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  1. thebrainfollower

    Rick Rude vs. Ted Dibiase

    Parv brought this up casually in another thread, naturally believing Ted to be the better talent. I'm not so sure about this as I think it's a very complex comparison. On face value, you'd think they had very close careers. Both guys peaked in terms of national fame at the same moment and in the same place, late 80's WWF. They are two of the "big four" of more technically talented top heels of that era in the WWF (with Savage and Perfect) and are gimmicks everyone remembers. Their in ring careers ended less than a year apart and both ended up as suited NWO minions towards the end. But on face value I find this to be a very hard straight comparison to make. For one Ted Dibiase played both babyface and heel for long runs in his career, whereas Rude played basically only a heel (his early Mid South run as a lower card guy aside). For a second thing Dibiase got to work with ALL the top WWF guys in his run, whereas Rude only had one TV match with Hogan and none at all with Savage during his run. For a third thing, I'd argue they basically peaked nearly a decade apart. I also think Rude played his character in the ring incredibly well and seemed to have more passion for his run than Ted did, at least in the WWF. Rude's WCW run vs. Ted's Mid South peak make for an interesting case. Anyone else want to talk about these two? I'm not sure I have an easy answer.
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    Place to Be Podcast Thread

    A few quick thoughts on the WM IV main event, having rewatched it a few days before the listen. This is actually the Million Dollar Dream's debut, prior to this Dibiase tried a sharpshooter, russian leg sweep into a pin, spinning toehold and 2nd rope back elbow as squash finishers. Not called as such. Also Savage tries to reach the ropes while in the Dream but Andre pulls the ropes and that's when Hogan finally has enough and uses the chair. All of this happens way too fast for Jesse and Gorilla to really call it, which is odd, super fast Watts style ten things happening finishes weren't a WWF thing and it's not as if going 3:34 would have been much different but the story was lost in the speed at the end. Also with the Hogan thing, I think Savage is on record (and I agree) as having said that he just wanted Hogan to leave the ring at some point in his celebration so to give him and Liz a moment on there on, begging him to do so in ring and Hogan just pretending to ignore him. I can't speak for other fans, but that's what I have a problem with.
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    WWE Money in the Bank

    Nor was anyone at the time remotely considering a Stacy Keibler or Torrie Wilson title run. But yes it does help to have "the look" and that's part of Vince's very dated view of society. He thinks we are all still into the Pamela Anderson type.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA4sOnoowCk&t=7809s We're back after an extended hiatus with another look at wrestling's past and present. This time we present our first supercard as JCP sets the stage with the Final Conflict. Nobody really thinks much of the first three matches, but Piper vs Slater & Steamboat & Youngblood vs. Slaughter & Kernodle get a whole lot of love. Then it's over to NXT for another blood feud as former best friends Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa blow us away! PS - I can't see to post the link for whatever reason but youtube "Wrestling with a Generation Gap" and you will find it
  5. Now audio only as a traditional podcast should be
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    World Cast: A WCCW Review

    And dedication for not denying us World Cast fans our weekly fix just cause of a birthday
  7. Well here's the thing I didn't SHOW Gargano vs Ciampa. We just talked about it to a blank screen. They can't seriously block for talking about stuff? Maybe they blocked for Final Conflict but that is up on several youtube sources which is odd
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    World Cast: A WCCW Review

    I haven't seen of a ton of pre Paul Bearer Percy but every time I do I think he's further from the Bobby Heenan clone I heard some and he himself claim it was
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    World Cast: A WCCW Review

    I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that the Lugar debut is dated one year early. In October of 84 Rude was in Memphis. It was October of 85 and was Luger's debut, any other past "4 years" was just wrestling nonsense. Percy going up and down completely needs to be a gif here and everywhere. I joined Johnny in laughing for ten minutes.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    Brisco-Flair is it this week right? I am grateful we go it but don't want to miss anything
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    The Pro-wrestling Curve of Attractiveness

    I saw Emma at a restaurant a few hours after an ROH show and kind of thought to myself "she's hot, probably the hottest woman here but not by that much". But in ring she looked spectacular and knows how to look like a star. Mandy Rose is most likely getting the intended Emmalina and Eva Marie pushes but her stoic goddess routine is another example of not letting a person work their natural talents into their characters, as she's actually quite goofy outside of WWE. Alexa as Braun's mouthpiece isn't the worst idea ever.
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    World Cast: A WCCW Review

    I was beginning to worry this podcast had gone the way of Titans to that great podcasting place in the sky.
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    Place to Be Podcast Thread

    I don't know why you guys keep calling the Warrior tag the main event. It definitely wasn't. Dibiase-Bigelow was the main and promoted as such. Originally this would have been a WWF title match, but it was decided to cut Dibiase's crooked reign much shorter than intended due to low houses, which this half full MSG would support. At the time Warrior, Muraco and Reed were all doing pretty much nothing and Bundy had been gone for a few months (his last SNME aired weeks after it was shot). Good podcast besides that nitpick, though to me this card is the very definition of meh. I've seen a few different six man cage tags and sadly they aren't quite as good as you might hope.
  14. Season 2 of WWAGG kicks off with a bang as Dave, Nick and Rob review some hidden gems from WCW. January and February of 1990 bring us Ric Flair vs. Bobby Eaton Cactus Jack vs. Lee Scott Sting, Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. the Great Muta, Buzz Sawyer and the Dragon Master - with the 6 star crowd The Midnight Express vs. The Rock and Roll Express - JIP Ric Flair vs. Brian Pillman We get some widely differing views on the quality of the matches as Rob believes this is the best stuff covered, giving out 4 star ratings like candy, but Dave and Nick aren't so taken. Then it's back to the bizarre mind of Matt Hardy, funneled through WWE this time as he finishes off Bray Wyatt in the Ultimate Deletion! Feedback and comments are always welcome!
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    Sampler of Detroit - help wanted

    So I am putting together a 60-75 minute sampler of the Sheik's big time wrestling territory for a podcast. This isn't a territory I know much about to be honest so what are some must includes that are out there? Thanks in advance
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    Sampler of Detroit - help wanted

    That one definitely is going in for sure. Any other ideas?
  17. Wrestling with a Generation Gap celebrates it's first anniversary with an awards show. No wrestling to review, just a look back at all the varied stuff, old and new we've watched. And for those of you won't don't want to listen here are the results. This is just Dave, Nick and Rob voting and it only covers stuff from episodes 1-25 on the podcast. Best OS Promotion – WCCW Worst OS Promotion - Atlantic Grand Prix Best Wrestler – Nick Bockwinkel Worst Wrestler – The Many Assassins Best Manager – Bobby Heenan Best Commentator – Gorilla Monsoon Worst Commentator – Dunbar from Hawaii Best Babyface (tie) – Bruno Sammartino/The Von Erichs Best Heel – Larry Zbyszko Best Promo – Bruno Sammartino Best Match – Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee Worst Match – The Assassins vs. Bob Sabre and Bozo Brown Best New Promotion – New Japan Wrestling Best New Worker – Kenny Omega Worst New Worker – The Great Kabuki (though yes we get he could not do more at his age) Best Match – Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada Worst Match – House of Horrors Of all the stuff we have covered, what would be your picks?
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    RIP Bruno Sammartino

    My two co-hosts had literally never seen a Bruno match in their lives and after me showing them the whole Bruno Larry feud, had no problem considering him the greatest babyface of all time. A man of dignity, class and the epitome of the American Dream indeed.
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    Dick Murdoch

    Dick Murdoch is going to be the fourth wrestler profile in my podcast series. I need about 2.5 hours of the best of Captain Redneck, matches and promos, showing him at his most versatile? Any suggestions?
  20. It's the 25th episode of Wrestling with a Generation Gap where the new see the old and the old see the new. This week Rob, Dave and Nick finish their look at one of the all time greats of wrestling, The King of Memphis, Jerry Lawler. We talk about Dave's insane rewatching of Wrestlemania IV every week, Rob on WCW post Russo, Dave catches some Mid Atlantic, a bio for Superstar Bill Dundee, Lawler vs. Dundee – the longest feud in wrestling, Dundee as Mid South Booker, Memphis matches as starting slow and building as opposed to up and down, the greatest punch exchange in wrestling history?, Memphis as the last mainland US territory, LONG discussion of where this match fits in Bigelow's best, guys bouncing around too much once most of the territories folded, Dave and Nick have no clue who PG-13 was, Heyman vs. Heenan as GOAT manager talk, Rob completely whiffs on predicting the Miz's Wrestlemania match, and we watch one of the better known matches referred by long time friend of us at WWAGG Adam West (not the late great Batman) Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee – loser leaves town Jerry Lawler vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Texas Death Match Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol – loser gets his head shaved steel cage match Biff Busick vs. Speedball Mike Bailey - Evolve Wrestling
  21. To me this is a textbook example of Flair fans giving him a pass. He struggles with a simple kick to the gut and with the finish as well but no one seems to see it. It's a good match but Flair is a step below even the last month's efforts against Eaton and the six man tag.
  22. Welcome to the 24th episode of Wrestling with a Generation Gap and the 3rd of our wrestler profiles. This week we take a look at a man whose career has spanned five decades, the King of Memphis, Jerry “The King” Lawler. On the docket we have Jerry Lawler vs. Dream Machine – the King Returns highlight package Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk Jerry Lawler vs. Dutch Mantell – barbed wire match Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage vs. Rick Rude & King Kong Bundy. Also some promos from the King as he expounds on a country western softball game and address racism in wrestling against the Snowman. Then it's back to New Japan for January's Wrestle Kingdom Rumble! A special thanks to everyone who helped me pick the matches and an apology to Dutch Mantell. I mention how awesome it would be if he wrote a book. He wrote two. I am an idiot. Along the way we get a little on the Women's Rumble, Nick and Dave watch DDT for the first time, Rob covers Ted Dibiase's Mid South heel turn from 82, a huge Dutch Mantell bio, debate about Jerry Lawler and more “who is this guy” from Rob than at an Art Donovan reunion. Part 2 of our look at the King comes soon. Feedback and comments are always welcome.
  23. After a long break to allow Nick to recover from Hulkamania, we are back with another look at the WWE's recent Unreleased 86-95 DVD set, this time it's disc two. Before hand we get some thoughts on a recent ROH/NJ show, Rob gives thoughts on the All Star Wrestling shows put up on the network, Dave believes a time travelling Hulk Hogan stole his moveset from Kenny Omega (The V Trigger), Rob tries to explain the greatness of the Macho Elizabeth storyline to NIck, who steadfastly believes Liz should have never taken his abusive self back, the great debate, what gimmick was more racist - Kamala or Akeem, quick thoughts on the PTBN's WWE greatest wrestler top 10 list, how Dave and Nick first saw many of these wrestlers way past their prime affects perspective today, and Rob explaining a ton of storylines Nick's never heard of. All this and more on our second special (disc three to come in the summer)
  24. Wonder if anyone around here is very knowledgeable about Joe Blanchard's old territory. I am putting together a 75 minute or so primer on that territory for my podcast showing old stuff to new fans, and that's not one I have too much footage of or know that much about really.
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    WWE's "Unseen Matches" DVD

    I wonder if maybe a Taker set will come out some day. I noticed there were some Superstars from 95 taping that had face vs face Shawn vs. Taker which would be interesting to see