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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Wrestling Mayhem Show 532: Well It’s a Swerve, Bro

WMS_532This week on Wrestling Mayhem Show 532, we  talk all  the latest headlines and more in pro wrestling, including:

  • UFC’s Conor Mcgregor verbally threw down with the WWE fans and wrestlers.  With amazing responses by Ric Flair, Taz, and…Virgil?
  • After the cake wedding with Lana and Rusev on WWE RAW, we discuss
  • Big Question: If you booked Scooby Doo/WWE 3, who would have done it?
  • Could WWE bring back Bragging Rights and other forgotten PPV events?
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 522: Drafted

This week on Wrestling Mayhem Show 522, we  talk all  the latest headlines and more in pro wrestling, including:

  • Smackdown is going live and moving to Tuesday.  What could Shane McMahon’s “distinct” rosters look like?
  • Charlotte tore apart her father Ric Flair last week on WWE RAW.  Is it too far or just great wrestling TV?
  • Big Question: What is your favorite Wrestling Match?
  • We preview the Mayhem Draft!
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

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WWE RAW Wrap Up: #Justice4Mitch

Sorg and Rizz are talking WWE RAW after WWE Payback! Tonight’s Battle Royal #1 Contender is one of the more fun with Zack Ryder sticking out along with Titus O’Neil’s return, and Rusev’s win. Mitch died. Dean Ambrose will have his revenge against Chris Jericho! We can’t call it Bullet Club. It’s the Friends From Japan Club! AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Carl Anderson vs the Usos & Roman Reigns. Emma and Tyler Breeze get the win. Ric Flair makes Rizz miss the Charlotte vs Natalya stip and more!

 

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 514: Mayhem After Mania

This week on Wrestling Mayhem Show 514, we  talk all  the latest headlines and more in pro wrestling, including:

  • We talk WrestleMania with the uprising of Zack Ryder and NXT TakeOver Dallas with the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe bleeding, and more!
  • It’s time for the Big Question: What did you learn from WWE Hall of Fame 2016?
  • We talk about the #RawAfterMania and the new faces from NXT (Apollo Crews, Enzo & Cass, Baron Corbin), new direction (Shane McMahon), and a new #1 Contender in AJ Styles
  • We learned things in wrestling this week!

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WWE RAW Wrap Up 1/18/16: Royal Rumble Outliers

This week, we talk WWE RAW, consider that if Paul Heyman can’t make Chris Jericho entertaining, Sorg is turning in his Jerichoholic chips.  The New Day hold a funeral for Francesco the Trombone and turn in a great match with a music hating Uso Brother, Becky Lynch delivers a great interaction with Ric Flair and Charlotte in the best (?) Divas build in a bit.  We take a diversion to talk about some of the great promos ( Hard Times, Tear in my Eye, The Beat Goes On…Hogan Heel turn promo), Team NXT failures: Neville, Ascension, and Tyler Breeze, the saddest 8 Man Team, and the Outliers we could see win the Royal Rumble.

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What’s At Stake: TLC 2015

As we head into yet another special event on the WWE Network, I’ll try to answer one simple question: What are these guys and girls fighting over? As always, we welcome your feedback. Send an email to [email protected]

Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
What’s At Stake: WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Roman Reigns’ credibility as a world title contender. What could be Sheamus’ last shot at a main event spot. The immediate future of WWE television viewership.
For a match that not many people want to see, there are certainly plenty of compelling subplots to examine. These are dark times for WWE. Injuries and other unwelcome leaves of absence have eroded the top of the main roster. The problems created by the shortage of high-end talent are compounded by countless creative missteps and a 3-hour time slot every Monday night that WWE management is struggling to properly utilize. Don’t believe me? Fine. Maybe you’ll listen to Triple H. To his credit, he owned the current state of professional wrestling’s industry leader during a conference call to promote next Wednesday’s NXT TakeOver: London special event on the WWE Network.

“It’s on us to be more creative and come up with a better format; a better show. We hear people’s frustrations and in a lot of ways feel the same way. It’s fixing it. And, trying to fix it. It is what it is. How we fix it, we’re not 100 percent sure yet. But, we will get there. Trust me.”

Two men find themselves in the dead center of this mess, tasked with making some sort of positive impact on WWE’s immediate future. It’s unfair to blame Roman Reigns and/or Sheamus for what’s ailing WWE, but…well, here they are. Television viewership for Raw has plunged to new lows since Survivor Series, when Reigns finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, only to lose it 5:15 later after Sheamus cashed in Money In The Bank.

Sheamus wasn’t in the best position to be fast-tracked into the main event picture, but Seth Rollins’ untimely knee injury left a gaping hole that had to be filled. Sheamus is bringing all the cackling enthusiasm and abrasive energy he can muster to his role as WWE’s top title holder, but the results haven’t been there. Not even the hasty formation of the League Of Nations could generate any tangible momentum.

Reigns hasn’t been terrible in his role, but WWE can’t seem to prevent itself from putting him in situations he’s not equipped to handle. Meanwhile, WWE is taking heavy fire from all angles, from casual fans to the usual gang of know-it-all jerks on the internet to former WWE wrestlers and employees, about the quality of its creative direction. It’s a damn mess. Still, despite all the problems, Sheamus and Reigns may very well deliver a compelling, hard-hitting match on Sunday.

In my opinion, Reigns’ time is far past overdue. He’s come up short too many times over the past year. If it were up to me, he would’ve won the title the night after Survivor Series on Raw. The fans in Nashville sure sounded ready for it.

I was in the crowd the following week in Pittsburgh, when Reigns actually did get his title match. I’ll never forget this one guy in our section. They announced Reigns would have to beat Sheamus in 5:15 to win the title. Immediately, the fan confidently blurted out, “that’s doable!” A lot of people in Pittsburgh wanted to believe Reigns was going to win the title that night, myself included.

It didn’t happen, and the waiting game drags on. Personally, I’m tired of being strung along. I’m ready to see what Reigns can do as champion. Why wait any longer? Does WWE really have the potatoes to string this chase out for another month and risk finding new lows for Raw’s viewership?

Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Whats’s At Stake: WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens is the most dominant champion in WWE, and it’s getting hard to find worthy challengers. Enter the runner-up in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament, who actually beat Owens at Survivor Series.

This title match has been simmering for a while, but it was put on the back burner after Survivor Series. Ambrose was spending most of his time hanging out with Roman Reigns and The Usos. Then, Owens missed Raw in Pittsburgh after he got sick. This past Monday, we finally got Ambrose and Owens in the ring face-to-face. It got weird.

I’m not sure that’s the best way to build interest in Sunday’s Intercontinental Title match, but I feel fairly confident the contract signing on SmackDown was more effective.

This should feel like a dream match, but there are a couple problems. First, we just saw it at Survivor Series.

Second, we already know Ambrose can beat Owens in a fair fight. The Lunatic Fringe has been a step ahead of K.O. at almost every turn. So, why does it feel like there’s no chance Ambrose wins the Intercontinental Championship on Sunday?

The New Day vs. The Usos vs. Lucha Dragons
What’s At Stake: WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE’s current masters of moving merchandise are a runaway herd of wild unicorns. Everything The New Day touches seems to turn to gold, and lately, they’ve been touching just about everything. It seems no more than 15 minutes can pass on Raw and SmackDown before they ride out to hijack another segment. Clearly, someone with decision-making power in WWE finds them very amusing. Is it too much of a good thing? Some fans are certainly starting to feel that way. Perhaps that’s by design. Ready to see The New Day get knocked down a peg? It may happen in this ladder match at TLC.

Charlotte vs. Paige
What’s At Stake: WWE Divas Championship. Charlotte’s “blue chip” status.
Charlotte (and in many ways, the entire Divas division) has wandered off the tracks in recent weeks. The warning signs have been there for a while, but things really went awry during a main event contract signing segment just before Survivor Series. Paige’s final verbal burn turned into a public relations nightmare for WWE, which now pretends it never even happened. Unfortunately, fans have a longer memory. Charlotte and Paige are both paying the price for that verbal misdeed several weeks ago. Their last title tilt was met with a lukewarm response, and that appears to have altered the future plans for the current face of the Divas division. Charlotte and Paige crossed paths for another verbal showdown during a Miz TV segment on last Monday’s Raw.

Man. WWE was so close to pulling this off – getting fans to turn on Charlotte and shift their cheers to Paige. Sadly, it fell apart after Paige slapped Ric Flair and then ran away from Charlotte. Fans are now stuck with another Divas Championship match where there’s no clear hero to cheer. Charlotte’s cheating heart is beating strong, but the sudden course change for her character has left the Divas division looking rudderless.

Dudley Boyz & Rhyno & Tommy Dreamer vs. The Wyatt Family
What’s At Stake: The latest reunion of ECW originals. The Wyatt Family’s tenuous grasp on its own forward momentum.
Out of the ashes of the Wyatt Family’s decimation at the hands of the Undertaker and Kane rose this little gem of a match. After a week on the wrong side of some Wyatt beatings, the Dudley Boyz went looking for reinforcements. Tommy Dreamer and Rhyno returned to Raw, and now we have another reunion of ECW originals and sufficient manpower for an eight-man tables match at TLC. I seem to say it every time I write one of these preview columns, but it bears repeating – The Wyatt Family could really use a win here.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
What’s At Stake: WWE United States Championship. Jack Swagger’s return to relevance. Perhaps, Zeb Colter’s heart.
Less than two months ago, Alberto Del Rio roared back into WWE with a shockingly decisive win over John Cena, and became the new United States Champion. It should’ve been the start of something big, but it never felt right. Del Rio and Zeb Colter were an odd pairing from the start, and the concept of Mex-America never made much sense. The good news is that all of that is now in the past.

Del Rio and Colter (and his scooter) went their separate ways, and Mex-America is no more following last Monday’s Raw. Is the United States Championship next to fall? Jack Swagger was off television for a while, and I must be honest. I’ve enjoyed seeing him since his return. All Swagger needs is a little something to convince fans to believe in him. A title win in a chairs match at TLC could be just the thing.

Ryback vs. Rusev.
What’s At Stake: The decisive victory Rusev needs to resume his march back to the top of the card.
Ryback stuck his nose where it didn’t belong, interrupting Lana’s return to Raw a couple weeks ago. That immediately led to a match between Ryback and Rusev, and a less than satisfying count-out victory for the Big Guy. A rematch this past Monday ended in an even less satisfying double count-out. If Rusev is going to get back to where many fans want him to be, he needs to win here.