Mayhem Mania 2022: Week 2

This. Is. Mayhem Mania!

It’s not just the ultimate fantasy booking challenge. It’s also a competitive thought experiment!

The object of Mayhem Mania is to craft the best WrestleMania card possible within the boundaries of our current reality. That means anyone WWE can book in a match is available to our players.

But this year, there’s a twist! Mayhem Mania 2022 is a two-night event! Night 1 will be the night for our traditional Mayhem Mania card featuring WWE-related matches. But on Night 2, we open the “forbidden door” and make it possible for our players to create matches with anyone outside of WWE.

In the opening round of Mayhem Mania, our players created six matches for both our Night 1 and Night 2 cards. Now, the real fun begins. Every week, more players will arrive on the scene and make a change to one of the matches.

They can:
– KILL a match entirely and CREATE a new one with other individuals
– SWAP out an individual or team in a match for another individual or team
– SWAP out an individual or team in a match with an individual or team in another match already on the card
– ADD an individual or team to an existing match

Not everyone is currently eligible to be used in Mayhem Mania. Some are being held in a place we lovingly refer to as SPACE JAIL. Here’s the current inmate count:

  • Asuka
  • Avery Good
  • Cassie Lee
  • Commander Sterling
  • Jessie McKay
  • Miro
  • Penta El Zero Miedo
  • Rey Fenix
  • Sonny Kiss
  • Ultra Mantis Black
  • Will Ospreay
  • Ziggy Haim

Five players were on hand for last Tuesday’s Wrestling Mayhem Show. Let’s see what changes they made!

Move #1 (by Sorgatron)
SWAP Randy Orton for Elias

Move #2 (by Tina Keys)
KILL Adam Scherr vs. Jonathan Gresham and
CREATE Shane Strickland vs. Lee Moriarty

Move #3 (by Beastman)
SWAP The Fiend for Swoggle and Scott D’Amore and Ric Flair and “Stone Cold” Shark Boy and The Great Khali and Naked Mideon

Move #4 (by Mad Mike)
KILL The Wolves vs. reDRagon and
CREATE David Arquette vs. Danhausen

Move #5 (by Ronnie Starks)
ADD Jordynne Grace & Jonathan Gresham to Dr. Britt Baker & Adam Cole vs. AJ Lee & CM Punk

Move #6 (by Sorgatron)
ADD Lady Frost & Victor Benjamin to Jordynne Grace & Jonathan Gresham vs. Dr. Britt Baker & Adam Cole vs. AJ Lee & CM Punk

So, with the moves from Week 2 of Mayhem Mania now in the books, let’s take a look at what our cards look like.

Night 1 (WWE) has ONE newly created match.

Roderick Strong vs Elias (created by Sorgatron)

And we have five matches that survived the round without being altered in any way.

Beth Phoenix vs. Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez
(Created by Dave Podnar)

Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. The Usos
(Created by Ronnie Starks)

WALTER vs. Samoa Joe
(Created by Alex Kahrs)

Four Horsewomen (Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks Becky Lynch & Bayley vs. Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander & MVP)
(Created by Mad Mike)

Brock Lesnar vs. Cesaro
(Created by The Rizz)

Night 2 (Forbidden Door) has four newly created matches!

Jordynne Grace & Jonathan Gresham vs. Pretty Proper (Lady Frost & Victor Benjamin) vs. AJ Lee & CM Punk vs. Dr. Britt Baker & Adam Cole
(Created by Sorgatron)

Scott D’Amore vs. The Great Khali vs. Ric Flair vs. The Great Muta vs. “Stone Cold” Shark Boy vs. Naked Mideon vs. Swoggle
(created by Beastman)

Shane Strickland vs. Lee Moriarty
(Created by Tina Keys)

David Arquette vs. Danhausen
(Created by Mad Mike)

Two matches on the Night 2 card survived the round without being altered in any way.

Dalton Castle vs. Warhorse
(Created by The Rizz)

Willow Nightingale & Edith Surreal vs. BUSSY (Effy & Allie Katch)
(Created by Dave Podnar)

What do you think about our matches? What changes would you make? Leave a comment down below and thanks for enjoying Mayhem Mania!

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.

Monday Mayhem Warriors: Funky Night RAW

We’re up after WWE RAW with first impressions, pro wrestling news, Lego updates, and the latest pop culture on our minds. Tonight we tackle the latest from WWE RAW including the idea of Charlotte as the WWE Champion to avenge Ric Flair from Randy Orton, RAW Underground with Shayna Baszler and milk toast Shane McMahon, Retribution has one of us pissed, and we talk about some nice television like Heroes, Harley Quinn, and Future Avengers.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 719: Ric Flair Has No Chill

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RWA and Prospect Pro Wrestling color commentator Tony Kincaid joins us to take a shot at discussing the wrestling world!

  • New Japan is back and Matt Carlins tells us about it
  • Did the tech details get in the way of the Greatest Match Ever with Edge and Randy Orton
  • We talk with Tony Kincaid about the Prospect Pro Wrestling Training Sessions
  • WWE shuts down production for positive COVID-19 tests
  • Big Question: Let’s save Indy Wrestling with new venues for the pandemic.
  • We discuss last week’s homework: Jeff Hardy vs. The Undertaker from WWE RAW Raw, July 1, 2002
  • HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Mickie James vs Beth Phoenix WWE RAW April 14, 2008   Watch on WWE Network
  • What did you learn from pro wrestling this week?

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WMS Wrap Up 2/25/19: Dozing Off to Violence

Mad Mike and Larry are talking about dozing off to violence, Fighting With My Family, and explaining Mark Henry’s Sexual Chocolate era and mud wrestling to your girlfriend. Also: WWE RAW brings us good news for Roman Reigns, and bad times for Ric Flair.

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 651: Cuddly Teddy Bear With Fangs

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We made it through the Royal Rumble this past weekend.  But, more importantly, we made it through Week 1 of MayhemMania.  We’ve got Beastman in studio as Sorg, Larry, Mad Mike, and Matt take us through this week in wrestling news, including:

  • Is Becky Lynch the new Stone Cold Steve Austin?
  • Nia Jax entered the men’s Royal Rumble match, which is sparking some new conversation about intergender wrestling.
  • There are two types of wrestling fans: Those who are on board with intergender wrestling, and those who are not. And, there isn’t really any gray area about it.
  • There was a lot of under ring play at this year’s Royal Rumble. Thank you Titus O’Neil?
  • Matt is walking us through some of the Royal Rumble changes we’ve seen lately.
  • If 96% of your body hits the floor in a Royal Rumble, that should count for more than your two feet. – Matt
  • Beastman is discussing what tactics he will employ when he is in the Royal Rumble.
  • Matt is calling for an official BK Broiler rule for Royal Rumble matches. We are currently assembling Dean Malenko, Ric Flair, Drake Maverick, and Drew Gulak to discuss.
  • We’re getting caught up with what Beastman has been up to – including his recent championship win with Fight Society.
  • Beastman was recently at an event with Sami Callihan, Matt Tremont, and Michael Elgin. He’s sharing how much of a change it has made in his career.
  • While in Philadelphia you do Philly things – like run the Rocky steps.
  • Beastman unveiled some new gear while in Philadelphia.
  • We’re learning about modernizing the caveman with Beastman.
  • Beastman is sharing the headband story with us. Bonus!
  • It’s time for MayhemMania – Week 2 with Beastman and the Mayhem Show gang.
  • What did YOU learn from wrestling this week?

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 646: Thumbtacks and Glitter

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Sorg, Mad Mike and Larry are joined by Ronnie Starks in studio this week.  The boys are on their best behavior to avoid being cited for violations by the MtOSHA rep as they talk this week in wrestling, including:

  • Ronnie Starks is showing off the BDW Guiness World Record trophy on this week’s show.
  • RAW is snore.
  • Sorg and Mad Mike are sharing some thoughts on where the Monday night show goes on a shame spiral.
  • Anyone else notice that The Revival is getting screwed lately?
  • 205 Live talent is appearing more and more on the other shows. Does this mean we’re looking at 205 Dead in 2019?
  • It looks like Daniel Bryan is wrestling all the people he’s wanted to. Evidence that his career with WWE is coming to an end?
  • WWE Evolution went so well that they’re doing more women’s wrestling focus. Are we looking at a Queen of the Ring event?
  • Up Up Down Down at the largest video game collection on the planet?
  • Sorg is excited that Heavy Metal Jesus is now canon thanks to Edge and Christian!
  • In case you wanted to book Ric Flair to wrestle, he has been medically cleared for in-ring action.
  • We thought Rhyno was retiring, but it turns out he’s not.
  • Dojo Pro is now on Facebook Watch.
  • We’re talking tattoos, but not THAT tattoo.
  • We want to see a Green Arrow vs Green Ranger match.
  • This week’s Big Question: Which wrestler has had the biggest fashion violation?
  • We have a bit of a crossover with our guest Ronnie Starks as he went to ScareHouse and visited The Basement for their Christmas event.
  • Our friends at IWC Wrestling made some news with their recent show.
  • Sorg is sharing how creative fans get with fans-bring-the-weapons matches.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 596: Parallelogram of Doom


BC Steele is in studio with us this week!  He is joined by our usual cast of characters – Sorg and Larry.  And, hot off his video game weekend for Extra Life, Bobby F J-Town is live via the internets as we talk this week in wrestling, including:

  • Survivor Series – something we always seem to forget about until it’s upon us.
  • WWE is stepping up their game with Survivor Series by calling in some big names to be in-ring with the brand split.
  • There is buzz around this year’s Survivor Series – some good; some bad; but, legit buzz.
  • We’re breaking down some AJ Styles v Brock Lesnar.
  • What talent does WWE have in the pipeline to sustain them 5 years from now?
  • This may be the oldest Survivor Series talent line-up.
  • The Shield vs The New Day – We’re looking at a potentially good tag match.
  • We’re calling a Kurt Angle singles match by Wrestlemania.
  • Anyone else notice that WWE uses their own terminology – like “local medical facility” and “title held in abeyance?”
  • The Charlotte v Alexa Bliss match has the potential to steal the show.
  • War Games is coming. We’re sharing some thoughts.
  • The many faces of Alicia Fox.
    It’s time for this week’s Big Question: What is your favorite Broadway (long time limit) match? (Thanks Tina.)
  • The Ric Flair 30-for-30. We watched it. We’re talking about it.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 555: House of Cards Subject to Change

We’ve got IWC photographer – turned wrestler (?) Dan Hooven on for Wrestling Mayhem Show 555.  He is joined by Bobby, Rizz, Matt, Sorg, and Mad Mike, as we talk what’s happening in the world of wrestling this week!

 

  •  That’s right. We have Dan Hooven LIVE IN STUDIO for this week’s show with Rizz, Bobby, and Sorg.
  • IWC Wrestling photographer Dan Hooven was in the wrestling ring as a result of the IWC Reset Button this weekend.
  • Why do wrestlers destroy expensive equipment?
  • There’s this thing called the Royal Rumble happening this weekend? We’re sharing some thoughts.
  • Daniel Hooven taking pointers from Britt Baker for switching from behind the scenes to in ring.
  • Talking about John Cena talking “that guy from Atlanta” instead of dropping a name.
  • We’re talking the Svelte Show (f/k/a The Big Show).
  • Do we want to see a continuation of the Best Friends? Or do we want an epic feud between Owens and Jericho?
  • There’s going to be a statue of Ric Flair???
  • Sorg has been checking out the work Lagana has been doing with Billy and he’s digging it.
  • What are you looking forward to with NXT Take Over this weekend?
  • We’re digging Nikki Cross and Insanity.
  • How do we feel this NXT Take Over compares to the other Take Over events?
  • Dan Hooven is sharing how dreams come true with Ryback coming to IWC Wrestling’s Meadville show!
  • Hooven is making a play for Ryback in the Royal Rumble.
  • Wrestling + Senate Confirmation Hearing. Rizz gives a 2.5 star rating.
  • Wrestling promo or Trump campaign stop? (We may have a new segment coming soon.)
  • Linda McMahon has never made an employee do anything she wouldn’t do herself. (Watch WWE from the 90s.)
  • Daniel Hooven – Accidental Wrestler.
  • Thanks to Slice on Broadway for providing the perfect pepperoni pizza AND a surrogate big board for Mayhem Mania!
  • It’s time for the Big Question! Who is your all-time favorite, “Big Hoss” wrestler?
  • Guys! We have Mayhem Mail from @cramoukji!!!!
  • We’re hoping Plummer is listening. We’re pushing Hooven into this whole being a wrestler thing!
  • Hooven will wrestle by color – it’s like painting by color, right?
  • It’s Mayhem Mania time! (Take it away Matt.) *arm flail*
  • Shout out to Garza (@TheWRevolution) for the awesome Mayhem Mania graphics.
  • Sorg, we know you want GOLDUST IN A SUIT!
  • Hooven is calling in Ryback for Mayhem Mania!
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?
  • Listener Challenge – Call us with your immediate response to the Royal Rumble (412) 206-WMS0!

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Rizz Rant: THAT’S WHY…

Guys, do you like wrestling? Do you enjoy watching heels be heels and faces be faces? I know you do, you just looked up “Wrestling” and came across our podcast and you know that the Wrestling Mayhem Show existed. For that, thank you. You’re smart enough to know the line between good and evil.

 

Where am I going with this?

 

Simple.

 

This past week, a mother of a fan decided that her son was disrespected by a wrestler at a live show when sitting in the front row, Universal Champion Kevin Owens came up and yelled at the kid telling the kid that he shouldn’t buy a Kevin Owens shirt (as the kiddo was wearing a shirt of the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship, Roman Reigns). You heard the video, you saw the mother’s post and you PROBABLY saw this.

 

…and the title says it all because the first part is going to be the quote that Kevin Owens says time and time again while in the ring: …AND THAT’S WHY HE’S THE CHAMP! I hate to bring this to your attention but…Kevin Owens isn’t going to give you a free pass, here. That’s Kevin friggin’ Owens. He’s a bad guy! What did this mother want to happen? Have Kevin Owens, at the end of his match, take off his shirt and give it to the kid? Pat the boy on the head, say “Merry Christmas!” and skip off through the entrance? What is he? The New Day?! No!

 

He’s the biggest friggin’ heel in the WWE and arguably the best heel in all of professional wrestling and…sorry…he played you. YOU! Y-O-U! And YOU took the bait. Want to know how I know you took the bait? Here:

 

All because my 7 year old wanted a high five and wasn’t wearing his shirt. My heart sank.

 

HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A DICK! TO ANYONE! TO ME! TO YOU! TO YOUR SON! TO THE CROWD! TO THE NEXT TOWN HE’S IN! TO THE NEXT TOWN AFTER THAT!

 

I’m not going to even go into the comparisons I can make between this and ANYTHING in the Attitude Era…that’s too damn easy. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t anyone upset over Ric Flair telling everyone that he’s taking someone on Space Mountain OR pretty much saying there was an orgy happening with the entire Four Horsemen. That didn’t happen? MARRIOT 806!

Or what would you have done back in the day when Doug Gilbert said THIS about Jerry Lawler?

What about ANYTHING associated with Andy Kaufman?

AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON IF YOUR KID WAS IN THE ERA OF ECW!

“But that was a different era.”

So let me end this quite simply, like this…You paid for your ticket, ma’am. You knew that your kid was going to be in that situation and you didn’t realize that KEVIN OWENS ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR KID! He’s the antagonist! He’s the Winter Soldier to Roman Reigns’ Ironman so that your kid roots harder and harder for Ironman because The Winter Soldier was a giant dicknozzle. Because now you made Kevin Owens a lot better than you look, right now.

 

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