John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw from Lexington, Kentucky as the mysterious Superstar Shakeup continued with more roster moves reflected on the show, the Raw participants for both Money in the Bank Ladder matches were announced, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles had a contract signing for their upcoming Universal title match, the return of the Firefly Fun House, Shane McMahon chokes The Miz unconscious, and The Revival are caught shaving.
John Pollock and Wai Ting welcome Brandon Howard Thurston (Wrestlenomics, Fightful) to break down WWE’s First Quarter 2019 Earnings report. We discuss the company’s net loss of $8.4 million for the quarter, plus whether “superstar absences” may have truly contributed to WWE’s live event and ratings decreases.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review the tenth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). On the week of Endgame’s release, we discuss Marvel’s first deep dive into its cosmic side as we learn more about the Infinity Stones and the world of Thanos. We discuss the risks Marvel took by dedicating a movie to its least known property to date, the casting of a relative unknown in Chris Pratt as lead while relegating stars such as Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel to voice-acting roles, as well as the show-stealing performance of WWE wrestler Dave Bautista.
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review this week’s edition of WWE NXT featuring Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (and the possible break-up of The Undisputed Era?), War Raiders vs. Street Profits for the NXT tag titles, Candice LeRae & Kacy Catanzaro in action, Kassius Ohno shows up… and more!