WE WATCH WRESTLING – EPISODE #108
HOST: MATT MCCARTHY
COHOSTS: VINCE AVERILL, TOM SIBLEY
RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 23, 2015
Report by Steven Ganyo, PWPodcast reporter
Matt: “They have done such a splendid job of making Sting look like a f—ing loser.”
Vince: “I like JBL. You know, Bischoff, whatever.”
Tom: “She’s a FOUR-alarm smoke show, you are correct. But she also looks like she has heavy periods…”
HOT TOPICS ON THE SHOW
This week, the boys share their thoughts on Night of Champions and Raw, compare and contrast WCW vs. WWE, and flip through a wrestling magazine from 1986.
SUBJECTS COVERED (w/Time Stamps)
*NOC Review Begins*
*Compare and Contrast WCW and the WWE in the ’90s*
*The Curious Case of the Lesnar-Taker HIAC announcement*
*Paige’s turn on Raw*
*A Brief Look at the WWE Tag Division*
*Jake “The Snake” Roberts Conversation*
*Back to Night of Champions: Jeri-Shield vs. The Wyatts*
*Wrestling Magazine Review*
*Who’s Your Favorite Wrestler?*
After the brief intro, the boys start the Night of Champions recap with Seth Rollins’s two matches and Sting’s injury.
Vince notes that this is “a show of tangents” as he steers the discussion to WCW. The downfall of the company and how badly WWE botched the ensuing invasion angle are highlighted, as well as the genesis of the NWO.
Vince then transitions to the strange circumstances surrounding the announcement of Brock vs. Taker at Hell in a Cell and they discuss how such an announcement would typically be handled.
Next, Tom talks Paige’s heel turn on Monday night. Matt tells a Paige-related NXT anecdote from his WWE days, and Vince worries that she might be getting “Big Show’d” here on the main roster.
A brief discussion of New Day follows as the boys discuss Big E.’s near-beheading of Bubba, and Tom nearly kills his microphone by imitating a WWE Superstar.
Matt brings up Jake Roberts and touches briefly on the Beyond the Mat documentary before they return to NOC talk, looking at the six-man tag between the Wyatts and The Shield remnants plus mystery partner Jericho. They also break down the increasing incidents of fans jumping the barricade.
The boys then transition to the latest installment of “Botchamania” which features a pop culture send up of the latest pro wrestling veteran tragedy. Also, how do wrestlers, announcers and fans react to live, in-person botches?
The show took a random turn here as the hosts jumped quickly from one topic to another. Highlights included Jerry Lawler’s wardrobe, internet streaming devices, and stand up comedy.
Matt then breaks out his copy of Wrestling Eye magazine from 1986. As they page through it, they discuss whether the publication was protecting kayfabe or not, break down an article about Hulk Hogan, and dig into an ironically timely piece about fans violently engaging with wrestlers. Listen for a rough, but promising, Jesse Ventura impression here.
As always, the boys closed the show with “Who’s your favorite wrestler.” Tom chose Lucha Libre specialist Psicosis after binging on some WCW Nitros, Vince selected Chuck Taylor as his favorite, in spite of getting worked by Taylor via social media, and Matt likes Jack Evans because of his antics in the recently released PWG BOLA DVD previews. Some more PWG talk finished out the show.
SCORE & REVIEW
7 out of 10: Wow! This show was all over the place, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So many topics covered in a few minutes or less, you really have to pay attention to keep up. If you don’t, you’ll suddenly find yourself listening to Tom talking about his building’s dryer being full of “bedazzles” and you won’t know exactly why. You won’t be surprised, but you’ll be lost. Once again, these three are highly entertaining together, so even with topics I’m not super excited about I enjoy the listen. But, as interesting as the magazine segment was, their irreverence and free association fun can get bogged down by focusing so intently on one subject. I like the idea of the old wrestling magazines, but I don’t necessarily want to be read to from them. Otherwise, solid show.