In a continuing effort to make your Mondays suck less, we proudly present 53 minutes of WWE Network complaints and other geek chatter. It’s not all bad, though. For instance, NXT was a roaring success, and we’ll tell you why in excruciating detail. Plus, we say words on Undertaker’s big return to Raw, the possible return of a certain Chicago native to Raw tonight, why nerds shouldn’t be worried about Triple H and Bryan, and other stuff I forgot. Help us lay the Smackdown on all other Monday morning podcasts about wrestling. Download!
It’s cold and rainy in Southern California today, and since Faraaz lives in England it’s obviously cold and rainy there. Who knows what the weather is like where Steve lives. Where does Steve even live?
Fear not, fellow lover of S-words and F-bombs, we are here to satisfy. Not only do we call Lupe Fiasco out for ruining our podcast, but Wispy teaches us about English nursery rhymes. Speaking of rhymes, I am persuaded to bust one, and I fail epically. Also, learn more about superheroes Mongoose Man, Bribery Man, and Latrine Boy. All of this in the company of our new elderly racist friends. Go forth and consume.
No longer will the average technologically literate American be forced to drop $55 for a wrestling show. This means you have more money for important things like nachos. Yay, nachos! Sorry, non-Americans. No nachos for you until the end of the year.
While you wait for your nachos sink your teeth into a podcast all about wrestling, mainly last night’s wrestling, the last traditional pay-per-view that will probably ever mean anything. “Elimination Chamber” had an epic, and we do mean epic, trios collision between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. Plus, a Chamber main event that stayed the course of storytelling while keeping us nerds on our toes. Also, other stuff!
All month long we’ve been dropping little pellets of fanboy knowledge pertaining to the View Askewniverse, Kevin Smith’s nugget of the Garden State. It all leads to these 60 delightful minutes of audio.
Scott Mosier became buddies with Smith while at film school in the early 90s, and the bromance has been alive ever since. From journeying together to a faithful Sundance Festival in 1994 to co-hosting a podcast for over seven years, Smith and Mosier comprise the quintessential dynamic duo.
Mosier joins the Culture My Pop party to speak on hot topics like the growth of his SModcast, magic, his beginnings as a writer and producer, and thoughts on artists’ need to market themselves effectively. Compelling listening!
Then, bear witness as I attempt to bust a rhyme to some Busta Rhymes like the straight G I always knew I was.
“Let the nostalgia wind its way into the deep, dark crevices of your soul and feast upon the wrenching of time that is Throwback Vibes,” is how Jake Roberts would probably talk about this show. Thankfully we’re not Jake Roberts, so you have nothing to be afraid of, unless you’re afraid of three nerds talking about everything happening in wrestling from February of 1998, in which case you should run far, far away.
The nWO was falling apart in WCW, with no world champion to represent the company. But as fractured as the nWO seemed to be, it was nothing compared to Shawn Michaels’ back after his casket match with The Undertaker, or the assorted items of furniture littering the ECW arena. This show has great points in history, including the ascension of some no-name punk called Rocky Johnson, or something, one of the first ever internet-only wrestling shows in ECW’s “Cyber Slam,” and a sudden splintering of one of wrestling’s most formidable tag teams (hint: there was a lot of barking involved).
It’s a long, fun show, and unlike those football-playing pansies, we don’t take no breaks!
In the crazy fun world of Chikara, one thing remains a constant: You can always count on Bryce Remsburg to be there to enforce the rules and lay some obscure pop culture references on you from his seat at the commentation station.
Just a few days away from his eagerly anticipated westward excursion to perform at the Los Angeles UCB Theatre, the Chikara referee, commentator, and sketch comedian joins me for a delightful half hour to talk comedy, wrestling, and even fast food chains. We talk comedy influences, the awesomeness that is the recently revived Chikara, a tease of what’s to come May 25 for Chikara’s grand return to action, and so much more. A grand conversation is had, in short. Say hello to Bryce on Twitter, @DaBryceIsRight.
Then the Oreo Monster and Faraaz show up late to talk about the WWE Network and all the amazing things WWE has planned for next Monday’s launch. Tune in and enjoy the good times on, hopefully, your day off!
The Kevin Smith appreciation train doesn’t stop on TDS. This week we spend a solid hour reliving our most delicious View Askew moments. Plus, other movie talk I can’t remember. This podcast was a blur. Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and other stuff.
“The Appalachian Outlaw” Jock Samson may be a good friend to our website, but he’s also one of the most outspoken, foul-mouthed dudes I have ever known, which makes for one hell of a podcast. Crack open a cold one as Jock regales us with tales of drunken Wrestlemania Tom Foolery, fighting crackheads, his world famous chili, tips on the best way to enjoy Nascar, why Jock has heat with soccer, and so much more. If you love Jock, show him some on Twitter, @JockSamson.
Then we yell about what an idiotic stupid-face Cody Rhodes is, more on TNA’s need to die, and not much more. Click it!
Kevin Smith, a man of Smod, has, on countless occasions, wrapped our minds and touched our hearts. It’s about time some honest to Smod View Askew fans put their all into a biopic about the silent half of Jay and Silent Bob, right?
Filmmakers Brett Murray and Christopher Downie have launched a campaign to do just that. 100 percent Silent Bob-approved, this campaign looks to chronicle Smith’s formidable first few years in film, struggling to finance and shoot “Clerks” on the shoe-stringiest of budgets. But before they can make the magic happen, Brett and Christopher need your help on IndieGogo, where every dollar, pound, shilling counts!
They joined us for an hour, during which we managed to scratch the surface of our Smith fandom, as well as assess why “Chasing Amy” was such a poignant film in the Smith catalog. We also get a taste of the film’s cast, some exciting choices, the inner-workings of crafting a biopic script, and so many juicy details you’d be a fool not to help these gents make this dream a reality. Click it, share it, InstaVine it, and send it to your sweetie via telegram stop. Let’s make this film a thing!
Unlike a steel chair to the head, your boss won’t fine you for using us. In fact totally made up research suggests we actually prevent concussions.
The free National Pro Wrestling Day did its job and got people talking about wrestling. But more importantly, Chikara is back! I try my best to explain how this glorious turn of events came to pass in as unbiased a manner as possible. I fail. But, it’s not all fail, as TDS first-lady and Wispy’s friend Sam makes a rare, unicorn-like appearance to give an outsider perspective on the matter. No, not these kinds of outsiders. Their publicist is a dick.
Then, with WWE inking a new TV deal with U.K. media giant Sky, our resident Brit delves more into U.K. TV structure, pay TV, and how this new deal could impact the proposed end of year launch of the WWE Network across the pond.
And how could we not weigh in on C.M. Punk? My opinion might shock you.
You may not be able to streak at the Super Bowl, but this is the next best thing. Unzip this podcast and show it to everyone!