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Doiner has been writing reviews, cutting promos and writing whatever comes to mind since 2009. In 2010 alongside Drunken Zombie became the 2010 Splatcademy Award Winners for Best Horror Podcast. In early 2012 he made Head Writer. 2016 saw the closing for Drunken Zombie, now starts a new journey with Krueger Nation Horror Podcast, and Geek-Nerdery. To be continued…

Survivor Series (2017) Aftermath

After two nights of wrestling, give me more. I’m calling it now. Survivor Series (2017) was the best PPV, special event, whatever you wanna call it from the WWE. NXT TakeOver: War Games is just a notch below.

The five on five Survivor Series style match’s were awesome! The face off between Snuka-Jax was something I been waiting on for awhile. And I popped when Snuka said, I’m a real samoan. That five on five ladies match was great. Hated to see Becky Lynch get eliminated so early and Asuka cleaning house I didn’t expect anything less.

As for the men’s match. I knew someone was gonna double cross their teammates but thought it was going to be SDLive who did it but it all started with Joe and Balor and it all went down hill from there. Strowman getting taken out early was expected. Having a power house like him, he could take out all of Team Blue. Cena made a return, I guess he is Team Cena unless you count his blue jean shorts. Angle, glad to see he’s back in the E but he can’t go like he used to, a bit slower in the ring and his match up with Cena was a letdown. The ending with Triple H turning on Angle wasn’t a big surprise but Strowman dominating Hunter was nice. It even happened twice. Team RAW won the night beating Team SmackDown Live four to three.

Styles and Lesnar put on a great match. Hated to see Styles ragdolled around the ring but once he got his comeback it was on he took Lesnar to the limits. Styles should’ve won but they gotta keep Lesnar strong. Styles can’t put on a bad match and he brought out a lot in Brock tonight.

SHIELD beat New Day… Also Miz-Corbin was good, it became my match of the night. Corbin won. And Usos best the Bar.

Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair did not disappoint… Woo! I can see these two ladies having a program together very soon. Bliss had the upper hand most of the match but Flair walked out the victor, but she had to work for it.

Tomorrow is Monday Night RAW and the fallout of Survivor Series… What did you think of Survivor Series? Comment below.

Survivor Series Predictions And Thoughts On NXT TakeOver: War Games

Tonight is the WWE Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs. SmackDown Live in a battle for brand supremacy. And after last nights NXT TakeOver War Games match I’m totally looking forward to Team RAW taking on Team SmackDown in a five on five Survivor Series match and after looking over who’s on who’s team I gotta say Team RAW with Angle, Triple H, Strowman, Bálor, and Samoa Joe will walk out as victors.

I can see Team SDLive fall apart mid match with someone turning on their partner, maybe Orton attacking Nakamura or even Roode doing so.

In a non-title match Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is taking on WWE Champion AJ Styles. I really want Styles to go over because Lesnar is getting old in the ring with Suplex City. But the E likes to book Lesnar strong and he’ll go over, not in a matter of minutes or seconds because Styles will put up a fight.

In another five on five Survivor Series match Team SDLive with Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Snuka and Neidhart will go over Team RAW. SDLive have the strongest women wrestlers out of the ten.

In a match between Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss should be a classic. And the amount of momentum Flair has behind her, I see Bliss going over. WWE loves a good story but they also like to turn everything upside down.

SHIELD is facing New Day and SHIELD will go over to keep Roman Reigns strong.

Lastly… Miz, Enzo, and Uso’s will win their matches.

NXT TakeOver: War Games was a fantastic show. I never seen Kassius Ohno get man handled before. He and Lars Sullivan put on a good short match with Sullivan going over via pinfall.

The fatal four way women’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship was match of the night for myself and I’m so happy Ember Moon won and became the new NXT Women’s Champion. I’ve been following her career since Shimmer. She’s a great athlete and what she is doing with the Ember Moon character is awesome.

As for the NXT War Games match I loved every bit of it, but I could’ve done without bringing weapons into the match and I didn’t have a problem that the cage didn’t have a top on it. Having a ceiling on the cage is more restrictive.

A Rocking Halloween Playlist

The Massive One put together a Halloween playlist for work and this is what you’ll be hearing when you head to the back of the store! What are some of your favorite horror or Halloween themed music? (Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a bit overrated.)

1. Tuesday KnightNightmare

2. Gerard McMahonCry Little Sister

3. WWEThe Brood

4. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceA Nightmare on My Street

5. Halloween (1978) Theme

6. Bobby PickettThe Monster Mash

7. Jonathan CoultonRe Your Brains

8. Rocky Horror Picture ShowSweet Transvestite

9. MisfitsHalloween

10. Rocky Horror Picture ShowTime Warp

11. Ray Parker Jr.Ghostbusters

12. Warren ZevonWerewolves of London


Blu-Ray Extras and Features: Stranger Things

I started the first season last week, got four episodes in and got busy with other stuff but I finally finished the series thanks to the Target Exclusive Blu-Ray DVD combo pack.

By now everyone has seen the mock-up VHS case that holds all four disc. You also get a poster of the Demogorgon with Stranger Things written in the center. Now let’s talk extras… There isn’t any. Pretty much every Netflix home video release are bare bones. One reason I haven’t picked up Daredevil. But this Stranger Things VHS made up for the lack of extras for me, sure interviews with the Duffer brothers would’ve been nice. No extras aside, it’s still worth a buy.

CheckPoint (2017) Review

While hurricane Harvey was making rounds all over Texas I got a chance to watch CheckPoint (2017) on Netflix. Might I say it’s action packed with an all star cast like Bill Goldberg, Kane Hodder, Tyler Mane, and some gal named Krista Grotte. Yea, don’t know her either.

The movie starts off with an awesome fight scene between Roy (Kenny Johnson) and Brick (John Lewis) but come to find out that scene takes place towards the end of the movie! Talk about a cold open. Gotta keep those movie goers entertained.

The plot to this movie isn’t so believable, in a small town in Port City, North Carolina a group of former military men and women get together to take over a small town and eventually the world. But all that falls apart when Roy, a homeless veteran finds out about some of the local higher up taking control of Port City. But no one believes him! Not even his own brother TJ who is played by former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg. He also drives a motorcycle by night and by day he’s a UPS/FedEx driver, and a dad… Plus he likes to hit on his daughter’s teachers. But that’s not even the cool part, just when you think Goldberg is gonna spear a guy, said guy gets shot. At least give me a jackhammer finish.

Kane Hodder is in this movie too as a hit man it’s a small role but he gets the job done until he gets done in, yea plot twist. This would make a good drinking movie. Take a drink when the camera is out of focus or when a serious moment is playing out and the camera starts getting all shaky. Get yourself steadicam.

Other than having former WCW United States Champion Bill Goldberg in this movie, the soundtrack is fantastic! If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd you will love this movie. Because Simple Man doesn’t play less than three times throughout this movie. Dollars to donuts the budget to CheckPoint went to getting the rights to Simple Man.

A few high points from CheckPoint is seeing Roy get shot by a bazooka and still alive and in one piece. Another bad guy shoots down a flagpole with the US flag hanging from it, flagpole just falls over, but Goldberg and his lady teacher friend who is also military with an awesome shaved head on one side picks up the flagpole and puts it back in said hole so the flag can you know do flag stuff.

Overall I give CheckPoint one star because it has Goldberg in it and it’s a cheesy action movie. Thanks to The Massive One’s good friend Rafael for turning me on to this modern day classic.

Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches

When a buddy comes up to you at work and hands you a VHS tape that says, Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches still sealed. You gotta ask where did you find this gem. I was told at our locale thrift store and there’s like ten copies. Told him to get me another because I need one opened and sealed.

Cut to a few weeks later I finally sat down and watched said VHS tape and it’s gold. The first match is Hogan-Lawler, and the tag line is “The match that Hulk did not want you to see!” Yea, it’s basically highlights from a match from the 80’s in Memphis. The video quality is okay.

The next two matches are pure gold to me. The next match is Nick Bockwinkel facing Manny Fernandez in a classic Tv taping match. And the last match is a looser leaves town between Mark Lewin vs. The Sheik. I haven’t seen much from the Sheik but what I saw was so brutal. The Sheik did win the match and Sheik U.S. Title. The video quality for the last two matches are good.

This release has nothing to do with at the time WWF, it’s kinda a bootleg tape with some awesome matches on it. 3-G Home Video is who put it out and they did a great job putting this collection together.

ESPN 30 for 30: Nature Boy Gets Its Premiere Date And Trailer

ESPN announced that its 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy,” on wrestling legend Ric Flair, will premiere on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the trailer below.

Doctor, Welcome To Your Tape… 

The TARDIS appears in a hallway, the Doctor steps out and rushes to a locked door, hoping it’s not too late. He pulls out a sonic screwdriver from his coat pocket, click goes the lock. Door opens to find Hannah looking into a mirror.

Who are you? I’m the Doctor. Doctor who? Just the Doctor. Hannah, I know what you are about to do and I’m here to show you a future with you in it. Hannah agrees to go with the Doctor, as they walk toward the TARDIS she says, is that a police telephone box from like the 1950’s? More 60’s era.

The Doctor opens the TARDIS’ door and told Hannah to step in. She did with the Doctor following behind. So it’s bigger on the inside… Yes, you see… Hannah stops the Doctor in mid sentence. I know how this works. Imagine fitting a big cube into a much smaller cube. The Doctor looked baffled, okay then… So! Your future, seven years down the road where do you see yourself? Why do you have so many fezzes hanging from the ceiling? Because fezzes are… Seven years? I don’t know. Well, let’s find out. Hang on! As the Doctor shifts gears and knobs on his console the TARDIS begins to disappear.

The TARDIS lands outside a long gated neighborhood. Where are we? Like I said, seven years into the future. But before we go out take one of these. What is it? It’s a disguise pill. I can still see you, you can see yourself in a mirror but the great thing is, others will see someone else. It’s like the time Clara and I went to the Church of the Silence to meet Mother Superious and we were both naked. Hum… Okay.

The Doctor and Hannah stepped out of the TARDIS to a bright sunny day in a nice and wealthy looking neighborhood. The Doctor pulls his sonic screwdriver out of his pocket points it into the air. What are you doing? I’m looking for directions. Once the screwdriver started beeping the Doctor gave it a look and said, this way!

They both walk up to a two story home. Nice house, wonder who lives here? Let’s see. The Doctor knocked a couple times. As the door opens Hannah recognizes the face… It was Clay Jensen. Hi, can I help you? Yes, I’m the Doctor and this is, hum, Emma. We were hoping you could help us find Hannah Barker. Well, sir… Hannah committed suicide six years ago… She couldn’t have. I’m afraid she did… Why do you need her? The Doctor still in shock, Emma spoke up, she was a childhood friend before I moved. Sorry I couldn’t help you. The Doctor shakes it off. We must be going, thanks for your help. As they both walk back to the TARDIS, the Doctor is trying to figure out why this is happening. Why didn’t the future change?

As they step back in the blue box the Doctor pulls out his screwdriver scans Hannah and plugs it into the console. Doctor, I’m sorry but there is no future for me. There has to be, I gotta find out why. Ding! Ding! It’s ready! As the Doctor pulls out his sonic screwdriver, he looks at the monitor to see the words he always disliked. Hannah heard him say them under his breath, what did you say? Fixed Point in Time… Hannah, I’m so, so sorry. It’s okay Doctor. You tried to help but with me gone the future will be so much brighter… How is that possible? You’ll see Doctor.

It’s time to take me back. With a flip of a switch the TARDIS is back in the same hallway where it appeared not even a second later. Before Hannah left the TARDIS she gave the Doctor a hug and told him everything will be okay. As Hannah stepped out the TARDIS started to fade away… The Doctor sitting at the console weeping wanting to know why, why will it be okay?

A week later the Doctor shows back up walks into a pharmacy store. Anything I can help you with? The Doctor looks up to see Mr. Baker behind the counter and just behind him a picture of Hannah. Just the news paper. Seventy five cents. Here’s a dollar, keep the change. As the Doctor walks out reading the headline, Bryce Walker, Life in Prison. As the Doctor read his paper at the park. He sees why Hannah had to take her own life. So people like Jessica Davis wouldn’t have to go through what her and Hannah experienced. And for people like Bryce Walker to never hurt anyone again.

After watching 13 Reasons Why I thought about what would the Doctor from Doctor Who do in that kind of storytelling. He would try to help in every way he knew how. So I came up with Doctor, Welcome To Your Tape. It took me a couple days to get the story where I wanted it to go but once I wrote it down I knew I had something. Over a couple weeks I hashed it out with help from Sometime Co-Host Mike, giving me advice and pointers. I wrote a couple different drafts but decided to keep my first draft as the story I want to share. I usually don’t write fan-fic, if you will… But I did. Enjoy.

Riverdale Season One To Blu-Ray And DVD

Riverdale: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15 via Warner Bros. If you can’t wait, it’s currently streaming on Netflix. A second season is in the works from The CW.

Special features are listed below.

  • Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
  • Riverdale: The New Normal
  • Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin
  • I Got You – musical piece
  • These Are Moments I Remember – musical piece
  • Deleted scenes
  • Gage reel 

Shoot Interview With Carlson Mann, Part One

Ladies and Gentlemen I’m sitting here with Michael Carlson, but many of you know him as Carlson Mann from his time at Federation of United Wrestlers.

Michael, how are you doing this evening?

What got you watching pro wrestling?

I got into wrestling because the neighborhood kids like putting on their own matches. This was like 87′-88′.

At that point, did you start watching wrestling on television?

My friend Stephan who also wrestled with us literally could not get enough of wrestling. When we were at his house we wouldn’t just watch WWF but everything. I love the Pomp and Circumstance of WWF, they were cartoon characters. They looked like super heroes and movie stars. AWA, WCW looked like guys on my dads softball team. We had USA at my house and I loved coming home from church and watching the recap show. Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse Ventura, Mean Gene.

The matches from 87′-88′ were you and the neighborhood kids taking bumps or just going through the motions, keeping if safe?

The other kids were intense outside, fearless. I liked inside with the pillows. There were camel clutch, figure four, sharp shooter kids. Most of that did not interest me and I think that continues today. I need the story, why do I love this guy? Why do I hate this guy?

Top three things for me in FUW.

3. Keep yourself safe
2. Keep your opponent safe
1. Don’t be boring
Your job is to make people love or hate you period.

I’ll get to FUW a bit down the line…

Even if it is at a sale barn where they auction cows off. Entertain Basically to me I didn’t want to do a show initially. I’m cool with just messing around on some flip and fucks. I did not want to show anyone our attic wrestling. We also at the same time played Wrestling games on OG PlayStation and N64. The tournament champion would get a belt. One thing led to another and wrestling happens. I also loved a-holes, just loved hating them. Bobby Heenan, Roddy Piper, Rick Rude, Million Dollar Man.

The initial build of Hogan V Sheik, bromance with Hulk and Mr T. Andre being a bad guy; but I knew deep down inside that he was a good guy.

I also loved the stuff with the Russians because obviously they are coming to take over the red white and blue ala Red Dawn.

The neighborhood and attic wrestling, did you have your own characters or gimmicks?

Yes, but nothing planned. Other people in our fed came into it with entire characters ready to go. I had to find my way with help from others. I never stood in front of a mirror and did a promo until 1999. Most of the others had been waiting for this since Wrastlemania I.

Storylines and WWF characters aside. How about the NWA, Crockett, AWA etc. Did you watch any of those promotions?

Like I said earlier, My friend Stephan made me watch everything. Loved the Steiners, Luger, Sting, Dusty. Loved to hate Rick Flair.

What made you love Dusty Rhodes?


His belly stain, For all intensive purposes he was not an athlete. Did not matter his physique he willed himself over, crazy amount of confidence for the son of a plumber. It felt like a ride, a show with Dusty. He wanted you to have fun along with him. Flair, you just knew he probably was a dick of a character.

Did you enjoy the Rhodes-Flair matches?

Flair broke Rhodes ankle that gave me drama. Jesus, how many times did they wrestle?

That was around Starrcade (1985) where Rhodes defeated Flair for the Championship.

I was in and out of AWA, NWA, emotionally, their mid card guys were pretty boring to me.

CoCo Beware, JYD, Brutus Beefcake… Loved those guys.

Everyone has their one favorite wrestler growing up. Mine is Bret Hart, who was yours?

Hogan, don’t care how you feel. He may be a racist sushi eater, but I love the character.

I got no problems with Hogan. I wore my Hulkamania banana for Dan Cortese Day 2017.


#DCD17

Correct!

To Be Continued…

Jared Followill Vs The IWC

If you been following along on Twitter today, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill made a huge mistake by tweeting out “Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?” Since that tweet the IWC has been on a rampage… For the full story visit Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story Blu-Ray Content

There has been many Keven Steen DVD’s released over the past couple years and it was a matter of time for WWE to release their own. And on July 4th, 2017 you’ll have your chance to see Fight Owens Fight when it drops on DVD and Blu-Ray. So what’s on the Blu-Ray… Let’s have a look. 

Starting off you have your standard WWE produced documentary. Here’s the chapter listings.

  • My Journey
  • Maybe I could be a wrestler?
  • A Moment that Switched Our Lives Entirely
  • Mr. Wrestling
  • Turning Point
  • The Top Guy
  • WWE Tryout
  • NXT
  • WWE Debut
  • WrestleMania 32
  • All For Family
  • Payback
  • WWE Universal Championship Match
  • The Kevin Owens Show

With every WWE home video release you gotta have some matches and maybe bonus content from the documentary.

Deleted Scenes include…

  • WWE Tryout Match?
  • IWS
  • Steve Corino
  • Reflections in Brooklyn
  • No Singlet
  • The Name Kevin Owens
  • Six Months
  • WWE Debut
  • Grandfathers
  • Superstar Ink
  • Unfiltered
  • Teaser # 1
  • Teaser # 2

Matches…

Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker
NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution December 11, 2014

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015

Kevin Owens Confronts Sami Zayn
San Jose, CA March 27, 2015

Kevin Owens WWE Debut
RAW May 18, 2015
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
Elimination Chamber May 31, 2015

Intercontinental Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback
Night of Champions September 20, 2015

Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Royal Rumble  January 24, 2016

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Main Event April 12, 2016

Kevin Owens & Triple H vs. Sami Zayn & Dean Ambrose
Paris, France April 22, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Battleground July 24, 2016

Fatal 4-Way Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Big Cass
RAW August 29, 2016

Hell in a Cell Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell October 30, 2016

United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017

Blu-Ray Extras…

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
NXT February 18, 2015

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Payback May 1, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
RAW September 12, 2016

No Disqualification Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
RAW November 21, 2016

There you have it, the complete Blu-Ray breakdown for WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story.

WrestleMania 33 Aftermath

The fatal four way to me was match of the night and even though Charlotte Flair lost, she did steal the show. Unlike the SmackDown six pack challenge. Alexa Bliss put on a good performance and should’ve kept her championship.

Since Goldberg’s WWE return it’s been disappointing until tonight when he went to Suplex City ten times. This match was far better than Goldberg-Lesnar from WrestleMania XX.

Since Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, every time I watch Taker at Mania I’m expecting him to loose and tonight that happened. The WWE’s golden boy Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker and this starts the road to Undertaker’s retirement. Hopefully going in to the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 34.

And now a word from Disco Stu…

With this match ultimately being Takers final match it makes sense that Reigns would go over and let The Undertaker go out on his back.

I’m glad that Taker made this decision to hang up his boots. Tonight was by far one of his worst outings in years. I have read the rumors for weeks that he was in a great deal of pain and needed career ending surgery and tonight’s match showed me that’s all true. He looked miserable out there and clearly wasn’t himself. He had one of the best WWE careers any wrestler has had and certainly was relevant longer than any modern day wrestler. Now it’s time for him to live as Mark assuming he still knows how to.

Charlotte Flair may have stole the show for me, but having the Hardy Boyz return got the biggest pop in the Massive’s household.

I’m glad Owens, Styles, and Rollins won their matches. As for the Miz and Maryse they should’ve won. Miz was so over, he was getting bigger pops than Cena. But Cena had to ask Nikki Bella to marry him… Lame!

Overall, WrestleMania 33 was a damn good card from start to finish. And what was up with that Orton-Wyatt match? 

WrestleMania 33 Predictions

The go home shows are over, dirt sheets have been read. But here’s my WrestleMania 33 predictions!

Goldberg and his thirty seconds matches will come to an end… Hopefully. Goldberg already defeated Lesnar on more than one occasion, it’s time for Brock to get the victory.

People are saying Roman Reigns will defeat Undertaker and the way the E is booking nowadays I see that happening. But my soul is on Undertaker.

I really wanted AJ Styles to have his WrestleMania moment without the help from Shane McMahon. It’s obvious we will see a OMG high spot from Shane, that’s all he does. Styles is getting the upper hand when it comes to SmackDown! but Shane will get his victory at Mania.

I’m pleased having Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. There’s no need for Orton to win, he already made it to the mountain top many of times over. I see happening is a screwy finish to get the belt off Bray.

I’m glad to see Austin Aries back in action, he’s always been one of my favorites. Enjoyed his TNA Impact Wrestling run as well and now it’s time to take the cruiserweight division by storm. I see him defeating Neville to become the new cruiserweight champion.

Jericho-Owens have been putting on a damn good show. From being the best of friends to Owens turning on Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Some say Jericho is taking time off after Mania, I’ll give this win to Kevin Owens.

John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse… I can care less about Cena and Nikki. Give it to the heels, Miz and Maryse.

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax… I’m a Bayley fan 100% but as of late not so much. I don’t really see a change but maybe that underdog character she’s been playing is getting to me. Banks is injury prone and the only person that can have a decent run with the strap is Charlotte Flair and that’s who I’m going with. As for Nia Jax, it’s too soon for her to get the belt.

2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal… Pick anyone on the WWE roster and that’s your winner but Luke Harper is mine. Picking a second, Bo Dallas. Bolieve!

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus… These multi tag team matches at Mania is too loaded. It’s like having a triple threat match each year at Mania. I like Gallows and Anderson so I’m going with them.

Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Naomi… Another multi person match that may last three minutes, gotta get everyone’s spots in. Keep the belt on Bliss.

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin… It’s time to give Corbin a championship. And defeating Ambrose for the belt would make his stock rise.

The Triple H, Seth Rollins story has been ongoing for a good couple years or so. And finally they are facing each other. I do hope Rollins gets his revenge but let’s not forget that Samoa Joe is a factor.

A Conversation With Disco Stu

With WrestleMania 33 only weeks away, I sat down with Lawrence (Disco Stu) to get his thoughts on WrestleMania, podcasting, The Undertaker and so much more.

WrestleMania 33 is next month are you excited about any of the matches?

So far the only one that really has peaked my interest is the Jericho vs. Owens match. There is potential for some good matches that haven’t been booked yet. A lot will depend on how AJ Styles is booked. The E also seems on path to book a Neville vs. Austin Aries match which I would pop for.

The Undertaker has been booked to face Roman Reigns, do you see Undertaker walking out of Mania with the win or will we see 23-2 in the streak?

At this point I don’t see why they should book the Undertaker to lose this match unless its to fully cement a Roman heal turn. The Undertaker is special and should only be beaten if its going to result in something that will change the company for the better. To beat Undertaker just to push a guy who has failed to get over with the fans as a face over and over again would be a huge waste of a valuable Undertaker loss.

It has been said WrestleMania is the can’t miss wrestling event of the year. But I disagree, last year I watched Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s BOLA tournament and to me it was better than Mania. In your opinion, is there any “big event” shows that could or get close to surpassing WrestleMania if you take out all the glitz and glamour, celebrities, etc?

I don’t think it’s fair to take out the glitz and glamour as that is as big of a part of WrestleMania as the wrestling is. I agree there are shows that are better wrestling shows than Mania, as you mentioned BOLA and Wrestle Kingdom year after year deliver at the highest level. The thing that makes Mania different though is the glitz and glamour, the big show feel. WrestleMania is a spectacle and nothing will come close to topping it.

We all read them and we all have our go to people when it comes to reading the dirt sheets. What’s your thoughts on people like Meltzer, Keller, and Satin… Are they fair with their criticism on pro wrestling?

For the most part dirt sheets are just another form of entertainment for the “smart” fan. They serve a purpose, that is to allow smarts to think they know what’s going to happen or to give us the “inside” scope. Whether it’s true or not. As long as you read them for what they are and that is an extension of the entertainment wrestling provides.

I will say I think Satin is right on. He is very reliable and doesn’t give into the pressure to break news on a weekly basis. If there is a story he will pursue it, but so far I have not witnessed him create a story for the sake of breaking news. That is something I believe all the other dirt sheets have been guilty of.

I like Satin, he’s good and his credibility hasn’t insulted my intelligence, when talking about his website or podcast.

Since leaving the E Cody Rhodes has been leaving his mark in many indie promotions. Thoughts on the grandson of a plumber since leaving the E?

I think Cody has done a great job of building his name into something creditable over his last eight or so months. The key is now for him to do something with it. We have watched ten’s of indie darlings over the years get over but then not do anything with that momentum. I think his end game is to go back to the E and show them what he has done and that they were wrong. If there is money to be made VKM will swallow his pride and have him back. The problem is that a shelf life for an indy darling is two years tops before that shine starts to wear off. I would like to see him talking with the E in early 2018 about a return. I think it’s what he ultimately wants and the fans win because we will get to see him weekly and hopefully with a rocket ship attached to him.

To change the subject a bit. You are someone who host their own podcast, The Awesome 80’s Pod. Nowadays it seems like every wrestling podcast needs a hook and that hook being having a wrestler on their show to give insight on today’s product. As for myself, I’m not too keen of those types of podcast. What’s your opinion?

So I was in early on the originals, Colt, Austin, JR, Jericho. I however have backed off. I still subscribe to all of those but I rarely to more than one show a month per show. I’m a completist and used to believe I had to listen to everyone start to finish to feel whole. The guests are mostly recycled and most hooks are similar. There are 100’s of them out there now and they are all too similar. To be honest the only must list wrestling podcast out there is Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard. I plan my Fridays around it. The Monday Nitro version is also good but not nearly as good as Prichard. The cohost Conrad has been friends with my show since he first entered the podcasting realm and now he had the #1 podcast in all of wrestling. It feels good to see a friend succeed.

Over the past month or so WWE has been announcing the 2017 Hall of Fame class. People like Rick Rude, Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix and Diamond Dallas Page to name a few. Thoughts on the class of 2017 and who would you like to see go into the Hall?

Brad Maddox, I kid I kid. Actually I don’t think too much about the HOF. I have been to two of the last three ceremonies and I love the spectacle of it. Ultimately it’s all about entertainment. It’s a show produced to get the best fan reaction. There is always a little truth a little spectacle and a lot of awesomeness. People hate on the HOF which I think is ridiculous. The business is a work. The HOF is a work. Enjoy it or stop watching. Yes their are wrestlers in there who don’t deserve it and wrestlers who should be but aren’t. When it makes sense from an entertainment stand point they will be in. I saw the Ultimate Warriors last three public events in person and to this day I am only half joking when I say Vince booked his death perfectly. I mean Vince knows WTF is up.

Lastly… The year is still young, what are you looking forward to seeing in pro wrestling this year?

Honestly there is not one thing I look forward to specifically. Don’t get me wrong I’m not some old smart who thinks they can’t do anything right since Smokey Mountain folded. I love the business and I love the surprise aspect. When I was younger I would had notebooks full of fantasy booked cards and I would have WCW & WWF booked out months ahead of time. Now I just watch for the experience and enjoyment of the shows. I don’t agree with everything they put out but ultimately the product dictates whether I watch more or don’t. My biggest thrill will be what they do with Joe and if my man SN gets called up from NXT. Either way I’ll watch and consume it’s just a matter of how much and only they can dictate that.

There you have it… A bit of an inside scoop from Disco Stu.