Running Wild Podcast's Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.
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
A full 2 hour documentary kicks thing off covering the first 26 years of Wrestlemania, and tells a story
about each and every year, from technical difficulties (Wrestlemania 2), to drastic moves (Wrestlemania 7), to changings of the guard (Wrestlemania 14), with special focuses on certain key performers on the biggest stage. This is an unforgettable set.
Along with the documentary, we have a collections of 11 matches from the history of Wrestlemania, some of which are the most famous matches in WWE history. We'll talk a bit about each of them, some of which we have covered before.
And, of course, the Big Finish, where we talk about the best and worst matches on the set, and our cash and trash for this set. What moment will stand center stage in the main event? And what moment will be stuck in Hartford?
All of this and more as we go back to our beginnings and cover a full 3 disc set, with the True Story of Wrestlemania on WU
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(9:55-15:55) Match Results
(15:55-1:54:35) True Story of Wrestlemania Documentary Review
(1:54:35-2:14:55) Cash & Trash, Best & Worst Match
(2:14:55-End) Final Rating & Plugs
Sometimes, being at a show can give you a whole new perspective of a show. And sometimes, you can still see faults of a show even watching it unfold before your very eyes...
This week's show is going to be a little bit different, as WU talks about Wrestlemania 32, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Featuring a main event that, just, yikes. And a confusing Hell in a Cell with control of a company on the line for one man versus a Wrestlemania career on the line for the other man, as
the Undertaker faces Shane McMahon, and a game changing match for the WWE Women's Championship as Charlotte faces Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch for the newly crowned title.
And, of course, there's our best and worst matches and our cash and trash. What moment left us cheering in the streets in Dallas, and what left us booing Roman Reigns?
All of that and more on this special edition of WU
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(5:00-12:00) WWE Wrestlemania 32 Results
(12:00-2:05:00) WWE Wrestlemania 32 Review (Including Pre-Show Matches)
(2:05:00-2:26:50) Cash & Trash, Best & Worst Match
(2:26:50-End) Final Rating & Plugs
Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 188: NXT Takeover Dallas Preview, Aztec Warfare II, NJPW Going Public & More
This week on W2M, we headline with a NXT Takeover Dallas Preview, we get super excited about Aztec Warfare II, New Japan still considering going public with an IPO, the continuing Road to Wrestlemania, and more.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” where we talk about Bobby Roode and Eric Young leaving TNA, TNA signing some new talent, a potential class action lawsuit for WWE over WWE Network Royalties, New Japan possibly doing shows in Australia and
New Zealand, Steve Corino doing the English commentary for Invasion Attack, Lucha Underground getting some new talent and a new TV spot, Speedball Mike Bailey legal issues, and a whole lot more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW and after that, we look at NXT as well.
Then we get into our NXT Takeover Dallas Preview
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, we also talk about the international champion thing here too. We go on to ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)
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(7:45-1:03:05) Wrestling News: Potential WWE Network lawsuit, Hulk vs. Gawker, Bobby Roode & Eric Young leave TNA, NJPW possibly going public, concussions, and more.
(1:03:05-1:45:25) WWE RAW
(1:45:25-1:58:10) WWE NXT
(1:58:10-2:10:30) WWE NXT Takeover Dallas Preview
(2:10:30-2:24:20) Lucha Underground: Aztec Warfare II
(2:24:20-2:42:15) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:42:15-2:49:09) Ring of Honor
(2:49:09-End) Superstar of the Week & Plugs
What a difference one week can make. Exactly one week prior to WWF Wrestlemania X-7, there were three major American wrestling companies, and suddenly a week later, there's was only one left standing.
The top four stars are in the final two matches, in Undertaker vs. Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock, plus you have other huge matches like TLC2 and Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, it's no wonder this event is held in such high regard. However, the question remains... will Vince McMahon be left as the April Fool when he takes on Shane in a street fight?
So, join us for a Wrestlemania X-7 Review, plus our Cash and Trash, best and worst match, and our final rating for the show as well.
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(7:30-2:03:25) Wrestlemania X-7 Review The Entire Card
(2:03:25-2:10:30) Best & Worst Match
(2:10:30-2:22:00) Cash & Trash
(2:22:00-End) Final Rating for the Show
Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 187: Sting Retired, Vince McMahon & Father Time, International WWE Champions, & More
This week on W2M, we headline with a main topic of looking at how the actions of Vincent K. McMahon echo those of Vincent J. McMahon and perhaps father time will be what really changes WWE. This thing with Roman Reigns is not unique in WWE’s history and we discuss why it isn’t, what parallels exist between Reigns and Bob Backlund and more.
We also wonder if WWE will ever have an international Heavyweight Champion that is from outside North America. Who could it be? Will it happen within the
next five years? We banter about this as well.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” where we talk about Sting retiring, Neville’s fractured ankle, WWE not having a physical Hall of Fame, WWE having their first international WWE champion outside of North America, Kota Ibushi wrestling at Kaiju Big Battle, Jeff Hardy and Mick Foley donating their brains for CTE Research, Mick Foley possibly joining WWE Creative, and a lot more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, We have our discussion using an article by Barry Hess over at Voices of Wrestling about how Vince Jr may be following Vince Sr. After that, we look at NXT as well.
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, We go on to ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)
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(8:25-48:25) Wrestling News: Sting Retiring, International WWE Champions, Kota Ibushi at Kaiju Big Battle, Mick Foley possibly joining WWE Creative..
(48:25-1:25:50) WWE RAW
(1:25:50-1:59:25) Our Main Topic: Using an article from Barry Hess over at Voices of Wrestling, (which you can read here: http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2016/03/17/sins-of-the-father-vince-mcmahons-new-reality/) we discuss the similarities between a Vincent J. McMahon in the latter stages of his career and how it could actually parallel those of Vincent K. McMahon right now. What similarities do Roman Reigns push now have to Bob Backlund's initial push in the late 70's? What about Roman Reigns is really the problem? We try to figure all of that out and more.
(1:59:25-2:11:48) WWE NXT
(2:11:48-2:20:05) Lucha Underground
(2:20:05-2:44:40) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:44:40-2:51:55) Ring of Honor TV
(2:51:55-End) Superstar of the Week & Plugs
Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 186: WWE Roadblock Preview, NXT & the McMahon family war, NJPW NJ Cup 2016 Finals Preview
This week on W2M, we headline with a WWE Roadblock Preview and a NJPW New Japan Cup 2016 Finals Preview
We also discuss this big story about Vince McMahon and Triple H, whether they have heat with each other, how is NXT involved, are their devious things behind NXT impacting both the indies and WWE as a whole, how could Shane and Stephanie figure into it all and more.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” where we discuss Wrestlemania 33 being in
Orlando and there being a physical Hall of Fame, Lucha Underground Season 1 being on Netflix, the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker ordeal, Big Bossman, Stan Hansen, and Jacqueline being in the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE looking to sign more international talent, and a whole lot more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, After that, we do a WWE Roadblock Preview and we discuss the nearly 45 minute match involving Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe, and then get into our big NXT and McMahons topic here as well.
We also preview the NJPW New Japan Cup 2016 Finals
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, this week’s ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)
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(9:20-43:15) Wrestling News: WM 33 in Orlando, Hulk vs. Gawker, Stan Hansen, Big Bossman, & Jacqueline into the WWE HOF, & a lot more.
(43:15-1:10:38) WWE RAW
(1:10:38-1:23:35) Is WWE Roadblock hurting Wrestlemania? & WWE Roadblock Preview
(1:23:35-1:28:35) Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn 2 Out of 3 Falls
(1:28:35-2:04:32) Using an article by Ryan Clingman from Cubed Circle Wrestling, which you can read here (http://www.cubedcirclewrestling.com/blog/feature/the-final-conquest-why-nxt-may-be-a-long-term/) we discuss if NXT could wind up hurting the indies and by virtue WWE in the future, we also discuss the good things NXT has done for both as well.
We also tie-in what NXT may have to do with an internal McMahon Family war. Does Vince really think the NXT roster can't draw? Could HHH be building NXT up as a shadow promotion? Is HHH no longer on team Roman Reigns? How do Shane and Stephanie McMahon factor into it as well? We talk about all of that here and it was a damn good conversation too.
(2:04:32-2:15:15) Lucha Underground
(2:15:15-2:29:05) NJPW New Japan Cup 2016 Finals Preview
(2:29:05-2:44:05) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:44:05-2:52:10) ROH TV
(2:52:10-End) Superstar of the Week
Wrestling 2 the MAX Episode 185: TNA Up for sale? Hayabusa, Super J Cup, Balor & Zayn to main roster & More
This week on W2M, we headline discussing TNA looking for investors and if they could possibly be sold completely, or if they will continue on in their current format. We each give our stance on long matches and if watching a 1 hour and 45 minute match would appeal to us, we also talk about some more New Japan news, specifically the Super J Cup returning, and also if we see Finn Balor and Sami Zayn on the main roster before Wrestlemania.
Sadly, during the middle of Quick Hits, we find out the
news of the passing of the legendary and true innovator Hayabusa. We discuss a little bit about him and his legacy during that segment as well.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” we discuss all of the things in our headline, along with WWE and Sony doing Surf’s Up 2, Katsuyori Shibata signing a one year deal with NJPW, the Tiger Mask anime returning, Lucha Underground on I-Tunes, Freebirds being in the WWE Hall of Fame and more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, After that, we go into talking about NXT, the debut of Austin Aries, Finn Balor vs. Neville and more.
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, this week’s ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.) We also have our Match of the Month and Wrestler of the Month for February 2016 as well.
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(8:45-1:04:55) The passing of Hayabusa, Super J Cup, Shibata signs, long
matches, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn main roster & More
(1:04:55-1:51:30) WWE RAW
(1:51:30-2:06:20) WWE NXT
(2:06:20-2:16:45) Lucha Underground
(2:16:45-2:39:40) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:39:40-2:50:35) ROH TV
(2:50:35-End) Superstar of the Week, February 2016 Match & Wrestler of the Month