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Inaugural Episode of the "Paused at Podcast"

This is the inaugural episode of the weekly "Paused at Podcast."
Download it in MP3 format here.

Episode 0.05 will feature:

Jay and Mark talking about  wrestling.Three subjects: Does the WWE simply have too much talent right now?Was the Attitude era really better, or are we just nostalgic?Each of our top three Current Heels, and why?Will also feature:Sketchy sound quality due to my  bad internet connection.I need a pop for my headset mic... Is that even a thing?Completely non-insider opinions because we're honestly just a couple of fans. I think it's refreshing, your millage may vary. All Jokes aside this is episode 0.05 because it's a beta run. Trying to get our three questions in less than or right around an hour format down. Trying to get the  audio  worked out. Generally just trying to make it "OK" for a first attempt.  Unfortunately we can't be in the same room when we record, so I have to rely on recording off discord, which is not optimal. I…

The Start of the End

Yearsago when I was a young lad, I loved the WWF. I was a child of the Rock N Wrestling Era. This is why unlike most of the guys here I have a special connection with Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Roddy Piper and the JYD. (I had all these t-shirt given to me as hand me downs at this age too) WWF was everything and I really don’t remember a time as a kid to teenager WWF not being in my life. 
I can remember running into the house on a Sunday morning after church. Getting my dress clothes off and throwing on a Hulkamania or Hot Rod shirt and get ready to sit in front of the TV to watch WWF Superstars. For a child of 8 or 9 this was the best thing on television except for the A-Team or Knight Rider possibly. Mean Gene would be in the back talking with wrestlers who would come out and beat the hell out of some paid loser. Saturday morning used to have a show on as well. I think it might have been on our local FOX affiliate but I could be wrong. It was the same format show.
I remember mostly watchi…

Uncut Uncensored Uncooked RAW. (Raw Ep 01 1/11/1993)

This was recorded on 10/16/17 It has nothing do with the WWE Monday night RAW broadcast live network television that night.This has everything to do with the very first episode of RAW Recorded on January 11, 1993. Here is an audio file of us watching  the  show.We all watch on the WWE Network.Non of WWE's audio is included on this recording, unless it is incidental in the background.We used a foggy picture of the  Empire state building in the beginning of the  show to line up our streams.Listen along whit us if you like.

Broadcast live on USA network  live from NY's Manhattan center. Which I completely think is the  same place as the  Hammerstein Ballroom, but again I go to the internet for clarification and I find four or five different locations listed on different sites, with different names ect...  (One thing I know is this in not the grand ball room  as was mentioned on one site. The grand ball room doesn't have balcony ... but  I'm digressing.)
Regardless of the …

NXT 10/11/17 (Liv n' Lars Velvet Vega)

NXT 10/11/17
Here is an audio file of us watching the  show on the WWE network. If you  have the net work, pull up the  show, pause it at the  John Cena image during the opening scroll, then hit play on both and watch along with us! The recording does not contain the WWE's Audio, just us talking. 

Peyton Royce vs Liv Morgan vs Nikki Cross:     There are a lot of things I don't understand about  WWE and NXT. ONe of which is  what the hell they are doing  with Liv Morgan. That didn't change when I saw this match booked. It was pretty obvious from the start Niki or Peyton were going to win this match. So where does Liv go? I guess it's easy to say that she's "not ready" or to dump on her ring work. However watching this match  it's not like Peyton looked that much better than her, even though she is the more seasoned performer. By the  end of the match when they showed Live crumpled in the corner I joked with a friend "Ohh yeah Liv was in this match.&…

10/8/17 WWE Hell In A Cell

The card:
(Anything in Italics was Written before I watched the show)
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
Falls Count Anywhere Hell in a Cell match:
I don't have much to say here other than Shane diving off a 20 foot cage at 47 years old or any age) is the most gratuitous , pandering , unnecessary spot in pro wrestling today. I hope they don't do it but I know they will. Mick Foley did the  best cage dive, it should have ended there. Now if Shane doe it every year it's not special, it's just spectacle. I know WWE loves a spectacle, how much will they love Shane getting legit hurt one of these days.

Jinder Mahal (c) (with The Singh Brothers) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Singles match for the WWE Championship.
This all depends on how the WWE wants to work the India tour.  My take? They pull the belt of Jinder at this show, only for Shinske to drop it again to Jinder on the India tour. Jinder has the look, but he's not the world class worker Nakamura is, I'm not sure what this match …


so here's the line up for hell in a cell:

Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The New Day vs. The Usos
Natalya vs. Charlotte
AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros.
My take is overall it should be a very entertaining event.

Shane vs Owens  at least the build up is better than his 'taker match. family honor whats better.  if KO loses what does it mean for him?  is he moving on?

jinder vs Shinuske:  Nakamura can fight a brick and put on a good show (he'll have to). look for the brothers typical antics but Nakamura will go strong style on their collective asses.  new Champ

New day and Usos have been putting on great shows. look for Usos to take back the belts.

Natty vs the Queen: sharpshooter vs figure 8.   a tough match  I think Nat retains but Carmella cashes in for the belt.

Styles/ Corbin: Styles will carry the match but look for the corbin push and the win.

Roode vs …

Five Matches (That still resonate with me.)

Five Matches that resonate with me.
This can't be a top five favorite matches. I'm bad at picking favorites and pro wrestling has so many styles, genres, and time periods that I can't just pick five. I do have some favorites, and just like any thing else anyone reading this may or may not agree with me. That's ok. Feel free to leave your top five in the comments.
Here Is my super rough five matches that still hold meaning for me. Off the top of my head, without any real research just memory. Presented in no particular order. Likely to change by three o'clock.
    • 1989 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk ('I Quit' Match, NWA Clash of the Champions IX)  Can be found on the net.          ◦ Held in Troy New York, just a bit up the road... Never sees wrestling anymore unfortunately.         ◦ I love the intensity of this match. Both men are consummate story tellers, and I think here you see Ric Flair  and the Funker at the height of their powers. Flair with his entrance …