Indy Mayhem Show: Ray Lyn Goes to Japan

Ray Lyn is back from Japan to talk about her experience of 3 months working and living with Sendai Girls, her time as Chantilly Chella at Women of Wrestling on AXS, showing up on Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling and more!

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Indy Mayhem Show: Shane Taylor Returns!

Ring of Honor Wrestling star Shane Taylor returns to the show a day removed from his return to RWA PRO- Renegade Wrestling Alliance at RWA Bloody Harvest 2018! We discuss returning the the Pittsburgh area this year with RWA and International Wrestling Cartel – IWC, changing the view of black wrestlers in the business, and a message for others that have come from the same sorts of neighborhoods as Shane.

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Indy Mayhem Show: Around the World with Facade

Facade returns to talk about his recent travels through wrestling promotions in Japan, Singapore, Thailand and more!

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 605: The Return of Mayhem Mania

It’s a full house this week as we’ve got Sorg, Larry, Bobby, Mad Mike, Billy, and Mainstream Matt in studio. As a special treat, comedian Jaye Cooper joins us as we kick off Mayhem Mania! This week’s show is packed. We’re a few days removed from NXT Takeover, the Royal Rumble, and a host of other wrestling shows over the weekend – which means we have a TON to talk about:WMS

  • The worst thing for Sorg – when he can’t recognize local wrestlers in their street clothes.
  • So much rumbling happened this weekend! We’re giving our thoughts.
  • Royal Rumble appearance of Rey Mysterio confused us after watching the last season of Lucha Underground.
  • We have mixed reviews of the return of The Hurricane from Royal Rumble.
  • We’re crossing the wrestling streams because of NJPW, WWE, and IMPACT happenings and shuffles.
  • We’re fans of all kinds of wrestling.
  • OH: I met him one time at a funeral…
  • Welcome to Wrestle Kingdom two years ago WWE fans.
  • The Women’s Rumble exceeded many of our expectations.
  • Sorg wants a Total Taker show with Undertaker and Michelle McCool.
  • We’re following the #JacobsForMayor campaign, because Kane.
  • Royal Rumble had matches other than rumbly things. Things happened.
  • Braun Strowman teaching Alexa Bliss how to flip a car is the best thing ever.
  • Mad Mike was in the same building as Ray Rowe, Ricochet, and EC3 this weekend.
  • We’re rebranding Ricochet as Rick O’Shea so he can keep his name.
  • Mad Mike and Larry are teaming up to take on War Machine for the Tag Titles.
  • We’re talking some NXT Takeover and Johnny Wrestling.
  • We’re talking some Kassius Ohno options with NXT.
  • Holy $#!% Adam Cole match at NXTTakeover.
  • As big a night Royal Rumble was for Japan, NXT Takeover was just as big for Cleveland.
  • This week’s Big Question: Who left from IMPACT Wrestling do you want to see pop up in WWE?
  • It’s Mayhem Mania time!
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?
  • We learned collaboratively that Jaye Cooper thinks he can take on Ray Rowe. (For the record – we vehemently disagree.)

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Indy Mayhem Show 183: Marshall “The Bull” Gambino

It’s been a while since we’ve talked with Marshall Gambino – and, it’s the first time on the Indy Mayhem Show. He shares some of his insights on wrestling, including training, his Gambino Bros. Moving Company gimmick, being part of a tag team during a tag team boom, wrestling in Japan, and more!

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Indy Mayhem Show 182: Super Hentai

We’ve got Super Hentai in studio. In his mask. As a guy who’s been around the wrestling world for a bit, he’s got some great stories to share. He’s telling us about some of the things he’s done – including working some shows in Japan, training some of the newer local talent (including Britt Baker), and more!

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Indy Mayhem Show 28: Thomas Shire

Indy Mayhem Show -28---Thomas-ShireThis week, we talk with Thomas Shire about his training with Dory Funk Jr, working in Japan, the best and worst of independent wrestling, and much more about Texas wrestling!

Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and Eamon Paton (@eamon2please) also talk about the past weekend with Renegade Wrestling Alliance and upcoming shows with the International Wrestling Cartel and Smash Wrestling.


What Wrestlefan Watched Volume 2: Apartment Wrestling and Perfect Commentary!

In the last column, I showed you the serious, intense and competitive style of the Japanese known as puroresu. Now let’s take a completely different route. Because, not only is Japan known for their competitive wrestling, but also for some of the best comedic wrestling in the world today. Take for example this match from the Dramatic Dream Team promotion in Japan. This is the same company that is known for having competitors like YOSHIHIKO, which is an inflatable sex doll, and Misutero, who is an invisible wrestler (Both of them having wins under their belt by the way). But this time, we have a series of matches the likes of which we have never seen before. I give you, Apartment Complex Wrestling.

This hour long episode of DDT’s programming is used to show rising Japanese wrestler Kota Ibushi compete in a series of trials that occur all throughout various wrestlers apartment buildings. Kota Ibushi may sound familiar to some of you from the tours he has done in America including winning Chikara’s 2009 Rey De Voladores tournament at King Of Trios weekend, which included a phenomenal four way encounter involving Ibushi, El Generico, Jigsaw and Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks, that many considered Match of the Year. But instead of wrestling 4 guys, he wrestles around 12 in a series of encounters, each which its own level of hilarity. Let me just run through some of the highlights.

1. This whole series gives the assumption that no matter what pro wrestlers are doing, they are constantly in their wrestling gear, instead of putting on real people clothes when they go about their daily life’s.

2. Japanese housing facilities are notorious for being extremely small, so the fact that they are able to perform all of they signatures maneuvers in a tiny, cramped space is outstanding to me.

3. When Ibushi begins to wrestle a man, who is in the act of being disciplined and whipped by a dominatrix, he applies a figure four-leg lock as the female drips hot candle wax onto the man’s chest. Ibushi wins due to his opponent passing out by either pain or excitement, I cannot tell.

4. As he continues, Ibushi finds fellow wrestler Michael Nakazawa bounded and gagged in his opponents closet and forms a team with him as they progress. They encounter a room filled with water guns, water balloons and buckets upon buckets of H20, as they begin battle with another opponent. The wet and wild action gets out of hand and Ibushi calms down the situation in the most logical way possible, by shooting fireworks at both men and finally getting the pin.

5. Ibushi and Nakazawa later encounter Danshoku Dino and another male wrestler in the act of lovemaking. For those that do not know, Danshoku Dino is the homosexual Japanese wrestler known for his finisher being a piledriver where he sticks his opponent’s head into the front of his tights. A tag team match begins as Dino’s main form of attack is trying to “butt fuck” Nakazawa, which I believe counts as a submission hold. This match also includes a fisherman’s suplex through a wall for god’s sakes.

6. After many more showdowns, it finally ends, as Ibushi must face an evil version (I am assuming because he has face paint) of Michael Nakazawa on the rooftop, which ends with him lawn darting Nakazawa into a wooden fence for the win.

This entire match and the rest of DDT are proof that humor in pro wrestling is multifaceted. Sometimes it’s the characters that are funny, sometimes it’s the actions in a match that are funny and sometimes its taking wrestlers and placing them in situations that can only be conceived through some drug induced state of hypnosis that makes wrestling truly hilarious.

Next, I switch to WCW Superbrawl 3 from February of 1993 (A show that occurred when I was only 4 months away from entering this world), which featured a contest between highflying athlete 2 Cold Scorpio and the WCW PPV debut of Chris Benoit.

What more can you say about these two guys? Both men went back and forth with very hard-hitting and combative offense throughout. Chris Benoit got to show a very cocky, arrogant side that was normally not seen during his wrestling career and 2 Cold Scorpio was able to display the innovative offense that made him famous. It is fair to say that the style 2 Cold Scorpio utilized during his days in WCW, ECW and WWF paved the way for the stars of today that are constantly trying to mesmerize crowds with things they have never seen before. The ending to this matchup is also very unique as Scorpio is able to pin Benoit with a roll up with 1 second remaining in the 20-minute time limit. Time limit draws have been so overplayed and improperly used in modern wrestling, but this was used to perfection and caused such an excitement and shock from the crowd that it was overall effective. But, there is one important aspect that makes this match something special that I want to address, and that is the effectiveness of the commentary team.

Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura are on call for this show, and their performance is a great example of what a well-done wrestling announce team should be like. The biggest key to it is that Ventura plays the role of the heel announcer, as Schiavone is the face, but none of this inhibits the actual match. Both men in the early going pick who they believe will win and for what reasons, Ventura choosing Benoit and Schiavone choosing Scorpio. However, they do not fall into the trend that is seen a lot today and defend their guy whether they are right or wrong. In fact, Ventura, while still being a heel, notes times when Benoit makes mistakes, such as not going for the cover soon enough or when Benoit hits a top rope back suplex and takes some of the damage to his head. Not only that, when Ventura would bring up a valid point involving the match that is about something either Benoit or Scorpio is doing, Schiavone will make sure to agree with Ventura and provide analysis. Both are working together in order to tell the story of the match that the wrestlers are providing for them to tell and they do it flawlessly. The two do bicker from time to time, with Ventura dishing out insults to Schiavone, but it never overtakes the wrestling and only occurs during the downtime in the ring. Some people may not consider this stuff important, but it truly is the little things like commentary that can propel a great match into one to remember.

Also, I want to explore more from Superbrawl 3 since the main event is Sting versus Big Van Vader in a “White Castle Of Fear Strap Match”, which I can only assume involves sliders and crinkle cut fries.

Well, that’s all I have this time. Tell me what you thought of these matches and if you have any suggestions of things I should watch, send them into [email protected] and I will watch it. Because trust me, I will watch anything once.

-The Wrestlefan

Wrestling Mayhem Show 262: Half a Ninja

WrestleFanMad Mike, and Sorg welcome the 2010 Best Interview of the Year Mayhemmie Award Winner Johnny Gargano back to the show!  He’s just days off from getting back from Japan on a tour with DragonGate, and fills us in on the craziness in his part of Japan surrounding the big world news of the earthquake and tsunami.  We also ask about Matt Cross in Tough Enough, his tryout with WWE, holding back Daniel Bryan in WWE, and much more!

This, and we Sorg has hit his final straw with TNA, Chachi enjoys his first live RAW, fans weigh in on our WrestleMania thoughts, what John Cena does to kids, and tons of fanmail and feedback,

This is Episode 262 for Tuesday, March 22, 2011. You can get the episode here on subscribe to the audio or video versions on iTunes, look us up on YoutubeRoku, or Boxee, and as always, stay tuned to www.wrestlingmayhemshow.comfor the latest! The Wrestling Mayhem Show is recorded live and can be heard/viewed from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern on Let us know what you think of the show, and your thoughts on the wrestling world by emailing us at [email protected]! Don’t forget you can find links related to the show’s news stories and more at our Delicious Links Page for Episode 262

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