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 45- What Smells Like Mothballs and Bengay or Don’t Shame Me Bro

The gang’s all here this week to talk about a boat load of topics including:

-The death of Bernie Wrightson

-E.C. Comics and Tales From the Crypt

-Tales From the Crypt reboot with no Cryptkeeper

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Street Sharks, and other early 90’s Mutant Toons

-Logan and TMNT Comic series

-Furries and adult babies

-Feeling old

-Sign of the Beef Carver, Perkins, Bill Knapps, Bob Evans and other old people restaurants we love

-The Santa Clause edited for PC reasons

-Social implications of the Paige/WWE leak

-WWE to trade Roman Reigns for AJ Styles in the 2017 Draft?

-Dirty Dancing with Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman

-Lucha Underground is now available on Netflix

-Jay and Silent Bob reboot to start production in August

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Episode 39- WWE, The XFL, and Unmade George Lucas Films

Get well, Mr. Positive. Brian and Andy bounce around with an ADHD afflicted conversation this week:

-The cancelled Constantine series

-Goofing on Tomi Lahren

-Stephen Wright Jokes

-Stephanie McMahon’s battered passive aggressive husband: the fourth face of Foley

-Forgettable road to WrestleMania

-Samoa Joe versus Roman Reigns

-WWE: please light the world on fire

-George Lucas’ Apocalypse Now

-George Lucas’ sequel trilogy treatments versus original 6 film Star Wars concept

-The frightening ET 2 that almost was

-Gaming Historian

-Growing up in the late 80’s/early 90’s

-Discussing ESPN’s This Was the XFL

-Showing some love to the Wrestling Roundtable

-Modern Day All In The Family/ Jeffersons reboot

-Wolverine: Return to the old costume?

-Alex Jones on the Joe Rogan Experience

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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 26- Raw is Bayley and Bret Hart is Wrestling’s Barack Obama

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We return on this election week for our eclectic discussion of wrestling, movies, pop culture, and anything else we feel.

-Sin Cara/Chris Jericho fight

-Snoop Dog and Martha Stewart’s Potluck Party

-Andy’s anti-Disney musings

-Corey Graves and Roman Reigns’ “rousing” Raw ovation: is WWE even listening to the audience at this point?

-Raw is Bayley

-Crowds hijacking segments: do you blame rude fans or lazy WWE writers?

-Do current WWE champions reflect the health of the wrestling business?

-Bret Hart: the Barack Obama of wrestling

-WWE revisionist history exposed: The Rise of Daniel Bryan

-Ric Flair pushing for one last WrestleMania match

-Why great performers don’t know when to quit

-Undertaker returning at 900th SmackDown

-Michael J. Fox mannequin challenge

-Why do the Kardashians have health and fame while Michael J. Fox suffers

-Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Hanz Zimmer, Robert Rodriguez, and Monty Python songs

-Trump wins

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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 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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B Show Episode One Or The Ding Dongs Versus Bill Ding and The Invisible Man

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Brian Jay welcomes Mr. Positive back to the show. We discuss the Crystal Lake Memories documentary, CW cancelling Friday the 13th The Series, Horror Comedies, WWE Wrestlemania, WWE Payback, the illogical Shane McMahon control storyline, the politics preventing the Michigan wrestling scene from prospering, MWO WrestleRama 22, rank the six worst creative minds in wrestling and much more.

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