Chris and Jeff are a little heavy into the critique of comedy wrestling. Drew Gulak re-signs, FTR debuts, and the Hockey Glass era of WWE begins. Also, is Chris taking being a cat dad too far.
Chris and Jeff discuss the untimely deaths of Larry Csonka of 411Wrestling and Shad Gaspard of Cryme Tyme. In less important stuff we discuss Drew Gulak leaving WWE, if Charlotte needs to be on all three shows, how Aunt Pam has grown in the empty arena era, the last stand of Drake Maverick and our feeling of "eh" going into Double Or Nothing.
Chris and Jeff celebrate the career of Becky Lynch. The parallels to Daniel Bryan are amazing. Also amazing were some of the storytelling decisions: Asuka during the Becky promo, Otis as Gollum and killing his babyface aura in a two show (he's not Dusty), Charlotte's one week heel turn, etc. An extended show for your weekend.
With the ratings going downhill, is wrestling outdated? What did they think of the Cross entrance on NXT. Also before the graps, a little bit of a discussion on Little Richard, the true king of rock n roll.
The Money in the Bank matches will now be happening simultaneously. Jerry Lawler gives a horrible excuse for making inappropriate jokes. What is the logic of the Sheamus build. Oh and Jeff is old.
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The news from Friday to Friday kept getting worse or dumber depending on your point of view. Talent cuts, taping changes, and a company absolutely obtuse to the image they're projecting. Plus, the death of the voice of WWF, Howard Finkel and of course, no one knows how to give people a proper tribute.
Chris Novembrino and Jeff Hawkins give a post-mortem on Mania, discuss this week's NXT and how is Gargano and Ciampa like the 1982 Mr. Roboto Tour for Styx. This time it's Chris making the arcane reference.
Chris Novembrino and Jeff Hawkins (with mic on) review the Firefly Funhouse. Chris gives his thoughts on the Boneyard Match. Was Night 1 or Night 2 better? Was it a success? Should the show have gone on? And of course, AUNT PAM. Plus ridiculous arcane references like The Tick, The Cell, and Herman's Head.
Rob McCarron and Jeff Hawkins take you through night one, the hits, the misses, the fact that Jeff's Zoom was recording his internal mic. Still a fun chat though. Chris couldn't make it and will be back tomorrow.
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Covid-19 wreaks havoc on the Wrestlemania card which is in the can. We don't spoil the matches but we do tell you who you won't be seeing. Also, week 2 of Brodie Lee and Matt Hardy, is a Boneyard a Graveyard. We tried taping this one via Zoom to get things out quicker, let us know the good and bad by DMing @ShakethemRopes
AEW goes open air empty arena, NXT goes clip show. On the main roster, Gronk and Austin don't rise to the occasion. But there were some gems: Otis, Daniel Bryan's vanity promotion, and of course Asuka being the best member of the commentary team. Plus we start with way too much Kenny Rogers talk.
*EXPLICIT LANGUAGE* Back in June of 2019, on the somewhat dormant Patreon, Chris and Jeff recorded a look back at Beyond the Mat, which is now back on Netflix. Jeff went to a Universal employee screening when it first came out, and he and Chris go through what opinions have changed, what aged well, what didn't. Also a few odd sidebars here and there. If you're holed up, give it a watch and then give us a listen.
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This week, how can Chris quit if there's no WrestleMania? The studio wrestling boom is here! Is Mojo Rawley "The ugly friend?" There was good use of the PC and bad use of the PC. More virus talk, more Vince talk.
WWE this week was the best and worst of what that company does. Before going into an Elimination Chamber preview, Jeff and Chris discuss a little AEW: the tag match, Orange Cassidy/Tony Schiavone and Chris breaks down what AEW's production team did right with Jake's audio that WWE never could.
Chris and Jeff ask if the Fiend is really over or was it just expectations, Jeff guides you through the Road to Wrestlemania as it pertains to the Saudi Arabia show in addition to reviewing NXT, NXT UK and talking general WWE events.
Other than NXT Portland, it seems all three major shows sort of phoned it in. So after we gush about what we liked on that show, we're rambling about whatever comes up. The Lacey Evans reboot that wasn't. Does Vince hate Christianity? Is Austin Theory a guy or a geek?
During the course of our NXT Takeover Portland preview we ask if NXT has a WCW Nitro problem, Jeff tries to disuade you from Wrestlemania in Los Angeles, and call the big one "Bitey" as we talk about Shayna Baszler's "debut" on Raw.
We bounce around Q4 talk and the future of WWE's streaming, go a bit into NWA and AEW angles. Why does WWE give a big introduction to people who are going to lose? Jeff is looking forward to the XFL, and Mr. Chesterton won't shut up.