Friday, December 23, 2016

THE 4TH ANNUAL FRIENDIES AWARDS!

It's Awards Season at Wrestling With Friends! On the heels of another Friends Cup victory by Andrew, we're heading into the 4th Annual Friendies Awards, broadcasting to you (on tape delay) Tuesday, January 3rd.

We'll be recruiting greenhorns like yourselves to help put up the sets, carry our bags, and bring us our food, but in the meantime we're also giving you all the chance to vote! And you can do it right here...on the site!



Voting closes next Wednesday, December 28th...so you only have limited time to finalize your choices! You can save your vote any time, so go in, check out our nominees, and make your voices heard! Because there should be at least ONE election the people get right this year...

Monday, October 31, 2016

EPISODE 138: HALLOWEEN HAVOC '92 PAY PER RE-VIEW

Feel something spooky in the air? It's not that burrito you had last night...it's a new episode of Wrestling With Friends!

We're going where no one else will dare this week...back to 1992! And the WCW pay-per-view, Halloween Havoc, for our Pay-Per-RE-View! It's a fun title, but is there anything fun about this PPV? Or will the friends spin the wheel and make a deal to never watch this trash again? Tune in for our expert analysis!



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or Direct Download: Episode 138: Halloween Havoc '92 Pay-Per-RE-View

0:00 - 4:48: Intros

5:34 - 1:12:11: Halloween Havoc '92 Pay Per RE-View

1:02:59 - 1:07:00: Exits

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Monday, October 24, 2016

EPISODE #137: HALLOWEEN BAGWELL AWARDS & MATT WALL UNCUT!

This Halloween season, we're allowing one of the spookiest things ever to grace our show...a 30+ minute wrestling rant!

Matt Wall's on the show (you may remember him as 'Creep Creepersin'), and you better believe he's got a few things to say! But first, he's gotta face the hot (candle) lights of a Judy Bagwell court room. Andy's been running the show lately, so Erik's called in his own Taskmaster to get things done. Who will reign supreme in this year's Halloween edition of the Judy Bagwell Awards: Undertaker rising from the dead after battling Yokozuna, or Hulk Hogan getting lost in the (not) hot waters of the Dungeon of Doom?!



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or Direct Download: Episode 137: Halloween Bagwell Awards & Matt Wall UNCUT!

0:00 - 10:41: Intros & Pastamania Hot Takes

12:46 - 35:14: Judy Bagwell Awards: Taker Rises vs. Hogan in the Dungeon

37:31 - 1:18:30: Matt Wall UNCUT!

If you like the music you hear on the show, be sure to visit Matt's Bandcamp page to download, subscribe and purchase his dark folk tunes!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

EPISODE #136: STABBING CONSPIRACIES WITH JESSE VENTURA

It's time to stab your ears with another entertaining installment of Wrestling with Friends!

Please don't take that as a threat of assault. What we're really trying to do is get to the bottom of some recent stabbings of professional wrestlers...and only one man can help us! With the help of Pizza Hut Grilled Cheese Crust Pizza, we were able to nab Gov. Jesse Ventura for some tough questions that need answering. Plus...we're also back in the List at #34 with two men who definitely don't mind if you call them a shark...or a dragon!



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or Direct Download: Episode 136: Stabbing Conspiracies with Jesse Ventura

0:00 - 13:23: Intros

14:26 - 28:32: Jesse Talks Stabbings

29:42 - 53:45: The List (#34)

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Monday, October 3, 2016

EPISODE 135: #TNAWATCH2016 AND TRAGIC WRESTLING DEATHS

TNA...the bell tolls for thee!

Among the many questions you'll hear on this show, perhaps the most poignant will also be the most familiar: "Is TNA still in business?" That's what we're going to determine here, plus: we'll be talking about some OTHER tragic TNA-style wrestling downfalls that still linger with us to this day.



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or Direct Download: Episode 135: #TNAWatch2016 and Tragic Wrestling Deaths

0:00 - 25:48: Intros & #TNAWatch2016

27:08 - 1:26:05: Top 3 Tragic Wrestling Deaths


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Monday, September 26, 2016

EPISODE 134: THE LIST (#35) BROUGHT TO YOU BY MCDONALD'S HOT CAKES

Take a hot cake break with your favorite wrestling podcast pals!

We're dishing out delicious hot takes left and right, while also presenting YOU, the listener, with the choice to decide our next Pay-Per-ReView! We've got five options up for consideration. Do no take this responsibility lightly! We're also adding a few more honorable entries to The List. Some of them like to "do it themselves", another likes to "do it dangerous", and the last one like to "do it with a squirting flower lapel".



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or Direct Download: Episode 134: The List (#35) Brought to You By Mcdonald's Hot Cakes

0:00 - 15:37: Intros & Hot Takes

17:05 - 30:37: Pay-Per-ReView Picks

31:54 - 54:11: The List (#35)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

EPISODE 133: HOUSESITTERS TO AVOID & A SPRINKLING OF THE LIST

While you're getting ready for your next vacation, where you'll obviously be relaxing and listening to our latest episode, we've got some classic, Friendly advice for you!

Listen in to find out our hot takes on wrestlers to avoid asking for help watching your goldfish and getting your mail. You couldn't trust these guys farther than you could throw them—and in most cases, that's not very far at all! We're also continuing to hammer away at the List with our #36 favorite wrestlers. One is hungry like the wolf, while the others are just hungry for life!



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or Direct Download: Episode 133: Housesitters to Avoid & A Sprinkling of the List

0:00 - 10:56: Intros & Hot Takes

12:15 - 32:12: 3 Housesitters to Avoid

33:20 - 53:24: The List (#36)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

EPISODE 132: JIM CORNETTE & THE LIST (#37)

We've put out some of the greatest podcasts on wrestling over the last few years, but you won't hear us say that every week!

This week, like most weeks, we've got an exclusive guest that no other podcast has nabbed yet. His name is Jim Cornette, and he's here to talk about Kevin Owens (Steen). While we've broken many records and had lots of success with previous guests, this one is sure to send us to the stratosphere! On top of that, we have one of the best segments in wrestling podcasts still going, and that's our List. We're at #37 today, and like most weeks we've got some real winners coming up. One likes the attention of the ladies, and other one just likes attention!



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or Direct Download: Episode 132: Jim Cornette & The List (#37)

0:00 - 10:13: Intros & Mick Foley Hot Take

11:25 - 21:20: Jim Cornette on Kevin Owens' Win

22:33 - 45:26: The List (#37)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

EPISODE #131: SUMMERSLAM HOT TAKE CUP

The summer is about to reach its boiling point! It's so hot that we've devolved our discussion into nothing BUT hot takes!

And what's our hot take on the hottest show of the year? You'll just have to listen in to find out! Andrew's got a commanding lead in the Friends Cup, but there's plenty of matches and lots of time left for him to come tumbling down. Can Demon Erik or Demon Blake muster up the darkness within to catch him off his game??



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or Direct Download: Episode 131: Summerslam Hot Take Cup

0:00 - 8:24: Intros & Hot Takes

9:48 - 1:00:30: Summerslam Friends Cup


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Monday, August 15, 2016

EPISODE #100: HEENAN'S FUNERAL HOME

We're turning the corner on this A-Train into episode #100 of our original content show, and boy do we have some surprises in store for you!

We've got some special friends coming on the show that have made our first 100 episodes what they are. We thought about inviting you guys on, but some of our guests...kind of just barged in through the door, barking...so we ran out of time. Sorry!



We're also heading back to Heenan's Hall to celebrate #100 the right way, by enshrining some of wrestling's greatest moments of all time. Unfortunately, this episode was not eligible...yet!

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or Direct Download: Episode 100 - Heenan's Funeral Home

0:00 - 10:29 - Intros & Updates
11:45 - 39:01 - Visits from Special Friends
40:38 - 58:05 - Heenan's Hall: Macho & Liz/Owens Beats Cena/Nexus Invades


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Friday, August 12, 2016

EPISODE #99: FIGHTING OVER THE LIST (#38)

It's List Show #2 of the week, and Blake's back from his Jigglypuff quest to beef the list up once again.

It's been less than a week, but the list picks are only getting more impactful. What choice will Blake shock the Friends with at #39? And will more turmoil come from their discussion of #38? We hope not...our lawyers can't afford anymore hospital bills!



Coming in this week are an Olympian, a two-sweet superkicking team and a list choice we had to summon through a portal to hell!

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or Direct Download: Episode 99 - Fighting Over the List (#38)



0:00 - 14:34 - Intros & Blakes #39
15:49 - 43:23 - The List (#38)


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Monday, August 8, 2016

EPISODE #98: BACK TO THE LIST (#39)

The Friends have been on vacation to Muscle Beach (it's very important to take your vacations, kids), but now they're back with the first of two mini-sodes this week!

We're Blake-free for mini-sode #1 since those Pokemon won't catch themselves! Regardless, Erik welcomes Andrew back from his vacation of riding Cheetum and battling sharks to get back to the List with our #39 picks.



We've got an Alliance MVP and a popular tag team named after an airport for this round. Who you got?

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or Direct Download: Episode 98 - Back to the List (#39)



0:00 - 22:11 - The List (#39)


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Friday, July 22, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #30: BATTLEBEASTBORGBOTS FRIENDS CUP

Andrew may have gotten drafted to a different podcast this week, but that's not stopping Blake and Erik from bringing you more action-packed wrestling news!

We're heading into the summer showcase that is Battle...what is it again? Battlecry? Anyway, before we do that, Blake and Erik have a few things to say about the recent brand extension and related draft. Was it a success? Which show should come out on top? Why was Mojo Rawley drafted before Curtis Axel? All that, and more hard-hitting news!



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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 30: Battleground Friends Cup



0:00 - 13:47: Intros & Draft Discussion

14:45 - 44:59: Battleground Friends Cup


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Monday, July 11, 2016

EPISODE #97: PAY PER REVIEW: IN YOUR HOUSE 8: BEWARE OF DOG

Beware of Dog...AND of the laughs you'll get from the latest episode of Wrestling with Friends!

We're treading where nobody else will dare for our very first "Pay Per ReView" as we head back 20 years to the classic 2-Night In Your House extravaganza, Beware of Dog! We're covering every match in detail, as well as offering our rare, exclusive opinions on the show. This is one you don't want to miss!



We're also taking on the identities of Brother Nero, Senor Benjamin, and a dilapidated boat to honor TNA's wild The Final Deletion match, starring the Hardy Bros. Will people be talking about this match in 20 years, like they talk about Beware of Dog? (Or that other thing that happened in wrestling in the summer of 1996?)

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or Direct Download: Episode 97 - Pay Per ReView: In Your House 8: Beware of Dog



0:00 - 7:56: Intros
9:37 - 52:57: Pay Per ReView: In Your House 8: Beware of Dog


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

EPISODE #96: THEME SONGS TO KILL THE MOOD

Before you hit that play button on a mood-setting wrestler theme, be sure to hit OUR play button first!

We're setting the mood tonight with some high drama, starting with our first-ever sit-down interview with Corporate Kane. Andrew & Erik aren't afraid to dig down into C.K.'s deep and tragic past to get his insights on the business...even if it means they have to cross hellfire and brimstone to get there!



Then they sit down with each other to discuss 6 wrestler entrance themes to keep to yourself if you're looking to set the mood. Not only will these songs kill the romance faster than some tight spandex, they may just kill your relationship altogether!

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or Direct Download: Episode 96 - Theme Songs to Kill the Mood



0:00 - 5:12: Intros
6:19 - 15:30: Sit-down with Corporate Kane
16:50 - 39:36: Wrestling Theme Songs to Kill the Mood


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Monday, June 27, 2016

EPISODE #95: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: KISS DEMON VS. KING OF THE ROAD MATCH

Court is in session, and we're more than suspending our next litigant for crimes against humanity!

But first, Erik & Andrew announce the all new Pay-Per-ReView segment. You asked for it, we heard you! Your Friends will now be reviewing various Pay-Per-Views now and again, and we're making our guest judge Jered decide what the very first candidate will be!



Then it's a battle of WCW "D'oh!" moments from different eras as Jered must decide which is the worst offender: the KISS Demon, or a King of the Road Match in the back of a semi truck! Things are about to get personal in this blood feud, with a few long-held secrets about to bubble up to the surface...

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or Direct Download: Episode 95 - Judy Bagwell Awards: Kiss Demon vs. King of the Road Match



0:00 - 8:39: Intros & Pay-Per-ReView Announcement
9:45 - 31:47: Judy Bagwell Awards: KISS Demon vs. King of the Road Match
33:13 - 43:14: The Judge's Decision


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

EPISODE #94: MORE WRESTLING CONSPIRACIES//THE LIST #40

Follow the money...then follow us to our latest episode on professional wrestling conspiracies!

This time around, Jesse "The Spirit" Ventura is able to sit in with us for the entire segment...almost...to give us his first-hand experience in dealing with two of the most popular wrestling conspiracies: Jimmy Snuka's murder case and Ultimate Warrior's Wrestlemania replacement. What secret doors will he open? And will the Friends survive the government, or worse: the WWE, listening in via secret satellites?



We also cruise into our final List picks from the 40s with some pretty legendary names, including a truck-driving Daddy, a violent Samoan and a man whose name you'll never forget.

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or Direct Download: Episode 94 - More Wrestling Conspiracies//The List #40



0:00 - 9:11: Intros
10:49 - 40:59: More Wrestling Conspiracies
41:56 - 1:11:05: The List (#40)


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Friday, June 17, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #29: MONEY IN THE TACO FRIENDS CUP

It's time to climb the ladder and grab a hold of our latest edition of the Friends Cup...Money in the Bank style!

We're also reaching out to grab a hold of some memories of perhaps wrestling's greatest theme song singer of all time, Chris Warren. Chris passed away recently, and though he only had a handful of hits, he left us all feeling like it was our time, and that we didn't have to listen to anybody tell us who and what to be. R.I.P. Chris.



Talking Points: Chris Warren, Pop Goes TNA, Brand Exhaustion

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 29: Money in the Taco Friends Cup



0:00 - 17:04: Intros & News

18:31 - 51:52: Money in the Bank Friends Cup


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

EPISODE 93: THE LIST (#41) DOESN'T USE CGI

Don't adjust your dial—we're all-practical and all-exposed on the latest episode of Wrestling with Friends!

When I say exposed, I don't necessarily mean naked (for all of us, at least). Instead, we're coming at you LIVE with two of the biggest names in the industry today talking about the WWE brand split. Vince Russo and Good ol' JR are taking sides in a battle that will shake the industry!



We're also getting back into the List at #41, with some exciting new shifts coming to how we expose these entries to you. This week, we've got a 'smashing' good golf player, a 'phenomenal' Southern boy and a club dancer with all the "Wright" moves. Don't miss out on this one, folks!

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or Direct Download: Episode 93 - The List (#41) Doesn't Use CGI



0:00 - 4:20: Intros
5:36 - 18:55: Russo & Ross Talk Brand Extension
20:44 - 53:00: The List (#41)


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

EPISODE 92: JUST...AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE

Wrestling With Friends is back and we've settled the dust. Now it's time to Book Your Bust!

Most of the time, we visit an Alternate Universe that is wild and imaginative and open to multiple interpretations. This time, we're going to an Alternate Universe, just...an Alternate Universe. No bells and whistles on this one, just some fun booking with bust assignments from a few weeks ago.



How will the Friends turn guys like Just Joe, Eugene and Giant Gonzalez into stars? Tune in to find out!

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or Direct Download: Episode 92 - Just...an Alternate Universe



0:00 - 12:07: Intros
13:36 - 45:47: Alternate Universe: Book Your Bust
50:45 - 56:18: Close


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Friday, May 20, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #28: EXTREME PURGE FRIENDS CUP

You can trust your friends to take you to the Extreme without taking too many bumps...since we don't have insurance!

After a few short weeks, we're back in the Friends Cup Zone to go where hardly any other podcast is willing to go...predicting Extreme Rulz. Andrew is running away with the competition, thanks to another strong performance at Payback. Are Blake and Erik willing to get out the Singapore canes to put him out for a while?



Talking Points: Releases, Is ROH Still in Business?, Poaching Moose

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 28: Extreme Purge Friends Cup



0:00 - 12:07: Intros & News

13:36 - 45:47: Extreme Rules Friends Cup


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EPISODE 91: THE 2016 FRIENDS DRAFT!

Gather your buddies together and sit around your podcasting device of choice...it's the 2016 Friends Draft!

Success is only determined by how well you continue building for the future. With that in mind, the Friends are ready to claw, bite, scratch and gnaw until they get the guys and gals they want on their roster.



Who will come out on top with the best chance at success? Who will draft Dean Ambrose? It's all here on the 2016 Friends Draft!

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or Direct Download: Episode 91 - The 2016 Friends Draft!



0:00 - 5:12: Intros
7:13 - 52:54: 2016 Friends Draft, Rounds 1-5
54:13 - 1:30:44: 2016 Friends Draft, Rounds 6-10


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Friday, April 29, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #27: YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT'S PAYBACK FRIENDS CUP

WWE Payback is coming up, but we'd like some payback from God for all these wrestlers he's stealing from us!

The Friends start the show on a somber note, showing compassion and support for some of our latest fallen heroes, but then it's all business when they get into the Friends Cup to settle some scores that weren't settled last month! Will Erik's daring picks finally "pay" off? Will Andy strengthen his lead even more? Will Blake stay awake for the entire show?! You'll have to tune in, then follow along on Sunday night!



Talking Points: 9th Wonder of Heaven, Purple Reign, Nature Boy and Natty Girl

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 27: You Never Know When It's Payback Friends Cup



0:00 - 17:46: Intros & Favorite Chyna Moments

19:11 - 1:00:44: Payback Friends Cup


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

EPISODE #90: THE LIST (#42) TRIED THEIR BEST

We've got the biggest BALLS OF THEM ALL!

And that's only because the man who originally had the biggest, Balls Mahoney, unfortunately passed away. The Friends pay what tribute they can before returning to a segment inspired by one of Mahoney's lesser-received characters, Xanta Clause. Book Your Bust is back, and the Friends all get their assignments: Just Joe, Eugene and Giant Gonzalez. Can they create more fortunate careers for these men? Tune in the following weeks to find out!



Though Balls isn't on the List this week, the Friends do have a few memorable names to discuss as they reach #42. There's a German-named luchador, a master of the dark arts & a man who's "serious" about dancing. Listen in to see who's up this week!

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or Direct Download: Episode 90 - The List (#42) Tried Their Best



0:00 - 11:07: Intros
12:32 - 23:00: Book Your Bust, Pt. 1
24:26 - 54:07: The List (#42)


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

EPISODE #89: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: BILLY, CHUCK & RUSSO DON'T GIVE A F*CK

The Judy Bagwell Awards are back, but we couldn't give a f*ck. Why should we, when our litigants don't?

It's an Andrew World Order-style takeover of the show this week, with our resident Whatculture scribe taking over hosting duties...AND judging duties during the Judy Bagwell Awards! But not so fast...first we have to let Blake complain some more about Wrestlemania. (You'll have to forgive us, we can't afford medication so this is the best we can do to calm him down)



It's the Billy & Chuck Wedding vs. Vince Russo ordering Jeff Jarrett to lie down for Hogan on PPV. Who will be sentenced with the award this week? Only one man can decide...Heaven help us all!

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or Direct Download: Episode 89 - Judy Bagwell Awards: Billy, Chuck & Russo Don't Give a F*ck



0:00 - 20:30: Intros & Wrestlemania Discussion
22:01 - 42:32: Judy Bagwell Awards: Billy & Chuck's Wedding//Vince Russo Lays Down for Hogan
43:49 - 53:41: The Decision


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Friday, April 1, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #26: UP ALL NIGHT WITH WRESTLEMANIA FRIENDS CUP

We may not be Rhonda Shear, but we'll keep you Up All Night partying with this latest installment of the Wrestling With Friends show!

With the biggest show of the year in our sights, we spend the entire episode on the Friends Cup. This is the show that will decide the course of the contest for the rest of the year, and it could all be decided by which Social Outcast makes it through the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!



If you enjoy the gnarly chiptune vibes throughout the show, then go check out the provocative artist himself, Dr. Robotic, and his newly-released album over at his Bandcamp!

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 26: Up All Night with Wrestlemania Friends Cup



0:00 - 7:54: Intros & Favorite Wrestlemania Moments

9:50 - 46:18: Wrestlemania Friends Cup

47:53 - 56:40: Bonus Points & Close


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Friday, March 25, 2016

I WATCHED AZTEC WARFARE. THIS IS WHAT I SAW.

It happened inside of a small warehouse, dubbed “The Temple”, in the working-class L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

Gods, alive for centuries or perhaps millennia, fought amongst men, right here on planet Earth. And only a privileged few lay witness to it.



The organization known as Lucha Underground ran its second-ever Aztec Warfare competition to crown a new champion this week. The battle, inspired by and created to honor Aztec gods and their descendants, was shrouded by a darker cloud this year. Just the week before, a terroristic regime that held control over the organization found itself crackling apart after its champion, a hulking mass of a man whose moniker, Mil Muertes, means “1,000 Deaths”, lost his title to the scrappy, populace-supported Fenix—a man who’s had enough resurrections from likely death to be considered the true-to-life bird from which he takes his name.

Muertes, alongside his handler Catrina, decided to exploit what power they had left and turned the honorable Aztec Warfare contest into a brutal battle. Usurping the event wasn’t their only goal; they also had plans to turn Fenix’s reign into a fluke by placing him first in a field of 20 competitors to battle for the belt. Meanwhile, and very predictably, Muertes was given the opportune pick to come out last at number twenty. In between, 18 other competitors were invited to the fight. Though they all had sights on the gold, it was clear that Catrina and Muertes crafted this plan to weaken Fenix to the point that even he wouldn’t be able to rise from the ashes of war.

While last year’s edition of Aztec Warfare could be seen as launching ground for a variety of new faces and feuds, this year’s was clearly going to be a place for many personal, heated battles to come to a head. Jack Evans, a cocky cruiserweight with the acrobatic athleticism to back it up, would spend most of his time with his head on a swivel, looking for the mystical Drago—the humanlike form of what some people believe to be an actual dragon—who had every right for revenge against Evans’ sneak attacks and even sneakier verbal barbs. Texano, a top-heavy cowboy dubbed the “Blue Collar Brawler” still hadn’t sunk his teeth far enough into Chavo Guerrero and his Crew, who’d dedicated most of their time to stripping the expert bull-roper of his honor and pride.

The battle would also be the stage for some much-anticipated new faces to join the already stellar line-up of fighters. For the first time ever, El Dragon Azteca would grace the Temple with his presence. The mystery behind this man stretches back to last year’s Ultima Lucha competition, where it’s thought he took on the legacy of a legendary fighter, killed for breaking a long-standing treaty to stay away from the Temple. Azteca wasted no time in his campaign to push the Temple’s competitors, including former champion Prince Puma, to new limits, churning out moves never seen before in just his first few minutes of action.



Then, of course, was the appearance of the legendary Rey Mysterio himself—the man for whom it could be said none of this would be possible. Not just the Temple, or Lucha Underground, but the overall thirst for thrilling, lucha-style wrestling and deeply-held mythologies that are respected even by the most villainous of women and men. Interest in the lucha style blossomed with Rey Mysterio in the last decade of the previous century, and even with the corporate atmosphere of professional wrestling threatening to kill these traditions, Mysterio fought in Aztec Warfare to an ovation that shows that his style is still very much alive and loved by the Temple’s Believers.

The contest thus began, with Fenix and Mysterio showing each other, and the heritage of the Aztec people for whom they fought, a deep sign of respect—even with the dark shroud of Catrina and Mil Muertes hovering over it. The battle waged on, and each fighter came out one-by-one to add their own personal style and flair to the fight. Though it was an every-fighter-for-himself mentality, the personal battles eventually took center stage. The man with a movie star mentality, Johnny Mundo, continued his blood feud with Cage, a rock solid figure with steel for a skeleton. Drago duked it out with Evans and his nunchucking counterpart, the Darewolf PJ Black. However, it was perhaps the most intriguing and electric grudge that turned Aztec Warfare into something like ground zero of a nuclear zone; the feud between Mil Muertes and a man who hadn’t even been invited to the affair, Pentagon Jr.

Muertes, the clear favorite up to that point for having just held the title, and for his optimal placement in the order, wasn’t long for the contest once his rival appeared, steel chair in hand. It was more than a slight that Catrina barred Pentagon Jr. from the match—it was a rejection of his destiny. Muertes was quickly dispatched by Pentagon Jr. and his allies, and once the dust cleared it seemed like it was anyone’s championship to win. But of course, this is the sacred Temple, where nothing is ever as it seems.



A timer began to count—commentator Matt Striker attributing it to a possible technical glitch—but we Believers, who knew the full story, knew the storm that was coming. We’ve watched the black clouds gather in the distance, some 300 miles away, where the previous trustee of the Temple, Dario Cueto, started hatching plans for his return. A war was started when the original El Dragon Azteca was killed in cold blood at last year’s Ultima Lucha, breaking a truce between Azteca and Cueto’s families. And while we saw the legacy of Azteca return already this night, Cueto had a Weapon X of his own—his monster, his hermano, Matanza.

Up until this evening, all we knew of Matanza was that he only spoke in grunts and had an appetite for human flesh and blood, routinely quelled by his brother Dario. Weeks passed and layers were peeled, and soon we found the true reason for Dario’s affection for his inhuman monster of a brother—he’d saved Dario’s life from the hands of their equally monstrous mother.

The timer ticked down to zero. Though we saw it coming, we were all still shocked by the reappearance of Dario Cueto in his Temple—a surreal sight if there was one—though perhaps no one was as shocked as Catrina, who had been doing everything in her power to wrestle her disintegrating control back from the likes of Pentagon Jr. and his maestro, Vampiro. She was banished in short order by Cueto—but this was not his only pronouncement. Instead, we’d find out that there was a 21st contestant in Aztec Warfare—the beast himself, Matanza.



Days, weeks and months led up to this moment, and it wasn’t long before Matanza single-handedly stole the Temple back for his brother. Fighter after fighter was simply destroyed. Power moves that they may have kicked out of in a more spirited match left them on the mat for the three count—a survival technique more than an actual loss. Men who thought they’d outsmarted Aztec Warfare rules, and the gods who inspired them—men like Joey Ryan—are victimized by Matanza. Ryan, in particular, had handcuffed himself to a steel post to avoid pinfall, yet perhaps by surprise to no one, steel is no match for Matanza. He broke Ryan free and did away with him in quick form.

Believers in the Temple pled with the fighters to band together and stop the monster. But this was no ordinary opponent. This was Matanza: a collection of evil components so destructive, it led one to think that if gods did exist, they were nowhere in sight on this evening. One of the fighters, Chavo Guerrero (a last name synonymous in wrestling with finding the easiest way out) tried out his wiles by attempting to collude with the Cueto brothers. A temporary truce was created, but lasted only seconds as Dario, almost unseen in the shadows, drew a line across his throat, approving Matanza’s dismantling of the deceived Guerrero.

Before long, only two fighters remained to take on Matanza. El Dragon Azteca had fallen. The champion, Fenix, was been driven back down into the depths of some Purgatory-like realm, losing his short-lived championship along the way. The only hopes for the Believers, and the Temple, were the valiant, former champion Prince Puma, who called Boyle Heights home, and Rey Mysterio, the man who, perhaps unintentionally, opened the doors for the Cueto brotherhood to rise to power in the first place. And so it was Rey who was last to do battle with Matanza, once Puma, a man who’d fought out of every move in the luchador handbook, fell in surprisingly short fashion.

Mysterio, through experience and a youthful fighting spirit, put in the most offense against Matanza. But what hope did Mysterio truly have if even the descendants of Aztec gods couldn’t vanquish the monster? Mysterio soon fell; Matanza’s final victim betwixt himself and the championship that his brother Dario, recklessly and thoughtlessly, freed him to win.



The Temple is now back in the hands of Dario Cueto, like it had been when we Believers first sought out on this journey. However, there’s something more completely sinister, more disarming, in this second reign than existed in the first, and it goes by one name: Matanza. He holds the championship. He now lays claim to Mil Muertes’ throne of skulls. And, somehow unbelievably, we already know his reign will be 1,000 times darker than that of Catrina and Muertes.

We are Believers. And now we must empower that name by believing that the Cueto brotherhood can be destroyed. Through countless legends, ancient and otherwise, we’re told that good always conquers evil. There’s always a crack in the foundation to exploit. Right now, that crack, if there is one, is so imperceptible that even the gods must be confounded. Matanza cannot be hurt. Dario cannot be outsmarted. If a man or god exists that can defeat Matanza, we do not yet know him. For after what we saw at Aztec Warfare, it’s clear that the Temple, and the Believers, have now been transported to some infernal ring of hell; the one furthest from the reaches of the most powerful of heroes.

May the gods help us all.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

EPISODE 88: THE LIST (#43) DOESN'T DRINK THE WATER

If you're laid up sick, then don't blame us...we told you not to drink the water! While you heal, pass the time with another enthralling installment of Wrestling with Friends!

It's our last normally-scheduled episode before the big Wrestlemania Friends Cup, so we're going for broke. Firstly, we got Andrew all nice and liquored up for a brand new Stump the Professor segment...and it possibly helped! (a little) Then we move into our #43 List picks, who are all most likely gearing up for a run on Legends House, season 2.



If you like to pick 'em, and love to stick 'em, then that's your prerogative. But we ask that you please keep it to yourself!!

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or Direct Download: Episode 88 - The List (#43) Doesn't Drink the Water



0:00 - 3:43: Intros
5:12 - 12:59: Stump the Professor!
14:06 - 46:18: The List (#43)


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

EPISODE 87: HEENAN'S HALL: PAPARAZZI & CICLOPE...INDEED!

And we had to fight off the paparazzi just to get this episode out to you all!

Blake's had some fun on his Popeye's campaign, and even though he's all rich and famous he's rejoined us here to talk some wrestling fun. We start by getting caught up on his List picks for #45 & #44...that's right, he was able to find his missing List! Or, he just made up some new ones on the cuff. The only thing you may care about, though, are his Stacy Kiebler secrets!



We also return to Heenan's Hall for the first time in 2016, and we don't take long to start fillin' up 'dem walls. We're enshrining 3 PICKS this week instead of 1, so hold on to your butts when you start listening about some of wrestling's greatest moments!

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or Direct Download: Episode 87 - Heenan's Hall: Paparazzi & Ciclope...Indeed!



0:00 - 7:16: Intros
8:39 - 28:13: Blake's List: #45 & #44
29:34 - 57:19: Heenan's Hall: Paparazzi Productions, Ciclope Unmasked & Kaentai's Indeed!


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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

EPISODE #86: WRESTLING RUNNING MATES

Raise your right hand if you're ready to vote for Wrestling With Friends! What are we running for? Your heart, of course.

The political season has us fired up! No, not to caucus or to donate for our candidate of our choice, but to instead be the best megalomaniacs we can be and put OURSELVES in the campaign! And we're at the pivotal point where it's time to choose a running mate...or, maybe more simply, to choose who we DON'T want as a running mate!



Our good pal Vinnie-Ru also stops by to give us his first-person perspective on the controversy that's sweeping the wrestling nation: Triple H holding down D'Lo Brown!

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or Direct Download: Episode 86 - Wrestling Running Mates



0:00 - 3:12: Intros
4:30 - 16:03: Russo's Wrestling History: Downtown D'Lo Brown
17:12 - 40:58: Wrestling Running Mates


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

EPISODE #85: THE LIST (#44): STAY HARD WITH THE BIG WIGGLE

We know this new episode of Wrestling with Friends will excite you, we just hope you keep it to yourself! Nobody wants to see that.

This episode is strictly List action. No fooling around! We've got #44 on deck, and once again it's just Erik & Andy. Our picks are so serious, in fact, that we hardly had time to talk about anything else important. We've got a devastating tag team joining the platinum ranks of the List, while another man who excels at the 'scream' joins the gold member ranks.



Enjoy!

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or Direct Download: Episode 83 - The List (#44): Stay Hard with the Big Wiggle



0:00 - 7:40: Intros
9:04 - 19:04: The List (#44) - Part One
20:29 - 33:16: The List (#44) - Part Two


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

EPISODE #84: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: DANIEL BRYAN & THE SMALL GUY BUSINESS

Are you excited for another Wrestling with Friends episode? YES! Want to know what it's about? YES! Did Blake finally have a successful vasectomy? YES! YES! YES!

If you couldn't tell the theme of our episode by now, then what the hell man? Do I have to spell it out for you? I do?? Oh...okay. Ummm...today's episode features D-A-N-...N?...Y...U..LL you know what, it's Daniel Bryan okay. We're talking about Daniel Bryan, and what his career may look like in an A...L.......L?...T..UR..N...O....in an Alternate Universe. Damn you for exposing my bad spelling abilities!



P.S. Blake's back from his multiple surgeries for our first non-News episode, so that's why this episode feels like it's floating on hot air.

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or Direct Download: Episode 84 - Alternate Universe: Daniel Bryan & the Small Guy Business



0:00 - 5:12: Intros
7:00 - 22:45: Alternate Universe: Booking a Healthy Daniel Bryan (Pt. 1)
24:00 - 1:00:22: Alternate Universe: Booking a Healthy Daniel Bryan (Pt. 2)


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Friday, February 19, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #25: BEEP BEEP! FASTLANE FRIENDS CUP

What do you think of that title? Pretty creative, eh?

I guess there's just no pretty way to say it. We're on the Fast Lane to Wrestlemania! And you better believe the Friends are along for the ride, as we dive deep into this year's edition of the classic PPV with our latest Friends Cup predictions. Will there be any stopping the reigning champion Andrew after his hot Rumble start??



Talking Points: Barrett's Got Bad News for WWE, Mark Henry visits his own Hall of Pain, John Cena...X-Man?, Joey Ryan takes his penis Underground, Will Rey Mysterio's finish to his career be more interesting than his finisher?

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 25: Beep Beep! Fastlane Friends Cup



0:00 - 2:43: Intros

3:29 - 21:56: Current Wrestling News

23:19 - 58:57: Fastlane Friends Cup


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

EPISODE #83: THE LIST (#45): A PINK UNDERPANTS OBSESSION

Get your pink undies on, your podcast devices out and come celebrate with Wrestling with Friends!

What are we celebrating? Well, how about another List entry?! We're forging ahead to #45 this week, and though we're without Blake that doesn't keep Andrew & Erik from speculating on his choice. Is it a French tickler or someone with a pink underpants obsession? And who did Andrew & Erik place at this coveted spot? It's all here, so stop reading this already and get on with the show!



We've also got another Wrestling II Road Report, but we'll just bury that lead right here.

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or Direct Download: Episode 83 - The List (#45): A Pink Underpants Obsession



0:00 - 9:06: Intros
10:32 - 18:16: Mr. Wrestling II Road Report: Midwest All Pro Wrestling
19:25 - 44:14: The List (#45)


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EPISODE #82: JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: HAMMERLOCKING GOD

We scrounged up some more Judy Bagwell Awards in the attic, and we're itching to give them away!

Friend of the show Jered, from the Agreeing Loudly podcast, gets the distinct honor this week of challenging Andrew for a Judy Bagwell Award. He's the first non-host to bring a case to court—will he succeed? Let's just say he'll need God on his side when he takes on Andrew's choice from Road Wild '98, featuring Jay Leno, Hollywood Hulk Hogan and a hammerlock.



Erik sits in the judge's chair this week, and promises to deliver a fair and impartial ruling...for perhaps the first time! Which side of the law will he come down on, and who will get the award? You'll just have to tune in, won't you then?

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or Direct Download: Episode 82 - Judy Bagwell Awards: Hammerlocking God



0:00 - 5:18: Intros
6:46 - 30:06: Judy Bagwell Awards: Vince vs. God//Leno Hammerlocks Hogan
31:16 - 42:00: Judy Bagwell Decision


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Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 WRESTLE-LUTIONS!

Episode 81: 2016 Wrestle-utions


Erik
  1. Quit referring to periods of time as "eras" and small, ineffective changes as "revolutions"
  2. Wrestling fans: be more original with your chants.
  3. Dean Ambrose should spend some time in an actual asylum for character study purposes
  4. Don't hate on heritage and open the vault to NWA, AWA, etc.
  5. Put Jericho, Austin & Jim Ross in a podcast marathon until they're ready to quit.
Andy
  1. WWE should call women what they are: women. Not Divas.
  2. Chris Jericho, New Day & Dolph Ziggler—recognize that you're not funny.
  3. Bram, keep it cool. Try not to get arrested a single time this year.
  4. Abandon the "fun" descriptor on your wrestlers. They're not there to have "fun". They're here to FIGHT!
  5. Old guys are there to put people over. It's time for Taker to lay down for someone younger than Lesnar.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

EPISODE #81: 2016 NEW YEAR'S WRESTLE-LUTIONS!

It may be the end of January, but it's not too late to make some changes around here. And we're starting with you, wrestling industry!

Andrew & Erik have done the dirty work of coming up with some brand new Wrestle-Lutions for the year of 2016. Most of the wrestling world chose not to listen to our ideas from last year, and look where it got them. Will this year be any different?



Tune in to hear where we ended up in 2015, and where we're going in 2016. And if you've got any changes you'd like to see, let us know about them! We know a few bent ears in the industry...

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or Direct Download: Episode 81 - 2016 New Year's Wrestle-lutions!



0:00 - 5:31: Intros
6:32 - 16:34: 2015 Wrestle-lutions Recap
17:48 - 53:03: 2016 Wrestle-lutions


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Friday, January 22, 2016

FRIENDS NEWS EPISODE #24: ROOTY TOOTY ROYAL RUMBLE

Come on, everyone...chant along with us! Rooty Tooty Rick! Rooty Tooty Rick!

Okay, we won't make you chant that in the middle of work. But we WILL force you to listen to our latest news installment of Wrestling With Friends, featuring headlines leading up to the WWE Royal Rumble. This episode is just 30 minutes long, thanks to a technical glitch that occurred when we tried to use Rick Steiner's garden shed as a recording studio. However, we do still have Friends Cup predictions for the big show, so head on over to check them out soon!



Talking Points: Social Job Squad, Clarissa Explains a Pop-Up Powerbomb, The State of Jericho, AXSing Ross about AXS, Bullet Club or Hot Dog Club?

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or Direct Download: Friends News Episode 24: Rooty Tooty Royal Rumble



0:00 - 31:15: Intros & Current wrestling news



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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

EPISODE #80: THE 2015 FRIENDIES AWARDS!

Run away from the sunny beaches of LA and into the cold, barren wasteland of Minnesota for the only awards show that matters - the 2015 Friendies Awards!

Our red carpet may not be so fashionable with all those heavy parkas, but our crowd is filled with some of the greatest wrestling stars of 2015. We've got plenty of awards to give out tonight (27 to be exact), all voted on by you, the discerning fan! Who is the worst announcer of the year? What was the most shocking moment of 2015? Who will walk away with the inaugural Tom Magee Award? It's all here!



Thanks again for voting in our latest Friendies. Though we will allow you to bring your grandma along for the ceremony, we do apologize for some of the actions you may witness. But hey, that's wrestling. We wouldn't want it any other way!

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or Direct Download: Episode 80 - The 2015 Friendies Awards!



0:00 - 3:31 - Intros
5:59 - 1:10:48 - The 2015 Friendies Awards!
Musical Interludes from: Todd Pettengill courtesy of the 1996 WWF Slammy Awards


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Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 WRESTLING PREDICTIONS

Episode 79: Big Bad 2016 Predictions

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. Braun Strowman and Neville will find their momentum tragically stalled by extended injuries
  2. John Cena will Main Event Wrestlemania to boost ratings, even in a non-title match
  3. Christian, Hillbilly Jim and Sable will be the latest overlooked inductees into the Hall of Fame
  4. 2016 will see more tragedy when names like Balls Mahoney, Abdullah the Butcher, Jimmy Valiant, The Boogeyman, Kamala and Jake Roberts leave us for the wrestling ring in the sky
  5. Vince will buy the TNA tape library, instigating a vicious attack at his home by the hands of Bram


Andy:
  1. Monday Night Raw will draw under 2.0 throughout the year at least 5 separate times
  2. Hulk Hogan makes his triumphant return by showing up for the night at either TNA or Global Force
  3. Shane McMahon returns for a touching reunion that leave fans craving the only good McMahon
  4. Cameron, Adam Rose, The Ascension, Jack Swagger, Fandango and D-Von are this year's pink slip recipients
  5. Dixie Carter & Serge divorce when Serge's infidelity is revealed and their split bankrupts TNA


Blake:
  1. Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, reDRagon and AJ Styles wrestle for NXT with long-standing contracts
  2. The New Day, The League of Nation and The Wyatt Family do not last through 2016 as entire units
  3. Daniel Bryan leaves WWE when he no longer wishes to heed doctor's advice and wrestles elsewhere
  4. Owen Hart is inducted into the Hall of Fame after his long-standing absence is rectified
  5. Dean Ambrose turns heel just as Seth Rollins becomes one of the biggest babyfaces in the company


Eric "The Bikeman" Carlson:
  1. 2016 is the year of Roman Reigns holding the title for at least 60% of the year (219 days)
  2. 2016 is the year of Stardust as a supernatural heel threat, or 'Big Bad', of the company
  3. 2016 is the year of Kevin Owens winning his own title shot, either at Royal Rumble or Money in the Bank
  4. 2016 is the year of Raw going back to 2 hours on a regular basis
  5. 2016 is the year of Ric Flair not losing his status as winningest World Champion in history