Dr. Chad invites you to join him as he escapes from the really real world to sports and entertainment. He learned long ago that a good discussion about basketball, college football, pro wrestling, soccer, or movies brought his general intensity and mental stress levels down considerably. Perhaps you can relate. The author of two sports entertainment books that hold a combined Worldwide 5-star rating from over 50 reviews on Amazon welcomes your conversation and opinions on any mutual interests you come across on this show.
Well, this is it, folks. Dave Fenichel is back with me for the Season 1 finale. It has been a lot of fun re-engaging over the past couple of months and I, as well as my various guests, have appreciated your time and energy, hopeful as we are that it has brought you some escape from the rigors of the real world.
When Dave and I left off last week, John Cena had just dropped the WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan in a pivotal moment for both their careers. As we assert today, the path that Cena took at that fork in the road has done his historical standing tremendous service, helping him both plug the holes and fortify the strengths of his all-time greatest resume. We feel confident that you will find it hard to argue our overall point of view about Cena as the G.O.A.T. after today. Expect a well presented case from the doctor and a superb closing argument from the lawyer.
I have recorded somewhere in the ballpark of 400 podcasts in the past several years. This was one of them when, immediately after we hit the stop button, I was like, "Dave...that might've been the best podcast I've ever recorded." So, I'm going to hype this up to you as the crème de la crème of pro wrestling discussions.
Dave Fenichel was my guest again for Part 2 of our Cena: The G.O.A.T. assertion. This period that we discussed - post-WrestleMania 22 until Summerslam 2013 - is the time-frame that best shapes the argument. Fairly or unfairly (I would say fairly), your historical profile on John Cena is going to be etched by his monster run as the tippy-top guy in the industry during that stretch. The championships, the classic matches, the important, huge drawing shows that he headlined, the sheer volume of main-events...Cena's legacy is attached to that era, and it's a mighty impressive legacy at that.
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I'm flying solo this week because I needed an uninterrupted train of thought to fully decipher the career of Seth Rollins. Statistically, as will be made clear today, he may well be the most successful modern star, if for no other reason than he's the only guy in WWE in the last half decade that has been treated like a Top 5 star without a ton of stop-starts (and I don't extend a back-hand when making that compliment). It's actually pretty wild how successful he's been.
Nevertheless, when you start to compare Rollins to historical peers like CM Punk or Edge or even Shawn Michaels, it just seems odd. What is so odd about it? That's partly why I wanted to explore it alone because I think there's a lot to unpack about the perception of his career within the all-time greatness context. Not many wrestlers have had 6 straight years of massive WWE relevance like he has. Why doesn't it feel that way?
Expect a lot of Rollins praise on this episode, but also a lot of relevant Rollins legacy questions to be asked and answered.
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Four summers ago, when the last print edition of The WrestleMania Era: The Book of Sports Entertainment was released, Chris Jericho was ranked 12th all-time, ahead of Kurt Angle but behind Edge using the patented (not really) Mania Era ranking formula that the book employed and that this podcast employs as the basis for the greatest wrestler ever conversation. Today, Sir Sam - The Man right now among LOP columnists, as far as I'm concerned - joins me to reassess Le Champion's ranking and to determine AEW's impact on it.
In the book, I drew a clear line of distinction between Edge and Jericho at #11 and #12, respectively, and the Top 10, otherwise known quietly among Mania Era readers as "The Pantheon," the elite space that only the truly greatest of the great occupy. Spoiler alert, Sam and I agree that the Pantheon now has an 11th member and we seek in this podcast to figure out just how high he could logically rank, comparing him to several fellow Pantheon members, including Shawn Michaels.
It is rare that our wrestling fandoms are given back a star that was taken away before his/her career felt complete, ladies and gentlemen, but that's what happened when Daniel Bryan returned in 2018. Though subject to typical modern WWE booking, Bryan certainly had another peak when he turned heel and carried the WWE Championship into WrestleMania 35. An interesting question revolves around exactly what that second peak added to the historical standing of a star who once ranked outside the greatest of the great despite having an unquestionably all-time level moment at WrestleMania 30.
On today's show, the former host of the Right Side of the Pond (LOP Radio's longest running podcast), Mazza, joins to discuss Bryan's place among the all-timers. In addition to contextualizing his WWE runs, we'll also look at how much Bryan's pure pro wrestling zenith during his Ring of Honor days factors into a conversation such as this one.
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. This week, it's time to really get going with the first in-depth conversation of the season. The subject is AJ Styles, whose WWE success these past 4 1/2 years opened the door to potentially changing part of the context of The WrestleMania Era premise. I remember, years ago, telling a fellow wrestling columnist that New Japan did not deserve to be discussed alongside WWE and NWA/WCW when determining all-time rankings of greatest wrestlers. I no longer necessarily feel that way. If we accept NJPW into the fold, bringing its championships, major shows, classic matches, etc. with it, then given how much success Styles had in the promotion that made him a commodity, do we also accept TNA/Impact and its history?
Rich Latta, formerly of WrestlingHeadlines.com and always of Social Suplex and One Nation Radio, joins me to determine the answers to those questions, as well as to help determine the WrestleMania Era ranking for AJ Styles. Is he a Top 30 star?
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you've been well as we all continue to navigate the upside-down world in which we live. This year has been beyond strange. Accordingly, I have been leaning heavily into the pro wrestling world for an escape. Out of the chaos (and with other inspiration) came an idea to revisit my book, which gave some needed objective(ish) shape to the greatest wrestler of all-time conversation others falsely insist is too subjective. In podcast form this time around, presented weekly over the next two months, I will be broadening that discussion, starting with today's introduction. As always, the primary purpose here is to have fun talking about wrestling lore.
The Doc's daughter stole his laptop, recorded her own show, and asked me to post it. Well, not really. We watched her favorite, Charlotte Flair, take down Rhea Rhipley at WrestleMania 36 and she wanted to recorded a few thoughts...about the match and other things : )
I figured I was done with podcasting of this sort, but during these odd times in modern world history, a text from a friend started a train of thought that ended with a desire to lean on my old escape from the real world. My friend's question: "What are your Top 10 WWE matches of the 2010s?" Anyone familiar with "The Doc" Chad Matthews should know I welcomed the chance to analyze, rank, and file my response to such a query regarding modern WWE lore.
These are my thoughts on the coronavirus and the manner in which we have responded to it. I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I felt compelled to bring to the forefront some questions that are obscured by widespread panic.
On her dad's birthday, Jordan McIntyre takes over The Doc Says podcast, talking about a mutual passion of theirs: pro wrestling! Topic of the day is Cody Rhodes and the ascension of AEW, the new league taking the pro wrestling world by storm as of late.
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Welcome, college football fans. At this point in the season, it gets no better than a big non-conference game between teams ranked in the Top 10 that lives up to the hype. On this efficient 18-minute podcast, I commentate on the coaching narratives, including Tom Herman's aggressiveness perhaps getting the best of him as much as it also contributed to the at times exhilarating drama of this match-up; I also spend a good amount of time gushing over Joe Burrow and the LSU receiving corps while simultaneously recovering from the shock of seeing the Tigers new offense move the ball so easily through the air (and with such pace), as that wound up being the real story of the game; plus, I'm both an admitted hyperbolizer and a proud over-speculator, but I try to tone it down while drawing conclusions about what this game will mean to each team moving forward.
My daughter, Jordan, found out that I had a sports/entertainment podcast with listeners all over the world and she thought it was the coolest thing ever (I endearingly consider it the nerdiest part of my life). For months, she asked if she could do a podcast and here is what she came up with. She watched a WWE match between Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks and recorded her thoughts in watch-along format. It's an adorable 9-minutes. Enjoy!
Podcasting on my hobbies is something I've done for many years under a pen name I created years ago while attending NC State. Time to integrate and merge my two worlds, so to speak. If you watched Miami vs Florida start week 0 of the 150th college football season in an entertaining, mistake-filled, back-and-forth momentum pendulum of a game, then from one long-time CFB enthusiast to another, here's a conversation-starting, quick-hitting breakdown of the pre-game thoughts, in-game takeaways, and post-game questions.
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