It’s a Big Four weekend, and Alasdair and Kyle are here to talk Survivor Series and — thanks to a delay in editing — preview an NXT Takeover that has already, you know, happened. Never mind, though, as the main focus is on Survivor Series and which matches have us most excited. There are at least four incredible-looking matches on the card, but we also consider the lesser lights of, say, the Miz vs. Baron Corbin and the trickiness of heel vs. heel storytelling. Then we devote the back half of the episode to three matches that offer a hint of what to expect from Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles, as we look at Brock’s matches against Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out 2004, CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013, and Seth Rollins at Battleground 2015.
Happy Rusev Day, everyone! But before we get to the most gloriously ludicrous yet strangely perfect Rusev fantasy booking ever — seriously, Kyle got chills from Alasdair’s latest idea — we talk about everything else that’s happened this week. We consider how Chris Jericho built a feud with Kenny Omega for New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 12. We talk about the storytelling in the match between A.J. Styles and Jinder Mahal, and after all these months we make as much of an effort as we are ever will to say nice things about Jinder. We try to talk friend of the show Jim DeCoyote off the proverbial WWE ledge. And then… again, happy Rusev Day, everyone.
Another amazing batch of questions means Alasdair and Kyle have plenty to talk about without even bothering to worry too much about what’s been going on in WWE this week. We consider which wrestlers early in their careers could be huge breakout stars. We ponder managers and who could benefit most from having one. Special attention is paid to Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, and Asuka, because they demand it. Plus Alasdair unleashes some truly bonkers booking to get Rusev, Tye Dillinger, and A.J. Styles (naturally) where they belong on the SmackDown card!
The best round of listener questions ever means we mostly spend this week’s episode talking about what you all want us to talk about. We kick off with some general discussion of the two-match affair (apologies, Asuka-Emma) that was TLC, with Alasdair asking Kyle the all-important question about the bonkers main event. Alasdair is also finally willing to get on board with a Finn Balor main event push after that match with A.J. Styles, because Alasdair keeps finding new and creative ways to stan for A.J. Styles. Then we take listener questions about Sami Zayn’s new direction, the hottest new tag team in NXT, the secret of a great heel turn, the recent mini-exodus of WWE talent, the best spot in WWE for indie sensation Ricochet, and a secondary women’s belt. Most importantly, we spend a solid 10 minutes breaking down a gif (https://twitter.com/WWEtriviaTO/status/923619338992701441) of the newly formed Zo Train doing Enzo Amore’s trademark dance, and Drew Gulak has never been more incredible in our eyes.
It’s our landmark 50th episode, which Alasdair, in true WWE at WrestleMania 25 fashion, keeps wrongly calling the 50th anniversary show. Seriously, where to begin with this one? To mark the milestone, we asked original cohost and much cooler person LaToya Ferguson to make a one-off return, which she did! She talks about the book she’s working on and the state of Impact Wrestling and helps us answer some questions about TLC. But that’s the thing: We recorded the main episode before the last-minute reshuffling of the TLC card, so Kyle and Alasdair jumped back on to record a special prologue segment in which we discuss Kurt Angle’s in-ring return and A.J. Styles taking on Finn Balor in a battle of the Bullet Club. You’re getting a lot from this one, basically. Here’s to 50 more!
Alasdair and Kyle talk about Hell in a Cell, which we pretty much just confine to those two Hell in a Cell matches, because (with apologies to that triple threat, maybe) what else is there really to talk about? We consider the future of the tag team division and the New Day’s place in it (or elsewhere?), along with plenty of discussion of one Mr. Sami Zayn. We then talk all about the Shield reuniting and the absolute mind-melting 4-on-3 TLC match we’re headed toward. Plus we consider the state of the women’s divisions and why they so frequently feel like a mess. And then we chase it all with lots of well-deserved praise for the perfection that is NXT right now.
We were too busy to get in a podcast last week, but we’re back! Alasdair and Kyle take a look at the baffling storytelling of the Braun-Brock match at No Mercy, then move on as swiftly as WWE has. We take a look at most of the non-Jinder stuff to be excited about from Hell in a Cell. Alasdair goes fully mental with a ringing endorsement of 205 Live, and Kyle finds himself in worrying levels of agreement. Then there’s some Canadian Thanksgiving discussion, where Alasdair keeps emphasizing the “Canadian” part to the point of mild violence against Kyle.