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We open this show with Night of Champions talk, including Mike’s issue with Dean Ambrose’s return angle, a little more talk about Roman Reigns’s surgery, and the rest of the show, including our thoughts on the women’s match and the main event between John Cena and Brock Lesnar.

We then talk Raw, including the absolutely horrible Bella angle, which brings up the point that Stevie Ray is on twitter. Go tweet to him to come on Off The Top Rope!

Then there’s some TNA talk.

After we name MVPs and LVPs for Night of Champions, we reveal which show we’re watching next week, Clash of the Champions 3: Fall Brawl (muahahahahaha Rex).


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This time, Rex is on the ball, and the playlist for the episode is right here.

In an attempt to keep the episode as true to the playlist as possible, it’s very lightly edited, clipped only in places where we absolutely had to.

We dive in to NXT Takeover, talking about our feelings on the show and the debut of Hideo Itami or Kenta, the main event and the Bayley vs. Charlotte match, and then bring up Roman Reigns’s hernia surgery, but hold off on much speculation just due to lack of information. Afte that, it’s watching wrestling time, including ReDragon, Alex Shelley, Allysin Kay, Kenny Omega, AR Fox and more.

This week, in lieu of a traditional episode, we’re going to do a post Night of Champions/Raw Newsbreak!


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(sorry everyone, this episode sat finished for a few days and I realized I never threw it up.)

In this episode, we talk our excitemet for NXT Takeover 2: The Takeovering, NXT invading Raw, Jerry Springer on Raw, and more Monday night… “goodness” (well, there was some goodness).

We then talk production sheets, Graveyard matches, lots and lots of shoots and more, as it’s Bash at the Beach 2000!

We name MVP and LVP, and later this week, we’ll do part 2 of Mike and Rex Watch Wrestling!


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In this episode, we talk the WrestleCrap-esque Growing Up Bella feud, the heel turn of Gold and Stardust, and more as we kick off with Raw. Then, we talk the things TNA is doing right, even if they’re not that numerous, and the really excellent Jay Lethal-ACH match on Ring of Honor TV lately, although Mike refuses to apologize. We also talk about the plans for the WWE tag division going forward, including whether The Acension and the Realest Guys in the Room should come up as heels or faces.

After a break, it’s early John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar, a six-man tag Raw worthy, Goldberg’s WWE debut, Teddy Long’s shoe, and a picture of Kurt Angle with gold medals stapled to it. Clearly important, important stuff as it’s Backlash 2003!

We name our MVPs and LVPs and then reveal what we’re watching for next week, Bash at the Beach 2000. Yeah, it’s that one.


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(Mike’s note: I want to apologize for how late this episode is in going up. Lately, life’s been Brock Lesnar and I’ve been John Cena.)

We kick this off talking SummerSlam and the fall out on Raw. We follow that by discussing Bully Ray departing from TNA, and if he has a WWE run in him. We then turn to Twitter, where a series of tweets from a listener makes us talk about Titus O’Neill and Adrian Neville.

After the break, we talk about our favorite tag teams, why we might see team tiers differently, what makes a great tag team and more!

Next week, we’ll be discussing Brock vs. Cena I(and we really mean I), as it’s Backlash 2003.


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In this episode, the audio cuts out poorly to get things going, but we get into Alberto Del Rio’s firing from WWE and their handling of it. We then talk about Kevin Steen signing with NXT, Jessicka Havok in TNA and whether or not WWE will sign TNA-experienced signings, and more. Then it’s Raw talk, about whether or not the show was just forgettable or really bad, and Dixie Carter finally goes through a table, but do we care?

After a break, it’s an Iron Man Match with a terrible ending, a submission match between a pair of Canadians, and much more, as it’s Judgment Day 2000!

Next week, in lieu of a traditional episode, we’re going to do the news and cover SummerSlam and then talk tag teams. What makes a great one, our favorites, and some prospective ones we’d like to see.


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In this episode, we talk about the reports Spike TV has cancelled Impact Wrestling, and it’s effect on the wrestling business and the talent involved. We go from there to talk about Fergal Devitt joining TNA, and Rex and I disagree on Kalisto’s ultimate ceiling in the company.

From there it’s Battleground, our discussion on the non-match between Ambrose and Rollins, and more.

After our break, it’s the Steiners being awesome, El Gigante being less so, clipped matches, funny endings, and weirdly enough, what Triple H and Stephanie role play about in bed. Yeah, it’s that kind of episode.

We name our MVPs and LVPs and then reveal what we’re watching next week, Judgment Day 2000.


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Couldn’t find a good copy of the Florida Brothers vs. Sasaki/Hokuto tag match, but here’s the six man I talk about on this week’s show.

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To watch this playlist, click here!

This week, after a brief discussion of last week’s Ring of Honor show, we jump right into the playlist. We left the technical hiccups and everything in, so you can follow along as you watch the matches.

Included in the playlist:

- AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, TNA Final Resolution 2006
- Ricky Steamboat vs. Tiger Mask II(Mitsuharu Misawa), All Japan 1989
- Heath Miller (Heath Slater) vs. Jake Hager (Jack Swagger), FCW 2008
- Kristal Marshall vs. Ashley Massaro, WWE SmackDown 2006
- PAC (Adrian Neville) vs. Ricochet, Dragon Gate 2011
- Brian Pillman and Bobby Eaton vs. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, WCW 1991
- Nick Bockwinkel vs. Tito Santana, Mid-South 1982
- Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) vs. Tommy End, AMBITION 2010
- Duke Droese vs. Typhoon, FOW Year Unknown
- Eddie Guerrero vs. Terry Funk, NWA 1989

Mike wraps it up solo and reveals which show we’re watching for next week, WCW Japan Supershow 1!


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In this episode, we announce next week’s Mike and Rex Watch Wrestling, an experiment where we take a youtube playlist, almost all of it mystery, and watch it and react live. The only two matches confirmed for next week are Ricky Steamboat vs. Tiger Mask II, and AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.

We talk about Rex’s rather inflammatory CM Punk article, with Mike disagreeing where he falls in the all-time greats.

We talk Raw, Roman Reigns and John Cena, where they must be going with Brock Lesnar, and more. Then, because we know you like hearing us in pain, we talk about TNA and Kurt Angle being the least successful authority figure ever and Brittany’s heel turn, even though it took us a few minutes to remember Santana Garrett’s TNA name.

After the break, it’s Great Sasuke, Mike not liking the main event as much as most, a disagreement on HHH’s working prime and more, as we talk Canadian Stampede!

We name our MVPs and LVPs, and then, due to next week’s unique structure, don’t name an event for our next full length episode.

 


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