Episode 43: August 26, 2017

We open with what was, at the time of recording, breaking news about Asuka’s status in WWE. It’s a nice distraction from a largely disappointing SummerSlam weekend, though we do find plenty of post-Takeover goodies to dig into, at least once you get past how weird John Cena has been lately. There’s the ascendancy of Braun Strowman, the continued renaissance of tag team wrestling in WWE, SmackDown becoming glorious, and even 205 Live getting an unexpected shot in the arm with the arrival of a certain Certified G. (Which Alasdair was in Brooklyn to see happen live, otherwise there’s a good chance we wouldn’t have mentioned it.) All that plus we tackle two important questions: What the hell is going on with Rusev? And, seriously, what the hell is going on with Rusev?

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Episode 42: August 20, 2017

The latest NXT Takeover was so good that we just had to talk about it the next day! Alasdair was in the building in Brooklyn for the second straight year, while Kyle was following along on the network. We go match by match through the card. We revel in the awesomeness of Gargano-Almas. We explain why Sanity-AoP worked as well as it did, and why this was the wholly unexpected but most welcome Alexander Wolfe coming out party. We have more complicated feelings about Black-Itami, but we’ve got nothing but the highest praise for Asuka-Ember II. And let’s not forget the main event of Roode-McIntyre, and how it sets up a whole new faction BAY BAY.

Episode 41: August 18, 2017

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It’s SummerSlam week! And, more importantly, it’s “What the hell is going on with Baron Corbin?” week! We look at Tuesday’s failed cash-in from every possible storytelling angle we can figure, as we try to work out what the Lone Wolf has to offer after this insane development. In happier news, we take a look at this weekend’s activities, with a particular focus on the truly excellent NXT Takeover card. Plus we consider when Carmella should cash in and what a return to the Attitude Era would mean for modern-day WWE!

Episode 40: August 12, 2017

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We kick off with a couple announcements! Alasdair is looking to enlist some of you lovely wrestling fans to help predict the event of SummerSlam for Inverse, while Kyle is getting back in the WWE reviewing game at Real Sport 101! We’ve got all the details on both of those at the top of the episode. Next up, Kyle was in the building for SmackDown Live, and we discuss the rare thrill of being live in the building for Mahal-Orton IV. We also discuss some Wyatt Family members and what kinds of stories would best bring out their characters. Finally we run down the card for Progress Wrestling’s New York show this Saturday night (which, incidentally, we recorded before the late-breaking news that Pete Dunne is out of action for the show).

Episode 39: August 5, 2017

We take a quick look at the state of the SummerSlam card after an exciting SmackDown, wondering just what the future holds for new number one contender Shinsuke Nakamura. (We’re really feeling the Baron Corbin cash-in, but maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves.) But the real focus of today’s episode is a look back at two recent classic matches, both of which involve your pal and mine, the Big Dog himself, Mr. Roman Reigns. First up, we look at the contemporary match that cemented Alasdair as a fan forever, Reigns vs. A.J. Styles at Extreme Rules 2017. Then Kyle tries to show Alasdair just why he can’t give up on Bray Wyatt with the Elimination Chamber 2014 six-man tag between the Shield and the Wyatt Family. It’s very, very good… but Alasdair might just mark for Luke Harper anyway.

Episode 39: August 5, 2017

We take a quick look at the state of the SummerSlam card after an exciting SmackDown, wondering just what the future holds for new number one contender Shinsuke Nakamura. (We’re really feeling the Baron Corbin cash-in, but maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves.) But the real focus of today’s episode is a look back at two recent classic matches, both of which involve your pal and mine, the Big Dog himself, Mr. Roman Reigns. First up, we look at the contemporary match that cemented Alasdair as a fan forever, Reigns vs. A.J. Styles at Extreme Rules 2017. Then Kyle tries to show Alasdair just why he can’t give up on Bray Wyatt with the Elimination Chamber 2014 six-man tag between the Shield and the Wyatt Family. It’s very, very good… but Alasdair might just mark for Luke Harper anyway.

Episode 38: July 29, 2017

Kyle returns for a late-night recording, which is always way crazier and sillier (and, yeah, probably better) than our morning recordings. Battleground was very mean and rude to all of us, but then SmackDown Live went ahead and completely redeemed itself. Alasdair tries to discuss this without just being a shameless A.J. Styles mark, but, come on… you know he’s not going to manage it. We also take a bit of time to recognize the beefy majesty of Raw’s contribution to the SummerSlam main event. It’s just… so damn beautiful. We also consider what the worst pay-per-views have been since we started watching, which leads us down a weird, Battleground 2013-related rabbit hole.