SOUND OFF 555 has EXTREME RULES PREDICTIONS, including why the time isn’t right for AJ Styles to drop the WWE title and why Braun Strowman should call out Brock Lesnar on Raw…
Ring of Honor and New Japan co-hosting a G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden opposite NXT Takeover, how it may affect the contract status of Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks and why it should be a wakeup call to Vince McMahon… early G1 Climax thoughts on Tanahashi/Suzuki and Okada/Jay White, plus an injury update on Jim Ross… Raw sets one of its lowest ratings ever, yet still occupies three of the top five cable rankings, looking at some of those other shows and the return of the LOVE & HIP HOP REVIEW… an all-women’s event being rumored for this fall, plus the first participants announced for this year’s Mae Young Classic…
a FANTASTIC tag team title main event this week on NXT… making AJ Styles a traveling champion on both shows and dropping the Universal title… the reason why Enzo Amore and Big Cass haven’t spoken in nearly a year… thoughts on the latest war of words between Bret Hart and Martha Hart, and why there’s no easy solution to Owen Hart going into the WWE Hall of Fame… plus, quick thoughts on The Rock’s new SKYSCRAPER movie and season 2 of GLOW on Netflix.
Anti-American “gimmicks” have been done in wrestling for decades but Muhammad Hassan is the only character to ever be banned from television in the WWE. Join Bruce and Conrad as they examine the “how” and “why” of one of the most controversial characters in wrestling history. Who had this idea originally? How was it different than what had been done before? How did they choose who would portray the character? What were the booking plans before the incident?
How did the man behind the character handle the success? What REALLY happened with him in “Wrestler’s Court” and what was the verdict? What were the choices considered once the incident was already taped but had not yet aired? How did Vince react to the negative mainstream coverage of the angle? Did the WWE ruin a guy’s career with one bad decision? The “what if” of this character and a single decision could have changed everything. And of course, the guys get it over whether or not they should have done the character in the first place. Enjoy two hours and no one is going to agree about, the story of Muhammad Hassan!
SOUND OFF 554 talks Brock Lesnar crashing UFC 226 to challenge Daniel Cormier, the earliest Lesnar would be able to fight and why he needs to either drop the Universal title or WWE needs to retire it…
thoughts on the New Japan G1 special, including a possible broken neck for Hiromu, a feel good story for Juie Robinson and a fracture within Bullet Club… the LEX EXPRESS gets its own Hidden Gem on the WWE Network… more frightening tweets from the Roman Expire… WWE suffering from COMEDY OVERLOAD and much of it isn’t even funny… praise for the Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy No DQ match from 205 Live, and why both men (especially Ali) can be key players on Raw or Smackdown… Famous B in danger of LOSING HIS LEG on Lucha Underground thanks to Jack Swagger… Sad Tweet of the Week and a lesson on spoilers… NXT call-ups that have been a pleasant surprise… someone finds THAT PHOTO of myself and Jeff Hardy… and BUY OR SELL on the better WWE developmental system, OVW or NXT?
We’re struttin’ and cuttin’ this week on Something to Wrestle as we do three hours on Brutus the f’n Barber Beefcake! That’s #BTFBB for short! We discuss who came up with the name Brutus Beefcake, the original gimmick, how it became a barber, whose idea that was, how it was received, who helped Brutus see how to get it over, why he never won the IC title in 88, why he was chosen to be by Hogan’s side in 89 vs. Zeus/Savage, what the plans were at SummerSlam 90, all about the accident and the recovery, the run-in experiment, the return in 93, why he left, his legacy, whether or not he’s a Hall of Famer, and much more!
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The Sable story is unlike any other. There’s an old saying about keeping your wife away from the business but Marc Mero didn’t listen. He brought her to meet Vince McMahon in 1996 and nothing was ever the same. Perhaps no one could have predicted the star she would become when she debuted at WrestleMania 12 with Hunter Hearst Helmsley. We can’t help but cover the story of Marc Mero’s push, IC run, and the horrible timing of his ACL injury.
But that ACL injury presented an opportunity for Rena Mero to become the biggest female star in the company. What night does Bruce think “made” Sable in 1997? Fast forward a year later and she’s making her debut as a wrestler at WrestleMania! Who has their first ever match at WrestleMania? SABLE! Of course that decision would come back to haunt the WWF when Sable sued them a year later. We discuss the way the “boys” treated Sable, her relationship with the other ladies (specifically Luna and Jackie), the heat that Mero took for his wife’s push, whether or not it hurt Marc to take her powerbomb, the way the first Playboy deal came together, the controversial TSN appearance, the second offer from Playboy and how it changed everything, Sable asking for her release the first time, her demand to stop wrestling, her refusal to drop the belt, the unbelievable handwritten note, the conditional terms that the company granted for their release, her lawsuit in great detail, her appearance on Nitro and how it complicated things, the root of the lawsuit and why Vince didn’t back down, a guess as to how it was settled, how Rena came back, why Mero did not, her relationship with Brock, the silliness of Vince and Sable, the crazy angles involving Linda and Stephanie, and how the relationship ended a second time.
We also examine the many times Meltzer “buried” Sable, what Sable said no one wanted to “boo,” which Vince was responsible for her initial push, who really made room for her to be the top lady in the business, her legacy, why she isn’t featured more in the WWE packages today, and whether or not she deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
SOUND OFF 553 celebrates BOBBY BONILLA DAY… Daniel Bryan casting doubt on WWE’s ability to properly build to a Wrestlemania match with The Miz… remembering Matt Cappotelli who passed away this week at age 38 and why the man was such a true warrior… Smackdown is officially headed to FOX, but will NXT end up moving to FS1?…
Vince McMahon to spend $500 MILLION of his own money to help fund the XFL… review for both nights of WWE’s United Kingdom Championship Tournament special… why the reports of Brock Lesnar missing Summerslam are nonsense… Bayley finally goes postal on Sasha Banks… Shinsuke Nakamura bitten by a police dog… the pros and cons of reuniting Team Hell No… why Becky Lynch is turning into one of the low key great stories on Smackdown… Viceland airing some really interesting wrestling documentaries starting this Fall, and why WWE dropped the ball on this… remembering the night Mankind was tossed off Hell in a Cell 20 years later and why it’s both one of the best and worst matches in WWE history.
Business was down for the WWE in 2003 compared to 2002, but why? Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson discuss “the State of the WWE” for two hours this week and it’s based around Bad Blood 2003, which exceeded expectations. Was it the Hell in a Cell that was responsible for the bump in business? Was it the return of Mick Foley?
The show also featuring a burping contest, a poontang pie eating contest, and a singing contest — who booked this?! Nobody was asking that for Flair-Michaels, a full five years before the famous retirement match. You’ll also hear details about the beginning of Evolution, how Vince got Christian to cut his hair, why Rocky Johnson didn’t last in developmental, why Sahadi left, why Jamal left, how Sable and Mero were doing, Nowinski’s career, the spot with Steiner that everyone talks about on this show, how Test went into business for himself, the rib that McMahon played during this show, what Goldberg veto’ed in his match with Jericho, and what this show led two just two weeks later. On the exact 15 year anniversary of this show, don’t miss another “sleeper episode” filled with hours about a very interesting time for a company in transition, it’s all about the WWE in 2003!