• Facebook Wrestling Gems #1: Cool Wrestlers

    Hey, it’s me, Orin. I love digging around on Facebook, with all its angry grandmas and dirty trucker memes. Over time, my digging has led me to a ton of small, often rural indie promotions. These promotions’ pages offer a cool glimpse of what wrestling looks like on a hyper-local level: event flyers, promotional videos, wrestlers’ headshots, and albums full of in-ring action.

    The first installment of Facebook Wrestling Gems showcases cool wrestler headshots. Some of these characters are lovable, some are fearsome, and some are a little confusing. They’re all fantastic. Note: When available, I’ll include links back to the promotions where I found the photos.

    I encourage you to click around and do some exploring of your own. Find a super small indie near you and go to a show! They’re tons of fun and you may discover your new favorite wrestler. Let’s get started. 

    Angel De La Muarte (sic?) – Rebellious Wrestling Federation

    Okay, yes. There may be a misspelled word in his name, but that’s not the point. Imagine running into this fucker on a dark sidewalk. He’s ambling toward you doing that arm gesture. You’d piss yourself, no questions asked. This is Angel De La Muarte. ARRIBA. Continue reading

    WWE Backlash Preview and Predictions

    Jinder Mahal is main eventing this show

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English on the kick-off

    Joey:

    I like Aiden English a lot and would like to see him get a genuine push. Tye Dillinger already seems like “just a guy” at this point. Aside from liking the number 10, there is not too much to him as a character. I think this match will just be a basic pre-show bout to get the fans loud with the TEN chants.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Tim:

    I enjoy the Aiden English character and I hope they continue on with it. Tye Dillinger is pretty one note as a character so hopefully they flesh him out more soon. I don’t really have any feelings towards this match and that is a big problem with a lot of main roster stuff right now.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Tom:

    I like these guys, though I worry for both of them. Dillinger is in danger of slipping into the “nice young man with almost zero discernible personality traits” role that Apollo Crews had on Smackdown for about a year, whereas Aiden English has a weird gimmick that I love but seems like it might keep him off the card more often than not. I want them both to do well! Anyway, this should be a neat little thing. It’s interesting to see English get used to being a singles guy again.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

    Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

    Joey:

    I legitimately forgot Luke Harper was still on Smackdown and he was probably my favorite thing on the show just a few months ago. Erick Rowan usually does nothing for me, but I am fond of his new bit popping balloons and laughing. Maybe we’ll see some balloons here? I want Luke to win here obviously. I just don’t see it happening. My prediction is Vince saw the Rowan balloon segment and loved it.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Erick Rowan wins.

    Tim:

    Here’s a match with a story behind it! Unfortunately, I feel like it ran its course forever ago and that Luke Harper should be on to grander things. They have yet to make me feel anything about Erick Rowan. I don’t have high hopes for the actual match either. I bet Harper even loses here!

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Erick Rowan wins.

    Tom:

    Poor Luke Harper, he just can’t get out of the Wyatts hole he’s stuck in. I always hope he’ll be allowed to move onto bigger and better things because he’s a unique performer and deserves to be showcased in more high profile matches, but he’s in a weird spot right now. I’d love to see him have a decent feud with the likes of Zayn, Owens or Nakamura, so hopefully this is a stepping stone to that.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Luke Harper wins.

    The Usos vs. Breezango for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    Hot take: I don’t care much for Breezango.

    Common take: The Usos are good as heels.

    I don’t really have any thoughts on this match aside from realizing just how weak the Smackdown tag division is until New Day arrives.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: The Usos win.

    Tim:

    The Fashion Police are a decently funny time by WWE’s standards but it’s not something that will keep my attention for long. They only stand out because the bar for humor on WWE TV is so low. I think Breeze can show signs of being a talented wrestler. The Usos heel turn made them interesting again for a little bit but I’m back to not caring about them. The tag division is in a real bad state but might as well put it on Breezango so them and The New Day can do some wacky LOL-worthy jokes when they come back and go for the titles.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Breezango win.

    Tom:

    YES. OKAY. LET’S DO THIS. I love The Fashion Police and I’ve enjoyed The Usos enormously since their heel turn. I’m very excited for this match as I think Fandango and Breeze are both very underrated as actual wrestlers who wrestle, in addition to being great characters, so I think it could be a lot of fun!

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Breezango wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: Chicago Preview and Predictions

    We like NXT again.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Roderick Strong vs. Eric Young

    Joey:

    The Roderick Strong videos on NXT have made me more invested in him than I ever was during his indie career. Still, this doesn’t seem like a very exciting matchup on paper. I’m sure they will do fine opening the show, but I would have much rather witnessed Kassius Ohno/Andrade Almas, a Drew Galloway match or Aleister Black meditating in this spot.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    Tim:

    I’ve always been a fan of Roderick Strong as an in-ring talent but he has always been either bland or unlikable outside of his wrestling skills. The recent mini-docs they’ve aired for him have been super helpful. I’m not the biggest Eric Young fan but he can be a solid hand in a match. I have actually grown to really like the whole Sanity aesthetic and how they all carry themselves. WWE is on the verge of having too many “edgelord” characters but Sanity is the most fun for me to watch right now. Eric Young is a fine mouthpiece for the group but probably the least entertaining to watch wrestle. I don’t know how these two will mesh but I have hope Roddy can kick it into third gear and show off a bit. At the very least I am interested in seeing how it turns out.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Eric Young wins.

    Tom:

    So, I’m going to level with you right here – I’ve not been keeping up with NXT TV at all, so I haven’t seen the hot Roddy video packages which have apparently been very good and given him much needed character. As a result, I’m not that excited for this! I do like that SAnitY’s entrance has pretend helicopters though.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne for the WWE UK Championship

    Joey:

    Aside from Mark Andrews, these are the main two wrestlers from the WWE United Kingdom tournament that stood out to me. I’m so glad they are putting this match on TakeOver. I don’t watch PROGRESS (sorry not sorry) so as far as I’m concerned, Tyler Bate is still pissed off that Pete Dunne tried to injure him!!! The match should be awesome and I hope it adds some momentum to whatever the WWE UK project is.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Tyler Bate wins.

    Tim:

    As The Last Real Wrestling Critic I find it not only necessary but an essential part of life to watch every bit of wrestling possible. Now, I am not here to gloat but I have watched a considerable amount of Progress… especially when compared to my two friends here. Please don’t hold it against them, this is just life for me. These two are incredibly young and bright. Pete Dunne is a wonderful character that WWE handled very well at the U.K. Tournament. Tyler Bate is very entertaining to watch wrestle and I feel like he was a great babyface pick to win the tournament for the belt. I think handing it over to Dunne here is the right choice. Dunne just sticks out way more than Bate at this juncture. I have no doubt this match will be a great time and am looking forward to it.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Pete Dunne wins.

    Tom:

    I like these two a lot and I have watched at least three (3) Progress shows so I consider myself a VERY big fan (though not enough to do the silly all caps thing for their name). It’ll be interesting to see how they’re received in Chicago, given all the UK stuff has been treated sort of weirdly so far. I think it’ll be a good match, albeit not everyone’s cup of tea (TEA, BECAUSE THEY’RE BRITISH). I think Pete Dunne’s a great character and his interactions with Regal have been golden, so I’d like to see him win the belt and become a more persistent thorn in Big William’s side.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Pete Dunne wins.

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    Wrestling On Air: Episode 14, 5/12/17

    Get your fresh new shirts, hot n’ ready, when you download this latest episode!

    Join host Tom (@TomBlargh) along with his Wrestling On Earth compadre, Tim (@TimWelcomed), audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney), and your teacher Orin (@orinanne), as they put on their favorite crowns! Listen below, download the podcast here by right-clicking and saving this link. or by subscribe on iTunes and Google Play.

    Episode 14, #Wisdom, #Freedom, And Self Discovery

    In this episode: The Gang talks about how non wrestling fans (nowressies) perceive them, Guess The Wrestler By Their Twitter Bio, The Crew designs a t-shirt for Michael Elgin, a fable on Steve Blackman and finality, and The Ballad of Stump and the Girl In The Sailor Moon Outfit That Drank His Blood.


    Wrestling On Air – Episode 14: #Wisdom, #Freedom, And Self Discovery

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    WWE Payback 2017 Preview and Predictions

    Still not the Mel Gibson movie.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the kickoff show

    Joey:

    Please have someone throw Enzo Amore off the stage already. PLEASE!

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Gallows and Anderson win.

    Tim:

    My interest in WWE is at the lowest point it’s been in years and Raw is the brand I am most disinterested in. I’m hoping things will straighten out on each brand after Payback but I have some worries. NXT has been surprisingly good the past three weeks. Oh, this match? I have nothing. No thanks.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Enzo and Cass win.

    Tom:

    I can’t think of anything to say about this. Nothing at all.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Okay.

    Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    Neville and Austin Aries had a pretty good showcase in the windy WrestleMania pre-show match. I imagine this one will be better since the majority of fans will already be in their seats. Neville and Aries are really the only guys that have gotten over in the cruiserweight division. I’m expecting Aries to win here so they can continue the feud for another month.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tim:

    I am looking forward to this. Aries and Neville are a great match-up and the two biggest parts of the Cruiserweight division right now. I think they can pull off something better than the fun bout they had at Wrestlemania. I do hope Aries slips on his banana at some point but I have a feeling it won’t happen this time as he is fixing to be the champion.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tom:

    I disagree with Joey’s notion that Aries and Neville are the only two to have gotten over in the Cruiserweight Division; Neville has been amazing in his new role, but I feel like Aries is still kind of riding the hype over being a former indies star, as opposed to any of his WWE performances. Not that he’s been bad, I just don’t feel like interest levels or fan investment have increased for him. Also, I think Jack Gallagher has been a much bigger deal in terms of breaking out as someone people are interested in seeing (or at least him doing silly umbrella things), though he’s hamstrung by the division still feeling like a throwaway, time-filler thing.

    Anyway, match should be good but they should have high-powered fans pointed at the ring to make Neville’s hair flow beautifully like it did at ‘Mania.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Neville wins. Continue reading

    Wrestling on Air: Episode 13, 4/26/17

    You’re part of the family now with a new episode!

    Join host Tom (@TomBlargh) along with his Wrestling On Earth compadre, Tim (@TimWelcomed), audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney), and your teacher Orin (@orin_anne), with a new ep served hot & ready! Listen below, download the podcast here by right-clicking and saving this link. or by subscribe on iTunes and Google Play.

    Episode 13, Ryback’s Ol’ Fashioned Boner Juice

    In this episode: An in depth interview with Orin about her pizza shop, Total (Divas) Recall, Orin’s been listening to Ryback’s podcast, Tom finds a thumbtack at an Evolve show, The Crew pick their wrestling themed vanity plates, and some spoiler heavy F8 of the Furious chat.


    Wrestling on Air – Ryback’s Ol’ Fashioned Boner Juice

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    Wrestling on Air: Episode 12, 4/11/17

    It’s a new generation, and a new episode!

    Join host Tom (@TomBlargh) along with Wrestling On Earth’s own Broken T-Man, Tim (@TimWelcomed), audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney), and your new teacher Orin (@orin_anne), and school starts NOW! Listen below, download the podcast here by right-clicking and saving this link. or by subscribe on iTunes and Google Play.

    Episode 12, Season 2: The New Class

    In this episode: Tom tries (and does a really bad job at) hosting the show for once, Orin regales us with her Wrestlemania Tales, a heaping helping of Candy Chat, we make horrifying discoveries about The Bellas’ real nicknames, and a debate about compote takes place.


    Wrestling on Air – Season 2: The New Class

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    WrestleMania 33 Preview and Predictions

    Red light. Green light.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Neville vs. Austin Aries for the Cruiserweight Championship

    Joey:

    This may be the first time a credible popular face is challenging a credible popular heel since the cruiserweight division became a part of the main roster. That is pretty cool. Neville and Austin Aries have been delivering some compelling segments in recent weeks. They’ve set the tone for an important kickoff match. I think they will have a great match to start the evening/late afternoon. Neville has to retain. That title has changed hands way too many times already and Neville is on fire as a heel right now.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Neville wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    ALRIGHT, HERE GOES. I can’t stand Aries as a personality in 2017, especially when he’s meant to be the face. I bloody love Neville though. I think the two will have an excellent match together in a half empty stadium, but the set looks beautiful so that’ll be fun for them.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Neville wins.

    2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    Joey:

    I always enjoy the battle royal on WrestleMania and think it’s a great idea. Everyone assumes Braun Strowman is getting the win here but I think it will be Big Show’s year again. Show got into such great shape for the huge Shaq match and is now relegated to a pre-show battle royal.

    I think WWE rewards him with the win. I also believe they would have bumped something else to the pre-show if Braun was winning or any big surprises were planned. Big Show wins a battle royal with minimal surprises.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Big Show wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    The big question is “will Shaq be in the Battle Royal?” and here’s my answer: I think so, yes. I’ve got no idea what Braun is going to do so shut up about that, alright? Maybe Big Show and Shaq team up to eliminate him, I don’t know.

    Anyway, I’m hoping the main story of this is old Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe continuing to rough each other up, with Sami finally getting the win before having a trophy smashed over his sweet head.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Sami Zayn wins.

    Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James vs. TBD for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

    Joey:

    This match is likely going to be a mess but hopefully they can find a way to make it work. The ladies of Smackdown have been doing a great job since the brand split and definitely deserve to have this on the main show, assuming it is.

    As much as I’d love for Naomi to get her moment back in her hometown, I believe Alexa Bliss retains and WWE continues to go with her as the champ for a while. Please keep Kelly Kelly away from the ring.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Alexa Bliss wins.

    Tim:

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Tim is currently dealing with real bad weather in Arkansas, but he may get his predictions in later.

    Interest Level: Pray for Tim/10
    Prediction: Please stay safe.

    Tom:

    It’s not on the preshow, thank God! I know the official reason is because we, the fans, demanded that it be on the main show but I think we all know it’s really because they can’t have Naomi’s entrance while it’s still light outside.

    Anyway, is this the match where they have a bunch of old WWE divas show up to launch a feud between the new WWE female superstars to have a scrap over who is strongest/sexiest/most powerful? Hope not! Just let Naomi win, come on.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Naomi wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: Orlando Preview and Predictions

    NXT is still around.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    SAniTy vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose and Ruby Riot

    Joey:

    What a fucking weird team! Poor Ruby Riot having to team with the forgotten bros of NXT. Somehow they are still a better squad than S@n1+Y! I’m sure it will be okay enough but who possibly cares about this match? I assume Eric Young and his wacky pals get the win since they are an actual team.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: $An!+Y wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not a very big fan of the Sanity gimmick and I refuse to acknowledge the wacky capitalization. That being said this should be an alright 8 person tag. All of the weak links can be covered up enough in this match type as to not make it too boring for long. I’m glad Strong, Dillinger, Cross, and Riot made the card even if this isn’t my preferred use of them.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sanity wins.

    Tom:

    First of all, I’d like to applaud Joey for getting the capitalization of SAniTy right in the heading for this post, which I will now fail to emulate in my predictions. (NOTE: Joey just informed me that he purposefully got the capitalization wrong to stick it to Eric Young and his group of misfits, because Joe is a sick troll.)

    What a lame duck match this is though. I don’t even watch NXT but I feel like I’ve seen the three Sanity lads go against the other three enough times to last a lifetime. Tye Dillinger still having to slog through this stuff is a shame – his match with Roode at the Toronto TakeOver was a lot of fun and he gets a huge reaction these days, so I was hoping he’d get a more prominent role on this show. However, the larger crime is Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot not getting a better showcase.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sanity wins.

    Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Aleister Black

    Joey:

    I never cared much for Tommy End and Andrade “Cien” Almas never leaves an impact on me. This match clearly isn’t for me but hopefully they prove me we wrong. Kassius Ohno getting snubbed from the card is so lame considering he’d be a better option to replace either man or just get added to make it a triple threat.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black (horrible name) wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not sure how this match will turn out because Almas is a wildcard. Somehow his best WWE matches, and there aren’t many of them, are usually on the NXT TV show. I like Tommy End a decent bit so I’m glad he’s here debuting. Hopefully their styles can find a way to mesh but I’m not optimistic. Either way I’m very interested in seeing how that plays out.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black wins.

    Tom:

    I didn’t watch enough Tommy End on the indies to really develop much of a love for him, but he’s absolutely one of the more intimidating wrestlers I’ve ever seen in person. He has a great presence and they seem to be making an effort to match that up to a decent character, but we’ll see how that goes. Almas has quietly gotten over his rocky start to become one of the NXT guys I most look forward to seeing, so this is something I’m into.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black wins.

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    Wrestling On Air with Brad Ward: Episode 11, 2/25/17

    TJP sucks! Here’s a new episode!

    Join host Brad Ward (@BradWardFight) along with Wrestling On Earth’s own T-Boyz, Tim (@TimWelcomed) and Tom (@TomBlargh), and audio editor Scott (@SocksMahoney) as we go on a delicious adventure! Listen below, download the podcast here by right-clicking and saving this link. or by subscribe on iTunes and Google Play.

    Episode 11, Cheesecake Joe Presents: Jammin’ w/ Tim

    In this episode: Brad lets us in on his process, Tim hits a jam in the Fastlane, Brad wants to become Bayley’s friend, The Boys plan their bedding arrangements, The Big Dog drops a major bombshell that shatters the very foundation of the Wrestling on Air Boys, and Tom wants to become Summer Rae’s friend.


    Wrestling on Air – Cheesecake Joe Presents: Jammin’ w/ Tim

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