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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 288: Wrestling with the 90s

May 27, 1996 is a day that will live in wrestling infamy. It’s the day Scott Hall, known by fans at the time as Razor Ramon, showed up on WCW Nitro. It was significant because Hall had been with WWF for four years and showing up on the competition’s program and declaring war with them made it look like WWF had sent him.

We’d later learn this was the seed planting fo the nWo and one of the greatest angles in the history of wrestling. My co-host Chad Smart and I dissect the period leading up to Hall’s jump and do some ‘what if’ scenarios along the way.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 284: Wrestling with the 80s

We’re just a couple weeks away from the 35 year anniversary of the very first Saturday Night’s Main Event. The show debuted May 11, 1985, from the Nassau County Coliseum.

So, I’ve turned to Jason Skull of the Skullbuster WrestleCast to take a trip down memory lane and chat more about that first episode. From Hulk Hogan to Roddy Piper to Wendi Richter, the show was stacked.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 271: Wrestling with the 90s

The new year always means it’s time for the best pay-per-view event of the year, the Royal Rumble. We’re keeping the tradition alive of chatting about past Rumbles here on the podcast. This week, my guest co-host is Luke Lay, the co-host of the greatest Royal Rumble parties I’ve ever attended…

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This year we break down the 1990 Rumble and the build to the match at WrestleMania VI between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.

Stride Pro Wrestling returns on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Central Junior High School in West Frankfort. This is a fundraiser for the school’s PTA. Check out Stride’s website for more details.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 239: Wrestling Under the Influence ‘Rowdy & Proud’

It’s hard to argue the greatness of ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. This week we raise a can of Rowdy & Proud by Three Taverns Craft Brewery to Hot Rod himself. I’m joined by Stride Pro Wrestling star Ax Allwardt. We discuss the beer and Piper. We throw in some comments about today’s wrestling scene and how it compares to the 80s.

Stride Pro Wrestling has a show Saturday, July 6 at the building in Carterville. It’s Scars & Stripes! Learn more here.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 227: WrestleMania 2 Redo

WrestleMania is still the premiere event of the year in the world of Sports Entertainment. I love watching it each year, but in the early years of WrestleMania it was much more special.

However, many fans have strong feelings about WrestleMania 2. Is it the worst WrestleMania of all-time? My co-host this week Jerry Travelstead and I talk about the event and how we’d tweak it to make it better.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Wrestling Under the Influence

4 Elf Winter Warmer Spiced Ale.

Tis the season for drinking, so Chad Smart (host of Positive Cynicism) and I busted open 4 Elf Winter Warmer Spiced Ale by Dark Horse Brewery. While enjoying this festive beer we chat about Christmas gimmicks, movies and angles related to the world of pro wrestling.

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Warrior vs. Santa

One story we share is the Ultimate Warrior Christmas comic. You can check it out here and decide for yourself if Warrior “humbled” Santa Claus…

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 201: Hulk Hogan vs. Braun Strowman

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This week’s episode is a #AskMy123Cents. I took to social media (late of course) and got a few questions, including who on the current WWE roster I would book against Hulk Hogan in his prime. By the title of this show, you’ve figured out it’s Braun Strowman.

I enjoy the interaction with other fans to make this show possible. Thanks to everyone who interacts on the various forms of social media. You can always reach out here or on any of the usual platforms.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 178: Superfan “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

“Hug the ones you love.”

I’m kicking off another new feature here on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast called “Superfan”. I’ll be having conversations with fellow pro wrestling fans about their all-time favorite wrestler. The first installment is with Barry Karafa from Cape Championship Wrestling.

Barry is a HUGE “Roddy” Roddy Piper fan. The quote you see at the top of this post was handwritten by Hot Rod in a Christmas card he sent to Barry the December before Piper’s death. We talk about that card and other memorabilia Barry has honoring Piper. We also share childhood memories and how Piper influenced the world of professional wrestling. By the way, you can see more of Barry’s collection over on the My 1-2-3 Cents Instagram page.

Barry is also part of CCW. The company is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and has their ‘WrestleMania’ event this upcoming weekend. CCW: Supershow II is part of the Cape Con weekend. You’ll see all the stars of CCW along with Legends like Dan “The Beast” Severin (former My 1-2-3 Cents podcast guest) and Tommy Dreamer. You can still get tickets to the Supershow.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 162: 1984

Merry Christmas

This week on the podcast, a look back on 1984. It’s a strange thing, I know. But I explain it all in the show. Plus a few wrestling-related memories at Christmastime. And a special guest kicks things off this week.

Merry Christmas and join in next week for the Centy Awards. The show will drop on New Year’s Day.


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Fresh Content Day 34: The Lost Art of the Finishing Move

This is going to a) sound old-manish, and 2) possibly infringing on the Kevin’s gimmick over at My 1-2-3 Cents.

I was watching Wrestlemania 33 last night and today over my lunch hour. What I learned – among other things – is that a finishing move isn’t much of a finisher anymore. This isn’t news. It’s just becoming more and more obvious as time goes on.

I remember a time where a big boot and running leg drop was all it took to fell an opponent.

And when the Undertaker gave you a Tombstone Piledriver, you stayed driven heaped in a pile (okay, that one didn’t make much sense).

Right now, I’m going to make the HOT TAG to Kevin Hunsperger for his 1-2-3 cents.

Finishing moves still have a place in wrestling, but it seems on big shows those finishers are often as effective as a screen door on a submarine. Now wrestlers kick out just before the referee’s hand hits the mat for the third time. This type of storytelling is very frustrating as a fan of the old school days of the business.

False finishes are okay from time to time, but at WrestleMania for example, I think a Superstar either kicked out of or broke the finishing maneuver of their opponent in every match. It’s come to be expected these days.

We all know professional wrestling is a show. But I think when you start watering down the moves the men and women have made their signatures it takes away from the realism of the contest at hand. When the Undertaker hits his opponent with a Tombstone, I want the referee to then count three. A kick out on a rare occasion is fine as long as it tells the story at hand. When Kane did it for the first time ever, it was special.

But then Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns have kicked out of the finisher at WrestleMania. Some of those mentioned Superstars have kicked out of more than one Tombstone in a match. I suppose this would be fine because there’s a year of separation between incidents, but Seth Rollins kicks out of Triple H’s Pedigree, Kevin Owens escapes the Wall of Jericho and Shane McMahon gets out of the Styles Clash all on the same show. It’s exhausting.

I realize I’m out of the WWE’s target demo. I also realize a lot of indy shows use this style of booking. But I’m from the school of thought when you’re hit with the finisher, you’re done. 1-2-3.

I’m in agreement with Kevin, here. I think the use of finishers has gone by the wayside because no talent wants to look weak in their match, so they all have to kick out at least once (unless it’s “enhancement talent”).

If these moves are no longer finishing off opponents (which is why they’re called finishing moves in the first place), just call them moves, or signature moves, and let’s be done with it. They should be special moves used once to finish the match, or in a crazy twist, as KH said, a false finish once in a while to build up a talent would be smart. But overuse has diminished these moves.

In other words…I’m old and set in my ways.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 53: WrassleRoos Pro Wrestling Underwear

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Growing up in the 80’s, we had Underoos.  They were dubbed “underwear that’s fun to wear” and included super heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.  As a wrestling fan, I’d always hoped my favorite WWF/E Superstars would be represented, but it never happened.

Fast forward 30 plus years and Jonathan Bowles had a vision: WrassleRoos.  It’s pro wrestling underwear for adults.  But not only can you find briefs in the likeness of legends like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, you can also choose from a variety of custom made, vintage t-shirts.  Boxer shorts are also available.

The story behind the success of WrassleRoos is truly remarkable.  Listen to this week’s show and find out how Colt Cabana and CM Punk each played a role in putting these unique under garments on the map.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 35: Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Widow

It’s important to note that the name of this episode is for two distinct segments of the show. They are unrelated.

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In this episode Kevin spends a little time sharing his thoughts on the current situation between Hulk Hogan and WWE.  The second half of the show, meet Kevin’s better half, his wife Lisa.  She talks about life as a “wrestling widow.”

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 30: Kamala Speaks‏

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Kevin’s guest this week comes from the jungles of Uganda.  Kamala is one of the all-time greats having wrestled all over the world for decades.  He battled greats like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Dusty Rhodes.  Kamala has had a series of health problems that have sidelined him, but his spirits remain high.  In his new book “Kamala Speaks” he shares stories from the road with the help of former manager Kenny Casanova.  Both Kamala and Kenny talk more about the book and some of their favorite memories during this week’s show.  Enjoy.

 

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 15: Second Best

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For the first time in several years the WWE is showing the Intercontinental Championship some love at Wrestlemania. In this episode Kevin and Chad analyze the upcoming ladder match in which Wade Barrett defends against several opponents.  They look back at big IC title matches from previous Wrestlemanias including “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan and Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels.

My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 3

Centy Claus...and that's the bottom line!
Centy Claus…and that’s the bottom line!

Ho! Ho! Ho!  It’s the Christmas episode of My 1-2-3 Cents.  Kevin talks about some of his favorite Christmas gimmicks in wrestling through the years.  He also reviews Mick Foley’s new film “I Am Santa Claus” and Hulk Hogan’s holiday hit (maybe not) “Santa with Muscles.”  Special guest Centy Claus joins the show from the Parts Unknown Pole to give gifts to a few of wrestling’s top names.  Merry Christmas.

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