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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May 20, 2017

SCG Radio #119 - WCW Bash At The Beach 2000 RuView

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones, Kieran O'Rourke and MATT HOLT(!) for the return of The RuView! This time, we're talking WCW Bash At The Beach 2000, a show famous for Jeff Jarrett lying down for Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo's subsequent "shoot". But folks, there is so much more to discuss - the Graveyard Match, the Wedding Gown Match, a match with a Bill Clinton run-in, a match where a participant willingly loses a major championship, a new WCW World Heavyweight Champion in Booker T, and twists, turns, swerves and bullshit galore. The panel breaks it all down and discusses all the traits of Vinnie Ru's vision of pro wrestling. And to add an extra bit, one our panelists was there live in the building and shares his perspective of a very bizarre evening. A fun podcast, check it out and let us know what you think!

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May 5, 2017

SCG Radio #118 - Rebooking WCW in 1993

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they face one of the tougher "Rebooking" challenges yet - World Championship Wrestling in 1993! Looking at a year containing Cactus Jack getting Lost in Cleveland, Paul Roma as a Horseman, the Shockmaster falling flat on the fucking arse, and luminaries such as Big Sky, the Colossal Kongs, Ice Train and Charlie Norris making frequent PPV appearances, it seems a shoo-in to improve upon it. The panel tries to tackle correctly building the Starrcade 1993 main event, how to use the Hollywood Blondes, dealing with two World Titles, utilising the UK at a time when Davey Boy Smith was on fire, and desperately trying to make some fresh names into more key players. And as always, we reach out to you, the loyal listeners, to see what you'd like to have seen in one of the more pitiful years in WCW history. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Apr 11, 2017

SCG Radio #117 - WrestleMania 33 Weekend Review

Better late than never! Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they talk all about WrestleMania 33, NXT TakeOver Orlando, Raw, Smackdown and the Superstar Shake-Up! Sharing a blend of live and Network perspectives, the panel discusses all things WrestleMania 33, running down the cards, hitting every talking point and sharing funny stories of Orlando trials and tribulations along the way. In addition, we talk about the landscape of the modern wrestling audience, taking them to task for some of their perspectives and reactions, as well debate the Superstar Shake-Up (in progress at time of release) this week. A hell of a lot of fun had on this show, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Mar 23, 2017

SCG Radio #116 - WrestleMania 33 Preview

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they preview WrestleMania 33! Talking every match and angle building up to the biggest show of the year, the panel breaks down the lay of the land, what's been done well and what hasn't, an outlook on who looks to benefit and suffer, as well as analysing Raw and Smackdown before and after the "Ultimate Thrill Ride". In addition, we talk NXT Takeover and the Hall Of Fame, and the implications on the main roster from both events. Discussing topics ranging from the Broken Hardyz trademark, Brad Maddox's cameraman, Hulk Hogan, Conor McGregor, Kurt Angle and many many more, we look to attack Mania 33 from every angle. And of course, we take your feedback on the feuds you believe have shined or stunk, who should be called up from NXT, and much more. A fun show to get ready for Mania week, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Mar 9, 2017

SCG Radio #115 - The Monday Night War in March 1999

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke for the latest installment of the Monday Night War Timeline, this time covering March 1999! Discussing every Raw, Nitro and PPV of the month, as well as going over all the backstage notes from the Observer and Torch Newsletters of the time, the panel talks all the major news, such as - WrestleMania 15 and the build going in (including the beer bash and Austin Vs. Big Show for free), WCW booking a full hour of video packages on Nitro, the double turn of Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan at Uncensored, the debut of the Mean Street Posse(!), Bret Hart's angle with Goldberg and the steel plate and the insane politics behind it, Sable's star exploding even further, HHH splits from DX, the Ministry's reign of terrible television continues, WCW's ridiculous idea for the Spring Stampede main event, Jim Ross turns heel, and The Rock takes steps towards being a mega babyface. Above all else, we are talking about the month that finally sees the chickens coming home to roost for WCW, as the numbers tell the true story. With all the facts, figures and analysis you could want for the month, this is one episode of the Timeline you won't want to miss...

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Mar 2, 2017

SCG Radio #114 - The Monday Night War in February 1999

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they return to the Monday Night War Timeline to talk February 1999! Covering every Raw, Nitro, and PPV of the month, complete with backstage news and notes from the Observer and Torch Newsletters of the time, the panel go through an incredible month that marks the beginning of a noticeable turn in the tide. Talking about Kevin Nash's new direction that leads to tanking ratings and a massive internal implosion, Rey Mysterio Jr. losing his mask, Goldberg challenging Steve Austin, the debut of Paul Wight in the WWF, Austin Vs. Vince in a cage, the beginnings of a backlash to the WWF's Attitude, Bret Hart in a backstage tug-of-war, Ric Flair getting destroyed repeatedly, the Ministry of Darkness continuing their reign of terror targeting teddy bears, Sable gets nuclear heat and WrestleMania's main event is set. And of course, all the facts, figures, ratings and buyrates to give the accurate breakdown of what happened and when. No revisionism here, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Feb 23, 2017

SCG Radio #113 - The Monday Night War in January 1999

It's back! Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we return to the Monday Night War Timeline to talk January 1999! Discussing every Raw, Nitro and PPV of the month, along with detailed backstage notes from the Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch newsletters of the time, we break down all the top stories. Analysing January 4th, Tony Schiavone, the Fingerpoke of Doom, the reformation of the nWo, Mankind winning the WWF Title, madness at the Royal Rumble, Halftime Heat, Ric Flair as WCW President, the backlash to the WWF's content, Mark Henry gets a handful, the birth of the Ministry of Darkness, the continued neutering of Bill Goldberg, Sable creates a stir backstage, Russo's work coming to light and much, much more. In addition, we have all the facts and figures of the time which reveal some interesting realities that contradict the WWF's narrative of the month. A very fun show this week, check it out and join us next week as we look at February 1999!

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