Vince McMahon returns to the show to announce the new leader of Monday Night Raw, Baron Corbin receives a final chance to become Raw GM, Dean Ambrose and Ronda Rousey issue Open Challenges, and a number of NXT call-ups are announced on this “new” and “fresh” edition of Raw. With John Pollock feeling under the weather, Wai Ting is joined by Nate Milton to review the show!
Episode 26 sees Chris Charlton and Juan Torres from The Lion Marks look at 2014. NJPW have a grandiose card with spectacular entrances, Great Muta has his last Tokyo Dome match, and a controversial poll sees Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura edge out Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito to take the main event spot.
John Pollock and Wai Ting preview Sunday’s WWE TLC PPV featuring Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte vs. Asuka in a TLC match. We’re also joined by Smash Wrestling promoter Sebastian Suave to discuss the current state of independent wrestling as major companies begin to sign available talent to exclusive deals.
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the fifth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). We discuss Marvel’s surprising decision to hire Chris Evans for the role, the concept of using science to enhance muscle mass, the special effects used to create a scrawny, pre-serum Steve Rogers, as well as the performances of Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving.
Martin, Oli & Benno are back to talk their live experiences at Progress Chapters 80 and 81. They also review Insane Championship Wrestling’s Fear & Loathing 11, the last episode of Revolution Pro on Freesports and the latest episodes of NXT UK. Findlay Martin from Inside the Ropes joins them to discuss the life and career of Tom ‘Dynamite Kid’ Billington.