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Two nerdy librarians initially set out to watch All The WrestleManias in order, but now they watch anything and everything pro-wrestling and talk about it in a modern light. Give us a hell yeah!


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Two nerdy librarians initially set out to watch All The WrestleManias in order, but now they watch anything and everything pro-wrestling and talk about it in a modern light. Give us a hell yeah!




Classical Music and Professional Wrestling 2: Electric Boogaloo

When Tim is away, Rich will play! While Tim enjoys the Dutch tropics, Rich toils away endlessly for content to entertain the masses. Rich comes back to you with another episode of Classical Music and Professional Wrestling. This time, Rich digs into circus music, film scores about the founding of Israel, and post-modern American music. Mix in a sprinkling of Freud, music theory, and P.T. Barnum, and you get an episode about the music and characters of Doink the Clown, Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, and Mick Foley's Mankind. Enjoy and thanks for listening! Support the show:


Golden Pinky Society

Virginia Championship Wrestling's former World Tag Team champs, the Golden Pinky Society stop by to talk about the upcoming VCW Show on September 2 at Hampton High School. We dive deep into their disgust with friend of the show and VCW Director of Operations, Jerry Stephanitsis. We also talk a little bit about anime and the art of cosplaying, wrestling inspirations and some other stuff. Benjamin Banks and "Diamond" Victor Griff are a couple of good dudes have been singled out and targeted by the management for no reason and they're ready to fight back!


WrestleMania 28

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more," as Henry V says in the Shakespeare play. Tim and Rich charge back into the quixotic quest with the the nearly 4-hour bloat that is WrestleMania 28 from sunny Miami, Florida. Ironically given the tag line, "Once in a lifetime," we are greeted by a WrestleMania tradition - a squash match! We have an AEW main event between CM Punk and Chris Jericho and an end of a career match between HHH and The Undertaker, though, is it really? There's an overly emotional Big Show winning a mid-card title from a floundering mid-card Cody Rhodes. Finally, then a once in a life time match between The Rock and John Cena in the main event, but again, is it really?? With a resounding rating of "two and half our of four," Tim and Rich enjoyed this one, even though it turns out the real once-in-a-lifetime moment was the long-anticipated in-ring debut of Maria Menounos. Thanks for listening! Support the Show: Read Henry V:


MSG December 17, 1979

We hop in the ol' WrestleMania Time Machine and warp back to Madison Square Garden on the night of December 17, 1979. We find a strange, mysterious WWF that we're not familiar with; a WWF not owned by Vince K. McMahon dominating the pro wrestling landscape, but a northeastern territory owned by Vincent J. McMahon that has packed the most famous arena in the world. We find a diverse card reflecting the ethnic mixing bowl that is The Big Apple. We benefit from the the recently renamed WWF rejoining the NWA, which gives us not just Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race for the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship, but also talents from Antonio Inoki's New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJWP), the WWA from California, and other incredible stars. We encounter a young upstart named "The Fabulous Hulk Hogan" making his debut at The Garden. We think he's going to go places! We also encounter The Great Hossein Arab, later known as The Iron Sheik. Bob Backlund is in action to secretly recapture the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Plus, Pat Patterson defends the brand new Intercontinental Championship. Thanks for listening! Support the Show:


Jerry Stephanitsis

This week, we have the VCW Director of Operations, Jerry Stephanitsis on the show in advance of his big match for the VCW World Tag Team Championship at the Liberty Lottery on July 29. He regales us with tales of being trained by Lou Thesz and how much of a shooter he is, but Rich isn't having any of it and things get a little heated to the point that only the mutual love of a certain evil clown named Doink can cool. We talk all things wrestling, from Andy Kaufman to the rich history of professional wrestling in the Tidewater region of Virginia. You don't want to miss this episode. Thanks for listening! VCW Liberty Lottery featuring "Indie God" Matt Cardona: Support the Show:


Dr. Marc Ouellette - If You Want To Be the Man, You Gotta Beat the Man

This week we welcomed Dr. Marc Ouellette (pronounced Well-ette), associate professor of English from Old Dominion University, to the show. Dr. Marc is a life-long wrestling fan and has published on all bits of pop culture, from video games to professional wrestling and how they intertwine with gender relations and studies. We talked about his 2016 paper, "If you want to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man’: Masculinity and the Rise of Professional Wrestling in the 1990s." We get in deep on the Attitude Era of WWF and the nWo concept in WCW and the parallels between those story arcs and the changes in the portrayal of villains post-cold war in movies and tv. We also discuss the WWF's reactionary tactics to the changes in 90's American culture and angst and the paradox of choice, "A million options and choosing none" Dr. Marc's paper: Support the show!


SuperClash 1985

Tim and Rich hop on to YouTube to get back to 1985 and the SuperClash 1985 from Chicago's Comiskey Park. SuperClash, the NWA/AWA/WCCW's response to the first WrestleMania has a star-studded lineup, a big, hot crowd, and some subpar presentation issues. Larry Nelson calls the whole show himself. He barrels through classics like Candi Divine vs Sherri Martel, Sgt Slaughter vs Boris Zhukov, Stan Hansen vs Rick Martel, plus work by Scott Hall, Khrusher Khrushchev, Ivan Koloff, Nick Bockwinkel, Curt Hennig, Dick the Bruiser, Baron Raschke, Kerry Von Erich, Little Mr. T vs Little Tokyo, and many more! Plus, tangents galore. We're sure you'd love to know what Pigeon Forge, TN is like! Thanks for listening! Support the show: Watch SuperClash 1985:


Survivor Series 1995

In another installment of the "I Was There" series, we time travel to November of 1995, when Rich attended the Survivor Series. There's discussion of the Kliq, The Bone Street Krew, waiting in line at Ticketmaster at Hechts and not to mention a beautifully violent main event of Diesel (Kevin Nash) vs. Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the first time a wrestler goes through the Spanish Announce Table, establishing the long-standing tradition. Thanks for listening! Support the show:


Mr.Xcellence Brandon Scott

On this very special episode, we sit down with Mr. Xcellence himself, Brandon Scott. We talk all things wrestling from storytelling and influences to how to deal with the flippy-style guys. He talks what it was like to work with WWE and how does one get called to work as enhancement talent. He shares stories about Arn Anderson, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Carlito, Bo Dallas, Curt Hawkins, and more! There was some technical difficulties, so we apologize about some of the sections that are of lower quality, but he's such a great guy and we had such a great time, we just had to share anyway! Thanks for listening! Support the guys:


WrestleMania 27

Time marches on! Tim and Rich sit down to watch WrestleMania 27, which came from Atlanta, Ga in 2011. John Cena, The Miz, Undertaker, HHH, CM Punk, Heath Slater, Jerry Lawler, Randy Orton, and other favorites come together to put on a spectacularly mediocre show. It's the driest of the dry. But, hey! PeeWee Herman is there, so it can't be all that bad, right? right? RIGHT??? Support the boys:


WWE Backlash Preview

Since Rich took the fam on vacay and Tim has been crazy busy with work stuff, we didn't get to sit down and watch an old show for you, so we thought we'd talk some wrestling news, like the new WWE Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Draft and give a rundown on our thoughts of what to expect at Backlash. Thanks for downloading! Support the boys:


Bash at the Beach ’96

Some people just like to watch the world burn. This week, we continue our Hulk Hogan retrospective and warp back to July 7, 1996. Rich's 16th birthday. A lackluster card of a pay-per-view from WCW turns into one of the most dramatic and unthinkable moments of professional wrestling history. A meteoric shift happens and we're not talking about Disco Inferno having a competitive match with Dean Malenko. Two familiar faces from WWF have shown up and have been causing chaos for the weeks prior and they have promised to shake things up. They call it a hostile takeover but it's bigger than that. Thanks for listening! Support the boys:



On this very special episode of All The WrestleManias, we sit down with the one and only Virginia Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, Boar! The dude is a walking encyclopedia and shares his story with us. We could have talked with this guy all night. He may be Rich's new best friend. Sorry Tim. Thanks for listening! Check out their show in Norfolk, VA on April 22! Support the Show:


WrestleMania 39 Preview!

We are amped up for this weekend's WrestleMania 39 from Hollywood, CA! We talk this year's hall of Fame class, then dive into the action! Brock Lesner vs. Omos, Seth Freakin' Rollins vs. Logan Paul. Bianca Belair vs Asuka, Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley. Is this the end of the Bloodline's dominance of the men's wrestling world? Can Sami and Kevin top the Usos? Will Cody Rhodes finally achieve what his father couldn't and take down the Tribal Chief? What will a match between Cody and Roman Reigns even look like?? Download now and hear our thoughts! Thanks for listening! Support the show:


Clash of the Champions VI

We finally, after a year, finish the Steamboat vs. Flair trilogy, and we think we saved the best one for last! There's other matches on this show but, really, that's the one that counts. It's exciting, it's relentless, it's exhausting. It's a stunning masterclass of professional wrestling. This show aired the same night as Hulk Hogan vs. Macho Man at WrestleMania V. Which would you have watched? Which match was more important? Plus, Junkyard Dog with a second line, Great Muta whoops a jobber and...three missing matches?? What's going on here!? Thanks for listening! Support the show:


AWA Super Sunday ’83

We continue our exploration of the rise of the phenomenon of Hulkamania. We flash back to St. Paul, Minnesota on April 24, 1983 to the AWA Super Sunday and Hulk Hogan challenging Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Championship and how this pivotal match sets in motion the meteoric rise of the Hulkster and the WWF. While Hogan vs. Bockwinkel may be the main attraction, we can't ignore other notable future WWF talent including Wendi Richter, Rick Martel, Jesse Ventura, Brutus Beefcake, and Jerry "The King" Lawler. Thanks for listening! Support the show:


WrestleMania III w/ Turtle Wars

We finally lured Andy and Geoff from the Turtle Wars podcast into our studio. All it took was Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, using the name Luscious, and some bean dip! We explore little person wrestling, the tragedy of Adrian Adonis, Ricky Steamboat and Macho Man putting on a show for the ages, and how the WWF has lied to the audience forever, and the absolute poetry of Gorilla Monsoon. Also, is wrestling really fake? Does it matter? Thanks for listening! Support the show at


The Birth of Hulkamania

We climb into our time machine (Peacock streaming service) and go back to Madison Square Garden on the evening of January 23, 1984. The atmosphere is electric for The Masked Superstar vs Chief Jay Strongbow...or maybe for Ivan Putski vs Sgt. Slaughter, or maybe it's this match of a young guy named Hulk Hogan taking on the evil champion, The Iron Sheik. Undoubtedly this evening moved the needle and changed professional wrestling and pop culture forever and we are here for it! Thanks for listening! Support the show here:


Royal Rumble 2023 Preview

We sit down and talk about our thoughts and predictions on this year's Royal Rumble! Who will win? Who will be left? What's going on with WWE's advertising? What children's programming is driving Rich nuts? What are the good restaurants in LA Knight's home town? Plus much more!! Be sure to click subscribe and leave us a review! Support the boys and this show:


WrestleMania 26

We return to the main plot line of our quest to watch and review All the WrestleManias. This time, we're watching number 26 from Phoenix, Arizona. Was it good, was it bad? We can't quite decide. Take a listen and let us know what you think! Thank you, we'll miss you.