Episode 19- A Nightmare on Bro Street or Flying Mustard

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-Short discussion about retro toys

-Why Vince Russo is the Freddy Kruger of pro wrestling

-Russo’s controversial comments regarding Kevin Owens as the Universal Champion, women’s wrestling, and other madness in general

-Early seeds of the women’s revolution

-Realities of inter-gender wrestling

-Chyna’s forgotten legacy/How she changed the business

-There would be no women’s revolution without Chyna

-Rumored reasons why Shawn Michaels left WWF in 1998

-A note on Suicide Prevention Month

-A funny backyard wrestling story involving Tim Horton’s

Episode 18- Heyman Wants a Lapdance or Whacked By Mickie Mouse

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-Kevin Owens is the WWE Universal Champion

-Potential storylines and challengers for Kevin Owens going forward

-Paul Heyman’s fist full of dollars

-AJ Styles- best thing on SmackDown, best work of his career

-The Miz/Daniel Bryan situation

-Daniel Bryan return rumors

-Remembering the Mick Foley versus Triple H feud

-17th Anniversary of Mankind’s “Rock, This is Your Life” segment

-Thoughts on Suicide Squad

-Random comic talk

-Remembering Mr. Fuji

-Remembering Gene Wilder

-Disney to release documentary on first African American animator

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Memories of Mr. Fuji

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Harry “Mr. Fuji” Fujiwara

Mr. Fuji.

The first Christmas I can recall has few crystal clear memories. One that remains is my three-year-old self trying to unroll the poster that came with my Mr. Fuji LJN figure. I can remember the smell of the rubber man in the tuxedo, feel the plastic toy cane accessory, and remember the thought that my figures had “the Devious One” to lead them to victory. Mr. Fuji may not have the legacy of a Bobby Heenan or a J.J. Dillon but he was very special for numerous reasons.

Mr. Fuji was an attraction from a special time when wrestling was like the wild-west. His character would not exist in today’s PC culture. He exploited post-World War II anti-Japanese sentiments to become a hot heel for decades. Even into the 80’s he was still known to mention Pearl Harbor, on occasion.

Mr. Fuji was a tag-team champion on numerous occasions. Few men have held WWWF (or WWF) tag-team gold on the number of occasions he has or with a greater number of partners. Maybe Tony Garea can boast that record, but the list of possible candidates is short.

After transitioning to a managerial role, and donning his trademark tuxedo, he was associated with some of the biggest stars in the “Rock and Wrestling” era. He starred in “Fuji Vice” with Don Muraco, one of the WWF’s first non-traditional promotional segments. It was so bad, yet so good, fans still recall it to this day.

When Roddy Piper turned heel, Mr. Fuji had challengers lined up for “the Hot Rod”. He even took on “the Rowdy One” in select house show attractions across the country, showing his marquee-value long after his physical prime.

We fondly recount Demolition’s record setting reign as tag-team champions but often overlook the man who led them to glory. Not only did Mr. Fuji manage the powerhouse team, he was responsible for their face turn in 1988. Ditching Demolition for the baby face tandem of the Powers of Pain, resulted in one of the first “double turns” on WWF programming. He then teamed with his new protégés in his only WrestleMania match to take on Demolition for the Tag-Team titles at WrestleMania 5.

He managed several others into the 90’s and like other times we thought his star had faded, a new sun rose on Mr. Fuji’s horizon. Yokozuna hit the WWF like a meteor in 1992 and at his side was none other than “the Devious One” himself. Ditching the tuxedo in favor of a kimono, Fuji led Yokozuna to the WWF title in 1993. It was the first time a Samoan wrestler held the title.

After health issues ended his career we thought we had seen the last of Mr. Fuji’s influence. We were wrong. In 1999 The Big Bossman kidnapped Al Snow’s pet Chihuahua, Pepper, during their memorable feud. To bury the hatchet, Bossman invited Snow to his hotel room for dinner. After the meal, Bossman informed Al that he had just eaten Pepper Steak. This was taken from a notorious Mr. Fuji story involving his own neighbor’s dog. Some would argue he deserves a second Hall of Fame induction for his ribs alone.

As I hold that same LJN figure in my hand, I can feel myself playing with my figures while watching WWF on Saturday mornings. I can see Mr. Fuji flanking his clients. I can feel the joy that wrestling has given me. Most of all, I hear the legendary prankster, character, and entertainer, shouting his trademark phrase: “BANZAI!!!”

Rest in peace, Mr. Fuji-

 

Episode 17 or WWE’s Class Ring Style Titles and Summer Slam Weekend

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Brian and Andy were able to get together to watch WWE Summer Slam for the first time in 15 years. This week they revisit all the happenings over Summer Slam weekend.

-NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 thoughts

-“Glorious” Bobby Roode

-Ember Moon’s debut

-NXT Booking Subtlteties

-Bayley versus Asuka

-Is Bayley the greatest female wrestler?

-Thoughts on Samoa Joe versus Brock Lesnar

-Brock Lesnar on PEDs

-Ways WWE not testing part-timers hurts the new generation

-Samoa Joe versus Shinsuke Nakamura

-Shinsuke Nakamura’s Entrance

-Summer Slam 2016

-Was Bret Hart right? Is Seth Rollins reckless?

-Finn Balor versus Seth Rollins

-Fugly WWE Universal Title

-Mick Foley’s comments towards fans reacting to the Universal Title

-John Cena versus AJ Styles steals the show

-Cena goes emo after losing a match clean

-The Dean Ambrose Dolph Ziggler train-wreck

-WWE injuries continue to pile up

-Aderall and wellness policy suspensions

-Roman Reigns versus Russev

-Is Roman Reigns the only option to put the WWE Universal Title on?

-Post Summer Slam Raw

-Sami Zayn-injured or master selling??

-Brock Lesnar splits Randy Orton

-Bayley gets called up

-What comics Brian and Andy are reading

-The Strain

-Fables

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Episode 16 Raw and Smackdown Recap and SummerSlam 2016 Predictions

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Audio difficulties and health emergencies prevented Andy from joining the show, so Brian recapped the high points of Raw and SmackDown Live this week and gave SummerSlam 2016 predictions.

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They’re All Dead Fearcast Episode One- Blair Witch and Plan 9

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The “Casters of Horror”, Brian Jay and Mr. Positive, discuss a number of horror topics

-“Unfriended” being surprisingly enjoyable

-“The Woods” being billed as the scariest movie ever made

-“The Woods” being revealed as “Blair Witch”

-“Sharknado 4, The 4th Awakens”

-“Plan 9”: Remaking “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, the worst movie ever made

-Why remake “Plan 9” as a serious film?

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Episode 15- Conor McGregor Trolls WWE or Eva Marie Sounds Like Mr. Bill

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Brian and Andy take on the latest happenings in WWE.

-WWE Cruiserweight Classic

-What will WWE do with the Cruiserweights when they get to Raw?

-Will the winner of the CWC be the first Cruiserweight Champion?

-Eva Marie’s debut angle on SmackDownLive

-Did Eva Marie lose her top or was that Mr. Bill?

-Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch, good wrestlers and great to look at

-Has Ric Flair become a punch-line?

-Shelton Benjamin not returning to WWE

-Mick Foley Autism Awareness note

-Sheamus not happy with his position

-Conor McGregor’s anti-WWE trolling

-Is Conor McGregor completely wrong?

-Steve Austin buries Dean Ambrose on Stone Cold Podcast

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Episode 14- WWE, Comic Books, Van Halen, and F*ck Bob Dylan

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-Rest in Peace, Marty Ruff-

The Dynamic Duo of Brian Jay and Andy Ruff reunite to discuss the latest crappenings and to remember Andy’s late father, Marty.

-Remembering when Van Halen was cool

-The original Van Halen debut album

-Memories of wrestling, music and sports with Andy’s dad, Marty

-JBL is WWE’s Foghorn Leghorn

-Andy’s post-WWE Draft thoughts

-Was Finn Balor versus Seth Rollins in the works for WrestleMania 32?

-Spawn of Satan Baby II

-Andy-“Fuck Bob Dylan, the crazy hippie”

-David Bowie

-Is “Weird Al” a nice d*ck?

-How WWE could showcase Bayley on NXT and WWE

-Thoughts on Nia Jax in WWE

-Post Draft Raw and SmackDown Live are the same show, thanks to Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn

-Are the small production changes enough to make the shows feel different?

-Ric Flair’s and Mick Foley’s selective candor

-WWE adding new titles to SmackDown Live

-How long before Nikki Bella beats Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship?

-No Goldberg……Please….

-Batman The Killing Joke

-Suicide Squad and Harley Quinn & The Joker

-Mark Hamill conversation between The Joker and Luke Skywalker- Star Wars Celebration 2014

-Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

-Jason Mewes’ addiction recovery

-Happy Birthday, Kevin Smith

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Episode 13 Part 2 Batman The Killing Joke Review

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In part two of this week’s two-part episode, Brian reviews Batman The Killing Joke and gives an alternate view on the Bat Girl controversy.

-Thoughts on the animated film

-How the controversial Bat Girl story is actually empowering

-Kevin Conroy IS Batman

Episode 13 Part 1 or The WWE Intergalactic Beastie Boys Championship of Raw

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In part one of a two-part show this week, Brian discusses the first week of WWE TV coming on the heels of the WWE Draft.

-Run down of Raw and SmackDown Live

-Pros and Cons of both

-WWE Universal Championship

-Which show was the better show

-Are the shows branded differently?

-WWE Superstars returning to SmackDown Live