On this edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk Matt Cardona's AEW debut, his new contract and SmackDown's strange Fiend attack.
The former WWE Superstar known as Zack Ryder is now in AEW. But, for how long? There are some interesting terms to his contract that mean he might not be around all that long.
After touching on AEW, we look at a very interesting episode of SmackDown that included a singles push for Big E, title matches and one of the best closes to a blue brand show in some time.
On this episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we look at Extreme Rules and the cinematic-style storylines, plus it was a big week for wrestling with Great American Bash, Fighter Fest, Fight for the Fallen, and Extreme Rules all happening in a matter of 14 days.
After looking at the week that was in wrestling, including a big Keith Lee victory to be crowned double champion and a teased Kenny Omega heel turn, Brandon and Jim break down the Extreme Rules card and make their predictions. How will the cinematic matches go? Will any titles change hands?
We talk FTR making waves in AEW already and whether or not they'll last in a tag division that isn't at all their style, plus we talk a little WrestleMania 37 news.
Enjoy and make your predictions with us!
On this week's Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, the first Raw post-Heyman, Backlash review, and is WWE an unsafe work environment?
Brandon and Jim pop back in for another podcast episode a little early, this time to talk the past 24 hours in WWE, which, to say the least, have been hectic. There was the news of a positive test case for COVID-19, the first Raw in almost a year without Paul Heyman at the helm, Christian returned, Edge injured and more.
Join us as we dissect the Backlash pay-per-view, talk the follow-up Raw, and take a look at the news and developments surrounding the COVID-19 diagnosis to one of the WWE Performance Center recruits.
On this edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Brandon and Jim will revisit their AEW Double Or Nothing predictions while talking about the latest buzz surrounding FTR (The Revival). They'll also break down NXT In Your House slated for Sunday night, make their call and examine any news surrounding the show.
On this edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view, news and rumors in WWE, and pay our respects to Shad Gaspard, who passed away at the early age of 39 this week.
After sending our respects to the Gaspard family and remember what he and Cryme Tyme brought to the industry of profressional wrestling, the conversation shifted to WWE news, including fallout from Money in the Bank. What will happen now and what about the biggest news that came after the show, Becky Lynch's pregnancy? We talk rumors she wrestled pregnant and shoot that down, shaming certain reports who had insane information.
From there Brandon and Jim focus on Otis' plans for the briefcase and finish with our AEW Double or Nothing predictions.
Including news and speculation surrounding the card, we talk Sting, Drew Gulak, Brian Cage and more.
On this episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we talk how Money in the Bank is shaping up, SmackDown hacker news, recent releases and more.
Money in the Bank is shaping up nicely and has become an interesting pay-per-view with the first-ever corporate ladder match that will see 12 competitors battle at the same time. How will WWE shoot this? What will the outcomes be? What about the other matches? We'll make our predictions.
We also talk more releases in WWE including Cain Velasquez, Curtis Axel, Gerald Brisco and we chat the hacker news from the SmackDown. Finally, we'l chat empty arena shows, the state of Florida possibly letting fans back into the arenas and whether or not WWE would be wise to move forward with that.
On the latest episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Jim and Brandon rate WrestleMania 36 and talk news coming out of the event, cover all the latest on the WWE releases that took over the industry this week and remember legendary announcer Howard Finkel.
Going back a few weeks to talk WrestleMania, we discuss the show, the big matches, what news has come out of the event and where everything will go, including rumors about WrestleMania 37. From there, we focus most of the show on the cutbacks in WWE Wednesday and predict where some stars might wind up, including going to AEW or coming back to WWE.
Finally, we remember the late Howard Finkel as one of the best announcers in the world, not just in the wrestling business.
On the latest episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we'll give our WrestleMania 36 predictions, factoring in the latest rumors.
What's going to happen at WrestleMania 36? There are some unique circumstances, unique matches and an unprecedented airing of the show over two nights. How will the COVID-19 virus change things? How will an empyty building change things?
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, WrestleMania 36 has just been thrown into disarray. What's happening with the card?
From Roman Reigns pulling himself from the card to The Miz being sick and apparently having heat backstage because he showed up to work anyways, we take a closer look at all the changes that have apparently hit WrestleMania 36 this week.
We'll look at SmackDown and how it didn't address hardly any of the rumors and we'll talk other news, including AEW and WWE shows moving forward.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we'll talk about Rob Gronkowski, WrestleMania, empty arenas and more.
This week, there's a lot more news coming regarding WrestleMania 36 and how WWE is approaching the pay-per-view. From an ambitious schedule of tapings to rumors about locations, character changes and venues, there's a lot to discuss. At the same time, the company needs to keep filming footage for Raw and SmackDown episodes leading into this incredibly unique Showcase of the Immortals.
Meanwhile, AEW is working with empty arenas but taking a slightly different approach to how they film their shows. Which one is more successful?
In the news, Rob Gronkowski showed up on SmackDown, there are rumors about what's next for him, new matches for WrestleMania 36, including the Women's SmackDown Championship in a Six-Pack Challenge, and rumors about stars like The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we're talking the moves of SmackDown and Raw to WWE PC and WrestleMania 36 news.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, the world, along with the wrestling one, is changing. The virus has already seen Raw and SmackDown forced to move their production to the WWE Performance Center and there is all sorts of buzz WrestleMania 36 will have the plug pulled out.
What will WWE do if WrestleMania 36 can't go on as expected? How many tv shows will be shot in front of empty seats? Everything is changing.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we look at the news in WWE and AEW, plus predict the card for Elimination Chamber.
This Sunday is WWE Elimination Chamber and while the card isn't exactly full of main event caliber matches, there are a few bouts that have our attention. Plus, what's going on with some of the biggest news items in the AEW and WWE this week?
Jake the Snake Roberts returned to wrestling, this time for AEW and he says the "Darkness" is coming. What does that mean? In WWE, there are new Raw Tag Team Champions, one of the biggest factions in wrestling return on SmackDown and the road to WrestleMania continues.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Brandon is back to talk Super ShowDown, the build towards WrestleMania 36, AEW's Revolution and more.
The wrestling world is talking about Goldberg vs. The Fiend and how the ripple effects of the title change and affecting WrestleMania 36. Jim and Brandon chat in depth about that pay-per-view, how WWE decided to come to the decision and where they go from here.
Also, we dissect AEW's Revolution show, the title change there and future booking ideas for AEW with Moxley now the champion.
This is not a show you want to miss but we don't see eye to eye on much at all!
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we have rumors heading into WrestleMania 36, plus news from Raw and SmackDown.
What's going to happen with John Cena and The Undertaker as WWE makes plans for WrestleMania 36? We have updates on both competitors. We also chat Shayna Baszler's odd segment on Raw and Hulk Hogan's appearance on SmackDown, plus we get into news about the WWE being sued by MLW and more.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk Goldberg's return, Sting rumors, Super ShowDown and WrestleMania news.
It's been a hectic week for news in WWE and AEW. Starting with an announced return of Goldberg, rumors of Sting coming back, suspension rumors, Brock Lesnar and R-Truth rumors and a WWE stock shareholders call that got everyone talking, there's no shortage of items to cover.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we talk all about the Royal Rumble, what happened, how it shapes WrestleMania 36 and news and rumors coming out of the pay-per-view.
Edge is back and that's huge but there were reports he spoke with AEW prior, details on his new deal and what WWE has planned. There is debate brewing behind the scenes in WWE as to what the main event should be at WrestleMania 36 this year. Is it Drew McIntyre versus Brock Lesnar? Is it The Fiend versus Roman Reigns? Will it be a Women's Title match again?
Speaking of the women, what about Rhonda Rousey? She made her first return to WWE programming this week and discussed who she'd like to have a future match with.
We have injury news on AJ Styles, rumors and new surrounding AEW, namely Jon Moxley and Luke Harper, plus the latest on the backstage friction between Matt Riddle and Brock Lesnar.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat about the Royal Rumble, make predictions and talk a little WWE news.
Like a surprise return in WWE, this week's show included a shocking return from former co-host Brandon who was with me to chat all things WWE Royal Rumble. We walked through the card and chatted for an hour without missing a beat.
Every match gets predicted, as well as chatting about where things are headed for WrestleMania, plus we talked about how social media has influenced the pay-per-view and wrestling in general.
Will Edge return? Who wins the Women's match and can we even call it that now that Becky Lynch has stirred the pot so much?
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling, we discuss news in WWE and AEW, signings, Paige and Triple, and Raw's amazing finish.
Raw was a very good show, with surprise segments like R-Truth accidentally confronting Brock Lesnar and Buddy Murphy turning towards the Monday Night Messiah and joining AOP and Seth Rollins group. Will there be more to follow?
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, the Royal Rumble is starting to take shape, plus AEW news and rumors.
Jim runs you through all the latest news, rumors and interesting stories in AEW and WWE this week including talk about Chris Jericho. He conducted an interview with a special guest, was not named wrestler of the year and Kurt Angle shared an intriguing tidbit about his history as Undisputed Champion.
I also take a look at a twist for Bray Wyatt's character, Brock Lesnar Royal Rumble rumors and a whole lot more. This should be a fun episode.
Welcome to Season 2 of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast and episode 40. This week, we break down news and rumors in WWE and AEW as 2020 starts.
Starting with the news, Jim chats everything that has gone on over New Year's including rumors and reports in WWE and AEW. From the chaotic wedding on Raw to the early planning of the Royal Rumble. There's news on AJ Styles, the Usos, The Miz, Rusev and more.
Plus, could Chris Jericho actually return to WWE? He comments.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat news in WWE and AEW plus talk the moments of 2019 and the past decade.
What was your moment of 2019? Jim hosts the show this week and reveals his favorite moment in 2019 plus his worst. Take a listen and see if you agree or not.
Plus in the news this week, there is more coming out of Raw, changes to AEW including a new hire, a new manager and more. WWE is getting set for the road to WrestleMania which goes through the Royal Rumble and there are injuries, changes in storylines and surprise title changes.
On this episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Jim breaks down every major news and rumors item in AEW and WWE heading into Christmas. And, there's a lot of them.
It's been two weeks since the latest podcast but there's tons of news and rumors to go through as it pertains to both AEW and WWE. From buzz surrounding The Revival and AEW, contract extensions, big-time botches, heel turns and more, it's like the 12 days of wrestling Christmas on this week's show and it's one you don't want to miss.
Will Edge come out of retirement to wrestle at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania? Is John Cena planning something substantial for WrestleMania 36? What is going to happen with Shayna Baszler now that she's no longer the NXT Women's Champion? Will Sting face the Undertaker? It appears he wants to.
All this and more on a jam-packed, rapid round edition of the show. Go see Star Wars later... listen to the show first, then catch the biggest movie of the holidays.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast we talk the news of the week in WWE and AEW but wonder where the TLC card is?
This week on the show, we discuss the return of John Morrison, the differences between AEW and WWE booking styles, and what the direction for Seth Rollins' character is. Then, the conversation turns into a debate about how much AEW and WWE have dropped the ball with golden opportunities to really steer the momentum of their respective shows and brands. Neither did so over the past week. We talk the Fiend's new belt, heels versus babyfaces in wrestling and more.
Finally, where are all the TLC matches? WWE has announced no bouts for a card that is just over one week away. We can predict what we think will be matches, and assume some are coming, but why nothing yet?
On This week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat about just how bright the stars of NXT shined this past weekend.
Survivor Series weekend was good, but NXT was great. Stars like Keith Lee, Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler and Adam Cole took center stage and knocked it out of the park. Jim and Brandon dig deep in discussion about what this past weekend meant for the NXT brand and WWE as a company.
We also touch on AEW this week and a strange debut from the show that we hope goes better than the first showing did.
Plus, who will debut on Firefly Funhouse this Friday? Is it a real person? Or, another puppet. We're hoping that those predicting Liv Morgan are bang on with their predictions.
All this and more on this week's edition of the show.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat the CM Punk surprise return on WWE Backstage, plus a whole lot more.
CM Punk showed up on WWE Backstage Tuesday night and Brandon and Jim talk about what that means moving forward. Is he going to be a regular part of the show? Will he make his way onto WWE tv?
We also chat Survivor Series news, Paige and The Miz signings, Full Gear results and more. What does Rusev think of his storyline? Is The Fiend beatable? What about MJF and Cody Rhodes?
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, Brandon and Jim chat AEW Full Gear, the NXT Invasion, Survivor Series and more.
After an interesting Crown Jewel, Bray Wyatt is the new Universal Champion, but he didn't show up on Raw or SmackDown right away to show off his new title. No, the WWE Superstars were stuck in Saudi Arabia and NXT talent had to swoop in and save the day. Did they? Brandon and Jim give their opinions on the NXT invasion of SmackDown and Raw, plus the carryover with Raw and SmackDown talent hitting NXT back where it hurts.
The hosts also talk AEW Full Gear and make their predictions for the show. Did Cody give the best promo of the year on Dynamite this past Wednesday? Is it a shoe-in that he wins the title now? We run through each match and give our predictions.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Jim and Brandon are back as a tag team to host the show and there's lots of news to cover, including the firing of Eric Bischoff, CM Punk returning to wrestling rumors and the results of the WWE Draft.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, Brandon flies solo talking WWE, AEW and has a special guest to talk wrestling schools.
Starting with the results from Hell in a Cell, Brandon gives his take on the show, the fallout and what that means leading into Raw and SmackDown. There's talk about the draft, certain stars like Sasha Banks and what happens now with Seth Rollins and The Fiend.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk SmackDown on Fox, AEW vs NXT and what to expect from Hell in a Cell.
Brandon and Jim are back chatting what they thought of AEW; Dynamite, NXT on USA, Raw and what they expect from Friday Night SmackDown. Almost forgotten in all of this is the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view this Sunday and the guys cover that too.
Listen as our hosts break down Raw and the strange ending that was Lashley, Lana and Rusev. They talk the Brock Lesnar angle and Team Hogan vs Team Flair. Moving onto Wednesday, Jim and Brandon dissect AEW's first show on TNT as well as talk NXT and how they plan to combat it.
Finally, we give a few thoughts on Hell in a Cell and what to expect from Friday's SmackDown Live which is loaded with content and it will be tough to cram everything into two hours.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, we focus on Steve Austin returning, Liv Morgan rumors, SmackDown changes and more.
Jim is flying solo again on this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast but for 30 minutes, he covers a ton of topics. Starting with the comments by Stone Cold Steve Austin on a possible return to WWE and wrestling in a match to rumors of Liv Morgan teaming up with Bray Wyatt and news a rumors surrounding SmackDown moving to Fox on Fridays.
Stone Cold takes the focus of the first few minutes, then we move onto the Bray Wyatt and Liv Morgan rumors. We cover a bit of Raw and SmackDown this week but also talk about the changes on Raw and SmackDown heading into Raw's season premiere and the SmackDown move to Fridays.
One of the big takes that just came down the pipe officially is the changes to the announce crew for each show. The Internet is up in arms about the fact that Tom Phillips and Bryon Saxton now look like they are out of an announcing job.
We talk about John Morrison returning to WWE seems to be a reality and wonder when he's going to return and we cover a few topics in AEW.
Finally, we give huge kudos to Lacey Evans who might have provided the best heel promo all year. The funny thing was, the promo wasn't on tv. It was video she posted on Twitter. Don't know what we're talking about? Have a listen.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we take a look at Lesnar's return, King Corbin, Clash results and the WWE Draft.
On episode 27 of the Smart Marks of Wrestling podcast, Brandon is back to talk about Clash of Champions, we get into the latest news and rumors in WWE and AEW and we chat about what fans can expect from the upcoming WWE Draft in October.
Were we surprised by Baron Corbin winning King of the Ring? What the returns of Luke Harper and Brock Lesnar? Does Kofi Kingston stand a chance of walking away from the first episode of SmackDown on Fox? Brandon and Jim have differing opinions on that, and what to do with The Fiend versus Seth Rollins.
On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we make Clash of Champions predictions, talk Sasha Banks, Ric Flair and more.
Due to scheduling issues, Jim was flying solo on this week's podcast. He took some time to chat the news of the week in WWE, including the Sasha Banks Chronicle episode on WWE Network, more news on Ric Flair and WWE legal issues and Clash of Champions predictions.
Jim starts with some news on Big Cass and some drama between he and Joey Janela, jumps into Goldberg talking about Matt Riddle and gets into the Sasha Banks news as revealed on Chronicle. There were some hints this week that Bray Wyatt might target The Undertaker next, big news on the WWE Draft now set for October 11, 2019 and a whole lot more news.
On this week's edition of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we talk Jericho winning then losing the AEW Title, Ric Flair issues, and Bayley's turn.
This week, there was no shortage of interesting stories in professional wrestling. Off the heels of a strong AEW pay-per-view that saw Chris Jericho crowned the first-ever AEW World Champion, he lost the title days later when he was eating dinner. The Internet went nuts with the story, not sure if it was a shoot or a work.
Also, Ric Flair is apparently suing WWE over the trademark "The Man". He believes he has a right to the phrase and wants to be compensated every time Becky Lynch refers to herself that way.
Finally, Brandon and Jim review Raw and SmackDown Live which was highlighted by a Bayley heel turn, King of the Ring shenanigans and more. Will the winner be the first big star to take a spot on the new Raw and SmackDown shows once WWE holds and another roster draft?
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On this week's episode of the Smart Marks of Wrestling Podcast, we chat all things AEW All Out, plus news on Enzo and Cass rejoining WWE?
Perhaps AEW's biggest pay-per-view to date, All Out is this Saturday and there is tons to talk about. Who will win the big matches, who will debut or surprise the crowd? Will the Executive committee continue to pick up wins over perhaps more deserving talents or will performers like Shawn Spears, the Lucha Bros and Pac get the wins?
Brandon and Jim run through their thoughts on the show and pick their winners.
Jim also opens the show by chatting about some news in the world of professional wrestling including rumors of Enzo and Big Cass talking with WWE, a supplemental draft in WWE and a shoutout by the Rock to a former Attitude Era star.
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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.
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.