The Intercontinental Podcast Episode 24: He’s Gonna Kick Out
We invite long time friend John Ugolini back to share some cherished memories of watching wrestling with friends. We avoid as best we can the topic of this years WM, and instead focus on the interactions that come from enjoying things like WrestleMania with friends or family.
The Intercontinental Podcast Episode 23: You Can’t Wrestle
In a triumphant return to podcasting, we get right into the WrestleMania discussion… but not before we side step and talk a little about marriage equality and what it means to the narrative within the WWE. Since the WWE may be purposefully late in the game with this Tea Party angle, when will they be ready to take on issues with homosexuality within storyline?
From there, we talk a little about Cena and the Rock, CM Punk, and newcomers within WrestleMania vs Part-Timers within WrestleMania.
I can’t watch this video because “the uploader has made it not available in [my] country,” but the narrative during Swagger’s match last night on Smackdown was incredibly interesting to me and hopefully some of this commentary made the cut of WWEFanNation. Matthews and JBL talked about “the things that they have been saying!? About America?…” etc. They spoke as if they had not been conscious during the past four years and never heard any of the kind of language that Swagger and Colter espouse.
This is simply because Matthews and JBL exist in TheWWE Universe. Vince McMahon works very hard to create an aura within each WWE program. No matter where they go, when you are inside the stadium, you are not anywhere but The WWE Universe. Nothing escapes the bubble of The WWE Universe, or at least Vince works pretty damn hard to make sure it doesn’t.
On top of that, nothing gets in to this Universe until Vince says so. The announcers are acting like they have never heard anyone speak this way before because their characters haven’t. It is completely radical to the announce team to hear anything even close to what Swagger and Colter say because no one has ever said anything like this in The WWE Universe. It simply has never happened.
Never mind the outreach to Beck. That’s not part of the show until he gets there. Until then, it’s completely separate from the “Universe Narrative.”
Other things that have yet to happen in The WWEUniverse, and are therefore unheard of and confusing to people like Jerry Lawler, John Cena, etc:
This week Brayton and Paul mostly focus on Elimination Chamber and where it fits in with Wrestlemania season. We have some good discussion on the quality of Del Rio’s protagonist character, emotional bonds among characters in WWE today, and America’s self loathing / what you can take from Jack Swaggers character turn, his new manager and Antonio Cesaro.
I put this video together a while ago but never did anything with it. This is the weeks leading to Money in the Bank 2011, featuring CM Punk’s “Pipe Bomb,” an omission of the Cena/McMahon promo from the week he was suspended (I just left the WWE video package for that week), and Punk’s return promo and live contract signing. Roughly 50 minutes from that year.
Unfortunately, it does not include CM Punk making snow angels in the middle of the ring.
The Intercontinental Podcast Episode 17: He’s a Fat Jerk
This week, cynicism is battled as the Royal Rumble approaches. The CM Punk story only has so much juice left, and there is some commotion that the Rock could win the championship belt. Brayton has trouble believing a part time athlete like the Rock could feasibly hold the WWE Championship, but Paul is reluctantly uncertain.
We also talk about affirmative action, JBL, the Tag Team Championships, and staying positive while watching WWE.