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Awesome Truth: A Wrestling Book Club

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The only thing better than watching wrestling and complaining about wrestling is reading about wrestling. That's why we have Awesome Truth, the internet's finest pro wrestling book club. On every episode, your hosts will discuss a classic wrestling book, movie, or documentary. WWE, AEW, even WCW, and ECW; they've got it all covered.

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The only thing better than watching wrestling and complaining about wrestling is reading about wrestling. That's why we have Awesome Truth, the internet's finest pro wrestling book club. On every episode, your hosts will discuss a classic wrestling book, movie, or documentary. WWE, AEW, even WCW, and ECW; they've got it all covered.

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English


Episodes

Twice in a Lifetime: The Rock/Cena II Watch-Along

2/14/2024
As Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson threatens a return to the ring and a leap into the WrestleMania main event picture, we felt we owed it to our fans to revisit the last time he had a true wrestling match. That's right, we're watching along with John Cena versus The Rock at WrestleMania 29, a show we actually attended in person. How did Rock look in the squared circle 11 years ago? And what do we think he'll look like now, at age 51? Join us as we talk over this finisher-heavy Mania showdown.

Duration:00:36:01

Ospreay: The Rise of an International Pro Wrestler

1/31/2024
As Will Ospreay prepares to make his full-time debut with AEW, we thought it was time to revisit his ascent through the ranks of wrestling via the 2020 documentary Ospreay: The Rise of an International Pro Wrestler. Is it a good, well-made doc? Not necessarily, but it does spark some great conversation about the hotly desired Ospreay and if his signing could be the spark that AEW desperately needs.

Duration:00:32:24

Brock Lesnar Takes On Everyone: The 2020 Royal Rumble Watch-Along

1/17/2024
If it's January, then it's time for a Rumble watch-along. Awesome Truth is revisiting a recent classic and maybe the best of all time: the 2020 Royal Rumble. It's one of the best-booked matches in Rumble history, from Brock Lesnar's attempt to take on all 30 entrants by himself to Drew McIntyre's coming-out party. And don't forget the exciting return of Edge! And the less exciting return of MVP. Join us as we journey back to that magical year of 2020.

Duration:01:11:13

The Iron Claw

1/3/2024
Despite being incredibly depressing, A24's The Iron Claw is one of the winter's biggest movies, and you better believe the Awesome Truth boys bought themselves two tickets during Christmas break. The tale of the Von Erichs has been told before but there's something special about seeing wrestling depicted on the big screen, especially when the movie has legit Oscar buzz. Join us as we discuss Zac Efron, Zac Efron's muscles, Jeremy Allen White, Holt McCallany, a horrific Ric Flair impersonation, and all the other elements that made up Sean Durkin's well-done pro wrestling tragedy.

Duration:00:46:37

Austin, Rock, HHH, and Undertaker in a Cell: The Holiday Watch-Along

12/20/2023
Happy holidays! To celebrate the season, and the end of 2023, we're watching one of the Attitude Era's defining matches: the 6-man Hell in a Cell featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, HHH, and Rikishi. It's the infamous match with the "big" bump onto a flatbed truck, and it's indicative of a lot of the bloat and excess that made the era both famous and infamous. But is it any good? Join us and find out.

Duration:00:39:51

The Legendary Al Snow on Netflix's Wrestlers, OVW, and His Top ECW Moment

12/6/2023
What does everybody want?! That's right; Al Snow (minus Head) is on Awesome Truth. The living legend and 'star' of Wrestlers joins us to talk about his Netflix-fueled return to the wrestling spotlight, what it's like to book Ohio Valley Wrestling, and how it felt to perform in front of thousands of screaming ECW fanatics during his in-ring heyday.

Duration:00:40:47

Dolph Ziggler and Sting vs The World: The Survivor Series Watch-Along

11/22/2023
It's our November watch-along! Awesome Truth is celebrating WWE’s November tradition by revisiting one of our favorite Survivor Series matches from recent history. 2014’s main event has it all: The Authority, a Big Show heel turn, the Bludgies, and Dolph Ziggler putting on a wrestling clinic to the delight of everyone (but probably not Vince McMahon). Plus, it has one of WWE’s biggest superstar debuts of all time: the Stinger himself.

Duration:00:53:25

Netflix's Wrestlers: Worth a Watch?

11/8/2023
You may remember Ohio Valley Wrestling from countless mentions in other wrestling documentaries; it's the company where Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Batista, and Randy Orton cut their teeth. Now, however, it's gone from WWE minor league to barely surviving regional Kentucky promotion, and it's up to Al Snow and a sports talk radio host to save the day. That's the conceit of Netflix's Wrestlers anyway, a new docuseries that follows the misfits of OVW and lead booker Snow as they pursue their dream of a pro wrestling career. We've watched countless docs and TV shows for Awesome Truth; is this one worth your time? Join us for a surprising answer.

Duration:00:40:45

Hogan vs Giant in Monster Trucks: The Halloween Havoc Watch-Along

10/25/2023
We really had no choice for our October watch-along: It's the spookiest match of all time, Hulk Hogan versus The Giant in a monster truck showdown at Halloween Havoc 1995, followed by an impromptu battle featuring the bearhugging debut of The Yeti. This is the apex of the "Hogan versus the Dungeon of Doom" era, one most wrestling fans would like to forget but perfect for amateur wrestling historians to revisit. Join us as we watch along with this two-part match that probably should've buried WCW for good.

Duration:00:36:54

Cassandro, the Lucha Libre Biopic on Prime Video

10/11/2023
Pro wrestling has returned to the silver screen, or at least the streaming screen. Cassandro, the new biopic of a beloved exótico played by Gael García Bernal, is now on Amazon Prime Video, and we're talking all about it. Does the film provide a deeper understanding of lucha libre and the luchador lifestyle? How does an acclaimed actor like Bernal look in the ring? And does the appearance of WWE's own Bad Bunny add anything to the experience? Join us as we once again do our wrestling-centric Siskel and Ebert impressions.

Duration:00:38:52

Omega vs Bryan: The AEW Grand Slam Watch-Along

9/27/2023
It's our September watch-along! On the heels of the recent third installment of AEW's annual Grand Slam event, we went back to the first-ever Slam to watch what many considered the modern dream match: Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson. Relive this instant classic with your favorite pod as we break down the match, talk about AEW as a promotion, and rate Kenny's HHH-inspired facial hair.

Duration:00:42:56

Angle

9/13/2023
Kurt Angle's Olympic medal wasn't a gimmick; in 1996, he won the gold in Atlanta and became the best amateur wrestler in the world, a journey that's covered in detail in Peacock's new documentary, Angle. Peacock is taking a broader approach with their recent wrestling-centric docs, focusing on more than just the squared circle, and Angle is no exception. Join us as we discuss Kurt Angle's incredible wrestling career, amateur and professional, and debate where he ranks among the greatest pro wrestlers of all time.

Duration:00:33:14

Should We Tag In for Heels Season 2?

8/30/2023
Against all odds, Heels is back on Starz for a second season. But just because the pro wrestling drama has returned doesn't mean we're watching; should we all stick around for another helping of the Duffy Wrestling League? Join us as we discuss the Stephen Amell-led series and try to figure out if Ace and Jack Spade deserve another 8 hours of our time.

Duration:00:40:25

Bulldog Beats Bret in Wembley: The SummerSlam Watch-Along

8/16/2023
SummerSlam 2023 may be over and done, but it's still August so there's still time for a watch-along! Join us as we revisit a 5-star classic from 1992: it's the "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith versus Bret "The Hitman" Hart in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. It's the Intercontinental Championship being defended in a '90s WWF main event, a bizarro world Vince McMahon decision that paid off like gangbusters. Is the match as good as everyone remembers? Join us and find out.

Duration:00:42:04

Awesome Classic: The Miz, Shawn Michaels, and Becky Lynch Make a Marine Movie

8/2/2023
It's rerun time on Awesome Truth! Steve had a baby and Walt is being worked to the bone, so let's revisit an old episode that made everyone smile: an in-depth discussion of The Marine 6: Close Quarters. Yes, just a few years ago, The Miz, Shawn Michaels, and Becky Lynch all starred in the final (we hope) chapter in a Marine saga that once featured mega star John Cena. Special guest Andrew Johnson joins us to break down the ups and downs of this WWE-centric action movie.

Duration:00:45:41

The Hart Foundation vs Stone Cold & Friends: The Canadian Stampede Watch-Along

7/19/2023
For this month's watch-along, we're revisiting one of the best main events in In Your House history: The Hart Foundation versus Stone Cold Steve Austin and friends. That's right; it's Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart, and Brian Pillman against Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and the Legion of Doom. It should've been a 10-man snoozer, but the hottest Calgary crowd in history turned Team Canada into babyfaces and sparked a memorable classic. Join us as we discuss one of the last matches before the Attitude Era overtook WWE.

Duration:00:53:01

WWE Legends: Dusty Rhodes

7/5/2023
Against all odds, the A&E network keeps churning out high-level WWE documentary programming, including this excellent episode of Biography: WWE Legends on "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. With Cody's return and subsequent rise to the top of WWE, it's the perfect moment to rexamine how the Rhodes clan has risen, fallen, and risen again over decades in professional wrestling. From the NWA and WCW to NXT, Cody, and Dustin, this doc is worthy of the Dream and his legacy.

Duration:00:46:18

The Story of Chris Candido and Sunny

6/21/2023
Wrestling fans have been waiting for the Chris Candido and Tammy "Sunny" Sytch story on Dark Side of the Ring since the show premiered, and now it's finally here. Does it live up to the hype? Did we learn more about Chris and Tammy as people and performers, or is this a tale that most fans already know? And, 4 seasons in, is Dark Side still humming along as a high-level wrestling documentary series? Join us as we dive into the rise and fall of the Bodydonnas.

Duration:00:36:16

CM Punk vs John Cena in Chicago: The Money in the Bank Watch-Along

6/7/2023
Remember when CM Punk was the hottest thing in wrestling? And it was because of his talent and not backstage bullsh*t? We do, mostly because we just rewatched the classic Punk/Cena match from Money in the Bank 2011. Join us for our June watch-along as we revisit maybe the greatest modern WWE showdown and the first one in decades to get the coveted 5 stars from Dave Meltzer.

Duration:00:52:21

Writing the Vince McMahon Biography (w/ Abraham Josephine Riesman)

5/24/2023
You've heard us talk all about Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America; now it's time to talk to the author! Abraham Josephine "Josie" Riesman joins us to discuss writing a book that aims to be the definitive Vince biography, as well as how it feels to be an outsider reporting on pro wrestling.

Duration:00:29:58