Alasdair and Kyle are here to answer your questions as we continue on the Road to the Road to Wrestlemania, otherwise known as the build to the Royal Rumble. But first, we discuss the all-over brilliance of Jason Jordan, the most wonderfully annoying wannabe in WWE, and the incredible coolness of the Balor Club. We’re asked to pay our respects to the Miztourage, all-time great stable. We debate who should win the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble. We wonder what Braun Strowman could do at WrestleMania if he’s not involved with the Universal Championship. And we look at the women of NXT and who has us most excited about their potential.
We keep it simple for our first episode of 2018. Recording the night after New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom, we look at the most Canadian match ever (give or take the Harts, Edge and Christian, and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn), as the twin toasts of Winnipeg Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega went at it for 36 glorious minutes. Check out this match if you haven’t, or give us a chance to explain why this is worth watching, as it fuses the best of WWE and New Japan, with a bit of old-school Ric Flair-style psychology thrown in. Then we look at the bizarrely muddled main event scene on SmackDown and try to figure out who to root for other than Alasdair’s beloved adult son A.J. Styles. We also are all-in on Jason Jordan, proto-heel.
We look back at the year in wrestling in 2017, which somehow — because we’re idiots — means looking back on the Fastlane card and trying to convince ourselves that the Club and Bayley were champs on the road to WrestleMania. Then we look ahead to what’s coming in 2018, including who we think could be a Braun Strowman-like breakout star next year, how ridiculously good the build for the next TakeOver is looking, what story it would take to push WWE back into the mainstream, how to fix both women’s divisions in time for Mania, and more! Thanks to everyone for listening this year, and we’ll be right back at it in 2018!
Never fear, listeners, Kyle is back to stop Alasdair from just talking to himself for another 42 minutes. We talk all things “Clash of Champions,” including the shocker that was the United States Championship match being maybe the best of the night. Possibly? Kyle is ready to say so, but Alasdair doesn’t want anyone discounting how Jinder Mahal (and A.J. Styles) wrestled a damn mat classic. We also grapple with the psychology of the tag team and women’s matches, and segue into some discussion of the women’s Royal Rumble match, which is awesome, but also how it highlights the lack of individual storytelling in the division, which is less awesome. Also… yeah, let’s talk about Kane.
With Kyle busy on a special project, Alasdair podcasts with a broomstick for a ridiculous 42 minutes of solo talking on Clash of Champions. He breaks down the title matches, including a lengthy discussion of the SmackDown women’s division, whether Baron Corbin can continue his streak of shockingly good triple threat matches, how pretty much all the teams in the tag title match feel like fleshed-out people beyond how they function as faces or heels, and just what the story is with the Yep Movement and the show’s authority figures. Also, let’s just take a moment and recognize the brilliance of Roman Reigns and Cesaro. Don’t worry, Kyle will be back soon.
We’re back after a week off with plenty to talk about, thanks to another fantastic round of listener questions. We look at the two new women’s factions on Raw and SmackDown and how they look in their first few weeks. We’re optimistic about Absolution and think the Riott Squad could be good, but the general state of SmackDown’s women’s division is so weird it’s hard to say for sure. We take a closer look at NXT stars Velveteen Dream and Kassius Ohno and consider what their potential is in WWE. And, of course, we take plenty of time to appreciate the woken brilliance of Matt Hardy.
Alasdair and Kyle look back on the many joys and occasional frustrations of NXT Takeover: War Games and Survivor Series. Wait, that’s ambiguous: Takeover was just joys. The weirdness was all on Survivor Series, though we did legitimately have to struggle with which was the better show because both had some classic matches and stories. We start small with how the likes of Miz-Corbin were way better than they had any right to be, before talking about how Velveteen Dream-Aleister Black was pretty much perfect. We pay our respects to the next NXT champions coming out of Takeover, and we revel in the tag team glory of this week, with a special shout-out to the Bar and the Usos. Also, that War Games match… my goodness. And Brock Lesnar-AJ Styles… double my goodness.