Episode 46- The Ultimate Dumpster Fire Extravaganza of Doom in 3D or WWE WrestleMania 33 Preview

So much discussion packed into this episode. We try not to go two hours but it was so much fun we just couldn’t pull back.

First human head transplant

Urban Cowboy

Human hearts made with spinach leaves

Impromptu B Show Countdown: Horrible Matches Better Than Kane versus Great Khali at WrestleMania 23

Discussing the second Justice League trailer and upcoming Wonder Woman film

6′ 5″ World Women’s Kickboxing Champion Katya “The Destroyer” Kavaleva gets second WWE tryout

Power Rangers series rumors‎

Michael Keaton and The Spider Man Homecoming trailer

Dave Chappelle’s back to back Netflix specials and best Chappelle’s Show skits

WWE WrestleMania 33 Preview (Starts at 1:00:00)

Previewing Jim Cornette at the Rock N’ Roll Express’ WWE Hall Of Fame induction

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Episode 37- SmackDown Live Roadshow and ViewAskewniverse Discussion

Brian and Andy went to the pre-Royal Rumble SmackDown Live in Toledo. On the way home we recorded some impromptu audio.

*Warning- Though I did a lot of work on the files due to issues with the recording device, the audio is a bit raw.

-SmackDown reaction

-General wrestling conversation

-ViewAskewniverse discussion

-More wrestling talk

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Episode 30-WWE Illuminati Transsexual Conspiracy Theories or Aquaman’s Lobster Bake

-Outrage over WWE Raw’s near Cinnemax soft-core segment with Enzo and Lana

-Live review of ridiculous Youtube WWE Conspiracy videos- “Charlotte Flair is a man” and “All WWE Wrestlers are Transexuals/Illuminati Conspiracy”

-TLC 2016 recap and thoughts

-Is AJ Styles currently the “Best in the World”?

-Comic characters that get the shaft in every timeline

-Poor Aquaman

-News on an upcoming B Show special- The First Annual Beverly Bombs

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Special Episode- WWE TLC 2016 Preview


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Join Brian and Mr. Positive for a quick preview Sunday’s WWE TLC pay-per-view event. This episode is a stand alone special, and at 20 minutes long is a quick listen to get you ready for Sunday’s event.

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Why WWE Needs A Negan and Three Possible Choices

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Whether people loved or hated The Walking Dead’s season opener the majority agreed Negan is a bad dude. In a single episode (arguably two) he made Rick Grimes his bitch. That’s not an easy thing to do. He’s a heel in a textbook way that reminds wrestling fans of an age before merchandise sales, catchphrases, and comedy writers dictated how WWE presents bad guys. He’s the type of heel wrestling has needed for over a decade and WWE has 3 people they could go all the way with, if they wanted to.

Before we get to the three let’s look at the top heels in WWE. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Chris Jericho are all workhorses and respected by the hardcore fan base. Even the casual fans are finding it hard to boo these guys. Even if you look at TNA they’re no different with Broken Matt (Hardy) and Brother Nero (Jeff Hardy). They’re heels by means of casting but one of the most popular duos of all time and one of few entertaining aspects of iMPACT. I love what they’re doing, but that is the issue. Heat is the gas that runs the engine of wrestling and there are no true heels at the top of the wrestling business.

Indeed, there are wrestlers on the WWE undercard or middle of the pack that are gaining steam, but they will likely be fed to WWE’s chosen few. It’s the way the WWE has done business, ever since the WWF days (and some may argue, the WWWF days). I get the final destination is the big showdown where good defeats evil, but things need to breathe and develop to really get good. Russev had six months of build and a six-month US Title reign before getting pounded into oblivion by John Cena. He could have been a top tier heel for years but he’s been drifting ever since. If Walking Dead were WWE, Rick would have Negan’s head and Lucille on a shelf in his home in Alexandria, by the mid-season finale in three months. He would hug Judith and “Coral” while another bad guy knocked on the gates of Fort Grimes, ready to take the fall. If WWE would commit to a long term “heel-to-beat” it has to be without immature jokes, without “tweening”, without posing for Komen or Make-A-Wish or Conner’s Cure. They have to be as bad as Negan, and there are a few who could be that guy by WrestleMania 33.

Dean Ambrose

The charisma of The Shield was being called the next Brian Pillman just a few years ago. WWE took a crazy character and turned it into a zany caricature to make children smile. WWE doesn’t need Akeem the African Dream right now; they need a One Man Gang. Ambrose is challenging for the title as a baby face and it’s not resonating with fans. Last year, during the Roman push, I was at a Smack Down taping and the crowd was a sea of Ambrose Asylum shirts. The main event of that show, Ambrose versus Rollins, garnered the show’s highest (Sci-Fi) rating in some time. Now he’s struggling to stay relevant. He has to go in the opposite direction he’s headed and he has to make big moves.

Give him a stable. Give him a weapon. I don’t care if it’s the barb-wire bat like Negan, he’s used it before. Take him back to his Shield roots. Give him underlings. Forget the “5-Star Meltzer Matches”. Let him tell the fans he refuses to dive on his head for them. If he does risk his body it will be to injure someone or win. I’m thinking Raven and The Flock but bigger in scope and importance. Hell, have him recruit half the roster and let a baby face fight to get to him. Let him take scalps and end careers. Daniel Bryan is expecting a child soon, let Ambrose turn on Bryan and send him home for a while. Let him pull Nikki or Brie, or Cena as a surrogate of Bryan into the feud. Next time Cena leaves for a few months let it be fueled by an Ambrose hit. Instead of bringing back Goldberg to fight Lesnar in a snooze-fest you could have had Goldberg trying to get to Ambrose. Instead of Rock coming back to steamroll the Wyatts, Ambrose could sacrifice him to break the spirit of the people. Or maybe it’s for revenge after giving everything he had to the fans and being left with nothing in return. You have to go all the way, though. It’s what Bray Wyatt should have been all along. It’s right up Ambrose’s alley if they want to walk that dark path.

Brock Lesnar

When Brock was a heelish, part-time, prize-fighting champion the hardcore fan base complained the whole time and anticipated someone taking the title off of him. When they picked someone to take the belt off of him it was a convoluted mess and the effects are still being felt today. With one or two more years on Brock’s contract, how do you make the most of a guy who already seems unbeatable and works a few days a year? What else do you do with a guy who ended the WrestleMania streak? Put the title on him and make Heyman the mouthpiece. Brock doesn’t care about 5-Star matches. Brock doesn’t care about Suplex City any more. He’s in it for the money and to make everyone fear him. He’s there to rule on high and dominate the entire WWE. Instead of the WWE Universal Title being the direct focal point of Raw, it’s the number one contender spot. Brock is still the Pay Per View draw, the guy for big box office, but you’re putting importance on those fighting for the chance to fight Brock (and, indirectly, still on the title itself). Brock is Zeus (the god, not the actor/wrestler) and the contenders are dying for the right to stand on Mount Olympus, let alone fight an unbeatable champion. They could erect statues of Lesnar along the entrance way. Put beastly banners up around the arena. Turn WWE Raw into the symbolic altar of the beast. Let Heyman host an occasional sacrifice of some local talent instead of another appearance where Brock bounces in place behind a spitting, screaming Heyman. Make it big, go all the way. Find a guy the fans organically get behind and nurture his push with the fans’ growing support. Imagine if The Beast rules WWE Raw. What will happen when the Beast meets The Demon?

Paul Heyman

Though I’m reluctant to suggest a non-wrestler in this role I don’t see anybody else who is either polished enough, a big enough star, or good enough on the mic to carry this. Paul has history with the McMahons and it makes more sense for him to take over the company than anybody else. Let Brock unseat Stephanie and Triple H (I know, fat chance) and use the Universal Title/Brock to control Raw. Just when the fans are happy to be rid of The Authority they pull the rug out from under us by mauling a beloved baby face. Give Paul an army, and though I loved the original, please don’t call it the Dangerous Alliance. Don’t call it anything. Let Paul continue to be the heel he has been. Let him continue to rub the Streak in our faces. Much like the NWO, let his control and fear of his secret supporters breed paranoia across both rosters. You never know if someone is a Paul Heyman guy (or girl) until it’s too late. Let The Club take people out, not focusing on winning, but creating chaos. Paul is like pirate Davey Jones, WWE is the open sea, and Brock is his Cracken. Brock would be a focal point, not the focal point. Heyman would unleash him as necessary to keep the WWE brass and roster in constant fear. Hell, leave Brock as a special teams player/attraction/hit man and make Roman the Universal Champion. Put him over Owens, Zayne, Rollins, everyone the hardcore fans love. No GM or Commissioner or Chairman could control them. Paul Heyman has had his vengeance and ruled atop the wrestling world. And instead of changing the business as he claims he would have he just sells out and tries to maintain his power. When the time is right a baby face fights up through the army and slays the Beast. When the Beast is slain he still has to try to beat the man on top of the world.

I’m not a booker, wrestling luminary, or behind the scenes guru but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what’s not working. The three ideas above are just that: ideas. They’re opinions from a wrestling fan. If the 30 writers, Hall of Fame agents, and billionaire Chairman come up with better I say great. They should come up with better ideas than a guy who has been a passive observer for almost three decades. The point is there are serious options available to take what makes a character like Negan work and apply it to one of their own. Comedy has its place in wrestling but I’m sick of heels I can’t hate and “top” heroes I can’t like. The above scenarios would also serve to utilize stale talent to establish the new regime, allow for use of new talent who have been lost since the call up, breathe new life into acts that need a fresh approach, and establish a heel’s heel at the top of the mountain. I’m not suggesting WWE copy The Walking Dead. I’m just taking the successes TWD have had and applying it to WWE.

Did I miss someone else who could be a Negan-like heel? Let me know and state your case below or e-mail me at bshowbrian@gmail.com. We will be discussing this on an upcoming episode and if an idea strikes me we will talk about it and credit you. Leave your information with the idea so we know who to shout out and subscribe to our show so you don’t miss it.

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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 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

Episode 12 or 2016 WWE Draft and Batman the Killing Joke

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-2016 WWE Draft

-Mauro Renallo exposing Michael Cole

-Brock Lesnar PED rumors

-Cody Rhodes announces date of Ring of Honor debut

-Mark Hamill reads script excerpt from Batman: The Killing Joke live

-Concept for movie about aged Batman and Joker, starring Michael Keaton and Mark Hamill

-Butt-Chin Brian Cartoon concept inspired by the neighborhood Brian and Andy grew up in

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2016 WWE Draft

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This week’s show will not be available until tomorrow morning, but here are some quick thoughts after watching the 2016 WWE Draft:

Ambrose’s clean win was much needed and gave SmackDown a nice rub as well.

SmackDown has WWE and IC Champs, Raw has the US, Tag, and Women’s title. Don’t forget, Raw gets cruiserweights exclusively, too and has some big star-power. And does Triple H count as a pick?

After the draft, is Raw clearly the A show? In 2002 viewers chose wrestling (SmackDown) over “talking stars” (Raw). Just because Raw is positioned as the flagship doesn’t mean that will hold true.

Women and tag teams are split pretty evenly. You HAVE to watch some parts of both shows depending on what you like, instead of being able to choose. It hurts the branding of each show but it’s smart for WWE to give each show something you need to see.

I hope they don’t duplicate titles for each roster. Keep it interesting. Let them be defended on both. As you add depth, you will have two sets of challengers that, mostly, have not crossed paths. This will make for fresh scenarios down the line, if they can remain disciplined enough to stick to the plan.

I see PLENTY of room for additional call-ups. Don’t be surprised to see some new, or returning, faces soon.

I’ve heard a lot of “No Bailey?!?!?!?!??! OMG!!!!!!!!!!” Stop it. You sound ridiculous.

It would have been nice to see Bailey, but this hints that something bigger may be planned for her.  Sasha, Becky, and Charlotte were all hurt because they were all lumped together on their debut in one angle, and not everyone can be the star. Let them do something special with Bailey (Hint: Battleground?)

Are they splitting off members of The Club and The Wyatts or are they taking over both shows? The groups aren’t exactly tag-teams, but “families”, or “gangs”. Just because your brother moves doesn’t mean you aren’t still brothers, right?

Great NXT Picks-American Alpha, Finn Balor, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, and Eva Marie-I’ll take one bad pick to get four good ones. I’m especially excited to see American Alpha, and Finn has been stagnating in NXT for the past year.

Baron Corbin to Smackdown, see my thoughts on Eva Marie.

With the recent rumors of splitting them up, I’m glad they kept Enzo and Cass together. Enzo is money and Cass is still just a big green hoss, but the dynamic works. Good looks on not killing two G’s with one pick.

The Big Show….With all due respect, the rub of being picked on TV could have gone to someone else. I know he’s given a lot, but much has changed since Andre the Giant’s time. Being a giant isn’t enough anymore. I know 4 people through Twitter alone who are over 6’10”. The guy needs to go and hasn’t really been around in 6 months any way.

As for Mark Henry? I like the guy but see my thoughts Big Show, above.

The quote of the night was Shane McMahon calling Seth Rollins Cross fit Jesus. Definitely an internet troll, but still fun, regardless.

Putting Mauro on commentary with Michael Cole is like a Harvard PHD debating a kindergartener. Cole is what WWE wants in a commentator, but Mauro is what they desperately need. More Mauro…..Please.

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Did anyone else see Mick Foley’s Hardcore Holiness? I think, last night, he proved that Foley is God, after all.

I want to believe that this is the start of something good, but the 2002 Draft had promise as well. And the WCW Invasion. And ECW. And CM Punk’s walk-out……. Here’s hoping.

Overall, I thought the 2016 WWE Draft was a fun show and I like the rosters so far. I’m interested to see what happens from here, especially with Roman returning and Brock potentially being suspended. Until then, Battleground is Sunday and this week’s B Show drops tomorrow morning here.

Episode 8- Money in the Bank, Roman Reigns Suspended, and Bill Goldbrick

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Money in the Bank 2016 recap and thoughts, Dean Ambrose cashing in, Dean Ambrose as WWE Champion, Roman Reigns’ WWE Wellness Policy failure and suspension, wrestlers playing roles, Sami Zayn versus Kevin Owens, Vaudvillains, New Day losing steam, Jerry “the King” Lawler’s arrest, Paige taken into custody, AJ Styles versus John Cena, WWE Draft rumors, 3 hour SmackDown, WWE running two Pay-Per-Views per month, WWE Pay-Per-View format improvements, WWE Women’s division, Sasha Banks’ WWE return, Kurt Angle WWE return, Brian Cranston is Zordon in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and much more.

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