This week on W2M, we headline with a main topic of looking at how the actions of Vincent K. McMahon echo those of Vincent J. McMahon and perhaps father time will be what really changes WWE. This thing with Roman Reigns is not unique in WWE’s history and we discuss why it isn’t, what parallels exist between Reigns and Bob Backlund and more.
We also wonder if WWE will ever have an international Heavyweight Champion that is from outside North America. Who could it be? Will it happen within the next five years? We banter about this as well.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” where we talk about how Sting Retired, Neville’s fractured ankle, WWE not having a physical Hall of Fame, WWE having their first international WWE champion outside of North America, Kota Ibushi wrestling at Kaiju Big Battle, Jeff Hardy and Mick Foley donating their brains for CTE Research, Mick Foley possibly joining WWE Creative, and a lot more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, We have our discussion using an article by Barry Hess over at Voices of Wrestling about how Vince Jr may be following Vince Sr. After that, we look at NXT as well.
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, We go on to ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)
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(8:25-48:25) Wrestling News: Sting Retiring, International WWE Champions, Kota Ibushi at Kaiju Big Battle, Mick Foley possibly joining WWE Creative..
(48:25-1:25:50) WWE RAW
(1:25:50-1:59:25) Our Main Topic: Using an article from Barry Hess over at Voices of Wrestling, we discuss the similarities between a Vincent J. McMahon in the latter stages of his career and how it could actually parallel those of Vincent K. McMahon right now. What similarities do Roman Reigns push now have to Bob Backlund’s initial push in the late 70’s? What about Roman Reigns is really the problem? We try to figure all of that out and more.
(1:59:25-2:11:48) WWE NXT
(2:11:48-2:20:05) Lucha Underground
(2:20:05-2:44:40) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:44:40-2:51:55) Ring of Honor TV
(2:51:55-End) Superstar of the Week & Plugs
Wrestling 2 the MAX is the “Every Wrestling Fan” Pro-Wrestling podcast because it covers everything from WWE, NXT, TNA Impact, and ROH to other global entities like Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This show is informative, fun, and meant for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there. Wrestling 2 the MAX airs live on early Friday mornings at 1AM EST (on Spreaker.com) and then is available immediately after airing on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, LAST WORD RADIO on I-Tunes and Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Youtube (Via W2M Network) The Spreaker App and other podcast hosting locations. W2M also has a Facebook group you can join and listeners can follow them on twitter @wrestling2max
Sean Garmer: studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. Sean loves pro-wrestling so much that he even trained to be a wrestler at the age of 17. Though he eventually had to quit wrestling to go to college, he still returned to do play-by-play commentary, help write storylines, and most of all, to watch matches. Sean started his love of pro-wrestling at the age of five after watching a Hulk Hogan match. Due to his family hating sports-entertainment, there were many years he missed. However, he returned full-time to being a fan in the late 1990’s. Since then, Sean has gone on to write for various wrestling websites in a number of capacities, but he discovered his true passion, Podcasting, two years ago when he and Gary started the Wrestling 2 the MAX Podcast.
Gary Vaughan: is a native North Texan with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. His time in college actually rekindled his love of pro wrestling he had lost somewhere along the way. Gary’s enjoyment of the sport began around 1996. As a fan, he has become a student of the wrestling business and gains knowledge through many platforms. WCW is dear to his heart because of it being his introduction to the scene. Now, Gary is a proud podcast host, as well as a writer for wrestling columns.
Paul Leazar: is a recent college graduate from the University of North Texas who has a History degree, but works at a Comic Book store. He was born an’ raised in the great state of Texas, and began his love affair with pro wrestling at the tender age of five after watching WWF’s Summerslam 1993 pay-per-view. The relationship turned serious with the growth of independent wrestling and the internet in the early 2000’s, which has seen the love affair turn into a full blown addiction that led him to write about it sporadically for various websites, and co-host the Wrestling 2 The Max podcast.