Mayhem Mania 2018: 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.


Catch up with Mayhem Mania 2018: Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3 – Week 4 – Week 5 – Week 6 – Week 7 – Week 8

It all comes down to this. After more than two months, Mayhem Mania 2018 has reached its final stop: the epic Patreon In The Bank round! Only Patreon supporters of the Wrestling Mayhem Show were invited to participate and I’m happy to report that we had eight of them take the time to joins us live during Episode 613 of the Wrestling Mayhem Show.

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 613: The Haunted Ovaries of Mae Young

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

It’s the last Tuesday before WrestleMania, which can only mean one thing…PATREON IN THE BANK!  And, it’s a full house for the occasion.  In addition to being joined by a special guest, Todd DeFazio of Idiot Radio, we’ve got Bobby, Billy F’n Johnson, Larry, Sorg, and Mad Mike talking about:

  • We attended RAW and Smackdown last week (which meant no live show on Podcast Day) so we’re running through our brief thoughts heading into WrestleMania.
  • We’re talking some NXT Takeover as we head into WrestleMania!
  • Is John Cena emoting the same feeling as being turned down at the high school dance or a kid throwing a tantrum? ARE WE SEEING A HEEL TURN ON THE HORIZON?
  • It’s astounding the number of WWE guys without contracts around WrestleMania time…
  • Anyone else notice The Miz’ post-baby glow?
  • Is there a WrestleMania match that’s booked that you can do without?
  • With all the matches booked for WrestleMania, we’re talking about which ones we see winding up as the main event.
  • More Brain Strowman please!
  • It’s officially MayhemMania time. Since it’s the last show before WrestleMania it’s time for Patreon in the Bank!
  • We are eliminating the hell out of Randy Orton in this segment of MayhemMania.
  • Apparently there’s not enough carnage on our MayhemMania card?
  • AJ may have just booked a MayhemMania match with a Hair vs Hair match of RAW v Smackdown women.
  • Matt has a MayhemMania list of cast-offs in a Cleveland cup. It seems so appropriate as our punishment options.
  • We’ve had so many changes to the MayhemMania card that we need to have a refresher halfway through to clarify what we’ve even booked.
  • Billy is using his god-like power as a Pizza Club Patreon supporter to blow this MayhemMania card up.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Thanks to Tonio Garza (@TheWRevolution) for putting together graphics for MayhemMania.

Heading to WrestleMania?  If you see a Mayhemmer, say hi!  If that Mayhemmer’s Mad Mike, give him a chop and send us a pic or video clip.  We’ll include it on next week’s show!

Our good friend, Rizz is raising money and awareness through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Team Pittsburgh 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.  Check out his fundraiser page at: https://www.crowdrise.com/dsgfpitt2018/fundraiser/zachrizza

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 573: A Rightful Sacrifice

We’ve got Sorg, Larry, Madmike, and Wheelz for Wrestling Mayhem Show 573, and they’re talking about what’s happening, including:

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  • We’re continuing our sad Enzo series on tonight’s show.
  • The Revival is working on their album.
  • We’ve got Sorg and Mad Mike doing Enzo and Cass impressions live on air.
  • Is Enzo violating the wellness policy – by not being well?
  • Kurt Angle needs the Fashion Police to crack his mystery.
  • Sorg turned the tables on Mad Mike with Two Truths and A Lie.
  • Our first Womens Money In The Bank? We have some thoughts.
  • We’ve got an over/under going on whether or not Natalya is legit hurt.
  • Wait…Renee Young wears a wig?
  • The Fashion Police went a new direction tonight.
  • Speaking of Fashion Police, Tyler Breeze in a dress. We’re thanking Southpaw Regional Wrestling for character dev.
  • Dear WWE, give us a Halloween special where you give us a Southpaw Wrestling holiday show for a night.
  • Southpaw characters come from the past into the present and do a Survivor Series match against some new gimmicks.
  • Who caught the R-Truth and Goldust segment?
  • We’re pitching Golden Summer with Summer as the new Marlena.
  • Is this Goldust’s retirement push?
  • We’re calling a Hollywood feud – Miz v Goldust.
  • Randy Orton apparently RKOd his kid this week.
  • How many RKOs can you get into a match? Someone tried testing that theory.
  • We’re talking about some Money In The Bank, because that’s still a thing.
  • Cody Rhodes defending Goldust on twitter made our day!
  • This week’s Big Question – inspired by Southpaw Wrestling – which previous gimmick would you revert someone to?
  • Do yourselves a favor – watch Luchasaurus. Sorg just derailed the show for it.
  • Sorg and the guys are breaking down Table of Three.
  • Extreme Rules is happening this weekend. We’re talking about some of our expectations.
  • Will we finally get Broken Hardys this weekend?
  • What did YOU learn from wrestling this week?

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 571: Lashing Back


Mad Mike and Rizz talk about all the happenings going on in wrestling this week. We talk about WWE Backlash and make predictions for the big show. We also talk about the comments Randy Orton has made recently about independent wrestlers. Also we break down the GLOW trailer, and Mad Mike talks about the Finn Balor documentary on the Network.

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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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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!

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 533: SummerSlam’s Pete Rose

This week:

  • SummerSlam has 11 matches, Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor, Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton and 11 matches!  But where’s Jon Stewart?
  • NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2 is going to be crazy with Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe, Asuka and Bailey, and debuts for Bobby Roode and the former Athena!
  • Big Question: What retired PPV from ANY promotion would you like WWE to bring back in the brand extension?
  • What is the deal with Texas and their weird WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown reactions?
  • How did last year’s NXT Takeover Brooklyn stack up to Summer Slam 2015?
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

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WWE RAW Wrap Up 8/8/16: Let Lana Face Cake

Mad Mike, Rizz, and Sorg discuss WWE RAW! We discuss Roman Reigns and and Rusev and Lana’s cake incident, the great features on Finn Balor and Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton, Sasha Banks putting herself in bad situations and the amazing Enzo and Cass vs Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho opening segment again leading the show.

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 519: The Cut List

This week on Wrestling Mayhem Show 519, we  talk all  the latest headlines and more in pro wrestling, including:

  • We look at the recent releases for WWE including Damien Sandow, Hornswaggle and more.
  • Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway are igniting a war in Evolve
  • Big Question: Of the returns of John Cena, Randy Orton, and Seth rollins, are they needed?
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

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Crown With Conviction: An Open Letter To Vince McMahon

Mr. Chairman,

There are a lot of fans who think they know better than you. They think they know what’s best for WWE, and which superstar should lead your company into the future.

That’s not me.

I’m not here to tell you who should be crowned the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but I do have an opinion on how future champions should be crowned.

You’re in a tough situation right now. Seth Rollins had to vacate the title after suffering a serious knee injury. Making matters worse, worthy contenders are in short supply. John Cena is taking some time off. Randy Orton is out with an injury. Brock Lesnar presumably won’t be back until next year. I’m sure you’ve noticed.

If anyone hadn’t, it must have become apparent when the tournament to crown the next champion began Monday on Raw.

Source: WWE.com

I like Titus O’Neil and Kalisto. It’s safe to assume you do too. After all, they’re in the tournament, but you must also agree that when 2 of the 16 men in the tournament bracket to crown the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion wrestle almost exclusively in tag team matches, there is an issue.

There are some self-styled “experts” who think they know what the problem is. I hear them talking all the time about WWE’s habit of even-Steven, 50/50 booking. No one gets over, right? In my opinion, the forces that created the current void at the top of WWE’s main roster run deeper than that.

If you asked me, I’d suggest it’s because WWE has repeatedly failed to properly and decisively crown the men who have won the world title. It’s a lack of conviction. Almost no one truly wins a world title. Instead, it’s the era of the shortcut to the top.

I trust you know the facts I’m about to lay out, but please indulge me while I bring the rest of the readers up to speed.

Over the past 2 years, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion has changed hands four times. The defending champion has been involved in the decision that cost him the title once – SummerSlam 2014, where Brock Lesnar emphatically won the title from John Cena.

Cena had won the title in a ladder match at Money In The Bank 2014 after it was vacated by Daniel Bryan due to injury. Bryan had won the title at WrestleMania XXX, but the defending champion, Randy Orton, wasn’t involved in that decision. It was Batista who tapped out to Bryan.

Getting back to Lesnar, after dethroning Cena at SummerSlam 2014, he held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship until WrestleMania 31, where history repeated itself and he lost the title without being involved in the decision. Seth Rollins cashed in Money In The Bank and pinned Roman Reigns to win the title.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. In fact, WWE.com published an article this week in which it listed 5 WWE World Heavyweight Champions who lost the title without being pinned.

In my opinion, a championship’s greatest value lies in the moment when a reigning champ is defeated, and a new title holder is crowned for the first time. This is precisely where your company has repeatedly erred. WWE has not crowned a first-time world champion in a match where the defending champion was involved in the decision since Alberto Del Rio pinned CM Punk after cashing in Money In The Bank at SummerSlam 2011.

The last time it happened without someone cashing in Money In The Bank was Night Of Champions 2011, when Mark Henry pinned Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The last first-time holder of the WWE Championship (your company’s most prestigious) to win the title in a truly decisive manner was Sheamus, when he defeated Cena in a tables match at TLC 2009. Did you know it’s been that long?

Here’s how other first-time world champions have been crowned in WWE since Sheamus’ victory at TLC 2009.

  • March 30, 2010 (Raw) – Jack Swagger won World Heavyweight Championship by pinning Chris Jericho after cashing in Money In The Bank.
  • November 22, 2010 (Raw) – The Miz won WWE Championship by pinning Randy Orton after cashing in Money In The Bank.
  • February 15, 2011 (SmackDown) – Dolph Ziggler awarded World Heavyweight Championship after Edge was stripped for using banned move (Spear). Edge was granted a rematch, and won back the title later in that same show.
  • May 1, 2011 (Extreme Rules) – Christian won vacant World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match.
  • August 14, 2011 (SummerSlam) – Alberto Del Rio won WWE Championship by pinning CM Punk after cashing in Money In The Bank.
  • September 18, 2011 (Night Of Champions) – Mark Henry won World Heavyweight Championship by pinning Randy Orton
  • December 18, 2011 (TLC) – Daniel Bryan won World Heavyweight Championship by pinning Big Show after cashing in Money In The Bank.
  • March 29, 2015 (WrestleMania 31) – Seth Rollins won WWE World Heavyweight Championship by pinning Roman Reigns (defending champion Brock Lesnar not involved in decision)

There are some promising potential first-time world title winners waiting in the wings right now – Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens, to name a few. When you decide it’s time to crown one or all of these men, you would be wise to do so in the most decisive way possible. That means the reigning champion must be dethroned.

It’s how Batista and John Cena were crowned at WrestleMania 21. It’s how Brock Lesnar was crowned at SummerSlam 2002. It’s how Chris Jericho was crowned in late 2001. It’s how Triple H was crowned in the summer of 1999. It’s how “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was crowned at WrestleManiaXIV.

Fans remember these moments. They hold more value in our memories than someone winning a vacated title, or a triple threat match where the defending champion wasn’t involved in the decision. They certainly mean more than someone cashing in Money In The Bank.

I don’t care who wins the tournament for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. You can choose whoever you want, but understand the victory will not make your new title holder truly whole. There’s far greater value in the next title change – the reigning champion being defeated by his challenger. That’s decisive. That’s crowning a champion with conviction.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I welcome your feedback.

Your pal in the mainstream media,

Matt