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Wrestling 2 the MAX EXTRA: NJPW BOSJ XXIII Finals Review

On this W2M EXTRA, Tom Reese joins Sean and Paul to discuss the NJPW BOSJ XXIII Final show, go through the matches on the card, as well as the guys look back at the tournament as a whole, who impressed, who’s profile was raised by their work, and of course have their Top 5 Performers of the tournament too.

Then we finish things out by looking ahead to NJPW’s big Dominion show and what we are looking forward to the most out of the show.

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 198 Pt 1: Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, WWE RAW, AAA Lucha Libre World Cup, Muhammad Ali, & More

On this episode of W2M, we have a pretty packed show. We discuss what the impact is of Brock returning to UFC on WWE. Could this set a precedent where UFC and WWE work together? Could WWE receive something in return from UFC, aside from just promotion for Summerslam? We also discuss how the result of the Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt fight could effect WWE as well.

There’s also some fallout from that, (which has seemingly been rectified right before going on-air) concerning Journalism ethics

and how UFC is being more WWE, and less sport when it comes to handling the media. Who was right in this situation? Could WWE themselves learn something from this? Or should they continue to do what they do?

Sadly we also have to talk about bad news, as boxing legend and a man that had a great effect on pro-wrestling as a whole in Muhammad Ali passed away over the weekend. We discuss what he meant to wrestling and the world in general, also Kimbo Slice, who almost started in wrestling, passed away on Monday night due to a heart failure.

There’s also WWE RAW to talk about, we do a preview and predictions for NXT Takeover: The End, Sean discusses the two AAA Lucha Libre World Cup shows, plus ROH returns to action and we have the last part of the NJPW BOSJ tournament as well.

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(7:58-56:00) WWE RAW

(56:00-1:33:30) Wrestling News: Brock to UFC for UFC 200, how it affects WWE, and the aftermath. Muhammad Ali and what he did for wrestling, Cody Rhodes in BOLA

(1:33:30-1:43:30) NXT Takeover: The End Preview

(1:43:30-1:51:08) Ring of Honor
(1:51:08-2:02:20)AAA Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup
(2:02:20-End) NJPW BOSJ Nights 11-13

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 197 Pt 2: The NXT Malaise, ROH & CMLL, NJPW BOSJ

On this episode of W2M, we discuss a malaise that may be happening with NXT. Have their shows grown to the point where they don’t really matter? Is it all just a build to the Takeover specials? Should they focus more on stories for more of the undercard? Will NXT be hit big by the upcoming brand split? We discuss these things and more.

We start with “Quick Hits” talking where the AJ vs. John Cena feud is headed, Cody Rhodes wrestling Mike Bennett and Kurt Angle, ROH wanting to work with CMLL,

Goldberg’s future in wrestling, Miami trying to get Wrestlemania again, the correlation between being an ironman and becoming injured, Pro Wrestling NOAH crowns new champions and more.

The guys talk NXT and discuss if there is a NXT malaise happening with the shows in our big topic.

After that, there’s Lucha Underground and TNA Impact Wrestling

Finally, we get into nights 9 & 10 of NJPW BOSJ and then we end it with the W2M Power Rankings, Superstar of the Month and Match of the Month for May 2016.

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(9:30-53:08) Wrestling News: Cena and AJ could be for the second "World Title," Cody Rhodes making his list happen, Goldberg's future in wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH's new champions, Miami trying to get Wrestlemania again, and more.

(53:08-1:12:45) WWE NXT
(1:12:45-1:22:40) NXT show malaise and how NXT could be affected by the brand split

(1:22:40-1:34:49) Lucha Underground
(1:34:49-1:58:35) TNA Impact Wrestling
(1:58:35-2:05:42) NJPW BOSJ Nights 9 & 10
(2:05:42-End) W2M Power Rankings, Superstar of the Month and Match of the Month for May 2016.

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 196 Pt 2: Smackdown going live, brand split returning, & NJPW BOSJ

On this episode of W2M, we dive in and discuss everything that is out there about Smackdown going live on July 19 and the brand extension. What does this mean for WWE? The USA Network? NXT? And even the wrestling world in general? We discuss the pros and cons of having a brand extension again and if going live is really going to make Smackdown feel special. What does WWE need to make it work this time? The answer might either be rather obvious or it might surprise you.

We also get into how

WWE could split the rosters, if there is going to be an intention to create two shows with different identities, or if it will be more of the same with exclusive rosters. Will five hours in two nights be too much for the casual WWE audience? There’s just so much to get into here that we waste no time getting into it.

There’s also some other wrestling news like Eden leaves WWE, the AAA Lucha Libre World Cup being set, CMLL bringing back the World Grand Prix, the latest on some WWE injuries, and more.

Sean recaps Smackdown, we have our discussions on NXT and Lucha Underground too.

The guys talk about the latest results from NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Tournament

Then they finish it out with TNA Impact Wrestling and the W2M Power Rankings as well.

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(2:00-1:00:00) WWE Smackdown goes Live and Brand Extension Returns Discussion

(1:00:00-1:12:15) Wrestling News: Eden asks for release, AAA Lucha Libre World Cup set, Sasha Banks cleared, CMLL World Grand Prix, & More

(1:12:15-1:31:00) WWE NXT
(1:31:00-1:43:00) WWE Smackdown
(1:43:00-1:53:00) Lucha Underground
(1:53:00-2:10:40) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:10:40-2:18:10) NJPW BOSJ Nights 4 & 5
(2:18:10-End) Superstar of the Week

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 196 Pt 1: WWE RAW after Extreme Rules, Cody Rhodes Released, & NJPW BOSJ Nights 2 & 3

On this episode of W2M, we discuss the RAW after Extreme Rules, the releases of Adam Rose and Cody Rhodes, the “Shane Tell-All” Podcast, the POP TV executive interview concerning TNA, and we also have our thoughts on what went down during Night Two and Three of NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Tournament as well.

We start out talking about all things WWE RAW, but we do it a little bit differently than we have since we started the two show format.

Then we move on to the wrestling news

in “Quick Hits,” where we discuss the releases of Cody Rhodes and Adam Rose, the POP TV executive interview, Sasha Banks having a concussion, and we have our thoughts on the Shane McMahon Tell-All Podcast.

Finally, we end things by looking at night two and three of the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII tournament.

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(5:50-51:45) WWE RAW in the new format

(51:45-1:09:25) Shane "Tell-All" Discussion

(1:09:25-1:40:50) Wrestling News: Cody Rhodes & Adam Rose Released, Ryback trolling, POP TV President positive on TNA, Sasha Banks injury and more.

(1:40:50-End) NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Night 2 & 3 Thoughts

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Special # 21: WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Review

On our latest W2M Special, we are joined by the guys from Wrestling Unwrapped, Harry Broadhurst and Patrick Ketza, and also Tom Reese to discuss everything about WWE Extreme Rules 2016. We breakdown the matches, what we liked, what we didn’t like, we discuss the decisions and of course we have our final rating for the show as well. So, don’t miss our WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Review.

After that, Tom sticks around to help us go through the first night of New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors XXIII

tournament, which includes the great main event between KUSHIDA and Kyle O’ Reilly.

Just F.Y.I. (New Japan posted the tournament matches for BOSJ Night 2 right before we started the podcast, so we will cover Night 2 and 3 together on tomorrow morning’s show, along with RAW, the Cody Rhodes release, and whatever else is going on in wrestling.

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(1:00-1:59:30) WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Review (This does include time spent with three different callers as we go through the matches. So, that's why this is a bit longer than usual.)

(1:59:30-End) NJPW BOSJ Night 1 Review

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Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 195 Pt 2: WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview & NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Preview

On this episode of W2M, we have a full show packed with stuff to talk about. Two huge events occur this weekend, with WWE having their second PPV in the month of May fashioned after going hardcore. So, we do a WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview and give our predictions on that show. There’s also a thing called the Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Tournament that starts up on Saturday morning and ends on June 7. We give our predictions on who will win each block, exact points for every wrestler

involved, and ideas on who has the best chance to win it all. Paul also has his thoughts on Lions Gate Project2 show as well. Not to mention, all the wrestling news that’s come out in the last few days and more.

We start as always, with the wrestling news in “Quick Hits” discussing Vince selling a boat load amount of WWE stock, NXT Takeover: Revenge matches, more news on TNA and their current situation with TV, the release of Alex Reyes, some news coming out of Japan, and more.

Sean gives his short recap of WWE SmackDown and then we get into the WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview, then we finish up WWE talk with NXT.

We discuss what’s going on with Lucha Underground

After that, we go into a double dose of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as Paul has his thoughts on the Lions Gate Project2 show and then we go into our big Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Preview.

We finish things out with TNA Impact Wrestling and of course our W2M Power Rankings.

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(7:00-44:50) Wrestling News: Vince McMahon sells a lot of stock, TNA and POP TV situation, Alex Reyes released, NXT Takeover: Revenge, a possible storyline between Del Rio, Paige, and Charlotte, and more.

(44:50-55:40) WWE SmackDown

(55:40-1:17:05) WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Preview

(1:17:05-1:37:30) WWE NXT
(1:37:30-1:46:27) Lucha Underground

(1:46:27-1:50:25) Lions Gate Project2 Thoughts
(1:50:25-02:02:30) NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII Preview

(02:02:30-02:20:00) TNA Impact Wrestling
(02:20:00-End) Superstar of the Week

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