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Midcard Matinee

Midcard Matinee

By Midcard Matinee
Midcard Matinee is a podcast where Steve Case, Nick Pavloski and Daine Pavloski talk wrestling and go toe-to-toe with movies featuring professional wrestlers as actors! From main event blockbusters to minus-five-star duds, we're watching it all to crown a champion!
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Episode 17: Hobbs and Shaw
"What in the fresh turkey hell are we dealing with here?" RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with another Rock pic and this time the People's Champ and his Uces (Usos? Usi?) are going FULL NITROUS in The Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, alongside Jason Statham, Idris Elba and a star-studded cast of charismatic, funny and talented actors.  Also, Roman Reigns appears.  The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film. We discuss the cinematic effects, the non-stop action, the Fast and the Furious-verse, how friggin' RIDICULOUSLY CHARISMATIC the cast is, and Nick and Steve try to convince Daine that the entire Samoan part of the film isn't pandering and annoying (they failed). And of course, Nick opens up the fantasy book! Once we dole out our star ratings, we put it up against the current Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Wrestler, with the title on the line! In sad news, Daine also makes the announcement that Midcard Matinee will be going on an indefinite hiatus as he tries to navigate life as a college professor in 2020. So, thanks for all of the support over these 17 episodes and feel free to stay engaged on Twitter @midcard_matinee to give us your ratings on movies with wrestlers! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:04:33
September 25, 2020
Episode 16: See No Evil
"At least we got the sick herb..." RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with the Big Red Monster, Kane, making his acting debut as Jacob Goodnight in WWE Studios R-rated "thriller," See No Evil. So, get locked up in juvie, throw on your best high heels and pluck your eyeballs out and enjoy as we chat about another classic.  The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film. We discuss the Juvie Crew (Guerrero), dive into the best and worth death scenes, try to find some discernible continuous thread of story and, of course, fantasy book the cast! Once we dole out our star ratings, we put it up against the current Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Wrestler, with the title on the line! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:11:28
September 18, 2020
Episode 15: The Wrestler w/ Dr. Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer
"Fresh as monkey's breath, brother." RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with a powerhouse, critically-acclaimed, heavyweight challenger for the Midcard Matinee Movie Championship, The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and a PILE of indie wrestlers.  Steve was out of town with the Good Doctor, so the Pavloski boys called in a ringer, Dr. Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, a film/TV critic PhD and professor at Olivet College, to help them out with this Darren Aronofsky flick. The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, how Mickey worked as a wrestler, sorry, THE wrestler, the scary world of deathmatch wrestling, emotional stuff about the low-level indie wrestling scene, some real film stuff with Kirk, and SO MUCH MORE! Once they dole out their star ratings, they'll see how The Wrestler stacks up to the current Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Longest Yard, with the title on the line! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:09:13
September 11, 2020
Episode 14: The Marine
"How do we get around them? We don't....We go through them."  RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with the Dr. of Thuganomics, John Cena! The Cenation Commander-in-Chief is back to battle for the Midcard Matinee Movie Championship, this time in his first-ever starring role as John Triton in The Marine! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, Cena's work as an actor, the strange and frankly unsettling backstory of Dozer, Cena's ability to run through swamps and jump over logs, the ridiculous soundtrack, how terrible Predator was and much, much more! Once they dole out their star ratings, they'll see how The Marine stacks up to the current Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Longest Yard, with the title on the line! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:16:02
September 4, 2020
Episode 13: Blade Trinity w/ Dr. Elise MacArthur
What's this chicken scratch? It's Midcard Matinee! RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with the Cerebal Assassin, The Game, Triple H! We took a look at Trips in the role of Jarko Grimwood (barf) in his big-screen debut in Blade Trinity! The crew welcomes Dr. Elise MacArthur back to the pod, and breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, HHH's work as an actor, his tiny dog, where he was at in the WWE at the time, how TERRIBLE Wesley Snipes was in this movie, how this stacks up to other Vampire films and much, much more! Once they dole out their star ratings, they'll see how Blade Trinity stacks up to the current Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Longest Yard, with the title on the line! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:08:59
August 28, 2020
Episode 12: My Spy
When I said I took out the garbage, I meant....RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with Batista's most recent acting exploits, as The Animal stars in My Spy (2020) as a CIA Operative with a precocious kid sidekick and nerdy tech assistant!  The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, Batista's acting prowess (or lack thereof), wrestlers in movies with kid sidekicks and more! Once they dole out their star ratings, The Longest Yard will defend the Midcard Matinee Movie Championship for the first time to see if Batista and co. can take the title!  Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:09:51
August 21, 2020
Episode 11: The Longest Yard
Can you teach me to....RING THE BELL?! Midcard Matinee is back with one of the most star-studded casts yet with The Longest Yard (2005) starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, some ex-NFL guys and a bunch of wrestlers; The Great Khali, Bob Sapp, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kevin Nash and Goldberg! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, the LEGIT soundtrack and which wrestler gets the game ball for the final game and more! Once they dole out their star ratings, the bevy of wrestlers go toe-to-toe with the defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, Blockers starring John Cena, to see who takes the title! Can Adam Sandler and five former wrestlers take down SuperCena? Listen along and find out! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:17:10
August 14, 2020
Episode 10: They Live
We came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and we're all out of....RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back and ready for our first "artsy" film with John Carpenter's 1988 classic, They Live, featuring Rowdy Roddy Piper as the leading man! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, talk about the cool production effects and Nick even waxes poetic about Sci-Fi nerd stuff! Once they dole out their star ratings, Roddy Piper and They Live go toe-to-toe with the defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, Blockers starring John Cena, to see who takes the title! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:13:51
August 7, 2020
Episode 9: The Condemned
Sounds like you've had a hard life.....RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back and ready to stomp a mudhole in bad movies and WALK IT DRY as they watch and discuss their first Stone Cold Steve Austin movie, The Condemned from 2007! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the highlights (and lowlights) from the film, power rank the character deaths and compare the wannabe Jeremy Piven bad guy to Vince McMahon himself! Once they dole out their star ratings, Stone Cold and The Condemned go toe-to-toe with the defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, Blockers starring John Cena, to see who takes the title! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:04:56
July 31, 2020
Episode 8: The Rundown
A little bit of thunder? A little bit of lightning? Thunder? Lightning? Thunder? Lightning?.....RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with another classic starring the Most Electrifying Man in Sports and Entertainment, Dwayne The Rock Johnson as he joins a star-studded cast in The Rundown! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about their favorite moments and characters, the chemistry of the cast, the epic fight scenes, and more! Once they dole out their star ratings, The Rock and the Rundown go toe-to-toe with the defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, Blockers starring John Cena, to see who takes the title! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie ratings!
1:10:21
July 24, 2020
Episode 7: No Holds Barred
WHAT'S THAT SMELL.....RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with the first Hulk Hogan episode as the Hulkster portrays Rip Thomas in the 1989 "classic" No Holds Barred! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and breaks it all down, from the bathroom humor, Hulkster snarling like a wild animal, the uncomfortable scenes and, of course, Hogan stopping a diner robbery with pies! Once they dole out their star ratings, Blockers (2018) makes its first Midcard Matinee Movie Championship defense against No Holds Barred to see who leaves with the belt!  Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings!
1:15:37
July 17, 2020
Episode 6: Blockers w/ Tyler Olinske
RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back with a special guest and huge John Cena fan, Tyler Olinske who helps Nick, Steve and Daine break down the 2018 Cena masterpiece, Blockers! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, talks about their proms and Tyler sings part of John Cena's entrance music! Once they dole out their star ratings, they put Blockers up against the reigning, defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Princess Bride to see who leaves with the belt! Has the Princess Bride finally met its match?! Listen to find out! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings!
1:12:36
July 10, 2020
Episode 5: The Man with the Iron Fists
Don't ever turn your back on a wolf, he'll...RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee takes on what will go down as one of the most unique films on our journey, The Man with the Iron Fists! Nick, Steve and Daine leap, crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-style into this kung-fu/hip-hop mash-up from the mind of RZA and featuring Batista as Brass Body! The crew breaks down the plot, as always, and talks about the crazy fight scenes, over-the-top gore, interesting weapons and the kung-fu/hip-hop aesthetic! Once they dole out their star ratings, they put The Man with the Iron Fists up against the reigning, defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Princess Bride to see who leaves with the belt, and it comes down to an actual vote! Will we finally see Fezzik and the crew lose the title? Listen to find out! Give us a listen, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings!
1:17:43
July 3, 2020
Episode 4: The Scorpion King w/ Dr. Elise MacArthur
Live Free and...RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee takes a journey to wherever the heck The Scorpion King is supposed to take place in as Nick, Steve and Daine talk about The Rock's first leading role with their first-ever podcast guest who has a legit PhD in Egyptology, Elise MacArthur! The crew breaks down the plot, chats about the Rock and the Good Doctor drops some knowledge on the boys about the historical accuracy of the movie (SPOILER ALERT: IT ISN'T)! Once they dole out their star ratings, they put The Scorpion King up against the reigning, defending Midcard Matinee Movie Champion, The Princess Bride to see who leaves with the belt! Give us a listen here, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings!
1:13:21
June 26, 2020
Episode 3: Predator
RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is LOCKED AND LOADED as Nick, Steve and Daine talk about the non-stop, pedal-to-the-metal action flick from 1987, Predator, featuring Jesse the Body Ventura as Blaine! We dive into the jungle and break down the plot of one of the most muscled-up casts in the history of film and talk about all of the most memorable one-liners, gif-able moments AND we have our first major disagreement on star ratings! We also put Predator up against our defending Midcard Matinee Movie Movie Champion, Princess Bride, so tune in and see which movie will take home the gold! Give us a listen here, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings.
1:08:14
June 19, 2020
Episode 2: The Princess Bride
RING THE BELL! Midcard Matinee is back for round two as Nick, Steve and Daine talk about a cult classic from 1987, The Princess Bride, featuring Andre the Giant as the gentle giant Fezzik! They chat about amazing swordfights, the hilarity (or lack thereof) of Billy Crystal and they make WAY MORE comparisons between this main event movie and professional wrestling than probably anyone has before! They also give their star ratings AND put Princess Bride up against Ready to Rumble in the first Midcard Matinee Movie championship defense! Give us a listen here, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings.
1:06:49
June 14, 2020
Episode 1: Ready to Rumble
RING THE BELL!  The podcast formerly known as the Untitled Wrestling Podcast has a name thanks to the fans! Midcard Matinee gets off to a hot start as Nick, Steve and Daine talk about the first movie starring wrestlers, Ready to Rumble! They break down the plot, talk about the highlights (and lowlights) from the early-2000s cinematic masterpiece, assign their first star ratings AND crown the first-ever Midcard Matinee Movie Champion! Give us a listen here, follow us on Twitter and check out our website to keep up with our movie rankings. 
1:10:02
June 5, 2020
Episode 0: The Introduction
Untitled Wrestling Podcast is a podcast where Steve Case, Nick Pavloski and Daine Pavloski talk wrestling and go toe-to-toe with movies featuring professional wrestlers as actors! From main event blockbusters to minus-five-star duds, we're watching it all to crown a champion! On this first episode, Steve and the Pavs introduce themselves, talk a little wrestling and run down the basic idea for the show and ask for help from YOU, the fans, to name the show! They also introduce the first movie they're going to watch for the first official episode, Ready to Rumble! From reels to heels, and from brainbusters to blockbusters, we're going to watch it all, so tag yourselves in and let's get this thing going!
32:34
May 28, 2020