Last week saw a TON of great wrestling coming out of WWE, and we talk about it all on this episode! Topics include: who had the match of the night at TakeOver; can Steve tell any tag team partners apart; a plea to get someone different booking SmackDown Live; why both Rumbles were very good this year; more Lesnar and Strowman mad at each other, please; more very, very good character work in the Mixed Match Challenge, please; Strowman dominates RAW and THE BOSS IS BACK; John Cena’s no good, very bad, horrible Rumble weekend; and why Tyler Bate is our MVP of the Week.
The last of the big four WWE PPV weekends has come and gone, and we’re … pretty much right where we were before it happened! We’re hyped for the new women on both Raw and SmackDown, and getting back down to business has already served stars like Joe, KO, and Zayn well. Also, Steve was blissfully unaware that Kid Rock had anything to do with SS, Jason is happy with the Asuka booking (looks strong!), Braun deserves an Oscar, SmackDown returns to its days of copying Raw, shilling for the Shop, and OMG IT’S ALMOST WRESTLEMANIA SEASON AAAAAAHHHHHHH
The year was 2011. The challenge was epic: Over 800 updates of possibly the wordiest webcomic to have ever graced the stage of the Digital Strips “book” club. Steve and Jason tackled them all, and came out on the other side changed men – with strong opinions on what makes a good webcomic great and a great webcomic… something that might want to consider prose.
It’s never too late to get spooked, especially when Abby Howard is doin’ the scarin’! Even a Door In The Kitchen can be creepy with the right motivations. After that, enjoy the wide open animal talkin’ splendor of Africa, followed by gags-a-plenty with Indoor Graveyard. Finally, we check in on the Goblins Animated Kickstarter, which is now an Indiegogo.
Oh, and here’s the link to that Mark Hamill animated short that the guys talked about. Highly recommended work from the master himself.
Sure, we’re all thrilled AJ won the title, but how long will he hold it? Also, did WWE, in fact, hinder the Jinder? Also, Total Divas participation seems to be the best path to job security in WWE right now, we worry that Sami and KO might not do anything at Survivor Series, Raw proves just how dumb they (or at least Angle) are/is, Steve still isn’t sold on the New Day/Shield match for SS, intergender matches remain a kitschy novelty in WWE, and Lucha Underground will open the temple for yet another season.
New idea: Strowman has become sentient garbage and just wants more trash buddies so he keeps trying to throw people in dumpsters. Also, Steph is back to make it all about her, so we’re talking about anything else to spite her! How about Drew Gulak’s spelling comprehension? Or a Bludgeon/Breezango feud? Maybe you’ve heard of the SHHHIELD? Or the increased rules of engagement for War Games? Lots to talk about that’s NOT about SS, so listen up!
With illness and absences abounding, TLC screamed out of the gates and never held back. Styles/Balor tore it up, Asuka debuted, Mickie/Alexa put on an amazing show, and the TLC match itself was one for the record books. Looking towards the future, Survivor Series is coming and the build to that has Jason FUMING. But, Paul Heyman agrees that Jinder isn’t worthy of taking on Lesnar, so we’re all good.