Wrestling Mayhem Show 569: Room Of Hanging Babies


There were some, let’s say interesting, things in wrestling this week! Sorg, Chad the Shad, and Bobby F J-Town are joined by the incomparable The Gavel David Lawless, Esq. for Wrestling Mayhem Show 569 to talk what’s happening, including:

  • Breaking news from Bobby: Sand is hot.
  • Wrestling happened. We’re starting out with some X-Pac talk.
  • David Lawless is sharing his legal expertise on the X-Pac charges.
  • We’re learning a ton of stuff from this week’s guest David Lawless.
  • We’re learning just how connected Pittsburgh is in wrestling.
  • We’re moving from law to real estate. We promise this IS a wrestling podcast.
  • WMS is putting together a new Kickstarter to raise funds to purchase THE House of Horrors.
  • House of Horrors is pretty much what Sawtooth Willie’s house would be like if he didn’t live in the underground.
  • We’re doing some math about Payback and daylight hours.
  • House of Horrors had some disconnect. We’re sharing our thoughts.
  • Uber, how did Randy Orton get from House of Horrors so quickly? Was the driver able to find him easily?
  • Aside from House of Horrors, we’re talking about the rest of Payback.
  • We’re seeing WWE giving some great opportunities to people who otherwise may not have much push with the shake up.
  • WWE is jam-packed with talent and it’s a matter of sustaining the entertainment. Shake up is a way to do that.
  • The WWE backstage segments are fun again, guys!
  • In case anyone missed it, David Otunga is off filming a movie.
  • Did anyone catch the RAW Wrap Up with Mad Mike and “Sorg” last night?
  • Chris LeRusso and David Lawless have a few things in common.
  • WWE Network will be more than it has been. We’re talking some options.
  • In Nigel’s defense, he is surrounded by many ROH names on NXT.
  • We’re talking character development of Roderick Strong.
  • Sheamus and Cesaro are doing well together, but need to be more cohesive as a tag team.
  • Sheamus and Cesaro can combine a reverse atomic drop into a brogue kick! (Thanks John Ashbaugh from chat.)
  • It’s this week’s Big Question: Who would you have call the upcoming Women’s Tournament? (Thanks Tina Keys)
  • Is WWE angling for a Women’s Show?
  • The Mid Week War is pretty much WWE against itself. So. Much. Wrestling.
  • What happened to referees playing a prominent role in wrestling?
  • We’re recapping the history of Tye Dillinger in WWE.
  • Billy Corgan is getting back into wrestling, guys!
  • NWA has an on-demand service? I know what some of us are doing after the show.
  • Dab Elbow v Jackson 5. Yes, there is usually some sort of conversation that comes from our chat room.
  • We may have learned a lot today – but, what did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

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The Talent War

It’s time for a new wrestling ware. While everyone seems to be looking for the newest

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“Monday Night War” to spark, it’s unlikely to happen. No one’s Ted Turner these days.

But where is that fight? Talent. WWE just picked up two of the finest talents from Ring of Honor in Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson. The guys over on Between the Ropes brought this up, and I think it deems exploring. WWE has their own developmental territory, and we’ve seen the ups and downs of their results as of late with FCW.

It’s very apparent that Ring of Honor isn’t another “bingo hall” fed anymore, like ECW is always referred to as considering their heyday. CM Punk is an ROH alumni signed straight out of the group and sitting on top of your Friday night programming. Samoa Joe, TNA storylines notwithstanding, has been a bonafide success in that group as well, headlining shows with all of the “old head” talent that group brings in.

Nigel McGuinness

But where does this leave Ring of Honor? I don’t think you have to worry about them. This is a group that thrives on bringing new talent up. There is plenty of great names in the independent scene that would be perfect to step up to replace Nigel, Danielson, or anyone else that gets lured away by the big money.

Until Ring of Honor can find the cash cow like TNA has, it’s very unlikely to compete with the dollars for these hard working guys to make the living they want to. But, this isn’t a bad thing, for the fans, at least. It’s a very exciting breeding ground of new styles and talent that will eventually get infused into the mainstream on our Monday and Thursday nights. (well, I guess almost every other night now. But on channels I could get on basic cable…) Some will never be happy with what the big guys do to our beloved independent heroes, but don’t be surprised if it at least elevates their game and makes things interesting as they fight for the best of the best in ROH.

Michael Sorg is the producer of the Wrestling Mayhem Show, and other projects under Sorgatron Media.  You can read more of his musings, including contributed entries for this site, at Sorgatron.com.