Jan 13, 2018

Wrestling Observer Radio with Liam O’Rourke

AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY - Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer is back today with special guest Liam O'Rourke to talk his new book on the life and times of Brian Pillman! Tons to discuss including Brian's life growing up, his time in WCW during a very volatile period, the amazing story of getting his release from WCW to negotiate with WWE, and tons more! A fun show as always so check it out~!

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Jan 12, 2018

SCG Radio #128 - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones, Kieran O'Rourke and G. John Chase as they talk all about New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest show of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 12! Talking through all the matches, the panel discusses (among other things) the greatness of Minoru Suzuki, the brilliance of Kazuchika Okada, the not-so-cutting-edge debut match for the Switchblade character, the difficult balancing act New Japan has with Tetsuya Naito, the fantastic Jericho/Omega production, and speak of New Japan's phenomenal standing in the wrestling world as it looks ahead to a very interesting 2018. So much to discuss, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Dec 24, 2017

SCG Radio #127 - The 2017 Christmas Show

Our fourth annual Christmas show, join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones, Luke Edwards and Kieran O'Rourke as we delve into the mailbag to take questions and comments from you, the loyal listeners! With you steering the ship, we discuss all manner of wrestling topics, such as the women's Royal Rumble, Vince bringing back the XFL, The Okada Vs. Omega series, dream matches that fell short or hit expectations, an inspired-debate about the current indy wrestling boom, 2017's surprises and fuck-ups, talking Chris Jericho, Jinder Mahal, Shinsuke Nakamura, Joey Ryan, potential Mania matches and future top WWE stars and everything in between. Get out the mince pies and mulled wine, kick back, and have a Merry Christmas with us!

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Dec 18, 2017

SCG Radio #126 - Talking Crazy Like A Fox

Join us for a very special episode of SCG Radio, as Matt Holt takes to the hosting chair to talk to Liam O'Rourke about his newly released and highly touted book on Brian Pillman: 'Crazy Like A Fox - The Definitive Chronicle of Brian Pillman 20 Years Later'. Holt quizzes Liam on all things to do with the conception, construction and execution of the book, the major lessons learned along the way, key insights into why the book turned out the way it did, and delving into the mindset and mentality of Pillman, one of professional wrestling's most captivating stories. A fireside chat talking about the book Dave Meltzer has dubbed "the best biography of a wrestler ever done", check it out and let us know what you think! 

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Nov 25, 2017

SCG Radio #125 - NXT WarGames and Survivor Series 2017

Join Liam O'Rourke, G. John Chase and Karl Jones as we return to the Oaken Table to discuss all things NXT WarGames and the 2017 Survivor Series. Spitballing about both shows as well as taking your feedback, we discuss everything from the flawed presentation of the main event to the greatness of Styles Vs. Lesnar, issues with Raw Vs. Smackdown, the birth of a star in the Velveteen Dream, the strengths and weaknesses of the revived War Games concept, as we as cover the current lay of the land as WWE looks to embark on their biggest period of the year. A lot of fun, check out the show and let us know what you think!

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Oct 28, 2017

SCG Radio #124 - The Monday Night War in June 1999

We are back! Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones, Kieran O'Rourke and G. John Chase as we return to the Monday Night War Timeline to talk June 1999! Covering every Raw, Nitro and PPV from the period, we discuss every major story with notes from the Wrestling Observer and PWTorch Newsletters of the period. Talking fallout from the death of Owen Hart, Sable leaving the WWF and suing them for over a million dollars, WCW's hiring Master P and Dennis Rodman, the push of Buff Bagwell, the reveal of the Greater Power, the dismal efforts of the Undertaker, Mr. Ass winning the King of the Ring, Steve Austin becomes the new WWF CEO, the horrible signings by WCW of Sid Vicious and Swoll, the infamous WHITE HUMMER, and Chris Jericho finally signs with the WWF. Talking all the facts, figures, ratings and buyrates of the month as well as walking through the shows, join us for a fun trip down memory lane. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Aug 17, 2017

SCG Radio #123 - The Monday Night War in May 1999

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we return to the Oaken Table for the latest installment of the Monday Night War Timeline! Tackling every episode of Raw and Nitro this month, we look at all the backstage stories in the WWF and WCW with notes from the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch newsletters of the time. Of course, the biggest news story of all is the tragic passing of Owen Hart at the Over The Edge pay-per-view, and we talk about the show, the incident, Raw is Owen, the immediate fallout, the media coverage, the WWF's decision to continue the show, and McMahon's actions at the funeral. In addition, we're discussing everything from the God-awful direction of WCW, banking on Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper at a time the company stigma is in the toilet, the confusing writing leading to the reveal of the Higher Power in the WWF, the formation of The Union, Corporate Ministry all over WWF TV, the WWF's determination to find new top heels leads to big pushed for Triple H, Billy Gunn, and having a surprising meeting with a big star in ECW, Bischoff returning to television and losing his mind with insider comments galore, admitting on Nitro that WCW is in second place, and the latest attempt to work the boys and the newsletters. So much to discuss, and of course we have all the facts and figures of the month that tell the real story. A very interesting month to revisit, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Jul 20, 2017

SCG Radio #122 - The Death of TNA

It's here. Seriously.

Join the SCG panel for the funeral, wake, celebration, whatever you will, of the Death of "TNA". Talking the dizzying highs, the terrifying lows and the creamy middles, we broach every major topic and plenty of minor ones in the history of the company under Dixie Carter's watch. In addition, we take your "eulogies", ranging from delightful poems to thoughtful analysis, to one-liners to appear on the tombstone, a barrage of tremendous takes from the loyal listeners. So pour yourself some shots, find yourself a rose and listen in, as we commemorate fifteen years of Total Nonstop Action. Enjoy!

 

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Jun 14, 2017

SCG Radio #121 - The Monday Night War in April 1999

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they return to the Monday Night War Timeline to tackle April 1999! Covering every Raw, Nitro and PPV of the month, the panel looks at all the big stories with notes from the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch newsletters of the time. Covering topics such as: Davey Boy Smith being fired by WCW while being in intensive care, the untimely passing of Rick Rude, WCW's last great pay-per-view Spring Stampede, WWF's counter in Backlash, a new look Nitro, DDP wins his first (and second) WCW Title, The Rock turns babyface, Ric Flair is sent to the mental home, Hulk Hogan takes another hiatus, and the Ministry of Darkness being all over television. With all the facts, figures and breakdowns that tell the real stories of the month, this another interesting episode of our successful series. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Jun 8, 2017

SCG Radio #120 - Most Shocking Title Changes In History

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke, as we discuss the most shocking title changes of all time! Taking your nominations, we look at some of the most jarring moments in wrestling history, and analyse the execution and follow-up of title changes such as Bret Hart beating Ric Flair, Chris Jericho becoming Undisputed Champion, Big Show beating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2002, Shawn Michaels winning the World Title on the same show, Sheamus dethroning John Cena at TLC, the title victories of David Arquette, Vince McMahon and Vince Russo, Jinder Mahal and JBL's rapid ascensions to the top, the Honky Tonk Man defeating Ricky Steamboat, the incident on The Main Event with Hogan and Andre, Edge cashing in Money in the Bank, the Summers Of Punk, and many many more. A really fun show this week, check it out and let us know what you think!

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