Just when we think we're out, professional wrestling yanks us back in. There's not much better than two big men slapping meat. That's what we discuss here! Of particular note, we break down death match psychology, why we love Kenny Omega's goofy ass, how book publishing works for some reason and discuss the parallel paths of the Golden Lovers. All this, plus your questions! Can you believe this is free!?
The cursed year 2020 is now firmly in the rearview mirror. The Snowdens take a look at the year that was, giving out their prestigious and very important awards for Best Male and Female wrestler, Match of the Year and other assorted categories they totally haven't already forgotten. Then the discussion moves to Wrestle Kingdom, where the GOD OF PRO WRESTLING Kota Ibushi emerged as the IWGP Champion! Rejoicing? There was much! Projections of future events? You bet!
All this, plus your wonderful questions!
After months on the shelf with a variety of personal issues to include getting goddamn COVID, the Snowdens are back to talk about their beloved pro wrestling.
We talk Kenny Omega's weird title push, how Kristina predicted Ibushi losing the briefcase, our love for WWE women's wrestling and which matches we expect to steal the show at Wrestle Kingdom 15. All this plus YOUR QUESTIONS!
September was a fantastic month of professional wrestling. Not only is WWE hitting a high point creatively but promotions around the world are in the midst of tremendous tournaments to crown champions or contenders. The Snowdens, as you might imagine, are working hard to watch it all—but it turns out it isn't humanly possible. But trying is half the battle.
All this, plus a look at the first eight nights of the G1 Climax 30!
What a month it's been for Sasha Banks and Bayley as WWE's dynamic duo continue to carve their names into wrestling history. We are witness to the kind of greatness never seen before in the WWE women's division—hope you're paying attention! Meanwhile, across the state of Florida in Duval, MJF makes his case as wrestling's top prospect and way across the deep blue sea, the stalwarts of New Japan Pro Wrestling prepare for the latest version of the G-1 Climax.
And friends, let me tell you, there is no one more excited about this than Kristina Snowden. All this plus YOUR QUESTIONS!
After months of meandering in the era of COVID-19, professional wrestling is starting to find its way again. New Japan held its first major show in forever at historic Jingu Stadium and, friends, it was a banger. As enjoyable in its own way was Tokyo Joshi Pro on WrestleUniverse.com where some of your favorites from Dynamite still put in work.
Can AEW All Out top them both? We have some thoughts.
All this plus your questions!
It's been more than a month since we did this weekly podcast. What can we say? It's a weird time in the world and the wrestling media landscape has left one of us mildly despondent about the future. But we persist!
Whatever...the important thing is that we are back and happy to talk about the only thing on this planet that provides consistent joy. And that's the great SPORT of professional wrestling.
New Japan is back. NXT is delivering minor classics. AEW is doing AEW things. Is it just us, or is wrestling starting to feel like wrestling again? In this episode the Snowdens discuss the first night of Fyter Fest/Great American Bash and take a look forward at some incredible mat action coming our way soon!
Another early morning, another New Japan Cup event to discuss. Today our beloved Kota Ibushi runs into Taichi and his Iron Glove of Doom, Yoshi-Hashi totally pulls a Yoshi-Hashi, and the Snowdens make their New Japan Cup quarterfinal predictions!
Toru Yano, vile trickster and all-around degenerate, looked to continue his run to the top of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Sure, it's been delayed over a decade—but his ascension seems inevitable. Standing in the way at this year's New Japan Cup was Hiromu Takahashi, IWGP Junior champion and glorious wrestling weirdo.
Who emerged to face Ishii in the quarterfinals? We discuss. All this, plus a right side bracket prediction that changes AS WE ARE DELIVERING IT! Who else is this flexible in their thinking? There are the Snowdens and then there is everyone else!
The Snowdens are back just a day after their last episode. Why? Because the New Japan Cup doesn't stop and we don't either. In this episode we talk about the final first round matches and take a look at tomorrow's round two action.
Two old men tried to kill each other in a wrestling ring. And the Snowdens, sickos that they are, loved every minute. Relive New Japan Cup Day Two and Day Three with Kristina and Jonathan as they talk BUSTED BRACKETS, wrestling genius, Taichi's general despicableness and the glory that is New Japan Pro Wrestling.
All this, plus a guest appearance from a shrieking child!
Despite the audience numbers clearly indicating YOU DO NOT CARE, we are covering the New Japan Cup every single day anyway. I mean, whatever right? In this episode, we watch Day One and celebrate the Junior Heavyweights and discuss our thoughts on the right side of the bracket.
What does the future hold for Ibushi and Sanada? Can the Dangerous Tekkers prevail? And what about poor old Tenzan? Some thoughts, we've got them!
Ready for the New Japan Cup? Jonathan and Kristina are! They are back to share a little historical perspective and rundown the left side of the bracket. The Snowdens will be in action ALL MONTH LONG with same day mini-podcasts as the tournament continues. Plus a top five from the first normal-ish week wrestling fans have had in ages!
In this episode the Snowdens talk AEW storylines, DDT madness, the return of their beloved New Japan Pro Wrestling and the epic NXT Takeover match between Charlotte Flair, Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley.
All this plus your questions and a rare disagreement—is FTR good for AEW or will the tag team bring disharmony to a fandom built on positivity. We work through our feelings and sort it out live on the air for your pleasure.
Join us, won't you?
We were pretty sad about missing out on a second family trip to Las Vegas for Double or Nothing—until the bell rang. The wrestlers of AEW proceeded to leave jaws on the ground with an absolutely epic performance that culminated with the indescribable Stadium Stampede match.
Despite calling it "indescribable" in the previous sentence, be assured we gave it our best shot! That plus the rest of our Top Five and your questions, including Kristina's chance to re-live the time she trolled poor Jonathan with her Kenny Omega fandom.
The Snowdens are back! You think the Coronavirus was going to stop us from talking about pro wrestling? Are you out of your mind? In this episode we tackle the greatness of AEW's empty arena offerings, the release of Jonathan's new book about Ken Shamrock and much, much more!
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The weirdest time of our lives was matched by a WrestleMania that met this moment in history square on. In this episode the Snowdens pick a Top Five from WrestleMania 36 and Jonathan breaks down the FireFly Funhouse segment in detail. The greatest artistic moment in the history of WWE.
This plus your questions! Thanks for joining us!
Last time we gathered for the podcast, the world was still relatively sane. We were talking about WrestleMania plans, had just booked our trip to AEW's Double or Nothing and, mostly, it was business as usual for the sport of kings.
That, of course, is no longer true.
In this episode the Snowdens grapple with COVID-19, come up with a Top Five and take your Questions! Thanks for listening. Take care of each other.
Another live AEW event means one thing—another incredible night of wrestling for the Snowden family. We talk about Cody's incredible cage match against Wardlow, the latest from New Japan and DEBUT a part of Jonathan's interview with John Cena from back in 2003 for the Armed Forces Network. All this plus your questions, a discussion of the WWE Ruthless Aggression documentary series and much more!
This week the Snowden's top five includes a match from Absolute Intense Wrestling, the best of New Japan's incredible show in Osaka, the demise of Riho and the first of 39 segments reviewing the best matches of 1980-2019 as selected by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer!
All this, plus YOUR QUESTIONS! We are back to being weekly friends!
What happens when the Snowdens travel to Huntsville to see AEW? Chaos friends, chaos. From the epic lashing of Cody Rhodes to the infamous projectile vomit, we talk about the good, bad and ugly of our trip. Plus the top 5 and all of your questions!
I suppose it was bound to happen. After a year of wild, wacky, but ultimately fulfilling wrestling experiences, Team Snowden is forced to deal with an inevitable truth—sometimes people are jerks. They talk about their experience at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show in Atlanta, pick a Top Five for the week and take on your questions!
As a wrestling writer for Bleacher Report, Jonathan gets a lot of pretty cool opportunities—like talking to Stone Cold Steve Austin or hanging out with Cody Rhodes and his entourage for a day. But this weekend thing escalated, as he joined the boys (and girls) in the back for the first time at a WWE event. From being summoned by Triple H to interviewing Drew McIntyre just minutes after the Rumble, he breaks down the weekend in detail. That plus our top five, Kenny Omega's title win and a ton of YOUR questions!
Join us won't you?
Only two weeks late thanks to the scourge of the flu, the Snowdens FINALLY check in with their road report from the first AEW Dynamite of the year in Jacksonville. What's it like to attend one of these shows live? Strap in and find out. Plus we discuss New Japan Pro Wrestling's incredible two night Wrestle Kingdom in the Tokyo Dome and answer many of your questions!
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We've watched a lot of wrestling in 2019. If you listen to this podcast, it's quite likely you did too. What were the five best matches of the year? Who was the best wrestler? Our favorite moments? Jonathan and Kristina both sound off in the final episode of 2019.
Two nights of Wrestle Kingdom? We wondered how New Japan would pull off Dome shows on consecutive evenings—but you've got to love it when a plan comes together. This plus our top five and your questions!
For the first time ever, the Snowdens travel to see a WWE television product. The result? Much fun was had, believe it or not.
We also talk about our Top 5, our very weird Golden Lovers and answer your questions. Join us, won't you?
The Snowden family got on a plane and flew to Baltimore, Maryland, for AEW's latest pay-per-view Full Gear. What's it like to attend big time wrestling in person? And what did we love most about the night? If you were wondering, wonder no more! That plus your questions on the latest episode of what may be the world's only pro wrestling podcast.
Kenny Omega had one of the greatest weeks in recent wrestling history, wrestling three distinct matches on television, each a masterpiece in its own right. We talk about that, Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho lighting the screen on fire and New Japan's upcoming adventures.
All this, plus your questions! Join us, won't you?
The first shots were fired in the Wednesday Night Wrestling Wars and, of course, the Snowdens were there on the front lines celebrating all the excellence. Cody! Kenny! Shayna! Jake Hager! It was hard limiting ourselves to just five great things—so, we answered many, many of your questions about wrestling and life.
Jonathan's big Cody Rhodes story is out in the world on Bleacher Report—which means he FINALLY had the time for a podcast. He and Kristina talk about Jay White's continued excellence, the amazing promotional work of AEW and Jonathan's tortured status as a TOTALLY CO-OPTED member of the wrestling media.
This and your questions!
This is a show about our love of wrestling. Which, I guess, describes all our shows. So, more specifically, we are enjoying the Young Lion Cup, King of the Ring, Kota Two Belts and Blind Kenny King. Also, Jonathan visited the Rhodes' family and we answer YOUR questions.
We traveled to the Sears Center, in the general vicinity of Chicago, to enjoy our fourth live All Elite Wrestling event. Jonathan fell in love with southern style wrestling all over again thanks to Cody Rhodes, Kristina begrudgingly stood up throughout a certifiably insane ladder match and then HANGMAN Adam Page entered the arena on a horse. A darn horse.
All this plus our top five and your questions!
In this episode, the Snowdens travel to Atlanta to see Ring of Honor LIVE, share their top five for the week, including Kenny Omega's epic promo targeting Jon Moxley and take your questions. So many questions! The final podcast before getting on the plane for All Out!
The Snowdens have returned to their regular format with a top 5 list of the best things they've seen in wrestling in recent days, including the epic match between Dr. Wagner Jr and Blue Demon, a legitimate grudge match at NXT Takeover and AEW's remarkable "Road to All Out" series. Kristina also tackles sexism in wrestling and we answer YOUR questions. Thanks for listening.
The G1 Climax 29 comes to an end and we spoil the heck out of it here. Beware! After 18 long nights, a champion is crowned, a new rivalry is born and the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling is changed forever. It's a big drama show and we are here for every second of it!
Discussion of the Finals begins at around 1:03:10 in case you don't have time for the whole 90+ minute classic episode.
The G1 Climax rolls on, unyielding, undeniable, unquenchable and unquestioningly excellent. Which matches were must see and which would merely be nice if you had the time? We're here to help curate your New Japan experience. In this episode we discuss nights 13 and 14 in depth and then offer a spoiler free guide to nights 15 and 16.
We continue our exhaustive dive into the G1 Climax 29, New Japan's yearly tournament featuring the 20 best wrestlers in the world. In this episode, we review nights 11 and 12 and offer SPOILER FREE recommendations for nights 13 and 14. That plus YOUR QUESTIONS!
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New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax 29 rolls on and so does this inexplicable podcast. Want to know what we think about each match in a month long tournament featuring the 20 best wrestlers in the world? You're in luck! We also offer spoiler free recommendations for nights 11 and 12 to help curate your experience.
Join us, won't you?
The G1 Climax 29 rumbles on, so what choice do we have but to watch? Clearly, there is no real choice at all—if you're a wrestling fan, you need to watch the G1.
It's not always easy to fit in a month long tournament with 20 of the world's greatest wrestlers. We get that. So, we're here to help guide you towards what's must see, what's nice to see and what's skippable. In this episode, we look at night 7 and 8 and offer a spoiler free preview of nights 9 and 10.
Join us, won't you?
Jonathan is on pills, but that doesn't stop the Snowdens from discussing New Japan's epic G1 Climax. Lots of feelings are shared, theories expounded on and Gary Albright discussed for some reason.
Spoilers ahead for the matches from Days 5 and 6, including the masterful showing from Will Ospreay and Kota Ibushi. Then we offer a spoiler free guide to days 7 and 8 and help you sort through the must sees, the nice to sees and the skippable bouts as the G1 approaches the midpoint.
Trying to get caught up on the G1? We're here to help.
In this episode, the Snowdens continue their discussion of New Japan's amazing G1 Climax 29, talking about nights 3 and 4 in depth and offering spoiler free recommendations for nights 5 and 6.
The G-1 Climax can be a little overwhelming. We understand that. It's why we've decided to offer a spoiler free discussion of each night of the month-long tournament, separating each match into three simple to understand boxes: skippable, nice to see if you have time and MUST SEE!
In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of nights 1 and 2 (spoilers ahoy) and then offer a spoiler free recommendation for which matches are worth your time from nights 3 and 4.
Every year New Japan Pro Wrestling brings 20 of the world's top wrestlers together, divides them into two blocks of ten a piece, and then unleashes carnage in a round robin tournament. The winner of A Block faces the winner of B block for an opportunity to compete for the IWGP championship at the biggest show of the year.
The tournament can be overwhelming—both for the wrestlers, forced to endure nine fast-paced hard hitting bouts in the span of a few weeks, and for fans, who struggle to find the time to watch what are essentially 18 pay-per-view caliber shows in a single calendar month.
We're here to help.
Kristina and Jonathan Snowden are watching every second of each show and curating the experience for you. We'll pick out the matches that are "Must See", the ones that are merely "Nice to See." We'll also identify the matches you can straight up skip if you don't have a completist bone in your body. Best of all, we won't spoil the results so you can watch the matches spoiler free.
Along the way, we'll help provide context and walk you through the month step by step. Interested in seeing what the G-1 Climax is all about? Join us won't you?
The Snowdens have been through the ringer in the past couple of weeks, but even when you're down, the business demands you make those towns. So it didn't stop them from traveling to Dallas for the G1 Climax and Jacksonville for AEW's Fight for the Fallen. Their road reports plus YOUR QUESTIONS! Please rate and comment and tell all your friends!
The Snowdens were supposed to be taking some time off. But when you travel all the way to Daytona Beach to see AEW's second show dressed as Joey Janela, how can you NOT talk about it? We discuss an epic night of wrestling and then transition to this weekend's long drive to Dallas for the opening night of the G1 Climax.
This week the Snowdens talk about the best intergender wrestling match they've ever seen, a barnburner on the criminally underrated 205 Live, the remarkable promos that come out of their beloved MLW, New Japan's upcoming G1 Climax AND much more. Your questions too, of course, including a discussion of their batshit crazy decision to join the Army.
Jonathan traveled to Milwaukee for MLW and NXT put its best foot forward—but nothing could match the majesty of 6/3/94 or New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors Final. Twenty five years ago Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada had one of the best matches in wrestling history. Earlier this week, Shingo Takagi and Will Ospreay took their own swing for the fences. The Snowdens discuss both AND select members of their own pro wrestling boy band.
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The Snowdens took the whole family to Las Vegas for AEW's inaugural pay-per-view Double or Nothing and had an amazing time. Not only did we see an incredible wrestling show, but their family friendly approach to special needs kids made us fans for life. Hear all about our trip, our top five from the show and your questions answered!
The Snowdens are off to Las Vegas for Double or Nothing, but didn't want to leave their dozens (DOZENS) of listeners empty handed this week. So, for the few and the proud, here's a bonus edition. We discuss our Top Five, including Money in the Bank, our inexplicable love for Shane McMahon and Rocky Romero's epic match with Will Ospreay. Then, in lieu of reader questions, we have our very first podcast argument about the future of AEW. See you back here next week as we discuss the sights, sounds and suplexes of Las Vegas.
The Snowdens react to the big news that All Elite Wrestling has signed a television deal with Turner and Bleacher Report Live. Plus, Shingo and the Best of the Super Juniors, All Japan, Salina de la Renta, PCO's epic ROH title match with Matt Taven and Jonathan does a Chris Jericho impression!
All this plus your questions!
This week the Snowdens choose their top 5, hang out with the boys in the back at the Crockett Cup, pontificate on the greatness of Salina de la Renta and discuss their upcoming debut on the MLW Radio Network.
Another week, another top five from around the world of wrestling.
The Snowdens take a look at the brilliant New Japan New Lions, celebrate ROH's return from the dead after their poor showing at Madison Square Garden, say goodbye to cruiserweight great Buddy Murphy and talk about MJF roasting poor Jonathan on Twitter.
All this, plus their wrestling related travel plans this summer and your questions!
The Snowdens watched an absurd amount of wrestling in the week leading up to WrestleMania 35 as every significant independent wrestler on the planet descended on New York to perform in front of hardcore fans from around the world. They pick their five favorite shows, discuss the WWE's two epic offerings and take on your questions.
This show is twice the length you've come to expect, a sprawling mess in honor of the sprawling mess that is WrestleMania week! Apologies in advance. No refunds.
Team Snowden looks at round two of the New Japan Cup and two very, very different matches. They also discuss the women of NXT, a group that is really firing on all cylinders right now. Meanwhile, over on BeIn Sports, MLW continues to produce one of the best wrestling shows on the planet. This week, we focus our attention on two new great heel factions.
All this plus your questions!
This week the very, very late Snowdens talk about internet wrestling discourse, the New Japan Cup's epic opening round, the beautiful, sad decline of wrestling icons, WWE Fastlane and the great match between DIY and Undisputed Era on NXT television. All this plus YOUR QUESTIONS!
Apologies for audio quality. We faced some challenges, but LIFE IS PAIN!
5. Jushin Liger Retirement
4. Jay White vs. Will Ospreay (IWGP Championship, NJPW 47th Anniversary)
3. DIY vs. Undisputed Era (NXT Dusty Rhodes Classic)
2. Daniel Bryan vs. Mustaffah Ali vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Fastlane)
1. New Japan Cup Opening Round (Ishii vs. Nagata, Shota Umino vs. Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi vs. Tatsuya Naito)
In their tenth episode, Jonathan and Kristina Snowden give a run down of their five favorite things in wrestling this week. The conversation is dominated by MLW, as Jonathan traveled to Chicago to see Intimidation Games and meet some of his favorites—including long-time nemesis Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk). The Snowdens also (FINALLY) discover Stardom and immediately fall in love. All this plus your questions, a brief argument (!!!) and much, much more. Can you believe it's free?
Jonathan and Kristina select their top five from the week in wrestling, discuss Giant Baba on the 20th anniversary of his death, rewind the clock back to 2018 with Progress and take your questions.
It's the podcast no one demanded, but we're delivering anyway!
In this episode the Snowdens check out WWE's Elimination Chamber, Jonathan finally gets to talk about seeing a Being the Elite segment filmed live, and the two discuss this genius of MLW's Teddy Hart.
All this, plus your questions, an ode to Kevin Nash and much more!
Team Snowden talks about their five favorite things in pro wrestling this week, including Kenny Omega's decision to join AEW and leave the Golden Lovers behind, the excellent match between Kelly Klein and Mayu Iwatani at ROH: Bound by Honor and the transcendent greatness of Macho Man Randy Savage.
All this plus a rewind back to Progress in 2017 and your questions! Join us, won't you?
Jonathan traveled to Atlanta to witness Ken Shamrock's first pro wrestling match in America in almost 10 years, hung out backstage, and even met the AEW crew! Then he drove to Nashville to take in a New Japan show with the entire family. If you thought the Snowdens loved wrestling before, just wait until you hear this episode! Plus their top five and listener questions.
The Snowdens are back with their weekly top five. This week they discuss the greatness of MLW's Salina de la Renta and the buildup to Tom Lawlor vs. Low Ki, the brutal and brilliant Twitter account of MJF and book their own fantasy wrestling card.
All this, plus your questions and a look back at the great Takeshi Morishima.
Some of the material referenced here is available online:
MLW Fusion Ep. 36-Tom Lawlor v. Simon Gotch
Women of Wrestling-Eye Candy v. Khloe Hurtz
Danielson v. Regal (Memphis Championship Wrestling, 2001)
Morishima v. Danielson (ROH, 2007)
Shibata and Ibushi v. Marafuji and Morishima (BML, 2006)
Tanahashi and Nagata v. Morishima and Rikio (NOAH, 2003)
The Snowdens try WWE, discuss the Attitude Era, fantasy book AEW and choose their top 5 of the week.
1. WWE NXT Takeover UK
2. WWE 205 Live
3. Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kohei Sato (Pro Wrestling Zero 1)
4. AEW Presser
5. Daniel Bryan Interview
Jonathan and Kristina Snowden, two lapsed hardcore wrestling fans, are giving the sport a second chance.
In this episode, we discuss Wrestle Kingdom 13 (New Japan's epic show from the Tokyo Dome on 1/4/19), explore some other Japanese wrestling promotions and take your questions!