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For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years. Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us. It's still real to me, dammit!

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Podcast Episode 451: The Steel Cage 2.0

Two Point Oh

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for joining us, and thank you for your emails. Please keep those coming or send us questions on our social media @thesteelcage.

In our time away due to technical difficulties and time conflicts, one thing we all agree is… AEW is still coming out on top. We know this will get mixed feelings…but, AEW is also doing fantastic in the ratings. The numbers don’t lie.

We also have come to find out that NXT 2.0 is really feeling like a developmental brand again. Could this be because NXT is no longer looking to the independent scene for talent? We can really see NXT is really leaning into growing their own talent.

Winners of the Week!
Neo – Daniel Garcia
Cap – Lee Moriarty
Beek – PWG Tag Team Champions Malakai Black & Brodie King

Featuring: Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman), ‘Tio Neo’ David Valencia (@theneoecks), and ‘Uncle Beek’ Jeremey (@jaimsvanderbeek)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley

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Podcast Episode 450: AEW Hits a Grand Slam!

Man oh man, is it a great time to be a professional wrestling fan, or what?

Derek catches back up with the usual crew to talk about the paradigm shift in the pro wrestling landscape as AEW continues to deliver. They set a high bar with All Out, and they are really attempting to live up to it with free PPV-style cards on their weekly TNT shows. This week, they’re bringing it with AEW Grand Slam from Arthur Ashe Stadium. We break down the results of night one and talk about what’s coming up with night two.

Meanwhile, NXT has gone through a rebranding exercise and has come out the other side as NXT 2.0. Ratings have been sliding overall, and the powers that be have decided to take things over. With a focus on new homegrown talent, will they bring more eyes to the product and cement their place once again in the pro wrestling landscape?

Winners of the Week!
Neo – Kenny Omega
Cap – MJF’s Mom
Beek – Ruby Soho

Featuring: Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman), ‘Tio Neo’ David Valencia (@theneoecks), and ‘Uncle Beek’ Jeremey (@jaimsvanderbeek)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley

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Podcast Episode 449: The Scene Has Changed

“The scene has changed. The game has changed.” – Jim Ross (September 5, 2021. AEW All Out. Chicago, Illinois)

Without overstating things, September 5, 2021, was a historic night for professional wrestling. AEW’s biggest show of the year, All Out, was poised to deliver a highly anticipated card, headlined by CM Punk making his in-ring return to pro wrestling.

It was so much more than that. AEW took the opportunity to showcase what it has spent the last few years building. It’s not merely competition for WWE. For many, arguably, it’s a replacement.

The AEW roster has been built meticulously, and with one night in Chicago – they showed to the world that they added the star power needed to go up against the McMahon family once and for all.

CM Punk. Ruby Soho. Adam Cole (Bay Bay!). Daniel Bryan. I mean, Bryan Danielson (gotta get used to that).

The hits just kept coming. From a solid pre-show to a wide variety of matches that each delivered in their own unique ways.. it was all killer, no filler. Well, okay. Except maybe for that Paul Wight match / piss break, which was out of character for AEW. But seriously, besides that, they spent the entire night showcasing their talent, telling interesting stories, and captivating an audience who was there with a craving for PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.

Those two words matter. Sports entertainment has become the default, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Arguably, it’s all pro wrestling. It’s all sports entertainment. But when you present a product the way AEW did on Sunday.. *chef’s kiss*

Fans old and new, lapsed and jaded – they found something to get behind. I realize I’m coming off as a total fanboy in everything you just read. But I think they earned it. What’s next for AEW? Besides Minoru Suzuki vs Jon Moxley, that is?

One thing is for sure: Someone is gonna get their fuckin head kicked in!

Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman), ‘Super Jew’ Jared (@SuperJew75), FKA ‘The Beast from the Middle East’ Darrell Johnson (@zazzumplop), ‘Pipe Bomb’ Bryan Gregston (@guitarsalad), and ‘A Bomb’ Adam Hess (@ahess49)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley

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Podcast Episode 448: BummerSham

Well, we did it y’all. SummerSlam is in the books, and we are still COVID-free (some results are still pending). The vaxxed, waxxed, and thot-boi-summer continues…

But let’s be honest, we SURVIVED SummerSlam. We couldn’t buy food, drink, or copious amounts of beer to get through SummerSlam.. but we made it through somehow. We hope you enjoy all of our crazy antics during Vegas, as we break it all down, talk about CM Punk’s big return, and more!

Winners of the week!

  • Neo – Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs
  • Cap – Phil Brooks
  • Beek – Ted DiBiase
  • SuperJew – CM Punk
  • Darrell – Denver Broncos

Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman), ‘Tio Neo’ David Valencia (@theneoecks), ‘Uncle Beek’ Jeremey (@jaimsvanderbeek), ‘Super Jew’ Jared (@SuperJew75), and ‘The Beast from the Middle East’ Darrell Johnson (@zazzumplop)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley

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Podcast Episode 446: CM Punk and Bryan Danielson Newz, and We Are Fine

AEW

It’s time for wrrrrrrestling news! (doot doot doot do doot… sing it with us now, it’s Cena’s theme)

Let’s start with the big thing everyone is talking about this week: Are Brian Danielson and/or CM Punk going to AEW? There have been reports of CM Punk training and consulting. Reliable sources say it’s happening, with a Goldberg or Lesnar-type of deal with AEW. Is this good for ‘the business?’

Also, per reports.. Bryan Danielson’s AEW debut is scheduled for September at an episode of AEW Dynamite called Grand Slam. If you didn’t see AEW as legitimate COMPETITION to WWE yet, surely these things will change your mind, no?

Meanwhile, WWE did a lot with their first couple of shows back on the road. Cena. Goldberg. NXT is buried. Keith Lee returns. Keith Lee loses. A MITB cash-in. So, yeah. Lots of excitement, in one way or another. Was it good? Was it enough?

Our thoughts? It was too much, and just another example of WWE’s short attention span. Hopefully, these issues will get resolved or put into a better perspective with some time, as right now – things just feel a bit off. That said, I guess let’s let it breathe for a bit…

Winners of the week!

  • Neo – Hikuleo (Bullet Club is fine)
  • Cap – John Cena
  • Beek – Lance Archer And New IWGP United States Champion

Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman) and ‘Tio Neo’ David Valencia (@theneoecks)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley

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