In this edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk all things post-WrestleMania 35. From results of NXT Takeover: New York to WrestleMani 35 results and the Raw and SmackDown Live that followed. Plus, what's going on with the Superstar Shake-up which starts next week?
On this special edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling, we take a look at the entire WrestleMania 35 card and try to predict the winners of all 16 confirmed matches.
Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship
Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred match; if Triple H loses, he must retire as a wrestler
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor for the intercontinental
Shane McMahon vs. The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere match
On Episode 3 of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk all about the final moments, news and rumors leading into WrestleMania 35.
On this week's show, the big news heading into WrestleMania is that the Usos have apparently signed a contract extension with WWE. What does that mean for their title match on Sunday? Also, AEW announced that they've finalized their commentary and behind-the-scenes crew, the big get being Jim Ross on what is described as the largest commentary contract ever handed out in wrestling history. It's almost like AEW was trying to steal a little of WWE's thunder...
We discuss the John Oliver HBO tirade that called out Vince McMahon and WWE's response, news on Rey Mysterio being injured on Raw, other rumors of the week and both of WWE's flagship shows, Raw and SmackDown Live leading into Sunday's pay-per-view.
Also, we show our appreciation for Amazing Red who announced his retirement on Wednesday.
On the second Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat with Greg Valentine and The Genius about 350 Days the film and today's wrestling landscape.
Jim and Brandon start the show this week by chatting all things WWE news, including developments on Charlotte Flair winning the SmackDown Live Women's Championship just days before WrestleMania 35, what it means that Triple H has agreed to put his career on the line in his match with Batista and the Tag Team Gauntlet Match that finally cemented Kofi Kingston as part of the WrestleMania card.
Here's how the show minutes break down:
News: 0:00 - 43:08
Interview with Greg "the Hammer" Valentine - 43:09 - 1:11
Interview with "The Genius" Lanny Poffo - 1:11
During our interview with Valentine and The Genius, we asked about their involvement in the 350 Days film and what it was like back in the day and how they felt as they were sharing their stories. Both had interesting tales from their days on the road.
Poffo mentioned that it was easy to get caught up in the lifestyle and that if he could give one word of advice to anyone, it was to try and remember, the only thing real about wrestling were the miles and the money. It was about saving and investing.
For Valentine, he recalls traveling a lot by himself, trying to keep his family together while others were unable to do the same. He recalls days on the road with Roddy Piper and Ric Flair and how the cards he wrestled on used to be about who was in the main event. Now, it's all about branding the name WWE.
The interview with Valentine takes an interesting turn part way through that you'll want to watch for. He's not a fan of the current product and he had some thoughts on the state of wrestling today, including women's matches. Considering WWE is about to offer a main event at the biggest show of the year that includes women closing the show, his comments are not likely ones that represent the majority. This is an interview you can't miss!
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On our first episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we have an interview with 350 Days documentary director Fulvio Cecere. Plus, we talk Raw, SmackDown Live and the road to WrestleMania 35.
Jim and Brandon start the show this week by chatting all things WWE news, breaking down Baron Corbin vs Kurt Angle and the backlash that has spun from the WWE Universe, AJ Styles new contract extension with WWE, the corporate head offices moving from Stamford, Gallows and Anderson leaving WWE and more.
We also have a very special guest our first ever episode. Fulvio Cecere, the director of 350 Days a wrestling documentary talking about sex, drugs and the addictive devices that come with being a professional wrestler in the 1980's while on the road joins us to chat the process of making the film which will be released April 2nd.