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 604: Rumble with Elias


We’ve got a special guest in studio this week as we’re joined by comedian Matt Light.  And, there is a ton of stuff to talk about this week, including:

  • Our guest Matt Light mixes wrestling with comedy. The best of both worlds.
  • Larry has a foam finger – but not the finger you’re thinking…
  • We are 1 degree of separation from Honky Tonk Man at this very moment.
  • RVD has a comedy (?) show?
  • So, RAW 25 happened last night. We’ve got plenty of thoughts.
  • When Christian is compared to Marty Jannetty.
  • We’re sharing some thoughts about the RAW 25 venue split and how WE thought it should have been done.
  • The APA segments of RAW 25 made the night for most of us.
  • Royal Rumble is this weekend. And, Dolph Ziggler is favored to win?
  • Our guest Matt Light is calling it now – Dolph Ziggler comes out at #30 – – – to Daniel Bryan’s theme music.
  • Sorg is waiting for Jason Jordan to snap. Mad Mike is waiting for a Shield break-up turn by Jordan, and Matt Light is just calling for him to get his future endeavored letter.
  • Why did they not have Jerry Springer on RAW 25 with a “You are not the father!” spot with Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan.
  • We’re takling about who we want to win the Royal Rumble this year and who we think will win.
  • Mainstream Matt is calling for an Elias Money In The Bank win – so we can have an MITB guitar case!
  • Nia Jax v. Asuka can be this generation’s Andre v. Hogan.
  • Will AJ Styles v. Sami and KO match be the comedy match for Royal Rumble?
  • Science: Shane McMahon cannot win a Royal Rumble match because he goes to the top rope too much.
  • Will we see Karma for the Women’s Royal Rumble?
  • We found some Friend of the Show folks by searching their names on the WWE Network.
  • This week’s Big Question: What is the future of 205 LIVE?
  • Abeyance is the new 205 LIVE champion! Woooooooo!
  • NXT Takeover is coming up soon. We’re sharing some thoughts.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

As a special segment, we’re making our Royal Rumble picks:

Men’s Royal Rumble Predictions

Larry:

Wants Nakamura to win it.
Thinks Strohman will win it.

Matt Light:

Wants Dolph Ziggler to win it.
Thinks Dolph Ziggler will win it.

Matt Carlins:

Wants Daniel Bryan to win it.
Thinks Finn Balor will win it.

Mad Mike:

Wants Miz to win it.
Thinks Cena will win it.

Sorg:

Wants Elias to win it.
Thinks Elias will win it.

Women’s Royal Rumble Predictions

Larry:

Thinks Nia Jax will win it.

Matt Light:

Thinks Rhonda Rousey will win it.

Matt Carlins:

Thinks Becky Lynch will win it.

Mad Mike:

Thinks Rhonda Rousey will win it.

Sorg:

Thinks Asuka will win it.

Fan of the show, Brandon Mynatt, will be a participant in the 2018 Special Olympics as part of the Team Missouri Bowling Team. (Donate at: http://give.somo.org/site/TR?px=1073149&fr_id=1190&pg=persona)

Follow our stable on Twitter: Matt Light (@mattlightcomedy), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883) and Sorg (@Sorgatron)

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 600: 600 Tuesdays

Things are getting a little mayhemmy for our year-end Christmas episode.  We’ve even got our favorite imaginary friend in studio as we’re joined by Billy Ruxpin!  But, wait – there’s more.  We’ve pulled good ol’ Dj Lunchbox off the shelf and dusted him off just for the occasion!  WMS 600

  • This week we’re not only recapping the week in wrestling – we’re also recapping the year in wrestling.
  • We’ve been doing this for 600 Tuesdays?
  • Rizz is sharing some memories from his previous experiences for the STD Christmas episode.
  • Dj Lunchbox has not been involved with wrestling in some time. This is the episode where we’re getting him caught up on what’s happened since his hiatus.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this year?

We’re running through our predictions from last year – to see who got it right for 2017 before we make our predictions for 2018:

2018 WWE Predictions:
Sorg: Enzo will be the UK Champion.
Billy Ruxpin: Daniel Bryan will wrestle at Wrestlemania. (Against Kurt Angle?)
LB: Something bad will happen with Kurt Angle and he’ll have to go away.
Bobby: Nakamura’s going to with the Royal Rumble and challenge AJ Styles at Wrestlemania.
Wheelz: Enzo and Cass reunite and become tag team champions.
Rizz: WWE will pick up Ethan Carter, III.
Larry: Next year we’ll have a women’s tagteam championship.
Bryan: Shane is going to take another stupid ass bump like Hell in a Cell.

2018 WMS Predictions:
Sorg: Bobby will start his own independent show outside of WMS.
Billy Ruxpin: Will be back on the show for 2018.
LB: Former WWE/F wrestler will be in-studio.
Bobby: We will overdub a movie, and Sorg will actually release it this time.
Wheelz: Wheelz will make his in-studio debut for AwesomeCast and WMS.
Rizz: We will have a live WMS show at either RWA or IWC.
Larry: Sorg will not remember STD Christmas special, and will not watch it afterwards.
Bryan: Bryan will be a semi-regular audience member/show member.

Fan of the show, Brandon Mynatt, will be a participant in the 2018 Special Olympics as part of the Team Missouri Bowling Team. (Donate at: http://give.somo.org/site/TR?px=1073149&fr_id=1190&pg=persona)

Follow our stable on Twitter: Billy Ruxpin (@billyruxpin), Bobby F J-Town (@BobbyFJtown), Bryan, Sorg (@Sorgatron), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), DJ Lunchbox (@DjLunchbox), Rizz (@TheeRizz), and Wheelz (@HotwheelzRWA).

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

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 591: The Band Is Back Together

The Rev Ron Hunt FINALLY made it into the studio.  He’s joined by Chad the Shad, Mutilator Larry, and Sorg in studio.  Rizz makes his triumphant digital return to the show as well.  We’re talking all the things in wrestling, including:

  • We’re talking some Hell in a Cell at the top of the show.
  • Our in-studio guest, Ron Hunt, is talking about some of the crazy matches he’s seen/been part of.
  • When you’re in a cell (cage) it’s like being in a jail cell.
  • Hype Bros are still together because they’re too hype to be broken up.
  • Shane’s elbow-to-eye coordination is off.
  • Falls count anywhere doesn’t mean the ref goes anywhere to make that count.
  • Ron Hunt is weighing in on his thoughts about pacing in professional wrestling.
  • We’re talking some teeth knock-outs. Briscoe Bros top the list.
  • Wrestlers have to learn when and where to go all in for their spots. Can’t do it all the time without consequences.
  • The Shield reunited. But, so did Dana Brooke and Emma!
  • It’s no longer “PPV” events, they’re “special” events.
  • We’re talking some actions WWE could take to even out the 4-on-3 match.
  • It’s time for this week’s Big Question: What product would you pair for an ad campaign with the WWE?
  • We’re talking some Enzo thoughts.
  • Monday Night Football is a myth! WWE RAW
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

We’ve got a shout out to Tom Leturgey and his upcoming “The History of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh” class.

Fan of the show, Brandon Mynatt, will be a participant in the 2018 Special Olympics as part of the Team Missouri Bowling Team. (Donate at: http://give.somo.org/site/TR?px=1073149&fr_id=1190&pg=persona)

Alex Kahrs is donating sales to #SaveTheTatas this month. https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/occupy-pro-wrestling

Sorg will bring back the brick wall if we get a $20 sponsor on our Patreon level! https://www.patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow

Follow our stable on Twitter: The Rev Ron Hunt (@RonnellHunt7), Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Larry (@MutilatorLarry) and Rizz (@TheeRizz)!

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

Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 590: Bootleg Jason Statham


We’ve got Honey Badger in studio before her Indy Mayhem Show recording – and she fits right in with this week’s crew.  Chad – donning the Enzo hair, Sorg, and Larry are in studio.  And, we’ve got Mad Mike on the line from his bunker in New York.  We’re all talking this week’s wrestling updates, including:

  • Fan of the show, Brandon Mynatt, will be a participant in the 2018 Special Olympics as part of the Team Missouri Bowling Team. (Donate at: http://give.somo.org/site/TR?px=1073149&fr_id=1190&pg=persona)
  • There’s a PPV this weekend?!?!
  • Honey Badger is giving us a tutorial on the Wall of Death.
  • We’re petitioning Alex Miller to get a WMS tattoo since he’s getting a tattoo anyway – while listening to the show.
  • Is Miz putting Cesaro in a movie as bootleg Jason Statham?
  • Wait! Canadians are the ones trying stab people?
  • We’re discussing the McMahon family workout plan in this segment.
  • Shane McMahon is badass. He no-sold a helicopter crash.
  • Does Enzo have Virgil syndrome where he’s going to lay claim to doing things he didn’t actually do in 20 years.
  • After half the spots the WWE has done, we can only imagine Thanksgiving dinner discussions.
  • We’re dredging the bottom of WWE storylines in the chat room. It’s like walking down memory lane.
  • Back to Hell in a Cell – we’re speculating the KO v. Shane match.
  • This week’s Big Question: What classic feud would you like to see end in a HelI in a Cell match?
  • We just saw the first bump Hulk Hogan has taken in over a decade – right here in studio.
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

We’ve got a shout out to Tom Leturgey and his upcoming “The History of Professional Wrestling in Pittsburgh” class.

Follow our stable on Twitter: Honey Badger (@ReginaHBadger), Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Larry (@MutilatorLarry) and Mad Mike (@MadMike4883)!

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

Speaking of Slice on Broadway, make sure you vote for them in the Incline’s pizza bracket.

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 587: Yachts, Yachts, Yachts, Yachts, Yachts

We’ve got Jinx on this week as we watch the final match of the Mae Young Classic. She joins Billy, Chad, Rob, Mad Mike, and Sorg as they talk about the Mae Young Classic and some of the other crazy stuff that happened this week in wrestling:WMS

  • We have Jinx talking some Mae Young Classic with us. Seemed better than having dudes talk ladies.
  • We’ve got some thumbs-up for the Mae Young Classic as Jinx shares her thoughts as a wrestler.
  • We had some concerns about the Mae Young Classic contestants, but it turned out really well.
  • We’re digging the WWE partnerships giving us access to some great talent like WWE UK with Progress and ICW.
  • Has NXT outgrown its purpose as WWE developmental to the point we need new developmental options?
  • Day one is h?
  • The Bankruptcy Court of Owls announced a streaming service for $7.99?
  • So, TNA accidentlally released their entire library for free?
  • Apparently Jinx looks for “TNA” on the deep dark web. Is she talking TNA or T-N-A?
  • #TNAnonymous
  • “Where on Shawn Michaels” did they steal your smile?”
  • Sometimes you need a good stopping point.
  • Pro Wrestling is basically human trafficking.
  • Pro Wrestling is like Pokemon – You gotta catch ’em all.
  • This week’s Big Question: What is your favorite McMahon segment?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Billy (@billyj64), Jinx (@bloodyxadorable), Sorg (@Sorgatron), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Rob Brown (@RobBrownPA78)!

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

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 586: My Wife’s the Best Heel Ever

This week we’ve got a drastic night-and-day difference from last week, but it’s a great show with Shirley Doe joining us in studio. Between the amazing stories and his great personality, we could go on talking about wrestling all night. Thanks to Producer Missy for keeping the mayhem under control as much as she can this week as she’s wrangling Sorg, Rob, Mad Mike, Chad the Shad, and Larry as they talk about all the things in wrestling this week, including:WMS

  • We’ve been doing this for 586 nights? Wow.
  • If you haven’t seen the Mae Young Classic, shame on you! Your penance is to not listen to the show (yet).
  • Larry is sharing how his thoughts on the Mae Young Classic changed from Round 1 to Round 2.
  • We have some shared thoughts on the Mae Young Classic Round 1 matches.
  • Shirley Doe wrestled Lita? The things we learn on this show!
  • If you’re curious about where we are in the wrestling timeline, two words: Essa. Rios.
  • We found Rizz a new best friend!!!
  • You know you have the right crew of people when your conversation goes from video games to wrestling fluidly.
  • Shirley Doe is matchmaking this week.
  • Is Bianca Belair’s hair a foreign object?
  • Is WWE going to develop a Total Divas for the NXT roster? (We would totally watch it if they did.)
  • We’re talking some thoughts on who we want to see win the Mae Young Classic.
  • We’re talking some Four Horsewomen options.
  • The Ring of Honor championship “belt” is now a ring? (Or Nick Lendl got engaged to Cody Rhodes this week.)
  • Rings? Do we get Captain Planet or Green Lantern with this move in Ring of Honor?
  • We’re talking the various Royal Rumble betting options that are out there.
  • Looks like Larry has commented about a stupid hat. It’s only fitting he wear the Mayhem Dunce Cap.
  • This week’s Big Question: With the recent Sexy Star incident, how are they going to kill her off Lucha Underground?
  • We’re sharing some thoughts about things like Shane McMahon being in the ring. Should he even be there?
  • There’s no more Carmsworth?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?
  • There should be no drive-thru where the champ eats.

Follow our stable on Twitter: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Mutilator Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Chad the Shad (@ChadTheShad), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Rob Brown (@RobBrownPA78)!

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Wrestling Mayhem Show 581: Three Pieces of Ham

They haven’t kicked us out of the new studio space, so we’re back for the second week from our digs on Broadway Avenue.  This week Sorg, Larry, Rob and Bobby are joined by Billy Ruxpin to chat about what’s happening in wrestling:WMS

  • If you stopped watching RAW at 10:15, you were good to go.
  • RAW was in Pittsburgh last night. Yep. We were there.
  • MizTV and Jason Jordan are topping the show chatter tonight.
  • Best part of the Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan visit to Pittsburgh could have been the very Pittsburgh family aspect.
  • Larry is calling for a DNA test error angle with Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan.
  • John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura? We enjoyed it, but it was obvious Cena is heading out to do some stuff.
  • Jinder and Shinsuke. Larry is calling for a cash-in after the match.
  • We’re actually happy to see big guys beating the crap out of each other!
  • We’re actually discussing things commentators say during matches.
  • If you’re going to piss JBL off, it’s best to do it on air apparently.
  • Enzo isn’t liked because he’s Enzo 24/7?
  • We’re waiting to see Braun do a shooting star press off the top rope!
  • Sorg got to experience RAW with a child last night. It reminded him of why he got into wrestling.
  • What happened to Miz and Ambrose?
  • This week’s Big Question: Which UFC or WWE star would you like to see cross over to the other?
  • Shane-O-Mac was in a helicopter crash and is even more badass!
  • Is there too much wrestling podcasting happening these days?
  • What did YOU learn in wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Larry (@MutilatorLarry), Billy Ruxpin (@billyruxpin), and Ringside Rob (@RobBrownPA78)!

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

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Mayhem Mania 2017: 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 (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.


Many weeks ago, we started our journey by creating 8 matches for our card. Then, we started making changes…and more changes…and even more changes. It wasn’t always pretty. Here’s where you can catch up on what happened during Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7 and Round 8. Any match that survived 3 rounds of Mayhem Mania without being altered in any way, GRADUATED to the SUPERCARD, creating room for new and even more fantastic match ideas. This process led to three graduated matches.

All this hard work and hurt feelings led to the epic Patreon In The Bank round of Mayhem Mania, in which the Patreon supporters of the Wrestling Mayhem Show were invited to make multiple changes, fast-track matches to the SUPERCARD and much more. (more…)