“WE WATCH WRESTLING”
HOST: MATT MCCARTHY
CO-HOSTS: VINCE AVERILL, TOM SIBLEY
RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 30, 2015
Report by Steven Ganyo, PWPodcast reporter
– Matt: “It would be the equivalent of, instead of HBO making Game of Thrones, if they spent every Sunday doing a documentary of how awesome The Sopranos used to be.”
– Vince: “If I don’t order the urinal cakes for Titan Tower, who’s gonna do it?”
– Tom: “I bet Brett, when he smoked crack, would explain why it’s okay for him to smoke crack.”
HOT TOPICS ON THE SHOW
In this week’s issue, the boys talk what’s wrong with WWE, why the Network is underachieving, and DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS!
SUBJECTS COVERED (w/Time Stamps)
*Raw Ratings/The Problem With WWE* – 04:00-20:45
*New Day* – 20:45-23:55
*Rapid Fire Topics* – 23:55-38:00
*WWE Network: What Is & What Could Be* – 38:00
*Anticipation For Upcoming Wrestling DVDs* – 42:35-45:40
*Who Is Georgette Krieger?* – 45:40-51:25
*Rapid Fire Topics II* – 51:25-1:01:30
*Drugs Drugs Drugs* – 1:01:30-1:08:05
*Video Reviews* – 1:01:30-1:13:00
*Who’s Your Favorite Wrestler?* – 1:13:00-1:25:13
The boys start the meat of the show talking about Raw’s plummeting ratings and how it affects fans both casual and hardcore. Tom name-checks PRO WRESTLING TORCH founder Wade Keller as they discuss how living in the past can’t help WWE in the present.
Speaking of the present, the conversation turns to New Day and their Table For 3 episode on the network. Matt applies the Bobby Heenan phenomenon to New Day.
The show then transitioned to a stream of rapid-fire wrestling and non-wrestling related topics that included the network MSG event card this Saturday, Lesnar-Big Show history, and the ever-present Cena heel turn speculation. Also, Tom’s Penthouse pet trading card collection came up, which fed to Attitude Era divas appearing in Playboy.
Matt then turned the conversation to the WWE Network and how it could be improved. Vince goes Scott Hall and presents a survey question to the listeners.
Speaking of video content, Christmas is coming early for the boys. A new Kevin Nash Kayfabe Commentaries is out soon, and Matt’s PWG Battle of Los Angeles DVDs have shipped!
An entertaining history lesson then ensues as Matt profiles Georgette Krieger, an old school WWF super fan.
Next, the boys go back to stream of consciousness mode, briefly hitting on PWG’s Super Dragon, Jaws references, former WWE creative member Kevin Eck, and what it would take for Vince McMahon to be relieved of his duties. Also, WWE Superstars missing in action.
This led to speculation of drug-related suspensions. What drugs were/are most popular in the wrestling world and who’s on what. Tom guesses which Superstars got their bodies the easy way or the hard way.
Matt then calls back to the VHS tapes he received from a listener and friend of the show and briefly recalls their contents. That feeds to talk of Abdullah The Butcher’s shoot videos and ribs & Chinese joints.
The show closes, as always, with the boys picking their favorite wrestler. Tom chooses Kane and proceeds to talk only about Big E. instead. Vince also chooses Kane as his favorite because he was the only redeeming quality on the last Raw, and Matt opts for The Sandman because he’s been watching a ton of ECW and the Bobby Heenan phenomenon also applies to Sandman. Matt closes the show talking about how annoying a certain wrestling crowd chant is.
SCORE & REVIEW
7/10: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, in my opinion this show thrives when it’s all over the place. The number of topics covered in this issue is crazy and no matter where the conversation went, it was entertaining.