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The Wrestling Caucus

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Two brothers, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga discussing the world of professional wrestling.
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AEW Grand Slam 2022
The Wrestling Caucus is back to talk up the second annual AEW Grand Slam from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY! Both of us were there live so listen to us run down our favorite moments from the show, such as Mox vs Danielson II, the debut of Saraya (FKA Paige), The Acclaimed capturing the AEW World Tag Team Titles, and more! We also talk up WWE bringing back War Games for Survivor Series, their continued use of gimmick themed pay-per-views, and if the product has improved under the leadership of Triple H.  -- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
October 02, 2022
WWE Wrestlemania 38 Recap
This week on The Wrestling Caucus we recap an entire weekend of Wrestlemania! Listen as we once again discuss if Wrestlemania works as a two night event, the return of Cody Rhodes to WWE, the in ring return of Stone Cold Steve Austin, long video packages, the core fanbase of WWE, the great storytelling of Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch, and more!  -- The Wrestling Caucus Socials: The Wrestling Caucus Archive:
April 09, 2022
The Second Brock Lesnar Run
This week on The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and smileyarriaga discuss 10 years of Brock Lesnar's second run with WWE that started with the night after Wrestlemania 28 in 2012 and is still going on as he heads to Wrestlemania 38 to once again challenge Roman Reigns. Listen as the two brothers talk up his return match against John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012, the second Goldberg program that arguably made up for their Wrestlemania 20 match (yikes), his fantastic one-offs with AJ Styles, Bryan Danielson, and more!  --- Talk with The Wrestling Caucus: Listen to The Wrestling Caucus:
March 19, 2022
AEW Revolution 2022 Recap
The Wrestling Caucus returns a week later to recap the loaded, star-heavy AEW Revolution show! Peter A and smileyarriaga talk the intense MJF and CM Punk Dog Collar war and why you must go out of your way to watch it. The fantastic opener which had Eddie Kingston beating the respect out of Chris Jericho which proves wrestling can be great when its simple. Speaking of which, Peter and Smiley discuss why Jade Cargil and Tay Conti accomplished so much by doing so little.  -- The Wrestling Caucus archive: The Wrestling Caucus socials:
March 12, 2022
AEW Revolution 2022 Preview
The Wrestling Caucus kicks off March previewing AEW's first PPV of 2022, Revolution! Peter A and smileyarriaga run down the nine match card for tomorrow's (March 6th) show including the Dog Collar match between CM Punk and MJF, the interesting "Sports Entertainment" vs "Pro wrestling" program between Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho, and the two possible outcomes of the Face of The Revolution ladder match. The two brothers also talk up both Women's title matches including the AEW Women's World Title match between Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa which follows up their famous unsanctioned match last year. Lets not forget Jade Cargill's undefeated streak is on the line as well as her TBS Title against the returning Tay Conti! Will Tay's karate shit be enough to give Cargil her first loss? We shall see. -- The Wrestling Caucus on Twitter: The Wrestling Caucus on Instagram:
March 05, 2022
Remember Guys, It Doesn't Count
The Wrestling Caucus kicks off 2022 talking about the big and bland The Wrld on GCW show, the equally bland Royal Rumble with very few bright spots and the fantastic CM Punk and MJF match last week on Dynamite. We also had some words about that ridiculous Cody Rhodes fourth wall shattering promo and that embarrassing Brandy Rhodes and Dan Lambert segment. Lastly, AEW needs to retire the unsanctioned match stipulation for a while and we explain why.
February 12, 2022
AEW Full Gear 2021 Recap
This week on The Wrestling Caucus, we recap what was probably the best AEW Full Gear card since its inception in 2019. I (Peter A) was at the Target Center in Minneapolis and Smileyarriaga was back in New York watching it on PPV. I noticed a lot of CM Punk merch and Smiley, (among others) had issues with the PPV broadcast. Punk and Kingston beat the shit out of each other without traditional heel and face dynamics, Britt Baker is amazing, Tay Conti is a future star, Bryan Danielson is probably the best wrestler in the world (no secret), Thunder Rosa on the Buy In is questionable at best, and Mr Cowboy Shit finally beat Kenny! AEW seems to be investing in the future but I really wish they would do so in under four hours. -- Connect with The Wrestling Caucus:
November 20, 2021
AEW Full Gear 2021 Preview
The Wrestling Caucus returns for a mid week conversation around AEW's big November PPV, Full Gear! Listen to us run down this years card and discuss what may be a huge moment for Adam Page, the unique booking of C.M. Punk and Eddie Kingston, how far Britt Baker has come, and more!  -- Connect with The Wrestling Caucus:
November 10, 2021
The Name of The Game Is Psychology
On a brand new episode of The Wrestling Caucus, we talk up the WWE Champion, Big E and the meaning behind his recent interview on The Breakfast Club, why everyone should pay attention to All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH, and the recent troubling news regarding Ring of Honor. We also talk up one of the most important aspects of wrestling, psychology. We're much more positive this week, trust us.  -- All things The Wrestling Caucus:
November 06, 2021
We Have To Talk About WWE
Returning from our apathetic nap, The Wrestling Caucus is back to discuss whether or not to talk WWE on this show unless theres a Dwayne Johnson level angle that takes place. Why? World Wrestling Entertainment is void of any wrestling logic and has not been very entertaining as of late. Dolls, zombies, a minority of compelling characters and a complete lack of cohesive storytelling have made it impossible to watch this promotion from a week to week basis. We also give our thoughts from attending both AEW Dynamite shows in the tri-state area at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. 
October 16, 2021
Interviewers! Are Now
This week on The Wrestling Caucus, myself (Peter A) and smileyarriaga talk interviewers in wrestling. What about them you say? Well, smiley was annoyed seeing how interviewers were portrayed on TV. He has a point because in WWE, interviewers can come across as robotic tools with no credibility or personality. In AEW, some of their more credible interviewers are not taken seriously by the wrestlers because they are either shoved aside, super kicked, and they usually have their mics taken away from them. I personally think pro-wrestling is moving away from establishing new credible interviewers. Alicia Atout from MLW seems to be the exception but hopefully she will become the rule.  -- All things The Wrestling Caucus:
July 31, 2021
Momentum Squandered
On June 27th, 2011, CM Punk cut his infamous "pipebomb" promo, a worked shoot angle that turned him into one of the most popular starts in WWE. Ten years later, The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and smileyarriaga reflect on The Summer of Punk and how his momentum was squandered that summer by getting into a pointless program with Kevin Nash and subsequently losing clean to Triple H, who transitioning into an office role both in storyline and in real life. Throughout the 2010's, Becky Lynch, Daniel Brian, and Kofi Kingston all built an organic connection with WWE fans similar to CM Punk, all to have their momentum slowed down in some form.  -- All things The Wrestling Caucus:  
June 27, 2021
Good and Bad in Wrestling II
On the latest edition of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smileyarriaga share more good and bad aspects of modern pro-wrestling! Among the good things discussed are Botchamania, special TV main events such as AEW's Blood and Guts match and the recent Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns Universal title match on Smackdown. Some of the bad things mentioned are inter-gender wrestling, AEW's confusing ranking system, and the recent zombie lumberjack match at WWE Wrestlemania Backlash.  -- All things The Wrestling Caucus:
May 30, 2021
The Good and Bad of Wrestling
The Wrestling Caucus is back! After a months long hiatus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga start fresh in 2021 on a monthly basis with a big talk on what they love and hate about pro-wrestling! The bad - Smiley is not a fan of celebrities in wrestling and Peter finds it hard to take some wrestlers seriously. The good - Smiley likes MJF and Peter A discusses the television industry picking up more wrestling programing.  -- All things The Wrestling Caucus:
May 09, 2021
TWC 15: Game Over II
The Wrestling Caucus is back! Peter A and Smiley Arriaga return to discuss the launch of All Elite Wrestling's video game division, AEW Games and their upcoming untitled console game. They talk about some of the things they would like to see in this game such as match types, a create-a-wrestler community, a season mode and more! G4TV announced that they are relaunching in 2021 and Peter A and Smiley give their thoughts on WWE's Xavier Woods aka Austin Creed joining the network as a host and the possibility of other wrestlers getting invoiced.  -- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
December 06, 2020
TWC 14: All About Ambience
On Episode 14 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A & Smiley Arriaga explain why main-event level wrestlers should NOT reply to Twitter trolls (especially those with a very low follower count). They also recap the rather dull WWE Payback PPV with an admirable attempt to make Keith Lee. Meanwhile, over in Jacksonsville, AEW's annual All Out PPV fell flat on ambience and Peter A and Smiley speak on possibilities to why the show came across dead on TV. They also examine the depth of the Orange Cassidy character and the star making moment that was the Mimosa Mayhem match with Chris Jericho.  -- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
September 13, 2020
TWC 13: Summer of Wrestling 2020
On Episode 13 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga return to discuss the summer wrestling events with their Deathmatch wrestling correspondent, Elton! Listen to them talk some of the recent shows Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), New Japan Pro Wrestling, Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), and WWE! They also talk how these promotions maneuver COVID-19, social distancing and how a change of scenery is so important when you don't have the normal amount of crowd reaction. Peter also grades SummerSlam on a curve.  ----------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
August 30, 2020
TWC 12: Why We Watch Wrestling
On Episode 12 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley discuss everyone's obsession and ignorance regarding TV ratings, NJPW Dominion, WWE Extreme Rules, AEW Fight For The Fallen as well as an existential conversion on their wrestling fandom; asking the question,  Why do we watch wrestling? Is it the "moves"? Or is it the personalities, psychology and story-telling?  -------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
July 26, 2020
TWC 11: Tag Teams! Are All Elite
Episode 11 of The Wrestling Caucus is all about the two week AEW TV special, Fyter Fest! Peter A and Smiley Arriaga discuss how tag team focused these shows were as well as the idea that Tag Teams can be main event stars. They also discuss the growth of the AEW Women's division, Hikaru Shida and Penelope Ford's stellar match, the star-making match between Orange Cassidy and Chris Jericho as well as the importance of the Speaking Out movement.  Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
July 12, 2020
TWC 10: WWE Fatal 4 Way 2010
On Episode 10 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A & Smiley Arriaga discuss the 10th anniversary of one of the most forgotten about PPVs in recent history, WWE Fatal 4 Way 2010! This was the final WWE PPV held at The Nassau Coliseum before it closed for renovations in 2015. Their deathmatch correspondent, Elton attended this show and he gives his thoughts on his experiencing it in the flesh as well as who got the best reactions from the typically hostile Long Island crowd.  ---------  Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
June 20, 2020
TWC 9: Wrestling! Is Now
Wrestling! Is indeed now and on episode 9 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A & Smiley Arriaga discuss all the recent happens in the wrestling world and for once it's not just about WWE & AEW! New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced their return with The New Japan Cup with the finals of said cup and Dominion being held WITH FANS. They also discuss what happened at WWE Backlash, including -THE GREATEST WRESTLING MATCH EVER-, the current state of the WWE tag team division and more!  ------------ Support: Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
June 16, 2020
TWC Bonus: WWE Backlash 2020 Thoughts & Predictions
On this bonus episode of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A & Smiley Arriaga preview the upcoming WWE Backlash PPV happening this Sunday! They talk about the marketing of Edge vs Randy Orton as The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, the importance of momentum and their apathy towards the Women's Tag Team Titles and more!  Support: Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
June 12, 2020
TWC Bonus: NXT Takeover In Your House
On this bonus episode of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga discuss the recent horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor & Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of the police and the response from pro-wrestling. They also recap NXT Takeover In Your House and talk about whether the decision to not have the NXT Title match close the show was the right choice, the next opponent for Io Shirai, the great performance of Damion Priest & more!  ------------------ Donate: ------------------ Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
June 08, 2020
TWC 7: A Tale of Two Main Events
On Episode 7 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga recap the second annual AEW Double or Nothing PPV! They discuss the spectacle that was the Stadium Stampede match between the Elite and Inner Circle and whether or not it should have closed the show over the AEW Championship match between Jon Moxley and Brodie Lee.  --------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
May 25, 2020
TWC 6: The Climb
Episode 6 of The Wrestling Caucus is all about WWE Money In The Bank. Peter A and Smiley discuss the unique Money in The Bank match that took place at WWE HQ and had the Mens and Women's ladder matches happen and the same time! They also give their thoughts on the Money In The Bank concept and how it hold up 15 years into its existence. With Jeff Hardy's first PPV match back from injury taking place on the pre-show, Peter A and Smiley give their opinion on how WWE should make appearances of their legends special.  ----------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus
May 17, 2020
TWC 5: Game Over
On Episode 5 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A & Smiley tackle the famous and not so famous wrestling video games from the last two decades with their Deathmatch correspondent, Elton! Among the games discussed were the famous WWF/E Smackdown! series, WWF No Mercy, WCW vs NWO Revenge and more! They also mentioned the notable non Turner & McMahon branded games such as TNA Impact!, Fire Pro, Virtual Pro Wrestling & Extreme Warfare Revenge (EWR for short). They also discuss the domination of the WWE 2K series and the need for an alternative such as the upcoming Retromania Wrestling!  -------------------------------------------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
May 10, 2020
TWC 4: Beautiful Garbage
Episode 4 of The Wrestling Caucus is all about the beautiful garbage that is hardcore wrestling. This form of pro-wrestling is typically more violent than a traditional match featuring various weapons and dangerous stunts that usually involve fire and glass. Peter A and Smiley talk to their long time friend and deathmatch expert, Elton to discuss the origin of this extreme style and its important figures. They also mention the major influence that early deathmatch wrestling promotions such as FMW had on ECW, CZW, GCW and the Attitude Era of WWF (now WWE).  ----------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
May 03, 2020
TWC 3: Experimental Wrestlemania
On Episode 3 of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga discuss the standouts (both good and bad) of the first ever two night WrestleMania. They also talk up the divisive nature of the AJ Styles/Undertaker and Bray Wyatt/John Cena matches, how NXT talent have been used in recent months, and if a double dose of Wrestlemania will work in the future. ------ Follow The Wrestling Caucus:
April 12, 2020
TWC 2: The 4th Wall
The second edition of The Wrestling Caucus is all about the 4th wall and how the wrestling world has been breaking theirs from time to time. Peter A and Smiley Arriaga also preview whats left of Wrestlemania 36, they discuss the season premiere of Vice's Dark Side of The Ring, and more!  ---------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus: #TWCPod
March 29, 2020
TWC 1: Star-Making Moments
On the first episode of The Wrestling Caucus, Peter A and Smiley Arriaga discuss how pro-wrestling is handling the global effects of COVID-19, the 2020 Royal Rumble winners, star making moments of the current Wrestlemania build and AEW's recent Revolution PPV, the lame "part-timer" trope in wrestling, and more!  ------------- Follow The Wrestling Caucus: #TWCPod
March 22, 2020
The Wrestling Caucus Preview
The Wrestling Caucus is two brothers, Peter A & Smiley Arriaga discussing the world of professional wrestling. Topical conversations and whatever is worth talking about! Here's a sneak preview of our first episode where we talk the possibly of Wrestlemania being canceled or posponded due to COVID-19.
March 15, 2020