The biggest story line currently is the Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman vs John Cena program and I love it. The Summer Slam match was delightfully one-sided and highlighted a near-criminal Brock Lesnar mean streak. The Promo King, Paul Heyman, can take an average Raw from 0 to 100 (real quick). He’s just that damn good. #PaulLevesqueVoice.
The most interesting aspect of the feud however is John Cena. More specifically, the John Cena character, which is at its most compelling since the night after his Wrestlemania 28 loss to The Rock. His promo this past Monday (“I’m not going to beat Brock Lesnar, I’m going to beat Brock Lesnar's ass”) was a bullseye. No smiles, no jokes, no BS. Dare I say, a little Attitude.
SO, I’m a regular podcast listener and I thought I’d highlight 2 of my favorite wrestling FAN podcasts (not to be confused with podcasts done BY professional wrestlers or wrestling professionals, i.e. The Steve Austin Show, which is phenomenal in its own right).
Mat Men & Cheap Heat.
- Wrestling fan podcasts work when the hosts remember that this is entertainment.
- Entertainment is supposed to be fun.
- Listeners are entertained when the hosts are having fun. It’s a simple formula.
Too often, wrestling podcasts take themselves FAR too serious and feel the need to break down every segment of every show, offering whiny opinions and critiques about the (buzz word) "current product." So-And-So is being “buried.” Vince doesn’t know what he’s doing. The sky is falling. Miss me with all of that.
I’m a happy, life-having fan and so are the hosts of Mat Men & Cheap Heat. Briefly, Mat Men is a show featuring 3 best friends and lifelong fans from Queens, NY. Andrew Zarian, Rich Stambolian and Jon Layman discuss today’s shows, classic memories and even fantasy book from time to time. Cheap Heat is comprised of David Shoemaker (AKA The Masked Man) and Peter Rosenberg. Shoemaker is a phenomenal journalist (see HERE and HERE) and Rosenberg is a Hip Hop radio personality and DJ.
Adam Rose…I’m just not a fan of his. Outside of his enterence music being pretty catchy, I can’t find anything I like about his character or in-ring work. The Rosebuds gimmick is corny, his matches aren’t interesting, and I generally find myself picking up my iPhone whenever he pops up on Raw, Smackdown, or NXT. He’s probably worked his ass off to get to this point so I can’t take anything away from the man himself. Nothing is easy about making it to the WWE main roster but, again, I’m just not fan. Nor am I a lemon and I don’t want to be a Rosebud either…
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