Friday, July 29, 2016

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 165

Adam Cole (BAYBAY) has a great theme song if you ignore the problematic lyrics
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers:

Adam Cole's Ring of Honor theme song is catchy and jumpy and it befits a wrestler of his current disposition, but the lyrics aren't so much dumb as they are rapey at worst and creepy at best. "I've got something for you!" Representing a wrestler whose primary taunt is to ask his opponent to suck his dick, well, it's not a good look. But the music is goddamn on point though.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Masked Man Show Ep. 3

Ziggler's big win and implications are discussed here
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If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Masked Man Show
Episode: 3 (July 27, 2016)
Run Time: 1:01:00
Guest: Dan St. Germain

Best Coast Bias: Cycling Through

FINALLY (Photo Credit: WWE.com)
The best part of adulting is damn sure not the actual work-a-day grind of adulting, it's having adulted. Fixing something, whether with your own two Ellsworthian hands or just the accomplishment of getting something done and slashing a black Sharpie through line on it on your to-do list is the feat. It may be more than a bit Sisyphean, but it's still the goal.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Vanilla Midget Report: Vol. 1, Issue 3

The spot of the night, nay, the first round
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The Cruiserweight Classic is 30 percent in the books, and the first round is almost complete. Last night's episode continued its perfect batting average for hard-hitting, crowd-satisfying action. While the focus of the first two episodes clearly was on the high flying side of the cruiserweight oeuvre, last night took a more #grapplefuck-y turn as both Zack Sabre, Jr. and Drew Gulak were in action. Trust me, it was goooooood.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat July 27

The crew talk about Banks' win and not much else of worth
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If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Cheap Heat
Episode: Money In The Banks (July 27, 2016)
Run Time: 1:10:33
Guest: Bryan Diperstein (40:37), Brian Campbell (1:04:40)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Smackdown: Debut Is What

Ziggler superkicked his way to a surprising win at the end of Smackdown
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Brand extension in WWE kicked off with a bang. The Draft, problems with the actual distribution of talent aside, drew more viewers than the RAW the night before, and this week's RAW was undoubtedly one of the best three hours of television WWE has produced in, like, ever. Smackdown had a tall order to fill. Would Brand Blue be up for the task in its maiden voyage under a new, split roster? Find out below!

I Listen So You Don't Have To: The Tiki Bar with Tama Tonga, July 23

Fale talks to his Bullet Club brother on Tama Tonga's podcast
Screen Grab via YouTube 
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: The Tiki Bar with Tama Tonga
Episode: July 23, 2016
Run Time: 39:53
Guest: Bad Luck Fale

Bad Bayley Takes and You

Why so many awful Bayley takes lately?
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So, a review that popped up on Rolling Stone's website by Kenny Herzog for Battleground that was universally panned by anyone who saw the show and had two brain cells to rub together. Honestly, part of the consensus revulsion towards the review, which I will not link here because bad writing shouldn't get clicks, was because the writer seemed to have panned the show. I will never go in on someone for having a difference of opinion, no matter how wildly divergent it is. However, while one is entitled to his or her own opinion, sometimes, said opinion can be so rooted in ignorance that it needs to be retorted.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Eps. 337 and 339

Styles' podcast interview with Austin is recapped this week
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If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show
Episode: 337 (June 28, 2016)
Run Time: 1:14:35
Guest: AJ Styles (15:17)

Monday, July 25, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling Ep. 310

Irish standout Ward is on the show this week
Photo via Catch-Arena
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Art Of Wrestling
Episode: 310 (July 21, 2016)
Run Time: 1:04:34
Guest: Luther Ward (10:02)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Best Coast Bias: Flux With Draft Day (Not Everybody's Celebratin')

Dance partners once again
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For weeks and months it seemed like the entirety of WWE was in a holding pattern until The Draft came onto the calendar with promises to shake everything up. Folks expecting seismic shifts in the Stamford landscape ended up having to deal with the repercussions of small aftershocks with the halving of the roster and promotions of six NXT acts a few short days ago. Some Finns picks were the faitest of accompli and a blind hobo would've been able to guess that they would occur. Others, like Carmella on an opposite show from her boyz/s Enzo Amore and Big Cass or Mojo Rawley to Team Blue weren't full-out head scratchers but rather puzzlers that don't lend themselves to immediate, concise responses.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Cheap Heat July 20

Rosenberg shoots on sexist tendencies of wrestling fans on this week's show
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If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Cheap Heat
Episode: Déjà Vu (July 20, 2016)
Run Time: 1:07:27
Guest: Brian Campbell (15:43)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 164

What were the parameters set up by the draft?
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It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers:

I'm not sure much is going to change. The ceiling is probably a roster that has more wrestlers who are recognizable. Rather than having guys needing to suck up minutes on both RAW and Smackdown, each show will have its own cast of characters, more minutes per superstar to absorb on non-Network main roster shows. The floor is probably similar to where WWE was in 2008, towards the end of the last round of brand extension. If they split the titles, one will definitely be higher than the other on the pecking order, and RAW will end up being more important while Smackdown will be just kinda there.

The Vanilla Midget Report, Vol. 1, Issue 2

Welcome back, Tajiri!
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Week two of the Cruiserweight Classic has been broadcast. While the novelty and excitement of the first week dissipated into the ether by now, the standard of quality was upheld for the most part. It would appear this tournament, as the children say nowadays, is the real deal. The time has come to dive in deeper.

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Talk Is Jericho, Ep. 265

The Club recreates an old podcast staple on Talk Is Jericho
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If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Talk Is Jericho
Episode: 265
Run Time: 1:22:28
Guests: Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, AJ Styles