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    Top 10 “See You Again” Tribute Videos for Wrestlers Who Aren’t Dead

    I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.

    While the fan-made wrestler tribute video was first sparked into existence by the “My Sacrifice” WWE music video and all its clones, it’s only recently that it was perfected. That’s thanks to Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” – ever since it was used to commemorate Paul Walker at the end of Furious 7, “See You Again” has become the defacto song for tribute videos and it’s raised the artform to new heights.

    Here are some of my favourite “See You Again” tribute videos (or “tribvidz”, as we call them in the industry). Please note, I’ve limited myself just to videos for wrestlers who aren’t dead because it’d get a bit morbid otherwise and we’re all here to have a good time.

    10. AJ Lee

    A strong start but it doesn’t really go anywhere or properly capture April Jeanette Lee-Brooks-Punker’s spectacular career. It doesn’t even have the clip of that time she got clattered by Big Show! Forget it.

    9. CM Punk

    Too many photos, I’m here to watch a VIDEO, not a SLIDESHOW! Also, I bet Punker thinks he’s too good to watch The Fast and The Furious, the little shit. Continue reading

    Wrestling On Earth’s Top 10 Twitter Accounts of 2015

    Wrestlers have Twitter accounts. Usually they’re very bad, but sometimes? Sometimes, they’re solid stuff.

    Over the course of about 90 emails, @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh determined their ten favorite wrestling Twitter accounts in 2015. Feelings were hurt, shots were fired and things got very real, but we ultimately came to terms on a list that we can live with, or at least one that we’re too exhausted to keep fighting about any longer.

    PLEASE NOTE: We’re only ranking wrestlers and other notables in “The Biz”, so shut up about how funny you and your stupid mates are on Twitter, it’s not always about you ffs.

    10. Dave Meltzer

    Joey:

    The pandering for NJPW/PWG and hatred for WWE/Neville has made Dave Meltzer a great presence on social media. Most of his gems are on the podcasts but he will give a fun out of context tweet every now and then. MeltzMan has a perfect dry sense of humor for Twitter. (Sorry, Neville. I tried to keep him off the list but Tom WHINED for HOURS about it.)

    Tim:

    I did not agree with The Meltz making this list but a lot of things were said (by Tom) in the deliberations. Eventually you just give up the fight and move on to something else. He’s made a few funny tweets here and there despite not knowing it. His actual jokes can be funny for all of the wrong reasons. I still think someone like Randy Orton deserves this spot. Anyway, there are worse accounts that could have made the list so I can be thankful for having Big Dave in the number ten spot instead.

    Tom:

    The other two gave me so much shit about this, you wouldn’t believe it. Is Big Dave a wrestler? No, no he is not. However, his presence on social media is one of my absolute favourite things about wrestling, even when he’s droning on about UFC.

    The times when he makes “jokes” are especially sensational. Really, my favourite bit about Melty is the way everyone else reacts to him, like he’s the mad old uncle in the corner of the room making references no-one gets.

    9. Daniel Bryan

    Joey:

    I love Daniel Bryan’s presence on social media. You can tell he clearly hates it but his employer and his wife kind of forces him to use it. The results are that of an old man who thinks smart phones are evil posting rare honest thoughts without a filter. I know this is about Twitter only but I’m a fan of Bryan’s Instagram always being updated coincidentally the same time as Brie Bella’s and typically all posts about Brie Bella.

    ALSO OF NOTE: Bryan RT’d a link to our review of his book in 2015. Tom is confirmed a traitor.

    Tim:

    I could have went either way on this one. Daniel Bryan seems like a really sweet person who tries to stand by his core set of values. He uses his platform to try spreading what he believes is right which is kind of nice in the wrestling world. He has a certain charm about him but that’s what makes him so likable in the first place. I don’t think he tweets enough but it is always funny when you get the vibe that he’s just there because he has to be.

    Tom:

    I personally wouldn’t have Bryan in my top 10 list. I think he’s an absolute sweetheart and his anti-consumerism messages that run in complete opposite to WWE’s core mission are very fun, but he’s just not active enough – when it comes to social media content, I need volume!

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    Wrestling On Air with Brad Ward: Episode 1, 8/21/2015

    The wait is over! This groundbreaking new audio experience starring Brad Ward and company redefines how you think about wrestling podcasts.

    Join host Brad Ward (@BradWardFight) along with Wrestling On Earth’s own T-Boyz, Tim (@TimWelcomed) and Tom (@TomBlargh), and audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney) on a magical journey you surely will not forget! Listen below or download the podcast here.

    Episode 1, 8/21/2015: Temperamental Pilot

    In this pilot episode, Brad and the boys talk about elevator interactions with nice wrestlers, Swerved, muscle relaxants, the sweet sound of Frankie Kazarian’s Vex Temper, Brad’s new match rating system and a bunch of dumb wrestling.


    Wrestling on Air – A Temperamental Pilot

    Send us questions!

    While no questions were taken in this episode, the inbox is open questions to be answered on future installments of Wrestling On Air with Brad Ward. Just send your questions, comments, goofs, spoofs and opinions to wrestlingonair@gmail.com.

    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: The G1 is Coming: Fashion Show

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. In this series, she’s preparing for the G1 25.

    Today was the day of the G1 Climax press conference, where all the guys turned up trying to look their best, as well as pose. Shelly covered New Japan’s finest fashion plates on Twitter, which we’ve collected below.

    @TomBlargh is also going to weigh in because, having listened to every single episode of Josh Mathews’ Male Fashion Aficionado podcast, he is now EXTREMELY educated about fashion as it relates to wrestling. Let’s go!

    Tanahashi

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    Deathlock: Tanahashi looks dapper in pinstripes, blue, & cream, but I don’t think diagonal stripes are legal.

    Tom: The Ace of the Century. The Japanese Shawn Michaels. The state of that tie. I also think he should have done something different with his (admittedly beautiful) hair, given the formal attire. Maybe a hair clip, I don’t know.

    Togi Makabe

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    Deathlock: NEVER champ Togi Makabe wears his standard formal attire: suit, open shirt, chain. Very nice.

    Tom: Your dad’s been kicked out by your mum again but he doesn’t give a FUCK.

    AJ Styles

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    Deathlock: AJ Styles wore jeans and a ballcap for the G124, so a suit, even without a tie, is a vast improvement.

    Tom: How many hand gestures can one man do within the span of a few seconds? You just found out, baby, courtesy of Allan Jones Styles. Continue reading

    Thanks, Dusty: Remembering The American Dream

    Dusty Rhodes passed away today at the age of 69. We didn’t know him, but we were all fans. Joey and Tom wanted to share some of their memories of “The American Dream”.

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    Joey:

    Thanks for reading. Things like these are always difficult to write but I’ve realized in some of the past few wrestling deaths, that writing about it tends to help me personally get a little closure and it just feels good to put your thoughts out there during a tough day. Continue reading

    The Big Dog Bites Back: Legends of Wrestling, June 7th, 2015

    My name is Tom and I am The Big Dog.

    I attended the Legends of Wrestling show at Citifield baseball stadium in Queens, New York on Sunday – I live-tweeted some of the highlights from @TomBlargh, before writing the following report for “Big” Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer. Unfortunately, Melty chose not to publish it so the Observer’s loss is Wrestling On Earth’s gain!

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    Attendance: A couple thousand or so, probably? Matt Striker announced it as 8,000 at one point, though that was definitely a lie. Long lines for all the autograph signings and hot dogs and that. Lots of kids, lots of guys walking around with replica belts on their shoulders.

    Pre-show: There were a few matches. One of them had Pete Gas! Pete’s looking healthy. There was another one that was a tag match before being turned into a battle royal for no reason, and to the apparent surprise of all the wrestlers.

    Matt Striker and Ashley Massaro came out to do commentary, which is piped-in over the intercom. Matt Striker was as dreadful as you’d expect, Ashley was mostly silent.

    Match 1: Two Lads vs. Another Two Lads

    Can’t remember any of their names tbh. One was a big fat old guy with gross bleached blonde hair, a bit like how Raven used to have it. John Cena Sr. is managing one team so they pipe-in “let’s go Cena / Cena sucks” chants. There are a LOT of piped-in chants over the course of the evening, it’s pretty amazing. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine is managing the other team and my goodness but he has lovely silky hair.

    WINNER: Greg Valentine’s mates.
    Star Rating: ****

    Valentine puts one of the other lads in a figure four after the match. It takes a while, but he kind of gets there in the end! Almost!

    Match 2: Tyrus vs. Brian Myers

    Brian Myers is dressed up in Mets-themed gear and came out with one of the team’s mascots. Despite this shameless pandering, he doesn’t get much of a response. When Tyrus comes out, they play piped-in “Funkosaurus” chants. Nobody joins in, but they still use it as justification for old Tyrus getting on the mic and saying “funk you” to the crowd. Sensational banter, classic heel heat.

    WINNER: Curt Hawkins
    Star Rating: ****1/4

    After the match, Tyrus picked up Ashley and carried her to the back. No explanation why.

    Match 3: “Hacksaw” James Duggan vs. Robbie E.

    Everyone loves old Hacksaw and he seemed to be having a grand old time. There was some debate between myself and @JoeySplashwater over whether he’d take his t-shirt off to wrestle but: he did not.

    WINNER: Hacksaw Jim Duggan
    Star Rating: ****1/2

    Match 4: Tommy Dreamer vs. Wes Brisco

    Wes Brisco comes out to “Bad to the Bone” for some reason. He has leg tattoos now that look absolutely fucking dreadful:

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    BREAKING WES BRISCO TATTOO UPATE:

    If that’s the case, he should always wear long pants, they’re bloody awful.

    Thomas Dreamer came out wearing a Mets jersey and looked like someone’s dad, though he is someone’s dad so I guess that’s fair enough.

    At one point, Dreamer gives Brisco an RKO, which he kicks out of. Heavy shot at Randy Orton. Brisco gets finished with a DDT though, so hopefully that’ll make Steve Austin happy.

    WINNER: Tommy Dreamer
    Star Rating: ****

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    The Merch Table: Suplex City, Bitch

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every so often, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this week: SUPLEX CITY, BITCH.

    RedBubble has 60 different “Suplex City, Bitch” t-shirts. Yes, really. I’m now going to look at every single one of the bastards because fuck you and fuck me. LET’S GET STARTED.

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    Okay, Brock’s mad old face in the background, great. Cool. Lovely stuff.

    2

    The text underneath says “break necks, kill egos”. I don’t know why.

    3

    He is quite literally performing a suplex onto a city there! How about that?!?

    4

    The exclamation mark really drives it home.

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    Art Is Wrestling: Danny Kelly

    Not to be mistaken for the similarly titled (and now defunct) Mike Quackenbush promotion or the Colt Cabana podcast, Art is Wrestling trawls the Internet to showcase some of the best wrestling art we can find.

    Up this time, Danny Kelly! You can follow Danny on Twitter or on Facebook. Here are some of our favorites of his so far (and they’re not all wrestling – make sure you scroll all the way down to see his amazing homages to Seinfeld and The Golden Girls):

    NXT Superstars

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    Macho Man, Hulk Hogan and Miss Elizabeth

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    Wrestling With Food: Sgt. Slaughter’s Mess Hall Dip

    The WWF Cookbook is a treasure trove of crazy recipes from the Attitude Era, each of which is purportedly the creation of one of the wrestlers. In Wrestling With Food, Sydney is on a mission to try cooking all of them to see if any are actually edible.

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    So many things happened on Sunday, guys. 1) My little nephew stood on his own and smiled at me 2) the Royal Rumble was super exciting and worth watching and 3) we learned how to make at-home Taco Bell, by way of the good Sgt. Slaughter.

    Okay, only two of those things are true. Let’s get going to find out which ones!

    We were going over to my brother’s house to watch the Rumble, and it only seemed right to bring something, and since it WAS a wrestling event, why not subject him to this horrible and amazing endeavor? After going through the cookbook, Sgt. Slaughter’s Mess Hall Dip seemed to be the most appropriate

    The ingredients:

    4 tablespoons garlic butter

    2½ – 3lbs ground sirloin

    Salt to taste

    Pepper to taste

    3 (10½ ounce) cans Hormel (or equivalent) no-bean chili

    2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese (or reduced-fat cream cheese)

    3 cups (12 oz) shredded mild cheddar cheese

    12 oz sour cream (or more if desired)

    Black olives (optional)

    Sarge informs us that this feeds a platoon, and since there were basically 4 of us possibly eating this, I made exactly 1/3 this amount, but probably went a little butter and cheese heavy because I think that’s what God intended.

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    Note: The directions below in quotations are all in Sarge’s “own words”, as they were printed in the cookbook. HE IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE MAN.
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    Wrestling With Food: Jericho Doodles

    The WWF Cookbook is a treasure trove of crazy recipes from the Attitude Era, each of which is purportedly the creation of one of the wrestlers. In Wrestling With Food, Sydney is on a mission to try cooking all of them to see if any are actually edible.

    Happy New Year, my little buttery crumpets! Are you ready for another recipe review featuring a few scattered, poorly lit images and hidden text? Let’s begin!

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    Okay, so here’s the truth. I’m annoyed that they gave the delicious snickerdoodle to Jericho for Jericho Doodles: “Doodles Are Jericho”. I realize at the time when this fantastic cookbook was actually published, he was a bigger deal and more fun. I absolutely remember how exciting his entrance was when I would watch wrestling then, but now… well, he’s a guy who seems decidedly less excited about wrestling. Nowadays, he’ll do a perfectly FINE AMA on Reddit but is he the Keanu Reeves of the AMA? He is not.

    What I’m saying is, today’s Jericho kind of deserves a corn bread recipe. A chicken soup recipe, maybe. Meatloaf? I dunno. But snickerdoodles are my second favorite type of cookie, and I sort of resented buying my umpteenth bottle of cream of tartar in the name of Chris Jericho and/or Fozzie. SORRY FOR THIS CONTROVERSIAL OPINION.

    Sidenote: I watched Cursed on Netflix the other day (whatever, it was New Year’s Day and I apologize for nothing) and I thought Fozzie was the opening band. Nope! It was Bowling For Soup. Am I doing a disservice to Fozzie or to Bowling For Soup? You decide.

    But let’s get going. As usual, here are the ingredients! And guys, guess how many (different) pictures I of the following items on my phone? If I do a WWF Cookbook dessert recipe, I automatically grab two sticks of butter before even looking at the rest of the list.

    doodle-ingredients

    The ingredients:

    3 ¾ cups flour

    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon salt

    ½ cream of tartar

    1 cup (2 sticks) butter

    2 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar

    2 eggs

    ¼ cup milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Nothing crazy here. This is a perfectly standard snickerdoodle recipe. I do think they were a little low on the cinnamon but more on that later.

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