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We continue on with Flair-uary/Feb-WOOOO-ary with this very famous "phantom title win" against "The Nature Boy". When Flair performed in front of the rabid fan base of the Caribbean, he had to do whatever he could to literally escape with his life. Jack Veneno was the biggest star the Dominican Republic had ever had, so when Flair tried to screw him out of the NWA Title with some help from "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the fans and even the police tried to get involved to stop any shenanigans. Flair had to think fast and improvise a new finish which put the National Wrestling Alliance in a bind. Listen to all the analysis and check out a great match between Flair and Veneno from the Dominican Republic!MATCH: ARCHIVES: --
We're kicking off Ric Flair's birthday month (Flair-uary) with "The Nature Boy" in CWA! The Memphis territory wanted their biggest star, Jerry "The King" Lawler to be the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. However, Memphis' business relied on Lawler always being on the card and that wouldn't be possible if "The King" traveled as the champ. At this point, though, they were still trying to make Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler a hot feud. It didn't last long before real life bad blood seeped in. Hear about it all here as we go retro and take the time back to 1982!MATCH: ARCHIVES: --
On June 3, 1994, Toshiaki Kawada challenged Mitsuharu Misawa for his All-Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Championship at AJPW Super Power Series 1994 Day 16 in Tokyo, Japan. "Uncle" Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave the match an historic 6 stars!It was talked about before on the podcast about just how amazing Mitsuharu Misawa was, but now we get to appreciate Toshiaki Kawada, who racked up tons of titles, stars, and other accolades throughout his illustrious career.Also, we get to find out why Rocky Romero hates Kawada and what Troy and Santiago think of him as well. Does the match hold up? Was Dave Meltzer overstating how good this match was? Listen in and find out!MATCH: ARCHIVES: --
While they both eventually ended up working for Vince McMahon in the WWF, Jerry "The King" Lawler" and "Macho Man" Randy Savage were bitter rivals between their two feuding Tennessee-based promotions. While Lawler was always the top dog in the NWA-backed CWA, Savage was the banner carrier for his father, Angelo Poffo's ICW promotion. While the two companies never inter-mingled, ICW stars constantly threw out personal jabs and made real-life challenges on their television shows to the top stars of CWA. CWA's talent always ignored ICW's ongoing pokes and prods. It wasn't until ICW officially shut its doors that Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler decided to sign Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo, and the dream feud could finally take place between "The King" and "The Macho Man". Go back to the years 1985 and 1993 to watch these amazing Memphis Cage matches held under the CWA and USWA banners!MATCHES: -- ARCHIVES: --
Mil Máscaras, born Aarón Rodríguez Arellano, is a world-renowned luchador that tore it up throughout Mexico, Japan, the United States, and everywhere for decades. If one were to make a Mt. Rushmore of Lucha Libre, he would certainly be one of the 4 faces on that mountainside. There will be more episodes dedicated to him in the future, but today, Troy & Santiago are traveling back to 2005 to just scratch the surface.While this episode is dedicated to the amazing, legendary Mil Máscaras, we are doing a dedication to the memory of La Parka, who sadly passed away on January 11, 2020. Rest in Peace, La Parka II!MATCHES: (Start at 4:00)VISIT: --
Hop onto the canvas of the time traveling wrestling ring with hosts Troy & Santiago as they head to the Continental Wrestling Association in the 1970s to kick off "Jerry-uary"! On a mid-August night in 1977 in the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 8,397 rabid fans, Southern Champion Jerry "The King" Lawler took on bitter rival "Superstar" Bill Dundee in a Hair vs. Car match, where Lawler's manager, Mickey Poole's hair was on the line. Lawler and Dundee were sometimes partners but mostly enemies throughout the late 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. They eventually went their own ways, with Dundee headed south to WCW and Lawler going north to the WWF, but they scorched the earth in the Memphis, Tennessee territory behind them.MATCHES: (Start at 1:10)VISIT: --
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUTA!!! Your favorite time-traveling marks are heading back to witness one of the Great Muta's most historic matches in NJPW as well as one of his alter ego, Keiji Mutoh's greatest matches in AJPW! The man born as Keiji Mutoh on December 23, 1962 is mostly known for his work as the Great Muta. He has held championship gold in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and more as well as winning multiple awards from wrestling and sports magazines. Mutoh also formed his own Japanese wrestling promotion, Wrestle-1, in 2013. The kayfabe son of the Great Kabuki; The Overlord of the Shining Wizard; The Moonsault King; The Master of the Poison Mist is now semi-retired, but still pops up from time to time in promotions across the world.MATCHES: - --
Your favorite time travelers are spending their first day of Hanukkah by covering the masked luchador best known under the ring names Místico, Carístico, Sin Cara, and Myzteziz in honor of the man's 38th birthday. From 2006 to 2011 Urive was the top tecnico and was the biggest box office draw in Mexico for a number of years. On this episode, hosts Troy & Santiago invite you to watch along to Caristico, Mistico, & Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero, Volador Jr, and La Mascara. They then bring the mood down with a disappointing Caristico vs. Mistico match.MATCHES: (1 - Starting at 0:05) - (2 - Starting at 2:55) --
Before Austin Aries went on to be one of the longest reigning TNA Champions in history and before Tyler Black went on to rule the WWE Universe as Seth Rollins, they faced off the Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Title. Before the 2010s and going into the 2010s, these two had a feud that tore down multiple arenas with their greatness. To honor the 10 year anniversary of their 60-minute draw at Final Battle 2009, Troy & Santiago review two matches between Black & Aries.MATCHES: (1) - (2) --
WWE wasn't the only place Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle did battle. When Brock left WWE and won the IWGP Heavyweight Title in NJPW, Kurt (who was employed by TNA at the time) went to Japan to take the gold from "The Beast Incarnate".Meanwhile, TNA Unbreakable 2005 is remembered for the three-way match for the X Division Title between AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels. It received a 5 Star match rating from Dave Meltzer and was ranked by TNA as the 4th greatest moment in the company's history.MATCHES: (1) - (2)
The PPV is considered the first time most viewers in the United States were exposed to the lucha libre style of wrestling, and contributed to several AAA workers, especially Eddie Guerrero, Rey Misterio Jr., Konnan, Psicosis, and Juventud Guerrera. Troy & Santiago review the semi-main event, which was a tag team Lucha de Apuestas, Mask vs. Hair match between Octagón & El Hijo del Santo taking on La Pareja del Terror (Art Barr & Eddie Guerrero). While not the main event of the show, the semi-main event was rated 5 stars by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which also voted La Pareja del Terror the Team of the Year and Art Barr the Heel of the Year.MATCHES: (1)
Next week's episode would have ran too long if we included this match, so instead, you're all getting a Thanksgiving bonus episode! In 1994, the infant company of AAA teamed up with IWC and WCW to put on the When World Collide in Los Angeles, CA. Top drawing star, Konnan, took on the legend, Perro Aguayo, in a Cage Match to close the show. A brawl broke out in the crowd between a fan and Eddy Guerrero. Lots to cover in this watch-along! Gobble, gobble, mofos!MATCHES: (1)
The readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter voted Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima for the ROH Title the Match of the Year 2007. It was a hard-hitting encounter where you don't know where the work ends and the shoot begins. Before that, the man who is now as Daniel Bryan in the WWE took on another man who is a current WWE Superstar, Samoa Joe. They tore the house down in a great combination of European Catch-as-Catch-Can Style and Japanese Strong Style. Troy & Santiago yet again jump into their time traveling wrestling ring and head back to the mid-2000s for the biggest episode of Triple R to date.MATCHES: (1) - (2)
Voted Match of the Year 2005 by the readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi in New York City went down as one of the biggest matches in Ring of Honor history. Samoa Joe was also involved in an infamous trilogy of matches with CM Punk in years past. Troy & Santiago are heading back in time to cover these amazing matches just for all of you wrestling history buffs!MATCHES: (1) - (2)
The Mexican wrestling legend who has been a mainstay of CMLL for decades won Match of the Year 2000 in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter for his Mask vs. Mask match against Villano III. Judging by the fact that it's 2019 and Atlantis still dons his mask, you can see who won that match. Almost an entire decade before that, Atlantis took another mask--this one from Kung Fu. Troy & Santiago watch along to both of these fantastic Lucha de Apuestas and give some back story on all of what they're seeing!MATCHES: (1) - (2)
In the Memphis territory, Jerry Lawler truly was (and is) king! Terry Funk was one of the greatest second-generation wrestlers ever and a former NWA World Champion. When these two clashed in Tennessee, it was always bloody and crazy. Troy & Santiago run down the history of both men, the territory, and their matches in this duo of watch-alongs.MATCHES: (1) - (2)
Before the ghouls and goblins and ghosts take to the streets, celebrate Halloween (or Day of the Dead) like it's every day! We hop into our Triple R Time Machine to check out one of the most bitter rivalries in Mexico, LA Park vs. Rush! We then head to Japan to see where the Muta Scale started with a bloody brawl between The Great Muta and Hiroshi Hase!MATCHES: (1) - (2)
In 1982, Dynamite Kid and Tiger Mask tore the roof off the arena in Japan with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Match of the Year. In 1983, they did it again (but different) in the first match Dave Meltzer ever awarded five stars to. We talk about the history of both men, their career trajectories, and what these guys mean to the business. Do these two matches hold up in 2019? You be the judge!MATCHES: (1) - (2)
The Houston wrestling territory was one the most popular NWA territories of the past. Dusty Rhodes was one of the most popular wrestlers in NWA history. It only makes sense to cover "The American Dream"; "The Son of a Plumber"; "Stardust" himself, Dusty Rhodes in Houston as we pass what would be Dusty's birthday if he were still alive.. The guys also cover the unfortunate life and death of Gino Hernandez during the first match and the odd stipulations and the amazing overness of Dusty Rhodes during the second match.MATCHES: (1) - (2)
Mitsharu Misawa (RIP) took on Kenta Kobashi multiple times throughout his career. In 2003, these Goliaths of Japanese wrestling faced off in Pro Wrestling NOAH (Misawa's former promotion) for Misawa's GHC Heavyweight Title. Dave Meltzer gave this match five stars. Do Troy and Santiago feel the same way? Watch along to see these titans clash and hear what the guys think of it all! Maybe you'll learn something.MATCH:
You all voted for it and now you've got it! We're covering American lucha here for Episode 5 in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Celebrate with friends and family while you watch this historic match along with your amigos, Troy & Santiago!MATCH:
Rush's hair is the most coveted prize in lucha libre, besides their championships. He's taken other peoples' hair and masks as they attempted to take his flowing locks. Listen and watch along with Troy & Santiago as they give you the rundown on the young dynamo, Rush!MATCHES: (1) (2)
Jerry "The King" Lawler was the reigning AWA Champion and Kerry Von Erich was the reigning WCWA/WCCW Champion. They met, they clashed, and it was fantastic! Troy & Santiago found two of their classic battles that you can watch along and hear all about! They were historic, they were sights to see, and they were bloody!MATCHES: (1) (2)
We're headed to the Land of the Rising Sun for episode 2. Here, we see what the Hulkster was doing in NJPW in the 1993. He was the WWF Champion and had Jimmy Hart in tow. Hogan rubbed shoulders with the likes of IWGP Heavyweight Champion, The Great Muta, and stepped up his game, big time! Listen and watch along to these two great matches!MATCHES: (1) (2)
For our very first episode, Troy & Santiago are headed south of the border for the main event of CMLL's 82nd Anniversary Show in September of 2015. The legendary luchador known as Atlantis is putting his mask on the line against the young man currently known as Andrade in WWE, La Sombra. La Sombra was willing to put his mask on the line as well, making this a traditional Mascara vs. Mascara match to draw in a large crowd at Arena Mexico.WATCH ALONG:
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Created by
Troy Adams
Podcast Status
May 3rd, 2019
Latest Episode
Feb 10th, 2020
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