into an extensive conversation about Chikara, from its family-friendliness through the return of Jigsaw to the seemingly continuous narrative into the stories of both UltraMantis Black and Mr. Touchdown. We also touch on the slowness of the narrative in 2015 into its epic payoff. We then get into our requisite chat about The Cruiserweight Classic, which morphed into a discussion on Tommaso Ciampa's "bigness" compared to the other cruisers. Then, it's all about celebrity wrestling fans before getting into bad fans and whether they represent the whole or not. We talk about the early days of Gabe Sapolsky's post-Ring of Honor ventures, a lengthy discussion about the evolution of wrestling and finishes, and Twitter questions before I end admitting an embarrassing music purchase.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Best Coast Bias: Schadenjoyed

A-Bye
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Here lies Alex Riley's WWE employment, and we are all the richer for its passing. It lays in state next to the idea of Elias Samson, Wrestling Hobo as a viable threat, a horrifying short-term delusion passing as a fad along the lines of the Pet Rock, the Macarena, and GOP front-runner D.J. Trump. But as they take up their residencies in the underworld doomed to toss Margaret Thatcher's salad for infinities to come, let us remember what they left behind in the wake of this hour of NXT television.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat May 11

Trips is a topic of discussion 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: Night Of (Losing) Champions — May 11, 2016
Run Time: 1:08:08
Guest: Bryan Diperstein (40:27)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nakamura Ambition: Why His NXT Stay Needs to Be Short

This was a fun sight, but Nakamura means more than clobbering jobbers
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The personal highlight for me on this week's episode of NXT was Shinsuke Nakamura treating Alex Riley like the nothing nobody he really is. To be honest, Riley's final WWE match could have featured anyone, Elias Sampson, Eva Marie, hell, even a one-time-only comeback from a cipher like Heidenreich, and I would have enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope AJ Lee gets the date of his release tattooed on her neck below the date she won the Divas Championship. But this isn't about Riley. The way Nakamura was booked to go over Riley was immaterial, to be honest. It was the way he executed on his entire script for the show, from dismissing Riley's RAAAGE in the pre-match promo to his controlled fury in his strikes and finishing sequence. The King of Strong Style showed how a true, elite wrestling superstar should be presented against a talent that is not in his league.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, 5/11/16

Carter stops by the Roberts show to gab about TNA and other 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: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast
Episode: 5/11/16
Run Time: 2:00:41
Guest: Ethan Carter III, Katie Linendoll

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 323

Austin talks to an outdoorsman 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: Steve Austin Show
Episode: 323 (May 10, 2016)
Run Time: 1:32:21
Guest: Michael Waddell (11:35)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 322

Austin does another episode while convalescing
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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: 322 (May 5, 2016)
Run Time: 1:23:31
Guest: Ted Fowler (8:59)