Friday, April 11, 2014

EPISODE 17: KANE'S HELL PORTAL TO FLORIDA

It's Wrestlemania Fallout on the newest installment of Wrestling With Friends. Fighting through tears at the loss of one of pro wrestling's greats, the Friends try their best to stick it out as they get ready for the Wrestling New Year.

There's some hot topics to chat about coming from the world of wrestling, and the Friends are here to help trudge through it. After memorializing the late, great Ultimate Warrior, the Friends discuss some talking points like Lesnar breaking the Streak, Jeff Jarrett's new company and the always-exciting goings-on in the world of the Independents.



Though the wrestling world is still processing Brock Lesnar being the one to break the Undertaker's vaunted Wrestlemania streak, the Friends are already on top of fantasy booking a bigger stud to handle the job in this week's Alternate Universe segment. Some interesting choices are proposed, while other surprising ones are left off. Did the Friends get it right? While you're still deciding that, be sure to listen to the end as The List keeps winding down, this week landing on #84!

Join Blake, Andy & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 17 - Kane's Hell Portal to Florida


0:00 - 46:13: Intros & Wrestlemania XXX News

47:19 - 1:27:14: Alternate Universe: Breaking the Undertaker's Streak

1:28:24 - 1:58:34: Top 100 List: #84

Final Song - "Unstable (The Ultimate Warrior)", Jim Johnston


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Friday, April 4, 2014

EPISODE 16: BART GUNN, PARKING ATTENDANT

It's been a long, winding Podcast to Wrestlemania...but we're here at last. Yet, though some things change, a few things remain the same—like another quality episode of Wrestling with Friends!

Just days before the Showcase of the Immortals, the Friends open the show with some last-minute news in not just the WWE, but the excitement and energy stemming from promotions like TNA, Ring of Honor and the Indys. CM Punk returning at Wrestlemania? A new Paul Heyman guy? These are just some of the many talking points the Friends have to offer on this blockbuster final episode before Wrestlemania!



Though the options were limitless for the Wild Card this week, the Friends took it a bit easier and stayed more relaxed by dedicating time to the newest Friends Cup predictions. Things were anything but relaxed, however, with the Friends butting heads over who was going to come out an winner or a champion at the "big show" (hint, hint). Who will come out leading in the Race to the Friends Cup? And who will decide next month's Wild Card? You'll have to tune in, and then follow along with Wrestlemania XXX on Sunday! They close out the show, and the Podcast to Wrestlemania, by getting (and staying) hyped with The List and their #85 picks!

Join Blake, Andy & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 16 - Bart Gunn, Parking Attendant


0:00 - 36:34: Intros & Current Promotion News

37:28 - 1:14:43: Wild Card - Wrestlemania XXX Friends Cup Predictions

1:15:39 - 1:46:57: Top 100 List: #85

Final Song - "Brawl for All" Theme


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Friday, March 28, 2014

EPISODE 15: AT THE DROP OF MACHO MAN'S REPOED HAT

The Podcast to Wrestlemania reaches all-new heights on this edition of Wrestling with Friends, featuring names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Macho Man and...the Repo Man!

The excitement is palpable in this episode, as Blake, Andy and Erik tear through all the major news and events as they lead into the last few weeks before Wrestlemania. This is why we do it, folks. They've got a lot to say about the booking leading up to the show, from the Intercontinental Title scrum to the strange, mystical Undertaker frightening an MMA star. Also, Andy confirms that TNA still sucks, and Erik runs down all the exciting shows happening in New Orleans this April that aren't the WWE.



Then, the sacred Heenan's Hall sees its most contested battle yet, as the Friends not only debate three great wrestling moments...but three great Wrestlemania moments, as they try to determine which one should be the first to go in. Will it be the tears shed by the fans witnessing the reunion of Macho Man and Elizabeth, the tears of Ric Flair just before he got booted in the face, or the tears of Hulk Hogan as he ripped every one of his back muscles slamming Andre the Giant? In the end, only one can get in, meaning the other two friends will be spilling tears of their own. Hopefully they can dry them in time to discuss their #86 picks for The List.

Join Blake, Andy & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 15 - At the Drop of Macho Man's Repoed Hat


0:00 - 46:17: Intros & Current Promotion News

46:55 - 1:19:15: Heenan's Hall: Greatest Wrestlemania Moment

1:20:11 - 1:55:05: Top 100 List: #86

Final Song - "The Repo Man" theme


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Friday, March 21, 2014

EPISODE 14: GIANT GONZALEZ'S CRIMINAL CHLOROFORM

The Podcast to Wrestlemania turns the corner into its second week...hopefully the lugnuts are screwed on tight to their 1990 Geo Prism!

Another week has gone by with some happenings to report on in the world of wrestling, from the exciting Wrestlemania main event announcement, to the Shield face turn, to an actual positive note coming out of TNA. Plus, Erik name-drops a few Japanese wrestlers for some more possible wrestling street cred.



But of course, the fun only starts there. With this being the second week of the Friends' Podcast to Wrestlemania, it's time to take a look at the worst of the worst with the special Wrestlemania installment of the Judy Bagwell Awards. To immortalize their own worst moment, new Friend to the show Jered is brought in to be a special guest judge as all 3 Friends get a chance to argue who or what should walk home with the award. Will it be "Santina"s win at the Diva's Battle Royal? Perhaps that strange blemish on the Undertaker's streak some people might want to forget from Wrestlemania IX. Or was it that strange Deadliest Catch advertisement starring legends Mick Foley and Ron Simmons in the middle of a Pay-Per-View event? The new Hound of Justice in the Wrestling With Friends may have to make the toughest decision yet! But as always, The List is here to calm the storm, as the Friends recount who made it in with their #87 picks.

Join Blake, Andy & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 14 - Giant Gonzalez's Criminal Chloroform



0:00 - 36:21: Intros & Current Promotion News

37:11 - 1:12:46: Judy Bagwell Awards: Wrestlemania's Worst

1:13:59 - 1:39:00: Top 100 List: #87

Final Song - "I'll Be Your Hero", Jim Johnston (+ a fun little treat!)


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Friday, March 14, 2014

EPISODE 13: THE WYATT FAMILY VALUES TOUR

Just like the third hour of Raw, we're running long in this episode—but we're justifying it by kicking off our Podcast to Wrestlemania over the next 4 weeks!

The Friends gather around after a week away from each other to share what they've been up to before diving into news that involves Occupying Raw and Known Male Prostitute, Buff Bagwell. Inspired by Friend of the show Bagwell, they round off the news with some sexy indy talking points.



Then, the Podcast to Wrestlemania truly takes off as the Friends rev up their 1990 Geo Prism for the Alternate Universe to see how Wrestlemania is being booked across the stars. Any Superstar is fair game; for you see, in some Universes Roddy Piper is the same age as Sami Zayn, and Scott Steiner is a main eventer. Once their credibility is challenged, the Friends dare to go even further with some interesting #88 picks from The List!

Join Blake, Andy & Erik (and possible Known Male Prostitute, Buff Bagwell), just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 13 - The Wyatt Family Values



0:00 - 39:46: Intros & Current Promotion News

40:48 - 1:46:48: Alternate Universe: Wrestlemania Dream Card

1:47:50 - 2:17:19: Top 100 List: #88

Final Song - "Back in Time", Huey Lewis & the News


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Friday, March 7, 2014

EPISODE 12: BALLS MAHONEY & THE HOTDOG FLAVORED WATER

It's one wild show as the Friends turn the corner into the Road...or PODCAST...to Wrestlemania! Tune in for one last chapter before the next one begins.

Reddit user dolphin1925 chimes in with some WWE news, including the Monday Night Raw "hijacking" and other talking points. Meanwhile, gailkimsboobs97 has his own share of TNA droppings including such happy-go-lucky topics like wrestler pay cuts. Finally, frenchoniondip666 covers the rest with news out of Ring of Honor and on indy stars like Drake Younger and Alex Shelley. Of course, there's the weekly Extreme Rising story for those of you who just come here for that.



Blake's dominance during the Elimination Chamber round of the Friends Cup has him bringing in his Wild Card topic of the day: Subtractions, Additions & Alterations. Much like Eric Bischoff's Chamber, Blake cooked this little scheme up to see what parts of the wrestling world his Friends would subtract, add and alter. After what turns into a very women's wrestling-friendly topic concludes, the Friends start the party in the 80s with the #89 picks from their The List!

Join dolphin1925, gailkimsboobs97 and frenchoniondip666, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 12 - Balls Mahoney & the Hotdog Flavored Water



0:00 - 45:23: Intros & Current Promotion News

46:24 - 1:28:29: Wild Card: Subtractions, Additions & Alterations

1:29:27 - 1:59:58: Top 100 List: #89

Final Song - "Big Balls", cover by Muscadine


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

The List, Listener Style: Alex

Recently, we received an e-mail from listener Alex with his own list of influential and inspirational wrestlers. This, in turn, inspired an idea for the Friends. Alex's List is a great read and well-written, and we thought it would be fitting to include here. But we also want to hear from other listeners out there! Send us your own 'List', and we'll post it here to share with others. It doesn't have to be a full List; just send what you have to match where the Friends are on the show.

Alex's List


100. X-Factor (X-pac, Albert, Justin Credible)

Do you remember this short lived stable given to DX & nWo cast off X-pac? I think that I'd say I like Albert/Tensai, Credible, and then Pac in that order. Albert is just a beast and has seriously been misused/abused as Tensai. I liked Credible in the dying days of ECW and even enjoyed him as the Portuguese Man O' War on Superstars in the mid 90s. X-Pac I only really liked in his early run as the 123 Kid. I thought that the diaper match he had with Razor Ramon was hilarious. He also had a great match on an episode of Raw with Bret Hart.

99. William Regal

Maybe he'd be higher on the list if I watched NXT, but I really only remember Regal as the besmirched commissioner of the WWE. As well as those hilarious Man's Man promos. I can't remember any specific matches with him, even though he is a great worker in the ring. Regal is this low because he is good but not memorable. (I actually saw him at a bar in Seoul when WWE toured in 2008, but I didn't recognize him, and was too enamored with Flair & Jericho being there to get a picture with Regal.)

98. Gangrel

Something about vampire wrestlers just does it for me. (Hell, I was even entertained by Kevin Thorne when we was on later TV.) The Brood was a unique and entertaining stable for the crazy times of the Attitude era. Their entrance and the bloodbaths were great! Obviously Grangrel has been outshined by Edge & Christian, but despite not being the worker that E&C were, I thought that he had the best look of the three.

97. New Jack

This is a legitimately crazy guy. Not likeable outside of the ring by any stretch of the imagination, but I was always entertained by him in the ring. He almost legitimately (accidentally) killed a kid in The Mass Transit Incident. Plus he then tried to actually hurt Vic Grimes by throwing him off a scaffold and away from a bunch of tables. Crazy and scary guy.

96. Tazz

I bought into the hype of the human suplex machine in the dying days of ECW. He had a great tough man look, but just not enough height to make it in the big leagues. Still, his debut against Kurt Angle was amazing. I can take him or leave him on the commentary though.

95. Abyss

I don't watch TNA. But I remember flipping through the channels and always watching when Abyss was on. He seems like an imposing figure with a great look. Would love to watch a match with him versus Kane. But I'm not gonna watch TNA just to see a monster play his own brother as a lawyer.

94. One Man Gang

Akeem the African Dream was funny, but I really bought into One Man Gang as a big tough dude. In the original Survivor Series he holds his own against Hulk Hogan in the tag match, and he also had a memorable appearance in the Mania IV title tournament. I think that he should have had one big match against Hogan (ala King Kong Bundy at Mania 2), but I guess it was never to be.

93. Perry Saturn

I liked his tag team stuff with Kronus, but mostly I remember Saturn as the crazy guy ditching the MILFY Terri Runnels for a mop. I thought he was a good wrestler (nice suplexes) and he had a good look to boot. So it's a shame that he was reduced to Moppy. Still, third best of the Radicalz ain't terrible!

92. Ivory

My tenth favorite female wrestler! I liked her frumpy turn in the Right to Censor. Really Ivory was a solid worker in the ring. I've included her after watching a documentary about GLOW. Those ladies were tough and entertaining. But Ivory was the only one to make it big. It's a shame that.

91. Assorted Japanese Wrestlers (Bull Nakano, Kai-En-Tai, Tajiri, Masato Tanaka, Hayabusa)

Honestly, I'm not that in to Japanese wrestling, because I find the commentating to be annoying. That said, I have been entertained by several Japanese wrestlers. I remember Bull Nakano twisting Aludra Blaze into some sort of wicked leg submission in an old copy of WWE magazine. She had a great look and probably did great things in Japan that I've never seen. Kai-En-Tai were great for the choppee choppee pee-pee thing with Val Venis. Plus Taka had some entertaining lightheavyweight matches. Tajiri was awesome in ECW and neutered in the WWE. Still, a great worker and funny in his interactions with Regal on TV. Masato Tanaka I really only saw in his matches with Mike Awesome. But, those were some fucking great matches! Lastly, Hayabusa seems like Japan's answer to Sabu. I really only watched him on a King of the Death Match VHS featuring English commentary. But he did some crazy stuff with exploding rings. And then he broke his neck and had to retire.