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Posted By countrybogart

Lol 3MB and Goldberg do suck

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Posted By foxmulder

What is the place to send questions? I don't remember hearing it on the podcast. Also this show needs to happen more often!

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Posted By jmood88

I hate pro wrestling but I like listening to this for some reason.

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Posted By Vuud

I don't normally listen to this podcast, but this poop talk made it all worth it.

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Posted By Undeadpool

Jesus, Nash even booked himself to get all the pyro, didnt he?

He was injured THREE DIFFERENT TIMES by that pyro...

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Posted By Phished0ne

Jesus, Nash even booked himself to get all the pyro, didnt he?

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Posted By JackColt

@fokker23: Epic promo. These guys are the best thing going in wrestling right now.

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Posted By Deltan

@danryckert Love your cameos on this site. Is there a reason Giant Bomb hasn't hired you yet? The interaction between Jeff and yourself creates a certain brand of magic that the world deserves more of.

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Posted By Deltan

This has become my favorite piece of content on Giantbomb.

This is a keeper. Agree.

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Posted By Undeadpool

@cooljammer00: If you're subscribed to WWE Network, check out this year's Elimination Chamber PPV for exactly why the Power Bombers, and Internet Wrestling Community at large, officially believe in the Shield.

This podcast has come very close to getting me back into wrestling after a nearly twenty year hiatus.

It got me back in. It's ALMOST worth it just to know exactly what their references are, but WWE's gotten a lot better over the last few years (though my hiatus was only half yours, so your mileage my vary).

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Posted By TournamentOfHate

The "this wrestler only has 3 or 4 moves" thing is such a weird thing to say about a WWE wrestler. Hey guess what, everybody in the company seems to have only 3 or 4 moves. That's how WWE wants it, that's the in ring style of the whole company. Daniel Bryan had more finishers on the indies than he has moves in his whole move set in the WWE. Also to say this about RVD of all people is kind of crazy, especially during his prime? Guy was constantly coming up with new stuff. Right now yeah he can't do everything he used to be able to do 15 years ago, it was an in ring style for a young athlete, not a dude who's in his 40s. Still, he's more entertaining to watch than most of the roster right now, and a 43 year old shouldn't be able to do a 5 star Frog Splash the way he does without breaking his f'n knees.

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Posted By Manhattan_Project

Brock Lesnar was perfect to break the streak. The surprise and subsequent meltdown throughout the marks and IWC was fucking amazing. He's the only man, kayfabe and non, legit enough to beat Taker.

The only other person that had the credibility to break it and actually get a push out of it was DB and he was a bit busy that night. Roman Reigns is nowhere near ready (they still hide him during Shield matches) and Bray Wyatt would have been ready next year.

Brock really was the only option. He is literally the toughest, most dangerous person on the roster, his character can take all the heat he will have for the rest of his career, and as much as Jeff and company don't want to see it, Brock is pretty good in the ring.

BTW I'm amazed at how almost nobody talks about Brock literally carrying Taker through that whole match. Taker isn't capable of getting any lift on his own after the concussion and yet Brock is still throwing him around.

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Edited By Toxin066

I believe in the Shield.

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Posted By LegendaryChopChop

Brock Lesnar was perfect to break the streak. The surprise and subsequent meltdown throughout the marks and IWC was fucking amazing. He's the only man, kayfabe and non, legit enough to beat Taker.

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Posted By Death_Burnout

It was Taker's request to lose to Brock, only a few people knew about the finish. The odds on the match only changed on the night so it was a well kept secret.

Warrior looked extremely unwell in both appearances on that weekend actually, it's crazy in retrospect.

That IC belt has been death for anyone who has it, so be careful what you wish for.

Pretty fucking hilarious that Vicky Guerrero actually gets under Jeff's skin but he'll be glad to know she's leaving the company, yet still hasn't managed to 'leave' leave somehow...

Don't be a lemon, guys, be a rosebud.

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Hearing Alex jump on the "Brock Lesnar is horrible" train with Jeff is very disappointing. Dan is the only one who gets it.

Yeah I know... Alex and Jeff, big offenders all around really.

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Posted By Mezmero

This has become my favorite piece of premium content rather quickly. I can't thank you smarks enough for getting together for this bit of nonsense since I just can't bare to watch the train wreck that is modern wrestling. I can't get enough of this podcast! Alex even subjected himself to some TNA to suffer for our sakes and for that I'm grateful. Jeff continues to be the voice of reason in this crazy world. Giancarlo, Dan, Jared, all of you dudes are baller as hell and it's a joy to listen to you during my bleak work hours. Thanks again for this feature and continue doing it for as long as it makes sense.

@alex Navarro, you think you can come in here and flaunt your title as if it gives you impunity? Well let me tell you something. You may have the hearts of the people but I shall have their minds. When you step into the ring with Mezmero, "The Mental Machine", you're under MY control. One hit from the Brainbender will leave you dazed. Then you'll feel the wrath of my Cerebral Suplex and your legacy comes to an end. Soon, your so-called "Navarro World Order" will become the Mezmero World Oneness. Look into my eyes... This PAX Wrestling League belongs to ME forever. Forever.. FORever....

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Edited By danryckert

@nameless2000: I'm kind of shocked I didn't, considering I think I've spent most of the last two months staring at her Instagram feed.

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Edited By AMyggen

Jared losing it at Jeff's anime comment was just fantastic.

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Posted By Corevi

I will totally support GBW (powered by 2K15) if that happens.

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Posted By bigevil1987

Taker's loss was pathetic. It still bums me out. The streak shouldn't have been broken, especially in such a crappy match.

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Posted By cooljammer00

@spiritof said:

I've only been watching RAW for the last three weeks after a loooooong time of not watching. I'm glad to know that my tastes in wrestlers is still in line with the majority of the Powerbombcast crew.

I really like the work of Bad News Barrett, Cesaro and The Wyatts. The Shield on the other hand haven't impressed me much at all. To their own credit all they've been doing is getting their asses kicked every week, but what I've seen of them so far has been fairly average. Daniel Bryan is another wrestler I just don't get yet, or why he resonants so much with the crowd. If he's suppose to be an "every man" type wrestler, I'd much rather he take on a Stone Cold vibe than what comes off as more of a whiner vibe.

But yeah, I'll take as much "Bad News" as WWE wants to throw at me, but I'm not jumping into the network until there's parity with Hulu for RAW and Smackdown.

The Shield has been consistently booked fairly strongly since their debut at Survivor Series/TLC 2012. Having recently turned babyface/good guy, they've been getting beaten a bit more to show vulnerability and to establish Evolution as a "threat". They are also (as a sum of parts) fantastic wrestlers, talkers, and they have cool gimmicks and costumes.

I'm not trying to say "you missed the good parts so you have to go back!" but Daniel Bryan has been the legit best wrestler in the entire world for over a decade at this point, and is only just now getting recognition for it. I've heard it compared to your favorite local band starting to win Grammys or go X Platinum. In a purely kayfabe/storyline viewpoint, he has come from very humble beginnings to achieve greatness, fighting against the idea of what a "wrestler" should look like; he isn't tan or big. The storyline for the past year has been Bryan struggling against a corporate machine that won't let him be the champ because of how he looks. It's a line blurring storyline that takes truthful elements of the naysayers from his career and puts it on his character. From a reality based standpoint, it's almost the same thing. Dude is way better in the ring than anybody else and has been great since he was in the indies. His gimmick was/is that he's a great wrestler that doesn't need gimmicks to whip your ass. When he first got signed to WWE, he was part of the Nexus angle, which was a bunch of game show rookies beating everyone up. He got fired for doing what they asked him to do, then they brought him back, then they didn't really do anything with him for a while. He has been consistently given either little to do, or poor storylines, and he has spun gold out of everything he has been given. The crowd has recognized his talent when nobody in power perhaps had, and has kept that demand high enough to keep Bryan in the picture.

I could go on about some of my favorite Shield and Daniel Bryan angles, but I just realized I've written so much about pro wrestling to an internet stranger, so I just say this: it's cool to like who you like and not like who you don't like. That's the great thing about wrestling.

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Edited By Fram

I want to edit a supercut podcast consisting solely of Giancarlo Varanini getting hyped about Roman Reigns becoming the Undertaker.

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Edited By sammo21

I seriously do not believe that the Undertaker finish was how it was supposed to be all along; its them saving face and not wanting to admit the potentially biggest match of the year was a failure. Just my opinion.

Oh, Lesnar is on another break? That's weird. I seriously dislike Lesnar. Dude looks bad in the ring, he's dangerous to the crowd, he scream like a girl, the most interesting thing about him is Heyman, and he simply does not care about the industry. The only thing terrifying about Brock Lesnar to me is he might accidentally murder someone in the crowd by throwing a monitor or chair into the crowd again.

So, did anyone else think that Big E was looking as if he was getting consistently aroused while watching matches? Sweating, rapid eye movement, heavy breathing, constantly licking his lips, etc. My wife and I couldn't stop laughing.

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Posted By Milkman

Hearing Alex jump on the "Brock Lesnar is horrible" train with Jeff is very disappointing. Dan is the only one who gets it.

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Posted By bistromath

Disgusting Inverted X.

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Posted By Spiritof

I've only been watching RAW for the last three weeks after a loooooong time of not watching. I'm glad to know that my tastes in wrestlers is still in line with the majority of the Powerbombcast crew.

I really like the work of Bad News Barrett, Cesaro and The Wyatts. The Shield on the other hand haven't impressed me much at all. To their own credit all they've been doing is getting their asses kicked every week, but what I've seen of them so far has been fairly average. Daniel Bryan is another wrestler I just don't get yet, or why he resonants so much with the crowd. If he's suppose to be an "every man" type wrestler, I'd much rather he take on a Stone Cold vibe than what comes off as more of a whiner vibe.

But yeah, I'll take as much "Bad News" as WWE wants to throw at me, but I'm not jumping into the network until there's parity with Hulu for RAW and Smackdown.

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Edited By hunterzolomon

there is some good talent in championship wrestling from hollywood, joey ryan is amazing, willie mack is one of the best big men on the indys and peter avalon and ray rosas are a hilarious jobber tag team. if they do decide to go to a la card they need to go to pro wrestling guerrilla much better show and one of the best crowds constantly on the indys today. id love for alex and jeff to film a video thing for the powerbomb cast as well interviewing the guys.

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Edited By MrJared

@amreese: I'm pretty sure someone referenced that he was hurt. Either way, yeah, everyone is pretty well aware of what happened.

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I'm a little upset that no one talked about Lana.

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Posted By Andorski

WE WANT ZIGGLER !!! WE WANT ZIGGLER !!!
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WE WANT ZIGGLER !!! WE WANT ZIGGLER !!!

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Posted By rentfn

That panel was the best panel I've ever been to at pax. I was laughing the whole hour.

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Posted By fokker23
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Shield promo referenced in podcast.

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I'm surprised they didn't know that Undertaker had actually gotten a concussion early in the match, which was a large reason why the rest of the match was too slow and plodding.

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Posted By JamieOD

Jeff absolutely breaks Jared with a well timed quip near the end.

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Posted By ScrambledGregs

Between this podcast and watching random episodes of Botchamania while very drunk late at night, I feel like I'm enjoying wrestling more by not watching it than I would by watching it.

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Posted By WulfBane

You know, at first I thought that was a typo in the title. But then... yeah.

And yes, I blame this podcast for me over Christmas break saying "nothing is on TV, but Universal HD is playing wrestling so what the hell" (it was the Christmas RAW & Smackdown replays) which means I now signed up to the WWE network.

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Posted By LarryDavis

I wish they went bi-weekly with this.

Or even reliably monthly. Or twice a month, but one right before that month's PPV, then the second right after the PPV and Raw.

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Posted By hunterzolomon

i bought my yearly giantbomb premium membership just for this show

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Posted By mrsmiley

I have zero interest in wrestling. This is a great show.

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...I need to watch that Scooby Doo movie.

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OH MY GAWD

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15 Minutes in. Alexa Bliss is sad...

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Posted By retrovirus

Dan Ryckert has the best stories.

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I am laughing VERY HARD at Dan Ryckert's poop stories.

EDIT: OH MY GOD, I need to see Vince's impression of Scooby-Doo.

Also, the WWE Network has added so much to this podcast. The group laughter when Jeff mentions that he watched the Bunkhouse Stampede event is amazing.

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