Wrestling Mayhem Show 622: Kaiju of NXT

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Occupy Pro Wrestling, and Indy Wrestling US!

We’ve got a special treat this week as we’re joined by Wrestle Zone’s Ross Berman!  He is joined by our in-studio guest Jaye Cooper, as well as our usual group of wrestling fans with Sorg, Larry, and Bobby.  This week’s topics include:

  • Ross has been covering the Colt Cabana and CM Punk trial. We’ve got him on the podcast to share a little bit of what he’s been seeing.
  • Podcasters and interviewers alike have been in the crosshairs awaiting the turnout of the Colt Cabana and CM Punk trial.
  • Podcasts, in general, are entertainment – when someone frames it as fact-checked journalism, it can cause harm.
  • A wrestling journalist having to switch gears to trial coverage?
  • Covering New Japan is what prepared Ross for the Colt Cabana and CM Punk trial coverage.
  • Ross covers New Japan, which brings us to Larry CANCELLING his WWE Network app!
  • New Japan has been doing a bit lately – including some title changes and some reach to American and European audiences.
  • Money in the Bank is just around the corner – as in THIS WEEKEND. We’re sharing some thoughts and speculations.
  • AJ Styles v Nakamura for Money in the Bank? WWE is doing the same stuff we’d be seeing in New Japan!
  • Has anyone checked to see if Brock Lesnar is still alive? We haven’t seen him in a couple months.
  • We’re making some Money in the Bank predictions.
  • The sons of IRS are facing each other, and we’re pretty excited about it.
  • This week’s big question: If you had the ability to give a Money in the Bank briefcase to ANYONE in wrestling, who would it be?
  • NXT Takeover is ALSO this weekend. We’re sharing some thoughts and predictions.
  • OH: Lars Sullivan is great! I want to see him win the title at a house show!
  • Lars Sullivan is what Snitsky should have been.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?BONUS: Recommendation from our guest, Ross Berman: Check out David Starr v Mike Quackenbush if you get a chance.

Remember that poster we were giving away?  We took our list of Patreon supporters, booted up WWE 2K16, and let the bots settle it out.  Congratulations to Bradley for winning the Skyscraper poster! Want to catch the Patreon bot fight we used to determine the winner? See it here.

Want a chance to win a Blockers poster?  Become our patreon for a chance to win! (Even if it’s for $1.)

Follow our stable on Twitter: Jaye Cooper (@CoopTroopComedy), Ross Berman (@RossWBermanIV) , Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Bobby (@BobbyFJtown), and Sorg (@Sorgatron) .

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)

You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow!

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.

Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and video.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 621: Love Is Heel AF

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Occupy Pro Wrestling, and Indy Wrestling US!

Sorg, Larry, and Mad Mike take us through this week’s wrestling(ish) news, including:

  • CM Punk is okay, guys.
  • We may have gone off the rails into some UFC chatter.
  • The XFL has an update – as in there’s been a commissioner and CEO named.
  • We swear – this is a wrestling podcast.
  • Nikki and John are back together! #LoveIsReal
  • Mad Mike is offering some love advice to John Cena and Nikki Bella this week.
  • Have you seen the Mauro Ranallo documentary?
  • Sorg has watched more IMPACT than WWE this week.
  • Larry has watched nothing but NJPW.
  • BTW – Have you seen how awesome Ricochet has been lately?
  • STOP – Mad Mike just put Velveteen Dream over EC3. This is HUGE.
  • In case you were worried, we confirmed that today is in fact Rusev Day.
  • This week’s Big Question: What on-screen wrestling relationship did you wish was real?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Remember that poster we were giving away?  We took our list of Patreon supporters, booted up WWE 2K16, and let the bots settle it out.  Congratulations to Bradley for winning the Skyscraper poster! Want to catch the Patreon bot fight we used to determine the winner? See it here.

Want a chance to win a Blockers poster?  Become our patreon for a chance to win! (Even if it’s for $1.)

Follow our stable on Twitter: Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), and Sorg (@Sorgatron).

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)

You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow!

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.

Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and video.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 619: Booyaka, Booyaka

This week’s episode brought to you by Slice on Broadway, Occupy Pro Wrestling, and Indy Wrestling US!

Toddy (and friends) from the THRIFTY Podcast joins us to talk some of our favorite things this week!  As usual, our guest is joined by a shake-up of our own talent pool.  This week we’ve got Bobby F-Jtown, Larry, and Sorg talking this week in wrestling, including:

  • Toddy brought some friends for this week’s podcast – just about all of his Wrestling Buddy pals.
  • We’ve got Bobby meeting Toddy and comparing their collectibles.
  • We’re learning that Funko Pops are formidable when stacked.
  • Is CM Punk going to be at All In?
  • 10K tickets for All In sold in under 30 minutes?!?!
  • King of Trios is the same weekend as All In. THIS is why we <3 wrestling.
  • The Rey Mysterio backpack may be the scariest thing we’ve seen in a while.
  • This week’s Big Question: What is the most singable/earworm WWE entrance music?
  • It’s Episode 619 – so we have to spend some time talking about Mr. 619 himself, Rey Mysterio.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Want a physics-defying Skyscraper poster?  Become our patreon for a chance to win! (Even if it’s for $1.)

Follow our stable on Twitter: Toddy (@THRIFTYpodcast), Bobby F-Jtown (@BobbyFJtown), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), and Sorg (@Sorgatron).

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)

You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow!

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.

Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and video.

WWE Raw Wrap Up 3/6/17: Misogynistic Mickey Mouse

Sorg and Mad Mike talk live right after Raw from Chicago. In between all the CM Punk chants, a lot happened! Kevin Owens told us why he turned on Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Charlotte are all going after the title, Goldberg got F5’d by Brock Lesnar….oh and The Undertaker showed up.

 

Subscribe!

Wrestling Mayhem Show SUPER FEED 

Join us LIVE Monday shortly after WWE RAW!  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the link

Wrestling Mayhem Show 559: Strowman Reigns

We’ve got a couch (both in studio and on the internets) full of our WMS stable, including Mad Mike, Bobby F J-Town, Sorg, Mutilator Larry, Rizz, Mainstream Matt, and Hotwheelz for Wrestling Mayhem Show 559.  Of course, we talked what’s happening in the world of wrestling this week, including:

  • Wrestling took a hit this past week with the passing of a few historical greats.
  • Getting into RAW this week, we’re digging the big brawler match with Braun Strowman and The Big Show.
  • John Cena eliminated! We’re liking it.
  • Getting back to The Big Show, we’re still amazed at his weight loss. Kudos!
  • Brock Lesnar staring into the camera made the perfect meme opportunity. (Share your memes with us!)
  • We learned CM Punk is on The Rock’s speed dial this week.
  • For those of us without TV, how are we watching wrestling?
  • Rizz is sharing some Chikaratopia love.
  • If you create a Jaxon Argos wrestling character, Rizz will play it on Rizz Plays Games!
  • We’re swapping things up this week! It’s time for the Big Question: What should The New Day do at Wrestlemania?
  • Supplemental Big Question: If The New Day is recast, who do you want to host Wrestlemania?
  • While Mainstream Matt works up the Mayhem Mania big board Mad Mike is talking comic books.
  • It’s time for Mayhem Mania!
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), Bobby F J-Town (@BobbyFJtown), and Hotwheelz (@HotwheelzRWA), Rizz (@TheeRizz), Mutilator Larry (@MutilatorLarry), and Matt (@MainstreamMat)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice)and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)

You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow!

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and video!

MP3 Download

Wrestling Mayhem Show 553: Did I Get the Most Out of My $9.99

After a small bit of technical difficulty (which we turned into some great GOLD content), we put together another great show with “The Rev” Ronnell Hunt, Rizz, Aaron, Bobby and Sorg for Wrestling Mayhem Show 553.

  • Rizz is sharing his Christmas episode story.
  • Bobby is excited about the John Cena and Baron Corbin match from Smackdown tonight.
  • Biggest news of the week is Impact Wrestling. Guys – THEY GOT PURCHASED!
  • We’re stuck on the Impact Wrestling logo…
  • New goal: Less sighing when Mad Mike talks Impact Wrestling on our Mid Week War.
  • Jeff Jarrett has been signed to Impact Wrestling. How soon until he’s at the top?
  • Is bringing Jeff Jarrett back to Impact Wrestling going to turn it into Global Force?
  • We’re talking some Wrestle Kingdom.
  • The Rev is calling it now! Next time he’s on the show will include a live, in-character spot at Slice!
  • Sorg and Chachi caught the PWX show with The Rev this past weekend!
  • Fan of the Show Rick and his son made a feature for WWE Slam Crate video with Enzo and Cass.
  • Talking some 205 Live with Aaron.
  • Request for WWE from Aaron: Please give 205 Live some of the RAW time slot. Fans will thank you.
  • We’re talking the Alicia Fox love triangle angle on 205 Live.
  • What happened with The Undertaker this week?
  • Hey Matt! Where’s our Mayhem Mania?
  • We’re talking about some dream match options with The Undertaker.
  • Undertaker storyline with a Lake of Regeneration take?
  • WWE stacking the Royal Rumble card is ruining the joy of the surprise entrants for Dudders.
  • Aaron is holding out for Kurt Angle to return EVERY TIME WWE is in Pittsburgh.
  • Dudders is calling a CM Punk comeback! Bobby brings up a comeback tweet…
  • We’re calling (hoping for) a Finn Balor return for Royal Rumble.
  • We’re sharing some content from Treygar on our site. And Rizz has a new Around The Indies coming up.
  • It’s time for the Big Question! What is your dream match for Wrestlemania that will top the Wrestle Kingdom main event?
  • The Rev has brought Michael Q. Knoxville into relevance with this week’s Big Question!
  • We’re going international (via WWE Network) for the UK Tournament!
  • RIP Ring of Honor announce team.
  • We’re talking WWE UK, WWE Japan, WWE Lucha spinoffs (Triple H please make it happen!)
  • How do you say “Maggle” in Britsh? Answer: “Muggle!”
  • Our UK friends – please help us with our pronunciations. ;)
  • Wendy’s intern needs to get paid. Between the trolling brought up on Awesomecast and the Matt Hardy response? GOLD!
  • Is there an Anthem Sports and Wendy’s relationship? Maybe there needs to be…
  • What did YOU learn from wrestling this week?
  • Homework for next week: When will WWE stop picking on Titus?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Rizz (@rizzplaysgames) Bobby F J-Town (@BobbyFJtown), “The Rev” Ronnell Hunt (@RonnellHunt7), Mutilator Larry (@MutilatorLarry), and Mike Sorg (@Sorgatron).

If you are in Pittsburgh, you got to go to Slice on Broadway and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com/Twitter: @pgh_slice)

You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow!

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

MP3 Download

 

Wrestling Mayhem Show 537: Good for CM Punk

  • We discuss CM Punk’s try at the UFC
  • Alberto Del Rio and Paige are making some interesting moves
  • WWE Backlash makes an impact for WWE Smackdown Live.  Except for maybe Bray Wyatt.
  • We talk Alexa Bliss, Jack Swagger’s contract, Jinder Mahal, and more!
  • Big Question: What is the weirdest wrestling licensed product you’ve had?
  • We look at the upcoming final for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

Help out the show with a donation! Go to patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow

Follow our stable on Twitter: Eamon Paton (@eamon2please, Inspire Pro), Mad Mike (@madmike4883), Bobbyfjtown (@bobbyfjtown) and Michael Sorg (@sorgatron, sorgatronmedia.com)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you got to go to Slice on Broadway and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com/Twitter: @pgh_slice)

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons Bodiggity (@ajfrompgh), Alex Kahrs (@power2thesmarks) , Ed Burke (@EdBurke37), Bobbyfjtown (@bobbyfjtown) and The Matthew and Jennifer Carlins Foundation for Podcast Betterment (@MainstreamMat and @JenCarlins)!  You can support the show too atPatreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow !

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

MP3 Download

Wrestling Mayhem Show 495: Straight-Edge Drax

This week on Wrestling Mayhem Show 495, we are joined by Sera Feeny and Fleck to talk all the latest headlines and more in pro wrestling, including:

  • WWE is in turmoil – all because of Kane!
  • We’re talking Tyler Breeze’s appearance on RAW (with a shoutout to Elias Samson along the way).
  • We’re talking the return of Zeb and his scooter spidering into whether DelRio needs Zeb by his side.
  • With the holidays around the corner, we’re looking forward to the rewatch of I Am Santa Claus with Mick Foley!
  • We’re discussing character development in NXT and WWE main roster continuation for guys who’ve come up.
  • Live media feed through social media is a cool thing WWE is using with Tyler Breeze.
  • It’s time for the Big Question with DJ Lunchbox! What is the best way to sleep (during the third hour of RAW)?
  • Legit Big Question with DJ Lunchbox: How do we fix RAW?
  • So, Kalisto v Ryback. We’re casting our thoughts.
  • We miss Attitude Era vignettes.
  • Panel Riot crossover: CM Punk after wrestling as a comic book writer. DJ Lunchbox says he’s okay at it!
  • We’re talking about what we learned in wrestling this week!

Help out the show with a donation! Go to patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow

Follow our stable on Twitter:   DJ Lunchbox (@DjLunchbox), Wheelz (@HotwheelzRWA), Bobby F J-Town (@BobbyFJtown) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

If you are in Pittsburgh, you got to go to Slice on Broadway and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com/Twitter: @pgh_slice)

Thanks to our Awesome Patreons Bodiggity (@ajfrompgh), Antonio Garza (@TheWRevolution), Ed Burke (@EdBurke37), and The Matthew and Jennifer Carlins Foundation for Podcast Betterment (@MainstreamMat and @JenCarlins)!  You can support the show too at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow !

Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!

MP3 Download

Former WWE Security Director: “Somebody Should Be Fired”

I’m on the phone with former WWE Security Director Jimmy Noonan for less than a minute, and he’s already rattling off moments when security failed to protect professional wrestlers from the unruly or overzealous.

There was the time Chris Jericho (and his rental car) was attacked in a parking lot in Victoria, British Columbia…

Or, the time CM Punk found himself alone in a sea of fans in Sacramento, California. He ended up punching one in the face.

Jimmy knows when you’re putting on hundreds of live events every year, mistakes will happen. But what’s happened in WWE over the past month is well beyond the norm.

“It’s getting embarrassing. I’m getting offended by it. I think it reflects badly on all of us.”

On August 8, a fan threw a replica Money In The Bank briefcase into the ring during an event in Victoria, B.C. Yes, this is the same arena (Save On Foods Memorial Centre) where Jericho had his run-in years earlier. The briefcase hit Roman Reigns in the head.

Source: Jeff Morrison/Independent Sports News

On August 25, at a SmackDown taping in Providence, Rhode Island, a man jumped a barricade and went after Dean Ambrose. A security guard took the man down just as he was making contact with Ambrose. Several fans said the man had a knife and was trying to stab Ambrose. That hasn’t been corroborated.

That brings us to the live broadcast of Raw this past Monday night. While Seth Rollins was making his entrance for the main event, a fan casually walked out of the crowd, stepped up onto the ramp and walked alongside Rollins for a few seconds. The camera cut away. When it cut back to Rollins, the fan was gone.

That’s three incidents in less than a month. If you think that sounds like way too many, Jimmy Noonan says you’re right.

“You don’t get caught 3 times in one month. If you do, you‘re fucking up. Somebody is messing up. (I’m) not shitting on WWE security, but somebody is making a mistake.”

Source: LinkedIn

I can feel Jimmy’s frustration and intensity over the phone. He says he hasn’t watched Raw or SmackDown in a while, but he still follows the business, and he’s passionate about security. Jimmy knows the pressure and responsibility that come with the job of protecting WWE’s most valuable assets. He’d heard about these recent incidents and others before them, and he’s not happy about any of them.

“I think somebody should be fired. I think if you’re security and you mess up, you should be fired.”

Jimmy pauses for a moment.

“Will they? Probably not.”

WWE has changed since Jimmy’s time with the company. He was first hired in 1999 to work security at WWE’s restaurant in Times Square. He eventually ascended to the position of WWE Security Director. His responsibilities were vast. He handled the wrestlers, other talents, even the executives.

The planning for every live event would begin months before WWE trucks pulled into an arena. Every arena has its own requirements, and its own security personnel. Several hours before a live event, Jimmy would gather his team for that night and lay out his game plan. He saw himself as a motivator. He knew his team was only as good as its weakest link. Jimmy made his expectations clear. He wasn’t there to be popular. He was there to do a job.

Source: thenoonan.com

It was grueling. Jimmy spent as much time on the road as the wrestlers themselves. He admits it took a toll on him mentally and physically. Some building managers complained about him. By 2007, he says forces backstage were working against him. He decided to leave WWE. Things were different. For Jimmy, protecting the wrestlers was the top priority, and nothing was more important. However, not everyone saw things the same way.

“Too many guys want to be nice, and we’re being watched all the time by Vince (McMahon) and (WWE Executive Vice President for Television Production) Kevin Dunn. You’re not there to be nice or appropriate. You’re there to get your point across. No one will fuck with WWE tonight.”

That’s not to say WWE management isn’t concerned with security. Jimmy recalls a conversation with one WWE executive who expressed concern that a fan with genuine fighting skills, or perhaps armed with a knife or some other weapon, could rush the ring and do harm to legendary bad-ass “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in front of a live television audience.

The fear of such an incident remains in the back of Jimmy’s mind today, years after he departed WWE.

“Am I worried? Absolutely.”

So, what can be done? Jimmy says there needs to be a different philosophy, especially at ringside. He says it comes down to the individuals, from those in charge of security, to those who are hired by the arena.

“You gotta be sharp. You gotta be aggressive. You gotta be focused.”

For Jimmy Noonan, protecting wrestlers at live events can be summed up in one simple, perhaps ruthless, rule.

“No one is going to interfere with the show.”

CM Punk: Shake That Ass

For the ladies…inspired by the TMZ article