On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we're talking a new WWE podcast network, NXT moving to USA Network plus reviews of Raw and SmackDown Live.
As most fans know, Raw and SmackDown saw a few first-round King of the Ring matchups, the continuation of the Sasha Banks storyline, new Raw Tag Team Champions were crowned and Daniel Bryan revealed Roman Reigns' attacker... sort of. Brandon and Jim break down the show plus cover tons of news and rumors in wrestling.
After a breakdown and review of the red and blue brand, the hosts jump into the news that NXT will be moving to USA Network starting in September. What does this mean for USA, for FOX and for the roster? There are rumored salary bumps and contracts, speculation FS1 might be looking for ways to replace the content they're losing by not getting NXT and more.
Does part of what Fox wants to do including CM Punk? It sounds like that story is out there.
We also jump into a conversation about WWE getting their own podcast network and what that might mean for stars in WWE. This is huge news is true and the details are sketchy but we chat who we'd like to see get a show, what it means for talent and what type of content WWE might pick up.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat SummerSlam and Takeover results, Sasha Banks' return and The Fiend lantern.
This week Brandon and Jim take a closer look at the results from NXT Takeover: Toronto and SummerSlam, we talk The Fiend in-ring debut, Rollins winning the Universal Title, Raw and SmackDown, including King of the Ring and more.
This is a show definitely worth tuning into.
We start by breaking down WWE's two big pay-per-views this past weekend. Was NXT Takeover: Toronto as good as other NXT pay-per-views in the past? Brandon believes one aspect of that show was top notch. What about SummerSlam? Was it an eventful show or were there just a couple of moments worth talking about?
One moment everyone is chatting about is The Fiend's wrestling debut and the lantern head he brought with him to the ring. What was that thing all about?
On Raw and SmackDown, the biggest moment of the week had to be the return of Sasha Banks. Did WWE get her return right? WWE also promoted the return of the King of the Ring tournament starting next week on Raw? Who has the best shot to walk away as the winner of that one and how predictable will the results be?
AEW announced a signing and All out is right around the corner.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk NXT Takeover: Toronto and WWE SummerSlam predictions. The hosts hit each match, one-by-one and call their winners and finishes.
Calling the Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole the match of the weekend, are there any other bouts that will make this weekend a can't miss weekend for WWE fans?
Brandon and Jim share their predictions and break down both the NXT Takeover: Toronto show on Saturday and SummerSlam on Sunday. Who will win, what will be the matches to watch? Will there be any surprises?
Jim notes a few unexpected ideas that he thinks might go on this Sunday and asks just how WWE intends to book someone like The Fiend in his match versus Finn Balor. Brandon wonders if there's even the slightest of chances Dolph Ziggler can pull off a win versus Goldberg.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we pay tribute to a legend of wrestling in Harley Race and talk AEW and the TNT debut episode plus The Revival and all things WWE.
On the 20th episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we pay our respects to Harley Race who passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday. We also chat the news coming out of AEW in respect to their debut episode on TNT in two months and how Cody turned Vince's words against him.
The Revival is, once again hinting at leaving WWE, this time hooking up with Arn Anderson and we talk early word about WWE SummerSlam plus do a quick review of Raw and SmackDown Live.
Brandon and Jim chat the very strange segment that was Roman Reigns being squashed by a bunch of backstage road cases and WWE backtracking on that idea, plus we chat Matt Riddle potentially ruining a SummerSlam surprise.
Is the SummerSlam show going to be worth watching? We chat about the card a little bit and set listeners up for our prediction show which will be next week.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we chat the WWE Raw Reunion, SmackDown Live, AEW's official tv announcement and speculation about NXT going up against them on Fox Sports 1.
While Jim is on vacation in British Columbia, the show takes place from an irregular location. Not able to go tooth-and-nail through either Raw or SmackDown Live this week, there was enough content from YouTube videos and exclusive WWE.com content to know just what happened on the Raw Reunion show.
From The Fiend attacking Mick Foley to the new O.C. picking a fight with the oldest former factions in wrestling, the show had a lot to digest. The biggest takeaway might have been the Steve Austin interview at the end of the show and that half of the performers couldn't get cleared for any in-ring action.
We move onto SmackDown Live and Vince totally re-writing the show last minute. We cover AEW and their TNT announcement, touch on Jimmy Uso getting in legal trouble and more.
What did you think of the Raw Reunion? Are you like Steve Austin that wants to see them every year? Or, more like Sami Zayn who thinks they suck?
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we chat Extreme Rules, Raw, SmackDown, Raw Reunion and The Fiend. In a good week of wrestling action, still, we can't help but ask, 'What about Dolph Ziggler?'
Brandon and Jim are working a bit blind this week as the weather in both of their locations wasn't cooperating. That said, going old school on the phone brought out some fun, unscripted chat about Extreme Rules, Raw, SmackDown Live, and the upcoming Raw Reunion show.
We break down all of the happenings from what we thought was a strong WWE pay-per-view in Extreme Rules with two exceptions: the Universal Title finish and poor Dolph Ziggler getting the shaft... again.
We move onto some of the highlights from Raw and SmackDown including the debut of The Fiend, Liv Morgan's promo, and we chat about the Raw Reunion show and what we expect we'll see from WWE in terms of cameos and storylines.
We ask, 'Where was Eric Bischoff?' and Brandon reminds everyone that Dolph Ziggler should be a world champion.
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On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we talk the Kevin Owens promo on SmackDown, Raw taking a step backward, and predict Extreme Rules and more.
Brandon and Jim break down a number of the best moments on Raw and SmackDown Live, including what might be the promo of the year when Kevin Owens dropped a modern-day "pipe bomb" on SmackDown.
We also chat about the Enzo Amore and Joey Janela confrontation outside the Blink 182 concert, LAX becoming free agents and WWE having interest in the tag team and then we move onto our Extreme Rules predictions.
Calling each match, Brandon and Jim both agree this might be one of WWE's more underrated cards of the year. With the potential for at least six match-of-the-year caliber bouts and a few surprising moments, this could be a fantastic show.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling show, we talk Raw, SmackDown under Heyman and Bischoff plus exclusive Roman Reigns interview.
We're finally able to talk about our interview with Roman Reigns! The Sportster was lucky enough to be granted a chance to chat with Roman Reigns as he promotes his new Hobbs and Shaw film and through Lipton Brisk, "Cans of Whup Ass." We got some great insight into what he thinks of the WWE brand split, AEW and his future in WWE.
We also talk the first Raw and SmackDown Live episodes under the Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff regime and chat AEW's Fyter Fest.
All this and more.
Bischoff and Heyman hired by WWE as Executive Producers for Raw and SmackDown? This and more on Ep. 15 of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast.
A few hours after we finished recording this week's show, big news dropped that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff were being brought in by WWE to take over creative and run Raw and SmackDown Live as Executive Producers, reporting directly to Vince McMahon.
What will this mean for the two shows? Will they see facelifts and Bisch and Heyman get creative dominance over either or both shows? Or, is this more of people being brought in, offering their opinions and Vince still doing what he wants?
Also on this week's show, we talk Stomping Grounds which was actually a strong PPV for WWE. We chat Raw and SmackDown Live which were also good. We talk Drake Maverick, Seth Rollins picking a beef with Will Ospreay and then almost everyone else and the Firefly Fun House friends showing up on Raw and SmackDown Live.
Brandon and Jim chat AEW Fyter Fest which is this Saturday and the card as it stands plus we talk about the greatest wrestlers on the planet right now.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we cover the road to WWE Stomping Grounds, AEW news, a Lars Sullivan injury and give our feedback on Raw and SmackDown Live.
Does anyone care about Stomping Grounds? A pay-per-view being presented by WWE, the only reason a number of fans know who is wrestling on the card is because 75% of the matches have already happened. Competitors have either fought each other at Super ShowDown or WrestleMania 35 so the bouts feel recycled and less-than-anticipated.
But, will WWE pleasantly surprise fans?
Meanwhile, there is news that AEW is offering employment contracts to Superstars vs independent contractor deals, Sasha Banks retweeted a promotional video for AEW and the Road to Fyter Fest and All Out are much more exciting than anything WWE is putting on these days.
Finally, Lars Sullivan has gone down to a huge injury and could be out until WrestleMania 36. Karma? Maybe.
Drake Maverick wone the 24/7 Title, Will it show up at his real-life wedding? There are whispers of a possible Club Reunion? Mike and Maria Kanellis re-sign and more.
On this week's Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, many in the wrestling community are defending Undertaker vs Goldberg? Are we wrong to be critical?
The Undertaker versus Goldberg match was a disappointment to say the least and a disaster as categorized by many who saw it. Something that should have been 3 to 5 minutes tops, was booked to go 20 and went just over 9 before producers called it due to injury.
On this week's show, we talk the match, we talk response, we talk wrestlers feedback and call to be kind to both stars who did what they could. Who is to blame for this match?
We also get into AEW's Fyter Fest PPV being offered for free, we talk Bray Wyatt's new vignette, we get into Raw, SmackDown Live, title changes and more, including Sasha Banks doing work with WWE on the WWE2K20 game.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we woke up Wednesday to see Jon Moxley was an IWGP Champion. Plus Super ShowDown news.
Jon Moxley has made waves since leaving WWE. He rode out his contract, put out a video minutes after it expired, debuted in AEW at Double or Nothing and is now the IWGP United States Champion after defeating Juice Robinson. Perhaps there's no other former WWE star that has seen his stock rise as quickly as Moxley's since leaving WWE.
Jim and Brandon start by talking about Moxley's work since leaving WWE, they move onto a breakdown of NXT Takeover: XXV, Raw and SmackDown Live and a closer look at Super ShowDown this Friday. Most of the conversation revolves around Goldberg vs. Undertaker, but some time is spent discussing the rumors surrounding Brock Lesnar and his cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
In this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, AEW's inaugural PPV is in the books and Jon Moxley tells all about his WWE exit while speaking with fellow AEW star Chris Jericho.
Episode 11 talks Double or Nothing, Jon Moxley's debut with AEW and his tell-all interview on Talk Is Jericho where he speaks openly about the final months of his stay in WWE. Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose) doesn't mince words when describing the creative process in WWE, what he thinks of his former boss Vince McMahon and the exact moment he knew he was leaving the company. While entertaining, this interview doesn't shed a positive light on WWE.
He talks to Jericho for over an hour about how frustrated he was with the ideas being pitched to him, how much he had to fight to change things and the red tape that performers have to go through in WWE to not look like fools. The "WWE Machine" that is the infrastructure of the writing staff is what he believes is killing the company and he sends out a challenge to McMahon to improve the process.
On the 10th episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat 24/7 WWE Title, Money in the Bank, TV deals and interview Chris van Vliet.
Episode 10 of the show will cover a number of topics including a look at Money in the Bank and how everything went down, including Brock Lesnar's return. We take a look at Raw and SmackDown and focus some attention on the new 24/7 Championship WWE unveiled. We talk about the upcoming Double or Nothing PPV for AEW and interview Chris van Vliet of YouTube wrestling fame.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk everything from this Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view to WWE creative battling it out with Vince and losing.
Episode 9 of the show will cover a number of topics including a look at Money in the Bank, news updates out of WWE' Raw and SmackDown episodes, the battle that seems to be waging between WWE Creative and Vince McMahon, AEW announcing their new television deal with TNT and WarnerMedia, the Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia and more.
Beyond the aforementioned topics, Bray Wyatt went very dark in the latest episode of the FireFly Fun House and Jim wonders if, at the rate WWE is moving up his transition into the evil side, if WWE should have teased Wyatt for Money in the Bank to counteract the certain shifting from the pay-per-view to Game of Thrones on Sunday. Brandon wasn't sure it would matter considering how little build-up there's been for Money in the Bank.
Either way, we went through our picks for the matches.
We moved onto Lars Sullivan and his $100K fine by WWE, we chatted the creative direction of WWE and apologized to the writers for giving them so much heat when it's clear Vince is behind the issues fans are watching on tv each week. And, we talked Goldberg vs. Undertaker.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we try to be positive, but it's hard with the new WWE Wild Card Rule.
Episode 8 will cover a few things including the new FireFly Fun House video, Daniel Bryan and Rowan winning the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles, and WWE's Creative Writing video. But, most of the show will center around the Wild Card Rule.
The Wild Card Rule almost completely eliminates the need for the Superstar Shake-up and with WWE so confused as to how the rules should be put in place, it's no wonder the company is being dragged through the mud by fans and ratings are sinking like a stone.
On this week's episode of The Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, (Episode 7) we're focusing on Dean Ambrose dropping a viral video bomb on the wrestling world with his new Jon Moxley promo, the second episode of The Firefly Fun House with Bray Wyatt and Money in the Bank.
This week, the critical consensus was that Raw and SmackDown Live were not good offerings. The writing was stale, the matches poor and the storyline details sketchy at best. That said, there were a couple saving graces for wrestling fans.
First, the second episode of Firefly Fun House came out with Bray Wyatt and, like the first, it was captivating. A bit of a different tone this week, it was must-watch programming and easily the best part of Monday and Tuesday's show.
Second, Dean Ambrose's contract expired at midnight on the 1st of May and within minutes, he had a video out that took the Internet by storm. He was no longer Dean Ambrose but was back as Jon Moxley (Mox) and there was assumed symbolism throughout the video that has everyone guessing as to what's coming next.
On this week's episode of The Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we're focusing on Sasha Banks, Bayley, the Superstar Shake-up and Firefly Fun House.
Even though Raw and SmackDown Live were still dealing with the Superstar Shake-up and changes to their plans from the week before, most of the buzz this week in wrestling surrounded Bray Wyatt and his new Firefly Funhouse. And the incredibly viral video that has the WWE Universe on opposite ends of the spectrum has fans wondering what's coming next.
Some fans loved it, some hated it, but everyone has an opinion.
On this week's podcast, we talk all about the Superstar Shake-up and how it appeared WWE just sort of threw it all together. What did you think?
On a busy week in WWE, there was a lot to talk about. From the drama that was Sasha Banks apparently taking her ball and going home and Luke Harper sharing on social media that he's asked for his release, WWE aired two live shows where a ton of names switch brands, setting the tone for what should be the rest of the 2019 calendar year.
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.