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July 12, 2017 04:20 AM PDT

Join us this week as we take a wholesome stroll while talking all about the pugilistic overlord of Suplex City, Brock Lesnar.

As always, here are this week's clips and matches:

CLIP #1: Brock Lesnar’s WWE debut
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPdETJuYYBE

MATCH #1: Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock (WWE Championship) (Summerslam 2002)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MvuF3ZHikE

CLIP #2: Big Show and Brock Lesnar break the ring (June 14th, 2003)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY_21GvLf0U

CLIP #3: Brock Lesnar pushes Zach Gowen down the stairs (2003)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xMjrB-191Y

CLIP #4: Brock Lesnar vs. Zach Gowen recap (Aug. 19th, 2003)
- http://dai.ly/x3naof

CLIP #5: Lesnar’s return to WWE (April 2nd, 2012)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCzBf-jo84o

MATCH #2: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (Extreme Rules match) (Extreme Rules 2012)
- http://dai.ly/xqjm0n

MATCH #3: Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk (No Disqualification match) (Summerslam 2013)
- http://dai.ly/xqjm0n

MATCH #4: Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania XXX) (2014)
- http://dai.ly/x28tg62

MATCH #5: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) (Summerslam 2014)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADR0blR_BM0

MATCH #6: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) (Royal Rumble 2015)
- http://dai.ly/x2kvpmh

MATCH #7: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) (WrestleMania XXXI)
- http://dai.ly/x2ox22v

July 05, 2017 05:42 AM PDT

Prep the singlet as this week, Scott, Bryan and special guest Adam "Apt" Hochhalter go into the twisty, turny, neck-breaky career of the American Hero, Kurt Angle.

Below are the clips and matches for this week:

CLIP #1 - Kurt Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal Win
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ17NKEQ69A

CLIP #2 - Kurt Angle’s WWE Debut Appearance (1999)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEmutgNcW5w

CLIP #3 - Kurt Angle Kisses Stephanie McMahon
- http://dai.ly/x1krd59

Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H vs. Rikishi – (Hell in a Cell Match) - Armageddon (2000)

CLIP #4 - The Milk Truck
- http://dai.ly/x1xrwz2

Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar - WrestleMania 19 (2003)
- http://dai.ly/x2p1d9w

Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon (Street Fight) - King of the Ring (2001)
- http://dai.ly/xqon6o

CLIP #5 - Kurt Angle/John Cena Rap Battle
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hhnVPTrruU

Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero - WrestleMania 20 (2004)
- http://dai.ly/x295z48

CLIP #6: Top 10 Funniest Kurt Angle Moments
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUFFZ01iCmQ

CLIP #7: Kurt Angle’s TNA Debut
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCfoxmJRt-I

Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe - TNA Turning Point (2006)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FEiAGSUO8

Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe - TNA Turning Point (2009)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBLCHF1AM-k

June 28, 2017 12:09 AM PDT

Hope you jabronies have got your candy asses ready because this week we are talking about the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, The Rock!!!

As always, here are this week's matches with a few clips sprinkled in:

CLIP #1: The Rock’s first promo and match on television (USWA) (1996)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0SEitEkK98

CLIP #2: The Rock watches his first WWE match (1996)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0-YFZHY9Uo

CLIP #3: The Rock gives gifts to the Nation of Domination (1998)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ZmHCYOgvg

CLIP #4: The L.O.D. turns on Farooq (1998)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8e9HyCgco

CLIP #5: The Corporate Champion (1998)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tidqddcuifs

Match #1: The Rock vs. Mankind (I Quit Match) - Royal Rumble (1999)
- http://dai.ly/x4464kz

Match #2: The Rock vs. Stone Cold (WWF Championship) - WrestleMania XV (1999)
- http://dai.ly/xiwe7f

Match #3: The Rock vs. Triple H (Iron Man Match) (WWF Championship) - Judgment Day (2000)
- http://dai.ly/x2sbs2v

CLIP #6: The Rock hosts SNL (2000)
- http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-rock-monologue/n11321?snl=1

Match #4: The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (No DQ Match) - WrestleMania 17 (2001)
- http://dai.ly/xkuu7p

CLIP #7: The Rock in “The Mummy Returns” (2001)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYHaarxQTFk

Match #5: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan - WrestleMania X8 (2002)
- http://dai.ly/x2ta15t

Match #6: The Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle (Undisputed Championship) - Vengeance (2002)
- http://dai.ly/x14z7nd

CLIP #8: “This is Your Life”
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ir5h1

CLIP #9: The Rock Returns to WWE (2011)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lhUZzJlA88

June 21, 2017 10:34 AM PDT

This week our friend Q1 joins Scott and Bryan in the studio for Learning the Ropes is Jericho! Need we say more? So, buckle up because... YOU ALL JUST MADE THE LIST!

Here are this week's matches with a few clips sprinkled throughout:

1. Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera (Mask vs. Title) (SuperBrawl VIII) (1998)
- http://dai.ly/x128vk

CLIP: The Man of 1,004 Holds
- https://youtu.be/w94CD9ixrNw?t=5m47s

CLIP: Bore-Us Malenko promo
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hn9j7fTVow

2. Chris Jericho vs. Winner of WCW Cruiserweight Battle Royal (WCW Cruiserweight Championship) (Slamboree 1998)
- http://dai.ly/xkgd8k

CLIP: Jericho debuts in WWF (08/09/99)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGsBRImD0po

3. Chris Jericho vs. Chyna (Armageddon 1999)
- http://dai.ly/x3gypcq

4. Chris Jericho vs. Triple H (Last Man Standing) (Fully Loaded 2000)
- http://dai.ly/xz4yg4

CLIP: Jericho and The Rock steal catchphrases
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY_AQdCNmlU

5. Chris Jericho vs. The Rock (WCW Championship) (No Mercy 2001)
- http://dai.ly/xz5oko

CLIP: Stephanie McMahon Before and After
- PART ONE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYTk0YW7MIk
- PART TWO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K4cdplnhSQ

6. Chris Jericho/The Rock/Kurt Angle/Stone Cold Steve Austin - Tournament to Determine the Undisputed Champion (Vengeance 2001)
- http://dai.ly/x2g41kx

7. Chris Jericho, Christian, Mark Henry, Randy Orton and Scott Steiner vs. Booker T, The Dudley Boys, Rob Van Dam and Shawn Michaels (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match) (Survivor Series 2003)
- http://dai.ly/x1auzvt

8. Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels (Ladder Match) (World Heavyweight Championship) (No Mercy 2008)
- PART ONE: http://dai.ly/x74dt9
- PART TWO: http://dai.ly/x74cd6

CLIP: Jericho Wanna-Bes
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVfGS227bIo

CLIP: Straight Edge CM Punk (First 8 Minutes)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4XSnTRIzeM

9. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dean Ambrose (Money in the Bank Ladder Match) (Money in the Bank 2016)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iu8grXe4qQ

June 14, 2017 08:24 AM PDT

WE DID IT! Ten whole episodes have brought us here. I hope you are ready for the final deletion because this week we are diving deep into the multilayered careers of Matt and Jeff Hardy...... DELETE!!!

As always, here are the matches for the week. Also included are a few notes to bring context to our discussion of the Broken Hardy's.

01 - The Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (Summerslam 2000) - TLC 1 (Tag Team Titles)
- http://dai.ly/x1156yk

02 - The Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (Wrestlemania X-Seven) - TLC 2 (Tag Team Titles)
- http://dai.ly/x115634

03 - The Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian vs. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho - TLC 3 (Smackdown - 05/24/2001) (Tag Team Titles)
- http://dai.ly/xz5sim


The 7 Deities - Spiritual beings that Matt claims opened his mind and gave a soul to Vanguard 1.
Ants – Matt’s name for the fans of the Impact Zone
Broken Brilliance - Matt’s term for his enlightened mind.
Brother Nero – Matt’s name for Jeff. It also doubles as a term for whoever Matt considers a traitor.
The Bucks of Youth - The tag team, The Young Bucks
DELETE DELETE DELETE! – Deletion is the process of removing an individual’s entire essence.
A Dilapidated Boat – During the Final Deletion, Broken Matt found an old row boat to use as a shield against Jeff Hardy. He later renamed the boat Skarsguard.
“I knew you’d come”– Broken Matt’s favored greeting.
Lake of Reincarnation – Lake located on the Hardy Compound that seemingly has the ability to bring back past lives. Jeff was transformed into Willow during the Final Deletion . Abyss emerged as Joesph Park briefly. It also seems to have the ability to heal as Matt used it on the wounded Jeff.
Meek Mahon - Vince McMahon, but can also refer to WWE as an entity.
New Wrestling in Japan - NJPW
Obsolete – After Deletion, Jeff Hardy was declared Obsolete by Broken Matt, meaning his soul and personality were gone.
Premonition – Pronounced PREE-MO-NEE-SHUN by Broken Matt. His visions of the future or delusions of grandeur?
Subterranean Lucha - Lucha Underground

The Players:
Broken Matt – Matt Hardy. Either enlightened or insane depending on your point of view.
Brother Nero – Jeff Hardy. Matt’s brother who started out feuding with Matt, experienced Deletion, and now appears to be broken.
Rebecca – Matt’s wife, Rebecca Hardy aka Reby Skye.
King Maxel – Matt’s toddler son and “Heir to the Hardy throne”.
Senor Benjamin – Matt’s loyal gardener. FUN FACT: He is Rebecca's real-life father.
Vanguard 1 – Matt’s drone who he claims is embodied by a soul and is alive. Vanguard 1 provides security for the Hardy Compound and is friends with Senor Benjamin.

04 - Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy - I Quit Match (IMPACT Wrestling - 03/19/2016)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_G4-pTzdRw

05 - Matt Hardy Vs Jeff Hardy (TNA The Final Deletion) (05/07/2016)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jzg04

CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jzScgAhSt0

ARTICLE: http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/top-moments-final-deletion-highlights-video-matt-hardy-jeff-hardy-tna/

ARTICLE: http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/delete-or-decay-aftermath-impact-wrestling/

06 - Delete vs. Decay - The Great War (TNA Bound for Glory) (10/2/2016)
- http://dai.ly/x4xkfv9

CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfBsb9G-nMI

07 - The Hardy Boyz vs. The Club vs. Enzo and Big Cass vs. Cesaro/Sheamus – WrestleMania 33 (04/02/2017)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAfyv_tWJtg

June 07, 2017 09:10 AM PDT

Hennigan, Nitro, Morrison, Mundo. All names lead us to the same studded pants. So flex your abs real hard as we go into the many incarnations of Lucha Underground's Johnny Mundo!

Here's this week's match list:

Match #1: John Hennigan vs. Matt Cappotelli (WWE RAW, 2003)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TWrFYCcjbs

Match #2: Joey Mercury/Johnny Nitro vs. Brian Kendrick/Paul London vs. Dave Taylor/William Regal vs. Jeff Hardy/Matt Hardy (WWE) (Armageddon 2006) (Four Way Ladder Match) (2006)
- http://dai.ly/xyanfv

Match #3: Johnny Nitro vs. CM Punk (WWE) (Vengeance: Night of Champions) (ECW World Championship) (Jun. 2007)
- http://dai.ly/x2f9ta

Match #4: John Morrison vs. Sheamus (WWE) (TLC) (Ladder Match) (2010)
- http://dai.ly/x2phpa8

Match #5: Johnny Mundo vs. Big Ryck vs. Prince Puma (Lucha Underground - S01E07) (Three Way Ladder Match) (04/10/14)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgNannte8js

Match #6: Johnny Mundo vs. Alberto Del Patron (Lucha Underground) (04/19/15)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VlQq6CBFfE

Match #7: Johnny Mundo vs. King Cuerno (Steel Cage Match) (01/24/15)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TJAqqqUuuY

May 31, 2017 12:46 AM PDT

One man, two personas. This week we go everywhere from the indies to Japan to Lucha Underground to learn more about the man sure to be a legend, Prince Puma/Ricochet.

Follow along with this week's matches:

Match #1: Ricochet vs. Kota Ibushi (NJPW) (Dominion) (Jun. 2014)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRmiRvTIVzE

Match #2: Prince Puma vs. Johnny Mundo (Lucha Underground) (All Night Long) (Iron Man Match) (Jun. 2015)

Match #3: Ricochet vs. KUSHIDA (NJPW) (G1 Climax Finals) (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title) (Aug. 2015)
- http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00333_19_07

Match #4: Mil Muertes vs. Pentagon Jr vs. Prince Puma (Lucha Underground) (S02E07) (March 2016)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEhvlbTC_c

Match #5: Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay (NJPW) Best of the Super Juniors) (May 2016)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4dxp1b

Match #6: Ricochet/Matt Sydal/Will Ospreay vs. Adam Cole/The Young Bucks (PWG) (Battle of Los Angeles 2016 - Night 2) (Sept. 2016)
- http://dai.ly/x4yntw9

Match #7: Ricochet vs. Will Osprey (WCPW True Destiny) (Feb. 2017)
- http://dai.ly/x5cl23f

May 24, 2017 02:32 PM PDT

Hope you're ready to get 6-1-9'd because this episode is all about one of the best cruiserweights of all time, Rey Mysterio!

This week's list of matches:

01. Rey Mysterio, Jr., Heavy Metal, and Latin Lover vs. Fuerza Guerrera, Madonna's Boyfriend, and Psicosis (AAA’s When Worlds Collide) (1994)
- http://dai.ly/x5o7kg

02. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psychosis (Mexican Death Match) (ECW’s November 2 Remember) (1995)
- http://dai.ly/x51mou

03. Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko (Great American Bash) (1996)
- http://dai.ly/x1ks4p

04. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera (2/3 Falls Match) (ECW Extreme Bash) (1996)
- http://dai.ly/x3ar0uo

05. Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle (Summer Slam 2002)
- http://dai.ly/x20vs9h

06. Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (WrestleMania 21) (2005)
- http://dai.ly/xy3pdv

07. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison (IC Title) (Smackdown 09/04/09)
- http://dai.ly/xl0p07

08. Rey Mysterio vs. Prince Puma (Ultima Lucha Dos) (2016)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpOPHiSn5yI

May 17, 2017 09:31 AM PDT

This week sets the new record for how hard Bryan's jaw can hit the ground as Scott fills him in on the life and controversy of "The Canadian Crippler", Chris Benoit.

Watch this week's matches with us:

1. Wild Pegasus vs. The Great Sasuke (Super J Cup 94) (1994)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x26na8w_wild-pegasus-vs-great-sasuke-njpw-super-j-cup-04-16-1994_sport

2. Chris Benoit vs. Al Snow (ECW Double Tables) (1995)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xor82c_chris-benoit-vs-al-snow_sport

3. Wild Pegasus vs. Black Tiger (NJPW Best Of The Super Junior III) (1996)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1e5hve_black-tiger-eddy-guererro-vs-chris-benoit-bosj-1996_sport

CLIP #1 - The Radicals debut in WWE (WWE RAW - January 31st, 2000)
- http://dai.ly/x3j8n5d?start=476

4. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho (Ladder Match) (Royal Rumble) (2001)
- https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xj4sjh_chris-jericho-vs-chris-benoit-ladder-match-royal-rumble-2001_sport

5. Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho vs. Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin (RAW - May 21st, 2001)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3k332o

6. Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle Vs Edge & Rey Mysterio (No Mercy) (2002)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xz6sw9_kurt-angle-and-chris-benoit-vs-rey-mysterio-and-edge-no-mercy-2002-tag-team-match-to-crown-the-first_sport

7. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (Royal Rumble) (2003)
- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xstasi_kurt-angle-vs-chris-benoit-wwe-royal-rumble-2003_sport

May 10, 2017 09:47 AM PDT

Don't you dare put that pink spandex away because this week Scott teaches Bryan all about one of the greatest of all time, Bret "The Hitman" Hart!

Here are the matches we will be discussing this week!

1. Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (Summerslam 1991)

2. Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (Summerslam) (1992)

3. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WrestleMania X) (1994)

4. Bret Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (WWF RAW) (07-11-1994)

5. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WrestleMania 13) (1997)

6. The Hart Foundation vs. Austin/Shamrock/Goldust/The L.O.D. (In Your House: Canadian Stampeder) (1997)

7. Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit (WCW Monday Night Nitro) (04-10-1999)

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