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  1. Afro Steel

    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    It didn't help that the crew of the original documentary were varying shades of sleazy/out there themselves. Her manager comes off as especially exploitative. Spiritual advisors as a whole usually comes off as snake oil salesmen, and that guy was no different. The director seemed to be an addict himself and only helped enable Chyna's substance abuse. The producer seems like he meant well enough, but was a bit of an oddball, too. As a whole, her story felt a lot more deflating than many of the DSotR subjects we've gotten. She made her own choices, but her upbringing made her vulnerable to poor decisions. Coupled with her unceremonious boot from WWF in 2001 and the subsequent erasure of her from programming, even during the boom of the nostalgia era, and it almost felt like her fate was sealed 15 years before she finally passed. What a hopeless and dark road to travel for such an extended period of time.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    I thought the pull quotes from his blog paired with some of the sound bites from his speaking engagements was plenty to get across that he held some dogshit beliefs.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    I was expecting way worse based on the "smut" disclaimer. Basically, Warrior had a girl in a lot of towns, was difficult to work with, and had some extremely distasteful views post-career. The ex-wife seems to have a refreshingly mature view of her relationship with marriage. It's clear she was hurt by things he did, but those things haven't left her bitter. She's able to acknowledge the good things he did and recall the more humane side of him. Ross and Cornette are the only ones who come out looking really bad in this. I do wish we'd drop this dated notion that Warrior was an all-time bad worker. He was sloppy, careless, and selfish, absolutely. He still rose to the occasion more times than not when he needed to. His WWF PPV track record during his first run is about as solid as anyone's from that era. You can attribute that to who he worked with, but just about all of those guys had their share of mediocre or bad PPV matches themselves. If Warrior was all-time bad, it doesn't stand to figure that he would've been capable of even being carried by these guys.
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    Dark Side of the Ring: Viceland docu-series

    It's amusing, because watching the A&E piece, you wouldn't even know she necessarily shared the same views as Warrior. On the subject of Warrior's bigoted comments, she chalked it up to his voracious consumption of conservative talk radio. She framed it in a way where she almost sounds like the loyal wife who was reluctantly along for the ride. Heck, that would've been my takeaway had I not read on here about that she helped shape his conservative views.
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    WWE Network... It's Here

    I've been skipping the Piper/Brown match for decades. I didn't even like the match when I was a kid and gladly watched Skinner squash matches. Still, I'm torn on the precedent this sets. I do think it's a slippery slope when it comes to deeming what is and isn't acceptable for consumption, especially in an era where it seems like some people are looking to find fault in almost anything. But, I agree with those who are saying that the Network then and now (and maybe forever?) wasn't intended to be a permanent historical archive. Hell, content leaves other streaming platforms every month. In that sense, we got spoiled that relatively little content left the network over seven years. Moreover, NBC shelled out the bucks for the rights to the content, so it's their call on how they want to handle it.
  6. Something to Wrestle has become almost intolerable to slog through. It was already losing its appeal to me when Bruce went back to WWE, mainly because the show's rigid structure didn't allow for a more compelling discussion to take place. It fell into a formula of Conrad reading through match results, Bruce shitting on Meltzer, overused bits ("What might that sound like..."), and of course, lots of ads sprinkled in there. But since Bruce's role with the company has expanded, the show has just completely run out of steam for me. It sounds like they record the show practically in the middle of the night because it's the only time Bruce is available. This leads to an even less inspired Bruce, who seems downright grouchy these days. There's also technical issues, including them having to basically due the Backlund episode a few weeks over the phone where Bruce sounded like he was on a 1997 car phone. Conrad has also been long exposed as an abysmal interviewer. On the few occasions Bruce comes up with an interesting story, Conrad almost never has any sort of follow-up questions. Sometime he doesn't even say anything and immediately moves on to the next match result. This is my long-winded way of saying that I wish Conrad would stop trying to expand his dominance over the wrestling podcast world. It's befuddling how popular his network of shows is when there's some real quality ones that just slip under the radar. Must be the lack of Blue Chew ads.
  7. I've been amused how some people elsewhere are criticizing the wrestlers who have spoken out against the tweet because a week ago they were speaking out against bullying and now they themselves are bullying a colleague. Never mind that the tweet in "best of times" was defending a man so void of human compassion and a true bully himself.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    Probably my biggest issue with Conrad is he's just not that inquisitive of a person, which often hampers his ability to guide a compelling interview/discussion. There have been so many times on the Prichard podcast where Bruce tells an intriguing story and Conrad practically no-sells it and promptly moves on to his next talking point. It's like if there's not a dick joke or a Vince/Pat/Cornette impression to be made, Conrad can't or won't capitalize on it. I compare that to someone like Marc Maron, who is so good at fleshing out a discussion with a guest that I find myself listening to and enjoying episodes where I don't even really have an interest in the guest. The Meltzer bashing is also beyond tired. Don't like the guy? Fine. Then stop basing almost all of your "research" on what he and Keller wrote. I would be OK hearing legitimate gripes about them, but at least in Prichard's case, he almost never veers from the "Fuck Meltzer" shtick. Hell, there have been many instances where Prichard pushes back on something Dave wrote and in explaining why Dave was wrong, Prichard basically ends up agreeing with him.
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    The Arn Anderson podcast

    My favorite part of that episode was him pulling no punches about the Red Rooster gimmick and other similarly awful gimmicks being a rib for "an audience of one." A refreshing contrast to Prichard's continued insistence that it didn't get over because Taylor didn't embrace the gimmick. I'l admit it's a bit of an adjustment to get used to Arn's soft-spoken approach to the podcast after we've been conditioned through Conrad's other podcasts to expect the opposite. And unlike Bruce, Arn seems believable when he says he doesn't know or wasn't aware of something, rather than it being an attempt to avoid addressing certain subjects.
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    Between the Sheets - Chronologically

    Not tough to do. I swear you could hack off 15-20 minutes per episode if Bix would have the awareness to stop searching for something that only sounded marginally important or relevant to begin with.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    It sounded like Conrad was going to call an audible after the HH watch-along and scrap the plans for The Wrestling Classic watch-along. I love the era, so I was disappointed to hear that, but holy god, they should've. Just an absolute chore to get through. The format has never worked well for Conrad and Bruce, but this might be the best example of that yet. I don't actually watch the show they're watching when I listen to these, so there were several instances where I had no idea what was going on because they weren't talking about anything related to the show. Plenty of talk about Blue Chew, Manscape, bidets, and Conrad's house, though. Probably the only interesting bit I took from the show was how Paul Boesch felt Ivan Putski ruined his charm with the Houston audience when he returned from New York having all but abandoned the look and promo style of pre-shredded Putski. Just an absolutely brutal show.
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    WWE Presents Crown Jewel: Halloween Pumpkin Spice Edition

    Cheated on his long-time girlfriend to do so, too.
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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    I don't know who Moose is, but this latest Bix Twitter beef has some real charming looking people taking shots at Bix in the ultimate "those in glass houses..." situations.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    The IYH 3 episode was pretty good, but I'm biased because 1995 is a relatively overlooked year in the show's history. I was at the show, so I was a bit miffed that Conrad, who seems fixated on gate numbers and match results never even mentioned the location of the show. Relatively few tangents this week, too, which helped. I got a legit kick out of Bruce justifying the Jean Pierre/Bret Hart jacket angle because it had gotten over in Houston in the 70s. But it's back to 1997 AGAIN next week, though it sounds like it'll be the last bit they can mine from that year.
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    Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard

    It just comes down to a lack of curiosity, I would imagine. Conrad is one of those fans who has his favorite era and isn't too interested in delving any deeper into other eras or territories. The Houston episode was one of the stronger shows they did, but I recall Conrad not hiding at all how much he didn't want to do that topic, both when it came to polling and when the show finally got done as some sort of a bonus episode deal. Just seems ridiculous when you consider that Bruce was around for that stuff, so why not, as a wrestling fan would you be so against covering it? Especially when a lot of the characters from Houston aren't alien to the scope of anyone who watched WWF/NWA in the 80s and early 90s.
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