Episode 27: May 5, 2017

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Yeah, we both liked the House of Horrors match. Don’t worry, this is (probably!) still worth listening to. We explain why we enjoyed the glorious trainwreck of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton’s final (surely, right?) encounter, then get into why A.J. Styles and Sami Zayn connect with us more consistently than similarly talented dudes of roughly similar stature like Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. We pay tribute to the last chapter of the JeriKO saga, then take a moment to recognize the brilliance of Breezango and the Fashion Files. All that and Kyle’s preview of his upcoming trip to Ring of Honor and New Japan’s joint War of the Worlds show in Toronto, featuring Kenny Omega!

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Episode 26: April 29, 2017

Alasdair and Kyle talk about the upcoming PPVs Payback and Backlash, assuming they can tell the difference. (There’s one point in which Alasdair legitimately can’t.) Kyle discusses how WWE could go about building a better go-home show, then we take a bunch of questions from listeners on Twitter. We discuss the best and worst possible visions of the House of Horrors match, how to keep Braun strong even if he loses to Roman, and the awesome hilarity that is WWE actually naming a PPV Great Balls of Fire. That’s amazing. Plus we pay tribute to Breezango, number one contenders!

Episode 25: April 24, 2017

We’re dropping this podcast on a Monday, so we’ll save the instantly dated Raw discussion. (All hail Braun, basically.) Instead, we discuss just what it means to have Jinder Mahal as the new number one contender to the WWE Championship, and whether either of us really has the courage to hinder Jinder in his quest for gold. Also, we talk about the lovely end to Tye Dillinger’s NXT story with his steel cage match against Eric Young. All that and Alasdair checks in with an indie wrestling report about the greatness of Limitless Keith Lee!

Episode 24: The Superstar Shake-up

Alasdair and Kyle record early one morning (Alasdair even has birds chirping in the background, just to set the mood) to discuss the results of the Superstar Shake-up! Or, at least they get to that eventually, once they are done paying all due homage to Braun Strowman flipping over a damn ambulance. Seriously, that happened and was amazing and Braun is our hero now. Plus we take a look at an exciting new era for SmackDown (and, uh, we guess Raw as well) with A.J. Styles getting monster babyface pops as the officially recognized heart and soul of the blue brand. And Alasdair checks in with a quickie NXT report, because why not?

Episode 23: WrestleMania 33, Part Two

A bunch of truly bizarre and maddening technical difficulties mean we’re only just getting this out, but no matter! Come join the rest of our massive discussion of all things WrestleMania 33 here, as we look at Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho, the debut of Shinsuke Nakamura (and why Alasdair is way higher on those Roode-Nakamura matches than he probably ought to be), and whether the man who wants to be introduced as the face that runs the place is actually, you know, turning face. After these two episodes, we can officially lay WrestleMania weekend to rest, just in time for the superstar shake-up. (Which, by the way, we’ll probably have to get to sometime next week, as Alasdair has some travel coming up this weekend. Till then, thanks for listening!)

Episode 22: WrestleMania 33, Part One

Alasdair and Kyle look at the entire WrestleMania week experience (well, half of it anyway, considering this is just part one of a two-part episode), touching on everything from the Hall of Fame last Friday to the most recent SmackDown Live! We connect the matches on Saturday and Sunday to the shifting storylines on Monday and Tuesday. We start with Roman Reigns discussion, because there’s really no way around it, but we segue into Alasdair unapologetically marking out over Tye Dillinger and Emma, as is only proper. Plus we discuss the return of Matt and Jeff Hardy, the cruiserweights, and the Raw women’s championship match. Stay tuned for the second half of our massive, three-hour WrestleMania fallout discussion, coming very soon.

Episode 21: April 1, 2017

It’s time for WrestleMania! Alasdair and Kyle are here to break down all the action on Sunday’s card, looking at the good (Seth Rollins vs. Triple H! Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens! John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. the Miz and Maryse!), the not so good (Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin! A fairly lifeless tag team ladder match! Intriguing but unfocused women’s matches!), and the just kind of confusing (Roman Reigns vs. the Undertaker! Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg! A.J. Styles vs. Shane McMahon in a traditional wrestling match!). All in all, it’s actually a pretty exciting card, especially when you keep in mind neither Samoa Joe nor Luke Harper is anywhere on the card, and they figure to get involved somehow. All that and some Mania-level fantasy-booking, with Alasdair suggesting Styles vs. Nakamura for the Intercontinental title (have they ever done something like that?), Braun vs. Big Show for the U.S. title while Jericho and Owens go for the big belt, and an absurdly detailed pitch for a women’s Money in the Bank match to open Mania. All that and stumping for┬áBo Rida to make his epic return against Flo Rida!