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art19 down?

06 February 2018 - 04:06 PM

I have a question...


I use the site https://art19.com/ to keep track of most of my favorite podcasts and access the archives.  They had homepages for Something to Wrestle, E & C's Pod of Awesomeness, Jim Cornette's Drive Thru, and What Happened When.  Basically, I think they had archives for anybody who was hosted by MLW and not Podcast One.  I found this site really convenient because the archives were listed and you didn't have to be a member to get to them.  Also, I don't use iTunes so for me, this was pretty much the best way to get to all my favorite podcasts.  I know the individual shows must be okay with this site, because in Conrad Thompson's case, the URL for SomethingToWrestle.com actually redirected to art19.


The site is still up, but all the individual pages and archives appear to have vanished since the weekend.  I checked art19's Twitter feed and there doesn't appear to be a mention of any problems.  Does anybody here have any idea what is up?  If art19 is no longer an option, does anybody have a suggestion regarding a good way to access podcast archives?  Most of my favorite shows have YouTube Channels so I may end up going that route.


Just wondering if anybody knew anything...

Booker T hates Corey Graves now? Is this a real thing?

04 February 2018 - 08:37 PM

So apparently on his podcast, Booker T claimed that he has a beef with Corey Graves.  He apparently blames Graves for his being removed from the Raw announce team, and says if he ever sees Corey on the street, he's coming for him, sucka. 
Is this a work, and leading up to something?  Is it legit, and if so has anybody else heard anything about it via a reliable source?

WWE Hall of Famer Booker T in a recent edition of his Heated Conversations podcast discussed Corey Graves. Booker T blames Graves for why the WWE Hall of Famer was taken off the Raw commentary team. Below are some highlights from Jeffery Harris via WrestlingInc.com.
Booker T on why Corey Graves is on his bad side and is the reason he’s no longer on Raw: “If I got Corey Graves into a fisticuffs, I would beat him down like he stole something. I would be whoopin’ his ass all day long. My thing is this, I’m a nice guy, until you get on my bad side. Corey Graves, I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s on my bad side right now, but he’s the reason that I’m not on Monday Night Raw right now. Lot of people in the company thought I was going to jump on him. I was gonna do something bad to him. I was gonna drag him. I was gonna take him out to the woodshed. I was gonna beat that man so bad that he was going to say ‘Please, please, just don’t beat me anymore.’ That’s how hot I was getting, that’s how close I was getting.”
Booker T on how WWE wanted him to cool off by putting him back on Kickoff panels: “So, they said ‘Hey, Book, step back a second, alright? We’re gonna regroup, press the rewind button. We’re gonna send you back to the Kickoff show, SmackDown and Monday Night Raw PPVs and cool ya down for a second. Because we don’t want you to do anything to Corey Graves.'”

Booker T on what would happen if he sees Corey Graves on the street: “If I catch Corey Graves on the street, I’m gonna do something to him. I ain’t gonna do it at the office or the airport, but if I catch Corey Graves on the street, you see that little bouffant hairdo he got? I’m gonna rearrange it for him.”


Booker T on how Corey Graves affected his money: “Everybody knows my reputation, I get mean, if you mess with my ‘green.’ And right now, my ‘green’ is being messed with. Is WrestleMania coming up, right? There’s room for one more match at WrestleMania. Right now on my show, I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. Not a match. Not a pre-show pose down or anything like that. I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. I’m talking man-to-man. Mano-a-mano. You and I.”

Hell in a Cell 2017

08 October 2017 - 03:04 PM

So this is tonight.  Nobody seems all that hyped up about it, for reasons obvious.  I will be watching, because I am already paying for the Network, so it's not costing me anything extra.  If this was a traditional PPV, I wouldn't touch this show with the proverbial ten foot pole.  Also, I've been bedridden for the last couple of weeks with a brutal illness, so at least it's something to watch on television.  It beats laying here praying for the cold embrace of sweet merciful death.




WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura


I want this to be good, I really do.  But I haven't seen anything out of Mahal yet which gives me any confidence in his ability to even be carried to a half-way decent match.  On top of that, Nakamura has really been hit or miss so far in WWE, mostly miss.  If this match is anything like their Summerslam match, I fear we are in for a stinker.  Can't see Nakamura winning either, since they seem committed to the Mahal experiment.  I predict lots of Singh Brothers hi-jinks.


Hell in a Cell Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens


I can't stand Kevin Owens anymore.  Having said that, I can't see him doing his ridiculous stalling/lie-down-and-take-a-break spots inside the Cell.  He is capable of taking big, goofy bumps so this match is pretty much made for him.  Shane is not a performer and has recently looked like he is about two steps away from a massive coronary, but he also takes big stupid bumps.  This could have some train-wreck appeal, I guess.  I don't know why they're doing this, aside from trying to make Owens into a monster heel.  He sure is getting a massive push from the attack on Vince, so I guess they're trying to really make him into some sort of psycho or something.


I am also puzzled by the point of having a Falls Count Anywhere match inside Hell in a Cell.  One gimmick isn't good enough for this match?


Hell in a Cell - Smackdown Tag Team Championships Match: The New Day © vs The Usos


This match is pretty much the only reason I am going to watch this show.  I really don't like the New Day characters, but their work since arriving on Smackdown has been outstanding and this feud has been utterly amazing.  Every time these two teams hook up, you're pretty much guaranteed a good match, and it's a safe bet this will be no exception.  I love this feud.


WWE United States Championship Match: AJ Styles © Baron Corbin


Well, I guess this will be a test to see how great AJ Styles is.  Baron Corbin has really shown me nothing since getting called up from NXT, I just don't like the guy.  His character is goofy, his look is goofy and I find his work to be bland and uninspiring. I'd like to think AJ will be able to drag a decent match out of him, but he couldn't do that with Kevin Owens, and Owens is better than Corbin, so I'm not holding my breath.  I hope this doesn't turn out to be another interminable angle like the Owens feud, or Wyatt/Balor over on Raw.  If they want to put Corbin over, fine...do it.  Please just don't drag it out.


Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Natalya © vs Charlotte


I didn't mind these two working against each other in NXT with Ric and Bret in their corners, and the same when they did it on Raw.  This rivalry is getting a little old, no matter how you repackage it.  But their matches are usually inoffensive. 


Randy Orton vs. Rusev


I guess this will be better than the Summerslam squash, at least.  It also depends how motivated Orton is.  If he wants to make Rusev look good, this could be just okay.  If he isn't feeling motivated, then chinlock city, here we come.


Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler


This new "I don't need a gimmick" gimmick of Ziggler is beyond annoying.  His promos lately have been change-the-channel bad. Roode has been kind of bIeh since getting called up. In theory, these two could have a very good match, but I'm not sure they'll get the time or the creative opportunity. Logically, Roode should be going over here, so I expect a Ziggler win.


Pre-Show: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros


I love Gable and Benjamin, and it looks like Ryder or both the Hype Bros might be turning heel, so I expect them to lose. My hope is for the Usos to win the titles back and move into a program with Gable & Benjamin, but who knows what they have planned.

Please explain Drew McIntyre to me.

31 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

So I have been watching NXT pretty faithfully over the past few months, and this was actually my first exposure to Drew McIntyre.  I was not watching WWE from 2009 - 2014 when he was previously there, although I think I may have seen him as part of 3MB.  I did not see him in TNA, because I'd rather smash myself across the bridge of the nose with a hammer than watch TNA.


So here is what I've seen from Drew McIntyre so far...

  • He's big
  • He's in good shape
  • He is at least passable in the ring (this is where I am not 100% sure if I am getting the full picture)
  • He can cut a decent promo
  • He's marketable.  By that I mean, he's tall, good looking, and combining that with his Scottish accent, I am sure he is quite popular with the ladies, while not being seen as purely a pretty boy to the men.  He would look great on a poster. Hell, just watching him cut a promo in the ring, I find myself questioning my own personal preferences and I get a strange stirring in my area...


Perhaps I've said too much.


Anyhow, WWE seems to be getting behind McIntyre to a degree, since they are giving him the NXT title shot at Takeover Brooklyn III.  So what I don't understand, and what I am hoping some of you will explain to me, or share your opinions about, is what went wrong with his first run? 


Was his ring work lousy?  Were his promos too weak?  How the hell did he end up in 3MB?  Did WWE drop the ball, only now they realize it, or is he not all that good?  Did they only bring him back because TNA made him World Champion, or do they actually think they made or mistake?  Did he just need some time out of the WWE system to get some seasoning and improve, or was the mistake on WWE's part in letting him go in the first place?  Did he just badly need a reboot?


This guy seems to check every box and has a huge upside and a ton of potential, so I'm just very curious what went wrong with his initial run with WWE and am curious to get your opinions on who dropped the ball, him or WWE, or did he just need some time away?


Opinions, please.

Brock Lesnar to return to UFC in November?

19 July 2017 - 05:24 PM

Pro wrestling sheet is saying Brock does not plan on re-signing with WWE after his contract runs out after WM 34


Saw Strummer post this, nosed around a couple of MMA news sites and apparently the scuttlebutt is that Lesnar has officially re-entered the USDA drug testing pool.  It's unlikely he would do that unless he was pretty serious about going back to MMA. Lesnar's one year suspension for failing the drug test after his fight with Mark Hunt ended this past Saturday.


TalkMMA is reporting that Lenar and Heyman recently met with the UFC and as a result of those discussions there is even a chance he could fight as soon as the November 4th show at Madison Square Garden. 


The speculation among some MMA reporters is that this means it's likely that Lesnar will drop the WWE title at SummerSlam, which may mean that WWE will have to move up their time frame on the Lesnar/Reigns match they were saving for Wrestlemania.


Of course, it's all speculation.  But the facts are that his suspension is up and he has resubmitted to USDA drug testing, so it's lilkely there is some fire to go along with the smoke.