Tuesday, December 29, 2015

THE FRIENDIES 2015: NOMINATION ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Could it really be time for The Friendies? Well, yeah, because it's the end of the year stupid! Just kidding, you're not stupid...unless you're stupid excited to see who nabbed a nomination for this year! We've got all your favorite awards from last year, plus a few more sparkling new ones, so let's get right into it.

Biggest Shocker

Daniel Bryan's early Rumble exit

Seth Rollins cashes in at the Wrestlemania 31 Main Event

Samoa Joe arrives in NXT


Worst Line of the Year

"Owen Hart didn't defy gravity" - Booker T

"Your brother didn't have much fight in him, either" - Paige, referring to Charlotte's dead younger brother, Reid

"Nothing but a sniveling little suck-up sell-out sufferin' succotash, son!" - Roman Reigns to Seth Rollins


Best Line of the Year

"Welcome to Suplex City, bitch!" - Brock Lesnar to Roman Reigns

"I'm not a f*cking sports entertainer, I'm a wrestler!" - Alberto el Patron on ROH debut

"I'm gonna send Blue Pants back to the clearance rack where she belongs" - Alexa Bliss


Most Overlooked/Underrated

Johnny Gargano (NXT/Independent)

Alex Shelley (New Japan Pro Wrestling/Ring of Honor/Independent)

Asuka (NXT)


Heel of the Year

Pentagon Jr. (Lucha Underground)

Seth Rollins (WWE)

Kevin Owens (WWE)


Face of the Year

Finn Balor (NXT)

Prince Puma (Lucha Underground)

John Cena (WWE)


Most Screwed Over

Kevin Owens

Damien Sandow

Rusev


Worst Wrestling TV Show

Total Divas

WWE Raw

Tough Enough


Best Wrestling TV Show

NXT

Ring of Honor

Lucha Underground


Tom Magee Award (Most Deserving of an Upcoming Push)

Apollo Crews (NXT)

Chad Gable (NXT)

Dalton Castle (Ring of Honor)


Erik Watts Memorial Award (Most Overpushed)

Mahabali Shera (TNA)

Eva Marie (NXT)

Roman Reigns (WWE)


Biggest Character Improvement

John Cena

Big Ryk (formerly Ezekiel Jackson)

Drew Galloway


Best New Finisher

Prince Puma: 630-degree Splash

Neville: Red Arrow

Kevin Owens: Pop-Up Powerbomb


Worst Feud of the Year

Miz vs. Mizdow

Rusev & Summer Rae vs. Dolph Ziggler & Lana

Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns


Best Feud of the Year

Kevin Owens vs. John Cena

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Pentagon Jr. vs. Vampiro


Worst Commentator of the Year

JBL (WWE)

Byron Saxton (WWE/NXT)

Booker T (WWE)


Best Commentator of the Year

Matt Stryker (Lucha Underground)

Corey Graves (NXT)

Steve Corino (Ring of Honor)


Brother Love Award (Best Non-Wrestler Role)

Dario Cueto (Lucha Underground)

Paul Heyman (WWE)

Truth Martini (Ring of Honor)


Dammit, We're Going to Make This Work (Worst Story)

Roman Reigns Against All Odds

Wyatt Family vs. The Brothers of Destruction

The Summer Love Quadrangle (Ziggler/Summer/Rusev/Lana)


Biggest Attitude Adjustment (Disappointment)

Daniel Bryan's early Rumble exit

Kevin Owens' fall from grace

Sting loses to HHH at Wrestlemania


And now, for the Biggies...


Get the "F" Off My TV

Stephanie McMahon

Mojo Rawley

Dolph Ziggler

The Big Show

Santino


Judy Bagwell Moment of the Year

James Storm has a ghost barn

Hulk Hogan's racist rant

Bray Wyatt obtains the power of lightning

Eva Marie doesn't kick out

Kane talks to Geoffrey the Giraffe


Heenan's Hall Moment of the Year

Bayley wins the NXT title in Brooklyn

NWO confronts DX at Wrestlemania

Kevin Owens debuts on Raw and destroys John Cena

Lucha Underground season one conclusion montage

Angelico's leap


Match of the Year

Fenix vs. Mil Muertes: Grave Consequences (Lucha Underground)

John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: Title vs. Title (Elimination Chamber)

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (Royal Rumble)

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn)

John Cena vs. Cesaro (Monday Night Raw: 06/06/2015)


Woman Wrestler of the Year

Bayley (NXT)

Sasha Banks (WWE/NXT)

Sexy Star (Lucha Underground)

Charlotte (WWE/NXT)

Nikki Bella (WWE)


Tag Team of the Year

Angelico/Ivelisse/Son of Havoc (Lucha Underground)

The Young Bucks (Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling/Independent)

The New Day (WWE)

Cesaro/Kidd (WWE)

reDRagon (Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling)


Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year Award

Prince Puma (Lucha Underground)

John Cena (WWE)

Seth Rollins (WWE)

Brock Lesnar (WWE)

Jay Lethal (Ring of Honor)


Keep your eyes posted here for the fan vote poll! Then, some time in 2016 and whenever we get to it, we'll meet you all in some fancy ballroom for the official 2016 Friendie Awards!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

EPISODE #78: THE LIST (#46) ONE-WAY TICKET TO WEINERVILLE

It's our last episode of the year, but you won't find it under your tree...your stocking would be much warmer!

We're busting out the categories for the 2015 Friendies Awards, coming up very soon! Many of your favorites are returning, like 'Get the F off my TV!' and 'Best TV Show', as well as some new ones to respect the growth of women's wrestling this year (and the growth in Andy's pants as a result!). Keep an eye on the site for the nominations later this week!



Who else would you want to spend time with this holiday season besides your Friends? If you said our #46 List picks, we wouldn't blame you! We've got a snake handler, a hardcore legend and a master of the kazoo. And none of them have been on Santa's "Nice" list! (Even though one of them portrays a Santa!)

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or Direct Download: Episode 78 - The List (#46) One-Way Ticket to Weinerville



0:00 - 7:05 - Intros
9:33 - 23:19 - 2015 Friendies Preview
24:44 - 59:53 - The List (#46)
Musical Interludes from: Megadeth "Crush 'Em", Kiss "God of Thunder"


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Friday, December 11, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 23: TABLES, LADDERS AND TATER TOTS FRIENDS CUP

Have you been good little boys and girls this year? Then I suppose we can give you the greatest gift of all this season, another episode of Wrestling With Friends!

Because we're in such a giving mood, we give our takes on a few hot-button items over the past few weeks in the WWE and beyond. Do we think the entire WWE deserves a lump of coal in their stocking this year, after the lumps of...something else...they've been giving us these past few months? Tune in to hear our discussion, as well as to see where we all land in the final Friends Cup of the year!



Talking Points: Tater Tot factory, Raw ratings, Cane Dewey save WWE?, Dick flippin'

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 23: Tables, Ladders and Tater Tots Friends Cup



0:00 - 3:12: Intros

5:04 - 21:22: Current Promotional News

23:01 - 57:50: TLC 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: Bloodhound Gang, "Mope", "Magna Cum Nada"


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

EPISODE #77: A JAM-UP HEENAN'S HALL: CENA SQUASH, TLC & DOUBTING EL DANDY

Congratulations! We've all made it to the 100th episode spectacular 2-year special episode of Wrestling With Friends!

That's right, between these classic shows, our news editions and the one-off Fireside Chat, we've made it to a milestone. And we're doing it up in style, as we invite you all back into Heenan's Hall to decide the latest recipient of the most recognized plaque in the wrestling business!



We've got Cena's squash at the hands of Brock Lesnar, the first TLC match at Summerslam 2000 and Bret Hart's most famously infamous promo of all time. And if that's not enough, we're also Stumping the Professor! We can't let him rest just because we're at the Big 1-0-0!

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or Direct Download: Episode 77 - A Jam-Up Heenan's Hall



0:00 - 18:01 - Intros & 100th Episode Celebration
21:21 - 31:31 - Stump the Professor
33:56 - 1:09:50 - Heenan's Hall (Cena Squash//Tag Team TLC//Doubting El Dandy)
Musical Interludes from: A Place to Bury Strangers, "In Your Heart"


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EPISODE #76: THE LIST (#47) SLIPPERY LITTLE WHISTLERS

Before you carve your turkey, be sure to carve off this exciting new episode of Wrestling With Friends!

We've still got the Survivor Series Frenzy (perhaps we were a little underwhelmed by the most current output), so we're coming back to load up our teams according to the names that were assigned two weeks ago! Whether they're a Rude Brood, Slippery Whistlers or Charles Manson's Bastard Children, we've got the guys to deliver!



Then it's back to the List and our #47 favorite wrestlers. We'll be sure to give you your fill of some delicious side dishes between a couple of warriors from the road, a man who is not a nugget and one of the original cowboys of professional wrestling. Yee-haw!!

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or Direct Download: Episode 76 - The List (#47)



0:00 - 8:47 - Intros
11:30 - 30:54 - Summerslam Name Game Results
31:40 - 1:09:22 - The List (#47)
Musical Interludes from: Survivor Series 1998: Deadly Game


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FIRESIDE WRESTLING WITH FRIENDS #1: 6% BODY FAT ROB JAMES

Look at that: the Friends' new office has a fireplace! Sure it's gas-powered, but we're still ready to get it rip-roaring for the cold weather ahead. And what better use for it than getting some cool Friends and hot drinks together?

For our inaugural episode, we got Midwest superstar and former World Champion 6% Body Fat Rob James to sit down and fat shame us, before getting into what it's like performing for riled up independent wrestling crowds and detailing his recent, devastating knee injury.



If you'd like to support Rob's recovery, the best way is to spare a few of your thoughts and a couple of your dollars over at his Go Fund Me page. Also, be sure to peruse his YouTube channel, Vlogs of a Pro Wrestler. Just don't do it at work! (Now you can't sue us.)

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or Direct Download: Fireside Wrestling with Friends: 6% Body Fat Rob James


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

EPISODE #75: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: JACKING UP WITH MUST ADD ONE

We're hanging out with the Undertaker and all his pals on this installment of Wrestling With Friends!

After some neighborly discussion with 'Taker, the Friends bring one more challenge to the table for Survivor Series month. By giving each other a team name, they're dooming each other to find a group of misfits to match. Are there enough pro wrestlers in the world to make up a team called 'The Slippery Whistlers'??



In their latest jaunt to the Alternate Universe, the Friends are noticing some more stables that need a little help. Classic groups like Evolution, The Oddities and The Mega Maniacs are all getting a little help from these Friends when they Must Add One more member!

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or Direct Download: Episode 75 - Alternate Universe: Jacking Up with Must Add One



0:00 - 5:41: Intros
7:19 - 16:35: Survivor Series Name Game (Pt. 1)
18:03 - 1:06:33: Alternate Universe: Must Add One
Musical Interludes inspired by The Undertaker


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EPISODE #74: THE LIST (#48) DOWN FOR THE 3 COUNT

This latest episode of Wrestling With Friends is coming at you like that sweatshirt you just broke out for the months ahead. It's comfy and has holes all over it!

In our attempts to use up every dime in our budget, we're breaking out the results of our newest segment: 2 Years 1 Match! Last week, the Friends were each assigned two random years. This week, they're coming at you with a wrestler from each year in a dream match showdown! Hopefully these matches are booked well enough to bring in the money we need to cover Mr. Wrestling II's latest expense report!



We're also shining a light on the List, chugging right along into #48 where we meet up with some brothers from Michigan, a boy band and the best butt-shaker in the business. Only in wrestling, folks!

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or Direct Download: Episode 74 - The List (#48) Down for the 3 Count



0:00 - 5:06: Intros
6:43 - 30:05: Two Years, One Dream Match Showdown Results
31:40 - 1:04:16: The List (#48)
Musical Interludes from: Damn Valentines, "Dance Away" and Adam Massacre, "Dalton Wants it Now"


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

EPISODE #73: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: DEMONS, YETIS AND A FUNERAL

It's our last episode of thrills and chills in our Halloween Month of Horrors on Wrestling With Friends! Are you brave enough to tune in?

The Friends are bringing in the big gun to judge this round of the Judy Bagwell Awards. None other than Creep Creepersin, frontman of death metal band Murder, is in the Wrestling With Friends crypt to decide between Big Show riding on his daddy's casket, Zack Ryder being stalked by Demon Kane and ...*sigh*... the Yeti. Will Creep make the right choice? Or will he spook up some of the worst ghouls and goblins to seek revenge?



We also introduce a more family-friendly segment with 2 Years, 1 Cup, aka Dream Match Showdown, where the Friends give each other two years. Who will they return with next week in a dream match from their assigned years?

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or Direct Download: Episode 73 - Judy Bagwell Awards: Demons, Yetis and a Funeral



0:00 - 6:42: Intros
8:11 - 15:06: Dream Match Showdown (Intro)
16:36 - 49:24: Judy Bagwell Awards: Kane Stalks Ryder//Big Show's Funeral Ride//The Yeti
Musical Interludes from Murder: "Commence the Death", "Suffering". Download the EPs HERE!


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Friday, October 23, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 22: MOOSE IN A CELL FRIENDS CUP

Many number of ghouls, demons and creatures are coming upon us this Halloween season, but none as terrifying as the creature the Friends mention by name!

After getting through this month's round of bone-rattling news, we take to the Friends Cup, where scores will literally be settled. This time, it's Hell in a Cell, the scariest Pay-Per-View to exist ever since the ancient times when the Old Ones would participate in Halloween Havoc festivities. Can Blake & Erik escape the structure that our reigning champion has encased them in for these final months?


Talking Points: Seth Rollins' star is fallin', A Savior Named Balls, The un-reality era, Eugene knows how to promote, The Elimination Moose Chamber

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 22: Moose in a Cell Friends Cup



0:00 - 5:31: Intros

6:56 - 26:18: Current Promotional News

28:18 - 1:04:08: Hell in a Cell 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: Man Man


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EPISODE #72: THE MYSTERY MUMMY MATCH OF DOOM (HALLOWEEN HAVOC SPECIAL)

DISCLAIMER: Wrestling With Friends will not be held liable for the chills, thrills and bed-wetting that this episode induces.

Can you believe it's almost Halloween? We can't either! Mostly because of the sad fact that we have no Halloween Havoc to look forward to any longer. Well...have no fear, your Friends are here once again to rescue you from the wrestling doldrums!



Blake was too frightened to join us this week, so Andy & Erik will forge on to discuss their scariest memories of wrestling, while also going to work and booking a 2015 version of Halloween Havoc with all those memorable matches that kept you up at night!

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or Direct Download: Episode 72 - The Mystery Mummy Match of Doom (Halloween Havoc Special)



0:00 - 16:20: Intros & Most Frightening Moments
17:50 - 47:50: Booking the Modern Day Halloween Havoc
Musical Interludes from "The Man in Black"


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

EPISODE 71: THE LIST (#49): SUNDAY NIGHT TRAFFIC MEET

The Wrestling Friends tell all on the latest edition of the show.

By tell all, we mean they discuss a little bit of their wrestling watching habits...or miscues...of yesteryear, along with spilling their guts about their #49 picks from the List! We're carving in a James Bond wannabe, a Real American and the Mayor of Cutesville this time around.



Where will you be the first time you hear them reveal their picks?

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or Direct Download: Episode 71 - The List (#49): Sunday Night Traffic Meet



0:00 - 11:13: Intros
12:16 - 47:03: The List (#49)
Musical Interludes from Sunday Night Heat


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EPISODE 70: HEENAN'S HALL: BISCHOFF, BRET AND BAWL BABIES

Hear that creaking sound? No, it's not us releasing a much-belated episode. We're cracking open the halls of the Sioux Falls Bingo Emporium for yet another edition of Heenan's Hall!



With Mr. Wrestling II in tow (giving us his one-of-a-kind Road Reports along the way), your Friends shed their grizzled appearances and put on some Axe body spray as they glad-hand their way through another cordial affair of inducting the next great wrestling persona/angle/bear. Who deserves our mighty recognition? Is it Eric Bischoff and his ubiquitous influence, Bret Hart's stunning first appearance in WCW or Macho Man and Elizabeth finally reuniting once more in the Halls of Heenan?

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or Direct Download: Episode 70 - Heenan's Hall: Biscoff, Bret and Bawl Babies



0:00 - 7:52: Intros & Topics
9:28 - 19:48: Wrestling II Road Report
21:52 - 50:59: Heenan's Hall: Eric Biscoff, Bret Hart in WCW, Macho & Elizabeth Re-Unite

Musical Interludes by Jim Johnston, Georgia Championship Wrestling


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Friday, September 18, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 21: A NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS WITH JOSH CALISTO

We hope you're feeling up to the challenge, because this is a championship-edition episode of Wrestling With Friends!

Not only are we doing our monthly news round-up and analysis, as well as a Friends Cup prediction ceremony for the WWE Night of Champions show, but we've got our FIRST-EVER pro wrestler on the show to put us in a headlock until we cry for mommy. Josh Calisto from Steel Domain Wrestling, IWI and RCCW joins us to talk about a few of the latest turns his career has been taking, leading up to a big match against Hot Shot Danny Duggan at the Richfield American Legion for the season premiere of Championship Wrestling from the Twin Cities. BE THERE!



Talking Points: State of the Wrestling Address, What's Best for Inconsistency, Diva's Smell-volution, A Lethal Copycat, Marc Summers Presents Lethal Lockdown at Your Local Church

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 21: A Night of Champions with Josh Calisto



0:00 - 16:24: Intros & Current Promotional News

17:57 - 31:29: Interview with Josh Calisto

33:05 - 1:04:14: Night of Champions 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: "Mucha Lucha", "Shango Tango"


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EPISODE 69: THE LIST MEGA RETROSPECTIVE SPECIAL (W/ #50)

This is what it's all about, ladies. It's why we started this whole thing to begin with. And now our List has hit the almighty and sacred halfway point.

Join the Friends as they traverse nearly 2 years of talking about their personal favorite wrestlers—and then proceed to blow everything out of the water by shuffling wrestlers around, adding new ones or dropping existing ones altogether. Nobody's safe. Nothing is off-limits. Tune in to hear some of the more mind-boggling List shake-ups after 50 picks have been shared. The ceremonies don't stop there; they never do. The Friends continue to march on into that dark void called the future by starting their next half with the #50 choices.



Due to some technical difficulties, the sound quality took a dive almost as bad as Mabel doing a high-risk maneuver. We hope you bear with us, as this episode was truly a treat to record and to share with all of you!


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or Direct Download: Episode 69 - The List Mega Retrospective Special (w/ #50)


0:00 - 3:39: Intros
5:02 - 50:10: Additions/Subtractions/Alterations: The List Mega Retrospective
51:11 - 1:12:53: The List (#50)

Musical Interlude: Turn It Up (Bayley)


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

EPISODE 68: LOOKING GOOD IN SUITS: AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE 4 HORSEMEN

We're riding into your ears this week on some noble steed, ready to ring in the podcast apocalypse!

Actually, we're more or less just presenting another episode—returning once more to an Alternate Universe where we take a look at some Modern Day 4 Horsemen, inspired by a recent Ric Flair interview.



We're also presenting a FIRST: After multiple episodes filled with controversy, this is the first one we felt the need to add in a disclaimer. We like riding on the edge of a lightning bolt, don't get us wrong! But even some things we need to make right.


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or Direct Download: Episode 68 - Looking Good in Suits: An Alternate Universe 4 Horsemen


0:00 - 17:12: Intros
18:56 - 42:15: Alternate Universe: Horsemen 4 & 3
43:33 - 1:08:17: Alternate Universe: Horsemen 2 & 1

Musical Interludes by Power Glove


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EPISODE 67: ALL SAID & KEVIN DUNN: MOST HYPED MATCHES

Summerslam 2015 is over, and if you're still not feeling hyped then don't worry! The Friends, as usual, are here to exceed your expectations.

Lesnar v. Taker II may have been the biggest match of this millennium, but the Friends have a few more up their sleeve to give it a run for its money. You'll hear a few familiar ones, maybe some that will require a little fog-clearing, but rest assured these matches were known to live up to the hype...and then some!



If you've got some matches of your own that had you on the edge of your seat for the weeks leading up to the event, be sure to let us know. We enjoy sharing stories with our Friends!

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or Direct Download: Episode 67 - All Said & Kevin Dunn: Most Hyped Matches



0:00 - 10:00: Intros
11:55 - 46:26: Most Hyped Matches, #3 & #2
47:49 - 1:06:10: Most Hyped Matches, #1

Musical Interludes: "The Hustlin' King", "Here Comes What It's All About" Mashups


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 20: PAPA SLUIGEE'S SUMMERSLAM FRIENDS CUP

We hope you're hungry...for another News edition of Wrestling With Friends!

We've got all the happenings from around the wrestling universe, served piping hot from the oven. Or, feel free to save it in the fridge and listen to it cold in the morning, whatever your preference. Just don't miss out on our 2015 Summerslam predictions for the Friends Cup! It was this time last year when things started getting heated. Say you were there when it happened!



Talking Points: Smells like Amell, WWE 2KBigot, The Goon Snub, A Global Invasion, Ultima Lucha Gushing, Sluigee Underground

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 20: Papa Sluigee's Summerslam Friends Cup



0:00 - 28:05: Intros & Current Promotional News

29:53 - 1:01:45: Summerslam 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: Summerslam Jam


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

EPISODE 66: THE LIST (#51): PICK A SIDE, PLUGG!

Get on the race track to FUN with the latest installment of Wrestling With Friends, where the checkered flag only waves when one of us dies!

Speaking of dead people, we talk a little about the passing of Roddy Piper, but keep from getting too somber so the Professor can get his mind right for a good Stumpin'!



We're also HALFWAY DONE WITH THE LIST!! (WTF?) And we've got some momentous gentlemen to fit the occasion. Whether they're entertaining you in race cars, boring you with buzz cuts or just trying to censor it all, our #51 List picks are sure to get your goat!

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0:00 - 11:07: Intros
12:26 - 20:26: Stump the Professor
22:32 - 56:04: The List (#51)

Musical Interludes by Wise Blood


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

EPISODE #65: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: BIG SHOW'S BODILY FLUIDS RUN HOT

This episode has come here to disappoint you and chew bubblegum. And we're all out of bubblegum. We actually didn't have any bubblegum to begin with because it's not proper etiquette to chew gum on an audio show.

Our good friend Creep Creepersin, author and death metal extraordinaire, joins us to judge a special head-to-head match-up of the Judy Bagwell Awards. Erik may be discussing the Blood Runs Cold story, but things heat up fast once the gloves are off, along with Big Show's underoos, during Andrew's discussion of Eddie Guerrero's tainted burrito prank.



To make up for the gaping hole that is Blake's absence, the remaining Friends also call upon an old acquaintance in Vince Russo to give us an earful on his own experiences with Hulk Hogan's bigotry. And he's got a podcast exclusive that you don't want to miss!

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or Direct Download: Episode 58 - Judy Bagwell Awards: Big Show's Bodily Fluids Run Hot



0:00 - 8:06: Intros
11:07 - 21:45: Vince Russo on Hulk Hogan's Controversy
23:29 - 55:13: Judy Bagwell Awards: Blood Runs Cold//Big Show's Burrito

Musical Interludes by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. R.I.P.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EPISODE #64: SCENT OF A BEEFCAKE: WRESTLERS IN THE MOVIES

After spending much time fertilizing and allowing our embryo of an episode to grow, it's finally reached its final point of gestation and is ready to enter the birth canal of your ears!



We are, of course, making an allegory to the fact that during the recording of this episode, Blake Jr. was born. As a result, with Blake off in his scrubs somewhere, it's just Andrew & Erik casting some wrestlers in a group of very popular, iconic roles. Between The Godfather, Star Wars, Batman and more, which wrestlers will your Friends cast? Better yet, who would YOU cast?

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0:00 - 16:37: Intros

19:00 - 38:47: Wrestlers in the Movies, Pt. 1

41:24 - 59:20: Wrestlers in the Movies, Pt. 2

Musical Interludes: "They Live", "No Holds Barred"


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Friday, July 17, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 19: BATTLEGROUND FRIENDS CUP

No pacifists for this episode—we're going to war!

We're over halfway through with this year's Race to the Friends Cup, and it's a dead heat. Perhaps this round for WWE Battleground will finally shake things loose a bit. Listen in for some predictions, as well as a monthly current events discussion, ya dig?!



Talking Points: Cesaro Swingin', Kidd's Final Destination, Hard Out There for a Fish, Sabu Headbutts Doctors' Orders, Thatch & Approaching Rick Steiner

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0:00 - 7:16: Intros

8:42 - 34:17: Current Promotional News

36:42 - 1:01:36: Battleground 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: Midnight Express, Bagwell nWo Theme


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

EPISODE #63: THE LIST (#52) THE 400 MAN BATTLE ROYAL

Grab a hold of something and hang on, this episode of Wrestling With Friends is coming at you like a tidal wave!



Or, perhaps, more like a stampede, as we're throwing another round of wrestlers from the List at you. This time, our #52 picks get some love as we traverse this great country with microphone in hand to discuss natives from Hawai'i, Asbury Park, and...Memphis? I don't know. Just take a listen, will you?

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0:00 - 12:57: Intros
14:20 - 49:55: The List (#52)

Musical Interludes by Martin Peter, "Diarrhea Astronaut"


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EPISODE #62: HEENAN'S HALL: TRIBUTES, DOUBLE TURNS & BADD BLOOD

We're hitting you with another package piledriver of an episode...we just hope you'll take the bump correctly!



The Hall is sacred. The Hall is pure. Yet again, the Friends come close to blaspheming it when they get into another heated discussion on who or what to induct next. This week, a Wrestlemania Double Turn, a tribute to a fallen wrestler and an electrifying debut all vie for the next plaque. The turkey tetrazzini will be flying, so take cover and tune in!

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or Direct Download: Episode 62 - Heenan's Hall: Tributes, Double Turns & Badd Blood



0:00 - 15:09: Intros & Topics
17:45 - 50:36: Heenan's Hall: Austin/Hart Double-Turn//Owen Hart Tribute Match//Kane's Debut
53:12 - 58:21: Inductee Announcement & Close

Musical Interludes by Blue Smock Nancy "Unsettling Differences", Jim Johnston "Steve Blackman"


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EPISODE 61: THE LIST (#53): BBQ BONANZA

Buckle yourselves in, this episode's fixin' to be a slobber knocker!

Mr. Wrestling II may be off the grid, but he was still able to nab us our biggest guest yet when Good Ol' JR himself joins us to do a live version of the popular Q&A portion of his website, JRsBarBQ.com. Trust us, he's just as cordial in person as he appears with the rest of his fans.



We devote the end of this episode to the List once again, and you can believe these picks are all tougher than $2 steaks! We've got a stock market cowboy, a villainous snake charmer and a man who visits us all the way from Parts Unknown. Follow along, will you?

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0:00 - 10:37: Intros
12:52 - 24:49: JR's Q&A (sponsored by JRsbbq.com)
27:05 - 57:35: The List (#53)

Musical Interludes by WCW Slam Jam, "Don't Step to Ron", "He's Smokin'"


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Friday, June 12, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 18: MONEY IN THE BANK FRIENDS CUP

This one's for you, Dream.

Your sons of plumbers are back with their monthly news round-up. We're in the summer doldrums, but that didn't stop your common men from finding some news nuggets to unearth. The discussion continues into a rowdy Friends Cup prediction ceremony, with the 2015 Money in the Bank just around the corner!



Talking Points: Global Force on deck, Samoa signs to exclusivity, Total Nonstop Murder, WWE Evolving

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 18: Money in the Bank Friends Cup



0:00 - 7:37: Intros

9:11 - 31:36: Current Promotional News

33:28 - 1:00:44: Money in the Bank 2015 Friends Cup

Musical Interludes by: Jimmy Hart "Common Man", Willie Nelson "Midnight Rider"


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

EPISODE #60: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: MUST ADD ONE

We're not just your Friends—we're your brothers. Let us show you the convoluted reasoning behind why!

The stars of an Alternate Universe are never too far away, as your Friends prove, upon their next travels to a new wrestling dimension. Here, they "Must Add One" new member to 4 popular stables, including: The Authority, Right to Censor, A New Day & the Million Dollar Corporation. As always, the possibilities are endless with your Friends!



The journey is long and winding, but that doesn't mean the Friends won't end without another surprise! Stay tuned until the end to see what they have up their sleeves...

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0:00 - 12:00: Intros & Topics
14:23 - 1:09:40: Alternate Universe: Must Add One
1:11:08 - 1:17:49: Close

Musical Interludes by Queen, Robert Tepper


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

EPISODE #59: THE LIST (#54) HOW DO YOU LIKE 'EM NOW?

Broadcasting from Parts Unknown, it's another weekly installment of Wrestling With Friends for your ears!

It's another WwF quickie as the Friends take some time out to spend it with the List and their #54 entries. This time we christen two men with a bad reputation and one who likes to believe he has one.



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0:00 - 9:14: Intros & Topics

11:00 - 42:47: The List: #54

Musical Interlude by Mr. Perfect


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

FRIENDS CUP: ELIMINATION CHAMBER

As promised, in lieu of a news episode this week the Friends present this special blog entry to highlight their Elimination Chamber predictions in a year-long quest to take over the Friends Cup—it's a website-exclusive event!

Head over there first to check up on the current standings, then come back to look at our predictions!

Blake's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

Nikki has been champion for who knows how long, and nobody seems to care. Look for a new champion to be crowned here, and since Paige still needs to get revenge on Naomi for "injuring" her, I expect that feud to continue after EC. Tamina proves to be the deciding factor tonight and Naomi takes the title home.

Winner: Naomi



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

The New Day has been on quite a roll since capturing the titles, so why mess with a good thing? They still need a couple more wins under their belt to make them to legitimize them, and besides, whenever WWE goes out of their way to point out how much the odds aren't in a champions favor, they usually retain.

Winner: The New Day



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

There are a handful of competitors in this match that I wouldn't be surprised to see leave with the strap, but there's only one guy who I think desperately needs it more than all other challengers. Rusev was a man on the way to the top of the card until he hit a wall named John Cena, now he's on a three PPV losing streak. If WWE wants him to remain relevant, they'll have him walk out EC with the IC Title.

Winner: Rusev



Neville vs Bo Dallas

While it's been fun to see Dallas used as something more than a punching bag the last two weeks, Neville needs a decisive singles win more. He's been picking up DQ and count out victories a little too frequently, so I expect The Man that Gravity Forgot to finally get a three count after a beautiful Red Arrow.

Winner: Neville



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

First off, I highly doubt we'll be seeing a three count in this match, but if we do, it'll be Owens's shoulders to the mat. He came in hot and took Cena out two weeks in a row on Raw, and that's precisely why I see Cena going over. It's WWE's law of reverse momentum at its finest. So, whether it's by DQ or by pin-fall, I see Cena taking home the "W."

Winner: John Cena



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Everyone, including me, wants to see Ambrose find a permanent home in the main event, but I don't think it's his time yet. He has had a rough year so far and needs more time to rehab before he can be considered a legitimate threat for the title. I see Rollins retaining and finally starting that feud with Kane that's been building for months. Yay...

Winner: Seth Rollins



Bonus Point

The two times Owens has taken out Cena, he's made a point to stomp on the U.S. Championship. I predict Owens doesn't just stomp on the gold, but straight up destroys it this time around. We've all heard the rumors that Cena wants a revamped strap to carry around, and this is the perfect opportunity to give him what he wants.


Andy's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

On SmackDown, Paige beat Naomi, so I'm going with WWE's reverse-momentum logic and say Naomi wins.

Winner: Naomi (60% Confidence)



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

History will be made in this match, as we've never seen less talent in the Chamber match. Not even close.

Winner: The New Day (95% Confidence)



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

Will it matter who wins this thing? Absolutely not. They'll continue to lose non-title matches and just like Jeff Jarrett, PISS ME OFF!

Winner: Sheamus (80% Confidence)



Neville vs Bo Dallas

I BOLIEVE that this match is pointless. Sorry, but Bo has been a jobber for the past year, and then WWE gives him two weeks worth of offense. That's half-assed!

Winner: Neville (98% Confidence)



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

Will it be "Fight Owens Fight" or "Fart Cena Fart"? It could be a little bit of both. I'm not confident that we'll get any sort of ending, so best to go with my gut.

Winner: Kevin Owens (60% Confidence)



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Ambrose is annoying.

Winner: Seth Rollins (99% Confidence)



Bonus Point

N/A


Erik's Picks


Diva's Triple Threat

There's lots of talk about WWE rationale and who's one-upped who the past few weeks, but it's a Diva's match so that is out the window! Fuck it...Let's say Nikki takes advantage of Naomi screwing over Paige somehow.

Winner: Nikki Bella



Tag Team Championship: Elimination Chamber

Despite the participants, I'm actually anxious to see how this will logistically work! I see a lot of unexpected excitement and, like tag matches of the past few PPVs, an opportunity to steal the show. History favors the Freebird rule, however.

Winner: The New Day



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Elimination Chamber

Rusev has to be the favorite for this, but if he's pulled due to injury then the IC belt is unfortunately "up in the air" once again. King Barrett's my back-up, as the belt would only get in the way of a big hoss feud between Rocksheamusteady and Ryback.

Winner: Rusev (Barrett back-up)



Neville vs Bo Dallas

It's sometimes hard to remember the great matches these two had in NXT, with Neville taking the title off Dallas after a lengthy reign. Unlike in that exciting back-and-forth encounter, poor Bo has been relegated to supporting role in the Neville showcase.

Winner: Neville



John Cena vs Kevin Owens

Though "schmozz" is probably the current Vegas favorite, it's hard to pick it in a contest where every point matters. That's why I'm going with the result of my coin flip—dammit, I got Cena.

Winner: John Cena



Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

When these two get the match and build they deserve, hopefully everyone will forget about this throwaway encounter. Rollins wins when Dean Ambrose gets stuck under a railroad cart or something.

Winner: Seth Rollins



Bonus Point

Los Matadores get stuck in their Chamber pod for the entirety of the match, until El Torito gets them out by headbutting the glass.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EPISODE #58: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: ASHES, HEIDENRAPE & CHOPPED PEE PEE

Memorial Day may be over, but our latest episode of Wrestling With Friends is one you'll never forget!

This week, guest judge Kraig Khaos of the highly-entertaining/informative/rant-filled Uncommon Interests podcast joins us to settle the score on the latest edition of the Judy Bagwell Awards. The Friends put Kraig through the wringer on his first outing, forcing him to listen through and decide upon CM Punk disrespecting Paul Bearer's ashes, Heidenreich disemboweling Michael Cole against his will and Kai En Tai dismembering Val Venis...or at least threatening to.



We've also got another very special guest on board for what we hope is a recurring segment (we did sign him to a multi-appearance contract, after all) as Vince Russo joins us to discuss "This Day in Wrestling History".

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0:00 - 17:33: Intros & Topics
19:15 - 30:37: Vince Russo's "This Day in Wrestling History"
10:28 - 1:14:37: Judy Bagwell Awards: Paul Bearer's Ashes//Heidenreich Rapes Cole//Kai En Tai dis"members" Venis

Musical Interludes by Kavinsky off the album OutRun


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

WATCH WRESTLING FOREIGNER: ALEX JUDGES PRO WRESTLING


by: Alex Klimkewicz


I should preface this by saying that I don’t follow Japanese wrestling, nor do I speak a lick of Japanese. But when I took a recent vacation to Tokyo, I knew that I couldn’t leave the city without seeing some live puroresu. My schedule lined up with many smaller shows being held at the historic Korakuen Hall, including Dragon’s Gate, DDT Wrestling, and Wrestle-1, but I choose to watch the better know All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Wednesday May 6th was a sunny day in Tokyo. The AJPW taping was scheduled for 12 o’clock in the afternoon, but I went to Tokyo Dome/Korakuen Hall about an hour early, since I’d heard that it would be difficult to find (it wasn’t) and I was afraid that tickets would be sold out (they weren’t). Korakuen Hall is a smallish arena, and the ring is on the fifth floor of the building. Surrounding the entrance are posters for various past and future shows, as well as vendors selling merchandise and programs. I snagged a sweet looking AJPW t-shirt, but knew that a program would be a waste of money. Anyway, I had a look through my neighbor’s and it was filled with pictures of the usual suspects – Dory Funk, Jr., Akebono, and many of the other unknown (to me) Japanese wrestlers that I’d see that day.

The show started with an announcer bringing out the entire locker room, which was really only about 15 guys (I guess AJPW is on a downswing currently, especially compared to the more popular NJPW.) Two senior guys stood in the ring with photos of deceased wrestlers, one of which was Verne Gagne, but I’m uncertain who the Japanese wrestler was. A solemn ten bell salute memorialized these two fallen squared-circle warriors.

The first match of the night featured two young curtain jerkers against each other. Naoya Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi are only 21 and 19 years-old respectively, but they managed to put on a hell of a performance despite their lack of wrestling experience. Neither had flashy entrances or ring gear, as each man only sported simple trunks: Nomura in red and Aoyagi in blue, but it was clear to me that they were trying to impress whomever was watching them in the back. Each strike that echoed throughout Korakuen Hall had a bit of extra mustard on it, and Nomura nearly decapitated his opponent with a vicious looking dropkick towards the end of the match. In the end Nomura locked Aoyagi in a Boston crab, and the younger man could do nothing but tap out.

The second match was markedly different, as it saw two ring veterans in 45 year-old Masao Inoue taking on 61 year-old Masanobu Fuchi. After a bit of research, I’ve learned that Fuchi is the longest tenured guy in AJPW, and he is also head booker for the company. As you can imagine, this match was nowhere near as fast paced as the opening, but I was thoroughly entertained by the back and forth between Fuchi and Inoue. Fuchi would consistently lock a submission on Inoue, only for the younger man to struggle to reverse it and once he did manage to get Fuchi into a submission of his own, Fuchi would easily reach the ropes to force a break. It was a humorous match, but without any of the childish antics common to a WWE comedy match. In the end, Masanobu Fuchi managed to get the win after a series of back and forth small package pinning combinations.

The next match was the first (of four) tag team matches of the night. Kota Umeda and Toshikai Ishii defeated Yohei Nakajima and AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kotaro Suzuki. It was during this match that the crowd at Korakuen Hall really got into the pro-wrestling they were watching. I was sitting next to a seven or eight year-old girl who spent most of the match screaming for Nakajima and Suzuki, who I can only assume were the faces. Japanese wrestling is a bit different than American wrestling, in that the heels don’t seem overtly bad and tend to demonstrate as much tenacity and heart as the babyfaces do. This was a good back and forth match, but Ishii managed to get the pin over Nakajima following a wicked kick to the other man’s head.

The last singles match of the night featured KENSO taking on Takao Omori. These two guys seemed to be the most polished wrestlers I’d thus far seen, and I was interested to learn that KENSO had spent some time in the WWE back in 2004-2005. I was more impressed with Omori though, as he seemed to exude much more charisma. (Takao Omori also exuded gobs and gobs of spit, as he’d let loogies fly after every big hit from KENSO. A few landed on the ringside photographers, and others hit the ring apron only to be toweled up by younger wrestlers in training.) This match had a hardcore vibe to it, as the two fighters brawled through the ringside crowd, hit each other with steel chairs, and even suplexed each other onto a pile of steel chairs. In the end Omori got the win after hitting a neat looking reverse tombstone piledriver, and following that up with a clothesline from hell to KENSO. Despite the brutality of the match, the two men embraced afterwards. Respect.

At this point during the event there was an intermission before the main event matches. It was an opportunity to stretch one’s legs (the seats in Korakuen Hall are very tight and close together). Also, goodguy champion Kotaro Suzuki was out in the lobby taking pictures, signing autographs, and hocking merchandise.

When the action resumed, more people filed in for the main event matches, but there were still many noticeable empty spaces throughout the arena. The next match was an Evolution tag team match challenge as Atushi Aoki and Kohei Suwama defeated Joe Doering and Hikaru Sato. I was a bit confused at the start of this match, as Aoki, Suwama and Doering all wore ‘Evolution’ shirts, but after a bit of research, I’ve learned that they’re all in the same stable, and just fighting each other for pride. Each team was evenly matched, as Aoki and Sato were high-fliers, with Doering and Suwama being the powerhouses of their teams. Doering was the only gaijin on the card this day, and he certainly fit the famous Stan Hansen mold of American wrestlers in Japan. He wore white cowboy boots, looked a bit like The Outlaw Ron Bass, and had a moveset similar to JBL. Doering seemed well liked by the Japanese crowd, but he didn’t seem to have that necessary spark to transcend internationally. This was a good match, with a lot of hard-hitting moves despite the fact that they are all in the same stable. In the end, Suwama hit a huge powerbomb on the smaller Sato and got the pinfall victory.

The penultimate match of the day was the first championship match, as Ultimo Dragon and Yoshinobu Kanemaru successfully defended their All Asia Tag Team Championship against SUSHI and Jun Akiyama. I was doubly excited for this match, as Ultimo Dragon was the first guy of the event that I actually knew beforehand. Unfortunately, he seems to have lost a step or two since his WCW days, but keep in mind that the guy is closing in on 50 years old. I was thoroughly impressed by SUSHI who had the overwhelming support of the crowd. He is a highflying comedic wrestler with a mask and sushi plate attached to his headgear. Crazy right? I got behind him, just like the rest of Korakuen Hall, however, this wasn’t to be his night, as he lost the match via pinfall from Kanemaru.

The main event match was yet another tag match (I was getting tired of them, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind) and another match for a championship. This time Akebono and Yutaka Yoshie defended their World Tag Team Championship titles against Kento Miyahara and Go Shiozaki. The champions reminded me a lot of the Natural Disasters, with Akebono as a huge mass of humanity, and Yoshie still gigantic, but smaller in comparison to Akebono, similar to the size and stature of Typhoon next to Earthquake. However, the men to shine in this match were Miyahara and Shiozaki. The crowd was firmly behind them, and they impressed me both with their high-flying ability, and incredible feats of strength. The finish of this grueling 23 minute match was Miyahara German suplexing Yoshie, getting the pin, and becoming new tag team champs. This was certainly the best match of the night, and I’d predict a long and successful career is in store for Kento Miyahara, who is only 26 years-old.

Watching this All Japan Pro Wrestling show was one of the highlights of my trip to Tokyo. I really enjoyed the wrestling, even though I knew practically nobody going into the event (which only had about three other non-Japanese audience members in attendance). It is a surreal experience how quiet the Japanese crowd can be at times, and it is amazing to hear just how hard and loud the wrestlers who smack each other can be. If you ever get a chance to see AJPW, or any other show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, definitely go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

EPISODE #57: THE LIST (#55): KINGS AMONG MEN

We're Wrestling With Friends, and we're ready to "spear" your ear holes to become the new Kings of Podcasting!

It's another List round-up, landing squarely on #55 this week. It's a family affair, with a Psycho and a high-flying daredevil having a homicidal, genocidal child of their very own. Who picks what? Tune in to find out!



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0:00 - 8:59: Intros & Topics

10:28 - 43:34: The List: #55

Musical Interlude by Girl Talk, "Like This"


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Friday, May 15, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 17: PAYBACK 2015 FRIENDS CUP

It's the episode nobody asked for but didn't realize they wanted!

We're suddenly back with a News round-up episode, after just 3 weeks since WWE's last Pay-Per-View event. The Friends take a look around the wrestling world, before settling back in the WWE Universe for their Payback 2015 predictions in the ongoing Friends Cup ceremonies!



Talking Points: Indy Injuries, Wear-e-limination Chamber, Global Force Baseball Club, Mandow, Lucha Trios

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0:00 - 36:44: Intros & Current Promotional News

38:20 - 1:11:35: Friends Cup: Payback 2015

Musical Interludes by: Ratatat feat. Ruben X & Michael Jackson


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EPISODE 56: THE LIST (#56)

For the first time ever, Wrestling with Friends proudly presents its first of (maybe?) many to come List-Only episodes! And don't be confused by our title—this episode is like a rare beast in the wild, with the numbers matching up...cool!

As part of the benefit to you, the listener, of Wrestling With Friends 2.0, we're splitting the List apart entirely to give these entrants the respect they deserve. But that doesn't mean they're gonna get any more respectable.



Which one of our picks probably smells the worst? Which one does Andy have a crush on? And which one will remind Erik of his daddy? Tune in to hear our #56 entries!

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0:00 - 10:32: Intros & Topics

12:50 - 50:14: The List: #56

Musical Interlude by Dschinghis Khan


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