Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Eps. 337 and 339

Styles' podcast interview with Austin is recapped 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: 337 (June 28, 2016)
Run Time: 1:14:35
Guest: AJ Styles (15:17)

Monday, July 25, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 310

Irish standout Ward is on the show this week
Photo via Catch-Arena
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: 310 (July 21, 2016)
Run Time: 1:04:34
Guest: Luther Ward (10:02)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Best Coast Bias: Flux With Draft Day (Not Everybody's Celebratin')

Dance partners once again
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For weeks and months it seemed like the entirety of WWE was in a holding pattern until The Draft came onto the calendar with promises to shake everything up. Folks expecting seismic shifts in the Stamford landscape ended up having to deal with the repercussions of small aftershocks with the halving of the roster and promotions of six NXT acts a few short days ago. Some Finns picks were the faitest of accompli and a blind hobo would've been able to guess that they would occur. Others, like Carmella on an opposite show from her boyz/s Enzo Amore and Big Cass or Mojo Rawley to Team Blue weren't full-out head scratchers but rather puzzlers that don't lend themselves to immediate, concise responses.

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

Rosenberg shoots on sexist tendencies of wrestling fans on this week's 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: Cheap Heat
Episode: Déjà Vu (July 20, 2016)
Run Time: 1:07:27
Guest: Brian Campbell (15:43)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 164

What were the parameters set up by the draft?
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:

I'm not sure much is going to change. The ceiling is probably a roster that has more wrestlers who are recognizable. Rather than having guys needing to suck up minutes on both RAW and Smackdown, each show will have its own cast of characters, more minutes per superstar to absorb on non-Network main roster shows. The floor is probably similar to where WWE was in 2008, towards the end of the last round of brand extension. If they split the titles, one will definitely be higher than the other on the pecking order, and RAW will end up being more important while Smackdown will be just kinda there.

The Vanilla Midget Report, Vol. 1, Issue 2

Welcome back, Tajiri!
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Week two of the Cruiserweight Classic has been broadcast. While the novelty and excitement of the first week dissipated into the ether by now, the standard of quality was upheld for the most part. It would appear this tournament, as the children say nowadays, is the real deal. The time has come to dive in deeper.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Talk Is Jericho, Ep. 265

The Club recreates an old podcast staple on Talk Is Jericho
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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: 265
Run Time: 1:22:28
Guests: Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, AJ Styles

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Smackdown: Drafting Is Drafting

The first two draft picks in action in the main event
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Hello, friends. Lacy would be here covering the first ever live episode of Smackdown, but she had plans to go away for the last two weeks. I think she's in the Yukon Territory, hunting caribou for science or whatever Canadians do on their vacations. Anyway, out of respect to TWB's intrepid Smackdown friendship actuary, I did not want to boost her format last week or this week. In fact, I didn't do anything last week because, quite frankly, Smackdown was in a big holding pattern for THIS WEEK, when it went live and divvied up sides for the upcoming WAR BETWEEN THE BRANDS. Much like Marvel Comics, this civil war is a sequel to one done in the mid-Aughts. Unlike Marvel Comics, WWE hopes this goes better than its comics counterpart. How'd the first impression go? Well, the time has come to take a look...

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Masked Man Show Ep. 2

Miz joins the Masked Man show 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: Masked Man Show
Episode: 2 (July 18, 2016)
Run Time: 1:33:00
Guest: Joel Solomon, LaToya Ferguson (co-hosts); The Miz (1:16:43)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Eps. 308 and 309

Ethan Page is Cabana's guest on ep. 309
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: 308 (July 7, 2016)
Run Time: 1:03:42
Guest: Jim Brunzell (12:38)

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Wrestling Podcast, Vol. 2, Ep. 13: Trey Irby

We discuss how Crews can get some momentum, dammit
Episode 13: The Brockelesnar Skank

This week's episode of the podcast welcomes Trey Irby to the fold. After some screwing around to kick off the show, we talk about the Cruiserweight Classic in depth, including how Ho Ho Lun built Chinese wrestling up from the ground and an imaginary recounting of TJ Perkins' early wrestling career. We then move into a smattering of topics about non-WWE promotions, including Ring of Honor's lack of buzz, TNA's surprising critical revival, and the state of wrestling labor in general. Trey laments Biff Busick's unfortunate name change and then asks me about the final days of WWE's version of ECW. We wonder how Apollo Crews could get some mojo, which leads into a big discussion of how to correctly consume WWE's product and how it books people, well or otherwise. We end on a Twitter question.

.gifs and Wrestling

Animated .gifs of Ricochet are what lead to sales, brother
Photo Credit: Devin Chen
The Graphics Interchange Format, or .gif, has been around as long as the Internet has been ubiquitous in households across America. The file type allows for moving pictures in a controlled loop. If a still picture says a thousand words, then .gifs probably are worth a million. The format has gone from janky animation with awful resolution, good only for dancing animated bananas, to sophisticated replications of video with crystal clarity. One can see how these pictures can greatly enhance the enjoyment of professional wrestling. Instead of worrying about physical descriptions of matches or moves, no matter how beautiful or dry, a person can look at a spot thanks to intrepid people making .gifs out of them. They're pretty much the next level in advertising for any enterprising wrestling promotion, especially one that doesn't have a strong multimedia reach in the United States.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin and Goldberg

Austin and Goldberg chatted, in far less hostile terms than depicted above
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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: 336 (June 23, 2016)
Run Time: 1:13:17
Guest: Bill Goldberg, part 1 (14:45)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Best Coast Bias: Out Of Sight

The hierarchy held, with a hitch
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You could make the argument that out of the all the Elmore Leonard film adaptations, the title above's the best of the lot.

Think about it. What's missing from it? It's a deftly walked tightrope of violence and humor. Don Cheadle and Steve Zahn elevate banter to another level, like you can't help yourself from eavesdropping on an engrossing conversation the next bar stool or table over. It's probably got Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney at their sexiest, which is really saying something. Their sexual tension is so palpable and yet barely affected that they might be in the sexiest sex scene that doesn't have any actual sex in it. (That sentence makes sense to anyone who's seen the film. Trust us.)

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Masked Man/Cheap Heat Doubleshot

Rollins is 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: Masked Man Show
Episode: 1 (July 13, 2016)
Run Time: 1:01:44
Guest: Dan St. Germain