FTW234 – Bellas, Wayne Arnold, Finn Bálor, rollup pins, and cash-ins…

Tonight, we talk about the week that was in wrestling…


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This episode was recorded live on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.

Here’s what we talked about:

WWE

Priority List

  • WWE aired a new Wyatt Family promo, and it’s just as delightfully weird as the previous ones… But it seemed to focus on Luke Harper.  What’s your take?

  • Well, it’s official: Prince Devitt is now Finn Bálor. What do you think of the name change, and following the Kenta / Hideo Itami name change, what do you think they’ll call Kevin Steen?

  • There’s speculation that the Bellas (Nikki and Brie) will face each other at Hell in a Cell…. IN THE CELL.  Are you looking forward to this?

  • Lou Martinez on G+ asks: Am I the only that’s bothered of how many matches a week end with a roll up pin? Are finishing moves becoming obsolete?

  • Amandeep on G+ asks: Am i missing something or did this cash-in seem odd? I mean why bother going for it alone when you have a powerful faction behind you? Besides, don’t the contract-holders normally wait for the match to end before cashing-in – because it’s kinda assumed that the champion is at their peak exhaustion at the very end…

    • He continues saying:

      • I like Nick’s idea on the recent podcast of a triple threat between Cena vs Rollins vs Ambrose at Hell in a Cell. The MITB contract could be the on the line. Why? Because Cena wants another shot at Lesnar since Rollins ruined his rematch clause; Ambrose has been after it for months; and Rollins has blown his chance and element of surprise. Besides, he’s prolly a target now for Lesnar – a case of the hunter becoming the prey. This is prolly the reason why Cena was calling him a “fool” at the end of the match.

If There’s Time

  • Adam Rose’s bunny got a WWE profile page.

    • http://www.wwe.com/superstars/the-bunny

WWE Hell in a Cell

Takes place on Sunday, October 26th. We’ll be previewing it in full on Tuesday, October 21st, at FTW237.

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  • According to PWInsider, a Global Force Wrestling PPV has been scheduled with major pay-per-view carriers for January 4th, 2015. While that’s cool in itself (yay competition), for the past 22 years, New Japan Pro Wrestling has held their biggest event of the year — WrestleKingdom 9 — on the same date.  It’s rumoured that WrestleKingdom 9 will in fact be a Global Force production to be broadcast in the US, rather than branded and produced by NJPW.

  • Kurt Angle has said his next one year contract will be his last.  He’s going to retire. But where do YOU think he’s signing? Speculation, bitches.

TNA

Priority List

  • TNA held the New York Gold Rush tournament this past week on Impact,  hosting five matches where the winners faced off at the end of the night to determine who the number one contender to Bobby Lashley’s World title would be.  MVP, Tajiri, Austin Aries, Mr. Anderson, and Abyss faced off with Aries as the winner. Do you feel this was the right or best call, and if you had to select someone else from that final match, who would it be?

  • Jason Hervey – best known for his projects with Eric Bischoff and playing Wayne Arnold on the Wonder Years – tweeted out a photo while he was at WGN America.  With the rumor that TNA’s getting a new network… Is it WGN? Do you think it’s a good move?

    • http://talktnapodcast.com/tna-news/tna-expected-to-announce-a-new-tv-deal-could-it-be-with-wgn-jason-hervey-tweets-photo/

  • A number of people in the illustrious IWC are saying that TNA blew their load in New York with the first run of tapings, setting the bar too high. Do you agree, or do you think everything’s A-Okay?

TNA Bound for Glory

Takes place on Sunday, October 12th from the Korakuen Hall and we’ll be previewing it on Tuesday, October 7th on FTW235.

  • Team 3D will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame

  • Main event in Japan will be James Storm & the Great Sanada vs the Great Muta & Tajiri. HOWEVER, PWInsider is speculating that a new main event will be tacked on for the US broadcast, possibly a WHC match.

  • The current card is as follows:

    • X Division Title Match – Samoa Joe (c) vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi

    • Tajiri & The Great Muta vs. James Storm & The Great Sanada

    • Ethan Carter III vs. Ryoto Hama

    • MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto

    • Team 3D vs. Tommy Dreamer & Abyss

    • Havok vs. Velvet Sky

    • Manik vs. Minoru Tanaka

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FTW233 – Where WWE goes after WWE Night of Champions

Tonight, we talk about the week that was in wrestling and we’ll start it off with our preview of WWE Night of Champions.


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This episode was recorded live on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014.

Here’s what we talked about:

WWE

Night of Champions

  • TTC: Usos (G) vs. The Dust Brothers (D,N,J) – 13:27 via pinfall
  • USC: Sheamus () vs. Cesaro (D,N,G) – 13:06 via pinfall
  • IC: Dolph Ziggler (D,G,J,N) vs. Miz () – 9:22 via pinfall
  • Roman Reigns (G,J) vs. Seth Rollins (D,N) – 0:00 via forfeit
  • Rusev (D,G) vs. Mark Henry (N,J) – 9:01 via submission
  • Chris Jericho () vs. Randy Orton (D,G,J,N) – 16:21 via pinfall
  • DC: Paige (G) vs. AJ (N) vs. Nikki (D,J) – 7:42 via submission
  • WHC: Brock Lesnar (D,N,G,J) vs John Cena () – 14:10 via DQ

PPV Pick Totals

This week

  • Nick: 5
  • Deuce: 5
  • Garvin: 3
  • Joe: 3

Overall

  • Nick: 47
  • Garvin: 46
  • Joe: 34
  • Scott: 24*
  • Kevin: 13*
  • Harrison: 12*
  • Deuce: 5
  • Dinosaur Lee: 5
  • Lee: 3

If There’s Time

  • On this week’s Raw, Dolph won the Intercontinental Championship back from Miz, less than 24 hours since losing it at Night of Champions. Are you guys okay with such a quick change?
  • Possibly the first feud that started on Total Divas was brought to Raw as Natalya took on Summer Rae. The match happened because of an argument they had on this Sunday’s episode. Let’s forget that Total Divas was taped months ago. Are you okay with this crossover storyline?
  • WWE continued two non-PPV level feuds with Rose and The Bunny vs. Slater Gator, and Bo Dallas vs. Jack Swagger. Should either of these feuds be given a PPV match at Hell in a Cell next month?
  • How will the world title picture shape up going into Hell in a Cell? Do we see Cena vs Lesnar again? Does Rollins cash in? Who else can you see jumping in there?

WWE Hell in a Cell

Takes place on Sunday, October 26th. We’ll be previewing it in full on Tuesday, October 21st, at FTW237.

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Another week of Raw and another week of negativity by a majority of fans on our Facebook, Twitter, G+, and YouTube feeds:

  • Kevin Crittenden: “…Nothing really, besides Ambrose, stood out from the show. It was just another episode of raw if ya didn’t see , you didn’t miss anything. Reigns injured, wyatts not there, Jericho gone, no big show or nxt match”
  • Deuce: “The way Raw ended was beyond dumb. There’s no science behind figuring out why. I had such hopes fr tonight after the first hour but then it faded fast. I don’t know anymore…”
  • @RadioInfuence: “Anyone else feel bored with the WWE product lately? Ambrose and Rollins can only carry so much.”

What’s WWE doing wrong in your point of view?

Does WWE require competition at this level before Raw will become the show that everyone has been missing since the Monday Night Wars ended?

Before Night of Champions, HHH said in an interview that he wanted to see NXT continue to grow it’s brand, and quite possibly become as big as WCW. Many are speculating that WWE will turn NXT into competition for the main brand.

Blue Cactuar on Facebook: With all the hype around it lately, is NXT in danger of becoming too big and people forgetting that it is the developmental grounds and could hurt the progress of the up and coming talent who arent yet at a main roster level

TNA

  • This weekend, TNA tweeted that if people didn’t like the results from WWE NOC that they have options every Wednesday with Impact Wrestling. And TNA is an option that we have chosen, so let’s talk about what happened this week in TNA.

Priority List

  • Bobby Lashley defeated Bobby Roode to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Good call?
  • Wolves take the titles in the 3rd Tag Team Championship series match. Now we’re all tied up. Was this the best match thus far?
  • Havok is your #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship. Too soon?
  • Who’s next for the X Division, now that Joe’s beaten Low Ki and Homicide? Will someone from Storm’s new stable step up to the plate?
  • Admin/YT Note: Clip this and title: “What role should Josh Mathews have in TNA?”
    Josh Mathews has been seen at TNA headquarters. How do you want to see him used in TNA?
  • Benjamin on Facebook:
    Do you think TNA will do a gay angle with Samuel Shaw, and if so, can Shaw pull it off?

TNA Bound for Glory

Takes place on Sunday, October 12th from the Korakuen Hall and we’ll be previewing it on Tuesday, October 7th on FTW235.

Only thing scheduled so far:

  • Team 3D will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame
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FTW232 – WWE Night of Champions, NXT Takeover 2, and TNA No Surrender

Tonight we preview WWE Night of Champions. Plus, of course, react to the week that was in WWE and TNA, including NXT Takeover 2.

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FTW231 – NXT Takeover II Preview and our hopes for Roode vs. Lashley

Tonight, on the Season Premier edition of FTW, we continue to look forward to WWE Night of Champions as all title matches have been announced. Plus, we preview this Thursday’s NXT Takeover II. Will Neville be successful in defending his title, or moving on up to the main roster? And in TNA, Bobby Roode advances to face Lashley, Jessica wreaks Havok in the Knockouts division, and the X-Division continues to make us feel all warm inside. All that and the week that was in WWE and TNA.

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FTW230 – The Rise and Fall of WWE Raw and Future TNA Champions

Tonight, we get a better look at the upcoming card for WWE Night of Champions. Could we possibly see every title on the line? And we’ve got new #1 Contenders for every singles title in TNA: which race is our favorite? All that and the week that was in WWE and TNA.

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FTW229 – Is TNA’s rise in quality too late? And why Bray Wyatt?

Tonight, we talk about whether or not it’s too late for TNA to succeed, despite putting out months of great TV content. Plus, in WWE, why did they choose Bray Wyatt once again to get decimated by John Cena?  All that and the week that was in WWE and TNA.

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FTW228 – SummerSlam Reaction and TNA moves to Wednesdays

Tonight, we sit down to react to WWE SummerSlam 2014 and the beginning of the Brock Lesnar era. Plus, we’ve got a new WWE Heavyweight Championship belt. And in TNA, could we be seeing the final episodes of Bully Ray’s TNA run?

All that and the week that was in WWE and TNA.

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FTW227 – WWE SummerSlam 2014 PPV Preshow

Full preview and predictions for WWE SummerSlam. Plus, in TNA, #ItHappened. Now, where do we go from here? All that and the week that was in WWE and TNA.

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FTW226 – Destination X Reaction & A Stacked Summerslam Card

This week, we continue down the road to Summerslam as we now have 8 matches booked. Will there be any more? The  #TNANYC  crowd was amazing. But, did Destination X deliver? And what do we think about #ItHappens? Should TNA be promoting spoilers?

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FTW225 – Summerslam Heats Up and The Future of TNA

This week, we continue down the road to Summerslam as another match has been officially booked. And word on the street is TNA and Spike TV aren’t having the best negotiations. Sounds familiar to another wrestling company who didn’t fair too well on the market recently. How will life be without Spike if TNA can’t renew their television deal?

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