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#1 JaymeFuture

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:30 AM

So for this week's podcast, we're looking to talk about guilty pleasures in wrestling, and are looking for your contributions on wrestlers, matches, angles, feuds, shows, whatever it may be, that for you is a guilty pleasure - someone or something that typically gets plenty of derision and scorn, but deep down you enjoy, perhaps against your better judgement.

And of course, please explain why you enjoy this particular person or thing, and your perspective as one of the few who takes enjoyment in it.

As always, the best contributions will be read on the show and you'll be credited accordingly. So what's your guilty pleasure in wrestling and why?

 

EDIT - Our show on Wrestling's Guilty Pleasures, featuring many of your contributions is now online and available to listen to at the following link: http://squaredcircle...y_Pleasures.mp3
 



#2 El-P

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:45 AM

Reviewing shit promotions like WCW past 99 and TNA.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 02:56 AM

I didn't even know it was a guilty pleasure until I started going online, but Tom Zenk. As someone who got into wrestling through watching WCW Worldwide on ITV in the early 90's, Tom Zenk pretty quickly became my favourite wrestler. He was the quintessential babyface wrestler, adorned in bright colours, high-flying, virtuous and always trying his best, often in vain as the Z-Man would eat a lot of 3-counts. Zenk is the face of my childhood Saturday afternoon, and here's the thing: I still think he's great. Watching back old WCW, he's still loads of fun to watch in the ring. He's that perfect size where he can be the power worker of the Lightheavyweight division or the undersized underdog against Dangerous Alliance members in the midcard. If I wasn't online, I'd be shocked to learn how derided he is, and I maintain that he's a terrific wrestler.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 05:36 AM

I like throwing on a few IRS matches every now and then for silly reasons. I laugh every time he puts his opponent in a completely motionless two minute headlock to kill commercial time. I love Vince mentioning a new tax book, article, magazine or newspaper at the start of every match, the idea of a former tax collector turned wrestler is pretty funny. Always get a kick out of the crowd chanting ''Irwin'' at him. His matches are generally no better or worse than decent, but his opponent usually comes out looking good enough. People often use his tie to instigate offense against him, why in god's name would he continue to wear it during matches? I suppose that might qualify as a wrestling guilty pleasure. 



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:39 AM

Halloween Havoc 2000. It's such a lame show filled with pointless bad booking and intelligence-insulting moments, but I really enjoy Vampiro/Awesome and the MULTIPLE STINGS~ part of Jarrett/Sting.

XPW. I bring it up all the time, but it was practically the Asylum films of wrestling. It was terrible and lousy and a sign of everything wrong about that era, but it has its charm in the view of bad taste.

What do they have in common? VAMPIRO. He may be my ultimate guilty pleasure.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:50 AM

Mark Henry. Boss Man. Goldberg squashing jobbers. Natural Disasters doing the same.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 07:35 AM

Reviewing shit promotions like WCW past 99 and TNA.

This one goes for me as well. I draw almost perverse enjoyment out of watching that episode of Thunder with Nash on commentary just before he gets replaced as the booker. You can really pinpoint the moment where Mike Tenay dies a little inside when Nash starts talking about booking himself into angles.

Also the entire Hogan/Bischoff period in TNA is hilarious culminating in the Immortal fiasco, which is a candidate for worst NWO ripoff ever. And then Steiner returns and for the following six months everything that comes out of his mouth is absolute comedy gold.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 07:46 AM

 

Reviewing shit promotions like WCW past 99 and TNA.

This one goes for me as well. I draw almost perverse enjoyment out of watching that episode of Thunder with Nash on commentary just before he gets replaced as the booker. You can really pinpoint the moment where Mike Tenay dies a little inside when Nash starts talking about booking himself into angles.

Also the entire Hogan/Bischoff period in TNA is hilarious culminating in the Immortal fiasco, which is a candidate for worst NWO ripoff ever. And then Steiner returns and for the following six months everything that comes out of his mouth is absolute comedy gold.

 

 

Sounds like the TNA Hogan era is something...

 

As far as WCW goes, since you weren't around the board it seems : http://prowrestlingo...ighway-to-hell/



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:21 AM

The Boogeyman. I love everything about him. The stuff with him and Lil Boogey vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle is some of my favorite wrestling BS of all time.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:24 AM

Reviewing shit promotions like WCW past 99 and TNA.

This one goes for me as well. I draw almost perverse enjoyment out of watching that episode of Thunder with Nash on commentary just before he gets replaced as the booker. You can really pinpoint the moment where Mike Tenay dies a little inside when Nash starts talking about booking himself into angles.
Also the entire Hogan/Bischoff period in TNA is hilarious culminating in the Immortal fiasco, which is a candidate for worst NWO ripoff ever. And then Steiner returns and for the following six months everything that comes out of his mouth is absolute comedy gold.
 
Sounds like the TNA Hogan era is something...
 
As far as WCW goes, since you weren't around the board it seems : http://prowrestlingo...ighway-to-hell/

If you have never seen it and you really want to torture yourself I recommend you give TNA 2010/2011 the same treatment you gave to WCW (awesome thread working my way through it) and currently early TNA. I would argue that it is actully worse than either.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:34 AM

 

 

 

Reviewing shit promotions like WCW past 99 and TNA.

This one goes for me as well. I draw almost perverse enjoyment out of watching that episode of Thunder with Nash on commentary just before he gets replaced as the booker. You can really pinpoint the moment where Mike Tenay dies a little inside when Nash starts talking about booking himself into angles.
Also the entire Hogan/Bischoff period in TNA is hilarious culminating in the Immortal fiasco, which is a candidate for worst NWO ripoff ever. And then Steiner returns and for the following six months everything that comes out of his mouth is absolute comedy gold.
 
Sounds like the TNA Hogan era is something...
 
As far as WCW goes, since you weren't around the board it seems : http://prowrestlingo...ighway-to-hell/

If you have never seen it and you really want to torture yourself I recommend you give TNA 2010/2011 the same treatment you gave to WCW (awesome thread working my way through it) and currently early TNA. I would argue that it is actully worse than either.

 

 

I have never seen it, but since I diving into early TNA… never know where I'm going to end up… I don't think you could anyone worse than the end of WCW, as TNA has always been irrelevant while WCW was the legit N°1 at one point, so the fall was a lot more painfull. But yeah, sounds like something I might wanna watch...



#12 anarchistxx

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:50 AM

Does Wrestling Society X count? What a fantastic promotion. If they had a money mark behind them they would have become the #2 promotion in the US. At a time when TNA was trying hard to be WWE-lite, you have this promotion with a unique look, feel, fantastic atmosphere, good matches and most of all memorable characters and workers. The roster was pretty much perfect for what they were trying to achieve.

 

All ten episodes are really fun.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:53 AM

Guilty to some of the fandom narrative but definitely not in my eyes is Sid. Hes one of my 10 favorite wrestlers ever and I will go on jaunts watching him squash guys and cut his insane promos fairly regularly. I guess ECW Triple Threat with Candido and Bigelow Shane Douglas is another maligned figure that I love.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

Come on, The Triple Threat was great.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:00 AM

Come on, The Triple Threat was great.


People loved Bam Bam and Candido from what I recall, but always heard lots of talk about Douglas sucking. I was referring to my love for Douglas although of course I loved the group.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:03 AM

Douglas is ridiculously underrated at this point. Made my top 100.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:08 AM

I LOVE the obvious face in mask gimmick like Charlie Brown from Outta Town, Stagger Lee, Mr. America, Midnight Rider, etc....so obsurd but they crack me up every time.

"The Big Wiggle" from Norman Smiley

"Screaming" Norman Smiley as hardcore champ

Norman the Lunatic and him being controlled by a key.

Teddy Long as a manager. CRIMINALLY underrated!

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:10 AM

Teddy Long as a manager. CRIMINALLY underrated!

Heel Teddy Long is a good manager, but fat babyface manager for jobbers Teddy Long was completely pointless.



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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:13 AM

I LOVE the obvious face in mask gimmick like Charlie Brown from Outta Town, Stagger Lee, Mr. America, Midnight Rider, etc....so obsurd but they crack me up every time.


Definitely one of my favorite things in wrestling.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:13 AM

Heroes of Wrestling,Al Greene as the Dog in WCW, "Mr. Electricity" Herb Abrams & his UWF, & Curly Moe.




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