Monday, November 20, 2017

CLASSICS #12: ADDITIONS, SUBTRACTIONS & ALTERATIONS

Original Title:
#12 - Balls Mahoney & the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Original Air Date: 03/07/2014
Segment: Wild Card
List Entry: #89









Original Description: Much like Eric Bischoff's Chamber, Blake cooked this little scheme up to see what parts of the wrestling world his Friends would subtract, add and alter. After what turns into a very women's wrestling-friendly topic concludes, the Friends start the party in the 80s with the #89 picks from their The List!



or Direct Download: Classics #12 Additions, Subtractions & Alterations

0:00 - 3:15: Intros

4:15 - 46:20: Additions, Subtractions & Alterations

47:19 - 1:16:08: The List: #89

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Monday, November 6, 2017

CLASSICS #11 HEENAN'S HALL: UNDISPUTED Y2J, ECW IS DOUGLAS, MISS ELIZABETH

Original Title:
#11 - Disco Dancing in a Dark Alley
Original Air Date: 02/28/2014
Segment: Heenan's Hall
List Entry: #90









Original Description: The doors of Heenan's Hall open to perhaps the most hotly contested and difficult choice as of yet. The Friends lay claim to their choices, including Jericho's Undisputed World Title win, Shane Douglas throwing down the ECW belt and the immaculate figure of class and grace, Miss Elizabeth. Only one can go in today; which will it be? There's only one way to find out. Once the doors are closed again, the Friends come together to close another door when they clear The List of the 90s with their #90 picks!



or Direct Download: Classics #11 Heenan's Hall: Undisputed Y2J, ECW is Douglas, Miss Elizabeth

0:00 - 11:29: Intros

13:07 - 37:23: Heenan's Hall

38:54 - 1:08:51: The List: #90

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Monday, October 23, 2017

#156 BOOK YOUR BUST: TENSAI, ASCENSION & SINN BODHI'S ODDITIES

Welcome everyone to the greatest show, gather up all your friends and listen!

Your favorite oddities are back together to book some busts. After assigning each other a pick months ago, we think we finally have the storylines to take these once-forgotten superstars to new heights! It's almost...scary...how creative the friends are with their angles!



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or Direct Download: Episode 156: Book Your Bust: Tensai, Ascension & Sinn Bodhi's Oddities

0:00 - 2:25: Intros

3:22 - 58:44: Book Your Bust: Lord Tensai, The Ascension & Sinn Bodhi


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CLASSICS #10 JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: ZBYSZKO'S WAR VS. MIKE SHAW

Original Title:
#10 - A Hot Sack of Booger
Original Air Date: 02/21/2014
Segment: Judy Bagwell Awards
List Entry: #91









Original Description: Andy takes the judge's seat for the first time as the next round of Judy Bagwell Award candidates come through the court. In this edition, Blake enters Larry Zbyszko to the discussion, alongside his 'war' against the nWo in the late winter/early spring of 1997-98. Was its disastrous effect enough to heave the large, un-athletic and unfortunate, gimmick-riddled Mike Shaw (Norman the Lunatic, Friar Ferguson & Bastion Booger) out of the court? Tune in to find out, and while you're there see what new wrestlers get the All-Star treatment from the Friends' The List!



or Direct Download: Classics #10 Judy Bagwell Awards: Zbyszko's War vs. Mike Shaw

0:00 - 8:19: Intros

9:14 - 31:35: Judy Bagwell Awards

33:15 - 59:47: The List: #91

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Monday, October 2, 2017

CLASSICS #9 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: GOLDBERG'S STREAK

Original Title:
#9 - Rey Mysterio's Butterfly Effect
Original Air Date: 02/14/2014
Segment: Alternate Universe
List Entry: #92









Original Description: Goldberg's streak has been a hotly debated topic with all sorts of fantasy booking heaped on top of it. Well, luckily for you the Friends are here to settle it once and for all in the Alternate Universe. They chat on whether it should have happened, when it should have ended, and each bring 3 of the most viable candidates to do so. They ease the jitters of inter-universal space travel by closing out the show with The List and their #92 picks.



or Direct Download: Classics #9 Alternate Universe: Goldberg's Streak

0:00 - 3:40: Intros

4:50 - 49:58: Alternate Universe: Goldberg's Streak

50:35 - 1:15:37: The List: #92

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Monday, September 25, 2017

#155 ADDITIONS, SUBTRACTIONS & ALTERATIONS: THE LIST, PT. 2

Here it is: What we've been up to for over a month!

The Friends find a way to get back together again after the Summer of Content comes to a stumbling, bumbling stop like Bobby Heenan in a weasel suit. After paying our respects to the "Brain", who was the chief donor to Heenan's Hall and thus its namesake, we dig out our Lists and proceed to choppee choppee our entries. Who's moving up? Who's moving down? Who's staying? Who's going? It's all right here, as we add, subtract, and alter our lists from #50 through #26!



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or Direct Download: Episode 155: Additions, Subtractions & Alterations: The List, Pt. 2

0:00 - 21:30: Bobby Heenan Tribute

23:43 - 1:21:32: Additions, Subtractions & Alterations: The List (#50-26)


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Monday, August 28, 2017

CLASSICS #8 TOP 3 WRESTLING ANNOYANCES

Original Title:
#8 - They're Coming After Arachnaman's Family
Original Air Date: 02/07/2014
Segment: Top 3
List Entry: #93









Original Description: Andy forces his Wild Card topic on us - Top 3 Wrestling Annoyances! After your Friends get this weight off their chests, they run full tilt into their #93 picks from The List! What surprise will pop up this week?



or Direct Download: Classics #8 Top 3 Wrestling Annoyances

0:00 - 2:08: Intros

3:58 - 36:37: Top 3

37:34 - 1:08:25: The List: #93

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Monday, August 7, 2017

#154 JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: A-TEAM SHOWDOWN VS. MONSTER TRUCK SUMO

Look out! This episode's coming at you like a monster truck from HELL!

Ha ha, just kidding. But you should've seen the look on your face! Nah, this is just another Judy Bagwell Awards show, featuring the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan in a monster truck sumo match vs. some segment that sounds oddly familiar. Can you help us figure it out?



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or Direct Download: Episode 154: Judy Bagwell Awards: A-Team Showdown vs. Monster Truck Sumo

0:00 - 4:11: Intros

5:27 - 30:26: Judy Bagwell Awards

31:20 - 43:14: Decision & Book Your Bust Assignments

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CLASSICS #7 HEENAN'S HALL: MAE YOUNG, HULKAMANIA, DEADLY GAMES

Original Title:
#7 - The Gang Warz Are Still Raging On
Original Air Date: 01/31/2014
Segment: Heenan's Hall
List Entry: #94









Original Description: Your Friends return to Heenan's Hall for some feel-good reminiscing and the induction of a third nominee. Only one can go in this week, and things are made difficult when the Friends have to choose between the Hall of Fame career of Mae Young, the Birth of Hulkamania just over 30 years ago, or a turning point that occurred during one of the rare great stories that was Survivor Series 1998. When the dust is settled and the doors to the Hall are closed, the Friends cap off the show with some exciting #94 picks from The List!



or Direct Download: Classics #7 Heenan's Hall: Mae Young, Hulkamania, Deadly Games

0:00 - 7:34: Intros

9:35 - 33:11: Heenan's Hall

34:10 - 59:00: The List: #94

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Monday, July 17, 2017

CLASSICS #6 JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: BEAVER CLEAVAGE VS. A CATTLE PROD

Original Title:
#6 - Beaver Cleavage Got Me Blackballed from Christmas
Original Air Date: 01/24/2014
Segment: Judy Bagwell Awards
List Entry: #95






Original Description: Andy and Blake are about to enter the arena to butt heads over their Judy Bagwell Award nominations. Andy takes another stab at it after losing last month to King Mabel, introducing a new pick in his stable--Beaver Cleavage! Will he be Andy's ace-in-the-hole, or will he succumb to Blake's inaugural nomination of an event he claims ruined WCW for good, the Goldberg/Kevin Nash cattle prod debacle? Who comes out with the esteemed award? You'll have to tune in!



or Direct Download: Classics #6 Judy Bagwell Awards: Beaver Cleavage vs. A Cattle Prod

0:00 - 4:01: Intros

6:06 - 28:52: Judy Bagwell Awards

29:50 - 53:10: The List: #95

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Monday, July 10, 2017

#153 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: WRESTLE, AUTHORIZE & MANAGE

The Alternate Universe waits for no one! So hop on board our hot air balloon and take another adventure with us!

We're visiting some current wrestling retirees to see if they can give it one more shot in the ring. Whether they're back for one more match, here to fill in an authority role, or manage a new greenhorn to the top, your Friends have 9 picks for giving these guys another job! Who do they roll with? Yeah, like we're really going to answer that here.



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or Direct Download: Episode 153: Alternate Universe: Wrestle, Authorize & Manage

0:00 - 7:14: Intros

8:47 - 51:49: Alternate Universe

52:36 - 56:45: Close

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Monday, July 3, 2017

CLASSICS #5 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: THE NEXUS INVASION

Original Title:
#5 - The Midnight Cena
Original Air Date: 01/17/2014
Segment: Alternate Universe
List Entry: #96



ICYMI: We also just released our first List-Only episode, available HERE: The List (#30). Soon we'll have a List page back up and running with all of our episodes!


Original Description: With their first month down, the Friends circle back to their Alternate Universe segment to discuss another event from the aughts, the Nexus storyline. Though not as botched as their first trek to another world with the WCW/ECW Invasion, the Nexus provides its fair share of missed opportunities and regretful decisions. Though the ride is long and filled with turbulence, the Friends band together and try to piece this storyline back together bit by bit.



or Direct Download: Classics #5 Alternate Universe: The Nexus Invasion

0:00 - 7:16: Intros

10:05 - 49:46: The Nexus Invasion

51:53 - 1:18:01: The List: #96

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Monday, June 26, 2017

#152 PAY PER REVIEW: WWF KING OF THE RING 1998

The King of Podcasts is back with another Pay Per ReView, and the best part? You don't even have to pay to hear us review it! We're talking about King of the Ring from 1998, featuring one of the most iconic moments in wrestling history (SPOILER): a mannequin head being pinned after getting attached to a shampoo bottle!

Here's another spoiler alert: You're going to love this episode!



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or Direct Download: Episode 152: Pay-Per-ReView: WWF King of the Ring 1998

0:00 - 4:49: Intros

6:34 - 48:23: King of the Ring, Pt. 1

49:35 - 1:21:47: King of the Ring, Pt. 2

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CLASSICS #4 PREDICTION SPECIAL: 2014 EDITION

Original Title:
#4 - Who Needs a Little Juvi Juice?
Original Air Date: 01/02/2014
Segment: Predictions
List Entry: #97









Original Description: With free reign on any topic they could think of, the 3 Friends + 1 run down some predictions for the coming year of 2014. A few are stale, quite a bit more are sexy, and with nothing to lose, Eric "The Bike Man" Carlson makes a few of the boldest predictions you'll read this side of the world wide web! He'll also get caught up with a list of his own that features the likes of none other than Taka Michinoku and George "The Animal" Steele, just to name a few.



or Direct Download: Classics #4 Prediction Special: 2014 Edition

0:00 - 5:02: Intros

6:20 - 47:04: 2014 Predictions

48:12 - 1:13:40: The List: #97

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Monday, June 5, 2017

#151 WRESTLING WITH FRIENDS RANKS THE THEME SONGS, PART 2

Our return to theme song ranking was such a hit a few months ago that we're doing it again! 15 fresh, hot new tracks coming at ya!

Listen in as the Friends break new scoring records and confuse themselves over which version of Adam Rose's theme they're discussing. Each one has their own "theme" on which themes they picked...can you guess what they are? (Here's a freebie: Blake's is just songs that he generally likes).



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or Direct Download: #151 WWF Ranks the Theme Songs, Part 2

0:00 - 32:23: Intros & Themes Round 1

33:22 - 1:00:45: Themes Round 2

1:01:54 - 1:28:51: Themes Round 3 & Close

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CLASSICS #3 HEENAN'S HALL: 3:16, NWO VIGNETTES, HOWARD FINKEL

Original Title:
#3 - Putting All My Eggs in the Fink Basket
Original Air Date: 12/20/13
Segment: Heenan's Hall
List Entry: #98









Original Description: This week, we head down a more positive route to open the doors of Heenan's Hall and induct our first entrants! Along with 'The Brain' himself, the 3 Friends bring their nominations for who they believe should be included next. Will it be Austin's pivotal "3:16" promo at King of the Ring 1996? Or perhaps the ground-breaking vignettes that came from the invading nWo? Or will Bobby have an old friend enshrined next to him in Howard Finkel, ring announcer extraordinaire? When the dust clears, the 3 Friends also dig further into their lists with their #98 picks!



or Direct Download: Classics #3 Heenan's Hall: 3:16, nWo Vignettes, Howard Finkel

0:00 - 3:58: Intros

5:14 - 33:34: Heenan's Hall

34:35 - 56:29: The List: #98

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CLASSICS #2 JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: KING MABEL VS. MARK HENRY'S SEXUAL CONGRESS

Original Title:
#2 - Mark Henry's Sexual Congress
Original Air Date: 12/13/13
Segment: Judy Bagwell Awards
List Entry: #99









Original Description: We are proud to introduce our newest rotating segment, the Judy Bagwell Awards! We put the Judy Bagwell plaque on a pole every month and watch as two unfortunate gimmicks/events/moments battle it out for the coveted prize. This week, Erik nominates King Mabel to represent him against Andy's choice of Mark Henry and his sex addiction gone too far. Will Blake prove to be an impartial judge in this first-ever Judy Bagwell face-off?



or Direct Download: Classics #2 - Judy Bagwell Awards: King Mabel vs. Mark Henry's Sexual Congress

0:00 - 6:11: Intros

7:07 - 29:57: Judy Bagwell Awards

31:39 - 51:35: The List: #99

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Monday, May 8, 2017

#150 JUDY BAGWELL AWARDS: A-TEAM SHOWDOWN VS. WYATT COMPOUND

Here at Wrestling With Friends, we've never been afraid to tackle the tough subjects. We're also not afraid to be tough on one another!

In what ends up becoming one of the most CONTROVERSIAL Judy Bagwell Awards ever (and that's saying something!) Andrew tries his best to convince judge Erik why the A-Team's interference on Raw was worse than Blake's client, the ill-fated Wyatt Compound segment from July 2016. By the end, we may need Mr. T to pull all 3 of them apart! We also get down to what the next Pay-Per-ReView watch will be, and whether or not a Hell in a Cell will be involved.



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or Direct Download: #150 Judy Bagwell Awards: A-Team Showdown vs. Wyatt Compound

0:00 - 2:36: Intros

3:22 - 34:52: Judy Bagwell Awards

35:56 - 43:18: Pay-Per-ReView Announcement & Close

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Monday, May 1, 2017

CLASSICS #1 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: THE INVASION ANGLE

Original Title:
#1 - Buff Bagwell Should Not Be On My TV
Original Air Date: 12/6/13
Segment: Alternate Universe
List Entry: #100









Original Description: Our Weekly Rotating Segment this week is our feature, Alternate Universe, which takes us back to an event, gimmick or storyline and gives us the opportunity to lend our creative ideas to how it could have been better...or in some cases, worse. This week on Alternate Universe is the controversial and doomed Invasion angle, as it was the angle that delivered a huge blow to Blake and Erik's wrestling-watching behaviors, something they're trying to recover from almost 13 years later.



or Direct Download: Classics #1 - Alternate Universe: The Invasion Angle

0:00 - 5:28: Intros

7:05 - 56:18: Alternate Universe: The Invasion

56:48 - 1:22:27: The List: #100

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

COMING SOON: WRESTLING WITH FRIENDS CLASSICS!

The Friends Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new venture coming from Friends Entertainment, LLC: Wrestling With Friends Classics!



What is Wrestling With Friends Classics? Are we even old enough or of high enough quality to have classics? You're damn right we are! Over the past few months, we've seen demand for old Wrestling With Friends episodes skyrocket. However, these moldy oldies needed a little cleaning up.

Soon you'll be able to hear all our classic moments from our Alternate Universe, Judy Bagwell Awards & Heenan's Hall segments, plus more, all remastered and sounding more GLORIOUS! than ever before. We've also snipped off some of our old news segments to keep them looking and sounding slimmer and more portable.

But Blake, what do I need to do to hear these gems of the past?

Answer: Absolutely nothing! Wrestling With Friends Classics episodes will appear in your podcast feeds, wherever you get them, just like any of our new episodes. As we've gone to bi-weekly releases, they'll fill in those gaps each Monday for when you're craving some more Friends in your life.

Start looking for our first episode next Monday, May 1st. We're going back to where it all began with Episode #1, featuring our first trip to the Alternate Universe and a discussion on the Invasion Angle, along with our #100 List picks! Reminisce, laugh along, and smile at how young and friendly we still were, and relive the journey with us...all over again!

Monday, April 24, 2017

#149 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: WCW - ONE MORE YEAR

One more year! One more year! One more year! Yes, we hear your chants loud and clear, and, as always, Wrestling with Friends is here to deliver the goods!

After the success that was our Greed Pay Per ReView, we're giving WCW another shot at this thing—by way of the Alternate Universe. Head to another dimension with us as we find a few different ways WCW could have evolved, if only given one more year. And because we believe in the power of our Pay Per ReViews now, we're thinking of doing another one! So head over to our social media and cast your vote for our next rundown.



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or Direct Download: #149 Alternate Universe: WCW - One More Year

0:00 - 3:18: Intros

4:45 - 12:22: Pay Per ReView Picks

13:30 - 52:39: Alternate Universe: WCW - One More Year

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Monday, April 10, 2017

EPISODE 148: THE 2017 FRIENDS DRAFT SPECTACULAR

Better close the windows, because it's about to get draft-y in here. That's right, it's time again for the Wrestling With Friends Draft Spectacular!

This year, we're determining who had the best 2016 draft by way of a fair grading system. After that, it's anyone's guess who will claim the best draft for 2017. With injuries, superstar shake-ups, and management losing belief in a new superstar, we know lots can change between now and next year. Will Andy pick John Cena with his top selection for a third year in a row? Will someone draft Tyler Breeze again? It's all here!



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or Direct Download: Episode 148: The 2017 Friends Draft Spectacular

0:00 - 4:58: Intros

5:50 - 13:18: 2016 Draft Review

14:31 - 1:18:21: 2017 Draft

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

EPISODE 147: WRESTLEMANIA 33 FRIENDS CUP

Our newest episode is already Hall-of-Fame worthy, and it's high-time you listen to it so you can impress your WrestleMania party!

WrestleMania Madness comes to a violent and shocking end when the best WrestleMania is decided between X-Seven and XXX. Did your favorite make the cut? Or will you need to wait until WrestleMania 64 for your next chance? We also go over all 47 matches at WrestleMania. Can Andy grow his commanding lead? Will Erik be able to make up for a horrible Fastlane? Will Blake remember to wear pants? It's all on the show!



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or Direct Download: Episode 147: WrestleMania 33 Friends Cup

0:00 - 7:17: WrestleMania Madness FINAL!
8:09 - 28:40: WrestleMania Friends Cup, Pt. 1
29:27 - 48:38: WrestleMania Friends Cup, Pt. 2


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS: THE MAIN EVENT!

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The Final 4 presented, perhaps, the most exciting round of the tournament, with a couple of quality underdogs challenging the steamroller #1 and #2 seeds. But in the end, the B+ players couldn't catch a break. #X-SevenWinsLOL was the trending hashtag after its victory when it buried yet another promising challenger in WrestleMania XX. Over on the other side, WrestleMania XXX squashed WrestleMania III's attempt at a cash-in, despite the challenger having the more historic main event. In the end, the short memory of the judges won out, and the old dog laid down for the new kid on its way to the championship final.

After all the hype and dirt sheet rumors, the final fittingly comes down to #1 vs. #2. Will X-Seven keep the powerhouse trend going, or will XXX claim the prize in the end?

#1 #2

WrestleMania X-Seven finally faced a stiff challenge in the Final 4, but once again dispatched of it rather easily. That doesn't bode well for its challenger in the final, even if it's seeded just below at #2—especially since many analysts are saying that's a bit high for the newcomer. WrestleMania XXX has ridden its success mainly behind one of the most shocking Mania moments ever, along with a satisfying main event. X-Seven, on the other hand, put both of those eggs in one basket with a powerfully-booked main event that ended in a shocking moment. Overall, XXX contains more quality in its matches, but came during a down period for the company. Even so, it had the fortune of being set in the Louisiana SuperDome, which helped its atmosphere nearly rival that of the Attitude Era's defining show.

This one could be a squash, or a slobberknocker. Be sure to find us here on Friday for the final result, announced LIVE on our Friends Cup episode, and see which WrestleMania gets showered in confetti as the greatest ever!

Monday, March 27, 2017

EPISODE #146 - HEENAN'S HALL: BEST MANIA MATCHES EDITION

Get aboard the cheese limo and celebrate our latest Heenan's Hall inductions with your best Friends on the wrestling Internet!

We're broadcasting to you this week from the world-famous Johnny, Johnny & Johnny's Wing & Burger Emporium and going over our personal favorite WrestleMania matches. Will undying love and fond reminiscing be enough to get all Friends to agree on inducting each one? Or will one of these matches be left out in the cold, next to the dumpster behind JJ&J's?



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or Direct Download: Episode 146: Heenan's Hall: Best Mania Matches Edition

0:00 - 8:45: Intros & WrestleMania Madness Final 4

9:28 - 44:24: Heenan's Hall: Best Mania Matches

45:16 - 53:08: Heenan's Hall Inductions

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS: FINAL 4!

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The Elite 8 finally saw some knock-down, drag-out action, with a few feisty underdogs "wrestling" their way into the coveted Final 4. #1-seed X-Seven came out rather unfazed by #9 XXVIII, but otherwise the other 3 matches saw some late-night, liquor-infused speeches and filibusters. In the end, #5-seed XX finally ended the impressive run by #4-seed X, #2-seed XXX avoided the upset everyone thought they saw coming from #7 X-8, and #6-seed III continued its nostalgia-infused slobberknocking by taking out the universally-enjoyed #3-seed XIX.

The Final 4 is finally here, and there's still some boys to separate from the men. Are there anymore surprises left heading into the big main event next week?

#1 #5

#1-overall WrestleMania X-Seven has had it pretty easy thus far, taking out lowly XV, VII, and XXVIII respectively. Now it comes up against the buzzsaw of #5-ranked WrestleMania XX. Both appear at an even-heat when it comes to match quality, though the environment at X-Seven was decidedly more raucous being in the giant Astrodome and still utilizing Attitude Era heavyweights in Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. However, XX gave us 2 World Title matches for the price of one, and had that old-school WWF feel being in the Garden—something that can't be overlooked. Both coming out of Group B as the top 2 seeds together, everyone wondered what might happen if they ever collided. We're about to find out.

#2 #6

While the heavyweights duke it out in the other match-up, this is the one you might pay money for. One of the newest Manias on record takes on one of the oldest. Both had huge crowds of people, genuinely excited about the spectacle about to befall them. And both were headlined by hot storylines—though, admittedly, for very different reasoning. WrestleMania XXX is probably the better card, top-to-bottom, but WrestleMania III is packed with nostalgic figures from perhaps the peak of WWF golden-era success. It is, after all, what got the underdog #6-seed this far, taking out arguably better shows in 2000, 22, and XIX. Will it be hard to keep Cinderella's slipper on Andre's foot, or was Hulk's locale slip-up at XXX a sign of things to come?

Monday, March 20, 2017

EPISODE #145 - PAY PER REVIEW: WCW GREED

Good night! And hello, from Wrestling With Friends. Quit hoarding our episodes under your mattress, will you?

It's another show from our loins, featuring an in-depth Pay-Per-ReView of WCW's Greed from 2001. It's the company's final PPV, which would insinuate that it was a complete garbage heap. But was it really? Also in sort of coincidental news, one wrestling company is "no longer in business", ending our longest-running gag for over 145 episodes. Can you guess which one it is?



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0:00 - 8:17: Intros & WrestleMania Madness Elite 8

9:03 - 38:19: WCW Greed, Pt. 1

39:32 - 1:11:52: WCW Greed, Pt. 2

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS: ELITE 8!

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On the surface, it appears there weren't many surprises in the Sweet 16 round. Only one lower-seeded participant advanced, and that was the #9 WrestleMania XXVIII over #8 WrestleMania XXV. However, there was actually a bit of wrangling with the judges behind the scenes (and maybe even a backdoor deal or two). #10-seed WrestleMania XIV had its proponents, and the #4-seeded WrestleMania X was an Owen Hart-schoolboy away from being upset by its younger brother, #13-seeded WrestleMania XXIV.

Now that the stage is set for the Elite 8, will we finally see some of these surprises rear their ugly heads? One of them's gotta be due for a win at this point, right?

#1 #9

Looks like another easy-breezy matchup for #1-overall WrestleMania X-Seven. We're sure WrestleMania XXVIII has its fans, and heck, may even be a little better in the match-quality category (even if the Observer has them in a dead-heat), but it lags behind its opponent in nearly every other category. The crowd was bigger for XXVIII, but bigger doesn't always mean "hotter", which X-Seven had in spades. There's also not a lot of history packed into the #9-seed here: Rock vs. Cena had a "rewarmed in the microwave" feeling, and, while they tore the house (and Cell) down, we'd seen Taker & Trips battle twice before at Mania, too. The only thing that comes close to history at XXVIII was Daniel Bryan's 18-second loss...and that's not necessarily a good thing.

#4 #5

Quite the intriguing match-up here. X and XX represent milestones for WrestleMania, and as such are rather easy to compare head-to-head. Both took place where it all began: Madison Square Garden. Their Observer ratings are identical. Both are missing a good Undertaker match. And both would be laid to waste by nearly any other opponent in the field, despite their historical significance, due to a sagging middle portion. The main event of XX is tainted for obvious reasons, while the main event of X was only marginally better than the rotten one from a year earlier by virtue of The Hitman winning this time. As a result, it's time to go to the X-Factor: Which one had Doink and Dink the Clown fighting Bam Bam Bigelow?

#2 #7

It's been 3 years now, and the buzz from WrestleMania XXX still hasn't worn off. It's the event the other 10-year anniversary shows wished they could've been. And that's why it's a strong #2-seed here. Some might say it's still to early to crown this show from the SilverDome SuperDome, but even in an objective light it's hard to deny its historical impact. Hot crowd, Daniel Bryan's "unlikely" double-win, and a Taker loss that's still driving storylines to this day, and you have a tentpole show that's hard to top...especially for a big underdog like WrestleMania X-8, which barely survived the Sweet 16. Can Hogan/Rock turn the judges around like they did to the crowd in Toronto?

#3 #6

Nostalgia and a long-held fondness has carried the relatively mediocre WrestleMania III this far, and with a favorable match-up here it seems poised for the biggest upset in the Elite 8 round. WrestleMania XIX comes in with a high-seed thanks to having one of the best Observer ratings in the field (3.1), but it may finally have met its match in an opponent that bests it in every other conceivable way. Historical impact isn't exaggerated with III, whether it's the (disputed) crowd size or the main event feel of Hogan/Andre, and no one match on XIX really stacks up against Macho/Steamboat. Of course III had King Kong Bundy vs. The Midgets, but that was just harmless fun. That XIX match with Undertaker vs. Big Show and A-Train, on the other hand, was just plain insulting.

Monday, March 13, 2017

EPISODE #144 - STUMP THE PROFESSOR & THE LIST (#31)

Shut up everyone and listen! And if you're a bus driver...we thank you for your service.

With WrestleMania around the corner, we're going to bust our professor Andy's chops a little to make sure he's sharp for the big day. Can we stump him, or will he be ready for us this time? We're also one more pick closer on the List. Andy and Erik didn't catch Blake trying to sneak in a repeat pick, but we did our best to mitigate the problem.



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or Direct Download: Episode 144: Stump the Professor & The List (#31)

0:00 - 9:17: Intros & WrestleMania Madness Sweet 16

10:30 - 19:33: Stump the Professor

20:45 - 52:01: The List (#31)

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WRESTLEMANIA MADNESS! - GROUP D RESULTS, SWEET 16 BRACKET

Our final group of 4 Manias have advanced to the single elimination bracket! There may or may not have been a surprising upset...check it out!

Group D Results


     

#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#6 def. #3

#4 def. #5

Sweet 16 Single-Elimination Bracket


...And here she is in all her sweet glory. The Sweet Sixteen bracket is official, with a few intriguing match-ups!

Of the survivors, our decades are represented as such:
80s = 1
90s = 3
00s = 9
10s = 3


Who do you have going to the Elite 8?

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