Our Favorite Matches Of The Pandemic Era

July 2021 is a big month for professional wrestling. WWE and AEW are returning to live touring. Impact Wrestling and Ring Of Honor are welcoming back live fans for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Somehow, professional wrestling survived more than a year of uncertainty, lockdowns and empty arenas.

The Wrestling Mayhem Show wanted to celebrate the wrestlers and the other creative minds who helped us get through the past year and a half. Here are some favorite matches of our hosts, guests and listeners from the “Pandemic Era” – the period of time that began in the middle of March 2020 and stretched into July 2021.

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.

Wrestling Mayhem Show 712: Wrestling Dad

This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling USSlice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

Comedian Aaron Kleiber rejoins the show to cope with the state of pro wrestling, including:

  • Aaron Kleiber talks about his year of watching only women’s wrestling with his daughters
  • We talk about parenting tips and influential fathers in pro wrestling
  • We take a look at Matt and Jenn Carlins’ pro wrestling relationship
  • Plus some news and notes from the week
  • What did you learn from pro wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Aaron Kleiber (@AaronKleiber ), Mainstream Matt (@mainstreammat), Ronnie Starks, Sorg (@Sorgatron),  and Mad Mike (@MadMike4883)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)
**A special shout out to our Manager Level Patreon supporters Occupy Pro Wrestling (@power2thesmarks), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Farnsworth Investments (@jworth)**
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Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.
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Monday Mayhem Wrestling Wrap Up 4/13/19: Zelina’s Thirst Trap

Mad Mike and Sorg are joined by a LEGO Fevered Mainstream Matt as we talk about what we’ve been building, judge Jerry Lawler’s questionable and probably racist use of move names, WWE being determined as an “Essential Business” in Florida, What makes WWE different than the NBA, Lego ASMR, and some great wrestling from WWE RAW!

*Trigger Warning: Matt is actively playing through Lego bins most of the show. But great if you are into Lego ASMR

Wrestling Mayhem Show 709: Cinematic Mania

This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling USSlice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

It’s WrestleMania Quarantine Hangover digesting the weekend, including:

  • We talk about WrestleMania!
  • What does Mad Mike and Mike Quackenbush think of “Full Sports Entertainment”?
  • We talk Firefly Funhouse and Bonyard Match
  • The pros and cons of limited All Elite Wrestling Dynamite tapings
  • What does it take for Heath Slater to become the WWE Champion?
  • Big Question: What match, past or future, would you like to receive the cinematic treatment
  • Early thoughts on The Big Show Show on Netflix
  • What did you learn from pro wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Ronnie Starks (@starkswrestling), Sorg (@Sorgatron),  and Mad Mike (@MadMike4883)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)
**A special shout out to our Manager Level Patreon supporters Occupy Pro Wrestling (@power2thesmarks), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Farnsworth Investments (@jworth)**
You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow! Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!
Check out the Indy Wrestling US Network at www.indywrestling.network. For a short time, get a 7-day FREE trial to access a growing collection of content.
Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.
Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and videos

Monday Mayhem Wrestling Wrap Up 4/6/20: Monday Night Heat

Mad Mike and Sorg are talking wrestling and…stuff. Big Show almost scared the crap out of us, we’re worried about Drew McIntyre, and we’re just figuring out what to do now.

Indy Mayhem Show: Still Stuck at Home

We are joined by Beastman, Tyler Klein, Justin Idol, and Ronnie Starks to talk about how they are keeping themselves occupied, original WrestleMania plans, Dungeons and Dragons, staying in shape, WWE’s Elias, calls to wrestlers and a cameo by Heel Bradley!

Support all of our Friends of the Show and Friends of the Network!  Learn how you can support via merch stores, Patreon and more at www.indywrestling.us/covid19-support !

 

Wrestling Mayhem Show 708: What the Mania?

This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling USSlice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

“One Cool Cat” Justin Idol and his cool cats join the show as we get back to the wrestling chat, including:

  • Justin Idol isn’t up on WWE, so we play, WrestleMania or Mayhem Mania with the matches!
  • What are we excited about in this peculiar pre-taped empty arena stage for WrestleMania
  • We chat with Idol about the new social media efforts for Renegade Wrestling Alliance and trying to use Tik Tok
  • Big Question: What wrestler would you like to be quarantined with?  (don’t be creepy)
  • We touch base on the fallout from Mayhem Mania with Matt Carlins
  • What did you learn from pro wrestling this week?

Follow our stable on Twitter: Justin Idol, Ronnie Starks (@starkswrestling), Hotwheelz (@hotwheelzrwa) Sorg (@Sorgatron), Mainstream Matt (@MainstreamMat) and Mad Mike (@MadMike4883)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)
**A special shout out to our Manager Level Patreon supporters Occupy Pro Wrestling (@power2thesmarks), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Farnsworth Investments (@jworth)**
You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow! Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!
Check out the Indy Wrestling US Network at www.indywrestling.network. For a short time, get a 7-day FREE trial to access a growing collection of content.
Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.
Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and videos

Monday Mayhem Wrestling Wrap Up 3/30/20: American Bad Ass

We’re singing the sweet tunes of quarantine as Mad Mike and Sorg kick off your Monday night talking about WWE RAW, the state of wrestling, fear of the unknown, the Firefly Funhouse match and the delight in the return of Biker Undertaker for WrestleMania!

 

Wrestling Mayhem Show 707: Point of Order

This week’s episode brought to you by Indy Wrestling USSlice on Broadway, and Sidekick Media Services.

It’s PATREON IN THE BANK!  Marcus Mann and Zandar Gabriel join the thought experiment Mayhem Mania for the grand finale!!!!

 

Follow our stable on Twitter: Sorg (@Sorgatron), Zander Gabriel (@breakerofgainz), Mainstream Matt (@MainstreamMat) and Mad Mike (@MadMike4883)

If you are in Pittsburgh, you’ve got to go to Slice on Broadway (@Pgh_Slice) and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com)
**A special shout out to our Manager Level Patreon supporters Occupy Pro Wrestling (@power2thesmarks), Mad Mike (@MadMike4883), and Farnsworth Investments (@jworth)**
You can support the show at Patreon.com/wrestlingmayhemshow! Go to wrestlingmayhemshow.com for more entertainment!
Check out the Indy Wrestling US Network at www.indywrestling.network. For a short time, get a 7-day FREE trial to access a growing collection of content.
Thanks to Basick Sickness (@basicksickness) for the awesome intro for the show.
Remember to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook for updates and videos