Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wrestling Dreams Volume 1: The Journey of Joe


Samoa Joe is back in ROH, which initially sounds like an exciting idea. Like everyone else in TNA, he grew stagnant and had nothing left to do. Unfortunately, much like TNA, it doesn’t seem to matter who ROH brings in, they don’t gain any momentum. Recent buyrates suggest that the company is pulling in under 10,000 buys for their pay-per-views.

Now the company is booked far more competently than the Total Nonsense Association, but the results remain the same. Business as usual and no real buzz that crosses outside of their devoted fanbase. A.J. Styles, Matt Sydal, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, the recent Alberto Del Rio and now Joe have all signed up for duty in the indy promotion. An incredible roster by any means. You would think that each one should have delivered more interest in the product, but it never happens. Something is not quite working.

WWE has raised the game for how major league wrestling should look, and perhaps that’s why ROH can’t get anywhere. They look like they shoot out of a Menard’s bathroom, and not a major arena with great lighting and big screens. But maybe it’s the Sinclair deal that's holding them back. They're airing at random times, in random parts of the country, on random TV stations. Maybe it’s an over emphasis on wrestling, with very little storytelling on their shows. And maybe it’s the consistent lack of a top babyface that crowds can rally around. The Dusty Rhodes, the Hulk Hogan, the Von Erich, or the Verne Gagne that every major promotion has had. It seems that only a John Cena or possibly CM Punk could finally take this company to the next level.

Punk, though, is out of the game. He seems he’d rather get beat up for real then get involved in wrestling again. In an ideal situation, he’d be out for blood and want to stick it to the McMahon family, and maybe take away some of the adult viewers he brought to the product. That’s not going to happen. So Joe will likely put on some great matches, and get their devoted fanbase excited, but it’s doubtful that in the big picture it’s really going to do much for ROH. For the casual fan, he's just going to be that guy from TNA who hasn't been a top guy in years. It's unfair, but that's probably the perception he'll get. Still, a fella can dream right?

-Andrew Soucek

Friday, February 20, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 10: NO MOA SAMOA//STUMP THE PROFESSOR

Are you ready for the Fast Lane to fun? Then hop on in to the Wrestling With Friends-mobile wagon as we rev it up into the final turn!

After lots of chitter chatter and pitter patter where wrestling news is concerned, Blake and Erik give Andrew a chance to redeem himself with the 2nd attempt to Stump the Professor! When Andrew's class is out of session, they head to the Friends Cup challenge board to make their second round of predictions for 2015!



Talking Points: Prime Time Pt. 2, Whinin' Bryan, Mega Dusts Collide, Beatdown Clan Post-Samoa, Russo Luchas with Meltzer, Cubic Zirconia Ring of Honor

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 10: No Moa Samoa//Stump the Professor//Fastlane Cup



0:00 - 31:19: Intros & Current Promotion News

32:18 - 39:04: Stump the Professor, Rd. 2

40:21 - 1:07:13: Friends Cup: Fastlane 2015

Final Song - Megadeth, "Fastlane"


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Friday, February 13, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 9: BOOK YOUR BUST: RIGGS, MEAT & SUMMER OF SINGH

What are you DOING? Put those pictures away, and listen to some REAL wrestling talk—only here, on Wrestling With Friends!

We know you don't watch wrestling, read wrestling news or follow wrestling social media, and that's why we're here to keep you "a-breast" of the wrestling world so you can stay "a-head". We also introduce the very first "Book Your Bust" segment featuring all 3 Friends taking on assigned wrestlers and booking them to stardom. If it's a success, we may just possibly do it again! Maybe.



Talking Points: Seth Rollins & Zahara Shriner, Reigning it in, Chyna's sex, Loaded and Locked, Drago’s dick pics, Rick O’Shea

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 9: Book Your Bust: Riggs, Meat & Summer of Singh



0:00 - 5:21: Intros

5:44 - 37:27: Current Promotion News

38:25 - 1:22:14: Book Your Bust: Riggs, Meat & Tiger Ali Singh

Final Song - Daler Mehndi, "Tunak Tunak Tun"


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Friday, February 6, 2015

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE 8: DANIEL BRYAN CROSSFIRE//BOOK YOUR BUST

Once again, wrestling podcasts are all the rage as of late. But there's only one wrestling podcast you need in your life, and that's us. Wrestling With Friends.

We get into a little tit-for-tat on the Triple H promo, as well as discussions on the Intercontinental Title, ROH contracts, TNA signings and more. But we know what you're really here for is to listen to the Friends take sides in the Great Daniel Bryan Debate! What's the debate? Do you really have to ask? Well since you do, maybe tune in to find out! The Friends also preview a segment for next week, giving each other homework assignments...



Talking Points: The Roar of the Crowd, Jack Tittly, the Road to Fast Lane, Black History Month, New Japan's New Beginning, All the Men Who Came to See Me

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 8: Daniel Bryan Crossfire//Book Your Bust



0:00 - 31:14: Intros & Current Promotion News

32:25 - 50:50: Point/Counterpoint: Daniel Bryan

52:24 - 1:05:37: Preview: Book Your Bust

Final Song - Insane Clown Posse, "Oddities"


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

EPISODE 50: WILL YOU STOP! YELLING IN MY EAR?

Just in time for a nice round number, the Wrestling With Friends podcast is back to its old school tricks again. That's right, it's original recipe time, and the meat on this one is thick and juicy!

The doors to Heenan's Hall open wide for the first time in months, ready to accept its newest enshrinement as decided upon by the esteemed Friends. On this occasion, it's a triple-threat match between three terrific wrestling personalities in Shane McMahon, Gorilla Monsoon and a returning nomination for Miss Elizabeth. Will the second time be a charm for the first lady of wrestling? Or will the unstoppable force of Shane McMahon, or immovable object of Gorilla Monsoon, simply be too much to overcome?



A return to the original style means a return to the List, and after four long months the Friends finally come to the close of the 60s portion of entrants. Will they bring fitting names to close off the wild and crazy 60s? Who will lead us into the next era on the List? All those answer and more, on the newest, classic episode of Wrestling With Friends!

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or Direct Download: Episode 50 - Will You Stop! Yelling in my Ear?



0:00 - 2:57: Intros

3:40 - 40:03: Heenan's Hall: Shane McMahon//Gorilla Monsoon//Miss Elizabeth

40:58 - 1:13:30: The List: #60

Final Song - Serum, "Guerrilla Monsoon"


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