On this week’s edition of The Flagship, Brian, Steve and Michael talk about WWE Raw from Monday night including the bear feud between The Shield and The Wyatts, the lack of matches for the Survivor Series which is less than two weeks away, what is going on in the WWE right now, Hulk Hogan possibly making his return to the company and who he could possibly face at WrestleMania 30, Dixie Carter taking on Spike TV and some thoughts on the passing of Eddie Guerrero with his passing eight years ago.
Brian and Steve talk this Saturday’s UFC 167 pay-per-view headlined by Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks for the welterweight championship including the drug talk and allegations going into the fight. Plus, they talk about the rest of the card including Rashad Evans squaring off against Chael Sonnen, the 20-year anniversary of the UFC, some of the most memorable fights and knockouts and more during that time and Ben Asken getting his release from Bellator.
The Cheap Pops! podcast is back as Brian and Michael discuss the movie Thor: The Dark World, the latest indy film someone wants to see, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother, troubles with NBC programming, Arrested Development and more.
Brian and Steve are back for the weekly WWE Raw recap podcast as they look back at Monday’s show including a hot main event, an angle at the end of the show involving The Shield and The Wyatts which looks to be going nowhere right now, Survivor Series is coming – really, Randy Orton goes down and who knows who is in charge. Plus, they talk about Chris Hero getting released, Hulk Hogan’s latest online note, Mickie James working with WWE and more.
Brian and Steve discuss Bellator 106 featuring Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, UFC Fight Night 31 and Tim Kennedy getting a win despite a torn quad, this weekend’s UFC show featuring Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort, Georges St. Pierre drug testing and more.
Brian, Michael and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the feud between Triple H and The Big Show and a mini dressed as a bull trying to hump a woman on live TV(!), Rey Mysterio’s return,WWE reverting back to big guys on the top, TNA Wrestling’s latest ruse to fans, if the company is for sale or not and much more.
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Brian and Michael talk about the latest edition of The Walking Dead including one member being exiled while another member of the group needs a drink and when the group could be on the move, this season of How I Met Your Mother and its different setting, the indy film 12 Years a Slave, movies coming out this week, the new Eminem CD, entertainment industry news and more.
There have been many moments in TNA Wrestling history that have left many people befuddled and confused over the years. Choose between booking decisions, strange gimmick matches and especially on big promises coming up flat.
Here is an example of the latter of those choices.
On Tuesday, TNA President Dixie Cater shot a video saying that a former world title holder was returning “home” to Impact Wrestling this Thursday night in Cincinnati.
All of us fool hearted suckers on the Internet fell for it hook, line and sinker. Mission accomplished TNA. People online were speculating who it could be. Ken Shamrock? Maybe Raven? How about Ric Flair? Hulk Hogan” Did he re-sign?
Even Steve and I discussed it on our Tuesday podcast wondering who exactly TNA was bringing back fold. Some big name that would bring viewers to Impact Wrestling even for one night.
Dixie later tweeting that if a tweet of hers got 150 retweets she would reveal this mystery person that was making the big return. That was no problem as she got the 150 retweets. As promised, she gave up the name of the former champ coming home in the video below. Pay close attention to the look to the reaction from both Jeremy Borash and Dave Lagana.
Yep, that’s right – the big reveal is former TNA tag-team champion and current Cincinnati Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones! Whoop-ed-e-do!
Of course it was. We all should have known better. And Dixie is just being that crooked woman running the people that people love to hate. She’s a heel folks! And she got us.
Borash and Lagana weren’t the only ones to have a confused look when they found out it was Pacman “make in rain all up in here” Jones as the mystery man. Here is the reaction from others once they saw the big reveal.
And this sums it up.
Someone quietly and without much fanfare, Rey Mysterio made his return to the ring a few weeks back, teaming with Sin Cara in beating Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett in Guadalajara on October 17.
The last time Mysterio had been in the ring was in March and he has been sidelined since then battling his latest knee injury. In an interview with The Miami Herald, Mysterio himself asked to be in the match.
“It was more of a let’s see how my body reacts and my knee reacts to being back in the ring,” Mysterio said. “Overall I felt good but still feel I need a bit more therapy, just from the damage I’ve done through the years to my knee. We are back to therapy and strengthening up that quad and hamstring, just making sure there are no mistakes this next time.”
For years now, Mysterio has dealt with serious injuries to both of his knees that have kept him out of the ring for extended periods of time. It’s actually quite amazing that he can wrestle much less walk with all of the damage he has taken and number of major surgeries he has undergone on each knee.
With Mysterio being such a big star, it was quite the surprise that he was back in the ring with such little fanfare. As for when he will make a regular return, that may not happen until 2014.
“I think if I don’t do it by the end of the year, then next year,” Mysterio told The Miami Herald. “I would hate to push myself instead of taking my time. I want to make a good return, and not being absent shortly after my return. It’s something I’m still debating. I’m going to listen to my body.”
Mysterio did join the Spanish announce team during the recent Hell in a Cell pay-per-view last month in Miami and admitted that he enjoyed in. That may be the next chapter in his career.
For now, he wants to return to the ring. It sounds like after so many injuries and ongoing issues, he is playing it as safe as possible with his return rather than rushing back into the ring.
But any time for the Mexican superstar in the squared circle may be borrowed time at this point with him ravaged by two bad knees from putting on amazing matches over the years in his tiny body, overcoming the odds to become of wrestling’s biggest superstars.
Brian and Steve recap WWE raw from Monday night including the legal issues between the Big Show and Triple H, holes in the main storyline, going back to the well, Dolph Ziggler being worth 12%, Kane owns a suit, a horny bull making some moves on Renee Young and more. Plus, they talk about the card so far for Survivor Series, the latest on Hulk Hogan, TNA being for sale or maybe not and what former champion is returning on the show this week.
Brian and Michael (no Steve?!) talk about the WWE financials report for the third quarter, the pay-per-view numbers being down, the impending new broadcast fees for WWE TV and how big this for the company, the WWE Network which is expected to start in early 2014, the importance of John Cena, TNA being for sale, Hulk Hogan’s status and more.
Brian and Michael talk about the latest episode of The Walking Dead, their favorite horror movies with Halloween here and which one of them isn’t fond of the genre, The Counselor as well as Bad Grandpa, Star Trek (again) and more.
Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net comes on the podcast today to talk about the fallout from WWE Hell in a Cell, the new directions for the company, Triple H on top and where Randy Orton fits in, Shawn Michaels possibly returning to the ring, a possible lost opportunity for Daniel Bryan, rumors of TNA being for sale, Eric Bischoff’s role with the company, Hulk Hogan and more.
Brian and Steve talk about Raw from Monday night including the new directions for WWE, Damien Sandow almost becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan angle with Shawn Michaels, if Michaels is coming back for another match, Big Show becoming the top babyface and more. Plus, they talk about Hulk Hogan with his latest online teases.
Brian, Steve and Michael recap the WWE Hell in a Cell 2013 PPV including Randy Orton walking away with the WWE Championship, John Cena returning to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk facing Ryback in Hell in a Cell and getting his hands on Paul Heyman, a fantastic opening tag-team match, added matches, follies and tomfoolery and more.