Mayhem Mania 2021: It Begins!

Welcome to another year of everyone’s favorite fantasy/reality booking game: Mayhem Mania!

Every year, we bring together fans, wrestlers and other folks and ask them to help us construct the BEST WrestleMania card that’s currently possible. Everyone under a WWE contract is eligible to use, as are those who are within the orbit of WWE’s influence.

Every wrestler comes in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. That means anyone out with an injury is NOT eligible to use. (We are ignoring COVID-19 diagnoses because this is supposed to be a fun diversion, not a reminder of the terrible things happening around us.)

Over the coming weeks more players will be invited to make changes to our card. If a match survives three consecutive rounds without being altered in any way, it graduates to our SUPERCARD. The goal is to get 8 awesome matches onto that SUPERCARD before the real WrestleMania.

If you’re wondering if this process actually works, check out the SUPERCARDS from past years of Mayhem Mania.

Mayhem Mania 2015
Mayhem Mania 2016
Mayhem Mania 2017
Mayhem Mania 2018
Mayhem Mania 2019
Mayhem Mania 2020

That’s right. This is our SEVENTH year!

As always, we begin our opening round with a blank slate. 8 players were invited onto the Wrestling Mayhem Show to help us create 8 matches. There is one change from previous years of Mayhem Mania. This year, we’re designating one match slot as the “cinematic match” slot.

Let’s see what everyone came up with.

Mayhem Mania 2021 – Opening Round

Match #1 (Created by Professor Jakob Edwin
Sasha Banks vs. Rhea Ripley (with Stephanie McMahon)

Match #2 (Created by Dave Podnar
Bray Wyatt & Alexa Bliss vs. Xia Lee & Boa

(*Designated As “Cinematic Match”)

Match #3 (Created by Chad The Shad)
Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner & Alexander Wolfe) vs. Pat McAfee & Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

Match #4 (Created by Mad Mike)
Mercedes Martinez vs. Walter

Match #5 (Created by The Rizz)
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston & AJ Styles vs. Tyler Breeze & Adam Cole & Cesaro

Match #6 (Created by Alex Kahrs)
Randy Orton vs. Charlotte Flair

Match #7 (Created by Tina Keys)
Daniel Bryan vs. Pete Dunne

Match #8 (Created by Jordan Styles)
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed vs. Dexter Lumis

See how easy that is? What a great start for Mayhem Mania 2021!

There are certainly a number of names that some would prefer NOT to see in a match on Mayhem Mania (or WrestleMania, for that matter). That’s why we created SPACE JAIL! It’s a place where players can trap their most unwanted wrestler. Anyone currently in a match on our card can NOT be sent to SPACE JAIL. They’re safe…for now.

Be warned! Every week a spin of our wheel could free that person and there is NO “double jeopardy”.

We gave each of the seven players who joined us live for the opening round the power to send one individual to SPACE JAIL. Here’s who they chose.

WHO SENT WHO TO SPACE JAIL
Dave Podnar: Lacey Evans
Chad The Shad: Dominik Mysterio
Mad Mike: Brock Lesnar
The Rizz: Shane McMahon
Alex Kahrs: Velveteen Dream
Tina Keys: Ric Flair
Jordan Styles: Edge

We’re off to a great start, but Mayhem Mania is rarely a simple process. Next week, we’ll see the first changes to our card.

Mayhem Mania 2019: Patreon In The Bank!

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


 

For those of you who are just joining us (and honestly, where have you been?), here’s where you can catch up on Mayhem Mania 2019: Opening Round – Round 1 – Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4 – Round 5 – Round 6 – Round 7 – Round 8

This is it – the grand finale of Mayhem Mania 2019: The awesome and life-affirming Patreon In The Bank round. It went down on the Wrestling Mayhem Show on Tuesday, March 26. Only Patreon supporters of the Wrestling Mayhem Show were invited to take part. That meant a full dozen players were lined up to decide the fate of the Mayhem Mania SUPERCARD!  (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2019: Round 8

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2019: Round 6

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


 

For those of you who are just joining us, here’s where you can catch up on Mayhem Mania 2019: Opening Round – Round 1 – Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4 – Round 5

Round 5 of Mayhem Mania 2019 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show on Tuesday, March 5. 4 people and 1 mascot lion were invited to each make a single change to our existing 8 matches on our “undercard”. Any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered in any way GRADUATES to our SUPERCARD. So far, one match has earned this distinction. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2019: Round 5

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking. It’s more like reality booking. Any match created must have at least a chance of happening in this year’s WrestleMania. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. 

Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control.


For those of you who are just joining us, here’s where you can catch up on Mayhem Mania 2019: Opening Round – Round 1 – Round 2 – Round 3 – Round 4

Round 5 of Mayhem Mania 2019 was held during the Wrestling Mayhem Show on Tuesday, February 26. 5 people were invited to each make a single change to our existing 8 matches on our “undercard”. Any match that survives 3 rounds without being altered in any way GRADUATES to our SUPERCARD. So far, one match has earned this distinction. (more…)

Wrestling Mayhem Show 654: Lacey Evans Ted Talk

This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling USSlice on BroadwayOccupy Pro Wrestling, and Professor Buzzkill!

The crew putting together the Pitt Fight wrestling show are joining us along with Larry, Matt, Mad Mike, and Sorg to keep the show rolling as we discuss:

  • We are joined by Cornell, Sam, Kyle from Pitt Fight, a wrestling show benefiting Connor’s Cure at University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg on Thursday March 7.  Find out more on the Pitt Fight Facebook and @pittfight2019 on Instagram!
  • We discuss the WWE NXT invasion on WWE RAW and Smackdown Live with Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Ricochet and Aleister Black
  • A case for unifying the men’s tag team championships
  • Kevin Owens at the theater
  • Kofi Kingston’s rise
  • Mayhem Mania gets wild as a match graduates, a surprise Elimination drops, and feelings are hurt, in order to make the best WrestleMania card ever.
  • What did we learn from pro wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Matt (@MainstreamMat), Sorg (@Sorgatron), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883) and a cast of Mayhem Mania participants!

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

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

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Six Times When Mayhem Mania Got Real

Can you believe we’re about to enjoy the fifth year of Mayhem Mania? Our little competitive thought experiment started out as just an idea. Over the years, it’s grown into a tradition on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. There have been a lot of matches created over the years – some more plausible than others. Among them are a select few that later happened in real life. Here are six of the most notable. To be clear, we’re only looking at matches that graduated to a Mayhem Mania SUPERCARD. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 8

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 7

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)

Mayhem Mania 2017: Round 6

This. is. Mayhem Mania!

Not quite a game. Not really a contest. More like a competitive thought experiment. The object is to create the best WrestleMania card possible – NOT necessarily to predict what WWE will do.

This is not fantasy booking (even though it kind of is). Any match created must be possible in real life. That means all wrestlers come in their current physical, emotional and contractual state. Anyone selected for a match must have a reasonable chance of being hired by WWE to appear on the real-life WrestleMania card. Simply put, you’re Vince McMahon with infinite cash and no self-control. (more…)