Friday, January 30, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 7: NXT, LUCHA, ROH—ARE WE FORGETTING SOMETHING?

Slow news week, amirite?

Mr. Wrestling II didn't pay our web-hosting bill in full this month, so we're limited to this short but (toooo) sweet episode. Luckily there wasn't a whole heck of a lot to talk about!



Talking Points: Mr. Wrestlemania 32 Baron Corbin, The "Darewolf" PJ Black quits, The Beatdown Clan (not Club), An Unemployed Vampiro, El Patron's Dream Match...something else...gosh, what is it?

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



or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 7: NXT, Lucha, ROH—Are We Forgetting Something?



0:00 - 24:28: Intros & Current Promotion News

25:43 - 39:15: Some More Stuff

Final Song - Jim Johnston, "Walkabout"


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 ROYAL RUMBLE RUMBLE ROYALE


Random Picker Game


For this particular game, numbers 1-30 (representing each entry in the Rumble) were put into a random integer generator, and spit back out in groups of 3. Each Friend was given a group, as can be seen below.

As the Rumble winds on, and the entries become tied to a Superstar (or Diva), the person holding that entry number will be rewarded points (or have points taken from) by completing any of the familiar Achievements below.

Achievements

Wins the Rumble (+7)
Clears the Ring (+5)
Most Eliminations (+3)
Longest Run Time (+3)
Slides under the bottom rope to escape the ring but avoid elimination (+1)
Avoids Elimination Acrobatically (+1)
Comes back in after being eliminated to eliminate someone else (-1)
Gets Eliminated by Multiple Wrestlers (-1)
Shortest Run Time (-3)
Hides from the Rumble for majority of the match (-3)
Goes for a finisher instead of an elimination (-5)
Jerry Lawler pick (-7)

Picks


Andy Blake Erik
1: The Miz 3: Bubba Ray Dudley (-5) 2: R-Truth
9: Zack Ryder 6: Curtis Axel (Erick Rowan) 4: Luke Harper
10: Daniel Bryan 14: Diamond Dallas Page (-5) 5: Bray Wyatt (+6)
12: Tyson Kidd 16: Goldust 7: The Boogeyman
13: Stardust (+1) 18: Adam Rose 8: Sin Cara
15: Rusev 19: Roman Reigns (+7) 11: Fandango (+1)
24: Kane 20: Big E 17: Kofi Kingston (+1)
25: Dean Ambrose 23: Ryback 21: Mizdow
26: Titus O'Neil (-3) 27: Bad News Barrett 22: Jack Swagger
30: Dolph Ziggler 29: Big Show 28: Cesaro
Total Total Total
-2 -3 +8




Superstar Draft Game


For this particular game, a list of active, probable and rumored participants are put on a big board, and all 3 Friends pick a "team" member, one by one.*

Once again, points are awarded by achievement; however, this game requires the strategy needed to pick the right group of wrestlers to nab the most amount of points. This includes choosing superstars who may complete a more "infamous" achievement, which are scored positively in this game.

Achievements

Wins the Rumble (+7)
Final Four Appearance (+5)
Longest Run Time (+4)
Most Eliminations (+4)
Mr. Irrelevant = First Guy Thrown Out (+3)
Mr. Minute Man = Shortest Run Time (+3)
Clears the Ring (+1)
Eliminated by Multiple Wrestlers (+1)
Uses Finisher (+1)
Eliminates Tag Partner (+1)
Cuts a Promo mid-match (+1)
Acrobatic save/Skin the Cat (+1)

Drafts


Andy Blake Erik
Roman Reigns (+13) Bray Wyatt (+10) Daniel Bryan
Ryback Rusev (+5) Randy Orton
Mizdow Bo Dallas Kofi Kingston (+1)
Undertaker Luke Harper The Miz (+3)
Fandango (+1) Kevin Owens Sheamus
Sami Zayn Stardust (+1) Baron Corbin
Total Total Total
14 16 4


*2 other Wrestling Friends joined us for this draft, taking some of the other available picks. Erik had 1st overall pick, followed by Andy and then Blake.

Also, be sure to head over to the Friends Cup leader board to catch up with any updates on the progress of the Friends' year-long prediction competition!

Friday, January 23, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 6: THE ROYAL RUMBLE RUMBLE ROYALE

The second-most anticipated weekend of wrestling is upon us, and we hope you're ready for it! That's right, it's Friends Cup kickoff weekend. Andy's been holding his trophy close...will Erik and Blake get a good head-start to prying it from his icy clutches?

It's been almost a month and a half since Andy officially won the first annual Friends Cup...and now his honeymoon is over! This year's competition kicks off with a DDP-style BANG! as Blake and Erik come loaded with predictions, final fours and bonus points for the 2015 Royal Rumble. But what tears them apart also brings them together as they envision a world gathering together to play some fun Royal Rumble games! Gather around the ol' radio and listen in for ideas to play with your own Wrestling Friends.



Talking Points: Red Vine costumes, The Ascension does not rise, Michaels mugs, El Patron is not a f*cking sports entertainer, #RAWlternative, Blake's cable package, Hawk hologram, the Royal Rumble Rumble Royale

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



or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 6: The Royal Rumble Rumble Royale



0:00 - 33:51: Intros & Current Promotion News

35:00 - 57:02: Friends Cup: Royal Rumble 2015

58:00 - 1:13:43: The Royal Rumble Rumble Royale Games to Play with Friends!

Final Song - Aimee Mann, "Red Vines"


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 WRESTLING PREDICTIONS (AND NEW YEAR'S WRESTLE-UTIONS)

Friends News Episode 04: 2015 Predictions & Wrestle-utions

Below are some incredible predictions made by the Friends during the show. Be sure to keep checking back here to see which ones come to fruition, and which ones deserve to be flushed for the turds that they are!

Erik:
  1. Undertaker will return in time for Wrestlemania weekend...for the Hall of Fame
  2. Dolph Ziggler will be back to jobbing to Big E on Main Event by the summer
  3. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella will get a divorce
  4. CM Punk will not be in shape in time for a UFC fight this year
  5. A wrestler will die during a live wrestling event


Andy:
  1. Raw will consistently draw no more than a 2.3 rating.
  2. The Rock turns heel and begins a program that sees him wrestling Roman Reigns.
  3. Hulk Hogan will contribute to Wrestlemania XXXI in an actual match, wrestling in a tag team encounter
  4. Zack Ryder, Viktor, Cameron, Adam Rose, Xavier Woods, Sin Cara & Heath Slater all receive their pink slips this year when WWE decides a house-cleaning is long overdue
  5. Lucha Underground & Global Force Wrestling won't be around by the end of 2015.


Blake:
  1. Big Show, Kane & Mark Henry will wrestle in their final, full-time WWE Match
  2. The Macho Man is enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame, likely inducted by his dear, old friend Hulk Hogan.
  3. 3 New Champions will be crowned in 2015, and they include Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler
  4. 5 NXT Superstarns will all make their main roster jumps, including Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami & Finn Balor.
  5. The NXT Title will be defended in a marquee match at Wrestlemania XXXI


Eric "The Bikeman" Carlson:
  1. Sting will forego his classic makeup, appearing and possibly wrestling in the naked flesh
  2. With the WWE Network failing, Vince & co. will come up with the ultimate plan: run a Network-only PPV show
  3. A Diva's Match will provide the Main Event for at least one major WWE PPV this year
  4. Stone Cold Steve Austin will appear at Wrestlemania XXXI: to compete in a match!
  5. An announcement will be made this year that sees the WWE planning a Wrestlemania event in the cold, northern state of Minnesota


2015 New Year's Wrestle-utions

Erik
  1. No more Wrestling Legends over 55 years old on TV, including Vince
  2. Big Show has a 120 day moratorium on flipping allegiances
  3. No more wrestlers with meaningless first and last names (Unless with a nickname in the middle, i.e. 'Jake the Snake Roberts')
Andy
  1. Vince shouldn’t treat his Legends like clowns or jokes
  2. Big Show (Dolph Ziggler) should shut up about entertaining fans, you fight, damn it!
  3. Keep the 80s in the 80s. No more making fun of midgets or silly gimmick acts, i.e. Los Matadores
Blake
  1. Don't be so reactionary or feed off of short-term results or ratings
  2. Less filler more thriller: 7 hours can utilize a lot more stories & wrestlers
  3. Calm down on the merchandise (less towels, Cena)

Friday, January 16, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 5: THE REPOSSESSED RUMBLE

Another wacky week of wrestling has passed, and your Wrestling Friends are here to help sum it all up for you. From Macho officially on a posthumous path to the Hall to Dixie forgetting where she is and who brought her here, we've got it all covered!

Aside from bringing you the most hot-button news items this week, the Friends also have a few fun items in store. Firstly, Blake & Erik take a stab at Andy the wrestling guru in the first of what should be many Stump the Professor segments! How many questions will it take to crack this wrestling egghead? Also, unable to hide their jonesing for the Royal Rumble any longer, the Friends take an Alternate-Alternate Universe trip in choosing who they'd like to see appear at this year's edition.



Talking Points: Kevin Nash's Christmas Gift, Macho in the Hall—Lanny Next?, NXT Sabotage, TNA's Final Destination?, Dixie's Gaffe, New AXS to New Japan, Thy Kingdom Come?

Join Blake, Professor Soucek, Mr. Wrestling II & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 5: The Repossessed Rumble



0:00 - 39:05: Intros & Current Promotion News

39:47 - 43:04: Stump the Professor

44:06 - 1:23:32: Surprise Rumble Entrants

Final Song - CFO$, "Bull Dempsey"


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

EPISODE 49: THE FRIENDIES AWARDS SPECIAL!!

Roll out the red carpet and keep E! News at bay, we're here for the Friendies Awards! The Friendies combines the Oscars with the Raspberries, giving out awards to the best and worst in wrestling. Also, Blake plans on giving a raspberry to Hillbilly Jim backstage!

The listeners have already voiced their opinion, and now your Friends will have their say. After each member of the show had a ranked vote in each category, we've come away with 21 winners (and, in some cases, losers) to talk about. Whether you want them to Get the "F" Off your TV, or make up a special Heenan's Hall plaque just for them, we've got it all right here!



Tune in for musical guests, from the remaining West Texas Rednecks to Michael P.S. Hayes performing his brand new smash single, as well as a special appearance from an old friend of the show to announce the Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year award. You'll never guess who it is!

Join Blake, Professor Soucek, Mr. Wrestling II & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Episode 49: The Friendies Awards Special!!



0:00 - 14:19: Pre-show Festivities

15:59 - 35:14: The Friendies Awards!

35:15 - 36:56: Musical Break: Remaining West Texas Rednecks, "I Hate Rap"

36:57 - 50:58: More Friendies Awards!

50:59 - 54:15: Musical Break: Vince McMahon, "Stand Back"

54:16 - 1:06:02: Get the "F" Off My TV Award//Judy Bagwell Award//Heenan's Hall Award

1:06:03 - 1:10:51: Musical Break: Michael P.S. Hayes, "Why Can't the Children Read the Bible, or Something?"

1:10:52 - 1:33:45: Match of the Year//Tag Team of the Year//Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year

Final Song - Sam Spence, "American Holiday"


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Friday, January 9, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 4: 2015 PREDICTIONS//NEW YEAR'S WRESTLE-UTIONS

What was your New Year's Resolution? Ours was to release shorter shows. Whoops!

The Friends get back at it with an extended episode, due to their extended delay over the holidays. And after a rather successful 2014 prediction turnout, they dive into the year ahead with an old accomplice in Eric "The Bikeman" Carlson. Afterwards, it's time to revolutionize wrestling! Or, at least, come up with some resolutions that the wrestling world ought to think about in the year ahead.



Talking Points: The Goat Beard is Back, Roman's Reign, Cesaro & Kidd...just kidding!, Wrestle Kingdom Wows, TNA Rises, Ring of Honor gets Dirty, The Big Show Moratorium & more!

Join Blake, Professor Soucek, Mr. Wrestling II & Erik, just a couple of friends chatting about wrestling. Won't you be our friend?



or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 4: 2015 Predictions//New Year's Wrestle-utions



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

39:29 - 1:32:08: 2014 Prediction Review//2015 Predictions

1:33:00 - 2:09:12: New Year's Wrestle-utions

Final Song - Some Russian Boys singing "Happy New Year"


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Friday, January 2, 2015

THE FRIENDIES 2014: FANS CHOICE EDITION

Here they are! The Friendies 2014: at least, the fan version as voted by you, our dear listeners. Who did you pick as Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year? More importantly, what did you choose as the 2014 Judy Bagwell Award of the Year Winner? It's all below!

Most Ridiculous Statement by a Wrestling Personality

Taker Was Supposed to Kick Out

Taker's streak ending to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX was one of the most exciting, jaw-dropping moments in wrestling memory. To say it was all by accident, as many fans and even wrestling personalities presumed, just steals the thunder from Brock Lesnar's barn-storming 2014.


Best Heel of the Year

Seth Rollins

Most likely not his only award of the past year, Seth Rollins really only spent half of 2014 as a heel. But that didn't stop him from becoming one of the most hated in the past decade, meaning he's doing his job right.


Best Face of the Year

Dolph Ziggler

It was mostly Dolph's last few months of 2014 that nabbed him this award (alongside Daniel Bryan's prolonged injury), but it's apparent the fans can't help but get behind this scrappy underdog and his awe-inspiring performances month after month.


Worst Feud of the Year

Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella

It's not enough that this feud contained bad acting, even for wrestlers, but it simply ended without making any logical sense. Brie joins her sister after being forced in as her assistant, helps her cheat for the Diva's title, yet still cheers on her completely over face of a husband? You all proved that you wish that this feud had never been born!


Feud of the Year

Ambrose vs. Rollins

On the flipside, you all voted for two guys who really laid into their roles and got behind a natural hatred for each other. Though it came to an abrupt end at the hands of Bray Wyatt, it's clear that you all can't wait to see where these two pick up in 2015!


Most Screwed Over Wrestler

Cesaro

Behind the over-scripted nature of modern pro wrestling, there is still a very prominent political game being played. And you all triumphantly declared that nobody was a worse victim of that than Cesaro, who nabbed 100% of the 1st place votes. From Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner to modern day J.O.B. Squad member, Cesaro is one Millennial who has a box full of brass rings, yet those at the top seem not to notice (or care).


Best Wrestler/Manager Duo

Heyman/Lesnar

The pairing of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar just edged out Rollins and his cowardly, yet lovable J&J Security, yet it's not hard to see why. Both are seasoned veterans at what they do; Heyman brings the confident mouth, while Lesnar brings the confident muscle. It's just Pro Wrestling 101 in action.


Worst Wrestling TV Show

Total Divas

This one was almost too easy, yet it should be noted that Raw gave Total Divas a run for its money. Still, it's hard for our listeners to ignore the downright garbage that Total Divas is comprised of. It's the worst of professional wrestling AND reality television, and that's saying something.

Best Wrestling TV Show

NXT

There is still a lot of good pro wrestling on TV, despite what is said about the main product, and you all decided overwhelmingly that the cream of the crop is NXT. While it's perhaps due to its accessibility as a funnel for the WWE and being featured on its Network, NXT still had some of the most talked-about shows and legitimate displays of talent to rival the hype of most Indy shows.

Promo Person of the Year

Paul Heyman

It's almost not fair for Ambrose and Wyatt, who were nominated alongside Paul Heyman, but that's how it shook out. And you all weren't slow to deem Heyman as still having "it" even after more than 25 years in the business.

Biggest Shock!

Undertaker's Streak is Broken

In any other year, Lesnar's dominance over the stale "Super" Cena at Summerslam would have taken it, but you all crowned a different Lesnar moment as the Biggest Shock of 2014: that being, of course, his out-of-nowhere, dominant win over the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX which not only ended a 20+ year-long streak, but may have also ended the Phenom's career as well.

Biggest Character Improvement

Sandow's weekly circus to Mizdow

2014 was an up-and-down year for Damien Sandow, who was just coming off his infamous failure to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. Though everyone expected him to take a dip, nobody saw the nosedive coming that had Sandow wearing Abraham Lincoln and astronaut costumes, to name just a few. However, you all stuck by him, and, after his adoption as the Miz's "stunt double", chose to honor him as WWE's "Most Improved" for organically becoming one of the most over and exciting wrestlers to watch each week.

Biggest Fan Attitude Adjustment (Disappointment)

Cena No-Sells the Lesnar Squash

You all voted Lesnar's dominant win over Cena as the 2nd most shocking moment of 2014. That's why it was no surprise that the Dr. of Thuganomics coming back stronger than ever nabbed your biggest disappointment of the year. In what should have been a nice few-week break from Cena while he recovered from injuries, we instead got Cena's obnoxious resilience and nausea-inducing no-selling of the fact that he was completely annihilated from top to bottom.

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

Roman Reigns as the Next Big Star

Two men dominated this vote; Roman Reigns and Batista. And though Roman's push reigned (narrowly) supreme, they both contained the common thread of being pushed down our throats. Batista won the Royal Rumble for no reason, while Reigns got the record for most eliminations. Though he ended the year in injury, you all seem to be ready for another Rumble in 2015 with a unfortunately telegraphed ending.

Best Story

TIE: Daniel Bryan & Sami Zayn complete their roads to redemption

With a final vote coming in at the wire, these two storylines finished in a tie as your favorites of the year. And with good reason; they both represent an underdog overcoming great odds and finally getting their moment to shine. Bryan got more first-place votes, perhaps due to the fact that his moment was at the Showcase of the Immortals, but it's almost fitting that these two would finish neck-and-neck due to how similar they were.

And now, for the Biggies...


Get the "F" Off My TV

The Big Show

Though he didn't nab any first place votes (that honor goes to JBL), the Big Show was close enough to the top of most voters' ranked lists for his inability to know when to just walk away. Though a lot can be said about the writing done for his character, Show did himself no favors in your eyes with his performance, promo ability and the additions to his running list of abrupt face/heel turns.

Judy Bagwell Moment of the Year

Hoda & Kathie Lee Invade Raw

It's hard to admit when Andrew is right, but you all agreed with his Whatculture article of the worst moment in wrestling for 2014 with Hoda & Kathie Lee being paraded out during Cancer Awareness month. WWE puts on many ugly, yet harmless segments each year, but you all resoundingly agreed that this was just on another level of awful. Whether it was the music drowning out fans' boos or Kathie Lee's concrete ass smashing a wine bottle, this moment probably had a few fans, as well as Susan G. Komen donors, wanting their money back.



Heenan's Hall Moment of the Year

Lesnar Manhandles Cena

The moment that was nominated perhaps more than any other this year nabbed the big one here; Lesnar manhandling Cena was your top choice for a Heenan's Hall plaque in 2014. From the shock factor to its almost cathartic feel, it was a match that you will all remember forever. Unfortunately, as seen by your choice for Biggest Attitude Adjustment, it is forced to live in a bubble due to its lackluster follow-up.

Match of the Year

TIE: Survivor Series Main Event & NXT R-Evolution Title Match

In another last-minute vote, the Survivor Series main event pulled even with Sami Zayn completing his road to redemption, showing once more that the poor guy can never just stand alone in the spotlight. Though he still pulled in a few more first place votes, you all agreed that the WWE's final quarter was its strongest with these two matches on display.

Tag Team of the Year

Gold and Stardust

Gold and Stardust winning this award is perhaps the truest representation of "fans choice" than any other; though their booking was haphazard and their feud with the Usos a bit prolonged, you all chose them as your Tag Team of the Year. It's clear that you thought they followed through successfully on a strong finish to 2013, with a Title Run and a large about-face for Cody Rhodes—even if it may be largely due to their exposure over the more decorated, yet lesser-known teams that were nominated alongside them.

Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year Award

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins claims the Mr. Wrestling II Wrestler of the Year award in a close vote over Dolph Ziggler. You appreciated his huge growth, from a fringe member of the Shield (which Erik infamously proclaimed would be his doom) to the stable's most exciting member and, eventually, its own undoing. Shortly after, he'd take the Money in the Bank contract and not look back. Whether it was with Dean Ambrose, John Cena or (we never thought we'd say this) Sting, he's been involved in main event after main event. Much like the man this award is named after, Seth Rollins made one of the more famous heel turns in wrestling history during a popular babyface run, and you've all proven that the wrestling world is better for it.