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This week on W2M, huge news came out yesterday afternoon that Seth Rollins was injured at a live event in Ireland and has torn his ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus in his right knee leaving him unable to perform for 6-9 months and leaving WWE without an active WWE World Heavyweight Champion. We discuss how this affects WWE and we also discuss the eminent tournament during our special topic this week as well.
There was this, and other news that happened and that will be covered in Quick Hits (8:00-53:00, there’s also a section here from 44:28-47:28 where we lose the live feed and have other technical difficulties), with Sting possibly being one of the members in a Wyatts vs. Undertaker team match at Survivor Series, Kota Ibushi’s back injury that will keep him out for a “long time.” There’s also a wrestling soap opera being produced by FOX, Nikki Bella topping the PWI Top 50 Women’s Wrestlers and a whole lot more.
Then we get into our questions about this week’s WWE RAW (53:00-1 hour and 36 mins) and what could have led to the “record low” rating and also get into this week’s NXT (1 hour and 36 mins-1 hour and 51 mins) as well.
This is where we do our special topic on what WWE could do with the Survivor Series World Heavyweight Championship tournament. (1 hour and 51 mins to 2 hours and 3 mins)
After that, we do a NJPW Power Struggle 2015 preview (2 hours and 3 mins to 2 hours and 17 mins,) where we give our thoughts and predictions on each of the matches.
We finish things out with our reviews of this week’s ROH TV (2 hours and 17 mins to 2 hours and 24 mins,) TNA Impact Wrestling (2 hours and 24 mins to 2 hours and 29 mins) and the continuing World Title Series, and of course the W2M Power Rankings as well (2 hours and 29 mins to the END.)
We kick things off today by doing a short post-game for the Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Night Football game (3:15-9:00.) We go through what led to the loss for the Browns and the win for the Bengals, plus we also discuss how many more weeks the Bengals stay undefeated as well and if the Browns just need to keep Johnny Manziel as their Quarterback.
Then we move into the main part of the show with our NFL Week 9 Preview (9 mins-1 hour and 2 mins,) where we discuss more of the Detroit Lions woes after they fire more people. Then we go through all the games happening this week, discuss questions about each team, play games, and also have Fantasy Football related questions about the matchups as well.
We finish it out with Randy leading us through some of the big games happening in College Football Week 10 as well. (1 hour and 2 mins- End)
Voting starts on Tuesday, December 2, and ends at the start of the ITR Who’s Slammy Awards IV edition of IN THE ROOM, which airs on Tuesday, December 30, 2013. Voting will occur on the IN THE ROOM Facebook Page or by e-mailing your votes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Radio Show (2012: HIAC, 2011: ITR, 2010: ITR and Bolin Alley)
- IN THE ROOM
- What’s Wrong with Wrestling
- Nerd Herders
“Ga Head” – Interview of the Year (2012: Stacy Carter (ITR), 2011: Hulk Hogan (VOC), 2010: Jerry Jarrett (For the Love of Wrestling))
- Vito LoGrasso
- Zach Gowen
- Jesse Neal
- Tatevik The Gamer
- Damian Dragon
Slammed! Best Rivalry (2012: Harry Barnett vs. Ratboy, 2011: Harry Barnett vs. Brady Hicks, 2010: The Message Board vs. Brady Hicks)
- Harry Barnett vs. The American Roughneck
- Ray Bogusz vs. John from Rhode Island
- Harry Barnett vs. Ratboy
- Harry Barnett vs. Brady Hicks
- Brady Hicks vs. Derrick McDonald
Where Have You Gone? MIA Star of the Year (2012: Papadon, 2011: Tommy Fierro, 2010: Brian Solomon)
- Kathie Fitz
- ITR (January)
- John from Rhode Island
- Harry Barnett
Best of the Board/Callers (2012: Ratboy, 2011: Vince Gillett, 2010: Big Ern)
- John from Rhode Island
- Mr. Akbaz
- Mike Bessler
Most Original Concept (2012: HIAC Takes Over ITR, 2011: ITR Fan Conclave, 2010: Bolin Alley’s “Light’s Out”)
- Rap Battle Contests
- ITR Kayfabe News Segments
- TBH Music Experience
- DimpleDate Live from Che-Zus Bar and Grille
- Harry Barnett’s Brady Hicks Shoot
It was eight years ago this past week that Eddie Guerrero left this world.
I first met Eddie Guerrero when he came into ECW in April 1994. There have been few within wrestling who’ve ever been genuinely nicer, or more approachable to fans than the Guerrero I got to know. I remember saying to a friend once that Eddie “always seemed to have a smile in his eyes”.
To this day…one of my most vivid ECW memories was the farewell show for Dean Malenko and Eddie on August 26, 1995. This may well have been the best match I’ve ever seen for the overall emotional experience combined with the actual match itself anywhere in wrestling. While Dean and Eddie worked better matches in ECW and in Japan, the sheer emotion of the toughest crowd in North America not to mention the fans, locker room, and Dean and Eddie themselves in tears, accompanied by Joey Styles doing the match call of his life as Guerrero and Malenko worked their last ECW match.
Well…I certainly got a lot of response from last week’s column.
One of the more detailed was a series of responses from one reader, Chad Richards:
First, Chad’s reponse to my column of last week.
“Your column today reminded me of something Jim Cornette said several years ago. There are 3 types of WWE fans:
1) The people that will watch when a once and a lifetime phenomenon like Steve Austin comes along
2) The people that will watch when the product is good
3) The people that will watch no matter how bad or good the product is and complain about it either way
After reading your column I went into your archive to see what you wrote after WrestleMania 20. The night WWE gave the internet fans what they had been wanting for years. I wanted to see if even then you were truly happy with what WWE gave you. Your column made no mention of it, instead you were mad that WWE was drafting wreslters to different brands. That confirmed what I thought….if Daniel Bryan won the title last Sunday clean in the middle and had a boyhood dream celebration you still would not have been happy.
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are internet heroes but the people who cheer for them on the internet are not the fans WWE should be marketing its product to because 1) those fans will never be happy and 2) the majority of them don’t even buy WWE’s product. I’ll never forget around Money in the Bank 2011….on the message boards I read all anyone was talking about was how this was the best angle WWE had run in years, Punk better win, etc…then the day of the show all I see is the same people posting ‘anyone got a good stream?’ That’s why when the buyrate for Money In the Bank 2011 and this years SummerSlam came in, I sure wasn’t surprised…
…I never see you talk about New Japan in your columns. Why is that? Do you watch it? Wrestling fans who enjoy GOOD wrestling have been talking about it for over a year. We don’t watch WWE. If you are a true wrestling fan and you want to see GOOD wrestling, not watch bad wrestling just for the sake of complaining about it, you should be watching New Japan and writing about how great it has been this year. There’s no excuse anymore…all the great shows are on Youtube almost immediately after they end FOR FREE. When the Observer Awards come out this year, at least half of the Top 10 and probably all of the Top 5 will be New Japan matches. I never see you write about them though.
This week, the theme is giving.
First, some news on the Kickstarter campaign for the documentary Wrestling with Disaster.
Most of the time, fans watch wrestling and give little thought to the fact that wrestlers are actually people, too; with lives, families, and friends outside of the business. They have the same trials and tribulations that we all do.
The issues can be made worse, because of the pressure to maintain a character, to perform before an audience, and to succeed in a often lonely business. While wrestling has deep rooted spirit of comradeship, true friendships are often few and far between leaving some performers empty inside after the final bell rings. This is one of the many things that becomes a challenge for those involved.
It’s Nerd Herders, courtesy of Dream Elite Radio! Independent wrestling stars Damian Dragon and Foxy Foxxy will discuss everything geek! Pop Culture, viral videos, video games, comic books, and movies/TV shows that are big in geek culture(i.e. Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Buffy, etc.)
So Hell in a Cell is next Sunday.
The question is, after the disaster that was the Battleground PPV…how many people will be turned off buying WWE PPVs altogether?
This past Sunday saw a major UFC PPV, with Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Del Santos, which likely got a lot of buys. Whether WWE chooses to admit it publicly or not, UFC IS a competitor for PPV dollars. In this tight economy, if fans are forced to choose, they are less likely to make the choice ofa PPV this coming weekend which ended with a non-finish over versus this past Saturday’s conclusion to a strong series of Heavyweight UFC matchups.