B Show 63-Favorite Summer Slam Matches and Moments

-G1 Climax and our favorite New Japan wrestlers

-Explaining New Japan to new fans

-Cena’s unnecessary digs at Baron Corbin

-Our favorite SummerSlam matches and moments

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Episode 48- Mauro Ranallo vs JBL and Braun Strowman Flips an Ambulance

-It’s a Westworld After All- Disney files patent for humanoid robots

-Braun Strowman kills Roman Reigns on RAW

-Debunking Roman Reigns’ delusional rationale for fans booing him

-Andy’s ultimate tag-team, The Viking Berzerkers: Brawn Strowman and The Mountain

-Vader’s in-ring reputation

-Finn Balor injured again

-Is the American strong-style leading to unnecessary risk and injury?

-Nia Jax almost kills Charlotte twice

-WWE Superstar Shakeup

-Mauro Ranallo done with WWE

-JBL’s legacy as a bully

-Mental health considerations

-Jim Henson Workshop’s Autistic muppet

 

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Episode 47- WWE WrestleMania 33 Hangover, Raw, and SmackDown Live Thoughts

Brian and Mr. Positive take a look back at WrestleMania week and the post WrestleMania Raw and SmackDown.

-Highlights and lowlights of WrestleMania 33

-Brian’s trick to enjoying WrestleMania

-Mojo Rawley wins Andre the Giant Battle Royal

-The pros and cons of Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar

-Thoughts on Roman Reigns beating The Undertaker

-Will WWE continue to present Reigns as a hero or turn him heel?

-Austin Aries versus Neville and why the Cruiserweight division is failing

-Why complaining WWE fans still watch

-Why wrestling fans accept Brock over Goldberg, even though they’re both “part-time”

-Realistic challengers to Brock Lesnar

-Matt and Jeff Hardy WWE return and why Matt isn’t Broken

-Braun Strowman steps up to Brock Lesnar

-Finn Balor returns

-Raw is still too damn long

-Tye Dillinger debuts on SmackDown Live

-Shinsuke Nakamura debuts on SmackDown Live

-John Cena, The Miz, and the phony Nikki Bella proposal

-Charlotte Wilder’s SBNation WrestleMania 33 blog as a first time wrestling viewer

-Why Roman’s win wasn’t heroic

-How WWE is like an eager guy hitting on a girl

-Horror FX master Tom Savini designs Kalisto’s WrestleMania mask

-WWE Network subscription numbers

-WWE comments on showcasing Indy promotions on the WWE Network

-Impact Wrestling’s working relationships with several international companies

-Being proud of people getting breaks

-Kevin Smith confirms who killed Clerks 3

 

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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 36- World’s Tiniest Batman, Awesome Cosplay Ideas, and Early WrestleMania Preview

-Wasps mimicking predators

-Signs of the decline of humans

-North Carolina’s abandoned Wizard of Oz amusement park

-Brian’s Alex Jones impersonation

-Best Cosplay costumes (and not so good ones)

-Pontiac Silverdome in new Transformers film

-Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s death and Nancy Argentino controversy

-Sad story of Michael Jackson

– Latoya Jackson’s Bubbles Reunion gaff

-Kurt Angle to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

-Upcoming B Show segment, Rate A Raw-dience

-Chuck Taylor

-Unbelievable childhood friend story

-Gogo Dodo is proof that 30’s animators were on LSD

-Potential Kurt Angle in-ring return

-WWE editing fan responses to cover for Roman Reigns

-WWE’s history of editing crowd response

-Reaction to Dustin Rhodes knocking fans who don’t like Roman Reigns

-Who will win the Royal Rumble?

-Predicting the WrestleMania card

-Will Joe be called up for a high-profile WrestleMania role?

-Debut idea for Samoa Joe that is too taboo for WWE

-Finn Balor return rumors

-Is it impossible in 2017 for WWE to find a hero everybody likes?

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Episode 33- 2016 Beverly Bombs and Goodbye to Carrie Fisher

What would year-end 2016 be without a wrestling awards show? Though we do have some standard categories, we hope some of ours stand out from the other shows out there. B Show Brian and Mr. Positive present awards for-

-Best Feud/Angle

-Worst Feud/Angle

-Most Misused Superstar

-MVP

-Best NXT Call-up

-The Ray Charles Award for most obvious moment of the year

-The Raymond M. “Glacier” Lloyd Award for most over-hyped superstar

-Vince Russo Award for most random, nonsensical, hard to follow, or non-contextual storyline

-B Show Podcast presents The Golden Waffle

Also on the show, discussing the death of Carrie Fisher, other celebrity deaths of 2016, pretty much #Fuck2016.

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Episode 24- Greedo Was Jewish or Why Does Shredder Look Like Megatron?

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-South Park Season 20

-How our Facebook feed is all Memberberries

-The break-neck speed of the South Park creative process

-Patrick Warburton

-The craziness of Twin Peaks

-Skate stories

-How Triple H buried half of Raw’s roster in 2006

-Mick Foley hurting Raw?

-Valuable comics

-Walking Dead Series Premiere

-Sam Raimi’s Four Chapter Spider Man series that never was

-Does Michael Keaton have the energy to pull off Beetlejuice 2?

-Jim Henson, Stan Winston and the lost art of creature effects

-Disney says Boba Fett not a Mandalorian?

-Should Disney remake the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy?

-Did Lucas put in a clause to prevent remaking Star Wars films?

-Walt Disney, the racist bigot?

-Did George Lucas have non-Star Wars film success?

-What Lucas sacrificed to create Star Wars

-How did Brian not realize Greedo was a Jewish stereotype?

-Jason David Frank

-Mighty Morphin’ Breakfast Twilight

-Madea

-Goldberg: Greatest WCW champion? Really?

-It only took WWE one week to blow Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar

-Vince so furious he cuts Raw’s Brock Lesnar segment off early

-Did Goldberg’s return eerily similar to Ultimate Warrior’s last Raw appearance?

-Steve Dillon

-John Carpenter films and music

-John Williams: the man who scored our childhood

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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 20- The List of Jericho and OPP

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IWE and MWO’s Mr. Positive joins Brian again this week for lots of wrestling talk.

-Was this week’s Raw the best since the brand split?

-Debut of the Raw Cruiserweights

-Thoughts on Baron Corbin

-Gran Metalik

-Brian doesn’t get the hype about Zack Sabre Jr.

-Jim Cornette’s podcast rants

-The List of Jericho

-Why Jericho is Raw’s MVP

-Could a “co-Universal Champion” angle with Owens and Jericho be effective?

-WWE Universal Title angle ideas

-Is the Kevin Owens/Seth Rollins feud just leading to another Triple H versus Stephanie angle?

-Big Show

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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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